Monday, 20 October 2014

MIDDlLESEX FA CUPS - 2014/15

Enfield Town entertain Southern League Division One (Central) North Greenford United tomorrow evening in the Middlesex Football Association Help for Heroes Senior Charity Cup Round One with the winner's facing a trip to Ashford Town in the Second Round.

The 2014/15 Round One shapes up as follows -

ROUND ONE
Tuesday 16th September
ASHFORD TOWN 3 SOUTHALL 0
Tuesday 23rd September
CB HOUNSLOW UNITED 0 STAINES LAMMAS 1
Tuesday 21st October
ENFIELD TOWN v NORTH GREENFORD UNITED 
Monday 27th October 
HARROW BOROUGH V HAYES AND YEADING
EDGWARE TOWN V RAYNERS LANE
BEDFONT AND FELTHAM V COCKFOSTERS
WEMBLEY V WINGATE AND FINCHLEY

Round Two games are due to be played in December 2014 with Uxbridge joining the competition.

The Senior Challenge Cup also gets underway tomorrow evening as follows -

ROUND ONE
Tuesday 21st October
ASHFORD TOWN V HAREFIELD UNITED
HANWORTH VILLA V SPELTHORNE SPORTS
WEMBLEY V ENFIELD 1893
BEDFONT SPORTS V HILLINGDON BOROUGH

ROUND TWO
Saturday 25th October
WEALDSTONE V HAMPTON AND RICHMOND BOROUGH
Tuesday 11th November
ENFIELD TOWN V HANWELL TOWN
WEMBLEY OR ENFIELD 1893 V NORTH GREENFORD UNITED
ASHFORD TOWN OR HAREFIELD UNITED V BEDFONT SPORTS OR HILLINGDON BOROUGH
STAINES TOWN V HENDON
HANWORTH VILLA OR SPELTHORNE SPORTS V AFC HAYES
NORTHWOOD V HARROW BOROUGH
UXBRIDGE V HAYES AND YEADING UNITED

Many clubs tend to not make the Middlesex Senior and Charity Cups as priority but I'm sure the fans of Hampton and Richmond Borough (winners of the 2014 Senior Cup) and Uxbridge (winners of the 2014 Charity Cup) will tell you they had an excellent day in lifting last years trophies. As an Enfield Town I would love to see us in one of the finals at the business end of the season.


NIL POINTS - ONLY THREE TEAMS LEFT

DIVISION TEAM P/L GF GA NEXT LEAGUE GAME
HELLENIC PREMIER DIVISION
(Step 5)
CHELTENHAM SARACENS 13/13 9 45 NEWBURY (HOME) 22/10
UNITED COUNTIES DIV ONE
(Step 6)
STEWARTS & LLOYDS (Corby) 13/1310 46 BLACKSTONES (AWAY) 25/10
SUSSEX COUNTY DIVISION TWO
(Step 6)
SEAFORD TOWN 10/10 3 34 STORRINGTON (HOME) 25/10

It was a brilliant weekend for Ely City and Hallam who grabbed their first league wins of the season. Ely City won 2-4 away at FC Clacton with Hallam comfortably winning 1-4 at Selby. Totton and Eling also celebrated with a 2-2 home draw against Bemerton Heath Harlequins so they move out of The Cold End NIL POINTS league table too.

Cheltenham Saracens, Stewards and Llloyds (Corby) and Seaford Town now remain and are the only three teams left in the top 10 tiers of English football without a league point to their name this season.

Sewarts and Lloyds went down 1-4 at home to Buckingham Town and Seaford Town lost 8-1 at Oakwood this weekend. Cheltenham Saracens took a break from playing and next face a Wednesday night home game with Newbury.

The fans of Seaford Town have only seen their team score three times this season in league football which works out at a goal every 3.3 games. Saracen's fans have a slightly better ratio at 1.44 with S&L on 1.30.


Sunday, 19 October 2014

FONTENELLE AND PEDRYCZ STAR AS ST JOSEPHS START ANOTHER SUNDAY CUP RUN


The FA Sunday Cup started today with numerous Sunday league teams up and down the country dreaming of a nice run to the final of the competition. Arlesey Town Football Club played host to the St Joseph's (Luton) v Lewsey FC clash which saw two local rival's from the North Home Counties Sunday Football League Premier Division meet.

