The Sheratones

The Sheratones are an indie-pop rock band comprising of four individuals, with plenty of charisma and personality, from Woking. By matching up razor sharp riffs, melodic vocals and rhythmic grooves to create a sound reminiscent of the best of British rock and pop from the 50’s to present.

The Sheratones were described by James Chappell of Get Surrey as:

“Woking Rockers with an anarchic Arctic Monkeys-esque sneer”

The entire band, (all 58 of them!) crammed into a car to connect to us via conference call to take part in Three Match Ban(d)s. Out of Johnny (bassist), Adam (drummer), James (guitarist) and Matt (singer/ guitarist), it was Adam who was nominated the ‘football expert’ of the band. You can Listen Again below to see how he fared up against the clock.

You can keep up to date with the band via Facebook and Twitter.

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Ryman South Division One review: 4th February 2017

A Tommy Bradford hat-trick ensures Horsham’s unbeaten run is ended, Tooting stay top with a sixth consecutive league win, and Godalming once more succumb to defeat.

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Tooting and Mitcham United remain top of the league after scoring four goals at Winch’s Field. The game reached half time 1-1, however three goals in the last twenty minutes of the game, from Dixon and Robinson, saw off Herne Bay. (FT: Herne Bay 1-4 Tooting and Mitcham United). Despite being knocked out of the Surrey Senior Cup on Tuesday night, the Terrors have won six consecutive league games, to position six points ahead of second placed Dorking Wanderers. As for Herne Bay their recent run of form is polar opposite, and they have lost five on the bounce.

A Tommy Bradford hat-trick (26’, 45’ and 53’) contributed to Carshalton Athletic’s emphatic 5-1 win over Horsham, to end their seven-game unbeaten run. Davidson-Phipps opened the score line after only three minutes, when his strike crashed home off the bar from 18-yards. At two-nil down, Horsham converted from the spot to get themselves back into the game. However, it was short lasted as it was 3-1 before half time. Bradford completed his hat-trick in the second half, which totals his goal tally to 28 for the season so far. Impressive! Folkes wrapped up all three points when he side-footed from 15-yards on seventy-two, scoring Carshalton’s fifth. (FT: Carshalton Athletic 5-1 Horsham). With only three points which separate the space between 3rd and 6th, it remains tight amongst the sides bidding for a play-off position.

Another team seeking playoff promotion are Greenwich Borough, who hosted 2nd placed Dorking Wanderers. In a game where three points would have been invaluable to both teams, they were awarded a-point-a-piece in yesterday’s top of the table clash. It was the visitors who took the lead on seventeen, Man of the Moment, Matt Briggs once more signing his name on the score sheet. Glenn Wilson levelled the game with twenty minutes to go, putting away a delivery from the corner. Both teams fielded an attacking style of play, however in the end had to settle for a draw. (FT: Greenwich Borough 1-1 Dorking Wanderers). This result keeps the gap between Dorking Wanderers and league leaders, Tooting & Mitcham United. Wanderers remain one-game in hand, however the six-point difference would require Tooting to drop points.

Speaking of dropping points, Molesey, Sittingbourne, Whyteleafe, Godalming and Guernsey all lost their fixtures, and failed to find the back of the net between them. Corinthian-Casuals took home all three points from Church Road, through Jack Strange’s header in the seventy-eighth minute. (FT: Whyteleafe 0-1 Corinthian-Casuals). East Grinstead Town picked up their first win in six, with a 3-0 win over Molesey, to pull away from their opponents in the league table, whilst leapfrogging Herne Bay. (East Grinstead Town 3-0 Molesey). Sittingbourne were defeated 4-0 at home by Cray Wanderers, whose recent five games have been away from home, have only suffered one defeat. Their run of form places them 9th, with a four-game advantage over 7th placed Walton Casuals. (Sittingbourne 0-4 Cray Wanderers). As for Sittingbourne, they remain searching for a win, having not won a game in two months; December 6th was the last time they secured all three points in a league fixture (vs Walton Casuals).

