Thursday, 28 February 2013

VICTORY FOR TOWN IN THE NORTH LONDON DERBY

Enfield Town recorded a very hard fought win over local rivals Wingate and Finchley on Tuesday evening. I think the match was summed up well by "Terrace Legend" and club Captain Mark Kirby's broad smile directed at the Wingate fans who had been giving him some major stick throughout the 90 minutes. Two league games versus Wingate & Finchley this season and Kirbs has scored the winner in both!!

Extended highlights (22 minutes...please don't watch if offended by industrial language as some was picked up during the game) are below including all the goals and talking points in the game. Many of the Wingate fan's barracked the referee for awarding Town a penalty kick for a handball in the box. I think from the replay it looks a reasonable decision. Could Town have had a penalty before then for a handball on the line?? 

It was a really decent game and could of gone the way of a home victory had a shot from Wingate in the first half not rattled Noel Imber's post when the game was at 1-0. The home side were well on top at that point but a strong fight back from the Town saw to a well deserved victory and more importantly three more points gained in the fight to stay out of the relegation zone.

Town's new signing David Laird (from Wingate) was given a decent reception by the home faithful when coming on as a late substitute. 'Lairdinho' showed what a decent player he is with a turn and shot in the box which just went wide of the post. I heard one Wingate fan shouting 'I wish we had a player like that in our team'.

Town's next game is at home at Donkey Lane on Saturday versus Lewes. Why not come down and sample some proper football??


Monday, 25 February 2013

MIDWEEK BTTS SYSTEM

 
The return of the BTTS system on Saturday saw the return of TheColdEnd's knack of losing bets. The highest rated game was Lincoln City v Barrow ended up the only game that finished 0-0!!!  We're in this for the long run so we'll see how we do on the midweek Blue Square Premier games.
 
The system is worked out as above. It rewards teams for scoring and letting in goals and takes points off for failing to score and good defending. It is rated on the last three games. Simple!
 
I wish it was simple as at the moment we're at one bet and one loss!
 
TUESDAY'S MATCHES
GAME RATING
ALFRETON V HYDE UNITED 0
BARROW V WREXHAM -15
BRAINTREE TOWN V LUTON TOWN 25
GATESHEAD V NEWPORT COUNTY 0
GRIMSBY TOWN V EBBSFLEET UNITED -10
LINCOLN CITY V MANSFIELD TOWN 20*
NUNEATON TOWN V KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS -5
STOCKPORT COUNTY V HEREFORD UNITED -10
TAMWORTH V CAMBRIDGE UNITED 20*
WOKING V FOREST GREEN UNITED 20*
As you can see from the * we have top rated game between Braintree Town and Luton Town followed by three rated at 20. Therefore we'll have to go for a four-fold long-shot of BTTS in the games at Braintree, Lincoln, Tamworth and Woking which pays £6.10 off a £1 bet with skybet.com.

The lowest rated game is at Holker Street where title contenders and FA Trophy finalist's Wrexham face relegation threatened Barrow. The Bluebirds had 15 shots off and 8 shots on target against Lincoln on Saturday with Wrexham not conceded a goal in three league away games (D 0-0, W 1-0 and W 1-0). Barrow's last three league games have seen them beat Woking (2-0), Luton Town (1-0) and lose to Nuneaton Town (1-2). Under 2.5. goals is rated at 11/10?

As always gamble responsibly.

Sunday, 24 February 2013

LOCAL DERBY TIME ON TUESDAY NIGHT

Enfield Town travel to old rivals Wingate and Finchley on Tuesday night for local derby Ryman Premier Division game with an all important three points up for grabs. A victory for either side would lead them further away from the bottom two.

Whenever we play at The Henry Abrahams Stadium the memories of the play-off semi-final in 2010 will come flooding back in what was arguably the best evening supporting our club since it was formed in 2001. As well as the victory for Town that evening the thing that will stick in the memory for me is the gracious way the Wingate players, officials and supporters took their defeat and wished us all luck in the final.

Since Town faced Wingate in our opening home game of the season (which was also an eventful game) much has changed with our near neighbours. Dave Norman has left the club and has been replaced in the hot-seat by Gary Meakin who joined from Evo Stik Southern League Central Division Northwood. Only goalkeeper Bobby Smith and defender Daniel Nielsen remained in their starting XI for the midweek game at Carshalton Athletic last week in comparison with the game at Donkey Lane.

Experienced defender Ronayne Marsh-Brown has followed Meakin from Northwood. He counts Harrow Borough, Crawley Town, Welling United, Dorchester Town, Macclesfield Town and Bath City amongst his former clubs. Midfielder/Defender Ahmet Rifat whom had so many battles with Town's Paul Marks in previous games has also re-joined the club. Daniel McGonigle (midfielder) has joined from Harrow Borough. Another player to move from Northwood is midfielder  John Christian who had a previous spell with the club as well as playing for Cockfosters and Wealdstone. Centre forward Anthony Thomas has joined from Lewes. He has also played for Hemel Hempstead Town, Barnet and Bromley amongst other clubs. Another midfielder Andre Scarlett (former Luton Town, Chelmsford City, Chesham United, Stevenage Borough and Staines Town) has also joined.

The fact that Town trio Mark Henry, Joe O'Brien and David Laird are all ex Wingate and Finchley players adds some spice to the fixture. Henry played for The Blues in the game at Donkey Lane.

Wingate's last three games have been a 1-3 home defeat against Bury Town, an important midweek victory at Carshalton Athletic (1-2) and a narrow 2-1 defeat to the Metropolitan Police on Saturday.

There is near full programme of Premier Division fixtures on Tuesday night. Bury Town host Thurrock, Concord Rangers welcome Lowestoft Town, Wealdstone go to East Thurrock United, Hampton and Richmond face Hendon, Harrow Borough look to follow up their amazing win against Whitehawk with a home game against Kingstonian, Lewes play Carshalton Athletic, Cray Wanderers travel down to Whitehawk and Leiston face a very long midweek journey to Margate. Leiston are unbeaten in eight league away games and have won their last three trips to Carshalton Athletic, Thurrock and Harrow Borough.

Below are highlights of previous games between Enfield Town and Wingate and Finchley. They are the Ryman Premier Division game played earlier in the season at Donkey Lane, The Ryman Division One game played at Wingate in February 2011 and the Play-Off semi-final in 2010.


