Chigwell Athletic v North West Neasden A
Wadham Road, Wathamstow E17
Richard Slater will be looking for a big reaction from his players ahead of what he describes as a “tough test” against Neasden.
His Chigwell team missed a big opportunity to close the gap at the top when they slipped up against Blancos, but he’s confident they will get the job done this weekend.
Slater told JC Sport: 'With lots of players returning on Sunday we have a much stronger squad. No excuses for last weekend, we were really poor and lacked that cutting edge we've seen in recent weeks.
“Neasden will be a tough test and we'll know what to expect having come across a lot of their players in recent seasons against Redbridge 'B' and Temple Fortune. The lads are determined to get back to winning ways.”
NWN were just seconds away from claiming an impressive win over Southgate Harmen last weekend, but it wasn’t to be. That said, manager Stirling Kay was delighted with his first point since taking over in a game where Jamie Cooper, Rob Kaplan and goal-scorer Dan Orgel impressed.
Kay knows there are no easy games in this division this season but he feels his team are capable of getting something from this game.
“I’m looking forward to a very exciting game,” Kay told JC Sport. “We won't be fooled by last week’s defeat - Chigwell have a lot of very good players.
“We feel we are getting better every game. This is a team put together with friends from east and north west London ,with a lot of potential. The squad is very stretched, but I am very confident the lads who go out will do me proud.”
As Slater says, Chigwell have several key players returning and when you throw the fact that Glenn Michaels is back and scoring, I’m tipping the home side to nick it.
JC team news: NWN are still without their captain and waiting on fitness tests on Kane Gilbery (thigh), Josh Gilbery (splinters) and Dan Orgel (knee) is a major doubt. Dan Field (work) also misses out.
Venue – Peter May, Ref – Darryl Colmans
JC star man: Paul Hizer (Chigwell)
DC Prediction: Chigwell 2 NWN 1
PP Prediction: Chigwell 3 NWN 3