Monday, 13 January 2014

THE COLD END PROGRAMME ARTICLE - 11th JANUARY 2014

Due to a printing error in the Enfield Town v Cray Wanderers programme The Cold End's usual column wasn't included yesterday. Here it is to save it from never being read ever!!!

Welcome to what can be billed as "the battle of the basement dwellers" as 23rd plays 24th in the Ryman Premier Division table this afternoon. A victory for Enfield Town today will be our first in the league since Saturday 31st August (a run of fifteen matches without registering three points) whereas a win for Cray Wanderers will be there first in ten games and only their second away from home this season. Quite simply this is a must win game for both sides and if it were to finish all square it wouldn't help neither in the big fight to avoid relegation. The signs have been good since George Borg took over so maybe today could be the day we get that elusive win we need to kick start the season although I'm sure manager Keith Bird and his Cray team will be thinking the same making it another intriguing afternoon at Donkey Lane. The other teams in the relegation zone, Carshalton Athletic and Thamesmead Town, go to in-form Hampton and Richmond Borough (13th place) and Bury Town (8th) today so it'll be interesting to see the results of these matches.

News of an ex Ryman League player doing good things comes from North of the Border. Ex Concord Rangers front man Lyle Taylor seems to like playing in Scotland as he has moved on loan from League One Sheffield United to Partick Thistle recently. He scored on his second appearance for his new side in a vital 0-2 away victory at Hearts last weekend. Taylor, who was kept quite by the Town back line in the Division One (North) play-off final of 2010 scored an amazing 29 goals in 42 games for Falkirk in the 2012/13 season. You can get odds of 6/1 for him to score first in Thistle's home match versus Ross County today or 2/1 for him to hit the back of the net at any time. Could this be worth a small investment?

It's not just the giants of the Premier League that have been involved in transfer activity this new year. Many Ryman League teams have been busy signing new players to bolster their play-off hopes or steer clear of the relegation zone. The Met Police have made the impressive acquisition of 28 year old centre-forward Bradely Hudson-Odoi whom started his career at Fulham and then moved on to make over 20 football league starts for Hereford United in 2008. He has most recently been playing for Vasas SC in Hungary. Hampton and Richmond Borough have signed three new players. In comes ex Queens Park Rangers 20 year old midfielder Freddie Champion and centre-forward Ben Harris who has been scoring lots of goals for Combined Counties League side Windsor FC. Another young midfielder in 19 year old Jake Hicks has signed up from Skrill Premier side Woking. Vastly experienced centre forward Simon Glover, has swapped Bridge for Bayliss Avenue as he has joined Thamesmead Town from AFC Hornchurch as player/assistant manager. Glover has more recently been on loan at East Thurrock United and has played for a multitude of non-league clubs in Kent and Essex.

Much has been written and talked about the apparent demise of the FA Cup this week with Premier League managers showing some apathy toward the great competition by making numerous changes to their teams with it seemingly more important to concentrate on staying in the top division. I would put a slant on it by saying all football fans will be able to tell you who won the competition last season but many would struggle to inform you of the team who tasted the glory of ending up in mid-table mediocrity by finishing in twelfth position

* As a side note Lyle Taylor bagged a brace for Partick Thistle. He didn't score first but the 2/1 bet would of paid out! Worth looking at in the next game.

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