CACF pen pics: meet NL Raiders A


Having wrestled the MGBSFL Premier Division title from Hendon United clutches, Raiders will attempt to pick their pockets again as they go in search of the double in the CAC final. Meet the players looking to come down the famous Wingate & Finchley steps with winners' medals on Sunday.

JAKE DOFFMAN (goalkeeper) – his teammates are still not sure if Jake is the joker or the clown of the team but it is definitely not a quiet dressing room when he is around. Exceptional stopper who keeps getting better and better. Made some outstanding saves throughout the season

ALEX BLOCH (full-back) – 80 games and counting, that is how long Blochy has gone without a goal for the club. Always dependable, he has had a fantastic season patrolling the entire left flank of the pitch. Has an unbelievable engine and does everything perfectly, until he gets into the opposition box!

JOSH MORRIS (full-back) – has been a tremendous player for NLR this season and has been excellent in his right-back berth. Think most left-wingers in the league have nightmares about facing Josh and also his dad, Pete, who patrols the side-lines almost as diligently as Josh himself

JJ SPIRO (full-back) – An absolute rock at the heart of defence. No-nonsense defender who never seems ruffled by anything opposition strikers throw at him

JOSH PISTOL (centre-back) – has had another fantastic season for the club. Absolute beast in the tackle and won nearly every single header he has challenged for this season. Questionable match day hat choices!

DAVID RHODES (centre-back) - captain of the side and another key cog in NLR's defence which has been so solid all season. Now one of the elder statesmen of the team in his 11th season with the club and a tremendous leader

ELLIOTT MOSLAWY (midfielder) – 'Lulli Chops' has been an intergral part of the squad since joining a couple months into the season. Always works hard, whichever position he’s playing in, and has chipped in with some important goals too, including a goal of the season contender against FC Team

ELLIOT ESPINOZA (midfielder) – there couldn’t be a greater contrast between his nice persona off the pitch and his crunching tackles on it, but his teammates are very glad that he lines up in Orange! Best man-marker in the game and must have a near 100 per cent pass completion record. Been very unlucky with injuries this year but still a key part of the team

JONNY KAY (midfielder) – STILL has undoubtedly the finest beard in the MSFL. Has been an ever-present this season in the centre of midfield and has been consistently excellent. Has promised to clean shave if NLR win!

ADAM JOSELYN (midfielder) – has fallen victim to ankle injuries this season to the disappointment of his teammates after really impressing early in the season, but has been crucial to our run in over the past six weeks. Box-to-box midfielder with bags of energy and potentially a goal in him

BEN JOSEPH (midfielder) – midfield maestro and the creative fulcrum of the team. Normally turns up late and loves his bagels in the changing room. Has turned any dead-ball situation within 30 yards of goal into a genuine threat with his unbelievable free-kicks this season

RICKY ENGLEMAN – joined NLR at the beginning of the season, but it feels like he has been playing with the boys for years. Strong, classy midfielder who possibly has the hardest shot in the team. One of two Raiders boys representing Great Britain at football in the upcoming European Maccabi Games

DAVID DINKIN (forward) – has had another prolific goal-scoring season with the club, although nothing else would have been expected. Celebrated his 100th start for Raiders with a hat-trick the day they won the league

JOSH GREEN (forward) – been a brilliant option for the team throughout the season. Unfortunately has had to be shared with the B team, but has made invaluable contributions whenever called upon. Also a brilliant graphic designer, see

MATT STOCK (forward) – was missed for the first three months of the season, but has more than made up for his time away by being exceptional in nearly every outing. Top-scorer for the team this season, Matt has been unplayable in so many matches, it is disappointing when he doesn’t score a hat trick

LIRON MANNIE (forward) – has been sensational this season in any position he has played. At time it seems that the ball is glued to his foot. Another one who has got better and better as the season has progressed. Potential match-winner in cup final

JORDAN MARKS (forward) – only been available for a few games this season due to uni commitments, but has been a brilliant addition to the forward line when he has played. Had a man-of-the-match display in the ‘title-deciding’ game against Hendon and few would bet against him doing so again in the final.

JAMIE WOLFSON (forward) – unfortunately Jamie has left to set up the Hong Kong division of the Raiders fan club. Loved by all in the team it is a real shame he couldn’t leave after the season had finished. All in the team miss the lovable ‘Lego Head’

ROB RICHMAN (manager) – heartbeat of the team and it’s believed he bleeds orange. Commitment has not wavered even as he has faced his final accountancy exams, which shows his true love for the club. Often compared to Messi when he takes part in training and could make an appearance if the game goes to penalties

JONATHAN GREEN (assistant-manager) – The legendary striker moved to the dugout for the first time this season. Loves a moan about a stray pass and also a rant at the officials but has been as important as any of the on field summer signings

JONNY ADELMAN (Chairman) - his association with Raiders is now in its 23rd season. Was the proudest man in north-west London when the side won the Premier League for the first time, just under a month ago

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