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Super Soccer Sunday week 20 preview

The focus returns to the MGBSFL this week, with defending champions Oakwood A visiting Redbridge Jewish Care A, Hendon United hosting Brady Maccabi while Real Hendon will be hoping it's a case of second time lucky against second division leaders Mill Hill Dons.

    VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: MACCABI MASTERS vs MANCHESTER MACCABI 1st

    PHOTOGALLERIES

    MANCHESTER MACCABI 2nd vs BRADY MACCABI

    ML LIONS VETS vs FAIRLOP FC

    MACCABI MASTERS vs MANCHESTER MACCABI 1st

    TEAM OF THE WEEK

    TOP-SCORERS

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    CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP SEMI-FINAL DRAW

    Los Blancos or Camden Park vs Oakwood A

    Brady Maccabi vs Hendon Utd

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    PETER MORRISON TROPHY ROUND THREE

    HAROLDEANS vs LOS BLANCOS

    Having secured their place in the last four of the Cyril Anekstein Cup, Los Blancos go in search of more cup glory when they make the long journey north to take on Haroldeans.

    Oli Sade and Joe Davis were among the players to star in the terrific 3-0 win over Premier Division Camden Park. At the back, the Doffman/Krieger partnership worked superbly but they will need to be on top form against the MJSL table-toppers from Liverpool.

    Haroldeans go into the tie in great nick. Mike Bloomberg’s troops have won six on the bounce and registered 36 goals.

    Much depends on exactly who travels for Blancos, but in Jordan Brookes and Adam Shiffman, Haroldeans have two major goal threats who might just tip the scales in their favour.

    POSSIBLE SQUADS:

    HAROLDEANS: Taylor Moss, Eden Harris, Paul Harris, Adam Boyars, Jack Bookey, Ben Kersh, Adam Cross, Zack Goldsmith, Maxim Green, Max Barnett, Jordan Brookes, Adam Shiffman

    BLANCOS (from): Gideon Rabstein, Josh Aziz, Joel Barnett, Marc Woolfe, Jake Doffman, Svi Freedman, Tim Heynes, Gav Krieger, James Kutner, Avishai Kestenbaum, Elliott Maslawy, Joe Davis, Daniel Sinclair, Josh Mizrahi, Alex Lewis, Josh Laurier, Simon Moses, Oliver Sade, Luke Strauss, James Kutner, Joe Zender

    JC star man: Adam Shiffman (Haroldeans)

    DC Prediction: Haroldeans 2 Blancos 1

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    CATFORD & BROMLEY MACCABI vs MACCABI LONDON LIONS WHITE

    Match postponed - waterlogged pitch and no replacement available

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    MGBSFL PREMIER DIVISION

    LEAGUE TABLE

    1. Oakwood Pl. 7, W. 6, Pts. 18

    2. Hendon Utd Pl. 6, W. 5, Pts. 16

    3. Brady Maccabi Pl. 9, W. 5, Pts. 16

    FORTHCOMING FIXTURES

    TOP-SCORERS

    16 – Reiss Mogilner (Brady Maccabi)

    8 - Kiki Levin (ML Lions White)

    HENDON UNITED SPORTS vs BRADY MACCABI

    Joel Nathan is picking up the pieces after Brady’s Morrison Trophy exit in Manchester.

    A depleted squad was unable to live with Manchester 2nds, especially in the first half. Yes they improved in the second 45 but the damage had already been done.

    Sunday is a warm-up for the forthcoming League Cup semi-final between the two teams – and their first meeting of the season.

    Brady boss Joel Nathan told JC Sport: “2018 hasn’t started well for us, and we are having a  lot of injuries at the moment which isn’t helping, plus we have a number of boys away this weekend on a stag so we will again have a depleted squad.

    “However, we will make sure Hendon will know they are in for a fight right from the first minute. We know they are a very strong unit and no opposition seems to faze them, but you never know what might happen come Sunday.

    “Yes our league aspirations have gone but we will keep fighting till last game of the season and we still have the CA semi to look forward to in a couple of weeks when hopefully we will have a few players back.”

