Dou­ble joy as He­nen keeps dream alive

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY RICHARD JAYE

Two goals from Trevor He­nen helped Mon­tana end their Di­vi­sion One cam­paign with a cru­cial win, but they will only find out on Sun­day if their ef­forts were enough to earn them the run­ners-up spot.

Hav­ing held a top two po­si­tion all sea­son, Mon­tana boss Marc Zied­man said that he “would be dis­ap­pointed if his side would not make the top tier of Jewish foot­ball for the first time”, but stressed that “it is com­pletely out of his hands”.

Zied­man watched his side edge a five-goal thriller against a Hen­don team that did not let them have things all their own way. But a re­silient sec­ond half dis­play proved the spring­board for three vi­tal points against a side that is fight­ing for sur­vival.

Hen­don started brightly and de­servedly took the lead af­ter 10 min­utes when Benjy En­gels­man’s 20-yard strike flew past Mon­tana keeper Ben Law.

Straight from the restart, He­nen chipped the ball over Hor­nets keeper Nicky Rosen­thal to level the scores. Hen­don re­gained the ad­van­tage mid­way through the first half when Chaim Gothold played an ex­quis­ite pass to Gavin Noe who shrugged off his marker and slot­ted home from close range.

Chances were few and far for Mon­tana but Si­mon Peter­man had a great op­por­tu­nity to level, only to shoot tamely at Rosen­thal.

He­nen went close again. Ini­tially, he did ev­ery­thing right in round­ing the keeper but lost his bal­ance and failed to hit the tar­get.

Mon­tana squared things for the sec­ond time on the stoke of half-time. He­nen’s free-kick was par­ried by Rosen­thal. The re­bound was headed against the bar by player-chair­man Ray­mond Har­rod but he was on hand to tap home the loose ball.

Zied­man laid into his troops at the in­ter­val and they com­pletely dom­i­nated the sec­ond half.

Chance af­ter chance fell to Mon­tana but they just could not put them away. The im­pres­sive Tom Miller was find­ing space on the left flank but he had no sup­port from his strik­ers. Har­rod then had a header cleared off the line by David Atkins. He­nen was de­nied again by Rosen­thal and it looked like be­ing one of those days for Mon­tana un­til the de­ci­sive mo­ment ar­rived on 75 min­utes. Andrew Bin­stock re­leasedHe­nen with a slid­erule pass. He broke the off­side trap and slot­ted home, spark­ing wild cel­e­bra­tions on the touch­line. Peter­man than had a great chance to in­crease the lead but his 25-yard thun­der­bolt was tipped over ac­ro­bat­i­cally by Rosen­thal.

Mon­tana held on to take what could be a vi­tal three points in what has been a very good sea­son for them. Zied­man com­mented: “Which­ever di­vi­sion my side is in next sea­son, af­ter be­ing writ­ten off and tipped for rel­e­ga­tion, I am ex­tremely proud of my boys and just hope that re­sults go our way else­where.”

PHOTO: TA­BATHA FIRE­MAN

Mon­tana’s Tom Miller slides in on Danny Steel to thwart a Hen­don at­tack

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