Faithfold new boy Mike Pearson scored on debut against Neasden B. Elsewhere in the Premier Division, leaders Hendon United Sports Club A edged past North London Raiders A while Lions A claimed one of the results of the day, thumping defending champions Neasden A 5-0.
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JC MSFL LATEST NEWS
JC MSFL MATCHDAY 15 HEADLINES
PREM DIV – Hendon edge past Raiders, Five-star Lions thump Neasden
DIV 1 – Raiders B overcome FC Team A, Chigs crush Montana
DIV 2 – Four-midable Faithfold stun the Stars
DIV 3 – Norstar B and Faithfold C hit the perfect 10, UJIA add to Zig Zag woes
DIV 4 – Blizzard Storm hit eight
JC MSFL PHOTOGALLERIES
JC HAT-TRICK HEROES
Div 1 - Glenn Michaels
Div 3 - Simon Beresford 4, Jonny Blain (both Faithfold C), Daniel Gordon 4 (Redbridge C)
Div 4 - Alex Stolerman (Blizzard Storm), Benny Goldberg (Hendon Utd C)
JC TEAM OF THE WEEK
GK - Darren Rolfe (UJIA)
DEFENDERS - Richie Cohen (Hendon C), Andy Levy (Woodford), Dan Grossman (NL Raiders B), Josh Bentley (Hendon Utd A)
MIDFIELDERS - Steve Field (Brady Maccabi), Roie Spitzer (Faithfold A), Glenn Michaels (Chigwell Athletic)
STRIKERS - Adam Hersh (Los Blancos), Dan Gordon (Redbridge C), Jordan Marks (London Maccabi Lions A)
JC MANAGER OF THE WEEK
Rob Shooman (Faithfold B)
JC REEFEREE OF THE WEEK
REFEREE - Warwick Blake (UJIA vs Zig Zag)
JC GOAL OF THE WEEK
Ariel Weinstein (Los Blancos) - GOAL 2 - picked the ball up 25 yards out, took a touch and unleashed a ferocious drive into the roof of the net
JC SAVE OF THE WEEK
Mike Elvey (LM Lions A) - reacted brilliantly to a speculative strike from Rob Lerner. Scrambling backwards, the Lions keeper managed to leap and throw out a strong fist pushing the ball over the bar for a corner. If Paul Merson was commentating he would have called it a worldy!
JC GOAL CELEBRATION OF THE WEEK
Josh Bentley (Hendon A) - wheeled away in sheer delight gathering a speed not previously seen by Josh for a good 3 years, before hurtling himself into his delighted manager's arms
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JC MSFL PREMIER DIVISION
BENTLEY IS HENDON’S DRIVING FORCE
HENDON UNITED SPORTS CLUB A 2 NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A 1
A header from Josh Bentley earned leaders Hendon a hard fought win over Raiders at Hadley FC.
The match was delayed for 30 minutes to let the pitch thaw out, and it was the Hammers who flew out of the blocks with Ben Kon rifling home from a goal-mouth scramble.
A goal to the good at half time, Hendon lost keeper Russell Corin to injury in the second half and Raiders drew level when ref Robert Bernardout judged that Matt Stock had been pushed in the penalty area. Up stepped Mark Leader to expertly side-foot home the spot-kick past Hendon sub Michael Slavinsky.
Bentley had the final say, meeting Alex Gilbert pinpoint cross with a precision finish.
Raiders top-scorer Jacob Gold hit the bar late on but it was Hendon who took the points.
DC Prediction: Hendon Utd Sports Club A 3 NL Raiders A 2
FIVE-STAR LIONS MAUL NEASDEN
NORTH WEST NEASDEN A 0 LONDON MACCABI LIONS A 5
Two goals from Lee Bibring helped the Lions earn one of the results of the day as they overpowered defending champions Neasden at The Hive.
Further efforts from Jordan Marks, James Stanley and Ben Joseph completed the rout.
