Tuesday, 17 September 2019

NEW SALAMIS THROUGH TO THE FA VASE FIRST ROUND WITH VICTORY OVER TOWER HAMLETS


It was Step Six v Step Five of the non-league ladder on Friday evening as New Salamis of the Spartan South Midlands League Division One entertained Tower Hamlets of the Essex Senior League in the Buildbase FA Vase Second Qualifying Round. 

A crowd of 73 people saw an entertaining game between two very good footballing sides. The visitors have a very young squad for this season with three of the players in this game aged 21 and the rest aged either 18 or 19 years old. 

The visitors could of taken the lead in the opening few minutes when Suaibo Balde let fly with a shot from outside of the penalty box which unluckily struck the angle of post and bar. 

It was 1-0 a short while after when Irnti Rapai (who has played for Weston-Super-Mare at Step Two level) shot home from close range. Both sides passed the ball around impressively but the score remained 1-0 until late on in the game when New Salamis substitute Josh Grantham scored with a curling shot to make the game safe and send his side through to the next round. 

SCOUTED - DEESE KANSINGA IS VERY GOOD AND SHOULD BE PLAYING AT A HIGHER LEVEL OF FOOTBALL

Tower Hamlets were unlucky not to get on the score sheet with Deese Kasinga really impressive going forward from the wings. He has lots of intricate skill, fantastic control and pace which is coupled with him not afraid to take players - I watched and thought he could easily play at a higher level than step five. It was no surprise to read he has been on the books at Newcastle United and
Brentford along with having trails at Ipswich Town, Norwich City and Aston Villa this year.  He turns 19 years old in December - If I was a manager in the Isthmian League or Vanarama South I would be signing him up straight away.

Khalil Kirwan-Meade who played at centre-back but usually plays a defensive midfielder also looked very comfortable on the ball and his ball distribution was first class. 

New Salamis's reward for their victory is another home tie in the first round against SSMFL Premier Division side Eynesbury Rovers. 


Tower Hamlets 'travel' to Sporting Bengal United tomorrow evening for an ESL local derby game before hosting Saffron Walden Town on Saturday. Next Tuesday they have a really interesting London Senior Cup game against League Two side Leyton Orient - I'm not sure what sort of team The O's will send but it'll be a tremendous opportunity for Hamlet's young side to impress - who knows maybe one of the Orient scouts will notice Deese Kasinga and sign him up? 


LINES UPS 
NEW SALAMIS 
Tyler Forde, John Kyriacou, Lee White, Ryan Hervel, Andy Anastasiou, Luke Durnin, Richard Georgiou, Sean Bonnet-Johnson, Irnti Rapai, Deniz Mehmet, Geroge Lutaaya. 
Subs - Josh Grantham, Courtney Austin, Geroge Atkinson, Antonia Michael, Xavier Plowright, Jamie Smith. 

TOWER HAMLETS 
Jack Gan, Brandon Daniel, Anthony Musuke, Anthony Folkes, Abdoulaye Ly, Khalil Kirwan-Mead, Jermaine Anderson, Ryan Murad, Suaibo Balde, Joshus Rosoke, Deese Kasinga.
Subs - Ben Brookes, Yoan Edoukou, Alan Zuqolli, Cem Temur. 

46 MINUTES OF MATCH HIGHLIGHTS


JUST THE GOALS 

Friday, 13 September 2019

FA VASE SECOND QUALIFYING ROUND - THIS WEEKEND

The Road To Wembley continues this weekend with the Buildbase FA Vase Second Qualifying Round taking place. There are two interesting local games tonight as Spartan South Midlands League Division One side New Salamis entertain Towers Hamlets of the Essex Senior League at Donkey Lane and Broadfields United of the SSMFL Premier welcome Hanworth Villa of the Combined Counties Premier Division. 

New Salamis have made a good start to life at Step Six of the non-league ladder winning five of their eight games played so far. Tower Hamlets form has been somewhat up and down with a great 1-2 win at Takeley in the Gordon Brastead Memorial Trophy and a 2-1 league vicory against Enfield FC coupled with a 1-5 home defeat against Redbridge. They lost 2-1 at Cockfosters in their last game. 

Could there be a shock on the cards at the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium tonight? 

