Sunday, 12 August 2018

FA CUP GLORY FOR AR TARN



The Road to Wembley started for many teams up and down the country this weekend in the world's greatest cup competition as the Emirates FA Cup started at the Extra Preliminary Round. This game saw Arlesey Town of the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division (Step 5) face Desborough Town of the United Counties League Premier Division (Step 5) and a repeat of last season's Preliminary Round tie which the Bedfordshire side won 3-1. 

Arlesey have a impressive recent history in the cup having got the first round proper in 2011 where they were beaten by Salisbury City and 2012 when they lost to Coventry City. Desborough Town have reached the first round proper but it was a little while ago in 1926 when they played then Division Three (North) Doncaster Rovers - the original game was all square when it was called off due to fog with eight minutes left with Rovers winning the re-arranged game 3-0.  

Arlesey Town had been relegated from the Southern League at the end of the 2017/18 campaign and have a new management team of Matt Endersby and James Hatch for this season - going into this game they had made a great start beating London Tigers 2-0 at home and Baldock Town 'away' 0-1 having a 100% winning record. The 'away' game was played at their New Lamb Meadow home where Baldock currently ground-share. 

Desborough Town, managed by Chris Bradshaw and Lee Duffy, had draw 1-1 at Eynesbury Rangers before beating Kirby Muxloe 5-1 at home in their opening games. They were backed by a good number of fans who had made the trip from Northamptonshire to back 'Ar Tarn' as they are nicknamed. 




It was the visitors who looked the better side at first with Lamar Parkes and Ty Clarke looked good going forward. Desborough took an early lead (which caught me out on camera duties) when a mistake in defence for Arlesey let Parkes score from close range. 

As the game went on the home side got back into it but it was the away side who still looked the better going forward. Arlesey battled on and were able to make it 1-1 just before the break when a ball across the box was tapped home by Lorrell Smith. 

In the second half Desborough were unlucky not to make it 1-2 when Jordan Henderson hit the post from a header at the edge of the six yard box and it all looked like it was not going to be their day as Arlesey scored again from close range through Lorrell Smith netting his second. It was a double dose of bad luck as Lamar Parkes (who had been their best player up to this point) went off after picking up a knock in the build up to the goal. Luckily he was replaced by former Aston Villa, Northampton Town and Walsall youth player Merdy Maki who was a real thorn in the right hand side of Arlesey for the rest of the game. Maki got the ball down well and just went forward with lots of close control and skill - he looks a great player from what I saw yesterday. 

It was 2-2 when Desborough went through with the home fans, home players and home management shouting for offside for Ty Clarke to score and then only a short while later it was 2-3 when poor defending from the home side allowed three players through and Jason Turner to score. 




Maki was linking up well with Dan White in the centre of midfield and it was the same combination that made it 2-4 when Maki drew in a number of defenders with a nice run across the edge of the box allowing White to curl a fantastic shot right into the top corner from outside of the box - Robbie Ponting in the Arlesey goal had no chance. It was class goal which has been viewed on twitter over 7,500 times at the current time of writing! 

Despite Arlesey scoring via Ash Fuller to make the score 3-4 Desborough looked comfortable and the victory never looked in doubt for them. It was a memorable day for 'Ar Tarn' and they will look forward to facing Kempston Rovers at home in the next round of the competition. 

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS 
(the only goal missed was the first one) 






Arlesey Town's next game comes in the league at Hadley next weekend with Desborough Town hosting Deeping Rangers next weekend before their big FA Cup game on Saturday 25th August. 

