Wednesday, 19 July 2017

VANARAMA SOUTH TITLE ODDS FROM SKYBET.COM

Chelmsford City (losers in the 2016/17 play off final) and Dartford who lost to City in the semi-final are 8/1 joint favorites for the Vanarama South division closely followed by Hampton & Richmond at 10/1 who finished in seventh place and Poole Town who were fifth. The Dolphins and Hiungerford Town (6th) missed out on the play-offs due to ground grading problems. 

Concord Rangers and Weston-Super-Mare are both rated at 50/1. The Beachboys start their fifth season at Step Two having finished 9th, 7th, 10th and last season 18th.

I think the division at both the top and bottom may be one of the most exciting in the non-league game for next season. 

Vanarama South Division 
odds via skybet.com
Chelmsford City 8/1 
Dartford 8/1 
Hampton & Richmond 10/1 
Poole Town 10/1 
Hemel Hempstead Town 12/1 
Braintree Town 14/1 
Hungerford Town 14/1 
Oxford City 14/1 
Welling United 14/1 
Eastbourne Borough 14/1 
Bath City 16/1 
St Albans City 16/1 
Havant & Waterlooville 16/1 
Wealdstone 20/1 
Gloucester City 20/1 
Chippenham Town 25/1 
Whitehawk 28/1 
Truro City 33/1 
Bognor Regis Town 33/1 
East Thurrock United 40/1 
Concord Rangers 50/1 
Weston-Super-Mare 50/1

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE SEASON PREVIEW - PART FIVE

Dover Athletic 
Title odds 28/1 

There have been eighth, fifth and sixth placed finishes for the Kent side since they were promoted back to the league in 2014. Athletic had one of the stand out players in the division last season in forward Ricky Miller who scored an incredible 42 goals in 43 games - The 28 year old has since joined League One side Peterborough United on a three year deal. He counts a huge number of clubs in his career representing  Charlton Athletic and Woking as a youth/academy player, Stamford (4 spells), Cottesmore Amateurs, Bourne Town, Rothwell Town, Corby Town (2 spells), Hitchin Town, Fleet Town, Spalding United, Boston United  (2 spells), Cambridge City, Aylesbury, Wealdstone, Hemel Hempstead Town, St Ives Town, Arlesey Town and Luton Town before moving to The Crabble. Manager Chris Kinnear has made a number of signings for the club after losing Miller as well as the three players to Sutton United. Defender George Essuman joined in March 2017 from Isthmian League side VCD Athletic - He has also played for Ware, Grays Athletic, Maldon and Tiptree as well as Enfield Town u21s. Forward Jamie Allen (from Southport) and Tobi Sho-Silva (Bromley) have been recruited. Kinnear could be called 'Mr Dover' having been in charge since 2013 which is his second spell at the club having been boss between 1985 to 1995. 

COLD END PREDICTION - MILLER WILL BE DIFFICULT TO REPLACE AND THE KENT SIDE WILL MISS HIS GOALS. IT COULD BE A SEASON OF MID-TABLE MEDIOCRITY FOR THEM THIS SEASON.

Maidstone United 
Title odds 33/1

A respectable 14th place finish for The Stones in the new club's first season in the Vanarama National. Ground improvements have been made at The Gallagher Stadium pushing the capacity up to 4,191 which has probably been the most important development for the club since promotion. Defenders Josh Hare (from Eastbourne Borough) and Joe Anderson (Bromley) have joined along with left-winger Tom Wraight (East Thurrock United) and forward Johan Ter Horst (Hull City). 22 year old Wraight could be a really good signing if he can make the step up from the South to the National division - he scored 43 goals in two seasons for East Thurrock. Ter Horst (also 22) has spent the last three season on Hull's books after joining them from Isthmian League side Folkestone Invicta where he scored 26 goals in the 2013/14 campaign. He could also potentially be a superb player for The Stones. 

COLD END PREDICTION - THE STONES ONLY WON EIGHT OF TWENTY-THREE HOME LEAGUE GAMES LAST SEASON. THE PLAY-OFF QUALIFIERS WON AN AVERAGE OF JUST UNDER FOURTEEN TO FINISH IN THE TOP FIVE. THEY WILL HAVE TO IMPROVE BUT WILL THEY ADVANCE THAT MUCH TO CHALLENGE FOR A PLAY-OFF SPOT. IT'S POSSIBLE BUT I THINK IT'S ONE SEASON TOO EARLY AS PLAYERS RECRUITED FROM LOWER DIVISIONS MAY TAKE TIME TO SETTLE AT A HIGHER LEVEL. THE CLUB HAVE REACHED THE FIRST ROUND OF THE EMIRATES FA CUP FOR THE LAST THREE SEASONS SO COULD DO WELL AGAIN THIS CAMPAIGN. 

FC Halifax Town 
Title odds 33/1 

The Shaymen, relegated to the Vanarama North division on the final day of the 2015/16 season, bounced back to achieve promotion via the play offs last season beating Chorley 2-1 after extra time in front of nearly 8,000 people at The Shay. Striker Ben Tomlison has been recruited - he most recently played for Carlise United. Defender/Midfielder Connor Oliver has joined from North Ferriby United - he played 26 times in the Vanarama National last season and has also played for Hartlepool United, Blackpool and Morecambe. 

