Brand puts Lions into Vets final

February 5, 2009

Charlton Rangers 1
London Maccabi Lions Masters 2

Goals from Adam Brand and Warren Leader put London Maccabi Lions Masters into the London FA Vets Cup Sunday section final after they beat Charlton Rangers 2-1.

The visitors forged ahead after 18 minutes when the influential Leader fired a free-kick through the wall and into the net.

Charlton, who had hit the bar twice, equalised 20 minutes from time following a mix-up in the Lions defence.


Harmen are held, but it's Ziggy who’s in big bother

By Craig Silver, February 5, 2009

North West Neasden C 4
Southgate Harmen A 4

An 83rd-minute equaliser from Steve Bloom kept Neasden within five points of leaders Harmen following an eight-goal thriller at Bricket Wood.

The game panned out like a cup tie, taking many twists and turns in an exhausting 90 minutes.

Paul Andrews, Mark Simons and Ben Wulwik were also on target for the home side, while Lloyd Becker, Alex Bourne, James Sandler and Dan Beckwith replied for Harmen who are now four points clear at the top of the table.



February 5, 2009

Josh Kennet finished with a runners-up medal as Hapoel Beersheba beat Maccabi Herzliya 1-0 to land the National League Toto Cup.

An extra-time strike from Dudi Fadlon separated the teams at the Winter Stadium in Ramat Gan.

Maccabi Netanya coach Lothar Matthaus has been suspended for one match after being found guilty of swearing at an assistant-referee during last month’s match against Hapoel Tel Aviv.


Sloma joins Chelmsford

By Craig Silver, February 5, 2009

Sam Sloma has joined Conference League South promotion hopefuls Chelmsford City for the rest of the season.

The former Wimbledon youth team player recently left Grays Athletic and could sign a long-term deal if City get promoted.

Sloma, 26, rejected two offers to stay in the Conference Premier and opted to join the part-timers so he could concentrate on other business projects.

“Chelmsford are an ambitious club, going in the right direction and I am very happy to be here,” said Sloma. He hopes to make his debut against Eastleigh tomorrow.


Israel on a mission

By Simon Griver, February 5, 2009

Israel will start as underdogs when they take on the Ukraine in the Federation Cup Tier II first round, beginning tomorrow in Kharkhov.

Shahar Peer has slipped to 48 in the WTA rankings after losing in the first round of the Australian Open while 35- year-old Tzipi Obziler has slipped down to 166. They face an uphill struggle against the Bondarenko sisters, Alona (31) and Kateryna (50), as well as Mriya Koryttseva (84).


King Keterman puts Neasden in last four

By Craig Silver, February 5, 2009

Two goals from Tony Keterman helped North West Neasden A come from behind to reach the London FA Sunday Challenge Cup semi-finals for the first time.

Keterman’s double helped the JC MSFL Premier Division leaders beat Panthea 2-1 at Cheshunt FC.

Joint-manager Jamie Cole said: “Most of their team represent their Greek-Cypriot League who won the competition last year. It just shows how far Neasden as a club have come this season. We had to battle at times, harder then we ever had this season.”


Grant: he’s still up for Pompey

By Simon Griver, February 5, 2009

A boardroom power struggle has put the appointment of Avram Grant as the new manager of Portsmouth in doubt.

The JC understands that club owner Alexandre Gaydamak would like to replace Tony Adams with the former Chelsea manager but is fearful that such a move would be unpopular with the fans.

However, executive chairman Peter Storrie, who in October persuaded Gaydamak to promote assistant-manager Adams rather than bring in Grant when Harry Redknapp moved to Spurs, has backed the former Arsenal captain, even though he has won just two of 15 Premier League games since taking charge.


Smith does mega deal

By Danny Caro, February 5, 2009

Football agent Phil Smith has described the transfer of Zenit St. Petersburg’s Andrei Arsharvin to Arsenal as “the most complex I’ve ever been involved in”.

Smith, a director of First Artist Sport, played a key role in what is believed to be the most expensive move to a British club during the transfer window. The on-off deal went through a minute before the window closed.


Tal goes to Sunderland

By Simon Griver, February 5, 2009

Tal Ben Haim will seek to revive his Premier League career after joining Sunderland on loan from Manchester City until the end of the season.

We can reveal that City boss Mark Hughes had told Ben Haim that he would never play for the club again after hearing that the Israeli met executive chairman Garry Cooke and criticised his methods.

Ben Haim, who joined City from Chelsea in a £5 million deal last summer, had previously heard similar sentiments from the then boss Avram Grant for condemning him in an interview.


Lions master Charlton to reach final

February 2, 2009

LFA Vets Cup, Sunday section Semi-Final - Charlton Rangers 1 London Maccabi Lions Masters 2

Goals from Adam Brand and Warren Leader put Lions into the LFA Vets Cup final after they beat Charlton Rangers 2-1.

Some say it was -2 degrees, others say it was -5 degrees, in any event it was a mighty cold morning in Swanley, which is rather a long way from Rowley Lane and surely the furthest that Lions have travelled to play in the London Vets Cup (the ground is actually in Kent!).