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  1. The missing match, to be played on October 1st, is Shepherd's Bush v Hertford Heath.
  2. It was a 'development' side --- Lincoln's first team were at home to Blackburn Rovers. And while I'm here, Tuesday's game between Belstone and Berkhamsted Raiders is at 6.45pm, rather than 7.30.
  3. 1) Only adolescents have heroes, Rhodes. However, as almost everyone at Silver Jubilee Park, including the committee, recognise that it was a grave error to dispense with the services of Fergus Moore, I am sure that he will receive nothing less than a genuinely warm and generous welcome on his return. I also expect his side to win quite comfortably. 2) The esteemed GRS67, formerly of this parish, was in attendance, though I was told that he was only allowed in as long as he didn't speak to anyone. Consequently, he spent the game standing by himself over on the far side. Resplendent in bright yellow, he cut a rather forlorn figure. His relationship with Rayners Lane FC has, I am told, 'irretrievably broken down'. 3) 'If Luton send anyone along who even remotely know what they are doing, it will be a long night for the CG defenders... ' Result: Crawley Green 0 Luton Town 9. 4) 'Is this a 'genuine' reserve side, or is it just a bunch of phonies cynically using the E & K name to grab themselves a place in the HCL Prem ?' Unfortunately, but unsurprisingly, it's the latter. 'Edgware & Kingsbury Reserves' are simply Aldenham, renamed. Aldenham finished seventh in the HCL Div 1 last season, and now find themselves, rebranded, with an undeserved promotion to the HCL Prem. Observers can expect them to be in the bottom three all season, and possibly even to fold around about February, when the harsh weather kicks in. It's astonishing, and depressing, that the HCL are still falling for this kind of nonsense. 5) Edgware & Kingsbury 1 Hadley 2. A rather lack-lustre game, played in a decent spirit, but at half-pace. E & K's goal, a snap shot from around twenty yards, was scored by a 17-year-old who is on a season-long loan from er... Hadley. I suspect that both of these sides, in their respective divisions, have no more ambition for the coming season than to avoid relegation. 6) Saturday ? Who knows --- perhaps the thermometer will decide...
  4. Didn't see much point really, Rhodes, as there appears to be only the two of us on here. Still, if you insist... Four minutes on the train, and then it's a twenty-five minute walk in the fearsome heat up Watling Street, to the Medburn ground, where I arrive in plenty of time for the 2.00pm kick-off, as reported on this very site. Unfortunately, it's not a 2.00pm at all, but a 3.00pm, as originally agreed some weeks ago. Ah, well. what can you do ? Shoot the messenger, I say... 'Surprise 3-1 winners', you suggest on here. Ha ! The only surprise was that Crawley Green managed to keep it down to three. Belstone took the lead after only fifty seconds with a superb speculative lob that caught the debutant keeper hopelessly out of position, and scored again with a free header, (and the keeper nowhere), less than five minutes later. They scored a third from a well-worked move down the right on fifty-five minutes, and although CG got one back on the break after sixty minutes, the game was over, and when the final whistle went, it was Belstone who were on the attack. A serious statto could perhaps argue that in between the two penalty areas, Crawley Green had most of the play, possibly even as much as 80%, (as one might expect from a Step 5 side), but that isn't what counts, and the Belstone defenders dealt fairly comfortably all afternoon with almost everything that came their way. When a side wins a league, or gains promotion, but then that promotion is denied due to off-field technicalities, they can often find it difficult to maintain the motivation necessary to go ahead and repeat the performance. This is something that Risborough Rangers are going to have to come to terms with this season. For Belstone, I don't see it as being a problem. They are keen, they are ready, and they are up-and-running, and this season, in the Herts County League, they will again be the team to beat. Crawley Green, on the other hand, have a different hill to climb. They only escaped relegation on the last day of last season, and are probably in for a similar struggle this time. They have one or two capable, and willing, performers, particularly in midfield, but they are carrying far too many passengers. Over the next ten days, Belstone go on to play Brentham, and then Hillingdon Borough, both eminently winnable games, while this very evening, Crawley Green find themselves up against a Luton Town XI. Hmm... If Luton send anyone along who even remotely know what they are doing, it will be a long night for the CG defenders... Me ? I'll be at Silver Jubilee Park, to see the newly-christened Edgware & Kingsbury take on the newly-promoted Hadley. I'm not expecting much, but the word is that E & K have entered a 'reserve' side into the Herts County League, so I want to see what this is about. Is this a 'genuine' reserve side, or is it just a bunch of phonies cynically using the E & K name to grab themselves a place in the HCL Prem ? We shall see...
