Monday, 28 November 2011

THE STAGS COME TO TOWN


Enfield Town welcome Waltham Forest to the Queen Elizabeth Stadium II tomorrow night in another all important Ryman League game. A victory could put the Town into 2nd place albeit with Saturday's opponents Grays Athletic having a game in hand over us after the game.

CURRENT FORM 
                 P W D L GF GA  GD PTS 
ENFIELD TOWN     6 5 1 0 12  5 +17 16 
WALTHAM FOREST   6 0 3 3  7 14 - 7  3

After a great start to their season The Stags are without a win in seven league games and haven't scored in their last four. Manager Olawale Ojelabi has recently signed centre forward/attacker Courtney White on loan from Ryman Premier Division Billericay Town who made his debut in Saturday's 0-0 draw at Potters Bar Town. He is a dangerous player as he scored 50+ goals for Castle United in the Essex Olympian League last season but his opportunities at Billiericay have been limited so far. The Stags have a number of ex Towners within their ranks such as Gaz Dauti, Steve Velandia and Jeff Hammond amongst others who may make an appearance tomorrow night.

There is one other league game tomorrow night when Potters Bar Town visit AFC Sudbury.

Saturday, 26 November 2011

GOOD PERFORMANCE & GOOD CROWD - IT ALL LOOKS GOOD AT THE DONKEY-DOME!

Ryman League football kicks off at The Queen Elizabeth II Stadium

Enfield Town fans behind the goal in the first half

Some of the travelling Soham Town Ranger's fans behind their goal in the first half
It was another fantastic occasion at the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium this afternoon as Town won their first Ryman League game in their new home against Soham Town Rangers.

A decent crowd of 420 people were present which was 65 more than the next best attendance at step 4 of the non-league ladder today - The top of the table clash between Needham Market and Grays Athletic attracted 355 people.  

Steve Newing’s side looked in control from the off and took a deserved lead through Liam Hope. They could have been at least two or three up by half time with the visitors coming back into the game for the last 15 minutes of the first half. The pacey and skillful Dubi Ogboma caused a few problems but the centre back pairing of Kirby and Kendall put in another impressive performance throughout the match meaning Noel Imber was rarely troubled in the Town goal.



Town made the game comfortable in the second half when Liam Hope scored a second via the penalty spot and Leon Osei scored the third after a Lee Allen looping cross had rattled off the angle of crossbar and post.

There are two important games coming up for the Town at Donkey Lane.  Waltham Forest visit on Tuesday and next Saturday second placed Grays Athletic visit which will hopefully see a bigger crowd in attendance as the Essex side have a good away following.

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS ARE BELOW 

Thursday, 24 November 2011

CHELMSFORD CITY RESERVES SCORE FIVE AT THE DONKEY-DOME

Enfield Town Reserves made their debut at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium last night against a very strong reserve side from Blue Square South Chelmsford City. Town scored first via Aaron Cato and played some good football but then conceded five goals before Cem Aytac scored a late goal to make the final score 2-5.

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS ARE BELOW 

CLAPTON START WITH NINE, BOTH SIDES END WITH TEN & MANOR WIN THE EAST LONDON DERBY IN WALTHAM ABBEY

“WE’VE GOT NO TIME TO GO CONTINENTAL” 
Count the crowd competition??

And the players....Clapton start with just nine men
An official attendance of just twelve people was recorded on Tuesday night for the Essex Senior League game between Eton Manor and Clapton at Capershotts.

At kick off a quick headcount (it didn’t take long!!) by the cold end saw 18 people at Waltham Abbey for the big East London Derby between the two historic clubs.

For those not in the know, Eton Manor were formed in 1901 by the rich and influential  families of the likes of Barings, Villiers and Lord Chelsea for the benefit of bringing sport to the poor and underprivileged youth of the East End of London.  Manor played at various locations but eventually in the 1930’s settled on the sports-ground known as ‘The Wilderness’ on the Hackney Marshes . ‘The Wilderness’ stadium is now long gone but was located just off of Quarter Mile Lane which is just a stone’s throw from the new London 2012 Olympic Stadium. Maybe Eton Manor can lay claim to the being tenants?? Eton Manor have been members of the Essex Senior League since the mid 1970’s hopping between various grounds around East London and the Home Counties.  Enfield Town fans reading this will have some good memories of playing Manor at Wadham Lodge and Chadfields during our time in the Essex Senior League.  They have also played at Burnham Rambler’s Leslie Fields and Barking FC’s Mayesbrook Park of late but this season have been sharing at the home of Waltham Abbey.

This was the second Clapton FC game the cold end has seen this year – I was at the Old Spotted Dog in October to see an eventful game against Sawbridgeworth Town which ended 3-6.

This game had lots of talking points but didn’t contain as many goals as the Sawbo game.

Due to the amount of people in attendance it was a case of as the game started there were more players on the pitch than in the stands and on the sidelines. This was only just as The Tons started with only nine men and no substitutes.  Some of their players were delayed for an unknown reason to the cold end.

So the first half an hour or so was the eight outfield players and goalkeeper of Clapton defending and when they didn’t Manor’s poor finishing and the woodwork helped them out on one occasion. Manor deservedly made it 1-0 via a scrappy own-goal put into the net at the near post from a corner kick. Clapton, when with nine men, broke up field and troubled the Manor (who made a good save) keeper only once. As the half went on the Clapton bench became more and more animated as you’ll see from the video highlights. Eton Manor manager Kevin Durrant seemed a little frustrated that his 11 men were only 1-0 up against the 9 men and he had the shout of the night (possibly the season) which was 'we've got no time to go continental' when his side were passing the ball along their back line.

With about 5 minutes of the half left Clapton’s extra players turned up and came on to make up the numbers and they made it 1-1 just prior to the break much to the pleasure of their management and the small group of player’s friends who were now gathered in the stand by the tunnel.

