Wednesday, 18 July 2018

LATE GOAL WINS THE JOHN MILTON PLATE FOR BARTON ROVERS



Each time Barton Rovers and Arlesey Town play each they compete for "The John Milton Plate" which is named in honour and memory of John Milton who was chairman of both clubs during his life. 

Last year both clubs were members of the Evo Stik Southern League East Division but it was a miserable campaign for Arlesey who finished bottom and were relegated to return to the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division (Step 5) for the first time since the year 2000 so this pre-season friendly played last night may well be the only time the two Bedfordshire local rival's play each other. 






This was a fantastically entertaining match with all the players showing full commitment which is sometimes missing from pre-season games. There were lots of chances created by both sides with both management teams taking lots of positives from the game. There was the usual raft of substitutions in the second half but the game continued to be decent - Barton had a penalty well saved late on in the game which was a talking point in itself. They had an appeal for a spot kick turned down and then a few seconds later the referee gave one for a challenge in the box. Have a look at the replays and see what you make of them? I think the incident which wasn't given was more of a penalty than the one that was given - VAR at the World Cup may of given it! 

Barton kept the pressure on and won the game with a late goal to win The John Milton Plate for now. 

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS 

Monday, 16 July 2018

NOT LONG UNTIL CLAPTON CFC'S FIRST GAME

Clapton Community Football Club play their first ever game on Saturday with a trip to the wonderful Essex seaside to face Eastern Senior League First Division South side Holldand FC. The game will take place at Hollands brand new developed ground at Eastcliff so many fans will no doubt be making their way on trains to Clacton-On-Sea and then making the short fifteen minute walk along the sea-front in (hopefully) glorious sunshine. 


The club only formed in the middle of June but now has over 200 members.  

CLAPTON COMMUNITY FOOTBALL CLUB PRE-SEASON SCHEDULE 
Saturday 21st July - Holland FC 
Saturday 28th July - West Essex @ CONEL, Hertford Road, Enfield 
Saturday 4th August - Sporting Hackney @ Mabley Green, Hackney 
Tuesday 7th August - Enfield Town XI 
Saturday 18th August - Epping Town 
Saturday 25th August - WANDERERS FC 
Saturday 1st September - LONDON SAMURAI FC 

LEYTON ATHLETIC - A NEW NAME FOR THE ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE

Wadham Lodge finished nineteenth of twenty-one teams in the Essex Senior League last season which had confirmed their relegation to the new Eastern Senior First Division South (Step 6) division. However, the news this week is that they have been reprieved from the drop and will compete in a twenty team Essex Senior League for the 2018/19 campaign. 

The club have also changed names and will be known as LEYTON ATHLETIC from now which means the Wadham Lodge derby which last year was Waltham Forest v Wadham Lodge will now be Walthamstow v Leyton Athletic. 

ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE 2018/19 Barkingside 
Clapton 
Enfield 1893 
Hoddesdon Town 
Hullbridge Sports 
Ilford 
Leyton Athletic 
Redbridge 
Saffron Walden Town 
Sawbridgeworth Town 
Southend Manor 
Sporting Bengal United 
St Margaretsbury 
Stansted 
Stanway Rovers 
Takeley 
Tower Hamlets 
Walthamstow  
West Essex 
Woodford Town 

Sunday, 15 July 2018

EVO-STIK LEAGUE SOUTH FIXTURES OUT THIS WEEK!


Fans of all of  the Evo-Stik League South teams will be glued to the internet on Thursday 19th July when all the fixtures for the four divisions are released. These are how the four divisions line up for the 2018/19 campaign.


PREMIER DIVISION CENTRAL 
AFC Rushden & Diamonds
Alvechurch
Banbury United
Barwell
Bedworth United
Biggleswade Town
Coalville Town
Halesowen Town
Hitchin Town
Kettering Town
King's Lynn Town
Leiston
Lowestoft Town
Needham Market
Redditch United
Royston Town
Rushall Olympic
St Ives Town
St Neots Town
Stourbridge
Stratford Town
Tamworth

PREMIER DIVISION SOUTH
Basingstoke Town
Beaconsfield Town 
Chesham United 
Dorchester Town 
Farnborough 
Frome Town 
Gosport Borough 
Harrow Borough 
Hartley Wintney 
Hendon 
Kings Langley 
Merthyr Town 
Metropolitan Police 
Poole Town 
Salisbury 
Staines Town 
Swindon Supermarine 
Taunton Town 
Tiverton Town 
Walton Casuals
Weymouth 
Wimborne Town


DIVISION ONE CENTRAL 
AFC Dunstable 
Aylesbury 
Aylesbury United 
Barton Rovers 
Bedford Town 
Berkhamsted 
Bromsgrove Sporting 
Cambridge City 
Coleshill Town 
Corby Town 
Didcot Town 
Dunstable Town 
Kempston Rovers 
Kidlington 
North Leigh 
Peterborough Sports 
Sutton Coldfield Town 
Thame United 
Welwyn Garden City
Yaxley


DIVISION ONE SOUTH 
AFC Totton 
Barnstaple Town 
Bideford 
Blackfield & Langley 
Bristol Manor Farm 
Cinderford Town 
Cirencester Town 
Evesham United 
Fleet Town 
Highworth Town 
Larkhall Athletic 
Mangotsfield United 
Melksham Town 
Moneyfields 
Paulton Rovers 
Slimbridge 
Street
Thatcham Town 
Winchester City 
Yate Town 

2018 UEFA EUROPEAN UNDER 19 CHAMPIONSHIP - FINLAND

Those of you suffering post World Cup blues there is loads of good news footballing wise with the many interesting non-league pre-season friendly games taking place and also the 2018 UEFA European Under 19 Championship starting tomorrow in Finland - England u19s won the 2017 tournament with a 2-1 victory over Portugal in the final. The goalscorers were Easah Suliman (of Aston Villa) and Lukas Nmecha (of Manchester City). Nmecha made his City debut in April when coming on a substitute for Gabriel Jesus at West Ham United. The squad also featured Nottingham Forest's Ben Brereton and Fulham's Ryan Sessegnon. The full England squad for the competition has not been confirmed at this time of writing. The England games along with selected other tournament games are all live on Sky Sports Football. The line up for the 2018 tournament is 

GROUP A 
FINLAND (Hosts) 
PORTUGAL 
NORWAY 
ITALY 

Monday 16th July - Norway v Portugal 

Monday 16th July - Finland v Italy 
Thursday 19th July - Finland v Norway 
Thursday 19th July - Portugal v Italy 
Sunday 22nd July - Portugal v Finland 
Sunday 22nd July - Italy v Norway

GROUP B 

TURKEY 
UKRAINE 
FRANCE 
ENGLAND 

Tuesday 17th July - Turkey v England 

Tuesday 17th July - France v Ukraine 
Friday 20th July - Ukraine v England 
Friday 20th July - Turkey v France 
Monday 23rd July - Ukraine v Turkey 
Monday 23rd July - England v France

Saturday, 14 July 2018

PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY ROUND-UP

There were many clubs in pre-season action this afternoon as fans got their first look at new players and the infamous 'trialist' players making starts for many managers. 

Vanarama National side Boreham Wood entertained a very strong Arsenal side who played their first game under new boss Unai Emery. It was a great start for the former PSG boss as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted a first half hat-trick on 7,9 and 17 mins followed by goals from Reiss Nelson, Alexandre Lacazette, Eddie Nketiah, Jeff Reine-Adelaide and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to make the final score 0-8. Aubameyang scored 10 times in 14 games for The Gunners following his move in January 2018 so may be a decent bet for the Premier League golden-boot at 6/1 - Only Harry Kane (2/1) and Mo Salah (9/2) are above him at the moment. odds courtesy of betstars.co.uk. Boreham Wood won't be too dismayed as over 3,500 watched the game so it was a good day all round for both clubs. 


NORTHWOOD IN ACTION AGAINST A CHELSEA DEVELOPMENT TEAM picture courtesy of @SeaninPinner

THE LINE-UPS FOR NORTHWOOD v CHELSEA XI TODAY WHICH NO DOUBT CONTAINED SOME STARTS OF THE FUTURE. SIX YEARS AGO THE WOODS PLAYED A CHELSEA u21 TEAM WHICH CONTAINED RUBEN LOFTUS-CHEEK 

Bostik South Central Division side Northwood played their first home game under new manager Dean Barker against a Chelsea development side. The Woods ran out 1-0 winners thanks to James Ewington's early goal. It's early days of course but I expect The Woods to have a great 2018/19 season. 

Essex Olympian side Epping Town FC entertained Essex Senior League side Walthamstow FC who ran out 2-4 winners thanks to goals from James Peagram, Christian Owusu, Ramsey and R Pope. 

Bostik Premier Division Enfield Town won 0-3 at Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division side Wembley thanks to goals from Matt Johnson and two from trialist players. 


MATCH ACTION FROM WALTHAM ABBEY AT ENFIELD 1893 FC 
courtesy of @Mand_davies5

Bostik South-Central Division side Waltham Abbey won 0-4 at Essex Senior League side Enfield 1893 FC. 

Eastern Counties League First Division South team Hashtag United continued the build up to their first proper non-league season with a game at Bostik North Division Romford. They won 2-0 thanks to goals from Daniel Adjei and Neil Richmond. Their next game comes next Saturday when they travel to Bournemouth FC. 


THE BRIMSDOWN TEAM TODAY BEFORE KICK OFF AT MABLEY GREEN


Over at Mabley Green in Hackney Spartan South Midlands Division One side Brimsdown (who will be ground sharing with Ware for the 2018/19 season) drew 0-0 with Essex Senior League side Barkingside. 

JAMES BEARDWELL WAS HAPPY TODAY AT WITHAM'S 1-5 VICTORY AT SAWBRIDGEWORTH

Finally, Witham Town (of the Bostik North) travelled to Essex Senior League side Sawbridgeworth Town and ran out 1-5 winners which made the loyal Witham Town super-fan James Beardwell very happy. Witham are under the new management of Mark Ashford this season. 

BOSTIK LEAGUE OPENING FIXTURES


SATURDAY 11th AUGUST
PREMIER DIVISION 
AFC Hornchurch v Leatherhead 
Bishops Stortford v Dorking Wanderers 
Burgess Hill Town v Potters Bar Town 
Folkestone Invicta v Enfield Town 
Haringey Borough v Bognor Regis Town 
Kingstonian v Brightlingsea Regent 
Lewes v Carshalton Athletic 
Margate v Corinthian Casuals 
Merstham v Tonbridge Angels 
Whitehawk v Harlow Town 
Worthing v Wingate & Finchley 

There are some great games in the Premier Division on the opening weekend of the season. Corinthian-Casuals last played in the Isthmian top division back in 1973/74 so it will be a huge celebration when they travel to face Margate who finished seventh last season. Whitehawk, relegated from the Vanarama South, entertain Harlow Town whose fans will enjoy a lovely day at the seaside in Brighton as will Enfield Town fans in Folkestone Invicta and Wingate & Finchley fans in Worthing - I'm sure a few beers might be sunk even if the sun's not shining. For Enfield Town's boss Andy Leese who has made a number of good signings it'll be a good test for his side against a Folkestone side who impressed so many fans last season in getting to the play-off semi-finals.  

NORTH DIVISION 
Aveley v Dereham Town 
Canvey Island v Barking 
Coggeshall Town v Bowers & Pitsea 
Felixstowe & Walton v. Bury Town 
Heybridge Swifts v Soham Town Rangers 
Mildenhall Town v Maldon & Tiptree 
Romford v Great Wakering Rovers 
Tilbury v AFC Sudbury 
Witham Town v Grays Atheltic 

SOUTH CENTRAL DIVISION 
Ashford Town (Middx) v Hertford Town 
Bracknell Town v Waltham Abbey 
Chalfont St Peter v Chipstead 
Cheshunt v Hayes & Yeading United 
Egham Town v Hanwell Town 
Marlow v Molesey 
Northwood v Tooting & Mitcham United 
Uxbridge v Westfield
Ware v South Park 

SOUTH EAST DIVISION 
Ashford United v Hythe Town 
East Grinstead Town v Phoenix Sports
Faversham Town v Herne Bay 
Greenwich Borough v Cray Wanderers 
Hastings United v Thamesmead Town 
Horsham v Sittingbourne 
VCD Athletic v Ramsgate 
Whyteleafe v Guernsey

MONDAY 13th AUGUST 
PREMIER DIVISION 
Carshalton Athletic v Worthing 

TUESDAY 14th AUGUST 
PREMIER DIVISION 
Bognor Regis Town v Merstham 
Brightlingsea Regent v Haringey Borough 
Corinthian Casuals v Folkestone Invicta 
Dorking Wanderers v Margate 
Enfield Town v Bishops Stortford 
Harlow Town v Burgess Hill Town 
Potters Bar Town v Kingstonian 
Tonbridge Angels v Lewes 
Wingate & Finchley v. AFC Hornchurch 

WEDNESDAY 15th AUGUST
PREMIER DIVISION
Leatherhead v Whitehawk 

Saturday 18th August 
PREMIER DIVISION 
Bognor Regis Town v Bishops Stortford 
Brightlingsea Regent v Margate
Carshalton Athletic v Kingstonian 
Corinthian Casuals v Merstham 
Dorking Wanderers v Lewes 
Enfield Town v AFC Hornchurch 
Harlow Town v Worthing 
Leatherhead v Haringey Borough 
Potters Bar Town v Whitehawk 
Tonbridge Angels v Burgess Hill Town 
Wingate & Finchley v Folkestone Invicta 

NORTH DIVISION 
AFC Sudbury v Heybridge Swifts 
Barking v Witham Town 
Basildon United v Mildenhall Town 
Bowers & Pitsea v Aveley 
Bury Town v Romford 
Dereham Town v Coggeshall Town 
Grays Atheltic v Canvey Island 
Great Wakering Rovers v Felixstowe & Walton 
Maldon & Tiptree v Brentwood Town 
Soham Town Rangers v Tilbury 

SOUTH CENTRAL DIVISION 
Chipstead v Ashford Town (Middx) 
FC Romania v Northwood 
Hanwell Town v Bedfont Sports 
Hayes & Yeading United v Egham Town 
Hertford Town v Chalfont St Peter 
Molesey v Bracknell Town 
South Park v Uxbridge 
Tooting & Mitcham United v Marlow 
Waltham Abbey v Cheshunt 
Westfield v Ware 

SOUTH EAST DIVISION
Guernsey v Ashford United 
Haywards Heath v VCD Athletic 
Herne Bay v Whyteleafe 
Hythe Town v East Grinstead Town 
Phoenix Sports v Three Bridges 
Ramsgate v Hastings United 
Sevenoaks Town v Horsham 
Sittingbourne v Greenwich Borough