Wednesday, 17 January 2018

THE BURY BOYS PULL AWAY FROM THE SSMFL PREMIER DIVISION DROP ZONE

Everyone at St Margaretsbury will be ecstatic at their haul of seven points from their first nine on offer in 2018 following a 0-3 win at London Tigers, a highly entertaining 0-0 draw at relegation rival's Stotfold last Tuesday and an amazing 1-0 home win against title challenger's Berkhamsted on Saturday. It pulls them away from the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division bottom two. 


AHMED MOHAMMED'S CHALLENGE WHICH SAW HIM RED CARDED 
taken from the video footage

Highlights of the game versus Stotfold are below in which there were three red cards. The first saw Ahmed Mohammed dismissed for a straight red in the first half which looking at the replay was entirely the correct decision by the match officials. There didn't seem anything malicious in the challenge but it was a stud's up dangerous tackle that could of seriously injured the Stotfold player. The match was an even encounter with away keeper Adam Seymour making some really good saves to keep a well deserved clean sheet - his one handed stop in the second half deserves a particular mention. 

Late on in the game Tom Cowell (St Mag's sub) and Charlie Briggs of Stotfold clashed off the ball and were both sent off. 

Stotfold are bottom of the table and are now, following their 4-3 defeat at London Colney on Saturday, without a win in four league games. All is to play for though with many points up for grabs between now and the end of the season. 

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS 
Game played on Tuesday 9th January 

SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION 
CURRENT TABLE 
BOTTOM SIX ONLY 
TEAM P GD PTS
ST MAGS 22 -16 22
TRING ATH 19 0 21
OXHEY JETS 20 -12 21
HOLMER GREEN 22 -23 21
CRAWLEY GREEN  21 -13 20
STOTFOLD  24 -26 17

Meanwhile at the top of the division there has been some twists and turns over the last couple of games played indicated in Berkhamsted's defeat to St Margaretsbury. This was The Comrades first league defeat of the season - Their title rivals overtook them at the top of the table on Saturday but they swapped places again on Tuesday evening when Biggleswade United won 3-2 against The Citizens (which was their first defeat of the season) and Berkhamsted won comfortably 4-0 at home to Hadley. The race for the title looks set to be an exciting one - Some people may rate Welwyn as favourites (just!) with the three games in hand they currently have. 

The two title rivals face each other three times within the next month beginning next Wednesday in the Herts FA Charity Shield Semi-Final (the other semi-final is between FC Broxbourne Borough and Colney Heath) which will be a dress rehersal for the two highly important league games coming up in February. One at Broadwater on Saturday 3rd February and the return on Valentines Night at Herns Way! 

SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS LEAGUE 
PREMIER DIVISION 
TOP TWO ONLY

TEAM P GD PTS
BERKHAMSTED 22 +30 51
WELWYN GC 19 +33 50

NEXT LEAGUE GAMES 

DATE BERKHAMSTED WELWYN GC
20/1 LONDON COLNEY Hadley 
27/1  London Tigers  EDGWARE TOWN 
30/1  London Colney  -
31/1 - COCKFOSTERS
3/2  WELWYN GC  Berkhamsted
7/2 - CRAWLEY GREEN 
10/2 Leighton Town  OXHEY JETS 
14/2  Welwyn GC BERKHAMSTED 

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

THE CONIFA WORLD CUP COMES TO LONDON IN 2018


The Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA) World Cup is coming to London and will be held between Thursday 31st May and Sunday 10th June at venues yet to be announced. 

For those not in the know CONIFA is the International Football Confederation for teams that are not part of FIFA. Its members include states, partially-recognised states, regions, minority groups and sports-isolated territories. The organisation is strictly politically neutral and is run by volunteers. The 2018 tournament brings together a diverse collection of CONIFA members from around the world. Participation in the competition was determined on qualification games/tournaments, regional qualification spots and two wild cards.

The draw has been made the teams competing are as follows. The Cold End will bring you news of venues as soon as they are announced.  

