Thursday, 29 December 2011

BOROUGH TOO GOOD FOR THE BLUE BOYS

It was fifth place v twentieth place (out of twenty-two teams) in the Spartan South Midlands Premier Division on Tuesday afternoon as Hatfield Town travelled south into North London to Coles Park. Haringey Borough, managed by ex Enfield and Cheshunt boss Tom Loizou, are having one of their best campaigns in recent seasons.  Prior to this game Borough had only lost four games in their twenty league games played so far which unfortunately for them came against the teams all above them in the league (Dunstable Town LOST 2-3 A, AFC Dunstable L 1-2 H, Royston Town L 1-4 H and Leverstock Green L 1-4 H).  
The Coles Park pitch, although not exactly a bowling green, is in a better condition than it has been over the past few years which clearly has benefited Borough who including a good number of players who brought with them experience from a higher level of non-league football. They included the Darrell Cox (ex Cheshunt and Chesham United), Steve Obeng (ex of Cheshunt), Dewayne Clarke (spent time with Harrow Borough), Dean Fenton (Harrow Borough, Maidenhead United, Leyton, Farnborough Town and Leyton amongst others) and Rickelle Christian (Arlesey Town and Boreham Wood) in their starting XI amongst others.

Only Hanwell Town and Holmer Green are below Hatfield Town in the league at present with The Blue Boys record on the road reading only two wins from eleven games at Stotfold and St Margaretsbury.

For the first half of the game anyone who didn’t know the respective league positions of both sides probably couldn’t have told you which team was down the bottom of the table and which team was towards the top of the league. Borough had much of the possession but neither side created any chances of note with goalkeeper’s Ryohei Tamai and Sam Lacey having a relatively quiet time as both sides struggled to pass the ball around to any effect.

The second half was much better for the home side as they took the lead and then with the introduction of pacey substitutes Richard Worrell and Roland Namquita going forward they ran in another three goals. Namquita, playing on the left hand side of midfield, looked decent going forward and scored the third goal with Worrell scoring the second.

Borough deserved the win in the end with The Blue Boys (as Hatfield are known), aside from a set of three corners in the second half which applied some pressure, never really troubling the home goal. Their centre back Richard Cooke (number 5) stood out for the cold end, he was very good and confident in the air having an impressive game despite being on the losing side.

For Borough the aforementioned Namquita (16), Steve Obeng (4) (playing in midfield just in front of the back four) and centre back Rickelle Christian (6) stood out. Christian has good pace and a composed touch looking very confident on the ball when coming forward.

LINE UPS 
HARINGEY BOROUGH
1. RYOHEI TAMAI 
2. BOSUN ADEBAKI 
3. ANDREAS LOIZOU 
4. STEVE OBENG 
5. CHARLES DOUSE 
6. RICKELLE CHRISTIAN 
7. DEAN FENTON 
8. DEWAYNE CLARKE 
9. CHRIS BENJAMIN
10.DARRELL COX
11.CHRIS MORGAN 

SUBS - 
12.RICHARD WORRELL (for 2)
14.GUY KOFFI (for 9)
15.NICK NICOU
16. ROLAND NAMQUITA (for 11) 
GK. DAMOS HORVATH 

HATFIELD TOWN 
1. SAM LACEY 
2. SEAN SAWYER
3. JAY WELSH 
4. DARRYL STEWART
5. RICHARD COOKE
6. TOM KIRHAM
7. RYAN NORTH
8. BRUCE TAHON
9. ASHLEY DRAY
10.CHARLIE JAY
11.CARL WEBB 

SUBS 
12.SPENCER HUNT 
14.OLLIE ARNOLD (on for 7)
15.JACK SHELDRAKE (on for 8)
16.JAMES MILLARD


MATCH HIGHLIGHTS INC ALL FOUR GOALS

Monday, 26 December 2011

ALL SQUARE BUT TOP OF THE LEAGUE ON BOXING DAY

Enfield Town and Waltham Abbey drew 2-2 this afternoon in an entertaining but scrappy sort of game that probably either side could of won but in the end a draw was a fair result. The point Town earned has sent Town top of the league as Needham Market, Grays Athletic and AFC Sudbury all lost. Leiston's incredible 0-5 win away at Needham has put them just two points off top spot with a game in hand.

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS BELOW including all four goals!!

Saturday, 24 December 2011

RYMAN DIVISION ONE (NORTH) - THE BIG BOXING DAY PREVIEW


CHRISTMAS AT CAPERSHOTTS - A LOCAL DERBY FOR ENFIELD TOWN

Fixtures for Boxing Day Monday 26th December 2011
All 3pm unless stated - Please check with club's website first 

Cheshunt        v Potters Bar Town 
Grays Athletic  v Romford                 - kick off 12midday
Harlow Town     v Ware                    - kick off 1pm
Ilford          v Brentwood Town 
Maldon and Tip  v Heybridge Swifts 
Needham Market  v Leiston                 - kick off 12midday 
Redbridge       v Waltham Forest 
Soham Town Ran  v AFC Sudbury 
Tilbury         v Great Wakering Rovers   - kick off 1pm
Waltham Abbey   v Enfield Town 
Thamesmead Town v Chatham Town            - to be played on Tuesday 27th December kick off 3pm

Boxing Day sees a host of local derby games in the Ryman Division One (North) with the game of the day being the big Suffolk derby kicking off at Noon between top of the table Needham Market and fourth placed Leiston. 

The last time the two County rivals played each other was in the 2009/10 Ridgeon's Eastern Counties League when Needham Market were crowned Champions with Leiston finishing in third place. Lesiton were the only side to do the double over the Marketmen that season with a 2-1 at Victory Road on Saturday 22nd August 2009 (Att - 196) and by the same scoreline Bloomfields on Tuesday 23rd March 2010 (Att - 284). Two of the goalscorers for Leiston in those matches were Stuart Boardley (currently in his second spell for the club after a spell at AFC Sudbury. Dead Ball specialist who has also represented Ipswich Town and Torquay United) and Lee McGlone (still at the club after a brief stay at Lowestoft Town) who are still at the club.

Just under 30 miles of Suffolk back roads separate the two rivals. A win for Leiston would put them back to just one point below Needham Market.

The two club's reserve sides are also fighting it out at the top of their respective league. As you can see from the below table Leiston Reserves are top and Needham Market Res in second place in the Ridgeon's Reserve Division (North).

