Wednesday, 30 July 2014

WITHAM TOWN TOO GOOD FOR HERTFORD TOWN

RYMAN PREMIER SIDE SCORE SEVEN AT HERTINGFORDBURY PARK 




Witham Town ran out convincing 0-7 winners in a pre-season friendly against Hertford Town yesterday evening. In 2011/12 the two sides were playing at the same level of the non-league game in the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division and Essex Senior League but following two promotions Witham Town will be proud members of the Ryman Premier Division for the forthcoming season. 


Above - The Hertford Town keeper probably would of been sent off in a League game proper
Below - The officials made the right decision to give him a word of warning instead
Witham were the better side throughout the game with the score a comfortable 0-2 at half-time through a penalty kick and a well taken goal following a swift break down the left hand side. The penalty incident could of seen the Hertford keeper sent off in a league game as it was a foul which denied a clear goal scoring opportunity.


The Difference?
Above - Hertford played three on three at times against Witham's pacey attacking line
Below - Hertford's former Ware forward Leigh Rose lead the attack for the home side but was isolated at times
 
In the second half Hertford struggled to cope with Witham's movement up front and on the wings with the Essex side running in a further five goals. The video below shows Witham's first two goals and the penalty incident along with one of Hertford's best chances by Leigh Rose in the second half.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

BARNET SUNDAY LEAGUE 2014/15


The Barnet Sunday League constitution for 2014/15 has been announced with the league running four divisions which now also covers parts of North London following the merger with the North London Sunday League in the summer of 2013.

PREMIER DIVISION
(10 teams)
AC MEDZ
BOREHAMWOOD 2000
CHUCHILL KNIGHTS
FC BOCA
FINCHLEY UNITED
HIGHGATE ALBION
NORTHUMBERLAND PARK RANGERS
OLD ELIZABETHANS
PANATHINAIKOS WHITES
ROVING REPORTERS

The Premier Division increases from seven to ten teams. "Inter Trac" the Premier Division champions have left the league but Borehamwood 2000 are still members having been pipped to the title by just one point in 2013/14.  Northumberland Park Rangers, who only managed two draws from their twelve games last season, are still in the Premier Division and will hopefully win a game this season which will be good to see.

DIVISION ONE
(11 teams)
AFC FINCHLEY
APOEL FC
BARNET HEARTS
BROTHERHOOD
FC PHOENIX
FACELAD
HIGHGATE ALBION 2nds
MIGHTY FINE CLEMENTINES
PANATHINAIKOS
SPARTANS
WHITE HART LANE

DIVISION TWO
(10 clubs)
ARNOS ROVERS
FC BOCA SENIORS
FC LOKOMOTIV THUNDER
GRANGE PARK
HIGHGATE ALBION 3rds
HORNSEY & HIGHGATE
NORTH LONDON ZUBRONS
ROVER RESPORTERS RESERVES
ST JOHN'S DFC
VP FC

In Division Two Highgate Albion 3rds will play a local derby game versus Hornsey and Highgate. The 3rds played 14 league games last season and lost them all scoring just 12 goals and letting in 67.

VETERANS DIVISION
(11 clubs)
APOEL FC VETS
GLOBE RANGERS VETS
HOODWOOD VETS
LONDON TURKISH VETS
OLD ELIZABETHANS VETS
OLD MICHENDINIANS VETS
TANSLEY VETS
UCL ACADEMICALS VETS
WALTHAM FOREST VETS
WINCHMORE HILL VETS
WOODFORD TOWN VETS

The Veterans Division increases from nine to eleven teams with last season's champion's Old Elizabethans opening their defence of the title against Waltham Forest Vets on Sunday 7th September.

Check out the league's football mitoo website for details of fixtures and league tables.





Monday, 28 July 2014

RYMAN PREMIER DIVISION NEWS

There is just under two weeks to go until the eagerly anticipated kick off to the Ryman League season on Saturday 9th August. Here the cold end looks at how the pre-season campaign and build up has been going for the teams.

