‘Premeditated violence’ mars football match

‘Premeditated violence’ mars football match

Oakwood B manager accuses Faithfold A players of 'thuggery' in Division One clash...

Andrew Sherwood is the Jewish News Sport and Community Editor

A fiery Division One match between Oakwood B and Faithfold A resulted in claims from the O’s boss of ‘thuggery’ and ‘premeditated violence’. Full story: under Faithfold A vs Oakwood B details.


Oakwood  A 1 North London Raiders A 1
Woodford Wanderers 1 SPEC FC 0

Faithfold A Oakwood B 3
Finchley CIty 3 Hendon United B 2
Maccabi London Lions B 2 Athletic Bilbaum 2

FC Team B 1 Real Hendon 4
Mill Hill Dons 4 Faithfold B 4
RC UK FC 7 Boca Jewniors 0
Redbridge C 1 North London Raiders C 1
Temple Fortune 3 L’Equipe 3







Bradley Segal (Finchley City)
Dov Owen (Real Hendon)

Barnaby Powell (Athletic Bilbaum)
Gav Krieger (Finchley City)

Matt Geppert (North London Raiders C)
Elad Hertshten (North London Raiders C)
Dale Bradman (Oakwood A)
Alex Lee (Oakwood A)
Lee Warner (Oakwood A)
Parys Hammond (RC UK FC)
Ricky Fox (Woodford Wanderers)
Adam Shafron (Woodford Wanderers)

Eyal Samovich (North London Raiders C)
Dan Rose (Oakwood A)
Jonty Aremband (RC UK FC)
Leor Harel (RC UK FC)
Avi Mocton (RC UK FC)

Alex Elf (North London Raiders C)
Sam Cantor (Oakwood A)





1) Zvi Noe (Real Hendon) – The ball was cleared from a corner to Noe, who then smashed it into the top corner from the edge of the box

2) Jonty Aremband (RC UK FC) – Latched on to a defence-splitting ball from Leor Harel, before beautifully dinking the ball over the goalkeeper

3) Jordan Sharifia (Temple Fortune) – Took a touch, set himself up and curled in a 30-yard screamer

4) Daniel Sinclair (Finchley City) – Twenty yards out, bent an unstoppable strike into the top corner with his left foot

5) Stuart Haring (Faithfold A) – From a corner, his timing was perfect, as he rose at the right time and caught it perfectly for an unstoppable bullet-header



1) Jordan Davidson (Woodford Wanderers) – Sprung up to tip a deflected effort on to the bar and over

2) Dan Kosky (Faithfold A) – Showed superb reflexes as he pulled off a double-point blank save, stopping it first and then pushing away the second



1) Jason Stein (Oakwood B) – “It was more UFC than football…at times it was thuggery”




Both sides dropped points in their pursuit of the top two as they shared the points.

Zak Collins scored for the O’s, who finished the match with ten men, with Alex Moss replying for the Raiders.

O’s joint-manager Ric Blank told jewishnews.co.uk: “This game was further proof to the indefatigable Oakwood spirit of Oakwood, Daniel Kristall and myself are immensely proud of all the boys.

“We were carrying so many walking wounded and lost Rafi Stone on Saturday along with another member of the squad. Kyle Bentwood and Alex Lee were less than half fit and we’d rushed Dale Bradman back from injury too. Without Guy Helman and Brad Wine we still managed to field a tremendous team. 

“In my many years of amateur football I’ve never seen anything like what happened when the referee sent off Jonny Blain after less than a minute. It was a huge, huge call. Jonny had rushed out of the box and was deemed to handle the ball deliberately. Martin gave the decision honestly and with consideration, but we felt it was incredibly harsh. 

“The real coup for us that Dan Cohen had turned up to watch and Kristall had had the foresight to name him on the bench as our 16th man. We were so lucky to be able to call on such a great keeper 45 seconds into such a big game. So while we felt hard done by to be playing with ten, we could count our lucky stars that we weren’t hit with the double whammy of throwing an outfield player in net. 

“The first half was very simple, we were the better side. I genuinely believe Raiders were rattled by the fact we could call on DC. I can’t remember a single chance they had. On the flip side, we were breaking forward effectively with Sam Cantor causing the entire back four all sorts of problems. Zack Collins was a threat throughout. And after Dan Rose nearly scored (twice), Zack cut in from the left, beat three men and buried it into the far corner.

“We looked comfortable at the back throughout but got caught out with one ball inside that was picked off. This allowed an extra Raiders midfielder to break into the box and he buried the ball into the far corner in what was a great finish.

“With thirty minutes left I was so proud of how we kept our heads, retained our composure and kept Raiders at bay. They knocked at the door but I can’t remember a clearcut chance.

