Sunday, 12 September 2021

THE EAGLES EARN A HARD FOUGHT THREE POINTS AGAINST THE ROMANS

Two teams new to the Spartan South Midlands League Division One met at Pixmore on Tuesday 7th September as Letchworth Garden City Eagles hosted Irchester United

The Eagles were promoted from the Hertfordshire Senior County League for the the 2021/22 season and prior to kick off in this game had played five games with two wins (at home against Northampton Sileby Rangers and away at Buckingham Athletic) along with three defeats at Stotfold and at home to Long Crendon and Thame United Reserves. 

Irchester United, who have transfered from the United Counties League Division One, have had a difficult start to the season having to play all their game away from their home ground at Alfred Street which they share with the local cricket club. They had had one win at fellow struggler's London Tigers along with defeats to Wellingborough Whitworth, Long Crendon, Penn & Tylers Green, Bedford and Langford prior to this game. 


What was brilliant to see on the night was the crowd of 64 people which included a good number of neutrals and ground-hoppers on a night when there were plenty of other games taking place in the local area including FA Cup replays. The 64 is well up on the 25 people who were present on the opening day of the season against Thame United Reserves. The population of the Hertfordshire town is around 33,000 people so I think it would be great to see them break the 100 mark at some point this season especially in the local derby games against Langford, Stotfold and Shefford Town & Campton. 

This was a tight game which was scrappy at times which was won by Nikolay Rusev's well taken goal for the home side in the first half and will also be remembered for the worst kit-clash I've seen since Tokyngton Manor visited Kentish Town in 2012. The Eagles started with their usual blue and black stripes with the visitors in purple which under the floodlights was rather confusing. Thankfully the home side were able to source some yellow shirts for the second half.  

KIT CLASH - WHICH WAS WORSE?  
ABOVE - KENTISH TOWN v TOKYNGTON MANOR 2012.
BELOW - LETCHWORTH GC EAGLES v IRCHESTER UNITED. 

DRAPER PROVING AGE IS JUST A NUMBER

It was great to see Glenn Draper superbly marshalling the home defence at the youthful age of 43. The experience and knowledge the former Colney Heath, Hertford Town, Hatfield Town and Hoddesdon Town player is passing down to the young players (some of them less than half his age!) in The Eagle's side will be invaluable for them in their forthcoming careers.  Glen, who turns 44 in February, has told me he had no plans to hang his boots up just yet. 

Maybe he may rival current Leverstock Green manager Fergus Moore, 49, who has been an unused substitute for this season and will no doubt make a few appearances along with his Assistant Manager Scott McGleish, 47, who has started two games and been subbed on in two so far this this. Draper has started in five of the six league games The Eagles have played so far. 

THE EAGLE'S YELLOW KIT HELPED IN THE SECOND HALF

The Roman's manager Mark Forrest can take many positives from this game as his side never gave up and fought until the very end to get something from it. They suffered another heavy defeat today in the FA Vase in their first home game of the season losing 1-5 to Hillingdon Borough. Their next three league games come at home firstly in an ultra tough game against current league leader's Stotfold next Saturday - they will be well up for the game and looking to banish the memory of their 1-5 FA Vase defeat at home to Essex Senior League side White Ensign yesterday. They then face Burton Park Wanderers and Thame United Reserves. 

The Eagles host Rushden & Higham United on Saturday 18th September before two local away days at Shefford Town & Campton and Ampthill Town. Jason Valentine and his coaching team are building an exciting young side at Pixmore - they won't finish top this season (of course they wouldn't of expected to!) but they will surprise a few teams along the way.

If you live in Letchworth and are reading this why not pop along to Pixmore and give you're home town team some support - there is a bar and clubhouse where you can get a drink prior to and after the game. 

