Friday, 25 May 2018

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE 2018/19

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE 2018/19
AFC Fylde
Aldershot Town
Barnet - relegated from League Two
Barrow 
Boreham Wood 
Braintree Town - promoted from Vanarama South 
Bromley 
Chesterfield - relegated from League Two 
Dagenham & Redbridge 
Dover Athletic 
Eastleigh 
Ebbsfleet United 
FC Halifax Town 
Gateshead 
Harrogate Town - promoted from Vanarama North 
Hartlepool United 
Havant & Waterlooville - promoted from Vanarama South 
Leyton Orient 
Maidenhead United 
Maidstone United 
Salford City - promoted from Vanarama North 
Solihull Moors
Sutton United 
Wrexham

bold denotes 3G pitch 

Twenty four clubs are now set to compete in the 2018/19 Vanarama National Division as non-league football waves goodbye to Macclesfield Town and Tranmere Rovers who are promoted to the football league. Salford City, Harrogate Town, Braintree Town and Havant & Waterlooville are promoted from Step Two of the non-league who replace Woking, Torquay United, Chester and Guiseley who move in the opposite direction. In our early preview and news round we feature the new clubs joining the division. 

BARNET 
It's all change at The Hive as John Still moves from Dagenham and Redbridge to take over as manager following the departure of Martin Allen after their relegation from the football league. Still is no stranger to The Bees as he was their boss between June 1997 to November 2000 where he took them to the then Division Three play-offs on two occasions. He moved to be Director of Football when Tony Cottee came in to be manager but moved back into the hot-seat in March 2001 but was unable to prevent Barnet's relegation that season. He remained the Director of Football at Underhill under the end of the 01/02 season. He is no stranger to non-league's top division having lead Dagenham & Redbridge, Luton Town and Maidstone United to promotion in his long distinguished career. There hasn't been much movement IN on the play front as yet but two players have left being defender Michael Nelson and midfielder Curtis Weston who have been announced as moving to Chesterfield (see below). 

BRAINTREE TOWN 
It was only one season away from the top table for The Iron as club legend Bradley Quinton came in to build a squad which were promoted back from the Vanarama South at the first time of asking via a play-off final victory on penalty kicks at Hampton and Richmond Borough. Quinton has invited back his entire squad from last season and extended the playing contracts of defenders Jon Muleba and Christian Frimpong. 

CHESTERFIELD 
A near 100 year association with the football league ended for The Spireites with two successive relegations in as many seasons from both League One and League Two. It's been two years to forget for the 1997 FA Cup semi-finalists who last played in non-league football in 1920/21 when members of the midland league. It was somewhat of a surprise when the club announced Martin Allen as their new manager for the 2018/19 season who had only departed from his short spell with Barnet at the end of the 2017/18 campaign. Allen has been busy signing players for the forthcoming season with Shwan Jalal (goalkeeper from reigning Champion's Macclesfield Town), Sam Wedgbury (midfielder from Wrexham) along with the aforementioned two players who have followed Allen from Hertfordshire. 

HARROGATE TOWN 
This will be the first time in Town's history that they will ever play in non-league's top division. The club will be one of the many teams in the division now to have a 3G pitch. Town's first pre-season fixture comes on Tuesday 10th July when they visit Knaresborough. It's a real family affair at the Yorkshire club with Simon Weaver as manager since 2009 with father Irving Weaver being Chairman since 2011. 

HAVANT & WATERLOOVILLE 

The Hawks are a shining example of sticking with a manager and showing some stability is surely the right way of how to run a football club. Relegated from Step Two at the end of the 2015/16 season they stuck with Lee Bradbury as boss and have since achieved back to back league titles allowing the club to compete at the top level of the non-league game for the first time in their history. Bradbury has stated he intends to keep the nucleus of the squad from 2018/19 for the forthcoming season. 

SALFORD CITY 
Lot's has been written about Salford's transformation and rise up the pyramid since the take over of the club by former Manchester United players in 2014. Successful joint manager's Bernard Morley and Anthony Johnson have left the club this summer to be replaced by former Preston North End, Fleetwood Town and Scunthorpe United manager Graham Alexander. 33 year old defender Nathan Pond has signed from Fleetwood Town and brings with him a massive amount of experience having made over 400 appearances for The Cod Army. Goalkeeper Chris Neal (32) has also followed from Fleetwood with over 200 league games under his belt. Kieran Glynn, a highly rated 20 year old midfielder, has joined from FC United of Manchester where he had played over 50 games for The Red Rebels.  Another midfielder Danny Whitehead has also signed having played a key role in Macclesfield Town's title winning success last season.  

It's set to be another exciting season in non-league's top division with plenty more signings to come before August. 


Sunday, 22 April 2018

A MESSAGE FROM THE COLD END


Regular reader's will have observed that I haven't updated the website with articles and highlights of matches as frequently as usual over the last few months. I just haven't had the time of late with family and work commitments and If I am honest with myself the hours spent filming & editing matches together has become a chore rather than a pleasure so I have needed a rest. 

A big thank-you to everyone who has read, watched and supported the website since 2009. I will return (hopefully!!) for the 2018/19 season which is set be a rather exciting one with the re-organisation of the non-league game and extra divisions added.

KEEP SUPPORTING NON-LEAGUE AND LOCAL FOOTBALL

REGARDS 

THE COLD END 
(I am still on twitter @thecoldend so if your not already please give me a follow there) 
  


Tuesday, 3 April 2018

BOSTIK PREMIER - THE RACE FOR THE TITLE


BOSTIK PREMIER 
CURRENT TABLE - TOP TWO ONLY 
POS TEAM P GD PTS PP WIN% FORM
1 DULWICH HAMLET 38 +41 78 102 60.53% DDDWDWWW
2 BILLERICAY TOWN 36 +48 77 107 66.67% LLWLLWWD

A few weeks ago (Despite their major fixture pile up due to successful cup runs and postponements due to bad weather) it looked like big spending Billericay Town would win the Bostik Premier title with ease but six defeats in their last ten league games has seen the gap between them and nearest challenger's Dulwich Hamlet grow closer and closer. The Blues have four games to play over the next week before their Velocity Cup Final game against the Metropolitan Police next Wednesday so the league table will have a new look by then. They play Tonbridge Angels tonight (home game switched to Aveley), Brightlingsea Regent on Thursday (away), Enfield Town on Saturday (away) and at home to Staines Town next Monday. 

Dulwich Hamlet travel to Burgess Hill Town on Saturday before three home games in a row against Tonbridge Angels (Tuesday), Dorking Wanderers (Thursday) and Thurrock (Saturday). 

Who is your money on to finish top of the table in what could turn out to be a really exciting end to the season? 




  


Monday, 19 March 2018

WINGATE AND FINCHLEY u23's NEARLY CHAMPIONS DESPITE DEFEAT AT COLES PARK


MATCH PLAYED ON MONDAY 12th MARCH 2018 

Wingate and Finchley u23s have had a fantastic season under the management of former Cockfoster's boss Dean Barker with many players standing out and getting a chance to play in the Bostik Premier Division for the North London side's first team. 

Last Monday evening at Coles Park the team had the chance to seal the Bostik League Development North title by getting a point or more against Haringey Borough. Going into the game Wingate had 38 points from their 15 games played with a goal difference of +36 with only Brentwood Town mathematically being able to also win the title. Emphasis had to be put on the word 'mathematically' as the Essex side could only equal their current points total of 38 and currently have a goal difference of just +6. 

The game played on a rainy evening saw Wingate dominate the game going 1-0 up early on through the impressive Ned Clarke and they should of been at least 2-0 up at half time given the chance they created. Many of the 44 crowd in attendance had made the short journey from Finchley to support the away team. 