Ramsgate extended their unbeaten run to six games, whilst ending Guernsey’s recent collection of positive results. (FT: Guernsey 0-3 Ramsgate). A saving grace for Guernsey is that the teams that surround them also, dropped points. Chipstead were denied a point, when the ball was cleared off the line at the Dripping Pan, ensuring three points for Lewes. Lewes remain in 6th position, two-points short of Greenwich Borough and two-points clear of Walton Casuals. (FT: Lewes 2-1 Chipstead).

Walton Casuals suffered a 5-1 defeat to Faversham Town, finding themselves 4-0 down before the hour mark. It went from bad to worse for the Casuals when Max Fitzgerald saw red on seventy-two, which paved way for another goal for Town. (FT Faversham Town 5-1 Walton Casuals). This result keeps a 10-point gap between the two, who sit in 8th and 11th place in the table. Despite the advantage Walton Casuals have over Faversham, it is a huge opportunity missed for them, as a win would have seen them leapfrog both Corinthian-Casuals and Lewes, to position 6th.

It was another miserable day for Godalming Town, who are rooted to the bottom of the league with only 12 points and a goal difference of -69. Yesterday they conceded twice to 4th place Hythe Town, who are level with 3rd place Carshalton Athletic with 61 points, which is a total over five times the amount that Godalming have to their name. (FT: Hythe Town 2-0 Godalming Town).

Out of this weekend’s fixtures, there were only two draws in the Ryman South, both a 1-1. Alongside Dorking Wanderers and Greenwich Borough, Chatham Town and Three Bridges also settled for a point a piece, in a fixture where three points would have been invaluable. Both teams remain in the bottom three, separated by 2-points, and considerably behind 21st placed Guernsey who have 29 points. (FT: Chatham Town 1-1 Three Bridges).

Due to a waterlogged pitch, South Park vs Hastings United will be rescheduled. South Park have now played eight games fewer than league leaders Tooting and Mitcham, yet remain mid-table with 44 points. With 24 points up for grabs in games, provided they continue their positive form, South Park could easily sneak up to the play-offs, and even top spot.

 

Lancing FC 0-2 Haywards Heath Town FC

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By David Marriott.

Haywards Heath Town picked up three points on the road to Lancing on Saturday.

There was a severe lack of action around the non-league grounds this weekend, however, Haywards Heath Town were still in action today due to Lancing’s 3G pitch

The game began slowly with Trevor McCreadie registering Heath’s first shot on target after fifteen minutes. Heath gradually fought their way into the game with Luc Doherty coming off worse for wear and had to be substituted.

Both sides sprung into life in the second half. Heath finally broke the deadlock fifteen minutes from time when the Lancing keeper dropped the ball from a corner to give Tom Graves an easy finish.

The Lancing players were unable to keep their composure with Lewis Finney seeing red for a nasty challenge on Alex Laing.

Heath doubled their lead with five minutes to go when Callum Saunders set up Trevor McCreadie to tap home.

This result leaves Heath still in 2nd place, four points behind leaders Shoreham- who now have a game in hand after their fixture was postponed.

Dead Natives

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Dead Natives are a 4-piece alternative rock band from Surrey/London, who formed in the summer of 2016. With two singles under their belt, ‘The Love I Have’ and ‘Rollercoaster Scream’ both receiving great reception, and with their debut EP only nine days from release (13-01-2017), Dead Natives have been described as a band to watch out for in 2017.

Frontman Liam joined BOTN to discuss the bands upcoming release and of course, football. You can listen to the full interview below:

Non-League Sussex: Farewell Dean Cox & Suspensions and Unavailability Continue to Cause Setbacks for the Oakmen

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Burgess Hill Town FC 2-1 Billericay Town FC

Burgess Hill Town won their second league game on the bounce with a 2-1 victory over Billericay Town.

It was an emotional day for star-man Dean Cox as he played his last game for the Hillian’s before returning to parent club Crawley Town.