Friday, 10 August 2018

THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE FIRST DIVISION SOUTH - UPDATE

RESULTS 
SATURDAY 4th AUGUST 
BUNHAM RAMBLERS 2 LOPES TAVARES 2 (55)
FRENFORD SENIOR 2 NEWBURY FOREST 2 (94)
HALSTEAD TOWN 2 MAY AND BAKER 2 (-)
HARWICH AND PARKESTON 3 WHITE ENSIGN 3 (173)
HOLLAND 3 BRAINTREE TOWN RES 0 (50) 
LITTLE OAKLEY 3 HASHTAG UNITED 2 (207) 
WIVENHOE TOWN 1 WORMLEY ROVERS 1 (69) 

TUESDAY 7th AUGUST 
BRIGHTLINGSEA REGENT RES 0 HALSTEAD TOWN 3 (71) 
COGGESHALL UNITED 1 LITTLE OAKLEY 1 (60) 
HARWICH AND PARKESTON 1 HOLLAND 1 (281) 
HASHTAG UNITED 1 HACKNEY WICK 1 (156) 
NEWBURY FOREST 3 LOPES TAVARES 2 (60) 
WHITE ENSIGN 3 BURNHAM RAMBLERS 0 (-)

WEDNESDAY 8th AUGUST 
BENFLEET 1 FRENFORD SENIOR 2 (152) 
BRAINTREE TOWN RES 2 WIVENHOE TOWN 1 (-)

It's been a good opening week in the new Thurlow Nunn First Division South division with some great crowds including 207 at Little Oakley v Hashtag United and 281 at the Harwich & Parkeston in midweek followed by 152 at Benfleet on Wednesday evening. Only Fire United have yet to play a game - they will make their debut tomorrow against Braintree Town Reserves. 

Lopes Tavares have had an eventful start to life at Step 6 of the non-league ladder with two players (Mohamed Kamara and Raul Manuel Fernandes Da Silva) sent off in their opening 2-2 draw at Burnham Ramblers and Spencer Forte red carded in their midweek 3-2 defeat at Newbury Forest. 

Nick Huges of Frenford leads the early scoring charts with three goals closely followed by Connor Barnby (White Ensign), Jordan Heath (Harwich & Parkeston) and Dominic Locke (White Ensign) on two goals each.  

SATURDAY 11th AUGUST FIXTURES 
LEAGUE 
Braintree Town Res v Fire United 
Brightlingsea Regent Res v Wormley Rovers 
Halstead Town v Benfleet 
Holland v Newbury Forest 
Little Oakley v Lopes Tavares 
May & Baker v Harwich & Parkeston 
White Ensign v Hashtag United 

EMIRATES FA CUP
Burnham Ramblers v West Essex 
Eastbourne United v Hackney Wick
Wivenhoe Town v Brantham Athletic

ESSEX SENIOR CUP 
Frenford Senior v Coggeshall United

BOSTIK LEAGUE RETURNS TOMORROW


The Bostik League returns tomorrow with a new increased fixture list with the new division at step four of the non-league ladder. Here is the fixture list along with each division's Cold End game of the day. 

PREMIER DIVISION
AFC Hornchurch v Leatherhead
Bishop's Stortford v Dorking Wanderers
Burgess Hill Town v Potters Bar Town
Folkestone Invicta v Enfield Town
Haringey Borough v Bognor Regis Town
Kingstonian v Brightlingsea Regent
Lewes v Carshalton Athletic
Margate v Corinthian-Casuals
Merstham v Tonbridge Angels
Whitehawk v Harlow Town
Worthing v Wingate & Finchley 

The game at Hartsdown Park I'm going to give the game of the day in the Premier Division purely and simply because the historic Corinthian Casuals return to the top division of the Isthmian League for the first time since the 1973/74 season! I hope the loyal fans of The Casuals enjoy their day on the Kent coast. 

