Monday, 12 February 2018

ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE - RELEGATION FIGHT UPDATE


ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE 
CURRENT TABLE - Positions 13 to 21 
POS TEAM P GD PTS FORM
13 STANSTED 30 -8 32 DWWLWL
14 SPORTING BENGAL UNITED  31 -21 31 LLLLWL
15 BARKINGSIDE  26 -7 30 DLWLWD
16 WALTHAM FOREST  30 -24 30 LLDWLD
17 BURNHAM RAMBLERS  31 -43 29 LLLLLL
18 ENFIELD 1893 FC 29 -23 28 LLDWLW
19 HULLBRIDGE SPORTS 27 -27 25 WWLDDD
20 WADHAM LODGE  27 -31 23 LDLDLL
21 HACKNEY WICK  29 -39 17 DLLLLL

The non-league re-organisation in the Summer and the creation of a new 'Eastern Senior League South' at Step Six of the non-league ladder could mean up to four teams will be relegated from the Essex Senior League at the end of the current campaign. Therefore the only way teams at the bottom end of the table can 100% guarantee their Step Five status is to finish outside of the bottom four in the final table which makes for a really exciting and nerve shreading end to the campaign. 

Hackney Wick are currently adrift at the bottom of the table by six points and are on a run of nine league games without a win. The club were only formed in 2015 and last summer's merger with London Bari saw them move to the Essex Senior League and ground share with Clapton FC at The Old Spotted Dog. 

The Wickers have struggled this year with a number of changes in management but the club are planning for the future with a recent announcement that they will play at The London Marathon Community Ground which is next door to the London Stadium and the home of West Ham United. The ground is also home to Altis FC (formerly Sloane FC on the Middlesex County League) who are currently playing in the Amateur Football Combination Senior 2 North division. IT is actually in the London Borough of Newham but is only a stone's throw from Hackney Wick train station.       

The Wickers are more than a football club with the local community at it's heart with their aim to promote anti-gang agenda, increase the numbers of positive young role models, create opportunities for young people, educate and instill good values and morals, enhance community cohesion, provide respite, a safe haven and save lives. So even if they do go down the future looks bright for football in Hackney. 

If The Wickers are going to make a great escape their next three games are really important coming on Tuesday 21st February at home to Southend Manor, Tuesday 27th February away at Stansted and then Saturday 3rd March away at Enfield 1893. 

The other sides in the bottom four are currently Wadham Lodge (another club to change manager's over the season), Hullbridge Sports (who have only lost one game in their last six) and Enfield 1893 who got a really important 1-3 win at Sawbridgeworth Town on Saturday.

Burnham Ramblers, sit just outside the danger zone, but currently have the worst defensive record in the league letting in 95 goals in their thirty one games played - 41 of those have been in their last ten games. 


THE ABOVE CHART SHOWS THE POINTS PER GAME FOR EACH OF THE TEAMS IN THE CURRENT BOTTOM NINE WHICH SHOWS WHAT A HUGE TASK THE WICKERS HAVE TO GET OUT OF THE BOTTOM FOUR. 

THIS WEEK'S FORTHCOMING FIXTURES FOR THE TEAMS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE TABLE 

TUESDAY Hullbridge Sports v Basildon United 
Takeley v Sawbridgeworth Town 

SATURDAY
Barkingside v Southend Manor
Enfield 1893 v Stansted
A huge game for both sides. A victory for Enfield will probably (depending on other results) see them move out of the bottom four whereas a victory for The Airportmen will see them move further away from the bottom four. Stansted have been in good form winning three of their last six games. 
Hullbridge Sports v Tower Hamlets 
Sawbridgeworth Town v Ilford 
Wadham Lodge v Waltham Forest 
The big East London derby at Wadham Lodge. The home side need wins urgently. The Stags could drop into the bottom four should they lose. It will be all to play for in E17. 



COMING UP TOMORROW ON THE COLD END WE WILL FOCUS ON THE TOP END OF THE ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE AND THE FIGHT FOR PROMOTION TO STEP FOUR OF THE NON-LEAGUE LADDER 

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

BUILDBASE FA TROPHY QUARTER-FINAL LINE-UP

The replays for the FA Trophy Third Round were played out last night with some eye-catching results including Spennymoor Town's 2-5 victory at East Thurrock United, Bromley's 7-1 victory at home to Workington and Stockport County coming back from 0-2 down at home to Maidenhead United to win 3-2 after extra time. The Hatters scored their first two goals in the last eight minutes to force the game into extra time. 

Saturday 24 February 
Stockport County v Brackley Town 
A clash of the two Vanarama North play-off contenders. In the league game played on Saturday 2nd December Brackley Town ran out 3-2 winners at home. 

Billericay Town v Wealdstone
A huge game as the big spending Bostik Premier title favourites take on The Stones who are currently twelth in the Vanarama South. The Middlesex side are bound to take what will probably be the largest away following to The AGP Arena this season so far.   

Leyton Orient v Gateshead
The O's (35 pts from 31 games played) and Gateshead (40pts from 30 games played) are still not safe from the relegation zone in the Vanarama National Division but both sets of fans may now well be dreaming of a Wembley appearance in the Trophy final.  

Bromley v Spennymoor Town 
The Vanarama National play-off contender's Bromley take on the Vanarama North play-off contenders. Spennymoor Town have made a rapid rise through the pyramid since winning The Northern League (Step 5) in 2014. Their fans will have memories of their FA Vase win at Wembley Stadium in 2013 when they won 2-1 agianst Tunbridge Wells. 

Both Billericay Town (Vase winner's in 76,77 and 79) along with Spennymoor Town could be the first club to win both competitions. Forest Green Rovers (Vase winners in 84 and Trophy runner's up in 99 and 01) and North Ferriby United (Vase runner's up in 97 and Trophy winners in 15) are the teams who have come close to this record. 

CURRENT ODDS 
courtesy of bet365.com 
BROMLEY 3/1 
BILLERICAY TOWN 9/2 
LEYTON ORIENT 9/2 
GATESHEAD 11/2 
BRACKLEY TOWN 9/1 
STOCKPORT COUNTY 9/1 
WEALDSTONE 12/1 
SPENNYMOOR TOWN 12/1 



Sunday, 4 February 2018

GOALS GALORE IN THE SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS LEAGUE DIVISION ONE

There were two results which caught the eye in the SSMFL Division yesterday. Title and promotion contenders Baldock Town underlined their pertential with a comfortable 7-0 win over Bedford thanks to goals from Alfie Barker (3), Josh Coley, Zach Decker, Freddie Morris and Russell Bull. 

Over at The Queen Elizabeth Stadium Enfield Borough welcomed Hatfield Town and in what sounds like one of the most entertaining games of the season the home side ran out 8-4 winners. Their goals came from Sivi Bao, Tage Kennedy (5) and Bruno Tavares (2). It seems Borough are the team to watch if you like goals as their last game saw another seven - they were 3-0 down to FC Broxbourne Borough at half time but came back to win 3-4 with Tage Kennedy (scoring a hat-trick) and Jamiah Plentie-Lawrence getting the goals in that one. 

Their next game comes at home on Wednesday evening when they host North Greenford United in a Middlesex Senior Charity Cup Second Round. United are currently mid-table in the Combined Counites League Premier Division. 
IF YOU LIKE GOALS GOALS GOALS AND MORE GOALS WHY NOT PAY ENFIELD BOROUGH A VISIT

SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION - RACE FOR THE TITLE UPDATE


SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS LEAGUE 
PREMIER DIVISION 
CURRENT TABLE
P TEAM P GD PTS FORM 
1 WELWYN GARDEN CITY 21 +40 56 WWWLWW
2 BERKHAMSTED 24 +31 54 DWLWWL
3 LEIGHTON TOWN  23 +20 52 WWWWWW
4 HARPENDEN TOWN  24 +19 51 LLLWWWW

The top two in the SSMFL Premier Division met yesterday as Berkhamsted welcomed Welwyn Garden City to Broadwater. It was a great afternoon for The Citizens as they ran in four first half goals to record a convincing victory with Daniel Bond, Ashley Kersey and Paul Marks (2) hitting the back of the net in front of a good crowd of 233 people. Third placed Leighton Town's FA Vase Fifth Round game at Wolverhampton SC was postponed and is now scheduled to take place next weekend. The Bedfordshire club may well have something to say in the race for the title as they have won their last eight league games in a row. What may be important is the points per game (PPG) total for the sides as there are extra promotion spots available from Step 5 with the non-league re-organisation due to the summer. 

Fourth placed Harpenden Town won 3-2 at home against London Tigers with their goals coming from Dwayne Duncan, James Ewington and Sam James. 

POINTS PER GAME 

TEAM  PPG
WELWYN GC 2.67
BERKHAMSTED  2.25
LEIGHTON TOWN  2.26
HARPENDEN TOWN  2.13

FORTHCOMING FIXTURES 

TUESDAY 6th FEBRUARY 
LONDON COLNEY v BERKHAMSTED 

WEDNESDAY 7th FEBRUARY 
WELWYN GARDEN CITY v CRAWLEY GREEN 

SATURDAY 10th FEBRUARY 
WELWYN GARDEN CITY v OXHEY JETS 
HARPENDEN TOWN v CRAWLEY GREEN 

WEDNESDAY 14th FEBRUARY 
WELWYN GARDEN CITY v BERKHAMSTED 

SATURDAY 17th FEBRUARY 
BERKHAMSTED v HODDESDON TOWN 
BIGGLESWADE FC v WELWYN GARDEN CITY 
COLNEY HEATH v LEIGHTON TOWN 
HOLMER GREEN v HARPENDEN TOWN 

TUESDAY 20th FEBRUARY 
LEIGHTON TOWN v WELWYN GARDEN CITY 
 

There are some huge games coming up over the next month none more so than Valentines Night at Herns Way when the current top two clash for the return fixture from yesterday's game. The following week The Citizens travel to Leighton Town with a tricky looking trip to Biggleswade FC in-between. 
 

 


Saturday, 3 February 2018

JEFFREY COBBLAH DOUBLE SEALS THE WIN FOR THE TONS





Enfield 1893 FC Matthew Hanning will still be wondering how his side didn't get something from today's Essex Senior League game with Clapton. They created a number of good chances throughout but found The Ton's keeper in good form - He made a number of good stops particularly in the first half. Jeffrey Cobblah was the hero for the visitors with a goal in either half to take the three points back to East London - Enfield 1893 FC did get a deserved goal back towards the end of the game and despite the defeat will be confident of getting something from their next game where they make the short trip to Sawbridgeworth Town next Saturday. 

The Clapton Ultras who were welcomed by the Enfield 1893 FC committee gave some fantastic support as usual and were thanked by The Ton's team with handshakes on the terraces after. This happens at many non-league grounds up and down the country each and ever week and shows that at this level of football there is a special bond between fan and player that just can't be replicated in the top echelons of the game.  

Clapton's next game is also away from The Old Spotted Dog when they travel to play Stansted next Saturday. The Clapton Ultras continue to boycott the historic club's home games in protest against the current ownership. 

A crowd of 146 people saw this game. 





MATCH HIGHLIGHTS
including all three goals scored  





THE CLAPTON TEAM THANK THEIR FANS FOR THE FANTASTIC SUPPORT ON A RAINY FEBRUARY AFTERNOON
THE WELCOME NOTE ON DISPLAY FOR THE CAPTON FANS AT THE GAME 

Friday, 2 February 2018

LANGFORD v BEDFORD HIGHLIGHTS

It was a largely forgettable game between Langford and Bedford at Forde Park on Tuesday 23rd January. It ended 1-1 and some highlights are below including a controversial decision when Langford were not given a penalty kick when Bedford keeper appeared to bring down an opposing player in the box. Highlights are below - 


Monday, 22 January 2018

BUILDBASE FA VASE AT THE FIFTH ROUND PROPER STAGE

Saturday 3rd February 
Fifth Round Proper 
Wolverhampton SC v Leighton Town
4th in West Midlands (Regional) Premier Division v 3rd in Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division

Thatcham Town v Bromsgrove Sporting
2nd in UHLSPORT Hellenic League Premier v 2nd in Total Motion Midland League Premier Division 

Marske United v Bradford Town 
2nd in EBAC Northern League Division One v 4th in Toolstation Western League Premier Division 

Coleshill Town v Bracknell Town 
1st in Total Midland League Premier Division v 5th in UHLSPORT Hellenic League Premier 

1874 Northwich v Chichester City @ Witton Albion 
13th in Hallmark North West Counties Premier v 4th in Macron Southern Combination League Premier 

Stockton Town v Stourport Swifts 
7th in EBAC Northern League Division One v 18th in Total Motion Midland League Premier Division 

Windsor v Hamble Club 
9th in UHLSPORT Hellenic Premier Division v 10th in Sydenhams Wessex Premier Division 

Melksham Town v Tring Athletic
3rd in Toolstation Western League Premier Division v 17th in Spartan South Midlands League Premier 

The FA Vase is at the Fifth Round stage with every club bar one competing at Step Five of the non-league ladder. The sole exception are Wolverhampton Sporting Community who are currently fourth in the West Midlands Regional League Premier Division. It's by far the best run in the competition for the club formerly known as Chubb Sports and Heath Town Rangers. They joined at the First Qualifying Round stage and have since beaten FC Oswestry Town, Heath Hayes, Staveley MW, Rugby Towm (after a replay), Shepshed Dynamo and Cogenhoe United. 

The EBAC Northern League, who have dominated the competition over the last few seasons, have two teams left being Marske United and Stockton Town. Marske have reached the quarter-final stage on two previous occasions in 2001 and 2009 with Stockton Town previously only involved in 1982/83 (1st Round) and last season (2nd Round). 


There will be a new name as winner's of the famous competition as no club left has even been to the final. The winners of the Fifth Round ties will receive £2,250 from the Football Association's prize fund.