Football

Sports centre attracts City interest

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 4, 2011

South Manchester Jewish football teams could rub shoulders with Manchester City stars of the future at a £1.5 million sports venue which opened in Cheadle this week.

The Henry Guterman Community Sports Centre provides a first central location for sports training and events for Jews in the area. It features five all-weather floodlit football pitches, two grass pitches and a netball and tennis court. A pavilion incorporates four changing rooms, a lounge area and a physiotherapy room.

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Outrage as game is called off a third time

By David Gold, February 4, 2011

Players and officials from Leeds Maccabi have expressed anger after their scheduled Peter Morrison Trophy tie against Haroldeans was postponed for the third time.

Bad weather resulted in the first two attempts to play the match being called off in advance. But having made the 90-minute journey to Liverpool, the Leeds contingent were left fuming after the pitch at the Childwall Sports Centre was deemed unplayable, with parts of the playing surface frozen and rutted.

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It's in our own hands now, says Garbacz

By Danny Caro, February 3, 2011

David Garbacz, manager of Hendon United Sports Club A, believes his team will last the distance in the Premier Division title race after crushing defending champions North West Neasden A 7-2.

Strikes from defender Paul Bentley (2), Yishai Last, Ben Kon, Greg Corin, Avidan Last and Josh Bentley kept the Reds within a point of leaders Redbridge Jewish Care A, whom they have to play again.

Garbacz said: "We put up another quality performance against a Neasden team clearly lacking in confidence.

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Wagman wounds Glenthorne

February 3, 2011

Division One leaders Brady Maccabi A moved a step closer towards retaining the Division One title with a 7-0 demolition of third-placed Glenthorne United A.

A hat-trick from Mark Wagman (3), plus further strikes from Scott Ansher (2), Laurence Beck and player-manager Daniel Collins completed the rout.

The victory leaves North London Raiders as the only challengers for the title. They kept their slim hopes alive with a 4-0 win over Hendon Harriers, courtesy of Lee Levenson, Dean Schulberg, Jon Yantin and Ashley Davidson.

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Jacobson: Stanley move good for me

February 3, 2011

Joe Jacobson has joined Accrington Stanley on a permanent basis following a successful loan spell.

Left-back Jacobson, 24, scored a goal during the loan period after being released from his contract by Oldham Athletic.

"I'm very pleased that it's all done," Jacobson said. "I've managed to sign permanently until the end of the season."

Jacobson has made seven appearances for Stanley since making his temporary switch from Boundary Park.

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Westdene fined after post-match clashes

By David Gold, February 3, 2011

Westdene have been fined by the Lancashire FA following a scuffle after a match with Sporting JLGB.

Westdene won a bad-tempered contest which boiled over after the final whistle when Brad Levy was set upon by some Sporting players. Paul Levy, his father, then ran on to the pitch to break up the fight.

Referee Tim Myerson's report criticised Westdene boss Paul Levy and the club was charged "for failure to control a Westdene member or fan". Steve Davis defended Westdene alongside Levy at the hearing and they took Sporting's Rafi Bloom to speak in their defence.

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Torres: Yossi is my friend

By Simon Griver, February 3, 2011

Playing alongside Israel captain Yossi Benayoun is one of the things that attracted Fernando Torres to Chelsea, breaking the British transfer record with a £50 million move from Liverpool in the process.

Torres followed in the footsteps of Benayoun who moved from Anfield to Stamford Bridge last summer.

"The opportunity to link up with him again excites me," Torres said. "Hopefully, he will recover from injury fully as soon as possible.

"He is my friend on and off the pitch. I know that all the players at Liverpool miss him. He's a great lad."

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South Manchester kept title hopes alive

By Danny Caro, February 1, 2011

South Manchester kept their slim title hopes alive with a pulsating win against Westdene’s second team.

Mark Collins struck twice, with Jake Feinstein, David Tuck and Jeremy Nivern scoring the other goals for the visitors, while Ben Blackston struck twice for the hosts and Mike Sheldon scored a penalty.

Collins latched onto a loose ball on the edge of the area to put Manchester in front after 20 minutes, taking a touch before firing into the top corner from 20 yards.

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Win for Pinner JFC Under 14s

By Danny Caro, January 31, 2011

Pinner JFC Under 14s claimed their first win of 2011 with a 3-1 success over VEP Knights.

After a series of postponements and cup games, the Sky Blues were looking to improve their record from the first half of the season that had seen Pinner win seven and lose three with defeats so far being by the odd goal including a previous 3-2 home defeat against the Knights who are current Watford Friendly League division leaders.

Pinner’s desire was obvious from the start where they dominated play for the first 20 minutes, forcing several fine saves from the talented Knights keeper.

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Lions U14s maintain treble hopes

By Danny Caro, January 31, 2011

London Maccabi Lions Under 14s progressed into the fourth round of the Watford Friendly League Challenge Cup with a 3-2 victory over Borehamwood Youth.

Having gone 0-1 down to a bit of sloppy defending, the Lions kept their composure and started to get their passing game together.

Things could have got worse 10 minutes into the second half as Borehamwood were awarded a penalty. However, Jake Krais, the Lions keeper, came to his side’s rescue, with a smart save.

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