Thursday, 19 October 2017

SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS LEAGUE WEEKEND FIXTURES

FRIDAY 20th SEPTEMBER
BUILDBASE FA VASE FIRST ROUND PROPER 
Crawley Green v Harpenden Town 

SATURDAY 21st SEPTEMBER

BUILDBASE FA VASE FIRST ROUND PROPER 
Basildon United v Biggleswade FC 
A huge game for both sides and a very interesting one which sees 2nd in the Essex Senior League v 4th in the SSMFL Premier. 
Biggleswade United v Yaxley 
Bracknell Town v Buckingham Athletic 
Burnham Ramblers v Leighton Town 
Edgware Town v Walton & Hersham 
A difficult game for the home side who face The Swans who are going well in second place of the Combined Counties League Premier Division. They lost at home to title rival's Westfield in midweek so will want to get back to winning ways at Silver Jubilee Park. Edgware had a good 4-0 win at home to Henley Town in the last round. 
Enfield Borough v Newmarket Town 
Arguably the biggest game in their short history for Enfield Borough. The visit of Newmarket Town (currently third in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division) will be a huge test for them. 
Framlingham Town v Cockfosters 
Hullbridge Sports v Colney Heath 
London Colney v Cogenhoe United 
London Lions v Clapton 
A record crowd is expected at Rowley Lane for this one as the Clapton Ultras visit. 
Norwich CBS v Oxhey Jets 
Peterborough Northern Star v Baldock Town 
Royal Wootton Bassett Town v Ampthill Town 
Welwyn Garden City v Takeley 
Like the Basildon United v Biggleswade FC game this is a really intriguing game as the Essex Senior League table topper's visit The Citizens who are in second place of the SSMFL Premier Divsion. One of the ties of the whole FA Vase First Round. 
Wembley v Broadfields United 

PREMIER DIVISION 
Hadley v Berkhamsted 
Hoddesdon Town v London Tigers 
St Margaretsbury v Stotfold 

DIVISION ONE 
Bedford v Brimsdown 
Hatfield Town v Risborough Rangers 
Langford v Southall 
Winslow United v Codicote 
Wodson Park v Harefield United 

DIVISION TWO 
Amersham Town v Pitstone & Ivinghoe 
Berkhamsted Raiders v Grendon Rangers 
Clean Slate v Unite MK 
MK Gallacticos v Tring Corinthians 
Mursley United v Park View 

HUNTINGDONSHIRE INTERMEDIATE CUP SECOND ROUND 
St Neots Town Reserves v Somersham Town 

ANAGRAM RECORDS TROPHY FIRST ROUND
Galleywood v Totternhoe 
The 61FC (Luton) v St Panteleimon 
Tring Town AFC v Letchworth Garden City Eagles 

BERKS & BUCKS SENIOR TROPHY SECOND ROUND
Loughton Manor v Old Bradwell United 
Westwood United v Aston Clinton 

U25 DEVELOPMENT DIVISION 
AFC Dunstable Development v Harpenden Town Development 
Ampthill Town Development v Winslow United Development 
Berkhamsted Development v Biggleswade United Development 
Colney Heath Development v Hertford Town Development 
Hillingdon Borough Development v Buckingham Athletic Development 
Holmer Green Development v Leighton Town Development 
Risborough Rangers Development v Hoddesdon Town Development

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

EMIRATES FA CUP FIRST ROUND - UPDATE

I was present at Donkey Lane last night to see Bostik Premier Enfield Town play Vanarama National side Maidstone United in the Fourth Qualifying Round replay. The Towners had gone so close to knocking out The Stones on Saturday winning 1-2 with the game in injury time only for the home side to equalise to make it 2-2. 

