Monday, 30 January 2012

THE FRIENDS OF CLAPTON FC



The Cold End enjoyed visiting Clapton FC at The Old Spotted Dog Ground back in October and has now been made aware of a new website and group named 'The Friends of Clapton FC' who aim to help keep the historic club alive and help secure it's future.

Many non-league clubs and grounds in the East London area have been lost over the past few decades with Woodford Town, Leyton, Leytonstone and Walthamstow Avenue sadly gone. As such, as The Friends of Clapton FC website states, The Old Spotted Dog is one of the last traditional bastions of football in the East London.

The Friends of Clapton FC also have a facebook page which you can see here

The Old Spotted Dog ground has been the home of Clapton FC since 1888 and is only a short distance away from the Olympic Park and Stadium. Hopefully, The Friends of Clapton FC can help the club move forward in the Essex Senior League.

Clapton FC forthcoming fixtures at The Old Spotted Dog -

Saturday 11th February - Basildon United
Saturday 25th February - Barkingside
Saturday 10th March - Barking
Saturday 24th March - Burnham Ramblers
Saturday 7th April - Eton Manor



RYMAN DIVISION ONE (NORTH) UPDATE

TWO/THREE HORSE RACE OR TOO EARLY TO SAY??

Enfield Town recorded a narrow 2-1 win over Great Wakering Rovers on Saturday with table toppers Leiston gaining a highly impressive 0-3 win at Harlow Town. Third placed Needham Market won in some style by crushing Cheshunt 7-0 at Bloomfields. There is now a gap of twelve points between Leiston and Harlow Town in fourth position. The Hawks could narrow this to nine points if they win their game in hand. Most of the play-off chasing teams all had weekends to forget with Grays Athletic losing to Maldon and Tiptree, Tilbury drawing 2-2 at Waltham Abbey, AFC Sudbury losing at home to Waltham Forest and Brentwood Town going down 4-0 at Heybridge Swifts.

Many people are now saying the race for the title is now only a three or possibly a two horse race. The Cold End, being an Enfield Town fan, is firmly in the 'too early to say' camp as there are still fourteen games (42 points on offer) to be played by the the top three teams.

RYMAN DIVISON ONE (NORTH) CURRENT TABLE - TOP EIGHT ONLY 
                   P  W  D  L  GF  GA  GD  PTS   
1. LEISTON         28 18 6  4  63  28 +35  60 
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2. ENFIELD TOWN    28 17 7  4  62  33 +29  58 
3. NEEDHAM MARKET  28 15 6  7  76  34 +42  51 
4. HARLOW TOWN     27 14 6  7  44  27 +17  48 
5. GRAYS ATHLETIC  28 15 5  8  50  29 +21  47*  
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6. TILBURY         27 13 8  6  49  44 + 5  47 
7. BRENTWOOD TOWN  28 13 6  9  39  24 +15  45 
8. AFC SUDBURY     28 13 6  9  40  40   0  45 
* denotes three points deducted

There is one midweek fixture on Wednesday when Ilford entertain Romford in important game for The Foxes who are botSaturday 10th March 2012 tom of the table.

KEY FIXTURES COMING UP

Saturday 11th February 2012
GRAYS ATHLETIC V NEEDHAM MARKET
With two wins in their last six games it looks at though the best Hakan Hayrettin's side can hope for now is a play-off spot? The Cold End thinks the Essex side are more than capable of putting a run together to move up the table and this is a must win game for both sides.

Saturday 3rd March 2012
BRENTWOOD TOWN V LEISTON
The blues are strong at home and this is a tough trip for Leiston. Although many people said this about their visit to Harlow Town on Saturday.

Saturday 10th March 2012
NEEDHAM MARKET V HARLOW TOWN
A fixture which both sides will need to win to keep their play off and possibly title challenge on track.

Saturday 31st March 2012
ENFIELD TOWN V HARLOW TOWN
Could be a huge fixture with a large crowd watching at The Queen Elizabeth Stadium.

In April Enfield Town have to travel to Needham Market and welcome Leiston to The QE on the penultimate weekend of the season. Needham Market also travel to Leiston in what is shaping up to be the pivotal month in the race for the title.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

WATERLOGGINGS GALORE

Many of local games were called off tonight due to the rain that had been falling for most of last night and throughout the morning causing most pitches to become waterlogged.

Some Spartan South Midlands League games survived but both Ryman Division One (North) at Ware and Waltham Abbey games were postponed.




The pitch at Wodson Park earlier today.

Monday, 23 January 2012

FA VASE UPDATE

The games in the fourth round of the FA Vase were played on Saturday with three games going to replays scheduled for next Saturday. Wisbech Town make the long trip north to Dunston UTS, Gresley go South to Three Bridges and Billingham Synthonia go to Runcorn Town after their matches ended all square over the weekend.

Both Royston Town (lost 2-1 at Bournemouth) and Ampthill Town (lost 2-1 at Oadby Town) went out ending the Spartan South Midlands League interest in the competition.

The Essex Senior League is represented by just one club in Bethnal Green United after Enfield 1893 FC went down 1-0 at Shortwood United. United will face an away tie to the winners of the Dunston UTS v Wisbech Town replay.

Full Fifth Round Draw (due to be played on the 11th February) 

Tividale                             v Peterbrough Northern Star 
Shortwood United                     v Ashington 
Staveley MW                          v Oadby Town 
Billingham Synthonia or Runcorn Town v Bournemouth 
Wisbech Town or Dunston UTS          v Bethnal Green United 
Whitley Bay                          v West Auckland Town 
St Ives Town                         v Gresley or Three Bridges 
Herne Bay                            v Larkhall Athletic 

There are some really good games due to take place with the STL Northern League well represented (possibly five teams subject to replay results) where the tie between top of the table and Vase giant's Whitley Bay and third placed West Auckland Town will attract a good crowd to Hillheads Park. Some superb highlights of Bay's 5-0 victory over Combined Countie's League South Park can be found here courtesy of the excellent WBFCTV. Highlights of the Newcastle Benfield v Herne Bay game can also be found here courtesy of the also excellent "Northern League Football Premiership Passion". West Auckland have played Bay twice so far this season and won both games. Town won 4-2 in the League Cup at their Darlington Road ground on the 20th September and 1-2 on the 25th October in the league at Hillheads Park. The crowd in the league game was 488 on a midweek game which will be easily more than doubled for the cup tie. There is a dress rehearsal the week before the 11th February (when the Fifth Round ties take place) on the 4th February when Darlington Road hosts Whitley Bay in an important league match.

