Thursday, 25 August 2016

RYMAN PREMIER, DIVISION ONE (NORTH) & DIVISION ONE (SOUTH) WEEKEND PREVIEW




PREMIER DIVISION 

 
100% WINNING RECORDS
TONBRIDGE ANGELS
LEISTON

UNBEATEN
TONBRIDGE ANGELS
LEISTON
WORTHING
AFC SUDBURY
NEEDHAM MARKET

WITHOUT A WIN
MET POLICE
LEATHERHEAD
HENDON
KINGSTONIAN
GRAYS ATHLETIC
BOGNOR REGIS TOWN
MERTSHAM

LOWEST SCORERS
KINGSTONIAN - TWO GOALS 
HENDON - TWO GOALS 
MERTSHAM - TWO GOALS 
HARROW BOROUGH - TWO GOALS

HIGHEST SCORERS
LEISTON - FOURTEEN GOALS

BEST DEFENCE
TONBRIDGE ANGELS - ONE GOAL
FOLKESTONE INVICTA - ONE GOAL

WORST DEFENCE
MET POLICE - ELEVEN GOALS

DRAW SPECIALISTS 
MERTSHAM - THREE GAMES (75%)
NEEEDHAM MARKET - TWO GAMES (OUT OF THREE - 66.66%) 
 
SATURDAY FIXTURES
AFC Sudbury v Enfield Town 
Billericay Town v Bognor Regis Town 
Dulwich Hamlet v Canvey Island
Folkestone Invicta v Needham Market 
Harlow Town v Wingate & Finchley 
Harrow Borough v Leatherhead 
Havant & Waterlooville v Lowestoft Town 
Leiston v Burgess Hill Town 
Merstham v Hendon 
Metropolitan Police v Tonbridge Angels 
Staines Town v Kingstonian 
Worthing v Grays Athletic


GAME OF THE DAY 
Havant & Waterlooville v Lowestoft Town  
Both teams were relegated from the National League South and North last season. The home side after losing to Leiston on the opening day have won three in a row with The Trawlerboys winning two out of four with a decent 0-1 victory at Billericay Town in midweek. Havant are 4/5 favourites with the bookmakers for this one with an away victory rated at 31/10 and a draw at 3/1.

DIVISION ONE (NORTH) 

100% WINNING RECORDS
PHOENIX SPORTS 
CHESHUNT 
NORWICH UNITED 
BOWERS & PITSEA 
BURY TOW
THAMESMEAD TOWN    

100% LOSING RECORDS 
GREAT WAKERING ROVERS 
WROXHAM 
VCD ATHLETIC 
BRENTWOOD TOWN      

UNBEATEN
PHOENIX SPORTS 
CHESHUNT 
NORWICH UNITED 
BOWERS & PITSEA 
BURY TOW
THAMESMEAD TOWN   
AFC HORNCHURCH 

WITHOUT A WIN
THURROCK
WITHAM TOWN 
ROMFORD
TILBURY
SOHAM TOWN RANGERS 
GREAT WAKERING ROVERS
WROXHAM
VCD ATHLETIC 
BRENTWOOD TOWN 

LOWEST SCORERS
ROMFORD - ZERO
VCD ATHLETIC - ZERO
BRENTWOOD TOWN - ZERO 

HIGHEST SCORERS
PHOENIX SPORTS - NINE GOALS

BEST DEFENCE
CHESHUNT - ZERO 
BOWERS & PITSEA - ZERO 

WORST DEFENCE
AVELEY - EIGHT 

SATURDAY FIXTURES 
Aveley v Romford
Bowers & Pitsea v AFC Hornchurch
Brentwood Town v Thamesmead Town
Brightlingsea Regent v Cheshunt
Bury Town v Great Wakering Rovers
Maldon & Tiptree v Soham Town Rangers
Norwich United v Haringey Borough
Phoenix Sports v Heybridge Swifts
Thurrock v Wroxham
Tilbury v Dereham Town
Waltham Abbey v Witham Town
Ware v VCD Athletic

GAME OF THE DAY
BOWERS & PITSEA v AFC HORNCHURCH 
The home side have made a great start to their league campaign with two wins but went down 2-4 at home to Waltham Abbey in their FA Cup replay in midweek. The Urchins are one of the favorites for the title and won 0-1 at Aveley in their FA Cup game. A really decent game in prospect here.

