Wednesday, 24 August 2016

HERTFORD AND DISTRICT LEAGUE CONSTITUTION AND OPENING FIXTURES FOR 2016/17

The Hertford and District Football League for 2016/17 will line up as follows for the 2016/17 season with the opening two weeks fixtures -

PREMIER DIVISION
(10 teams)
Allenburys
Atletico Corinthians 
Broxbourne Badgers 
Cottered
New River 
Oracle Components
Silk
The Lions 
Waltham Abbey 
Westmill 

Saturday 10th September 
Cottered v Broxbourne Badgers 
New River v Atletico Corinthians 
Oracle Components v Allenburys 
Waltham Abbey v The Lions 
Westmill  v Silk 

Saturday 17th September 
Allenburys v Cottered 
Atletico Corinthians v Waltham Abbey 
Broxbourne Badgers v Westmill 
Silk v Oracle Components 
The Lions v  New River 

DIVISION ONE 
(10 teams)
Buntingford Wanderers
Elizabeth Allen Old Boys 
Evolution 
Inter Hoddesdon 
Mangrove 
Mill Lane 
Stevenage Community Reserves 
Sumners 
Thundridge
Watton-at-Stone 



Saturday 10th September 
Buntingford Wanderers v Watton-at-Stone 
Mill Lane v Mangrove 
Sumners v Stevenage Community Reserves 
Thundridge v Elizabeth Allen Old Boys 

Saturday 17th September 
Evolution v Elizabeth Allen Old Boys 
Mill Lane v Watton-at-Stone 
Stevenage Community Reserves v Thundridge 
Sumners v Buntingford Wanderers 


DIVISION TWO
(9 teams)
55FC
Elizabeth Allen Old Boys Reserves
Hertfordshire Rangers
Nazeing 
Sheering 
Ware Lions 
Ware Warriors
Wheathampstead Wanderers 
Wormley Rovers Vets 


Saturday 10th September  
Hertfordshire Rangers v Wheathampstead Wanderers 
Sheering v Ware Warriors 
Wormley Rovers Vets v Nazeing 

Saturday 17th September 
Hertfordshire Rangers v Sheering 
Nazeing v 55FC 
Ware Lions v Elizabeth Allen Old Boys Reserves
Ware Warriors v Wormley Rovers Vets

DIVISION THREE 
(10 teams)
Albury
Buntingford Wanderers Reserves
Cottered Reserves 
Mangrove Reserves 
Much Hadham 
Park Lane Rangers 
Rebwood Green 
Social Club Birchanger
Upshire Forest
Westmill Reserves

Saturday 10th September 
Albury v Cottered Reserves 
Mangrove Reserves v Park Lane Rangers 
Rebwood Green v Much Hadham 
SC Birchanger v Westmill Reserves 

Saturday 17th September 
Buntingford Wanderers Reserves v Upshire Forest 
Cottered Reserves v Park Lane Rangers 
Mangrove Reserves v Albury 
Much Hadham v SC Birchanger 
Westmill Reserves v Rebwood Green 

DIVISION FOUR
(9 teams)
Bengeo Trinity Reserves 
Elizabeth Allen Old Boys A 
Greenbury United 
Hertford Heath 
Shephall United 
St Ippolyts 
Stevenage Tigers 
Thundridge Reserves 
Turnford Tigers


Saturday 10th September
Hertford Heath v Elizabeth Allen Old Boys A 
Shephall United v Stevenage Tigers 
St Ippolyts v Greenbury United 
Turnford Tigers v Bengeo Trinity Reserves 

Saturday 17th September 
Elizabeth Allen Old Boys A v Bengeo Trinity Reserves 
Greenbury United v Stevenage Tigers 
St Ippolyts v Shephall United 
Thundridge Reserves v Turnford Tigers 

 
It's good to see many new teams join the league such as Social Club Birchanger, Sheering and Hertfordshire Rangers who have moved over from the Bishop's Stortford and Stansted League who are not running for this season. Two of the new Division Four teams start off with a local derby when Shephall United play Stevenage Tigers. Hertford Heath also return to football with a home game against Elizabeth Allen Old Boys 'A' team.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

ANOTHER QUICK WORD WITH.....DANNY VASS

The Cold End last spoke to Inter Plaistow player/coach Danny Vass this time last season as he and everyone at the newly formed club prepared for their first season in the Essex Alliance League. We caught up with him as the East London side are getting ready for the forthcoming 2016/17 campaign -





HOW HAS YOUR FIRST SEASON BEEN?
Its had its ups and downs but overall I'd say it was a really enjoyable first season. The league title race went right down to the wire. Even at the half way stage there was around five or six teams still in with a shout so it was really exciting. The squad has come a long way from where it was last season and we just can't wait to get this season started now. I'd say covering the costs of everything was probably the most difficult part of running the team and I'm guessing a lot of other clubs at our level struggle with the same thing. Other than that though, everything else ran quite smoothly.

THE BEST MATCH? 
The best match so far has to be the 6-5 win against London APSA. They'd beaten us at their pitch a few weeks earlier so we'd seen how good they were and knew that we would have to dig really deep to get the win. Not only was it a really exciting match with goals galore, I felt like it was a real turning point in terms of the team finally coming together and gelling. 

THE WORST MATCH? 
The worst match was definitely the Division Two Cup Quarter Final against Chingford Athletic Reserves. It was a really windy day and both sides found it difficult to play any sort of decent football. We had led 2-1 up until the last few minutes until they equalised and then beat us on penalties. We were absolutely gutted. I'd say that was probably the lowest point of the season for us. 

BEST TEAM YOU PLAYED? 
The best side we played was probably London APSA. They played some good football and were a tough side to beat. They had some really talented players and deserved to win the league in the end. 

AIMS FOR THIS SEASON? 
Our aim for this season is definitely to win something. We've learnt a lot from last season and we know the squad is strong enough and capable. Even if we don't win anything, as long as we keep progressing and developing as a team I'll be happy. 

HAVE YOU FORMED ANY RIVALRIES YET? 
We haven't really so far. We failed to beat Chingford Athletic Reserves in three attempts last season so I guess we'll be out for revenge this season! We'll both be playing in the same division again and we've drawn them in the Essex County Cup so there will be plenty of chances to make amends. 

BEING PLAISTOW BOYS THE MAJORITY OF YOU MUST BE WEST HAM FANS.... WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE MOVE TO THE LONDON STADIUM?
I think it can only be a good thing for a club moving into a bigger stadium and being able to compete with the bigger teams in the league. Personally it will be strange not having The Boleyn Ground there as I've grown up with it being there all my life. I think in the modern Premier League era clubs do care about tradition but money and trophies are always going to be their main priorities.

Inter Plaistow play their games at West Ham Memorial Park which is a short walk from West Ham Station. Their first Essex Alliance Division Two game comes on Saturday 3rd September away at Old Esthameians Reserves before a home game with Glendale on Saturday 10th September. Their eagerly anticipated Essex Junior Trophy Second Round tie at Chingford Athletic Reserves is scheduled for Saturday 22nd October. Before the league games they have one pre-season friendly left against Division Three side Custom House FC this Saturday.

Please give Inter Plaistow a follow on twitter at @InterPlaistowFC

 

Old Esthameians have joined the Essex Alliance League from the Southern Amateur League over the summer - their first time will play in the Premier League. Although they play games at Newbury Park the roots of the historic club can be traced to East Ham so it could be classed as an East Ham v Plaistow local derby. The Old E's were originally based at East Ham Grammar School (now called Langdon School) and only allowed ex pupils to play to for them - a rule which has recently been relaxed allowing the club to draw players from a number of London Boroughs.

Good Luck to Danny and all at Inter Plaistow for the season. 

Sunday, 21 August 2016

RYMAN PREMIER DIVISION UPDATE

Results from Saturday 20th August
Burgess Hill Town 1-0 Enfield Town
Canvey Island 3-0 Leatherhead
Dulwich Hamlet 2-4 Leiston
Grays Athletic 1-1 Bognor Regis Town
Harrow Borough 0-0 Metropolitan Police
Havant & Waterlooville 1-0 Folkestone Invicta
Kingstonian 1-2 Needham Market
Lowestoft Town 0-1 Tonbridge Angels
Merstham 0-1 AFC Sudbury
Staines Town 3-2 Billericay Town
Wingate & Finchley 1-0 Hendon
Worthing 3-2 Harlow Town

Worthing, who were promoted from Division One (South) via the play-offs and 25/1 for the title prior to a ball being kicked, are proudly top of the early Ryman Premier Division table on goal difference to Leiston and Tonbridge Angels who are the only sides left with 100% winning records after three games played. AFC Sudbury and Needham Market are the two other sides left who are without a defeat which perhaps indicates how close the race for the title and the play-offs along with the battle to avoid relegation will be this season.

