Saturday, 25 March 2017

HILLINGDON BOROUGH TAKE THE POINTS AGAINST ARLESEY TOWN RESERVES


The fact Hillingdon Borough were playing this afternoon is fantastic and something to celebrate as only as recently as January it was announced by the club  they would be pulling out of the Spartan South Midlands League due to lack of support. Luckily they were able to carry on with thanks to Everton star Yannick Bolasie (an ex player) who contacted them with a morale boosting phone call and support. It's great to see the DR Congo International not forgetting his roots and in turn Boro continue on playing. 

Today seventh placed Boro visited bottom of the table Arlesey Town Reserves who going into this game had only won two games in their thiry-five played - Their last league win came back on Wednesday 2nd November when Bedford were defeated 3-0 with their only other victory coming on Wednesday 10th October when Codicote were beaten 3-1. Since the Bedford win they have only picked up one point (1-1 versus Winslow United in January) from a possible fifty one on offer. The Middlesex side had won four of their last six games and today's game went the way of the form book as a goal in either half recorded a 0-2 win for them. Although the game was a little scrappy and forgettable it was great to see a decent club who were on the brink of closure in action today. Some match photos are below. 

Arlesey Town Reserves plugged away and played football the right way but never really troubled the Hillingdon goal-keeper. They visit Hadley Wood and Wingate in their next game on Saturday 8th April. It would be great to see them pick up at least one win in their remaining which will be tough as two of those come against table topper's Biggleswade FC who beat them 2-9 in January and a revitalised Brimsdown who smashed them 12-1 at the end of February. 


If you are local to Hillingdon why not pop down to The Middlesex Stadium - your club needs your support. They only have one remaining home game which comes against Southall on Tuesday 18th April. They have trips to Kensington Borough, Wodson Park, Harefield United, Buckingham Athletic and Codicote also to play. 

They also have the final of the Middlesex Premier Cup on Wednesday 26th April when they face local rival's Broadfields United at Northwood FC. 


  


























Friday, 24 March 2017

ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE - WEEKEND FIXTURES


Barking v Eton Manor 
Barkingside v Haringey & Waltham 
Basildon United v Redbridge 
Burnham Ramblers v Wadham Lodge 
Enfield 1893 v Ilford 
Sawbridgeworth Town v Clapton 
Southend Manor v Tower Hamlets 
Sporting Bengal United v Takeley

Table topper's Barking can take another big step towards the title with a win putting them on 90 pts with a goal difference currently of +72. Second placed FC Romania can only be able to get to a maximum of 90 pts (their goal difference is currently +63) if they win all their remaining four games in hand with their next game on Saturday 1st April away at Tower Hamlets. Their nearest other challengers are Clapton (max 92 pts) who are away at Sawbridgeworth Town. 

Defeat for The Tons (would put them on a max pts total of 89) and a win for Barking would near enough guarantee the title to go Mayesbrook Park.

Either way a win for Barking on Saturday and then a win at Stanstead next Saturday would see The Blues win their first title since Eddie McCluskey's famous side won the Isthmian League back in 1979 by a gap of twelve points to local rival's Dagenham. 

Thursday, 23 March 2017

THE ROCKS, THE HAWKS OR ANOTHER? - RYMAN PREMIER TITLE UPDATE

A current ten point gap between third placed Needham Market and Havant & Waterloville and a further two points between The Marketmen and current table topper's Bognor Regis Town realistically means now the title should be one by either The Hawks or The Rocks. Of course it's still mathematically possible for other teams to finish top with fourth placed Leiston (max 92 pts) and sixth placed Dulwich Hamlet (91 pts) best placed at present. 

The race for the title took another twist yesterday evening as The Hawks made the journey to Champion Hill to face Dulwich Hamlet. The home side recorded their second win of a busy week with a comfortable 3-0 victory courtesy of goals from Dipo Akinyemi, Dumebi Dumaka and Nyren Clunis. 