AFC HORNCHURCH travelled to Division One (North) side Thurrock on Saturday and came away with a 1-2 win thanks to goals from Martin Tuohy and Junior Luke. Junior Dadson has joined from Harlow Town along with Tom Davis from Chelmsford City and goalkeeper Sam Mott who impressed for Thamesmead Town in the Premier Division last year. The Urchins will miss the goals of Stefan Payne who has joined Conference Premier side Dover Athletic. They have also drawn against a West Ham XI 2-2, Won at Whitstable Town and lost 1-0 at Bishops Stortford.

BILLERICAY TOWN have retained the services of centre-forward Ricky Sappleton who was top scorer last season with manager Craig Edwards making a number of impressive signings. Young right back Greg O'Hanlon has joined and he counts Arsenal, Charlton Athletic and Stevenage among his former clubs. Jack Edwards has also signed and he was was former youth team captain at Southend United from where he was released over the summer. Defender/Midfielder Matt Pooley also looks a good signing for the blues. He has spent time with Braintree Town and league two side's Gillingham and Dagenham & Redbridge. Goalkeeper Marko Cancar and Swiss born midfielder Cyrus Mahler has also joined the blues squad. On Saturday in front of 264 people the blues lost to Millwall u21's 1-2 with Junior Appiah scoring their goal. Other results have seen them draw 0-0 at home to Conference new boy's Eastleigh, a 4-3 win over Hemel Hempsted Town, a 1-3 home defeat versus Southend United and a 1-7 away win over Basildon United. Ex Towner Chris Wild did re-join for the 2014/15 but has since left New Lodge.

BOGNOR REGIS TOWN have lost last season's captain KaneWills who has joined the Margate promotion push which will be a big loss for The Rocks. They have two fixtures this week with a trip to Worthing tonight (Monday) and Conference South Whitehawk visiting Nyewood Lane on Wednesday. So far they have lost at home against a Stoke City XI (1-2), Portsmouth (1-6 in front of over 2,000 people) and Reading 0-2. An experimental side drew 1-1 at AFC Portchester last Friday night. Manager Jamie Howell still has the bulk of last season's squad which made the play-offs so they should be there or thereabouts in the top five at the end of the 2014/15 campaign.

At BURY TOWN it's a new era as Ben Chenery takes over at manager following long serving boss Richard Wilkins leaving the club towards the end of last season. Chenery had been Wilkin's assistant for two years so knows Ram Meadow very well. Can they improve on last season's fifteenth place position? It's been a mixed bag of results so far in pre-season with wins against Gorleston (3-0), Walsham-Le-Willows (4-1) and Mildenhall Town (2-0) and defeats versus AFC Sudbury (2-1) and Colchester United (0-4). Liam Wales (2) and Ross Bailey (2), two products of the club's youth team, have been amongst the goals so far this pre-season.

CANVEY ISLAND played their local rival's Concord Rangers on Saturday with the Conference South side coming out 3-2 winners. This was less than 24 hours after The Gulls had won 1-0 against a Gillingham XI. They have also drawn 2-2 at Heybridge Swifts, lost 2-0 at Chelmsford City, drawn 1-1 at home to Burnham Ramblers and lost 1-4 at home to Conference Premier new boy's Dover Athletic. Centre-Forward John Sands has been scoring frequently in the pre-season games having joined from Bury Town last October ands scoring 13 times in 22 games. He should do well this season having suffered a nasty injury in a broken jaw for part of the last campaign.  Anthony Thomas who scored 17 goals for Hendon last season and joined Canvey in June scored twice in the Island derby. Some great news for the club is that young goalkeeper Josh Vickers who spent most of last season on loan from Arsenal has signed a professional contract at The Emirates for the forthcoming season. He played forty times last season for The Gulls in 2013/14. As well as Anthony Thomas joining the club have also recruited left winger/midfielder Victor Osobo from Harrow Borough and Freddie Warren who had been released by Conference side Barnet. Warren, a central midfielder, played on loan at The Prospects Stadium during the 2013/14 campaign. Manager Danny Heale has also made the signing of experienced centre back John Easterford who has moved the short distance from Concord. He is no stranger to the club having played 88 times between 2010 to 2012.

