Tuesday, 9 February 2016

FA VASE - THE ROAD TO WEMBLEY CONTINUES

Ipswich Wanderers and Bowers & Pitsea on Saturday - Picture @andythephoto

FA VASE FIXTURES

Saturday 13th February
Fifth Round Replay 
Bowers & Pitsea v Ipswich Wanderers

Saturday 20 February
Sixth Round - Quarter-Finals
Hereford v Camberley Town
Salisbury v Ashford United
Morpeth Town v Bristol Manor Farm
Ipswich Wanderers or Bowers & Pitsea v Kidlington

Six of the last Seven winners of the FA Vase have been members of the Northern League - this season it is now down to Morpeth Town to continue this record as Dunston UTS (2-3 at home to Ashford United in replay), Sunderland RCA (2-3 at home to Bristol Manor Farm) and Newton Aycliffe (5-0 at Camberley Town) were all knocked out in the Fifth Round. Last season's winners North Shields were knocked out be Morpeth Town at the Fourth Round stage. There will be definitely a new name engraved on the famous trophy as none of the teams left in the competition have won the Vase previously.

The last remaining Fifth Round tie will be brought to a conclusion (hopefully) now on Saturday afternoon at The Len Salmon Stadium as Essex Senior League side Bowers and Pitsea host Thurlow Nunn Premier Division side Ipswich Wanderers in their replay following a 1-1 draw in Suffolk on Saturday. The game was scheduled for Tuesday evening but was cancelled at the pitch wasn't playable.

Bowers celebrate their goal - Picture @andythephoto

Ipswich celebrate their equaliser - Picture @andythephoto

Who's who left in the FA Vase?

HEREFORD FC
Formed in December 2014 after the sad demise of Hereford United. Peter Beadle's side are top of the Midland League Premier Division by ten points and look Champion's Elect although Alvechurch with four games in hand and eleven points back may still have a say. They took a few games to get going with a playing record of two wins, three defeats and one draw in August but they then went on a amazing winning run of twenty-seven league and cup games which was ended with a 1-1 draw at home to Alvechurch in the league in front of 4026 people at Edgar Street on Saturday 23rd January. They have since beaten their title rivals in the League Cup 3-1 and Hartley Witney in the Vase (1-4 away).
Could they in their first season as Hereford FC make a clean sweep of the Midland League Premier Division, Midland League Cup (they face Highgate United in the QF), Herefordshire Challenge Cup (they face West Midlands (Regional) League Division One Kington Town in the SF) and FA Vase?

CAMBERLEY TOWN
The Krooners are in with a shout of the Combined Counties League Premier Division title after finishing runner's up for the past two seasons. They are currently in third position with 54 points from 23 games played with the table topper's Ashford Town (Middx) on a record of 62 points from 26 games played. Their league game on Saturday 13th February at current second placed Hartley Wintney will be very important in the run up to the big game at Edgar Street the weekend after. Camberley Town are only one of three teams to record wins at Essex Senior League table topper's FC Romania in nineteen league and cup games played (Whitton United (FA Cup) and Basildon United (ESL) were the others) - they won 1-2 in the Fourth Round.

SALISBURY FC
The second of three phoenix clubs left in the Vase this season. Formed following the demise of Salisbury City and managed by Steve Claridge they are Champion's elect of the Sydenham's Wessex Football League Premier Division currently eight points ahead of second placed Blackfield and Langley with one games in hand. Since the beginning of October they have played 23 league and cup games winning 21 of those with only 2 defeats against Blackfield and Langley in the league and Laverstock & Ford in the Salisbury Hospitals Cup a game which saw Claridge make a raft of changes, with only five players started or on the bench, from the previous game. They like a goal - In 11 of the 21 victories they have scored 5+ goals.

ASHFORD UNITED
Ashford United formed in 2011 out of the ashes of Ashford Town who went into administration. The Nuts and Bolts are currently in third place of the Southern Counties East Football League eighteen points behind leader's Hollands and Blair with four games in hand. They had an excellent result at 2012 Vase winner's Dunston UTS in the last round winning 2-3 in a replay with Ashford getting the winner in injury time. Since the beginning of November their only two defeats in twenty league and cup games have come against Greenwich Borough (2nd in the league) and the aforementioned league leader's Hollands and Blair. 

Contrasting fortunes of cup football. The final whistle as Berkhamsted (in yellow) are knocked out by Morpeth Town. Picture - @thejakewhiteley

Morpeth Town celebrate reaching the Quarter-Finals. Will they be celebrating at Wembley?  Picture @thejakewhiteley
MORPETH TOWN
Morpeth lies 22 miles North of Newcastle - On Old English it is "morð-pæð" which translated means "Murder Path" although the exact incident which brought rise to this name all those years are is not known. The Highwaymen are in third place of the Northern League Division One eleven points below current leader's Shildon with six games in hand so they are in with a chance of winning the title.

BRISTOL MANOR FARM
Bristol Manor Farm's stadium is known as 'The Creek' and is on West side of the City on the banks of the River Avon. They were formed in 1960 and joined the Western League in 1977 with their best finish being runner's up in the Premier Division in 2013/14. They are looking to go one better this season as they are currently 2nd by 2 points from Odd Down who crucially for them have two games in hand at present. Their last defeat came on Saturday 7th November at Barnstaple Town (2-0) in a league fixture.

IPSWICH WANDERERS or BOWERS AND PITSEA
Bowers and Pitsea are going to have an extremely busy business end of the season with many games in hand to be played in the Essex Senior League - if they win all (or most) of them they will be involved in the title race.
The Wanderers have reserved their best from for the Vase as they are in 15th place of the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division with a record of seven wins from nineteen games played.

KIDLINGTON
Five miles North of Oxford Kidlington is famous for "London Oxford Airport" - Another side who have games in hand (mostly due to the Vase games played) over sides above them in their league's title race. They are 13 points behind table topper's Thatcham Town with 4 games in hand.

The FA Vase final will be held on Sunday 22nd May 2016 on the same day as the FA Trophy final so it'll be a really good day out for fans of all clubs up and down the country. 

Sunday, 7 February 2016

DEJA VU FOR ENFIELD TOWN FC

SEASON P W D L GF GA GD PTS
2014/15 32 15 4 13 45 43 +2 49
2015/16 32 15 4 13 46 37 +9 49

After 32 Ryman Premier Division games played Enfield Town have a near identical record than last season where they finished in 5th position and should of qualified for the play-offs but were denied due to the much publicised points deduction. Not many fans expected Bradley Quinton's side to do it last season and some have said they won't do it this season.

Arguably it's a more difficult task this season with many of the teams also vying for the coveted play-off places having games in hand over the Town. If you are local to Enfield why not come down and give the team some much needed support in what is set to be an exciting run-in to the business end of the season. We could see Enfield Town travelling to current league leader's Hampton & Richmond Borough on the final day of the season (Saturday 23rd April) with the home side needed a win to clinch the title and the visitors requiring 3 points to finish in fifth place - what a game that could be?

ENFIELD TOWN'S FORTHCOMING FIXTURES 

Tuesday 9th February - WINGATE & FINCHLEY (H) - Ryman League Cup Quarter Final 
Thursday 11th February - HARROW BOROUGH (H) - Middlesex Charity Cup SF
Saturday 13th February - LEWES (H) - Ryman Premier Division 
Saturday 20th February - Staines Town (A) - RPD 
Tuesday 23rd February - ASHFORD TOWN (H) - Middlesex Senior Cup Semi-Final
Saturday 27th February - VCD ATHLETIC (H) - RPD 
Saturday 5th March - Metropolitan Police (A) - RPD


ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE - THE RACE FOR THE TITLE

POS TEAM P GD PTS POSS PTS PPG FORM WIN%
1 FC ROMANIA 27 +59 64 103 2.37 WWWWWW 74.07%
2 BASILDON UNITED 26 +32 59 101 2.27 WWWDLD 73.08%
3 BARKING 25 +32 53 98 2.12 WWWWLW 64.00%
4 SAWBRIDGEWORTH TOWN 26 +16 49* 91 1.88 LWWDLL 57.69%
5 ILFORD 25 +21 47 92 1.88 WLWDWL 56.00%
6 WADHAM LODGE 28 +17 46 82 1.64 WWLWLL 46.43%
7 BOWERS & PITSEA19 +35 44 107 2.32 WLWWLW 60.87%

The race for the title in the Essex Senior League has a somewhat distorted feel to it with FC Romania and Basildon United currently leading the way but with Bowers & Pitsea (currently 7th place) arguably in the best placed position to challenge. B&P were in FA Vase action today gained a creditable 1-1 draw AET at Ispwich Wanderers but this means a replay which adds to their already congested fixture list. This past week they played on Monday evening at Colchester United in the Essex Senior Cup and on Wednesday at London Bari in the league as well as the afformentioned Vase game. 

