Wednesday, 20 May 2015

THE COLD END TAKES A BREAK

As the eventful non-league football season is now over The Cold End is taking a break from blogging/writing the website for a few weeks. I will be back soon to bring you news, match reports and more from local football in Hertfordshire, North London and beyond with a slight bias for my team Enfield Town Football Club.

Saturday 4th July and Saturday 11th July seems to be the days when a large number of clubs begin their pre-season matches with training and preparation for the 2015/16 season starting in late June.

Thank you for reading, your support and positive comments about the blog, they are very much appreciated.

Enjoy your summer and see you all again for the new season.






Friday, 15 May 2015

RYMAN LEAGUE LINE UP FOR 2015/16

The Football Association have recently announced the line-up's for the non-league step's 1 to 4 which include the Ryman League as below


PREMIER DIVISION

BILLERICAY TOWN 
BOGNOR REGIS TOWN
BRENTWOOD TOWN - promoted from R1N
BURGESS HILL TOWN - promoted from R1S
CANVEY ISLAND 
DULWICH HAMLET 
EAST THURROCK UNITED 
ENFIELD TOWN
FARNBOROUGH - relegated from Conference South 
GRAYS ATHLETIC
HAMPTON AND RICHMOND BOROUGH
HARROW BOROUGH
KINGSTONIAN 
LEATHERHEAD 
LEISTON
LEWES
MERTSHAM - promoted from R1S
MET POLICE 
NEEDHAM MARKET - promoted from R1N 
STAINES TOWN - relegated from Conference South
TONBRIDGE ANGELS
VCD ATHLETIC
WINGATE AND FINCHLEY 
+ either HENDON or MARGATE 

New clubs in the Premier Division are Needham Market, Brentwood, Mertsham and Burgess Hill Town all of whom will play at Step Three of the non-league ladder for the first time in their history. Farnborough and Staines Town return to Step Four after spending five and six seasons respectively in the Conference South. Either Hendon or Margate will be promoted with the play-off final being played on Sunday afternoon.

DIVISION ONE (NORTH)

AFC HORNCHURCH - relegated from Premier Division 
AFC SUDBURY 
AVELEY 
BARKINGSIDE - reprieved 
BRIGHTLINGSEA REGENT 
BURY TOWN - relegated from Premier Division 
CHESHUNT 
CRAY WANDERERS 
DEREHAM TOWN 
GREAT WAKERING ROVERS 
HARINGEY BOROUGH - promoted from Essex Senior League 
HARLOW TOWN 
HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS 
MALDON & TIPTREE 
PHOENIX SPORTS - promoted from Southern Counties East League 
ROMFORD 
SOHAM TOWN RANGERS 
THAMESMEAD TOWN 
THURROCK 
TILBURY 
WALTHAM ABBEY 
WARE 
WITHAM TOWN - relegated from Premier Division 
WROXHAM 

AFC Hornchurch, Bury Town and Witham Town join Division One (North) after relegation from the Premier Division and are joined by Essex Senior League Champion's Haringey Borough alone with Southern Counties East League Champion's Phoenix Sports who are based in Barnehurst which is in-between Bexleyheath and Dartford. Barkingside (who finished 22nd) received a reprieve from relegation.  Phoenix have risen through the pyramid over the past few years - They won the Kent County League Division Two (West) in 2004/05, Division One (West) in 2007/08, the Kent Invicta League in 2012/13 and then the Southern Counties East League last season.

DIVISION ONE (SOUTH)

CARSHALTON ATHLETIC
CHATHAM TOWN - transferred from Division One (North)
CHIPSTEAD
CORINTHIAN CASUALS
DORKING WANDERERS - promoted from Sussex County League
EAST GRINSTEAD TOWN - reprieved
FAVERSHAM TOWN
FOLKESTONE INVICTA
GUERNSEY
HASTINGS UNITED
HERNE BAY
HYTHE TOWN
MOLESEY - promoted from Combined Counties League
PEACEHAVEN & TELSCOMBE - relegated from Premier Division
RAMSGATE
SITTINGBOURNE
SOUTH PARK
THREE BRIDGES
TOOTING & MITCHAM UNITED
WALTON CASUALS
WALTON & HERSHAM
WHITSTABLE TOWN
WHYTELEAFE
WORTHING

Peacehaven and Telscombe will play Division One (South) football for 2015/16 after spending one season in the Premier Division. East Grinstead Town (22nd place) receive a repirve with Chatham Town moving across from Division One (North). Molesey (Champions of the Combined Counties League) return to the Isthmian League after spending seven seasons at Step 5. Dorking Wanderers (runner's up in the Sussex County League) were only formed in 1999 and will play at Step 4 for the first time in their history - They have climbed from spending one season in the Crawley and District Football League when they were formed to joining the West Sussex Football League Division Four in 2000/01.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

FINAL DAY OF THE EOFL PREMIER DIVISION SEASON

 PREMIER DIVISION
current table - top four only
POSITION TEAMP GD PTS POSS PTS
1 HANNAKINS FARM 26 +35 59 59
2 WADHAM LODGE  25 +51 58 61
3 HAROLD WOOD ATHLETIC 25 +37 58 61
4 KELVEDON HATCH 25 +28 58 61

After twenty-five games in the Essex Olympian League Premier Division it has come down to one of three teams who could win the championship. Second placed Wadham Lodge go to third placed Harold Wood Athletic where a win for either side would see them win the title - if this game ends all square then a win for Kelvedon Hatch at home to Southmister would see them lift the trophy. If both games end in a draw then Wadham Lodge will be champions as they have the best goal difference.

FINAL FIXTURES involving the top four teams 
Games kick off at 2.30pm  

Saturday 16th May
Harold Wood Athletic v Wadham Lodge
Kelvedon Hatch v Southminster St Leonards

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

ENFIELD TOWN FC APPEAL UNSUCCESSFUL


ENFIELD TOWN FC STATEMENT 
courtesy of enfieldtownfootballclub.co.uk

Enfield Town Football Club has today (Tuesday) been unsuccessful in its bid to overturn the verdict of the FA Regulatory Commission in respect of alleged breaches of FA Rule E10 (fielding a player while suspended).

The FA’s decision and today’s appeal outcome are both very disappointing for everyone associated with the Club. We await the FA’s written reasons for their decision. We would like to thank James Mulholland QC for his work on our behalf.

We also wish to take this opportunity to thank all Enfield Town Supporters Society Members who responded so positively by donating funds to pursue further appeals as deemed necessary, and also other clubs and supporters for their hundreds of messages of support. In the best interests of the Club itself and in order to avoid further wider uncertainty and inconvenience, not least to clubs involved in the Ryman League Premier Division Play-offs, the Board has taken the unanimous decision not to take any action that would delay the play offs any further. ETFCSSL members will be contacted shortly in order to make arrangements for handling donations made.

Enfield Town’s Board would like to express its view that:
• This decision sets a dangerous precedent;
• Clubs taking every precaution when checking the FA’s disciplinary record system may be subject to this charge (irrespective of whether or not the FA announce changes or a thorough overhaul of current arrangements); and
• The Club would have taken exactly the same action once charged by the FA irrespective of whether or not it had finished the 2014-15 season in a play-off position.

The Club will now put this unsatisfactory outcome behind it, and look forward positively to the 2015-16 season. We wish the Clubs in the play offs the best of luck.

ETFC Board

The Ryman Premier Division play-offs will now be Hendon v Met Police and Margate v Dulwich Hamlet at a date to be announced - I would say the games will probably take place on Saturday.

  

Friday, 8 May 2015

HINTON REACH THE FINAL OF THE CHAIRMANS CUP


Enfield based Hertsavers Senior County League side Hinton Football Club have a cup final to play which takes place at Colney Heath's ground next Saturday 16th May 2015. They have reached The Chairmans Cup Final where they will face fellow Division One side Old Parmiterians. The league games finished 3-3 and a 2-0 win for Hinton in the regular season.

To qualify for the final Hinton have beatean Hampstead Heath and Broadfields with Old Parmiterians have beaten Evergreen and Croxley Green.

The game kicks off at 3pm. You can follow @HintonFC1 on twitter.




THE WAITING GAME

Enfield Town took their appeal to The Football Association today and after a very long six hour hearing of legal discussion the hearing was adjourned until Monday - this due to the complexities and importance of the case.

So Hendon, Margate and Dulwich Hamlet will have to wait a further three days to find out when and who they will be playing in the Ryman Premier Division play-offs.





Wednesday, 6 May 2015

CHARITY GAME AT CHAMPION HILL ON SUNDAY

Dulwich Hamlet may not be able to play their Ryman Premier Division play-off game at Margate at the moment due to the ongoing situation with Enfield Town but their will be a game at Champion Hill on Sunday against local Kent County League side Peckham Town.

The game kicks off at 2pm with admission £3 and £1 for concessions. All proceeds go to Hamlet's official charity partner for 2015/16 Cooltan Arts who work locally in Mental Health. This is to mark Mental Health Awareness Week which runs from May 11th to 19th.  

There is also a supporter's game in the morning against the fans of Wingate and Finchley which kicks off at 10.30am.

Peckham Town have a chance of winning* their NRG Kent County League Division One (West) with just one game left to be played tonight. They are currently in third place and face second placed Bexley at The Menance Arena where they must win and hope that table topper's Halstead fail to beat Phoenix Sports in their game. 

* Peckham's game was called off at Belvedere on Saturday due to the home side being unable to raise a side - The league have yet to award Peckham the three points but it is thought this will be the case.

The future looks good for Peckham Town with some ground improvements taking place and also the formation of a fans group you can find on twitter @MenaceUltras