Monday, 2 March 2015

CLASSIC PROGRAMMES - BECKTON UNITED v BARKINGSIDE (1978)

Wednesday 27th September 1978 saw East London rival's Beckton United and Barkingside play out a London Spartan League fixture at Woodford Town's Snakes Lane ground. The small programme issued cost just 30p and had a write up on the club captain John West who 'would be the first to admit he is not the youngest member of the squad' and who has 'great pride in his personal performance as well as that of the teams'. There is also a match report of their game versus Waltham Abbey who are described as 'arch rivals'. 







 
The Cold End wrote an article on the history of both Beckton United and East Ham United which can be found by clicking on the link here - Forgotten Football - April 2010 - Beckton United

There is also an interview with Tony Quinlan who played for the club during the 1970s here A Quick Word With Tony Quinlan

CLASSIC COLD END - WARE v ENFIELD TOWN - 2012

THREE YEARS AGO AND TOWN WIN AT WODSON PARK

Saturday 10th March 2012 saw Enfield Town travel to local rival's Ware for a Ryman Division One (North) fixture which saw five goals scored and a future Town fan favourite making his debut for Ware. Below is the report and highlights from the match.



SOME VIEWS OF THE PITCH AT WODSON PARK YESTERDAY
To coin a cliche it really was a 'game of two halves' at Wodson Park yesterday. The home side were highly committed and worked hard putting the pressure on whenever they were without the ball but Town still controlled much of the first half and could arguably of been at least 0-5 up at half time.

Ware started with Murat Karagul and the well travelled Jamie Richards (making his debut) up front and both done their best to cause problems to the Town back line. Whenever the ball was lost Ware manager Stuart Nethercott bellowed 'PRESSURE!!! PRESSURE!! HASSLE!!!' from the sidelines. The ex Millwall and Totthenham Hotspur centre-back must have one of the loudest voices in the Ryman League.

 TEAM LINE-UPS


WAREENFIELD TOWN
1. Rhys Madden 1. Noel Imber
2. Dave Bastian 2. Lee Allen
3. Tom Querry 3. Jey Siva
4. Lewis Rolfe 4. Dave Kendall
5. Michael Akande 5. Mark Kirby
6. Vince Rispoli 6. Rudi Hall
7. Laurence Rispoli 7. Adam Wallace
8. Dan Johnson 8. Michael Ewang
9. Jamie Richards 9. Liam Hope
10. Murat Karagul 10. Bryan Hammatt
11. Aimee Blessing 11. Leon Osei
12. Jon Shiels (for 7) 12. Jordon Lockie
14. Ryan Mattos 14. Dan Forward (for 10)
15. Jordon Bostock 15. Neil Johnston
16. Elliott King 16. Tyler Campbell (for 11)
17. Michael Elliott 17. Walid Matata (for 9)

On a difficult surface which has seen better days It was Town who had the majority of chances in the first half. Adam Wallace rounded the Ware keeper Rhys Madden and was very unlucky in hitting the outside of the post from a narrow angle. There then was a goalmouth scramble were Madden made a superb close range save before, after the resulting corner kick, Mark Kirby struck a decent shot from the edge of the box which made it 0-1.

It was 0-2 when Leon Osei chased down a back pass and was able to get past Madden to pass the ball into the net. This goal was not captured on camera.

HOW THEY LINED UP??

Town made it 0-3 right on half time when Adam Wallace got the ball from close range across the goal line only for Ware defender Tom Querry, in attempting to clear the ball, to roof it into his own net.

The second half was a different story as Ware showed some real determination as Town appeared to go to sleep and didn't really create any goal scoring opportunities. The game didn't really seem to flow and it was the home side who were much the better side.



There was one talking point when Leon Osei (from 4mins 10secs on the video) crossed a ball at left hand edge of the box which Ware defender Michael Akande couldn't really get out of the way of. Akande was in the box and raised his hands but the replay shows he didn't handball it (in my opinion) or if he did it was very minimal. The referee gave a handball on the edge of the box for this incident. Should it of been a penalty? I think it would of been extremely harsh if a spot kick had been given.



HANDBALL???  IN THE BOX OR OUTSIDE??? 
A VERY TOUGH DECISION FOR THE REFEREE TO MAKE IN A SPLIT SECOND
Ware made it 1-3 through Jamie Richards (79 mins) and then 2-3 through substitute Jon Shiels (87 mins) to make what should of been an easy victory into a nervous five minutes of injury time as Town hung on for the all important three points. It was so nearly a mirror of the game between the two local rivals just over two years ago when on a cold Tuesday 9th February 2010 evening Town came back to 3-3 after being 3-0 down to Ware at half time.

The Cold End thinks if Ware show this amount of commitment and work rate (especially from their second half showing) in their final games combining it with being meaner in defence they will win more games to save them from finishing in the bottom two. What is refreshing is to see Stuart Nethercott on the sidelines firmly committed to his side despite only winning four league games out of thirty-three this season.

Steve Newing said last night "with a record of P 10 W 8 D 2 L 0 in 2012 26 points from 30 and still only being 2nd four pints of top maybe I am being a bit harsh (maybe not) when I say we can do better"



MATCH HIGHLIGHTS
excluding Leon Osei's 2nd goal which wasn't captured on camera
 

It's as you were at the top of the table as Leiston continue winning with a 4-0 win at home to Chatham Town and Needham Market impressively coming from 0-1 down at half time to beat Harlow Town 3-1.

Enfield Town travel to Soham Town Rangers on Tuesday night. 

COME ON YOU TOWNERS!!!



FRIENDS IN THE END. DESPITE IT BEING A LOCAL DERBY THAT GAME WAS PLAYED IN A GOOD SPIRIT WITH SEVERAL EX TOWNERS IN THE WARE SIDE.

WARE MANAGER STUART NETHERCOTT TALKS TO HIS SIDE AT THE END OF THE GAME. DESPITE BEING BOTTOM OF THE TABLE THERE ARE MANY POSITIVES TO TAKE FROM THE GAME.

RYMAN PREMIER DIVISION ALTERNATE TABLE

Ryman Premier Division Alternate Table
Red - Top Team 
Green - Play Off Places 
Black - Edge of play offs 
Blue - Outside chance of play offs
PTSTEAM PLAYED LOST
76MAIDSTONE UNITED355
75


74


73


72

   
71


70

69MARGATE33 6
68DULWICH HAMLET 37 9
67


66


65


64


63


62


61HENDON 32 5
60


59


58 MET POLICE 34 8
57 LEISTON
WINGATE AND FINCHLEY 
36
36
11
13
56 EAST THURROCK UNITED 36 10
55 BOGNOR REGIS TOWN
KINGSTONIAN
35
36
12
10
54


53


52


51 LEATHERHEAD
ENFIELD TOWN
36
35
13
16

The above is an alternate look at the race for the plays and title in the Ryman Premier Division. It shows Margate can still close the gap on Maidstone United if they win their two games in hand so all is not over by any means particually with Margate still having to travel to The Gallagher Stadium later in the month. 

Dulwich Hamlet, who lost 4-0 at Bognor Regis Town on Saturday, should bar a remarkable loss of form finish in a play off spot and Hendon, with their games in hand, should also finish in the top five.

It then probably comes down to an exciting race for fifth spot between the six teams on 58 to 55 points. Enfield Town and Leatherhead on 51 points still have an outside chance but will need to win at least nine of their remaining games and even then it wouldn't guarantee them a place in the top five. 

Who is hitting form at the right time?

Leatherhead and Bognor Regis Town are the form sides of the current top twelve gaining 16 and 14 points from their last eighteen on offer. 


The Met and East Thurrock United are the lowest on just five points from their last eighteen on offer. 

MIDWEEK MATCHES  THIS WEEK
All Tuesday evening unless stated 

AFC HORNCHURCH v LEATHERHEAD 
The Urchins are still in the relegation zone but will go into this home game with a little more confidence having won 1-4 at Bury Town on Saturday. This is a hard result to call because as stated above The Tanners are the form team in the division. George Purcell netted twice for Hornchurch on Saturday along with Kieron Bishop who scored one goal. He joined the club from Ware in January having scored 19 in 31 games for the Division One (North) club. He has also played for FC Broxbourne Borough, Cockfosters and Redbridge as well as spending the 2012/13 season with Aslan FC in Division One of the Hertfordshire Senior County League. 

EAST THURROCK UNITED v BOGNOR REGIS TOWN 
A real play-off six pointer at Rookery Hill. A win for either side could see them move up into fifth place depending on Wingate's result at Harrow. 

HARROW BOROUGH v WINGATE AND FINCHLEY 
A massive local derby game at Earlsmead. A win would see Wingate move into fifth place. A win for 23rd placed Harrow would move closer to Witham Town and AFC Hornchurch in the race to avoid the drop. 

WITHAM TOWN v HENDON 
Hendon beat Witham Town on Saturday by 2-0 through goals from Kezie Ibe on 22 mins and 83 mins. A win or a draw here would set up Witham nicely for their massive relegation six pointer versus AFC Hornchurch on Saturday.

GRAYS ATHLETIC v HAMPTON AND RICHMOND (Wednesday night) 
14th V 18th. Grays will finish comfortably in mid-table with their visitors needing a few more wins to near enough guarantee safety and Premier Division football for the 2015/16 season.

 

Sunday, 1 March 2015

"THREE SHOTS TWO GOALS" - LEISTON EARN VALUABLE AWAY WIN

PROMOTION PUSH - LEISTON BROUGHT A FEW MORE FANS COMPARED TO 2014 AT DONKEY LANE
The above is by no way a criticism as it's what the travelling Leiston fans sang after their second goal yesterday afternoon. Enfield Town could of been 3-0 up with chances falling to Bobby Devyne and Tyler Campbell but it was the away side who took the lead via a neat and skillful finish from John Sands. He has recently joined the Victory Road side from Bury Town. He left Canvey Island in November and joined Vanarama South side Chelmsford City before spending a short spell at Ram Meadow. 

The Suffolk side defended well, looked highly organised at the back and seemed determined to grind out a valuable three points in their race towards the play-off places. Substitute Darren Mills, who looked very lively and full of running when he came on for Sands on 65 minutes, scored a second goal in the 77th minute when he was first to the ball from a knock down after a corner. 

Both teams played some good football keeping possession well but it was Lesiton who were the more clinical. Their keeper Alex Rossis was in inspired form and made some great saves to keep a well deserved clean sheet. 

Did Town deserve a penalty kick at the end? Have a look at the video from 4m 47secs.....It looks a well timed tackle on Nathan Livings (Town number 8) from the Leiston number 3 Stuart Broadley.

The game marked (recent signing from Brimsdown) Leon Wilson's debut for the the Town first team in midfield and right-back Jordan Lockie's 200th appearance for the club. A fantastic achievement for a very popular player with the fans and players alike. He joins Rudi Hall, Mark Kirby, Dave Allen, Liam Hope, Andy Hall, Matt Negus and Paul Campbell in the Towner's 200 club. 

LFC's next league game is another away day trip to Grays Athletic next Saturday. Town's is a Jolly Boy's (and girls!!!) Day Out to Margate on the same day. The Gate drew 3-3 at Kingstonian yesterday, a result which puts a dent in their title challenge as leader's Maidstone United beat Billericay Town 3-0 at The Gallagher Stadium.  

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS 

 

Friday, 27 February 2015

NUMBERS - SOME FACTS AND FIGURES ABOUT THE RYMAN LEAGUE

Coincidence & Consistency - Back on Saturday 18th October the top five in the Premier Division were Maidstone United, Margate, Dulwich Hamlet, Hendon and the Metropolitan Police. The same teams currently occupy the current top five. Since then The Stones have lost 3 of 18 games played, The Gate 4/17, Hamlet 4/19, Hendon 3/14 and Met Police 4/18.

37 - AFC Hornchurch have the fifth best defensive record in the Premier Division conceding just 1.19 goals per game but they are still fighting against relegation as they have only scored 26 amounting to 0.84 per game. The only other side with a lower total than them in bottom of the table Bury Town on 25 goals (0.69 gpg) who they face tomorrow at Ram Meadow. 0-0 draw anyone?? 

8 - There is now an eight point gap opened up between Witham Town in 19th and AFC Hornchurch in the first relegation spot (21st). Is it going to be four of the current bottom five who end up going down? 

3 - Enfield Town have the lowest amount of draws with just three of their 34 games ending all square. Witham Town have drawn 12 of their 31 games played. 

8 and 7 - Amazingly Ware (10th in Division One (North)) have only lost eight of their thirty-three games played compared to title challenger's and current second placed Needham Market who have lost seven in thirty-four. The points difference between the two is 26! 

112 - Burnham Ramblers, bottom of the table in Division One (North), have conceded one-hundred and twelve goals in their thirty five games played. They were celebrating last weekend as their 1-2 win at Thamesmead Town was their fist away win of the season. 

Burnham's result last weekend now means every team across the three divisions has at least one win home and away from home. 

Zero - Burgess Hill Town are top of Division One (South) and have the incredible record of being unbeaten in the league in thirty-two games played. Tomorrow they take that run to Walton and Hersham. The Stompond Lane club are currently in 16th place. The only games they have lost this season were in the FA Cup and FA Trophy both times against Vanarama Conference side Dartford & also in The Robert Dyas Ryman League Cup against Margate. The game against The Gate saw a much changed side with only three players remaining in the starting XI from the previous Saturday's league game. 

925 - The top crowd of Division One (South) came on Wednesday 13th August at Guernsey v Whyteleafe. 

473 - The New Year's Day Suffolk Derby between Needham Market and AFC Sudbury is the current top crowd in Division One (North) 

2,856 - Champion Hill was packed out on Non-League Day (Saturday 6th September) when an amazing crowd saw Dulwich Hamlet play Hampton and Richmond. 

28 - The lowest crowd across the three divisions came on Saturday 8th November when just twenty-eight people saw the 3-3 draw between Buurnham Ramblers and Barkingside.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

SUPPORTERS VOTING ON HEREFORD FC BADGE

It was great to see the newly formed Hereford FC win the lease to use the Edgar Street ground Hereford United left behind when the former football league club was wound up in late 2014. 

The new club is currently asking supporters to vote on the new club's badge with three options above the choices. 

It's not yet confirmed which league Hereford FC will be playing in. I'm sure the fans won't care as long as they get to see their club in action at Edgar Street. 

If i was a fan and allowed to vote I think i'd opt for Badge 3. 

Good Luck to the fans of Hereford FC for the 2015/16 season

 

 

CLASSIC COLD END 2012 - HODDESDON BEAT AMPTHILL

With Hoddesdon Town parting company with their third manager this season in the past week and on a really bad run of form here is a treat for their fans from three years ago when they beat Ampthill Town at home on Tuesday 28th February 2012.

The Spartan South Midlands League produced yet another highly entertaining game last night when in Division One it was third v second at Lowfield. Hoddesdon Town welcomed Ampthill Town in a game that had been highly anticipated by supporters of both sides. Ampthill's league form going into the game read DWWWWWDW with Hoddy's equally impressive reading DWWWWWWWL.

Ampthill started well and had the ball in the net after some early pressure but the goal was ruled out for offside. Their number 9 Tyrone Taylor showed some good touches and headed the ball on numerous occasions during the game, He also possess a huge throw-in which the visitors used several times but the Hoddy back line performed well all night. Tom Massey in the centre of defence had a great game along with midfielder Barrington Brotherton who sat in front of the back four and worked hard throughout the 90 minutes.

Hoddy scored all their three goals in the first half via a brace from Dean Barker and a fantastic goal from Jamie Brandon just prior to half time. His outside of the boot strike from outside of the box would be replayed all over the TV if a Rooney or Robin Van Persie had of scored it!!

Ampthill showed some decent play in the second half trying to get back into the game but found Hoddy at their very best in all departments. Goalkeeper Kieron Extence made two really good saves towards the end of the game.

What was refreshing to see was Ampthill's manager Craig Bicknell telling his player's to 'get off the ref's back, stop whinging and play the game' when his team started to question the official after a few borderline decisions. Good to see!!
STARTING XI's


Hoddesdon Town Ampthill Town
1. Kieron Extence 1. Tom Kennard
2. Colin Metivier 2. Paul Ericsson
3. Kevin Metivier 3. Danny Hart (Capt)
4. Tom Massey 4. Robbie Goodman
5. Tom Boxer 5. Alvin Rajaram
6. Dave Ayres  6. Christian Lester
7. Barrington Brotherton 7. Rocky Williams
8. Tony Neilson 8. Steve Flux
9. Dean Barker 9. Tyrone Taylor
10. Jamie Brandon 10. Lea Coulter
11. Billy Wingrove (Capt) 11. Danny Nicholls

TEAM FORMATIONS

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS


As you can see from the below league table it was really was a must win match for Hoddesdon Town to still be in with a shout for promotion. Only the top two teams go up to the Premier Division so it's still looking good for Ampthill Town (as they have four games in hand over Hoddy) and table topper's London Colney.

Spartan South Midlands League Division One 
Current Table
Top three only


PWDLGFGAGDPTS
London Colney3024337124+4775
Ampthill Town2919736126+3564
Hoddesdon Town33203109251+4163