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Golden Graham looks like top serial striker

By Danny Caro, October 7, 2010

Defence is the best form of attack. That is the belief of Southgate Harmen A manager Dan Uzan who masterminded his team's 4-1 victory over defending champions North West Neasden A, Harmen's first-ever victory in the top-flight.

The Division One new boys were written off by many at the start of the season but they silenced their critics with midfielder Ben Graham blasting home a stunning hat-trick. Recent signing Kane Swerner completed the rout. Bradley Sharp grabbed a consolation for Neasden.

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Brady back from the brink

October 7, 2010

Brady manager Josh Rosenfeld was a relieved man after his team avoided an upset in the Peter Morrison Trophy following a nine-goal thriller against a Norstar team from the division below.
It needed an own goal from Norstar debutante Jonny Pressman to put the Edgware club through in a tie full of gaffes.

Rosenfeld said: "We made some silly errors and that made it difficult in the first period. But in the second they barely got a look in. It's positive that we are fighting strongly in three competitions."

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Drench warfare in Yorkshire

By James Masters, October 7, 2010

Hyde Park Rangers are facing a hefty fine from the Football Association after red mist descended over Yorkshire once again.

Not even a torrential downpour could dampen the tempers as the Leeds University side had yet another player sent off during their 2-0 over Westdene 2nds following Adam Fletcher's dismissal for two bookable offences.

Rangers have come under intense scrutiny in the past week after Bobby Abrahams and Jason Wise were red carded in their opening day win over Manchester Maccabi 3rds.

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Jacobs goes crackers for gong

By James Masters, October 7, 2010

Gary Jacobs admits he was almost knocked out cold after being told he was being inducted into the Scottish Boxing Hall of Fame.

Glaswegian Jacobs retired from the ring in 1997 after an illustrious career which saw him become British, European and Commonwealth welterweight champion.

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Second best for Warner

October 7, 2010

Adam Warner ended the South East Region Open Water Championship series in style, with a second place finish in the Southsea 3K and an overall position of first in the 17-24 years old age group.

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David Gold backs Avram Grant

By James Masters, October 7, 2010

David Gold has backed Avram Grant to bring an end to West Ham's disastrous start to the season.

The Hammers have managed just one win from their first seven league games and are bottom of the table.

Grant replaced Gianfranco Zola during the summer after impressing co-owner Gold with plans for the future. And Gold is adamant Grant can lift the gloom and lead his team out of trouble, beginning on Saturday against fellow strugglers Wolves.

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City eye Assulin

By Simon Griver, October 6, 2010

Israeli teenager Gai Assulin looks set to join Man City on a four-year deal.

Assulin, a former Barcelona midfielder, underwent surgery on an injured knee last month. He visited Eastlands last week for a medical and was sent to a rehabilitation clinic to hasten his recovery.

Assuming there are no hitches, Assulin, 19, will join City and be loaned out for the remainder of the 2010/11 season.

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Benayoun blow for Israel

By Simon Griver, October 6, 2010

Yossi Benayoun has been ruled out of Israel’s crucial Euro 2012 qualifiers against Croatia and Greece after scans revealed he requires surgery on an Achilles injury.

The Chelsea star is set to be out of action for several months and joins Celtic midfielder Berem Kayal on missing the upcoming fixtures.

Benayoun sustained a calf injury in last month’s Carling Cup defeat by Newcastle but had made encouraging progress after undergoing placenta treatment in Serbia.

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MJSL round-up

By James Masters, October 4, 2010

A four-goal salvo from Ben Peppi steered South Manchester Sports Club 2nds to a 7-3 victory over Westdene 1st.

Simon Davis added two more and Jonny Tenzer another as South Manchester came from a goal down to claim the points.

Oli Grant and Ben Roback’s deflected strike helped Hyde Park Rovers beat Westdene 2nd 2-0.

Crumpsall’s miserable start to the season continued after they suffered a 7-0 defeat at Sporting JLGB.

Josh Taylor scored twice, while Uri Steinberg, Saul Davies, Danny Jacobs, Adam Schwinger and Jamie Bowden also got on the scoresheet.

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Huller hat-trick inspires South comeback

By Danny Caro, October 4, 2010

A hat-trick from debutant Leon Huller earned South Manchester Maccabi Sports Club 1st a 3-3 draw at Lawds in the Manchester Accountants League Premier Division.

Played in torrential conditions from first kick to last, South Manchester staged a remarkable comeback with Huller the hero.

South started on the back foot against a team clearly playing a number of quality players used to playing at a higher level.

The South midfield was overrun with their opponents quick passing which defied the boggy conditions and found themselves 3-0 down after just 20 minutes.

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