For­tune have over- achieved. But now they can plan for Di­vi­sion One

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY DANNY CARO

FOOT­BALL SI­MON Lin­den strug­gled to con­tain his de­light af­ter Tem­ple For­tune se­cured pro­mo­tion into MGBSFL Di­vi­sion One af­ter crush­ing re­cent­ly­crowned cham­pi­ons L’Equipe 7-1.

Jor­dan Shar­i­fian was the hat-trick hero as For­tune turned on the style as Lin­den’s men fin­ish the sea­son in great style.

“We cer­tainly saved the best un­til the last game,” com­mented Lin­den. “We knew we had to de­liver and ev­ery­one from one to

15 in the squad played a part in to­day’s win. We bossed the game through­out against a team that looked de­pleted with num­bers but as they say, you can only beat what’s put in front of you and my team knew how much it meant to get the win and pro­mo­tion.” Man-of-the-match Michael Gold­berg earned spe­cial praise from Lin­den in a game where Brett Stead, Zach Rich and an own goal com­pleted the come­back af­ter Andy Smith had give L’Equipe an early ad­van­tage.

Lin­den said: “This sea­son has been un­be­liev­able - this time last year the club fin­ished sec­ond from bot­tom and the agenda was to get For­tune play­ing as a com­pet­i­tive force again. “Not in my wildest dreams did I think we would fin­ish in the top two, but credit to ev­ery­one in­volved at the foot­ball club who all played a part in mak­ing this hap­pen.

“We have only con­ceded one goal in six games, and that was a penalty.

Oth­er­wise my back five has been out­stand­ing — let me tell you it is the same back five that started the sea­son.

“They have grown as a force and con­tin­ued to im­prove as the sea­son has gone on.”

Lin­den went on to thank club chair­man Nigel Kyte and said: “He works tire­lessly be­hind the scenes run­ning the club and de­serves recog­ni­tion for ev­ery­thing’s he puts into mak­ing sure ev­ery­thing ticks along.

“I’d also like to thank the Hertswood Vale boys for beat­ing RC UK to help us seal pro­mo­tion.

“It’s funny be­cause Avi Markiewicz at RC UK said in his sea­son pre­view that they will win the league, yet to­day we sit 17 points above them.

“We are back and be­lieve me the jour­ney has only just started.”

PHOTO: MARC MOR­RIS

Zach Rich

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