Four-midable Wanderers near title dream after resounding derby win

By Craig Silver, March 23, 2009

Woodford Wanderers all but sealed promotion to Division Three after humiliating their local rivals East London Knights 4-0 at Redbridge Sports Centre.

A first half header from Jerome Marks plus second half strikes from Manny Simberg, Andy Levy and an own goal completed the emphatic victory which sees Woodford go three points clear at the top and with three games in hand.

Delighted first team Coach Paul Hyams told JC Sport: "I thought the boys were absolutely immense today. We were a different class most of the game and we made the Knights look ordinary."


Winston appointed as caretaker-manager at Wingate

By Danny Caro, March 20, 2009

Ben Winston is the new manager of Wingate & Finchley after former Arsenal player Martin Hayes parted company with the club by mutual consent.

Hayes took over from Michael Stone last month after Stone moved to Rushden & Diamonds. But, with the team lying seventh in the Ryman League Division One North table and in playoff contention, they suffered five defeats in the six matches he was in charge for.


Israel name squad for Greece double-header

By Danny Caro, March 19, 2009

Israel manager Dror Kashtan has named his squad for the World Cup qualifying double-header against group leaders Greece.

Lying second in Group Two, one point behind the Greeks, Israel hosts Otto Rehhagel’s side on March 28, before travelling to Heraklion for the return fixture four days later.

Premier League stars Yossi Benayoun, Tal Ben Haim, Tamir Cohen and Ben Sahar head the 24-man squad though Pini Balili and Roberto Colautti are among notable absentees.


Israel boost

March 19, 2009

Israeli players will be allowed to take part in the next Fifa Club World Cup championship after host city Abu Dhabi signed an agreement for the December event.

The move will ensure that the controversy that followed Dubai’s refusal to allow tennis player Shahar Peer is not repeated.

Fifa chief Sepp Blatter would not agree to the showpiece final being staged until the agreement was signed. The ruling means that Liverpool’s Yossi Benayoun and Chelsea’s Ben Sahar could travel to Abu Dhabi if either team wins the Champions League.


Cup kings Chigs finish with a flourish

By Danny Caro, March 19, 2009

Braces from Adam Hakimi, Steve Summers and Sam McCarthy eased Chigwell Athletic A into the third round of the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup as they ended Glenthorne United B’s run with an 8-1 victory.

Hakimi’s opener was cancelled out by a long-range effort from David Blackman. Parity was restored as Summers found the net. The Premier Division high-flyers finished strongly with Hayden Smith and Dean Ben Yosef completing the job.


Meir magic saves Reds

March 19, 2009

Alyth Belsize Reds goalkeeper Anthony Meir was the star of the show after helping his team reach the final of the Under 11 Maccabi Challenge Cup. He saved four penalties and scored one as the Reds beat Alyth Belsize Whites in a shootout after the semi-final finished 1-1 after extra time. Leo Ackerman’s first-half strike was cancelled out by Theo Abramson for the Reds.


Leeds land MJSL with plenty to spare

March 19, 2009

Leeds JNF J-Uni were crowned champions of the Joan Collins Premier Division after the 5-0 demolition of Westdene Reserves saw them open a 19-point lead. Josh Rubin (2), Daniel Henig, Jonathan Green and Elliot Wallis did the damage.

Two goals from Yishai Last earned second-placed Oakhill Lions a 2-0 victory over Republic of Mancunia.

Crumpsall beat Westdene 1st 5-2 with goals from Uri Steinburg (2), Yossi Saunders, Zev Landsman and Gav Cohen.


Alyth book final affair

March 19, 2009

AJY Goals from Joshua Dreyfruss (2) and Zac Rose booked Alyth Belsize Under 12s a place in the final of the Woody’s Cup at Redbridge FC after they beat HIS Hendon United 3-2.

A hat-trick from Harrison Grant plus one apiece from Nathan Sollosi and Saul Green saw Redbridge Jewish Care become the first side to beat

Under 14 leaders HIS Hendon United.

Noah Lachs (2), Zac Collins (2) and Simon Fox saw HMH share the points in a 10-goal thriller against second-placed Kenton Maccabi.


Football arrest

March 19, 2009

A man has been arrested in connection with an alleged antisemitic incident at a Premier League football match.

Lawyer Stefano Lucatello, 47, was questioned by police in Hull, East Yorkshire, on suspicion of causing religiously aggravated harassment, alarm and distress. It is alleged he called a fan “Jew boy” during Hull City’s game with West Bromwich Albion at the KC Stadium on January 31. Mr Lucatello was released on police bail until a date in April.


Reeves inspires Heath to win double

March 17, 2009

Southgate Harmen vs FC Heath B 1-2/1-2

Playing in sunshine for the first time in what has seemed an eternity, FC Heath took all the points and all the plaudits in a fiercely contested double header at Ashmole school.

There have been too many doubters of the Mint Greens in recent times by those not seen the time and effort put in by the players and joint gaffers, Raymond 'Ramos' Bloom and Ben Kaye.