“Overall we’re obviously disappointed to drop two points in a game we felt so confident of winning. I’m certain Raiders will realise what that game would have been like 11 vs 11. But we will take the spirit shown in this game and do everything we can to go on a run now. Where it takes us, we will find out.”

Raiders manager Daniel Shafron told jewishnews.co.uk: “There will be plenty made of the referee’s decision to send off Jonny Blain in the opening few minutes. From where I was standing it didn’t seem much and having watched the video back, it really was a ridiculous decision. What could have been an excellent game of football was ruined by that early dismissal. It forced Oakwood to restructure, sit very deep with everyone behind the ball and to their credit they defended excellently and made it tough for us to break them down.

“On the other hand, we were very poor for our standards and made extremely hard work of basic things. Too many parts of our game weren’t good enough. They scored from their only clear-cut opportunity which came from poor defending by us and we didn’t create enough chances ourselves. We had maybe two good opportunities to win the game late on but couldn’t put the ball in the net.

“I think it was all about who got the first goal. They got it and just defended their lead resiliently. If we got it, I’m sure we would have gone on to win the game but it wasn’t to be.”


Woodford claimed their first league win of the season as they edged a tight contest by the odd goal.

Loanee Craig Sandford scored the winner five minutes from time, with manager Daryl Kay telling jewishnews.co.uk: “We finally got our first win this season and it was thoroughly deserved! It was a 1-0 win, but we could have been three of four-nil up at the break.

“We came under pressure a bit in the second half, but that was mostly due to heavy winds against us and our new goalkeeper Jordan Davidson pulled off a worldy.

“Craig then hit a rasping effort that was going into the top corner, their goalkeeper made a great save, but luck was on our side as the ball, with the help of the wind, bounced back over the line.

“Overall it was a solid display from the boys, our defence was brilliant all game to keep our first clean shot of the season.”

SPEC manager Ricky Lawrence told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a bit of a kick in the teeth. Being just five minutes away from our first point of the season only to lose was a blow.”




Oakwood moved above Scrabble, though only after being held to a point in what sounded like a controversial affair.

Daniel Seligman, Jake Sorkin and James Abrams scored for The O’s, for whom manager Jason Stein told jewishnews.co.uk: “Not sure where to begin with that one. It was more UFC than football, after five minutes you could see that certain players had come to let some anger off.

“At times it was thuggery. We lost Dan Ash to suspected ligament damage, someone one day is going to be very seriously hurt.

“My players had to stick up for themselves. After the game I tried to shake hands with their goalkeeper who promptly squirted Lucozade at me and shoved me instead.Martin Fox – who had an impossible job today – at least booked him.

“I can only assume they were wound up because they had to choose between playing football or going to football – big deal.”

Stuart Haring, Craig Cole and Craig Edwards earned the Greens a point, though manager Rob Shooman was at odds with Stein’s account of the game. He told jewishnews.co.uk: “I don’t understand his comments , was he watching the same game I was?

“There wasn’t one “bad” foul in the game, it was played at a fast pace, at least by us. He did look a little hot and bothered at the end of the match, maybe my goalkeeper was trying to cool him down, very thoughtful I think.”

Speaking about the game, he added: “We gifted them their first two goals, the first was a really bizarre own goal, never seen before, their second came from the softest of penalties and their third was a dubious decision – whether the ball had crossed our goal line or not.

“My boys really played well in a fast paced, highly contested match. We were the better team with far more possession but have to hand it to Oakwood for trying to keep up with us.

“We missed quite a few chances with their goalkeeper keeping them in the game and the referee handled the game very well.”


City are up into fourth spot after they edged this five-goal thriller.

Daniel Polak scored twice, with Daniel Sinclair also on target. Manager Joel Holder told jewishnews.co.uk: “The boys showed a lot of character today after going behind twice. We dominated the game but struggled to create clear-cut chances. At the same time, Hendon were always a threat on the counter, but I thought we handled them very well.

“The game was quite scrappy and we didn’t play our best football, but it was important to return to winning ways. We know we need to improve substantially if we are to progress in the cup next week against FC Team.


Lions increased their lead at the top of the table to five points, though dropped two as they were surprisingly held by bottom side Blibaum.

Michael Kenley and Adam Abadi scored for the Lions, with manager Samuel Marchant telling jewishnews.co.uk: “We weren’t good enough today, it’s as simple as that. The performances all over the park didn’t warrant a victory. To concede in the 92nd minute from a corner is obviously difficult but the draw was probably the correct result.

“Bilbaum came to Rowley Lane clearly fired up and wanting to get some points on the board for the season having had a rough start, and they did exactly that. Of course it’s bitterly disappointing to not get the three points, but we now have to learn from our mistakes, pick ourselves up and go again next week”.

