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Cup games in fixture log-jam

By Danny Caro, February 12, 2009

The JC Cyril Anekstein Cup has been put on hold after the cold snap forced all but one scheduled match in Jewish football to be postponed last weekend.

For the first time in 46 years, the entire MSFL programme featuring 24 league and cup matches was wiped out with pitches deemed unfit as a result of the snow, frozen surfaces and waterlogging.


Birmingham school funding assured

By Cathy Forman, February 12, 2009

Birmingham Hebrew Congregation has refuted a claim that it will be withdrawing funding from the Jewish studies department of the city’s King David Primary.

The claim was made in a letter to the Birmingham Jewish Recorder by King David governors’ chair Dr Michael Wolffe, who warned that such a move would leave insufficient funds to meet the salaries of the two Jewish studies teachers.

An editorial about the issue in the Recorder had caused further disquiet.


Wingate beaten by leaders

By Paul Lerman, February 11, 2009

Ryman League Division One North
Wingate & Finchley 0 Aveley 1

Despite being the better side for the large majority of the game, Wingate & Finchley eventually lost out to table-toppers Aveley.

The Blues attacked right from the very start; in a crowded box Chris Chase almost scored a spectacular goal with a deft back-heel but he narrowly missed the target.

Craig Ellis then had a free header from a deep corner, but his goalbound effort was cleared off the goalline.


Grant favourite to replace Adams at Pompey

By Danny Caro, February 9, 2009

Avram Grant is the 6/4 favourite to replace Tony Adams as manager of Portsmouth.

Adams was sacked on Sunday night, following the 3-2 defeat against Liverpool.

A Portsmouth spokesman said: "The priority is for Portsmouth football club to remain in the top flight and we feel the appointment of a new manager will give us the best opportunity to enable us to do this."


Pinner win

February 5, 2009

Pinner JFC Under 11s reached the final of the Watford Friendly League seven-a-side Challenge Cup after beating Oakhill Tigers Falcons 7-0.

Goals from Ben Graham (3), George Weston (2), Jeremy Ben-Nathan and Maxim Green set up a match against Eastbury Farm on May 10.


Uni boys march on in style as Sporting suffer

February 5, 2009

Runaway leaders Leeds JNF J-Uni maintained their 17-point lead at the top of the Manchester Jewish Soccer League’s Joan Collins Premier Division after hammering Sporting JLGB 8-0.

Elliot Wallis (3) led the way with Paul Harris (2), Adam Lemon (2) and Josh Rubin wrapping up the team’s 14th win in 15 matches.

Second-placed Oakhill Lions, who have three games in hand, were also convincing winners. They mauled Westdene Reserves 7-1, courtesy of goals from Daniel Cohen (3), Yishai Last (2), Alex Bloch and Jonny Ison. Adam Berman replied.


Redbridge stun Kenton

By Craig Silver, February 5, 2009

A brace from Daniel Levicki plus strikes from Max Solomons and Ollie Brooks helped Redbridge Jewish Care beat league leaders Kenton Maccabi in the Under 17 top-of-the-table clash. Steven Field (2) hit back for Kenton, whose lead has been whittled down to a point.

Hendon Hawks Under 14s won a thrilling Woody’s Cup second round tie 4-2 on penalties as they beat HMH. The teams were locked at 2-2 after extra time.

Jonah Gordon-Boyd scored the only goal of the game as Alyth Belsize White beat HMH Purple to move up to fourth in the Under 12 Division.


Green departs as Chigs freshen up

By Danny Caro, February 5, 2009

Chigwell Athletic A have appointed Danny Berg and Greg Bookman as their new management team following the resignation of Russell Green.

Green, who has stood down for personal reasons, was appointed A team manager last summer after leading the B team to the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup final as well as two league titles.

Berg steps up from being assistant-manager of the top-flight high-flyers.

Green said: “Unfortunately I’m unable to continue to give Chigwell my full attention when they need it and that is not good enough for me or the club.


Leaders suffer title jitters as Village people win

February 5, 2009

London Lions 1
Park Street Village 2

London Lions lost their grip on the title as they were beaten by mid-table Park Street Village in a smash and grab at Rowley Lane.

The race for the Herts Senior County League Premier Division was blown wide open as the Lions suffered only their second league defeat.

The Arkley side were left to rue a series of missed chances in a game in which they enjoyed the majority of possession.


Glenthorne march on

February 5, 2009

Glenthorne United A claimed the result of the day as they beat Division One leaders North London Raiders A 3-2 in the Henry Swerner Maccabi Masters League Cup, sponsored by Tux’n’ Tails.

Goals from Eliot Mullish (2) and Micky Nathan put them into the quarter-finals.

They were joined by EDRS Stonegrove who ran out 7-1 victors against Clayhall, courtesy of goals from Phil Silver (3), Barry Silkman, Steve Krieger, Mark Kingston and Nigel Conway. Brian Deal scored Clayhall’s consolation.