Oakwood hit the heights with table-topping win

Jake Finestein’s side hammer Hendon to take the top spot in Maccabi GB Southern Football League Premier Division


The game of the day in the Maccabi GB Southern Football League saw two of Jewish football’s biggest teams go head-to-head as reigning Premier Division champions Oakwood A took on Hendon United.

And it proved to be a great day for Jake Finestein’s Oakwood side as two goals from Louis Basso helped them record an impressive 4-0 win.

Felix Shalom and Alex Lee were also on the scoresheet as the Os maintained their 100 per cent winning start to the season, the three points also taking them top of the table on goal difference.

Elsewhere, a hat-trick from Zacki Doumou inspired London Athletico to a 4-2 win at Brook Farm Rovers. George Saffer claimed their fourth. Manager Michael Phillips said afterwards:

“It was a better performance than last week. We let in an early goal, but dominated the game thereafter and could have scored five or six times.”

Gav Nussbaum and Dan Cohen scored for Rovers. Cohen said: “It was a very similar story to the cup game last week, we did some good things but got punished for the mistakes. This is definitely the harsh reality of being in the Premier Division, but we will keep fighting and try to get any points we can.”

Real Salt Beef emerged victorious in the most dramatic game of the day as they edged an 11-goal epic to finish the day top of the Division One table.

Ethan Lewis Kessel’s hat-trick told only half of the story in their memorable 6-5 win over Mill Hill Dons. Joel Walters, Daniel Bowman and Joey Gold netted their other goals, while Jordan Foster, Mitchell Gerber, Benjamin Kaufman, Max Sosna and Elliot Freer replied for The Dons.

Redbridge Jewish Care Purple picked up their second league win of the season as goals from Ryan Cole and Max Pincus saw them to a 2-1 win over Hapoel Hampstead, for whom Jack Naftalin scored. There were also big wins for Boca Chillers and Real Madreidel, who beat Temple Fortune 7-0 and Oakwood Town 6-1 respectively.

It’s as you were at the top of Division Two as the leading two sides both claimed wins to make it five wins from five.

Club de Chigwell remain top on goal difference after Joe Klein, Josh Klein and Joffee Bradley all scored in their 3-1 win over Millbrook Park Calcio.

Manager Joshua Dobias said: “It was a tough game against a very good opposition who played very well, but credit to the boys who dug deep to grind out the result to maintain our good start to the season.” Benjo Radnor netted Calcio’s consolation.

Brady did their utmost to close in on Chigwell’s superior goal difference as they hit double figures against Lads on Torah. Jack Brand scored six times, with Jordan Nathan also on target twice as they recorded an emphatic 11-1 win. Eytan Copitch, Sam Raphael and Dylan Richards goals completed the rout.

Hampstead Ducks are up into third after they fought back from being 2-1 down to come away from Beitar Bushey with a 4-2 win.

Charles Braunstein scored twice with Benjamin Byre and Simon Fox also finding the back of the net. Manager Jacob Summerfield said: “At 2-1 down in the second half, we showed exceptional courage and belief to score three quick goals.”

Josh Jacob and Robbie Metzger scored for Bushey. Their manager Aaron Conway said: “We looked really positive in the first hour but once we went 2-1 ahead on the hour mark, we unfortunately got a bit complacent. I can’t fault any of the performances and we saw a lot of positives.

"We’ve really tested ourselves against the best this league has and despite the results on the table, we’ve so far proved that we can hold our own for significant parts of the game.”

HMH B gained their first win — and points — of the season as two goals from Joshua Gavin helped them to a 5-0 win over 40 Year Wanderers.

Jamie Hall, Rocco Lewis and Zak Samuels goals secured the points. Camden City, meanwhile, also won for the first time with a 2-1 home victory over Redbridge Jewish Care White.

The one game played in the Peter Morrison Trophy saw Geez Park Rangers book their place in the second round as goals from Ethan Mooney and Tyler Smith saw them beat HMH A 2-1. Ben Winters replied for HMH.

St John’s Wood Tigers closed the gap at the top of the Maccabi Masters Football League to three points as they came away from Glenthorne with a 4-1 win.

Andrew Brummer scored twice, with Grant Morgan and Dan Forman also on target. Maccabi London Lions are a point behind them in third after Michael Abrahams’ double, coupled with Daniel Sugarman’s strike, saw them earn a 3-0 win at Brady.

Game of the day saw Hendon Harriers edge a five-goal thriller as they claimed their first win – and points – of the season with a 3-2 win over EHRS Stonegrove.

Andy Diamond and Nick Roman fired them into a two-goal lead and although Jon Holman and Martin Seifert scored to draw the sides level, Nick Roman curled in a last-minute winner to seal the win and lift them off the bottom of the table.

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