Brady Maccabi A vs London Maccabi Lions A
“Can we play you every week, can we play you every week.” That was the cry from the Brady fans after they hammered the Lions 8-1 in the Morrison last Sunday.
It was a day the Lions will want to forget, and forget very quickly indeed. Come Sunday, the seven-day gap between the matches would’ve felt like a very long time, especially for keeper Max Shields who had a morning he will want to forget.
A quick look at the team news section will tell you Landesberg has acted hastily to ensure there isn’t a repeat performance, although Lions fans can’t wait for Dec Green to return in nets some time soon.
But knowing manager Andy Landesberg as I do, he will be delighted that they have a chance to set the record straight almost immediately. However, he won’t be happy to hear who Brady have just signed, yes, none other than Paul Hakim. I’m sure you’ve heard of him.
Brady boss Joel Nathan, who can be excused for being a little broiges for not winning the JC Manager of the Week award, was delighted to sign the Team GB hotshot. Hakim is as good as they come in Jewish footballing terms and will be licking his lips at the prospect at adding to Lions’ woes.
I bumped into Lions kitman Dave Snellman in Paddy Power this week and even he must’ve been tempted by the odds of 100-1 on a repeat Brady performance.
Nathan knows that Sunday will be much tougher although, with a strengthened forward line, they will be disappointed not to finish the season with silverware. But they have ground to make up in the league and maximum points are essential this weekend.
“Last week counts for nothing if we can’t take three points on Sunday,” Nathan told JC Sport. “I am sure the Lions management as well as the players they pick will be out for revenge as no one like to be beaten by a big score line, but rest assured the 14 boys we pick will be ready and waiting for them.
“The League table is so tight from third down ninth, so we really cannot afford to lose on Sunday and I am sure it will be a cracking game. It is great that we know have 16/17 players available for selection each week which means there is great competition for starting places.”
It would be safe to say that Landesberg will be looking for a very bid reaction from his men and it’s important they don’t concede early doors.
He told JC Sport: “After Sundays mauling, there is not much to say, except we will never roll over like that again.
“This will be a real test to show what we are made of, and I am sure that this will be a different Lions who turn up on Sunday morning.”
The Lions are a proud bunch and there’s no way they’ll roll over like they did last Sunday. They came unstuck against the brilliance of Ben Joseph last time and may well stick a man-marker on him, but even that may not be enough to silence their noisy neighbours.
JC team news: Brady are still missing Joel Lassman due to injury, but they welcome back Nicky Smith as well as Zack White who was cup tied last week.
For Lions, Lee Cash and Danny Daggers return and new signing Goalkeeper Jake Doffman will start.
Venue – Rowley Lane, Ref – Steve Levy
JC star man: Alex Hershman (Brady)
DC Prediction: Brady 3 Lions A 1