Thursday, 24 April 2014

THREE WAY BATTLE FOR THE HERTFORDSHIRE COUNTY LEAGUE TITLE

HERTSAVERS SENIOR COUNTY LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION
current table positions 1-3 only
POSITION TEAM P GD PTS POSSIBLE
1 WHITWELL  25 +23 53 68
2 BEDMOND SPORTS AND SOCIAL 23 +28 49 70
3 BELSTONE  22 +51 48 72

All of the top three in the Premier Division of the Hertsavers Senior County League Premier Division played tonight and all three of them won. Current table topper's Whitwell won 5-1 at home to Standon and Puckeridge, Bedmond recorded a 1-2 win at Cuffley and Belstone had a 1-6 victory at Bushey Sports Club.

With all three teams on a possible points total of 72, 70 and 68 it looks like it's going to go right to the end of the season. Two games that stand out are both at Bedmond Sports when this Saturday they entertain Belstone and then the following Saturday (3rd May) they welcome Whitwell. Bedmond recently recorded a 1-4 victory at Belstone on Thursday 17th April and then Belstone could only draw 2-2 at home to second bottom Hinton on Saturday 19th but could their massive goal difference of +51 make all the difference in the end.

In other news the final of the prestigious Aubery Cup (the league's cup) will take place on Monday 5th May between Premier Division Standon and Puckeridge and Division One side Evergreen.

ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE - IT'S ALL DOWN TO THE FINAL DAY

Essex Senior League current table
postitions 1-3
POSITION TEAM P GD PTS POSSIBLE
1 GREAT WAKERING ROVERS 37 +69 89 92
2 HARINGEY BOROUGH 37 +69 88 91
3 ENFIELD 1893 FC 37 +62 88 91

Following Haringey Borough's 5-0 home win versus Stansted and 1893's 'away' 0-6 victory against Sporting Bengal United (the game was played at Goldsdown Road) the race for the title in the Essex Senior League will come down to the final Saturday of the season.

Haringey have seemingly come from nowhere to challenge for the title. Following problems with the pitch and the wet weather they didn't play a home game at Coles Park from Saturday 2nd November through to the Saturday 8th March. They also played only three league games in December, January and February! Since the 1st March they have lost only one of their eighteen league games played which could prove crucial as it was the away game against Great Wakering Rovers (2-1 on 1/3/14). They have recently beaten Rovers and 1893 at Coles Park which has given them a chance of winning the title.

FIXTURES FOR SATURDAY 26th APRIL 2014
BASILDON UNITED v GREAT WAKERING ROVERS 
ENFIELD 1893 v SAWBRIDGEWORTH TOWN 
HARINGEY BOROUGH v TAKELEY 

All Great Wakering Rovers need to do is win in their away match at Basildon United to be crowned champions. If they lose or draw then Haringey or 1893 will be crowned champions subject to the results in their games. One possible outcome is that if Rovers lose and Haringey and 1893 draw then the title will be decided on goal difference with Borough having the best at that point as Rovers will lose at least one goal with their possible defeat.

The Essex Senior League officials will have to have the league championship cup hovering somewhere between North London and Essex ready for a quick journey to the grateful winning team's captain to lift at around 5pm.




CONGRATULATIONS TO WEALDSTONE - CHAMPIONS


They may be one of Enfield Town's local rivals and there is no real love lost between the two sets of fans but The Cold End must mention Wealdstone's deserved title winning season and promotion to the Conference South division.

Next season will see The Stones play at Step Two of the non-league ladder for the first time since 1991/92 when they finished in the relegation places of the Southern League Premier Division along with Poole Town, Fisher Athletic and Gravesend & Northfleet.


They are the team to emulate as despite the disappointment of play-off defeat in the last two seasons manager Gordon Bartlett has strengthened his side which has paid off this season. Last summer the addition of former Premier League and football league midfielder Glen Little has proved a very valuable signing.

Bartlett has been in charge since June 1995 and the Ryman Premier Division title has to be his best achievement with the club to date.

The Stones have needed the help of ex Towner's Scott McGleish, Jey Siva and ex Enfield FC midfielder Mark Bentley to get over the line!!

They will be looking to renew their rivalry with last season's Ryman Premier Division champion's Whitehawk who could still be relegated on Saturday. The Hawks currently occupy the final relegation place on -15 GD and are level on points with Maidenhead United (-14 GD) and Hayes & Yeading United (-6 GD). They will either need a win or a possibly a draw at home to second placed Sutton United in order to stay up!

#SURVIVALSATURDAY

Current Ryman League Premier Division
places 19 to 22 only
POSITION TEAM P GD PTS POSSIBLE
19 ENFIELD TOWN 45 -27 48 51
20 EAST THURROCK UNITED 45 -20 46 49
21 WINGATE AND FINCHLEY 45 -32 46 49
22 THAMESMEAD TOWN 45 -31 43 46

It was all going to go down to final day wasn't it? Saturday will see two of four teams finish in the final relegation places of the Ryman Premier Division. There are many possibilities - what is sure is that there will be an afternoon of twists, turns, drama and finally celebration (and relief) contrasted with disappointment and Division One football to look forward to next season.

The big fixtures are as follows and the various permutations (I think I've included them all!!) of the results -

CRAY WANDERERS (24th place) v ENFIELD TOWN
EAST THURROCK UNITED v BOGNOR REGIS TOWN (2nd)
THAMESMEAD TOWN v BURY TOWN (15th)
WINGATE AND FINCHLEY v BILLERICY TOWN (10th)

ENFIELD TOWN
Win - Stay Up as it will be a points total of 51.
Draw - will probably be enough to stay up but if both East Thurrock United win and Wingate win (and turn around a goal difference of -5 against Enfield) then it's 21st place.
Loss - could still stay up but if both East Thurrock United and Wingate both win then it's 21st place and relegation

EAST THURROCK UNITED 
Win - if Wingate draw or lose then it will be enough for them to stay up
Draw - As their goal difference +12 better than Wingate then even if the blues match them with a draw they will stay up
Loss - could still stay up if Wingate lose

WINGATE AND FINCHLEY
Win - if East Thurrock United draw or lose if will be enough for them to stay up
Draw - as above - if East Thurrock match their result the blues will be relegated on goal difference
Loss - will be relegated unless East Thurrock United lose by over 12 goals (and the goals W&F concede) then they will stay up on goal difference. This is a big IF!

THAMESMEAD TOWN 
Need to win BIG as they can only get to 46 points and their goal difference is -31 in contrast to East Thurrock's -20. They will need a remarkable set of results to stay up.


Monday, 7 April 2014

ANOTHER VICTORY FOR THE TOWNERS - RYMAN PREMIER RELEGATION UPDATE

There were wins for Enfield Town (1-4 at Carshalton Athletic) and East Thurrock United (2-0 at home to Canvey Island) in the race to stay out of the remaining relegation places at the weekend. W&F lost 4-2 at Dulwich Hamlet pulling them further towards the drop zone and Thamesmead Town now look to need a miracle to stay up following their 3-0 defeat at Leiston. The defeat for Carshalton Athletic and Cray Wanderers 0-4 home loss versus Kingstonian confirmed both clubs relegation who occupy places 23 and 24.

Harrow Borough in 18th place will probably need just one more win to stay out of it with what The Cold End has written about for a few weeks in that it's basically now a three-way battle between Enfield Town, Wingate and Finchley and East Thurrock United to stay out of finishing in 21st place.

East Thurrock and Enfield Town play the game in hand they have over W&F this midweek with Margate visiting Rookery Hill and Lewes travelling to Donkey Lane. Wingate's next game comes on Saturday when they travel to Bognor Regis Town.

Ryman Premier Division Current Table 
positions 18 to 22 only
POS TEAM P GD PTS POSS PTS
18 HARROW BOROUGH 41 -6 49 64
19 ENFIELD TOWN 40 -24 43 61
20 WINGATE AND FINCHLEY 41 -30 42 57
21 EAST THURROCK UNITED 40 -19 39 57
22 THAMESMEAD TOWN 42 -37 34 46

It could all come down to Easter Weekend when Enfield Town travel to Wingate and Finchley on Saturday 19th April and then entertain East Thurrock United at Donkey Lane on Bank Holiday Easter Monday.

