Raiders increased their lead at the top of the Premier Division table to eight points, SPEC moved top of Division One, while Scrabble secured promotion from Division Two with a 6-3 win and Raiders C losing…
SUNDAY’S RESULTS AT A GLANCE (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REVIEW):
PETER MORRISON CUP THIRD ROUND:
Harmen 0 Redbridge Jewish Care A 2 (MATCH REPORT)
Brady Maccabi 0 SPEC 2
Faithfold B 5 Brixton Old Boys 0
FC Team B P Woodford Wanderers P (NO AVAILABLE PITCH)
Real Sosobad 0 North London Raiders B 1
Redbridge Jewish Care B 1 Oakwood B 1
Athletic Bilbaum 1 Catford & Bromley Maccabi 1
L’Equipe 3 Scrabble 6 (MATCH REPORT)
North London Raiders C 0 FC Team C 2
Real Hendon P Maccabi London Lions B P (UNPLAYABLE PITCH)
Temple Fortune 2 Boca Jewniors 0
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS FROM FC TEAM A 1 NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A 3
WEEK 24 PHOTO GALLERY:
TEAM OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
MAX SHIELDS (HARMEN)
JAKE DOFFMAN (NL RAIDERS A)
ELLIOT JACKSON (OAKWOOD B)
BEN LAW (SCRABBLE)
CALLION MCGREGOR (CATFORD & BROMLEY)
LEE WARNER (OAKWOOD B)
RYAN COLE (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A)
DANNY HAKIMI (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A)
DAN ANDREWS (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B)
ADAM NEWMAN (SCRABBLE)
MARC HECHT (SPEC)
BEN MYERS (SPEC)
JONATHAN COHEN (TEMPLE FORTUNE)
PAUL RICH (TEMPLE FORTUNE)
CRAIG COLE (FAITHFOLD B)
DAN STOCK (FAITHFOLD B)
MOSES SEITLER (HENDON UNITED A)
OSCAR WAGNER (NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A)
ELLIOT ESPINOZA (SCRABBLE)
JOSH FLAX (SCRABBLE)
DAN GREEN (SCRABBLE)
JOSH TIANO (SCRABBLE)
ARON BARNES (TEMPLE FORTUNE)
DOVI FEHLER (HENDON UNITED A)
NYV BOGAIRE (NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A)
SAM SOLLOSI (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A)
GOAL OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) ZAK MCLEOD (SCRABBLE)
Straight from kick-off, he launched a dipping shot from the centre circle over the goalkeepers head and into the net off a post
2) NYV BOGAIRE (NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A)
Produced an impudent back-heel from the edge of the six-yard box
3) OSCAR WAGNER (NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A)
Reacted first from a long throw-in to flick the ball into the far corner of the net
SAVE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) JAKE DOFFMAN (NL RAIDERS A)
A brilliant point-blank save to keep out Richard Salmon’s header
2) ROSS WEINRABE (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A)
Pulled off a superb save to deny the Harmen striker from a one-on-one situation
3) CAEL PERSAUD (ATHLETIC BILBAUM)
Dived and clawed out a header from three yards out – reminiscent of David Seaman vs Sheffield United in the FA Cup
QUOTE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) ROB SHOOMAN (FAITHFOLD B)
“We were lucky we caught Brixton on an off day and we strung a few passes together, on the other hand their goalkeeper was brilliant!”
2) JON JACOBS (REDBRIDGE A)
“It’s getting boring but his performance [Sam Sollosi] was just a joy to watch and on another level to the guys trying to either mark him or kick him.”
PETER MORRISON CUP THIRD ROUND: (number in brackets represents Division in team)
HARMEN (PREM) 0 REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A (PREM) 2
Redbridge booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Peter Morrison – and set up a mouthwatering last eight tie against Hendon with this win.
Harmen’s Oliver Leslie told jewishnews.co.uk: “Like last year we have exited the cup due to injuries and suspensions – James Gershfield, Elliott Stern, Daniel Green, Alex Levack, Jonny Haik, Oliver Sade, Ricky Rinder, George Fierstone, Marc Foster and Aviel Schwartz. That’s 10 players who would walk into most first teams in the Premier League.