Lions manager Eilon Kennet told JC Sport: "With almost a full squad to choose from, its no coincidence that this was probably our best performance this season.
"If we can finally stay injury free and with more or less a full squad to select from, we can hopefully, finally kick start our season.
"The boys are still buzzing and celebrating, but one swallow does not a summer make and we need to do it all over again on Sunday or it counts for nothing. The difference this week, is that we can't wait for Sunday to come around soon enough."
Ben Joseph, one of Lions' goal-scoring heroes, told JC Sport: "A special mention must go to Eilon and Ricky Kennet, on behalf of all the boys who represent Lions A. During what has been a tough season with continuous injuries, losing Louis Basger and now Mike Pearson, those two have shown unbelievable passion, desire and love for this team - oh and "masterminded" a 5-0 demolition over our arch rivals."
Jamie Cole, the Neasden manager, told JC Sport: "We had a good first half and were unlucky to come in 1-0 down. Nothing went for us in the second half and it was a poor display.
"We will have to put this behind us and move on, and learn from our mistakes."
DC Prediction: NW Neasden A 3 LM Lions A 2
THREE CHEERS FOR REDBRIDGE
REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A 3 SOUTHGATE HARMEN A 1
Daran Bern was among the scorers again as Redbridge flexed their title muscles with a 3-1 win over Harmen at Fairlop.
RJC boss Sam McCarthy told JC Sport: "This was a game in which I felt we were always in control. I was pleased to see Redbridge create an abundance of chances and only through some stern defending and goalline clearances kept the scoreline down.
"This was an important three points for us. We needed to go into the Christmas break with nothing but wins under our belt if we are to seriously challenge fore the title. The team are firing on all cylinders and I must commend the team on their commitment, attitude and application."
RJC: Dan Lee, Ritchie Caplin, Brad Frankel, Adam Hakimi (sub: Alex Lishak 60), Craig Sandford (sub: Russell Leiter 60), Daniel Sugerman (sub: Dean Nyman 55), Danny Hakimi, Ben Sollosi, Sam McCarthy, Daren Bern, Steve Summers. Subs: Russell Leiter, Alex Lishak, Lewis Walker, Dean Nyman, Jamie Cooper
DC Prediction: Redbridge JC A 4 Southgate Harmen A 1
PEARSON HELPS SUPERHOOPS TASTE DERBY DELIGHT
FAITHFOLD A 2 NORTH WEST NEASDEN B 1
New signing Michael Pearson netted a debut goal as climbed back into the top three following a hard-earned derby win over Neasden B at The Hive.
Faithfold's other came via a penalty from the ice-cool and ever-dependable David Lederman
Neasden's goal came through Danny Daggers.
Faithfold manager Zuriel Solomon told JC Sport: "It was a good win yesterday. I felt that we dominated most of the game and chances both goalkeepers played very well. David Lederman and Rocky were brilliant and new signing Mike Pearson was a real handful and gives us a different dimension really looking forward to him playing with us. He looked great in green and white."
DC Prediction: Faithfold A 2 NW Neasden B 1
MAGIC MICHAELS HELPS CHIGS END MONTANA HOODO
CHIGWELL ATHLETIC 5 MONTANA BOCA UNITED A 0
GLENN MICHAELS fired the perfect hat-trick – left foot, right foot, header – as Chigwell ended their Montana hoodoo at the third time of asking to haul themselves right back into the promotion mix.
Daniel Castle put the icing on the cake with two finishes from superb crosses from Paul Lenchner.
Chigs player-manager Richard Slater told JC Sport: “'It was a great second half by the boys. We wanted it more, owed this lot a beating and it was superb to watch.
Montana's Dan Cohen told JC Sport: "Shocking from Montana. Defended poorly and couldn't finish. Yes, their first goal was offside, but Chigwell fully deserved their win."
