Slater on cloud nine after Levack late show
FOOTBALL RICHARD Slater insists Chigwell Athletic’s title hopes remain in their own hands following an incredible comeback against defending MMFL champions North London Raiders.
Chigs found themselves 4-0 down at half-time after being given “the runaround” by NLR hat-trick hero Saul Conway and Adam Harvey, with Dan Hodes and Wayne Davidson also registering for L’Orange.
Raiders made it 5-0 after an hour and Chigwell looked dead and buried. But the arrival of substitute Hadley Silver, boostingaline-upincludingAlexLevack, top-scorer Adam Stolerman, Steve Summers and Dean Nyman, somehow managed to haul Chigwell back into the match.
Stolerman, who scored nine times in Chigwell’s previous match, fired a hat-trick and Summers, whose match for Redbridge Jewish Care in the Cyril Anekstein Cup fell victim to the weather, added another.
But it was Levack, the brother-in-law of ChigwellbossSlater,whocompleteda memorablecomebackwithastunning 25-yard half-volley sparking scenes of wild celebration.
Slater said: “To be honest at 5-2 I could see Raiders were gone. We started the second half on the front foot. All the goals were top class.
“We pulled it back to 5-4 with13minutestogo.Iknew it was just a matter of time as it was one-way traffic.
“We could even have won it in the dying seconds but Nyman shot from an acute
Alex Levack angle instead of squaring to Summers or Stolerman.”
Slater believes a “change of shape at 3-0 down” paid off. He said: “We went from 3-5-2 to 4-3-3 which made a massive difference, and changed a few personnel at half-time, with myself and Hadley coming on.
“We weren’t at the races during the first half and Raiders dominated us but our class shone through in the second half. We had too many top players on show to get beaten 5-0.
“It was an amazing and remarkable comeback that shows we never stopped believing. The league is still in our hands. If we can win seven or even win six and draw one the league is ours.”
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