They went from ze­roes to he­roes

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT -

IN AN AGE of con­spir­acy the­o­ries and match-fix­ing scan­dals, it was great to see Is­rael put it­self back on the foot­ball map and give the English team hope. Those of you who saw my in­ter­view on BBC One’s Foot­ball Fo­cus will have heard me rub­bish claims that Ro­man Abramovich’s bil­lions could im­pact the re­sult. I was in­ter­viewed by Ivan Gaskell and took the crew to Gold­ers Green’s train­ing ses­sion where striker Assi Avi­tal, Tal Stern and joint-man­agers Roi Mak­dasi and Yair Spitzer in front of the cam­eras. Then it was back to Avi­tal’s cof­fee shop in West Hamp­stead for the main in­ter­view, along with Is­rael leg­end Ron­nie Rosen­thal.

Like me the team were con­fi­dent Is­rael would play the game of its life and show foot­ball fans across the world the real na­tional team, fol­low­ing the re­cent 3-0 de­ba­cle at Wem­b­ley.

Adam Davies has been re­placed by the new man­age­ment team of Si­mon David­son and Bra­ham Hochen­berg at Di­vi­sion Five ti­tle hope­fuls South Man­cu­ni­ans B. Hochen­berg hopes to re­turn to ac­tion soon af­ter re­cov­er­ing from a bro­ken shoul­der.

AC Crick­le­wood have signed James Tem­ple from North Lon­don Raiders. He hopes to be back in ac­tion fol­low­ing a bro­ken arm. An­other player in the wars is Faith­fold C’s Jamie Isen­wa­ter. I am glad to re­port that last week’s rup­tured an­kle lig­a­ment in­jury is not as bad as first thought. Man­ager David Gar­son hopes he’ll “re­turn in a cou­ple of weeks”.

South Man­cu­ni­ans A have signed Alon Her­shkorn whom striker Craig Ed­wards said “looks very good and quick in train­ing”.

Brix­ton Old Boys have un­earthed some­thing of a su­per­sub in the shape of Richard Delow. No player can ever be con­tent with a reg­u­lar place on the bench but, it’s a case of so far so good as Delow has come up trumps for boss Damian Sul­lam. Last Sun­day’s strike against Tem­ple For­tune was the third time in four games he has scored with his first touch.

Row­ley Lane Sports Ground, home to Lon­don Mac­cabi Li­ons, has had its fair share of celebri­ties but mem­bers were sur­prised to see Arse­nal boss Arsene Wenger cast­ing an ea­gle-eye over the club’s girls team last week­end. Kit­man Dave Snell­man, an avid Gooner, could not be­lieve his luck but joint Sun­day A team boss Ben Win­ston was gut­ted about miss­ing the chance to meet one of his sport­ing idols.

Win­ston, who di­rected the block­bust­ing In the Hands of the Gods doc­u­men­tary, in­ter­viewed Big Brother star Ziggy Lich­man on his show on Jcom ra­dio. He told me that the South­gate Har­men keeper hopes to make a come­back some time soon.

There are some big games in store both sides of the Wat­ford Gap this week­end. In the JC MJSL, clash of the day comes in the Pen­nines where Leeds J-Uni host lead­ers Roy’s Rovers.

Down south, the top of the ta­ble clash be­tween lead­ers Chigwell Ath­letic A and Lon­don Mac­cabi Li­ons A takes cen­tre stage. Li­ons beat the East Lon­don­ers 3-1 in the JC League Cup a fort­night ago and Chigs boss Rus­sell Brill is work­ing on a plan to keep his team a point ahead of the rest. Hav­ing played a game more, Brill will look for an­other good per­for­mance from strik­ers Steve Sum­mers and Dean Ben Yosef. I can see the clash be­ing set­tled in mid­field where big-hit­ters Daniel Cas­tle of Chigwell and Li­ons’ Ricky Ken­net will rel­ish the oc­ca­sion.

In Di­vi­sion One, joint-lead­ers Mon­tana Boca United A face a tough test against a North West Neas­den B team play­ing catch-up. See Danny Caro’s week­end roundup on Email: dan­ny­

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