Thursday, 23 September 2010


Unfortunately the cold end will be off-line and not updated for the next week as some essential maintenance works are undertaken. Normal service for Enfield Town games will be resumed at the Maldon & Tiptree away league game or if necessary/required a Leatherhead Trophy replay on the 5th October.

Enjoy your football and stay safe wherever you are going.




Five games on in the Ryman North this week and I’m tipping three even money winners.

Firstly, inconsistent Sudbury travel to East London to face a Leyton side struggling at the wrong end of the table. Will it be the Sudbury that beat Brentwood that turn up on Saturday or will it be the one that got trounced by Romford? I’m predicting it will be the former and believe that even money looks a little generous for an away win,

Secondly, Potters Bar Town play host to Great Wakering Rovers. PBT have proved to be tricky customers to beat this season and had a good midweek win to boost the confidence of their young side. GWR on the other hand appearing to be lacking in confidence and are a team in decline. I strongly fancy a home win.

Finally, Thamesmead entertain the Abbey. Inconsistent starts for both sides this season with Abbey struggling to score goals and Thamesmead unable to build any momentum. I predict this will be a keenly fought encounter with a narrow win for the men from South of the river.

A £10 stake on a treble of Thamesmead, Potters Bart Town and AFC Sudbury will pay £80.00 with

Good luck and gamble responsibly



A good start with three wins out of four so far for the BTTS system which has produced a heathy profit of +£47.84 to a £10 stake. Hopefully this weekend might be another winning one. For details of how the system is scored here . Here are this weekend's Blue Square Premier fixtures with the system applied :

Altricham      12 Grimsby Town   12        24 
Camb Utd        8 Newport County 11        19 
Darlington     19 Souhport       17        36 
Fleetwood Town 19 Bath City      19        38
FGR            14 Kettering      18        32
Gateshead       8 Luton Town     13        21
H&Y            18 Barrow         12        30
Mansfield T    10 Eastbourne B   18        28
Tamworth       17 York City      11        28
Wrexham        17 Histon         14        31 

*Kidderminster 15 AFC Wimbledon  16        31
*R&D           11 Crawley Town   16        27 
* Sunday games

The system selects the games at Darlington and Fleetwood this weekend. A £10 stake on a BTTS double pays £34.46 with

Remember to gamble responsibly!!


Rotherhithe is much like other areas of South East London within the shadow of Canary Wharf. Next to the old estates now sit new developments featuring luxury spacious apartments built alongside the River Thames.

In the middle of this is what's left of the Surrey Docks Stadium on Salter Road, Rotherhithe. The stadium was the home to Fisher Athletic from the early 80's to the late 2000's. The move to the purpose built stadium coincided with Fisher's rise from the Spartan League to the GM Vauxhall Conference which they played in from 1987/88 to 1990/91. The Fish struggled during their stay at Non-League's top table finishing 15th, 18th, 19th and 22nd.

Memories of the glory days - A new years eve Conference fixture between the E's and The Fish in 1988.

Above - The Fisher pen-pictures from the programme in 1988.

Above - Fisher's line up against Worcester City in the Southern League in 1992 featuring a young Paul Underwood who later went on to play for the old Enfield FC. The match finished 1-1 between the two sides who were struggling at the wrong end of the table.

They reached the 1st Round proper of the FA CUP on two occasions in 1984 and 1988. Their run in 1984 started in the 1st Qualifying Round and they beat Rainham Town, Hitchin Town (after a replay), Tring Town (after a replay) and Folkestone (after a replay) to play Bristol City at home. The league side scrapped through with a 0-1 win. In 1988 they again started in the 1st Qualifying Round and beat Ramsgate, Thanet United, Kingstonian (after a replay) and their local rivals Dulwich Hamlet (again after a replay) to this time visit the other half of Bristol. Rovers won the game 3-0.
After loitering round in mid-table of the Southern League Southern Division during the 90's the club yo-yo'ed between the top and first division's of the Southern League in the early 2000's and with planning permission to redevelop the Surrey Dock's Stadium the future looked bright. The club eventually joined the top division of the Isthmian League for 2005/06 and with ex Spurs player Justin Edinburgh now in charge they won the play off final against Hampton and Richmond Borough to gain promotion to the Conference South.

The club spent three season's in the Conference South but in the summer of 2008 financial difficulties came to light resulting in relegation at the end of the 2008/2009 season and their subsequent demise.

The Surrey Docks Stadium still stands today in a derelict state and is now used as a venue for bargain hunter's to visit as a car boot sale is now held on the what's left of the pitch.

So, A ground which saw the old Enfield FC win 3-2 in a Conference fixture in front of 586 on the 26th March 1988 courtesy of a Mark Schiavi hat-trick now stands empty. The stadium will also hold fond memories for supporters of Barnet as it was there were they finally clinched the Conference championship in 1991 and finally gained promotion to the football league.

Enfield FC fans may remember the 1988 game as it was a double weekend for the E's. On the day after the E's travelled to Horwich to played in the GMAC Cup Semi-Final losing 1-3. Only three players remained in the starting XI in both games being Andy Pape, Nigel Keen and Brian Cottington.

All is not lost as the club were reformed as Fisher FC for the 2009/10 season and they now ply their trade in the Kent League playing as the old Fisher Athletic did for their final few seasons at Champion Hill, the home of Dulwich Hamlet.

Fisher FC's website can be found at They have started a new road to Wembley in the FA Vase beating Ringwood Town and Norton Sports so far and face Warlingham FC in the 1st Round on Saturday 2nd October at Champion Hill.

They currently sit with a league record of played 6 won 2 drawn 1 lost 3 with an average home gate of 107. In the league they face local derby games against Beckenham Town, Greenwich Borough, Erith Town and Erith & Belvedere amongst others along with a trip to the seaside to play Herne Bay scheduled on the 16th October.


The first round matches of the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division Cup were played this week. Last night Hadley (who currently ground share at Potters Bar Town) took on Colney Heath. The clubs had met on Saturday in the FA Vase with Heath coming out winners 4-1 after extra time. The final score last night turned out the same with the visitors taking a 0-2 lead early on to be pegged back to 1-2 by half time. Look for Hadley's goal scored from a run from his own half by Bruce Hutchinson. The home side pushed for an equaliser but it was Colney who scored two late goals to go through to the next round.

Match highlights below -

Wednesday, 22 September 2010


Above - Grays Athletic support watch on at Goldsdown Road last night

Enfield Town recorded a fantastic win with an impressive performance that was hardworking and disciplined against a good Grays Athletic side on Tuesday night. The Essex side will be amongst the challengers at the end of the season so to play so well and gain a victory was well received on the terraces of Goldsdown Road.

