Monday, 30 November 2009
Rover's didn't let this incident effect their weekend Herts Senior Centenary Cup game which they won at Bladock Town/Lethchworth on penalties 1-3 after a 2-2 draw AET. Rovers are having a great season so far and will go top of the Herts County League should they win their game in hand over the London Lions.
Rover's have appealed for anyone to contact Dave Smith at the club if any information is known on 07789263484.
source - http://www.hsc.leaguemanager.biz
HARLOW TOWN MANAGER ANTHONY ANSTEAD RESIGNS
There are three Ryman North League games this week with 'relegation doomed' Harlow Town taking on Northwood at Barrows Farm and two teams Town have recently played in Heybridge Swifts entertaining VCD Athletic at Scraley Road on Tuesday night. Ilford welcome Brentwood Town to Cricklefield on Wednesday night.
The Vickers, The Foxes and The Wood are all in the chasing pack below the play-off places so will want get a win to move closer to the top of the division. Wood who lost at Thamesmead Town on Saturday should win easily at Harlow Town who baring a miracle look like they will be playing in the Essex Senior League next season. The club have much publicised financial problems and the Hawks are today looking for a new manager following Anthony Anstead leaving the club. Anstead must be praised for doing his very best in a difficult situtation. What sort of team will turn up to play Town at Goldsdown Road on the 29th December??????
Heybridge Swifts and VCD Athletic I would of put down as a home win but with VCD's battling qualities shown at Goldsdown Road on Saturday they will prove tough to breakdown for Wayne Bond's Essex side and this may end up as a score-draw.
Wednesday night's game is an interesting one. Ilford have fallen down the league following their tremendous start to the season and Brentwood seem to be mirroring them by climbing up the league following their poor start. The Foxes were soundly beaten 4-0 at Maldon Town on Saturday and in the previous game only beat a troubled Leyton side 1-0 away from home, they have won three in last ten league games. Brentwood Town have improved immensely following the pre-season turmoil with Les Whitton's team unbeaten in 7 games (4 wins and 3 draws).
http://www.bwin.com/ offer odds of 2/1 for Brentwood Town to win with a home win being 19/20 and the draw at 5/2. Remember you can only bet in trebles at this level but 2/1 looks good value if you add in Northwood at 9/10 to win at Harlow and one other you may be onto a winning bet!
December begins tomorrow with Christmas approaching fast and Enfield Town are fifth in the league fighting for one of the four play-off places up for grabs come the end of the season. Rewind 12 months ago and Stewart Margolis's Town were nowhere near the play-offs having a Topsy turvy disappointing season. The cold end can only thank Steve and Del, Jason Dale, Darren Bonfield and Lisa Corallini along with all the players for having such a good season so far in what looks to be a highly competitive league. Their are 18 points up for grabs in this festive month with three home and three away games.
UP THE TOWN!!!
Sunday, 29 November 2009
If you want to write about a trip that sticks in your memory for whatever reason be it an FA Cup classic away trip or a midweek trip to Staines Town in the Middlesex Senior Cup the cold end would love to hear from you. Lets keep the memory of the old kings of non-league football going!!! Even classic games at Southbury Road can be included.
Contact the cold end on - firstname.lastname@example.org
The Toonstar Tipper had a great weekend with Newcastle winning again, being top of the table and his bet of the week winning he was very happy. News has been leaked to TT (via the handy http://www.statcounter.com/) that someone in Brazil googled 'toonstar tipper' which now makes him a somewhat worldwide famous name.
The Toonstar say's 'Hola, el juego la buena suerte' to his Brazilian fan-club.
Despite large spells of pressure Town failed to give VCD custodian James Tedder any decent shots on target to save. It was a very scrappy forgettable game played out at a very cold Goldsdown Road.
VCD defended in numbers and it was agreed by most supporters at the cold end where Town were attacking in the first half that if we could get an early goal the game could be there for the taking.
Richard Morton who was the only change in the side from Tuesday night (in for suspended Paul Marks) had the first chance of the game from a Rudi Hall corner his fierce shot rose up and over the bar. It was then we heard it.......The Whinging fan's first confirmed whinge timed at 18 minutes....."come on midfield...do something!!!!" THEY JUST HAD!!
VCD's left sided winger Nick Hegley looked very good at times and was a thorn in Enfield's defence on more than one occasion. It was a long ball up to Hegley on the left which got VCD's first goal on 21 minutes. He found himself in lots of space and put over a great cross for Captain Leroy Huggins to rise unchallenged at the far post to head into the net.
Town's defence seemed to go to sleep for a while as Hegley found himself in space again to put over another good cross into the danger zone which luckily none of his team mates got on the end of.
The only other talking point of the first half was VCD'S penalty shout, Danny Penny was tackled in the box in what looking at it from a neutral point of view was a late challenge and didn't win the ball. Referee Alex Saily didn't think so though much to the disgust of the VCD team. To rub salt into Penny's wounds he was taken off the pitch injured after being booked for dissent as he must of said something to Saily. As stated looking at it from a neutral view it did look like a penalty and if it would of happened up our end Town would of been aggrieved as well. Managers and coaches always say "these things level themselves up over the course of the season" so this may have been Paul Marks penalty shout from Tuesday being balanced out.
Adam Wallace worked hard up front holding the ball up well but Town didn't have any real chances in front of goal.
HALF TIME - 0-1
All the discussion at half time was that Town needed an early goal in the second half to make VCD change their game plan and hopefully allow Town to score the goal's needed for victory.
Town came out and put the pressure on with a Ben Hammond cross into the box being met by a lovely diving header from Rudi Hall.. This summed up the day as the effort was unluckily off target, anywhere on target and it would of been a certain goal.
Liam Hope did come up with the goal Town needed heading home after 57 minutes which left at least half an hour for the team to go on and win the game.
VCD had other plans though and it was a high looping ball from David Hunt on the right hand side into the box which was met by the unchallenged Meshach Nugent whose header was saved brilliantly by Rob Blackburne. Unfortunately the powerful header could only be palmed across the goal and Nugent followed up by putting the ball in the net, Rob can't be blamed for the goal. He was injured trying to save the follow up. A great header and some bad luck for Rob.
Town threw on Stuart Blackburne, Sam Byfield and Andy Jones in the closing stages of the match and despite loads of pressure didn't create any clear cut chances with VCD holding out for the victory.
VCD had the best two chances of the game which they took so you have to say they probably deserved the victory on the balance of what little exciting play there was.
Steve and Del will want to put this performance down as just one of those days and move onto the glory of Wingate and Finchley away in the League cup on Tuesday.
Blackburne, Blower, Bastian (Byfield), Hammond, Kirby, McKay, Morton (Jones), Hall, Hope (Blackburne), Wallace, Bardle.
Unused subs - Turner, Holmes.
Tedder, Hunt, Barton, Ward, Cook, Hogg, Winchcombe, Penny, Huggins, Nugent, Hegley.
Subs - Ibemere, Duckworth, Maskell, Bradshaw, Hamilton.
They did bring on a few of their subs but I was so cold didn't note them down.
Enfield Town fans behind the goal in the second half.
VCD's travelling band of fans went home the happier though!!
Friday, 27 November 2009
TT has been feasting on some authentic homemade goulash made by his Polski Princess as well as celebrating Newcastle United being top of the league following the win at PNE on Monday night.
When the cold end visited his office on Thursday it resembled the usual hectic busy place it is. TT appeared swamped by his current workload. Friend of the cold end and TT Karl was present crying into his tea following Orient's cruel defeat to a Very Lucky Leeds United!!! At least Karl may have had a nice Danish Pastry supplied by Cakes and Bakes to cheer him up.
The toonstar this week goes for the following treble bet:
Southampton to beat Northampton at Sixfields in the FA Cup at 10/11
Man United to beat Portsmouth at Fratton Park at 1/3
Aston Villa V Spurs - Both teams to score at 4/6
£10 stake with http://www.skybet.com/ pays £42.42
We travel to Cressing Road and action from the Blue Square South for the cold end's weekend single bet of the week where Braintree Town take on Eastleigh. The home side are very strong at home winning 5 drawing 1 and loosing 2 of their 8 games, they are draw specialists away from home and if they could convert some of those stalemates into wins they would be further up the league in 2nd or 3rd place rather than currently 7th.
