JC MSFL Matchday 10 preview
Premier Division leaders Faithfold A have brought in some top-quality reinforcements as they look to pull seven points clear at the top when they travel to Brady on Sunday. There's also action in the Peter Morrison Trophy and JC Cyril Anekstein Cup. Danny Caro's previews every match and predicts who will come out on top.
Prem Div - FAITHFOLD A vs NORSTAR A
Div 3 - JEWVENTUS vs FC TEAM C
JC SAVE OF THE WEEK
Nick Grosse (NL Raiders B) - he may or may not have known much about it, but a pretty much point-blank save diverted over the bar was as good as Rich Abrahams has seen in Sunday league football this season
JC QUOTE OF THE WEEK
Josh Dagul (Brady B) - "I think the team were in disbelief when I scored my headers... I think they'd have expected to see Messi score a header for Brady before me!"
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PETER MORRISON TROPHY ROUND ONE
ATHLETIC BILBAUM vs HMH
Having come away heads held high from Fairlop last weekend, the Baums will be going for gold when they take on the youngest team in this season's Jewish FA Cup - HMH.
Manager Mark Pasha was delighted with last weekend's performance against the giants that are Redbridge Jewish Care A, and he knows his boys won't face that kind of quality every week.
Pasha told JC reporters that the result was "a true mark of how far the Baummobile has come in the past year or so. We held our own for much of the game with another organised and resolute performance, against Premiership opposition who controlled much of the possession.
"At 1-1 midway through the second half, it was only a couple of silly mistakes in quick succession that broke the heart of Baum Baum the elephant and subsequently saw him pack his trunk and say goodbye to the circus for good.
"It was always going to be a tough game, and despite the result, the Baums rose to challenge excellently."
Rumour has it that several top-flight teams are interested in Baums top-scorer Jake Gilbert who hit the target again last weekend, but Pasha this week issued a "hands-off" warning, saying he's not for sale at any price.
HMH are the lowest-ranked team in the competition. They're something of an unknown quantity and as yet, Pasha has been unsuccessful with his homework.
This can only lead to an open game of football - one that will be good for the neutral.
Venue - Hampstead Heath Extension, Ref - David Nathan
JC star man: Mark Pasha (Bilbaum)
DC Prediction: Athletic Bilbaum 3 HMH 1
BRADY MACCABI B vs NORTH WEST NEASDEN A
Brady B are on fire at the minute and I've got this pencilled in as 'one to watch' as Josh Dagul's dynamos go in search of what would be a major scalp.
There are several Morrison winners in the Neasden ranks, and the battle between Danny Daggers and James Joseph will be worth the admission fee alone.
The one area where NWN are short in terms of experience is in goal. They even tried to lure me out of retirement this week, as did Brady, I hasten to add, and that might just play into the hands on a Brady team full of confidence.
The loss of Sam Castle and Alex Bowman hasn't hurt Brady, as some thought it might. Josh Dagul (2), Reiss Mogilner (2) and Dan Hildebrand joined two-goal hero Dagul on the scoresheet last Sunday when they blitzed the Cats. Dagul was in a state of shock after scoring two rare headers, but he still managed to spring up with JC Quote of the Week.
He added: " "It was nice to get a win in front of our fans, and even nicer to do it in the style we did. Displays like this were commonplace last season, but this year we have produced this kind of thing too irregularly.
"The spirit today was key; people were playing and smiling, which you love to see."
NWN are packed with quality. In defence, David Fox, Scott Shindler and Adam Harvey take no prisoners, while the legend that is Sir Jon Kaye is always up for a challenge.
With Ryan Glynne, Lee Cash and Daggers more than capable from set-pieces, Brady have it all to do. But they also have the players capable of sending one of the big names out. And it might just be the making of them.
JC team news: Neasden continue to be with the legend that is left-back Adam Klein.
Venue - Rowley Lane, Ref - Keith Goodman
JC star man: James Joseph (Brady)
DC Prediction: Brady B 3 Neasden A 2
FAITHFOLD B vs NORSTAR B
It's a long way back from an 11-2 defeat, but that's the scenario facing Faithfold B after last weekend's humiliation against Shirley Park.