HANWELL HOLD ON AT HERTFORD

Hertford Town's Yemi Atta tangles?? (maybe) with Billy Healy. No foul was given which I think was the correct decision.
Twentieth placed Hertford Town welcomed fifth placed Hanwell Town to a very chilly Hertingfordbury Park on Saturday afternoon for a Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division game. Hertford are in a real relegation battle along with Holmer Green, London Tigers, Hatfield Town, Hillingdon Borough and maybe Biggleswade United who look to be just out of it at present. Looking at their league position Town need to pick up some wins soon so that their Premier Division status is preserved at the end of the season.

Hertford manager and local non-league legend Marvin Samuel has been working hard to get his team away from the bottom of the table and has turned over a large amount of players in his squad over the season. No fewer than seven made their home debut in their last home game which was won 2-0 versus Tring Athletic.

Hanwell Town included ex Hertford Town (and Enfield Town) man Billy Healy in their team whom had recently left Hertingfordbuty Park for Reynolds Field in October. He was given some friendly stick and banter from the noisy Hertford contingent present and was involved right from the off. He has formed a really decent partnership up front alongside Ricky Pither. Hanwell took the lead early on with a decent shot from outside of the box the Hertford keeper seemed to be caught out by. Healy then went on run and at the edge of the box tangled with Hertford defender Yemi Atta, there were some appeals for a foul, which if given could of been considered a sending off, but in truth it was the correct decision made by the referee to play on in TheColdEnd's opinion.

Healy had played for Hertford in the game at Hanwell in September which was a bad tempered affair in which the away side had two players sent off and lost 3-2. An indication the turn over of players can be drawn from the fact only Michael Elliott and Kardan Campbell remainded in the Hertford starting XI from that game. Marvin Samuel started yesterday playing centre back in partnership with the previously mentioned Yemi Atta (ex of Enfield Town reserves).

Hanwell were well on top and Hertford looked a team short of confidence and it was no surprise to see the away side go 0-2 up and it looked like it was going to be a comfortable victory for the Middlesex side. However, Hertford scored a scrambled goal right on half time to make it 1-2. The noisy home support got right behind their team with a horn and someone even playing a flute at times. Even a passing train driver seemed to be watching the game as when Hertford scored he or she sounded their horn from the train on the nearby viaduct. Have a look at the video from 4m 40sec to witness THE HERTFORD TRAIN HORN INCIDENT

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS


The second half saw lots of Hertford hard work and pressure. They didn't look like the same team from the first half and were very unlucky to come away from the game with nothing. Hanwell had a few good chances on the counter attack and hit the post when it really did seem easier to score along with two good saves from the home keeper late on.

If Hertford play as well as they did in the second half yesterday they will start to pick up a few welcome wins in their next few games.

Hanwell are a good side and this was their tenth league win on the trot. If they can keep their team together for next season I think they could be right up involved in the championship race.

The defeat sees Hertford slip into the dreaded bottom two as London Tigers recorded an all important relegation six pointer victory at Hatfield Town (1-3) yesterday afternoon.






The stand at Hertingfordbury Park is a Cold End favourite.

SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION CURRENT TABLE
BOTTOM SIX ONLY
TEAMPWDLGFGAGDPTSFORM
BIGGLESWADE UNITED 30 6 7 17 33 53 -20 25 LLLLWL
HILLINGDON BOROUGH 26 4 8 14 38 70 -32 20 DWDLWL
LONDON TIGERS 29 5 5 19 35 83 -48 20 LWDLWW 
HATFIELD TOWN 30 6 1 23 43 91 -48 19 LWLLLLL 
HERTFORD TOWN 2646163567-3218DLLWLL 
HOLMER GREEN 30422440115-7514WLLLLL 

In the race to avoid the drop the games in hand Hertford Town have over Holmer Green, Hatfield and London Tigers could prove crucial. The Tigers have hit form of late though and have won three of their last six games.

The next games for the bottom four are London Tigers travelling to unbeaten league leaders and champions elect Dunstable Town on Tuesday evening. Holmer Green go to London Colney (sixth place) on the same night. Hatfield Town go to AFC Dunstable (eighth place) and Hertford Town have a tough trip to third placed Aylesbury United on Wednesday night.



Snow falls at a chilly Hertingfordbury Park in the first half yesterday.
 

Saturday, 23 February 2013

THE RETURN OF THE BTTS SYSTEM


TheColdEnd has always been a fan of betting systems and a few years ago came up with something similar to the above ratings to try and predict which games in the Blue Square Premier would result in both teams scoring goals. I thought I would resurrect this feature to see if it still works and hopefully bash the bookies for a little bit of profit.

The system is simple rated as above and based on the last three league games played. For example today's Cambridge United v Hereford game is rated at 50 points as Cambridge (last 3 games 2-1 +15, 1-3 +15, 2-3 +20) and Hereford (0-1 -10, 3-2 +20, 0-1 -10). Here are the ratings for all of today's scheduled games -

MATCH RATING
CAMBRIDGE UNITED V HEREFORD UNITED 50
KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS V ALFRETON TOWN 5
LINCOLN CITY V BARROW60
LUTON TOWN V MANSFIELD TOWN 20
NEWPORT COUNTY V AFC TELFORD 30
SOUTHPORT V WOKING 35
TAMWORTH V HYDE UNITED -10

So based on the above the highest ratings for both teams to score in come at Cambridge United and Lincoln City.  The lowest rated is at Tamworth so could this be a good bet for under 1.5 goals to be scored in?

TheColdEnd's bet of the day is a £1 double on Cambridge v Hereford United and Lincoln City v Barrow BTTS which returns £2.54 with skybet.com. It's a real relegation six pointer at Sincil Bank which both teams can't afford to lose.

Under 1.5 goals in the Tamworth v Hyde United game is rated at 11/4 or 0-0 at 12/1 maybe worth a little flutter. With TheColdEnd's gambling record expect it to end a 4-4 classic though!!

Please remember to gamble responsibly!!!

Friday, 22 February 2013

GAME OF THE SEASON TOMORROW AFTERNOON?


One of the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division games of the season takes place tomorrow afternoon as second placed Oxhey Jets welcome top of the table Dunstable Town to The Boundary Stadium for a hotly anticipated game.

Dunstable Town are still unbeaten in league fixtures which is a tremendous achievement and they are only four goals off hitting a century. However, The Jets are only seven points behind with a game in hand so the result tomorrow really could decide where the title ends up.

The game between the two at Creasey Park ended 1-1 (played on Saturday 1st September). The Jets have only lost two league fixtures which both came at home. In their second game of the season they lost 0-1 to St Margaretsbury and amazingly lost 0-8 to Haringey Borough in a totally unexpected result on Tuesday 11th September.

