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Danny Caro's JC MSFL Division One review

    For many, Oakwood were the surprise package in Division One. But an impressive run over the second half of the season saw them win the race.

    1. OAKWOOD
    Record: Pl. 16, W. 13, D. 0, L. 3, F. 50, A. 23, Pts. 39
    Best result: 3-1 vs Brixton
    Biggest win: 6-0 vs Chigwell
    Worst result: 5-2 vs Norstar
    Clean sheets: 4
    Games failed to score in: 0
    Best signing: Brad Wine
    Star men: Jonny Beilin, Adam Levine
    Top-scorer: Jason Lindsay 9
    DC Rating: Oakwood were the model of consistency in season 2011/12 and ultimately, this is what won them the title. Having flirted with promotion over the past couple of seasons, they got over the line in style, boasting the division’s meanest defence, as well as scoring in every game. They did not lose a league game after November 27. The Oaks also gave an excellent account of themselves in the cup final, taking Hendon the distance and I expect them to hit the ground running in the top-flight next season. 9/10

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    2. BRIXTON OLD BOYS A
    Record: Pl. 16, W. 10, D. 1, L. 5, F. 60, A. 27, Pts. 31
    Best result: 3-1 vs Brixton
    Biggest win: 9-1 vs Harmen
    Worst result: 4-3 vs Woodford
    Clean sheets: 5
    Games failed to score in: 1
    Best signing: George Fierstone
    Star man: Jake Doffman, Ben Weinburg, James Kaye, Jamie Kent, Rob Hershkorn
    Top-scorer: Jamie Kent 24 (includes goals scored for Brixton B)
    DC Rating: One of the teams of the season. John Nitka’s men provided five-star entertainment on a regular basis, in what was a real team effort. Like Big Sam, he promised promotion and his troops delivered in style. They had leaders all across the pitch and did well to finish second in a gruelling campaign that featured four competitions. The Hershkorn brothers, along with the free-scoring Jamie Kent and so many others impressed week in, week out. Like Oakwood, they will be a credit to the Premier Division next season. 8/10

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    3. NORSTAR A
    Record: Pl. 16, W. 10, D. 1, L. 5, F. 38, A. 33, Pts. 31
    Best result: 5-2 vs Oakwood
    Biggest win: 5-2 vs Oakwood
    Worst result: 2-1 vs Harmen
    Clean sheets: 2
    Games failed to score in: 1
    Best signing: Josh Pistol
    Star man: Josh Pistol, Jonny Kay, Jeremy Elster
    Top-scorer: Josh Green 15
    DC Rating: It was a case of close but no cigar for the Stars who were left dreaming of what might’ve been after missing out on automatic promotion on goal difference. They were the only team to complete a league double over the Oakwood which tells you what they were capable of. As has always been the case, they played the game the right way, with a smile on their face and made many friends along the way. 7/10

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    4. CHIGWELL ATHLETIC
    Record: Pl. 16, W. 8, D. 4, L. 4, F. 40, A. 33, Pts. 28
    Best result: 5-4 vs Brixton
    Biggest win: 5-0 vs Harmen
    Worst result: 6-0 vs Oakwood
    Clean sheets: 3
    Games failed to score in: 2
    Best signing: Lee Hyams
    Star man: Craig Pearl
    Top-scorer: Glenn Michaels 12
    DC Rating: Season 2011/12 promised so much for Chigwell Athletic. But in the end a fourth-place finish must be looked upon as a major disappointment. Chairman/manager Richard Slater recruited well last summer, with Lee Hyams and Alex Norman adding quality, experience and brawn, but a poor end to the season left them as also-rans. No doubt, Slater will bring in some new talent over the summer with Faithfold captain Alex Levack once again top of his hit-list. Failure isn’t an option next year. 7/10

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    5. REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B
    Record: Pl. 16, W. 8, D. 2, L. 6, F. 38, A. 25, Pts. 26
    Best result: 4-2 vs Brixton
    Biggest win: 10-1 vs Neasden
    Worst result: 6-1 vs Brixton
    Clean sheets: 4
    Games failed to score in: 3
    Best signing: Ollie Brooks
    Star men: Ollie Brooks, Harrison Grant, Dan Orgel
    Top-scorer: Daniel Orgel 18
    DC Rating: It was quite some season for Stirling Kay’s RJC. They set off like a train but injuries to key players left them with too much to do. Had Dan Orgel and Mark Zealander played every day, the season could’ve have a happy ending. Redbridge unearthed some excellent young talent and look to have a very bright future. 7/10