Billericay thought they had opened the scoring after just four minutes when striker Billy Bricknell found the back of the net, only for it to be ruled offside. Moments later, Afolaby Akinyemi set Bricknell up once again who dragged his shot wide of the post. Against the run of play, Jonah Ayunga was brought down inside the box to win Burgess Hill a penalty. Captain Dan Pearse stepped up to put the Hillian’s into the lead.

Billericay had several opportunities to equalise but some good defending from the Hillian’s kept The Blues out. Minutes before half-time Cox back-heeled the ball to Jonah Ayunga who’s shot was parried out by keeper Giddens straight into the path of the oncoming Jack Brivio to double the Hillian’s advantage. A Billericay penalty early in the second-half which was converted by Bricknell gave Billericay fans a sensed of renewed hope. The Hillian’s dug their heels in deep and some resolute defending managed to keep the attacking onslaught out until the full-time whistle.

It was a happy ending for Dean Cox at the club and a much-needed three points for the Hillian’s.

Three Bridges 1-4 Carshalton Athletic

It was a difficult afternoon for Three Bridges as fourth-placed Carshalton Athletic visited Jubilee Field. Despite some encouraging play and chances created, the challenge of withholding the Robins was too much for the hosts.

Bridges were behind on twenty-two minutes after Kalvin Morath-Gibbs fired in a long range deflected shot for his first goal for the club, and held their lead into the break. The resolute Bridges defence were broken down again nine minutes in to the second half when Ricardo Panton scored on his first appearance since September. The contest was over when Bobby Price scored his fourth of the season just after the hour, but the hosts did pull one back in the eighty fourth minute when Ned Pierre headed in Dan Mobsby’s. however, one minute later, the three-goal lead was restored when Tommy Bradford scored a beautiful free kick.

Three Bridges host Guernsey on Tuesday, then travel to Ramsgate on Saturday.

Crawley Down Gatwick 4-1 Arundel

It was a resounding win for Crawley Down Gatwick who comfortably saw off Arundel at the Haven Centre, scoring four goals for the second consecutive game.

Michael Belli opened the scoring on seven minutes, and Oliver Leslie doubled the lead just before half time. Leslie then scored two goals in three minutes just after the break to complete his hat trick. Rory Biggs grabbed a goal for Arundel late on, but the contest had long been over.

The Anvils’ next game is away to Newhaven, and will be hoping to continue their impressive scoring form.

Haywards Heath Town FC 2-0 Newhaven FC

Haywards Heath Town were victorious once again to extend their unbeaten run to five games, this time over Newhaven FC.

Heath suffered an early setback when Nathan Cooper had to be replaced by George Hayward. Despite taking almost an hour to find the back of the net, Heath found their stride when Trevor McCreadie was on hand to strike home from eight yards out. Less than five minutes later, in-form striker Alex Laing doubled Heath’s advantage who cut inside with a good strike into the far corner. It was ultimately Heath who controlled the rest of the game, with Warwick, Doherty, McCreadie and Miller all seeing efforts saved.

Afterwards, manager Shaun Saunders said the following;

“I was disappointed with our first half performance but the lads reacted well to the half time discussion and we had much better energy in the 2nd half putting the Newhaven back line under more pressure. Overall I’m again delighted with the 3 points but more so the clean sheet against one of the division’s top scoring teams.”


Frimley Green 3-2 Dorking FC

The Chicks took the lead twice, however failed to take home a single point, in a five-goal game at The Rec.

Dorking made two changes to the starting XI following their 6-0 win last weekend to Epsom Athletic, welcoming Alex Watts to the back line and Stuart Russell to the midfield. Frimley too, made changes following last weekend’s draw with South Park Reserves, changing their formation to 4-4-2 and starting Rowley and Afful.

A lively opening, saw a goal for each side in the first ten minutes; with Dorking’s lead cancelled out by James Robertson moments later. The Chicks regained the lead on seventeen through Jimmy Brazil, however Déjà vu struck on twenty-four, when the game was once more levelled. The second half saw chances for both sides, however Victory for Green came over an hour after the four-goal spell of the first half. On eighty, Robertson got his second, and Frimley’s third, to secure all three-points.