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS 

Thursday, 9 September 2021

PITCHING IN ISTHMIAN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION WEEKEND PREVIEW

CURRENT LEAGUE TABLE
POS TEAM P  GD PTS
1.  KINGSTONIAN  4 +7 12
2.  ENFIELD TOWN  4 +5 10
3.  FOLKESTONE INVICTIA   +5  10  
4.   HARINGEY BOROUGH   4 +5 9
5.  MARGATE  4 +2 8
6.  CARSHALTON ATHLETIC  4 +3
7.   BRIGHTLINGSEA REGENT   +1 7
8.  HORNCHURCH   +3 
9.  CRAY WANDERERS  +1
10.   WORTHING   0
11.  CHESHUNT  4 +2 
12.  BOGNOR REGIS TOWN 4 +1 5
13.  LEWES  4 0 5
14.  EAST THURROCK UNITED   -2 
15.   HORSHAM  4 -1 4
16.  WINGATE & FINCHLEY  4 -3 4
17.  LEATHERHEAD  4 -4
18.   POTTERS BAR TOWN  4 -5 3
19.  MERSTHAM  -6  3
20.  BISHOPS STORTFORD  4 +5
21.   CORTHIAN CASUALS  -4
22.   BOWERS & PITSEA  4 -5 1  

FIXTURES 
Bishop's Stortford v Hornchurch 
Bognor Regis Town v Carshalton Athletic 
Bowers & Pitsea v Wingate & Finchley 
Cheshunt v Merstham 
Folkestone Invicta v Horsham 
Haringey Borough v Corinthian-Casuals 
Kingstonian v Brightlingsea Regent 
Lewes v Enfield Town 
Margate v Leatherhead 
Worthing v East Thurrock United

Kingstonian are the only team left with a 100% winning record but made somewhat hard work of getting past Spartan South Midlands Premier Division side Oxhey Jets in the FA Cup winning 8-1 (it was 1-0 at half time) in a Wenesday night reply after a 2-2 draw in Hertfordshire on Saturday.  The K's made some changes to their starting line up in the first game with Daniel Ajakaiye, Nyren Clunis and Gus Sow all on the bench. They have scored seven of the nine league goals scored so far in the league and are likely to be in the starting line up in their home game against Brightlingsea Regent. Ajakaiye and Sow started the replay with Sow netting one of the goals and Ajakaiye a hat-trick.  

Regent have made a decent start to their league campaign but lost 3-2 in the FA Cup at Southern Premier Central side Leiston on Saturday. They have two clean sheets in their home games (against Merstham and Leatherhead) which ended in a 2-0 win and a 1-1 draw. They have also got a point away from home at East Thurrock United and lost 2-0 at Enfield Town - I saw the game versus Town and can say Regent played some great football in the first half but sat back in the second with their former Stansted keeper Charlie Turner making some great saves to keep the score down. 

It's a special day for Turner's opposite number on Saturday as K's keeper Rob Tolfrey will break the club's record appearance in his 558th game for the club which is a truly remarkable achievement. 

Two teams who were (and still are) expected to do well this season meet at The ProKit UK Stadium. Hornchurch who famously won the 2021 FA Trophy and have, on paper, one of the best squads in the division have won two and lost two in the league. They drew 1-1 at home to Barton Rovers in the FA Cup but like The K's won their reply comfortably 1-4 with Sam Higgins scoring a hat-trick.    

With a forward line of Higgins and Liam Nash The Urchins will never be without goals - they have only failed to score in one game against Kingstonian so far which maybe another indication how strong The K's are.

Bishop's Stortford have drawn two and lost two games so far but did get a confidence boosting 3-0 FA Cup win over Lowestoft Town on Saturday with Jake Cass bagging a hat-trick. The Blues have conceded nine goals in just four games - Looking at the statistics the chances of The Blues keeping a clean sheet against a quality Hornchurch is low but I'm here to be proved wrong.

MOST GOALS SCORED CHART


The only sides below The Blues in the early table are Corinthian Casuals and Bowers & Pitsea

Bowers lost their opening three games of the season but have since drawn 2-2 at Bishops Stortford and 0-5 away from home at Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division side Arlesey Town in the FA Cup at the weekend. Lewis Manor has been in superb form scoring five times (two penalty kicks) in the last two games so is likely to be full of confidence going into their home game against Wingate & Finchley. New Wingate boss Marc Weatherstone, who was a centre-back during his playing days, will be wanting his team to tighten up at the back having let in an average of two goals a game so far. The North London side will be in a confident mood after their 1-6 victory over Bower's neighbour's Basildon United in their midweek FA Cup replay. Ibrahim Meite, who spent time with League of Ireland side last season, scored two goals in the game to follow up his goal in their 4-1 defeat at Haringey Borough in his debut for the club. 

Since there promotion from the Isthmian Division One (South) Corinthian Casuals have struggled towards the bottom of the table finishing 17th in 18/19 and they were 19th in the curtailed 19/20 season. 

They recorded a memorable FA Cup replay win against Worthing in midweek with Bobby Mills scoring two goals. The Chocolate & Pinks are currently second from bottom in the table but when you delve in a little bit further into their results they don't look that bad aside from the 1-3 defeat away from home to Potters Bar Town on the opening day of the season. 

James Bracken's side have lost narrowly at home to Folkestone Invicta and Kingstonian by 0-1 and drawn 2-2 at Wingate & Finchley. After their midweek Cup excitement It's a tough game for them this weekend on the road at Haringey Borough who are joint top scorers in the league so far. 

ENFIELD TOWN FANS MADE THEIR OWN EXECUTIVE BOX AT THE DRIPPING PAN IN 2012

Enfield Town have made a great start to the season but have a tough trip to The Dripping Pan this weekend to face Lewes who were another side expected to do well this season but have so far stuttered with one win, two draws and one defeat along with Metropolitan Police knocking them out of the FA Cup. In former Cray Wanderers striker Joe Taylor they have one o the most prolific goal-scorers in the division - He netted thirteen goals in the curtailed 20/21 season and thirty-two in the 19/20 season. With four league goals so far he tops the scoring charts with a large number of players on three goals including Town's Mo Faal who has made a great start to his second spell with the North London club after he spent time last season with Bolton Wanderers and Barnet.

MOST GOALS CONCEDED CHART 

PITCHING IN ISTMIAN PREMIER FA CUP RESULTS 

Key
STEP 3
STEP 4
STEP 5

OUT
Bognor Regis Town - Hayes & Yeading L 3-4
Brightlingsea Regent - Leiston L 2-3 
Cray Wanderers - Sutton Common Rovers L 1-3
Haringey Borough - Peterborough Sports L 1-2  
Lewes - Metropolitan Police L 1-2
Potters Bar Town - Stowmarket Town L 1-2
Worthing - Corinthian Casuals D 1-1 & L 1-3 

IN
Bishops Stortford - Lowestoft Town W 3-0
Bowers & Pitsea - Arlesey Town W 5-0 
Carshalton Athletic - Kennington W 3-0
Cheshunt - Brentwood Town W 2-0 
Corinthian Casuals - Worthing D 1-1 & W 3-1 
East Thurrock United - Cambridge City W 3-1 
Enfield Town - Dereham Town W 2-1 
Folkestone Invicta - Corinthian W 3-2 
Hornchurch - Barton Rovers D 1-1 & W 4-1 
Horsham - Haywards Heath Town D 1-1 &
Kingstonian - Oxhey Jets D 2-2 & 
Leatherhead - Whitstable Town D 2-2 & W 1-0 
Margate - Thame United D 2-2 & W 4-2 
Merstham - Balham W 2-0 
Wingate & Finchley - Basildon United D 1-1 & W 6-1 


STATS 

TEAMS WITH 100% WINNING RECORD 
KINGSTONIAN 

TEAMS LEFT WITHOUT DEFEAT
KINGSTONIAN, FOLKESTONE INVICTA, MARGATE & ENFIELD TOWN 

TEAMS WITHOUT A WIN 
BOWERS & PITSEA, CORINTHIAN CASUALS & BISHOPS STORTFORD 

MOST GOALS SCORED 
9 - HARINGEY BOROUGH & KINGSTONIAN 

MOST GOALS CONCEDED  
11 - BOWERS & PITSEA 
9 - BISHOPS STORTFORD & POTTERS BAR TOWN 

LEAST GOALS SCORED
1 - MERSTHAM 

TWO PREDICTIONS FROM THE COLD END

Cheshunt to beat Merstham who have failed to score in three out of four of their league games. The Ambers were unlucky not to score in their local derby defeat to Enfield Town. 

Both teams to score in the Bowers & Pitsea v Wingate & Finchley game. 

Tuesday, 7 September 2021

GUILDFORD & WOKING ALLIANCE FOOTBALL LEAGUE - OPENING FIXTURES

 


The Guildford and Woking Alliance Football League 2021/22 season gets underway this weekend with the Premier Division including DIAL SQUARE FC who under new manager Simon Martin who was highly successful in the league with former club Worplesdon Phoenix who last season won all seven of their league games in the then Premier Division (North) scoring twenty-six and letting no goals.

