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. 



MASSIVE GAME AT DONKEY LANE ON SATURDAY

Saturday's game at Donkey Lane is massive for both sides as The Towners need a win to continue their play-off push and Invicta need points to stay clear of the drop zone.

Kick off is at 3pm. 

BE THERE! 


Wednesday, 12 April 2017

EXCITING WEEK AHEAD IN THE RYMAN PREMIER DIVISION


RYMAN PREMIER DIVISION 
CURRENT TABLE - TOP TEN ONLY

POS TEAM P GD PTS PP FORM WIN%
1 BOGNOR REGIS TOWN 43 +44 88 97 WWWWLW 60.47%
2 HAVANT & WATERLOOVILLE 43 +43 87 96 WLDWWW 60.47%
3 DULWICH HAMLET  43 +29 74 83 LWLDWW 46.51%
4 LEISTON 43 +35 72 81 WLLLWD 48.84%
5 ENFIELD TOWN  43 +24 69 78 LWWWWW 44.19%
6 WINGATE & FINCHLEY 43 +3 69 78 WLLLWW 48.84%
7 TONBRIDGE ANGELS 43 +10 68 77 LDDLWL 44.19%
8 NEEDHAM MARKET 43 -4 68 77 DLLDLL 44.19%
9 HARLOW TOWN  43 +11 67 76 WLWWDW 46.51%
10 BILLERICAY TOWN  43 +19 66 75 WWWLWL 44.19%


Its going to be an exciting week ahead in the race for the title and play-offs in the Ryman Premier Division. The title race is now officially down to a two horse race between Bognor Regis Town and Havant & Waterlooville with a massive potentially title deciding game at West Leigh Park on Bank Holiday Monday. 


One of the two title contenders will then take one of the four play-off places available with then eight teams fighting for the three remaining spots - of those eight I'd say Billericay Town and Harlow Town have an outside chance but should The Hawks get a win at Bognor Regis Town on Saturday (I'm sure fans of Havant and Waterlooville will be happy with that!) the importance of their game with Enfield Town on Monday will be cranked up more than a notch or two. 


Dulwich Hamlet enhanced their play-off chances last night with a good 1-4 win at Merstham whilst the point picked up by Leiston in their 2-2 home draw against fifteenth placed Harrow Borough maybe either an important two points dropped or one point gained for the Suffolk side come the end of the season proper? 


Both Needham Market and Tonbridge Angels who have been in the top five for most of the season will need to improve their form in their remaining three games - The Marketmen haven't won in their last six games and The Angels have only one win in their last eight which came against relegation threatened Hendon. 

RYMAN PREMIER DIVISION 
CURRENT TABLE - BOTTOM EIGHT ONLY
POS
TEAM
P
GD
PTS
PP
FORM
WIN%
17
CANVEY ISLAND
43
-36
51
60
WWWLWD
30.23%
18
BURGESS HILL TOWN
43
-19
50
59
DLWDLW
30.23%
19
FOLKSTONE INVICTA 
43
-9
49
58
LLLDWL
30.23%
20
LEATHERHEAD
43
-3
48
57
WLWWDL
30.23%
21
KINGSTONIAN 
43
-11
48
57
LLLLWD
32.56%
22
HENDON
43
-24
47
56
WLWWLW
27.91%
23
AFC SUDBURY
43
-27
44
53
LLLLDL
27.91%
R
GRAYS ATHLETIC
43
-54
32
41
LLLLLL
20.93%

In the fight to avoid relegation Grays Athletic have unfortunately been confirmed as one of the four teams - With just seven points separating Canvey Island in seventeenth place and AFC Sudbury in twenty-third (its only nine up to fourteenth placed Merstham who are still not mathematically safe!) it looks as though it could go down to a nail-biting final day of the season. 

Looking at the weekend fixtures the is only one fixture with nothing riding on the result when Staines Town (12th) visit Lowestoft Town (11th). 

FINAL FIXTURES

Thursday 13th April
Lowestoft Town v Merstham 

Friday 14th April 
Canvey Island v Havant & Waterlooville 

Saturday 15th April 
Bognor Regis Town v Harlow Town 
Burgess Hill Town v Dulwich Hamlet
Enfield Town v Folkestone Invicta 
Grays Athletic v Merstham 
Hendon v Metropolitan Police 
Kingstonian v Leiston 
Leatherhead v Billericay Town 
Lowestoft Town v Staines Town 
Needham Market v Harrow Borough 
Tonbridge Angels v AFC Sudbury 
Wingate & Finchley v Worthing 

Monday 17th April 
AFC Sudbury v Needham Market 
Billericay Town v Canvey Island 
Dulwich Hamlet v Grays Athletic 
Folkestone Invicta v Tonbridge Angels 
Harlow Town v Enfield Town 
Harrow Borough v Hendon 
Havant & Waterlooville v Bognor Regis Town 
Leiston v Lowestoft Town 
Merstham v Kingstonian 
Metropolitan Police v Leatherhead 
Staines Town v Wingate & Finchley 
Worthing v Burgess Hill Town - 12pm

Saturday 22nd April 
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



One thing that can be confirmed is that Brightlingsea Regent will be joining the Premier Division for the 2017/18 campaign having been crowned Champions of Division One (North). Regent's North Road home is only a short distance from the sea-front in the Essex Town so it's another good trip for teams in the division next season. 

In Division One (South) Tooting and Mitcham United are top but are still not confirmed as Champions - A slip up at Ramsgate or at home to Carshalton Athletic could see a title decider versus second placed Dorking Wanderers on the final day of the season - Dorking would need to keep winning - they host Hythe Town on Saturday before a trip to Guernsey on Bank Holiday Monday. 

In the Vanarama South Division anything but a win for Bishops Stortford (at home versus Gosport Borough) and for Margate (away at Weston-Super-Mare) tomorrow will confirm their relegation to Step Three. If they drop down both will more than probably re-join the Isthmian Premier Division - Margate went up in 2015 with Stortford last playing in the division in 2003/04.