Harold­eans cap­i­talise af­ter MJSL loses Prest­field

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY DAR­REN WITCOOP

FOOT­BALL THE Manch­ester Jewish Soc­cer League ti­tle race has taken a fresh twist fol­low­ing the with­drawal of Prest­field.

With Prest­field dis­band­ing, their four league games have been wiped from the records.

And that means Sed­g­ley Park Celtic, who won 12-1 ear­lier this sea­son, have now dropped off the top and into sec­ond in the ta­ble. Harold­eans are the new lead­ers. Zac Marks’s side needed to have played 75 per cent of their games for their records to stand.

But they played only a quar­ter, mean­ing their re­sults have been ex­punged.

Player re­cruit­ment hit Prest­field hard in their sec­ond sea­son as they strug­gled to field teams this term.

The loss of star striker Jonny Franks also had a big af­fect on the league’s bot­tom club.

League chair­man Paul Rose said: “We are sorry to see Prest­field go.

“To lose any team, at any stage, is dis­ap­point­ing. But I’m glad the sit­u­a­tion hasn’t dragged out where their re­sults have ma­jor im­pli­ca­tions on the league.

“I know they have strug­gled to field teams for a while. Zac has been very hon­est about the sit­u­a­tion and try as he might the num­bers were not there ev­ery week.

“Sadly it was a bat­tle they just couldn’t win.”

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