Sec­ond-half strikes bring Boca back with a vengeance

MONTANABOCAUNITEDA CHIGWELL ATH­LETIC B 4 3

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport - BY RICHARD JAYE

JC MSFL A bril­liant sec­ond half come­back saw Mon­tana Boca United A come from two down to end Chigwell’s strong re­cent run in the top of the ta­ble clash in Di­vi­sion One.

The vis­i­tors started brightly and forged ahead inside 10 min­utes. Hay­den Smith’s shot landed at the feet of Greg Book­man who turned his marker and put the ball home inside the right­hand post of Mon­tana keeper Ben Law.

Daniel Gor­don spurned a golden chance to dou­ble the lead five min­utes later af­ter good work from Danny Hakimi.

Mon­tana re­pelled with Tom Miller fir­ing over the bar af­ter good in­ter­play from Ray­mond Har­rod and Trevor He­nen.

The in-form Book­man dou­bled his tally on 30 min­utes. Cap­i­tal­is­ing on good play be­tween El­liott Gold and Gor­don, Book­man, a for­mer Win­gate & Finch­ley player, neatly side-footed home.

Chigwell started to dom­i­nate play but could not get the vi­tal third goal which may have killed off their op­po­nents.

In­stead, Mon­tana gave them­selves a life­line right on half time. He­nen dis­pos­sessed Grant Pomeroy and sent over a dan­ger­ous cross which Chig- well de­fender Lee Ballen in­ad­ver­tently headed it into his own net.

Mon­tana came out for the sec­ond half with re­newed im­pe­tus and, de­spite los­ing in­spi­ra­tional skip­per Adam Osper to in­jury, they were start­ing to dom­i­nate the mid­field. Ballen’s night­mare con­tin­ued on 55 min­utes when a foul on Si­mon Peter­man in the box re­sulted in a penalty. He­nen made no mis­take — putting it straight down the mid­dle, low and hard.

The match was turned on its head on 65 min­utes when Mon­tana took the lead. Alex Haffner’s su­perb ball fell to the feet of Peter­man who rounded Adrian Bourne to put the hosts in front for the first time.

Chigwell were un­able to stem the flow and a fourth soon fol­lowed. Tom Miller’s cor­ner was flicked on by Har­rod for Vir­gil Levy to crash home a bul­let header.

Bradley Frankel en­sured a nail-bit­ing finale with a stop­page time ef­fort for Chigwell but Mon­tana were not to be de­nied.

Mon­tana player-man­ager Marc Zied­man com­mented: “We bat­tled well and never let our heads drop. We only have a 16-man squad, but we are strong and we com­pete. We never give up and will be there or there­abouts in May.”

Chigwell boss Rus­sell Green said: “Mon­tana de­served their vic­tory. We started well, but they bul­lied us and we were un­able to cope. We must im­prove if we are to chal­lenge for the ti­tle.”

Mon­tana striker Trevor He­nen (in red) holds off Danny Hakimi

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