Monday, 15 August 2022

NON-LEAGUE GOALS AND NET BUSTERS FOR JULY/AUGUST 2022


THERE WILL BE NO UPDATES ON THE COLD END FOR THE NEXT WEEK OR SO - FOR THE TIME BEING HERE'S SOME NON-LEAGUE NET-BUSTERS AND GOALS FROM THE GAMES I'VE COVERED THIS SEASON SO FAR. 


Saturday, 13 August 2022

BARTON ROVERS THROUGH TO FACE HASHTAG UNITED IN THE EMIRATES FA CUP - VICTORY ALSO WINS THEM THE JOHN MILTON PLATE


It was Emirates FA Cup replay time on Tuesday evening as Arlesey Town welcomed local rival's Barton Rovers to New Lamb Meadow - the game at Sharpenhoe Road had ended 1-1 on Saturday with Arlesey's Stuart Mortimer scoring an equaliser in the 86th minute to Tony Burnett's 66th minute goal for the home side. 

This was a Step 5 v Step 4 game and it was the higher ranked side who were the better side. In the first half it was a case of two free kicks lofted into the area and two headers from Lewis Thomas to make it 0-2 at the break. 

Arlesey Town played some good football and kept possession well with their stand out performer being former Stotfold, Kempston Rovers and Harpenden Town player Jake Davis (see video below) who played on the right of midfield and switched to the left with around 15 minutes to go. 

They were unable to create any really decent chances but I think the signs are there that new manager Nick Brown is building a good squad and they'll do okay this season.  


Kenny Watson added a third goal for the visitors on 76 minutes to make the final score 0-3. 

The win sees Barton Rovers take The John Milton Plate which is awarded to the winner of the game when the two local rival's play. The trophy is named after the late John Milton who was chairman of both clubs. 

142 people were in attendance which was up on the 112 figure from Saturday's game. 

Barton Rovers now have an eagerly anticipated game at home to Isthmian North side Hashtag United who are likely to bring a good number of fans with them to the game which is scheduled to take place on Saturday 20th August. 

Arlesey Town travel to Colney Heath in the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division tomorrow. Rovers have another local derby when they welcome AFC Dunstable in their first Southern League Central Division game of the season. 

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JAKE DAVIS VIDEO

@thecoldendofficial Although on the losing team Jake Davis (of Arlesey Town) had a fantastic game in the FA Cup Replay played on Tuesday 9th August 2022. Very talented skilfull player not afraid to take people on and run at players with ball at his feet. #nonleague #football #soccer #facup #grassroots ♬ Cool floating feeling SF cyber drum & bass ②(911295) - SK MUSIC
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Tuesday, 9 August 2022

FA CUP VICTORY FOR EDGWARE & KINGSBURY VERSUS HODDESDON TOWN

Edgware Town rebranded over the summer to be named Edgware & Kingsbury to be more representative of the area where their home ground is in North London. Kingsbury Town Centre is around a mile and a half away from Silver Jubilee Park with area where the old White Lion Ground was which is the spiritual home of Edgware Town FC around two and half miles away 

This made Sunday lunchtime's game the first time since the 2010/11 season when the name of Kingsbury was included in the FA Cup when Kingsbury London Tigers played FC Clacton in the Extra-Preliminary Round. 

That game was played at Aveley's ground so the actual last time Kingsbury London Tigers played in the FA Cup at Silver Jubilee Park was in fact in September 2009 when they as a Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division side beat Isthmian League Division One North side Harlow Town. (The Cold End was at that game and a report can be found here.)

You can see the famous Wembley arch from Silver Jubilee Park as The National Stadium is just under 3 miles away. 

This was Edgware & Kingsbury's first competitive game of the season as their Combined Counties League Premier Division North doesn't start until next Saturday. The visitors had played one Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division game on Tuesday evening which had been a 3-0 defeat at Shefford Town & Campton. 

The home side started the better side and attacked well taking a deserved lead. Hoddesdon Town came back into the game and equalised via Blue Gallagher to make the half time score 1-1. 

The second half was a pretty level with the Edgware keeper making a good save from a close range header tipping the ball over the bar. Just as the game was drifting towards a draw and a midweek replay Edgware scored a winner late on to send them an away tie at AFC Dunstable in the next round. 

Edgware & Kingsbury's attacking midfielder Samir Sedaoui had a good game running with the ball at his feet with skill and trickery creating a number of chances. He played for Haringey Borough under 23s last season and made a handful of appearances for the Isthmian Premier Division side in March. 

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VANRAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE OPENING WEEKEND CROWDS

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE 
9,897 - WREXHAM v EASTLEIGH
6,331 - NOTTS COUNTY v MAIDENHEAD UNITED 
5,681 - SOUTHEND UNITED v BOREHAM WOOD
3,978 - YORK CITY v WOKING 
3,690 - TORQUAY UNITED v OLDHAM ATHLETIC 
3,131 - SCUNTHOPE UNITED v YEOVIL TOWN
2,244 - DORKING WANDERERS v CHESTERFIELD 
1,717 - ALTRINCHAM v MAIDSTONE UNITED 
1,686 - ALDERSHOT TOWN v SOLIHULL MOORS 
1,455 - DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE v GATESHEAD 
1,286 - BARNET v FC HALIFAX TOWN 
1,090 - WEALDSTONE v BROMLEY 

There is no surprise to read the top crowd of the opening weekend in the Vanarama National Division came at The Racecourse Ground where 9,897 fans saw Wrexham come from 0-1 behind to win 2-1 against Eastleigh. This was only 3,969 lower than the Championship game between Reading and Cardiff City. 

The figure beat every crowd in League Two as well as Burton Albion (3,363), Exeter City (6,701), Fleetwod Town (3,713), Forest Green Rovers (4,015), Oxford United (8,057), Peterborough United (7,691) and Shrewsbury Town (6,117) in League One.

You can see with the finances the Welsh club have available and the fan base they have there is huge potential for them to move upwards. They last played in Division Two (now the Championship) in the 1981/82 season, 

Chesterfield and Oldham Athletic are at home next weekend where big crowds are expected. 

Monday, 8 August 2022

SCOTTISH LOWLAND LEAGUE - UPDATE

TEAMS LEFT WITHOUT DEFEAT
BO'NESS UNITED.

TEAMS LEFT WITHOUT A WIN
EAST STIRLINGSHIRE, COWDENBEATH, DALBEATTIE STAR. 

100% LOSING RECORD 
DALBEATTIE STAR 

MOST GOALS SCORED - 17 
RANGERS 'B' 

MOST GOALS CONCEDED - 12
EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY 

LEAST GOALS SCORED - 5  
DALBEATTIE STAR, COWDENBEATH, EAST STIRLINGSHIRE.  

LEAST GOALS CONCEDED - 2
BO'NESS UNITED

WEEKEND FIXTURES

THE BLUE BRAZIL PLAY HOST TO DALBEATTIE STAR AT THE WEEKEND IN CLASH OF TWO OF THE THREE TEAMS WHO ARE STILL WITHOUT A WIN.

SATURDAY 
Berwick Rangers v East Stirlingshire 
Bo'ness United v Hearts 'B' 
Caledonian Braves v Rangers 'B'
Civil Service Strollers v Tranent Juniors
Cowdenbeath v Dalbeattie Star
East Kilbride v Gala Fairydean 
Edinburgh University v Spartans 
Gretna 2008 v Celtic 'B'
SUNDAY 
Stirling University Broomhill

VYSE HAT-TRICK HELPS WITHAM TOWN ON THE ROAD TO WEMBLEY

The Road To Wembley started this weekend with games in The Emirates FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round taking place up and down the country on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 

The Cold End was at Cotlandswick Park to see a Step Five v Step Four game between Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division London Colney and Isthmian North Division Witham Town. 

The visitors had been close to relegation last season winning the play-off at Saffron Walden Town on their final game of the 21/22 campaign to preserve their Isthmian League status. 

The hosts, as detailed in the match report for their game at Cockfosters, had started the season extremely well but have a very young squad so were rated as underdogs for this tie against a step four side with some experienced players included in their starting XI.  

As the score line suggests Witham Town were dominant throughout with centre forward Adam Vyse bagging a hat-trick and Joseph Alatise scoring the other goals. 

It was great to see former Enfield Town midfielder Gaz Dauti playing for Witham. He is ultra experienced having been on the management team of both Walthamstow and New Salamis as well as playing for a number of local non-league teams such as Aveley, Harlow Town and Wingate & Finchley. 

Local non-league fans may well recognise the name of Newing in the London Colney line-up. On an extremely proud day for his family former Edgware Town and Enfield Town boss Steve Newing was amongst the crowd to witness his son Freddie's debut in the FA Cup.

Newing was one of four changes to the London Colney starting XI from the midweek game at Cockfosters. Callum Crawford, Ashton Henry, Kinuthia Muriu-Gakonga and Jamie Clarke-Samuel all dropped out with Clark-Samuel on the bench. Saeed Yusuf, Alfie Johnson, Ryan White and Newing all came in.  

Witham Town's centre-back partnership of Robinson Wokoma and Joseph Alatise look an impressive pairing being very athletic, dominant and strong. With no offence meant to London Colney they'll have much tougher tests in the Isthmian League North this season but I think they'll do very well for the Essex club. 

Wokoma has played for Grays Athletic, South Shields and Billericay Town. Alatise counts Tilbury and Romford as former clubs - He played eighteen games for Newbury Forest in the Thurlow Nunn First Division South last season. 

For Witham Town fans - If you believe in omens the last time I saw a team from Essex playing away against a Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division side in the FA Cup was at Arlesey Town last season who won 0-5 with a player scoring a hat-trick - they went on to the First Round Proper and an away tie at Lincoln City! I'm sure Witham Town boss Chris Taylor won't be looking that far ahead and will only be concentrating on their league opening game against Wroxham and AFC Sudbury before the next FA Cup game away at Thurlow Nunn Premier Division side Brantham Athletic.

The crowd at the game was announced as 30 and included a number of loyal travelling fans from Witham Town with James Beardwell giving his side some amazing support throughout the game.

For Stuart Crawford and his young London Colney squad it won't get any easier in their next game as they host Leighton Town on Saturday 13th August. Lee Bircham's side are rated as the title favourites by many fans and have started the 22/23 campaign in top form winning 3-0 against Division One champion's Stotfold in their opening league game before a 9-2 victory over fellow SSMFL Premier Division side Baldock Town in the FA Cup at the weekend. 

LINE UPS 

LONDON COLNEY 
Norbert Kesse-Adu, Saeed Yusuf, Jake Clarke (Eric Sowonola), Pijus Montvydas, Bobby Webb, Alfie Johnson, Ryan White, Ryan Wele, Ricardas Milasius, Regan Tobun (Julius Lloris), Freddie Newing. 
Subs not used - Tony Webster, Jamie Clarke-Samuel, Tristan Cooke, Harvey Simson. 

WITHAM TOWN 
Rhys Madden, Luke Ige, Liam Whipps, Lewis Payne, Joseph Alatise, Robinson Wokoma, Munashe Mharapara (Rash Salau), Gaz Dauti, Adam Vyse (Jamahl Godward), Ramiah Mills, Kieran Southgate (Shakeel Morris).
Subs not used - Adam Chenti, Arnold Mengi, Josh Olatubosun, Ben Lane.

MATCH PHOTOS

LIKE THE PITCH AT COCKFOSTERS ON TUESDAY EVENING THE COTLANDSWICK SURFACE NEEDS SOME RAIN

THE ROAD TO WEMBLEY STARTS... THE FA CUP IS THE GREATEST CUP COMPETITION IN THE WORLD 




















FORMER ENFIELD TOWN PLAYER GAZ DAUTI PLAYED FOR WITHAM TOWN 





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