Friday, 24 October 2014

RYMAN PREMIER DIVISION FIXTURES THIS WEEKEND

Saturday 24th October 2014 
AFC HORNCHURCH v ENFIELD TOWN 
20th v 19th. The Urchins are unbeaten in three games with centre-forward loan signing Reece Beckles-Richards scoring four goals in those three games. Their last game was an impressive 0-3 win at Canvey Island. There is no doubt with the quality The Urchins have in their squad they will move up the table in the coming months. In league fixtures Town have only one defeat in their last five games.  
BILLERICAY TOWN v PEACEHAVEN & TELSCOMBE
16th v 15th. After five defeats in a row Billericay have had two good away draws at Kingstonian (2-2) and at Hendon on Monday (1-1). Since the beginning of September P&T have only two defeats in nine league games and four wins. Midfielder's Josh Jones and James Fraser along with ex Brighton and Whitehawk striker Joe Gatting have been amongst the goals of late.  
BURY TOWN v TONBRIDGE ANGELS 
23rd v 14th. Bury Town have just two wins in eighteen league games and are without a victory in seven league games. The Suffolk side will need to start picking up wins sooner rather than later so will look at home games as must wins. The Angels are having a topsy turvy season after relegation from the Conference South last season. Their recent form reads WDLLWLD. They have only one win on the road in the seven league games they have played which came at Leatherhead (1-2) 
DULWICH HAMLET v HENDON 
The game of the day at third placed Hendon go to fourth placed Dulwich Hamlet. Hendon had a memorable 3-2 home v Margate last Saturday thanks to a Leon Smith hat-trick followed up by a 1-1 draw v Billericay Town. Hamlet are the only other side in the division to beat Margate so this will be a very interesting game.
LEISTON v BOGNOR REGIS TOWN
After last weekend's 4-1 defeat versus Maidstone United sixth placed Leiston will be looking to get back to winning ways but will find The Rocks in good form. Leiston have recently signed striker Josh Mayhew from Witham Town. The ex Hadleigh United and Woodbridge Town man made the jump from the Thurlow Nunn league in the Summer - He played eight times for the Essex club scoring only once. Bognor have four wins in seven league games and fans at Nyewood Lane have been celebrating recently at the return of their hero striker Jason Prior (on loan from Margate) who scored a hat-trick in his second game back on the south-coast against Hampton & Richmond Borough. Prior scored 95 goals in 126 games in a spell with The Rocks from 2009-2012 earning him a move to League Two side AFC Wimbledon. His time at The Dons was blighted by a horrific leg break and he eventually to Dartford and then onto Margate in the summer as well as a spell with Gosport Borough last season. 
LEWES v METROPOLITAN POLICE 
A massive game for Lewes who are bottom of the table. Like Bury Town they need to pick up points sooner rather than later. The Met are in fifth place and have a 50% win ratio in league fixtures. They have recently signed Nigel Neita from Billericay Town and Jordan Bird from Cray Wanderers. Both join the Imber Court club for a second spell. Neita came through the ranks at Millwall and Arsenal.
MARGATE v LEATHERHEAD
The Tanners have the last unbeaten league away record winning two drawing and drawing four of their six games played away from Fetcham Grove. This will be their toughest assignment yet against the odds on 8/13 league title favourites who have won eight and drawn one of their nine league games played at Hartsdown Park. The bookies make Leatherhead 5/1 outsiders to win here.
WINGATE & FINCHLEY v VCD ATHLETIC
After a blistering start to the season The Blues have lost their last three league games and will face a VCD side in a confident mood following their 3-2 victory over Harrow Borough last weekend. Wingate have signed Iffy Allen on loan from Vanarama Conference leader's Barnet this week. The 20 year old pacey winger spent time on loan with Kingstonian and Redhill last season and has yet to feature for The Bees following a leg break in early pre-season. A win for the Kent side could see them move out of the relegation zone depending on AFC Hornchurch's result v Enfield Town.

FA CUP 4th QUALIFYING ROUND 
The cold end send good luck to the five Ryman Premier sides left in the FA Cup. All have tough games against sides from the Conference South and in Maidstone United's case from the Conference Premier. Let's hope a shock result occurs somewhere and the league is represented well in the First Round Proper. 

