Sunday, 19 September 2021

MIDDLESEX COUNTY LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION RESULTS AND FIXTURES

Saturday 18th September
AVA 1-3 Sporting Hackney 
Cricklewood Wanderers 1-2 Clapton Community 
FC Soma 1-1 Larkspur Rovers
NW London 2-2 AEK London 
Pitshanger Dynamo 3-4 Kensington Dragons 
Stonewall 4-2 Indian Gymkhana Club 
The Wilberforce Wanderers 0-1 Brentham 

Saturday 25th September
AEK London v FC Soma 
Brentham v Kensington Dragons 
Clapton Community v NW London 
Larkspur Rovers v Sporting Hackney
Stonewall v Cricklewood Wanderers

COULD THE GREEN LIONS BE FORCED TO WITHDRAW FROM FOOTBALL FOR A SECOND SEASON IN A ROW?


The Green Lions could be forced to pull out of playing football for the second season in a row if they can't start playing games by Monday 1st November 2021.  Guernsey FC, of the Pitching In Isthmian League South-Central Division, haven't played a competitive game since February 2020! 

The current rules state that anyone arriving on the Island must be fully vaccinated from Covid-19 seven days prior to travelling to avoid isolation. This would make is impossible for un-vaccinated players to visit the Island with having to isolate when arriving which is clearly not possible  for players who play on a part time basis. 

The key for the club to return to football in the States of Guernsey relaxing the regulations - If this does happen it'll be a very busy time for the club with many of the other teams in the division having played 4,5 and 6 games. 

FA CUP SECOND QUALIFYING ROUND REPLAYS

Tuesday 21 September
Second Round Qualifying Replays
Hadley v Enfield Town -7.30pm 
Southport v Chorley 
FC United of Manchester v Blyth Spartans 
Chester v Darlington
Spennymoor Town v AFC Fylde 
Kettering Town v Spalding United 
Needham Market v East Thurrock United 
Stowmarket Town v AFC Sudbury 
St Albans City v Concord Rangers 
Leiston v Kings Langley 
Hemel Hempstead Town v Ware 
Horsham v Kingstonian 
Farnborough v Metropolitan Police 
Corinthian Casuals v Leatherhead 
Chippenham Town v Poole Town 
Hereford v Lymington Town
Jersey Bulls v Sutton Common Rovers - date to be confirmed 

**CLASSIC COLD END** TILBURY V ENFIELD TOWN - 2010

Tilbury V Enfield Town Ryman Division One (North) 
Saturday 18th September 2010

A fantastic second half performance brought home another valuable three points for the Town against The Dockers played with ten men from 25 minutes after Ben Boyce was sent off.
   The first half was largely a non-event on the pitch as there was little of no goalmouth action from either side. The home side had their best chance of the game after 20 minutes when Chris Taylor ran on to a through ball on the right hand side to put a good shot in on goal which unfortunately for him went high over Rob Blackburne's goal.

The red card handed out by referee Mr Bentley was the talking point of the half. Craig McKay, who put in another accomplished performance at the back, fouled Boyce by pulling him back and not allowing him through on goal just outside of the box. It wasn't a nasty foul just a standard one you see committed every Saturday afternoon. McKay and Boyce came together afterwards with Boyce's reacting by raising his hand which appeared to make contact with the Town defender's face. The referee was close to the incident and gave Boyce the opportunity to take an early bath.

This incident triggered off some of the Tilbury supporter's to barrack their player leaving the pitch and direct some anger at manager Paul Vaughan whose side has been suffering on the discipline front all season. The Docker's fans always seem a good bunch and it's nice to see a set of opposing supporters cheering on their team. Some of them though, after only one win in six league games combined with a large amount of red cards and yellow cards accumulated, are not happy with the current management structure in place at the club.

Above - After being red carded Ben Boyce makes the slow walk off the pitch to a less than sympathetic reaction from some of the Tilbury fan's present. 

The second half was the complete opposite to he first half as Town created chance after chance with the Docker's rarely if at all once threatening Rob Blackburne's goal. It was 0-1 when a looping Rudi Hall corner was headed back from the far post by Mark Kirby for his centre back partner Craig McKay to scored a rare goal by heading the ball in the net at the other post.

Town got their second when Sam Byfield put a pass from left to right wing for Deniz Mehmet to pick up and take the ball on a mazy run past the Tilbury back line allowing him to slide the ball into Dan Forward who hit the ball first time past James Marrable in the home goal.

Referee Mr Bentley needs to be mentioned at this point, he seems to be an official with a bit of character. Some good natured banter from the Town fan's was answered back with "I'll deal with this." Conversations between the crowd to referee and back again can only happen in non-league football, it was fantastic to see and well received by the Town faithful.

Town seemed to relax then and played some excellent football keeping retention of the ball well and making Tilbury work extra hard with only 10 men. Substitute Fabio Valenti even got aboard the showboat with a magic piece of skill to get past a Tilbury defender.