Only one Step Six side are left in the competition with every other team coming from Step Five in the pyramid. Oadby Town play in the East Midland Counties League

TEAMS LEFT IN THE COMPETITION BY LEAGUE 

Chromasports United Counties League Premier Division
ST IVES TOWN               - 4th place
PETERBOROUGH NORTHERN STAR - 6th place 

Baker Joiner Midland Alliance
#GRESLEY - 3rd place 
TIVIDALE - 11th Place 

UHLSport Hellenic League Premier Division 
SHORTWOOD UNITED - 3rd place 

STL Northern League Division One 
WHITLEY BAY           - 1st place 
WEST AUCKLAND TOWN    - 3rd place 
#DUNSTON UTS          - 6th place
ASHINGTON             - 8th place 
#BILLINGHAM SYNTHONIA - 10th place 

BARIS Northern Counties East League Premier Division 
STAVELEY MW - 4th place 

East Midland Counties League 
OADBY TOWN - 4th place*

North West Counties League Premier Division 
#RUNCORN TOWN - 4th place

Sydenhams Wessex League Premier Division
BOURNEMOUTH - 9th place 

Ridgeons Eastern Counties League Premier Division
#WISBECH TOWN - 8th place 

Essex Senior League 
BETHNAL GREEN UNITED - 5th place 

Sussex County League Division One 
#THREE BRIDGES - 5th place 

Kent Hurlimann League Premier Division 
HERNE BAY - 1st place 

Toolstation Western League Premier Division 
LARKHALL ATHLETIC - 3rd place 

# denotes subject to replay.
* denotes lowest ranked team left in the competition. 

Sunday, 22 January 2012

RACE FOR THE TITLE AND PLAY OFFS UPDATE

RYMAN DIVISION ONE (NORTH) - CURRENT TABLE (TOP NINE ONLY)
  

                   P  W  D L  GF GA  GD PTS  P W D L GF GA GD PTS 
1. LEISTON         27 17 6 4  60 28 +32 57   6 4 2 0 13  6 + 7 14
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2. ENFIELD TOWN    27 16 7 4  60 32 +28 55   6 3 2 1 12  4 + 8 11   
3. NEEDHAM MARKET  27 14 6 7  69 34 +35 48   6 1 1 4 11 16 - 5  4 
4. HARLOW TOWN     26 14 6 6  44 24 +20 48   6 5 0 1 14  3 +11 15 
5. GRAYS ATHLETIC  26 15 4 7  50 28 +22 47*  6 2 1 3  6  8 - 2  7
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6. TILBURY         26 13 7 6  47 42 + 5 46   6 4 0 2 11 10 + 1 12 
7. BRENTWOOD TOWN  27 13 6 8  39 20 +19 45   6 4 1 1  7  2 + 5 13
8. AFC SUDBURY     27 13 6 8  39 38 + 1 45   6 2 1 3  9 12 - 3  7     
9. POTTERS BAR     27 12 5 10 46 49 - 3 41   6 3 1 2 12  8 + 4 10
* denotes deducted three points 

NEXT THREE GAMES 

LEISTON         Harlow Town            WALTHAM FOREST   Thamesmead Town 
ENFIELD TOWN    GREAT WAKERING ROVERS  CHATHAM TOWN     Soham Town Rangers   
NEEDHAM MARKET  CHESHUNT               WALTHAM ABBEY    Grays Athletic  
HARLOW TOWN     LEISTON                Heybridge Swifts REDBRIDGE  
GRAYS ATHLETIC  WALTHAM FOREST         MALDON & TIPTREE Potters Bar Town   
TILBURY         Waltham Abbey          Redbridge        Soham Town Rangers  
BRENTWOOD TOWN  Heybridge Swifts       Great Wakering   ROMFORD  
AFC SUDBURY     WALTHAM FOREST         WARE             Waltham Abbey     
POTTERS BAR     Chatham Town           GRAYS ATHLETIC   Waltham Forest   

There's no doubt the game of the day next Saturday takes place at Barrows Farm where in-form Harlow Town welcome table-topper's Leiston. If the Hawks (currently in fourth place) can win this game and their game in hand they could play themselves back into the title race. Of the other sides there is only bottom of the table Ware and third from bottom Great Wakering Rovers that have a last six games playing record that is worse than currently third placed Needham Market. Grays Athletic have only scored six times in their last six games and they will clearly be gutted that after going 1-0 up in their local derby it ended up in a 2-1 defeat against Tilbury yesterday (highlights here courtesy of YOUR THURROCK). The Dockers along with Brentwood Town look the best placed sides to push into the play-off zone. AFC Sudbury, if they can improve their form, will also look to move up the table.

The cold end thinks that Potters Bar Town have lost too many games (10) so far to qualify for the play-offs. As this website has stated in the past since the formation of the new Ryman Division One (North) no side has qualified for the play-offs losing more than 11 games. This would mean The Scholars can only afford to lose one more game in their remaining 15 games. Every season is different so I'm here to be proved incorrect.

Twelth placed Redbridge (lost 8 of their 24 games) could make a push towards the play-offs but they need to win their three games in hand (as well as their other games) which would put them on similar records as AFC Sudbury and Brentwood Town

There are some games this midweek when Waltham Abbey welcome Soham Town Rangers to Capershotts and Ware face Great Wakering Rovers in a relegation six pointer at Wodson Park on Tuesday night. Grays Athletic will look to put Saturday's disappointment behind them when they welcome Waltham Forest on Wednesday night.

NINE MEN TOWN EARN A WELL DESERVED POINT


SPOT THE DIFFERENCE. TOWN FANS GATHER ON THE POTTERS BAR KOP ON THE 5th DECEMBER 2009 (ABOVE) & YESTERDAY (21st JANUARY 2012)
The game at Potters Bar Town yesterday will be remembered for all the wrong reasons but also the heroic performance from the nine men of Enfield Town in the second half.

Both Walid Matata and Mark Kirby were given straight red cards just prior to half time as what had been a largely uneventful game boiled over between the two local rivals.

The cold end had my four year old boy with me yesterday so juggling the camera and keeping an eye on him was difficult to say the least. Therefore, their is only a ultra-small highlights package for you to view.

Walid's red card came after a foul was given against him when The Scholar's right back Ashley Harrison Barker grabbed his shirt. Potters Bar's midfielder Josh Urquhart then went to clear the ball and caught Walid with the kick. Walid's reaction was to raise his hand and cuff him in the face. (see the video for the replay as this was the only real piece of action I got all afternoon). Urquhart fell to the floor and it then appeared Rob Magwood and Walid went face-to-face/head-to-head with other players pushing and shoving.  Walid was red-carded and Magwood received a yellow card for his part in the incident. What is interesting is that looking at the replay it appears the referee didn't see the initial incident and it was only after consultation with his assistant who presumably saw Walid raise his hand that the red card was given. In all his games for Enfield Town I've never seen Walid react like this and he is clearly not this sort of player or person. It looks as though it was a rush of blood/moment of madness from Walid.

In the cold end's opinion it was after this controversial incident that some of the Enfield Town fans present (only a small percentage) really let themselves down and tarnished the good name of the club by shouting and swearing abuse at the referee, who had relied on his assistant seeing the incident to give the red card, was now being called all sorts. As I have stated before I accept (whether it's right or wrong?) that swearing is part of the game from Premier League down to our grassroots level but some people crossed the line yesterday and in my humble opinion this behaviour was wrong.

I didn't agree with some of the decisions the officials made throughout the 90 minutes (what football fan does??) but I also don't agree with the verbal abuse of the officials either. Banter is good...over the top effing and blinding is not!! It does our football club no favours whatsoever. Thankfully, this doesn't happen all the time.

To make matter's worse for the 10 men of town Mark Kirby was red carded just prior to the break when apparently after receiving some verbal abuse from a member of the crowd he reacted and gave some back.

The second half was a fantastic performance from Enfield Town with Michael Bardle and Craig McKay coming on for Liam Hope and Jey Siva - In spells Town really did look like the better side even with only nine men. Adam Wallace was the lone man up front and absolutely ran his socks off in a man of the match performance of heroic proportions.

The cold end was impressed by Potters Bar's big centre back Bradley Fraser who had a very decent game. Fraser came through the youth system at Boreham Wood and has also played for Ryman Premier Hendon. He looks a very good player who is strong in the air and also confident on the ball.

Here is the footage from the game featuring Liam Hope's chance in the first half and Walid's sending off. Unfortunately I pressed stop before I could capture the aftermath of the incident.

Friday, 20 January 2012

A NARROW WIN FOR BALDOCK TOWN AT GOLDSDOWN ROAD









The Cold End paid a visit to Goldsdown Road on Wednesday night to see the Hertfordshire Senior County Premier Division game between Goffs Oak (in seventh place prior to this game) and Baldock Town for whom a win would of put them top of the table in this game.

Goffs Oak are spending their first season in the Premier Division (Step 7) of the Hertfordshire Senior County League  and are having a good season with Baldock losing only one game up until their  seventeen league games. They and Met Policy Bushey are involved in a straight fight for the title with Baldock still having two games in hand over their rivals after this game.
The squad list as per programme
You’ll see from the pictures and footage that Goldsdown Road has changed since The Town moved out over the summer. Enfield 1893 FC have built a new main stand and extended the terracing on the far side.
The ground is also now home to Akincilar FC who are top of the Turkish Community Football Federation Ezel Division One. They play on Sunday’s alongside such teams as Iskele, Koture and Pekunspor amongst others.

Goffs Oak were unlucky not to get anything from the game but it was Baldock who narrowly collected the three points with a 0-1 win courtesy of an own goal.

Goffs had two good shouts for penalty kicks at the end of the first half (from 2mins on the video) and in particular right at the end of the game (from 4mins 25secs)  

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

THE MOTORMEN OUT-FOXED IN LOCAL DERBY

GLOWACKI RETURNS TO OAKSIDE TO HAUNT HIS FORMER SIDE
MATCH PLAYED ON TUESDAY 17th JANUARY 2012

Many football games across the Capital and surrounding counties were called off on Tuesday due to the ice cold conditions that had kept pitches frozen throughout the day but the supporters of Redbridge and Ilford and those who attended the game at Oakside were lucky as the referee, Mr C O’Donnell, passed the surface as safe and playable.

As I entered the ground, at around 7.20pm, the prospects of the game kicking off didn’t look good as a white sprinkling of frost lay on top of the pitch with the surface looking rock solid in parts.  As it stands it was the correct decision to play the game as this must be one of the only winter evening games I have ever seen where the temperature actually rose during the game.  It was still cold though!!

Both Ilford and Redbridge’s grounds fall within The London Borough of Redbridge with only a few miles separating Cricklefield Stadium in Seven Kings and Oakside in Barkingside so this really was a true local derby. Some fans on Twitter nicknamed it the ‘169 derby’ after the London Bus which runs from Ilford to Barkingside.

The game was a decent one with Redbridge in control for the majority of the first half but unable to convert a number of good chances up until the 43rd minute when they took the lead from the penalty spot via Ben Bradbury. Robb Budd, in the Ilford goal, made two highly impressive saves to keep his side in the game.

The second half was totally different as Ilford were much the better side belying their status at the bottom of the Ryman Division One (North) table.  Both goals the foxes scored were very good. Rob Carter glanced home a cross from the left hand side following a defence splitting pass from midfielder Jan Skonieski.  Former Redbridge player Jonathan Glowacki then came back to haunt his old club as he scored the second goal to crown a fantastic come back from Ilford. Glowacki, who had been with The Motormen prior to Christmas, struck with a looping chip from outside of the penalty area.

The win puts Ilford on 11 points just 3 away from twentieth placed Great Wakering Rovers who they travel to tomorrow in a massive relegation six pointer game.

LINE UPS 

REDBRIDGE          ILFORD 

JOE WRIGHT      1  ROBB BUDD
JAMIE HAYWOOD   2  RICHARD SIMPSON
VINCENT DURRANT 3  RAFFAEL KAPHDORIS
MATTHEW TURPIN  4  OBENGA SONOGA
GLEN GOLBY      5  FARAI HALLAM
DANIEL HOPKINS  6  JAN SKONIESKI 
BEN BRADBURY    7  DANIEL ABIOYE
MICHAEL TONER   8  JONATHAN GLOWACKI  
JOE GARDNER     9  ROB CARTER
RYAN WADE       10 DANNY GABRIEL 
NATHAN GORDON   11 STEPHEN OPOKA 

SUBS 
RYAN MURRAY (ON FOR 12)  12 JOSH JARVIS (ON FOR 10)
                         14 GARRETT QUINN (ON FOR 4)
STUART HEPBURN           15
LEWIS DARK (ON FOR 6)    16 LOUI HAZLEWOOD (ON FOR 7)
MITCHELL DAS (ON FOR 10) 17

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

APOLOGIES FOR THE LACK OF ACTION ON THE COLD END

The Cold End is sorry for the lack of match action this week on the website but can confirm that highlights of Redbridge v Ilford from the Ryman Division One (North) on Tuesday and Goffs Oak v Baldock Town in the Hertfordshire Senior County League on Wednesday are in the process of being edited and should hopefully be on line tomorrow night.

There unfortunately hasn't been enough hours in the day for me of late.

Sunday, 15 January 2012

NOEL IMBER SAVES THE DAY

Goalkeeper Noel Imber was the hero for Enfield Town yesterday as he pulled off a number of excellent saves including one from the penalty spot against a very well organised Brentwood Town side who were unlucky not to get anything from the game.

Not that Enfield Town weren’t impressive as every player worked their socks off to get the all important three points. As well as Imber it was the back four of Lee Allen (making his first start since Tuesday 6th December), Mark Kirby, Dave Kendall and Jey Siva who all worked tremendously hard and put in sterling performances.
Imber’s penalty save came after Kendall was red-carded in the second half for tugging back Brentwood’s powerful and pacey centre forward Jose Espinoza when he was through on goal. I only just got the incident on camera but it looked like the right decision was made if you look at it from a neutral prospective.
Town’s 1-0 victory keeps them top of the league and although it wasn’t the champagne football the Town fans had witnessed at Romford last week the result will probably please Steve Newing more due to the determined nature of every player on the pitch. The substitutes Leon Osei, Craig McKay and Michael Ewang also played their part with Osei carrying out some much required skill and trickery to keep the ball in the corner away from the Brentwood goal towards the end of the game.