Both teams have strikers in fine form with Dunstable's Lee Roache (started his career as a youth and professional player with Barnet (2003-2006) and went on to play in the football league and Conference with the Bees a total of thirty six times scoring seven times. He has also played for Cambridge City, Histon and Bath City amongst other clubs) scoring 37 times in league and cup games so far this season.

Oxhey's Lewis Putnam has a better record, he has scored an amazing 54 times already this season!! 

SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS PREMIER DIVISION CURRENT TOP TWO
POSTEAMPWDLGFGAGDPTSFORM
1 >DUNSTABLE TOWN 2722509624+7271WWWWWW
2 >OXHEY JETS 2620428830+5864WWWWWD

RYMAN PREMIER WEEKEND PREVIEW

The game of the day for TheColdEnd comes near the bottom of the league as Cray Wanderers welcome Hastings United. Cray, fresh from their coupon busting win at Bognor Regis Town last weekend, will be in a confident mood in a game Hastings United really need to win. A defeat for the South Coast side may see them slip into the relegation zone depending on the results Carshalton Athletic and Thurrock get. Striker Michael Power (who was stretchered off in the defeat at Kingstonian) and midfielder Alex Stavrinou scored the goals for The Wands in the surprise result at Bognor which was their first win in ten league games.

Hastings United, lost in midweek in the Ryman League Cup semi-final at Concord Rangers (3-0) and were soundly beaten at home by Lowestoft Town (1-4) last weekend. Daniel East, whom played for Enfield Town earlier in the season on loan from Brighton & HA, is currently playing in goal after joining on a similar arrangement from the Championship side. They have recently signed left sided midfielder Ray Freeman from Whyteleafe whom has also played for Chipstead, Walton Casuals and Horsham. Ex Thamesmead Town coach Hugo Langton has also recently joined the backroom staff having been with Division One (South) Herne Bay this season.

They are without a win in sixteen league games. Amazingly their last victory came in the home game versus Enfield Town way back on the Tuesday 6th November. Could it be seventeenth time lucky for Sean Ray's side or will Cray boost their hopes of survival with a win??

Enfield Town make the long journey to Crown Meadow to face our old friends Lowestoft Town. The Trawlerboys haven't lost in the league since Tuesday 20th November when they lost 2-1 at Lewes. The problem is that since then they have only played ten league games but they have won seven of them and are rightly rated as one of the strongest teams in the division. Their last two home games have seen two good victories over teams chasing a play-off place in Margate and Canvey Island. Centre forward Jack Defty is their danger man and is bang in form having hit the back of the net four times in the last three games.

It'll be a strange weekend for Wealdstone fans who for once will be hoping for a Harrow Borough victory. Borough face Whitehawk at Earlsmead in a game the away side will be hot favourites to win. Harrow who have two wins in ten league games versus the big spending Hawks (eight wins in ten games) looks like an away win all day long but most people said that about Bognor Regis Town (who were 1/3 to win with the bookies) v Cray Wanderers last weekend and look what happened there?

The Stones go to Hendon for a local derby which will certainly be a tough game for the current second placed side. Gary McCann's side have hit some really good form of late and have won eight of their last ten league games with the other two games being a narrow 1-2 loss at home to Canvey Island and a highly creditable 1-1 draw at home to Whitehawk. Winger Junior Morias (on loan from Wycombe Wanderers) has really impressed the Hendon faithful with two gaols in the last two league games.

Other games see Bury Town welcome Bognor Regis Town, Carshalton Athletic at home to Leiston, Thurrock going to Concord Rangers for an Essex Derby, Lewes travelling to East Thurrock United, Kingstonian hosting Canvey Island in a play-off six pointer, Hampton and Richmond Borough going to Margate and Wingate & Finchley travelling to Imber Court to play the Metropolitan Police.

East Thurrock's last two games have finished 4-5 and 4-4 with The Rocks getting a last minute equaliser versus Bognor Regis Town in midweek. Their opponents Lewes lost 6-1 at Wealdstone on Monday night so there could be more goals at Rookery Hill this weekend.

Thurrock play their fourth game in a week having gained just one point from three home games versus Carshalton Athletic (lost 1-3 on Saturday), Hampton and Richmond Borough (draw 0-0 on Tuesday) and Leiston (lost 0-3 on Thursday).

If you fancy a bet on the Enfield Town game bet365.com rate our chances at a massive 13/2 for a victory with the home side odds on favourites at 2/7 with the draw being 4/1.

 As regular readers will  know I am an awful gambler and always advise you to bet responsibly.



Thursday, 21 February 2013

ANOTHER GREAT EVENING WATCHING THE STORM

Saturday 16th February 2013
Hemel Storm 69 Team Northumbria 61  
English Basketball vcars.co.uk Division One

TheColdEnd recently visited the Hemel Storm when they beat Westminster Warriors 94-80 and was back again on Saturday night as they welcomed Team Northumbria. The visitors are riding high in the division with a record 10 wins and 4 defeats prior to the match with Storm on a record of 6 and 6.

It was a great performance from the home side with Bode Adeluola (number 5) and Williamz Omope (number 14) scoring some impressive three point shots along with Tom Adorian (number 12) getting a great dunk shot after some swift passing across the court in the second period.

Match highlights that TheColdEnd caught are below. Stay watching for the plays of the night with some music on  18m 20secs.



Hemel Storm are next at home on Saturday 2nd March when they play Essex Leopard whom hold a 3 and 0 record over them this season. The Leopards (who will join the BBL for 2013/14 season having successfully applied for a franchise) have beaten The Storm in 81-61 in a National Trophy group game, 70-59 in the League and 92-84 in the National Trophy semi-final a few weeks back. It'll be a real chance for The Storm to record a victory over their local rivals. The atmosphere in the semi-final game was apparently brilliant so I can only recommend a visit if your local and have a free evening. It's great fun for all the family with kids of all age made very welcome.

They also have home games versus Bradford Dragons on Saturday 9th March and Leicester Riders on Saturday 23rd March.

Check out Hemel Storm's website for more details -  stormbasketball.net

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

WHY WE LOVE FOOTBALL?

SATURDAY 16th FEBRUARY 2013
RYMAN PREMIER DIVISION
ENFIELD TOWN 1 KINGSTONIAN 1
Attendance - 432

HIGHLIGHTS BELOW
With all the talking points and both goals scored



Saturday afternoon's game versus Kingstonian at The Queen Elizabeth Stadium was highly entertaining and had some controversial moments that were debated by both sets of supporters long after the final whistle was blown. In a sense it was why we love football? Both teams attacked and playing some good football with talking points a plenty.

The game swung on the sending off of Enfield Town's Joey O'Brien early in the second half. A long clearance up field saw Andre McCollin clear through on goal with the Town midfielder putting in a superb last ditch tackle to break down the attack. The referee blew and signalled for a penalty kick at first even though it was clearly outside of the area. After consultation with his Assistant he signalled for a free kick just on the edge of the box but brandished the red card towards O'Brien who took the decision well and left the pitch. The Cold End doesn't like to have a go at referees and if your a regular reader you'll know TheColdEnd is a firm supporter of the respect campaign. My first thought on seeing it live was it was a great tackle and my thoughts now are unchanged after seeing the reply. The referee's interpretation was different which is how it goes sometimes. Enfield Town have appealed to The FA over the decision so we'll see what happens.

The K's had already had a number of decent chances with the attacking pace of McCollin and Nathan Koranteng impressing  prior to the sending off but Town had looked dangerous also especially Jey Siva attacking from left back combining well with Tyler Campbell. Scott McGleish also led the line up front well with support from Adam Wallace and Bryan Hammatt. I think Mark Henry also had his best game for the club since joining us from Wingate and Finchley. He was really busy in midfield alongside O'Brien.



THE BIG SENDING OFF DECISION
1) JOEY O'BRIEN GETS HIS FOOT TO THE BALL FIRST
2) AND COMES TOGETHER WITH...
3) ....... WENT TO GROUND DUE TO THE CONTACT MADE
Another view of the sending off for Joe O'Brien from Muzzy...


Town had taken the lead from a penalty kick by Scott McGleish after Matt Somner had tangled with Mark Henry in the box. The K's fans and players appealed the decision to no avail. It was a difficult one for the referee who let the play go on before blowing up for a spot-kick. It was a case of seen them given and seen them not given?

TEAM LINE UPS
ENFIELD TOWN KINGSTONIAN
1. NOEL IMBER 1. ROB TOLFREY
2. DAVE KENDALL 2. JACK BARTON
3. JEY SIVA 3. TOM BIRD
4. LEE WHITE 4. KIERON MURPHY
5. MARK KIRBY 5. AARON GOODE  
6. MARK HENRY 6. MATT SOMNER
7. TYLER CAMPBELL 7. MATT PATTISON
8. JOE O'BRIEN 8. LEWIS TAYLOR
9. SCOTT McGLEISH 9. PAUL VINES
10. BRYAN HAMMATT 10. ANDRE McCOLLIN
11. ADAM WALLACE 11. NATHAN KORANTENG
12. LEE ALLEN (ON FOR 2) 12. JAMIL OKAI
14. MICHAEL BARDLE (ON FOR 10) 14. LUKE WANADIO (FOR 2)
15. JONATHAN HUNT 15. SIMON HUCKLE
16. LIAM HOPE 16. DEAN LODGE (FOR 11)
17. WALID MATATA (ON FOR 9) 17. LOUIS BRAGG




TOWN'S PENALTY DECISION
1) and 2) show Mark Henry tangling with Matt Somner
3) K's player's appeal the decision...have you ever seen a referee change his mind?
The referee's afternoon proved very busy as in the second half Lee Allen (on for Dave Kendall who picked up a knock) fouled Dean Lodge (who came on for Koranteng in the second half and showed good pace and control on the ball. He played slightly wider than Koranteng and caused the Town back line lots of problems) on the edge of the box/in the box*. Lee was booked and a free kick was given around 2 feet from the edge of the box. The K's player's appealed the foul was in the box but upon viewing the replay it appears it was the correct decision as the foul took place right on the edge of the box. It was close but I think not in the box.  
 
*delete as applicable if your a Town fan or K's supporter



Penalty or not a Penalty - Lee Allen fouls Dean Lodge outside the box??
Kingstonian scored what has to be said was a deserved equaliser on 88 minutes when Paul Vines hit the back of the net to the delight of the travelling support who had been giving Noel Imber some stick about what they thought was time wasting. I lost count how many times I heard 'Get a move on' and 'Come on' shouted out during the game when Town's keeper had the ball.

Town had defended heroically at times throwing bodies in the way of the ball and closing down well. Lee White was given the sponsors man of the match but my award would go to Captain Mark Kirby who was immense throughout the game. He made so many cleared headers and just seemed to be in the right place at the right time on numerous occasions to clear the ball from the attacking away side. To single Kirb's out on this occasion is a little bit unfair as every team member worked so hard to gain a well deserved point against a side who will be in the play-off mix up at the business end of the season.

Above - Travelling K's fans at The Lane

Sunday, 17 February 2013

COMING SOON - TOWN V KINGSTONIAN HIGHLIGHTS

A highly entertaining game and one with some very controversial incidents took place at the Queen Lizzy Stad on Saturday afternoon. The match highlights are on the way but due to the fact it takes a good few hours to chop and edit them together there hasn't been enough time in the day sort them out yet.

Here is a snippet for you which was Joey O'Brien's tackle which he was red-carded for. TheColdEnd's opinion is that it was a fantastic challenge and it was a very harsh sending off. Check it out for yourself below -



Full extended highlights will follow (hopefully) tomorrow.

COME ON YOU TOWNERS!!! 

Friday, 15 February 2013

ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE - RACE FOR THE TITLE 2012/13

Essex Senior League Current Table (Top 8 only)
POSNTEAMPWDLGFGAGD    PTSFORM
1> Burnham Ramblers 22  15  59  31  +28  49  DDWWWW 
2> Great Wakering Rovers 23 13  60  33  +27  44  WWWWDL
3> Takeley 21 12 59  34 +25 39*  WWWDDW
4> Enfield 1893 21  11  43  35  +8  36  WLLLWW
5> Sawbridgeworth Town  23  56  54  +2   33 DDDLLDW 
6> London Bari  20 40  33  +7 32 LDDDWW 
7> Bethnal Green United  21  39  37  +2  32  LLWLLW 
8> Barkingside   18  8 7 31  20  +11  31  WDDWWL 
* denotes deducted 3 points

Take a quick glance at the Essex Senior League table and it appears it's almost down to a two horse race between Burnham Ramblers and Great Wakering Rovers for the title. However, there are teams further down the the table who could still get involved. Two examples are -

1) If Takeley (3rd place) win the two games in hand they have over Great Wakering Rovers they will move one point ahead of them.

2) If Barkingside (down in 8th) win the four games in hand they have over Burnham it would put them six points away from them.

This is, of course, if Burnham and Great Wakering Rovers keep winning. The three points deducted from Takeley's total (following the 5-4 win over Sawbridgeworth Town on the 7th August in which they fielded an ineligible player) could prove pivotal to their title ambitions.

Burnham Ramblers and Barkingside are the teams with the least amount of defeats on three each. Barkingside's loses have come at London Bari and at home to Basildon United and Southend Manor. The Ramblers have been defeated on the first day of the season at Enfield 1893 and at home to Eton Manor and Bethnal Green United.

Enfield 1893 (7), Sawbridgeworth Town (8) and Bethnal Green United (7) have probably lost too many games already to get involved in the title race. As you can see the average loss percentage over the last fifteen seasons is 10.07% (Lowest - 3.85%. Highest - 20.00%) so even if they win the remainder of their games it would put them on 19.44% (7) and 22.22% (8) which has been done only once in 2001 when Brentwood won the league title. TheColdEnd is here to be proved wrong of course!

Along with an outside chance of the league title Town's neighbours Enfield 1893 still have an opportunity of lifting a trophy in The Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy. They are in the semi-finals along with Barkingside, Burnham Ramblers and London Bari.

AVERAGE LOSS % OF ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE CHAMPIONS 
SEASON  CHAMPIONS           P  L   LOSS %

1997/98 CONCORD RANGERS     26 1   3.85% 
1998/99 BOWERS UNTIED       26 2   7.69% 
1999/00 SAFFRON WALDEN TOWN 28 4  14.29% 
2000/01 BRENTWOOD           30 6  20.00% 
2001/02 LEYTON              30 3  10.00% 
2002/03 ENFIELD TOWN        32 3   9.38%
2003/04 CONCORD RANGERS     30 4  13.33%  
2004/05 ENFIELD TOWN        28 2   7.14%
2005/06 AFC HORNCHURCH      30 2   6.67% 
2006/07 BRENTWOOD TOWN      30 2   6.67% 
2007/08 CONCORD RANGERS     32 5  15.63% 
2008/09 ROMFORD             32 1   3.13% 
2009/10 STANSTED            34 4  11.77%
2010/11 ENFIELD 1893 FC     32 5  15.63% 
2011/12 WITHAM TOWN         34 2   5.89% 
AVERAGE -                         10.07%

Dan Trenkel's Great Wakering Rovers have had a couple of bed results of late drawing at Stansted (the player-manager scored a late equaliser to make it 2-2) and losing at home to London Bari last Saturday. The East Londoners have played Rovers four times now this season and recorded three wins and a draw. Rovers play 'away' versus Basildon United tomorrow afternoon in a game which has been switched to Burroughs Park due to pitch problems at Gardiners Close. The Bees are now managed by Bertie Brayley who was born in the town in 1981. He is, of course, well known to non-league football fans in the local area having played for numerous sides in his career. Incredibly he is the sixth manager to sit in the hot seat at Basildon this season!! He follows in the footsteps of Bobby Barnes, John Higley, John Mifsud, John Hinds and Chris Auger.

If Burnham Ramblers do win the the league it'll be the first time they have done so despite being members of the ESL since 1985. The nearest they came to winning the title was a memorable season for Enfield Town fans in 2004/05 when we pipped the Ramblers to title and promotion by just one point!

KEY UPCOMING GAMES

Saturday 16th February
London Bari v Takeley
6th v 3rd in the table. Neither side can really afford to lose this game. Definitely a must win for the away side should they want to get involved in the title mix up.

Monday 18th February
Barkingside v Great Wakering Rovers
Difficult away trip for Rovers and another real must win game for both sides should they want to keep the pressure up on Burnham Ramblers.

Saturday 23rd February
Sawbridgeworth Town v Burnham Ramblers
Tough journey to Crofers End for the league leaders.

Saturday 2nd March
Burnham Ramblers v Takeley
Top of the table clash. The result here could have a real bearing on the league title.

Tuesday 5th March
Clapton v London Bari
Not a top of the table clash but a real ding-dong East London derby played at The Old Spotted Dog ground where Bari groundshare. Could be a really decent game?

Stansted v Takeley
Another local game on the same night. THE AIRPORT DERBY!

Saturday 23rd March
Could be an important day in the race for the league title.
Barkingside v Burnham Ramblers
Great Wakering Rovers v Takeley

Saturday 20th April
*** POTENTIAL TITLE DECIDER ***
Burnham Ramblers v Great Wakering Rovers

Saturday 27th April
FINAL DAY OF THE ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE SEASON
Barking v Great Wakering Rovers
Basildon United v Barkingside
Enfield 1893 v Sporting Bengal United
London APSA v Clapton
London Bari v Burnham Ramblers
Sawbridgeworth Town v Southend Manor
Stansted v Bethnal Green United
Takeley v Haringey and Waltham Development

If either Burnham Ramblers or Great Wakering Rovers need a win on the final day of the season both have tough away trips at London Bari and Barking. There is definitely alot of football to be played over the next few months and it may edge on the result of the game between the two on Saturday 20th April.

WOODFORD UNITED STILL SEARCHING FOR WIN

Woodford United are still bottom of the Evo -Stik Southern League Central Divison having lost all of their games so far. The question is will it be an amazing twenty-six games and counting waiting for a win following the visit of Guildford City (7th place) on Saturday? Just a few wins for Woodford and they could climb above North Greenford United in 21st place with only one team scheduled to go down.

North Greenford United's only win so far has come against Woodford United (1-0) on the opening day of the season. Thier only other point came in a surprise 1-1 draw away at Godalming Town whom are currently top of the table.

Woodford's twenty fourth game which came at Barton Rovers on Tuesday 5th February was nearly the cause for major celebration with the result looking to end 1-1 but a goal conceded in the last few minutes made it 2-1 on the night. They followed this game up with a 5-0 defeat away at Fleet Town last Saturday.

Guildford thrashed Leighton Town (19th place) 0-6 away from home last weekend so there could be a chance of Woodford conceding their 100th league goal of the season tomorrow if the result goes to form. They currently have a goals conceded total of 96 with seventeeen more games to play.

North Greenford United travel to Woodford United on Tuesday 9th April for the return league game. I wonder if both teams will be on no wins and one wins by then? United entertain Barton Rovers tomorrow afternoon.

EVO STIK SOUTHERN LEAGUE CENTRAL DIVISION - CURRENT BOTTOM TWO
TEAMPWDLGFGAGDPTS
NORTH GREENFORD UNITED2111192157-364
WOODFORD UNITED2500251496-820



Thursday, 14 February 2013

KINGSTONIAN COME TO TOWN


Enfield Town welcome Kingstonian to The Queen Elizabeth Stadium on Saturday for another all important Ryman Premier Division game. The K's come to North London as play-off contenders and with three games in hand over leader's Whitehawk they could also be rated as serious title contenders. Should Alan Dowson's side win the trio of games it would put them just two points below the favourites with the two sides yet to play each other yet. In fact The K's have a journey down to Brighton next Tuesday which puts an added importance on this game as they will want to keep the pressure right on The Hawks.

Kingstonian are currently fourth in the league form table winning four, drawing one and losing one of their last six games. Town are in tenth place winning three and losing three. On their travels in the Ryman League Premier Division The K's have played twelve games winning five, drawing one and losing six. They have scored twenty times and let in twenty three goals.

Their last game was played on Saturday 9th February where they recorded a 9-3 home victory over Cray Wanderers. Here is some information about some of the players whom played in that game and will be facing Enfield Town on Saturday -

Rob Tolfrey (Goalkeeper) - Has played for Horsham, Whyteleafe and Crawley Town previously. Has been with The K's for a few seasons now and has made the number 1 shirt his own.

Kieran Murphy (Defender) - Born in Kingston. Another player with football league experience playing for MK DONS. Also previously with Boston United, Ilkeston (where he was player of the yeat) and Carshalton Athletic. As a young player represented the Republic of Ireland Under 21's.

Ian Gayle (Defender) - 20 year old highly regarding player currently on loan from League Two side Dagenham and Redbridge. Had a very successful spell on loan last season and has recently rejoined the Kingsmeadow club and made three appearances so far. Born in Welling in Kent he has made eight appearances for Blue Square North side Histon during another loan spell earlier in the season. Has also played for St Neots Town on loan and is contracting to John Still's side until June 2013.

Aaron Goode (Defender) - Started his career at Walton and Hersham under current boss Alan Dowson where his performances earned him a move to Queens Park Rangers. Featured in the reserve side at Loftus Road before dropping back into the non-league game with Tooting and Mitcham United.

Matt Somner (Midfielder) - Very experienced player having represented Brentford and Notts County in the football league. Also played for Cambridge United, Mansfield Town, Forest Green Rovers and Lewes. Was capped at under 21 by the Welsh national team.

Matt Pattison (Midfielder) - Creative play maker who has played for Walton and Hersham, Farnbrough, Rushden and Diamonds and Basingstoke Town.

Nathan Koranteng (Midfielder/Forward) - Recent signing from Tonbridge Angels. Former Peterbrough United youth player. Three goals in five games so far.

Simon Huckle (Midfielder) - Counts Epsom and Ewell, Banstead Athletic, Met Police and Walton and Hersham as his former clubs.

Lewis Taylor (Midfielder) - A youth team player with Fulham who has also played for AFC Wimbledon and Tonbridge Angels. Scorer of the winning goal for the Angels in their Ryman Premier 2011 play-off final against Lowestoft Town.

Paul Vines (Striker) -  A recent signing from Cray Wanderers. Was with the club in 2005 and scored his first goal in this spell last weekend against his former club. Also played for Bromley, Beckenham Town and Tooting and Mitcham United.

Andre McCollin (Striker) - Started in the non-league game with Corinthian Casuals and Fisher Athletic. Moved into the football league with Yeovil Town from 2008 to 2010 before dropping back down into the non-league game with Farnbrough and Croydon Athletic. Made 29 appearances so far this season scoring 14 goals.

Wade Small (Striker) - Another ex football league player. Started at Wimbledon and stayed with The Dons when they controversially moved to Milton Keynes. Also represented Sheffield Wednesday, Blackpool, Charlton Athletic, Chesterfield and Aldershot Town. Made over 150+ starts in the football league. 

Manager Alan Dowson has been with the K's since January 2007 and brought the club back up to the Premier Division in his first full season. He is a legend at Walton and Hersham where he made over 300 appearances in a ten year spell where he was also manager for two. A fine example for the golden rule of the stability=success rule in football as over the last two season's the club has finished in 7th and 11th place missing out on the play-offs which they had reached in their first season back in the Premier Division in 2010. Despite failure of not reaching the play-offs or promotion the club haven't pushed the panic button and kept faith with their manager which could prove dividends at the end of the season.



The 9-3 victory over Cray has helped The K's move up to third in the goals scored table with only Whitehawk and Concord Rangers above them. Town are in fourth position!! 

The five wins The K's have had on the road have come against Concord Rangers, Lowestoft Town, Cray Wanderers, Carshalton Athletic and Bognor Regis Town.

If you fancy a gamble on the game bet365.com make The K's evens favourites with the draw rated at 13/5 and a Town win at 2/1.

COME ON YOU TOWNERS!!!

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

CAPERSHOTTS PITCH PROBLEMS



Waltham Abbey's Capershott's pitch is probably the worst effected locally over the last few months of wet and snowy weather. The Abbotts have not played a home game since Tuesday 18th December when AFC Sudbury recorded a 0-2 victory in the Ryman League Division One (North).

This Hertfordshire Mercury article explains the situation the club are in and how frustrated boss Paul Wickenden is. They have recorded an excellent 2-1 'home' victory over Southend United in the Essex Senior Cup Quarter Final last Thursday in a game which was played at Great Wakering Rovers.

Their next scheduled home game comes on Saturday 23rd February when Harlow Town are due to visit. Before that, weather permitting, they go to Waltham Forest on Wednesday, AFC Sudbury on Saturday and then Witham Town next Tuesday.

Their tenants, Eton Manor of the Essex Senior League, haven't been able to get a home game completed since Saturday 17th November with their League Cup Quarter Final game first leg switched to Bowers and Pitsea's Len Salmon Stadium last week. Eton Manor are scheduled to face Barkingside this Saturday.

Abbey face AFC Hornchurch in the Essex Senior Cup Semi-Final with the winners facing Grays Athletic in the final. Should they win this game it'll be the first time in their history they play in the final.


Monday, 11 February 2013

LIONS TOO GOOD FOR WODSON PARK

MATCH PLAYED ON WEDNESDAY 6th FEBRUARY 2013
WODSON PARK 1 LONDON LIONS 8

London Lions visited Wodson Park on Wednesday evening in a Spartan South Midlands League Division One game played on a very sticky muddy pitch that had already been well used by Ware and Harlow Town the previous evening.

The Lions are one of the favourites for the league title (along with Cockfosters, Harpenden Town and Hoddesdon Town) with the home team's young side struggling down the bottom end of the division. However, Wodson did come into this game in their best form of the season having beaten Amersham Town (5-1) and Southall (1-0) in their last games. They had only won two other league games (at Winslow and New Bradwell St Peter) in the twenty four they had played.

The Lions had lost twice (against Harpenden and Hoddesdon) in their twenty one games and have some really impressive players within their squad including ex Woking and Dagenham and Redbridge striker Sam Sloma, ex Enfield Towner Dean Nyman and ex Ilford and Waltham Abbey front man Adam Bolle who has been scoring many goals this season.

The result was never in doubt from kick off as the away side played some really decent passing football on a difficult playing surface. Sam Sloma showed his class with a great finish to start what ended up as a very convincing victory. Sloma scored another two goals to record a hat-trick with his second goal being the stand out goal of the night. Check it out from around 10m 45s on the video below. Bolle scored four and Craig Ellis added another with a deflected free kick.

Wodson kept trying and didn't give up even though they were clearly second best on the night. They got their reward when they scored a consolation goal which was a header from a corner kick.

The biggest cheer of the night came right on 90 minutes when Wodson's keeper made a great penalty save from Lion's player coach Darren Yarlett who had come on as a late substitute. Wodson's keeper had kept the score down with some fine stops especially in the first half.

On this performance TheColdEnd would say London Lions could of beaten both Ware and Harlow Town (Ryman Division One North - Step 4) that I had seen play on the same pitch the night before.

The forty one people present who had skipped watching the England v Brazil game on television were rewarded for standing in the cold with some really good action and goals.

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS
including all nine goals scored



The Lions week went from good to bad on Saturday afternoon when they lost 4-0 at ninth placed Bedford who are one of the form teams in the division having won seven of their last eight games.

WEALDSTONE WIN MIDDLESEX DERBY

The Stones fans were the happier leaving Donkey Lane on Saturday after a narrow 1-2 victory which got their play-off/title ambitions back on track. The Town put in a real battling performance and by all accounts deserved at least a point from the game.  Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond my control I missed the game and wasn't able to record any highlights.

Town could still meet our rivals in the Middlesex Charity Cup. If The Stones beat Uxbridge in their Quarter-Final match we travel for a Grosvenor Vale Cup Glory Super Semi-Final. Forget the bread and butter of the Ryman League it's the Middlesex Charity Cup where it counts.

More snow has now fallen overnight which will put Town's game with Metropolitan Police on Tuesday night in doubt along with many other local games.

More from TheColdEnd soon.

Friday, 8 February 2013

MASSIVE MIDDLESEX LOCAL DERBY TOMORROW


Around twenty miles separate the Middlesex town's of Wealdstone and Enfield with local bragging rights on offer tomorrow afternoon in the Ryman Premier Division game at the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium.

Many of the loyal Stones fans will be making the short trip around the A406 to support their team who are title and play-off contenders. The game kicks off at 3pm and Enfield Town need your support so we can hopefully gain some revenge over our local rival's 4-0 victory earlier in the season at Grosvenor Vale.

COME ON YOU TOWNERS!!!



Thursday, 7 February 2013

THE HAWKS ENTER THE RYMAN NORTH RELEGATION RACE


Two views of the loyal Harlow Town fans. In the first half (above)
and the ten hardcore that ventured over the far side in the second half (below)

The five 'behind the goal' Ware loyalists.
On Tuesday afternoon Harlow Town failed in their Football Association appeal against a ten point league deduction for breaching a Ryman League rule. A brief explanation is that the club failed to notify the league of an amendment to their original Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) agreement.

The hammer blow of the loss of ten points pulled The Hawks down towards the one relegation place that Ware, Redbridge and Ilford are fighting to stay out of.



SIZE DIFFERENCE
Above - Ware's Leon Simpson (6ft 9") made Michael Akande (who isn't the smallest of defenders) look small
Below - Ben Hart looks even smaller 
This put some added tension and interest into the game against Ware at Wodson Park which took place on Tuesday evening. The game had been played on Boxing Day but had been abandoned on 72 minutes due to a waterlogged pitch with the home side 4-2 up. Hats must go off to Ware who offered reduced £5 for adults admission for this game.

On a surface that was sticky and muddy with some patches of grass present both sides worked hard but failed really to create any clear cut chances in the first period. The Hawks had a long range shot from Ben Hart which sailed over the cross bar with Ware making a break through when ex Harlow player Jon Stevenson headed a corner back across goal for Louis Rose to tap the ball into the net.

Both sides looked incredibly narrow in midfield and were crying out for some width. At half time it was my thought that if Harlow had moved right sided Ben Hart, a recent signing from Hoddeson Town, across about 10-15 metres it would stretched the Ware back line more and he could of really tested their left back with his pacey runs.

Above - The Harlow back line and the two Ware attackers in the first half.

Above - Harlow's formation in the first half. Ben Hart needed to move a bit wider in TheColdEnd's opinion.
Both sides played long balls with Ware number 9 Leon Simpson (a recent signing from Evo Stik Southern Premier Division Banbury United) winning most of the headers put his way. The fact he is 6ft 9inches tall helped but it has to be said he was also good with the ball at his feet.

It got worse for Harlow early in the second half when Stevenson smashed a spot-kick into the net to make it 2-0. It was certainly a very eventful evening for the ex Enfield Town player.

TEAM LINE UPS
WAREHARLOW TOWN
1. KWAME FORDAH1. BETRAND BOSSU
2. LIAM FOSTER2. LUKE GUMBLE
3. DAVE CORRAN3. JOE ODONOGHUE
4. DAVE HUNT 4. MICHAEL AKANDE
5. JON STEVENSON (C)5. DANNY BROWN (C)
6. RYAN FLEMMING 6. BEN BROWN
7. LOUIS ROSE 7. BEN HART
8. HARRY LARNER8. SAMUEL DEANEY
9. LEON SIMPSON 9. CHUCK DURU
10. TONY MARTIN 10. PIERS WIXON
11. ELLIOT KING 11. MITCHELL DAS
12. ROBBIE GREEN (ON FOR 11)12. KWAME ASAMOAH (ON FOR 8)
14. GEORGE IRONTON14. CHRIS HARDY (ON FOR 2)
15. DAVE BASTIAN 15. RYOHEI TAMAI
16. JIMMY MARTIN (ON FOR 4) 
17. ALHASSAN KAMARA (ON FOR 10) 

Shortly after it was 2-1 when a cross-cum-shot from Hart looped over Kwame Fordah in the Ware goal.

Harlow made it 2-2 when Stevenson was rather harshly adjudged to have pushed Chuck Duru just inside the box. With no away player appealing for a penalty the referee give it and Stevo was booked for descent afterwards. (see the video on 10 mins 40secs to make your own opinion)

Harlow captain Danny Brown walloped the kick right down the centre of the goal to make it 2-2 to the delight of the Harlow travelling faithful who sang 'we've got Danny Brown...Danny Brown....we've got Danny Brown' to the tune of Give it up by KC and The Sunshine Band.

STARTING FORMATION


With game drifting towards a score draw Stevo was once again involved when he was adjudged to have pushed Duru again who was running onto a through ball (see from 15m 50secs to make your opinion). Brown capped off a great performance by stepping up and this time sent the keeper the wrong way to make 2-3 with only minutes left to seal the all important three points and a morale boosting victory for The Hawks.

Although a very welcome win for Harlow Town it's still extremely tight at the bottom of the table now they have the points deduction and despite working hard throughout the game two of their goals were scored from penalty kicks and the other was a lucky cross-cum-shot effort. Other than that they didn't really trouble Fordah in the Ware goal. With Ilford gaining a point in a 3-3 draw at home to Cheshunt on Wednesday it really looks like it's going to go right down to the wire as to who finishes bottom.

I think Ware will be just about okay. In Leon Simpson they have signed a decent centre forward who will cause any defence problems with his height. TheColdEnd thinks they need a decent pacey wide player who can deliver the crosses for Simpson to get on the end of.

EIGHTEEN MINUTES OF EXTENDED MATCH HIGHLIGHTS
inc all the goals scored


CURRENT RYMAN DIV ONE (NORTH) BOTTOM FOUR
TEAMPWDLGFGAPTSFORM
HARLOW TOWN 258314364817 (-10)LLWDLW
REDBRIDGE244218217013 (-1)LLLDLW
ILFORD242616165812DLLWLD
WARE253319287112LLLLWL
 
 
Saturday see's Ware at home to AFC Sudbruy, Ilford at home to Waltham Abbey, Harlow Town travelling to league leader's Maldon and Tiptree and Redbridge travelling to play-off contenders Grays Athletic.

Monday, 4 February 2013

FA VASE UPDATE - AMPTHILL STILL IN IT TO WIN IT!!

TABLE SHOWING TEAMS LEFT IN THIS SEASON'S FA VASE COMPETITION
TEAMPOSITION/LEAGUESTEP ODDS#
AMPTHILL TOWN 8th/Spartan South Midlands Premier 5 25/1 
ASCOT UNITED 11th/Hellenic Premier 5 33/1
BEMERTON HH 4th/Wessex League Premier 5 25/1
BODMIN TOWN 1st/South West Peninsula Premier   6 25/1 
BRANTHAM ATHLETIC 1st/Eastern Counties Premier 5 25/1
DUNSTON UTS* 7th/Northern League Division One   5 16/1
GORNAL ATHLETIC 7th/Midland Alliance  5 33/1 
GUERNSEY 6th/Combined Counties Premier   5 9/1 2nd FAV 
HADLEIGH UNITED 7th/Eastern Counties Premier 5 33/1 
HANWORTH VILLA* 12th/Combined Counties Premier   5 50/1 
LARKHALL ATHLETIC 6th/Western League Premier 5 25/1 
NEWPORT (IOW) 8th/Wessex Premier   5 20/1 
RUNCORN TOWN 3rd/North West Counties Premier 5 33/1
SHILDON 10th/Northern League Division One   5 10/1
SPALDING UNITED 2nd/United Counties Premier   5 10/1
SPENNYMOOR TOWN 2nd/Northern League Division One   5 4/5 FAV
TUNBRIDGE WELLS* 7th/Kent League Premier   5 66/1
WALSALL WOOD* 5th/Midland Combination Premier   6 50/1
* denotes yet to play Fourth Round games    # denotes odds via betvictor.com

The FA Vase Fifth Round games take place this coming weekend as well as the remaining two weather delayed Fourth Round games with the bookmakers making Northern League Spennymoor Town clear odds on favourites. The winners of the Northern League for the past three seasons are certainly a very strong team The Moors haven't lost at home all season and welcome Bemerton Heath Harlequins to their Brewery Field ground on Saturday.

Guernsey are 2nd favourites at a real value 9/1 but they face a really tough trip to United Counties League side Spalding United. The Lincolnshire club have won twelve of their last thirteen games with The Green Lions scraping through in the last round in a 5-6 victory at Rye United. They have only played four league games since the beginning of November and now face a really hetic schedule to fit all their games in by the end of the season. The only game Spalding lost was the Boxing Day local derby against Holbeach United who are run away leaders of the UCL Premier Division.  The Tulips v The Green Lions is certainly one of the games of the weekend and will attract a decent crowd to The Sir Halley Stewart Field.

It could even still be an 'Island final' as Newport (IOW) are still in the competition and face Ascot United in the fifth round. What price a Newport v Guernsey final?

Spartan South Midlands League side Ampthill Town beat Enfield 1893 3-0 this past Saturday and now entertain Eastern Counties League side Hadleigh United. Ampthill gained many friends when battling their way through to the Fourth Round last season as a Step 6 side where they eventually narrowly lost away to Oadby Town. Can they go two rounds better and reach the Quarter Finals this season?

Kent League side Tunbridge Wells are the side rated least likely to lift the Vase at 66/1. They face last season's winner's Dunston UTS on Saturday in a weather delayed Fourth Round tie. Dunston are 16/1 to win it again and maybe could be a good bet?

The familiar name of Whitley Bay (winners in 2008, 2009 and 2010) will once again be missing from Wembley this season after they were knocked out by Eastern Counties League front runner's Brantham Athletic. David Grimwood scored the only goal of the game in extra time for the Suffolk side to record a famous home victory. They now entertain another North-East side in Shildon on Saturday. A Suffolk side has never lifted the Vase so could this year be that time? (AFC Sudbury went so close losing finals in 03, 04 and 05...prior to that Sudbury Town lost in the final replay in 1989)

FA VASE FIXTURES
SATURDAY 9th FEBRUARY 2013

FOURTH ROUND
TUNBRIDGE WELLS V DUNSTON UTS
WALSALL WOOD V HANWORTH VILLA

FIFTH ROUND
SPENNYMOOR TOWN V BEMERTON HEATH HARLEQUINS
NEWPORT (IOW) V ASCOT UNITED
SPALDING UNITED V GUERNSEY
BRANTHAM ATHLETIC V SHILDON
AMPTHILL TOWN V HADLEIGH UNITED
BODMIN TOWN V GORNAL ATHLETIC

SATURDAY 16th FEBRUARY 2013

FIFTH ROUND
RUNCORN TOWN V WALSALL WOOD OR HANWORTH VILLA
LARKHALL ATHLETIC V TUNBRIDGE WELLS OR DUNSTON UTS