Tuesday, 31 August 2010

FIVE GOALS AND ANOTHER CLEAN SHEET

Enfield Town recorded an excellent 5-0 win over Harlow Town in front of a big bumper bank holiday crowd of 309 people yesterday.

Richard Morton, who has been in excellent form, scored a brace with Lee Protheroe heading a goal against his former club along with Adam Wallace and Liam Hope adding to the total.

The cold end wasn't present but normal service will be resumed on Saturday's trip to Ilford.

Saturday, 28 August 2010

TOWN ON THE MARCH TO WEMBLEY WITH COMFORTABLE VICTORY OVER THE STAGS


FA Cup fever hits Cricklefields today with supporters watching on from the terracing and stand.

Enfield Town are on the march to Wembley with a well deserved 0-3 win over a strong and physical Waltham Forest side at Cricklefields this afternoon. For only a brief period in the second half when The Stags target man Lawrence Yiga missed two reasonable chances did they threaten Rob Blackburne's goal with Town in control for a good percentage of the game.

Adam Wallace and Jason Willis go for the ball

Town lined up with a 4-5-1 formation with Adam Wallace up front being assisted by the speedy darting runs of Deniz Mehemet on the right and Sam Byfield on the left of midfield. The central midfield three of Protheroe, Bardle and Morton stood firm against some tough looking challenges put in by the home side. Protheroe put in another impressive and composed performance with Morton in amongst the action in front of goal throughout the game.

Des Thomas and Adam Wallace challenge for the ball

The pitch at Cricklefields had been rumoured to be in a bad condition but upon entering the ground it was probably the healthiest it had looked for a long time with the vast amount of rain over the last week probably doing the surface the world of good. The grass did appear very long and it was most supporter's opinion present (both home and away) that it needed a cut.


Richard Morton had a great game in midfield for Town.

The first chance of the game fell to Richard Morton whose free kick grazed the top of ex town keeper Jason Willis's bar. Town seized control of the game with Morton again unlucky with a diving header from Jordan Lockie's long ball forward from left back. Adam Wallace was next to nearly put Town into the lead when after beating Forest's offside trap he found himself in acres of space in front of goal from Protheroe's cross. Wallace's header was expertly saved by Willis with the game ending goalless at half time.



Two different views of Cricklefieds today

Forest came out and had their best period of play just after the break when Yiga missed his two good chances to put his side 1-0 up. The 2nd chance was put wide thanks to a wonderfully timed sliding challenge from Jordan Lockie.


Town began to take control of the game again after this and took the lead through a Lee Protheroe penalty kick. This is where the talking point of the game was for both sets of supporters present. Was it or wasn't it a penalty?? Jey Siva's free kick was chased by Sam Byfield in the box who was challenged by Gbenga Ladega who did bring down Byfield but from the cold end exclusive replay it looks as if he did get a slight touch on the ball. It was one of those ones which you've seen given and not given?? Looking at it from a neutral point of view Ladega can be slightly aggrieved the referee pointed to the spot. I've looked at it a few times and still can't make up my mind 100% - who would want to be a referee having one look at it and making the decision on the spot???
Town made the game safe when Bardle broke the offside trap to slide the ball across to Richard Morton who touched the ball into the net.

It was 3-0 not long after when hard working Wallace won the ball to cross to Byfield who slid the ball into the net past Willis. (THE COLD END SENDS APOLOGIES TO SAMMY AS I DIDN'T CAPTURE THE GOAL ON FILM....THE SECOND WEEKEND RUNNING I MISSED HIS GOAL!!!!)
The Stag's Jason Willis against a backdrop of travelling Town fans

So all in all a good performance from Town today to earn some much needed FA prize money and a game in the First Qualifying round against either Aylesbury FC or Arlesey Town of the Zamaretto Central Division. They drew 1-1 earlier today and replay in midweek. Whichever team Town play in the next round it'll be a tough games as both had made good starts to their league campaigns.

The cold end man of the match goes to Richard Morton who put in a sterling performance in midfield. Could scored 2 or 3 in the first half and did get on the score-sheet in the second half. He is followed closely by Deniz Mehmet who also stood out with his speed and agility when running with the ball today.

The cold end saves a special mention to Fabio Jesus, who was on the bench for Waltham Forest, who is surely one of the greatest and most unique named players seen opposing Town since Clint Sunshine-Fatt turned out for Eton Manor against us in the Essex Senior League days.

ENFIELD TOWN

Rob Blackburne, Jordan Lockie, Jey Siva, Craig McKay, Mark Kirby, Lee Portheroe (Rudi Hall), Deniz Mehmet, Richard Morton, Michael Bardle, Adam Wallace (Bryan Hammatt), Sam Byfield (Fabio Valenti).
Subs not used - Liam Hope, Jason Holmes, Paul Campbell, Dave Kendall.

WALTHAM FOREST

Jason Willis, Gbenga Ladenga (Moshood Olafunmishe) Billy Ellis, Spencer Harrison, Des Thomas, Victor Renner, Andrew Thomas, Marquin Smith, Joe Seabrook (Dean James), Lawrence Yiga, Luke Stanley (Shamraz Darr).

Subs not used - Mark Matthews, Fabio Jesus, Sidney Anguiley.

WATCH THE MATCH HIGHLIGHTS HERE -


Friday, 27 August 2010

TOONSTAR HOPES TO CONTINUE WINNING THIS WEEKEND...

Toonstar Tipper goes for another treble this week in hope to boost his balance up into an impressive three figures. He goes for the following -

Manchester United -2 versus West Ham United (the cold end's Hammer's source tells me they were very poor against Oxford United in midweek, they are in desperate need of someone to step to the plate and be the spark that starts their season off.... a victory at Old Trafford will be very unexpected)

QPR to win at Derby County

Cardiff City with Craig Bellamy now on board to win at Portsmouth

A £10 stake with skybet.com pays £110.18.

Gamble responsibly!!!

THE COLD END'S WEEKEND BET......

I've been so near but yet so far in my recommended bets so fat this season and currently sit at loss of £40.00. I need a change of luck so this weekend I've changed bookmakers to see if that might shift the balance in my favour.

I'll go for another treble this week as follows :

Firstly, Sutton United welcome Folkestone Invicta to Gander Green Lane in the Ryman Premier Division. The U's, who finished 2nd in the table last season, drew 0-0 away at Concord Rangers on the opening day and followed this up with a 2-0 win at home to Horsham in midweek. Reports state that Paul Doswell's side could of made the victory look much more comfortable with numerous chances created and the woodwork hit three times. Invicta, promoted via the play offs from Division One (South) last season, lost away 2-0 to Croydon Athletic in their first game and drew 1-1 on Monday night at Aveley. The game at Mill Field has been reported on Aveley's website as one which will not live long in the memory so I think even though Invicta maybe tough to break down Sutton United will win by two or more goals so the 1/2 odds for a home win looks good value.

In League One Yeovil Town have a difficult looking trip to face Oldham Athletic. Paul Dickov has made a good start to his managerial career at Boundary Park with two wins and a draw last weekend at Charlton Athletic. The 1-1 result at The Valley saw Oldham hit the post twice with a total of six shots on target against Charlton's two. The Somerset side have lost three league and cup games in a row, they were apparently unlucky in the 0-2 home defeat against Hartlepool last weekend but with The Tanners not travelling well of late, they only won four away from home last season and scored only nineteen goals, I believe that Oldham will be too strong for them tomorrow. The odds of 4/5 suggest the bookies expect a home win also.

In the Zamaretto Premier League Chesham United have taken to life in their new surroundings with ease winning three and drawing one. They are 5/6 to win their home game with Banbury United who have had a tough start to the season drawing two and losing two letting in ten goals. The Generals have scored six and their net is yet to be breached in the four league games played so far.

A £10 stake on a Oldham Athletic, Chesham United and Sutton United treble with paddypower.com pays £49.50.

Gamble responsibly!!!

Thursday, 26 August 2010

FA CUP MAGIC STARTS FOR TOWN THIS SATURDAY

The early rounds of the FA Cup are usually played with the sun blazing down on the pitch in hot sweltering conditions but with the the masses of rain pouring down on and off the the last week supporters maybe best advised to pack an umbrella for the games this weekend

A total of six ESL teams, 13 SSML teams and all Ryman North teams (bar Leyton, who did not enter the competition and Grays Athletic who enter in the next round versus Windsor and Eton) are in action.

