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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