The second half started with Manor scored a hotly disputed winning goal with a great strike from outside of the box.  The ball squeezed between a few players in the box including a Manor one who Clapton appealed was offside and interfering with play. After a swift consultation with his assistant the referee gave the goal.

The game finished with a somewhat bad tempered feel to it as both sides saw a man dismissed after firstly some pushing and shoving followed by a coming together of two players which the referee had to break-up.  Thankfully when the referee blew up for the end of the match it was handshakes all round.

The question is will Eton Manor get a lower crowd this season??  They have already recorded 10 for their game with Haringey and Waltham Development in October which is the equal lowest crowd in the ESL this season. The same figure saw the Southend Manor v Clapton game on the 6th August.  
MATCH HIGHLIGHTS ARE BELOW








Tuesday, 22 November 2011

SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION - RACE FOR THE TITLE

Current Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division - Top Eight Only 

                    HOME              AWAY               TOTAL                   LAST6   
                    P W D L GF GA GD  P  W D L GF GA GD  P  W  D L GF GA GD PTS 
1. ROYSTON TOWN     8 7 0 1 26 10 16  9  8 0 1 28  6 22  17 15 0 2 54 16 38 45   WWWWWW  
2. BERKHAMSTED      9 7 1 1 22 11 11  8  4 1 3 18 15  3  17 11 2 4 30 26 14 35   WDWWWW
3. DUNSTABLE TOWN   8 7 1 0 28  6 22  7  3 3 1 18 14  4  15 10 4 1 46 20 26 34   LWWWDW 
4. LEVERSTOCK GREEN 8 6 0 2 15  9  6  10 5 1 4 14 10  4  18 11 1 6 29 19 10 34   LLLWLL
5. HARINGEY BOROUGH 8 6 0 2 22 11 11  8  4 3 1 18 13  5  16 10 3 3 40 24 16 33   WLLWWW
6. AFC DUNSTABLE    6 3 1 2 18 10  8  11 7 1 3 26 14 12  17 10 2 5 44 24 20 32   WLWWWL
7. AYLESBURY UNITED 8 3 2 3 19 13  6  9  7 0 2 25 11 14  17 10 2 5 44 24 20 32   LWWLWD 
8. TRING ATHLETIC   9 4 3 2 14 14  0  7  5 1 1 15  9  6  16 9  4 3 29 23  6 31   LDWDWD

Royston Town have opened up a ten point lead in the race for the title after losing only two of their opening 17 league games. They are followed by Berkhamsted and third placed Dunstable Town, whom with their two games in hand over the top two, look to be The Crows closest challengers over the next few months. Dunstable Town have only lost one league game out of fifteen so far and go into the big Dunstable derby on Saturday in good form. AFC Dunstable, who they face at Creasey Park, are having a great first season at this level and are currently in sixth place. Prior to the big local derby Town entertain struggling Hatfield Town at Creasey Park on Tuesday night.

Assuming Royston keeping winning and if Dunstable Town win their two games in hand they would be only five points behind the table toppers.

The next month is a very important one for The Crows as face three of the current top six (AFC Dunstable, Haringey Borough and Berkhamsted)  in their next five league games. The results of these games may or (as the chasing pack will be wishing) may not point towards where the championship trophy will end up.

Berkhamsted FC, formed in 2009 after the demise of Berkhamsted Town FC, have made they way back up to the Premier Division level the old club left.  Their supporters will be well pleased at sitting in second place at this stage of the season.

Leverstock Green have dropped down several places in the league as after winning their first 10 games they have only won one in their last eight games.

It's good to see Town's near neighbour's Haringey Borough doing well in the league losing only three games to date. Their three defeats have come against three teams in the top six being Leverstock Green and the two Dunstable clubs.

Making up the top eight are Aylesbury United and Tring Athletic. The Ducks are still playing outside of their home time currently ground sharing at Leighton Town. Sadly, Buckingham Road has now stood empty since 2006. 

FA VASE HOPES IN THE SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS LEAGUE

In the FA Vase there are only three (possibly four) SSMFL teams left for the Third Round Proper which is due to be played on Saturday 3rd December .
Haringey Borough have a tough home tie against fellow SSMFL league team Royston Town. This is the best run Borough have had in the Vase since 1987/88 when they got through to the Fourth Round.  On that occasion they lost away at Tamworth (1-3).

Leverstock Green, who had a great run last season, have to win their replay at Enfield 1893 tomorrow night in order to travel to Long Buckby of the United Counties League. If Levvy do get through to the Fourth Round it’ll be an amazing achievement seeing at Long Buckby have won 23 of their 24 league and cup games so far this season and knocked Dunstable Town out in the last round.  1893’s form  at Goldsdown Road is also good with only one loss in their last five league and cup games. The defeat was a narrow 0-1 against Essex Senior League title rivals Witham Town.
Ampthill Town are flying the flag for Division One and face a trip to Lancing who are currently in third place of the Sussex County League Division One. Lancing beat Combined Counties League leader's Guildford City in the last round so will be very tough opponents for the Bedfordshire side. 

Monday, 21 November 2011

MORE ON THE SPURS GAME

Several other bloggers and websites visited the Opening of the Queen Elizabeth Stadium. LOCAL BUS DRIVER came along as well as PIE AND MUSHY PEAS - both websites have good reports and pictures. Great stuff!

