Boca hit for six by table-topping Raiders C



A hat-trick from Nicky Woolf steered leaders North London Raiders C to their eighth, and most emphatic, victory of the season as they over-powered Boca Jewniors.

Boca came into the match without star striker Jamie Weinrich who was suffering from a bad bout of man flu while winger Joel Newman drooped out due to illness. They welcomed back centre back James Edelman for only his third start this season following a long lay-off recovering from injury.

Manager Sefton Monk was hoping to name the same line up for the second consecutive week following a great second half performance against Brady B but his best-laid plans were hindered by late drop-outs and illness.

Monk is still trying to work out why his team fails to perform for 90 minutes. He said: "We're either having a great first half performance or a great second half performance. Far too often we're holding teams until half time and then fall away in the last 30 or letting in very early goals before keeping it evens for the second half."

Ahead of kick-off, Monk said: "It is never going to be easy going into a game against the league favourites winning seven from seven, but we will go out and give it their best."

The Boca boys were dealt another blow before the start as their celebrity fan Dave Gorman was not in attendance.

It was Raiders who started the game on the front foot and before Boca knew what had hit them, they were 2-0 down.

Boca were shell-shocked but then they were handed a free-kick inside the area after Raiders keeper Danny Beliner picked up a back-pass but player-manager Sefton Monk fired high and wide.

Slowly but surely, Boca got into the game, creating a few chances but they were yet again pegged back by another very well-worked goal from Raiders with Woolf wriggling through the Boca defences to place the ball in the bottom corner of the goal. A fourth goal soon followed and it was game over.

Looking to boost their goal difference, Raiders went on the attack again, bringing out a fine save from Ryan Monk in a one-on-one. From the resulting corner, Raiders were awarded a penalty but Monk came out on top again, saving the spot-kick. The first half ended with Raiders 4-0 ahead.

Both teams came out raring to go for the second half. Boca soon won a penalty following a foul on Sefton Monk, but brother Farrell fluffed his effort.

Sefton Monk again saw his side give a great second half performances with Raiders struggling to make chances.

Having used all their substitutes, Boca were forced to finish with 10 men after right-back Anton Nyman was taken out in a bad challenge which left him on the sidelines for remainder.

Raiders finished the game strongly and netted a fifth 10 minutes from time. There was still time to add a sixth from a cross-shot.

Boca then had a one last chance to keep their record of scoring in every game of this season intact, but Farrell Monk scuffed his effort wide after a corner broke to him.

Disappointed Boca player-manager Sefton Monk told JC Sport: "I can't fault my team's performance as we made no mistakes and played very well.

"We came up against a very good team this week and a can't fault any of their goals.

"We come up against the two best teams in the league over the last two weeks and given a good account of ourselves, but now we can finally look forward to playing a team of a similar level next week."

Delighted Raiders boss Oli Shorts told JC Sport: "A simple win spearheaded by a lethal Nicky Woolf who bagged a hattrick inside 30 minutes.

"It could have been more but the players eased off after going in four goals to the good at half time.

"Another clean sheet was made possible thanks to a Danny Berliner penalty save midway through the second half.

"Overall a good mornings work but we must improved when we play the likes of FC Team and Bilbaum in the coming weeks.

"I wish Boca well for the season. They are a great bunch who play the game in the right manner. Turning up with a squad every week when results aren't going the way they want is a testament to how well they are run. I hope that results will start to go there way."

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