Elf puts in a giant shift for Raiders
FOOTBALL ZACK Gothelf described two-goal hero Alex Elf as “different class” after he guided North London Raiders C into the quarter-finals of the National cup with victory over Faithfold.
Elf was involved in NLR’s opener, playing a delightful cross to Oli Nathan who stooped low to head home.
Elf went on to score a brace, including a sizzling 30-yard free-kick, and further strikes from Josh Daniels and Oliver Telvi sealed the tie to ensure NLR reached the last eight for the first time in their history.
Gothelf said: “Alex was tremendous, scoring two stunners and he contributed a couple of assists as well.”
Strikes from Harrison Midda and Paul Biller took Woodford Wanderers a point clear in MGBSFL Division One, but joint-manager Daryl Kay cut a frustrated figure as they allowed a two-goal advantage to slip for the third match in a row. JamieKutnerandJoelKutnerearned Los Blancos a 2-2 draw.
FC Team B secured their biggest win of the season as they crushed NL Raiders B 10-1. Josh Green had put NLR in front before FC Team hit back with strikes from Andy Sheena (3), Richard Salmon (2), Jon Breger (2), Ben Binder, Adam Rones and David Grossman.
NLR boss Jonathan Adelman said: “We were shambolic, but I won’t criticise the boys who made themselves available. We’ve struggled to get a viable XI on the pitch this season and it seems part of a wider malaise in Jewish football.
“I fear if that malaise is not addressed with some genuinely creative initiatives, this could be the last generation of 11-a-side Jewish Sunday league football — and that would be a terrible shame.”