AFC Uckfield Town 1-3 Eastbourne Town FC

Two-goals in quick succession gave the visitors a comfortable lead on the half hour mark, with goals from Aaron Capon and Jason Taylor on twenty-seven and twenty-nine. Eight minutes later, the Oaks were back in the game, when Ibrahim sent the keeper the wrong way from the penalty spot, which took the game into half time 1-2. With twenty minutes to go, Evan Archibald put the game out of sight, scoring Eastbourne’s third; wrapping up all three points.

Chairman Graham Sullivan comments:

“Suspensions and unavailability cost us – A little bit of sharpness today, both defensively and up top was needed. The game was equally balanced but defensive mistakes and their third goal killed it off. Positively, performances are improving and this is great prior to an important game at Lancing and the huge A22 derby against Hailsham Town after Christmas”.


East Grinstead Town 1-3 Lewes FC

Two of our local teams went head to head as 10th place Lewes took on 19th place East Grinstead Town. Lewes made a great start to the game, taking the lead after twenty minutes, Charlie Coppala hit a superb twenty-five-yard strike past Chris Haigh in the East Grinstead goal. The lead only lasted for a minute, as East Grinstead equalised through Tashi Kawayie’s accomplished finish. East Grinstead started to take control of the game, and had the better of the chances in the first half. The visitors took advantage of the home sides wasted opportunities, and took the lead on sixty minutes through Smith. The home side continued to create chances, but it was Lewes who once again proved more clinical in-front of goal, and this time Okoh was the scorer, as he found the back of the net in the seventy-forth minute. The rooks dominated the closing stages and the game finished 3-1.


Broadbridge Heath 1-2 Lancing FC

Lancing make it three wins on the bounce, following an away victory to Broadbridge Heath.

Nana Baah put the visitors ahead early on, and shortly after the interval Lewis Finney doubled the lead. The Bears clawed one back late in the second half, but it was too late in the game to be little more than consolation.

Horsham 1-2 Ramsgate

The Hornets are yet to win a league match in December, losing 2-1 to Ramsgate at the weekend. A level score at half time did not last for long as the visitors scored the opener in the fifty second minute, Tom Chapman claiming the goal.

George Branford entered the pitch as a substitution in the sixtieth minute, replacing Scott Kirkwood. The super sub netted an equaliser, but a penalty in the seventieth minute for Ramsgate was converted by Aaron Milbank.

Horsham encounter Herne Bay on Saturday and face Bognor Regis on Wednesday.

Crewe Alexandra 0-2 Crawley Town

Crawley Town bounced back from being dumped out of the Checkatrade trophy midweek to get just their second win in nine league games.

Both sides are in a very poor run of form of late, but the Red Devils were the better side and fully deserved all three points. Jamie Collins was the big difference, bringing his tally for the season to 11 goals with two poachers efforts, capitalising on some poor Crewe defending. His first was an excellent volley after Perry Ng failed to control the driven cross and allowed the ball to bounce straight into the striker’s path. He wrapped up the three points in the seventy-sixth minute when he latched on to Crewe keeper Ben Garratt’s dreadful pass and swept home.

This was Crawley’s first ever league win at Gresty Road, and they’ll hoping it’s the sign of a change of fortune after a dismal run of form. The Reds host bottom placed Newport on Saturday, and travel to strugglers Leyton Orient on Boxing Day. Get a couple of wins, and they could be right back amongst the play off places, which they are currently four points off in the very tight League Two.

Non-League Surrey: Medley’s 7 Minute Hat-Trick, Super Six for the Lobsters, a Week of Defeats for Chipstead

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South Park 1-1 North Leigh

South Park missed a great opportunity to get themselves into the next round of the FA Trophy after being held at home by North Leigh.

A mistake in the first minute by defender Dylan Merchant allowed North Leigh’s Darren Woodley to get in and round the keeper Callum Thomas and set up a simple tap in for striker George Seacole. The home side started to regain their composure and get themselves back in the game. The equaliser came in the twenty-fourth minute where a deep cross was headed back across the goal by captain Kieran Lavery for James Mcelligott to thump home South Park’s first goal with his head.

