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Danny Caro's JC MSFL Division Two review

    There was late drama in Division Two as the Hornets of Hendon upstaged long-time leaders Camden Park. Danny Caro gives a blow-by-blow accounts.

    1. HENDON UNITED SPORTS CLUB B
    Record: Pl. 18, W. 13, D. 1, L. 4, F. 62, A. 32, Pts. 40
    Best result: 3-1 vs Camden
    Biggest win: 7-2 vs Faithfold C
    Worst result: 4-0 vs Lions B
    Clean sheets: 1
    Games failed to score in: 1
    Best signing: Ari Nevies
    Star men: Tali Nevies, Ari Nevies, RA Noe
    Top-scorer: RA Noe 17
    DC Rating: At the start of the season, Motty Korman, Hendon’s joint-manager told me that the aim was to “push for promotion”. I took that comment with a pinch of salt, but full credit to the Reds for talking the talk and walking the walk. A crucial victory over Camden Park in the run-in proved decisive as they won the title on goal difference. It was a real team effort, with the Noe brothers forming a rock-solid spine, and with momentum behind them, I expect them to feature strongly in the mix again next season. 9/10

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    2. CAMDEN PARK
    Record: Pl. 18, W. 12, D. 4, L. 2, F. 52, A. 31, Pts. 40
    Best result: 3-2 vs Hendon
    Biggest win: 6-1 vs Redbridge B
    Worst result: 4-2 vs Lions B
    Clean sheets: 3
    Games failed to score in: 1
    Best signing: Mike Khalastchi
    Star men: Mike Khalastchi, Jake Saunders, Richard Silver
    Top-scorer: Dan Baneth
    DC Rating: With an emphasis on youth, Camden were desperately unlucky not to be crowned champions, having lost fewer games than Hendon B. In the end it wasn’t to be for a team that impressed on a regular basis. They made an excellent start, going 12 games unbeaten, and were the model of consistency from start to finish. With Khalastchi, Jake Saunders and wonder kid Richard Silver catching the eye on a regular basis, the return of Luke Brookner in the latter stages gave them another dimension and assuming they keep him, he will be a big player for them against next season. 9/10

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    3. LONDON MACCABI LIONS B
    Record: Pl. 18, W. 11, D. 1, L. 6, F. 52, A. 31, Pts. 34
    Best result: 4-0 vs Hendon
    Biggest win: 4-0 vs Hendon
    Worst result: 5-1 vs Glenthorne A
    Clean sheets: 4
    Games failed to score in: 1
    Best signing: Joel Ruben
    Star men: James Gold, Joel Ruben, Max Kyte
    Top-scorer: James Gold 21
    DC Rating: It would be fair to say that if the Lions had 11 James Gold’s they would’ve won the title. Nicknamed ‘Jimmy Goals’ after a brilliant campaign, Jamie Kyte’s men clicked into gear in the second half of the season and never looked back. A 4-0 win over champions Hendon B was the perfect way to finish an excellent season. And with Raiders A folding, there’s a chance they could go up. Watch this space … 7/10

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    4. GLENTHORNE UNITED A
    Record: Pl. 18, W. 9, D. 3, L. 6, F. 45, A. 30, Pts. 30
    Best result: 7-1 vs Faithfold C
    Biggest win: 5-1 vs Lions B
    Worst result: 5-1 vs Glenthorne A
    Clean sheets: 3
    Games failed to score in: 3
    Best signing: Craig Berg
    Star men: Gary Tiller, Joe Grant, John Lessem
    Top-scorer: Dan Lipman 9
    DC Rating: The Thornes will come away from season 2011/12 with many regrets. What if? That will be the biggest question facing the board of directors. What if they’d have had a regular source of goals in the absence of talisman Dan Lipman. There was no disgrace finishing behind Hendon B, Camden and Lions B but the bottom line is they should and so easily could’ve done better. 7/10

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    5. FAITHFOLD B
    Record: Pl. 18, W. 9, D. 3, L. 6, F. 41, A. 27, Pts. 30
    Best result: 2-1 vs Hendon
    Biggest win: 6-1 vs L’Equipe
    Worst result: 3-3 vs L’Equipe
    Clean sheets: 4
    Games failed to score in: 1
    Best signing: N/A
    Star men: David Grabiner, Leor Harel, Dan Edjelman, Daniel Stock
    Top-scorer: Adam Grossman/Dan Hildebrand
    DC Rating: It was a decent season for the Superhoops but deep down, manager Rob Shooman will know it could have been better. At the start of the season, assistant-manager Ben Lewis told me that they were gunning for the title, but try as they might, they didn’t have enough over the course of the season. But there were several plus points, including the emergence of Dan Stock as well as the reliable David Grabiner in goal. Leor Harel and Dan Edjelman also came in for praise, although things may have been different had the free-scoring Dan Hildebrand stayed. 7/10

