We can topple champions, says Ullman

Alex Ullmann is adamant his Leeds Maccabi 3rd side can send shockwaves through the MJSL by inflicting a rare defeat on Manchester Maccabi 3rd.

Leeds, who have lost all three of their MJSL league fixturea so far this season, finally scored their first goal in last weekend's 6-1 defeat by Republic of Mancunia 2nd.

But boss Ullman is in bullish mood ahead of the meeting with the reigning champions and is confident his boys can pull off a shock result.

"I'm very happy with the way we're starting to turn it around and getting our first goal was a huge boost for our confidence," he said.

"We're starting to play as a team and we knew it would take time but we're starting to gel and it's looking good.

"We're a young side with an average age of 17 or 18 and so it's been a tough introduction to senior football, which we knew it would be.

"The lads are coming up against fully grown men and that's difficult physically for them.

"But we're going to become more competitive with each game and we know what to expect against Manchester."

Despite a disappointing start to the season, the form of defender Henry Richardson, midfielder Oliver Abramson and forward Dan Davidson has given plenty of reason for optimism.

And with Manchester Maccabi 3rd boasting four wins from their opening four games, Ullman is hoping his stars can shine brightest when Yorkshire meets Lancashire.

"Nobody likes getting thrashed and it's not good for anybody but we are ready to turn it around," he added.

"We've got a great team spirit and we're all pals off the pitch and away from Maccabi which really helps.

"We know it's going to be a tough game against Manchester but we know what to expect."

    Last updated: 9:52am, September 28 2011