Friday, 3 July 2015

3G PITCH BEING INSTALLED AT GANDER GREEN LANE

National League South side Sutton United are the latest club to lay an artificial pitch to maximise income streams in hiring out the pitch and using it for training facilities for all sections of their club. Here is a picture of the pitch being installed by SCSlatter which will be ready for the new 2015/16 campaign.




FA TROPHY DRAW MADE

The road to Wembley with the FA Trophy will start on the weekend of Saturday 3rd October with the Preliminary Round games involving clubs from the six step four leagues. 

The draw includes a host of famous old names from the competition's past glory. 1992 runner's up Witton Albion face a home tie with Ossett Albion, 1984 winners (and twice runner's up in 1983 and 1986) Northwich Victoria who travel to Lancaster City, 2003 winners Burscough who face a home tie with Bamber Bridge, Twice winners (1972 and 1979) and one time runner's up (1976) Stafford Rangers welcome Tividale, 1980 runner's up Mossley who play at home to Harrogate RA and one time runner's up Leek Town (1990) play Lincoln United.

Rushden and Diamonds famously got to the semi-finals in 1995 and the quarter-final stage in 2000 last played in the competition in their final season in 2010/11 when they lost in the first round to Eastwood Town. The new club AFC Rushden and Diamonds play their first game in the competition following their promotion last season with a home game against Basford United.

As with the FA Cup the Step three teams enter in the 1st Qualifying Round games meaning many either/or games. The Cold End being an Enfield Town will be looking forward to the home game against the winners of the Carshalton Athletic v Leighton Town tie - and hopefully a nice Trophy run?? 

The draw also features six previous winners of the FA Vase - can you name them all? Answer is below

PRELIMINARY ROUND GAMES 
to be played on the weekend of Saturday 3rd October
Burscough v Bamber Bridge
Ossett Town v Warrington Town
Shaw Lane Aquaforce v New Mills
Lancaster City v Northwich Victoria
Farsley Celtic v Prescot Cables
Witton Albion v Ossett Albion
Sheffield v Trafford
Mossley v Harrogate Railway Athletic
Glossop North End v Spennymoor Town
Clitheroe v Stocksbridge Park Steels
Radcliffe Borough v Droylsden
Kendal Town v Scarborough Athletic
Newcastle Town v Spalding United
St Ives Town v Rugby Town
Stafford Rangers v Tividale
Soham Town Rangers v Carlton Town
Leek Town v Lincoln United
Loughborough Dynamo v Kidsgrove Athletic
AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Basford United
Romulus v Gresley
Belper Town v Market Drayton Town
Coalville Town v Daventry Town
Chasetown v Evesham United
Northwood v Potters Bar Town
Thurrock v Guernsey
Witham Town v Herne Bay
Arlesey Town v Redbridge
Hanwell Town v Cheshunt
Walton Casuals v Sittingbourne
Chalfont St Peter v Beaconsfield SYCOB
Aylesbury United v Heybridge Swifts
Whyteleafe v Phoenix Sports
Corinthian Casuals v Three Bridges
Barton Rovers v AFC Sudbury
Royston Town v Great Wakering Rovers
Wroxham v Hastings United
Maldon & Tiptree v Ramsgate
Faversham Town v Bury Town
Carshalton Athletic v Leighton Town
Folkestone Invicta v Haringey Borough
Dereham Town v Waltham Abbey
Tooting & Mitcham United v Walton & Hersham
Tilbury v Barkingside
Chipstead v Uxbridge
Whitstable Town v Worthing
Harlow Town v Ware
Thamesmead Town v Brightlingsea Regent
Romford v North Greenford United
Cray Wanderers v East Grinstead Town
Aveley v South Park
Aylesbury v Hythe Town
Tiverton Town v AFC Totton
Slimbridge v Egham Town
Taunton Town v Godalming Town
Bishop’s Cleeve v North Leigh
Yate Town v Banbury United
Molesey v Fleet Town
Larkhall Athletic v Wimborne Town
Bashley v Cinderford Town
Mangotsfield United v Shortwood United
Marlow v Wantage Town
Didcot Town v Bridgwater Town
Burnham v Dorking Wanderers
Petersfield Town v Winchester City

quiz answer -  Spennymoor Town (13), Arlesey Town (95), Tiverton Town (98 & 99), Taunton Town (01), Wimbourne Town (92) and Winchester City (03) 
  

EMIRATES FA CUP DRAW MADE TODAY

Can you smell that???   Yes, It's the magic of the world's greatest knockout football competition. 