Last night's game saw Andy Leese's side work so hard against the visitor's who are in ninth place in non-league's top division. Town goalkeeper Joe Wright made a magnificent penalty save in the second half which allowed Aaron Greene to equalise for the home side. The Stones had taken the lead early in the second half via ex West Ham United striker Zavon Hines. Alex Finney (on loan from Championship side QPR) and Jai Reason got the all important goals in extra time to send their side through to a first round proper game at League Two side Chelthenham Town. 

With the game at 1-1 Town's Simon Thomas had had a chance well saved by Lee Worgan - If that had of gone in it could of been a different story?

Everyone of Enfield Town's players can be very proud of the performance they put in over the two games - I am certain Maidstone United will face easier games in the Vanarama National this season. The work rate Town put in was second to none with their defence expertly marshalled by 40 year old Darren Purse. 

Town visit league title favourites and big rival's Billericay Town on Saturday with Maidstone United making the long trip to face AFC Fylde. 

FA CUP FIRST ROUND DRAW 
* games to be played on the weekend of Saturday 4th November
Vanarama National Division sides in bold 
other non-league sides in red 

Hyde United (currently 7th in the Evo-Stik Northern League First Division (North)) and Heybrdige Swifts (currently 7th in the Bostik North Division) are the sides from the lowest down the pyramid left in the competition. 

Hyde have beaten Congelton Town, Kendal Town, Warrington Town (after a replay), Boston Town and Scarbrough Athletic to get this far. 

The Swifts have beaten Haverhill Rovers (after a replay), Arlesey Town, Metropolitan Police (after a replay), Frome Town and Haringey Borough. 

Stevenage v Nantwich Town
Bradford City v Chesterfield
Port Vale v Oxford United 
Newport County AFC v Walsall
Morecambe v Hartlepool United
Yeovil Town v Southend United
Peterborough United v Tranmere Rovers
Cambridge United v Sutton United
Forest Green Rovers v Macclesfield Town
AFC Fylde v Kidderminster Harriers
Luton Town v Portsmouth
Shrewsbury Town v Aldershot Town
Hereford v AFC Telford United
Guiseley AFC v Accrington Stanley
Blackburn Rovers v Barnet
Ebbsfleet United v Doncaster Rovers
Leatherhead v Billericay Town
Boreham Wood v Blackpool
Shaw Lane Association v Mansfield Town
Colchester United v Oxford City 
Plymouth Argyle v Grimsby Town 
AFC Wimbledon v Lincoln City
Rochdale AFC v Bromley 
Coventry City v Maidenhead United
Chorley v Fleetwood Town
Carlisle United v Oldham Athletic
Notts County v Bristol Rovers
Dartford v Swindon Town
Cheltenham Town v Maidstone United
Woking v Bury
Crewe Alexandra v Rotherham United
Gillingham v Leyton Orient 
Hyde United v Milton Keynes Dons
Gainsborough Trinity v Slough Town 
Solihull Moors v Wycombe Wanderers
Northampton Town v Scunthorpe United
Charlton Athletic v Truro City
Wigan Athletic v Crawley Town
Gateshead v Chelmsford City
Exeter City v Heybridge Swifts

