End of an era for SPEC FC
FOOTBALL RICKY Lawrence insists it was the right time to call it a day after SPEC FC bowed out of the MGBSFL with a 3-1 defeat against Camden Park.
There was no fairy-tale ending for SPEC who were undone by the brilliance of hat-trick hero Dan Baneth. Dan Pike fired a consolation for SPEC who will not be re-entering the league next season.
Player-manager Ricky Lawrence said: “It’s the end of an era. We’ve had a blast but a fair few of the core are unable to commit to the future.
“Obviously it’s a shame to finish by getting relegated but what a few years it’s been. We’ve all enjoyed every minute of it and there have been some fantastic moments. We set the club up to play football with friends and that’s what we’ve done. We’d rather go out like this rather than struggle each week to get a team out.”
North London Raiders B from two goals down to beat Finchley City 6-4 in Division One. Jono Rochwerger, Elad Hertshten, Alex Goodman, Jacob Gold, Jake Gilbert and Rob Benson registered for the Raiders.
Joint-manager Jonny Adelman commented: “It’s much better going into the summer on the back of a win. The boys are already looking forward to challenging Scrabble for the title next season.”
James Bell, David Prager and Jon Kay fired champions L’Equipe to a 3-1 suc- cess over Real Hendon before lifting the Division Two shield.
“What a way to finish the season,” said L’Equipe boss Nick Stern. “I must say a huge thank you to Real Hendon who ensured the game would go ahead. The league really needs more clubs like them and we can only hope we see them again in a higher division soon.”
Chaim Strom replied for Real with a superb effort from 25-yards.
Jonti Aremband fired a four-goal salvo as RC UK FC crushed Boca Jewniors 7-2. Akiva Solomon (2), David Brown and Avi Mocton added the gloss.
Boca’s consolations came via Ben Retter and Michael Rosenthal.
RC UK player-boss Avi Markiewicz said: “We controlled the game from start to finish, scored some lovely team goals and played beautiful football.”
Hertswood Vale have avoided the wooden spoon after a 6-0 destruction of Redbridge Jewish Care C.
Harry Graham (2), Josh Gorb (2), Elio Elia and Josh Cohen eased them home.
Raiders Masters remain on course for the double after booking their place in the semi-finals of the MMFL/ MGBSFL Invitation Trophy.
They ran out 4-3 victors in a penalty shoot-out win over Temple Fortune. The match finished 3-3 after normal time, with top-scorer Jordan Sharifian, Gideon Wetrin and Brett Stead on target for Fortune. Paul Lenchner and Tony Plaskow were among the scorers for Raiders.