Rob Rodney and a last-gasp leveller from Sam Deaner sealed a point for Bilbaum, with co-manager Eli Gottlieb telling jewishnews.co.uk: “Lions’ are the strongest technical side in the division so we were pleased to bounce back twice and match them throughout the game. After a turbulent start, we look forward to pushing on and showing our true capability.”




Hendon claimed their third league win of the season with this ultimately comfortable win.

Player-manager Chaim Gothold, Benni Slukis, Zvi Noe and Yomi Cohen all found the back of the net, with Gothold telling jewishnews.co.uk: “We were perhaps lucky to come in at half-time 2-1 up, but upped it in the second half to run out comfortable winners.

Adam Morris netted Team’s consolation.


Faithfold blew a 4-0 lead as the Dons fought back to earn a thrilling point.

Sammy Hakimian, Zach Cohen, Adam Isaacs and Nick Phillips sealed the home side’s thrilling comeback, with manager Brandon Hamme telling jewishnews.co.uk: “We went 4-0 down and it looked like the game was over, but the boys fought to the end and got a very well deserved point with what was an incredible comeback!”

The league’s top goalscorer Richard Fogelman, together with Sam Garson, Louis Taylor and Jonathan Mararche netting for the Greens. Avi Garson told jewishnews.co.uk: “We are bitterly disappointed with ourselves. Dropping the three points when we were four up is devastating – it will definitely be one of the lows of our season.

“We learnt a lesson on complacency the hard way. But credit to the Dons who never gave up belief and showed great character. The only positive is that we are unbeaten in six so we’ll put this behind us and move onto week.”


The hosts bounced back from last week’s defeat as they turned on the style to emphatically beat Boca.

Jonti Aremband scored four times, with player-manager Avi Markiewicz helping himself to a hat-trick. He told jewishnews.co.uk: “The first half was closer than it should have been with us coming in only one up. But the floodgates opened up in the second half and in truth it could have been double figures.

“After the disappointment of last week we are happy to have won convincingly, but in truth it was a comfortable game. Our defence was rarely troubled and anything that did go their way Parys Hammond was on hand to clean up. It’s great to bounce back like that and is a nice jump start for Hendon A next week.”

Boca’s Anton Nyman told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was 1-0 at half-time so the score does them a lot of justice, but at the end of the day we need to bounce back from that!


Redbridge spurned the chance to move into second spot as they were held to a frustrating point.

Jimmy Castle scored for the hosts, with Alex Elf’s ensuring a share of the spoils. Raiders manager David Domb told jewishnews.co.uk: “Once again we demonstrated the potential in the side by holding a team that really fancies themselves for the title. We had plenty of chances to win the game, even more frustrating as we had two goals ruled out for offside.

“We’re recovering from our slow start to the season. There was a feeling of disappointment that we couldn’t grab the three points, but optimism about our future.”

Redbridge manager Josh Hambling told jewishnews.co.uk: “Frustrated to come away with a draw as we know the league is waiting for someone to grab it by the neck and pull away. It seems teams are dropping points here and there and it will be the most consistent team that wins the league this year, not necessarily the best.

“Raiders started the first half better and we just looked second to every ball. They had a good spell and deserved their lead. However, after they scored we settled and started to improve, getting some joy on the left wing with Barry Green showing his curvaceous little Jewish behind to the equally curvaceous Matthew Geppert on a couple of occasions. We created some good chances but couldn’t find the equaliser before half-time.

“The second half was a completely different story. Changes were made and we dominated mostly throughout creating a hatful of chances hitting the woodwork three times. Jimmy scored a fantastic 25 yard effort into the top corner and we had our tails up. Unfortunately a moment of madness by one of our players saw us reduced to 10 men with 15 minutes to go which threw the game wide open. Both teams will probably take the draw and feel like they could have won it.

“Games are coming thick and fast so we need to forget about this one and focus on Sunday’s big game against L’Equipe, where 25 boys will be hoping to make the starting line up!”


L’Equipe dropped their first league points of the season as they shared six goals against Fortune.

Andy Smith, Jon Kay and Mark Korn scored for the leaders, who are now three points cleat at the top of the table.

Jordan Sharifia, Brett Stead and Aron Barnes replied for Fortune, for whom manager Simon Linden told jewishnews.co.uk: “You would think I would be satisfied with a point this morning against the league leaders, but we should have taken advantage against an under-strength L’Equipe team.

“Just like last week against Catford, we played some good football in spells and deserved to get more out of the game. We conceded two soft goals and gave away a penalty, yet controlled most of the game so it was frustrating.

“We have now played the four teams I fancy to be pushing for a promotion spot, so after seven games we are going about our business ok but the next month is crucial, it’s important we start winning games – starting next week against Hertswood.”


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