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Danny Caro's End of Season report

    Season 2010-11 was full of plenty of spills and thrills. Here, Danny Caro reviews the performance of all teams in the JC MSFL.

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    PREMIER DIVISION

    REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A (CHAMPIONS)
    Record: Pl 14, W. 12, D. 1, L. 1, F. 53, A. 16, Pts. 37
    Best result: 5-1 vs Faithfold A
    Worst result: 4-0 vs NL Raiders A
    Clean sheets: 5
    Games failed to score in: 1
    Best buys: Dean Nyman, Adam Stolerman, Matt Davis
    Star men: Daran Bern, Steve Summers, Dan Lee
    Top-scorer: Daran Bern
    Most-improved: Ben Sollosi
    WAGS favourites: Ben Sollosi, Dean Nyman
    DC Rating: What is there to say that hasn't already been said about Redbridge? This season they were simply the best. Sam McCarthy and Danny Berg turned the nearly-men into a lean, mean winning machine. Solid at the back -they finished the season with three consecutive league clean sheets – they scored the most and conceded the least in the division with keeper Dan Lee and strikers Steve Summers and Daran Bern catching the eye. Beaten just twice all season, not only did they win the MSFL title for the first time, but they capped a memorable season with the double. 10/10

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    2. HENDON UNITED SPORTS CLUB A (RUNNERS-UP)
    Record: Pl 14, W. 9, D. 2, L. 3, F. 39, A. 24, Pts. 29
    Best result: 4-3 vs Raiders
    Worst result: 4-2 vs Faithfold
    Clean sheets: 3
    Games failed to score in: 1
    Best buys: Ben Kon, Russell Corin
    Star man: Ben Kon, Josh Lipman, Greg Corin
    Top-scorer: Ben Kon
    Most-improved: Ben Kon
    WAGS favourite: Josh Bentley
    DC Rating: Runners-up in two competitions for the second year in a row, the Hammers maintained their high standards throughout the season, only two finish second best behind Redbridge in the league and Anekstein. They have been there or thereabouts for the past few seasons. New keeper Russell Corin had an excellent season, including a stunning performance in the cup final. Manager David Garbacz put his heart and soul into the job this season. He kicked every ball and I expect them to push Redbridge even closer next season. They were the only team that Raiders failed to beat this season so they must be good! 8/10

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    3. FAITHFOLD A
    Record: Pl 14, W. 7, D. 4, L. 3, F. 40, A. 25, Pts. 25
    Best result: 3-1 vs Redbridge (PMT), 4-2 vs Hendon (league)
    Worst result: 2-0 vs Harmen
    Clean sheets: 2
    Games failed to score in: 1
    Best buys: Paul Babai, Alex Kaye, Mike Pearson
    Star men: Daryl Phillips, Paul Babai, Alex Taylor, James Frener
    Top-scorer: Daryl Phillips
    Most-improved: Dan Howard
    WAGS favourite: Dan Howard
    DC Rating: Desperately unlucky not to win the Peter Morrison Trophy at Oldham. Made their intentions clear with three massive signings. They played with pace, passion, power and energy. Beat the league champions in their own backyard in the semi-finals of the cup and a strong Neasden team as well. With a full season from Mike Pearson and a couple of new signings, watch out for them next season. 8/10

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    4. NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A
    Record: Pl 14, W. 8, D. 0, L. 6, F. 30, A. 30, Pts. 24
    Best result: 4-0 vs Redbridge
    Worst result: 1-0 vs Neasden B
    Clean sheets: 3
    Games failed to score in: 3
    Best buys: Danny Berliner, Alex Olcot
    Star men: Danny Berliner, Alex Olcot, Ben Sheldon, David Rhodes
    Top-scorer: Jacob Gold
    Most-improved: Matt Leader
    WAGS favourites: Igal Yahya, Joe Tankel
    DC Rating: One of the surprise packages of the season, L'Orange excelled in their first season back in the top-flight. A top four finish was the aim at the start of the season and in the end, they only finished a point off third. Being the only team to beat champions Redbridge in the league was the clear highlight, along with beating Lions home and away, although they were deeply disappointed with the performance in the Morrison semi-final in Manchester. The boys were a pleasure to work with again this season, playing football the right way, with no red cards throughout the season. At times, they were a joy to watch with the pace of Jacob Gold and the wizardry of Jamie Wolfson benefitting from a solid platform of Berliner, Rhodes, Sheldon and Olcot. Having ended their hoodoos against both Neasden team, the future looks bright. 8/10

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    5. LONDON MACCABI LIONS A
    Record: Pl 14, W. 5, D. 2, L. 7, F. 29, A. 27, Pts. 17
    Best result: 5-0 vs Neasden A
    Worst result: 2-0 vs Manchester (Morrison)
    Clean sheets: 3
    Games failed to score in: 4
    Best buys: Jordan Marks
    Star men: Jordan Marks, Yoav Lebens, Pete Lazard
    Top-scorer: Jon Green
    Most-improved: Jordan Marks
    WAGS favourite: Aviel Schwarz
    DC Rating:It would be fair to say that season 2010/11 has been a struggle for everyone connected to Lions' Sunday section. The demise of the B team did little to help the As who, in the end, did well to finish fifth. The team was hampered by injuries to key players including Ricky Kennet, as well as the departure of Louis Basger and Mike Pearson, and Danny Reuben, who heads up the club's Sunday section, told me that they were badly let down by the younger players. They saved their best for defending champions Neasden A, whom they beat twice, but highlights were otherwise few and far between. Manager Eilon Kennet had his work cut out and it will be interesting to see how the father-and-son team of Malcolm and Josh Newman fare in the hot-seat. 4/10

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    6. SOUTHGATE HARMEN A
    Record: Pl 14, W. 4, D. 1, L. 9, F. 16, A. 48, Pts. 10
    Best result: 4-1 vs Neasden A
    Worst result: 9-2 vs Faithfold
    Clean sheets: 2
    Games failed to score in: 4
    Best buys: Adam Velleman, Stefan Benfredj
    Star men: Ziggy Lichman, Ben Graham
    Top-scorer: Ben Graham
    Most-improved: Craig Phillips
    WAGS favourites: Ziggy Lichman, Jon Morris, Ben Graham
    DC Rating: Victories over Faithfold and Neasden A were the highlight for Harmen in their first season in the top-flight. However, they struggled for goals and finished the season with a whimper, losing their last seven matches. They worked hard to recruit last summer and brought in some decent talent. The goals and individual brilliance of Ben Graham ensured they were competitive along with some excellent displays from keeper Ziggy Lichman, Lee Hyams, Jon Morris, Grant Taylor and Ben Murrell. They need another recruitment drive this summer including a 20-goal striker. 4/10

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    7. NORTH WEST NEASDEN A
    Record: Pl 14, W. 3, D. 0, L. 11, F. 28, A. 40, Pts. 9
    Best result: 5-0 vs Raiders A
    Worst result: 4-1 vs Harmen A
    Clean sheets: 1
    Games failed to score in: 3
    Best buys: George Fierstone, Shai Revivo
    Star man: Kyle Bentwood
    Top-scorer: James Gershfield
    Most-improved: Shai Revivo
    WAGS favourite: Matt Sofier
    DC Rating: Crest-fallen giants struggled with injuries and suspensions carried over from last season at the beginning of the season. They went out of the non-Jewish cup competition early doors and never recovered. They made a whole host of signings last summer with George Fierstone catching the eye. Lee Platt, Paul Lenchner and Elliot Greene did not stay the distance. The loss of Danny Cole and injury to Jake Gottlieb also hurt them. Defeat in the Morrison semi-final against Faithfold was hard to take as it ended their three-year domination of the competition. Struggled for numbers and motivation in the closing weeks. Jamie Cole recently stepped down as manager and now Darren Yarlett and Lee Cash face the challenge of making the team top dog once more. 3/10

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    8. NORTH WEST NEASDEN B
    Record: Pl 14, W. 2, D. 2, L. 9, F. 18, A. 37, Pts. 8
    Best result: 6-2 vs Harmen
    Worst result: 9-1 vs Neasden A
    Clean sheets: 1
    Games failed to score in: 3
    Best buys: Rob Lerner, Adam Harvey
    Star men: Bradley Sharp, Jason Bookbinder, Adam Harvey
    Top-scorer: Mark Lazare
    Most-improved: Bradley Sharp
    WAGS favourites: Adam Klein, Jason Bookbinder, Zack White, Danny Daggers
    DC Rating: Give the kiss of death by the league chairman at last season's awards, Neasden started the season with a win and a clean sheet but it went rapidly downhill from there. The absence of experienced striker Ryan Sher meant that they struggled to score enough goals and even though they lost many games by one-goal margins, they lacked the fear factor and the ability to kill off teams. 3/10

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    DIVISION 1

    NORTH LONDON RAIDERS B (CHAMPIONS)
    Record: Pl 18, W. 13, D. 2, L. 3, F. 48, A. 22, Pts. 41
    Best result: 8-2 vs Harmen
    Worst result: 3-2 vs Montana
    Clean sheets: 4
    Games failed to score in: 1
    Best buys: David Dinkin, Dan Grossman, Dave Esterkin
    Star men: David Dinkin, Rik Sherman, Dan Grossman, Elliot Espinoza
    Top-scorer: David Dinkin
    Most-improved: Richard Angel
    WAGS favourite: Mike Hershman
    DC Rating: Not a bad first season in Division One to say the least! Last season's Division Two champions were the real deal as they stormed through the division with minimal fuss. Manager Rob Richman must be a strong candidate for Manager of the Season after another impressive campaign, where L'Orange also reached the last eight of the Morrison. Winning became a habit and they are worthy of their place in the Premier Division. Front man David Dinkin was a big hit with the fans but this was a real team effort. 9/10

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    2. FC TEAM A (RUNNERS-UP)
    Record: Pl 18, W. 11, D. 2, L. 5, F. 57, A. 27, Pts. 35
    Best result: 4-3 vs Raiders B
    Worst result: 7-4 vs Woodford (cup)
    Clean sheets: 6
    Games failed to score in: 1
    Best buys: Craig Edwards, Mitch Green, Shai Davidi plus several players from the Saturday team
    Star men: Ollie Segal, Matt Drage
    Top-scorer: Andy Sheena
    Most-improved: Dave Grossman, Jake Weiner, Matt Drage
    WAGS favourites: Danny Moss, Matt Drage
    DC Rating: Top-scorers in the division, FC Team started the season like a house on fire. They then suffered a mid-season wobble but got over the line in the end after Brady and Oakwood fluffed their lines. In the end a strong finish took them over the line. The return of Andy Sheena provided some crucial goals late on but the strength of the team was their organisation and will-to-win. Like Raiders B, they will be a credit to the Premier Division. 8/10

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    3. BRADY MACCABI
    Record: Pl 18, W. 9, D. 5, L. 4, F. 47, A. 23, Pts. 32
    Best result: 4-3 vs FC Team
    Worst result: 2-01vs Camden
    Clean sheets: 4
    Games failed to score in: 3
    Best buys: Josh Hershman
    Star men: Josh Hershman, Oli Colmans, Jason Sears, Steve Field, Nick Stern
    Top-scorer: Josh Hershman
    Most-improved: Nick Stern, Josh Hershman
    WAGS favourites: Josh Hershman
    DC Rating: Hats off to Josh Rosenfeld and co after the new-look team took the division by storm only to be edged out in the closing weeks. Together with the help of Jason Sears, Rosenfeld put together a new squad virtually overnight. The decision to give youth a chance paid huge dividends. The emergence of youngsters such as Josh Hershman, my favourite for Young Player of the Year, and Steven Field caught the eye. Season ticket sales have already gone through the roof for next season with the possibility of Premier Division football. 8/10

