Thursday, 31 December 2009

NEW YEAR'S MESSAGE

I think TT has had one too many New Year Alcopops already, He's sent the cold end the following New Year Message:

As I welcome in the new year it's time to reflect on some of the good people that won't be with us and one stands out for me in Sir Bobby Robson.

The world will be a sadder place without his knowledge, personality and entertaining quotes. One that instantly springs to mind is when the BBC were interviewing Shola Ameobi Q " What does the boss call you??" A "Carl Cort " Absolute Quality!!

Therefore, this weekend I'm going for a F.A Cup treble for the Coldenders to ponder. In a competition that SRB loved and respected i'm going for "away the lads" in Newcastle United, Man City and Liverpool to win all their games. £10 stake pays £42 at skybet


The following Geordie's amongst many will be raising a glass for the great man tonight - Ant&Dec, Super Al, Sting, Jimmy Nail, Jayne Middlemiss, Neil Tennant of PSB, Mad John McCririck, Brian Blessed (Gordon's Alive) Noel Gallaghers ex Missus, Mark Knopfler, Si King of The Hairy Bikers, Michelle Bass, Miriam Stopard, Wor Cherly and the new king of pop Joe McElderry.

With confidence and a bit of luck I predict that in 2010 I will take my total profit at the end of the season to over £500!!!

Happy new year everyone from Toon Towers!!!!


Toonstar

I also send out New Year best wishes to everyone and hope you all have a prosperous and very happy 2010.

thecoldend

ENGLAND - 2010 - BELIEVE

Wednesday, 30 December 2009

RYMAN PREMIER - THE RACE TO STAY UP

At the turn of the year the Ryman Premier Division's relegation zone is currently occupied by Hendon, Bognor Regis Town, Billericay Town and Waltham Abbey. All these clubs will want to get on a winning run to lift themselves out of the dreaded drop zone. With Dartford looking Champion's elect at the top of the table the race at the bottom is very tight indeed with just thirteen points seperating The Abbots in bottom postion and Tooting and Mitcham United in 5th place so it is not impossible for a team at the bottom to turn their season round and reach the end of season play offs. From the bottom upwards The Cold End looks at each of the current bottom four team's chances of surviving the drop.

WALTHAM ABBEY
Town's near neighbours and rivals from Capershotts have had a dismal first season in the Ryman Premier winning only four games since former Ware and Harlow Town boss Glen Alzapiedi took over the hot seat from Tony Tillbrook and Andy Purcell in late August. Three away victories at Bognor Regis Town, Cray Wanderers and Canvey Island was eventually followed by a home victory versus Hendon on the 21st November. The 1-o victory was their first win after 9 home games. Alazapiedi has brought in Andy Keepence, Xaniel Doku, Josh Cooper and the returning Jordan Bostock from Brimsdown Rovers amongst others since he took over. Just five players remained in the starting line up on Boxing Day that started the season on the 15th August. They need to find a goalscorer with Billy Holland top scoring with only 7 goals from 18 league games but with a manager of Alzapiedi's quality they can stay up but need to start winning at home with their next two league games at Capershott's looking tough against Boreham Wood (10th place) and Kingstonian (3rd place). Current fifth bottom Cray Wanderers visit on the 30th January which is a must win game and may be considered a relegation six pointer for the Essex side.

BILLERICAY TOWN
Brian Staham's team have picked up form over the last few weeks winning three in a row against Boreham Wood (2-0 home), Tonbridge Angels (1-0 away) and smashing Canvey Island 4-1 at home on Boxing Day . This was after winning only one game in their first thirteen league matches. Another team that is much changed from the opening day of the season with only five players starting the Boxing Day game that started on the opening day of the season. It's good to see ex Town centre-back Chris Wild playing regularly for the The New Lodge side since he departed from Goldsdown Road. They are desperately short of goals, scoring only 14 in 16 games, take into account the 4 goals scored against Canvey and it reads only 12 in 13 games. Billy Bricknell scored a hat-trick in the Canvey game to up his season's total to only four goals and he is top scorer. Their Goals Against colum is at the other end of the scale as The Blues have only let in 19 goals all season with only table toppers Dartford on 16 goals ahead of them in the goals conceeded total. This is even more impressive when you see they have kept 5 clean sheets in 16 league games and two games have been lost 1-5 and 0-4 at home to Kingstonain and Carshalton Athletic. Take these two freak results out of the form line and Statham's team have only conceeded 10 in 14 games which has to considered play-off form. They have only lost six games with only only Dartford (1 game lost) and 4th placed Wealdstone (2) bettering them.
With games in hand over most teams above them I can see no problem's in Billericay staying up and if they can get a goalscorer I can even see them pushing for a play-off place come May.
Their return match with Canvey Island is scheduled for the 2nd January (according to reports they dominated the Boxing Day game and didn't allow the visitors to attack) and with The Islander's conceeding more goals in their 2-5 loss at home to Dartford on Tuesday night skybet.com's odds of 2/1 for an away win look very good value indeed. Look for the Essex side to move up the table in January as they have four home and three away games which makes it a possible 21 points to play for.

BOGNOR REGIS TOWN
Enfield FC fans of old will always have fond memories of visiting Nyewood Lane in the 1990's. The game is 1993 sticks in the memory of many fans; Their used to be a bookies at the ground where you could bet on the result of the game and with Enfield is 3rd place in the Premier and the home side already relegated at the bottom on the table there was a small amount of money put on a 0-5 victory for the E's. With the score at 0-5 with only minutes to go supporters were busy discussing how they would spend their winnings only for E's Legend Carl Richards to get a sixth and run celebrating towards the travelling fans who comically berated him for scoring and ruining their bet. The 92/93 season was a poor season for Bognor with their first league victory coming on the 28th December in 3-2 home win versus Bromley.

Above - The programme for the 0-6 game on the 17th April 1993.

The Rocks have had an eventful couple of season's with relegation from the Blue Sqaure South last year following a seven point deduction for fielding an unregistered player and the clubhouse burning down. Club legend Jack Pearce is now General Manager and Darin Kilpatrick who spent most his playing career at Nyewood Lane is now in the manager's hot seat. A famous name is also playing for the Rocks this season in Charlie Oatway the 17 year old son of Brighton HA legend Anthony Philip David Terry Frank Donald Stanley Gerry Gordon Stephen James Oatway aka Charlie Oatway. Oatway Junior has made a good start to his career netting four times in 19 league games.
They have had a good Christmas period with an away 2-0 win on the 15th December at Cray Wanderers and a home draw versus Horsham. The stand out result was the unexpected surpise victory on Monday away at 4th placed Kingstonian. The 3-1 win was only their fourth in the league with the above Cray victory along with home wins over AFC Hornchurch and Ashford Town (Middlesex). They also had a fantastic result in a 3-3 draw at Dartford on the 7th November in front of 1,295 people.

Out of the last nine points on offer Bognor have got seven which is good going. Like Billericay their form has upped in December so they can also stay up if it continues. However, Teams around them do have games in hand so this could be their downfall.

The cold end has always had a soft spot for The Rocks and hopes they can stay up this season. Happily I can also report the clubhouse has been re-built and is now open for supporters to use.

HENDON
The selling off and destruction of the historic Claremont Road will ring bell's for the old E's fans. It was terrible to see and The Don's (following the aborted plans to play at the Barnet Copthall stadium) have now entered into a long term deal to share at Wembley's Vale Farm. Former Enfield keeper Gary McCann has been manager for over four years now and is a firm fan's favourite being assisted by Hendon legend Freddie Hyatt.

The 3-0 Boxing day win at Harrow Borough was welcomed by fans and management alike. They have won six of seventeen league games but also lost eight games which has put them down the bottom of the table winning 7 points out of the last 18 points on offer. McCann has a settled side with only 4 players different in the Boxing Day stating XI than on the opening day of the season, Two of the changes were on the bench on the opening day. The Don's have the same goalscoring problems that seems to be the case with all the teams down the bottom of the table, James Bent top scores with only 4 goals in 15 league games. Like Billericay they have a good defensive record only conceeding 28 goals which is encouraging for McCann seeing as most of the teams up the top of the league are at about that level. Hendon, like all the current bottom four can stay up.

The verdict from the cold end is that anyone with a poor run of form from 5th placed Tooting & Mitcham downwards can be pulled into the relegation dog fight. Only nine points seperate 5th place with 19th placed Hendon in the 4th relegation spot. What price the bottom four now will be totally different at the end of the season??? It's going to be very interesting watching.