    Hendon go into the game holding all the aces – they are unbeaten at home in the league and although level on points with Brady, have three games in hand. And they have the second best defensive record across the league, conceding just seven times in six games. Only cup giantkillers Fairlop have let in fewer.

    Indeed Greg Corin’s men have won five out of six in the league, and they are playing some really nice football. Zac Lewis has produced some top-class performances – making him a contender for Player of the Season. At times he plays like he has gold-dust in his boots.

    Brady’s form on the road has been less than convincing. That’s why I’m tipping a Hendon win.

    JC team news: Rocky Spitzer, Greg Corin and Josh Bentley are missing for Hendon. However the team welcomes back Ben Lauffer and Larry Cohen. Avi Korman and Alex Rosenthal face late fitness tests.

    Brady’s Rob Cohen has been ruled out for the season.

    POSSIBLE SQUADS:

    HENDON (from): Russ Corin, Arthur Caplin, Mordi Weiler, Alex Rosenthal, Larry Cohen, Avi Korman, Ari Nevies, Dudi Edreyi, Dan Howard, Ari Last (capt), Yoav Lebens,  Ben Lauffer, Josh Harris, Zac Lewis, Yishai Last, Moses Seitler

    BRADY (from): Josh Miller, Harry Fine, Sam Castle, David Cohen, Elliott Dagul, Brad Dryer, Henry Ziff, Matt Sofier, Jordan Nathan, Ricky Rinder, Graeme Grossman, Zac Skry, Marc Rister, Stanley Offord, Ben Kohler, Reiss Mogilner, Clark Norton, Scott Gordon, James Joseph, Charlie Kasler

    Venue – Hadley FC, Ref – Richard Jaye, KO – 10am

    JC star man: Larry Cohen (Hendon)

    DC Prediction: Hendon 2 Brady 0

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    MACCABI LONDON LIONS BLUE vs NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A

    Lions Blue go in search of a league double against a Raiders team they beat 4-2 in October.

    No doubt Lions boss Sam Marchant will be speaking to the Lions White team management after they hit L’Orange for six last weekend. That was the second game on the bounce the 2015/16 champions have conceded six times which bizarrely comes after an 8-4 triumph over Redbridge.

    Ahead of kick-off, Lions boss Sam Marchant told JC Sport: “Sunday should be a very interesting game and I guess you can classify it as a relegation battle!

    “Raiders, like all teams that come to Rowley Lane, will be desperate to fight hard and get a victory. Even more so because they have lost to both Lions sides this season, so they will come with a point to prove.

    “With that in mind we know that we have to be at our absolute very best if we are to win the game, because Raiders have been a top side over the past few years and they are a tough side to beat.”

    Raiders could come up against former old boy in the shape of Liron Mannie. He has been starring for the Lions Saturday team in recent weeks, and it’ll be interesting to see if he is included in Marchant’s squad.

    Raiders have lost seven out of 10 games and start the game five points behind the Lions. Boss Dan Shafron hopes his big match players step up as they look to end a worrying slump.

    Defensive issues must be ironed out before NLR’s season-defining Peter Morrison Trophy quarter-final.

    JC team news: David Nezri, “who had a great performance against Raiders last time,” misses the game through injury, a broken bone in his foot.

    POSSIBLE SQUADS:

    LIONS (from): James Harpin, Sammy Kingston,  Daniel Fattal, Daniel Behar, Ben Winters, Nathan Anders, Jordan Aspis, Nick Barnett, Charlie Cohen, Adam Abadi, Ed Brafman (capt), Benji Weinberger, Jono Gaon, Josh Bloom, Michael Kenley, Zac Linden, Zach Perez, Liron Mannie

    RAIDERS: Adam Zaidman, Rob Blackman, David Rhodes (capt), Joe Cohen, Josh Goldstein, Adam Joselyn, Ben Joseph, Alex Kaye, Jonny Kay, Joe Meisel, Alex Moss, Oscar Wagner, Josh Green

    Venue – Rowley Lane, Ref – Robert Benardout, KO – 10am

    JC star man: Jono Gaon (Lions)

    DC Prediction: Lions 2 NLR 1

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    REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A vs OAKWOOD A

    Redbridge are in last chance saloon as far as their title aspirations are concerned. Lose to the defending champions on Sunday and they can wave goodbye to any hopes of lifting the league trophy.