At the wrong end of the albiet very early table there are eight teams who still await a victory who all go into the midweek games with hopes of picking up a win. There are no teams left who haven't registered a point.

HOW THE BOOKMAKERS SEE IT AFTER THREE GAMES?
odds via bet365.com
TEAM ODDS PRIOR TO SEASON KICK OFF NOW
HAVANT & WATERLOOVILLE 7/2 7/2
TONBRIDGE ANGELS 8/1 5/1
DULWICH HAMLET 7/1 7/1
LEISTON 20/1 9/1
FOLKESTONE INVICTA 14/1 12/1
WORTHING 25/1 12/1
LOWESTOFT TOWN 10/1 14/1

Gareth Heath who scored twice in Leiston's amazing 2-4 victory at Dulwich Hamlet on Tuesday evening is one of three players on three goals - Reis Stanislaus (Worthing) and Martin Tuohy (Canvey Island) are the others. Leiston's victory was one of the stand out wins of the weekend - so much for me writing not many teams will come away from Champion Hill with anything this season.

STAT CHECK AFTER THREE GAMES

100% WINNING RECORDS
WORTHING, TONBRIDGE ANGELS & LEISTON
WITHOUT A WIN
MET POLICE, LEATHERHEAD, HENDON, KINGSTONIAN, ENFIELD TOWN, GRAYS ATHLETIC, BOGNOR REGIS TOWN and MERTSHAM
LOWEST SCORERS
HENDON - ONE GOAL
HIGHEST SCORERS
LEISTON - TEN GOALS
BEST DEFENCE
TONBRIDGE ANGELS - ONE GOAL
FOLKESTONE INVICTA - ONE GOAL
WORST DEFENCE
MET POLICE - NINE GOALS

THE LEADER'S TABLE
A week by week look at who's top of the Ryman Premier every Saturday 
DATE TEAM P W D L GF GA GD PTS WIN%
13/8/16 STAINES TOWN 1 1 0 0 6 1 +5 3 100%
20/8/16 WORTHING 3 3 0 0 9 3 +6 9 100%

MIDWEEK FIXTURES
TUESDAY

AFC Sudbury v Wingate & Finchley 
Billericay Town v Lowestoft Town 
Bognor Regis Town v Staines Town 
Enfield Town v Kingstonian 
Folkestone Invicta v Merstham 
Harlow Town v Dulwich Hamlet 
Hendon v Burgess Hill Town 
Leiston v Grays Athletic 
Metropolitan Police v Havant & Waterlooville 
Needham Market v Canvey Island 
Tonbridge Angels v Harrow Borough
WEDNESDAY 
Leatherhead v Worthing 


Friday, 19 August 2016

HITCHIN SUNDAY FOOTBALL LEAGUE CONSTUTION FOR 2016/17

The fixtures for the HSFL have not yet been released but the constitution has been released as follows. The Cold End will bring you news of the fixtures once they have are released -


PREMIER DIVISION
(8 clubs)
Athletico Hitchin 
Dun Cow 
Jagerbombers 
Lifestyles 
Pig & Whistle 
The Boot Baldock 
West FC 
Weston 

DIVISION ONE
(10 clubs)  
Arlesey Town Sunday 
Crown Stotfold 
Engineers Arms 
Garden City Galaxy 
Kimpton
North Herts Celtic 
North Herts Hatters 
St Ippolyts United 
The Boot Baldock Reserves 
Wanderers 


DIVISION TWO 
(13 clubs) 
AC Malone 
Arlesey Town Part Deux 
FC Hitchin 
FC St Johns 
Fairfield Park 
GSS FC 
Hogshead 
Ickleford Sports 
Letchworth Albion 
Nirankari Health City Reserves 
Royal Oak 
Stotfold Lions 
The Half Moon 

DIVISION THREE 
(13 clubs)
Almond Tree 
Aspire Personal Training 
Emperors Head 
FC Kings 
GJ Auto Broadhall 
Herts Elite 
Hitchin AB FC 
JML Plumbing & Heating 
MKS Carpentry 
MSC Active 
NHC 
Tom Tiddlers 
Two Chimneys

Thursday, 18 August 2016

RYMAN DIVISION ONE NORTH - EARLY SEASON NEWS

Phoenix Sports lead the early Division One (North) table on goal difference after two games played. The South London side have won 0-2 at Brentwood Town on the opening day of the season followed by an impressive 6-2 home win over Aveley on Tuesday evening. Steven Carvell (who has played for Thurrock and Barkingside) has been in excellent form scoring twice in each game.

