Saturday, 21 January 2017

ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE WEEKEND FIXTURES

Here are the weekend fixtures for the Essex Senior League. If you're local to a game why not get out and catch a match?

ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE 
SATURDAY 21st JANUARY 2017 
Barking v Enfield 1893 
Burnham Ramblers v Clapton 
Eton Manor v West Essex 
Ilford v Tower Hamlets 
London Bari v Wadham Lodge 
Redbridge FC v FC Romania 
Sawbridgeworth Town v Southend Manor 
Sporting Bengal United v Barkingside 
Takeley v Waltham Forest 

Friday, 20 January 2017

RYMAN PREMIER WEEKEND FIXTURES AND PREVIEW


Billericay Town v Dulwich Hamlet 
The new look home side who recorded a 1-1 draw at Met Police in midweek will be looking to win this game to bolster their outside hopes of a spot in the play-offs. Hamlet will look to get back to winning ways in the league after slipping up against Canvey Island in their last game. They will be in a confident mood following their amazing 1-4 FA Trophy victory at Vanarama South side Whitehawk.  
Canvey Island v Bognor Regis Town 
Enfield Town v Grays Athletic 
Folkestone Invicta v Lowestoft Town 
Harlow Town v Tonbridge Angels 
Havant & Waterlooville v Needham Market 
Easily the game of the day as this is 2nd v 3rd in the table. A home win would lift The Hawks five points ahead of The Marketmen with two games in hand. Depending on Bognor Regis Town's result at Canvey Island it could also see them go back top of the table. 
Hendon v AFC Sudbury 
Kingstonian v Burgess Hill Town 
The visitors have not won in seven league games visit The K's won have won four of their last seven. 
Merstham v Metropolitan Police 
Staines Town v Harrow Borough 
Wingate & Finchley v Leatherhead 
Worthing v Leiston
Title chasing Leiston travel to the in-form Rebels but will the home side have one eye on their FA Trophy midweek replay at FA Cup heroes Sutton United? 


Thursday, 19 January 2017

FIVE STAR BARKING MOVE BACK TO THE TOP OF THE TABLE

Match played on Saturday 14th January 

Essex Senior League title favourite's Barking visited Theobalds Lane last Saturday for a tricky looking game against sixth placed FC Romania. The Blues had slipped off the top of the table as they had not played a league game since before the ESL Christmas break when they lost 1-2 at home to local rival's Ilford - they had been replaced by Clapton who had won all three of their first games of 2017 against Basildon United, Stansted and Haringey & Waltham Development. 





As always there was a lovely warm and very friendly welcome to Theobalds Lane from John Adams who is the tannoy man and very loyal supporter of FC Romania who even played Paddy Roberts song 'The Ballard of Barking Creek' for the visitors prior to kick off. 

It turned out to be a afternoon to forget for FC Romania as Barking scored four times during to the first half through Petrit Elbi, Ben Higgs, James Peagram and Joe Pearman who lofted the ball in from a long way out with an excellent goal. It was a real physical game at times with some strong good old fashioned tackles being put in which was great to see - have a look at the video from 3m 41secs and right at the end of the game from 5m 58secs! 

FC Romania regrouped and played much better after half time but the result was never in doubt. The home side scored at the beginning and end of the second half but the fact Barking were taking the three points back to Mayesbrook Park was never in doubt especially when Pearman scored his second goal on 79 minutes. 

The final score was 2-5. It was the second time in 2017 they had let in five goals as they lost 1-5 at home to Southend Manor on Wednesday 4th July in the Gordon Brastead Memorial Trophy. 

The future looks very bright for Barking FC under the management of Glenn Golby and Steve Willis - the club have a great Academy scheme under Mick O'Shea with Max Watters recently selected to represent England Schoolboys. He came on as substitute in this game and has played six times for the first team this season. James Peagram's goal was his 33rd in league and cup games this season. 





