JK hits right notes for Raiders
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