Tuesday, 22 January 2019

BOSTIK PREMIER LEAGUE - TOP OF THE TABLE UPDATE


POS TEAM P GD PTS FORM
1 HARINGEY BOROUGH  26 +24 52 WDWWLW
2 DORKING WANDERERS  26 +18 50 WDDWWW
3 LEWES 26 +18 44 LDLDWW
4 KINGSTONIAN  26 +10 41 WWDWLL
5 WORTHING  25 +6 41 DWLLLW
6 MERSTHAM 25 +3 41 WDDWWW
7 BOGNOR REGIS TOWN  26 +16 40 DWWLWD
8 FOLKESTONE INVICTA 26 +10 39 WWWDWL
9 TONBRIDGE ANGELS  25 +1 39 LLLDWW
10 ENFIELD TOWN  26 +14 38 WWDLLL
11 BRIGHTLINGSEA REGENT 26 -5 38 WDWWWL
12 CORINTHIAN CASUALS 26 -10 36 LLLDWW


There were only two games in the Bostik Premier tonight with Wingate and Finchley's home game against Tonbridge Angels a late call off due to the snow. 

Dorking Wanderers made it three wins in a row to keep the pressure up on league leader's Haringey Borough with a 1-0 home win against Enfield Town thanks to Luke Moore's 79th minute goal. Despite the snow and cold weather there was a decent crowd of 404 at Meadowbank for the game.

Elsewhere, Worthing won 0-2 at Brightlingsea Regent to end a run of three defeats. Ollie Pearce and Jalen Jones scored the all important goals for the visitors. Jones is a recent recruit for The Rebels having joined at the beginning of January - He played some games for Merstham last season in the Bostik Premier and had recently been playing for Southern Combination Premier Division side Eastbourne United. 

Third placed Lewes could move closer to the top two if they win their home game against seventeenth placed Margate tomorrow. 

On Saturday top of the table Haringey Borough have an away trip to Tonbridge Angels with Dorking Wanderers visiting Potters Bar Town. After a poor run of form Angels have won their last two games 3-2 (versus Kingstonian) and 4-3 (at Bishops Stortford) with former Borough striker Chinedu McKenzie scoring three goals. 

SOME FACTS AND STATS 

Dorking Wanderers and Merstham are the form sides of the division both winning four and drawing two of their last six games. 

Potters Bar Town have the worst form over the last six games losing five and drawing one which came against Bognor Regis Town in their last game. 

Dorking Wanderers have scored the most goals in the last six games (14) with Wingate and Finchley letting in the most (17).

Both Margate and Wingate and Finchley are without a win in six games.  

Merstham have the best winning run at present - they are without a defeat in eight league games - The Moatsiders entertian AFC Hornchurch on Saturday. 

DORKING WANDERERS ENTERTAIN HARINGEY BOROUGH ON THE FINAL DAY OF THE SEASON - COULD IT BE A TITLE DECIDER ON SATURDAY 27th APRIL?  




Monday, 21 January 2019

A NEW WALTHAMSTOW AVENUE PLAYING SUNDAY FOOTBALL

The name of 'Walthamstow Avenue' disappeared from football way back in 1988 when the historic club merged with Leytonstone/Ilford who later became Redbridge Forest. A modern day club was formed in 2000 playing at Town Mead in Waltham Abbey and did play in the Middlesex County League in the 03/04 season before merging with Walthamstow Pennant who later became Mauritius Sports. 

A new 'Walthamstow Avenue' club has been formed in 2018 and have been playing in the Essex Sunday Corinthian Football League Division Two with home fixtures being held at The Leyton County Ground which is a short walk away from Leyton Orient's ground. 

The club are looking for sponsorship so if you are a local business why not contact them and give them some much needed support - details below. 

