Mac­cabi in touch­ing dis­tance of the lead­ers

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BYDARRENWITCOOP

FOOT­BALL MANCH­ESTER Mac­cabi re­main firmly in con­tention for the Cheshire and Manch­ester League title fol­low­ing a 3-0 suc­cess over South Manch­ester Sports.

Strikes from Louis Basso, Sam Van Gelder and an own goal kept Scott McGar­vey’s men a point be­hind lead­ers Manch­ester Ath­letic and Park Villa.

Mac­cabi’s hopes of se­cur­ing the dou­ble were boosted af­ter they were handed home ad­van­tage for their County Cup semi-fi­nal against Crown FC.

Prest­field’s de­but sea­son in the MJSL looks set to end in dis­ap­point­ment.

Zac Marks’ men lie mid-ta­ble in what has been a cred­itable first year since be­ing formed.

But their cup hopes ap­pear in tat­ters af­ter Leeds Mac­cabi put them to the sword in the Shonn Tro­phy quar­ter­fi­nal.

The York­shire­men take a four-goal lead into next month’s se­cond leg at home af­ter dou­bles from Nick Vale Louis Hew­son, Rafi Kaye and Adam Woolf­stein eased them home 7-3.

Michael Donn, Jonny Franks and Mar­cus Buchanan replied for Prest­field. Player-man­ager Donn said: “We have given a de­cent ac­count of our­selves this year. We are a new team and it was al­ways go­ing to be dif­fi­cult to step up straight away.

“The team has been com­pet­i­tive but we have lacked the strength in depth. This was a prime ex­am­ple as we led 3-2 but col­lapsed in the last 20 min­utes as we didn’t have any sub­sti­tutes to freshen it up. That has been our down­fall.”

Leeds boss Adam Kristall said: “We are play­ing well but we can’t let up now.”

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