Thursday, 31 March 2011

MAGNER'S WEEKEND BLUE SQUARE SOUTH WEEKEND TIPS

Eastleigh beating Woking 4-1 last weekend ended my double tip last weekend. It was the first time the Cards had let in four goals in all their league and cup games this season so far.

For my double this weekend I'll go for Dartford and Farnborough victories. Farnborough are in great form pushing for the title and should be too good for Bromley at home hence the odds of 2/5 offered. Bromley had their first win in nine games and in turn their first clean sheet in six games at home to Thurrock on Tuesday but have only scored once in their last five away games and travel to the Rushmoor Stadium where Boro have won four in a row and let in only one goal which was against the league leaders Braintree Town. It's now very tight at the top of the table with only one point in it and only two goals in the GD chart between Braintree Town and Farnborough FC therefore I can only see a good home victory in this one.

The Darts have pulled away from the relegation zone with four wins and three draws in their last eight games and St Albans City have picked up of late to give themselves a fighting chance of staying up but in their last two games they have been beaten at home by Thurrock (0-2) and Dorchester Town (1-4). The two sides played each other on the 22nd March at Princes Park and the game ended 2-2. Charlie Sheringham has scored two in that one and got another two in their 3-0 victory over Lewes last weekend. It's just the sort of game the Saints need to win but i'm going to side with the Kent club at evens due to the fact the home side have lost against two sides in the lower half of the league in their last two games.

No outside bet for me this weekend although Bishops Stortford at 5/1 to win at Dover Athletic may offer a good bit of value.

A £10 double pays £28.00 with skybet.com

Please gamble responsibly!!!

MAGNER

GOAL GALORE AT GOLDSDOWN ROAD

Those supporters who attended the reserve game on Tuesday night at Goldsdown Road saw a great match full of goals in which Ram Ismail's side ran out 5-2 winners against a Hawks side who included Daniel Brown (not the same Danny Brown who was Captain in the first team game against Enfield Town on the 1st January as I previously wrote on the cold end......so now the Hawk's fans now have another song - "There's only two Danny Browns etc etc!!), Lawrie Stewart who has been a regular in the first team this season and Reece Dobson who impressed against Enfield Town in the games against the Hawks last season. Town included Richard Morton and Joe Stevens along with Phil Kane and new signing Aaron Cato who showed some good touches especially in the second half. Harlow's number 12 on the team sheet prompted one quick witted supporter to ask "Is he Brazilian??", as he was listed with only one name - Harry.

                 Line ups
ENFIELD TOWN           HARLOW TOWN  
Kemal Ozyasa        1  Jayden Purdue
Tyler Christian-Law 2  Joe Jordan
Phil Kane (c)       3  Reece Dobson
Izci Eren           4  Lawrie Stewart
Ena Uadie           5  Daniel Brown
Kadeem Brightly     6  Anthony Jones (16)
Aaron Cato          7  Mark Cowley 
Richard Morton      8  Peter Burdiss 
Volkan Calcalioglu  9  Leon Antoine
Joe Stevens         10 Michael Ryan 
Tremayne Coley      11 Chris Muir 
SUBS 
Byron Bubb          12 Harry 
Jey Siva            14 Jim McClelland 
Emmanuel Obusa      15 Sean Stock 
-                   16 Sergio Djamins 

The cold end was once again impressed with Ena Uadie at centre back who played well in the Enfield FC 1893 game a few weeks back along with Tremayne Coley (who is only 16 years old I believe) who put in a good performance on the left hand side in the first half. Tyler Christian-Law at right back also had a good match and took his goal with a strike from outside the box. If Aaron Cato gets a chance in the first team I think he may become a fan's favourite with his tricks and flicks....could be a really good impact player coming off the bench!

The reserves are at home to Aveley/Romford next Tuesday (which will you choose - Real Madrid v Spurs on the telly or Goldsdown Road??) before making the trip to The Mill Field on the 20th April.

For those of you who missed the game check out the highlights below which includes all the goals. The only thing the cold end missed was Aaron Cato's brilliant shot in the second half from just outside the box which was excellently saved by the Hawk's keeper -

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

ENFIELD TOWN RESERVES 5 HARLOW TOWN RESERVES 2

A good night for Ram Ismail's side as they defeated a Hawk's second string 5-2 in a very entertaining Capital League game at Goldsdown Road. The cold end was there and caught the goalfest on camera.  Highlights will follow soon.

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

FOOTBALL IN ENFIELD FEATURED ON TWOHUNDREDPERCENT.NET

The excellent twohundredpercent.net has an article today written by Jacon LeBlanc about the present and future for football in the borough which is well worth a read. Link here



Above - Work on the Donkey-Dome is now well underway.

ELSTOW ABBEY THROUGH TO JUBILEE CUP FINAL


The cold end visited Biggleswade United's Second Meadow home yesterday evening to watch the Bedfordshire County Football League's Jubilee Cup Semi-Final between Elstow Abbey and Kings AFC.

The Jubilee Cup is contested for by members of the league's Division Two which is at Step 9 on the Non-League pyramid. Looking at the league table both clubs playing last night are in with a shout of the title sitting in 3rd and 4th places with games in hand over the current 1st and 2nd placed sides.

Current Bedfordshire County Football League Division Two Table 

                               P  W  D L  GF GA  GD PTS 
1 Bromham United               20 11 3 6  44 34  10 36 
2 Westoning Recreation Club    20 10 4 6  51 38  13 34 
3 Kings AFC                    17 11 0 6  51 34  17 33 
4 Elstow Abbey 06              16 10 2 4  52 21  31 32 
5 Lea Sports PSG               14 10 2 2  44 15  29 32 
6 Queens Park Crescents        19 10 2 7  43 38   5 32 
7 Clifton                      20 9  4 7  43 40   3 31 
8 Lidlington United Sports     17 8  4 5  36 30   6 28 
9 Great Barford                19 7  2 10 28 53 -25 23 
10 Stopsley Park               17 6  2 9  43 39   4 20 
11 Shefford Town & Campton Res 17 5  3 9  33 43 -10 18 
12 Marabese Ceramics           15 5  2 8  22 25 - 3 17 
13 Stevington                  21 5  1 15 37 63 -26 16 
14 Kempston Hammers Sports     18 2  1 15 16 70 -54  7 

Elstow Abbey were reformed in 2006 (after being originally formed in 1920) and play at The Warren in the village of Elstow to the South of Bedford. Kings AFC were formed in 2006 and play at the King George IV playing fields in the village of Clapham to the North of Bedford.

Elstow Abbey deserved their 2-1 victory last night as they were the team who created the most chances in a scrappy game of sorts. With the half time score 2-0 Kings AFC worked hard to come back into the game and scored a good free kick but were not able to take the game into extra-time with Elstow looking the more threatening towards the end of the game.

Elstow Abbey will play Lea Sports PSG in the final. They beat Westoning Recreation Club 4-2 AET in the other semi-final also played last inght at The Hollow, Potton. The PSG stands for Pirton, Shillington, Gravenhurst.

The Bedfordshire County Football League also have the following semi-final dates to come -


Britannia Cup (All kick off at 7.30pm)

Caldecote v Leighton United               Monday 4th April     Second Meadow Biggleswade United
Renhold United v Shefford Town & Campton  Wednesday 13th April Hillgrounds AFC Kempston

Centenary Cup (All kick off at 7.30pm)
Bedford Hatters v Marston Shelton Rovers   Wednesday 30th March Hillgrounds AFC Kempston
Bedford Sports Athletic v Potton Wanderers Thursday 14th April  Forde Park Langford FC

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS ARE BELOW



LINK TO ELSTOW ABBEY WEBSITE

LINK TO KINGS AFC WEBSITE

LINK TO BEDFORDSHIRE COUNTY FOOTBALL LEAGUE WEBSITE

Sunday, 27 March 2011

WEEKEND BETTING ROUND UP

The cold end wasn't able to get round to posting TT's tips this weekend but he'll be back soon with another winning tip hopefully.

Magner is gutted his tips didn't come in with Woking's unexpected 4-1 defeat at Eastleigh upsetting his apple cart. He has assured the cold end he'll continue until the end of the season!!  Hopefully he'll get in profit soon.

WEEKEND ROUND-UP

A good win at home to Waltham Forest for Enfield Town yesterday. A double from Liam Hope and one from Stuart Blackburne saw Town win the game 3-0. Defeats for Romford (albiet against Harlow Town), Wingate and Finchley and Brentwood Town with draws for AFC Sudbury and Maldon & Tiptree saw the clutch of teams in the running (some with a good chance and some with an outside chance) for the play-offs move closer together.