FORTHCOMING FIXTURES 

Sunday 27th January - Bretons Manor (Division Two Cup QF) 
@ Castle Green Leisure Centre, RM9 4UN

Sunday 3rd February - LOXFORD LINONS (West Essex Charity Trophy QF) 
@ Leyton County Ground, E10 6RJ


BOSTIK PREMIER LEAGUE - DROP WATCH

BOSTIK PREMIER DIVISION 
CURRENT TABLE - BOTTOM SEVEN ONLY 
POSTEAMPGDPTSFORM
16 POTTERS BAR TOWN  26 -4 29 LLLLLD 
17MARGATE  24 -4 28 DDLLDL 
18AFC HORNCHURCH 25 -4 27 DLWDLW 
19BURGESS HILL TOWN  25 -22 24 WWWDLL 
20 WINGATE & FINCHLEY 24 -24 24 LWLLLL 
21HARLOW TOWN  26 -24 23 DLLDWL 
22WHITEHAWK  25 -19 20 WLLLDW 

There are still many games to play in the Bostik Premier battle to avoid relegation but it's Whitehawk who are currently bottom. They have recently benefited from Vanarama National South side Welling United's (managed by former Hawk's boss Steve King) recent budget cuts with the signings of midfelder/striker John Paul Kissock and defender Yannis Ambroisine.   

Both have played for the Sussex side before with JP making 33 appearances in their 2014/15 Vanarama South play-off season and Ambroisine signing from Leatherhead midway through last season playing 22 games before moving to The Wings during the summer. 

The results have been much more positive for Jude MacDonald's side with two wins and a draw in their last six games. Their 1-3 win at Kingstonian on Saturday was really impressive and they will look to build on this when they host Carshalton Athletic next Saturday. 

Just above The Hawks are The Hawks. Harlow Town have six wins from their twenty-six league games so far but like Whitehawk have improved of late with some good results. Going in the last 20 minutes of their game at title challenging Dorking Wanderers at the weekend they were 2-3 up but goals from David Ray (79th min), Matthew Briggs (90 mins) and Luke Moore (in injury time) made the result look comfortable for the home side which obviously doesn't tell the story of the game. This came on the back of a fantastic 2-1 home win over Haringey Borough last weekend. 

Matthew Foy, currently on loan from League Two side Cambridge United, scored twice for The Hawks in Saturday's game. 

The third team currently occupying the relegation zone are Wingate and Finchley who parted company with Manager Glen Little who had only been in charge since the end of October when Nicky Shorey had stepped down after joining the club with Little on the coaching staff at the beginning of October. He had replaced Keith Rowland who had left the club after a three year spell in charge. 

The blues have brought in former director of football Dave Norman who will oversee things in the short term. He is also currently working as 'Executive Director Sport & Education' for Rhyl FC who are currently third in the Huws Gray Alliance League which is step two on the Welsh league system. 


Wingate have been shipping goals of late which is one of the first things they will need to stop should they wish to beat the drop. They have let in seventeen goals in their last six league games of which five have been defeats. Their next two league games come at home to Tonbridge Angels (tomorrow evening) and Brightlingsea Regent (on Saturday). 


WINGATE & FINCHLEY, HARLOW TOWN AND WHITEHAWK CURRENTLY OCCUPY THE BOTTOM THREE BUT WHO WILL AT THE END OF THE SEASON?

Burgess Hill Town, AFC Hornchurch, Margate and Potters Bar Town are just above the relegation zone. 

Margate made a double signing prior to Saturday's narrow 1-0 defeat at top of the table Haringey Borough. Bradley Stevenson joins on an initial month long loan from League One side Gillingham - The midfielder has recently spent a loan spell with Bostick South-East side Cray Wanderers and has played in some Gillingham's checkatrade trophy games this season. Also joined on loan for the rest of the season is Crystal Palace winger Joseph Hungbo, 19, who has been scoring goals in The Eagles various academy sides.  

Stevenson started the game at Coles Park with Hungbo coming off the bench. 

The Scholars have recently announced a fund raising appeal to raise £10,000 which will put towards necessary ground improvements needed to meet the Football Association requirement for Step three. They need to add a stand with 100 seats and a further covered stand for 100 spectators before the deadline of 31st March or they will be relegated at the end of the season. 

With regular goalkeeper Berkley Laurencin suspended joint manager's Lee O'Leary and Scott Cousins have brought in Nik Tzanev on loan from League One side AFC Wimbledon. Tzanev was born in New Zealand and came through the Brentford academy and made his full international debut in June 2018 when New Zealand won 1-0 over Chinese Taipei in the 2018 Intercontinental Cup. Myer Bevan, who was with the Vancouver Whitecaps, scored the only goal in that game. 