Eastleigh currently 9th in the league have won 3 drawn 2 and lost 3 on the road. Their wins coming at troubled Weymouth and then Bath City earlier in the season with Dorchester Town (18th place) beaten 2-1 on 10th November. They lost 1-0 at 2nd bottom relegation certainties Lewes on Tuesday in their FA Trophy replay which shows they are not the greatest of travellers.
Braintree Town won the opposite game 2-1 at The Silverlake Stadium on the opening day of the season. The Iron were also knocked out of the Trophy last week going down to a battling 2-1 defeat at league leaders Newport County who have yet to loose at home in the league. Another pointer towards a Iron win is that in their last home league game Braintree beat Hakan Hayrettin's Thurrock side 3-1 which is the only time the fleet have lost on the road in the league this season.
Robbie Garvey's Essex team should come out on top versus Ian Baird's Spitfires tomorrow and look brilliant value at 6/5 with http://www.skybet.com/
The draw is at 5/2 and an away win is 13/8.
The cold end's favourite team North of the border Montrose who are without a win in the league face Scottish Cup action at Links Park versus Second Division East Fife. The Fiffers have only won once on the road last week at Clyde (3-1) wining two and loosing four of their last six games. They start as strong favourites at 8/11 with the draw being 13/5 and a home 'shock' win being 3/1. In the cup anything can happen so the cold end is sticking his money on Braintree but hoping The Gable Endies can get a result and enter the draw for a possible draw against one of the big teams.
If you fancy a big price check out some of the prices in the Premier League. Portsmouth are 9/1 to win against Man United (1/3) at Fratton Park with the draw being 4/1. Hull City are 10/1 to win at Manchester City who are 2/7 with a draw being the same price as Pompey V United.
The Vicker's form on the road is only 1 win and 1 draw in eight games. The one win came almost a month back on the 31st October when they won 2-0 at Potters Bar Town with the draw (1-1) coming at Brentwood Town on the 25th August. They have lost on the road at Northwood, Wingate and Finchley, Waltham Forest, Concord Rangers (only 1-0), Romford and last weekend at Lowestoft Town.
The game last weekend at Crown Meadow which finished 2-0 has conflicting reports from each side. The Trawler Boys message board states the away side came for a draw putting men behind the ball making it difficult for them with VCD never having any clear cut chances whereas the VCD website states Lowestoft got a lucky penalty and they deserved something from the game.
The cold end thinks that VCD will come to the Goldsdown with the same sort of game-plan as the Lowestoft Town fans report. They will put men behind the ball making it difficult for the team to break them down and then try to hit the Town back-four on the counter-attack. The game in August at Oakwood was a very tight affair but we all know the Town team has changed and is playing much better than back then.
VCD have only hit the back of the net 6 times in the 8 away games they have played and let in 15 goals along the way.
What the team must not do is get frustrated if VCD stifle us and keep the game goalless. An early goal will be nice and should send us on our way to three more valuable points.
OTHER RYMAN NORTH GAMES
Top of the table Great Wakering Rovers travel to Cricklefield for the second time in a week this time to play Waltham Forest. Last week GWR got away with a lucky 2-2 draw with a last minute equaliser and will not find it easy to beat The Stags who narrowly lost 1-2 to Lowestoft Town in midweek which was only their second loss in their eight home games. Iain O'Connell' side have lost on the road to Harlow Town and Ware at the beginning of the season and more recently to Lowestoft Town (doesn't everyone). Their form has stuttered recently, only beating Thamesmead Town by a single goal at home in midweek and loosing at home to Potters Bar Town along with the aforementioned defeat to Lowestoft and the last weekend's 2-2 draw. VERDICT - A CLOSE GAME. POSSIBLY A SCORE DRAW.
As the director has stated Concord Rangers should have no problems in beating bottom of the table whipping boys Harlow Town at Thames Road. Anthony Anstead's team lost 4-1 in midweek to away at Tilbury. Lowestoft look very strong at home and entertain a Leyton side who lost the East London derby to Ilford in midweek and could only draw 2-2 at Harlow Town last weekend. VERDICT - ANYTHING BUT LARGE HOME WINS WILL BE A SHOCK
There is an interesting game at Rookery Hill where East Thurrock United play Heybridge Swifts. The Rocks are the form side in the division having scored 16 goals and let in 1 in their last four league games. However, The Swifts as we know are no push-overs and gained a creditable 2-2 draw at Northwood in Midweek. VERDICT - A HARD GAME FOR ETU BUT ANOTHER HOME WIN
Second bottom Ware entertain Potters Bar Town in a local-derby of sorts. Ex Broxbourne Borough manager Tony Faulkner picked up his first points in his debut match as new manager in the 2-2 draw with Redbridge at Woodson Park on Tuesday night. He has brought with him a number of players from Goffs Lane most notably Ryan Wade who has scored loads of goals in the SSMFL. He joins along with defender Danny Swift and ex towner Bradley Drisdale. The Scholar's form is up and down with seven wins, two draws and six defeats at present. Faulkner's Boro side after their departure from the FA Vase at the beginning of October form reads - WWWWWLWWW.
VERDICT - EXPECT FAULKNER TO STAMP HIS AUTHORITY AND GAIN HIS FIRST WIN AS WARE BOSS WITH WADE ON THE SCORE SHEET.
FULL LIST OF WEEKEND FIXTURES IN THE RYMAN NORTH
BRENTWOOD TOWN V TILBURY
CONCORD RANGERS V HARLOW TOWN
EAST THURROCK UNITED V HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS
ENFIELD TOWN V VCD ATHLETIC
LOWESTOFT TOWN V LEYTON
MALDON TOWN V ILFORD
REDBRIDGE V CHESHUNT
THAMESMEAD TOWN V NORTHWOOD
WALTHAM FOREST V GREAT WAKERING ROVERS
WARE V POTTERS BAR TOWN
WINGATE AND FINCHLEY V ROMFORD
This puts his total to a £10 stake at a tidy profit of +£182.04 which is catching up Mr Toonstar Tipper who keeps hitting the bar with his bets of late.
Here is his treble of Ryman North bets this weekend and with the league results settling down somewhat of late the cold end is confident of another windfall.
Flushed with the success of the Town and the midweek treble win I’m optimistic for further success for us both this weekend.
This weekend's bet backs Northwood, Lowestoft and Concord at 8.79 on bwin.com
First up, Northwood make the trip to Thamesmead for what promises to be a close encounter. Thamesmead have struggled of late, whereas Northwood had an excellent trophy victory last weekend. The visitors look very generously priced at over 3/1 and I think their recent confidence could be enough to see them take the three points.
Lowestoft look almost invincible at home at the moment and I can’t see them having too many problems with disposing of Leyton this weekend at 1.4.
Finally, basement side Harlow make a trip to the Island to face Concord. Despite their defeat by The Town in midweek, I still feel that Rangers will be up there at the end of the season and that their home form will be good enough to comfortably see of the Hawks this weekend at 1.55
Wednesday, 25 November 2009
There were three supporter coaches which made their way towards Devon along with various cars and minibuses carrying the vast army of Enfield FC supporters. I remember my coach not having any toilet facilities so numerous bottles were filled whilst driving on the motorway as a few pints had already been sunk in the bar prior to us leaving if memory serves me correctly.
Torquay were doing okay in the league so it was going to take an immense effort from the team to get a win at Plainmoor. Prior to this game their last home game was a 0-0 draw versus Wigan Athletic in front of 2509.
Enfield fans were placed in the open end of the ground exposed to the elements with the vocal Gulls fans to side terracing banging their drum constantly throughout the match.
The crowd of 3174 saw a brilliant game where Enfield at times heroically defended with Legend Andy Pape back to his ultimate very best between the sticks and Martin St Hilaire 'wooshing' the Torquay defence outclassing and outpacing them numerous times.
It was a horrible night weather wise and it rained on and off throughout the match, this didn't stop us singing our hearts out. Blue and white balloons and the Union Jack flags with ENFIELD FC emblazoned over them were waved and displayed as the travelling support enjoyed the magnificent and historic occasion.
It was quite a level match when just before half time Saint went on another run 'wooshing' yet another defender and ran with the ball towards the right hand corner flag. The advancing Torquay keeper Ashley Bayes slid in on the wet pitch and took Saint out. Looking back the foul wasn't nasty and definitely didn't stop a clear goalscoring opportunity. Referee Mike Reid didn't see it this way and brandished a red card sending off Bayes. To say the home fans were not impressed with the decision is a bit of an understatement and when forward Goodridge was replaced by sub goal-keeper Adrian Tucker they were not happy with their manager O'Riordan.