Ridgeons Reserve Division (North) - Current Table - Top Three Only 
                       HOME            AWAY             TOTAL 
                       P W D L GF GA   P W D L GF GA    P  W  D L GF GA  GD PTS
1. Leiston Res         7 6 1 0 29 10   6 6 0 0 26 10    13 12 1 0 55 20 +35 37
2. Needham Market Res  9 7 0 2 31 17   7 4 1 2 16 10    16 11 1 4 47 27 +20 34 
3. Gorleston Res       5 5 0 0 20  4   8 5 2 1 27 16    13 10 2 1 47 20 +27 32 

Leiston Res v Needham Market Res - Saturday 11th February 
Needham Market Res v Leiston Res - To be arranged 

Highest Crowd of the season so far was for the Great Yarmouth Derby between Gorleston and Great Yarmouth Town. Seventy-six people saw Gorleston win 2-0 on Tuesday 22nd November. 

Another hotly anticipated derby comes at The Wallace Binder Stadium where Maldon and Tiptree welcome local rivals Heybridge Swifts, who make the ultra short two mile journey from Scraley Road.

Not many fans of the two Essex rivals would of thought this game would be 19th v 9th in the table when looking at the fixture list at the start of the season as both were expected to do much better this season.

Maldon have the hardest task of reaching the play-offs now with a total of 18 points from their 19 games so far. There are 69 points to play with in their remaining 23 games so there is still a chance but with an average points total of 75 to reach fifth place over the last three years they will need to aim for a total 57 points out of those 69 points. That's a percentage of 83% which is put in perspective when you read last season's champions East Thurrock United had a points percentage total of 79%.  Maldon's current percentage is 32%.

Most games have a local feel to them such as Cheshunt v Potters Bar Town, Harlow Town v Ware and Redbridge v Waltham Forest.

The Hawks who face struggling Ware have made two recent signings in ex Towner Jeff Hammond and promising 19 year old goalkeeper Charlie Mann. Hammond, who had a short spell at Barrows Farm last season, joins from Waltham Forest whilst Mann makes the move from Division One (South) crisis club Croydon Athletic. He was born in Harlow and has played for Crystal Palace and Arsenal as a youth team player.  

There is one game on Bank Holiday Tuesday afternoon when Thamesmead Town entertain Chatham Town in the 'South of the River North' derby game.

All that's left is for The Cold End to wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

THE NORTH V THE SOUTH?? WHICH LEAGUE IS THE STRONGEST?

Yesterday, the cold end wrote about the promoted sides from the Ryman North and also produced a table for the Ryman North Division promoted sides since the league re-organisation for the 2006/07 season.
Here is the table for the Division One South so we can compare which league is the strongest??

HOW HAVE THE PROMOTED SIDES DONE SINCE 2006/07 - RYMAN SOUTH  
                     07/08    08/09    09/10    10/11    11/12  
06/07  
MAIDSTONE UTD        17th RP  15th RP  18th RP  20th RP# 6th  D1S  
HASTINGS UTD         14th RP  17th RP  7th  RP  18th RP  15th RP  
07/08  
DOVER ATH            -        1st  RP  2nd BSS@ 7th  BSS 6th  BSS  
TOOTING & MITCHAM    -        9th  RP  12th RP  14th RP  19th RP  
08/09 
KINGSTONIAN          -        -        5th  RP* 7th  RP  11th RP 
CRAY WAND            -        -        15th RP  9th  RP  6th  RP 
09/10  
CROYDON ATH          -        -        -        21st RP# WITHDRAWN  
FOLKESTONE INV       -        -        -        22nd RP# 4th  D1S 
10/11  
MET POLICE           -        -        -        -        5th  RP  
LEATHERHEAD          -        -        -        -        20th RP

KEY 
* denotes lost Ryman Premier Play-Off final verus Boreham Wood 
# denotes relegated 
@ denotes lost Blue Square South Play-Off semi-final versus Woking
Average finishing position for promoted sides in Ryman Premier       - 13th 
Average finishing position for D1S title winners in Ryman Premier    - 13th 
Average finishing position for DS1 Play-Off winners in Ryman Premier - 14th
Best finishing position for title winners     - Dover Athletic...champions 08/09 
Best finishing position for Play-Off winners  - Hastings United..7th 09/10


THE NORTH V THE SOUTH (NOT INCLUDING 2011/12) 

                                       NORTH                 SOUTH                  VERDICT    
TITLE WINNERS BEST POSITION        -   1st (DARTFORD 09/10)  1st (DOVER ATH 08/09)  TIE
PLAY OFF WINNERS BEST POSITION     -   6th (CANVEY   10/11)  7th (HASTINGS  09/10)  NORTH
TITLE WINNERS AVERAGE POSITION     -   7th                   13th                   NORTH
PLAY OFF WINNERS AVERAGE POSITION  -   13th                  14th                   NORTH                    
OVERALL FINISIHING POSITION        -   10th                  13th                   NORTH
NUMBER OF SIDES PROMOTED           -   1                     1                      TIE
NUMBER OF SIDES RELEGATED          -   3*                    3                      TIE
HIGHEST POSITION GAINED            -   10th BSS (DARTS 10/11)2nd BSS (DOVER 09/10)  SOUTH
NUMBER OF PREM PLAY-OFFS QUALIFIED -   3                     1                      NORTH 
NUMBER OF PREM PLAY-OFF FINALS     -   1                     1                      TIE 
* denotes includes Aveley in 08/09 who were reprived from relegation

The overall verdict on these figures is that the Ryman North is the stronger of the two leagues although there is much more to argued about such as crowd figures and FA Cup performance perhaps. What is does show is that, aside from Dartford and Dover Athletic who rose rapidly through the Ryman Divisions, promoted sides can expect to finish in an average of 12th place which I'm sure most teams would take on their debut season at a higher level of football.

Lowestoft Town seem best placed for a title win for the promoted sides this season although there are many more games to be played with the Metropolitan Police best representing the Ryman South this season.

Monday, 19 December 2011

THE PROMOTED SIDES - HOW ARE THEY DOING??

With it nearing Christmas thought it would be good to look at how the two sides promoted from the Ryman Division One (North) last season are getting on in the Ryman Premier Division.

EAST THURROCK UNITED

                           HOME              AWAY               TOTAL  
                           P W D L GF GA GD  P W D L GF GA  GD  P  W D L  GF GA  GD PTS 
21. EAST THUURROCK UNITED  9 2 2 5  7 12 -5  7 1 1 5  5 17 -12  16 3 3 10 12 29 -17 12 
-   FA CUP & TROPHY RECORD 5 2 3 1 11 11  0  6 6 0 0 16  6 +10  12 8 3 1  27 17 +10 -

Least season's Ryman North champions are somewhat surprisingly struggling near the foot of the table being 21st of 22 teams at present. They are the lowest scoring team in the division with only 12 goals in their 16 league games so far which is in stark contrast to their 92 goals in 40 games last season.

Their two home victories have come against bottom of the table Horsham (1-0 on the 10th September) and more impressively against current fourth placed Lewes (1-0 on the 22nd November). On their travels they have only gained 4 points out of a possible total of 21 on offer. These came in a 0-1 win at Tooting and Mitcham on the opening day of the season (20th August) and a 1-1 draw at Hendon on 13th September.

