Rich­ler Kleiman is the hottest prop­erty in town

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT -

THE OPEN­ING few weeks of the MGBSFL sea­son saw some fan­tas­tic in­di­vid­ual per­for­mances, but the goal-scor­ing achieve­ments of Oak­wood B hot­shot Ja­cob Rich­ler Kleiman earned him my first MGBSFL Player of the Month award.

The for­mer Manch­ester Mac­cabi marks­man hit the tar­get eight times in Septem­ber to pro­pel his Oak­wood team to sec­ond in Di­vi­sion One. He fin­ished with eight goals in three games and started Oc­to­ber in fine fet­tle by fir­ing a match-win­ning hat-trick.

His man­ager, Jason Stein, de­scribed him as “cool and col­lected in front of goal” and high­lighted his re­cent four-goal salvo against Blan­cos, with a bro­ken nose. Stein com­mented: “Ja­cob has a goal-scorer in­stinct and turns his chances into goals.”

Ray Abra­hams of Scrabble FC marked his re­turn from a 10-year sab­bat­i­cal from Sun­day morn­ing football by win­ning the best man­ager ac­co­lade.

Alan Aaronson has played down fears of Brix­ton Old Boys fold­ing af­ter they were forced to for­feit for the sec­ond time this sea­son.

Last week the MGBSFL saw Lon­don Rovers col­lapse and there were con­cerns that Brix­ton would be next to go, but man­ager Alan Aaronson was keen to set the record straight.

He said: “There are some ru­mours sur­round­ing our clubs about Brix­ton pulling out of the league due to a thin squad. This is sim­ply not the case.

“We did have a small squad due to a few play­ers opt­ing for Mas­ters League ac­tion at the last minute, around the start of the sea­son. We wish them well.

“How­ever, we have re­plen­ished num­bers and now have a very de­cent squad in terms of quan­tity and qual­ity.

“We were obliged to pull out of the cup on Sun­day be­cause player reg­is­tra­tion for the com­pe­ti­tion must take place two weeks be­fore a fix­ture.

“We had a rush of play­ers only seven to 10 days ago dur­ing our re­cruit­ment drive. Thus, many had missed that reg­is­tra­tion dead­line for this cup. How­ever they are all set to play in the league.”

South Manch­ester Sports CC’s Akiva Lieber­man col­lected two pieces of sil­ver­ware at the Greater Manch­ester Am­a­teur League’s end of sea­son awards. The star bats­man was ac­knowl­edged for reg­is­ter­ing the top score in Di­vi­sion Three as well as hold­ing the high­est av­er­age. The club also re­tained the Most Sport­ing team ac­co­lade. Cap­tain Steven Glicher said: “This says some­thing about how we play the game so I’m de­lighted for all in­volved.” See Danny Caro’s week­end round-up at thejc.com. Email dcaro@thejc.com and/ or fol­low Danny on Twit­ter:@dj­caro

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