Golby, Willis and everyone at the club will tell you there are many games to play with lots of twists and turns to go yet in the 2016/17 campaign but it's looking like Barking will re-visit Theobalds Lane in 17/18 to play Cheshunt in the Isthmian League Division One (North) - that is if The Ambers don't go up themselves! 


Some of the Barking away support on Saturday

FC Romania are next in action in an away game at Redbridge on Saturday who are currently in tenth place in the table. 

They blues welcome Enfield 1893 FC to Mayesbrook Park on Saturday where everyone at the club will celebrate and remember the life of Club President Ron Debenham who sadly passed away on Saturday afternoon aged 84 after a short spell in hospital. 




MATCH HIGHLIGHTS 
Featuring commentary and analysis from a loyal Barking fan. 






Friday, 13 January 2017

WHO WILL LIFT THE 2017 JOE ELLUL TROPHY?

Enfield Town fans may not know it but last season wasn't trophy-less as they did pick up "The Joe Ellul Trophy".  The Cold End started the competition for the 2015/16 season after the defender made the move between the two Ryman Premier Division rivals stating Billericay Town were a "big club" which many fans in North London took exception to. 

So in order to sort out who are the bigger club The Cold End created the Trophy and awarded it to the side who finishes in the highest position in the football pyramid. Ellul only stayed with The Blues up until the end of January 2016 when he moved to East Thurrock United helping them to promotion to the Vanarama South via the Ryman Premier play-offs.  

2015/16 - Enfield Town 80 pts (6th) winners, BTFC runner's up 71 pts (9th) 
2016/17 - to be decided 


With nine points currently between Enfield Town (currently 6th) and Billericay Town (14th) the games between the two rivals on Tuesday 7th February at Donkey Lane and Saturday 8th April at The New Lodge could be pivotal as to who finishes above who? 

Following the recent take over of the Essex club they have continued signing players this week. Christian Assombalonga (from Dagenham and Redbridge), Rob Swaine (from Bromley), Isaac Layne (from Alloa Athletic) and Tambeson Eyong (from Canvey Island) have all joined this week. 

Their scheduled game tomorrow at title chasing Leiston has been dubbed 'The Big Scorers' versus 'The Big Spenders'.

FA TROPHY SECOND ROUND TOMORROW

The games in the Second Round of the FA Trophy are all scheduled to take place tomorrow with, weather permitting, the following ties taking place.   

Worthing v Sutton United 
Tranmere Rovers v South Park 
Bromley v Welling United 
East Thurrock United v Braintree Town 
Nuneaton Town v Guiseley AFC 
Boreham Wood v Alfreton Town 
Barrow AFC v Matlock Town 
Southport v Wealdstone 
Gateshead v Lincoln City 
Dartford v Chelmsford City 
Kidderminster Harriers v Ebbsfleet United 
Harlow Town vYork City 
AFC Sudbury v Macclesfield Town 
Whitehawk v Dulwich Hamlet 
Chester v Forest Green Rovers 
Stockport County v Brackley Town

TEAMS BY DIVISON 
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE - 14 
VANARAMA SOUTH - 7 
VANARAMA NORTH - 5 
EVO STICK NORTHERN PREMIER LEAGUE - 1 
RYMAN PREMIER DIVISION - 4 
RYMAN DIVISION ONE (SOUTH) - 1 

South Park are the lowest ranked side left in the competition and are rewarded for their amazing run with a trip to Vanarama National League title contender's Tranmere Rovers who have been averaging 5,175 for their home league games this season which is a slight difference from the 103 The Sparks currently average in their Ryman Division One (South) home games who are currently unbeaten in nine league and cup games. They have scored 29 times in those games with Kieran Lavery in great form scoring seven of those - Skybet make them 14/1 outsiders for a victory at Prenton Park. Whatever the result it's an amazing achievement to get this far for all at South Park and you just never know with the magic of cup football! 


