Monday, 31 August 2015

THE MAGIC OF THE CUP - THE CITIZENS SHOCK WALTHAM ABBEY




PRIOR TO KICK OFF A MINUTE'S SILENCE WAS HELD IN MEMORY OF THE VICTIMS OF THE SHOREHAM AIR CRASH INCLUDING WORTHING UNITED PLAYER'S MATT GRIMSTONE AND JACON SCHILT
The pre match team talk of any manager playing away from home at a lower level club in a cup competition be it be in the top echelons of world football down to the Sunday morning game will nearly always go along the lines of  "Don't concede in the opening 20 minutes or so and settle into the game". I reckon this may have applied on Saturday especially if you look at The Abbots league record compared to their opponents Welwyn Garden City whom had made a brilliant start to their season barring a heavy defeat against London Colney who are by many considered one of the favourites for the title.

It couldn't of got any better for Adam Fisher's side as in the opening seconds Ashley Kersey chased down Elliott Johnson who dwelt on the ball in front of goal allowing the Welywyn forward to slot home past ex Enfield Town keeper Anthony Page. The Citizens were well on top with Kersey and Dave Parkinson (aka Bulett) working the Abbott's back line with some silky and impressive skill on the ball. 




THE CITIZEN'S PLAYERS PROTEST AT THE RED CARD DECISION
The game changed on 18 minutes in what was thought by some to be somewhat controversial fashion when Yasin Boodhoo was shown a red card for what the referee deemed a reckless challenge. I was filming the game and only got a few seconds of the incident as initially I thought it was a fair challenge and stopped filming. The referee brandished a red card to reduce the home side to 10 men to the shock of Welwyn 's players, supporters and management.  It's a difficult one to judge looking a the replay - ten to fifteen years ago it may have been a fantastic tackle that won the ball but now in modern day football I think the referee saw studs up and despite there obviously being no malice in the challenge he rated it to be dangerous. There were arguments for and against in the crowd from both sets of supporters and it was a real talking point -See from 2mins on the video to see what you think.

With a one man advantage Abbey's play changed almost instantly from struggling to cope with The Citizens forward play to going forward at pace themselves.  A corner was swung in and from a header the ball looked to be heading towards the net but Joe Croft, The Citizens keeper, managed to get a hand to the ball to make a absolutely superb save. How the ball didn't go in in the ensuing scramble is down to the FA Cup gods and Juan Cifuentes clearance/block off the line. 

The second half saw more skill and speed from Bullett...at one stage he drew roars of appreciation from the home bench when his run around at least three Abbey players into the box "Keep going mate....that 5 is terrified of you bullett" was the encouragement from the home coaching staff. 
Abbey pushed for an equaliser but some determined defending and great goal keeping from Croft kept them at bay. Welwyn had the best chance of the half when Kersey's far post header back across goal was cleared off the line by Johnson with Parkinson closing in. 
MATCH HIGHLIGHTS 
The final whistle saw much celebration as Welwyn celebrating their shock result in beating a team from Step 4 of the non-league ladder.  Their reward for the result is a home tie against the winners of the midweek replay between St Ives Town and Norwich United in the next round. 

A LONG WAY FROM WEMBLEY - THE EXECUTIVE BOXES AT HERNS LANE

Friday, 28 August 2015

ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE - THE SEASON SO FAR

CURRENT TABLE
top seven only
POS TEAM P W D L GD PTS
1 BOWERS & PITSEA 3 3 0 0 6 9
2 FC ROMANIA 32 1 0 5 7
3 HULLBRIDGE SPORTS 3 2 1 0 4 7
4 ILFORD 3 2 1 0 2 7
5 CLAPTON 3 2 0 1 3 6
6 BURNHAM RAMBLERS 320 1 2 6
7 WADHAM LODGE 3 2 0 1 0 6

Bowers and Pitsea lead the early ESL table and have followed on from their excellent form last season by winning their opening three games. Ilford shocked them by winning 0-1 in their FA Cup game with The Foxes also having a good start in their league campaign winning two and drawing one game.

At the bottom of the division three sides remain with a 100% losing record being Stansted, Enfield 1893 and Greenhouse Sports with Eton Manor, Southend Manor, London Bari and Waltham Forest without a win but with some points on the board.

There are only three league games tomorrow with six teams on the road to Wembley in the Emirates FA Cup over the weekend.

FORTHCOMING FIXTURES
Saturday 29th August 
The Emirates FA Cup Premliminary Round
Basildon United v Long Melford
Cockfosters v Tower Hamlets
Harlow Town v Southend Manor
Hullbridge Sports v Maldon & Tiptree
Ilford v Stanway Rovers

Essex Senior League
Bowers & Pitsea v Newham
Greenhouse Sports v Wadham Lodge
Waltham Forest v Sawbridgeworth Town

Sunday 30th August 
The Emirates FA Cup Preliminary Round 
Stansted v Tilbury (at Bishops Stortford FC)

Tuesday 1st September
Essex Senior Cup
Hullbridge Sports v Barking

Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy
Enfield 1893 v Takeley

Wednesday 2nd September
Essex Senior Cup
Stansted v Stanway Rovers

Saturday 5th September 
FA Vase 1st Qualifying Round 
Brantham Athletic v Sawbridgeworth Town
Cockfosters v Greenhouse Sports
Codicote v Clapton
Debenham LC v Enfield 1893
FC Clacton v Stansted
Hadleigh United v Eton Manor
Ipswich Wanderers v London Bari
Sporting Bengal United v Burnham Ramblers
Tower Hamlets v Whitton Utd

Essex Senior League
Barking v Takeley
Hullbridge Sports v Basildon United
Waltham Forest v Southend Manor

Saturday 12th September 
Essex Senior League
Barking v London Bari
Bowers & Pitsea v Stansted
Clapton v Greenhouse Sports
Eton Manor v Wadham Lodge
Newham v Basildon United
Sawbridgeworth Town v Burnham Ramblers
Southend Manor v Ilford
Sporting Bengal United v FC Romania
Takeley v Hullbridge Sports
Waltham Forest v Tower Hamlets

RYMAN PREMIER DIVISION - WEEKEND PREVIEW

courtesy of footballwebpages.co.uk
It's another busy weekend for the Ryman Premier Division sides with two games to be played on Saturday and Bank Holiday Monday. The early leaders in the table are Leiston who have a tough home game at Victory Road against Hendon followed by a trip to Needham Market. Grays Athletic are only off the top spot by one goal and they make the trip to Dulwich Hamlet before entertaining Brentwood Town.

What is clear from the table after only 4 or 5 games played is that the step up from Division One's North and South is a tough one as promoted side's Needham Market, Brentwood Town, Merstham and Burgess Hill Town only winning four of the total of twenty games played between them.

After their well publicised financial problems Farnborough FC are now clear to play their first league game of the season which will be at home to Lewes on Saturday. The conditions set by the Ryman League is that if the club doesn't pay back the current total of over £1million to their creditors by the time of the league's 2016 AGM they will be relegated by one step. They then make the trip to Burgess Hill on Monday.

The only side left with a 100% winning record is Wingate and Finchley who host Staines Town and then travel to the Metropolitan Police on Monday.  The Swans have struggled to score so far with only three goals in their four games played but will be in good spirits following their 1-2 win at Dulwich Hamlet last Saturday. Wingate's Billy Healy has been in great scoring five goals in the four games played so far. A disappointing statistic for Enfield Town fans in that the ex Towner has scored 4 more goals than the one Town have scored so far!!

VCD Athletic, Lewes, Needham Market and Canvey Island are the four sides left without a win.

Top scorers are Tonbridge Angels who have hit the net 15 times in their five games played.

BETVICTOR.COM still make Dulwich Hamlet favourites for the title at 4/1 (in from 6/1) followed by Hendon and Staines Town on 6/1 and Grays Athletic at 10/1. Enfield Town are 33/1 out from 20/1 at the beginning of the season.

SATURDAY
Bognor Regis Town v Billericay Town
Brentwood Town v Leatherhead 
Canvey Island v Enfield Town 
Dulwich Hamlet v Grays Athletic
East Thurrock United v Kingstonian 
Farnborough v Lewes 
Hampton & Richmond Borough v Metropolitan Police
Harrow Borough v Tonbridge Angels
Leiston v Hendon
Merstham v Burgess Hill Town 
VCD Athletic v Needham Market
Wingate & Finchley v Staines Town 

BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY 
Billericay Town v Canvey Island
Burgess Hill Town v Farnborough 
Enfield Town v East Thurrock United 
Grays Athletic v Brentwood Town 
Hendon v Harrow Borough 
Kingstonian v Dulwich Hamlet 
Leatherhead v Merstham
Lewes v Bognor Regis Town 
Metropolitan Police v Wingate & Finchley 
Needham Market v Leiston 
Staines Town v Hampton & Richmond Borough 
Tonbridge Angels v VCD Athletic

Monday, 24 August 2015

RYMAN PREMIER DIVISION GOLDEN BOOT - UPDATE + MIDWEEK FIXTURES

After tonight's games which ended Hendon 1 East Thurrock United 2 and Kingstonian 3 VCD Athletic 0 the top scorers in the Premier Division are below. The Rocks won with a 90th minute Lewis Smith goal at Earlsmead with Gomez and Tyron Smith scoring for The K's in their victory -

FIVE GOALS
Vasileios Karagiannis - Leatherhead

FOUR GOALS
Daniel Bennett - Kingstonian
Billy Healey - Wingate & Finchley
Jason Prior - Bognor Regis Town 
Pelayo Pico Gomez - Kingstonian

MIDWEEK FIXTURES
TUESDAY
Billericay Town v Merstham
Enfield Town v Leiston
Metropolitan Police v Bognor Regis Town
Needham Market v Wingate & Finchley
Staines Town v Farnborough
Tonbridge Angels v Brentwood Town
WEDNESDAY 
Burgess Hill Town v Harrow Borough
Grays Athletic v Canvey Island
Leatherhead v Dulwich Hamlet
 Lewes v Hampton & Richmond Borough

ENFIELD TOWN - THE SEASON STARTS HERE




Enfield Town's new signing - central defender Harold Joseph.

Enfield Town recorded a 1-0 home victory over Burgess Hill Town on Saturday afternoon to get their season started after defeats in their opening three games. Bobby Devyne and Corey Whitely (starting their first game together for the 2015/16 campaign) were impressive up front with their pace and movement creating problems for the The Hillians back line up until 60 minutes when Devyne was substituted for Darnell Wynter who continued on in the same vein.



There was considerable relief on the terraces of Donkey Lane when Whitely scored on 75 minutes turning the defender with some impressive skill and slotting the ball into the opposite corner. It was Town's first league goal of the season and sealed a well deserved three points. Town's work rate is well illustrated in the build up to the goal in seeing Ryan Doyle and Nathan Livings chasing down Tony Pointing of Burgess Hill to win the ball back in midfield. Living's pass over the away defence which let in Whitely was equally impressive.

Town included new signing's Connor Witherspoon and Harold Joseph. Witherspoon (with East Thurrock United last season) came off with a knock after only 10 minutes so it wasn't a debut to remember for him but Joseph (an ex Stevenage Borough junior who has been playing for Gottne IF* in Sweden and also played for Wingate and Finchley last season) having a really strong and solid game at centre back.
*Gottne IF play in the "Division Three Mellersta Norrland" which is at step five of the Swedish football system.

Ryman Division One (South) champions Burgess Hill Town weren't able to muster much in front of goal which will disappoint their fans after winning two of their opening three games. Their manager Ian Chapman will know his team will need to improve if they want to win more points on their travels.


Nothing to cheer for The Hillians travelling faithful
THE COLD END MATCH HIGHLIGHTS
angle from the far side of the ground 



@ETFCTV MATCH HIGHLIGHTS 
together with an interview with Bradley Quinton
angle from the main stand


THE SEASON STARTS HERE FOR ENFIELD TOWN - COME ON YOU TOWNERS!!!

Thursday, 20 August 2015

RYMAN LEAGUE CUP - UPDATE

Preliminary Round
Monday 17th August
Barkingside 0 AFC Hornchurch 9
Tuesday 18th August
AFC Sudbury 1 Brightlingsea Regent 5
Billericay Town 1 Aveley 2

First Round
Tuesday 18th August
Brentwood Town 1 Enfield Town 2
Bury Town 0 Leiston 3
Canvey Island 2 Grays Athletic 2 - Grays Athletic win 3-1 on penalties
Chipstead 1 Walton & Hersham 2 
Corinthian Casuals 4 South Park 0
Dorking Wanderers 2 Peacehaven & Telscombe 1
Dulwich Hamlet 2 Thamesmead Town 0
Folkestone Invicta 2 Ramsgate 0
Haringey Borough 2 Metropolitan Police 2 - Metropolitan Police win 4-3 on penalties
Harrow Borough  2  Kingstonian 3
Hastings United 3 Hythe Town 2
Merstham 1 Sittingbourne 2
Molesey 0 Hendon 2
Redbridge 0 Cheshunt 3
Staines Town 1 Hampton & Richmond Borough 0
Three Bridges 1 Leatherhead 1 - Three Bridges win 11-10 on penalties
Tilbury 1 Great Wakering Rovers 3
Tonbridge Angels 2 Herne Bay 0
Tooting & Mitcham United 5 Phoenix Sports 1
VCD Athletic 1 Chatham Town 2
Whitstable Town 1 Faversham Town 1 - Faversham Town win 5-4 on penalties
Whyteleafe 1 Carshalton Athletic 1 - Carshalton Athletic win 5-4 on penalties
Wingate & Finchley 1 Harlow Town 0
Witham Town 2 Maldon & Tiptree 3
Worthing 2 Burgess Hill Town 2 - Burgess Hill Town win 4-3 on penalties

Wednesday 19th August
Romford 0 East Thurrock United 3
Walton Casuals 4 East Grinstead Town 0

to be played
Farnborough v Lewes 
Needham Market v Heybridge Swifts
Soham Town Rangers v Brightlingsea Regent
Thurrock v Aveley 
Waltham Abbey v AFC Hornchurch


LOCAL CLUBS IN THE FA CUP - UPDATE

The Extra Preliminary Round of the Emirates FA Cup has been completed with the midweek replays played over the last couple of days. Here are how the local Spartan South Midland and Essex Senior Clubs are getting on -

ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE
Extra Preliminary Round
Hoddesdon Town 4 Sawbridgeworth Town 0
Basildon United 3 Sporting Bengal United 1
Bowers & Pitsea 0 Ilford 1
Clapton 1 Stanway Rovers 2
Cockfosters 4 Burnham Ramblers 0
Enfield 1893 0 London Colney 4
FC Clacton 3 Eton Manor 1
FC Romania 0 Whitton United 3
Felixstowe & Walton United 1 Barking 1
replay - Barking 3 Felixstowe & Walton United 1 (AET)
Hullbridge Sports 2 Hadleigh United 1
Long Melford 3 London Bari 0
Southend Manor 3 Codicote 1
Stansted 2 Takeley 1 (at Bishop's Stortford FC)
Waltham Forest 0 St Margaretsbury 3
Wivenhoe Town 1 Tower Hamlets 5

Preliminary Round
(to be played on the weekend of Saturday 29th August) 
Barking v Haringey Borough 
Basildon United v Long Melford
Cockfosters v Tower Hamlets
Harlow Town v Southend Manor
Hullbridge Sports v Maldon & Tiptree
Ilford v Stanway Rovers
Stansted v Tilbury - to be played on Sunday 30th August at Bishops Stortford FC

Seven of the eighteen Essex Senior League clubs who started out remain for the Preliminary Round with four facing Ryman Division One (North) sides, two facing Eastern Counties League sides and one a Spartan South Midlands Premier side. A note for ground hoppers is that The Airportmen's home tie against The Dockers will be played on Sunday at Bishops's Stortford's ground.

SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS LEAGUE
Extra Preliminary Round
Hoddesdon Town 4 Sawbridgeworth Town 0
Ampthill Town 0 Risborough Rangers 3
Bedford 0 Cogenhoe United 6
Berkhamsted 3 Hanworth Villa 2
Biggleswade United 2 Desborough Town 1
Cockfosters 4 Burnham Ramblers 0
Enfield 1893 0 London Colney 4
FC Broxbourne Borough 1 Brantham Athletic 2
Hadley 1 Saffron Walden Town 2
Harefield United 2 Long Buckby 2
replay - Long Buckby 1 Harefield United 0
Hertford Town 2 Kirkley & Pakefield 2
replay - Kirkley and Pakefield 2 Hertford Town 1 
Hillingdon Borough 1 Wembley 1
replay - Wembley 2 Hillingdon Borough 1 
London Tigers 1 Bedfont & Feltham 1
replay - Bedfont & Feltham 1 London Tigers 1 (Bedfont won 8-7 on pens)
Newport Pagnell Town 6 Holmer Green 2
Northampton Sileby Rangers 2 Sun Sports 1
Oxhey Jets 0 AFC Kempston Rovers 0
replay - AFC Kempston Rovers 3 Oxhey Jets 2 
Raunds Town 1 Crawley Green 0
Southend Manor 3 Codicote 1
Spelthorne Sports 2 Stotfold 1
Tring Athletic 2 Leverstock Green 1
Waltham Forest 0 St Margaretsbury 3
Welwyn Garden City 3 Haverhill Borough 1
Windsor 0 AFC Dunstable 1

Preliminary Round
(to be played on the weekend of Saturday 29th August)
Hoddesdon Town v Romford - to be played on Friday 28th August
Barton Rovers v Berkhamsted
Biggleswade United v Chalfont St Peter
Cockfosters v Tower Hamlets
London Colney v Potters Bar Town
Newport Pagnell Town v AFC Dunstable 
Risborough Rangers v Aylesbury
St Margaretsbury v AFC Hornchurch
Tring Athletic v Arlesey Town
Welwyn Garden City v Waltham Abbey
Wembley v North Greenford United

Eleven SSMFL clubs remian for the Preliminary Round with Hoddesdon Town looking to cause a Friday night upset against Ryman Division One (North) side Romford and then with many of the teams at home to higher opposition on Saturday I think there will deifnately be one or two 'shock' results here.

RYMAN DIVISION ONE (NORTH)
Preliminary Round
(to be played on the weekend of Saturday 29th August)
Hoddesdon Town v Romford - Friday 28th August 
AFC Sudbury v Ware
Barking v Haringey Borough
Deeping Rangers v Dereham Town
FC Clacton v Aveley
Great Wakering Rovers v Brantham Athletic
Harlow Town v Southend Manor
Hullbridge Sports v Maldon and Tiptree
Littlehampton Town v Thamesmead Town
Mildenhall Town v Soham Town Rangers
Phoenix Sports v Guernsey
Redbridge v Heybridge Swifts
Saffron Walden Town v Cheshunt
St Margaretsbury v AFC Hornchurch
Thetford Town v Bury Town
Three Bridges v Cray Wanderers
Thurrock v Royston Town
Welwyn Garden City v Waltham Abbey
Witham Town v Brightlingsea Regent
Wroxham v  Fakenham Town
Barkingside v Ipswich Wanderers - Saturday 30th August 
Stansted v Tilbury - Saturday 30th August

The clubs from step four enter the competition at the Preliminary Round stage which includes the teams from the Ryman Division One (North). The winners of the games receive a healthy amount of £1,925 from the Football Associaition's prize fund.