Thursday, 18 September 2014

HERTSAVERS PREMIER DIVISION - THE SEASON SO FAR

HERTSAVERS PREMIER DIVISION CURRENT TABLE 
POS TEAM P W D L GF GA GD PTS WIN%
1 BELSTONE 7 6 0 1 20 8 +12 18 85.71
2 HATFIELD SOCIAL 7 5 2 0 22 5 +17 17 71.42
3 WHITWELL 7 5 1 1 29 6 +23 16 71.42
4 LETCHWORTH GC EAGLES 7 4 2 1 21 8 +13 14 57.14
5 BEDMOND SPORTS  7 4 1 2 14 20 -6 13 57.14
6 WORMLEY ROVERS 7 4 0 3 17 14 +3 12 57.14
7 CHIPPERFIELD CORINTHIANS 7 3 1 3 9 9 0 10 42.86
8 CUFFLEY 6 3 0 3 13 6 +7 9 50.00
9 BOVINGDON 7 3 0 4 12 13 -1 9 42.86
10 MILL END SPORTS 7 2 2 3 9 11 -2 8 28.57
11 BUSHEY SPORTS CLUB 7 2 2 3 14 19 -5 8 28.57
12 SARRATT 7 1 4 2 8 14 -6 7 14.28
13 LEMSFORD 7 2 0 5 8 23 -15 6 28.57
14 SANDRIDGE ROVERS 7 1 2 4 8 10 -2 5 14.28
15 STANDON & PUCKERIDGE 6 0 2 4 13 28 -15 2 0.00
16 HERTFORD HEATH 7 0 1 6 3 26 -23 1 0.00

The Hertsavers Hertfordshire Senior County League Premier Division 2014/15 season is now well under with every team playing seven games aside from Standon & Puckeridge and Cuffley. Standon are one of two teams without a win and if it's goals you want they are definitely worth a watch this season with an average of nearly 7 goals per game at the moment. They were involved in a 6-6 draw with Bushey Sports Club on Saturday 6th September. Hertford Heath are the other side without a victory and they have only scored three goals in their seven games - Their only point gained came in the 1-1 draw with Sarratt last Saturday.

At the top end of the division it's Belstone (last season's runner's up) that currently head the division with six wins in seven games. Last season's Division One champion's Hatfield Social are in second place and they are the only side without a defeat winning five and drawing two of their seven games. It's first v second at The Medburn Ground this coming Saturday when Social's unbeaten record will be sternly tested.

Bedmond Sports record in fifth place is an interesting one as their goal's conceded record reads 20 which is the fourth worst in the division. This is down to their 12-0 defeat at Whitwell (see report and highlights here) in August which they followed up with a 1-0 home victory over Belstone (the league leader's only defeat so far).

Goals conceded chart for season so far
 
Another interesting statistic is that Sandridge Rovers (third from bottom) have the seventh best defensive record conceded just ten goals of which three came in their 3-3 draw with Hatfield Social who have only let in five goals so far.

MERSON AND WILSHERE IN TOP THREE OF LEAGUE'S TOP SCORERS 

The Premier Division top scorer's chart is headed by Letchworth's Sam Gittings on eleven goals followed by Tom Wilshere of Whitwell on eight. Ben Merson of Wormley Rovers is next on six goals followed by a clutch of players of five goals

The league's Aubery Cup starts on Saturday 27th September which is competed for by teams from both divisions and is looked forward to by every team in the league. Last season Premier Division Standon and Puckeridge won 4-0 against Divison One side Evergreen.

AUBERY CUP ROUND ONE
Saturday 27th September
Standon and Puckeridge v Hinton
Cheshunt Res v Chipperfield Corinthians
Wormley Rovers v Belstone
Evergreen v Mill End Sports
Bovingdon v Letchworth Garden City Eagles
Hertford Heath v Lemsford
Bedmond Sports v Sarratt
AFC Hatfield v Knebworth
Saturday 11th October
Whitwell v Old Parmiterians
Saturday 18th October
Belstone v Broadfields
 
The game between Whitwell and Division One Old Parmiterians should be a good one as OP have won all four of their league games so far including a 11-1 and a 7-3 in their last two games.