So, where are the shocks and giantkillings going to occur??

Two Zamaretto Central Division sides in Burnham and AFC Hayes face tough games versus SSML sides Tring Athletic and Chalfont St Peter. Both Athletic and The Saints have made storming starts to their league campaign's winning five out of five and will be looking to beat teams from the higher level.

Witham Town, top of the ESL albeit after two games, welcome Ryman North Ilford to Spa Road. The East London side don't travel well and with Witham very strong at home the cold end can see a shock on the cards in this one

Potters Bar Town who have lost 2 of 2 league games won't be relishing their trip to face United Counties League side Newport Pagnell Town. The Swans have been the early pace setters in the UCL winning 4 out of 4 league games scoring 17 goals in the process. They had an impressive 4-1 away win at Biggleswade United to reach this stage. The cold end expects a home win in this tie with Pagnell leading scorer Darren Dykes to hit the back of the net. He scored a hat-trick in the first 24 minutes of the league game versus Holbeach United last weekend.

There are numerous other interesting ties. At Mayesbrook Park there is a Ryman V ESL East London Derby between Barking and Redbridge. Another local derby will take place at Theobalds Lane when Spartan South Midlands Divsion One Cockfosters make the short trip to face Cheshunt. Fosters took Potters Bar Town to a replay in last season's competition.

The pick of Sunday's action comes at Silver Jubilee Park where ESL Bethnal Green United and SSML Kentish Town battle for the right to face a trip to the winners of the Harlow Town V Barton Rovers tie.

THIS WEEKEND'S FA CUP FIXTURE LIST FOR RYMAN NORTH, ESSEX SENIOR AND SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS CLUBS.

SATURDAY
AFC Sudbury v Stamford
Barking v Redbridge
Burnham v Chalfont St Peter
Burnham Ramblers v Haringey Borough
Cheshunt v Cockfosters
Colney Heath v FC Clacton
Crawley Green v Harefield United
Daventry Town v Needham Market
East Thurrock United v Waltham Abbey
Harlow Town v Barton Rovers
Hitchin Town v Ware
Leighton Town v Heybridge Swifts
Maldon & Tiptree v Hertford Town
Marlow v London Colney
Newport Pagnell Town v Potters Bar Town
North Greenford v Bowers & Pitsea
Oxhey Jets v St Margaretsbury
Saffron Walden Town v Great Wakering Rovers
Southend Manor v Brentwood Town
Thamesmead Town v Beckenham Town
Tring Athletic v AFC Hayes
Uxbridge v Tilbury
Waltham Forest v Enfield Town
Wingate & Finchley v Northwood
Witham Town v Ilford
SUNDAY
Aylesbury United v Eton Manor
Kentish Town v Bethnal Green Utd
@ Silver Jubilee Park
Romford v Beaconsfield SYCOB - 2pm

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

ONE DEFEAT...ONE WIN... SAME AS LAST YEAR!!

The cold end was unable to get to the 2-0 defeat at East Thurrock United last night but there is no need to push the panic button yet as the cold end thinks not many (if any??) teams will come away from Rookery Hill with all three points this season.

All focus now goes over to East London and the magic of the FA Cup with our visit to Cricklefields to face Waltham Forest on Saturday. The Stags drew 2-2 with Landlords Ilford on Saturday and went down 2-1 at neighbouring Leyton last night. Forest missed a penalty at Lea Bridge Road and tasted defeat thanks to a late goal from the home side.

Reports from cold end sources indicate the state of the pitch at Cricklefields is not conducive to the beautiful game at present and it could, as in all cup games, be a great leveller between the two sides.

Elsewhere last night The Director hit the bar again with 2 out of 3 winning tips...very frustrating but very close. Next time!!!

Ryman North results from last night -

AFC Sudbury 5-1 Ware
Cheshunt 2-0 Great Wakering Rovers
East Thurrock United 2-0 Enfield Town
Harlow Town 3-0 Potters Bar Town
Leyton 2-1 Waltham Forest
Maldon & Tiptree 1-2 Grays Athletic
Thamesmead Town 1-2 Brentwood Town
Tilbury 3-2 Needham Market
Waltham Abbey 1-1 Heybridge Swifts
Wingate & Finchley 1-0 Romford

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

BIG GAME AT ROOKERY HILL TONIGHT

Town travel around the M25 to face East Thurrock United tonight in what is probably the Ryman North game of the night. ETU drew 1-1 away at Great Wakering Rovers on Saturday but reports are that if it had been a boxing match it would of been stopped at half time with John Coventry's team way ahead on points, it was only the heroics of home keeper Louis Godwin-Green which kept Rovers in the match. It's bound to be an entertaining game between two sides predicted to be up the top of the league at the business end of the season. The other game which stands out is big spenders Maldon and Tiptree's first home game versus Grays Athletic. bwin.com make ETU slight favourites at 5/4 with Town at 3/2 and the draw at 5/2.

Other Ryman North fixtures this midweek -

Tonight
AFC Sudbury v Ware
Cheshunt v Great Wakering Rovers
East Thurrock United v Enfield Town
Harlow Town v Potters Bar Town
Leyton v Waltham Forest
Maldon & Tiptree v Grays Athletic
Thamesmead Town v Brentwood Town
Tilbury v Needham Market
Waltham Abbey v Heybridge Swifts
Wingate & Finchley v Romford

Tomorrow
Ilford v Redbridge

STANSTED EDGE PAST BARKINGSIDE IN LEAGUE CUP GROUP ENCOUNTER

Above - Monday night football at Oakside - where else would you want to be??

Match played on Monday 23rd August 2010
Barkingside 2 Stansted 3
Essex Senior League Cup Group E

The Airportmen edged out Barkingside by the odd goal in five in this Essex Senior League Cup Group E game. The first half was one lacking any real goalmouth action with Barkingside playing a better passing style of football but not troubling Richard Mann in goal for Stansted. Their best chance came when T.Jaques out battled a Stansted player for the ball to lay the ball inviting across the face of goal but none of his team mates took advantage. The visitors had a more direct style of play relying on set pieces and the long throw of right back B.Sendall who had a good game for them. Ryan Murray playing as a centre forward target man also had a impressive game for Stansted.

Above - The covered stand which runs down one side of Oakside

It was brilliant to see the ex Leyton player Perry Burns in the home line up, who Enfield Town fans will know well as he suffered a horrific leg break in the abandoned game at Lea Bridge Road last season. Burns switched from the left to the right hand side of midfield and vice versa throughout the match and his running with the ball was a constant menace to the Stansted back line. Bradley Falco was captain of Barkingside who also played for Leyton against Enfield Town in January of last season.

Stansted went 0-1 up with the only real chance of the half (apart from Burn's shot on the volley from outside of the box which stung the hands of Mann) when R.Olivia lofted the ball over the home side's defence and into the box for Andy Oxby to slot home past D.Morris-Saunder's near post.

The second half was much improved in terms of goalmouth action than the first with Barkingside attacking from the off looking for an equaliser. It didn't take long as S.Bunce's long rang shot nearly caught out Mann who dived well to push the ball out for a corner. From the resulting corner kick it was Perry Burns who put the ball into the back of the net to make the game all square.

Above - The pitch in a great condition which is good news for Barkingside and Redbridge

Stansted re-took the lead when under pressure from an on running player a Barkingside defender attempted to clear the ball only to see it loop unfortunately into the back of his own net. Barkingside kept fighting and pulled level about 10 minutes later when Joe McAvey's deflected shot hit the back of the net.

The game was won from the penalty spot. From the replay it looks as if the Barkingside player got a touch on the ball but the referee pointed towards the spot despite loud protests from the home players. The cold end has always been a supporter of the respect campaign (without the man or woman in the middle their would be no game to play or watch) so to be fair to the referee he only had one quick look at the incident and gave a penalty kick.

Substitute John Bricknell converted the penalty kick to make the score 2-3 and seal the victory for the away side.

The pitch at Oakside was in a fantastic condition - it looks like the massive problems the club and Redbridge had last season are now a distant memory.

