The best two teams in the JC MSFL will go head-to-head on Sunday as Chigwell Athletic A entertain runaway leaders North West Neasden A at Hadley FC in Arkley.
Thirteen points clear of their nearest rivals, Neasden have been scoring for fun this season with captain marvel Lee Cash in red-hot form. The Maccabiah hopeful has already scored 25 goals this term and going into the tie on the back of a seven-goal bonanza last week, will be the one to watch out for.
Looking ahead to the game, joint-Neasden manager Jamie Cole commented: “We are approaching our biggest game of the season full of confidence. This match will be special, there’s no doubt about that. We always want to win our games, including a pre-season friendly and we hope this match will bring out the best in Neasden.” Cole has also vowed not to let keeper David Fox take another penalty after missing against Harmen last week.
The Chigs are the only other unbeaten team in the Premier Division and the match is the perfect way to bring down the curtain on the
programme for 2008.
Love was in the air in Mexico last week when Faithfold stalwart Alex Levack made a successful proposal to his sweetheart Amanda Slater. The football agent, 29, set the scene: “During dinner on the beach, I asked the waiter to bring her meal on a plate with a big silver cover to throw Amanda off the scent. It was so dark she thought the box was a chocolate brownie and I kept on saying open it open it, but she didn’t get it until I got down on one knee and popped the question.”
FC Marylebone go into their pro-longed winter break with several team members returning to France. And it appears that the team’s future is in good hands as the wives of co-managers Jonathan Davody and Marc Taboul are expecting baby boys. The pair are already tipped to front the Marylebone attack in 2026.
Davody will be away in Paris until around mid-February as he wants his son to be born in the country he will represent as a footballer. Co-manager Marc Touboul will run the team in his absence and skipper Mikael Benguigui will have expanded responsibilities on the coaching side.
Southgate Harmen A defender Richard Segal hopes to return in the new year following a back injury which has kept him out for six weeks.
Adam Diamant, joint player-manager at Pure Orange Function Band, is broiges with his ex-best friend David Blitz. Brixton Old Boys player Blitz was invited to a POFB training session but ended up poaching Dave Levy and Scott Jay.
Hendon Hawks will be boosted by the return of the striker/manager dream team of Daniel Polak and Stuart Polak. Polak snr stood down from management after Daniel went travelling but hotshot Daniel has returned home early following a year off.
Lions winger Ami Wynbourne, aka Sicknote, faces a spell on the sidelines after injuring his ankle.
Red Sea’s Gideon Gold could be shown the door for moaning after
UJS Norstar manager Phil Peters has issued a hands-off warning to any clubs consider a move for his top-scorer Eli Houri.
“Eli is not for sale at any price,” commented Peters. “He’s very close to signing a new contract. We hope to have it tied up by Chanukah.”
Faithfold A travel to Galatasary as they look to clinch a place in the quarter-finals of the London FA Sunday Intermediate Cup.
Football consultant and author Alex Fynn will be signing copies of his best-selling book Arsenal — the making of a modern superclub at Borders, Brent Cross South Retail Park on December 22 from 6pm.
See Danny Caro’s weekend round-up at thejc.com