It was Middlesex Derby Day on Tuesday 8th November as Broadfields United hosted Edgware & Kingsbury in the Combined Counties Premier Division North. Just under 7 miles separate Silver Jubilee Park and The Tithe Farm Sports Club in Rayners Lane where The Fighting Cocks, as they are uniquely nicknamed, currently play.
Firstly, I'd like to say what a welcoming and very friendly club Broadfields United are. They are well worth a visit and there was some decent food on offer including a huge portion of chips for just £1.50 - Great value for money!! Something you'd easily pay £5+ at a Premier League game! What was also great to see was a well-produced and informative programme produced for the game. The ground, they share with Rayners Lane FC, is only a short walk from Rayners Lane Tube station.
Broadfields are a relatively new club on the local non-league scene having been formed in 1993 when they played in The Southern Olympian League joining The Middlesex County League in the 95/96 season. They stayed in the MCL moving up and down a few times until joining the Spartan South Midlands League Division One for the 2015/16 season. A second-place finish in 18/19 saw them promoted to the Premier Division from which they were transferred to their current Combined Counties Premier Division North for the 2022/23 season.
Their visitors were re-named Edgware & Kingsbury FC for the new season after Edgware Town were re-formed in 2014 and are currently managed by former Kentish Town FC boss Rak Hudson.
Going into the game they had won 6, drawn 1 and lost 3 of their 10 league games played with Broadfields United winning 4, drawing 1 and lost 9 of their 13 league games played.
I had seen Edgware & Kingsbury FC play early in the season in the Emirates FA Cup against Hoddesdon Town in which former Haringey Borough player Samir Sedaoui stood out for me, so I was surprised to see him on the bench for this one. They had former Wingate and Finchley striker Theo Ofori starting for them.
Both teams played some good football, but it was the visitors who had the cutting edge up front with Ofori scoring twice in the first half either side of a Broadfield's penalty kick by Kristian Belousas to make the half time score 1-2 on a November night that was very mild weather wise for the time of year.
In the second half it was Edgware again who were the better side with Nikolay Popov netting a third goal and then Seadoui, only four minutes after coming off the bench, scoring a tremendous striker from the edge of the box that would be replayed millions of times if it was scored by a Kevin De-Bruyne or Mohamed Salah.
It was a highly competitive game with tackles (some well-timed and some a little bit late) flying in including a 'bench clearing' challenge towards the end of the game. When the full-time whistle went it was handshakes all round between all of the players as it should be!
Broadfields United manager David Fox will know his team need to tighten up at the back after letting in four goals - Only Windsor (16th -15), Wokingham and Emmbrook (17th -25) and Oxhey Jets (20th - 20) have worser goal differences at present. Broadfields are currently 12th.
The Fighting Cocks next home game is against Windsor on Saturday. Edgware & Kingsbury have to wait until Saturday 26th November when they have another local game away at North Greenford United.