Premier Division –
Chippenham Town edged ahead of Salisbury City on Saturday
with a 2-0 win at Evesham United. The Bluebirds could have
moved to the top on Tuesday, had they not lost 3-1 at King’s
Lynn. The Linnets are in third place, ahead of Bath City on
goal difference. Bedford Town remain in the Play-Off places,
despite losing 3-2 to their nearest challengers Banbury United.
Division One East – With
Boreham Wood away on Trophy duty, Enfield Town reduced the
leaders comfortable advantage to eight points, when winning
4-1 against Arlesey Town. Wood have three games in hand over
Enfield Town who, despite holding on to the second promotion
spot by two points, are now coming under pressure from Stamford.
The Daniels have played one game less that the Towners.
Division One West – After
last weekend’s victory over Ashford Town (Middlesex),
Clevedon Town retained their six point lead at the top of
the Division with a good 2-0 victory over Bromsgrove Rovers.
Peter Sheppard scored both the Seasiders’ goals. Ashford
stay in second spot, six points ahead of Sutton Coldfield
Town, following a 5-0 drubbing of bottom club Thame United.
errea Cup Fourth Round –
Hitchin Town defeated Cirencester Town 7-0 on Tuesday night
to win a place in the Semi-Finals of the Errea Cup. Joshua
Sozzo scored four for the Canaries.
FA Trophy Fourth Round - Boreham Wood, from
the League’s Division One East, defeated Worksop Town
1-0 to win a place in the FA Trophy Semi-Finals. Former Arsenal,
Millwall, Tranmere Rovers and Southend United forward, Michael
Black, netted Wood’s winner in the 27th minute.
Commiserations Salisbury City. The Whites fine
run in this year’s competition ended at Exeter City.
The Grecians won 3-1.
Ashford Town (Middlesex) –
Ryan Lake has informed the Tangerines he has decided to leave
the club. Lake was converted this season from full back to
foraging left hand side midfielder by Manager Mark Butler
but apparently he has not enjoyed his football in recent weeks.
It is understood he may join Hampton & Richmond Borough.
Since joining Ashford from Brentford in 2003 as a replacement
for Brett Johnson, Lake scored 22 goals in 98 appearances.
Jason Chewins returned on Saturday, following a hamstring
injury, and scored within five minutes. With Darren Deegan
now only a week or two away from return, the injury list is
Jacob Mingle, though, continues to be absent.
After being sent off twice earlier in the season, Mingle was
dismissed from the bench at Swindon Supermarine, whilst acting
as a substitute. He was suspended for five matches, consisting
of a three match ban plus two more to reflect the two earlier
dismissals. After being disciplined by the Club, too, Mingle
was charged with continuing misconduct. Despite a vigorous
written defence, a further five match ban was administered.
As two Surrey Senior Cup matches, which do not count towards
the ban, are within the suspension period, Mingle will miss
12 first team games. In all, Mingle will have missed 19 matches
through suspension this season. He is not eligible to return
until 1 April.
Banbury United – In the
87th minute of Banbury’s match at Salisbury on Tuesday
evening, Matthew Gooderick scored the Puritan’s third
goal and, inadvisably on a bitterly cold night, removed his
shirt in celebration. He was promptly cautioned. The shirt
removal must have seemed rather extreme to Salisbury supporters,
but this was Gooderick’s 100th goal for Banbury United.
He is only the fourth player to reach this target
for Banbury. The other three being the immortal strike double
of the early seventies, Tony Jacques and Tony Foster, and
the club’s record appearance maker, Jody McKay. Gooderick
has now made 210 appearances for United, despite enduring
a 29 month absence following a horrific leg-break prior to
the 2002-3 season.
Boreham Wood – Ahead
of Saturday’s FA Trophy Fourth Round Tie at Worksop
Town, Wood signed goalkeeper Kevin Dearden from Torquay United.
The 35 years old Luton born custodian began his career at
Tottenham Hotspur. Although he made only one appearance for
Spurs, during six years at White Hart Lane, Dearden made loan
appearances for Cambridge United (15), Hartlepool United (10),
Swindon Town (1), Peterborough United (7), Hull City (3),
Rochdale (3) and Birmingham City (12). In 1994 he was transferred
to Brentford, for whom he made 205 appearances and one on
loan for Barnet. A move to Wrexham in 1999, which reaped 81
appearances, was followed by 100 appearances for Torquay United.