Current Ryman League Division One (North) Table (Top eleven only)
              
                       P  W  D L  GF GA  GD PTS  PPT  HIGHEST      
1 East Thurrock United 33 25 4 4  72 31 +41 79   100  1st 
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2  Needham Market      32 23 6 3  78 37 +41 75    99  1st
3  Brentwood Town      35 19 7 9  67 47 +20 64    79  1st  
4  Harlow Town         34 18 5 11 53 46 + 7 59    77  2nd
5  AFC Sudbury         34 16 8 10 67 55 +12 56    74  3rd   
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6  Wingate & Finchley  34 16 8 10 55 48 + 7 56    74  3rd 
7  Maldon & Tiptree    34 15 9 10 60 54 + 6 54    72  3rd     
8  Enfield Town        34 16 5 13 64 41 +23 53    71  3rd   
9  Romford             32 15 7 10 54 47 + 7 52    76  2nd    
10 Heybridge Swifts    33 14 8 11 61 46 +15 50    71  3rd  
11 Grays Athletic      32 13 8 11 52 43 + 9 47    71  3rd  

Key games in the coming weeks -

Tuesday 29th March
Grays Athletic v Heybridge Swifts
Defeat for either of the current 10th or 11th placed teams would probably see end to their play-off hopes.

Saturday 2nd April
Brentwood Town v Maldon & Tiptree
M&T need a positive result from this game to keep in touch.

Needham Market v Romford
Difficult away trip for Romford after yesterday's heavy defeat at Harlow Town

Saturday 9th April
East Thurrock United v Needham Market
The biggest game of the Ryman North season. The result of which could potentially decide where the title ends up at the end of the season.

Romford v Brentwood Town
Another difficult game for Romford against 3rd placed Brentwood Town

Tuesday 12th April
Wingate and Finchley v Needham Market
Needham will be in either good or bad spirits at this one depending on the result of their title decider game at Rookery Hill.

Friday, 25 March 2011

Magner's Blue Square South Weekend Tips

No luck for me last weekend as Ebbsfleet United lost 3-2 at Weston Super Mare. If only I went for the outside bet I suspected of St Albans City against Braintree Town it would of paid a nice 9/2 for the 1-1 draw. Braintree Town went on to lose 2-1 at relegation threatened Lewes on Wednesday night so will be looking to get back to winning ways at home against now bottom of the table Maidenhead United. United haven't won in 14 games and are on a loosing run of eight games. Can they get a result at Cressing Road???  I'll say no but you never know after the last two games the league leaders have played in.

In my double of the weekend I'll go for Farnborough to beat Weston-Super-Mare and Woking to win at Eastleigh.

Farnborough are top of the form table and haven't lost in seven games. They are in good scoring form hitting the back of the net ten times in their last three games and if they win their game in hand over Braintree Town they will be only 1 point behind the league leaders. Weston-Super-Mare are in good form themselves as we know they beat Ebbsfleet United at home last weekend and they have been tough to beat on the road as their last four away games (two 1-0 wins and two 1-0 defeats) indicate. The 1/2 odds for a Farnborough victory who are the home side look good value.

Woking are another team in good form that has seen them climb into the play-off places. Since the turn of the year they have played 17 league games winning 12 of them and losing only 2 with an impressive total of 11 clean sheets. Eastleigh are themselves on the edge of the play-off zone but a 1-4 home defeat to Welling United and a 0-0 draw against Dartford have put a dent in their chances of late. It'll be a close game but at 11/8 Woking look the value bet.

A double of Farnborough and Woking pays £35.63 off of a £10 stake with skybet.com

The outside bet of the day is either between Boreham Wood to get a result at Dover Athletic or under new management Bishops Stortford to bring something back from their trip to Ebbsfleet United. Former Spurs goalkeeper Ian Walker took over in the hot seat for the Blues and against Chelmsford City in midweek they came back from 0-2 down to get a 2-2 draw which is a positive but I can't see them getting anything at Ebbsfleet who need the points to cement their play-off place or a possible challenge to the table toppers Braintree Town.

Boreham Wood have only lost against Chelmsford City (away) since the start of February and look value to either win (4/1) or draw (3/1) at the Crabble. Dover lost away at Staines Town in midweek in what was a scrappy game that they should of taken at least a point from and a record of 5 wins 5 draws and 6 defeats at home with 26 scored and 24 conceded points me towards at least a draw tomorrow.

Split the £10 stake with a £5 bet on a Boreham Wood win (possible returns of  £25.00) and £5 bet on the draw (possible return of £20.00).

Most of all as the cold end always says please gamble responsibly.

MAGNER 


  

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

RYMAN NORTH MIDWEEK MATCHES

TUESDAY 
AFC Sudbury v Thamesmead Town
Brentwood Town v Grays Athletic
Cheshunt v Harlow Town
Redbridge v Potters Bar Town
Tilbury v Romford
Ware v Great Wakering Rovers

WEDNESDAY
Waltham Forest v Wingate and Finchley
 
No game for Enfield Town this midweek but there are a number of interesting games scheduled for this midweek.
 
The Arena hosts a local derby game as Brentwood Town welcome Grays Athletic. The Blues since being thrashed by Town (6-0) on the 8th February have gone on an amazing run of nine games unbeaten and have won their last eight!! Grays Athletic need to win to stay in touch but in their last three league away games have drawn 1-1 (Needham Market), 1-1 (Redbridge) and lost 1-3 at Heybridge Swifts. It'll be a close game but with the form the home side have been showing it should be another three points for them. I wouldn't like to bet on the game though.
 
Another of the play-off chasers in seventh placed AFC Sudbury welcome Thamesmead Town to Suffolk. The Mead have only beaten bottom of the table Waltham Forest (at home) this year to date and haven't picked up a single point in their last eight away games. The home side's form has been slightly up and down with their last 10 games reading - WLLWLWWLDW but taking into account Mead's poor record on their travels the cold end thinks this will be a comfortable home win. 
 
Three other team's in with a shot of the play-offs are also in action with Harlow Town making the short trip to Theobalds Lane to play Cheshunt. The Hawks haven't lost in eight games but as us Enfield Town supporters know The Ambers (currently in 16th place) like to raise their game against their local rivals so may well get something from the game. 
 
Romford make another short trip to face The Dockers of Tilbury who beat them 3-0 at Mill Field on the 5th March. Tilbury have kept two clean sheets in a row and with Romford being strong in the defensive department the cold end can see being very tight at Chadfields which if my predictions are anything to go by the fan's who attend can expect a 5-5 thriller!!! 
 
Wingate and Finchley haven't won in six games which has seen them drop from odds on for a play-off place to fighting it out with the clutch of teams including Enfield Town. They play Waltham Forest on Wednesday at Cricklefields. Could the bottom side spring a surprise on the North Londoners?? 
 
Two other games take place which see Redbridge (now clear of the relegation battle) host Potters Bar Town and Ware welcoming Great Wakering Rovers to Wodson Park.

Monday, 21 March 2011

THE FOOTBALL LEAGUE - BATTLE TO BEAT THE DROP

(As of 8/1/11)              (As of 5/2/11)           (As of 21/2/11)
                P   GD PTS                  P  GD PTS            P   GD PTS
21 Stockport    23 -23 23    Macc  Town    23 -13 27  Hereford   35 -14 40
22 Lincoln City 20 -14 19    Burton Albion 22 -1  25  Burton Alb 33 - 8 37
-------------------------    -----------------------  --------------------
23 Hereford     22 -17 19    Barnet        28 -18 25  Barnet     37 -21 34      
24 Barnet       23 -18 19    Stockport     29 -35 25  Stockport  38 -44 32

In the fight to avoid relegation from the the football league both Barnet and Stockport County now face uphill battles to climb out of the bottom two. Barnet recorded an excellent win away at Hereford United but followed this up with a disappointing home defeat to Morecambe. Both clubs have failed to win more than one match in a row throughout the league season. It now looks like it will take a miracle for County (with only two wins in seventeen games since the turn of the year) to avoid relegation out of the Football League they have been continuous members of since 1905.

Both teams have played more games than those above them so it's going to be very difficult to avoid dropping into the Blue Square Premier. In effect, Barnet have nine games and Stockport County have eight games to save their season. The Bees have won three, drawn 6 and lost 7 games since the new year. With a few precious wins they could possibly bring Hereford United and the teams (Northampton Town, Macclesfield Town and Morecambe) above them back nearer to the relegation zone.

Since two up and two down was brought in at the end of the 2002/2003 season it has taken an average of 43.63 points for teams to be safe from relegation meaning that teams from Hereford United on 40 points may only possibly need a few more wins to be safe. Burton Albion with 4 and 5 games in hand over the bottom two should win enough games to be safe but the brewer's record of only three wins in their last fourteen games may give the bottom two some hope. Saturday 2nd April sees an important date as Burton Albion welcome Barnet in a massive relegation six-pointer.

Back on the 8th January when the cold end looked at the relegation picture Barnet were 11/10 favourites to be relegated followed by Stockport County and Hereford United on 6/4 which may go to show the bookies hardly ever get it wrong.

THE NEXT FOUR GAMES 
        BARNET            STOCKPORT COUNTY
22/3    Aldershot      
26/3    CHESTERFIELD      SOUTHEND UNITED 
2/4     Burton Albion     Wycombe Wanderers
9/4     CREWE ALEXANDER   STEVENAGE 
16/4    -                 Shrewsbury Town 

CLASSIC PROGRAMMES - LEYTONSTONE V WALTHAMSTOW AVENUE - 1955


This programme really is a classic as it's over 55 years old and relates to the Isthmian League local derby game played on Tuesday 27th December 1955 between two giants of the old Amateur game in Leytonstone and Walthamstow Avenue.

