Saturday, 10 December 2016

BASEMENT BATTLE IN THE SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS DIVISION ONE TODAY


SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS LEAGUE 
DIVISION ONE - CURRENT TABLE 
18th to 21st only 
POS TEAM P GD PTS FORM
18 BEDFORD 18 -35 12 LLLLLL
19 ARLESEY TOWN RESERVES 20 -44 10 LWLLLL
20 HATFIELD TOWN  17 -36 7 LLLLLL
21 BRIMSDOWN 18 -48 5 LLLLLD
Eight points separate eighteenth placed Bedford and Ampthill Town in seventeenth place in the Spartan South Midlands League Division One which shows the current bottom four in the division are very much adrift of the the other clubs in the table which makes the games today very interesting. 

Bedford travel to Brimsdown and Hatfield Town make the trip to Arlesey Town Reserves in a bottom four shown-down. Only ATFC have a victory in the last six games played for every team and that ironically came against Bedford! 

Brimsdown only picked up their fifth point of the season in their last game played against Ampthill Town in a 3-3 draw - Usama Hamdan bagged a hat-trick. The other four points came in a 5-1 home win over Bedford and a 2-2 draw at home to Southall. 

Hatfield Town have two wins in total in the league at home to both Brimsdown and Bedford. 

ATFC have three wins at home to Hadley Wood & Wingate, Codicote and Bedford. 

Bedford have beaten Codicote, Hatfield Town, Buckingham Athletic and Hadley Wood & Wingate in their four league wins. 

THE COLD END WISHES GOOD LUCK TO ALL FOUR TEAMS TODAY

LET'S HERE IT FOR THE FC BROXBOURNE BOROUGH BOYS


Unfortunately for FC Broxbourne Borough FC's under 18's team their fantastic 1-0 victory over Chester FC at Goffs Lane in the FA Youth Cup Third Round was marred by events off the field and the actions of a section of spectators at the ground which is covered in this Chester Chronicle article. 

The Cold End will concentrate on the fantastic achievement of the team, the coaching staff and everyone at the club - Jack Hockney was the hero for the home side scoring in the 115th minute to send his team through to the Fourth Round. They had had some some luck being drawn at home three times out of five and with two "byes" as well. 

They have been drawn at home to Yeovil Town in the next round where they are joined by Preston North End, Everton and the winners of the Manchester United v Southampton & Arsenal v Blackburn Rovers third round games yet to be played amongst others. 

FC BROXBOURNE BOROUGH'S INCREDIBLE FA YOUTH CUP RUN 

PRELIMINARY ROUND - BYE 
1ST QR - ILFORD W 2-1 
2ND QR - CONCORD RANGERS W 3-2 AET 
3RD QR - Aveley W 3-0 
1ST RD - BYE 
2ND RD - Boreham Wood W 2-1 
3RD RD - CHESTER FC - W 1-0 AET 
4TH RD - YEOVIL TOWN - to be arranged 


SEVEN UP - ENFIELD BOROUGH COMFORTABLY THROUGH TO LEAGUE CUP QUARTER-FINAL

It was an all Division Two Spartan South Midlands League Challenge Cup Third Round on Wednesday evening at Donkey Lane as Enfield Borough entertained Unite MK. Both teams had got through the last round by beating teams from the top end of the Premier Division on penalty kicks - Borough at Cockfosters and Unite MK at home against Welwyn Garden City.

For Step seven side to make a 50 mile away trip on a Wednesday evening is a difficult task with everyone having jobs elsewhere and it seemed most of the Unite squad's tricky trip was delayed in bad traffic causing them only having a handful of players in the ground and warming up with around half-an-hour to go to kick off. So, it wasn't the best preparation for them. 

Borough included dual registered Enfield Town player's Nathan Living's (central midfield) and Connor Bolton (playing at right-back) in their starting line up and they helped Borough to a well deserved and very comfortable victory. 

Bolton scored from close range to make it 1-0 after some good play from Soloman Nwabuokei and a great piece of refereeing when the man-in-the-middle waved play-on after a foul in the build up the goal. 

Bolton got on the score sheet again when Thomas Opoku picked him out at the far post allowing him to volley home. Livings then scored the stand-out goal of the night when receiving the ball outside of the box he placed a great looping shot into the net with the Unite keeper having no chance of saving it. 

It was 4-0 when Opoku crept in following some hesitant defending in the centre of the penalty box. 

