Elf puts in a gi­ant shift for Raiders

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BYDANNYCARO

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.”

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