Caro’s col­umn

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On Sun­day I was faced with a head-over-heart dilemma af­ter my JC MSFL match for Brix­ton Old Boys B against Mon­tana Boca United B was washed out.

The choices were: take my three­year-old daugh­ter Ella swim­ming or make my Mac­cabi Masters League de­but at White Hart Lane along­side for­mer Manch­ester City mav­er­ick Barry ‘Silky’ Silk­man. Male read­ers will be glad to hear that I chose the lat­ter in a bid to re­dis­cover my form af­ter hav­ing a stinker last time out.

The lure of play­ing in the same team as a Jewish foot­balling leg­end was one I could not re­sist. It was good to see some of my old North­West Neas­den team­mates when we took on an EDRS Stone­grove team who had pre­vi­ously en­quired about my ser­vices. I helped Neas­den to a 3-1 win with Silky, Mark Lee and Ray ‘the Rock’ So­phier im­press­ing.

Silky, who played for 18 clubs across his ca­reer and was groomed by Mal­colm Al­li­son at Ply­mouth, is still a class act. He is never afraid of try­ing a trick or a flick and en­cour­ages his team­mates to ex­press them­selves. I loved ev­ery minute of the ex­pe­ri­ence with the stan­dard of foot­ball bet­ter than ex­pected.

North-West Neas­den A de­serve full marks for sports­man­ship af­ter they let Faith­fold A score in highly-charged a Peter Mor­ri­son Tro­phy sec­ond round clash.

Neas­den striker Lee Cash did not re­alise that Faith­fold had kicked the ball out of play fol­low­ing an in­jury and scored a con­tro­ver­sial goal as the greens were ex­pect­ing to get the ball back. How­ever, un­der in­struc­tion from play­maker Danny Daggers and man­ager Jamie Cole, Neas­den al­lowed Old­ham co-owner Si­mon Cor­ney to walk the ball into the net for ar­guably the eas­i­est goal of his ca­reer.

“I thought Neas­den and Jamie were very fair in giv­ing us the goal back,” com­mented Faith­fold joint­man­ager Jonathan Kes­sel. “They didn’t have to and it was very gra­cious of them.”

Best wishes go to Life FC’s Michael Klinger who suf­fered a bro­ken his leg against Lon­don Mac­cabi Li­ons C.

“He sus­tained mul­ti­ple breaks to his fibu­lar and tibia,” ex­plained Life player-man­ager David Tropp, “and had an op­er­a­tion on Mon­day to in­sert a metal bar from his knee to his foot. Doc­tors say he won’t re­quire a cast and should be walk­ing around on crutches later this week.”

There are a hand­ful of north ver­sus south en­coun­ters in the first knock­out stage of the Peter Mor­ri­son Tro­phy this week­end. South Manch­ester 1st wel­come Hill­gar Ath­letic and Lon­don Mac­cabi Li­ons C en­ter­tain favourites Manch­ester Mac­cabi 1st. Other mouth-wa­ter­ing ties in­clude an al­lpremier di­vi­sion clash be­tween lead­ers Hen­don United A against Red­bridge Jewish Care A. See Danny Caro’s week­end round-up

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