The Cold End has to say Brentwood Town were one of the best sides I’ve seen in the league this season and I expect to see them going for a play-off spot at the business end of the season.  What was good is that both sides played the game the right way passing the ball around and only going long-ball on rare occasions. 

Tyler Campbell, who multi-switched from left to right midfield with Robbie Rees, impressed with the experience of Darren Blewitt at the back along with Elliott Justham in goal (who has recently had a trial at Championship side Reading) showing why Brentwood have the best defensive record in the league so far.

Ask the average man or woman on the street what do they think of when Brentwood is mentioned and a good percentage of people will probably mention some of the stars “The Only Way Is Essex” and the “The Sugar Hut” nightclub. Steve Witherspoon will be hoping The Blues will also put the Town on the map for footballing reasons over the next few months going towards the end of the season and the race for the play-offs.  
One other talking point from the game came just before half time when Rudi Hall went in for a tackle on Ryan Doyle. With the much publicised tackles and subsequent issuing/non issuing of red cards in Manchester City’s televised FA Cup and League Cup of late it was interesting to see what the referee would do. Rudi’s studs were up but if you look at the replay it was only ever the ball he was going to win and although some of the Brentwood player’s thought it was two footed you can clearly see Rudi only goes in with one foot. A few years ago it would have been a perfectly timed and well executed tackle but these days you never know what will happen?? The referee issued Rudi with a booking. Have a look at the footage from 4mins and make your decision as to whether it was correct or not?
TEAM LINE UPS



MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

Friday, 13 January 2012

FOUR RYMAN LEAGUE TEAMS GOING FOR GLORY IN THE FA TROPHY

Four teams fly the flag for the Ryman League in the FA Trophy tomorrow afternoon. All are from the Premier Division with two teams at home and two teams on the road. East Thurrock United welcome Blue Square South Hampton and Richmond to Rookery Hill with AFC Hornchurch and Carshalton Athletic travelling to Blue Square Premier sides Grimsby Town and Lincoln City. The tie which captures the imagination for many people is at The St George's Stadium where 1985 winner's Wealdstone facing 1990 and 2010 winner's Barrow AFC.

Could there be a shock in store?? The Stones have only lost one out of seventeen games in league and cup competition since the beginning of November with Barrow (currently 11th place in the Blue Square Premier) only winning three out of their 14 league games away from home to date. These wins were at Darlington, Ebbsfleet United and Bath City who are all teams struggling in the wrong half of the table.

Watford player Britt Assombalonga, who impressed against Enfield Town in the Middlesex Senior Cup in early December, has scored eight times for The Stones during his loan spell and should start tomorrow.    

SKY BET make the BSP team favourites at 5/6 but Wealdstone at 12/5 looks good value odds for The Stones. The draw is rated as 5/2.

Top of the table AFC Hornchurch make the trip to in-form Grimsby Town with Carshalton Athletic travelling to a Lincoln City side hovering above the BSP relegation zone. Unsurprisingly both sides are rated as outsiders with The Urchins at 11/2 and The Robins at 5/1. Both sides supporters are bound to have days they won't forget for a long while and with nothing to lose a upset could be on the cards???  A draw for either would be a brilliant result.

East Thurrock United are 13/8 to beat Hampton and Richmond (6/5) at Rookery Hill.

THE COLD END WISHES ALL FOUR TEAMS THE BEST OF LUCK AND HOPES THE RYMAN FLAG IS STILL FLYING IN THE COMPETITION AT 5PM!

Thursday, 12 January 2012

THE COLD END LOCAL GAMES OF THE WEEKEND


Eagle eye cold end readers will have noticed the mistake I made in last weekend's Hertfordshire Senior County League "game of the weekend" actually takes place on Saturday so we'll stick with the Metropolitan Police Bushey v Cuffley match again as below.

Hertfordshire Senior County League
Premier Division
Metropolitan Police (Bushey) v Cuffley

Thirteenth placed Cuffley make the trip to top of the table Met Police on the back of three league defeats against Wormley Rovers, Hinton and Codicote. The two sides met in the Anagram Records Trophy on Saturday 19th November which ended 1-1 and went to penalty kicks which the Met won 3-2. The league game between the two on the 3rd September was a close one too which Cuffley lost 1-2 at the King George V Playing Fields. Can Cuffley inflict the first defeat on the table toppers?? The Police need to keep winning with Baldock Town in 2nd place with games in hand.


Spartan South Midlands League
Division Two
Bletchley Town v MK Wanderers

As usual, their are plenty of good games in the SSML this weekend but the cold end is going for a local derby clash in Division Two between 9th placed (of 14) Bletchley Town and MK Wanderers (14th). The Wanderers are without a win in seven league games but only narrowly lost to THE 61 FC (Luton) in their last game on the 17th December. Last season's derby games drew crowds of 39 at MK Wanderers when Bletchley won 2-3 and 35 in the return game which The Gladiators won 7-0. On form Bletchley should win this game but in local derby games anything could happen??

Essex Senior League
Sporting Bengal United v Bethnal Green United

More local derby action in the ESL as the two team's who currently share The Mile End Stadium face each other for the third time this season. Bethnal Green have won both games so far - in the league 2-1 and in the last round of the FA Vase by 5-2. SBU had a great result last weekend by drawing 0-0 at Enfield 1893 and Bethnal Green won narrowly 2-1 against another local team, Clapton, on Wednesday night.

Middlesex Senior County League
Premier Divsion
Interwood v Southall

Runaway leader's Interwood welcome 4th placed Southall. Since the two clubs met on Saturday 1st October, when Interwood won 2-3, Southall have won five games and drawn one. Interwood have won seven and lost one. Their defeat, against FC Romania (0-1) on Saturday 17th December, was their first loss of the season.  Definitely an excellent game in prospect where East plays West London at Wadham Lodge.

Saturday, 7 January 2012

FIVE STAR PERFORMANCE FROM TOWN AT ROMFORD

No highlights tonight as unfortunately the cold end couldn't make it to the Romford game but can report it was an excellent performance from the Town who won 0-5. Jon Moore, Rudi Hall (pen), Neil Johnston, Walid Matata all scored for the Town along with an Own Goal.
This was the first time Romford have conceded five goals in a home league game since Saturday 29th March 2008 when Barkingside won 2-5 in an Essex Senior League game.

Today's Ryman Division One (North) Results 
BRENTWOOD TOWN        3 CHATHAM TOWN 0
CHESHUNT              0 GRAYS ATHLETIC 1
GREAT WAKERING ROVERS 0 WALTHAM ABBEY 2 
LEISTON               1 WARE 1 
MALDON AND TIPTREE    1 THAMESMEAD TOWN 0
POTTERS BAR TOWN      5 AFC SUDBURY 1 
REDBRIDGE             3 NEEDHAM MARKET 2 
ROMFORD               0 ENFIELD TOWN 5 
SOHAM TOWN RANGERS    1 HARLOW TOWN 3 
TILBURY               4 ILFORD 1 
WALTHAM FOREST        0 HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS 2 

Ware's surprise 1-1 draw at Leiston means Town are back on top of the league. Ryan Mattos's late strike for Ware gained only their third point away from Wodson Park this season. Potters Bar Town got their second good result of the week when they put five past AFC Sudbury and they seem to be hitting a bit of form which Steve Newing and the team will be well aware of  and prepared for when Town travel to The South Mimms Travel Stadium on Saturday 21st January. Tilbury replace AFC Sudbury in the play-off zone who are followed closely by Brentwood Town (who visit the QE STAD next Saturday) and Harlow Town.

Ryman Division One (North) Current Table - Top Nine Only 
                  P  W  D  L  GF  GA  GD  PTS                NEXT GAME      
1. ENFIELD TOWN   25 15 6  4  59  32 +27  51                 BRENTWOOD TOWN (H) - SAT  
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2. LEISTON        24 15 5  4  52  23 +29  50                 AFC Sudbury (a)    - SAT 
3. GRAYS ATHLETIC 24 15 4  5  49  24 +25  46* 3pts deducted  REDBRIDGE (H)      - WED
4. NEEDHAM MARKET 25 13 5  7  63  31 +32  44                 MALDON & TIP (H)   - SAT                
5. TILBURY        24 12 7  5  45  38 + 7  43                 Harlow Town (a)    - SAT 
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6. BRENTWOOD TOWN 25 12 6  7  38  19 +19  42                 Enfield Town (a)   - SAT  
7. HARLOW TOWN    25 12 6  6  40  24 +16  42                 TILBURY (H)        - SAT
8. AFC SUDBURY    25 12 6  7  33  34 - 1  42                 LEISTON (H)        - SAT 
9. HEYBRIDGE SWI  25 11 5  9  43  37 + 6  38                 POTTERS BAR (H)    - SAT 

Some great games coming up next Saturday with Enfield Town v Brentwood Town, AFC Sudbury v Leiston and a real play-off six pointer at Barrows Farm when Tilbury go to Harlow Town.

Friday, 6 January 2012

RYMAN DIVISION ONE (NORTH) SATURDAY PREVIEW

Ryman Division One (North) Fixtures for Saturday 7th January 2012 

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

Enfield Town travel to play Romford tomorrow afternoon in a fixture that the home side won 2-0 last season. The Boro had a great 1-2 win at Grays Athletic on Boxing Day but since have lost at Redbridge (0-3) and then at home to Thamesmead Town (0-1). They have a good record at home having played 12 league games at Mill Field so far only losing twice to Thamesmead Town (as above) and Leiston (1-2 on 23/10/11) so it's another tough game for the Town.

At the top of the table Leiston host 2nd bottom Ware who will be in good spirits following their second victory of the season at home to Cheshunt on Bank Holiday Monday. Needham Market have a tough looking trip to Redbridge who if they play as well as they did against Town in the first half on Monday could give the Marketmen a good game. Grays Athletic go to Cheshunt with AFC Sudbury visiting Potters Bar Town.

THE COLD END LOCAL GAMES OF THE WEEKEND


Welcome to a new feature on the cold end called 'local games of the weekend'. Here, the cold end will take you away from the Ryman League and list you the games of the day in the four leagues at Step 5 and below in the local area close to Enfield. They are The Spartan South Midlands League, Essex Senior League, Hertfordshire Senior County League and the Middlesex County League

Here are this Saturday's cold end games of the day -


Metropolitan Police (Bushey) v Cuffley
Hertfordshire Senior County League Premier Division

Thirteenth placed Cuffley make the trip to top of the table Met Police on the back of three league defeats against Wormley Rovers, Hinton and Codicote. The two sides met in the Anagram Records Trophy on Saturday 19th November which ended 1-1 and went to penalty kicks which the Met won 3-2. The league game between the two on the 3rd September was a close one too which Cuffley lost 1-2 at the King George V Playing Fields. Can Cuffley inflict the first defeat on the table toppers??  The Police need to keep winning with Baldock Town in 2nd place with games in hand.


Royston Town v Leverstock Green
Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division

Top of the table versus fifth place at Garden Walk. The Crows, after a blip of two defeats to AFC Dunstable and Stotfold, have got back to winning ways in their last three games. Biggleswade United were thrashed 7-0 on Bank Holiday Monday. Levvy made a great start to the season but the wheels have fallen off somewhat over the last few months with seven defeats in their last thirteen games. The table toppers should win this game but Levvy are a dangerous side so could spring a surprise.
St Johns DFC v Kilburn
Middlesex County League Division One

St Johns Deaf FC, who have only played eight league games so far, welcome current leader's Kilburn FC to The Walker Ground in Southgate. The home side are currently on 16 points from 8 games with Kilburn on 28 points from 11 games so this is a very important game for both clubs. The two sides met on Saturday 17th September where Kilburn won what sounds like a classic encounter 5-4. That game was played in the shadow of the National Stadium at The Ark Academy in Wembley where Kilburn currently play their home games.

Sawbridgeworth Town v Southend Manor
Essex Senior League

Prior to the ESL's Christmas break Sawbo loss 3-2 at Southend's Southchurch Park which was their first defeat in eight games where their form read WWWWWWDL during which time they scored 25 goals. In their first 10 league games Sawbo only won once in the 3-6 victory at Clapton.  Manor need to keep winning to maintain their title challenge alongside Witham Town and Enfield 1893 FC. Manor go to Goldsdown Road on Tuesday night to play 1893 who face mid-table Sporting Bengal United tomorrow afternoon. The midweek game is certainly one of the most anticipated games of the ESL season so far.

ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE - CURRENT TABLE - TOP THREE ONLY 
                    P  W  D  L  GF  GA  GD  PTS  
1. WITHAM TOWN      18 13 4  1  54  15 +39  43 
2. SOUTHEND MANOR   17 13 3  1  44  19 +25  42 
3. ENFIELD 1893 FC  16 12 3  1  34  12 +22  39 

The above table shows how close the battle for the title in the ESL is and how important Tuesday's 1893 v Southend Manor game will be.

THE NEXT LEISTON, NEEDHAM MARKET OR LOWESTOFT TOWN??

Ridgeons Eastern Counties Football League Premier Division Current Table - Top Four 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. WROXHAM            13 10 2 1 38  9   11 8 1 2 25  8   24 18 3 3 63 17 +46 57     
2. BRANTHAM ATHLETIC  12 7  1 4 23 20   11 8 1 2 33 11   23 15 2 6 56 31 +25 47  
3. ELY CITY           12 10 2 0 29 15   10 4 3 3 20 20   22 14 5 3 49 35 +14 47 
4. WISBECH TOWN       19 6  0 4 20 12   12 8 1 3 32 22   22 14 1 7 52 34 +18 45 

Wroxham appear to be running away with the Eastern Counties League being ten points above their nearest challengers Brantham Athletic and Ely City. However, Should Ely win their two games in hand they would only be four points off the top with The Yachtsmen due to visit Ely's Unwin Ground on Saturday 4th February.

