Cricklewood up the ante in title race

By Danny Caro and Craig Silver, January 29, 2009

AC Cricklewood player-manager Elliot Chalmers believes that his team’s experience could give them the upper hand as the race for the JC MSFL Division Three title hots up.

Lying fourth in the table, strikes from Mark Wagman (2), Daniel Ruckin (2) and supersubs Richard Davis and Jeremy Kornhauser helped them record a 6-2 success over Zig Zag on a plastic pitch in Borehamwood.

Chalmers said: “It was a really good win, considering we’d not played on an artificial pitch all season. We started really well which was very important after last week.”


Issy Bernstein in bid to buy Betar Jerusalem

By Simon Griver, January 29, 2009

A London-based property millionaire is in negotiations to buy Israeli champions Betar Jerusalem, the JC understands.

Issy Bernstein, 77, flew to Moscow last week to meet Betar owner Arkady Gaydamak and has since instructed his lawyers in Israel to conduct due diligence examination of the club’s books.


(Latics) Oldham Athletic cancel Israel trip

By Craig Silver, January 29, 2009


Oldham Athletic have cancelled their pre-season trip to Israel, the JC can reveal.

As reported in October, the club had arranged friendlies against Maccabi Haifa, Maccabi Tel Aviv and Betar Jerusalem in July but the Israeli teams scuppered the trip as it would clash with the preliminary rounds of the Uefa Cup and training camps.

Oldham have been unable to arrange suitably meaningful matches as part of the programme and postponed the trip indefinitely.


Bury MP Ivan Lewis kicks off for United

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 29, 2009

Bury South MP Ivan Lewis kicked-off Manchester’s HMD programme by starting a football friendly on Sunday between Manchester Maccabi and FC United, the club founded by fans opposed to the Glazers’ takeover of Manchester United. The 300 crowd at the Maccabi sports centre also heard a talk from survivor Jack Aizenberg.

Maccabi’s project manager Suzy Gellman said the match was FC United’s idea. “It showed communities standing up to hatred and using sports to get that message across.”


'My boys will fight until the death,' says Stone

January 29, 2009

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Wingate & Finchley manager Michael Stone was delighted with the character shown by his team as the blues maintained their playoff push with a hard-earned draw against fellow high-flyers East Thurrock United.

“I thought we had a great start and in the first 25 minutes caused East Thurrock all sorts of problems. We scored one during this period and if we had added another I really feel that it would have been difficult for them to come back.”


Perfect 10

January 29, 2009

HIS Hendon United Under 14s made it 10 out of 10 with a 4-2 win over Stonegrove Park. The league leaders saw off their nearest rivals courtesy of strikes from Daniel Goodman (2), Mordi Weiler and Joseph Gourgey. Adam Gold and Daniel Kuber netted for Stonegrove.

Alyth Belsize condemned Hendon Hawks to their eighth defeat in nine matches with a 5-3 victory.

Goals from Noah Bier and Dan Cohen helped AC Whetstone maintain their grip on third spot in the Under 12 Division with a 2-1 victory over Hendon Hawks.


Faithfold master the Lions in the cup

By Danny Caro, January 26, 2009

In the Henry Swerner Maccabi Masters League Cup, sponsored by Tux’n’Tails, the big shock was provided by Faithfold, who raced into an early 3-0 lead against London Maccabi Lions A, then found themselves 5-3 down by half-time. They eventually clawed it back to 5-5 by the end of normal time, and won 4-2 on penalties.


United win

January 22, 2009

Hendon Interschools Hendon United A (HISHU A) won the Maccabi Primary League indoor Under 11 five-a-side competition without conceding a goal.

They saw off the challenge of 10 other teams and clinched a place in the final with a 5-0 win over Hendon Hawks. They beat Alyth Belsize B in by the same scoreline in the final.

Hendon Hawks A Tigers beat Hendon Hawks Bears B in an Under Nine Division double-header where Joel Gottlieb was the star of the show.


LML on fire

January 22, 2009

London Maccabi Lions Under 15s went top of the Watford Friendly League Division Two following a 5-1 win over St. Albans City.

David Smouha (3), Joshua Bloom and Max Wegoda set the team up for Sunday’s League Cup quarter-final against Division One leaders Muswell Hill.

Joshua Burchhardt (3), Jordan Aspis, Marcus Godfrey, Joe Herman and Toby Ollins helped Pinner Under 12s fight back from a goal down to beat Borehamwood Youth Diamonds in the WFL Yellow Division.


Edgy Lions reach semis the hard way

January 22, 2009

London Lions reached the semi-finals of the Herts Centenary Trophy after beating Wormley Rovers 4-1 on penalties but the HSCL leaders made heavy weather of a game they should have put to bed in normal time.

The officiating throughout was pedantic and at times over-zealous, and given that the game was played in a fantastically competitive manner, with not one bad tackle in the entire 120 minutes, the referee still managed to book eight players and send one off.