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    6. NORTH WEST NEASDEN B
    Record: Pl. 16, W. 5, D. 1, L. 10, F. 31, A. 50, Pts. 16
    Best result: 5-2 vs Norstar
    Biggest win: 5-2 vs Norstar
    Worst result: 10-1 vs Redbridge
    Clean sheets: 0
    Games failed to score in: 5
    Best signings: Ricky Engleman, Rick Harris, Jonny Blain
    Star men: Ricky Engleman, Jonny Blain
    Top-scorer: Jonny Blain
    DC Rating: It was a funny old season for Neasden B. A 5-2 win over Norstar was arguably the highlight of a frustrating season for manager Daniel Hodes who made some bold acquisitions in the transfer market, most notably Ricky Engleman, who lit up the division. Once striker Jonny Blain was back in the fold - after leaving Raiders – the found goals easier to come by. The experience of Rick Harris ensured they were never in real relegation danger. 4/10

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    7. TEMPLE FORTUNE A
    Record: Pl. 18, W. 3, D. 5, L. 8, F. 23, A. 40, Pts. 14
    Best result: 2-0 vs Redbridge
    Biggest win: 5-3 vs Woodford
    Worst result: 7-0 vs Brixton
    Clean sheets: 1
    Games failed to score in: 4
    Best signing: Paul Rubenstein
    Star men: Benji Mannheim, Matt Gilbery, Brett Stead, Josh Marks
    Top-scorer: Michael Goldberg
    DC Rating: Consolidation was the name of the game for Fortune and under Lee Fegan and Jack Morris, they achieved their goal, although they suffered from ‘squeaky bum syndrome’ at one point, mainly due to a lack of goals. They were the lowest scorers in the division. There was relief all-round when they beat Woodford in their penultimate game. With a season of Division One football under their belts, there’s no reason why they can’t push on next term, especially if striker Ben Isaacs returns from the treatment table. 4/10

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    8. WOODFORD WANDERERS
    Record: Pl. 16, W. 4, D. 1, L. 11, F. 29, A. 43, Pts. 13
    Best result: 3-1 vs Oakwood
    Biggest win: 4-3 vs Brixton
    Worst result: 1-0 vs Harmen
    Clean sheets: 0
    Games failed to score in: 4
    Best signing: Ben Rosenthal
    Star man: Mitch Hahn
    Top-scorer: Jerome Marks
    DC Rating: Great going forward, not so good at the back. That was the story of Woodford’s season. Once ‘corner flag-gate’ was behind them, they gave as good as they got, beating champions Oakwood and runners-up Brixton along the way. They failed to score in the first three matches and didn’t keep a clean sheet all season. Manager Aviram has plenty to think about over the summer … 3/10

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    Bottom: SOUTHGATE HARMEN B
    Record: Pl. 16, W. 2, D. 3, L. 11, F. 26, A. 61, Pts. 9
    Best result: 2-1 vs Norstar
    Biggest win: 2-1 vs Norstar
    Worst result: 9-1 vs Brixton
    Clean sheets: 1
    Games failed to score in: 1
    Best signing: N/A
    Star man: Paul Stein
    Top-scorer: Ben Rosenblatt 8
    DC Rating: What next for Harmen? That is the million dollar question after both their A and B teams finished bottom of their respective divisions. They had the worst defensive record in the division although managed to score in all but one game. 2/10

    LEAGUE TABLES

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    DIV 3 REVIEW

    DIV 4 REVIEW

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    JC MSFL SEASON 2011/12 ROLL OF HONOUR:
    Peter Morrison Trophy: Winners – Hendon Utd Sports Club A, Runners-up: Oakwood
    JC Cyril Anekstein Cup: Winners - Hendon Utd Sports Club A, Runners-up: Brady Maccabi A
    JC Barry Goldstein Trophy: Winners - UJIA, Runners-up: NW Neasden C
    JC MSFL Premier Division: Champions: Hendon Utd Sports Club A, Runners-up: London Maccabi Lions A
    Division One: Champions: Oakwood, Runners-up - Brixton Old Boys A
    Division Two: Champions: Hendon Utd Sports Club B, Runners-up - Camden Park
    Division Three: Champions: Glenthorne Utd B, Runners-up - Shirley Park
    Division Four: Champions: Brady Maccabi B, Runners-up - Athletic Bilbaum

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    JC MSFL GOLDEN BOOT WINNER
    30 goals - Craig Sandford (Glenthorne United B)

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