RYMAN PREMIER LEAGUE 
CURRENT TABLE - TOP TWO ONLY 
POS TEAM P GD PTS POSS FORM
1 BOGNOR REGIS TOWN  39 +36 79 100 WDWDWW
2 HAVANT & WATERLOOVILLE 39 +38 77 98 DWWLWL


The bookmakers now make Bognor 8/11 favourites with Havant rated at 11/10 - all other teams are at 50/1 or more. 

The race could take another twist this weekend as Bognor Regis Town host form side Canvey Island who have won their last five games in a row and Havant travel to Needham Market. 

Should just two points separate the two rivals when they meet on Easter Bank Holiday Monday it could be one of the biggest games the Ryman League has seen in many years. The Hawk's West Leigh Park currently holds 5,250 people so it may well be close to or a possible sell out. 

REMAINING FIXTURES  

DATE  BOGNOR  HAVANT 
25/3 CANVEY ISLAND Needham Market
28/3 LEISTONHARROW BOROUGH
1/4 Enfield Town  DULWICH HAMLET 
8/4 AFC Sudbury TONBRIDGE ANGELS 
14/4 - Canvey Island 
15/4 HARLOW TOWN -
17/4 Havant  BOGNOR REGIS TOWN
22/4 MET POLICE  Kinstonian


Wednesday, 22 March 2017

RACE FOR THE TITLE AND PLAY-OFFS IN THE RYMAN DIVISION ONE (NORTH)



POS TEAM P GD PTS PP FORM
1 BRIGHTLINGSEA REGENT 40 +45 87 105 WWWLWW
2 MALDON & TIPTREE  40 +48 78 96 WWLWLL
3 AFC HORNCHURCH  40 +35 76 94 WWWLWD
4 THURROCK 40 +36 73 91 WWWLLD
5 HARINGEY BOROUGH 40 +33 71 89 LWWWWW
6 CHESHUNT 40 +19 69 87 WLLWWL
7 BOWERS & PITSEA 39 +30 68 89 WLWWLD
8 NORWICH UNITED  39 +8 66 87 WWLLWW
9 PHOENIX SPORTS  39 +3 66 87 WWWDWW


The race for the play-off spots is now realistically down to teams in the top nine of the division. Tenth placed Aveley probably still have a chance but with a maximum points total of 82 should they win all their remaining seven games it's a tough one - they have lost three of their last six league games. 

At the top of the table Brightlingsea Regent are nine points clear so depending on second placed Maldon and Tiptree's results they now need just ten more points for the title which will reduce should The Jammers and AFC Hornchurch drop points in their remaining six games. 

Fifth placed Haringey Borough are one of the form teams in the division - only Phoenix Sports have gained more points in the last six games. Their five wins in six has helped push them into the play-off picture with Cheshunt and Bowers pushing them all the way. 

Brightlingsea Regent's next two games are against Haringey Borough (5th) and AFC Hornchurch (3rd) so it could be a very interesting and exciting month ahead in the race for promotion to the Premier Division for 2017/18.   

KEY FIXTURES OVER NEXT TWO WEEKS

SATURDAY 25th MARCH 
CHESHUNT v THURROCK 
6th v 4th - this a real must win game for The Ambers and a massive play-off six pointer for both sides. 

HARINGEY BOROUGH v BRIGHTLINGSEA REGENT 
Another massive game for both sides as two of the form sides of the division meet. Regent need a win to cement their title aspirations with Borough needing the points for their play-off hopes. 

TUESDAY 28th MARCH
NORWICH UNITED v PHOENIX SPORTS 
8th v 9th - Defeat for either of these teams would possibly end their play-off hopes and a draw will be no good to either. 

SATURDAY 1st APRIL 
BRIGHTLINGSEA REGENT v AFC HORNCHURCH 
Another highly important game for the current table toppers - If they drop points against Haringey Borough and then lose this game it could see The Urchins the pressure on the home side will really be on. 

NORWICH UNITED v CHESHUNT 
Another play-off six pointer for The Ambers. 

THURROCK v HARINGEY BOROUGH 
4th v 5th in the current table or 11th v 3rd in the form table. This could be a dress rehersal for a potential play-off semi-final or even final. 

WHERE DID THE TEAMS FINISH IN LAST TWO SEASONS?
   

TEAM 14/15 15/16
BRIGHTLINGSEA REGENT 6th  8th 
MALDON & TIPTREE 19th  7th
AFC HORNCHURCH 23rd(Prem) 5th
THURROCK  5th  2nd
HARINGEY BOROUGH  1st (Essex) 15th
CHESHUNT  18th  6th
BOWERS AND PITSEA 2nd (Essex) 1st (Essex)
NORWICH UNITED  1st (Eastern) 1st (Eastern)
PHOENIX SPORTS  1st (SCEL) 15th 


Since two successive demotions in 2012 and 2013 Thurrock have been knocking on the door to get back up again finishing 6th, 5th (lost in the play-off final to Brentwood Town) and 2nd (lost in play-off semi-final to AFC Hornchurch) so could it be their year in the play-offs at Ship Lane. 

Both Bowers and Pitsea along with Norwich United will be very happy with their first season at Step Four of the non-league ladder - no matter where they finish I'm sure they will kick on and improve next season. 

RACE FOR THE GOLDEN BOOT 

Liam Nash of Maldon & Tiptree currently on thirty goals leads the way with Cheshunt's Jason Hallett, Aaron Condon of Brightlingsea Regent and Leon McKenzie (AFC Hornchurch) on twenty-six goals closely following him. Lamar Reynolds on twenty-two goals of Brentwood Town (20th place) who has spent some of the season out injured has arguably had the best season of all of them scoring goals for an under-performing side. 

Nash played for Hullbridge Sports before joining Billericay Town and then Aveley on loan during the 15/16 season where he was made Captain. He joined The Jammers from Great Wakering Rovers at the start of this season. He did play a trial match for Norwich City against Chelsea when he was at Hullbridge Sports - he scored a hat-trick in the game but nothing came of it. Could he now be ready to make a step up the non-league ladder? 

Condon has had a brilliant first season at Step Four having joined Regent from Eastern Counties League side FC Clacton last summer where he scored 32 goals last season. 

Reynolds is well travelled around Essex non-league circles having represented Grays Athletic, Heybridge Swifts, Aveley and Barking. 

FOOTBALL FOR A FIVER THIS WEEKEND - GRAYS ATHLETIC v ENFIELD TOWN

There is a chance for football fans to watch some value for money football this weekend as Grays Athletic are offering entry to their game versus Enfield Town for only £5 for adults, £3 for concessions and only £1 for kids/under 16s. 

Grays Athletic currently ground-share at The Mill Field and with Aveley moving to a new ground in the summer this is one of the final chances to visit the ground. 

  

Sunday, 19 March 2017

#DROPWATCH IN THE RYMAN PREMIER DIVISION


RYMAN PRMIER DIVISION 
CURRENT TABLE - BOTTOM NINE ONLY
POS TEAM P GD PTS PP FORM
16 CANVEY ISLAND 40 -25 47 65 LWWWWW
17 FOLKESTONE INVICTA 39 -9 45 66 DLLWLL
18 MERSTHAM 36 -1 44 74 WDDLWL
19 KINGSTONIAN 38 -9 44 68 DDLLLL
20 BURGESS HILL TOWN 38 -19 43 67 LLWLLD
21 LEATHERHEAD 39 -4 41 62 WDLWWL
22 HENDON 39 -27 41 62 LLWWLW
23 AFC SUDBURY  39 -20 40 61 LLWLLL
24 GRAYS ATHLETIC  40 -46 32 50 LWWLLL


How tough the step up from Level 4 to Level 3 on the non-league ladder can be is perfectly illustrated by the battle to avoid relegation from the Ryman Premier Division. 

Both the Division One North and South Champions from last season are in danger of returning. Folkestone Invicta (17th) and AFC Sudbury (23rd) both comfortably won their respective titles last campaign. Burgess Hill Town were the 2015 D1(S) champions and are joined in the battle to beat the drop by the 2015 D1(S) play off winners (Merstham) and 2014 play-off winner's Leatherhead.  

Canvey Island who just a few weeks ago looked doomed to life in D1 (N) for the 2017/18 season have given themselves a real chance of staying up by winning their last five games in a row - they only won seven of their first thirty-five games! 

Both Hendon and Leatherhead have shown some real fight winning three of their last six games - Kingstonian fans (who will be ground sharing with Leatherhead next season) will be very anxious as The K's have not won in eight games picking up just two points from the twenty-four available.

Folkestone Invicta who have the worst away record in the division with just two wins in nineteen games have a tough week ahead with lots of mileage visiting Leiston on Tuesday followed by Lowestoft Town on Saturday - that's a total of around 640 miles travelled for just two games. This is after their trip to table topper's Bognor Regis Town on Saturday in which they were winning 0-1 at half-time only for The Rocks to run in 7 (seven) goals in the second half for the game to finish 7-1 and a 0-2 loss at Leatherhead last mid-week.  

On Saturday there are two fixtures that have a real feel of relegation six pointers - Make no mistake AFC Sudbury v Hendon and Burgess Hill Town v Kingstonian are massive games!

In the last three seasons the total points needed to finish outside the bottom four has been 51, 49 and 47 - Leatherhead and Hendon are on 41 points already with seven games to play so I would say this season teams will need 51 points (at least) to beat the drop. This would make teams from the Met Police (on 50 points in fifteenth placed) upwards just about safe - of course it's still mathematically possible for them to go down.  

#DROPWATCH FORTHCOMING FIXTURES

MONDAY 20th MARCH
DULWICH HAMLET V KINGSTONIAN 

TUESDAY 21st MARCH 
BURGESS HILL TOWN v HARLOW TOWN 
LEISTON v FOLKESTONE INVICTA 

SATURDAY 25th MARCH 
AFC SUDBURY v HENDON 
BOGNOR REGIS TOWN v CANVEY ISLAND 
BURGESS HILL TOWN v KINGSTONIAN 
GRAYS ATHLETIC v ENFIELD TOWN 
LEATHERHEAD v WINGATE AND FINCHLEY 
LOWESTOFT TOWN v FOLKESTONE INVICTA 
MET POLICE v MERSTHAM 

CHARITY EVENT IN MEMORY OF LAURIE CARROLL NEXT SATURDAY

Bengeo Tigers and Hertford Town Football Club are holding a charity day next Saturday which will be a celebration of football and a tribute to Laurie Carroll who played for The Tigers - He sadly passed away in September 2016 aged only nine years old. 

There will be under 10 friendlies on the Hertingfordbury Park from 1pm with Hertford Town v Holmer Green at 3pm. Food and drink will be available throughout the event with admission before 2pm only £2. After 2pm it's adults £6, concessions £3 and kids only £1. All proceeds will be split between Cancer for Kids and Mudlarks which is a locally based charity supporting adults with learning disabilities and mental health issues. 

There is also a raffle being held with some fabulous prizes on offer. Amongst them is a signed shirt by the Arsenal ladies squad,  a framed Stevenage shirt signed by the Boro squad, a signed Middlesborough shirt and a very rare top which was worn by an Arsenal player before the 2015 FA Cup Final.

This event needs the support of all people local to Hertford and beyond - Please try and pop along - you'll receive a friendly welcome from all on what should be a very memorable day.  

Contact @BengeoTigersOff on Twitter for any more information or if you are a local (or National) business I'm sure they would appreciate some more prizes donated to their raffle.