Sunday football round-up – week three
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Sunday football round-up – week three

Raiders B thrash Faithfold A to make it three wins from three, while Cats put seven past Dons to maintain 100 percent winning record in Division Two.

Andrew Sherwood is the Jewish News Sport and Community Editor

North London Raiders B and Catford & Bromley made it three wins from three as both scored seven times in emphatic wins…

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SUNDAY’S RESULTS AT A GLANCE (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REVIEW):

PREMIER DIVISION:
Camden Park 1 Oakwood 4
North London Raiders A 6 FC Team 2
SPEC 1 Hendon United A 5
Woodford Wanderers 1 Brady Maccabi 1

DIVISION ONE:
Athletic Bilbaum 1 Los Blancos 3
Faithfold A 3 North London Raiders B 7
(MATCH PHOTOS)
(WATCH THE GOALS)
(MATCH HIGHLIGHTS)
Oakwood B P Hendon United B P (no pitch available)
Scrabble 2 Finchley City 1

DIVISION TWO:
FC Team B 0 L’Equipe 5
Mill Hill Dons 0 Catford & Bromley 7
North London Raiders C 9 Boca Jewniors 1
Redbridge C 4 Faithfold B 2
Temple Fortune 2 RC UK FC 2

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LEAGUE GOALSCORERS CHART

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TEAM OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:

GOALKEEPERS:
DAVID DINKIN (NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A)
ADAM ZAIDMAN (SCRABBLE)

DEFENCE:
STUART HARING (FAITHFOLD A)
YEHUDA KORMAN (HENDON UNITED A)
GRANT BATES (L’EQUIPE)
ALEX LEWIS (LOS BLANCOS)
HARVEY KAYE (OAKWOOD A)
DAN ADELMAN (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE C)

JIMMY CASTLE (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE C)
ADAM NEWMAN (SCRABBLE)
DAN STOCK (SCRABBLE)
ADAM WATERS (SCRABBLE)
GAB STONE (TEMPLE FORTUNE)
GIDEON WETRIN (TEMPLE FORTUNE)

MIDFIELD:
YARDEN SHARON (CATFORD & BROMLEY)
JONNY HORWITZ (FAITHFOLD A)
ADAM JOSELYN (NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A)
NICK LEWIS (NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A)
ALEX SHER (NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C)
LIAM STEIN (NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C)
JOSH ROSE (OAKWOOD A)
JOSH HAMBLING (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE C)

AARON GOLDBERG (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE C)
DUDI EDREYI (RC UK FC)
LEOR HAREL (RC UK FC)

STRIKERS:
JOSH HARRIS (HENDON UNITED A)
MAX MARTIN (L’EQUIPE)
LIRON MANNIE (NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A)
DAN LIPMAN (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE C)
DAVE WOOLMAN (OAKWOOD A)
ZACK RICH (TEMPLE FORTUNE)

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TEAM OF THE WEEK

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GOAL OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:

1) ASHLEY STOKES (CATFORD & BROMLEY)
Jamie Sinai’s cross to the far post was headed down by Jeff Gotch to the edge of the box, where Stokes volleyed home an unstoppable shot

2) DANIEL GARKFINLE (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE C)
Capped off a 15-minute cameo by beating three men down the left wing before slotting home

3) ALEX SHER (NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C)
Capped off a fantastic free-flowing Raiders move by evading five challenges before smashing the ball home from the edge of the box

4) JOSH BHARRIER (SCRABBLE)
Embarked on a powerful run into the Finchley penalty box, holding off several challenges before planting the ball low into the net

5) TOM ALEXANDER (WOODFORD WANDERERS)
Smashed in a volley on the turn from the edge of the box that flew into the top corner

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SAVE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:

1) JOSH HAMBLING (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE C)
“I know being player manager putting myself forward for star man is a bit cheeky but it’s safe to say I was magical today!”

2) JOSH HAMBLING (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE C)
“With so many attacking options available today in a full 16 man squad I had more options than a Cadbury’s factory!”

