Mill Hill Dons lead the pack after comeback win

Brandon Hammé's side make it two victories out of two with 2-1 defeat of Real Salt Beef


Mill Hill Dons made it two wins from two to go top of the Maccabi GB Southern Football League Division One table on goal difference.

They came up against a resilient Real Salt Beef side who went ahead after just seven minutes. Both teams would go on to strike the woodwork in the first half.

Salt Beef looked set to go into the break ahead, but the Dons drew level with the last kick of the half, Joshua Cinna netting on his second debut for the club after recently rejoining after a season at North London Raiders.

Elliott Freer completed a quick turnaround, scoring in the 52nd minute, and although Salt Beef threw everything at the Dons defence, the home side held on for a gratifying three points.

“I am delighted with how the boys applied themselves once again, I couldn’t have wished for a better start,” said Dons manager Brandon Hammé.

“Last season was really difficult, we have now already won more league games than we did last year.

"It is a great testament to the boys for their desire to keep going when others would throw in the towel, they really deserve the feeling this start has given them.

“It also speaks volumes of the signings we have made so far. Jordan Forster won the Man of the Match vote on his debut and Josh Cinna scored the equaliser. They have already made a huge impact in our opening two games.

"We look forward to getting back under way in October.”

Hapoel Hampstead joined the Dons at the top of the table on six points, Jack Naftalin’s strike proving to the be the difference as they beat Boca Chillers 1-0.

Real Madreidel claimed their first points of the season — and did it in style as they came away from Temple Fortune with a 7-0 win.

Geez Park Rangers made it two wins from two to go three points clear at the top of the Premier Division table as two goals from Samuel Morris helped them to a 6-2 win over Stoke Salmon. Aron Gale, Zak Green, Jordan Grundman and Jacob Lauder were also all on target. Jamie Smaje struck twice for Stoke Salmon.

Elsewhere in the Division, HMH A got their season off to a winning start as goals from George Goldberg and Eli Wergzyn saw them claim a 2-0 win over North London Raiders.

Raiders manager Tal Cohen said: “After an impressive first half that saw Yarden Sharon strike the crossbar from well outside the box, an early goal in the second half and a few wasted chances gave HMH the opportunity to get a second and earn what felt like a deserved win by the end of the game. We know we can do better and we will make sure of that in our next game.”

Club De Chigwell continued their emphatic start to the season as four different players scored hat-tricks in their 18-0 win over Lads on Torah. Joe Klein, Josh Brody, Stan Offord and Ollie Silver all bagged trebles.

Their delighted manager Josh Dobias said: “It’s always nice to win by a big scoreline to get the confidence flowing, along with keeping a second consecutive clean sheet. We know there will be much tougher games this season so we will stay grounded and continue to improve each week.”

Brady FC also made it two wins from two thanks to a comprehensive 3-0 win over HMH B. Goals from Aaron Diamond, Joe Shaw and Jamie Myers saw them to the points.

Manager Ricky Ansher said afterwards: “It was a great overall performance, both as a team and as individuals, against a very decent opposition who will trouble other teams in our league.

"We limited them to very little and were total control from the first to last minute.” Hampstead Ducks join both teams on six points after comfortably beating Camden City 4-1.

Elsewhere, Oakwood A booked their place into the next round of the London Sunday Trophy after they came away from FC Deportivo UK with a 4-0 win. Beitar Bushey and 40 Year Wanderers will not be joining them in the next round. Beitar were defeated 13-0 by Ryefield FC and the Wanderers lost 9-1 to Putney Pacers First.

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