Borough's good play continued in the second half when substitute Lewis Wilson scored - he has been gaining some rave reviews whilst playing with Enfield Town u18s and looks a really good prospect. Alfie Hatch then scored a penalty kick before Wilson got a second when the keeper spilled a shot from outside of the box to make the score 7-0 and a night to forget for Unite MK who did have a few goal scoring opportunities - they should of scored in the first half when a shot which should of been on target was pulled wide of the goal and in the second half when a long range shot was well saved by the Borough keeper.  

It was a really good night for the home side as the scoreline suggests - Olakunle Akinwande was very impressive with his pacey and powerful forward runs on the left hand side in the first half and on the right hand side on the second half. It was a good way to banish the memories of their 3-4 home defeat in the Division Two Cup against Aston Clinton last Saturday. 

Enfield Borough travel to Premier Division side Leverstock Green in the Quarter-Final of the competition on Tuesday 31st January 2017. Their next game is not scheduled to be until Monday 2nd January when they welcome St Neots Town Reserves to Donkey Lane. 

Unite MK get to re-group and go again in a Division Two Cup game at home against Loughton Manor on Saturday afternoon before travelling to United Counties League Division One Olney Town on Tuesday evening in the Buckingham Senior Charity Cup.  

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS 
including all seven goals scored 

Friday, 9 December 2016

'OVER HERE I'M THE FAT ONE IN THE BLUE' - ENFIELD 1893 SQUEEZE THROUGH ON KICKS FROM THE PENALTY MARK AGAINST "THE HIGHAMS PARK EXILES"

A MINUTE'S SILENCE WAS HELD IN RESPECT AND MEMORY OF MARGARET ERRINGTON
Enfield 1893 FC were in good from going into their Essex Senior League Challenge Cup First Round game with West Essex on Monday evening at The Harlow Arena. They had won five of their last seven games after tasting victory just twice in their opening sixteen matches which came against Burnham Ramblers, who have been struggling at the wrong of the table, in the ESL and in the FA Vase against Thurlow Nunn Premier Division FC Clacton. The Seasiders are rooted to the bottom of their division and look set for relegation. 

West Essex, a club whose roots lie in Highams Park, but presently ground-share at Barking's Mayesbrook Park (where they moved so they had a ground which came up the required standards for promotion) are in their first season at step five of the non-league ladder were in seventeenth place of the ESL compared to the host's who had climbed to fifteenth with their up-turn in form so on form this was expected to be a close game. West Essex's head coach Kwame Kwateng has been in charge of the club since 2013 and will be relatively pleased with his teams start to life in the ESL. They had won three of their opening five games before a run of fourteen without a victory before winning three of their last eight going into this game. 

Before the game both sets of players along with the coaching staff, officials and spectators stood and observed a one minute's silence in memory of Margaret Errington who sadly recently passed away. Margaret, wife to league president Robert, was a great friend to many and a great supporter of the competition for many years. 

After the freezing weather in the week beforehand Monday evening was quite mild considering it was December and the countdown to Christmas was well and truly on. There was fog in the air at the start which as you will see gradually descended on the area over the ninety minutes with visibility down to just about manageable for a game of football at the end. 1893's goalkeeper Russell Harley (who has also represented Basildon United) is a real character of the game shouting all sorts such as 'Over here...I'm the fat one in the blue' to get his manager's attention during the game and 'Don't listen to me then i'm just a muppet' when his request for his team to bring back an extra central defender when they were taking corners was refused. 

Enfield 1893 FC's manager Matthew Hanning has made nine changes to his team which won 1-3 at Ilford on Saturday and it was West Essex, bedecked in brilliant black and amber horizontal striped shirts, who had the better of the early exchanges on the Harlow artificial surface. True to form as mentioned the game was 0-0 at half time but there was soon a goal in the second half when West Essex's ex Chingford Athletic (the current Essex Alliance League Champions) striker Michael Mignot chased down a through ball and cooly slotted past Harley in goal on 48 minutes. 

Enfield 1893 equalised when a nice through ball sent Ashley Blackburn through on goal and his shot from the edge of the box was placed nicely in the corner of the net with the away goalkeeper not having a chance to save it. 

JAMES BRIGGS - THE ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE FREE-KICK SPECIALIST AND CLAPTON FC LEGEND CAME ON AS SUBSTITUTE FOR ENFIELD FC 1893 
On the bench for the home side was ex Clapton player James Briggs who is idolised by the Ton's Ultras and was once uniquely described in 2013 by louderthanwar.com as 'a player who combines the build of a Jacomo model with the poise and agility of Beth Tweddle.' Briggs is a famed free-kick specialist and another of the local game's real characters - he only had one chance to score a free-kick in this game which was easily saved by the goalkeeper.