The programme that Barkingside produce called 'THE OAKSIDE GAZETTE' deserves a mention, a very informative read that's included in the £6 entrance fee which is excellent value for money in the cold end's book.

Above - Full moon over Monday night football

Barkingside
D.Morris-Saunders, S.Bunce, T.Jacques, B.Falco (capt), M.Holt (sub 25 mins - D.Cooper), B.Mole, P.Burns, J.Oakley (sub 70 mins - N.Binnings), T.Steel (sub 80 mins - E.Freeman), J.McEvoy, R.Casson.
Unused subs - M.Church, P.Burnett.

Stansted
R.Mann, B.Sendall, D.Hopkins, R.Oliva, S.Honeyball (sub 30 mins - C.Wood), J.Johnson, K.Vallis (sub 60 mins - D.Gayle), L.Garrity, R.Murray (sub 80 mins - J.Bricknell), A.Oxby (capt), V.Durant.
Unused subs - L.Park, A.Best.

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Monday, 23 August 2010

THE DIRECTOR'S MIDWEEK RYMAN NORTH PUNT.....

Right then, an early red card in the Ware Vs Wingate game on Saturday put pay to the weekend bet as 10 man W&F couldn’t break down the Ware rearguard.

We will try and recoup our losses with a 6/1 midweek treble.

First up, Waltham Abbey host Heybridge swifts. I thought the Abbey looked vulnerable at the back on Saturday and are likely to concede goals as their young defence matures. Heybridge are a strong settled side and will be buoyed by their opening day win. I’m going for the visitors to take all three points at a very generous 17/10

AFC Sudbury welcome Ware for their first competitive game at their new look ground. I have been hearing good reports on this seasons Sudbury team and believes they will have enough to defeat the men from Wodson Park at 7/10

Finally, I’m going to stick with Wingate & Finchley as they face Romford in their opening home game. Wingate are incredibly strong at home and whilst Romford can prove a tough nut to crack, I think the hosts will just about have enough quality at 3/5

Overall the bet pays 6.34/1. Odds can be found on bwin.com

Gamble responsibly.

thedirector

Sunday, 22 August 2010

WEEKEND BETTING ROUND UP.... TOONSTAR - "FORM IS TEMPORARY, CLASS IS PERMANENT"

Above - An artist's impression of the safe that can reportedly be found at Toonstar Towers.

Toonstar struck lucky with his tashtastic treble yesterday putting his running total into a healthy profit of £33.64 for the season. The bang some people reported at around 7pm in the East London area was TT's razor hitting the bin...he's growing a lucky betting beard now and hopes his luck will stay so he ends up looking like one of his heroes Brain Blessed, who is also a Newcastle United fan.

Elsewhere it was so near but so far for both myself and the director with 2 out of 3 winning selections. Histon, not for the first time this season, lost me my bet as they impressively came back from 2-0 down at Newport County. The Director lost out with W&F's 0-0 stalemate at Ware.

Saturday, 21 August 2010

GREAT START TO THE SEASON WITH THREE POINTS IN THE BAG

A crowd of 261 crammed into Goldsdown Road today... here are the some of the Town's army of fans at the cold end during the first half.

Town made a fantastic start to their Ryman Division One (North) season today with a well deserved 2-1 victory over local rival's Waltham Abbey.

The Abbots made a perfect start to the game when in the third minute Andy Keepance rose above Lee Protheroe to head a free kick past Rob Blackburne who stood no chance of making a save. From then on it was almost one way traffic with Paul Wickenden's side hardly troubling Blackburne again.

The speedy Deniz Mehmet on the right wing and Sam Byfield on the left along with Adam Wallace up front with Liam Hope sitting in just behind him created numerous opportunities to make the game all square but were unable to hit the back of the net in the first 45 minutes. The best chance fell to Liam Hope who held the ball up well on the edge of the box before getting in a shot on target which was well saved by Harry Ricketts in the away goal.

Talk at half-time was Town's first home game of the season last year when Ilford defended well but rode their luck at times to record a smash and grab 0-1 victory. Would it just be one of those days???

Early in the second period we all thought it was going to be when Mark Kirby's header was cleared off the line to a scramble in the box finishing in Richard Morton's shot bouncing back off the post.

Town kept plugging away and it was in the space of five minutes they turned the game around. The constantly hard working Adam Wallace robbed an Abbey defender of the ball to lay the ball unselfishly across to the unmarked Sam Byfield who knocked the ball into the net to make it 1-1.
A short while later Jordan Lockie's deflected cross was expertly hit into the back of the net by Mark Kirby to the delight of the home crowd.

Town could of made it more with substitute Rudi Hall's shot well saved by Ricketts.

The cold end man of the match goes to Mark Kirby who won so many headers at the back I lost count and also scored the winning goal. Jey Siva starting his first competitive game for Town showed some excellent touches when coming forward from his left back position. Lee Protheroe showed his experience sitting in front of the back four putting in an impressive performance.
All the Town players stayed positive, working hard to gain the much deserved victory and a great start to the 2010/11 season.

Enfield Town
Rob Blackburne, Jordan Lockie (sub - Paul Campbell), Jey Siva, Craig McKay, Mark Kirby, Lee Protheroe, Deniz Mehmet (sub -Fabio Valenti @ half time), Richard Morton, Liam Hope (sub - Rudi Hall), Adam Wallace, Sam Byfield.
Subs unused - Rory Smith, Bryan Hammatt.

Waltham Abbey
Harry Ricketts, Matt Bedford, Amin Ibrahim, Jack Luck, Andy Keepance (sub - Matt Pooley), Jordan Rutherford, Tom Laxton (sub Joe Eubel @ half time), Ryan Maxwell, Xaniel Doku (sub - Tom Bailey), Marshall Smith, Louis Bristow.
Subs unused - Greg Moorse-McDonald, Sam Deaney


WATCH THE MATCH HIGHLIGHTS BELOW (MINUS WALTHM ABBEY AND SAM BYFIELD'S GOAL WHICH I DIDN'T CAPTURE ON CAMERA) -

Friday, 20 August 2010

TOONSTAR TIPPER'S WEEKEND TREBLE

Like the cold end TT is hoping his luck will turn this weekend. He has been seen sporting a Tash this week with either the fact he can't afford a razor as he keeps losing or that he's joining in the challenge like some of the Newcastle United squad until they win a league game. Toonstar is hoping after a few months of the season he hasn't grown facial hair like the legend that is Bhai Sarwan Singh.

TT's treble this weekend is -

Blackburn Rovers V Birmingham City - both teams to score
Chelsea V Wigan Athletic - over 2.5 goals
Cardiff City to beat Doncaster Rovers

A £10 stake with skybet.com pays £63.64.

Gamble responsibly!!!

A TANTALISING TREBLE - THE COLD END'S BET OF THE WEEKEND

It's not been a good start to the cold end's season in respect of betting. I'm currently £20.00 down after two losing bets so hopefully this week it'll be third time lucky with a treble of home wins.

This weekend I'm going for Stevenage to win their home game versus Stockport County. Boro have played well in all of their matches so far and were very unlucky to leave Valley Parade without a point after narrowly losing to Bradford City 1-0 last weekend. Boro had a total of 5 shots on target and 12 off target to City's 1 and 2. City's manager Peter Taylor admitted afterwards that his team were lucky to win the match.
County, who were some people's tips to be relegated, have surprised many by drawing their opening two matches and were unlucky to only draw 0-0 versus Wycome last weekend but I'm still confident that Graham Westley's traditionally strong at home team will be too good for them on Saturday and record their first win in League Two. Stevenage at 4/5 look a good bet.

Histon won their home game against Barrow last weekend (losing me my bet in the process), then went down 2-0 away at AFC Wimbledon in midweek to two very late goals. John Beck has left his post as manager of the Stutes today after less than eight weeks in the job which leaves youth coach Brian Page and assistant Dean Greygoose in charge for tomorrow's difficult trip to Newport County. The Cambridgeshire club will be missing central defender Oluwafemi Ilesanmi (who was sent off in midweek) with Dean Holdsworth's Conference South Champions narrowly beaten by Darlington last weekend and gaining a 1-1 draw with Tamworth in midweek, at 1/2 they look a value bet for a home win.