NORTH DIVISION
Aveley v Dereham Town
Canvey Island v Barking
Coggeshall Town v Bowers & Pitsea
Felixstowe & Walton United v Bury Town
Heybridge Swifts v Soham Town Rangers
Mildenhall Town v Maldon & Tiptree
Romford v Great Wakering Rovers
Tilbury v AFC Sudbury
Witham Town v Grays Athletic

In the North Division we see Coggeshall Town play their first game in the Isthmian League after a the most successful period in their history. The club left the Essex Senior League for financial reasons in 1989 dropping down to the Essex Intermediate League (now known as the Essex Olympian League) and then the Essex and Suffolk Border League. Since 2015/16 The Seedgrowers have had three promotions in as many seasons winning the Essex and Suffolk Premier Division, being runner's up in the Thurlow Nunn League Division One and then last season winning the Premier Division at the first attempt. There is sure to be a big crowd at West Street tomorrow for the visit of Bowers and Pitsea who lost in the then North Division play-off semi-final last season after finishing in third place missing out on promotion by one point to Potters Bar Town. 

SOUTH CENTRAL DIVISION
Ashford Town (Middx) v Hertford Town
Bracknell Town v Waltham Abbey
Chalfont St Peter v Chipstead
Cheshunt v Hayes & Yeading United
Egham Town v Hanwell Town
Marlow v Molesey
Northwood v Tooting & Mitcham United
Uxbridge v Westfield
Ware v South Park

Two teams who are expected to do well in the South-Central meet at Theobalds Lane tomorrow. Cheshunt, with Craig Edwards in charge for his first full season with The Ambers, host Hayes and Yeading United who last season finished in third place of the Southern League East Division after two relegations in as many seasons - they lost to Cambridge City in the semi-finals. 

SOUTH EAST DIVISION
Ashford United v Hythe Town
East Grinstead Town v Phoenix Sports
Faversham Town v Herne Bay
Greenwich Borough v Cray Wanderers
Hastings United v Thamesmead Town
Horsham v Sittingbourne
VCD Athletic v Ramsgate
Whyteleafe v Guernsey

In the South Division the game of the day for me is at Pilot Field - United left the Premier Division in 2013 and have since finished 5th, 19th, 7th, 5th and 9th with The Mead being members of the Premier Division for one season in 2013/14 and have since struggled somewhat finishing in 13th, 10th, 17th and 10th position. 

THE EMIRATES FA CUP 18-19 - EXTRA PRELIMINARY ROUND
Crawley Down Gatwick v Three Bridges 
Deal Town v Whitstable Town 
Haywards Heath v Lancing 
Sevenoaks Town v Lordswood 
Southend Manor v FC Romania 
Stowmarket Town v Basildon United 
Little Common vs Bedfont Sports @ Eastbourne Town FC (Sunday 1pm)

Some of the club's who were promoted from Step 5 of the non-league ladder are some of the many starting on The Road to Wembley this weekend. Will there be an cup upset involving a Bostik Team? 

Monday, 6 August 2018

VANARAMA SOUTH DIVISION - HUGE ESSEX DERBY TOMORROW

Of course it's early days in the Vanarama South division but Billericay Town's 0-4 win at Truro City on the opening day of the season really through down a marker for the Essex side who are currently clear 9/4 favourites for the title ahead of Dartford who are rated at 8/1. Dartford started with a 1-2 victory at Bath City and entertain Chelmsford City on Tuesday evening. 

The game of the midweek for TheColdEnd has to be the Essex derby where Billericay Town entertain Concord Rangers who won 2-0 at home to Gloucester City in front of decent crowd of 326 on Saturday. Town are hot favourites at 4/6 with Concord 9/2 to get a win with a draw rated at 13/4. 

Woking, relegated from the Vanarama National Division, came away from East Thurrock United with three points on Saturday thanks to a 90th minute penalty from Max Kretzchmar who was one of the players who followed manager Alan Dowson from Hampton and Richmond Borough. They host St Albans City who won 3-2 at home to Hungerford Town with two goals coming from former Haringey Borough forward Ralston Gabriel. 

The other relegated side in Torquay United opened with a 0-0 draw at Chelmsford City - they host Bath City tomorrow. Former Enfield Town youth player George Essuman made his debut for The Gulls in the game. 

There was another Hudson-Odoi making some headlines as well as Callum who played for Chelsea in the Community Shield on Sunday as his elder brother Bradley scored for Wealdstone in their 4-1 home victory against Weston-Super-Mare. The Stones could make it two wins out of two with their trip to Hungerford Town.  

Tuesday 7th August
Billericay Town v Concord Rangers 
Chippenham Town v Slough Town 
Dartford v Chelmsford City 
Eastbourne Borough v Welling United 
Gloucester City v Oxford City 
Hampton & Richmond Borough v Hemel Hempstead Town 
Hungerford Town v Wealdstone 
Torquay United v Bath City 
Weston-super-Mare v Truro City 
Woking v St Albans City 

Wednesday 8th August 
Dulwich Hamlet v East Thurrock United

THE ROAD TO WEMBLEY STARTS THIS WEEKEND


Seven hundred and thirty-six club will take part in this year's Emirates FA Cup with the Football Association doubling the prize money for this year - losers of the Extra Preliminary Round ties will receive £750 and the winner's will get £2,250. The total prize fund for this season's competition totals over £13,000,000 which can only be a huge positive for the non-league and grass root's game. 

2018/19 EMIRATES FA CUP EXTRA PRELIMINARY ROUND
FRIDAY 10th AUGUST
Thetford Town v Fakenham Town 
Winslow United v Easington Sports 
Ascot United v Camberley Town 

SATURDAY 11th AUGUST

Consett v North Shields
Thackley v Whitley Bay
Hebburn Town v Dunston UTS
Ashington v Knaresborough Town
Goole v Morpeth Town
Glasshoughton Welfare v Blyth
Newcastle Benfield v Stockton Town
Selby Town v Whickham
Seaham Red Star v Heaton Stannington
Team Northumbria v Shildon
Northallerton Town v Garforth Town
Guisborough Town v Newton Aycliffe
Barnoldswick Town v Billingham Synthonia
Washington v West Auckland Town


Sunderland Ryhope Community Association v Ryhope Colliery Welfare 
A real local derby as the two Northern League Division One rivals face each other. Just over a mile seperate's Meadow Park (RCA's home) and RCW's Ryhope recreation ground. RCA had a good run in the competition last season beating Garforth, Ashington, Liversedge before losing to Scarborough Athletic in the second qualifying round which was their best performance. The two rivals would of faced each other but RCW lost to Ashington. 

Bridlington Town v Harrogate Railway Athletic
Penrith v Albion Sports
Bishop Auckland v Pickering Town
AFC Darwen v Barnton
Liversedge v Padiham
City of Liverpool v Silsden
AFC Liverpool v Ashton Athletic
Widnes v Northwich Victoria
Burscough v 1874 Northwich
Congleton Town v Eccleshill United
Prestwich Heys v Abbey Hey
West Didsbury & Chorlton v Squires Gate
Winsford United v Irlam
Penistone Church v Bootle
Hemsworth Miners Welfare v Runcorn Town
Maltby Main v Athersley Recreation
Parkgate v Sandbach United 

Litherland Remyca v Charnock Richard 
Much has been written about AFC Liverpool and City of Liverpool FC over the past few seasons. Litherland Remyca are another one of the non-league clubs who play on Merseyside - their home is in Litherland which is part of Sefton about five miles North of Liverpool town centre. The REM part of their name reflects their links to the REM Social Club in the town and Bootle YMCA. This only their second season in the competition - last year they beat AFC Liverpool before losing to Penistone Church. Last season they finished second in the North West Counties League Division One which got them promotion to the Premier Division. 

Charnock Richard are also members of the the North West Counties League Premier and two have some Cup Trivia in common as CRFC also lost to Penistone Church last season which was also their debut season in the competition. 


Maine Road v Handsworth Parramore
Walsall Wood v Worcester City
Highgate United v AFC Wulfrunians 
Boldmere St Michaels v Malvern Town
Atherstone Town v Hanley Town 
Stourport Swifts v Shawbury United
Wednesfield v Rocester 
Coventry Sphinx v Whitchurch Alport 
Haughmond v Wolverhampton SC 
Racing Club Warwick v Coleshill Town
Romulus v Westfields 
Ellesmere Rangers v Leicester Road 
Sporting Khalsa v Tividale 
Long Eaton United v St Andrews 
Sleaford Town v South Normanton Athletic
Heather St Johns v Kimberley Miners Welfare 
Kirby Muxloe v AFC Mansfield 
Clipstone v Barton Town 
Lutterworth Town v Heanor Town 
Hinckley v Anstey Nomads 
Worksop Town v Shepshed Dynamo 
Rainworth MW v Dunkirk 
Staveley MW v Boston Town 
Teversal v Loughborough University 
Oadby Town v Shirebrook Town
Bottesford Town v Radford 
Quorn v Belper United
Leicester Nirvana v Grimsby Borough
Cogenhoe United v Wisbech Town 
Wellingborough Whitworth v Harborough Town
Deeping Rangers v Holbeach United 
Raunds Town v Eynesbury Rovers
Arlesey Town v Desborough Town  
Northampton Sileby Rangers v Ely City 
Godmanchester Rovers v Newport Pagnell Town
Biggleswade United v Wellingborough Town 
Histon v Peterborough Northern Star 
Daventry Town v Potton United 
Biggleswade FC v Northampton ON Chenecks 
Swaffham Town v Yaxley 
Rothwell Corinthians v Pinchbeck United 
Hullbridge Sports v Gorleston 
Wroxham v Saffron Walden Town
Great Yarmouth Town v Hadleigh United @ Hadleigh United 

Walthamstow v Walsham-Le-Willows 
Walthamstow is a name with a huge historical association with the world's greatest cup competition as the great Wathamstow Avenue team had many famous runs to the round's proper in the 1930s, 40s, 50s and 60s with their most famous season in 1952/53 when they drew 1-1 at Old Trafford against Manchester United in the Fourth Round Proper before losing 2-5 in the replay held at Highbury. 

Walthamstow are the renamed Waltham Forest FC from last season which links nicely back to the last time Walthamstow featured in the the FA Cup which was in 1994 when Walthamstow Pennant lost to Ware in a Preliminary Round replay. Walthamstow Pennant went on to merge with Leyton to form Leyton Pennant who in turn changed to Waltham Forest in 2003. 


This is Essex Senior League versus Thurlow Nunn Premier Division as The Willows make the 80 mile trip from Suffolk to East London. Their record in the FA Cup is not brilliant since they first entered in 2006 - they have only one three of their twenty-one games played against Stowmarket Town (2007), Diss Town (2008) and Thetford Town in 2011. 


Kirkley & Pakefield v FC Clacton 
Wodson Park v Hoddesdon Town 
Tower Hamlets v Stanway Rovers @ Stanway Rovers 
Norwich United v Takeley  
Framlingham Town v Whitton United 
Southend Manor v FC Romania 
Wivenhoe Town v Brantham Athletic 
Stowmarket Town v Basildon United 
Sporting Bengal United v Ilford 
Haverhill Rovers v Haverhill Borough 

You will be able to see this game line on the BBC website with a kick off time of 12.30pm. A big crowd is expected at The New Croft for this very local of derby games. 

Ipswich Wanderers v Baldock Town 
Barkingside v Leyton Athletic 
Cockfosters v Newmarket Town 
Woodbridge Town v Clapton 
Burnham Ramblers v West Essex 
Redbridge v Long Melford 
Oxhey Jets v Wantage Town 
Tuffley Rovers v Colney Heath 
Harpenden Town v Edgware Town 
Hadley v Fairford Town 
Brackley Town Saints v London Colney @ Oxford City 
London Lions v Wembley 
Windsor v Highworth Town 
Bishops Cleeve v Stotfold 
AFC Hayes v Lydney Town 
Flackwell Heath v North Greenford United 
Tring Athletic v Berkhamsted  
Holmer Green v Longlevens 
Ardley United v Shortwood United 
Holyport v Brimscombe & Thrupp 
Abingdon United v Burnham 
Crawley Green v Woodley United @ Barton Rovers 
Reading City v Chipping Sodbury Town
Leighton Town v Royal Wootton Bassett Town 
Arundel v Chertsey Town 
Broadbridge Heath v Shoreham  
Bearsted v Chichester City 
Redhill v Horley Town 
AFC Croydon Athletic v Rochester United 
Spelthorne Sports v Peacehaven & Telescombe 
Hassocks v Erith Town 
Worthing United v Littlehampton Town 
Crowborough Athletic v Hanworth Villa 
Raynes Park Vale v Lingfield 
AFC Uckfield Town v Glebe 
Abbey Rangers v Newhaven 
Cobham v Sheppey United 
Fisher v Horsham YMCA 
Loxwood v Hollands & Blair 
Sevenoaks Town v Lordswood 
Crawley Down Gatwick v Three Bridges 
Eastbourne United v Hackney Wick 
Croydon v Tunbridge Wells 
Erith & Belvedere v Saltdean United 
Haywards Heath Town v Lancing  
East Preston v Balham 
K Sports v Pagham 
Deal Town v Whitstable Town 
Broadfields United v Banstead Athletic 
Chatham Town v Walton & Hersham 
Corinthian v Canterbury City 
Beckenham Town v Colliers Wood United 
Hamworthy United v Team Solent 
Melksham Town v Badshot Lea 
AFC Stoneham v AFC Portchester 
Newport (IOW) v Amesbury Town 
Knaphill v Sholing 
Guildford City v Petersfield Town 
Tadley Calleva v Baffins Milton Rovers 
Bemerton Heath Harlequins v Cowes Sports 
Andover New Street v Romsey Town 
United Services Portsmouth v Andover Town @ AFC Porchester
Horndean v Godalming Town 
Hamble Club v Alresford Town 
Farnham Town v Binfield 
Brockenhurst v Christchurch 
Bashley v Bournemouth 
Fareham Town v Frimley Green 
Sandhurst Town v Lymington Town 
Clevedon Town v Portland United 
Westbury United v Cribbs 
Hallen v Longwell Green Sports 
Wells City v Shaftesbury 
Bodmin Town v Keynsham Town 
Cheddar v Bridgwater Town 
Shepton Mallet v Willand Rovers 
Bitton v Tavistock
Buckland Athletic v Pewsey Vale 
Bridport v Wellington AFC 
Hengrove Athletic v Plymouth Parkway 
Saltash United v Odd Down 
Brislington v Cadbury Heath 
Bradford Town v Roman Glass St George

SUNDAY 12th AUGUST 

Little Common v Bedfont Sports Club - 1pm
St Margaretsbury v Enfield 1893 - 2pm
Stansted v Sawbridgeworth Town - 2pm @ Bishops Stortford FC 
Hallam v Runcorn Linnets
Coventry United v Rugby Town
Southall v Leverstock Green
Sutton Common Rovers v CB Hounslow United 
Langney Wanderers v Epsom & Ewell
Cray Valley (PM) v Eastbourne Town
Rusthall v Wick @ Tunbridge Wells FC  

Sunday, 5 August 2018

LANGFORD TAKE ALL THREE POINTS - PARK VIEW CLOSE TO A FANTASTIC COME BACK

Park View Football Club have come along way since 1991 when a group of friends and family came together to have a kick around at Chestnuts Park in Tottenham in every Sunday afternoon. 


NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL RETURNS FOR THE 2018/19 SEASON 

This progressed into playing organised games against other teams from other parts of London. The team then moved to Down Lane Recreation ground on Park View Road (hence the club's name) which is only a short distance from their more famous neighbour's Tottenham Hotspur.
  

HISTORY MADE AT FORDE PARK AT PARK VIEW FC MAKE THEIR DEBUT AT STEP SIX OF THE NON-LEAGUE LADDER. 

The club, with it's routes firmly in the local Ghanaian community, continued to progress and were awarded the Football Association's Charter Standard in 2005. 

The first team have had a very successful period over the last three seasons winning the Amateur Football Combination Senior 2 North in 15/16 and then the Senior 1 in 16/17 before moving to the Spartan South Midlands League Division Two last season which they dominated winning 27 and drawing 5 of their 32 league games played and winning the title by 14 points from Aston Clinton with the Division Two cup also collected as well. 

The club currently has five teams with a ladies team alongside three college youth and junior teams. The club also has many community schemes working with local schools delivering free football coaching sessions which is a real positive for the Haringey area. 




Yesterday The Snipers, as they are nick-named, made the journey North to Bedfordshire to face Langford for their historic first game at step six of the non-league pyramid. The home side would know it was a tough game in prospect as Park View were on a sixteen game unbeaten run with their last defeat coming in the Middlesex Intermediate Cup against Laleham on Saturday 17th February 2018. 

Langford were relegated to Division One back in 2011 and have since finished 10th, 16th, 19th, 13th, 18th, 4th and 17th - For the 2018/19 campaign they have appointed Kylrn Brooks-Lynch as one of the assistant manager's to boss Martin Wells. Brooks-Lynch has worked with Fulham and West Ham United as a performance analyst as well as having nine years coaching experience. 



THE CURRENT PLAYING SURFACE AT FORDE PARK 

The officials at Forde Park always give you a warm welcome and nothing was different yesterday - to say the pitch needs some rain in the current heatwave is a little bit of an understatement - both teams had to play on a very dry hard undulating surface which would of been a world of difference from the 3G surface Park View play on at the New River Sports Centre on White Hart Lane. I'm sure it'll return to it's natural shade of green when we see some rain fall over the coming weeks and months. 






The start to the 2018/19 campaign couldn't of got any better for Langford as they went 1-0 up in the second minute when Luke Smith poked home from close range following a corner. They went 2-0 up on 12 minutes when when Smith got his second when he got the better of Bright Debrah following a quick break up field and was able to slot the ball home under goalkeeper Luis Silva.   

The match went from bad to worse for the visitors, who had played some good football and forced Ben Watson to make a brilliant save, as Langford went 3-0 via a Charlie Rome penalty kick. 

To their credit Park View continued to play well with Francis Williams (wearing number 5) holding the ball up well up front. They pulled a goal back just prior to half time when Prince Gyimah scored a great goal after some neat skill on the edge of the box. 



THE DRINK'S BREAK ALLOWED ONE OF THE CROWD TO HAVE A CHAT WITH PARK VIEW KEEPER LUIS SILVA 

The game was played in sweltering conditions with a blistering sun blazing down on the pitch throughout the 90 minutes so full credit to the officials for using the sensible option of having a drink's break in both periods of play. 


PRINCE GYIMAH'S SHOT LOOKS LIKE IT WAS OVER THE LINE (taken as a still from video footage)

The second half saw Langford with their backs to wall put under lots of pressure by Park View who scored a second goal when the impressive Gyimah volleyed the ball from the edge of the box following a free-kick. The ball crashed down from the cross bar and the assistant referee instantly indicated the ball had crossed the line - the stills I have taken from the video are a little inconclusive but it looks as though it was just over and the correct decision. 







Langford held on for the victory with 3-2 being the final score. Both sides can take lots of positives from a very entertaining game in front of an announced crowd of 38 people. 





Langford travel to Wodson Park on Wednesday evening in their next game with Park View on the road again to face Buckingham Town next weekend. 

TEAM LINE UPS

LANGFORD 
Ben Watson (GK), Connor Bridge, Jordon Steward, Dean Auburn, Mok Ali, Karl Dean, Ricardo Green (Jack Worbey), Lewis Croucher (James Todd), Luke Smith, Charlie Rome (Harry Poulton), Lewis Osborne.
Subs not used - James Tizzard, Ediz Greengrass. 

PARK VIEW 
Luis Silva (GK), Ibrahim Nuhus, Daniel Amihere, Bright Debrah, Francis Williams, Magnus Orelaja, Isaac Akoa Arthur, Kwame Arthur (Steve Opoku-Domfeh 15 mins), Kenneth Acquah (Michael Samol 25 mins/Michael Troy 81 mins), Fred Asante, Prince Gyimah. 
Sub not used - Januario Gomes. 

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS 

DEAL TOWN AND HERNE BAY - A TRIP TO KENT 2018

Regular readers of TheColdEnd may recall past visits to Kent in 2017 for Ramsgate v Greenwich Borough in the Kent Senior Cup and in 2016 for Whitstable Town v Oakwood in the FA Cup so this year was no different as I managed to squeeze in two games and two new grounds over the past few weeks. 

Firstly on Tuesday 24th July Deal Town entertained Ramsgate in a pre-season friendly local derby which was well attended by fans of both clubs. Deal are most famous for lifting the 2000 FA Vase when they defeated Chippenham Town 1-0 in the last final at the old Wembley Stadium. Their Charles Sports Ground is great place to watch the game with stands on two sides and a decent bar on one side. This match saw Step 5 (Deal currently play in the Southern Counties East League Premier Division) against Step 4 (Ramgate play in the Bostik League South East Division). The difference in this game was forward/winger Kyron Lightfoot (formerly of Faversham Town and Cray Wanderers) who scored two impressive goals for The Rams. 

The best news for Deal Town recently has been off the pitch as the club have secured a 99 year lease on their ground which had been due to run out in 2026. The seafront and beach is well worth a visit - It's a lovely place to be especially when the sun is out. 

Deal started their season proper yesterday with a 2-2 draw at AFC Croydon Athletic. Their next games come at home against Hollands and Blair on Tuesday before an eagerly awaited Emirates FA Cup game against Bostik South East Division side Whitstable Town. 

The Rams start with a league trip to VCD Athletic next weekend.  


KYRON LIGHTFOOT SCORES RAMSGATE'S FIRST GOAL OF THE GAME

















Then on Saturday 28th July I was a Winch's Field to see an all Bostik League pre-season friendly as Premier Division Tonbridge Angels visited South East Division Herne Bay. The Bay's ground is well equipped and wouldn't look out of place in the Premier Division - the covered terraced stand at the far end of the ground would generate a great atmosphere when filled with fans. 

The Angels really did like to be beside the seaside as they ran out 0-7 comfortable winners even though they were missing recently signed Alex Read and Craig Stone. Liam King (most recently of Walton Casuals) was a replacement and it was a good day for him as he scored a first half hat-trick - He has now officially signed for Steve McKimm's side and will feature in the Bostik Premier for this season. It was 0-5 at half time and could of been more as Angels had hit the post as well as they were in total control of the game. 

The Tonbridge goal-scorers were Joe Turner (2), Tom Beere (2 / one pen) and Liam King (3 / one pen). 

Jared Small (another former Harlow Town player who joined The Angels this summer with Alex Read) looked good on the right hand side of midfield. I think they will be up in the race for the play-offs and possibly the Premier Division title this season - they will certainly be very tough to beat! 

Herne Bay had a good spell in the second half but were unable to really trouble Jonny Henly in The Angels goal. 

Tonbridge Angels open their Bostik Premier season with a trip to Merstham next Saturday before a midweek home game against Lewes. 

Herne Bay start their South-East Division campaign with a local derby game at Faversham Town. Like Deal the seafront and beach is well worth a visit if you are in town for a game. 














A GOOD CROWD OF 131 PEOPLE SAW THE GAME AT WINCH'S FIELD WHICH HAS A GREAT 'OLD SCHOOL' NON-LEAGUE FEEL TO IT - WELL WORTH A VISIT. 



TOM BEERE SCORES HIS PENALTY
LIAM KING SCORES HIS PENALTY