MSFL Preview: Division Four

By Danny Caro, August 26, 2010

With seven new teams joining the league, Division Four is undoubtedly one of the toughest to call.

With a season under their belts, Jewventus look strong contenders given the calibre of player that they have brought in. The pace of Jeremy Kornhauser will terrorise rival defences with player-manager Gabriel John predicting that both he and Richard Fogelman will register 20 goals apiece.

John has brought in an array of talent including the hard-tackling Serge Cowan, who along with Adam Diamant and Warren Schenk, will take no prisoners. John said: "Our aim is to play good football but we have the personnel to mix it if need be."

Although the title is a realistic target, John is keen to take the pressure off his troops and has labelled North West Neasden C, who have taken Louis Taylor and Simon Levene, and Inter Borehamwood as his favourites.

If you're looking for entertainment then Athletic Bilbaum are clearly the ones to watch. As Josh Magidson explains: "After narrowly missing out on promotion, we're looking to take that extra step this year and finish sixth in the division. We also fancy our chances of winning the 'best kit' award and 'most original mascot' trophy via Baum Baum the elephant. Magidson has earmarked the re-signing of 42-year-old Andrew Fenichel as one of the "coups of the season". Striker Edward Green has extended his contract while Mark Pasha captains the Hampstead-based team.

Blizzard Storm player-manager Simon Linden is relieved to have kept striker Joel Kutner who fired 20 goals last year. Unveiling new signings Ryan Colet, Daniel Vandermolen and Sean Ladier, Linden believes that they willl "rock the Jewish game".

Another new face is central midfielder Adam Nathan, formerly of Faithfold B. Linden describes him as "a star in the making". Michael Woolf and Alex Rubin, two players returning to the Jewish game, Lee Caplin and Jason Green have also come in. Joe Stolerman is their one to watch. All eyes will be on Inter Borehamwood. Manager Oluseun Thomas' said: "Our hopes as a team are to play good quality football and compete for promotion." Thomas made several high-profile signings over the summer, including ex-Brady Maccabi stars Joel Lassman and Jerome Colmans along with Montana's Jeff Gotch.

Los Blancos boss Joel Minsky is eyeing a mid-table finish. He said: "As a new team consisting of a young squad with little experience at this level, our initial expectations were merely to produce a strong platform - something to build on in future years. However, after promising pre-season results and being in the knowledge that our squad will mature game by game, we believe that we can mount a serious challenge for promotion, and if we learn quickly enough, perhaps even the title."

Dovid Greenberg, Adam Hersh, Josh Hirschowitz and Danny Kon have key roles to play.

Minsky said: "Player recruitment has been very successful, both in quantity and quality - so much so that we should even be OK for numbers once everyone flocks off to Netanya for Pesach."

Neasden C have reformed with Louis Taylor appointed player-manager. He said: "I'm proud to become a part of a club with such a great sporting pedigree." Adam Levene, Player of the Year for Neasden A last season, has dropped down four divisions to "help lift this exciting new project off the ground". Taylor and co are "intent on mounting a serious title challenge. Most of all, we're hoping to avoid some of the normal arguing and moaning that follows Jewish football around too much and actually enjoy our Sunday mornings," said Taylor who is predicting big things from Young forward Laurence Spear.

Vivian Emanuel has taken over at Pinner JFC. He said: "My hope is that we can battle well within the division where for the past three seasons we have struggled against teams we should have easily beaten.

Emanuel has made 10 new signings , including Yaacov Goldin and managed to "keep hold of Jordan Segal and Jon Kay who are both key players this season". Adam Jason has left the club due to university commitments.

After a break of six years, the league welcomes back a Temple Fortune B. Chairman Nigel Kyte said: "We will be happy with mid-table stability with a promotion-challenge being a great bonus." Much is expected from Simon Allen, Dean Ingram, Jeff Bathija, Garry Simpson and Jamie Simpson along with striker Terry Jefferies.

Building on the success of their respective A and B teams, North London Raiders C will be managed by Oli Shorts. He said: "We hope we will be in the mix. Captain Josh Graham, Toby Katz, Ben Stetson, Ben Alalouff and Elliot Grossman will feature heavily."

Glenthorne United B, Hendon United Sports Club D and Shirley Park complete the division.

Last updated: 4:08pm, October 5 2010