Rudi Hall had one of his best games for Town and controlled everything in the midfield area. He deserved the sponsor's man of the match award. The back four of Jordan Lockie, Mark Kirby, Craig McKay and Jey Siva deserve the plaudits along with Rob Blackburne in goal who made another impressive display between the sticks.

Grays were reduced to ten men when Marvin Samuel was red carded for a tackle from behind on Sam Byfield. Samuel had just been involved in a crunching challenge on Jordan Lockie which wen unpunished by the referee.

Town's goals came from Rudi Hall with a penalty (watch the replay and make your own mind up if it was a foul or not???? - the cold end thinks the jury is still out so luck may have been on Town's side there) in the first half and Fabio Valenti with a good finish from the edge of the box in the second half. Bryan Hammatt who plugged away up front all night deserves a mention for setting up his strike partner for the night Fabio for the goal. Both will be the first to admit they lack the pace of Adam Wallace and Stuart Blackburne but they more than make up for that in their experience (something you can't buy or beat - as the cold end has stated before).

Grays were backed by a large travelling contingent who had battled through the awful traffic conditions to make the delayed kick off. Town recorded their sixth clean sheet in seven games. This stat looks even more impressive by the fact Town's net has only been breached once in those seven games.

Match Highlights here -

Current Ryman League Division One (North) Table -
1. Needham Market 7 6 0 1 22 6 16 18
2. East Thurrock United 7 5 2 0 18 6 12 17
3. Heybridge Swifts 7 5 1 1 19 6 13 16
4. Enfield Town 7 5 0 2 14 4 10 15
5. Harlow Town 7 5 0 2 13 9 4 15
6. Romford 7 4 2 1 11 4 7 14
7. Grays Athletic 7 4 1 2 12 8 4 13
8. AFC Sudbury 7 4 1 2 16 14 2 13
9. Wingate & Finchley 7 3 2 2 11 13 -2 11
10. Brentwood Town 7 3 1 3 15 11 4 10
11. Thamesmead Town 7 3 1 3 9 12 -3 10
12. Maldon & Tiptree 7 3 0 4 11 14 -3 9
13. Cheshunt 6 2 2 2 8 8 0 8
14. Waltham Abbey 7 1 4 2 8 10 -2 7
15. Potters Bar Town 6 2 1 3 8 12 -4 7
16. Leyton 7 1 3 3 6 12 -6 6
17. Great Wakering 7 1 2 4 7 14 -7 5
18. Ilford 6 1 1 4 7 15 -8 4
19. Ware 6 1 1 4 4 13 -9 4
20. Tilbury 7 1 0 6 6 15 -9 3
21. Waltham Forest 6 0 2 4 6 14 -8 2
22. Redbridge 6 0 1 5 2 13 -11 1


A match report and highlights for the brilliant 2-0 win over Grays Athletic will follow on Wednesday.

In the cold end betting on Tuesday night the B.T.T.S system struck again and The Director got a first win of the season proving form is temporary and class is permanent with his treble. If you would of put £10 on each recommended cold end midweek bets you would now be £83.44 better off. Where else can you get this sort of return???

The BTTS system now stands at 4 bets and 3 wins with a profit of £47.84 with The Director now in profit to the tune of £22.84.

Needless to say there is a long way to go in the season and we could all be losing again on Saturday so gamble responsibly!!

Tuesday, 21 September 2010


The director has checked in with a cheeky midweek Ryman North treble. He goes for

Heybridge Swifts to beat Thamesmead Town at home
Wingate and Finchley to win at Tilbury &,
Romford to win at Great Wakering Rovers (which looks good value at 5/4)

A £10 stake on the above treble pays £72.84 with

Gamble responsibly!!


Grays Athletic have announced their squad for tonight's game at Goldsdown Road. It is as follows -

Nick Wilson - GK - Age 22 - Has played for Waltham Abbey and Redbridge
Eljay Worrell - DEF - Age 20 - Formerly of Brentwood Town and Hullbridge Sports
Junior Baker - DEF - Age 27 - Has played for Cray W, Dulwich, Thamesmead & Tilbury
Duran Reynolds - DEF - Age 19 - currently on loan from Dag and Red
Tom Harvey - MID - Age 20 - Former West Ham United youth player
Jared Small - FOR - Age 20 - Counts Tilbury and Barking as his former clubs
Ishmael Welsh - MID - Age 23 - Yeovil Town, Weymouth, Torquay United and Ebbsfleet
Jason Fontaine - FOR - Age 21 - Tilbury and Hullbridge Sports
Marvin Samuel - MID - Age 36 - Needs no introduction to Ryman fans having played for and managed Harlow Town last season and then turned out for Concord Rangers. Also played for Fisher Athletic, Wingate and Finchley and Boreham Wood. A Harlow Town legend.

Stephen Demetriou - MID - Age 19 - Currently on loan from Dag and Red
Chris Barry - ?? - Age ?? - Played for Romford in the ESL winning team 08/09
Simon Thomas - FOR - Age 26 - Started his career at Redbridge and then Boreham Wood before turning pro with Crystal Palace spending time on loan at Rotherham United and Darlington. Was at Billericay Town last season.

Alex Osborn - FOR - Age 17 - Another young player on loan from Dag and Red
Danny Bunce - DEF - Age 24 - Ex West Ham United youth player who turned out for Woking in the Conference.

Ross Brown - GK - Age ?? - young goalkeeper who came on a substitute in the Ilford game on the 8th September. Moved up from the under 18 side this season.

Calvin Poku - F/M - Age ?? - Another youngster who moved up from the under 18s this season.


After most teams have played either four or five games the top of the table in the Essex Senior League has a familiar appearance as last season's champion's Stansted sit in first place on a maximum of 15 points from 5 games.

The Airportmen have swept aside every team they have played so in the league and league cup group E so far. Clapton will not be looking forward to their league cup meeting at the Spotted Dog next Tuesday night as in the two games they have played against Stansted this season they have lost 1-8 (at home in the league on the 28th August) and in the league cup at Hargrave Park 7-1 (on the 14th September). The only defeat was in the FA CUP extra preliminary round tie at Kentish Town (1-0 on the 15th August).

They start their FA Vase campaign on Saturday 2nd October by welcoming their most local of ESL rivals in Takeley.

Takeley are one of the seven clubs without a win in the league so far this season, they did record a 1-2 win at Spartan South Midlands League side Ampthill Town to qualify to play Stansted in the first round proper.

Currently joint second in the table are Enfield 1893 FC and somewhat surprisingly Eton Manor. 1893 have been helped with the goalscoring of Chris Stowe. He scored 22 goals in 38 games for Tilbury during the 2008/09 season and turned out for AFC Hornchurch in the Conference South prior to his spell at Chadfields. During the 2009/10 season he struggled with injuries but has returned to form hitting the back of the net this season. Sherwin Stanley, who played for Aveley in the Ryman Premier last season, returned for a second spell with 1893 last week after spending the beginning of the season with Blue Square South Boreham Wood.

Eton Manor have had a terrific start to the season. The East London based side had a great result in the FA Vase on Saturday recording a 2-3 win away at SSML Division One table toppers Berkhamsted. Ex Town players Danny Clarke and Danny Alleyne (now playing on the right side of defence) are turning out for Kevin Durant's side who look like they are going to have a good season.

In 4th, 5th and 6th position are Bethnal Green United, London APSA and pre-season favourites Witham Town respectively. APSA have made a steady start winning 3 and drawing 1 of their 4 league games.

Propping up the table at present are the aforementioned Clapton who have lost 5 out of 5 and Sawbridgeworth Town who have lost 3 out of 3.

The league survives on very small attendances with 1893's average of 94 currently top of the crowd league with Mauritius Sports bottom on a current average of 21. The league's aggregate crowd average presently stands at 50.38.

Current League Table followed by some games of note in the forthcoming months -

Stansted 5 5 0 0 21 3 +18 15
EFC 1893 5 4 1 0 14 3 +11 13
Eton Manor 5 4 1 0 14 4 +10 13
Bethnal Green United 4 3 1 0 8 2 +6 10
London APSA 4 3 1 0 6 2 +4 10
Witham Town 4 2 2 0 9 3 +6 8
Mauritius Sports 5 2 1 2 13 10 +3 7
Burnham Ramblers 4 2 0 2 9 7 +2 6
Bowers & Pitsea 5 1 3 1 4 5 -1 6
Barking 5 1 1 3 4 8 -4 4
Southend Manor 4 0 3 1 4 7 -3 3
Hullbridge Sports 5 0 3 2 7 11 -4 3
Barkingside 3 0 2 1 6 7 -1 2
Basildon United 5 0 2 3 3 13 -10 2
Takeley 5 0 1 4 2 15 -13 1
Sawbridgeworth Town 3 0 0 3 1 7 -6 0
Clapton 5 0 0 5 2 20 -18 0

16th October - Eton Manor v EFC 1893 - Surprise team v one of title favourites
26th October - Sawbridgeworth V Clapton - Battle of the basement boys
6th November - Clapton v Sawbridgeworth - Battle of the basement boys part 2
13th November - Bethnal Green v Eton Manor - East London Derby
20th November - Stansted v EFC 1893 - Title contenders face off
11th December - Stansted v Witham Town - Title contenders face off

FA Vase 1st Round matches involving ESL teams (to be played on Saturday 2nd October)

Barking v Flackwell Heath
Burnham Ramblers v Kentish Town
Cockfosters v Witham Town
Eton Manor v FC Clacton
Stansted v Takeley
Stanway Rovers v London APSA
Leverstock Green v Enfield 1893

Two good blogs to follow featuring the ESL are North Essex on tour, which has details of Southend Manor games and Witham Town blog, which concentrates on the history of Witham Town.

Monday, 20 September 2010


Three out of the four teams selected by the system at the weekend scored so it was certainly very close to being a three out of three winning bets this season so far.

For those not in the know the cold end BTTS system awards points for scoring and letting in goals thus a high scoring points total suggests that both teams will score and a low scoring points total indicates that they'll be a lack of goals and maybe a under 2.5 goals in the game gamble might be an option.

Here are this midweek's fixtures for the Blue Square Premier with the ratings system applied -

R&D 10 17 HISTON 27

The two top rated games come at Highbury Stadium (37) and at the Lamb Ground (32). A BTTS double for these games pays £30.60 off a £10 stake with Although, the cold end has reservations about Bath City scoring at high flying Tamworth. City have only scored two in four away games so far. They left it late on Saturday scoring twice in injury time to take a point at home to Darlington. I'll stick with the system though and see what happens.

On Saturday you may have read the cold end's comments about Forest Green's lack of goals and that a a bet on a Barrow home win combined with a handicap gamble on -1 and -2 might be good bets. The result on Saturday being 3-0 so if you took 7/1 at -2 you had a right result!!! FGR have now gone an incredible five games without scoring and entertain Eastbourne Borough tomorrow night. Boro don't travel well having picked up a point and two defeats on the road so far so it's a tough game to call. The Sussex side have scored 17 goals in 5 home games compared to just 3 goals in 4 away games so far. Maybe it's the night for FGR to hit the back of the net and gain a much needed victory??.

Wrexham, who welcome Southport to the Racecourse Ground, have drawn five of their last six games (four of them finishing 1-1) so what price a draw in this one?? The visitors have drawn 2 out of 4 away from home and have averaged less than a goal a game (0.83) in their last six fixtures. The best price currently on offer for a draw is 5/2 with You can get 6/1 with a number of firms for a correct score of 1-1.

As always please gamble responsibly!!!


The draw has been made for Round Two of the Championship Manager Cup (Ryman League Cup) today with Enfield Town making a familiar trip to the South Mimms Travel Stadium to face local rivals Potters Bar Town in a match due to take place on Tuesday 12th October.

The full draw is as follows -

Waltham Forest 1 - 0 Grays Athletic
Fleet Town 4 - 3 Horsham YMCA

Hendon v Harrow Borough
Lowestoft Town v AFC Sudbury
Cheshunt v Harlow Town
Wingate & Finchley v Bury Town
Ware v Wealdstone
Potters Bar Town v Enfield Town
Waltham Abbey v Needham Market
Leyton v Redbridge
Concord Rangers v Chatham Town
East Thurrock United v AFC Hornchurch
Billericay Town v Canvey Island
Waltham Forest v Aveley
Romford v Tilbury
Heybridge Swifts v Brentwood Town
Maldon & Tiptree v Great Wakering Rovers
Dulwich Hamlet v Ilford
Maidstone United v Leatherhead
Merstham v Chipstead
Croydon Athletic v Folkestone Invicta
Whyteleafe v Cray Wanderers
Tooting & Mitcham v Whitstable Town
Sittingbourne v Faversham Town
Tonbridge Angels v Ramsgate
Margate v Thamesmead Town
Godalming Town v Fleet Town
Horsham v Bognor Regis Town
Carshalton Athletic v Eastbourne Town
Worthing v Burgess Hill Town
Walton Casuals v Sutton United
Metropolitan Police v Corinthian-Casuals
Walton & Hersham v Kingstonian
Hastings United v Whitehawk

Sunday, 19 September 2010


Grays Athletic vist the Brimabeu in what has to be billed as the Ryman North game of the midweek this Tuesday night.

After all the upheaval in the Summer Julian Dick's side has made a good start to the season in wining 4 drawing 1 and losing 1. Prior to Saturday's 3-3 draw at AFC Sudbury they had only let in 3 goals in their first five games which indicates they will be strong in defence. They have also beaten Zamaretto Premier Windsor and Eton to progress in the FA Cup to face Ryman Premier Bury Town next weekend. Their only loss came on the opening day of the season in a 0-1 defeat against Harlow Town at Rookery Hill.

The Essex side have an impressive young squad combined with the vast experience (you can't buy it and you can't beat it) of Marvin Samuel in midfield - they are sure to there or thereabouts at the top of the league come the business end of the season.

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

The season so far has left one team in East Thurrock United being unbeaten and a trio of East London sides in Ilford, Redbridge and Waltham Forest propping up the table without a win. Leyton, The other side from the area, have only one win to their name which was against Waltham Forest.

Will one of the teams without a win gain a victory this midweek?? Redbridge will be massive underdogs against visiting second placed Needham Market, Ilford travel to Ware who are themselves struggling but they have played twice at home recording a 1-0 win against Tilbury and a creditable 0-0 draw against Wingate and Finchley. Waltham Forest face Potters Bar Town at Cricklefields on Wednesday night have probably the best chance of win for the bottom sides.

Two other games of note are 3rd placed Heybridge Swifts entertaining Thamesmead Town and Harlow Town (6th) facing Maldon and Tiptree.

In Town's game rate an away win at 17/10 with a draw at 5/2 and a home win at 11/10.

The huge odds just over 35/1 for an East London treble of Ilford, Redbridge and Waltham Forest suggest the bookies know what their talking about. A top three treble of East Thurrock United, Needham Market and Heybridge Swifts pays a shade over 3/1.

Some facts and figures about the season so far -

Highest scorers - Needham Market (17)
Lowest scorers - Redbridge (2)
Best defence - East Thurrock United (3 goals conceded)
Worst defence - Waltham Forest and Ilford (14 goals)
Most draws - Waltham Abbey (4 out of 7 games)


Not a great weekend for the cold end betting. TT hit the bar with two BTTS games out of three, AFC Wimbledon's failure to hit the back of the net in the Friday night game lost the cold end blue square BTTS system.

The Director went so close again as Romford's draw put a spanner in the works for him. So far this season the cold end's resident expert Ryman Division One (North) expert has had 4 losing bets but looking at his record below his luck should change soon -

18/09 - Thamesmead, Maldon and Tiptree and Heybridge Swifts 2/3
11/09 - AFC Sudbury, W&F and Waltham Abbey 0/3
24/08 - W&F, AFC Sudbury and Heybridge Swifts 2/3
21/08 - Brentwood, Maldon and Tiptree and W&F 2/3


Tilbury V Enfield Town
Ryman Division One (North)
Saturday 18th September 2010

A fantastic second half performance brought home another valuable three points for the Town against The Dockers played with ten men from 25 minutes after Ben Boyce was sent off.

The first half was largely a non-event on the pitch as there was little of no goalmouth action from either side. The home side had their best chance of the game after 20 minutes when Chris Taylor ran on to a through ball on the right hand side to put a good shot in on goal which unfortunately for him when high over Rob Blackburne's goal.

The red card handed out by referee Mr Bentley was the talking point of the half. Craig McKay, who put in another accomplished performance at the back, fouled Boyce by pulling him back and not allowing him through on goal just outside of the box. It wasn't a nasty foul just a standard one you see committed every Saturday afternoon. McKay and Boyce came together afterwards with Boyce's reacting by raising his hand which appeared to make contact with the Town defender's face. The referee was close to the incident and gave Boyce the opportunity to take an early bath.
This incident triggered off some of the Tilbury supporter's to barrack their player leaving the pitch and direct some anger at manager Paul Vaughan whose side has been suffering on the discipline front all season. The Docker's fans always seem a good bunch and it's nice to see a set of opposing supporters cheering on their team. Some of them though, after only one win in six league games combined with a large amount of red cards and yellow cards accumulated, are not happy with the current management structure in place at the club.

Above - After being red carded Ben Boyce makes the slow walk off the pitch to a less than sympathetic reaction from some of the Tilbury fan's present.

The second half was the complete opposite to he first half as Town created chance after chance with the Docker's rarely if at all once threatening Rob Blackburne's goal.

It was 0-1 when a looping Rudi Hall corner was headed back from the far post by Mark Kirby for his centre back partner Craig McKay to scored a rare goal by heading the ball in the net at the other post.
Town got their second when Sam Byfield put a pass from left to right wing for Deniz Mehmet to pick up and take the ball on a mazy run past the Tilbury back line allowing him to slide the ball into Dan Forward who hit the ball first time past James Marrable in the home goal.

Referee Mr Bentley needs to be mentioned at this point, he seems to be an official with a bit of character. Some good natured banter from the Town fan's was answered back with "I'll deal with this." Conversations between the crowd to referee and back again can only happen in non-league football, it was fantastic to see and well received by the Town faithful.

Town seemed to relax then and played some excellent football keeping retention of the ball well and making Tilbury work extra hard with only 10 men. Substitute Fabio Valenti even got aboard the showboat with a magic piece of skill to get past a Tilbury defender.

The third goal was scored from the penalty spot after a Tilbury defender was adjudged to have handled in the box. The milestone and superb achievement of Rudi Hall scoring his 100th goal for the club was celebrated in the stands and on the pitch by all connected to the club. The miles Rudi covers to come and play for the club can't be overlooked - you are a true Enfield Town legend!! Goals number 101 and 102 on Tuesday night would be nice.

Dan Forward finished it off late on gaining his 2nd goal when rounding Marrable to slot the ball into the net.
To score four goals away from home with Stuart Blackburne and Adam Wallace not available gaining another clean sheet with the whole team putting in a first-class performance in the second half was great to see. I think The Dockers are a better team than their current league position says they are, if they can sort out the indiscipline on the pitch they will pick up points this season. Had they stayed with eleven men they may have proved tough to breakdown allowing the pacey Joel Etienne Clarke and Nathan Gordon to cause problems up front. The cold end was impressed by skipper Ben Turner at centre back for the Dockers. He was very vocal even when his team was 0-3 and 0-4 down and looks a good accomplished defender. He has made the step up this season from Essex Senior League Barking and was in many ESL supporter's team of the year last year.

The cold end man of the match is another close run thing this weekend. Deniz Mehmet put in another good performance on the right wing with Craig McKay standing out at the back along with Rudi Hall controlling things with ease in centre of the park.

The award this week again goes to two players - Dan Forward for his two goals from midfield and Mckay for all his hard work at the back for the Town. Both Dan and Craig scored their first goals for the club on a day when Rudi scored his 100th!!

