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. 




Thursday, 21 March 2019

ANAGRAM RECORDS SEMI-FINAL - HUGE GAME FOR WARE SPORTS & CLAPTON CFC


There is likely to be larger than usual attendance for a Ware Sports home game this Saturday as they entertain Clapton CFC in the Anagram Records Trophy Semi-Final who will bring a good away following to Hertfordshire.

The game sees Step Seven Ware Sports (currently fifth in the Herts Senior County League Premier Division) take on Step Eight Clapton CFC (fourth in the Middlesex County League Division One Central & East). The visitors have won their last five games in a row with the home side winning four of their last six so it's all set up to be an entertaining game. Clapton have beaten two HSCFL Premier Division sides on the way to semi-finals including top of the table Letchworth Garden City Eagles. 

Entrance to the game, which is being held on the 3G pitch at the rear of the Wodson Park completed, is £3 which includes a match programme. My advice would be to arrive early if you are going to the game. 

THE ROAD TO THE SEMI-FINALS 

ROUND ONE 
Clapton CFC 3 Epping Town 1 (Att 356) 
Ware Sports 3 Bush Hill Rangers 2 

ROUND TWO 
Brentham 5 Ware Sports 6 (AET 3-3 @ FT) 
Letchworth GC Eagles 0 Clapton CFC 2 

QUARTER-FINALS  
FC Hamlets 2 Ware Sports 3 
Clapton CFC 3 Chipperfield Corinthians 0 (Att 427) 

The other semi-final is scheduled for Saturday 6th April where PFC Victoria London of the Middlesex County League Premier Division host Catholic United of the Essex Olympian League Premier Division. 

PAST FINALS OF THE COMPETITION
2000 TRING ATHLETIC 1 BEDMOND SPORTS 1 AET 3-1 PENS @ ARLESEY TOWN  
2001 TRING ATHLETIC 1 VIRGINIA WATER 0 @ YEADING  
2002 ENFIELD TOWN 3 PITSTONE & IVINGHOE 1 @ WARE  
2003 WHITE ENSIGN 1 TRING ATHLETIC 0 @ WARE 
2004 FRENFORD SENIOR 2 MANFORD WAY 1 @ POTTERS BAR TOWN 
2005 WINSLOW UNITED 4 WHITE ENSIGN 1 @ NORTHWOOD  
2006 WHITE ENSIGN 1 MANFORD WAY 0 @ WELWYN GARDEN CITY  
2007 WHITE ENSIGN 4 HATFIELD TOWN 1 @ BRACHE SPARTA  
2008 FRENFORD SENIOR 1 CANNING TOWN 0 @ ILFORD  
ALL FINALS HELD AT THE HERTS COUNTY GROUND IN LETCHWORTH FROM 2008
2009 TAKELEY 2 PARK STREET VILLAGE 2 AET 3-1 PENS 
2010 PADBURY UNITED 3 THE 61F.C. (LUTON) 2  
2011 LETCHWORTH GC EAGLES 4 ASTON CLINTON 2  (Link to report & highlights
2012 BALDOCK TOWN 1 RISBOROUGH RANGERS 0  (Link to report & highlights)
2013 BALDOCK TOWN 1 KENT ATHLETIC 0 AET  
2014 KENT ATHLETIC 3 GALLEYWOOD 0  
2015 LETCHWORTH GC EAGLES 3 WHITE ENSIGN 2 AET  
2016 LONDON LIONS 3 SPRINGFIELD 1  
2017 LETCHWORTH GC EAGLES 2 BRITISH AIRWAYS 1 

 Baldock Town lifting the Anagram Records Trophy in 2012 

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

EVO-STIK SOUTHERN LEAGUE PREMIER SOUTH - THE RACE FOR THE TITLE

EVO-STIK SOUTHERN LEAGUE PREMIER SOUTH 
CURRENT TABLE - TOP FOUR 
POS TEAM P GD PTS FORM PP
1 WEYMOUTH  34  +31  69  WWWWD  93 
TAUNTON TOWN   35 +29  67  WWDLDL  89 
MET POLICE  34  +28  67 DWLWWW  91 
SALISBURY   35  +25 66  DWWLWL  87 

The top four of the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier South Divison are currently separated by just three points so the race of the title is set to be one of the most exciting in non-league football this season. The surprise team are no doubt the Metropolitan Police FC who last season finished tenth in the Bostik Premier and were moved into the new division along with Hendon, Harrow Borough and Staines Town. Long serving Manager Jim Cooper left the club as he couldn't commit to the longer distance travelling and he was replaced by Gavin McPherson who had been assistant to Cooper as well as a player at the club.

