'Comeback king Kaye can be influential,' says Shafron

Dan Shafron believes the return of midfield general Alex Kaye will boost his Raiders squad and keep them challenging for silverware after they overcame a resilient Dons team to progress in the Jewish FA Cup.




Kaye has been a notable absentee for Raiders through injury, but his presence ensured there was no cup upset against the Division Two opposition.

Competition holders Raiders A saw off the challenge of second division Mill Hill Dons thanks to goals from Ben Joseph (2), Joe Cohen, Jonny Kay and a pair of own goals.

L'Orange stormed into an early 3-0 lead before the Dons battled back with goals from Zach Cohen and Ryan Kramer. But stepped up a gear to score three more times and confirm their place in round two.

NLR manager Dan Shafron told JC Sport: "I'm happy with the win but there's still plenty to improve on. We had some excellent spells where the football was a joy to watch and many positives to take forward into our next game.

"It was also great to have Al back playing after nearly two years out. He adds a lot of tenacity in the middle of the pitch and will be an influential player moving forward."

Dons boss Brandon Hamme told JC Sport: "It was a really hard-fought battle by the boys today, some unlucky goals cost us and I would say the scoreline doesn’t tell the full story.

"We gave the Raiders a game and it slipped away towards the end. You can see that they have a very good squad and can see them challenging for the cup once again."

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