DIVISION ONE (SOUTH)

100% WINNING RECORDS
CARSHALTON ATHLETIC  
FAVERSHAM TOWN 
CORINTHIAN CASUALS 
DORKING WANDERERS   

100% LOSING RECORDS 
EAST GRINSTEAD TOWN 
GODALMING TOWN 
SOUTH PARK 
HORSHAM 

UNBEATEN
CARSHALTON ATHLETIC  
FAVERSHAM TOWN 
CORINTHIAN CASUALS 
DORKING WANDERERS      
HASTINGS UNITED 
TOOTING & MITCHAM UNITED 
HYTHE TOWN 
SITTINGBOURNE
THREE BRIDGES 
CRAY WANDERERS 
HERNE BAY   

WITHOUT A WIN
SITTINGBOURNE
THREE BRIDGES
CRAY WANDERERS
HERNE BAY
CHATHAM TOWN
CHIPSTEAD
GUERNSEY
EAST GRINSTEAD TOWN
GODALMING TOWN
SOUTH PARK
HORSHAM

LOWEST SCORERS
GODALMING TOWN - ONE GOAL 
GUERNSEY - ONE GOAL 

HIGHEST SCORERS
SITTINGBOURNE - SEVEN GOALS

BEST DEFENCE
FAVERSHAM TOWN - ZERO

WORST DEFENCE
SITTINGBOURNE - SEVEN GOALS
HORSHAM - SEVEN GOALS
SOUTH PARK - SEVEN GOALS   

SATURDAY FIXTURES 
Chipstead v Hastings United 
Cray Wanderers v Faversham Town 
East Grinstead Town v Carshalton Athletic 
Godalming Town v Corinthian-Casuals 
Guernsey v Greenwich Borough 
Herne Bay v Whyteleafe 
Hythe Town v Horsham 
Lewes v Chatham Town 
Molesey v Ramsgate 
Sittingbourne v South Park 
Tooting & Mitcham United v Dorking Wanderers 
Walton Casuals v Three Bridges
GAME OF THE DAY 
Tooting & Mitcham United v Dorking Wanderers 
Both have made unbeaten starts to their league season. They had mixed fortunes in their FA Cup games both against teams from the Southern Combination League. Wanderers won an cracker winning 3-4 at Premier Division Shoreham with The Terrors losing 0-1 at home in a shock result to Division One East Preston. The South London club's manager Frank Wilson will be eager to put things right this weekend.
 
Sittingbourne V South Park
Mention has to go to the game at Woodstock Park. The Brickies league results have been 3-3 and 4-4 draws followied by a 1-1 and 0-5 away defeat in Cup matches with Hythe Town. South Park have lost both league games 1-4 and 2-3 before winning 2-0 at Division One (North) side Phoenix Sports who have won both of their league games so far. There could be a few goals in this one.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

HERTFORD AND DISTRICT LEAGUE CONSTITUTION AND OPENING FIXTURES FOR 2016/17

The Hertford and District Football League for 2016/17 will line up as follows for the 2016/17 season with the opening two weeks fixtures -

PREMIER DIVISION
(10 teams)
Allenburys
Atletico Corinthians 
Broxbourne Badgers 
Cottered
New River 
Oracle Components
Silk
The Lions 
Waltham Abbey 
Westmill 

Saturday 10th September 
Cottered v Broxbourne Badgers 
New River v Atletico Corinthians 
Oracle Components v Allenburys 
Waltham Abbey v The Lions 
Westmill  v Silk 

Saturday 17th September 
Allenburys v Cottered 
Atletico Corinthians v Waltham Abbey 
Broxbourne Badgers v Westmill 
Silk v Oracle Components 
The Lions v  New River 

DIVISION ONE 
(10 teams)
Buntingford Wanderers
Elizabeth Allen Old Boys 
Evolution 
Inter Hoddesdon 
Mangrove 
Mill Lane 
Stevenage Community Reserves 
Sumners 
Thundridge
Watton-at-Stone 



Saturday 10th September 
Buntingford Wanderers v Watton-at-Stone 
Mill Lane v Mangrove 
Sumners v Stevenage Community Reserves 
Thundridge v Elizabeth Allen Old Boys 

Saturday 17th September 
Evolution v Elizabeth Allen Old Boys 
Mill Lane v Watton-at-Stone 
Stevenage Community Reserves v Thundridge 
Sumners v Buntingford Wanderers 


DIVISION TWO
(9 teams)
55FC
Elizabeth Allen Old Boys Reserves
Hertfordshire Rangers
Nazeing 
Sheering 
Ware Lions 
Ware Warriors
Wheathampstead Wanderers 
Wormley Rovers Vets 


