Town start on the road to Wembley glory on Saturday with a home game in the preliminary round versus Spartan South Midlands Premier Leverstock Green. These games are very important for clubs at our level due to the FA prize money on offer with a healthy £1500 going to the winner of this match who will play Waltham Abbey in the next round. Whoever gets through the next game at Capershots it will be a hard one as ex Ware manager Glen Alzapiedi has just taken over the (temporary) manager reigns following the exit of Tony Tilbrook and Andy Purcell.
The Green have a new manager in the hot seat for the 09/10 season in Steve Heath who successfully managed Kings Langley for 4 years prior. Their form has been up and down so far this year with the following results:
08/08 - Harefield United(h) d1-1 att:100
11/08 - Oxhey Jets (a) d0-0 att:72
15/08 - Burnham Ramblers (h) w2-1 att:57 *FA Cup Extra Prelimanary round
18/08 - Kingsbury London Tigers (a) L3-1 att:45
22/08 - Hatfield Town (h) w6-1 att:44
25/08 - Dunstable Town (a) L3-0 att:122
The Green have entered the cup since 2004 when the infamous floodlight blew up versus Enfield Town. They have never got past the preliminary round so far loosing to Essex Senior Hullbridge Sports 2-1 away last year in the extra preliminary round. Their result at home versus Hatfield Town who had made a good start to Premier Division life stands out from their record this season.
It will be a tough match but the cold end thinks Town will do enough to get through. All supporters will be willing on Enfield Town to go on a cup run after last season's 'effort' at a very poor Hillingdon Borough side, you can't beat the excitement of the cup!!!
The cup campaign starts for the 21 other Ryman North clubs with 5 all division ties as follows
Cheshunt V Maldon Town
East Thurrock United V Brentwood (United will be eager to avenge their 1-2 recent defeat in the league)
Great Wakering Rovers V Waltham Forest
Redbridge V Romford
Thamesmead V Tilbury
Our opponents on Monday (if no replays) VCD Athletic travel to Ryman South Corinthian Casuals.
The Cold End predicts a shock may be on the cards at Harlow Town who entertain Kingsbury London Tigers. The away side may nick a draw and take The Hawks back to Silver Jubilee Park for a difficult replay.
The local tie of the round has to be Cockfosters taking a very short trip up the road to Potters Bar Town. Fosters play two levels below Town so it'll be a tough game for them but the cold end using the old adage that the cup is a great leveler thinks that this game may also end in a draw.
The cup magic starts on Friday night with two local games, Brimsdown Rovers take on Flackwell Heath and Hoddesdon Town verus Royston Town (to be played at Hertford Town).
So, at least five teams from our division will not make it through to the next round. Lets hope at least one team (hopefully Enfield Town) from our division goes on a nice cup run like Ware did in 2007 when they reached the 1st Round proper.