Thursday 30 November 2023
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Real Bedford went five points clear of the Spartan South Midlands Premier Division with a 3-1 home win over Potton United on Tuesday evening. It was impressively their tenth league win in a row.
TWELVE GAME WINNING RUN
Will Hornchurch FC be stopped at the top of the table? If they continue on their current scoring record of 3.13 goals per game they will have a total of around 131 by the end of the 42 game season.
Steve Morison's side are currently on a very impressive winning run of twelve league games in a row.
Hornchurch's next games come against Whitehawk at home on Saturday followed by a midweek trip to Concord Rangers and then a huge game at currently second placed Chatham Town on Saturday 16th December. They are currently 11 points clear of The Chats with one game in hand over the Kent side.
Billericay Town, Enfield Town and Wingate & Finchley make up the rest of the play-off places with Hastings United, Canvey Island, Hashtag United and Horsham in 6th to 9th position.
Horsham have games in hand due to the Emirates FA Cup run where they travel to League Two Sutton United in the Second Round on Saturday. The Hornets were re-instated to the competition following the 0-3 First Round replay defeat to Barnsley. They Tykes were adjudged to have played an ineligible player in the game at The Camping World Community Stadium.
For me there are two games of the day on Saturday as Wingate & Finchley (5th) host Billericay Town (3rd) and Hashtag United (8th) hosting Canvey Island (7th) - The Gulls will be buoyed by their midweek 3-2 home win over Chatham Town.
At the bottom of the table Kingstonian (20th) hosting Potters Bar Town (19th) is a huge game for both clubs. The Scholars have had a good 1-0 win at home to Whitehawk last Saturday and a 2-2 draw at Dulwich Hamlet in midweek. Kingstonian were 3-1 up at half-time at home to South-Central Division side Westfield in the Specsavers Surrey Senior Cup Second Round on Wednesday evening but the game ended 3-3. The K's went through 5-4 on penalty kicks.
SOME FACTS AND STATS ON THE SEASON SO FAR
HARINGEY BOROUGH are the only side yet to record a home win. They have drawn three and lost five of their games at Coles Park so far.
KINGSTONIAN are the only side yet to record an away win. The K's have drawn two and lost six of their games on their travels. The two draws both ended 2-2 at Haringey Borough on Saturday 18th November and at Hashtag United on Saturday 16th September. They last away game was an incredible 5-4 defeat at Cheshunt on Tuesday 21st November.
Only table topper's HORNCHURCH and 13th placed BOGNOR REGIS TOWN are without a defeat at home. The Urchins are still unbeaten away from home as well.
DULWICH HAMLET, CHATHAM TOWN and HORSHAM all have four-figure average attendance figures for league games. Hamlet currently have an average of 2,345 with The Chats on 1,214 and The Hornets on 1,006.
WINGATE & FINCHLEY currently have the lowest figure with an average attendance of 170 over their nine home league games so far. The North London club's supporter's are known to celebrate the fact they have 'more flags than fans' - The 170 figure is up from an average of 151 over their 21 league games at home last season.
HARINGEY BOROUGH have not won a league game in seven games. They have drawn four and lost three of those seven games.
MARGATE are without a victory in six league games with three defeats and three draws. Their last game was an impressive 2-2 draw at fortress Nyewood Lane where Bognor Regis Town scored an 88th minute equaliser to keep their unbeaten home record in tact.
LEAGUE TABLES USED COURTEST OF FOOTBALLWEBPAGES.CO.UK
Tuesday 28 November 2023
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Monday 27 November 2023
On league positions Ware were considered favourites for this Southern League Division One (Central) game on Saturday when Aylesbury United visited Wodson Park.
The hosts, who have been beaten in the play-off final for the last two seasons, are once again placed towards the top of the table in 5th place prior to kick off with The Ducks down in 17th.
Ware started well forcing a brilliant save from James Callan to keep the score at 0-0 in the opening minutes. Aylesbury United were then much the better side having two great opportunities to score prior to half time.
After the break Ware raced into a two goal lead via Liam Dulson (who started the season at Isthmian Premier Division Potters Bar Town but then moved back to Ware) and former Witham Town striker Ramiah Mills who has a very unique somersault goal celebration.
Massive credit to Aylesbury United who, when many teams would of folded being 2-0 down away from home, continued to play some good football. I thought their stand out player was Max Cavana in the centre of midfield. The American born player who can also play in defence is currently on loan from League One side Wycombe Wanderers where he is part of their development team having signed in the summer.
David Lynn scored on 60 minutes and then defender Derek Feyi rose at the back post to head home a cross following a short corner on 89 minutes to the delight of the travelling fans amongst the crowd of 142 people. There was some great support for The Ducks - I particularly liked the Christmas themed chant to Mike Oldfield's 'In Dulci Jubilo'.
There was more drama to come as Justin Dass who was making his debut for Aylesbury scored the winner with a 94th minute header - the ball was adjudged to have crossed the line. The 21 year old winger recently joined from Spartan South Midlands Premier Division side Crawley Green - He played for Newport Pagnell Town and Yaxley last season.
On the final whistle The Ducks celebrated with their fans whilst Ware manager Paul Halsey spoke with his squad on the pitch - to say he was not happy is a slight understatement!
MATCH HIGLIGHTS - SHORT
MATCH HIGHLIGHTS - LONG
Ware and Hertford Town are right up and involved in the play-off picture this season - A crowd of 959 saw Ware win 0-2 at their local rival's back on August Bank Holiday Monday with the return game scheduled to take place at Wodson Park on Boxing Day. I think there could be a huge attendance of 1000+ at this game!
What is incredibly sad that when I first covered Aylesbury United for THE COLD END back in February 2011 when they lost 2-0 away to Broxbourne Borough I added a 'Bring The Ducks Home' graphic to the end of the video and now we are in 2023 with Aylesbury United still without a ground they can call their own in their Town.
It was 2006 when The Ducks lost their Buckingham Road ground and they are currently ground sharing at Chesham United which is around a 30 mile round trip for their loyal fans. They have also played at Thame United and Leighton Town.
Aylesbury's next game is tomorrow evening when they travel to Combined Counties Premier Division One North side Milton United in the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup Third Round. They then host Kempston Rovers in the league on Saturday.
I think on this showing it's clear their Manager Jack Wells is building a good competitive side so they will finish higher up the league than their current position of 15th.
Ware will want to get back to winning ways on their trip to Kidlington in the league next Saturday.
|BRING THE DUCKS HOME!|
Friday 24 November 2023
It's the clash of the Emirates FA Cup heroes tomorrow in The Pitching In Isthmian South-East Division as current table topper's Ramsgate visit Cray Valley PM.
The Millers have four games in hand over The Rams and are currently thirteen points behind them in eighth place.
Since Steve McKimm's side were knocked out of The FA Cup by Charlton Athletic in the First Round Replay they have lost heavily to Hampton & Richmond Borough in the Isuzu FA Trophy and followed this up with a 4-1 home win the league over Merstham on Tuesday evening in front of a crowd of 115 people.
Excitement is building in the Kent Town for The Rams forthcoming Second Round game at League Two side AFC Wimbledon on Monday 4th December which will be live on ITV.
Since they famously knocked out Woking in the First Round they have won all five of their league games by an aggregate score of 17-2 with impressive home crowds of 1041, 953 and 757 fans. They lost their opening game of the season at Sevenoaks Town but have since won ten league games in a row.
Striker Joe Taylor, a summer signing from Premier Division Lewes, has netted a highly impressive total of 25 goals already!
With Cray Valley having Kyrell Lisbie (17 goals) and Freddie Parker (12) in their ranks there should be goals in this eagerly anticipated game.
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The race for the Spartan South Midlands League Division Two title is looking really exciting with Codicote's 2-0 victory over Totternhoe last night closing the gap to just six points to current table topper's AFC Welwyn. If New Bradwell St Peter and Old Bradwell United win their games in hand over AFC they will be in real contention too.
Old Bradwell United v Eynesbury United