Tuesday, 30 March 2010
You have to hand it to the loyal Hawk's fans who encouraged their team with some brilliant support from the terraces of Barrows Farm tonight. Despite being bottom of the league and facing possible relegation to the Essex Senior League they turned up with their famous Air Raid Siren and sang loudly throughout the game. The cold end sends full marks out to everyone of them!!
The game tonight had a passing interest to Enfield Town fans as we face Maldon Town on Saturday and then Harlow Town on Bank Holiday Monday. Despite all the rain that has fallen over the past few days the Barrows Farm pitch was in great condition with the match kicking off in blustery very cold conditions.
To be honest the first half of the game was a pretty poor affair with no goalkeeper making any real save of note. The Hawks were forced into two changes with Captain Ryan Maxwell coming off with what appeared to be a head injury for Adriano Lawson following an unintentional clash with Maldon Town's captain Stanley Murvo after only 10 minutes. Centre Back Paul Kear came off just before the break for Tom Gerraldi after picking up a knock.
The Hawks have bags of pace going forward with yellow booted centre forward Tashan Francis and winger Reece Dobson (who impressed against Enfield Town at Goldsdown Road earlier this year) causing the Maldon back four a few problems to deal with. The only chance Maldon had throughout the half was a soft shot from the edge of the box which was easily saved by James Hasell.
Harlow had a few chances but never really worked Jack Smelt in the Maldon goal to make any save of note. Francis put a shot from the edge of the box just over the bar and substitute Lawson had a shot across the goal from the right hand side which looked closer than it was.
HALF TIME - 0-0
Maldon took the lead shortly into the 2nd period when after a corner the ball broke to top-scorer Jack Jeffries with only Hasell to beat. 'JJ' as he known showed he knows where the goal is and slotted the ball into the net to make it 0-1.
It was then The Hawk's fans came out with the chant of the night - 'bottom of the league and havin' a laugh'.
It was soon 1-1 when after a corner kick came back out to Shaun Gliddon his subsequent cross turned into a shot of sorts which bounced once in front of Adriano Lawson who may have got a small touch to the ball which went into the net and cause the Air Raid Siren to be set off.
Maldon made it 1-2 after 70 minutes when the impressive centre midfielder James Abbott made a lovely run into the box and the ball broke to Laurant Hamici whose shot into an unguarded net (Hassell had dived at the ball when Abbott had it) won the game for the away side.
The Hawks faught hard and plugged away to the final whistle but had no luck in creating any further chances with Maldon holding on and looking comfortable towards the end of the game.
FULL TIME 1-2
In short, this game was not a classic with Maldon happy to take home the three points with two well taken goals from their only two real chances.
The damage seems to have been done to Harlow Town with all the boardroom upheaval at the beginning of the season and the widely reported financial problems at the club. With a terrible start to their campaign and then the 10 point deduction it has been impossible for the Hawks to catch up. They have turned over a large number players which is illustrated in the fact that not one of the starting line-up was the same at when the cold end saw The Hawks bow out of the FA Cup against Kingsbury London Tigers on the 1st September 2009 and only the impressive Dobson remained from the team who started against Town on the 2nd February.
What can Enfield Town expect on Saturday?? Maldon are a side who defend well with captain Stanley Murvo sitting in front and protecting the back four allowing Maldon's other centre midfielder James Abbott the freedom to run with the ball. They are a side who don't seem to create many chances of note but when they do they seem to be pretty clinical with Jack Jeffries and Laurant Hamici both knowing where the goal is. They looked like they lacked pace at the back so if Town can run at their back four it could create openings and chances on goal.
For our trip to Barrows Farm on Bank Holiday Monday we can expect lots of fight from the Hawk's team with bags of pace up front in particular imposing centre forward Tashan Francis and skillful winger Dobson.
James Hassell, Danny Hayes, Shaun Gliddon, Paul Kear (Tom Gerraldi), Liam Thomas, Ryan Maxwell (c) (Adriano Lawson), Julian Edwards, Jason Mason, Tashan Francis, Ivo Ginev, Reece Dobson.
Subs unused - Jason Hardy, Kevin Warren.
Jack Smelt, Dan Warvey, Jordan Tolan, Neil Shade, Billy Smith, Stan Murvo, Lewen Ward (Glen Knight), James Abbott (Harrison Teague), Jack Jeffries (Eddie Hart), Laurant Hamici, Joe Collins.
Subs unused - Dan Rowell, Martyn Guest.
Attendance - 93
Tashin Francis goes close for The Hawks
Adriano Lawson's shot across goal for the Hawks
Jack Jeffries scores Maldon's first goal
Shaun Gliddin scores Harlow Town's equaliser setting off the famous Air Raid Siren!!!
Current League Standings (Top 6) p GD PT PP PP = Possible Points Total 1. Stansted 27 45 56 77 2. Bethnal Green United 27 37 52 73 3. Burnham Ramblers 27 30 51 72 4. Witham Town 27 15 49 70 * 5. Enfield 1893 28 16 48 66 # 6. Barkingside 25 12 44 71 * Witham Town deducted 3 points. EFC 1893 deducted 1 point.
The race for promotion from the Essex Senior League is very close at present with anyone of the top six able to win the title. The only team not to have applied for promotion is current table topper's Stansted who are five points clear. If the Airportmen continue to win it'll be a race to who can finish second and possibly gain promotion to the Ryman League Division One (North). Third placed Bethnal Green United have had a tremendous debut season in the league after jumping up two steps from the Middlesex County League Premier Division. Their recent 1-2 victory away against title rivals Burnham Ramblers at Leslie Fields may prove to be the all important result to get the East Londoners second place or possibly the title.
The Airportmen who are the only team with unbroken membership of the league have never won the Championship. The closest they have come was in 1983 when runners-up to Heybridge Swifts. A year later they gained National acclaim when they won the FA Vase at Wembley.
Key games coming up: Wednesday 14th April - Takeley V Stansted Tough local derby trip. Takeley are currently unbeaten in 8 games at their Station Road ground. Wednesday 14th April - EFC 1893 V Burnham Ramblers A difficult midweek trip to Hertfordshire for the Ramblers. Tuesday 20th April - Stansted V Bethnal Green United BGU'S last league game could be the Championship decider??? The airportmen have one game after this against current 17th placed Bowers & Pitsea on the 24th April.
Link to ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE OFFICIAL WEBSITE
Monday, 29 March 2010
Concord travel to East Thurrock and can relax now that a play-off place is guaranteed. The hosts suffered a poor defeat at Redbridge on Saturday and their form has been inconsistent of late. Concord at 27/20 look good value.
Potters Bar had a hard fought win at Harlow on Saturday and host Town’s conquerors Tilbury this midweek. Tilbury defended resolutely at the weekend but don’t travel well and my feeling is that the Scholars might just nick this one at 21/20.
Finally, Cheshunt delivered the goods for us at the weekend and are in good form at present. On Tuesday night they travel to Woodson Park for a local derby and will be full of confidence after a great win against Great Wakering. The hosts were stunned by two late goals on Saturday and might be a little shell-shocked going in to this one. Cheshunt are 7/5 for the win.
Odds at bwin.com
Tuesday night see two matches which will effect proceedings at the top of the table with Champions elect Lowestoft Town facing a tough away day at The International Arena. Brentwood Town have won 7 of their last 10 games, one of those was their brilliant 2-1 win at Crown Meadow on the 9th March. Their only defeats have come at the hands of Town (a), Concord Rangers (a) and a close fought game against W&F (h).
At Rookery Hill two teams firmly in the play-off places and possible opponents in the end of the season games for Town face off against each other. East Thurrock United who surprisingly lost on Saturday will want to get back to winning ways against Concord Rangers who have won their last 3 games scoring 8 goals and letting in none. The cold end predicts a very close hard fought and competitive game in store between the Essex rivals.
Even if Lowie were to lose tomorrow night and Concord Rangers win there will still be a five point gap between the two with the Trawlerboys looking comfortable having a game in hand and a vastly superior goal difference.
Other games are at Barrows Farm where bottom of the table Harlow Town on 14 points face Maldon Town who recorded a good weekend win at home to Ware. The Hawks eventful campaign now looks certain to end in relegation. Even if they win all of there final 6 games they will finish on a points total of 32 so can now only realistically catch Redbridge in 20th place currently on 27 points. If the Motormen win tonight at Maldon Town or in their home match on Wednesday against Waltham Forest and The Hawks lose on Tuesday their fate will be sealed. The Stags will be without their top-scorer Daniel Gabriel for Wednesday's local derby at Oakside as the striker who has scored 20 goals this season has recently transferred to Premier Division Aveley. Gabriel was a 81st minute substitute for his new side in their 3-4 home defeat to Kingsstonian on Saturday. The Millers also including centre-back Adam Bailey-Dennis in their side who played and was sent off for Great Wakering Rovers against Town back on the 6th February. Ex Towner Ryan Edgar also featured in the home side.
Ware entertain Cheshunt in the A10 local derby at Wodson Park. There will only be local bragging rights to play for in this one with The Ambers along with their Hertfordshire rivals in 15th and 19th place respectively.
FULL RYMAN (NORTH) MIDWEEK FIXTURE LIST
Northwood V Redbridge
Brentwood Town V Lowestoft Town
East Thurrock United V Concord Rangers
Harlow Town V Maldon Town
Potters Bar Town V Tilbury
Ware V Cheshunt
Ilford V Northwood
Redbridge V Waltham Forest
The Director's total for the season now stands at an impressive £190.79 (to a £10 stake).
Toonstar Tippers £90 win this week takes him up to a total of £326.64 with only just under £180.00 to go to his forecast total of £500!!!
It can only be good that both of the cold end's expert tippers are bashing the bookies in these credit crunch times. Please remember to gamble responsibly though!!!
Saturday, 27 March 2010
Table topper's Norwich City to beat 2nd placed Leeds United (only won 2 out of the last 10 league games) at Carrow Road.
Swindon Town to win away in their long trip to Hartlepool United
Brentford to claim London bragging rights in the derby versus Leyton Orient at Griffin Park. The Bee's are very strong at home being unbeaten in 11 league games since losing 2-3 against Swindon Town on the 3rd October. The O's, apart from wins at Bristol Rovers in August and Wycombe Wanderers in October along with their unexpected but brilliant victory at Charlton Athletic in January have no other victories on the road in the league this season.
£10 stake with skybet.com returns a very nice amount of £90.00.
The big news this week is that TT after revealing his identity last week, has been spotted in an un-named East London Shopping Centre carrying a Madeira Cake. If you spot Mr TT anywhere please drop the cold end a line??
First up Brentwood, who entertain Waltham Forest at the International Arena. The hosts are very much in form of late and should be contenders next season if they can keep their young side together. A home win pays 53/100
Next up are Cheshunt, who face Great Wakering Rovers. Whilst this is the riskiest of the three in my opinion, the Ambers are in good home form and on their day can produce excellent performance as Town recently found to our cost. The home win seems generously priced at 19/10.
Lastly, Heybridge visit Leyton. Leyton’s home form has been disastrous this season and the Swifts have proven they are more than capable of producing the goods against struggling sides having won 4-0 at Harlow in midweek. An away win pays 7/10.
A successful treble produces odds of just over 13/2 on bwin.com
Thursday, 25 March 2010
BRENTWOOD TOWN 14 V WALTHAM FOREST -2 12
CHESHUNT 4 V GWR 3 1
HARLOW TOWN 3 V POTTERS BAR TOWN 6 3
ILFORD 3 V LOWESTOFT TOWN 12 9
LEYTON -2 V HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS 7 9
MALDON TOWN 0 V WARE 11 11
NORTHWOOD 4 V ROMFORD 3 1
REDBRIDGE 7 V EAST THURROCK UNITED 15 8
THAMESMEAD TOWN 5 V WINGATE AND FINCHLEY 8 3
TILBURY 3 V ENFIELD TOWN 6 3
The highest margins come at The International arena and The Wallace Binder Stadium. On form Brentwood Town who played well in losing 1-2 to W&F last Saturday and then won 0-3 at Northwood in midweek should beat The Stags who have lost their last four games. Maldon Town are without a win in six games and have only gained one point in those games face a Ware side, with three wins in six, who could leapfrog Town in the league with a win. Lowestoft Town should win at Ilford to avenge their early season defeat to The Foxes with Heybridge Swifts who will be in a confident mood following their 0-4 win at Harlow Town in midweek, travelling to Leyton looking for another 3 point away day at a side lurking at the bottom of the table.
HOME WINS - BRENTWOOD TOWN
AWAY WINS - LOWESTOFT TOWN, HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS, WARE AND EAST THURROCK UNITED
DRAWS - CHESHUNT V GWR
Prior to the highly controversial formation of the DONS and the building of StadiumMK, the new town in Buckinghamshire had numerous teams in various divisions of non-league football which appears to be quite a tangled complex web of team's folding, records being expunged and team's reforming a number of years after disappearing off the football radar.
The biggest of these teams was Milton Keynes City (effectively formed in 1974 after changing names from the original Bletchley Town club who were formed in 1956). City represented the Town in the Southern League during the 1970s and 1980s and are not to be confused with the Milton Keynes City club (formed in 1998 after 'Mercedes-Benz' changed names). The original club plugged away in the Southern League until 1984 when they unfortunately folded with their record expunged from the league records.
City never finished higher than 15th place in a league whose membership fluctuated between 20 and 22 clubs. The City club formed in 1998 played in the South Midlands League eventually folding in 2003, they brief existence was highlighted with a run to the 4th round of the FA Vase in 01/02 when they were beaten by seasoned Vase competitors Whitley Bay.
In this classic programme it was a Milton Keynes derby between then Hellenic League Borough and their 'giant' neighbours City. Borough were originally formed as Belsize in 1966 and changed names to MK Borough in 1975 and were United Counties League champions in 1979 and played on in the South Midlands League until 1993 when the club folded.
There is no date on this programme but I assume this 1983/84 Bucks and Berks Senior Cup Preliminary Round game took place some time in September as it mentions Borough's forthcoming trip to Baldock in the FA Vase. The winners had a home tie with Windsor and Eton to look forward to in the first round on the 22nd October 1983.
City were managed by ex Enfield FC player Ray Richards and were languishing in bottom place of the then Southern League Midland Division which included teams such as Rushden Town, Bridgnorth Town, Oldbury United, Shepshad Charterhouse, Coventry Sporting and Dudley Town. Their record was four losses from four games conceding 20 goals.
Borough were in Division 1 of the Hellenic League alonside Morris Motors, Pressed Steel, Viking Sports, Cirencester Town, Dowty Staverton and Badminton to name a few teams.
I am unaware of the result of this match but the final of the competition that season was won by Buckingham Town who beat Abingdon United 3-1.
There are a number of clubs who have also and still represent the City of Milton Keynes as follows:
Milton Keynes/Bletchley Town (1999)
From the ashes of MK Borough's demise a new club called simply 'Milton Keynes' was formed and joined the South Midlands League. In 1999 is when it gets confusing as the club changed it's named to Bletchley Town, I assume to be more representative of the area where they played. The new Bletchley Town club folded during the 99/00 season.
Milton Keynes County
The cold end can't find much information on this club who appeared briefly in the 1993 in the South Midlands League Division One.
Milton Keynes United/Milton Keynes Town
United joined the South Midlands League in 1984 and changed names to Town in 1987 only to leave the league after one season.
The club's senior team currently play's in the Spartan South Midlands League Divsion Two (step 7) and are currently 5th in the league and have played in the league since 2008.
Wolverton Town/Wolverton Town MK/MK Wolverton Town/Wolverton
Wolverton Town were formed in 1887 and played in the Isthmian League in the early 1980's changing names to Wolverton Town MK in 1988 and then MK Wovlerton Town (aka Milton Keynes Wolves) in 1989 and then just plain and simple Wolverton in 1990. The club folded in 1992. Up until 1992 and the club's demise the stand at Wolverton Park was beleived to be the oldest football stand still used in the UK.
The City now only has MK DONS in the football league and MK WANDERERS as stated above who represent the "MILTON KEYNES" name in senior football.
The Spartan South Midland League currently has member clubs from places around the MK area such as New Bradwell St Peter, Stony Stratford Town, Old Bradwell United, Bletchley Town and the aforementioned MK Wanderers club. The new Bletchley Town club were formed in 2005 and are known as The Moles. The local derby between Town and Wanderers played on the 31st October 2009 attracted a crowd of 27 people. Bletchley's biggest crowd of the season came on the 15th August when a large travelling support from Berkhamsted swelled the attendance to 80. MK Wanderers top crowd of the season is currently 51, which came on the August bank holiday game with Mursley United.
The two club's play each other on Saturday 10th April with Wanderers hosting Bletchley Town in a MK local derby.
For more information on how the system is rated please look at this link for last week's instalment. A quick synopsis is that the system rates goalscoring and bad defending meaning the higher the rating for the match the more chance there is of both teams scoring. After three weeks we now stand at a massive profit of £6.00 to a £10 stake.
In the race for promotion to League Two the scenario at the top of the table has changed in the last few weeks with it all now in Stevenage Borough's hands. The ex Isthmian League club who we all know were denied promotion in 1996 are now 5 points ahead of Oxford United who have only managed to draw 4 and lose 1 in their last 5 games. The match of the season awaits at Broadhall Way next Tuesday when United visit Boro in a game which will surely attract a very high attendance.
At the bottom Grays Athletic look doomed and are a massive 15 points from safety, Julian Dick's side put up a great fight against Stevenage on Tuesday going ahead 1-0 but eventually loosing 1-2. Athletic still haven't won away from home this season and face a tough trip to the Abbey Stadium on Saturday to face 12th placed Cambridge United who are unbeaten in nine league games. It's no surprise to see williamhill.com rating Grays at 7/1 outsiders and the home side as strong favourites at 3/10. Will the men from Essex be inspired by Tuesday night's performance against the table toppers??
The other two relegation spots look like they will be occupied by any team from 16th placed Tamworth downwards. 22nd placed Forest Green Rovers have won two games away from home against Kettering Town and Salisbury City to give themselves a fighting chance. They entertain comfortably mid-table Altrincham on Saturday who haven't won away from home in 6 games but do like a draw on their travels with their last three games away from Moss Lane ending in 1-1 scorelines. FGR need to win and look good value at 13/10 with the away side at 13/8 and the draw being 11/5.
Here is the fixture list with the goals goals goals system ratings:
AFC WIMBLEDON V RUSHDEN AND DIAMONDS 7
BARROW V EASTBOURNE BORO -4
CAMB UNITED V GRAYS ATHLETIC 10
CRAWLEY TOWN V STEVENAGE BORO 11
FGR V ALTRINCHAM 9
KETTERING TOWN V MANSFIELD TOWN -8
KIDDERMINSTER V SALISBURY CITY 17
LUTON TOWN V HAYES AND YEADING 13
OXFORD UNITED V GATESHEAD -3
WREXHAM V HISTON 2
YORK CITY V TAMWORTH -17
The system this weeks picks the game between FA Trophy losing semi-finalists Kidderminster Harriers (2 out of 4 previous games=both teams scored in) and Salisbury City (4/4) and 3rd placed Luton Town (3/4) and 14th placed Hayes&Yeading (3/4).
Both the Harriers and City suffered Trophy hang-overs in midweek, with The Hatters winning at United's Church Road ground 2-3 only a few weeks ago, will this gamble come in??
A £10 stake with williamhill.com pays £36.75.
The game with the lowest rating between York City and Tamworth is 7/1 to be 0-0. City are massive favourites for the game at 1/2 and should run out easy winners but with City fighting relegation in 18th spot i'm sure player/coach Tommy Widdrington would take a point at 5th placed City.
Wednesday, 24 March 2010
RYMAN DIVISION ONE (NORTH) TABLE
P - PLAYED
GD - GOAL DIF
PTS - POINTS
LS - GAMES WON IN LAST SIX
PP - POSSIBLE POINTS TOTAL
P GD PTS LS PP NEXT THREE GAMES
LOWESTOFT TOWN 34 63 82 4 106 ILFORD (A) BRENTWOOD (A) REDBRIDGE (H)
CONCORD RANGERS 36 45 77 3 96 ETU (A) W&F (A) ETU (H)
EAST THURROCK UNITED 35 41 68 6 89 RED (A) CONCORD (H) THAMESMEAD (H)
ENFIELD TOWN 35 28 68 4 89 TILBURY (A) MALDON (H) HARLOW (A)
WINGATE&FINCHLEY 35 27 65 4 86 WALTHAM FOREST (A) THAMESMEAD (A) CONCORD (H)
THAMESMEAD TOWN 36 9 60 1 78 W&F (H) ETU (A) WALTHAM FOREST (H)
VCD ATHLETIC 46 2 55 3 73 NORTHWOOD (H) ILFORD (A) LEYTON (A)
The table topping Trawlerboys can now only be "theoretically" caught by the teams from Wingate and Finchley and above. The title is in their own hands, the cold end forecasts that by the time we visit Crown Meadow on the 13th April they may well be Champions. With 2nd placed Concord Rangers due to play current 3rd placed East Thurrock United twice in the next few weeks both clubs could take points off each other. I think 9/10 more points from the last 21 on offer will secure a place in the top 5 for Enfield Town. It's been a superb season, let's hope it's extended by one and hopefully two more games. All Steve, Del and the team will want to do is keep in the winning habit and finish as high as possible in the table and with a little bit of luck along the way we'll make it!!
Tuesday, 23 March 2010
This couldn't be further from the truth at The Boro are on a roll of good form of late. Since the beginnning of February they have won 6 and lost 3 of their 9 league games beating Concord Rangers, Great Wakering Rovers, Thamesmead Town and VCD Athletic along the way. With 13 goals in their last 6 games they are bound to pose a threat to Town but they have also let in 11 goals so it looks like there will be goals at The Mill Field tonight.
Steve and Del have stated via the programme that Romford will be a tough test especially away from home and it looks like it will be a closer game than the 2-0 win at Goldsdown Road on the 6th October.
Romford won away 1-2 at Potters Bar Town on Saturday with goalkeeper Danny Mulrooney making some good saves to keep his team in the game. Kurt Smith is their top scorer with 13 goals in 20 league and cup games. Centre-Back Bradley Falco who played for Leyton against Enfield Town in January made his debut in the game at the South Mimms Travel Stadium after moving to Romford from Lea Bridge Road recently.
Town are favourites with BWIN.COM at 7/10 to win the match with the home side at 29/10 and the draw at 5/2.
There are a host of other games tonight with the Concord Rangers V Tilbury, Potters Bar Town V Lowestoft Town and Waltham Forest V Wingate and Finchley fixtures involving teams at the top of the table. The Motormen after their welcome 0-3 win at Maldon Town face two East London local derby matches against Ilford and Leyton respectively. W&F make their second trip to Cricklefields in a week and will want to come back with more than the point they gained in the 1-1 draw with Ilford last Wednesday. It's no surprise that Rangers and Lowie are strong favourites for their games at 3/10 and 7/20.
FULL MIDWEEK FIXTURE LIST
Cheshunt V Maldon Town
Concord Rangers V Tilbury
Harlow Town V Heybridge Swifts
Northwood V Brentwood Town
Potters Bar Town V Lowestoft Town
Redbridge V Ilford
Romford V Enfield Town
Waltham Forest V Wingate & Finchley
Dave Norman has recently strengthened his side with the aquistition of ex Towner Mitch Hahn.
Redbridge V Leyton
VCD Athletic V Northwood
Sunday, 21 March 2010
TT was cursing his luck last night after Arsenal only scored 2 goals versus West Ham to wreck his treble. He was pleased at The Toon's fighting spirit come back at Ashton Gate but misses out by the narrowest of margins this week.
MOTORMEN'S MAGIC AT MALDON PUT'S THE DIRECTOR OUT OF POCKET
Redbridge's unexpected 0-3 win at Maldon Town ruined The Director's weekend as his other tips of Harlow Town and Ware obliged by winning 0-2 and 1-0 respectively.
The Motormen's 0-3 win in Essex was the Oakside club's first victory in 12 games and their first away from home since the 18th August 2009 when they won at Potters Bar Town 0-2.
BLUE SQUARE PREMIER 'GOALS GOALS GOALS' SYSTEM UP AND RUNNING
In it's third week the cold end's goals goals goals system paid dividends when all four teams scored in the selected matches returning £36.00. The cold end also pointed towards a draw between Wrexham and Cambridge United which ended 2-2.
The system now stands at 3 bets and 1 win with a running total of +£6.00 to a £10 stake. Here's hoping for another winning bet next weekend!!
Saturday, 20 March 2010
When club's are in the running for Championships, Play-Offs or even in a relegation dog fight, commentators, managers, supporters and almost everyone will always say to win a scrappy game 1-0 is all that matters sometimes. Today was that day at a overcast and rainy wet Goldsdown Road!!
RICHARD MORTON WAS UNLUCKY NOT TO GET THIS HEADER ON TARGET FROM A CORNER
It could of been a bit more comfortable for the Town who did create chances but had it not been for a quality save by Darren Bonfield it may have only been one point instead of three going towards the play off total.
Town seemed to have the edge over the visitors for most of the match but with the score on a knife-edge at 1-0 it was a very tense Goldsdown Road throughout the second half.
Richard Morton had a good chance in the opening exchanges when he found himself in space on the right hand side of the goal only for his shot to be blocked. Swifts had pace in abundance going forward but the Town back four of Blower, Kirby, Smith and Bardle was well drilled and held them at bay until a mistake by Smith let in Perry Sandsford who only had Bonfield to beat. Bomber came out very quickly indeed and his dive at the feet of Sandsford blocked the shot denying a certain goal. Great goalkeeping!!!
Andy Jones then got his shooting boots on sending in a rasping shot on target from outside the box which was well saved by Swift's keeper Jamie Bowyer to his left hand side.
Andy Jones sends a good shot in on target which was well saved by Jamie Bowyer
Town pressed well and from a corner by Sam Byfield floated across a great ball for Mark Kirby to header into the net from close range and make it 1-0 to the Town.
Jordan Lockie, who has impressed at right-back of moved forward today to right wing/midfield in place of Ben Hammond, then sent in a good cross which Stuart Blackburne headed on target but it was easily saved by Bowyer.
HALF TIME 1-0
The second half was much the same with little clear cut chances being made. Town had a great chance to make it 2-0 and put the game out of sight for the Swifts. From more excellent work on the right by Lockie, Stuart Blackburne shot on target, low to the keepers left only for it to be saved with the ball coming out to Liam Hope. The ball appeared to get under Liam's feet allowing him not enough time to put the ball into the net.
Bomber was having an inspired day and he made a save of great quality from a deflected Swift's free kick. With the ball appearing to be dropping into the net Bonfield lept almost like a cat-like and tipped the ball over the bar to preserve Town's slender but all important lead.
BOMBER SAVES THE DAY WITH A FLYING SAVE OF THE HIGHEST QUALITY!!
Prior to this save he had also got down well to his right hand side to push a Swifts shot past the post. He also gratefully but easily caught a header from which was heading straight for him. This appeared to be the first time any Swift's player had got a header on target and it was very near the end of the game. This can only be down to a great performance from Mark Kirby and Rory Smith in the centre of defence. I lost count how many headers Kirby won at the back as he put in another man of the match performance. Special mention to Morts who also played very well winning tackles and headers in the midfield - doing the simple but essential things with ease.
The match finished with five minutes injury time added on and it was a welcome victory for Town after Tuesday night's defeat. Apart from the three saves made by Bomber the Swifts didn't threaten at all and it was a Town who created the best chances and deserved the three points.
Bonfield, Blower, Bardle, Smith, Mckay, Morton (Marks), Lockie, Jones, Blackburne (Wallace), Hope, Byfield
Subs not used - Hall, Valenti, McKay
Jamie Bowyer, Jake Gibson, Danny Barber, Ryan O'Rawe, Luke Fisher, Nathan Smith, Mark Crick, Reece Morgan, Perry Sandsford (Steven Bourne), Tom Broadhurst, Ricky Griggs
Subs not used - Julian Simon-Parson, Ryan Hull, Russell Malton, Jack Mead
Attendance - 217
Some fans who read this column have remarked that TT has been having a 'shocker' of late but you only have to glance at an impressive near £250 profit for the season to show he's not doing too bad. TT really did enjoy the free bar at the wedding last weekend along with a few bottles of red with the wedding breakfast, reports he danced for a whole five minutes whilst all the guests gathered round are totally unsubstantiated..............it was nearer six minutes, although for the last two Mr TT did start to tire and began to do freestyle robotics.
TT goes for this treble to top his bank balance this weekend:
Aston Villa to score 2+ goals in their midlands derby match with Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Newcastle United to score 2+ goals in their away match versus Bristol City.
Arsenal to score 3+ goals in their London derby match with West Ham United.
£10 stake with skybet.com pays £60.00.
Above - The exclusive only known picture of Toonstar "Gutierrez" Tipper reading his favourite website 'the cold end'..... If you spot TT out and about please drop us a line and let us know when and where???
Harlow have shown some much-needed form of late as they look to avoid the drop and face a massive trip to Leyton. Whereas the visitors have been able to strengthen of late, there is clearly not much money around for the home side and I fancy Harlow to be good value at 4/5
Maldon are one of the form sides in the division and The Director has received several favourable scouting reports. On Saturday they entertain a Redbridge side who are out of form and probably knackered from their recent run of games. A home win pays 2/5
Finally, the riskiest bet of the three tips Ware to beat Thamesmead. The visitors away form is very patchy and they could possibly be demoralised by their recent dip out of the play-off places. Ware are youthful and exuberant and could well spring a surprise at 9/2
The treble pays nearly 13/1
odds available at bwin.com
Here are this weekend's fixtures:
Brentwood Town 14 V Wingate and Finchley 12 2
Enfield Town 4 V Heybridge Swifts 5 1
Great Wakering Rovers -3 V Ilford -2 1
Leyton -2 V Harlow Town -1 1
Maldon Town 6 V Redbridge 2 4
Northwood 4 V East Thurrock United 14 10
Potters Bar Town 2 V Romford 7 5
Tilbury 5 V Cheshunt 5 0
VCD Athletic 12 V Lowestoft Town 14 2
Waltham Forest 0 V Concord Rangers 2 2
Ware 5 V Thamesmead Town 3 2
The margin's are again low this week with only East Thurrcok United gaining double figures for their trip to Northwood. I suspect there will be lots of close results and draws this weekend.
Cold End Index selections -
Wins - East Thurrock United, Romford, Maldon Town
Draws - Brentwood, Leyton. It would be Tilbury's game versus Cheshunt as well but The Ambers have only drawn one game all season so they obviously like either wining of losing.
Friday, 19 March 2010
The cold end is in a confident mood this week with the following fixtures:
ALTRINCHAM V RUSHDEN AND DIAMONDS -11
EASTBOURNE BORO V GRAYS ATHLETIC -9
EBBSFLEET UNITED V LUTON TOWN 24
HISTON V MANSFIELD TOWN -16
KETTERING TOWN V FOREST GREEN 6
WREXHAM V CAMBRIDGE UNITED 8
YORK CITY V AFC WIMBLEDON 1
TAMWORTH V OXFORD UNITED 6
This weeks selections are Ebbsfleet United (4 out the last 4 games played in both teams have scored) versus Luton Town (3/4) and Wrexham (3/4) versus Cambridge United (2/4).
A £10 bet with williamhill.com returns a tasty £36.00.
The game at the Racecourse ground points towards a draw as Wrexham have drawn 3 out of 5 of their last games with United drawing 8 of 14 away from the comfort of the Abbey Stadium. William Hill currently rate this result as 11/5.
In week one of the system 5 of the 11 matches resulted in both teams scoring, in week two it had dropped to only 3 of 9.
Thursday, 18 March 2010
Spartan South Midlands Challenge Trophy Semi-Final
It was easy to see why Division Two side Aston Clinton had made it to the last four stage of this competition. The Buckinghamshire club had beaten Premier Division sides Dunstable Town (2-4 away), Welwyn Garden City (1-7 away), Hillingdon Borough (1-4 away) after beating fellow Divsion Two side MK Wanderers 1-0 away in the first round on their excellent cup run.
They started as underdogs again tonight and looked the better side in a first half of few chances. The Aston forward line impressively hassled and harried the Boro defenders which stifled the home side's attempts to pass the ball around and develop play from the back. The conditions at Goff's Lane tonight were windy with rain falling on and off throughout the match especially in the second half.
Aston pressurised the home side for most of the first half and were unlucky not to take the lead with a header from a corner kick which was cleared off the line by a Boro defender. The home side did have their moments in the first half forcing a good save to the keeper's left hand side from a shot outside the box.
HALF TIME 0-0
Gradually as time wore on in the second half the home side came back into the game and somewhat fortuitously took the lead when a long wind-assisted punt downfield from goalkeeper Obey Murefu bounced once on the edge of the box for the Aston keeper to collect under pressure from the two advancing Boro forwards. The ball seemed to slip from his grasp (maybe down to the wet conditions) and over his head to the grateful Boro player who slipped the ball into the net to make it 1-0.
Boro made it 2-0 from a cross into the box from the right hand side for an advancing player to slide the ball into the net past the unlucky Aston custodian.
FULL TIME 2-0
Att - 46
Broxbourne now meet either fellow Premier Division Brimsdown Rovers or First Division London Colney in the final. Their match is played on Tuesday 6th April.
Aston are only 4 points off the top of Division Town leaders Berkhamstead with 2 games in hand so are in with a real shout for the league title. They have also qualified for the final of the Division Two cup (where they play Mursley) and they play New Bradwell St Peter in the semi-final on the Berks and Bucks Intermediate Cup on the 27th March.
The cold end was particularly impressed with their centre forward Aaron Usmani who led the line very well tonight and worked extremely hard. He had scored an incredible 33 goals in 20 league and cup starts this season including four hat-tricks. A pacey skillful player who can also hold the ball up and bring other players into the game, He could easily move up to a higher level than Division Two of the SSMFL.
BORO HALF CHANCE IN THE FIRST HALF
ASTON PRESSURE THE HOME GOAL WITH A CORNER AND A CROSS INTO THE BOX
ASTON HEADED CHANCE IS CLEARED OFF THE LINE
ASTON CHANCE AT THE START OF THE SECOND HALF
Tuesday, 16 March 2010
It could of been so different as Town had a few chances to kill the game off after making 1-0 in the first half. Cheshunt looked well up for the game and had the majority of the play in the first 10 minutes with the speedy Boniek Forbes on the left hand side of midfield looking very good going forward. He had the first real chance of the game when his shot flashed past Jason Holmes's left hand post.
Town got back into the match and controlled the game for a short while with Andy Jones in midfield putting over some beautifully timed and placed balls for Stuart Blackburne to run onto. Blackburne was unlucky with his first shot of the game which went wide of the Cheshunt goal.
It was 0-1 to Town when Jordan Lockie launched a long high ball into the box from right back which was flicked on by Adam Wallace and touched into the net past Glenn Williamson in the Cheshunt goal by Stuart Blackburne.
This is when Town could have made the game safe when after Richard Morton won the ball back at the edge of the box Andy Jones's grass-cutter shot came back off the post for the quick reacting Blackburne to touch it onto the bar in what a really unlucky piece of play by Town. This fully deserved a goal and show's that luck may have been on Cheshunt's side tonight. If this would of gone in woud The Amber's heads have dropped?? We'll never know
The Amber's came back into the match and hit the woodwork themselves with the ball rebounding out from the angle of cross and bar. Maybe Cheshunt weren't so lucky!!
Centre forward Bradley Stamp levelled the game up for Bob Dearie's side with a goal just prior to the half-time break.
HALF TIME 1-1
Cheshunt came out and attacked Town from the start of the 2nd half and looked much the better and organised side. David Hicks was unlucky when he lobbed the ball over Holmes in the Town goal only for it to rebound off the crossbar.
He didn't have to wait long for a goal as he took a sweetly struck free kick from the left hand edge of the box which went straight into the top right hand corner of the net to make it 2-1 to the home side.
Steve and Del shuffled the team about a bit at this stage with Liam Hope replacing Stuart Blackburne and Paul Marks coming on for Morton.
It got worse for Town when the ball looked to be going out of play for a Town goal-kick on the right hand side of the pitch with Sam Byfield and a Cheshunt player tussling for the ball. Sam attempted to shield the ball out but the manoeuvre didn't quite work allowing the Cheshunt player to put in a lovely ball across the goalmouth for the appreciating Graeme Dearie to knock in the net, to make it 3-1.
There wasn't many further chances in the game which after the good spell in the first half just didn't seem to go right for the Town. There were far too many mis-placed passes and a highly-motivated Cheshunt side seemed to be first to the ball throughout the game.
FULL TIME 3-1
As Steve and Del have said and something we all know is that Town won't win every game this season and this appeared to be "a bad day at the office" for most of the team who came up against a very hard working Cheshunt side who appeared to be well up for it taking the game to Town. They fully deserved only their second victory of the season over a team in the Top 11 of the Division.
To put things in perspective this was only Town's 2nd defeat since the turn of the year and we are still looking good for the play-offs in 4th position. Hopefully, the player's can put in a better performance against Heybridge Swifts on Saturday to erase the memory of this local derby defeat. You can't win them all!!
Glenn Williamson, Gart Schillaci, Glen Parry, Nick Moutford, Oliver Cleaver, David Hicks, Matt Thomson (Syrus Gordon), Iain Salt, Graeme Dearie (Tom Tresadern), Bradley Stamp (Steve Velandia), Boniek Forbes.
Subs not used- Aaron Omand, Tom Dos Santos
Holmes, Lockie, Bardle, Smith, Kirby, Morton (Marks), Hammond, Jones, Blackburne (Hope), Wallace, Byfield (Valenti).
Subs not used - Blower, Hall
Crowd - 249
Monday, 15 March 2010
Cheshunt's form against the top 11 and bottom 11 of the table shows a striking difference as follows:
It makes even worse reading for Bob Dearie's side in that their only victory against a team from the current top 11 was the 1-0 home victory over eleventh placed Tilbury. Our game last season at Theobalds Lane was a closely fought 0-1 victory courtesy of Sammy Winston's second half goal. The Ambers did run Concord Rangers close, losing 1-2 at home to a last minute goal which shows they can play against the better sides in the division. In front of (hopefully) a larger than average crowd it's another important game Steve and Del will want to win to keep our play-off aspirations on track and with the Cheshunt side up for putting one over on one of their local rivals it's sure to be an interesting game.
P W D L GF GA PTS
TOP 11 16 1 0 15 13 46 3
BOTTOM 11 16 10 1 5 24 15 31
OTHER RYMAN DIVISION ONE (NORTH) MIDWEEK FIXTURES
Concord Rangers V Waltham Forest
Maldon Town V Lowestoft Town
Potters Bar Town V Northwood
Redbridge V Harlow Town
Romford V Great Wakering Rovers
Ware V East Thurrock United
Ilford V Wingate and Finchley
Tilbury V Halstead Town - East Anglian Cup Final 2009.
This delayed final of the 2009 competition should finally be played at Chadfields! Halstead Town are in 7th place of the Eastern Counties Divison One (step six) and haven't lost since the 21st November when Wroxham beat them 1-3 at home in an FA Vase replay after a 0-0 draw at Wroxham who have since gone on to make the semi-finals of the Vase and are one step away from a trip to Wembley.
Eleventh placed Stoke City have only scored 8 times in their 14 league away games. They are only beaten by Pompey who have only scored 7 times on their travels. 2nd bottom Hull have also scored only 8 times away from home. The Potters defensive record on the road of letting in only 16 goals is beaten only by Aston Villa (11 goals) and Chelsea (14), Tony Pulis's side is level with table toppers Man Utd in letting in 16 goals in their away games.
In those 14 games only 3 have resulted in over 2.5 goals being scored (Liverpool L 4-0, Hull City L2-1, Portsmouth W2-1) making the them a good gamble on the under 2.5 goals bet on their travels away from the Brittania Stadium.
Fulham's travelling fans have to wait along time for an away win. The Cottager's have only won once in league away from home on the 15th August against Portsmouth 1-0. Last season Roy Hodgson's side left it late in the season to win gaining victories in March, April and May against Bolton Wanderers (3-1), Man City (3-1) and Newcastle United (1-0).
Lorik Cana of Sunderland and and Fabrice Muamba are the most yellow carded players at 9 bookings each. Cana's Black Cats team are bottom of the fair play league at present with a total of 62 bookings and six red cards. Arsenal are the only club not to have a red card against their name this season so far.