Wednesday, 1 October 2014

FA CUP CLASSIC AT DONKEY LANE

There is little more to say than the FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round tie between Enfield Town and Eastbourne Borough was a classic match that will live long in the memory for all who played in it and all who witnessed all the drama unfold over 90 minutes plus an extra 30 minutes extra time and the resulting kicks from the penalty mark. You will find it extremely hard to find another cup game this season that will be much better. It was a marvellous advert for football at non-league level.  

Enfield Town were very unlucky not to go through against their higher division opponents who eventually won 3-4 on spot kicks. Town boss Bradley Quinton can take a huge amount of positives from the events especially the fact that arguably Town were the better side over the two games played. 

An Enfield Town fan of many years summed up proceedings in a succinct manner after the game by writing "Football. Sometimes it's great, sometimes it destroys a piece of your soul. Occasionally, like tonight, it fluctuates repeatedly between the two..."


"THE EASTBOURNE FOUR" - BOROUGH'S NOISY LOYAL FANS CELEBRATE AFTER THEIR FIRST GOAL
As an Enfield Town I am extremely proud of my team's performance last night. The journey home by the small number of loyal Eastbourne fans who made the long midweek trip up from the south coast would of been all the more enjoyable following their victory after a highly entertaining evening. It was one of those games where neither team deserved to lose but ultimately one had too. The Cold End wishes Easbourne Borough all the best in their third qualifying round tie at Kingstonian and for the rest of their Vanarama South season. They host Staines Town at home on Saturday before travelling to Ebbsfleet United next Tuesday before the big cup game at Kingsmeadow on Saturday 11th October. 

Enfield Town host Grays Athletic on Saturday and have a home Ryman League Cup game against Harrow Borough next Tuesday evening.

The Cold End match highlights are below - 



As a bonus we also have highlights from behind the goal with the @etfc_ultras by @muzzyboii which includes a quick word with Bradley Quinton after the game -


Monday, 29 September 2014

MASSIVE FA CUP GAME TOMORROW AT DONKEY LANE

We now know that the winners of tomorrow night's FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round replay between Enfield Town and Eastbourne Borough will travel to Kingstonian in the 3rd Qualifying Round. The K's eventually went through with the final score being 5-3 after extra time. Division One (North) Romford has been 1-2 up at half time through goals from Jack Barry and Ryan Imbert. Matt Drage equalised for the home side on 69 minutes (Elvis Hammond has scored their opener) to take the game to extra time. Amazingly Romford went 2-3 up on 94 minutes through Eddie Hart but unfortunately they were unable to hold on to with Nathaniel Pinney, Andre McCollin and Chris Henry putting the K's through.

There is only one place to be tomorrow night and that's Donkey Lane for the romance and magic of the world's greatest cup competition. Why not come down? If the game is half as good as the Kingstonian v Romford game sounded it'll be well worth it.

COME ON YOU TOWNERS!!


RYMAN PREMIER AND DIVISION ONE (NORTH) IN THE FA CUP - UPDATE

After the weekend's FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round games there are no Spartan South Midlands or Essex Senior League sides left in the competition. Leverstock Green (at Staines Town), London Tigers (at Needham Market) and FC Romania (at home to Sutton United) were all knocked out. All three teams can be very proud of their FA Cup runs this season and it's not disappointing to lose to teams from higher up the pyramid system.

RYMAN DIVISION ONE (NORTH)
NEEDHAM MARKET v Witham Town
Kingstonian or ROMFORD v Enfield Town or Eastbourne Borough
Blackfield and Langley or Willand Rovers v AVELEY
Harrow Borough v WALTHAM ABBEY

Three teams from the Ryman Division One (North) are definitely through to the third qualifying round with a possible fourth in Romford who have replay against Ryman Premier Kingstonian at Kingsmeadow tonight. Needham Market and Waltham Abbey both face teams from the Ryman Premier in Witham Town and Harrow Borough with Aveley making a trip into the unknown where they face the winners of the Blackfield and Langley (of the Wessex League) versus Willand Rovers (of the Toolstation Western League Premier Division). Blackfield are based just outside of Southampton with Willand a little further away near to Exeter in Devon.

