League tops the fair play table
ONE OF the things that makes t he J C MSFL unique from other amateur leagues is that the good outweighs the bad. This week featured two managers complimenting the performances of referees, something you will do well to hear about in non-Jewish football at any level. There was even a rare thumbs-up from Zig Zag boss Neal Cohen who complimented the unfussy approach of Nigel Burns.
Holy Mount Zion club captain Pierre Bost deserves a special mention for a show of good sportsmanship in last weekend’s cup win over Rapid Banta. A controversial equaliser was ruled out as the referee believed the ball had gone in via the side-netting. Banta remonstrated with the match official who, following an honest tip-off from Bost, awarded the goal.
HMZ boss Rob Lerner said: “I think this kind of incident and sportsmanship makes the league more of a pleasure than the pain it can sometimes be.”
London Lions reserves fielded a father-and-sons dream team in the Herts Senior County League clash against leaders, Met Police. Playerchairman Malcolm Newman was joined by Josh, 17, and David.
Adam Fegan has landed the manager’s job at North London Raiders A. He will be assisted by Jerry Blain.
The latest episode of Schnitzelman is an absolute cracker. South Mancunians striker Richard Fogelman was fuming after his girlfriend would not let him out of bed last Sunday morning. After arriving late, he started on the bench for the club’s A team. “I am now playing catch-up,” he remarked. “Now I must focus on the B team match against Team JLGB on Sunday.”
After starting the season like a house on fire with 16 goals, Fogleman was told by Mancs chairman Simon Davidson he has upped the ante and will only buy him a schnitzel if he scores five or more in a game.
This weekend’s top match is a tossup between first division North West Neasden B and Premier Division strugglers Oakwood EDRS A in the cup or a top-of-the-table clash in Division One between joint-leaders Montana Boca United A and Chigwell Athletic B.
Reigning champions Hendon United A will be without free-scoring defender Paul Bentley for the visit of North London Raiders A. Division Two leaders Oakwood B welcome back Antony Kintish, Rob Bloch and Gary Bloch for the match against Catford & Bromley Maccabi. Dan Geey faces a three weeks out with a knee injury.
Looking ahead to the game, Oaks joint-manager Ric Blank revealed: “The fact that Catford are in the wrong half of the table does not mean it will be an easy game. They were in a similar position last season but had an excellent second half of the season.”
There is also an eye-catching clash in Division Three where leaders Neasden C travel to Faithfold C. The match features an intriguing head-to-head between rivals strikers, Neasden’s Steve Bloom and Faithfold’s Ben Simons.
I would like to finish this week by saying a big thank you to the dozens of readers who have sent messages of consolation over my sporting injuries. I even received one from Chicago after it was revealed that I have a prolapsed disc. For those unfamiliar with this medical term, my mother-in-law’s medical bible describes it as a disloged disc rubbing against a nerve. “Ouch” I hear you all say. Needless to say I’m in constant pain and it’s fair to say the man, previously nicknamed “Top Cat” for my goalkeeping exploits, has probably had his day. It was not exactly the kind of birthday present I had in mind. See Danny Caro’s weekend roundup on www.thejc.com. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org