Matchday 14 weekend preview

By Danny Caro, November 28, 2013
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There's some mouth-watering action in store on Matchday 14 of the season, including the first round of the Peter Morrison Trophy, with holders Brady Maccabi A up against Premier Division rivals Redbridge Jewish Care A. Danny Caro looks ahead to all the action in league and cup.

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DANNY CARO'S TEAM OF THE WEEK

TOP-SCORERS

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MATCH PHOTOS: NL RAIDERS A vs REDBRIDGE JC A

MATCH PHOTOS: HENDON A vs FAITHFOLD JC A

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YOUR WEEKEND PREVIEW STARTS HERE:

MGBSFL PREMIER DIVISION

LEAGUE TABLE

DANNY CARO'S PREM DIV TEAM OF THE WEEK

TOP-SCORERS
10 - Mike Pearson (Faithfold A)
9 - Richard Salmon (FC Team A)

FAITHFOLD A vs NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS A
There won’t be an empty seat in the house for the Match of the Day as NLR look to take another step towards their first-ever Premier Division title when they visit the defending champions.

Phil Peters’ men moved on to 24 points following the 2-2 draw against Redbridge last weekend, with goals from David Dinkin and David Rhodes, in a game where Rob Blackman was one of the stars of the show.

Ahead of their first meeting with the Superhoops this season, Peters told JC Sport: “We’re looking forward to visiting the reigning champions on Sunday in a game that’s must win for them if they’re to have any chance of defending their title. But whilst all the pressure will be on them, for us it’s another opportunity to pull further ahead from the chasing pack with no other league fixtures taking place and that’s exactly what we’ll be trying to do.

“Faithfold have an incredibly strong squad, but history suggests that defending the MSFL title is far tougher than winning it in the first place and whilst they are struggling by their own high standards, this is going to be a very tough game.

“The fans are excited to see the Stock brothers battle it out for family pride whilst it’s unconfirmed whether their father Lynton will be in attendance.”

Faithfold go into the game eight points behind NLR, with a game in hand. They will be looking to bounce back from a narrow defeat against Hendon – their third of the season – knowing there is now no margin for error.

Manager Zuriel Solomon told JC Sport: I’m sure everyone feels it’s a good time to play us as our results have not been what they should have.

“I felt we definitely deserved more from the game on Sunday, especially our second half performance where Hendon didn’t even get into our area. But that’s done and we are not going to dwell and feel sorry for ourselves.

“I have been impressed with Raiders and any team that is top always deserves to be as you make your own luck. I am sure they want to really put some distance between us so we will have to make sure we turn up.”

Faithfold will treat this like their cup final, but with confidence sky high in the NLR camp, I can see them coming away with a point.

JC team news: Faithfold are missing Alex Taylor and Sam Reeves.

Norstar Raiders will be without Adam Joselyn this week after he picked up some ankle ligament damage against Redbridge that will see him out until the New Year. Mike Hershman is also away, but other than them Raiders will have a complete squad to choose from.

Venue – Chase Lodge, Ref – Warwick Blake

JC star man: Josh Pistol (NLR)

DC Prediction: Faithfold 1 Raiders 1

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DIVISION ONE

LEAGUE TABLE

DANNY CARO'S DIV ONE OF THE WEEK

TOP-SCORERS
14 - Harrison Midda (Woodford)
12 - Jono Gaon (Blancos)
11 - Jamie Kent (Shirley Park)
Mitch Hahn (Woodford)

SOUTHGATE HARMEN vs BRADY MACCABI B
Brady will go for the jugular on Sunday as they unleash new signing Dave Newman on promotion rivals Harmen.

Josh Dagul will test out a new-look front three, with the 5ft 9in striker set to join Reiss Mogilner and Josh Laurier in a formation that could leave their fans foaming at the mouth as they look to build on their recent win over SPEC FC and finish the weekend above the Southgate boys.

Dagul and the Brady board finally captured their man after months of negotiations, with Newman, 25, signin on a two-year deal. Speaking about the signing, Elliott Dagul, chairman of the Brady Supporters Trust said: "This is an exciting day for all of us. We have signed a great player who will help in our push for promotion."