GROUP A 
Barawa 
Ellan Vannin  
Tamil Eelam 
Cascadia
GROUP B
Abkhazia 
Northern Cyprus 
Felvidek 
Tibet

GROUP C
Padania 
SzĂ©kely Land 
Kiribati 
Matabeleland 


GROUP D
Panjab 
United Koreans of Japan 
Western Armenia 
Kabylie 


THE BLUE BOYS CONTINUE THEIR UNBEATEN HOME RUN - JUST!

FC BROXBOURNE BOROUGH UNLUCKY NOT TO TAKE SOMETHING FROM AN ENTERTAINING GAME AT THE GOSLING STADIUM 

Hatfield Town made it four home wins in a row with a hard fought 2-1 victory over Roy Bleau's young FC Broxbourne Borough side in a Spartan South Midlands League Division One game on a very chilly Saturday afternoon in Hertfordshire. Kevin Pearman's side were well in control at half time being 2-0 up through goals from Stephen Newton on 17 minutes (although FCBB's goalkeeper Leon Miller had a hand in it to - he won't relish watching the replay as he misjudged claiming the lofted ball into the box and deflected it into his own net) and Jordan Lewis on 36 minutes. Lewis's goal had a touch of quality about it with a neat turn on the edge of the box followed by a neatly judged lob over the keeper into the net - his acrobatic celebration afterwards was equally impressive. 

THE AWAY BENCH TRY AND KEEP WARM ON A CHILLY AFTERNOON

FC Broxbourne who have a number of impressive young players in their side have been struggling for form with just three wins in seventeen league games played going into this game. Despite this record I would say the furture is bright for the club and with the commitment shown in the second half I would say some positive results are not too far away. Their left winger Kai Bowers, who is only sixteen years old, really stood out for me. His close control and ability to run at and commit defenders was fantastic - he deserved a goal in the second half and it was only a brilliant save by Kieron Extence that denied him. I'd say Bowers in a player to be on the look out for - This was only his second start in the first team - He scored on his debut against promotion chasing Baldock Town. 

They did make it 2-1 through Corey Stewart's long range effort and but for a bit more luck they could of taken a point from this game. I would say it was the Hatfield fans and players who briefed a sigh of relief when the final whistle went. 

This Saturday Broxbourne travel to Rayners Lane with Hatfield Town at home to London Lions who are pushing hard for a promotion place at the top of the division.

HATFIELD TOWN 
Kieran Extence, Richard Cooke, Emmanuel Fambisai, Chris Gray, Jordan Lewis (Paul Otim), Stephen Newton, Matthew Noot, Darren O'Brien (Collins Frimpong), Jack Sheldrake, Keifar Shuttleworth, Jordan White (Toby Kirkham). 

FC BROXBOURNE BOROUGH 
Leon Miller, Emmanuel Boateng (Lewis Dickinson), Matty Fogbawa (Taylor Wild), Nathan Wilson, Frankie Chandlger, Oli Richards, Corey Stewart, Robbie Carrol, Chris Wells, Kai Bowers, Jeff Okirie (Matt Bailey). 

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS 

Friday, 5 January 2018

A QUICK LOOK AT THE VANARAMA NATIONAL DIVISION


CHAMPION'S RECORDS FOR THE LAST SIX SEASONS
SEASON TEAM P W D L GF GA GD PTS WIN% PPG
11/12 FLEETWOOD TOWN  46 31 10 5 102 48 +54 103 67.39% 2.24
12/13 MANSFIELD TOWN  46 30 5 11 92 52 +40 95 65.21% 2.07
13/14 LUTON TOWN  46 30 11 5 102 35 +67 101 65.21% 2.19
14/15 BARNET  46 28 8 10 94 46 +48 92 60.87% 2.06
15/16 CHELTENHAM TOWN  46 30 11 5 87 30 +57 101 65.21% 2.19
16/17 LINCOLN CITY  46 30 9 7 83 40 +43 99 65.21% 2.15


Whenever I write these articles I always say there are no two seasons the same but we can take something from the averages and statistics of the previous champions I think. Looking at the last six seasons it took an average of 29.83 games (we'll round it up to 30) won for teams to win the league, 95 goals scored and a win percentage of 64.85%. We can also see that no team has won the league having lost more than 11 games with the average being 7.16.  

