Sunday, 29 March 2015

ENFIELD TOWN WIN TO KEEP THEIR PLAY-OFF AMBITIONS GOING

"HAMPTON'S GETTING RELEGATED AND WE'RE ALL GOING TO GUERNSEY"

Here are some match highlights of Enfield Town's home game with Hampton and Richmond Borough from yesterday afternoon. They are from the second half only as I missed the first 45 minutes. It's got the goal which was scored and some of the other action from the game. 

Hampton's small group of fans sang the above song at the end of the game. They are now close to the bottom four being just four points away from 21st placed Witham Town - more about the league table later (or maybe tomorrow if I haven't got time!) 

CROWDS ON THE UP IN LOCAL NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL

There were some fantastic crowds in local non-league football yesterday including the incredible 432 people who crammed into The Spotted Dog to watch Clapton v Enfield 1893 which is amazing considered just a few seasons ago The Tons were attracting attendances in their 20s and 30s. 

Hertford Town had their community day at Hertingfordbury Park with 559 people watching their 2-1 win against Cockfosters. 

Wingate and Finchley also had their 'pay what you want' day agianst Dulwich Hamlet with 407 attending which is more than double their current average of 160. 

Another good crowd was the 245 people who saw Heybirdge Swifts beat title favourite's Needham Market at Scraley Road. This is just over double their average of 121.  

Only two games across the three Ryman Divisions beat the figures at Hertford Town and Clapton being 474 at Bognor Regis Town and the all ticket crowd of 2,226 at Maidstone United v Margate. 

 

RED AND BLACKS LIFT THE DIVISION ONE CUP AFTER EXTRA TIME


It was The Hertford and District ORC Sports League Division One Cup on Friday night at The County Ground in Letchworth. Buntingford Wanderers played The Lions (based in Ware - not to be confused with Ware Lions whose first team withdrew from the Premier Division this season) in front of a decent crowd who were vocal throughout their game in support for their team.

The first half was quite a scrappy affair with not much goalmouth incident to talk about aside from when The Wanderers took the lead right before the break when The Lions keeper could only parry a shot from the right hand side into the path of another attacker who knocked the ball into the net.

The Lions came out very early for the second half and equalised shortly after with a very well taken goal. The player lofted the ball over the keeper from the edge of the box when he got through and beat the offside trap.

Buntingford then could and maybe should have been given a penalty kick when their player appeared to be brought down in the area by The Lions keeper. The referee deem it a foul and the game carried on with The Lions looking the most likely to score with them hitting the post and crossbar once. The video shows the incident from 3mins 25secs with a slow motion replay. What do you think - Was it a penalty kick?

The game went to extra-time and with penalty kicks looming and looking ominous it was The Lions who scored the decisive goal with a sweetly taken free kick from the right hand edge of the box to the delight of their bench and travelling fans.

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS 
including all the goals, incidents and trophy presentation

  
It's been a good week for The Lions as some of their squad also play on Sunday's for The Angel who The Cold End saw lift the East Herts Sunday Corinthian League Junior Divisional Shield on Wednesday night.

The Lions still have a chance to finish top of Division One as they have five games in hand over current table topper's Allenburys who are 14 points ahead of them. Their next game is at Much Hadham on Saturday 4th April. The Wanderers have two games left for their season at home to King William on Saturday 11th April and then on their travels to Elizabeth Allen Old Boys on Saturday 18th April.

For those interested in the league click on the below links for other finals The Cold End has highlights of - 

2011 CENTENARY TROPHY FINAL
2013 DIVISION THREE CUP FINAL

Friday, 27 March 2015

ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE - BOROUGH BEATEN BUT THEY ARE STILL FAVOURITES

CURRENT LEAGUE TABLE
Top Four Only
POS TEAM P GD PTS PP
1 BARKING 33 +45 77 93
2 HARINGEY BOROUGH 29 +67 76 103
3 BOWERS AND PITSEA 26 +56 61 97

Bowers and Pitsea continued their run without a defeat last night when they beat Haringey Borough 2-1 at The Len Salmon Stadium in what could be a crucial result as to which team lifts the title at the end of the season. Bowers are now undefeated in 16 league games - they have won 14 and drawn 2 of those. 

Despite the defeat the ball is still in Haringey Borough's court as their possible points total is 103 compared to Bower's 97 but with Bowers still to go to Coles Park for a league fixture there will still be some twists and turns I'm sure.  Current table topper's Barking are only a point above Haringey who have played four games less than them. 

To say the new few weeks will be busy for both Haringey Borough and Bowers & Pitsea is an understatement if ever there was one.

Bowers have to play an incredible twelve games in four weeks with Haringey playing nine league games as well as their Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy Semi-Final at Clapton on Thursday 16th April. Then on Tuesday 28th April when the league is done and dusted the two play each other in the League Cup semi-final at Coles Park. 

THE TITLE RUN IN
DATE BARKING HARINGEY BOROUGH BOWERS & PITSEA
28/3 GREENHOUSE HULLBRIDGE SPORTS ETON MANOR
31/3 - ETON MANOR Newham
2/4 - - TAKELEY
4/4 Haringey Borough BARKING Ilford
7/4 - - ENFIELD 1893 FC
8/4- Basildon United  -
11/4 Ilford Newham Sporting Bengal United
13/4 - - Basildon United
14/4- STANSTED -
15/4 - - Tower Hamlets
18/4 Waltham Forest BOWERS & PITSEA Haringey Borough
21/4 TAKELEY - NEWHAM
23/4 - TAKELEY STANSTED
25/4 - TOWER HAMLETS LONDON BARI

ENFIELD TOWN v HAMPTON & RICHMOND BOROUGH TOMORROW


Thursday, 26 March 2015

RYMAN PREMIER DIVISION WEEKEND PREVIEW


Enfield Town's 2-1 defeat at Lewes on Wednesday made the table better reading for 4th placed Dulwich Hamlet and also the nine other teams in with a chance of finishing in the much coveted 5th place play-off spot. It's so tight with just five points covering 5th to 14th place - Grays Athletic's seven match unbeaten run (they have won five games) has put them in a great position as well as 12th placed Billericay Town (if they win their games in hand) and even 13th placed Kingstonian. It's a well worn football cliche at this time of year but managers will really be taking each game as it comes in the race for the play-offs. 

On the same evening Town were losing at Lewes it was three points for Mark Bentley's Grays Athletic side who beat Tonbridge Angels 3-1 thanks to a goal from Harry Agombar and a brace for Dumebi Dumaka. The Angels goal came from Billy Medlock who has returned to the club on loan from Vanarama South side Sutton United. He joined the Gander Green Lane club earlier in the season after scoring 17 goals for the club since joining them from Division One (South) side Eastbourne Town in the summer of 2014. The Cold End expects Medlock to score a number of goals between now and the end of the season. Watch out for him at Tonbridge Angels. Experienced defender Sean Cronin made his debut for Grays Athletic in the Wednesday night game having joined on loan from Vanarama South side Wealdstone where he has made over 170 appearances.

Table topper's Maidstone United had something to celebrate in the week when their under 21 side won the Ryman u21 South Division title for the second successive season with a 4-0 win over Lewes u21s. It seems the future is very bright at The Gallagher Stadium - it shows in the fact ex Stone's academy player Ben Swift has recently signed a one year professional deal with Aston Villa. The defender joined the Kent club in September 2013 before moving onto Villa in November last year initially on a six month scholarship. 

ODDS - MAIDSTONE UNITED ARE EVENS TO WIN THE GAME VERSUS MARGATE WHO ARE RATED AT 21/10 WITH THE DRAW AT 11/4.

The Stones could take a massive step towards the Premier Division title this weekend as they entertain Margate in a game which is an all ticket sell-out at The Gallagher Stadium. The Gate will be in good spirits though as they got back to winning ways in some style on Tuesday evening beating AFC Hornchurch 5-1 - this after a run of five league games without a win. Zac Attwood (2), Freddie Lapado, Ben Gerring and Tambeson Eyong got the goals on Tuesday.

FACT - IN THEIR LAST TWO AWAY GAMES MARGATE HAVE CONCEDED A TOTAL OF FIVE GOALS. MAIDSTONE HAVE SCORE FIVE IN THEIR LAST TWO HOME GAMES LETTING IN JUST ONE GOAL. 

Should The Gate win (which they need to do to keep alive their title hopes) it's in-form Hendon who could move within four points of Maidstone with one game in hand should they win their home game against fourteenth placed Leatherhead. The Tanners held The Stones to a 1-1 draw at Fetcham Grove last weekend. 

There is another fantastic game in prospect in North London when Dulwich Hamlet visit Wingate and Finchley. This game kick offs at 1pm so by the time Enfield Town kick off their home game with Hampton and Richmond The Hamlet could be nine points ahead of them if they win against Wingate who also need a win to keep their play-off hopes going. 

Bognor Regis Town (11th) entertain Metropolitan Police (7th) in another game which the result could mean the away side move up to the play-off spots or The Rocks move up to 6th depending on results elsehwere. In this calender year the Met don't have the best record away from their Imber Court home with their form reading DDLLDWLL with Bognor's home record reading WDDWWL. It certianly is a difficult game to predict? 

At the bottom of the table Harrow Borough are making a real fight of it to escape from the bottom four - New manager Steve Baker who joined from Division One (South) side Chipstead replacing Dave Anderson in January has had a real positive impact on the Earlsmead club. They are unbeaten in six league games and this weekend go to AFC Hornchurch the result of which could be crucial as to which team finished in and out of the bottom four at the end of the season. 

FACT - IN THE LAST SIX GAMES THERE ARE THREE SIDES WITHOUT A DEFEAT BEING HENDON, GRAYS ATHLETIC AND HARROW BOROUGH. CANVEY ISLAND AND DULWICH HAMLET ARE THE ONLY SIDES WITHOUT A VICTORY IN THE LAST SIX GAMES. 

Amazingly Harrow could have three trophies in their cabinet after a real season of struggle. They have already booked a place in the Middlesex Senior Cup final against Hanwell Town and are in two other semi-finals. In the Middlesex Charity Cup they play Uxbridge and in the London Senior Cup they play local rival's Hendon who beat Corinthian Casuals 5-1 tonight at Silver Jubilee Park.

ODDS - HARROW BOROUGH ARE 6/4 TO WIN AT BRIDGE AVENUE WITH A HOME WIN RATED AT 11/8. THE DRAW IS 11/4

Baker has stated in the local press he would trade cup success in order to stay-up and stated when he came into the club he set a point's target of 50 as Wingate were 'relegated' on 49 points last season before being reprieved. A victory on Saturday would put a nice five point gap between themselves and The Urchins and could move them out of the bottom four depending on Witham Town's result at East Thurrock United. 

FACT - HARROW BOROUGH HAVE ACHIEVED A POINTS PER GAME AVERAGE OF TWO OVER THE LAST SIX GAMES COMPARED TO A SEASON TOTAL OF ONE. AFC HORNCHURCH HAVE AN AVERAGE OF ONE POINT PER GAME OVER THE SIX COMPARED TO A SEASON AVERAGE OF 0.97

With Maidstone United v Margate, Wingate and Finchley v Dulwich Hamlet and AFC Hornchurch v Harrow Borough it's set up to be another exciting weekend in the Ryman Premier Division. 

The forthcoming midweek fixtures also have a big bearing on the the top, play-off race and bottom of the division. 

SATURDAY 28th MARCH
AFC HORNCHURCH v HARROW BOROUGH 
BOGNOR REGIS TOWN v MET POLICE 
BURY TOWN v GRAYS ATHLETIC 
CANVEY ISLAND v BILLERICAY TOWN 
EAST THURROCK UNITED v WITHAM TOWN 
ENFIELD TOWN v HAMPTON AND RICHMOND BOROUGH 
HENDON v LEATHERHEAD 
KINGSTONIAN v PEACEHAVEN & TELSCOMBE 
LEISTON v TONBRIDGE ANGELS 
MAIDSTONE UNITED v MARGATE 
VCD ATHLETIC v LEWES 
WINGATE AND FINCHLEY v DULWICH HAMLET 

MONDAY 30th MARCH 
BILLERICAY TOWN v KINGSTONIAN 
GRAYS ATHLETIC v MAIDSTONE UNITED 
HENDON v AFC HORNCHURCH 

TUESDAY 31st MARCH 
MET POLICE v MARGATE 

WEDNESDAY 1st APRIL 
GRAYS ATHLETIC v WINGATE & FINCHLEY 

league tables used courtesy of the excellent footballwebpages.co.uk

THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL SUMMED UP IN TWO TWEETS

On a day when football fans have been protesting about the increasing of ticket prices in the top league of English football the world of football at non-league level is beautifully summed up in two tweets by Stuart Fuller who is the chairman of Ryman Premier Division Lewes FC. He took in a flag the Enfield Town fans accidently left at The Dripping Pan last night and it will be returned to the rightful owner. His wife even offered to press it - If awards were given for wonderful customer service I'm sure Lewes FC would win!! 

Enfield Town lost the game 2-1 with Emmett O'Connor netting the winner on his debut for The Rooks. The Canadian signed on loan with the Sussex side from League One side Crawley Town after signing for them in the summer and making four appearances so far.

Some highlights of the game are below courtesy of @etfctv