DC Prediction: Chigwell Athletic 2 Montana A 1
BRADY HIT LIONS FOR SIX
LONDON MACCABI LIONS C 2 BRADY MACCABI 6
Two goals apiece from Josh Hershman and Steve Field helped maintained Brady's excellent start as they outclassed Lions C at Rowley Lane.
Further goals came through Ben Gershuny and Darren Stern.
Shai Davidi and Ilan Ben Zion were the marksmen for Lions.
DC Prediction: LM Lions C 1 Brady Maccabi 3
RAIDERS MARCH ON
NORTH LONDON RAIDERS B 2 FC TEAM A 1
David Dinkin and Rik Sherman were the goal men as L'Orange won game of the day in Division One.
Ollie Segal replied for Team.
Raiders boss Rob Richman told JC Sport: "This was a really courageous victory. We knew that FC Team would be a really difficult game as they have a strong squad and had started the season really well. However, we defended as a team brilliantly limiting FC Team to only a handful of chances while we always looked a threat going forward. The team spirit is excellent and I am so proud of all the boys for the effort they put into the game."
FC Team player-manager Mitch Young told JC Sport: "I felt we were very unlucky to lose. Both teams cancelled each other out and a draw would have been a fair result. The goal they scored was a clear foul on our centre back who had to go off with concussion after. It is disappointing to lose but I can't fault my team's effort and, if we had a bigger squad, we may have gone on on and one but with so many injuries we had no bench and three players played through the second half with injuries. Hopefully in the new year our squad will look much stronger. Well done to Raiders who defended really well."
DC Prediction: NL Raiders 2 FC Team A 1
CAMDEN MAKE THEIR POINT
SOUTHGATE HARMEN B 2 CAMDEN PARK 2
Mid-table rivals Harmen B and Camden shared the spoils following a four-goal thriller at Ashmole.
Daniel Amram and Marc Cohen struck for Harmen.
Camden's goals came through Guy Marks and Nick Gold.
Harmen went 1-0 up following a great counter-attack involving Henig, Cohen, Becker and Amram. Harmen player-manager Mark Engel gifted Camden an equaliser when he dropped an easy cross. Harmen restored the advantage but Camden fired a late leveller.
Harmen player-manager Mark Engel told JC Sport: "It was a tough match. Credit to Camden who battled till the end. I was really pleased with some of our play today, it bodes well for the rest of the season.
DC Prediction: Southgate Harmen B 3 Camden Park 2
OAKWOOD P REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B P
Match postponed – RJC defaulted
FORTUNE OOZE SIX APPEAL
FC TEAM B 2 TEMPLE FORTUNE A 6
Fortune maintained their push with a comfortable win over lowly FC Team B at Old Camdenians.
Dan Natoff (2), Daniel Woolfe, Richard Cooper and Rob Benson, with his 27th of the season, were the goal men for Fortune.
FC Team's scorers were Eddie Sternberg and Dave Silver.
Fortune secretary Mike Shorvon said: "We should have won by far more. We could have scored 15 but made heavy weather of it. Still, another three points which is pleasing."
DC Prediction: FC Team B 1 Temple Fortune A 4
L'EQUIPE WIN FRENCH DERBY
L’EQUIPE 2 FC MARYLEBONE 0
Strikes from Peter Chaya and Jonny Sake helped L'Equipe win the French derby.
DC Prediction: L’Equipe 2 FC Marylebone 3
FOUR-MIDABLE FAITHFOLD STUN THE STARS
NORSTAR A 2 FAITHFOLD B 4
Faithfold B earned one of the results of the weekend with Seth Green, Daniel Hildebrand 2, Joe Levi on target in a memorable morning at John Lyons.
Norstar's goals came through Simon Perlmutter and Eli Houri.
Phil Peters, the Norstar manager, told JC Sport: "This was a deserved victory for Faithfold who clearly wanted it more than us as the game went on. Having led for so long, and then re-taken the lead after conceding a sloppy goal, we looked to be clinging on to the victory. But credit to Rob and his boys, they dug deep and exploited our tired legs in the last 15 minutes.