Saturday 10th September  
Hertfordshire Rangers v Wheathampstead Wanderers 
Sheering v Ware Warriors 
Wormley Rovers Vets v Nazeing 

Saturday 17th September 
Hertfordshire Rangers v Sheering 
Nazeing v 55FC 
Ware Lions v Elizabeth Allen Old Boys Reserves
Ware Warriors v Wormley Rovers Vets

DIVISION THREE 
(10 teams)
Albury
Buntingford Wanderers Reserves
Cottered Reserves 
Mangrove Reserves 
Much Hadham 
Park Lane Rangers 
Rebwood Green 
Social Club Birchanger
Upshire Forest
Westmill Reserves

Saturday 10th September 
Albury v Cottered Reserves 
Mangrove Reserves v Park Lane Rangers 
Rebwood Green v Much Hadham 
SC Birchanger v Westmill Reserves 

Saturday 17th September 
Buntingford Wanderers Reserves v Upshire Forest 
Cottered Reserves v Park Lane Rangers 
Mangrove Reserves v Albury 
Much Hadham v SC Birchanger 
Westmill Reserves v Rebwood Green 

DIVISION FOUR
(9 teams)
Bengeo Trinity Reserves 
Elizabeth Allen Old Boys A 
Greenbury United 
Hertford Heath 
Shephall United 
St Ippolyts 
Stevenage Tigers 
Thundridge Reserves 
Turnford Tigers


Saturday 10th September
Hertford Heath v Elizabeth Allen Old Boys A 
Shephall United v Stevenage Tigers 
St Ippolyts v Greenbury United 
Turnford Tigers v Bengeo Trinity Reserves 

Saturday 17th September 
Elizabeth Allen Old Boys A v Bengeo Trinity Reserves 
Greenbury United v Stevenage Tigers 
St Ippolyts v Shephall United 
Thundridge Reserves v Turnford Tigers 

 
It's good to see many new teams join the league such as Social Club Birchanger, Sheering and Hertfordshire Rangers who have moved over from the Bishop's Stortford and Stansted League who are not running for this season. Two of the new Division Four teams start off with a local derby when Shephall United play Stevenage Tigers. Hertford Heath also return to football with a home game against Elizabeth Allen Old Boys 'A' team.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

ANOTHER QUICK WORD WITH.....DANNY VASS

The Cold End last spoke to Inter Plaistow player/coach Danny Vass this time last season as he and everyone at the newly formed club prepared for their first season in the Essex Alliance League. We caught up with him as the East London side are getting ready for the forthcoming 2016/17 campaign -





HOW HAS YOUR FIRST SEASON BEEN?
Its had its ups and downs but overall I'd say it was a really enjoyable first season. The league title race went right down to the wire. Even at the half way stage there was around five or six teams still in with a shout so it was really exciting. The squad has come a long way from where it was last season and we just can't wait to get this season started now. I'd say covering the costs of everything was probably the most difficult part of running the team and I'm guessing a lot of other clubs at our level struggle with the same thing. Other than that though, everything else ran quite smoothly.

THE BEST MATCH? 
The best match so far has to be the 6-5 win against London APSA. They'd beaten us at their pitch a few weeks earlier so we'd seen how good they were and knew that we would have to dig really deep to get the win. Not only was it a really exciting match with goals galore, I felt like it was a real turning point in terms of the team finally coming together and gelling. 

THE WORST MATCH? 
The worst match was definitely the Division Two Cup Quarter Final against Chingford Athletic Reserves. It was a really windy day and both sides found it difficult to play any sort of decent football. We had led 2-1 up until the last few minutes until they equalised and then beat us on penalties. We were absolutely gutted. I'd say that was probably the lowest point of the season for us. 

BEST TEAM YOU PLAYED? 
The best side we played was probably London APSA. They played some good football and were a tough side to beat. They had some really talented players and deserved to win the league in the end. 

AIMS FOR THIS SEASON? 
Our aim for this season is definitely to win something. We've learnt a lot from last season and we know the squad is strong enough and capable. Even if we don't win anything, as long as we keep progressing and developing as a team I'll be happy. 

HAVE YOU FORMED ANY RIVALRIES YET? 
We haven't really so far. We failed to beat Chingford Athletic Reserves in three attempts last season so I guess we'll be out for revenge this season! We'll both be playing in the same division again and we've drawn them in the Essex County Cup so there will be plenty of chances to make amends. 

