Wecanchallenge Leeds, says David
MJSL DAVID SELIGMAN is confident Heaton Park Rovers have turned a corner after recovering from their early-season blip.
HPR were expected to once again be in the MJSL title mix but suffered two successive defeats to kick off the new campaign.
But they were back in the goals last week against South Manchester Sports 3rd last week. And they were back in the groove following a 7-2 success over South Manchester Sports 2nd.
Seligman said: “I feel we have turned a corner after a slow start. We didn’t see that start coming but if you are going to lose games it’s better to get it over and done with early on.
“It’s pleasing a few players have now hit some form. We need to kick on from here.”
Luke Turner led the way for HPR with a hat-trick. James Lewis (2), Harry Roach and Mark Williams also weighed in.
Max Herman and David Searle netted for the struggling hosts.
Seligman said: “Leeds remain the team to beat but I think it’s more of an open league this year.”
Anton Radiven believes Manchester Maccabi Yellow are about to discover if they are genuine MJSL title contenders.
The Yellows have been the surprise packages after winning four matches in a row. Their latest triumph came via a Roy Fux winner against South Manchester Sports 3rd.
And now the acid tests arrives when they face favourites and reigning champions Leeds Maccabi.
Radiven said: “We have exceeded expectations. That is a credit to the boys. How far can we go? We will soon find out if they are realistic title contenders.
“Leeds are the strongest side so if we can match them we are certainly in with a shout this year.
“You can’t keep playing down your chances when you are winning every week. If we can continue to play like we have and keep the momentum up then why not?
Radiven praised the fighting quality of his newly-assembled side. “We have been trailing in two of our four games so we have had to show character to come back to win games,” he said.
“That is also testament to our fitness. We never know when we are beaten. Our two wingers Sammy Dennison and Jason Deach have been outstanding, but it’s been a real team effort.”