‘Red­bridge will bring ti­tle home,’ says Rank

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY DANNY CARO

FOOT­BALL SAM Rank is tar­get­ing two more vic­to­ries af­ter Red­bridge Jewish Care B boosted their Divi­sion One ti­tle hopes with a 2-1 vic­tory over Scrab­ble FC.

Strikes from Brad Gayer and Kane Hopps guided the east Lon­don­ers to their 11th win in 13 matches. They trail lead­ers Lions B by four points, but have three matches in hand.

“This game was the first of three cup fi­nals as our ob­jec­tive is to win the ti­tle. Two more vic­to­ries in the next fort­night will bring the ti­tle to Es­sex,” said Rank.

El­liot Espinoza replied for Scrab­ble and man­ager Ray Abra­hams con­ceded Red­bridge are now the favourites for the ti­tle. He said: “We’re dis­ap­pointed not to have won this game.”

Nick Grosse ended his reign as man­ager of Los Blan­cos in style, beat­ing

NL Raiders B 2-1 with goals from Louie Lib­bert and Avi Kesten­baum.

Grosse said: “It was an emo­tional day. I told the play­ers be­fore kick-off it would be my last game in charge, pos­si­bly even as a player. Adam Hersh, Joel Kut­ner, Benjy Is­rael and Jeff Gross, who were all found­ing mem­bers, also played their fi­nal game for the club.

“It has been an hon­our and a plea­sure to man­age and play for the team. Through­out its short his­tory there has been a phi­los­o­phy of com­raderie and friend­ship which has meant that my team-mates have been top qual­ity guys with strong val­ues and good spir­its. The young­sters we leave be­hind to con­tinue the Blan­cos leg­end have the abil­ity to take the club all the way to the top. That was my part­ing mes­sage to them and I hope they be­lieve it as much as I do.”

Ja­son Stein’s “half-time hair-dryer” shocked Oak­wood B into life in the 2-2 draw against Finchley City. Jamie Gurvitz and Sam Leader reg­is­tered for Finchley, with Daniel Selig­man and Ben An­nis the marks­men for Oak­wood.

Oak­wood boss Stein said: “Our per­for­mance wasn’t good enough in the first half. We were not at the races and that’s what has cost us the win.”

Rob Shooman said it was “good to get ev­ery­one fir­ing” af­ter Faith­fold A crushed Hen­don B 5-1. Adam Lit­tas (2), Jamie Kent (2) and Craig Cole eased them home.

Os­car Wag­ner (2) and Alex Bloch helped Raiders A in­flict a first de­feat on Cam­den Park boss Stir­ling Kay.

NLR man­ager Dan Shafron praised his team for “a good and solid dis­play.”

Kay in­sists “the fu­ture looks bright” despite the 3-0 de­feat. “We were punished for three mis­takes but the lads showed they want to move their game on by the way they adapted to a new for­ma­tion”.

Si­mon Lin­den ex­pressed re­lief af­ter late goals from Jake Marks and Jor­dan Shar­i­fian kept Tem­ple For­tune on course for sec­ond place in Divi­sion Two fol­low­ing a 2-0 tri­umph over Mill Hill Dons.

Lin­den said: “I knew Mill Hill would cause us prob­lems and they prob­a­bly edged the con­test, but I’m proud of my team. Like last week, it wasn’t the pret­ti­est per­for­mance but we dug in, put in a shift and got the job done.”

Rob Sim­mons (2), James Man­dell and Mark Singer fired newly-crowned cham­pi­ons L’Equipe to a 4-3 win over Boca Jewniors. Oliver Kyte, Jamie Le­boff and Sam Si­mon replied.

Raphael Noe (3), Benny Gold­berg (2) and Benni Sluckis (2) helped Real Hen­don re­cover from a goal down to crush Faith­fold B 7-1. Real’s Motty Kor­man com­mented: “I’m not sure why it has taken us 15 games to fi­nally put in a very good per­for­mance.”

Os­car Wag­ner

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