THE VIEW ACROSS TO THE MAIN STAND AT FULL TIME
"FOG!!!" - REDUCED VISIBILITY DURING THE GAME WAS REDUCED FURTHER DURING THE PENALTY KICKS
It was all square on ninety minutes so the match went straight to penalty kicks and the fog became thicker and came down more towards the pitch as you'll see from the highlights video below. 

West Essex hit one of their kicks over the bar, one hit the bar and was caught just in time by Harley who casually shouted 'just in case' as he did so and then he got down to his left to save another to put his side through to the second round by a score-line of 3-1 on penalty kicks. 

1893 travel to Burnham Ramblers tomorrow afternoon with West Essex playing an East London Friday night derby tonight which ended in a 5-1 victory for The Motormen. 1893 entertain Wadham Lodge in Round Two of the Challenge Cup - A date is yet to be arranged. 

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS 
inc the foggy penalty kicks at the end

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

FA VASE UPDATE - FOURTH ROUND DRAW - WHICH TEAMS ARE LEFT & WHICH TEAMS ARE FAVOURITES?

The draw for the Buildbase FA Vase Fourth Round was made on Monday lunchtime with the following ties scheduled to be played on the weekend of Saturday 7th January 2017 - the winning clubs will receive £1500 from The Football Association's prize fund. 

Shildon v Atherton Collieries
The current Champions of the EBAC Northern League Division One take on the Hallmark Security North West Counties League Premier Division side who won 0-3 at Penrith in the last round who also play in the EBAC Northern League Division One. Shildon (currently 4th in their table) won 1-2 at current table topper's North Shields (Vase winner's in 2015) on Saturday in front of a good crowd of 427 people. 
SHILDON BEST VASE PERFORMANCE
2012/13 SEMI-FINAL - LOST TO TUNBRIDGE WELLS. 
ATHERTON COLLIERIES BEST VASE PERFORMANCE
1992/93 THIRD ROUND - LOST TO BRIDGNORTH TOWN 
2015/16 THIRD ROUND - LOST TO NEWTON AYCLIFFE  

Billingham Town v Cleethorpes Town
Billingam Town are one of only five step six sides left in the competition. They play in the EBAC Northern League Division Two and won 1-2 at Bottesford Town in the last round. Cleethorpes Town are a step five side playing in The Toolstation Northern Counties East League Premier Division where they are currently top of the table and have only lost one league so far this season. A good bit of trivia is their current home is actually in nearby Grimsby as they ground-share with Grimsby Borough and Football League side Grimsby Town's Blundell Park home is in Cleethorpes. The Owls have only entered in the Vase since 2013 when they moved up to the NCEL D1 from the Lincolnshire League. 
BILLINGHAM TOWN BEST VASE PERFORMANCE
1997/98 FIFTH ROUND - LOST TO SPALDING UNITED 
CLEETHORPES TOWN BEST VASE PERFORMANCE
2015/16 FIFTH ROUND - LOST TO KIDLINGTON 
  
AFC Mansfield v Sunderland RCA 
Like the above game this pits another EBAC Northern League team against a side from the NCEL Premier Division.  AFC Mansfield were only formed is 2012 by a group of three former directors of Mansfield Town - They were promoted to their current level after finishing second in the NCEL D1 last season. Sunderland RCA are currently in thirteenth place of the Northern League D1  and achieved a brilliant victory over 2012 winner's Dunston UTS in the last round. 
AFC MANSFIELD BEST VASE PERFORMANCE 
2014/15 FIFTH ROUND - LOST TO TADCASTER ALBION  
SUNDERLAND RCA BEST VASE PERFORMANCE
2015/16 FIFTH ROUND - LOST TO BRISTOL MANOR FARM 


Above - Highlights of South Shields victory over Staveley MW in the last round. Courtesy of South Shields FC

South Shields v Morpeth Town
One of the ties of the round between two of the biggest teams left in the competition. Morpeth Town are the current holders of the Vase having famously beaten Hereford FC in last season's final. Both are members of the EBAC Northern League Division One and are currently in second and third place behind North Shields so are real title contenders alongside fourth placed Shildon. South Shields won 0-4 at Morpeth Town in a league fixture back on Saturday 15th October but in a one off Vase game in front of a massive crowd at Mariners Park anything could happen. A crowd of 808 saw South Shields victory over Staveley MW on Saturday and earlier in the season 2,651 saw their league local derby with North Shields. 
SOUTH SHIELDS BEST VASE PERFORMANCE 
1975/76 QUARTER FINAL - LOST TO FRIAR LANE OLD BOYS   
MORPETH TOWN  BEST VASE PERFORMANCE 
2015/16 WINNERS - BEAT HEREFORD FC 4-1 AT WEMBLEY  

Gorleston or Basildon United v Coleshill Town 
The match between Gorleston and Basildon United were abandoned late on as tragically a spectator fell ill and despite the very best efforts of the two club's medical staff alongside ambulance staff the man sadly passed away. A new date has yet to be announced as everyone's thoughts and prayers are with the club and the man's friends and family. 