Manager Rob Shooman mentioned resignation in his post-match ramblings, and although this is a big game for him, I'm confident the feel-good-factor will return if he plays his cards right on Sunday. Anything else is not even worth thinking about ...
The Superhoops are just not firing at the moment, and it is the first time I have really known Shooman to be under a bit of pressure to get a positive result.
Norstar B have also struggled thus far, and I can see it being a long 90 minutes for travelling fans.
I just wonder whether David Lubczanski is contemplating playing an extra creative midfielder to maybe make the difference for them, because they definitely need some extra guile.
The bottom line is I think Faithfold will just be too strong for the Stars.
Venue - Chase Lodge, Ref - Quentin Fox
JC star man: Matt Kleinman (Faithfold)
DC Prediction: Faithfold B 3 Norstar B 1
FC TEAM C vs WOODFORD WANDERERS
It's hold on to your hats time as Division Three leaders FC Team C prepare to take on the Wanderers of Woodford.
It appears that nothing can stop the FC Team machine right now. Adam Aminoff (2), David James Cohen (2) and Eitan Ben-Zion were the goal men in last week's thrilling 5-2 win over Jewventus and managers Ben Gilbey and Michael Myers are relishing the visit of Woodford.
FC Team showed great strength in depth to win in such emphatic style, given who they had missing - Jamie Cooper, Oli Senchal, David Joseph Cohen and Gary Hill.
They battled back from two goals down in a game where Daniel Rothman and Rob Sanford - the MSFL's answer to Little and Large - took the game by the scruff of its neck. Once Mathew Sheldon, Adam Aminoff, David James Cohen and Avi Nejad clicked into gear there was no stopping them.
Woodford fans will be thinking it's about time they had a decent cup run. They certainly have the players to do it, but as is often the case, it depends on just how hard they party the night before.
The east Londoners are amazingly inconsistent this season. They appear to have forgotten how to kill off matches and if they think FC Team will turn up to make up the numbers they can think again.
Ref - Neal Cohen
JC star man: Avi Nejad (FC Team)
DC Prediction: FC Team C 3 Woodford 2
LONDON MACCABI LIONS B vs HENDON UNITED SPORTS CLUB B
You'll do well to find two better B teams than Lions and Hendon. Both are packed with quality from back to front which should result in a top-quality game of football at the Lane on Sunday.
Yet to meet in the league this season, both clubs have made a decent start, with Hendon going into the game on the back of a hard-earned 2-2 draw against Neasden.
The Reds, co-managed by Motty Korman and Chaim Gothold fought back from 2-0 down, with goals from RA Noe and Yishai Last.
With Noe and Gothold bang in form, Lions keeper David Kosky will need to be on top of his game.
The Lions have great height down the centre of the pitch this season, with Henry Ziff, Nick Astaire and Max Kyte giants among giants, and in striker James Gold, they have just the man for the job.
I can see Sunday's contest coming down to very small details, and if the Lions bring their shooting boots, they might just nick it.
Venue - Chase Lodge, Ref - Stuart Ansher
JC star man: David Kosky (Lions)
DC Prediction: Lions B 3 Hendon B 2
JC CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP ROUND TWO
FC TEAM A vs HENDON UNITED SPORTS CLUB A
Undoubtedly the match of the day sees Premier Division rivals FC Team A and cup holders Hendon go head to head in Borehamwood.
The tie gives Hendon the opportunity to set the record straight following their recent 3-0 mauling at the hands of Mitch Young's men in the league.
New signing Declan Selbo was among a number of star performers in yellow and blue shirts. He bagged a brace, with Richard Salmon firing home the other.
Both managers were in agreement that the best team won that day, although FC Team fans were grateful for another fine performance from keeper Ed Bloom.
The cup competition is a totally different animal and with home advantage, Young and co will be confident once more, especially when they glance down at the team news section.
Hendon have failed to win for a couple of games now and manager David Garbacz will be looking for something special from his troops.
The treble-winning manager told JC Sport: "Slowly but surely, we are getting our squad back to full health. Although we still have vital absentees on Sunday we will be able to take a good squad of 14 to Borehamwood on Sunday morning and for the first time this season I have a couple of welcome selection headaches.
