Republic of Mancunia extended their unbeaten run to 11 games with a 3-0 win over Crumpsall. The victory saw Anthony Bloch’s men continue their march towards the treble.
Bloch said: “We are playing well. Though the 3-0 was not as convincing as we would like, Maccabi losing is better than us winning 25-0! For the first time this season we have the league in our hands.”
Despite the scoreline, Crumpsall competed well and pushed high up the pitch to prevent Republic having the space in which to play their passing game. A competitive performance from the hosts was undermined though two minutes before half time when Aaron Black’s attempted clearance hit player-manager Zevi Saunders and fell invitingly for Mike Gastwirth to fire home the opening goal.
A second goal was not far away as Moishe Hasid found himself through on goal but appeared to hesitate, seemingly thinking that he was offside, before half volleying home.
Though Crumpsall were not completely outplayed, they failed to trouble the Republic defence, and it was no surprise when the visitors extended their lead. Darren Loofe crossed for Dave Eden, whose header was saved but fell for Jonny Jacobs to fire into the net.
Republic turned the screw late on and created a number of chances but were wasteful in front of goal as they failed to make their advantage tell.
Saunders said: ““I was very pleased with the performance, we battled very well. Republic are a good team and I was pleased with the effort and endeavour of my players.”