Into the 2nd half and it was Paul Hobson who sent a brilliant free kick into the box from the left hand side for Disc-Jockey Andy Kerr to rise above the home defence heading the ball past Tucker and putting us 1-0 up. Scenes of manic celebration and joy on the away terrace followed with 'time flys by when your the driver of a train...' drowning out the Torquay drummer.
Torquay hit the cross-bar shortly after through Kevin Hodges and England's number one Andy Pape produced a world class save from substitute forward Duane Darby.
It was then Gary Abbott who was never a nasty player despite being kicked to pieces regularly in the Isthmian League had a moment of madness and kicked out at a Torquay player who had hold of his leg. Referee Reid showed no hesitation in showing the red card again which was the catalyst to a melee and a bit of pushing and shoving between the opposing sides.
The last ten minutes seemed to last a lifetime as the ten men of Enfield defended and defended and defended against the rapidly advancing ten men of Torquay who laid siege to the goal at the open end of the ground where we were situated. When Reid blew the final whistle we all went mad. Two league teams beaten and we were off to Filbert Street. The celebrations between players and fans is a brilliant memory of a fantastic night following Enfield FC. A real 'glory glory' night that I am proud to say I was there alongside the other loyal fans and supporters.
Enfield's FC heroes on the night nearly 15 years ago were:
Andy Pape, Gary Blackford, Jimmy Carstairs, Andy Kerr, Al-James Hannigan, Mark Pye, Martin St Hiliaire, Paul Hobson, Gary Abbott, Leroy Whale and Pat Ryan.
SUBS - Richard Cherry FOOTBALL GENIUS (on for Whale), John Ridout and GK Neil Thompson.
Sitting on the coach awaiting to leave still celebrating one moronic Torquay 'supporter' who must of been about 40 banged on the back window and offered us out for a fight. He was swiftly laughed at and 'we're going to Leicester. we're going to Leicester, your not' sang towards him. The idiot should of known better and couldn't take the fact his team had lost against the then kings of non-league football - Enfield FC.
As a result of Abbott's red card he was banned from playing in the Leicester City game. I can't help thinking in a game we lost 2-0 if only Gary was playing we may well have got a result at Filbert Street!!
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
Town turned in another brilliant performance tonight against Concord Rangers at Goldsdown Road. Every player in the Town team showed determination and put in an immense amount of hard work to take the three points. Rudi Hall, Adam Wallace and Ben Hammond (who looks like the signing of the season so far) shone for the cold end on a wonderful night of football for Town.
Town took the lead on seven minutes in the first goalmouth action of the game when Ben Hammond on the right hand side put a cross into the six yard box which looked to be drifting wide but the ball was put past Concord keeper Dale Brightly by one of his own defenders under pressure from Wallace and Hope. Scoreline commented it was the best own-goal he had seen for a number of years.
It didn't take long for the away side to equalise when Liam Hopkins shot on the turn from the edge of the box flew past the diving Rob Blackburne into the right hand corner of the goal on eleven minutes.
Town came back at Concord and it was the impressive Hammond who had the next chance when his shot from outside of the box stung the hands of Brightly who palmed the ball out for a corner. From the resulting kick the ball pinged about the penalty box and it appeared that Paul Marks was fouled from behind when on the ball inside the box with assistant referee Andreas Anastasiou who had a good view of the incident flagging from the far side for an unknown reason (possibly a penalty??). Referee Tom Donnellan didn't stop play and the assistant's flag was lowered after a few seconds and the game was played on much to the annoyance of the Town fan's present among the crowd of 182 people.
Taylor Sinfield then replaced Scott Kinch for Concord who came off the field of play with a injury. Liam Hope had his first chance of the game then with a shot which went wide of Brightly's left hand post.
Concord then in an attack worked the ball across for right to left and Hopkins found himself free. He will look back wanting to do better with the resultant shot which Blackburne saved easily.
Town easily looked the better side and were playing much the better football with Rudi Hall putting in an immense performance in the centre of midfield. Adam Wallace hit the post from a Dave Blower cross and was unlucky with the shot afterwards which went over the bar.
The game then looked to boil over when Michael Bardle appeared to be elbowed by one of the Concord players very close to the Enfield dug-out with referee Donnelllan waiving play-on despite major protests from the bench and the fact Bardle was on the floor injured. All I can say is it looked much worse than the incident Paul Marks was sent-off for against Lowestoft Town.
The Concord bench then complained about Town returning the ball from the re-start for a throw in and not directly to their keeper. A comment heard was 'Enfield are getting all the decisions' which appeared to everyone present clearly not to be true.
Concord substitute Sinfield then gave away a free kick outside of the box for high feet. Rudi Hall's free kick headed towards the bottom left hand corner of Brightly's goal with everyone looking thinking it was going to be routine save for the Concord stopper. It seemed as if he was caught in two minds and the ball snuck into the net beneath his dive to make it a deserved 2-1 to Enfield right on half time.
The Second Half started with Concord looking the brighter team with Ashley Robinson replacing Michael Begg who had had a quite game after being so influential in the Trophy game at Thames Road. They never really created any clear cut chances with Enfield's back four holding firm.
Town came back at Concord with Rudi had another free kick from outside the box which Brightly calmly saved at the second attempt after dropping the ball at first and a header was tipped over the bar by Brightly from a Hall corner.
On 65 minutes Hope came off with Stuart Blackburne coming on with Lee Williams coming off for Concord to be replaced by ex Redbridge and Newport County player Dave Collins who is known as a free-kick specialist.
Ben Hammond who had been brilliant going forward putting the ball into danger areas in the box all night showed he was just as good at getting back defending when a ball fell inside the box with Concord looking to equalise Hammond put the challenge in which put the forward off with the ball going out for a corner. Hammond was replaced by Sam Byfield shortly after with Bardle swopping left midfield for right and Byfield playing on the aforementioned right hand side.
The game looked to be going Town's way but it was still very nerve-wracking towards the end of the game with only one goal in it and Concord's attackers Ross Wall and Lyle Taylor always likely to score from a half-chance.
Taylor who had been very quiet all night then had a glorious chance to make the game all square when the ball bounced to him on the edge of the six yard box. His shot went wide thankfully.
The last action of the game was Sam Byfield's shot which went wide of the goal and it was then the referee blew the whistle to cap an excellent victory for Steve and Del's Enfield Team.
Town are now unbeaten in four league matches and are playing the best football we have seen all season. To beat top sides Concord Rangers and Thamesmead Town and to run Lowestoft Town so close shows Steve and Del have put together a great side who work their socks off for each other and if they continue to play like they have done have every chance to be up in the play-off section come the end of the season.
The team and management were quite rightly cheered and clapped off the pitch as they walked down the tunnel. Town were the better side in all departments tonight and deserved the victory against a very good Concord side who will be up the top half of the league at the end of the season.
Well done to all concerned and here's to another three points on Saturday against VCD Athletic.
UP THE TOWN!!!
Blackburne, Blower, Bastian, Hammond (Byfield), Kirby, McKay, Marks, Hall, Hope (Blackburne S), Wallace, Bardle.
Unusued subs - Smith, Morton, Holmes.
Brightly, Watson, Beale, Williams (Collins), Easterford, Skelton, Begg (Robinson), Kinch (Sinfield), Taylor, Wall, Hopkins.
Unused subs - Buckfield, Butterworth.
A feast of football is on offer tonight from the Champions League down to the FA Trophy replays with a full programme of fixtures in League One and League Two.
The cold end travels to the Garden of England for the League One match between Gillingham and Yeovil Town for my recomended single bet of the midweek.
The Gills have picked up a bit of form at Priestfield since being turned over by Hartlepool on the 22nd August. Mark Stimson's side are unbeaten in six home league games (3-0 Exeter City, 2-0 Millwall, 1-1 Norwich City, 3-2 Wycombe Wanderers, 1-1 Charlton Athletic, 1-0 Oldham Athletic) and have also beaten Southend United at home 3-0 in the FA Cup. Discount the narrow loss to Norwich City in the Football League Trophy.
