Blackston: MJSL better than ever
Republic of Mancunia 1st boss Les Blackston believes the MJSL is better than ever after witnessing a revival in northern Jewish football.
Blackston, whose side are eight points off leaders Haroldeans, is adamant the quality of the younger players in the league has had a huge impact on the entire competition.
And with the likes of Haroldeans, Manchester Maccabi 3rd, Sporting JLGB and the two Republic teams all vying for supremacy, Blackston says these are exciting times for all involved.
“I think the standard of football in the MJSL has really improved this year,” he said.
“The young players coming into the league, having played non-Jewish football, has really taken it up a level.
“It’s great to see and it’s really encouraging for the future because there was a time when I thought Jewish football wasn’t in great shape.
“But the top four or five teams in the MJSL are playing some really good football and it’s wonderful to see.”
Blackston is hoping his Republic of Mancunia 1st side can produce some of their best football this weekend when they take on basement boys Broughton.
Broughton have scored three and conceded 33 in their six league games so far this season and are yet to pick up a single point.
But the Republic coach insists there will be no complacency within the squad on Sunday.
“We’re playing some great stuff at the moment but there’s no way we’ll ease up against Broughton,” he added.
“The lads won’t get complacent or cocky and we’ll be looking to play well and get the win.”
Blackston also paid tribute to defender Dylan Sidle after the 16-year-old impressed during last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Manchester Maccabi 3rd.
“Dylan was outstanding last week and is going to be an excellent player for us,” he said.
“I thought he was outstanding and played really well. He’s very talented and he could be a great player for us.”