  5. And that's where I'll be. But sshhh, don't tell anyone -- it's a secret...
  6. Excellent stuff, Rhodes, well done. Some proper games to pencil in at last...
  7. A Sunday morning teaser for you. Here are ten football teams: Barnsley, Bridon Ropes, Chepstow Town, Glebe, Ipswich Town, Needham Market, Portishead Town, Prestwich Heys, Rossington Main, Worksop Town. I could add more, but ten will do. So, what links them all ? The answer ? They all played football yesterday ! It would appear that they can all play, but poor old Larkspur Rovers can't. This is complete nonsense -- either FA Rules & Regulations apply equally to everyone, or they are not fit for purpose and should be scrapped. And if the Middlesex FA were so damn concerned, why did they not e-mail Larkspur two weeks ago, when the fixture was first announced, rather than have people buggering about trying to find out where the game was being played ? Tcha ! Timewasters -- doncha just luv 'em ? So, in the absence of any football, (or trains), for me yesterday, my new season will now start on Friday, at Coles Lane, where Haringey Borough are due to entertain Leyton Orient. Let's see if the blazers, (or the RMT), can interfere with that one...
  8. And now, (Saturday morning), Arlesey are tweeting that the Larkspur game is off anyway... Ho-hum...
  9. According to the Larkspur Rovers' twitter account, Saturday's game against Arlesey Town is taking place at Brunel University.
  10. People will have their own thoughts, obviously, but in my view this is actually not a bad move. Although, if anything, it comes eight years too late. Over the years I have run into a number of old Kingsbury Town supporters who flatly refuse to watch Edgware, (or Hendon), at Silver Jubilee Park, regarding them as little more than opportunists. If the Club had embraced the reality of the situation back in 2014, and changed their name as soon as they moved in, then these people may well have climbed aboard. Still, better late than never, and I wish them well. Who knows, it may even give Barnet ideas...
  11. I notice that tonight's defeat at Tring means that Risborough Rangers still have some work to do to be SSML champions. New Salamis will now take the title if they can win at Risborough on Saturday. It's a tough ask, but the Salamina have the best away record in the League, and fear no-one, and so will certainly be up for it. More importantly perhaps, it is being reported on a number of other platforms that Risborough have failed the Step 4 ground-grading requirements and have been informed that they will not be promoted, which may mean that Hadley go up automatically in their stead. It is not yet clear why Risborough have failed, but as they have topped the table for most of the season the requirements needed for promotion must have occurred to them before now. Ground-grading standards are clear for all to see, it is not as if they come as a surprise. At a game earlier this season, I noted some Risborough officials exclaiming quite loudly that they 'couldn't wait to get out of this shit division'. This seemed a bit rich, as they didn't actually 'earn' promotion to 'this shit division' in the first place, but were simply awarded it by the FA following their performances over the two truncated seasons. Risborough are appealing the grading decision, and I am aware of one source citing 'bloody-mindedness' and 'arrogance' on the part of the ground-graders. Well chaps, perhaps you reap just what you sow...
  12. Hadley v Aylesbury Vale Dynamos ? No, I was at Meadow Park, watching Boreham Wood beat Eastleigh 1-0 in quite the dullest game I've seen for some time.
  13. HSCC Semi-Finals: (provisionally) 7.45pm, Tuesday, March 15th: Cheshunt v Hitchin Town 7.30pm, Friday, March 18th: Hadley v Royston Town
  14. So as things stand, New Salamis and Risborough Rangers, whichever order they finish in, would both be promoted to Step 4. And who's coming down into the Spartan ? My guess would be Colney Heath and Chalfont St Peter --- still some way to go though.
  15. According to another (usually reliable) forum, the attendance at Flackwell Heath yesterday was 403.
  16. Hadley v Holmer Green 4-0 Another routine day at the office for Hadley, against a spirited, but limited, Holmer Green side who seemed to accept their fate quite early on and concentrated on keeping the score respectable. Goals from Solomon Ofori on 11 and 55, Luke Alfano on 31, and Cameron Ferguson on 38 secured the points, making that nine successive league wins for Hadley, with a goal difference of 28-2. With Leighton continuing to drop points and Risborough finally losing, this could still be a season to remember for the Brickfield Lane faithful. Three points next Saturday at Bell Close would certainly help.
  17. Offensiveness is, of course, in the eye, (and ear), of the beholder. GRS, whatever else he is, is a resilient soul. He will be fine.
  18. Hadley v Broadfields United 7-1 Following Saturday's miserable effort at distant Fakenham, it was back to the usual routine for Hadley, although in this case BU made it absurdly easy for them with some suicidal defending. Indeed, to call it 'schoolboy defending' would be disrespectful to schoolboys everywhere. Goals on 6, 11, 13 and 20 meant that once again the contest was over well before half-time, with all four goals down to ridiculous defensive errors. The BU coaching staff were so displeased that they wouldn't allow the team the comforts of the dressing room at the interval, but instead made them all sit down at one of the corner flags and listen to a lecture on their inadequacies. This may have had some effect, as BU perked up a little, and pulled a goal back on 48 minutes. The enthusiasm didn't last however, and further goals for Hadley followed on 54, 66 and 75. On to round three... Broadfields are a decent side, and are capable of much better than this, although, as someone nearby was heard to remark, 'If you don't start bloody playing until you're bloody 4-0 down then it's going to be a bloody long season'. And who could possibly argue with that ? Regular readers will know that I am not normally one to deal in idle gossip, but this evening I heard something that may be of interest. At Silver Jubilee Park, (Hendon U18s 1 Woodford Town U18s 7), I learned that quite recently, following some ill-judged and offensive remarks about his fellow committee members, the esteemed GRS67, formerly of this parish, was informed that he is no longer welcome at Edgware Town FC. It is believed that he is now gracing Rayners Lane FC with his presence. Ah well, life goes on...
  19. Fakenham Town v Hadley 3-1 A long trek to North Norfolk, to see a truly awful game, one of the poorest I've seen for some time. At times it seemed that the only real contest was about who could kick the ball highest into the air. The one moment of real quality came in the 14th minute, when FT's Josh Hazell hammered home an unstoppable free-kick from around twenty-two yards, and for that alone, FT deserved to go through. The other three goals, Hadley on 5, FT on 9 and 76,were simply the result of rank bad defending. Nice to have a trip out of London, but this was a desperately poor advertisement for Step 5 football.
  20. Oxhey Jets v New Salamis 2-4 I was also at this one, and was surprised at the outcome, as this was a game that Jets could, and should, have won. They were the better team in the first half, and when they went in 2-1 up at the interval, I fully expected them to go on and win. As VB points out above however, the wheels came off, and what disappointed me most was that as soon as the equaliser came, almost the whole of the Jets' side seemed to give up, as if defeat was inevitable. From then on, clumsy tackles and schoolboy defending handed the game to Salamina. Sean Giordmana's father was there, at his first game this season, and just before kick-off he shouted to his son that there was £20 in it for him if he scored a hat-trick. When Sean scored on 25, and again on 32, I thought that surely the money was his, but even he was afflicted by the collective malaise that overcame the Jets, and in the second half he barely got a touch. I also thought that there was some tactical naivety. I would question the wisdom of always leaving three men up in the centre circle when defending corners. This may be ok when you're in front and want to keep the opposition guessing, but when you are on the back foot, and being outplayed, and have already conceded from a corner, I would suggest that your defence needs all the help it can get. Ah well, a winnable game today against Baldock, surely ? (I was sitting next to the New Salamis committee members, who seem to be an eccentric bunch. They think that Ardley United play in Watford, and that Leighton Town play in East London...}
  21. Being reported elsewhere that Newport Pagnell v Leighton is now all-ticket with a gate limited to 450.
  22. Park View were on their best behaviour for most of the time while in the SSML. However, prior to that, they had been expelled from the Middlesex League for 'assaults on match officials'. Which is why they spent three seasons in the Amateur Football Alliance before applying to the SSML.
  23. Harpenden Town v Hadley 0-3 A routine win for Hadley in a game that Harpenden appeared to regard as an unnecessary chore, resting five, six or nine first-teamers, depending on who you believe. Goals from Jordan Edwards on 11 and 39, and Bradley Marriot on 21 meant that the tie was settled before the interval. Man of the match was undoubtedly Harpenden keeper Emmanuel Olajide, as without him Hadley would have scored twelve. On to round two, and, ideally, a real contest...
  24. London Colney v Hadley 0-3 Three buses get me to Cotlandswick, on what is undoubtedly the coldest night of the season so far, to see a fairly routine Hadley victory on a very heavy pitch. Hadley rested three key players, but still had far too much for a spirited, but limited Colney, and goals from Jordan Edwards on 11, Alfie Bartram on 33, and Luke Jupp on 43 meant that the tie was all but settled before half-time. The second half, with Hadley always in control, lacked urgency, and as the temperature dropped, the game simply petered out. Probably worth mentioning that Leverstock Green luminaries, Messrs Moore and McGleish, were in attendance. The two sides meet again at Cotlandswick on Saturday, in a league fixture. The score may be different, but I don't think the result will.
  25. Broadfields United v Hadley 1-2 An improved performance from Hadley, although they still made hard work of it against an injury-hit Broadfields United. Hadley started well, adjusting quickly to the 3g surface at Rayners Lane, and really ought to have been three up in the first twenty minutes or so. They then, however, dozed off at a corner and allowed Broadfields' Callum Rogers a free header on goal which he duly put away. More Hadley pressure followed, but still 1-0 at the interval, with even the friendly BU officials admitting that Hadley should be 5-1 up. More of the same in the second half, and it really began to look as though BU were going to hold on. However, a speculative cross-cum-shot from Jordan Edwards on 75, and a superb lob from Solomon Ofori on 81, meant that the points were Hadley's. BU can probably consider themselves unlucky not to hang on to at least a point, but undoubtedly the better side won. A much better spirit shown by the Hadley squad as well, even when they were behind for so long -- perhaps they have been reading this forum (!).... Let's see if they can take this spirit into the County Cup game at London Colney on Tuesday.
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