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Ben Haim considers legal bid

By Simon Griver, February 11, 2011

Tal Ben Haim is considering legal action against West Ham United.

The Israel defender claims there was a performance-related clause in his loan contract with the Hammers, which binds the Premier League side to extend his stay there.

A West Ham spokesman dismissed Ben Haim's claims, saying: "As far as the club is concerned Tal Ben Haim is back with Portsmouth and a Portsmouth player."

Ben Haim returned to Fratton Park last week. But Portsmouth, recently out of administration, cannot afford Ben Haim's £37,000 weekly salary.


JC MSFL rumour mill - Feb 5

By Danny Caro, February 10, 2011

The end of the JC MSFL transfer window is looming. Here are the latest rumours about developments at Maccabi League clubs.

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Louis Taylor, manager of North West Neasden C, has been looking to raid City of London school for boys to inject a bit of youth into his team. Left Back Alex Lewis is currently recruiting some of the best young Jewish footballers around to help the Neasden cause. Simon Cohen and Benji Gourgey are two of the names that have been mentioned.


Rovers on a roll

February 10, 2011

Hendon Hawks Rovers Under 11s started the nine-a-side season with a 4-0 victory over Alyth Belsize.

Having already clinched the seven-a-side league undefeated, Rovers grabbed the initiative through David Amor following a slide-rule pass from Roni Ornadel. Akiva Restan set up Amor for his and Hendon's second early in the second half. Restan scored a third with a superb free-kick into the top corner before Amor completed his hat-trick to make it 43 goals in all competitions so far this season.


Red-hot Redbridge are six-hitters

By Danny Caro, February 10, 2011

Goals from Dean Nyman (3), Steve Summers, Sam McCarthy and Daran Bern kept alive Redbridge Jewish Care As' treble hopes as they beat Division One high-flyers Brady Maccabi 6-1 in the quarter-finals of the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup.

Hendon United Sports Club A also reached the semi-finals with Ari Last and Josh Bentley taking them past Premier Division rivals Faithfold A 2-1. Benji Dymant replied.

Strikes from Craig Phillips and Ben Murrell helped Southgate Harmen A reach the last 16 of the Peter Morrison Trophy as they overcame first division Montana Boca United A 2-1.


Perfect 10 inspires Neasden

By Danny Caro, February 10, 2011

Darren Yarlett was full of praise for his Neasden team who clinched their place in the last four of the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup after knocking out last season's winners in a game they played with 10 men for 75 minutes.

Player-coach Yarlett was in charge of the team as manager Jamie Cole was in Las Vegas. He limped off with a hamstring injury but masterminded a hard fought win from the sidelines.

A late strike from Lee Cash, his second of the game, plus one from Ben Ellis took Neasden through.

Pete Lazard and Ben Joseph were the marksmen for the Lions.


Republic still in with a shout, says Bloch

By James Masters, February 10, 2011

Anthony Bloch, player-manager of Republic of Mancunia, insists his side can still pull off a stunning league triumph, despite failing to see off championship rivals Hyde Park.

Republic currently sit seven points adrift of league leaders Manchester Maccabi 3rd after top-scorer Moishe Hasid rescued a 1-1 draw for the hosts.

Hyde Park had taken the lead through David Cohen's 10th goal of the season but Phillip Braham's men failed to hold on as Republic came roaring back.


Day on song

February 10, 2011

Israeli driver Alon Day has been selected for the first FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy.

Day, 19, was one of 12 men to come through a rigorous three-day process from a field of 19.

The successful group will now be coached in the car by former Formula One race driver Alex Wurz and his company Test and Training International, and out of the car by former World Rally Champion co-driver Robert Reid and his company Elite Sports Performance.

Over the next nine months, Day will attend six separate workshops at different locations in Europe.


Peer turns on Israeli supporters

By Simon Griver, February 10, 2011

Shahar Peer was involved in an angry exchange with disappointed fans after Israel failed to return to the Federation Cup World Group, finishing fifth in the 15-team Europe/Africa Group A tournament in Eilat.

Peer said: "Would it make them happy if I stopped representing Israel? Where would the country be then? We lost to Poland who were a very tough team."


Six-hit Redbridge keep treble hopes alive

By Danny Caro, February 10, 2011

Sam McCarthy, manager of Redbridge Jewish Care A, cut a relieved figure after watching his team keep alive treble hopes with a hard fought victory against Division One high-flyers Brady Maccabi in the quarter-finals of the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup.

They ran out 6-1 winners but the tie was far from comfortable for RJC who finished the game with 10 men after right-back Craig Sandford was sent off. It needed some late intervention from hat-trick hero Dean Nyman, Steve Summers and Daran Bern to send the Premier Division leaders through.


We're coming to park the bus

By James Masters, February 10, 2011

Stuart Delmonte says that his Manchester Maccabi 1st side will try to pull out all the stops to avoid a mauling against London Maccabi Lions in Sunday's Peter Morrison Trophy tussle.

The Tameside League side will travel down to Rowley Lane for a 2pm kick-off without four first-team stars and fears over being overrun by a Lions side desperate for cup glory.

And London-born Delmonte concedes his side face an uphill task if they are to book their place in the quarter-finals of the competition.