History in the making
Sharp-shooting Hendon close in on unprecedented treble after mauling Lions
Braced for glory: Avidan Last (centre) was the star man against Lions
JC MSFL Hendon United Sports Club A moved to within touching distance of an unprecedented treble with a brutally efficient 5-2 victory over leaders London Maccabi Lions A to return to the top of the Premier Division table.
David Garbacz's troops are now firm favourites to win what would be their second MSFL title on a weekend where challengers Redbridge Jewish Care A were beaten by Faithfold A.
Braces from Avidan Last and Greg Corin plus one from Ari Last took them two points clear of a Lions team they have three games in hand on.
Hendon's push for a second league title will be put on hold for a couple of weeks as they face two trips to Wingate & Finchley. They take on Brady in the final of the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup on Sunday followed by a meeting with Division One champions Oakwood in the Jewish FA Cup final seven days later. Hendon will be confirmed league champions if they beat North London Raiders A on May 6.
The Reds were pegged back on two occasions against the Lions, with Joel Ross and joint-player-manager Josh Newman grabbing the goals, but they stepped up a gear to record their 12th victory in 14 league matches.
Garbacz said: "We twice, uncharacteristically, let them back into the game, but on both occasions we reacted well and pushed on again at the other end.
"Lions are an excellent young team but their time will probably come in the next couple of years if they stay together.
"For us, our time is now - we are on the cusp of something very special, but we will refuse to celebrate anything until the trophies are actually in the cupboard.
"We are totally united and are full of confidence and skill. We cannot wait for the big cup finals in the next couple of weeks. The only tricky thing will be picking the team. The Carmel champagne is well and truly on ice."
Lions joint-manager Josh Newman said: "Congratulations to Hendon who have thoroughly deserved to win the league this year.
"The fact they have only lost once all season shows you what a good and consistent side they are.