The Rocks have reserved their best form for the FA Cup and Trophy games where they have knocked out teams from a higher level on no less than five occasions with Bedford Town (2), St Albans City, Eastbourne Borough and Welling United all being knocked out by John Coventry's team. The Rock's boss, along with the players and supporters, must be scratching their head as to why a team can win six on the trot away from home in the cup competitions but then have such indifferent form in the bread and butter of league games.

Even in the Alan Boon Ryman League Cup when they lost to Redbridge (2-3) they were re-instated as The Motormen played an ineligible player.

The Rocks are currently four points off Concord Rangers in eighteenth place so all is not lost. If they can convert some of their magic cup and trophy form into the league they should move up the league and be safe come the end of the season.

FORTHCOMING FIXTURES 
Tuesday 20th December  - Carshalton Athletic 
Tuesday 27th December  - Aveley 
Saturday 31st December - Hastings United 
Monday 2nd January     - CANVEY ISLAND 
Saturday 7th January   - LEATHERHEAD 


WINGATE AND FINCHLEY

                         HOME               AWAY              TOTAL 
                         P W D L GF GA GD   P W D L GF GA GD  P  W D L GF GA GD PTS 
14. WINGATE AND FINCHLEY 9 4 2 3 15 17 -2   9 2 3 4 10 17 -7  18 6 5 7 25 34 -9 23

The Blues (are sort of) comfortably sitting in fourteenth place being seven point off the drop zone and fifteen points away from the play-off zone. They made a great start to the season beating Hastings United, Lowestoft Town, Wealdstone and Metropolitan Police as well as drawing with Tooting and Mitcham United in their first five games but since then have only won two of their last thirteen league games against Horsham (currently bottom of the table) and Concord Rangers (eighteenth place).

More worryingly, for Dave Norman and Tony Faulkner, is that in the last four league games they have failed to score (L 0-5, D 0-0, L 0-3 and L 0-2). The Blues have a strong squad which I think will see them have a better second half to the season and (hopefully for their loyal supporters) see them finish in mid-table as something to build upon for the 2012/13 season.

It doesn't get any easier for the blues as there next fixtures come against 8th, 7th, 2nd, 13th and 3rd placed teams. The 13th placed side being Wealdstone whom Enfield Town fan's know are a very good side.

FORTHCOMING FIXTURES 
Tuesday 20th December  - BURY TOWN 
Monday 26th December   - Hendon 
Saturday 31st December - Lowestoft Town 
Monday 2nd January     - WEALDSTONE 
Saturday 7th January   - AFC HORNCHURCH 

Many Enfield Town supporter's may of thought our friends from Wingate & Finchley and East Thurrock United would have fared a little bit better in the Premier Division this season as they both were formidable opponents over the last few seasons. Perhaps it's a measure of the strength of the Ryman Premier Division as a number of top quality sides battle it out for promotion to the Blue Square South Division.

HOW HAVE PROMOTED SIDES DONE SINCE 2006/07?

                07/08      08/09      09/10      10/11      11/12(CURENT POSTIONS)
06/07 
AFC HORNCHURCH  4th  RP*   6th  RP    9th  RP    10th RP    3rd  RP     
HARLOW TOWN     15th RP    20th RP#   22nd D1N%  4th  D1N   7th  D1N
07/08 
DARTFORD        -          8th  RP    1st  RP    10th BSS   3rd  BSS 
CANVEY ISLAND   -          12th RP    16th RP    6th  RP    9th  RP  
08/09 
AVELEY          -          -          3rd  RP@   19th RP+   17th RP 
WALTHAM ABBEY   -          -          21st RP#   11th D1N   14th D1N
09/10 
LOWESTOFT TOWN  -          -          -          4th  RP&   2nd  RP 
CONCORD RANGERS -          -          -          8th  RP    18th RP 
10/11 
EAST THURROCK   -          -          -          -          21st RP
WINGATE & F     -          -          -          -          14th RP
 
  
        

KEY - 

* denotes lost play-off semi-final to AFC WIMBLEDON 
@ denotes lost play-off semi-final to BOREHAM WOOD 
& denotes lost play-off final to TONBRIDGE ANGELS
# denotes relegated
+ denotes AVELEY reprived from relegation due to the demise of RUSHDEN AND DIAMONDS
% denotes HARLOW TOWN reprived from relgation due to VCD ATHLETIC'S demotion on ground-grading issues.  

AVERAGE FINISHING POSITION FOR PROMOTED SIDES   - 10th
AVERAGE FINISHING POSITION FOR TITLE WINNERS    - 7th
AVERAGE FINISHING POSITION FOR PLAY OFF WINNERS - 13th
BEST FINISHING POSITION FOR TITLE WINNERS       - DARTFORD..Champions 09/10
BEST FINISHING POSTITION FOR PLAY OFF WINNERS   - CANVEY ISLAND...6th 10/11

Sunday, 18 December 2011

THE TOWN GIVE SUPPORTERS A FIVE GOAL CHRISTMAS PRESENT

If John Motson was commentating for Enfield Town’s third goal (from 4mins 49secs on the video) yesterday it would of gone something like this – KIRBY, HOPE, MATATA, JOHNSTON, HOPE, MATATA, PENNANT, SIVA, HALL, PENNANT, JOHNSTON, HALL, SIVA, KIRBY, JOHNSTON, HOPE....BRILLIANT! Although Liam’s skillful finish wasn’t a crisp strike past the goalkeeper (more Torres than Van Persie) the cold end is putting this up as one of the goal’s of the season so far. Particularly as I only caught the last 16 passes of the approximate 30 man passing move on camera!  

It wasn’t just the third goal that was well worked as every one of Town’s five goals (aside from Liam’s first goal which was from a set-piece) involved lots of impressive passing from various members of the team who all put in a fantastic performance against Thamesmead Town.
Steve Newing had to re-shuffle his stating XI as Dave Kendall, Michael Ewang, Jon Moore and Leon Osei  were unavailable. Craig McKay, Neil Johnston, Rudi Hall and Walid Matata all started and it was the youngster Johnston’s performance in midfield that stood out as he had a hand in lots of Town’s good play. The Barnet Loanee was deservedly awarded man of the match.  Matata (with two well taken goals) and Wallace were full of running up front and Liam Hope was again impressive adding two more goals in his pursuit of Needham Market’s Sam Newson to win the Ryman North Golden Boot.  
The back four also put in a good performance with Noel Imber not really having to make a save of any note during the 90 minutes. In their previous eighteen league games they had only failed to score recently against Tilbury, Needham Market and Heybridge Swifts on the opening day of the season.  
Thamesmead Town set out with a 4-5-1/4-3-3 formation with centre forward Danny Penny holding the ball up supported by pacey wingers Chuck Duru and Theo Fairweather-Johnson who tracked back well when without the ball. Their midfield trio of Danny Moore, Scott Mullholland and Lea Dawson played close together with Moore being the more attacking of the three.  They were tough in the tackle with Moore and centre-back’s Lewis Tozer and James Donovan all booked in the first half as only Liam Hope’s goal separated the sides.
With the score delicately poised at 1-0 just after half-time the game changed when Moore was sent off for a second bookable offence after a challenge on Johnston.  This allowed the Town attackers more space to exploit and with four well taken and worked goals it was 5-0 with fifteen minutes left.  It wasn’t just because the visitors were reduced to ten men that it was such an emphatic score-line as take nothing away from Enfield Town as it was a highly impressive performance that even against eleven men would have been a comfortable victory.
Thamesmead are a good solid side (as Town know from out previous two defeats this season) so, for Town supporters, it was very pleasing to win with such style yesterday.
Mead’s young substitute Corey Walters-Wright (number 12) is due to travel up for a week’s trial with Premier League Stoke City soon. The Cold End wishes him all the best at The Britannia Stadium – It's great to see another non-league player getting a chance with the big boys and proof their is life outside the top echelons of the English game.  

TEAM LINE UPS 

ENFIELD TOWN         THAMESMEAD TOWN 

NOEL IMBER        1  SAM MOTT
JORDAN LOCKIE     2  JACK HOPKINS
JEY SIVA          3  ASHLEY PROBETS 
CRAIG McKAY       4  DANNY MOORE
MARK KIRBY        5  LEIWS TOZER
RUDI HALL         6  JAMES DONOVAN
ADAM WALLACE      7  SCOTT MULHOLLAND
NEIL JOHNSTON     8  LEA DAWSON
LIAM HOPE         9  DANNY PENNY
DEAN PENNANT      10 CHUCK DURU 
WALID MATATA      11 THEO FAIRWEATHER JOHNSON

SUBS (all made in second half)
PHIL KANE (on for Liam Hope)            David Noel (on for Jack Hopkins)
BRYAN HAMMATT (on for Neil Johnston)    Cory Walters-Wright(on for Chuck Duru)
DANIEL AILEY (on for Adam Wallace)      Joseph Afusi (on for Danny Penny)
MATT DAVIS (not used)                   Bradley Killick (not used)    
DANIEL LAURENT (not used)

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

Friday, 16 December 2011

ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE - RACE FOR THE TITLE & TO AVOID THE BOTTOM SPOT

ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE CURRENT TABLE - TOP THREE BOTTOM TWO ONLY 
                    HOME            AWAY            TOTAL                    CURRENT FORM 
                    P  W D L GF GA  P  W D L GF GA  P  W  D L  GF GA  GD PTS P W D L GF GA GD PTS 
1. WITHAM TOWN      9  6 2 1 31 10  8  6 2 0 20  5  17 12 4 1  51 15 +36 40  6 6 0 0 19  3 16 18  
2. SOUTHEND MANOR   8  7 1 0 24  6  7  5 2 0 17  9  15 12 3 0  41 15 +26 39  6 5 1 0 16  2 14 16 
3. ENFIELD 1893 FC  6  4 1 1 15  4  10 8 2 0 19  8  16 12 3 1  34 12 +22 39  6 5 0 1 16  5 11 15  

17. H&W DEVELOPMENT 10 1 3 6 14 22  6  1 2 3 10 17  16 2  5 9  24 39 -15 11  6 2 1 4  9 13 -4  7  
18. BASILDON UNITED 7  0 1 6  9 24  11 1 2 8 14 31  18 1  3 14 23 55 -32  6  6 0 1 5  6 18 -12 1  
 

The race for the title in the Essex Senior League is looking like a straight race between Witham Town, Southend Manor and Enfield 1893. It'll be a tough ask for current fourth placed Takeley to get involved - they are only four points back from Enfield 1893 but have played 21 games with the teams below them Bethnal Green United (31 pts from 17 games) and Burnham Ramblers (28 pts from 18 games) both also having played more games than the top three.

The current top three have only faced each other once so far when Witham Town recorded what could be a valuable 0-1 win at Goldsdown Road on Saturday 5th November.

Both Southend Manor (2) and Enfield 1893 (1) both have games in hand over Witham Town so the lead looks set to be changed on a number of occasions over the next few months. Should the top three win their games tomorrow and Southend Manor win their home game with Sawbo on Tuesday night it will be Southchurch Park side who will be top over the Christmas and New Year period when the league takes a two week break until the 7th January.

The next big game comes just a few days after when on Tuesday 10th January Southend Manor travel to Goldsdown Road.

SCHEDULED NEXT LEAGUE GAMES FOR TOP THREE  
            WITHAM TOWN       SOUTHEND MANOR      ENFIELD 1893 
17/12/2011  Basildon United   BETHNAL GREEN       TAKELEY 
20/12/2011  -                 SAWBRIDGEWORTH TOWN -          
7/1/2012    HULLBRIDGE SPORTS Sawbridgeworth Town SPORTING BENGAL
10/1/2012   -                 Enfield 1893        SOUTHEND MANOR           
14/1/2012   Bowers & Pitsea   STANSTED            London APSA        

At the bottom of the table Basildon United are adrift by 5 points from Haringey and Waltham Development whom have two games in hand over the current basement dwellers.

Basildon's only victory came way back on Wednesday 10th August when they won the Basildon derby at Bowers and Pitsea 2-5. H&W's form has improved of late with their two wins coming in their last six games at Barking (2-3) and at home against Basildon United (2-0 in front of a crowd of 9 (nine) people).

The league season ends on Saturday 14th April 2012 when 1893 go to Witham Town in what could be a possible title decider but Southend Manor could have it all wrapped up by this stage when they welcome Takeley to the Coast. 

Thursday, 15 December 2011

TOWN LADIES STILL INVOLVED IN FA WOMEN'S CUP

Enfield Town Ladies had a great result on Sunday when they won 0-5 at Bracknell Town Ladies in First Round the FA Women's Cup. The result looks all the more impressive when you find out that Bracknell Town LFC are currently top of the Southern Region Women's Football League Premier Division (step 5 of the Women's pyramid...Town currently play in the South East Combination which is one step above) having played and won all eight of their league games so far.

In the next round Town face Queens Park Rangers LFC at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium on Sunday 8th January. QPR play in the FA Women's Premier League South Division which is one step higher than Town's SE Combination League.

THIRD TIME LUCKY AGAINST THAMESMEAD TOWN ON SATURDAY??

Since Thamesmead Town were promoted to Step 4 in 2008/09 Enfield Town have played them on eight occasions winning four, drawing one and losing three. This season Enfield Town have travelled South of the River to Bayliss Avenue twice, in the League and the FA Trophy and each time came back on the wrong end of 2-0 defeats. Hopefully, for the Town supporters, it'll be third time lucky this Saturday.

TOWN'S RECORD VERSUS THAMESMEAD TOWN
                       P  W  D  L  GF  GA  GD PTS  
LEAGUE FIXTURES ONLY   7  4  1  2  13   6  +8  13 (21)  
LEAGUE AND CUP         8  4  1  3  13   8  +5   -

The Mead were involved in a seven goal thriller on Tuesday in South London when with the score at 3-3 going into injury time against Waltham Forest, Joseph Afusi capitalised on a defensive mix-up by The Stags to score to make it 4-3. Bad luck on Waltham Forest who for the second time in less than a month scored three goals away from home and lost the game!! The other scorers on the night for The Mead were Chuck Duru and Theo Fairweather-Johnson (2). The Mead played most of the second half with only 10 men after Jack Hopkins was sent off for handling the ball on the line.

Their form is topsy turvy to say the least as their results in their last eight league game reads WDWWLLWDDLW. Away from home in the league they have had some good results (W 1-2 at Grays Athletic, W 0-2 at AFC Sudbury) so will be certainly no push overs. With the two matches the Town have already played against them Steve Newing and the team will already be aware of this and will be well prepared for the game on Saturday.

On a where are they now question the Mead's up front duo of Andy Constable and Rikki Cable who scored 30+ goals in the 2009/10 season are now representing Kent Hurlimann Football League side Erith and Belvedere. The Deres are currently third in the table behind front runner's Canterbury City and Herne Bay.

RYMAN DIVISION ONE (NORTH) WEEKEND FIXTURES 

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

No doubt where the game of the day is - Grays Athletic's trip to Leiston in a 4th v 3rd clash. Top of the table Needham travel to struggling Ware who now look set to be cut adrift at the bottom of the table with Ilford.

Some of the games could be affected by the weather conditions forecast for the next few days with a warning for snow in London and The South East.
The Cold End at Goldsdown Road - December 2010 - Could snow be on the way this weekend?? 

MIDDLESEX COUNTY LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION - THE SEASON SO FAR

Premier Division - Current Table 
                          HOME           AWAY            TOTAL 
                          P W D L GF GA  P  W D L GF GA  P  W  D L GF GA  GD PTS 
1. INTERWOOD              6 6 0 0 24  4  9  9 0 0 36 13  15 15 0 0 60 17 +43 45     
2. WILLESDEN CONSTANTINE  8 6 0 2 21  8  8  4 2 2 23 15  16 10 2 4 44 23 +21 32 
3. FC ROMANIA             8 6 1 1 27 11  7  3 0 4 18 14  15 9  1 5 45 25 +20 28 
4. SOUTHALL               6 4 1 1 14 10  7  3 2 2 18 16  13 7  3 3 32 36 + 6 24
5. SLOANE                 6 1 4 1 13 12  9  5 1 3 15 13  15 6  5 4 28 25 + 3 23                
6. SINGH SABHA SLOUGH     7 2 5 0  8  6  5  3 0 2 15 11  12 5  5 2 23 27 + 6 20 
7. BROADFIELDS UNITED     4 2 1 1  5  3  8  4 0 4 26 23  12 6  1 5 31 26 + 5 19 
8. WEST ESSEX             8 4 1 3 10 10  7  1 3 3  6 10  15 5  4 6 16 12 - 4 19 
9. INDIAN GYMKHANA        8 4 1 3 22 24  5  1 1 3  7 14  13 5  2 6 29 38 - 9 17 
10. HILLINGDON            6 0 1 5  6 18  10 4 3 3 23 25  16 4  4 8 29 43 -14 16 
11. HOUNSLOW WANDERERS    8 3 1 4 21 18  6  1 1 4 12 18  14 4  2 8 33 36 - 3 14 
12. NORTH KENSINGTON      6 1 0 5 12 19  6  3 1 2 12 10  12 4  1 7 24 29 - 5 13 
13. SPORTING HACKNEY      5 2 1 2 14 17  6  1 0 5  6 12  11 3  1 7 20 29 - 9 10  
14. FC DEPORTIVO GALICIA  8 2 0 6 14 30  6  1 1 3 11 17  13 3  1 9 25 47 -22 10 
15. KODAK (HARROW)        8 1 1 6 12 24  5  1 1 3  4  8  13 2  2 9 16 32 -16  8 
16. SPRINGFIELD           6 2 0 4 12 13  5  0 2 3  5 16  11 2  2 7 17 39 -22  8

* Saturday 20th August   - Willesden Constantine v Sloane - away win awarded
* Saturday  5th November - Springfield v Kodak (Harrow)   - home win awarded

The race for the Championship in the Middlesex County League Premier Division is currently looking like a one horse race with 2009/10 title winner's Interwood thirteen points clear of second placed Willesden Constantine (title winners in 2010/11) with a game in hand.

Up until last Saturday 10th December Interwood had a highly impressive 100% winning record in their 19 league and cup games previous. Their 20th game of the season saw them lose on penalty kicks at FC Deportivo Galicia in the Alex Smith Premier Division Cup Second Round after a 2-2 draw AET.

Interwood amassed 112 goals in their 28 league games (an average of 4 goals per game) when title winners in 2010. They are well on their way to maybe beating this average as they are presently on exactly the same average of 4 goals per game in their 15 games so far. Only a big slip up would prevent them from becoming champions in 2012.

A weird statistic for the league is that currently the team with the best defensive away record is second from bottom Kodak (Harrow) who have only conceded 8 goals in their 5 away games. All the top teams have let in more but they have played at least two or three extra games. It's all the more stranger as at home Kodak have let in 24 goals in 8 games.

Tenth placed Hillingdon (not to be confused with Spartan South Midlands League Hillingdon Borough) are the only side without a home win whilst bottom of the table Springfield are the only side without a win on their travels.

FORTHCOMING FIXTURES

SATURDAY 17th DECEMBER
Hillingdon v Singh Sabha Slough
Indian Gymkhana v Southall
Interwood v FC Romania
Kodak (Harrow) v North Kensington
Sloane v West Essex
Springfield v Sporting Hackney
Willesden Constantine v Broadfields United

SATURDAY 7th JANUARY
Broadfields United v Hounslow Wanderers
FC Deportivo Galicia v West Essex
Indian Gymkhana v Interwood
Kodak (Harrow) v Sporting Hackney
Willesden Constantine v Hillingdon

SATURDAY 14th JANUARY
FC Deportivo Galicia v Springfield
Hounslow Wanderers v Sporting Hackney
Interwood v Southall
Kodak (Harrow) v West Essex
Singh Sabha Slough v FC Romania
Sloane v Broadfields United

Link to Middlesex County League on football mitoo here

Monday, 12 December 2011

RYMAN NORTH NEWS ROUND UP - TOP TWO LOSE AND TWO NEW MANAGERS

The Cold End missed the long trip to Leiston on Saturday where the home side put an end to the Town's winning run with a 2-1 win. Reports back are that Leiston were one of the best sides that the Town had faced all season. Needham Market couldn't capitalise on Town's loss as they were surprisingly defeated 0-1 at home to Chatham Town in a match The Marketmen will want to forget as their top scorer Sam Newson suffered an injury which will delay his trial at League Two Gillingham which was due to start today. I'm sure all Enfield Town and Ryman League fans send their best wishes out to Sam and hope he recovers soon.
Grays Athletic took advantage with a 2-0 win against Waltham Abbey on Sunday to keep the pressure up at the top of the table.