FIXTURES 
(featuring local ESL, SSMFL, Thurlow Nunn D1S and Middlesex County clubs) 
Saturday
AFC Hayes v London Tigers
Aylesbury Vale Dynamos v Rugby Borough
Bedford v Bedfont & Feltham
Buckingham Athletic v Hillingdon FC
Hillingdon FC of the Middlesex County League Premier Division travel to play Buckingham Athletic - they beat Rayners Lane 5-1 in the last round and have won all three of their league games played so far with only defeat against Clapton CFC in the Premier Division Cup last weekend. Francesco Altomare scored a hat-trick on the Rayners Lane game. 
Colney Heath v Haverhill Rovers
Crawley Green v Winslow United
Enfield FC v Enfield Borough
An interesting Enfield derby takes place at the Pro Kit Stadium in Bishop's Stortford where the home side currently ground share. It's Step Five v Step Six and Borough Chairman Marvin Walker played for the old Enfield FC club in the early 2000s so this is likely to be a keenly contested tie on the pitch.  
FC Broxbourne Borough v Wivenhoe Town
FC Clacton v Redbridge 
Frenford v Hashtag United
Harborough Town v Hillingdon Borough
Harefield United v Rothwell Corinthian
Langford v Hackney Wick
London Colney v Baldock Town
Lopes Taveres v Catholic United 
The home side have made a great start to their Thurlow Nunn First Division South season winning all four of their league games played so far and beating Harwich and Parkeston in the last round. The visitors thrashed Step Five ESL side Clapton FC in the last round so will be in a confident mood going into this one. They have also won games 7-0 and 6-2 this season but lost 1-0 at Springfield last time out. 
Lutterworth Town v Amersham Town
Milton Keynes Robins v Fleet Spurs
North Greenford United v Oxhey Jets
Stanway Rovers v Wodson Park
Takeley v Wormley Rovers
Wembley v Risborough Rangers
West Essex v Brantham Athletic
Whitton United v St Margaretsbury 
White Ensign v Newbury Forest 

Sunday
Coggeshall United v Long Melford (2pm) 
Cricklewood Wanderers v Long Buckby 
Edgware Town v Eynesbury Rovers 
Long Crendon v Leighton Town (1pm) 

Why not pop along to your local club and support them on in the Buildbase FA Vase? 


Thursday, 12 September 2019

BETVICTOR ISTHMIAN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION - THE SEASON SO FAR

Saturday Fixtures
Brightlingsea Regent v Horsham 
Carshalton Athletic v Hornchurch 
Cheshunt v Margate 
Cray Wanderers v Haringey Borough 
East Thurrock United v Bognor Regis Town 
Enfield Town v Corinthian Casuals 
Folkestone Invicta v Bishop's Stortford 
Kingstonian v Bowers & Pitsea 
Lewes v Potters Bar Town 
Wingate & Finchley v Merstham 
Worthing v Leatherhead

It's still early days in the BetVictor Isthmian Premier Division with teams only playing five and six games so far. Folkestone Invicta currently lead the table, with fives wins and one draw so far, they are the only team without a defeat so far. They are closely followed by Haringey Borough, Hornchurch, Carshalton Athletic and Enfield Town. 

Folkestone Invicta, Haringey Borough and Carshalton Athletic all finished in last season's top six so they have started where they left off. 

The early season table topper's host Bishop's Stortford on Saturday who have reserved their best form at home with two wins in two - on their travels The Blues have one win and two defeats. 

There are two sides without a win so far - Leatherhead and Corinthian Casuals have two draws from six games played. Both The Tanners and The Chocolate & Pinks have tough away trips to Worthing and Enfield Town at the weekend. 

SOME STATS FOR THE SEASON SO FAR

WITHOUT A DEFEAT 
FOLKESTONE INVICTA 

WITHOUT A WIN 
LEATHERHEAD & CORINTHIAN CASUALS 

HIGHEST SCORERS 
HORNCHURCH (16 goals in 6 games - 2.67 goals per game)

LOWEST SCORERS
CORINTHIAN CASUALS (3 goals in 6 games - 0.5 goals per game) 

BEST DEFENCE
HARINGEY BOROUGH & HORNCHURCH (4 goals conceded in 6 games - 0.67 goals per game) - HORSHAM have also conceded 4 goals but have only played 5 games  which equates to 0.80 goals per game. 

WORST DEFENCE
LEATHERHEAD (12 goals conceded in 6 games - 2 goals per game) 

WHERE ARE THE PROMOTED SIDES CURRENTLY PLACED?
9th. Horsham - 2 wins, 2 draws and 1 defeat (5 games) 
12th. Bowers & Pitsea - 2 wins, 1 draw and 2 defeats (5 games) 
14th. Cray Wanderers - 1 win, 3 draws, 1 defeat (5 games) 
19th. Cheshunt - 1 win, 1 draw and 3 defeats (5 games) 

CROWDS
WORTHING have the highest average attendance (1,178) with BOWERS & PITSEA the lowest (145).

TOP SCORERS 
Chris Dickson (Hornchurch) - 6 goals 
Ken Charles (Enfield Town) - 5 goals 
Josh Hutchinson (Potters Bar Town) - 5 goals 
Ira Jackson (Folkestone Invicta) - 5 goals 

MARGATE v BRIGHTLINGSEA REGENT ON THE OPENING DAY OF THE SEASON


Sunday, 8 September 2019

GOALS, GOAL AND MORE GOALS FOR CRANFIELD UNITED

Cranfield United, who finished as runner's up missing out on the title on goal difference, have made an excellent start to their Bedfordshire County Premier Division season. 

They drew their first game 0-0 against Stevington but have then gone on to beat Wootton Blue Cross 12-0 and Marston Shelton Rovers 11-1. 

Drew Mitten scored six against Wootton and a further four against MSR - Ten goals in two games is some achievement for the former Winslow United, Buckingham Athletic and Buckingham Town player. 

Cladecote and AFC Oakley are both ahead of Cranfield - each with three wins from three games. Oakley have scored 14 goals and let in just 2 with Caldecote scoring 9 and also letting in 2 goals. 

BEDFORDSHIRE COUNTY LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION FIXTURES 
SATURDAY 14th SEPTEMBER

AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College v Cranfield United
Biggleswade FC Res v Stevington 
Caldecote v Biggleswade United u23 
Crawley Green Reserves v Flitwick Town 
Queens Park Crescents v Marston Shelton Rovers 
Shefford Town & Campton Reserves v Riseley Sports 
Wilstead v AFC Oakley 
Wootton Blue Cross v Bedford Albion 


Saturday, 7 September 2019

ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE - A BRIEF UPDATE


POSTEAM P GD PTS
1 SAFFRON WALDEN TOWN  6 +6 14
2 HASHTAG UNITED  5 +9 12
3 TAKELEY 5 +7 12
4 COCKFOSTERS 5 +1 10
5 REDBRIDGE  6 +4 9
6 HADLEY 5 +6 8
7 WALTHAMSTOW  3 +8 7
8 WEST ESSEX  3 +3 7

It's still very early days in the Essex Senior League with clubs being in FA Cup and FA Vase action but it's Saffron Walden Town who lead the table with four wins and two draws from their six games played. Walthamstow and West Essex are the only other sides yet to taste defeat but they have only played three games. 

Takeley and Hadley were in FA Cup action today. Takeley narrowly lost to BetVictor Isthmian Premier Division side Potters Bar Town 0-1 at home with Hadley moving into the 2nd Qualifying Round with a 3-2 against Arlesey Town. 

Hashtag lost their first league game but have since won four in a row along with their FA Vase and Essex Senior Cup game. In their game at Sawbridgeworth Town today they were 2-0 down with 15 minutes to go but amazingly came back to win 2-3 with the winner coming in the 89th minute. 

When your luck is not in it's certainly not in for Sawbo! They are bottom of the table with five defeats now and have also lost in the FA Cup and FA Vase. I'm sure a win will come soon for them. 

Walthamstow have a chance to join Hadley in the 2nd QR tomorrow when they travel to play Aylesbury United. 

Thursday, 5 September 2019

HERTFORDSHIRE SENIOR COUNTY LEAGUE WEEKEND FIXTURES

Saturday 7th September 
PREMIER DIVISION 
Belstone v Cuffley
Letchworth GC Eagles v Hatfield Town 
Oxhey Jets Reserves v Colney Heath Reserves
Sandridge Rovers v Cockfosters Reserves 
Ware Sports v Knebworth 

DIVISION ONE 
Aldenham v New Salamis Reserves 
Buntingford Town v Rayners Lane Reserves 
Hatfield United v Old Parmiterians 
Oracle Components v Oxhey 
Wormley Rovers Reserves v St Margaretsbury Reserves

DIVISION TWO 

Bedmond Sports v Letchworth Garden City Eagles Reserves 
Bengeo Trinity v Wheathampstead Wanderers 
Chipperfield Corinthians Reserves v Hadley Veterans 
Cuffley Reserves v Lemsford 
Hatfield Town Academy v Hertford Heath 
Mill End Sports v Ware Sports Reserves 

DIVISION THREE 
Baldock Town Reserves v Sarratt Reserves 
Harpenden Rovers v Stevenage Borough Community 
Hatfield Athletic v Buntingford Town Reserves 
Knebworth Reserves v Evergreen Reserves 
Lemsford Reserves v Hinton Reserves 
Oxhey Jets Vets v Sandridge Rovers Reserves 
Tring Town AFC v St Margaretsbury Veterans 

AUBERY CUP FIRST ROUND 
Evergreen v Hoddesdon Town Reserves 
Hinton v Bush Hill Rangers  
New River Athletic v Royston Town Reserves
Weston v Bovingdon Reserves

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

HITCHIN SUNDAY LEAGUE 2019/20 SEASON STARTS THIS SUNDAY


Division One
Engineers Arms v True Briton Arlesey - Henlow Park 
FC St Johns v BB's Bar - St Johns Rd 
Hitchin Ravens v Stevenage Athletic - King Georges Playing Field 
Albon Platform v Lea Sports PSG - Grange Playing Field 

Division Two
Bedwell Rangers v Fairfield Park - Ridlins Playing Field 
Buffs v FC Hitchin - Bakers Close 
Malone v Almond Tree - Ransoms Recreation Ground 
Royston United v GSS - Barkway Recreation Ground 
Shephall Wednesday v Excel - Stevenage allocation
The Cock v Crown Stotfold - Grange Playing 

Division Three
Emperors Head v Stotfold Lions - Baldock Rd
St Ippolyts v Ashwell - St Ippolyts Rec 
Stotfold Juniors v Letchworth United - Stotfold Rec 
The Albion v AC Malone - Grange Playing Field (Pitch 2) 
The Hogs Head v Kimpton - Grange Playing Field (Pitch 3)