3) DANIEL SHAFRON (NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A)
“They’ll be dizzy thinking about him [Liron Mannie] for the next week.”

4) ROB SHOOMAN (FAITHFOLD A)
“We had a penalty and I’m at odds to understand how the referee disallowed it for a stuttering run up, something you see week in week out in the Premier League and then had the temerity to award them a free-kick for this gross offence.”

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PREMIER DIVISION:

FIXTURES & RESULTS:
TABLE:

CAMDEN PARK 1 OAKWOOD A 4
Oakwood got back to winning ways, thanks in no small part to Dave Woolman’s brace.

Daniel Seligman and Jonny Quinn completed the scoring.

O’s manager Daniel Kristall told jewishnews.co.uk: “A comfortable win against a competitive Camden side. With several key players missing, we dug in deep and played some really nice football.

“We just feel that following on from last week, we needed to be more ruthless and clinical. This game could have been double figures by the time Camden pulled one back. This cost us last week and will continue to cost us in future unless we begin to punish teams.

“Fair play to Camden, they kept going and only had 11 men with no bench. That is certainly not easy on the big pitch at Hadley.

“We now go into the Yom Tov break after a tidy start and look forward to welcoming back some key personnel. We know the areas that we must improve and look forward to the run up to Chanukah where I am sure we will be challenging on all fronts.”

David Kanzen scored Camden’s consolation.

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NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A 6 FC TEAM A 2
Raiders claimed their first win of the season – despite having goalkeeper Jake Doffman sent-off after just ten minutes.

Liron Mannie’s hat-trick, together with strikes from Matt Stock, Joe Cohen and Dave Cohen giving Dan Shafron’s side their maiden victory of the season.

Shafron told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was an excellent team performance today. To win so convincingly with 10 men for 80 minutes is great testament to the character of the boys and how well they worked for each other. Having our goalkeeper sent off so early on could have been catastrophic, but I’m proud of how the boys reacted to this and showed only positivity in our play.

“As soon as we went ahead, we had full dominance of the game and I felt that we would score a few goals. We were excellent in possession and used the ball well in the right areas of the pitch, but I must say Liron Mannie was simply phenomenal.

“There were some super individual performances but today was all about the team as a collective, the result, the performance and the happiness of boys getting that winning feeling back.”

Michael Pearson and Richard Salmon scored for Team, for whom player-manager Mitch Young told jewishnews.co.uk: “Disappointed. I’m disappointed with certain players in my squad for letting me down last minute meaning we only had 11. Then having gone 1-0 up after their goalkeeper was sent-off, then 1-1 at half-time, I’m disappointed we couldn’t win the match but in truth we didn’t create enough – but did have a lot of players filling in to help out.

“Credit firstly to Martin de la Fuente for making such a big bold call early on in the game and second to Raiders who weirdly with 10 men were able to play a counter-attacking game which suited their attacking players, Liron Mannie was unplayable. We now move on to face teams we know we can beat and will be looking to get our season on track.”

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SPEC 1 HENDON UNITED A 5
Hendon sit pretty at the top of the table as two goals from Ari Last helped them pile the pressure on bottom side SPEC.

Zac Lewis, Yoav Lebens and Josh Harris completed the scoring for the visitors, with Jon Kaye netting SPEC’s consolation.

Hendon manager David Garbacz told jewishnews.co.uk: “We produced another very satisfactory all round team performance. In the first half we totally dominated and played some good pacy football carving out a number of chances. We were slightly disappointed to be only 2-1 up at the break – their goal coming from a moment of individual brilliance on their part – but we pulled away deservedly at the beginning of the second half with three more goals and from then on we were able to see the game out quite comfortably .

“SPEC did well and deserve credit – they were a nice team to play against and defended well, particularly in the first half. We wish them all the best for the remainder of the season. As for us – we’ve had the perfect start and now have a couple of weeks break for some cup games. We’ve put ourselves in a nice early position and the belief in the squad is extremely high.”

SPEC player-manager Ricky Lawrence told jewishnews.co.uk: “Hendon are a very good team. Conceding early was exactly what we didn’t want to do but we can have no complaints, the better side won.”

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WOODFORD WANDERERS 1 BRADY MACCABI 1
Reiss Mogilner
once again found the back of the net for Brady, but it wasn’t enough this time as Woodford claimed a point.

Tom Alexander scored for the home side, for whom joint-manager Daryl Kay told jewishnews.co.uk: “Not an awful lot to shout about today. I stressed before the game we had to be aggressive as we knew Brady play some nice stuff, but we didn’t get at them as much we’d have liked and we hardly tested their keeper, until Tom scored an amazing goal, one of the best I’ve seen at Sunday league level!

“We continued the second half as we played the first, and with literally minutes remaining we were caught out at the back and they equalised.

“We were without key players Harrison Midda and James Ryan and Adam Shaf today, and I’m sure if we’d had had all three, we’d have won comfortably, but that’s football.”

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DIVISION ONE:

FIXTURES & RESULTS
TABLE

ATHLETIC BILBAUM 1 LOS BLANCOS 3
Blancos made it two wins from their opening three games as goals from 
Avi Kestenbaum, Jeff Gross and an own goal saw them to the points.

Manager Nick Grosse told jewishnews.co.uk: “We won on a tricky, and sometime bubbly, grass pitch away from home. That’s back-to-back wins early in the season, something which we could not achieve for the whole of last season. The squad is looking like an increasingly strong unit with enough depth to maintain this form.

“We dominated throughout the match but found ourselves a goal down after 20 mins due to some poor defending. However, we continued to press and managed to convert three scrappy chances in a game that we deserved to win.

“My only criticism would be that we didn’t look sharp enough at times. The team needs to realise that possession and dominance does not always translate into victory, so they must ensure that they are at 110 percent throughout the game. All in all, the lads did me proud!”

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FAITHFOLD A 3 NORTH LONDON RAIDERS B 7
The Raiders made it three wins from three as they ultimately ran out comprehensive winners.

Jake Gilbert and Alex Goodman scored twice, with David Esterkin, Will Ufland and Danny Bloom also all finding the back of the net.

Jonny HorwitzDan Kosky and Marc Charles scored for the Greens, with manager Rob Shooman telling jewishnews.co.uk: “Considering the team we had to put out because of the massive injury list we have after only one game, seven players not fit, I think we played well. We were on top at half-time, they had 14/15 players we had 10 and an assistant manager.

“After two very lucky goals in quick succession soon after the break, we had a penalty and I am at odds to understand how the referee disallowed it for a stuttering run up, something you see week in week out in the Premier League and then had the temerity to award them a free-kick for this gross offence. I’m not surprised how my guys must have felt, 4-2 down, a chance to bring it back to 4-3 and we are back in the hunt with momentum back with us. Instead, they get a lift and the game spectacularly goes their way. I’m sure they feel they deserved the win and most probably they might have won anyway, but not 7-3.

“I’m proud of the way my guys stuck to the game plan, we were grossly under strength today. Nothing to do with Raiders performance, we did not stop trying to go forward and make a game of it, we will get over this and come back stronger.

“Faithfold A will be challenging this season have no doubt, I have a very good squad of talented players, but during every season teams suffer from a plethora of injuries and absentees. Unfortunately mine have come at the start of this one.”

(MATCH PHOTOS)
(WATCH THE GOALS)
(MATCH HIGHLIGHTS)

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OAKWOOD B P HENDON UNITED B P
For the third week in a row, the FA commandeered our Oakwood’s home pitch for an FA coaching course, with there being no alternative pitch for the game to be played on.

O’s manager Jason Stein told jewishnews.co.uk: “The FA claim to support grass roots football yet everything they do suggests otherwise. I am sure they feel warm and cuddly at night.

“I would like to extend further apologies to Hendon and the referee.”

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SCRABBLE 2 FINCHLEY CITY 1
Scrabble claimed their first win of the season – while at the same time sending City to their first loss.

Josh Bharrier and Zak McLeod netted their two goals inside the first 38 minutes, with manager Ray Abrahams telling jewishnews.co.uk: “This was a game of two halves and I was very pleased with the way we dominated things until the break. But at this stage of the season it was important to get that first win under our belts and the three points in the bag.

“We’ve not had the best of times with injuries and we adapted our game well today to accommodate the players we had available, but I’m pleased with the overall performance particularly in the first half. The wind made it more difficult after the break but we scored two good goals, defended very well and I thought on the balance of play we deserved to win.”

Oliver Sade scored for Finchley, for whom manager Joel Holder told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a game of two halves. We gave Scrabble too much respect in the first half and they punished us. We had a strong talk at half-time and gave it a real go in the second half, but unfortunately we did not manage to equalise.

“There was a lot of big players missing for us today and we hope these players will be available in the next few weeks.

“I said to the boys after the game that if we replicate our second half performance this year we will be fighting for the title. I am expecting a big reaction against Bilbaum next week.”

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DIVISION TWO:

FIXTURES & TABLES
TABLE

FC TEAM B 0 L’EQUIPE 5
A hat-trick from Max Martin saw L’Equipe make it two wins from two as they moved up to fourth spot in the table.

Andy Smith and Mark Smith were also on target, as Team slumped to the bottom of the table on goal difference.

L’Equipe manager Nicholas Stern told jewishnews.co.uk: “Once again I’m a happy manager as we put in a phenomenal team performance. Every one of my squad played their hearts out battling for every ball, winning every header and being first to every challenge.

“FC Team gave us a good battle, but everyone won their individual battles and we scored some lovely goals. We just need to keep this momentum going as it is only September and there is a long way to go. However I could not be prouder or happier with the way the season has started and more importantly how the whole squad is looking.”

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MILL HILL DONS 0 CATFORD & BROMLEY 7~
Catford made it three wins from three to move clear at the top of the table as doubles from Craig Edwards and Ashley Stokes helped them to this emphatic win.

Player-manager Jeff Gotch, along with Danny Yeshua and Jamie Sinai also got on the scoresheet, with Gotch telling jewishnews.co.uk: “No doubt they’ll bemoan a lack of players like they all do, but for first half hour we were unplayable, we found ourselves 4-0 up at half-time and it could have been more.

“We move on to next week where we play RC UK, and it’s one we’re all looking forward to.”

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NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C 9 BOCA JEWNIORS 1
The Raiders claimed their first win of the season, having lost their opening two games – and did it in emphatic style.

Liam Stein and Alex Sher both scored hat-tricks, Alex Elf chipped in with two, with Rob Samuelson completing the rout.

Raiders joint-manager Sam Rose told jewishnews.co.uk: “After two difficult games to start the season off, we really got into our stride against Boca.

“Our defence was solid at the back with stand-in goalkeeper Adam Leveson making two great saves and Alex Sher capping off a fantastic free-flowing Raiders move, evading five challenges to smash the ball home from the edge of the box. We continued to push forward, stuck to our gameplan, and went into the break 2-1 ahead.

“It was more of the same in the second half as the game continued to open up with us carving numerous opportunities. Glorious goals in quick succession coming from Alex Sherr, Alex Elf, Rob Samuelson and Liam Stein to put the game to bed, as we continued to show our superiority across all aspects of the pitch. A really fantastic performance from the whole team.”

Sam Simon scored for Boca, who whom Elliot Grant told jewishnews.co.uk: “We said you would see goals, but didn’t quite think this many and let alone the amount against us. This was a tale of two halves. The first 40 minutes we played very well and didn’t let our heads drop even going 1-0 down, and equalised with a superb goal.

“We came out in the second half and until the 60th minute, battled away winning balls in the air and having some good strikes on target. Then the fitness dropped, 80 percent of our team were struggling, Raiders saw this and scored a plethora of goals in quick succession. The last 10 minutes for us were terrible and we conceded five in that time.

“Not sure what positives we can take from this but we do know we need to work on our fitness and it’s a long season ahead so if your going to lose big then lose big early and we did. Two weeks till the next league game and we will put some serious effort into recruitment too!”

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REDBRIDGE C 4 FAITHFOLD B 2
Redbridge made it two wins from two as they sent Faithfold to their second defeat in three games.

Daniel Lipman, Aaron Goldberg, Jordan Sapler and Daniel Garfinkle were all on target for Josh Hambling’s side.

Redbridge manager Josh Hambling told jewishnews.co.uk: “With so many attacking options available today in a full 16-man squad, I had more options than a Cadbury’s factory! Hence the aim of my 4-4-2 starting line-up was to attack, attack, attack. It almost paid off but we struggled to keep the ball on the floor in midfield and lacked a bit of control.

“They went 1-0 up against the run of play, but we soon equalised with a brilliantly worked goal finished cooly by Aaron Goldberg.

“We continued to press in the second half and soon found our second from a corner, Jordan tapping home from six yards. Not long afterwards Dan Garfinkle had a 15 minute cameo resulting in him beating three men down the left wing before slotting home for our third. Faithfold to their credit dug deep and were on top for 10 minutes and pulled one back, But the one-goal deficit lasted about 90 seconds as Dan Lipman got on the scoresheet with a delicate lob over their keeper to make it 4-2.

“The thing that pleases me most about this team is that we have no way scratched the surface in the potential we are capable of playing at and still winning games. We have great youth and experience in the squad and when we get going we’ll be very hard to beat. Six goals is a good return from two games with six different scorers. We look forward to the trip away to Fortune next week.

“I know being player manager putting myself forward for star man is a bit cheeky but it’s safe to say I was magical today!”

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TEMPLE FORTUNE 2 RC UK FC 2
Both side’s 100 percent winning start to the season came to an end as the visitors scored twice in the last 15 minutes to earn a point.

Two goals from Zack Rich had put Fortune 2-0 up, for whom manager Simon Linden told jewishnews.co.uk: “I can’t fault today’s performance. It was frustrating to let a two-goal lead slip, but there’s so many positives to take from a true performance of grit and determination.

“I had nine players in total out of action this weekend so there was a real chance for some of the boys that hasn’t been given a chance to step up to the plate and they didn’t fail.

“I said to the team after the game, that we just watched the team that are supposed to be favourites for the title celebrate a 2-2 draw…can’t be bad!!”

Jonti Aremband and David Brown strikes earned RC UK FC a point, with player-manager Avi Markiewicz telling jewishnews.co.uk: “Today was an extremely difficult game. We played on a pitch that was very much not suited to the way we play. The dimensions were tiny and the surface bobbly and we found it very difficult to play the type of flowing football that we have done for the past two games. We were two down at half-time and credit to Fortune for putting us on the back foot and punishing us, they were better than us in the first half and it certainly didn’t seem that they were missing anyone.

“We changed things up at half-time, but we still couldn’t find a way back in. We believe that we should have had a couple of penalties but they weren’t given so we persevered. Then we showed what RC are really made of. We didn’t panic and we didn’t get on each others backs despite us knowing that we weren’t good enough. Instead we kept positive and with about 15 minutes to go, Dovi Vogel played a defence-splitting ball to Jonti Aremband, who then beat a couple of men down the wing and scored with an excellent finish low into the corner. Then in the 90th minute, from a long throw of our own,  David Brown leaped highest to score a thumping header. We still believed we could win but unfortunately a game is only 90 minutes and despite it being all one way traffic at this point, we couldn’t quite get the winner.

“Am I happy with the performance? No, we all needed to be better. Am I happy with the result? No, I want to win every game and I believe that we had enough quality to do so, but I am very happy with the attitude that we showed. You often see, especially among the better teams who are used to winning, that when things aren’t going their way, they tend to turn on each other but we showed a fantastic team spirit, 2-0 down with 15 to go and to come out with a point shows that.

“Next week can’t come soon enough and we are all desperate to get back on the pitch and wash out the bittersweet taste in out mouths.”

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