Job done as FC Team B seal promotion

March 24, 2009

JC MSFL Division 3:
Zig Zag 2 FC Team B 3

Not for the first time this season, FC Team B came from behind to seal a famous victory for the club as they gained promotion from Division 3 in a thrilling encounter with Zig Zag in Harrow Weald.

On another bright morning, FC Team B came charging out of the blocks and almost scored in the first minute from a Dave Silver effort that went just over the bar.


Sensational Stevie B puts Harmen to the sword

March 24, 2009

JC MSFL Division 2:
Southgate Harmen A 1 NW Neasden C 4

Stephen Bloom hit his fifth hat-trick of the season and his second in consecutive weeks to help North West Neasden C to a stunning victory over Division Two leaders Southgate Harmen A.

Played at the home of Harmen, Ashmole School, where the hosts were previously unbeaten this season and tipped by many to continue that trend today, Neasden simply outplayed them in every aspect of the game to see them take four points from them from the season, scoring eight goals in the process.


Summers late show stuns Lions

By Richard Jaye, March 24, 2009

PMT Round 4:
London Maccabi Lions A 1 Chigwell Athletic A 2

A stunning injury time winner from marksman Steve Summers saw Chigwell set up a quarter-final clash at North West Neasden A after they came from behind to knock out the fancied Lions at Rowley Lane.

Summers’ strike was exquisite. From 20 yards out he produced an inch-perfect lob over Lions keeper Jack Franks, sparking wild celebrations within the Chigwell camp.


Becker serves up a late treat

March 24, 2009

HSCL Reserve Div One:
London Lions Reserves 2 Park Street Village 1

"Winning ugly” is an overused phrase these days but it describes perfectly London Lions reserves’ performance this weekend.

Park Street Village came to Rowley Lane level on points with Lions but with five games in hand and still hoping to catch leaders Codicote.

With seven of the squad aged 21 or younger - and having been outfought and well beaten (4-2) in the away fixture September – the pre-match emphasis was on the need to “earn the right to play” against strong, aggressive opponents.


Lampert late show lifts Lions

March 24, 2009

HSCL Prem Div:
Codicote 0 London Lions 1

An outstanding team performance put the last two weeks of disappointment firmly behind London Lions as they beat third-place Codicote 1-0 at Hertford Town.

Once again Lions were without several first team players and worse still only one recognised centre-half. Manager Tony Gold called 44-year old Danny Schindler into the squad after Wingate recalled Michael Sacks from his brief loan spell.


Four-midable Wanderers near title dream after resounding derby win

By Craig Silver, March 23, 2009

Woodford Wanderers all but sealed promotion to Division Three after humiliating their local rivals East London Knights 4-0 at Redbridge Sports Centre.

A first half header from Jerome Marks plus second half strikes from Manny Simberg, Andy Levy and an own goal completed the emphatic victory which sees Woodford go three points clear at the top and with three games in hand.

Delighted first team Coach Paul Hyams told JC Sport: "I thought the boys were absolutely immense today. We were a different class most of the game and we made the Knights look ordinary."


Winston appointed as caretaker-manager at Wingate

By Danny Caro, March 20, 2009

Ben Winston is the new manager of Wingate & Finchley after former Arsenal player Martin Hayes parted company with the club by mutual consent.

Hayes took over from Michael Stone last month after Stone moved to Rushden & Diamonds. But, with the team lying seventh in the Ryman League Division One North table and in playoff contention, they suffered five defeats in the six matches he was in charge for.


Israel name squad for Greece double-header

By Danny Caro, March 19, 2009

Israel manager Dror Kashtan has named his squad for the World Cup qualifying double-header against group leaders Greece.

Lying second in Group Two, one point behind the Greeks, Israel hosts Otto Rehhagel’s side on March 28, before travelling to Heraklion for the return fixture four days later.

Premier League stars Yossi Benayoun, Tal Ben Haim, Tamir Cohen and Ben Sahar head the 24-man squad though Pini Balili and Roberto Colautti are among notable absentees.


Israel boost

March 19, 2009

Israeli players will be allowed to take part in the next Fifa Club World Cup championship after host city Abu Dhabi signed an agreement for the December event.

The move will ensure that the controversy that followed Dubai’s refusal to allow tennis player Shahar Peer is not repeated.

Fifa chief Sepp Blatter would not agree to the showpiece final being staged until the agreement was signed. The ruling means that Liverpool’s Yossi Benayoun and Chelsea’s Ben Sahar could travel to Abu Dhabi if either team wins the Champions League.


Cup kings Chigs finish with a flourish

By Danny Caro, March 19, 2009

Braces from Adam Hakimi, Steve Summers and Sam McCarthy eased Chigwell Athletic A into the third round of the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup as they ended Glenthorne United B’s run with an 8-1 victory.

Hakimi’s opener was cancelled out by a long-range effort from David Blackman. Parity was restored as Summers found the net. The Premier Division high-flyers finished strongly with Hayden Smith and Dean Ben Yosef completing the job.