Basingstoke Town v HARROW BOROUGH 
CANVEY ISLAND v Havant and Waterlooville 
EAST THURROCK UNITED v Bath City 
MAIDSTONE UNITED v Welling United 
WITHAM TOWN v Weston-Super-Mare 

TOWN THROUGH TO CHARITY CUP SECOND ROUND

Enfield Town entertained North Greenford United in the Middelsex Charity Cup First Round on Tuesday night in a game which saw repeat of the 2010 final which the Berkley's Field side famously won.

Town manager Bradley Quinton used the game to play some of his recent signings and fringe players along with James Winchester and Richard Bryan from the under 21 side who started on the bench. It was good to see midfielder Winchester getting on for the final 10 minutes of the game and he showed some good touches.

The game ended 1-0 with goal scored by debutant Shawn Beveney in the third minute after some good work by Ade Cole whose chipped shot rebounded off the post. Another player making his first start for the Town was Yannis Drais (a fomer youth team player at Cardiff City and French side RC Lens) played some impressive though balls that set up some nice attacking play. In particular he played through left-back Phil Kane whose two dangerous forward attacking runs ended with his final touch letting him down.

The away side who are struggling in 20th place of the Southern League Division One (Central) with just three wins in their eleven games, played some nice passing football with David Manu (number 8) standing out but they lacked a cutting edge up front and never really threatened the home back line. When they did their centre-forward Bradley Morris's shot was well saved by another Town debutant in goalkeeper Anthony Page. Town could of made it two before the break when Leon Antoine was very unlucky with a powerful shot which smashed against the post.

Leon Antoine's shot was unlucky in the first half to hit the post



The second half fizzled out a little with the Town side's performance a little disjointed but with so many player's making their first starts it wasn't too much to worry about.

It's a very important couple of weeks for North Greenford United coming up as they face three away games against teams around them at the bottom of the table. On Saturday they face a local derby against AFC Hayes (21st position) and then next Tuesday they go to Leighton Town (19th) before travelling to Beaconsfield SYCOB (22nd) next Saturday.

Enfield Town travel to Ashford Town in the next round who are currently in second place in the Combined Counties Premier Division.

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS BELOW

Monday, 20 October 2014

MIDDlLESEX FA CUPS - 2014/15

Enfield Town entertain Southern League Division One (Central) North Greenford United tomorrow evening in the Middlesex Football Association Help for Heroes Senior Charity Cup Round One with the winner's facing a trip to Ashford Town in the Second Round.

The 2014/15 Round One shapes up as follows -

ROUND ONE
Tuesday 16th September
ASHFORD TOWN 3 SOUTHALL 0
Tuesday 23rd September
CB HOUNSLOW UNITED 0 STAINES LAMMAS 1
Tuesday 21st October
ENFIELD TOWN v NORTH GREENFORD UNITED 
Monday 27th October 
HARROW BOROUGH V HAYES AND YEADING
EDGWARE TOWN V RAYNERS LANE
BEDFONT AND FELTHAM V COCKFOSTERS
WEMBLEY V WINGATE AND FINCHLEY

Round Two games are due to be played in December 2014 with Uxbridge joining the competition.

The Senior Challenge Cup also gets underway tomorrow evening as follows -

ROUND ONE
Tuesday 21st October
ASHFORD TOWN V HAREFIELD UNITED
HANWORTH VILLA V SPELTHORNE SPORTS
WEMBLEY V ENFIELD 1893
BEDFONT SPORTS V HILLINGDON BOROUGH

ROUND TWO
Saturday 25th October
WEALDSTONE V HAMPTON AND RICHMOND BOROUGH
Tuesday 11th November
ENFIELD TOWN V HANWELL TOWN
WEMBLEY OR ENFIELD 1893 V NORTH GREENFORD UNITED
ASHFORD TOWN OR HAREFIELD UNITED V BEDFONT SPORTS OR HILLINGDON BOROUGH
STAINES TOWN V HENDON
HANWORTH VILLA OR SPELTHORNE SPORTS V AFC HAYES
NORTHWOOD V HARROW BOROUGH
UXBRIDGE V HAYES AND YEADING UNITED

Many clubs tend to not make the Middlesex Senior and Charity Cups as priority but I'm sure the fans of Hampton and Richmond Borough (winners of the 2014 Senior Cup) and Uxbridge (winners of the 2014 Charity Cup) will tell you they had an excellent day in lifting last years trophies. As an Enfield Town I would love to see us in one of the finals at the business end of the season.


