Red-hot Sum­mers saves Chigs

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY CRAIG SIL­VER

JC MSFL A 73rd-minute strike from top-scorer Steve Sum­mers saved the day for Chigwell as they res­cued a point against ti­tle ri­vals Lon­don Mac­cabi Li­ons at a bit­terly cold Row­ley Lane.

Li­ons went into the match with a psy­cho­log­i­cal edge hav­ing beaten the East Lon­don­ers 3-1 in the cup a fort­night ago. They made the per­fect start as vet­eran Aviel Sch­warz curled a su­perb 25-yard free-kick into the top cor­ner.

The lead lasted just two min­utes though as Chigwell striker Ash­ley Ru­bin cap­i­talised on a mis­un­der­stand­ing be­tween Li­ons de­fend­ers Max Field­grass and Adam Myeroff to ri­fle home his sec­ond league goal of the sea­son.

Li­ons came close to restor­ing the lead on the stroke of half time. Tony Gold’s wind-as­sisted cor­ner was headed off the line by Craig Sandford.

The Li­ons came close again early in the sec­ond half. Do­minic Che­niart’s cross found Myeroff who sliced over from close range.

Li­ons’ pa­tience paid off on the hour mark when Michael Pear­son was brought down in the box by Jon Raven. Ben Joseph coolly con­verted the spot kick to put last sea­son’s dou­ble cup win­ners 2-1 up.

Chigwell did not give up and, af­ter a key sub­sti­tu­tion which saw Danny Su­gar­man depart for Richard Slater, they were back on level terms. Slater caused havoc be­fore earn­ing a free kick for his side. Sam Rosen­thal’s de­liv­ery found Sum­mers who volleyed home to guar­an­tee Chigwell left Row­ley Lane with a well earned point.

Li­ons fin­ished with 10 men af­ter Che­niart was shown a straight red card af­ter clashing with Adam Hakimi.

Li­ons’ joint-man­ager Eilon Ken­net said: “Chigwell al­ways give us a good game but I am a bit dis­ap­pointed that we did not put the game to bed. At the end of the day if you do not con­vert chances you do not win games.”

Chigwell as­sis­tant-man­ager Danny Berg was happy with a point at the Lane: “It was a fair re­sult. At 2-1 down we did well not to let our heads drop and kept on fight­ing against a very good side.” Li­ons A: Elvey, Myeroff, Spiro, Sch­warz, Gold, Pear­son, Che­niart, Joseph, Field­grass, Bas­ger, Es­tiz. Subs not used: R Ken­net, Lew Chigwell A: Rosen­blatt, Rosen­thal, Levy, Cas­tle, Su­gar­man (sub: Slater), Raven, Sum­mers, Ben Yosef, Hakimi, Sandford, Reuben

PHOTO: VIVIEN STE­WART

Air raid: Chigwell keeper Ben Rosen­blatt clat­ters into Li­ons striker Michael Pear­son at Row­ley Lane

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