Tuesday, 28 June 2016

EARLY ODDS ON THE VANARAMA SOUTH LEAGUE

WILL IT BE ONE OF THE BOOKMAKER'S FAVOURITES TO WIN THE TITLE?
Ladbrokes.com are offerring early odds for the Vanarama South League title with last season's long term leaders and play-off final loser's Ebbsfleet United 5/2 favourites followed by Whitehawk, who finished fifth and lost to The Fleer in the play-off semi-final, at 9/2

The Hawks under the management of Argentinian Pablo Asensio have been very busy in the transfer market of late. The former Southport, Macclesfield Town, Accrington Stanley and Droylsden coach has confirmed fellow Countryman Sergio Torres will stay at The Enclosed Ground as Captain for the forthcoming campaign. He has also signed ex Albanian u21 International defender Albi Llenga, striker Duncan Culley who moves from Hampton and Richmond, defender Marvin Hamilton who rejoins The Hawks after spells with Eastbourne Borough and VCD Athletic, Midfielders Ahmed Abdulla (another to rejoin the club) from Staines Town, Argentinian defensive midfielder Javier Favarel who is 24 years old and has played for Estudiantes in the Argentinian top flight along with Uraguayan Primera Division side Sud America and Deportivo Maldonado. 
THE WHITEHAWK SQUAD WILL HAVE A VERY INTERNATIONAL FEEL TO IT FOR THE 2016/17 CAMPAIGN
Asensio has also recruited five Brazilian players. 22 year old Attacking Midfielder Jose Mauricio Guzzi who was most recently on the books of Albanian side KF Terbuni along with Marcos Ribeiro, a 21 year old who has played for Chapecoense and EC Sao Luiz in Brazil along with Kleyton Agostnini (a midfielder), Gabriel Yan and Rodrigo Mann (both defenders).  French striker Wilfied Tago, 26 years old, formerly of Bulgarian club's PFC Velbazhd Kyustendil and FC Kaliakra along with Evry FC in France, Finn Harps in Ireland and Pars FC in Sweden.

The International signings have continued with Spanish Centre-Back Ramon Marimon. He is 20 years old and has most recenrtly been with AEC Manlleu and Terrassa. 

Defender Chris M'Boungou has also comited to The Hawks after impressing late last season when he joined from Bishops Stortford. 

Ebbsfleet United boss Darryl McMahon has confirmed stiker Charlie Sheringham will be staying with the club and has signed another striker in Byron Bubb from Oxford City who scored scored 18 times in 24 games last season. The biggest change for The Fleet will be the ground improvements being made at Stonebridge Road. 

Welling United are next up at 8/1. The Wings were relegated from the National League and are now under the management of ex Bromley manager Mark Goldberg who was in charge of The Ravens when they won the Vanarama South title in 2015. He has been very busy signing players with a number coming from the Ryman League. Danny Waldren, Mitchell Nelson, Jordan Brown all make the short journey from Dulwich Hamlet, Oliver Sprague from Hendon, Jonte Smith from Lewes, George Allen (formerly of Stevenage and Bishops Stortford) , Bobby Devyne from Enfield Town, Pierre Joseph Dubois (from Bromley), Rickie Hayles from East Thurrock United, Sean Francis from Bromley and the experienced Striker Jamie Slabber.

They are the three main favourites with Chelmsford City and Maidenhead United at 10/1. The promoted sides are rated at 14/1 for Poole Town. 33/1 for Hampton and Richmond Borough, 40/1 for Hungerford Town and 66/1 for East Thurrock United. 

VANARAMA SOUTH TITLE ODDS
courtesy of Ladbrokes.com 
EBBSFLEET UNITED 5/2 
WHITEHAWK 9/2 
WELLING UNITED 8/1 
CHELMSFORD CITY 10/1 
MAIDENHEAD UNITED 10/1 
POOLE TOWN 14/1 
HEMEL HEMPSTEAD TOWN 14/1 
WEALDSTONE 14/1 
OXFORD CITY 16/1 
DARTFORD 16/1 
ST ALBANS CITY 20/1 
TRURO CITY 20/1 
CONCORD RANGERS 20/1 
GOSPORT BOROUGH 25/1 
BATH CITY 28/1 
HAMPTON AND RICHMOND 33/1 
MARGATE 40/1 
HUNGERFORD TOWN 40/1 
EASTBOURNE BOROUGH 50/1 
BISHOPS STORTFORD 66/1 
EAST THURROCK UNITED 66/1 
WESTON-SUPER-MARE 66/1 

Here is a list of the pre-season friendly games arranged for the top three in the betting. It'll be interesting to see how the teams prepare for what should be a very interesting season.

EBBSFLEET UNITED
Saturday 16th July - Deal Town
Sunday 17th July - Dartford (Ryan Hayes Testimonial)
Tuesday 19th July - Thamesmead Town
Saturday 23rd July - Billericay Town
Tuesday 26th July - Folkestone Invicta
Saturday 30th July - Sutton United
Tuesday 2nd August - Greenwich Borough

WHITEHAWK
Saturday 9th July - WORTHING
Tuesday 12th July - HASSOCKS
Saturday 16th July - BURGESS HILL TOWN
Saturday 23rd July - HORSHAM
Wednesday 27th July - BRIGHTON & HA

WELLING UNITED
Saturday 9th July - CHARLTON ATHLETIC 
Tuesday 12th July - ERITH & BELVEDERE 
Saturday 16th July - MAIDSTONE UNITED 
Tuesday 19th July - VCD Athletic 
Thursday 21st July - Thamesmead Town 
Saturday 23rd July - Hastings United 
Tuesday 26th July - DOVER ATHLETIC 
Saturday 30th July - BROMLEY 
Monday 1st August - MILLWALL 

Sunday, 26 June 2016

ETFC TV MEETS...

Enfield Town Football Club TV have been working hard meeting some of the hard working people from behind the scenes at the club showing that evey football club is not just the Manager and the Squad. It's well worth a watch. Here they meet the club shop staff, Jack Lucas the groundsman, Andy Brown the turnstile operator and Neil Butterfield the club's kit man.


THE 2016/17 SEASON BEGINS - WELSH CLUBS IN EUROPEAN QUALIFYING ACTION

The 2016/17 football season officially kicks off this mid-week as the qualifying rounds for the UEFA Champions League and Europa League start. On Tuesday evening THE NEW SAINTS welcome San Marino side SP TRE PENNE who are the champions of the Campionato Sammarinese Di Calcio, they have played in European Competition in four previous seasons (twice in the Europa League and twice in the UEFA Champions League) with a record of eight losses in as many games, goal for 5 and goals against 35. All the other sides are involved in Europa League action as follows -

BALA TOWN travel to Swedish side AIK SOLNA with MBI LLANDUDNO travelling to another Swedish side IFC GOTEBURG, who famously won the UEFA Cup in 1982 and 1987.

GAP CONNAH'S QUAY welcome Norwegian side STABEAK FC who are managed by former Scottish International Billy McKinlay. This match is being played at Rhyl's Belle Vue Stadium

It's a historic moment for both GAP CONNAH'S QUAY and MBI LLAN DUDNO who are in European action for the first time ever.

The bookmakers don't give Llandudno much hope making them 15/1 to record a victory with a home win 1/10 and a draw rated at 15/2. Connah's Quay are 15/4 for the win with an away victory at 7/10 and a draw at 3/1. Bala Town are also outsiders at 14/1 with AIK at 2/13 and a draw at 6/1. TNS are 1/10 to win with SP Tre Penne an amazing 30/1 to record what would be a shock victory - it's 11/1 for them to nick a draw.

As always with the early European qualifying rounds there are many unknown teams in action. Gibraltar title winners LINCOLN RED IMPS travel to FC FLORA TALLIN in the UEFA Champions League. Another team from Gibraltar EUROPA FC (runner's up) are in Europa League action against PYUNIK from Armenia.