Brackley Town – The Saints
have announced the departure of Assistant Manager Martin Sockett.
Caretaker boss Phil Lines has filled the vacancy by appointing
Andy Sinnott as his new No.2. Sinnott enjoyed two previous
spells with Brackley before leaving to take over at Oxford
City three seasons ago. He was appointed Brackley’s
Director of Football at the start of the current season. Sinnott
has also managed Thame United. He guided Thame to the FA Vase
semi-final and two promotions before the club joined The Southern
Burnham – Manager David
Mudge has appointed former Marlow boss Derek Sweetman as Assistant
Manager in place of Paul Brett. Club Captain Brett will now
concentrate on playing. Sweetman left Marlow and spent a year
living in France before returning in December when he took
a coaching role at the club. The last seven days has seen
the departure of ex-Thame United Manager Tony Joyce and Keith
Newby who only recently signed from Hemel Hempstead.
Sir Henry Cooper OBE. KSG will officially open
Burnham Football Club’s new Conference Centre during
a luncheon, on Sunday 9 April. Tickets are available from
Michael Broadley on 07703-282711 at a cost of £30 each.
Charity proceeds from the day will be donated to Ravenswood
Village who give lifetime care to handicapped people with
learning difficulties. The official opening of the new Burnham
Football Club stadium at The Gore will take place in July/August
2006 when it is hoped to play a match/matches against well
known opposition to mark the event.
Clevedon Town – The Seasiders
have released Danny Carter. The Hackney born forward started
at Billericay Town before making 168 Football League appearances
(+20 as a substitute) for Leyton Orient. A move to Peterborough
United brought 33+12 more appearances. Carter has subsequently
played for Barry Town and Merthyr Tydfil, where he spent six
years before leaving Pennydarren Park in May 2005.
Enfield Town – The Towners
have signed Colchester United scholar, Mark Cousins, on work
experience. The 19 years old goalkeeper played at Wingate
& Finchley earlier in the season similar on terms.
Evesham United – After
27 months in the managerial seat David Busst and Evesham have
parted company. After leading the Robins to the Premier Division
at the end of last season, via the Play-Offs, only five wins
have been garnered from 35 fixtures this season. Assistant
Manager, Paul West, has been put in charge for the remainder
of the campaign. Mick Brennan, who with David Clements guided
Evesham into the Southern League in 1992, has returned to
the club to assist West.
Gloucester City – Defender
Chris Holland has joined the Tigers from Bath City on loan.
He was with Team Bath last season, having been a trainee with
AFC Bournemouth and experiencing spells with Bristol City
and Exeter City.
Merthyr Tydfil – The
Martyrs parted company with caretaker Manager Paul Evans this
week, following the home defeat against Hitchin Town last
Saturday. Since taking over in a temporary capacity Evans
and Assistant Jeff Eckhardt had gained one victory in eight
games. With the process of making a permanent appointment
incomplete, Vice Chairman Paul Sugrue has taken over the hot
seat, on a temporary basis, with the help of former Merthyr
Tydfil boss John Lewis. Sugrue and Lewis enjoyed long and
successful full-time playing careers, and their reign in charge
started with a 1-0 success over Mangotsfield United on Tuesday
Merthyr have re-signed former midfielder Grant
Thomas from Welsh League outfit Aberaman. The Martyrs have
also recruited local lad, and Martyrs fan, Adam Lewis, who
had been playing in the League of Wales for Grange Quins.
Both new signings made their debut against Mangotsfield on
Stourport Swifts – Craig
Marshall has been recalled by Hednesford Town during the player’s
second loan spell at Walshes Meadow.
Transfers:- Glenn Billinness
(Chatham Town to Dartford), Kieran Deane (Stevenage Borough
to Aylesbury United [temporary]), Gary Dixon (Dunstable Town
to Aveley), Lee Harvey (Boreham Wood to Aveley), Christopher
Holland (Bath City to Gloucester City [extension of temporary]),
Jon Nichols (Rugby Town to Wingate & Finchley), Daniel
Seaborne (Exeter City to Taunton Town [extension of temporary]),
Marvin Thompson (Gloucester City to Cinderford Town),
18 February 2006
Premier Division – Chippenham
Town took advantage of Salisbury City’s draw at Northwood,
to close the race for the Championship to one point. Leaders
Salisbury, were held 2-2 by relegation threatened Northwood,
but the Whites still head the Division with three games in
hand. After scoring a brace in the Bluebirds midweek errea
Cup success over Mangotsfield United, Matthew Rawlins scored
twice again, in his club’s 3-0 win over Chesham United.
