Thursday, 23 February 2017

RYMAN DIVISION ONE (SOUTH) - RACE FOR THE TITLE


RYMAN DIVISION ONE (SOUTH) 
CURRENT TABLE - TOP TWO 
POS TEAM P GD PTS PP FORM 
1 TOOTING & MITCHAM UNITED 35 +55 80 113 WWWWWWWW
2 DORKING WANDERERS 35 +45 77 110 DLWDWWWW

With a ten point gap between Dorking Wanderers and currently third placed Carshalton Athletic it's looking like a race between The Terrors and The Wanderers for the title in the Ryman Division One (South). Their nearest rivals are probably Greenwich Borough currently in Fourth place who could get to a possible points total of 102 if they win all their remaining games. 

Tooting & Mitcham United are on an excellent run of form winning their last nine league games which has put them in a real chance of promotion back to the Premier Division they left through relegation in 2012. 

It's bottom v top in the table this Saturday as Tooting travel to Godalming Town with Dorking Wanderers hosting 14th placed Ramsgate - The Rams are in good form of late winning four of their last six league games with only one defeat against Carshalton Athletic. 

Tooting then host 20th placed Chipstead on Saturday 4th March with Dorking Wanderers at play-off chasing 6th placed Corinthian Casuals. 

Further down the line on the final day of the season it could be a potentially massive game as Dorking Wanderers host Tooting and Mitcham United - Tooting won the game at Imperial Fields in August by a scoreline of 2-1. 

BUILDBASE FA TROPHY QUARTER FINALS THIS WEEKEND


Dulwich Hamlet v Macclesfield Town
A massive crowd is expected at Champion Hill for this game as The Hamlet look to quality for the last four of the Trophy for the first time in their history. Advanced tickets have been sold out for the game with 1,500 left available on the gate on the day. The Silkmen are currently in ninth place of the Vanarama National league with a real chance of making the play-offs. The Hamlet warmed up for this game with a 7-1 London Senior Cup victory over Essex Senior League side Barkingside on Tuesday evening. Macclesfield Town won 0-1 at Eastleigh in a league game on the same night - The Spitfire's manager Martin Allen parted company with the club shortly after. Dipo Akinyemi, who recently rejoined on-loan from League Two side Stevenage FC, scored four of the seven goals for Hamlet. It'll be Gavin Rose's ninth game in the competition this season. 

DULWICH HAMLET BEST TROPHY PERFORMANCE 
1979/80 Quarter-Final Replay v Boston United Lost 0-2 
MACCLESFIELD TOWN BEST TROPHY PERFORMANCE 
1969/70 Winners v Telford United W 2-0 
1995/96 Winners v Northwich Victoria W 3-1 

York City v Brackley Town
The Minstermen are struggling at the bottom of the Vanarama National division and it's look more and more likely they may be relegated twice in successive seasons. They have drawn four of their last six league games so are more difficult to beat than earlier in the season. Brackley Town are mid-table in the Vanarama North division - they have had some good wins in the Trophy with victories over AFC Fylde, Stockport Couty and Wealdstone standing out. They also had a great FA Cup run to the Second Round Proper beating football league side Gillingham in the First Round. It's easily their best performance in the Trophy having reached the First Round on four previous occasions. City have an excellent record in the competition winning it in 2012, being runner's up in 2009 and reaching the semi-final in 2008. 

YORK CITY BEST TROPHY PERFORMANCE 
2011/12 Winners v Newport County W 2-0 
BRACKLEY TOWN BEST TROPHY PERFORMANCE 
2004/05 First Round v Oxford City L 1-4 
2008/09 First Round v Basingstoke Town L 1-3 
2011/12 First Round v Dartford L 0-3 
2012/13 First Round v Guiseley L 1-3 

Boreham Wood v Lincoln City
The Imps have hit the headlines with their amazing Emirates FA Cup run this season but they are also on the Road To Wembley in the Trophy. In just two weeks they make just a slightly longer (by 13 miles) to visit The Emirates to play Arsenal but this weekend they will be at Meadow Park to play Boreham Wood. There is chance Lincoln could play at Wembley on four different occasions in The FA Trophy Final, The FA Cup Semi-Final & Final and The Vanarama Play-Off Final.....I'm sure their loyal fans would be happy to take just the top-spot in the Vanarama National and with it promotion back to League Two.       