Harmen got just the reaction managers Sam Castle and Joel Alterman were looking for against SPEC FC last Sunday. A barn-storming performance from Lee Greenfield guided them to an important win – their fifth in the league this season. But things are likely to get much tougher over the next 90 minutes as they prepare to lock horns with Brady for the first time this season.

Castle told JC Sport: “We’ll be looking to build on last week’s great performance against SPEC. For a lot of the team this fixture is very personal and one we have been waiting for, for a long time.

“We will set up to go out and win the game with attacking football, but we will be up for the fight in the middle of the park, that’s for sure.

“We know Brady have some great players, but they have weaknesses too. If we play our best football, stay disciplined and take our chances, we are confident we will have too much ability for the Brady bunch.

“It will be a cracker not to be missed, with fireworks going off all over the pitch.”

Brady boasts a 100 per cent record on their travels, while Harmen’s home form has been nothing to write about. Something has to give on Sunday … surely.

JC team news: Harmen will be missing two of their most experienced players, with Jon Morris and Adam Osper both unavailable for selection. Everyone else is available.

Harmen squad: Harry Fine, James Castle, Jordan Segal, Ben Kaye, Brad Fox, Mitch Green, James Sandler, Adam Velleman, Lee Greenfield, Danny Cohen, Jordan Grant, Oliver Leslie, Ben Weinberg, Ben Henry, Ricky Rinder, Samuel Castle, Alex Bowman, Ben Adaki, Joel Alterman.

Venue – Chase Lodge, Ref – Nigel Burns

JC star man: Dave Newman (Brady)

DC Prediction: Harmen 2 Brady 2

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DIVISION TWO

LEAGUE TABLE

DANNY CARO'S DIV TWO OF THE WEEK

TOP-SCORERS
15 - Ben Zloof (AC Mill Hill)
13 - Nicky Woolf (Raiders B)
12 - Dan Simmons (Blizzard)

BLIZZARD STORM vs FAITHFOLD B
Simon Linden could’ve won it, Rob Shooman could’ve won it, but in the end both missed out on the JC Manager of the Week award, despite both claiming wonderful results. What were the judges thinking!

The Blizzard boys overcame all the odds to win in Essex – something few teams do – but they will be back on familiar territory as they go in search of their fourth home league win of the season.

The deadly Dan Simons and the dynamic Dean Shaw linked up superbly last weekend and with Adam Levene pulling the strings, they will fancy their chances again on Sunday.

But they will come up against a wounded animal in the shape of Faithfold B. A 6-1 demolition of London Haroldeans put them on the board and they will be looking to build on that impressive first win when they travel to Borehamwood.

Doron Hershkorn was their hat-trick hero, with Leor Harel another highly inspirational figure in a game they showed great commitment and desire.

Assistant-manager Dan Yoss told JC Sport: “We had a great performance in our last game which we're keen to build on against Blizzard Storm. Doron Herhskorn has been on inspiring form of late and I'm challenging him to play like this consistently – it’s the sign of a top player.

“Adam Grossman's form has also been improving and we're looking for him to get his first goal on Sunday.

“Blizzard storm are a very good side and Sunday will be difficult, but once again, we can't afford to lose.

This is a hard one to call, but I’m banking on Blizzard this time.

Venue – Hertswood Centre, Ref – Stuart Ansher

JC star man: Adam Grossman (Faithfold)

DC Prediction: Blizzard 2 Faithfold 1

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REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B vs LONDON HAROLDEANS
Redbridge’s promotion hopes were dealt a blow against Blizzard Storm last week so no doubt manager Jon Jacobs would’ve put his troops through their paces double hard at training this week.

Nathan Sollosi fired a double, but that was not enough as the east Londoners went down to their second defeat of the league season. A very big reaction is on the cards. Haroldeans – you have been warned!

Jonathan Abrams’ boys were hit for six by Faithfold B and the chances are that they will finish Sunday with the worst defensive record in the division.