The clash with Grays Athletic on Tuesday now looks to be a very important game with the league top six as follows -

1. East Thurrock United 6 5 1 0 15 3 12 16
2. Needham Market 6 5 0 1 17 6 11 15
3. Heybridge Swifts 6 4 1 1 15 6 9 13
4. Grays Athletic 6 4 1 1 12 6 6 13
5. Enfield Town 6 4 0 2 12 4 8 12
6. Harlow Town 6 4 0 2 10 9 1 12


Friday, 17 September 2010


After last weekend's Spanish bet turned his pinicolada sour TT is going back to his roots to change his luck with a bet he loves. The Both Teams to score gamble!!!

He goes for BTTS in each of the following games -

Ipwich Town v Cardiff City
Leicester City v QPR
MK Dons v Rochdale

The above treble pays 9/2 with meaning a £10 stake will give you £59.40 if successful.



Back to league action this week and a 5/1 treble for the Director.

Maldon & Tiptree have let me down a couple of times already this season, however I am going to stick by them this week as they host Waltham Forest. The stags do not seem to offer much of a threat this term and I think a home win is very reasonably priced at 3/4.

Next up, Ilford play host to Heybridge Swifts. The Swifts are most definitely flying high at present and are full of confidence after some great results recently. Ilford have proved to be dogged and determined but I don’t think they’ll have enough quality to get anything from this one. An away win pays 3/4.

Finally, Thamesmead host Romford. I was very impressed with Thamesmead when they visited the Town recently and they will be keen to build on a solid start to the campaign. Romford are no mugs themselves having had a couple of good wins of late. However, a midweek cup reply will definitely have sapped some strength and the Mead look good value at evens.

A £10 stake with pays £61.25.


Thursday, 16 September 2010


Not bad going on the cold end blue square premier both teams to score system after two weeks, two bets and two wins we're showing a nice profit of £36.84 off a stake of £10 per bet. For information on the simple scoring system please click here.

Here are this week's Blue Square Premier fixtures with the system applied. The higher the rating it should mean the more chance there is of both teams scoring with in turn the lower the rating the less chance.


*denotes Friday night fixture

The two top rated games come at Kenilworth Road and Blundell Park. A £10 stake on a both teams to score double in these matches pays £29.83 with

Elsewhere, Forest Green Rovers make a long journey North on the back of four games without scoring -D 0-0, L 0-1, D 0-0 & L 0-3. They face Barrow who are six games unbeaten and thrashed Eastbourne Borough 4-0 at home last weekend. At the time of writing, Barrow are best priced at 10/11 with which looks a good bet on current form. If you really fancy a gamble you can get 5/2 on Barrow -1 or 7/1 Barrow-2 with

As always please gamble responsibly!!



The relative minnows of Crawley Green done themselves and the Spartan South Midlands League proud putting in a great performance to run their more illustrious visitors very close to exiting from the world's greatest competition. This was arguably Crawley's biggest game of their relatively short history as a senior club and a win would of given them a home tie against Blue Sqaure South side Hampton and Richmond Borough.

The home side, currently in 11th position in Division One of the SSMFL, took the game to Boro who struggled to get a shot in on target in the first half an hour as Crawley threatened to wrap up the game with some good chances. Crawley were well up for the game and seemed to be first to the ball on all occasions in the opening period of the game. Green took the lead on 9 minutes when the impressive Jason Blackett broke the offside trap and slotted the ball under Romford keeper Adam Rafis. Rafis made at least two good saves after to keep his side in the game played in very blustery conditions (the wind favoured no side as it blew across field making it a very chilly evening) at Sharpenhoe Road. Gradually Romford worked their way into the game and had two good chances to make it level. A long range shot was comfortably tipped over the home bar by keeper Scott Bates who then made a tremendous save getting down low to a shot from the edge of the box.

Just before the break Crawley very unluckily hit the crossbar from close range after the ball bounced around in the area.


Romford took advantage of attacking down the slope in the second half and immediately put pressure on the home side looking for an equaliser but it was Crawley who should of made it 2-0 when Rafis's left hand post was hit from close range. Was the home side's luck not in??

All credit to Romford for sticking to the task and they found their equaliser on 75 minutes when a long throw was headed on with Paul Clayton on hand to make a great finish at the back post to the delight of the travelling Boro fans who had made the long midweek trip to Central Bedfordshire.

Romford made it 1-2 a short while later on 80 minutes when a cross from the right hand side was scrambled home by Adayomi Seymour inside the six yard box.

In classic cup tie tradition Boro held on to their lead towards the end of the game playing keep ball in Crawley's opposing corners.

FULL TIME - 1-2.
ATT - 127

Crawley Green can take an immense amount of pride and large amounts of credit from the game (and that of Saturday's 1-1 draw in the original game) as they closely matched Romford and belied their lower status in the football pyramid. But for a post, crossbar and a bit of luck they could of been facing Hampton and Richmond Borough in the 2nd Qualifying Round.

So the Spartan South Midland's League flag has been lowered in this season's FA Cup competition - who would of thought Division One Crawley Green would of been the last team left when they were drawn away against Royston Town (considered one of the favourites for the Premier Division) in the Preliminary Round on the 14th August?


Tuesday, 14 September 2010


Above - the main stand at Gosling Park. A crowd of 86 people saw the game, the top attendance of the night in the SSMFL Trophy.

Premier Division side Hatfield Town comfortably saw off the challenge of Division Two Tring Corinthians in the Spartan South Midlands League Trophy tonight at the Gosling Sports Park. In a scrappy game the home side looked the more composed on the ball and despite going down to ten men midway through the first half they never looked in any danger of losing. After a forgetful 45 minutes the score stood at 1-0 with Corinthians only worthy effort being a shot from the edge of the box which went wide of the target.
In the second half visitors came back into the game but a quick two goal burst by the blue boys finished the game off. Tring, for all their hard work and effort, got a late consolation goal towards the end of the game. Matthew Standen was man of the match netting all three goals for Hatfield Town.

See the highlights of the game below -

Here are the results from the other games played tonight with some surprise results coming with Premier Division Hillingdon Borough, Harefield United and Kingsbury London Tigers all being knocked out by lower division sides. The game of the night (and possibly the season) came at Gaywood Park where it rained goals as Premier Division side Holmer Green won 7-6 against First Division Kings Langley.