QPR who have made a storming start to their Championship season face Scunthorpe United at home. United recorded an excellent win away at Reading in their first game of the season but then went down 0-1 at home to Norwich City. Nigel Adkins side only won four league games away from home last season and with pundits predicting Neil Warnock's new look Rangers side turning Loftus Road into a bit of fortress for this season I can only see a home win by 2 goals or more in this one. QPR at 4/9 is a good bet.

A treble of Stevenage, Newport County and QPR pays £39.00 off a £10 stake with skybet.com

Gamble responsibly!!!

DERBY DAY START TO LEAGUE CAMPAIGN

Waltham Abbey make the short trip to Goldsdown Road to face Town for the start of the Ryman League season tomorrow.

Following Glen Alzapiedi's resignation in May the then first team coach Paul Wickenden was promoted into the hot seat at Cappershots. He has rebuilt the Abbots side over the summer with a raft of new faces joining up for the new Ryman Division One season.

Town's near neighbours have had a mixed bag of results in pre-season with two wins, three defeats and a draw. Amongst their squad this season is Andy Keepence (ex of Hertford Town, Ware, Wealdstone and Cheshunt amongst other -he is also on the coaching staff), Midfielder Tom Laxton (ex of Redbridge and Ilford), defender Jack Luck (signed from Dag and Red academy), speedy forward Emmanuel Osei (who scored a few for Harlow Town last season) and forward Marshall Smith (formerly of Ware).

The cold end recommends you come along and support Town on the start of their quest for glory in 2010/11.

Full list of Ryman North fixtures tomorrow -

Brentwood Town v Leyton
Enfield Town v Waltham Abbey
Grays Athletic v Harlow Town
Great Wakering Rovers v East Thurrock United
Heybridge Swifts v Tilbury
Needham Market v Thamesmead Town
Potters Bar Town v Maldon & Tiptree
Redbridge v AFC Sudbury
Romford v Cheshunt
Waltham Forest v Ilford
Ware v Wingate & Finchley

There are lots of interesting fixtures to start the season off with. The stand out games for the cold end are Grays Athletic making their debut against a new look Harlow Town side which will attract a larger than average crowd at Rookery Hill along with Thamesmead Town making the long journey from South of the River into Suffolk to play league new boys Needham Market who will be eager to make a good start to their campaign.

The Stags of Waltham Forest face the first of two East London Derby games when they play landlords Ilford at Cricklefields (they travel the short distance to play Leyton on Tuesday night). Romford, some people's tips as an outside bet for the play offs will want to kick off with a victory at home against Cheshunt.

There will be a surprise result...the question is where will it come????

The two promoted sides from last season face tough tests in their first matches at Premier Division level. Concord Rangers are at home to 9/2 league favourites Sutton United with Lowestoft Town away at Carshalton Athletic. Rangers who we all know are a strong side at Thames Road are 7/4 with skybet.com to win the game (Sutton are 11/10 and the draw 13/5). The Trawlerboys are 5/4 to record a win on their debut at the higher level (Carshalton are 6/4 with the draw being 13/5)

The cold end hopes the season begins with lots of good football on display. Enjoy the game wherever you are going.

Thursday, 19 August 2010

THE DIRECTOR RETURNS WITH HIS FIRST RYMAN BET OF THE SEASON

Bwin are up and running for the new season and I'm starting off with a 7/1 treble

First off Brentwood who have been making some very useful summer additions entertain Leyton at the International Arena. Leyton struggled last term and I do not think they will have strengthened enough in pre-season to cope with the new-look blues. 7/10 looks very generous for a home win.

Secondly, we’re off to Herts where Adam Lee’s Potters Bar play host to Malton & Tiptree. Maldon have been splashing the cash in pre-season and look to have assembled a very useful squad. PBT will be enthusiastic and as hard working as ever but shouldn’t have enough quality to compete with the new look visitors. An away win pays a massive 17/10

Finally, joint favourites for the title, Wingate and Finchley, travel to Wodson Park to face a youthful Ware side. Last season’s third placed side have added to an already impressive squad in pre-season whilst Tony Faulkner has had little budget to build on last season’s squad. The game should have goals with Ryan Wade and Leon Smith involved and I think the visitors will score more of them. An away win pays 4/5

A £10 stake with bwin.com pays £78.03.

Good Luck and Gamble Responsibly

thedirector

**cold end note - In Town's first match they are considered 7/10 favourites with Waltham Abbey rated at 14/5 and for the score to finish all square it's 51/20**

TIGERS AND TOWNERS SHARE SPOILS IN A CRACKING NORTH LONDON DERBY

Kingsbury London Tigers V Kentish Town
Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division
Tuesday 17th August 2010

Supporters of Tottenham Hotspur have always argued that their so called North London derby match against Arsenal is not in fact a "derby" at all due to the Gunners history (albeit a very long time ago) emanating from South London. The age old argument will no doubt be debated in the weeks leading up to the two Premier League rival's matches this season, so to save supporters wasting time the cold end has now renamed the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division games between Kentish Town and Kingsbury London Tigers 'THE REAL NORTH LONDON DERBY'.

Just four miles separate their grounds at The Copthall Stadium and Silver Jubilee Park - it was at SJP that The Tigers welcomed The Towners for their first league match up on Tuesday night.

Forget 40,000 + paying silly money to sit in The Emirates or at White Hart Lane this was proper football as just 29 loyal fans and supporters gathered to watch what turned to a be an eventful and entertaining contest.

The cold end has long been a fan of Kingsbury London Tigers for the brand of passing skillful football they play whenever I have seen them. It was no different on Tuesday night as the Tigers took the game to their visitors who must of thought SJP was in fact their home stadium having beaten Essex Senior League Champions Stansted 1-0 just two days earlier on the ground on Sunday afternoon.

New Tiger's manager Georgi Miashvili was interviewed in the match programme where he states he wants the team to play beautiful intelligent football.

Captain Edson Cata worked well with fellow forwards Ivan Gomes Forbes and Wadah Ahmidi with midfielder Paulius Olisauskas putting in a stand out performance in midfield.

Kentish Town did break forward with Lee Scott and midfielder James Lindsay showing some good touches. Scott in particular held the ball up very impressively, when dropping back from centre forward, then putting some good balls over the top of the Tigers defence for fellow players to run onto. Tiger's centre back Milo Brown who is a very tall and athletically built, shadowed Scott for most of the game putting in another impressive performance.

Tigers took the lead when Gomes Forbes latched onto a through ball on the break to stroke the ball home into Damien McCarthy's right hand corner from the left hand side of the edge of the box. A great finish!!

Scott had a chance to level the scores when through on goal but put his shot wide. It was Tigers who had the chance to make it 2-0 when Dale Archer brought down Ahmidi in the box for the referee to blow up and point for a penalty. The resultant spot kick was stuck well by Cata only to be well saved by the diving McCarthy.

Town continued to break forward against Tiger's attacking play and were extremely unlucky not to level up the scores when a sublime back heel and turn by James Lindsay allowed him to beat a group of Tiger's defenders to play in Scott whose shot was comfortably saved by Valentin. The video highlights include Lindsay's skill which wouldn't look out of place on the showboat section of Soccer AM.

It was 1-1 only a short while later when a needless push in the back on a Town player by a Tiger's defender right on the edge of the box resulted in the referee blowing up and pointing towards the spot. Anthony Clark confidently dispatched the spot kick to make the game all square.

Tigers then grabbed hold of the game and had the best of the play prior to the break making it 2-1 when following some more good work from the tireless Cata that caused a Town defender to clear the ball with a big hoof only for it to rebound off off another Town player into the path of Ahmidi who took the ball around the keeper and slotted the ball into the back of the net past the late dive of the Town defender.

The game could of been wrapped up just prior to the half time whistle when the impressive Gomes-Forbes's shot went past McCartthy at a rate of knots only to smash against the cross bar and out. Tigers kept hold of the ball and Gome-Forbes had another shot from the same angle which McCarthy parried into the path of Cata who looking back will have wanted to do much better with his shot which sailed over the bar.

HALF TIME 2-1

The pitch at SJP has a slope which Tigers were playing down in the first period which some of the Town players remarked upon when coming out following the break.

