Monday, 24 September 2018

AUBERY CUP STARTS THIS WEEKEND

ASLAN  FC CELEBRATE WINNING THE 2013 AUBERY CUP

The Hertfordshire Senior County's famous Aubery Cup starts this weekend which is the league's cup competition for the Premier Division and Division One teams. All the fixtures are below. 

Aubery Cup 2018/19
First Round
Saturday 29th September
Baldock Town Reserves v Chipperfield Corinthians 
Belstone v Lemsford 
Broadfields v Hoddesdon Town Reserves
Bushey Sports v Sun Sports 
Cockfosters Reserves v Knebworth 
Colney Heath Development v Buntingford Town 
Cuffley v Bush Hill Rangers 
Letchworth Garden City Eagles v St Margaretsbury Reserves
Old Parmiterians v Ware Sports 
Oxhey v Evergreen
Hinton v Welham Albion 
New Salamis v Sandridge Rovers 

Dates to be confirmed 
Bovingdon Reserves v Rayners Lane Reserves
Hadley Reserves v Hatfield United 
Oxhey Jets Reserves v Wodson Park Reserves
Weston v Bedmond Sports 

DANNY KIELY RED CARD DIVIDES OPINION

THE NEW PLAYING SURFACE AT WODSON PARK 

Match played on Wednesday 19th September
Bostik League Development North Division  

AYO ODUKOYA HAT-TRICK HELPS BOWERS TO THREE POINTS 

Bowers and Pitsea u23s won an entertaining game against Ware u23s with 20 year old former Tilbury and Thamesmead Town striker Ayo Odukoya capping an amazing few days for himself by scoring a hat-trick. He had also scored the winning goals for Enfield 1893 FC in their FA Vase game at Hadley on Saturday and their home Essex Senior League game against Takeley 24 hours prior to this game.

The final score was 2-4 with the main talking point being Bower's Danny Kiely receiving a red card for a challenge made in the second half which has now been viewed on social media over 6000 times and has divided opinion amongst many football fans. Not bad for a game watched by just 22 people! Here are some of the comments which have been made with highlights of the game and the red card decision - have a look and see what you think.

Ware's goals were scored by former Hereford United and Bedford Town midfielder Josh Oyibo and Harley Haag who has played for St Margaretsbury and Enfield Town. Former Grays Athletic, Brentwood Town and Enfield Town goalkeeper was making his debut for Ware between the sticks. 

Mekhi Hyde, 17, who has been on the books at Dagenham and Redbridge scored Bowers & Pitsea's other goal. 



COMMENTS 
"Not even sure if it’s a yellow! Touch mistimed and from the side, foul yes, red no"

"Overstretched to try & win the ball, which he is entitled to do. Never a card, let alone a red one. Free-kick for not winning the ball would have been the sensible decision"

"Tackle from behind/side, left the ground was he in control or was it reckless? defo a yellow at worse never a red for me..."

"The ref's given it cos the player's boot went at the ball studs first. I don't think there was intent, he wasn't out of control and there was no malice. He has got the other bloke though as he's tried not to lose the ball. I can understand the red but would have given a yellow."

"You leave the floor when launching into a tackle then the referee is obliged to issue a card and probably a red one."

"Red not because I think it’s a red but because watch the leading leg he makes the tackle with it’s raised its high and that’s the way the game has gone"

"Couldn’t complain at a yellow but red seems harsh. Could *possibly* have looked worse from the ref’s angle on the one chance he gets to see it, not knowing it’s about to happen"

"Red for me endangered safety of an opponent. Studs showing"

HIGHLIGHTS 


RED CARD DECISION 

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION - THE SEASON SO FAR


SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION 
CURRENT TABLE - TOP EIGHT ONLY 
POS TEAM P GD PTS
1 TRING ATHLETIC  7 +15 17
2 BIGGLESWADE FC 6 +11 15
3 ARLESEY TOWN  6 +5 13
4 COLNEY HEATH  4 +6 10
5 OXHEY JETS 7 -2 10
6 HADLEY  4 +4 9
7 POTTON UNITED  6 +2 9
8 CRAWLEY GREEN  5 +2 9

Tring Athletic currently lead the division with five games won and two drawn of their seven league games played - they have also scored an impressive total of 24 goals in those games. 

Biggleswade FC, Colney Heath and Hadley could all be above the current table toppers if they win their games in hand. Colney Heath and Tring Athletic are the only sides currently unbeaten. 

Ashton Campbell and Kieran Turner of Tring Athletic currently lead the top scorer's table with six goals along with Leverstock Green's Jonathan Lacey. They are closely followed by Jeff Idemudia (Hadley) and Paulo Alves (London Tigers) no five goals. 

