Another debut, another win. I’m back and the record stands
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Now see Danny Caro’s blog at http://community.thejc.com/ blogs/danny-caro/