Town had the better of the second half with Scott looking impressive. His run from his own half resulted in Budraitis Norijus bringing him down resulting in a free kick which was a very long way out from goal. Rory Kay's (who also worked really hard in midfield) shot from the rolled free kick went close past Valentin's post. The away side had a great shout for a 2nd penalty when Tiger's substitute appeared to bring down the advancing Town player. The referee didn't think so and waved play on despite the protests of players, supporters and management ringing in his ears. Lee Scott then found himself through on goal with his shot well saved by Valentin.

With about fifteen minutes left the heavens opened and there was an almighty downpour causing the cold end to run for cover behind the goal.

THE RAINY CONDITIONS SET IN AT SILVER JUBILEE PARK

Town got the equaliser their play deserved when Valentin spilled the ball (possibly due to the freak weather conditions) into the path of Udama Kalu whose shot his the back of the net to the delight of his team mates and management.
There was still a chance of both teams winning the game with a good header saved by Valentin and Cata getting on the end of a long throw at the near-post which was kicked off the line by McCarthy.

FINAL SCORE - 2-2

An absolute fantastic game in which a draw was a fair result. A great advert for the Spartan South Midlands League and the non-league game in general. Proof you don't have to shell out an arm and a leg for a afternoon or evening quality soccer entertainment.

Kingsbury London Tigers
Axinte Valentin, Evladas Biecius (sub half time - Dwayne Adelaye), Artiomas Barinovas, Milo Brown, Adil Salih, Paulius Olisauskas, Giorgi Salaghishvili, Budratis Norijus, Wadah Ahmidi (sub 40 mins - Yousef Gltorifi), Edson Cata (c), Ivan Gomes-Forbes.
Subs not used - Ricky Williams, Nathan Williams and Cory Alleyne.

Kentish Town
Damien McCarthy, Kevin Duffy (c), Dale Archer, Rory Kay (sub 65 mins - Luke Kavanagh), Adam Smith, Jake Manzi, James Lindsay (sub 65 mins Uduma Kalu), Fabion Simms, Lee Scott, Anthony Clark (sub 55 mins - John Lundeya), Alan Murray.
Subs not used - Tony Lindhan, Jason Donlon.



MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

THE WHITE LION GROUND - AUGUST 2010

Edgware Town vacated the White Lion Ground in 2008, subsequently dropping out of the Ryman League remaining dormant ever since. Despite rumours circulating of a return in either the SSMFL or the Hertfordshire County League for the 2010/11 season the club still have no team and no home ground to play on. The White Lion Ground, which was a fantastic stadium to watch football at, being a favourite of many non-league supporters, still stood (albeit derelict) up until a few weeks ago when the main stand and clubhouse were demolished.

The stadium which saw Steve Newing and Del Deanus's team complete an unprecedented SSMFL treble in 2006/2007 along with numerous other legends gracing the hallowed turf is now, like so many other stadiums in London, sadly consigned to the history books and the happy memories of those who played and watched the beautiful game at the White Lion Ground.

Here is what the ground looked like when the cold end visited this week :


The old turnstiles and ground entrance

Looking through the turnstiles where you would of seen the clubhouse and back of the main stand. Now just rubble!!


Looking across with the pitch overgrown and graffiti displayed on the far stand

What was the goalmouth and terrace to the right of the main stand


Across to the left hand side of the main stand.

Looking from afar across where the main stand once proudly stood over to the pitch and far stand

Sunday, 15 August 2010

TRIP TO GROSVENOR VALE ROUNDS OFF PRE-SEASON

Enfield Town finish their pre-season campaign tomorrow night with a trip to Grosvenor Vale to face Ryman Premier Division Wealdstone. The Stone's came away 1-2 winners in their game at Wingate and Finchley on Saturday so will be a very tough test for the team Steve Newing selects.

With 2-1 and 3-1 victories against Harrow Borough and Fleet Town in the last two games Town have played it's all looking good for the big kick off on Saturday against Waltham Abbey. The only setback for the Town is the terrible injury Phil Kane suffered in the game versus Harrow Borough. Phil had looked very good in the game's the cold end had seen and was a guaranteed starter for the Abbey game in my book. The cold end hopes Phil makes a speedy recovery and is back in action for Town soon.

It's been a busy schedule for Wealdstone this pre-season with tomorrow's game being the 11th played -

20/7 - Chalfont St Peter L 1-3
26/7 - Dagenham and Redbridge L 1-3
28/7 - Watford XI L 1-3

31/7 - Aylesbury W 5-0
2/8 - Hillingdon Borough W 3-0
2/8 - Maidenhead United L 0-1
4/8 - Hemel Hempstead Town L 1-3
7/8 - Slough Town L 1-2
9/8 - North Greenford United W 3-2
14/8 - Wingate & Finchley W 1-2


Last season's top goalscorer Greg N'goyi has been amongst the goals this pre-season for Gordon Bartlett's team. The Stones kick off their Premier Division campaign with a Summer seaside trip to Hastings United on Saturday.

The cold end recommends Stone's chairman Howard Krais's excellent blog called The Electric Chair which is well worth a read.

SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS V ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE - FA CUP BATTLE

There were a total of eight cross over games between the ESL and the SSML over the weekend....Who came out on top?? Here are the results -

Burnham Ramblers 2 Hoddesdon Town 1
Bowers and Pitsea 4 Dunstable Town 1
Takeley 0 Hertford Town 4
Cockfosters 2 Hullbridge Sports 1
Tring Athletic 2 Enfield 1893 0
Eton Manor 3 Bedford 0
Hadley 0 Barking 0
Kentish Town 1 Stansted 0

So the record stands at

P W D L GF GA
ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE 8 3 1 4 10 11
SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS 8 4 1 3 11 10


As you can see it's all very close with only one draw being this afternoon's goalless encounter between Hadley and Barking. Stand out results are Kentish Town's victory today over ESL Champions Stansted and Cockfosters win against Hullbridge Sports who are one step above them in the non-league pyramid.

The best result of the round came at Garden Walk where SSML Division One side Crawley Green dumped Premier Division Royston Town out of the competition in an unexpected 1-2 victory. Green's win earns them a home tie against Premier Division Harefield United. Here are the rest of the results from the ESL and SSML teams -

Biggleswade United 1 Newport Pagnell Town 4
Chalfont St Peter 1 Stotfold 0
Colney Heath 3 Broxbourne Borough 0
Hanwell Town 1 London Colney 3
Haringey Borough 3
Hillingdon Borough 0
Kingsbury London Tigers 1 FC Clacton 2
Langford 1 Aylesbury United 3
Leverstock Green 1 Harefield United 2
Oxhey Jets 3 Hatfield Town 2
St Margaretsbury 2 Welwyn Garden City 1
Team Bury 2 Ampthill Town 1
Saffron Walden Town 3 Mauritius Sports Association 2
Clapton 0 Stanway Rovers 4
Bethnal Green United 4 Basildon United 0
Witham Town 3 Wembley 0
London APSA 3 Halstead Town 3
Barkingside 0 Southend Manor 2

The draw for the Preliminary Round for the SSML and ESL teams now reads -

Aylesbury United v Eton Manor
Burnham v Chalfont St Peter
Burnham Ramblers v Haringey Borough
Cheshunt v Cockfosters
Colney Heath v FC Clacton
Crawley Green v Harefield United
Kentish Town v Bethnal Green Utd
Maldon & Tiptree v Hertford Town
Marlow v London Colney
Oxhey Jets v St Margaretsbury
Tring Athletic v AFC Hayes
North Greenford United V Bowers & Pitsea
Witham Town V Ilford
Hadley or Barking V Redbridge
London APSA or Halstead Town V Stanway Rovers
Tring Athletic V AFC Hayes
Southend Manor V Brentwood Town

The magic continues in midweek with the two replays and then moves onto the weekend of the 29th August.

ANOTHER LOSING WEEKEND FOR TOONSTAR AND THE COLD END

The cold end is thinking of changing the information on the header part of the page to contain the phrase 'home of the worst football tips on the web' as both Toonstar and I drew another blank this weekend.

Those words which hopefully won't become familiar in the next few months - "it's a marathon and not a sprint" were spoken last night.

The bookmakers may be counting their money now but finger's crossed we'll come good in the next few weeks.

