Tuesday, 26 March 2019

HUGE GAME IN THE THURLOW NUNN FIRST DIVISION SOUTH THIS WEEKEND?

POS TEAM P GD PTS FORM PP
1. HASHTAG UNITED  32  +51  76  WWWWWW  88
2. HALSTEAD TOWN 31  +42  70  WLWWWW  85 

LAST THREE LEAGUE RESULTS

HASHTAG UNITED 
Saturday 23rd March - Wormley Rovers W 0-1 
Saturday 16th March - May & Baker W 2-4 
Saturday 9th March - FIRE UNITED W 3-0
HALSTEAD TOWN 
Saturday 23rd March - Hackney Wick W 1-4 
Saturday 16th March - Lopes Taveres W 1-2 
Saturday 9th March - HOLLAND W 5-1 

A quick glance at the league table reveals that this weekend's Thurlow Nunn First Division South game between Halstead Town and Hashtag United is very important and clearly the game of the season so far! 

It's likely to be a larger than average crowd at the Milbank Stadium as The Humbugs play The Tags so the advice is to get their nice and early to beat the rush.

An away win would put Jay Devereux's side on 79 points with Halstead Town only able to get to 82 points if they win their remaining four games afterwards so I would say anything but a home win would hand (almost!) Hashtag the title in their first season in non-league football. I'm sure either way the game goes on Saturday there won't be a huge amount of celebration - this will be held back for when the title is officially won.  

GOOD LUCK TO BOTH SIDES ON WHAT SHOULD BE A FANTASTIC AFTERNOON OF FOOTBALL. 


Monday, 25 March 2019

CAN HEREFORD PALACE GET A WIN BEFORE THE END OF THE SEASON?

LEAGUE RESULTS  
1) Saturday 15th September - NW LONDON - L 0-18 
2) Saturday 22nd September - Eastfield - L 2-9 
3) Saturday 6th September - The Wilberforce Wanderers - L 0-11
4) Saturday 20th October - Stonewall - L 0-4 
5) Saturday 3rd November - Clapton Community - L 1-11
6) Saturday 17th November - FC Star London - L 1-5 
7) Saturday 24th November - The Curve - L 0-8 
8) Saturday 1st December - LONDON SAMURAI - L 0-8  (+3 pts) 
9) Saturday 8th December - THE WILBERFORCE WANDERERS - L 0-9  
10) Saturday 15th December - NW London - L 3-7 
11) Saturday 5th January - STONEWALL - L 1-10  
12) Saturday 19th January - EASTFIELD - L 0-7  
13) Saturday 26th January - THE CURVE - L 0-9 
14) Saturday 2nd March - Ealing Town - L 0-6
15) Saturday 9th March - London Samurai - L 0-6  
16) Saturday 23rd March - EALING TOWN - Away Win was awarded 

CUP RESULTS 
1) Saturday 29th September - Spartan Youth - L 0-6 - Middx Intermediate Cup
2) Saturday 13th October - Yeading Town L 0-7 - Division One Cup 

LEAGUE FIXTURES REMAINING 
17) Saturday 6th April - CLAPTON COMMUNITY 
18) Saturday 13th April - FC STAR OF LONDON 
19) Saturday 20th April - FC ROAST 
20) Saturday 4th May - FC Roast 

Middlesex County League Division One (Central and East) side Hereford Palace have had an eventful season - they have officially played sixteen games in the league (one away win was awarded last weekend) and lost them all conceding 128 goals. In the their cup games they have lost both games by an aggregate of thirteen goals to none. They do have three points on the board from their 0-8 loss against London Samurai on Saturday 1st December which was awarded to them. 

They have a tough game next up as they play in form Clapton Community at home - CFC have just qualified for their second cup final of the season by beating Herts Senior County Premier Division side Ware Sports in the Anagram Records Trophy semi-final on Saturday. 

They play theie home games on Wormwood Scrubs which is easily reached from East Action tube station on the Central Line. 

Good Luck to everyone involved with Hereford Palace for the rest of the season! 
  

MIDDLESEX COUNTY LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION TITLE RACE UPDATE

MIDDLESEX COUNTY FOOTBALL LEAGUE
PREMIER DIVISION
TOP THREE ONLY
TEAM P GD PTS FORM PP
ST PANTELEIMON 17  +54  49  WWWWWW  70 
PITSHANGER DYNAMO  19 +36  43  WWLWDW  58 
PFC VICTORIA LONDON 15 +32 37  WWLWWW  64 

It's second v first in the Middlesex County League Premier Division on Wednesday evening as Pitshanger Dynamo host St Panteleimon at Hanwell Town where they currently ground share. After this game Pitshanger will only have four games to play so looking at their possible points total (denoted by PP) this is a real must win game for them to keep their outside chances of finishing top going. On the same night PFC Victoria London host CB Hounslow United Reserves who are in fourth position and in great form - they have won five and drawn three of their last eight games. 

