It's all about the cup for us now, says Landesberg

By Danny Caro, December 13, 2012
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Having booked their place in the last eight of the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup last weekend, London Maccabi Lions A will be looking to overcome top-flight opposition for the second week running as they look to progress in the Jewish FA Cup.

Player-coach James Gershfield inspired the Lions to a hard fought 3-2 win over Raiders last Sunday, with Team GB Maccabiah teammate Jordan Marks grabbing the other.

It’s worth remembering that Lions were beaten 3-2 by Brixton under the previous regime, but interim manager Andy Landesberg is confident lightning won’t strike twice.

He told JC Sport: "I am sure that this game will be far less comfortable than our match against them a few weeks ago. That result will count for nothing. The squad continues to grow with the experienced Adam Myeroff now joining the team - his experience and strength will be a welcome addition.

"Obviously our starting form in the league has left that quest tough, but our focus in both cups is a must for everybody involved in this team. Slowly but surely the squad is strengthening and the spirit and enjoyment is getting better and better each week. So to keep the show on the road we have to perform well, taking nothing at all for granted.”

Brixton are still reeling by the departure of striker Rob Blackman and I’ve been told that may not be the last.

It’s time for everyone in the camp to stick together as whatever happens on Sunday, the two-week winter break will give everyone a chance to sit down and reassess.

Ahead of kick-off, BOBs boss John Nitka told JC Sport: "Revenge is sweet – that's what we have in mind bearing in mind this is the third meeting this season between the clubs.

"We beat them in the league a couple of months ago, they beat us in the Anekstein Cup a few weeks ago when I had a weakened team, but hopefully we will be at near full-strength this week, even without the departed Blackman who in reality will not be missed. All I can say it will be a tough match between both clubs and an odd goal may win it."

In response, Blackman told JC Sport: "To not be missed at Brixton would be a testament to the hard work I have put into the club over the last two and a half years. I would really love to see them retain their Premiership status and maintain my strong relationships I have with many members of the squad."

Lions will be strong on Sunday, too strong for Brixton. The addition of Myeroff, a former Morrison winner, is a real statement of intent.

JC team news: Lions have 17 players to choose from, even without Lee Cash and Daniel Daggers who are cup tied.

Venue – Clowes, Ref – Warwick Blake

JC star man: Adam Myeroff (Lions)

DC Prediction: Brixton 0 Lions A 3

Last updated: 3:32pm, December 13 2012