Some of the focus for DULWICH HAMLET has been off the pitch as the potential redevelopment of their Champion Hill ground has been announced. The club are now owned by the Hadley Property Group who took over over in early 2014 and wiped out a considerable amount of debt the club had. Manager Gavin Rose has lost a number of players from last season's successful squad including the magic of midfielder Erhun Oztumer who has joined League One side Peterborough United. Hamlet host Crystal Palace on Tuesday evening which should attract a decent crowd to Champion Hill. A young side from Dulwich had a 1-4 victory at the weekend at Division One (South) new boy's Whyteleafe and also another 1-4 victory at Beckenham Town. Xavier Vidal, Ashley Robinson (2) and Ashley Carew scored the goals against The Leafe. Youngster Kareem Boyle has impressed in pre-season and looks like another player who is going to make the step up from the Aspire Academy/Hamlet youth team. Keep a look out for him in 2014/15!

EAST THURROCK UNITED's long serving manager John Coventry has announced the following players have joined for the 2014/15 campaign - David Hughes, Ryan Sammons, Simon Peddie, Steve Sheehan, Tom Stephen, Connor Witherspoon, Nicky Symons, Mitchell Gilbey, Ross Parmenter, Sam Letchmere, Neil Richmonds, David Bryan, Emmanuel Osei and Lewis Smith. The Rocks hosted Luton Town last mid-week in a game which saw goal keeper Elliot Justham return to Rookery Hill. The game ended 1-1. They have also beat Redbridge 3-1 this pre-season. Former Aveley centre-back Jay Leader had been set to join United but as stated in this article he joined local rival's Grays Athletic. 

ENFIELD TOWN's scheduled home friendly against Boreham Wood tomorrow has been cancelled as the pitch at Donkey Lane isn't quite ready to be played on. Most of the club's fans enjoyed a wonderful weekend trip to Belgium where they recorded a 0-4 victory over friends and fellow fan's formed club YB SK Beveren. George Borg has moved to replace the currently injured Noel Imber by recruiting Nathan McDonald on loan from Conference Premier Braintree Town. He made his debut for The Towners in Belgium. 

GRAYS ATHELTIC are under the new management of Jody Brown who has joined after a decent season with Division One (North) Heybridge Swifts. The club have signed a number of impressive players with Brown who has also spent time at Halstead Town, Redbridge and Maldon and Tiptree building what looks a good squad. Athletic will continue ground sharing at Aveley for the 2014/15 campaign. Jay Leader (see East Thurrock United), former Enfield Town fan's favourite Jey Siva (from Wealdstone), centre forward Chris Bryan (Heybridge Swifts), 6' 7" inch keeper Conor Gough (Bristol Rovers) and young striker Dumebi Dumaka (Heybridge Swifts and also played for Barking) have all joined Brown's new look squad. The most impressive signing has to be Glenn Little who has joined from Ryman Premier champion's Wealdstone. His experience will prove invaluable to the Essex side. It's been a good pre-season so far with five wins and two defeats in the seven games played so far. The wins have been against Waltham Abbey (2-1), Brentwood Town (2-1), Bedfont and Feltham (6-0), Chatham Town (1-0) and Romford (2-0) with the defeats against Chelmsford City (5-1) and Aveley (2-1). Tomorrow night see's Grays make the trip to local rivals Tilbury for The Stan Veness Trophy which should be a entertaining game. 

HAMPTON AND RICHMOND'S most important business for the summer was keeping hold of prolific striker Charlie Moone who had been attracting club's from higher up the non-league ladder. Midfielder's Tom Hickey and Joe Turner have both left The Beveree to join Wealdstone's maiden season in the conference south and have been replaced by Michael Bryan (from Hendon) and 20 year old Jesse Kewley-Graham (Wycombe Wanderers) have both joined the club along with left winger Jerome Federico who makes the step up from Calor League Central side Northwood. The 22 year old made some impressive performances for Wood last year and looks a really decent signing for joint manager's Paul Barry and Darren Powell. There is no doubt in The Cold End's mind that with the quality of the squad at H&R they will improve greatly on last season's twelfth place finish. 269 people saw a Crystal Palace XI win 2-3 against Hampton on Saturday. 