NIL POINTS - ONLY THREE TEAMS LEFT

DIVISION TEAM P/L GF GA NEXT LEAGUE GAME
HELLENIC PREMIER DIVISION
(Step 5)
CHELTENHAM SARACENS 13/13 9 45 NEWBURY (HOME) 22/10
UNITED COUNTIES DIV ONE
(Step 6)
STEWARTS & LLOYDS (Corby) 13/1310 46 BLACKSTONES (AWAY) 25/10
SUSSEX COUNTY DIVISION TWO
(Step 6)
SEAFORD TOWN 10/10 3 34 STORRINGTON (HOME) 25/10

It was a brilliant weekend for Ely City and Hallam who grabbed their first league wins of the season. Ely City won 2-4 away at FC Clacton with Hallam comfortably winning 1-4 at Selby. Totton and Eling also celebrated with a 2-2 home draw against Bemerton Heath Harlequins so they move out of The Cold End NIL POINTS league table too.

Cheltenham Saracens, Stewards and Llloyds (Corby) and Seaford Town now remain and are the only three teams left in the top 10 tiers of English football without a league point to their name this season.

Sewarts and Lloyds went down 1-4 at home to Buckingham Town and Seaford Town lost 8-1 at Oakwood this weekend. Cheltenham Saracens took a break from playing and next face a Wednesday night home game with Newbury.

The fans of Seaford Town have only seen their team score three times this season in league football which works out at a goal every 3.3 games. Saracen's fans have a slightly better ratio at 1.44 with S&L on 1.30.


Sunday, 19 October 2014

FONTENELLE AND PEDRYCZ STAR AS ST JOSEPHS START ANOTHER SUNDAY CUP RUN


The FA Sunday Cup started today with numerous Sunday league teams up and down the country dreaming of a nice run to the final of the competition. Arlesey Town Football Club played host to the St Joseph's (Luton) v Lewsey FC clash which saw two local rival's from the North Home Counties Sunday Football League Premier Division meet.

St Josephs are a well known name in Luton Sunday football being formed way back in 1970. They have won the FA Sunday Cup in 1995 and 1996 as well as reaching the final on three other occasions in 1998, 1999 and 2006.


Goalkeeper Bartlomiej Pedrycz had a fantastic game for St Josephs.

Sportsmanship at the end of the game - Good To See. 
It was St Joseph's who won this won 3-0 with their third goal the pick of the bunch which was a really well taken strike from outside of the box. All three of their goals were scored by Tony Fontenelle. It was their goalkeeper Bart Pedrycz who stood out for me who made a number of fantastic saves and claimed the ball well from numerous crosses into his box. He also kept his back four in shape at all times. The Polish stopper has represented Hitchin Town, Stotfold and Crawley Green in local non-league football and from this performance, I think, could play at a higher level if he was given the chance. He is definitely a name to look out for.

There were many players on show who also play in Saturday non-league football as Lewsey had Berkhamsted forward BJ Christie (number 9) in their side and the hat-trick hero for St Joseph's is currently first-team coach at Southern Premier League Premier Division side Dunstable Town. The 37 year old has played for a host of clubs in his career including Hitchin Town, Barton Rovers, Brackley Town and Chesham United to name a few.

Match highlights of the game are below including all the goals scored. The best save Pedrycz made came in the second half when Lewsey also hit the post and bar in an amazing goal mouth scramble - Watch it from 4m 5sec on the video. I am confident you won't see a better stop all season!


ENFIELD DOMINATE AGAINST LEWES WHO GO BOTTOM OF THE TABLE

Enfield Town won 3-0 against Lewes yesterday with Corey Whitely, Mark Kirby (SUPER CAPTAIN KIRBY!!) and Jon Constant, on his home debut, scoring the goals in a comfortable 3-0 victory. A number of the away fans present thought they were hard done by following the referee's decision to send off their midfielder Jack Dixon in the first half. The footage captured by @muzzyboii shows it was a studs up dangerous foul right in front of the official who made the right decision.

