Faith aim to up­set favourites

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BYDANNYCARO

BGT As the high­est-ranked team in the JC Barry Gold­stein Tro­phy this sea­son, South­gate Har­men B have been the favourites to win the com­pe­ti­tion from the out­set.

On Sun­day they take on Di­vi­sion Three out­fit Faith­fold C in a cur­tain­raiser to the JC Cyril Anek­stein Cup fi­nal at Win­gate & Finch­ley.

Har­men, man­aged by Paul Gold and Si­mon White, have strug­gled to score goals in the com­pe­ti­tion and their route to the fi­nal has been based on keep­ing their com­po­sure to win two penalty shootouts.

“Our run has been most en­joy­able and in­ter­est­ing,” said White. “It has kept a sea­son, which was in dan­ger of pe­ter­ing out, alive, and we hope to con­trib­ute to a good and fair fi­nal.”

White was part of a Har­men team which lost a semi-fi­nal to Faith­fold A on Win­gate’s pitch and is “hop­ing for a dif­fer­ent re­sult on Sun­day. Faith­fold have rep­re­sented Jewish foot­ball in a most honourable way and we are de­lighted to be fac­ing them”.

An open­ing vic­tory over Zig Zag was fol­lowed by a shock de­feat by fourth di­vi­sion Hen­don United C. James Nay­lor helped him­self to a hat-trick in the vi­tal win over Hen­don Hawks to set up a quar­ter-fi­nal against Holy Mount Zion. White scored one of the quick­est goals in cup his­tory but it was keeper El­liott Gor­don who was the hero as, with the team drop­ping like flies, the stop­per took them through the penalty shootout.

The semi-fi­nal was also de­cided on penal­ties with El­liot Wal­lis the star. White said: “It was not the most con­vinc­ing spot kick you will ever see, but if it goes in, who cares? Har­men B be­came the first Har­men team to make it to a men’s cup fi­nal and they will be hop­ing to do them­selves proud on Sun­day.”

Faith­fold, whose player-man­ager David Gar­son has led the team since its in­cep­tion in 2004, start as clear un­der­dogs. Jonathan Mack, one of the last of the club’s orig­i­nal play­ers, per­son­i­fies the term util­ity. The pair are the last two play­ers from the club’s orig­i­nal Un­der 16 team. Mack has worked his way back from cen­tre for­ward to goal­keeper and has now set­tled in mid­field with the oc­ca­sional ven­ture up­field. He is the team’s mas­ter tac­ti­cian while sum­mer sign­ing Ben Si­mons is the team’s top-scorer.

Gar­son said: “This is the C team’s first fi­nal and, for many of the team, pos­si­bly their last chance for sil­ver­ware.”

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