"We know what we are up against having played FC Team a couple of weeks ago and we will be far better prepared to deal with their dangerous Stoke-like tactics.
"We have not been quite getting the run of the ball in recent matches, which has led some disappointing results from our high standards, but I’m confident that will even itself out although there is no room for error this week – no second chances – if we do not cope and are below our best then we will relinquish our hold not only on the treble, but also on this particular cup.
"We will have a much stronger team out than when we last played them but their style of play does suit their small, tight pitch very well and there will not be a lot of room out there for the flair players to shine.
"If it becomes a scrap we could be in trouble so we have to make sure this is a game of football rather than head tennis, and as long as the ball is kept on the deck, we will be in the hat for the next round."
As Garbacz says, I can see this match being as tight as the pitch. Don't be surprised if it goes the distance.
JC team news: Hendon are missing Alex Gilbert, Ben Lauffer and Greg Corin, but gaffer Garbacz hopes striker Jacob Gold has returned to fitness following a hamstring injury.
Venue - Meadow Park, Ref - Martin Fox
JC star man: Russell Corin (Hendon)
DC Prediction: FC Team A 1 Hendon Utd SC A 1 AET (Hendon won on penalties)
BLIZZARD STORM vs TOTTENHAM CHUTSPAH
Sunday promises to be an emotional day for Blizzard boss Simon Linden, but can someone please tell him that he isn't playing against the real Tottenham!
All joking aside, the tie offers both teams the incentive of pulling out one of the big boys in the next round and I expect both sets of players to go out hell for leather.
Home advantage could be key for a Blizzard team who impressed in the other cup competition last weekend, with four-goal hero Oli Simons stealing the show.
Linden came away from Parmiters pleased as punch, and said this out of his car window in true Harry Redknapp style: "Back-to-back wins, 10 goals, two clean sheets - looks like our season may have just started."
Chutspah boss Ariel Tamman was proud of his troops despite a 7-2 demolition at the hands of Division One table-toppers Glenthorne A.
You could sense the raw emotion when he walked out of the dressing room shortly after the final whistle. "This loss has definitely strengthened the team in many different ways," he told JC Sport.
Adam Morrow and Sammy Hakimian were the marksmen for Chutspah who made their debut in front of the watching German press.
There will be intriguing battles all over the park on Sunday, but the signs are that Chutspah must pull out all the stops to prevent a red-hot Simons from grabbing the headlines again.
Ref - Adam Yuchetel
JC star man: Oli Simons (Blizzard)
DC Prediction: Blizzard Storm 4 Tottenham Chutspah 2
CATFORD & BROMLEY MACCABI vs NORSTAR C
A big pay-day looms for the winner of this tie, with Catford boss Lester Jacobs spotted putting a big stake on his boyhood club to go into the hat for the next round.
The bottom line is that if Catford can't beat the likes of Norstar C, no disrespect lads, they should really start worrying.
Club captain Adam Luria wears his heart on his sleeve. If Catford had 11 of them they'd win most weeks, but I believe they have enough to get through this tie.
Norstar C go into the tie on the back of a 4-1 defeat at the hands of the Masters Rep Team in the Morrison. It's a long way back from there.
But the beauty of the cup is that anything can happen, especially if they can nick the all-important first goal.
I can see this being an open and entertaining affair between two teams who are better attacking than they are defending.
Venue - Norsemen FC, Ref - Barry David
JC star man: Ryan Kangisser (Catford)
DC Prediction: Catford & Bromley 4 Norstar C 2
HENDON UNITED SPORTS CLUB C vs SHIRLEY PARK
Shirley fans will believe that Jamie Kent could take on Hendon C himself following last weekend's heroics against Faithfold B.
The former Brixton hotshot put daylight between himself and the league's other sharp-shooters after racing to the magical 20-goal mark, and we're only in November. Hendon must be shaking in their boots.
The worrying thing for Hendon though is that Shirley are far from a one-man team. If Kent doesn't fire, then there's always Saul Conway, or Stefan Benfredj, or Nicky Plotnek. The list goes on ...