Dave Anderson who guided HARROW BOROUGH to a comfortable eighteenth position last season will be looking to move up the table for the 2014/15 season. It was great to see goalkeeper James Shea who impressed last season join League Two side AFC Wimbledon recently. Borough had a great day on Saturday as a young Arsenal XI visited Earlsmead and attracted a good crowd of 500 people. The Gunners ran out 1-5 winners but the event would of boosted the club accounts for the forthcoming campaign. Anderson has added forward Lewis Driver (from Burnham) to his squad - the majority of which have stayed which will hopefully for the Borough fans will mean stability means success. 

HENDON boss Gary McCann has been in charge of the club since February 2005 so 14/15 will be ninth full season with the North London club who continue to ground share at Harrow Borough's Earlsmead. McCann has added Sam Murphy (formerly of Aldershot Town), Portuguese midfielder Andrea Da Costa (formerly of Kingstonian, Bishop's Stortford, Macclesfield Town and AFC Bournemouth), winger Tom O'Regan (Beaconsfield SYCOB) and the very experienced striker Kezie Ibe (who was at Conference South side Basingstoke Town last season) to his squad. Pre season has seen three wins, one draw and one defeat so far. 

KINGSTONIAN will miss the services of forward Ryan Moss who has joined Margate. The K's are under new management of former Carshalton Athletic boss Tommy Williams who has moved to replace Moss with Elvis Hammond (ex of Woking, Farnborough, Cheltenham Town and Leicester City) and Nathaniel Pinney who has joined from Tonbridge Angels. He scored many goals for Williams when in charge of Carshalton Atlhetic in 2012/13. They will play alongside Andre McCollin who is rated by many people as one of the best players in the Ryman Premier Division. Can Williams go one better than the runners-up position the K's finished last season? They face Conference Premier side Braintree Town tonight at Kingsmeadow

LEATHERHEAD, promoted via the Division One (South) play-offs, rejoin the Premier Division after just two seasons. The Tanners have signed centre-back Joe Bruce who was with Calor Division One Central winner's Dunstable Town last season but have lost striker Tom Bradbrook to Conference Premier Dartford, Tom Parkinson to Tonbridge Angels and Jamie Coyle to Maidstone United. Central defender Jerry Nnamani, who was with Crystal Palace as a youth team player, is a player to look out for. The club have signed centre forward Kiernan Hughes-Mason who played a few games for Maidstone United last season and has also played for Kettering Town, Grimbsy Town and Welling United amongst other clubs. The 22 year old, born in Hackney, was with both Arsenal, Millwall and Tottenham Hotspur as a youth team player. Manager Richard Brady and fans at Fetcham Grove will probably be happy with a mid-table position next season.

LEISTON were very impressive when the cold end saw them play Enfield Town in March. They recorded an impressive 1-3 win at Donkey Lane thanks to two goals from Gareth Heath and Connor Hubble (who was on loan from Colchester United). Under manager Steve Ball, who took over the Victory Road hot-seat in November 2013, the teams form improved remarkably and finished impressively in ninth place. Ball had made some good signings to improve his squad - Defender Scott Mitchell has moved from AFC Sudbury and Tom Bullard from Bury Town where he was captain for many seasons along with the experienced Cliff Akurang from Conference South side Bishops Sotrtford. The key piece of recruitment made by the club looks to be the appointment of a Richard Wilkins as Assistant Manger. He left Bury Town towards the end of the last season and brings with him a wealth of knowledge about the game as he was manager for 14 years at Ram Meadow. The Cold End predicts Leiston. currently rated as high at 33/1 for the title by some bookmakers, will be the surprise team of the division and could well finish in the top five.

Boss Gary Wilson and Assistant Danny Bloor will be looking to improve on LEWES last two finishing positions of 16th and 19th following a 6th place finish in 2011/12. They have recruited George Branford who was released by Portsmouth over the summer. He spent some time on loan at The Dripping Pan last season so knows the club well. Centre-Forward Elliott Romain has also joined after scoring regularly for Three Bridges FC for the last four seasons. The Rooks face a Charlton Athletic XI at home tomorrow night.

