Combined Counties League Division One Review: 18th March 2017

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Over the weekend, only one match was postponed: Worcester Park vs. Bagshot.

Redhill reclaimed second place in the CCLD1, defeating Ash United 3-2. Ashley Snadden and Kieran Campbell scored two goals to give Redhill the lead, but Ash pulled a goal back before equalising. The Lobsters suffered an injury during the game, Luke Jones replacing left-back Jason Stripp ten minutes into the second half. Despite the injury, Redhill grabbed three points as Campbell completed a brace.

After the match, Gavin Gordon- the Redhill manager- stated:

“I thought we just about did enough in the end. After a good first twenty minutes, where we seemed to have picked up our performance from Tuesday’s game against Cobham, there was good pressing around the park with some good link up play. We deservedly went 2-0 up.”

He continued:

“We seem to relax and switch off at times- they capitalised on those opportunities. We created some good chances and eventually took one, which we couldn’t do last Saturday. I thought that Ash United worked really hard and will be looking to progress to the cup final when we meet next week, so it will be a difficult and interesting game at the Kiln Brow on Saturday. It is a challenge which we are looking forward to.”

Top of the table Banstead Athletic also won 3-2, beating seventeenth placed Cove and creating a ten point gap between the side and Redhill. However, the Lobsters have a game in hand.

Chessington & Hook United sit in third and are one point behind Redhill, taking a 2-1 victory against Balham on Saturday. Statistically, Chessington were the dominant team- the side took a total of twenty two shots, whereas Balham took eight. Neither team received any yellow or red cards and each side were only caught offside twice.

Dorking defeated Farleigh Rovers 3-2 in a thrilling encounter, despite playing with ten men for the final quarter of an hour. In the first half, Ryan Lunn received a ball from Louie Stanton-Cockle, giving Dorking the lead with a clever lob over the keeper. A free kick in the sixth minute ensued an equaliser, but Dorking reclaimed the lead approximately fifteen minutes prior to half time. Will Conroy’s shot connected with the crossbar, Steve Harcombe heading the rebound into the net. A few minutes into the second half, Jimmy Brazil extended Dorking’s lead to 3-1.

In the 75th minute, Matt Finn was controversially given a red card following a challenge. Subsequently, Farleigh were able to pull a goal back, but the side were unable to find an equaliser.

Elsewhere in the Combined Counties League Division One, Frimley Green drew 0-0 with AC London. Likewise, the outcome of Staines Lammas vs. Eversley & California was a goalless draw.

South Park Reserves are fourteenth in the table, following a 1-1 draw against Cobham.

Upcoming Fixtures

Tuesday 21st March (7.45pm KO)

AC London vs. Banstead Athletic (Division One Cup)

Chessington & Hook United vs. Worcester Park 

Saturday 25th March (3pm KO)

AC London vs. Staines Lammas 

Bagshot vs. Epsom Athletic 

Balham vs. Dorking 

Chessington & Hook United vs. Frimley Green 

Cove vs. Sheerwater

Eversley & California vs. Cobham 

Redhill vs. Ash United (Division One Cup)

Worcester Park vs. Banstead Athletic

For an up to date version of the Combined Counties League Division One table, click here.

 

 

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Combined Counties League Division One Review: 11th March 2017

combined-counties-league-headerBy Dara Wilson.

Top of the table Banstead Athletic thrashed South Park Reserves 4-1, Martin Smith scoring a brace. Accumulating sixty six points this season, the side are eleven points ahead of second placed Chessington & Hook United, who, in spite of their position, lost 1-0 to Farleigh Rovers. Bagshot‘s 1-0 victory against Redhill ended the Lobsters’ sixteen game unbeaten run in the league and enabled the side to climb to third, Redhill slipping from second to fourth.

Redhill manager, Gavin Gordon comments:

“We were disappointed to with our approach and application towards, in particular the first half. We were out-worked by a good Bagshot team, who on the day I felt had more hunger than us. We now will regroup and focus on the next game [vs Cobham], where we can look to get back to winning ways as we have a lot to play for”

AC London defeated Cobham 2-0, the former sitting in sixth position. Meanwhile, Cobham are currently in eleventh- two points adrift of the top ten. Cove, who are in the penultimate position of the table, won their third match of season as they defeated Frimley Green 3-0.

Another 3-0 victory included Staines Lammas‘ win over Dorking. Consequently, Staines are tenth in the Combined Counties League Division One and Dorking are fifteenth. John Nunn scored the opener on the half hour mark, Tim Hayden adding a second goal five minutes prior to half time. In the second half, Dorking started to commit more players to the attack- which proved to be costly, as Staines scored their third and final goal on the counter attack.

Elsewhere in the Combined Counties League, Sheerwater suffered a 2-1 defeat to Eversley & California, whilst Worcester Park defeated Ash United 3-0.

Click here for an up to date version of the Combined Counties League Division One table.


Upcoming Fixtures:

Tuesday 14th March 7.45pm KO

AC London vs. Sheerwater

Dorking vs. South Park Reserves

Redhill vs. Cobham

Wednesday 15th March 7.45pm KO

Epsom Athletic vs. Balham

Saturday 18th March 3pm KO

Ash United vs. Redhill

Balham vs. Chessington & Hook United

Banstead Athletic vs. Cove

Dorking vs. Farleigh Rovers

Frimley Green vs. AC London

South Park Reserves vs. Cobham

Staines Lammas vs. Eversley & California 

Worcester Park vs. Bagshot

 

 

Combined Counties League Division One Review: 4th March 2017

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By Dara Wilson.

A week of appalling weather ensued several postponed fixtures, including Redhill‘s trip to Epsom Athletic on Wednesday night. The Lobsters were also unable to play Cove on Saturday afternoon. Likewise, AC London vs. Sheerwater, Chessington & Hook United vs. Worcester Park, Eversley & California vs. Farleigh Rovers and South Park Reserves vs. Cove were all postponed.

The biggest scoreline of the weekend was Ash United‘s 5-1 thrashing over bottom of the table Epsom Athletic. The former took their first victory in 2017, losing five of their last six games. Whilst Ash United have ended their winless run, Epsom are without a win since the 8th October 2016, when they defeated Cove 2-1. The side have conceded thirty one goals in their last five games, conceding eight goals in two matches and five goals in three.

Another goal festival took place at Dorking on Saturday afternoon, as Bagshot defeated the Chicks 4-2. Charlie Gordon took an early lead for the visitors, but Dorking equalised after three minutes through Paul Gough, firing the ball into the far corner. At half time, the score was 1-1, but Dorking added another goal just ten minutes into the second half. Louie Stanton Cockle capitalised on a loose ball, scoring for the Chicks.

The game took another rapid turn as Jordan Merriman equalised on the hour mark, placing  a superb shot into the far corner. However, the goalscorer lashed out later in the match, receiving a red card as a result. Nevertheless, Bagshot took a 3-2 lead as a free kick was guided into the net by Sam Hanger. In injury time, the visitors sealed victory as Tony Kavanagh found the back of the net.

Elsewhere in the Combined Counties League Division One, Frimley Green earned a 1-1 draw against Balham to extend their unbeaten run to four games. The result ended Balham’s four game winning streak in the league, but the side are still fifth in the table and are contending for a place in the top three.

Top of the table Banstead Athletic defeated Staines Lammas 2-1, accumulating a total of sixty three points this season- eight points ahead of second placed Chessington & Hook United. However, Redhill are likely to claim second spot as the Lobsters have only played twenty four games, whereas Chessington & Hook have played twenty nine games and Banstead defeated Staines in their twenty sixth game of the season.

Click here for an up to date version of the Combined Counties League Division One table.


Upcoming Fixtures

Tuesday 7th March

Ash United vs. Eversley & California (7.30pm KO)

Banstead Athletic vs. Worcester Park (7.45pm KO)

Saturday 11th March (3pm KO)

Bagshot vs. Redhill

Banstead Athletic vs. South Park Reserves

Cobham vs. AC London

Cove vs. Frimley Green

Dorking vs. Staines Lammas

Epsom Athletic vs. Balham

Farleigh Rovers vs. Chessington & Hook United

Sheerwater vs. Eversley & California

Worcester Park vs. Ash United

Frustrating day for Redhill as they lose ground on the leaders 

The Lobsters were made to pay for missed chances, as Frimley secured a point at Kiln Brow.

combined-counties-league-headerBy Charlie Bright.

After a very frustrating three long weeks, football was finally back for the Reds, as they welcomed Frimley Green to the Brow. Redhill who were looking to extend their winning run to fourteen games were missing Chris Ransome, and Luke Jones (back) was only fit enough for the substitutes bench. There were second debuts at the club for centre half Jonathan Trotter, and attacking midfielder Fiachra McArdle.

It was going to be a test for Redhill in the blustery conditions, against a confident Frimley who had put six past Farleigh Rovers the week before. The Reds seemed to slip back into their possession football with relative ease though, and played some lovely stuff early on. The home teams first opening came on six minutes, the impressive Gary Abiguson beat two Frimley defenders, before his shot was well saved by Jamie Cunningham.