Gorleston are currently in sixth place of the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division and have yet to be defeated in fourteen league games played. Basildon United are in eighth place of the Essex Senior League. Coleshill Town (currently 4th in the Midland Football League Premier Division) beat fellow Midland League side and FA Cup headline maker's Westfields 4-1 in the last round in front of just 87 people at Pack Meadow. For Westfields their FA Cup game at home to Curzon Ashton on Saturday 5th November in front of 1,178 must of seemed a distant memory. The fans of Coleshill will have been pleased at Dunston UTS exiting the competition on Saturday as on the only two previous occasions when Dunston have reached the Fourth Round the Northern League side have defeated them. 
GORLESTON BEST VASE PERFORMANCE 
2002/03 FIFTH ROUND - LOST TO BRIDLINGTON TOWN 
BASILDON UNITED BEST VASE PERFORMANCE
1980/81 QUARTER FINAL - LOST TO IRTHLINGBOROUGH DIAMONDS
1994/95 QUARTER FINAL - LOST TO RAUNDS TOWN 
COLESHILL TOWN BEST VASE PERFORMANCE 
2013/14 FOURTH ROUND - LOST TO DUNSTON UTS 
2015/16 FOURTH ROUND - LOST TO DUNSTON UTS

Sun Sports v Bromsgrove Sporting
Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division side Sun Sports are on their best ever FA Vase run - they reached the second round back in 2014/15 when they were beaten by Stanway Rovers. They face Step six side Bromsgrove Sporting who had an excellent 0-2 win at Nuneaton Griff in the last round on Saturday. Sporting, were technically formed in 2009 after a supporter's consortium's plan to buy financially troubled Bromsgrove Rovers and taken them out of administration didn't work out and another buyer was found for the club they formed Sporting instead. In June 2010 they were offered the lease to The Victoria Ground where Rovers had played and in August 2010 Rovers were suspended from the Southern League and dissolved. Sporting are having a brilliant season so far and are unbeaten in their league fixtures with only two defeats in Cup competitions against Ruby Town in the Emirates FA Cup and Sporting Khalsa in the Midland League Cup. Their form reads - WWWLWDWWWLWWWWDWWDWDWDWW so they will be formidable opponent for Sun Sports who are currently in ninth placed in the SSMFL Premier Division.
Sporting should bring a good number of travelling fans to Bellmountwood Avenue - 747 saw their last home FA Vase game against Lichfield City and 506 saw their last home league game against Stafford Town. 
SUN SPORTS BEST VASE PERFORMANCE 
2014/14 THIRD ROUND - LOST TO STANWAY ROVERS 
BROMSGROVE SPORTING BEST VASE PERFORMANCE
2014/15 THIRD ROUND - LOST TO THURNBY NIRVANA

Newport Pagnell Town v Peterborough Sports 
Peterborough Sports are top of the United Counties League Premier Division and have scored an incredible eighty-two goals in just twenty-one league games so far. Add to this the eighteen goals they have scored in their four FA Vase games so far and it's clear to see Newport Pagnell Town's defence is in for a busy day. The Turbines 0-4 victory at Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division Wembley was very impressive against the North London side who had been in great form also. Josh Moreman got two of the goals who joined them from Step four side Spalding United in February along with Mark Jones (joined from Boston United) and Avelino Vieira who has also played for St Ives Town and Corby Town. Both sides will be well known to each other as both play in the United Counties League Premier Division. Newport Pagnell Town are currently in seventh place of the table - they played in the league at Peterborough on Saturday 17th September which Sports won 3-1. The Swans recorded a fantastic 3-1 victory over SSMFL Premier Division table topper's London Colney in the last round so will be no push overs.   
NEWPORT PAGNELL TOWN BEST VASE PERFORMANCE 
2011/12 FOURTH ROUND - LOST TO ASHINGTON  
PETERBOROUGH SPORTS BEST VASE PERFORMANCE
2014/15 SECOND ROUND - LOST TO PETERBOROUGH NORTHERN STAR 