FA SUNDAY CUP - FIRST ROUND RESULTS AND SECOND ROUND DRAW

FA SUNDAY CUP 
FIRST ROUND RESULTS 
* played on Saturday 15th October 2017 
Olympia 0-3 Gym United 
The Georgies 3-1 Mottram (AET) 
Lobster 4-2 Kirkdale 
Burradon & New Fordley 3-1 Wrekenton Blue Star 
Newton Aycliffe Huntsman 0-0 Southwick (Sunderland) - Newton Aycliffe won 4-3 on PKs
Dawdon Colliery Welfare 2-1 Amble Tavern 
Garston 1-3 FC Dovecot 
FC Walkers Hounds 4-2 Ferrybridge Progressive (AET) 
West Kirby (Sunday) 1-5 Rock Ferry Social 
Chapeltown Fforde Grene 1-3 Oyster Martyrs 
Thornton United 0-2 Hope Inn Whites 
Mayfair 7-0 AFC Blackburn Leisure 
St John Fisher OB v Oakenshaw AFC (w/o for Oakenshaw)  
Kent 2-2 Melling Victoria - Melling Victoria won 5-4 on PKs 
Campfield 3-2 Dock AFC 
Leeds City Rovers 1-6 Pineapple 
Kensington Fields 6-0 HT Sports 
Home & Bargain 3-2 Linthwaite 
Attenborough Cavaliers 0-1 Austin Ex Apprentices 
Sporting Dynamo 0-2 Penn Tandoori Sundats 
BGIS Fairfield 4-1 Carlton Top Spot 
RHP Sports & Social 2-4 Oadby Athletic 
FC Brimington 0-6 OJM 
Quorn Royals 2008 1-2 Highgate Dynamos 
Rempstone 0-1 Hampton Sunday 
Black Horse (Redditch) 0-6 AFC Jacks 
Halfway 3-1 Nuthall 
Asianos 1-0 Hertford Stags 
Old Southall 5-3 AC Sportsman 
North Wembley v  St Josephs (Luton) (w/o for St Josephs (Luton)) 
Broadfields United (Sunday) 2-4 Real Milan 
Harpole 1-2 FC Bengals
Reed Rangers 0-4 Club Lewsey
AFC Links 3-1 Shire United 
Barnes AFC 7-1 Real Rosehill
London St Georges 3-2 Broadwater 
AFC Kumazi Strikers 2-3 Portland 
Dolphin 1-2 Lebeqs Tavern Courage 
AFC Bevendean 1-4 White Hart 
Market Hotel 2-6 Eden Park Rangers

The FA Sunday Cup is well underway with the below second round games due to be played on Sunday 12th November. Last year's winners Hardwick Social join the competition and face a home tie against Oakenshaw AFC with 2017 runner's up/2016 winner's New Salamis also at home to Portland. One of the stand out ties of the round is the Barnes derby which pits 2013 runner's up Barnes Albion visit Barnes AFC - Both play in the Chiswick and District Sunday League and played each other in a league fixtures on Saturday 24th September which Barnes AFC won 1-4. 2015 winner's Campfield travel to Rock Ferry Social. 

SECOND ROUND DRAW 
* scheduled for Sunday 12th November 2017 
FC Walkers Hounds v Mayfair
Queens Park v FC Soho
FC Dovecot v Hope Inn Whites
Canada v Allerton 
Pineapple v Home Bargains
Burradon & New Fordley v Melling Victoria
Oyster Martyrs v Lobster
Hartlepool Lion Hillcarter v Newton Aycliffe Huntsman
Rock Ferry Social v Campfield
Dawdon Welfare Park v Custys
The Georgies v Dengo United
Toller v Kensington Fields
Hardwick Social v Oakenshaw AFC
Halfway v Austin Ex Apprentices
Oadby Athletic v St Josephs (Luton)
Hampton Sunday v FC Topps
Penn Tandoori Sundats v Club Lewsey
Highgate Dynamos v Enderby Social 
Leighton Madrid v AFC Jacks 
Falcons v Birstall Stamford 
OJM v BGIS Fairfield
Aylesbury Flooring v Gym United
Larkspur Rovers v Real Milan
Manor House v Eden Park Rangers
London St Georges v Asianos
NLO v Old Southall
New Salamis v Portland
Priory Sports v FC Bengals
White Hart v AFC Links
Barnes AFC v Barnes Albion
Navy Inn v Chessington United
Talbot Rangers v Lebeqs Tavern Courage


Monday, 16 October 2017

THURLOW NUNN PREMIER DIVISION - THE SEASON SO FAR



PREMIER DIVISION TABLE 
TOP FOUR ONLY 
POS TEAM P GD PTS FORM
1 FELIXSTOWE & WALTON UTD 16 +34 45 WWLWWW
2 COGGESHALL TOWN  13 +32 31 LWWWDW
3 NEWMARKET TOWN  15 +26 31 LDWWWD
4 BRANTHAM ATHLETIC  14 +16 30 WWWWWW

Felixstowe and Walton United lead the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division by a comfortable fourteen points from Coggeshall Town who could close the gap down to five points if they win the three games in hand they have over the current tale toppers. 

The Seasiders have won fifteen of their sixteen league games played with their only defeat being a 4-0 loss at Saffron Walden Town on Saturday 30th September. That game had twelve cautions, one red card for the home side, three penalty kicks and an own goal - reports state is wasn't even a dirty game!! 

Coggeshall Town, known as The Seedgrowers, were promoted from Division One last season after joining the league from the Essex and Suffolk Border League where they were Premier Division Champions and League Cup winners - It's great to see them making a come back up the pyramid after they dropped out of the Essex Senior League in 1989. Over four seasons from 1984 to 1988 (they didn't play in the 86/87 campaign) they bottom of the table on every occasion conceding 466 in 126 games played. 

Felixstowe won the game between the two title challengers on Saturday 26th August at Coggeshall by a score of 1-2. 

Third placed Brantham Athletic lost 5-1 at Felixstowe on Friday 15th September but have since won six league games in a row. 

In the race for the golden boot Josh Mayhew of Stowmarket Town (currently in 8th place - they were champions of Division One last season) has 14 goals in 13 league games played along with Miles Powell of Fleixstowe who has 14 in 16 league games played. Mayhew played in the Isthmian Division One (North) last season for Bury Town where he scored seventeen times in forty appearances. Powell spent the second half of the 2016/17 campaign out of the game with a serious injury so United's fan's will be pleased to see him amongst the goals. 

At the bottom of the table it's been a disappointing season for Fakenham Town so far who have just one win and one draw from their eleven league games played. They lost at home to Hadley and Ottaway Anglian Combination Division One side Yelverton in the Norfolk Senior Cup on Saturday. 

Felixstowe's next three league games come away at Gorleston, away at Godmanchester Rovers and at home to Hadleigh United. They also have an interesting FA Vase game at Wisbech Town (currently 10th in the United Counties League Premier) this coming Saturday. 

Sunday, 15 October 2017

WOODFORD TOWN COME BACK TO PICK UP THE THREE POINTS


PRIOR TO KICK OFF EVERYONE PRESENT FELL SILENT TO PAY RESPECTS TO WALTHAM FOREST CHAIRMAN TURGUT ESENDAGLI WHO SADLY PASSED AWAY DURING THE WEEK. 

Woodford Town welcomed Basildon United to Goffs Lane yesterday for an Essex Senior League game. Under new manager Marc Harrison the visitors have made a great start to their 2017/18 campaign winning eight, drawing one and losing only one of their ten league games played prior to kick off. The only defeat came at home to Enfield 1893 FC on Saturday 16th September who picked up a 1-2 victory at The Stuart Bingham Stadium. They had also not conceded a goal in their previous five games prior to kick off. 


BIRTHDAY BOY NICK WILSON PLAYED IN GOAL FOR WOODFORD TOWN

"Woodford Town (2017) FC" to give them their full title are managed by Dee Safer who is assisted by former Clapton assistant manager Neil Day had lost 1-5 at home to Waltham Forest in their previous game which was in the Errington Challenge Cup. 


BASILDON UNITED BROUGHT A GOOD NUMBER OF FANS WITH THEM WHICH WAS GREAT TO SEE

This was a really entertianing game with five goals scored (I nearly missed Basildon's first goal as my camera was having trouble focusing). Woodford's Dion Lewis-Kirwan scored the first goal which was a brilliant finish from outside of the box equalled by the acrobatic celebration. Basildon equalised via Marcus Bowers after a mix up between Woodford keeper Nick Wilson (playing on his 35th birthday) and his defenders allowed Bowers to tap home. Wilson made a number of good saves during the game so it was a good birthday for him. 

I was really impressed with Woodford's left-back Ola Ogunwamide whose pacey forward runs caused Basildon problems throughout the game. He is player with real potential and I think will play at a higher level sooner rather than later. 

Both sides had chances to score before Ashley Blackburn scored from close range after Wilson had parried a shot into his path to make it 1-2. 



Full credit to Woodford who scored almost immediately after through Ogunwamide who dribbled the ball past a number of players on the edge of the box and smashed the ball home to the delight of his team-mates and supporters present.



With the game drifting towards ending all square Jack Grosvenor found himself unmarked and in acres of space at the back post which allowed him to head home from a corner to take home a very welcome three points for the home side. 

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS


Basildon United host Barkingside in a league game on Tuesday evening before welcoming SSMFL Premier Division side Biggleswade FC in the FA Vase next weekend. Woodford have a tough looking trip to table topper's Takeley on Tuesday evening in a league fixture before hosting Clapton in the London Senior Cup on Tuesday 24th October. Takeley won 5-4 at home to Enfield 1893 FC yesterday - it had been 3-3 on 80 minutes. 



Friday, 13 October 2017

JACK MORDECAI SCORES GOAL OF THE SEASON CONTENDER

Baldock Town continued their impressive unbeaten league record on Wednesday evening with a comfortable 3-0 home victory over local rival's Langford which will be remembered for Jack Mordecai's secord half strike from outside of the box which is a clear goal of the season contender. Aside from a few chances created by the away side it was Baldock who dominated the game from start to finish. Alex Coppin scored in the third minute (not captured on camera unfortunately as I was late arriving) and after Mordecai's goal it was the impressive Josh Coley who rounded things up with a close range finish. It could of been more if it weren't for the cross-bar (twice) and if Luke Gregson's side had been a little more clinical in front of goal it would of been a victory by a bigger margin. 

At the time of writing Mordecai's goal has been viewed over 5,800 times on twitter via @thecoldend and has also been shared on @101greatgoals,  @NonLeaguePaper and @NonLgeChallenge with the headlines 'WHAT A STRIKE' AND 'GO LOOK UP THE WORD "PING" IN THE DICTIONARY'. The Non-League Paper has also shared it on Facebook where it has been viewed over 600 times. 
Below are highlights of the game aside from the afformentioned first goal. 



Baldock host Broadfields United on Saturday with Langford on the road to Risborough Rangers looking to get back to winning ways after losing their last three league and cup games. 


Sunday, 8 October 2017

SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION - UPDATE


SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS LEAGUE 
PREMIER DIVISION 
CURRENT TABLE - TOP SIX ONLY 
TEAM P GD PTS
BERKHAMSTED 9 +16 23
BIGGLESWADE FC 10 +9 20
WELWYN GARDEN CITY  7 +13 19
WEMBLEY  11 +7 18
HARPENDEN TOWN  9 +5 17
HODDESDON TOWN  10 +4 17
Berkhamsted won the top of the table clash against Biggleswade FC yesterday in front of 137 people. Berko came back from 2-0 down to record an important 2-3 victory to preserve their unbeaten start to the league season. 

The other side without a defeat are Welwyn Garden City who won 0-2 at Stotfold. 

Three of the top six are in league action this midweek. Hoddesdon Town welcome seventh placed Leighton Town on Tuesday evening with Hadley (9th) welcoming Wembley and Welwyn Garden City hosting St Margaretsbury on Wednesday evening. 

In league only fixtures Stacey Field of Berkhamsted is the top scorer hitting the net nine times in seven games closely followed by Edward Davis of Cockfosters with eight in five games, James Ewington of Harpenden Town with eight in nine games and Nicholas Kerly of Oxhey Jets with eight in eight games. 

Foster's Attacking Midfielder Davis could be a player to watch out for this season.