Friday, 29 April 2016

SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS LEAGUE DIVISION ONE - SO CLOSE IN THE RACE FOR SECOND PLACE


Edgware Town's magnificent 0-5 win at Codicote on Tuesday evening won them the Spartan South Midlands League Division One title and with it promotion to the Premier Division - The Wares can now relax in their final three games especially in tomorrow's home game versus Arlesey Town Reserves after which they will receive the trophy. They could still have a say in which other teams gets promoted as they travel to potential runner's up Crawley Green on Thursday evening. The other side involved is Baldock Town who are in third place three points behind Crawley Green but with a much better goal-difference. Both have four games to play over the next week with Baldock's website putting out a rallying call for the people of the Town to get behind their team in the race for promotion. The game on Bank Holiday Monday is a 10.30am KICK OFF so if you are local why not get along to support The Town and join The Red Army. The following is taken from www.pitchero.com/clubs/baldocktownfc which shows that Baldock have made up an incredible 17 points on Crawley Green since early December - 


"The SSML Division One promotion race boils down to four matches in a week for both Crawley Green and Baldock Town.

Town trailed Crawley Green by 17 points in early December, but some hard graft and excellent form has seen us whittle that deficit down to just three points. Our superior goal difference could also come into play.

Whatever happens though it will have been an exciting finale to what has been a season of progress for Luke Gregson's Baldock Town side.

Ampthill Town could hold the key in the final week of the season with Baldock set to meet them away and at home in the space of three days, whilst Crawley Green must visit Ampthill Park on the season's final afternoon.

We are reaching out to the people of Baldock - if you choose one more football match to visit this season - make it your local club's final home game of the season on Bank Holiday Monday - 10.30am Kick Off.
 
Luke and the players need your backing to force their way into the top two."

May Bank Holiday Monday
Baldock Town v Ampthill Town
10.30am Kick Off
@ Stotfold FC, The Green, Stotfold, SG5 4AN
Admission:
£5 Adults, £2.50 Concessions, u16s FREE



NIRANKARI SINK THE ORANGE SUBMARINE TO LIFT THE CECIL HUDSON CUP

The 2016 My News Hertfordshire Senior County Cecil Hudson Cup Final wasn't a classic by any means but the players, officials and supporters of Nirankari Hitchin won't worry about that as they won a scrappy contest with two late goals that Knebworth will be very frustrated at conceding in a game which neither keeper was really troubled over the ninety minutes played. Match highlights (with trophy presentation) are below -

BEDMOND WIN THANKS TO A HOTLY CONTESTED PENALTY KICK

MATCH PLAYED ON THURSDAY 21st APRIL 

This was an eventful MyNews Hertfordshire Senior County League Division One game between Lemsford and Bedmond Sports & Social which included two really well taken goals - one from each side. With the score all square at 2-2 in the second half and Lemsford looking to inflict Bedmond's first league defeat of the season  the game swung towards the away side with a hotly contested penalty kick given by the referee for what he saw as a foul in the box - see video from 2m 35secs to make your decision if it should or shouldn't have been given as a penalty.

Right on ninety minutes it was Lemsford who made claims for their own spot kick which was not give - see video from 3m 48secs to make your mind up if you think it was penalty kick.

This was Bedmond's eighteenth league game of the season and their eighteenth victory which sees them currently top of the table closely followed by Knebworth - Two midweek early kick off away games and some first team players missing saw them suffer defeat to Harefield United u21s 0-4 on Saturday 23rd April.

They still have a number of games left including two games against title rival's Knebworth and the league's famous Aubery Cup Final on Monday 2nd May against Premier Division Belstone. The two games against Knebworth on Saturday 7th May (at home) and Saturday 14th May (at Knebworth) should decide where the title ends up.

MyNews Hertfordshire Senior County League
Division One - Current Table - Top Three Only 
TEAM P W D L GF GA GD PTS
BEDMOND 19 18 0 1 82 18 +64 54
KNEBWORTH 22 17 3 2 57 27+30 54
BENGEO TRINITY 22 14 6 2 63 30 +33 48

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS 



Tuesday, 26 April 2016

ELLIOT HARRIS GOAL OF THE SEASON CONTENDER IN ENFIELD TOWN u21s VICTORY

THE CROWD WAS A LITTLE SPARSE ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT THE DONKEY-DOME
THERE WERE SOME LOYAL SUPPORTERS BEHIND THE GOAL WATCHING THE ACTION
Enfield Town u21's have had a busy schedule over the last week drawing 1-1 with AFC Hornchurch on Monday 18th April, beating Brentwood Town u21s on Wednesday eveing with a decent 5-2 victory at Donkey Lane before making the opposite journey to The Essex Arena on Saturday where they lost 4-3. 

Below are match highlights of the game played on Wednesday including a goal of the season contender from Elliot Harris which was the first one scored right at the start of the video

EDGWARE TOWN NARROW WIN CONFIRMS THEIR PROMOTION TO PREMIER DIVISION


MATCH PLAYED ON TUESDAY 19th APRIL 

It's been on the cards for a few months as Edgware Town have an excellent playing record of just two league defeats for the whole season but last Tuesday evening Edgware's narrow 0-1 victory at struggling Hatfield Town confirmed their promotion to the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division. The North London side return to The Gosling Stadium tonight to play Codicote where a victory will confirm the Division One title as they will be on 89 with their nearest challenger's Crawley Green (subject to their result against Langford) only able to get to 88 points. Thursday night sees Edgware visit Crawley Green so they could go to Bedfordshire as Champions.

An early goal by Adem Ali (I managed not to capture this on camera!) settled this game and they could of had another goal when a header rattled the cross bar in the first half.  

THE GREEN ARMY FANS CELEBRATE PROMOTION - courtesy of @paulholdrick

PROMOTION - courtesy of @paulholdrick

EX ENFIELD TOWN PLAYER'S RICHARD MORTON and PAUL MARKS CELEBRATE SUCCESS WITH ANOTHER ETFC - courtesy of @paulholdrick
It's a fantastic achievement for Manager Michael Roche, his assistant Fabio Valenti and their squad which includes a number of ex Enfield Town players like Paul Marks, Richard Morton and Craig McKay. Special mention must also go to centre-back Fergus Moore who at the age of 44 is still playing and giving the youngsters a run for their money - it's another promotion won for the non-league veteran. 

SOME MATCH HIGHLIGHTS BELOW 


For The Blue Boys it's been a largely a season to forget as they have struggled near the wrong of the table for most of it. At the time of writing they are in nineteenth position in the table with just eight wins from thirty-five games played. They did play some decent football in this game at times and with a little more luck up front could of scored a goal or two. They have three games left playing at Langford this Saturday, at home to Hillingdon Borough on Bank Holiday Monday and then they finish the season with an away local derby versus Codicote which is to be played at The John Clements Memorial Ground. The crowd of 78 was their best of the season so far - I would say 80% of the fans present were supporting the away side including England C manager Paul Fairclough who is Patron of Edgware Town. They have been averaging crowds between 20 and 30 - the sooner they can hopefully move to a ground they can their own in their home town the better - that's obviously easier said than done though of course. 


Monday, 25 April 2016

COMING SOON ON THE COLD END & PLAY OFF UPDATE

We now know the teams who will compete in the play-offs in the local Step 3 and 4 leagues. The Cold End has not had time to edit up the games I have filmed over the past week but I will get round to it in the next few days. Coming up we have a report on Edgware Town's 0-1 victory at Hatfield Town last Tuesday which guaranteed the North London side promotion to the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division. There will also be Enfield Town U21's 5-2 home victory versus Brentwood Town U21's from Wednesday which included one very well taken goal and from Thursday we will see Bedmond win at Lemsford in the Hertsavers County League Division One. 

