November was a month to remember for Redbridge JC’s marauding left-back Ryan Cole.
Adopting an old-school, no-nonsense approach in the manner of Stuart Pearce and Julian Dicks, Cole has been a revelation since joining the east Londoners. He has given Jon Jacobs’ squad another dimension.
Rarely does a week go by without Jacobs nominating young Ryan. He scored stunning free-kicks in the recent matches against Woodford Wanderers and Camden Park, and his manager is his biggest fan.
"Ryan has been outstanding all season,” said Jacobs. “There isn’t a better left back in the league.”
Oakwood B were the most improved side in Division One and the individual player award goes to the ever-versatile Daniel Seligman. He scored a couple of impressive goals and was a consistent performer in a strong month for the club.
Rafi Bloom, Aaron Searle, Max Clynes and James Abrams were also praised by the JC panel of judges, as did Adam Abadi of Maccabi London Lions and goal machine Oli Sade of Finchley City.
The top player in Division Two statistically is Israeli hot-shot Jordan Sharifian. Hailing from Lahavot Habashan in Hazafon, Sharifian is proving to be one of the finds of the summer.
Nick Stern was the top manager across the league, masterminding impressive victories over promotion rivals Catford & Bromley and Redbridge Jewish Care C, plus Mill Hill Dons, along with a draw against nearest rivals Temple Fortune with a depleted squad.
Player: Ryan Cole (Redbridge Jewish Care A)
Player: Daniel Seligman (Oakwood B)
Player: Jordan Sharifian (Temple Fortune)
MANAGER OF THE MONTH
Nick Stern (L’Equipe)