League tops the fair play ta­ble

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT -

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: dan­ny­caro@thejc.com

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