Classy Chigwell are too hot to han­dle

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY RICHARD JAYE

JC MSFL League lead­ers Chigwell Ath­letic A made it eight games with­out de­feat af­ter over­com­ing for­mer cham­pi­ons Faith­fold in a scrappy af­fair.

Faith­fold were miss­ing in­spi­ra­tional skip­per Alex Le­vack, whilst Chigwell were hit by the sick­ness bug with three play­ers pulling out on the day of the match.

The first half did not pro­duce much foot­ball as both teams tried hard to keep the ball on the ground, but the greasy con­di­tions ham­pered their best-laid plans.

High­lights were few and far be­tween in the first half with an Ami Wym­bourne header go­ing wide of the post for Faith­fold and a Daniel Su­gar­man thun­der­bolt sail­ing over the bar for the vis­i­tors. David Le­d­er­man had a free kick saved by Chigwell keeper Ben Rosen­blatt and in stop­page time, Adam Hakimi cleared his lines to send both teams into the break goal­less.

Rus­sell Brill must have had some harsh words at the break be­cause Chigwell came out a dif­fer­ent team. On 50 min­utes, Hakimi blazed over the bar from a well worked free kick.

Chigwell broke the dead­lock on the hour. Great work by debu­tant Guy Mor­ris re­leased Daniel Cas­tle who beat Bradley Lee at his far post.

Faith­fold goal king Daryl Phillips al­most lev­elled but, af­ter beat­ing Rosen­blatt, was de­nied by last-gasp in­ter­ven­tion from Mor­ris.

The turn­ing point came on 68 min­utes. Adam Shafron beat Paul Savitz and crossed. Cas­tle fired goal­wards, but his ef­fort was han­dled on the line by Steve Gev­ertz who was sub­se­quently sent off. Dean Ben Yosef smashed home the re­sult­ing penalty. To rub salt into the wounds Chigwell added a third when sub­sti­tutes Ash­ley Ru­bin and Dar­ren Yar­lett com­bined, with the lat­ter slot­ting home.

Chigwell boss Rus­sell Brill said: “I was very happy with the re­sult and clean sheet. We showed great to­geth­er­ness and char­ac­ter to come away from the game with three points.

“The pitch and con­di­tions en­sured the game was a lev­eller and we had to first show our de­sire to mix it up a bit and com­pete phys­i­cally. We were con­fi­dent our foot­balling abil­i­ties would take over in the end.”

Faith­fold boss Jonny Kes­sel said: “The best team won on the day.”

PHOTO: GRA­HAM STE­WART

Chigwell striker Dean Ben Yosef ( left) beats Alex Tay­lor to a header

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