They currently occupy 18th place below the visitors from Somerset tonight who are in 13th place four points above.
Terry Skiverton's side don't have much luck away from Huish Park with only one win in eight on the road at Bristol Rovers on 24th October. They have gained three draws at Exeter City, Millwall and Oldham Athletic and lost at Colchester United, Huddersfield Town, Southend United and Leeds United with another loss away in the FA Cup at Blue Square Premier Oxford United.
Yeovil did get a draw against high flying Charlton Athletic at home on Saturday but The Addicks were down to ten men for over an hour in what was a weather effected game played in a strong swirly wind and heavy rain. They also have three talented Spurs youth/reserve players on loan in Ryan Mason, Steven Caulker and John Obika but Gillingham welcome back Canadian International Simeon Jackson who was left on the bench on Saturday following international duty. The ex Dulwich Hamlet and Rushden&Diamonds front man has been reportedly watched by a number of Premier League clubs and there have been rumours of a move upwards in the January transfer window.
With Jackson returning, Gillingham's decent home record and Yeovil's poor form on the road I can only see a home win for the Kent side.
The cold end's single bet of the midweek is Gillingham at evens at http://www.skybet.com
Yeovil are 13/5 to get a 2nd victory on the road with the draw being 5/2.
Simeon Jackson is 5/4 to score at any time and 9/2 to be first goalscorer. If you really fancy a flutter you can get 33/1 for him to score a hat-trick.
Remember - Gamble responsibly!!
Town started the game where they left off at Thamesmead, looking bright and playing the ball around with a good tempo. They gained an early stranglehold on the game and could have taken the lead on five minutes. Adam Wallace's cross found it's way through to Michael Bardle who's ferocious effort looked destined for the top corner before Swifts keeper Ollie Sanders pulled off a magnificent save, palming the ball away for a corner.
It wasn't all one way traffic though and Swifts were creating space in the Town half but were let down with some very wayward shooting.
Town deservedly took the lead after 18 minutes. Liam Hope proving again what a great finisher he is, getting to a Ben Hammond cross first and steering the ball into the net.
With confidence high Town kept pressing but couldn't create any more clear cut chances in what was a very promising first half.
Heybridge came out in the second half with far more purpose and could have equalised shortly after the restart. Rob Blackburne alert to the danger as the Swifts forward went through one on one and the Town keeper smothered the effort.
With most of the pressure coming from the home side, the Town back four of Blower, McKay, Kirby and Bastian again looked solid and it was in fact up the other end where the next good chance was carved out. Adam Wallace sliding the ball across the six yard box and with the goal at his mercy Paul Marks was denied a chance to continue his goalscoring streak by an outstanding saving tackle.
Despite this scare Heybridge continued to threaten and with substitute Fiston Manuella pulling the strings an equaliser came with 20 minutes left. A ball to the back post left Blackburne stranded and as the shot was fired in, Swifts' Russell Malton was on hand to score from close range.
Town freshened things up with Stuart Blackburne and Sam Byfield replacing Ben Hammond and Liam Hopes but couldn't force a late winner and a very entertaining game finished 1-1.
Special mention to larger than life keeper Ollie Sanders who was playing his last game for Swifts before a move to Aveley. A more jovial stopper you'd struggle to meet and his first half save was as good as any seen this season.
Town: R. Blackburne, Blower, McKay, M. Kirby, Bastian, Hammond, Hall, Marks, Bardle, Wallace, Hope
Subs: S. Blackburne (for Hammond), Byfield (for Hopes), Holmes, Smith, Morton.
Thanks to Scoreline for providing a report for Saturday's match. TOP MAN!!!!!
Monday, 23 November 2009
Firstly, East Thurrock make the trip to Potters Bar. I think this will be a close encounter with a few goals as both sides are not struggling to find the back of the net of late. The visitors are the better side in my opinion though and at 2.30 look too good to resist.
Next up GWR play host to Thamesmead. Both sides left it late to salvage a point on Saturday and again this will be tight, however I’m backing the home side to triumph at 2.20
Finally, the bet carries over to Wednesday when Lowestoft visit Waltham Forest. The trawler boys were victorious again on Saturday and I think they’ll be too strong for The Stags and win at 1.70
The treble pays 8.60.
odds at http://www.bwin.com
Since the FA Trophy match at Thames Road on Halloween the Rangers have been beaten away at Redbridge (2-0), won at home versus East Thurrock United in the Championship Manager Cup (3-0) and on Saturday went down 3-2 at Blue Square South Hampton & Richmond Borough in the FA Trophy. The goals came late on in the match at the Beveree for the travelling side but the H&R website describes them as not giving the home side an easy win.
In the Trophy game Rangers were missing the suspended Lyle Taylor (17 goals in 21 league and cup matches this season so far) who will add another dimension to their attacking line up at Goldsdown Road in conjunction with Danny Heale and Ross Wall. Town played the trophy match with a makeshift front two of Fabio Valenti and Roberto Minitti who plugged away and did their best but with Adam Wallace, Liam Hope and Stuart Blackburne all fighting for a place in the team the Rangers back four should be alot busier (hopefully) tomorrow.
Rangers record away from the fortress of Thames Road in the league this season is played 5 won 2 (Northwood and Harlow Town) drawn 1 (VCD Athletic) lost 2 (Lowestoft Town and Redbridge) GF 10 GA 9 . Five of the goals they have conceeded came in the defeat versus Lowestoft Town early in the season and seven of the goals scored were in their thrashing of Harlow Town (discounting this freak result they have only scored 3 goals in four games on the road).
There has been an average of 3.25 goals in Town's games this season with Concord's average at 3.08. Both clubs haven't had a 0-0 draw in the league this season. In fact Town haven't been involved in a goalless stalemate in the League since the 5th April 2008 at home to Brentwood Town (a run stretching 62 games), Concord's last 0-0 came on the 24th January 2009 away at Leyton (30 games including 2 play-off fixtures).
With this in mind and the fact that Taylor, Heale, Wall, Wallace, Hope and Blackburne will be on show the cold end predicts there will be goals!! Lets hope we get more than them adding another 3 points to our already impressive tally.
bwin.com make Town slight favourites at 13/10, the draw at 5/2 and an away victory at 29/20.
UP THE TOWN!!!!!
Bragging rights up for grabs in East London Derby and Lowestoft facing a massive monumental midweek adventure into Stag Country!Elsewhere there is a full programme of midweek fixtures in the league with some interesting games taking place.
15th placed Leyton who were 2-1 up at Harlow Town on Saturday until the Hawks equalised in the last minute through an OG face local rivals Ilford (12th place) who so nearly were victorious versus table toppers GWR (who equalised in the last minutes to make it 2-2, they were 2-0 down after 39 minutes at Cricklefield). Leyton's starting XI has changed almost entirely over the past month or so. They have gained a great win at Thames Road versus Concord Rangers and if they win tomorrow night they go above early season pace-setters Ilford. The cold end can see this being a close game and the result maybe a score-draw. Leyton are the only side in the division without a home win so far this season and have only scored 6 times on their own patch (equal with Waltham Forest as lowest in the league)
Over in the Essex Rivera at Burroughs Park there is the battle of top v 2nd place when GWR take on Thamesmead Town. The Mead who only drew versus Ware on Saturday thanks to a 83rd minute goal and who were soundly beaten by Town last mid-week will find it hard to get back to winning ways in Essex. The cold end verdict is for GWR to shade this one just!
FA Trophy heroes Northwood will not want to suffer a cup hangover versus Heybridge Swifts who travel to Northwood Park on a good run of form following the 1-1 draw on Saturday. Dave Anderson's side face the winners of the replay between Weston-Super-Mare and Carshalton Athletic in the next round of the Trophy.
Lowestoft Town face a mammoth trip down the A12 from Suffolk to play Waltham Forest on Wednesday night at Cricklefield. The Stags who didn't play on Saturday face The Trawler Boys who overcame 14th place VCD on Saturday at Crown Meadow. Top scorer Danny Gabriel will be looking to get on the score-sheet versus the Town. The cold end sends respect out to all the fans who make the long 220ish mile journey from the coast. Proper football watched by proper fans!!!
Cheshunt will be looking to build on their 1-0 win at Theobald's Lane on Saturday when they travel South of the rive to play on VCD'S bowling green carpet of a of a pitch.