David Gilroy scored the third. King’s Lynn’s 3-1
win at Team Bath leaves the Linnets heading three clubs on
55 points. Bath City and Bedford Town are in their wake.
At the bottom of the table Evesham United’s point at
Bedford Town leaves Aylesbury United and Chesham United two
points adrift. Northwood remain in the relegation zone despite
taking a point from their match with Salisbury. Gloucester
City move one place above the trapdoor after defeating Grantham
Division One East – Boreham Wood are
cruising towards the title. With less than a third of the
season remaining, Wood are eight clear of the chasing pack
with at least three games in hand. Following Enfield Town’s
2-2 draw with Uxbridge in midweek, Boreham’s 1-0 win
at Barton Rovers on Tuesday, and Saturday’s 2-0 victory
at Aveley, has put the Hertfordshire club in a comfortable
position. Third placed Stamford now head the ‘Play-Off
League Table’, after the Daniels 1-0 win over Harlow
Town. The Hawks have faded into mid-table after a promising
start to the season. Only Wivenhoe Town, of the remaining
challengers, recorded a victory. The Dragons won 2-0 at Sittingbourne,
while Corby Town were held at home to a 1-1 draw by Great
Wakering Rovers and Dartford lost at Berkhamsted Town 3-1.
Berkhamsted are now three points above the relegation zone,
following Aveley’s defeat at home to Boreham Wood. Bottom
club Potters Bar Town are now only two points adrift after
a fine 3-1 win at home to Barton Rovers.
Division One West – The top two played
on Saturday, and leaders Clevedon Town defeated their nearest
rivals, Ashford Town (Middlesex) 3-1. The Seasiders won thanks
to goals by Peter Sheppard and Leon Hapgood (2), after Ryan
Lake had put the Tangerines ahead. Sutton Coldfield Town are
now third, after a 1-0 win at Dunstable Town. A Gordon Barr
own goal secured victory for the Royals.
Marlow were without a fixture, but Willenhall Town failed
to take full advantage of their rivals inactivity when they
were held to a 4-4 draw by relegation threatened Stourport
Swifts. It was a good point for Stourport, but still trail
Bracknell Town by five points after the Berkshire club won
2-1 at home to Burnham. Surprise of the day was Hemel Hempsted
Town’s 3-1 home defeat by Rushall Olympic. The Hertfordshire
club has been charging up the table recently, but they are
now in the thick of four clubs on 52 points, chasing a Play-Off
errea Cup Fourth Round – Premier Division
promotion challengers, Chippenham Town, kept their errea Cup
hopes alive on Tuesday evening with a 2-0 victory over local
rivals Mangotsfield United. Matthew Rawlins scored both the
Banbury United, though, were dumped unceremoniously out of
the competition by First Division side Bromsgrove Rovers.
Benbow, Reynolds (2) and Davis scored the goals for the visiting
team. Bedford Town defeated the only other First Division
outfit remaining in the tournament, Chatham Town, 2-0. Williams
and Hatch scored for the Eagles.
Aveley – The Division One East club
has moved quickly to appoint a new Manager following the sudden
resignation of Keith Day after last weekend’s 3- 0 defeat
at Wivenhoe Town. Steve Browne has been appointed to succeed
Day. Browne, is familiar at ’Mill Field’, having
applied for the job on two previous occasions. The last time
prior to Day’s appointment in October 2005.
Browne has precious managerial experience with Slough Town,
Boreham Wood, Hemel Hempstead and Dover Athletic. He has appointed
Boreham Wood defender Lee Harvey as his Assistant. The first
match of Browne’s reign was against one of his previous
clubs, Boreham Wood, who currently lead the Division. Wood
Barking & East Ham United – Recent
signing Warren Bennett has been released. Liam Baptiste returned
from his loan spell at Redbridge with an injury and was unfit
to play in Barking’s game against Barton Rovers. Sam
Taylor and John O'Sullivan have served one match suspensions
and were available for the club’s game at Chatham Town
Chesham United – Dennis Greene has
been replaced as Manager of the Generals. His successor is
former England International striker, Luther Blissett. Mr.