RYMAN PREMIER DIVISION
BILLERICAY TOWN v Weymouth
Needham Market v WITHAM TOWN
KINGSTONIAN or Romford v Eastbourne Borough or ENFIELD TOWN
GRAYS ATHLETIC v Bromley
Dorchester Town v HENDON
Barton Rovers v CANVEY ISLAND
Dorking Wanderers or Biggleswade Town v MAIDSTONE UNITED
EAST THURROCK UNITED v Bishops Stortford or Tooting & Mitcham United
HARROW BOROUGH v Waltham Abbey
WINGATE AND FINCHLEY v Havant and Waterlooville

Nine Ryman Premier Division sides are definately through with Kingstonian and Enfield Town maybe joining them after their midweek replays. Both Margate (lost 1-2 at home to Calor League Division One Central Barton Rovers) and Tonbridge Angels (lost 2-1 at Division One South Redhill) suffered shocks against sides from lower down the pyramid with Maidstone United scoring a last minute goal to beat Brentwood Town 2-1 at The Gallagher Stadium.

Two more wins for the teams still involved and it's a possible money spinning first round proper tie against a football league side. 

THE COLD END BETTING (AKA LOSING) SYSTEMS - UPDATE

VANARAMA CONFERENCE UNDER 2.5 GOALS SYSTEM
THE RECORD SO FAR red denotes winning bet
DATE SELECTION + (RATING)  RATINGS ODDS RESULT
6th Sept TORQUAY UNITED v NUNEATON  9 8/11 4-0
9th Sept NUNEATON v FGR  9 4/5 1-0
13th Sept NUNEATON v ALDERSHOT TOWN  9 4/5 1-1
16th Sept CHESTER v SOUTHPORT  11 4/5 2-0
20th Sept MACCLESFIELD v SOUTHPORT  12 *28 17/20 3-0
27th Sept GRIMSBY TOWN v CHESTER  13 *27 10/11 3-0

The above is the adjusted bets based on the new ratings system to predict under 2.5 goals in one of the Vanarama Conference games each match day. The ratings are based on the goals total scored for each team in the last six league games played with the lowest rated game being the one we predict to be under 2.5 goals. When there is two games with the equal points total we switch to the 2nd ratings system which is based on the total number of goals scored and conceded in the last six league games.

So after dumping the over 2.5 goals highest rating as it wasn't working out and adjusting the two last games with the second rating we have a win ratio of 50% and to a £1 stake we'd be running at a loss of -60p (£6 out and £5.40 in/winnings) which shows what we always know the bookies always win in the end. We'll soldier on and see what happens though now we have made a few adjustments.

Tuesday night's lowest rated match is Dover Athletic v Aldershot Town which is rated at 10. Three of Dover's last six games have resulted in under 2.5 goals with five out of six Aldershot games having the same result. Four out of Dover's six home games have resulted in under 2.5 goals with all of Aldershot's six aways games ending with under 2.5 goals scored............so with the cold end's luck it all points to a 4-3 classic at The Crabble.  Under 2.5 goals in this game is rated at 4/5.

RED denotes lowest rated
MATCH 1st RATING 2nd RATING
AFC TELFORD V CHESTER  15 -
ALFRETON V FC HALIFAX 16 -
ALTRINCHAM V MACCLESFIELD  12 -
BRAINTREE V BARNET 22 -
DOVER V ALDERSHOT  10 -
EASTLEIGH V BRISTOL ROVERS 20 -
FOREST GREEN V TORQUAY  21 -
GRIMSBY V SOUTHPORT 11 -
LINCOLN CITY V GATESHEAD 17 -
WELLING V DARTFORD 18 -
WOKING V NUNEATON 11 -
WREXHAM V KIDDERMINSTER 17 -

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
20th September MET POLICE v BURY   7 5/2 4-1
20th September MET POLICE v BOGNOR 5 13/5 2-0

No games qualify for the draw predictor this midweek.

