Saturday, 26 July 2014

HERTSAVERS HERTFORDSHIRE SENIOR COUNTY LEAGUE 2014/15

Some of the teams who will be playing in the Hertfodshire County League 2014/15 season
The full fixture list for the Hertsavers Hertfordshire Senior County League is out for the first few weeks of the season. There is one new team in Division One for the original constitution announced as 'Broadfields' enter to make it an eleven team competition for the 2014/15 campaign.

SATURDAY 16th AUGUST
Premier Division
Bovingdon v Sandridge Rovers
Bushey Sports Club v Sarratt
Chipperfield Corinthians v Bedmond Sports and Social Club
Hertford Heath v Hatfield Social
Letchworth Garden City Eagles v Wormley Rovers
Mill End Sports v Belstone
Standon and Puckeridge v Lemsford
Whitwell v Cuffley

Division One
Buntingford Town v Colney Heath Reserves
Knebworth v Cheshunt Reserves
Old Parmiterians v Evergreen

TUESDAY 19th AUGUST
Premier Division
Bedmond Sports and Social Club v Bushey Sports Club
Bovingdon v Mill End Sports
Cuffley v Standon and Puckeridge
Hatfield Social v Letchworth Garden City Eagles
Hertford Heath v Wormley Rovers
Sandridge Rovers v Belstone
Sarratt v Chipperfield Corinthians
Whitwell v Lemsford

SATURDAY 23rd AUGUST
Premier Division
Belstone v Cuffley
Bovingdon v Wormley Rovers
Chipperfield Corinthians v Hatfield Social
Hertford Heath v Bushey Sports Club
Lemsford v Mill End Sports
Sarratt v Letchworth Garden City Eagles
Standon and Puckeridge v Sandridge Rovers
Whitwell v Bedmond Sports and Social

Division One
Broadfields v Evergreen
Cheshunt Reserves v Colney Heath Reserves
Old Parmiterians v Buntingford Town

TUESDAY 26th AUGUST 
Premier Division
Bedmond Sports and Social Club v Belstone
Bushey Sports Club v Sandridge Rovers
Chipperfield Corinthians v Bovingdon
Cuffley v Hertford Heath
Hatfield Social v Lemsford
Letchworth Garden City Eagles v Whitwell
Mill End Sports v Sarratt
Standon and Puckeridge v Wormley Rovers

SATURDAY 30th AUGUST 
Premier Division
Belstone v Standon and Puckeridge
Bovingdon v Lemsford
Bushey Sports Club v Wormley Rovers
Cuffley v Sarratt
Hatfield Social v Sandridge Rovers
Hertford Heath v Bedmond Sports and Social Club
Letchworth Garden City Eagles v Chipperfield Corinthians
Mill End Sports v Whitwell

Division One
AFC Hatfield v Broadfields
Buntingford Town v Cheshunt Reserves
Evergreen v Knebworth
Hampstead Heath v Kimpton Rovers
Old Parmiterians v Colney Heath Reserves



On Non-League day Chipperfield, Cuffley, Hatfield Social, Hertford Heath, Letchworth, Sandridge, Sarratt, Standon and Puckeridge, Broadfields, Colney Heath Res, Kimpton Rovers and Knebworth are all at home so have a chance to get a few more people watching some proper football. With no Premier League or Championship games being played due to the International weekend it would be great to see lots of local people seeing their local side in action - England travel to Switzerland for a European Championship Qualifier on Monday 8th September.

SATURDAY 6th SEPTEMBER
Premier Division 
Chipperfield Corinthians v Lemsford
Cuffley v Bedmond Sports and Social Club
Hatfield Social v Bovingdon
Hertford Heath v Belstone
Letchworth Garden City Eagles v Mill End Sports
Sandridge Rovers v Wormley Rovers
Sarratt v Whitwell
Standon and Puckeridge v Bushey Sports Club

Division One
Broadfields v Cheshunt Reserves
Colney Heath Reserves v Old Parmiterians
Kimpton Rovers v Evergreen
Knebworth v AFC Hatfield

SATURDAY 13th SEPTEMBER
Premier Division 
Bedmond Sports and Social Club v Standon and Puckeridge
Bovingdon v Letchworth Garden City Eagles
Bushey Sports Club v Hatfield Social
Hertford Heath v Sarratt
Lemsford v Sandridge Rovers
Mill End Sports v Cuffley
Whitwell v Chipperfield Corinthians
Wormley Rovers v Belstone

Division One 
AFC Hatfield v Colney Heath Reserves
Broadfields v Hinton
Evergreen v Cheshunt Reserves
Hampstead Heath v Knebworth
Old Parmiterians v Kimpton Rovers

Friday, 25 July 2014

LONDON COLNEY BEAT THE FLYING EAGLES

TEAM SPIRIT - THE FLYING EAGLES HUDDLE BEFORE KICK OFF


"HARRY SEDGLEY STEPS DOWN AT PENALTY TAKER" 

The London Colney twitter feed (@LCFC1907) tweeted 'breaking news...Harry Sedgley steps down as penalty taker' after Tuesday night's victory over The Flying Eagles of Ealing Town at Cotlandswick. I'm sure this was just a bit of banter after the Colney player missed the penalty kick he took right at the end of an entertaining well contested pre-season friendly game. 