It's a really important week in the title race as on Saturday Pitshanger Dynamo visit PFC Victoria London. 

FORTHCOMING FIXTURES FOR TOP THREE 

WEDNESDAY 27th MARCH 
Pitshanger Dynamo v St Panteleimon 
PFC Victoria London v CB Hounslow United Reserves (4th) 

SATURDAY 30th MARCH 
PFC Victoria London v Pitshanger Dynamo 

SATURDAY 6th APRIL
St Panteleimon v Cricklewood Wanderers 

WEDNESDAY 10th APRIL 
Indian Gymkhana Club v PFC Victoria London 

THURSDAY 11th APRIL
Pitshanger Dynamo v Kensington Dragons 

SATURDAY 13th APRIL
Larkspur Rovers v St Panteleimon 
PFC Victoria London v Kensington Dragons
Pitshanger Dynamo v South Kilburn 

WEDNESDAY 17th APRIL 
St Panteleimon v PFC Victoria London 



PIVOTAL WEEK IN THE ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE TITLE RACE

ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE 
TOP THREE ONLY - CURRENT TABLE 
POS TEAM P GD PTS FORM
STANSTED  34 +44  75  LWWWWL
2 HULLBRIDGE SPORTS   33  +48  74  WWWWLW 
3 SAFFRON WALDEN TOWN   34  +54  70   WLWDWW

Stansted's 1-0 surprise defeat at Enfield FC on Saturday as really closed things up at the top of the Essex Senior League. Saffron Walden Town won 2-3 at bottom of the table Barkingside with Hullbridge Sports winning 0-2 away at Woodford Town on Friday evening. 

It looks set to be a pivotal week as on Tuesday evening Saffron Walden Town visit Hullbridge Sports and then on Saturday The Airportmen host Sports in two huge games that are likely to be well attended. 

FORTHCOMING FIXTURES 

Tuesday
Clapton v Woodford Town 
Hullbridge Sports v Saffron Walden Town 
Redbridge v Hoddesdon Town 

Wednesday 
Leyton Athletic v Walthamstow 

Friday
Woodford Town v Sawbridgeworth Town 

Saturday 
Clapton v Stanway Rovers
Enfield v Barkingside 
Hoddesdon Town v Southend Manor
Ilford v Leyton Athletic 
Redbridge v Tower Hamlets 
Sporting Bengal United v Saffron Walden Town 
St Margaretsbury v West Essex 
Stansted v Hullbridge Sports
Walthamstow v Takeley 

Sunday, 24 March 2019

IMPORTANT VICTORY FOR HADLEY AS THE SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS TITLE RACE HOTS UP



PRIOR TO KICK THERE WAS A MINUTE'S SILENCE HELD IN RESPECT OF THE UNTIMELY PASSING OF LEVERSTOCK GREEN'S CHAIRMAN AND SECRETARY GRAHAM SMART

It was 18th v 2nd in the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division yesterday as London Tigers entertained Hadley as Northwood FC'S Chestnut Avenue ground where they currently ground share. Going into the game Hadley were heavy favourites as they had won four and drawn two of their last six games compared to The Tigers who had lost five and drawn one. The home side are in real danger of being relegated and losing the Premier Division status they have held since 2006 when the present day club was formed as a merger between then Isthmian League Kingsbury Town and London Tigers then of the Middlesex County League.






Credit to the home side as if you were watching the game without knowledge of the league positions you wouldn't of thought they were struggling down the bottom of the table. They enjoyed good spells of possession and played some nice passing football. However, it was Hadley who had the cutting edge up front The Tigers look like they desperately need at present. 

Hadley took an early lead through Manny Hammond with a close range diving header and then made it 0-2 when Ned Clarke turned and shot on the edge of the six yard box after some good work by Ibrahim Camara. 









It could of been worse for the home side when Hadley were awarded a penalty. The scoreline of 0-3 would of been harsh on The Tigers so it was good for them when their keeper saved well to his left hand side. 

Early in the second half it was 0-3 when former Cockfoster's player Bradley Marriott smashed home a shot into the roof of the net from just inside the penalty box. The keeper didn't stand a chance - It was in from the moment it left his boot. 