"If they can get that team out each week then they'll certainly be up there come the end of the season and will hopefully take some points of the other guys fighting for the title."
DC Prediction: Norstar A 2 Faithfold B 1
AVIRAM LEADS BY EXAMPLE
WOODFORD WANDERERS 2 HENDON UNITED SPORTS CLUB B 0
Strikes from player-manager Alex Aviram and Darryl Green got Woodford's promotion bid back on track as they overcame the Hustlers in Redbridge.
Aviram broke the deadlock with a stunning free-kick. Green clinched the points with a late second, beating the keeper after a through ball played by Aviram.
Woodford boss Alex Aviram told JC Sport: "It was good win in tough conditions. Considering I could only just field 11 due to injuries, I was happy. Hendon found it very difficult to break us down. It was a solid defensive display from us.
"Going forward we needed to improve but hopefully by next week I'll have my attackers back in full swing. It's been a frustrating season, I still am yet to field my strongest 11 men, but please god may this soon come."
SPARKLING STARS STRIKE PERFECT 10
CATFORD & BROMLEY MACCABI 3 NORSTAR B 10 (TEN)
Norstar B went goal crazy at Norsemen FC, recording a perfect 10 with goals from Josh Gaon, Adam Lipman (2), Adam Sanzer, Rafi Addlestone, Josh Green (2), Nick Benson, Jonny Kay and an own goal.
Catford's goals came through Josh Pater (2) and Yonni Bord.
Delighted Norstar boss Jonny Bunt told JC Sport: "It was a strange game this week, with the score not really a fair reflection on Catford's performance. That said, all three of their goals came from direct set-pieces (including a throw-in that went straight in) and in terms of 'real goals,' the score should have been 9-0.
"The game also included two shoo-ins for the Christmas Blooper DVDs with the miss of an absolute sitter and one of the finest own goals you will ever see.
"At 3-2 up just after half time, they were pressing, we looked exposed and we were done a big favour by one of the greatest own goals ever seen, when a sliding interception, 25 yards out flew into the top corner like a bullet. From there we still contrived to concede another silly goal, but throughout the game, with the ball on the deck, we were peerless and scored six unanswered goals all of which bore the hallmarks of our quick, aggressive, passing games.
"Numbers 1 through to 11 all deserve great credit, but special mention goes to forward Josh Green and man-of-the-match Adam Lipman for finally living up to his potential and performance in training."
DC Prediction: Catford & Bromley 3 Norstar B 3
SUPERHOOPS STRIKE A PERFECT 10
FAITHFOLD C 10 (TEN) REAL LIFE 4
Hat-tricks from SIMON BERESFORD and new signing JONNY BLAIN helped title chasing Faithfold strike double figures on their return to The Hive as they ripped Real Life apart.
Beresford led the way with a four-goal show, with top-scorer Ben Simons and the influential Josh Sugarbread putting the icing on the cake.
Jonathan Bruck (2), Wayne Davidson and Charles Bernstein were the goal men for the visitors.
Faithfold player-manager David Garson told JC Sport: "It was nice to be back at The Hive, and on a decent pitch. We scored some good goals today and, in patches, passed the ball around well. We could have scored more but when you hit 10 past them I can't really complain. Next week will be a much tougher test."
DC Prediction: Faithfold C 5 Real Life 1
FOUR-MIDABLE FLASH ON FIRE FOR REDBRIDGE
REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE 7 HEATH BANTA 3
A fab four-goal salvo from DANIEL GORDON boosted Redbridge C's promotion hopes as they over-powered high-flying Heath Banta at Fairlop.
JC star man James Ryan, Lee Ballen and Marc Silver finished the job in a game RJC led 4-0 at half time.
Stefan Simons (2) and Dan Sinai struck for Heath Banta.
