Monday, 31 January 2011

BIG TRIP TO SUFFOLK TOMORROW NIGHT.

Current Ryman Division One (North) Table(s) 

With Leyton's record still in place      With Leyton's Record expunged
                          P  GD PTS                             P   GD PTS
1. Needham Market         22  45 58      East Thurrock United   25  29 57
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2. East Thurrock United   25  29 57      Needham Market         21  37 55
3. Wingate and Finchley   25  12 47      Wingate and Finchley   24  9  44     
4. Maldon and Tiptree     25  3  39      Maldon and Tiptree     25  3  39
5. Romford                19  15 37      Romford                18  15 36
-----------------------------------      --------------------------------
6. AFC Sudbury            23  8  37      AFC Sudbury            22  8  36
7. Waltham Abbey          24  11 36      Potters Bar Town       23 -4  33
8. Potters Bar Town       24 -3  36      Waltham Abbey          22  10 32
9. Enfield Town           21  13 35      Harlow Town            22 -5  32
10.Brentwood Town         22  8  33      Enfield Town           19  12 31
11.Thamesmead Town        23 -3  32      Thamesmead Town        22 -3  31
12.Harlow Town            22 -5  32      Heybridge Swifts       23  8  30
13.Heybridge Swifts       23  8  30      Brentwood Town         21  3  30
14.Grays Athletic         22  1  30      Grays Athletic         21  0  27
15.Ware                   24 -5  30      Great Wakering Rovers  24 -6  27
16.Great Wakering Rovers  25 -6  28      Cheshunt               24 -8  27
17.Cheshunt               24 -8  27      Ware                   23 -10 27
18.Tilbury                24 -19 22      Redbridge              21 -17 21
19.Redbridge              21 -17 21      Ilford                 24 -25 18
20.Ilford                 25 -25 18      Tilbury                22 -23 16
-----------------------------------      --------------------------------
21.Waltham Forest         26 -30 18      Waltham Forest         24 -30 15  
22.Leyton                 19 -32 9

Whichever table you look at Enfield Town's trip to Suffolk tomorrow night is no doubt the hardest game of the season so far with Needham Market now looking title favourites with their games in hand.

Their record at Bloomfields is fantastic with ten league games played and ten games won scoring 38 goals and letting in just 8. This does include a 8-0 victory against Leyton which looks likely to be expunged from the records.

Looking at Market's form at home over the 2009/10 and 10/11 season Bloomfields can be considered a fortress with a record in league and cup of -


P   W  D  L  GF  GA  
43  35 5  3  124 34    
The three clubs to have left with victories (all narrow ones) were Wroxham (1-2) on the 27th February 2010 in the FA Vase. The Yachtsmen went on to the final of the competition.
Leiston are the only club to take three league points away from Bloomfields in the last two seasons when they won 1-2 on the 23rd March 2010.

Blue Square South side Ebbsfleet United make up the trio with their 0-1 FA Cup victory on the 9th October 2010.

Danny Law's side also boast three of the top five scorers in the division at present with Craig Parker (20 gls) topping the charts followed by Sam Newson and Nathan Stone on 12 goals.

The cold end wishes Steve Newing and the team the very best of luck in the big trip to Suffolk tomorrow night!!

Tomorrow night's other fixtures -

Brentwood Town v Great Wakering Rovers
Maldon and Tiptree v Cheshunt
Needham Market v Enfield Town
Romford v Potters Bar Town
Thamesmead Town v Harlow Town
Tilbury v Waltham Forest

THE COLD END RECOMMENDS...

........A few of the number of brilliant websites out in WWW land that cold end reader's may be interested to have a look at -

North Essex on Tour focuses mainly on Braintree Town and Witham Town matches. This Saturday they visited the Old Spotted Dog stadium where Witham Town won 1-4. Some nice photos of a favourite old ground in East London.

Local Bus Driver has visited loads of grounds in and around North London and Hertfordshire. Well worth a look at.

Vase Diary does as it says on the tin and visits FA Vase games. The last one being Bloxwich United v Torpoint Athletic.

Modus Hopper Random who visited the Stansted v Enfield FC 1893 game last midweek which the Airportmen won 2-1. Some excellent footage taken of the game.

There are loads of other websites with reports and articles on non-league football, links can be found to the left hand side of the cold end.

CHEER UP NEIL AND IAN!!!!

Here is a picture of two well known Town fans who also support the other big team in North London. Looks like Neil and Ian weren't having the best of days at Craven Cottage as covered by the ESPN footage.

Let's hope Steve and the boys cheer them up tomorrow night at Needham Market.

UP THE TOWN!!!

FOOTBALL FOR FREE IN LONDON - THE GA ROBERTS ENFIELD FOOTBALL ALLIANCE LEAGUE


Where better to start than the GA Roberts Enfield Football Alliance League which is as the name suggests is based in the Enfield area with many Town supporters seeing games taking place on The Down's pitch on Saturday afternoon as they make their way to Goldsdown Road.

The league was founded in 1941 by Mr GA Roberts whom the league is now named and was primarily set up to give returning soldiers from the war some recreation. The first competitive games were played in 1946 when two division were run with as many as five divisions running at it's height the league now for 2010/11 is made up of one division of nine clubs. Somersett FC formed in 1959 played in the EFAL from 1961 to the late 80's, following a merger with local Sunday league side Ambury FC they became known as Somersett Ambury Victoria and Elm FC (or SAVE FC). Now, of course, thay are known as Broxbourne Borough and play in the Spartan South Midlands Premier Division.

The league last season was won by Supreme Athletic who along with Edmonton Golazo FC moved over to the Ilford and District League during the summer. Other clubs now not playing in the league that have competed in the last few season's include Chingford Town, Holdbrook United, Santos, The Wheatsheaf, Young Limers FC, Black Horse, Midnight Rangers, Eaton Manor, Haringey Union, and The Lordship FC.

Some clubs have been forced to withdraw due to the lack of players along with the recent cold snaps of 2009/10 and this season club's have struggled to fulfill some fixtures. Chingford Town did start the 2010/11 season but have since been expelled by the league for failing to fulfill sufficient fixtures, Origin who are a new club for the current season successfully appealed a similar fate and have been given one more chance to play all their remaining games.

Current League Table                 
                P  W D L  GF GA GD Pts 
Persian         11 9 0 2  41 16  25 27 
Brimsdown Rvrs. 9  9 0 0  27 7   20 27 
Renegades       12 6 3 3  32 20  12 21 
Broadwater Utd. 10 6 2 2  25 17  8  20 
Crescent Rngrs. 12 5 2 5  25 24  1  17 
Riverside       11 2 4 5  27 37 -10 10 
PERME           11 3 0 8  18 47 -29 9 
Origin          9  1 2 6  11 7   4  5 
Lea Valley Utd. 13 1 1 11 19 50 -31 4 

The league also has three cups which the member clubs compete for being the JJ Kelley Cup, the Enfield Charity Cup and the Enfield Challenge Cup.

PERME have been members of the league since the 1970's and probably have one of the most (if not the most) unusual names for a football club. Known as "Propellants, Explosives and Rocket Motors Establishments" (or PERME for short) since 1977 the original name for the club was "Explosives Research Development Establishment (ERDE) since formation in the 1940s.

The name comes as the club was formed for the workers at the various Ministry of Defence sites in and around the Lea Valley area. Despite their closure the football club continued.

Even the cold end turned out for PERME for one game in the 1990's which was a cup match played on a pitch next to the old Ford United ground at Rush Green. I can't remember the scoreline but it was a double figure thrashing which sort of sums up my short lived Saturday and Sunday football career. Another Town fan and old Enfield FC fan has played for PERME in recent years and his picture can be found on their website.

Brimsdown Rovers also continue to play in the league and they look favourites to win the league with a 100% record with the league so far this season. Rovers won 0-2 at current table toppers (by goal difference) Persian earlier in the season and face them in the return fixture on the 12th February 2011 on The Down's pitch. This game is scheduled for a 2pm kick off so ETFC fans attending the AFC Sudbury home game may like to have a look at the first half of title contender's game.


Forthcoming scheduled league fixtures 

Saturday 5th February 
Broadwater United v Origin  -@ Broadwater Community Centre 
Renegades v Riverside       -@ Tottenhall Rec 

Saturday 12th February
Brimsdown Rovers v Persian  -@ Goldsdown Road/Downs Pitch
Lea Valley United v Origin  -@ Albany Park 

Saturday 19th February 
Broadwater United v Persian         -@ Broadwater Community Centre 
Crescent Rangers v Brimsdown Rovers -@ Goldsdown Road/Downs Pitch 
PERME V Origin                      -@ Enfield Playing Fields Pitch 15 

Saturday 26th February 
Brimsdown Rovers v Riverside          -@ Goldsdown Road - Downs Pitch 
Lea Valley United v Broadwater United -@ Albany Park

Sunday, 30 January 2011

THE COLD END PRESENTS "FOOTBALL FOR FREE IN LONDON"


Much has been written elsewhere detailing the high ticket prices you have to pay to see Premier League and football games in the higher eschelons of the English game and how some fan's are simply being priced out of the game. The Cold End is a fan of all football at all levels but none more so in the non-league where the average admission price for an adult ticket in Enfield Town's Ryman Division One (North) league are around £8.00. Good value for money in my book with many club's promoting the family game by allowing children in for nothing or £1 which is always good to see. But............

.............Watching the news these days makes glum viewing with stories of financial cutbacks and double dip recessions always cropping up - so with this in mind the cold end is delving into the various Saturday and Sunday London football leagues where you can just walk up and watch without the hassle of forking out a small fortune - in effect 'Football for free in London'.

The cold end has already written about 'The Ilford and District League' along with the 'Essex Olympian League' and 'Middlesex County League' where some club's do produce programmes to charge a small amount for admission but is pleased to say there are a number of other leagues that many football fans won't be aware of.  The 'Football for free in London' campaign will bring you the details of those leagues and promote the grass routes game in the Capital and surrounding areas.

Keep reading the cold end to find out more!

REDBRIDGE 0 ENFIELD TOWN 2

A good victory for the Town and a nice report of Saturday's game on The Ball is Square with some additional pictures taken here on flickr

Cheers to Adam from the Motormen (via the ball is square) in providing a good report of events yesterday afternoon at Oakside.

Saturday, 29 January 2011

18th v 8th TOMORROW AT OAKSIDE...

...or it could be 20th in the home performance table v 4th in the away performance table as Redbridge take on Enfield Town tomorrow afternoon at Oakside.

The Motormen have hit a nice run of from of late that has pulled them away from the bottom of the table. They have won four on the spin versus GWR at home and Thamesmead Town, Heybridge Swifts and Ware away. This run does date back to the beginning of December as we all know the cold snap put some major gaps in the fixture lists of all clubs.

Following the departure of previous manager Kris Taylor the club have given ex Halstead Town and Tiptree United manager Jody Brown the hot seat. Brown has also been a coach at football league side Colchester United.

Alex O'Leary and Kevin McLeod scored the goals to help the Motormen to a 1-2 victory at Ware in midweek. McLeod will be a real threat to the Town back line tomorrow as he is very experienced in football at a higher level starting his career at Everton and playing for QPR, Swansea City, Colchester United, Brighton and HA and Wycombe Wanderers in the football league. He has a record of 237 league and cup appearances hitting the back of the net 24 times. Since signing for the Motormen at the beginning of September he has hit eight goals in seventeen appearances.

Other player's that Town fans may recognise may be former Leyton keeper Elliot Justham, ex Aveley defender Glen Golby (signed in October from ESL side Bethnal Green United) and Julian Ashby who has played for Brentwood Town previously.

The cold end likes to see that the Motormen have signed a player from lower down the non-league pyramid in defender Sean Crossley. He was signed from Essex Olympian neighbour's Westhamians and has taken his chance of playing a higher level well making 19 appearances so far this season.

The current form table over the last six matches shows the match will be 5th v 6th so it'll be close game and looking at some of the player's Redbridge now boast their current 18th position in the full league table maybe a false one.

Other commitments sees the cold end missing this game but I'm sure Adam from Redbridge FC may provide a report on his club's website. He also writes a blog called Nobody Remembers Losers which is well worth a read.  The cold end is also pleased to hear that the excellent and award winning website The Ball is Round will also be watching the Town in action tomorrow.

Please note that Redbridge's Captial League game was postponed in midweek due to a waterlogged pitch at Oakside so check to see if the game is on before travelleing....surely, the Town can't have another game postponed!!!!

Friday, 28 January 2011

JOIN UP TO RESPECT FC!!!!


 The cold end fully recommends that everyone joins up the RESPECT FOOTBALL CLUB campaign.

The website states "Let's all club together and show the people ruining our game what they're up against. Join Respect FC and for every member, the FA will put more money into saving footy."

Here are some of the video's which are promoting the campaign. They are worth watching just for the performance of the legend that is Neil "Razor" Ruddock.  -
 

 

 
 

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

HOW ARE ENFIELD TOWN DOING?? - A COMPARISON

Last night's game was called off very late to the frustration of the supporters and players who travelled the short distance (and for some long) to Capershotts. So, it's time to look at Town's record over the twenty games played so far and compare it with last season's successful campaign. For the record Town had played twenty league games on the 12th of December last season and here we are at the end of January facing what will be Town's twenty-first game at Oakside against Redbridge on Saturday - Hopefully???

Here is a comparison of the 09/10 and 10/11 seasons including the Leyton results at this time  -

2009/10     20  10  5  5  39  28  35 
2010/11     20  10  2  8  39  28  32

As you can see, the team has scored the same amount of 39 and let in 28 goals. It shows that after 20 games last year we had won the same amount of games but lost 3 less so were 3 points better off.

After last night's results of the top three of Needham Market, East Thurrock United and Wingate & Finchley winning again it looks to the cold end as if this will be the top three at the end of the season - the question being which order will they finish in only needs to be answered??

Looking at the table (check out Needham Market's official website for an excellent version with loads of stats added - click link here) it now seems as if it's a fight between about eight to ten teams for 4th and 5th places in the league. An argument can be put forward for Romford who have an excellent record with so many games in hand to claim one of those places but they have only played two less than Town and are only five points above. The Boro face Needham Market at home on in the game of the day on Saturday which will give a good indication as to how good both sides are, they then play Saturday/Tuesday for almost all of February and March.

Town are currently in fifth place in the win percentage table on 50%. Last season's 4th and 5th placed sides (Enfield Town and East Thurrock United) finished on a win percentage of 54.76%.

With so many teams involved and beating each other it's going to a an exciting finish to the season in the race for the play-offs.

FORTHCOMING FIXTURES

Tonight
Waltham Forest v Grays Athletic

Saturday 29th January
AFC Sudbury v Potters Bar Town
East Thurrock United v Heybridge Swifts
Harlow Town v Great Wakering Rovers
Ilford v Tilbury
Maldon and Tiptree v Brentwood Town
Redbridge v Enfield Town
Romford v Needham Market
Thamesmead Town v Cheshunt
Waltham Abbey v Grays Athletic

Tuesday 1st February
Brentwood Town v Great Wakering Rovers
Maldon and Tiptree v Cheshunt
Needham Market v Enfield Town
Redbridge v Grays Athletic
Romford v Potters Bar Town
Thamesmead Town v Harlow Town
Tilbury v Waltham Forest
Waltham Abbey v Ware

Saturday 5th February
AFC Sudbury v Harlow Town
Brentwood Town v Redbridge
Cheshunt v Needham Market
East Thurrock United v Waltham Abbey
Great Wakering Rovers v Enfield Town
Maldon and Tiptree v Tilbury
Potters Bar Town v Grays Athletic
Romford v Ware
Waltham Forest v Heybridge Swifts
Wingate & Finchley v Ilford

Tuesday 8th February
Brentwood Town v Enfield Town
Cheshunt v Grays Athletic
Great Wakering Rovers v Thamesmead Town
Heybridge Swifts v Maldon and Tiptree
Needham Market v Ware
Potters Bar Town v Harlow Town
Romford v Redbridge

Wednesday 9th February
Waltham Forest v Wingate & Finchley

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

FA VASE ODDS ON SKYBET.COM... SPENNYMOOR STILL FAVOURITES??

Skybet.com have issued odds for the FA Vase as follows -
*please note the odds shown are those to win the the Vase. I expect individual match odds will follow nearer the time of the 12th of February when the games are due to be played.
Whitley Bay        7/2 v Dunstable Town        25/1 
Coalville Town    12/1 v Holbrook Sports       66/1 or Lancing      40/1 
Torpoint Athletic 25/1 v Billingham Synthonia  25/1 
Poole Town        10/1 v Spennymoor Town        5/2 
Leverstock Green  25/1 v Rye United            20/1 
Leiston           12/1 v Long Buckby           20/1 
Kings Lynn Town    8/1 v Gresley               16/1 or St Neots Town 7/2 
Stansted          20/1 v Dunston UTS           16/1
Current favourites are Spennymoor Town at 5/2 followed by Whitley Bay and St Neots Town at 7/2. Kings Lynn Town are next up at 8/1. Leiston who won at Combined Counties League leaders Guildford City by 6 goals to 2 are 12/1. This was at the time City's second defeat only of the season so far as they did lose in the FA Cup against Clevedon Town after impressively beating Tonbridge Angels away in a previous round.

Leiston have only lost once in the league so far this season on the opening day so may be rated as favourites against Long Buckby but they will know that no game is ever easy at this stage of the competition.

The two remaining matches postponed at the weekend have been re-scheduled for this Saturday. St Neots Town are 1/2 favourites to win at Gresley who are a massive 4/1 with the draw being 3/1. In the the other game Lancing are 11/10 to gain a victory at Holdbrook Sports who are 7/4 with the draw being 13/5.

RYMAN DIVISION ONE (NORTH) MIDWEEK PREVIEW

A match took place last night at Cricklefields whereby Ilford beat visiting Thamesmead Town by the score of 1-0 in front of 61 people. The only goal of the game coming in the second half thanks to a Tom Nyama 25 yard strike. This is the first time the Foxes have won two league games in row since beating Ware (2-0) and Redbridge (3-2) at home last season on the 19th September and the 10 October 2009. Colin Walton's side have the chance to make it three in a row this weekend when fellow struggler's Tilbury visit them in a relegation six pointer.

Tonight and tomorrow has the following fixtures taking place -

AFC Sudbury          v Tilbury 
Brentwood Town       v Needham Market 
East Thurrock United v Harlow Town 
Waltham Abbey        v Enfield Town 
Ware                 v Redbridge 
Wingate and Finchley v Maldon and Tiptree

Waltham Forest       v Grays Athletic  (Wednesday night)

Town make the short trip to Capershotts to face in form Waltham Abbey. Over the last eight league games only East Thurrock United and Needham Market have better records. Here is the form comparison and league positions for both The Abbotts and the The Town -


FORM                 P  W D L  GF GA  GD PTS 
Waltham Abbey        8  6  1 1 24 9  +15 19  (3rd place)
Enfield Town         8  3  2 3 16 13 +3  11  (10th place)
LEAGUE POSITIONS 
8. Waltham Abbey     23 8  9 6 42 33 +9  33
9. Enfield Town      20 10 2 8 39 28 +11 32   

As you can see Town's local rivals have been full of goals of late seeing off Tilbury 4-0 and Brentwood Town 5-2 amongst other results. On Saturday they recorded a good 1-3 away victory at Great Wakering Rovers. Tyler Campbell signed in October and Kieran Ogunkoya signed in September have been amongst the goals of late. Ogunkoya counts Grays Athletic, Kingstonian, Tooting and Mitcham and Banstead Athletic amongst his former clubs and has scored in the last four games whilst Campbell has played for Histon, Ware, Hitchin Town and Bishop's Stortford. Campbell and Ogunkoya are joined in the scoring charts by another recent signing from SSMFL side Haringey Borough. Liam Farrell who has also played for Potters Bar Town and Cheshunt has netted 10 times since joining Paul Wickenden's side.

As indicated by the league positions it's an important game in the race to get back up the play-off zone and The Abbott's form suggests they are a very dangerous side at present so as the cold end keeps stating it's another tough game in prospect for the Town. If the Town play as well as they did at AFC Sudbury and against Ware at home we're in with a chance of getting something from the game.

Elsewhere, both title contenders are in action playing two teams who have changed managers recently. Needham Market travel to Brentwood Town who recorded a good 2-0 home versus Romford on Saturday, Steve Witherspoon is now the man in charge at The International Arena.

East Thurock United's strong form at home should be enough to beat Harlow Town who slumped to a 2-0 defeat at lowly Tilbury on Saturday. Danny Chapman and Christian Wheeler are taking temporary charge of the Hawks following Kevin Warren stepping down as manager.

The game of the night comes as third placed Wingate and Finchley welcome fourth placed Maldon and Tiptree to The Harry Abrahams Stadium. A win for the home side would cement their play-off place by putting them nine points ahead of the Essex side whereas a win for the visitors would see them pull the North London side back towards the clutch of clubs fighting for the places in the play-offs.

The Wednesday night game see's Grays Ahletic visit Waltham Forest. This fixture shows that a year is a long time in football especially if your a Gray's Athletic fan as rewind 364 days and they were visiting Kidderminster Harriers in a Blue Square Premier match after playing Oxford United at The Rec Ground in front of 1,136 people. Sadly, the stadium in Bridge Road is steadily being demolished putting an end to a 100+ years of playing there. The cold end, as a fan of the old Enfield FC, whose Southbury Road stadium has been gone now for over 10 years sends much empathy out to the Grays supporters.

UP THE TOWN!!!

  

Monday, 24 January 2011

FA VASE FOURTH ROUND DRAW MADE...

The draw for the FA Vase fourth round has been made today and has handed Spartan South Midlands League Dunstable Town a difficult looking away trop to current holders Whitley Bay. Leverstock Green welcome Rye United of the Sussex League to Pancake Lane. Rye United beat current table topper's Chalfont St Peter in a previous round.

Essex Senior League Stansted host Northern League side Dunston UTS with a potential clash of the United Counties League giants on the cards as should St Neots Town get through against Gresley they will travel to Kings Lynn Town. Another UCL side in Long Buckby face a trip to Victory Road to play Eastern Counties League side Leiston.

Billingham Synthonia face a mammoth journey (over 700 + miles round trip) form the North-East down to Cornwall to face Torpoint Athletic.

Here is the draw in full (matches to take place on Saturday 12th February)

Whitley Bay       v Dunstable Town 
Coalville Town    v Holbrook Sports or Lancing 
Torpoint Athletic v Billingham Synthonia 
Poole Town        v Spennymoor Town 
Leverstock Green  v Rye United 
Leiston           v Long Buckby 
Kings Lynn Town   v Gresley or St Neots Town 
Stansted          v Dunston UTS 

WHO'S UP FOR THE TITLE IN ESSEX OLYMPIAN AND SENIOR LEAGUES??

Essex Olympian Football League Premier Division (current top five)
                   HOME           AWAY             TOTAL
                   P W D L GF GA  P W D L GF GA    P  W D L GF GA  GD PTS 
1. Frenford Senior 5 3 1 1 10 6   6 5 0 1 13 6     11 8 1 2 23 12 +11 25
2. Kelvedon Hatch  7 5 1 1 11 7   3 1 1 1 6  4     10 6 2 2 17 11 +6  20
3. Manford Way     3 3 0 0 11 0   6 3 1 2 8  6     9  6 1 2 19 6  +13 19
4. Buckhurst Hill  8 4 1 3 16 13  3 1 2 0 5  3     11 5 3 3 21 16 +5  18
5. Rayleigh Town   5 2 1 2 7  8   5 3 0 2 16 14    10 5 1 4 23 22 +   16

Frenford Senior lead the way on 25 points from last season's runner's up Kelvedon Hatch on 20 points. Harold Wood Athletic who won the league last season are currently down in eighth place. It looks as if it's going to be a three way fight for the Championship between the top three but with so many games to play any team can move toward the top of the league. The division is made up of 14 teams so 26 games are to be played in total. Third placed Manford Way who have a 100% home record conceding no goals have still to welcome Kelvedon Hatch, Frenford Senior, Buckhurst Hill and Rayleigh Town to the London Marathon Sports Ground in Hainult so will have a big say in where the trophy goes at the end of the season.

Table topper's Frenford Senior have only lost twice so far against Kelvedon Hatch (away 2-0) and Ongar Town (home 1-4) and have a good squad with many player's having experience from higher up the pyramid so it will be difficult for the other teams to go above them in the race for the championship.

Frenford Senior and Rayleigh Town are in "Essex Premier Cup supported by BBC Essex 103.5" action this weekend along with a number of other EOFL sides. The round four fixtures, all scheduled to be played on the 29th January are as follows -

Harold Wood Athletic v Rayleigh Town   - Both of the EOFL Premier Division
Upminster            v Galleywood      - EOFL Division 2 v EOFL Premier 
Hatfield Peverel     v Mersea Island   - E&S Premier v E&S Divison One
West Bergholt        v Frenford Senior - E&S Premier v EOFL Premier 
Runwell Hospital     v Old Southendian - EOFL Division 1 v EOFL Division 3
Mountnessing Boca    v Forest Glade    - EOFL Premier v EOFL Division 2
Hutton               v Brightlingsea R - EOFL Divison 1 v E&S Premier 
Dedham Old Boys      v Manford Way     - E&S Premier v EOFL Premier 

E&S = Essex and Suffolk Border Football League
The final is due to be played on Wednesday 13th April at Thurrock FC's Ship Lane stadium.



Essex Senior League (current top five) 
                   HOME            AWAY            TOTAL 
                   P  W D L GF GA  P  W D L GF GA  P  W  D L GF GA  GD PTS 
1. Enfield 1893    8  6 2 0 21 6   8  7 0 1 25 7   16 13 2 1 46 13 +33 41
2. Bethnal Green   6  3 2 1 7  4   10 7 2 1 24 10  16 10 4 2 31 14 +17 34
3. Southend Manor  10 8 1 1 24 12  5  2 2 1 10 14  15 10 3 2 34 26 + 8 33  
4. Stansted        5  3 2 0 9  2   6  6 0 0 27 4   11 9  2 0 36 6  +30 29
5. Witham Town     8  5 1 2 26 11  6  3 3 0 17 9   14 8  4 2 43 20 +23 28

A huge game in the race for the ESL championship takes place tomorrow night at Hargrave Park when current table topper's Enfield FC 1893 visit the only unbeaten team left in the league and last season's champion's Stansted. If the Airportmen win all their games in hand they will go three points ahead of 1893 so the result of tomorrow night's game will have a big bearing on the top of the league. Stansted have the best defence in the league having only let in six goals in eleven league games and only two in their five home games face the top scorer's with 1893's 46 in 16 games. Stansted have to be congratulated for their fantastic FA Vase run having reached the quarter-finals with their excellent 4-1 away victory at Bodmin Town last weekend.

Third placed Southend Manor are on a superb run of form. Their 3-1 victory at home to Eton Manor was their tenth victory in a row in the league. Former Great Wakering Rover's player Nicki Beale has been turning in some good performance's for them and they still have to play EFC 1893 twice and Stansted at home so will have a big say in the league championship should their brilliant form continue.

Only two of the current top five (EFC 1893 and Witham Town) have applied for promotion to Step 4 of the non-league ladder. If successful they will be playing Ryman Division One (North) football next season.
Finally, spare a though for bottom of the table Clapton FC. They had to wait until their fifteenth game of the season to record a win. The Tons beat local rivals Barking 1-0 at the Old Spotted Dog on the 1st January in front of 53 people. Their only other win in competitive fixtures came in the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy against Takeley, who themselves sit above the East London side having only won two league fixtures so far.

The lowest crowd recorded in the ESL this season so far is 5 people who watched the London APSA v Bethnal Green United game on the 11th of December with the highest being 124 who watched the local derby game between Bowers & Pitsea and Basildon United at The Len Salmon Stadium on the 1st of September.

Saturday, 22 January 2011

TOWN SWEEP ASIDE LOCAL RIVALS

Above - The staring XI's for both Enfield Town and Ware
Some supporters could of asked which Enfield Town team was going to turn up this afternoon. Would it be the confident attacking side who beat AFC Sudbury 5-1 or the side who were turned over 0-4 at home to East Thurrock United in their last game??

Luckily for the Town fans present it was the former with another good performance and four goals against a Ware side who had previously won away at third placed Wingate and Finchley.

The victory puts Town into 9th position in the league table (up from 12th) and Ware now drop from 10th to 12th place. 

Town controlled the game from the outset with the midfield trio of Jones, Morton and Moore putting in sterling performances in support of Hope, Wallace and Osei up front. On the rare occasion that Ware did get forward they found the defence of Lockie, Kirby, McKay and Bardle along with goalkeeper Rob Blackburne in good form.

The clean-sheet was most welcome being Town's first in nineteen games since the FA Cup game at home to Worthing on the 26th September.

Town were 1-0 up at half time thanks to Jon Moore with the front three adding three more in the second half to make it 4-0. Moore could of scored again with a belter of a volley from outside of the box which was well saved by Murefu in the Ware goal.

Match Highlights below (inc three of the goals, Liam Hope's wasn't caught on camera)



Ryman Division One (North) Results 

Brentwood Town 2 0 Romford              223 
Cheshunt       0 4 Wingate and Finchley 128
Enfield Town   4 0 Ware                 207 
Grays Athletic 4 1 Thamesmead Town      219 
Great Wakering 1 3 Waltham Abbey         76  
Heybridge      2 3 Redbridge            118 
Needham Market 3 0 East Thurrock United 264  
Potters Bar    0 1 Ilford                59
Tilbury        2 0 Harlow Town           92  
Waltham Forest 3 2 AFC Sudbury           64 

Current Ryman Division One (North) Table 
                           OVERALL       HOME         AWAY        
                        P  W  D L  GF GA W  D L GF GS W D L GF GA  GD PTS
1. East Thurrock Utd    23 17 3 3  51 24 9  1 1 30 14 8 2 2 21 10 +27 54
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2. Needham Market       20 17 1 2  62 21 10 0 0 38 8  7 1 2 24 13 +41 52 
3. Wingate & Finchley   24 13 5 6  43 34 8  2 3 23 18 5 3 3 20 16 +9  44 
4. Maldon & Tiptree     23 11 5 7  46 40 6  3 3 27 20 5 2 4 19 20 +6  38 
5. Romford              18 11 4 3  31 14 5  2 1 15 5  6 2 2 16 9  +17 37 
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6. Potters Bar Town     23 10 6 7  40 37 4  5 2 17 13 6 1 5 23 24 +3  36 
7. AFC Sudbury          22 9  7 6  43 41 4  3 2 21 20 5 4 4 22 21 +2  34 
8. Waltham Abbey        23 8  9 6  42 33 5  4 2 24 13 3 5 4 18 20 +9  33 
9. Enfield Town         20 10 2 8  39 28 4  1 6 18 17 6 1 2 21 11 +11 32 
10.Brentwood Town       20 9  5 6  39 29 4  3 2 21 14 5 2 4 18 15 +10 32 
11.Thamesmead Town      21 9  4 8  30 32 4  4 3 20 16 5 0 5 10 16 -2  31 
12.Ware                 23 9  3 11 37 41 7  2 2 23 10 2 1 9 14 31 -4  30 
13.Harlow Town          20 9  2 9  29 32 6  1 5 21 17 3 1 4 8  15 -3  29 
14.Great Wakering       24 8  4 12 41 46 5  2 6 24 25 3 2 6 17 21 -5  28 
15.Heybridge Swifts     22 7  6 9  40 33 4  2 5 20 15 3 4 4 20 18 +7  27 
16.Grays Athletic       20 7  6 7  29 28 3  4 3 17 12 4 2 4 12 16 +1  27 
17.Cheshunt             23 7  5 11 33 41 6  1 6 19 20 1 4 5 14 21 -8  26 
18.Tilbury              23 6  1 16 22 42 4  1 8 16 23 2 0 8 6  19 -20 19 
19.Redbridge            19 5  3 11 26 42 3  1 5 12 17 2 2 6 14 25 -16 18 
20.Waltham Forest       25 4  6 15 26 54 3  3 6 15 23 1 3 9 11 31 -28 18 
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21.Ilford               23 4  3 16 23 48 1  1 9 6  20 3 2 7 17 28 -25 15 
22.Leyton               19 1  6 12 13 45 1  2 5 6  12 0 4 7 7  33 -32  9 

Needham Market won the game of the day to make the race for the title even tighter and when was the last time Ilford, Waltham Forest, Redbridge and Tilbury all won?? Congratulations to the now bottom four for getting all important wins. Ilford's 0-1 victory at Potters Bar Town was their first away from home this season and Waltham Forest's win was their first over AFC Sudbury in the seven attempts previous.

Town's next opponents, Waltham Abbey, won away from home at Great Wakering Rovers to go top of the last six form table making Tuesday night's local derby game a hotly anticipated and important one in the race to get back into the play-off mix up.

TOONSTAR HOPES FOR HIS LOSING RUN TO END!!!

TT thinks the cold end gave him a C- for his mid-season report when we met up this week but I think he's hearing things as he approaches his big four zero this year as I'm sure with a loss of £48.78 I gave him a F.

There is still time for TT to turn his luck around and he sticks to his old faithful of BOTH TEAM TO SCORE in the following games -

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Liverpool
Aston Villa v Manchester City
Derby v Nottingham Forest

£10 staked with skybet.com pays £58.06 which will help TT in his climb back up to the top of the class. 

Thursday, 20 January 2011

RYMAN NORTH WEEKEND PREVIEW - TITLE CLASH AT BLOOMFIELDS

Current Ryman League Division One (North) Table 
* still including Leyton's results at this time.

                              P  W  D  L  GF GA  GD PTS 
1 East Thurrock United        22 17 3  2  51 21 +30 54
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2 Needham Market              19 16 1  2  59 21 +38 49 
3 Wingate and Finchley        23 12 5  6  39 34 + 5 41 
4 Maldon and Tiptree          23 11 5  7  46 40 + 6 38 
5 Romford                     17 11 4  2  31 12 +19 37 
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6 Potters Bar Town            22 10 6  6  40 36 + 4 36 
7 AFC Sudbury                 21 9  7  5  41 38 + 3 34 
8 Thamesmead Town             20 9  4  7  29 28 + 1 31 
9 Waltham Abbey               22 7  9  6  39 32 + 7 30 
10 Ware                       22 9  3  10 37 37   0 30 
11 Brentwood Town             19 8  5  6  37 29 + 8 29 
12 Enfield Town               19 9  2  8  35 28 + 7 29 
13 Harlow Town                19 9  2  8  29 30 - 1 29 
14 Great Wakering Rovers      23 8  4  11 40 43 - 3 28 
15 Heybridge Swifts           21 7  6  8  38 30 + 8 27 
16 Cheshunt                   22 7  5  10 33 37 - 4 26 
17 Grays Athletic             19 6  6  7  25 27 - 2 24 
18 Tilbury                    22 5  1  16 20 42 -22 16 
19 Redbridge                  18 4  3  11 23 40 -17 15 
20 Waltham Forest             24 3  6  15 23 52 -29 15
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21 Ilford                     22 3  3  16 22 48 -26 12 
22 Leyton                     19 1  6  12 13 45 -32  9 

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

Fixtures for Saturday 22nd January 2011

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

There is no doubting where the Ryman Division One (North) match of the weekend takes place as the top two title contenders play each other for the first time this season. Will it be unlucky thirteen for league leader's East Thurrock United on a twelve game winning streak who travel to second placed Needham Market??. The two are also top of the current form table and both recorded good wins in midweek. The Rocks won 4-2 at home to AFC Sudbury with Market recording a good 2-3 win away from home at Grays Athletic who went into the match after a 1-2 away win at Harlow Town. Market were 2-1 down but fought back with goals in the 64th and 81st minutes to take the all important three points in what sounded like a brilliant game.

Despite there still being much more football to be played and with a few more twists and turns the importance of winning the game can be highlighted in the following table -

Standings if??? -

East Thurrock United win 
                         P  W  D  L  PTS 
1. East Thurrock United  23 18 3  2  57
2. Needham Market        20 16 1  3  49

Needham Market win
1. East Thurrock United  23 17 3  2  54
2. Needham Market        20 17 1  2  52 

As you can see if ETU win they go 8 points clear but if Market record a victory they'll only be two points below with their three games in hand. The cold end thinks that one thing is for sure being that those who attend the game in Suffolk on Saturday will be seeing the future Champions on the Ryman League Division One (North) playing... which team will it be though??

Town, currently in 12th place, welcome 10th placed local rivals Ware to Goldsdown Road. They will be in good spirits having recorded a good win away at Wingate and Finchley last weekend. They are fifth in the current form league with 4 wins, 1 draw and 1 defeat in their last six games so it's yet another tough game in prospect for Steve Newing and his squad.

Elsewhere a win for Potters Bar Town at home to now bottom placed Ilford will see them move into the play off zone as Maldon and Tiptree are not in action due to Leyton's withdrawal from the league.

UP THE TOWN!!!!

MARK KIRBY TO RUN THE LONDON MARATHON

Marathon Man Mark, Liam Hope, Ben Hammond and Gio with 'Steve Newing' last year.
News has reached the cold end today that Enfield Town's very own Mark Kirby is to run the London Marathon this April 2011 to raise money for the Stroke Association who have helped Mark's Dad Mick in his recovery after suffering a major stroke last October. The following message is taken from the Facebook Group which Mark has set up to raise awareness of the event, If every ETFC fan just gave a few pounds it would help Mark to get closer to his target! -

Hey thanks for taking time out to look at my group, it means alot just to read about my story.

As some of you might already know back in October my dad (Mick) had a major stroke and is now on the road to recovery, the messages of support have been brilliant and I would like to thank everyone who has been there for my family and I.


So I had the mad idea to run the London Marathon. I applied, but like many got rejected at my first attempt. That didn't deter me and I applied about a month later and my application was successful. I'm running the marathon for the stroke association (which I might ad have been great in my dads recovery, hence the reason I'm running the marathon for this charity).

The big day is the 20th April 2011, which if my maths is correct is just over 3 months away. I'm looking to do as much fundraising as possible and which brings me to asking for all your money, joking aside my target is £3000 and i would love it if i can smash this target and really give something back to the charity that has helped my Dad. I'm literally after any amount of money that you can spare, every single penny counts and it really is for a good cause. It would mean the world to me if you could donate for the cause and if you know me, you know running for the bus is a tough task, let alone a marathon.

I'm currently in training and pretty much running every night, so if your around North West london after 6pm every evening then you can come and join me and whip me into shape, or just come and take the mickey out of me running along singing to my ipod.

You can donate 2 ways, either by seeing me out and about, and would like to give the cash to me to put into the account or the easiest way to donate is to go to my just giving website, its a safe and easy way to donate. Go to this pagewww.justgiving.com/Markkirby10 and follow the instructions to donate. Any amount is still getting me closer to my target.I'll stop rabbiting on now, so please feel free to message me if you would like to ask anything or just to wish me good luck.

Thanks for taking out the time to read my story and i'll thank everyone personally if you could spare any money you can.

Thanks again

Mark Kirby xx

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

LADIES TRAVEL TO SOUTHAMPTON IN MAGIC OF THE CUP

The Cold End wrote about Enfield Town Ladies a few weeks back and their match in the FA Women's Cup against Havant and Waterlooville Ladies, which they won 1-2.

In the Fourth Round they have been drawn away against Southampton Saints LFC who play in the same division as Havant and Waterlooville. Saints are not having the best of seasons so far finding themselves bottom of their respective table at present with Town's previous opponents H&W in third place.

However, The Saints caused somewhat of a surprise result in the third round by beating Keynsham Town LFC who are currently in second place in the FA Women's Premier League (Southern Division) which at step 2 on the Women's football pyramid is a step higher than the Saints and Town's current level.

The game takes place on Sunday 6th February 2011 with a kick off of 2pm.

Prior to their big cup game the ladies travel to face current third place MK Dons this Sunday and then face a big North London top of the league derby away to Tottenham Hotspur who currently sit in second place in the league to Town's first.

The MK Dons Ladies side play at Newport Pagnell Town's ground and Tottenham Hotspur Ladies play at Broxbourne Borough's Goffs Lane stadium.


Current South East Combination Women's Football League Table 
                         P  W  D  L   GD PTS
1 Enfield Town           14 11 1  2   23 34 
2 Tottenham Hotspur      13 10 1  2   35 31 
3 Milton Keynes Dons     14 9  1  4   22 28 
4 Lewes                  13 8  0  5   17 24 
5 Norwich City           11 7  2  2   18 23 
6 Luton Town             11 6  1  4    1 19 
7 Old Actonians          15 5  0  10 -39 15 
8 Cambridge Women        12 4  2  6   12 14 
9 Ebbsfleet United       11 4  1  6  -11 13 
10 Ipswich Town          13 2  2  9  -14  8 
11 Braintree Town        13 2  1  10 -37  7 
12 Crystal Palace        10 0  2  8  -27  2 

"TWO HUNDRED PERCENT" AND "THE BALL IS ROUND" ARTICLES ON LEYTON FC WELL WORTH A READ

The cold end recommends you read the excellent articles on Two Hundred Percent and The Ball is Round about the situation over at Leyton FC.

Two Hundred Percent and The Ball is Round websites come highly recommended to cold end readers as they regularly feature well written articles on the non-league game.

Links are in RED as above.

Monday, 17 January 2011

UPDATE ON THE BIG PREMIER LEAGUE RELEGATION BATTLE

All football fans have seen that the race to beat the drop from the Premier League is hotting up with the transfer window's closure on the horizon. Since the cold end wrote on New Years Eve there has been some surprise results as teams battle to beat the drop. Wolverhampton Wanderers beating Chelsea for instance was one victory that was unexpected.

Here the cold end presents a table of the teams who have beaten the drop since the formation of the Premier League to see if it gives us any clues as to who is staying up and who is going down??

                          POS    P  W  D  L  GF GA GD  PTS ARB    NYP
1992/93  Oldham Athletic  19/22  42 13 10 19 63 74 -11 49  GD +2  21/22r
1993/94  Ipswich Town     19/22  42 9  16 17 35 58 -23 43  1      22/22r   
*1994/95 Aston Villa      18/22  42 11 15 16 51 56 - 5 48  3      4/20 
1995/96  Southampton      17/20  38 9  11 18 34 52 -18 38  GD +7  16/20
1996/97  Coventry City    17/20  38 9  14 15 38 54 -16 41  1      11/20
1997/98  Everton          17/20  38 9  13 16 41 56 -15 40  GD +5  14/20
1998/99  Southampton      17/20  38 11 8  19 37 58 -21 41  5      15/20
1999/00  Bradford City    17/20  38 9  9  20 38 68 -30 36  3      20/20r
2000/01  Derby County     17/20  38 10 12 16 37 59 -22 42  8      19/20r
2001/02  Sunderland       17/20  38 10 10 18 29 49 -20 40  4      20/20r
2002/03  Bolton Wanderers 17/20  38 10 14 14 41 51 -10 44  2      8/20
2003/04  Everton          17/20  38 9  12 17 35 57 -22 39  6      4/20
2004/05  WBA              17/20  38 6  16 16 36 61 -25 34  1      19/20r 
2005/06  Portsmouth       17/20  38 10 8  20 37 62 -25 38  4      9/20
2006/07  Wigan Athletic   17/20  38 10 8  20 37 59 -22 38  GD +1  14/20
2007/08  Fulham           17/20  38 8  12 18 38 60 -22 36  GD +3  7/20
2008/09  Hull City        17/20  38 8  11 19 39 64 -25 35  1      19/20r 
2009/10  West Ham United  17/20  38 8  11 19 47 66 -19 35  5      ????

*denotes 4 teams relegated.
ARB denotes avoided relegation by pts or goal difference as shown. 
NYP denotes 'next year's position' where 'r' denotes relegation. 
The average points needed to stay up since England's top division was reorganised to 20 clubs for the 95/96 season is 36.78 (we'll round it up to 37 for argument's sake) with most manager's and supporters looking at the golden mark of 40 points to more or less guarantee safety although beware there are a number of seasons where clubs with 40+ points have gone down.

The average number of wins is 8.92 (rounded up to 9) although for the last three season's eight wins out of 38 games has kept teams up and West Bromwich Albion stayed up with only six wins in 2004/05.

So here for the first time is the cold end relegation league...the higher up the league table the more in danger of relegation the team is??? Table based on 40 points being the golden mark to avoid relegation and on the current bottom eleven of the Premier League.

                    P  W D  L   GD PTS PN  PLTPF %NOW  %NEED %LAST6
1. West Ham United  23 4 8  11 -19 20  20  45    28.98 44.44 44.44
2. Wolverhampton W  22 6 3  13 -14 21  19  48    31.81 39.58 50.00
3. Wigan Athletic   22 4 10 8  -15 22  18  48    33.33 37.50 38.88
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4. Aston Villa      22 5 7  10 -15 22  18  48    33.33 37.50 27.77
5. Birmingham City  21 4 11 6  -5  23  17  51    36.51 33.33 33.33
6. Fulham           22 4 11 7  -2  23  17  48    34.84 35.42 44.44
7. West Brom Albion 22 7 4  11 -12 25  15  48    37.87 31.25 16.66
8. Liverpool        22 7 5  10 -4  26  14  48    39.39 29.17 22.22
9. Everton          22 5 11 6  -2  26  14  48    39.39 29.17 50.00
10.Blackburn Rov    23 8 4  11 -8  28  12  45    40.58 26.67 38.89
11.Blackpool        21 8 4  9  -5  28  12  51    44.44 23.53 50.00

PN denotes 'points needed' to get to 40 pts 
PLTPF deontes 'points left to play for' 
%now denotes percentage of points won from games played so far 
%need denotes percentage of points needed from remaining games
%last 6 denotes percetnage of points gained in last six games

The table shows that if the current bottom three keep up their form over the last six league games they have a fighting chance of staying up with WBA on 16.66% the lowest rated side over the last six games. Aside from their victory versus Blackpool Roberto Di Matteo's side seem to be in free fall towards a relegation battle at the business end of the season.
As has been written at great length elsewhere Blackpool were many people's favourites to go down. The Seasiders realistically need 4 more wins from their remaining 17 games to stay up which will be a unbelievable achievement for Ian Holloway and his squad. He gets the cold end's vote for manager of the year whatever happens!!!

A fact for West Ham United fans to ponder is that 7 of the 17 clubs to escape relegation by finishing just above the drop zone since the Premier League was formed have gone down the following season. West Ham United finished in that position last season.

Only time will tell which teams will still be travelling to Old Trafford and White Hart Lane amongst other grounds next season??

WALTHAM ABBEY GAME RE-ARRANGED - HEALY JOINS THE STAGS

Enfield Town's postponed Ryman Division One (North) game at Waltham Abbey has been re-arranged for Tuesday 25th January at Capershotts with a kick off of 7.45pm.

In other news ex Enfield Town youngster Billy Healy who has been at Ware has transfered to Waltham Forest. New manager Olawale Ojalabi has rung the changes at the East London side who are due to return home to Wadham Lodge soon by signed former Stags player Luke Stanley who returns from Aveley with midfielder Marquin Smith moving in the opposite direction. A number of other players have also left and joined the club in the fight to avoid what will be expected to be the one relegation place following Leyton's resignation from the league.

FA VASE FOURTH ROUND PREVIEW


The Fourth Round of the FA Vase takes place this coming Saturday 22nd January 2011 with some really interesting fixtures as a number of teams make some very long almost nationwide journeys on their quest to reach the final at Wembley Stadium.

FA VASE FOURTH ROUND FIXTURE LIST 

Dunstable Town             v Willand Rovers 
Bloxwich United            v Torpoint Athletic
Leverstock Green           v Bemerton Heath Harlequins 
Gresley                    v St Neots Town
Norton & Stockton Ancients v Kings Lynn Town
Holbrook Sports            v Lancing 
Poole Town                 v St Ives Town 
Bitton AFC                 v Coalville Town 
Bodmin Town                v Stansted 
Long Buckby                v Ashington
Herne Bay                  v Whitley Bay 
Guildford City             v Leiston 
Cadbury Heath              v Spennymoor Town 
Staveley MW                v Rye United 
Runcorn Town               v Dunston UTS 
Billingham Synthonia       v Tadcaster Albion 

LEAGUES REPRESENTED IN FOURTH ROUND (All Step 5 unless step 6 as stated)

SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS (2)        TOOLSTATION WESTERN LEAGUE (3) 
Dunstable Town                    Willand Rovers
Levertstock Green                 Bitton AFC
                                  Cadbury Heath (Division 1) *Step 6
ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE (1)               
Stansted                          WEST MIDLANDS LEAGUE (1) 
                                  Bloxwich 
UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE (4)
St Neots Town                     CARLSBERG SOUTH WEST (2)
Kings Lynn Town                   Bodmin Town 
Long Buckby                       Torpoint Athletic 
St Ives Town                      
                                  EAST MIDLANDS COUNTIES (2)
SYDENHAMS WESSEX LEAGUE (2)       Gresley 
Bemerton Heath Harlequins         Holdbrook Sports 
Poole Town 
                                  EASTERN COUNTIES LEAGUE (1)
STL NORTHERN LEAGUE (6)           Leiston  
Norton and Stockton Ancients 
Ashington                         SUSSEX COUNTY LEAGUE (2)
Whitley Bay                       Rye United
Spennymoor Town                   Lancing (Div 2) *Step 6 
Dunston UTS 
Billingham Synthonia              MIDLAND ALLIANCE (1)
                                  Coalville
KENT FOOTBALL LEAGUE (1)
Herne Bay                         COMBINED COUNTIES LEAGUE (1) 
                                  Guilford City 
NORTHERN COUNTIES EAST LEAGUE (2) 
Tadcaster Albion                  VODKAT LEAGUE (1)
Staveley MW (Div 1) *Step 6       Runcorn Town (Div 1) *Step 6

CURRENT FA VASE BETTING MARKET WITH skybet.com(TOP EIGHT)

Spennymoor        5/2 
St Neots Town     3/1 
Whitley Bay       6/1 
Kings Lynn Town   9/1
Tadcaster Albion 14/1
Gresley          14/1 
Poole Town       16/1
Dunston UTS      20/1 

The odds have changed somewhat since the cold end first wrote about the FA Vase last year. St Neots Town who were 10/1 (which was advised as good odds) have been trimmed in to 3/1 and Spenymoor who were 7/1 favourites are now 5/2 favourites.

The Saints travel to 14/1 shots Gresley in what is one of the ties of the round. Gresley FC (who were formed when former finalists Gresley Rovers folded at the end of the 2008/09 season) play in the East Midlands Counties League and are currently in third place on 41 points from 19 games. To get to this stage they have beaten Heanor Town (H 2-0) and Busteholme (H 4-2) and they have a pretty formidable home record in league and cup competitive games this season. They have won 13 (of 16) drawn 1 and lost 2 scoring 58 goals and letting in 15.  It looks on paper to be big spending St Neots Town toughest test of the season so far which has seen them lose only one game (only narrowly 2-3 in the FA CUP to Leiston).

Two teams still remain representing the Spartan South Midlands League. Dunstable Town (25/1 to win the Vase) welcome Toolstation Western League side Willand Rovers to Creasey Park. Town have reserved their best form for the competition this season as they are down in 15th place in their league with their visitors from Devon riding high in third place challenging for the championship in their league.

Leverstock Green (sixth in the SSML Premier and currently rated at 40/1) face Wessex League side Bemerton Heath Harlequins at Pancake Lane. Harlequins are third in their respective league and are 50/1 to lift the Vase. Expect a very close game in Hertfordshire on Saturday.

Another Wessex League side in Poole Town (who are 2nd but could be considered favourites with their games in hand over current table toppers Winchester City) entertain St Ives Town who are one of the four United Counties League sides left.

The remaining Essex Senior League side (and 1984 winners of the Vase) make the longest trip they have made for many a year with the 500 mile + journey down to Cornwall to play Carlseberg South West Leaguer's Bodmin Town. The airport men are unbeaten in the league and if they win their games in hand have a chance of giving current leader's Enfield FC 1893 a fight for the championship. They have only lost four competitive games against Bodmin Town's three loses so it'll be a close game at Priory Park.

Other games which stand out for the cold end are current holders Whitley Bay travelling to the Kent coast to face current Kent League leaders Herne Bay. Who will win the North/South battle of the seaside towns??

And, one of the four Step 6 sides left in the competition Cadbury Heath of the Toolstation Western League Division One welcoming current favourites Spennymoor to their home ground Springfield. Could they achieve the unexpected and get a shock result agianst the Northern League side??

Link to the thefa.com FA Vase news page.

Sunday, 16 January 2011

WODSON PARK WINNERS OVER VISITING ATHLETIC

The pitch at Wodson Park yesterday
With Enfield Town's game against Waltham Abbey called off yesterday the cold end visited Wodson Park to watch the Spartan South Midlands League Division One game between Buckingham Athletic and Wodson Park.

The surface at the ground which is the home of Ryman League Division One (North) Ware appears to have taken a battering from the recent weather conditions and was not exactly one conducive to nice passing football thus making the game a rather scrappy one. It was all the same entertaining with some good honest tackles flying in from both sides.

This was 15th versus 17th in the league (of 21 teams since Sport London E Benfica withdrew) so it was a close game with the only real goalmouth action in the first half being Buckingham hitting the post and have the ball cleared off the line in an almighty scramble. There was also a shot from outside of the box from the away side which the home keeper parried into the path of an attacking Buckingham player whose shot went over the bar.

The second half was more of the same with a Buckingham player amazingly shooting over the bar when he only had the keeper to beat then only a few minutes later the home crossbar was hit.

Wodson won the game with two quickly taken goals from a shot outside of the box which appeared to creep into the keeper's left hand post past his dive and a bullet of a shot from Anthony Anstead. The other player the cold end recognised from previous visits to see Wodson Park play was attacking midfielder Tyler Hatherly who had a very good game taking the ball on some decent runs past the Buckingham back line.

The cold end also found out that former Enfield Town FC manager Stewart Margolis is assistant manager to Kristian Munt at Wodson Park.

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS BELOW

Saturday, 15 January 2011

SILENCE FROM TOONSTAR TOWERS THIS WEEK..

The cold end's very own league football tipster has been very quiet this week as he has been dealing with lots of good natured banter regarding Newcastle United's exit from the FA Cup at the hands of League Two and ex Ryman League club Stevenage FC.

TT's balance of minus £38.78 doesn't look to good either at present so he goes for the following BTTS treble which will maybe put him back in profit.

West Brom Albion v Blackpool
West Ham United v Arsenal
Burnley v QPR 

£10 staked with skybet.com pays a belated (hopefully???) new year gift of £50.93

RYMAN DIVISION ONE (NORTH) WEEKEND PREVIEW - LEYTON RESIGN FROM THE LEAGUE

Ryman Division One (North) Weekend fixtures


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

Most readers will have already heard about Leyton's recent withdrawal from the league meaning their scheduled game at home to Brentwood Town will unfortunetly not be going ahead. The club's future now looks somewhat 'up in the air' as they are reported to be suffering from some financial problems. 
 
Enfield Town's match at Waltham Abbey is subject to an early morning pitch inspection at Capershotts so make sure you check the game is ON before travelling. There has been large amounts of rain in Ryman Country in the last few days meaning there are other inspections due.
 
The games of the day probably come when both title challengers are in action with East Thurrock United welcoming Great Wakering Rovers and Needham Market making the long trip to Thamesmead Town. Another important game takes place when two teams fully in the play off mix meet as Maldon & Tiptree entertain Potters Bar Town.
 
The Essex derby match between Harlow Town and Grays Athletic is bound to attract the largest crowd of the day at Barrows Farm. The relegation six pointer between local rivals Ilford and Waltham Forest now takes a new meaning as with Leyton's demise it may be only one team who are relegated at the end of the season.

Friday, 14 January 2011

NEW LOOK COLD END

As you can see The Cold End has changed slightly and hopefully now looks a bit more professional.... The picture shows the actual Cold End at Goldsdown Road in all it's glory along with some of the loyal Town army watching the beautiful game.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

ANAGRAM RECORDS TROPHY 2010/11

The Anagram Records Trophy (aka Captial Counties Feeder Leagues Trophy) has it's second round coming up on Saturday 22nd January. The competition is based for teams at Step 6 and below who don't enter the FA Vase.

First Round results - 
Tring Corinthians    4 Croxley Guild 0
Hinton               0 Padbury United 4 
Letchworth GC Eagles 3 Wormley Rovers 1               
White Ensign         7 Totternhoe 1 
Sarrett              1 Frenford Senior 0
Sandridge Rovers     2 Standon & Puckeridge 1
Aston Clinton        3 Old Bradwell United 0 
Westhamians          3 Harpenden Town 5 
Manford Way          3 Pitstone & Invinghoe 0
Met Police Bushey    6 Harpenden Rovers 1
Bovingdon            1 Epping 2

Second Round Fixtures - All due to be played on the 22nd January 
  
1. Met Police Bushey v Aston Clinton 
2. Epping            v Letchworth GC Eagles  
3. Chipperfield Cor  v Harpenden Town
4. Tring Corinthians v Padbury United  
5. The 61FC (Luton)  v MK Wanderers  
6. White Ensign      v Cuffley  
7. Sarrett           v Manford Way  
8. Lemsford          v Sandridge Rovers

Quarter final line ups 

Winners of Match 1 v Winners of Match 3 
Winners of Match 2 v Winners of Match 6 
Winners of Match 8 v Winners of Match 4
Winners of Match 7 v Winners of Match 5 

Last year's winners were Spartan South Midlands side The 61FC (Luton) who play MK Wanderers in the second round this year. The Wanderers, who received a bye to get to this stage, won't be relishing the game as the two sides met in the league last Saturday. Second placed The 61FC ran out 15-0 winners against the MK side who are rooted to the foot of the table. MK's only positive result this season has been a 1-1 draw against Mursley United way back on the 19th August. Since then they have been on a 20 games losing streak in league and cup competitions. It's safe to say anything but a home victory in the game at the Kingsway Recreation Ground will be a major upset.

White Ensign of the Essex Olympian League Premier Division have won this competition three times (2003, 2006 and 2007) welcome Hertfordshire Senior County League Premier Division Cuffley to the Borough Football Combination HQ in Southend-On-Sea. This should be a close game as both clubs have similar league records (Cuffley 5 wins out of 14 games and White Ensign 4/9)

Another EOFL V HSC game takes place between Epping and Letchworth GC Eagles. Epping are bottom of their Premier Division with a record of one draw and eight losses in nine league games whereas the Eagles are riding high in their division sitting top of the league by a margin of nine points from Hinton who were knocked out in the first round by SSMFL side Padbury United. This game at Stonards Hill may not be as close as the one in Southend with Eagles considered strong favourites. Epping did win in the last round against HSC side Bovingdon.

Padbury United who are top of the SSMFL ahead of The 61FC (Luton) travel to fellow league side Tring Corinthians who held them to a 0-0 draw in the league on 4th September. Padbury United were the beaten finalists last season.

