Friday, 21 November 2014

BIG HERTFORDSHIRE LOCAL DERBY TOMORROW


Around five miles seperate the villages of Kimpton and Knebworth in Hertfordshire so the Hertsavers County League Division One match between the two sides tomorrow is a real local derby. It's 12th v 8th (only twelve teams in the division) in the table as Kimpton have not had the best of starts to their campaign with just one win in nine league games and conceding 40 goals in the process.The K's have won four of their ten games scoring 23 and letting in 19 goals.

As you can see from the picture The Recreation Ground at Kimpton is one of the most picturesque places to watch football in the local area so it's well worth a visit.

The big kick off is at 2pm!

FA VASE SECOND ROUND PROPER THIS WEEKEND

The FA Vase continues this weekend with nine Spartan South Midlands League sides in action. Just Hullbridge Sports represent the Essex Senior League on the road to Wembley and they entertain AFC Rushden and Diamonds at Lower Road. It'll be a tough game for Sports as Diamonds are top of the United Counites League Premier Division. 

The fixtures are below with Ampthill Town entering the competition at this stage as a reward for them reaching the Quarter-Final stage last season. That will seem a long time ago to the fan's of the Bedfordshire side as in May their then manager Craig Bicknell left the club. Ex Peterborough Northern Star coach Derwayne Stupple has been given the job of rebuilding the team after many players also left the club. So far they haven't won a game this season but did earn a well deserved point in a 1-1 draw at home to Harefield United in the league on Tuesday evening. Can they build on this in their game at home to Tring Athletic who won 0-4 at Enfield 1893 in the last round? Tring are in 15th position in the league and only have one win in their last eight Premier Division games. They won 0-2 at Ampthill earlier in the season. 

It should be really good game at Bellmount Wood Avenue as current Premier Division table topper's Sun Sports welcome Stanway Rovers who are in fifth place of the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division.  

HISTORY - St Mags going for their best Vase performance in nearly thirty years.
 A win for St Margarestsbury against Ipswich Wanderers (ninth place in Thurlow Nunn Premier) would see them qualify for the Third Round of the Vase for the first time since 1985/86. 

The winner's of the Second Round ties receive £1200 from the Football Association prize fund.  
Good Luck to all sides involved.

Saturday 
Ampthill Town v Tring Athletic
Deeping Rangers v Oxhey Jets
Hullbridge Sports v Rushden and Diamonds 
London Colney v Northampton Spencer
Saffron Walden Town v Kings Langley
St Margaretsbury v Ipswich Wanderers
Sun Sports v Stanway Rovers
Wembley v Brantham Athletic

Sunday 
AFC Dunstable v Kirkley and Pakefield 

Thursday, 20 November 2014

SAVE HITCHIN - SAVE TOP FIELD!!



The future of Hitchin Town's historic Top Field stadium is in doubt with plans afoot to develop the site into a supermarket. The beautiful game has been played at Top Field since 1871 when the original Hitchin FC drew with Crystal Palace in an FA Cup game with Hitchin Town calling it home since their formation in 1928. The Cold End is fully backing the campaign to save Top Field. As the above picture states this is not just about a football club but the Town in general - This excellent Game Of The People article explains things in a little more detail.

If you're a fan of football in the local area the club need your support on Saturday 6th December 2014 when after the march there is free entry to their game against current Calor Southern League Premier Division table topper's Poole Town.

Check out savehtfc.wordpress.com for more details.

RYMAN CLUBS IN THE FA TROPHY - LUCKY LEISTON ALREADY THROUGH

FA Trophy Second Qualifying Round
to be played on Saturday 15th November
FIXTURE TEAM OUT
AFC HORNCURCH 4 MERTSHAM 2 MERTSHAM
BARKINGSIDE 1 HORSHAM 3 BARKINGSIDE
BURGESS HILL TOWN 0 FOLKESTONE INVICTA 0 -
* FOLKESTONE INVICTA 0 BURGESS HILL TOWN 1 FOLKESTONE
DEREHAM TOWN A SHOLING A -
# DEREHAM TOWN 0 SHOLING 2 DEREHAM
EAST THURROCK UNITED 4 ARLESEY TOWN 4 -
* ARLESEY TOWN 1 EAST THURROCK UNITED 2 -
HENDON 4 WORTHING 0 WORTHING
HISTON 0 CRAY WANDERERS 2 HISTON
LEISTON 3 PAULTON ROVERS 2 -
LEWES 1 HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS 1 -
* HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS v LEWES tbc
MAIDSTONE UNITED 0 AFC SUDBURY 2 MAIDSTONE
MET POLICE 2 DULWICH HAMLET 0 DULWICH
PEACEHAVEN & TELSCOMBE 4 THAMESMEAD TOWN 3 THAMESMEAD
TONBRIDGE ANGELS 2 GRAYS ATHLETIC 0  GRAYS
WHYTELEAFE 1 LEATHERHEAD 4 WHYTELEAFE
WITHAM TOWN 0 TRURO CITY 1 WITHAM TOWN
* replay
# first match was abandoned due to fog

FA Trophy Third Qualifying Round
games to be played on Saturday 29th November 
FIXTURE TEAM OUT
BURGESS HILL TOWN v LEATHERHEAD
EBBSFLEET UNITED v HENDON
HAVANT & WATERLOOVILLE v EAST THURROCK UNITED 
HAYES AND YEADING v HORSHAM
MAIDENHEAD UNITED v METROPOLITAN POLICE
OXFORD CITY v LEWES or HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS 
PEACEHAVEN & TELSCOMBE v GOSPORT BOROUGH
TONBRIDGE ANGELS v BROMLEY
WEYMOUTH v CRAY WANDERERS 
WIMBOURNE TOWN v AFC HORNCHURCH
BYE - LEISTON

After the weekend and midweek replay games there are eight (possibly nine) Ryman Premier Division, one (possibly two) Division One North and two Division One South teams left in this season's FA Trophy competition. For Leiston it's a really lucky draw as they were the odd ones out and received a bye to the First Round Proper.

Some of the game of note are Premier Division Peacehaven and Telscombe entertaining last season's finalist's Gosport Borough and both Cray Wanderers and AFC Hornchurch having trips to Dorset to play Weymouth and Wimbourne Town respectively. Fans of Tonbridge Angels will also be looking forward to their Kent derby versus Vanarama South side Bromley.

The winners of the Third Qualifying Round ties receive a nice prize of £4,000 from the Football Association fund. 

#AntiBullyingWeek

If your not aware it's "Anti Bullying Week" and lots of information is available all over the web. The Cold End is a strong supporter of the initiative - If you want to find out more information and you're a user of twitter search under #AntiBullyingWeek to find out more.



Wednesday, 19 November 2014

MEMORABLE NIGHT FOR RANGERS AS THEY SHOCK HEATH IN CHALLENGE TROPHY


It was ninth place  in the Premier Division versus second place in Division One in the Spartan South Midlands League Challenge Trophy last night at Colney Heath welcomed Risborough Rangers to The Recreation Ground. The programme welcomed the visitors who were 'from miles away in Buckinghamshire' and it the was handful of loyal fans who made the 33 mile trip from Princes Risborough who left the happier after a entertaining ninety minutes during which both teams played some good football on a decent pitch.

Rangers went into the game in good form as their league position suggests. They had won their last four games with Martin Griggs scoring in each of them. Colney Heath had won 8-0 at bottom of the table Ampthill Town on Saturday so were also in a confident mood.

It was the Division One side's night as Martin Griggs (who has also played for Amersham Town and Tring Athletic) scored another two goals alongside Danny Gray (formerly of Aylesbury United and Tring Athletic) who also scored two. Colney's goals came from Ben Awad and Ben Crilley who wouldn't argue that the away side deserved the victory on the night.

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS below
including all the goals scored 


 

Monday, 17 November 2014

NIL POINTS TABLE - UPDATE

DIVISION TEAM P/L GF GA NEXT LEAGUE GAME
UNITED COUNTIES DIV ONE STEWARTS & LLOYDS (Corby) 17/171361 BURTON PARK WANDERERS (H) - 18/11

WELLINGBOROUGH WHITWORTH (A) - 22/11
SUSSEX COUNTY DIVISION TWO SEAFORD TOWN 14/149 46 LITTLE COMMON (H) - 22/11

Could S&L get a point or even 3 points tomorrow evening against Burton Park Wanderers?
Stewarts and Lloyds have one of their best chances to get some points on the board tomorrow evening when they welcome Burton Park Wanderers to Occupation Road. They only have one league win in their sixteen games which came at Buckingham Town (0-1) on Saturday 23rd August. They then travel to third placed Wellingborough Whitworth on Saturday.

Seaford Town lost 0-2 at home to Haywards Heath Town on Saturday afternoon. They welcome mid-table Little Common to The Crouch this coming Saturday.