Wagman wounds Glenthorne

February 3, 2011

Division One leaders Brady Maccabi A moved a step closer towards retaining the Division One title with a 7-0 demolition of third-placed Glenthorne United A.

A hat-trick from Mark Wagman (3), plus further strikes from Scott Ansher (2), Laurence Beck and player-manager Daniel Collins completed the rout.

The victory leaves North London Raiders as the only challengers for the title. They kept their slim hopes alive with a 4-0 win over Hendon Harriers, courtesy of Lee Levenson, Dean Schulberg, Jon Yantin and Ashley Davidson.


Jacobson: Stanley move good for me

February 3, 2011

Joe Jacobson has joined Accrington Stanley on a permanent basis following a successful loan spell.

Left-back Jacobson, 24, scored a goal during the loan period after being released from his contract by Oldham Athletic.

"I'm very pleased that it's all done," Jacobson said. "I've managed to sign permanently until the end of the season."

Jacobson has made seven appearances for Stanley since making his temporary switch from Boundary Park.


Westdene fined after post-match clashes

By David Gold, February 3, 2011

Westdene have been fined by the Lancashire FA following a scuffle after a match with Sporting JLGB.

Westdene won a bad-tempered contest which boiled over after the final whistle when Brad Levy was set upon by some Sporting players. Paul Levy, his father, then ran on to the pitch to break up the fight.

Referee Tim Myerson's report criticised Westdene boss Paul Levy and the club was charged "for failure to control a Westdene member or fan". Steve Davis defended Westdene alongside Levy at the hearing and they took Sporting's Rafi Bloom to speak in their defence.


Torres: Yossi is my friend

By Simon Griver, February 3, 2011

Playing alongside Israel captain Yossi Benayoun is one of the things that attracted Fernando Torres to Chelsea, breaking the British transfer record with a £50 million move from Liverpool in the process.

Torres followed in the footsteps of Benayoun who moved from Anfield to Stamford Bridge last summer.

"The opportunity to link up with him again excites me," Torres said. "Hopefully, he will recover from injury fully as soon as possible.

"He is my friend on and off the pitch. I know that all the players at Liverpool miss him. He's a great lad."


South Manchester kept title hopes alive

By Danny Caro, February 1, 2011

South Manchester kept their slim title hopes alive with a pulsating win against Westdene’s second team.

Mark Collins struck twice, with Jake Feinstein, David Tuck and Jeremy Nivern scoring the other goals for the visitors, while Ben Blackston struck twice for the hosts and Mike Sheldon scored a penalty.

Collins latched onto a loose ball on the edge of the area to put Manchester in front after 20 minutes, taking a touch before firing into the top corner from 20 yards.


Win for Pinner JFC Under 14s

By Danny Caro, January 31, 2011

Pinner JFC Under 14s claimed their first win of 2011 with a 3-1 success over VEP Knights.

After a series of postponements and cup games, the Sky Blues were looking to improve their record from the first half of the season that had seen Pinner win seven and lose three with defeats so far being by the odd goal including a previous 3-2 home defeat against the Knights who are current Watford Friendly League division leaders.

Pinner’s desire was obvious from the start where they dominated play for the first 20 minutes, forcing several fine saves from the talented Knights keeper.


Lions U14s maintain treble hopes

By Danny Caro, January 31, 2011

London Maccabi Lions Under 14s progressed into the fourth round of the Watford Friendly League Challenge Cup with a 3-2 victory over Borehamwood Youth.

Having gone 0-1 down to a bit of sloppy defending, the Lions kept their composure and started to get their passing game together.

Things could have got worse 10 minutes into the second half as Borehamwood were awarded a penalty. However, Jake Krais, the Lions keeper, came to his side’s rescue, with a smart save.


Sollosi late show keeps RJC in charge

By Danny Caro, January 30, 2011

An 83rd minute strike from Ben Sollosi helped Redbridge nick a point against an impressive Faithfold team at the Hive.

The game started in a tepid fashion, save for a brilliant Ben Solossi run down the left which led to a vital save at his feet by Faithfold goalkeeper Ben Law.

It suddenly sprung to life, however, when centre back Adam Hakimi inexplicably stuck out a hand from a cross to give away a penalty. Veteran Daryl Phillips took two steps and then perfectly slotted home the spot kick into the top cornet to give his side a 17th minute lead.


Israel to host Under 21 European Championships

By Danny Caro, January 28, 2011

Israel will host the European Under 21 football championship finals in 2013.

Israel’s bid was awarded the tournament during the first round of voting by the Uefa Executive Committee in Switzerland on Thursday.

One of five candidates bidding to stage the tournament, Israel fought off the challenge of England, Wales, Bulgaria, Czech Republic.

The Israel bid received eight votes, the Czech Republic five votes while England, Wales and Bulgaria each received no votes.


AC late show

January 27, 2011

A last-ditch winner from David Clements saw AC Whetstone A win the annual Under 14 Dennis Shore Memorial tournament Indoor five-a-sides.

Clements' extra-time strike came with 11 seconds remaining of a tense final against HISHU White B.

In the region of 100 players representing 12 Maccabi Junior Football League teams took part in a keenly contested competition.

Whetstone A had beaten Alyth Belsize A in the last four with HISHU White B progressing with a penalty shoot-out victory over Redbridge Yellow A.