Monday, 29 November 2010

RYMAN DIVISION ONE (SOUTH) - THE SEASON SO FAR

Current League Table - 
                          P  W  D  L  GF  GA  GD  PTS 
1  Leatherhead            18 12 4  2  46  15 +31  40 
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2  Metropolitan Police    14 11 3  0  40   9 +31  36 
3  Whitehawk              18  9 6  3  41  22 +19  33 
4  Bognor Regis Town      14 10 2  2  35  16 +19  32 
5  Burgess Hill Town      18  9 5  4  35  27 + 8  32
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6  Sittingbourne          18  8 4  6  29  24 + 5  28 
7  Walton Casuals         18  7 5  6  29  28 + 1  26 
8  Godalming Town         17  8 2  7  28  41 -13  26 
9  Merstham               18  6 7  5  33  34 - 1  25 
10 Faversham Town         18  6 6  6  24  25 - 1  24 
11 Worthing               16  6 5  5  33  22 +11  23 
12 Chipstead              18  6 5  7  26  31 - 5  23 
13 Eastbourne Town        18  5 7  6  29  31 - 2  22 
14 Dulwich Hamlet         17  6 3  8  29  29   0  21 
15 Fleet Town             15  6 3  6  26  30 - 4  21 
16 Chatham Town           18  6 3  9  17  26 - 9  21 
17 Ramsgate               19  5 5  9  31  37 - 6  20 
18 Walton & Hersham       17  5 3  9  24  30 - 6  18 
19 Whyteleafe             18  5 3 10  23  35 -12  18 
20 Corinthian-Casuals     18  4 3 11  24  36 -12  15
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21 Whitstable Town        17  2 5 10  23  36 -13  11 
22 Horsham YMCA           18  3 1 14  21  62 -41  10 

The race for the Ryman Division One (South) title and play-offs doesn't appear as close as the Northern Division but there are still a number of teams near to each other at the top of the table. For Needham Market of the North Division read Metropolitan Police of the Southern Division as if the Imber Court based team win their games in hand they will go 10 points ahead of current table toppers Leatherhead. The Police won 0-2 at Fetcham Grove in the 2nd game of the season and are unbeaten in the league at present. The two title contenders are due to play the return match on Saturday 8th January. After winning their first eight games the current 2nd placed team have surprisingly dropped points against teams in the bottom half of the table, draws against Chatham Town, Ramsgate and Chipstead have seen The Tanners overtake them at the summit of the table.

Fourth placed Bognor Regis Town also have games in hand and look in a good place to make a challenge having only lost two of their fourteen games so far. The Rocks still have to face the Met twice in the new year and play Leatherhead at home on the 18th December. Prior to their meeting at Nyewood Lane they are due to face a run of what could be called 'easier' games against Faversham Town (10th place), Ramsgate (17th), Chipstead (12th) and Whitstable Town (21st). Although as we all know there are no easy games in football.

Ryman League newcomers Whitehawk have made a brilliant start to life at Step 4 of the non-league ladder. The Sussex County League champions of 2010 have an impressive squad so will be up in the play-off mix at the end of the season.

The Hawks play at 'the enclosed ground' just a stone's throw from the sea-front in Brighton bringing the total number sea-side based clubs in the division to six. Ramsgate, Whitstable Town, Worthing, Bognor Regis Town and Eastbourne Town make up the list of clubs who are based by the coast. The following table is based on the matches played so far between the six clubs....who is currently top of the seaside league??

THE SEASIDE LEAGUE (RYMAN DIVISION ONE SOUTH)
                   P  W  D  L  GF  GA  GD  PTS   PPG   LP
1.   Whitehawk     5  3  1  1   9   4   5   10   2     3RD
2.   Worthing      5  2  2  1   7   5   4    8   1.6   11TH
3.   Bognor        2  1  0  1   3   4  -1    3   1.5   4TH
4.   Eastbourne    5  2  0  3   6   9  -3    6   1.2   13TH
5.   Ramsgate      2  0  1  1   5   7  -2    1   0.5   17TH
6.   Whitsable     1  0  0  1   1   2  -1    0   0     21ST

PPG = POINTS PER GAME
LP  = CURRENT LEAGUE POSITION 

One of these coastal clubs, Worthing, are probably the best placed of the mid-table clubs to make a challenge for the play offs. They have games in hand over the team's above them and have the best goal difference in the league barring the current top four. The Rebels inability to get any sort of form going on their travels (one victory in eight league games) maybe their ultimate downfall.

At the foot of the table are whipping boy's Horsham YMCA and Whitstable Town. YMCA's three wins have all come at home with a solitary point gained on the road in a 2-2 draw with Mertsham. The Oystermen's two wins have come away at fellow basement boy's YMCA and at home to Sittingbourne.

Talking of Sittingbourne, they are managed by ex Enfield FC legend/FA Cup hero and fruit and veg salesman Gary Abbott. The Brickies are currently in sixth position just below the play-off places, they are due to play Met Police this Wednesday 1st December (weather permitting). On loan (from Premier Division Tonbridge Angels) midfielder Paul Semakula has been amongst the goals of late and missed their last game when fifth placed Burgess Hill Town put some space between the two sides in the table with a 0-1 victory. Could the Kent side be the first to win against the only unbeaten team in the league??

Bognor Regis Town have the current highest average crowd at 326 and also hold the current highest attendance for the 377 who witnessed Saturday's defeat of Horsham YMCA. The lowest crowd so far has been the posted attendance of 49 for the Whitehawk v Godalming Town game on 16th November.

Key fixtures coming up in the next few weeks -
8th December  - Met Police v Whitehawk         
Top of the table clash 
11th December - Worthing v Burgess Hill Town 
The Rebels need to keep winning their home games especially against play-off contenders if they want to climb the table. 
18th December - Bognor Regis v Leatherhead 
Another big game between current table toppers and fourth placed sides. Bound to attract a bumper crowd! 
27th December - Burgess Hill Town v Leatherhead 
                Walton & Hersham  v Walton Casuals 
                Worthing          v Bognor Regis 
Three big Christmas games - the Walton derby will be keenly contested even though the home side are currently down in 18th place. The Swans are now managed by ex Godalming Town (and Enfield FC) duo of Chuck Martini and Steve Darlington following John Crumplin leaving his post in September. Since joining Martini and Darlington have brought in a number of new players which will no doubt see the Surrey side climbing the table in the new year and beyond.

Saturday, 27 November 2010

WINGATE AND FINCHLEY STILL TOP FOR NOW

The adverse weather didn't quite wipe out the Ryman Division One (North) fixture list today with four out of the scheduled eleven matches going ahead. The best result of the day has to go to East Thurrock United's 0-1 victory at Maldon and Tiptree closely followed by Waltham Abbey's 1-2 success at Harlow Town. W&F drew 1-1 with AFC Sudbury and the game between Potters Bar Town and Brentwood Town finished 0-0.

Here is the current league Ryman Division One (North) table presented in a 'Cann Table*' format.
*The Cann Table is named after Jenny Cann who produced visual league tables on the Internet from 1998 up until her untimely death in 2003.

PTS  TEAM (GAMES PLAYED)
37   WINGATE AND FINCHLEY (19)
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36   EAST THURROCK UNITED (16)
35
34   MALDON AND TIPTREE (19) 
33   NEEDHAM MARKET (13)
32   POTTERS BAR TOWN (18)
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31   ROMFORD (14)
30   THAMESMEAD (17)
29
28
27   AFC SUDBURY (16)
26
25   BRENTWOOD TOWN (16)
24   HARLOW TOWN (15)
23   HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS (16), WALTHAM ABBEY (19), WARE (18)
22   ENFIELD TOWN (15)
21   GREAT WAKERING ROVERS (17)
20   CHESHUNT (17)
19   GRAYS ATHLETIC (14) 
18
17
16
15
14
13   TILBURY (18)
12   ILFORD (17)
10
9    REDBRIDGE (16), LEYTON (17)
8    WALTHAM FOREST (19)

The table illustrates the gap opening up between the bottom five and the rest of the league. Should Grays Athletic win some of their games in hand it will mean Tilbury and the East London quartet will be near enough cut adrift in the basement battle against relegation.

It also shows how important Town's scheduled midweek trip into Suffolk to face AFC Sudbury is. A victory for the home side would see them move up to 30 points which would be 8 points above Town on 22 points. However, An away win would see Town on 25 points just two points below AFC on 27 points with a game in hand.

Current table toppers Wingate and Finchley appear only to be keeping the position warm for their fellow title contenders as East Thurrock United, Needham Market and Romford could all go above them if they win their games in hand.

Midweek fixtures (weather permitting) -
AFC Sudbury V Enfield Town
Leyton V Harlow Town 
Romford V Redbridge
Ware V Potters Bar Town

HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS GAME IS OFF

After a sharp overnight frost and the freezing conditions the pitch at Goldsdown Road is still frozen so today's game has been called OFF.

Friday, 26 November 2010

COLD SNAP SETS IN!!

With the snow and the freezing conditions bound to cause postponements around the country the cold end is taking a break from gambling for this weekend as to choose winners from matches that might be called off will be a waste of time. The BTTS system, Big XI, Small five, The director and TT will be back next week weather permitting.

Conditions in Ryman country are best described as baltic at present with an overnight frost predicted. Hopefully the sun will appear in the morning to burn away the ice on the Goldsdown Road pitch for Enfield Town's scheduled match against Heybridge Swifts tomorrow afternoon. Hats, gloves, big coats and layers will be needed ot keep warm!! All being well the cold end thinks most Ryman North games should go ahead - If you are going to a game please keep safe and have a good day.

Full Ryman Divison One (North) fixtures -

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

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

DANIEL JONES GOAL AGAINST HENDON

The cold end has managed to download one of the goals from last night which was probably the pick of the five scored by each side. Here is the opener scored by Daniel Jones -

HENDON EDGE OUT ENFIELD TOWN IN MIDDLESEX CUP

In the shadow of the Wembley arch it was a case of the same old story on Tuesday night in that is was another game and another defeat for Enfield Town as Ryman Premier Division Hendon finished 3-2 winners in the Middlesex Senior Cup game at Vale Farm.

There were many postitives to take from this match in that is was a good gritty performance from the team against an impressive Hendon side - the return of Andy Jones to the starting line up was another big plus.


Town's travelling faithfull behind the goal
Town took the lead through a well taken Daniel Jones goal from outside of the box but were pegged back to 1-1 by half time when a corner was swung in, glanced on and into the back of the net by a player at the near-post.

Hendon made it 2-1 with a penalty kick but the Town player's heads didn't drop helped by the marshalling and talking of Lee Protheroe playing as one of three centre backs alongside Craig McKay and Dave Kendall.

It was 2-2 when a forward run by Paul Campbell caused some panic in the Hendon box for the ball to break to Leon Osei who calmly finished passing the ball into the back of the net.

Hendon were dangerous going forward, the cold end was very impressed by midfielder Danny Dyer who was up and down the field during the whole 90 minutes. A player with a great 'engine' who caused problems going forward and tracked back in support of his team mates. Rob Blackburne had made some good saves to keep Town in the game and it was 3-2 in the 82nd minute when a cross form the left hand side was headed down and past the unlucky Blackburne.


The glory of the Middlesex Senior Cup
Town went searching for an equaliser but as has been our luck in the past month we didn't get one. Adam Wallace on as a substitute had a chance and Liam Hope did all but score when his shot in the final moments just went the wrong side of the post in front of the 20 to 30 frozen travelling supporters behind the goal.

There were some encouraging signs in this match and there is no doubt in the cold end's mind that one of Town's opponents in the next few weeks is going to be on the end of 3 or 4 goal defeat. We all know Steve and the squad have been working really hard to try and turn things around on the pitch - Maybe it'll happen this weekend where a 3 or 4 goal win will be most welcome but a 1-0 scrappy lucky backs to the wall victory will be just as good.

The cold end was going to bring you some highlights via the new camera but is still getting to grips with it so still pictures is all I can manage at present.

The Wembley arch "just" visable in the background

Monday, 22 November 2010

FA VASE BETTING - THIRD ROUND - UPDATE

Last time we looked at the FA Vase betting market on skybet.com the cold end marked your card with 10/1 St Neots Town looking a good gamble. It's no surprise to see that the United Counties League big spenders have been brought in to 4/1 joint favourites alongside Spenymoor Town. Of the top seven in the betting on 29th October two have been knocked out in the previous round with Tipton Town and Chalfont St Peter suffering shock results against Heath Hayes and Rye United respectively.

The cold end stuck with tradition at being a rubbish tipster as Chertsey Town who were flagged as a good 50/1 outside bet went out in a shock home defeat to Moneyfields who are now 66/1 to win the competition. The other outside gamble was the winner of the Leiston v Royston Town match which the ECL side won after a replay. They have been shortened to 33/1 from 40/1 after their victory.

The current top 10 in the market is -

St Neots Town 4/1
Spenymoor Town 4/1
Whitley Bay 10/1
Kings Lynn Town 12/1
Gresley 16/1
Shildon 20/1
Dunston UTS 25/1
Coalville 25/1
Poole Town 25/1
Scarborough Athletic 25/1

The highest rated Spartan South Midlands League side are Dunstable Town and Tring Athletic at 50/1 with Witham Town the best ranked Essex Senior League side at 40/1.

St Neots Town travel to Epsom and Ewell in the next round scheduled to be played on the weekend of the 4th December. Epsom are mid table in the Combined Counties league so The Saints should comfortably qualify for the fourth round. Spenymoor Town are also on the road to face Scarborough Athletic who are 25/1 for the competition. The match which sees the Seadogs in 13th in the Northern Counties East League clash with Town who are currently in 2nd place in the Northern League. Scarborough have already beaten Seaham Red Star (away 3-0), Crook Town (home 3-2), landlords Bridlington Town (2-2, 3-1 after replay) and Armthorpe Welfare (2-2, 3-2 after replay). The average crowd in the three home Vase games Athletic have played is 568 so the third round game should attract a good attendance.

Two other games which are bound to attract good crowds are holder's Whitley Bay facing AFC Liverpool and Kings Lynn Town's trip to South London to face Beckenham Town. Beckenham are currently sitting in 3rd place of the Kent Football League face the newly re-formed United Counties Side who are also 3rd in their league in what is a really good game in prospect.

Third Round Fixtures for top 10 in betting (+ odds for winning the competition for opponents)

Epsom and Ewell (66/1) v St Neots Town
Scarborough Athletic v Spennymoor Town - 25/1 v 4/1 - two of the top 10 teams
Whitley Bay v AFC Liverpool (66/1)
Beckenham Town (50/1) v Kings Lynn Town
Gresley v Bustleholme (66/1)
Shildon v Coalville Town  - 20/1 against 25/1 - two of the top 10 teams
Dunston UTS v Heather St Johns (50/1)
Poole Town v Wantage Town (50/1)

Fixtures involving the remaining Spartan South Midlands and Essex Senior Sides.

Lancing v Witham Town
Stanway Rovers v Stansted

Leverstock Green v Tunbridge Wells
Stotfold v Long Buckby
Tring Athletic v Dunstable Town

If you fancy a real punt Verwood Town of the Sydenhams Wessex League Division One are 125/1 outsiders face Torpoint Athletic of the Carlsberg South Western League Premier Division (rated at 66/1) for a place in Round Four.. Could one of these teams make the final?? 

HENDON V ENFIELD TOWN TAKE TWO - THE BIG TRIP TO WEMBLEY (FC)

Hopefully the fog and any other type of  inclement weather condition will hold off for tomorrow's rescheduled Middlesex Senior Cup game between Hendon and Enfield Town at Vale Farm. The good news is the cold end has managed to raise funds for a new camera so hopefully all being well we'll get some footage of the game. Hendon had a spare Saturday so will be fresh and ready for the match which could go to extra-time and penalties.

There is near enough a full list of league fixtures in the Ryman North division with eight games tomorrow night and Ilford entertaining Ware on Wednesday night.

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

The pick of the games has to be Maldon and Tiptree versus Trophy heroes Harlow Town. The Hawks have dropped down to 9th position with M&T now in 2nd place in the league following their run of good form. Two home bankers for the night come at Potters Bar Town who entertain rock bottom Waltham Forest and Wingate and Finchley who entertain Tilbury.  The Dockers won their last away game at Leyton but were involved in a 0-0 bore draw at home to Cheshunt on Saturday. If W&F score early the cold end thinks they will quite easily cement their position on top of the league. The Stags have suffered big defeats (1-4 and 1-5) on their last two trips so The Scholars who are unbeaten at home in seven league games should take the three points despite showing some defensive frailty in the 5-6 win at Great Wakering Rovers on Saturday.

Another home banker most people would mark down is Redbridge's long trip to Needham Market. The home side are unbeaten at home winning all six of their league games but let in four goals verus Ware on Saturday in only their 2nd defeat of the season. The Motormen have improved of late and only narrowly lost against W&F in their last game. Rebridge have gained two creditable draws (Grays 2-2, Potters Bar 2-2 where they were 0-2 up with only minutes left) and were 2-0 in their 3-2 defeat to Maldon and Tiptree in their last three away games. The form says a home win all the way but I expect Redbridge to run the home side close.

Another side who tasted glory in the FA Trophy and arguably got the result of the round AFC Sudbury face a shorter trip than Truro when they go to Brentwood Town. The Blues from is up and down and the Suffolk side's is of the same roller coaster appearance. A close game in prospect at the International Arena.

Romford will find it tough at home to Great Wakering Rovers who will want to bounce back from Saturday's 5-6 thriller. GWR had scored in all but one of their seven away league games with Boro gaining three clean sheets from six home games. The other three games they have only let one goal in each time. Another close game which could go either way.

How close the race for the title is can only be illustrated by the fact if Tilbury upset Wingate and Finchley by winning either one of the rest of top five could go top with a possibility sixth placed Romford could go second with a win depending on other results.

Sunday, 21 November 2010

TOWN LOSE AGAIN AND ILFORD ARE TOP OF THE LEAGUE*

*the Ryman East London Division

Enfield Town's miserable run of form continued yesterday with another 0-1 loss against Maldon and Tiptree at Goldsdown Road. The cold end unfortunately missed another game but will be at the next few games where hopefully normal service or some pictures and footage will return.

Reports back to cold end towers are that Town didn't play that bad but just lacked that killer instinct in front of goal. It's same old story that we need to catch a break from somewhere - a lucky goal maybe off someones shin or backside would do!

Town's next two games come at Hendon in the Middlesex Cup and Heybridge Swifts at home next Saturday in another important league fixture.

Elsewhere, as predicted by the cold end (I do get some right now and again!) Ware beat Needham Market 4-3 at Wodson Park. The home side were 4-1 at one point with the game descending into a flurry of red cards. Market finished with eight men and Ware with ten men.

The game of the day has to have come at Burroughs Park where Great Wakering Rovers scored five goals but still got nothing from the game as visitors Potters Bar Town scored six!!  Cold end favourite and all round top bloke Dan Trenkell scored all five for his side in what looks like it will be the game of the season in the Ryman North. The score at half time was 4-4. With the score at 5-5 Jose Espinoza who impressed versus Enfield Town last week took the points for the Scholars with a goal in the last minute.

It's not all doom and gloom for Town with new signing forward Walid Matata showing some good touches yesterday and with the impending return of Stuart Blackburne along with Ben Hammond we can still reach the play-offs. Town have now lost seven league games so it's fair to say it will take a run of extremely impressive results to win the league. But looking at the following table the cold end has compiled the play-offs are within reach -

SEASON                            09/10    08/09    07/08      06/07 
LEAGUE WINNERS GAMES LOST           5        4        7          3   
PLAYS OFF QUALIFIERS GAMES LOST  8/9/8/11 7/6/10/9 10/9/9/9  8/11/11/10   
P/O QUAL AVG GAMES LOST             9        8        7         10

AVG NUMBER OF GAMES LOST FOR LEAGUE WINNERS       - 4.75
AVG NUMBER OF GAMES LOST FOR TEAMS IN FIFTH PLACE - 9.75

With Town now eight points off of fifth place it is possible. There are many games to be played and lots of twists and turns to go yet.