The third goal was scored from the penalty spot after a Tilbury defender was adjudged to have handled in the box. The milestone and superb achievement of Rudi Hall scoring his 100th goal for the club was celebrated in the stands and on the pitch by all connected to the club. 

The miles Rudi covers to come and play for the club can't be overlooked - you are a true Enfield Town legend!! 

Goals number 101 and 102 on Tuesday night would be nice. Dan Forward finished it off late on gaining his 2nd goal when rounding Marrable to slot the ball into the net. To score four goals away from home with Stuart Blackburne and Adam Wallace not available gaining another clean sheet with the whole team putting in a first-class performance in the second half was great to see.

I think The Dockers are a better team than their current league position says they are, if they can sort out the indiscipline on the pitch they will pick up points this season. 

Had they stayed with eleven men they may have proved tough to breakdown allowing the pacey Joel Etienne Clarke and Nathan Gordon to cause problems up front. The cold end was impressed by skipper Ben Turner at centre back for the Dockers. He was very vocal even when his team was 0-3 and 0-4 down and looks a good accomplished defender. 

He has made the step up this season from Essex Senior League Barking and was in many ESL supporter's team of the year last year. The cold end man of the match is another close run thing this weekend. Deniz Mehmet put in another good performance on the right wing with Craig McKay standing out at the back along with Rudi Hall controlling things with ease in centre of the park.

The award this week again goes to two players - Dan Forward for his two goals from midfield and Mckay for all his hard work at the back for the Town. Both Dan and Craig scored their first goals for the club on a day when Rudi scored his 100th!! The clash with Grays Athletic on Tuesday now looks to be a very important game with the league top six as follows -

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDING ALL FOUR GOALS BELOW 

**CLASSIC COLD END** HADLEY v ST MARGARESTSBURY - 2011

 HADLEY V ST MAGS - THE MONDAY NIGHT SHOW 

Match played on Monday 19th September 2011
A crowd of 40 people gathered at Potters Bar Town’s South Mimms Travel Stadium on Monday night to see the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division match between Hadley and St Margaretsbury.

Going into the game both sides were struggling to find any sort of form in their opening league fixtures. Hadley had 4 points from 8 games with 1 win and 1 draw and St Mags were on only 3 points (one win) from 7 games.

This was the cold end’s second Hadley game in a week with the Challenge Trophy victory over Winslow United last Wednesday night. In between then and this game they had been beaten 1-6 at home to AFC Dunstable who have made a flying start to life in their new higher division after promotion last season.

St Mags included ex Hertford Town player Pablo Ardiles in their starting XI. Ardiles having left the assistant manager’s post at Hertford Town recently. Instead of playing in his usual left-back role he played in the left centre of midfield for his new team.

The cold end is big fan of the St Mag’s away kit with is a blue and yellow striped number.  It looked very smart indeed.

WATCH THE MATCH HIGHLIGHTS BELOW INCLUDING ALL THE GOALS SCORED

AN UPDATE ON THE BATTLE TO BEAT THE DROP IN THE CINCH SCOTTISH LEAGUE TWO

CINCH LEAGUE TWO - CURRENT TABLE - BOTTOM FIVE ONLY 
* DENOTES GOAL CONCEDED PER GAME 
POSTEAM GF GA GD PTS GCPG*
6.  STRANRAER 710 -3 1.43
7.  ALBION ROVERS 7214712-571.71
8.ELGIN CITY 7133710 -3 1.43
9. COWDENBEATH 7124812-451.71
10. STENHOUSEMUIR  7212 -6 51.71

Saturday 18th September
Albion Rovers 0-3 Kelty Hearts 427 
Cowdenbeath 1-1 Forfar Athletic 323 
Elgin City 0-2 Annan Athletic 467 
Stranraer 2-0 Stenhousemuir 280

Saturday 25th September
Annan Athletic v Edinburgh City 
Forfar Athletic v Albion Rovers 
Kelty Hearts v Stranraer 
Stenhousemuir v Elgin City 
Stirling Albion v Cowdenbeath 

There is a huge game at the bottom of the third tier in Scottish Football next weekend at Stenhousemuir take on Elgin City. A win for the home side could lift them off the bottom of the table. 


FORTHCOMING FIXTURES FOR THE VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE

Tuesday 21st August 
Dover Athletic v Solihull Moors 

Saturday 25th September
Aldershot Town v FC Halifax Town 
Altrincham v Notts County 
Barnet v Weymouth 
Boreham Wood v Yeovil Town 
Chesterfield v Torquay United - 5.20pm Live on BT Sport 
Dagenham & Redbridge v Solihull Moors 
Dover Athletic v Bromley 
Eastleigh v Woking
King's Lynn Town v Wealdstone 
Maidenhead United v Grimsby Town
Stockport County v Wrexham