Sporting Khalsa or Sleaford Town v FC Romania or Tring Athletic
A real either of tie in this one. Sporting Khalsa were so close to exiting the competition on Saturday in a quite amazing game against Sleaford Town. They were 2-3 down going into injury time and down to ten men only for Captain Tesfa Robinson to score an equaliser. They took the lead twice in extra-time only for Sleaford to peg them back with the final score being 5-5 AET. 
FC Romania and Tring Athletic played out a more sedate 1-1 draw on Saturday.  
SPORTING KHALSA BEST VASE PERFORMANCE 
2015/16 FIRST ROUND - LOST TO SHIREBROOK TOWN 
SLEAFORD TOWN BEST VASE PERFORMANCE
2015/16 FOURTH ROUND - LOST TO SUNDERLAND RCA
FC ROMANIA BEST VASE PERFORMANCE 
2015/16 FOURTH ROUND - LOST TO CHERTSY TOWN 
TRING ATHLETIC BEST VASE PERFORMANCE*
2013/14 THIRD ROUND - LOST TO ASHFORD UNITED 
2014/15 THIRD ROUND - LOST TO NORWICH UNITED 
* Tring Town reached the fifth round in 1976/77 where they lost to Farnborough Town 


Above - The Cold End's highlights of Ely City's victory at Welwyn Garden City 

Ely City v Shepshed Dynamo 
Two teams who have reserved their best from for the Vase this season as Thurlow Nunn Premier Division Ely City take on Midland Premier Division Shepshed Dynamo. Ely City are in nineteenth place of their division with Dynamo in ninth place. The Robins showed how brilliant they can be in their game against Welwyn GC on Saturday and in midfielder/winger Kelvin Enaro they have a real player who with one piece of skill could change the game.  
ELY CITY BEST VASE PERFORMANCE
2012/13 FOURTH ROUND - LOST TO SPALDING UNITED 
SHEPSHED DYNAMO BEST VASE PERFORMANCE
1978/79 SEMI-FINAL - LOST TO BILLERICY TOWN*
*as Shepshed Charterhouse 


Above - Highlights of Hinckley's Third Round victory over Quorn. Courtesy of Hinckley AFC

Hinckley AFC v Berkhamsted
Step 6 v Step 5 as the Midland League is represented once more this time by Hinckley AFC whom were founded in 2014 following the demise of Hinckley United who had been long term members of the Conference South prior to relegation to the Southern Premier in 2013/14. Hinckley are in fourth place of Division One just below Bromsgrove Sporting with Berkhamsted currently in sixth place of the SSMFL Premier Division. The Comrades are another side to have formed after another club folded when Berkhamsted Town came to an end in 2009. They had a fantastic run in the competition last season reaching the fifth round before losing to the eventual winner's Morpeth Town. 
HINCKLEY AFC BEST VASE PERFORMANCE 
2015/16 FIRST ROUND - LOST TO LONG EATON UNITED 
BERKHAMSTED BEST VASE PERFORMANCE
2015/16 FIFTH ROUND - LOST TO MORPETH TOWN*
* Berkhamsted Town got to the final in 2000/01 where they lost to Taunton Town

Bradford Town v Southall 
Toolstation Western Premier v Spartan South Midlands League Division One or Step 5 v Step 6 on the non-league ladder. Bradford are currently in sixth place of their division with Southall in ninth place in theirs. Town's Manager Danny Greaves is in his first season with the club - the fans will be very pleased with his work so far. This is the Middlesex club's best performance in the Vase since their historic run to the final over 30 years ago. 
BRADFORD TOWN BEST VASE PERFORMANCE 
2014/15 FIFTH ROUND - LOST TO HIGHWORTH TOWN 
SOUTHALL BEST VASE PERFORMANCE
1985/86 RUNNERS UP - LOST TO HALESOWEN TOWN 

Bristol Manor Farm v Melksham Town 
An all Toolstation Western League Premier Division tie as current table topper's Bristol Manor Farm welcome third placed Melksham Town. 97 people saw Manor Farm beat Melksham Town in the league on Saturday 27th August - their will be a bigger crowd at this game. Manor Farm reached the Quarter-Final last season where they lost to the eventual winner's Morpeth Town - they reached the Fifth Round in 1983/84 where they lost to eventual winner's Stansted. Melksham have only got to the Fourth Round once in their history where they lost to another Western League side in Bradford Town. 
BRISTOL MANOR FARM BEST VASE PERFORMANCE
2015/16 QUARTER FINAL - LOST TO MORPETH TOWN  
MELKSHAM TOWN BEST VASE PERFORMANCE
2014/15 FOURTH ROAD - LOST TO BRADFORD TOWN  

Chichester City v Buckland Athletic 
Buckland Athletic are another Western League Premier club represented - they are currently in fourth place as are Chichester City in their Southern Combination Premier Division. City are in great form having lost only one league game all season so far which came against league leader's Shoreham.
BUCKLAND ATHLETIC BEST VASE PERFORMANCE
2014/15 THIRD ROUND - LOST TO BODMIN TOWN 
2015/16 THIRD ROUND - LOST TO BRADFORD TOWN 
CHICHESTER CITY BEST VASE PERFORMANCE
1995/96 FOURTH ROUND - LOST TO THAMESMEAD TOWN 

Team Solent v Croydon
Team Solent were only formed in 2005 and is attached to Southampton Solent University. They won the Hampshire Premier League in 2008 and were runner's up in 2010 and 2011 with earned them promotion to the Wessex League Division One which they won in 2015 and were promoted to the Premier Division where they finished in seventh place last season. Croydon from the Southern Counties East League Premier will visit their Test Park ground which is on the outskirts of Southampton. The Trams are another side to reserve their best form for the Vase as they are currently in twelfth place of their table - Team Solent are in sixth place of their division. Croydon will be hoping it's third time lucky at the Fourth Round stage as they have lost at this stage twice before which is their best Vase performance. 
TEAM SOLENT BEST VASE PERFORMANCE 
2015/16 FIRST ROUND - LOST TO CADBURY HEATH   
CROYDON BEST VASE PERFORMANCE
1994/95 FOURTH ROUND - LOST TO OXFORD CITY 
2008/09 FOURTH ROUND - LOST TO BIGGLESWADE TOWN 



ACTION FROM SUTTON COMMON ROVERS V CORINTHIAN ON SUNDAY - PICTURES COURTESY OF @official_scrfc
Exmouth Town v Corinthian 
Corinthian, based in Hartley, Kent, have a long trip down to Exmouth for their Fourth Round tie. They are just above Croydon in the SCEL Premier Division and had a fantastic 1-4 away win at Sutton Common Rovers in the last round played on Sunday. Exmouth Town play in the Step 6 Carlsberg South West Peninsula League Premier Division and are currently in eighth place. Their run will evoke many memories of 1985 when they reached the semi-final and won the 1st leg 3-2 against Fleetwood Town before narrowly losing the 2nd leg 2-0. Corinthian have only got beyond the Fourth Round once in 87/88 when their run ended in the fifth round at Clevedon Town. 
EXMOUTH TOWN BEST VASE PERFORMANCE 
1984/85 SEMI-FINAL - LOST TO FLEETWOOD TOWN    
CORINTHIAN BEST VASE PERFORMANCE
1987/88 FIFTH ROUND - LOST TO CLEVEDON TOWN



COMING SOON TO EITHER CROWBOROUGH OR BEDFONT - THE EASTBOURNE TOWN ULTRAS
Crowborough Athletic or Bedfont Sports v Eastbourne Town
The Crows are one of the form sides in the country. Their 2-2 draw with Bedfont Sports on Saturday ended an amazing winning run of sixteen games and were unbeaten in twenty. Bedfont Sports will be very pleased at the 2-2 draw as they were missing three key players including their usual keeper Terry Buss and Captain Billy Jeffries - they were 2-1 down at half time and also went down to nine men after fifteen minutes of extra-time as they had already made three substitutes and had had a man sent off in normal time. Bedfont (eleventh in the Combined Counties Premier) will welcome The Crows for the replay on Wednesday evening at the Bedfont Sports Recreation Ground. Eastbourne Town will bring with them their noisy fans (known as The Beachy Head Ultras and the Eastbourne Town Ultras) whoever they play - they won 1-2 at Combined Counties Premier Abbey Rangers in the last round. 
CROWBOROUGH ATHLETIC BEST VASE PERFORMANCE 
2007/08 FIFTH ROUND - LOST TO KIRKHAM & WESHAM
BEDFONT SPORTS BEST VASE PERFORMANCE
2011/12 FIRST ROUND - LOST TO HANWORTH VILLA 
2014/15 FIRST ROUND - LOST TO HORSHAM YMCA 
2015/16 FIRST ROUND - LOST TO CARTERTON 
EASTBOURNE TOWN BEST VASE PERFORMANCE
1975/76 FIFTH ROUND - LOST TO BARTON ROVERS 
    