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Sunday, 28 September 2014

ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE - THE SEASON SO FAR

POSITION TEAM P GD PTS
1 HARINGEY BOROUGH 9 +29 24
2 HULLBRIDGE SPORTS 9 +6 18
3 CLAPTON 7 +8 16
4 FC ROMANIA 6 +18 15
5 BARKING 6 +10 14
6 STANSTED 7 +5 14
7 NEWHAM 8 -11 12
8 ILFORD 8 -3 11
9 BOWERS AND PITSEA 5 +3 8
10 TAKELEY 7 -3 8
11 TOWER HAMLETS 7 -4 8
12 LONDON BARI 6 0 7
13 SAWBRIDGEWORTH TOWN 6 -1 7
14 WALTHAM FOREST 8 -4 7
15 BASILDON UNITED 7 -7 6
16 SOUTHEND MANOR  7 -6 5
17 ENFIELD 1893  6 -9 5
18 ETON MANOR  6 -11 4
19 GREENHOUSE LONDON 8 -15 3
20 SPORTING BENGAL 5 -5 2


Haringey Borough lead the way in the Essex Senior League with a record of eight wins and one defeat from their opening nine games and an amazing goal difference of +29. Their closest rivals are third placed Clapton, fourth placed FC Romania and fifth placed Barking. If they win their games in hand Clapton would be on a points total of 22, FCR on 23 and Barking on 22. Borough's only defeat this season came on Saturday 20th September when FC Romania recorded a narrow 0-1 victory at Coles Park - this defeat ended an amazing 27 game unbeaten run in the league for the North London side. The record breaking run included Tom Loizou's side breaking Basildon United's run of 17 consecutive league victories which The Bees had held since 1996. Borough's 1-10 victory at Enfield 1893 on Saturday 23rd August 2014 was their eighteenth on the spin and they extended in to twenty-one league wins in a row prior to the FC Romania game. It is highly unlikely this record will ever be broken? Ex Enfield Town striker Walid Matata also equalled a record in this match with his seven goal haul the same as Ilford's Chris Stevens all time scoring record. It was also the first time since Wood Green Town and Edmonton merged in the 1970's to form the club we now know as Haringey Borough have scored double figures.

Prior to the game their last league defeat at home came on Tuesday 1st October 2013 which coincidentally also came against FC Romania (1-2). What is good to see is the crowd for the 2013 game was 23 compared to 78 who attended in 2014 which is an incredible increase of 239.13%. Below are some excellent highlights of Haringey Borough's 'away' victory at Greenhouse London yesterday (courtesy of @That_Bald_Owl)



Hullbridge Sports are currently in second place and are currently on a four game winning run. Their next games come next weekend at Takeley (who they defeated 2-1 yesterday - the reason for the quick turnaround of game is it has been rearranged due both sides being out of the FA Vase) and the then on Saturday 11th October they host Haringey Borough at Lower Road.

As stated it's Clapton, Barking and FC Romania who are probably best placed to give Haringey a run for their money in the race for the title. FC Romania, who up until last Thursday's shock home 1-2 home defeat versus Tower Hamlets had a 100% winning record, are in the best position. Perhaps they had one eye on their big Saturday FA Cup game against Conference South side Sutton United which allowed the East Londoners to get the win. Sutton raced into a 0-3 lead in the game which attracted a crowd of 434 to Theobalds Lane with the home side giving their more illustrious opponents a real scare scoring on 50 and 80 minutes to make it a nervy end to the game.

SOME FACTS AND STATISTICS ABOUT THE SEASON SO FAR 
CURRENTLY UNDEFEATED - BARKING 
CURRENTLY WITHOUT A WIN - SPORTING BENGAL UTD
CURRENTLY WITHOUT A HOME WIN - TAKELEY, BASILDON UNITED, SOUTHEND MANOR, SPORTING BENGAL UTD
CURRENTLY WITHOUT AN AWAY WIN - SPORTING BENGAL UTD, GREENHOUSE LONDON, ENFIELD 1893, ETON MANOR, LONDON BARI. 
MOST GOALS SCORED - HARINGEY BORUGH (37)
MOST GOALS CONCEDED - GREENHOUSE LONDON (24)
LEAST GOALS SCORED - SPORTING BENGAL UTD (3)
LEAST GOALS CONCEDED - BARKING, BOWERS & PITSEA, FC ROMANIA (4)

The next month sees some games take place between the sides who are towards the top of the table - the results of which will effect where teams finish. There is the aforementioned clash between Hullbridge Sports and Haringey Borough as well as Borough entertaining Barking on Tuesday 4th November. On Saturday 25th October FC Romania host Clapton at Theobalds Lane which is bound to be a memorable match between two sides with noisy passionate fans and Hullbridge Sports playing Barking which should be a decent game between two of the current top five sides.

It's a case of top v bottom this week as Thursday night football comes to White Hart Lane (it's not just Tottenham Hotspur then!!) when Haringey Borough host Sporting Bengal United who are the only side without a win. They revisit Coles Park on Wednesday 8th October for a basement battle with Greenhouse London which is when they have the better chance of getting the win that has eluded them so far.

Saturday, 27 September 2014

ALL BACK TO DONKEY LANE ON TUESDAY NIGHT



A wonderful day to be at The Great British Seaside.
Eastbourne's famous pier opened this weekend for the first time since the terrible fire earlier in the year. 

Eastbourne's noisy fans in the first half
Town fans in the second half
Enfield Town put in a tremendous performance this afternoon to record a 1-1 draw at Vanarama South side Eastbourne Borough in their FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round game. Town were the better side over the 90 minutes and some would argue they deserved to win with Corey Whitley missing a penalty when 0-1 up and Phil Kane's header well blocked on the line by the home defender when the score was 1-1. The Sports captain Ian Simpemba was very lucky to stay on the pitch following his foul on Whitley which won Town the chance to score from the spot. Regular readers of TheColdEnd will know I am not one to criticise officials I know what a difficult job they have but sure this was a goal scoring opportunity?? The referee decided not to book or even talk to the ex Wycombe Wanderer's defender who had hit the post with a header very early in the game.


THE LUCK OF THE CUP
2014 - TOWN ESCAPE WHEN EASTBOURNE RATTLE THE CROSSBAR EARLY IN TODAY'S GAME
2011 - MARK KIRBY'S EFFORT HIT'S THE POST IN TOWN'S 2-1 SHOCK DEFEAT AT STOTFOLD
Town took the lead in the second half through Neil Cousins who bravely headed the ball past the home keeper when he knew he would be clattered into. Superb stuff! Town could of gone 0-2 but as stated the penalty was well saved. The home side then went up the other end and won a penalty kick of their own which they scored from to make it 1-1 - The Cold End got so excited I managed not to film the Eastbourne Borough penalty kick!! Sorry to The Sports fans reading/watching. 

Full credit to the Town player's who didn't stop working and battling - They most certainly looked the most likely to score a second. The replay takes place on Tuesday evening at Donkey Lane. 

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS 

Thursday, 25 September 2014

BETTING SYSTEMS UPDATE

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 EASTLEIGH v BRAINTREE over 2.5 24 17/20 1-0
20th Sept MACCLESFIELD v SOUTHPORT under 2.5 12 17/20 3-0
20th Sept ALFRETON v NUNEATION under 2.5 12 19/20 1-0

After a few weeks there have been twelve bets with six wins so I thought it's time to look at how it's going and adjust a few things. The over 2.5 bets stand at 2 wins out of 6 and the under 2.5 stand at 4 wins out of 6. Based on a £1 stake the over 2.5 bets would stand at a loss of minus £2.26 and the under 2.5 bets would stand at a profit of + £1.35. So from now on the we'll just go with the under 2.5 goals games but we need a way of picking a game if like this week (see below) and last week there are games with the same ratings so there is now a second rating for the games which have the same rating. The first rating is the total number of goals scored by both sides in their last six games and the second rating is the total scored and conceded by both sides in the last six games so this week's game rated at lowest chance is Grimsby Town v Chester rated at 10/11.

RED denotes lowest rated
MATCH 1st RATING 2nd RATING
AFC TELFORD v TORQUAY 21 -
ALTRINCHAM v WELLING 14 -
BRAINTREE v FC HALIFAX 19 -
DOVER v ALFRETON 13 30
FGR v BARNET 21 -
GATESHEAD v ALDERSHOT 15 -
GRIMSBY v CHESTER 13 27
LINCOLN v MACCLESFIELD 15 -
NUNEATON v DARTFORD 13 32
SOUTHPORT v BRISTOL ROVERS 13 30
WOKING v KIDDERMINSTER 14 -
WREXHAM v EASTLEIGH  16 -

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
20th September MET POLICE v BURY   7 5/2 4-1
20th September MET POLICE v BOGNOR 5 13/5 2-0

With the FA Cup games there are only two games in the Ryman Premier Division this weekend of which neither qualify for the draw predictor. The system is currently running at a +50p profit based on a £1 stake.

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