They have also signed Ben Ward-Cochrane who was with the club in their successful 2017/18 promotion season. He joins from Bostik South-Central side Hertford Town and scored in Saturday's 2-2 draw at Bognor Regis Town which ended a run of five successive losses for the club. 

FORTHCOMING BOSTIK PREMIER FIXTURES

Monday 21st January 
Carshalton Athletic v AFC Hornchurch 

Tuesday 22nd January
Brightlingsea Regent v Worthing 
Dorking Wanderers v Enfield Town 
Wingate & Finchley v Tonbridge Angels 

Wednesday 23rd January 
Lewes v Margate 

Saturday 26th January 
Burgess Hill Town v Bishop's Stortford
Corinthian-Casuals v Bognor Regis Town 
Folkestone Invicta v Kingstonian 
Harlow Town v Lewes 
Margate v Leatherhead 
Merstham v AFC Hornchurch
Potters Bar Town v Dorking Wanderers 
Tonbridge Angels v Haringey Borough 
Whitehawk v Carshalton Athletic 
Wingate & Finchley v Brightlingsea Regent 
Worthing v Enfield Town 

Wednesday 30th January
Merstham v Worthing 

Saturday 2nd February 
AFC Hornchurch v Corinthian-Casuals 
Bishop's Stortford v Merstham
Bognor Regis Town v Tonbridge Angels 
Brightlingsea Regent v Whitehawk 
Dorking Wanderers v Folkestone Invicta 
Enfield Town v Margate 
Haringey Borough v Burgess Hill Town 
Kingstonian v Worthing 
Leatherhead v Wingate & Finchley 
Lewes v Potters Bar Town 

Monday 4th February 
Haringey Borough v Brightlingsea Regent 

Tuesday 5th February
Bishop's Stortford v Enfield Town 
Burgess Hill Town v Harlow Town 
Folkestone Invicta v Corinthian-Casuals 
Margate v Dorking Wanderers 
Whitehawk v Leatherhead 
Worthing v Carshalton Athletic 

Wednesday 6th February 
Kingstonian v Potters Bar Town 
Lewes v Tonbridge Angels 
Merstham v Bognor Regis Town 

Saturday 9th February
Bognor Regis Town v AFC Hornchurch
Brightlingsea Regent v Merstham 
Carshalton Athletic v Haringey Borough 
Corinthian-Casuals v Lewes 
Dorking Wanderers v Kingstonian 
Enfield Town v Burgess Hill Town 
Harlow Town v Folkestone Invicta 
Leatherhead v Bishop's Stortford 
Tonbridge Angels v Margate 
Wingate & Finchley v Whitehawk 
Worthing v Potters Bar Town 

Saturday 16th February
AFC Hornchurch v Enfield Town 
Bishop's Stortford v Bognor Regis Town
Burgess Hill Town v Tonbridge Angels
Folkestone Invicta v Wingate & Finchley 
Haringey Borough v Leatherhead 
Kingstonian v Carshalton Athletic 
Lewes v Dorking Wanderers 
Margate v Brightlingsea Regent 
Merstham v Corinthian-Casuals 
Whitehawk v Potters Bar Town 
Worthing v Harlow Town 

Tuesday 19th February 
Whitehawk v Burgess Hill Town 
Wingate & Finchley v Bishop's Stortford 

Saturday 23rd February 
Bognor Regis Town v Haringey Borough
Brightlingsea Regent v Kingstonian 
Carshalton Athletic v Lewes 
Corinthian-Casuals v Margate 
Dorking Wanderers v Bishop's Stortford 
Enfield Town v Folkestone Invicta 
Harlow Town v Whitehawk 
Leatherhead v AFC Hornchurch 
Potters Bar Town v Burgess Hill Town 
Tonbridge Angels v Merstham 
Wingate & Finchley v Worthing 

Tuesday 26th February 
Margate v Carshalton Athletic

Sunday, 20 January 2019

THE DUCKS & THE CITIZENS ENDS ALL SQUARE

BEN ANDREOS AND DEAN BARKER YESTERDAY 

Welwyn Garden City welcomed Aylesbury United yesterday as Dean Barker took charge of his second game in charge of The Citizens. It was only last Friday that Barker along with his coaching staff of Gary Simmonds, Ben Andreos and Chris Stead had joined the Hertfordshire club after Adam Fisher's much talked about departure along with most of the first team squad. 

Former Cockfosters, Wingate and Finchley u23 and Northwood boss Barker had only been given a few days to put a team together before their midweek home game against Sutton Coldfield Town which they got a well deserved draw from with the visitors only scoring the equaliser late in the game. 

There were four debutants for the home side in Isaac Ebelebe (signed from Bostik Premier Wingate and Finchley where he had made 12 appearances this season), Ivan Aggawakah (signed on loan from Barnet's academy squad), Charlie Pattison (form MK Dons academy squad) and Okem Chime (also from Barnet's academy squad). 

The Ducks came to Herns Way with a topsy turvy up and down look to their form - after winning the Aylesbury derby on New Years Day they had drawn 1-1 at Barton Rovers before losing heavily (1-4) at home to Didcot Town last weekend. 

On an extremely chilly afternoon the first half saw Aylesbury have lots of possession but little or no goal mouth action - Centre Forward Tre Mitford held the ball up well at times and worked hard making runs with Max Hercules also looking decent on the left hand side of midfield. The best chance fell to Harry Jones whose shot rebounded off the cross bar which was flagged for offside so if it had of gone in it would of counted. 

The Citizen's defended well and looked organised at the back which the players along with Barker and his coaching staff can take many positive points from. 

As the first half continued Welwyn's former Royston Town player Romelle Alomenu received the ball more on the right hand side of midfield and he put in a number of good crosses. 

The second half was more entertaining with The Ducks looking the more dangerous going forward but it was Jordan Edwards who so very nearly broke the deadlock for the home side. Archie Davis in the away goal had no chance saving the former Haringey Borough player's looping shot from outside of the box which agonisingly crashed against the post. 

United where then awarded a penalty kick when Tre Mitford who chased a long ball closely followed by Taishan Griffith whose clumsy challenge just inside the box was adjudged by the referee to be a foul. Ollie Hogg's resulting spot kick rebounded off the left hand post to keep the game goal-less. 

Mitford had another great chance when his neat turn and shot in the box came back on the right hand post. It was then most of the 152 supporter's present thought the game was destined to end 0-0. 

The Citizens goal keeper Lewis Todd made two more good saves towards the end of the match and kept a well deserved clean-sheet for the home side. 

It was a tough call give a man of the match award but for me United's Tre Mitford with his hard work running the channels up front tipped the balance for me. He did everything but score a goal. 

I must give special mention to two players on opposing sides and at opposite ends of their career both playing in midfield. Forty-one year old Greg Williams never stopped working for The Ducks - Many players his age have long since given up so to be still on the pitch on a cold afternoon representing  the club he loves can only be admired.  For The Citizens, Charlie Pattison, who has only just turned eighteen years old looks a very impressive player with a great touch and range of passing - The experience he gains playing for Welwyn Garden City will only be of benefit to him and his parent club in League Two side MK Dons.     

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS 



Aylesbury United didn't draw any of their first eighteen league games but three our of their last five have now ended all square. Their next game comes at home against Yaxley who they beat 3-7 back in September.

Dean Barker's new look side have their toughest game yet on Tuesday evening (weather permitting) when Corby Town visit Hertfordshire. The Steelmen are currently in third place in the Evo Stik Southern League Division One (Central) and have won five of their last six league games. They comfortably won 1-4 at Aylesbury FC yesterday with the experienced Elliott Sandy netting a hat-trick. 

If you are local to Welwyn Garden City please give The Citizens some much needed support.  


LINE UPS 
WELWYN GARDEN CITY 
Lewis Todd, Taishan Griffith, Jon Sexton, Isaac Ebelebe, Ivan Aggawakah, Jay Rolfe, Jordan Edwards (Josh Williams), Charlie Pattison, Okem Chime (Brodie Carrington), Dave Keenleyside,  Romelle Alomenu (Harry Andic). 
Sub unused - James Mays and George Batney 

AYLESBURY UNITED 

Archie Davis, Anthony Ball, Jake Bewley, Jack Wood, Callum Mapley, Ollie Hogg, Harry Jones (Ben Seaton), Greg Williams, Tre Mitford, Sonny French, Max Hercules (Aaron Berry). 
Subs unused -  Harry Tucker, Chris Crook and Ben Seaton.

Thursday, 17 January 2019

BUCKINGHAM TOWN BECOME THE 'MILTON KEYNES ROBINS'

Buckingham Town were evicted from their Ford Meadow in 2011 - the ground they had called home since they were formed in 1883. The Robins spent a season ground sharing with Winslow United before moving to their current home of Manor Fields in the Bletchley area of Milton Keynes which they currently share with Spartan South Midlands League Division Two side Unite MK. 

It was announced the club would fold last summer but some hard work behind the scenes saw them continuing switching across from the United Counties League Division One to the SSMFL Division One. 

It has been announced this midweek that the club with be renamed 'Milton Keynes Robins' or 'MK Robins' forthwith. This is a great touch and keeps the historic club name and history remembered. 

In a strange quirk their last opponents officially as Buckingham Town were Wodson Park who won 1-2 last weekend with their first opponents also Wodson Park who they visit this Saturday. 

I have no news of a new club badge as yet as they don't appear to have a social media presence or website. 

MILTON KEYNES ROBINS forthcoming fixturesSaturday 19th January - Wodson Park
Saturday 26th January - Broadfields United
Saturday 9th February - Brimsdown
Tuesday 12th February - RAYNERS LANE 
Saturday 16th February - Amersham Town

THURLOW NUNN PREMIER DIVISION - THE SEASON SO FAR

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PREMIER DIVISION 
CURRENT TABLE - TOP SIX ONLY 
POS TEAM P GD PTS FORM
 1 GODMANCHESTER ROVERS   21  +21  46  DWWDDW 
 2 HISTON  17  +34  44  WWWWDW 
 3 WALSHAM LE WILLOWS  22  +16  43  LWWDWW 
 4 WOODBRIDGE TOWN   20 +28  41  WDLWWW 
 5 STOWMARKET TOWN  22  +26  41  WWDWWL 
 5 WROXHAM 23  +9  41  DLLWWW 

Godmanchester Rovers currently lead the way in the Premier Division but it's Histon who look to be best placed at present with games in hand over their title rivals. With twenty-one league games to play it's going to be a busy few months for The Stutes as they, like Godmanchester Rovers, are still involved on the road to Wembley in the Buildbase FA Vase. Histon have only one league defeat so far this season which came away at Long Melford (currently sixteenth) who won 2-1 thanks to two goals from Spanish midfielder Pablo Chaves De Nova who came through the academy system of La Liga 1/2/3 side Granada CF and has also played for UD Maracena and Atletico Monachil in his home country. Histon are the only side with an unbeaten home record with eight wins and one draw from nine games played - the draw came recently on Saturday 29th December at home to Walsham Le Willows in game which finished 2-2. 

Last season's Division One Champion's Woodbridge Town will be very pleased with their current fourth place position with Stowmarket Town, who missed out on promotion last season despite finishing with 103 points, looking to have a strong finish to their campaign. 

Histon are the form side of the division with five wins and one draw in their last six games but are closely followed by Great Yarmouth Town who have fives wins and one defeat which has pulled them away from the danger zone although they are still only four points away from Hadleigh United who are second from bottom. Ironically The Bloaters only defeat in their last six games came at home to Histon 0-3. They have been boosted with the arrival of League Two Stevenage u18's players Harry Draper and Dylan Switters who have joined on loan. Both have scored goals with Switters netting one of the two scored in the Boxing Day local derby victory over Gorleston which was played in front of 580 people at Wellesley Road.  


THE BLOATERS ARE IN FORM - AFTER WINNING JUST TWO OF THEIR OPENING SIXTEEN LEAGUE GAMES THEY HAVE NOW WON FIVE FROM THEIR LAST SIX GAMES. 

KEY FORTHCOMING FIXTURES

Saturday 19th January
Histon v Woodbridge Town 
Walsham Le Willows v Stowmarket Town 
Wroxham v Godmanchester Rovers 

A huge afternoon coming up this weekend as its 2nd v 4th, 3rd v 5th and 6th v 1st fixtures. 

Tuesday 22nd January
Wroxham v Histon 

Another big game as Histon travel to Wroxham for a midweek game. 