Could the Estonian side cause an upset in Edinburgh?
Scottish sides ABERDEEN and HEART OF MIDLOTHIAN are also in action against CS FOLA ESCH (from Luxembourg) and FC INFONET (another club from Tallin in Estonia). The Scottish sides are heavily odds on at 1/5 and 4/11 so even a £1 double will only give you a return of £1.64 if they both win. FC INFONET won 36-0 versus Amateur side Virtsu in a 2015/16 Estonian Cup Match whici did equal Arbroath's famous victory over Bon Accord in the Scottish Cup. HIBERNIAN enter the competion in the Second Qualifying Round stage.

Good luck to all teams involved. 



UPDATE ON LOCAL PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY GAMES

The start of the "pre-season friendly season" is less than two weeks away as many local clubs are in action in preparation of the 2016/17 season proper. Here we look at some of the local games arranged over the next month - please check with clubs before travelling as some pre-season games are moved at the last minute and venues are changed - 

The new look Hertford Town under the new management of Gavin Kelsey travel to East London on Tuesday 12th July to face Essex Senior League Clapton in what should be a well attended game for a pre-season match with some of the Clapton Ultras present. Kelsey has been busy building his squad which is expected to make a challenge for the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division title. Kelsey has signed Reece Buck, Jonah Evans, Tommy Wade (who re-joins Hertford after a year at Hoddy), Glen Draper, Ricky Light, Mark Summers, Ollie Sharman, Dan Ferrigno, Phil Lowen, Jack Barlettt and Ben Andreos from his former club along with Welwyn Garden City defender Jay Lovell. They also face local rival's Ware on Saturday 30th July before travelling to WGC on Tuesday 2nd August for a Hertfordshire Charity Shield game.

Ware return to the Ryman Division One (North) after one season in the Evo Stik Southern League Division One (Central). Managed by ex football league player Ken Charlery they have a number of interesting friendly games arranged at Wodson Park including the visit of teams representing Dagenham and Redbridge on Tuesday 12th July, Queens Park Rangers XI on Saturday 23rd July and Peterborugh United on Saturday 30th July.

Many players have followed manager Paul Halsey from Hertford to Hoddesdon Town. The Lillywhites have confirmed the signings of Jordan Watson Cardan Campbell, Leigh Rose, Louis Rose, Bradley Fraser, Joe Pearce, Dominic Njoya, Ryan Redford, Michael Bardle. Jason Brown, Ross Clemo, George Laffar, Matt Turpin, Frazer John and Chris Wild along with Tom Cowell, Connor Scully, Charlie Edwards and Brett O'Conner who have commited to the club for next season. John signs after impressing for Cockfosters last season and Wild (formerly of Billericay Town and Enfield Town) returns to football after a break from the game. They return to action on Saturday 9th July against Wodson Park with their stand out fixture being a trip down the A10 to face Cheshunt on Tuesday 2nd August.

Cheshunt host a team from League Two Barnet on Saturday 9th July as well as Dagenham and Redbridge on Saturday 23rd July.

Hendon have a four-team tournament scheduled over the weekend of Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th July which sees them take on Carshalton Athletic at 1pm and Farnborough play Slough Town at 3.30pm on the Saturday with the losing teams facing each other at 1pm on Sunday following by the final at 3.30pm. Admission per day at Silver Jubilee Park is £5 for adults and £1 for under 18s. Gary McCann's

Cockfosters start their pre-season schedule with a trip to Codicote on Tuesday 12th July followed by a trip to Clapton on Saturday 16th July. They also have trips to Langford, Boreham Wood u21s, Waltham Forest, Sawbridgeworth Town and Rayners Lane.

Waltham Forest, under the new management of ex Ware boss Kem Kemal, start with a home game against Brentwood Town arranged for Monday 4th July. They also have a trip to Letchworth Garden City Eagles on Saturday 16th July followed by home games versus Westhamians and, as above, Cockfosters finishing with an away day to St Margaretsbury.

Enfield Town open with a home game versus Barnet on Saturday 16th July followed by Reading u21s on Tuesday 19th July, Brighton and Hove Albion XI on Friday 22nd July and Queeens Park Rangers u21s on Saturday 23rd July. They travel to Ware on Thursday 28th July and Skelmersdale United on Saturday 30th July to commemorate the 1967 FA Amateur Cup Final which took place between Skemersdale and the old Enfield Football Club. They finish by travelling locally to Haringey Borough which will mark the opening of the new 3G pitch at Coles Park on Saturday 6th August.

Essex Senior League Eton Manor (whose Assistant Manager is former Enfield Town fan's favourite) Asa Pamplin have a home game (should be played at Broxbourne Borough's Goffs Lane) on Saturday 16th July against Edgeware Town  

London Colney have both Aylesbury sides visiting Cotslandwick in two days on Tuesday 19th July Aylesbury FC visit before United visit on Thursday 21st July.

New club Enfield Borough also visit Cotslandwick on Tuesday 26th July just four days before they play Ryman Premier Division (North) side Brentwood Town on Saturday 30th July at Donkey Lane.


Aylesbury FC host the Jartazi Cup on Saturday 23rd July which also features Harrow Borough, Greenwich Borough and Egham Town. Each game last 60 mins with roll on and roll off substitutes - the timings will be 12pm for the first game, 1.30pm for the second game. 3.30pm for the 3rd/4th play off and 5pm for the final. There is a great prize for the winners which is £1000 worth of kit provided by Jartazi which should make the competition competitive.

PRE-SEASON ON THE BEACH FOR SOUTHEND MANOR SQUAD

Essex Senior League Southend Manor's squad heading down to the sea-front yesterday - there wasn't a deck-chair or ice-cream in sight as the players were put through their paces in a pre-season training session. Some did take a cool off by having a quick paddle afterwards.

The Essex Senior League season starts on Saturday 30th July. 

Thursday, 23 June 2016

PRE-SEASON PREPARATION CONTINUES - ST MAGS and HARWICH & PARKESTON

Pre-season continued tonight as Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division St Margaretsbury's squad braved the torrential rain and thunder storms to attend a training session with some even braving an outdoor ice bath! You can follow St Mags on twitter - @StMargaretsbury

Essex and Suffolk border league side Harwich and Parkeston also had a good turn out of 20+ players despite the horrible conditions in the local area which delayed traffic and trains throughout the day. You can follow The Shrimper's boss on twitter - @eldridge_glenn

Eldridge has plans to revive the 'sleeping giant' of Harwich and Parkeston and help them gain promotion back to the Thurlow Nunn League - They left the league by resigning in February 2010. The new manager has previously been Manager at FC Clacton and Assistant Manager at Long Melford as well as coaching at Holland FC. It would be great to see one of the non-league's great names of the past moving back upwards

EARLY ODDS FOR THE VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE ISSUED

The race for the title and play-offs in the Vanarama National League should be another exciting one for the 2016/17 campaign with many bookmakers offering early odds for the championship. The following odds are from bet365.com. They make last season's runner's up and play-off final losers Forest Green Rovers favourites at 5/1 followed by Tranmere Rovers who just lost out on the play-offs in their first season in the league following relegation from League Two. The two relegated sides from League Two are rated at 10/1 (Dag & Red) and 12/1 (York City). You can get quarter the odds for a finish for a top three finish in a each way bet. 

FOREST GREEN ROVERS 5/1 
TRANMERE ROVERS 6/1 
EASTLEIGH 7/1 
WREXHAM 10/1 
DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE 10/1 
YORK CITY 12/1 
LINCOLN CITY 14/1 
DOVER ATHLETIC 16/1 
BARROW 16/1 
GATESHEAD 20/1
BRAINTREE TOWN 20/1
MACCLESFIED TOWN 33/1
BROMLEY 33/1
TORQUAY UNITED 33/1 
ALDERSHOT TOWN 40/1 
WOKING 40/1 
CHESTER 50/1
MAIDSTONE UNITED 50/1
SOLIHULL MOORS 50/1
SUTTON UNITED 50/1
BOREHAM WOOD 50/1
SOTHPORT 50/1 
GUISELEY 66/1 
NORTH FERRIBY UNITED 100/1