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Ben Haim to profit from West Ham's Manchester United mauling

By Simon Griver, December 6, 2010

Carling Cup West Ham's shock 4-0 demolition of Manchester United has dramatically changed Tal Ben Haim's prospects of staying with the club.

Ben Haim, 28, joined West Ham on a five-month loan from Portsmouth on August 3 and sources in Israel had reported that Hammers boss Avram Grant planned sending his compatriot back to Fratton Park next month.


Joy for Joel

December 6, 2010

A solitary strike from Joel Leighton helped Hendon Hawks Rangers bounce back from consecutive defeats with a hard fought win against Redbridge in the Maccabi Junior Football League Under 11 Division.

Hawks captain Shmuli Miller put in another strong defensive display and was instrumental in creating the winner. He started a move that saw Jamie Rosen release Leighton who struck the ball into the far left-hand corner.


Norstar sparkles again

By Danny Caro, December 6, 2010

Three goals from Simon Perlmutter helped leaders Norstar A boost their title hopes after thumping Hendon United Sports Club B 6-1 in Division Two.

Eli Houri made it five in two games with a brace, with Anthony Goodmaker completing the rout as the Stars marched seven points clear.

Hendon's goals came through Chaim Gothold and Josh Lipman.

Norstar boss Phil Peters said: "It was a great team performance."


Accrington for Oldham's Joe Jacobson

December 6, 2010

Joe Jacobson has joined Accrington Stanley on loan until January 3. The Oldham left back was recently placed on the transfer list and he signed in time to play in 1-0 defeat FA Cup defeat at Port Vale.

Jacobson, a former Wales Under-21s captain, went to Stanley on loan in 2006 while at Cardiff.

Accrington manager John Coleman said: "Joe's a good player who we have had before. He can play in a couple of positions he's certainly comfortable on the ball and he has a good left foot. All the fans liked him when he was here first time round so I hope he enthuses them as well."


Venter says Spurling has bright future with Saracens

By Danny Caro, December 6, 2010

Brendan Venter, the South African World Cup winner, believes that Scott Spurling has a bright future after he signed a two-year contact with Saracens.

Venter, the club's outgoing director of rugby, was impressed by Spurling during pre-season. The hooker will link up with the club's senior academy next July after completing his A-levels at Harrow School where he is on a sports scholarship.

Spurling said: "Brendan said I had good potential but must continue to work hard. I believe that I can play for England. Otherwise, I'd be playing in the park with my mates."


All-rounder Myers wins Chigwell award

By Danny Caro, December 6, 2010

Michael Myers was named Chigwell & Hainault Synagogue Cricket Club’s Young Player of the Year at their end of season awards in Hendon.

The recognition for Myers was reflective of the significant progress made by some of the club’s younger players this season. The efforts of Alex Katseph and Matt Murray (Captain’s Award Winner) were also acknowledged.

Myers had a breakthrough year, becoming a key member of the side with his spin bowling and useful lower order batting.

Vice-captain Matt Murray also came of age with consistent runs at the top of the order.


Bucky helps the Masters get lucky

By Danny Caro, December 6, 2010

The Maccabi Masters Rep Team have reached the third round of the Peter Morrison Trophy after beating the Lions in a fiercly contested match at Rowley Lane.

In the end, only an own goal separated the sides in what some people may describe as a shock result with Masters edging past Lions team boosted by several members of their Masters team that players in the Garston Vets League.

It was Maccabi Masters who started the brighter, seemingly more determined to take the initiative with more of the possession during the opening spells.


Brady in Field of dreams

December 5, 2010

A late strike by teenager Steve Field won Brady a seven-goal thriller to end FC Team’s 100 per cent record and blow open the JC MSFL Division One title race.

The 17-year old had the simple task of tapping home a finish after forward Mark Smith broke away on the left.

The match, which was even throughout, stood out for its good football, which was given a fine polish by two of the very best forwards outside the top-flight in Team's bustling target man Richard Salmon and Brady's left-wing goal-scoring dynamo Josh Hershman.


JC MSFL Matchday 14 review

By Danny Caro, December 5, 2010

A goal from Scott Ansher steered the Maccabi Masters Rep Team into the fourth round of the Peter Morrison Trophy after they beat an experienced London Maccabi Lions B team on the 3G at Rowley Lane.

Email cup scores, scorers, match reports, team/goal/save of the week nominations along with transfer news and club gossip to

PMT – Masters put Lions to the sword
Div 1 – Raiders edge past Camden, Brady stuns FC Team A
Div 2 – Stars end Woodford hoodoo



Dein shocked by World Cup verdict

By Danny Caro, December 3, 2010

David Dein, the International President of England's 2018 World Cup bid, was left dumb-founded after FIFA awarded the competition to Russia.

The former FA and Arsenal vice-chairman claims that the bid was not helped by “elements” in the country who were thought to be against the football governing body.

It is believed that he was referring to the BBC's Panorama programme on Monday, which alleged members of FIFA are corrupt.