We­can­chal­lenge Leeds, says David

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY DAR­REN WITCOOP

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.”

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