“Credit to Redbridge they are very organised and with an experienced spine through the middle of the pitch could win this trophy. We will dust ourselves off and do our best to finish as high up the league as possible.”
FC TEAM A 1 NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A 4
Raiders moved eight points clear at the top of the table as two goals from Oscar Wagner helped the champions to this win.
David Dinkin and Nyv Bogaire were also on target for Rob Richman’s side, who told jewishnews.co.uk: “We remain unbeaten as we enter March and the squad deserve a lot of credit for that. There is still a long way to go and we know we will have to perform in all our remaining games if the hard work of the last six months is to be rewarded.
“Today wasn’t pretty, the pitch as expected was not conducive to playing football. We did what we had to do, weathered a little storm at 2-1 just after half-time and then scored a couple of good goals to make it comfortable.
“Given we were missing, Rhodes, Stock, Joselyn, Ellis, Kaye, Mannie, Pistol and Ben Joseph we’ll take the much-needed three points and move on to the next game where hopefully we’ll have a few players back and fit.”
Richard Salmon had given Team hope early in the second half, though Team remain joint-second-bottom. Manager Ben Gilbey told jewishnews.co.uk: “After a good start we found ourselves 2-0 down after 30 minutes through silly mistakes. Towards the end of the half we came back into the game and the second half started the same. We pulled one back through Richard, started to put the pressure on, hitting the woodwork and their goalkeeper Jake Doffman made two of the best saves I’ve seen all season. Raiders then scored another from a throw in that went through our whole team. The game finished 4-1, but was very close to being another story, 4-1 was a harsh reflection on the game.
“It was a game that has summed up our whole season really, playing well and looking like a strong side, but being let down by lapses in concentration and silly mistakes. We go into the rest of the season just trying to get as many points as we can and will then go again next year!”
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS ABOVE…
HENDON UNITED A 8 CAMDEN PARK 1
Hendon are now just two points off third spot thanks to this crushing win over Camden.
Dovi Fehler scored half the goals, Moses Seitler chipped in with a hat-trick, with Zac Lewis also on target. Manager David Garbacz told jewishnews.co.uk: “After the shock of last week we had the choice to either feel sorry for ourselves or to get back on the horse and prove to ourselves that last week was a one-off blip – thankfully we chose the latter and put in a really ruthless performance against a pretty decent and competitive Camden team.
“The game was played in excellent spirit and refereed really well and some of our football today was beautiful stuff. The conductor was undoubtedly the returning Moses Seitler who really showed us what we’ve been missing this year with a classy display – he scored the first three goals of the game before handing over to Dovi for the icing on the cake.
“Camden are a nice team who play good football but they were unlucky to face our backlash today and hopefully they will manage to secure enough points to avoid relegation. As for us we move on to next week against Lions and then another cup encounter against Redbridge – if we play like we played today there may still be some light in this strange unpredictable season of ours.”
BRADY MACCABI 0 SPEC FC 2
SPEC moved to the top of the table as goals from player-manager Ricky Lawrence and Dan Cohen saw them to what could prove to be a pivotal win in the title race.
Lawrence told jewishnews.co.uk: “It wasn’t the most exciting game of all times but I think we deserved the victory. At 2-0 we kept Brady at arms length and I think we were relatively comfortable. It was a good solid performance and we will enjoy being top of the league even if teams have quite a few games in hand.”
FAITHFOLD B 5 BRIXTON OLD BOYS 0
Rock-bottom Faithfold continued their bid to avoid the drop as they put in a five-star performance to beat – and move to within a point of – Brixton.
Craig Cole scored twice, with Jamie Kent, Eli Leader and an own goal completing the scoring.
Manager Rob Shooman told jewishnews.co.uk: “We were lucky we caught Brixton on an off day and we strung a few passes together , on the other hand their keeper was brilliant!”
FC TEAM B P WOODFORD WANDERERS P
NO AVAILABLE PITCH TO PLAY ON
REAL SOSOBAD 0 NORTH LONDON RAIDERS B 1
Raiders picked up what could be a valuable three points in their bid to escape the drop thanks to Anthony Shaw’s strike.
REDBRIDGE B 1 OAKWOOD B 1
Oakwood failed to close in on the top teams as they were held to a point in Essex.
Dan Selwyn put Oakwood ahead from a free-kick just before half-time, David Fialka levelled late on, before Jacob Richler-Kleiman missed from the spot. Redbridge manager Sam Rank told jewishnews.co.uk: “Both teams were very committed and both deserved to walk away with a point. We move onto the final two league hoping to continue our good end of season form.”
O’s manager Jason Stein told jewishnews.co.uk: “Mixed feelings today. We did a great deal of what I asked for and I felt we put in a decent, solid away performance that was an improvement on recent weeks.
“But ultimately I am disappointed to only draw 1-1. We held onto the lead for a good while, but one goal is so rarely enough to win a game in Sunday league and we spurned some great opportunities. The media and the fans will talk about the missed Richler-Kleiman penalty – and trust me the lad is disappointed – but it wasn’t just him who missed good opportunities. I believe if we put one of those away at 1-0 then we win that game.
“However, we still didn’t hold onto the ball well enough today and we are still making some bad possession choices and lacking in composure and calmness. But despite the disappointment, I did see a lot of improvement today.
“We know Woodford next week is an absolute must win now. At home on 3G we are confident against anyone.”
ATHLETIC BILBAUM 1 CATFORD & BROMLEY 1
Neither side would have been happy with this point, Bilbaum failing to close in on the sides above them and the Cats failing to move up four places in the table.
Cats player-manager Jeff Gotch told jewishnews.co.uk: “An extremely good performance from both goalkeepers kept this to 1-1. We were the better team in the first half and their goalkeeper was class, saving two or three times when a goal looked like a certainty.
“We battled hard and at 0-0 at half-time, thought we might rue our misses. We took the lead early on in the second half when an own goal finally beat their goalkeeper, but then lost Jordan Grant shortly after to injury. After that we battled and kept our lead till ten minutes from time to go when a long throw was headed in by their player. The scoreline was a fair result and after losing 7-2 in the cup and 5-0 in the league to them a couple weeks ago, I’m very proud how we showed we’re no mugs.”
Jacob Brunner headed in Bilbaum’s late leveller, with manager Nick Shinder telling jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a very frustrating and unlucky result where we created plenty of chances including hitting the frame of the goal four times and missing a penalty. We have to learn from this and be more clinical. We are still unbeaten in 2016 but have to push on and now focus on Lions!”
L’EQUIPE 3 SCRABBLE 6
Scrabble secured promotion as they bounced back from falling to their first defeat of the season by hitting L’Equipe for six to increase their lead at the top of the table to 21 points.
Elliot Espinoza scored four times, with Anthony Goodmaker and Zak McLeod – scoring straight from kick-off – sealing the win.
Mark Smith scored twice, with Rob Simons also on target.
Raiders defeat ensured promotion for Ray Abrahams’ side.
NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C 0 FC TEAM C 2
FC Team kept up their own promotion hopes with this impressive win over the Raiders.
REAL HENDON P MACCABI LONDON LIONS B P
MATCH POSTPONED – UNPLAYABLE PITCH
TEMPLE FORTUNE 2 BOCA JEWNIORS 0
Fortune claimed just their second league win of the season as they won the battle of the bottom two sides.
Lee Fegan and player-manager Jonathan Cohen on target in a first win for the side since 13 September. Cohen told jewishnews.co.uk: “Firstly I want to commend my players and also the players/management of Boca Jewniors. In recent weeks we have been discussing the future of the league with many teams folding etc and to keep going every week when you are at the bottom of the league of the bottom rung of Jewish football takes real commitment. There was no signs of any lack of effort from either team and I think the rest of the league should take note.
“The game was played on a pitch which was not conducive to any sort football played on the deck – extremely bobbly, very very soft in some areas and very long grass. Somewhat unsurprisingly then both of the goals came from set-pieces. The game will not go down as a classic at all, but for us we kept a clean sheet, scored two goals and defensively we didn’t allow for a single shot in anger on target.
“We’re delighted to be off the bottom and with four points in our last two games we look onward and upward.”
Boca’s Anton Nyman told jewishnews.co.uk: “Having never played on a worse pitch than that, we were never able to get ourselves going and didn’t adjust. In fairness, Temple Fortune they showed their desire across the park and deserved the three points. We must bounce back from this, else it’s going to be a long road ahead!”