Confidence was growing amongst the home side and in the twenty-ninth minute they were very unlucky to see Kieran Lavery head his wonderful effort from a corner onto the crossbar with the keeper well beaten. Few chances in the second half were topped off when in the seventieth minute North Leigh’s Michael Hopkins got himself sent off with two bookable offences. South Park could not take advantage and break down the away side leaving honours even at one apiece and South Park will travel to North Leigh for the replay on Tuesday 13 December.

Westfield 2-1 Camberley Town

Camberley started strongly and were the better team during the first half.  Several missed chances however, denied them the lead; including a shot from Corbett, which went just over the bar. Westfield got back into the game in the second half with chances such as a curling shot put just past the post. On the hour mark, Westfield were reduced to ten men which sparked life in the game and Camberley took advantage of the red card; Quarshire gave them the lead after seventy minutes with a superb volley.

Westfield were given a route back into the game when they were awarded a penalty, with ten minutes to go, which provided a tense end to the game. The home side went on to win the match when they scored a free-kick late into the game. This result leaves Camberley town 13th in the table on 28 points.

Godalming Town 2-4 Chatham Town

Jack Mazzone scored after fifteen minutes to give the hosts the lead, but the game was soon turned on its head when Luke Medley scored a hat-trick in within seven minutes, to put the visitors in charge after half an hour. Chatham town made it 4-1 when Ricky Freeman scored after sixty-nine minutes to put the game out of sight for Godalming. William Efambe got a second goal for Godalming in the eighty-fifth minute but, it proved to be no more than a consolation goal as the game finished 4-2. This result sees Godalming still bottom of the division with only 9 points, and in desperate need of a win.

Redhill 6-0 Ash United

A 6-0 demolishing of Ash United on Saturday gave the Reds their seventh consecutive league victory. The side created several chances in the first half, Kieran Campbell almost scoring the opener in the seventh minute as his strike was saved by the legs of the keeper. However, Campbell did score the first goal- Chris Ransome passed the ball to the striker, the latter striking it home in the tenth minute.

Ten minutes later, Chris Ransome followed with another goal. Kerry Kedze’s shot hit the post, but Ransome’s positional awareness enabled him to double the lead. On the half hour mark, he completed a brace and gave Redhill a 3-0 lead.

Approaching half time, the Lobsters had another excellent opportunity as Ashely Snadden’s forty yard free kick smashed the crossbar. Shortly after, Snadden found Kerry Kedze, who increased the margin to 4-0. Kerry Kedze missed a penalty in the sixtieth minute, followed by a brief power outage of the floodlights. Once the lights were working, Marlon Pinder scored his sixth goal of the season to make it 5-0. Kedze finally scored his well-deserved goal in the eighty seventh minute, securing a 6-0 victory.

Merstham 2-1 Havant & Waterlooville

Attacking midfielder, Ryan Fowler, has recently joined the Moatsiders from Whyteleafe. Manager Hayden Bird described him as “a young player with great potential.” The coach also commented, “Technically, there is no doubt that he is ready to step up.”

Merstham defeated second placed Havant & Waterlooville 2-1 at the weekend, taking a 1-0 lead at half time; Dan Bennett scored against the run of play in the thirty-third minute. The visitors equalised in the second half, but a chance arose for the Moatsiders in the eighty-third minute, Calum Willock bagging all three points.

Merstham visit Corinthian Casuals on Tuesday in the Alan Turvey Trophy. In the league, the side’s next fixture is against Canvey Island on Saturday 17th December.

Chipstead 0-1 Faversham Town

Chipstead slipped to their third defeat in a week, as they were undone by the only incisive move of the match, when a cross from the right was turned in with twenty minutes left, which was enough to give Faversham all three points.

Home goalkeeper Luke Colquhoun had to be at his best in the first half, with one excellent save especially on the quarter hour mark, but Chips had their chances too, as the half ended goalless. Into the second half and it looked like Chipstead might go in front first – Raheem Sterling-Parker robbed a visiting defender in the box, but his dinked cross was knocked away for a corner, just as Vernon Francis looked ready to pounce.

As the home side brought on substitutes to try to break the deadlock, Faversham scored the all-important first goal, then had a second ruled out for offside. Another frustrating day for Chipstead, who now sit seventeenth in the league, ahead of next week’s trip to Sittingbourne.

Hartley Wintney 3-1 Epsom & Ewell

Despite being in good form, Epsom & Ewell came up against a table topping Hartley side. It wasn’t helped with their top scorer Daryl Cooper-Smith being out through suspension.

The side in-form struck the lead though in the fifteenth minute, as Matt Farrell tapped the ball home after a fierce cross from Gallagher. Two early contentious bookable decisions saw the away side down to ten men after twenty-six minutes, as Matt Tanton was shown his marching orders. The resulting free-kick was tucked away beautifully by Steve Duff into the top corner.

A goal for Wintney three minutes after the restart left too much of a challenge for the Salts. Duff grabbed another curling free-kick to give his side the lead and complete the turn around. In the fifty-eighth minute Argent headed home to extend the lead to two goals.

With a player short, Epsom & Ewell couldn’t hold any momentum and simply saw the game out. Next they are back at home against Hanworth Villa who are in third place.

Sutton United 1-0 Bath City

After the Second Round FA Cup win against Cheltenham Town last weekend, Sutton progressed in another cup competition, this time the FA Trophy.

In a tie where neither goalkeeper saw much action it was a free-kick on thirty-five minutes that proved to be the difference. Ben Jefford stepped up, with his long kick up field from near the halfway line evading everyone and finding the bottom corner.

City came out in the second half stronger but, much like the home side, struggled to create chances. Sutton shut-up shop early on and the game slowed down to walking pace – United saw the match out to record a one-nil win, and progression into the next round.

Badshot Lea FC 2-1 Horley Town

Horley Town suffered defeat to Badshot Lea, following a ten game spell of positive results. Incidentally, with duty calls for manager Ant Jupp, the manager-less side have never won a game without his presence.

The encounter was a cliché game of two halves, with Horley dominating the first and Badshot the second. The game reached half time level, one-a-piece, with goals from Matt Stamp and Ryan Brackpool. The winner came from substitute Danny Turner, which sealed three points for Lea.

Badshot Lea manager, Michael Charles comments:

“Horley were on top first half and we took the second. We knew they were an organised team, but with Kurt Greenaway up top giving the defenders no time on the ball, made the other guys’ job a lot easier. Our defenders were superb, the midfield played some great football, and the strikers caused all sorts of problems – a good day all round!”


Guildford City 0-1 Sutton Common Rovers

Guildford City suffered a home defeat at the hands of Sutton Common Rovers. After a uneventful first half, it was Guildford who were on top, and created enough chances to win the game. Against the run of play Matt Auletta grabbed what would be the winning goal for the visitors in the eighty-first minute. A brilliant cross from the left was drilled across the six-yard box, and it was seventeen-year-old Auletta who was in the right place to tuck the ball home. Guildford pushed forward in search for the equaliser, and the visitors almost doubled their lead with a couple of late counter attacks. Guildford will be disappointed to lose, after creating more than enough chances to take all 3 points, but the finished 1-0 to the visitors.

Frimley Green 3-2 Dorking FC

The Chicks took the lead twice, however failed to take home a single point, in a five-goal game at The Rec.

Dorking made two changes to the starting XI following their 6-0 win last weekend to Epsom Athletic, welcoming Alex Watts to the back line and Stuart Russell to the midfield. Frimley too, made changes following last weekend’s draw with South Park Reserves, changing their formation to 4-4-2 and starting Rowley and Afful.

A lively opening, saw a goal for each side in the first ten minutes; with Dorking’s lead cancelled out by James Robertson moments later. The Chicks regained the lead on seventeen through Jimmy Brazil, however Déjà vu struck on twenty-four, when the game was once more levelled. The second half saw chances for both sides, however Victory for Green came over an hour after the four-goal spell of the first half. On eighty, Robertson got his second, and Frimley’s third, to secure all three-points.

