Monday, 1 September 2014

KLM WELWYN HATFIELD SUNDAY FOOTBALL LEAGUE 2014/15


The new season for the Welwyn Hatfield Sunday Football League kicks off this Sunday 7th September. Like most Sunday league's in recent years the number of club's competing is well down on a few years ago. In 2009/10 there were a total of twenty-eight clubs and three divisions compared to just fifteen and two divisions for this campaign. The divisional line ups are as follows with club's twitter links shown as well -

PREMIER DIVISION 
BRADMORE ROVERS - @BradmoreFc
EIGHT BELLS - @8bellsFC
HATFIELD SOCIAL SUNDAYS - @HatSocialFC
SHAMROCK ROVERS
STANBOROUGH OLD BOYS - @S_O_Bs
UNISON - @UnisonFC
WELWYN PIRATES - @WelwynPiratesFC

DIVISION ONE
HATFIELD CRICKET CLUB
HATFIELD SENIORS
HILLTOP TAXIS - @HilltopFC
KGV SENIORS
LIGHTNING FC
THE GROVE
THE ROSEY
WELWYN CAMPUS - @WelwynCampusFC

Last season's Premier Division Champions were "Sibthorpe Arms North Mymms" who have left the league. I'm unaware if they are playing this season. "Bradmore Rovers", were Division One champions and move up to the Premier Division along with "Eight Bells". The opening fixtures are as follows -

Sunday 7th September
Premier Division
*all 10.30am kick offs at King George V playing fields 
BRADMORE ROVERS v HATFIELD SOCIAL
STANBOROUGH v WELWYN PIRATES
UNISON v EIGHT BELLS
Division One 
*10.30 kick offs 
HATFIELD SENIORS v THE GROVE - Stanborough
HILLTOPS TAXIS v HATFIELD CRICKET CLUB - Roe Hill
LIGHTNING FC v THE ROSEY - King George V
WELWYN CAMPUS v KGV SENIORS - Woolmer Green

Sunday 14th September
Premier Division 
EIGHT BELLS v SHAMROCK ROVERS - Birchwood
HATFIELD SOCIAL v STANBOROUGH - Sherrardswood School
WELWYN PIRATES v BRADMORE ROVERS - King George V
Division One
HATFIELD CRICKET CLUB v THE ROSEY - Hatfield Cricket Club
HATFIELD SENIORS v WELWYN CAMPUS - Stanborough
KGC SENIORS v HILLTOP TAXIS - King George V
THE GROVE v LIGHTNING FC - King George V

One of the most random results ever came last season when Welwyn Pirates and Shamrock Rovers drew 10-10 (yes that's right - TEN-TEN!!) in a game which I'm told saw a supporter score a goal which was allowed to stand. This sounds like proper football to me.

The Cold End did film one game last season which saw Welwyn Campus come back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 against Eight Bells in the Division One Cup at Woolmer Green. Highlights of an eventful and entertaining match are below -



If your local to Welwyn or Hatfield why not take in a game if your free on a Sunday morning.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

THE RYMAN PREMIER DRAW PREDICTOR

The Cold End has always been a fan of betting systems and statistics so for this season I thought I'd try out some new ones I've dreamt up to see if they really do work. The first one is a nice and simple (well sort of) Ryman Premier Division draw predictor. It's rated on the last 6 league games played whereby the matches are rated on a points basis on the number of draws teams have had. So for example, tomorrow night Bury Town travel to Kingstonian which will be rated as five points as Bury have drawn three of their last six and Kingstonian two. The other ruling being is that teams must be between 8th and 17th in the current league table to qualify as invariably most teams at the top of the table beat teams towards the bottom of the table so therefore K's (5th) v Bury Town (18th) wouldn't count. Only when matches are rated at 4+ points will we predict they will be a draw. Only two games qualify in league positions in this week's Tuesday and Wednesday fixtures as follows and both are rated as under 4 points so it's no predictions for this round of games -

ENFIELD TOWN (17th) v TONBRIDGE ANGELS (14th) - Rating 1
LEATHERHEAD (8th) v BILLERICAY TOWN (9th) - Rating 2

Friday, 29 August 2014

RYMAN PREMIER DIVISION - SOME FACTS AND STATS ON THE SEASON SO FAR

THREE - Teams remain unbeaten. Margate, Kingstonian and Witham Town

ONE - Team has a 100% winning record - Margate have won all six of their league games so far.

FIVE - Bognor Regis Town, Lewes, AFC Hornchucrh, VCD Athletic and Hampton and Richmond Borough are yet to register a victory.

ZERO - Only Hampton and Richmond Borough have zero points losing all five of their opening games

TWO - Bury Town are the lowest scorers in the division hitting the back of the net just twice in six league games.

EIGHTEEN - Table topper's Margate have scored the most hitting eighteen goals in six games.

FOUR - Hendon and Margate share the best goals conceded record letting in four goals in their six games.

FIFTEEN - Bottom of the table Hampton have the worst defensive record letting in fifteen goals in five games.

FIVE - Witham Town have drawn five of their opening six games.

1,687 - Maidstone United v Bury Town on the Saturday 23rd August is the highest attendance so far.

103 - VCD Athletic v Met Police is the lowest crowd recorded so far also on Saturday 23rd August

5-0 - The highest victory so far was recorded by Leiston when they beat Peacehaven and Telscombe

EIGHT goals in one game in the highest amount so far in the 4-4 draw between Canvey Island and the Met Police.  

SEVEN - David Knight (Wingate and Finchley) and Ryan Moss (Margate) top the goal scoring charts at the moment.


Wednesday, 27 August 2014

GLORY UP FOR GRABS - THE FA CUP CONTINUES THIS WEEKEND

The FA Cup continues this weekend with the Preliminary Round games taking place where Step 4 sides join dreaming of some glory in the world's greatest knockout competition. Here is the fixture list for Spartan South Midlands, Essex Senior League and Ryman Division One (North) sides -

FA CUP PRELIMINARY ROUND 
involving Spartan South Midlands League teams
Saturday 
AFC Hayes v HOLMER GREEN
Bowers and Pitsea v COLNEY HEATH
CODICOTE v Tilbury
Hanwell Town v BIGGLESWADE UNITED
HAREFIELD UNITED v LEVERSTOCK GREEN
HERTFORD TOWN v Great Wakering Rovers
Ipswich Wanderers v HODDESDON TOWN
LONDON TIGERS v FC Clacton
Maldon and Tiptree v LONDON COLNEY
Northwood v KINGS LANGLEY
Saffron Walden Town v WELWYN GC
ST MARGARETSBURY v Romford
Waltham Abbey v COCKFOSTERS
Sunday
AFC DUNSTABLE v Uxbridge
BALDOCK TOWN v Harlow Town

There are two games where Step 6 sides entertain Step 4 sides as Codicote welcome Tilbury to The Gosling Stadium on Saturday and Baldock Town play Harlow Town on Sunday at Top Field. There is only one all SSMFL tie as Harefield United play Leverstock Green. This should be a close game as both teams have had good starts to their league campaigns.  

Romford certainly won't relish their game at St Margaretsbury who recorded a decent 6-2 victory in their re-arranged replay game on Tuesday evening - The original game had been abandoned due to floodlight failure. The Bury Boys have been in free scoring mood beating AFC Dunstable 1-6 away in the previous game in the league so will be in a confident mood against a Romford side who have lost all three of their away league games by 1-3, 1-2 and 1-2.

FA CUP PRELIMINARY ROUND 
involving Essex Senior League sides 
Saturday 
Aveley v BASILDON UNITED
BOWERS & PITSEA v Colney Heath
Sunday
FC ROMANIA v Heybridge Swifts

Just three ESL team's remain and two of those face tough games against Ryman Division One (North) sides. Sunday's game between FC Romania and Heybridge Swifts at Theobalds Lane should attract a decent crowd.

FA CUP PRELIMINARY ROUND 
involving Ryman Division One (North) sides
Saturday
AVELEY v Basildon United
BARKINGSIDE v Wivenhoe Town
BRENTWOOD TOWN v Potters Bar Town
BURNHAM RAMBLERS v Hadleigh United
CHATHAM TOWN v Whyteleafe
CHESHUNT v THURROCK
Codicote v TILBURY
CRAY WANDERERS v Molesey
DEREHAM TOWN v St Ives Town
Hertford Town v GREAT WAKERING ROVERS
MALDON AND TIPTREE v London Colney
NEEDHAM MARKET v SOHAM TOWN RANGERS
REDBRIDGE v AFC SUDBURY
Royston Town v BRIGHTLINGSEA REGENT
South Park v THAMESMEAD TOWN
St Margaretsbury v ROMFORD
WALTHAM ABBEY v Cockfosters
WARE v Felixstowe and Walton United
WROXHAM v Great Yarmouth Town
Sunday
Baldock Town v HARLOW TOWN
FC Romania v HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS

Enfield Town fans will have an eye on the game at Wodson Park where Ware welcome Thurlow Nunn League side Felixstowe and Walton United. Ware have only won one of the their opening six league games drawing three and losing two. F&W won 0-1 at Tower Hamlets in the last round and have won one and lost two of their league games.

Cray Wanderers are currently bottom of the division winning just one of their opening six games - they have lost the other five. They welcome Molesey of the Combined Counties League Premier Division who have had an amazing start to the season winning all six of their games played. In the last round they won 11-0 at home to Haywards Heath Town and have also recorded a 0-9 vicotry on the opening day of the season at Chertsey Town. Could there be a shock on the cards at Hayes Lane? Central Midfielder James McShane has been in great form for Molesey scoring seven goals already so he'll be one to watch here.

Thurlow Nunn league champion's Hadleigh United are in great form and are unbeaten in their six league and cup games. They will be a real test for Burnham Ramblers (2 wins from 5 league games and conceded 12 goals).

£1,925 is on offer from the FA prize fund for winner's of the games which will be well received by the clubs who are lucky enough to get through. It would take 31,012 of these payments to equal the £59.7 million transfer fee Manchester United have just paid for Angel Di Maria - Has football gone mad?



GEORGE BORG PARTS COMPANY WITH ENFIELD TOWN

Enfield Town Football Club yesterday released a statement via EnfieldTownFootballClub.co.uk as follows -

"Following the 2-3 defeat at home to Wingate and Finchley on Monday 25th August, Enfield Town FC and manager George Borg have parted company.

Assistant Manager Bradley Quinton will be in charge of the team for next Saturday’s trip to Hendon and until further notice.

The club will be making no further comment at this time, but will issue a further statement in due course."



Tuesday, 26 August 2014

LOCAL BRAGGING RIGHTS TO WINGATE WHO HOLD ON (JUST) FOR DERBY VICTORY


"MORE FLAGS THAN FANS!!!" IS ONE OF THEIR FAVOURITE SONGS
 WINGATE AND FINCHLEY'S AWAY SUPPORT AND DISPLAY AT DONKEY LANE
Every time these two local rival's meet it's always eventful and the Bank Holiday Monday game was more of the same as Wingate and Finchley ran out 2-3 winner's to record their second successive victory in games played at Enfield Town's Donkey Lane.

Wingate went into the game full of confidence on the back of a great opening to their season winning three of their opening five games with Town suffering an indifferent stuttering sort of start collecting four points from a possible fifteen on offer.




What was very nice is that I had the chance to meet some of the Wingate fans prior to kick off who are a fantastic bunch of loyal fans who clearly love their club and the non-league game. The rivalry is there between the clubs but as with most non-league football clubs we share a drink in the bar before and after talking about the beautiful game. They were obviously very pleased with their start to the season but were gracious in the fact they shouldn't really be in the Ryman Premier after finishing in the relegation places last season but luckily were reprieved from demotion following Worksop Town's decision to drop out of the Northern Premier League. Here is where the sense of realism comes in as they told me they after collecting ten points from their opening five games they are roughly another forty points off of safety and another season at Step 3 of the non-league ladder.

The game was played in gloomy, rainy, horrible and cold conditions - It certainly felt like a British Summer Bank Holiday!

Rob Laney celebrates scoring Wingate's third goal 
Wingate were amazing in the first half as they totally dominated proceedings looking confident on the ball with Town unable to muster any chances of note. It was a disappointing half of football for the Town fans present as the away side went in at the break 0-3 up and looking like there were odds-on to take all three points away. You have to say Wingate's first goal was fantastic as Karl Oliyide collected the ball just inside Town's half and danced around three or four challenges running at the Town back line - swapping a one-two and then placing a controlled shot into the net to the delight of the away support.

Wingate went 2-0 up when James Kaloczi's found himself in space at the edge of the box and was able to shoot past Nathan McDonald. It was 3-0 just prior to half time when Rob Laney was able to score following some good work on the left from David Knight who has been in great form for Wingate in the opening games of the season.

Town certainly needed a reaction in the second half and it was a case of so near but yet so far as a tremendous and fully committed fight back saw Neil Cousin's score his first and second goals for the club and Phil Kane's shot late on well saved by Bobby Smith in the away goal.

It could of been 2-4 very late on as Wingate broke up field and Ahmet Rifat (a veteran of the Wingate/Enfield derby games) found himself unmarked with an open goal in front of him. How he missed the goal only he will know as the ball  zipped past the post right in front of the away support..some of whom must of already been celebrating a fourth goal!

Wingate were reduced to ten men shortly after when central defender Kieron Street was red carded for a two footed challenge.

Wingate's small army of fans danced in the rain when the full time whistle blew celebrating a famous victory and the winning of local bragging rights. For Town fans it was a day of mixed feelings - the poor performance in the first half was contrasted with their team showing some much needed desire and passion with a spirited fight back in the second half which will give the team and management a real boost for another tough local derby away against Hendon on Saturday.

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS


WHITWELL GO GOAL CRAZY AGAINST BEDMOND

Whitwell, who finished in third place in 2013/14, welcomed league champions Bedmond Sports and Social to The Recreation Ground on Saturday afternoon for a Hertsavers Hertfordshire Senior County League Premier Division game which will live long in the memory for both sides in extremely contrasting and differing reasons.

Bedmond's successful manager Ashley Purser had left the club during the summer to join Spartan South Midlands League Division One side Hatfield Town and many players had left too but had recorded a decent 3-1 home win over Bushey Sports Club and drew 1-1 at Chipperfield Corinthians in their opening two games so were not low on confidence going into this match. Whitwell had won 5-1 at home to promoted Lemsford and 1-0 also at home to Cuffley.


Bedmond started the game well and could of scored with a good chance but from the moment the home rattled the woodwork and had a goal disallowed for an offside decision it all started to go wrong for them. The half time score was 3-0 and the away side were down to just 9 men with two red cards shown by the referee. Both were for second yellow cards - The first saw their captain dismissed. His first offence was a late tackle with the second card shown for what appeared to be a extremely harsh foul given by the official - see video from 4m 24secs. *Although it was later reported the second bookable offence was for kicking the ball away after the whistle was blown for the initial foul.

The second was a little more clear cut with the player already on a yellow card for an earlier handball on the half way line he handled in the box preventing the ball going through to the attacking player.
BEDMOND'S HALF TIME TEAM TALK
NINE MEN - BEDMOND KICK OFF THE SECOND HALF
Bedmond's half time team talk would of been a difficult one for their manager. He asked for his team to show some pride, defend and keep the score at 3-0 - Then get one goal and who knows?

GOAL MACHINE!!
TOM WILSHERE SCORED HIS SECOND HAT-TRICK IN A WEEK
As it turned out it was an afternoon to forget for the Bedmond team and fans as Whitwell ran in another nine goals with Ryan Foster and Tom Wilshere both scoring hat-tricks. Tom is the brother of Arsenal and England star Jack and looks a very decent player pulling the strings in the midfield for the home side. This was his second hat-trick in a week having scored three against Lemsford.

WHO'D BE A GOALKEEPER?
Bedmond's keeper can't be too down heartened from letting in twelve goals as he also made some good saves to keep the score down.

RESPECT - AFTER THE GAME - HANDSHAKES
Watch the match highlights below of an amazing game. These include all of the twelve goals scored and the red card decisions.