COLD END PREDICTION - WON'T GO UP BUT WON'T GO DOWN. I THINK THE FC HALIFAX TOWN FANS WILL BE HAPPY WITH A MID-TABLE FINISH.        

PART SIX TO FOLLOW 

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

HERTFORD AND DISTRICT FOOTBALL LEAGUE 2017/18

Here is the constitution for the 2017/18 Hertford and District Football League. 
 
PREMIER DIVISION
(8 teams)
Broxbourne Badgers 
Cottered 
Mill Lane 
New River 
Oracle 
The Lions 
Waltham Abbey 
Westmill

DIVISION ONE 
(11 teams)
Allenburys 
Elizabeth Allen Old Boys 
Hertford Heath 
Highlands 
Inter Hoddesdon 
Mangrove 
Nazeing 
Sumners 
Upshire Forest 
Ware Lions 
Watton-at-Stone 

DIVISION TWO 
(12 teams)
Buntingford Wanderers 
Elizabeth Allen Old Boys Reserves 
Mangrove Reserves 
Much Hadham 
Park Lane Rangers 
SC Birchanger 
Sheering 
Shephall United 
St Ippolyts 
Stevenage Community Reserves 
Westmill Reserves 
Wormley Vets 

DIVISION THREE
(12 teams)
Albury 
Bengeo Trinity Reserves 
Buntingford Wanderers Reserves 
Cottered Reserves 
Elizabeth Allen Old Boys 'A' 
Greenbury United 
Hertford Heath Reserves 
Oneness 
Rebwood Green 
Stotfold Town 
Thundridge 
Turnford Tigers 

HACKNEY WICK LAUNCH CHARITY - PLEASE HELP THEM OUT BY SIGNING THE ON-LINE PETITION


Essex Senior League Hackney Wick have proved that many football clubs aren't just that by setting up a charity (The Wickers Foundation) to combat gun, knife and gang culture in their home borough. The club say "We seek to use preventative measures to deter young men and women from the danger of gangs. We believe that opening a community centre in Hackney will help reduce gang related crimes in the area. Using the community centre as our base, we will ensure that young people have access to more positive role models and opportunities, preventing youth from the threat of crime through education, opportunity and mentorship."

Please help them by signing the on-line petition here.

The Cold End wishes Bobby Kasanga and all at the club the very best of luck both on and off the pitch this season - TheColdEnd will bring you updates on how their progress is going in respect of foundation.

 


Monday, 17 July 2017

THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE OPENING FIXTURES

Here are the opening fixtures for the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division and Division One. The Division One fixtures have only been issued up to and including Saturday 5th August at present.  The new teams promoted to Divison One are Little Oakley (from the Essex and Suffolk League), Norwich United Reserves (new team) and Spixworth who join from the Anglian Combination with a name change to "Norwich CBS" -  I am unsure what the CBS stands for.... Twitter guesses have been Catholic Boys School or Carpentry & Building Supplies... or could it refer to CBS Ltd who are listed as a club sponsor?

Saturday 29th July
PREMIER DIVISION
FC Clacton v Walsham le Willows
Fakenham Town v Coggeshall Town
Long Melford v Brantham Athletic
Stanway Rovers v Thetford Town

FIRST DIVISION
March Town United v Holland 
Swaffham Town v Needham Market Reserves 
Wisbech St Mary v Woodbridge Town 

Tuesday 1st August
PREMIER DIVISION
Brantham Athletic v FC Clacton
Coggeshall Town v Stanway Rovers
Ely City v Saffron Walden Town
Gorleston v Thetford Town
Ipswich Wanderers v Walsham le Willows
Wroxham v Histon

DIVISION ONE 
Holland v Halstead Town
March Town United v Downham Town 

Wednesday 2nd August 
DIVISION ONE 
Wisbech St Mary v Swaffham Town 
Woodbridge Town v Needham Market Reserves 

Saturday 5th August 
DIVISION ONE 
Braintree Town Reserves v Norwich CBS 
Cornard United v Leiston Reserves 
Debenham LC v AFC Sudbury Reserves 
Halstead Town v March Town United 
Little Oakley v Wisbech St Mary 

Tuesday 8th August
PREMIER DIVISION
all subject to possible Emirates FA Cup replays 
Coggeshall Town v Godmanchester Rovers
Haverhill Rovers v Long Melford
Histon v Ely City
Kirkley & Pakefield v Gorleston
Newmarket Town v Fakenham Town
Saffron Walden Town v Haverhill Borough
Stanway Rovers v FC Clacton
Thetford Town v Walsham le Willows
Wroxham v Great Yarmouth Town
Wivenhoe Town v Ipswich Wanderers

Friday 11th August 
PREMIER DIVISION
Brantham Athletic v Coggeshall Town
Fakenham Town v Walsham le Willows
Haverhill Borough v Stanway Rovers

Saturday 12th August  
PREMIER DIVISION 
Ely City v FC Clacton
Felixstowe & Walton United v Stowmarket Town
Godmanchester Rovers v Great Yarmouth Town
Gorleston v Saffron Walden Town
Hadleigh United v Newmarket Town
Ipswich Wanderers v Histon
Kirkley & Pakefield v Haverhill Rovers
Long Melford v Thetford Town
Wivenhoe Town v Wroxham

HEREFORD FAVOURITES WITH BETWAY FOR THE EVO STIK SOUTHERN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION

Hereford FC, who since reforming from The Ashes of Hereford United in 2015 have won the Midland League Premier Division with 108 points and the Southen League D1SW with 107 points, are 4/1 favourites for the Southern Leauge Premier Division title with betway.com.

