Kashtan will take a win at any price

By Simon Griver, October 10, 2008

World Cup Israel manager Dror Kashtan sees complacency as the biggest problem as the national team prepares for two World Cup 2010 qualifiers in the space of four days.

His team take on Luxembourg away tomorrow, followed by Latvia on Wednesday. But preparations were hampered by Yom Kippur as the players, who were given Wednesday afternoon and Thursday off, will clearly not be in peak condition. Despite two unconvincing performances last month, Israel's campaign got off to a very promising start.


JC MSFL Matchday Six preview

By Danny Caro, October 8, 2008

There's no let up in the programme with two more East London derbies scheduled. Lions B are the next team attempting to stop leaders Neasden A, but our expert pundits don't give them a chance.





Lions arrested by the Police

By Danny Caro, October 7, 2008

HSCL Prem Div: Met Police Bushey 3 London Lions 1

The Lions had a chance to rubber stamp their authority at the top of the Herts County league as they visited second place Met Police but it wasn't to be their day as they went down 3-1.

Although the Lions created enough chances to win two games their recent goal scoring exploits deserted them in front of goal on a very blustery day.


Birthday boy Levy lords it in Essex derby

By Craig Silver, October 6, 2008

JC MSFL Division Four

East London Knights 1 Woodford Wanderers 3


A brace from birthday boy Andy Levy, plus one from Mitch Hahn helped Alex Aviram's 10-man Woodford Wanderers maintain their 100 per cent start to the season as they outclassed Essex rivals East London Knights at Wanstead Flats.

The game had everything including six bookings and a sending off, plus most of the rain in England in merely the first 40 minutes of the contest.


Four-midable Oaks catch Neasden cold

October 6, 2008

JC MSFL Div 1: Oakwood EDRS 4 NW Neasden B 2


It was cold, it was wet and it was a cracking game. Littered with great goals and good football this was a dramatic game from start to finish, contested by two fiercely committed teams.


Resurgent Banta stun Neasden C

October 6, 2008

JC MSFL Div 2: Rapid Banta 2 NW Neasden C 0


Rapid Banta caused one of the upsets of the season when they beat title hopefuls North West Neasden C.

With Banta yet to pick up a point this season and the JC/TJ sportswriters predicting bad things and a troubled season ahead, Banta arrived at the Heath safe in the knowledge that things could only improve.


Three cheers as Hammers surge on

October 6, 2008

JC MSFL Prem Div: Hendon Ud A 3 Bafana Bafana 1


Last year's runners-up maintained their unbeaten start to the season and moved into second place after this hard fought win over a well organised Bafana.

Played under pouring rain but on an immaculate Hadley surface it was the newly promoted visitors who started brightest. The veteran striker Assi Avital skimming the bar after a flowing move and keeper Danny Berliner holding on to two long range efforts.


Ellis strike puts Wingate through

October 6, 2008

FA Trophy

Wingate & Finchley 2 Ware 1


A goal from Craig Ellis helped Wingate & Finchley progress in the FA Trophy following a hard fought win at the Abrahams Stadium.

In high winds at the ground resulted in a great cup tie which was very competitive in the first half with chances few and far between. Ware created the first opening through Sam Berry who struck a drive across goal against the inside of the left post after some slack defending.


Sahar out in the cold at Pompey

By Simon Griver, October 3, 2008

Israel striker Ben Sahar's stop-start Premiership career took a turn for the worse following Portsmouth's Carling Cup exit against his parent club, Chelsea.

Sahar joined Portsmouth on a six-month loan in July but despite impressing in pre-season, he has failed to make an appearance and looks unlikely to get many first team chances.

The 19-year-old suffered a further blow when boss Harry Redknapp did not name him in the club's Uefa Cup squad last month as Chelsea did do not want him cup-tied.


Kestenbaum calls up the big guns

By Danny Caro, October 3, 2008

Maccabiah Team GB is to name a provisional 23-man open football squad for next year's 18th Maccabiah Games in Israel, we can reveal.

Manager Jonathan Kestenbaum, together with his coaching team of Michael Stone and Ben Winston, will reduce the squad to 18 players with five non-travelling reserves working as a unit for the first get-together in November.

And it promises to be one of the strongest squads to represent Britain for many years.