RJC boss Richard Bronzite told JC Sport: "We dominated the first half, and totally outplayed Banta. We became complacent in the second half, let them back in but the game was won in the first."
DC Prediction: Redbridge JC C 2 Heath Banta 1
ZIG ZAG PAYS THE PENALTY
UJIA 2 ZIG ZAG 1
Zig Zag were left to rue a missed last-minute penalty as UJIA completed an early season league double at The Hive with goals from Ben Sokel and Tony Plaskow, whose strike four minutes from time settled it.
Joel Winton struck for the Zeds.
UJIA player-manager Darren Rolfe popped up with the late crucial save.
Both managers were full of praise for referee Warwick Blake.
Rolfe said: "Warwick is a superb ref. He explained everything and kept the game flowing."
Zig Zag manager DJ Neal Cohen told JC Sport: "Ref Warwick Blake was the best I’ve seen in 10 years. He was very professional and earned the respect of both teams."
DC Prediction: UJIA 3 Zig Zag 1
GLENTHORNE UNITED A P TEAM JLGB P
Match postponed - JLGB defaulted
A REAL STOLY SHOW
ATHLETIC BILBAUM 1 BLIZZARD STORM 8
There was something of a family affair as ALEX STOLERMAN (3) and JOE STOLERMAN (2) struck gold in front of their on-looking grandfather as Blizzard Storm boosted their title hopes with a big win over Bilbaum.
Michael Woolf, JC star man Ryan Colet and Joel Kutner wrapped up the victory.
Blizzard boss Simon Linden told JC Sport: "This was a good win. We played some superb football. The fixtures coming up after new year will test my squad - I fancy us to do the business this season. Everyone is buzzing."
DC Prediction: Athletic Bilbaum 1 Blizzard Storm 3
BRAHAM LEAVES JEWVE DOUBLED UP
JEWVENTUS 1 NORTH WEST NEASDEN C 3
Two goals from Richard Braham helped Neasden C complete an early season double over Jewventus, leaving player-manager Louis Taylor, the Jewve old boy, a very happy man.
In what Taylor described as "a great win for us against a good Jewventus team", it was the visitors who forged ahead when Taylor stole in behind the Jewventus defence, rounded the keeper and slotted home.
In periods of the first half Jewventus had plenty of the ball in the middle, without creating too many chances. When they did get a shot on target, goalkeeper Ed Bloom made a great save to keep NWN in the lead. Bloom was solid throughout and made a massive difference to the team as captain.
The second half saw NWN keeping the ball a lot better. Aron Lewis, who was excellent in midfield, dispossessed one of the Jewventus midfielders, rolled the ball to the side to Richard Braham curl in the second.
NWN looked in a bit of trouble when Dan Parnell was sent off for two bookable offences, but held firm until right at the end of the game when Jewve pulled one back through Oliver Weingarten.
However, substitute Joel Kanutin won NWN a penalty in the last minute that was duly converted by Braham for his second.
Taylor told JC Sport: "I have to make special mention for a man of the match performance to Alex Lewis at left back, who was solid and controlled throughout. There was not one player who did not perform out of their skin, I am so proud of my team."
DC Prediction: Jewventus 3 NW Neasden C 2
LENZ KEEPS BOREHAMWOOD FOCUSED
NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C 2 INTER BOREHAMWOOD 4
Two goals from JC star man Adam Lenz ensured that Borehamwood overcame a gritty Raiders C in Hatfield.
Further strikes from Jerome Colmans and Scott Ackerman sealed the points.
Matt Greene and Ben Hart were the goal men for Raiders.
Oli Shorts, the Raiders boss, had mixed feelings at the final whistle. "Proud, angry and disappointed are words that describe my feelings after this game. Going three down after half an hour was extremely disappointing yet my team battled back and we came in at half time 3-2 down. The turning point was the start of the second half when we pulled it back to 3-3. The ref gave it but the linesman called it offside. It was a tight decision, but my anger was because the ref said to me before the game that he only wants the linesmen to call throw ins and corners. It seemed as though that statement became void as a free kick was awarded.
