End of an era for SPEC FC

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - Ral­lied

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.

L’Equipe cel­e­brate

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