JC MSFL Quotes of the Week
There is rarely a dull moment in the JC MSFL. Here, JC Sports Editor Danny Caro selects his favourites quotes from Matchday 25 of the season.
Raiders manager Oli Shorts following the 2-2 draw against Faithfold C in the Barry Goldsteni Cup
"I was delighted with our performance today. We gave a team riding high in the division above us a real run for their money and ultimately if anyone deserved to win it would have been us.
Rival manager David Garson
Raiders were certainly one of the better sides we have played this year, and the second goal by Harry Franks was fantastic. I’m a little surprised he is playing in Division 4 as he pretty much stole the show for them.”
Real Life player-manager Jamie Beaumont after the 4-3 win over Heath Banta.
"We’ve had that in us all season, we just haven’t believed it or produced it for 90 minutes. It wasn’t JLGB or Zig-Zag out there, it was a team [Heath Banta] competing for promotion in our division.”
Temple Fortune chairman Nigel Kyte following the 4-2 win over Catford.
"It's been a long time coming to report a Second Team cup victory. The only other one was in 1998 so for a Fortune Second Team this is a very notable result.”
Catford joint-manager Adam Lewis.
"We conceded all four from set pieces which was very disappointing but we know at least what needs to be put right going forward."
Harmen manager-for-the-day and captain Jon Morris after the 2-0 league defeat against North London Raiders A.
“"On the day it was a fair result but we have gained encouragement for our next meeting and feel Raiders are there for the taking."
Raiders B boss Rob Richman after the 3-1 win at Camden Park.
“"We have now won 10 consecutive games in the league which is a great achievement but we are well aware we still have a lot of work to do this season to achieve our main aims."
Camden manager Justin Rockberger responded.
"Once again we were let down by young kids who can't handle their drink on a Saturday night. Defeat can be blamed on the ones who didn't get out of bed!"
Chigwell player-manager Richard Slater after the 1-0 defeat at home to Harmen B.
“Chigwell player-manager Richard Slater told JC Sport: "It was an embarrassing performance and we got what we deserved. This is now turning into a bad season for us."
FC Team player-manager Mitch Young after the 2-2 draw against Montana.
“There was no question we were the better side but we must be stronger when we take leads."
The response from Montana’s Nick Goodmaker.
"I’m not sure what game Mitch was watching but for me, as I said, the draw was the least we deserved."
Josh Rosenfeld after the 1-1 draw at Oakwood.
“We found it tought getting in to our rhythm after over four weeks off and it really showed. We were second to every ball and our fitness levels were not up to scratch.”
Norstar manager Phil Peters after the 5-0 win at Faithfold B.
"This was an emphatic victory to get our promotion push back on track. Both teams were under-strength but our efforts to get a decent team out paid dividends.
Woodford player-manager Alex Aviram after the 2-2 draw with L’Equipe.
“It's a disgrace that teams and refs allow players to play on such a ruined and dangerous pitch. We as a club offer our away teams the best facilties. It's insulting that they don't even have changing rooms to offer. We offered our facilties on Sunday but L'Equipe refused. It angers me, how dare they refuse us and offer such a mess of a ground. This is an issue that the MSFL need to address. Teams cannot continue to use such disgraceful facilities. It's almost made me turn to Saturday football as it continues to happen week in week out. It's embarrassing."
The L’Equipe response: "Woodford did offer us their pitch but we have paid for our pitch this season and did not feel the need to drive one hour to Woodford when it was our home game. The referee deemed the pitch playable. It's Sunday league football so we’re not always going to have immaculate pitches to play on. I look forward to playing Woodford next season."
Club-mate Mark Singer added: "We have some very attractive sponsorship packages available and if Woodford are interested in sponsoring us for next season then we would be delighted to upgrade our pitch facilities.”
Norstar boss Jonny Bunt after the 4-1 win over Zig Zag.
"The game was ultimately was as stodgy as the pitch itself.”
Richard Bronzite after the 4-0 win over Team JLGB.
"We now face our hardest game of the season to date [against Glenthorne A], and we need to be ready for it. There is no pressure on us as they must be favourites to win the game and the league. We just need to continue doing what we are doing and only worry about ourselves.”
UJIA player-manager Darren Rolfe after the 5-2 mauling of leaders Glenthorne A.
"We would have beaten any team today. I was so proud of my lads today 1-11, I want to nominate them all, so I think I will!”
The response from Glenthorne joint-manager Dan Lipman.
"The result was disappointing, but now all eyes are on Redbridge next week. I still feel the winner on Sunday will go on to win the league."
Jewventus player-manager Gabriel John after the hard fought 7-2 win over Pinner JC.
" did bosses Les Conway and Vyvian Emmanuel proud Sunday morning. Team of the week should be all of the PFC side. Amazing spirit and determination, but just not enough experience."
JC MSFL BROIGES OF THE WEEK
Zig Zag manager DJ Neal Cohen was left fuming at the final whistle after the 4-1 defeat at Norstar B. He told JC Sport: "I was very upset today about the conduct of Norstar and the ref; our keeper Aden Amsellem was taken out badly by what I thought was an unnecessary challenge. He has sustained an horrific leg injury, but the ref just told us to get on with the game once he was off the pitch. I have seen plenty of games abandoned for the same type of injury, but the ref was not interested in him even though he is a 16-year -old and was in agony.
"As for Norstar, the way they celebrated they third and fourth goals - even though I had a striker in goal - was over the top their keeper dancing around and whooping with delight, not to mention their centre back who insulted me at half time and their sub linesman who took the opportunity to raise the flag for offside every single time we broke through of which the ref blew for every one.
"All in all this is why, quite frankly, I'm seriously considering if its worth continuing when I have to put up with rubbish like this."
Responding to Cohen's comments, Norstar boss Jonny Bunt said: "For the record, Neal was well aware that two of our players needed to leave for a funeral, hence our request for an early kick off. On three separate occasions, Neal did his best to delay the progress of the game and send it off the tracks, as he knew we would be left two players down.
"Most heinous of his crimes, was his attempt to get the game abandoned as his goalkeeper was unfortunately left injured on the ground to the side of the pitch. As substitute Paul Wolfson and I attended to the stricken keeper all he wanted was a DJ to save his life. Instead, Neal skipped around taking 15 minutes to have a player put on a goalkeeper jersey and badgering the referee throughout.
"For Neal to make such bass accusations that we were insensitive to his goalie's injury is particularly out of tune as the injured player was helped off the pitch by two men in orange whilst Neal tried to exploit the situation. He needs to face the music.
"I'm proud to manage a team like Norstar, who I know would never drop to Neal's level. Whilst I'm sure Neal is a pre-eminent disc jockey in his field, he should leave his mixing to the turntables and the football to Norstar."