Eighth placed Tilbury who narrowly lost at Cheshunt (85th minute goal) should win at home to bottom place Harlow Town. The Dockers record at Chadfields is very impressive winning 5 drawing 1 and loosing 1 of the seven games played so far. The one loss being on the opening day of the season versus Potters Bar Town.
Potters Bar themselves face East Thurrock United at the South Mimms Travel stadium. The Scholars in their last three games have beaten GWR away, then lost to Heybridge Swifts at home and won on the road again on Saturday at Romford will find in tough against the free-scoring Rocks. John Coventry's side have scored 32 times in 13 games versus the home side's total of 16 in 14 games.
FULL LIST OF RYMAN NORTH MIDWEEK FIXTURES
Brentwood Town V Romford
Enfield Town V Concord Rangers
GWR V Thamesmead Town
Leyton V Ilford
Maldon Town V Wingate and Finchley
Northwood V Heybridge Swifts
Potters Bar Town V East Thurrock United
Tilbury V Harlow
VCD Athletic V Cheshunt
Ware V Redbridge
Waltham Forest V Lowestoft Town
Sunday, 22 November 2009
Elsewhere, Concord Rangers who Town play on Tuesday night went down fighting at Hampton & Richmond Borough loosing 3-2 with Lyle Taylor on the score-sheet once again.
In the league The Director's cold end jinx continued with Cheshunt beating Tilbury 1-0, Maldon Town gaining a creditable victory at Redbridge and the match at Barrows Field between Harlow Town and Leyton ending all square at 2-2.
Ware, in what is rumoured to be Paul Halsey's last game in charge with reports in the local press (http://www.hertfordshiremercury.co.uk/hertfordshiremercury-sport/displayarticle.asp?id=465554#ixzz0XRkWDNHV )stating Broxbourne Borough manager Tony Faulkner will be taking over drew 1-1 at Thamesmead Town. W&F also drew 2-2 with Brentwood Town. GWR only came away with a point from Ilford and in the 'banker victory' of the day Lowestoft Town won 2-0 at home to VCD Athletic in front of 712 people.
RESULT OF THE DAY goes to Northwood in the FA Trophy who now are the only club left representing the Division who 'giant-killed' Basingstoke Town 2-1 at home. WELL DONE TO ALL CONCERNED!!! I must admit I missed that Northwood were still in the competition (now corrected below) and now hope they can get a good draw and go even further.
The cold end's bet of the day didn't win or loose - the game at Links Park between Montrose and Berwick Rangers was cancelled. Toonstar again got 2 out of 3 but as I correctly predicted the game at St Andrews ended 1-0.
Friday, 20 November 2009
Toonstar was struck down earlier in the week with what his doctor first thought was the H1N1 virus but was later diagnosed as the more sinister strain of "man-flu". A few cups of tea later coupled with some Polski loving and the toonstar was back firing on all cylinders coming up with a bet of the week direct from his footballers wives's style bathroom.. He's going for GOALS GOALS GOALS again this week.
His tip is for both teams to score in the following games:
Liverpool V Man City (City only failed to score in one of their league games at Birmingham City on 01/11/09, Liverpool have not found the net on two occasions versus Chelsea and Sunderland)
Hull V West Ham United (Hull have not scored in four of their games versus Burnley, Portsmouth, Fulham and Birmingham, The Hammers who have only won once away from home on the opening day against Wolves will have this down as a must win game, they have drawn a blank away from Upton Park 2 out of 6 occasions)
Birmingham V Fulham (City have not hit the back of the net on four occasion with Fulham failing to score at home to Arsenal and away at Chelsea and Villa)
The cold end thinks the both teams to score bet is a great way to punt keeping the stake you put down alive until the end of the game. I'm a rubbish gambler so can't be in a position to comment but....I can see the Birmingham V Fulham game being 1-0 either way.... which may put the mockers on this bet...Step forward a 4-4 game of the century now I've said that.
£10 stake pays £57.00 exactly with http://www.skybet.com/
The Toonstar Tipper says "Punt Sensibly" and "Stand up for St Jame's Park"
The cold end's favourite Scottish side Montrose are rock bottom of the third division and without a win in 13 league games. Reports are in the last few weeks there has been some light at the end of a very long tunnel with some encouraging performances, Last weeks 0-0 draw at home to Stranraer didn't cover any team in any glory. Stranraer apparently had enough chances to win the game with Montrose missing two good chances in a what was described as a very poor game between two poor sides. I tipped The Gable Endies to win last week and surprise surprise they didn't!!!
This week they host an Scotland V England glory glory game against Berwick Rangers who are 2nd in the table and call me mad but I'm tipping the home side to win on their 14th time lucky league game. Rangers may be 2nd in the table but their form away from Shielfield Park is terrible with 1 win 2 draws and 2 defeats in 5 games scoring 9 and letting in 9. Their one win came recently 4-2 at Stranraer. Tomorrow boss Jimmy Crease takes a depleted side hit by illness and injury on the 306 mile round trip to Links Park. Rangers beat Montrose 2-0 in England on 30/09/2009 but I can see a long overdue home win coming tomorrow despite the reports of poor morale coming from the Scottish coast.
Montrose are 11/5 with http://www.bet365.com which is my single bet of the week. Rangers are 11/10 with the draw being 13/5.
Enfield Town travel to Scraley Road tomorrow to face one of last season's relegated Premier teams in Heybridge Swifts. Wayne Bond's team have played seven home games so far winning 4 and loosing 3 scoring 11 and letting in 8 goals. Their home wins have come against Harlow Town, Thamesmead Town, Cheshunt and on Tuesday night versus Waltham Forest. Their losses were against Leyton (0-1 on 22.8.09), East Thurrock United (0-2) and Great Wakering Rovers (narrowly 2-3). Since they were thrashed 4-1 at Romford they have won at Potters Bar Town (2-0) and won the aforementioned game against Waltham Forest.
The Swifts find themselves in 14th place on 18 points, only 7 behind town in 5th place which shows what a tight league the Ryman North is this season. As stated their net has been breached only 8 times in the 7 home games (6 of those in the three defeats) which shows that Scraley Road is a hard place to score goals to ensure victory. If Swifts had a better record away from home they would be up amongst the play-off places with Town.
An interesting game is in prospect as Heybridge will want to build on their two recent victories and forget about their poor early season form and head in the right direction up the table whereas Town will want to gain another away win after Tuesday's brilliant victory at Thamesmead. The cold end thinks Heybridge are a much better team than there league position and it'll be a tough game for Town but with the firepower of (pick two of three) Wallace, Blackburne and Hope up front another 3 points will be won to add to Town's point's total.
http://www.bwin.com/ make Town slight favourites at 27/20 with the home side 7/5 and the draw being 5/2.
OTHER RYMAN NORTH GAMES
Table toppers Great Wakering Rovers who lost at Lowestoft Town on Tuesday night face a trip to 12th placed Ilford who following their great start to the season have dropped down the league. They have won one game in the last six versus rock bottom Harlow Town. This should be a comfortable win for the Rovers.
2nd placed Thamesmead Town face 2nd bottom Ware at Bayliss Avenue. Ware, despite only winning one in the last six games on Tuesday night against Romford (away) have only lost by one goal to VCD, Tilbury and Wingate&Finchley and drawn games versus Waltham Forest and Heybridge Swifts whereas Thamesmead may still be dazzled from the 0-3 reverse versus Town. In The Mead's previous game to Tuesday's they let three goals in versus Maldon (3-3) so their back four is not on good form. The cold end can see a win for Ware or a draw in this game. Ware are 7/1 with bwin.com with the home-side well odds on at 1/5 with the draw being 5/1.
Lowestoft Town shouldn't have any problems in beating VCD Athletic at Crown Meadow. VCD bring to Suffolk an away record of just one win (@ Potters Bar Town) and a draw at Brentwood Town in seven games scoring just six goals. Anything but a large home victory will be a major shock.
W&F face Brentwood Town at the Harry Abrahams Stadium in what should be a routine victory for David Norman's side. However, following their problems with both chairman and manager leaving on the eve of the season the Essex side have re-grouped and have won four games on the spin. It'll be close but W&F should win.
