Monday, 16 October 2017

THURLOW NUNN PREMIER DIVISION - THE SEASON SO FAR



PREMIER DIVISION TABLE 
TOP FOUR ONLY 
POS TEAM P GD PTS FORM
1 FELIXSTOWE & WALTON UTD 16 +34 45 WWLWWW
2 COGGESHALL TOWN  13 +32 31 LWWWDW
3 NEWMARKET TOWN  15 +26 31 LDWWWD
4 BRANTHAM ATHLETIC  14 +16 30 WWWWWW

Felixstowe and Walton United lead the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division by a comfortable fourteen points from Coggeshall Town who could close the gap down to five points if they win the three games in hand they have over the current tale toppers. 

The Seasiders have won fifteen of their sixteen league games played with their only defeat being a 4-0 loss at Saffron Walden Town on Saturday 30th September. That game had twelve cautions, one red card for the home side, three penalty kicks and an own goal - reports state is wasn't even a dirty game!! 

Coggeshall Town, known as The Seedgrowers, were promoted from Division One last season after joining the league from the Essex and Suffolk Border League where they were Premier Division Champions and League Cup winners - It's great to see them making a come back up the pyramid after they dropped out of the Essex Senior League in 1989. Over four seasons from 1984 to 1988 (they didn't play in the 86/87 campaign) they bottom of the table on every occasion conceding 466 in 126 games played. 

Felixstowe won the game between the two title challengers on Saturday 26th August at Coggeshall by a score of 1-2. 

Third placed Brantham Athletic lost 5-1 at Felixstowe on Friday 15th September but have since won six league games in a row. 

In the race for the golden boot Josh Mayhew of Stowmarket Town (currently in 8th place - they were champions of Division One last season) has 14 goals in 13 league games played along with Miles Powell of Fleixstowe who has 14 in 16 league games played. Mayhew played in the Isthmian Division One (North) last season for Bury Town where he scored seventeen times in forty appearances. Powell spent the second half of the 2016/17 campaign out of the game with a serious injury so United's fan's will be pleased to see him amongst the goals. 

At the bottom of the table it's been a disappointing season for Fakenham Town so far who have just one win and one draw from their eleven league games played. They lost at home to Hadley and Ottaway Anglian Combination Division One side Yelverton in the Norfolk Senior Cup on Saturday. 

Felixstowe's next three league games come away at Gorleston, away at Godmanchester Rovers and at home to Hadleigh United. They also have an interesting FA Vase game at Wisbech Town (currently 10th in the United Counties League Premier) this coming Saturday. 

Sunday, 15 October 2017

WOODFORD TOWN COME BACK TO PICK UP THE THREE POINTS


PRIOR TO KICK OFF EVERYONE PRESENT FELL SILENT TO PAY RESPECTS TO WALTHAM FOREST CHAIRMAN TURGUT ESENDAGLI WHO SADLY PASSED AWAY DURING THE WEEK. 

Woodford Town welcomed Basildon United to Goffs Lane yesterday for an Essex Senior League game. Under new manager Marc Harrison the visitors have made a great start to their 2017/18 campaign winning eight, drawing one and losing only one of their ten league games played prior to kick off. The only defeat came at home to Enfield 1893 FC on Saturday 16th September who picked up a 1-2 victory at The Stuart Bingham Stadium. They had also not conceded a goal in their previous five games prior to kick off. 


BIRTHDAY BOY NICK WILSON PLAYED IN GOAL FOR WOODFORD TOWN

"Woodford Town (2017) FC" to give them their full title are managed by Dee Safer who is assisted by former Clapton assistant manager Neil Day had lost 1-5 at home to Waltham Forest in their previous game which was in the Errington Challenge Cup. 


BASILDON UNITED BROUGHT A GOOD NUMBER OF FANS WITH THEM WHICH WAS GREAT TO SEE

This was a really entertianing game with five goals scored (I nearly missed Basildon's first goal as my camera was having trouble focusing). Woodford's Dion Lewis-Kirwan scored the first goal which was a brilliant finish from outside of the box equalled by the acrobatic celebration. Basildon equalised via Marcus Bowers after a mix up between Woodford keeper Nick Wilson (playing on his 35th birthday) and his defenders allowed Bowers to tap home. Wilson made a number of good saves during the game so it was a good birthday for him. 

I was really impressed with Woodford's left-back Ola Ogunwamide whose pacey forward runs caused Basildon problems throughout the game. He is player with real potential and I think will play at a higher level sooner rather than later. 

Both sides had chances to score before Ashley Blackburn scored from close range after Wilson had parried a shot into his path to make it 1-2. 



