Wednesday, 1 March 2017

THIRTEENTH TIME LUCKY FOR BEDFORD FC ON THE ROAD

It's been a difficult season results wise on the pitch for Bedford FC but over the last few months there has been some improvement which has been great to see. Since TheColdEnd had watched their 0-2 home defeat against Wodson Park on Saturday 17th December James Petty's team had won three of their eight league games (going into this game) played against Ampthill Town, Arlesey Town Res and Chesham United Res. Win percentage wise it's much better than the four wins in the twenty league games played prior - 37.5% win rate compared to 20% before. 

This was a fantastically entertaining match between two sides who played football the right way on (as usual) a superb pitch at The Maurice Rebak Stadium - there also wasn't any real back chat to or crowding round the referee or his assistants which was good to see too. Just two groups of players enjoying the game - how it should be! Looking at the league positions in the Spartan South Midlands League Division One towards the bottom of the table i'd say if both clubs can keep hold of the bulk of the players on show in this game they will be much higher up this time next season. 

Hadley Wood and Wingate FC are the feeder club/team to Ryman Premier Division Wingate and Finchley. Founded at Hadley Wood FC in 2003 the club was set up as the 'win at all costs' attitude in junior football was not something the founders wanted to be part of. Over the years the club has fielded numerous youth teams and won many cup competitions with many young players moving up to professional clubs and to represent Wingate and Finchley. They had also partnered in an initiative with "The Copenhagen Youth Trust" in Inner London to sponsor children from deprived areas to represent the club. 

It was 0-0 at half time but that wasn't down to the lack of chances as both keepers made some good saves. It was just before the 70 minute mark that Bedford took the lead through Michael Fisher who slotted the ball home from the left hand side of the penalty box through a crowd of players. Moments later Hadley made it all square when Jake Casey bundled the ball over the line from a corner kick but it was was Bedford who took all three points via the penalty spot and Fisher's second goal. It was a definate penalty kick as you'll see from the replay. 


Bedford FC's players and management celebrate their first away league win of the 2016/17 campaign in front of the main stand last Tuesday night - The team and the fact every player worked for the team was great to see. 

This was Bedford's first victory on the road in the league at the thirteenth time of asking so it was a real evening of celebration for the team and management. 

Hadley Wood and Wingate 
Jeremie Agholor, Martin Arnauchkou, Jake Casey, Alex Hadjithemistou, Petrit Krasniqi, Vassili Mandeville, Jake Mead, James Meehan, Afolabi Obafemi, Joseph Sharpe, Ola Williams.
Subs on - Nicholas Kouroushi, Muyiwa Osenie

Bedford FC
Josh Burnapp, Adam Drakulic, Michael Fisher, Tyrone Kelly, Brandon MaCrae, Niklay Mandinga, Ben McGrath, Chris Thomas, Sheldon Washington,  James Woolf,   Ryan da Nobrega
Subs on - Tarik Dallas, Tommypayn Obumwense, Jack Randall 

Hadley Wood banished the memories of this defeat on Saturday when they beat Hatfield Town at home 4-0 but then travelled to title favourite's Biggleswade FC last night and lost 7-1. Bedford lost 2-0 at Codicote on Saturday but returned to winning ways with an impressive 4-2 victory over Hillingdon Borough yesterday evening. 

They host Harefield United on Saturday before travelling to Chesham United in midweek. If you are local to Bedford why not pay McMullen Park a visit to give them some support - Manager James Petty is buidling a good team who, as stated, I think will finish much higher up the table next season. 

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS 




Monday, 27 February 2017

EDGWARE TOWN RECORD VALUABLE VICTORY AT BROXBOURNE BOROUGH

Match played on Tuesday 21st February 2017 

It's been a real struggle for the first team of FC Broxbourne Borough this season but the fact they are playing in the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division is something to celebrate. Over the summer of 2016 it was announced the club would not field a first team for the campaign following the departure of manager Frank Piazza along with many players but in a dramatic u-turn the club announced the senior-team would continue following a lengthy meeting. 

Terry Gritton was appointed manager and took on the task of building a squad ready for the season. Borough went into this game bottom of the table on just three wins from twenty-nine games played with Edgware Town who had won seven of their twenty-eight games played who were still in danger of finishing in the bottom two and being relegated back to Division One of the SSML. 

This game saw Borough include new signing Jeff Okirie (from Hadley) leading the line up front along with a line-up that included James Kelly, Garvey Tulloch-Jordan (sub) and Jay Batchelor (sub) who were members of the club's history making under 18 side who have recently made it all the way to the FA Youth Cup Fifth Round. 

Town are managed by ex Enfield Town fan's favourite Fabio Valenti and included a number of ex Town players in their line-up such as Paul Marks (playing in a centre-back partnership with the non-league veteran Fergus Moore), George McCluskey and Adam Wallace who started on the bench.

Some of the crowd of 45 people gather to watch the teams line-up last Tuesday - FC Broxbourne Borough need your support if you are local to Goffs Lane. 

The game was played in front of a few less spectators than the 1000+ who saw the under 18's FA Youth Cup Fourth Round tie against Yeovil Town as only 45 people were present with a decent following from Edgware. 

The home side were marginally the better and could of been one or two goals up at half time but it was 0-0 at the break. They got their break through on the hour mark when Okirie received a through ball looking just on side and was able to compose himself and pass the ball into the back of the net past Cain Davies in the Edgware goal. 

Unfortunately for boss Gritton they were unable to hold on to record their first victory in eleven league games as Edgware came back with Billal Butt (via the penalty spot) and Ethan Mooney scoring to earn three valuable points for The Wares. 

Since this game was played FC Broxbourne Borough lost to Holmer Green on Saturday (0-2) and have parted company with Terry Gritton who has been replaced by Roy Bleau who has been the under 18s side who had the excellent FA Youth Cup run. 

There has been some brilliant news for the club as one of the under 18's star player's Alie Bangura has recently gone on trial at Championship side Sheffield Wednesday and looks to have a big future in the game. 

Bleau faces two tough away trips in his first two games in caretaker charge at Wembley (Tuesday 28th February) and Tring Athletic (Saturday 11th March).

SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS LEAGUE 
PREMIER DIVISION 
CURRENT TABLE - BOTTOM THREE PLACES ONLY 

POS TEAM P GD PTS PP FORM
20  ST MARGARETSBURY  28 -18 25 67 WLLLDL
21 HADLEY 27 -19 25 70 WDLWLD
22 FC BROXBOURNE BOROUGH 31 -54 13 46 LLLLLL

Looking at the league table (only the bottom two go down) it maybe a little too late to think about staying up but the future does look bright for the club with many young players looking to break through to the first team. If you are local to Goffs Lane why not pay them a visit? 

The Wares run title favourite's London Colney close in a 2-3 loss at the weekend - their next game is an away trip and local derby Challenge Trophy Third Round game at Hadley on Wednesday evening. 

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS 

BUILDBASE FA VASE - THE FINAL FOUR

The semi-finalists of the Buildbase FA Vase are South Shields of the EBAC Northern League Division One, Cleethorpes Town of the Toolstation Northern Counties East League, Bromsgrove Sporting of the Midland League Division One and Coleshill Town of the Midland League Premier Division. 

There were some amazing crowds in the Quarter-Final games played on the weekend of Saturday 18th and 19th February. 2,986 people crammed into The Victoria Ground to see Bromsgrove Sporting beat Buckland Athletic 2-0 and 3,161 saw South Shields comfortable 6-1 win against Newport Pagnell Town. This shows non-league football is really on it's way upwards in my opinion. 

BUILDBASE FA VASE SEMI-FINAL DRAW 

Saturday 11th March - 1st leg 
Bromsgrove Sporting v Cleethorpes Town 
Coleshill Town v South Shields

Saturday 18th March - 2nd leg 
Cleethorpes Town v Bromsgrove Sporting 
South Shields v Coleshill Town

The below are some photographs (courtesy of Graham Clark) of the Southall v Cleethorpes Town Quarter-Final game played at Reynold's Field which the away side won 2-5 in front of 348 people including a large travelling contingent from Lincolnshire. 

CURRENT ODDS 
courtesy of Betway
SOUTH SHIELDS 1/2 
BROMSGROVE SPORTING 4/1 
CLEETHORPES TOWN 9/2 
COLESHILL TOWN 16/1 









Thursday, 23 February 2017

RYMAN DIVISION ONE (SOUTH) - RACE FOR THE TITLE


RYMAN DIVISION ONE (SOUTH) 
CURRENT TABLE - TOP TWO 
POS TEAM P GD PTS PP FORM 
1 TOOTING & MITCHAM UNITED 35 +55 80 113 WWWWWWWW
2 DORKING WANDERERS 35 +45 77 110 DLWDWWWW

With a ten point gap between Dorking Wanderers and currently third placed Carshalton Athletic it's looking like a race between The Terrors and The Wanderers for the title in the Ryman Division One (South). Their nearest rivals are probably Greenwich Borough currently in Fourth place who could get to a possible points total of 102 if they win all their remaining games. 

Tooting & Mitcham United are on an excellent run of form winning their last nine league games which has put them in a real chance of promotion back to the Premier Division they left through relegation in 2012. 

It's bottom v top in the table this Saturday as Tooting travel to Godalming Town with Dorking Wanderers hosting 14th placed Ramsgate - The Rams are in good form of late winning four of their last six league games with only one defeat against Carshalton Athletic. 

Tooting then host 20th placed Chipstead on Saturday 4th March with Dorking Wanderers at play-off chasing 6th placed Corinthian Casuals. 

Further down the line on the final day of the season it could be a potentially massive game as Dorking Wanderers host Tooting and Mitcham United - Tooting won the game at Imperial Fields in August by a scoreline of 2-1. 

BUILDBASE FA TROPHY QUARTER FINALS THIS WEEKEND


Dulwich Hamlet v Macclesfield Town
A massive crowd is expected at Champion Hill for this game as The Hamlet look to quality for the last four of the Trophy for the first time in their history. Advanced tickets have been sold out for the game with 1,500 left available on the gate on the day. The Silkmen are currently in ninth place of the Vanarama National league with a real chance of making the play-offs. The Hamlet warmed up for this game with a 7-1 London Senior Cup victory over Essex Senior League side Barkingside on Tuesday evening. Macclesfield Town won 0-1 at Eastleigh in a league game on the same night - The Spitfire's manager Martin Allen parted company with the club shortly after. Dipo Akinyemi, who recently rejoined on-loan from League Two side Stevenage FC, scored four of the seven goals for Hamlet. It'll be Gavin Rose's ninth game in the competition this season. 

DULWICH HAMLET BEST TROPHY PERFORMANCE 
1979/80 Quarter-Final Replay v Boston United Lost 0-2 
MACCLESFIELD TOWN BEST TROPHY PERFORMANCE 
1969/70 Winners v Telford United W 2-0 
1995/96 Winners v Northwich Victoria W 3-1 

York City v Brackley Town
The Minstermen are struggling at the bottom of the Vanarama National division and it's look more and more likely they may be relegated twice in successive seasons. They have drawn four of their last six league games so are more difficult to beat than earlier in the season. Brackley Town are mid-table in the Vanarama North division - they have had some good wins in the Trophy with victories over AFC Fylde, Stockport Couty and Wealdstone standing out. They also had a great FA Cup run to the Second Round Proper beating football league side Gillingham in the First Round. It's easily their best performance in the Trophy having reached the First Round on four previous occasions. City have an excellent record in the competition winning it in 2012, being runner's up in 2009 and reaching the semi-final in 2008. 

YORK CITY BEST TROPHY PERFORMANCE 
2011/12 Winners v Newport County W 2-0 
BRACKLEY TOWN BEST TROPHY PERFORMANCE 
2004/05 First Round v Oxford City L 1-4 
2008/09 First Round v Basingstoke Town L 1-3 
2011/12 First Round v Dartford L 0-3 
2012/13 First Round v Guiseley L 1-3 

Boreham Wood v Lincoln City
The Imps have hit the headlines with their amazing Emirates FA Cup run this season but they are also on the Road To Wembley in the Trophy. In just two weeks they make just a slightly longer (by 13 miles) to visit The Emirates to play Arsenal but this weekend they will be at Meadow Park to play Boreham Wood. There is chance Lincoln could play at Wembley on four different occasions in The FA Trophy Final, The FA Cup Semi-Final & Final and The Vanarama Play-Off Final.....I'm sure their loyal fans would be happy to take just the top-spot in the Vanarama National and with it promotion back to League Two.       

BOREHAM WOOD BEST TROPHY PERFORMANCE
2005/06 Semi-Final v Woking L 0-3 on aggregate  
LINCOLN CITY  BEST TROPHY PERFORMANCE 
1987/88 Quarter-Final v Enfield L 0-1 

Tranmere Rovers v Barrow AFC
This should be a great game as third plays seventh in the Vanarama National Division. Rovers are just four points off first place in the table with Barrow having a real chance of the play-offs. The league can be forgotten about for the weekend as both clubs would love a chance of getting to the semi-final. The Cumbrians have a rich history in the competition reaching the semi-final in 1987/88, winning in 1989/90, the quarter-final in 1997/98, wining in 2009/10 and again reaching the quarter-final in 2012/13. This is only the second time Tranmere have played in the Trophy having been relegated from the Football League in 2015.  

TRANMERE ROVERS BEST TROPHY PERFORMANCE
2015/16 First Round v Wrexham L 2-4 
BARROW AFC BEST TROPHY PERFORMANCE 
1989/90 Winners v Leek Town W 3-0 
2009/10 Winners v Stevenage Borough W 2-1 

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

RACE FOR THE TITLE IN THE MIDDLESEX COUNTY LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION

MIDDLESEX COUNTY LEAGUE 
PREMIER DIVISION - CURRENT TABLE - TOP THREE ONLY 
POS TEAM P GD PTS PP
1 FC ASSYRIA 20 +59 48 72
2 FC DEPORTIVO GALICIA 18 +27 44 74
3 BRITISH AIRWAYS 17 +34 36 69

The championship race in the Middlesex County League Premier Division looks to be down to just three teams with the game between FC Assyria v FC Deportivo Galicia on Saturday 11th March having the look of a real title decider. Six of the eight games FC Assyria have left are to be played at home including one versus British Airways on Tuesday 11th April - They have scored an incredible 98 goals in their 20 games which equates to 4.9 per game played including a recent 12-1 victory over Southall Reserves. British Airways and FC Deportivo Galicia play on Saturday 25th March. Bilal Butt (dual registered with SSMFL Premier side Edgware Town) has scored 44 goals in FCA's 20 league games played. 

The table toppers host eighth placed Cricklewood Wanderers at Osterley Sports Club this weekend. 


ANAGRAM RECORDS QUARTER FINAL MATCHES THIS WEEKEND

The Quarter-Final matches of the Anagram Trophy are scheduled to be be played this weekend - 

Loughton Manor v Manford Way
10th in Spartan South Midlands D2 v 7th in Essex Olympian Premier 
Galleywood v Sandridge Rovers 
6th in EOL D1 v 10th in Herts Senior County Premier
Bovingdon v Letchworth Garden City Eagles 
2nd in HSCL Premier v 5th in HSCL Premier 
Old Bradwell United v British Airways
7th in SSMFL D2 v 3rd in Middlesex County Premier