Saturday, 18 April 2015

THE CITIZENS WIN THE DIVISION ONE TITLE



Welwyn Garden City Football Club sealed the Spartan South Midlands League Division One title in some style today thanks to a 5-0 win over Chesham United Reserves in front of a decent crowd of 128 people. Jason Caswell scored four of the goals with Joel Norris scoring the other. The team spirit Adam Fisher and his coaching staff have built up is clear to see in the picture and Captain Liam Kenna's tweet sums up what it means too! Well done to all involved at the club. 



The Citzens get the chance to win a league and cup double when they face Crawley Green in the Division One Cup Final at Langford's Forde Park on Tuesday 28th April. 

DIVISION ONE (NORTH) TITLE GOES RIGHT TO THE WIRE

Needham Market had one hand on the Ryman Division One (North) title when they went in at half-time 2-0 up against Harlow Town this afternoon thanks to two goals from Sam Newson (11 and 21). A crowd of 972 at Bloomfields saw The Hawks come back with goals from Alex Read (61) and Craig Pope (88). There was some apparent controversy when Leon Antoine 'scored' a goal with the scoreline at 2-1 with the Assistant Referee flagging for offside - a decision which was hotly contested. 

It now all goes down to next weekend and the final game of the season with Harlow Town entertaining Thamesmead Town and Needham Market travelling to Chatham Town. 

A win for Needham would give them the title. Should they lose or draw and Harlow win then the league title would be won at Barrows Farm. 


The play offs will be contested by either one of the title challengers, AFC Sudbury, Brentwood Town and Thurrock. Again the phrase 'Mathematically possible' is applicable to Dereham Town's chances in sixth place but they would have to overcome a +28 goal difference and hope Thurrock lose - Dereham can still be very pleased at their showing in their first season in the division since promotion from the Eastern Counties League at the end of last season. 

CHAMPIONS - CONGRATULATIONS TO KINGS LANGLEY


Kings Langley continued their good form this afternoon by beating St Margaretsbury 5-0 at home following their 2-0 victory, also at home, against Wembley on Tuesday evening which sealed them the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division title. It's now two promotions in as many seasons for the Hertfordshire side as they were runner's up in Division One last season. Just fourteen seasons ago Gaywood Park was hosting Hertfordshire Senior County League games - for the 2015/16 season it's likely Kings Langley will be placed in the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One (Central).They have scored an incredible 121 goals in their 40 league games played so far with just one more point needed in their finals two games in order to reach 100 points.

Congratulations to all involved.

SOME BUSINESS AT THE BUSINESS END OF THE SEASON

RYMAN PREMIER DIVISION RESULTS
AFC HORNCHURCH 1 PEACEHAVEN AND TELSCOMBE 1 236
BILLERICAY TOWN 3 TONBRIDGE ANGELS 3 458
DULWICH HAMLET 0 MAIDSTONE UNITED 0 3,000
EAST THURROCK UNITED 1 ENFIELD TOWN 1 344
GRAYS ATHLETIC 0 HENDON 0 253
HAMPTON AND RICHMOND 1 BURY TOWN 0 601
HARROW BOROUGH 2 KINGSTONIAN 0 236
LEISTON 1 CANVEY ISLAND 1 183
LEWES 0 LEATHERHEAD 1 703
MARGATE 0 VCD ATHLETIC 3 492
WINGATE AND FINCHLEY 4BOGNOR REGIS TOWN 1 127
WITHAM TOWN 0 METROPOLITAN POLICE 2 115

The point Maidstone United won in their draw in front of an all ticket 3,000 crowd at Champion Hill and Hendon only drawing at Grays Athletic has 'mathematically' confirmed The Stones as Ryman Premier Division Title Winners for 2015. For Hendon to win the league now they would have win both of their reamining games by a big margin (to turn around the +19 goal difference the Kent side have on them) and also hope The Stones lose by a silly amount at home to East Thurrock United next Saturday. If Hendon win 19-0 versus AFC Hornchurch on Monday evening then fans at The Gallagher Stadium may start to worry?

Hendon are guaranteed runner's up position along with Margate in third who lost 0-3 at home to VCD Athletic. In the race for fourth and fifth it's now four teams going for two places with Dulwich Hamlet, Enfield Town, Metropolitan Police and Grays Athletic all with a chance going into the final day of the season. Grays can only finish fifth with the other three teams all capable of finishing in either fourth or fifth. A point for Dulwich would guarantee them play-off football with a win for Enfield Town giving them a place in the top five. Both Grays Athletic and Metropolitan Police will be relying on either Hamlet or The Towners losing and them getting a positive result. There are numerous complex permutations to give supporter's headaches - For The Cold End, as an Enfield Town fan the picture is clear, win at home to Witham Town and we qualify for the play-offs. Which, of course, is easier said than done!

Enfield Town fans at East Thurrock United this afternoon - Courtesy of @etfc_ultras
Especially as Witham Town and AFC Hornchurch were relegated following their results today - The pressure is off for Witham and they can just play football next Saturday at Donkey Lane.

