Thursday, 30 October 2014

RYMAN LEAGUE IN THE FA CUP - UPDATE

REPRESENTING THE RYMAN LEAGUE IN THE FA CUP
Just two Ryman League clubs remain in the FA Cup this season in East Thurrock United and Maidstone United. Both have trips away from home to League Two sides in Hartlepool United and Stevenage.

Since promotion to the football league in 2010 The Boro have a good record in the competition reaching the Fourth Round in 2010/11 famously beating Premier League Newcastle United in the Third Round at Broadhall Way. In 2011/12 they got to the Fifth Round holding Tottenham Hotspur to a 0-0 draw at home followed by a 3-1 defeat at White Hart Lane in front of 35,757 people . In 2012/13 they were knocked out by Rotherham United in the First Round and last season got through to the Fourth Round where they were knocked out 4-0 by Everton at Goodison Park. So it's a fact they, as a football league side, have never lost to a non-league side. They are currently in fifteenth place in League Two and travel to 23rd placed Tranmere Rovers on Saturday. Ex Enfield FC manger Graham Westley is the boss. The Stones will no doubt bring a very large vocal support to Hertfordshire which will be one of the biggest away followings at Broadhall Way this season.

Hartlepool United have played several non-league clubs over the past few years. The most recent game was in 2010/11 when they played Conference North side Vauxhall Motors drawing 0-0 at home and winning 1-0 in the replay away from home. In 2009/10 Kettering Town visited Victoria Park and performed a giant killing winning 0-1. There have been other defeats against non-league side's in 'recent' times as well as in 1973 v Altricham, 1971 v Boston United and 1970 v Rhyl as well a few way back in time. The more recent games came in 2005/06 Tamworth H (2nd Round) L 1-2 and 1985/86 Frickley Athletic H (2nd Round) L 0-1.

Hartlepool United are currently bottom of League Two winning just three of their fifteen games played against Shrewsbury Town (H 2-0) along with away victories at Exeter City (1-2) and AFC Wimbledon (1-2). They are at home to Newport County this Saturday. They have recently changed manager with Colin Cooper leaving the club to be replaced by Paul Murray. This is 38 year old Murray's first job in management having had a playing career which started at Carlise United in 1994 and ended at Oldham Athletic in 2013. In 1996 Queens Park Rangers paid £300,000 for his services from Carlise United and he has represented the England U21 side four times and England B team once. 

THE COLD END WISHES BOTH MAIDSTONE UNITED AND EAST THURROCK UNITED THE BEST OF LUCK IN THEIR CUP ADVENTURES.  The games are due to be played on the weekend of Saturday 8th November.

RYMAN LEAGUE IN THE FA TROPHY - 2014/15

FA Trophy Preliminary Round
Games played on Fri 17th, Sat 18th, Sun 19th, Tue 21st and Wed 22nd October
RESULT TEAM OUT
THURROCK 4 TILBURY 3 TILBURY
BEACONSFIELD SYCOB 0 FAVERSHAM TOWN 4 -
BRENTWOOD TOWN 1 REDHILL 1-
*REDHILL 1 BRENTWOOD TOWN 2 REDHILL
BEDFORD TOWN 4 CHIPSTEAD 3 CHIPSTEAD
BUENHAM RAMBLERS 1 BRIGHTLINGSEA 5 BURNHAM RAMBLERS
CHESHUNT 1 SOUTH PARK 5 CHESHUNT
DEREHAM TOWN 2 HANWELL TOWN 1 -
GUERNSEY 4 BARTON ROVERS 0 -
HARLOW TOWN 6 HERNE BAY 3 HERNE BAY
HYTHE TOWN 3 MALDON & TIPTREE 0 MALDON & TIPTREE
LEIGHTON TOWN 3 CORINTHIAN CAS 3 -
*CORINTHIAN CAS 1 LEIGHTON TOWN 3 CORINTHIAN CASUALS
NEEDHAM MARKET 1WALTON & HERSHAM 3 NEEDHAM MARKET
NORTH GREENFORD UTD 0 CHATHAM TOWN 1 -
NORTHWOOD 3 WALTHAM ABBEY 1 WALTHAM ABBEY
RAMSGATE 1 FOLKESTONE INVICTA 4 RAMSGATE
REDBRIDGE 1 WHYTELEAFE 2 REDBRIDGE
ROMFORD 1 UXBRIDGE 1 -
*UXBRIDGE 2 ROMFORD 2 (UXBRIDGE 4-3 PENS) ROMFORD
SOHAM TOWN RANGERS 1 SPALDING UTD 6 SOHAM TOWN RANGERS
THREE BRIDGES 4 CARSHALTON ATHLETIC 1 CARSHALTON ATHLETIC
TOOTING & MITCHAM 1 AYLESBURY 2 TOOTING & MITCHAM
WALTON CASUALS 0 EAST GRINSTEAD TOWN 0 -
*EAST GRINSTEAD 1 WALTON CASUALS 6 EAST GRINSTEAD TOWN
WARE 4 GREAT WAKERING ROVERS 0 GREAT WAKERING
WHITSTABLE TOWN 1 AFC SUDBURY 3 WHITSTABLE TOWN
AYLESBURY UTD 2 THAMESMEAD TOWN 3 -
CRAY WANDERERS 2 HASTINGS UNITED 0 HASTINGS UNITED
HORSHAM 6 SITTINGBOURNE 2 SITTINGBOURNE
* denotes replay

The First Qualifying Round of the FA Trophy takes place over the weekend with the Preliminary Round already completed over the weekend of Saturday 18th October which featured some of the Ryman Division One North and South sides. Ten Division One (North) sides were knocked out along with eleven Division One (South) sides. Here are the fixtures for the games this Saturday as the Ryman Premier Division sides enter on the road to Wembley -

AFC HORNCURCH (RPD) v HARROW BOROUGH (RPD)
ARLESEY TOWN (SLP) v WINGATE AND FINCHLEY (RPD)
AYLESBURY FC (SLD1C) v MERTSHAM (RD1S)
BARKINGSIDE (RD1N) v KINGSTONIAN (RPD)
BEDFORD TOWN (SLD1C) v BRIGHTLINGSEA REGENT (RD1N)
BOGNOR REGIS TOWN (RPD) v AFC SUDBURY (RD1N)
BRENTWOOD TOWN (RD1N) v BIGGLESWADE TOWN (SLP)
BURGESS HILL TOWN (RD1S) v CHESHAM UNITED (SLP)
BURY TOWN (RD1N) v HENDON (RPD)
CANVEY ISLAND (RPD) v LEATHERHEAD (RPD)
CRAY WANDERERS (RD1N) v FAVERSHAM TOWN (RD1S)
DEREHAM TOWN (RD1N) v ENFIELD TOWN (RPD)
DULWICH HAMLET (RPD) v CHALFONT ST PETER (SLD1C)
FOLKESTONE INVICTA (RD1S) v THURROCK (RD1N)
HAMPTON & RICHMOND (RPD) v GRAYS ATHLETIC (RPD)
HORSHAM (RD1S) v WARE (RD1N)
HUNGERFORD TOWN (SLP) v EAST THURROCK UNITED (RPD)
LEISTON (RPD) v LEIGHTON TOWN (SLD1C)
LEWES (RPD) v HARLOW TOWN (RD1N)
MAIDSTONE UNITED (RPD) v WALTON & HERSHAM (RD1S)
MARGATE (RPD) v SLOUGH TOWN (SLP)
MET POLICE (RPD) v BILLERICAY TOWN (RPD)
NORTHWOOD (SLD1C) v GUERNSEY (RD1S)
ROYSTON TOWN (SLD1C) v WITHAM TOWN (RPD)
SOUTH PARK (RD1S) v HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS (RD1N)
THAMESMEAD TOWN (RD1N) v THREE BRIDGES (RD1S)
UXBRIDGE (SLD1C) v HYTHE TOWN (RD1S)
VCD ATHLETIC (RPD) v TONBRIDGE ANGELS (RPD)
WALTON CASUALS (RD1S) v PEACEHAVEN & TELSCOMBE (RPD)
WHYTELEAFE (RD1S) v DUNSTABLE TOWN (SLP)
WORTHING (RD1S) v CHATHAM TOWN (RD1N)

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

THE COLD END - NIL POINTS LEAGUE

DIVISION TEAM P/L GF GA NEXT LEAGUE GAME
UNITED COUNTIES DIV ONE
STEWARTS & LLOYDS (Corby) 14/1410 47 WOODFORD UNITED (AWAY) 1/11
SUSSEX COUNTY DIVISION TWO
SEAFORD TOWN 11/114 36 RUSTINGTON (AWAY) 1/11

A massive cogratulations to Cheltenham Saracens who got their first win of the season last Wednesday in a 2-1 victory at home to Newbury. They did follow this up with a 2-0 loss at Reading Town and a 3-2 defeat at Highworth Town but as they now have a win are no longer in the NIL POINTS league.

Only two teams are left and both play at Step 6. Stewarts and Lloyds (Corby) of the United Counties Division One have lost all fourteen of their league games along with Seaford Town who have no points from their eleven Sussex County Division Two games.

Both are away from home this weekend with S&L Corby travelling to Woodford United and Seaford Town going to Rustington.

AN ALTERNATE A-Z OF THE FA TROPHY - TOWN TRAVEL TO NORFOLK ON SATURDAY

With Enfield Town travelling to Norfolk to face Ryman Division One (North) side Dereham Town at the weekend in the FA Trophy First Qualifying Round The Cold End looks at the history of the competition with an alternate A-Z minus a few letters as I couldn't think of an X, Y or Z!

A is for ALTRINCHAM who first won the competition in 1978 beating Leatherhead 3-1. Prior to their victory they reached the semi-final in 1977 losing to Scarborough in a second replay at Rotherham United's ground. They reached the final again in 1982 losing to Enfield FC before lifting the trophy again in 1986 when they beat Runcorn. They have also reached the semi-final in 1985 and 1991 along with being knocked out at the quarter final stage in 1988, 1989 and 1995.

B is for BARNET who have never won the competition. The closet they got was back in 1972 when they reached the final but were beaten 3-0 by Stafford Rangers at Wembley Stadium. In the first season of the competition (1969/70) they reached the semi-final losing to the eventual winner's Macclesfield Town. Since 1972 the best they have done is to reached the quarter-final stage in 1986/87 where they lost 0-1 at home to then Southern League Premier Division side Fareham Town who lost in the semi-finals to Kidderminster Harriers. Fareham's home leg of the semi-final was played at The Dell. 

C is for CHAPPELL (Geoff) who can be known as "Mr FA Trophy" as he won the competion managing Woking in 1994, 1995 and 1997. He returned with Kingstonian winning again in 1999 and 2000.

D is for DARLINGTON who won the Trophy in 2011 thanks to a Chris Senior 120th minute goal against Mansfield Town. Just a year later following financial difficulties DARLINGTON 1883 were formed and entered the Northern League Division One (Step 6 on the non-league ladder). What a difference a year makes?

E is for ENFIELD FC. Winners of the competition in 1982 (1-0 v Altrincham) and 1988 (3-2 in a replay at The Hawthorns against Telford United) as well as semi-finalists in 1976, 1985, 1986, 1994 as well as the quarter-finals in  1979, 1983 and 1995. A fact is that in 1974/75 The E's played 11 games in the competition to reach Round Three and in 1982 they played only 7 games to win the competition. The last game the now defunct club played in the competition was in their last season in 2006/07 when they lost away to Salisbury City in the third qualifying round. ENFIELD TOWN's best season in the competition came in 2012/13 when they were knocked out by Billericay Town at the third qualifying round stage. It's been too long that the name of Enfield has featured at the business end of the competition - Maybe it could be our year this season?

F is for 50%. Some fans, players and pundits think the Trophy has been devalued due to many clubs concentrating on promotion from the Conference since the advent of two up two down in 2002/03. However 50% of the finalists since 2009. F is also for FOREST GREEN ROVERS who are the only side to compete in both a Vase and Trophy final. They won the Vase in 1982 as a Hellenic League side followed by Trophy final appearances in 1999 and 2001 as a Conference Club.

G is for GOALS - Only two finals have ended without any goals. In 1987 Kidderminster Harriers drew with Burton Albion and a year later in 1988 Enfield FC draw with Telford United.

H is for HOLKER STREET where 6,002 people watched the 1988 Semi-Final first leg between Barrow and Enfield FC.

I is for ISTHMIAN LEAGUE who have had eight finalists. Dagenham (1977) and Leatherhead (1978) were runner's before The Daggers returned in 1980 and won versus Northern Premier League side Mossley. 1981* saw Bishops Stortford (Division One Champions) beat Sutton United (5th in the Premier Division) in an all Isthmian final.  The league wasn't represented in the final until 1997 when Dagenham and Redbridge lost to Conference side Woking after extra time. Canvey Island are the only other side to represent the league in 2001 when they won the trophy with 1-0 victory over Forest Green Rovers and in 2004 when they lost to Hednesford Town.
* The semi-finalists in 1981 came from the Isthmian League (Bishops Stortford), Southern League Southern Division (Dartford) and the bottom club in the then Alliance Premier League - Bangor City.  

K is for KICKS FROM THE PENALTY MARK. Only in 2005 (Grays 6-5 Hucknall Town) and 2014 (Wrexham 4-1 Grimbsy Town) has the competition been decided on penalty kicks.

M is for MARTIN O'NEILL. The current Republic of Ireland manager was Wycombe Wanderer's boss when they lifted the Trophy in 1991 and 1993.

N is for the NEW WEMBLEY where the final has been played since 2007. The record crowd came in 2007 when 53,262 saw Stevenage Borough beat Kidderminster Harriers 3-2. N is also for NORTHWICH VICTORIA who were the first ex football league side to win the Trophy in 1984. Since then Barrow (1990 and 2010), Colchester United (1992), Darlington (2011), York City (2012), Wrexham (2013) and Cambridge United (2014) are all ex football league sides to win the Trophy.

O is for OLD WEMBLEY where the final was played from 1970 to 2000. The record crowd was 34,842 who witnessed Wycombe Wanderers beat Kidderminster Harriers 2-1. The lowest crowd was in 1996 when only 8.672 saw Macclesfield Town beat Northwich Victoria 3-1.

P is for PAUL FURLONG who scored twice for ENFIELD FC in the 1988 final replay v Telford United. Furlong went on to play for a host of football league sides including Coventry City, Watford, Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers. 

R is for RUNCORN who can be considered the most unluckiest club. They got to the final in 1986, 1993 and 1994 losing on each occasion. The Linnets also got to the semi-final stage in 1976, 1978 and 1979 along with quarter-final appearances in 1985 and 2000. Runcorn folded in 2006 and a new club Runcorn Linnets were founded. They play alongside Runcorn Town in the North West Counties League Premier Division (Step 5 of the non-league ladder). Both clubs are yet to compete in the Trophy with The Linnet's best performance in the FA Vase in 2008/09 when they reached the third round losing to AFC Fylde. Town's best run came in 2012/13 when they reached the fifth round losing to Walsall Wood. The Linnetts play Shaw Lane Aquaforce in the First Round of the Vase this weekend with Town playing away at West Allotment Celtic after beating Glasshoughton Welfare (11-0) and Athersley Recreation (4-1) in the Qualifying Rounds.

S is for STIMSON (Mark) who managed a hat-trick of victories for Grays Athletic in 2005 and 2006 followed by Stevenage Borough in 2007.

T is for TELFORD UNITED who are the most succesful club in the competition winning it three times (1971, 1983 and 1989) and been runner's up in 1970 and 1988.Since the demise of Telford United due to financial problems in 2004 the new AFC TELFORD UNITED have reached the semi-final in 2008/09 where they were beaten by York City. T is also for Bishops Stortford goalkeeper TERRY MOORE who the FA Amatuer Cup in 1974 and the FA Trophy in 1981

U is for UPTON PARK where the final was played in 2006 between Grays Athletic and Woking in front of 13,997.

V is for VILLA PARK where the final was played from 2001 to 2005 whilst Wembley Stadium was being redeveloped. The top attendance being 18,809 for Yeovil Town's 2-0 victory v Stevenage Borough in 2002 - The lowest attendance 6,635 for Hednesford Town's 3-2 victory over Canvey Island in 2004

W is for WIGAN ATHLETIC who as a Northern Premier League side reached the final in 1973. They are the only team to play in the FA Trophy and FA Cup finals having famously won versus Manchester City in
The best WIMBLEDON done in the Trophy prior to their promotion to the football league was in 1974/75 when they lost in the Quarter Final v Scarborough. W is also for WREXHAM whose victory in 2013 was the first time a WELSH club had won the competition. Bangor City are the only other Welsh side to reach the final losing in a replay to Northwich Victoria at Stoke City in 1984.

TOWN OFF TO NORFOLK ON SATURDAY


Dereham Town are playing their second season in the FA Trophy having been promoted from the Eastern Counties League in 2013. Last season they lost in the 1st Qualifying Round to Ryman Premier Division side Bury Town. This season they beat Hanwell Town 2-1 at home in the Preliminary Round to set up Saturday's tie with Enfield Town. They were formed in 1884 as Dereham FC and first played in the Dereham and District League and the Norwich and District League. In 1920 they adopted their current name after a spell as East Dereham and joined the Norfolk and Suffolk League which later merged into the Anglian Combination. In 1986 they were renamed Dereham Hobbies United after a merger with a local Sunday league side reverting back to Dereham Town in 1991. In 1997/98 they won the Anglian Combination Premier Division and with it promotion to the Eastern Counties League.

The Magpies earned promotion the Premier Division in 2002 and won the Norfolk Senior Cup in 2006 and 2007. The 2012/13 season was the best yet for the Aldiss Park side as they won the Premier Division of the Eastern Counties League and were promoted to the Ryman Division One (North). In their debut season at Step 4 they finished a creditable 7th place and are currently placed in ninth position in the table winning nine, drawing one and losing six of their sixteen league games played. After winning four games in a row which included the Hanwell Town Trophy victory they suffered an unexpected 1-4 home defeat versus Great Wakering Rovers who have been struggling towards the bottom end of the division. It was only their second home defeat of the season having also lost to Cheshunt 0-3. Aside from these results they have a good home record in the league winning 4 drawing 1 and losing 2 of their seven games played.

Luke Tuttle is their current top scorer on 9 league goals (four from the penalty mark). He has previously played for Norwich St Johns in the Anglian Combination.

The FA Trophy always brings back memories from 2012 when Enfield Town travelled to Concord Rangers in the Second Qualifying Round and came away with a brilliant 0-2 victory. Highlights are below -


Prior to this game in the First Qualifying Round The Town recorded a really impressive 4-1 win against Cambridge City. Highlights are below -

A MAGICAL NIGHT UNDER THE LIGHTS AT DONKEY LANE

ENFIELD TOWN BEAT LEAGUE LEADER'S MARGATE

Margate travelled to Donkey Lane top of the table with only two defeats in the seventeen league games they had played and left disconsolate and dejected after being completely outplayed by a Town side who displayed some fantastic football putting in a hard working determined performance which rates as one of the best games (if not the best!) played since the club were formed in 2001. For the neutral present it would of looked like the home side was the team at the top of the division with Margate down in fourteenth place. I may be biased being an Enfield Town fan but aside from a short ten minute spell at the beginning of the second half when striker Ryan Moss equalised for The Gate, it was Bradley Quinton's side who were much the better team over the full 90 minutes played.

It was an amazing atmosphere at Donkey Lane especially in the second half when club legend Liam Hope came off the bench to secure the victory with a expertly taken finish from outside of the box. Hope's goal was his 107th for the club making him Enfield Town's all time record top scorer.  

From Nathan McDonald who brilliantly saved Charlie Allen's penalty in the first 10 minutes of the game to Corey Whiteley who run his socks off up front for the Town and was deservedly given man of the match it was an amazing evening for Bradley Quinton's side who are now in ninth place in the Ryman Premier Division. Every Town player grafted and worked tirelessly for the result.

The Gate fans may say the game turned on the second penalty decision of the evening which was given for a foul on Town forward Jon Constant. Ryan Doyle's first effort was well saved by Nikki Bull but for the referee to order a retake following Lewis Taylor encroaching into the box before the kick was taken - you'll see from the replay that Taylor was nearly in front of Doyle taking the first kick. It was here the away side really lost their discipline and took their frustrations out on the referee, who had made the correct decision, resulting in a flurry of bookings given out. Doyle's second spot kick hit the back of the net to the delight of the Town fans behind the goal who had been noisy all night long with some great support for their side.

A Margate fan summed up the game well in saying he thought Enfield Town were the best side they had played all season. The victory puts Town up into ninth position in the Ryman Premier Division which is only two points below our local rival's Wingate and Finchley. Who would of thought that after 16 and 17 games played both The Blues and Town would be well clear of the relegation zone and looking up rather than down.

The smile on every Town player and supporters face on ninety minutes summed up a memorable evening for the club. I really can't remember an Enfield Town team playing any better than that against a side who will be at the top end of the division at the business end of the season. If you are local to Enfield or haven't been to support the team lately please come down and see the Town in action.

Bradley Quinton's side are now on a good run of form but he will be keeping the player's feet firmly on the ground in preparation for Saturday's trip to Dereham Town in the FA Trophy.

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS are below courtesy of the excellent @ETFCTV
A full match DVD will be available soon - Please contact the Enfield Town club shop for more details



RYMAN PREMIER DIVISION CURRENT TABLE
TOP NINE ONLY
POS TEAM P W D L GF GA GD PTS WIN% PPG FORM
1 MARGATE 18 14 1 3 41 18 +23 43 77.78% 2.39 WWLWWL
2 MAIDSTONE UNITED 16 14 0 2 41 12 +29 42 87.50% 2.63 WWLWWW
3 HENDON 18 10 6 2 31 22 +9 36 55.56% 2.00 WWWWDD
4 DULWICH HAMLET 18 9 5 4 29 17 +12 32 50.00% 1.78 DWWLDD
5 LEISTON 18 9 4 5 38 28 +10 31 50.00% 1.72 LWDLWW
6 MET POLICE 17 8 5 4 29 21 +8 29 47.06% 1.71 LWDLWW
7 WINGATE & FINCHLEY 16 8 2 6 28 24 +4 26 50.00% 1.63 WDLLLW
8 GRAYS ATHLETIC 16 7 3 6 22 19 +3 24 43.75% 1.50 LWLDWL
9 ENFIELD TOWN 17 7 3 7 25 25 0 24 41.18% 1.41 LDDWWW

Town's next league game could be as long away as Monday 17th November 2014 as next Tuesday's scheduled home game against Peacehaven and Telscombe is off as The Magpies have a County Cup match. Then Saturday 8th November's Ryman League game against East Thurrock United is off due to The Rocks continued involvement in the FA Cup. They have the small matter of a trip to League Two Hartlepool United to look forward to. Town are due to play Witham Town away on Saturday 15th November but this fixture could be cancelled as this date is when the next round of the FA Trophy is due to be played. So should either Enfield Town (v Dereham Town) or Witham Town (v Royston Town) get through this game will also be off.

Town do have a Middlesex Senior Cup Second Round home tie versus Hanwell Town scheduled for Tuesday 11th November.

Friday, 24 October 2014

RYMAN PREMIER DIVISION FIXTURES THIS WEEKEND

Saturday 24th October 2014 
AFC HORNCHURCH v ENFIELD TOWN 
20th v 19th. The Urchins are unbeaten in three games with centre-forward loan signing Reece Beckles-Richards scoring four goals in those three games. Their last game was an impressive 0-3 win at Canvey Island. There is no doubt with the quality The Urchins have in their squad they will move up the table in the coming months. In league fixtures Town have only one defeat in their last five games.  
BILLERICAY TOWN v PEACEHAVEN & TELSCOMBE
16th v 15th. After five defeats in a row Billericay have had two good away draws at Kingstonian (2-2) and at Hendon on Monday (1-1). Since the beginning of September P&T have only two defeats in nine league games and four wins. Midfielder's Josh Jones and James Fraser along with ex Brighton and Whitehawk striker Joe Gatting have been amongst the goals of late.  
BURY TOWN v TONBRIDGE ANGELS 
23rd v 14th. Bury Town have just two wins in eighteen league games and are without a victory in seven league games. The Suffolk side will need to start picking up wins sooner rather than later so will look at home games as must wins. The Angels are having a topsy turvy season after relegation from the Conference South last season. Their recent form reads WDLLWLD. They have only one win on the road in the seven league games they have played which came at Leatherhead (1-2) 
DULWICH HAMLET v HENDON 
The game of the day at third placed Hendon go to fourth placed Dulwich Hamlet. Hendon had a memorable 3-2 home v Margate last Saturday thanks to a Leon Smith hat-trick followed up by a 1-1 draw v Billericay Town. Hamlet are the only other side in the division to beat Margate so this will be a very interesting game.
LEISTON v BOGNOR REGIS TOWN
After last weekend's 4-1 defeat versus Maidstone United sixth placed Leiston will be looking to get back to winning ways but will find The Rocks in good form. Leiston have recently signed striker Josh Mayhew from Witham Town. The ex Hadleigh United and Woodbridge Town man made the jump from the Thurlow Nunn league in the Summer - He played eight times for the Essex club scoring only once. Bognor have four wins in seven league games and fans at Nyewood Lane have been celebrating recently at the return of their hero striker Jason Prior (on loan from Margate) who scored a hat-trick in his second game back on the south-coast against Hampton & Richmond Borough. Prior scored 95 goals in 126 games in a spell with The Rocks from 2009-2012 earning him a move to League Two side AFC Wimbledon. His time at The Dons was blighted by a horrific leg break and he eventually to Dartford and then onto Margate in the summer as well as a spell with Gosport Borough last season. 
LEWES v METROPOLITAN POLICE 
A massive game for Lewes who are bottom of the table. Like Bury Town they need to pick up points sooner rather than later. The Met are in fifth place and have a 50% win ratio in league fixtures. They have recently signed Nigel Neita from Billericay Town and Jordan Bird from Cray Wanderers. Both join the Imber Court club for a second spell. Neita came through the ranks at Millwall and Arsenal.
MARGATE v LEATHERHEAD
The Tanners have the last unbeaten league away record winning two drawing and drawing four of their six games played away from Fetcham Grove. This will be their toughest assignment yet against the odds on 8/13 league title favourites who have won eight and drawn one of their nine league games played at Hartsdown Park. The bookies make Leatherhead 5/1 outsiders to win here.
WINGATE & FINCHLEY v VCD ATHLETIC
After a blistering start to the season The Blues have lost their last three league games and will face a VCD side in a confident mood following their 3-2 victory over Harrow Borough last weekend. Wingate have signed Iffy Allen on loan from Vanarama Conference leader's Barnet this week. The 20 year old pacey winger spent time on loan with Kingstonian and Redhill last season and has yet to feature for The Bees following a leg break in early pre-season. A win for the Kent side could see them move out of the relegation zone depending on AFC Hornchurch's result v Enfield Town.

FA CUP 4th QUALIFYING ROUND 
The cold end send good luck to the five Ryman Premier sides left in the FA Cup. All have tough games against sides from the Conference South and in Maidstone United's case from the Conference Premier. Let's hope a shock result occurs somewhere and the league is represented well in the First Round Proper. 

Basingstoke Town v HARROW BOROUGH 
CANVEY ISLAND v Havant and Waterlooville 
EAST THURROCK UNITED v Bath City 
MAIDSTONE UNITED v Welling United 
WITHAM TOWN v Weston-Super-Mare 

TOWN THROUGH TO CHARITY CUP SECOND ROUND

Enfield Town entertained North Greenford United in the Middelsex Charity Cup First Round on Tuesday night in a game which saw repeat of the 2010 final which the Berkley's Field side famously won.

Town manager Bradley Quinton used the game to play some of his recent signings and fringe players along with James Winchester and Richard Bryan from the under 21 side who started on the bench. It was good to see midfielder Winchester getting on for the final 10 minutes of the game and he showed some good touches.

The game ended 1-0 with goal scored by debutant Shawn Beveney in the third minute after some good work by Ade Cole whose chipped shot rebounded off the post. Another player making his first start for the Town was Yannis Drais (a fomer youth team player at Cardiff City and French side RC Lens) played some impressive though balls that set up some nice attacking play. In particular he played through left-back Phil Kane whose two dangerous forward attacking runs ended with his final touch letting him down.

The away side who are struggling in 20th place of the Southern League Division One (Central) with just three wins in their eleven games, played some nice passing football with David Manu (number 8) standing out but they lacked a cutting edge up front and never really threatened the home back line. When they did their centre-forward Bradley Morris's shot was well saved by another Town debutant in goalkeeper Anthony Page. Town could of made it two before the break when Leon Antoine was very unlucky with a powerful shot which smashed against the post.

Leon Antoine's shot was unlucky in the first half to hit the post



The second half fizzled out a little with the Town side's performance a little disjointed but with so many player's making their first starts it wasn't too much to worry about.

It's a very important couple of weeks for North Greenford United coming up as they face three away games against teams around them at the bottom of the table. On Saturday they face a local derby against AFC Hayes (21st position) and then next Tuesday they go to Leighton Town (19th) before travelling to Beaconsfield SYCOB (22nd) next Saturday.

Enfield Town travel to Ashford Town in the next round who are currently in second place in the Combined Counties Premier Division.

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS BELOW