Ryman Premier review: 18th March 2017

Seven goals in the second half for Bognor, Canvey Island make it five in a row, and Matt Blake makes it 26 for the season as Leiston edge closer to the play-offs.


Bognor Regis Town remain top of the league, after an emphatic 7-1 victory at home to Folkestone Invicta. It was the visitors who made the perfect start though, as Ian Draycott found the net after just three minutes to give them the lead. It took the home side until the second half to find an equaliser, when James Fraser, with his sixteenth of the season on forty-seven minutes. A Callum Davies own goal then put Bognor 2-1 up, before five goals in the last thirteen minutes secured a magnificent victory. James Crane (77’ & 79’), Jimmy Wild (86’), Ollie Pearce (88’) and James Frazer (90’) with his seventeenth of the season.

Havant & Waterlooville kept pace with the leaders with a 2-0 away win at struggling Grays Athletic. Rory Williams put the visitors ahead in the ninth minute, before Jason Prior netted the only other goal of the game with a penalty on twenty-eight minutes. The win leaves Havant one point behind leaders Bognor, with a game in hand still. As for Grays, they remain routed to the bottom of the table, eleven points from safety.

Needham Market continued their poor run of form when they were beaten 2-1 away at relegation threatened Hendon. Hendon have now won three of their last four, and took the lead on nine minutes, when Matt Ball found the net. Keagan Cole doubled the hosts lead on thirty-nine minutes, before Luke Ingram, with his fifteenth of the season, scored a consolation for the market men. The defeat leaves Needham Market in third place on sixty-seven points, now ten behind Havant in second place. Hendon are twenty-second, three points from safety.

Tonbridge Angels and Dulwich Hamlet drew 0-0 in their Ryman Premier League match. Both sides are chasing promotion, with Tonbridge in fourth position on sixty-five points, whilst Dulwich are in ninth with fifty-eight points. Dulwich are now five points from the playoff place, with five games in hand on those already occupying them.

Wingate and Finchley lost 3-2 at home to Metropolitan Police. It’s now three defeats in four for the home side, who remain in the last of the playoff positions with sixty-three points. Ben Pattie opened the scoring on fifty-two points, before Charlie Collins equalised from the penalty spot on fifty-four. Reece Beckles-Richards (66’) made it 2-1 to the home side, but they couldn’t hold on, and Olli Robinson (69’) and Roman Michael-Percil (85’) secured all three points for the visitors.

Leiston enhanced their playoff chances with a 2-1 victory away at Harlow Town. Matt Blake put the visitors in-front with his twenty-fifth of the season on forty-two minutes. Alex Read drew the home side level on seventy-one minutes, before Blake, made it twenty-six for the season, with a ninetieth minute winner.              Leiston are just one point from the playoff places, with two games in hand on their rivals.

Enfield Town dealt a blow to Leatherheads survival hopes, with a 2-1 home win. Jerome Federico put the visitors ahead on nineteen minutes, before two second half goals from Ricky Gabriel (60’), and Tyler Campbell (78’) secured the points. Enfield remain in seventh place on sixty points, three points from the playoff places. Leatherhead are now two points from safety in twenty-first with forty-one points, and are now relying on those above them to lost their games in hand.

Kingstonian’s miserable form continued as they were beaten 3-0 at home to Billericay Town. It’s now four defeats in a row for the home side, who slip to nineteenth in the table, just three points from the relegation zone. Two goals from Billy Bricknell (pen 35’, 45’) and a last-minute Mekhi McLeod strike were enough to seal the points for the away side

Lowesoft beat Worthing 1-0 in a meeting of the form tables top and bottom placed teams.The visitors had to wait until the eight-seventh minute, when Shaun Bammant found the net, to make it five wins in a row. Lowesoft remain eleventh on fifty-seven points, six from a playoff place. Worthing have now lost seven of their last eight games, and sit in fourteenth place with fifty points.

Burgess Hill Town drew 3-3 at home to Staines Town, with all the goals coming in the first hour of the match. Tom Collins opened the scoring for Staines on twenty-one minutes. Three goals in five minutes for the home side put them in control of the match, with Aaron Smith-Joseph (29’), Pat Harding (30’) and Lee Harding (34’) all getting on the scoresheet. But two early second half goals for Staines levelled the match. Tom Collins with his second of the game on forty-seven minutes, and Mohamed Bettamer on fifty-seven with the final goal of the game. Burgess Hill Town pick up their first point in three, and sit one place and two points above the relegation zone, whilst Staines have now drawn their last three, and find themselves mid table with fifty-one points.

Harrow Borough took all three points when they visited AFC Sudbury in a 3-1 win. Marc Charles-Smith opened the scoring on twenty-nine minutes, before Craig Parker levelled for Sudbury on thirty-nine. Lewis Driver put the visitors back in-front with his strike on the stroke of half time, before Kurtis Cumberbatch made it 3-1 on fifty-six minutes. Harrow Borough climb to thirteenth in the table, whilst Sudbury drop to twenty-third, three points from safety.

In-from Canvey Island made it five wins in a row, in their great escape, a 3-0 away win at Merstham that moves them to sixteenth in the table, six points clear of relegation. Frankie Merrifield (27’ & 64’) and George Sykes (56’) with the goals to sink the Moatsiders. Merstham remain in the relegation battle, they sit in eighteenth place with forty-four points, but do have at least two games in hand on their rivals.


Ryman Premier review: 11th March 2017

Havant hit six to go top, Dulwich thrash Merstham, Canvey Island make it four in a row, and Leatherhead come from two down to take all three points in the battle at the bottom.ryman

Havant & Waterlooville thrashed struggling AFC Sudbury 6-0 to go top of the league. The home side had to wait until the forty-second minute to open the scoring, Ryan Woodford (42’) sending them in 1-0 up at the break. But the second half was a different story, and a hat-trick from Bradley Tarbuck (50’,71’, pen 76’) and goals from Theo Lewis (59’) and Alfie Rutherford (88’) completing the emphatic score-line. It’s now five wins and a draw in the last six for the new league leaders, whilst AFC Sudbury continue to head towards Division One, as they have now lost five of their last six.