The early exchanges would prove to be the pattern of the first period, with the Lobsters on top and carving out chances. Abiguson again went close, the ball dropping to him outside the box, his shot drifting wide. Then on twenty minutes came arguably the best chance of the match, Cunningham fumbled into the path of McArdle six yards out, his shot was well blocked on the line.

Redhill only had to wait two minutes longer for the breakthrough though, after a bit of a scramble in the Frimley area, the Reds felt they should of been awarded a penalty. That didn’t matter in the end though as Ashley Snadden stroked home his fourth of the season, to give the Lobsters a deserved lead.

The best move of the match came on 26 minutes, Lee Stripp done well to cut out a dangerous looking break by the away side, he found Ben Mizen, the ball was worked well by Abiguson and Mizen, the right back drilled in a great cross which only just eluded Kieran Campbell. The Reds were well on top, and Ashley Snadden was running proceedings, he slotted a ball through to Campbell who this time made space, but shot well over.

The last action came shortly before half time, Gary Abiguson who’s power and pace had caused the visitors no end of problems done well down the right, he found a delicious cross to find Campbell, who’s acrobatic overhead volley was well blocked, meaning the Lobsters went in to the interval with a slender one goal advantage.

The early stages of the second half followed the same pattern of the first period. Redhill possession, probing and looking for that second goal, but the visitors seemed to have tightened up, shutting the Reds down far better. The odd chance did still fall to the home side, Jason Stripp nearly found a finishing touch after showing good feet to make an opening. Then Campbell who was desperate to find the net drilled an effort just wide.

Then came the sucker punch from Frimley, the Lobsters went close to adding to their lead twice before the visitors broke with purpose, the ball was worked out on the right before finding an unmarked James Robertson, who had the simple task of drawing Green level, it was hard to take for the home side after so many missed chances. With half hour still to play though, there was more than enough time for either side to find a winner.

Redhill were stunned by the goal but showed good composure to carry on searching for a winner. Gavin Gordon brought on Louis Chin and Sam Marks in advanced positions to try and find that goal. Chin soon had a strike from distance, his volley was well wide though, and Jamie Cunningham had to be alert to make a good block on a Kery Kedze strike. It was that man again with 15 minutes to play that got the goal that looked to have secured another three points for the Reds. Kedze burst down the left, and looped in a dangerous looking cross, Cunningham misread it and the ball sailed over him and into the far corner. It was a fluke, but they all count and Redhill had the lead again.

An all action last ten minutes saw a Frimley Green equaliser by Harry Rapley, sandwiched in between two fantastic free kicks, first Gary Abiguson found Cunningham in great form to make up for his earlier error, pushing the ball for a corner, then Frimley’s right hand post coming to the rescue, from a brilliant Snadden dead ball situation. Rapley’s leveller was a bitter blow, some slack defending allowing him to slot home and stop the winning streak at 13 games.

FT: Redhill 2-2 Frimley Green

Next up for the Reds they travel to Chalky Lane for the Re-arranged fixture against Epsom Athletic, where the Lobsters will look to respond.

Combined Counties League Division One Review: 25th February 2017

combined-counties-league-headerBy Dara Wilson.

Redhill ended their twelve match winning streak in the league against Frimley Green on Saturday, but the side still remain unbeaten as they drew 2-2. Ashley Snadden’s fourth goal of the season gave the Lobsters a 1-0 lead at half time, Frimley equalising on the hour mark. A wonder goal from Kery Kedze reclaimed the lead, his cross finding the top corner. Redhill, however, were forced to settle for a point as the opposition scored in the 81st minute.

Post match, manager Gavin Gordon stated:

“Overall, we created enough chances to win and on another day it could have been very different; a lack of competitive games over the last three weeks could have been a factor. They worked hard and caught us on two counter attacks, which the players and I are disappointed with.”

To conclude, he commented:

“It’s the beauty of football: any team can get a result on the right day. If you look across the leagues, no team have the perfect record. We have a game on Wednesday (against Epsom Athletic) to try and get back to winning ways. The hunger and determination in the group has led us to sixteen games undefeated- we have self belief in one another to achieve our aim.”

As a result, the Reds have dropped to third place. Chessington & Hook United stole Redhill’s runners-up position with a 3-1 win over fourteenth placed South Park Reserves, but the side have played five more games than Redhill; only two points separate the teams.

Meanwhile, Banstead Athletic remain at the top of the table. The side thrashed Dorking, who are fifteenth in the table, 4-0. Billy Frost claimed a brace, Martin Smith and Taylor Maddox also making their way onto the scoresheet.