A NEW NAME TO BE ENGRAVED ON THE FA VASE THIS YEAR

Following Morpeth Town's (the current holders) exit from the competition on Wednesday evening against South Shields there will now be a new name on the famous FA Vase this season. The tie between the two Northern League Division One teams will be talked about by fans from both sides for years to come. The initial game played on Saturday afternoon at South Shield's Mariners Park saw Morpeth Town 2-4 up with only nine minutes left to play only for the floodlights to fail - South Shield's ex Premier League player Julio Arca had been red carded earlier in the game. South Shields have issued a club statement about the incident detailing the lights went out due to a catastrophic failure of the diesel generator that provides power for the floodlights totally independent of the all the other lighting within the ground and local area. Attempts were made to restart it which included a suitably qualified Morpeth supporter but to no avail so the match was officially abandoned at around 5.30pm. The club submitted a report to The Football Association with an independent report from a qualified electrical contractor together with photographic evidence which has resulted in the club being exonerated from any fault on it's part and nothing untoward found. 

The re-arranged match was switched to Morpeth's Craik Park with the visitor's running out 0-4 winners through braces from David Foley and Gavin Cogdan.  

BUILDBASE FA VASE 
FIFTH ROUND PROPER 
SATURDAY 28th JANUARY  

Cleethorpes Town v Atherton Collieries 
The table toppers of the Toolstation Northern Counties League Premier Division v currently third in the Hallmark Security North West Counties League shows this a cracking game in prospect. It's been a fortress at The Bradley Football Development Centre for The Owls this season - They have played thirteen league games winning twelve and drawing one - they have also beaten Bootle (who currently top Atherton's league) at home in the Third Round of the Vase. The away side will be no push overs and will be in a confident mood following their 1-4 away victory at Northern League Shildon in the last round. 

Bromsgrove Sporting v Bristol MF / Melksham 
The Midland League Division One side may play at Step Six of the non-league ladder but they are at least a Step Three/Four side in the making with the crowds they have been attracting this season. They comfortably won at Sun Sports in the last round and have an excellent home record - they are unbeaten at home in league games. The two Toolstation Western League side's replay this weekend after a 1-1 draw last Saturday. 

Crowborough Athletic v Coleshill Town 
Both big winner's in the last round - Crowborough won 6-0 at home to Eastbourne Town with Coleshill winning 0-3 at Thurlow Nunn League side Gorleston. The Crows are currently on an amazing run of form - they haven't lost since Saturday 3rd September when AFC Croydon Athletic won 1-2 at The Crowborough Community Stadium. Since then their form reads WWDWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWDWWWDWWWWW.

Hinckley AFC v Buckland Athletic
Another Midland League side in Division One Hinckley AFC (comfortable 5-0 winner's over Berkhamsted in the last round) entertain Toolstation Western League side Buckland Athletic (1-3 winner's at Chichester City). 309 saw Hinckley's game versus Berkhamsted so this should also be a very well attended game. 

Newport Pagnell Town v Sunderland RCA 
The Swans 3-2 win over Peterborough Sports in the last round was a real upset. The tie was an all ChromaSport United Counties Premier Division clash pitting mid-table Town versus the table toppers, title favourites and a team many people had tipped for a possible Wembley appearance in the final. Northern League Division One side Sunderland RCA (standing for Ryhope Community Association) reached the same Fifth Round stage last season going out to a home 2-3 defeat to Bristol Manor Farm. Can they go at least one better this season? 

Ely City v Sporting Khalsa 
The Robins had a memorable victory at Welwyn Garden City in the Third Round in a game many people expected them to lose. They followed this up with 3-0 home victory over Shepshed Charterhouse in the last round which sees them into the Fifth Round for the first time in their history. Sporting Khalsa are yet another Midland League side left in the competition (they are fifth in the Premier Division) and it's also their best performance in the competition. City are currently 17th in the Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties Premier Division - they have reserved their best form for The Vase this season.  