The draw for the early rounds of the newly sponsored Emirates FA Cup has been made today with local teams from the Essex Senior League, Ryman League, Evo Stik Southern League and Spartan South Midlands League all involved. The Extra Preliminary and Preliminary Rounds have been drawn today.

EXTRA PRELIMINARY ROUND 
to be played on the weekend of Saturday 15th August 

TIES INVOLVING ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE TEAMS
Hoddesdon Town v Sawbridgeworth Town
FC Romania v Whitton United
Southend Manor v Codicote
Wivenhoe Town v Tower Hamlets
Cockfosters v Burnham Ramblers
Bowers & Pitsea v Ilford
Basildon United v Sporting Bengal United
Long Melford v London Bari
FC Clacton v Eton Manor
Hullbridge Sports v Hadleigh United
Clapton v Stanway Rovers
Stansted v Takeley
Enfield 1893 v London Colney
Felixstowe & Walton United v Barking
Waltham Forest v St Margaretsbury
 
BARKING FANS GET TO VISIT THE WONDERFUL SUFFOLK SEASIDE TOWN OF FELIXSTOWE IN AUGUST

There are three all ESL ties including a local derby between Stanstesd and Takeley at Hartsdown Park. There are two seaside trips for Eton Manor who travel to FC Clacton and Barking who journey to Felixstowe and Walton United. The tie between Clapton and Stanway Rovers should attract one of the biggest crowds of the round at The Old Spotted Dog. 

TIES INVOLVING SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS LEAGUE TEAMS 
Welwyn Garden City v Haverhill Borough
Hoddesdon Town v Sawbridgeworth Town
Southend Manor v Codicote
Cockfosters v Burnham Ramblers
Hadley v Saffron Walden Town
Hertford Town v Kirkley & Pakefield
FC Broxbourne Borough v Brantham Athletic
Waltham Forest v St Margaretsbury
Berkhamsted v Hanworth Villa
Oxhey Jets v AFC Kempston Rovers
Spelthorne Sports v Stotfold
Windsor v AFC Dunstable
Ampthill Town v Risborough Rangers
Hillingdon Borough v Wembley
Northampton Sileby Rangers v Sun Postal Sports
Newport Pagnell Town v Holmer Green
Biggleswade United
v Desborough Town
London Tigers v Bedfont & Feltham
Tring Athletic v Leverstock Green
Bedford v Cogenhoe United
Raunds Town v Crawley Green
Harefield United v Long Buckby

SHOEBURY BEACH IN SOUTHEND IS WELL WORTH A VISIT ON A SUNNY DAY
There are only three all SSMFL ties in the Extra Preliminary Round with Codicote getting a trip to the Essex seaside to play Southend Manor.

Teams from Step four of the non-league ladder enter in the Extra Preliminary Round where there are lots of either/or games such as Bowers and Pitsea or Ilford v Clapton or Stanway Rovers so we won't get bogged down in this round until after the Preliminary Round games are settled.

GOOD LUCK TO ALL TEAMS INVOLVED

Thursday, 2 July 2015

WILSON, GOODMAN, JOLLEY, HUNT, GREEN, GREEN AND TAIWO JOIN THE GATE


National League new boy's and Ryman Premier Division play-off winner's Margate have made a host of big signings in preparation for the new season. They will be up amongst the favourites for the title in The Cold End's opinion which in turn will spur most team's in the division on to look to put one over on them in the forthcoming campaign. It's certainly shaping up to be an interesting season for the Kent club. Here we have a run down on their new signings so far -

Thirty year old midfielder Soloman Taiwo joins from National League Premier side Dover Athletic. He is most well known for his time with Dagenham and Redbridge between 2007 to 2009 where he made over 50 appearances for the League Two side. This alerted Championship side Cardiff City who paid £250,000 for his services. He only played nine times for the Welsh side and was loaned back to The Daggers and Leyton Orient. He has since played for Bromley, Mansfield Town and Luton Town as well as Aldershot Town and Dover. He started his football career with Bromley in 2004 after playing in the Millwall youth team.

