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Real Hendon in seventh heaven

Lolu Hibbert was the hat-trick hero as Real Hendon after put Hertswood Vale to the sword with a crushing 7-2 victory.

    A masterful 25-yard volley from Yossi Goldberg, two goals from twin brother, Benny Goldberg, and a seventh from Joel Kutner was capped by a "match-winning performance" from Joe Metliss.

    Vale had started the game well and took the lead on 13 minutes, with Bradley Lobetta registering his first goal of the season. When it looked as though we were comfortably controlling the game, we were denied a certain penalty as Josh Cohen was hauled down by the Hendon keeper.

    Real then took the game away from Vale with a flurry of goals, before Simon Englander popped up with his second of the season for Vale.

    Jubilant Real player-manager Martin Smulovitch told JC Sport: "Altogether it was a fantastic day at the office for the Bees of Hendon. We're looking forward to final game of the season next week."

    It was a morning to forget for Vale, according to joint-manager Jacob Emanuel. He told JC Sport: "We left one of our worst performances of the season to last unfortunately. Numerous individual errors and some shoddy refereeing left us with a heavy defeat with a performance that ultimately deserved nothing.

    "Heading into the game, we had two late drop-outs on top of a large unavailability so we weren't in the best shape, but we should've given a better account of ourselves in a battle to finish as high up the table as possible.

    "Two goals in quick succession saw us head into the half 2-1 down. What followed was absolute calamity. Individual errors across the team, and some questionable decisions from the referee saw Real Hendon run riot. In all fairness to them, they scored some brilliant goals and absolutely deserved to win on the day."

    Emanuel went on to say: "I'd like to take this moment to applaud my co-manager Danny Hirschberger, club chairman Vivian Emanuel and, of course, all the players for their hardwork throughout the season to take Hertswood Vale to the next level.

    "Compared to last year, we find ourselves 11 points and five places better off and although we've finished on a low, the season overall has been successful - we set out to improve on last year and there's no doubt we did that.

    "Well done to the MGBSFL and David Woolf on their continued support of Jewish grass-roots football."

    REAL: Raffy Zysblat, Benjamin Goldberg, Joe Goldberg, Adam Hersh, Gali Kolt, Joel Kutner, Joe Metliss, Dorron Shooter, Martin Smulovitch, Chaim Strom, Lolu Hibbert

    SCORERS: Benjamin Goldberg (2), Kutner, Joe Goldberg

    VALE: Ollie Brill, Simon Englander, Danny Feuer, Joni Hirschowitz, Sammy Huberman, Brad Lobetta, James Neidle, Jack Shulman, Alex Trup, Josh Wood, Josh Cohen

    SCORERS: Lobetta

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