St Josephs are a well known name in Luton Sunday football being formed way back in 1970. They have won the FA Sunday Cup in 1995 and 1996 as well as reaching the final on three other occasions in 1998, 1999 and 2006.


Goalkeeper Bartlomiej Pedrycz had a fantastic game for St Josephs.

Sportsmanship at the end of the game - Good To See. 
It was St Joseph's who won this won 3-0 with their third goal the pick of the bunch which was a really well taken strike from outside of the box. All three of their goals were scored by Tony Fontenelle. It was their goalkeeper Bart Pedrycz who stood out for me who made a number of fantastic saves and claimed the ball well from numerous crosses into his box. He also kept his back four in shape at all times. The Polish stopper has represented Hitchin Town, Stotfold and Crawley Green in local non-league football and from this performance, I think, could play at a higher level if he was given the chance. He is definitely a name to look out for.

There were many players on show who also play in Saturday non-league football as Lewsey had Berkhamsted forward BJ Christie (number 9) in their side and the hat-trick hero for St Joseph's is currently first-team coach at Southern Premier League Premier Division side Dunstable Town. The 37 year old has played for a host of clubs in his career including Hitchin Town, Barton Rovers, Brackley Town and Chesham United to name a few.

Match highlights of the game are below including all the goals scored. The best save Pedrycz made came in the second half when Lewsey also hit the post and bar in an amazing goal mouth scramble - Watch it from 4m 5sec on the video. I am confident you won't see a better stop all season!


ENFIELD DOMINATE AGAINST LEWES WHO GO BOTTOM OF THE TABLE

Enfield Town won 3-0 against Lewes yesterday with Corey Whitely, Mark Kirby (SUPER CAPTAIN KIRBY!!) and Jon Constant, on his home debut, scoring the goals in a comfortable 3-0 victory. A number of the away fans present thought they were hard done by following the referee's decision to send off their midfielder Jack Dixon in the first half. The footage captured by @muzzyboii shows it was a studs up dangerous foul right in front of the official who made the right decision.

The Cold End read a tweet by @mooro72 yesterday evening about the Cockfosters FC game he played in and it rang true about the Enfield Town v Lewes game - saying that it applies to every game that is played!! Coming from a player who has over 1000 non-league appearances under his belt I think it's safe to say to he knows what he's talking about -

Players win games referees don't lose it!!! #justgetonwithit

Lewes now find themselves bottom of the table with just two wins from their fifteen games played so will need to start to pick up points sooner rather than later. They face Metropolitan Police at home next Saturday who are currently in fifth place following their 0-0 draw at home to Dulwich Hamlet yesterday.

One of the most important results of the day came in VCD Athletic's 3-2 home victory over Harrow Borough which lifted them off the bottom of the table. Their winner came in the 90th minute of the game!

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS of Enfield Town v Lewes are below

Thursday, 16 October 2014

RYMAN DIVISION ONE (NORTH) - THE SEASON SO FAR

POS TEAM P W D L GF GA GD PTS WIN% PPG FORM
1 HARLOW TOWN 15 11 4 0 37 18 +19 37 73.33% 2.47 WWDWDW
2 NEEDHAM MARKET 14 12 0 2 35 16 +19 36 85.71% 2.57 WWWLWW
3 THURROCK 16 11 1 4 42 14 +28 34 68.75% 2.13 WLWWWW
4 BRENTWOOD TOWN 16 9 3 4 33 26 +7 30 56.25% 1.88 WWWDWL
5 SOHAM TOWN RANGERS 17 9 2 6 31 30 +1 29 52.94% 1.71 LWWLDW

Harlow Town, Needham Market and Thurrock lead the way in the Ryman Division One (North) and with a gap of seven points down to Brentwood Town down in fourth position along with games in hand for both the top two the trio can now be considered as strong favourites for the title. Betway.com make Harlow Town 5/4 favourites with Needham Market at 2/1 followed by Thurrock at 13/2 with the next best being AFC Sudbury (currently eighth position) at 14/1.

