Monthly Archives: January 2012

Ashford Keep Their Playoff Hopes Alive

The Tangerines had the ‘Bit’ between their teeth as Mark Bitmead scores a superb winner to complete a league double over Leighton Town.

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NCEL Easter Ground Hop

The match dates and times for the Baris NCEL Easter Ground Hop in April have now been finalised. Read the rest of this entry

Rangers Earn First Point Of 2012

Hall Road Rangers ended their losing streak as they battled back to draw 1-1 with Staveley Miners Welfare, to earn their first point under their new joint managers. Read the rest of this entry

FA Trophy Replays Preview

A quick look at the rearranged second round ties taking place this week. Read the rest of this entry

FA Vase Fifth Round Draw & Preview

Can anyone stop Whitley Bay from making it four in a row?

The draw has been made for the fifth round of the Carlsberg FA Vase, and the good news is that our current club, Herne Bay, are still in the competition. Their reward for a fine 2-1 victory in the northeast against Newcastle Benfield is a home tie with Larkhall Athletic. It was a tough match for Bay, played in very difficult conditions and on a tricky pitch, but they overcame their hosts to progress.

Tividale registered a fantastic 7-1 victory against Binfield in their fourth round match, and will now host Peterborough Northern Star in round five. Star had avoided an upset in the previous round, coming out on top against lower league opposition Norton United, eventually winning 2-1. There is one step six club left in the Vase though, and that is Oadby Town, who beat fellow step six team Ampthill Town 2-1. Oadby now have a very tough match away at Staveley Miners Welfare.

I had picked out Wisbech Town against Dunston UTS as potentially the tie of the fourth round, and the match ended 2-2, with a replay being played this Saturday, January 28th. Amazingly, that is the first draw for Wisbech since October 8th! There are three replays in total:

Dunston UTS v Wisbech Town
Three Bridges v Gresley
Runcorn Town v Billingham Synthonia

All these matches take place this Saturday, January 28th.

Whitley Bay, who have won the last three FA Vase tournaments, continued their assault on this year’s competition with a 5-0 mauling of South Park FC. Currently, Bay are unbeaten in a record 29 Vase matches, while striker Paul Chow has now scored in the last 13 rounds of the competition! He netted a hattrick against South Park, and has 33 goals in the competition for Whitley Bay, who have been drawn at home against West Auckland Town in the fifth round. Bay have now been dealt home ties in every round of this season’s competition.

The full draw is below, and is listed in the order the fixtures were drawn.

Tividale v Peterborough Northern Star
Shortwood United v Ashington
Staveley MW v Oadby Town
Billingham Synthonia or Runcorn Town v Bournemouth
Wisbech Town or Dunston UTS v Bethnal Green United
Whitley Bay v West Auckland Town
St Ives Town v Gresley or Three Bridges
Herne Bay v Larkhall Athletic

The fifth round takes place on Saturday, February 11th 2012.

Joint Managers Denied Dream Return

Returning joint managers Martin Thacker and Jamie Barnwell were denied a dream start to their return at Hall Road Rangers after losing to Lincoln Moorlands Railway. Read the rest of this entry

‘First win since October see’s Stow move closer to teams above

After eight straight defeats and no win since October, Stow finally got the three points that they so vitally needed defeating fellow strugglers Cornard United in what was a massive six point game. The win moved Stow just one point away from Cornard who currently sit on ten points in fifteenth place with a dire goal difference of minus forty three, shipping sixty three goals in just twenty one games.

Both sides had chances to take the lead early on, first Stow had a chance after Kieren Joseph smashed a shot at Ben Russell who held on well meanwhile at the other end Dean Pleasance had to head over Scott Yearling’s cross after the wide man found space down the flank. Kieren Joseph could again have put Stow one up after receiving James Grahams free kick, the forward turned Ben Warren inside out before unleashing his shot at goal, it sailed over the crossbar and Town could have then seen themselves go one down but Scott Yearling couldn’t steady himself in front of goal and as a result saw his shot go wide of the mark.

Stow kept battling away; Guy Dugdale won the ball and released Lee Drummond whose shot was turned round the post only for the resulting corner to be steered wide by Chris Gray. Town finally took the lead on twenty five minutes, Kieren Joseph on the right hand side found Lee Drummond after holding up the ball and his cross was then turned in by Chris Gray, giving the home side the lead in what was a must win game.

The Gold & Blacks could have doubled their advantage going into the break; Gareth Ward gained possession back for Stow and played in Kieren Joseph whose cross was bending way from the keeper was almost turned in by Chris Gray but the striker couldn’t hit the objective.

Cornard made all three substitutions at half time but Stow carried on as they left off at the start of the second period. Yani Duka showed great skill to trick the defenders allowing the young striker to set up Chris Gray who could only find the keeper with his cool shot at goal. The visitors had a rare opportunity through Ben Parder but he missed the target, summing up his sides afternoon. Yani Duka and Chris Gray were still working well together and after Chris Gray latched onto the striker slash midfielders pass he forced a good stop out of Barry Lynn in the visitor’s goal.

Stow eventually doubled their lead twenty minutes from time and it was that man again Chris Gray with his second of the match and fourth of the season so far. Lee Drummond and Kieren Joseph again linked up well before releasing Chris Gray who calmly slotted the ball way beyond Cornard keeper Barry Lynn. It was bookings galore after Stow’s second went in with seven yellow cards being shown in just under twenty minutes, amongst the chaos Chris Gray nearly grabbed himself the match ball but Barry Lynn stopped the striker from netting his hat trick with just his legs. Town won’t be bothered about the four bookings that were picked up by their players as they grabbed a vital three points to move them just one point away from moving off the foot of the table.

Quakers Saved, But Vics In Trouble

As one clubs lives to fight another day, another faces a very uncertain future. Read the rest of this entry

FA Vase: Fourth Round Preview

The last 32 of this season’s FA Vase takes place this weekend. Here is a preview, along with the full list of fixtures. Read the rest of this entry

Who Can Lead The Line For Matlock Town?

In this article, our editor James Griffiths, aka @TheMatlockFan, looks at a selection of strikers he would like to see arrive at Causeway Lane. Read the rest of this entry