LINKS

greensnet - hendon fc

bognor regis town

billericay town

waltham abbey

the famous isthmian fans website

Tuesday, 29 December 2009

SNOW.....FROST....AND NOW WATER - GAME OFF!!

The immense amount of rain that has fallen in Ryman country has virtually wiped out the fixture list for tonight's games with Enfield Town's home fixture versus Harlow Town being postponed at 5pm after a pitch inspection. Not surprisingly there was alot of standing water on the Goldsdown Road pitch.

Out of the twenty six games due to be played in the Premier, Division One North and South only four have survived and with the rain still falling lets hope for the supporters they finish.

Wingate and Finchley's home game with Northwood is the only survivor in the North Division.

The Town last played way back on Tuesday 15th December so it's been a nice winter/Christmas break for the players.

Hopefully the pitch will have dried out by Saturday for the eagerly awaited New Year Derby clash with Cheshunt.

TOONSTAR BACK ON FORM

TT proved the old adage of form is temporary and class is permanent as his Bank Holiday Monday treble came in winning him a tasty £58.87. TT loves a bit of arrows and is an avidly watching the PDC Darts from Ally Pally this week.

Phil "the power" Taylor is 1/50 to beat 12/1 Robert "the thorn" Thornton tonight - Even the high rolling TT isn't stupid enough to back Taylor at those odds. He'll be cheering on Terry "the bull" Jenkins this afternoon.

TT has had a great year since he joined the cold end stable and is currently showing a nice profit of £302.94 which is this credit crunch world is nice going. Well done TT - Long may you continue to bash those bookies!!!

Gamble responsibly.

THE DIRECTOR'S MIDWEEK TREBLE

With a full midweek programme The Director has been in contact with his treble that will hopefully pay for some New Year cheer....

East Thurrock to beat Concord Rangers 17/20
Potters Bar Town to beat Ilford 3/4
Ware to beat Cheshunt 1/1

£10 stake with bwin.com pays £64.75

For the big match at Goldsdown Road bwin.com make Town 2/5 odds on favourites with Harlow 9/2 outsiders and the draw being 13/4.

BILLERICAY TO GET A "RESULT" - THE COLD END'S SINGLE BET OF THE MIDWEEK

The cold end loves a bit of value and can see it in the Ryman Premier with skybet.com who make Billericay 5/2 to win at AFC Hornchurch. Billericay have been on form in the last three league matches beating Boreham Wood, Tongbridge Angels and smashing Canvey Island 4-1 on Boxing Day.

Hornchurch are unbeaten in four games with a fantastic win at Dartford to the their name but I can see Billericay getting a 'result' to lift them up the league and away from the relegation zone so am backing them at £5 to win (£17.50 return) or the draw at 13/5 (£18.00 return) to hedge my bets.

Remember to bet responsibly.

Monday, 28 December 2009

THE BIG BANK HOLIDAY SPARTAN DOUBLE HEADER PART TWO

Langford V Oxhey Jets
Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division
Kick Off 3pm

Forde Park is a lovely picturesque stadium with Langford being a very friendly welcoming club with a brilliant tea-bar that serves drinks in proper cups. Full Marks go to the club staff for getting the pitch ready as it was pretty severe frost overnight in Bedfordshire. Langford also deserve a pat on the back for reducing the admission prices for today's match to half price meaning it was only £2.50 entrance for what was a brilliant game of football. A gesture of good will for New Year!!


Above - Ex Southill Alexander player Adam Wombwell on the ball for Langford

Both team's are languishing in mid-table (12th v 13th) of the Premier Divsion with Langford recently adding ex Southill Alexander coach Tony Armitage to their bench along with ex-Bishop's defender Adam Wombwell who was making his 2nd appearance in the centre of defence for the home side.


Above - The frosty, snowy and Icy conditions at the edge of the pitch

This was a fantastic game with both team knocking the ball around playing some impressive football, Oxhey Jets soaked up the pressure from the home side and hit on the break racing into a 0-2 lead at half-time. Tim O'Mara playing on the left hand side of midfield impressed for the Jets dropping back into the hole behind the front two and showing some good pace when required. It was really against the run of play at half-time and most people thought Langford may get back into the game in the second half as they had had much of the possession but no real chances of note.


Mark Wright came on as substitute for Langford in the second half, He is a big tall player who stepped into the centre-forward position and caused Jet's back four and keeper all sorts of problems. Langford quickly scored a goal through Lee Harman and then Wright scored with a tap in following some great work on the left wing by Ben L'Honre. It was all Langford by that point but Oxhey broke and made it 2-3 again against the run of play. The temperature was dropping and it was getting very cold and frosty but the action on the pitch warmed everyone watching up and it was Wright again who made it 3-3. He then had another good header well saved by Steve Duce in the Jet's goal and a goal which was ruled off-side, If you look at the footage below you will see a Jet's player running back who probably played him onside.

Jet's rallyed and made it 3-4 with a quick break up field and it was looking like this was going to be the final score unitl Ben L'Honre scored by chipping the ball over the keeper from the edge of the box.

A superb game full of goals and incident played out in a sporting fashion by both teams who deserved a share of the spoils.

FINAL SCORE - 4-4 ATTENDANCE - 82



Above - Mark Wright taps in Langford's 2nd goal after some excellent work on the left hand side by Ben L'Honre



Above - Mark Wright head's Langford's 3rd goal



Above - Mark Wright again...this time a great save for the Jet's keeper Steve Duce.



Above - Mark Wright's disallowed 'offside goal'...Look closely and you will see a Jet's player running back which possibly played Wright onside

THE BIG BANK HOLIDAY SPARTAN DOUBLE HEADER PART ONE

WODSON PARK V TOTTERNHOE
Spartan South Midlands League Division Two
Kick Off 12pm

Wodson Park were only formed in 1997 and have risen through the Hertford and District League and Herts Senior County League to where they play now in the third tier of the SSML. They did play in the middle of the athletics track behind Ware's Wodson Park ground but this season have been ground-sharing in the main stadium.

This was a real battling performance from both sides who gave 100% at all times with a few well timed crunching tackles flying in. Proper football!!! Totternhoe were undone by Wodson twice in the first half by two well taken goals. The second half was very entertaining with Totternhoe pushing Wodson all the way to get back into the game to no avail. They played really well but never really had a decent chance to make a game of it.

Wodson Park charge you £2 entrance and £1 for a twenty page programme. Great value for money.

FULL TIME - 2-0 ATTENDANCE - 55

Above - Steve Horsey scoring Wodson's 2nd goal








TOONSTAR LOOKS TO MAKE AMENDS FROM SATURDAY'S POOR EFFORT

Toonstar loves all the festive football action and is looking to do much better than Saturday's horror treble. Today he's steering clear of the big boys and going for a League One Treble of the following :

Huddersfield Town to beat MK Dons
Millwall to beat Bristol Rovers
Leyton Orient versus Southend United - Both teams to score.

£10 with skybet.com pays a healthy £58.87.

TT reports he is having a lazy day of watching Darts, Footie and The Inbetweeners (F-O-O-T-B-A-L-L F-R-I-E-N-D!!!) which sounds a perfect day for most blokes!!

TCE is steering clear of gambling on the football today, I think the festive footie is quite hard to predict with lots of local derby games being great levellers. I think Leyton Orient V Southend United to be a draw at 12/5 is a good bet if I was to lay any money down to the Bookies.

In other news Toonstar will have the kettle well and truly boiling next week when TCE moves close to TT Towers in his new job.

WEATHER PERMITTING-THE HAWKS SET TO FLY INTO TOWN

Marvin Samuel's new look Harlow Town team are set to visit Enfield Town tomorrow night with the weather playing a part in if the game will go ahead. It'll be interesting to see if Brimsdown Rovers match versus Leverstock Green is played this afternoon at Goldsdown Road and to see how the pitch holds up. There is a full Ryman North league programme over three days this week starting today when Heybridge Swifts are due to play Brentwood Town. The Swifts will be confident following their local-derby Boxing Day victory at Maldon Town against a hard to break down/tough to beat (lost one game in seven since beginning of November with three clean sheets and conceded only seven goals) Brentwood side. Heybridge are good at Scraley Road so I can see this one either being a close victory for the home side or a score draw.

