Free agents

By Danny Caro, May 7, 2009

Two players were left reeling this week after being released by their clubs as the season drew to a close.

Ran Kadoch was one of five released by Barnet. The Israeli keeper, 23, has made 12 appearances since signing last August.

He finished the season in style, saving a penalty in the 2-1 defeat against Port Vale and played a part in Barnet’s consolation after going up for a corner.

Wycombe Wanderers bid farewell to midfielder Scott Shulton, 19, one of nine to leave the newly promoted club.


Betar? It couldn’t be much worse

By Simon Griver, May 7, 2009

Struggling Betar Jerusalem could be given a lifeline after Brazilian billionaire Guma Aguiar started negotiations with owner Arkady Gaydamak to buy the club.

Set to go into administration next month, news of Aguiar’s proposal improved the mood in Jerusalem in a week when Uefa disqualified the defending Israeli champions from competing in Europe next season after they failed to provide the necessary financial guarantees. Betar have until next week to appeal by which time Aguiar, may have made his move.


Titans to clash once more

By Danny Caro, May 5, 2009

Treble-chasing North West Neasden A will meet Hendon United A in this season’s Jewish FA Cup final at Wingate & Finchley on Sunday afternoon in a repeat of last season’s showdown.

Neasden came through a titanic Peter Morrison Trophy semi-final against first division North London Raiders A. Matt Sofier put them ahead after 70 minutes only for Raiders left-back James Fattal to level with the last kick of normal time. His curling effort from 30 yards nestled into the top corner, sparking wild celebrations.


JFS win Brent Schools Cup

By Danny Caro, May 1, 2009

JFS 1st XI won the Year 12-13 Brent Schools Football Cup after beating Copeland 5-2 in the final at Kingsbury Town. Braces from Oliver Henry and Aaron Salamon along with one from Ben Ellis earned the Sixth Formers silverware to cap off an excellent season.

JFS captain Sean Ladier said: "It was great day for us all to claim some silverware to end the season on a high over our opponents Copeland who were by no means push over’s.


Class tells as Hendon go through

By Danny Caro, April 30, 2009

First-half efforts from Ari Last, Paul Bentley and Saul Conway set up a quarter-final clash at Oakwood EDRS as Hendon United A beat FC Team A 3-1 in the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup. Mitch Young replied.

North West Neasden A moved to within a point of retaining the JC MSFL Premier Division crown after sharing six goals against nearest challengers Faithfold A.

Daniel Levenfiche, Lee Cash and Jonny Ellis netted for Neasden who staged a dramatic late comeback from 3-1 down. David Lederman, Richard Baum and an Ellis own goal accounted for the Faithfold goals.


It’s job done as proud Lions go up

April 30, 2009

Evergreen 0, London Lions 2

Goals from Ben Lauffer and Guy Morris ensured history was made as London Lions beat Evergreen 2-0 to secure promotion to the South Midlands League for the first time.

Victory at Evergreen in their final Herts Senior County League Premier Division match was achieved courtesy of a dogged and disciplined performance against opponents whose physical tactics failed to knock the Lions out of their stride. Knowing that only a win would suffice, the Lions drafted in brought in Aron Barnes and Alex Levack for Adam Lauffer and Eddie Manson.


Easy as one, two three for HMH heroes

April 30, 2009

HMH A won the Maccabi Primary Football League Under Nine’s Challenge Cup after beating HISHU A 3-1 courtesy of goals from Archie Allen, Alex Rose and Jamie Delane.

HISHU A clinched the Under 11 league and cup double after thumping Alyth Belsize B Red 6-1 in the final at Wingate & Finchley.

London Maccabi Lions Under 11s secured the West Herts League Division Three title with a game to spare after beating title rivals Little Gaddesden.


A happy end

By Danny Caro, April 30, 2009

Wingate & Finchley caretaker manager Ben Winston has been asked to stay on at the club after steering them to their best ever finish in the Division One North.

In his eight games in charge, Winston claimed five wins, a draw and two defeats, culminating in a narrow loss at Ware. “I have really enjoyed my time as manager,” said Winston. “It has been fantastic to take on this challenge and to finish in the highest ever league position for the club is really positive.


Yossi’s set to cash in

April 30, 2009

Yossi Benayoun looks set be offered a new contract at Liverpool after an inspired performance over the second half of the season.


Grant considers the Czech cheque

April 30, 2009

Avram Grant has been approached with a view of becoming the next manager of the Czech Republic national team.

The former Chelsea manager, 53, has been out of work for almost a year and is reported to have been offered a four-year deal worth £900,000 a year.

The Czech FA have been in negotiations with Grant’s agent Pini Zahavi, and vice-president Jaroslav Vacek confirmed: “We have spoken with a person who officially represents Mr Grant. We still hear how the team degenerated, but it does have its quality and the new coach, if he succeeds, can make a good name by that.”