AFC Sudbury have shot up the table as after Town's 1-2 win against them on Saturday 12th November they have won six and drawn one - they now sit in fifth place!!

Ware and Ilford still prop up the table with only one win each. The Foxes gained only their 7th point of the season in the 2-2 draw with Soham Town Rangers at Cricklefields.

The bottom two are now five points adrift from twentieth placed Great Wakering Rovers whom have a new player-manager in the shape of Dan Trenkel. Trenks left Redbridge to take the helm at his old side and started life off in the Burroughs Park hot seat with a 2-2 draw against Waltham Forest.

Another person leaving The Motormen is Dave Bricknell who has left his Assistant Manager's position at Oakside to become number one at Cheshunt.

Ryman Division One (North) Current Table - Top Five Only 
                   P  W  D L GF GA GD PTS 
1. Needham Market  20 12 5 3 56 18 38 41 
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2. Enfield Town    20 12 5 3 43 28 15 41 
3. Grays Athletic  20 13 3 4 44 20 24 39* 
4. Leiston         19 12 3 4 40 20 20 39 
5. AFC Sudbury     20 10 5 5 27 24  3 35 

As you can see from the above current league table top five it's very tight as the league fixtures move into the important Christmas and New Year programme.

An indication of how close the race for the top spot is that if Grays hadn't of had their three points deducted they would be top by a point and if fourth placed Leiston win their game in hand over the top three they would go top by a point. Leiston host Grays Athletic at Victory Road this Saturday - What a game that could be??

Friday, 9 December 2011

WODSON PARK V COCKFOSTERS - NO GOALS!

Sometimes with the beautiful game you’ll watch a goalless draw that will live long in the memory with chances a plenty, the woodwork hit several times and spectacular goal-line clearances. Unfortunately, for the crowd of 45 people who ventured out on a very chilly Hertfordshire Wednesday evening, the 0-0 draw between Wodson Park and Cockfosters wasn’t one of these occasions.


The pitch at Wodson Park on Wednesday
The condition of the pitch didn’t help matters as you can see by the pictures it’s not exactly conducive to free flowing passing football. Ryman League Division One (North) sides take note as forthcoming matches against Ware (who Wodson currently ground share with) will be effected by the playing surface. Ware host Potters Bar Town this Saturday followed by Needham Market on the following Saturday.  The Cold End wonders what the pitch will be like when Enfield Town visit Ware on Saturday 10th March!!
 
There were some highlights in the game. Cockfosters were marginally the better side in the first half with Lorenzo Ferrari on the left hand side (number 7) showing some pace and good skill. Ferrari would benefit from a better playing surface. They had one shot from outside of the penalty box go just wide of the post and a far post header from a corner which if kept down and on target would of troubled the Wodson keeper.
 
Both teams defended well by blocking shots and getting men behind the ball. Wodson had the best chance of the game in the second half when on the a shot from a cross on the edge of the 6 yard box was (I think...I still can’t tell after watching it back on video) very well saved by the ‘Foster’s keeper.
 
In the end the match finished all sqaure at 0-0 which for Wodson will be most welcome as in the return game at Chalk Lane played only a few months back on Tuesday 25th October the score ended 7-3 to Cockfosters!!   

Wodson Park play at Amersham Town this Saturday before welcoming Welwyn Garden City on Wednesday 14th December for a big local derby.  Cockfosters play at Chesham United Reserves on Saturday before hosting St Albans City Reserves (17th December) and Welwyn Garden City on Bank Holiday Tuesday 27th December.
MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

WEALDSTONE THROUGH TO FACE AFC HAYES

An impressive Wealdstone side ran in six goals against a much changed Enfield Town (only Dave Kendall remaining from the Grays Athletic starting XI) in the Middlesex Senior Cup second round game at the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium last night. Steve Newing used the evening to give some much needed game time to players who have warmed the bench of late with Michael Bardle, Craig McKay and Lee Allen making come backs from recent injuries. It was also good to see several youth team players as substitutes with Charlie Crowley and Connor Bolton making their first team competitive debuts.  

Wealdstone fielding a strong team were much the better side with Connor Smith in an attacking midfield roll and forward Britt Assombalonga standing out. I was not surprised to hear that both have recently joined The Stones on loan from Championship side Watford as they both look decent players in particular Smith. In the video Smith in number 7 and Assombalonga in number 11 for Wealdstone who played in red. Both scored two goals each with a penalty from Scott Fitzgerald (more Watford connections as he made 55 appearances for the Hornets between 2003 to 2005) and Monseratt International Alex Dyer hitting the back of the net as well.
Assombalonga was on the bench for the Hornets in the final two matches of last season. Smith was also an unused sub twice in March last season and is probably best known for being runner-up in Sky One’s television programme Football’s next star.  

Town did create some chances with Bolton looking lively and drawing a good save from the Stone’s keeper. He then worked hard to make a good cross into Walid Mattata whose shot was also saved well. Matata was also unlucky when he hit the post in the second half.
All in all a good night for The Stones and despite the rivalry between the old Enfield FC and Wealdstone it was good to see their away following giving Charlie Crowley a well deserved  ripple of applause at the end of the game.

The Stones now face AFC HAYES in the next round who won 1-3 at Enfield 1893 FC.

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS ARE BELOW
Apologies for missing Alex Dyer's goal.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

BIG COAT WEATHER TONIGHT!!

Enfield Town welcome Ryman Premier Division Wealdstone to the Donkey-Dome tonight in a Middlesex Senior Cup Round Two game. Both sides are expected to field teams containing some squad and fringe players with Town at Leiston in the league and The Stone's looking at an important FA Trophy local derby game versus Uxbridge on Saturday.

Wealdstone won 4-3 at Ashford Town in the First Round to get to this stage. They had a strong side out that night as regular first team player's Richard Jolly, Peter Dean, Alex Dyer and Wes Parker were on the score-sheet.