Blissett enjoyed a formidable playing career with Watford
(415 apps. – 148 goals in three spells), AC Millan,
Bournemouth (121-56), West Bromwich Albion (3-1), Bury (10-1)
and Mansfield Town (5-1). During his 18 years professional
career, Blisset made 4 England u/21 appearances, one ‘B’
International appearance and 14 full International appearances.
Amongst several new signings, the new Manager has recruited
Sean Ridgway, a 19 year old midfielder from Rushden &
Diamonds, on work experience.
Harlow Town – Neil Moore, primarily
a defender who can also play in midfield, made his 500th appearance
(League and Cup games only) for Harlow Town on Wednesday evening
in a Southern League Division 1 East match at home to Waltham
Forest. Several presentations were made to mark the occasion.
32 year old Moore was born locally and is now in his twelfth
season with the Hawks. He made his debut on 13th August 1994
in a match against Southall. He won three consecutive “Supporters
Player of the Year” awards from 1998-2000. He has scored
19 goals for the Hawks.
King’s Lynn – The Linnets leading
scorer, Daniel Bloomfield, has been sold to Histon for a fee
understood to be in the region of £5,000, plus bonuses.
Bloomfield was offered an extension to his contract at the
turn of the year but declined. To fill the gap, the club has
signed Lee Charles on a two week trial. Charles, a striker/
midfielder, has recently been released by Worthing, having
previously played for Chertsey Town, Queens Park Rangers (6
apps + 10 as a substitute), Barnet (2 = 3 as a sub.), Cambridge
United (7 apps) and Aldershot.
Merthyr Tydfil – The Martyrs have
signed 25 year old forward Richard Harris. Croydon born Harris
has played for Crystal Palace (2 apps + 7 as a substitute),
Mansfield Town (6 substitute appearances whilst on loan) and
Wycombe Wanderers (13 apps + 22 as a substitute).
Waltham Forest – The Stags have signed
28 year old midfielder, Ludovic Dje. Paris born Dje previously
played for Francs Borains, in Belgium, before joining Stockport
County, where he made 3 Football League appearances. Abdulaye
Diop, formerly with Barnet, has also joined Waltham.
Willenhall Town – The Reds received
and accepted resignations from First Team Manager Rob Smith,
and his Assistant, Larry Chambers, last week. Promotion chasing
Willenhall have won only once in their last seven matches.
Smith and Chambers have since been unveiled as the new managerial
pairing at Telford United. When Smith and Chambers were appointed,
in December 2001, the club was languishing in the lower echelons
of the Midland Football Alliance. Their assignment was to
fulfil the dream of club stalwart (and Treasurer at the time),
the late Keith Badger, and Chairman Jack Williams, to return
the club to the Southern Football League. A steady climb up
the table subsequently saw the team achieve promotion at the
end of the 2003/04 season. But the club was placed in the
Northern Premier League. At the start of this term, the club’s
dreams and ambitions were fulfilled when the club was moved
back into The Southern Football League.
First Team Coach Steve Wynn, who has been at the club for
five years, and Senior Player Mark Swann, who joined the club
in 2002, have agreed to take temporary charge of first team
affairs. On the playing staff, Gary Hay and Inderpaul Khela
have now left the club.
Transfers:- Justin Bishop (Yate Town to
Taunton Town), Andrew Chapman (Team Bath to Chesham United),
Michael Ford (Brackley Town to Bedford Town), Lee Jay (Canvey
Island to Great Wakering Rovers [temporary]), Ryan Jerwood
(Paulton Rovers to Team Bath), Craig Johnson (Chippenham Town
to Sutton Coldfield Town), Samuel Jones (Chippenham Town to
Taunton Town [temporary]), Steven Jones (Burnham to Beaconsfield
SYCOB), Dean Nyman (Ilford to Enfield Town), Chris Sullivan
(Stevenage Borough to Chesham United [temporary])
11 February 2006
Premier Division – A
crowd of 1907 saw League leaders Salisbury City come from
behind to win 2-1 against nearest rivals Chippenham Town.
The Whites now have a three point lead over the Bluebirds,
and have three games in hand. Bedford Town, King’s Lynn
and Bath City all won, to join Chipps in the Play-Off zone,
but Banbury United’s goalless draw at Tiverton Town
sees the Puritans slip out of the top five.
Of the bottom six, only Gloucester City managed to glean
a point – in a 2-2 draw at Merthyr Tydfil.