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    4. OAKWOOD
    Record: Pl 18, W. 8, D. 6, L. 4, F. 26, A. 24, Pts. 30
    Best result: 1-0 vs Raiders B
    Worst result: 2-2 vs Lions
    Clean sheets: 6
    Games failed to score in: 3
    Best buys: Louis Basger, Ilan Scorah
    Star man: Adam Levine, Eddie Manson
    Top-scorer: TBC
    Most-improved: Jonny Beilin
    WAGS favourites: Ben Myers
    DC Rating: A lack of goals ultimately cost Oakwood promotion. They pulled off one of the coup's of the summer, bagging MSFL Player of the Year Louis Basger from London Maccabi Lions A. When he played, he and Ilan Scorah, another new boy, formed a rock-solid partnership. There was a strong belief inside the camp and outside of London that they would clinch a top two finish at the very least. They did the double over FC Team and beat the champions but dropped crucial points against the teams in the bottom half. In the end, fixture pile-up and inconsistent availability at the business end of the season cost them. 7/10

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    5. CHIGWELL ATHLETIC
    Record: Pl 18, W. 9, D. 1, L. 8, F. 39, A. 34, Pts.
    Best result: 2-1 vs Brady
    Worst result: 2-0 vs Camden
    Clean sheets: 1
    Games failed to score in: 5
    Best buys: Daniel Castle, Adam Shafron, Michael Witzenfeld
    Star men: Adam Shafron, Glenn Michaels
    Top-scorer: Glenn Michaels
    Most-improved: Neil Tilley
    WAGS favourites: Paul Lenchner, Dan Castle
    DC Rating: There was talk of the title at Peter May at the start of the season. Having worked hard to bring Steve Summers to the club, his premature return to Redbridge hit the team hard. In the end, they only just won more than they lost.. Disappointing and under-achievers is two words I'd use to describe them. Manager Richard Slater is already promising some big, exciting new signings and I expect them to make a concerted push for the title next time. 6/10

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    6. MONTANA BOCA UNITED
    Record: Pl 18, W. 6, D. 4, L. 8, F. 24, A. 37, Pts. 22
    Best result: 3-2 vs Raiders
    Worst result: 5-0 vs Chigwell
    Clean sheets: 3
    Games failed to score in: 7
    Best buys: James Sandler
    Star man: Darren Cohen
    Top-scorer: Gary Cohen
    Most-improved: Dan Cohen
    WAGS favourites: Virgil Levy
    DC Rating: The team's progress this season was affected by a bug – the fatherhood bug. Several players missed parts of the season after becoming dads along with Simon Peterman (travelling). Fourth-place finishers last season, there were high hopes that they would contest promotion but once manager Marc Ziedman departed, caretaker-managers Raymond Harrod and Adam Osper's did well to ensure they did not go down. The departure of Mitch Green and Dan Cohen was not what the doctor ordered. Season highlight was a victory over the champions. Priorities over the summer are No. 1 finding a new manager. And No. 2 a regular source of goals to take the pressure off the shoulders of Gary Cohen. 5/10

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    7. SOUTHGATE HARMEN B
    Record: Pl 18, W. 5, D. 4, L. 9, F. 29, A. 46, Pts. 19
    Best result: 1-0 vs Brady
    Worst result: 4-1 vs Lions B
    Clean sheets: 4
    Games failed to score in: 4
    Best buys: Jamie Myers, Anthony Hayman, Michael Rhodes, Dan Amram
    Star men: Lloyd Becker, Michael Rhodes
    Top-scorer: Lloyd Becker
    Most-improved: Michael Rhodes
    WAGS favourites: Josh Sasto (according to a JC colleague!)
    DC Rating: A few eyebrows were raised when Harmen took their place in Division One after finishing fifth in Division Two last season. But the boys from Southgate did OK. The goals from the experienced Lloyd Becker helped them register five victories in their first season in the division. They will be all the better for coming through this experience. 5/10

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    8. REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B

    Record: Pl 18, W. 6, D. 1, L. 11, F. 31, A. 55, Pts. 19
    Best result: 6-0 vs Harmen
    Worst result: 12-0 vs FC Team
    Clean sheets: 3
    Games failed to score in: 5
    Best buy: Jamie Cooper
    Star men: Jamie Cooper,, James Rubin, Dave Castle
    Top-scorer: Dan Gordon/Jamie Cooper
    Most-improved: James Rubin
    WAGS favourite: Jamie Cooper
    DC Rating: Like Brady, the team virtually started with a blank canvas with only a hanful of last season's squad still involved. A change of manager gave the team new direction and a new lease of life in the final third of the season. But truth be told, the club's embarrassment of riches failed to deliver week in, week out. In the end, a few crucial goals from Dan Gordon and Ben Sollosi rewarded the efforts of Jamie Cooper, James Rubin and Dave Castle who put in a shift all season. The decision to appoint Ben Norris was also key to the East Londoners staying up. 4/10

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    9. CAMDEN PARK
    Record: Pl 18, W. 5, D. 2, L. 11, F. 34, A. 46, Pts. 17
    Best result: 2-1 vs Brady
    Worst result: 6-2 vs Brady
    Clean sheets: 1
    Games failed to score in: 3
    Best buys: Luke Brookner
    Star man: Luke Brookner
    Top-scorer: Luke Brookner
    Most-improved: Ben Harris
    WAGS favourite: Luke Brookner
    DC Rating: Not even a final day victory over third-placed Brady could save a Camden team that has flirted with relegation in recent seasons. Manager Justin Rockberger, with a big helping hand from Jamie Lustigman, brought in some fresh blood to boost the team but in the end it was left to the old guard to see out the season after the kids started enjoying their Saturday nights a bit too much. The highlight of the season was Luke Brookner making it into the Rep team squad. They will do well to keep hold of him. 4/10

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    10. LONDON MACCABI LIONS C
    Record: Pl 18, W. 3, D. 3, L. 12, F. 29, A. 50, Pts. 12
    Best result: 5-1 vs Redbridge
    Worst result: 6-2 vs Brady
    Clean sheets: 1
    Games failed to score in: 3
    Best buys: Danny Reuben
    Star men: James Gold, Sam Senchall
    Top-scorer: James Gold
    Most-improved: Adam Kosky
    WAGS favourites: Danny Reuben
    DC Rating:: Jamie Kyte's men started the season with high expectations. Having finished second in Division Two last term, they failed to deliver. It is fair to say that season 20/11 is one that Lions' Sunday section would rather forget. Least goals scored and most conceded. They had problems all around the pitch 3/10

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    DIVISION 2

    TEMPLE FORTUNE A (CHAMPIONS)
    Record: Pl 14 W. 11, D. 0, L. 3, F. 54, A. 27, Pts. 33
    Best result: 3-2 vs Hendon A
    Worst result: 3-1 vs Norstar
    Clean sheets: 2
    Games failed to score in: 0
    Best buys: Scott Shindler, Michael Goldberg, David Gance
    Star men: Scott Shindler, Paul Walker, David Gance
    Top-scorer: Rob Benson
    Most-improved: David Gance
    WAGS favourites: Jack Morris
    DC Rating: Made their intentions clear with two stellar pre-season signings. The impact of Scott Shindler and Michael Goldberg lifted the team to another level. Part of the key to their success was the fact that they always bounced straight back from a victory. The spirit and will-to-win inside the camp was incredible and manager Andrew Souber and his No. 2 Lee Fegan deserve a huge amount of credit on a job well done. 9/10

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    2. BRIXTON OLD BOYS (RUNNERS-UP)
    Record: Pl 14, W. 9, D. 2, L. 3, F. 45, A. 24, Pts. 27
    Best result: 3-2 vs Fortune
    Worst result: 5-1 vs Hendon
    Clean sheets: 4
    Games failed to score in: 0
    Best buys: Jamie Kent, Rob Blackman
    Star men: Jamie Kent, Jake Doffman, Ben Wineberg, James Kaye
    Top-scorer: Jamie Kent
    Most-improved: Jake Doffman
    WAGS favourites: Rob Blackman
    DC Rating: Beat the champions once but fell just short in the end. Talent-wise you could separate them and Fortune by a piece of string but failure to maintain discipline throughout the season was arguably the difference between first and second. Boosted by the acquisition of the Hershkorn brothers after South Manx folded, they were inspired by the goals of Jamie Kent along with excellent displays from Jake Doffman, Ben Wineberg and James Kaye on a regular basis. 8/10

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    3. NORSTAR A
    Record: Pl 14, W. 10, D. 1, L. 3, F. 36, A. 19, Pts.31
    Best result: 3-1 vs Temple Fortune
    Worst result: 4-2 vs Faithfold B
    Clean sheets: 4
    Games failed to score in:
    Best buys: David Shamash, Adam Kaldor, Anthony Goodmaker
    Star men: Ben De La Fuente, Robin Scher, Jonathan Peters
    Top-scorer: Eli Houri
    Most-improved: Ben De La Fuente
    WAGS favourites: Ben De La Fuente
    DC Rating: Runners-up in the division below last season, a top two finish was the minimum requirement for Phil Peters pre- season. They fell agonisingly short but overall, did well when you consider the players they lost last season, it was a job well done. Finishing above a star-studded Brixton is no mean feat and the emergence of keeper Ben de la Fuente was a big plus. However, his development will surely attract interest the Premier Division giants. 8/10

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    4. WOODFORD WANDERERS
    Record: Pl 14, W. 9, D. 1, L. 4, F. 38, A. 25, Pts. 28
    Best result: 2-1 vs Temple Fortune
    Worst result: 4-2 vs L'Equipe
    Clean sheets: 2
    Games failed to score in: 1
    Best buys: David Green, Jay Jaffa
    Star men: Alex Aviram, Darren Ezekiel
    Top-scorer: Jerome Marks
    Most-improved: Sam Pearcey
    WAGS favourites: Darryl Green
    DC Rating: Last season's Division Three champions endured a frustrating season, by their own high standards. Player-manager Alex Aviram led by example in a season where his best-laid plans were scuppered by injuries to key men. Striker Jerome Marks tried to make up for lost time but they didn't quite have enough. I expect a big reaction from them next season and some more big signings. 7/10

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    5. FAITHFOLD B
    Record: Pl 14, W. 6, D. 0, L. 8, F. 39, A. 44, Pts. 18
    Best result: 4-2 vs Norstar A
    Worst result: 7-1 vs Brixton
    Clean sheets: 0
    Games failed to score in: 2
    Best buys: Daniel Hildebrand, Doron Hershkorn, Leor Harel
    Star men: Leor Harel, Joe Levi
    Top-scorer: Daniel Hildebrand
    Most-improved: Daniel Hildebrand
    WAGS favourites: Daniel Hildebrand
    DC Rating: Faithfold's improvement was there for all to see. Having finished eighth in the table last season, they were boosted by the goals of Daniel Hildebrand. Made a decent start to the campaign but tailed off in disappointing fashion. A few decent signings will make them a force next year. 5/10

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    6. HENDON UNITED SPORTS CLUB B
    Record: Pl 14, W. 5, D. 1, L. 8, F. 34, A. 44, Pts. 16
    Best result: 5-1 vs Brixton
    Worst result: 6-2 vs Norstar
    Clean sheets: 0
    Games failed to score in: 1
    Best buy: Yoav Kestenbaum
    Star man: Chaim Gothold
    Top-scorer: Chaim Gothold
    Most-improved: Yoav Kestenbaum
    WAGS favourite: Chaim Gothold
    DC Rating: Had it not been for the 20 goals of joint-player-manager Chaim Gothold things would have been even tougher. The decision to take voluntary relegation from the Premier was justified although they were not expected to struggle as much as they did. It could be back to the drawing board for the Reds. 4/10

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    7. L'EQUIPE
    Record: Pl 14, W. 2, D. 1, L. 11, F. 20, A. 50, Pts. 7
    Best result: 4-2 vs Woodford
    Worst result: 4-0 vs FC Team
    Clean sheets: 1
    Games failed to score in: 4
    Best buys: have you seen their where they finished!
    Star man: Paul Rubenstein.
    Top-scorer: Paul Rubenstein
    Most-improved: Yoni Conway
    WAGS favourite: Antony Wolfe-Cowen
    DC Rating: Started the season full of optimism but they were running on empty by January. Saved their best for the giants of Woodford, whom they took four points off. L'Equipe fans were in dreamland, singing Can we play you every week. Unfortunately they couldn't. 2/10

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    8. FC TEAM B
    Record: Pl 18, W. 1, D. 0, L. 13, F. 19, A. 52, Pts. 3
    Best result: 4-0 vs L'Equipe
    Worst result: 8-2 vs Woodford
    Clean sheets: 1
    Games failed to score in: 5
    Best buys: Now herein lies the problem …
    Star man: David Silver
    Top-scorer: David Silver
    Most-improved: Do me a favour love!
    WAGS favourites: Alex Brodkin
    DC Rating: Having fought so hard to stay up last season, FC Team B went into freefall this season, collecting just a solitary win and that is when they had Mitch Young and Richard Salmon up top. Manager Ben Simon did his best but they just did not cut it. Back-to-back 4-0 defeats at the start of the season set the tone and it went downhill from there. 1/10

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    DIVISION 3

    GLENTHORNE UNITED A (CHAMPIONS)
    Record: Pl 18, W. 15, D. 0, L. 3, F. 57, A. 23, Pts. 45
    Best result: 3-1 vs Redbridge
    Worst result: 2-1 vs Catford
    Clean sheets: 5
    Games failed to score in: 1
    Best buys: Dan Lipman, Simon Bitton, Bradley Grant
    Star man: Dan Lipman, Bradley Grant, Adam Lipman
    Top-scorer: Dan Lipman
    Most-improved: They were all brilliant!
    WAGS favourite: Paul Biller
    DC Rating: Fourth in Division Four last season, the Thornes were the standout team in the third this year. Last year they relied heavily on the goals of David Blackman. They were much more of a team this time with Dan Lipman the standout performer. The table never lies. Won the most, lost the least, top-scorers and best defence. They are true champions. A pair of wins over neighbours Redbridge also went down well on the terraces. I expect them to be there or thereabouts again next season. 9/10

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    2. REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE C (RUNNERS-UP)
    Record: Pl 18, W. 13, D. 1, L. 4, F. 54, A. 25, Pts. 40
    Best result: 7-3 vs Heath Banta
    Worst result: 4-2 vs Faithfold C
    Clean sheets: 4
    Games failed to score in: 2
    Best buy: Marc Silver
    Star men: Daniel Gordon, Lee Ballen, Sam Sollosi, Marc Silver
    Top-scorer: Dan Gordon
    Most-improved: Sam Sollosi
    WAGS favourite: Richard Bronzite (and yes, he's still single!!!)
    DC Rating: Achieved their goal of promotion but it could have been better. Lost twice to champions Glenthorne and conceded four points out of six against Norstar. Richard Bronzite's men were one of the success stories of the season, in their first year in the divison. The experience of Marc Silver helped keep things tight at the back until he suffered a season-ending injury. The creativity of Greg Bookman complemented the fire-power of Dan Gordon, while Sam Sollosi put himself in contention for Young Player of the Year. 8/10

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    3. NORSTAR B
    Record: Pl 18, W. 9, D. 6, L. 3, F. 56, A. 30, Pts. 33
    Best result: 2-0 vs Redbridge C
    Worst result: 2-2 vs Real Life
    Clean sheets: 5
    Games failed to score in: 1
    Best buy: Raffi Addlestone
    Star men: Josh Gaon, Adam Sandzer, Adam Seres
    Top-scorer: Jonny Kaye
    Most-improved: Josh Gaon
    WAGS favourite: Jonny Bunt
    DC Rating: Pipped Faithfold C to third although they won fewer games. Their success was built from the back and although they finished well short of the top two, their stats reflect favourably. Things might have finished differently had they won their last three but there were plenty of positives to take out of the campaign and I expect them to build on this next season. 7/10

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    4. FAITHFOLD C
    Record: Pl 18, W. 10, D. 3, L. 5, F. 72, A. 48, Pts. 33
    Best result: 4-2 vs Redbridge
    Worst result: 2-1 vs Zig Zag
    Clean sheets: 0
    Games failed to score in: 0
    Best buys: Jonny Blain, David Grabiner, Matty Kleinman, Adam Leveson, Simon Beresford
    Star men: Ben Simons, Josh Sugarbread
    Top-scorer: Ben Simons
    Most-improved: Josh Franklin
    WAGS favourites: Charlie Resnick
    DC Rating: A top four finish and a cup is just reward for the efforts of manager David Garson – the league's longest-serving manager. He talked about the title at the start of the season but they conceded too many for that. 29 goals from Ben Simons boosted their hopes as did the signing of Jonny Blain, who came good in the cup final at Wingate. Top-scorers in the division, they registered and conceded in every game. The team who finished fourth went up last season. Faithfold take note. 7/10

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    5. HEATH BANTA
    Record: Pl 18, W. 8, D. 4, L. 6, F. 47, A. 39, Pts. 28
    Best result: 4-1 vs Glenthorne A
    Worst result: 2-2 vs Real Life
    Clean sheets: 1
    Games failed to score in: 2
    Best buys: Josh Shindler, Motti Korman
    Star men: Daniel Breger, Daniel 'Sven' Ejdelman, Benji Peters, Stefan Simons, Oli Joseph
    Top-scorer: Stefan Simons
    WAGS favourite: The jury's still out!
    DC Rating: Should have done better is how the end of term report read. At times they were their own worst enemy as they had the class and experience to finish higher. Manager Ben Nathan expected to be challenging for honours but in the end, the expectations of their fans possibly got to them. Failed to win any of their last six after starting the season in barn-storming fashion, including a big win over the eventual champions. I expect them to come back stronger next year. 6/10

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    6. UJIA
    Record: Pl 18, W. 7, D. 5, L. 6, F. 40, A. 39, Pts. 26
    Best result: 5-2 vs Glenthorne A
    Worst result: 7-2 vs Faithfold
    Clean sheets: 2
    Games failed to score in: 3
    Best buys: Ben Nassim, Assi Avital, Nick Russell, Paul Shamplina, Gavin Rhodes, Gavin Sherman
    Star men: Dan Roth, Ben Nassim, Jeremy Leigh
    Top-scorer: Assi Avital
    Most-improved: Dan Roth
    WAGS favourites: Ben Nassim, Jeremy Leigh
    DC Rating: Made their intentions clear with some stellar signings and capped a solid season with an appearance in the Goldstein cup final. I was impressed by the calibre of player that Darren Rolfe attracted to the club. If he can keep them together and add one or two more similar players the world could be his oyster. 6/10

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    7. ZIG ZAG
    Record: Pl 18, W. 5, D. 2, L. 11, F. 33, A. 49, Pts. 17
    Best result: 2-1 vs Faithfold C
    Worst result: 6-1 vs UJIA
    Clean sheets: 1
    Games failed to score in: 0
    Best buys: Danny Jacobs, Aden Amsellem
    Star men: Aden Amsellem, Josh Toff, Laurence Rosenthal
    Top-scorer: Joel Winton
    Most-improved: Josh Toff
    WAGS favourite: Neal Cohen
    DC Rating: The Zeds are one of three teams in the division who may not return. Manager DJ Neal Cohen has taken the surprise step into refereeing and unless he's replaced the signs looks ominous. Once he realised that promotion was impossible, Cohen and co were hell-bent on ensuring they didn't go down. They passed the test in style, scoring in every game. They failed to impress in the Goldstein Cup but the league won't be what it is without them. 4/10

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    8 CATFORD & BROMLEY MACCABI
    Record: Pl 18, W. 5, D. 2, L. 11, F. 27, A. 52, Pts. 17
    Best result: 2-1 vs Glenthorne
    Worst result: 10-3 vs Norstar
    Clean sheets: 1
    Games failed to score in: 3
    Best buys: Eli Baraty, Guy Ben-Aroya, Ashley Stokes
    Star men: Eli Baraty, Guy Ben-Aroya, Ashley Stokes
    Top-scorer: Eli Baraty
    Most-improved: Guy Ben-Aroya
    WAGS favourites: Eli Baraty
    DC Rating: There were plenty of positives for the Cats to take out of the season in the end, and for this their managers deserve plenty of credit. They raided the coffers of Maccabi GB table tennis to show everyone that there is untapped talent to be had. Restructuring and rebuilding were their aims at the start of the season and they achieved more than just that. Victory over Glenthorne felt like winning the cup and they can be proud of their efforts. 4/10

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    9. TEAM JLGB
    Record: Pl 18, W. 2, D. 2, L. 14, F. 16, A. 60, Pts. 8
    Best result: 0-0 vs Glenthorne
    Worst result: 6-1 vs Faithfold C
    Clean sheets: 1
    Games failed to score in: 7
    Best buy: Adam Shelley
    Star men: Matt West, Oliver Shoffren, Paul Black
    Top-scorer: Joe Cullum
    Most-improved: Joe Cullum
    WAGS favourite: Joe Cullum
    DC Rating: There are concerns over the future of JLGB who like Real Life, found the going harder than firm. Rob Silverman did his best to keep spirits high, but his men only came away undefeated four times. The decision to accept promotion after an encouraging campaign in Division Four the year before last may come back to haunt them. Fingers crossed they don't slip over the edge and come back bigger and better next season. 3/10

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    10. REAL LIFE
    Record: Pl 18, W. 0, D. 1, L. 17, F. 34, A. 71, Pts. 1
    Best result: 2-2 vs Norstar B
    Worst result: 13-1 vs Glenthorne
    Clean sheets: 0
    Games failed to score in: 1
    Best buy: Will Martyn
    Star men: Charlie Bernstein, Will Martyn
    Top-scorer: Charlie Bernstein
    WAGS favourite: Charlie Bernstein
    DC Rating: Time ran out for the MSFL's team of old campaigners who failed to win a game all season, althoguh it wasn't for the lack of trying. The goals of Charlie Bernstein, creativity of Dan Markeson and effort of Kenny and Wayne Davidson and top-notch displays from keeper Will Martyn ensured they were competitive but found the going incredibly tough in the second half of the season and there is talk that they may not return. 2/10

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    DIVISION 4

    INTER BOREHAMWOOD (CHAMPIONS)
    Record: Pl 22, W. 16, D. 2, L. 4, F. 73, A. 28, Pts. 50
    Best result: 3-2 vs Glenthorne
    Worst result: 4-1 vs Glenthorne
    Clean sheets: 6
    Games failed to score in: 2
    Best buys: Jerome Colmans, Jeff Gotch
    Star men: Joe Levy, Joel Lassman, Johnny Meltzer, Jerome Colmans
    Top-scorer: Jerome Colmans
    Most-improved: Joe Levy
    WAGS favourite: Jerome Colmans
    DC Rating: The league newcomers left it late but they did the business when it mattered most. Spirit was the name of the game for this team of mates whose decision to cherry-pick Jerome Colmans out of Division One was rewarded with the title. Colmans hit 20 goals from centre midfield, but he was not in a league of his own as manager Oluseun Thomas felt that there were more consistent performers ahead of him. Namely Joe Levy, Joel Lassman and Johnny Meltzer. Hard work on the training ground helped the cream come out on top and three consecutive wins helped them pip Blizzard Storm to the post. 9/10

    2. BLIZZARD STORM (RUNNERS-UP)
    Record: Pl 22, W. 16, D. 2, L. 4, F. 66, A. 33, Pts. 50
    Best result: 1-0
    Worst result: 4-3 vs Temple Fortune B
    Clean sheets: 8
    Games failed to score in: 1
    Best buys: Adam Speck, Alex Rubin, Sean Ladier
    Star men: Adam Speck, Alex Rubin, Sean Ladier
    Top-scorer: Alex Rubin
    Most-improved: Sean Ladier
    WAGS favourite: Simon Linden
    DC Rating: Manager Simon Linden used to play with his heart on his sleeve. He manages the same way. Brought in some top talented and was rewarded with the runners-up spot after finishing level on points with champions Borehamwood, whom they did the double over, crucially along with Glenthorne. Finished the season in style, with an eight-match unbeaten run clinching promotion. Didn't rely on one or two stars. It was a real team effort. 9/10

    3. GLENTHORNE UNITED B
    Record: Pl 22, W. 16, D. 0, L. 6, F. 82, A. 27, Pts. 48
    Best result: 4-1 vs Borehamwood
    Worst result: 2-1 vs Hendon
    Clean sheets: 7
    Games failed to score in: 2
    Best buy: Fabio Revieccio
    Star men: Fabio Revieccio, Dan Lassman, Josh Hambling, Daniel Jackson
    Top-scorer: Fabio Revieccio
    Most-improved: Mitchel Ross, Josh Hambling, Daniel Jackson
    WAGS favourites: Fabio Revieccio
    DC Rating: A football season is a marathon, not a sprint. The Thornes were way out in front for much of the campaign but they chocked right at the death. Thirty-plus goals from Fabio Revieccio should have been enough but they failed to deliver the killer blow. Dan 'the Beast' Lassman showed his class week in, week out. Scored the most and conceded the least but it still wasn't quite enough. Won their first six but failure to beat the Blizzard ultimately cost them a top two finish. 8/10

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    4. NORTH WEST NEASDEN C
    Record: Pl 22, W. 12, D. 3, L.7, F. 65, A. 53, Pts. 39
    Best result: 5-1 vs Blizzard Storm
    Worst result: 8-0 vs Raiders C
    Clean sheets: 4
    Games failed to score in: 3
    Best buys: Adam Levene, Ed Bloom
    Star men: Adam Levene, Louis Taylor
    Top-scorer: Louis Taylor
    Most-improved: Richie Braham, Laurence Spear
    WAGS favourite: Jack Peet
    DC Rating: A very different Neasden team finished the season to the one that started it. They finished the season with a 10-match unbeaten run including a draw against the champions and a thumping win over the runners-up. Louis Taylor's men came into their own from towards the end of January. The class and experience of keeper Ed Bloom and Adam Levene gave them a rock-solid platform. The fresh legs of Laurence Spear and Jack Peet shows that they have a very bright future with the gaffer did a top job on the pitch too. All in all, a very encouraging season. 7/10

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    5. SHIRLEY PARK
    Record: Pl 22, W. 11, D. 4, L. 7, F. 70, A. 37, Pts. 37
    Best result: 0-0 vs Borehamwood
    Worst result: 3-2 vs Raiders C
    Clean sheets: 6
    Games failed to score in: 3
    Best buy: Nicky Plotnik
    Star men: Jason Lindsay, Ilan Shaki, Nicky Plotnik
    Top-scorer: Jason Lindsay
    WAGS favourite: Dan Oade
    DC Rating: Without wanting to sound unkind, flat track bullies is how I can best describe Shirley. With Jason Lindsay and Gideon Gold accounting for just under 50 goals between them, only they know why they didn't go up. Failure to beat any of the teams above them resulted in a fifth-placed finish. They were good but not quite good enough. Excellent displays from Ilan Shaki and Nicky Plotnik ensured that they finished in the top half, but the bottom line is they should have done better. However, it's nothing that a couple more strong signings shouldn't be able to put right. 7/10

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    6. LOS BLANCOS
    Record: Pl 22, W. 12, D. 1, L. 9, F. 66, A. 60, Pts. 37
    Best results: 3-2 vs Neasden B (cup), 2-1 vs Blizzard, 1-0 vs Glenthorne
    Worst result:
    Clean sheets: 4
    Games failed to score in: 2
    Best buys: Dany Kon, Doron Weinstein
    Star men: Dany Kon, Julian Gertner, Adam Hersh
    Top-scorer: Dany Kon
    Most-improved: Dany Kon
    WAGS favourites: Dany Kon
    DC Rating: Not sure how they finished as low as sixth in the end. Initial expectations were a mid-table finish. That is where they finished. Started the season like a house on fire. At one point they flirted with promotion, and there was even talk of the title, but after hitting the heights of the Anekstein semis, they ran out of steam, failing to win any of their last five matches. They beat Blizzard and Glenthorne are left manager Joel Minsky with plenty of food for thought. Keeper Josh Cohen made some incredible saves while Julian Gertner and Adam Hersh impressed Blancos fans on a regular basis. The priority over the summer is to tie hotshot Dany Kon to a new long-term contract and ensure that Simon Moses gets rid of his travel bug. That way they will definitely go places next season. 7/10

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    7. HENDON UNITED SPORTS CLUB C
    Record: Pl 22, W. 11, D. 0, L. 11, F. 53, A. 54, Pts. 33
    Best result: 1-0 vs Borehamwood
    Worst result: 7-0 vs Raiders C
    Clean sheets: 2
    Games failed to score in: 4
    Star man: Benny Goldberg
    Top-scorer: Benny Goldberg
    WAGS favourite: Benny Goldberg
    DC Rating: A neutral's dream. A pundit's nightmare! Won 11, lost 11. You know you're always going to get a result with the Hustlers. Beat Borehamwood, Blizzard and Glenthorne in an up-and-down season. Went on an excellent eight-match winning run mid-season but then lost the next four. Relied too heavily on the goals of Benny Goldberg. 5/10

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    8. NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C
    Record: Pl 22, W. 9, D. 1, L. 12, F. 56, A. 57, Pts. 28
    Best result: 8-0 vs Neasden C
    Worst result: 7-2 vs Los Blancos
    Clean sheets: 4
    Games failed to score in: 3
    Best buys: Jack Franks, Harry Franks, Toby Katz
    Star men: Jack Franks, Harry Franks, Toby Katz, Matt Greene
    Top-scorer: Jack Franks
    WAGS favourite: Toby Katz's brother!
    DC Rating: Like Liverpool, they showed a dramatic improvement over the second half of the season. Pulled off two signings of the season in the Franks brothers while the emergence of Toby Katz also also gives them plenty of optimism for the future. Reached the last four of the Goldstein Cup where they frightened the life out of some of Division Three's finest. A full season out of the Franks boys next season could steer them to the title. 5/10

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    9 .ATHLETIC BILBAUM
    Record: Pl 22, W. 9, D. 0, L. 13, F. 44, A. 79, Pts. 27
    Best result: 3-1 vs Los Blancos
    Worst result: 5-2 vs Jewventus
    Clean sheets: 3
    Games failed to score in: 3
    Best buys: Andrew Fenichel
    Star men: Simon Finklestein, Adam Bier
    Top-scorers: Simon Finkelstein, Edward Green 10
    WAGS favourites: Baum Baum
    DC Rating: Suffered second season syndrome, claiming less wins and less points than last season in what was a tougher division. This included being the only team to lose to Pinner all season. However, after ironing out their early season goal-scoring problems, they entertained on a regular basis. There were plenty of positives to take out of the season although it's clear they must tighten up at the back. Perhaps they should try their mascot in goal! 4/10

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    10. JEWVENTUS
    Record: Pl 22, W. 6, D. 3, L. 16, F. 51, A. 62, Pts. 21
    Best result: 7-0 vs Pinner
    Worst result: 6-0 vs Borehamwood
    Clean sheets: 2
    Games failed to score in: 3
    Best buys: Serge Cowan, Nick Kenton, Mark Martell
    Star men: Richard Fogelman, Serge Cowan, Gabriel John, Reuben John, Jay Ilsen
    Top-scorer: Richard Fogelman 21
    WAGS favourite: Gabriel John (if his new product wins the JC's Dragons Den!)
    DC Rating: Promised a lot but didn't deliver often enough. Lost their last five and failed to beat any of the big boys. Need 11 Richard Fogelmans or Gabriel Johns! 4/10

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    11. TEMPLE FORTUNE B
    Record: Pl 22, W. 4, D. 2, L. 16, F. 28, A. 59, Pts. 14
    Best result: 4-3 vs Blizzard Storm
    Worst result: 7-1 vs Shirley Park
    Clean sheets: 1
    Games failed to score in: 8
    Best buy: Marc Herman
    Star men: Terry Jeffries, Simon Allen, Jamie Simpson
    Top-scorer: Terry Jeffries
    WAGS favourite: Rob Jay
    DC Rating: Reaching the last four of the JC Barry Goldstein Cup was the highlight for a team that struggled in the league. Found their feet in the second half of the season and gave runners-up Blizzard Storm an almighty scare. Definite room for improvement. 3/10

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    12. PINNER JFC (Wooden spoon)
    Record: Pl 22, W. 1, D. 0, L. 21, F. 17, A. 132, Pts. 3
    Best result: 2-1 vs Athletic Bilbaum
    Worst result: 15-0 vs Glenthorne
    Clean sheets: 0
    Games failed to score in: 12
    Best buys: Asher Levin, Jordan Segal, Yaacov Goldin
    Star men: Asher Levin, Jordan Segal
    Top-scorer: Yaacov Goldin
    WAGs favourite: Jordan Segal
    DC Rating: This is one end of term report that you'd want to hide from your parents! Finished bottom of the table for the second time in three years and it would be fair to say that this was the worst season in the team's history results-wise. Conceded double figures three times and failed to score in 12 out of 22 matches. Manager Vivian Emanuel tried everything to keep spirits high and he saw the job through. 2/10

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