The 1955/56 table was topped at the time by Bromley followed by Corinthian Casuals and had a real East London feel to it as along with the two sides playing it also included Clapton, Ilford and Barking.

The Isthmian League standings as of the 27th December 1955
Whoever brought the programme and witnessed the game was good enough to note down the team changes, the score which finished 1-3 to the Avenue and also the attendance which states 2,000 people watched. Oh for an attendance like that now for one of the current East London non-league clubs!!

Back in the 50's it was a regular occurrence to see games played on Boxing Day and the day after, as this one was. The two rival teams had faced each other at Green Pond Road just 24 hours prior which was also won by the Avenue by a scoreline of 4-1.
Leytonstone's results for the 1955/56 season up to the Christmas Derby games.
The programme has a player's "who's who" section which highlights outside left Leon Joseph who was celebrating 20 years service to Leytonstone. Leon was 36 years old at the time and during his career had gathered numerous honours including 11 Amateur International caps and an FA Amateur Cup winners medal amongst others as well as representing the Isthmian League representative side many times. Leon played for the club prior to the outbreak of War in 1939 in which he served with the Royal Fusiliers where he was twice badly wounded in action in Italy.

As far as the cold end can make out the line ups with the changes stated were as follows -

Leytonstone            Walthamstow Avenue 

1. D.GRIFFIN           1. R.GROVES                
2. W.KENNARD           2. D.CLARK
3. J.KAVANAGH          3. T.FARRER
4. R.ABRAHAMS          4. E.HARPER
5. M.BULL              5. S.PRINCE
6. V.BIRD              6. D.HALL
7. P.CORTHINE          7. J.NOTTAGE 
8. P.DONOVAN           8. B.BARBER (1 GOAL)
9. J.FARMER            9. S.ANDERSON
10.K.BURKS (1 GOAL)    10.R.BEEVER (1 GOAL)
11.L.JOSEPH            11.R.GROVES (1 GOAL)


The line ups with team changes in the programme
Tom Farrer was the Avenue captain at the time and after his retirement it was Stan Prince, who was also playing in this game, who took over that honour going onto represent Avenue in the 1961 Amateur cup final against West Auckland Town at Wembley Stadium. In the programme for the Wembley final Stan is described as one of the best pivots in the Amateur game and short for a centre half but rarely beaten in the air. He played in the Olympic games and represented the Isthmian League, Essex, London and the Athenian FA's representative sides during his career.

The two players named Groves in goal and at number 11 for Avenue were part of the famous Grove's football family. Vic Groves, who had played with both Leytonstone and Walthamstow Avenue prior to turning professional with Leyton Orient in 1954, went on to play for Arsenal 185 times and score 31 goals. The Gunner's legend that is Perry Groves who was born in nearby Bow in 1965 and is Vic's Nephew.

The final league table for the 1955/56 shows that Wycombe Wanderers won the title by twelve points from second placed Bromley. Despite being beaten in both of these local derby games Leytonstone went on to finish third with Avenue back in seventh place. St Albans City who were without a win at the time only managed two wins throughout the season and finished propping up the table. Corinthian Casuals who were in second place with 7 wins in 15 games dropped down the table to twelfth place winning only a further two of their remaining 13 games.

ISTHMIAN FINAL LEAGUE TABLE 1955/56
                    P  W  D L  GF GA Pts
1 Wycombe Wanderers 28 19 5 4  82 36 43
2 Bromley           28 12 7 9  54 43 31
3 Leytonstone       28 12 7 9  50 44 31
4 Woking            28 14 3 11 62 60 31
5 Barking           28 12 7 9  41 45 31
6 Kingstonian       28 12 6 10 67 64 30
7 Walthamstow Ave   28 13 3 12 61 45 29
8 Ilford            28 10 8 10 44 52 28
9 Oxford City       28 10 7 11 48 55 27
10 Clapton          28 9  8 11 45 48 26
11 Wimbledon        28 12 2 14 51 62 26
12 Corinthian Cas   28 9  7 12 56 56 25
13 Dulwich Hamlet   28 9  6 13 55 67 24
14 Romford          28 9  6 13 42 55 24
15 St Albans City   28 2 10 16 36 62 14

The Leytonstone FC club crest
 Click on any picture to enlarge which will make reading much easier.

The cold end highly recommends the excellent HISTORY OF WALTHAMSTOW AVENUE website which has many articles and pictures about the former giants of the Amateur game.

Sunday, 20 March 2011

RYMAN DIVISION ONE (NORTH) RACE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP AND PLAY-OFFS

        EAST THURROCK UTD (100)   NEEDHAM MARKET (99)  BRENTWOOD (82)   
22/3    -                         -                    GRAYS ATHLETIC
26/3    Potters Bar Town          -                    Ilford 
29/3     -                        Potters Bar Town     -
30/3    Ilford                    -                    -
2/4     Heybridge Swifts          ROMFORD              Maldon & Tiptree
5/4     -                         WALTHAM FOREST       -
9/4     NEEDHAM MARKET            East Thurrock United Romford 
12/4    -                         Wingate and Finchley - 
16/4    BRENTWOOD TOWN            -                    East Thurrock Utd 
23/4    Redbridge                 WALTHAM ABBEY        CHESHUNT 
25/4    GRAYS ATHLETIC            AFC Sudbury          -
30/4    Ware                      HARLOW TOWN          WINGATE & FINCHLEY 

        MALDON & TIPTREE (74)     WIN & FINCH (77)     HARLOW TOWN (77)    
22/3    -                         -                    Cheshunt 
23/3    -                         Waltham Forest       -
26/3    THAMESMEAD TOWN           Grays Athletic       ROMFORD 
29/3    Waltham Abbey             -                    -
2/4     Brentwood Town            -                    Great Wakering 
5/4     -                         THAMESMEAD TOWN      -
9/4     -                         CHESHUNT             TILBURY
12/4    -                         NEEDHAM MARKET       - 
16/4    ROMFORD                   -                    HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS
23/4    Great Wakering Rovers     Heybridge Swifts     Walham Forest     
25/4    HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS          WALTHAM FOREST       WARE 
30/4    Waltham Forest            Brentwood Town       Needham Market

        AFC SUDBURY (76)          ROMFORD (81)         ENFIELD TOWN (71)
22/3    THAMESMEAD TOWN           Tilbury              -
26/3    CHSHUNT                   Harlow Town          WALTHAM FOREST 
2/4     Potters Bar Town          Needham Market       REDBRIDGE 
5/4     -                         WALTHAM ABBEY        -
9/4     WALTHAM FOREST            BRENTWOOD TOWN       Ware
12/4    -                         Redbridge            -  
16/4    GREAT WAKERING            Maldon and Tiptree   Thamesmead Town 
23/4    Romford                   AFC SUDBURY          ILFORD 
25/4    NEEDHAM MARKET            Ilford               Cheshunt 
30/4    Grays Athletic            THAMESMEAD TOWN      TILBURY 

        HEYBRIDGE SWFITS (71)     WALTHAM ABBEY (71)   GRAYS ATHLETIC (74)
26/3    Ware                      Tilbury              WINGATE & FINCHLEY
29/3    Grays Atletic             MALDON & TIPTREE     HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS 
2/4     EAST THURROCK UNITED      Grays Athletic       WALTHAM ABBEY 
5/4     -                         Romford              - 
6/4     -                         -                    GREAT WAKERING ROVERS                
9/4     Redbridge                 GREAT WAKERING       Thamesmead Town 
13/4    -                         -                    CHESHUNT  
16/4    Harlow Town               WALTHAM FOREST       Ilford 
23/4    WINGATE & FINCHLEY        Needham Market       -
25/4    Maldon & Tiptree          POTTERS BAR TOWN     East Thurrock United 
30/4    ILFORD                    Redbridge            AFC SUDBURY

The above shows the respective run-ins for the current top 12 teams and shows how close the race for the Championship between Needham Market and East Thurrock United is going to be along with the scramble to get one of the remaining three play-off places.

Enfield Town's defeat against Romford yesterday was their thirteenth defeat in thirty-three league games which makes the statistic that in the last four seasons in Division One (North) the most games (being eleven) a team has lost to qualify for the play-offs not good reading for the Town supporters. This was over a 42 game season as well.

All is not lost though as the Town are still in with a chance. So many teams are dropping and taking points off of each other so it's looking like it's going to be a very exciting end to the season which may go right down to a tense final Saturday.

MAXIMUM POINTS TABLE 
                               GAMES TO GO     GAMES LEFT AGAINST CURRENT TOP TWELVE
EAST THURROCK UNITED    100    8               4
NEEDHAM MARKET          99     8               6
BRENTWOOD TOWN          82     7               5
ROMFORD                 81     10              6
WINGATE AND FINCHLEY    77     8               4
HARLOW TOWN             77     8               3
AFC SUDBURY             76     8               3
MALDON AND TIPTREE      74     7               4
GRAYS ATHLETIC          74     10              5
ENFIELD TOWN            71     7               0
WALTHAM ABBEY           71     9               4
HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS        71     8               5

Everyone knows it going to be either East Thurrock United or Needham Market who are crowned Champions but a fact for you is that only Brentwood Town, Romford, Wingate and Finchley, Harlow Town and AFC Sudbury (would have to turn around a goal difference of -28 against East Thurrock United)  who can now be crowned Champions!!

