Football

Blues target new talent

January 16, 2009

Wingate and Finchley are holding their annual Open Day to find the top talent for the new intake to their Football Learning Excellence, or ‘FLEX’ Scheme.

The club are recruiting boys aged 16-18 to join up to the programme in time for the start of the 2009/10 season.

The joint venture with educational partner Barnet College has so far been a resounding success and has given this year’s squad the fantastic opportunity to move up into the club’s Capital League team.

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Blackman in a league of his own

By Danny Caro, January 14, 2009

Nicky Blackman this week became the first home-grown Jewish Premier League footballer after signing for Blackburn Rovers.

The 19-year-old striker, whose mother is Jewish, joined from League Two Macclesfield Town. Represented by the SEM Group, he has joined until 2011 for an undisclosed fee.

Blackman impressed while on trial when former boss Paul Ince was in charge and Sam Allardyce decided to go through with the signing.

Although not prepared to speak about religion, Blackman said: “My main goal is to break into the first team as and when the opportunity arises.

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Gold staying put to realise his Lions title dream

January 14, 2009

London Lions boss Tony Gold has challenged his team to repeat their efforts of the first half of the season as they bid to land the Herts Senior County League Premier Division title for the first time.

Gold, who recently turned down an offer to manage at a higher level in the South Midlands Premier Division, is fully committed to driving forward the country’s top all-Jewish team.

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Sahar's Chelsea doubts

January 14, 2009

Ben Sahar has admitted that he made a mistake joining Chelsea so early in his career.

Having completed a loan move to Dutch side De Graafschap last week, Sahar, 19, conceded that he has failed to lived up to expectation.

“I wanted to move to the Netherlands as young players get the chance to develop here,” said Sahar. “At 17 I decided to move to Chelsea and Jose Mourinho gave me my debut in the Premier League.

“Subsequently, many people expected a lot of me, especially in my own country where I can’t walk quietly on the streets.

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Red-hot Redbridge surprise Alyth

By Craig Silver, January 14, 2009

Redbridge Jewish Care became the first team to beat leaders Alyth Belsize Yellow this season with a thrilling 3-2 victory in the Under 12 Division.

Goals from Max Salador, Daniel Wexler and former Spurs trainee Joffey Bradley helped the East Londoners avenge an 8-1 defeat by Alyth earlier in the season.

In a fiery encounter played in chilly conditions, the game was only given the go ahead after a late pitch inspection. Redbridge began the brighter and could have gone ahead as early as the seventh minute when a Salador effort flew just wide.

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Raiders turn up the heat

By Craig Silver, January 14, 2009

“Watch out for us next season.” That was the message from North London Raiders A manager Adam Fegan after his team surprised JC MSFL Division One leaders South Manx A 6-2.

The amber men raced into a three-goal lead with Johnny Blain (2), making it seven goals in two weeks, Danny Bloom, Michael Sacks, Adam Posner and David Rhodes finishing the job.

Fegan said: “The result proves how far we have come. We had five different scorers which shows that we are playing like a team and not reliant on any individuals.

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Joy for JLGB

January 14, 2009

Goals from Jamie King and Anton Radivan steered Sporting JLGB into the second round of the Shonn Trophy after disposing of Manchester Maccabi 4th.

South Manchester Maccabi 2nd beat Republic of Mancunia 3-1 thanks to goals from Andrew Levy (2) and Michael Basger.

Zav Landsman (2), Matt Jacobs, Rafi Groskopf and Uri Steinberg eased Crumpsall to a 5-1 success over a Westdene Reserves side that has lost five out of six in the league. Mike Cass replied.

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Day of destiny looms for Redbridge

By Danny Caro, January 14, 2009

Goals from Max Solomons and Elliot Fox put Redbridge Jewish Care into the final of the Under 17 Division Trophy Centre Cup after they beat Kenton Maccabi 1-0. Steven Field replied. RJC await the winner of the other semi-final between HIS Hendon United and Highgate & Muswell Hill.

Harrison Grant scored a hat-trick as Under 14 Division title hopefuls Redbridge Jewish Care A thumped Kenton Maccabi 6-1.

Three goals from Zachery Collins helped HMH beat Hendon Hawks 5-4.

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A team win

January 14, 2009

Hishu A Under Nines won the Maccabi Primary League indoor five-a-side competition.

A goal from Jonathan Eida saw them beat HMH A 1-0 to claim the Dennis Shore trophy. Nine teams entered the tournament with HUSHU A edging past HMH B 1-0 in the semi-finals. HMH clinched their final berth following a penalty shootout win over Redbridge.

A hat-trick from Theo Abramson helped Alyth Belsize B Red beat Hendon Hawks 6-4. Eli Apfel bagged a brace for the Hawks.

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Reuben at the double

January 14, 2009

Two long-range strikes from Danny Reuben hauled London Maccabi Lions A back into the Maccabi Masters Division One title race as they beat leaders North London Raiders 2-1.

The result blew the championship wide open with Ashley Davidson’s goal coming in vain for the Raiders. South Mancunians moved clear in second place following a goalless draw against Temple Fortune.

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