There are five other Middlesex Senior Cup Second Round games scheduled tonight with the winners joining Hampton and Richmond Borough in the Third Round. The Beavers beat Hayes and Yeading United 2-1 on Saturday.

MIDDLESEX SENIOR CUP FIXTURES TONIGHT 

ENFIELD 1893 FC        V AFC HAYES 
WINGATE AND FINCHLEY   V HANWELL TOWN 
HENDON                 V UXBRIDGE 
BEDFONT TOWN           V STAINES TOWN 
ENFIELD TOWN           V WEALDSTONE 
NORTH GREENFORD UNITED V HARROW BOROUGH 
HANWORTH VILLA         V HILLINGDON BOROUGH - Postponed due to Hanworth's Vase replay. 
* please check with clubs before travelling to see if respective game still on

There is also a very important Ryman Division One (North) game tonight at Barrows Farm when Harlow Town welcome Needham Market. This is The Marketmen's game in hand over Enfield Town meaning if they win they will regain top spot by two points. The Hawks will be looking for a victory as well as they are gradually climbing towards the top 5 play-off section with only two defeats in their last eight games. They have recently signed centre-forward Murat Karagul on loan from Wingate and Finchley and ex Barnet stiker Scott Smith who was last playing for LA Galaxy! He stay in the States saw him play for the Galaxy under 20 side but unfortunately he tore a thigh so was out for six months from January. He has been on the Hawk's bench for the Lowestoft Trophy game and Saturday's 2-0 win versus Ilford.

Other games tonight see Redbridge travelling to Chatham Town, Maldon and Tiptree welcoming in-form AFC Sudbury and 'the Waltham Derby' as Abbey host Forest at Capershotts.

Grays Athletic go to basement boy's Ilford tomorrow night looking to bounce back from two defeats in a row to fellow title challenger's Needham Market and Enfield Town

One thing is certain tonight - wherever you are going to football wear a big coat as it's freezing!!

Monday, 5 December 2011

FA VASE - DRAW UPDATE

The draw for the Fourth Round of the FA Vase has been made today and with the competition going national there are some long trips to be made for some clubs on the road to Wembley.

Ampthill Town have been given an away tie at either Oadby Town or Tipton Town who replay on Wednesday evening.

Royston Town travel down to the Dorset coast to play Bournemouth FC of the Sydenham's Wessex League.

The remaining Essex Senior League sides Bethnal Green United, Enfield 1893 FC and possibly Southend Manor (subject to a replay win) have all been given away games. United travel to Hellenic Division One (West) side Old Woodstock Town whilst 1893 go to Shortwood United of the Hellenic Premier. If Southend Manor win their replay they have a tough looking trip to Gresley of the Midland Alliance League.

Some mammoth journeys are in the draw too.. none more so than West Auckland Town's trip to Bitton AFC of the Western League. The Northern League side will face a round trip of approximately 540 miles from Darlington Road to Bath Road and back again!

Holder's Whitley Bay welcome Combined Counties side South Park to Hillheads Park. The Reigate based side will be on the road for a longer trip of around 600+ miles combined.

The winners of the Hanworth Villa v Herne Bay replay also face a long trip up North as they have been drawn against Newcastle Benfield.

The games are due to be played on the weekend of Saturday 21st January 2012.

FULL DRAW 

WHITLEY BAY                     V SOUTH PARK 
VCD ATHLETIC OR TUNBRIDGE WELLS V ST IVES TOWN 
WILLAND ROVERS                  V STAVELEY MW
SHORTWOOD UNITED                V ENFIELD 1893 FC 
NEWCASTLE BENFIELD              V HANWORTH VILLA OR HERNE BAY 
BOURNENOUTH                     V ROYSTON TOWN 
OLD WOODSTOCK TOWN              V BETHNAL GREEN UNITED 
NEWPORT PAGNELL TOWN            V ASHINGTON 
HOLBROOK SPORTS OR NORTH UNITED V PETERBOROUGH NS 
WISBECH TOWN                    V DUNSTON UTS 
BITTON AFC                      V WEST AUCKLAND TOWN 
TIVIDALE OR BROCTON             V BINFIELD 
GRESLEY                         V SOUTHEND MANOR OR THREE BRIDGES 
BILLINGHAM SYNTHONIA            V RUNCORN TOWN 
READING TOWN                    V ILFRACOMBE TOWN OR LARKHALL ATHLETIC 
OADBY TOWN OR TIPTON TOWN       V AMPTHILL TOWN 

Sunday, 4 December 2011

FA VASE 2011/12 - UPDATE


TEAMS LEFT IN THE COMPETITION
STEP FIVE
ASHINGTON - 9th in STL NORTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE
BETHNAL GREEN UNITED - 8th in ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE
BILLINGHAM SYNTHONIA  - 13th in STL NORTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE
BINFIELD - 5th in UHLSPORT HELLENIC PREMIER DIVISION
BITTON - 3rd in TOOLSTATION WESTERN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION
BOURNEMOUTH FC - 10th in SYDENHAMS WESSEX LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION
DUNSTON UTS - 3rd in STL NORTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE
ENFIELD 1893 - 1st in ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE
GRESLEY - 4th in BAKER JOINER MIDLANDS ALLIANCE
HANWORTH VILLA* - 6th in CHERRY RED COMBINED COUNTIES PREMIER DIVISION
HERNE BAY* - 1st in KENT HURLIMANN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION
ILFRACOMBE TOWN* - 13th in TOOLSTATION WESTERN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION
LARKHALL ATHLETIC* - 2nd in TOOLSTATION WESTERN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION
NEWPORT PAGNELL TOWN - 6th in CHROMASPORTS UNITED COUNTIES PREMIER DIVISION
NEWCASTLE BENFIELD - 10th in STL NORTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE
PETERBOROUGH NS - 3rd in CHROMASPORTS UNITED COUNTIES PREMIER DIVISION
ROYSTON TOWN - 1st in SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS LEAGUE
READING TOWN - 8th in UHLSPORT HELLENIC PREMIER DIVISION
RUNCORN TOWN - 4th in NORTH WEST COUNTIES PREMIER DIVISION
SHORTWOOD UNITED  - 4th in UHLSPORT HELLENIC PREMIER DIVISION
SOUTHEND MANOR* - 4th in ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE
SOUTH PARK - 7th in CHERRY RED COMBINED COUNTIES PREMIER DIVISION
STAVELEY MW - 7th in BARIS NORTHERN COUNTIES EAST PREMIER DIVISION
ST IVES TOWN - 7th in CHROMASPORTS UNITED COUNTIES PREMIER DIVISION
THREE BRIDGES* - 6th in SUSSEX COUNTY LEAGUE
TIPTON TOWN*  - 15th in BAKER JOINER MIDLAND ALLIANCE
TIVIDALE* - 8th in BAKER JOINER MIDLAND ALLIANCE
TUNBRIDGE WELLS* - 5th in KENT HURLIMANN PREMIER DIVISION
VCD ATHLETIC* - 4th in KENT HURLIMANN PREMIER DIVISION
WEST AUCKLAND TOWN - 2nd in STL NORTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE WHITLEY BAY - 5th in STL NORTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE WILLAND ROVERS - 1st in TOOLSTATION WESTERN PREMIER DIVISION WISBECH TOWN - 5th in RIDGEONS EASTERN COUNTIES LEAGUE STEP SIX AMPTHILL TOWN - 2nd in SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS DIVISION ONE BROCTON* - 10th in ATHIUM MIDLAND COMBINATION PREMIER DIVISION HOLBROOK SPORTS* - 10th in EAST MIDLANDS COUNTIES LEAGUE NORTON UNITED* - 4th in NORTH WEST COUNTIES DIVISION ONE OADBY TOWN* - 5th in EAST MIDLANDS COUNTIES LEAGUE OLD WOODSTOCK TOWN - 2nd in UHLSPORT HELLENIC DIVISION ONE (WEST) * denotes clubs facing third round replays

