Redbridge Jewish Care A vs North London Raiders A
Forest Road, Fairlop, Essex
020 8500 3777
Raiders boss Rob Richman is hopeful his boys can put in the performance of a lifetime to ensure this is a coupon spoiler.
The odds are firmly stacked against the north Londoners who travel to a team in top form.
RJC’s front pairing of Steve Summers and Adam Stolerman helped take the game away from Lions last weekend, and although neither is blessed with great pace, they make up for it in other departments.
Summers is strong as an ox and as good as they come MSFL-wise when it comes to a striker with his back to goal. He’s due a goal or three, but is always one of the first names down on the teamsheet. He excels at holding the ball up and bringing others into the game. He is the kind of player that will bring out the best in the loved-up Ben Sollosi – always a willing runner from midfield.
Stolerman is having an excellent season. At times, he seems to have eyes in the back of his head. He’s a Rolls Royce of a footballer, a real class act.
RJC boss Eilon Kennet was delighted with the team’s performance at his former club, it really ticked all the boxes in terms of being the complete performance, with Ben Graham and Richie Caplin the other stars of the show.
Looking ahead to Sunday, Kennet told JC Sport: “You never know which Raiders team you're going to get, so preparing for this week’s match is really about us and our approach.
“If we approach the game with the right attitude and commitment we’ll get the result - we need to keep this run going.
“We’ve got a couple of absentees this week’ so it will also be a good test to see if we have strength in depth in our squad.
“Everyone in the squad is looking forward to this game trained hard. Now it’s about transferring it on to the pitch on Sunday.”
L’Orange go into the match on the back of their heaviest defeat of the season. A strike from Jonny Hesselberg was about the only positive they could take away from a 7-1 battering at the hands of leaders Faithfold. They were simply blown away.
Confidence will be fragile, but manager Richman will remind his troops that the club have earned some excellent results at Fairlop in recent years, and he’ll be looking for his big match players, such as Jamie Wolfson, David Dinkin, David Rhodes and Adam Joselyn to produce something special.
Raiders have one of the finest reputations in the league when it comes to being the nice guys, but they must adopt a different approach on Sunday and try to ruffle Redbridge’s feather. It’s crucial they keep the home team out for the first 20.
It’s either that or taste another heavy defeat in my eyes …
JC team news: For Redbridge, Steve Gevertz is away on stag duty, so Johnny Morgan is in the squad. Jack Van Gelder and Ben Sollosi return.
Venue - Fairlop, Ref – David Lazarus
JC star man: Ben Graham (RJC)
DC Prediction: Redbridge A 4 Raiders A 1