Harlow Town are having a terrible season as along with the financial problems reported at Barrows Farm the Hawks were knocked out of the FA Cup at Kingsbury London Tigers and find themselves cut adrift at the bottom of the table following their 10 point deduction. Club legend Marvin Samuels took over the hot-seat at the beginning of December and results have improved with one win and one draw in four matches. The 2-0 win versus Romford on the 12th December was only the club's third league victory this season. Samuels needs wins fast to close the gap on Leyton, Cheshunt, Ware and Redbridge at the bottom of the table as he attempts the impossible looking challenge of keeping the Hawks up. They are 13 points away from safety at the moment so as the experts say 'mathematically' it can be done. Samuels has brought in a number of new faces to the club since joining with Lionel Leonard and Toby Ajola making their debuts versus Ware on Boxing Day.

Harlow had several chances to win the game in the closing moments after the lights went back on against a Ware side who have run Lowestoft close in the past few weeks so it'll be another hard game for Enfield Town with the Hawks desperate for points.

In the pick of the other games strong at home East Thurrock United should beat poor travelling Concord Rangers at Rookery Hill, Lowestoft Town should comfortably beat Maldon Town at the Wallace Binder Stadium (they won 3-0 in the league cup a few weeks back)

The Potters Bar Town V Ilford and Romford V Redbridge games are close ones to call. I can see both being close with Romford just about beating Redbridge who are poor on the road and the game at The South Mimms Travel stadium will see Potters Bar gain their first home league victory since September, Adam Lee's team showed some fighting spirit coming back after going 3-0 down to Northwood on Boxing Day to loose narrowly 3-2 .

VCD will easily beat Leyton at Oakwood continuing their brilliant form with the Ware V Cheshunt game being close and maybe another draw. The game between W&F and Northwood is another good game with David Norman's team strong at home versus Northwood who have won 4 of their 8 away games, Another one that's too close to call.

Waltham Forest take on Thamesmead Town on Wednesday night at Cricklefields.

Sunday, 27 December 2009

BOXING DAY ROUND UP

Firstly, The cold end sends congratulations, love and best wishes out to Del and Emma Deanus on the birth of their little girl on Christmas Eve. The most wonderful of Christmas news.

If anyone has not yet brought Del's excellent book "Memories Never Die" the cold end highly recommends you do so as it's a very good read with all profits going towards the MND association there is no excuse not to buy the book. Go to del's story for information or visit the ETFC club shop on Tuesday armed with a £10 note to purchase a copy. Its a must read for anyone and everyone!!

In the Ryman North The Town players have now enjoyed a unofficial Christmas break with the last two games versus Brentwood and Cheshunt called off due to the weather. Here's hoping the pitch at The Goldsdown will be in good condition on Tuesday night for the big match with Harlow Town.

Some games did escape the weather yesterday with the relegation battle between Harlow Town and Ware being the stand out match for the cold end. By all accounts the game was lucky to finish as not for the first time this season the flood-lights went out at Barrows Farm, this time they came back on again and the game ended 1-1 with Ware equalising through on loan from Bishop's Stortford Adam Bolle.

There were alot of draws elsewhere with Tilbury gaining a creditable point at home to an East Thurrock side who will be annoyed at dropping two valuable points in their pursuit of Lowestoft Town at the top of the table. In other news for Chadfield's their current top-scorer Kayan Kalipha has left the club to re-join Concord Rangers for the rest of the season.

FULL LIST OF RESULTS

CONCORD RANGERS 3 GREAT WAKERING ROVERS 1
HARLOW TOWN 1 WARE 1
ILFORD 1 ROMFORD 1
MADLON TOWN 1 HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS 2
NORTHWOOD 3 POTTERS BAR TOWN 2
THAMESMEAD TOWN 2 VCD ATHLETIC 2
TILBURY 2 EAST THURROCK UNITED 2

The cold end gambling saw my prediction of Pompey to get some sort of 'result' at Upton Park underline the fact I'm a rubbish tipper!! Toonstar Tipper seems to have been at too much Christmas Gin and Tonics as all three of his tips didn't come in....The Director's treble was cancelled due to the games at Leyton and Redbridge not going ahead.
With a feast of football coming up in midweek I'm sure we can get back to winning ways soon.

The cold end is getting better as on the 21st December in my home and away statistics study I wrote "A bet of draws at Harlow Town, Ilford and Redbridge may be better" which nearly came in but for the game at Redbridge not going ahead.

thecoldend

Saturday, 26 December 2009

TOONSTAR'S BIG BOXING DAY TREBLE

The Toonstar sends Christmas wishes to all Coldenders from Toon Towers. Double T is relaxing today (some of us have to work and not watch Soccer Saturday, Darts and Kauto Star at Kempton!!!)in his new Newcastle top with 'Nolan' on the back. He did request 'Gutierrez' but Nolan was substantially cheaper.

TT would like to confirm their is no truth in the rumour he is in the frame for Archie Mitchell's murder in Walford. It seems like everyone else is?? Even though he once saw Martin Fowler in a public house he was never been to the fictional East End town. Fowler left the pub with shouts of 'Martin get back to your stall' ringing round the room!!!

TT goes for the following Boxing Day treble:

Chelsea to win at Birmingham City
Both to score - Fulham V Spurs
Both to score - Hammers V Pompey

£10 stake with skybet.com pays £44.14.

BIG LOCAL DERBY OFF!!!! THE COLD END'S SINGLE BET OF THE DAY

The game today against Cheshunt has been called off as the pitch at Theobalds Lane is frozen.

There are some games left in the Division left with the games at Concord, Harlow Town, Ilford, Maldon Town, Northwood, Thamesmead Town and Tilbury still listed as on as I write this. Please check with the clubs before you travel if you fancy going. Check football.mitoo for more information.

Now onto my single bet of day. Looking on skybet.com Birmingham City are a massive 6/1 to beat Chelsea who are leaking goals of late which could be good value but who would want to punt against the West Londoners.

My bet is over in East London where The Hammers take on Pompey in a relegation six pointer! Pompey only have one away win all season at Wolves but since Avram Grant has taken over their form has picked up with the 2-0 win at home and great performance versus Liverpool standing out last week.

Zola's Hammers will be encouraged by their 1-1 draw against Chelsea but I can see a resurgent Pompey getting a 'result' at The Boleyn Ground. One stat that stands out is that The Hammers have never beaten Pompey at Upton Park in The Premier League with 3 losses and 1 draw.

I'll be splitting my £10 stake to cover my bets with £5 at 9/4 for the draw (possible return of £16.25) and £5 at 23/10 for the away win (possible return of £16.50).

Good Luck and remember to punt responsibly.

thecoldend

Thursday, 24 December 2009

THE DIRECTOR'S FESTIVE TREBLE...

The Director has been in contact with the cold end with the following festive treble, He is currently out of his city office getting his big old bird ready for tomorrow's big meal...

His treble is:

Concord Rangers to beat Great Wakering Rovers.
Wingate and Finchley to win at Leyton (As I've stated W&F will be well encouraged by their performance at Concord)
Waltham Forest to win at Redbridge.

The treble with bwin.com pays 7.33/1.

The Director sends Christmas wishes to everyone.
SEASON'S GREETINGS AND MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ONE AND ALL FROM THE COLD END.

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

THE COLD SNAP CONTINUES...

If the freezing and snowy conditions continue it could cause the Ryman and local football programme on Boxing Day to be near-enough wiped out as it it did so on Saturday. Happily the cold end can report that the forecast from Christmas Eve onwards is for it to warm up a bit with a Maximum of 8 degrees on Boxing Day when Enfield Town are set to play Cheshunt. Lets hope the snow melts by then so supporters can enjoy a Christmas Feast of Football. Here are some pictures of some of the local grounds in the snow today -


WOODSON PARK - WARE.




The view from afar of Theobalds Lane, Cheshunt. The venue for Enfield Town's match on Boxing Day.

Hertingfordbury Park - Hertford Town.


Monday, 21 December 2009

THE RYMAN NORTH - HOME AND AWAY - WHO'S THE BEST TEAM??

As regular readers will know I like a small wager now and again especially on the Ryman North and that most of my bets never win with The Director being the specialist in profit on our Division. The following HOME and AWAY tables for the division may help you in making a decision for the forthcoming matches should the treacherous conditions clear up and the games go ahead.

HOME FORM PERCENTAGE OF GAMES WON

TOP 5
1. Lowestoft Town 88.88%
2. Concord Rangers 77.77%
3. East Thurrock United 75.00%
4. Thamesmead Town 72.72%
5. Tilbury 70.00%

BOTTOM 5
18. Maldon Town 27.27%
19. Brentwood Town 20.00%
20. Harlow Town 18.18%
21. Ware 10.00%
22. Leyton 0.00%

AWAY FORM PERCENTAGE OF GAMES WON

TOP 5
1=. Lowestoft Town 66.67%
1=. Potters Bar 66.67%
3. East Thurrock 60.00%
4. Enfield Town 54.55%
5. Northwood 50.00%

BOTTOM 5
18. W&F 20.00%
19. Heybridge Swifts 18.18%
20=. Redbridge 11.11%
20=. Harlow Town 11.11%
22. Tilbury 10.00%

There is no surprise to see Lowie riding high up the top of the home and away leagues. Concord, East Thurrock United, Thamesmead Town and Tilbury all make the top five. All win 70%+ of their home league games so can consider their grounds as fortresses.

Enfield Town come in at 9th place on the home form table winning 50% of all home games. With the recent change in management at Harlow Town and Ware I think it is reasonable to say both teams will climb out of the bottom five fairly soon. The surprise in the away form is Potters Bar are joint top and Tilbury part of the fortress five are rock bottom. If we apply these figures to the Boxing Day games due to be played the following may be good bets:

Brentwood Town V Lowestoft Town -
20% v 66.67%. AWAY WIN

Cheshunt V Enfield Town -
36.36% v 54.55%. AWAY WIN

Concord Rangers V Great Wakering Rovers -
77.77% v 40.00%. HOME WIN

Harlow Town V Ware -
18.18% v 27.27%. TOO CLOSE TO CALL

Ilford V Romford -
33.33% v 27.27%. TOO CLOSE TO CALL.

Leyton V Wingate & Finchley -
0% v 20%. STATS SAY TOO CLOSE TO CALL BUT W&f WILL BE ENCOURAGED BY PERFORMANCE AT FORTRESS THAMES ROAD RECENTLY

Maldon Town V Heybridge Swifts -
27.27% v 18.18%. TOO CLOSE TO CALL.

Northwood V Potters Bar Town -
33.33% v 66.67%. STATS SAY AWAY WIN BUT MAYBE TOO CLOSE TO CALL

Redbridge V Waltham Forest -
30.00% v 40.00%. TOO CLOSE TO CALL.

Thamesmead Town V VCD Athletic -
72.72% v 36.36%. HOME WIN.

Tilbury V East Thurrock -
70% v 60%. TOO CLOSE TO CALL.

So from the above statistics a bet of Lowestoft Town, Concord Rangers, Enfield Town and Thamesmead Town may be successful but fact it's Boxing Day and local-derbies form may go out of the window. A bet of draws at Harlow Town, Ilford and Redbridge may be better.

The cold end hopes the weather clears up as clubs will be counting on these Boxing Day fixtures to bring in a bumper crowd and much needed revenue.

Sunday, 20 December 2009

WEEKEND ROUND-UP

My persistence is betting on the team with one of the current worst records in British Football didn't pay off as Montrose lost very unluckily 3-2 at Queens Park. One of Scottish football's best player's "Trialist" scored one of the goals for Montrose who must surely be due a win soon. The Gable Endies even had the luxury of having one of their better player's in Marek Tomana on the bench at Hampden.

Toonstar hit the bar with his treble with Fulham's brilliant 3-0 win versus Manchester United underlining the fact Roy Hodgson should be named Manager of the Year because of largely unnoticed (the press would rather write about Benetiz and Fergie etc) wonderful work he has been doing down at Craven Cottage. Rumours are rife TT will be betting 'in-play' on the Toon V Smoggies game currently being played at SJP. Looking back on the fixtures Pompey were 6/1 to beat an underachieving low on confidence Liverpool side...Why didn't we go for that???

In the one Ryman North Match played yesterday Lowestoft Town moved five points clear with four games in hand at the top of the table with a good 3-1 home win at Fortress Crown Meadow against Thamesmead Town. New signing Joe Francis was amongst the goalscorers.

In the non-league there was only a handful of matches in the London area with the next scheduled round of Ryman North matches due on Boxing Day. Lets hope the weather warms up and thaws all the pitches out so everyone can enjoy a feast of festive football!!!

thecoldend

Saturday, 19 December 2009

SNOW WIPES OUT RYMAN LEAGUE FIXTURES

ONLY GAMES AT THE PILOT FIELD AND CROWN MEADOW ESCAPE THE ICY CONDITIONS

As expected the snow and ice has wiped out the fixture list in the Ryman League today with only two matches confirmed as ON across the three Divisions.

On the South Coast Hastings United take on Boreham Wood in the Premier Division and the game between Lowestoft Town and Thamesmead Town in our North Division is the only other game confirmed on.

The Trawler Boys have underlined their title credentials this week announcing the signing of Joe Francis from Blue Square North Corby Town. The Striker has always scored goals wherever he has played and was named Southern League player of the year in 07/08 when he netted 23 times for Premier Division Champions Kings Lynn. Francis has signed a 2 and 1/2 year contract at Crown Meadow.

All the games in the Spartan South Midlands League and Essex Senior League are all off so it's either braving the High Street for some last minute Christmas shopping or stay in the warm in front of the telly!! The cold end is opting for the second option.

THE COLD END'S SINGLE BET OF THE DAY...

MONTROSE TO GET A "RESULT" AT THE HOME OF SCOTTISH FOOTBALL

After last week's success of hedging my bets going for Barrow to win or draw at Kettering Town the cold end has become a fan of what is known as the "X2" bet. Effectively you are backing two horses in a three horse race giving you a much better chance of a return.

This week I'm going for my old favourite's of Montrose FC in the Scottish 3rd Division, The Gable Endies are still without a win in sixteen matches and today travel to the home of Scottish football Hampden Park to play Queens Park and I am backing them to get a "result".

They are somewhat shot-shy away from home scoring only two goals in seven matches. The fact the two goals came in one game makes this statistic even more depressing for the long suffering Montrose fans. Right Back Chris Heggerty and Midfielder Sean Anderson are the player's with the claim to fame of being the only players to score away from Links Park this season.


There is some 'form' to back up my selection with Montrose having drawn 3 games and lost 2 in the league since the beginning of November. In the two away games they have played in the league they have drawn 0-0 at Albion Rovers and lost narrowly 0-1 at East Stirling who are 2nd in the league and on the 13/11/09 Queens Park escaped with a narrow 1-2 win at Montrose in a league fixture.

Couple this with the fact The Spiders have only won once in seven home games on the 7th November albeit against East Stirling (1-0) with two draws and four defeats the away side have a good chance to maybe get their first win!!

My £10 single bet of the week is split with £5 on a Montrose win at 13/5 (Potential return of £18) and £5 on the draw at 13/5 (same return)

Odds at SKYBET.COM

Remember to gamble responsibly, make your own choices and only to gamble with what you can afford to loose.

Friday, 18 December 2009

TOONSTAR'S WEEKEND TREBLE

Rumours are being circulated this week that the cold end's own Toonstar Tipper is in negotations with Tyne-Tees Television about a possible television series based on an old classic...."when the bet comes in" may or may not be on the your television screens sometime soon??

This week TT is sticking with the Premier League as most games will probably go ahead in the top Division. TT is going for what some people may consider a risky treble:

Manchester United to beat Fulham at Craven Cottage which they didn't last year.
Manchester City to get back to winning ways against the Black Cats for Sunderland
Spurs to win away at Blackburn

£10 stake with http://www.skybet.com/ pays £53.04

Tonight, TT will be cheering on fellow North-Easterener Super Mac Kevin McDine who is a value 6/4 to beat former champion Dennis Priestly in the PDC DARTS CHAMPIONSHIP which gets underway tonight at Ally Pally.

Friend of TT Terry 'The Bull' Jenkins who is 50/1 for the Championship starts on Monday against P.Nicholson.

The Cold End's bet of the Championship is Tony Eccles to make the Quarter-Final in his Quarter of the draw (3rd) at 33/1.

TT will also be supporting Dutchman Toon Greebe for obvious reasons!!!

TT wishes all coldenders a very Merry Christmas!!!

ENFIELD TOWN V BRENTWOOD TOWN

If the game does go ahead tomorrow (there is a pitch inspection at 10:45am) Enfield Town can point towards an excellent home record against The Blues in the league.

Since 01/02 in the ESL we have played Brentwood 6 times in the league winning 4, drawing 2 and loosing 0 with a GF record of 17 and GA record of 4.

Since their promotion to the Ryman League Brentwood Town have been a much stronger side since the ESL days with the two draws being in 07/08 (0-0) and 08/09 (2-2).

thecoldend

JUST IN CASE THE WEATHER CLEARS - THE DIRECTOR'S TREBLE

Not that there is likely to be any games… but for what it’s worth, here it is!