The Hawks are unbeaten and have who can be considered as one of the best strikers at Step 4 on the non-league ladder. Alex Read has played in everyone of their 15 league games scoring 17 times with his current full total being 21 goals in 19 league and cup games. Their next three league games come against Heybridge Swifts (15th), Cheshunt (12th) and Maldon and Tiptree (23rd - under the next management of Alan Kimble).

For all their good form and unbeaten record Danny Chapman's side could still be overtaken at the top by Needham Market who have 36 points from 14 games played. If they win their game in hand over The Hawks they will go two points clear. Their leading league scorers are Sam Newson on 11 goals and Luke Ingram on 7 goals. Newson did attract football league scouts to Bloomfields a few seasons back after he scored a huge number of goals and was set for a trial with Gillingham in 2011. He badly injured his knee denied him this chance so it's good to see him back amongst the goals. Ingram came through the ranks at Ipswich Town and has previously played at AFC Sudbury and Bury Town.

The Marketmen can also count on the valuable experience of Ian Westlake, Chris Hogg and Kem Izzet. Between them they have over 700 appearances in the English and Scottish football league. Could this wealth of know-how be the difference at the end of the season?

Thurrock are currently third and the highest scorers in the division at present on 42 goals although when you work out goals scored per game they are on 2.62 per game to Harlow's 2.47 and Needham's 2.50 so there is not much in terms of difference here.

Ross Wall has been amongst the goals for The Fleet on a current total of 11 with Charlie Stimson on 9 goals. Wall has played for Concord, AFC Hornchurch and Aveley previously. Charlie is the son of Manager Mark and counts Gillingham, Barnet and Tooting & Mitcham amongst his former clubs. Another player hitting the back of the net recently is Mark Onyemah who has recently rejoined Thurrock on loan from football league side Luton Town. He moved to Kenilworth Road in the summer from Ship Lane and has moved back on a temporary basis. Abs Thompson has also bolstered Stimston's attacking force by recently joining for league rival's Redbridge.

Needham Market v Thurrock on Saturday 13th December should be a really good game.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

NIL POINTS LEAGUE - UPDATE

DIVISION TEAM P/L GF GA NEXT LEAGUE GAME
WESSEX LEAGUE PREMIER
(Step 5)
TOTTON & ELING 12/12 11 48 BEMERTON HEATH HARLEQUINS (HOME) 18/10
THURLOW NUNN PREMIER
(Step 5)
ELY CITY 12/12 10 38 FC CLACTON (AWAY) 18/10
HELLENIC PREMIER DIVISION
(Step 5)
CHELTENHAM SARACENS 13/13 9 45 NEWBURY (HOME) 22/10
UNITED COUNTIES DIV ONE
(Step 6)
STEWARTS & LLOYDS (Corby) 12/12 9 42 BUCKINGHAM TOWN (AWAY) 18/10
SUSSEX COUNTY DIVISION TWO
(Step 6)
SEAFORD TOWN 9/9 2 26 OAKWOOD (AWAY) 18/10
NORTHERN COUNTIES EAST DIV ONE
(Step 6)
HALLAM 11/11 9 37 SELBY TOWN (AWAY) 18/10 

There is now six teams left with 100% losing records in the non-league from step's 1 to 6 with Hallam FC counting themselves as probably the most unluckiest team in the country.

In an extraordinary match they welcomed Clitpstone to Sandygate Road yesterday evening. The visitors came with a 100% winning league record of winning ten games in ten but Hallam played very well and were 3-0 up looking at a famous victory only for the game to be called off after 69 minutes due to fog. Hallam's website reports 'A MIST OPPORTUNITY'.

LEWES IN TOWN THIS SATURDAY

Enfield Town welcome Lewes to Donkey Lane on Saturday for another all important Ryman Premier Divsion game which pits 19th v 21st in the table. This is the sort of game teams down towards the bottom end of the table need to win to keep out of that dreaded relegation zone where the Sussex side are currently placed. Putting a positive spin on things you can see even though Town are just three points off the bottom four they are in turn only ten points from the play off zone and fifth position so one or two wins in a row can really propel teams up the table.