"In all fairness the Ref had a very good game today but the transparency and the need to talk the managers when these situation arise needs to be addressed. This is the second game in a row where the ref has given the goal for us and then gone back on his decision. It's hard to take as a manager. We never deserved to lose this game as i think we were the better team for 60 minutes, it was a shame we were three down after 30.
"Inter's fourth came with the last kick of the game after we had gone down to 10 men through injury. Credit to my players for giving it there all through out the whole game and with more performances like this we'll eventually get the luck we deserve. Although we didn't get any points I was so proud today."
DC Prediction: NL Raiders C 1 Inter Borehamwood 3
HUSTLERS ROMP HOME
PINNER JFC 1 HENDON UNITED SPORTS CLUB C 9
The free-scoring Hustlers were at it again with BENNY GOLDBERG, Moishe Noe (2), Zvi Noe, Mikey Mendelsohn, Avi Gelley and Benjy Israel helping them ease past Pinner.
Pinner's consolation came through Frais.
Hendon player-manager Avi Gelley told JC Sport: "This was a highly satisfactory performance on a pitch that cut up badly. Benny Goldberg scored another hat trick and Michael Mendelsohn & Richie Cohen were excellent on the right wing.
"Steve Keller stood out though, he was omnipresent (a Brian Mooreism!) in central midfield, its great having him back, he broke up play and chased all game never letting Pinner settle."
Pinner boss Viv Emanuel said: "I was not present on Sunday, but I was informed our performance was shambolic. 9-1 against any team is an embarrassment.
"I shall be reading the riot act at training on Wednesday and on Sunday my players will be back to fight hard against a North West Neasden we know we can beat."
DC Prediction: Pinner JFC 1 Hendon C 4
THE BEAST COMES GOOD AFTER FABIO'S NO-SHOW
SHIRLEY PARK 2 GLENTHORNE UNITED B 6
Table-toppers Glenthorne B ended Shirley Park's winning run in emphatic fashion.
Glenthorne's preparations for the match were dealt a blow when star striker Fabio Revieccio did not turn up for the game to increased speculation that his leaving in the window.
But to the relief of manager Elliot Coulton, Dan Lassman stepped up with two goals including a goal of the week contender.
Further strikes from Jordan Sapler (pen), supersub Dan Jackson, Jamie Crawford and an own goal finished the job.
Gideon Gold and Jason Lindsay were the goal men for Shirley.
Shirley Park joint player-manager Dave Lusman told JC Sport: "We came into this fixture with a depleted squad. We were missing seven first team regulars including Sacha, Plotnek, Sam Gold, Shai, Jackson, Ben and Lee Bushall. It proved to be an upward struggle before the game even began and couldn't have come at a better time for Glenthorne to suppress our chances of promotion.
DC Prediction: Shirley Park 1 Glenthorne Utd B 1
HERSH INSPIRES BLANCOS COMEBACK
TEMPLE FORTUNE B 2 LOS BLANCOS 4
Joel Minsky's troops maintained their promotion charge in a six-goal thriller in Hatch End.
Blancos came from behind twice, and were made to battle for their three points with goals from Adam Hersh (2), JC star man Ariel Weinstein and Dany Kon.
Garry Simpson and Jeff Bathija netted for Fortune.
Blancos boss Joel Minsky told JC Sport: "It was a fully deserved three points for us today, and we're pleased to go into the winter break well within the leading pack and in a strong position to push on and fight for honours come the end of the season.
Fortune secretary Mike Shorvon said: "The commitment is there in abundance but defensively, we made too many mistakes and got punished. Everyone put in tremendous effort – sadly the team just ran out of steam."
DC Prediction: Temple Fortune B 1 Los Blancos 3