A treble of home wins this weekend in what is sure to be a weather affected programme. First up, Wingate and Finchley are at home on their carpet of a pitch against Redbridge. The Motormen have been struggling for any consistency all season and will not relish a trip to W&F who are decent at home. I can see past a home win at 1.60

Off to deepest Essex next where Heybridge face manager less Ilford. Upheaval at the visitors is bound to impact on the playing side of things and they are certainly going to have their backs to the wall as the hosts are a better side than their league position suggests. Id snap up a Swifts win at evens.

Finally, after a rare midweek draw, I fancy Lowestoft to return to winning ways against second placed Thamesmead on Saturday. The Trawlerboys will be keen to assert their dominance on the top of the table and are 1.65 to extend their lead on Saturday.

All in all the treble pays 5.28. It is also worth having a look at some of the higher priced teams this weekend. Wins for Northwood (4.6) at VCD, Cheshunt (2.9) at Romford, Ware (3.30) hosting Concord and Tilbury (2.90) at Potters Bar pays over 125/1 and could well be worth a cheeky quid!

thedirector

Gamble responsibly!!!



THE SNOW & COLD SNAP - MORE PICTURES

This morning The Cold End went past Broadhall Way the home of Blue Square Premier Stevenage Borough FC. They are scheduled to play Barrow at home tomorrow afternoon but from the pictures you can see it will be a miracle if the the game goes ahead or indeed if any game in the North London or Hertfordshire/Essex area goes ahead.







FORMER E'S MANAGER UP FOR THE NOTTS COUNTY JOB

Former Enfield FC (and England) player-manager Peter Taylor has recently declared himself interested in the current vacancy at Notts County following the swift exit of Hans Backe from the club. If Sven stays at The Magpies as reported and Taylor gets the job it'll be remarkable to think two ex England bosses are in-charge at a League Two side.

Here is a article from the Enfield Independent's "UP THE E'S" section from January 1991 which brings back memories of the season Enfield FC had under Taylor where Paul Furlong remained loyal to the relegated E's and played alongside Taylor and Martin Robinson up front.

Unfortunately it's a familiar defeat versus the E's somewhat bogey side Aylesbury United on January 5th that the paper reports on.


* Click on the picture to enlarge and read the article.

http://www.enfieldindependent.co.uk/

COLD SNAP SET TO EFFECT RYMAN NORTH COUNTRY

The scene across the South East of England this morning.

Let it snow!!! The overnight sprinkling of white magic will have a massive effect on the Ryman North fixtures tomorrow if it doesn't warm up. The question is will any of the games make it and bring back memories of the Enfield FC Merthyr Tydfil FA Trophy game all those years ago?? The England V Wales snowball fight in the 2nd half was one of the best memories I have of following the old Enfield FC.

ORANGE BALLS ARE ON STAND BY!! WRAP UP WARM IF YOUR VENTURING OUT!!

Thursday, 17 December 2009

THE ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE RACE FOR PROMOTION

The cold end has always had a passing interest in the Essex Senior League after Enfield Town gained promotion in 2005. Since we were champions the League has been won by the reformed AFC Hornchurch, Brentwood Town, Concord Rangers and Romford all of whom are holding their own in the Ryman League.

This season the league looks set for an exciting Championship race with only 5 points separating current league leaders and longest serving members Stansted and seventh placed Hertfordshire based Enfield FC 1893.

The Airportmen are one point ahead of Burnham Ramblers who must be considered favourites with three games in hand over Stansted and five in hand over 3rd place Sawbridgeworth Town. Sawbo and Stansted will have to carry out a large amount of work on their respective grounds should they wish to be considered for promotion. The Hertfordshire club's form is on and off as they beat Burnham Ramblers 4-2 on the 21st November and then a few games later were thrashed by 9th placed Witham Town 5-0 who are settling into ESL life with what appears to be a season of consolodation following relegation from the Ryman last season.

In 4th place are Takeley who have taken to ESL life brilliantly since joining last season (3rd place finish) with Basildon United in 5th place followed by debutants Bethnal Green United and then EFC 1893 FC.
Bethnal have had a great season considering they have jumped two steps up from the Middlesex County League with two stand out victories away from home at Sawbo (4-0) and EFC 1893 (5-0).

EFC 1893 FC who have ex-Towner Billy Healy amongst their ranks and are having a quite season to their standards down in 7th place after being runners-up for the past two years.

So with the games in hand that Burnham Ramblers have the league title looks like its there for the taking (although on the 5th December they lost 1-2 at home to title rivals Stansted). If they won their games in hand they would be eight points ahead of Stansted and an incredible nineteen points ahead of Sawbo currently in 3rd place.

RANDOM FACTS ABOUT THE ESL SEASON SO FAR

Top crowd of the season so far has been 152 for the Barkingside V Stansted match on the 26th October. Lowest crowd of the season has been the 5 (five) people who turned up for the match between London APSA and Southend Manor two days previously. APSA who play at The Terrance McMillan Stadium in The London Borough of Newham are struggling to attract fans from the Plaistow/East Ham area where they are based with an average crowd of 16. Last season's average crowd was 20 and in the previous 07/08 season they averaged 20 people as well.

Table toppers Burnham Ramblers and 2nd placed Stansted are joint top scorers so far with 34 goals.

The team with the worst defence is bottom of the league. Mauritus Sports have conceded 45 times in 15 games. 3rd placed Sawbo are the next team with a leaky defence with their net being breached 31 times in 18 games.

Tiptree United and Bowers&Pitsea are yet to draw a game.

Stansted have the most draws with six in 16 games which may be there downfall in the race for the Championship.

Barking haven't won on the road and have only scored 3 times in 6 away games. In four of these games they have failed to find the net.

Burnham Ramblers have a perfect record on the road winning 4 of 4 scoring 11 and letting in zero goals.

Every team has won at least one game at home with only Mauritius Sports and Barking without a win on the road.

Mauritius Sports picked up their only point on the road in the 3-3 draw at Burnham on the 26th September.

Since joining the league from the 08/09 season Mauritius have only won 5 games. Four last season at home to Takeley, Burnham Ramblers, London APSA and Hullbridge Sports and one win this season at home to Takeley. The above draw with Burnham was only their fourth point won on the road and they are yet to win away from Home in the league.


Newcomers from the ECL Tiptree United are the only ESL side left in the FA Vase and have the luck of the draw so far having home ties in all rounds. Barkingside, Harefield United, Cogenhoe United and Beckenham Town have all been beaten so far with St Ives Town of the UCL visiting for a Fourth Round tie in the new year. The Jam Makers have a good history in the competition being runners up in 01/02.

Wes Bocking of Basildon United heads the top scorers chart with 15 goals so far this season

THE RYMAN NORTH WEEKEND PREVIEW - MATCHES PLAYED ON 19TH DECEMBER

East Thurrock United V Leyton

Leyton who have slipped into the Divsion's relegation zone following their recent poor run of form face a tough trip to Rookery Hill to play East Thurrock United. The East Londoners haven't won since the 24th October when they shocked Concord Rangers winning 1-2 at Thames Road. Since then they have lost five league games and drawn two. The Rocks have had a bit of a blip on the road of late with defeats at Romford and Thamesmead Town but their form at home is brilliant winning 6 of their 8 league games only conceeding 5 goals. Their last three home games have finished in wins of 6-1, 4-0 and 3-1.
COLD END VERDICT - A COMFORTABLE HOME WIN

Enfield Town V Brentwood Town

The big match at Goldsdown Road between the two Towns. Brentwood have been on a good run of form up until last weekend's defeat to the new look Ware side going eight matches without defeat. Brentwood have won 4 of their 9 games on the road suffering defeats at Waltham Forest, Tilbury, Cheshunt and Thamesmead Town. Since the defeat to The Mead on the 10th October they have won away at Harlow Town, Maldon Town and Leyton together with an impressive 2-2 draw at usually strong at home Wingate and Finchley. Brentwood's team has changed considerably since their opening day of the season defeat to Enfield Town on the 15th August. Only four players in Donovan Wilson, Danny Glozier, Steve Good and substitute George Lay reamained in the team which lost 0-1 to Ware last weekend.

Wilson who plays right back and Glozier who plays left back are both very good players going forward. I'm sure Ben Hammond and Sam Byfield will be trying to keep them busy defending on Saturday.

Manager Les Whitton assisted by ex Bishop's Stortford and Arsenal Legend Martin Hayes have steadied the ship since the early season upheaval at the International Arena so they will prove a good test for a confident Enfield Town team.