    Three consecutive defeats has undone much of their good work in the early stages of the season. The have conceded 12 goals in the last two games and the y will need to pull out all the stops to deny a rampant Oakwood team maximum points.

    Realistically, the Peter Morrison Trophy looks Redbridge’s best chance of silverware this season, but that shouldn’t stop them trying to make life difficult for the visitors on Sunday.

    Oakwood are in a good place right now. The double is firmly on for a team leading the way at the top of the table. They boast a 100 per cent record on their travels in the league and although they are due a clean sheet, they will look to take the game to Redbridge.

    They are clearly trying to get as many people in and around Leor Sidle as possible, with Josh Cuby, Toby Levy, Sam Cantor and David Woolman regularly chipping in with goals.

    This has classic 1-0 away win written all over.

    POSSIBLE SQUADS:

    REDBRIDGE: Dan Lee, Jay Jaffa, Ross Weintraub, Danny Berg, Sam McCarthy, Adam Hakimi, Danny Hakimi, Craig Sandford, Richie Caplin, Brad Frankel, Adam Shafron, Ben Sollosi, Sam Sollosi, Nathan Sollosi, Scott Oldstein, James Berkley, Nate Kashket, Russell Goldstein, Steve Summers, Aaron Goldberg, Elliot Black, Calvin Dickson

    OAKWOOD: Joe Botchin, David Cohen, Alex Lee, Tom Cantor, Lee Warner, Kyle Bentwood, Simon Davies, Brad Wine, Toby Levy, Sam Cantor, Leor Sidle, Josh Cuby, George Goldberg, Ben Peppi, David Woolman, Luke Brookner

    Venue – Fairlop FC, Ref – Neil Cooper, KO – 10am

    JC star man: Simon Davies (RJC)

    DC Prediction: RJC 0 Oakwood 1

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    DIVISION ONE

    LEAGUE TABLE

    FORTHCOMING FIXTURES

    TOP-SCORERS

    9 - David Dinkin (NL Raiders B - including 2 for A team)

    8 - Jake Gilbert (NL Raiders B)

    OAKWOOD B vs SCRABBLE FC

    Jason Stein knows this is a good time to be playing Scrabble, as Oakwood look to get back to winning ways.

    Oakwood more than played their part in an high-scoring, entertaining draw against Raiders B last weekend, when Dan Seligman, Simon Davies and Max Clynes registered.

    Dan King produced a stellar performance in goal. Every successful team needs a versatile player or two willing to put themselves on the line. And although Kingy normally produces solid performances in defence, he certainly didn’t look out of place in nets. Dan Selwyn, Davies and Clynes also caught the eye for the Oaks.

    With gaffer Stein returning to the dug-out, he had this to say at his midweek press conference.

    “Exciting week, it’s always a good game against Scrabble and they have a feisty side,” he told JC Sport.

    “We beat them last time 3-1 so they’ll be looking to get one back. I think our second-half against them in December was probably the most complete 45-minute performance of the season by us. More of the same would be nice.

    “We need to get back to winning ways after a loss and a draw in our last two games – albeit against two top sides.”

    Scrabble’s injury woes continue. Manager Ray Abrahams has got the green light for the chairman to splash some cash on new players. But with Manchester City, United, Arsenal and Chelsea also in the market, it may be a case of raiding the Masters market instead. Experience and cool heads are key to end their poor run of results.

    Bottom line is I can’t see Scrabble getting anything as Oakwood march on.

    JC team news: Dean Caplin returns in goal after Ben Lewis broke his finger last week, “we wish him a speedy recovery”. Last week’s stand-in keeper Dan King will return to his more natural position of his centre back and captain the side. Sam Modlin “can expect a well-deserved first start for a while up front”.

    POSSIBLE SQUADS

    OAKWOOD (from): Dean Caplin, Dani Derrison, Ilan Scorah, Max Clynes, Ben Feingold, Jake Frener, Dan King, Dan Linton, Ben Loofe, James Abrams, Dan Seligman, Dan Ash, Dan Selwyn, Sam Modlin, Jordan Sherne, Rafi Bloom, Max Clynes, Jacob Richler-Kleiman

    SCRABBLE (from): Dan Beresford, Jonny Mervish, Oli Richardson, Amit Kahana, Dan Green, Steve Moss, Tony Gold, Ben Cantopher, Lorian Madanes, Adam Newman, Adam Waters, Rupert Wood, Josh Pugh, Rob Rodney, Zac Summerfield, Dan Goldhill, Zac McLeod, Ben Krieger, Ben Bowers, Craig Cole

    Venue – Nicholas Breakspear FC, Ref – Bob Caplin, KO – 10am

    JC star man: Sam Modlin (Oakwood)

    DC Prediction: Oakwood 4 Scrabble 0

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    REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE C vs NORTH LONDON RAIDERS B

    Having gone two matches without conceding, Raiders let in three against a powerful Oakwood team last weekend. But managers Doron Salomon and Jonny Adelman know they won’t be up against that kind of quality every week.

    The Oakwood B team featured A-team player Simon Davies, as well as Daniel Seligman, who has produced strong performances for both teams this season. Raiders felt slightly hard-done by after conceding a late penalty, but Salomon admitted Oakwood deserved the draw on the balance of play.

    On Sunday they face another tough outing when they head east to take on Redbridge. The in-form David Dinkin and Elliot Espinoza guided Raiders to a hard-fought 2-1 win over the east Londoners in November, but RJC have raised their game since.

    Ahead of Sunday's trip, Salomon told JC Sport: "We've strung together some good results and performances, and despite only drawing last week at Oakwood, we saw some clinical finishing from our attacking players which is something that has been missing at times this season.

    "There is no such thing as an easy game in Essex and the grass pitch will be a real leveller, but we hope to tick off another game with a win and keep the pressure up on Faithfold."

    Sunday is the start of a tough three-match run for Raiders, with the return match with Oakwood and a trip to table-topping Faithfold to follow.

    Redbridge have won their last three but I can see Raiders sitting in and snatching the points late on.

    JC team news: For Raiders, Salomon told JC Sport: "It's another week of hoping we can patch some players up at the last minute to be fit enough to play. Unfortunately we seem to have hit a rough patch with injuries and illnesses but we have a good enough squad to absorb them and take a competitive squad to Essex".

    POSSIBLE SQUADS

    REDBRIDGE (from): Ben Rosenthal, Martin Sales, Martin Zartz, Sam Zartz, Dave Green, Jamie Danan, Jason Patmore, Adam Kemper, Jerome Marks, Darryl Green, Alex Aviram, Lee Cutler, Harrison Midda, Lewis Rackham, Ryan Silkman, Seth Warner, Mitch Hahn

    RAIDERS (from): Ben Law, Anthony Shaw, Antony Goodmaker, Charles Braunstein, Rob Blackman, Lewis Blitz, Danny Bloom, Elliot Espinoza, Dave Esterkin, Matt Leader, Mark Leader, Ricky Lawrence, Simon Buchler, Brandon Sassoon, Scott Waissel, Josh Green

    Venue – Fairlop, Ref – Phil Peters, KO – 10am

    JC star man: Antony Goodmaker (NLR)

    DC Prediction: RJC 1 NLR 2

    More to follow ...

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    DIVISION TWO

    LEAGUE TABLE

    FORTHCOMING FIXTURES

    TOP-SCORERS

    23 - Adam Ellis (Bayern Mincha)

    18 - Zach Cohen (Mill Hill Dons), Mitch Young (FC Team)

    BAYERN MINCHA vs STRAW HAT PIRATES

    The one looks like a home banker. Bayern have won their last three, with Adam Ellis flying high at the top of the goal charts.

    Guv Nussbaum, Eli Davila and Daniel Holder were the other stand-out performers in last week’s 4-1 win over Raiders, where the Bayern boys effectively blew their opponents away in the opening 20 minutes.

    Ellis ran the Pirates ragged in the first-ever competitive meeting between the teams in November. Jake Dayan and joint-manager Alon Pinhas joined him on the scoresheet in a 4-2 win.

    The Pirates will be looking to end a run of two consecutive defeats – against title-chasing Mill Hill Dons and FC Team. And I expect them to suffer a similar fate against the side sandwiched in between them.

    The head to head between Pirates star man Aron Gale and Ellis is definitely one to keep an eye on.

    POSSIBLE SQUADS

    BAYERN (from): Joe Nyman, Rafi Terespolsky, Sam Leader, Josh Levy, Matan Ozin, Akiva Fink, Alon Pinhas, Adam Ellis, Eli Davila, Daniel Holder, Joe Metliss, Shmuel Leader, Allon David, Sam Kanter, Sammy Liebert, Benjamin Albert

    PIRATES (from): David Wolinsky, Jake Yudelowitz, Sam Assil, Matt Cohen, Sim Cohen, Jono Nesbitt, Aron Gale, Gideon Gale, Solly Ishack, Ben Mandell, Joel Newman, Saul Tiano, Matt Cohen, Adam Hilsenrath, Barney Rhodes

    Venue – Capital City, Ref – Neal Cohen, KO – 10am

    JC star man: Jake Dayan (Bayern)

    DC Prediction: Bayern 3 Pirates 1

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    FAITHFOLD B vs FAIRLOP FC

    It is hard to stop Fairlop at the moment. Victors in the cup against Hendon United and Lions Masters, I expect them to blow Faithfold away. And double figures are a distinct possibility.

    James Jaconelli earned the plaudits for his coolly taken late winner at Rowley Lane last Sunday. At the other end, Jordan Kara had the game of his life in goal, while defender Max Freedman took the plaudits after a top-class performance.

    Boss Aaron Dias, who was this week linked as a future replacement for Antonio Conte following Chelsea’s Carabao Cup exit, was quick to praise all 14 players involved. His pre-season ambitious are being played out on the pitch, and Daniel Garfinkle will be rubbing his hands at the prospect of coming up against the league’s weakest defence.

    It’s fair to say Sunday cannot come soon enough for Dias and co. The Fairlop boss told JC Sport: “The boys are still buzzing from last week’s cup win but all attentions have now been turned back to the league where our plan to collect every point from January until the end of the season is on track.

    “The only danger of us dropping points Sunday will be complacency, luckily for me, half the squad can't even spell that word, let alone know what it means!

    Faithfold have lost all nine home matches this season. But I think this will be the heaviest of the lot.

    JC team news: Daniel Garfinkle returns to the Fairlop squad after being cup-tied in the Morrison last week.

    POSSIBLE SQUADS:

    FAITHFOLD (from): David Garson, David Garson, Mike Patterson, Josh Barnett, Ben Kfir, James Stanton, Yosef Brownson, Stuart Haring, Josh Martin, Ben Portnoi, Yitzy Hill, JJ Marrache, Rob Cohen, Yidy Gertner, Dan Yoss, David Kerzneris, Moishi Lewis, Nick Roman, Alex Weinfeld, Jonny Blain

    FAIRLOP (from): Jordan Kara, Pierce Prince, Adam Goldman, Kane Wise, Max Freedman, Ryan Cole, Daryl Rubin, Matt Berkeley, Daniel Bean, Kai Vale, Brad Gayer, Daniel Rosen, James Jaconelli, Brad Porter, Jacob Sanders, Pierce Prince, Joel Russell, Mitch Gold, David Farkash, Guy Weisselberg, Aaron Dias

    Venue – Hive, Ref – Neal Cohen, KO – 10am

    JC star man: Kai Vale (Fairlop)

    DC Prediction: Faithfold 0 Fairlop 7

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    FC TEAM vs TEMPLE FORTUNE B

    Fortune make the short trip to Borehamwood as they look to start collecting points in a bid to climb the table.

    The last time the two teams met was at Roger Bannister in October when FC Team waltzed to an easy 11-2 victory.

    No doubt Fortune, jointly managed by Darren Zitren and Steven Black, will be endeavouring to make this latest fixture a much closer affair.

    Marc Hecht filled his boots to the tune of four goals that day and the boys in yellow and blue will be looking to cash in on a Fortune defence that has leaked 47 goals in 10 matches.

    Parking the bus could be Fortune’s best bet on Sunday, but I can see FC Team being too clever and powerful and expect them to run out handsome winners again.

    JC team news: FC Team top-scorer Richard Salmon returns from suspension, while Ryan Kangisser and Ashley Burns also return. Eddie Sternberg is away while Michael Patterson has joined from Faithfold and comes straight into the squad.

    POSSIBLE SQUADS:

    TEAM (from): David Gordon, Jamie Breslaw, Eitan Ben-Zion, Jon Breger, Dan Breger, Danny Moss, James Milman, Adam Rones, David Grossman, Jamie Breslaw, Mitch Young, Dylan Young, Richard Salmon, Ryan Kangisser, Ashley Burns

    FORTUNE (from): Lee Fegan, Anthony Beilin, Jacob Kalms, Josh Klepper, Adam Lenz, Eric Lewis, Gab Saul, Oli Segal, Gideon Wetrin, Darren Zitren, Sam Barth, Adam Jacobs, Josh Taylor, Zach Goodman, James Phillips, Jon Pressman, Dan Krieger, Simon Cohen

    Venue – Hertswood, Ref – Darryl Colmans, KO – 10am

    JC star man: Ashley Burns (FC Team)

    DC Prediction: FC Team 5 Fortune 1

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    HERTSWOOD VALE vs NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C

    “Sunday represents a huge opportunity for us to keep looking up the table”. Those were the words of Hertswood joint-manager Jacob Emanuel ahead of the return match against Raiders.

    Buoyed by the 4-1 triumph over Faithfold – which lifted them into seventh place – they will be looking for another special performance from Josh Cohen following his heroic hat-trick last weekend.

    Emanuel told JC Sport: “We were something like six points off Raiders - before we played them a couple of months ago - fast forward and we're three points clear.

    “The 2-1 win in the reverse fixture was a huge example of the strides that we've made this season.

    “We go into this week's game with a number of players unavailable, as are the joys of Sunday League football. Ariel Weinstein and Gal Alkalay - the scorers when we last faced Raiders - are out, whilst Ben Davis is just one of a number of long-term injuries.

    “On the flipside, this week we welcome back Joni 'De Gea' Hirschowitz following his suspension and Johnny Schogger. Meanwhile, Josh 'Peter Crouch' Cohen will be keen to add to his hat-trick last week - with six goals in total so far this season, he's still got a way to go to match last season's tally but there is still plenty of time.

    “Having conceded nearly as many goals as us, we know that Raiders are quite fluid at the back, but we're well aware of their goal-scoring potential, and Hirschowitz and co will have to be on their best this week to thwart them.

    “I'm also looking forward to facing up to Raiders manager Sam Rose once again this week as I return to the dugout alongside Danny.”

    Raiders are conceding at an alarming rate of late. I don't think things are going to get better any them this Sunday unless they start playing like a team again.

    POSSIBLE SQUADS:

    HERTSWOOD (from): James Neidle, Josh Cohen, Simon Englander, Yehuda Fink, Theo Gluckstein, Josh Gorb, Harry Graham, Ashley Hirschburger, Sammy Huberman, Adrian Leibovitch, Jonty Schogger, Ben Chiltern, Danny Feuer, Jack Shulman, Josh Cohen, Simon Englander, Jordan Harris, Michael Elia, Isaac Segalov, Edan Dodi, Harry Marlow

    RAIDERS (from): Joel Macadar, Alex Sherr, Alex Goodman, Matt Keston, David Domb, Adam Levenson, Sam Roth, Eyal Samovich, Joel Levitt, Callum Stein, Ricky Zeiderman, David Esterkin, Liam Stein, Ben Kaye, Nick Haringman, Alex Elf, Robert Samuelson

    Venue – Ark Academy, Ref – Stuart Ansher , KO – 10am

    JC star man: Johnny Schogger (Vale)

    DC Prediction: Hertswood 3 Raiders 2

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    MILL HILL DONS vs REAL HENDON

    It’s been a bad week for Real. Beaten 4-0 by Mill Hill Dons last weekend, they were dumped out of the Copa Del Rey by Leganes during the week and the pressure is building on ZZ.

    Boss Martin Smulovitch will be looking for a big reaction and tell his players to show some pride. They struggled to live with the pace and power of Zach Cohen and Adam Isaacs in a real master-class from the leaders.

    But Real's Rafi Addlestone is confident things will be tighter in Sunday's return leg. "On a boggy pitch, the youthful exuberance of the Dons won through last week, and whilst we don't go in to this week's rematch flying high, we are quietly confident that the score line will better reflect the relative parity between the teams," he told JC Sport.

    "We are expecting an exciting new transfer from Faithfold to be confirmed imminently. The fans are hoping Moishe Lewis will make the goals rain like manna from heaven."

    But Dons boss Brandon Hamme is taking nothing for granted. He told JC Sport: “Another quality performance last Sunday saw us see off a very decent Real Hendon side.

    “Despite the scoreline, they gave us a good game and if it weren’t for a superb performance from Oliver Burchell in goal it could have been a closer game.

    “We were strong defensively yet again especially in the second half and looked dangerous throughout on the counter.”

    And Hamme expects things to be tighter second time around. “Facing the same opponents this week is an interesting proposition with the last game being so fresh in our minds, hopefully we can try and emulate last week’s performance into this week’s game,” he told JC Sport.

    “Our centre back partnership of Josh Cinna and Adam Lisberg have rightfully received a lot of praise this season but Oliver Burchell in goal deserves huge praise for his form in recent weeks.

    “We know how crucial it is to get a result on Sunday - the teams around us are continuing to pick up wins so it’s extremely important that we don’t offer them a gateway back in.

    “We got some difficult games coming up and we are not taking anything for granted but there is a real buoyant and optimistic atmosphere within the squad, we are looking forward to the weeks ahead.”

    Given their outstanding start to the season, it’s no surprise to hear that there is a five-year contract renewal on the table for Hamme. Word has also reached me that he will be given the green light to bolster the squad before the end of the window if he so wishes. On the flipside, any new faces could rock the apple cart and as things stand there is no need to bring in reinforcements.

    JC team news: Joel Sinclair-Horne joins Joseph Reece on the Dons’ injury list with a back problem. No realistic return date set for either but the club physios are expecting neither to be long-term.

    POSSIBLE SQUADS:

    DONS (from): Oli Burchell, Richard Reback, Adam Ben-Harosh, Josh Cinna, Sam Demby, Harry Moss, Jamie Nagioff, Nick Phillips, Adam Isaacs, Ryan Kramer, Zach Cohen, Harry Kalms, Brandon Hamme, Jordan Rinsler, Josh Moses, Adam Diamond, Jason Weldon

    REAL (from): Raffy Zysblatt, Ben Cohen, Ben Goldberg, Martin Smulovitch, Doron Shooter, Gilad Kestenbaum, Lolu Hibbert, Joe Goldberg, Zvi Noe, Hezzie Raymond, Motty Korman, Chaim Gothold, Adam Hersh, Lloyd Kafton, Gali Kolt, Chaim Strom, Gav Noe, Harley Patoffs, Jono Marks-Bluth, Joe Metliss, RA Noe

    Venue – Aycliffe Park, Ref – Luke Steele, KO – 10am

    JC star man: Adam Lisberg (Dons)

    DC Prediction: Dons 3 Real 1

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    ALSO SEE:

    MATCHDAY 19 REVIEW

    DIVISION 1 TEAM OF THE WEEK

    DANNY CARO'S MATCHDAY 19 AWARDS

    PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Max Freedman (Fairlop FC)

    MANAGER OF THE WEEK: Aaron Dias (Fairlop FC)

    REFEREE OF THE WEEK: Darryl Colmans (Faithfold B vs Hertswood Vale)

    GOAL OF THE WEEK: James Jaconelli (Fairlop FC)

    SAVE OF THE WEEK: Jordan Kara (Fairlop FC)

    QUOTE OF THE WEEK: Jon Yantin (Maccabi Masters)

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