An­other de­but, an­other win. I’m back and the record stands

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport -

IMAIN­TAINED MY proud record of be­ing on the winning side when mak­ing my de­but for a foot­ball team, and heav­ens knows I’ve had enough of them. Hav­ing played for Tem­ple For­tune, South Manx, North West Neas­den, Scrab­ble, Bark­ing­side Ath­letic, Faith­fold and Brix­ton Old Boys, North Lon­don Raiders Mas­ters joined the list of clubs I’ve rep­re­sented.

Sun­day’s Mac­cabi Mas­ters League Divi­sion One clash against Tem­ple For­tune was my first com­pet­i­tive match in al­most two sea­sons. I’m glad to re­port that my an­kle and back held up and I’m con­sid­er­ing re­turn­ing to action on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

Other than 90 min­utes of heavy rain, the only thing that damp­ened my spir­its was a sen­sa­tional strike from Martin Seifert which flew over my head from an acute an­gle.

I de­nied my for­mer For­tune team­mate Robert Botkai a cou­ple of times and was de­lighted to help the team surge to the top of the ta­ble with a 3-1 victory. Play­er­man­ager Ashley David­son led by ex­am­ple with a brace, though he should have been cel­e­brat­ing a hat-trick af­ter putting in a mis­sof-the-week con­tender with a free header from six yards.

Jonny ‘Mad Dog’ Chippeck lived up to his name with a last-minute chip clinch­ing the points.

Raiders are looking for­ward to pit­ting their wits against Lon­don Mac­cabi Lions A but with Martin Les­lie re­turn­ing, my ser­vices won’t be needed.

Lon­don Mac­cabi Lions A striker David Dinkin will be side­lined for up to eight weeks af­ter suf­fer­ing an­kle lig­a­ment dam­age against Bafana Bafana. AC Crick­le­wood mid­fielder James Tem­ple has been ruled out for the rest of the sea­son af­ter tear­ing his cru­ci­ate.

Af­ter three years away from his boy­hood team, Ben Gra­ham has made an emo­tional re­turn to South­gate Har­men from Lon­don Mac­cabi Lions. A club state­ment said: “Every­one at the club is ex­cited to see him play in the black and white stripes and help the team with the pro­mo­tion push this sea­son.”

Craig Ed­wards has joined RJC from South Manx A.

Mon­tana Boca United A play­er­chair­man Ray­mond Har­rod has la­belled Sun­day’s Premier Divi­sion trip to Red­bridge Jewish Care as a “must-win” af­fair.

Divi­sion One leaders South Manx A will be miss­ing striker Jamie Kent and New York Marathon bound Paul Babai for the match against Brix­ton Old Boys. See Danny Caro’s week­end round-up at thejc.com Email dannycaro@thejc.com Now see Danny Caro’s blog at http://com­mu­nity.thejc.com/ blogs/danny-caro/

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