With all the upheaval at the club last summer I'm sure nobody thought that, with eight games to play, they would be in with a chance of the league title in their new division. 

Taunton Town were Division One West champions last season so are potentially looking at two promotions in as many seasons although two drawn games and two defeats in their last four games has put a dent in their title aspirations. Salisbury were also promoted from the same division as runner's up so are looking to move up to Step Two of the non-league ladder which will be one step below of where Salisbury City played in 2014 - Salisbury FC were formed after City were dissolved in 2014. 

Weymouth finished fifth in the Southern League Premier Division last season but lost in the play-off semi-final to Kings Lynn Town. 

Below is a table showing the records of the games played between the current top four. Met Police FC still have to travel to Weymouth (date to be arranged) and Taunton Town (Saturday 6th April) the results of which could be pivotal to which team finishes top of the table at the end of the season. 

In the last six league games played Weymouth have 16 points, Met Police 13, Salisbury 10 and Taunton Town 8. 

TOP FOUR V TOP FOUR TABLE  
TEAM P W D L GF GA GD PTS
WEYMOUTH 15  12  +3  11 
MET POLICE  11  +3 
SALISBURY   13  15  -2 
TAUNTON TOWN   5 1 11 15 -4

FORTHCOMING FIXTURES 

Saturday 23rd March 
Basingstoke Town (18th) v Metropolitan Police 
Salisbury v Chesham United (12th) 
Taunton Town v Poole Town (5th) 
Weymouth v Swindon Supermarine (9th) 

Saturday 30th March 
Chesham United (12th) v Taunton Town 
Hartley Witney (10th) v Weymouth 
Metropolitan Police v Merthyr Town (11th) 
Staines Town (22nd) v Salisbury 

Monday, 18 March 2019

HUGE VICTORY FOR COCKFOSTERS IN THE BATTLE TO AVOID THE DROP





The teams who finish in the bottom two of the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division will be relegated to Division One at the end of the season so Saturday's game between the current two teams occupying the relegation zone was an important one as Stotfold welcomed Cockfosters to Roker Park. 




On a very blustery and windy day it was 'Fosters who came away with a highly important 1-2 victory. Jermaine Francis had put the home side 1-0 up early on with a great finish from the edge of the box only for the impressive Reece Mosanya (who played very well in their game at London Colney in January LINK) to make it 1-1 after only 8 minutes. He received the ball on the right hand by line with his run taking the ball past two Stotfold defenders and then his shot deflecting into the net. 





George Beattie won the game for the away side on 80 minutes when Mosanya did well on the right hand side and his low cross was smashed high into the net by the former Hertford Town, Chalfont St Peter and Enfield Town forward. It's 'Foster's first win in eight league games.




SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS LEAGUE 

PREMIER DIVISION - BOTTOM FOUR ONLY 
POS TEAM P GD PTS FORM
17 LEVERSTOCK GREEN  31  -19  29   LLDLLL
18 LONDON TIGERS   29  -40  22   LLLLDL
19 COCKFOSTERS  32  -41  21   LLDDLW
20 STOTFOLD   30  -44  19   LDWLWL


MINI-MATCH HIGHLIGHTS 


FULL MATCH HIGHLIGHTS 


Thursday, 14 March 2019

THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE FIRST DIVISION ONE WEEKEND FIXTURES


Braintree Town Reserves v Wormley Rovers 
Coggeshall United v White Ensign
Frenford v Brightlingsea Regent Reserves
Holland v Harwich & Parkeston 
Lopes Tavares v Halstead Town 
May & Baker v Hashtag United 
Newbury Forest v Burnham Ramblers