Division One East – Christopher Bangura’s
late winner for Boreham Wood against Enfield Town has lifted
Wood six points clear at the top of the table. Town stay second,
ahead of Corby Town on goal difference. The Steelmen drew
at Harlow 0-0.
Spare a thought for Potters Bar Town. The Scholars, who are
bottom of the table, have recently gained victories over promotion
challengers Enfield Town and Corby Town, as well as taking
points off other teams further up the table, scored four at
home on Saturday and still couldn’t win! Potters were
nut-megged by Sittingbourne, for whom Bradley Spice scored
Division One West – While Ashford
Town (Mdx) were being held at home 1-1 by Hemel Hempstead
Town, leaders Clevedon Town won 3-0 at Stourport Swifts, and
moved three points clear at the top of the table. A brace
by Jack Pitcher helped keep the Seasiders firmly in the frame
Marlow won 2-1 at Solihull Borough, to keep them firmly entrenched
in the Play-Off places with Sutton Coldfield Town. The Royals
pulled off a magnificent 6-3 win at Bromsgrove Rovers, for
whom Neil Davis scored a hat-trick.
Barking & East Ham United – Just
ahead of last Saturday’s game at Corby Town, the Blues
signed Warren Bennett from Harold Wood. Bennett is a 20 years
old striker who has netted 15 goals in as many appearances
so far this season. He was used as a second half substitute
in Barking’s 3-1 defeat to the Steelmen. For the visit
of Barton Rovers at the weekend, Barking were without John
O’Sullivan and Sam Taylor. Both were serving suspensions
after collecting five cautions.
Several Barking players have reached milestones this season.
John O’Sullivan has completed 200 appearances for the
Blues, while Tony Tucker, Gary Waters, Bradley Woodards, Sam
Taylor and Jay Devereux have all past a ton.
Brackley Town - The club have parted company
with Player/Manager Mike Ford after a 16 month spell in charge.
The decision followed a Board meeting at which agreement on
a few matters with the experienced ex-Oxford United player
and Manager could not be reached. Ford made almost 500 Football
League appearances in his professional playing career. Chairman
Phil Lines will take over the ‘caretaker’ duties
until a successor is appointed. Lines is no stranger to the
Managerial position, having enjoyed spells at Banbury United,
Buckingham Town and Worcester City, as well as Brackley on
two previous occasions.
Burnham – On Monday at Sutton Coldfield
Town, Rob Saunders made his 50th appearance for the Blues.
And Daryl Jones made his 100th appearance (93 starts and 7
as a substitute) in Saturday’s match against Brackley
Chippenham Town – The Bluebirds are
holding their Annual Golf Day in support of club funds on
Thursday 30th March. The event is being staged at the Cumberwell
Park Golf Club in Bradford on Avon. Entry costs £195
plus vat for a team of four. Interested parties are invited
to contact Sandie Webb on 07834-817 777 or Tim Penwell on
01225-760613. Opportunities also exist for individuals and/or
companies to sponsor a hole.
Cirencester Town – Ciren’ have
a friendly match against a full RAF representative team on
March 1st, at 7.30pm at the Corinium Stadium, Kingshill Lane,
Cirencester. The match follows the RAF’s game against
the Dutch Airforce this coming Tuesday and forms part of the
Forces’ preparation for the inter-services tournament
the following week. The RAF team will feature Scott Fuller,
a Cirencester Town regular. Former Cirencester Town player,
Darren Robison, also played for the RAF, many years ago.
Gloucester City – The Tigers have
signed Forest Green Rovers’ 18 years old midfielder,
Paul Stonehouse, on loan. Stonehouse has played in the Southern
League on similar terms this season for Yate Town and Cinderford
Town. He scored on his debut for the Tigers.
The Club held an open forum on Thursday evening to allow
supporters to put questions to members of the Executive Committee
and the new Team Manager, Tim Harris. The evening was well
attended and served its purpose of bringing supporters closer
to the club, with some well thought out questions duly answered.
Grantham Town – The Gingerbreads have
signed 18 years old defender Philip Watt. The Rotherham born
player is currently a scholar with Lincoln City, but he has
been given permission to play for Grantham on work experience.
Ilford – The Foxes have a new Mascot.
‘Freddy the Fox’, will wear Ilford's famous Blue
and White hooped shirt at Ilford’ matches from now on.
The costume, which is being worn by one of Ilfords long-term
supporters, does have its drawbacks. It is very warm, and
takes so long to get into, ‘natural breaks’ are
out for the duration. And have you ever seen a fox smoking
or drinking a pint of beer!!
