Combined Counties Premier Division review: 4th March 2017

combined-counties-league-headerBy Mike Elkins.

There were plenty of talking points at Krooner Park as Camberley Town and Abbey Rangers shared the spoils in a game that could have finished very differently. Two goals in the first five minutes set the tone, unfortunately for Rangers their goal was chalked off meaning Manny Quarshie’s attempt put Camberley one up. It stayed this way until the seventy-sixth minute when Elliot Firth scored his first goal for the Abbey and with Liam Roberts seeing red for Camberley less than ten minutes later the crowd sensed a come back victory. The opportunity arrived for Rangers in the ninety-second minute but they were denied victory by the woodwork. This wasn’t to be the last effort of the game however, Quarshie was aiming to add to his goal tally for the day when he let fly from forty yards in the final minute of injury time, it was the cross bar once again that intervened and both sides had to settle for a one all draw and a point a-piece.

A 3-1 victory for CB Hounslow United over Colliers Wood United saw them leap frog their opponents in the table and end the day seventeenth whilst Wood slipped to eighteenth. Hounslow took the lead but were pegged back to one apiece before stamping their authority on the game and running out eventual winners, securing their first win since the eleventh of February. With a further three goals conceded, it is certainly at that end of the pitch that is causing concern for Colliers Wood who have conceded a total of eleven goals in their last four run outs, including seven in their last two.

Chertsey Town, sitting one place above Saturdays opponents and third from bottom Badshot Lea could have pulled eleven points clear of the relegation zone with three points at Alwyns Lane. Everything was going to plan for Town when they took the lead in the eighteenth minute, things had unraveled shortly after with Badshot equalising just three minutes later and taking the lead in the twenty-fifth minute. A third goal on the stroke of half time taking a 1-3 lead in at the break forced Chertsey into a double change at half time. Badshot completed the rout with ten minutes to go, taking a very valuable three points back to Youngs Drive, securing a comfortable  1-4 win away from home.

Both teams left High Road with one point after fifth played fourth on Saturday. Walton and Hersham secured their thirteenth draw of the season but it could have been much more when TJ Nkoma was brought down in the box by Epsom and Ewell left-back Matt Tanton. Billy Marshall took care of the spot kick and the away side went in one up at half time. The second half saw Epsom and Ewell increase the pressure on the visitors and leveled on sixty six minutes with Jordan Gallagher slotting past Walton ‘keeper Liam Beach from just inside the box. With a little under ten minutes to play Epsom and Ewell thought all their pressing had paid off with a neat headed finish, only for the linesman to rule it out for off-side. With the points shared, it is ‘as you were’ in the league standings, Epsom and Ewell in fifth, one place behind Walton and Hersham in fourth.

A bare bones Hanworth Villa had to settle for a hard fought nil-nil draw away at mid-table Farnham Town. The point was enough to see them climb above Westfield to second place in the standings for the time being. Westfield currently have four games in hand over their rivals which suggests the Villains stay is a precarious one.

Weather also lead to the postponement of Knaphill vs Bedfont and Feltham, denying the away side the opportunity to draw level on points with twenty-second place Raynes Park Vale who lost 1-3 at home to Bedfont Sports. Two goals for attacking midfielder Matt Riggs takes his tally to four goals in the last three games for the Eagles.

All the points went back to Ashford with Spelthorne Sports in what was a very spirited performance from the side who started the day six places below their opponents, Horley Town. Alex Barbary got the scoring underway for Horley who were looking to leapfrog Camberlely Town and claim sixth spot at the full time whistle. Spelthorne however had other plans and goals from Jake Flatman and Joe Dyett completed a well deserved fight back, securing a 2-1 victory and gaining two places in the league table, ending the day in eleventh position.

With the crumbs of ‘pie-gate’ cleared away, Sutton Common Rovers and AFC Hayes took to the artificial surface at Gander Green Lane. Sutton starting the day in sixteenth and Hayes eighteenth, this promised to be a tight encounter. The first half gave very little in terms of quality but it did see seventeen year old Josh Greenleaf make his first start for Rovers. The deadlock was broken on forty eight minutes, Sutton striker Michael Campbell is in prolific form this term with fifteen goals in as many appearances. The pacey front man went for placement over power on this occasion, steering the ball in off the right hand upright. Adam Allen doubled the Sutton lead, making the most of goal keeping error to force the ball home in the fifty-fifth minute. The lead could have been halved two minutes later but the opportunity was spurned with an off target penalty for AFC Hayes. Another goal did arrive in the seventy-ninth minute as Hayes were able to make the final ten minutes a nervy one for the home team but an equalizer was not to be. All three points staying in Sutton.

League leaders Hartley Wintney were left frustrated by the weather as their home tie against Windsor was postponed following heavy rainfall. Although halting their seemingly unstoppable march to a consecutive league title, the players will be well rested ahead of their Hampshire Senior Cup Semi-Final against Premier League side AFC Bournemouth on Tuesday evening.

Westfield and North Greenford United’s game at Woking Park was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, the second game in a week called off due to adverse weather conditions for both teams.




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.