Since a 2-2 draw against Bowers & Pitsea on Saturday 24th October FC Romania have won thirteen league games in a row including all important victories v Sawbridgeworth Town, Barking and Ilford.  Next Saturday see's the biggest game of the season so far as FCR travel to The Len Salmon Stadium to play Bowers & Pitsea - the result of this game could have a big say in where the league title ends up.

FORTHCOMING KEY MATCHES
Saturday 13th February
BOWERS AND PITSEA v FC ROMANIA
A huge game in the title race.

Friday 19th February
ETON MANOR v GREENHOUSE SPORTS
Obviously not a match that features teams involved in the title race but this is a chance for local football fans to see some Friday night football at Goffs Lane. It may not be as eventful as Eton Manor's home game against Southend Manor yesterday which saw 6 (SIX) players sent off for one incident in injury time at the end of the match!

Saturday 20th February
BASILDON UNITED v BOWERS & PITSEA*
* subject to Bower's FA Vase result versus Ipswich - if they get through they will play Kidlington in the Quarter-Final at home on this date.
Another huge game for B&P. Not just a local derby game as both teams have title ambitions. This game should attract a decent crowd of 200+ to The Longmans Motors Stadium.

Tuesday 23rd February
BASILDON UNITED v FC ROMANIA
Another game where the result of which may have a bearing on which team wins the title at the end of the season.

Saturday 27th February
WADHAM LODGE v FC ROMANIA
Even the most ardent of Wadham fans will know they have played too many games to be involved in the title race but they will be very pleased with their team's debut season at Step five of the non-league ladder. They will be looking forward to welcoming FCR to E17.

Saturday, 6 February 2016

STILL NO WINS FOR ST FRANCIS RANGERS BUT A CHANGE IN MANAGEMENT

Picture courtesy of @Pier__Pressure
The Cold End brought to you news of Southern Combination League Premier Division side St Francis Rangers and their win-less record a few weeks ago. Since then Rangers have parted company with then boss Kai Bichard and recruited League Tow Barnet FC's head of recruitment Joe Monks as new manager who has signed a number of new players all aged between 17 and 22 - a number from The Bee's academy.  

Today was Monk's first game in charge as they welcomed Eastbourne Town and their brilliant fans, who you can follow on twitter at the above link, to The Colwell Ground. Town recorded a 0-9 victory - they are currently top of the division and looking at a return to Ryman League football which they left in 2014.

So it's twenty four games so far and twenty four defeats along with -165 goal difference! Next weekend they make the journey to eighth placed Pagham looking for that illusive draw or even a victory.

FA SUNDAY CUP - UPDATE

The FA Sunday Cup is down the last eight (Fifth Round) aside from one game scheduled to be played in the Fourth Round tomorrow between Burradon & New Fordley and Hardwick Social. The full line up of fixtures for the Fifth Round is as follows -

The Molly v Campfield 
A Mersyside derby as The Molly (of the Liverpool & District Sunday League) take on current holder's Campfield (of the Liverpool Business Houses League).

OJM v Burradon & New Fordley/Hardwick Social 
Birmingham/West Midland's based OJM (named after Oliver J Mee, a former soldier, who was tragically murdered in 2007) of the Warley District Sunday League were last season's runners up and they face the winners of the Burradon & New Fordley and Hardwick Social clash. Burradon are members of the Blyth and Wansbeck Sunday League and is a village to the North of Newcastle and South of Blyth. Hardwick Social are members of the Stockton Sunday League so for tomorrow's game it'll be very competative Newcastle v Middlesborough affair. 

Barnes AFC v Black Horse (Redditch)
Barnes AFC (members of the Chiswick & District Sunday League) and are not to be confused with Barnes Albion who also play in the same division and were runner's up in the competition in 2013. They host Black Horse who were formed back in 1961 and play in the Redditch and South Warwickshire Combination.

St Josephs (Sunday) v New Salamis 
This should be a cracking cup tie as St Josephs (of the North Home Counties Sunday League), who have a rich history in the competition winning it in 1995 and 1996 as well as being runner's up in 98,99 and 2006, welcome last season's semi-finalists to Arlesey Town's ground. Haringey based New Salamis play in the KOPA Cypriot Football League.

LAST FOUR WINNERS 
2015 - Campfield
2014 - Humbledon Plains Farm 
2013 - Oyster Martyrs 
2012 - Hetton Lyons Cricket Club 

Sunday, 31 January 2016

WADHAM LODGE SUPPORT THE DANNY WALTON FUND


Wednesday 10th February 2016 is another date for local football fan's as Wadham Lodge welcome Sawbridgeworth Town to East London for their Gordon Brasted Quarter-Final game. The club will be donating a percentage of the gate fee and holding a collection for a very worthwhile cause.

Danny Walton is a 16 year old boy, who lives locally, who has Cerebral Palsy which severely affects his movement meaning he is unable to walk and needs a wheelchair to get out and about. His speech and language are limited and he requires 24 hour care.

A decent turnout from the local football family would be great to see. Let's hope Wadham Lodge raise a good amount of money.

If you are close to E17 why not get down to Wadham Lodge to see the game and support Danny.

HELP THE HAMLET SUPPORT REFUGEES


Wednesday 2nd March is a date to mark in your diary as Ryman Premier Division Dulwich Hamlet have arranged a friendly game against Middlesex County League club FC Assyria to raise money and resources for refugees in the local area.

The game came about after Southwark Councillor Jasmine Ali made an initial approach to the Chairman of the Dulwich Hamlet Supporters' Trust Duncan Hart, to see if our club could help to highlight and fund raise in some way, after being approached by some of the local people, originally from Syria, who she represents as their local councillor.Duncan then passed on her details to fellow Trust Board member Mishi Morath, who could take the idea forward, as a member of the Football Club Committee.

FC Assyria compete in the Middlesex County Premier Division which is one above Stonewall FC who played at Champion Hill in 2015 in a friendly 'Anti-Homophobia' match 

The club were formed in the late 1960's to represent the Assyrian Society of United Kingdom in Ealing, West London. Over the past thirty years or so, the team have successfully competed in the local leagues, challenging for both league and cup honours. These traditions are still alive today with the team playing at Step Seven of the non-league ladder.

The Assyrians of today are the indigenous Aramaic-speaking descendants of the ancient Assyrian people, one of the earliest civilisations emerging in the Middle East, and have a history spanning over 6750 years. The Assyrians are Christian, with their own unique language, culture and heritage living mainly in Iraq, Syria, Iran and Turkey. Unfortunately due to War and ISIS attacks, many Assyrians have had to flee their homelands and become Refugees. This game gives Dulwich supporters and all local fans an opportunity to reach out to both the local refugee community in Southwark and across London.

All of the money raised at the match will be split between two very important charities, one local to Dulwich and one national. The Southwark Refugee Communities Forum are one of Hamlet's match partners, with the other half being donated to the much larger national British Red Cross Syria Appeal.

Mishi Morath stated "This really is a case of each & every one of us pulling together & all mucking in, doing something that’s appreciated & backed not just by our own fans, but the whole of our wider community in SE22 & beyond.”

The game kicks off at 7.45pm with admission only £5 for adults, £2 concessions & all under 12's free.

FA Assyria have a chance of getting to the Middlesex Intermediate Cup Final as they face fellow Middlesex County Premier Division club Indian Gymkhana Club in their next game on Saturday 6th March. Their games in the competition so far have produced a number of goals - In Round Two they beat Pitshanger Dynamo 6-4 and in the Quarter Final they squeezed through 3-4 at AFC Hillgate.

Check out Dulwich's website for more information on the game - pitchero.com/clubs/dulwichhamlet