Carvell is top of the scoring charts with Haringey Borough's Chris Benjamin who got two goals in each of their games versus Dereham Town (3-0 home win) and AFC Hornchurch (3-2 away defeat). Benjamin rejoined the club over the summer (he did play for them from 2011-2013) and has also played for Brimsdown, Bury Town, Billericay Town, Grays Athletic, Harrow Borough, Sutton United, Redbridge, St Albans City and started his career with Leyton Orient.

Five other sides still have 100% winning records. Cheshunt followed up their 0-2 opening day win at Wroxham with an emphatic 0-4 victory at Soham Town Rangers on Tuesday evening with ex Enfield Town midfielder Joey Stevens on the scoresheet for The Ambers. Bury Town and Thamesmead Town have also won both their games along with promoted side's Norwich United and Bowers & Pitsea who have adjusted to life at Step Four in good style so far.

At the bottom of the table Great Wakering Rovers, Wroxham, VCD Athletic and Brentwood Town all have lost both of their games played. VCD, Brentwood, Soham Town Rangers and Romford are all yet to hit the back of the net.

Could their be an FA Cup shock on the cards this weekend? Wroxham travel to Deeping Rangers (drawn one and lost two of their United Counties League and won 1-4 at Ely City in the Extra Preliminary Round) and VCD Athletic host Croydon (won one and drawn one in the Southern Counties East Football League so far and also beat AFC Uckfield Town  2-1 in  the previous round). 

With all the clubs in FA Cup action this weekend and possible replay games next midweek the next set of league fixtures are scheduled for Saturday 27th August as follows -

Aveley v Romford 
Bowers & Pitsea v AFC Hornchurch 
Has to be the game of the day. Can Bowers continue their excellent start to the season against one of the teams who were (and still are) one of the favourites for the title. In 2012/13 The Urchins were at Step Two on the non-league ladder with Bowers at Step Five.
Brentwood Town v Thamesmead Town
Brightlingsea Regent v Cheshunt 
Bury Town v Great Wakering Rovers 
Maldon & Tiptree v Soham Town Rangers 
Norwich United v Haringey Borough 
Phoenix Sports v Heybridge Swifts 
Thurrock v Wroxham 
Tilbury v Dereham Town 
Waltham Abbey v Witham Town 
Ware v VCD Athletic
 

HIGHLIGHTS OF LONDON BARI v CLAPTON

Here are some highlights of the big East London derby played on Tuesday evening at The Old Spotted Dog. London Bari won the Essex Senior League game 1-0 in front of 134 people (a little bit up on the 14 who witnessed their first home league game on Saturday versus Enfield 1893). It was the first time in fourteen games the Tenants had beaten their Landlords so it was a very good evening for London Bari all round. The video also includes an interview with Bari Assistant Manager Benjamin Oni.

Babajide Sonupe scored the all important goal on 11 minutes. They welcome Stansted to The Old Spotted Dog on Saturday for another Essex Senior League game. The Airportmen have made a miserable start to their campaign losing to Hoddesdon Town in the FA Cup followed by defeats to Clapton and Southend Manor in the league.

  

Follow London Bari on Twitter - @londonbarifc
or check out their excellent website - londonbarifc.co.uk
or follow the club's YouTube channel which has numerous other highlights of their games played recently - London Bari on YouTube  

FREE FOOTBALL - ENFIELD BOROUGH v NEW BRADWELL ST PETER THIS SATURDAY


Any Enfield Town fans who are not able to make the journey to Burgess Hill Town may well like to take in the Enfield Borough v New Bradwell St Peter game at Donkey Lane on Saturday afternoon. It's Free admission to see The Panthers in action this weekend. 

A decent crowd of 40 people saw them draw 1-1 against The 61 FC (Luton) in their first competitive game at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium on Tuesday evening - Percy Kiangebeni scored their goal who played for Enfield Town in the pre-season friendly at Haringey Borough. Their other games have ended 0-0 at Tring Corinthians and a 1-2 defeat at Totternhoe. 

New Bradwell St Peter who are managed by ex Ampthill Town and Leighton Town boss Craig Bicknell have started their Division Two campaign with a 0-0 draw at Tring Corinthians, a 1-6 win at Mursley United and a 3-1 midweek home defeat at St Neots Town Reserves.