Danny Caro's Team of the Week: January 22
MICHAEL RHODES (SPEC FC) - “Unbelievable return after a 5 month injury enforced absence. Played like he had never been away and thwarted any danger before it materialised with his safe hands and expert positioning”
LEWIS BLITZ (North London Raiders B) - Mr Versatile, highly underrated, fills in across the backline and midfield and never puts a foot wrong. In the absence of Alex Bloch he had the tough task of keeping Josh Hershman quiet and did so expertly. Raiders’ MOTM
JON TOBY (FC Team A) - a “flawless performance” against Faithfold A
JOSH PISTOL (Norstar A) - “absolute rock in the centre of the Norstar defence which Redbridge couldn't find a way through for so long in this game”. Playing alongside Jeff Gotch, manager Phil Peters described it as “their best performance of the season with Josh just shading it for man of the match - little to separate the duo though”
BRETT STEAD (Temple Fortune A) - “fantastic” and “outstanding” in the draw against Chigwell
RICHARD ROSENTHAL (Glenthorne United B) - came back into the team and was fantastic. He scored two great goals at the perfect time and settled everyone’s nerves
BEN LAUFFER (Hendon Utd SC A) - “was a total class apart in midfield and totally passed Harmen off the park”
ADAM LEVENE (North West Neasden C) - “scored an important hattrick and pulled the team up by the scruff of the neck to ensure victory”
ALEX BOWMAN (London Maccabi Lions A) - came back to haunt his old club with a stunning hat-trick
JAMES GOLD (London Maccabi Lions B) - “Camden couldn't handle him. Once again proving how much of a handful he is, made a nuisance of himself for the first forcing the keeper to make an error before slotting it away, second was a header from a superb Alex Springer cross. Had the chance to get his hat-trick but was denied by the bar”
DAN ASH (Oakwood) - capped a glorious performance with the winner in the dying minutes to put the team clear at the top of the table
REFEREE OF THE WEEK
Robert Benardout (Camden Park vs London Maccabi Lions A)
GK - Rob Levene (Team JLGB), Declan Green (LM Lions B), Motty Korman (Hendon B), Michael Rhodes (SPEC FC), Darren Rolfe (UJIA)
Defenders - Josh Pistol, Jeff Gotch (both Norstar A), Ian Bean, Ilan Shaki (both Shirley Park), Ed Weisz (Brixton A), Benji Mannheim, Rob Stead (both Temple Fortune A), Alex Norman (Chigwell Athletic), Matt Green (LM Lions B), Josh Ejdelbaum, Mark Pasha (both Athletic Bilbaum), Laurence Rosenthal (SPEC FC), Lewis Blitz, Dan Grossman (both North London Raiders B), Jon Toby (FC Team A), Avi Korman (Hendon B)
Midfielders - Adam Levene (NW Neasden C), Joe Cohen (Faithfold A), Jonny Kay, Eli Houri (Norstar A), Ben Lauffer (Hendon A), Marc Hecht (SPEC FC), Reiss Mogilner (Brady B), Shim Bensoor (NL Raiders B), Ben Bell (Athletic Bilbaum)
Strikers - Danny Kon (Hendon A), Alex Bowman (LM Lions A), Louis Taylor (NW Neasden C), Raph Noe (Hendon B), Mike Pearson (Faithfold A), Richard Rosenthal (Glenthorne B), Eli Houri (Norstar A), Saul Conway (Shirley Park), James Gold (LM Lions B), Dan Hildebrand (Brady B), Richard Rosenthal (Glenthorne B), Ed Green (Athletic Bilbaum)
Manager - Jamie Kyte (LM Lions B), Rob Richman (NL Raiders B), Josh Newman & Malcolm Newman (LM Lions A), Phil Peters (Norstar A), Ric Blank & Alex Schock (both Oakwood), Laurence Conway (SPEC FC), Craig Sandford & Sam Rosenthal (Glenthorne B)
- Josh Pistol and Jeff Gotch (CB) - absolute rocks in the centre of the Norstar defence which Redbridge couldn't find a way through for so long in this game. Their best performance of the season with Josh just shading it for man of the match - little to separate the duo though.
- Jonny Kay (CM) - despite enjoying his birthday celebrations on Saturday night, Kay performed superbly and ran the game from the middle of the Norstar midfield. An incredibly assured performance on a morning where things could have gone either way.
- Eli Houri (LM) - an excellent performance from the stand-in skipper on the left wing; deserves all the plaudits for the way he has selflessly transformed his game from centre forward to hard-working winger
- Saul Conway - sharp in his first game back in six weeks, on the money
- Ian Bean and Ilan Shaki - both centre backs put in solid and excellent displays
- Rob Levene was inspired form. The only time he was beaten was from "a blatant offside position" and the goal stood. Levene made three incredible saves and a great double stop with his feet
- Ed Weisz - solid in defence
Temple Fortune A
- Benji Mannheim and Brett Stead - both CB's were outstanding, Brett in particular was fantastic, especially as he's usually a CM
- Dec Green - on his return from injury, the young keeper had a "fantastic game"
- Matt Green - RB - Had a phenomenal game. Cleared a shot off the line onto the crossbar. Put in some fantastic challenges and won every header
- James Gold - ST - Camden couldn't handle him. Once again proving how much of a handful he is, made a nuisance of himself for the first forcing the keeper to make an error before slotting it away, second was a header from a superb Alex Springer cross. Had the chance to get his hat-trick but was denied by the crossbar
- Ben Lauffer - was a total class apart in midfield and totally passed Harmen
- Danny Kon - scored 3, could have had 6 and was incredibly threatening from start to finish
- Josh Ejdelbaum - centre back - dominated all today and gave a tackling masterclass. Must have made 7 or 8 perfect challenges snuffing out potential danger and even showing some quick(ish) feet to dazzle the opposition strikers
- Mark Pasha - 3 assists from left back, including a penetrating run to set up Green for the equaliser moments after half time
Ben Bell (wing) - caused problems for the Jewve full backs all game with a succession of winding and penetrating runs to put the Baums on the front foot.
Ed Green (striker) - scored the all important equaliser and was never troubled by anything the Jewve central defence threw at him.
- Michael Rhodes (Goalkeeper) - Unbelievable return after a five-month injury enforced absence. Played like he had never been away and thwarted any danger before it materialised with his safe hands and expert positioning
- Laurence Rosenthal (Centre Back) - The biggest player on the pitch put in the biggest performance. Dominant in the air and assured on the ground. Magnificent.
Marc Hecht (Centre Mid) - The Scotsman once again showed his class. In a deeper position than normal, Hecht broke up play with a string of fine tackles before using his flair and craftsmanship to set SPEC going on the attack
- Daniel Hildebrand - a four-goal display for the forward, including a perfect hat-trick and a number of assists. Can score and create, making him a real threat.
- Reiss Mogilner (winger) - a hat-trick from the winger, and a couple of great assists. A threat throughout, and could have had the man of the match gong himself
- James Joseph (midfielder): Brady’s captain scored twice and set up numerous goals
North London Raiders B
Dan Grossman (cb) – immense performance from centre back. Led the team alongside Sherman brilliantly and was arguably his best performance in an Orange shirt.
Shim Bensoor (cm) – devastating with the ball, the Brady backline couldn’t cope with his movement and trickery all afternoon. An invaluable member of the squad
Lewis Blitz (rb) - Mr Versatile, highly underrated, fills in across the backline and midfield and never puts a foot wrong. In the absence of Alex Bloch he had the tough task of keeping Josh Hershman quiet and did so expertly. Raiders' MOTM
FC Team A
Jon Toby - a flawless performance
Hendon Utd SC B
RA Noe (striker) - three great finishes and ran their defence ragged
Avi Korman (defender) - his first game of the season as he's been away in israel but commanding at the back and drove forward well
Motty Korman - donned the gloves at short notice. Commanded his area brilliantly and made a couple of good saves
Alex Neiss - hasn't played for a while but won everything in the air and was box to box, impressing his son who was amongst the spectators
Richard Rosenthal - came back into the team today and was fantastic. He scored two great goals at the perfect time and settled everyone’s nerves