Saturday, 27 July 2013


England and Belgium unite

One life-long Enfield Town fan told me this was the game you had to be at which is why I'm gutted I couldn't be at Donkey Lane today for the Supporter's Direct Cup against Belgium side YBSK Beveren. With lots of never ending bills to pay it was work for TheColdEnd instead of joining in the fun that both sets of fans had throughout the afternoon as friends were made and songs sang for both teams. It's what football is all about in my book and not the millions and trillions of pounds spent in the top divisions. The Belgium side brought with them a good number of thirsty beer drinking supporters who were be all accounts the best set of fans to visit Donkey Lane ever. Plans are already being drawn up for a Town visit to Belgium sometime year which would really be fantastic.

The result on the day didn't really matter as it was all about the fans celebrating the strength of supporter owned clubs and the friendships made. Enfield Town did run out comfortable winners with a 8-2 victory. Liam Hope, Joe O'Brien, Tyler Campbell, Adam Wallace and Jermaine Osei all netted for the Town. 
The 'Tradition never dies' flag the travelling fans gave to a member of the Enfield Town Ultras really sums it up in my opinion.

Elsewhere in Ryman Premier pre-season land -

AFC HORNCHURCH drew 1-1 at Ryman North Romford with new signing George Purcell netting for them.

BILLERICAY TOWN had a tough afternoon as they went down 4-0 at Conference South side Dover Athletic.

CANVEY ISLAND welcomed Ryman South side Three Bridges and recorded a 2-0 victory with goals from Simon Thomas and Spencer Bellotti.
CARSHALTON ATHLETIC ran out 1-4 winners at Whyteleafe.

CRAY WANDERERS made the short trip to play new Ryman North side Erith & Belverdere and won 1-2.
DULWICH HAMLET made the journey North of the River Thames to another Ryman North side in Aveley whom are expected to do well this season. Hamlet showed they will be a strong team this season and ended up 0-2 winners with both goals coming from the highly rated Erhum Oztumer.

EAST THURROCK UNITED went down to a late goal at Ryman North Redbridge.

GRAYS ATHLETIC didn't play today but they did win 2-3 at Brentwood Town on Thursday night. They have announced the signing of forward Usama Hamdan who was with Ryman North struggler's Ilford last season.


HARROW BOROUGH entertained a Crystal Palace XI at Earlsmead  and it ended 3-3. Ex Margate man Kwesi Appiah scored a hat-trick for The Eagles with two of Harrow's goals coming from new signing striker Leroy Griffiths.
HENDON won 1-2 at Marlow with goals from David Diehiou and Jefferson Louis.
KINGSTONIAN travel to Bedfont and Feltham tomorrow afternoon.

LEISTON carried on their excellent pre-season form with a decent 2-0 victory against Conference side Braintree Town. Joe Francis and Liam Barrett scored the goals.

LEWES entertained Burgess Hill Town last night and a late late goal in injury time won the game 0-1 for the Ryman South visitors.

LOWESTOFT TOWN won impressively against Kings Lynn Town with two goals form Jack Ainsley.

Enfield Town were not the only Ryman Premier side in European action as MAIDSTONE UNITED travelled across the English channel to face Calais Racing Union and it sounds like a really eventful and entertaining game took place. The scored ended up 4-4. 

MARGATE faced local Thanet rival's Ramsgate yesterday evening and won 2-0 with goals from Zac Attwood and Jack Sammoutis.

MET POLICE showed what a strong side they will be this season with a 0-7 thrashing of Wessex League side Moneyfields.
THAMESMEAD TOWN won 4-2 at home to Walton and Hersham. Stuart Zanone (who scored bags of goals last season), Tyrus Gordon Young, Theo Fairweather Johnson, (and a penalty from) Baff Addae were the scorer's for The Mead.

WEALDSTONE went down 1-3 at home to Hayes and Yeading. New signing Lewis Putman bagged the goal for The Stones but was unfortunately carried off with an injured knee during the game. Reports at present are that Putman will be out for a few months so best wishes to him on his recovery.

WINGATE AND FINCHLEY drew 1-1 with Maidenhead United. Their goal came via a Leon Smith penalty kick.

BURY TOWN and BOGNOR REGIS TOWN did not play today.

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