The Cold End read a tweet by @mooro72 yesterday evening about the Cockfosters FC game he played in and it rang true about the Enfield Town v Lewes game - saying that it applies to every game that is played!! Coming from a player who has over 1000 non-league appearances under his belt I think it's safe to say to he knows what he's talking about -

Players win games referees don't lose it!!! #justgetonwithit

Lewes now find themselves bottom of the table with just two wins from their fifteen games played so will need to start to pick up points sooner rather than later. They face Metropolitan Police at home next Saturday who are currently in fifth place following their 0-0 draw at home to Dulwich Hamlet yesterday.

One of the most important results of the day came in VCD Athletic's 3-2 home victory over Harrow Borough which lifted them off the bottom of the table. Their winner came in the 90th minute of the game!

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS of Enfield Town v Lewes are below

Thursday, 16 October 2014

RYMAN DIVISION ONE (NORTH) - THE SEASON SO FAR

POS TEAM P W D L GF GA GD PTS WIN% PPG FORM
1 HARLOW TOWN 15 11 4 0 37 18 +19 37 73.33% 2.47 WWDWDW
2 NEEDHAM MARKET 14 12 0 2 35 16 +19 36 85.71% 2.57 WWWLWW
3 THURROCK 16 11 1 4 42 14 +28 34 68.75% 2.13 WLWWWW
4 BRENTWOOD TOWN 16 9 3 4 33 26 +7 30 56.25% 1.88 WWWDWL
5 SOHAM TOWN RANGERS 17 9 2 6 31 30 +1 29 52.94% 1.71 LWWLDW

Harlow Town, Needham Market and Thurrock lead the way in the Ryman Division One (North) and with a gap of seven points down to Brentwood Town down in fourth position along with games in hand for both the top two the trio can now be considered as strong favourites for the title. Betway.com make Harlow Town 5/4 favourites with Needham Market at 2/1 followed by Thurrock at 13/2 with the next best being AFC Sudbury (currently eighth position) at 14/1.

The Hawks are unbeaten and have who can be considered as one of the best strikers at Step 4 on the non-league ladder. Alex Read has played in everyone of their 15 league games scoring 17 times with his current full total being 21 goals in 19 league and cup games. Their next three league games come against Heybridge Swifts (15th), Cheshunt (12th) and Maldon and Tiptree (23rd - under the next management of Alan Kimble).

For all their good form and unbeaten record Danny Chapman's side could still be overtaken at the top by Needham Market who have 36 points from 14 games played. If they win their game in hand over The Hawks they will go two points clear. Their leading league scorers are Sam Newson on 11 goals and Luke Ingram on 7 goals. Newson did attract football league scouts to Bloomfields a few seasons back after he scored a huge number of goals and was set for a trial with Gillingham in 2011. He badly injured his knee denied him this chance so it's good to see him back amongst the goals. Ingram came through the ranks at Ipswich Town and has previously played at AFC Sudbury and Bury Town.

The Marketmen can also count on the valuable experience of Ian Westlake, Chris Hogg and Kem Izzet. Between them they have over 700 appearances in the English and Scottish football league. Could this wealth of know-how be the difference at the end of the season?

Thurrock are currently third and the highest scorers in the division at present on 42 goals although when you work out goals scored per game they are on 2.62 per game to Harlow's 2.47 and Needham's 2.50 so there is not much in terms of difference here.

Ross Wall has been amongst the goals for The Fleet on a current total of 11 with Charlie Stimson on 9 goals. Wall has played for Concord, AFC Hornchurch and Aveley previously. Charlie is the son of Manager Mark and counts Gillingham, Barnet and Tooting & Mitcham amongst his former clubs. Another player hitting the back of the net recently is Mark Onyemah who has recently rejoined Thurrock on loan from football league side Luton Town. He moved to Kenilworth Road in the summer from Ship Lane and has moved back on a temporary basis. Abs Thompson has also bolstered Stimston's attacking force by recently joining for league rival's Redbridge.

Needham Market v Thurrock on Saturday 13th December should be a really good game.