The home side could of been more than 2-0 up by this point as they had a number of good chances to score against the new Division Two side Ealing Town who made a good fight of things and will take many positives from this game against an established Premier Division side in the Spartan South Midlands League. Ealing hit the post and forced the home keeper into making a great save in the first half. The match highlights are below including both goals scored - Colney's first was adjudged to have crossed the line although from the angle filmed it's impossible to tell. The home side changed most of their team and kits in the second half from gold to sky blue and white striped shirts.


London Colney's first league fixtures are a home fixture versus Tring Athletic followed by a Tuesday night trip to Kings Langley. They then have a home FA Cup game versus Woodbridge Town on Saturday 16th August. Before these they entertain Hoddesdon Town on Tuesday 5th August in the Hertfordshire FA Charity Shield. They also have a home pre-season game against Northwood this Saturday. 

Ealing Town's first league game is scheduled for Saturday 16th August when they make the trip to Wolverton Town before welcoming Aston Clinton to Avenue Park on Saturday 23rd August. They have three pre-season games left at Hatfield Town (Thursday 31st July), home versus Edgware Town (Saturday 2nd August) and a trip to Clapton on Tuesday 5th August. 

Good luck to both teams for the 2014/15 season. 

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE FIXTURES RELEASED

The forty-fourth season of the Essex Senior League kicks off on Saturday 9th August with all twenty clubs in action. There are some really good games in prospect with last season's runner's up Haringey Borough welcoming Clapton to Coles Park and fourth placed Tower Hamlets making the trip to Bowers and Pitsea who are under the new management of Rob Small who has joined from Essex Olympian League side Southminster St Leonards where he won the championship last season. There are also two East London derby games as Ilford welcome former tenant's Waltham Forest to Cricklefield Stadium and Sporting Bengal United welcoming old rival's under a new name in Newham FC. London Bari who finished bottom in 2013/14 winning only three of thirty-eight games welcome Greenhouse London who finished in eighteenth place winning six of their thirty-eight games. Enfield 1893 FC will be playing their home league games at Harlow Town's stadium and welcome both Stansted and Greenhouse London in the opening week of the season.

EAST LONDON DERBY DAYS
ILFORD v WALTHAM FOREST
SPORTING BENGAL UNITED v NEWHAM
SATURDAY 9th AUGUST 
BASILDON UNITED v BARKING 
BOWERS AND PITSEA v TOWER HAMLETS 
ENFIELD 1893 v STANSTED 
ETON MANOR v TAKELEY 
FC ROMANIA v SOUTHEND MANOR 
HARINGEY BOROUGH v CLAPTON 
HULLBRIDGE SPORTS v SAWBRIDGEWORTH TOWN 
ILFORD v WALTHAM FOREST 
LONDON BARI v GREENHOUSE LONDON 
SPORTING BENGAL UNITED v NEWHAM  

LONDON BARI WILL BE COMPETING IN THEIR THIRD SEASON IN THE ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE

TUESDAY 12th AUGUST
BARKING v SAWBRIDGEWORTH TOWN 
CLAPTON v SPORTING BENGAL UNITED 
ENFIELD 1893 v GREENHOUSE LONDON - this game should be re-scheduled to the Monday or Wednesday night as Harlow Town are at home to Romford in the Ryman Division One (North)
HARINGEY BOROUGH v LONDON BARI 
WALTHAM FOREST v TAKELEY 

WEDNESDAY 13th AUGUST
BASILDON UNITED v ILFORD 
BOWERS AND PITSEA v HULLBRIDGE SPORTS 
ETON MANOR v FC ROMANIA 

THURSDAY 14th AUGUST 
NEWHAM v STANSTED  

In the FA Cup there is only one all Essex Senior League game as Clapton play Bowers and Pitsea. FC Romania make a little piece of history as they make their debut in the competition with a home tie against Haverhill Rovers. Barking make the reverse trip to Suffolk to face Haverhill Borough. There is a game on Sunday which could attract a good amount of ground hoppers when Stansted play Ipswich Wanderers at Bishop's Stortford's ProKit Stadium.

SATURDAY 16th AUGUST 
FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round
BASILDON UNITED v Stanway Rovers
CLAPTON v BOWERS AND PITSEA
Cockfosters v HULLBRIDGE SPORTS
Colney Heath v SOUTHEND MANOR
FC ROMANIA v Haverhill Rovers
Hadleigh United v SAWBRIDGEWORTH TOWN
HARINGEY BOROUGH v Hertford Town
Haverhill Borough v BARKING
ILFORD v Saffron Walden Town
SPORTING BENGAL UNITED v FC Clacton
TAKELEY v London Tigers
TOWER HAMLETS v Felixstowe and Walton United
Whitton United v ETON MANOR
Wivenhoe Town V ENFIELD 1893

SUNDAY 17th AUGUST 
Fa Cup Extra Preliminary Round 
STANSTED v Ipswich Wanderers 

Monday, 21 July 2014

HALF A DECADE OF THE COLD END

This week marks The Cold End's fifth birthday so as is customary I'd like to thank Mrs Cold End for putting up with my interest in (she'd call it an obsession!) non-league football. Also a big thank you to all who read the website putting up with my regular spelling mistakes and grammatical errors. Thank you to everyone who sends me feedback especially on the match highlights I produce through the season. Your comments are very much appreciated and make it all worth while to me. Please take note I don't make any money from The Cold End - I'm proud it's independent (although I do support Enfield Town FC) and advert free - it's purely a labour of love that promotes local non-league football that I hope you enjoy reading.

Below are highlights of the two of the best matches I've seen over the past year. If your new to non-league football please take a look and hopefully visit a local club - you be made most welcome.

Saturday 9th November saw Knebworth face Letchworth Garden City Eagles in the Hertfordshire Senior County League Premier Division which turned out to be a seven goal thriller -


Still in November on Saturday 23rd Dulwich Hamlet visited Enfield Town (under caretaker manager Bryan Hammatt) and the Town fans were mesmerised by the performance of highly rated Hamlet attacking midfielder Erhun Oztumer who was quite simply outstanding for the away side. I wrote after the game 'Erhun Oztumer will play in the football league sooner rather than later. He was the best player I've seen in the Ryman Premier Division for a long while' and it was no surprise when he moved to League One side Peterborough United this summer. We'll all be looking out for Oztumer on the football league show this season.

RYMAN DIVISION ONE (SOUTH) BETTING FOR 2014/15

In the betting for the Division One (South)title BETWAY offer joint favourites of Guernsey and Folkestone Invicta at 4/1 followed by Hastings United at 7/1. If you fancy an outside chance you can get 50/1 on Walton and Hersham, Herne Bay and Whitstable Town. The full list of the current BETWAY prices are below -

TEAM ODDS
GUERNSEY 4/1
FOLKESTONE INVICTA 4/1
HASTINGS UNITED 7/1
SOUTH PARK  10/1
BURGESS HILL TOWN  12/1
HYTHE TOWN 14/1
REDHILL  14/1
WHYTELEAFE 16/1
CARSHALTON ATHLETIC 16/1
MERSTHAM 20/1
TOOTING AND MITCHAM  20/1
WORTHING 20/1
EAST GRINSTEAD TOWN  20/1
WALTON CASUALS 20/1
RAMSGATE  25/1
SITTINGBOURNE 25/1
HORSHAM 25/1
CHIPSTEAD 33/1
FAVERSHAM TOWN  33/1
CORINTHIAN CASUALS  40/1
THREE BRIDGES 40/1
HERNE BAY 50/1
WALTON AND HERSHAM 50/1
WHITSTABLE TOWN  50/1

The Division One (South) opening day (Saturday 9th August) fixtures are as follows -

CARSHALTON ATHLETIC v HERNE BAY
CHIPSTEAD v GUERNSEY
CORINTHIAN CASUALS v SITTINGBOURNE
FAVERSHAM TOWN v WORTHING
HORSHAM v SOUTH PARK
HYTHE TOWN v BURGESS HILL TOWN
REDHILL v EAST GRINSTEAD TOWN
THREE BRIDGES v FOLKESTONE INVICTA
TOOTING AND MITCHAM v MERSTHAM
WALTON CASUALS v HASTINGS UNITED
WHITSTABLE TOWN v WALTON AND HERSHAM
WHYTELEAFE v RAMSGATE

East Grinstead Town and South Park both make their Ryman League debuts this season.
The newly promoted teams are South Park (who finished run away champions of the Combined Counties League with a points total of 104 to runner's up Camberley Town on 90 pts) and East Grinstead Town (second placed in the Sussex County League Division One with 79 points to champions East Preston on 96 points who were not promoted). South Park only joined the Combined Counties League in 2006 when they moved up from the now defunct Crawley and District League. The Wasps were founder members of the Sussex County League back in 1920/21 and aside from the periods of 1922 to 1924 and 1926 to 1937 have been competing in the league every season and have never been champions of the top division.

THE SWIFTS AND THE HAWKS HEAD THE BETTING IN RYMAN DIVISION ONE (NORTH)

Betvictor and Betway are offering odds for the 2014/15 Ryman Division One (North) title with Heybridge Swifts rated as favourites at 5/1 and 9/2 respectively. Next comes play-off runner's up Harlow Town at 6/1 and 7/1 followed by AFC Sudbury and Thurrock at either 7/1 or 8/1. The outsiders are Waltham Abbey (40/1 or 50/1) and Wroxham at 50/1 and 60/1.

Newly promoted sides Brightlingsea Regent and Great Wakering Rovers are both rated at 25/1 with relegated Thamesmead Town at 14/1 and Cray Wanderers at 25/1.

Here is the complete list of odds currently available at BETVICTOR - 

TEAM ODDS
HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS 5/1
HARLOW TOWN 6/1
AFC SUDBURY  8/1
THURROCK  8/1
NEEDHAM MARKET 10/1
MALDON AND TIPTREE 12/1
THAMESMEAD TOWN  14/1
SOHAM TOWN RANGERS 16/1
TILBURY 20/1
AVELEY 20/1
BRIGHTLINGSEA REGENT 25/1
CHESHUNT 25/1
CRAY WANDERERS 25/1
DEREHAM TOWN 25/1
GREAT WAKERING ROVERS 25/1
BURNHAM RAMBLERS 25/1
CHATHAM TOWN  25/1
REDBRIDGE 25/1
BARKINGSIDE 33/1
BRENTWOOD TOWN 33/1
ROMFORD  33/1
WARE 33/1
WALTHAM ABBEY  40/1
WROXHAM 50/1

The opening Saturday 9th August fixtures are below -

AVELEY v WALTHAM ABBEY
BRENTWOOD TOWN v THURROCK
CHATHAM TOWN v DEREHAM TOWN
CRAY WANDERERS v AFC SUDBURY
MALDON & TIPTREE v CHESHUNT
NEEDHAM MARKET v GREAT WAKERING ROVERS
REDBRIDGE v HARLOW TOWN
ROMFORD v BURNHAM RAMBLERS
SOHAM TOWN RANGERS v HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS
THAMESMEAD TOWN v BARKINGSIDE
TILBURY v BRIGHTLINGSEA REGENT
WROXHAM v WARE


 Brightlingsea Regent make their Step four debut at Chadfields where they will be welcomed by the noisy Docker's fans. 
Brightlingsea Regent make their debut at Step 4 of the non-league ladder at Chadfields where they take on Tilbury. Regent were formed in 2005 following a merger between Brightlingsea United and local youth team Regent Park Rovers. Former Essex Senior League champion's United has fallen into the Essex and Suffolk Border League in 2003 after resigning from the Eastern Counties League. Since 2005 the club had had five promotions and have signed some decent players to add to their already strong squad that finished second in the Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League Premier Division last season.


RYMAN PREMIER DIVISION BETTING FOR 2014/15

Three bookmakers have released odds for the Ryman Premier Division 2014/15 campaign. Betvictor, Bet365.com and betway are all involved and unsurprisingly make Margate (who have signed a number of decent players) very warm favourites at either 11/8, 3/1 or 5/2. I'm sure Wingate and Finchley will revel with their "underdog tag" and cause a few teams a shock as they are rated at 100/1 with bet.365 with the other two firms rating them at 40/1 and 50/1. Enfield Town are rated at 50/1.

50/1 for the title?
If you fancy an each way bet both bet365.com and betvictor offer 1/4 of the odds for a top three finish.

14/1 for the title?

Here are the odds for the title from bet365.com. Please remember to gamble responsibly -

TEAM ODDS
MARGATE 11/8
KINGSTONIAN 15/2
MAIDSTONE UNITED 10/1
PEACEHAVEN & TELSCOMBE 14/1
AFC HORNCHURCH 16/1
BOGNOR REGIS TOWN 16/1
LEWES 16/1
TONBRIDGE ANGELS 20/1
DULWICH HAMLET 25/1
GRAYS ATHLETIC  25/1
HENDON 25/1
VCD ATHLETIC 25/1
WITHAM TOWN 28/1
BILLERICAY TOWN 33/1
CANVEY ISLAND  33/1
HAMPTON & RICHMOND 33/1
LEISTON 33/1
LEATHERHEAD  40/1
BURY TOWN 50/1
ENFIELD TOWN  50/1
HARROW BOROUGH 50/1
METROPOLITAN POLICE  50/1
EAST THURROCK UNITED 60/1
WINGATE AND FINCHLEY 100/1