Sunday, 31 October 2010

HARLOW TOWN, ROMFORD & AFC SUDBURY MAKE HEADLINES FOR THE RYMAN NORTH

It was a great day for Town's fellow Ryman North teams in the FA Trophy with Harlow Town and AFC Sudbury both beating Ryman Premier teams to go through to the next round. The Hawks outplayed Carshalton Athletic at Barrows Field winning 2-0 and AFC Sudbury put in a storming performance by thrashing FA Cup heroes Hendon 5-1 in Suffolk. Romford also recorded a fantastic victory at AFC Totton who have been very strong at home up until yesterday. Thamesmead Town are also in the hat having drawn 0-0 at Folkestone Invicta with the replay this mid-week. Grays Athletic play Cinderford Town this afternoon.

In the league Town who were top prior to last Saturday's defeat are now in 9th place. How tight the league is this season in only underlined by the fact if we win on Tuesday night against in-form Potters Bar Town we could move level with the three teams currently on 24 points. Needham Market find themselves top due to their superior goal difference. It's an important game at Goldsdown Road as even the Scholars who are now level on points with Town can move level with the top teams who are now seperated only by the afformentioned goal-difference. Needham Market have games in hand over all their fellow challengers (four against W&F but only one over Town and Harlow Town) with their strength underlined by the fact the current top three league goalscorers all play for the Suffolk side. Craig Parker has 9, with Sam Newson and Nathan Stone on 7 goals each. Dan Forward, Mark Kirby and Rudi Hall represent Enfield Town on three goals each in the top-goalscorers table.

Current League Table
                           P W D L  GF GA GD Pts 
1. Needham Market          9 8 0 1  28  9 19  24 
2. Harlow Town            10 8 0 2  17  9  8  24 
3. Wingate & Finchley     13 7 3 3  25 21  4  24 
4. Thamesmead Town        12 7 2 3  20 15  5  23 
5. Heybridge Swifts       13 6 4 3  25 13 12  22 
6. Romford                11 6 4 1  16  5 11  22 
7. Maldon & Tiptree       13 7 1 5  26 22  4  22 
8. East Thurrock United   11 6 3 2  23 13 10  21 
9. Enfield Town           10 7 0 3  20 10 10  21 
10.Potters Bar Town       12 6 3 3  23 19  4  21 
11.Great Wakering Rovers  12 5 3 4  19 19  0  18 
12.Brentwood Town         10 5 1 4  20 16  4  16 
13.AFC Sudbury            11 4 4 3  19 18  1  16 
14.Grays Athletic         11 4 2 5  15 17 -2  14 
15.Waltham Abbey          14 2 8 4  18 23 -5  14 
16.Cheshunt               12 3 4 5  15 18 -3  13 
17.Ware                   14 4 1 9  17 28 -11 13 
18.Ilford                 12 2 3 7  13 24 -11  9 
19.Tilbury                13 3 0 10 12 25 -13  9 
20.Leyton                 13 1 5  7 11 25 -14  8 
21.Redbridge              12 1 3  8 11 26 -15  6 
22.Waltham Forest         14 0 4 10 12 30 -18  4




This week's Ryman North fixtures - 

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

WEEKEND BETTING ROUND UP - THE DIRECTOR STRIKES!!!

Full marks to THE DIRECTOR's treble which won him a nice little return and allowed him to push the boat out and splash out on Special Fried Rice as opposed to his normal Saturday night budget Egg Fried Rice.

His total for the season now stands at a healthy profit of +£44.58. TOONSTAR TIPPER continued on his losing streak proving we should all gamble responsibly as he missed out with 2/3 correct selections - it was only his Aresnal -2 prediction which didn't come in. One nice win next week will put him back into profit.

THE COLD END'S BIG XI lost with 7/11 correct results.  Maybe next week out luck will be in!!

TROPHY ROAD TO WEMBLEY ENDS AT TONBRIDGE

Town were knocked out of the FA Trophy yesterday afternoon going down 0-2 to Ryman Premier Tonbridge Angels. For this years exit read last years Trophy defeat at Concord Rangers in that Town weren't at their very best, had a few influential players missing and didn't really work the opposing goalkeeper with a decent effort on target. Adam Wallace's shot in the first half which was comfortably saved was the only one I can remember.
Tonbridge is a delightful town to visit (I can vouch that it's a long but very pleasurable trek from the railway station to the ground past numerous inviting watering holes) and Angels Longmeadow Stadium has to be one of the best in the Ryman Premier with lots of room to expand if they need to. Their supporters made Town's travelling fans feel very welcome and it was a good day out all round bar the result. *the cold end apologies for lack of photos or footage this week but my camera is not feeling very well...hopefully it'll be back up and running soon* Tonbridge have their own camera man so hopefully some highlights will follow in due course.

It wasn't all doom and gloom going down to a side bang in form from the league above as Town showed some decent play at times but it was Angels whom I'm sure must have played much better this season as well (evidently all reports back to Steve Newing prior to the game was that Angels were one of the best teams in the Ryman Premier) who scored two first half goals to go through to the third qualifying round.

The goals came from Sonny Miles on 30 minutes and crucially in injury time at the end of the first half from Danny Walder. Taking nothing away from Angels who well deserved their win but both were scrappy goals to concede which summed Town's day up really.

The cold end sends good luck to Tommy Warrilow and his team in the next round and predicts the Angels will be right up in the thick of things in the Premier Division at the business end of the season so to lose on their patch wasn't all that bad.

Centre back Ben Judge stood out for the cold end today in the Angels line up. He looked very composed, experienced and didn't put a foot wrong. It's no surprise that since he and midfielder Chris Piper along with Rory Hill joined from Croydon Athletic at the beginning of October they are unbeaten in all matches. Pacey forward Claude Seanla (who also signed at the beginning of October started his career at Tottenham and has also turned out for Watford, Barnet, Kettering Town and Boreham Wood amongst others) also stood out going forward with Jay May leading the line well for the home side.

For Town, Dave Kendall in for Mark Kirby at centre-back had a decent game along with Bomber in goal.

Nobody likes losing and I know Steve Newing is definitely not a fan so he'll have the lads well fired up for the Potters Bar Town home game on Tuesday night which will be another really difficult game as The Scholars young side underlined their good form of late by beating Heybridge Swifts yesterday afternoon. Since the beginning of September they have won six, drawn three and lost only (narrowly 0-1 to Cheshunt) one game in ten league games.

Town now have a run of seven important league games in November the results of which could shape how the season pans out. We face Potters Bar Town (home and away), Wingate and Finchley (home), Leyton (home), Maldon and Tiptree (home), Grays Athletic (away) and Heybridge Swifts (home) before going to Needham Meerkat at the beginning of December.

COME ON TOWN!!!

Friday, 29 October 2010

TOONSTAR STILL ON CLOUD NINE

Toonstar's week has been very happy this week after meeting some of the Newcastle United team last weekend...Even though the Toon went down 0-4 at home to Arsenal TT is still reliving the memories that some of the squad even laughed at his rendition of "I love curly hair too" in hounor of Fabricio Coloccini.

TT is in the red by £36.16 so far this season. Hopefully this weekend can be the start of a run of form for the East London Geordie Boy!!! 

TT's goes for a Premier League treble is as follows (one of which the cold end thinks is a risky one but gambling is all about risk taking!!) -

Chelsea to win at Blackburn Rovers
Arsenal -2 at home to West Ham United
Man United -1 at home to Tottenham Hostspur

£10 pays a "a photo with a football superstar busting" return of £81.48 with skybet.com.

As always gamble responsibly.

SKYBET.COM PRICE UP THE FA VASE...SAINTS AT 10/1 LOOK GOOD VALUE

Sky Bet have recently added odds for the outright winners of the FA Vase with current Northern League Champions and top of the table Spenymoor Town rated favourites at 7/1 closely followed by United Counties League big-spenders St Neots Town at 10/1 with a host of other well known non-league names down to 250/1 shots Wellington Town and Forest Town.   

SKYBET.COM CURRENT ODDS FOR THE FA VASE - TOP 12


SPENYMOOR TOWN 7/1
ST NEOTS TOWN 10/1
WHITELY BAY 14/1
CHALFONT ST PETER 14/1
KINGS LYNN TOWN 16/1
TIPTON TOWN 20/1
POOLE TOWN 20/1
NEW MILLS 25/1
SCARBOROUGH ATH 33/1
SHILDON 33/1
COALVILLE 33/1
DUNSTON UTS 33/1

St Neots Town have splashed the cash on ex Aston Villa and QPR forward Stefan Moore earlier this season when he signed from Halesowen Town for a reported five-figure fee. The Saints playing at the new Rowley Park stadium certainly look like a club which will be moving up the pyramid in the forthcoming seasons. They celebrated being unbeaten in the league home and away for an amazing 12 months on Tuesday night by thrashing Desborough Town 10-0 which is the third time this season they have won by double figures!  They were pipped to the title by Daventry Town last season and this campaign look set to battle for the coveted promotion place with Kings Lynn Town along with Long Bucky who are also up the top of the division. Since joining the Cambridgeshire club Moore has scored 11 goals in 7 appearances which include three hat-tricks. His strike partner Shane Tolley has so far netted 24 times in 14 games which includes an incredible four hat-tricks. Tolley who came through the ranks at Petereborough United and then played for FK Riga in Latvia and Bohemians in Ireland before moving to the South-West to turn out for Truro City (where he won the Vase in 2007), Bideford and Barnstaple Town. Roy Essandoh (he of Wycombe Wanderers FA Cup teletext fame) is also in the Squad at St Neots.

The cold end believes that if manager Dennis Greene can keep his star players fit they will go far in this season's Vase competition making the 10/1 odds on offer very good value.