Keep reading THE COLD END for more tips from "Toonstar Tipper" and from next week the return of "The Director" with his ear to the ground Ryman League tips.

Saturday, 14 August 2010

RYMAN DIVISION ONE (NORTH) SEASON PREVIEW 2010/11

AFC SUDBURY
Title Odds - 14/1
Manager - Nicky Smith

After two relatively quite seasons in the Zamaretto League (14th place and 12th placed finishes) AFC will be looking to finish in a much higher position now they are back in the Ryman League. Something of an unknown quantity and could be dangerously underrated by some of the teams in the league. The cold end thinks, to give them their fall name 'Amalgamated Football Club Sudbury', will be in the play-off chasing mix up at the end of the season.

Players to look out for -Ex town stopper Dave Walton should start in goal. Midfielder Lee Tonrow has joined form Eastern Counties League Division One side Halstead Town where he was top scorer last season with 15 goals in 29 games. Well travelled winger/forward Alex Rhodes. Forward Steve Wareham who has signed from Essex Senior League Witham Town. Both Wareham and Tonrow have been hitting the back of the net during pre season.

BRENTWOOD TOWN
Title Odds - 20/1
Manager - Les Whitton

After a poor start to the league campaign last season Whitton finally steadied the ship at the Arena with the blues achieving some stand out results after Christmas against East Thurrock United, Northwood and very impressively away at Lowestoft Town. Also ran Town close in the game at Goldsdown Road which they lost 1-2 on the 11th March. A host of impressive signings have been made to strengthen what is already a good squad for the Ryman North level. Expect Brentwood to be pushing for the play offs or maybe more??

Players to look out for - Ex town stopper Andy Hall has signed from Tilbury, speedy winger Joao Carlos who impressed in Aveley 08/09 championship season, Last season's Esssex Senior League top scorer Anton Stephenson has joined from Bethnal Green United, Midfielder Danny Dafter returns to the Arena after helping Dartford to the Ryman Premier title and striker Danny Gabriel who top scored for Waltham Forest last season before moving to and helping Premier Division Aveley to the play offs. Add these players to the experience of centre half Darren Blewitt who apparently turned down offers at a higher level to remain Captain and Whitton has a very strong squad to call upon at the International Arena.

CHESHUNT
Title Odds - 25/1
Manager - Bob Dearie

The 4-2 victory over East Thurrock United in their final home game followed by a 1-0 loss at Ware and then a freak 7-2 at Thamesmead Town summed up The Amber's topsy-turvy 2009/10 season. Will they rely on the goals of Chris Meikle again who top scored with 19 in 39 appearances including a hat-trick in the aforementioned game against East Thurrock United??

Players to look out for - Midfielder Dave Hicks played well against Town in the 3-1 victory at Theobalds Lane last season, Chris Meikle as above, Charles Douse and Billy Haspineall have moved up the A10 form Haringey Borough playing in the Amber's 3-2 pre-season victory at Hatfield Town.

EAST THURROCK UNITED

Title Odds - 9/1
Manager - John Coventry

John Coventry has lost the services of last season's top scorer Sam Higgins but still has a strong squad to call upon. United have qualified for the play-offs twice in a row, there is no doubt in the cold end's mind that a hat-trick will be achieved this season. Face Enfield Town at Rookery Hill in their 2nd game of the season which will be an interesting game.

Players to look out for - Experienced striker Neil Richmond has rejoined from Great Wakering Rovers and should score lots for his new side this season.

ENFIELD TOWN
Title Odds - 7/1 joint favourites
Manager - Steve Newing

Much like East Thurrock people will be asking will we miss the services of our top scorer of last season. Stuart Blackburne was one of the best players I've ever seen pull on a Town shirt but we did play a large segment of last season without him so there is no doubt in my mind Town will be in the fight for the play-offs or possibly higher at the business end of the season.

Players to look out for - For non Enfield Town fans reading this, Adam Wallace up front will look to improve on his brilliant season last year along with influential midfielder Paul Marks and centre-back Mark Kirby starting his first full season for Town.

GRAYS ATHLETIC
Title Odds - 8/1
Manager - Julian Dicks

To say it was an eventful summer for the Essex club would be a slight underestimate but with things now finally settling down ground sharing at East Thurrock, Julian Dicks has been busily building a new squad for this campaign. With the West Ham United legend in the dugout they are bound to grab the headlines along the way but some people will say odds of 9/1 for the title maybe a bit optimistic giving the fact the club has had such a dramatic period over the last few months.

Players to look out for - Young midfielder Harlee Dean has turned out for Grays in pre-season after leaving Dagenham and Redbridge. Was reportedly going to sign for League One side Southampton this summer. Another youngster is striker Alex Osborn who impressed for Grays in the Blue Square Premier last season which gained him a three year deal at Dagenham and Redbridge. Osborn has been turning out for Grays in pre season and is likely to start the season on loan from the League One side. Midfielder Tom Harvey is another player to have resigned for Dicks having player in the BSP last season.

GREAT WAKERING ROVERS
Title Odds - 14/1
Managers - Cleve Taylor and Ryan Wilkinson

Dropped down from play-off contenders to the comfort of mid-table obscurity when then manager Iain O'Connell left for Premier Division Margate. Rovers will miss the goals of Neil Richmond who has moved to East Thurrock United but still have a squad capable of winning more games than they lose. Will need to let in less than the 70 league goals they leaked if they want to improve on the 9th place finish achieved last season.

Players to look out for - Midfielder and Captain Dan Trenkel is a good player who is always assured of a warm welcome at Goldsdown Road as he likes to be involved in the banter between that occurs between the fans and players . Along with Nikki Beale and Steve Heffer in defence Rovers have a good experienced squad to call upon.

HARLOW TOWN
Title Odds - 25/1
Manager - Kevin Warren

Warren starts his first full season in charge of the Hawks. Their first game of the season against Grays Athletic could arguably of been an Essex Senior League fixture had things worked out differently. A flurry of players have joined the Barrows Farm club and skybet have trimmed their odds for the title from 50/1 to 33/1 and now 25/1. With the widely reported financial problems of last year now hopefully in the past the cold end can safely say the Hawks will not be the basement dwellers of the division this season.

Players to look out for - Centre Midfielder Ben Bradbury looks to be a key signing from Tilbury. He scored nine times for the Dockers last season. Fromer Southend United Central defender Leo Roget has also joined along with former Towners John Stevenson (defender) and Jeff Hammond (striker) who played for Hitchin Town last season. With a Hammond and a James May in the squad there are reports of a Clarkson signing on for the season so Warren can go into Top Gear and challenge for a play-off place??

HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS
Title Odds - 12/1
Manger - Wayne Bond

A great run after Christmas by the Scraley Road team losing only two games in fifteen saw them push up the league and miss out on a play off place by just seven points. The run looks even more impressive as the two defeats were very narrow ones at home to W&F 1-2 and away to Enfield Town 1-0. Lacked the services of a goal-scorer last season with their top scorer finishing on only nine goals. Their final league goals tally was 67 which was their downfall as the play off qualifiers scored 94, 88, 81 and 102. Two strikers have signed for the new season with Chris Thomas joining from Aveley and Chris Bryant from ECL side Halstead Town who Bond will be hoping along with Tom Broadhurst and Steve Bourne will fire the goals to help the Swifts to a promotion push.

Players to look out for - Bryant has scored numerous goals for Halstead in the ECL Division One and will be amongst the goals. Ex Potters Bar Town defender Dapo Abitogun. Goalkeeper Jamie Bowyer.

ILFORD
Title Odds - 33/1
Manager - Colin Walton

Pre-season results have been good with victories at White Ensign, Haringey Borough, Maritius Sports and London APSA. Ex Cheshunt boss Gordon Boateng has moved to Cricklefields as Director of Football for the new season which sees manager Colin Walton start his first full season in charge. Won their first three games last season agianst Heybridge Swifts, Enfield Town and Lowestoft Town and then dropped down the league winning only eight more games. Without those nine valuable points they would of finished 2nd from bottom and not 3rd from bottom in the league.

Players to look out for - Club Captain Anton Trice, Romanian born central defender Cosmin Costache was spotted playing for Middlesex County Division One (Central/East) side Sporting Hackney and moved to Cricklefields for the final few months of last season. Cosmin's brother Cloah (a midfielder) has also moved from Hackney to Cricklefields. Pacey forward Tom Nyama has travelled the short distance from Eton Manor and has been among the goals in pre-season.

