Football

Lions edged out by Harpenden

September 2, 2011

Tony Gold, manager of London Lions, picked the positives out of the Tuesday's 2-1 defeat against Harpenden Town in the South Midlands League Division One.

A gutsy Lions performance went unrewarded as they went down fighting.

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We must score more goals, says Lee

September 2, 2011

South Manchester boss Darryl Lee is backing his boys to improve on last year's fifth place finish in the Manchester Accountants League Premier Division.

"We're a very young side with an average age of 21 so we do tend to struggle physically," Lee said.

"But we're learning all the time and I think with the squad we've got there's no reason why we shouldn't finish in the top three.

"If we c

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Leeds ready to hit back

September 2, 2011

Ian Selwyn, manager of Leeds Maccabi, hopes his players can learn from the disappointment of last season as they go into their new campaign.

"Last year was a bit of a disappointment for us because it was my first year and we were still finding out which players were up to playing in non-Jewish football," he said.

"It's a very physical league and it's really difficult for some of the lads who

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Shocks galore in MJSL opener

By James Masters, September 2, 2011

Neil Collins, manager of South Manchester 2nd, believes he's turned into the MJSL's very own version of Arsene Wenger following his side's opening day disaster.

While Arsenal were busy getting thumped at Old Trafford, Collins' troops were given a footballing lesson by newly formed Republic of Mancunia's second string.

After losing out in the MJSL Charity Shield to Republic's first team, Coll

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Manchester hungry for silverware

By David Gold, September 2, 2011

Manchester Maccabi gear up for the new season on the back of their stunning success in the final of the Peter Morrison Trophy last season.

Managed by Stuart Delmonte and Tony Rosenberg, the Brooklands club will be looking for an improved showing in the second division of the Tameside League in which they tailed off in the final weeks of the campaign.

Having mounted a strong challenge, four g

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Benayoun relishing Arsenal challenge

September 1, 2011

Exclusive: Yossi Benayoun is relishing the challenge of helping Arsenal climb the Premiership table and play a key role in their Champions League campaign.

In his first interview since signing a season-long loan at the Emirates from Chelsea, the Israel captain looked relaxed following a whistle-stop trip to London which saw him make a 10-hour round trip from Israel.

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Duty flee

By Danny Caro and Simon Griver, September 1, 2011

No sooner had he passed a medical and signed for Arsenal than did Yossi Benayoun rejoin his national teammates ahead of today's crucial Euro 2012 qualifier against Greece in Tel Aviv.

After flying to London on Wednesday, Benayoun completed his whistle-stop tour on transfer deadline day by joining the Gunners.

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Stoke next for Tel Aviv

By Simon Griver, September 1, 2011

Motti Iwanir, manager of Maccabi Tel Aviv, believes his team can progress in the after drawing Stoke City, Besiktas and Dynamo Kiev in the Europa League group stage.

A record three Israeli teams went into the hat last week with debutants Tel Aviv drawn against English opposition for the first time in European competition.

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Thornes out to burst the bubble

September 1, 2011

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The Thornes mopped up last season as they were crowned second division champions with Daniel Lipman winning the top player award. Lipman, who will lead the team on his own this season, is targeting "a third consecutive promotion as well as two good cup runs".

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Slater's Chigwell full of eastern promise

September 1, 2011

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Title contenders Chigwell could be the real deal this season, especially in a brand new JC-sponsored kit. Manager Richard Slater said: "If we manage to keep a fit squad throughout the season I believe we'll be in the mix.

"The club has won every other lower league, but the title has slipped away twice now."

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