Potters Bar Town - Potters Bar Town FC are
pleased to announce the appointment of Andy Leese as First
Team Manager. Jon Meakes is returning to the club and will
renew his partnership with Andy, as Leese’s Assistant.
Leese succeeds Andy Milne, who tendered his resignation last
week which, after careful consideration, the club’s
executive committee reluctantly accepted. Milne stayed on
until a successor was appointed.
Leese was approached for the position on the back of an outstanding
track record in management achieved in the seven years since
his first association with the club ended. The Scholars are
confident the new management team can help the club avoid
relegation. Leese was recently with Wealdstone FC where he
has been assisting Director of Football, Gordon Bartlett.
Prior to that he led Cheshunt to successive promotions before
a brief spell at Boreham Wood.
Stamford - The Daniels have signed goalkeeper
Ian Pledger (36), for a third time, to compete for the custodian's
position with Lincoln City work experience youngster Ayden
Duffy. Pledger first played for Stamford as a teenager and
returned to the club in 1998-99, their first season of Southern
League football when he hit the headlines by scoring against
Wisbech Town on Boxing Day in a 4-2 victory. Since his second
spell with the club Pledger has seen service with Wisbech
and Spalding United, winning Player of the Year awards at
To keep their full squad active, Stamford have entered the
Central Conference Eastern Cup competition in which they will
meet Lincoln United and Worksop Town away from home and will
host Gainsborough Trinity and Grantham Town. The top two in
the five team mini league will meet in the final.
Swindon Supermarine – ‘Marine
are to host a sporting dinner on the 9th March, with Martin
Peters MBE appearing as Guest Speaker. There will be an auction
of sporting memorabilia, which can be viewed, and a bid can
be placed, on the club’s web-site. Amongst the items
for sale, a Michael Owen/Alan Shearer signed shirt; a framed
Real Madrid football shirt signed by Beckham; framed Real
Madrid pennant signed by Beckham, Ronaldo and Zidane; a Chelsea
football signed by Jose Mourninho, Frank Lampard and John
Terry; and framed and signed photograph of Steven Gerrard
with the European Cup.
Taunton Town – Ben Wiltshire and Matt
Thorne, both scholars with Bristol Rovers, have been granted
permission to play for Taunton Town on work experience. They
are both 19 years old defenders.
The Peacocks’ recent 5-4 defeat at Dunstable Town did
nothing to help their struggle at the wrong end of the table.
It was noteworthy, however, because striker Aaron Blakemore
netted a hat trick. Blakemore completed his treble in the
last minute of the game with a penalty, having missed a spot
kick earlier in the game.
The last Taunton Town player to score a hat trick and finish
on the losing side was Neil Sutton in a 6-5 defeat by Saltash
United at Wordsworth Drive in 1984. Sutton played for Bridgwater
Town for many seasons, including Bridgwater’s brief
stay in the Southern League from 1982 to 1984. The other two
Taunton goals that day were scored by player manager Chris
Porter, a former Bridgwater Town stalwart, who also had a
spell with Swindon Town - included a F A Cup tie at Elland
Road against a Leeds United side containing Billy Bremner,
Paul Reaney and Peter Lorimer.
Incidentally that eleven goal thriller all those years ago
was refereed by a Paul Durkin.
Waltham Forest - On Wednesday night the Stags
won their way to the Essex Senior Cup Final for the first
time in 55 years. Two second half goals from fans' favourite
Jermain Hughes and one from Wesley Thomas knocked out Heybridge
Swifts. The final is to be played at Southend United at the
end of March. At the moment the Stags are unsure who they
will meet in the Final, or even if the Final will take place.
The other semi final, between Chelmsford City and Braintree
Town was abandoned just after half time because of a brawl
on the pitch. The Football Association has charged both clubs
errea Cup Fourth Round – Bedford Town reached
the Quarter Final of the League Cup for the second successive
year, by defeating Cheshunt 1-0 on Tuesday. The Eagles now
travel to Chatham Town.