LEYTON
Title Odds - 40/1
Manager - Wilson Frimpong

Frimpong starts his first full season in charge at Lea Bridge Road. Can only improve on last season's 2nd from bottom showing where a barren spell of no wins between 24th October and the 3rd April was followed by a season's finish of a much celebrated away win at Potters Bar Town and five draws. Frimpong was successful in charge of Ashford Town (Middx) reserves prior to moving to East London so his new look side may cause a few upsets along the way in 2010/11.

Players to look out for - James and Charlie Hamsher were amongst the goals at the end of last season and will score in the league this season. Sol Patterson and Stefan Cox have hit the back of the net in pre-season. Mo Habu is a big and strong impossing centre-back who stood out for the cold end when I witnessed Leyton's 0-1 win at Potters Bar last season

MALDON AND TIPTREE
Title odds - 25/1
Managers - Brad King and Glenn Knight

A 'new' club of sorts for the league and have gained something of a reputation of big spenders with some impressive signings over the summer months as the management duo look to build a squad capable of challenging at the top of the league. Both former shot stoppers King and Knight have signed experienced goalkeeper Tony Tucker who helped Boreham Wood to promotion from the Ryman Premier last season, Jack Haverson (centre-back) from Welling United, Martyn Guest (Midfielder), Joe Sweeney (Striker), Ronnie Jones (centre-back), ex tonwer Michael Deane (midfielder), Kris Lee (striker) who scored goals for Brentwood Town last season), Craig Wilkins (defender), Danny Smith (defender), Lee Blackburn (midfielder), Lee Perry (midfielder) and Dean Standen (midfielder) have all signed up for the 2010/11 campaign.

Players to look out for - All of the above. King and Knight have built an squad with lots of Ryman League (and higher level) experience. It all depends of how the new squad blend together. If they do, the 25/1 odds maybe a great looking value each way bet.

NEEDHAM MARKET
Title Odds - 10/1
Manager - Danny Laws

The dark horses in the league as nobody knows much about them. Will they do a Lowestoft and take the league by storm?? One things for sure any team who wins the ECL title has to be a good one and the fact they only lost one league game at home last season (which was a narrow 1-2 defeat to Leiston) indicates Market will be strong on their own patch. Their excellent home record will be tested by Thamesmead Town, Maldon & Tiptree and Wingate & Finchley who are the first teams to visit Bloomfields at the beginning of the season.

Players to look out for - Central Midfielder Craig Parker scored an
impressive 24 goals last season and has already been amongst the goals in pre-season. Left midfielder Danny Thrower is a dead ball specialist with bags of pace who scores and sets up many goals. Ex Harwich and Parkstone forward Darren Bethell has aslo been amongst the goals in pre season. Goalkeeper Danny Gay has played for Chelmsford City, Braintree Town, Heybridge Swifts and Bishops Stortford amongst other clubs.

POTTERS BAR TOWN
Title Odds - 25/1
Manager - Adam Lee

Not much news has come from the South Mimms Travel stadium over the summer. Only Harlow Town and Leyton beat the Scholars to less home wins last season. Lee will want to record more than 4 home wins this season. Will miss the services of Captain Joe O'Brien who has left to join his former club Wingate and Finchley along with last season's top scorer Ellis Remy who has played in a friendly for Brentwood Town this pre-season.

Players to look out for - Ex Towner Gaz Dauti is a skilful and influential midfielder.

REDBRIDGE
Title Odds - 25/1
Managers - Dave Ross and Kris Taylor

The Motormen will want to put last season's problematic pitch at Oakside behind them and look forward to a better campaign this season. Results have been good in pre-season with a 3-1 win away at SSML side Stotfold a result that stands out. Only won 2 games away from Oakside last season - If they want to improve they will have to start picking up points away from home.

Players to look out for - Experiened left sided defender Donovan Wilson who joined from Brentwood Town last season, Club Captian and ex Enfield FC central defender Simon Peddie, Midfielder Anton Agdomar who has spent time at Dagenham and Redbridge and Clapton, Stiker Alex Read broke into the first team last season and will look to improve for 2010/11.

ROMFORD
Title Odds - 25/1
Manager - Paul Martin

Boro finished 13th on their first season back after winning promotion from the ESL. Picked up some impressive wins last season in particular at home to Concord Rangers, East Thurrock United and Heybridge Swifts. Results in pre season have been a mixed bag with loses to Aveley (0-4) and Canvey Island (1-3) along with an 8-0 victory over Basildon United and a 3-3 draw away against the Ryman South Met Police team. The season starts with a home game versus Cheshunt which Boro fans will see as winnable followed by a tough midweek trip to Wingate and Finchley.

Players to look out for - Midfielder Andy Edmunds and striker Toran Senghore

THAMESMEAD TOWN
Title Odds - 12/1
Manager -Keith McMahon

Were play-off contenders until dropping down the league in the final months of last season. With VCD Athletic now back in the Kent League The Mead are now the only club South of the River Thames in the Ryman North Division. McMahon has added to his squad with the signings of ex Arsenal player Ashley Probets who has also played for Chatham Town, Welling United, VCD Athletic, Barnet and Rochdale previously. The front pairing for Constable and Cable scored 34 goals last season and with the addition of forward Alex Tiesse and ex Harlow Town striker Adriano Lawson the South Londoners will always be amongst the goals.

Players to look out for - Andy Constable will score 20+ goals this season and alongside Cable, Tiesse and Lawson the Mead posses a team capable of scoring lots of goals.

TILBURY
Title Odds - 25/1
Manager - Paul Vaughan

New manager Vaughan has rebuilt over the summer months and his new look team has a youthful look to it. Centre Back Ben Turner has joined from ESL side Barking, He gained many good reviews for his performances last season at Mayesbrook Park. Pacey striker Ben Boyce has also joined to play at Chadfields along with goalkeeper James Marrable who has played for Aveley.

Players to look out for - Turner was in most Essex Senior League fan's team of the year last season so it'll be interesting to see how he get's on in the Ryman North. Seventeen year old winger Harry Cook has been at West Ham United and Southend United prior to spells at Thurrock and East Thurrock United. 21 year old left sided midfielder Tom Cruz spent time as a youth team player for Tottenham Hotspur and Leyton Orient.


WALTHAM ABBEY
Title Odds - 9/1
Manager - Paul Wickenden

Spent one horrible season in the Premier Division which resulted in relegation to rejoin the Ryman Division One. Wickenden has been given the job of steadying the ship at Capershotts following Glen Alzapiedi's exit at the end of last season, he has made a number of signings for the new season including Emmanuel Osei from Harlow Town. The cold end predicts a mid-table finish this season for Town's near neighbours.

Players to look out for - Experienced defender Andy Keepence, Striker Xaniel Doku and young stiker/midfielder Luke Power who spend most of last season on the sidelines injured.

WALTHAM FOREST
Title Odds - 20/1
Manager - Tony Mercer

The Stags will be glad to get back to Wadham Lodge which is scheduled in October and looked impressive going forward in the friendly game I saw them play at Southill Alexander last week. Finished 16th last season, The cold end predicts a comfortable mid-table finishing position for Forest this season. There odds of 20/1 for the league title are a bit on the skinny side considering the fact Wigan Athletic, who finished 16th (same place at WF in the Ryman) in the FA Premier League last season are 5,000/1 to win the title.

Players to look out for - Forward Danny Francis has resigned for the stags for the new season. Captain and central defender Spencer Harrison. Experienced Des Thomas can play in a number of positions.

WARE
Title Odds - 25/1
Manager - Tony Faulkner

Faulkner arrived at Wodson Park in November and helped the club move away from the relegation zone by winning a few and then losing a few matches. Will improve on their 19th placed finish last season.

Players to look for - In Ryan Wade Faulkner possess one of the best strikers in the league who scored 15 times in 22 matches last season. Wade will be up amongst the top scorers in the league this season. Another player to follow Faulkner for Broxbourne Borough this summer is Obey Murefu who is a very talented goalkeeper. Ex Town forward Billy Healy has featured in some of the pre-season games at Wodson Park.

