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Outrage as game is called off a third time

By David Gold, February 4, 2011

Players and officials from Leeds Maccabi have expressed anger after their scheduled Peter Morrison Trophy tie against Haroldeans was postponed for the third time.

Bad weather resulted in the first two attempts to play the match being called off in advance. But having made the 90-minute journey to Liverpool, the Leeds contingent were left fuming after the pitch at the Childwall Sports Centre was deemed unplayable, with parts of the playing surface frozen and rutted.

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Treble is on for the Lions

February 3, 2011

Two goals from Dominic Feldman kept alive London Maccabi Lions Under 14s' treble aspirations as they moved into the fourth round of the Watford Friendly League Challenge Cup with a 3-2 victory over Borehamwood Youth.

The Lions were indebted to keeper Jake Krais who kept his team in the tie with a penalty save.

Jack Davis hauled the Lions back on level terms and their fortunes improved when Feldman reacted sharply to smash home a rebound after his penalty had been saved.

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This shows what we can do, says Berkley

By David Gold, February 3, 2011

League leaders Manchester Maccabi 3rd suffered a second successive defeat after a stunning second half recovery by Oakhill Lions.

Josh Hayes had put the visitors in front but a brace from Dan Cohen, an own goal and strikes from Ben Horne and Yoel Deal sealed a stunning win.

Manager Daniel Berkley said. "It was really nice to get a strong Oakhill team out and we were well worth the win."

A tightly contested first half saw few clear-cut chances falling to either side as they both battled to gain a foothold and some rhythm to their play.

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It's in our own hands now, says Garbacz

By Danny Caro, February 3, 2011

David Garbacz, manager of Hendon United Sports Club A, believes his team will last the distance in the Premier Division title race after crushing defending champions North West Neasden A 7-2.

Strikes from defender Paul Bentley (2), Yishai Last, Ben Kon, Greg Corin, Avidan Last and Josh Bentley kept the Reds within a point of leaders Redbridge Jewish Care A, whom they have to play again.

Garbacz said: "We put up another quality performance against a Neasden team clearly lacking in confidence.

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Wagman wounds Glenthorne

February 3, 2011

Division One leaders Brady Maccabi A moved a step closer towards retaining the Division One title with a 7-0 demolition of third-placed Glenthorne United A.

A hat-trick from Mark Wagman (3), plus further strikes from Scott Ansher (2), Laurence Beck and player-manager Daniel Collins completed the rout.

The victory leaves North London Raiders as the only challengers for the title. They kept their slim hopes alive with a 4-0 win over Hendon Harriers, courtesy of Lee Levenson, Dean Schulberg, Jon Yantin and Ashley Davidson.

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Goodman in charge

By Brian Sacks, February 3, 2011

Richard Goodman, 17, converted meticulous preparation into perfect execution in winning the Under 20 South of England cross country championship in cold and muddy conditions at Parliament Hill in north west London.

Pushing hard from the start, he broke away after 1km and had extended his lead to 100m by the end of the 8km race.

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Peer nearing top 10

By Simon Griver, February 3, 2011

Shahar Peer has moved up to a career high ranking of 11 after reaching the third round of the Australian Open.

Peer, 23, would have entered the top 10 but for Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska, previously ranked 14, who climbed above her after reaching the quarter-finals in Melbourne.

The pair will meet at the Federation Cup in Eilat later this week. The Polish delegation sent Agnieszka to the tournament following the withdrawal of her sister, Urszula (201), who withdrew through injury.

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Jacobson: Stanley move good for me

February 3, 2011

Joe Jacobson has joined Accrington Stanley on a permanent basis following a successful loan spell.

Left-back Jacobson, 24, scored a goal during the loan period after being released from his contract by Oldham Athletic.

"I'm very pleased that it's all done," Jacobson said. "I've managed to sign permanently until the end of the season."

Jacobson has made seven appearances for Stanley since making his temporary switch from Boundary Park.

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Westdene fined after post-match clashes

By David Gold, February 3, 2011

Westdene have been fined by the Lancashire FA following a scuffle after a match with Sporting JLGB.

Westdene won a bad-tempered contest which boiled over after the final whistle when Brad Levy was set upon by some Sporting players. Paul Levy, his father, then ran on to the pitch to break up the fight.

Referee Tim Myerson's report criticised Westdene boss Paul Levy and the club was charged "for failure to control a Westdene member or fan". Steve Davis defended Westdene alongside Levy at the hearing and they took Sporting's Rafi Bloom to speak in their defence.

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Torres: Yossi is my friend

By Simon Griver, February 3, 2011

Playing alongside Israel captain Yossi Benayoun is one of the things that attracted Fernando Torres to Chelsea, breaking the British transfer record with a £50 million move from Liverpool in the process.

Torres followed in the footsteps of Benayoun who moved from Anfield to Stamford Bridge last summer.

"The opportunity to link up with him again excites me," Torres said. "Hopefully, he will recover from injury fully as soon as possible.

"He is my friend on and off the pitch. I know that all the players at Liverpool miss him. He's a great lad."

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