Since the beginning of October The Blues have amased 18 out of 33 points on offer (54.55%) against Town's record of 27 out of 48 points (56.25%) so everything is pointing towards a closely fought hard game.
COLD END VERDICT - IF TOWN PLAY AS WELL AS THEY HAVE BEEN IN THE LAST THREE MATCHES IT'LL BE A HOME WIN

Great Wakering Rovers V Harlow Town

An interesting game where Rovers who have been stuttering of late with two wins in their last six league games face Marvin Samuel's Hawks side who will be confident following their 2-0 home win versus Romford last weekend. The team who played in this victory contained a number of debutants brought to the club by Samuel including a new goalkeeper in Callum Horton and no less than three new player's in the back four. Rover's have a very leaky defence for a side in the top half of the table conceeding 33 in their 21 games (cold end note - Enfield Town have conceeded 30 in 21 games) against Harlow who have let in 45 goals in 20 games who will be encouraged by the clean sheet last weekend.
COLD END VERDICT - A CLOSE GAME THAT'S HARD TO PREDICT. GWR ARE NOT ON FORM AGAINST A NEW LOOK HAWKS SIDE THAT NEEDS WINS BADLY TO CLIMB UP THE TABLE BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE.

Heybridge Swifts V Ilford

Chris Wood resigned as The Fox's manager after last weekend's 0-3 home reverse versus VCD Athletic and has been replaced by former assistant Colin Walton as Caretaker boss for the forseeable future. They have dropped down the league since their great start to the season and face a tough task visiting Scraley Road to play Jekyll and Hyde team Heybridge Swifts. They have lost at home to VCD Atheltic, thrashed Redbridge 4-0 at home then lost 4-0 at East Thurrock and last weekend had a brilliant win at Tilbury with pacey striker Sam Adejokun getting both goals in the 0-2 win.
COLD END VERDICT - ILFORD ARE A POOR SIDE TRAVELLING AWAY FROM THEIR CRICKLEFIELD STADIUM SCORING ONLY 5 TIMES IN 10 GAMES AGAINST THE SWIFTS WHO ARE USUALLY STRONG AT HOME MEANS IT HAS TO BE A HOME VICTORY FOR WAYNE BOND'S SIDE. ALTHOUGH A CHANGE OF MANAGER FOR THE FOXES MAY GIVE THE TEAM THE BOOST IT NEEDS.

Lowestoft Town V Thamesmead Town

The Ryman League North match of the day as 1st takes on 2nd at Crown Meadow. The Trawlerboys seem to be unplayable at home with seven wins and one defeat entertain a South London side who will be in a confident mood following three good home wins versus Northwood, East Thurrock United and Concord Rangers together with an away draw at Ilford following their "blip" where they didn't win a game in four matches. The Mead face a round trip of 240ish miles to travel to the lovely Suffolk coast on the Saturday before Christmas.
COLD END VERDICT - THE TABLE TOPPERS SEEM TO BE UNBEATABLE AT HOME AT PRESENT AND HAVE ONLY CONCEEDED TWO GOALS IN IN EIGHT GAMES SCORING 25 IN THE PROCESS AGAINST THE MEAD WHO HAVE ONLY SCORED SEVENTEEN IN TEN GAMES ON THE ROAD WINNING ONLY 40% OF AWAY GAMES. THE MEAD'S FRONT PAIRING OF CABLE AND CONSTABLE WILL KEEP THE LOWESTOFT BACK FOUR BUSY BUT I CAN ONLY SEE ANOTHER HOME WIN COME 5PM SATURDAY.

Potters Bar Town V Tilbury

The Scholar's who can't seem to win at home (last win way back on the 19th September) entertain The Docker's who have only won one game on their travels at Ware 1-0 on the 31st October.
COLD END VERDICT - THE SCHOLAR'S TO WIN AT HOME IN A TIGHT ENCOUNTER WHICH POSSIBLY COULD END IN A DRAW

Romford V Cheshunt

The Boro who didn't trouble the home keeper in their loss at Harlow last weekend face Cheshunt who have lost four in a row albiet by very narrow margins (1-0, 1-0, 2-1 and 1-0) have been unlucky not to get anything from their last two games conceeding a last minute goal in the 1-2 defeat against Concord Rangers and being hit on the counter attack by Waltham Forest last weekend. Baring Boro's shock win versus East Thurrock they haven't won since the 7th November which indicates both sides are low on confidence and form.
COLD END VERDICT - COULD GO EITHER WAY BUT I'M SIDING WITH A CHESHUNT 0-1 VICTORY.

VCD Athletic V Northwood

Wood were soundly beaten in midweek by Carshalton Athletic in the FA Trophy travel to still in-form VCD Athletic who have won 21 points out of 24 on offer in last 8 games with only a narrow defeat at Lowestoft Town being their only blip.
COLD END VERDICT - A LOW SCORING ENCOUNTER WHICH VCD SHOULD WIN AS I THINK NORTHWOOD MAY SUFFER A TROPHY HANGOVER.

Waltham Forest V Maldon Town

Two teams who have just played Town face off at Cricklefield's stadium. Both teams looked somewhat dodgy at the back but also played some good football up front in the games versus Town so there will be goals.
COLD END VERDICT - A SCORE DRAW POSSIBLY 2-2

Ware V Concord Rangers

An improving Ware side will be full of confidence following their midweek draw versus Lowestoft Town in a game they should of won being 2-1 up going into injury time only for The Trawlerboys to get a very late equaliser face Concord Rangers who lost what sounds a firey match at Thamesmead Town on Tuesday night (http://forums.footballwebpages.co.uk/forum.jsp?id=18&thread=9840)
COLD END VERDICT - RANGERS WHO DON'T TRAVEL WELL WINNING ONLY 3 IN 8 GAMES ON THE ROAD FACE A TOUGH GAME VERSUS WARE WHO HAVE ONLY LOST 1 OF THEIR LAST 7 GAMES.

Wingate and Finchley V Redbridge

One of the home bankers of the weekend with Redbridge winning 1 in 9 on the road against W&F's home form of 6 wins in 9 matches. W&F were unlucky not to get a point at Thames Road last weekend conceeding a last miunte goal which gave Concord all 3 points. The Motormen have conceeded 9 goals in their last two matches scoring zero goals with their last away win coming back on the 18th August.
COLD END VERDICT - EASY HOME WIN FOR W&F

The expert that is THE DIRECTOR will give you his weekend treble and advice regarding the above matches soon.

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

THE RYMAN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE (NORTH) - THE FAN'S VIEW

We all know Lowestoft Town have taken our Division by storm this season and if they keep up their brilliant form there is a high chance they will be crowned Champions this season. The cold end is always keen to get an opposing fan's view of the league so here is part one of "The Fan's view" where a Trawler Boy's fan answered the following questions about the season so far:

1) Is the Ryman North a higher or lower standard than the Eastern Counties League??
On the face of it this season so far I'd say that ECL appears to be a generally higher standard but I'm gauging that against our own team who have worked very hard all round, have a great set up and pedigree behind the scenes and added to the strength and depth of the squad since joining The Ryman.

2) Who are the best team you've played in the league this season so far?? (question asked prior to the Ware midweek game)
Of those matches that I've seen I'd say best teams have been Ilford and, surprisingly maybe, Leyton. Ilford played well although their goal did come as a result of a free kick that wasn't - but that's football. Leyton were a skillful bunch individually, keeper took the banter well and they didn't loose their discipline and start kicking lumps out of our guys. I didn't see it but I'm told that they even applauded our support - a very respectful touch not see often enough.

3) Best visiting fans so far this year at Crown Meadow??
For me it was the Ilford bunch. It was also a nice sunny afternoon with footie, banter and beer - even if we lost.

4) Best opposing player seen this season??
The Ilford goalie played an absolute blinder. I'm not sure but I think that he's hardly played for them since - something about hoping for an offer from a higher standard? He was good though and the Ilford boys said that he'd played very well in a game earlier in the season too and got some stick from the opposing fans.
We got some good natured banter going with him during the game and had no alternative other than to congratulate him on his performance at the final whistle.

(cold end note - Pape Diagne played in goal for The Foxes at Crown Meadow and produced an inspired display in keeping a clean sheet. Rob Budd who played against Enfield for Ilford has shared keeping duties with Diagne at Cricklefield this season)

5) Did ECL teams bring more away fans to Crown Meadow??
There were more away fans in the ECL but that could be attributed to local rivalries, local knowledge and shorter distances.

6) For a club who get 700-800 at home your away support of 50-80 should be more?? Is it case of the increased travelling has put some people off or has it always been a hardcore that travel away?
The home gate is very good and continuing to grow. Having taken 15000 to Wembley in the Vase a few years ago, the semi last season, the League success, 350-400 to Wrexham in the first round of the FA cup recently the occasional town fan has had their interest and enthusiasm buoyed. The hardcore fans do travel away whenever possible. Again there's a good set up at the club that arranges the coaches for every away game. And they'll take as many as possible. All are volunteers who enjoy the club - and good on them all.

The cold end thanks 'Joseph Conrad' as he posts on the Lowestoft Fans Forum for taking his time out to give us his thoughts. See you in February!

WHEN WILL ANOTHER MATCH BE PLAYED AT COLES PARK??




* Coles Park - Pictured this week where there are some unplayable areas on the pitch.

The Cold End spares a thought for Town's close neighbour's Haringey Borough of the SSMFL Premier Division who haven't played a home game at Coles Park since the 24th October. The pitch at "the real white hart lane" has had some area's unplayable due to the heavy rain over the last few months. Since their last home game versus Harefield United ex Enfield manager Tom Loizou's side have lost at Kingsbury London Tigers (Premier Cup), Tring Athletic, Aylesbury, Broxbourne Boro, Hanwell Town and Colney Heath.

Their London Senior Cup game versus Fisher FC has been called off several times so in order to get it played the 'home' tie now takes place at Champion Hill where Fisher are sharing on Wednesday 23rd December.

The next scheduled home game for Borough is against Royston Town on Monday 28th December.

Sport London E Benfica of the SSMFL Division One who ground-share at Coles Park haven't played a home game since the 23rd September (coming up to nearly 3 months) and are next scheduled to play Holmer Green on the 2nd January 2010.

When the pitch gets back to normal the ground is sure to be a very busy one as Boro and SLEB play catch up with the home games they have missed. The cold end hopes for both clubs this is sooner rather than later.

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

TOONSTAR DELIGHT AS HIS MIDWEEK BET COMES IN

THE TYNESIDE HIGH-ROLLER BACK TO FORM -

A fantastic night for The Toonstar Tipper whose recommended gamble paid off winning him a tidy sum of £61.07.

This money may or may not come in handy next Monday when an old cold end and TT friend is visiting the London area for a few beers.

TT was so excited about this win he thought he'd celebrate by putting his central heating on but then changed his mind and is reportedly holding out for the real cold snap in February before he warms The Cat's room up.

Joking aside TT's profit on a £10 stake is now up to the healthy sum of £264.07. Keep reading the cold end for more of TT's expert tips.

Please remember to gamble responsibly and only bet with what you can afford to loose!!

ANOTHER FOUR GOALS AND ANOTHER THREE POINTS

On a very chilly night Town started versus Waltham Forest as they had done against Maldon Town on Saturday when a Michael Bardle deflected shot hit the right hand post which was unlucky not to make it 1-0.

Forest's goalkeeper Sam Tanner wore the number 33 on his back and decked out with tracksuit trousers on he had the appearance of an Eastern European stopper from the 1980's playing in the UEFA cup. In tonight's Baltic conditions it was certainly like playing somewhere like Russia or Poland in the middle of winter.

Town looked in a confident mood and it didn't take long for them to break the deadlock when Liam Hope received the ball on the edge of the box to pass to Ben Hammond on the right hand side to put a fabulous cross to Adam Wallace at the far post who couldn't miss and put the ball in the back of the net.

It was 2-0 shortly after when Paul Marks broke into the box wit the ball and was tackled from behind at the same time by Ryan Olivia and Pedro Knight, It wasn't a nasty foul but one of the two player's appeared to make contact with Marksy and not the ball with Referee Mr Evatts close by signalling for a penalty kick.

Rudi Hall placed the ball down on the spot with the referee whistling for it to be taken Forest keeper Sam Tanner decided to stand slightly off centre which is a bit of an understatement as he stood by his left hand post leaving Rudi with near enough the whole goal to aim at. Unsurprisingly Rudi's kick went in and it was all good at 2-0.

It was 3-0 when Sam Byfield's high looping corner from the right hand side looked like it was going in the top corner of the goal anyway with Tanner helping it in by palming it for good measure.

So far so good with The Stags unable to get forward due to Town's adventurous forward play. This changed towards the end of the half as the away side got going up front with Peter Smith's hard and low shot on target being well saved by Rob putting the ball over the bar from close range. Danny Gabriel nicked the ball past Rob with the outside of his boot but fortunately around the goal as well with Robert Carter also having a shot off target.

HALF TIME 3-0

Forest started where they had left off in the second half when they hit the cross-bar from close range and had a goal ruled out for being off-side. Steve Newing on the Enfield bench made his feelings known towards the team at this point.

It seemed to do the trick as somewhat against the run of play Town made it 4-0 when Adam Wallace squared the ball over from the right-hand side to Sam Byfield just inside to the centre of the penalty box whose shot went past Tanner in the Forest goal.

Des Thomas then left the field to be replaced by Andre Humphrey-Modeste for the away side. Thomas has had better days at Goldsdown Road as he is famous for once scoring a hat-trick of penalties for Stanstead against Town on 30th October 2001 in the ESL.

Humphrey-Modeste seemed to add some spark to Forest's play and they probably played the better football in the last 10 or 15 minutes in what was a disjointed period due to a raft of substitutions by both sides.

Town had good chances with Byfield stinging the Hands of Tanner with a good shot, Mark Kirby had a good header in front of goal which went high and wide and Adam Wallace had a goal ruled offside.

Forest threatened to make the game competitive with two late goals from Robert Carter and Danny Gabriel but eventually ran out of time with Town the team deserving of a victory.

FULL TIME 4-2.

Enfield have now scored four goals in each of their last three league games which is really good going. The cold end sends congratulations out to the team on another great hard working team performance!!!

The cold end MOM was Adam Wallace for his effort, hard work and commitment shown contributing with one goal and one assist. Ben Hammond was brilliant in the first half as was Rudi Hall throughout the game. Rudi seems to be more disciplined than in years gone by and is back to his best forming a good partnership at the heart of the midfield with Paul Marks. Sam Byfield also had a good game and looks a danger of the left hand side.

ETFC
Blackburne, Blower, Bardle, Smith, Kirby, Marks (Moore), Hammond (Valenti), Hall, Hope, Wallace (Lockie), Byfield
Subs not used - Turner and Bonfield.


OTHER RYMAN GAMES TONIGHT - THE COLD END MAKES A CLEAN SWEEP OF PREDICTIONS.

As predicted in the cold end's midweek preview East Thurrock United beat Heybridge Swifts at home by 3-1, Thamesmead Town won a close battle with Concord Rangers 2-1 and Ware got a good 2-2 draw at home to Lowestoft Town who had to rely on a late equaliser to take a share of the points. Northwood went down 0-5 at home to Carshalton Athletic in the FA Trophy.

Monday, 14 December 2009

MIDWEEK MADNESS AS TOONSTAR GOES ALL OUT IN A BRAVE BETTING EXTRAVAGANZA

Since Sunday night TT has been celebrating Jo McElderry's X-Factor victory and reports are that he may have had a small fortune on at 2/9 for the Cheryl Cole mentored star in the making. The question Toonstar has raised with his Polski Princess is....Has McElderry got the lastability factor like Lewis and Burke or will he go the same way as Brookstein and Jackson?????

With that is mind lets get back to the important stuff being the great game of football and as the Premier League has a full programme of fixtures Toonstar is going for the following bet which hopefully will win to fund his beer, babycham and mini-cab fund for the Christmas party season.

Aston Villa to win at Sunderland.
Bolton V relegation threatened/doomed West Ham - both teams to score
Man United V Wolves - over 2.5 goals

£10 stake pays £61.07 with http://www.skybet.com

*note from the cold end. Aston Villa to win at Sunderland may be the weak-link as The Black Cats although hot and cold at home tend to play well against the top teams. I'd replace them with East Thurrock at 1/2 (with http://www.bwin.com) to beat Maldon Town and Chelsea V Portsmouth over 2.5 goals but I am in no position to give profit making/risk taker/high roller/master gambler TT advice. bwin.com pays £63.24 off a £10 stake for this combination. Take away Bolton V West Ham both teams to score as The Hammer's are not exactly full of confidence in front of goal and it'll pay £37.20 off a £10 stake.

THE STAGS VISIT GOLDSDOWN ROAD

Enfield Town welcome The Stags of Waltham Forest tomorrow night for another all important Ryman League Divsion One (North) match. Its a case of 4th plays 11th in what will be another tough game for Steve & Del's side.

Phil Miles is the man in charge at Cricklefield at present having been in the hot-seat since September this year. He has previously managed at Chatham Town, Greenwich Borough and Slade Green with Ray Bagnall and Terry Mallins making up the management team for The Stags.

Forest have won their last two league games at Harlow Town (0-2) on the 5th December and Cheshunt (0-1) on Saturday. Between these two games The Stags went down 0-1 at home to Premier Canvey Island in the Championship Manager Cup. They have a fairly decent away record winning 4 out of 9 games adding victories at Maldon Town and Romford to the above two teams.

Forward Danny Gabriel ex of Heybridge Swifts and Leyton seems to be their main goal-threat having scored 8 times in 22 league and cup games. Peter Smith, a midfielder and new signing from Thamesmead Town has got his Stags career off to a good start scoring the winner on his second appearance against Cheshunt. They also count Andre Humphrey-Modeste and Victor Boyle-Renner amongst their ranks. Boyle-Renner had a spell as Assistant Manager with the team a few years back. Sam Tanner should be the man between the sticks for Forest tomorrow night who has played for Leyton and Stanstead amongst others.

In their game on Saturday against Cheshunt The Ambers seemed had most of the possession but couldn't convert this into chances and Forest scored the only goal on the game on the counter attack.

With this in mind Forest may play the same game as VCD successfully did in our last home game. An early goal like on Saturday would be great!!!

http://www.bwin.com make Town odds-on favourites at 3/4 with an away win at 53/20 and a draw at 5/2.


ANOTHER LONG MIDWEEK TRIP FOR THE TRAWLERBOYS

There are three other league games being playing tomorrow night with Lowestoft Town making another long midweek trip to Woodson Park to take on rejuvenated Ware. Tony Faulkner and the players brought in from Broxbourne Borough have injected some much needed confidence in the Hertfordshire team who have now only lost one game in six scoring ten and letting in nine goals. Ryan Wade who missed a few opportunities against Brentwood on Saturday will be eager to score against the division's top side to prove he can mix it at this level.
Lowestoft who won 5-0 at Redbridge on Saturday with four second half goals could even afford the luxury of bringing on a 16 year old as substitute will be in a confident mood. VERDICT - With the player's Ware have brought in the cold end is confident they will pull away from the relegation zone and they will give the Suffolk side a good game but Lowie may have too much for them tomorrow. The cold end has a sneaky feeling that Ware may get some sort of "result" with wither a draw or a shock win.

EAST THURROCK TO GET BACK TO WINNING WAYS AGAINST MALDON

Maldon Town showed they are capable in front of goal on Saturday by creating three good chances and The Rocks have recently shown they can be beaten by loosing to Romford and Thamesmead Town. However, The Rocks are very strong at home loosing only one (way back in August surprisingly versus Brentwood) in seven games conceding only 4 goals and will be far too strong for Maldon so THE VERDICT is an easy home win.

CONCORD TO COME UNSTUCK SOUTH OF THE RIVER

Concord Rangers who have played their get out of jail card on the last two Saturday's with last minute winners against Wingate and Finchley and Cheshunt face the long trip South of the River to play The Mead who will be in a confident moor following their great wins at home to East Thurrock and Northwoood. Couple this with Concord winning under 50% of their games on the road THE VERDICT is that 2nd placed Thamesmead will win a closely fought game.

THE COLD END ALSO WISHES THE BEST OF LUCK TO NORTHWOOD WHO FACE PREMIER DIVISION CARSHALTON ATHLETIC IN THEIR F.A TROPHY REPLAY FOLLOWING THEIR IMPRESSIVE 1-1 DRAW ON SATURDAY. THE WINNERS OF THIS MATCH PLAY WORCESTER CITY AWAY IN THE NEXT ROUND.

Sunday, 13 December 2009

WEEKEND BETTING ROUND UP

SHOCK AS THE COLD END GIVES A GOOD TIP AS TT GOES BIG ON GEORDIE McELDERRY TO HAVE THE X-FACTOR!!

High rolling Toonstar Tipper is reportedly trying to recoup his losses tonight by reportedly laying some big money on fellow Tynesider Jo McElderry to win the X-Factor at 2/9 after his treble tip of Man City (drew), Chelsea (drew) and Spurs (lost) went spectacularly wrong yesterday.

The Director's treble also didn't win with Heybridge Swifts shock win at Tilbury's fortress and Ware's good form continuing with their 1-0 win at Brentwood Town.

In a shock, for the first time this season I was the only tipper to win with Barrow's excellent 1-0 win at Kettering Town at an excellent value 9/2.

Let's hope the success continues next week and The Director and TT also bash the bookies to make it a great Christmas week.

thecoldend

Saturday, 12 December 2009

MAGIC TOWN MASH MALDON

*Maldon's fixture board outside their ground looked like it needed updating

Town brushed aside Maldon Town in a confident and upbeat display of stylish attacking football to go fourth in the Ryman League Division One (North) table today.

On a very chilly day in East Essex the start to the game couldn't of been any better when a Sam Byfield cross went through a crowd of players in the box to Ben Hammond just inside the penalty box to shoot home past Darren Smith in the home goal to make it 1-0 to the Town. The first thing the Maldon stopper had to do in the game was pick the ball out of his own net after only 20 seconds of play.

Maldon looked a big physical side when they came out of the tunnel and most of their play went through impressive Captain Stan Murvo in the centre of midfield; The home side nearly got back into the game when a shot on target was expertly saved at point blank range by the returning Rob Blackburne in the Town goal.

Town were tremendous going forward with Hammond and Byfield on the wings and the Hope/Wallace front pairing causing many problems for the Maldon back four. Wallace is a different player to the one which started the season for Town, He put in 100% effort today holding the ball up brilliantly and running his socks off tracking back very impressively on numerous occasions.

Town made it 2-0 when Byfield put another great cross over from the left to Wallace at the far post whose header found Bardle whose header went over Smith into the net via a nick of the crossbar. Bardle had started this move off with a pass to Byfield and then ran forward into the box.

Maldon came back at Enfield and had another good chance to get back into the game but found Rob Blackburne in inspirational form who tipped a great shot around the left hand post.
"you can't stop me scoring....you just can't stop me scoring!!!"
Paul Marks then capped off a fine first half performance for Town making it 3-0 when Wallace holding the ball up put a through ball to Hammond on the right hand side of midfield whose cross was headed in by Marksy who ran off towards the Town fans gathered on the side of the pitch shouting confidently 'you can't stop me scoring...you just can't stop me scoring' which made most of the team and fans chuckle. Long may this continue for a player who has been a goalscoring revelation from midfield this season...six goals in sixteen league games.


*Steve Newing gives his midfield players instructions from the communal technical area whilst Maldon Manger Colin Wallington watches on

It was always alot to expect the second half to live up to the first and it was Maldon who controlled the first twenty minutes of the second period without ever troubling the Town back four. Town appeared to sit back happy in the knowledge the 3 points were in the bag already.

It was 4-0 when a high looping cross from a now very confident Byfield on the left was headed in at the back post by Wallace. Maldon continued to play some nice football backed by their goalkeeper Smith who continued to loudly shout instructions and advice to his team-mates despite being down by four goals. You have to admire his enthusiasm for the game and he was given a deserved rousing round of applause by the Town faithful behind his goal at the end of the match. "KINGY HOOK IT" was his favourite shout every time centre back Paul King got the ball at his feet. Maldon did have one good chance when a shot on target was well saved by a the flying dive of Blackburne.

Liam Hope who deserved a goal for his efforts had a good shot on target well saved by Mr Loud and was then unlucky when his "goal" was ruled offside after some great play by Paul Marks. Hope's luck will change and is due a goal on Tuesday night.

A superb team performance from Town which was very enjoyable to watch. The cold end's man of the match goes to Sam Byfield on the left wing who made three of the goals in his best game for Town so far. Ben Hammond with his industry, effort and enthusiasm as always also stood out as did Adam Wallace up front. Rob Blackburne returning in goal deserved his clean sheet with the three great saves he made.

Special mention has to go to referee Mr Margetts who had a great game. I can't remember him booking anyone during the game. There were one or two clumsy late challenges that other over-zealous referees would of shown the yellow card for. Instead Mr Margetts waited and had a quiet word with the player which seemed to do the trick. Well done to him and his two assistants for letting a tremendous game flow perfectly.

ETFC
Blackburne, Blower, Bardle, McKay, Kirby, Marks, Hammond (Lockie) , Hall (Moore) , Hope, Wallace (Valenti), Byfield.
Sub not used: Turner

*Town supporters shelter from the rain in the second half - The glory of the Ryman League!!!