MAIDSTONE UNITED, who missed out on the play-offs last season finishing seventh after featuring in the top five for most of the campaign, are likely to be right up the top of the division again. They will miss 24 goal Zac Attwood who has joined the revolution at Margate. Boss Jay Saunders has signed Jay May from Bromley to boost his striking options along with Jamie Coyle from Leatherhead (mentioned above).

MARGATE are the hot favourites for the title after signing a number of big name players. Attwood (mentioned above), Jason Prior (who scored bundles of goals for Bognor Regis Town a few seasons ago to secure a move to League Two side AFC Wimbledon), Ryan Moss from Kingstonian are a few of the signings made. Manager Terry Brown and Assistant Stuart Cash are highly experienced and there is no doubting why they are rated so highly by everyone. The Gate recorded a 5-1 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers XI on Saturday thanks to goals from Prior, Attwood, Moss, Lewis Taylor and goal scoring midfielder Charlie Allen. Barnet visit Hartsdown Park tomorrow night.

METROPOLITAN POLICE manager Jim Cooper has retained most of last season's squad but has recruited Mitchell Gutteridge, Ryan Watts, Billy Crook (a headline writer's dream - "CROOK NICKS IT FOR THE POLICE") and Michael Charles. It's been three wins and from three games so far this pre-season including a 5-2 victory over Merstham on Saturday.

Division One (South) PEACEHAVEN AND TELSCOMBE are fancied by many to do quite well in the Premier Division this season. They will miss the goals of 24 year old Charlie Walker who has this week joined League Two side Luton Town. Walker netted 43 goals for The Magpies last season Walker has started his football career in the Sussex County League for Shoreham and Lancing before joining Whitehawk and then Peacehaven. He is another example that if clubs are willing to take a small gamble they could unearth a real gem - Look at Charlie Austin who just five seasons ago was with Poole Town and will be playing the Premier League with Queens Park Rangers next season. The signing of ex Whitehawk player Sami El Abd will provide much needed experience for the team.

TONBRIDGE ANGELS, relegated from the Conference South, are under new management of Steve McKimm who has promoted a few young players from the reserve side and made a few new signings. The Cold End thinks the Angels will be happy with a mid-table position next season and will look to build a new team over a few season capable of promotion back to Step two of the non-league ladder. It looks like the club will not break the bank to achieve this though so it will be a transitional/consolidation type of season for the Angels in the cold end's opinion.

Division One (North) surprise champions VCD ATHLETIC will be playing at Step three of the non-league ladder for the first time in their history. Tony Russell's side has won three and drawn one of their pre-season games so far and entertain Dartford in a local derby tomorrow evening at Oakwood which should draw a decent crowd.

WINGATE AND FINCHLEY reprieved from relegation to Division One (North) following Worksop Town's resignation from the Northern Premier League will start their fourth season at this level of football. They certainly won't finish in the top five (even the most ardent of supporters will tell you this) but I predict the club with 'more flags than fans' will surprise a few teams this season.

WITHAM TOWN, promoted via the Division One (North) play-offs are managed by Garry Kimble who has recruited a number of players ready for the Premier Division campaign. Striker Josh Mayhew who scored over 20+ goals for Hadleigh United in the Thurlow Nunn League last season has joined along with Leon Antoine (from Harlow Town), midfielder Ryan Blackman (from Tilbury) and James Robinson (with Billericay Town last season). Young striker Shamido Pedulu who started in the reserve side last season is a player to watch for at Spa Road. My thoughts are with everyone at the Essex club after their chairman Tony Last sadly died recently. He was well respected in local football and had done so much for the club. No one would of been prouder to see Town playing in the Ryman Premier Division than him.

It's shaping up to be a really exciting season and with more supporters watching games at this level creating great atmospheres there has never been a better time in my opinion to watch your local side.