Lewes come to Donkey Lane with just two wins in their fourteen league games so far. Both have come at home to Grays Athletic (3-2) and Wingate & Finchley (3-0). On the road they have two draws (at East Thurrock United and Witham Town) along with four defeats in their six games played.

FORM COMPARISION
TEAM P W D L GF GA GD PTS PPG WIN% FORM
ENFIELD TOWN 14 4 3 7 18 24 -6 15 1.07 28.57% LLWLDD
LEWES 14 2 5 7 16 26 -10 11 0.79 14.29% WDLDDL

THE TEAM

Lewes currently have Rikki Banks in goal. He is 26 years old and must be one of the tallest players in the division coming in at 6' 4". He began his footballing careeer with Crystal Palace before spending a few seasons with Worthing. He has also played for Eastbourne Borough and Wealdstone. Backing up Banks is Dean Lightwood who has recently been on the bench . He is 42 years old and counts Eastbourne Borough as one of his former clubs.

In defence is Steve Brinkhurst who was a professional for one season with Brighton & HA before playing for Garry Wilson (Lewes current boss) at Eastbourne Borough. At left-back is Sam Cole who began his career in the Sussex County League with Hailsham Town and Rye United before stepping up to the Conference Premier with Eastbourne Borough. He is one of the raft of players to follow Wilson to The Dripping Pan joining in the summer. Ollie Rowe is another ex Borough player who has also played for Chelmsford City, Hastings United and Eastbourne Town. Rowe started his career with Brighton & HA. James Stinson is an Australian and started his career with Sunshine Coast FC before moving to England where he played for Eastbourne Borough before joining Lewes. He can play in either defence or midfield.

Fraser Logan is a highly experienced midfielder. He came though the youth ranks at Scottish side Kilmarnock before heading South to join The Rooks in 2005. He has also represented Bromley, Tonbridge Angels, Hastings United and Whitehawk. He rejoined the club from Crawley Down in 2013 where he was club captain. Another player to bring lots of experience to the centre of the pitch is Phil Appiah who began his career with Preston North End. The 24 year old was born in Cananda and has also played for Hayes and Yeading, Farnborough, Eastleigh and Tonbridge Angels.

Nick Wheeler is described as a tricky wing player/wing man who played in Charlton Athletic's youth set-up before representing Burgess Hill Town. The 23 year old is a fans favourite at The Dripping Pan and likes a spectacular strike now and again. Jack Dixon has been amongst the goals for The Rooks this season as well scoring 19 goals in his debut season in 2013/14. Dixon was a member of the Hastings United team which famously reached the Third Round of the FA Cup playing at Middlesborough in....   18 year old Josh Marshall has been on the bench recently and the attracting midfielder has apparently attracted the attention of football league scouts

23 year old Luke Blewden is centre forward/striker. Originally joined in December 2013 from Tonbridge Angels. Enjoyed two seasons with Crawley Down Gatwick hitting the back of the net over 50 times and then rejoined Lewes. Nathan Crabb can be desribed as 'Mr Eastbourne' as he has played for United, Borough and Town during his careeer. Joined The Rooks in February 2012 and was named player of the season in 2012/13. Terry Dodd scored 35 times for Bognor Regis Town last season prompting The Rooks to sign him over the summer. He has also represented East Preston, Horsham YMCA and Worthing where he played under Assistant Manager Danny Bloor. 18 year old James Fergany is likened to Marouane Fellani due to his distinctive hair style and joined from Brighton & HA.

The other Ryman Premier Division fixtures on Saturday are -

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

There are two games which stand out being second placed Margate's trip to third placed Hendon and table topper's Maidstone United's home game versus fifth placed Leiston. Wins for the two title contenders would move them further away and increase the gap at the top of the division. Hendon are in good form with their last defeat coming eight games ago against Enfield Town with Margate winning their last six games.

Margate (at best priced 2/5) are still odds on favourites for the title with the bookmakers with Maidstone United following at 5/2. The gap between the top two is emphasised by the next best priced teams being fourth placed Dulwich Hamlet at 33/1 and Hendon at 40/1.