BOREHAM WOOD BEST TROPHY PERFORMANCE
2005/06 Semi-Final v Woking L 0-3 on aggregate  
LINCOLN CITY  BEST TROPHY PERFORMANCE 
1987/88 Quarter-Final v Enfield L 0-1 

Tranmere Rovers v Barrow AFC
This should be a great game as third plays seventh in the Vanarama National Division. Rovers are just four points off first place in the table with Barrow having a real chance of the play-offs. The league can be forgotten about for the weekend as both clubs would love a chance of getting to the semi-final. The Cumbrians have a rich history in the competition reaching the semi-final in 1987/88, winning in 1989/90, the quarter-final in 1997/98, wining in 2009/10 and again reaching the quarter-final in 2012/13. This is only the second time Tranmere have played in the Trophy having been relegated from the Football League in 2015.  

TRANMERE ROVERS BEST TROPHY PERFORMANCE
2015/16 First Round v Wrexham L 2-4 
BARROW AFC BEST TROPHY PERFORMANCE 
1989/90 Winners v Leek Town W 3-0 
2009/10 Winners v Stevenage Borough W 2-1 

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

RACE FOR THE TITLE IN THE MIDDLESEX COUNTY LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION

MIDDLESEX COUNTY LEAGUE 
PREMIER DIVISION - CURRENT TABLE - TOP THREE ONLY 
POS TEAM P GD PTS PP
1 FC ASSYRIA 20 +59 48 72
2 FC DEPORTIVO GALICIA 18 +27 44 74
3 BRITISH AIRWAYS 17 +34 36 69

The championship race in the Middlesex County League Premier Division looks to be down to just three teams with the game between FC Assyria v FC Deportivo Galicia on Saturday 11th March having the look of a real title decider. Six of the eight games FC Assyria have left are to be played at home including one versus British Airways on Tuesday 11th April - They have scored an incredible 98 goals in their 20 games which equates to 4.9 per game played including a recent 12-1 victory over Southall Reserves. British Airways and FC Deportivo Galicia play on Saturday 25th March. Bilal Butt (dual registered with SSMFL Premier side Edgware Town) has scored 44 goals in FCA's 20 league games played. 

The table toppers host eighth placed Cricklewood Wanderers at Osterley Sports Club this weekend. 


ANAGRAM RECORDS QUARTER FINAL MATCHES THIS WEEKEND

The Quarter-Final matches of the Anagram Trophy are scheduled to be be played this weekend - 

Loughton Manor v Manford Way
10th in Spartan South Midlands D2 v 7th in Essex Olympian Premier 
Galleywood v Sandridge Rovers 
6th in EOL D1 v 10th in Herts Senior County Premier
Bovingdon v Letchworth Garden City Eagles 
2nd in HSCL Premier v 5th in HSCL Premier 
Old Bradwell United v British Airways
7th in SSMFL D2 v 3rd in Middlesex County Premier 

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HERTFORDSHIRE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION COUNTY CUPS - AN UPDATE

As we approach the end of February the County Cups are nearing their culmination. Here is how the Hertfordshire Football Association adult competitions currently line-up - 

Senior Challenge Cup Final 
date to be arranged 
Hitchin Town v Bishops Stortford 
The Canaries won the Herts Senior Cup for the first time since 1997 in a 2-1 win versus Boreham Wood. They could be the first team to retain the Trophy since Watford won in 1994 and 1995. The Final will be a welcome break for Bishops Stortford who have been struggling in the relegation zone of the Vanarama South division this season. Hitchin are in 3rd place of the Evo-Stick Southern League Premier Division and look set for a place in the play-offs at the end of the season. 

Charity Cup 
date to be arranged 
Cheshunt v Hitchin Town 
It's two trips to The County Ground for Hitchin Town when they face RD1(N) side Cheshunt in The Charity Cup final. It's the first time since 2010 that Bishops Stortford have not been in the final - they have won five of the last six competitions. The Ambers last won in 2008 with The Canaries last win in 2001.  

Charity Shield 
date to be arranged 
Tring Athletic v Berkhamsted

Senior Centenary Trophy 
to be played on Tuesday 21st March 
London Lions v Wodson Park 
A great final in prospect in the Senior Centenary Trophy as Herts Senior County League Premier Division table topper's London Lions take on Wodson Park on the SSMFL Division One. 

Veteran's Cup Final 
to be played on Sunday 19th March 
Dun Cow Vets v Hitchin Town Vets or Hadley Vets 

Saturday Junior Cup 
to be played on Friday 14th April (Good Friday 3pm KO)
Mill Lane v London Colney Blues or Croxley Community Reserves (25/2/17)

Saturday Intermediate Cup
to be played on Tuesday 11th April 
Cheshunt Res or Bengeo Trinity v Sun Sports Res or AFC Oaklands 
* Semi-Finals to be played on Saturday 4th March 


Women's Cup 
to be played on Sunday 12th March 
Stevenage Ladies v Royston Town Ladies 

Sunday Senior Cup 
to be played on Sunday 26th March 
AFC Boars or The Great Northern v Skew Bridge or Nicholas Breakspear OB
* Semi-Finals to be played on Sunday 26th February  

Sunday Junior Cup
to be played on Sunday 2nd April 
Potten End or Southbury v Sawbridgeworth Brewery or Hexton
* Semi-Finals to be played on Sunday 26th February 

Sunday Intermediate Cup
to be played on Sunday 9th April 
Skew Bridge Res or Markyate v Blacksmiths Arms or Fox & Hounds 
* Semi-Finals to be played on Sunday 5th March. 

Friday, 17 February 2017

RYMAN PREMIER DIVISION WEEKEND PREVIEW AND FIXTURES


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

There are some really intriguing fixtures in the Ryman Premier Division tomorrow. Table topper's Bognor Regis Town are on the road as they travel to fifth placed Wingate and Finchley who got back to winning ways at home to Folkestone Invicta on Tuesday evening in front of just 84 people - Keith Rowland's  side were 1-2 down with just five minutes to go but sealed a 3-2 victory with late goals from Reece Beckles-Richards and Rob Laney. 


match action from Billericay Town's victory against Needham Market - photo's by @NickyHayesPhoto

Billericay Town's new look squad fired a real warning signal to the rest of the division on Wednesday evening with a 6-0 demolition of second placed Needham Market at The New Lodge. The impressive new look squad which has been assembled with numerous signings since Glenn Tamplin's take-over of the club before Christmas now seems to be clicking with The Blues winning their last five games in a row scoring eighteen goals in the process. They travel to local rival's Grays Athletic tomorrow with another new player in their squad - experienced goalkeeper Alan Julian Julian has signed from Vanarama National side Bromley. The bookmakers make the visitors 8/15 odd's on favourites with Grays at 4/1 in this game - they seem to never get it wrong do they but who would of given Grays any chance in their recent away game at Bognor Regis which they ended up winning 1-2. Craig Edwards side are seven points of the play-off zone - Could they sneak into the top five with a run towards the end of the season? I would say they can only afford to lose one more game in their final fourteen to be played if they have any chance. 

Needham Market will look to get back to winning ways but have another tough away day at Dulwich Hamlet who have slipped down to tenth place having drawn three, won two and lost one of their last six league games - Will The Pink and Blues have one eye on their FA Trophy Quarter-Final against Vanarama National League side Macclesfield Town which is scheduled to take place on Saturday 28th February?  

Third placed Havant and Waterlooville (still 7/5 title favourites with the bookies) entertain struggling Hendon with fourth placed Tonbridge Angels travelling to Kingstonian (12th) - Angels had a fantastic 3-0 win at home against Enfield Town in midweek which firmly cemented their play-off credentials. 

The Towners (7th) have seen their play-off hopes fade, having lost four on their last six games, travel to Worthing (9th) in a game neither side can really afford to lose if they are to have any hope of finishing in the top five. The Rebels have recently lost the services of forward Omar Bugiel who has moved up the pyramid to Vanarama National side Forest Green Rovers. The 23 year old played his first game for Rovers last weekend coming on as substitute in what was a dream debut. He set up the first goal and scored the second in a 2-0 home victory over Boreham Wood.