ANOTHER THREE POINTS AT CHATHAM TOWN

Most people reading this will know that Enfield Town carried on their good run of results with a 2-3 win at Chatham Town on Saturday

Ryman League Division One North - Current Table (Top 5 only)                                       
                   HOME                   AWAY                  TOTAL 
                   P W D L GF GA GD  PTS  P W D L GF GA GD PTS  P  W  D L GF GA GD PTS  GPG  WIN%  LAST6    
1. NEEDHAM MARKET  8 7 0 1 32  5 27  21   8 4 3 1 21 10 11 15   16 11 3 2 53 15 38 36   3.31 68.75 WWWWWW  
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2. GRAYS ATHLETIC  9 6 1 2 21  9 12  19   6 5 1 0 13  6  7 16   15 11 2 2 34 15 19 35   2.27 73.33 LWLWWW    
3. LEISTON         8 6 1 1 18  7 11  19   9 4 2 3 17 11  6 14   17 10 3 4 35 18 17 33   2.06 58.82 LWWDWW   
4. ENFIELD TOWN    7 4 2 1 17 10  7  14   9 5 3 1 16 12  4 18   16  9 5 2 33 22 11 32   2.06 56.25 WDWWWW  
5. BRENTWOOD TOWN  9 4 1 4 14  8  6  13   8 5 1 2 14  5  9 16   17  9 2 6 28 13 15 29   1.65 52.94 WWLWLW   
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The battle for the play offs and title race in the Ryman Division One (North) is really hotting up with just seven points separating the top five. Tilbury, Potters Bar Town, Harlow Town, Thamesmead Town and Romford make up the current top ten and will be pushing hard looking for the top five to slip up. There is still much football to be played!!

The match of the season so far takes place next Saturday when the top two face off with Grays Athletic travelling to fortress Bloomfields to play Needham Market. Prior to this most important game, Grays travel to Harlow Town for an Essex derby on Tuesday night - depending on the result of this game Hakan Hayrettin's side may go to Suffolk as league leaders.

Needham Market's form of late has been nothing short of spectacular. Since Soham Town Ranger's unexpected away victory (2-3) on Tuesday 4th October they have won seven league games in a row with their last three games being won 4-0.

Needham's current tally of 53 goals scored is a massive 17 clear of second top scorers (fourteenth placed Waltham Abbey). In their sixteen league games played The Marketmen have already eclisped the total amount of goals scored in forty league games by Waltham Forest (42), Ilford (42) , Tilbury (41), Cheshunt (49), Thamesmead Town (42) and Redbridge (51) last season.

STAND OUT GAMES OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS

Saturday 26th November 
Needham Market v Grays Athletic 

Saturday 3rd December 
Brentwood Town v Needham Market
Enfield Town v Grays Athletic 

Saturday 10th December 
Leiston v Enfield Town 

Saturday 17th December 
Leiston v Grays Athletic 

Monday 26th December 
Needham Market v Leiston 

FOOTBALL IN ENFIELD RETURNS HOME

MATCH PLAYED ON WEDNESDAY 16th NOVEMBER
ENFIELD TOWN 2 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR XI 1

Just a short walk from Southbury Road where so many fans had so many memorable days and nights watching the old Enfield FC the beautiful game finally returned "home" on Wednesday night. It was fitting that some of the old club's heroes made up some of the 969 in attendance at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium against a skillful and very impressive young Tottenham Hotspur XI managed by Les Ferdinand and Tim Sherwood. The cold end saw Enfield FC club legend's Eddie McCluskey and Steve King mingling amongst the crowd of people young and old celebrating the opening of Enfield Town's new stadium.

The Spurs starting XI featured John Bostock (England u19 International signed from Crystal Palace for a fee which may rise to £1.25m), Massimo Luongo (Australian u20 International who made debut versus Stoke City in the Carling Cup where he missed a penalty kick in the shootout), Christian Ceballos (signed from Barcelona in the Summer), Jonathan Obika (spent time on loan with Yeovil Town and Millwall – born in Enfield) and Iago Falque Silva (Spanish u21 international currently on loan from Juventus. It was also good to see it having a local feel to it as Obika was born in Enfield along with Kevin Stewart (who attended Enfield Grammar School) and James Yeboah (born in Edmonton) 

Many people have worked tirelessly to bring football to what was, a few years ago, a semi-derelict stadium used as a dumping ground for fly-tippers to convert it into an arena that the club and the borough of Enfield can rightly be very proud of.

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS ARE BELOW

Friday, 18 November 2011

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR MATCH HIGHLIGHTS SOON

The Cold End apologies for not getting the match highlights I captured of Wednesday's celebratory game uploaded sooner. Hopefully they will be on here by sometime tonight. Sky Sports News had some brilliant footage shown on Thursday morning which was great to see and some fantastic exposure for Enfield Town FC.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

THERE IS ONLY ONE PLACE TO BE TONIGHT!!!

Enfield Town Football Club officially open the Queen Elizabeth Stadium tonight by welcoming a Tottenham Hotspur XI in a celebratory match which kicks off at 7.30pm. The Spurs side managed by Tim Sherwood and Les Ferdinand will apparently be a mixture of reserves and youth/development team players, some of whom have been involved in the Europa League this season so it's an event not to be missed.

You will be able to pay on the gate with the entrance fee being £10 for adults and concessions £5. The Cold Ends advice is to arrive early to miss any potential queues etc.....Please note the earlier kick off time of 7.30pm.



  

AFC SUDBURY HIGHLIGHTS HERE

The highlights of the Alan Boon Ryman League Cup Third Round game played on Monday at the Donkey Dome are below -



There were many ground hoppers among the crowd taking the opportunity to tick off the Queen Elizabeth Stadium. One such hopper (Colliers_Wood_Iron) writes an informative and original blog called 'non-league by public transport', his take on the night can be found here. The blog is well worth a read as Colliers_Wood_Iron travels to a variety of non-league grounds from Canvey to Chalfont and Holmesdale (NLBPT has already informed me that the Kent League side have Cinema style seats in their stand!) to Southend Manor amongst others this season already.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

SUDBURY PROGRESS IN THE ALAN BOON CUP

AFC Sudbury were still in the Alan Boon Cup as they left for the long journey home from Donkey Lane last night. A much changed Town side with only Dave Kendall starting from the XI that began the league game on Saturday went down 0-2 with a goal scored in each half by the Suffolk visitors. John Docker and the impressive Rhys Darg were on target for AFC who had eight players starting from the game at the weekend.