The play-off fixtures are as follows - 

TUESDAY 26th APRIL 
RYMAN DIVISION ONE (SOUTH) PLAY-OFF SEMI-FINALS
DORKING WANDERERS v FAVERSHAM TOWN 
WORTHING v HYTHE TOWN 

EVO STIK DIVISION ONE (CENTRAL) PLAY-OFF SEMI-FINALS 
ROYSTON TOWN v AFC RUSHDEN & DIAMONDS 
EGHAM TOWN v ST IVES TOWN

EVO STIK DIVISION ONE (S&W) PLAY-OFF SEMI-FINALS 
BANBURY UNITED v WINCHESTER CITY 
TAUNTON TOWN v SWINDON SUPERMARINE

  

WEDNESDAY 27th APRIL
RYMAN DIVISION ONE (NORTH) PLAY-OFF SEMI-FINALS
HARLOW TOWN v CRAY WANDERERS 
THURROCK v AFC HORNCHURCH 

EVO STIK SOUTHERN PREMIER LEAGUE PLAY-OFF SEMI-FINALS 
HITCHIN TOWN v HUNGERFORD TOWN 
REDDITICH UNITED v LEAMINGTON
 
THURSDAY 28th APRIL 
RYMAN PREMIER DIVISION PLAY-OFF SEMI FINALS
BOGNOR REGIS TOWN v DULWICH HAMLET 
EAST THURROCK UNITED v TONBRIDGE ANGELS 




Wednesday, 20 April 2016

IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THE FINAL DAY OF THE SEASON!!


Ryman Premier Division 
Current Table - Top Six Only

POS TEAM P GD PTS PP
1 HAMPTON & RICHMOND 45 +53 94 97
2 BOGNOR REGIS TOWN 45 +49 91 94
3 EAST THURROCK UNITED 45 +54 90 93
4 TONBRIDGE ANGELS 45 +41 84 87
5 DULWICH HAMLET 45 +36 81 84
6 ENFIELD TOWN 45 +27 79 82

With one game left to play in the Ryman Premier Division could it get any more exciting? Here's how things stand with the teams in contention for the title and play offs.

HAMPTON AND RICHMOND BOROUGH
Need a point or more from their home game with Enfield Town to secure the title. Should they lose they could be pipped by Bognor Regis Town on GD.

BOGNOR REGIS TOWN
The Rocks entertain Hendon at Nyewood Lane which has been a fortress for them this season. They have olnly lost twice and drawn three of the twenty-two league games played. They need to win and rely on Enfield Town doing them a big favour by beating Hampton & Richmond - they also need to make up a difference of four or more goals to win the championship.

EAST THURROCK UNITED
Guaranteed third place. Could still finish second if Bognor slip up against Hendon and they get a point of more in their game at Lewes.

TONBRIDGE ANGELS
A fourth place finish is almost certain as they are three points ahead of Dulwich Hamlet with a +5 goal difference as well. They can relax for their game at Burgess Hill Town (more about that below) knowing that they are qualified for the play-offs.

DULWICH HAMLET
A point or more for the South London side will see them into the play-offs. They travel to Needham Market who need a win and rely on other team's results to stay out of the bottom four.

ENFIELD TOWN
The Towners need a victory at Hampton and Richmond Borough and then hope Needham Market win against Dulwich Hamlet to qualify for the play-offs.

Ryman Premier Division 
Current Table - 19th to 21st only 

POS TEAM P GD PTS PP
19 FARNBOROUGH 45 -26 50 53
20 BURGESS HILL TOWN 45 -16 49 52
21 NEEDHAM MARKET 45 -26 48 51

FARNBOROUGH
Could still finish in the bottom four if they lose their home game against Brentwood Town and Burgess Hill Town draw or win and Needham Market win their games. A victory would guarantee them a finish outside of the drop-zone.

BURGESS HILL TOWN
Wednesday night's defeat at home to Hendon made the North London side safe from relegation. The Hillians could still stay out of the bottom four if they lose against Tonbridge Angels if Needham Market lose as well. If Needham draw and they lose they will stay out of the bottom four on GD barring a 10 goal swing.

NEEDHAM MARKET
Any other result other than a win would see the Suffolk side finish in the bottom four and possibly send them back down to Division One (North). Even with a win they have to rely on either Farnborough or Burgess Hill losing.