It's win-win

By Danny Caro, February 26, 2009

In: Wingate name Arsenal hero Hayes as new boss.
Out: Stone leaves to take a step-up at Rushden & Diamonds.

Former Arsenal favourite Martin Hayes has replaced Michael Stone as manager of Wingate & Finchley after he joined ambitious Blue Square Premier outfit Rushden & Diamonds.

Hayes arrives with an impressive pedigree as a player, having won League Championships with both

Arsenal and Celtic and representing England at Under 21 level.


Yossi is the Real deal

By Danny Caro, February 26, 2009

An 82nd minute header from Yossi Benayoun proved decisive as five-times Champions League winners Liverpool claimed a vital advantage from the Super 16 first leg tie against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.

Impressive throughout, the Israel captain found the perfect moment to open his account in Europe’s premier competition as the Reds gained the upper hand. He found space in a packed six-yard box to nod home Fabio Aurelio’s curling free-kick.


Hammers have the Last laugh

February 25, 2009

JC MSFL Premier Division
Hendon United A 2 North West Neasden A 1

A goal from Avidan Last ended North West Neasden A’s 18-match winning run as the Hammers became the first team to beat the leaders this season.


Barnes late show boosts Lions

February 25, 2009

Herts Senior County League Premier Division
Knebworth 1 - London Lions 2

An injury time strike from Aron Barnes helped London Lions get back to winning ways as the won 2-1 at Knebworth.

Knebworth was the place to be on Saturday if you were looking for heart pounding, back-to-the-wall, edge of the seat stuff as London Lions roared to a narrow win.


Rep team lose opener

By Danny Caro, February 25, 2009

The JC Maccabi League team were well beaten by a superior Turkish Federation side in their London Inter-League Cup opener at Potters Bar Town FC on Tuesday half.

The visitors, who featured seven players from Ryman League sides Ware and Witham Forest were simply too good, too sharp and too clever for Maccabi.

Going into the game, Maccabi League rep team boss Jonathan Kestenbaum was forced to alter his squad with striker Lee Cash starting a six-week ban, Daniel Cole, Ricky Kennet and Aron Barnes pulling out injuries from the weekend.


Cohen up

February 19, 2009

Israel’s Tamir Cohen helped Bolton Wanderers reserves reach the final of the Manchester Senior Cup with a 4-1 win over Oldham Athletic reserves.

Sam Sloma enjoyed a dream home debut for Chelmsford City in the Blue Square South. His brace earned the team a 2-1 win over Dorchester to stay within six points of leaders AFC Wimbledon.

Chelmsford head coach Glenn Pennyfather said: “We’re delighted with Sam’s goals as we had to play him at left-back and wanted to push him on.”


Korn keeps Team alive

February 18, 2009

Blue Marlin 3
FC Team 4

A last-ditch effort from James Korn gave FC Team a relegation lifeline as they came from behind to beat Blue Marlin in the Middlesex County League Division One.

Team included Richard Salmon in their squad with the marksman having 20 league goals for the club’s Sunday A team.


Cup kings Neasden sink The Ship

By Danny Caro, February 18, 2009

Strikes from Alex Bowman, Bruno Frankel and Ryan Sher put North West Neasden B into the semi-finals of the London FA Sunday Junior Cup after they beat The Ship 3-1.

Joint-manager Sammy Carr said: “This is a huge achievement. Let’s just hope we can take our cup form into the league and gain promotion to the Premier Division.”

Nick Collins, Ashley Davidson and an own goal earned Maccabi Masters a tie against Leeds Maccabi as they beat Montana Boca United B 3-1 in the Peter Morrison Trophy.


Republic on the up

February 18, 2009

MJSL Three goals from Stuart Goldwater lifted Republic of Mancunia off the foot of the Joan Collins Premier

Division as they traded places with Westdene Reserves. Rick Stark, Jamie Lyons and Mike Hirshman wrapped up a 6-1 victory.

South Manchester Maccabi 2nd and Roy’s Rovers drew 5-5. Steve Blankstone (2), Simon Mattison (2) and Rob Sciama scored for South while Alan Nesbit (2), Joseph Man, Mike Gastwirth and own goal accounted for the Rovers goals.



February 18, 2009

A hat-trick from Alex Jacobs earned a depleted Brady Maccabi Under 15 team to a 6-4 win over Watford Friendly League Yellow Division table-toppers London Colney Colts.

With five players on a school skiing trip, Brady put out a threadbare squad but played what manager Barry Warren described as their “best football since their formation 18 months ago”.

Jacobs opened the scoring on 10 minutes and added goals two and four

Leading 4-2 at half time, Brady did pushed on in the second half with James Michelson (2) and a first-ever goal from Bradley Lander.