Glen Laing, football coach at St Jago High School, has described the pitch at Calabar High as “a beautiful surface”.Laing, who directed St Jago to a 1-0 victory over the host team in Group G of the ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup last Friday, says he’d play at Calabar every day.His Calabar counterpart, Ligyasu Simms, believes the plush surface will help his team in the seasons to come.”It is nice when the schoolboys can train on the proper surface,” pronounced the St Jago coach after the game. “It is also exciting for us to take them out and train them.”St Jago’s Monk Street playing field has been out of service for several months because of a work programme to rehabilitate it. In those circumstances, it was a joy for St Jago to visit Calabar’s Red Hills Road campus.”It’s just a beautiful surface. They’re taking care of it and I really appreciate coming down here.”Simms feels the same way.”Millions of dollars were spent on this surface, and it is a good surface for good football, and as you can see, the Calabar team executed some good football today, but unfortunately it just didn’t go in our favour,” he commented.Without giving up on the current schoolboy season, Simms thinks the improved surface will help Calabar’s football in the future.”This is the start of the programme and it can only get better as we go along,” he predicted.
“Having both events simultaneously would have posed significant challenges from a logistical and staffing standpoint, not to mention the traffic problems,” Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar said. “We are grateful to everyone for working out a compromise.” Juan Jose Gutierrez of Latino Movement USA said the deal will serve to help bring more people to each event. “We think more than 50,000 people will come to this,” he said of the immigrants-rights rally. Gutierrez said other events also will be planned during the summer to bring attention to immigration issues, which drew more than 1 million people last year to a downtown rally. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Officials announced a deal Tuesday to change the date of an immigrants-rights demonstration to avoid a conflict with a planned Golden Dragon parade this month. Officials with Latino Movement USA and several other groups agreed to set their rally – designed as the first of a series of demonstrations across the country – for April 7 at City Hall. The groups had sought to hold the rally this Saturday, but the Golden Dragon Ceremony marking the start of the Chinese New Year was set for that date. That event generally draws more than 100,000 people every year.
A busy Easter period has seen some big results for our local teams and left all of them with plenty still to play for as the season reaches its climax. After a disappointing holiday period, time is fast running out for Hayes & Yeading United as they continue their fight to avoid relegation from the Blue Square Bet Premier.A return of just one point from their two weekend fixtures against Cambridge United and Luton Town has left them four points adrift with just three games to go.On Saturday things are unlikely to get any easier when promotion chasing Mansfield Town travel to Kingfield.They have won five of their last six league games to top the division’s form table along with champions Fleetwood Town so a special effort looks necessary for Nas Bashir’s team.There has been a lot of positivity around Hampton & Richmond Borough recently with the last week again being a good one. On Saturday they picked up a tidy 2-0 win at Farnborough before beating Wealdstone by the same scoreline on Monday night to win the Middlesex Senior Cup.However, despite these fine results, a midweek win for Havant & Waterlooville over Salisbury dropped them back into the Blue Square Bet South bottom three.Nevertheless, Mark Harper’s team do appear to still hold all the cards. They have two games in hand on their nearest rivals, who they trail by a point, and next face a trip to Eastbourne Borough who have lost their last four.The Stones meanwhile have endured a punishing week – they have played three times since Saturday.A fine 4-1 win over Kingstonian at the weekend got them off to a great start and lifted them to within two points of the Ryman League Premier Division play-off places.Since then it has been a different story. On Monday they made the short journey to Uxbridge to take on Hampton in the aforementioned cup final but came unstuck and on Wednesday they could only draw 0-0 with struggling Harrow Borough in the derby.They now find themselves four points away from the much coveted fifth place with a game in hand and must raise themselves for the visit of title chasing AFC Hornchurch on Saturday.The Urchins have won four of their last five and drew with leaders Billericay in their last match so will provide formidable opposition.As for boss Dave Anderson (pictured above) and his Harrow side, they will feel it has been a generally positive week.Aside from the battling point against Wealdstone in front of a bumper crowd of over 600, they picked up a surprise 2-1 win at high-flying Cray Wanderers on Saturday.The two results have left them three points and two places above the relegation zone with three matches to go.Consequently, Saturday’s game at Hastings United couldn’t be much bigger for them. The Sussex club are one of the two teams immediately below Harrow and are five games without a win.With three of the four relegation places having already been assigned, another loss for the U’s could be terminal.At the other end of the table, Hendon are still battling for a place in the play-offs.Their Easter fixtures against midtable sides Margate and Wingate & Finchley would have had most Greens supporters thinking that six points were achievable.As it turned out they only picked up three after a shock 3-0 home defeat to the Kent club and then a stunning 5-0 away win against their north London rivals.These results have left them one point off fifth among a group of five or six teams of which there is little to choose between.As end of season run-ins go, theirs is one of the kindest. The toughest match of their final three should be against Kingstonian on Saturday.The K’s are still in with an outside chance of a play-off place themselves but they will arrive at Vale Farm having played three times in a week (Saturday, Monday and Thursday) so fatigue could be an issue.If Hendon do slip up they could end the day four points adrift with just two games to go, so a win looks essential.All Premier League and Football League season-ticket holders get in for half-price at all our local non-league clubs’ home league games. Check their websites for details.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook