If you haven’t seen the bizarre own goal which went viral this week, you’re in for a treat! Read the rest of this entry
Thurrock FC find themselves in hot water once more after fielding an ineligible player. Again.
Striker David Knight played for The Fleet in their Robert Dyas League Cup match with Aveley on October 8th, a game they lost. Knight had previously played – and scored – for Met Police on September 3rd in the same competition. This comes just months after they were deducted three points for playing Joel Barnett at the start of last season. That deduction, of course, resulted in Thurrock dropping into the relegation zone in the Ryman Premier, and subsequent relegation. This led to the whole saga over the summer, with the club going all the way to the Court of Arbitration for Sport as they attempted to overturn the punishment.
As they lost the cup tie in which Knight played, they will most likely face a fine. Had they won, they would probably be facing expulsion from the competition. Tony Flood, press officer at Thurrock, said “We made a mistake and shouldn’t have played David. We didn’t realise he had already played in the competition and accept it is our fault.” He went on to say “We will learn from our mistake.”
We will see!
How the fiasco surrounding Thurrock FC’s points deduction and subsequent relegation and appeal could cause havoc for the upcoming Ryman League Premier Division. Read the rest of this entry
Hampton & Richmond Borough’s five year sojourn in the Conference South finally came to an end on a muddy Thurrock pitch on Saturday, after goals from Jeffreys and Moone had given them a satisfying but ultimately meaningless victory over the Fleet as other results saw the Beavers relegated, writes Rob Overfield. Read the rest of this entry
Who is going to win the increasingly close and tense battle to avoid relegation from the Conference South this season? Read the rest of this entry
It was family day at Hampton & Richmond Borough on Saturday 19th November 2011, with Under-12s free, and the accompanying adult only being charged £3 to get in. Unfortunately, the goodwill spread onto the pitch as The Beavers allowed their visitors to leave with all three points after leaving their shooting boots in the dressing rooms.
The opening ten minutes passed without an awful lot to report, until James Simmonds cut in from the left and hit a powerful right foot shot from twenty yards which was parried away by the visiting ‘keeper. Unfortunately for the home side, the rebound evaded the onrushing Joel Ledgister and Dave Tarpey and the ball was cleared. A few minutes later, and Thurrock had their first chance of the match, when Lee Boylan glanced a header wide. His day would get better though.
Hampton manager Mark Harper had to make a change after just twenty minutes when influential midfielder Simmonds came off with an injury, and was replaced by Aaron Morgan. JJ O’Leary floated in a free kick, which everyone misjudged, and the Thurrock defence were pleased to see the ball skim the bar and go over. Just minutes later, and Thurrock were in front through a super finish from Boylan, who latched onto a long clearance to score. Hampton’s defenders were looking for an offside flag, but none materialised. Straight from the kick off, and Dave Tarpey should have equalised, but dragged his shot wide when it would have been easier to net. This little flurry of action took place in the 28th minute.
Thurrock, and Boylan, could have had their second on 35 minutes, but the striker’s wonderful long range shot clipped the bar on the way over. A minute later, and Tarpey again had the goal in his sights, but after linking well with Nathan Collier down the right, he cut inside only to hit his shot off target. Half time came, and yet again Hampton went in one down. The fans were left hoping that they would see their team perform a second half comeback.
The home team had the best of the early second half exchanges, and Joel Ledgister certainly should have put one of his two chances away. He was unlucky with his first, a decent twenty yard drive that went narrowly wide, but he should have done much better with his second. After being put through by Tarpey, Ledgister only had the goalie to beat, but dragged his shot well wide. Boylan then wasted a good chance when he dragged a shot wide, but he didn’t have long to wait for his second. He finished confidently after being put through by Jamie Guy with fifteen minutes to go.
Hampton kept pressing, as they tried to get back into the game, but Thurrock held on to win 2-0 and take the points back to Essex. More immediately worrying for Hampton, though, could be the injury to JJ O’Donnell in the last minute. He went down after a firm but fair challenge, and after several minutes of treatment was stretchered off. It remains to be seen how long he will be out for. Couple that with the earlier injury to Simmonds, and it wasn’t a good afternoon for manager Harper.
The attendance was 590, which is around 130-150 higher than in recent weeks, so the offer got a few more fans through the gates. It is to be hoped they saw enough to come back and cheer the boys on again in the coming weeks. The result puts Hampton back into the bottom three, while Thurrock lifted themselves off the bottom after the win.
The draw for the Third Qualifying Round of this season’s FA Trophy has now been made. This is the round where clubs from the Conference North and South enter proceedings, and I thought I would pick out some highlights.
Firstly, my club, Hampton & Richmond Borough, have been drawn at home against Canvey Island, who currently sit tenth in the Ryman Premier League. It’s a good draw for The Beavers, a home tie and a good chance of progressing into the first round proper, where the Conference Premier clubs await.
Elsewhere, and Under The League’s James Griffiths still has an interest in the competition. His beloved Matlock Town will have a plum home tie with Hyde, who are flying high in the Conference North. Matlock do, however, have the small matter of a home replay with divisional rivals Hednesford Town to contest first, after the first match ended goalless.
FC United Of Manchester could set up a local derby with Altrincham, if they can overcome Durham in a replay. Redbridge FC will face East Thurrock United in an Essex derby, and there could be another one if AFC Hornchurch can get past Harrow Borough in a replay. The winners will travel to Thurrock FC, who sit bottom of the Conference South table.
Meanwhile, the draw has thrown up a “top v bottom” clash between Conference North leaders Stalybridge Celtic and Blyth Spartans, who sit bottom at the time of the draw. Spartans will be at home for the match though, which could have an impact on the result. Conference South leaders Woking, meanwhile, face a very tricky looking trip to Chelmsford City, who are chasing a playoff place in the same division.
Gosport Borough have been garnering a lot of attention lately, due to the fact that they boast Steve Claridge in their ranks, and they will face a very tough trip to Conference South side Dorchester Town in the next round. They will need every ounce of Claridge’s vast experience to get through the tie. FC Halifax Town, who face Charlton Athletic in the FA Cup in their biggest ever game this weekend, have an away day against fellow Conference North side Colwyn Bay in the Trophy.
The games will be played the weekend of November 26th, and the full draw can be found here
Just like it’s northern counterpart, the Conference South had just five fixtures this weekend, and again there wasn’t a nil nil in sight. In total there were 21 goals scored in those five games.
The biggest winning margin of the day was achieved by Havant & Waterlooville, who put five without reply past Farnborough. Ollie Palmer and Steve Ramsey each helped themselves to a brace, and Sammy Igoe netted the other as they swept their opponents aside. Palmer now has seven goals in his last five games. The defeat leaves Farnborough fourth bottom, and they could slip into the relegation places if Staines Town win their game in hand.
Leaders Woking went six points clear with a comprehensive 4-1 win away at Truro City. A brace from the wonderfully named Paris Cowan-Hall and one each from Alan Inns and Moses Ademola brought the points back to Surrey. Truro had taken a first minute lead through Les Afful, and had been looking to build on their amazing 8-2 win against Farnborough in the previous game.
Welling United moved up to third in the table with a 2-1 win against Hampton & Richmond Borough at Park View Road. They led 2-0 at the break thanks to goals from Acheampong and Pugh, before debutant Patrick Domali scored what was in the end a consolation goal for The Beavers. Domali has joined from Norwich City on a work experience deal, with a view to a permanent move. The defeat leaves Borough bottom of the table, and they need to stop giving their opponents a two goal headstart if they are to stay in the division.
Hampton’s nearest rivals in the league, Thurrock FC, also lost, going down 3-1 at home to fellow strugglers Eastleigh. Ex-Spurs trainee Jamie Slabber netted twice for the visitors, while Drewe Broughton scored for Thurrock to equalise at 1-1 before Slabber’s second. A Hughes own goal two minutes from time sealed the win for Eastleigh, who now have a seven point cushion on the drop zone, despite being eighteenth in the table.
The other match played was between two teams also looking over their shoulders at the relegation zone. Dorchester Town ran out 3-1 winners at home to Tonbridge Angels, a result which has brought the two sides level on points. Two goals in the first eleven minutes from Dickenson and Moss gave the hosts the advantage, before a McLaggon effort brought the visitors back into it. However, Moss got his second a minute from time to seal the win.
Reality TV star Mark Wright has signed for Blue Square South side Thurrock. The ex-Tottenham and Southend trainee was previously at Heybridge Swifts. He will be in action straight away, as the club play Dartford the same day he signed.
The Only Way Is Essex star Wright is a 24 year old defender, and he can certainly expect to be busy. His new club are currently second bottom in the table, with just two wins from the first thirteen games, and have a less than impressive goal difference of -20. He has also previously played for Crawley Town, Lewes and Rushden & Diamonds, but has never got any stability in his career.
This is not a publicity stunt though. Club chairman Tommy Smith has told the local press that it is a serious signing, and that the player will be an important addition to the team. Time will tell.