Brave For­tune had 10 men­shes of the match

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT -

A WEEK is a long time in foot­ball. Seven days ago peo­ple were rant­ing about teams with­draw­ing from matches be­cause of a short­age of play­ers, so hats off to Tem­ple For­tune for bit­ing the bul­let and play­ing a game with 10 men.

With­out a recog­nis­able goal­keeper for their match against an in-form Cat­ford & Brom­ley Mac­cabi, Jonathan Cohen’s troops were also fur­ther ham­strung by two wed­dings and a last- minute no-show. But pulling out never crossed his mind. In fact, it spurred his team on and it was Cat­ford who were hang­ing on in the end.

Cohen said: “To a man we were su­perb and had a strict game-plan which we stuck to through­out and frus­trated our op­po­nents.

“No doubt about it, Cat­ford were the dom­i­nant team in the first half and had the ma­jor­ity of the play, as you would ex­pect. We looked to play a tight game, with no press­ing of the ball un­til they reached our half.

“The sec­ond half was a dif­fer­ent story how­ever. In the end Cat­ford tried to run the ball into the cor­ner and they will ad­mit they played a very good and re­silient side on the day. I was very pleased with the ef­fort and com­mit­ment shown by all.

The Oak­wood man­age­ment have spo­ken of their de­light af­ter the multi-tal­ented Alex Lee joined the club.

B-team boss Ja­son Stein be­lieves “Chanukah has come early” for the Oaks as Alex, 23, “brings a for­mi­da­ble pres­ence to the club”. He ar­rives boast­ing a tro­phy-laden ca­reer that in­cludes a Peter Mor­ri­son medal as a mem­ber of the Manch­ester Mac­cabi side that lifted the cup in 2011.

De­scribed as a com­mand­ing cen­tral de­fender/cen­tral mid­fielder, Lee ar­rives as a free agent fol­low­ing a stint as the first team cap­tain at the Lon­don School of Eco­nomics last sea­son.

The sign­ing un­der­lines the rep­u­ta­tion Oak­wood has as a cen­tre for north­ern ex­cel­lence in Lon­don.

Com­ment­ing on the deal, Ja­son Stein said: “Alex’s wage will re­main a se­cret but re­ports of a half dozen salmon cut­lets and a couple of bagels isn’t miles off the mark.

“Alex has pushed on to be­come a truly ex­cel­lent tal­ent and I have no hes­i­ta­tion in say­ing he is one of the top play­ers of his gen­er­a­tion and will make an im­me­di­ate im­pact.

“We rely on at­tract­ing the finest north­ern tal­ent to the club and this shows how se­ri­ous Oak­wood are about chal­leng­ing for hon­ours this sea­son.”

Joint A-team man­ager Dan Kristall said he “wel­comed Alex to Oak­wood with open arms”.

Co-boss Ric Blank told me: “He’s a player who can do ev­ery­thing. He’s good with his feet, strong in the air and has an eye for a goal too.” See Danny Caro’s week­end round-up at Email and/ or fol­low Danny on Twit­ter:@dj­caro

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