Penalty drama

By Danny Caro, October 7, 2010

There was a bizarre incident in the match between Norstar B and Real Life. Norstar's Maurice Franks saw his penalty saved by Life keeper Will Martyn. Referee Rak Hudson ordered a retake after adjudging that the goalie had moved off his line.

Franks, a little shaken after his miss, handed the ball to Rafi Addlestone who made no mistake. However, there ensued a vociferous protest from the Real Life team, who badgered the ref, telling him that a team cannot change taker for a re-taken pen.

The referee bought this argument and had to check with Adam Sandzer and Norstar manager Jonny Bunt, whether their takers were the same person or not. Norstar were quite honest with the ref, so he ordered a third re-take and Franks missed for the second time.

Bunt said: "This was one of the strangest moments I have seen in a Jewish football game, compounded by the fact that after the game we discovered there is no such rule and as long the alternative taker is clearly identified as such to the opposing keeper anyone can take the second penalty. In fact, we could even have substituted and had his replacement take the kick."

● Ian Cohen, the former Glenthorne United manager, will go through the pain barrier to complete the Kenya Bike Ride in aid of Norwood. A training session took a turn for the worse when he was involved in a head-on collision with a car. Cohen somersaulted over the bonnet on to the kerb and was taken later diagnosed with fractures of the elbow and collarbone and a displaced Clavicle Joint. He later found out that there was no break, just severe bruising although his clavicle will take three month to heal.

Cohen said: "This was amazing news as I have put in so much effort and the relief had my wife and myself in tears. I'm determined to race as I feel that the pain I will endure will be worth it as the people we are supporting on the charity are all far worse off and affected for life."

● Marc Sidney, 47, won two titles at the European Powerlifting Championships in Malta. Making hiss debut at the competition, Sidney of Hampstead Garden Suburb won the 125 kgs class Open and Masters titles with a lift of 202.5 kgs in an event under the umbrella of the World Drug-Free Powerlifting Federation.

● Trampoline starlet Josh Newman won the Brentwood Open. Newman produced two great routines to beat 300 competitors on his way to lifting the Georgias TCA Shield awarded to the individual from all age groups with the best form.

● New South Wales Maccabi Hakoah drew 1-1 against London Maccabi Lions in a friendly at Rowley Lane. Both goals came in the second half of an even contest with Levi Levenfiche cancelling out an effort from Ezekiel.

● Hasmonean High are toasting double delight after pupils Mordi Weller and Reuven Cohen were recognised as Barnet South Young Ambassadors 'Adistars'.

● It's been quite painful watching Israeli clubs in the Champions League over the past few seasons. Whilst Sky Sports commentators describe the likes of Maccabi Haifa and now Hapoel Tel Aviv as European minnows, the margins between success and failure are quite slim.

Last week I watched Hapoel put in another brave showing at the Bloomfield Stadium. The Reds became the first Israeli team to score in the group stages in eight games, albeit via a penalty from Nigerian keeper Vincent Enyeama, but they went down 3-1 against Lyon. Like Haifa last season, Hapoel were not outclassed. However, it's clear that they lack experience and composure in the final third. Let's hope they can break their duck against Schalke on October 20

Last updated: 4:45pm, October 7 2010