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE FORTHCOMING FIXTURES & LEAGUE TABLE

ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE  
Current Table - Top Four 
PP denotes possible points 
POSTEAMPGDPTSFORMPP
STANSTED 32 +44 72 WWLWWW90
HULLBRIDGE SPORTS 31 +38 71 DWWWWW92
SAFFRON WALDEN 32 +5064 LWWLWD 82
TAKELEY  31 +3262 WLDLWL83

Current Table - Bottom Four 
POSTEAMPGDPTSFORMPP
17 TOWER HAMLETS  33 -1732 WLDLLW47
18 SOUTHEND MANOR 32 -23 27 LDLDWL45
19 BARKINGSIDE   31 -4019 WLLLLW40
20LEYTON ATHLETIC31 -4317 LLDLDL38

At the top of the table there is now a seven point gap between second placed Hullbridge Sports and third placed Saffron Walden Town so it looks like the title will go to either Sports or Stansted who currently top the table. 

The eight point gap between eighteenth placed Southend Manor and nineteen placed Barkingside looks a large amount of points to make up but both of the bottom two do have a game in hand so maybe it's not all over as yet. Tower Hamlet have won two wins in their six games has probably made them all but safe.   

Leyton Athletic, without a win in twenty-two games, entertain Sawbridgeworth Town at the weekend who themselves are without a win in six games. One of their only two league wins came earlier in the season at Sawbridgeworth Town when they won 0-3 through two goals from Dwade James (now with Walthamstow) and Rujorn Tuitt. 

FORTHCOMING FIXTURES 

Wednesday 13th March 

Essex Senior League 
Walthamstow v Stanway Rovers 

Friday 15th March 

Peter Butcher Memorial Cup Quarter-Final
Barkingside v Sporting Bengal United 

Reserve Division
Harlow Town Reserves v Redbridge Development 
Saffron Walden Town Reserves v Redbridge Reserves

Saturday 16th March
Essex Senior League
Hoddesdon Town v Stansted 
Hullbridge Sports v Southend Manor 
Leyton Athletic v Sawbridgeworth Town 
Saffron Walden Town v Enfield 

Peter Butcher Memorial Cup Quarter-Final 

Tower Hamlets v Aveley Reserves 

Errington Challenge Cup Semi-Final 

Clapton v West Essex 

Reserve Division 
Grays Athletic Reserves v Tiptree Jobserve 
Takeley Reserves v Hullbridge Sports Reserves
Waltham Abbey Reserves v Takeley Reserves 
Sawbridgeworth Town Reserves v Southend Manor Reserves 

Monday 18th March 
Essex Senior League 
Barkingside v Redbridge 

Tuesday 19th March 
Essex Senior League 
Clapton v Sawbridgeworth Town 
Sporting Bengal United v Ilford 

Tolleshunt D'Arcy Cup Semi-Final
Brightlingsea Regent v Hullbridge Sports 

Wednesday 20th March 
Reserve Division 
Hullbridge Sports Reserves v Harlow Town Reserves 

Friday 22nd March 
Essex Senior League
Woodford Town v Hullbridge Sports 

Reserve Division 
Redbridge Reserves v Aveley Reserves
 
Saturday 23rd March 

Essex Senior League 
Barkingside v Saffron Walden Town 
Enfield v Stansted 
Southend Manor v Sawbridgeworth Town 
St Margaretsbury v Hoddesdon Town 
Stanway Rovers v Leyton Athletic
Takeley v Tower Hamlets 
Walthamstow v Clapton 
West Essex v Redbridge 

Peter Butcher Memorial Cup Quarter-Final
Barkingside Reserves v Ilford 

Reserve Division
Hullbridge Sports Reserves v Grays Athletic Reserves 
Redbridge Development v Takeley Reserves 
Waltham Abbey Reserves v Harlow Town Reserves 
Saffron Walden Town Reserves v Sawbridgeworth Town Reserves