Saturday 9th August 2014 - Opening day fixtures
BILLERICAY TOWN v GRAYS ATHLETIC 
CANVEY ISLAND v BOGNOR REGIS TOWN 
DULWICH HAMLET v HARROW BOROUGH 
EAST THURROCK UNITED v AFC HORNCHURCH 
ENFIELD TOWN v KINGSTONIAN 
HENDON v BURY TOWN 
LEATHERHEAD v PEACEHAVEN AND TELSCOMBE 
MAIDSTONE UNITED v METROPOLITAN POLICE 
MARGATE v HAMPTON AND RICHMOND BOROUGH 
TONBRIDGE ANGELS v VCD ATHLETIC 
WINGATE AND FINCHLEY v LEISTON 
WITHAM TOWN V LEWES 

There is no doubting the game of the day on the opening Saturday of the season as Hampton and Richmond Borough make the trip to Margate. Can the big spending title favourites stop goal machine Charlie Moone?


Saturday, 26 July 2014

HERTSAVERS HERTFORDSHIRE SENIOR COUNTY LEAGUE 2014/15

Some of the teams who will be playing in the Hertfodshire County League 2014/15 season
The full fixture list for the Hertsavers Hertfordshire Senior County League is out for the first few weeks of the season. There is one new team in Division One for the original constitution announced as 'Broadfields' enter to make it an eleven team competition for the 2014/15 campaign.

SATURDAY 16th AUGUST
Premier Division
Bovingdon v Sandridge Rovers
Bushey Sports Club v Sarratt
Chipperfield Corinthians v Bedmond Sports and Social Club
Hertford Heath v Hatfield Social
Letchworth Garden City Eagles v Wormley Rovers
Mill End Sports v Belstone
Standon and Puckeridge v Lemsford
Whitwell v Cuffley

Division One
Buntingford Town v Colney Heath Reserves
Knebworth v Cheshunt Reserves
Old Parmiterians v Evergreen

TUESDAY 19th AUGUST
Premier Division
Bedmond Sports and Social Club v Bushey Sports Club
Bovingdon v Mill End Sports
Cuffley v Standon and Puckeridge
Hatfield Social v Letchworth Garden City Eagles
Hertford Heath v Wormley Rovers
Sandridge Rovers v Belstone
Sarratt v Chipperfield Corinthians
Whitwell v Lemsford

SATURDAY 23rd AUGUST
Premier Division
Belstone v Cuffley
Bovingdon v Wormley Rovers
Chipperfield Corinthians v Hatfield Social
Hertford Heath v Bushey Sports Club
Lemsford v Mill End Sports
Sarratt v Letchworth Garden City Eagles
Standon and Puckeridge v Sandridge Rovers
Whitwell v Bedmond Sports and Social

Division One
Broadfields v Evergreen
Cheshunt Reserves v Colney Heath Reserves
Old Parmiterians v Buntingford Town

TUESDAY 26th AUGUST 
Premier Division
Bedmond Sports and Social Club v Belstone
Bushey Sports Club v Sandridge Rovers
Chipperfield Corinthians v Bovingdon
Cuffley v Hertford Heath
Hatfield Social v Lemsford
Letchworth Garden City Eagles v Whitwell
Mill End Sports v Sarratt
Standon and Puckeridge v Wormley Rovers

SATURDAY 30th AUGUST 
Premier Division
Belstone v Standon and Puckeridge
Bovingdon v Lemsford
Bushey Sports Club v Wormley Rovers
Cuffley v Sarratt
Hatfield Social v Sandridge Rovers
Hertford Heath v Bedmond Sports and Social Club
Letchworth Garden City Eagles v Chipperfield Corinthians
Mill End Sports v Whitwell

Division One
AFC Hatfield v Broadfields
Buntingford Town v Cheshunt Reserves
Evergreen v Knebworth
Hampstead Heath v Kimpton Rovers
Old Parmiterians v Colney Heath Reserves



On Non-League day Chipperfield, Cuffley, Hatfield Social, Hertford Heath, Letchworth, Sandridge, Sarratt, Standon and Puckeridge, Broadfields, Colney Heath Res, Kimpton Rovers and Knebworth are all at home so have a chance to get a few more people watching some proper football. With no Premier League or Championship games being played due to the International weekend it would be great to see lots of local people seeing their local side in action - England travel to Switzerland for a European Championship Qualifier on Monday 8th September.