Hillingdon Borough 0-5 AFC Dunstable
Harefield United 1-6 Padbury United
Welwyn Garden City 2-3 Wodson Park
Biggleswade United 1-0 Kentish Town
Winslow United 1-2 Tring Athletic
Hanwell Town 7-0 Amersham Town
Oxhey Jets 2-0 Hadley
Haringey Borough 5-1 Ampthill Town
Hoddesdon Town 1-3 Colney Heath
Hatfield Town 3-1 Tring Corinthians
Bucks Students Union 1-1 Buckingham Athletic [AET - Home Win 4-3 on penalties]
London Lions 3-5 Stotfold
Berkhamsted 2-3 Risborough Rangers
Dunstable Town 2-0 Pitstone & Ivinghoe
Cockfosters 0-4 St Margaretsbury
Kings Langley 6-7 Holmer Green [AET]
Kingsbury London Tigers 1-2 Sun Postal Sports
London Colney 3-5 Langford
Bedford 5-2 Bletchley Town
Leverstock Green 2-1 Royston Town

The second round games are as follows and are due to played on either the 19th or 20th of October -

Sun Postal Sports v Cranfield United
Harpenden Town v Broxbourne Borough
Crawley Green or Aylesbury United v St Albans City Reserves
Haringey Borough v Dunstable Town
Bedford Town Reserves v Hatfield Town
Tring Athletic v Hanwell Town
Bucks Students Union v Totternhoe
AFC Dunstable v Mursley United
Langford v Leverstock Green
Stotfold v New Bradwell St Peter
Colney Heath v Oxhey Jets
Holmer Green v Sport London E Benfica or Hertford Town
Padbury United v The 61 FC (Luton)
Biggleswade United v Chalfont St Peter or Aston Clinton
Bedford v Wodson Park


The draw for the FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round was made yesterday and pitted Enfield Town with a home tie against either Ashford Town (Middlesex) of the Zamaretto Central Divsion or Worthing of the Ryman South Division. The two sides replay on the South Coast tonight after a 1-1 draw at Short Lane on Saturday. The draw could of been worse for Town with teams from the Blue Square South in the mix including Bromley, Braintree Town, Dover Athletic, Chelmsford City and Woking.

Steve and the team will know not to take any game lightly with whoever Town end up facing being tough opponents to negotiate. Town have already won £4,500 in prize money (£1,500 for winning the preliminary round and £3,000 for winning the 1st QR on Saturday) and can double this amount with a possible £4,500 on offer should the game scheduled for the 25th September be won.

The Essex Senior League representation in this season's competition ended last night when Bethnal Green United were beaten 0-4 by Harlow Town in their replay. The Hawks now have a great day out to look forward to at Lewes in the next round.

There is one last SSMFL side left in the draw being Division One Crawley Green who held Romford to a draw at the weekend. They replay in Bedfordshire on Wednesday night for the right to host Blue Square South Hampton & Richmond Borough in the next round.

Here is the draw that includes the remaining Ryman North sides and possibly Crawley Green -

Bury Town V Grays Athletic
Lewes V Harlow Town
AFC Hornchurch V Brentwood Town
East Thurrock United V Carshalton Athletic
Hendon V Maldon & Tiptree
Enfield Town V Ashford Town (Middx) or Worthing
Needham Market V Chipstead
Romford or Crawley Green V Hampton and Richmond Borough
Redbridge V Harrow Borough

Monday, 13 September 2010


Above - The drawing board TT and The Director will be returning to this week

Both Toonstar Tipper and The Director suffered a nightmare weekend as their trebles all resulted in 3 incorrect predictions. It's a case of back the drawing board for them and hopefully a better weekend in a few days time.

The Cold End exclusive "Blue Square Premier BTTS system" had another win. The question is have we stumbled upon a winning formula or will the luck run out soon???

The record of betting can be found on the left hand side of the cold end.

Sunday, 12 September 2010


Arlesey Town 0 Enfield Town 2
FA Cup First Qualifying Round

The arm injury to returning fan's favourite Stuart Blackburne was the only downside to a 100% hardworking performance in a somewhat bruising encounter against a very physical Arlesey Town team yesterday. Town looked in control for most of the game aside from the period between 20 minutes to 35 minutes when Rob Blackburne pulled off a few saves to keep another deserved clean sheet.

Town lined up with a midfield of Deniz Mehmet on the right wing and Sammy Byfield on the left wing with Dan Forward and Rudi Hall in the centre. Mehmet worked extremely hard throughout the game tracking back and breaking down Arlesey's attacks and using his lightning pace to put over some useful balls into the danger area.

After Town weathered the storm of the home side being on top Adam Wallace scored just before the break when he expertly headed on a corner at the near post which the Arlesey defender tried to clear off the line but couldn't get to the ball quick enough as by all reports the ball was a clear foot over the line. From the video replay it's a bit inconclusive but with the assistant referee reacting almost instantly flagging the ball had gone over, people standing closer to the incident stating the ball had gone over and the reaction of the Arlesey team not to appeal it was clear the ball had crossed the line. This brilliant photograph from Tom Scott shows the ball crossed the line - LINK HERE

Town controlled the second half and it was brilliant to see the front-line partnership of Wallace and Blackburne back together. It was from the corner Stuart forced and subsequently injured his arm in a horrible collision with the perimeter fence that the game was made safe.

From the re-start Adam Wallace was first to the ball to pass back to Sam Byfield who rifled the ball into the net past the dive of home goalkeeper Richard Hayward.

The news on Stuart Blackburne is that his wrist was pinned in an operation on Sunday morning and he is out for at least four weeks. The cold end and I'm sure all the members of the Town faithful send best wishes to him on speedy recovery from a very nasty injury. Get well soon Stuart - hope you are back in action sooner rather than later!!

Cold end man of the match - A very close award this weekend with Rob Blackburne impressing during the first half keeping Town in the match, Deniz Mehmet working solidly on the right wing, Adam Wallace scoring one goal, setting up the other and generally working his socks off or the desire of Stuart Blackburne returning back in the familiar number 9 shirt. The cold end goes for a joint brother's award of Rob for his hard earned (particularly in the first half) clean-sheet and Stuart for his work-rate and the fact he smashed into the fence (winning the corner that lead to the 2nd goal) chasing what some player's would of left as a lost cause. Deniz and Adam are worthy runners up.
Overall a very satisfying result against a good side in Arlesey who are currently 4th in the Zamaretto Central Division losing only one league game so far. They also beat a strong side in Aylesbury FC to get to this stage so to win 0-2 is a fantastic achievement for Steve Newing's team. The cold end predicts not many teams will come away from the aRMadillo stadium with victories this year as those fans present will state they are a tough side to play against.
Now onto the 2nd Qualifying Round draw tomorrow with teams from the Blue Square South entering the draw a possible glamour tie is in the offing. Woking away anyone??


Saturday, 11 September 2010


Most footballing eyes in East London will be focused on The Boleyn Ground later this afternoon when West Ham United face Chelsea in the Barclay's Premier League all London clash.

The cold end asks how many of the 35,000+ crowd will be aware of the other local derby that is taking place just a short distance away at The Terrance McMillan Stadium. The Essex Senior League clash between rivals London APSA and Clapton also kicks off at 3pm.

The two league games played between the two Newham based sides last season drew an aggregate crowd of 26. Just 11 people watched APSA's 1-0 victory at the McMillan stadium on the 27th of February with 15 spectators turning out on the 6th of March to watch a 2-2 draw up the road at the historic Spotted Dog Ground.

Clapton have made a terrible start to their league season losing all four games played so far with APSA winning two and drawing 1 of their three games. The Tons lost 1-8 at home to Stansted on the 28th of August.

The cold end wishes good luck to both teams in what should be an entertaining game!!


Toonstar goes all continental this weekend with his weekend treble and has put his reputation on the line with a trio of handicap punts as follows

Real Madrid -2 at home to Osasuna
Barcelona - 2 at home to Hercules
Chelsea -2 away at West Ham

A £10 stake with pays a cocktail with an umbrella by the pool in the sunshine amount of £111.73.

Gamble responsibly!!!


Just three Ryman North games this weekend and I’m hoping for an 11/1 treble.

Heybridge entertain AFC Sudbury in what should be a keenly contested encounter. AFC bounced back well in midweek from their shock defeat to Romford, whereas the hosts are yet to hit top gear this term. The value is definitely with the visitors at nearly 2/1 and I’m going to go for them to nick it by the odd goal.

Next up Potters Bar play host to Wingate & Finchley. Neither side have had a good start to the season with the visitors in particular definitely underachieving so far. I reckon that they could turn the corner on Saturday though and an away win at 13/10 looks far too good to refuse.

Lastly Waltham Abbey play host to Leyton. Both teams are in need of a win and will both fancy their chances this weekend. The two young sides should be fairly evenly matched with not too much in it. I’m predicting that home advantage may just swing it and am backing the Abbey at 17/20

odds are available at

Gamble responsibly



For more information on how the system is rated and scored please click here for last week's instalment.

Here are this weekend's Blue Square Premier fixtures with the BTTS system ratings applied -

AFC Wimbledon 19 Bath City 11 30
Barrow 12 Eastbourne Boro 17 29
Darlington 11 Forest Green 9 20
Fleetwood Town 12 Kettering 13 25
Gateshead 8 Altrincham 12 20
Histon 17 Crawley Town 13 30
Kidderminster 20 Hayes & Yeading 20 40
Luton 16 Cambridge 10 26
Rushden & D'mnds 10 Newport County 17 27
Southport 3 Mansfield 9 12
Tamworth 17 Grimsby 14 31
Wrexham 16 York 10 26

The two top rated games come at Kidderminster (40) and Tamworth (31), A £10 stake with on a BTTS double in both games pays £27.14.

The lowest rated match comes at Haig Avenue where Southport (in last five matches GF 2 and GA 1) take on Mansfield Town (two clean sheets in last five). A 0-0 result in this one pays 17/2 with or 1-0 either way pays 15/2 for a home win or 13/2 for an away win.

Gamble responsibly!!!

Thursday, 9 September 2010


The FA Cup returns this weekend with Ryman North, Spartan South Midlands and Essex Senior League teams in action in the First Qualifying Round. All will be eager to get through and earn the valuable £3000 prize money on offer for moving into the Second Qualifying Round. Teams from the Ryman and Zamaretto Premier Divisions also join at this stage.

The six remaining Spartan South Midland's sides all face difficult ties as they have all been drawn away from home against teams from a higher level. SSML FA Cup team of the moment Crawley Green who have beaten Premier Division Royston Town and Harefield United to earn their away day at Ryman North Romford will be underdogs in the match at The Mill Field. Having said that, they would of not been expected to beat either of their Premier Division opponents to get to this stage. In another interesting match table toppers and currently unbeaten Tring Athletic travel to Grosvenor Vale to play Ryman Premier Wealdstone. The Hertfordshire side will need to put in a brilliant performance to maintain there run with a defeat against The Stone's who are expected to do well in the league this season and reached the first round proper last season. Aylesbury United travel to face Brentwood Town at the Arena. Paul Edgeworth, who captained Slough Town last season, seems to be the danger man for the ducks at present. The midfielder/forward moved back to his former club in the summer and has scored six goals so far, forward Ben Baines has also been hitting the net for Tony Joyce's side having moved from United Counties League side Cogenhoe United at the end of last season.

Above - The Ducks who were famous for their FA Cup runs in the late 80's and early 90's face a trip to The Arena on Saturday.

The other games see Division One side London Colney go to Redbridge who are without a win in the Ryman North division so far, Colney Heath go to Zamaretto Central Burnham and Oxhey Jets going for glory at AFC Horncurch.

There are only two teams from the Essex Senior League left being Bethnal Green United and Burnham Ramblers. The East Londoners travel to Barrows Field to face Harlow Town in a match which could of been a ESL game this season had the hawks been relegated. The ramblers have home advantage when they welcome Chesham United to Leslie Field. Burnham have beaten Hoddesdon Town (2-1) and Haringey Borough (5-1) both at home to get to this stage but will find the generals much tougher opposition as they are currently 2nd in the Zamaretto Premier Division and have only let in three goals in seven league games so far this season.

United have seen off Basildon United (4-0 @ home) and Kentish Town (1-3 away) to earn their tie at Harlow Town. They are unbeaten in seven league and cup games this season and have only let in three goals so will be no pushovers for The Hawks.

Will the SSML and/or the ESL flag still be flying in the world's most famous competition come 5pm on Saturday?? Surely at least one shock will occur but where is the question people will be asking??

Out of the Ryman North division sides left both Tilbury and Cheshunt face difficult trips to Ryman Premier Division sides Billericay Town and Hendon respectively. Both opponents have made good starts to their Premier Division campaign. Great Wakering Rovers (currently without a win in the league) will find it tough against Premier Harrow Borough at Burroughs Park.

Town's trip to Arlesey Town is also a tough game as the home side are amongst the favourites for the Zamaretto Central Division title this season and made some impressive signings in the Summer. They currently lie in 4th place of the early table on nine points, they have one game in hand over early table toppers and near neighbours Hitchin Town who are on thirteen points. The Bedfordshire club won their first three league games and narrowly lost their fourth last Saturday away at Uxbridge. They qualified for this stage by beating fellow Zamaretto Central side Aylesbury FC. "The aRMadillo stadium" as their ground is now called will be a tough place to get a result at but how better to bounce back from the midweek defeat than to gain some cup glory this weekend.

There will be at least one Ryman North side through to the second qualifying round as Ilford take on Maldon & Tiptree at Cricklefields.


AFC Hornchurch V Oxhey Jets
Brentwood Town V Aylesbury United
Burnham V Colney Heath
Redbridge V London Colney
Romford V Colney Heath
Wealdstone V Tring Athletic

Harlow Town V Bethnal Green United
Burnham Ramblers V Chesham United

Arlesey Town V Enfield Town
Billericay Town V Tilbury
Brentwood Town V Aylesbury United
East Thurrock V Leighton Town
Grays Athletic V Windsor and Eton - TO BE PLAYED ON SUNDAY
Great Wakering Rovers V Harrow Borough
Harlow Town V Bethnal Green United
Hendon V Cheshunt - TO BE PLAYED ON SUNDAY
Ilford V Maldon and Tiptree
Needham Market V Kempston Rovers
Redbridge V London Colney
Romford V Crawley Green

Wednesday, 8 September 2010


The cold end wasn't present at Goldsdown Road on Tuesday night as Town went down to a second half goal from Thamesmead Town. Liam Hope was sent off towards the end of the game. The other results in the Ryman North were as follows -

Brentwood Town 1 East Thurrock United 3
Great Wakering Rovers 0 AFC Sudbury 4
Heybridge Swifts 1 Harlow Town 2
Needham Market 4 Wingate & Finchley 1
Potters Bar Town 2 Leyton 1
Redbridge 0 Cheshunt 0
Romford 3 Maldon & Tiptree 1
Ware 1 Tilbury 0

The League top ten currently stands as below (as of the results on Tuesday night) with the season's surprise being Wingate and Finchley currently down in 14th place. It's still early days with many twists and turns to come yet. Table toppers East Thurrock United are the only unbeaten team in the league with the bottom five of Waltham Abbey, Ilford, Waltham Forest, Redbridge and Great Wakering Rovers still yet to register a victory.

                         P  W  D  L  GF  GA  PTS
1. East Thurrock United 5 4 1 0 12 3 13
2. Needham Market 5 4 0 1 15 5 12
3. Harlow Town 5 4 0 1 9 7 12
4. Brentwood Town 5 3 1 1 13 7 10
5. Romford 5 3 1 1 9 3 10
6. AFC Sudbury 4 3 0 1 10 5 9
7. Enfield Town 5 3 0 2 8 4 9
8. Grays Athletic 4 3 0 1 6 3 9
9. Thamesmead Town 5 3 0 2 8 7 9
10.Heybridge Swifts 4 2 1 1 6 4 7

Tuesday, 7 September 2010


The official ETFC website has news of Enfield Town Under 18's defeat at the first hurdle in the FA Youth Cup.

Sunday, 5 September 2010


The Enfield Town under 18 side kick off their FA Youth Cup campaign on Monday night when they face Hampton & Richmond Borough's U18s in the preliminary round. Kick off is at 7.45pm.

If your free the cold end recommends you pop down and support the lads as it looks to be a tough game playing the youth team of a Blue Square South side.

The winners will face a trip to face Kentish Town U18'S the first qualifying round which is scheduled for the week beginning the 20th September.



Enfield Town continue their league campaign on Tuesday evening at Goldsdown Road when Thamesmead Town make the journey north of the river. Keith McMahon's side have had a mixed start to the season wining two and losing two games so far. On Saturday they recorded a welcome 3-1 home win over Ware at Bayliss Avenue. Prior to this game they won 1-2 at Redbridge on Bank Holiday Monday and lost to Brentwood Town at home (1-2) and away to Needham Market (1-3) on the opening day of the season. Raphael Momodu has been amongst the goals this season as well as young striker Danny Crouch who bagged a brace in the 3-1 win against Ware, he is dual registered with Blue Square South side Dartford.

The Mead were knocked out the FA Cup by local Kent League side Beckenham Town in a 2-3 home defeat in their other game so far this season.

Other Ryman North midweek fixtures -

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

There is no doubting the game of the midweek list comes at The Arena where joint table toppers Brentwood Town and East Thurrock United lock horns. Both are unbeaten and looking solid so far this season. Along with Heybridge Swifts The Blue and The Rocks are the only three teams without a loss so far. The Swifts welcome Harlow Town to Scraley Road in another game which looks a good one in prospect.

After their indifferent start the pre season 7/1 joint favourites for the title Wingate and Finchley make won't be relishing the long Tuesday night journey to Needham Market. The Suffolk side have dispatched Thamesmead Town (3-1) and Maldon and Tiptree (4-0) in their first two home league games this season so there is no doubting the North Londoners will find it tough at Bloomfields.


The cold end's miserable record of 5 recommended bets and 5 losing bets is a great advert that gambling doesn't pay!!! Therefore, As i did last season I'll leave it to the experts of Toonstar Tipper and The Director to hopefully bash the bookies this season. The cold end will continue with the Blue Square Premier BTTS system which started off with a win this week and will hopefully continue next weekend.

TT had a nightmare weekend with his treble blowing out with three incorrect predictions.

It's a marathon not a sprint!!!

Gamble responsibly!


Definitely a game not to write home about yesterday at Cricklefields as an Adam Wallace goal in the 2nd half separated the two sides to earn another valuable three points. Town didn't perform to the potential they had shown against Harlow and Waltham Forest in their last two games as Ilford worked extremely hard and were first to the ball in the first half an hour of the game.

The Foxes were strong in defence and had two chances on the break to take the lead against the Town side who were not at the races at the beginning of the game. A shot across young debutant Miles Duffy's goal that flashed wide of the post and when finding himself unmarked in the centre of the box the Ilford player fluffed his shot and put it well wide.

Steve Newing and Jason Dale watch on from the sidelines yesterday

Gradually Town pressed forward and had the best two chances of the first period when a shot was well saved by pushing the ball over the bar by home keeper Rob Budd. The resulting corner was headed on by Mark Kirby and the subsequent shot rattled off the cross bar. Very unlucky!!!

The second half was more of the same with Ilford frustrating Town's attack and proving themselves tough hard to beat opponents. Adam Wallace scrambled home the all important goal from a corner which was headed back into the danger zone.

Ilford's last two games prior to yesterday have ended 0-0 and 0-0 (AET) which only underlines how hardworking and tough in defence Colin Walton has his side working this season. At the end of the day football is a results business so to escape with a 0-1 win on a bobbly pitch when not having the best of games I think Steve Newing and the team would of taken at 3pm.

Liam Thomas, at centre back for Ilford, played an excellent game not giving any of the Town players much space when on the ball. Josh Coulson, a 6ft 3in centre forward/attacker, who came on as substitute for the foxes looked like he might cause Ryman North defences problems this season.
The cold end man of the match goes to Craig McKay who stood out in defence with special mention to the experience of Lee Protheroe in the holding midfielder role. Deniz Mehmet, who made a later appearance as substitute, put the Ilford defence under lots of pressure with his speedy forward runs.