Bognor slipped to second as they were held to a 1-1 draw away at promotion chasing Leiston. Both goals came late in the game, with Tom Bullard giving the home side the lead in the eighty-forth minute, before Jimmy Wild equalised for the visitors on ninety. The draw means Bognor slip to second, and into the playoff positions, whilst Leiston remain in sixth place, four points from a playoff place, with four games in hand on those above them.

Needham Market highlighted their inconsistent recent form with a 3-1 defeat at home to Enfield Town. An own goal by Keiran Morphew gifted the visitors the lead inside the first minute, before Harold Joseph doubled the advantage on twelve minutes. Samir Bihmoutine made it 3-0 before half time, as he found the net on twenty-nine. A second half consolation from Ian Miller (63’), wasn’t enough to stop Enfield taking all three points. The Marketmen remain in third place on sixty-seven points, whilst Enfield are eighth on fifty-seven points.

Tonbridge Angels shared the points with Staines Town as the game finished 1-1. The home side (Staines) took the lead on thirty minutes through Jonathan Hippolyte, but Tonbridge equalised through Nick Wheeler on fifty-three. Staines remain unbeaten in their last five, conceding their first goal in four games. Tonbridge stop a run of two defeats and remain in fourth place with sixty-four points.

Fifth placed Wingate and Finchley were beaten 1-0 away at Folkestone Invicta. Joe Taylor scored the only goal of the game on twelve minutes, to see Folkestone grab their first win in four games. The defeat is only Wingate’s second in their last eight, with five wins during that time. Folkestone move up to fifteenth on forty-five points, whilst Wingate & Finchley remain fifth with sixty-three points.

Dulwich Hamlet recovered from the disappointment of losing to Macclesfield in the FA Trophy last Tuesday, with a convincing 5-0 demolition of Merstham. They were ahead after ten minutes, when Nathan Green found the net. Gavin Tomlin grabbed a brace with goals in the twenty-forth and thirty-fifth minutes. Dipo Akinyemi (57’) and Panutche Camara (83’) completed the scoring in the second half. Dulwich remain seventh with fifty-seven points, six points from the playoff places, but with five games in hand on those who occupy them. Merstham are just one point above the relegation places , but do have games in hand on those around them.

Billericay Town beat Burgess Hill Town 4-0 at home. Goals from Rob Swaine (54’ & 62’) and Billy Bricknell (60’ & 68’) enough to take all three points. Billericay still have an outside chance of the playoffs, as they remain in ninth place on fifty-seven points. Burgess Hill Town are now just two points from the relegation places, and have now lost five of their last six games.

Harlow Town beat Metropolitan Police 2-0 at Imber Court Sports club. Mario Noto (71’), and Alex Read (76’) giving the away side the points. The loss was only Metropolitan Police’s second in their last eight games, and sees them remain in fourteenth place on forty-five points. Harlow Town are one of four sides on fifty-seven points, and remain in tenth place.

Lowesoft Town continued their fine form by beating Kingstonian 1-0 at Crown Meadow. Jake Reed scored the only goal of the game on nine minutes to secure all three points. Lowesoft have now won their last four games, whilst Kingstonian are without a win in their last seven, with five defeats and two draws.

Worthing stopped a run of six straight defeats as they drew 2-2 away at Harrow Borough. Francis Babalola gave the home side the lead on four minutes, before Charlie Williamson equalised for Worthing on twenty-nine. Marc Charles-Smith put Harrow Borough in-front again, as he scored on forty-two minutes, and sent the home side in 2-1 up at half time. But Worthing stopped their poor run of form thanks to Dan Summers, who drew the visitors level for the second time with a goal on fifty-nine.

Canvey Island continued their great form, and made it four wins in a row with a 3-1 win over bottom of the table Grays Athletic.  Nathan Campbell had given the visitors the lead, when he found the net in the twenty-ninth minute. But the lead only lasted for two minutes, with George Allen drawing the form side level. Two minutes later George Sykes put Canvey Island in-front, when he scored in the thirty-third minute. Frankie Merrifield made sure of the points when he scored in the ninetieth minute. The home side are now eighteenth with forty-four points, four clear of relegation, whilst Grays remain rooted to the bottom on thirty-two points, and are now nine points from safety.

Leatherhead kept their survival hopes alive with a 3-2 win at home to fellow strugglers Hendon. It was the visitors who struck first, when a Paul Semakula own goal gave them the lead on ten minutes. Hendon then doubled their lead just before the break, when Matt Ball found the net on forty-two. The second half saw an Leatherhead complete an incredible come-back to take all three points. D’Sean Theobalds (51’), and a brace from Daniel Carr (66’ & pen 70’) with the all-important goals.  The result means both teams are level on thirty-eight points, with Leatherhead one place above their rivals in twenty-second, with a game in hand.



Ryman Premier review: 4th March 2017

The top two win again, A three goal come-back sees the Martketmen stay in third, and Metropolitan Police make it three wins in a row.


By Ben Eltham.

Bognor Regis Town made it six games unbeaten as they beat relegation battlers Leatherhead 1-0 at Nyewood Lane. Charlie Moore scored the only goal of the game for the home side on forty-two minutes, as the league leaders were made to work for their victory. Bognor are one point clear at the top of the table, but they know that Havant & Waterlooville have a game in hand. Leatherhead had seen a turn in fortunes in recent games, picking up a win and a draw in their last two, but they remain in the relegation places after this defeat.

Havant and Waterlooville kept the pressure on Bognor, with an impressive 4-1 away win at Enfield Town. Alfie Rutherfold gave the visitors the lead on thirty-two minutes, before Enfield equalised through Billy Crook on thirty-two. The second half belonged to in-form Havant, as they scored three goals without reply to secure all three points. Jason Prior (49’), Wes Fogden (52’), and Bradley Tarbuck (80’) with the goals. It’s now four wins in five for Leatherhead, as they look to chase down the automatic promotion spot. As for Enfield, they are now without a win in their last three, and are now six points from the playoff places in seventh position.

Needham Market kept their promotion hopes alive with a dramatic 4-3 victory away at Tonbridge Angels. Needham Market had struggled of late, with three defeats and a draw in their last five games, and they were behind again as Ugo Udogi put the home side ahead on eighteen minutes. Nathan Elder doubled Angels advantage on thirty-seven minutes, with the game 2-0 at half-time. John Sands pulled one back for the marketmen on forty-nine minutes, but Tonbridge increased their lead again when Mitchell Nelson scored on fifty-two. Three goals in the last half hour saw the visitors take the points, with Luke Ingram (63’), Reece Dobson (77’) and Sam Nunn (85’) with the all-important strikes. The marketmen are still six points from the automatic promotion spot, but must believe a playoff place will only be a matter of time, as they sit third on sixty-six points. Tonbridge have faltered of late, and are now without a win in three, that after a run of four straight wins. They sit fourth on sixty-three points.

A surprise defeat for playoff hopefuls Wingate and Finchley saw them lose 2-1 to relegation threatened Canvey Island. George Sykes with his thirteenth and fourteenth of the season in the ninth and forty-second minute enough to secure all three points for the visitors. Ben Pattie had given the home side hope with his strike on sixty-two, but it was not enough, and their run of three straight victories comes to an end. Back to back wins for Canvey Island will give them hope that they can survive the battle at the bottom. They are now just one point from safety in twenty-first position.

Leiston failed to take advantage of both of the teams directly above them dropping points, and suffered their second defeat in five days when they were beaten 2-1 away at Hendon. Matt Blake made it twenty-four for the season when he put Leiston in-front on twenty-two minutes, but goals from Keagan Cole (41’), and Reis Stanislaus (48’) enough to secure a vital three points for the home side. Hendon are now just four points from safety, in twenty-third position on thirty-five points. Leiston are in sixth position, five points from a playoff place, but they will be hoping that their four games in hand, will be enough to propel them into the top six come April.

Dulwich Hamlet continued their fine form with a 1-0 away at Worthing. Dipo Akinyemi with the only goal of the game on forty-six. A crowd of 763 watched as Worthing lost their fifth game in succession. As for Dulwich, they are now unbeaten in four in the league, and just six points of the playoffs, with four games in hand on their rivals. Worthing will be looking for a change in fortunes as they take on Canvey Island this evening, whilst Dulwich travel to Macclesfield in their F.A. Trophy replay.

Billericay Town beat Harlow Town 2-0 thanks to goals either side of half-time from Adam Cunningham (42’), and Billy Bricknell (54’). The away side now have six wins in their last eight games, and sit ninth with fifty-four points, six away from the playoff places. Harlow Town are just one point below in tenth place.

Lowesoft Town made it three wins in a row as they beat struggling Burgess Hill Town. Shaun Bammant put the visitors ahead after just seven minutes, before Tyrell Richardson-Brown equalised for Burgess Hill on sixteen. Jake Reed put the visitors back in-front after thirty-five minutes, and Harvey Hodd sealed the victory, with the only goal in the second coming in the eighty-sixth minute. Lowesoft remain eleventh on fifty-one points, whilst Burgess Hill, with their fourth defeat on the trot, drop to twentieth, just one point above the relegation zone.

A goalless draw at the Moatside between Merstham and Staines Town, means it’s now four clean sheets in a row for the visitors. Merstham have been in good form of late too, with just one defeat in six for them. Staines sit comfortably in twelfth position on forty-nine points, whilst Merstham will be hoping that their games in hand will increase the distance between themselves and the relegation places.

Metropolitan Police made it five wins in their last six games with a 2-0 victory over Grays Athletic. Steve Sutherland opened the scoring on twenty-one minutes, before Roman Michael-Percil sealed the victory on forty-nine minutes. The home side suffered their first defeat in three, and remain in trouble in the relegation zone. They sit bottom of the table on thirty-two points, seven from safety, having played at least one more than all of their rivals.

Ryan Moss scored his seventeenth and eighteenth goals of the season, but couldn’t prevent Kingstonian from losing at home to Harrow Borough. The afternoon was looking good for the home side, as they raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to Moss’s early brace in the tenth and thirteenth minute. But Kurtis Cumberbatch scored from the penalty spot on the stroke of half time to give the visitors hope, and Francis Babalola had them level on sixty-two minutes. A dramatic winner followed, as Lewis Driver had the ball in the net on eighty-seven to give the visitors all three points. That was Borough’s first win in three, whilst Kingstonian are now without a win in their last six.

AFC Sudbury secured their first win in four as they beat Folkestone Invicta 3-1 at home. It was an important victory for the home side, who had been in decline in recent weeks, and heading towards the relegation places. Things didn’t start well though, as Sam Hasler gave the visitors the lead on twenty-five minutes. Danny Crow levelled for Sudbury on forty-one, and Crow with his second (61’), and Sam Bantick (pen 68’) turning the game in favour of the home side.



Ryman Premier Division Review: 11th February 2017

Last Gasp for Bognor, the Marketmen close the gap, and Staines pull off a shock


By Ben Eltham.

League leaders Bognor Regis Town left it late to come from 1-0 down against promotion chasing Dulwich Hamlet. The visitors came into the game on the back of an impressive 5-2 F.A. Trophy victory against National League side Braintree Town; and they picked up where they left off, taking the lead after eighteen minutes, with a Matt Drage strike. A crowd of 447 had to wait until the eighty fifth minute for the home side to draw level. James Crane with the strike to earn Bognor what could be a vital point come the end of the season. Bognor travel to Wingate and Finchley next Saturday, whilst Dulwich entertain second placed Needham Market.

Needham Market closed the gap on the league leaders, with a 1-0 home win against a Wingate and Finchley Side, who came into the game having won four of their last five matches. It took the marketmen until the seventy-eighth minute to find that back of the net, with Billy Clark sending the 227 crowd at the Bloomfield stadium home happy. Needham cut the gap to just three points at the top, and they entertain the only team above them, when they play Bognor on the 25th February.

Havant and Waterlooville kept their push for automatic promotion intact, with a 2-0 against Harlow Town. The win was more impressive, as it was against a side that had won their last four games and were top of the form table. Two second half goals in-front of 216 at the Harlow Arena, were enough to secure the points. Theo Lewis with the first on fifty-three minutes, and Wes Fogden with the second in the eighty-eighth. Havant host strugglers Hendon next, whilst Harlow Town try to rediscover their winning form when they travel to Merstham.

Leiston will now be relying on their two games in hand, in their bid for automatic promotion, as they suffered a shock 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Staines Town. Leiston have struggled of late, and it’s now no win in three. They eventually succumbed to a Jonathan Hippolyte strike in the fifty-ninth minute. A crowd of 208 watched the game at Victory road, and they will be hoping to see a better display wmahen their side take on Harrow Borough on Valentines day. The victory was Staines Town’s first in five games, and they take on AFC Sudbury next Saturday.

Tonbridge angels made light work of bottom of the table Grays Athletic, as they won 4-1 in-front of a 312 strong home crowd. They were off the mark on seventeen minute as Tom Phipp found the net. Alexander Akrofi got his brace, when he first converted from the spot (30’) and added his second three minutes later. The game was out of site for Grays at half time, but Luke Wilson grabbed a consolation for the visitors, finding the net on fourty-nine minutes. Tonbridge did add another, Andre McCollin converting another penalty on ninety minutes The home side sit fifth with fifty-five points, five clear of Enfield in sixth place, with a game in hand. Grays remain stranded at the foot of the table, five points from the nearest rival, having played two games more than anyone in the bottom seven.

Enfield have now lost three of their last four games, after being defeated 3-2 at home to Merstham. A crowd of 329 watched at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium, as the home side took the lead through Billy Crook on twenty-threee minutes. Dan Bennett made it six league goals for the season, when he equalised three minutes later. It was the visitors who took the lead early in the second half, Dean McDonald with the goal on fifty-six. But Enfield, who sit just outside the playoffs, returned the favour, and equalised three minutes later through Karl Oliyide. Merstham would have the final say though, as Dean McCdonald made it two for him and three for Merstham on eighty-seven. Enfield lose ground on the playoffs, and Merstham make it two wins in two.

Watched by a crowd of 309 at the Fullicks Stadium, Folkestone Invicta and Worthing produced six goals. Unfortunately for the home side, it was Worthing  who scored four of them, and they opened the scoring on twenty-five minutes, with Lloyd Dawes finding the back of the net. Folkestone replied with a Jordan Wright goal five minutes later, but they were only level for three minutes as the visitors struck again, this time through Louis Clark. The home side again levelled things up early in the second half, Ian Draycott with the goal on fourty-seven. But Louis Clark (50’) and Lloyd Dawes (60’) both bagged their second of the game, and sealed the points for Worthing as the game finished 4-2. Worthing travel to AFC Sudbury on Tuesday, and Folkstone Invicta play at Wingate & Finchley.

Billericay Town made it three wins in three with a 2-1 victory at home to Harrow Borough. Billy Bricknell made it nine for the season as he scored both goals for the home side. The first after just four minutes, and his second on thirty-eight. Josh Webb converted a late consolation for Borough, when he found the net from the penalty spot on eighty-eight. A crowd of 429 watched the home side continue their fine run of form, and they will be hoping it continues on Wednesday night as they entertain Needham Market. Borough are now just two points off of the relegation places, but they will be hoping their five games in hand on those below them is enough to see them safe. They take travel to Leiston on Tuesday night.

Kingstonian drew 1-1 away at AFC Sudbury, as they let a 1-0 lead slip late in the second half. The visitors went ahead in the thirty-eighth minute through Sean Bonnett-Johnson, but Sudbury levelled the match on seventy-three when James Baker found the net in-front of the 215 strong crowd at The Wardale Williams Stadium. Sudbury are now without a wn in four, and are just two points from the relegation places. Kingstonian’s mixed season continues, as they sit twelfth in table, but have only two wins in the last eight matches. They entertain Tonbridge Angels next Saturday, whilst AFC Sudbury are at home to Worthing on Tuesday.

It was all square at Silver Jubilee Park, as a crowd of 167 saw Hendon and Lowestoft fail to find the net. Lowesoft have now failed to win in their last four games, whilst Hendon sit twenty-first in the league, one point from safety, but having played five more games than their nearest rivals Merstham. Hendon travel to Havant and Waterlooville on Saturday in their next fixture, whilst Lowesoft entertain Leatherhead.

Leatherhead continued their poor form as they were beaten 2-1 at home to Burgess Hill Town, who have now won three in a row. Jack Brio opened the scoring for the visitors on fifty-one minutes, before Daniel Carr levelled for Leatherhead on sixty. Billy Medlock scored the winner for Burgess Hill Town seven minutes later, to secure all three points for the visitors. A crowd of 240 watched at Fetcham Grove, as Leatherhead move into the bottom four. They travel to Lowesoft Town on Saturday, whilst Burgess Hill Town entertain Canvey Island on Tuesday.

Just 89 people watched as Metropolitan Police were beaten 4-0 at home to league strugglers Canvey Island. Steve Sheehan (26’), Harrison Chatting (60’), George Sykes (65’) and Ryan Blackman (75’) completed an emphatic win for the visitors. Canvey Island remain in twenty-third, but their first win in six will give them hope for the rest of the campaign. The home side had won their previous two fixtures, and they will be hoping to bounce back when they travel to Burgess Hill Town on Saturday. Canvey Island also travel to face Burgess Hill Town next, as they visit on Tuesday evening.









Combined Counties Premier Review: 4th February 2017

Hartley Wintney remain clear at the top, 6 goals at High Road, and Spelthorne hit 4 past Camberley

Hartley Wintney remain 21 points clear at the top of the table, despite dropping two points at home to ninth place Abbey Rangers. Tommy Bentley scored on the stroke of half-time to give the home side the lead. Hartley Whitney showed determination to fight back against the team eight places below them with two late second half goals. Luke Perkins equalised on seventy-three minutes, and Ross Cook put the visitors ahead on eighty-three minutes. It was a thrilling end to the game that saw the league leaders pegged back with a nineteenth minute equaliser from Rangers.

Sutton Common Rovers beat CB Hounslow United 2-0 at The Orchard. The visitors took the lead on fifty-six minutes with a great strike from Michael Campbell from just inside the box. Sutton doubled their lead on eighty-four minutes through Matty Auletta. Next up for Sutton Common Rovers is a Surrey Senior Cup game with Ryman Division One high flyers Dorking Wanderers on Monday night.

Seventh placed Epsom & Ewell defeated second from bottom Badshot Lea 4-2 at High Road.  The home side took the lead on the nineteenth minute with great work from winger Jason Nwachukwu, who played the ball to Matt Ferdinando who found the net. The visitors were level just nine minutes later, and took the lead in the fortieth minute, before the home side found the net again through Jason Nwachukwu in the forty-third minute to ensure the scores were level at the break. More great work from Nwachukwu in the second half saw him set up Daryl Cooper-Smith (78’) for the home side to take the lead once more. The victory was confirmed when Ferdinando made it 4-2 in the ninety-first minute.

Guildford City beat AFC Hayes 2-0 at Spectrum Leisure Centre. Both teams are positioned in mid-table, with just three points separating the sides before the start of the game. Two penalties, one in each half were enough to seal the victory for City. Guildford had played well in recent weeks, and this was a game that they dominated throughout. The first goal came in the thirty-fourth minute, with Shawn Lyle converting the penalty. Lyle made it two for him and two for Guildford, as he tucked away his second penalty of the game on forty-nine. Guildford City host Bedfont Sports next Saturday, and AFC Hayes play at home to Spelthorne Sports.

Spelthorne Sports enjoyed the biggest victory of the day in the Combined Counties Premier League, with a 4-0 win over Camberley Town. It was a surprise score-line as Camberley were in-form and sitting in sixth position in the league, five places and eleven points ahead of Spelthorne before the match. All the goals came in a packed first half, with two from man of the match Matt Weston and Lewis Flatman and Jake Flatman completing an emphatic first half. Spelthorne Sports play at home to North Greenford United in their next fixture, whilst Camberley Town will be looking to pick themselves up as they host Knaphill.

Ryman Premier review: 4th February 2017

Bognor stay top, Enfield hit 5 and Hendon win the battle at the bottom.


Bognor Regis Town defeated Harrow Borough 1-0 at Earlsmead in front of a crowd of 212.  The win keeps the visitors four points clear at the top of the Ryman Premier League, with a game in hand on nearest placed Needham Market. Doug Tuck scored the only goal of the game in the sixty-fourth minute. The win means it’s just one defeat in ten now for the Bognor, who play relegation threatened Hendon Town in their next fixture.

Second placed Needham Market suffered their first defeat in three at the hands of tenth placed Worthing.  The visitors got off to the perfect start when Luke Ingram gave them the lead in the eighteenth minute. Danny Gay was then cautioned for a foul inside the box, and the home side were level when Lloyd Dawes converted the spot kick on twenty-eight, to score his 17th of the season.  Aaron Hopkinson put Worthing in-front on fifty-two minutes, only for the visitors to respond on sixty-one, with Reece Dobson finding the back of the net. Two goals in two minutes would win it for the home side, as Harvey Sparks and Omar Bugiel scored in the eightieth, and eighty-second minute. Needham Market pulled one back in the eighty-ninth, with John Sands converting the late penalty. It finished 4-3 to Worthing at Woodside Road, in-front of a strong crowd of 726. Needham Market face away trips to Billericay Town and Dulwich Hamlet, before a showdown with league leaders Bognor at home on the twenty-fifth of this month.

Havant and Waterlooville still have two games in hand on Needham Market, but they failed to take advantage, as they lost 2-1 in-front of a crowd of 625 at home to Billericay Town. Goals from Christian Assombalonga (45’) and Lewis Taafe (72’) were enough to seal the win for the visitors. Jason Prior with a late consolation for the home side on eighty-five, but it wasn’t enough to avoid their second defeat in three games. Havant travel to Harlow Town in their next fixture, whilst Billericay Town host Needham Market

Tonbridge Angels followed their dramatic 4-4 draw with Leatherhead in midweek with a much quieter 1-0 win other strugglers Canvey Island. Alexander Akrofi scored the only goal of the game in the fourth minute, in-front of 325 people at The Prospect Stadium. The win keeps Tonbridge in fifth position, and means that Canvey Island are still three points from safety at the foot of the table.

Seventh placed Enfield Town beat the leagues form side Wingate & Finchley 5-1 in-front of a crowd of 365 at Harry Abrahams Stadium. The visitors were in devastating form as they went two up inside the first twelve minutes. Bobby Devyne on seven minutes, and Harry Ottaway in the twelfth, ensuring that it would be a difficult afternoon for the home side. The victory was as good as sealed on thirty-one as Karl Oliyide added his name to the scoresheet, and the visitors went in 3-0 up at the break. Ben Pattie did spark the briefest of come-backs with his goal on fifty-five, but Billy Crook (66’) and Harry Ottaway with his second of the game on eighty-one, gave promotion chasers Enfield a deserved win. Enfield host Merstham next Saturday, whilst Wingate and Finchley travel to Needham Market.

Harlow Town continued their fine form, with their fourth straight victory in a 2-0 win away at Staines Town. Mario Noto with a goal in each half on thirty-six and sixty-two enough to seal all three points for the visitors. A crowd of 239 watched on as Harlow ensured they remain just two points from the playoff places. Staines suffered their second defeat in a row, and it’s now no win in four for them as they sit in fourteenth place, nine points clear of relegation, and twelve points from the playoffs.

Kingstonian picked up their first point in three games with a hard-fought home draw against Folkstone Invicta. Alan Inns scored in the eighth minute to give the home side the lead, but Phil Starkey levelled for the visitors on thirty-nine. Ian Draycott may have thought he had won it for Folkestone when he put then in-front with his seventy-ninth minute strike, but the majority of the 262 crowd would go home relieved as Ryan Moss converted a nineteenth minute spot kick to ensure the points were shared.

Billericay Town beat Staines Town 1-0 to move just a point behind their opponents with three games in hand. Bricknell with the only goal of the game on thirty-seven minutes to secure the points. It was their first win in five, and they travel to third placed Havant and Waterlooville next Saturday. Consistency remains the biggest problem for Staines Town, with three wins, five defeats and two draws in their last ten.

Lowesoft Town’s miserable form continued as they were beaten 1-0 at home by Metropolitan Police in-front of a crowd of 443 at Crown Meadow. Rob Bartley with the winning goal in the thirty-first minute It’s now one win in six and four defeats in a row for the home side, who find themselves in thirteenth place. Metropolitan Police have eased their relegation worries with back to back victories, and are now eight points from the drop zone.

Burgess Hill Town beat AFC Sudbury 2-0 in an important game at the bottom of the table. The defeat leaves Sudbury just three points from the relegation zone, having played three games more than the two teams directly below them. It was the third defeat in a row for Sudbury, who went behind in the thirty-fifth minute to a Jack Brivio goal. The home side left it late to seal the win, with Aaron Smith-Joseph scoring in the last minute of the game. It’s back to back wins for Burgess Hill Town, who travel to in-form Harlow Town in their next fixture.

The battle at the bottom came at The Mill Field, as bottom placed Grays Athtletic lost at home to twenty-second placed Hendon in front of a crowd of 325. Kezie Ibe gave the visitors the lead on the stroke of half time, before Matt Ball extended the lead with his seventy-eighth minute strike. Lartey Sarpong did pull one goal back for the home side, but the game finished 2-1. Grays are now five points from safety, having played more games than anyone in the bottom eight. It’s also five defeats in six for Grays now, who have conceded seventeen goals during that period. They face Harrow Borough at home in their next fixture and Hendon travel to top of the table Bognor Regis Town.

Ryman Premier Division Review: 29-01-2017

Bottom beat top, Harlow town hit six, and Merstham secure their first away win of the season.


By Ben Eltham.

Bognor Regis Town remain top of the Ryman Premier league despite losing 2-1 at home to bottom of the table Greys Athletic. A crowd of 452 saw Kieran Bishop give the visitors a surprise lead at Nyewood Lane, and one that they would hold onto until the eighty-fifth minute, when James Fraser drew Bognor level. But Greys sealed their unlikely victory with a ninety-fifth minute header from Lheureux Menga.

Needham Market took advantage of Bognor’s defeat to close the gap at the top to just one point as they beat Kingstonian 2-1. The home side had to come from a goal down as Youssef Bamba gave Kingstonian the lead on thirty-seven minutes. The Marketmen left it late with Luke Ingram firing home in the seventy-seventh minute to draw the promotion chasers level. The real drama came late in the game as the referee awarded Needham Market a penalty in the fourth minute of added time. John Sands converted from the spot, and kept the Marketmen’s promotion campaign on track.

Havant and Waterlooville moved into third as they beat Folkestone Invicta 3-1 at The Fullicks Stadium. Theo Lewis put the visitors in-front with a neat turn and finish from the edge of the box, with just six minutes played. Alfie Rutherford doubled The Hawks lead on thirty-one minutes, with a simple finish from the edge of the six-yard box, after some great build up play. Sam Hassler netted a contender for goal of the season for Folkestone Invicta with a thunderous free-kick from the edge of the box, that curled into the top corner on forty-three minutes. Any hope of a comeback was ended when a mix up between keeper and defender gave Matt Paterson the easiest of tap-ins to make it 3-1, and that’s the way the game finished.

Leiston drop to fourth as they were held to a 2-2 draw with Dulwich Hamlet. Marc Weatherstone gave the visitors the lead in the tenth minute, before Matt Blake drew Leiston level, with his first of the afternoon on nineteen minutes. Dulwich currently sit 7th in the table, just two places and one point from the playoff places, and Andrew Carew converted from the spot to put them back ahead in the seventy-second minute. But Matt Blake secured the home side a point with his second of the game on seventy-nine minutes.

Tonbridge Angels kept their place in the top six with a 1-0 home win against Lowesoft Town. Nathan Elder scored the only goal of the game in the eighth minute to secure all three points. With four defeats, a draw and just one win in their last six games, Lowesoft will be hoping for better as they take on Metropolitan Police in their next fixture.

Seventh placed Enfield Town were beaten at home to struggling Burgess Hill Town in-front of a crowd of 376. Tyrell Richardson’s fortieth minute strike enough to seal the points for the Hillians at the Queen Elizabeth The Second Stadium. It’s been a tough start to the year for Burgess Hill Town, who have played three teams in the top seven in their past three matches, and entertain league leaders Bognor Regis Town on Tuesday night.

Harlow Town produced an emphatic victory as they beat Worthing 6-2 at the Harlow Arena. Goals from Alex Read (31’), Junior Dadson (52’), Jared Small (63’), Layne Eadie (76’), Junior Dadson (78’), and Bamba Ngamb (90’) completed the rout. Two second half consolations from Lloyd Dawes (66’) and Harvey Sparks (74’) were not enough to prevent a miserable afternoon for Worthing.

Wingate and Finchley inflicted more misery on second from bottom Hendon, as they secured a 1-0 away win. Tanasheh Abrahams with the goal in the forty-second minute to keep their playoff ambitions alive. With one win, one draw and eight defeats in their last ten games, Hendon now face a huge game away at the bottom of the table Grays Athletic on Saturday.

Billericay Town beat Staines Town 1-0 to move just a point behind their opponents with three games in hand. Bricknell with the only goal of the game on thirty-seven minutes to secure the points. It was their first win in five, and they travel to third placed Havant and Waterlooville next Saturday. Consistency remains the biggest problem for Staines Town, with three wins, five defeats and two draws in their last ten.

Merstham secured their first away win of the season with an emphatic 4-0 away at AFC Sudbury. An open first half saw both sides create chances, but neither side could break the deadlock. Merstham started the second half brightly, and opened the scoring when Dean Macdonald fired home from the six-yard box in the forty-sixth minute. Marc-Anthony Okoye doubled the Moatsiders lead on seventy-three minutes, after a Merstham corner lead to a scramble in the six-yard box. The goal of the game came four minutes from time, when Dan Bennett ran across the edge of the Sudbury box, before striking into the top corner. Bennett added his second, and Merstham’s fourth in the ninetieth minute, to secure all three points.

Leatherhead came from behind to secure a much-needed point at home to struggling Canvey Island. Martin Tuohy gave twenty-second placed Canvey Island the lead with his seventh minute strike.  Leatherhead are just three points from the relegation zone, having played three games more than many of the teams around them. With no wins in their last five games, they head to Tonbridge Angels on Tuesday.

Metropolitan Police and Harrow Borough drew 1-1 at the Imber Court Sports Club. Michael Bryan gave the visitors the lead on thirty-nine minutes, before Roman Michael-Percil converted from the spot to draw the home side level on sixty-eight minutes. Both sides sit just above the relegation zone, but Harrow Borough have played just twenty-five games, the fewest of any side in the league, and six fewer than Metropolitan Police.



Match Report: FA Third Round replay. AFC Wimbledon 1-3 Sutton United

The Emirates FA Cup Third Round Replay
Tuesday 17th January
The Cherry Red Records Stadium

The story so far…

Sutton United earned themselves a deserved replay at AFC Wimbledon after a goalless draw at Ganders Green Lane. The home side looked most threatening in the first half – Matt Tubbs came close to scoring against his former club but flashed his shot wide. Maxime Biamou also came close after a quick counter-attack saw his shot hit the top corner of the bar with Dons keeper James Shea in no-mans land.

Biamou had the best Sutton chance in the second half, neatly taking the ball onto his chest after another swift counter attack, only for the shot to be saved. Dons worked their way back into the game and had a few chances late on to steal a winner, but a draw is a fair result. Sutton are now the lowest ranked team to still be left in the competition.

The replay…

AFC Wimbledon: Shea, Fuller, Kelly, Robinson, Charles, Bulman, Reeves, Poleon, Parrett, Elliot, Taylor

Sutton United: Worner, Amankwaah, Beckworth, Collins, Gomis, Eastmond, Spence, Deacon, Biamou, Downer, Tubbs

Sutton United were the lowest ranked team left in the competition when they kicked off their third round FA Cup replay against AFC Wimbledon at the Cherry Reds Record Stadium in front of a sell-out crowd. Much had been made of the connections between these nearby neighbours prior to the first meeting on Sutton United’s artificial surface; many said that the pitch was the leveller, and now that Wimbledon were back playing on their familiar grass surface, the 51 league places between these two sides would show.

Manager Paul Dosewell said that his side were confident ahead of the game, and believed his side would have no problem adapting to the unfamiliar grass pitch. Inside the first five minutes they had their first chance, and one that they would have expected to do better with. Dan Spence found himself in the box and one on one with Wimbledon keeper James Shea, and Shea stood up to the task, making a good close-range save. Seven minutes on the clock and a perfectly weighted Roarie Deacon pass found its way to Matt Tubbs, who should have done better from just inside the box. The warning signs were there for the Don’s.

Two minutes later a free kick floated high into the Sutton box was met by Tom Elliot, who evaded his marker, to guide the ball back across the goal and into the net. The football league side had made their mark on the game inside the first ten minutes.

Fifteen minutes played, and again Matt Tubbs found himself running in on the Don’s goal, but this time he wouldn’t make it to the 18 yard box, as contact by Paul Robinson sent him tumbling to the floor. Robinson was the last man, and when referee Sarginson blew his whistle to give the free-kick, there was only one outcome, Robinson was dismissed, and the home side would have to play seventy-five minutes with 10 men. Dom Poleon the most frustrated man in the ground, as he had to make way for defender Chris Robertson.

The home side’s response was to play is if they had the extra man. Dean Parrett was proving to be a real threat as he twisted and turned on the right wing, and on twenty-seven minutes he ran through the centre of the pitch, and found himself in the Sutton 18 yard box; only to waste the opportunity trying to play a pass, when the shot was the much better choice. Wimbledon were pressing high and controlling the game, and the visitors were finding it difficult to keep hold of the ball. Neither side could create a clear cut opportunity, but it was the eleven men of Sutton that were more relieved to hear the half time whistle.

The visitors needed to improve if they were to overcome the ten men of Wimbledon, and Roarie Deacon and Craig Eastmond began the second half with the desire and hunger that was missing in the first. They closed their opponents and restricted the home side’s ability to play through middle of the pitch. Dean Parret was still a threat and managed a forceful run from inside his own half to win Wimbledon a corner; but as he tired, so did the Don’s attacking threat. Sutton continued to push the home side back and began to control the middle of the pitch. Bradley Hudson-Odoi and Adam May were introduced, replacing Bedsente Gomis and Simon Downer in the sixty-third minute.

Against the run of play, the home side delivered a reminder of the reason they are playing League One football this season; a dangerous ball whipped across the box, and only a inch perfect tackle inside the box by Dan Spence kept the score at 1-0.  Sutton’s final change on seventy-three minutes was to bring Dan Fitchett on, replacing Matt Tubbs. Sutton were starting to play the football that had got them to the 3rd round, and when Deacon found the ball at his feet on the edge of the Don’s box, he somehow managed to twist and turn before striking the ball high into the top corner. The travelling Sutton fans erupted in the opposite corner of the ground, and with seventy-four minutes gone, the visitors were now firm favourites to host Leeds United in the next round.

They began to make Wimbledon look more and more tired, by using the width of the pitch on both sides, and dragging their opponents across the muddy grass surface.  James Collins made a challenge on the touchline that saw him end up on the floor in the home sides technical area; The Wimbledon staff quick to protest by surrounding Sutton’s number six, which somehow ended up with him receiving the yellow card. Wimbledon were rattled and time was running out.

Into the ninetieth minute and some excellent passing down the left hand side saw Dan Flitchett cross  the ball and Maxime Biamou tap the ball home from six yards. The stadium was stunned into silence, apart from the travelling contingent of Sutton fans who erupted into pandemonium, and rightly so. Wimbledon desperately pushed forward and Dan Flitchet looped the ball into an empty net with seconds remaining to ensure the victory.

The Sutton fans went into dreamland as they began to sing the managers name. The celebrations after showing what a truly magnificent achievement this was, and celebrations that would no doubt continue until fourth round day. The side 15th in the National League and 51 places behind AFC Wimbledon, had made it through to the FA Cup fourth round, where a home tie with Championship Leeds United awaits.

In his post-match interview Sutton manager Paul Doswell revealed that the game was worth a staggering £300,000 to the club, and talked about the possibility of now building a new changing room for the under eight team, who don’t currently change at the club; words that put the victory into perspective for a club who were only last season promoted to from the National League South.

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Q&A with Malcolm Porter ahead of Tranmere Trophy Cup tie

Taken from South Park FC website


By Ben Eltham.

Back Of The Net spoke with South Park Manager Malcolm Porter ahead of his sides trip to Tranmere Rovers in the FA Trophy on Saturday.

How are you feeling with the trip only a couple of days away?

Yeah really good. We had a good training session on Tuesday night and went through a few bits and pieces, and we’re meeting up again tonight (Thursday) to go through some more bits. That’s our typical preparation, that’s what has worked for us so far, and that’s what we’ll be doing again this week.

You have obviously had Tranmere watched, but do the players know a lot about how they play?

Yeah they do, and that’s part of what we’ll be covering tonight (Thursday) We covered elements of shape on Tuesday, and we have had them watched. We’ve got access to a number of their videos and also scouting reports from other managers in their league, so we’ve got a fair dossier of information. The reality is though, that they are a really good team, and you can look at all of that stuff, but they have some really good players.

What are your travel plans for the game, it must be unusual travelling up the day before a game?

We leave South Park at 10am on Friday and hopefully we’ll have a stop along the way. We have a really nice coach on the way up, it’s Crystal Palace’s coach from last season, so it’s a nice comfortable environment. Hopefully we’ll arrive there, weather allowing, at about 4pm, and then we are going to head straight to Prenton Park to have a look and get an idea of the surroundings we are gonna be performing in. Then we’ll head back to the hotel and have a team meal; I think there is football on with Leeds playing Derby, so we’ll watch that as a team.

How different will the match day be for such a big game?

We’ve actually travelled in by coach to our last couple of cup games, so that won’t be any different to us, the different element for us will be that most of the players won’t be working on Saturday morning. Most of them would usually be out scaffolding and on roofs doing a number of manual jobs; they won’t be doing that this Saturday, so that’s what will be different for them, they will actually have time to chill out and do other things.

What has it been like to be around the club with so much press interest this week?

It’s been great, I’ve probably done two or three interviews a day, some down here and some up in Liverpool. I’m on Radio Mersey tomorrow (Friday) so it’s great publicity for the club, it’s good that we get the ability to get our name out there so people can hear about us, so everything is positive.

There are so many other people involved in the club, arranging tickets and travel plans, and they must have worked hard to make this all happen?

Yeah we have the supporters coach going up there and more people going direct, so it is just managing all the logistics and planning where we all meet at the end of the game. We have around two hundred fans that will travel up there, which for a club of our size, and considering the weather, that’s great.

How does this game rate in your managerial history?

It’s the biggest level of opposition that we’ve played, and everyone will say it’s the biggest game in our history; I would say it’s up there with the game that we won to get promoted into the Ryman league, because ultimately this is a one-off cup game, and getting into the Ryman League and establishing ourselves in the non-league pyramid at the level we are at, was a really important moment, in a really important game. So it’s as big a game as we’ve had at the club.







Best Non-League Performances In The FA Cup

emirates-fa-cup-on-stand-on-pitch – Colchester United – Southern League
Round Date Against At Score
4th qualifying Saturday 15 November 1947 Chelmsford City Away 3–1
1st Saturday 29 November 1947 Banbury Spencer Home 2–1
2nd Saturday 13 December 1947 Wrexham Home 1–0
3rd Saturday 10 January 1948 Huddersfield Town Home 1–0
4th Saturday 24 January 1948 Bradford Park Avenue Home 3–2
5th Saturday 7 February 1948 Blackpool Away 0–5
1948–49 – Yeovil Town – Southern League
Round Date Against At Score
4th qualifying Saturday 13 November 1948 Lovell’s Athletic Away 3–2
1st Saturday 27 November 1948 Romford Home 4–0
2nd Saturday 11 December 1948 Weymouth Away 4–0
3rd Saturday 8 January 1949 Bury Home 3–1
4th Saturday 29 January 1949 Sunderland Home 2–1
5th Saturday 13 February 1949 Manchester United Away 0–8
1977–78 – Blyth Spartans – Northern League
Round Date Against At Score
1st qualifying Saturday 17 September 1977 Shildon Away 3–0
2nd qualifying Saturday 8 October 1977 Crook Town Away 1–1
2nd qualifying (replay) Wednesday 12 October 1977 Crook Town Home 3–0
3rd qualifying Saturday 22 October 1977 Consett Away 4–1
4th qualifying Saturday 5 November 1977 Bishop Auckland Away 1–0
1st Saturday 26 November 1977 Burscough Home 1–0
2nd Saturday 17 December 1977 Chesterfield Home 1–0
3rd Saturday 7 January 1978 Enfield Home 1–0
4th Monday 6 February 1978 Stoke City Away 3–2
5th Saturday 18 February 1978 Wrexham Away 1–1
5th (replay) Monday 27 February 1978 Wrexham Home 1–2
1984–85 – Telford United – Alliance Premier League
Round Date Against At Score
1st Saturday 17 November 1984 Lincoln City Away 1–1
1st (replay) Tuesday 20 November 1984 Lincoln City Home 2–1
2nd Saturday 8 December 1984 Preston North End Away 4–1
3rd Saturday 5 January 1985 Bradford City Home 2–1
4th Tuesday 29 January 1985 Darlington Away 1–1
4th (replay) Monday 4 February 1985 Darlington Home 3–0
5th Saturday 16 February 1985 Everton Away 0–3
1993–94 – Kidderminster Harriers – Football Conference
Round Date Against At Score
4th qualifying Saturday 23 October 1993 Chesham United Away 4–1
1st Saturday 13 November 1993 Kettering Town Home 3–0
2nd Saturday 4 December 1993 Woking Home 1–0
3rd Saturday 8 January 1994 Birmingham City Away 2–1
4th Saturday 29 January 1994 Preston North End Home 1–0
5th Saturday 19 February 1994 West Ham United Home 0–1
2010–11 – Crawley Town – Conference National
Round Date Against At Score
4th qualifying Saturday 23 October 2010 Newport County Away 1–0
1st Saturday 6 November 2010 Guiseley Away 5–0
2nd Friday 26 November 2010 Swindon Town Home 1–1
2nd (replay) Tuesday 7 December 2010 Swindon Town Away 3–2
3rd Monday 10 January 2011 Derby County Home 2–1
4th Saturday 29 January 2011 Torquay United Away 1–0
5th Saturday 19 February 2011 Manchester United Away 0–1
2012–13 – Luton Town – Conference National
Round Date Against At Score
4th qualifying Saturday 20 October 2012 Cambridge United Away 2–0
1st Saturday 3 November 2012 Nuneaton Town Home 1–1
1st (replay) Tuesday 13 November 2012 Nuneaton Town Away 2–0
2nd Saturday 1 December 2012 Dorchester Town Home 2–1
3rd Saturday 5 January 2013 Wolverhampton Wanderers Home 1–0
4th Saturday 26 January 2013 Norwich City Away 1–0
5th Saturday 16 February 2013 Millwall Home 0–3