The Third Round of the FA Vase with Carlsberg took place yesterday with Spartan South Midlands League Division One side Ampthill Town taking the plaudits as one of only two guaranteed step six sides through to the next round. The Bedfordshire side went to the Sussex coast to face Lancing of the Sussex County League Division One (Step 5) and came away with an impressive 1-3 win.It certainly has been a great season so far for manager Craig Bicknell who joined the club in the summer from 2010/11 SSML Division Two champion's Padbury United. All four sides the club have defeated so far in the Vase have been from Step five.

Step six will also be represented by either Holdbrook Sports or Norton United who replay this midweek after a 1-1 draw and Old Woodstock Town who beat local rival's Wantage Town this Sunday afternoon by a scoreline of 1-0 . Brocton and Oadby Town could also make it but they have replays against Step five sides.


AMPTHILL TOWN'S FA VASE RUN 2011/12 

2nd Qualifying Round   - Barkingside                       D 1-1  75
2nd Qualifying Round R - BARKINGSIDE                       W 1-0  62
First Round            - Basildon United                   W 4-0  43
Second Round           - HARINGEY AND WALTHAM DEVELOPMENT  W 3-2 120
Third Round            - Lancing                           W 3-1 140
Fourth Round           - ???

The STL Northern League is well represented once again with five teams through including Whitley Bay who are bidding to lift the Vase for the fourth consecutive year. They are joined by Billingham Synthonia, Dunston UTS, Newcastle Benfield and West Auckland Town who are all definetaly through to the Fourth Round.

Despite the local rivalry and history of the two Enfield clubs which has been well written about elsewhere, the cold end is big enough to say congratulations to Enfield 1893 FC on their win at Long Buckby. The Buck's have won all fifteen of their league games so far this season and have been unbeaten at home in their last 19 league and cup games. Prior to yesterday their last defeat at their home Station Road ground came way back on Saturday 15th January 2011 when Boston Town won a league game 1-2. They are joined by fellow Essex Senior League side Bethnal Green United and possibly Southend Manor who face a tough trip to Sussex County League side Three Bridges after their 0-0 draw yesterday.

Royston Town are the only other side left representing the Spartan South Midlands League after their 1-2 win at Haringey Borough.

Only Wisbech Town are left flying the flag for the Eastern Counties League which is different from previous years for a league that has been traditionally strong in the Vase.

The draw for the Fourth Round takes place tomorrow. Check out the FA website here for more details.

WE ARE TOP OF THE LEAGUE

Enfield Town are top of the Ryman Division One (North) after yesterday's eventful 90+ minutes against Grays Athletic at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium. The Cold End will leave it to the NOT THE ETFC MESSAGE BOARD and the GRAYS ATHLETIC FORUM to comment on the game.

Match highlights are below -

Friday, 2 December 2011

GAME OF THE SEASON (SO FAR) TOMORROW AT THE DONKEY-DOME

Second placed Enfield Town (38 pts from 18 games) play Grays Athletic (now 33 pts from 17 games following their 3 points deduction) in the Ryman Division One (North) tomorrow afternoon at the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium. For both sides it's a highly important game in their quest to keep up with current league leader's Needham Market who travel to Brentwood Town.

LAST SIX LEAGUE GAMES 
ENFIELD TOWN   6 6 0 0 15 7 +8 18 
GRAYS ATHLETIC 6 3 1 2 13 8 +5 10 

GRAYS ATHLETIC LAST THREE AWAY GAMES 

01/11/2011 - Maldon and Tiptree W 3-1 
22/11/2011 - Harlow Town        D 1-1 
26/11/2011 - Needham Market     L 1-2 

The game kicks off at 3pm at the QE STAD, DONKEY LANE, ENFIELD.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

THE TOWN ARE COME BACK KINGS - THE STAGS RUN ENFIELD CLOSE

Waltham Forest certainly didn’t look like a side that hadn’t scored in four games in the game played at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium on Tuesday night. To use a popular cliché it certainly was a game of two halves. The Stags looked sharp going forward with the pairing of ex Towner Jeff Hammond (number 10) and Courtenay White (number 9) along with Manu Dagher (number 7) and Josh Bonnett (number 11) impressing for the away side. Dagher was born in Liberia and has previously played for Dutch League side’s Dordrecht and Kozakken Boys.

The half time score was 0-2 following a penalty kick given to The Stags after what looked like extremely minimal contact between Town’s Dean Pennant and Hammond.  Was it a penalty kick?? - Have a look on the video at 2mins 40secs.
A marvellous second half display by the Town showed how much team spirit there is throughout the club the club at present. Captain Mark Kirby started a tremendous fight-back with the Town playing some excellent football to go 4-2 up. A late Hammond strike made the final few minutes slightly tenser than they should have been but some resolute defending by the Town back four earned another valuable three points. Jon Moore, Liam Hope and Adam Wallace scored Town’s other goals.

Town’s next opponents are Grays Athletic who visit the QE STAD on Saturday in the game of the season so far.  The Essex side were deducted three points this week as the Ryman League have ruled they played an ineligible player in their 0-1 win at Leiston on October 26th. The Ryman League website explains more here

Looking at the league table it shows that even with or without the three points deducted it really is an important game for both sides.  

RYMAN DIVISION ONE (NORTH) CURRENT TABLE – TOP FIVE ONLY 
               P  W  D L GF GA GD PTS
NEEDHAM MARKET 17 12 3 2 55 16 39 39
ENFIELD TOWN   18 11 5 2 40 25 15 38
GRAYS ATHLETIC 17 11 3 3 36 18 18 33*
LEISTON        17 10 3 4 35 18 17 33 
TILBURY        17  9 4 4 35 31  4 31

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS