It’s official. We have now reached the business end of the season and I’ve told my wife and kids that they won’t be seeing much of me over the next couple of weeks, with big matches and cup finals coming up thick and fast.
My diary is virtually booked up and I may as well set up camp at Wingate & Finchley for the festival of football that awaits.
London Lions will finish what has been an excellent season in the Molten Spartan South Midlands League Division One with a match at home to Broxbourne Borough tomorrow. Tony Gold’s men deserve full credit after recording their highest-ever points tally. The manager and his coaching team deserve medals after a season hampered by inconsistent availability. The team’s success certainly bodes well for next year’s Maccabiah Games as I expect the Team GB Open football squad to be packed with players from the Rowley Lane club.
Sunday sees the JC MSFL league and cup competitions take centre stage. It will be ‘squeaky bum time’ for players and supporters of Brixton Old Boys A as victory against Redbridge Jewish Care B would see them pip Norstar A to the runners-up spot in Division One.
Attention then turns to the Harry Abrahams Stadium where there’s a real treat in store. First up are UJIA and North West Neasden C in the final of the JC Barry Goldstein Trophy. It’s hard to pick a winner.
That’s followed by the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup final where Hendon United Sports Club A will look to seal the first part of a possible treble against a multi-talented Brady team. It will be great to see Brady hotshot Paul Hakim and captain marvel Jonny Ellis back on their old patch. I’ve been hugely impressed by both teams this season, but my money would be on a narrow Hendon win.
Sandwiched in between those two finals are the Maccabi GB National Junior Cup finals at the Hive in Edgware. Good luck to Alyth Belsize, Hendon United Blue, Hendon United White, HMH Jaffa, Hendon United White and Hendon United Blue.
The following weekend, Hendon return to Wingate where they will take on Division One champions Oakwood in the final of the Peter Morrison Trophy.
Next on the bill is the MGB Under 12 final between London Maccabi Lions and Manchester Maccabi. And to cap off a busy schedule, the late slot has been reserved for the Masters where champions Brady will look to maintain their monopoly on the silverware against Glenthorne United A.
So there’s much to look forward to for players and supporters over the coming weeks and, needless to say, you’ll get the best coverage and analysis here.
See Danny Caro’s weekend round-up at thejc.com. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and/or follow Danny on Twitter:@djcaro