Tuesday, 26 April 2016

ELLIOT HARRIS GOAL OF THE SEASON CONTENDER IN ENFIELD TOWN u21s VICTORY

THE CROWD WAS A LITTLE SPARSE ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT THE DONKEY-DOME
THERE WERE SOME LOYAL SUPPORTERS BEHIND THE GOAL WATCHING THE ACTION
Enfield Town u21's have had a busy schedule over the last week drawing 1-1 with AFC Hornchurch on Monday 18th April, beating Brentwood Town u21s on Wednesday eveing with a decent 5-2 victory at Donkey Lane before making the opposite journey to The Essex Arena on Saturday where they lost 4-3. 

Below are match highlights of the game played on Wednesday including a goal of the season contender from Elliot Harris which was the first one scored right at the start of the video

EDGWARE TOWN NARROW WIN CONFIRMS THEIR PROMOTION TO PREMIER DIVISION


MATCH PLAYED ON TUESDAY 19th APRIL 

It's been on the cards for a few months as Edgware Town have an excellent playing record of just two league defeats for the whole season but last Tuesday evening Edgware's narrow 0-1 victory at struggling Hatfield Town confirmed their promotion to the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division. The North London side return to The Gosling Stadium tonight to play Codicote where a victory will confirm the Division One title as they will be on 89 with their nearest challenger's Crawley Green (subject to their result against Langford) only able to get to 88 points. Thursday night sees Edgware visit Crawley Green so they could go to Bedfordshire as Champions.

An early goal by Adem Ali (I managed not to capture this on camera!) settled this game and they could of had another goal when a header rattled the cross bar in the first half.  

THE GREEN ARMY FANS CELEBRATE PROMOTION - courtesy of @paulholdrick

PROMOTION - courtesy of @paulholdrick

EX ENFIELD TOWN PLAYER'S RICHARD MORTON and PAUL MARKS CELEBRATE SUCCESS WITH ANOTHER ETFC - courtesy of @paulholdrick
It's a fantastic achievement for Manager Michael Roche, his assistant Fabio Valenti and their squad which includes a number of ex Enfield Town players like Paul Marks, Richard Morton and Craig McKay. Special mention must also go to centre-back Fergus Moore who at the age of 44 is still playing and giving the youngsters a run for their money - it's another promotion won for the non-league veteran. 

SOME MATCH HIGHLIGHTS BELOW 


For The Blue Boys it's been a largely a season to forget as they have struggled near the wrong of the table for most of it. At the time of writing they are in nineteenth position in the table with just eight wins from thirty-five games played. They did play some decent football in this game at times and with a little more luck up front could of scored a goal or two. They have three games left playing at Langford this Saturday, at home to Hillingdon Borough on Bank Holiday Monday and then they finish the season with an away local derby versus Codicote which is to be played at The John Clements Memorial Ground. The crowd of 78 was their best of the season so far - I would say 80% of the fans present were supporting the away side including England C manager Paul Fairclough who is Patron of Edgware Town. They have been averaging crowds between 20 and 30 - the sooner they can hopefully move to a ground they can their own in their home town the better - that's obviously easier said than done though of course. 


Monday, 25 April 2016

COMING SOON ON THE COLD END & PLAY OFF UPDATE

We now know the teams who will compete in the play-offs in the local Step 3 and 4 leagues. The Cold End has not had time to edit up the games I have filmed over the past week but I will get round to it in the next few days. Coming up we have a report on Edgware Town's 0-1 victory at Hatfield Town last Tuesday which guaranteed the North London side promotion to the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division. There will also be Enfield Town U21's 5-2 home victory versus Brentwood Town U21's from Wednesday which included one very well taken goal and from Thursday we will see Bedmond win at Lemsford in the Hertsavers County League Division One. 

The play-off fixtures are as follows - 

TUESDAY 26th APRIL 
RYMAN DIVISION ONE (SOUTH) PLAY-OFF SEMI-FINALS
DORKING WANDERERS v FAVERSHAM TOWN 
WORTHING v HYTHE TOWN 

EVO STIK DIVISION ONE (CENTRAL) PLAY-OFF SEMI-FINALS 
ROYSTON TOWN v AFC RUSHDEN & DIAMONDS 
EGHAM TOWN v ST IVES TOWN

EVO STIK DIVISION ONE (S&W) PLAY-OFF SEMI-FINALS 
BANBURY UNITED v WINCHESTER CITY 
TAUNTON TOWN v SWINDON SUPERMARINE

  

WEDNESDAY 27th APRIL
RYMAN DIVISION ONE (NORTH) PLAY-OFF SEMI-FINALS
HARLOW TOWN v CRAY WANDERERS 
THURROCK v AFC HORNCHURCH 

EVO STIK SOUTHERN PREMIER LEAGUE PLAY-OFF SEMI-FINALS 
HITCHIN TOWN v HUNGERFORD TOWN 
REDDITICH UNITED v LEAMINGTON
 
THURSDAY 28th APRIL 
RYMAN PREMIER DIVISION PLAY-OFF SEMI FINALS
BOGNOR REGIS TOWN v DULWICH HAMLET 
EAST THURROCK UNITED v TONBRIDGE ANGELS 




Wednesday, 20 April 2016

IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THE FINAL DAY OF THE SEASON!!


Ryman Premier Division 
Current Table - Top Six Only

POS TEAM P GD PTS PP
1 HAMPTON & RICHMOND 45 +53 94 97
2 BOGNOR REGIS TOWN 45 +49 91 94
3 EAST THURROCK UNITED 45 +54 90 93
4 TONBRIDGE ANGELS 45 +41 84 87
5 DULWICH HAMLET 45 +36 81 84
6 ENFIELD TOWN 45 +27 79 82

With one game left to play in the Ryman Premier Division could it get any more exciting? Here's how things stand with the teams in contention for the title and play offs.

HAMPTON AND RICHMOND BOROUGH
Need a point or more from their home game with Enfield Town to secure the title. Should they lose they could be pipped by Bognor Regis Town on GD.

BOGNOR REGIS TOWN
The Rocks entertain Hendon at Nyewood Lane which has been a fortress for them this season. They have olnly lost twice and drawn three of the twenty-two league games played. They need to win and rely on Enfield Town doing them a big favour by beating Hampton & Richmond - they also need to make up a difference of four or more goals to win the championship.

EAST THURROCK UNITED
Guaranteed third place. Could still finish second if Bognor slip up against Hendon and they get a point of more in their game at Lewes.

TONBRIDGE ANGELS
A fourth place finish is almost certain as they are three points ahead of Dulwich Hamlet with a +5 goal difference as well. They can relax for their game at Burgess Hill Town (more about that below) knowing that they are qualified for the play-offs.

DULWICH HAMLET
A point or more for the South London side will see them into the play-offs. They travel to Needham Market who need a win and rely on other team's results to stay out of the bottom four.

ENFIELD TOWN
The Towners need a victory at Hampton and Richmond Borough and then hope Needham Market win against Dulwich Hamlet to qualify for the play-offs.

Ryman Premier Division 
Current Table - 19th to 21st only 

POS TEAM P GD PTS PP
19 FARNBOROUGH 45 -26 50 53
20 BURGESS HILL TOWN 45 -16 49 52
21 NEEDHAM MARKET 45 -26 48 51

FARNBOROUGH
Could still finish in the bottom four if they lose their home game against Brentwood Town and Burgess Hill Town draw or win and Needham Market win their games. A victory would guarantee them a finish outside of the drop-zone.

BURGESS HILL TOWN
Wednesday night's defeat at home to Hendon made the North London side safe from relegation. The Hillians could still stay out of the bottom four if they lose against Tonbridge Angels if Needham Market lose as well. If Needham draw and they lose they will stay out of the bottom four on GD barring a 10 goal swing.

NEEDHAM MARKET
Any other result other than a win would see the Suffolk side finish in the bottom four and possibly send them back down to Division One (North). Even with a win they have to rely on either Farnborough or Burgess Hill losing. 




TWO MEN IN SEARCH OF THE BEAUTIFUL GAME

The Cold End recommends you take a look at the fantastic website 'Two Men in Search of The Beautiful Game'. It follows the travels of Daniel and Tom fans from Arsenal and Tottenham who like many people they have been driven away from the Top Flight game due to the rise in ticket prices.Their website describes as follows with a link below -

"One Spurs fan, Daniel, and one Arsenal fan, Tom, from each side of the North London football divide, in search of the Beautiful Game. We hope with the aid of our blog, photos and videos we will be able to share with you our experiences of different leagues, grounds, fans and atmospheres.

Tom a life long Gooner since the age of 9, after his Dad took him to a home again against West Ham. Tom admits not remembering much of the game, but says he will never forget the passion of the fans and the songs being sung.

Daniel has been a Spurs fan for nearly 20 years. Not really from a football family, and cursed with two Chelsea supporting uncles, it was not until a friend at school took him to his first game in January 1996 against Sheffield Wednesday, and he was instantly hooked.

Like many fans the both of us have become disillusioned with the top flights apparent only goal to become bigger and richer, and by this killing the atmosphere in it's wake. We are both ex season ticket holders who have been priced out of following our teams, and are saddened by the apparent loss of that all important connection between a club and it's supporters.

We hope by exploring the lower league's we will rediscover that supporter - club relationship, enjoy the atmosphere and match day together. Hopefully with out breaking the bank at £60 a ticket!" 


TWO MEN IN SEARCH OF THE BEAUTIFUL GAME LINK

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

BIG GAME TONIGHT IN THE SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS DIVISION TWO TITLE RACE

POS TEAM P GD PTS PP
1 KENT ATHLETIC 23 +82 64
85
2 HALE LEYS UNITED  
24 +70 63
81
3 OLD BRADWELL UNITED  24 +37 60
78
 
Three teams are in contention for the Spartan South Midlands League Division Two title and it's set to be a busy two and a half weeks with Kent Athletic having seven league games to play along with Hale Leys United and Old Bradwell United having six to play. The games which stand out ate Tonight's game wher Old Bradwell United make the trip to Kent Athletic and next Thursday when Kent travel to Hale Leys United. 


KENT ATHLETIC REMAINING FIXTURES 
Tue 19th April - OLD BRADWELL UNITED
Sat 23rd April - Wolverton Town 
Tue 26th April - Loughton Manor 
Thu 28th April - Hale Leys United 
Sat 30th April - Grendon Rangers 
Wed 4th May - The 61FC (Luton) 
Sat 7th May - TRING CORINTHIANS 

HALE LEYS UNITED FIXTURES
Tue 20th April - Aston Clinton 
Sat 23rd April - AFC HILLGATE 
Thu 28th April - KENT ATHLETIC 
Sat 30th April - WOLVERTON TOWN 
Mon 2nd May - Totternhoe (Division Two Cup Final) @ Leverstock Green
Wed 4th May - AMERSHAM TOWN 
Sat 7th May - MURSLEY UNITED 

OLD BRADWELL UNITED FIXTURES 
Tue 19th April - Kent Athletic 
Sat 23rd April - Totternhoe 
Tue 26th April - THE 61FC (Luton) 
Mon 2nd May - MURSLEY UNITED 
Wed 4th May - PITSTONE & IVINGHO
Sat 7th May - Aston Clinton 


EDGWARE TOWN CLOSE TO CONFIRMING PROMOTION

POS TEAM P GD PTS PP
1 EDGWARE TOWN 33 +75 83
98
2 CRAWLEY GREEN 
31 +34 70
91
3 BALDOCK TOWN   31 +41 64
85

In the race to finish in the top two of the Spartan South Midlands League Division One Edgware Town can seal promotion tonight with a win at Hatfield Town. Elsewhere Crawley Green travel to Harpenden Town and Baldock Town entertain a resurgent Brimsdown side who have won four out of their last seven league games. Depending on Crawley Green's results they will then need five more points to be crowned champions so they could travel to their title rival's as winners on Thursday 5th May
  
Edgware Town's remaining fixtures 

Tue 19th April - Hatfield Town
Tue 26th April - Codicote 
Sat 30th April - ARLESEY TOWN RES 
Thu 5th May - Crawley Green 
Sat 7th May - Woodford Town 

Crawley Green's remianing fixutres 

Tue 19th April - Harpenden Town 
Sat 23rd April - Arlesey Town Res
Wed 27th April - LANGFORD
Sat 30th April - Wodson Park 
Tue 3rd May - BROADFIELDS UNITED 
Thu 5th May - EDGWARE TOWN
Sat 7th May - Ampthill Town
 
Baldock Town's remaining fixtures 

Tue 19th April - BRIMSDOWN 
Sat 23rd April - RISBOROUGH RANGERS 
Thu 28th April - Codicote 
Sat 30th April - Ampthill Town 
Mon 2nd May - AMPTHILL TOWN 
Wed 4th May - Brimsdown 
Sat 7th May - Hillingdon Borough