Will a his­toric vic­tory Chig keep Sugar sweet?

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WIN­GATE & FINCH­LEY could be packed to the rafters on Sun­day night as Chigwell Ath­letic B at­tempt to wres­tle the tro­phy from hold­ers Lon­don Mac­cabi Li­ons A. There could be JWAGS aplenty as the East Lon­don­ers look to build on their mem­o­rable semi-fi­nal vic­tory over last sea­son’s Pre­mier Di­vi­sion cham­pi­ons Hen­don United A in the semi-fi­nals.

Should they pull off what would be one of the big­gest shocks in Jewish foot­ball this cen­tury, I can see Chig­wellian Sir Alan Sugar mak­ing a bid to pur­chase the club from cur­rent chair­man Richard Slater.

Rus­sell Green’s troops are tak­ing the match very se­ri­ously and they are even stay­ing in a ho­tel near to the ground.

Fi­nals are rarely clas­sic matches and as most of the Chigwell team are new to the sur­face at the Harry Abra­hams Sta­dium, I just hope they don’t freeze on the big stage against Li­ons’ big guns.

The Row­ley Lane club have had a tough sea­son and the only thing that could stop them from win­ning is a lack of hunger. I do not ex­pect a goal feast but be­lieve that un­less Chigwell can knock their il­lus­tri­ous op­po­nents out of their stride, a JC League Cup hat­trick looms for the Li­ons.

On the eve of the fi­nal, I re­ceived a good luck mes­sage from Chigwell de­fender Bradley Frankel who is cur­rently turn­ing heads in the Aus­tralian lo­cal leagues.

Frankel, who would’ve been sure to start had he been avail­able, ad­mit­ted: “The chances of get­ting back in time is zero as I have train­ing in Syd­ney on April 14. Pre-sea­son has nearly fin­ished, and with five de­fend­ers in the squad, I was not cer­tain that I’d make the cut.

Look­ing ahead to Sun­day, “I would like to wish the boys the best of luck. Play­ing with most of them for prac­ti­cally a decade, I al­ways knew what they were ca­pa­ble of.

“The boys proved against Hen­don, when they are all switched on they have the po­ten­tial to beat any­one on their day.

“They truly are a great bunch of boys, with fan­tas­tic sup­port and man­age­ment be­hind them and that is the rea­son they are where they are.

“The play­ers in the squad re­flect the team spirit, man­age­ment and coach­ing which at­tracts so many names. I know from first hand ex­pe­ri­ence that any one of those boys could play in the Pre­mier Di­vi­sion. My thoughts will be with the team on Sun­day and I look for­ward to be­ing part of the team in the next fi­nal.”

Closer to home and in­jury-prone Brady Mac­cabi Masters de­fender Alan Younger, whom I played along­side at North West Neas­den A, has been ruled out for the rest of the sea­son af­ter snap­ping his Achilles ten­don.

South Manch­ester Mac­cabi have an­nounced that they will take 68 play­ers and of­fi­cials to the an­nual Jom Havoet­bal. The group in­cludes a se­nior team plus two ju­nior sides aged un­der nine and un­der 10.

Lon­don Mac­cabi Li­ons are plan­ning an­other youth foot­ball fes­ti­val. Fol- low­ing the suc­cess of Mac­cabi Nice’s trip last sum­mer, the Arkley club have in­vited Jerusalem-based Efrat, in Gush Et­sion, and Baka/Kata­mon in Cen­tral Jerusalem to join them for a seven-aside com­pe­ti­tion in­volv­ing 13-14-yearolds at Row­ley Lane in June.

My player of the week this week is a char­ac­ter who is whiter than white.

He is used to get­ting a frosty re­cep­tion but last week cov­ered ev­ery blade of grass and frus­trated both teams.

Mr Snow flew in from the north to make a fleet­ing ap­pear­ance be­fore dis­ap­pear­ing shortly af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle.

The win­try con­di­tions wiped out the en­tire JC MSFL league and cup pro­gramme last Sun­day. The four teams in­volved in the Peter Mor­ri­son Tro­phy semi-fi­nal - North West Neas­den A, FC Team A, Hen­don United A and Red­bridge Jewish Care A will try again.

There is also an im­por­tant top-ofthe-ta­ble clash in Di­vi­sion One in­volv­ing lead­ers Glen­thorne United and Mon­tana Boca United A. And would you be­lieve that, de­spite the cur­rent cli­mate, Bel­mont & Edg­ware start their cricket sea­son on Sun­day. See Danny Caro’s week­end round-up at www.thejc.com Email dan­ny­caro@thejc.com

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