Friday, 22 August 2014

IF YOU CAN'T MAKE THE TOWN WHY NOT VISIT GOLDSDOWN ROAD?

Regular visitors to this website will know I am an Enfield Town fan as a large percentage of the matches filmed are of George Borg's side in action. Sometimes fans are unable to make Town away games for a variety of reasons so The Cold End recommends if you are local to Enfield to take a trip back to Goldsdown Road to watch either Bush Hill Rangers or Brimsdown in action. 

Rangers were promoted from the Hertfordshire Senior County League Premier Division in the summer and now play in the Spartan South Midlands League Division One (Step 6) with Brimsdown FC formed in 2013 playing one level below in Division Two. The Limers (as Brimsdown are nicknamed) used The Downs pitch for the 2013/14 campaign but now play on the main pitch along with Bush Hill with Enfield 1893 FC currently ground sharing at Harlow Town. Ex Burnham Ramblers centre forward George Sonko is one to watch for Rangers - He has scored in each of their three games so far this season! 

BUSH HILL RANGERS FORTHCOMING HOME FIXTURES
Saturday 23rd August - BEDFORD FC 
Saturday 6th September - CHESHAM UNITED RES 
Saturday 13th September - SOUTHALL 
Wednesday 24th September - BALDOCK TOWN (Challenge Trophy Round One) 

Brimsdown FC only have one scheduled forthcoming game against PITSTONE & IVINGHOE on Saturday 30th August. They start their league campaign tomorrow with an away trip to The 61 FC (Luton). 

Thursday, 21 August 2014

RYMAN PREMIER DIVISION - THE SEASON SO FAR

Ryman Premier Division - Current Table
TEAM P GD PTS
MAIDSTONE UNITED 4 +7 12
MARGATE 4 +6 12
DULWICH HAMLET 4 +5 10
KINGSTONIAN 4 +5 10
LEISTON 4 +4 9
HENDON 4 +3 9
WINGATE & FINCHLEY 4 +6 7
CANVEY ISLAND 4 +2 7
METROPOLITAN POLICE 4 +1 7
EAST THURROCK UNITED 4 0 7
WITHAM TOWN 4 +2 6
BILLERICAY TOWN 4 +2 6
TONBRIDGE ANGELS 4 +1 6
HARROW BOROUGH 4 +1 6
LEATHERHEAD 4 0 5
PEACEHAVEN & TELSCOMBE 4 0 4
ENFIELD TOWN  4 -4 4
LEWES 4 -4 2
GRAYS ATHLETIC 4 -4 2
BURY TOWN 4 -6 2
AFC HORNCHURCH 4 -6 1
BOGNOR REGIS TOWN 4 -5 0
HAMPTON AND RICHMOND  4 -8 0
VCD ATHLETIC  4 -8 0

With just four games down the Ryman Premier Division has a familiar look to it with Maidstone United, Dulwich Hamlet and Kingstonian all in the top five along with pre-season title favourite's Margate and Leiston who have lost just one of their four games to Dulwich Hamlet.

Only two teams are left with a 100% record being the top two of Margate and Maidstone United. The Kent rivals join Dulwich Hamlet, Kingstonian  and Witham Town (11th - 3 draws and 1 win) as the only five teams without a defeat.

At the bottom of the table VCD Athletic, Hampton and Richmond and Bognor Regis Town all have a 100% losing records with both Hampton, Bognor and AFC Hornchurch (one win and three defeats) all somewhat surprisingly occupying the bottom four.

Highest scorers presently are table topper's Maidstone United and Wingate & Finchley (7th place) on eleven goals scored. Lowest scorers are Bury Town on just one goal. The team with the best defence are Margate who have conceded only two goals with Hampton and Richmond Borough the worst who have let in eleven goals.

Wingate have certainly made the best of their relegation reprieve by winning two of their opening four games with centre-forward David Knight scoring six goals in the process. He tops the division's golden boot list followed by John Curran (5) of Canvey Island and Bradley Hudson Odoi (Met Police), Gareth Heath (Leiston) and Tommy Whitnell (Tonbridge Angels) on four goals each.

Margate and Maidstone United both have home games this weekend against Billericay Town and Bury Town so will be odds on to continue their perfect start to the season. Bet365.com will currently give you odds of 1.14/1 for a Stones/Gate double!

FA CUP MAGIC - A FAMOUS NIGHT FOR THE CITIZENS

The magic of the FA Cup was evident in Potters Bar on Wednesday evening as Welwyn Garden City (step 6 of the non-league pyramid) defeated Hadley (Step 5) in their Extra Preliminary Round replay. The Citizens were much the better side in the first half and it was centre-back Jack Dekanski who scored twice to make it 0-2 at half time. The ex Leyton Orient youth team and Cambridge City player more than made up for his slip which allowed Hadley's Dom Petrucci to score in the first game on Saturday. Welwyn could of gone in at the break three or four goals up as the hit the post, bar and had an effort cleared off the line. 

Hadley came back into the game scoring with a wonderful strike from outside the box by Dan Macateer but Adam Fisher's determined, hard working and organised side held on for a famous victory to the delight of the noisy band of travelling fans who had made the journey down the A1. Hadley were unlucky not to get back to 2-2 - Welwyn goalkeeper Joe Croft made two terrific saves to keep them down to just one goal and could they have had a penalty in the second half (see from 3m 58secs on the video highlights)  

Welwyn Garden City travel to Thurlow Nunn Division One side Saffron Walden Town in the next round on Saturday 30th August which should attract a good crowd to Catons Lane. 

Adam Fisher summed up the mood in the Welwyn camp by tweeting - '"Been in 45 mins and not even taken my shoes off or sat down yet!! Buzzing!! Football insomnia tonight I think!!"

Full match highlights are below 



Wednesday, 20 August 2014

TOWN HANG ON TO SECURE FIRST LEAGUE WIN OF THE SEASON

It wasn't a pretty game and won't live long in the memory but a combination of Tyler Campbell's early goal and some brilliant saves by Nathan McDonald secured Enfield Town their first three point haul of the campaign last night. Visitor's VCD Athletic can count themselves unlucky not to have left North London with at least a point as they were the more threatening side especially in the second half and when very late on in the game hitting the post and scoring from the rebound only to be flagged offside by the assistant referee.

VCD's small travelling band of supporters were also questioning if there was a foul by Town's Michael Kalu on Ellis Green in the build up to Town's goal...see from 1min 15secs on the video.

Formation comparison
Above - Enfield Town missed Corey Whitley up front/on the wings. Michael Kalu had a decent game but Town looked like they needed more width at times.
Below - Duckworth, Power and Green stretched the Town back line for VCD - especially Green who hugged the right hand touchline for most of the game keeping Phil Kane busy.

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS 

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

A QUICK WORD WITH.....PHILIP PETERS


The Hertsavers Senior County League Division One has a new name for the 2014/15 campaign with Hampstead Heath Football Club joining. The Cold End caught up with their manager Philip Peters to see what's happening in preparation for the new season.  

 WHAT IS THE HISTORY BEHIND THE FORMATION OF HAMPSTEAD HEATH FC?
Hampstead Heath FC was established in the summer of 2014 by a small group of boys who went to school together in Hampstead. The Heath has played home to their training, matches and fond memories for many years.

WHAT IS YOUR FOOTBALL HISTORY? 
As a youngster I was training with Spurs and was offered the opportunity to join the academy at Levante in Spain (then a Segunda Division team), however this pipedream was abandoned in favour of getting an education in the UK.
I spent my formative years at the now defunct Kinnor Football Club where I was a prolific goalscorer (albeit peaking at the age of 11) before a horrific leg-break at 14 put a stop to my footballing development. After intensive rehabilitation I trained as a referee before taking the reins of North London Junior FC and then establishing Norstar FC as player-manager in the years that followed, securing successive promotions to take them to the top division of the Maccabi Southern Football League.
Despite a number of interesting deals being on the table, from the Maccabi League’s top clubs, the offer from Hampstead Heath was truly mind-blowing and so I decided to try my luck at managing in the non-league system.

WHAT ARE THE AIMS FOR HHFC THIS SEASON AND BEYOND? WHAT WOULD YOU CONSIDER A SUCCESSFUL SEASON? 
As a brand new team, our immediate aim is to establish ourselves in the division and play some decent football. Maybe I’ll have a better idea of our aims after we’ve played a few matches.

HOW CAN THE FA IMPROVE GRASS ROOTS GAME? HOW CAN THE FA IMPROVE THE ENGLAND NATIONAL TEAM? 
Make 11 a-side football more fun and more affordable. Grass pitches and facilities are by and large appalling and those that aren’t are prohibitively expensive. More all-weather pitches would be great as well.

IS THE TEAM PLAYING ON THE 3G SURFACE AT THE HIVE THIS SEASON? HOW WILL YOU PREPARE DIFFERENTLY AS OPPOSED TO GRASS? 
We’ll be playing on a beautiful grass surface that The Hive have been preparing for us all summer. We had our first friendly there last weekend and it’s looking great.

WHO IS THE BEST PLAYER AT HHFC?
At the moment we’re yet to confirm our squad for the season and I’ve only been working with the boys for a few weeks however the away fans were left salivating over Simon Lawrence's first half hatrick against Old Aldenhiams last weekend so he's certainly one to watch.

Hampstead Heath start their league campaign with three home games against Kimpton Rovers (Saturday 30th August), Hinton (Saturday 6th September) and Knebworth (Saturday 13th September) before an away trip to Broadfields on Saturday 20th September. They could face Broadfields again in the Middlesex FA Junior Cup as they face the winners of the Broadfields v Kodak game on Saturday 1st November. 

You can follow Hampstead Heath on twitter @HHFC_ and also follow Philip @philpete

HADLEY & WELWYN PLAY AGAIN THIS WEDNESDAY

The Welwyn Garden City FC team line-up before the game
The magic of the FA Cup began over the weekend as many teams started on the long road to Wembley ready to win some much needed prize money in the early rounds of the competition. There was a Spartan South Midlands Division One v Premier Division game at Herns Lane as Welwyn Garden City hosted Hadley. For the Citizens it was a day of celebration as they were playing their first FA Cup game since 2010/11 - over the summer many volunteers at the club have worked tirelessly improving the pitch, the ground and clubhouse to good effect as the playing surface has never looked better in my opinion. A decent crowd of 123 people saw a game of few chances which didn't really live up to expectation. Hadley scored early with The Citizens having the best of the second half and deservedly equalising via Jason Caswell. The final score being 1-1. The replay takes place this Wednesday 20th August at Potters Bar Town where Hadley currently ground share.

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS


Wednesday, 13 August 2014

AKINOLA SHINES FOR HARROW IN MIDDLESEX DERBY VICTORY



Harrow Borough recorded their first victory of the season on an windy and wet evening at Earlsmead as Middlesex rival's Enfield Town visited. It certainly didn't feel like an August evening as the rain lashed down during the first half. Town started the brighter and enjoyed lots of possession but could only muster a Tyler Campbell effort which zipped across the goal on three minutes. Campbell was partnered by Mark Kirby up front who won lots of high balls and knock downs but Town failed to capitalise and the home side gradually found their feet and looked the most threatening. Attacker Simeon Akinola (number 11) and midfielder Ola Williams (7) were very impressive. Akinola caused the Town back-line problems throughout the game with his pace and power and Williams was very busy in the crucial midfield areas.

Town keeper Nathan McDonald made a great save from a header and Akinola hit the post in the best of the chances in the first half with both teams having all to play for in the second period.


Ball to Hand or Hand to Ball - Ryan Doyle's handball incident in the second half
The second half was very eventful with Harrow awarded a penalty on 70 minutes after Ryan Doyle was adjudged to have intentionally handled the ball in the box. Was it case of ball to hand or hand to ball? The above pictures do show Doyle had his hand above his head which is probably why it was given. The decision angered many of the visiting fans in the crowd of 206 but from looking at the replay (I maybe castigated by Enfield Town fans for saying this) from a neutral point of view you can see why the referee made his decision but then again there are strong arguments why it shouldn't of been given - It really was one of those that you've seen given and not seen given! (see from 4m 50secs on the video)

It didn't get any better for the Town as Doyle's central defensive partner Taylor Hastings was booked for what appeared to be a perfectly well timed tackle (see 8m 2secs on the video) and Adam Louth hit the cross bar from a looping left footed free kick on the right hand side.

Simeon Akinola (number 11) was man of the match on Tuesday evening at Earlsmead
Akinola showed his class on ninety minutes when through on goal he calmly and deftly chipped the ball over McDonald to make the game safe at 2-0 for the hosts.

Harrow Borough entertain league title favourite's Margate on Saturday with Enfield Town travelling to Bury Town who drew 0-0 at home to Witham Town yesterday evening. Margate travel to Grays Athletic tonight.

Full Match Highlights