Transfers:- David Barratt (Northwood to
Aylesbury United), Luke Evans (Northwood to Beaconsfield SYCOB),
Robert Kean (Dunstable Town to Brackley Town), Daniel Mason
(Stourport Swifts to Willenhall Town), Daniel Mead (Aylesbury
United to Hemel Hempstead Town), Robert McHale (Potters Bar
Town to Ilford), Kieran Mercer (Enfield Town to Ilford), Keith
Newby (Hemel Hempstead Town to Burnham), Martin Peat (Enfield
Town to Cheshunt), Gary Schillachi (Stevenage Borough to Aylesbury
United [temporary]), Paul Stonehouse (Forest Green Rovers
to Gloucester City), Andrew Williams (Bath City to Swindon
Supermarine), Matthew Wojtowicz (Hemel Hempstead Town to Beaconsfield
4 February 2006
Premier Division – Just
as David Gilroy’s 76th minute goal against King’s
Lynn on Saturday looked to have lifted Chippenham Town to
the top of the table, Dean West equalised for the Linnets
in the final minute of a pulsating match. The point puts the
Bluebirds level on points with Salisbury City, but the Whites
have three matches in hand. King’s Lynn remain in fourth
spot. Bedford Town won by the odd goal in three to remain
At the foot of the table Cheshunt defeated Grantham Town
3-2, thanks to a Lloyd Opara hat-trick, to lift the Ambers
out of the relegation zone. But only six points cover the
bottom seven clubs, so there are likely to be several changes
in position before 29 April.
Division One East – The situation
at the top of the Eastern section replicated the Premier Division
on Saturday. Like Salisbury, the leading club, Boreham Wood,
was engaged in the FA Trophy. But the second placed club,
Enfield Town, drew level on points at the top following a
1-0 win at Waltham Forest. Rudi Hall was the Town’s
scorer. Corby Town defeated Barking & East Ham United
to remain in third place, while Stamford won 3-0 at Aveley
to hold on to fourth position.
Berkhamsted Town’s hard won point at Uxbridge has opened
a three point gap above bottom club Potters Bar Town. The
Scholars lost 3-2 at Great Wakering Rovers, who need the points
almost as badly as their visitors, in the battle to avoid
Division One West – Clevedon Town’s
4-2 win at Beaconsfield SYCOB lifted the Seasiders to top
of the Division. Last week’s leaders, Ashford Town (Middlesex),
were engaged in an epic battle at third placed club, Willenhall
Town. The last two minutes of the match, when two goals were
scored, typified the previous 88 minutes. The game ended all-square,
Hemel Hempstead Town continued their charge into the Play-Off
places, and possibly even higher, with a 5-1 win over Burnham.
And Swindon Supermarine curtailed an indifferent run of results
with a 3-0 win at Thame United. Thame have won only once at
home and are now 13 points adrift at the bottom, following
Stourport Swifts 1-0 success at Cinderford Town.
errea Cup Fourth Round –Two uncompleted
Ties from the previous week were settled on Tuesday. Banbury
United won 1-0 against Rushall Olympic and Cirencester Town
won 4-3 at Salisbury City, despite a Matthew Tubbs hat-trick
for the home team. Nathan Haisley scored on his debut for
Ciren’. The Puritans will now entertain Bromsgrove;
the Centurians will host Hitchin Town.
The FA Trophy Third Round – Only two
teams outside the Football Conference were involved in Round
Three of this year’s F A Trophy, and they are still
After defeating Conference National side Gravesend &
Northfleet in the last Round, Boreham Wood repeated the achievement
on Saturday by eliminating Crawley Town. Ian Cooper and Leon
Archer scored the goals in Wood’s 2-0 win at the Broadfield
Stadium. Wood’s reward is a trip to Accrington Stanley
or Worksop Town
After ending Canvey Island’s hopes in the last Round,
Salisbury City were held to a goalless draw by Stalybridge
Celtic on Saturday. The winners of Tuesday’s Replay
have been drawn away to Exeter City.
Aylesbury United – Leon Gutzmore has
returned to the Ducks after eighteen months with Histon.
Beaconsfield SYCOB – The Rams are
to host a representative U/18 match between the Berks &
Bucks FA and the Somerset FA in the South West Counties Competition
at Holloways Park on Saturday, 11 February at 2pm.
Defender Alfie Patterson gave Manager Simon Delahunty something
to smile about at the weekend, after the Rams’ seven-match
unbeaten run came to an end at Leighton Town, 3-0. The former
Wycombe Wanderers YT, who underwent extensive surgery to repair
his cruciate ligament two seasons ago - before aggravating
the same knee earlier this season, made his comeback as a
second half substitute in the Reserve team’s 1-1 draw
with Whyteleafe. SYCOB are desperately short of defenders
(no full-backs currently available), the Rams’ boss
is hopeful that Patterson will be able to make a swift return
to first team action.