Hainult based Manford Way of the EOFL face another HSC team Sarrett. A familiar face in former Towner Keke St Hiliare scored for Manford Way in their league victory last Saturday. This should be another close and entertaining game/

Two HSC teams in Lemsford and Sandridge Rovers face a local derby game in order for one of them to get through to the quarter-finals. The visitors will be considered favourites as they are fifth in the league as opposed the hosts who are bottom of the table.

The cold end wishes good luck to all the team involved.  

GRAYS ATHLETIC TONIGHT

Enfield Town's league campaign continues tonight when a trip to Grays Athletic on the cards. Julian Dick's side have only won five of their seventeen league games so far and currently sit in 17th place.

After the disappointment of losing the local derby versus Tilbury on Bank Holiday Monday they got a good point at home to Maldon and Tiptree last Saturday. Their league form at their adopted home of Rookery Hill looks reasonable being only two defeats (Harlow Town and Potters Bar Town) in eight games so far.

Reading reports on their game against M&T on Saturday it seems as though they had much the better chances and took the lead on 70 minutes. The home side then "scored" in the dying moments of the match only for the goal to be ruled out for offside. The resulting free kick was hit long and high by M&T in one last hit and hope - they scored to make it 1-1.

It's a chance for the Enfield Town squad to bounce back from the 0-4 defeat on Saturday. If they play half as good as they did against AFC Sudbury last Tuesday Grays Athletic will be in for a difficult game!

UP THE TOWN!!

Sunday, 9 January 2011

ENFIELD TOWN LADIES ON THE ROAD TO THE RICOH ARENA

A quick note to say well done to the Enfield Town Ladies side who are through to the third round of the FA WOMEN'S CUP thanks to a 1-2 victory AET over Havant and Waterlooville Ladies this afternoon.

THE COLD END RECOMMENDS.."MODUS HOPPER RANDOM"

The cold end recommends for everyone to visit a fantastic ground hopping website/blog entitled 'Modus Hopper Random' which yesterday visited United Counties League Wellingborough Town's brilliantly named ground - The Dog and Duck.  

The cold end upon reading this article immediately puts forward the motion for an Enfield Town pre-season friendly trip to the Northamptonshire club next summer - if only to sample the £4 Belly Buster Burger which includes 2 burgers, sausage, egg and bacon!   If that doesn't float your boat I'm sure THE BURGER MONSTER MENU will have something for you.. 

Check out pictures of the 'Mona Lisa of Burgers' on the excellent MHR website/blog -

LINK HERE

GOOD LUCK TO THE TOWN LADIES IN FA CUP ACTION TODAY


The Cold End sends out some good luck to the Enfield Town FC Ladies team who travel to play Havant and Waterlooville Ladies today in the FA Women's Cup. Town play in the South East Combination which is at level three of the Woman's football pyramid. They are currently top of their league. LINK HERE.

Their opponents today play at the same level in the South West Combination and are currently in third position in their league.  LINK HERE

ROCKS RUTHLESS AGAINST A SECOND BEST TOWN

If the excellent 5-1 win away at AFC Sudbury in midweek was Dr Jekyll then Town's performance against East Thurrock United was definitely a Mr Hyde afternoon yesterday.

The visitor's showed in their 0-4 victory why they are quite rightly top of the league. The win was the Essex side's tenth in a row. They ruthlessly scored four first half goals to kill the game off.

The writing seemed to on the wall in the opening minutes of the game when Max Cornhill smashed a shot from outside of the box which rattled Rob Blackburne's cross-bar. It so easily could of been 0-1 at that point.

Kris Newby started things off with a nice finish from inside the box and got the second when he was first to a through pass the Enfield defence to slot the ball home past Rob Blackburne.

Max Cornhill made it 3-0 with a curling free kick into the top left hand corner of the net from just outside the box.

Newby completed his hat-trick when took hold of the ball on the right hand side of the field and went on a mazy run around three Town players and fired home a shot into the left hand corner.

With it being 4-0 at half time the second half was a bit of a non-event. I'm sure the East Thurrock United team-talk would of gone along the lines of "Job done boys.....don't get booked...don't get injured and close the game out."

That they did but it could been even more embarrassing for Town had it not been for a few misses and the post and bar. Cornhill capped an impressive performance by hitting the woodwork in the closing minutes of the match, as did his team mate Kye Ruel.

So, Sometimes as supporter you have to stand back, applaud the opposing side's performance and say that your team were second best. Enfield Town showed on Tuesday night that they are a far better side than yesterday afternoon's performance suggests and I know the squad will come back from this disappointing result. The cold end can confidently predict that if any side finishes above The Rocks in the league they will be crowned champions. 

Their scheduled trip to second placed Needham Market on the 22nd January now looks like a very important game for both sides in the race for the league title. .

No highlights today I'm afraid as I had a nightmare and deleted the wrong bits on the camera..Yes, I know I'm an amateur...and I only had two of the goals on film!!  Better service next time hopefully. Apologies to ETU supporters.

Results from the Ryman League Division One (North) - Sat 8th January 2010

Enfield Town           0 4 East Thurrock United 201  
Grays Athletic         1 1 Maldon & Tiptree     206 
Great Wakering Rovers  4 1 Cheshunt              85  
Heybridge Swifts       1 1 Waltham Abbey        115 
Needham Market         2 1 Tilbury              213 
Waltham Forest         1 0 Leyton                45  
Ware                   2 2 AFC Sudbury          178 

Current Table 
                           P  W  D  L GF GA  GD PTS PP  PPG   CS  FTS
1 East Thurrock United     20 15 3  2 44 17 +27 48  114 2.40   8   1
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2 Needham Market           17 14 1  2 55 19 +36 43  123 2.53   5   0
3 Wingate & Finchley       21 11 5  5 38 32 + 6 38  101 1.81   3   2
4 Maldon & Tiptree         22 11 4  7 44 38 + 6 37   97 1.69   5   3
5 Potters Bar Town         20 10 5  5 38 32 + 6 35  101 1.75   4   6   
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6 Romford                  15  9 4  2 25  8 +17 31  112 2.07   8   4
7 AFC Sudbury              19  8 7  4 37 34 + 3 31  100 1.64   3   2
8 Thamesmead Town          19  9 4  6 29 27 + 2 31  100 1.64   4   3
9 Waltham Abbey            22  7 9  6 39 32 + 7 30   90 1.37   3   3
10 Brentwood Town          19  8 5  6 37 29 + 8 29   98 1.53   6   3
11 Enfield Town            19  9 2  8 35 28 + 7 29   98 1.53   4   6
12 Harlow Town             18  9 2  7 28 28   0 29  101 1.61   7   2
13 Great Wakering Rovers   20  8 3  9 36 37 - 1 27   93 1.35   2   5
14 Heybridge Swifts        19  6 6  7 32 24 + 8 24   93 1.26   3   2
15 Ware                    20  7 3 10 33 37 - 4 24   90 1.20   6   4
16 Cheshunt                19  6 5  8 26 30 - 4 23   92 1.21   5   3
17 Grays Athletic          17  5 6  6 21 23 - 2 21   96 1.24   4   5
18 Tilbury                 21  5 1 15 17 38 -21 16   79 0.76   3  11 
19 Redbridge               18  4 3 11 23 40 -17 15   87 0.83   3   6
20 Ilford                  20  3 3 14 20 42 -22 12   78 0.60   2   7
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21 Waltham Forest          22  2 5 15 20 50 -30 11   71 0.50   2   5 
22 Leyton                  19  1 6 12 13 45 -32 9    78 0.47   1   9

PP denotes total points possible 
PPG denotes points earned per game 
CS denotes number of clean sheets 
FTS denotes number of times failed to score 

The Ryman League Division One (North) East London section 
(based on the four East London side's results against each other) 
                     P W D L GF GA GD PTS
1. Ilford            2 2 0 0  5  0 +5 6
2. Waltham Forest    4 1 1 2  5  8 -3 4
3. Redbridge         2 1 0 1  4  3 +1 3
4. Leyton            3 1 0 2  2  5 -2 3


Enfield Town versus the current top five 
                  HOME             AWAY           TOTAL 
                  P  W D L GF GA   P W D L GF GA  P W D L GF GA GD PTS
Enfield Town      4  0 0 4  3 10   3 1 0 2  4  5  7 1 0 6  7 15 -8   3
Still to play Needham Market (home and away) and W&F (away)
As you can see ETFC have only one win versus the current top six. 
 
Enfield Town's next scheduled match is away to 17th placed Grays Athletic this Wednesday night.

Saturday, 8 January 2011

EAST THURROCK UNITED MATCH CONFIRMED ON!!!

Following a morning pitch inspection at Goldsdown Road today's game against Table Topper's East Thurrock United is confirmed as ON at this time of writing.

A few of the games in the Ryman North have been postponed following the overnight rain - Brentwod Town v Thamesmead Town, Redbridge v Ilford, Romford v W&F are all OFF with some more pitch inspections due. 

THE FOOTBALL LEAGUE - WHO FACES THE DREADED DROP??

BOTTOM FOUR OF LEAGUE TWO OVER PREVIOUS SEASONS
2009/10               HOME         AWAY
                   P  W D  L GA GA W D L  GF GA  GD PTS
21 Barnet          46 8 10 5 30 18 4 2 17 17 45 -16 48 
22 Cheltenham Town 46 5 8 10 34 38 5 10 8 20 33 -17 48 
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23 Grimsby Town    46 4 9 10 25 36 5 8 10 20 35 -26 44 
24 Darlington      46 3 3 17 14 40 5 3 15 19 47 -54 30 

2008/09               HOME          AWAY
                   P  W  D  L GF GA W D  L GF GA  GD PTS 
21 AFC Bournemouth 46 11 6  6 28 15 6 6 11 31 36   8 46 
22 Grimsby Town    46 6  7 10 31 28 3 7 13 20 41 -18 41 
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23 Chester City    46 4  7 12 24 34 4 6 13 19 47 -38 37 
24 Luton Town      46 7  8  8 34 34 6 9  8 24 31 - 7 26 

2007/08              HOME         AWAY
                  P  W D  L GF GA W  D L  GF GA  GD PTS
21 Notts County   46 8 5 10 19 23 2 13  8 18 30 -16 48 
22 Chester City   46 5 5 13 21 30 7  6 10 30 38 -17 47 
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23 Mansfield Town 46 6 3 14 30 39 5  6 12 18 29 -20 42 
24 Wrexham        46 6 7 10 16 28 4  3 16 22 42 -32 40 

2006/07                 HOME         AWAY
                     P  W D  L GF GA W D  L GF GA  GD PTS
21 Bury              46 4 7 12 22 35 9 4 10 24 26 -15 50 
22 Macclesfield Town 46 8 7  8 36 34 4 5 14 19 43 -22 48 
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23 Boston United     46 9 5  9 29 32 3 5 15 22 48 -29 36 
24 Torquay United    46 5 8 10 19 22 2 6 15 17 41 -27 35 

2005/06                  HOME          AWAY
                      P  W  D  L GF GA W D  L GF GA  GD PTS
21 Notts County       46 7 11  5 30 26 5 5 13 18 37 -15 52 
22 Stockport County   46 7 11  5 34 29 4 8 11 23 49 -21 52 
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23 Oxford United      46 7  7  9 25 30 4 9 10 18 27 -14 49 
24 Rushden & Diamonds 46 8  5 10 25 31 3 7 13 19 45 -32 45 

2004/05                      HOME        AWAY
                          P  W D L GF GA  W  D  L GF GA  GD PTS
21 Shrewsbury Town        46 9 7  7 34 18 2  9 12 14 35 - 5 49 
22 Rushden & Diamonds     46 8 6  9 29 29 2  8 13 13 34 -21 44 
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23 Cambridge United       46 7 6 10 22 27 1 10 12 17 35 -23 40 
24 Kidderminster Harriers 46 6 6 11 21 39 4  2 17 18 46 -46 38 

2003/04                  HOME        AWAY
                      P  W D  L GF GA W D  L GF GA  GD PTS
21 Rochdale           46 7  8 8 28 26 5 6 12 21 32 - 9 50 
22 Scunthorpe United  46 7 10 6 36 27 4 6 13 33 45 - 3 49 
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23 Carlisle United    46 8 5 10 23 27 4 4 15 23 42 -23 45 
24 York City          46 7 6 10 22 29 3 8 12 13 37 -31 44 

2002/03               HOME        AWAY
                   P  W D  L GF GA W D  L GF GA PTS
21 Swansea City    46 9 6  8 28 25 3 7 13 20 40 49 
22 Carlisle United 46 5 5 13 26 40 8 5 10 26 38 49 
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23 Exeter City     46 7 7  9 24 31 4 8 11 26 33 48 
24 Shrewsbury Town 46 5 6 12 34 39 4 8 11 28 53 41 

Two up and two down between the Football League and the Conference now known as the Blue Square Premier in now into it's ninth season. This years fight to beat the drop is now fully in swing with many teams within range of the dreaded drop zone. The advent of two up from non-league's top division has certainly made the league much stronger and if it wasn't before it now certainly is considered as Division Five by most football fans.

As you can see from the table's above which show the bottom four since the 2002/03 season many teams have just scrapped over the line to safety and others have suffered relegation out of the football league by only a few points. How things have changed for Swansea City who escaped going down by just one point at the end of the 2002/03 season? Now just eight seasons later and a move from the Vetch Field to The Liberty Stadium The Swans are pushing for promotion to the Premier League.

The average points team's have required to be safe over the eight seasons stands at 43.63 (we'll round it up to 44) with the lowest amount being 37 in 06/07 and the highest being 50 in 05/06 when Oxford United were unlucky to be relegated with a massive total of 49 points.

So who is facing the trap door this year??

NPOWER FOOTBALL LEAGUE TWO CURRENT TABLE (BOTTOM 12 ONLY)
                         HOME        AWAY   
                      P  W D L GF GA W D L GF GA  GD PTS   ODDS*   PRTBS#   
13 Stevenage          21 3 6 2 14 12 3 3 4 10  7   5 27    20/1    17 
14 Northampton        22 5 3 2 15 10 2 3 7 10 22 - 7 27    20/1    17
15 Southend           21 3 2 4 10 13 4 3 5 14 12 - 1 26    14/1    18
16 Macclesfield       22 4 1 6 12 18 3 4 4 14 16 - 8 26     8/1    18
17 Burton Albion      21 5 4 3 18 12 1 3 5  9 13   2 25    14/1    19
18 Accrington Stanley 21 4 3 2 21 14 1 7 4  9 18 - 2 25     7/1    19
19 Aldershot          21 2 3 4  7 12 4 4 4 12 14 - 7 25    14/1    19
20 Morecambe          21 3 5 4 15 14 3 1 5 11 17 - 5 24     6/1    20
21 Stockport          23 1 6 4 11 26 4 2 6 12 20 -23 23     6/4    21
22 Lincoln City       20 3 3 5  8 15 2 1 6  8 15 -14 19     3/1    25
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23 Hereford           22 0 6 4  9 17 4 1 7 15 24 -17 19     6/4    25 
24 Barnet             23 5 2 6 17 19 0 2 8 11 27 -18 19    11/10   25

* denotes current odds for relegation with coral.com

# denotes "points required to be safe"...that based on the average of 44. 

CURRENT FORM TABLE OVER LAST SIX GAMES (BOTTOM TWELVE TEAMS ONLY)
                       P W D L   CS FTS  GF GA GD PTS
1. Northampton Town    6 3 1 2   2  1    8  9  -1  10 
2. Accrington Stanley  6 2 3 1   1  1    7  7   0  9 
3. Southend United     6 2 2 2   2  0    8  7  -1  8
4. Morecambe           6 2 1 3   2  0    7  7   0  7
5. Burton Albion       6 2 1 3   1  1    8  9  -1  7 
6. Aldershot           6 2 0 4   0  3    5  9  -4  6 
7. Lincoln City        6 2 0 4   0  2    7  13 -6  6
8. Stevenage           6 1 2 3   0  3    6  7  -1  5
9. Macclesfield Town   6 1 1 4   1  2    6  12 -6  4
10.Herford United      6 1 1 4   0  2    6  13 -7  4
11.Stockport County    6 1 1 4   0  3    7  17 -10 4
12.Barnet              6 1 0 5   1  0    8  13 -5  3 

cs denotes number of matches with clean sheets
fts dentoes number of matches failed to score 

It's not been a good Christmas and New Year period for Enfield FC's old rivals Barnet who suffered two defeats at home to team's just above them in the table (Stockport County and Aldershot Town) and then went to lose the A1 Derby game at Stevenage FC. The 4-2 defeat at the Lamex Stadium could prove pivatol as a win for the Bee's would of put them on 22 points outside of the relegation zone and left only three points between them and their Hertfordshire rivals. It was a real six-pointer game for Graham Westley's side as the win puts them now on 27 points with Barnet on the bottom of the league on goal-difference from Hereford United and Lincoln City.

Mark Stimson has also left his post as manager over the festive period and Paul Fairclough has taken control on a temporary basis. The Bee's are half way through their league season having played 23 games and stand currently on 19 points gained out of the 69 on offer so far. If 44 points is the safety marker then they need to collect 25 points from the reamining 69 on offer which of course is not impossible. If you break this down even more they have 30 home points still up for grabs and 39 away points.

One thing the new manager will have to address is the terrible form away from Underhill which has seen them get just two draws (at Torquay and Morecambe) out of ten games so far.

They do have the services of Izzale McLeod who Charlton Athletic paid MK Dons £1.1 million for in 2007. McLeod's, who shot to fame scoring goals for the Dons, move to South London didn't work out and after loan spells with Peterborough United, Millwall and Colchester United he signed full time at Underhill for this season.

Barnet are joined in the bottom two by Hereford United who also have a forward whose move to Charlton Athletic didn't go so well. Stuart Fleetwood who started his career at Cardiff before playing for Hereford United in 2006/07 then went on to have a great season with Forest Green Rovers to earn a move to The Valley. His move to Charlton didn't work out and he now finds himself back at Edgar Street hoping to score the goals that will move The Bulls up the league and out of the relegation zone. Their 1-2 victory at Aldershot Town could prove very important come the end of the season.

Fourth from bottom Stockport County have also recently parted company with their manager when Paul Simpson left Edgeley Park yesterday. Looking at the bottom half of the table the only clubs to have changed managers this season are those in the current bottom four. Could this be a lesson for club chairman to have more patience with their managers?? 

The bookies clearly make The Bee's favourites to go down as they are currently bottom but any team with a run of bad form can easily drop down the into the relegation zone.

For example Macclesfield Town only have one win in six games and are leaking goals at the back, their game against Barnet on the 22nd January at Moss Rose looks to be a very important game for both sides.

And Stevenage's four goal haul against Barnet accounted for 66% of their goals scored in the last six games and it was their only win. They don't score many but they don't let in many either losing the three games they have suffered defeats in the last six games by only 1 goal to NIL. They should do enough to be comfortable by the end of the season.

Two big relegation rivals face a day off in their league campaign today but still face each other. Sincil Bank sees The Imps take on The Bulls in the rearranged second round FA Cup replay. The winners are scheduled to travel to another League Two side in Wycombe Wanderers in the third round on Tueaday night. 

Below are some of the key forthcoming relegation games. By the time Barnet welcome Lincoln City to Underhill at the end of February the bottom of the league could be completely different to how it is now.

League Two Relegation battles - Key forthcoming games

Saturday 15th January
Hereford United v Stockport County

Saturday 22nd January
Macclesfield Town v Barnet
Stockport County v Lincoln City

Saturday 29th January
Morecambe v Macclesfield Town

Tuesday 1st February
Aldershot Town v Barnet

Saturday 5th February
Hereford United v Lincoln City

Tuesday 8th February
Hereford United v Macclesfield Town

Saturday 12th February
Lincoln City v Morecambe

Tuesday 15th February
Aldershot Town v Lincoln City

Saturday 19th February
Stockport County v Macclesfield Town

Tuesday 22nd February
Macclesfield Town v Morecambe

Saturday 26th Febuary
Barnet v Lincoln City