London Tigers didn't give up and still continued to play well with manager Enda Hennessy (formerly boss of Rayners Lane when they were in the Hellenic League) giving them good encouragement and instructions from the touchline.

They got a goal back and could of made it 2-3 only for a magnificent close range save from the Hadley keeper Luke Ward. 

FINAL SCORE - 1-3 



TIGER'S MANAGER ENDA HENNESSY 

This defeat combined with Cockfoster's 2-1 home win against Leighton Town sees The Tigers drop into the relegation zone and without a win in eight they need to start picking up points starting next weekend in their massive game at bottom of the table Stotfold. 

Hadley are in great form - they have won nine and drawn two of their last eleven league games and in with a real chance of winning the title. Table topper's Tring Athletic comfortably beat Arlesey Town 5-0 yesterday with Biggleswade FC losing 1-2 at home to in-form Colney Heath. Biggleswade United won 2-0 at home to London Colney. 

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS 


SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS LEAGUE 
PREMIER DIVISION 
TOP FOUR 
POS TEAM P GD PTS FORM
1 TRING ATHLETIC   32  +47  73   WWWWWW
HADLEY   32  +30  70   DDWWWW
BIGGLESWADE UNITED   32  +32  65   LLWWWW
BIGGLESWADE FC   29 +54 64   LWDDWL

BOTTOM FOUR 
POSTEAMPGDPTSFORM
17LEVERSTOCK GREEN  32 -24 29 LDLLLL
18 COCKFOSTERS  33 -40 24 LDDLWW
19 LONDON TIGERS  30 -42 22 LLLDLL
20STOTFOLD 31-4619DWLWLL

Friday, 22 March 2019

HERTFORDSHIRE SENIOR COUNTY LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION TITLE RACE UPDATE

POS TEAM P GD PTS PP FORM
1 LETCHWORTH GC EAGLES  18  +61  52  76  WWWWWW
NEW SALAMIS   20  +46  50 68  WWWWWW 
BUSHEY SPORTS CLUB   21  +52  47  62  LWWDLL 

With Bushey Sports Club losing three of their last six games it looks like the title race in the Hertfordshire Senior County League Premier Division is down to just two teams. Letchworth Garden City Eagles are still unbeaten in winning seventeen and drawing one of their eighteen games played - with their two games in hand they will be considered favourites but New Salamis, who have won seven games in row, will push them all the way no doubt. 

The final day of the season on Saturday 27th April sees Letchworth travel to New Salamis - I'm sure they'll want to have the title won by then! 

Tomorrow The Eagles travel to Broadfields (13th) with New Salamis at home to 11th placed Knebworth. 

BOSTIK PREMIER DIVISION WEEKEND PREVIEW

AFC Hornchurch (15th) v Bishop's Stortford (12th) 

The Urchins five wins in their last eight games has pulled them away from the bottom three and they now look all but safe from relegation. The Blues had a great 2-0 home victory over Haringey Borough last weekend which ended a run of six games without a win. Seventeen year old Ben Worman, who is currently on loan from League Two side Cambridge United, scored both goals which brought his tally with the Hertfordshire side to eight goals in fourteen games. A difficult game to predict so i'll say it's going to end all square. 

Bognor Regis Town (9th) v Leatherhead (10th) 

A huge game for both sides who are both five points off of the play-off zone. I'd say with six games left after this one a defeat for either side would almost end their play-off hopes. The Rocks drew an eventful game 3-3 at Enfield Town last Saturday - they were 2-3 up only for Town to equalise on 87 minutes. They are now five games (drawn three and lost two) without a win. 
The Tanners have a good defensive record of late letting in only six in their last ten compared to Bognor's seventeen conceded - This game sees Bognor (the third highest scoring team in the division) versus Leatherhead (the second best defence in the league). Another tough game to predict - I think this may end 1-1 or 2-2.    

Burgess Hill Town (22nd) v Margate (15th) 

Time is running out for The Hillians who are bottom of the table but their 2-3 away win at Kingstonian last weekend has given them a chance as they are now only five points off of Whitehawk in nineteenth place. The Gate are one of the form sides in the division and are still unbeaten since Jay Saunders took over - they are without defeat in seven games but in five of those they have only scored once. The home side need a victory but I will side with the visitors to win this one either 0-1 or 1-2. 

Carshalton Athletic (6th) v Brightlingsea Regent (13th) 

The Robins are in tremendous form and are in with a real chance of making the play-offs. They had a fantastic 2-3 win at Dorking Wanderers last weekend and was their eleventh game without a defeat. The result ended The Wanderer's fourteen game unbeaten run. Regent only have two wins in their last ten games but are difficult to beat as they've drawn their last three games. Anything but a comfortable home win will be a surprise result. 

Corinthian-Casuals (18th) v Dorking Wanderers (1st)

The Casuals are without a win in nine league games. The Wanderers unbeaten run was ended last weekend. Casuals have let in twenty goals in the last ten games with the title favourite's scoring thirty so it's hard to look anywhere but an away win. Wanderer's can get to a total of ninety-five points if they win all their remaining seven games with their nearest challenger's Haringey Borough having a possible points total of eighty-two. Looking at this two more wins would put Dorking on 80 points which will be probably be enough to win the title. I predict this will be a win for Wanderers which will put them one step closer to the title. Their title odds of 1/100 show that the bookmakers are pretty confident they'll end up top of the league! 

Folkestone Invicta (8th) v Worthing (5th) 

One of the games of the day if you look at league positions. An away win would put Worthing seven points ahead of Invicta and effectively end their chance of making the play-offs. Invicta's fourteen defeats is the highest for any teams in the current top ten which I would say makes them outsiders for making the top five even before kick off. The Kent side only have two wins in their last six games - one being against struggling Harlow Town whereas Worthing are unbeaten in eight of which four have been drawn. This is likely to a close game which I think might end in a draw.   

MARK KIRBY WILL BE LOOKING FORWARD TO PLAYING AGAINST HIS FORMER CLUB

Haringey Borough (2nd) v Enfield Town (7th) 

Another fantastic game in prospect which is likely to attract a huge crowd to Coles Park where there will be a noisy atmosphere in what could be a dress rehearsal to a potential play off game at the end of the season. Borough only have three wins in their last ten games and are without a win in three. Town have only lost three in ten and are unbeaten in four games. The key player could be Haringey's Mark Kirby who is adored by both sets of fans having been a fan favourite with the Town faithful prior to his move down the A10 to Borough. Make no mistake though if he scores he won't be one of those players who doesn't celebrate against a former club. Andy Leese's side need a win after last weekend's 3-3 draw and I think they may just shade this one but it'll be close.    

Lewes (11th) v Kingstonian (16th) 

Dean Brennan and his coaching staff left The K's after last weekend's home defeat against Burgess Hill Town. The former Billericay Town and Hemel Hempstead Town boss had only been in charge for five games of which four were defeats. Kim Harris has been installed as manager for the rest of the season - he was previously in charge between 2002 and 2004 as well as a spell as caretaker in 2017. Former Tooting and Mitcham United manager Frank Wilson also joins as assistant to Harris who has also managed at Chertsey Town, Walton Casuals and Corinthian Casuals. Lewes have failed to score in five of their last eight games so are clearly finding the back of the net hard to find. Impossible to predict with the upheaval at Kingstonian - I'm not sure what players have left and who has stayed put? 

Merstham (4th) v Harlow Town (21st) 

It was a Saturday to forget for The Hawks last weekend as they lost an amazing game 2-7 at home to relegation rival's Wingate and Finchley who were 0-5 up after just 33 minutes. Merstham lost 1-0 at in-form Margate in difficult conditions but could of rescued a point from the game when Roman Michael-Percil hit the post from 30 yards out. The Essex side have played six away games in 2019 winning one (at Burgess Hill Town), drawing two (at Brightlingsea Regent and Corinthian Casuals) and losing three (at Carshalton Athletic, Worthing and Dorking Wanderers). Merstham will be the favourites for this game but Harlow will be looking to put things right after last week's horror showing. 

Whitehawk (19th) v Tonbridge Angels (3rd) 

The Hawks have lost their last two games after winning four in a row that lifted them out of the bottom three. The Angels have failed to score in three of their last six games - their last two away games have ended 0-0 which suggests this could be a close game. 

Wingate & Finchley (20th) v Potters Bar Town (17th) 

Wingate's players will be in a positive mood after last weekend's victory at Harlow Town but will know that performance will all be forgotten should they lose against Potters Bar Town who make the short trip to The Maurice Rebak Stadium. The Scholars are only four points above the home side in the table and still in danger of finishing in the bottom three. They are another side finding it hard to score at present with just five goals in the last ten games - equally they are good at the back letting in just six in those games. I think this will be a home victory but it won't be as easy for them as last week as Potters Bar will defend well. I predict either 2-0 or 2-1.