JK hits right notes for Raiders

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BYDANNYCARO

FOOT­BALL DAN Shafron in­sists North Lon­don Raiders A must “stay fo­cused” af­ter they reg­is­tered their se­cond 12-0 tri­umph of the sea­son by putting SPEC FC to the sword.

Hav­ing de­stroyed SPEC 6-0 the pre­vi­ous week, Shafron ex­pressed de­light af­ter a four-goal salvo from mid­field gen­eral Jonny Kay, known as JK, in­spired last sea­son’s dou­ble win­ners.

Fur­ther strikes from David Dinkin (2), Nick Lewis (2), David Co­hen (2),Ben El­lis and an own goal com­pleted the rout.

NLR man­ager Shafron re­marked: “We played 55 min­utes with 10 men and had nine for the re­main­der of the game, how­ever the boys were re­lent­less in at­tack and to score 12 goals for the se­cond time this sea­son is quite amaz­ing.

“Re­sults like to­day are of­ten seen as a freak and whilst we can en­joy this win, we need to stay fo­cused on some big games to come.

“We now need to as­sess a cou­ple of in­juries and pre­pare for our cup quar­ter-fi­nal next week against our B-team.”

Dean Rosen­thal (2), Ben Win­ters, Benji Wein­berger and su­per-sub Michael Ken­ley kept Mac­cabi Lions B three points clear in Di­vi­sion One fol­low­ing a crush­ing 5-1 suc­cess over title ri­vals Raiders B.

Lions boss Sam Marchant said: “This was a big vic­tory for us. We have su­per­tough fix­tures com­ing our way and we need to be pre­pared to keep our hopes of pro­mo­tion alive.”

Will Ufland fired a con­so­la­tion for an NLR team miss­ing 12 reg­u­lars. Man­ager Jonathan Adel­man said: “I’m very pleased with some of the foot­ball we played, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing we were miss­ing so many play­ers. We also picked up some knocks dur­ing the game but had no sub­sti­tutes to re­place the in­jured.”

A late won­der goal from Josh Bharier boosted Scrab­ble FC’s title hopes af­ter they came through a seven-goal thriller against Los Blan­cos.

Adam Wa­ters, Danny Sher­man and Sam Stead were the other marks­men.

Scrab­ble boss Ray Abra­hams com­mented: “We’ve got six cup fi­nals from now to the end of the sea­son and af­ter to­day’s re­sults it looks like a three­horse race for the title.

“We will give it every­thing in ev­ery game and see where it takes us.”

Blan­cos boss Nick Grosse be­moaned his team’s mis­for­tune and said: “That’s two weeks in a row now we’ve been un­done by a top-three team in the last minute. It was gut-wrench­ing.

“You could list all the ex­ple­tives in the ur­ban bi­ble and that still wouldn’t come close to de­scrib­ing how bad the lads felt af­ter the game.”

Tem­ple For­tune’s title hopes were dealt a blow in Di­vi­sion Two fol­low­ing a 4-4 draw against Real Hen­don. Real ben­e­fit­ted from two own goals, along

with strikes from Chaim Gothold and Benny Slukis. Mike Woolf, David Sawyer, Gab Stone and Jor­dan Shar­i­fian replied for For­tune.

Alex Elf’s tre­ble earned Raiders C an im­pres­sive 4-2 vic­tory over pro­mo­tion chas­ing RC UK FC. Liam Stein also reg­is­tered. Moishe Lewis scored twice for RC UK but any hopes of a come­back were ef­fec­tively ended by a penalty save from NLR’s Tony Plaskow.

NLR boss Sam Rose said: “We wanted to show RC UK what we were made of. They knew they were fac­ing a dif­fer­ent NLR team to ear­lier in the sea­son, but I’m not sure they were ex­pect­ing this per­for­mance.”

RC UK boss Avi Markiewicz said: “In our des­per­ate at­tempt to score an equaliser a mis­take cost us and we were left to won­der what would and could have been.”

Cat­ford & Brom­ley se­cured their sixth league win of the sea­son af­ter beat­ing Boca 2-0, with ef­forts from Joel Lass­man and Ashley Stokes.

Cats boss Jeff Gotch said: “It wasn’t pretty but it was pretty com­fort­able.”

Boca’s An­ton Ny­man re­marked “a ridicu­lous first-half penalty went against us for the cra­zi­est hand­ball de­ci­sion you’ll ever see”. He added: “We fought hard un­til the end but couldn’t get the bet­ter of them.”

Goals from Harry Graham, Elio Elia, Josh Co­hen and James Mil­let in­spired Hertswood Vale to their first league win as they beat Mill Hill Dons 4-1.

“This was an ab­so­lutely per­fect team per­for­mance,” said Hertswood joint­man­ager Ja­cob Emanuel. “Al­though our at­tack­ing play­ers will get a lot of the credit, we also pro­duced a su­perb de­fen­sive dis­play.” Ryan Kramer fired a con­so­la­tion for the Dons.

Jonny Kay ( right) was praised by both man­agers af­ter his out­stand­ing four-goal salvo in Bore­ham­wood

PHOTO: MARC MORRIS

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