Saturday 26th January 
Godmanchester Rovers v Walsham Le Willows 
Woodbridge Town v Histon 

Another huge game for The Stutes as they meet The Woodpeckers for the second time in a week. 

TOP SCORER 

In the race for the division's top goalscorer it's Thetford Town's (currently seventeenth) Valter Rocha leading the way on 16 goals from 18 appearances followed by Woodbridge Town's Kelsey Trotter on 14 goals from 20 games. Histon's Ed Rolph follows on 13 goals from 16 (3) games. 

Rocha was with Thetford Town last season and did join step 3 side Kings Lynn Town over the summer but was released after only making one start and two substitute appearances for The Linnets - now back at 

Trotter scored 49 goals in 34 league and cup games for Suffolk and Ipswich League Division One Benhall St Mary in the 2016/17 campaign and spent some of the 17/18 campaign with Woodbridge and for then Bostik League Premier Division side Leiston. 

Rolph is another player to successfully move up from a lower league when he moved from Cambridgeshire League side Sawston United in July 2017. He was Histon's top scorer last season with 19 goals in 38 appearances in league and cup games. 

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

NO GOALS BETWEEN BIGGLESWADE FC AND LEIGHTON TOWN

Biggleswade FC welcomed Leighton Town to Langford Road last night for a Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division game. The visitors have had a topsy-turvy sort of season and were placed in fifteen place prior to kick off with seven wins from nineteen games played. FC were third and are in with a real chance of winning the title although their last three league games had been drawn against Biggleswade United, Stotfold and Oxhey Jets. 

Both goalkeepers weren't called into action much during the game with both teams working hard in defence and midfield. The best chances for Leighton Town came when a header from a corner was cleared off the line in the first half and Lewis McBride's shot from the edge of the box looped over the bar in the second half. Fc had the ball in the net via a Pat McCafferty header in the box which was ruled out for offside. 

In the second half there were several bookings given out in what became an increasingly  scrappy game which won't live long in the memory on the 95 people watching on a cold Befordshire evening. Leighton's defender Kyle Davison-Gordon was red carded on 83 minutes following a late challenge which the referee deemed a second bookable offence. 

I was once again impressed with FC's Spanish defender Benat Pena who looks a fantastic player. He's calm with the ball at his feet and also gets stuck in when he has too. I think he could play at a higher level in the future. He was FC's Captain last night and did a great job.     

In summary the visitors will be very pleased in taking a point against one of the title challengers with FC frustrated at drawing their third league game in a row - With seventeen games still to play they are still in a great position to challenge for the title. 

LINE UPS 
Biggleswade FC 
Ross Tompkins, Adam Hunt, Sam Kelly, Pat McCafferty, Nathan George, Benat Pena, Abraham Eze (Adam Darkulic), Lawrie Marsh, Justin Leavers (Oscar Smith), Lee Northfield, Ryan Inskip. 
Sub unused - George Holman, Conor Inskip & Michael Carroll. 

Leighton Town FC 
Tom Wyant, Carl Resch, Matt Hall, Dave Murphy, Kyle Davison-Gordon, Yusuf Seodi, Jay Caines (Alfie Osborne), Brian Foulger, Kyle Falkner (Matt Brady), Lewis McBride, Tom Silford (Tom Bryant). 
Subs unused - Michael Donker & Aron McKie. 


MATCH HIGHLIGHTS 


Biggleswade have a busy week coming up with a massive game at fellow title challenger's Tring Athletic on Saturday followed by a midweek game at Leverstock Green and a home game on Saturday 26th January against Cockfosters. They then have their hotly anticipated FA Vase Fifth Round game at home to Windsor on Sunday 3rd February. Leighton Town host Wembley (who are the form side of the division unbeaten in six games) this weekend before going to Oxhey Jets the week after. 

As you can see from the below table the Tring Athletic v Biggleswade FC game this Saturday is huge. 

Spartan South Midlands League 
Premier Division - Top Four 
POS TEAM P GD PTS FORM
1 HADLEY  25  +21  53   DLWWWW
TRING ATHLETIC   23  +32  51  LWWWLD
3 BIGGLESWADE FC   21  +37  50   WWDDDD
4 BIGGLESWADE UNITED   22  +23  46   WDWLWD