Monday, 22 May 2017

RECENT LOCAL NON-LEAGUE NEWS

TANNERS MOVE QUICK TO REPLACE BULLARD

Ryman Premier Division Leatherhead have moved quick to replace Jimmy Bullard who left the club last week. Twenty-nine year old Sammy Moore has been given the player/manager job at Fetcham Grove. Best known for his time with AFC Wimbledon from 2011 to 2015 the midfielder spent last season with Leyton Orient and sometime on-loan with Dover Athletic.

BILLERICAY TOWN SIGN DEFNDER PAINE 

Twenty-Nine year old defender Matt Paine, who played forty times for National League side Boreham Wood last season, has signed for Ryman Premier Division Billericay Town. Paine has also played for Colchester United, Thurrock and Braintree Town during his career. It's the first signing announced by the big-spending Essex side this summer with a number of others rumoured to be announced very soon. 

QUINTON DEPARTS ENFIELD TOWN 

The big news of the last week is that Bradley Quinton has left Enfield Town to join Braintree Town as the Vanarama South side's new boss. The Iron are a club close to Quinton's heart as he made over 500 playing appearances for them between 2000 to 2013. He took over at Donkey Lane in August 2014 achieving league placings of 7th, 6th and 4th as well as playing over 50 times for the North London side. The Towners are now on the search for his replacement. 

PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY GAMES ANNOUNCED FOR MANY TEAMS 

The 2016/17 campaign is only just over but the preparation for the 2017/18 season has begun. Many local clubs have announced pre-season friendly games with some as early as Saturday 1st July which means it's just six weekends away for local football fans starved of action. Local games scheduled on the first Saturday of July are currently Bedfont Sports v Lyne, Colliers Wood United v Southall and Brimsdown v Takeley. 

  

Friday, 12 May 2017

STILL SOME LOCAL GAMES LEFT TO PLAY

There are still some local football games left in the 2016/17 campaign. The Spartan South Midlands League Division Two wraps up with a full fixture list tomorrow afternoon including Enfield Borough's trip to division champions Thame Rangers. The full list is -

Amersham Town v Old Bradwell United 

Aston Clinton v MK Gallacticos 
Clean Slate v St Neots Town Reserves (Kick Off 2.00pm) 
Thame Rangers v Enfield Borough 
The 61FC (Luton) v Pitstone & Ivinghoe (Kick Off 2.00pm) 
Totternhoe v New Bradwell St Peter 
Tring Corinthians v Grendon Rangers 
Tring Town AFC v Loughton Manor

Tomorrow at The Herts County Ground in Letchworth sees the final of the Anagram Records Trophy between Middlesex County League side British Airways and Herts Senior County League side Letchworth Garden City Eagles. 

The Essex Alliance League have three Cup Finals left to play at Dagenham and Redbridge's ground. Toinght (Friday) sees Lymore Gardens play Chigwell Rovers in the Division Two Cup Final with the Division One Final on Monday between Sporting Hackney Reserves and Three Colts and finally Tuesday the Premier Divsion Final between Jolof Sports and Old Esthamiens. 

Further up the pyramid it's a massive game in the Vanarama South division play-off as Ebbsfleet United host Chelmsford City in a game which is SOLD OUT - The bookies make The Fleet favourites at 3/5 with City at 7/2. 


Monday, 8 May 2017

SOME NEWS FOR A MONDAY EVENING

The non-league season maybe coming to an end but the planning and hard work for the 2017/18 campaign has begun at many clubs in the local area. Here is some news and updates from some - 

FANTASTIC NEWS FOR HENDON AS McCANN COMMITS TO THE CLUB 
The Greens have announced that manager Gary McCann has committed to the club for a further two years. The popular boss has been in the hot-seat since February 2005 and has overseen some turbulent times at the club with the loss of their Claremont Road ground in 2008. Fans will be hoping, with one full season played at the new Silver Jubilee Park, their team can finish higher than the 18th place they achieved this year and not flirt with relegation to Division One (North).

LEFT-BACK LAYNE EADIE ON THE MOVE 
Harlow Town defender Layne Eadie will move on from The Hawks when his current contract runs out in the summer. He has been with the club since September 2013 and has played over 200 times scoring 12 goals - he was crowned "manager's", "player's" and "supporter's" player of the year for the 2015/16 season. 

BRAINTREE TOWN PART COMPANY WITH HAYRETTIN 
The Iron, who were relegated from the Vanarama National division, have parted company with boss Hakan Hayrettin who joined the club in September 2016. They spent six season at non-league's top table and return to the Vanarama South division they left in 2010/11. Many fans of the Essex side have mentioned Enfield Town boss Bradley Quinton as a possible replacement - he played for the club between 1999 and 2013 making over 500 appearances. 

NEW SIGNINGS EXPECTED AT BILLERICAY TOWN 
More signings are expected to be announced at big spending Billericay Town over the next few weeks. Manager/Owner Glen Tamplin wrote on social-media on May 6 "New signings will be announced this week coming ..... one serious squad to do the business as promised #leaguewinners". 

One player who I think will stand out for the Essex side next season is midfielder Byron Lawrence who joined from fellow Premier Division side Leiston in March - he has represented Ipswich Town and Colchester United and at only 21 years old can easily move up the football pyramid with a good campaign next season. 

EARLY PRE-SEASON FIXTURES ANNOUNCED 
Saturday 1st July is only eight weekends away and there are some very early pre-season fixtures already announced for this day. Bedford Town host Luton Town (who could be then be a League One side) along with Bedfont Sports hosting Lyne FC. Colliers Wood United are also scheduled to play Southall. 


Wednesday, 3 May 2017

SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS LEAGUE DIVISION TWO REMAINING FIXTURES

Saturday 6th May
3pm KO 
Loughton Manor v Clean Slate 
MK Gallacticos v Amersham Town 
Mursley United v Old Bradwell United 
Thame Rangers v St Neots Town Reserves
The 61FC (Luton) v Aston Clinton 
Tring Town AFC v Totternhoe 

Tuesday 9th May 
6.30pm KO 
Aston Clinton v Thame Rangers 
Clean Slate v Tring Town AFC 
Pitstone & Ivinghoe v Loughton Manor 

Saturday 13th May
3pm KO unless stated  
Clean Slate v St. Neots Town Reserves - 2pm  
Amersham Town v Old Bradwell United 
Aston Clinton v MK Gallacticos 
Thame Rangers v Enfield Borough 
The 61FC (Luton) v Pitstone & Ivinghoe 
Totternhoe v New Bradwell St Peter 

Monday, 1 May 2017

HOW THE ISTHMIAN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION MAY LINE UP FOR THE 2017/18 CAMPAIGN?



PICTURES OF THE HUGE CROWD OF 2,517 AT CHAMPION HILL FOR THE PLAY-OFF SEMI-FINAL BETWEEN DULWICH HAMLET AND ENFIELD TOWN 

The Ryman Premier 2016/17 season is now officially over following Bognor Regis Town's 2-1 play-off final victory over Dulwich Hamlet which see's them promoted with Champion's Havant and Waterlooville. The game at Nyewood Lane kicked off late as a massive attendance of 3,119 was recorded. 

Here is what I think the 2017/18 Isthmian League Premier Division may look like. We know the four teams who will be coming up from D1(S) and D1(N) and we could see Margate, Bishops Stortford and/or maybe Gosport Borough join from the Vanarama South... or possibly some sideways transfers between the Southern League Premier Division. All will be officially announced over the next few months.  

1. BILLERICAY TOWN 
2. BISHOPS STORTFORD - relegated from Vanarama South 
3. BRIGHTLINGSEA REGENT - promoted from D1(N) 
4. BURGESS HILL TOWN  
5. DORKING WANDERERS - promoted from D1(S)
6. DULWICH HAMLET
7. ENFIELD TOWN 
8. FOLKESTONE INVICTA 
9. HARLOW TOWN
10. HENDON 
11. KINGSTONIAN 
12. LEATHERHEAD  
13. LEISTON
14. LOWESTOFT TOWN 
15. MARGATE - relegated from Vanarama South 
16. MERSTHAM 
17. MET POLICE 
18. NEEDHAM MARKET 
19. STAINES TOWN 
20. TOOTING AND MITCHAM UNITED - promoted from D1(S)
21. THURROCK - promoted from D1(N)
22. TONBRIDGE ANGELS 
23. WINGATE AND FINCHLEY 
24. WORTHING 

Of the promoted sides Dorking Wanderers have had a rapid rise through the pyramid. Only in 2010/11 they were playing in the Sussex County League Division Three (Step 7) gaining promotion that season, 2011/12, 2014/15 and 2016/17. 

Brightlingsea Regent, D1(N) champions, have also seen a number of promotions having been members of the Essex and Suffolk Border League in 2010/11. 

Thurrock return to the Premier Division after a four year stay in Division One (North) where they finished 6th, 5th, 2nd and 3rd. Tooting and Mitcham United last played in the Premier Division in 2011/12 and will now (following today's result) be looking forward to renewing their rivalry with South London neighbour's Dulwich Hamlet. 

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

COMEDY OWN-GOAL THE HIGHLIGHT ON A CHILLY EVENING AT BIRCHWOOD

HATFIELD SOCIAL 1 SANDRIDGE ROVERS 1

Hatfield Social (15th position) and Sandridge Rovers (8th) played an early evening Hertfordshire Senior County League Premier Division game yesterday evening at Birchwood Leisure Centre. The game was scheduled to kick off at 6.30pm but actually got under way at 6.37pm with 36 minutes and 35 minutes being played in each half along with a 7 minute half time break. 



On a bumpy and hard pitch this was a competitive game with some strong tackles going in from both sides. Rovers took the lead via an early comedy own-goal when a cross from the right hand side was put into his own net when under no pressure by a Hatfield defender. It was all square just before half time when the ball was laid back just inside the box for Hatfield to score a well taken goal. 




The Sandridge Rover's boss wasn't happy and gave his team's performance and in his half time team talk conducted on the pitch he stated his team were 'static' and it was 'worse than Saturday' when they had lost 5-1 at Standon and Puckeridge. 


A GOOD CROWD FOR THE HERTFORDSHIRE SENIOR COUNTY LEAGUE GATHERED AT BIRCHWOOD LEISURE CENTRE FOR THIS MATCH
The second half didn't see any real clear cut chances created bar a late effort from Sandridge effort which was well tipped over the bar by the home side's keeper. The final score was 1-1 and for an early evening HSCL fixture this was well attended (especially as it was rather chilly for an April night) with around forty people watching from various sides of the field. 

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS 

  

The London Lions have run away with the Premier Division title and were confirmed champions a number of weeks ago - they are currently 23 points ahead of second placed Bovingdon with just one game to play at Ware Sports on Saturday. 

They get the the chance to complete a treble on Monday 1st May when they take on Letchworth Garden City Eagles in the final of the league's famous Aubery Cup competition at Rowley Lane. They have already won the Hertfordshire FA Senior Centenary Trophy. 

In Division One the title is still up for grabs with FC Lemsford, AFC Oaklands, Broadfields and Bengeo Trinity (albeit an outside chance) in with a shout of finishing first. 


HERTS SENIOR COUNTY LEAGUE 
DIVISION ONE - CURRENT TABLE 
TOP FOUR ONLY 
POS TEAM P GD PTS PP
1 FC LEMSFORD 25 +34 60 75
2 AFC OAKLANDS 25 +69 59 74
3 BROADFIELDS  27 +62 58 67
4 BENGEO TRINITY 27 +37 53 62

FC Lemsford and AFC Oaklands are both in action tonight - The table topper's go to Harefield United Reserves and AFC Oaklands are at Sun Sports Reserves. 

The final day of the season is schedule for Saturday 13th May when FC Lemsford host AFC Oaklands - Could this be a final day title decider? 

In the Reserve and Development division it's a race between Bovingdon Reserves and Hadley 'A' to see who takes the title with three and four games left to play. Bovingdon Res play Sarratt Res in the Reserve Cup Final tomorrow evening - the game takes place at Wodson Park. 

You can follow Sandridge Rovers and Hatfield Social on twitter - @SandridgeRovers and @HatSocialFC

Social end their season with a trip to Cuffley on Saturday with Sandridge Rovers travelling to Evergreen before a midweek home game against Belstone and a final trip to Bushey Sports Club on Saturday 6th May. 

HARPENDEN TOWN SECURE THE ALL IMPORTANT THREE POINTS VERSUS BALDOCK TOWN


Game played on Tuesday 18th April 

This game pitted third v second in the Spartan South Midlands League Division One with the winner being firmly put into the favourite position to finish in second place (only two go up to the Premier Division) and maybe even win the league subject to Biggleswade FC's (the current leaders) results. Therefore there was no surprise to see a good crowd of 189 at Rothamsted Park including a good travelling support from Baldock Town. 




Kyle McLeish scored the only goal of a scrappy game in the third minute with a good finish from just inside the penalty box - Harpenden Town won't be bothered how they played just that they got the all important win that following their 2-1 victory over Codicote on Saturday 22nd April in front of a lower attendance of 67 just about confirms* their promotion to the Premier Division they last played in during the 2005/06 season. 



The away side had a good amount of possession during the second half but never really created any chances to work the Harpenden Town goalkeeper. 

* Baldock Town completed their season with a 0-1 away victory at Ampthill Town on Saturday 22nd April. Both teams are now level on points with Harpenden Town ahead by a better goal difference (+71 against +64) so they would have to suffer a disastourous result in their final game against Brimsdown this weekend for Baldock to overtake them. 

Table topper's Biggleswade FC can win the title tonight with a win away to Wodson Park. For Baldock Town it looks to be a second consecutive season of a third placed finish in the Division One agonisingly missing out on the promotion everyone at the club really wants - they will go again for the 2017/18 campaign and be one of the favourites for the title. 

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS