Wednesday, 28 January 2015

CLASSY CLUNIS SHINES FOR HAMLET WHO RETURN TO WINNING WAYS

Enfield Town who were missing defender and captain Mark Kirby, midfielder Aryan Tajbakhsh and recent signing/goal scoring hero Bobby Devyne in their starting XI against title chasing Dulwich Hamlet in Tuesday evening's game. Gavin Rose's side came into the game on the back of a rare defeat (at Hampton and Richmond) on Saturday with Town famously winning at Maidstone United on the same day.

Town started well and had plenty of the ball in the first ten minutes but gradually the South London side found their stride and dominated most of the game from therein. Every Hamlet player looked confident on the ball at all times none more so than Nyren Clunis who caused Town no end of problems on the left wing. Luke Wanadio on the right also put in a very decent performance for his team. It was Clunis who set up Hamlet's all important goal with a lightning quick burst of speed which left the Town back line for dust and his cross was bundled into the net by Captain Terrell Forbes.

Nathan McDonald made a string of impressive saves to keep Town in with a chance during the 90 minutes - it was good to see the Dulwich fans giving him a round of applause at the end of the game. Town certainly didn't disgrace themselves and could of scored in the second half when Corey Whitely weaved through the Hamlet defence but his shot was well save by the arm of keeper Phil Wilson. There were certainly many positives for Bradley Quinton to take into the game against Metropolitan Police on Saturday.

Sometimes though, as in the home game last season versus Hamlet, you have to hold your hands up and say the best team with a fantastic player in their ranks (last season it was Erhun Oztumer!) fully deserved the three points. 

The win moves Dulwich up to second place in the table - Maidstone United with two games in hand and a four point cushion will still be considered big favourites for the title. Hamlet next play Grays Athletic at Champion Hill on Saturday afternoon.

The Luxury Fan blog was also present and his excellent match report is well worth a read by clicking on the link.
 
FULL MATCH HIGHLIGHTS are below

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

FOLLOW THE @ChileanTowners


It maybe over 7000 miles from Enfield to Chilie but a group of fans in the South American country have started to support The Towners. Please give them a follow if you use Twitter here - @ChileanTowners  as the International appeal of Enfield Town continues on from all our friends over in Belgium at YB SK Beveran.
 

Aquí está el mensaje rápido para el Towners chilena
Gracias por apoyar a Enfield Town usted. Esperamos que disfrute de algunos de los aspectos más destacados The Cold End pone de los partidos jugados . Ejército azul y blanco de Bradley Quinton !!!

FOUR CLUBS ON A TUESDAY #2

TOBY FC
Toby FC are well clear of the other teams in the Essex Olympian League Division Two. They have 40 points from the 17 games they have played and welcome Debden Sports for a home game this Saturday afternoon. Second placed Basildon Town (26 pts from 14 games) and Snaresbrook (26 from 12) both have games in hand so it's not all over just yet.

BURGESS HILL TOWN 
I'm sure the management and players of Burgess Hill Town will not entertain any comments regarding the fact they are Champions elect in the Ryman Division One (South). Town have 71 points from 27 games with their nearest challengers being Faversham Town on 68 points from 31 games. The Hillians are still unbeaten in league fixtures with their next three games coming against Tooting and Mitcham (11th), Corinthian Casuals (18th) and Guernsey (9th). 

WITHAM TOWN
Witham Town are just above the bottom four in the Ryman Premier Division and have only collected 9 points from the last 36 on offer which is made up of just two wins (both at home) which came against fellow relegation fighter's Bury Town (4-1) and Hampton and Richmond Borough (3-2). Garry Kimble's side now has a run of four home games against Margate, Enfield Town, Leatherhead and Canvey Island.

STAINES TOWN
The Swans, ten points adrift of safety and bottom of the Vanarama South, face a massive game on Saturday when Bishops Stortford (19th place) visit Wheatsheaf Park. They have a new manager in Nicky Forster who has replaced Marcus Gayle who left the club at the end of 2014. Forster made a winning start with a 2-1 home win over Gosport Borough on 13th January followed by a narrow 1-2 defeat away at Bath City. They also played Spelthorne Sports away in the Middlesex Senior Cup Quarter Final last mid-week which they won 0-2. It's a real must win game for Staines Town on Saturday as you can see from the below league table which shows the bottom two teams in red which is the relegation zone in the Vanarama South -

POS TEAM P GD PTS
19 BISHOPS STORTFORD 26 -13 25
20 FARNBOROUGH 23 -28 23
21 STAINES TOWN 25 -27 15

Monday, 26 January 2015

A NORTH v SOUTH LONDON DERBY UNDER THE LIGHTS AT DONKEY LANE

What could be better than a North v South London derby between two good footballing sides played in front of two sets of passionate, noisy and vociferous supporter groups? 

Enfield Town welcome Dulwich Hamlet to Donkey Lane on Tuesday evening in an eagerly anticipated Ryman Premier Division game.,

Hamlet are having another brilliant season under the guidance of highly respected manger Gavin Rose and his assistant Junior Kadi. The South Londoner side are currently in third place in the table having lost only their sixth league game of the season on Saturday when they went down 1-0 at Hampton and Richmond Borough.

Enfield Town come into the game on the back of arguably the best result since the club were formed in 2001. The 0-3 win at league leader's Maidstone United in front of 2,202 people on Saturday will long be remembered by the Town fans who made the trip. The Cold End, being a Town fan, hasn't been able to get to many games recently so I'm really looking forward to Tuesday evening. Town's new signings of Claudio Vilcu and Bobby 'Dazzler' Devayne (three goals in two games) have already become firm favourites amongst the Town faithful.

Here is some information on their current squad/team -

Phil Wilson is the first choice keeper who has lots of experience having started his career at Oxford United and also represented Stevenage Borough, Maidenhead United, Sutton United and Carshalton Athletic. He has played over 100 times for the club. He is backed up by youngster Oshane Brown who has been getting some rave reviews for his performances when he has played for the team. He has made 11 appearances this season. Brown is only 17 years old and has also played for Mertsham in the Ryman League when he was only 16 years old. He certainly has a big future in the game.

24 year old right full back/midfielder Michael Abnett started his career with Crystal Palace before spells with Dover Athletic, Havant and Waterlooville, Whyteleafe and Sutton United as well as Vikingur in Iceland. Full Back Frazer Shaw signed from Billericay Town in September and is one of the player's funded by the Hamlet supporter's '12th man' group which raises money for the club via donations, events, raffles and competitions. He started as a scholar with the Arsenal academy before playing for the youth and development squad with West Ham United.

Goal-scoring attacking midfielder Jack Dixon joined the club in November having made a host of impressive performances for Lewes. He played in the Sussex County League as a 16 year old for Rye United before joining Hastings United where he was an influential player in their famous FA Cup run of 2012/13.

Southwark born Terrell Forbes signed for the Hamlet in the summer and brings with him a host of experience to the team. He started as a youth team player with West Ham United in 1999 and was a part of their FA Youth Cup winning side of that year which also included ex Towner and current manager of Division One South side Burnham Ramblers Bertie Brayley along with the lesser known player's Joe Cole and Michael Carrick. Forbes moved to Queens Park Rangers in 2001 and made 114 appearances for the West London side and helped them to promotion in 2004 from Division Two to The Championship (renamed in 2004/05) as runner's up to Plymouth Argyle. He then went on to play for Grimsby Town, Oldham Athletic, Yeovil Town, Leyton Orient, Chesterfield and Aldershot Town. Following The Shots relegation from the football league in 2013 he moved into non-league football with Dover Athletic for the 2013/14 season helping the South coast club to promotion to non-league's top division via the Conference South play-offs. In total Forbes has 452 appearances for football league sides.

Ethan Pinnock is one of the many members of Hamlet's successful youth team who has made the step up to first team football at Champion Hill. He made his senior debut in August 2010 and has been a regular fixture in the starting line-up since. Winger Nyren Clunis is another who stepped up from the youth team making his debut in November 2009. He has always impressed The Cold End whenever I've seen him play and always chips in with some important goals during the season.

Midfielder/Defender Ashley Carew is another summer signing when he joined after spending 2013/14 with Dover Athletic where he made only a handful of appearances and spent some time on loan with Whitehawk. He started in football at Gillingham in 2003 where he didn't make any first team appearances dropping down into the non-league game with Welling United, Bromley, Sutton United,  Beckenham Town and Fisher Athletic before moving up the football league with Barnet who were then members of League Two. He spent two seasons at Underhill before dropping down to represent Eastleigh, Bromley (2nd spell) , Ebbsfleet United, Cambridge United, Carshalton Athletic and Ebbsfleet United (2nd spell) before joining Dover Athletic.

Striker Harry Ottaway is another former Dover Athletic player in the ranks. He started his career with Sutton United in 2007 and has also represented Leatherhead and Mertsham.

19 year old Xavier Vidal is another from the Hamlet youth team academy production line and his progress is being monitored by many football league scouts. He recently had a trial period Championship side Birmingham City. His goal at Donkey Lane last season was amazing and it's surely only a matter of time before he makes the step up the football pyramid. As with all the young players who have moved from Champion Hill recently I'm sure Gavin Rose will advise him about the right time and right club to move to.

Winger Luke Wanadio is a recent signing from Hampton and Richmond Borough. He has also played for Kingstonian, Thurrock and East Thurrock United

30 year old Albert Jarrett started his career with Hamlet way back in 2002 after spending time with the Arsenal academy. He was picked up by Wimbledon in 2003 after some impressing FA Youth Cup performances. He then went on to represent Brighton & HA, Stevenage Borough, Swindon Town, Watford, Boston United, MK Dons, Gillingham, Barnet, Lincoln City, Aldershot Town, Lewes, Bromley, Sutton United before rejoining Champion Hill in November 2014. He is a full Sierra Leone international having played six times for his country.

Kevin James, 35, is another highly experienced player who joined Gavin Rose's side in 2010 and has since racked up over 150 appearances. The midfielder/forward started out at Charlton Athletic in 1998 and also played for Gillingham, Nottingham Forest, Boston United, Walsall, Yeovil Town, Grimsby Town and Swindon Town before representing Welling United, Woking, Crawley Town and Chelmsford City.

Micahel Kamara is another ex Dover player at Champion Hill having joined in the summer. The defender has also played for Carshalton Athletic.

Right back Kerhaney Samuels is another product from the club's youth section. He made a few appearances for Guildford City last season and has made over 20 appearances this season.

Midfielder Jordan Hibbert started his career in the Chelsea youth system in 2002 before joining Barnsley and then Queens Park Rangers where he didn't make a first team apperance. He then spent some time with Portugesse club Farense and Swedish club AFC United before playing for Farnborough, Thamesmead Town and the Met Police before joining Dulwich for the start of the 2014/15 season.

It's certainly an occasion to look forward. With Bradley Quinton's impressive young squad and Dulwich's record of player's progressing it's highly likely you'll see a number of players who may be plying their trade for football league clubs in the near future. If the game is just 10% as good as last season's game between the two sides at The Queen Elizabeth II Stadium it'll be a feast of football. Here are the higlights of that game - 


 

If you fancy a bet on the game the best odds available are 8/5 for a home win, 27/10 for a draw and 11/8 for an away win. 

Kick off is at 7.45pm. Entrance is a bargain £10 for Adults, £6 for concessions & 16-21 year olds and just £1 for under 16s. 

Sunday, 25 January 2015

HERTFORD TOWN FIGHT BACK TO WIN A WELL DESERVED POINT

BIG DECISION? - THE REFEREE CONSULTS HIS ASSISTANT PRIOR TO GIVING A YELLOW CARD FOR THE FOUL WHICH RESULTED IN HERTFORD'S FIRST PENALTY KICK. HERTFORD TOWN'S FANS LOOK ON FROM UNDER THE STABLE END

If a bookmaker was working in-play at Hertingfordbury Park yesterday afternoon you would of probably got some generous odds during the half time break on the match ending in a draw. Colney Heath dominated the first 45 minutes so much so they could of scored one or two more than the three they did manage. The Hertford Town back-line were unable to cope with the pace of Courtney Lawrence up front for the visitors and some lazy stray passing in midfield also lead to one the goals.

PLAYING AGAINST HIS OLD CLUB - GLENN DRAPER OF COLNEY HEATH
The second half was a totally different game. I think Hertford boss Paul Halsey may have had a few choice words with his players in the dressing room as the home side attacked from the off and caused the Colney defenders lots of problems. Colney's central defender Glenn Draper who was returning to one of his former clubs had had an easy first half but he and his fellow players were very busy in the second period. He was also on the receiving end of some good natured banter from the noisy home fans gathered under The Stable End.

Hertford made it 1-3 via the penalty spot after their player Tommy Wade had been fouled when just about to take a shot directly in front of goal. Most home (and away) fans were amazed when only a yellow card was shown as surely this was denying a clear goal scoring opportunity.

It was 2-3 when after a goalmouth scramble the ball was neatly placed into the back of the net by Bradley Fraser. Time seemed to be running out for Hertford as they piled on the pressure with Colney getting a few chances to wrap up the game on the break but they were unable to beat Harry Ricketts in the Hertford goal.

The penalty decision in pictures
Right on 90 minutes the comeback was complete when another penalty kick was awarded although this time it was less than clear cut. From the replay it looks as though it was given for Glenn Draper climbing on the Hertford player? The Cold End thinks it was a little bit of a harsh decision but in the end the draw was about the right result for both sides.

Hertford went into this match on four game losing run after winning four in a row so to come back to gain a point after such a poor showing in the first half may well reignite their season which was going well up until their recent blip. Another positive was the attendance of 145 which is their highest figure for a league fixture since they played Cokfosters on the final game of last season where the crowd was 159. They are currently in sixth place - 12 points below current league leader's Kings Langley who have a game in hand over them so maybe their best chance of silverware will come in either the Hertfordshire FA Charity Shield or the SSMFL Premier Division Cup.

In the HCS they entertain Leverstock Green in the Semi-Final on Tuesday evening and in the PDC they travel for an eagerly anticipated quarter-final local derby at St Margarestsbury on Tuesday 2nd February.

Colney Heath are currently in thirteenth place with their only chance of glory coming in the Premier Division Cup where they face a short trip along the A414 to play their local rival's London Colney in a Quarter Final game on Tuesday 2nd February.

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS 
inc all the six goals scored and the penalty decisions

Friday, 23 January 2015

DULWICH HAMLET V STONEWALL MATCH

As part of the club's continued anti-homophobia campaign and the football v homophobia month Dulwich Hamlet have announced a game will take place against Stonewall FC on Wednesday 11th February. Entrance to game at Champion Hill will be £3 for adults and just £1 for concession with all proceeds going to The Elton John Aids Foundation. Kick off is at 7.30pm

Stonewall FC, formed in 1991, are currently members of the Middlesex County Football League Division One (Central and East) and are in 11th place (of 12 teams).

It's bound to be a great occasion with the club producing a programme as well to mark the occasion.


RICKY GABRIEL SIGNS FOR THE TOWN

A second player has moved from Goldsdown Road to Donkey Lane after Bobby Devyne made the move earlier in the week and made a very impressive scoring debut in the 3-2 win versus Canvey Island. 23 year old full back Ricky Gabriel has played 13 games for The Limers this season scoring 3 goals. Along with his brother's Riess and Ralston (they are triplets) he has been making headlines for Marvin Walker's in-form side recently. Welcome to Enfield Town Ricky... The Cold End hopes the two recent signings is the start of a great working relationship between the two clubs which can only be for the good of football in the Borough. Who knows maybe some of the successful Town under 21 team can maybe play a few games at Goldsdown Road to help them develop their skills. 

Brimsdown have recently announced the signing of ex-professional player Jude Stirling who has played for Luton Town, Stevenage Borough, Lincoln City, Peterborough United, MK Dons and Notts County along with a host of other clubs in his career.

They are on a nine game unbeaten run in the Spartan South Midlands League Division Two with Ricky's brother Ralston scoring 6 in the 1-9 victory at Willen and 3 in the 12-2 home win against Grendon Rangers.

The Limers travel to Pitstone and Ivinghoe tomorrow before hosting Ealing Town on Tuesday evening and then on Saturday 31st January they make the journey to Old Bradwell United.

BRIMSDOWN FC FORTHCOMING FIXTURES 

Saturday 24th January - Pitstone and Ivinghoe 
Tuesday 27th January - EALING TOWN
Saturday 31st January - Old Bradwell United
Saturday 7th February - THE 61 FC
Saturday 14th February - ASTON CLINTON
Saturday 21st February - Clean Slate
Saturday 28th February - TOTTERNHOE

If you're a Towner who can't make the trip to Grays Athletic on the Saturday 7th February why not pop along to lend some support to Brimsdown in their home game versus The 61 FC.

THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL AT GOLDSDOWN ROAD 

Brimsdown also have an under 18 team playing in the Southern Counties Floodlit league Olympian Division. They are scheduled to play Tokyngton at home on Thursday 5th February, Cockfosters away on Thursday 12th February and then Waltham Abbey at home on Thursday 19th February. 17 year old Asher Cato-Tyson has recently made his first team debut for the club following some impressive performances for the under 18 team.
 
The Cold End recommends you follow The Limers on twitter  - @brimsdownfc

Brimsdown make the trip to Buckinghamshire tomorrow to face Pitstone and Ivinghoe