Catford & Bromley Maccabi vs Norstar London Raiders C
There’s a tasty top-of-the-table clash in store in Edmonton when the Cats welcome L’Orange in one of the weekend’s top fixtures.
But Norstar fans will have to wait until next week to get a chance to see Jamie Weinrich 'rock the cradle' after Weinrich's wife gave birth to their first child - Norstar's leading marksman will miss out. Rumours are about that the club are on the verge of developing a child/baby range of Norstar merchandise. (Ed. - a hearty mazel tov goes to Jamie Weinrich and family from all at The JC).
NLR boss Zack Gothelf knows the importance of three points as they look to march six points clear at the top.
Gothelf told JC Sport: “Sunday is a massive game against a title rival. We expect both sides to be a bit rusty after the weather has played havoc to form and familiarity, but we are determined to keep our place at the top of the league, which we will do if we play as well as we can play.”
The Cats know that if they win their games in hand, they’d move to within one point of L’Orange. Other than the recent Loughton game, Catford’s home form has been superb and they will need little motivation to beat an NLR team who beat them 3-0 in November – Will Ufland (2) and Oli Nathan were the scorers that day.
It’s clear the Cats cannot wait for the first whistle. Captain Adam Luria told JC Sport: “We haven't played for over two months now and it's starting to get boring!
“We couldn't ask for a stronger squad this Sunday, with Tom Prevezer our only regular missing. It was a good game with NLRC last time out, with 3-0 not really a fair reflection of the game - they scored two very late goals when we had thrown everyone forward looking for an equaliser.
“However, we know they're a very good team and look to pass the ball quickly, so we know it'll be a good game, which we're looking forward to.”
If you’re looking for five-star entertainment this weekend, get down to Norseman FC, with a brolly!
JC team news: Sam Cherkas looks set to make his debut for NLR having recovered from injury that has so far kept him out of the side.
Venue – Norseman FC, Ref – Barry David
JC star man: Sam Cherkas (NLR)
DC Prediction: Catford 2 NLR 2