The Cold End won't be updated for a few weeks due to some essential computer maintenance at Cold End HQ so to keep in touch with what's happening follow @ETFCOfficial@etfc_ultras or one of the many non-league/Ryman fans on twitter.

Talking of the fantastic Enfield Town Ultras here is the latest video of the fans and some action from the game at Carshalton Athletic including the football genius Jamie Richards @thericho9 breaking one of the Ultra's drums -

footballwebpages.co.uk is also the go to place to check on all the league positions and statistics in the Ryman League.

The Cold End will return at the end of April.
THREE WAY BATTLE TO AVOID FINAL RELEGATION PLACE?
ENFIELD TOWN , EAST THURROCK UNITED AND WINGATE & FINCHLEY



Friday, 4 April 2014

TOWN BATTLE TO VICTORY AGAINST BOGNOR REGIS TOWN

The Enfield Town players put in an heroic performance full of pride and passion at Donkey Lane last night in beating play-off chasing Bognor Regis Town - winning 2-1 after coming back from being 0-1 down to a very good footballing side at half-time. Many of The Town starting XI had played on Thursday, Saturday, Tuesday and now Thursday as well as having full-time jobs so the next time you hear a Premier Division player complaining about being tired due to the number of games they have played they really don't have anything to moan about! The Cold End took a night off from filming and sampled the amazing atmosphere behind the goal with the Enfield Town Ultras. Muzzy was on hand to capture the evening's events which are well worth a watch below.

George Borg summed up what an inspirational motivational manager he is by wearing a t-shirt which stated 'PROUD OF MY PLAYERS' and then banging on one of the Ultra's drums. He will know the job is not done yet and lot's of hard graft is still in store over the next few weeks if the Town are to stay up.

The evening was maybe the first and last time Wealdstone fans cheered an Enfield Town victotry and Town fans cheered a Stones win. Town's victory put a dent in The Rock's outside chance of winning the title and our Middlesex rival's 0-3 win at East Thurrock United helped The Town out at the bottom of the table.


Town travel to bottom side Carshalton Athletic tomorrow afternoon where an away victory would confirm the home side's relegation. It would put Town on 43 points with The Robins only able to then get a possible points total of 41. If Cray were to lose their game at home to play-off challenger's Kingstonian and Enfield Town win then both The Wands and The Robins will be relegated.

As The Cold End has stated before it now does look like a race between Wingate and Finchley, Enfield Town and East Thurrock United as to who finishes in the last relegation place.

Other matches involving the bottom of the table tomorrow are Wingate and Finchley traveling to Dulwich Hamlet with East Thurrock United entertaining Essex rival's Canvey Island. Thamesmead Town have a really tough looking trip to Leiston who were really impressive against Town last weekend.

RYMAN PREMIER DIVISION CURRENT TABLE
bottom six only - red denotes relegation places
TEAM P GD PTS POSS PTS
WINGATE AND FINCHLEY 40 -28 42 60
ENFIELD TOWN  39 -27 40 61
EAST THURROCK UNITED 39 -21 36 57
THAMESMEAD TOWN 41 -34 34 49
CRAY WANDERERS  40 -83 26 44
CARSHALTON ATHLETIC  39 -48 23 44

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

CONTROVERSIAL ENDING TO GAME BUT WINSLOW COLLECT THREE POINTS



It was a real scrappy game played on Wednesday night at Wodson Park as neither side really got going and caused any sort of sustained goal-mouth action to write about. The visitors, Winslow United, took the lead in the first half and the longer the game went on I thought the only chance the hosts were going to get to score was via a set-piece. They got that chance right on 90+ minutes when the referee awarded a penalty for what he adjudged to be a foul in the box to the amazement of both sets of supporters and club officials present. The video evidence is below. Wodson Park missed a great chance to collect a good point when the Winslow keeper saved well by diving to his left with the resulting cross ball going agonisingly just past the post and just in front of a Wodson player's outstretched leg.

Wodson Park have moved back to their spiritual home at the Athletic's track towards the rear of the complex this campaign after sharing with Ware for two seasons. The ground is very sparse at the moment as you can see from the pictures but there are plans for 100 seater stand to be built very soon.