Bedford Town – The Eagles have signed
17 years old defender, Tom Bonner, and 19 years old forward,
Matthew Gearing, on work experience from Northampton Town.
Robert Miller’s contract with Bedford has been cancelled
by mutual consent. The Bedford born midfielder has re-signed
on non-contract terms prior to his departure for Australia
in five weeks. Miller began his career as a trainee with West
Ham United, before joining signing professional forms for
Coventry City in August 1998. One year later, he joined Cambridge
United, for whom he made one substitute appearance in the
Football League. He then played for Cambridge City before
joining the Eagles.
Bedworth United – The Greenbacks’
Lee Greenway has joined Brackley Town. But Bedworth has signed
Paul Hatton from Nuneaton Borough and Chris Edwards from Bedworth
Chatham Town – Gillingham have given
permission for 18 years old forward, Hicham Akhazzan, to join
Chatham Town on work experience.
Cirencester Town – Kyle Lapham, a
20 years old defender, has joined Cirencester on loan from
Swindon Town until 4 March. Lapham, who joined the Robins
from school, was the club’s Youth Team Player of the
Year in 2004/05 and made two Football League appearances towards
the end of the season. He was soon offered a contract but
has not made the first team this season. Ironically, he missed
the start of this season having sustained an ankle injury
in a pre-season friendly against Cirencester!
The Weekly Bulletin often features events club’s are
staging. The majority are Sportsmen’s or Gentlemen’s
Evenings. Well, here’s a first (for the Bulletin, anyway).
Ciren’ are holding a Ladies Night at the Corinium Stadium
on Friday 24 February. The evening will feature ‘Kopy
Catz’ comedy, ‘Wild Warrior’ and ‘Armani’.
I have not been given any details of what these ‘acts’
do, and I have no desire to ask – I have led a sheltered
Gloucester City – Neil Mustoe suffered
a broken tibia in Saturday’s match against Evesham United.
It is understood the fracture is ‘clean’ and should,
therefore, present no complications when healing. The former
Cambridge United and Northampton Town midfielder is likely
to be out for at least four to six weeks.
Great Wakering Rovers – John Heffer,
who joined Rovers from Southend Manor, is expected to make
his 500th appearance for the club in next Saturday’s
match against Chatham Town. Rovers are planning a presentation
to mark John’s achievement.
Halesowen Town – The Yeltz are holding
a Gentlemen's Evening at the Eaton Hotel, Birmingham on Friday
17 February. Former Manchester United, Leeds United, West
Bromwich Albion and Ireland International, Johnny Giles, is
the Guest Speaker. The former midfielder, who made nearly
600 Football League appearances in a professional career spanning
19 years, will be accompanied by John Stiles, the son of World
Cup winner Nobby.
Rothwell Town – The Bones have made
Justin Jenkins’ temporary transfer from Ilkeston Town
into a permanent move. Jenkins is a 25 years old forward.
Swindon Supermarine – Supermarine’s
Chris Copp is re-locating to Dublin with his family in the
next couple of weeks. Copp has been an important member of
the team since joining from Devizes Town in 2002, particularly
during survival campaigns in the past two seasons. Last season
he finished as top goal scorer. The players have arranged
an Irish night out to help Chris on his way.
‘Marines’ Jeremy Newton is going to be out of
action for the rest of the season after breaking bones in
his foot in the mid-week game at Burnham.
Transfers:- Carl Adams (Bromsgrove Rovers
to Solihull Borough), Mark Angel (King’s Lynn to Stamford
[temporary]), Paul Daley (Potters Bar Town to Enfield), Aaron
Farrell (Bedworth United to Sutton Coldfield Town), Leon Green
(Chesham United to Enfield), Lee Greenway (Bedworth United
to Brackley Town), Paul Hatton (Stourport Swifts to Bedworth
United), Christopher Hughes (Stourport Swifts to Sutton Coldfield
Town), John Lawford (Aylesbury United to Hemel Hempstead Town),
Benjamin Porter (Bromsgrove Rovers to Rushall Olympic), Wayne
Thorne (Chippenham Town to Mangotsfield United [extension
Teams of The Month for January 2006
Premier Division – Hitchin Town
Division One East – Enfield
Division One West – Hemel Hempstead Town