Wittenberg keeps his composure to earn Stones dramatic point

By Mark Symonds, December 17, 2008

WFL Under 15 Yellow Division: Stonegrove Park 5 Watford Red 5

Despite the Shabbat downpour the teams turned up on Sunday morning to a puddle-less pitch and, believe it or not, bright Sunday morning sunshine.

The Stones were up against Watford Red, a team they have beaten before but who knocked The Stones out the cup.

Unfortunately, when the game kicked off it showed that Stonegrove hadn't got out of bed yet and Watford took an early lead.

In the first half The Stones were second to every ball and paid the price when Watford knocked another couple in.


Late comeback by EDRS Stonegrove

December 17, 2008

A late comeback by EDRS Stonegrove gave them a point in a 3-3 draw with South Mancunians in Division One. Nick Tromans, David Hyman and Darren Coon had put Mancs in the driving seat, and despite a Paul Chilton goal, EDRS were still 3-1 behind with just five minutes remaining. But Phil Silver gave EDRS a lifeline, and the comeback was completed with a last-minute own goal.

In Division 2, Jon Bolle notched four goals as Glenthorne United B recorded a 6-0 demolition of Brady Maccabi B. Gary Swerner and Jon Diamond also found the net.


Classy Conrich keeps FC Team B in charge

December 17, 2008

JC MSFL Division Three: Hendon C 1 FC Team B 4

On the expansive green of West Hendon Playing Fields, FC Team B yet again produced a performance of grit, determination and skill to see off a spirited Hendon C side and maintain their winning streak, which has now stretched to eight league wins in a row.

Despite the downpour of rain throughout the weekend, the pitches in Hendon held up extremely well and allowed an entertaining game of football to take place.


Hammers two good for Bafana

December 17, 2008

PMT: Hendon Utd A 2 Bafana Bafana 0

Upon arriving at West Hendon, both teams were amazed to see a lake had formed outside the changing rooms and feared that yet another postponement would ensue. However, to everyone's surprise, the pitch was in near perfect condition and Hendon had a rare chance to play some football on a Sunday morning.

The game started briskly with Hendon creating the better of the chances and the impressive Avidan Last was denied three times in the first half hour with only the woodwork denying Saul Conway.


Wingate bow out of FA Trophy

December 17, 2008

FA Trophy Round One:
Farnborough Town 3 Wingate & Finchley 1

Wingate & Finchley's Wembley dream ended for this season as they were beaten by Southern Premier table-toppers Farnborough.

The home side took the lead with their very first attack of the game in only the second minute. An outswinging cross was beautifully delivered from the left wing, and it found the head of the unmarked Michael Charles who headed neatly into the bottom left corner from 10 yards.
The Blues were not fazed by this and the game continued fairly evenly.


Dutch club prepares Sahar swoop

December 10, 2008

FC Utrecht are hopeful of signing Ben Sahar in the new year.
The striker, 21, watched the team beat NEC Nijmegen 2-1 last weekend.

Technical director Piet Buter said: “Sahar is a player who fits into the category we are looking for. We know Sahar’s history and have watched DVDs of him in action. He is an interesting player to us.
“We will go and see him play again and if he makes a good impression, we will see what is possible.”


GB athletes boosted by major deal

December 10, 2008

Maccabi GB has continued its preparations for next summer’s 18th Maccabiah Games by announcing a new and unprecedented partnership deal with Village Hotels worth in the region of a quarter of a million pounds.

The agreement will see Village Hotels offering complimentary membership of their state-of-the-art fitness clubs to each member of Team GB taking part in the Maccabiah Games in Israel in July 2009.


‘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.