The first half was a largely forgettable affair with Town having a better second period with Daniel Ailey unlucky not to get a goal. He had one shot well saved by Danny Gay and did get the ball into the net following a cross from Joe Stevens which was ruled offside. A small amount of match highlights will follow this evening on the cold end. 

A good crowd of 152 people were at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium. 

Monday, 14 November 2011

THE COLD END RECOMMENDS...

A fantastic new website called '500 REASONS TO LOVE FOOTBALL' which after only a few weeks is currently up to number 152!!! 

Link -  500reasonstolovefootball.blogspot.com

You can also follow the people who make the site on twitter @500RTLF

Sunday, 13 November 2011

"HE LOVES IT IN SUFFOLK!!!" - THE TOWN WIN AGAIN

Enfield Town continued their good form with a fantastic 1-2 win over AFC Sudbury at the MEL Group Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Leon Osei seems to love playing in Suffolk (he had a great game in last season’s 1-5 win) as he put the Town 0-1 up with a good finish followed by a Liam Hope penalty kick to make it 0-2 at half time. Town could have been 4 up at the break as they all but dominated the first 45 minutes. The home side did show some brief glimpses of decent play but when going forward they found they couldn’t penetrate the hard working Town back four and goalkeeper Noel Imber.

 
The above two pictures have been taken from the video footage... Inside or outside the box?? Foul or not a foul??
Looking from a neutral perspective the decision to award Town a penalty was slightly debatable as from the replay it looks a soft foul and outside of the box??
As expected the home side came back at Town in the second half and were unlucky to hit the cross bar from close range. They did make the last 10 minutes of the match a little tense when making the score 1-2 from the penalty spot after Jordan Lockie was adjudged to have fouled a player in the box.
It didn’t look as if contact was made with the AFC player going down when Jordan dived in... Could there be a case that on another day both penalties would not be given?? (check out the video from 2mins 27secs and 7mins 53 secs to make your own mind up)

It really was a hard working team performance today with every player putting a shift in for Steve Newing and the result being fully deserved.  Rudi Hall and Michael Ewang impressed in central midfield, Jey Siva defended and attacked well from his left back position and the centre back partnership of the returning Kirby alongside Dave Kendall looking strong.
From their second half performance the cold end thinks that AFC Sudbury should finish much higher than their current sixteenth placed position making the victory even better for Town.    
The crowd of 330 was AFC’s biggest so far this season beating their previous best of 267 in the game versus Tilbury on the 27th August.
The game also saw the debut of the #cakewalk goal celebration. For more information why not get involved with the banter on twitter where you can chat to a good number of the Enfield Town FC players such as @jey_siva @Dkendall117 @markkirby10 @liam_hope1987 @MaccaGio @mikeyewang @pt_awallace @caesar_santana and @joeystevens86. 
MATCH HIGHLIGHTS ARE BELOW 

Friday, 11 November 2011

GOOD LUCK TO RYMAN LEAGUE TEAMS IN THE FA CUP

Three teams from the Ryman League are in action and going for glory in the FA Cup First Round tomorrow. The Cold End sends the best of luck to Redbridge, East Thurrock United and Sutton United in their matches against Oxford City, Macclesfield Town and Kettering Town.

The question is where will the shocks come with League One and Two sides entering the competition?

East Thurrock United, the only Ryman side facing football league opposition, are 11/2 against Macclesfield Town who are odds on favourites at 4/9 with the draw being 3/1. Is it worth a punt on The Rocks springing a shock??

RYMAN DIVISION ONE (NORTH) WEEKEND FIXTURES - A QUICK PREVIEW

AFC SUDBURY V ENFIELD TOWN
Unbeaten in five league games (three wins and two draws) v Unbeaten in seven league games (five wins and two draws)

CHESHUNT V ILFORD
Three clean sheets in six league games but conceded 14 goals v bottom of the table but scored in last six league games


HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS V GREAT WAKERING ROVERS
Lost last five league games v Danny Greave's second game in charge of Rovers


LEISTON V BRENTWOOD TOWN
LWLWWD v DWWWLD - 3rd v 4th in the table. Match of the Day


NEEDHAM MARKET V THAMESMEAD TOWN
Fortress Bloomfields. Won six out of seven league home games scoring 28 goals v away league form of LWWDWW. Could The Mead spring a surprise?


POTTERS BAR TOWN V MALDON AND TIPTREE
Five league wins on the spin at home v two good wins in their last two away league games against Harlow Town and Thamesmead Town


WALTHAM ABBEY V HARLOW TOWN
Scored 16 and let in 10 in their last six league games v nine goals scored and let in 10. Close game? 


WALTHAM FOREST V ROMFORD
Let in eight goals in their last three league games v Lost at Potters Bar Town and Tilbury in their last two away games


WARE V CHATHAM TOWN
Bottom of the form table (no wins in six) v second bottom in the form table (one win in six)..  Ware need to start winning and could start tomorrow afternoon??

GRAYS ATHLETIC V SOHAM TOWN RANGERS (PLAYING ON SUNDAY)
Form at home has been DLWL v draw specialists (seven in 15 games have finished all square)

Thursday, 10 November 2011

RYMAN DIVISION ONE (NORTH) WEEKEND PREVIEW & SEASON SO FAR

Ryman Division One (North) Current Table 
                                           CURRENT FORM (LAST 6)
                   P  W D L  GF GA GD PTS  P W D L GF GA GD PTS  
1. NEEDHAM MARKET  14 9 3 2  45 15 30  30  6 5 0 1 22  6 16 15     
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2. GRAYS ATHLETIC  13 9 2 2  27 13 14  29  6 3 1 2  9  8  1 10
3. LEISTON         15 8 3 4  28 17 11  27  6 3 1 2  8  7  1 10
4. BRENTWOOD TOWN  15 8 2 5  22 11 11  26  6 4 1 1 11  2  9 13
5. ENFIELD TOWN    14 7 5 2  28 19  9  26  6 5 1 0 11  5  6 16*
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6. TILBURY         15 7 4 4  32 30  2  25  6 4 1 1 16 12  4 13
7. WALTHAM FOREST  11 7 1 3  24 18  6  22  6 3 1 2 13 11  2 10
8. ROMFORD         15 6 4 5  26 23  3  22  6 3 0 3 10  9  1  9 
9. THAMESMEAD TOWN 12 6 3 3  22 15  7  21  6 4 1 1 11  5  6 13
10.POTTERS BAR     14 6 3 5  22 30 -8  21  6 4 0 2  9  7  2 12
11.HARLOW TOWN     13 6 2 5  19 16  3  20  6 2 0 4  9 10 -1  6
12.CHATHAM TOWN    15 6 1 8  16 20 -4  19  6 1 0 5  4 11 -7  3
13.WALTHAM ABBEY   12 5 1 6  30 25  5  16  6 3 0 3 16 10  6  9
14.AFC SUDBURY     12 4 4 4  14 17 -3  16  6 3 2 1  7  5  2 11
15.SOHAM TOWN      15 3 7 5  23 30 -7  16  6 2 2 2  8 10 -2  8 
16.CHESHUNT        14 3 7 4  12 25 -13 16  6 1 3 2  4 14 -10 6
17.HEYBRIDGE       14 4 3 7  19 22 -3  15  6 1 0 5  5 11 -6  3
18.REDBRIDGE       11 4 2 5  19 20 -1  14  6 2 1 3 10 10  0  7
19.GREAT WAKERING  14 3 3 8  17 37 -20 12  6 2 1 3  8 16 -8  7
20.MALDON & TIP    11 3 1 7  13 22 -9  10  6 3 0 3  9 11 -2  9
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21. WARE           15 1 3 11 11 30 -19  6  6 0 2 4  5 12 -7  2#
22. ILFORD         14 1 2 11 13 27 -14  5  6 1 1 4 10 13 -3  4
                                           * DENOTES TOP OF THE FORM TABLE
                                           # DENOTES BOTTOM OF THE FORM TABLE

Needham Market's 4-0 home win against Ware on Tuesday night has put the Suffolk side top of the table by one point. Second placed Grays Athletic are only one point behind with one game in hand. The top five is completed with Leiston, Brentwood Town and Enfield Town. Town could leap-frog both Brentwood and Leiston should we win our game in hand.

Tilbury, Waltham Forest, Romford, Thamesmead Town, Potters Bar Town and Harlow Town then follow with only five points separating The Dockers in sixth place and The Hawks in eleventh place.

Twelth placed Chatham Town have dropped down the league placings following their promising start to the campaign. Five wins in their opening nine games has moved onto just one win in six games.

AFC Sudbury, Town's opponents on Saturday, are currently moving up the table in fourteenth position with just one defeat in their last six league games. They played out a Suffolk derby game against Leiston on Tuesday night and showed the spirit they have in their camp at the moment with a 95th minute equaliser from Michael Shinn to draw the game 1-1. Leiston were reduced to 10 men in the second period at Victory Road.

A good crowd of 327 saw the Suffolk derby between Leiston and AFC Sudbury on Tuesday night
Looking at the table you could ask is it ominous that Needham Market have scored an incredible 45 goals in just 14 games?? Just two other sides, Tilbury (32 - 6th place) and Waltham Abbey (30 -13th), have also hit the back of the net 30 times or over. The Marketmen's impressive total does include two 7-0 home victories and another 8-1 home win against Cheshunt.

THE TOP FIVE RECORD 
                   VERSUS TOP FIVE          VERSUS BOTTOM FIVE 
                   P W D L GF GA GD  PTS    P W D L GF GA GD PTS 
1.NEEDHAM MARKET   1 0 1 0  2  2  0  1      5 5 0 0 18  3 15 15          
2.GRAYS ATHLETIC   2 2 0 0  3  1  2  6      5 4 1 0 13  5  8 13 
3.LEISTON          1 0 0 1  0  1 -1  0      5 4 1 0 12  3  9 13
4.BRENTWOOD TOWN   2 0 0 2  2  4 -2  0      2 1 1 0  2  1  1  4
5.ENFIELD TOWN     2 1 1 0  4  3  1  4      5 3 2 0 13  6  7  4

As you can see from the above figures the top five haven't really played against each other as yet but they have played against the bottom five with only Brentwood Town on two games played against the current bottom five. The bottom five currently includes Maldon and Tiptree and FA Cup heroes Redbridge at present - the cold end beleives both of these clubs will improve on their league positions over the next few months. M&T have a much better squad than their position shows and with a manager of the quality of Terry Spillane it should only be a matter of time before The Motormen's squad of good hard working players convert some of their Cup and Trophy form into League points. None of the current bottom five have won against the top five...

TOP FIVE NEXT TWO GAMES 

1. NEEDHAM MARKET  - THAMESMEAD TOWN     Waltham Abbey         GRAYS ATHLETIC  
2. GRAYS ATHLETIC  - SOHAM TOWN RANGERS  POTTERS BAR TOWN      Harlow Town
3. LEISTON         - BRENTWOOD TOWN      Waltham Forest        THAMESMEAD TOWN  
4. BRENTWOOD TOWN  - Leiston             GREAT WAKERING ROVERS Romford 
5. ENFIELD TOWN    - AFC Sudbury         Chatham Town          SOHAM TOWN RANGERS 

Saturday 26th November sees Grays Athletic travel to Needham Market in what will be one of the games of the season so far. Hakan Hayrettin's team has a busy schedule prior to their trip to Bloomfields with home games against Soham Town Rangers, Potters Bar Town and an Essex midweek derby trip to Harlow Town. The Hawks are currently in 11th place with only two wins in six games. Their 3-2 win against Ryman Premier Lewes in the FA Trophy last Saturday shows that they are a dangerous team that shouldn't be underestimated.

Maldon and Tiptree's victory over Thamesmead Town on Tuesday night now puts only three teams on two defeats. Needham Market, Grays Athletic and Enfield Town make up the trio. Unsurprisingly Ware (11) and Ilford (13) are the clubs with the most defeats.

WEEKEND FIXTURES 

AFC SUDBURY      V ENFIELD TOWN 
CHESHUNT         V ILFORD 
HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS V GREAT WAKERING ROVERS 
LEISTON          V BRENTWOOD TOWN 
NEEDHAM MARKET   V THAMESMEAD TOWN 
POTTERS BAR TOWN V MALDON AND TIPTREE 
WALTHAM ABBEY    V HARLOW TOWN 
WALTHAM FOREST   V ROMFORD 
WARE             V CHATHAM TOWN 

WELCOME TO THE DONKEY-DOME

For reasons beyond the cold end's control I couldn't be at the first game at Donkey Lane/Queen Elizabeth Stadium/The Donkey Dome/Burrobeau Stadium* yesterday evening. Call myself a fan...more of a glory hunter now!! 

A good crowd of 251 people saw the Town record a 2-1 against Harefield United with Walid Matata and Daniel Ailey getting on the score-sheet. The Hare's Jack Reader had opened the scoring on 41 minutes.

Town face another home tie in Round Two against the winners of the Wealdstone v Ashford Town (Middlesex) game which is being played next Tuesday night

*delete as applicable.. I love them all....the Burrobeau Stadium is brilliant - which an unknown director came up with last week I believe.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

BIG NIGHT ON WEDNESDAY

Only one more day to go now until Enfield Town's first game at The Queen Elizabeth Stadium on Wednesday night. The Middlesex Senior Cup game against Harefield United kicks off at 7.45pm. Why not come down to the DonkeyDome???

Sunday, 6 November 2011

QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM PICTURES

Enfield Town return 'home' to the Queen Elizabeth Stadium this week. The Cold End visited this morning and can bring you the following pictures of our club's magnificent new ground. I can't say it enough but the work that has been put in behind the scenes by many people has been immense. You all deserve awards for playing your part in bringing football back to borough!
THE HOME DRESSING ROOM.































TWO VIEWS OF WHAT WILL BE THE RATHER PLUSH BAR

LIAM HOPE SAVES THE DAY

It appeared Ware came to Theobalds Lane yesterday with a game plan of working hard, putting as many men behind the ball as possible and hitting Town on the break through pacey winger Aime Blessing.  Ware included a few ex Enfield Town players including John Stevenson in the centre of midfield and David Bastian playing at centre back as opposed to his usual left-back position.
Bastian was paired with Vince Rispoli at the back and put in a good performance against his old side as Ware nearly came away with a point in a match which, aside from the away side’s goal, saw Town dominant possession throughout the ninety minutes.
On 10 minutes Ware took the lead when, following a cross from the left hand side, Danny Johnson caught the Town back line out and slotted the ball home past Noel Imber.

The rest of the first period saw Town pass the ball around well with the Ware players closing down and pressing whenever the ball got near their penalty box.

It was 1-1 right on the 45 minute mark when Jordon Lockie put over a great cross from the right hand side for Adam Wallace to volley the ball home past Rhys Madden in the Ware goal.
Town piled on the pressure in the second half but following a good save by Madden from a Liam Hope free-kick the match looked as if it was going to disappointingly end all square for Steve Newing’s team.

Step forward Liam Hope who saved the day on 87 minutes, when following some good build up play from Adam Wallace, substitute Daniel Ailey and Jordan Lockie, he directed a great shot across goal that hit the stanchion to make it 2-1. It was a great finish worthy of winning the game.

You can see the cold end’s headline reads ‘LIAM HOPE SAVES THE DAY’ with back in training Craig ‘Gio’ McKay preferring ‘OSCAR NOTCHES TO WIN THREE POINTS!!!’

The win puts Enfield Town up into third place in the Ryman Division One (North) table behind Needham Market and Grays Athletic.  Eighth placed Thamesmead Town and the top three now make up the only four teams in the league to lose only two matches.

Being managed by ex Tottenham Hotspur and Millwall defender Stuart Nethercott it was expected that Ware were going to highly organised and hard working in defence so it was a good win even with our local rivals struggling near the foot of the table.
Alongside Maldon and Tiptree they are currently the joint lowest scorers in the league on only 11 goals, which is, one of the reasons they are struggling. Another worrying statistic for Ware fans is that their only win has come via a home victory against Ilford, another side battling at the bottom of the the table.

Talking of Ware fans the cold end asks where were they in the crowd of 178 yesterday??  They used to have a small band of noisy followers with a flag that stood behind the goal but they weren't present yesterday..
Ware’s defence will be solidly put to the test in their next game as they make a long midweek trip to second placed Needham Market who are currently the league’s top scorers on 41 goals.  

Town’s next league game is another tough trip into Suffolk against improving AFC Sudbury who recorded a good 1-2 at Brentwood Town yesterday. Sudbury will also be out for revenge following Town’s fantastic 1-5 midweek victory in January last season.
Before then there is the small matter of returning  ‘home’ and Enfield Town’s first game ever  at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium on Wednesday night!!  Spartan South Midlands League side Harefield United visit in the Middlesex Senior Cup.

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS ARE BELOW -

Saturday, 5 November 2011

1994 - STEVE NEWING - HAT-TRICK HERO!!

On Tuesday 8th February 1994 Enfield FC travelled to the White Lion Ground to face Edgware Town in Middlesex Senior Cup Second Round tie. It was a busy time for the E's with the game sandwiched between a home 1-0 league victory over Grays Athletic and an FA Trophy away day at Worthing. The Grays game was goalkeeper John Burridge's debut for the club then managed by Graham Robers who was ably assisted by George Borg. Burridge was replaced by reserve Steve White for this game but Lee Francis, Martin St Hilaire, John Ridout, John Bailey, Richard 'the football genius' Cherry, Gary Britnell and Leroy Whale all started the game so it was a strong E's side.

The game will be remembered by some E's fans as the one where George Borg played some of the game. However, for Enfield Town's manager Steve Newing, it will be remembered for his hat-trick playing alongside Scott McGleish in the home side's incredible 5-4 victory AET.

The Cold End thanks Laurence Hughes of hughesvideoservices.co.uk for the below footage of our great manager's hat-trick. The footage is not the best quality as it's off my VHS compilation tape that has been gathering just a little bit of dust packed away in a cupboard for the last decade but it shows that Steve certainly knew where the goal was!!

hughesvideoservices.co.uk filmed many games for the E's during the early and mid 90's and hopefully by early next year will be selling DVD copies from the website, which of course, will be of a much better quality. If you were an E's fan at the compilation tapes are absolutely magic and bring back some fantastic memories of some quality days and nights following the old club.

Laurence also runs Sunday League side Edmonton Rovers whose website is well worth a look at. Nearly every game the club have played since the early 1990's has been captured on camera!!

Friday, 4 November 2011

RYMAN DIVISION ONE (NORTH) - A QUICK WEEKEND PREVIEW

Here are this weekend's Ryman Division One (North) fixtures summed up in a quick preview -

Brentwood Town v AFC Sudbury
5 clean sheets in a row v form improving - three unbeaten & one goal conceded - tight game?? 
Chatham Town v Leiston
Lost last two games 0-1 v topsy turvy form LWLW.

Enfield Town v Ware
Unbeaten in 5 home games v 1 point from 18 on the road

Ilford v Needham Market
12 goals in 13 games v 39 goals in 12 games - anything but an away win would be a shock?

Romford v Heybridge Swifts
LWLWLL v LWLLL – Too close to call
Soham Town Rangers v Cheshunt
Six draws from fourteen games v six draws from thirteen games.  Maybe another draw?

Tilbury v Waltham Forest
Third place/good form at home, 5 wins in 7 games v Eighth place – only 4th away league game so far. 

Several Ryman North clubs are in FA Trophy action with last weekend's FA Cup heroes, Redbridge, facing a tough trip to Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division current table topper's Cambridge City.

There is an Essex derby over at Rookery Hill as Grays Athletic welcome Ryman Premier Division Canvey Island. Harlow Town also welcome Premier Division opponents as Lewes visit Barrows Field. Maldon and Tiptree host Bedfont Town, who are struggling near the foot of the Evo-Stik Division One (Central) whilst Thamesmead Town host another of last weekend's FA Cup heroes as Arlesey Town go south of the River to Bayliss Avenue.

The Scholars of Potters Bar Town are the last team in action when they visit more Evo-Stik Central opponents at Uxbridge.

FOOTBALL IN ENFIELD - IT'S COMING HOME

The hallowed turf at The Queen Elizabeth Stadium in Donkey Lane is now officially ready to be graced by Enfield Town Football Club. Tomorrow afternoon's game against Ware at Theobalds Lane will be the last played in the ground share agreement with Cheshunt. The Cold End would like to thank our friends over the border in Hertfordshire for their help in letting the Town play their games there since the start of the season.

The first game at the DonkeyDome will be next Wednesday 9th November evening in the Middlesex Senior Cup against Harefield United followed by the League Cup game against AFC Sudbury on Monday 14th November. The first Ryman League game to be played at Town's new stadium will be on Saturday 26th November against Soham Town Rangers.

The ground will officially be opened against a Tottenham Hotspur XI managed by Les Ferdinand and Tim Sherwood on Wednesday 16th November with a slightly earlier kick off time of 7.30pm. Tickets for this game are £10 for adults and £5 for concessions. All details can be found on the official Enfield Town FC website here.

It's been a very long time since the old Enfield FC's Southbury Road was so sadly demolished in 1999 so the game against Tottenham Hotspur should be a great night of celebration as to what the new club have achieved since formation in 2001.

The Cold End thanks all the people involved who have worked so hard to get Donkey Lane and the QE STAD up and running!!

Thursday, 3 November 2011

LANGFORD VERY UNLUCKY IN CUP DEFEAT TO COLNEY

Langford welcomed London Colney to Forde Park on Tuesday night for a Spartan South Midlands League Division One Cup game. The hosts, having lost three league games in a row in late August/early September (one against Colney away 1-3), had improved their form with four wins in their last six games faced Colney who are currently topping the table by eight points having won fifteen of their eighteen league games.

It turned out to be another great game of football served up by the Spartan South Midlands League. Colney took an early lead with a fantastic strike from outside of the box and increased their lead in the second half to 0-2. However, it was Langford who can really count themselves very unlucky not to win the game or at least take it to extra time as during the 90 minutes  they hit the post twice, bar once as well as the Colney keeper making a few impressive saves.
Colney managed to hold on and could of scored a third themselves late on but for a goal-line clearance from the home side.

Match highlights are below –

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

CLASSIC PROGRAMMES - BRIGGS SPORTS V WEMBLEY - 1956


Redbridge FC have hit the FA Cup headlines this weekend and it's a club who are a part of The Motormen's history that feature in today's classic programme.

Briggs Sports were formed in 1932 as Briggs Motor Bodies FC and it 1959 merged with Ford Sports (Dagenham) to form Ford United who in turn in 2004 were renamed as Redbridge FC.

In 1954 Briggs reached the Semi-Final of the FA Amateur Cup only to lose 1-5 to the mighty Bishop Auckland at Newcastle United's St James Park in front of a crowd of 55,000.

This programme is from 55 years ago as on Saturday 14th April 1956 Briggs took on Wembley in the final of the London Senior Cup played at Ilford FC's old ground in Lynn Road, Newbury Park.


The programme notes start with stating that this game was the 70th final played and was the first time a work's team (being Briggs Sports) had appeared in the final since 1912/13 when Metrogas lost to Tufnell Park. It was also the first final for many a years that neither an Isthmian nor an Athenian League team had reached the final.

The history of Briggs Sports is covered in that the team entered the Spartan League in 1946 and 'forced their way into senior soccer circles when they won promotion to the Premier Division in 1948'.
Up to 1956 Briggs won the Championship twice and were runners-up on three occasions.

The game was the first time Briggs had appeared in the final of the London Senior Cup and that they had seldom progressed past the first round in previous competitions.

The programme states that their team 'includes only three Essex players. We say only because there was time, a season or so ago, when almost the entire eleven was being honoured by the County. The trio referred to are Bob Bumpstead, Harold "Jumbo" Jarvis and Alf Noble, former England International, who won every honour the game was to offer while with Leytonstone'.

PATHS TO THE FINAL 
                       BRIGGS SPORTS          WEMBLEY 
1st Qualifying Round   -                      Beckenham 
2nd Qualifying Round   -                      WOODFORD TOWN 
ROUND 1                Eton Manor      1-5    ERITH AND BELVEDERE 
ROUND 2                CLAPTON         2-1    DULWICH HAMLET 
ROUND 3                WALTHAMSTOW AVE 1-0    Hendon
SEMI-FINAL             Kingstonian *   5-0    Corinthian Casuals
* played at Plough Lane 

The programme doesn't contain the scores for the Wembley games but does state that the Wembley played through the competition without exemption and  that they were also in the final of the Middlesex Senior Cup with home victories over Edgware and Enfield along with an away win at Wealdstone. 1955/56 was Wembley's most successful season since their inception in 1946. They had only lost four Delphian League games for the season to date.

The programme continues 'Their team normally includes Dennis Haskow at outside-right, but have played through the competition without his services due to one appearance with Winchmore Hill at the beginning of the season, and Roy Wilson, a 19 year old reserve, has proved an able deputy'. Wembley's team also included 'Tony Carroll, a local lad who played in Wembley's first ever game in 1946'. Jim Price was the manager who 'over the part four seasons has built a formidable team' and coached by Charlie Baker 'who played 14 seasons at Wealdstone'.


Briggs Sports won the game 3-1 to lift the trophy for the first time and in 1957 lifted the trophy again beating Corinthian Casuals 3-0. Ford United had to wait until 1998 when they reached the final and beat Southall 2-0 and then won the trophy again in 2001 when Croydon Athletic were beaten 3-2. They lost the 2003 final to Bromley who recorded a 1-0 win.

The London Senior Cup for 2011/12 is now well underway at the third and fourth round stages.

LONDON SENIOR CUP 2011/12 

FIRST ROUND 

FISHER 7 LONDON TIGERS 0 

SECOND ROUND 

ERITH AND BELVEDERE  3 CROYDON ATHLETIC           1 
SEVEN ACRE & SIDCUP  1 CRAY VALLEY PAPER MILLS    2 
FISHER               1 BETHNAL GREEN UNITED       3 
HARINGEY AND WALTHAM 7 ERITH AND DARTFORD TOWN    1 
BRIDON ROPES         0 LEWISHAM BOROUGH COMMUNITY 2 
COCKFOSTERS          0 HOLMESDALE                 3 

THIRD ROUND 

HARINGEY AND WALTHAM       v ERITH AND BELVEDERE 
LEWISHAM BOROUGH COMMUNITY v ERITH TOWN (@ERITH TOWN) 
CLAPTON          0 BARKINGSIDE 3 
BECKENHAM TOWN             v BETHNAL GREEN UNITED 
ERITH & BELVEDERE          v CRAY VALLEY PAPER MILLS 
HARINGEY BOROUGH 3 HOLMESDALE 1 

FOURTH ROUND 

REDBRIDGE                              v CROYDON ATHLETIC 
BARKING     1 HARINGEY BOROUGH 0 
BARKINGSIDE 1 DULWICH HAMLET 3 
ERITH AND BELVEDERE or CRAY VALLEY     v HARINGEY AND WALTHAM or HANWELL TOWN 
BECKENHAM TOWN or BETHNAL GREEN UNITED v THAMESMEAD TOWN 
LEWISHAM BOROUGH or ERITH TOWN         v CORINTHIAN CASUALS 

FIFTH ROUND 

BROMLEY              v CRAY WANDERERS 
WELLING UNITED       v KINGSTONIAN 
WINGATE AND FINCHLEY v AFC WIMBLEDON 
BARKING              v HENDON 
DULWICH HAMLET       v ERITH AND BELVEDERE or CRAY VALLEY or HARINGEY AND WALTHAM or HANWELL TOWN 
HARROW BOROUGH       v LEWISHAM BOROUGH or ERITH TOWN or CORINTHIAN CASUALS 
TOOTING AND MITCHAM  v REDBRIDGE or CROYDON ATHLETIC
METROPOLITAN POLICE  v BECKENHAM TOWN or BETHNAL GREEN UNITED or THAMESMEAD TOWN

After the fifth round is completed there is a sixth round/quarter-final and then a semi-final and final



Link to London FA website - londonfa.com