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Faithfold A go from strength to strength

Braces from player-manager Avi Markiewicz and Louis Naughten inspired Faithfold A to their biggest win of the season as they maintained their grip on top spot.

    Faithfold had already beaten L'Equipe in first game of the season but manager Markiewicz wasn't going to allow complacency to set into his troops. He warned his players that anyone who thought this game was already won was wrong and if he saw anyone not putting in a 100 per cent they would be substituted immediately.

    The Superhoops started well, in fact as the scoreline suggests they pretty much dominated from the very first to the very last, however it was actually L'Equipe who struck first.

    Not enough pressure in midfield and too much space between Faithfold's back four allowed a simple pass to go through and one on one they finished it off.

    Faithfold didn't let it get to them and very soon after we had levelled with a free-kick from Markiewicz - his first of the season after his first start outfield. The hosts soon after scored another, this time a really wonderfully worked goal. Ben Shirbini won the ball deep in his own half, he found space and found David Leiwy down the right, he beat two men and played a one-two with Markiewicz, David beat another man and then put Markiewicz through on goal.Markiewicz opened up his body and found the far bottom corner. A really breathtaking team goal from front to back.

    Shirbini then scored a goal himself with a shot that found the bottom corner from just outside the box to put Faithfold two goals to the good at half time.

    At the break Faithfold knew that the next goal would be the key and it was that man Naughten who smashed home the fourth with a bullet shot from 25 yards out that arrowed into the top corner.

    The fifth came about after good work in the middle again by Shirbini, he played a perfect pass through to Markiewicz, after shrugging off one challenge he was one on one with the keeper he was about to pull the trigger when he spotted Leor Harel who had burst forward from full back and had a completely open net, the ball was played across goal for Harel to tap into the gaping goal.

    At this point L'Equipe were really starting to tire and after several poor challenges, Dan Fox, who really controlled the game well, had no choice but to show a second yellow to a L'Equipe player.

    Nothing changed from Faithfold's point of view and then came a goal made in "Lewiy land". Johnny got the ball from the home keeper made headway down the left, played a one two with his brother David, Johnny then beat a man and slid David Leiwy through, David turned inside and found the far corner.

    Zalmy Cohen then got in on the fun. Stand-in L'Equipe keeper Elliot 'Vern' Gordon made an excellent point-blank stop from a Markiewicz diving header after a fantastic David Beckham-esque cross from Dovi Vogel, Cohen fought for the rebound and didn't just hit it at the wall of players on the line, he feinted one way, moved to the other and buried it.

    Naughten scored his second of the game and another excellent goal it was too. He danced on the edge of the area shuffling past a couple players and with his weaker foot and with minimal back lift slotted it into the goal.

    The last goal belonged to the youngest member of the Faithfold team - Gav Lewis, who has just turned 17 and was on as a sub and scored a very cheeky goal, Markiewicz made his way down the right got into the area and again instead of shooting squared it to Lewis who deftly chipped over the keeper.

    Delighted Faithfold boss Avi Markiewicz told JC Sport: "By the end it was a very comprehensive and totally dominant win.

    "Ben Gabay making his debut in goal was hardly troubled. In truth it could have been more if not for some good goalkeeping, a little wastefulness and and the woodwork, but we won not because our opposition were poor, they really weren't, but because we worked tirelessly and for each other that coupled with a group of very talented group of lads makes for a potent mixture."

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