If your are an Enfield Town fan and of a nervous disposition please look away now - Here comes the league and current form Table (which we are bottom in!!). The bottom four will hence be renamed "The Ryman League East London Division" with Ilford's 0-3 victory at Leyton yesterday putting them on top of their mini-league -

RYMAN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE (NORTH) AS OF 21/11/2010
                       P  W  D  L GF GA GD  PTS
1 Wingate & Finchley   17 10 3  4 32 26 + 6 33 
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2 Maldon & Tiptree     17 10 1  6 34 30 + 4 31 
3 Needham Market       12 10 0  2 35 15 +20 30 
4 East Thurrock United 14  9 3  2 29 15 +14 30 
5 Potters Bar Town     16  9 3  4 33 27 + 6 30 
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6 Romford              13  8 4  1 22  6 +16 28 
7 Thamesmead Town      16  8 4  4 24 19 + 5 28 
8 Harlow Town          13  8 0  5 21 19 + 2 24 
9 Heybridge Swifts     15  6 5  4 29 18 +11 23 
10 AFC Sudbury         14  6 5  3 28 23 + 5 23 
11 Enfield Town        15  7 1  7 25 19 + 6 22 
12 Brentwood Town      14  6 3  5 27 21 + 6 21 
13 Great Wakering      16  6 3  7 28 30 - 2 21 
14 Cheshunt            16  5 5  6 22 24 - 2 20 
15 Ware                17  6 2  9 27 32 - 5 20 
16 Grays Athletic      14  5 4  5 17 18 - 1 19 
17 Waltham Abbey       18  3 9  6 25 28 - 3 18 
18 Tilbury             17  4 1 12 13 28 -15 13 
Ryman Legue East London Division
19 Ilford              16  3 3 10 18 32 -14 12 
20 Waltham Forest      18  2 4 12 18 40 -22 10 
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21 Redbridge           15  2 3 10 18 32 -14  9 
22 Leyton              17  1 6 10 13 36 -23  9 

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

AFC SUDBURY SHOCK TRURO IN THE FA TROPHY

Congratulation to AFC Sudbury who done the Ryman League proud down in Cornwall recording a brilliant 1-2 win at Zamaretto League leaders Truro City. AFC were rated as 9/2 outsiders in the match so well done to anyone who had money on the Suffolk side.

Harlow Town are also through to the First Round proper having comfortably beaten Maidstone United.

Grays Athletic make it a trio of Ryman North sides in the draw and will face a replay in mid-week against Circencester Town after their creditable 2-2 draw yesterday.

Unfortunately Romford lost 0-3 at Boreham Wood so therefore bow out of the FA Trophy.

Saturday, 20 November 2010

TOONSTAR'S QUICK WEEKEND TREBLE

A quick BTTS weekend treble from the Toonstar as follows -

Coventry City v Burnley
Dagenham and Redbridge v Oldham
Leyton Orient v Bournemouth


£10 with skybet.com pays £49.72.

THE COLD END BIG XI AND SMALL FIVE

Still no wins for the big XI and the small five got off to a losing start last weekend but did go very close on 4/5 correct results. Here is the cold end's big XI and small five for this weekend -

League One - Huddersfield Town beat Exeter City - 8/13 *
League One - Brighton to beat Bristol Rovers    - 8/15 
League One - Charlton to beat Yeovil Town       - 4/7 * 
League Two - Shrewsbury Town to beat Southend   - 10/11
BSP        - Mansfield Town to beat H&Y         - 4/7 *
BSP        - Gateshead to beat Forest Green     - 5/6 
BSP        - Kidderminster to beat Eastbourne   - 4/5 
FAT        - Lowestoft to beat Swindon Super    - 4/6 *
Evo Stick  - FC Halifax to beat North Ferriby   - 2/5 
Zam League - Chippenham Town to beat Banbury    - 8/13 
Welsh Prem - Neath Ath to win @ Newton AFC      - 8/13 *
* denotes small five selections 

A 50p accumulator on the big xi pays £117.31 on skybet.com

A 50p accumulator on the small five pays £5.37.

Gamble responsibly!!

THE DIRECTOR'S WEEKEND TREBLE - BRENTWOOD TOWN, WINGATE & FINCHLEY AND WITH A HUNCH - WALTHAM ABBEY

This week, I’m going big on a 12/1 treble.
First up I fancy Wingate & Finchley to win the big game of the day at East Thurrock. The hosts don’t appear to be as strong this term and are struggling to keep clean sheets. The visitors on the other hand are on a good run and Smith and Laird will trouble most defences. I predict a narrow three points for the visitors at 17/10

My banker of the day is for Brentwood to win at Waltham Forest. I think the only thing that could stop an away win this week is the weather and the bookies agree having Brentwood priced at 57/100

Finally, I have a hunch that Waltham Abbey could pull off a win against inconsistent Thamesmead. The Abbey have been entertaining this year and have goals in them. A little bit of luck at the back and they could nick this one at 43/20  *the cold end predicted an away win in this one in the weekend preview - who'll be right with their prediction??*

Good Luck

THE COLD END BLUE SQUARE BTTS SYSTEM

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

Saturday 20th November                     TOTAL
Bath City           25 Fleetwood Town   7   32
Cambridge Utd       21 Tamworth        12   33
Crawley Town        21 Altrincham      10   31  
Gateshead           12 Forest Green    16   28
Grimsby             17 Barrow          14   31
Kidderminster       12 Eastbourne Boro 13   25
Luton               14 Histon           9   23 
Mansfield           17 Hayes & Yeading 13   30 
Newport County      17 Southport       19   36
Rushden & D'mnds    19 York            16   35
Wrexham             12 Darlington      11   23
Sunday 21st November 
AFC Wimbledon        7 Kettering       15   22 
The system this week throws up the games at Nene Park and Newport Stadium for the BTTS double which pays a nice little sum of £40.00 off a £10 stake with skybet.com. The odds of 3/1 are the best ever offered in the system so far.

There are some good fixtures in non-league's top division tomorrow with Hayes and Yeading travelling to Field Mill to face without a manager Mansfield Town as the Stags parted company with David Holdsworth in the week.Caretaker manager Duncan Russell picks the home team tomorrow who are mid-table in the division against the Middlesex side who have lost their last four league games against Wrexham, Altrincham, Bath City and Grimsby Town. Garry Haylock has strengthened his struggling side with the capture of Dagenham and Redbridge midfielder Graeme Montgomery on loan this week but have not had much luck on the road winning only two out of nine games. Mansfield Town look good for a win in this one and are strong 4/7 favourites with skybet.com to win. H&Y have shipped three goals a game in three out of four of the their recent losses with the other being a 1-0 loss to fellow basement boy's Altrincham so better value may be Mansfield Town -1 @ 11/8.

Another good value bet is in the Luton Town v Histon game. The Hatters are strong at home and are unsurprisingly odds on favourites at 1/4 which doesn't offer much value. A better bet could be Luton to be winning at half time and full time at 4/6. Richard Money's side has scored in the first half of seven out of their nine home league games so far. Histon have improved since David Livermore has taken over in the hot seat and will be well drilled defensively making it tough for Luton Town to break them down. However, I can only see Luton going in 1 or 2 nil up at the break and then holding on for maybe a 3 or 4 nil victory so the 4/6 on offer might be worth looking into.

Gamble responsibly!!

Friday, 19 November 2010

CHAMPIONSHIP MANAGER CUP FOURTH ROUND DRAW

The draw for the Championship Manger Cup 4th round has been made with a total of four Ryman North sides through already which could possibly rise to seven should Cheshunt, Heybridge Swifts and/or Wingate and Finchley win their 3rd round games yet to be played. The two stand out fixtures for the cold end is the Dulwich Hamlet v Romford match which will bring back memories of the Amateur days for some supporters with long memories and should Wealdstone beat W&F they will set up a local derby with Harrow Borough at Earlsmead.

Full Fixture list for Round Four

Maldon & Tiptree v Potters Bar Town
Cheshunt or Lowestoft Town v Canvey Island or Heybridge Swifts
Harrow Borough v Wealdstone or Wingate & Finchley
Dulwich Hamlet v Romford
Walton Casuals v Leatherhead
Tooting & Mitcham United v Metropolitan Police
Thamesmead Town v Cray Wanderers
Hastings United v Kingstonian or Fleet Town

Thursday, 18 November 2010

RYMAN DIVISION ONE (NORTH) WEEKEND PREVIEW

LEAGUE FIXTURES
East Thurrock United v Wingate & Finchley
Enfield Town v Maldon & Tiptree
Great Wakering Rovers v Potters Bar Town
Leyton v Ilford
Tilbury v Cheshunt
Waltham Abbey v Thamesmead Town
Waltham Forest v Brentwood Town
Ware v Needham Market

FA TROPHY 3rd QUALIFYING ROUND FIXTURES featuring Ryman North clubs
Boreham Wood v Romford
Cirencester Town v Grays Athletic
Harlow Town v Maidstone United
Truro City v AFC Subury

It's a busy weekend of fixtures for the Ryman North Division with the cold end sending good luck to Romford, Grays Athletic, Harlow Town and AFC Sudbury who represent our division in the FA Trophy. Romford travel to Boreham Wood who since knocking Enfield Town out of the FA Cup on the 9th October are still struggling having lost four and drawn one game in league and cup competition. The Boro had an excellent win at AFC Totton in the last round to earn their trip to the Blue Square South side and will be backed by a good travelling support from Essex. Wood have made a raft of signings of late as Ian Allinson attempts to move his side away from the relegation zone in the BSS. skybet.com rate Romford as 7/2 outsiders with the home side odds on at 8/13 with a draw at 13/5. Romford have one the best defensive records in non-league football this season so it's a good game in prospect at Meadow Park.

Grays face a trip to Zamaretto Premier Division side Cirencester Town whom are currently mid-table in their division. The odds are closer in this one with the lower ranked Grays at 11/4 and the home side favourites at 4/5 and the draw 12/5. Cirencester have won 5 out of their last six home games in league and cup with the only loss being a narrow 1-2 defeat to Cambridge City who are currently 3rd in the table. Enfield Town fan's need to watch out for this result as if it is a draw out game with Grays Athletic next midweek will be put off for the replay of this game.

Harlow Town entertain Ryman Premier Maidstone United and will be looking to put another team from the division out of the competition after knocking Carshalton Athletic out in the last round. The Hawks home league form has took a dip of late having conceded 8 goals in two games versus Cheshunt and Brentwood Town. However, last weekend they were 0-1 up against Wingate and Finchley before letting in 2 late goals to lose the game. The bookies make Harlow slight favourites at 5/4 with an away victory at 6/4 and a draw at 13/5. The cold end thinks that, of all the Ryman North sides left in the competition, Harlow may have the best chance of getting through into the next round.

AFC Sudbury make the short 700 mile round trip from Suffolk to Cornwall to face Zamaretto Premier Division Truro City. They are top of the table and have only lost one league game at home so far this season so are hot favourites to go through at 2/5 with an away win at 9/2 and a draw at 10/3. Sudbury who have been topsy turvy form wise all season have only lost twice in the league on their travels but with their hosts in fantastic form they will find it difficult to get a result on their mammoth journey.

The league fixture of the day has to be the clash between top of the table Wingate and Finchley and fifth placed East Thurrock United at Rookery Hill. The Rocks have a good home record having lost only once in six league games but saying that the only team in the current top ten they have faced at their ground is Thamesmead Town who recorded a 0-2 victory. W&F are in great form having lost to Harlow Town on the 9th October in the league and then being knocked out of the FA Trophy by Cray Wanderers they have won seven of eight league and cup games. The one they didn't win was the 3-3 draw at home to Waltham Abbey which taking nothing away from the Abbott's comeback they threw away being 3-1 up with only minutes to go. It'll be a very close encounter which I think W&F may just shade 1-2 or 1-3.

Enfield Town have a tough game against Maldon and Tiptree at Goldsdown Road. The return game which Town won 4-2 could of been much closer had M&T been more clinical with their finishing with the score at 2-3 and aside from the 6-3 defeat at the hands of AFC Sudbury M&T are in great form of late which has pushed them up to 4th in the table. Joe Sweeney has been amongst the goals of late and is now 2nd top scorer on 11 goals in the league behind Craig Parker (12) of Needham Market. A win for Enfield Town would put us on 25 points just 3 points behind our opponents with two games in hand.

Elsewhere two sides in Great Wakering Rovers and Potters Bar Town, who ran table toppers Needham on the cards here.

Over in East London there is a relegation six pointer derby game where 21st placed Leyton host 20th place Ilford. A win for the home side would get them out of the dreaded drop zone wherease a win for the Foxes would put them on 12 points which would be three away from Leyton. A game that is impossible to call result wise.

Thamesmead Town who have won their last three away games conceding just one goal travel to Waltham Abbey who are the draw-masters (eight so far) of the league this season. Abbey had a good 6-2 win against Ilford in their last home game but looking at the fact their three league wins so far have come against struggling Leyton, Redbridge and the aforementioned Ilford The Mead should get a victory in this one. Abbey have let an average of 1.38 goals a game in at home with their only clean sheet coming against Redbridge whereas the visitors have only failed to score once on the road at Heybridge.

Brentwood Town should win easily at Waltham Forest. Since their unexpected loss to Redbridge the blues have not conceded a goal on the road in three matches whereas The Stags lost 5-1 at Romford last weekend.

In the last game will their be a surprise result at Wodson Park??. Ware who drew 2-2 with Lowestoft Town at home last season and then beat them 3-2 at Crown Meadow play host to league leader's Needham Market. Ware have a good home record with only two defeats in eight games and also have five clean sheets along the way. In their last two leagues games Market have been run close by Potters Bar Town and Great Wakering Rovers but still have an almost perfect record so anything but an away win will be a shock result. The cold end has a sneaky feeling that Ware may raise their game and get at least a point against the Suffolk side.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

THICK FOG IN WEMBLEY

The game at Vale Farm versus Hendon was called off at around 5.30pm by the referee for fog. The cold end made my way to the ground battling through the squashed commuters on the tube to find a nice clear night in the shadow of the national stadium only to be greeted by the friendly Hendon official in the car park who told me the game was off. I could of had 100 guesses and wouldn't of said fog in any of them but it has been confirmed that when the official made his inspection at 5.30pm it was very foggy and he couldn't see both ends from the centre spot so maybe it was a good decision made. The game now has to be fitted somewhere in Enfield Town's and Hendon's busy schedule.

The game at Cheshunt v Grays Athletic was also called off as was Broxbourne Borough's in the Spartan South Midlands League cup whereas most other local games went ahead.

Redbridge's game versus Wingate and Finchley was the only league game to go ahead where the away side triumphed with a 1-2 win to go top of the league in front of a recorded crowd of 30 loyal people which is the second lowest league attendance of the season. The 22 hardy souls who watched Leyton V Tilbury on Saturday can lay holders of that record at present. The highest league crowd so far was the 512 posted by AFC Sudbury v Maldon and Tiptree on the 9th November.

Monday, 15 November 2010

THE OTHER BIG GAME AT WEMBLEY THIS WEEK

Forget the England v France International game on Wednesday night as there is another (some may argue more important) game occurring at Wembley tomorrow night. Wembley FC's Vale Farm, where our opponents currently ground share, plays host to the big Hendon v Enfield Town Middlesex Senior Cup game.

Gary McCann's side are having a good season and are currently in eighth position of the Ryman Premier Division only losing two of their thirteen league games. They had a fantastic run in the FA Cup reaching the first round proper where they travelled to Blue Square South Chelmsford City going down to a narrow 2-3 defeat. The only real blip (aside from their two league defeats to Kingstonian and Tooting and Mitcham United) they have had is in the FA Trophy where they were thrashed by AFC Sudbury going down 5-1 in Suffolk. Since then they have drawn 3-3 with Bury Town at home and beaten Croydon Athletic 4-1 away from home. Top scoring at present are Belal Aite-Ouakrim and Jamie Busby both on 10 league and cup goals each.

Last season's campaign in the Middlesex Senior Cup ended at the first hurdle when after a 2-2 draw and extra time at Combined Counties League Hanworth Villa they went out 5-4 on penalty kicks.

GREENSNET report that Hendon's usual pricing structure will be in place for the game being £9 for adults, £5 concessions and £1 for under 16's. A single sheet programme will be produced for the game given free with admission.

The weather forecast for tomorrow night is a little better than the chilly conditions tonight with temperatures predicted to get down to around 5c - the cold end's advice is wrap up warm if your venturing out!! 

There are two league games scheduled with Grays Athletic travelling to Theobalds Lane to face Cheshunt and an interesting game at Oakside where Redbridge host Wingate and Finchley. The Motormen went in at half time with a 2-0 lead at Maldon and Tiptree on Saturday only to be pegged back by 3 second half goals from the home side.  If they can reproduce their good form from the last few weeks which has lifted them from the bottom of the table they may give W&F something to think about. A victory for the North London side will see them go top of the table by three points over Needham Market who will then have five games in hand over Dave Norman's side.

There are a host of Championship Manager games also scheduled that involve Ryman North sides as follows-

Championship Manager Cup – Second Round
Heybridge Swifts vs. Brentwood Town
Lowestoft Town vs. AFC Sudbury
Ware vs. Wealdstone

Championship Manager Cup – Third RoundHarrow Borough vs. Leyton
Maldon & Tiptree vs. East Thurrock United
Romford vs. Aveley
Thamesmead Town vs. Tonbridge Angels
Waltham Abbey vs. Potters Bar Town

COME ON TOWN!!

Sunday, 14 November 2010

SUNDAY NIGHT BETTING ROUND UP

Stockport County's unexpected coupon busting victory over local rivals Bury made the first attempt at the small five gain a respectable 4/5. Respectable isn't good enough though and the money (yet again) goes to the bookies! The big XI came in with 7 out of 11 correct again.

The Director got two out of three with Heybridge Swift's draw at Brentwood Town and Toonstar followed up last week's win with a loss.

The BTTS system triumphed with a £32.40 return off a £10 stake to put a healthy figure of £50.00 profit for the season.

Remember gamble sensibly!!!

Saturday, 13 November 2010

SCHOLAR'S VICTORY GIVES THEM "THE DOUBLE" OVER ENFIELD TOWN

Potters Bar Town's 1-0 victory this afternoon gave them local bragging rights and made them the first team to complete the double over Enfield Town since season 2008/2009 when several teams achieved that accolade.

The pitch at the South Mimms Travel Stadium wasn't in a condition that was conducive to play pretty or entertaining football with the rain that has fallen in the local area over the last week making the surface boggy in places and very boggy in other areas.

The home side could of gone 1-0 up in the opening seconds of the game when with most Towners walking around to take their position on the Potters Bar Kop missed Rob Blackburne make a good close range save to keep the scores level.

Enfield Town plugged away with Adam Wallace and Deniz Mehmet playing wide switching from left to right and Liam Hope up front but were unable to trouble the home keeper. Luke Croll on the right hand side of midfield for Potters Bar Town looked impressive going forward and it was he who found himself in space to make a cross for his team-mate to head wide in the next slice of goalmouth action.

Adam Lee's side got the all important goal on 19 minutes when Rob Blackburne appeared to make an error by calling for the ball but allowed Tom Pett to get to it before him and put the ball into the net.

Town's only real chance of the first half came shortly after when Adam Wallace did really well to cross the ball in from right hand side for Liam Hope to head across only for no Town player to take advantage of the opportunity.

Enfield Town escaped going 2-0 down when Croll hit a great strike from outside the box which rattled Blackburne's bar.

It was then the game boiled over on 35 minutes when Rudi Hall slid into a tackle which became a foul as he didn't get the ball with a Potters Bar Town player on the halfway line. Some home players reacted to the foul which deserved a booking by appealing to the referee. Chris Doyle then became involved with Paul Marks in the melee and rose his hand appearing to punch Marksy in the face. After a period of handbags it all calmed down and Rudi was booked for his foul which was justified and Doyle who had already been booked was given a 2nd yellow by the referee (after consultation with his two assistants) and was sent off. Some Town fan's watching began the debate that it should, if Doyle had raised his hand, be a straight red offence.       

HALF TIME 1-0

It was an improved Enfield Town performance at the start of the 2nd half but it just, as has happened frequently in recent weeks, wasn't to be Town's day. The away fans began to sense this when Adam Wallace had a free header in front of goal which didn't trouble the keeper and Richard Morton hit the crossbar which on another day would of hit the back of the net. Town need some luck to go their way!! 

The afternoon got worse for Morts who when challenging for the ball near to the corner flag with the home player shielding the ball out for a goal kick he went to in the cold end's opinion to challenge for the ball only for the home player to fall over causing an all-mighty shout and appeal from the home side players and bench over appealing to the referee for a red card to be shown. It was as if Morton who is in no way whatsoever a dirty player had launched into a knee high studs showing leg breaker of a challenge. The referee showed a straight red to Morton which appeared extremely harsh. This can only be underlined by the fact that he will now have to sit out a three game ban whereas Doyle who received two yellows (one for a punch/raised hand) will only serve a one match suspension.

A triple substitution by Steve Newing of Osei, Kendall and Forward on for Hall, Wallace and Campbell failed to give Town a deserved equaliser as The Scholar's defended their lead to gain the all important victory which puts them in 6th place in the current league table. Town are now down in 11th place on 22 points in what you will see from the table is still very tight.

