Japanese Non-league Football News

JFL - Round 23 (Saturday)
The big winners from Saturday's three JFL fixtures were undoubtedly leaders Honda FC - and they didn't even kick a ball. But defeats for both Rosso Kumamoto and Sagawa Kyubin Osaka mean that the Reds from Shizuoka prefecture are four points clear of the pack with a match in hand, that game being tomorrow's eminently winnable home clash against mid-table Sony Sendai. Second place Rosso were continually chasing the game at home to in-form Sagawa Tokyo after Shingo Nakaharai put the visitors ahead half way through the first half, and they eventually went down 3-2 in what is their first defeat since losing at Honda in May.

Sagawa Osaka meanwhile took the lead in Toyama against YKK AP, with another goal from Sho Gakyu, but rather surprisingly lost their way after the break and conceded two in the final sixteen minutes in a 2-1 defeat. This means that Osaka slip behind their company rivals from Tokyo, while also enabling YKK somewhat surprisingly to move back within a couple of points of the top four. A brace from Yoshio Kitagawa appeared to have put Alo's Hokuriku in control in the other match, but they let slip their advantage as Yokogawa Musashino pulled back to claim a point and remain in fifth place.

12 Aug 06 - Yoshio Kitagawa on target for Alo’s against Yokogawa

Yoshio Kitagawa on target for Alo's against Yokogawa

Sat 12 Aug: Alo's Hokuriku 2-2 Yokogawa Musashino
Sat 12 Aug: Rosso Kumamoto 2-3 Sagawa Kyubin Tokyo
Sat 12 Aug: YKK AP 2-1 Sagawa Kyubin Osaka

1 Honda FC 53 (+24)
2 Rosso Kumamoto 49 (+24)
3 Sagawa Kyubin Tokyo 48 (+33)
4 Sagawa Kyubin Osaka 48 (+26)
5 YKK AP 46 (+25)
6 Yokogawa Musashino 41 (+11)
7 Tochigi SC 39 (+10)
8 Alo's Hokuriku 38 (+16)
9 Sony Sendai 32 (+5)
10 SC Tottori 23 (+1)
11 JEF Club 22 (-14)
12 Arte Takasaki 22 (-17)
13 Sagawa Printing 20 (-20)
14 FC Kariya 19 (-18)
15 FC Ryukyu 18 (-13)
16 Ryutsu Keizai University 18 (-19)
17 Mitsubishi Mizushima 17 (-32)
18 Honda Lock 9 (-42)

12 Aug 06 - Kohei Onishi, on target for YKK AP against Sagawa Tokyo

Kohei Onishi, on target for YKK AP against Sagawa Tokyo

Shake-up At Lock / Rosso Signing
Koji Matsuyama has returned to the hot-seat as coach of the JFL's relegation-threatened Honda Lock as part of a general shake-up of the club's coaching staff, while Kyushu neighbours Rosso Kumamoto have snapped up midfielders Daisuke Yano from Sagan Tosu and Kiyoshi Saito on his departure from Arte Takasaki.
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