They are followed by last season's play-off final losers Hitchin Town at 6/1. 

odds currently available at betway.com 
Hereford 4/1
Hitchin Town 6/1
Bishop Stortford 10/1
Merthyr Town 11/1
Farnborough 11/1
Slough Town 11/1 
Basingstoke Town 12/1
Gosport Borough 14/1 
Weymouth 14/1
Kettering 16/1
Tiverton Town 16/1
Banbury United 20/1 
Chesham United 20/1
Royston Town 20/1
Biggleswade Town 25/1
Frome Town 25/1
Kings Lynn Town 25/1
Redditch United 33/1
St Ives Town 33/1
Stratford Town 33/1
Dunstable Town 33/1
St Neots Town 33/1
Dorchester Town 50/1
Kings Langley 50/1

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE SEASON PREVIEW - PART FOUR

There has been a large amount of activity for the Vanarama National Division sides since TheColdEnd wrote PART ONE, PART TWO and PART THREE of the season preview. Leyton Orient have made some impressive signings rebuilding their squad and have been reduced from 16/1 to 12/1 for the title - maybe they could be play-off challengers after all.  Here is Part Four -

Macclesfield Town 
Title odds 25/1 

The Silkmen were relegated from the football league in 2012 and have since finished in 11th, 15th, 6th, 10th and 9th. Club Legend John Askey (400+ appearances for the club) has been in charge since 2013 and got the club to the FA Trophy Final last season but has since lost a few players from his squad. Askey is assisted by former Newcastle United, Everton and Aston Villa player Steve Watson. They have recruited forward Tyrone Marsh from Dover Athletic who also spent sometime on loan at South Division Welling United last season. Former England u19 defender Josh Thompson has also joined - the 26 year old counts Celtic among his former clubs where he made 18 appearances from 2009 to 2012. Another defender in Keith Lowe who impressed in the North Division with Kidderminster Harriers has also signed up - the 31 year brings with him much experience having played for Cheltenham Town, York City and Port Vale previously. 

COLD END PREDICTION - THE TITLE ODDS ARE ABOUT RIGHT - SHOULD FINISH IN MID-TABLE  

Barrow 
Title odds 25/1 

After promotion in 2015 Barrow have finished in 11th and 7th positions. Boss Paul Cox has recruited a number of players. 22 year old goalkeeper Stuart Moore from Reading - he has been on loan with numerous clubs during his time in Berkshire including making 7 appearances for Luton Town last season. David Fitzpatrick, a 22 year old winger, comes in from AFC Wimbledon having played on loan at Torquay United last season. Midfielder Bedsente Gomis is another player moving North joining from Sutton United where he played in every round of The U's historic run to the Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round last season. Midfielder Asa Hall joins from Cheltenham Town but played on loan for York City last season - He is 30 years old and brings with him much football league experience. They still have Moussa Diarra in central defence who joined from 2016 Ryman Premier champion's Hampton and Richmond Borough - he played 46 games for the club last season. 

COLD END PREDICTION - MISSED OUT ON THE PLAY OFFS BY EIGHT POINTS LAST SEASON WHICH WAS PROBABLY BECAUSE THEY DREW 15 OF THEIR 46 GAMES PLAYED. ONLY RELEGATED YORK CITY DREW MORE WITH 17 (EASTLEIGH, WHO FINISHED IN 14th ALSO DREW 15). I THINK THEY MAY WELL CHALLENGE FOR A PLAY-OFF PLACE.  

Sutton United 
Title Odds 25/1 

Along with Lincoln City they made some real headlines in the Emirates FA Cup last season and finished a respectable 12th place in their first season back at non-league's top table since 1999/2000. 

They have lost a few players from last season's squad including the above mentioned Bedsente Gomis and Roarie Deacon who impressed many in their cup run last season - He has joined Scottish Premiership side Dundee. A trio of players have joined from league rival's Dover Athletic - Defender Aswad Thomas, Striker Moses Emmanuel and Striker Ross Lafayette. Goalkeeper Seb Brown (from Hampton and Richmond) has also joined.

COLD END PREDICTION - WILL FINISH IN 10th - 16th POSITION. COULD THEY GO ON ANOTHER FA CUP RUN OR PERHAPS THE FA TROPHY WHICH THEY HAVE NEVER WON - THEY DID GET TO THE 1981 FINAL WHERE THEY LOST TO BISHOPS STORTFORD.

PART FIVE TO FOLLOW SOON