Ex Town player Dan Odamo playing at centre back for the home side put in an impressive man of the match performance for the home side.

FULL TIME - 1-0

*Once again apologies for no pictures or footage as the cold end camera is still feeling poorly!!

TODAY'S RYMAN DIVISION ONE (NORTH) RESULTS 

Brentwood Town  3 3  Heybridge Swifts 192  
Cheshunt        2 1  Waltham Abbey    146  
Grays Athletic  1 1  Ware             224  
Ilford          0 1  AFC Sudbury       81  
Leyton          0 1  Tilbury           22 
Maldon & T      3 2  Redbridge         64  
Needham Market  3 2  Great Wakering   193 
Potters Bar     1 0  Enfield Town     161  
Romford         5 1  Waltham Forest    86 
Thamesmead Town 1 2  East Thurrock     71  
Wingate & F     2 1  Harlow Town      166 


RYMAN PREMIER DIVISION ONE (NORTH) CURRENT TABLE

                      P  W  D L  GF GA GD Pts 
1. Needham Market     11 10 0 1  32 11  21 30 
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2. Wingate & Finchley 15  9 3 3  29 23   6 30 
3. Romford            13  8 4 1  22  6  16 28 
4. Maldon & Tiptree   16  9 1 6  33 30   3 28 
5. East Thurrock      13  8 3 2  27 14  13 27
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6. Potters Bar Town   15  8 3 4  27 22   5 27 
7. Thamesmead Town    15  8 3 4  24 19   5 27 
8. Harlow Town        13  8 0 5  21 19   2 24 
9. Heybridge Swifts   15  6 5 4  29 18  11 23 
10. AFC Sudbury       14  6 5 3  28 23   5 23 
11. Enfield Town      14  7 1 6  25 18   7 22 
12. Brentwood Town    13  6 3 4  27 19   8 21 
13. Great Wakering    15  6 3 6  23 24 - 1 21 
14. Grays Athletic    14  5 4 5  17 18 - 1 19 
15. Cheshunt          15  5 4 6  22 24 - 2 19 
16. Waltham Abbey     17  3 8 6  25 28 - 3 17 
17. Ware              16  5 2 9  23 29 - 6 17 
18. Tilbury           16  4 0 12 13 28 -15 12 
19. Redbridge         14  2 3  9 17 30 -13  9 
20. Ilford            15  2 3 10 15 32 -17  9
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21. Leyton            16  1 6  9 13 33 -20  9 
22. Waltham Forest    17  1 4 12 16 40 -24  7 


RYMAN DIVISION ONE (NORTH) CURRENT FORM TABLE *LAST SIX GAMES*
                      P W D L GF GA GD PTS
1 Needham Market      6 6 0 0 17  6 11 18 
2 Maldon & Tiptree    6 5 0 1 14 11  3 15 
3 Romford             6 4 2 0 11  2  9 14 
4 Wingate & Finchley  6 4 1 1 14  8  6 13 
5 Potters Bar Town    6 4 1 1 10  7  3 13 
6 Great Wakering      6 4 0 2 12  7  5 12 
7 Brentwood Town      6 3 2 1 12  8  4 11 
8 Thamesmead Town     6 3 2 1  9  6  3 11 
9 East Thurrock       6 3 1 2  9  8  1 10 
10 AFC Sudbury        6 2 3 1 11  8  3  9 
11 Harlow Town        6 3 0 3  8 10 -2  9 
12 Redbridge          6 2 2 2 14 13  1  8 
13 Cheshunt           6 2 2 2 11 11  0  8 
14 Grays Athletic     6 1 3 2  5  7 -2  6 
15 Waltham Abbey      6 1 2 3 13 12  1  5 
16 Ware               6 1 1 4 11 11  0  4 
17 Heybridge Swifts   6 0 4 2  7  9 -2  4 
18 Enfield Town       6 1 1 4  9 13 -4  4 
19 Waltham Forest     6 1 1 4  7 16 -9  4 
20 Tilbury            6 1 0 5  1  9 -8  3 
21 Leyton             6 0 2 4  5 15 -10 2 
22 Ilford             6 0 0 6  4 15 -11 0 

Friday, 12 November 2010

THE DIRECTOR SIGNS IN WITH A QUICK RYMAN NORTH TREBLE

The Director has been busy doing Director type things this week so has only had time to send us a quickfire Ryman North treble for this weekend -

Brentwood Town to beat Heybridge Swifts
AFC Sudbury to win away at Ilford
Tilbury to win away also in East London at Leyton.

Both Brentwood and Sudbury will be buoyed by their impressive midweek victories with Tilbury putting in a good performance on Tuesday despite going down 0-1 to Thamesmead Town. In fact they were reportedly unlucky not to get something from the game. Their game at Lea Bridge Road kicks off at 2pm as host's Leyton are having problems with their floodlights.

A £10 stake with bwin.com pays a nice amount of £87.48.

Gamble responsibly!! 

BENNY TOON CELEBRATES AFTER BACKING HIS MATE TOONSTAR'S TIP. PARTIES AND GIRLS CANCELLED AS FOOTBALL IS THE WAY FORWARD

It was a party atmosphere in the Benny Toon household last weekend after a successful gamble advised by Toonstar made him a champion little sum. TT's canny little bet put him in profit for the season so hopefully there is no looking back now..... Toonstar has sent the cold end the following message and bet for the weekend -

Greetings Coldenders from a warm and in profit (just) Toon Towers. TT and the Toon's latest recruit Oskar Toonstar were singing their hearts out for the lads last Sunday after a great performance against Arsenal. The cold end and OT now share a place in history together as both their first football games ended with a Toon 1-0 victory against the Gunners...

OT has lined up a Christmas showdown against Spurs as he is now hooked on the black and whites...parties and girls are out the window...


I've gone a bit off the wall this weekend with the following gamble -


Blackpool to score twice at West Ham United    13/8
Man United to score twice at Aston Villa                6/5
Wigan v West Brom over 2.5 goals                      evens 

£10 stake pays £96.26 at skybet.

Toonstar sends good luck to Enfield Town in the match at Potters Bar Town

THE COLD END BLUE SQUARE PREMIER BTTS SYSTEM

A bit of a dry night for BTTS in the Blue Square Premier on Tuesday with only two out of the eight games played ending in both teams scoring. With Wrexham beating Luton Town 1-0 on Thursday it made it only 2/9 games played in the midweek resulting in BTTS. At least the system came up with one of those games and is still running at a +£27.60 profit. Here are the weekend's fixtures with the system applied -

TOTAL 
Altrincham             10 Luton Town       20    30
Barrow                 18 AFC Wimbledon    10    28
Darlington              8 Crawley Town     22    30
Eastbourne Boro        17 Newport County   20    37
Fleetwood Town          9 Rushden & D'mnds 10    19
Forest Green           12 Mansfield        13    25    
Hayes & Yeading        11 Grimsby          21    32
Histon                 13 Kidderminster    18    31
Kettering              16 Cambridge Utd    23    39 
Southport              17 Bath City        22    39
Tamworth               14 Gateshead        14    38
York                   13 Wrexham          13    26
The games at Rockingham Road and Haig Avenue are selected this week with a BTTS double paying £32.40 off a £10 stake with skybet.com

Gamble responsibly

THE COLD END BIG XI

So far in the cold end big XI we've had 7/11 twice and 6/11 twice so in order to try and squeeze some money out of those demon bookmakers this week we see the start of "the small five" in conjunction with the big XI which will see the five best bets in the big XI selected as an accumulator also. Here goes in another week's selections...it's a bit of a lottery but who knows our luck could be in (odds can be found at skybet.com) -

Championship - Ipswich Town to beat Barnsley       8/11 
Championship - Cardiff City to win at Scunthorpe   evens * 
League Two   - Bury to beat Stockport County       4/7 * 
League Two   - Rotherham to beat Oxford United     5/4 
Scottish Prem- Motherwell to beat Hibernian        6/4 
Scottish 1st - Falkirk to win at Stirling Albion   4/5 * 
Scottish 3rd - Berwick Rangers to beat Clyde       4/6 *
Blue Sq South- Welling United to beat Havant       10/11
Ryman Prem   - Concord Rangers to beat Folkestone  1/2 
Ryman Prem   - Bury Town to beat Tooting & M       4/6 
Zamaretto Pre- Chippenham Town to win at Weymouth  1/2 *
* denotes small five selections

A 50p bet on the big XI accumulator pays £327.91 with skybet.com

*A 50p bet on the small five accumulator pays £7.07 at odds of 13/1.

Gamble responsibly!!!

MOANERS - PLEASE SHUT UP!!!

The cold end has not been able to get to the last few games where Town have lost against Potters Bar Town and Wingate & Finchley followed by Tuesday night's draw against Leyton but is reliably informed that in each game the result could of been a win for the Town and with a little bit of luck the results will turn around in due course.

The cold end is a a little angered at some of the negative comments that have been made on the Fans Focus Forum of late but is pleased to see that most of the posts are of a positive nature.

Here is a comparison of Town's record after 13 games over the last three seasons -

           P  W D L GF GA GD PTS 
2008/09    13 4 3 6 29 34 -5 15 
2009/10    13 6 3 4 22 21  1 21 
2010/11    13 7 1 5 25 17  8 22 

You can see Town are one point better off this season, have won one more game, scored more and let less in... so to all the moaners and dissenters out there posting silly stuff read and divulge the above - then start to support the players and management in a positive manner!!  True fans will know that Steve Newing and the squad aren't actually big fans of losing games - the results will come hopefully starting at Potters Bar Town on Saturday.

Current League Table 
                            P  W D  L GF GA  GD PT                         
1  Needham Market           10 9 0  1 29  9 +20 27 
2  Thamesmead Town          14 8 3  3 23 17 + 6 27 
3  Wingate & Finchley       14 8 3  3 27 22 + 5 27 
4  Romford                  12 7 4  1 17  5 +12 25 
5  Maldon & Tiptree         15 8 1  6 30 28 + 2 25 
6  East Thurrock United     12 7 3  2 25 13 +12 24 
7  Potters Bar Town         14 7 3  4 26 22 + 4 24 
8  Harlow Town              12 8 0  4 20 17 + 3 24 
9  Heybridge Swifts         14 6 4  4 26 15 +11 22 
10 Enfield Town             13 7 1  5 25 17 + 8 22 
11 Great Wakering Rovers    14 6 3  5 21 21   0 21 
12 Brentwood Town           12 6 2  4 24 16 + 8 20 
13 AFC Sudbury              13 5 5  3 27 23 + 4 20 
14 Grays Athletic           13 5 3  5 16 17 - 1 18 
15 Waltham Abbey            16 3 8  5 24 26 - 2 17 
16 Cheshunt                 14 4 4  6 20 23 - 3 16 
17 Ware                     15 5 1  9 22 28 - 6 16 
18 Redbridge                13 2 3  8 15 27 -12  9 
19 Ilford                   14 2 3  9 15 31 -16  9 
20 Tilbury                  15 3 0 12 12 28 -16  9 
21 Leyton                   15 1 6  8 13 32 -19  9 
22 Waltham Forest           16 1 4 11 15 35 -20  7 

Town's next four league fixtures are against Potters Bar Town (currently 7th), Maldon and Tiptree (4th), Grays Athletic (14th but a good side who will finish higher) and Heybridge Swifts (9th)...before facing two lengthy trips into Suffolk to face AFC Sudbury (who are always dangerous despite currently being down in 13th place... A 6-3 midweek victory over M&T demonstrates this perfectly....the cold end thinks they like Grays will finish higher up the league at the end of the season) before the big weekend trip to Needham Market at the beginning of December. Market are shaping up to be the team to beat as if they win all their games in hand over the teams below them they could be 12 points ahead of Thamesmead Town and W&F, 14 points ahead of Town and 17 points off of current 5th placed M&T who have played five more games than the current table-toppers.

Prior to the big match at Bloomfields Market play Great Wakering Rovers (h), Ware (a), Redbridge (h), Grays Athletic (a) and Great Wakering Rovers (a).

Romford in 4th position, who are probably next best placed with two games in hand over the 2nd and 3rd placed teams and have the best defence in the Ryman League at present entertain bottom side Waltham Forest on Saturday. The Stags recorded their first win of the season at the 16th time of asking on Wednesday night with the 2-1 victory over Cheshunt very welcome on the terraces of Cricklefields.  Boro then face GWR (h), Tilbury (a), Redbridge (h) and Potters Bar Town (h) in the league as well as travelling to Boreham Wood in the FA Trophy.

COME ON TOWN!!!

Thursday, 11 November 2010

ANNOUNCEMENT

The cold end sends out apologies out to you - the loyal readers and followers of the website, for the lack of match action and pictures of late. This is due to the trusty cold end camera breaking down/malfunctioning a few weeks back. Hopefully, the fault can be rectified as it is due to be sent to be fixed tomorrow. Then if all is well the cold end will return with pictures and match action from Enfield Town FC and other games in the local area ASAP.

Please keep reading as i'll endevour to bring you news and match reports as best i can.

THE COLD END

Sunday, 7 November 2010

BLUE SQUARE PREMIER BTTS SYSTEM - MIDWEEK SPECIAL

There is a near full Blue Square Premier fixture list for this midweek which is as follows with the BTTS applied -

                                            TOTAL
ALTRINCHAM      11  AFC WIMBLEDON     15     26
BATH CITY       20  HAYES AND YEADING  7     27
CAMB UTD        21  GRIMSBY TOWN      25     46
DARLINGTON      12  TAMWORTH          19     31
EASTBOURNE BORO 25  FOREST GREEN      20     45
FLEETWOOD TOWN   9  GATESHEAD         19     28
KETTERING TOWN  15  MANSFIELD TOWN    18     33
KIDDERMINSTER   22  RUSHDEN           14     36
WREXHAM         12  LUTON TOWN        24     38

A £10 stake on a BTTS double at Cambridge United and Eastbourne Borough returns £28.79.

Good Luck and gamble responsibly!

TOONSTAR RETURNS TO FORM

A contrast in the fortunes of the cold end's tipsters this weekend, as Toonstar was celebrating Fulham's late late goal to bring his bet in the Director's treble was all but home and dry with the game at Scraley Road at 1-1 in injury time.... Bradley Walsh's even later winnerr gave Great Wakering Rovers the win and snatched the money away back into the bookies pockets!!   Only Egg Fried Rice for the director this weekend.

TT's win puts him into a massive profit of £1.22 for the season.

The cold end's Big XI bet lost again with 6 of 11 results correct. Maybe next week we'll win big!

WEEKEND REVIEW - WINGATE WINNERS AT GOLDSDOWN ROAD

A loss again yesterday when Wingate and Finchley recorded a 1-2 win at Goldsdown Road to make it three league defeats on the trot for Enfield Town. The cold end wasn't present but all reports back state it was a much improved performance with Town going 1-0 up through Richard Morton. W&F scored to make it 1-1 just prior to half-time and then in the second half to take the all important three points. As Steve Newing has stated Town have not become a bad team over night and we have the players capable of getting back up to the top of the league. Exactly this time last year the team lost three league games on the trot against East Thurrock United, Northwood and Wingate & Finchley and then went on a run of only four defeats in the last twenty-nine league games to qualify for the play-offs. Needham Market are now top of the league on goal difference to W&F who are level on points with Romford and Maldon & Tiptree closely following them. Town's next game is against 2nd bottom Leyton who lost 0-5 at Ware yesterday, the East London side are also bottom of the current form table.

Current League Table
                         P   W  D  L  GF  GA  GD  PTS  
1  Needham Market        10  9  0  1  29   9 +20   27   
2  Wingate & Finchley    14  8  3  3  27  22 + 5   27 
3  Romford               12  7  4  1  17   5 +12   25 
4  Maldon & Tiptree      14  8  1  5  27  22 + 5   25 
5  East Thurrock United  12  7  3  2  25  13 +12   24 
6  Harlow Town           11  8  0  3  20  13 + 7   24 
7  Thamesmead Town       13  7  3  3  22  17 + 5   24 
8  Potters Bar Town      14  7  3  4  26  22 + 4   24 
9  Heybridge Swifts      14  6  4  4  26  15 +11   22 
10 Enfield Town          12  7  0  5  23  15 + 8   21 
11 Great Wakering Rovers 13  6  3  4  21  20 + 1   21  
12 Brentwood Town        11  5  2  4  20 16  + 4   17  
13 AFC Sudbury           12  4  5  3  21 20  + 1   17 
14 Cheshunt              13  4  4  5  19 21  - 2   16 
15 Ware                  15  5  1  9  22 28  - 6   16 
16 Grays Athletic        12  4  3  5  15 17  - 2   15 
17 Waltham Abbey         15  2  8  5  18 24  - 6   14 
18 Redbridge             13  2  3  8  15 27  -12    9 
19 Ilford                13  2  3  8  13 25  -12    9 
20 Tilbury               14  3  0 11  12 27  -15    9 
21 Leyton                14  1  5  8  11 30  -19    8 
22 Waltham Forest        15  0  4 11  13 34  -21    4 


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

THIS WEEKS RYMAN NORTH FIXTURES - 
Tuesday 9th November 
AFC Sudbury            v  Maldon & Tiptree   
East Thurrock United   v  Romford  
Enfield Town           v  Leyton  
Great Wakering Rovers  v  Grays Athletic  
Harlow Town            v  Brentwood Town  
Heybridge Swifts       v  Needham Market  
Redbridge              v  Wingate & Finchley  
Tilbury                v  Thamesmead Town  
Waltham Abbey          v  Ilford  
  
Wednesday 10th November  
Waltham Forest         v  Cheshunt  
  
Saturday 13th November  
Brentwood Town         v  Heybridge Swifts  
Cheshunt               v  Waltham Abbey  
Grays Athletic         v  Ware  
Ilford                 v  AFC Sudbury  
Leyton                 v  Tilbury  
Maldon & Tiptree       v  Redbridge  
Needham Market         v  Great Wakering Rovers  
Potters Bar Town       v  Enfield Town  
Romford                v  Waltham Forest  
Thamesmead Town        v  East Thurrock United  
Wingate & Finchley     v  Harlow Town 

Saturday, 6 November 2010

REMEMBER REMEMBER THE 7th NOVEMBER

"Where is it?" is the question Mr Toonstar Tipper has been asking himself over the last few weeks. He can only be referring to one thing - His Form!! TT's record has gone a bit wayward at the moment, He's not exactly having a "Weston" as one win will put him back into profit alongside the cold end's other resident tipster The Director.

Elsewhere this week TT hopes it'll be a day to remember on Sunday as he's taking his nephew Oskar to his first Toon game when Newcastle United play Arsenal at the Emirates. Oskar is that much of a dedicated fan he's missing a mate's birthday party to see the game. Good luck Oskar and have a great day. The cold end can let little Oskar into a secret in that one of the first football games he saw was an Arsenal v Newcastle United game at Highbury on Tuesday 14th April 1987. The cold end and your Uncle didn't even know each other then but he was at the game too and watched the Toon run out 0-1 winners. Paul Gascoigne and Peter Beardsley played in black and white that night and TT is hoping it's the same result tomorrow.

TT goes for what he knows this week in a Premier League BTTS special, He is a big fan of the FA Cup even though he can't remember when Newcastle United last lifted the Trophy in 1955 (sorry TT).

Here is TT's BTTS treble -

Bolton v Spures - 8/11
Fulham v Villa - evens
Blackpool v Everton - 4/6

A £10 stake with skybet.com pays £57.58

Gamble responsibly!!

TOONSTAR AND OSKAR SHOUT HOWAY THE TOON AND HOWAY THE ENFIELD TOON!!

Friday, 5 November 2010

THE COLD END BIG XI

Week four in the cold end's big XI. A hit and hope type gamble where if luck is in it'll make a massive profit!! So far in three weeks of selecting 11 results to come in we've got 7/11, 6/11 and 7/11 losing a total stake of £1.50. Maybe this week is the week where the magic will happen. Here is the cold end's big XI with a non-league feel to it due to the FA Cup fixtures -

Championship  - Norwich City to beat Burnley       - 5/4 
Championship  - Middlesboro to beat Crystal Palace - 4/5
Blue Square N - AFC Telford to beat Solihull Moors - 1/2 
Blue Square N - Alfreton Town to win @ Hinckley    - 4/6 
Blue Square S - Weston-S-Mare to beat Lewes        - 4/5 
Evo Stick Prem- Northwich to win @ Frickley        - 6/5 
Evo Stick Prem- Ashton to beat Whitby Town         - evens 
Ryman Prem    - Lowestoft T to beat Horsham        - 1/2 
Zamaretto Prem- Truro City to beat Brackley Town   - 4/5 
Zamaretto Prem- Stourbridge to beat Weymouth       - 4/5 
Scottish Two  - Ayr United to beat Aidrie          - evens 

A 50p stake with skybet.com pays £180.43

Gamble responsibly!!!

HARROW BOROUGH AND HENDON GO FOR GLORY!!

Two teams managed by ex Enfield FC players in Dave Howell's Harrow Borough and Gary McCann's Hendon have the accolade of being the last two representatives of the Ryman League in the FA Cup 1st Round proper tomorrow.

Hendon, take their place in the first round for the first time since 1999 when they beat Bath City 0-2 away before travelling to Blackpool where they lost 2-0. McCann and his assistant Freddie Hyatt were part of that team alongside one Dominic Gentle who scored for the Town reserves in midweek.

With the likes of Charlton Athletic, Southampton and Sheffield Wednesday in the hat the draw hasn't been that kind to McCann's team as they travel to Blue Square South side Chelmsford City. Unsurprisingly after Hendon's 1-5 defeat at AFC Sudbury skybet.com make City strong favourites to progress at 8/15 with a draw rated as 11/4 and an away win at 9/2. The Clarets are third in their division winning five and drawing one of their home fixtures. That draw came in the fixture last Monday night against St Albans City where the Hertfordshire team where the first team to score in the league at The Melbourne Stadium this season. A victory for Glen Pennyfather's team will seem them through qualify for the second round for the first time since 1985.

At Earlsmead, Harrow Borough are rated as 6/1 outsiders against 4/9 League Two pacesetters Chesterfield. A draw in on offer for 11/4. In the league The Spireites have been virtually unstoppable at home winning seven and drawing 1 with no defeats. On the road they seem to be tough to beat having two wins, four draws and just one defeat scoring just seven and letting in six goals. As supporters of the old Enfield FC will remember, Chesterfield have been subject of a giant-killing in the FA Cup. What a famous day that was and can you believe it was in 1999. Against all the odds a 1-2 victory was recorded on a glory glory away day at Saltergate by Jim Chandler's Blue and White Army.

One thing the cold end is sure about is the magic of the cup will be spread somewhere this weekend with one or two lucky non-league players making a name for themselves.

Will it be the lowest ranked side left in the competition? The cold end is not sure if a trip to Hereford United's Edgar Street has ever been described as romantic but for the players and supporters of Hythe Town it certainly will be a day to remember. Currently mid-table in The Safety Net Associates Kent Football League they are 10/1 outsiders to win with The Bulls favourites at 1/5. A draw is rated at 9/2. Their adventure started way back on the 14th August at Reachfields Stadium when Bookham were beaten 4-0. Since then they have recorded wins against Deal Town (a), Epsom and Ewell (h), Erith and Belvedere (h), shocked Concord Rangers (a) and then famously beat Blue Sqaure South Staines Town in front of 808 people at their home ground. Scott Porter's side have already played six games to qualify for this stage which is one more than Chelsea played last season to lift the trophy at Wembley. One player who Town fans may recognise playing for Hythe is Brendon Cass who scored 37 goals for Dartford in their Ryman Division One (North) Championship campaign of 2007/2008. Lee Shearer, who has played for a host of non-league clubs as well as Leyton Orient also plays for the Kent side.

THE COLD END SENDS GOOD LUCK TO ALL THE NON-LEAGUE TEAMS IN ACTION OVER THE WEEKEND!!!  

THE DIRECTOR'S WEEKEND TREBLE - HOME WIN, AWAY WIN AND A DRAW PREDICTED

A home win, away win and a rare draw in this weeks 10/1 treble.

The home win sees Needham Market entertain Potters Bar. The visitors looked determined and confident against the Town in midweek but I sensed they rocked a bit under pressure and were lacking a calm head. The hosts however are fantastic at home and look good value at 3/4.

Ilford are struggling again this term and welcome Maldon and Tiptree. The visitors have an impressive forward line and I believe will have more than enough firepower to come away as comfortable winners at 9/10

Finally... the draw! I think you’ll struggle to find a more evenly matched game than Heybridge Vs Great Wakering. Both are solid and hardworking and never know when to give in. I think the 5/2 offered is very generous and with a lack of value elsewhere this weekend have included it in the treble.

Good luck and Gamble responsibly!!! 

thedirector

odds are available at BWIN.COM

Thursday, 4 November 2010

RYMAN NORTH WEEKEND PREVIEW

This weekends Ryman Division One (North) fixtures are as follows -

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

The competition for game of the day has to be between Town's match and Needham Market entertaining Potters Bar Town. Needham have a 100% record at their own ground of Bloomfields but in their last home game were given a good game by Cheshunt who despite having good periods of play failed to score until the 82nd and 95th minute to make the final score 3-2. It may have been a case of Needham not putting in their best performance of the season but still winning the game. After Tuesday's game The Scholars have now won three on the trot away from home so it looks a good game in prospect in Suffolk.

Another game to catch the eye comes at Scraley Road where in form Great Wakering Rovers play Heybridge Swifts who have stuttered of late only managing a draw at home to Waltham Forest and losing at Potters Bar Town. The point the Stags gained was their first on the road in the league this season.

FA Trophy heroes Romford and AFC Sudbury travel to Waltham Abbey and Thamesmead Town respectively whilst Harlow Town will be in a confident mood to beat local rivals Cheshunt after they beat Carshalton Athletic at Barrows Farm last weekend. The Ambers are without a win on the road in their six away league games so far and have only kept one clean sheet at bottom of the table Redbridge.

Talking of the Motormen they face a bottom of the table East London Derby six-pointer when Waltham Forest come to Oakside. Redbridge beat Leyton 2-0 at home in the London Senior Cup on Tuesday night and should of beat Potters Bar Town in their last league game being 0-2 up with only 6 minutes left. Depending on Leyton's result at Ware a win could see Kris Taylor's side move out of the relegation zone and five points away from the Stags who are currently without a win in the league and rooted to the bottom of the table. Ellis Skidmore, on loan from Ryman Premier Canvey Island, scored again in the defeat of Leyton so expect him to be on the score sheet on Saturday.

Tonw entertain W&F who after a slow start to their league campaign have stepped up and are now up the top of the league. With two league defeats on the trot it's a big chance for the Town to get back to winning ways by putting one over on one of our big rivals. We played W&F on the corresponding weekend of last season when Town went down 2-4 away from home and of course we all remember the famous play-off semi final victory.

COME ON TOWN!!!  

EASTERN COUNTIES LEAGUE - SEASON SO FAR

The Eastern Counties League has provided the Ryman Division One (North) with Lowestoft Town and Needham Market in the past two seasons. The Premier Division and Division One is widely regarding as one of the strongest leagues at Step 5 and Step 6 in the non-league pyramid.

Leading the table at present are Dereham Town who last season finished in 10th position a massive thirty-two points off Champions Needham Market. Dereham have lost only one game in the league this season so far when losing 3-0 away to Wisbech Town. Top scorer Danny Beaumont has netted 19 times in league and cup games so far which is only one off his total for last year in 38 games. The Magpies, as they are nicknamed, have been knocked out of the FA Vase at the first time of asking against United Counties League side Kings Lynn Town and the ECL league cup so now only really have the league to concentrate on as well as the Norfolk Senior Cup.

In second place are last season FA Vase runners-up Wroxham who are five points behind but have played one more game than the current league leaders. The two pace setters in the league have yet to face each other with an eagerly awaited Christmas Bank Holiday match up (27th December) due to be played at Dereham's Aldiss Park which is bound to attract a bumper crowd. The Yachtsmen entertain fellow ECL team Wisbech Town in the FA Vase on the 13th November in what will be a very close game. Whichever team wins this game may go on a good run in the competition?

From 2nd to 3rd there is currently a 12 point cushion down to Kirkley and Pakefield with 4th placed Cambridge Regional College and fifth placed Leiston probably better placed with games in hand. If Leiston win all them they will go top by one point, they have only played 12 league games due to their fantastic FA Cup run to the fourth qualifying round. The old adage comes to mind of whats better...points in the bag or games in hand comes to mind??

Leiston who appropriately play at Victory Road have only one defeat in the league which came on the first day of the season against Wisbech Town at home 1-3. In the FA Cup their run started in the extra-preliminary round with a 0-2 win at UCL Northampton Spencer before beating Cogenhoe United, St Neots Town, Folkestone Invicta (after a replay) and North Greenford United to get to the fourth qualifying round where they faced Blue Sqaure South side Dartford. 832 people crammed into Leiston's ground to see a tight 0-0 draw where the home side did have chances to win before a mid-week replay at Princes Park where The Darts ran out 3-2 winners to face Port Vale in the First Round proper.

Lesiton are managed by ex AFC Sudbury boss Mark Morlsey. He added to the raft of players that have represented his old side recently when signing striker Dareen Bethell from Needham Market.

Below Leiston are Wisbech Town, Haverhill Rovers and ex Ryman League Wivenhoe Town. Rovers are now playing at a new ground named 'New Croft' and only lost their second league game on Saturday against Debenham LC. Ultimately it may be the amount of games they have drawn which maybe their downfall in missing out on the Championship race. The Dragons of Wivenhoe Town are having a better season than last when they finished anchored to the bottom of the divsion with only 1 win out of 38 games (against Newmarket Town on the 6th March) and were only spared relegation thanks to the demise of Kings Lynn (whose reserve side played in the Premier Division) and Harwich & Parkeston* along with the promotion of Needham Market and no team coming down the replace them. Things are looking up for the Essex side as there are plans afoot to redevelop their Broad Lane ground to incorporate many other facilities for the use of the local community.

* After dropping out of the ECL last season Harwich & Parkeston now play in the Kent Blaxhill Essex & Suffolk Border League where they are currently in 12th place of 18 teams in the Premier Division alongside teams such as White Notley (who Town fans will be familiar with after out trip there in 2001), Gas Recreation (based in Colchester), Tiptree Jobserve and Wormingford Wanderers. It's good to see a famous old name from Amateur football regrouping and hopefully building for a successful future.  

Currently at the foot of the table are Felixstowe and Walton United followed by Histon Reserves and Brantham Athletic. Two of these in Felixstowe and Brantham have not won a league game at home as of yet along with mid-table Great Yarmouth Town. The Bloaters who are last season's Division One Champions have drawn 4 and lost 4 scoring only 6 goals at the Wellesley Recreation Ground which is in stark contrast to their form away from home where they are only beaten by three other teams being the top 2 and Leiston. They have won 5 drawn 3 and lost only 1 away from home scoring 20 goals (equal third best in the league) in the process.