 Mile Oak 2-1 Lingfield

On Saturday, the Lingers lost 2-1 to Mile Oak. The visitors conceded a goal in the first ten minutes, but Lingfield converted a penalty on the half hour mark- David Heaton found the back of the net. One point almost seemed definite, but, in the eighty third minute, Mile Oak scored the winner.

Lingfield have announced the signing of Sam Clements, who has joined the side from Whyteleafe. The side host Billingshurst this Saturday and visit Oakwood next Tuesday.

Cobham 1-7 Banstead Athletic

Banstead continued to prove their worth at the top of the Combined Counties Division One table. A trip to tenth placed Cobham, seemed to be an easy three points on the road as the visitors brushed them aside.

The star man on the day was Martin Smith who grabbed four of the goals, with two from Regan and one from Oliver completing the rout. Next up for Banstead is a home league match against Sheerwater.

Dorking Wanderers 3-0 Sittingbourne

Dorking Wanderers are a point clear at the top of the league after a convincing home win over ninth placed Sittingbourne.

Guiseppe Sole opened the scoring on sixteen minutes from the penalty spot, and doubled his tally just before the interval as the hosts went in 2-0 up at half time. Wanderers continued to dominate in the second half, and James McShane completed the scoring with eight minutes remaining.

After their shock defeat to Three Bridges last month, Wanderers have responded excellently to win three in a row and keep their place at the top of the league. They travel to Whyteleafe on Saturday, but will have to do it without club captain Chris Boulter and top scorer Tom Tolfrey, who have both been ruled out for 4-6 weeks with injury.

Ebsfleeet 1-1 Woking

It was honours even in this 1st round tie between both sides as the hosts managed to force a mid-week replay for the Conference South side with a few minutes to spare. Both teams were equal throughout the first half, and ex-Woking forward Bradley Bubb and Charlie Sheringham caused constant problems for the Woking defence as did Ugwu, Saravia and Caprice for Ebbsfleet. Bubb created a great opportunity on thirty-six minutes, only for Brandon Hall to pull off a great stop to keep the game level. It wasn’t until after the break that Garry Hill’s men took the lead. Dennon Lewis pressed forward and Chike Kandi collected a loose ball to brilliantly curl the ball past the Ebbsfleet keeper from all of twenty yards. From that moment, Ebbsfleet gained confidence and momentum and eventually were rewarded with a deserved equaliser, the hosts converting from a corner which Dave Winfield header which made unfortunate contact with Joey Jones as it crossed the line. It could have been a lot worse for Woking as Ebbsfleet nearly booked their place in the 2nd round proper as Danny Kedwell shot inches wide at the death. Alas it wasnt to be and the replay beckons for both teams at the Laithwaite Community Stadium on Tuesday 13th at 19:45pm.

Woking FC Assistant manager, Steve Thompson comments:

“Its always disappointing when you concede a late goal but we weren’t at our best today by any stretch of the imagination, however I felt we were the better team and we deserved the 1-0 lead. In the 2nd half we looked very dangerous at times and should have really gone two or three goals up. Nevertheless, we didn’t have that edge of quality on our final third that was needed. In these kinds of games, you’re always susceptible to that “one shot-one goal” opportunity, that’s what happened this afternoon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hayden Bird Interview

On our December Sussex & Surrey Football Show, Merstham FC manager Hayden Bird was our co-host. Merstham have had a busy season so far, including an FA Cup run through to the 1st Round. Listen to his highlights from the show below.

Merstham’s recent form:

Merstham tactics:

He answers YOUR questions, and talks Chelsea:

#CoachesCorner Ep1

On our December Sussex & Surrey Football Show, we debuted a new feature called Coaches’ Corner. Grassroots is where the game begins, and this regular feature will highlight the challenges faced within the lower levels of the game.

Tonight we kicked off with talking about the difficulties of managing parents in Youth Football. We first spoke with Michael Fasida who is an U9s coach.

You can hear the full interview with Michael below:

We then got Peter Augustine on the line, who is the Surrey FA County Coach Developer. You can hear the full interview with Peter below: