Kennet strikes back to cage Lions
London Maccabi Lions A’s hopes of winning this season’s Premier Division are all but over after their excellent 10-match unbeaten run was ended by former boss Eilon Kennet.
Goals from Steve Summers and manof-the-match Sam Sollosi earned Redbridge Jewish Care A a 2-1 victory and it appears the east Londoners are now the most realistic challengers to favourites Hendon United Sports Club A. Oli Craig netted for Lions.
Kennet said: “I couldn’t have asked for anything more from my makeshift team. The youngsters were inspired.”
Hendon registered their 11th league win with goals from Yoav Kestenbaum and Avidan Last steering them past North London Raiders B. They remain a point off top spot with three games in hand.
David Garbacz, the Hendon manager, said: “Once again, all 14 boys played a big role and everyone totally appreciated the importance of three massive points.
“We will all be giving every last ounce in the real business end of this season. Runners-up medals are not an option.”
Daryl Phillips (2), Joe Cohen and a long-range special from captain Alex Levack helped Faithfold A beat North West Neasden A 4-1. Yoni Raeburn netted for Neasden.
Hendon B were confirmed champions of Division Two despite losing 4-0 to Lions B. Top-scorer James Gold (3) and Jonny Cutter condemned Hendon to their fourth defeat of the season.
Two goals from defender Jordan Sapler helped Glenthorne United A cementfourthplaceina2-2drawagainst FC Team B. Emile Ben-atar and Daniel Alfreds replied.
A hat-trick from Saul Conway helped Shirley Park secure promotion from Division Three following a 5-1 demolition of Catford & Bromley Maccabi. Stefan Benfredj and Lee Bushell finished the job.
A penalty from Jake Gilbert helped Athleticbilbaum secure Division Three football next season as they beat promotion rivals SPEC FC 1-0 in a winner-takesall contest.
Bilbaum joint-player-manager Mark Pasha said: “Everyone was superb, just as they have been all season long.”
SPEC FC’S Ricky Lawrence commented: “Bilbaum deserved the result on the day and they deserve to get promoted too. We did okay but they were the better side. Good luck to them. I hope we’re able to meet them in the league next season.”
Josh Fineman, Ashley Davidson, Darren Russell, Joe Newton and super-sub Daniel Garb eased Raiders C to a 5-1 success over Temple Fortune B.
Eli Lew ( left) tussles for possession in the promotion battle with SPEC