Wednesday, 26 April 2017

COMEDY OWN-GOAL THE HIGHLIGHT ON A CHILLY EVENING AT BIRCHWOOD

HATFIELD SOCIAL 1 SANDRIDGE ROVERS 1

Hatfield Social (15th position) and Sandridge Rovers (8th) played an early evening Hertfordshire Senior County League Premier Division game yesterday evening at Birchwood Leisure Centre. The game was scheduled to kick off at 6.30pm but actually got under way at 6.37pm with 36 minutes and 35 minutes being played in each half along with a 7 minute half time break. 



On a bumpy and hard pitch this was a competitive game with some strong tackles going in from both sides. Rovers took the lead via an early comedy own-goal when a cross from the right hand side was put into his own net when under no pressure by a Hatfield defender. It was all square just before half time when the ball was laid back just inside the box for Hatfield to score a well taken goal. 




The Sandridge Rover's boss wasn't happy and gave his team's performance and in his half time team talk conducted on the pitch he stated his team were 'static' and it was 'worse than Saturday' when they had lost 5-1 at Standon and Puckeridge. 


A GOOD CROWD FOR THE HERTFORDSHIRE SENIOR COUNTY LEAGUE GATHERED AT BIRCHWOOD LEISURE CENTRE FOR THIS MATCH
The second half didn't see any real clear cut chances created bar a late effort from Sandridge effort which was well tipped over the bar by the home side's keeper. The final score was 1-1 and for an early evening HSCL fixture this was well attended (especially as it was rather chilly for an April night) with around forty people watching from various sides of the field. 

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS 

  

The London Lions have run away with the Premier Division title and were confirmed champions a number of weeks ago - they are currently 23 points ahead of second placed Bovingdon with just one game to play at Ware Sports on Saturday. 

They get the the chance to complete a treble on Monday 1st May when they take on Letchworth Garden City Eagles in the final of the league's famous Aubery Cup competition at Rowley Lane. They have already won the Hertfordshire FA Senior Centenary Trophy. 

In Division One the title is still up for grabs with FC Lemsford, AFC Oaklands, Broadfields and Bengeo Trinity (albeit an outside chance) in with a shout of finishing first. 


HERTS SENIOR COUNTY LEAGUE 
DIVISION ONE - CURRENT TABLE 
TOP FOUR ONLY 
POS TEAM P GD PTS PP
1 FC LEMSFORD 25 +34 60 75
2 AFC OAKLANDS 25 +69 59 74
3 BROADFIELDS  27 +62 58 67
4 BENGEO TRINITY 27 +37 53 62

FC Lemsford and AFC Oaklands are both in action tonight - The table topper's go to Harefield United Reserves and AFC Oaklands are at Sun Sports Reserves. 

The final day of the season is schedule for Saturday 13th May when FC Lemsford host AFC Oaklands - Could this be a final day title decider? 

In the Reserve and Development division it's a race between Bovingdon Reserves and Hadley 'A' to see who takes the title with three and four games left to play. Bovingdon Res play Sarratt Res in the Reserve Cup Final tomorrow evening - the game takes place at Wodson Park. 

You can follow Sandridge Rovers and Hatfield Social on twitter - @SandridgeRovers and @HatSocialFC

Social end their season with a trip to Cuffley on Saturday with Sandridge Rovers travelling to Evergreen before a midweek home game against Belstone and a final trip to Bushey Sports Club on Saturday 6th May. 

HARPENDEN TOWN SECURE THE ALL IMPORTANT THREE POINTS VERSUS BALDOCK TOWN


Game played on Tuesday 18th April 

This game pitted third v second in the Spartan South Midlands League Division One with the winner being firmly put into the favourite position to finish in second place (only two go up to the Premier Division) and maybe even win the league subject to Biggleswade FC's (the current leaders) results. Therefore there was no surprise to see a good crowd of 189 at Rothamsted Park including a good travelling support from Baldock Town. 




Kyle McLeish scored the only goal of a scrappy game in the third minute with a good finish from just inside the penalty box - Harpenden Town won't be bothered how they played just that they got the all important win that following their 2-1 victory over Codicote on Saturday 22nd April in front of a lower attendance of 67 just about confirms* their promotion to the Premier Division they last played in during the 2005/06 season. 



The away side had a good amount of possession during the second half but never really created any chances to work the Harpenden Town goalkeeper. 

* Baldock Town completed their season with a 0-1 away victory at Ampthill Town on Saturday 22nd April. Both teams are now level on points with Harpenden Town ahead by a better goal difference (+71 against +64) so they would have to suffer a disastourous result in their final game against Brimsdown this weekend for Baldock to overtake them. 

Table topper's Biggleswade FC can win the title tonight with a win away to Wodson Park. For Baldock Town it looks to be a second consecutive season of a third placed finish in the Division One agonisingly missing out on the promotion everyone at the club really wants - they will go again for the 2017/18 campaign and be one of the favourites for the title. 

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS 

Monday, 24 April 2017

ALL DOWN TO THE FINAL DAY OF THE SEASON IN THE SOUTHERN COMBINATION PREMIER DIVISION

PREMIER DIVISION 
CURRENT TABLE - TOP TWO ONLY 

POS TEAM P GD PTS PP
1 HAYWARDS HEATH TOWN  37 +80 93 96
2 SHOREHAM  37 +81 92 95


The race for the title in the Premier Division of the Southern Combination Football League Premier Division will go into an exciting final day of the season as both Haywards Heath Town and Shoreham can still finish top. 

Haywards Heath travel to ninth placed Horsham YMCA with Shoreham also on the road at sixteenth placed Arundel.

Both clubs have applied for promotion to Step Four of the non-league ladder. Shoreham have been members of the Sussex League/Southern Combination since the league was founded in 1920 - aside from a spell away from 1927 to 1933 they have always played in the competition which they last won back in 1978! 

For Haywards Heath Town it's been a real climb up the pyramid as only in 2013 they were playing in Division Three (then Step Seven of the pyramid) of the then Sussex County League. 

The current table topper's know a win at Horsham YMCA will secure them the title but a defeat or a draw along with a victory for Shoreham will give them the title. 


 

PECKHAM TOWN v SOMALILAND - INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY MATCH

Football fans maybe interested in this game between Kent County League Premier Division team Peckham Town and Somaliland who competed in the 2016 ConIFA World Cup Finals where they finished in 10th place of twelve teams competing. 

All proceeds will be split between two charities - The DEC Africa Crisis Appeal and Somaliland Lifemakers. 

The game takes place on Saturday 6th May at The Menace Arena SE217EU. 

#CATCHAMATCH - MASSIVE WEEK OF STEP THREE AND FOUR PLAY-OFFS

Non-League supporters up and down the country are excitingly looking forward to the play-off semi-final matches at Step Three and Step Four of the pyramid this week starting tonight with Stourbridge v Workington in the Northern League Premier Division and ending on Thursday evening with the Ryman Premier Division matches. If you are close or near to any of the games The Cold End recommends you take a match in as they are always entertaining affairs played in front of good crowds - what football is all about? 

MONDAY
EVO-STIK NORTHERN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION PLAY-OFFS
Stourbridge v Workington

TUESDAY
EVO-STIK NORTHERN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION PLAY-OFFS
Spennymoor Town v Nantwich Town

RYMAN DIVISION ONE SOUTH PLAY-OFFS

Dorking Wanderers v Hastings United
Greenwich Borough v Corinthian-Casuals

EVO-STIK DIVISION ONE NORTH PLAY-OFFS 
Farsley Celtic v Colne 
Scarborough Athletic v Ossett Town 

EVO-STIK DIVISION ONE SOUTH PLAY-OFFS 

Spalding United v Stocksbridge Park Steels
Witton Albion v AFC Rushden and Diamonds 

WEDNESDAY
EVO-STIK SOUTHERN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION PLAY-OFFS
Leamington v Slough Town
Merthyr Town v Hitchin Town

RYMAN DIVISION ONE NORTH PLAY-OFFS
Maldon & Tiptree v Haringey Borough
Thurrock v AFC Hornchurch

EVO-STIK SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE CENTRAL PLAY-OFFS
Barton Rovers v Marlow
Farnborough v Egham Town

EVO-STIK SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE SOUTH & WEST PLAY-OFFS

Salisbury v Evesham Utd
Tiverton Town v Taunton Town

THURSDAY
RYMAN PREMIER DIVISION PLAY-OFFS
Bognor Regis Town v Wingate & Finchley
Dulwich Hamlet v Enfield Town

Friday, 21 April 2017

THE FINAL DAY OF THE RYMAN PREMIER 2016/17 SEASON



THE TITLE RACE
POS TEAM P GD PTS PP
1 HAVANT 45 +45 93 96
2 BOGNOR 45 +46 91 94

THE PLAY OFF RACE

POS TEAM P GD PTS PP
3 DULWICH 45 +31 77 80
4 ENFIELD TOWN 45 +29 75 78
5 WINGATE & FINCHLEY 45 +5 75 78
6 LEISTON 45 +32 72 75
7 NEEDHAM MARKET  45 -3 72 75

THE BATTLE TO BEAT THE DROP 

POS TEAM P GD PTS PP
17 HARROW BOROUGH 45 -18 53 56
18 MET POLICE 45 -18 53 56
19 HENDON 45 -20 53 56
20 FOLKESTONE INVICTA 45 -10 52 55
21 BURGESS HILL TOWN  45 -22 51 54
22 CANVEY ISLAND  45 -29 51 54
R AFC SUDBURY  45 -28 45 48
R GRAYS ATHLETIC  45 -52 38 41

A Hollywood script writer would of struggled to write the last weekend's fixtures of the 2016/17 Ryman Premier Division season. The championship is yet to be decided with Havant & Waterlooville now the favourites following their 1-0 victory over Bognor Regis Town in front of a huge crowd of 3,455* people on Bank Holiday Monday but is there another twist in the title race to come?


SOME IMAGES OF THE MASSIVE CROWD AT HAVANT & WATERLOOVILLE v BOGNOR REGIS TOWN ON BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY courtesy of the excellent Notes From An English County website - well worth a vist.  

* Beating League Two crowds at Accrington Stanley (1,652), Barnet (2,507) and Morecambe (1,447). The League One match between Rochdale and Coventry City only drew 3,202! 

The Rocks host Metropolitan Police at Nyewood Lane with their visitors hovering above the drop-zone they possibly need points to stay-up. The Hawks are away to a revitalised Kingstonian who are now 'safe' from relegation - barring a mathematically ridiculous set of results The K's will not finish in the bottom four. Under new boss Craig Edwards they are unbeaten in their last four games including three all important victories against Burgess Hill Town, Leiston and Merstham - Ryan Moss has scored four goals in those four games - he didn't play in the 0-0 draw with Worthing.  So what looked an easy game for Havant a few weeks ago now is a real tough fixture with the ex Billericay Town boss Edwards relishing a chance of having a say in the title race. 

The Met have (maybe crucially) lost their last two games against relegation rivals Leatherhead and Hendon! 

623 people saw the Enfield Town v Folkestone Invicta game last Saturday - A similar (hopefully larger!) crowd is expected in their game versus Leiston. 

In the race for the play-off spots 5th plays 3rd and 4th plays 6th with all sorts of permutations possible - Who could of made that up? 7th placed Needham Market can still qualify but would have to win their home game with Billericay Town and rely on both Leiston and Wingate & Finchley losing - they would also have to make up a eight goal difference to Wingate so it's a massive ask they would be a big surprise if it did. 

At the bottom with AFC Sudbury and Grays Athletic already relegated it's going to be two of Canvey Island, Burgess Hill Town, Folkestone Invicta, Hendon, Metropolitan Police and Harrow Borough who will join them in the drop-zone. Both The Islanders and The Hillians realistically need to win and rely on teams above them losing. Folkestone just above them by one point have a much better goal difference on -10 compared to -22 and -29. 

Canvey Island, who did look safe with a run of five wins in February and March, host an already relegated AFC Sudbury with Burgess Hill Town entertaining Merstham who are safely in mid-table 13th position.  

FIXTURES
Bognor Regis Town v Metropolitan Police 
Burgess Hill Town v Merstham 
Canvey Island v AFC Sudbury 
Enfield Town v Leiston 
Grays Athletic v Folkestone Invicta 
Hendon v Staines Town 
Kingstonian v Havant & Waterlooville 
Leatherhead v Harlow Town 
Lowestoft Town v Harrow Borough 
Needham Market v Billericay Town 
Tonbridge Angels v Worthing 
Wingate & Finchley v Dulwich Hamlet

Thursday, 13 April 2017

SOUTHERN COUNTIES EAST PREMIER DIVISION GOING DOWN TO THE WIRE

The title race in the SCEFL Premier Division is looking like it will go down right to the wire as Ashford United and Crowborough Athletic are locked on 80 points each with only +12 goal difference seperating them. 


POS TEAM P GD PTS PP FORM
1 ASHFORD UNITED 34 +65 80 92 LDWLWW
2 CROWBOROUGH ATHLETIC 34 +53 80 92 WLDLWW


Both teams have lost games in their last six league games played with the key one being Ashford's 3-1 defeat of Crowborough on Saturday 1st April in front of 459 people at Homelands. 

Crowbrough's last four games come at home to Lordswood (17th) on Saturday, away at Fisher (19th) on Bank Holiday Monday before a home game against Beckenham Town (20th) next Saturday and an away trip to Hollands & Blair (8th) on Saturday 29th April. 

Ashford host Fisher on Saturday before a 'trip*' to Canterbury City (9th) on Bank Holiday Monday. They then travel to Croydon FC (11th) next Saturday before hosting Rochester United (14th) on the final day of the season. 

* Canterbury City currently ground-share at Homelands. 

Arguably The Crows have the easier run in but they face three sides fighting relegation desperately in need of points and Ashford United have three 'home' fixtures so there is sure to be some twists and turns yet.