The cold end wishes all the best to Concord Rangers and Northwood, the Division's sole representatives left in the FA Trophy in their trip to BSS Hampton and Richmond Borough and Northwood's home game versus BSS Baingstoke Town. The Rangers who somewhat surprisingly lost to Redbridge in the league after beating Town in the last round of the Trophy got back to winning ways in the Championship Manager cup recently by beating East Thurrock United (3-0) will fancy their chances of a result at The Beveree Stadium. Alan Devonshire's side were beaten by Bury Town in the competition last year and are not having a great season by their standards, they appear to be suffering from a play-off loosing hangover of sorts finding themselves in 17th place (out of 22) just five points off relegation but only 8 points off the play-off zone. http://www.skybet.com/ make H&R 1/2 favourites with Concord at 5/1 and the draw being 5/2. With the firepower of Taylor and Heale up front Rangers may be worth a speculative punt. Don't forget if the game is a draw it will mean the game at Goldsdown Road on Tuesday will be off as Concord will be involved in the replay.
FULL LIST OF FIXTURES
CHESHUNT V TILBURY
HARLOW TOWN V LEYTON
HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS V ENFIELD TOWN
ILFORD V GREAT WAKERING ROVERS
LOWESTOFT TOWN V VCD ATHLETIC
REDBRIDGE V MALDON TOWN
ROMFORD V POTTERS BAR TOWN
THAMESMEAD TOWN V WARE
WINGATE&FINCHLEY V BRENTWOOD TOWN
This weekend’s Ryman Div 1 North fixture list features a lot of evenly matched games. My treble goes from three teams who seem to be heading in to a touch of form.
First up we have Redbridge who this weekend host Maldon Town, The Motormen have shown some encouraging form of late where as Maldon still appear to be a side in transition. The home side look good value at 1.95
Next up Cheshunt face Tilbury at Theobalds Lane. The Amber's brief renaissance appears to have halted and they face a Tilbury side who have steadily been climbing the table of late. I’m therefore backing the Dockers at 2.30
Finally, a bit of a punt, but I fancy bottom placed Harlow to turn over a troubled Leyton outfit. With yet another manager in the hot seat at the Hare & Hounds and players reportedly leaving the club in droves, I feel this is Harlow chance to put a much needed three points on the board at 2.45.
In total, the treble pays 10/1.
Normal service will be resumed with the rubbish tips and all the other usual stuff.
Sunday, 15 November 2009
The Trawler Boys had a very strong team including midfielder Gary Holt. The ex Kilmarnock, Norwich City, Nottingham Forest, Wycombe Wandereres and Colchester United player has also been capped ten times by the Scotland. Ex Peterborough United and Norwich City player Adam Smith also impressed at left-back and Matt Nolan up front looked a very useful player, More about him later. Jamie Godbold who is a Lowestoft legend having played 400+ times for his home town club looked a sound player in the midfield for the away side too.
After about ten minutes Town's new signing Michael Bardle playing on the left wing had a shot which rose over the bar from the edge of box not troubling keeper Andy Reynold but after this Lowestoft controlled large parts of the first half with both teams struggling in the conditions.
Scott Mitchell made it 1-0 when he hit a shot from the left hand side edge of the box which flew past the diving Rob Blackburne and nestled into the right hand corner to large celebrations from the travelling support which numbered about 70 hardy souls. Mitchell then got the better of Dave Blower at right back and would of wanted to do better with his resulting shot which went wide of the mark. Rudi Hall playing in the centre of the park was having a great game for Enfield, his work-rate was second to none putting in a number of impressive blocks and tackles, his battle with his opposing number Dale Cockerill was interesting to watch.
Lowestoft threatened to make it two goals to nil when Nolan's shot rose just high and wide of Blackburne's left hand post and bar.
The Town centre back pairing of Matt Kirby and Ross Edwards was then split up as Edwards was replaced by Craig McKay as it looked like he had taken a knock.
Town then equalised much against the run of play when some great play by Bardle on the left hand side of the box got him in front of right back Neil Plaskett for him to swing a brilliant cross into the box. Reynolds seemed to be in two minds as the ball came over towards him, He went to catch it but then decided to punch it out towards the edge of the box. The ball fell to Paul Marks on the edge of the box who with upmost composure volleyed the ball back past Reynolds into the back of the net. A fantastic finish!!!HALF TIME - 1-1
The Second half was excellent and the Town players were first-class putting in first-rate performances all over the field of play.
Lowestoft had a good chance when a free kick was tipped excellently onto the post by Blackburne, in the resulting scramble the ball was cleared off the line by Dave Bastian who jumped and celebrated like he had scored himself.
The game changed when Liam Hope who had been very quiet came off to be replaced by a returning Stuart Blackburne. Stuart looked at home instantly linking up with Gunz in their familiar partnership up front.
It was then the ball was lofted forward by Blackburne in goal down the centre of the pitch to Wallace who knocked the ball on for the speedy Blackburne to score past the diving Reynolds in the right hand corner of the goal. An exceptional finish to make it 2-1.
Paul Marks was then rather harshly sent off for a normal looking 50/50 shoulder to shoulder challenge against Matt Nolan. Referee Richard Jaye who had been brilliant up to this point as no supporter had noticed him showed the red card immediately. Maybe the referee had seen something we hadn't. Nolan went down onto the floor injured but almost immediately he was up and playing following the incident.
The ten men played heroically and looked to kill the game off being much the better team with Stuart causing the Lowestoft back four all sorts of problems with his pace. He ran onto a ball in the left hand corner and beat Neil Plaskett. Stuart then ran across the goal with Reynolds looking beaten but seemed to take one more touch than he should of and wasn't able to get a shot on target.
Stuart then rounded keeper Reynolds and shot towards goal. I have to admit along with most Town fans present I was jumping celebrating as the ball went towards the net, Neil Plaskett unfortunately slid in and cleared the ball off the line at the final moment. Any later and the ball would of been in the net.
It was cruel blow to the Enfield team who had played brilliantly in the 2nd half taking the game to Lowestoft with ten men when Scott Mitchell scored an equaliser right at the death. This showed what a good team they really are or should it be lucky....Probably a bit of both???
Now I've had a chance to calm down from the disappointment of the last minute equaliser I can say on reflection it was a great game which Lowestoft controlled in the first half and Enfield in the second so a 2-2 draw was probably a fair result in the end.
Matt Kirby played a stormer in the centre of defence for Town, Rudi Hall also had a great game in midfield and when Stuart came on it changed the game in the favour of Town. Ben Hammond on the right of midfield pushing up and Michael Bardle on the left doing the same seemed to give the side more shape and width. The midfield four of Hall/Morton/Marks (two of three) with the two new signings out wide look good and with Blackburne/Wallace or Hope (who with his record at previous clubs will score goals) look a positive attacking force for the games to come.
The cold end thinks the league title is going to be won by either East Thurrock United or Lowestoft Town so drawing 2-2 against the trawler boys is a great result after we were soundly beaten by East Thurrock a few weeks back. What is pleasing is we scored twice against a team who had previously only conceded four goals in the league.
A point of note for the travelling fans who chanted 'your just a bus stop in Tottenham' is Enfield is nowhere near Spurs.. It would be same as visiting supporters singing 'your just a train station near Yarmouth' at Crown Meadow. Full marks to the Trawler Boy fans though and it was nice to see some visiting fans making some noise for once. Well done for making the long journey down from Suffolk! Your a credit to your club. See you all in February for a day at the seaside.
Blackburne R, Blower, Bastian, Hammond, Kirby, Edwards (McKay), Marks, Hall (CAPTAIN), Hope (Blackburne S), Wallace, Bardle.
Subs unused - Byfield and Holmes.
Reynolds, Plaskett, Smith, Holt, Crane, Halliday, Godbold, Dale Cockerill (Bussens), Nolan, McGee (Darren Cockerill) Mitchell.
Subs unused - Fisk, Potter, Hunn.
Friday, 13 November 2009
This year it's different.......He'll be up town visiting the high-class boutiques and shops spending his pennies.
To help him on his way he's gone for a new type of bet that keeps the excitement going for the full 90 minutes. He's had a tenner on all teams to score at least one goal in the following three League One games:
Brentford V Millwall - 4/5
Hartlepool V L. Orient - 4/5
Gillingham V Oldham - 8/11
£10 with http://www.skybet.com pays £55.96.
The Toonstar sends the best of luck to ETFC in our match with Lowestoft Town...Hopefully, the game will go ahead even though London has been rained on for what seems like the last 48 hours.