Another thrashing of the weekend included AC London‘s 4-0 away victory to Farleigh Rovers. Three points have enabled AC London to climb to seventh place, Farleigh struggling in 16th. One place below the side, Cove also suffered a heavy 3-0 defeat to fourth placed Bagshot.

Each team in the top eight emerged victorious on Saturday; Balham defeating ninth placed Worcester Park 4-2; Eversley & California comfortably beating Cobham, who sit in tenth, 2-0; AC London beating Farleigh, as aforementioned; and Sheerwater thrashing bottom of the table Epsom Athletic 5-1.

Twelfth placed Staines Lammas defeated Ash United 2-1. Although two places separate the teams, Ash United are in an eight point deficit to Staines.

Upcoming Fixtures: 


Wednesday 1st March, 7.45pm

Epsom Athletic vs. Redhill


Saturday 4th March, 3pm

AC London vs. Sheerwater

Ash United vs. Epsom Athletic 

Chessington & Hook United vs. Worcester Park

Dorking vs. Bagshot 

Eversley & California vs. Farleigh Rovers

Frimley Green vs. Balham

Redhill vs. Cobham

South Park Reserves vs. Cove

Staines Lammas vs. Banstead Athletic 

Combined Counties League Division One Review: 18th February 2017

combined-counties-league-headerLeague leaders Banstead Athletic were pegged to a 1-1 draw against 3rd placed Chessington & Hook United on Saturday, both teams scoring in injury time. A penalty for Banstead in the 93rd minute almost snatched a last gasp winner, but Ryan Howard equalised for the opposition just one minute later.

A ten goal thriller between Cove and AC London was settled as a 5-5 draw. The former have accumulated ten points this season, sitting in the penultimate position of the table. Conversely, AC London are comfortably seventh in the league, three points adrift of fifth placed Balham.

Nine goals were scored altogether between Ash United and Worcester Park at the weekend, but the Green Army received an 8-1 thrashing by the Park. As a result, the latter have climbed above Cobham and Sheerwater into eight position, level on points with AC London. Meanwhile, Ash United are stuck in an unlucky thirteenth place.

Another thrashing of the weekend include Frimley Green‘s 6-1 victory over Farleigh Rovers. Drew Matthews and James Robertson gave Frimley a 2-1 lead at half time. Both players completed a brace in the second half, Ben Dearlove and Matt Baxter also appearing on the scoresheet. To see our full match report, click here.

Balham defeated Sheerwater 3-2 on Saturday. Eddie Luchford and James Adebayo sealed the victory, both appearing on the scoresheet.

Dorking took a 2-0 victory against Cobham, scoring in the first twenty minutes. James Herouvin took advantage of a mistake by the keeper, smashing the ball into the net from outside the box. Will Hearn added another goal in the 81st minute, connecting with Ryan Lunn’s cross at the far post. This victory puts Dorking in 15th place, five places behind Cobham.

Staines Lammas lost 2-1 to Eversley & California, despite taking a 1-0 lead. The side are currently eleventh in the table, whilst Eversley are sixth.

Unfortunately, Redhill‘s match against Epsom Athletic was postponed.


Upcoming Fixtures:

Tuesday 21st February  7.45pm

Corinthian-Casuals Reserves vs. Chessington & Hook United (SURP)

Frimley Green vs. Ash United


Saturday 25th February 3pm

Bagshot vs. Cove

Banstead Athletic vs. Dorking

Chessington & Hook United vs. South Park Reserves

Cobham vs. Eversley & California

Farleigh Rovers vs. AC London

Redhill vs. Frimley Green

Sheerwater vs. Epsom Athletic

Staines Lammas vs. Ash United

Worcester Park vs. Balham

 

 

The Frimley View: “Sun, drink and 3 points. The perfect Saturday”

combined-counties-league-headerFT: Frimley Green 6-1 Farleigh Rovers

After a couple of frustrating results recently, it was a great way to get back to winning ways with a comfortable 6-1 victory.

A few changes to the starting line-up saw Cunningham in goal for his first game back at Frimley Green, Joe Moriarty and Nana Afull were provided starting opportunities and we welcomed the return of top scorer James Robertson from injury. Latest Hartley Loanee, James Baxter took a place on the bench on his debut for the club.

Today was a day for football, we’ve waited a few months, but we got clear blue skies and sun, the only thing missing was the ice cream, we might wait another couple of weeks for those.

Frimley went into the halftime break 2-1 ahead. Goals from Drew Matthews and James Robertson gave us a halftime lead. There were a few chances but Frimley struggled to play with any composure in the first 45 and at HT a 2-1 score was slightly harsh on Farleigh.

Second half however as many games before ( Ignore Sheerwater away!) and Frimley owned the half, creating chance after chance and goals from Robertson, Matthews, Dearlove put us 5-1 ahead and then a delightful goal from Debutant Baxter from the bench, in his brief appearence, you could see why the managers were delighted to being able to provide him with experience. Unfortunately on the 80th minute Baxter went down injured after a heavy challenge and not wanting to take any risks for the lad, Frimley played with 10 men for the remainder of the game.

6-1 It finished and the MOTM award went to Ben Dearlove, Ben was everywhere today and some of the touches, passes and general tempo were a joy to watch. Special Mentions to Drew Matthews and Jamo for their 2 goals each.

We look ahead to Tuesday evening where we host Ash United at The Rec 7.45 kick-off

Combined Counties League Division One Review: 11th February 2017

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Another match day  included several postponed fixtures, including AC London vs. Frimley Green, Cove vs. Cobham, Epsom Athletic vs. Balham and South Park Reserves vs. Ash United. Top of the table Banstead and title chasers Redhill did not have a game scheduled on Saturday.

Bagshot thrashed Farleigh Rovers 7-2 in a goal rampage, Jordan Merrriman scoring a hat trick. Ethan Dixon netted a brace, Wes Kendrick and Josh Wood also appearing on the scoresheet. As a result, Bagshot remain fourth in the table, six points behind third placed Chessington & Hook United. At the other end of the league, Farleigh are in sixteenth position. The Foxes have accumulated seventeen points this season, alongside Dorking FC. Goal difference puts the latter in fifteenth, ahead of Farleigh, Cove and Epsom.

Eversley & California hosted  Chessington & Hook United, taking a 2-2 draw. A win for the visitors would have put the side in second place, one position ahead of Gavin Gordon’s Redhill. However, the Lobsters still have four games in hand and are on a winning streak of thirteen games.

Sheerwater defeated Dorking FC 3-1 on Saturday, taking the lead after just two minutes of play. Dorking equalised on the stroke of half time as James Herouvin placed the ball into the far corner. In the second half, Sheerwater reclaimed the lead with fifteen minutes left, adding another goal to polish the victory in the final moments. Subsequently, the side are in eighth place.

Staines Lammas lost 2-1 to Worcester Park, sitting in eleventh position. Their opponents are currently tenth in the table, three points behind fifth placed Balham.

Upcoming Fixtures:


Tuesday 14th February 7.45pm

Worcester Park vs. Bagshot (Surrey Premier Cup)


Saturday 18th February 3pm

Ash United vs. Worcester Park

Balham vs. Sheerwater

Banstead Athletic vs. Chessington & Hook United 

Cove vs. AC London

Dorking vs. Cobham

Epsom Athletic vs. Redhill

Eversley & California vs. Staines Lammas

Frimley Green vs. Farleigh Rovers

 

 

Eleven goals for Banstead keep the side at the top of the Combined Counties League Division One

Despite more games cancelled than played in the CCD1, there was not a shortage of goals; hat-Tricks for Martin Smith, Danny Penfold, Leyton Regan and James Wilson.

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Banstead Athletic remain top of the table in the Combined Counties League Division One, thrashing Farleigh Rovers 11-2 on Saturday. Martin Smith, Danny Penfold and Leyton Regan all scored hat tricks, Rob Hill and Taylor Maddock scoring the other two goals. The A’s have collected fifty six points this season, four points ahead of second placed Redhill. Gavin Gordon’s side were unable to play over the weekend, their match against AC London being postponed.

Ash United vs. Eversley & California, Chessington & Hook United vs. South Park Reserves and Dorking vs. Bagshot were also cancelled.

At the other end of the table, Epsom Athletic lost 5-2 to Staines Lammas, James Wilson scoring a hat trick.

12th placed Frimley Green lost 2-0 to Worcester Park, who sit two places above the Green. Likewise, Cobham suffered a defeat to Balham.

For all the clubs in the CCLD1, the following fixtures are:


Tuesday 7th February (7.45pm) 

Bagshot vs. Cobham


Saturday 11th February (2pm)

Sheerwater vs. Dorking

Worcester Park vs. Staines Lammas


Saturday 11th February (3pm)

AC London vs. Frimley Green

Bagshot vs. Farleigh Rovers

Cove vs. Cobham

Epsom Athletic vs. Balham

Eversley & California vs. Chessington & Hook United

South Park Reserves vs. Ash United