So looking at the current record of Tranmere Rovers, who were pre-season favourites, we can see they currently have a win percentage of 44.44% (twelve wins in twenty seven games played) - they are only eleven points behind current table topper's Macclesfield Town so are still in with a chance but to get to a win percentage of around 64.85% for the end of the season they would have to win 17 (63.04%) or 18 (65.22%) of their last 19 games. It's possible - they have won seven of their last ten league games. 


CURRENT POINTS PER GAME OF THE TOP NINE WHICH SHOWS MACCLESFIELD TOWN ON 1.93 PPG SLIGHTLY AHEAD OF THE REST. 

There are only twelve points between the current top nine so it looks to be a very exciting second half of the season in the Vanarama National Division although Macclesfield Town now have a six point lead from second placed Aldershot Town following a current unbeaten run of ten games.

TOP GOAL SCORERS 
13 - Daniel Rowe (AFC Fylde) and MacCauley Bonne (Leyton Orient)
12 - Ryan Bird (Dover Athletic) and Louis Dennis (Bromley)

In the race for the league's golden boot it's currently a two-way tie. Daniel Rowe has been with AFC Fylde in August 2014 and his goals have helped the club rise up the pyramid. He has also played for Stockport County and Macclesfield Town.  MacCauley Bonne of Leyton Orient joins them. The Zimbabwe International player moved to The O's from Colchester United over the summer. They are closely followed by Ryan Bird and Louis Dennis. Bird joined Dover Athletic over the summer having played in the football league for Newport County at the end 2016/17 where he began at Eastleigh in the Vanarama National Division. He has also played for Cambridge United, Portsmouth, Yeovil Town and Hartlepool United in the football league having begun his career in the non-league games with Burnham where he made nearly 300 appearances. Dennis has been with Bromley since 2014 whom he joined from Dagenham and Redbridge. 

SATURDAY FIXTURES 
Barrow v Tranmere Rovers 
Bromley v AFC Fylde 
Dagenham & Redbridge v Hartlepool United 
Dover Athletic v Aldershot Town 
Eastleigh v Guiseley 
Ebbsfleet United v Chester 
Gateshead v Sutton United 
Leyton Orient v Boreham Wood 
Macclesfield Town v Solihull Moors 
Maidenhead United v FC Halifax Town 
Woking v Maidstone United 
Wrexham v Torquay United

Thursday, 28 December 2017

TOM WOODBRIDGE DOUBLE SEALS THE WIN FOR WEST ESSEX AT ENFIELD 1893 FC


Match played on Monday 18th December 2017 

Matt Hanning's Enfield side were missing five players  through suspension in this Essex Senior League game against West Essex who came into the match on the back of a good 2-5 win at Burnham Ramblers in their last outing. It was a really cold evening in Harlow with the temperature dropping to below freezing during the game with a thin layer of frost forming on the 3G surface in the second half. 

Tom Woodbridge scored two goals in the first half with his first coming after a good period of possession from West Essex and the second coming after the home side had given away the ball in between the penalty area and the halfway line. He could of had a hat-trick in the first 45 minutes as he put the ball in the back of the net only for it to be ruled out for offside. 

In the second half he had another chance with a close range header which was superbly saved by Enfield's young goal-keeper Michael Corderoy. He impressed throughout the game making a number of good stops. 

Tom Woodbridge can rightly take the man of the match award but I would give mention to West Essex's attacking midfielder Fatos Zeqiri who has a great touch and close control - He is number 17 in the video highlights. He has played for Brentwood Town, Waltham Abbey and Wembley previously. 