The Second round proper of the FA Vase IS played this weekend with a handful of SSMFL and ESL teams left in the competition.
Hadley who are riding high in 2nd place of the SSMFL Division One who have beaten fellow SSMFL sides Harpenden Town and Leverstock Green to get to this stage visit Eastern Counties League Premier side Stanway Rovers. Rovers are in fourth place in the league scoring 44 goals in 17 league matches whereas Hadley one step below them in the football Pyramid have scored 29 times in 15 league games. Hadley are debutants in the competition this season so will find it hard travelling to seasoned Vase campaingers Stanway. Rovers were knocked out in the fourth round last season in a replay defeat versus UCL St Ives Town, In the 07/08 season they went to the 5th round where they lost at home to Coventry Sphinx (1-3). Stanway's top scorer this season is Sam Newson who has scored an incredible 24 times in 18 league and cup games, Last season he hit the back of the net 44 times in 45 games and the season prior 26 times in 40 appearances. His twin brother Ben also plays for the team. The 21 year old has played as a youth at Ipswich Town and with his impressive goal ratio must be destined to play at a higher level. VERDICT - Hats off to Hadley for getting to the Second Round in their first season but only a home win can be seen at this game.
There are only three Essex Senior League sides left in the Vase this year. On Saturday, Stansted travel to Long Buckby and on Sunday Tiptree United entertain Cogenhoe United and Enfield 1893 FC travel to play Cambridge Regional College (aka CRC) of the Eastern Counties Premier.
It's a tough game in prospect for the Goffs Lane club as CRC are 3rd in the table and go 2nd if they win their game in hand. They have also only lost 2 games in their league and cup competitions all season being unbeaten since 15th August. They have beaten Huntingdon Town, Brantham Athletic and March Town United (thrashed 7-1) to get to this stage. Since the defeat to Kings Lynn Reserves on the 15th August they have won 19 and drawn 2 of their 21 games. VERDICT - Anything but a home win will be a shock.
The airportmen travel to UCL side Long Buckby who are 4th in the Premier Divsion at present. Stansted have beaten Wivenhoe Town and Tring Athletic to get to this stage of the competition. VERDICT - Long Buckby have played 7 home league game winning six and loosing one scoring 24 goals and letting in 11. Stansted have won two out of six on their travels in the league. Should be a home win.
Its ESL V UCL once more on Sunday in a food related derby when The Jam Makers of Tiptree entertain The Cooks of Cogenhoe. United in their first season in the ESL are having a mediocre one in mid-table, whereas the travelling Northamptonshire outfit have won 5 of their 10 away league games and are sitting near to the top of the UCL Premier. Tiptree have beaten Barkingside and Halstead to get to this stage and Cogenhoe have been exempt up until round 2. Last season they got to the 4th round loosing to Bitton and Tiptree went out at this stage loosing 2-0 to semi-finalists Lowestoft Town. VERDICT - Too close to call, Maybe a draw, replay and penalties at Compton Park in midweek.Biggleswade United travel to ECL Kirkley and Pakefield on the Suffolk coast having won their last two matches versus Aylesbury and Harefield United. Biggleswade are near the foot of the SSMFL but these two victories show they are better than their league position. The Royals are having a good season and sit 5th in the ECL premier. They haven't beaten fellow ECL teams Walsham-Le-Willows and Newmarket Town to get to this stage. Walmer Road is somewhat of a fortress for K&P, Out of the 12 home league and cup games they have played they have won 10 drawn 1 and lost 1 scoring 35 goals and letting in only 3. What makes this statistic even more impressive is the 3 times the home net has been breached all occured in one 0-3 defeat to Dereham Town. VERDICT - Biggleswade to fight all the way but can only see a home win (just)
SSMFL Divison One side Bedford have already "giant killed" Hanwell Town and Burnham Ramblers on route to their trip to Needham Market. Needham are 2nd in the ECL Premier and have only lost twice this season to table toppers Leiston and in the FA Cup to Sutton Coldfield Town who ran Lowestoft Town close in the next round. They have won 10 of their last 11 league and cup games. VERDICT - Another home win for the Eastern Counties League.. Anything else will be a shock
Royston Town in good form in their returning season to the SSMFL Premier travel to UCL Premier Wellingborough Town who are lurking near the foot of the table. VERDICT - Royston to be triumphant in Northamptonshire.
Chalfont St Peter who maybe had gone closer to the SSMFL title last year had it not been for their fixture congestion due to their Vase run to the Semi-Final where they were so unluckily and cruely beaten on penalties by Glossop North End begin their vase campaign with a home tie versus Peacehaven and Telscombe. The Saints welcome The Tyes to Mill Meadow not in the best of form. Since they thrashed Kentish Town 7-1 on the 17th October their form in league and cup reads - LLLLLL. VERDICT - P&T are 5th in the Sussex County Premier and with the home sides poor form could pull off a "shock" win.
Brimsdown Rovers hose Divsion One London Colney and will be looking to get one step closer to Wembley on Sunday. Rovers have been steadily moving up the league since a disapointing start with the squad they have assembled. Current form is - WWDWWWLWWD. They gained a creditable draw at Aylesbury on Tuesday night. Colney have beaten two teams from one step higher than them on their way to the 2nd round in Kentish Town and Bethnal Green United. Their current from reads- WWWLWWWWLDWL and they run Ryman Premier Aveley close in the FA Cup before going out in a replay so they obviously like Cup matches against higher league teams. VERDICT - Brimsdown to win in a close game with Ricci Crace on the scoresheet.
The last SSMFL Division One side left is Hoddesdon Town who also play on Sunday travelling to Combined Counties Premier Division side Wembley. Hoddesdon winners of the first FA Vase have "giant" killed Clapton, Oxhey Jets and Witham Town so far to get to this stage and come into this game in good form winning their last four matches scoring 14 and letting in 6 goals. The Lions are bottom on the CCL Premier and won their first game since the beginning of October on Tuesday night beating Enfield 1893 in the Middlesex Senior Cup. They seem to have put their dissapointing league form when playing in the Vase beating Wooton BC, St Margaretsbury and Langford so far. VERDICT - Close but Hoddesdon Town will continue on the road to Wembley in the shadow of the national stadium.
Fixtures involving SSMFL and ESL sides
Stanway Rovers V Hadley
Long Buckby V Stansted
Kirkley and Pakefield V Biggleswade United
Needham Market V Beford
Wellingborough Town V Royston Town
Chalfont St Peter V Peacehaven and Telscombe
Brimsdown Rovers V London Colney
CRC V Enfield 1893
Tiptree United V Cogenhoe United
Wembley V Hoddesdon
Thursday, 12 November 2009
This week the cold end visit's the depths of the football league North of the Border. Montrose are rock bottom of the Scottish 3rd Divsion and are without a win with only four draws in 12 games. The Gable Endies are the cold end's favourite Scottish team and I'm backing them to get their first win in their 13th game. I'm not just backing Montrose on a whim and there is some logic in choosing them to win the game.
Their form has picked up of late winning 3-0 in the cup at Bank's O Dee, loosing to Queens Park 1-2, drawing at Forfar 2-2 (who are really strong at home), loosing to Livingston 0-3 and last week drawing 0-0 away at Albion Rovers. They should of won this game when a late goal was disallowed for offside. Albion are 3rd in the league and also strong at home loosing only one game on their manor this season.
Stranraer have won one (2-1) drawn one (1-1) and lost three games (1-0, 1-0 and 1-0) on their travels and last week lost 2-4 at home to 2nd in the table Berwick Rangers.
Montrose are due a win and should finally get their season underway on Saturday against The Blues.
http://www.skybet.com/ have Montrose at 6/4 to win the match with a draw at 5/2. The away side are slight favourites at 5/4.
This week I’m going for a treble of teams who have recently defeated the mighty Town.
East Thurrock are full of confidence at present so a trip to struggling Ware shouldn’t cause them too many headaches. A comfortable away win in my opinion.
Next up, the impressive Wingate and Finchley travel to Waltham Forest where I feel the visitors will have enough fire power to see off the inconsistent hosts.
Finally, Northwood entertain Cheshunt. The Ambers have been struggling of late and moral will be low for their trip to visit Dave Anderson’s team.
A winning treble pays @9/2 on http://www.bwin.com
FA Cup Heroes Lowestoft Town who make the trip to Goldsdown Road have only played nine league games due to their magnificent cup run but look one of the team's to beat having only conceded 4 goals in those nine games. If they win all there games in hand on the 13 games East Thurrock United and Thamesmead Town have played they will be on 34 points and 40 points on Thamesmead's 15 games. The Trawler Boys opened the season with a 2-0 win at Thamesmead and then demolished Concord Rangers at home 5-0. Their only blips being the freak 1-0 home defeat to Ilford and a 1-1 draw at Leyton on August Bank Holiday Monday.
Below the Table toppers we have the chasing pack of Wingate & Finchley, Concord Rangers, the aforementioned Lowestoft Town (although you could take them out bearing in mind the games in hand), Northwood and the mighty Enfield Town. What is disappointing is in the games versus the teams above us we have a record of played 4 won 0 drawn 1 lost 3 scoring six goals and letting in 13. In order to obtain our goal of making the play-offs the team will need to improve this record and what better place to start than against Lowestoft Town on Saturday. After their heartbreak of loosing to a late goal versus Wrexham in the cup they beat Ilford 3-1 at home in the League Cup in midweek which shows they are not suffering the dreaded cup hangover. It will certainly be a very hard game when the Trawler Boys come to face Town for the first time in our club's history.
Wingate and Finchley who impressed when winning last week have been on good form loosing only to Tilbury, Lowestoft Town, East Thurrock United and Great Wakering Rovers. They have won 4 and lost 2 of their last six games.
Concord Rangers whose 2-0 defeat at Redbridge last week showed what a topsy-turvy league it is this year are always going to be in the running with the firepower of Lyle Taylor, Danny Heale and Ross Wall. Most people will be expecting the Essex side to put the memory of that defeat behind them when they travel to Brentwood on Saturday. However, The International arena side who were pre-season favourites prior to their manager and chairman leaving have picked up their form of late winning four in a row versus Potters Bar Town, Harlow Town, Redbridge and Maldon Town. The game at the weekend will be a marker for how far Brentwood have come since their pre-season turmoil.
Northwood with a manager of the quality of Dave Anderson were always going to be there or thereabouts in the play-offs. They face Cheshunt on Saturday in what should be a routine victory for The Woods. Bob Dearie's side have been thrashed by Thamesmead Town and East Thurrock United in their last two games.
In the relegation section at the moment are Ware and Harlow Town (who we are all aware are suffering from major financial difficulties). Ware have only won one game versus Great Wakering Rovers on the 5th September but since loosing to Enfield Town on 13th October have drawn versus Heybridge Swifts and impressively at Waltham Forest (away) and then lost versus Wingate and Finchley, Tilbury and VCD Athletic by the odd goal which shows they maybe not as bad as their league position shows them to be. They face East Thurrock United at Woodson Park on Saturday in what surely should be an easy away win or should it????
Harlow Town who won their opening game of the season against GWR and then only one other in the battle of the basement dwellers at Ware look doomed. Their last six results reading LLDLLL. The Hawks boss Anthony Anstead has put together a young squad since Glen Alzapeidi left Barrows Farm. The club have been deducted 10 points for entering into a Company Voluntary Agreement (CVA) in a bid to tackle their debts rumoured to be around the £270,000 mark. With two wins in fourteen games and the club on NIL points following the deduction it's going to take an almighty effort for the Hawks to maintain their Ryman League status. They have recently won 4-0 versus Halstead Town in the Essex Senior Cup to set up a home tie with league side Dagenham & Redbridge. Unfortunately the cold end can see the impressive Barrows Farm being the best stadium in the Essex Senior League for season 10/11.
Relegated from the Premier last season Heybridge Swifts sit just above the relegation zone on 12 points. Wayne Bond is in charge at Scraley Road and will surely be looking to pull away from the bottom of the league starting with a win at Potters Bar Town on Saturday.
FACTS ABOUT THIS SEASON SO FAR
Cheshunt are the only side not to draw a game.
Redbridge have drawn the most games - six out of their fourteen games.
Cheshunt have conceded the most number of goals (34) but Ware have the worst goal difference (-17)
Lowestoft Town top the crowd table with an average of 637 (Apart from Dartford this tops every club in the Premier). In 2nd place are Enfield Town with an average of 209.
Every club has won at least one game at home. Only two remain winless on their travels being Ware and Heybridge Swifts.
Every club has lost at least one game at home. Lowestoft Town are the only club to remain without a defeat on the road...Lets hope that has changed at 5pm on Saturday.
There is only one club left representing the division in the FA Trophy and that is Town's conquerors Concord Rangers. They face a trip to BSS Hampton and Richmond Borough on 21st November. The cold end wishes Concord the very best of luck in this game.
After 13 games last year Town stood on 15 points winning 4, drawing 3 and loosing 6. GF 29 GA 35 (-6) which means we are 6 points better off this season.
1st - Lee Burns (Dartford, Premier Division) 13 apps 12 goals
2nd - Gary Noel (Croydon Athletic, First Division South) 11 apps 11 goals
3rd= Byron Harrison (Ashford Town, Premier) 15 apps 9 goals
Carl Rook (Tonbridge Angels, Premier) 13 apps 9 goals
Bobby Traynor (Kingstonian, Premier) 14 apps 9 goals
Hicham Akhazzan (Sittingbourne, First Divsion South) 12 apps 9 goals
Enfield Town's Stuart Blackburne heads a clutch of other players on 8 goals, Lets hope he hits the back of the net at the weekend to help him challenge Burns and Noel at the top of the standings.
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
Once again the cold end couldn't make it to the Town match tonight (three in a row now but I'll be there on Saturday) due to work commitments but can give you the good news we won 2-1 and are through to the second round to play another SSMFL side Harefield United at Goldsdown Road in December.
STOTFOLD V ST NEOTS TOWN
I did get to a game in the United Counties League at Stotfold who entertained St Neots Town. Town are managed by West Ham and QPR legend Steve Lomas who barked out orders from the dugout throughout the match in his familiar Northern Irish lilt. The match was won by the away side 2-0, the scoreline suggests it was an easy game but it was far from this and the home side had their chances.
St Neots Town have a plush new stadium at Rowley Park and are riding high at the top of league in company of Daventry Town looking for promotion with Stotfold in 4th place who have won the UCL recently but weren't promoted. A very healthy crowd including a large travelling contingent saw a highly competitive game. St Neot's did have a "goal" (was it over the line or not??? Judge for yourself on the video below) disallowed in the first half. The cold end was impressed with ex Stevenage Borough player George Brinkman up front for the home side and midfielder Daniel Jacobs for the away side. Stotfold's Roker Park is a nice little ground with a stand and some cover on one side and the dugout's opposite.
ST NEOT'S "GOAL" IN THE FIRST HALF....WAS THE BALL OVER??
Monday, 9 November 2009
12/08/2008 - MCC FINAL @ HAYES - WON 4-1 AET (1-1 AT 90 MINS)
30/08/2008 - FA CUP AWAY - LOST 3-1
23/09/2008 - RL1N AWAY - WON 4-1
17/01/2009 - RL1N HOME - WON 3-0
Hillingdon were bottom of the league at the end of the season and were relegated back to the SSMFL for 2009/2010. Since then they have consolidated playing 16 winning 4 drawing 7 and loosing 5 scoring 23 goals and letting in 28 in the league. Last Tuesday they beat Enfield 1893 FC 2-1 in the Middlesex Charity Cup in front of 29 spectators at the Middlesex Stadium and on Saturday drew 1-1 at Kingsbury London Tigers in the league. The top crowd they have played in front of this season was on the 22nd August when they lost 2-1 away at Royston Town in front of 150 people.
Steve and Del (or STEL if you renamed them like John & Edward aka JEDWARD on the X-Factor) will obviously use the game to look at some of the squad players but will still want to win the match and do well going on a run to possible glory in the MSC.
In 2007/2008 when the duo were in charge at Edgware they took them to the Q/F of the MSC beating Kingsbury London Tigers 4-0 away from home (Maharjan and Wallace were among the goals) and Wembley away on penalties after a 2-2 draw (Gunz scored a brace) before being beaten 3-1 at the white lion to Northwood. They got Edgware to the same stage in the glory season in 06/07 beating the Town 2-1 away (Wallace was on the score sheet that night too) and Staines Town at home before loosing to Hayes.
UP THE TOWN!!