Red­bridge fail to seize hand of Gid

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport - BY JAMES MARTIN

FOOTABALL MICHAEL WINE­HOUSE watched in hor­ror as his Red­bridge Jewish Care C side missed a vi­tal penalty-kick and lost their chance of get­ting back into the game.

With 30 min­utes left and 3-1 down in this Cyril Anek­stein Cup match, RJC were given a life­line when Tem­ple For­tune’s Gideon Wetrin was sent-off for de­lib­er­ate hand­ball on the line.

But Michael Kon­zon blasted the penalty against the post and with it went his side’s chance of forc­ing ex­tra-time against a team two di­vi­sions higher.

“Of course, the penalty miss was cru­cial as we would have had the im­pe­tus,” said Wine­house, who felt his side were de­nied an early penalty af­ter a foul on Dar­ren Brown. “Over­all, there cer­tainly wasn’t three goals be­tween us. We just needed to be more clin­i­cal with our fin­ish­ing.”

In truth, Tem­ple For­tune’s ex­tra class told. Af­ter sur­viv­ing a dif­fi­cult first 20 min­utes, when goal­keeper Adam Glekin de­nied Red­bridge striker Craig Sand­ford in a one-on-one, they upped their game and Paul Walker glanced home a header from a Wetrin throw to give Tem­ple For­tune the lead.

Fac­ing a swirling wind, Red­bridge strug­gled to deal with crosses, and only a fine claw away by Paul San­ders pre­vented Ben Isaacs from scor­ing.

The sec­ond ar­rived shortly be­fore the break when a lovely through-ball by Oliver Squires split the Red­bridge de­fence, with Rob Ben­son clip­ping a neat fin­ish over the keeper.

A bril­liant left-footed free-kick by Brown at the start of the sec­ond-half brought Red­bridge back into the game for one minute, be­fore hes­i­tancy in the left-hand side of the their de­fence al­lowed Isaacs to score with a first­time shot from a tight an­gle.

Wetrin’s send­ing-off, af­ter palm­ing away a cross, should have pre­sented an op­por­tu­nity for a come­back, but once the penalty was missed Tem­ple For­tune heads dropped, and they knew

Two down: Rob Ben­son chips neatly over Paul San­ders the game was up when the lively Ben­son coolly side-footed home a fourth mid-way through the half.

A late run and de­liv­ery by RJC sub­sti­tute Adam Cur­tis found Brown ten yards from goal. But his ef­fort came back off the post in a mo­ment that en­cap­su­lated his side’s af­ter­noon.

Tem­ple For­tune man­ager Andy Souber felt the Divi­sion Two side’s win was well-de­served: “We con­trolled the game and were more men­ac­ing go­ing for­ward. I never felt we were in dan­ger of los­ing our grip on the game.

“I’ve no com­plaints with the de­ci­sion to send our player off. You can’t ar­gue with that when your player stops a goal.”

Two up: Lee Fe­gan and Dar­ren Brown take flight

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