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS 


ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE 

Forthcoming Fixtures 

Saturday 6th January  
Basildon United v West Essex 
Burnham Ramblers v Barkingside 
Hackney Wick v Great Wakering Rovers 
Ilford v FC Romania
Redbridge v Stansted 
Sawbridgeworth Town v Sporting Bengal United
Takeley v Wadham Lodge 
Tower Hamlets v Enfield 1893 
Waltham Forest v Clapton 

Tring Athletic v Hullbridge Sports - FA Vase 

Monday 8th January  
Tower Hamlets v Sawbridgeworth Town 
Barkingside v Basildon United - Errington League Challenge Cup 

Tuesday 9th January 
Redbridge v Great Wakering Rovers
Hackney Wick v Takeley - Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy 

Wednesday 10th January 
Woodford Town (2017) v Southend Manor 
FC Romania v Waltham Forest - Errington League Challenge Cup 

Monday, 18 December 2017

WHITEHAWK STILL LOOKING FOR THEIR FIRST LEAGUE WIN OF THE SEASON

It's been a long hard season already for Vanarama South side Whitehawk FC. They are routed to the bottom of the table with a playing record of no wins, four draws and seventeen defeats in their twenty one league games played so far. It will take a drastic turn in form for the club to avoid relegation back to the Isthmian Premier - they are currently seventeen points off safety with a goal difference of -43 which is the worst in the league by a long way from both Bognor Regis Town and Gloucester City on -12. 

Their oppening league game was at Hemel Hempstead Town which they lost 0-3 and their last league game was at home to The Tudors which they lost 0-5. 

Their starting line up has changed somewhat since then if we look at the below comparison with only Ramone Rose, Pape Gueye and Connor Tighe in both. Since August the club have replaced the original manager Jimmy Dack who only took over full time in the summer with former boss Steve King in September.

Their lastest line-up includes George Essuman who is on-loan from Vanarama National League side Dover Athletic who has previously played for Enfield Town u21s and Ware and Michael Cain who was on the books at Leicester City and has played on loan at Walsall making 32 apperarances in 2014/15. Ky Marsh-Brown was on the books at Brentford academy last season and briefly played for Egham Town and Bedford Town at the beginning of this season. Ky is the younger brother of Forest Green Rover's player Keanu - Their younger brother Kwai is also on the books at The TerraPura Ground. Sam Chaney is on-loan from Vanarama National league side Torquay United.  


V Hemel (August) V Hemel (December)
ALEX TOKARCZYK (GK)  JORDAN HAWKINS (GK) 
EDDIE WAKELY PAPE GUEYE
LIAM GORDON RAMONE ROSE 
TREVOR ELLIOTT  DAVID IJAHA
ADAM BRICE MICHAEL CAIN  
ED SANDERS KY MARSH-BROWN
RAMONE ROSE GEORGE ESSUMAN 
RICHIE WHITTINGHAM CHRIS ARTHUR 
PAPE GUEYE LEWIS BROUGHTON 
CONNOR TIGHE CONNOR TIGHE 
BAYAN FENWICK  SAM CHANEY 


It have been announced today that Steve King has signed centre-back Yannis Ambroisine who has joined from Bostik Premier side Leatherhead. He is also joined by Sam Donkin (goalkeeper) who has had spells with Corby Town, St Neots Town, Biggleswade Town, Biggleswade FC and Stamford where he was crowned supporter's club player of the year last season. Young defender Caden Genovesi has also joined from Championship side Queens Park Rangers until the end of the season.

In their last game out they narrowly lost 1-2 to St Albans City in the FA Trophy who are pushing for a play-off place in the Vanarama South. 

The Hawks face a trip to East Thurrock United who aside from a recent 1-5 defeat to Hampton and Richmond Borough are in good form as they have won four of their last five league and cup games including a stand-out 4-0 victory over Vanarama National side Aldershot Town. Over the Christmas period they face two local derby games against Eastbourne Borough. 

Could The Hawks pick up their first win in one of these games? 


