Ice-cool Chigwell power on
FOOTBALL Richard Slater insists Chigwell Athletic’s proud penalty prowess will stand them in good stead to retain the Henry Swerner MMFL Cup after they eliminated arch rivals North London Raiders.
James Cartmell’s opener for NLR was cancelled out by a penalty from Adam Stolerman. Raiders restored their advantage through Lee Cash but a wonderful finish from Robert Donn took the tie to penalties.
Chigwell converted all four spotkicks, with Stolerman, Alex Levack, Russell Brill and Glenn Davis successful and they progressed after Alex Bourne and Cash missed for Raiders.
Chigwell boss Slater said: “This was another close game with our rivals, it could have gone either way.
“It was great to see us overturn a deficit twice. Everyone was brilliant today.
“Once it went to penalties I was never in doubt. I knew we had the better penalty-takers and was proven right.
“We are the cup holders and I’m delighted to be in the next round.”
Maccabi London Lions B have retained the Maccabi Masters League Division Two title following a 3-1 success over Glenthorne.
The east Londoners forged ahead via an own goal, but Michael Abraham, Peter Joffe and Ory Halperin struck in the second half as Lions secured a decisive victory.