‘Race hate keeping Grant out of Premier League’

By Simon Griver, December 10, 2008

Eyal Berkovic, one of Avram Grant’s biggest enemies, believes that antisemitism has prevented the former Chelsea boss from returning to management in England.

Sacked by the Blues in May after taking them to the club’s first-ever Champions League final and second in the league, Grant has not received a single offer from an English club.


When the Cohen gets tough, the tough get going

By Danny Caro, December 10, 2008

Neal Cohen, manager of Zig Zag, is broiges with Barnet council. Cohen fumed after they threw a blanket cancellation over all the pitches in the borough following heavy rain last Wednesday. But with mild weather forecast for the rest of the week, Cohen went down to check out his team’s pitch in Edgwarebury Park and confirmed that the “surface was fine” two days later. He pleaded with council officials to reconsider but they were not having any of it.


Stones thrill

By Craig Silver, December 10, 2008

Stonegrove Park Under 14s maintained their title hopes with a 7-3 victory over HMH. Daniel Kuber (2), Adam Gold (2), Shaun Privett, Scott Greenfield and Yonni Chitiyat were their marksmen.

Double-chasing Alyth Belsize Yellow eased into the third round of the Under 12 Woody’s Cup after thumping Brady Maccabi 4-0. Michael Goldbart (3) and Eli Wegryzyn were their goal men. Gideon Lee popped up with the winner as HMH Blue overcame Brady Maccabi White in round two of the Woody’s Cup Under 10 competition.


Team stun Arsenal

By Craig Silver, December 10, 2008

Mitch Lassman’s second hat-trick of the season helped FC Team claim their third win in four matches as they came from behind to beat Arsenal Deaf in the Middlesex Junior League first division.

Lassman equalised with a deft lob following a long ball from Matt Drage.
FC Team forged ahead in the second half after Lassman finished from an acute angle. Arsenal, who lie third in the table, levelled but Lassman completed his treble before both teams scored again in the closing stages.

FC Team Mitch Young said: “Revenge was sweet as we let ourselves down against Arsenal last time.”


Five strikes help Neasden go fourth

By Craig Silver, December 10, 2008

Goals from Lee Bibring, Daniel Levenfiche, Jake Gottlieb, Danny Daggers and TJ Keterman eased North West Neasden A into the fourth round of the Sunday Challenge Cup for the first time after they hammered Caribb Club FC 5-1.

A penalty in extra time from Daniel Kent saw Division One leaders South Manx A upset Premier Division London Maccabi Lions B in the second round of the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup. Jamie Kent had given the Manx a seventh minute lead only for Danny Reuben to level things up.

Manx boss Jon Nitka commented: “It was a great team performance.”


Easy as 1, 2, 3 for Lions

By Craig Silver, December 10, 2008

London Lions 3
Mill End Sports 1

London Lions went five points clear at the top of the Herts Senior County League Premier Division following a hard fought win over Mill End Sports.

Manager Tony Gold gave a full debut to new signing Danny Berg who slotted in perfectly at right-back and welcomed back Guy Morris and Ben Lampert.

After a goalless first half, Lampert broke the deadlock with a 25-yard curler that whistled into the top corner.
Top-scorer Adam Stolerman bagged a brace with two excellent finishes.


Lions find heaven in 7

By Craig Silver, December 10, 2008

London Maccabi Lions Under 15s claimed their best performance of the season so far with a resounding 7-1 success over Edmonton Rangers in the Watford Friendly League White Division.

Samuel Marchant (2), Sam Lee, Josh Cinna and Yoav Kestenbaum (2) and Joel Grayson struck as the Lions went two points clear.
In the Blue Division, Charlie Cohen (2), Harry Davis, Nick Landesberg, Jordan Marks and Max Wegoda eased LML to a 6-0 success over London Colney.


Aces of Herts

By Craig Silver, December 4, 2008

Goals from Guy Helman and Adam Stolerman capped London Lions' best performance of the season as they beat high-flying Kings Langley of South Midlands Division One 2-1 in the Herts Centenary Cup.
Adam Rones was among the scorers as FC Team claimed their first win in the Middlesex County League Division One, a 2-1 success over Uxbridge Town.


Ben Haim faces City axe

By Simon Griver, December 4, 2008

Manchester City defender Tal Ben Haim is expected to leave Eastlands when the transfer window opens at the end of the month after less than six months at the club.

The Israeli, who signed a four-year contract in July in a £5 million move from Chelsea, has made just eight league appearances for City.


Big Macc squeezed on funds

By Simon Griver and Danny Caro, December 4, 2008

There are fears that next year's Jewish Olympics could be scaled down as a result of the credit crunch.

The latest financial crisis engulfing July's Maccabiah Games revolves around the failure of the organisers to raise sufficient sponsorship funds due to the global recession.