Wednesday, 26 July 2017

AFC SOUTHGATE PREPARING FOR THEIR FIRST SEASON IN SENIOR FOOTBALL

AFC Southgate who have been very successful in local youth football will play their first season with an Adult team in the Spartan South Midlands League Division Two for the 2017/18 campaign. The team will ground share with Hadley's Brickfield Lane and will be managed by ex Kentish Town boss Rak Hudson who formed the club back in 2011. 

He has signed up a number of impressive players for the season with Vince Rispoli, Andre Grant, Kesi Dryden, Adem Ali, Lee Scott,  Mariusz Serwin, Chris Phillips, Ossie Barkat and Steven Eyango Bwanga joining. 

Many of the players played under Hudson for Kentish Town - One of whom is Kesi Dryden who captained KTFC. He is more well known as a member of the dance group Rudimental. 

They start their season with a trip to Totternhoe on Saturday 5th August and Unite MK on Saturday 12th August before four home games against Amersham Town (Wednesday 16th), Old Bradwell United (Saturday 19th), MK Gallacticos (Saturday 26th) and Park View on Bank Holiday Monday 28th August. 

FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME - THE COLD END IS EIGHT YEARS OLD

Back in July 2009 The Cold End was born as a website mostly dedicated to my team Enfield Town Football Club - It has since developed into a website focusing on the local non-league game in and around North London and Hertfordshire. Whilst, due to family and work commitments, I haven't been able to get to as many games as I'd like to over the past season I hope I have continued to provide some good articles and news about the game we all love. 

Thank-you all for your continued support and as ever a huge thank you to Mrs Cold End for all your help and for putting up with my hobby. 

The Cold End will continue to be 100% independent, advert free, not for profit and just for the love of our game. 

ENFIELD BOROUGH LOOKING TO RAISE MONEY FOR A MINI-BUS


Enfield Borough FC are trying to raise money to buy a minibus to help the team get to and from sporting events. They are looking to raise around £4,000 with donations via Just Giving - If you know of any local businesses looking to sponsor a club please get in touch with the club via twitter - @EnfieldBoroFC

Last season the cost of travelling to games was one of the club's biggest expenses because they regularly hired a minibus to travel sometimes up to 50 miles away. 

A minibus is their best mode of travel but the cost of hiring one may not sustainable for them. If they can buy their own minibus it will put the club in a much better place financially. 

They will also use the minibus to drop kids home from community projects that they plan to organise and it will allow their players and volunteers to become even more active within our local community

The club has become very important to young people in the local North London area. They want to reach more people in the community but also need be financially stable so they will be here for many years to come. 

Below is some information on why they started Enfield Borough FC. 
Enfield Borough FC is club formed to address the number of young people at risk of social deprivation within the local community. Our mission is to create a safe, positive and supportive environment for young people; particularly those who may be disengaged, lack social mobility or at risk of engaging in criminal activity. Here at Enfield Borough FC, we believe that being part of a team can give young people much needed structure and consistency that is often missing in their lives. It can allow young people to feel part of a community, increase their self -esteem and enable them to create positive outcomes for themselves, with the support of dedicated adults they can trust and more importantly, relate to. The club consists of positive role models committed to the success and well-being of the young people. Passionate not only about raising aspirations, the club is also keen to dispel negative views and stereotypes that some young people may have about themselves and the opportunities available to them.

THE TOWNERS ARE SIMPLY GR(EIGHT) AT THEOBALDS LANE

ENFIELD TOWN FANS AT POTTERS BAR IN A PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY PLAYED ON TUESDAY 23rd JULY 2013    
ENFIELD TOWN FANS AT THEOBALDS LANE LAST NIGHT 

Before we get into the local derby pre-season friendly game between Cheshunt and Enfield Town last night I must mention the travelling fans who turned up in numbers and made lots of noise to back their team - Yes I know it was only just up the A10 but when you compare the above pictures from pre-season games you can see that The Towners have gained fans and it's a good indication many people are turning to the non-league game for value for money and enjoyable football. 

For those not in the know The Towners lost manager Bradley Quinton at the end of last season who took with him a large amount of the squad he had assembled at Donkey Lane to Vanarama South side Braintree Town. Of last season's squad only Micky Parcell started the game at Theobalds Lane as the other player who stayed in fan's favourite Mark Kirby is still unavailable at present.  

The Ambers featured ex Towner's Dave Kendall and Ryan Doyle in their starting XI with Liam Hope on the bench. The home did look good in patches going forward but it was Enfield Town who impressed and they were much the better side - new manager Andy Leese and his management team deserve a massive amount of credit  to put together such a good team in only a few weeks.  Of course he will know this is just a pre-season friendly but to score EIGHT goals will give him and the team much confidence going into the last few warm up games and into the season proper. 



After only four minutes Drew Roberts opening the scoring with a neat finish inside the box after a dummy left him in space. It was 0-2 when Ralston Gabriel broke free of the home side's high defensive line to calmly pass the ball into the back of the net and away from their keeper. Roberts got a second just prior to half time to make it 0-3. It was 0-4 just after half-time when Mario Noto scored an absolute screamer of a goal - The ball was laid back to him outside the box and he smashed the ball first time with a rocket of a shot that the keeper stood no chance of saving. The goals rained in from then when Sam Youngs, Simon Thomas, John Kyriacou and Jack Higgs all netted. John Kyriacou's goal was equally as good as the one scored by Noto and reminsicant of David Beckham's famous goal for Manchester United against Wimbledon - seeing the keeper off the line he launched a high looping shot from inside his own half from right-back position. 


ANOTHER VIEW OF THE DECENT CROWD AT THEOBALDS LANE LAST NIGHT 

Elsewhere it was the annual Stan Veness Cup at Chadfields where Tilbury played local rival's Grays Athletic. A huge crowd of 560 people saw Grays pick up a 0-2 victory with both clubs raising £2000 for the family of ex Tilbury player Kevin Malthouse who was tragically murdered in early July.  The money raised is clear proof that football clubs are not just football clubs but part of the communities they represent

On that point I'll wish good luck to all at Cheshunt FC who host their Community Cup on Saturday which will be played in memory of Robbie Lea, a local boy who sadly drowned in Lea Valley Park recently. The day will promote water safety and 50% of the profits will be donated to fund an awareness campaign to educate people with regards to the dangers of swimming in open water. There will be three 60 minute games featuring Cheshunt, Hertford Town and Harlow Town as well as the Spurs Ladies team in an open training session, A mascot penalty shoot-out, A football freestyler, A speed cage, A 3G football zone, Beat the goalie, Merchandise sales, A Raffle, A DJ with food and drink available throughout the day.  

If you are in the area it's well worth paying them a visit on Saturday. 

WEST HERTS SATURDAY FOOTBALL LEAGUE 2017/18


PREMIER DIVISION
Abbots Langley 
Bushey Rangers
Caddington 
Croxley Community Reserves 
Harpenden Rovers Reserves 
Hemel Hempstead Rovers 
Kings Sports 
Markyate PSV 
Oxhey 
The Engineer 
Tring Athletic 'A' 
Tring Corinthians Reserves 

DIVISION ONE 
Bovingdon 'A' 
Croxley Community 'A' 
Glenn Sports 
Global 
Hemel Hempstead Rovers Reserves 
Hunton Bridge 
Langleybury Cricket Club 
Oxhey 'A' 
Oxhey Reserves 
Potten End 
Sun Sports Rovers 
Tring Athletic 'B' 
Tring Town AFC Reserves 

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

ESSEX AND SUFFOLK BORDER FOOTBALL LEAGUE OPENING FIXTURES 2017/18


The opening fixtures for the Essex and Suffolk Border Football League take place on Saturday 12th August and this is the fixture line-up - 

PREMIER DIVISION 
Alresford Colne Rangers v Hedinghams United 
Barnston v Earls Colne 
Harwich & Parkeston v Dedham Old Boys 
Hatfield Peverel v Gas Recreation 
Kelvedon Social v Wormingford Wanderers 
West Bergholt v Brantham Athletic Reserves 

DIVISION ONE 
Bradfield Rovers v West Bergholt Reserves 
Cressing United v Alresford Colne Rangers Reserves 
Gas Recreation Reserves v Little Oakley 'A' 
Holland Reserves v Lawford Lads 
Tiptree Jobserve v Brightlingsea Regent Reserves 
Tiptree Park v FC Clacton Reserves 

DIVISION TWO 
Bures United v Hatfield Peverel Reserves 
Connaught Red Star v Holland 'A' 
Tiptree Heath v Belle Vue Social Club 

DIVISION THREE 
Hedinghams United Reserves v Weeley Athletic Reserves 
New Field v Tiptree Jobserve Reserves 
Tollesbury v Bradfield Rovers Reserves


ESSEX SUNDAY FOOTBALL COMBINATION - 2017/18

Here is the line-up for the 2017/18 Essex Sunday Football Combination. The opening fixtures are yet to be announced. 

SENIOR DIVISION
Asianos
Auto 
Barkingside Reserves 
Belfry 
Global 
Manor House 
Virtue 
Voy Rangers 
Walthamstow Redstar 
West Essex Sunday

FIRST DIVISION
A C Milano 
Abridge Village 
Elm Park Eagles 
Eva Hart 
Fairlop Oak 
Flamengo 
Forest Elite 
Global 'B' 
Loughton Athletic 
Old Wymondonians 

SECOND DIVISION
Barking Sundays 
Cranham Athletic 
Hillford 
Horse & Well 
JK Silvertown 
JG Chingford 
Loughton Wanderers 
Rainham WMC 
Royal Albert

THIRD DIVISION 
Debden Sports 
Esprit 
FC One Twenty 
Hainault Athletic 
Maiden London 
Rainham Working Mens Club Reserves 
Recreativo Romford 
South Ilford Catholics 
Uplands Town 
West Essex Sunday Reserves 

FOURTH DIVISION
Barking Colts 
Barking Hounds 
Belfry Reserves 
Chigwell Rovers 
Ilford Manor 
Larron 
Loughton Town 
Loxford Lions 
New Fairlop 
Sher Force