23 year old defender/midfielder Nathan Green joins after making 15 appearances for Dartford in the Conference Premier last season. He started the 2014/15 campaign with League Two side Dagenham and Redbridge after moving from Tonbridge Angels he had a very successful spell in 2013/14. He struggled to make an impact with The Daggers making only 7 appearances and was loaned out to St Albans City before joining Dartford in January.

Another former Dagger is midfielder Danny Green who joins from Maidenhead United where he was from 2013 to 2015.  The 24 year old started his career with Harlow Town in 2006 and was with D&R between  2010 to 2012 making only 11 appearances. He has also played for Bishops Stortford, Billericay Town, AFC Sudbury, St Albans City, Thurrock, Chelmsford City (loan), Boreham Wood (loan), Dover Athletic (loan) and Braintree Town (loan).

32 year old defender/midfielder David Hunt brings with him a wealth of experience. He has played over 300 games in the football league starting at Crystal Palace before moving to Leyton Orient, Northampton Town, Shrewsbury Town, Brentford, Crawley Town and Oxford United. He played for Barnet and Maidenhead United last season.

27 year old striker/wing man Christian Jolley was with Newport County, Forest Green Rovers and Grimsby Town last season. He was with AFC Wimbledon when they won promotion to the football league when current 'Gate manager Terry Brown was in charge.

21 year old defender Jake Goodman joins from football league side Millwall. He has been with the South London side since 2011 but did not make an appearance for The Lions. He has spent time on loan with Staines Town, AFC Wimbledon, Luton Town and Aldershot Town. He made 15 appearances for AFC Wimbledon last season.

Defender Glenn Wilson played 42 games for Conference Premier side Aldershot Town last season. He is most well known for his time with Crawley Town for whom he made 150 appearances between 2007 to 2012. He has also played for Rushden and Diamonds, Gateshead and Salisbury City. He started his career as a youth player with Crystal Palace between 1995 and 2004.

GOAL MACHINE SIGNS FOR THE HILLIANS

Last week The Cold End reported Burgess Hill Town had signed Josh Jones and Tommy Fraser - Link Here

The Hillians have made a third summer signing in striker Chris Smith who scored thirty-four goals for Division One (South) side South Park last season. 23 year old Smith had been with South Park for eight years and has been top scorer for the club for the past five seasons.

Can Smith make the jump up from Step 4 to Step 3 on the non-league ladder? If he does it'll be a shrewd piece of business by Hillian's manager Ian Chapman. 

A LEGEND RETURNS AND A CULT HERO LEAVES AT NYEWOOD LANE

Bognor Regis Town legend Jason Prior has officially returned to Nyewood Lane signing a contract for the forthcoming Ryman Premier Division season. The striker had spent the 2014/15 season with Margate but following his recent release from the play-off winner's he has returned to the South Coast. He scored an incredible 95 goals in 126 games for The Rocks between 2009 and 2012 which earned him a trial with Premier League Newcastle United and an eventual move to League Two side AFC Wimbdledon.

A horrific leg break in a football league game with Crawley Town in April 2012 put him out of the game for nine months. He left Wimbledon in March 2013 and has since played for Dartford, Gosport Borough and Margate. He did play a handful of games on loan at Bognor last season.

The Rocks have secured his signature despite reports clubs from higher in the pyramid were actively pursuing him. Prior is a real fan's favourite at Nyewood Lane - I'm sure their fans will be relishing seeing 'Bognor's Number 9' in action next season.

As one legend returns to Bognor Regis another has left. 6ft 5inch defender Stuart Axton has moved to Scottish Highland League side Formartine United following his move North of the Border due to work commitments. Axton had cult status with The Rock's faithful scoring the winning goal in the Division One (South) play-off final against Dulwich Hamlet.

It's quite a distance (over 600 miles) between Nyewood Lane and United's North Lodge Park in Pitmedden, Aberdeenshire.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

TOWN CATERING OPEN FOR BUSINESS


TOWN CATERING opened for business this week. It is located inside the Queen Elizabeth Stadium on Donkey Lane and is open from 8am to 4pm Monday to Saturday with late night opening on match days, training nights and functions. 

IF YOU'RE IN THE ENFIELD AREA AND FEELING PECKISH WHY NOT PAY THEM A VISIT