BEING PLAISTOW BOYS THE MAJORITY OF YOU MUST BE WEST HAM FANS.... WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE MOVE TO THE LONDON STADIUM?
I think it can only be a good thing for a club moving into a bigger stadium and being able to compete with the bigger teams in the league. Personally it will be strange not having The Boleyn Ground there as I've grown up with it being there all my life. I think in the modern Premier League era clubs do care about tradition but money and trophies are always going to be their main priorities.

Inter Plaistow play their games at West Ham Memorial Park which is a short walk from West Ham Station. Their first Essex Alliance Division Two game comes on Saturday 3rd September away at Old Esthameians Reserves before a home game with Glendale on Saturday 10th September. Their eagerly anticipated Essex Junior Trophy Second Round tie at Chingford Athletic Reserves is scheduled for Saturday 22nd October. Before the league games they have one pre-season friendly left against Division Three side Custom House FC this Saturday.

Please give Inter Plaistow a follow on twitter at @InterPlaistowFC

 

Old Esthameians have joined the Essex Alliance League from the Southern Amateur League over the summer - their first time will play in the Premier League. Although they play games at Newbury Park the roots of the historic club can be traced to East Ham so it could be classed as an East Ham v Plaistow local derby. The Old E's were originally based at East Ham Grammar School (now called Langdon School) and only allowed ex pupils to play to for them - a rule which has recently been relaxed allowing the club to draw players from a number of London Boroughs.

Good Luck to Danny and all at Inter Plaistow for the season. 

Sunday, 21 August 2016

RYMAN PREMIER DIVISION UPDATE

Results from Saturday 20th August
Burgess Hill Town 1-0 Enfield Town
Canvey Island 3-0 Leatherhead
Dulwich Hamlet 2-4 Leiston
Grays Athletic 1-1 Bognor Regis Town
Harrow Borough 0-0 Metropolitan Police
Havant & Waterlooville 1-0 Folkestone Invicta
Kingstonian 1-2 Needham Market
Lowestoft Town 0-1 Tonbridge Angels
Merstham 0-1 AFC Sudbury
Staines Town 3-2 Billericay Town
Wingate & Finchley 1-0 Hendon
Worthing 3-2 Harlow Town

Worthing, who were promoted from Division One (South) via the play-offs and 25/1 for the title prior to a ball being kicked, are proudly top of the early Ryman Premier Division table on goal difference to Leiston and Tonbridge Angels who are the only sides left with 100% winning records after three games played. AFC Sudbury and Needham Market are the two other sides left who are without a defeat which perhaps indicates how close the race for the title and the play-offs along with the battle to avoid relegation will be this season.

At the wrong end of the albiet very early table there are eight teams who still await a victory who all go into the midweek games with hopes of picking up a win. There are no teams left who haven't registered a point.

HOW THE BOOKMAKERS SEE IT AFTER THREE GAMES?
odds via bet365.com
TEAM ODDS PRIOR TO SEASON KICK OFF NOW
HAVANT & WATERLOOVILLE 7/2 7/2
TONBRIDGE ANGELS 8/1 5/1
DULWICH HAMLET 7/1 7/1
LEISTON 20/1 9/1
FOLKESTONE INVICTA 14/1 12/1
WORTHING 25/1 12/1
LOWESTOFT TOWN 10/1 14/1

Gareth Heath who scored twice in Leiston's amazing 2-4 victory at Dulwich Hamlet on Tuesday evening is one of three players on three goals - Reis Stanislaus (Worthing) and Martin Tuohy (Canvey Island) are the others. Leiston's victory was one of the stand out wins of the weekend - so much for me writing not many teams will come away from Champion Hill with anything this season.

STAT CHECK AFTER THREE GAMES

100% WINNING RECORDS
WORTHING, TONBRIDGE ANGELS & LEISTON
WITHOUT A WIN
MET POLICE, LEATHERHEAD, HENDON, KINGSTONIAN, ENFIELD TOWN, GRAYS ATHLETIC, BOGNOR REGIS TOWN and MERTSHAM
LOWEST SCORERS
HENDON - ONE GOAL
HIGHEST SCORERS
LEISTON - TEN GOALS
BEST DEFENCE
TONBRIDGE ANGELS - ONE GOAL
FOLKESTONE INVICTA - ONE GOAL
WORST DEFENCE
MET POLICE - NINE GOALS

THE LEADER'S TABLE
A week by week look at who's top of the Ryman Premier every Saturday 
DATE TEAM P W D L GF GA GD PTS WIN%
13/8/16 STAINES TOWN 1 1 0 0 6 1 +5 3 100%
20/8/16 WORTHING 3 3 0 0 9 3 +6 9 100%

MIDWEEK FIXTURES
TUESDAY

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