What I'm saying is that this could be a very long morning for Hendon C, and they could do worse than to double park the team bus on the goalline.
And with manager Craig Miller expected to parade his JC Manager of the Week crown following last weekend's giantkilling against UJIA, damage limitation could be the name of the game.
Venue - West Hendon Playing Fields, Ref - Henry Raffe
JC star man: Dave Lusman (Shirley)
DC Prediction: Hendon C 1 Shirley Park 5
NORSTAR A vs NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A
If you're looking for a great advert for football, and heavens knows we need it right now, then get down to John Lyons School in Harrow on Sunday.
For starters, Norstar boss Phil Peters and Raiders chief Rob Richman are great mates. Only last week I bumped into them in a north-west London establishment and there was a really jovial atmosphere around the dinner table.
Both men have done wonders for their respective clubs, and I'm sure whatever the outcome come 12.15pm on Sunday, if will be handshakes and hugs.
Norstar gave an excellent account of themselves against league leaders Faithfold last Sunday. The match featured the debut of new striker Jason Lindsay who I'm sure will do well for them. He's quick and a handful for defenders.
Raiders go into the game following a week off, but no doubt Richman has been working them hard on the training ground, and with their injury concerns having cleared up, he's confident they will be able to kick on.
Looking ahead to Sunday, Richman told JC Sport: "We have a very close association with Norstar; not only do they play in orange, like us, but they have a number of former Raiders players in their ranks. We look forward to catching up with some old friends in Ben Sheldon, Mark Leader and Danny Bloom, but we are hoping to avoid the traitor, Jamie Freed!
"Phil and Jamie S have done an exceptionally good job over the past few seasons and they have got the team into the Premiership in double quick time. They are a strong team and they taught us a lesson in a pre-season friendly just before the season started. This is the first of at least three games we will play against them this season and we are in no doubt it will be a closely contested affair.
"From our point of view, we have found a little bit of form over recent weeks and we will be aiming to continue in the same vein in a very important cup tie this Sunday."
Raiders will be looking to hit the ground running and take the game to Norstar. With the quality of Adam Joselyn, Mike Hershman, Jamie Wolfson and David Dinkin, I think they'll have too much for Norstar on the day.
JC team news: Raiders are expecting everyone bar captain Rik Sherman to be available.
Venue - John Lyons School, Ref - Robert Benardout
JC star man: Adam Joselyn (Raiders)
DC Prediction: Norstar A 1 Raiders A 3
NORTH WEST NEASDEN B vs CAMDEN PARK
Camden fell well below the standard manager Josh Marks has set them when they edged past L'Equipe in the Morrison last Sunday.
There was a real sense of determination in training this week as they know they will be put to the test by a NWN team with undoubted quality.
In the end, strikes from Dan Baneth and Josh Toff got them off the hook in a game they played within themselves.
Some of the Neasden players are still recovering from last weekend's epic against SPEC FC. It's not often a team scores four times and loses, but that's exactly what happened after Adam Levene (2), Tony Chadwick and Oli Joseph found the net.
The first 20 minutes will be crucial on Sunday in a game where questions will be asked of NWN defensively.
If they allow Camden time to get the ball down and play, they can bid farewell to any hopes of progressing in this competition.
Ref - Neil Cooper
JC star man: Dan Baneth (Camden)
DC Prediction: Neasden B 2 Camden Park 3
OAKWOOD B vs CHIGWELL ATHLETIC
There was relief all round as Chigwell overcame third division Faithfold C last Sunday, although they needed extra-time and the brilliance of club stalwart Daniel Castle to do the business.
It was a match manager Richard Slater is keen to put behind him as they were found wanting at times, and Slater expects much better.
Jamie Fox and Anthony Mendel were also on target in a game they need to show plenty of character.
After the game, Slater told JC Sport: "First 30 we were unplayable and should have been 2 or 3 up, same as most weeks this season, but yet again we took our foot off the pedal and thought the game was won.
"But with cup games, it's all about being in the draw for the next round."
Oakwood B went out of the Morrison in spectacular fashion last weekend and the players will be keen to prove a point to manager Ian Tussie.
No doubt, Tuss would've been in the ear of A-team manager Alex Schock and Ric Blank to get the low-down on Chigwell, warts and all.
But this Oakwood team are not your average Division Three outfit. They are blessed with several players who were regulars in Division One last season and, no doubt, will be looking forward to the rough and tumble of Chigwell.
A high-quality affair is on the cards, and I'm looking forward to hearing all about it on Sunday night.
JC team news: Chigwell welcome back defender Lee Hyams from Lanzarote.
Venue - Parmiters, Ref - Laurie Benson
JC star man: Jamie Fox (Chigwell)
DC Prediction: Oakwood B 1 Chigwell Athletic 3
SPEC FC vs UJIA
It appears that UJIA have lost their mojo following the departure of Darren Rolfe. Last season's JC Barry Goldstein Trophy winners have yet to win under new boss Ben Radstone who hopes it's a case of third time lucky on Sunday.
The U's were victims of shock of the round as they went down 4-1 against third division Hendon C, and I can't see things getting any easier against a strong SPEC FC on Sunday.
Laurence Conway's boys have their tails up after squeezing through against Neasden B last weekend. Ricky Lawrence (2), Craig Cohen (2) and Dan Cohen fired the bullets that saw them home 5-4. The decisive moment saw Craig Cohen produced some sheer genius to put up with an extra-time winner.
There were lots of positives for SPEC FC to come away with, none more so than the return of Simon Lee following 13 months on the sidelines.
Clearly something has gone wrong somewhere with the SPEC FC youth academy after Simon Laurence, aged 51, made his debut, but once Sam Freedman took to the field, there was no stopping them.
SPEC FC struggled defending set-pieces and this is an area where UJIA can hurt them, but if they stay on their feet and take their chances I can see the hosts inflicting more woe on Radstone and co.
Venue - Hatfield Uni, Ref - Aaron Djanogly
JC star man: Sam Freedman (SPEC)
DC Prediction: SPEC FC 3 UJIA 1
TEMPLE FORTUNE A vs LOUGHTON ORIENT
If you're looking for five-star entertainment this weekend then Edgware is the place to be as first division Fortune A tackle new boys Loughton Orient.
Fortune go into the game on the back of a 3-1 win over Boca, and game in which Shai Davidi reminded everyone just how good he can be.
Meanwhile, Loughton were indebted to a virtuoso performances from James Lester and they recorded a simply stunning display against Fortune's B team.
After the game, manager Dan Curtis told JC Sport: "We all gave 150 per cent and I'm very proud of my team. From start to finish we were fantastic and I'm hoping this now kick starts our season."
As history has shown us, there's a big difference between Fortune A and B, and the east Londoners might find that out the hard way on Sunday.
Venue - The Hive, Ref - Gary Silver
JC star man: Michael Goldberg (Fortune)
DC Prediction: Temple Fortune A 4 Loughton Orient 2
JC MSFL PREMIER DIVISION
7 - Lorian Madanes, Mike Pearson (both LML A)
6 - Daryl Phillips (Faithfold A)
5 - Alon Hershkorn (Brixton A), Adam Stolerman, (Redbridge JC A), Brad Wine, (Oakwood)
BRADY MACCABI A vs FAITHFOLD A
League leaders Faithfold go into Sunday's match against Brady with a bolstered squad after manager Zuriel Solomon splashed the cash on two excellent signings.
The acquisition of Elliot Stern is one that will genuinely excite Faithfold fans as he will bring something different to the table - pace.
If there's one thing defenders hate playing against, it's pace, and I can see the player signed from Lions enjoying life at the Superhoops.
The other new face is Sam Reeves - a player of undoubted quality. I'm guessing he'll play somewhere in midfield and can see him forging an excellent partnership with Alex Kaye.
Gaffer Solomon expects another tough test when he takes his troops to the Lane at the weekend. "We're play Brady for the first time this season and know they put in a good performance last week against Hendon," he told JC Sport. "They have some really good players and as we have already found this year, no game is easy.
"You have to earn your right and have to work hard and play hard, but always respect any opponents you play.
"We have been playing well but are not getting carried away as the season is long so we will have to be on our game.
"I am sure Joel will take confidence from last week’s performance and will have his boys prepared so we will not take them lightly.
"Having said that we have been playing well and will have to do so again to get something from the game.
Brady put in an improved performance against Hendon last Sunday. Deep down they were disappointed not to hold on for the victory, but the performance of Ben Joseph had manager Joel Nathan purring.
A similar effort will be required at the very least against the Superhoops; anything less and they might struggle. Nathan told JC Sport: "Nothing is easy in this league and we now face the league leaders, but coming on the back of last Sunday’s greatly improved performance the lads are looking forward to the challenge against probably the most consistent team in the MSFL for the last decade. Zuriel has put together a strong squad and deserve great credit for the job he is doing.
"We continue to have injury problems and will be down to the bare bones again which isn’t great but I know the lads who are available will turn up ready to show what Brady is all about."
On Sunday they will need all their big players to sparkle against a confident Faithfold team in a match that will be won and lost in midfield.
In terms of a prediction, I can't see there being much to separate the teams.
JC team news: Faithfold have a full squad bar Paul Babai, who is nearing a return, and Paul Savitz, who is injured. Alex Levack and Alex Taylor both return from suspension as does Dan Stock who was away.
Venue - Rowley Lane, Ref - Richard Jaye
JC star man: Elliot Stern (Faithfold)
DC Prediction: Brady A 1 Faithfold A 1
BRIXTON OLD BOYS vs REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A
Brixton unearthed a real gem last Sunday when Ben Weinberger made his mark on the JC MSFL with a sizzling hat-trick in a headline-grabbing win over FC Team A.
But manager John Nitka is taking nothing for granted when 2011 league winners Redbridge come to town, especially with a handful of regulars missing.
It was 'take a bow time' for Weinberger last weekend when he helped his team bounce back from a string of bad results in what one was something of a coupon spoiler.
Brixton are impossible to predict - when they're bad they can be woeful but as we saw last weekend, when they are hot, they are invincible.
"It's very simple," said Nitka looking ahead to the big match, "depending on who i have available, I cannot forecast a result.
"Already this week I have three players out due to injuries received in last Sunday’s win against FC Team, but there is a possibility I might have others returning from injury.
"With a full team we would not lose but I won't be able to select the team until as late as Sunday morning."
RJC boss Eilon Kennet has had similar headaches since taking charge, but his troops remain a match for the MSFL's finest.
And with Adam Stolerman in top form, it could be a busy morning for home keeper Jake Doffman.
Ahead of kick-off on Sunday, RJC boss Eilon Kennet had this to say to JC Sport: "It looks like we'll be playing against a team in form, so its' going to be hard.
"No doubt that if we want anything out of this game we'll have to be at out best."
The Weisz brothers have been important players for Brixton, while Rob Blackman is more than capable of nicking something in the final third.
Clearly this game has all the ingredients for a right royal rumble.
Venue - Clowes, Ref - Tony McEvoy
JC star man: Ben Weinberger (Brixton)
DC Prediction: Brixton 2 Redbridge 2
20 - Jamie Kent (Shirley Park)
11 - Yishai Last (Hendon B)
9 - Gideon Gold (Shirley Park), Lee Cash (Neasden A),
8 - Chaim Gothold (Hendon B), Stefan Benfredj (Shirley Park
GLENTHORNE UNITED A vs SOUTHGATE HARMEN
Harmen boss Dan Uzan was happy as larry following last weekend's cup win over FC Team B.
He was waxing lyrical about new signing Sam Castle - a keeper turned midfield maestro.
Young Sam made a name for himself with a series of top-notch performances in goal for Lions A last season. I named him JC Goalkeeper of the Year and following a very short spell with Brady B, he and Alex Bowman joined the Uzan master-class in Southgate.
The pair excelled on debut last weekend, with Castle in particular catching the eye in central midfield.
But the hard work starts now as Glenthorne are a totally different proposition.
A Craig Sandford-inspired performance helped them smash seven past Tottenham Chutpsah. At the moment, everything he is touching is turning to goals.