The battle between the old boys – Darren Brown of RJC and Haroldeans’ Oli Joseph will be worth keeping an eye on, but the bottom line is that I can see RJC ripping them apart with their pace, power and passion.

Venue - Fairlop, Ref – Steve Russell

JC star man: Darren Brown (RJC)

DC Prediction: RJC 5 Haroldeans 1

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FC TEAM B vs ATHLETIC BILBAUM
I reckon that Bilbaum would beat FC Team B nine times out of 10, but the fact that David Gordon’s men finally got the monkey off their back could make things interesting on Sunday.

The Baums know they can ill-afford any more slip-ups after losing six of their first 12 games. Promotion looks a tall order now, but they certainly have the players to go on an unbeaten run, with Jake Gilbert, Edward Green and Ben Bell keen to ensure they don’t finish the season as also-rans.

FC Team finally got on the board in the wins column – at the eighth time of asking. The 2-0 success at Mill Hill was a real coupon buster, with Ben Radstone and Paul Savitz seeing them home.

Gaffer Gordon told JC Sport after the game: “It was a relief to finally get out first win of the season, but it wasn’t a surprise to me as this win had been coming.”

Now Gordon is confident his players can “push on and climb the table”. Concentration and focus will be vital, starting on Sunday in a game they will be asked questions defensively.

Venue – Old Camdenians, Ref – Laurence Thorne

JC star man: James Millman (Team)

DC Prediction: Team 2 Bilbaum 2

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DIVISION THREE

LEAGUE TABLE

DANNY CARO'S DIV THREE OF THE WEEK

TOP-SCORERS
20 - Richard Fogelman (L’Equipe)
14 - Dan Gordon (Faithfold C)
10 - Dovi Fehler (Boca)

NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS C vs CATFORD & BROMLEY MACCABI
Few people called NLR’s defeat at Loughton Orient last weekend, but they L’Orange have the perfect chance to bounce back when leaders Catford come to town.

Like the Cats, NLR have played 10 games and they will be determined to try and close the five-point gap after failing to score for the first time last weekend.

Joel Isaacs inspired the Cats to their eighth win of the season after scoring both goals in the win over Temple Fortune. By and large, their away form has been good but the signs are that they are in for a real test on Sunday.

“We're looking forward to this week with a similar squad to the one we've had for the last two weeks,” Cats captain Adam Luria told JC Sport. “ Despite Norstar's loss last week, we know they're going to be a good side and we'll approach this game the same way we've approached all of our games this season - focused on playing our own game and giving 100 per cent from the first whistle to the last.

Steve Keller and Yonni Bord were outstanding last Sunday but it will need one big team effort for the Cats to tame one of their biggest rivals who have been excellent at home thus far

JC team news: Simon Wolfson is absent due to some pressing wedmin, but Gary Hill returns to the squad after a couple of weekends up in Glasgow. Darren Hill is also back this week.

Venue – Ark Academy, Ref – Alex Smith

JC star man: Jeff Gotch (Catford)

DC Prediction: Raiders 1 Catford 2

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JEWDINESE vs BOCA JEWNIORS
Jewdinese could finish the weekend in top spot as they prepare for the visit of a buoyant Boca.

A mouth-watering contest is on the cards in a match featuring two teams who won last weekend. Jewdinese needed two late goals from Sim Cohen and Ashley Lawrence to see off Faithfold C, who levelled after Ben Berrick opened the scoring with his seventh league goal of the season.

Darren Lawrence’s men had to show another side to their game as they came under concerted pressure, but dealt with it admirably.

The home side have a couple of key men missing, but player-chairman Jake Erlich told me this week he believes this is a game they can win.

“The absentees won't knock our confidence - they will make us fight harder for the win against a tough and improved Boca side,” Erlich told JC Sport.

“We will obviously be looking for the three points and we know if we stick to our game-plan and play to our strengths then the win will come.”

Dovi Fehler is the talk of Pinner right now. He moved into double figures after firing a brilliant hat-trick in the superb 6-3 win over high-flying L’Equipe. And he’s hungry for more.