The good news is that Enfield Town can't go down as Waltham Forest can only achieve a maximum of 46 points. The Stags now look doomed as Ilford's good form has opened up a seven point gap between the bottom two East London sides.

Click here to see a full league table on the excellent and highly recommended footballwebpages.co.uk. A predicted final league table can be found here which shows East Thurrock United as Champions with Needham Market, Brentwood Town, Harlow Town and AFC Sudbury making up the play-off places. Town miss out by two points in eighth place.

Saturday, 19 March 2011

ROMFORD GAIN IMPORTANT WIN AT THE MILL FIELD

Enfield Town and Romford played out a scrappy game today at The Mill Field with the home side winning the game 2-0. The Boro scored from the penalty spot in the first half and sealed the win with a another goal in the second half.



Above - Two views of The Mill Field's main stand. Romford currently groundshare at the home of Ryman Premier Aveley FC.  


MATCH HIGHLIGHTS ARE BELOW -

TT GETS HIS TIPS OUT!!!

A quickfire triple from TT this afternoon. He goes for over 2.5 goals in the following games -

Spurs v West Ham (kicked off and currently 0-0)
Kilmarnock v Motherwell (kicked off and is currently 2-1 so that one out of three) *
West Brom v Arsenal

£10 with skybet pays £57.58

* the cold end apologies for the delay TT but it's been a busy morning!!!

AWAYDAY IN ESSEX THIS AFTERNOON

Enfield Town make the trip to The Mill Field ground this afternoon to face Romford in an important Ryman Division One (North) fixture. Romford made a great start to the season and were looking odds on for a play off place but a record of five wins in fifteen games after the turn of the year have seen them drop down into the clutch of teams including Enfield Town now fighting for a top five finish.

The Boro drew 3-3 with Ilford on Tuesday night in a game the Foxes were 1-3 up in at Mill Field. It was the first time Ilford have scored 3 or more goals in a league game since they won 6-1 at home to Potters Bar Town on the 5th April 2010. Troy Hewitt now at Queens Park Rangers via Harrow Borough scored a hat-trick in that game.

The cold end loves a random football fact - not many people know that you have to go back over four years ago to the 9th January 2007 when Ilford scored three or more goals away from home in a league match when they lost 6-3 at AFC Sudbury in the Ryman Division One (North).

Back to today's game and Romford have three games in hand over Enfield Town with only two points separating the two sides in fifth and ninth place in the league. From the below current record and current form table's you can see how close the teams respective records are and how important the result could be (seem to be saying that about every Enfield Town game of late??)

             P  W  D L  GF GA  GD PTS   P W D L GF GA GD PTS
ENFIELD TOWN 32 15 5 12 61 39 +22 50    6 2 2 2 7  5  +2 8 
ROMFORD      29 14 6 9  48 40 + 8 48    6 1 3 2 9  13 -4 6 

This afternoon's full fixture list

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

Friday, 18 March 2011

MAGNER'S BLUE SQUARE SOUTH WEEKEND TIPS

Top plays bottom this weekend as Braintree Town welcome relegation threatened St Albans City to Cressing Road. The Saints backed up last weekend's win over Staines Town with a good away victory at Dorchester Town in midweek whom themselves had had a good win at Welling United last Saturday. Can St Albans City cause a massive shock and actually win???  The bookies don't think so and rate them at 13/2 with a home win odds on at 1/4 and a draw being 9/2. Despite the two wins in a row by the Saints I can't see anything but a home win. It maybe a close game than the bookies think though.

For this weekend's double I am going to go for Ebbsfleet United to take back the three points from their long trip to Somerset to play Weston-Super-Mare and Chelmsford City to also win on the road on their shorter trip to play Maidenhead United.

Ebbsfleet have only lost one in six games and are going well in second place of the table. Weston-Super-Mare are in good form themselves winning four out of six games but struggled to beat bottom of the table St Albans City in the last but one home game before Woking won 1-0 on the 8th March. Last weekend they recorded a good 0-1 away victory at Hampton and Richmond but I noted that the home side did enjoy large spells of possession without being able to create the few chances they created.
Promotion chasing Ebbsfleet United should be more clinical from the chances they should get as opposed to sixteenth placed H&R and I would say they look good value at 5/6.

Chelmsford City's form has been somewhat topsy turvy of late with only one victory in six games but a positive is that they have started to score more freely of late with six goals in their last two league games. Maidenhead United are firmly in the relegation battle and have lost their last six league games without scoring in their last four. Their last victory came twelve games ago against Bromley on the 30th December. New faces have been added to their squad including forwards Jefferson Louis along with Craig Faulconbridge (on loan from Wycombe Wanderers) and Jon-Jo Bates (recently signed by Dag and Red from Zamaretto League side Bedfont Town) but even with these players freshening things up I can't see past a comfortable City win at 4/6.

A £10 bet with skybet.com pays £30.56. There is no good value outside bet this weekend.

PLEASE GAMBLE RESPONSIBLY!!!

Magner

DUNSTABLE TOWN THROUGH TO FINAL AGAINST NINE MEN COLNEY HEATH

The Semi-Finals of the Spartan South Midlands League Challenge Trophy were played last night. The Trophy is a 'league cup' with all three division's teams represented. In one of the games Premier Division leader's Chalfont St Peter won through against Second Division Risborough Rangers by the scoreline of 2-0.

The cold end was one of the eighty-seven people watching the game between Premier Division Colney Heath and Dunstable Town. Heath have been in great form of late and going into the match were in second place against Town who were in seventh position in the Premier Division table.

The league games between the two this season had been a feast of goals finishing 3-3 and 2-3. Last night's game was very a very tight one with Colney on top in the first twenty minutes or so where they were unlucky not to score hitting the post from a shot from the edge of the box.

Gradually as the half wore on Town came back into the game backed by a number of vocal travelling fans (which is always good to see) with Nathan Frater scoring the all important goal from close range just before half time after an impressive and swift break up along the left hand side of the pitch.

Heath were reduced to 9 men in the second half. Both were after second bookings with the first a somewhat clumsy high challenge (there was no intent to cause injury - it was just seemed like a moment of madness - see video from 2min 20secs) and the other when the referee booked a player for what appeared to be foul and abusive language. Luckily the Dunstable player was able to continue in the game after some treatment from their physio.

Despite being at a numerical disadvantage Colney Heath did have several chances to level the game as did Town  (to kill the game off) who exploited the space they were given with their two extra players.

Dunstable Town held on to win the game 0-1 and qualify for the final against Chalfont St Peter to be played at neutral venue and time/date to be decided.

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS HERE

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

HAMMATT SCORES GOAL OF THE SEASON CONTENDER TO HELP BEAT SWIFTS

Enfield Town 3 Heybridge Swifts 0

A very good night for the Town on Tuesday as a goal of the season contender from Bryan Hammatt, a bullett of shot from Richard Morton and a late Rudi Hall penalty (which was the most obvious penalty given I have seen in a long time - Have a look at the replay to find out!!) helped Town to a 3-0 victory. It wasn't a classic but at this stage of the season it's only the result that counts.

Play off chasing opponents Harlow Town, AFC Sudbury, Romford and Grays Athletic all only drew their matches which is another positive.

The only downside was Leon Osei being strectchered off with a hamstring injury that is going to put him out maybe for the rest of the season. The cold end says get well soon Leon and hopefully you'll be back in action soon.

It's all too close to call at the moment with regards to the league table so I won't bother putting one on here for the time being!!!

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDING ALL THREE GOALS -

Monday, 14 March 2011

COMBINED COUNTIES LEAGUE - THE SEASON SO FAR

WHO IS GOING UP???  WHO IS STAYING DOWN???

CURRENT TABLES
PREMIER DIVISION  
                             HOME             AWAY               
                          P  W  D  L  GF GA   W  D  L GF GA  GD PTS 
Guildford City            30 12 2  1  40 12   10 4  1 37 18 +47 72 
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Chertsey Town             31 15 0  3  48 16   8  1  4 25 16 +41 70
Camberley Town            29 10 2  3  42 13   10 1  3 39 21 +47 63
Molesey                   27 13 1  1  49 15   4  4  4 20 15 +39 56 
Badshot Lea               31 8  3  5  34 22   7  5  3 33 24 +21 53 
Hanworth Villa            31 10 2  4  38 17   5  2  8 29 27 +23 49 
Egham Town                30 9  1  4  39 17   7  2  7 35 30 +27 48 
Sandhurst Town            28 8  4  3  38 20   5  3  5 17 22 +13 46  
Mole Valley SCR           28 6  4  3  29 21   4  5  6 21 29   0 39 
Cove                      28 3  4  6  16 19   8  1  6 27 26 - 2 38 
Epsom & Ewell             29 3  4  5  21 22   8  1  8 21 27 - 7 38 
Chessington & Hook United 28 5  2  6  25 30   7  2  6 20 21 - 6 37 
Colliers Wood United      27 4  3  6  21 22   5  4  5 21 23 - 3 34
Ash United                31 6  3  8  27 30   3  4  7 12 30 -21 34 
Horley Town               30 6  3  8  29 31   3  3  7 14 26 -14 33 
Wembley                   29 8  3  6  26 23   1  2  9 11 35 -21 32 
Raynes Park Vale          27 4  3  4  15 19   4  4  8 24 40 -20 31 
Banstead Athletic         30 3  2  9  17 31   4  2 10 21 36 -29 25
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Croydon                   30 1  4 10  19 37   6  1  8 19 32 -31 22 
Dorking                   31 3  4  8  17 33   2  2 12 20 49 -45 21 
Bookham                   29 1  2 10  10 33   2  3 11 17 53 -59 14 

DIVISION ONE
                         HOME            AWAY 
                      P  W  D  L GF GA   W  D  L  GF GA   GD PTS 
Farnham Town          28 10 3  1 32 13   8  3  3  36 22  +33 60  
Bedfont Sports        29 9  6  0 35 15   8  1  5  32 23  +29 58 
South Park            25 9  2  2 54 16   7  4  1  27  9  +56 54
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Worcester Park        25 6  1  2 42 13   9  5  2  42 21  +50 51  
Warlingham            27 7  5  1 34 10   5  3  4  22 14  +32 44  
Cobham                27 7  0  4 21 20   7  2  7  34 42  - 7 44  
Staines Lammas        31 8  2  5 30 16   4  4  8  26 31  + 9 42  
Eversley              25 5  4  5 30 21   7  0  4  27 17  +19 40  
Hartley Wintney       24 7  4  6 24 24   5  0  2  17  8  + 9 40  
Knaphill              25 5  2  4 20 19   7  2  5  32 28  + 5 40  
Farleigh Rovers       26 7  1  5 21 21   5  3  5  25 22  + 3 40  
CB Hounslow United    25 3  1  7 16 30   7  3  4  25 14  - 3 34  
Westfield             28 6  5  4 27 19   3  1  9  13 33  -12 33  
Hayes Gate            25 4  1  5 22 27   6  1  8  23 31  -13 32  
Frimley Green         27 4  2 10 15 35   3  3  5  16 26  -30 26  
Feltham               27 3  3  8 21 35   1  3  9  8  29  -35 18 
Sheerwater            29 1  2 11 13 47   3  4  8  13 42  -63 18  
Farnborough North End 26 3  2  9 17 30   1  2  9  12 33  -34 16 
Chobham               23 2  2  7 14 31   0  4  8  12 43  -48 12 

The race for the title now looks to be between the top two with Guildford City on seventy-two points from thirty games played and Chertsey Town on seventy points from thirty one games played. Guildford City won 2-0 against Chertsey Town in September with Chertsey winning 3-0 in the return game in February. Camberley Town in third place still have a chance with two games in hand over Chertsey and still having to visit the current 2nd placed side on the 9th April. City's only other defeat came in the game after the 3-0 loss at Chertsey when Chessington & Hook United won 3-4 at the Spectrum Leisure Centre.

NEXT THREE GAMES - RACE FOR THE TITLE 

          GUILDFORD CITY   CHERTSEY TOWN   CAMBERLEY TOWN
Tue 15/3  -                Epsom & Ewell   Dorking 
Wed 16/3  Raynes Park Vale                
Sat 19/3  -                Croydon         HORLEY TOWN 
Wed 23/3  EGHAM TOWN 
Sat 26/3  Horley Town      MOLE VALLEY     Colliers Wood United 

The only club to be promoted from the first division after last season were Mole Valley SCR (the SCR is a not to the club's former names of Sutton Common Rovers and Sutton Common Road) who have made a respectable debut in the Premier Division. The club currently ground share at Cobham FC's Leg O'Mutton Field after leaving the River Lane Sports Ground, Leatherhead in 2009. The Commoners went unbeaten for their first five league games winning the first two 4-1 before losing to Molesey 3-1 on August Bank Holiday Monday. The Moles have the best home record in the league with only one defeat which occurred recently against Guildford City on the 5th March (score was 1-2). On the same day, Wembley, who are the team with the worst away record won their first game on the road beating Dorking 1-2. The Chicks finished bottom of the table last season but were not relegated as only Mole Valley SCR came up and no team came down from Step 4 to replace champions North Greenford United. They may not be so lucky this season as they are firmly in the relegation fight alongside Bookham, Croydon and Banstead Athletic. Bottom of the table Bookham looked doomed winning only three out of twenty-nine matches so far and being eleven points off safety.

In the first division the league leaders are Farnham Town who could be overtaken by South Park if the current third placed side win their three games in hand. With a seven point gap between Warlingham in fifth place and the top four it looks like it'll be between Farnham Town, Bedfont Sports, South Park and Worcester Park as to who will finish in the promotion places. Farnham's current Chairman is Woking FC legend Geoff Chapple. At the bottom of the table Chobham are the only team across the divisions who haven't an away victory to their name. Their last league victory on the road was nearly a year ago on the 20th March 2010 when a 1-2 win was achieved at Staines Lammas. Their next away game comes on the 26th March when they visit Frimley Green. The Stags as they are known welcome The Hammers this Saturday in a game when Chobham play Cobham!! "The Chob/Cob derby" part two occurs on the 5th April as Cobham play Chobham.

Last season Couldson United finished bottom of the Division One table after winning just one of their forty games having a -118 goal difference. The club formerly known as 'Netherne Village' who Enfield Town supporters will remember from our trip there in the 2001/02 Capital Feeder Leagues Trophy. Couldson dropped into the Surrey Elite Intermediate Football League and are unfortunately bottom of the table at present winning four of their twenty league games. Middlesex based Spelthorne Sports are currently top of this division which feeds into the CCL Division One and have apparently applied for promotion.

Another team who could be playing in the Combined Counties League from next season is one representing the Island of Guernsey. More information can be found here about their application to join the league. If they are accepted apparently all club's travelling expenses will be paid for by the Channel Island side.   

So from next season the fixture list could have an international feel to it as for example, Guernsey FC visit the Osterley Sports Club to play CB Hounslow United!!

WEEKEND BETTING ROUND UP

Magner's outside bet of Boreham Wood collecting either a draw or win away at Bromley came in at 11/4 netting a £8.75 profit off a £10 stake. However, Dorechester Town's win at Welling United lost the double bet of Eastleigh (1-0 winners @ Bishops Stortford) and The Wings.

Toonstar had a good time watching Westlife but his afternoon bet of over 2.5 goals in three matches ended as only two of the three matches selected finished on 2.5+.  Leeds United's match with Leicester City ending 0-0 put the cash into the bookmaker's pocket.

There is still a +£31.27 profit on TT's bet for the year with Magner making a respectable start with an overall profit of +£17.39 off of six bets. The Director hasn't been able to tip of late as no bookmaker is offering odds on the Ryman North division at present.

As always please gamble responsibly!!!

 

  

Sunday, 13 March 2011

NO GOALS AT GOLDSDOWN ROAD

The result neither side really wanted yesterday as Needham Market couldn't find their way past Rob Blackburne, who put in a tremendous man of the match performance, in the the Town goal. When the away side did get the ball past Blackburne(on two occasions) the crossbar and post assisted Enfield Town in keeping the scoreline at 0-0.

On reflection the positives are -
(1) with some hard work at the back, Rob's brilliant display and a slice of luck thrown in the Town kept a clean sheet against one of the title challengers
(2) the Town didn't lose at home.
(3) with nine league games left there is still a chance a top five position can be attained.

Market, backed by a good away following, were much the sharper going forward throughout the ninety minutes and had the better chances to win the game. They had a good shout for a penalty in the opening minutes when Mark Kirby appeared to handle the ball in the box. Was it ball to hand or hand to ball?? (0.20 to 0.40 on the video) If it was given it may have been slightly harsh.

Market had two good chances in the first half to score with Rob Blackburne making good saves from each effort. In the second half they had several more chances but failed to hit the back of the net which most probably would of got them the three points they needed in their title race against East Thurrock United.

Town with Leon Osei, Bryan Hammatt, Stuart Blackburne and the returning Walid Matata all in the starting XI did have a few chances to score with Osei's shot in the first half coming on a Needham defender's head in the first half and Matata's ball across goal in the second half which Hammatt unluckily couldn't get a touch on, the home side's best chances.

FINAL SCORE - 0-0

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS



Yesterday's Ryman North results 

AFC Sudbury           0 2 East Thurrock United 306  
Enfield Town          0 0 Needham Market       223  
Grays Athletic        4 0 Waltham Forest       217  
Great Wakering Rovers 2 7 Brentwood Town        95 
Harlow Town           2 1 Thamesmead Town      184  
Ilford                1 0 Cheshunt              41  
Maldon & Tiptree      0 0 Wingate & Finchley    66  
Potters Bar Town      1 2 Romford              137  
Tilbury               0 2 Redbridge             72  
Ware                  0 1 Waltham Abbey        141 

Current League Table  
                         P  W  D  L GF GA  GD PTS 
1  East Thurrock United  32 24 4  4 70 31 +39 76 
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2  Needham Market        30 22 5  3 73 34 +39 71 
3  Brentwood Town        32 17 7  8 63 43 +20 58 
4  Wingate & Finchley    31 15 8  8 52 44 + 8 53 
5  Maldon & Tiptree      32 14 8 10 57 52 + 5 50 
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6  Harlow Town           30 15 4 11 42 42   0 49 
7  AFC Sudbury           30 14 6 10 61 52 + 9 48 
8  Enfield Town          31 14 5 12 58 39 +19 47 
9  Romford               28 14 5  9 45 37 + 8 47 
10 Heybridge Swifts      30 12 8 10 57 42 +15 44 
11 Waltham Abbey         30 12 8 10 55 41 +14 44 
12 Grays Athletic        28 12 7  9 47 36 +11 43 
13 Potters Bar Town      31 11 6 14 48 57 - 9 39 
14 Thamesmead Town       29 10 5 14 36 48 -12 35 
15 Great Wakering Rovers 31 10 4 17 49 65 -16 34 
16 Cheshunt              30 9  6 15 41 55 -14 33 
17 Redbridge             29 7  7 15 35 57 -22 28 
18 Ware                  30 8  4 18 37 61 -24 28 
19 Tilbury               31 8  2 21 32 56 -24 26 
20 Ilford                30 5  6 19 28 57 -29 21 
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21 Waltham Forest        29 3  7 19 25 62 -37 16 

East Thurrock's 0-2 win at AFC Sudbury make the race for the title finely balanced with the table toppers five points away from Needham Market who have two games in hand. At the bottom of the table Carl Paul's goal for Ilford in the final moments against Cheshunt secured the Foxes a valuable three points. Waltham Forest are now bottom by five points but do have two games in hand over their East London rivals. Both teams are to visit Goldsdown Road on the 26th March (Waltham Forest) and 23rd April (Ilford).

Midweek fixtures (all Tuesday 15th March) 

AFC Sudbury v Tilbury 
Enfield Town v Heybridge Swifts 
Redbridge v Grays Athletic 
Romford v Ilford 
Thamesmead Town v Needham Market 
Ware v Harlow Town 

Enfield Town's remaining League fixtures 

15/3/2011 HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS 
19/3/2011 Romford 
26/3/2011 WALTHAM FOREST 
02/4/2011 REDBRIDGE 
09/4/2011 Ware 
16/4/2011 Thamesmead Town 
23/4/2011 ILFORD 
25/4/2011 Cheshunt 
30/4/2011 TILBURY 

Saturday, 12 March 2011

RYMAN DIVISION ONE (NORTH) FIXTURES

The Sun is out and it's a lovely day so there are no excuses for not popping down to Goldsdown Road this afternoon to watch The Town take on league title contender's Needham Market.

This year also marks the fact it's been thirty years since Enfield FC's greatest ever FA Cup run when the E's reached the 4th round of the cup beating Hereford and Port Vale before going out in a replay against Barnsley in front of over 35,000 people at White Hart Lane.

Many Enfield Town fans of today were present at these games so to mark the occasion, the Enfield Manager at the time Eddie McCluskey, along with a number of the team from the famous cup run will be guests of the Town for this afternoon's game.

After the match from 6pm in the members bar at Goldsdown Road there will be an opportunity to see footage of the Barnsley games and to meet the players who made Enfield football history. Entrance to the event in the bar is only £5 and all profits go towards the new ground fund.

COME ON YOU TOWN!!!

Today's full fixture list for the Ryman Division One (North)

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

FLYING WITHOUT WINGS - TOONSTAR'S WEEKEND PUNT

Tickets - Check
A little bit of money for drinks - Check
Sky plus set for 'take me out' - Check

TT is all ready to take Mrs TT out tonight to see Westlife tonight and hopefully his weekend punt will help him out buying a few more cocktails and drinks at the 02. TT goals for over 2.5 goals in the following games-

Leeds United v Ipswich Town
Scunthorpe United v Leicester City
Derby County v Swansea City

As usual a £10 stake with skybet.com pays £64.17.

Gamble responsibly!!!!! 

Thursday, 10 March 2011

MAGNER'S WEEKEND BLUE SQUARE SOUTH SELECTIONS

Outside bet of weekend

Bromley haven't won in six games and it seems to have been a real struggle, as in five of those they haven't been able to score. On just one solitary occasion has the net bulged at the right end in their six game run without a win. Bromley went down by the scoreline of 1-0 to Eastleigh in midweek - they counter-attacked with pace and created a number of opportunities to score so could of got something from the game they ended up losing in Hampshire. They welcome Boreham Wood on Saturday who are in good form with only two defeats in their last ten league games, the two loses came against play-off chasing Chelmsford City and Welling United. Last weekend they were 2-0 down at Ebbsfleet United but showed the fight and spirit they need to stay up in the division with a remarkable come back to 2-2 and even had chances to win the game. Liam Daish's had been in good from prior to this game so for Wood to take a point is a real positive.

Bromley are at a very skinny odds on 8/11 to win the game which is where hopefully I can nip in and win some cash by dividing the £10 stake money with a £5 bet on the draw and a £5 bet on an away win. Both are rated at 11/4 with skybet.com. This way we are covering 2/3rds of the outcome and could stand to pick up a return of £18.75 should the game finish all square or Wood win.

Double of the weekend

Eastleigh won a close game as stated above in midweek and need to continue to keep winning in order to push for the play-offs. They travel to Bishops Stortford who have let in eleven goals in their last three games and have a record of nine loses and one draw in their last ten games. The Spitfires have a decent away record with seven wins out of fourteen games. They should win this by at least two goals and I'm backing them at 4/6.

Dorchester Town haven't won in six away league games and have failed to score in four of these games. Welling United who are a favourite tip for me look set for a play-off place and smashed Bishops Stortford by four goals away from home last weekend. At 2/5 they look good for another home win.

A double of Eastleigh and Welling United to win returns £23.33 with skybet.com

As the cold end always says Gamble responsibly!!

Magner

GRAYS ATHLETIC GAIN VALUABLE THREE POINTS OVER THE TOWN

The cold end wasn't at the game last night but all reports back are that the home side fully deserved their 2-0 victory and but for the woodwork it could of been a higher winning margin. For a report on the game from a Grays Athletic perspective please click here.


CURRENT RYMAN (NORTH) LEAGUE TABLE                       CURRENT FORM
                            P  W  D  L  GF GA  GD PTS    P W D L  GF GA PTS
1 East Thurrock United      31 23 4  4  68 31 +37 73   * 6 5 1 0  13  5 16 
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2 Needham Market            29 22 4  3  73 34 +39 70   * 6 3 3 0   9  6 12 
3 Brentwood Town            31 16 7  8  56 41 +15 55   * 6 6 0 0  13  1 18
4 Wingate & Finchley        30 15 7  8  52 44 + 8 52   * 6 2 2 2  10 11  8 
5 Maldon & Tiptree          31 14 7  10 57 52 + 5 49   * 6 3 1 2  10  8 10
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6 AFC Sudbury               29 14 6  9  61 50 +11 48   * 6 3 0 3  12 10  9
7 Enfield Town              30 14 4  12 58 39 +19 46   * 6 1 3 2   7  8  6
8 Harlow Town               29 14 4  11 40 41 - 1 46   * 6 3 2 1   8  5 11
9 Heybridge Swifts          30 12 8  10 57 42 +15 44   * 6 3 2 1  13  7 11
10 Romford                  27 13 5  9  43 36 + 7 44   * 6 0 2 4   4 15  2
11 Waltham Abbey            29 11 8  10 54 41 +13 41   * 6 3 0 3  13  9  9
12 Grays Athletic           27 11 7  9  43 36 + 7 40   * 6 4 1 1  13  6 13
13 Potters Bar Town         30 11 6  13 47 55 - 8 39 
14 Thamesmead Town          28 10 5  13 35 46 -11 35 
15 Great Wakering Rovers    30 10 4  16 47 58 -11 34 
16 Cheshunt                 29 9  6  14 41 54 -13 33 
17 Ware                     29 8  4  17 37 60 -23 28 
18 Tilbury                  30 8  2  20 32 54 -22 26 
19 Redbridge                28 6  7  15 33 57 -24 25 
20 Ilford                   29 4  6  19 27 57 -30 18 
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21 Waltham Forest           28 3  7  18 25 58 -33 16

* denotes play-off chance??

What we do know from the above table is that one of the top two will win the Championship with the game between East Thurrock United and Needham Market on the 9th April a real title decider.

This will leave either ETU or NM in second place followed by three other teams from the ten that still have a very good or an outside chance of reaching the top five.

What Steve Newing and the players will know is that Enfield Town's current form of one win in six games is not good enough to challenge for the top five. A win is needed on Saturday and the game couldn't of been much tougher as Needham Market are welcomed to Goldsdown Road. Town gave Lowestoft Town a great game last year and nearly pulled off a shock victory so let's hope the lad's can put in a great performance and get those all important three points.

COME ON YOU TOWN!!!

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

GRAYS ATHLETIC TONIGHT - MIDWEEK ROUND UP

Enfield Town make the trip to Rookery Hill to play Grays Athletic this evening. Julian Dick's side have been in good form of late with a defeat to Landlords and table topper's East Thurrock United in their last five games. They gained an impressive 1-1 draw at Needham Market on Saturday so will be in a confident mood tonight. They have played 12 league games at home so far this season winning four, drawing four and loosing four scoring 21 and letting in 15 goals.

They are currently placed in thirteenth position on 37 points but do have three games in hand over Town in seventh place on 46 points so should they win tonight and win their three games in hand they will have a real chance of joining the clutch of teams aiming for a play-off spot. The importance of the game tonight is shown that if Town win they leapfrog AFC Sudbury and Maldon & Tiptree into fifth place on goal-difference just three points behind Wingate & Finchley who haven't won in four games.

Last night's Ryman Division One (North) results  

AFC Sudbury          3 0 Redbridge      196  
East Thurrock United 3 2 Tilbury        127  
Heybridge Swifts     0 3 Brentwood Town 103  
Romford              2 4 Harlow Town     79  
Waltham Abbey        3 0 Ware            49 
Last night's results saw Brentwood Town continue their great from with an impressive 0-3 victory at Scraley Road. Sos Yao, Darren Blewitt and former Towner Ryan Edgar got the goals for Brentwood.

AFC Sudbury and Harlow Town kept the pressure up with wins at home to Redbridge and the Hawks impressively winning away at Romford by a scoreline of 2-4. Leon Antoine and Bertie Brayley both scored a brace for Harlow Town who are now unbeaten in five games. Romford who looked set for a play-off spot have dropped down the league with no wins in their last six games (of which four have been defeats). Harlow Town were 0-4 in the game after 65 minutes.

East Thurrock United stay top of the league with a narrow 3-2 victory at home to Tilbury. The Rocks had opened the scoring on 4 minutes through Hakeem Araba but thanks to two goals the in-form Dockers looked like they were going to get something out of the game but  Max Cornhill levelled affairs on 62 minutes and a very late goal form Araba secured the all important three points for the home side.

Elsewhere, we now know who will contest the Championship Manager Cup final (aka Ryman League Cup) as Dulwich Hamlet won 1-5 at Leatherhead and Wingate & Finchley beat Maldon & Tiptree 2-1 in the Semi-Finals. A disappointing crowd at the Harry Abrahams's Stadium as just 35 people were present in the battle of the Ryman North sides with 128 at Leatherhead's Fethcham Grove.

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL AT CHAMPION HILL - "COME ON FISH"

The cold end made a rare venture South of the River on Monday night to see Fisher FC take on top of the table and FA Cup Heroes Hythe Town in the Saftey Net Associates Kent Football League.

Third from bottom Fisher FC were formed in 2009 after the end of Fisher Athletic and have been ground sharing at Dulwich Hamlet's Champion Hill. Hythe Town are looking good for the league title with games in hand over their nearest challengers. It has sure been a season to remember for supporters of Scott Porter's team who were the first Kent League side since 1950 to reach the first round proper of the FA Cup where they lost after a memorable trip to League Two Hereford United. An incredible achievement for all at the club.

Fisher FC's tag line on their website is "A Bermondsey club, wholly owned and run by it's supporters" and their long term aim is to move back to a Community Stadium somewhere in the Rotherhithe and Bermondsey area. What is a shame is that the old Surrey Docks Stadium is derelict and vandalised after standing empty for a number of years . Pictures of the cold end's visit in September 2010 can be found HERE in the forgotten football article written at the time.

One hundred and five people gathered to watch the game in which, aside from the goal scored by Brendan Cass in the first few minutes, Fisher looked the better side for the opening twenty or so minutes without really troubling the away keeper Keiron Mann. Backed by plently of "COME ON FISH" shouts the home side tried their best against the league leaders. In particular for the Fish Dexter Babalola on the right hand side of midfield put in an impressive performance. He has quick feet, a good touch, showed lots of skill and made some strong forward runs deservedly netting the sponsor's man of the match award.

Gradually the visitors came into the game with centre back's Pat Kingwell and Dave Cook putting in sturdy performances. On the half hour Dan Teeley making only his second appearance for the Fish made a great save only to unluckily parry the ball into the path of Cass who slid the ball into the net to make it 2-0. Cass showed he has played at a higher level with his clinical finishing. The cold end remembers him scoring all those goals for Dartford FC in their Ryman North Championship campaign a few years back.

Hythe Town put in a professional performance in the second half and looked the more threatening in front of goal with Fisher passing the ball nicely and going forward well but never really having a decent
chance in front of goal thanks to the partnership of Kingwell and Cook.

The cold end says watch out for Hythe Town in the Ryman Division One (South) next season should they finish top and gain promotion.

With Fisher FC it's good to see the famous name hasn't been confined to the history books after the sad demise of Fisher Athletic in 2009. Here's hoping they return to their spiritual home in Bermondsey and Rotherhithe area sometime soon.

There is more Monday Night Football at Champion Hill next Monday when mid-table Tunbridge Wells visit. The Stadium is only a short walk from East Dulwich train station which is only a ten minute journey from London Bridge.

Landlords Dulwich Hamlet play Chipstead on Saturday and then entertain Leatherhead next Tuesday night in the Ryman Division One (South). Hamlet have an exciting young squad and run numerous youth sides in local leagues. They run two Under 18 sides of which one had an excellent run in the FA Youth Cup this season before putting up a very brave and impressive performance against the full-time Newcastle United youth/under 18 team who ran out 2-6 winners on a memorable night at Champion Hill.

Both clubs continue to work with the local community which is essentially what non-league football at this level should be all about.

FISHER FC WEBSITE

HYTHE TOWN WEBSITE

KENT FOOTBALL LEAGUE WEBSITE

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS 
Watch out for Fisher's (playing in black and white stripes) number seven who is the aforementioned Dexter Babalola

Sunday, 6 March 2011

RYMAN DIVISION ONE (NORTH) WEEKEND UPDATE AND TABLES

RYMAN DIVISION ONE (NORTH) TABLE SINCE 01/01/2011
                        P   W  D  L  GF  GA   GD  PTS  PA  WIN%  A/P  
1. NEEDHAM MARKET       16  11 4  1  31  18  +13  37   48  68.75 1ST
2. EAST THURROCK UNITED 12  9  1  2  29  13  +16  28   36  75.00 2ND
3. BRENTWOOD TOWN       14  8  8  3  24  18  + 6  27   42  57.14 3RD
4. ENFIELD TOWN         15  7  4  4  34  19  +15  25   45  46.66 6TH
5. HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS     13  6  3  4  27  19  + 8  21   39  46.15 8TH
6. GRAYS ATHLETIC       12  6  2  4  25  17  + 8  20   36  50.00 13TH
7. AFC SUDBURY          13  6  1  6  27  25  + 2  19   39  46.16 7TH
8. TILBURY              12  6  1  5  21  17  + 4  19   36  50.00 18TH
9. WINGATE AND FINCHLEY 11  5  2  4  20  17  + 3  17   33  45.45 4TH
10.WALTHAM ABBEY        10  5  1  4  22  15  + 7  16   30  50.00 12TH
11.HARLOW TOWN          12  4  4  4  11  14  - 3  16   36  33.33 10TH     
12.MALDON AND TIPTREE   11  3  5  3  16  17  - 1  14   33  27.27 5TH
13.ROMFORD              12  4  2  6  16  24  - 8  14   36  33.33 9TH
14.REDBRIDGE            10  3  4  3  12  14  - 2  13   30  30.00 19TH
15.GREAT WAKERING ROV   13  4  2  7  19  24  - 5  13   39  30.77 15TH  
16.CHESHUNT             12  4  1  7  19  29  -10  13   36  33.33 16TH
17.ILFORD               11  2  3  6  11  18  - 7   9   33  18.18 20TH
18.POTTERS BAR TOWN     12  3  1  8  15  26  -11   9   36  25.00 11TH
19.WALTHAM FOREST        9  2  2  5   8  14  - 6   8   27  22.22 21ST
20.WARE                 11  2  2  7  12  25  -13   8   33  18.18 17TH
21.THAMESMEAD TOWN      11  1  2  8   7  22  -15   5   33   9.09 14TH

PA denotes points available (eg - Ware have gained 8 points from the 33 they could of gained since the turn of the year)

win% denotes win percentage (eg - Cheshunt have won 33.33% of their games since the turn of the year) 

A/P denotes actual postition in the table 

The above League table is based on the results since 1st January 2011 and it shows that current eighteenth placed Tilbury's 0-3 win at ninth placed Romford yesterday wasn't really a big surprise as The Dockers are in good form with only the top three in the league having a better win percentage since the turn of the year. The Dockers and their local rivals Grays Athletic along with Waltham Abbey all have won 50% of their games since 2011 started.

Enfield Town are on 46.66% (seven out of fifteen games) and have the best goal difference in the league aside from second placed East Thurrock United.

The above table indicates just how close the race for the title between Needham Market and East Thurrock United is along with the scramble for the three remaining play-off places (as either Market or The Rocks will take 2nd place)

AFC Sudbury's 0-3 result of the day victory at Wingate and Finchley has brought the North London side down into 4th place and Brentwood Town who are in great form have moved up to third place. Grays Athletic could argue that the result of the day belongs to them with their impressive 1-1 draw at Needham Market.

The cold end thinks most Town supporters would of taken a point prior to the 2-2 draw at Heybridge Swifts yesterday. Town were 0-2 up after half an hour thanks Liam Hope and Leon Osei but the home side pulled it back to 2-2 thanks to a goal on 32 minutes and a second half goal.

Saturday's Results

Brentwood Town       1 0 Potters Bar Town 127 
East Thurrock United 1 0 Maldon Town      148 
Heybridge Swifts     2 2 Enfield Town     189  
Needham Market       1 1 Grays Athletic   263  
Redbridge            1 1 Ware              72  
Romford              0 3 Tilbury          116  
Thamesmead Town      2 2 Ilford            31 
Waltham Abbey        0 1 Harlow Town      154  
Waltham Forest       0 0 Great Wakering    48  
Wingate & Finchley   0 3 AFC Sudbury      112 

Midweek fixtures 
TUESDAY
AFC Sudbury          v Redbridge  
East Thurrock United v Tilbury  
Heybridge Swifts     v Brentwood Town  
Romford              v Harlow Town  
Waltham Abbey        v Ware  

WEDNESDAY 
Grays Athletic       v Enfield Town 

Some good games take place this mid-week with Heybridge Swifts v Brentwood Town standing out. East Thurrock United could go top of the league if they win their local derby game versus Tilbury but as stated the Dockers are in great form so they could they spring a surprise??

Town's opponents, Grays Athletic, still have an outside chance of reaching the play-offs if they win their games in hand so its another difficult game for Town to negotiate.

At the foot of the table it now looks like it's between Waltham Forest and Ilford as to who will finish bottom of the table.

CURRENT LEAGUE TABLE   P  W  D L  GF GA GD PTS 
1 Needham Market       29 22 4 3  73 34 +39 70 
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2 East Thurrock United 30 22 4 4  65 29 +36 70 
3 Brentwood Town       30 15 7 8  53 41 +12 52 
4 Wingate & Finchley   30 15 7 8  52 44 + 8 52 
5 Maldon & Tiptree     31 14 7 10 57 52 + 5 49
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6 Enfield Town         29 14 4 11 58 37 +21 46 
7 AFC Sudbury          28 13 6 9  58 50 + 8 45 
8 Heybridge Swifts     29 12 8 9  57 39 +18 44 
9 Romford              26 13 5 8  41 32 + 9 44 
10 Harlow Town         28 13 4 11 36 39 - 3 43 
11 Potters Bar Town    30 11 6 13 47 55 - 8 39 
12 Waltham Abbey       28 10 8 10 51 41 +10 38 
13 Grays Athletic      26 10 7 9  41 36 + 5 37 
14 Thamesmead Town     28 10 5 13 35 46 -11 35 
15 Great Wakering      30 10 4 16 47 58 -11 34 
16 Cheshunt            29 9  6 14 41 54 -13 33 
17 Ware                28 8  4 16 37 57 -20 28 
18 Tilbury             29 8  2 19 30 51 -21 26
19 Redbridge           27 6  7 14 33 54 -21 25 
20 Ilford              29 4  6 19 27 57 -30 18
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21 Waltham Forest      28 3  7 18 25 58 -33 16 

KINGSBURY LONDON TIGERS V HOLMER GREEN

Saturday 5th March

Sixteenth placed Kingsbury London Tigers faced eighteenth placed Holmer Green in the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division this afternoon at Silver Jubilee Park. The Tigers have always been one of the cold end's favourite teams to watch in the SSMFL as they always play good football and their games always involve goals. Their last five results prior to today's game only demonstrates this as they've been -
D3-3, W4-3, L0-3, W6-1 and L4-3.

The visitors from Buckinghamshire put in a solid display with a more direct style than the home side who had the better opportunities throughout the game. It wasn't exactly a classic or vintage performance from either side but an entertaining one all the same.

What must be disappointing for the home side is they are bottom of the average crowd table with just 23 spectators watching the game today. Their average stands at just 24 people at present. Readers will know their are two more well known SJP's, being the stadium's of Newcastle United and Exeter City. The cold end recommends a visit to London's SJP to any football fan.

The highest league crowd the Tigers have had since the start of the 2006 season is 72 against Oxhey Jets on the 16th December 2006. They have had a three figure crowd when 108 people watched their FA Cup game with Eton Manor on Sunday 17th August 2008.

LINE UPS
KINGSBURY LONDON TIGERS       HOLMER GREEN
Adam Atour                 1  Dan Little 
Adil Salih                 2  Andy Goddard 
Terence Cariba             3  Justin Hockley 
Dima Dimitri Larin         4  Jack Dixon 
Gregory Ngeno              5  Richard Wallace 
Artiomas Barinovas         6  Adam Toone 
Yousef Olterefi            7  Eliot Derby
Farhad Anvari              8  Lee Putnam 
Harby Pinto Moriera        9  Danny Boateng 
Wadah Ahmidi               10 Dean Allen 
Kye Hendrix                11 Andy Shed 

Abdullah Hassan            12 Gareth Williams (on for 4) 
Oni Thomas (on for 8)      14 Scott Marshall (on for 9)
Edson Cata (on for 6)      15 Gary Lines (on for 2)
Aderrito Manuel            16 - 
Eham Ponxha (on for 11)    17 - 

TEN MINUTES OF MATCH HIGHLIGHTS BELOW



The cold end has seen a few Tiger's matches over the last two season's as follows (click on the link to view pictures and footage) -

Harlow Town (Home) - FA Cup - 1/9/09


Kentish Town (Away) - Premier Division - 23/09/09


Colney Heath (Away) - Premier Division Cup - 19/1/10


Kentish Town (Home) - Premier Division - 17/08/10

The second "REAL NORTH LONDON DERBY" of the season is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 23rd March at The Copthall Stadium when The Tigers visit local rivals Kentish Town.


NEWS OF ENFIELD TOWN'S 2-2 DRAW AT HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS TO FOLLOW.

Saturday, 5 March 2011

TOONSTAR GOES FOR GOALS, GOALS AND MORE GOALS

TT will be hoping for a Goal-Fest in this weekend's tip. He goes for over 2.5 goals in the following Championship games -

QPR v Leicester City
Reading v Middlesbrough
Nottingham Forest v Hull City

£10 staked with skybet.com pays out a nice amount of £73.50.

TT will not confirm the rumour that he has joined the We Luv Jo Jo from Take me out FACEBOOK fan page but was glad she got on well with Dean in her date last week.

Remember to gamble responsibly.

Friday, 4 March 2011

ENFIELD 1893 FC MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

On Wednesday night Enfield 1893 FC put out a side which included seven players whom had started in their Essex Senior League loss at Burnham Ramblers on Saturday. They also included the very experienced Ricci Crace in their side along with three other players who have had some first team experience this year.

Steve Newing used the game to look at some of the Town reserve side with just Andy Jones, Jon Stevenson, Jey Siva and Stuart Blackburne involved who have played regularly this season. All four had played a part in the Waltham Abbey league game on the previous night. The 78 people who attended the game would of left wondering how Town managed not to get anything out of the game as they looked the better side over the 90 minutes. Andy Jones hit the bar and Stuart Blackburne had a penalty well saved by Daniel Mbkaky in the first half. Enfied 1893 scored the only goal of the game with Ben Andreos volleying home a good finish from outside of the box on the 58 minute mark.....it was the only goal and the only highlight the cold end camera didn't capture.

So for Enfield Town it was job done as it was very good to see some of the young reserve side putting in some impressive performances. The game showed that Ram Ismail has put together a good second string with Centre back Enhoro Uadie and midfielder Izzi Eren standing out for the cold end. Uadie put in a man of the match performance at the back looking very composed at all times with Eren's forward runs from midfield impressing. Vaughan Duguid's run with the ball to win the penalty when he was fouled just outside of the box and then just inside also stood out as good bit of play. On another day with some luck thrown in centre forward's Stuart Blackburne and Volkan Calcaliogu would of scored at least one goal but it just wasn't to be.

It was also great to see Phil Kane make an appearance from the subs bench which was his first start since his horrific leg break in pre-season.

Enfield 1893 FC go on to face Combined Counties League side Hanworth Villa in the second round.

Match Highlights here -

WALTHAM ABBEY HIGHLIGHTS HERE

Enfield Town won 0-2 on Tuesday night thanks to goals from Joe Stevens and Liam Hope. Abbey were reduced to nine men in the second half. All the highlights are below including both goals and Jon Stevenson nearly recreating David Beckham's famous goal from the half way line versus Wimbledon at Selhurst Park.