Brantham Athletic have within their ranks the current top scorer in the league in Ollie Mann on 19 goals in 22 games. Mann was scouted by several league clubs and the club rejected offers in excess of £10,000 from clubs higher up the non-league pyramid at the end of last season. Brantham moved back up to the ECL in 2008 after being relegated to the Suffolk and Ipswich League in 1995. Their best finish in the ECL came in the 1982/83 season when they finished 4th.

Wroxham dominated the league in the 1990's winning the title on no less than six occasions and once again in 2007. Their three league defeats so far came against Brantham Athletic, Gorleston and most recently on the 2nd January at Walsham-Le-Willows.

Ely City won their first game of the season but followed this up with two defeats at Dereham Town and Haverhill Rovers. Norwich United inflicted their third defeat by a score of 2-0 on Saturday 3rd December. They face Walsham-Le-Willows this Saturday who caused one of the surprise results of the season when beating Wroxham detailed above.

So, as it stands, it looks to be a straight race between Ely City and Wroxham but a slip up could allow Brantham Athletic or even fourth placed Wisbech Town in. Wisbech were beaten by Ely on Boxing Day and then went down to Wroxham on Saturday 31st December. Although the seven games that Wisbech have lost so far may discount them from the title race as only Lowestoft Town in 2005/06 lost more than 7 games and won the league. They lost eight out of their 42 games.

It remains to be announced what teams will apply for promotion to step 4 subject to ground grading etc.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

HELP SAVE THE BLOATERS!


Back in October The Cold End visited the Norfolk coastal town of Great Yarmouth and the wonderful Wellesley Recreation Ground where the Town's football side have played since being formed in the 1890's.

The Bloaters have been struggling both on and off the field this season and subsequently find themselves rooted to the bottom of the Eastern Counties League Premier Division.

A club Extraordinary General Meeting  takes place next Tuesday where various proposals are to be discussed. You can read about these here in the pinkun.

A fund raising campaign has been set up by loyal supporter Rich Davison entitled 'HELP SAVE THE BLOATERS' which you can read about here on the 'save the bloaters' website. You can also follow him on twitter @SaveTheBloaters

If you are reading this and you can help the historic club in anyway please contact Rich via his Twitter account.

With only one win in their twenty-five league games so far The Bloaters had a good 2-2 draw in the local derby game on Boxing Day with Gorleston where a good crowd of 342 turned out at The Wellesley. Things took another dip on the 31st December when visiting Woodbridge Town recorded a 1-8 victory before another defeat at nearby Kirkley and Pakefield (0-2).

The Bloaters are next in action on Saturday when they welcome Wivenhoe Town to the Seaside before Stanway Rovers come to town on Saturday 14th January. They then make the trip to CRC on Saturday 21st January.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

NEW YEAR LEAGUE TABLE-FEST - THE RACE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP AND PLAY OFFS!!

With the New Year of 2012 now into it's fourth day the cold end though it would be good to look at Enfield Town's Ryman Division One (North) table in detail to see who's in with a shout of the title or play-offs and what teams are looking at the security of mid-table mediocrity.  Firstly, we need to look at the records of the previous season's champions and fifth placed sides which is the last place for sides to qualify for the play-offs for those not in the know. The records go back to 2006/07 when the Ryman Division One (North) was created.

CHAMPIONS 
                            P  W  D L    GF  GA  GD PTS    WIN%  LOSS% PPG  
2006/07 AFC HORNCHURCH      42 32 7 3    96  27 +69 103    76.19  7.14 2.45
2007/08 DARTFORD            42 27 8 7    107 42 +65 89     64.29 16.67 2.12
2008/09 AVELEY              42 29 9 4    81  40 +41 96     69.04  9.53 2.29
2009/10 LOWESTOFT TOWN      42 32 5 5    115 37 +78 101    76.19 11.90 2.40
2010/11 EAST THURROCK UTD   40 30 5 5    92  38 +54 85     75.00 12.50 2.38
AVERAGE -                           4.75*           97.25* 72.14 11.55 2.33 
* denotes based on 42 game seasons from 2006 to 2010.  

FIFTH PLACE                
                            P  W  D  L    GF  GA  GD PTS    WIN%  LOSS% PPG 
2006/07 AFC SUDBURY         42 19 13 10   67  41 +26 70     45.24 23.81 1.67 
2007/08 CANVEY ISLAND       42 23 10 9    82  39 +43 79     54.76 21.43 1.88 
2008/09 CONCORD RANGERS     42 23 10 9    83  34 +49 79     54.76 21.43 1.88 
2009/10 EAST THURROCK UTD   42 23 8  11   102 59 +43 72     54.76 26.19 1.71 
2010/11 BRENTWOOD TOWN      40 20 9  11   75  55 +20 69     50.00 27.50 1.73
AVERAGE -                            9.75*           75*    51.90 24.07 1.77 
* denotes based on 42 games seasons from 2006 to 2010 
 

I have based the average losses and points totals on the 42 game seasons so not to confuse things. Only forty league games were played last season due to the demise of Leyton. Looking at the statistics it looks as if to be champions teams must aim for losing no more than 5 games and for a total of around 98 points. The average total points is somewhat inflated with the impressive hauls of AFC Hornchurch and Lowestoft Town. It comes down to 90 points based on East Thurrock United, Dartford and Aveley's totals.

NO TEAM WITH TWELVE OR MORE DEFEATS HAS NOT QUALIFIED FOR THE PLAY-OFFS SINCE THE RYMAN DIVISION ONE (NORTH) WAS FORMED IN 2006/07

To qualify for the play offs teams should aim for no more than 10 defeats with a points total of 75. It's a fact that teams with twelve or more defeats haven't qualified for the play-offs since 2006/07. Five teams (25%) have qualified with 11 defeats (Maldon Town and Enfield Town 2006/07, East Thurrock United 2009/10 and Harlow Town & Brentwood Town 2010/11). Each season is different but on those figures teams such as current thirteenth placed Chatham Town (on 11 defeats so far) can't afford to lose another game all season should they wish to make a late run to qualify for the play-offs.

RYMAN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE (NORTH) CURRENT TABLE
Featuring win%, loss% and points per game
                     P  W  WIN%  L  LOSS%  PTS  P.P.G  VERDICT
1. LEISTON           23 15 65.22 4  17.39  49   2.13   TITLE CHALLENGERS   
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2. ENFIELD TOWN      24 14 58.33 4  16.67  48   2.00   TITLE CHALLENGERS
3. NEEDHAM MARKET    24 13 54.16 6  25.00  44   1.83   TITLE CHALLENGERS
4. GRAYS ATHLETIC*   23 14 60.87 5  21.74  43   1.87   TITLE CHALLENGERS  
5. AFC SUDBURY       24 12 50.00 6  25.00  42   1.75   COULD CRASH THE TITLE RACE?? 
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6. TILBURY           23 11 47.83 5  21.74  40   1.74   PLAY OFF CONTENDERS
7. BRENTWOOD TOWN    24 11 45.83 7  29.17  39   1.63   CAN ONLY AFFORD A FEW MORE DEFEATS
8. HARLOW TOWN       23 11 47.83 6  26.09  39   1.70   NEED A RUN OF WINS - PLAY OFF CONTENDERS 
9. HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS  24 10 41.67 9  37.50  35   1.46   LOST 9 GAMES ALREADY - DIFFICULT TO REACH PLAY OFFS
10.THAMESMEAD TOWN   22 10 45.45 7  31.82  35   1.59   NEED TO WIN THEIR 2 GAMES IN HAND
11.POTTERS BAR TOWN  24 10 41.67 10 41.67  34   1.42   10 DEFEATS - MID TABLE FINISH
12.WALTHAM ABBEY     23 10 43.48 10 43.48  33   1.43   10 DEFEATS - MID TABLE FINISH
13.CHATHAM TOWN      24 10 41.67 11 45.83  33   1.38   11 DEFEATS - MID TABLE FINISH    
14.ROMFORD           23  8 34.78 7  30.43  32   1.39   DRAWN TOO MANY GAMES 
15.REDBRIDGE         20  8 40.00 7  35.00  29   1.45   LOST 7 OF 20 (35%) - NEED TO GO ON A WINNING RUN   
16.WALTHAM FOREST    22  7 31.82 10 45.45  26   1.18   FALLEN AWAY AFTER A GOOD START 
17.MALDON & TIPTREE  22  6 27.27 11 50.00  23   1.04   LOST TOO MANY GAMES 
18.SOHAM TOWN RANG   24  5 22.73 11 45.83  23   0.96   LOST TOO MANY GAMES 
19.CHESHUNT          24  5 20.82 11 45.83  23   0.96   LOST TOO MANY GAMES  
20.GREAT WAKERING    21  3 12.50 16 76.19  14   0.67   WORST LOST % IN THE TABLE - WILL IMPROVE WITH NEW MANAGER  
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21.WARE              24  2  8.33 17 58.33  11   0.46   MONDAY'S WIN PUTS THEM IN TOUCH WITH GWR
22.ILFORD            22  1  4.55 16 72.72   8   0.36   TRADITIONALLY IMPROVE IN NEW YEAR - NEED BIG PUSH TO FINISH 20th OR ABOVE  

RED denotes best figures 
* denotes Grays Athletic deducted 3 points - they would be on 2.00 p.p.g

Looking at the above table it looks as if the eventual title winners will come from the top four or maybe AFC Sudbury. Grays Athletic's three point deduction could be highly important in a bad way for Hakan Hayrettin's side at the end of the season. Needham's drop in form since the injury to their talismanic striker Sam Newson could mean they end up in the play offs and not first place - the cold end says discount them at your peril!

Of the teams looking at gate crashing the top five Tilbury, Brentwood Town and Harlow Town look in the best position. Heybridge Swifts have lost 9 games (37.50%) which will mean they can only really afford to lose a maximum of 2 or at a push 3 matches in their remaining eighteen games. Not impossible but a tough ask. Behind the Swifts are Thamesmead Town who, if they win their game(s) in hand over the teams above them, could make a run for the play-offs.

THE TOP FIVE TABLE 
games between the current top five 
                    HOME           AWAY           TOTAL 
                    P W D L GF GA  P W D L GF GA  P W D L GF GA GD PTS MAX  WIN%  P.P.G 
1. LEISTON          3 1 2 0  5  4  2 1 0 1  5  1  5 2 2 1 10  5 +5   8 (15) 40.00 1.60
2. ENFIELD TOWN     2 1 1 0  4  3  2 1 0 1  3  3  4 2 1 1  7  6 +4   7 (12) 50.00 1.75 
3. NEEDHAM MARKET   3 2 0 1  4  7  2 0 1 1  2  3  5 2 1 2  6 10 -4   7 (15) 40.00 1.40
4. GRAYS ATHELTIC   2 2 0 0  5  0  3 0 1 2  4  6  5 2 1 2  9  6 +3   4*(15) 40.00 0.80 1.40*
5. AFC SUDBURY      2 1 0 1  2  2  3 0 1 2  2  7  5 1 1 3  4  9 -5   4 (15) 20.00 0.80

RED denotes best figures

To win the title you have to have good results against the other teams up the top of the league and although Leiston top this table with eight points it's Town who currently have the best record with 7 points from 12 on offer with a 50% win ratio and a p.p.g of 1.75. Town have four games left against the current top five with the other sides all on three left. The remaining games between the title challengers could be pivotal as to who finishes top.

GAMES LEFT BETWEEN THE CURRENT TOP FIVE 

                LEISTON        ENFIELD TOWN    NEEDHAM MARKET  GRAYS ATHLETIC  AFC SUDBURY 
Sat 14th Jan    AFC Sudbury    -               -               -               LEISTON 
Sat 11th Feb    -              -               Grays Athletic  NEEDHAM MARKET  -
Sat 3rd  Mar    -              AFC SUDBURY     -               -               Enfield Town
Sat 31st Mar    -              -               -               AFC Sudbury     Grays Athletic 
Sat 7th  Apr    -              NEEDHAM MARKET  Enfield Town    -               -
Mon 9th  Apr    NEEDHAM MARKET -               Leiston         -               - 
Sat 21st Apr    ENFIELD TOWN   LEISTON         -               -               -
Sat 28th Apr    -              Grays Athletic  -               ENFIELD TOWN    -  

Enfield Town's final six games are as tough as they come as we face Harlow Town, Waltham Abbey and Leiston at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium along with trips to Needham Market, Cheshunt and on the final day of the season to Grays Athletic.

TOP FIVE SCORING TEAMS IN THE LEAGUE 
                    gls   pos
1. NEEDHAM MARKET   61    3rd
2. ENFIELD TOWN     54    2nd
3. WALTHAM ABBEY    52    12th 
4. LEISTON          51    1st 
5. GRAYS ATHLETIC   48    4th

TOP FIVE DEFENCES IN THE LEAGUE
                  let in pos 
1. BRENTWOOD TOWN 19     7th 
2. LEISTON        22     1st 
3. HARLOW TOWN    23     8th
4. GRAYS ATHLETIC 24     4th
5. NEEDHAM MARKET 28     3rd 

TOP FIVE WORST SCORING TEAMS IN THE LEAGUE 
                         gls  pos
1. WARE                  18  21st 
2. ILFORD                19  22nd 
3. CHESHUNT              22  19th 
4. GREAT WAKERING ROVERS 26  20th 
5= AFC SUDBURY           32  5th
5= CHATHAM TOWN          32  13th 
5= MALDON AND TIPTREE    32  17th
5= SOHAM TOWN            32  18th

TOP FIVE WORST DEFENCES IN THE LEAGUE
                         let in   pos  
1. GREAT WAKERING ROVERS 62       20th 
2. WALTHAM ABBEY         49       12th
3= POTTERS BAR TOWN      48       11th
3= SOHAM TOWN RANGERS    48       18th
3= WARE                  48       21st

Its no surprise to see bottom side's Ilford and Ware as the worst scoring teams in the table currently on 18 and 19 goals respectively. Waltham Abbey makes an appearance in the worst defence and best attackers table scoring 52 goals but letting in 49.

One thing that is certain is that the title run in over the next few months is going to be a very exciting one with up to five teams involved. There is some impressive football being played not just in the Ryman League but in all the non league divisions across the country. I highly recommend a visit to your local club. Great value for money.

MODUS HOPPER RANDOM VISITS THE DONKEY-DOME

One of the best ground hopping blogs on the Internet made a visit to the Queen Elizabeth Stadium for Monday's game with Redbridge. To read the excellent Graham Yapp's verdict on "MODUS HOPPER RANDOM" click on the link here. The website is always a very interesting read to see where he ends up each week. Highly recommended by The Cold End.
The footage taken by MHR shows that Leon Osei scored the third goal.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

TOWN BACK TO WINNING WAYS AGAINST THE MOTORMEN

Enfield Town kicked off 2012 with a good 3-0 victory over a Redbridge side that were unlucky not to score in the first half at the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium yesterday. Town took an early lead through Jon Moore (which I missed on camera) but from then on it was the visiting Motormen who were the better side in first period.

They created a number of good chances with the ball drifting across Town’s goal-line with no players quick enough to get on the end of the crosses.  Their number 9 Joe Gardner (formerly of Great Wakering Rovers and Brentwood Town) worked really hard and was full of running up front.  Redbridge played 4-4-2 but noticeably changed to 4-2-4 when their keeper Joe Wright had the ball kicking it up-field quickly with Nathan Gordon and Ben Bradbury pushing further up on the wings. 

How close The Motormen got to a goal in the first half??
They also have within their ranks the Ryman League’s answer to Rory Delap in Billy Sendall who was playing at centre-back yesterday. Sendall’s dangerous long throws were well dealt with by a combination of Mark Kirby, Dave Kendall and Noel Imber. I’m not sure if Sendall was injured as in the second half he stopped taking the throws.
To use a well worn football cliché this was a game of two halves as Town were much the better side in the second 45 minutes. Midfielder Neil Johnston put in another stand-out performance and scored Town’s second goal after being set-up by a piece of unselfish play by Liam Hope. Jey Siva at left-back also played well defending against a pacey Nathan Gordon and then bringing the ball forward.

Town rounded off the game with a third goal scored via Leon Osei or Liam Hope???? Did Osei ‘s free kick from the right hand side corner go straight in or was it just faintly touched by Liam??  (See the video from 6mins 10secs)Liam has told the cold end he is happy to give it to Leon so he doesn’t end up with more red cards than goals this season.

LINE UPS 

ENFIELD TOWN          REDBRIDGE 
WHITE SHIRTS          RED SHIRTS
4-3-3                 4-4-2/4-2-4

NOEL IMBER       1    JOE WRIGHT
JORDAN LOCKIE    2    WILLIAM SENDALL
JEY SIVA         3    VINCENT DURRANT
DAVE KENDALL     4    MATTHEW TURPIN
MARK KIRBY       5    JAMIE HAYWOOD 
RUDI HALL        6    DANIEL HOPKINS
ADAM WALLACE     7    BEN BRADBURY
NEIL JOHNSTON    8    MICHAEL TONER
LIAM HOPE        9    JOE GARDNER
JON MOORE        10   RYAN WADE
WALID MATATA     11   NATHAN GORDON

SUBS
CRAIG McKAY           CRAIG WOOD 
MICHAEL BARDLE        STUART HEPBURN
DEAN PENNANT (for 8)  MITCHELL DAS (for 10)
DANIEL AILEY          SHANE WYLLIE (for 11)
LEON OSEI (for 11)    GLEN GOLBY (for 9)

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS BELOW (minus Jon Moore's opening goal)

Sunday, 1 January 2012

THE DOCKERS DEFEND TO PUT A DENT IN TOWN'S NEW YEAR

It’s confession time on New Year’s Day for the cold end - as after the referee blew the final whistle at Chadfields yesterday my immediate reaction was to say Enfield Town didn’t deserve to win the game that Tilbury edged by a score of 2-1. I think I was just annoyed that Town had had so much of the possession and created so many chances but still not got anything for the game.

Taking nothing away from The Dockers who are a hard working and impressive side, they played really well at the back and defended heroically at times clearing shots of the line on a number of occasions.  When the home side’s defence was breached it was down to their experienced goalkeeper James Marrable to keep the ball out of the net, He made a good number of saves.  
On a very heavy pitch that was sanded in places it was a highly entertaining game and a great advert for the Ryman League.

But for two defensive lapses including a “controversial “second goal from Tilbury (which all the Town player’s called for offside for....most of the Town travelling fans were down the other end so we can’t say 100% if the player was off or on) I am sure the Town would of at least got a draw if not won the game.
Another talking point came in the opening moments when Neil Johnston (who put in an impressive performance) received the ball on the right hand side of Tilbury’s penalty box only to be shoved off the ball by Tilbury Defender. Was it a foul??   Have a look on the video from 00:05secs.       

As I’ve stated above take nothing away from the Tilbury side....I don’t want this to sound like a fan of football club complaining that the best side lost etc. The Dockers worked hard and took their chances so fair play to them.  This win puts them back up into the play off places so they too are in contention for promotion this season. The cold end was impressed by Emiel Aiken on the left hand side of midfield and as mentioned James Marrable. Gary Henty (who scored that wonder goal at Theobalds Lane in August), playing in midfield, also had a good game for the home side.

For the Town I lost count how many headers Rudi Hall won in midfield and Liam Hope was very unlucky not to carry on his scoring run.

The last mention must go to Walid Matata’s spectacular overhead kick which is surely in the top three contenders for Enfield Town goal of the season.
LINE UPS 

TILBURY (4-4-2)            ENFIELD TOWN  (4-3-3)
Black and White Shirts     Red and Yellow shirts 
James Marrable          1  Noel Imber
Conor Mead              2  Dave Kendall 
Eljay Worrell           3  Phil Kane 
Paul King               4  Craig McKay
Joe Nightingill         5  Mark Kirby
Gary Henty              6  Rudi Hall   
Emiel Aitken            7  Adam Wallace
Stephen Good            8  Neil Johnston 
Alex Read               9  Liam Hope
Tom Webb                10 Dean Pennant 
Bradley Barnes          11 Walid Matata 

Subs 
Sam West                   Jordon Lockie
Bostroy Bansende (for 8)   Jey Siva
Tom Wraight                Michael Bardle (for 10)
David Bryan (for 10)       Daniel Ailey
Chris Taylor               Leon Osei (for 11)


MATCH HIGHLIGHTS BELOW