Boca have the bit between their teeth right now and it’s refreshing to see them doing so well.

Viv Emanuel enjoyed his stint as manager last weekend, but boss Jack Shulman returns to the dugout for a match that promises five-star entertainment.

Emanuel told JC Sport: “The good news is we are back in form again. A 6-3 result against a very good L'Equipe side is fantastic and we have been riding on a high all week.

“This Sunday will provide another tough challenge in the shape of Jewdinese. I have heard lots of things about them and we know they are another good side. I have clearly annoyed Nigel [Burns] as this is game two of three against very tough opposition - next week we have Catford to look forward too!

“If we can get seven points from these three games, Jack and I will be really pleased. Three down, four to go!

“I really feel as long as we can stop shipping goals, we can push for a win against Jewdinese. They are second for a reason, but with the way the league is going this season it’s not so easy to predict. Of course we are scoring goals, but win we need to let in less than we are to date. Last week was the seventh game we have scored at least three goals in match and we hope this Sunday will be not different.

“We have a strong side out on Sunday, with in-form Dovi Fehler at the top and Adam Kay and David Brown bossing it at the back this should help us.

I can see this contest going the distance, but am tipping Jewdinese to maintain their unbeaten home record.

JC team news: Jewdinese captain Brad Dryer is unavailable, along with top scorer Ben Berrick. Sim Cohen is out with a foot injury.

Venue – Morris Playing Fields, Ref – Rob Caplin

JC star man: Ashley Lawrence (Jewdinese)

DC Prediction: Jewdinese 3 Boca 2

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LOUGHTON ORIENT vs KING CROWN
Injury-hit King Crown have bolstered their ranks with several new faces coming in this week.

Seven defeats in 11 is not where manager Jacob Kadoch wanted to be at the midway point of their season and they will look to kick on strong between now and May.

Edged out 2-1 against Hendon C last week, Josh Karpf’s was on target but it’s important they improve at the back or they will lose more than they win.

Kadoch told JC Sport: “I have some new signings as we have been suffering with injuries, so lets see if we can get back on track.”

Loughton made it three games without defeat last week after a brilliant 2-0 win over high-flying NLR C.

Manager Dan Curtis had a big smile on after an excellent team performance, with the spine of the team - keeper Marc Jacobs, Ryan Kissin, Jaimie Sinclair, Josh Hambling and Josh Jacobs in top form.

The key for Curtis was “winning key battles all over the pitch” and he’ll be looking for more of the same on Sunday.

Venue – Peter May, Ref – Robert Benardout

JC star man: Josh Hambling (Loughton)

DC Prediction: Loughton 3 King Crown 1

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PETER MORRISON TROPHY ROUND ONE

NORTH WEST NEASDEN vs FC TEAM C
Having already claimed one major scalp in the cup this season, Division Two title hopefuls FC Team C will be out for another this Sunday.

They hit London Maccabi Lions White for six only a few weeks ago and the boys in yellow and blue will be looking to make it an uncomfortable morning for Stirling Kay’s NWN.

Like Team, NWN are going great guns in the league, but it’s important they turn up with the right attitude on Sunday as they bid to overcome a potential banana skin.

NWN boss Stirling Kay told JC Sport: “I’m very much looking forward to this cup game. One thing we won’t be doing is under-estimating our opposition - we know that when they have their best XI available, they are a very good side.

“We are at full-strength for the first time and we go into the game with the knowledge that we are playing very well and we are keen not to drop our standard of play. However, we say good by to Josh Tiano who is on a three month-loan deal to the Far East. We wish him well.”

Sunday’s game comes down to which team handles the pressure and takes their chances in a tie where the battle between Craig Edwards and Joseph is key.

Venue – Hadley FC, Ref – Laurie Benson

JC star man: Craig Edwards (NWN)

DC Prediction: NWN 3 Team 2

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NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS B vs WOODFORD WANDERERS
There’s still one or two tickets available for the clash that cannot be missed as Division Two leaders NLR B entertain Division One table-toppers Woodford.

NLR goal king Nicky Woolf rescued L’Orange with a late penalty where he showed his ice-cool temperament to earn Jonathan Adelman’s troops a 3-3 draw against FC Team C.

The link-up play involving Gilad Kestenbaum and goal-scorer Andrew McMaster was a joy to watch in one of the goals of the week.

Adelman knows his team face arguably the toughest test of the season to date. He told JC Sport: “We are without a number of regulars again this week, Adam Posner and Gilad Kestenbaum are included, but this should give us a chance to get more game time in to the likes of Sam Isaacs and Danny Bloom who have been missing for several weeks of the season to date and who will play a critical part in our promotion push.

“We know Woodford will be the toughest test we've had this season. They are odds-on to get promoted to the Premier League and we can’t wait to test ourselves against them.”

Harrison Midda is enjoying his best season in front as goal for as long as I can remember. When you think Woodford Wanderers, you think Mitch Hahn, but Midda is the new kid on the block in the goals department and manager Tony Charles, who has been a coach for more than 15 years, is delighted to see his players “trusting” one another. That has been the key to their success up to now.

A high-quality and entertaining affair is on the cards. Some have described this as beauty against the beast, but whatever the outcome, it could have neutrals talking for years to come.

Venue - Brunel, Ref – Laurie Benson

JC star man: Paul Billar (Woodford)

DC Prediction: NLR 2 Woodford 3

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LONDON MACCABI LIONS BLUE vs AC MILL HILL
Most people I know have this down as a home banker, but with things the way they are at Rowley Lane this season, you just never know.

There’s usually a shock in the first round of the cup, but Lions boss Jamie Kyte will no doubt pull out all the stops to ensure it doesn’t happen at the Lane on Sunday.

LML Blue have made a decent start in the league. Wins over Camden and Lions White tells me they are in good shape and look a decent bet to make the last eight.

Mill Hill will be looking forward to their big day out in Arkley. I’ve heard they’re taking a couple of coach-loads for a game in which the scouts will be out in force to run the rule over Ben Zloof.

A 2-0 defeat against one of Division Two’s bottom sides is not the way Mill Hill boss Joe Levy was planning to prepare for this tie, but there’ll be absolutely no pressure on his team when the first whistle sounds on Sunday.

Venue – Rowley Lane, Ref – Keith Goodman

JC star man: Sam Arghebant (LML)

DC Prediction: LML 2 Mill Hill 0

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L’EQUIPE vs LONDON MACCABI LIONS WHITE
Lions’ season went from bad to worse last weekend when they were thumped 5-1 by Oakwood. The rebuilding project is in its early stages and L’Equipe will be smelling blood when they look to register what would arguably be the biggest shock in the history of Jewish football.

Team GB Maccabiah boss David Pollock is gradually starting to realise the enormity of the task that lies in front of him. There’ll be no thoughts of rotating the squad as he is keen to get to know some of his players a little better, and he hopes that with the likes of Aviel Schwarz and Pete Lazard in their ranks, they can come through the tie unscathed.

L’Equipe remain well-placed to push for promotion, but they will be looking to put last week’s horror show against Boca firmly behind them.

Manager Dan Cordell told JC Sport: “We have a bare bones squad this weekend, but all are up for a chance to pit themselves against a Premier side.

“I think we are all intrigued to see if Lions will turn up for this one and what their team will look like, but we are using this opportunity to get some game-time under our belt before two season-defining league matches.

“After last week’s loss - which management has to take some blame for given the new formation we tried 10 minutes before kick-off - we are raring to get back to the league and to be honest could do without a cup game given we are already three games behind some of our league opponents.

“Given the league is our priority this year, we are resting top goal-scorer Richard Fogelman and some of the boys are putting Spurs before L’Equipe, although I’m not sure why, but that’s Sunday league for you!”

A L’Equipe win would mean backpage coverage in next week’s JC, but I can see Lions turning a small corner on Sunday.

Ref – Barry David

JC star man: Aviel Schwarz (LML)

DC Prediction: L’Equipe 1 Lions 4

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FAITHFOLD C vs FC TEAM A
I’ve not heard from FC Team since the 5-3 defeat at Camden last week and manager Mitch Young will be looking for a big reaction from his players against third division Faithfold C.

Richard Salmon was probably the only player who came away with any credit from the Camden game after firing a hat-trick, but that couldn’t paper over the cracks of what was a poor result. But Sunday is a new day and I expect them to return to winning ways.

By all accounts, Faithfold deserved at least a point against Jewdinese last Sunday, but they failed to build on Josh Barnett’s equaliser in a 3-1 defeat.

Manager David Garson knows his troops start as big underdogs, but he will tell them to enjoy themselves against quality opponents who are looking to go all the way in the competition.

Garson told JC Sport: “It's good to have a break from the league and traditionally we have done well in the cups. However, I don't think the draw has been kind to us this time, fc team are obviously streets ahead of us but you never know ... we have nothing to lose.”

When all is said and done, FC Team should win this pretty comfortably.

JC team news: Faithfold have a number of players missing for a variety of reasons. Top-scorer Dan ‘Flash’ Gordon is still suspended, Ben Portnoi is off to Spurs, Danny Caro has another family birthday, while Dave Sherman and Nic Viola remain on the treatment.

Venue – Chase Lodge, Ref – Quentin Fox

JC star man: Danny Moss (Team)

DC Prediction: Faithfold 0 Team 5

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BRADY MACCABI A vs REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A
Those brilliant scenes of Brady lifting the cup feel like only yesterday. Just ask Brady boss Joel Nathan who has been to a Maccabiah since.

Not many teams have retained the national trophy and it looks a massive ask as his new-look team prepare to tackle top-flight rivals Redbridge.

RJC ran out comfortable 3-0 winners in the recent league meeting, when leading marksman Adam Stolerman (2) and Danny Berg found the net, but I have a feeling things will be a little tighter on Sunday.

Looking ahead to the tie of the round, Nathan told JC Sport: “What a way to start the defence of the Morrison a game against unbeaten Redbridge. We are really looking forward to Sunday as we have a great run in the competition over the last two seasons and want that to continue on Sunday.

“Yes we lost to Redbridge a few weeks ago, but we are determined to show them that they caught us on an off day and will be ready for whatever they throw at us come Sunday morning.

“Sam [Rosenthal] is doing a great job with the team and we hope to be the first team to beat them this season.”

Richie Caplin has been a revelation since moving up top and he could be the man to watch on Sunday.

JC team news: Brady are still missing Matt Sofier and Jon Green to long-term injuries and have a couple of other small fitness concerns, but otherwise have a full strength squad to choose from.

Venue – Rowley Lane, Ref – Andy Myerson

JC star man: Richie Caplin (RJC)

DC Prediction: Brady 1 RJC 2

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AC WHETSTONE vs OAKWOOD A
Sunday could be a case of men against boys as the youngster of Whetstone host big boys Oakwood.

Damage limitation could be Whetstone’s best bet – they have lost their last two league games and it appears the goals have dried up for now. Indeed visiting keeper Dan Cohen could be in for a very quiet morning.

The Oaks are flying at the minute, with Alex Koslover the man of the moment. He and Josh Bentley have an excellent partnership in the centre of the park, while it’s good to see Sam Jacobson – the younger brother of Shrewsbury Town star Joe – doing so well.

Ahead of the game, Oaks joint-manager Ric Blank told JC Sport: “We’ll take a strong squad to Whetstone and are determined to do well in this competition again.

“I don't know a great deal about our opposition, but it's on us to be ruthless in front of goal and take the game away from them when we have the chance. If that's the first minute or the last we'll take it.

“We have a few injury doubts with Jacobson, Cousins and Levine doubtful. Dan Rose, Harvey Kaye and Brad Wine are away. Rafi Bloom is back in town and Dan Ash looks like he'll be fit to play and up for the cup."

Venue – Chase Lodge, Ref – Henry Raffe

JC star man: Rafi Bloom (Oakwood)

DC Prediction: Whetstone 0 Oakwood 6

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MASTERS vs HENDON UNITED SPORTS CLUB C
Hendon will look to take their impressive league form into the cup as they face the Masters in the Peter Morrison Cup on Sunday.

Having taken maximum points from their last three league games, confidence is high in the Hendon camp, but they will be wary of the threat that their experienced counterparts will pose. Hendon will be close to full strength, with only David Elf likely to be unavailable for the round one clash.

Hendon boss Adam Glekin told JC Sport: "To be honest, I'm not really sure what to expect from the Masters. I'm sure they'll all be excellent players and very good in position, but we'll try and use our youth and pace to cause them problems.

“We haven't played on 3g yet this season, so I'm looking forward to seeing how we cope with that - there can be no excuses for us not to get the ball down and play on Sunday.

“The last few weeks have been really pleasing, the roll-on roll-off rule will allow me to give everyone a chance, but we are most certainly taking this game seriously."

The Masters team has undoubted quality, but I’m backing Hendon’s younger legs and fitness to see them through.

Masters squad: Martin Leslie, Richard Sacks, Jon Yantin, Nigel Goldthorpe, Gavin Sherman, Jeremy King, Adam Gishen, James Temple, Andy Bloom, Jon Summerfield, Mark Cutler, Tony Plaskow, Gary Cohen, Nick Collins, Paulie Gelertner, Virgil Levy, Jon Isaacs, Serge Cowan

Ref – Martin Fox

JC star man: Gab Saul (Hendon)

DC Prediction: Masters 2 Hendon C 3

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BRIXTON OLD BOYS vs HENDON UNITED SPORTS CLUB B
Brixton recently beat Hendon in the league so they hold the psychological edge going into Sunday’s all-Division One tie.

Hendon were unable to live with the creative talents of Dean Rosenthal and he will be looking to lead Brixton into the next round.

Scott Smith’s vision won’t happen overnight and it’s crucial the Brixton fans remain patient, but a win on Sunday and a nice draw will certainly boost morale.

Hendon have found the going tough this season, so perhaps a cup game is just what they need. They have done well in the various cup competitions over recent years, but it’s vital they win their individual and collective battles.

Man for man there won’t be much to separate the teams, but I can see the old heads in the Brixton team proving crucial.

Venue - Clowes, Ref – Darryl Colmans

JC star man: Gavin Sherman (Brixton)

DC Prediction: Brixton 3 Hendon 2

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SHIRLEY PARK vs HMH
Shirley have had an awful November but I expect them to make a flying start to November when a young HMH team visits their Edmonton home.

Dave Lusman's men were unable to build on the impressive 5-2 win over promotion rivals Harmen, as they were hit for six by leaders Woodford last weekend. Goal-poacher Jamie Kent added another two goals to his tally in his pursuit of the Golden Boot.

I'm not predicting many upsets in the cup and I certainly be tipping one here. I expect HMH to huff and puff for 90 minutes, but in the end Shirley's big match players will come through in a game that comes as the perfect time for the Division One outfit.

Venue - Norseman FC, Ref – Paul Dobkin

JC star man: Saul Conway (Shirley)

DC Prediction: Shirley 4 HMH 1

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MATCHES OFF

PMT - Oakwood B vs Chigwell Athletic - Oakwood forfeited as they were unable to raise a team

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ALSO SEE:

MATCHDAY 13 REVIEW

DANNY CARO'S MATCHDAY 13 OSCARS

GOAL OF THE WEEK - MICHAEL PATTERSON

QUOTE OF THE WEEK - JAKE ERLICH

JC SAVE OF THE WEEK
David Simnock (NLR B) - pulled off one of the most sensational saves you are ever likely to see, at any level of football - diving across goal to push up and over a close-range shot when the striker (and everyone else) was sure it was a goal

REFEREE OF THE WEEK
Steve Russell (Boca Jewniors vs L'Equipe)

Last updated: 12:39pm, November 29 2013