All eyes will be on Meade's Park and the big game between Farncombe FC and Dial Square.

The club have an excellent podcast called THE DIALCAST which I can recommend is a great listen. 




Saturday 11th September

PREMIER DIVISION 
Farncombe v Dial Square 
Laleham & Kempton v Weysiders

DIVISION ONE 
Guildford United U21s v Double 
Shepperton Pumas v Ottershaw Development 
Woking & Maybury v Woking Tigers First 
Woking Veterans v Pirbright 

DIVSION TWO 
Beacon Hill Juniors v West Byfleet Albion 
Bookham v Wey Hill First 
Camberley Town Youth Old Boys v SDS Albion 
Elstead v Milford & Witley 

DIVISION THREE 
Burpham Reserves v Woodland Albion 
Dunsfold v Woking Veterans Saturday 2nd XI
Farncombe United v Upper Hale
Horsell v Weysiders Reserves
Shalford Reserves v  Onslow 

DIVISION FOUR 
Guildford Park v Chertsey Old Salesians Reserves
Holmbury St. Mary v Double H Reserves
Surrey Dynamos v Staines Lammas Old Boys

YOUTH TO ADULT DIVISION 
Horsley 'A' v Wrecclesham 'A'
Milford & Witley Reserves v Guildford Park Social XI

BUILDBASE FA VASE STARTS THIS WEEKEND

BUILDBASE FA VASE FIRST QUALIFYING ROUND
DENOTES PREVIOUS SEMI-FINALISTS
DENOTES PREVIOUS RUNNERS UP
DENOTES PREVIOUS WINNERS

It's one of the most exciting weekends of the non-league season this weekend as the Buildbase FA Vase gets underway with seven previous winners entering at the First Qualifying Round stage.  

Friday 10th September
Washington v Thornaby 
Eversley & California v Virginia Water 
St Margaretsbury v Benfleet 
Canterbury City v FC Elmstead 
FC Humber United v Parkgate 
Handsworth v Golcar United

Saturday 11th September
Uttoxeter Town v Littleton 
Burnham v Bedford 
Padiham v North Shields 
Chester-Le-Street Town v Jarrow 
Willington AFC v Tow Law Town AFC 
West Allotment Celtic v Steeton AFC 
Carlisle City v Guisborough Town 
Whitley Bay v Billingham Synthonia 
Squires Gate v Garforth Town 
Newcastle University v Heaton Stannington 
Barnoldswick Town v AFC Blackpool
Easington Colliery v Redcar Athletic 
Campion AFC v Newton Aycliffe 
Crook Town AFC v Eccleshill United
Sunderland West End v Cleator Moor Celtic 
Sunderland RCA v Redcar Town 
Bishop Auckland v Ryton & Crawcrook Albion 
Ilkley Town v Penrith AFC 
Newcastle Benfield v Ashington 
Silsden AFC v Albion Sports 
Litherland REMYCA v Wythenshawe Town 
Avro v AFC Darwen 
AFC Liverpool v Charnock Richard
Athersley Recreation v Chadderton 
Brigg Town v Cammell Laird 1907
Runcorn Town v Ashton Town AFC 
Burscough v Hallam 
New Mills v Armthorpe Welfare 
Bacup Borough v Penistone Church
St Helens Town v Cheadle Heath Nomads 
West Didsbury & Chorlton AFC v Nostell MW 
Northwich Victoria v Bury AFC 
Skelmersdale United v Retford 
Maltby Main v Glasshoughton Welfare
Swallownest v Bottesford Town 
Selby Town v Hemsworth Miners Welfare 
Winterton Rangers v Macclesfield 
Dronfield Town v Barnton 
Cheadle Town v Irlam 
Abbey Hey v Ashton Athletic 
Shifnal Town v Smethwick Rangers 
Brocton v Boldmere St Michaels 
Winsford United v Stapenhill
Hinckley LR v Cradley Town 
Shawbury United v Romulus 
Lichfield City v FC Stratford 
Haughmond v Ashby Ivanhoe
Bewdley Town v Hereford Lads Club 
Stone Old Alleynians v Heather St Johns
Atherstone Town v Abbey Hulton United
AFC Bridgnorth v Rocester 
Studley v Paget Rangers 
Whitchurch Alport v Tividale 
Coventry Copsewood v Rugby Town* 
* As VS Rugby 
Gresley Rovers* v Dudley Sports 
* Gresley Rovers reformed as Gresley FC in 2009
1991 R/U GRESLEY ROVERS 
Stafford Town v Eccleshall 
St Martins v Hinckley AFC 
Bourne Town v Belper United 
Clipstone v St Andrews 
Teversal v Eastwood Community
Saffron Dynamo v Quorn 
Melton Town v West Bridgford 
Sherwood Colliery v Borrowash Victoria 
Selston v Barrow Town 
Dunkirk v AFC Mansfield 
Leicester Nirvana v Clifton All Whites
Birstall United v Kirby Muxloe 
Hucknall Town v Gedling MW 
Ingles v Blackstones 
Boston Town v Lutterworth Athletic 
Rainworth MW v Heanor Town 
Deeping Rangers v Holwell Sports 
Debenham LC v Peterborough Northern Star 
Eynesbury Rovers v Huntingdon Town
Wisbech St Mary v Great Yarmouth Town 
Godmanchester Rovers v  FC Parson Drove 
Walsham Le Willows v March Town United 
Brimsdown v Barkingside 
Whitton United v Enfield Borough 
Takeley v Frenford 
Long Melford v Little Oakley 
Newbury Forest v Haverhill Borough 
Halstead Town v Potton United 
Coggeshall United v Glebe 
Walthamstow v Hadleigh United 
Woodbridge Town v Woodford Town 
Hoddesdon Town v FC Clacton 
Biggleswade United v Southend Manor 
London Lions v St Panteleimon 
Stotfold v White Ensign
Park View v Sawbridgeworth Town 
Harwich & Parkeston v Ipswich Wanderers 
Brantham Athletic v Holland 
Buckhurst Hill v Enfield
Windsor v Kensington & Ealing Borough 
British Airways v Dunstable Town 
Cogenhoe United v Harefield United 
Amersham Town v Winslow United 
Holmer Green v Spelthorne Sports 
Buckingham Athletic v Rushden & Higham United 
Long Buckby v Tring Athletic 
Arlesey Town v FC Deportivo Galicia 
Risborough Rangers v Edgware Town 
London Colney v Leverstock Green 
Hilltop v Langley
Ardley United v Burton Park Wanderers 
Egham Town v Crawley Green 
Broadfields United v Holyport 
Aylesbury Vale Dynamos v London Tigers 
Wembley v Oxhey Jets 
Camberley Town v Long Crendon 
Sheerwater v Roman Glass St George 
Shortwood United v Cove 
Longlevens v Fairford Town
Wokingham & Emmbrook v Moreton Rangers 
Frimley Green v Shrivenham 
Berks County v Newent Town 
Hengrove Athletic v Ascot United 
Stonehouse Town v Ashton & Backwell United 
Brislington v Fleet Town 
Almondsbury v Cheltenham Saracens 
Royal Wootton Bassett Town v Knaphill 
Bishop's Cleeve v Thornbury Town 
Reading City v Cribbs 
Malmesbury Victoria v Tuffley Rovers 
Clanfield 85 v Wallingford Town AFC 
Lydney Town v Hallen 
Rochester United v Hollands & Blair
Staplehurst Monarchs United v Sporting Bengal United
Broadbridge Heath v Croydon 
Erith Town v Sporting Club Thamesmead 
AFC Uckfield Town v Colliers Wood United
Westside v Snodland Town
Tunbridge Wells v Roffey 
Abbey Rangers v Horsham YMCA 
Crawley Down Gatwick v Lewisham Borough (Community) 
Eastbourne United AFC v Bridon Ropes 
Raynes Park Vale v Steyning Town Community 
Molesey v Shoreham 
Banstead Athletic v Horley Town 
Lordswood v Storrington Community 
Eastbourne Town v Sheppey United
Sutton Athletic v Newhaven 
East Preston v Redhill 
Lingfield v Erith & Belvedere 
Larkfield & New Hythe v Epsom & Ewell 
Seaford Town v Peacehaven & Telscombe 
Billingshurst v Forest Hill Park 
Rusthall v Crowborough Athletic 
Balham v Tower Hamlets 
Bearsted v Fisher 
Oakwood v Welling Town 
Loxwood v Faversham Strike Force 
K Sports v Beckenham Town 
Stansfeld v Bagshot 
Horndean v Hamble Club
Wick v Alton 
Radstock Town v Arundel 
Westbury United v Alresford Town 
AFC Stoneham v Portland United
Folland Sports v Corsham Town 
Millbrook v Shaftesbury 
Cowes Sports v Bournemouth 
Amesbury Town v Andover New Street 
Baffins Milton Rovers v Andover Town
Selsey v Pagham 
Bradford Town v Wincanton Town 
Calne Town v Whitchurch United 
Sherborne Town v Verwood Town 
Moneyfields v Totton & Eling 
Ash United v Hythe & Dibden 
Devizes Town v Badshot Lea 
Petersfield Town v Bashley 
Farnham Town v Warminster Town 
AFC Portchester v Romsey Town 
Ringwood Town v Bridport 
Godolphin Atlantic v Bovey Tracey 
Saltash United v Cullompton Rangers 
Exmouth Town v Shepton Mallet AFC 
Torpoint Athletic v Callington Town
Wadebridge Town v AFC St Austell 
Bodmin Town v Crediton United AFC 
Ilfracombe Town v Bishop Sutton 
Elburton Villa v Welton Rovers 
Torrington v Bishops Lydeard 
Chalvey Sports v Rothwell Corinthians 
Greenways v Lydd Town 

Sunday 12th September 
Tooting Bec v Jersey Bulls 
Worsbrough Bridge Athletic v Maine Road 
Dudley Town v Alsager Town 
University of East Anglia v Swaffham Town 
Hackney Wick v New Salamis 
Irchester United v Hillingdon Borough 

EXEMPT UNTIL THE FIRST ROUND PROPER
Ampthill Town 
Brimscombe & Thrupp
Buckland Athletic
Chatham Town
Clapton
Consett AFC 
Coventry Sphinx 
Coventry United 
Deal Town
Falmouth Town AFC 
Fareham Town 
Gorleston 
Guildford City 
Hanley Town 
Kennington
Littlehampton Town
Longridge Town 
Millbrook
Milton Keynes Irish
New Milton Town
Newark 
North Greenford United
Norwich CBS
Norwich United 
Radford 
Seaham Red Star 
Sunderland Ryhope 

EXEMPT UNTIL SECOND ROUND PROPER
Anstey Nomads
Bridgwater United
Christchurch 
Clevedon Town 
Cobham 
Congleton Town 
Fakenham Town
Flackwell Heath 
Hadley 
Hanworth Villa
Leighton Town
Long Eaton United
Malvern Town 
Mulbarton Wanderers
North Ferriby
Stourport Swifts
Tavistock AFC 
United Services Portsmouth 
Walsall Wood 
Walton & Hersham 
Wellingborough Town 
West Auckland Town 
Westfields 

CINCH SCOTTISH LEAGUE TWO - EARLY DAYS IN THE BATTLE TO AVOID THE RELEGATION PLAY-OFF

CINCH LEAGUE TWO - CURRENT TABLE - BOTTOM FIVE ONLY 
* DENOTES GOAL CONCEDED PER GAME 
POS TEAM  GF  GA  GD  PTS  GCPG*
6.   ELGIN CITY   -1  1.40
7.   STRANRAER  5 1 2 2 4 9 -5 5 1.80
8.  COWDENBEATH  5 1 1 3 6 -3  1.80
9.  ALBION ROVERS  5 1 1 3 5 8 -3 4 1.60
10.  STENHOUSEMUIR   5 2 -5  0.40

POSITITION IN LAST THREE SEASONS 
* DENOTES CURTAILED DUE TO PANDEMIC
TEAM 18/19 19/20* 20/21*
ELGIN CITY   8th 3rd  3rd  
STRANRAER  8th L1  10th L1  4th
COWDENBEATH  6th 4th 9th 
ALBION ROVERS  9th 9th  7th 
STENHOUSEMUIR  9th L1 8th  6th 

It's early days in the Cinch Scottish League Two but Stenhousemuir currently occupy the bottom spot in the division. The team who finishes bottom of the table will qualify for the Relegation/Promotion play-off against the winner's of the Highland League v Lowland League play-off. 

The Warriors have picked up two points so far in draws against Albion Rovers and Cowdenbeath. They have a tricky trip Annan Athletic at the weekend who have won four of their five games played so far. 

If either Albion Rovers or Cowdenbeath could pick up three points in their game at Cliftonhill it will move them away from the bottom of the table. 

Fixtures for Saturday 11th September
Albion Rovers v Cowdenbeath
Annan Athletic v Stenhousemuir
Kelty Hearts v Elgin City 
Stirling Albion v Forfar Athletic
Stranraer v Edinburgh City

A COMFORTABLE VICTORY FOR BOWERS & PITSEA AT ARLESEY TOWN


It was Step 5 v Step 3 in the Emirates FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round on Saturday as Arlesey Town hosted Bowers & Pitsea in a game that many fans thought could be a potential upset as the visitors had conceded 11 goals in their 4 league games played with 3 defeats and a draw so far. 

Arlesey Town had beaten Thetford Town (4-3) and March Town United (3-2) to get to this stage with an amazing 4-6 victory at Oxhey Jets on the Tuesday evening prior to this game.

Bowers showed what a good side they are by dominating the game from start to finish with target man striker Lewis Manor bagging a hat-trick in the first half - two came from the penalty spot but his third was excellent. He took the ball down with one touch and lofted it past Ryan Hillyard  in the Arlesey goal from outside of the box. Dan Trendall on the left hand side of midfield also stood out with his positive driving runs into the box. The half time score was 0-4 with the home side improving in the second half only conceding Danny Norton's late goal on 84 minutes. Tobias Braney came on for Bowers in the second half and looks a good player - He hit the post playing on the left hand side of midfield replacing Trendall on 79 minutes. 

Bowers reward for the win is an away tie at fellow Pitching In Isthmian League Premier Division side Bishop's Stortford. Their fans (pictured above) amongst the crowd of 124 people were very happy standing on the Arlesey Kop in the Second Half. 

Bower's Manager Rob Small who has been in charge of the club since the summer of 2014 and overseen two promotions, reaching the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup and getting to a FA Vase Semi-Final during his time with the club will no doubt take this positive result and look to get three points in their league game at home to Wingate and Finchley on Saturday. 

Arlesey Town host FC Deportivo Galicia in the Buildbase FA Vase this Saturday.  

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS - GOALS

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS - 14 MINUTES 

MATCH PICTURES 






















Monday, 6 September 2021

FOUR GOAL VICTORY FOR THE BULLS OVER BUCKINGHAM ATHLETIC

Eynesbury United moved from the Cambridgeshire County League Premier Division to the Spartan South Midlands League Division Two for the 21/22 campaign and prior to kick off to last Tueaday's home game against Buckingham United had made a great start to their season had won games against Pitstone and Ivinghoe (9-5!!), The 61 FC (4-1) and Tring Corinthians (4-0) as well as a narrow defeat 2-1 against Sarratt. 

Their visitors had also made a decent start winning 4-2 against Pitstone & Ivinghoe and 3-2 v Berhamsted Raiders as well as a 0-1 defeat against Risborough Rangers Development. 

This was an entertaining game between two good sides which was a strange one for Buckingham United as despite playing well at times they came away with a 4-0 defeat. 

Shane Fox (2), Owen Dixon and Shae Humphrey scored the goals for the home side. Humphrey's strike was a very impressive one from way outside the box! 83 people saw the game which is a decent amount for Step Seven football.


The Bulls followed this game up with a 2-1 defeat at Aston Clinton on Saturday with Buckingham United 3-2 winners against THE 61 FC (Luton) with Matthew Cruse netting a hat-trick. 

GOAL MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS (23 minutes +) 

Spartan South Midlands Division Two 
Forthcoming Fixtures 

Saturday 11th September
Aston Clinton v Buckingham United 
Codicote v Risborough Rangers Development 
Milton Keynes College Football Academy v  Eynesbury United
New Bradwell St Peter v  Totternhoe
Old Bradwell United v  Tring Corinthians 
Pitstone & Ivinghoe v  Berkhamsted Raiders
Sarratt v  Berkhamsted Comrades
The 61 FC (Luton) v  Bovingdon

Monday 13th September 
Milton Keynes College Football Academy v  Berkhamsted Raiders

Wednesday 15th September
Berkhamsted Comrades v  Buckingham United
Codicote v  Totternhoe