FACTS & STATS ABOUT THE SEASON SO FAR
TOP SCORERS
TRING ATHLETIC 24 GOALS (3.43 GOALS PER GAME)
BEST DEFENCE
LONDON COLNEY (11th) & EDGWARE TOWN (9th) HAVE ONLY LET IN THREE GOALS IN THEIR FIVE GAMES PLAYED. OF THE CURRENT TOP EIGHT COLNEY HEATH HAVE LET IN FOUR IN FOUR GAMES PLAYED.  
CURENTLY UNBEATEN 
TRING ATHLETIC & COLNEY HEATH.
WITHOUT A WIN
STOTFOLD & WEMBLEY. STOFOLD HAVE LOST ALL FIVE OF THEIR LEAGUE GAMES WITH WEMBLEY DRAWING ONE AND LOSING FIVE OF THEIR SIX GAMES.
WORST DEFENCE 
STOTFOLD & COCKFOSTERS HAVE LET IN 15 GOALS EACH IN THEIR FIVE LEAGUE GAMES PLAYED.
WORST ATTACK 
STOTFOLD HAVEN'T SCORED IN ANY OF THEIR FIVE GAMES PLAYED 

WEEKEND FIXTURES
Saturday 22nd September
Baldock Town v Edgware Town 
Cockfosters v Stotfold 
Colney Heath v Biggleswade FC 
Crawley Green v London Tigers 
Hadley v Tring Athletic 
Leighton Town v North Greenford United 
London Colney v Arlesey Town 
Potton United v Oxhey Jets 
Wembley v Biggleswade United

FA CUP SECOND QUALIFYING ROUND 
Leverstock Green v Dorking Wanderers 


There are two huge league games this weekend. Second placed Biggleswade FC travel to fourth placed Colney Heath - will The Magpies be able to keep their unbeaten run in tact?  Hadley, who have had a forgettable few weeks being knocked out of the FA Cup and FA Vase by Leverstock Green and Enfield 1893 FC, welcome Tring Athletic to Brickfield Lane looking to get back to winning ways. Potton United (7th) v Oxhey Jets (5th) also looks a decent game in prospect. 

HITCHIN SUNDAY LEAGUE - THE SEASON SO FAR


Sunday 9th September
Division One
Arlesey Town 3 Ickleford Sports 7
Baldock Templars 0 Two Chimneys 5
Crown Stotfold 0 FC Kings 4

Division Two
AC Malone 1 Old Red Lion 3
FC Hitchin 1 The Cock 2
GSS 2 Stevenage Athletic 5
St Ippolyts Rangers 4 Shephall Wednesday 7

Division Three
Ashwell 0 The Albion 1
Fairfield Park 3 Kimpton 2
Letchworth United 4 The Hogs Head 1

Sunday 16th September
Hertfordshire FA - Intermediate Sunday Cup Round One
The Cock 3 Albury Saints 3 (Albury Saints won 5-4 on PKs)
Lord Haig 5 Old Red Lion 1

Division One
Hexton 1 Arlesey Town 4
Ickleford Sports 1 Baldock Templars 3
Nirankari Arlesey Town 2 FC Kings 2
Two Chimneys 4 Crown Stotfold 0

Division Two
Engineers Arms 0 FC Hitchin 1
Shephall Wednesday 1 AC Malone 2
Stevenage Athletic 4 St Ippolyts Rangers 1

Division Three
Kimpton 4 Stotfold Lions 3
MBDA 6 Fairfield Park 0
The Albion 1 Almond Tree 2
The Hogs Head 2 Ashwell 4

Sunday 23rd September
Hertfordshire FA - Senior Sunday Round One
Ickleford Sports v FC Kings 
Allenburys v Baldock Templars 

Division One 
Crown Stotfold v Arlesey Town 
Emperors Old Boys v Nirankari Arlesey Town 
Hexton v Two Chimneys 

Division Two
AC Malone v Stevenage Athletic 
Engineers Arms v GSS 
FC Hitchin v Shephall Wednesday 
The Cock v Old Red Lion 

Division Three
Almond Tree v Fairfield Park 
Letchworth United v Kimpton 
Stotfold Lions v MBDA 
The Albion v The Hogs Head 

Letchworth United host Kimpton this weekend at The Grange Playing Fields 

FIVE GOAL THRILLER BETWEEN CLAPTON AND WOODFORD


It was an eventful Monday evening as Woodford Town welcomed Clapton for an Essex Senior League game. It was the third time in a row that the two clubs had played each other - there had been a 1-1 draw at The Old Spotted Dog followed by The Ton's 1-3 victory in the FA Vase prior to this game. 

It was great to see Woodford backed by a small but loyal and noisy group of fans. For anyone who had not seen the game they would of thought it was a bad tempered affair as there were three red cards shown but it was far from that. 

Woodford's Brandon Phillips was sent off on seven minutes for pulling back a Clapton attacker when he would of been through on goal with the visitors having Jason Ajodha sent off for two bookable offences just prior to half time and Jay Morris shown a second yellow just before the end of the match. 

The game's main talking point was on 39 minutes when Woodford's Ethan Kessel was booked for simulation after what most people in the ground including the The Ton's defenders thought was a foul in the box. 

In the second half with the score at 2-2 The Ton's were then awarded a highly debatable penalty kick which they scored to win the game. 


Essex Senior League Table 
Top Four Only 
TEAM P GD PTS
HULLBRIDGE SPORTS 6 +6 14
TAKELEY  5 +9 12
ILFORD  6 +3 11
CLAPTON 6 -1 10

WEEKEND FIXTURES
FRIDAY
Barkingside v Clapton 
SATURDAY
Enfield 1893 v Leyton Athletic 
Hoddesdon Town v Woodford Town 
Saffron Walden Town v Tower Hamlets 
Southend Manor v Redbridge 
St Margaretsbury v Ilford 
Stansted v West Essex 
Takeley v Hullbridge Sports 
Walthamstow v Sawbridgeworth Town 
  
Woodford Town travel to Hoddesdon Town this Saturday with The Ton's back in action of Friday evening when they travel to Barkingside. 

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS 

Monday, 17 September 2018

HAPPY DAYS FOR THE COD ARMY AS THEY WIN FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS SEASON

CODICOTE THROUGH IN THE VASE WITH NARROW VICTORY OVER HOLLAND FC 

Before the game the form said Holland FC would be favourites for their FA Vase Second Qualifying Round visit to Codicote on Saturday. Both sides play at step six of the non-league ladder. Codicote, under the new management of Elliot Smith for the 2018/19 season, had made a indifferent start to their campaign drawing one and losing five of their six league games played. They had also lost in the Division One Cup (1-2 to Rayners Lane) and the League Challenge Trophy (on penalties after a 3-3 draw against Hillingdon Borough). 

Holland had won four, drawn one and lost one of their league games as well as beating Cornard United in the previous round of the Vase and losing to White Ensign in the Essex Senior Cup. 

The game wasn't a cup classic which was settled by the one goal scored by Codicote's Ryan Houghton in the first half. The work rate from Codicote was very impressive and the relief shown by the players, management and fans showed how much the victory meant to everyone. 

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS 









A HAPPY DAY FOR CODICOTE BOSS ELLIOT SMITH 



CAPTAIN WILL McLELLAND (WHO HAD AN EXCELLENT GAME) CELEBRATES WITH CODICOTE'S YOUNG FANS AFTER THE GAME  

LEVERSTOCK GREEN THROUGH TO THE SECOND QUALIFYING ROUND OF THE FA CUP



For only the second time in their history Leverstock Green are in the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Cup thanks to a 0-1 replay victory over fellow Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division side Hadley. After a 0-0 draw at Pancake Lane on Saturday 8th September it was another tight game on Wednesday 12th September at Potters Bar Town. 

Chris Blunden's 77th minute low free kick from the edge of the box settled the tie tie as the ball crept in off the post to spark scenes of celebration from Leverstock Green's travelling support, players and management.

Hadley continued to pile on the pressure towards the end of the game with former Hackney Wick player Jeff Idemudia looking good in midfield and attack throughout the game. 

Leverstock Green host Bostik Premier Division side Dorking Wanderers in the second qaulifying round this Saturday. 

TEAM LINE UPS

HADLEY 
Ben Goode, Bradley Marriott, Alfie Bartram, Paul Wright, Sam Lyon, Stephen O'Hara, Jeff Idemudia, Nnamdi Harold-Egole (Yemi Buraimoh 83 mins), Panny Boxer, Ibrahim Camara, Peter Rosemin. 
Subs not used - Tom Milton, Karl Beaumont, Beau Shulman, Bradley Osbourne, Tajahn Figuera, Greg Marsh. 

LEVERSTOCK GREEN
Arvydas Kacinkevicius, Luke Nugent, Brima Johnson, Shane Wood, Jude Bell, Jonny Miller, Luke Preedy, Mark Smith (Seldyn Grant 90+2 mins), Chris Blunden (Alex Yearwood 90+4 mins), Alex Witham, Jonathan Lacey. 
Subs not used - Sam Nair, David Brown.