Credit to the Haringey team who defended well and worked hard managing to equalise via Mohamed Gomes Sanha whilst I was walking round to keep out of the rain so I missed capturing it on camera and then went 2-1 up breaking up field late on allowing Sanha to grab his second goal of the game from close range.

Dean Barker and his team will not be too worried about the result as on another night it could of been an easy win for Wingate taking into account the amount of chances they created.  

So now Wingate could officially win the title on Wednesday evening when they travel to Witham Town where a point will be enough. Brentwood Town also entertain Tilbury where anything other than a home win would also see Wingate champions! 

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

POST MATCH INTERVIEW WITH DEAN BARKER courtesy of WingateTV

Friday, 2 March 2018

FC LEMSFORD TURN THE FORM BOOK AROUND AND EARN THREE POINTS AGAINST A BELOW PAR WARE SPORTS






Match played on Saturday 24th February 2018 

Prior to kick off last Saturday it was the visitors who would of been strong favourites for the Herts Senior County Premier Division game between FC Lemsford and Ware Sports at The Gosling Stadium. 

Ware had won five of their last six games scoring twenty-two goals in the process with FC Lemsford losing five and drawing one letting in twenty-four goals. 

FC Lemford won scoring the only goal of the game via former Hertford Town and St Margaretsbury player Davy Edmee who slotted home mid-way through the first half.










SPILLING BLOOD FOR THE FC LEMSFORD CAUSE!

Ware Sports went close in the second half when they rattled the cross bar but it wasn't to be as FC Lemsford recorded only their second clean sheet of the 2017/18 season. 

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

Monday, 12 February 2018

ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE - RELEGATION FIGHT UPDATE


ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE 
CURRENT TABLE - Positions 13 to 21 
POS TEAM P GD PTS FORM
13 STANSTED 30 -8 32 DWWLWL
14 SPORTING BENGAL UNITED  31 -21 31 LLLLWL
15 BARKINGSIDE  26 -7 30 DLWLWD
16 WALTHAM FOREST  30 -24 30 LLDWLD
17 BURNHAM RAMBLERS  31 -43 29 LLLLLL
18 ENFIELD 1893 FC 29 -23 28 LLDWLW
19 HULLBRIDGE SPORTS 27 -27 25 WWLDDD
20 WADHAM LODGE  27 -31 23 LDLDLL
21 HACKNEY WICK  29 -39 17 DLLLLL

The non-league re-organisation in the Summer and the creation of a new 'Eastern Senior League South' at Step Six of the non-league ladder could mean up to four teams will be relegated from the Essex Senior League at the end of the current campaign. Therefore the only way teams at the bottom end of the table can 100% guarantee their Step Five status is to finish outside of the bottom four in the final table which makes for a really exciting and nerve shreading end to the campaign. 

Hackney Wick are currently adrift at the bottom of the table by six points and are on a run of nine league games without a win. The club were only formed in 2015 and last summer's merger with London Bari saw them move to the Essex Senior League and ground share with Clapton FC at The Old Spotted Dog. 

The Wickers have struggled this year with a number of changes in management but the club are planning for the future with a recent announcement that they will play at The London Marathon Community Ground which is next door to the London Stadium and the home of West Ham United. The ground is also home to Altis FC (formerly Sloane FC on the Middlesex County League) who are currently playing in the Amateur Football Combination Senior 2 North division. IT is actually in the London Borough of Newham but is only a stone's throw from Hackney Wick train station.       

The Wickers are more than a football club with the local community at it's heart with their aim to promote anti-gang agenda, increase the numbers of positive young role models, create opportunities for young people, educate and instill good values and morals, enhance community cohesion, provide respite, a safe haven and save lives. So even if they do go down the future looks bright for football in Hackney. 

If The Wickers are going to make a great escape their next three games are really important coming on Tuesday 21st February at home to Southend Manor, Tuesday 27th February away at Stansted and then Saturday 3rd March away at Enfield 1893. 

The other sides in the bottom four are currently Wadham Lodge (another club to change manager's over the season), Hullbridge Sports (who have only lost one game in their last six) and Enfield 1893 who got a really important 1-3 win at Sawbridgeworth Town on Saturday.

Burnham Ramblers, sit just outside the danger zone, but currently have the worst defensive record in the league letting in 95 goals in their thirty one games played - 41 of those have been in their last ten games. 


THE ABOVE CHART SHOWS THE POINTS PER GAME FOR EACH OF THE TEAMS IN THE CURRENT BOTTOM NINE WHICH SHOWS WHAT A HUGE TASK THE WICKERS HAVE TO GET OUT OF THE BOTTOM FOUR. 

THIS WEEK'S FORTHCOMING FIXTURES FOR THE TEAMS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE TABLE 

TUESDAY Hullbridge Sports v Basildon United 
Takeley v Sawbridgeworth Town 

SATURDAY
Barkingside v Southend Manor
Enfield 1893 v Stansted
A huge game for both sides. A victory for Enfield will probably (depending on other results) see them move out of the bottom four whereas a victory for The Airportmen will see them move further away from the bottom four. Stansted have been in good form winning three of their last six games. 
Hullbridge Sports v Tower Hamlets 
Sawbridgeworth Town v Ilford 
Wadham Lodge v Waltham Forest 
The big East London derby at Wadham Lodge. The home side need wins urgently. The Stags could drop into the bottom four should they lose. It will be all to play for in E17. 



COMING UP TOMORROW ON THE COLD END WE WILL FOCUS ON THE TOP END OF THE ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE AND THE FIGHT FOR PROMOTION TO STEP FOUR OF THE NON-LEAGUE LADDER 

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

BUILDBASE FA TROPHY QUARTER-FINAL LINE-UP

The replays for the FA Trophy Third Round were played out last night with some eye-catching results including Spennymoor Town's 2-5 victory at East Thurrock United, Bromley's 7-1 victory at home to Workington and Stockport County coming back from 0-2 down at home to Maidenhead United to win 3-2 after extra time. The Hatters scored their first two goals in the last eight minutes to force the game into extra time. 

Saturday 24 February 
Stockport County v Brackley Town 
A clash of the two Vanarama North play-off contenders. In the league game played on Saturday 2nd December Brackley Town ran out 3-2 winners at home. 

Billericay Town v Wealdstone
A huge game as the big spending Bostik Premier title favourites take on The Stones who are currently twelth in the Vanarama South. The Middlesex side are bound to take what will probably be the largest away following to The AGP Arena this season so far.   

Leyton Orient v Gateshead
The O's (35 pts from 31 games played) and Gateshead (40pts from 30 games played) are still not safe from the relegation zone in the Vanarama National Division but both sets of fans may now well be dreaming of a Wembley appearance in the Trophy final.  

Bromley v Spennymoor Town 
The Vanarama National play-off contender's Bromley take on the Vanarama North play-off contenders. Spennymoor Town have made a rapid rise through the pyramid since winning The Northern League (Step 5) in 2014. Their fans will have memories of their FA Vase win at Wembley Stadium in 2013 when they won 2-1 agianst Tunbridge Wells. 

Both Billericay Town (Vase winner's in 76,77 and 79) along with Spennymoor Town could be the first club to win both competitions. Forest Green Rovers (Vase winners in 84 and Trophy runner's up in 99 and 01) and North Ferriby United (Vase runner's up in 97 and Trophy winners in 15) are the teams who have come close to this record. 

CURRENT ODDS 
courtesy of bet365.com 
BROMLEY 3/1 
BILLERICAY TOWN 9/2 
LEYTON ORIENT 9/2 
GATESHEAD 11/2 
BRACKLEY TOWN 9/1 
STOCKPORT COUNTY 9/1 
WEALDSTONE 12/1 
SPENNYMOOR TOWN 12/1