Classy Chigwell are too hot to handle
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.”
Chigwell striker Dean Ben Yosef ( left) beats Alex Taylor to a header