Only Histon Reserves and fourth bottom Walsham-Le-Willows are without a win on the road. The league is well supported with 12 out of the 22 teams all currently averaging crowds over 100. Top Premier Division crowd of the season so far was the 405 figure recorded for the Wisbech Town v Wroxham game played on the 21st August.

In Division One league newcomers Cambridge University Press presently lead the way. They have moved up from the Cambridgeshire League where last season they were runners-up. Formed in 1893, they are the oldest club in the university city to be affiliated to the Cambridgeshire FA as they beat both City (1908) and United (1912). In second place come Diss Town followed by Whitton United and Stowmarket Town. Opposed to the Premier Division there is a much closer feel to the table as presently only seven points separate the top seven. The Press have only lost twice both at home against Long Melford and surprisingly last Saturday when March Town United ran out 1-5 winners.

The top two play each other on Saturday when Diss Town hose C.U.P at their Brewers Green Lane ground. The Tangerines are managed by ex football league goalscoring legend Robert Taylor who in 1999 Manchester City paid £1.5 million for when he moved from Gillingham. Taylor has managed Watton United in the Anglian Combination, been assistant and then manager at Kings Lynn and Dereham Town prior to moving to Diss in 2008.

Ex Ryman and Essex Senior League side Saffron Walden Town have Division One's highest average and highest crowd of the season so far. 191 people saw Gorleston record a 1-2 victory at Catons Lane on the 9th October.

Current Premier Division Table - 
                        P  W  D  L  GF  GA  GD PTS 
Dereham Town            19 15 3  1  53  14 +39 48 
Wroxham                 20 13 4  3  48  20 +28 43 
Kirkley & Pakefield     20  8 7  5  36  22 +14 31 
CRC                     17  8 6  3  41  22 +19 30 
Leiston                 12  9 2  1  36  14 +22 29 
Wisbech Town            17  6 7  4  30  27 + 3 25 
Haverhill Rovers        14  6 6  2  23  14 + 9 24 
Wivenhoe Town           18  6 6  6  26  27 - 1 24 
Newmarket Town          16  6 5  5  21  31 -10 23 
Norwich United          18  6 4  8  34  30 + 4 22 
Great Yarmouth Town     17  5 7  5  26  29 - 3 22 
Mildenhall Town         17  6 4  7  22  26 - 4 22 
FC Clacton              16  5 5  6  28  24 + 4 20 
Stanway Rovers          14  5 4  5  26  17 + 9 19 
Hadleigh United         13  5 3  5  24  23 + 1 18 
Ely City                15  4 4  7  21  23 - 2 16 
Woodbridge Town         15  4 2  9  22  41 -19 14 
Debenham LC             17  4 1 12  26  51 -25 13 
Walsham-le-Willows      15  1 9  5  20  26 - 6 12 
Brantham Athletic       19  3 3 13  23  37 -14 12 
Histon Reserves         18  3 4 11  14  64 -50 12 
Felixstowe & W United   13  3 2  8  11  29 -18 11 

Current First Division Table 
                             P  W  D  L  GF GA  GD PTS
Cambridge University Press   12 7  3  2  33 17 +16 24 
Diss Town                    11 7  2  2  26 13 +13 23 
Whitton United               11 7  2  2  21 13 + 8 23 
Stowmarket Town              10 7  1  2  24  9 +15 22 
Gorleston                    10 7  0  3  27 12 +15 21 
Ipswich Wanderers             9 6  1  2  27 15 +12 19 
Saffron Walden Town           9 5  2  2  19 11 + 8 17 
Long Melford                 10 5  1  4  16 15 + 1 16 
Godmanchester Rovers         11 3  5  3  18 17 + 1 14 
March Town United             8 4  1  3  16 11 + 5 13 
Thetford Town                11 4  1  6  16 21 - 5 13 
Fakenham Town                13 3  4  6  14 21 - 7 13 
Team Bury                    11 2  5  4  19 24 - 5 11 
Downham Town                 13 3  1  9  15 32 -17 10 
Halstead Town                11 2  2  7  12 21 - 9  8 
Swaffham Town                10 1  2  7   8 30 -22  5 
Cornard United               12 1  1 10   8 37 -29  4 
 

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

VICTORY FOR SCHOLARS PUTS THEM AHEAD OF TOWN

Potters Bar Town won 2-3 at Goldsdown Road last night in what I beleive was a close game which could of gone either way. The Scholars victory puts them level on points with Needham Market, Harlow Town and Wingate & Finchley at the top of the league on 24 points with only goal difference seperating the four sides. Enfield Town are now down in 10th place but it's nowhere near panic stations as yet as we are only 3 points off the top of the table on 21 points.

Last night saw a new face in the Town ranks in forward Leon Osei who has joined from Zamaretto Central League side Northwood. Leon had started eight times with 3 substitute appearences for the ex Ryman side this season scoring twice, In all he played 38 times and scored six goals. Osei played for Wood against Town last season at Goldsdown Road and nearly scored with a header which was saved by Rob Blackburne. Leon started his career as as youth team player with Queens Park Rangers before playing for Stevenage Borough, Leyton, Wingate and Finchley, Dorchester Town, Newport County and Winchester City.

In the FA Trophy Thamesmead Town lost at home to Folkestone Invicta 1-3 to end their road to Wembley. Only Harlow Town, Romford, Grays Athletic and AFC Sudbury are left to represent the Ryman Division One (North) in the competition which moves into the 3rd Qualifying Round on 20th November.

The Hawks face more Ryman Premier Division opponents when Maidstone United visit Barrows Farm, Romford travel to Boreham Wood with Grays Athletic also on the road with a trip to Cirencester Town but it's AFC Sudbury who have the draw of the round with a mammouth journey down to Cornwall to face Zamaretto Premier high flyer's Truro City. AFC's face a round trip of around 680 miles in the fixture which pits the FA Vase winners 2007 against the Vase runners up of 2003, 2004 and 2005. 

The cold end sends more apologies for the lack of match action but my camera is still out of action. Hopefully i'll have some pictures and footage for you soon!

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

ENFIELD TOWN V POTTERS BAR TOWN - THE BIG MATCH IN NORTH LONDON TONIGHT

Its the big match tonight at Goldsdown Road when Enfield Town  take on Potters Bar Town in an all important Ryman Division One (North) game where either side with a win can go level on points (probably not goal difference unless Town win by 9+ goals or The Scholars win by 15+ goals) at the top of the table.

Adam Lee's side are one of the form teams in the league winning 4 and drawing 2 of their last six league games. Elvis Balic has chipped in with eight goals in 16 league and cup games along with ex East Thurrock United player Louis Collins with four goals in 11 games. Tom Pett has also been gaining admirers with 5 goals from 12 games, one a 93rd minute stunning finish against Wealdstone in the FA Trophy which should of won the game only for the Ryman Premier side to come back and level the game in the 94th!! Balic counts Boreham Wood, Wingate and Finchley and Enfield FC 1893 amongst his former clubs. Collins has also played for Waltham Abbey as well as The Rocks. The Scholars underlined that they have a good squad this season when beating Heybridge Swifts on Saturday and also showed they never give up by coming from behind to save a point in the last six minutes when 0-2 down at home to Redbridge last Tuesday.

After a run of two unlucky defeats Steve Newing will have the lads well fired up to win this game which is the only Ryman North game of the mid-week.

CURRENT LEAGUE TABLE (*** = POINTS GAINED IN LAST SIX GAMES)
                             P  W  D  L  GF  GA  GD  PTS  ***
1 Needham Market             9  8  0  1  28   9 +19  24    18
2 Harlow Town                10 8  0  2  17   9 + 8  24    15
3 Wingate & Finchley         13 7  3  3  25  21 + 4  24    13
4 Thamesmead Town            12 7  2  3  20  15 + 5  23    13
5 Heybridge Swifts           13 6  4  3  25  13 +12  22     6
6 Romford                    11 6  4  1  16   5 +11  22    12
7 Maldon & Tiptree           13 7  1  5  26  22 + 4  22    13
8 East Thurrock United       11 6  3  2  23  13 +10  21     8
9 Enfield Town               10 7  0  3  20  10 +10  21    12
10 Potters Bar Town          12 6  3  3  23  19 + 4  21    14
11 Great Wakering Rovers     12 5  3  4  19  19   0  18    13
12 Brentwood Town            10 5  1  4  20  16 + 4  16     7
13 AFC Sudbury               11 4  4  3  19  18 + 1  16     6
14 Grays Athletic            11 4  2  5  15  17 - 2  14     2
15 Waltham Abbey             14 2  8  4  18  23 - 5  14     7
16 Cheshunt                  12 3  4  5  15  18 - 3  13     5
17 Ware                      14 4  1  9  17  28 -11  13     6
18 Ilford                    12 2  3  7  13  24 -11   9     5
19 Tilbury                   13 3  0 10  12  25 -13   9     6
20 Leyton                    13 1  5  7  11  25 -14   8     2
21 Redbridge                 12 1  3  8  11  26 -15   6     5
22 Waltham Forest            14 0  4 10  12  30 -18   4     2

I have added a 'points in the last six games' section which shows that Grays Athletic are level with Leyton and Waltham Forest in the form table having taken just two points from their last eighteen available. Heybridge Swifts and East Thurrock United are the only teams in the top 11 of the league in single figures on six and eight points respectively.

There are a number of other cup games tonight and tomorrow featuring Ryman North sides including Thamesmead Town's chance to entre the 3QR of the FA Trophy. The winner of the tie at Bayliss Avenue will play Eastleigh away in the next round. In the London Senior Cup there is an East London Derby between Redbridge and Leyton at Oakside.

W&F entertain SSMFL side Kingsbury London Tigers in what should be a decent match as both teams like to play a passing game of football.  In the pick of the Essex Senior Cup ties Ilford travel to Blue Square South table toppers Braintree Town.

Other games tonight involving Ryman North teams -

FA TROPHY 2QR REPLAY
Thamesmead Town v Folkestone Invicta

LONDON SENIOR CUP FIRST ROUND
Redbridge v Leyton
Wingate and Finchley v Kingsbury London Tigers

ESSEX SENIOR CUP THIRD ROUND
Romford v Stansted
Heybridge Swifts v Maldon & Tiptree
Wivenhoe Town v Grays Athletic
Tilbury v Aveley
Great Wakering Rovers v Waltham Forest
Braintree Town v Ilford
Bowers & Pitsea v Brentwood Town      - to be played Wednesday 3rd November

SUFFOLK PREMIER CUP
Hadleigh United v Needham Market