THE COLD END WINLESS LEAGUE

We are down an unlucky thirteen teams in the winless league which tracks the teams from Step 1 to Step 6 on the non-league ladder. Just one team remains from the first four steps in the pyramid being Walton Casuals who have played nine Ryman Division One (South) games and lost all nine scoring just six goals. Their next game comes away at Redhill on Saturday. Casual's manager Mark Hams has signed four players over the past week to put a halt to the terrible run they are on. 18 year old Kieran Scantlebury, 19 year old Bode Anidugbe and 18 year old Ebrima Adams have all joined from Vanarama Comference side Dartford along with 23 year old striker Myles Stephenson who joins from Vanarama South side Hayes and Yeading United. Could it be tenth time lucky for The Cauals at Redhill?

Ampthill Town and Seaford Town have the worst scoring record hitting the next only twice in their games. Totton and Eling have the worst defensive record letting in thirty-seven goals in just nine league games.  

DIVISION TEAM P/L GF GA NEXT GAME
RYMAN DIVISION ONE (SOUTH)
(Step 4)
WALTON CASUALS 9/9 6 25 REDHILL (AWAY)
SUSSEX COUNTY DIV ONE
(Step 5)
SELSEY 7/7 6 23 HORSHAM YMCA (HOME)
SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS PREMIER (Step 5) AMPTHILL TOWN  8/8 2 24 LONDON TIGERS (HOME)
WESSEX LEAGUE PREMIER
(Step 5)
TOTTON & ELING 9/9 8 37 VERWOOD TOWN (AWAY)
THURLOW NUNN PREMIER
(Step 5)
ELY CITY 8/8 8 23 WHITTON UNITED (HOME)
THURLOW NUNN PREMIER
(Step 5)
DISS TOWN 7/7 3 27 GODMANCHESTER ROVERS (HOME)
HELLENIC PREMIER DIVISION
(Step 5)
CHELTENHAM SARACENS 7/7 6 24 THAME UNITED (HOME)
UNITED COUNTIES DIV ONE
(Step 6)
STEWARTS & LLOYDS (Corby) 8/8 4 27 IRCHESTER UNITED (AWAY)
EAST MIDLANDS COUNTIES LEAGUE
(Step 6)
GREENWOOD MEADOWS 8/8 3 33 AYLESTONE PARK (HOME)
SUSSEX COUNTY DIVISION TWO
(Step 6)
SEAFORD TOWN 7/7 2 20 LITTLE COMMON (AWAY)
SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS LEAGUE DIVISION ONE
(Step 6)
ARLESEY TOWN RES 8/8 7 26 BUCKINGHAM ATLHETIC (HOME)
NORTHERN COUNTIES EAST DIV ONE
(Step 6)
HALLAM 8/8 6 22 ECCLESHILL TOWN (AWAY)
WESTERN LEAGUE DIV ONE
(Step 6)
PORTISHEAD TOWN 10/10 10 33 WESTBURY UNITED (HOME)

RYMAN LEAGUE PREMIER AND DIVISION ONE (NORTH) GOLDEN BOOT

RYMAN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION TOP SCORERS
PLAYER TEAM GOALS
RYAN MOSS MARGATE 8
CHARLIE ALLEN MARGATE 7
DAVID KNIGHT WINGATE & FINCHLEY 7
FRANNIE COLLIN MAIDSTONE UNITED 7
ANDRE McCOLLIN KINGSTONIAN 7
BILLY MEDLOCK TONBRIDGE ANGELS 7
COREY WHITLEY ENFIELD TOWN 6
GARETH HEATH  LEISTON 6

Ryan Moss has continued on for his new side as he was doing for Kingstonian last season. He scored 25 goals for The K's last campaign. Ex Gillingham and Notts County midfielder Charlie Allen follows with a group of five other players on seven goals including David Knight of Wingate and Finchley and Billy Medlock of Tonbrdige Angels. Both Knight and Medlock were summer signings from teams playing at Step 4 of the non-league ladder which proves if players are given a chance they can be fantastic acquisitions for clubs higher up the pyramid. 

Medlock scored 30 goals for Ryman Division One (South) side Eastbourne Town during the 2013/14 season. This achievement reads better when you see Eastbourne Town finished bottom of the table. 

Kinght scored 37 goals for Ryman Division One (North) side Thurrock last season and has also played for Aveley, Billericay Town and East Thurrock United in the past. 

Enfield Town's Corey Whitley and Leiston's Gareth Heath follow on six goals. 

RYMAN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE (NORTH) TOP SCORERS
PLAYER TEAM GOALS
ALEX READ  HARLOW TOWN 9
ADE YUSUFF  CHATHAM TOWN  7
KEIRAN BISHOP WARE 6
LUKE STANLEY SOHAM TOWN RANGERS 6
RYAN IMBERT ROMFORD 6
TYRUS GORDON-YOUNG THAMESMEAD TOWN  6

There is no surpise to see Alex Read 'the goal machine' top of the early Division One (North) scoring charts. He scored an amazing 52 goals in the league and cup for The Hawks last season. He is followed by Ade Yusuff of Chatham Town who signed for the Kent side from Aveley in November 2013 and has also played for AFC Hornchurch, Stevenage, Banbury United and St Neots Town in his career. Ex Redbridge player Keiran Bishop has scored six times for Ware as has Luke Stanley. Ryan Imbert and Tyrus Gordon-Young.

Stanley signed for Soham Town Rangers from Kershaw Cambridgeshire League side Linton Granta in November 2012 and was top scorer for the club in 2013/14 with forty goals. Ex Thurrock striker Ryan Imbert has had a great start to the season with Romford as has Tyrus Gordon-Young of Thamesmead Town. 

THE COLD END SYSTEMS WEEKEND BETS

VANARAMA CONFERENCE UNDER/OVER 
THE RECORD SO FAR red denotes winning bet
DATE SELECTION + (RATING)  RATING ODDS RESULT
6th Sept FC HALIFAX v ALDERSHOT TOWN over 2.5  23 5/6 1-0
6th Sept WOKING v LINCOLN CITY over 2.5  23 5/6 3-1
6th Sept TORQUAY UNITED v NUNEATON under 2.5  9 8/11 4-0
9th Sept LINCOLN CITY v GRIMSBY TOWN over 2.5  28 10/11 3-2
9th Sept NUNEATON v FGR under 2.5  9 4/5 1-0
13th SeptGRIMSBY v TORQUAY over 2.5  29 10/11 0-2
13th Sept NUNEATON v ALDERSHOT TOWN under 2.5 9 4/5 1-1
16th Sept FC HALIFAX v GRIMSBY over 2.5 27 5/6 0-2
16th Sept CHESTER v SOUTHPORT under 2.5  11 4/5 2-0
20th Sept



20th Sept



20th Sept




One winning and one losing bet on Tuesday evening on the under/over system. This puts us, based on a £1 stake, at +14p in profit with a 55.56% winning percentage. The following are this week's fixtures based on the simple ratings system - Each game is given a rating based on the goals scored for each team in their last six league games.

BOLD denotes highest rated
RED denotes lowest rated
MATCH RATING
ALDERSHOT v LINCOLN 14
ALFRETON v NUNEATON 12
BARNET v ALTRINCHAM 20
BRISTOL v WOKING 23
DARTFORD v FGR  13
EASTLEIGH v BRAINTREE 24
FC HALIFAX v AFC TELFORD 17
KIDDERMINSTER v GRIMSBY 22
MACCLESFIELD v SOUTHPORT 12
TORQUAY v DOVER ATH 19
WELLING v GATESHEAD 17
CHESTER v WREXHAM 13

Eastleigh v Braintree Town over 2.5 goals is rated at 17/20
Macclesfield Town v Southport under 2.5 goals is rated at 17/20
Alfreton Town v Nuneaton Town under 2.5 goals is rated at 19/20
*odds from bet365.com

RYMAN PREMIER DIVISION DRAW PREDICTOR
RECORD SO FAR red denotes correct
DATE SELECTION RATING ODDS RESULT
6th September LEISTON v MET POLICE  5 5/2 1-1

Two games qualify for the Ryman Premier Draw Predictor this weekend. The system is worked in the games where teams placed between 8th to 17th in the table play each other. The number of draws each team has had in their last six games is then added to create a rating - when the rating is over 5 a draw is predicted.

The games this week are -

Met Police (14th place) v Bury Town (17th) which is rated @ 7
(Met Police have 4 draws in their last six and Bury Town have 4)

Witham Town (15th) v Kingstonian (9th) which is rated @ 5
(Witham have 2 draws in their last six and Kingstonian have 3)

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RYMAN PREMIER TITLE - MAIDSTONE UNITED OR MARGATE???

RYMAN PREMIER DIVISION CURRENT TABLE
TOP TWO ONLY
POS TEAM P W D L GF GA GD PTS WIN% FORM
1 MAIDSTONE UNITED 11 10 0 1 29 9 +20 30 90.91% LWWWWW
2 MARGATE 10 8 1 1 24 8 +16 25 80.00% WWDLWW

RECORDS OF PREVIOUS TITLE WINNERS AFTER ELEVEN GAMES
SEASON TEAM P W D L GF GA GD PTS WIN%
13/14 WEALDSTONE 11 6 4 1 25 9 +16 22 54.55%
12/13 WHITEHAWK 11 7 2 2 21 11 +10 23 63.64%
11/12 BILLERICAY TOWN 11 7 3 1 24 10 +14 24 63.64%
10/11 SUTTON UNITED 11 7 3 1 15 6 +9 24 64.64%

With eleven and ten games played already there looks to be only two teams in the race for the title in the Ryman Premier Division. Hendon are the team currently in third place on twenty-one games form eleven games played followed by Dulwich Hamlet who also played eleven times currently on twenty points.

An good indictator as to which team is likely to finish top is by looking at the average points per game of Maidstone United at 2.73, Margate at 2.50, Hendon at 1.91 and Dulwich Hamlet at 1.82. The average points per game to win the division over the past five seasons is 2.10. The two club's win percentages of 90.91% and 80.00% is way above that of the previous champions over the last four seasons.

Maidstone United's only blemish on their league record so far is the 1-0 away defeat at Tonbridge Angels on Bank Holiday Monday 25th August. On Tuesday evening Harrow Borough came within touching distance of getting something from their game at The Gallagher Stadium when with only around ten minutes to go they were 0-1 up thanks to a goal from Daniel May. However goals from Alex Flisher (79th minute) and Frannie Collin in the 90th minute sealed a 2-1 win for The Stones.

Margate have drawn at home to Leiston (Saturday 30th August) and lost away at Dulwich Hamlet (Tuesday 2nd September) and won the other eight of their ten league games so far. They took two games to get past Division One (South) side Folkestone Invicta in the FA Cup Qualifying Round (0-0 on Saturday followed by a 3-1 home replay win on Tuesday evening) whilst Maidstone United thrashed Sussex County Division One side Littlehampton Town 10-0 in their cup game.

This weekend Maidstone travel to Lewes and Margate are at home to Canvey Island before on Tuesday 23rd September all eyes will be on Hartsdown Park as the two title rivals clash before their 2nd Qualifying Round FA Cup games on Saturday 27th September. Should Maidstone United win the game at Margate they may find themselves (pending the results from the weekend) eight points clear at the top of the table albeit with Margate having a game in hand. There is certainly many games to play yet and it's looking to be a really exciting season for fans of both clubs.

The bookmakers currently rate Margate odds on at 4/9 with Maidstone United at 9/4 for the title. There is a massive gap then to Kingstonian at 22/1 and Dulwich Hamlet at 25/1.


NEXT FOUR GAMES FOR THE TOP TWO
DATE MAIDSTONE UNITED MARGATE 
20/9 Lewes CANVEY ISLAND
23/9 Margate  MAIDSTONE UNITED
27/9 BRENTWOOD TOWN (FA CUP 2nd QR) BARTON ROVERS (FA CUP 2nd QR)
30/9 Whitham Town METROPOLITAN POLICE 

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

VICTORY AT FORDE PARK FOR THE COD ARMY

It was fourteenth v fifteenth in Division One of the SSMFL yesterday evening as Langford welcomed Codicote to Forde Park. It turned out to be a very open game with the home side wasting a number of decent goal scoring chances in the first half where the score was 1-1 (I missed Cod's first goal on camera). The second half saw Codicote much the better side and once their second and third goal went in the home side's heads seemed to drop and they conceded another three before scoring a second themselves just prior to the final whistle. The visitors were missing a few regular first team players so on this showing they will finish much higher than their current position. Langford can take some positives from the game in that they are creating scoring opportunities and just need to be more clinical in front of goal.

Monday, 15 September 2014

CHINGFORD TOWN REFORM FOR 2014/15

The following article was originally published by The Cold End in June 2012 but is reproduced here with an update regarding Chingford Town reforming for this season and playing in the Essex Alliance League.

When Chingford played at White Hart Lane (or could it have been The Spurs Training Ground in Cheshunt???)

Chingford v Margate Reserves 1963


Today  we feature Chingford FC v Margate FC from Saturday 24th August 1963 in the Metropolitan League. The history of football in Enfield's neighbouring town is a rather complex one with numerous clubs popping up over the years. Here is time line which helps with the history (with thanks to Roger Reed of Enfield Town Football Club for completing some of the gaps that I had) -

1948 - Chingford Town join the Southern League and finish 21st (out of 22) and 24th (out of 24) in the two subsequent seasons. Eight teams from the 1948/49 season have since gone on to join The Football League.


1950/51 - Withdrew from the Southern League and first team take over Reserve team fixtures in the Metropolitan League. Town reached the 2nd Qualifying Round of the FA Cup where they lose to local rival's Woodford Town in a home replay 0-4. They beat Ilford and Crittall Athletic to reach this stage which is the furthest the club ever got in it's short history.  


1951 - Chingford Town fold

1952/53 - Parkhill (Chingford) enter the London League. There is a Parkhill Road in E4 which is just at the top of Kings Head Hill which is where this name may originate.

1955/56 - Parkhill (Chingford) become Chingford FC and continue to play in the London League until 1962/63

1963/64   - Chingford FC play in the Metropolitan League Division Two for one season.

1964/65 - Chingford FC join the Greater London League

1971/72 - Greater London League merges with Metropolitan League to form 'Metropolitan London League' 


1975 - Chingford FC are founder members of the London Spartan League which is formed when 'Metropolitan London League and 'Spartan League' merge.  


1979/80 - Chingford FC finish 5th in the Premier Division (the highest position in their 11 season stay)...competing against teams such at Berkhamsted Town, Amersham Town, Merstham, Fisher Athletic (who finished 8th) and Kingsbury Town amongst others.  


1987 - Chingford FC leave the London Spartan League


1991 - Chingford Wanderers join the London Spartan League Division Two


1992 - Chingford Wanderers change name to Chingford Town and play in the London Spartan League


1993/94 - Chingford Town withdraw from the LSL and record expunged


1994/95 - Chingford United join the LSL Division Two


1997 - Chingford United change name to Chingford Town and are founder members of the Spartan South Midlands League Division One


1998/99 - Chingford Town leave SSML after finishing bottom of the table and conceding 174 goals in just 24 games.


1999 - Chingford Town join the London Intermediate League and compete for three seasons until 2002.


2007 - Chingford Athletic FC form and play in the Ilford and District League  


2009 - Chingford Harriers FC form and play in the Ilford and District League


2010 - Chingford Town whom had been playing in the GA Roberts Enfield Alliance withdraw from the League after failing to fulfill their fixtures.

2011/12 - Chingford Athletic move up the pyramid and join the Essex Olympian League finishing 9th in Division Three. The club also moves to the Matchday Centre aka Wadham Lodge.

********UPDATE FROM ORIGINAL ARTICLE IN 2012*********

2014/15 - Chingford Town reform and join the newly formed Essex Alliance League (a merger of the Essex Business Houses and Ilford and District Leagues). Town play in the Premier Division alongside Chingford Atlhetic (who have dropped down from the EOL) and Chingford Harriers. 

Town play their home games at the Jubilee Sports Ground in Highams Park, Athletic at Leyton Sixth Form college in E10 and Harriers at Parmiter's School in E4. 

You can follow Chingford Town on twitter - @ChingfordTownFC






The programme issued for this match was simple four pager with the team line ups in the centre pages along with club notes on the rear page. The club notes are very interesting as they state 'we would take this opportunity of expressing our sincere gratitude to the officials of Tottenham Hotspur FC for the use of the ground, it is indeed a very fine gesture by this great club' which appears to indicate this game was played at White Hart Lane??.... or most probably at the then Spur's training ground in Cheshunt which at the time had three pitches. One had a stand which held around 40-50 people. 

The notes go on 'of todays game, we are all anxious to see how our lads shape up to this new venture. Margate are considered to be one of the best teams in the league, but the lads have the ability to rise to the occasion and it should prove a truly great game. We hope that our own ground will be ready by the 14th September, when we entertain the Civil Services in the London Senior Cup'

This fixture was played in the Metropolitan League Division Two and it was against the reserve side of Margate as at the time their first team played in the Southern League.

The Metropolitan League was formed in 1949 and went on until 1975 when a merger with the Spartan League created the London Spartan League. It had been named the Metropolitan-London League from 1971 to 1975 after a merger with The Greater London League. The league featured many football league 'A' sides during the 1950's and 1960's with Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Charlton Athletic all wining the league title in this period. The winners of the last Metropolitan League in 1971 were Epping Town with Cray Wanderers winning the 1975 Metropolitan-London League. The wikipedia page for the league is full of lots of nice information here.

The notes end with 'GOOD LUCK CHINGFORD'


Chingford Town and Chingford FC played at a ground in Newgate Street which if your familiar with the area is just off of Friday Hill near to Woodford Golf Course. The following pictures were taken by TheColdEnd recently and they show that there is not much left of a football stadium let alone a pitch. There are remnants/remains of a scaffold type stand and some concrete terracing which I think were part of the ground -








It's not just football in the local area which has unfortunately seen stadiums disappear, as more famously the nearby Walthamstow Dog Stadium has very sadly stood empty and unused since August 2008. At one point in time there were 33 greyhound tracks in London but now only Romford, Wimbldeon and Crayford remain. As this Waltham Forest Guardian article reports (from Tuesday 8th May 2012) planning permission for the building of a housing estate have been passed. The Save Our Stow website also has news on the current status of the site. The current status is that the approved application has to be referred to London Mayor Boris Johnson and the Greater London Assembly. What will happen is still unknown??

***************UPDATE FROM ORIGINAL ARTICLE IN 2012***********

In October 2012 planning permission to build housing and a leisure centre on the site was passed. The famous stadium now has little chance of reopening which is a crying shame for the heritage and history of London and the local community in my opinion. 


The Iconic Walthamstow Stadium - June 2012