Friday, 29 August 2014

RYMAN PREMIER DIVISION - SOME FACTS AND STATS ON THE SEASON SO FAR

THREE - Teams remain unbeaten. Margate, Kingstonian and Witham Town

ONE - Team has a 100% winning record - Margate have won all six of their league games so far.

FIVE - Bognor Regis Town, Lewes, AFC Hornchucrh, VCD Athletic and Hampton and Richmond Borough are yet to register a victory.

ZERO - Only Hampton and Richmond Borough have zero points losing all five of their opening games

TWO - Bury Town are the lowest scorers in the division hitting the back of the net just twice in six league games.

EIGHTEEN - Table topper's Margate have scored the most hitting eighteen goals in six games.

FOUR - Hendon and Margate share the best goals conceded record letting in four goals in their six games.

FIFTEEN - Bottom of the table Hampton have the worst defensive record letting in fifteen goals in five games.

FIVE - Witham Town have drawn five of their opening six games.

1,687 - Maidstone United v Bury Town on the Saturday 23rd August is the highest attendance so far.

103 - VCD Athletic v Met Police is the lowest crowd recorded so far also on Saturday 23rd August

5-0 - The highest victory so far was recorded by Leiston when they beat Peacehaven and Telscombe

EIGHT goals in one game in the highest amount so far in the 4-4 draw between Canvey Island and the Met Police.  

SEVEN - David Knight (Wingate and Finchley) and Ryan Moss (Margate) top the goal scoring charts at the moment.


Wednesday, 27 August 2014

GLORY UP FOR GRABS - THE FA CUP CONTINUES THIS WEEKEND

The FA Cup continues this weekend with the Preliminary Round games taking place where Step 4 sides join dreaming of some glory in the world's greatest knockout competition. Here is the fixture list for Spartan South Midlands, Essex Senior League and Ryman Division One (North) sides -

FA CUP PRELIMINARY ROUND 
involving Spartan South Midlands League teams
Saturday 
AFC Hayes v HOLMER GREEN
Bowers and Pitsea v COLNEY HEATH
CODICOTE v Tilbury
Hanwell Town v BIGGLESWADE UNITED
HAREFIELD UNITED v LEVERSTOCK GREEN
HERTFORD TOWN v Great Wakering Rovers
Ipswich Wanderers v HODDESDON TOWN
LONDON TIGERS v FC Clacton
Maldon and Tiptree v LONDON COLNEY
Northwood v KINGS LANGLEY
Saffron Walden Town v WELWYN GC
ST MARGARETSBURY v Romford
Waltham Abbey v COCKFOSTERS
Sunday
AFC DUNSTABLE v Uxbridge
BALDOCK TOWN v Harlow Town

There are two games where Step 6 sides entertain Step 4 sides as Codicote welcome Tilbury to The Gosling Stadium on Saturday and Baldock Town play Harlow Town on Sunday at Top Field. There is only one all SSMFL tie as Harefield United play Leverstock Green. This should be a close game as both teams have had good starts to their league campaigns.  

Romford certainly won't relish their game at St Margaretsbury who recorded a decent 6-2 victory in their re-arranged replay game on Tuesday evening - The original game had been abandoned due to floodlight failure. The Bury Boys have been in free scoring mood beating AFC Dunstable 1-6 away in the previous game in the league so will be in a confident mood against a Romford side who have lost all three of their away league games by 1-3, 1-2 and 1-2.

FA CUP PRELIMINARY ROUND 
involving Essex Senior League sides 
Saturday 
Aveley v BASILDON UNITED
BOWERS & PITSEA v Colney Heath
Sunday
FC ROMANIA v Heybridge Swifts

Just three ESL team's remain and two of those face tough games against Ryman Division One (North) sides. Sunday's game between FC Romania and Heybridge Swifts at Theobalds Lane should attract a decent crowd.

FA CUP PRELIMINARY ROUND 
involving Ryman Division One (North) sides
Saturday
AVELEY v Basildon United
BARKINGSIDE v Wivenhoe Town
BRENTWOOD TOWN v Potters Bar Town
BURNHAM RAMBLERS v Hadleigh United
CHATHAM TOWN v Whyteleafe
CHESHUNT v THURROCK
Codicote v TILBURY
CRAY WANDERERS v Molesey
DEREHAM TOWN v St Ives Town
Hertford Town v GREAT WAKERING ROVERS
MALDON AND TIPTREE v London Colney
NEEDHAM MARKET v SOHAM TOWN RANGERS
REDBRIDGE v AFC SUDBURY
Royston Town v BRIGHTLINGSEA REGENT
South Park v THAMESMEAD TOWN
St Margaretsbury v ROMFORD
WALTHAM ABBEY v Cockfosters
WARE v Felixstowe and Walton United
WROXHAM v Great Yarmouth Town
Sunday
Baldock Town v HARLOW TOWN
FC Romania v HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS

Enfield Town fans will have an eye on the game at Wodson Park where Ware welcome Thurlow Nunn League side Felixstowe and Walton United. Ware have only won one of the their opening six league games drawing three and losing two. F&W won 0-1 at Tower Hamlets in the last round and have won one and lost two of their league games.

Cray Wanderers are currently bottom of the division winning just one of their opening six games - they have lost the other five. They welcome Molesey of the Combined Counties League Premier Division who have had an amazing start to the season winning all six of their games played. In the last round they won 11-0 at home to Haywards Heath Town and have also recorded a 0-9 vicotry on the opening day of the season at Chertsey Town. Could there be a shock on the cards at Hayes Lane? Central Midfielder James McShane has been in great form for Molesey scoring seven goals already so he'll be one to watch here.

Thurlow Nunn league champion's Hadleigh United are in great form and are unbeaten in their six league and cup games. They will be a real test for Burnham Ramblers (2 wins from 5 league games and conceded 12 goals).

£1,925 is on offer from the FA prize fund for winner's of the games which will be well received by the clubs who are lucky enough to get through. It would take 31,012 of these payments to equal the £59.7 million transfer fee Manchester United have just paid for Angel Di Maria - Has football gone mad?



GEORGE BORG PARTS COMPANY WITH ENFIELD TOWN

Enfield Town Football Club yesterday released a statement via EnfieldTownFootballClub.co.uk as follows -

"Following the 2-3 defeat at home to Wingate and Finchley on Monday 25th August, Enfield Town FC and manager George Borg have parted company.

Assistant Manager Bradley Quinton will be in charge of the team for next Saturday’s trip to Hendon and until further notice.

The club will be making no further comment at this time, but will issue a further statement in due course."



Tuesday, 26 August 2014

LOCAL BRAGGING RIGHTS TO WINGATE WHO HOLD ON (JUST) FOR DERBY VICTORY


"MORE FLAGS THAN FANS!!!" IS ONE OF THEIR FAVOURITE SONGS
 WINGATE AND FINCHLEY'S AWAY SUPPORT AND DISPLAY AT DONKEY LANE
Every time these two local rival's meet it's always eventful and the Bank Holiday Monday game was more of the same as Wingate and Finchley ran out 2-3 winner's to record their second successive victory in games played at Enfield Town's Donkey Lane.

Wingate went into the game full of confidence on the back of a great opening to their season winning three of their opening five games with Town suffering an indifferent stuttering sort of start collecting four points from a possible fifteen on offer.




What was very nice is that I had the chance to meet some of the Wingate fans prior to kick off who are a fantastic bunch of loyal fans who clearly love their club and the non-league game. The rivalry is there between the clubs but as with most non-league football clubs we share a drink in the bar before and after talking about the beautiful game. They were obviously very pleased with their start to the season but were gracious in the fact they shouldn't really be in the Ryman Premier after finishing in the relegation places last season but luckily were reprieved from demotion following Worksop Town's decision to drop out of the Northern Premier League. Here is where the sense of realism comes in as they told me they after collecting ten points from their opening five games they are roughly another forty points off of safety and another season at Step 3 of the non-league ladder.

The game was played in gloomy, rainy, horrible and cold conditions - It certainly felt like a British Summer Bank Holiday!

Rob Laney celebrates scoring Wingate's third goal 
Wingate were amazing in the first half as they totally dominated proceedings looking confident on the ball with Town unable to muster any chances of note. It was a disappointing half of football for the Town fans present as the away side went in at the break 0-3 up and looking like there were odds-on to take all three points away. You have to say Wingate's first goal was fantastic as Karl Oliyide collected the ball just inside Town's half and danced around three or four challenges running at the Town back line - swapping a one-two and then placing a controlled shot into the net to the delight of the away support.

Wingate went 2-0 up when James Kaloczi's found himself in space at the edge of the box and was able to shoot past Nathan McDonald. It was 3-0 just prior to half time when Rob Laney was able to score following some good work on the left from David Knight who has been in great form for Wingate in the opening games of the season.

Town certainly needed a reaction in the second half and it was a case of so near but yet so far as a tremendous and fully committed fight back saw Neil Cousin's score his first and second goals for the club and Phil Kane's shot late on well saved by Bobby Smith in the away goal.

It could of been 2-4 very late on as Wingate broke up field and Ahmet Rifat (a veteran of the Wingate/Enfield derby games) found himself unmarked with an open goal in front of him. How he missed the goal only he will know as the ball  zipped past the post right in front of the away support..some of whom must of already been celebrating a fourth goal!

Wingate were reduced to ten men shortly after when central defender Kieron Street was red carded for a two footed challenge.

Wingate's small army of fans danced in the rain when the full time whistle blew celebrating a famous victory and the winning of local bragging rights. For Town fans it was a day of mixed feelings - the poor performance in the first half was contrasted with their team showing some much needed desire and passion with a spirited fight back in the second half which will give the team and management a real boost for another tough local derby away against Hendon on Saturday.

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS


WHITWELL GO GOAL CRAZY AGAINST BEDMOND

Whitwell, who finished in third place in 2013/14, welcomed league champions Bedmond Sports and Social to The Recreation Ground on Saturday afternoon for a Hertsavers Hertfordshire Senior County League Premier Division game which will live long in the memory for both sides in extremely contrasting and differing reasons.

Bedmond's successful manager Ashley Purser had left the club during the summer to join Spartan South Midlands League Division One side Hatfield Town and many players had left too but had recorded a decent 3-1 home win over Bushey Sports Club and drew 1-1 at Chipperfield Corinthians in their opening two games so were not low on confidence going into this match. Whitwell had won 5-1 at home to promoted Lemsford and 1-0 also at home to Cuffley.


Bedmond started the game well and could of scored with a good chance but from the moment the home rattled the woodwork and had a goal disallowed for an offside decision it all started to go wrong for them. The half time score was 3-0 and the away side were down to just 9 men with two red cards shown by the referee. Both were for second yellow cards - The first saw their captain dismissed. His first offence was a late tackle with the second card shown for what appeared to be a extremely harsh foul given by the official - see video from 4m 24secs. *Although it was later reported the second bookable offence was for kicking the ball away after the whistle was blown for the initial foul.

The second was a little more clear cut with the player already on a yellow card for an earlier handball on the half way line he handled in the box preventing the ball going through to the attacking player.
BEDMOND'S HALF TIME TEAM TALK
NINE MEN - BEDMOND KICK OFF THE SECOND HALF
Bedmond's half time team talk would of been a difficult one for their manager. He asked for his team to show some pride, defend and keep the score at 3-0 - Then get one goal and who knows?

GOAL MACHINE!!
TOM WILSHERE SCORED HIS SECOND HAT-TRICK IN A WEEK
As it turned out it was an afternoon to forget for the Bedmond team and fans as Whitwell ran in another nine goals with Ryan Foster and Tom Wilshere both scoring hat-tricks. Tom is the brother of Arsenal and England star Jack and looks a very decent player pulling the strings in the midfield for the home side. This was his second hat-trick in a week having scored three against Lemsford.

WHO'D BE A GOALKEEPER?
Bedmond's keeper can't be too down heartened from letting in twelve goals as he also made some good saves to keep the score down.

RESPECT - AFTER THE GAME - HANDSHAKES
Watch the match highlights below of an amazing game. These include all of the twelve goals scored and the red card decisions.



Friday, 22 August 2014

IF YOU CAN'T MAKE THE TOWN WHY NOT VISIT GOLDSDOWN ROAD?

Regular visitors to this website will know I am an Enfield Town fan as a large percentage of the matches filmed are of George Borg's side in action. Sometimes fans are unable to make Town away games for a variety of reasons so The Cold End recommends if you are local to Enfield to take a trip back to Goldsdown Road to watch either Bush Hill Rangers or Brimsdown in action. 

Rangers were promoted from the Hertfordshire Senior County League Premier Division in the summer and now play in the Spartan South Midlands League Division One (Step 6) with Brimsdown FC formed in 2013 playing one level below in Division Two. The Limers (as Brimsdown are nicknamed) used The Downs pitch for the 2013/14 campaign but now play on the main pitch along with Bush Hill with Enfield 1893 FC currently ground sharing at Harlow Town. Ex Burnham Ramblers centre forward George Sonko is one to watch for Rangers - He has scored in each of their three games so far this season! 

BUSH HILL RANGERS FORTHCOMING HOME FIXTURES
Saturday 23rd August - BEDFORD FC 
Saturday 6th September - CHESHAM UNITED RES 
Saturday 13th September - SOUTHALL 
Wednesday 24th September - BALDOCK TOWN (Challenge Trophy Round One) 

Brimsdown FC only have one scheduled forthcoming game against PITSTONE & IVINGHOE on Saturday 30th August. They start their league campaign tomorrow with an away trip to The 61 FC (Luton). 

Thursday, 21 August 2014

RYMAN PREMIER DIVISION - THE SEASON SO FAR

Ryman Premier Division - Current Table
TEAM P GD PTS
MAIDSTONE UNITED 4 +7 12
MARGATE 4 +6 12
DULWICH HAMLET 4 +5 10
KINGSTONIAN 4 +5 10
LEISTON 4 +4 9
HENDON 4 +3 9
WINGATE & FINCHLEY 4 +6 7
CANVEY ISLAND 4 +2 7
METROPOLITAN POLICE 4 +1 7
EAST THURROCK UNITED 4 0 7
WITHAM TOWN 4 +2 6
BILLERICAY TOWN 4 +2 6
TONBRIDGE ANGELS 4 +1 6
HARROW BOROUGH 4 +1 6
LEATHERHEAD 4 0 5
PEACEHAVEN & TELSCOMBE 4 0 4
ENFIELD TOWN  4 -4 4
LEWES 4 -4 2
GRAYS ATHLETIC 4 -4 2
BURY TOWN 4 -6 2
AFC HORNCHURCH 4 -6 1
BOGNOR REGIS TOWN 4 -5 0
HAMPTON AND RICHMOND  4 -8 0
VCD ATHLETIC  4 -8 0

With just four games down the Ryman Premier Division has a familiar look to it with Maidstone United, Dulwich Hamlet and Kingstonian all in the top five along with pre-season title favourite's Margate and Leiston who have lost just one of their four games to Dulwich Hamlet.

Only two teams are left with a 100% record being the top two of Margate and Maidstone United. The Kent rivals join Dulwich Hamlet, Kingstonian  and Witham Town (11th - 3 draws and 1 win) as the only five teams without a defeat.

At the bottom of the table VCD Athletic, Hampton and Richmond and Bognor Regis Town all have a 100% losing records with both Hampton, Bognor and AFC Hornchurch (one win and three defeats) all somewhat surprisingly occupying the bottom four.

Highest scorers presently are table topper's Maidstone United and Wingate & Finchley (7th place) on eleven goals scored. Lowest scorers are Bury Town on just one goal. The team with the best defence are Margate who have conceded only two goals with Hampton and Richmond Borough the worst who have let in eleven goals.

Wingate have certainly made the best of their relegation reprieve by winning two of their opening four games with centre-forward David Knight scoring six goals in the process. He tops the division's golden boot list followed by John Curran (5) of Canvey Island and Bradley Hudson Odoi (Met Police), Gareth Heath (Leiston) and Tommy Whitnell (Tonbridge Angels) on four goals each.

Margate and Maidstone United both have home games this weekend against Billericay Town and Bury Town so will be odds on to continue their perfect start to the season. Bet365.com will currently give you odds of 1.14/1 for a Stones/Gate double!