WINGATE AND FINCHLEY
Title Odds - 7/1 joint favourites
Manager - Dave Norman

Norman already had a strong squad to call upon at W&F but has strengthened his side over the Summer. Arguably the best side in the division after Christmas losing just one game in the process. The additions of Sam Sloma, James Bent and Joe O'Brien will reinforce Norman's quality squad. The cold end would rate W&F as closer to 4/1 or 5/1 for the title so the 7/1 on offer could be a value bet. Will be right up fighting for the Championship at the end of the season. The pitch at the Harry Abrahams Stadium is one of the best in the Ryman League if not in the whole of London including the football league sides

Players to look for - Striker Leon Smith is one of the best forwards in the division - expect him to be up and about the goals. Experienced goalkeeper Gavin King and midfielder Ahmet Rifat who scored on numerous occasions for the North London side last season. Chris Chase is likely to partner Smith up front.

Summary -

It's shaping up to be a really exciting season for Ryman Division One (North) fans with a number of sides capable of challenging for the title and play-offs.

The usual suspects of W&F, Enfield Town, East Thurrock United will be there along with the unknown quantity of Needham Market with Grays Athletic. Heybridge Swifts, Brentwood Town, AFC Sudbury and Thamesmead Town capable of pushing for the play-offs and further. Maldon and Tiptree have signed some quality players so they will be right up the top of league as well, At 25/1 for the title a each way punt is good value outside bet. Waltham Abbey who are 9/1 for the title have a much changed side following their change of manager so they may settle for a mid-table place alongside all the other teams. Who will be the surprise team of the season like Thamesmead Town in 2009/10??

The cold end can't wait until next Saturday and the start of the Ryman season. Like I said with the FA Cup it's proper football at just a fraction of the price.


Key fixtures in the opening weeks -

Saturday 21st August
Grays Athletic V Harlow Town - Will the league newcomers announce their arrival with a win over a much changed Hawks side??

Tuesday 24th August
East Thurrock United V Enfield Town - Early season encounter between two of the sides expected to challenge for the play-offs
Leyton V Waltham Forest - A local derby game between two new look sides.
Waltham Abbey V Heybridge Swifts - How good will Abbey be this season?? A tough test at home to Swifts.

Wednesday 25th August
Ilford V Redbridge - Another interesting East London derby game

Monday 30th August
Needham Market V Maldon and Tiptree - This bank holiday trip to Suffolk will be a good indication on how the new club are doing as I suspect Market will be very strong at home.
Grays Athletic V Tilbury - Local derby match is bound to attract a good crowd.

Saturday 4th September - NON LEAGUE DAY
Wingate and Finchley V Heybridge Swifts - W&F should win this home game but Swifts will be a tough test for them

Tuesday 7th September
Great Wakering Rovers V AFC Sudbury
Needham Market V Wingate and Finchley - tough midweek trip for The Blues.

Saturday 21st September
Enfield Town V Grays Athletic

All odds are correct as of Saturday 14th August 2010 and can be found on skybet.com. Gamble responsibly!!

TOONSTAR TIPPER'S WEEKEND PUNT.....

Toonstar sends greetings from Toon Towers. He is very excited about the new Premier League football season starting today and is really looking forward to joining the cold end in a few weeks time to see Enfield Town in action at the Waltham Forest FA Cup match. TT carried out his annual tribute to A-L super AL super ALAN SHEARER this week by sending the Toon legend a birthday card for his special day on the 13th August. TT likes a BTTS (both teams to score) gamble and this weekend he incorporates this bet into his treble as follows -

Manchester City to score 2+ goals at Spurs
Ipswich Town V Burnley - both teams to score or BTTS as it's now known
Leicester V Ipswich Town - BTTS

A £10 stake with skybet.com pays a healthy £100.23 which may be enough money to spend on a few drinks at the bar at Cricklefields in a few weeks time.

Gamble responsibly!!!

THE BLUEBIRDS AND THE CHAIRBOYS TO WIN THE COLD END SOME MONEY!!

The Blue Square Premier kicks off today and it's here where the cold end firstly delves for my recommended weekend bet. Barrow, who have had a reasonable pre-season finishing with a 2-1 win over a Bolton Wanderers XI last weekend, face a trip to Cambridgeshire to play Histon who are one of the favourites for relegation from the Division. John Beck's side have lost all but one of their pre-season games and with a very young squad inexperienced at BSP level being assembled at the Glass World Stadium they may struggle to stay up this season. Barrow at EVENS looks a good bet.

In the NPOWER League Two Wycombe Wanderers look strong with an opening day victory against Morecambe followed by a narrow extra-time defeat to Championship Millwall in their midweek Carling Cup match. They travel to Stockport who were thrashed 0-5 by Preston NE in midweek after a 1-1 draw at Southend on the opening day of the season. County allowed Southend to have 10 shots off target and 1 shot on target in this game. I think Wycombe will be more clinical in the finishing department and if they are allowed to get shots in on goal like The Shrimpers were they will be too strong for Paul Simpson's side. Wycombe Wanderers at 6/5 looks good value.

A £10 stake on a double of Wycombe Wanderers and Barrow pays £44.00 with skybet.com.

Remember to gamble responsibly.

Friday, 13 August 2010

THE MAGIC STARTS THIS WEEKEND...


The 130th tournament of the world's greatest competition starts tonight when the magic of the FA Cup kicks off. Forget the glamour of the Semi Finals and Final at the National Stadium this is where you'll see proper football for just a fraction of the price. A total of 402 teams from Step 5 of the non-league pyramid and below are playing tonight, Saturday and Sunday in the hope of qualifying from the Extra Preliminary Round to the Preliminary Round to gain some much needed income from the prize money on offer.

Teams from the Spartan South Midlands League and Essex Senior League are entering with a number of cross over ties between the two leagues making it an interesting weekend for followers of local non league football. Here is a list of the fixtures involving clubs from the two leagues

Saffron Walden Town v Mauritius Sports Association
Clapton v Stanway Rovers
Burnham Ramblers v Hoddesdon Town
Bethnal Green United v Basildon United
Bowers & Pitsea v Dunstable Town
Takeley v Hertford Town
Cockfosters v Hullbridge Sports
Witham Town v Wembley
Tring Athletic v Enfield 1893
London APSA v Halstead Town
Eton Manor v Bedford
Barkingside v Southend Manor

Biggleswade United v Newport Pagnell Town
Chalfont St Peter v Stotfold
Colney Heath v Broxbourne Borough
Hanwell Town v London Colney
Haringey Borough v Hillingdon Borough
Kingsbury London Tigers v FC Clacton
@ Aveley FC
Langford v Aylesbury United
Leverstock Green v Harefield United
Oxhey Jets v Hatfield Town
Royston Town v Crawley Green
St Margaretsbury v Welwyn Garden City
@ Welwyn Garden City FC
Team Bury v Ampthill Town

Hadley v Barking - Sunday 1pm
Kentish Town v Stansted - Sunday 3pm
@ Kingsbury London Tigers

With Hoddesdon Town travelling to Burnham Ramblers, Dunstable Town travelling to Bowers and Pitsea, Hertford Town going to Takeley, Cockfosters welcoming Hullbridge Sports, EFC 1893 going to Tring Athletic and Bedford facing a trip to Eton Manor followed by Sunday's Hadley V Barking and Kentish Town V Stansted game there are a total of eight cross over games to be played between SSML and the ESL. Who will come out on top in the battle of the leagues??
The cold end's pick of the ties is Burnham Ramblers, who won 0-2 at Clapton in their first league game before going down to Bowers and Pitsea in the league cup in midweek, against SSML Division One Hoddesdon Town. Hoddy have won both of their league games so far without conceding a goal and Hadley, who have taken to SSML Premier Division life with two wins, welcome ESL Barking to Potters Bar on Sunday at 1pm.

There is a feast of FA Cup football in the East London area with London APSA, Clapton, Bethnal Green United, Eton Manor and Barkingside all at home. Clapton and APSA face tough ties against ECL sides Stanway Rovers and Halstead Town. Bethnal Green and Barkingside face familiar ties against ESL opposition whereas Eton Manor face SSML Division One side Bedford.

Let the magic begin!!!