Full credit to Woodford who scored almost immediately after through Ogunwamide who dribbled the ball past a number of players on the edge of the box and smashed the ball home to the delight of his team-mates and supporters present.



With the game drifting towards ending all square Jack Grosvenor found himself unmarked and in acres of space at the back post which allowed him to head home from a corner to take home a very welcome three points for the home side. 

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS


Basildon United host Barkingside in a league game on Tuesday evening before welcoming SSMFL Premier Division side Biggleswade FC in the FA Vase next weekend. Woodford have a tough looking trip to table topper's Takeley on Tuesday evening in a league fixture before hosting Clapton in the London Senior Cup on Tuesday 24th October. Takeley won 5-4 at home to Enfield 1893 FC yesterday - it had been 3-3 on 80 minutes. 



Friday, 13 October 2017

JACK MORDECAI SCORES GOAL OF THE SEASON CONTENDER

Baldock Town continued their impressive unbeaten league record on Wednesday evening with a comfortable 3-0 home victory over local rival's Langford which will be remembered for Jack Mordecai's secord half strike from outside of the box which is a clear goal of the season contender. Aside from a few chances created by the away side it was Baldock who dominated the game from start to finish. Alex Coppin scored in the third minute (not captured on camera unfortunately as I was late arriving) and after Mordecai's goal it was the impressive Josh Coley who rounded things up with a close range finish. It could of been more if it weren't for the cross-bar (twice) and if Luke Gregson's side had been a little more clinical in front of goal it would of been a victory by a bigger margin. 

At the time of writing Mordecai's goal has been viewed over 5,800 times on twitter via @thecoldend and has also been shared on @101greatgoals,  @NonLeaguePaper and @NonLgeChallenge with the headlines 'WHAT A STRIKE' AND 'GO LOOK UP THE WORD "PING" IN THE DICTIONARY'. The Non-League Paper has also shared it on Facebook where it has been viewed over 600 times. 
Below are highlights of the game aside from the afformentioned first goal. 



Baldock host Broadfields United on Saturday with Langford on the road to Risborough Rangers looking to get back to winning ways after losing their last three league and cup games. 


Sunday, 8 October 2017

SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION - UPDATE


SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS LEAGUE 
PREMIER DIVISION 
CURRENT TABLE - TOP SIX ONLY 
TEAM P GD PTS
BERKHAMSTED 9 +16 23
BIGGLESWADE FC 10 +9 20
WELWYN GARDEN CITY  7 +13 19
WEMBLEY  11 +7 18
HARPENDEN TOWN  9 +5 17
HODDESDON TOWN  10 +4 17
Berkhamsted won the top of the table clash against Biggleswade FC yesterday in front of 137 people. Berko came back from 2-0 down to record an important 2-3 victory to preserve their unbeaten start to the league season. 

The other side without a defeat are Welwyn Garden City who won 0-2 at Stotfold. 

Three of the top six are in league action this midweek. Hoddesdon Town welcome seventh placed Leighton Town on Tuesday evening with Hadley (9th) welcoming Wembley and Welwyn Garden City hosting St Margaretsbury on Wednesday evening. 

In league only fixtures Stacey Field of Berkhamsted is the top scorer hitting the net nine times in seven games closely followed by Edward Davis of Cockfosters with eight in five games, James Ewington of Harpenden Town with eight in nine games and Nicholas Kerly of Oxhey Jets with eight in eight games. 

Foster's Attacking Midfielder Davis could be a player to watch out for this season. 

 

MEMORABLE DAY FOR FC LEMSFORD IN THE HERTS FA SENIOR CENTENARY TROPHY


FC Lemsford of the Herts Senior County League Premier Division hosted FC Broxbourne Borough of the Spartan South Midlands League Division One at the Gosling Stadium in the Hertfordshire FA Senior Centenary Trophy on Saturday afternoon. The game pitted Step Seven v Step Six on the non-league ladder. 


The home side had had a mixed start to their season winning two, drawing two and losing five of their league games played which have included a 8-0 loss against AFC Oaklands and a 6-2 victory over Chipperfield Corinthians. 

Borough were relegated from the Premier Division of the SSMFL last season with Roy Bleau managing the side for his first full season having taking over last season following his successful spell in charge of the under 18's team at Goffs Lane which saw a memorable FA Youth Cup run where they lost to Aston Villa after beating Concord Rangers, Boreham Wood, Chester and Yeovil Town. He had been in charge of that team since they were under 10's. 


It's been a struggle for his team to get points on the board in the league with only one win in nine which was an emphatic 7-0 victory over St Neots Town Reserves. They had also lost to Essex Senior League side Tower Hamlets in the FA Cup and Thurlow Nunn Premier Division side Great Yarmouth Town in the FA Vase. I had seen the 1-1 draw earlier in the season at Wodson Park during which I was impressed by the football Bleau's side had played and there was no difference on Saturday afternoon as his side were unlucky not to get through to the next round - The home goalkeeper made some great saves and should they have been awarded a penalty in the second half when a foul committed on the edge/inside the box...I still can't decide having watched the replay a few times...who'd be a referee? (Have a look at the replay from 18mins on the highlights below.)





Take nothing away from FC Lemsford who also worked hard in a very entertaining cup tie played in front of a crowd of around twenty people. There were seven present (including me at kick off at 3.04pm) but this increased during the game which a few more people turning up. 

Lemsford took an early lead before FC Broxbourne Borough scored a deserved equaliser to make to the score 1-1 at half time. It was the away side who made it 1-2 from a close range finish with around ten minutes to go only for FCL to equalise almost immediately with a header from a cross from the right had side. They could of made it 3-2 when a cross from the right again allowed one of their players  to put in a diving header only for a great point blank save to be made by the Broxbourne goalkeeper. 



The final score was 2-2 and the game went straight to kicks from the penalty mark. The first one was blazed over the bar by FCB and another well saved by the home keeper with Lemsford scoring all four of theirs to make it a highly memorable 4-2 spot kick victory. 

I was impressed by both sides and the way they played football. For FC Broxbourne I think it's only a matter of time before they pick up a few wins. They passed the ball well at times - I think they may score a few more if they put a few more shots in on goal and not play a pass varying things up with a few efforts from outside of the box to worry opposing goalkeepers. They travel to Premier Division Crawley Green on Wednesday in the League Challenge Cup before a difficult away trip to Ampthill Town on Saturday. 






FC Lemsford welcome Sandridge Rovers to the Gosling Stadium next weekend in a league fixture which will be a dress-rehearsal for the second round game in this competition due to played on Saturday 4th November. 

HERTS FA SENIOR CENTENARY TROPHY 2017/18
FIRST ROUND RESULTS 
SATURDAY 7th OCTOBER
Bovingdon 1 Bishop's Stortford Swifts 3 
Belstone 5 Cuffley 0
Sandridge Rovers 1 Hatfield Town 0
FC Lemsford First 2 FC Broxbourne Borough 2 (4-2 on penalty kicks) 
Wormley Rovers First 3 Bushey Sports Club 1 
Evergreen FC v AFC Oaklands (home walkover) 
Letchworth Garden City Eagles 3 Standon & Puckeridge 0 
Berkhamsted Raiders v Buntingford Town (home walkover)
Tring Town 0 Knebworth 1 

ROUND TWO FIXTURES
*scheduled to be played on Saturday 4th November  
London Lions v Wodson Park 
Knebworth First v Berkhamsted Raiders 
Letchworth Garden City Eagles v Evergreen 
Codicote v Ware Sports 
Chipperfield Corinthians v Baldock Town 
Tring Corinthians v Wormley Rovers 
FC Lemsford v Sandridge Rovers 
Belstone v  Bishop's Stortford Swifts 



To mark non-league day 2017 there are extended highlights (26 minutes!!) of the game below including all four goals and the penalty shoot out at the end. Please watch, share and enjoy. 

Friday, 6 October 2017

THE WADERS THROUGH IN THE FA YOUTH CUP

Biggleswade Town entertained Wellingborough Town in the FA Youth Cup on a deceptively chilly Bedfordshire evening yesterday. It wasn't a game full of goalmouth incident in front of a crowd of 47 as both sides struggled to create any real chances during the first half until around 40 minutes when the match sprang into life with the home side scored two goals in quick succession to go in at the break 2-0 up. The Doughboys had their best chance shortly after the second goal when in front of goal their player wasn't able to get a shot on target and the ball was put over the bar.  

The Waders travel to St Albans City in the Third Qualifying Round. Most of the Second Qualifying Round games have been played but there are a few left with an interesting East London derby on this forthcoming Monday evening when Tower Hamlets play Leyton Orient. 

Below are both goals scored by Biggleswade Town and that chance by Wellingborough Town just prior to half-time. 


Monday, 2 October 2017

HERTFORD TOWN v WARE HIGHLIGHTS

A hugely anticipated local derby between Hertford Town and Ware in the Bostik North Division took place yesterday in front of 379 people at Hertingfordbury Park. Below, courtesy of some excellent work by Nathan Hobley, are highlights of the game. Please get following Hertford Town FC TV on You Tube as well as following @NathanJHobley on twitter.