SATURDAY 6th SEPTEMBER
Premier Division 
Chipperfield Corinthians v Lemsford
Cuffley v Bedmond Sports and Social Club
Hatfield Social v Bovingdon
Hertford Heath v Belstone
Letchworth Garden City Eagles v Mill End Sports
Sandridge Rovers v Wormley Rovers
Sarratt v Whitwell
Standon and Puckeridge v Bushey Sports Club

Division One
Broadfields v Cheshunt Reserves
Colney Heath Reserves v Old Parmiterians
Kimpton Rovers v Evergreen
Knebworth v AFC Hatfield

SATURDAY 13th SEPTEMBER
Premier Division 
Bedmond Sports and Social Club v Standon and Puckeridge
Bovingdon v Letchworth Garden City Eagles
Bushey Sports Club v Hatfield Social
Hertford Heath v Sarratt
Lemsford v Sandridge Rovers
Mill End Sports v Cuffley
Whitwell v Chipperfield Corinthians
Wormley Rovers v Belstone

Division One 
AFC Hatfield v Colney Heath Reserves
Broadfields v Hinton
Evergreen v Cheshunt Reserves
Hampstead Heath v Knebworth
Old Parmiterians v Kimpton Rovers

Friday, 25 July 2014

LONDON COLNEY BEAT THE FLYING EAGLES

TEAM SPIRIT - THE FLYING EAGLES HUDDLE BEFORE KICK OFF


"HARRY SEDGLEY STEPS DOWN AT PENALTY TAKER" 

The London Colney twitter feed (@LCFC1907) tweeted 'breaking news...Harry Sedgley steps down as penalty taker' after Tuesday night's victory over The Flying Eagles of Ealing Town at Cotlandswick. I'm sure this was just a bit of banter after the Colney player missed the penalty kick he took right at the end of an entertaining well contested pre-season friendly game. 


The home side could of been more than 2-0 up by this point as they had a number of good chances to score against the new Division Two side Ealing Town who made a good fight of things and will take many positives from this game against an established Premier Division side in the Spartan South Midlands League. Ealing hit the post and forced the home keeper into making a great save in the first half. The match highlights are below including both goals scored - Colney's first was adjudged to have crossed the line although from the angle filmed it's impossible to tell. The home side changed most of their team and kits in the second half from gold to sky blue and white striped shirts.


London Colney's first league fixtures are a home fixture versus Tring Athletic followed by a Tuesday night trip to Kings Langley. They then have a home FA Cup game versus Woodbridge Town on Saturday 16th August. Before these they entertain Hoddesdon Town on Tuesday 5th August in the Hertfordshire FA Charity Shield. They also have a home pre-season game against Northwood this Saturday. 

Ealing Town's first league game is scheduled for Saturday 16th August when they make the trip to Wolverton Town before welcoming Aston Clinton to Avenue Park on Saturday 23rd August. They have three pre-season games left at Hatfield Town (Thursday 31st July), home versus Edgware Town (Saturday 2nd August) and a trip to Clapton on Tuesday 5th August. 

Good luck to both teams for the 2014/15 season. 

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE FIXTURES RELEASED

The forty-fourth season of the Essex Senior League kicks off on Saturday 9th August with all twenty clubs in action. There are some really good games in prospect with last season's runner's up Haringey Borough welcoming Clapton to Coles Park and fourth placed Tower Hamlets making the trip to Bowers and Pitsea who are under the new management of Rob Small who has joined from Essex Olympian League side Southminster St Leonards where he won the championship last season. There are also two East London derby games as Ilford welcome former tenant's Waltham Forest to Cricklefield Stadium and Sporting Bengal United welcoming old rival's under a new name in Newham FC. London Bari who finished bottom in 2013/14 winning only three of thirty-eight games welcome Greenhouse London who finished in eighteenth place winning six of their thirty-eight games. Enfield 1893 FC will be playing their home league games at Harlow Town's stadium and welcome both Stansted and Greenhouse London in the opening week of the season.

EAST LONDON DERBY DAYS
ILFORD v WALTHAM FOREST
SPORTING BENGAL UNITED v NEWHAM
SATURDAY 9th AUGUST 
BASILDON UNITED v BARKING 
BOWERS AND PITSEA v TOWER HAMLETS 
ENFIELD 1893 v STANSTED 
ETON MANOR v TAKELEY 
FC ROMANIA v SOUTHEND MANOR 
HARINGEY BOROUGH v CLAPTON 
HULLBRIDGE SPORTS v SAWBRIDGEWORTH TOWN 
ILFORD v WALTHAM FOREST 
LONDON BARI v GREENHOUSE LONDON 
SPORTING BENGAL UNITED v NEWHAM  

LONDON BARI WILL BE COMPETING IN THEIR THIRD SEASON IN THE ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE

TUESDAY 12th AUGUST
BARKING v SAWBRIDGEWORTH TOWN 
CLAPTON v SPORTING BENGAL UNITED 
ENFIELD 1893 v GREENHOUSE LONDON - this game should be re-scheduled to the Monday or Wednesday night as Harlow Town are at home to Romford in the Ryman Division One (North)
HARINGEY BOROUGH v LONDON BARI 
WALTHAM FOREST v TAKELEY 

WEDNESDAY 13th AUGUST
BASILDON UNITED v ILFORD 
BOWERS AND PITSEA v HULLBRIDGE SPORTS 
ETON MANOR v FC ROMANIA 

THURSDAY 14th AUGUST 
NEWHAM v STANSTED  

In the FA Cup there is only one all Essex Senior League game as Clapton play Bowers and Pitsea. FC Romania make a little piece of history as they make their debut in the competition with a home tie against Haverhill Rovers. Barking make the reverse trip to Suffolk to face Haverhill Borough. There is a game on Sunday which could attract a good amount of ground hoppers when Stansted play Ipswich Wanderers at Bishop's Stortford's ProKit Stadium.

SATURDAY 16th AUGUST 
FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round
BASILDON UNITED v Stanway Rovers
CLAPTON v BOWERS AND PITSEA
Cockfosters v HULLBRIDGE SPORTS
Colney Heath v SOUTHEND MANOR
FC ROMANIA v Haverhill Rovers
Hadleigh United v SAWBRIDGEWORTH TOWN
HARINGEY BOROUGH v Hertford Town
Haverhill Borough v BARKING
ILFORD v Saffron Walden Town
SPORTING BENGAL UNITED v FC Clacton
TAKELEY v London Tigers
TOWER HAMLETS v Felixstowe and Walton United
Whitton United v ETON MANOR
Wivenhoe Town V ENFIELD 1893

SUNDAY 17th AUGUST 
Fa Cup Extra Preliminary Round 
STANSTED v Ipswich Wanderers 

Monday, 21 July 2014

HALF A DECADE OF THE COLD END

This week marks The Cold End's fifth birthday so as is customary I'd like to thank Mrs Cold End for putting up with my interest in (she'd call it an obsession!) non-league football. Also a big thank you to all who read the website putting up with my regular spelling mistakes and grammatical errors. Thank you to everyone who sends me feedback especially on the match highlights I produce through the season. Your comments are very much appreciated and make it all worth while to me. Please take note I don't make any money from The Cold End - I'm proud it's independent (although I do support Enfield Town FC) and advert free - it's purely a labour of love that promotes local non-league football that I hope you enjoy reading.

Below are highlights of the two of the best matches I've seen over the past year. If your new to non-league football please take a look and hopefully visit a local club - you be made most welcome.

Saturday 9th November saw Knebworth face Letchworth Garden City Eagles in the Hertfordshire Senior County League Premier Division which turned out to be a seven goal thriller -


Still in November on Saturday 23rd Dulwich Hamlet visited Enfield Town (under caretaker manager Bryan Hammatt) and the Town fans were mesmerised by the performance of highly rated Hamlet attacking midfielder Erhun Oztumer who was quite simply outstanding for the away side. I wrote after the game 'Erhun Oztumer will play in the football league sooner rather than later. He was the best player I've seen in the Ryman Premier Division for a long while' and it was no surprise when he moved to League One side Peterborough United this summer. We'll all be looking out for Oztumer on the football league show this season.