One from Peacehaven and Telscombe, Lewes, VCD Athletic, Canvey Island, Harrow Borough or Tonbridge Angels will finish in the last relegation place. P&T need to win to have a chance of saying up and hope one of the teams above them lose - Lewes could draw and go down on goal difference if P&T win!

The 3,000 crowd at Dulwich Hamlet v Maidstone United beat Crawley Town (League One), Accrington Stanley + Morecambe + Newport County (League Two) and all the crowds across all three Vanarama Conference divisions - even the 2,938 at Bromley who won 3-0 against Weston-Super-Mare to win the title.

RYMAN PREMIER DIVISION TABLE 
TOP, FIGHT FOR THE PLAY-OFFS AND RELEGATION BATTLE
INCLUDING SELECTED FINAL FIXTURES
MONDAY 20th APRIL
HENDON v AFC HORNCHURCH 
SATURDAY 25th APRIL
BOGNOR REGIS TOWN v MARGATE 
HENDON V LEISTON 
MAIDSTONE UNITED v EAST THURROCK UNITED 

SATURDAY 25th APRIL 
ENFIELD TOWN v WITHAM TOWN 
KINGSTONIAN v GRAYS ATHLETIC 
MET POLICE v AFC HORNCHURCH 
TONBRIDGE ANGELS v DULWICH HAMLET 

SATURDAY 25th APRIL
BURY TOWN v LEWES 
CANVEY ISLAND v WINGATE AND FINCHLEY 
LEATHERHEAD v HARROW BOROUGH 
PEACEHAVEN AND TELSCOMBE v HAMPTON AND RICHMOND BOROUGH 
TONBRIDGE ANGELS v DULWICH HAMLET 
VCD ATHLETIC v BILLERICAY TOWN 

tables used thanks to the excellent footballwebpages.co.uk

Friday, 17 April 2015

HERTFORD TOWN FC FAN'S DAY 2015

If your a local resident close to Hertford or just interested in football and like a bargain (it's free entry!) why not pop along to Hertingfordbury Park on Saturday 25th April 2015 for their Fan's Day 2015. Town take on Stotfold in the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division with lots of other entertainment planned as detailed below. Maybe the attendance of 559 on Saturday 28th March in their charity day may be beaten?? 
 
courtesy of  Hertford Town FC

Dearest Hertford Town fans,

By order of the Chairman, you, all of your friends and family are cordially invited to attend Hertford Town’s Fans’ Day 2015 on Saturday 25th April.

All are welcome to enjoy this special event FREE OF CHARGE as a thank you for all of your loyal, dedicated and indeed noisy support of the Blues this season. The committee have been very busy behind the scenes to arrange a special day of fun for you and yours.

The clubhouse and stadium will be decorated with balloons and bunting around daybreak and the ground will be open from 12pm. At 12:45pm, we will be showing live Premiership action on our big screens from St. Mary’s as Southampton host Spurs in the early kick-off.

The next generation of Blues superstars from Hertford Town’s youth teams will then be playing exhibition matches upon the hallowed turf from 1pm until 2.30pm.

A special BBQ will be catering for your hungry tummies with a variety of scrummy pre-match snacks before The Blues take on Stotfold FC at 3pm.

Following the big match, the excellent local band, The Bad Men have been booked to play for your post-game entertainment and the annual end of season awards ceremony will take place in the clubhouse later in the evening.

Anyone who attended last year’s awards will fondly remember the chilli-related shenanigans so stick around for more fun and games this year!

We sincerely hope that you can attend and help us to smash our previous Fan’s Day record attendance of 404.

Looking forward to seeing you!

Warmest regards,
Mr Chairman and Committee

PROMOTION - CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CITIZENS!!!

Welwyn Garden City's 0-3 win at Baldock Town on Wednesday night secured the Hertfordshire side a place in the top two of the Spartan South Midlands League Division One and thus promotion to the Premier Division for the 2015/16 season. A win in tomorrow afternoon's home game with Chesham United Reserves will make The Citizens champions. It's been five long seasons outside of Step Five on the non-league ladder as they were relegated from the Premier Division in 2010. The Cold End sends congratulations to all involved at the club on their achievement.


Monday, 13 April 2015

NO POSTS FROM THE COLD END THIS WEEK

The Cold End won't be updated until next weekend - enjoy your football wherever you go and thank you for your continued support for the website which remains totally independent, not for profit and for the love of the beautiful game. Feel free to have a look at the match list to the right hand side which details all the games featured, of which highlights are shown on most of them.

I hope to be writing about an Enfield Town victory at East Thurrock United next Saturday in the race for the Ryman Premier Division play-offs

 COME ON YOU TOWNERS!

The Double-Kops of Rookery Hill will be  populated by many Enfield Town fans and the noisy Enfield Town Ultras next Saturday afternoon in a crunch game in the race for the play-offs in the Ryman Premier Division
There is a midweek game at Donkey Lane as Enfield Town take on Cockfosters in a local derby semi-final of the Middlesex Chairty Cup with Help for Heroes. The other semi-final takes place on the same day as Harrow Borough entertain Uxbridge. Fosters lost 0-2 at home to AFC Dunstable in the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division on Saturday. Kick off on Tuesday evening is 7.45pm with Bradley Quinton looking to field a strong side to hopefully take the Town through to the final.