Team Solent v South Shields
Following their midweek win South Shields are now the 9/4 clear favourites to lift The Vase with all other sides at least 8/1 or more. Team Solent won 3-0 against Croydon in the last round and will be relishing wecloming The Mariners to The Test Park Sports Ground in what is probably the biggest game in their short history since formation in 2005. 

SUNDAY 29th JANUARY

Southall v Exmouth Town
Likely to be a well attended game being played at Reynolds Field on Sunday as Southall's landlords Hanwell Town have a league on the Saturday. The Middlesex side won an amazing game at Bradford Town in the last round scoring an equaliser in added time to make it 2-2 after going down 2-1 just moments before - they scored two more in extra-time to cap a memorable day for the club. This game pits two Step six sides together - Southall play in the Spartan South Midlands League Division One with Exmouth in the Carlsberg South West Peninsula League. 

TEAMS LEFT BY LEAGUE

STEP FIVE 
TOOLSTATION NORTHERN COUNTIES LEAGUE PREMIER (1) 
CLEETHORPES TOWN 
HALLMARK SECURITY NORTH EAST COUNTIES LEAGUE PREMIER (1) 
ATHERTON COLLERIES 
TOOLSTATION WESTERN LEAGUE (2) 
BRISTOL MANOR FARM or MELKSHAM TOWN, BUCKLAND ATHLETIC 
SOUTHERN COUNTIES EAST LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION (1)
CROWBOROUGH ATHLETIC 
MIDLAND LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION (2)
COLESHILL TOWN, SPORTING KHALSA 
CHROMASPORT UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE PREMIER (1)
NEWPORT PAGNELL TOWN 
THURLOW NUNN EASTERN COUNTIES PREMIER (1) 
ELY CITY 
EBAC NORTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE (2) 
SUNDERLAND RCA, SOUTH SHIELDS 
WESSEX LEAGUE PREMIER (1)
TEAM SOLENT 

STEP SIX 
CARLSBERG SOUTH WEST PENINSULA PREMIER (1) 
EXMOUTH TOWN 
SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS LEAGUE DIVISION ONE (1) 
SOUTHALL 
MIDLAND LEAGUE DIVISION (2)
BROMSGROVE SPORTING, HINCKLEY AFC

CURRENT BETTING 
available at betvictor
SOUTH SHIELDS 7/4 
BROMSGROVE SPORTING 8/1 
CROWBOROUGH ATHLETIC 12/1 
ATHERTON COLLERIES 14/1 
CLEETHORPES TOWN 14/1
TEAM SOLENT 14/1 
All other 16/1 or more 



Thursday, 12 January 2017

SOME RYMAN PREMIER NUMBERS & STATISTICS


ONE - ENFIELD TOWN and LEISTON have each only lost one game at home.

TWO - HAVANT & WATERLOOVILLE have only lost two of their games on their travels. 

THIRTY-FIVE - HARLOW TOWN have let in thirty-five goals in games away from The Harlow Arena which is in stark contrast to only eleven goals they have let in at home.  

TWO - WORTHING are the form side of the division. They have only let in two goals in their last six games. 

GF 50 GA 42.....GF 44 FA 42 - Fine Margins!! - Two teams have very similar attacking and defending figures. The top one is for title chasing NEEDHAM MARKET. The bottom one is for relegation fighters MERSTHAM. 

2-1 - HENDON recorded their first win in nine games with a 2-1 win over Merstham last Saturday. The Moatsiders are still without a win on their travels in thirteen games played. 

EIGHT - WORTHING are unbeaten in eight games. They are presently only two points off the play zone.  

46.51% - WORTHING have won 46.51% of their points total in their last eight games. 

SIXTY-FIVE - Bottom side GRAYS ATHLETIC have let in the most goals (65) which equates to 2.5 goal per every game they have played. 

2/1 - HAVANT & WATERLOOVILLE are still rated as the favourites for the title very closely followed by BOGNOR REGIS TOWN rated at 21/10 and Leiston at 4/1. 

SIXTY-FOUR - LEISTON are top scorers hitting the back of the net on average 2.78 goals per game average. WORTHING are second in the goal scoring league on 2.04 goals per game. They are the only two sides to score over 2 goals per game. 

TEN - Draw specialists are ENFIELD TOWN and DULWICH HAMLET who have each drawn ten games each. The Towners shade the draw league on a percentage basis - Hamlet have drawn 34.48% of their games played with Town on 37.08%. MERTSHAM on 34.61% also love a draw on 9 games in 26 played. 

FIFTY-TWO - NEEDHAM MARKET now have one more point than they achieved all of last season over forty-six games. 

SEVENTEEN - Matt Blake of LEISTON currently leads the top goalscoring charts - he scored four in their last game at BURGESS HILL TOWN. He is closely followed by WORTHING's Lloyd Dawes on FIFTEEN who is in excellent form scoring a hat-trick in his last two games against GRAYS ATHLETIC and CANVEY ISLAND. Ryan Moss of Kingstonian is also on fifteen goals. 

TWO - more signings have been announced by BILLERICAY TOWN this week as two players join from Vanarama Naitonal sides. Striker Christian Assombalonga scored a large number of goals for Waltham Abbey in the RD1(N) last season which alerted Dagenham and Redbridge to sign him last summer. He played 14 times for The Daggers and had recently joined Vanarama South side St Albans City on loan. He now joins 'Ricay on a permanent deal. Defender Rob Swaine has also re-joined from Bromley where he has been playing since leaving The New Lodge in 2013 - He Captained The Ravens in their successful promotion to non-league's top division in 2015. 

FOUR - Ryman Premier teams represent the league this weekend in The Buildbase FA Trophy Second Round. Three are at home to Vanarama National League sides - AFC SUDBURY host Macclesfield Town, HARLOW TOWN welcome York City and WORTHING host Sutton United. DULWICH HAMLET journey to Brighton to face Vanarama South side WHITEHAWK. D1 (S) side SOUTH PARK have an amazing day out and game at Tranmere Rovers as they look to continue on their memorable Road to Wembley. They are all rated as outsiders for the games - AFC SUDBURY are 19/5, HARLOW TOWN are rated at 4/1, WORTHING are 13/5 and DULWICH HAMLET 24/11. SOUTH PARK are 16/1 to win at Prenton Park! 

ZERO - The number of Ryman Premier clubs in the semi-finals of the Essex Senior Cup. D1(N) Tilbury's victory over BILLERICAY TOWN on penalty kicks ended the division's interest in the Cup. The Dockers join Heybridge Swifts, East Thurrock United and either Braintree Town or Chelmsford City in the last four. 

1,207 - DULWICH HAMLET have the highest average attendance compared to WINGATE & FINCHLEY's having the lowest on just 137. Hamlet's figure is more than every team in the Vanarama South - Ebbsfleet United on 1,136 have the highest average in that division. The figure even beats Vanarama National side's Southport, Guiseley, Solihull Moors, Gateshead, Braintree Town, North Ferriby United and Boreham Wood. 

THIRTEEN - Since the division went to 24 teams in 2013/14 no team has finished in the top five that has lost 14+ games. This means the stat show of the current top half STAINES TOWN (14) and KINGSTONIAN (14) won't finish in the play-off zone. HARLOW TOWN (11) and LOWESTOFT TOWN (11) can only afford to lose three of their remaining games if they have any aspirations of finishing in the top five - Of course every season is different so you never know? 

SATURDAY RYMAN PREMIER DIVISION FIXTURES 
Bognor Regis Town v Enfield Town 
Grays Athletic v Wingate & Finchley 
Harrow Borough v Canvey Island 
Havant & Waterlooville v Burgess Hill Town 
Leatherhead v Kingstonian 
Leiston v Billericay Town 
Lowestoft Town v Merstham 
Metropolitan Police v Folkestone Invicta 
Needham Market v Staines Town 
Tonbridge Angels v Hendon