They face Essex Senior League Burnham Ramblers at home in the 2nd Round due to be played on the 13th November. Ramblers are 66/1 to win the Vase with some fan's joking they should be at least 66/1 to win at St Neots. 

 Fixtures for the top 5 favourite clubs in the 2nd round (all due to be played on the 13th November)


St Neots Town v Burnham Ramblers (66/1)
West Auckland Town (66/1) v Spenymoor United
Thackley (50/1) v Whitley Bay
Rye United (100/1) v Chalfont St Peter
Kings Lynn Town v Gorleston (80/1)

The cold end likes to look for value for money as after all gambling should be just a bit of fun so maybe a good outside bet could be Combined Counties League leaders Cherstey Town currently at 50/1. They went all the way to the fifth round last season before being beaten by perennial Vase battlers Whitley Bay in a replay. Bay are holders of the competition for the last two seasons so deserve to placed third favourites at 14/1. Chertsy Town face Wessex Premier side Moneyfields at home in the 2nd round and have won six of seven league games so should safely progress to the third round. Leiston, of the Eastern Counties League, who so nearly qualified for the FA Cup first round proper going down 2-3 at Blue Square South Dartford in midweek are currently rated at 40/1. Their high odds maybe down to the fact they travel to face Royston Town in the next round who are currently 66/1. The Crows were the last remaining SSMFL side in the competition last season getting to the fith round before going down to eventual finalists Wroxham 0-5. Whoever wins what is one of the ties of the round at Garden Walk will see their odds taken in by at least 10 to 20 points.

Who will be stepping out for a dream date at the National Stadium on Sunday 8th May 2011??  There are many twists and turns to go with a total of six rounds to go. Whichever teams battle through they will have earned their place to play at Wembley.
Full odds for the remaining teams can be found at here at skybet link

FA VASE FIXTURES FOR THE REMAINING SPARTAN & ESSEX SENIOR TEAMS

AFC DUNSTABLE V TRING ATHELTIC
DUNSTABLE TOWN V CRC
HULLBRIDGE SPORTS V LEVERSTOCK GREEN
ROYSTON TOWN V LEISTON
RYE UNITED V CHALFONT ST PETER
ST IVES TOWN V AYLESBURY UNITED
STOTFOLD V WHITTON UNITED
ST NEOTS TOWN V BURNHAM RAMBLERS
STANSTED V ETON MANOR
WITHAM TOWN V WALSHAM-LE-WILLOWS

THE DIRECTOR'S WEEKEND TREBLE - BRENTWOOD TOWN, NEEDHAM MARKET AND MALDON & TIPTREE TO BASH THE BOOKIES

This week it is a 6/1 Div 1 North treble.


Maldon & Tiptree host Waltham Abbey. The hosts seemed to have hit top gear with Joe Sweeney on fire at present. The visitors too have found some form though, coming back to snatch a draw at Wingate in midweek. I think their luck may run out this weekend though and I predict a comfortable home win at 17/20

Bentwood Town were stuffed by Redbridge last week and will hope to make amends when they make the trip to Tilbury. The game sees Brentwood custodian and Towners favourite Andy Hall against his former club, I think he will be the less busy of the two keepers as I back Brentwood to bounce back in style at 27/20

Finally, after their aborted trip to Brentwood on Tuesday, Needham Market venture to basement boys Waltham Forest. The Stags have made some signing of late, including Mitch Hahn, but I cant see this being enough to stop a comprehensive Away win at 13/20

THEDIRECTOR

Thursday, 28 October 2010

THE COLD END BIG XI

It's week 3 for the cold end big XI and so far in this 'experiment' we've had no luck. We need bag loads of good fortune to win but you never know this week could be the week. Here is the big XI for this weekend-

PREMIER LEAGUE - EVERTON TO BEAT STOKE CITY       - 4/7 
CHAMPIONSHIP   - MIDDLESBORO TO BEAT BRISTOL CITY - 10/11
LEAGUE ONE     - HUDDERSFIELD TO BEAT WALSALL     - 4/9 
LEAGUE TWO     - ROTHERHAM TO BEAT SOUTHEND       - 13/8
SPL            - MOTHERWELL TO BEAT HAMILTON      - 8/11 
SCOTTISH FIRST - DUNFERMLINE TO BEAT STIRLING     - 1/2 
SCOTTISH 2ND   - LIVINGSTON TO BEAT FORFAR        - 10/11 
SCOTTISH 3RD   - ALBION TO BEAT CLYDE             - 4/5 
BLUE SQ PRE    - R&D TO BEAT BARROW               - 1/2 
BLUE SQ NORTH  - NUNEATON TO BEAT HINCKLEY        - 4/6 
BLUE SQ SOUTH  - BRAINTREE TO BEAT WESTON         - 1/2 

A 50p stake pays a smaller amount than usual as we've gone for mostly odds on favourits but a return of £189.89 would be nice if luck comes calling at cold end HQ

FA TROPHY AND WEEKEND PREVIEW - COME ON THE UNDER-DOGS!!!

There a total of six Ryman Division One (North) teams left in the FA Trophy with the second Qualifying Round continuing this weekend. Four teams face Ryman Premier sides with Romford making a trip to face AFC Totton of the Zamaretto S&W and Grays Athletic entertaining Cinderford Town of the same division on Sunday.

Romford face a tricky trip to Hampshire against a side who are currently third in their respective league and will go second if they win their game in hand. In their league fixtures at Testwood Park they have won 5 and drawn 1 and underlined their form at home in the first qualifying round by smashing AFC Hayes 5-0 and in the preliminary round beating Yate Town 3-0. The Stags are due to move from Testwood Park to a new stadium in the near future so it'll be a chance for The Boro fans to tick off a ground which will soon be demolished.

Grays Athletic have what looks to be an easier draw than Romford when Cinderford Town visit on Sunday afternoon. They are in 15th place in their league and have needed a replay against Hungerford Town and Mangotsfield Town to get through to this stage. However having said this, The Foresters make the long trip to Essex from Gloucestershire with some good away form being unbeaten in five league and cup matches with a 0-1 win at Atherstone Town in the Red Insure Cup this midweek.

Thamesmead Town who moved 2nd in the league on Wednesday night following their 1-2 success at Waltham Forest, travel to the Kent coast to play a Folkestone Invicta side lucking near the bottom of the Premier Division with only two league wins all season. Nigel Culley's side beat Worthing in the 1st qualifying round to get through to this stage but with The Mead in good form of late it's going to be a close game. The Mead scored two late goals in the match at Cricklefields having been 1-0 down until 17 minutes from time.

AFC Sudbury host Hendon who got through to the first round proper of the FA Cup with their 0-2 win at Met Police on Wednesday night. AFC have only lost once in the league at home and have beaten Ryman South Mertsham and Ryman Premier Canvey Island already in the Trophy this season. Nicky Smiths side's form has been slightly topsy turvy this season so far but his squad is well capable of giving the visiting Middlesex side a good game and possibly cause an upset.

Top of the table Harlow Town will be eager to cause a shock against Carshalton Athletic at Barrows Farm. Athletic missed out on a place in the First Round of the FA Cup on Monday night going out to Blue Sqaure South Chelmsford City so will not be wanting to exit another cup competition in Essex on Saturday.

Elsewhere in the draw Ryman Premier Horsham and Division One (South) Dulwich Hamlet face mammoth journeys to Truro City and Bideford AFC respectively. The South Londoners are looking at round trip of just under 500 miles with Horsham going a little further with a return journey of roughly 530 miles. What a day out for the Hornet and Hamlet fans to enjoy and I'm sure some of them will be making a weekend of it down in Devon and Cornwall. Let's hope the sun shines for them. The cold end has visited Bideford's ground when on holiday earlier this year and can confirm it's very nice indeed. As you can see from the pictures (note for Mrs Cold End - it was worth stopping and getting excited about!!) the floodlights dominate the skyline as you drive into the Town and brought back memories for me of Southbury Road.

One of the stands at Bideford



Evoking memories of Southbury Road - The Floodlights at Bideford
 
The other stand at Bideford AFC

Skybet.com are offering odds for all the Trophy games with Enfield Town rated at 3/1 under-dogs (everyone loves one!!) to win at Tonbridge Angels who are 4/6 favourites. A draw is rated at 11/4. The cold end thinks the best value for money is the 13/8 on offer for Thamesmead Town to win at Folkestone Invicta

FA TROPHY FIXTURE LIST FEATURING RYMAN DIVISION ONE (NORTH) SIDES
SATURDAY

AFC SUDBURY V HENDON
AFC TOTTON V ROMFORD
FOLKESTONE INVICTA V THAMESMEAD TOWN
HARLOW TOWN V CARSHALTON ATHLETIC
TONBRIDGE ANGELS V ENFIELD TOWN
SUNDAY
GRAYS ATHLETIC V CINDERFORD TOWN

There are a seven Ryman North games on Saturday with six of the top ten in action. Without a win Waltham Forest entertain Needham Market in a game the Suffolk side on form should win by 2 or 3 goals. Heybridge Swifts are also on the road travelling to Potters Bar Town who came back from the dead on Tuesday night. With just four minutes remaining Redbridge were 0-2 up but thanks to goals from Jose Espinosa and Tom Pett the Scholars snatched a point from the jaws of defeat. Wayne Bond's side can make it another change at the top of the league with a victory or a Needham Market win coupled with Swift's draw or loss will see the Suffolk side take to the summit as they have a better goal-difference than Harlow Town. 
 
Another interesting match is Ware, who went down 3-2 at Maldon & Tiptree on Tuesday night, travelling to face Great Wakering Rovers who won again against Tilbury in mid-week. Maldon played some the match with only 9 men but still managed to hold out for a valuable win against Tony Faulkner's side. M&T have another home game versus Waltham Abbey who made a very gutsy come back at Wingate on Tuesday night. The Abbots were 3-1 down but thanks to two late goals (one in injury time) secured a well earned point. Wingate & Finchley host Leyton and should be too strong for the East London visitors. Dave Norman's squad will likely to be wanting to put right the draw (which to use a cliche may have felt like a defeat) against Abbey and can move ominously towards the top of the league with a convincing win.     
 
RYMAN NORTH FIXTURE LIST
East Thurrock United VS Ilford
Great Wakering Rovers VS Ware
Maldon & Tiptree VS Waltham Abbey
Potters Bar Town VS Heybridge Swifts
Tilbury VS Brentwood Town
Waltham Forest VS Needham Market
Wingate & Finchley VS Leyton

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

THE BLUE SQUARE PREMIER B.T.T.S SYSTEM

The BTTS sytem hasn't provided a win for a few weeks but is still in profit at +£37.60...Here are the weekend's Blue Square Premier fixtures with the BTTS system applied -

Friday 29 October                   TOTAL
Southport     16 Kidderminster 18    34
Saturday 30 October 
AFC Wimbledon 17 Darlington   11     28 
Forest Green  19 York         13     32
Gateshead     16 Cambridge U  19     35 
Grimsby       21 Eastbourne B 24     45 
Hayes & Y     11 Altrincham   18     39
Histon        13 Wrexham       9     22
Luton         19 Bath City    15     34
Mansfield     17 Crawley Town 18     35 
Newport Co    20 Kettering    15     35
Rushden & D   17 Barrow       13     30
Tamworth      22 Fleetwood T  11     33

As you can see it's a no bet weekend with one match rated at 45 and a further three at 35 points.

Monday, 25 October 2010

RYMAN DIVISION ONE (NORTH) MIDWEEK PREVIEW

It's a busy midweek in the Ryman Division One North with eight matches being played tomorrow and one on Wednesday night. The cold end has been working on and studying the statistics for all the club's currently in Town's division so here is a preview of the forthcoming matches -

Brentwood Town v Needham Market
Saturday's defeat at Redbridge was the first time Brentwood have failed to score in a league match this season. In their four home league games so far they have beaten teams in the lower half of the league in Leyton and Waltham Forest, drawn against Waltham Abbey and lost against East Thurrock United. Needham have won six league games in a row after losing their first away league game at Tilbury. They have not failed to score in any of their eight league games and currently have an average of 3.13 goals scored per league game with the blues have averaging 1.78 goals. Expect a close game but Needham Market should just have enough to win.


Cheshunt v Heybridge Swifts
The Amber's have three wins and two loses at home in the league so far with The Swifts losing only one in five on the road so far. The Amber's scored twice at Needham Market on Saturday so will be full of confidence with Heybridge stuttering and only managing a draw at home to Waltham Forest. Another close game in prospect with the first goal scored being the all important one as the cold end thinks whoever scores first will win the game.

Great Wakering Rovers v Tilbury
Town's opponents on Saturday beat Heybridge Swifts 2-1 in their last home league game and also narrowly lost to Thamesmead Town in the FA Trophy. The Docker's are not the best travelling having lost 4 and won 1 on the road so far this season. GWR did ride their luck somewhat in the opening 15 minutes against Enfield Town which points towards Tilbury being given chances to score. A close game to call which GWR may just shade.

Leyton v Ilford
An East London basement battle on the cards at Lea Bridge Road. Leyton gained a creditable draw at Thamesmead Town on Saturday but haven't won since beating Waltham Forest 2-1 at home in the second game of the season. Ilford have won at Ware and drawn at AFC Sudbury in their last two away trips. A tough game to predict with a score-draw maybe the outcome??.

Maldon & Tiptree v Ware
The returning Ryan Wade went close for Ware hitting the crossbar before Romford ran out 0-2 winners at Wodson Park on Saturday with Maldon recording a good 0-2 victory at Tilbury. Maldon have strengthened their squad with the addition of Dean Fenton signed from Harrow Borough and should be too good for Ware on the night. Tony Faulkner's side have a miserable record away from Wodson Park losing all five of their league games on the road letting in seventeen goals in the process.

Potters Bar Town vs. Redbridge
Adam Lee's side have recorded some good wins of late most notably 1-2 at Grays on Saturday. They are unbeaten in four home league games and face Redbridge who won unexpectedly 4-0 at home to Brentwood Town at the weekend. New Motormen manger Kris Taylor has made some good signings in attempt to haul his side off the bottom of the table. Form says the Scholars should win this game as the East London side are without a win on the road so far but Redbridge will be buoyed by their excellent result against Brentwood. Too close to call!!

Romford v Grays Athletic
Romford are unbeaten at home in the league and have only let in two goals in four games. Athletics's form in somewhat topsy turvy and they haven't scored away from home in their last two league games. The Boro to just about shade this one.

Wingate & Finchley v Waltham Abbey
Wingate have had only one defeat at home in the league against Heybridge Swifts with four victories against Romford, Brentwood, Redbridge and East Thurrock United. The visiting Abbey side who have only won one game away from home against struggling Leyton will be well organised defensively and tough to break down but W&F will be too strong for them.
 
Waltham Forest v Thamesmead Town
The Stags are the only side now without a victory in the league. They have drawn three out of the five home league games but face a tough test against Thamesmead Town on Wednesday night. Aside from defeats at Needham Market and Heybridge Swifts The Mead have won three times away from home with victories at Enfield Town and East Thurrock United standing out. Expect three points to be heading South at 10pm on Wednesday night.

RYMAN PREMIER DIVSION - THE SEASON SO FAR??

With Enfield Town travelling to face Ryman Premier Tonbridge Angels next weekend in the FA Trophy the cold end thought it would be good if we took a look at how the Premier Division stands and how the season has been going so far.

Here are the current standings - 
                            P  W D L GF GA  GD Pts  Skybet current odds 
1. Kingstonian              11 8 1 2 20  9  11 25      11/2
2. Lowestoft Town           12 7 3 2 17  8   9 24       9/2
3. Sutton United            11 7 3 1 15  6   9 24      15/8
4. Hendon                   11 5 4 2 23 15   8 19      14/1
5. Tonbridge Angels         12 6 1 5 21 17   4 19      16/1
6. Bury Town                11 5 4 2 17 16   1 19      14/1 
7. Carshalton Athletic       9 5 2 2 16  8   8 17      14/1
8. Hastings United          12 4 5 3 17 14   3 17      25/1
9. Billericay Town          12 4 5 3 13 12   1 17      50/1 
10.Cray Wanderers           11 4 4 3 20 11   9 16      40/1
11.Concord Rangers          11 4 4 3 17 14   3 16      16/1
12.AFC Hornchurch           12 4 4 4 14 18 - 4 16      20/1
13.Margate                  11 4 3 4 16 11   5 15      50/1
14.Canvey Island            10 3 4 3 12  9   3 13      20/1
15.Tooting & Mitcham United 12 3 3 6 14 24 -10 12     250/1 
16.Harrow Borough           10 3 1 6 12 18 - 6 10      66/1
17.Aveley                   12 2 4 6 10 18 - 8 10      66/1
18.Folkestone Invicta       11 2 4 5  6 15 - 9 10     200/1
19.Wealdstone               11 2 3 6 10 14 - 4  9      50/1
20.Croydon Athletic         10 2 3 5  9 20 -11  9    2500/1
21.Maidstone United         13 1 5 7 13 22 - 9  8     500/1
22.Horsham                  11 2 2 7  7 20 -13  8      66/1

Town's opponents showed there are bang on form of late by winning 0-3 at Aveley on Saturday. This was only the third time in twelve games that the Millers who are usually quite strong in defence have let in three goals. The victory was the Angels sixth win on the trot in league and cup games. Prior to the Trophy game they travel to Gander Green Lane on Tuesday to face current 3rd placed Sutton United in what is an important league fixture. United have only lost once so far against table toppers Kingstonian (1-0 away on the 4th October) but if they win their game in hand they will go top by two points. Paul Doswell's 15/8 Championship favourites could only manage a 1-1 draw at home to Cray Wanderers on Saturday.

Ryman Divison One (North) champions Lowestoft Town have, as everyone who saw them play last season thought, taken to Premier Division life with ease. Currently in second place the Trawlerboys have only lost twice in the league so far against Carshalton Athletic on the opening day of the season and away at FA Cup Heroes Harrow Borough in a midweek 2-0 defeat on the 7th of September.

Kingstonian have also lost only two games somewhat surprisingly at Folkestone Invicta (1-0) and at home to Maidstone United (0-1) on the 7th and 18th of September.

Fourth placed Hendon deserve a mention for the fantastic job Gary McCann is doing as Manager. The ex Enfield FC goalkeeper recently had his 500th game for Hendon as player and manager which is a tremendous achievement bearing in mind he has been in charge of the Dons throughout the troubled time when they lost their Claremont Road ground and moved to share at Vale Farm with Wembley. All his hard work and persistence now seems to be paying off as ably assisted by another Ryman League legend in Freddie Hyatt they are another club with only two league defeats to date away at Tooting and Mitcham and at home to Kingstonian. Highlights of their FA Cup tie with the Metropolitan Police can be found on THEFA.COM website. Town are due to face Hendon in the Middlesex Senior Cup at Vale Farm in a match scheduled for the 16th of November.

There are just ten points which separate Kingstonian and thirteenth place Margate at present so any number of teams can go on a run and make a move up the table.

At the opposite end of the table are Horsham, Maidstone United, Croydon Athletic and Wealdstone. Gordon Bartlett's team finished in sixth place last season agonisingly missing out on the play-offs by only three points. They are now 50/1 outsiders for the title having won only two of their eleven league games so far. They face Kingstonian at Grosvenor Vale tonight.

Billericay Town are the cold end's outsider each way tip currently at 50/1 with skybet.com They are only eight points back from Kingstonian which will increase to eleven should the current top team win their game in hand. However, Billericay have a strong home record of 4 wins, 1 draw and 1 defeat (against Lowestoft Town) and away have lost two and drawn four. The two loses have come at the hands of Sutton United (narrowly 1-0) and Kingstonian (2-4). If (a big if??) two of those four draws would of been wins it would put them up from 9th into 4th position. They are 11/10 to beat Cray Wanderers on Tuesday night which could be a good bet??



FACT AND FIGURES - 

MOST WINS            8 - KINGSTONIAN  
MOST HOME WINS       5 - SUTTON UNITED 
MOST AWAY WINS       4 - KINGSTONIAN 

MOST DEFEATS         7 - MAIDSTONE AND HORSHAM 
MOST HOME DEFEATS    4 - MAIDSTONE 
MOST AWAY DEFEATS    5 - HORSHAM 

LEAST WINS           1 - MAIDSTONE 
LEAST HOME WINS      0 - MAIDSTONE AND CROYDON ATHLETIC 
LEAST AWAY WINS      0 - WEALDSTONE AND BILLERICAY 
 
LEAST DEFEATS        1 - SUTTON UNITED 
LEAST HOME DEFEATS   0 - LOWESTOFT TOWN AND SUTTON UNITED 
LEAST AWAY DEFEATS   1 - KINGSTONIAN, SUTTON UNITED, HENDON, BURY 
                         TOWN, CARSHALTON ATHLETIC, HASTINGS, CRAY, 
                         CONCORD, CANVEY ISLAND

MOST DRAWN GAMES     5 - HASTINGS, BILLERICAY AND MAIDSTONE 
MOST DRAWS HOME      3 - MAIDSTONE, TOOTING AND MITCHAM, BURY TOWN
MOST DRAWS AWAY      4 - BILLERICAY  

MOST GOALS           23 - HENDON 
MOST HOME GOALS      13 - TONBRIDGE ANGELS 
MOST AWAY GOALS      12 - KINGSTONIAN AND HENDON 

MOST GOALS CONCEDED          24 - TOOTING AND MITCHAM 
MOST HOME GOALS CONCEDED     13 - MAIDSTONE AND TOOTING AND MITCHAM
MOST AWAY GOALS CONCEDED     15 - HORSHAM

LEAST GOALS SCORED            6 - FOLKESTONE INVICTA 
LEAST HOME GOALS SCORED       3 - CROYDON ATH AND FOLKESTONE INVICTA 
LEAST AWAY GOALS SCORED       3 - HORSHAM AND FOLKESTONE INVICTA 

BEST GOAL DIFFERENCE        +11      - KINGSTONIAN 
WORST GOAL DIFFERENCE       minus 13 - HORSHAM 

WEEKEND BETTING ROUND UP

This weekend was yet another losing one which only goes to underline why the bookmakers make so much money!!!  

The Director went so close again with 2 out of 3 matches correct. Only East Thurrock's draw at Waltham Abbey put a spanner in the works.

Toonstar's BTTS treble went agonisingly close too with 5 out of 6 teams scoring. When TT watched the highlights of the Sunderland v Aston Villa and saw Emile Heskey's miss he was most gutted but still happy due to witnessing the Toon's 1-2 win.

The cold end's BIG XI 50p also went into the bookie's profit margins with six out of eleven results correct. More luck and we'll win big!!!!-----Maybe?

ALWAYS REMEMBER TO GAMBLE RESPONSIBLY.

Sunday, 24 October 2010

NO SHOCK FOR WESTWELL AT BALDOCK

The cold end wrote of Hertford and District League Division Three side Westwell last week and their trip to Premier Divison table toppers Baldock Cannon in the Centenary Trophy at the weekend. The result was as expected in an 11-1 victory for the home side. Westwell's goal scored by Fraser Boules was only their second goal of the season. The Royston based club travel again next week to face Watton-At-Stone reserves in the league whose only two wins in the league this season have come via 4-3 victories at Thundridge reserves and Buntingford Wanderers reserves. With this in mind there are bound to be goals galore at Watton Meadow next Saturday!!

LEGEND MEETS.....................................JONAS GUTIERREZ

Toonstar Tipper is not having a great year gambling wise with more loses (current balance at minus £36.16) than West Ham United but last night he was pleased to meet a real 'Toon-Star' and all round top man Jonas Gutierrez after The Hammers lost versus Newcastle United.

TT had a great day out in East London with the Toon Army which has hopefully given him some inspiration to make some winning tips here on THE COLD END.

TT's South American Fan Club will be excited to see "la toonstar real Desenmascarado".   Always remember to "apostar de forma responsable"

Toonstar and a real legend "toon-star"

CLINICAL FINISHING ROVERS TAKE ALL THREE POINTS


Kirby wins a header over two Rover's players
Enfield Town were knocked off the top of the league yesterday as Great Wakering Rovers came away a 0-3 victory. Taking nothing away from the away side's performance but had Town scored one of their numerous early opportunities the game could of finished with a different outcome.

Town looked in control in the first 15 minutes as Liam Hope and Adam Wallace missed good chances to score along with a top-notch clearance off the goal line by Rover's defender Grant Khory-Davidson  from a Mark Kirby header which was destined for the back of the net!


From then it all went wrong in the space of about three minutes as Rover's top scorer Luka Frankis out ran the Town back line to fire the ball past Darren Bonfield to make the score 0-1. Rover's captain Dan Trenkel who always seems to play well against us then put a cross into the box which was met by the head of Ty Benjamin. Bonfield made a good parried save only for Benjamin to be the quickest to the ball and make it 0-2.


Captains collide - Kirby and Trenkel up for the ball
 Town had a great shout for a penalty when Richard Morton was brought down with a late tackle inside the area which the referee didn't give just before the break.

Town pressed to get back into the game in the second half only for Rovers to seal the result in the 57 minute when that man again Dan Trenkel put the ball across the goalmouth for Billy Johnson to finish making the score 0-3.




Louis Godwin-Green in the Rover's goal made a great save from a Bardle header to keep a clean sheet for his team and his opposite number Bonfield made a fantastic save late on to keep the score at 0-3.


Grant Khory-Davidson wins the ball ahead of Gunz.
It was just one of those afternoon's for Town as with a little more good fortune the result as stated could of been completely different.

Rovers had four good chances of which three they clinically put away.

This was their first away win in the league this season having drawn their last two on the road at Potters Bar Town and Leyton previously losing at Maldon & Tiptree and Cheshunt.










Roll on the FA Trophy trip to Tonbridge next weekend!!! 


Trenkel challenging for the ball again

Kirby gets his foot to the ball
MATCH HIGHLIGHTS BELOW (THE COLD END DIDN'T CATCH ROVER'S FIRST GOAL) - WITH APOLOGIES FOR THE INDUSTRIAL BUT PASSIONATE VERBAL EXPRESSIONS OF A TOWN FAN..THOSE WHO KNOW HIM WILL RECOGNISE HIS VOICE -

Saturday, 23 October 2010

AWAY DAY SPECIAL - THE DIRECTOR'S WEEKEND RYMAN NORTH TREBLE

This weekend I have a treble of away wins for you that pays 15/2


First up, Ilford entertain Wingate and Finchley. Ilford are hard to break down this season and have picked up a few half-decent results, however I don’t think their dogged rear-guard will have quite enough to see of a resurgent W&F. An away win pays an attractive 17/20

Secondly, Maldon and Tiptree pay a visit to the Dockers of Tilbury. The visitors appear to be slowly getting it together and definitely pose a strong goal threat. I predict a high scoring game with Maldon and Tiptree winning at 29/20

Finally, Waltham Abbey welcome East Thurrock United. The Abbey’s young side have been picking up some decent points of late but I’m not sure they have enough against the a physical a direct East Thurrock who need the points to keep up with the leading pack. An away win pays 9/10

Good Luck!

TOONSTAR OFF TO THE BOLEYN GROUND

Toonstar Tipper is looking forward to making the short trip from TT Towers to East London tomorrow night to watch the Toon take on West Ham United. With all the doom and gloom in the news about the government spending review and cuts nothing could cheer TT up better than a Newcastle United victory at The Boleyn Ground. TT also had a smile on his face this week watching Ian Holloway's rant about the Wayne Rooney situation. Like most true football fans think TT reckons there is no better manager at present that could take over in the England hot-seat when Fabio leaves. The cold end and TT may even start a campaign for 'HOLLOWAY FOR ENGLAND!!!'   

TT has been studying the from and previous results in the Premier League and goes for a BTTS special this weekend. (The cold end agrees that many of the Premier League fixtures this weekend look very closely matched with perhaps only Chelsea's home match versus Wolverhampton Wanderers the only game you could safely say in a banker result)

TT goes for both teams to score in the following matches -

Tottenham v Everton
Sunderland v Aston Villa
West Brom v Fulham

A £10 stake with skybet.com pays £61.62.

Gamble responsibly!!

Friday, 22 October 2010

THE COLD END BIG XI - WEEK TWO

Seven out of eleven correct results last week in the first big XI. For those not in the know each week the cold end will select 11 matches (usually from the English Leagues down to the Blue Square South and North and all Scottish Leagues) and hopefully they'll all be correct at some point in the season winning a pot full of money. There is a narrow chance it could happen - Basically like being blindfolded throwing a dart at a board from 18 foot away and hoping to hit the bullseye!!

This week's massive 50p outlay goes on the following selections (please note due to FA Cup and Scottish Cup games some of the choices are from different leagues) -

Premier League - West Ham to beat Newscastle       - 13/10
Championship   - Coventry home win versus Barnsley - evens 
League One     - Brighton home win versus Yeovil   - 8/15
League Two     - Chesterfield to beat Shrewsbury   - evens 
Scottish Prem  - Motherwell to beat Dundee United  - 11/8
Scottish 1st   - Cowdenbeath to beat Morton        - 6/4 
Scottish 2nd   - Livingston to beat Peterhead      - 1/2 
Ryman Prem     - Sutton United to beat Cray        - 4/7 
Ryman Prem     - Bury Town to beat AFC Hornchurch  - 4/6  
Zamaretto Prem - Windsor & Eton to beat Stourbridge- evens 
Evo Stick Prem - Colwyn Bay away win at Retford    - 4/5 

A 50p stake on an 11-fold accumulator pays £592.29 with skybet.com. 

Due to the FA Cup fixtures there is not BTTS system this weekend.

Thursday, 21 October 2010

KBS TYRES & MERCURY HERTFORD & DISTRICT LEAGUE - THE SEASON SO FAR

The Hertford & District League has four divisions and games are played on Saturday afternoons in and around the Hertford area from Buntingford to Baldock and Broxbourne to Braughing. Most teams across the divisions have played at least four games so far with Baldock Cannon leading the Premier Division having played five and won five closely followed by Waltham Abbey's 'A' side with a record of 4 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss from their six league games.

As you can see from the Division Three standing below Westwell are not having the best of seasons -

DIVISION THREE (CURRENT STANDINGS) 
                             P W D L GF GA GD PTS 
MANGROVE RES                 6 6 0 0 32  8 +24 12 
WARE LIONS OLDS BOYS         5 5 0 0 23  5 +18 10 
BRAUGHING F C RES            5 4 0 1 17  8 + 9  8 
NAZEING RES                  5 3 0 2 13 15 - 2  6 
HERTFORD COUNTY RES          3 2 0 1 11  7 + 4  4 
DEACONSFIELD                 4 2 0 2 11 10 + 1  4 
THUNDRIDGE RES               6 2 0 4 12 15 - 3  4 
COTTERED RES                 6 2 0 4 11 17 - 6  4 
WATTON AT STONE RES          5 2 0 3 11 19 - 8  4 
BUNTINGFORD WANDERERS RES    5 1 0 4 21 14 + 7  2 
ELIZABETH ALLEN OLD BOYS 'A' 5 1 0 4 13 22 - 9  2 
WESTWELL                     5 0 0 5  1 36 -35  0

The Royston based side have lost everyone of their five league games and only scored one solitary goal against 2nd from bottom Elizabeth Allen Old Boys 'A' who beat them by 4-1 on the 18th September. In the game after this one on the 25th September they were thrashed 15-0 by the team 3rd from bottom Buntingford Wanderers Reserves. They have also been on the end of a 9-0 defeat by table toppers Mangove Reserves. Results have improved over the last few weeks with a 0-1 defeat at the hands of Braughing Res in the Hertfordshire Junior Trophy and a 0-3 loss against Ware Lions Old Boys in the league.
This weekend Westwell will be hoping to give a good account of themselves as they make the short trip to face unbeaten Premier Division leaders Baldock Cannon in the Centenary Cup. Will it be a cricket score or will Westwell spring a surprise??? 

PREMIER DIVISION (CURRENT STANDINGS)
                   P W D L GF GA GD  Pts 
BALDOCK CANNON     5 5 0 0 16  8 + 8 10 
WALTHAM ABBEY A    6 4 1 1 10  6 + 4  9 
HARLOW LINK        5 2 3 0 12  7 + 5  7 
GREENBURY UNITED   5 2 2 1 13  9 + 4  6 
BENGEO TRINITY     6 2 2 2 15 14 + 1  6 
HERTFORD COUNTY    5 2 1 2 11  8 + 3  5 
CHESHUNT A         6 2 1 3  9 10 - 1  5 
HERTFORD HEATH RES 5 1 2 2  9 12 - 3  4 
WESTMILL           5 0 0 5  3 12 - 9  0 
BROXBOURNE BADGERS 4 0 0 4  4 16 -12  0 
In a top of the table clash last Saturday Baldock Cannon won 1-2 away at Waltham Abbey 'A'. The Abbot's A sides only other dropped points has come in a 0-0 away draw at Harlow Link. The league seems to be the home of proper football and goals-goals-goals as the only other 0-0 draw across the divisions came in the Thundridge v Braughing Division Two game on the 11th September. Last season's Champions Bengeo Trinity are currently mid-table with last terms runners up Greenbury United in 4th place at present. In last Saturday's games a total of 71 goals were scored in 21 games averaging in at 3.38 goals per game. With most teams in Cup action this weekend the next set of full fixtures for the league comes on the 30th October as follows -

PREMIER DIVISION

BROXBOURNE BADGERS v WESTMILL
GREENBURY UNITED v CHESHUNT A
HARLOW LINK v BALDOCK CANNON
HERTFORD COUNTY v HERTFORD HEATH
WALTHAM ABBEY A v BENGEO TRINITY

DIVISION ONE
BALDOCK CANNON RES v ORACLE COMPONENTS 
BUNTINGFORD WANDERERS v WALTHAM ABBEY B
BURY RANGERS v WATTON AT STONE
COTTERED v WODSON PARK A
INTER v BROXBOURNE BADGERS RES

DIVISION TWO
BENGEO TRINITY RES v WARE LIONS RE-UNITED
BRAUGHING FC v MUCH HADHAM
BROXBOURNE BADGERS A v THUNDRIDGE
ELIZABETH ALLEN OLD BOYS RES v HERTFORD CELTIC
ROYDON SPARTANS v COUNTY HALL RANGERS
WESTMILL RES v MANGROVE

DIVISION THREE
DEACONSFIELD v ELIZABETH ALLEN OLD BOYS A 
MANGROVE RES v BUNTINGFORD WANDERERS RES 
NAZEING RES v BRAUGHING FC RES
THUNDRIDGE RES v HERTFORD COUNTY RES 
WARE LIONS OLDS BOYS v COTTERED RES 
WATTON AT STONE RES v WESTWELL

League website link - here

LATEST RYMAN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE (NORTH) TABLE AND NEWS

Harlow Town have moved into 2nd place (level on points with Enfield Town but 2nd on GD) following their 0-2 victory away at Ilford last night. Elsewhere, Redbridge got only their 2nd point of the season by gaining a very credible 2-2 draw at Grays Athletic. The Motormen brought a welcome point home to Oakside thanks to goals from Matty Gillingham and Hyun-Jin Lee. Grays took an early lead only for Redbridge to take a 1-2 lead with their recent Korean signing Lee scoring the second. Alex Osborn made it 2-2 in the 84th minute to make the game all square. Ellis Skidmore has joined Redbridge on loan from Premier Division Canvey Island alongside midfielder Ben Britnell (son of ex Enfield FC and Canvey Island legend Gary Britnell). Midfielder Lee has signed from Eastern Counties League Division One side Halstead Town where he scored 5 times in 20 appearances last season.

The only other mid-week game was the 0-0 draw between Romford and Heybridge Swifts. Boro have not let in more than 1 goal in any of their nine league games so far and presently have the best goals against record with only five conceded so far this season.

In other news it's been announced former Enfield FC centre-back Simon Peddie has departed Redbridge to join fellow Ryman North side East Thurrock United. Midfielder Sos Yao has moved from Harlow Town to one of his former clubs in Premier Division AFC Hornchurch from whom he joined the Hawks at the beginning of the season. AFC Sudbury have released veteran goalkeeper Richard Wilmot and signed Nicky Eyre from Blue Square South side Bishop's Stortford and goal-machine Ryan Wade has re-joined Ware after leaving Wodson Park for Cambridge City earlier in the season. Wade had limited chances at The City Ground making just one start (in the Zameratto League Cup) and seven appearances as a substitute in the league and FA Cup scoring just two goals. One against Long Buckby (FA Cup 11/09) and a a penalty in the same competition against Dover Athletic on the 9th October.  Wade is eligible to play in Ware's home game against Romford on Saturday and who wouldn't bet on him hitting the back of the net??  Will Boro's impressive defence be able to prevent him from doing so??

Thamesmead Town have strengthened their already impressive forward line by signing 20 year old striker Kai Bichard from Ryman South side Worthing. Bichard has been on the books of AFC Wimbledon, Wycombe Wanderers and Tooting and Mitcham. The pacey forward has also turned out for the reserve sides of Fulham, Aldershot Town and Cardiff City. Bichard made a great start to his Mead career by scoring on his debut in the Championship Manager cup win over Maidstone United

CURRENT LEAGUE TABLE - 
                           P  W D L GF GA  GD Pts 
1. Enfield Town            9  7 0 2 20  7  13  21 
2. Harlow Town             9  7 0 2 16  9   7  21 
3. Heybridge Swifts        10 6 2 2 22  9  13  20 
4. Thamesmead Town         10 6 1 3 17 13   4  19 
5. Needham Market          7  6 0 1 22  6  16  18 
6. East Thurrock United    9  5 2 2 19 10   9  17 
7. Wingate & Finchley      10 5 2 3 15 16 - 1  17 
8. Romford                 9  4 4 1 12  5   7  16 
9. AFC Sudbury             10 4 4 2 19 17   2  16 
10.Potters Bar Town        9  4 2 3 17 15   2  14 
11.Grays Athletic          9  4 2 3 14 13   1  14 
12.Brentwood Town          8  4 1 3 18 12   6  13 
13.Maldon & Tiptree        10 4 1 5 19 19   0  13 
14.Ware                    11 4 1 6 13 20 - 7  13 
15.Cheshunt                10 3 3 4 12 14 - 2  12 
16.Waltham Abbey           11 2 6 3 12 16 - 4  12 
17.Great Wakering Rovers   9  2 3 4 11 17 - 6   9 
18.Tilbury                 10 3 0 7 12 19 - 7   9 
19.Ilford                  10 2 3 5 11 19 - 8   9 
20.Leyton                  11 1 4 6  9 20 -11   7 
21.Waltham Forest          11 0 3 8  9 24 -15   3 
22.Redbridge               10 0 2 8  5 24 -19   2 

Forthcoming fixtures -

Saturday 23rd October
Enfield Town v Great Wakering Rovers
Grays Athletic v Potters Bar Town
Harlow Town v AFC Sudbury
Heybridge Swifts v Waltham Forest
Ilford v Wingate & Finchley
Needham Market v Cheshunt
Redbridge v Brentwood Town
Thamesmead Town v Leyton
Tilbury v Maldon & Tiptree
Waltham Abbey v East Thurrock United
Ware v Romford

Tuesday 26th October
Brentwood Town v Needham Market
Cheshunt v Heybridge Swifts
Great Wakering Rovers v Tilbury
Leyton v Ilford
Maldon & Tiptree v Ware
Potters Bar Town v Redbridge
Romford v Grays Athletic
Wingate & Finchley v Waltham Abbey
 
Wednesday 27th October
Waltham Forest v Thamesmead Town

Great Wakering Rovers visit Goldsdown Road on Saturday in another important league game. A slip up by the Town will see any one of Harlow Town, Thamesmead Town, Heybridge Swfits and Needham Market possibly go top of the league. The Essex side have picked up just two points out of the twelve they've had to gain on the road in the league so far this season. Their two draws being against Leyton and Potters Bar Town and two defeats at Cheshunt and Maldon & Tiptree. Rovers did gain some revenge on the Ambers by winning 0-2 in the FA Trophy on the 2nd of October - Thamesmead Town knocked Rovers out of the Trophy in a 1-2 victory in Essex on Saturday. Top scorer so far this season is centre-forward Luca Frankis on 4 goals closely followed by Captain and fan's favourite Lee Trenkell with fellow forwards Bradley Walsh and Billy Johnson on 3 goals each. Trenks is well known to Enfield Town fans and is bound to take part in a little bit of friendly banter on Saturday. He played a big part in Rovers 2-3 incident packed win at Goldsdown Road last February. Lets hope the game this weekend is as entertaining as that one but with the reverse result!!!

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

A TROPHY TRIP TO TONBRIDGE FOR TOWN TO FACE THE ANGELS

The FA Trophy draw has been made and given Enfield Town a trip South into Kent to face Ryman Premier Division Tongbridge Angels. The Angels play at the Longmead Stadium and are managed by Tommy Warrilow whom joined the club during the 2007/08. Warrilow took over with the club languishing near the bottom of the Ryman Premier and took them to finish in eighth place narrowly missing out on a play off place. The following 2008/09 season saw a 3rd place finish and a defeat in the Semi-Final of the play offs to Carshalton Athletic. Last season the Angels narrowly missed out on a play off place finishing in 8th place.

The Angels had a nightmare start to this season winning just 2 of their first 8 league games as well as being dumped out of the FA Cup by Combined Counties Premier Division side Guildford City at Longmead Stadium. October has seen form pick up with five league and cup victories in row including a 7-1 thrashing at home versus AFC Hornchurch. To qualify for the 2nd QR they beat Concord Rangers 3-2 at home on Saturday. Last season they were narrowly beaten 2-3 by Blue Square South Welling United in the 3rd QR after beating Sutton United and Mertsham in earlier rounds.

Current top scorer is Frannie Collin with seven league goals with the Angels currently in eighth place just seven points behind table toppers Lowestoft Town.

Prior to the Trophy game scheduled on the 30th October they have two away league trips to Aveley on Saturday and Sutton United next Tuesday.

The ground is a approx 1.5 miles away from Tonbridge train station with a journey from London Bridge being roughly 40 minutes and 45 minutes from Charing Cross.

Most of the Angel's games are filmed and downloaded onto YOUTUBE. Highlights from the Concord Rangers game can be found HERE.

Monday, 18 October 2010

WEEKEND BETTING WIPE OUT

No recommended bet from the cold end, the director or Toonstar came in this weekend as the bookmakers profit margins increasing once again.

The cold ends 'Big XI' new bet finished with 7 out of 11 correct results which is not bad but equally not good. The Director's big five-fold was ruined by 2-2 draws at Wealdstone and Needham Market. The BTTS system went close with only FGR failing to score against Histon. Finally, TT's BTTS bet was a disaster as Oldham and Colchester drew 0-0 and Southampton failed to score at Huddersfield.

Read the cold end next Friday when hopefully some winning bets will be advised.

Gamble responsibly!!!

Sunday, 17 October 2010

BOMBER AND GUNZ SHINE IN TROPHY VICTORY

Walton's Alex Brown win's a header
Enfield Town are through to the FA Trophy 2nd Qualifying round following yesterday's 2-1 home win versus Ryman Division One (South) side Walton Casuals.
Richard Morton on the ball
Everyone is hoping for news of a good draw from The FA headquarters on Monday morning. Thankfully, Concord Rangers, who knocked Town out of the competition last year were themselves knocked out yesterday (lost 3-2 at Tonbridge Angels) and with Bognor Regis Town, Ramsgate*, Hastings United*, Folkestone Invicta and Weymouth still in the draw we may get a sea-side trip if we're lucky!!  (*Both face midweek replays in order to qualify for the next round)
Alex Brown dwarfs Adam Wallace
Yesterday was not a classic game to write home about - One of those ones where it's the result what matters.  Casuals, managed by ex football league player Neil Shipperley, were a tough tackling team who looked a good side at times. Adam Wallace stole the show for the Town with a brilliant performance full of running and hard work up front.
Town fans bath in the Autum sunshine at the cold end.
A huge mention has to go to Darren "Bomber" Bonfield in goal, who made two excellent saves in the second half with the score precariously balanced at 2-1. The second (right at the end of the game) was a superb double save to deny Casuals a replay.
Bomber rises to catch a Walton cross

The sun shone yesterday but it was still chilly!!
The first half was a scrappy affair with both sides having a few half chances before Wallace set the Town's first up for Liam Hope to score on 42 minutes. Wallace turned his defender inside out with a twisting run into the box to lay the ball across to Hope who passed the ball into the net.

Town came out the stronger of the two sides and took the game to Casuals resulting in a penalty being awarded in the 51st minute. After some good hold up play on the edge of the box Liam Hope hit the ball towards goal which unfortunately for Casual's giant 6ft 6inch defender Alex Brown hit his hand/arm inside the box. The referee adjudged it was deliberate and pointed towards the spot. The cold end putting it's neutral hat on can see why Casuals were slightly aggrieved at the decision. You've seen them given and seen them not given???  Hope confidently scored the spot-kick to make the score 2-0.
Adam Wallace takes a shot

Another header won by Alex Brown

Neil Shipperley makes some notes
Walton came back at Town and scored through Kristian Webb who was set up by Brown's header from a corner.

The away side were reduced to ten men when Joe Kelly was shown a second yellow card for holding back Adam Wallace on the half way line. 
Most people thought Richard Morton's booking was harsh
Town substitute Fabio Valenti in action

With the game in the balance it was all down to Darren Bonfield who made two fine saves right out of the top draw to keep the £2,200 prize money at Goldsdown Road. One being the double save already mentioned and the other when he dived at the feet of substitute Michael Baring to claim the ball. Baring also had a effort cleared off the line by Craig McKay to keep the score at 2-1.

Enfield Town
Darren Bonfield, Jordan Lockie, Jey Siva, Craig McKay, Mark Kirby, Dan Forward, Paul Campbell (Fabio Valenti), Richard Morton, Liam Hope(Dennis Maharjan), Adam Wallace, Sam Byfield (Lee Protheroe).

Subs Not Used: Dave Kendall.

Walton Casuals
Mark Phillpott, Joe Kelly, Liam Hind, Craig Lewington, Luke Evans, Alex Brown, Max Howell(Michael Baring ), Charlie Ide, Kristian Webb, Mark Nicholls, Alfie Arthur(Lawrie Walters).
Subs Not Used: Craig Totton, Daniel Lawson, James Warrington

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

Saturday, 16 October 2010

STILL MIFFED TOONSTAR TIPPER GOES FOR GOALS GOALS AND MORE GOALS

TT has been miffed all week with the penalty decision at The Withdean that ruined his treble last weekend. Every time he watches the footage of the incident it gets further and further away from the box and his money goes deeper and deeper into the bookies pocket!!!     TT is busy planning his big trip to The Boleyn Ground next weekend to watch the Toon play West Ham United and with Chris Hughton's team back in the Capital on the 7th November to play The Gunners he'll be singing 'the blaydon races' a few times over the next month.

 TT goes for a BTTS special treble this weekend -

Huddersfield Town v Southampton
Oldham v Colchester United
Accrington Stanley v "Uncle Stu's Merry Millers" or "The red and white wizards" aka Rotherham United 

A £10 stake with skybet.com pays a nice little earner of £66.00.

Gamble responsibly!!!

Friday, 15 October 2010

WEEKEND BLUE SQUARE PREMIER B.T.T.S SYSTEM

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

AFC WIMBLEDON    19    GATESHEAD       16       35 
ALTRINCHAM       23    FLEETWOOD TOWN  12       35
CAMB UTD         15    BARROW          13       29
CRAWLEY TOWN     17    NOTTS COUNTY    19       36 
EASTBOURNE BORO  19    LUTON TOWN       9       28
FGR              20    HISTON          18       38
GRIMSBY TOWN     22    SOUTHPORT       12       34 
H&Y               8    WREXHAM         11       19 
KETTERING        19    KIDDERMINSTER   16       35 
MANSFIELD TOWN   14    DARLINGTON       7       21 
TAMWORTH         23    R&D             14       37
YORK CITY         9    BATH CITY       16       25 
This week throws up games between Forest Green Rovers and Histon along with Tamworth and R&D. A £10 stake with skybet.com pays £27.14.

Gamble responsibly!!!

THE COLD END PRESENTS "THE BIG ELEVEN!!!"

Like most people the cold end likes to dream of winning big on a gamble - be it on the lottery, football, horses etc etc

So with luck in mind the cold end presents 'THE BIG ELEVEN'. Each week a selection from the Premier League, Championship, League One, League Two, Blue Square's Premier, North and South along with the four Scottish league divisions will be made and the cold end will be placing a massive 50p accumulator bet (huge amount I know) to see if we can win it big!!  Over the weeks we'll see how close we get and hopefully win a huge cash sum to bolster the funds here at Cold End HQ. I've not done massive amounts of research and as in most accumulator bets I'm relying on a big chunk of good old fashioned luck!!

So here we have THE BIG ELEVEN - WEEK ONE (odds are from skybet.com) -

Premier League - Newcastle United win V Wigan Athletic 5/6  
Championship   - Reading win v Swansea City            evens 
League One     - Sheffield Wed win @ Yeovil Town       11/8
League Two     - Stevenage win v Burton Albion         10/11
Blue Sq Prem   - Mansfield Town win v Darlington       evens 
Blue Sq South  - Braintree Town win v Thurrock         2/5
Blue Sq North  - Boston United win v Stalybridge       8/13
Scottish Prem  - Iverness win v St Johnstone           5/4
Scottish 1st   - Dunfermline win v Ross County         4/6
Scottish 2nd   - Alloa to win @ Aidrie                 5/4 
Scottish 3rd   - Arbroath to win v Clyde               evens 

A 50p accumulator pays £704.96 (odds of 1409/1!!) so we either win big or lose a small amount of money. What else can you buy with 50p these days???

Gamble responsibly

Thursday, 14 October 2010

THE DIRECTOR GOES BIG ON A TROPHY FIVE-FOLD

The trophy odd’s have been priced up on Bwin and I’m going for a 13/1 five-fold featuring four home wins and away victory for Lowestoft.


First up, Bury Town host Barton Rovers. Bury have been consistently strong over the last few years and should have no problem seeing off a hard-working Barton side at 9/20.

Carshalton entertain Ryman North’s Ilford and again, it is hard to see where a giant-killing could come from. I’m backing the home side at 1/2

Next up is the potential banana-skin of the bet in my opinion. Wealdstone host Adam Lee’s young Potters Bar side who go in to the game with nothing to lose. It is the last chance of some prize money though for the Stones and I’m backing Gordon Bartlett’s strongest side to nick this one at 13/20

Harlow have made some decent signings this week and none of the new boys are Trophy tied. I therefore believe they look good value for a home win against Bedford Town at 9/10

Finally, Needham Market play host to Lowestoft in what should be a great game. I was going to avoid this one as I think it may be tight, however, Lowestoft at odds against (11/10) cannot be missed.

Overall a £10 stake will return £143

Good Luck and gamble responsibly

thedirector

LATE DRAMA AT CRICKLEFIELD ALLOWS AVELEY TO SNEAK THROUGH

It was more Championship Manager Round Two action for the cold end on Wednesday evening as Premier Aveley visited Division One (North) Waltham Forest. It was the hosts who are without a win in the league that had the best play of the first half with a shot cleared off the line. Ade Cole playing on the left wing caused problems for the Aveley defence by cutting in and running with the ball in support of Jermain Hughes and Dannny Francis playing up front for The Stags. Hughes and Francis, who are not the biggest of players, didn't win much in the air against the very tall Aveley centre back pairing of Sean Francis and Danny Slatter.

Ade Cole, who was the cold end's best player on display until he was replaced in the second half after picking up a knock from a challenge right in front of the benches which caused much anger from the home section. Gradually, Aveley got back into the game and had the better chances in the second half.

With the score at 0-0 going into 90 minutes + most of the 51 spectators present were looking forward to extra-time and possibly penalty kicks. That was until The Miller's speedy substitute Abs Thompson got through on goal in front of Gbenga Ladega from what was argued by the home side as an off-side position. Ladega who had had a great game up until this point pulled down Thompson inside the box for the referee to point to the penalty spot and send Ladega off for a professional foul.

Orlando Smith scored the penalty kick with the referee blowing for time as the ball virtually hit the back of the net.

From what the cold end saw tonight Waltham Forest may pick up a few points from now on as they pushed Premier Division Aveley all the way playing some nice football with Ade Cole particularly impressing with his speed and skill on the left wing before he was substituted. Cole did pick up a knock from a strong challenge limped across the pitch at the end of the game. 

Aveley, who face a tough Trophy trip to Zamaretto League side Cambridge City on Saturday, will be pleased they scored and won the cup-tie with the last kick of the game (thus avoiding extra-time) with the Stags gutted they didn't get anything out of the game despite putting in a determined performance.

Waltham Forest
Sidney Anguilley, Ian Walsh, Jamie Haywood, Gbenga Ladega, Brian Suchley, Anthony Gradley, Ashley Taylor-Forbes, Emeka Nkemdirim, Danny Francis, Jermiane Hughes (sub - Brian Okwera), Ade Cole (sub - Charlie Simpson)
Subs not used - Leon Wilson, Des Thomas, Ryan Hall

Aveley
Mark Parker, Jonathan Darby, Andy Howell, Danny Brown, Sean Francis, Danny Slatter (sub - Orlando Smith), Darren Quinton, Tony Russell, Matthew Judge (sub - Abs Thompson), David Knight, Luke Coleman (sub - Luke Stanley)
Subs not used - Ben Billings, Charlie Read.


MATCH HIGHLIGHTS -

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

POTTERS BAR TOWN 3 ENFIELD TOWN 1

A much changed Enfield Town side with only three players who started against Boreham Wood in the starting XI (Paul Campbell, Dan Forward and Bryan Hammatt) went down to Potters Bar Town in the second round of the Championship Manager Cup 2nd round last night.

Town took the lead through Dave Kendall which the home side equalised to make the score 1-1 at half time with Jordan Watson getting the winning goal in the second half. The referee angered many of the Town faithful by seemingly missing a number of fouls committed by the Scholar's players especially during the second half.

At least those present didn't have to watch the England game!!! 

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS BELOW (not including PBT's first goal) -

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

RYMAN DIVISION ONE (NORTH) CURRENT TABLE AND SOME FACTS ABOUT THE SEASON SO FAR..

                          HOME           AWAY            TOTAL
                          P W D L GF GA  P W D L GF GA   P W D L  GD Pts  
1.  Enfield Town          4 3 0 1  9  2  5 4 0 1 11  5   9 7 0 2  13  21
2.  Thamesmead Town       5 3 1 1 11  5  5 3 0 2  6  8  10 6 1 3   4  19
3.  Needham Market        3 3 0 0 11  2  4 3 0 1 11  4   7 6 0 1  16  18 
4.  Harlow Town           5 4 0 1 11  3  3 2 0 1  3  6   8 6 0 2   5  18
5.  East Thurrock United  5 3 1 1 12  6  4 2 1 1  7  4   9 5 2 2   9  17
6.  Wingate & Finchley    5 4 0 1  8  6  5 1 2 2  7 10  10 5 2 3 - 1  17
7.  Heybridge Swifts      4 3 0 1 11  3  4 2 1 1  9  5   8 5 1 2  12  16
8.  AFC Sudbury           5 2 2 1 11 10  5 2 2 1  8  7  10 4 4 2   2  16
9.  Romford               3 2 1 0  5  2  5 2 2 1  7  3   8 4 3 1   7  15
10. Potters Bar Town      5 2 2 1 12  9  4 2 0 2  5  6   9 4 2 3   2  14
11. Brentwood Town        4 2 1 1 11  6  4 2 0 2  7  6   8 4 1 3   6  13
12. Grays Athletic        3 2 0 1  6  2  5 2 1 2  6  9   8 4 1 3   1  13
13. Maldon & Tiptree      5 2 1 2 11  9  5 2 0 3  8 10  10 4 1 5   0  13
14. Ware                  6 4 1 1 10  3  4 0 0 4  2 15  10 4 1 6 - 6  13
15. Cheshunt              5 3 0 2  6  5  5 0 3 2  6  9  10 3 3 4 - 2  12
16. Waltham Abbey         5 1 3 1  5  6  5 0 3 2  5  9  10 1 6 3 - 5   9
17. Great Wakering Rovers 5 2 1 2  7  9  4 0 2 2  4  8   9 2 3 4 - 6   9 
18. Ilford                4 1 1 2  4  6  5 1 2 2  7 11   9 2 3 4 - 6   9
19. Tilbury               5 2 0 3  8 10  5 1 0 4  4  9  10 3 0 7 - 7   9
20. Leyton                5 1 2 2  5  6  5 0 2 3  3 12  10 1 4 5 -10   7
21. Waltham Forest        5 0 3 2  5  9  6 0 0 6  4 15  11 0 3 8 -15   3
22. Redbridge             5 0 1 4  1 13  4 0 0 4  2  9   9 0 1 8 -19   1

With only nine points seperating 15th placed Cheshunt and Enfield Town at the top of the table it's all to play for in the Ryman Division One (North). If 3rd placed Needham Market win their two games in hand they will go top by three points with any number of teams poised ready to make a run towards the top of the league. No team is without a defeat with only basement boys Waltham Forest and Redbridge yet to taste victory. For the East London area the table doesn't make good reading with Leyton and Ilford lurking towards the bottom of the table.

Harlow Town have added some new players to their already impressive squad and recorded an excellent victory at home to W&F on Saturday. Defender Sacha Opinel has joined The Hawks from Blue Square South Farnborough FC, he is a well travelled experienced player who has played in the French league along with the English and Scottish football leagues. Midfielder Leon Hunter, who has bags of Ryman League experience has also joined the Essex side from AFC Hornchurch and scored the winning goal at home to W&F on his debut for his new side.

Eighth placed AFC Sudbury boss Nicky Smith has signed defender Taylor Sinfield from Concord Rangers in the last week. The Suffolk sides form has been somewhat topsy turvy (lost 0-4 at home to Romford, then won 4-0 away at GWR before being thrashed 5-1 at Heybridge Swifts). They have drawn four of their last five league games.

The only management casulty of the season has come at Oakside where bottom of the table Redbridge parted company with Dave Ross. His Assistant Kris Taylor has taken over at the helm and started with 2-1 win in the FA Trophy at home to Chatham Town before losing league games to Ilford (2-0 away) and at home to Maldon and Tiptree (0-5). The Motormen's next four league fixtures look tough playing Grays Athletic, Brentwood, Potters Bar Town and Romford before they face a bottom of the table local derby clash against Waltham Forest at home on the 6th of November. Taylor's side also face local rivals Leyton twice in the next month in the Championship Manager cup and the London Senior Cup.

FACTS ABOUT THE SEASON SO FAR - 

MOST GAMES WON        : 7 - ENFIELD TOWN
MOST HOME WINS        : 4 - HARLOW TOWN, WINGATE AND FINCHLEY, WARE
LEAST HOME WINS       : 0 - WALTHAM FOREST AND REDBRIDGE 
MOST AWAY WINS        : 4 - ENFIELD TOWN 
FEWEST DEFEATS        : 1 - NEEDHAM MARKET AND ROMFORD
FEWEST HOME DEFEATS   : 0 - NEEDHAM MARKET AND ROMFORD 
FEWEST AWAY DEFEATS   : 1 - ENFIELD TOWN, NEEDHAM MARKET, HARLOW TOWN, EAST
                            THURROCK, HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS, AFC SUDBURY, 
                            ROMFORD
MOST GOALS SCORED     : 22 - NEEDHAM MARKET
LEAST GOALS SCORED    : 3  - REDBRIDGE 
MOST GOALS CONCEDED   : 24 - WALTHAM FOREST   
MOST GAMES LOST       : 8  - WALTHAM FOREST & REDBRIDGE 
WITHOUT A WIN         : WALTHAM FOREST & REDBRIDGE 
WITHOUT A HOME WIN    : WALTHAM FOREST & REDBRIDGE
WITHOUT AN AWAY WIN   : WALTHAM FOREST, REDBRIDGE, LEYTON, GWR, WALTHAM 
                        ABBEY,CHESHUNT AND WARE
MOST DRAWS            : 6 - WALTHAM ABBEY   
BEST GOAL DIFFERENCE  : +16 - NEEDHAM MARKET
WORST GOAL DIFFERENCE : minus 19 - REDBRIDGE 

Every game is important but here are what the cold end thinks could be key forthcoming league fixtures - 

19th October  - Romford          v Heybridge Swifts
26th October  - Brentwood Town   v Needham Market 
                Romford          v Grays Athletic 
30th October  - Enfield Town     v Brentwood Town
                W&F              v Thamesmead Town 
6th November  - Enfield Town     v W&F 
                Thamesmead Town  v AFC Sudbury 
                Tilbury          v East Thurrock United 
9th November  - AFC Sudbury      v Maldon and Tiptree
                East Thurrock    v Romford 
                Harlow Town      v Brentwood 
                Heybridge Swifts v Needham Market 
13th November - Thamesmead Town  v East Thurrock United 
                W&F              v Harlow Town 
20th November - East Thurrock    v W&F 
                Enfield Town     v Maldon and Tiptree
                Ware             v Needham Market 

Monday, 11 October 2010

B.T.T.S SYSTEM FAILS BY JUST ONE GOAL AND TOONSTAR ROBBED!!!

In the weekend betting the cold end's BTTS system failed by one goal with Altrincham failing to score away to Histon. The system is still in profit so hopefully (with a little luck) we'll win next time.

When I spoke to Toonstar on Sunday he was drowning his sorrows with several bottles of Kroleskie beers made by the Warka Brewery of Poland. His treble was robbed by the penalty decision in the final moments of the Brighton v AFC Bournemouth game.   Toonstar is considering going big on Brazil at 2/5 to beat the Ukraine tonight in the match being played at Derby County's Pride Park or saving his money to make the England game more interesting tomorrow.

Loyal Enfield Town fans will be making the trip to the South Mimms Travel Stadium for the Potters Bar Town Championship Manager Cup game.
The choice for Town fan's tomorrow is The South Mimms Stadium or,

Watch England play on the Television??   The cold end knows where he will be!!!

As ever the cold end always reminds you to gamble responsibly.

TOWN'S ROAD TO WEMBLEY CLOSES - BOREHAM WOOD THROUGH IN FA CUP

Enfield Town were beaten 3-1 at Blue Square South side Boreham Wood yesterday in a game which with 15 minutes left looked in the balance. Having said that Boreham Wood, being two divisions above the Town in the football pyramid, were the better side and probably deserved to go through to the 4th Qualifying round with two late goals that won the match.

The home side controlled the early part of the game putting the Town back line under pressure from the off forcing a succession of corners and having a shot cleared off the line by Craig McKay. Both teams played a good passing style on Meadow Park's brilliant surface which made for an exciting cup tie. It was a close run thing in the first half with, for all their possession and pressure, Wood not really troubling Rob Blackburne in the Town goal. The goal machine Mark Kirby unluckily put a header wide of goal from a corner and Jordan Lockie had a long range shot saved comfortably by Wood keeper Ashlee Jones.

The second half was more open and Wood took the lead in the 64th minute through Luke Garrard. This is where other team's heads may have gone down with them settling for a 1-0 or 2-0 defeat against a team two division's above them. To their credit Enfield Town didn't and showed what a quality team they are by fighting back to level the game at 1-1.

Mark Kirby, who put in another immense performance for Town yesterday, got hold of the ball on the edge of Town's penalty box and passed to Dan Forward who played in Sam Byfield at the edge of the Wood area. Sam expertly beat his man by dribbling the ball into the area before putting over a cross for the grateful Bryan Hammat to head home to the delight of the Town fans who had travelled in big numbers across to Hertfordshire yesterday. This was Sam paying Bryan back for the goal he scored on Tuesday night at Maldon - The roles were reversed with Sam the provided and Bryan the scorer.

Town had a good spell of about ten minutes after that where with a little more luck the game could of been a different story. Andy Jones looping shot which his namesake Ashlee in the Wood goal saved well was Town's best chance.

Wood sealed the game with about ten minutes of the game left when following some good work by the impressive Greg Morgan, Joe Benjamin found himself unmarked with only Rob Blackburne to beat which he did causing mass-celebration by the Wood fans gathered behind the goal.

The final kick of the game put some gloss on the scoreline for Boreham Wood when substitute Lee Allinson lobbed Blackburne from the edge of the box to make the score 3-1.

All Enfield Town's squad were a credit to the club today and with a little more luck could of came away with a draw or even a victory. Centre back Lee Kersey performed a great clearance with Liam Hope in on their keeper had he not intervened. This was with the game at 1-1....less than a minute later Benjamin had scored his first goal form Boreham Wood to win the game for the home side.

GOOD LUCK TO BOREHAM WOOD IN THE NEXT ROUND!!

The Wood had some quality players on display with the cold end impressed by Ryan Moran who looked a very good and composed centre back. Coupled with the pace and skill of Greg Morgan, Leon McKenzie and Joe Benjamin going forward the cold end has no doubt Ian Allinson's side will move up the Blue Square South Division over the next few months. Wood even had 6ft 7inch Nigerian Fola Onibuje on then bench who came on to make his debut for the home side late on in the game. His pen-picture will read "well travelled" as he counts Preston North End, Huddersfield Town, Barnsley, Peterborough United, Cambridge United, Swindon Town, Brentford, Wycombe Wanderers, Shrewsbury Town, St Albans City, Macclesfield Towm, Accrington Stanley, Woking, Weymouth, Grays Athletic, Gillingham and Southport amongst his former clubs.

So for Town the magic of the FA Cup is over for another year but there is still one road to Wembley still open with the Trophy tie against Walton Casuals next Saturday at Goldsdown Road.

As stated there was a large contingent of Enfield Town fans present at the game yesterday with some old faces making appearances which was great to see!!

MATCH PICTURES-

Paul Campbell on the ball for Enfield Town

Ryan Moran and Lee Kersey jump for the ball

Adam Wallace fighting for the ball
Andy Jones out-jumps everyone to get his head to the ball

Boreham Wood's vocal support gathered behind the goal in the second half.
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The team's lining up for FA Cup action.

This picture shows the main stand at Meadow Park and the first class condition of the pitch
Enfield Town 'behind the goal' fans - A good percentage of the 361 crowd was made up of away supporters.

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDING A GREAT VIEW OF BRYAN'S GOAL (WITH APOLOGIES TO BOREHAM WOOD FANS FOR NOT CAPTURING YOUR FIRST TWO GOALS ON CAMERA!!!) -