The Thornes ooze class from back to front and they have two of the league's finest young keepers on their boots - competition for places has rarely been stronger.
Looking ahead to Sunday, Thornes boss Sam Rosenthal told JC Sport: "We're looking forward to getting back to league action. We have a few on the injury list but will, as ever, be looking to take all three points."
The east Londoners rarely concede and with Dan Lipman, Fabio Revieccio, Jamie Shaw and Sandford gunning for goals, I can see them taking the points on Sunday, but they won't have things all their own way.
Venue - Ford Sports & Social, Ref -
JC star man: Ben Weinberger (Brixton)
DC Prediction: Glenthorne A 2 Southgate Harmen 1
11 - Adam Hersh (Los Blancos)
7 - Adam Goldman (Glenthorne Utd B), Dan Hildebrand (Brady B)
6 - Jamie Sinai (Catford & Bromley), Reiss Mogilner (Brady B)
REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B vs FC TEAM B
Bouncebackability is the name of the game for both Redbridge B and FC Team B on Sunday.
RJC were smashed 4-0 by Blancos last weekend and manager Jon Jacobs will be looking for a reaction from his young team.
Having started the season in such a positive manner, it's important they get something from this game, especially being the home team.
FC Team B have lost their last two, but manager Ben Simon isn't hitting the panic button just yet.
Meeting RJC B for the first time this season, he must be considering beefing up his midfield and perhaps playing five there in a bid to make his side hard to break down.
But at times like these, attack is often the best form of defence and with players such as Adam Goldsmith and Freddie Marks in the ranks, he'll be confident of getting something on the break.
I can see it finishing honours even on Sunday.
Venue - Fairlop, Ref - Joe Burchill
JC star man: Daniel Alfreds (FC Team)
DC Prediction: Redbridge B 2 FC Team B 2
14 - Jono Gaon (Tottenham Chutspah)
12 - Terry Jeffries (Temple Fortune B)
10 - Ben Zloof (AC Mill Hill)
L'EQUIPE vs AC MILL HILL
The Mill Hill boys will be determined to show the wheels haven't started to come off when they travel to L'Equipe for what promises to be an enthralling derby on Sunday.
Back-to-back defeats and no goals in their last two games has given them something of a wake-up call, but there is no doubt they have the quality to turn the corner on Sunday.
Meeting L'Equipe for the first time in MSFL history, manager Joe Levy is confident his boys will turn up focused and ready to battle. A bit of luck may be needed too, and it's the kind of game where patience will be key.
L'Equipe gave a good account of themselves against Camden Park in the cup last weekend. A 2-1 defeat was more than respectable against a team I thought would run them ragged.
But they will come up against a couple of boys with Division One experience and it's vital they approach Sunday's match with the same mentality.
I can see Mill Hill dominating the possession, but don't be surprised if they try to shut up shop if they go ahead as three points could be crucial come the end of the season.
Venue - Copthall, Ref - Laurence Thorne
JC star man: Jason Shoffman (Mill Hill)
DC Prediction: L'Equipe 0 AC Mill Hill 1
TEMPLE FORTUNE B vs BOCA JEWNIORS
Temple Fortune B are expected to finish the weekend in second place when they take on Boca Jewniors on Sunday.
Player-manager Terry Jeffries has been getting the low-down on Boca from A-team manager Lee Fegan who masterminded a 3-1 cup success over them only last Sunday.
In the report, Jeffries would've been informed that Boca have a top keeper in Ryan Monk, while player-manager Jamie Weinrich has a shot and a half on him.
Indeed, Fegan was beaten from fully 50 yards last Sunday when Weinrich did his best David Beckham impression.
No doubt Jeffries will have fond memories of his first meeting with Boca this season. He hit the target four times in an easy 7-1 victory, with the others coming from Dave Sawyer, John Kemp and an own goal.
So Jeffries knows all about Boca's soft centre and will be looking to fill his boots on Sunday. And by my estimations, not even another wonder show from Monk will be enough to stop him.
Venue - Roger Bannister Sports Centre
JC star man: Terry Jeffries (Fortune)
DC Prediction: Temple Fortune B 4 Boca Jewniors 0