Maccabi Masters review: March 9

By Jeremy Silverstone, March 10, 2014
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The top three teams all recorded resounding victories in Division Two of the Maccabi Masters League, and the title race looks like going to the wire.

London Maccabi Lions continue to lead the way after seeing off the challenge of Brady B, with Michael Abraham, David Pollock, Stuart Coutts and Marc Morris earning them a 4-0 win.

Glenthorne A remain favourites, however, and following their 5-0 victory over stablemates Glenthorne B, they are seven points behind with five games in hand. The match signalled the end of Trevor Granger’s glittering managerial career, having guided Glenthorne B to within spitting distance of mid-table mediocrity, following years of bottom-of-the-table mediocrity. Only time will tell how much Glenthorne B will miss Trev’s tactical expertise, but the loss of his enthusiasm will undoubtedly leave a huge void.

EDRS Stonegrove rallied from two goals down to beat Hendon Harriers 7-2. Yossi Arvatz and John Nesbitt gave Hendon a flying start, but EDRS hit back in style with goals from Steve Krieger, Mark Kingston (2), Ian Leader, James Bloom and a penalty apiece from Tony Platman and Russell Rich ensuring they finished the campaign in style, and guarantee a top three finish.

St John’s Wood Tigers and Temple Fortune played out a 1-1 draw, with Ashley Davidson netting for Tigers and Graham Meyer scoring a brilliant individual effort for Fortune.

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RESULTS

Maccabi Masters League Division 2
Glenthorne United A 5 Glenthorne United B 0
Hendon Harriers 2 EDRS Stonegrove 7
London Maccabi Lions 4 Brady Maccabi B 0
St John’s Wood Tigers 1 Temple Fortune 1

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TABLES

DIVISION ONE
1. North London Raiders Pl. 12, W. 7, D. 2, L. 3, F. 40, A. 25, Pts. 16 (NLR ARE CHAMPIONS)
2. Waldaf Town Pl. 12, W. 6, D. 2, L. 4, F. 30, A. 27, Pts. 14
3. Southgate Harmen Pl. 12, W. 5, D. 1, L. 6, F. 27, A. 24, Pts. 11
4. Scrabble Pl. 12, W. 5, D. 1, L. 4, F. 29, A. 35, Pts. 11
5. Brady Maccabi A Pl. 12, W. 3, D. 0, L. 8, F. 28, A. 43, Pts. 8

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DIVISION TWO
1. London Maccabi Lions Pl. 15, W. 13, D. 0, L. 2, F. 75, A. 13, Pts. 26
2. EDRS Stonegrove Pl. 16, W. 10, D. 2, L. 4, F. 61, A. 22, Pts. 22
3. Glenthorne United A Pl. 10, W. 9, D. 1, L. 0, F. 52, A. 1, Pts. 19
4. Brady Maccabi B Pl. 15, W. 7, D. 3, L. 5, F. 34, A. 36, Pts. 17
5. St John's Wood Tigers Pl. 13, W. 6, D. 3, L. 4, F. 37, A. 25, Pts. 15
6. Glenthorne United B Pl. 16, W. 4, D. 1, L. 11, F. 20, A. 67, Pts. 9
8. Temple Fortune Pl. 15, W. 3, D. 2, L. 10, F. 19, A. 42, Pts. 8
9. Marshside Pl. 14, W. 4, D. 0, L. 10, F. 19, A. 69, Pts. 8
10. Hendon Harriers Pl. 15, W. 3, D. 0, L. 12, F. 19, A. 59, Pts. 6

Last updated: 12:36pm, March 10 2014