Tuesday, 12 November 2019

NEW INVESTMENT IN ROMFORD FOOTBALL CLUB




BetVictor North side Romford Football Club have today announced that former Billericay Town owner Glenn Tamplin has agreed to join the club. The club have said it's a move that will secure both their short term and long term future.  

Chairman Steve Gardener said “The club have been struggling for some time now due to lack of finances and resources, and our aim of getting back to Romford in our own ground is a must, but myself and Colin Ewenson, are not in a position to drive the club forward and deliver the new ground. We have been looking for an investor to come on board, and with his previous experience, and success we are looking forward to being able to move the club forward.”

The Boro who were reformed in 1992 after the second incarnation of the club had folded in 1978 after losing their historic Brooklands ground in 1977 which was easily one of the best stadiums outside of the football league. 

Since reformation they have played at Hornchurch, Rush Green, Collier Row's Sungate (where the club's merged in 1996 to form Collier Row & Romford before changing back to Romford in 1997), Aveley's Mill Field, Thurrock FC's Ship Lane, East Thurrcok United's Rookery Hill and from the start of this season at Brentwood Town. 


FORMER ROMFORD BOSS PAUL MARTIN PICTURED HERE IN JULY 2015 WHEN HIS SIDE PLAYED ENFIELD TOWN IN A PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY

It's been a really difficult period for the Essex club in their recent history - since winning the 2009 Essex Senior League they have finished 13th, 12th, 13th, 8th, 11th, 20th, 16th, 16th, 23rd and 19th in the Isthmian League North Division. This season they are bottom of the table with just one win in eleven league games played with their average league crowd being 109.5 in their six home games so far. 

It may have been a struggle but for a club with no ground and very limited resources to stay at step four of the non-league ladder for over 10 seasons is a fantastic achievement for everyone who has been involved. 

With this in mind there has been many positive comments about the work Paul Martin carried out whilst Manager of the first team as it has been announced he and his management team have left the club with the new owner of the club placing himself in charge and announcing that 15 new players have joined ready for Saturday's game with Coggeshall Town. 

The Boro's ultimate goal is to move back to their home tome to a ground they can call home. Planning permission was granted in 2009 to build a stadium at Westlands Playing Fields on London Road but there has been no developments since. 

I think one of the biggest challenges is going to be attracting supporters as there are many clubs in the Essex area competing for fans as the below table shows the average attendances for league games this season so far. 

Dagenham & Redbridge - 1,329 
Chelmsford City - 916
Billericay Town - 834 
Braintree Town - 498  
Concord Rangers - 429 
Grays Athletic - 250 
Aveley - 248 
Canvey Island - 247 
Hornchurch - 246 
Heybridge Swifts - 242
East Thurrock United - 233
Harlow Town - 178
Brightlingsea Regent - 174
Tilbury - 158 
Maldon & Tiptree - 146
Hullbridge Sports - 139
Basildon United - 134 
Coggeshall Town - 129
Brentwood Town - 129 
Bowers & Pitsea - 124 
Great Wakering Rovers - 123
Romford - 109 
Waltham Abbey - 102 
Witham Town - 98 
Barking - 71 

Red = Step One 

Blue = Step Two 
Purple = Step Three
Pink = Step Four 

It's certainly going to be an interesting period over the next few months at the bottom of the BetVictor North Division. Romford have announced there will be free entry to Saturday's game against Coggeshall Town so it will be interesting to see if their current top crowd of 138 is beaten at the weekend. 

ROMFORD FOOTBALL CLUB FORTHCOMING FIXTURES

Saturday 16th November - COGGESHALL TOWN
Saturday 23rd November - Dereham Town
Wednesday 27th November - BARKING - Velocity Trophy Group 2
Saturday 30th November - TILBURY 
Saturday 7th December - Felixstowe & Walton United
Saturday 14th December - HULLBRIDGE SPORTS 
Saturday 21st December - BRENTWOOD TOWN 
Saturday 28th December - Aveley

BETVICTOR NORTH DIVISION 
CURRENT TABLE - BOTTOM FIVE ONLY 
 POS TEAM  GD  PTS  PPG  FORM 
16.   WITHAM TOWN  12 -9  11  0.92  LLLWLL
17.   BRENTWOOD TOWN   11 -6  9 0.82 LWWDDL
18.  FELIXSTOWE & WALTON  12 -12  0.67 LLLLDL
19.  BASILDON UNITED   10 -7  0.50 LDLDLL
20.  ROMFORD   11  -21 0.45 DLWLDL

ISTHMIAN LEAGUE CHAMPION'S STATISTICS - WHO COULD WIN THE PREMIER DIVISION THIS SEASON?

ISTHMIAN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION CHAMPIONS 
2009/10 THROUGH TO CURRENT SEASON  
SEASON TEAM  GF  GA  GD  PTS  PPG 
2009/10  DARTFORD  42  29  101  45  +56  93  2.21
2010/11  SUTTON UNITED  42  26  76  33  +43  87  2.07
2011/12  BILLERICAY TOWN  42  24  13  82  38  +44  85  2.02
2012/13 WHITEHAWK  42 25 13 4 88 42 +46 88 2.10
2013/14   WEALDSTONE   46  28  12 99  43  +56  96  2.09
2014/15  MAIDSTONE UNITED  46  29 11  85  41 +44 98 2.13
2015/16  HAMPTON & RICH  46  28  11  105  52 +53 95 2.07
2016/17  HAVANT & WATER 46 28 10  88  43  +45  94  2.04
2017/18  BILLERICAY TOWN   46  30  110  50 +60 99 2.15
2018/19  DORKING WAND 42  28 87  31 +56  93  2.21

CHAMPION'S STATISTICS (46 GAME SEASON)
AVERAGE NUMBER OF PTS - 96.4 
AVERAGE PPG - 2.10
AVERAGE NUMBER OF GAMES WON -28.6
AVERAGE NUMBER OF GAMES LOST - 6.8
AVERAGE NUMBER OF GOALS SCORED - 97.4
AVERAGE NUMBER OF GOALS LET IN -45.8
MOST GAMES WON - 30 BILLERICAY TOWN 17/18
LEAST GAMES WON - 28 H&R 15/16 & H&W 16/17 
MOST GAMES LOST - 8 H&W 16/17
LEAST GAMES LOST - 6 WEALDSTONE 13/14 & MAIDSTONE UTD 14/15
MOST GOALS SCORED - 110 BILLERICAY TOWN 17/18 
LEAST GOALS SCORED - 85 MAIDSTONE UNITED 14/15
MOST GOALS CONCEDED - 52 H&R 15/16 
LEAST GOALS CONCEDED - 41 MAIDSTONE UNITED 14/15 

CHAMPION'S STATISTICS (42 GAME SEASON)  
AVERAGE NUMBER OF PTS - 89.2 
AVERAGE PPG - 2.12
AVERAGE NUMBER OF GAMES WON - 26.4 
AVERAGE NUMBER OF GAMES LOST - 5.6
AVERAGE NUMBER OF GOALS SCORED -86.8
AVERAGE NUMBER OF GOALS LET IN - 37.8
MOST GAMES WON - 29 DARTFORD 09/10
LEAST GAMES WON - 24 BILLERICAY TOWN 11/12
MOST GAMES LOST - 7 DARTFORD 09/10 & SUTTON UTD 10/11
LEAST GAMES LOST - 4 WHITEHAWK 12/13 
MOST GOALS SCORED - 101 DARTFORD 09/10 
LEAST GOALS SCORED - 76 SUTTON UTD 10/11 
MOST GOALS CONCEDED - 45 DARTFORD 09/10
LEAST GOALS CONCEDED - 31 DORKING WANDERERS 18/19 

There are 21 teams in the Premier Division this season so we'll take a look at the statistics that the 42 game seasons that have occured since 2009. The most games the eventual champions have lost is seven which if the statistics stay the same means Lewes (7), Bishops Stortford (8), Merstham (9), Wingate & Finchley (7), Cheshunt (11), Brightlingsea Regent (9), Bowers & Pitsea (7) and Corinthian Casuals (9) won't win the title this season. 

Then teams such as 10th placed Bognor Regis Town (6 defeats so far), 9th placed Haringey Borough (4) and 7th placed East Thurrock United (5) can only afford a few more defeats in their reamining games if they want to be in contention of finishing top.  

POINTS PER GAME FOR THE CURRENT TOP EIGHT 

HORSHAM - 2.13 
FOLKESTONE INVICTA - 2.20 
HORNCHURCH - 2.07 
ENFIELD TOWN - 2.25 
CRAY WANDERERS - 1.67 
WORTHING - 1.79 
EAST THURROCK UNITED - 1.79  
CARSHALTON ATHLETIC - 1.54 

FORTHCOMING FIXTURES

TUESDAY 12th NOVEMBER
Bowers & Pitsea v Bishop's Stortford 
Leatherhead v Corinthian Casuals 
Margate v Bognor Regis Town 
Wingate & Finchley v Cray Wanderers 

SATURDAY 16th NOVEMBER
Bognor Regis Town v Merstham 
Bowers & Pitsea v Margate 
Brightlingsea Regent v Cray Wanderers 
Cheshunt v Carshalton Athletic 
East Thurrock United v Leatherhead 
Enfield Town v Folkestone Invicta 
Haringey Borough v Bishop's Stortford 
Hornchurch v Corinthian Casuals
Kingstonian v Lewes 
Potters Bar Town v Horsham 
Wingate & Finchley v Worthing

A huge game takes place this forthcoming Saturday when second place Folkestone Invicta visit fourth placed Enfield Town. 


Monday, 11 November 2019

BROADWALK PINES UNITED MARCH ON IN THE FA SUNDAY CUP




Luton based BROADWALK PINES UNITED made comfortable progress through to the FA Sunday Cup Third Round yesterday as they won 8-1 against AFC LINKS of the Leatherhead and District Sunday League Division Three. 

The home side (the game was played at Arlesey Town FC) of the North Home Counties Sunday League Premier Division scored four goals in each half - they had chances to score a few more and make it into double figures as it was an afternoon to forget for the visitors. 

Nathan Frater (who plays on Saturdays for AFC Dunstable) netted a hat-trick with Liam Brooks (Biggleswade Town) scoring twice. 

FULL HIGHLIGHTS


GOALS (Pines 2nd goal not captured on camera)
































FA SUNDAY CUP 2019/20

FIRST ROUND RESULTS

Sunday 6 October
Flaunden 2-1 Larkspur Rovers 
Canada 3-2 BRNESC 
Lobster 2-3 Campfield
Pineapple 4-3 AFC Bull + tie awarded to AFC Bull 
(Pineapple have been removed from competition for playing an ineligible player)
Dawdon Colliery Welfare 1-5 Greenside
Oakenshaw 0-11 Home Bargains 
Kensington Fields 0-4 Mayfair 
Queens Park 2-4 Dock AFC
Dengo United 1-3 Linthwaite 
Quarry Green 4-4 Main Line Social (AET) Main Line Social FC won 5-4 PKS
Custys 1-2 Western Avenue 
FC Dovecot 6-2 LIV Supplies 
Huyton Cons 6-0 West Bowling AFC
Long Whatton 2-3 Attenborough Cavaliers 
RHP Sports & Social 0-5 Crusader AFC
Sporting Dynamo 3-6 AFC Dowhan (AET) 
FC Poplar 4-2 Sileby Athletic 
AFC Jacks 6-2 Austin Ex Apprentices  (AET) 
Black Horse (Redditch) 2-1 Digby Rangers 
Callow End 3-4 Sportsman 
Waggon &a Horses 0-5 Perrywood AFC
Chaddesley Ravens 1-7 Codsall Legion 
Hampton Sunday 0-5 OJM 
Shire United 3-0 Reed Rangers 
Rectory Rovers 4-4 AFC Links (AET) AFC Links won 9-8 PK's 
Global (Sunday) 1-5 Asianos 
Lambeth All Stars 5-0 Priest Hill
Sauce 0-7 Mile End Baiteze Squad 
Putney Town 0-6 Portland 
Harrow Sports 4-2 Hashtag United (Sunday) 
Massie Warriors 0-6 Gym United 
Bishops Stortford Swifts Sunday 1-3 Priory Sports 
Brewery Tap 1-4 Broadwalk Pines United 
Crawley Green (Sunday) 2-1 Caddington Social
St Josephs (Luton) 2-1 Club Lewsey 
Talbot Rangers 3-2 Loch & Quay 
The Brow 3-0 Allerton (AET)
Heritage United 1-6 Old Southall 
Highgate Albion 3-2 Blacksmiths

Sunday 13th October  
Billingham The Merlin 1-5 Witton Park Rose & Crown 
Crossflatts Village FC 1-2 WHTDSOB 
Newton Aycliffe Iron Horse 2-1 Boro Walkers 
Burradon & New Fordley 2-2 Peterlee Catholic Club (AET)
Peterlee Catholic Club won 4-3 on PK's 
Oyster Martyrs 11-1 Wellington Westgate 
Armley CCFC 1-3 Kirkdale 
NLO A-A FC Bentons - tie abandoned due to misconduct - subject to FA investigation 
Falcons 4-2 Skew Bridge 

Sunday 20 October 
Mottram 2-6 HT Sports 
Shepherds Arms 11-2 Bolton Woods 
Anstey Sports Bar 7-1 Phoenix Gedling 
Oadby Athletic 3-4 Long Eaton TNI 
AFC Portchester (Sunday) 2-4 Rudgwick Panthers SX 

Sunday 27 October 
Melling Victoria 3-1 Kent 
Rolls Royce 0-3 FC Lion

WALK-OVERS DUE TO CLUB WITHDRAWALS
Bransty Rangers W-O Blackhall Cricket Club 
East Christchurch SSC  W-O Broadwater
Barnes AFC W-O Sporting Club de Mundial FC
Palmers  W - O Barnes Albion FC
Messingham Junior Trinity  W-O Wigston Willow FC
Joker W-O Joeys Old Boys 
Norton George & Dragon  W-O Stella Dons FC 
FC Walkers Hounds W-O Leeds City Rovers

SECOUND ROUND RESULTS & FIXTURES

Sunday 10 November 
Canada 0-1 Oyster Martyrs 
Peterlee Catholic Club 17-1 Messingham Junior Trinity 
Dock AFC 4-3 HT Sports (AET) 
Campfield 2-0 The Brow 
WHTDSOB 3-2 Huyton Cons 
Shepherds Arms 4-3 Kirkdale 
Home Bargains 6-1 Linthwaite 
Melling Victoria 3-1 Main Line Social
Long Eaton TNI 2-1 AFC Dowhan
Crusader AFC 7-0 FC Poplar
Broadwalk Pines United 8-1 AFC Links
Priory Sports 10-3 Asianos 
Highgate Albion 5-2 Palmers FC
Sporting Club de Mundial  6-1 Old Southall 
Falcons 0-3 St Josephs (Luton) 
Talbot Rangers 5-1 Sportsman 
Norton George & Dragon 3-6 FC Dovecot
Blackhall Cricket Club 0-1 Western Avenue (AET)
OJM 5-1 Codsall Legion 
Harrow Sports 1-2 Portland 
Wixams Wanderers (Sundays) 4-3 Gym United  
Mayfair 2-1 Newton Aycliffe Iron Horse 

To be played
Greenside v Witton Park Rose & Crown
Shire United v Mile End Baiteze Squad 
Rudgwick Panthers SX v East Christchurch SSC
Flaunden v Crawley Green (Sunday) 
Black Horse (Redditch) vAnstey Sports Bar 
Joker FC v FC Lion
Birstall Stamford v AFC Jacks
Perrywood AFC v Attenborough Cavaliers 

FC Walkers Hound W-O AFC Bull walkover for FC Walkers Hounds 
(AFC Bull withdrawn - subject to appeal)

The draw for the Third Round will be made later today. 

Monday, 28 October 2019

UNITED HIT SEVEN GOALS TO WIN THE WELWYN DERBY

The Welwyn and Hatfield Sunday Football League unfortunately folded in 2017 after 57 years of football with many of the local teams now playing in the Herts Advertiser League which covers mainly the St Albans and Harpenden area. 

FC Welwyn (formely Hedgehog FC) and Welwyn Garden United play in the East Herts Corinthian Sunday Football League Premier Division having both moved up from Division One last season. United finished top with FC in the runner's up position. Yesterday was the big Welwyn Derby game played at King George V playing fields. 

The two sides had already played against each other in the opening game of the season where FC had won 2-0 thanks to goals from Joe Brunt and Lucas Thurgood but it was United who claimed the local bragging rights in some style with a comprehensive 7-1 victory with goals from Jordan Frowd, Adrain Hamill (2), Nathan Studholme (2) and Tyler Smith. 

It was United's second win in their five league games played - they had lost 6-1 last weekend to Wormley based FC Infernos. 

The only way is up now for FC Welwyn under the new management of Lucas and Jordan Thurgood  who did play well in the opening 30 minutes of the game yesterday only to concede two quick goals and then never got going again as the scoreline suggests. They host FC Alpha this coming Sunday with United on their travels to current table topper's Allenbury's. This will be a very tough game as they have won all seven of their league and cup games played so far - they beat FC Welwyn 10-0 on Saturday 13th October. They also beat United 2-6 in the Senior Divisional Shield in September. 

If you're bored and frustrated of VAR seemingly removing all contact in the beautiful game take a look at some of the good old fashioned tackling in the video below from this game (already viewed 800 + times on twitter) and maybe even check out a Sunday League game near you soon. Keep scrolling down for the 14 minutes of full highlights of the game.

TACKLES FROM THE GAME VIDEO 



























FULL HIGHLIGHTS