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    6. REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE C
    Record: Pl. 18 W. 8, D. 2, L. 8, F. 40, A. 44, Pts. 26
    Best result: 2-1 vs Glenthorne
    Biggest win: 6-2 vs Faithfold C
    Worst result: 2-1 vs L’Equipe
    Clean sheets: 0
    Games failed to score in: 1
    Best signing: Hadley Silver
    Star man: Doron Weinstein
    Top-scorer: Doron Weinstein 21
    DC Rating: What Robin Van Persie was to Arsenal, Doron Weinstein was to Redbridge C. Everything he hit turned to goals. The team went on an excellent run between late September and mid-November. However, they struggled for consistency and suffered with injuries to key players over the second half of the season. In the end, they were left dreaming of what might’ve been. 5/10

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    7. FC TEAM B
    Record: Pl. 18, W. 5, D. 3, L. 10, F. 39, A. 55, Pts. 18
    Best result: 2-2 vs Hendon
    Biggest win: 6-1 vs L’Equipe
    Worst result: 7-1 vs Lions
    Clean sheets: 1
    Games failed to score in: 2
    Best signing: Adam Goldsmith
    Star man: Freddie Marks
    Top-scorer: Freddie Marks 8
    DC Rating: Ben Simon’s troops made an encouraging start and finish, it’s just the bit on the middle they need to work on! Much like Liverpool, they excelled against the top teams but failed to hit the heights against the others. Entertainment was the name of the game and I expect them to bridge the gap a bit more next season. 4/10

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    8. NORSTAR B
    Record: Pl. 18, W. 4, D. 3, L. 11, F. 41, A. 58 Pts. 15
    Best result: 6-1 vs FC Team B
    Biggest win: 6-1 vs FC Team B
    Worst result: 5-0 vs Faithfold B
    Clean sheets: 1
    Games failed to score in: 2
    Best signing: Jono Gaon
    Star men: Jono Gaon, Rafi Addlestone, Ian Weinstein
    Top-scorer: Jono Gaon 7
    DC Rating: The goals against column doesn’t look pretty for Norstar, despite the best effort of keeper Ian Weinstein. A strong end to the season kept them alive and they did well to avoid relegation after a slow start. The emergence of Jono Gaon and development of Rafi Addlestone leads to believe they can look forward to next season with confidence. 4/10

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    9. FAITHFOLD C
    Record: Pl. 18, W. 3, D. 4, L. 11, F. 31, A. 61, Pts. 13
    Best result: 3-2 vs Hendon
    Biggest win: 3-2 vs Hendon
    Worst result: 7-1 vs Glenthorne
    Clean sheets: 1
    Games failed to score in: 1
    Best signing: David Sherman
    Star men: Ben Simons, David Sherman
    Top-scorer: Ben Simons 15
    DC Rating: It was a tough old season for David Garson and his merry men. On paper they had the players to avoid relegation but despite the best efforts of old war horse Ben Simons, they failed to score enough goals to keep their heads above water. The good news for Faithfold fans is that Garson is determined to get the team back into Division Two at the first time of asking. The gaffer also played his part with some excellent displays in goal. 3/10

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    Bottom: L’EQUIPE
    Record: Pl. 18, W. 2, D. 4, L. 12, F. 30, A. 70, Pts. 10
    Best result: 2-1 vs Redbridge
    Biggest win: 4-2 vs Faithfold C
    Worst result: 7-1 vs Hendon
    Clean sheets: 0
    Games failed to score in: 3
    Best signing:
    Star man: Andy Burke
    Top-scorer: Andy Burke
    DC Rating: Least goals scored, most conceded. The table doesn’t lie. Promotion was the target. Relegation was unavoidable in the end. They missed the goals of Jason Miller and the quality of Paul Rubenstein and struggled to replace them like for like. But credit to David Prager and his troops for battling until the very end. 3/10

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    LEAGUE TABLES

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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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