Friday, 15 December 2017

BOSTIK LEAGUE - WEEKEND PREVIEW


PREMIER DIVISION
Brightlingsea Regent v Staines Town
Burgess Hill Town v Merstham
Enfield Town v Dorking Wanderers
Harlow Town v Folkestone Invicta
Harrow Borough v Leiston
Kingstonian v Margate
Needham Market v Metropolitan Police
Tonbridge Angels v Dulwich Hamlet
Tooting & Mitcham United v Thurrock

With second placed Billericay Town in Trophy action Dulwich Hamlet could go five points clear at the top of the table with a win at Tonbridge Angels who will include former Heybridge Swifts midfielder Sam Bantick in their squad who scored eighteen goals for the Essex side this season.  

Tooting and Mitcham United, Harlow Town and Needham Market (all just above the drop zone which in-form Worthing occupy) will all be looking to get points on the board in their games. 

NORTH DIVISION
Aveley v Hertford Town - Friday 15th December
AFC Hornchurch v Cheshunt
Bowers & Pitsea v Barking
Brentwood Town v Waltham Abbey
Bury Town v Grays Athletic
Norwich United v Canvey Island
Romford v Mildenhall Town
Soham Town Rangers v Ware
Witham Town v AFC Sudbury

In the North Division their is a big game at The Len Salmon Stadium as Bowers and Pitsea (2nd) go to Barking (5th). Table topper's AFC Hornchurch who lost 2-0 to Canvey Island in their last game will look to get back to winning ways at home Cheshunt (22nd) who were well beaten 4-0 at Bowers and Pitsea last time out. 

Craig Edwards takes charge of Ware for the first time when they travel to Soham Town Rangers. The former Kingstonian boss has signed midfielder Sam Alderson from his former side this week whom has also played for Cambridge City and St Neots Town. Ryan Maxwell, Jamie Guy, Lee Flynn, Leon Antoine and goalkeeping coach Alex Smits have all left the club this week as Edwards rebuilds the team at Wodson Park.  

SOUTH DIVISON
Ashford United v Horsham
Carshalton Athletic v Herne Bay
Corinthian-Casuals v VCD Athletic
East Grinstead Town v Thamesmead Town
Greenwich Borough v Sittingbourne
Guernsey v Walton Casuals
Hythe Town v Molesey
Phoenix Sports v Chipstead
Ramsgate v Lewes
Shoreham v Faversham Town
South Park v Hastings United
Whyteleafe v Cray Wanderers

It's really tight at the top of the South Division with Lewes leading the way from Corinthian-Casuals and Carshalton Athletic by just three points - Lewes lost 3-2 at Carshalton in midweek. Cray Wanderers are in fourth place by just four points from top with games in hand over the current top three. 


SOUTH DIVISION 
CURRENT TABLE - TOP FOUR ONLY 
P TEAM P GD PTS FORM
1 LEWES 22 +29 48 DWWDWL
2 CORINTHIAN-CASUALS 23 +24 45 WLDLDW
3 CARSHALTON ATHLETIC 23 +12 45 WWWDDW
4 CRAY WANDERERS 21 +32 44 DWWDWW


FA TROPHY FIRST ROUND PROPER
Billericay Town v Havant & Waterlooville 
Hampton & Richmond Borough v Heybridge Swifts 
Haringey Borough v Leyton Orient
Hendon v Bath City 
Wealdstone v Wingate & Finchley 

Five clubs (three Premier Division and two from the North Division) represent the league in the FA Trophy with four facing games against Vanarama South Division clubs and Haringey Borough facing maybe the biggest game in their history as Vanarama National Division side Leyton Orient visit Coles Park. 

Heybridge Swifts go to Hampton & Richmond Borough (3rd) are on winning run of ten games scoring twenty-four goals in the process. Former Wycombe Wanderers and Woking midfielder has been in great form lately along with former AFC Wimbledon winger Brendan Kiernan - both have scored in goals in all of their last three games. 

Billericay Town entertain 2017 Isthmian League champion's Havant & Waterlooville who are currently in fourth place in their division so will be really tough opposition for the Essex side. 


THE FIVE CLUBS STILL REPRESENTING THE BOSTIK LEAGUE ON THE ROAD TO WEMBLEY IN THE BUILDBASE FA TROPHY