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Birthday boy Levy lords it in Essex derby

By Craig Silver, October 6, 2008

JC MSFL Division Four

East London Knights 1 Woodford Wanderers 3


A brace from birthday boy Andy Levy, plus one from Mitch Hahn helped Alex Aviram's 10-man Woodford Wanderers maintain their 100 per cent start to the season as they outclassed Essex rivals East London Knights at Wanstead Flats.

The game had everything including six bookings and a sending off, plus most of the rain in England in merely the first 40 minutes of the contest.


Four-midable Oaks catch Neasden cold

October 6, 2008

JC MSFL Div 1: Oakwood EDRS 4 NW Neasden B 2


It was cold, it was wet and it was a cracking game. Littered with great goals and good football this was a dramatic game from start to finish, contested by two fiercely committed teams.


Resurgent Banta stun Neasden C

October 6, 2008

JC MSFL Div 2: Rapid Banta 2 NW Neasden C 0


Rapid Banta caused one of the upsets of the season when they beat title hopefuls North West Neasden C.

With Banta yet to pick up a point this season and the JC/TJ sportswriters predicting bad things and a troubled season ahead, Banta arrived at the Heath safe in the knowledge that things could only improve.


Three cheers as Hammers surge on

October 6, 2008

JC MSFL Prem Div: Hendon Ud A 3 Bafana Bafana 1


Last year's runners-up maintained their unbeaten start to the season and moved into second place after this hard fought win over a well organised Bafana.

Played under pouring rain but on an immaculate Hadley surface it was the newly promoted visitors who started brightest. The veteran striker Assi Avital skimming the bar after a flowing move and keeper Danny Berliner holding on to two long range efforts.


Ellis strike puts Wingate through

October 6, 2008

FA Trophy

Wingate & Finchley 2 Ware 1


A goal from Craig Ellis helped Wingate & Finchley progress in the FA Trophy following a hard fought win at the Abrahams Stadium.

In high winds at the ground resulted in a great cup tie which was very competitive in the first half with chances few and far between. Ware created the first opening through Sam Berry who struck a drive across goal against the inside of the left post after some slack defending.


Sahar out in the cold at Pompey

By Simon Griver, October 3, 2008

Israel striker Ben Sahar's stop-start Premiership career took a turn for the worse following Portsmouth's Carling Cup exit against his parent club, Chelsea.

Sahar joined Portsmouth on a six-month loan in July but despite impressing in pre-season, he has failed to make an appearance and looks unlikely to get many first team chances.

The 19-year-old suffered a further blow when boss Harry Redknapp did not name him in the club's Uefa Cup squad last month as Chelsea did do not want him cup-tied.


Kestenbaum calls up the big guns

By Danny Caro, October 3, 2008

Maccabiah Team GB is to name a provisional 23-man open football squad for next year's 18th Maccabiah Games in Israel, we can reveal.

Manager Jonathan Kestenbaum, together with his coaching team of Michael Stone and Ben Winston, will reduce the squad to 18 players with five non-travelling reserves working as a unit for the first get-together in November.

And it promises to be one of the strongest squads to represent Britain for many years.


Moss’s learning curve

By Craig Silver, October 2, 2008

Rising star Alex Moss is making a name for himself at Watford. Moss was spotted whilst he was playing for Woodside Park in the AJY.

An avid Manchester United fan, the midfielder joined Watford two years ago and was selected to join the club's new Harefield academy. The academy is run like a normal school but provides training sessions three times more then any other club in the country. One of the classes sees Moss take part in ballet lessons to improve flexibility and subtleness.


Gaydamak confusion goes on

By Simon Griver, October 2, 2008

 The gradual demise of the Gaydamak family empire, together Portsmouth's announcement that their owner would listen to the "right offer" to sell following reports about the club's mounting losses, may be seen to add weight to claims that the club is, in fact, owned by Arkady Gaydamak and not his son, Alexandre.


Cool Dudi makes his point with stunning display

By Simon Griver, October 2, 2008

Overlooked for selection in Beijing, Dudi Sela reached the final of the China Open before succumbing to former world No. 1 Andy Roddick.

Sela had controversially been denied the chance to compete in the Beijing Olympics by the Israel Olympic Committee because he was not ranked in the top 50. Last week, when he finally made it to Beijing, he emphatically showed them the error of their decision with the best tennis of his career.