BUILDBASE FA VASE BETTING 
available at betvictor bookmakers 
SOUTH SHIELDS 3/1 
SHILDON 5/1 
MORPETH TOWN 8/1 
PETERBOROUGH SPORTS 12/1 
TEAM SOLENT 12/1 
BILLINGHAM TOWN 20/1 
CLEETHORPES TOWN 20/1 
* All others available at 25/1 or over down to Eastbourne Town at 66/1 

TEAMS LEFT BY LEAGUE 
* denotes subject to replay or rearranged match 

STEP FIVE 
NORTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE 
SHILDON, SUNDERLAND RCA, SOUTH SHIELDS, MORPETH TOWN
NORTH WEST COUNTIES LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION 
ATHERTON COLLIERIES 
NORTH EAST COUNTIES LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION
CLEETHORPES TOWN, AFC MANSFIELD 
EASTERN COUNTIES LEAGUE PREMIER 
GORLESTON*, ELY CITY  
ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE 
BASILDON UNITED*, FC ROMANIA* 
MIDLAND LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION 
COLESHILL TOWN, SPORTING KHALSA*, SHEPSHED DYNAMO 
SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS LEAGUE PREMIER 
SUN SPORTS, BERKHAMSTED, TRING ATHLETIC* 
UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE 
PETERBOROUGH SPORTS, NEWPORT PAGNELL TOWN, SLEAFORD TOWN* 
WESTERN LEAGUE PREMIER 
BRADFORD TOWN, BRISTOL MANOR FARM, BUCKLAND ATHLETIC, MELKSHAM TOWN 
SOUTHERN COMBINATION PREMIER 
EASTBOURNE TOWN, CHICHESTER CITY 
WESSEX LEAGUE 
TEAM SOLENT 
SOUTHERN COUNTIES EAST PREMIER 
CORINTHIAN, CROYDON, CROWBOROUGH ATHLETIC* 
COMBINED COUNTIES PREMIER
BEDFONT SPORTS* 

STEP SIX 
EBAC NORTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION TWO 
BILLINGHAM TOWN 
MIDLAND LEAGUE DIVISION ONE 
HINCKLEY AFC, BROMSGROVE SPORTING 
SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS LEAGUE DIVISION ONE
SOUTHALL 
SOUTH WEST PENINSULAR PREMIER 
EXMOUTH TOWN 

FREE FOOTBALL THIS WEDNESDAY AT DONKEY LANE


The all Division Two Spartan South Midlands League Challenge Trophy Third Round between Enfield Borough and United MK takes place this Wednesday evening at The Queen Elizabeth II Stadium and it's free entry for all. Both sides went through the last round by beating Premier Division sides on penalty kicks - Enfield Borough won at Cockfosters with Unite MK beating Welwyn Garden City at home. Many local games were postponed last mid-week due to freezing temperatures causing pitches to be frozen but luckily the weather is set to improve over the next few days with 10-11 degrees forecast at on Wednesday evening. 

A crowd of twenty-five people saw The Panther's 3-4 home defeat to Aston Clinton in the Division Two Cup on Saturday which was the first time they have lost in seventeen games - that defeat ironically came at home in the league to Unite MK on Saturday 27th August. Borough had "lost" against Kensington Dragons in the Middlesex FA Premier Cup in November but that game was replayed due to a referee error of playing extra-time when it should of gone down to kicks from the penalty mark after 90 minutes. 

Why not pop down to Donkey Lane and see some free football if you are local to North London. 






Monday, 5 December 2016

A MEMORABLE VASE VICTORY FOR THE ROBINS AT WELWYN GARDEN CITY


BEFORE KICK OFF BOTH SETS OF PLAYERS, FANS AND MANAGEMENT OBSERVED A MINUTE'S SILENCE IN MEMORY OF THE VICTIMS OF THE PLANE CRASH IN COLUMBIA - FORZA CHAPECOENSE!
Ely City went into Saturday's Buildbase FA Vase Third Round game against Welwyn Garden City as clear underdogs - The Robins are currently in nineteenth place of the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division with The Citizens starting the day in third place of the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division. In league form Ely had won just four of their seventeen games played compared to WGC's ten in seventeen. In the build up to the game Ely's manager Brady Stone had said he had no intention to "park the bus" and that he wanted his player's to go out and enjoy the game and how they did that in a highly entertaining ninety minutes of cup football. The result looks even better for The Robins as they had five players missing from their squad and had Dean Grogan starting in goal who is actually a centre-back/defender and usually turns out for their reserve side. 

The away side put in a tremendously hard working team performance especially at the back where so many blocks and tackles going in over the course of the game. The difference between the two teams was Ely City winger Kelvin Enaro who switched from left to right numerous times and showed some brilliant control and pace taking people on with the Welwyn player's struggling to deal with his skill and trickery - I think one of their back four shouting 'Go on Kelv....show us some more magic' when he had the ball at his feet in the second half summed up how good he was yesterday. Kelvin has played for Newmarket Town, Cottenham United and Mildenhall Town and on this showing Ely have a very good player on their books.     

Welwyn had showed some good play up front but didn't work Grogan as much as they would of liked in the first half. Ely took the lead on forty minutes when Enaro dribbled the ball in from the left hand side and squared the ball across the edge of the box for George Darling to confidently hit the back of the net. It was 1-1 by half time when Welwyn were given a penalty - Grogan had made an excellent save from a close range shot only for the ball to land at the feet of Josh Bronti who was tackled from behind right in front goal. Bronti dusted himself down and scored from the spot to make things all square. 

On 52 minutes Ely made it 1-2 when Craig Neal scored a great goal from the edge of the box which the on-looking ex England goalkeeper David James described as 'bent in like Beckham'. It got better for Ely just three minutes later when after a Citizen's corner they broke down field and after an interchange of passes that man Enaro was able to score a third from close range. 

Welwyn really put the pressure on Ely from then on and scored a second when defender John McGrandles headed home a free kick into the box on 58 minutes. Shortly after they had a header rattle the top of the crossbar but it was a highly committed performance from then on especially at the back by Stone's side who saw out a famous win for their club to the absolute delight of their travelling fans. A special mention goes out to the fans of Welwyn Garden City who, despite a disappointing result and their road to Wembley ending, stayed and clapped the away team off the field wishing them all the best which was fantastic to see and demonstrates what a great football club they are. 



SOUTHALL ARE THE COLD END'S LOCAL TEAM OF THE WEEK 

The win for Ely City very nearly crowned them The Cold End's local team of the week (it was a very close call!) but I have to give it to Spartan South Midlands League Division One side Southall where they are currently in ninth place in their league table. They went to Knaphill who are in fifth place of the Combined Counties League Premier Division and thanks to goals from Jack Bennett and Wayne Harvey they recorded a memorable 1-2 victory at a team who plays one step higher in the pyramid for them. The last time Southall got to the Fourth Round stage was back in 1985/86 when they famously got right the way to the final losing to Halesowen Town at Wembley. 

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS 
look out for Ely City's number 7 Kelvin Enaro who put in a man-of-the-match performance




BUILDBASE FA VASE THIRD ROUND RESULTS 

SATURDAY 
North Shields 1-2 Shildon 
Newton Aycliffe 2-3 Morpeth Town 
Cleethorpes Town 2-1 Bootle 
South Shields 3-0 Staveley MW 
Penrith 0-3 Atherton Colleries 
Dunston UTS 1-3 Sunderland RCA 
Bottesford Town 1-2 Billingham Town 
Hucknall Town 1-2 AFC Mansfield 
Nuneaton Griff 0-2 Bromsgrove Sporting 
Sporting Khalsa 5-5 Sleaford Town 
Coleshill Town 4-1 Westfields 
Hinckley AFC 2-1 Quorn AET 
Long Eaton United 2-4 Shepshed Dynamo AET 
Wembley 0-4 Peterborough Sports
FC Romania 1-1 Tring Athletic 
Newport Pagnell Town FC 3-1 London Colney 
Gorleston A - A Basildon United 
* tie abandoned after 89 mins due to serious incident - new date TBC
St Margaretsbury 1-3 Berkhamsted 
Sun Sports 3-1 Hoddesdon Town 
Welwyn Garden City 2-3 Ely City 
Abbey Rangers FC 1-2 Eastbourne Town 
Crowborough Athletic 2-2 Bedfont Sports 
Croydon 3-2 Glebe 
Knaphill 1-2 Southall 
Newhaven 1-3 Chichester City 
Horsham YMCA 0-3 Buckland Athletic 
Bemerton Heath Harlequins 2-3 Melksham Town 
Team Solent 1-0 Bodmin Town 
Bradford Town 2-0 Torpoint Athletic
Bristol Manor Farm 4-1 Thatcham Town 
Exmouth Town 5-0 Blackfield & Langley 
SUNDAY 
Sutton Common Rovers 1 Corinthian 4 

The draw for the Fourth Round of the competition takes place tomorrow. 


IT WAS A PARTY ATMOSPHERE ON THE BUS BACK HOME TO ELY ON SATURDAY - courtesy of @ElyCityFC