Take it from me, Chig­well will win the Masters

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - CARO’S COL­UMN

IT FELT as though I was lin­ing up against the fir­ing squad on duty for Faith­fold in the Mac­cabi Masters Foot­ball League on Sun­day.

Hav­ing be­come Chig­well Ath­letic’s bo­gey team over the past cou­ple of sea­sons, it was no sur­prise to see them line up with top-scorer Adam Stol­er­man and Steve Sum­mers in at­tack once more. We had some­how man­aged to tame them a few weeks ago, even though we needed a large slice of luck, with Stol­er­man hit­ting the cross­bar no fewer than four times.

How­ever, Richard Slater drafted in some top-qual­ity re­in­force­ments for our lat­est meet­ing in Il­ford, where Faith­fold were taught a les­son. In fact it was the near­est I’ve come to play­ing against the Har­lem Glo­be­trot­ters.

Dean Ny­man, who still looks and runs around like an 18-year-old, and Alex Le­vack, whose match for Lon­don Lions Vets had, just our luck, fallen vic­tim to the weather, joined what is an al­ready tal­ented squad. And it would be fair to say they ran us ragged.

Four goals flew past me dur­ing a fre­netic open­ing 10 min­utes, most of them into the top cor­ner. I wanted the ground to open up and swal­low me, know­ing that more would fol­low.

It was 9-0 at half-time, I think, and I was hav­ing night­mares about Chig­well’s name flash­ing up in lights on the ad­join­ing re­sults page, with the dreaded dou­ble dig­its score­line in brack­ets (12, yes twelve). In fair­ness we changed our tac­tics a lit­tle and did well to re­strict them to just the three in the se­cond half. I spent the next day re­cov­er­ing in a dark room. It will take a very good team to stop them from win­ning the ti­tle.

In this week’s JC Pod­cast, I’ve ad­dressed the de­cline of Mac­cabi foot­ball. The MMFL is more com­pet­i­tive than ever, but there are clearly more and more play­ers who en­joy the leisurely pace com­pared to the cut and thrust of the MGBSFL.

Faith­fold C.

Mac­cabi GB are hold­ing an open foot­ball train­ing ses­sion with a view to tak­ing a Ju­nior Girls foot­ball team to the 20th Mac­cabiah Games in 2017. Play­ers must be born be­tween Jan­uary 1, 1999 and De­cem­ber 31, 2002 for the ses­sion that will take place on Sun­day at Row­ley Lane at 5pm.

Tributes hav­ing been com­ing in for Howard Keeney, the for­mer south Mancs man­ager who passed away. John Gre­gory and Mick Har­ford were among the mourn­ers at the lev­oyah of a larg­erthan-life fig­ure who I can best de­scribe as the life and soul of the chang­ing room. He will be greatly missed. See Danny Caro’s week­end round-up at thejc.com. Email dcaro@thejc.com and/ or fol­low Danny on Twit­ter:@djcaro

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