Category: Football

First Blood to Us

Our 2nd Pre Season friendly ended, eventually, in a comfortable victory over FA Cup opponents, Bedfont & Feltham.

Despite the scoreline it would be foolish to assume that progress in the FA Cup is going to be a formality. This was a typical PSF. A boiling hot day, a dry bumpy pitch and an opponent who have only just started to orgainise themselves for the forthcoming campaign. Rufus, on the other hand, had plenty of players to call on and it was obvious right from the start that we were a couple of weeks more advanced to our preparations.

Our starting 11 put together a good performance, controlling the vast majority of possession and creating a number of good chances, they were, however, unable to take any of them and it remained goalless at the break. The 2nd half was a completely different story.

The Boss made wholesale changes at the break and we started the half with almost a completely new team, and this side had no trouble finding the net.

Our first goal came in the 48th minute and it was a fantastic return to football for Mason Welch-Turner. This was Mason’s first appearance after 18 months out with a horrible broken leg suffered in a game at Cove the season before last. There didn’t seem to be any lasting effect as he volleyed home from close range to break the deadlock.

We only had to wait a couple of minutes for our 2nd goal. Luke Muldowney seemed to be shaping up a long pass out wide but the wiley old fox fooled us all by knocking a great ball down the centre for Micky Vincent to get the slightest of headers and guide the ball pass the advancing keeper.

Our 3rd goal was scored by Alfie White. Usually a full back but Rufus experimented with playing Alf up front and it turned out to be quite a success. In the 63rd minute our new keeper Michael Eacott launched a huge goal-kick and Alfie was quickest to react and scored with a very assured finish.

B&F had had enough by now and chances came thick and fast for us. Cyril Ocansey scored in the 69th minute, his second pre season goal. Athan Smith-Joseph scored a pretty special solo goal in the 80th minute and Alfie completed the scoring with his 2nd with 5 minutes to go.

All in all a satisfying 2nd half. All the players put in plenty of effort under testing conditions. Next up we have a stern test when Chalfont St Peter roll up for our annual fixture.

Home in the Big Cup…

This afternoon the FA published the draws for the first rounds of the Emirates FA Cup, and the Buildbase FA Vase.

The worlds oldest cup competition kicks off on Saturday 5th August and we start this years journey with a home tie against fellow Combined Counties side Bedfont & Feltham.

The winners of the tie will then have a trip to the sea side to take on Ramsgate FC of Isthmian League Division One South. This tie is scheduled for Saturday 19th August.

As far as the Buildbase FA Vase is concerned, we were not included in the draw due to being awarded an exemption from the qualification rounds due to our league position last season. We will enter the competition at the 1st round proper, due to take place on Saturday 21st October.

“Beavers” added to Pre season schedule

We have now agreed a PSF with Hampton & Richmond. Due to diary congestion we have had to move the Kensington Borough game from Tues 1st Aug to Thursday 27th July. The H&R game will now take place on the 1st with a 7:45 kick off on the main pitch.

As usual most of the games are to be played at home and the majority will be played on one of our outside pitches. Entrance to all games will be free

SCHEDULE

Sat 1st July @ 2pm – Home (back pitch)
MOLESEY

Sat 8th July @ 3pm – Home (back pitch)
BEDFONT & FELTHAM

Sat 15th July @ 3pm – Home (back pitch)
CHALFONT ST PETER

Tue 18th July @ 7pm – Home (back pitch)
LALEHAM

Sat 22nd July @ 3pm – Away
ARLESEY

Thur 27th Aug @ 7.00pm – Home
KENSINGTON BOROUGH

Sat 29th July @ 3pm – Home
PFC Victoria

Tue 1st Aug @ 7.45pm – Home
HAMPTON & RICHMOND

Away to RPV in the Premier Cup

The draw for the first 2 rounds of the Cherry Red Records Premier Challenge Cup were made today. We begin our journey at Raynes Park Vale who were relegated from the Premier division last season and, should we be successful, we then have away fixture and league new boys, Kensington Borough. The full draw is as follows,

Cherry Red Records Premier Challenge Cup – 1st Round

Camberley Town v Redhill
CB Hounslow United v Eversley & California
South Park Reserves v Horley Town
Staines Lammas v Chertsey Town
Raynes Park Vale v Hanworth Villa
Deportivo Galicia v AC London
SCR v Westfield
Worcester Park v Epsom & Ewell
Frimley Green v Cobham

Cherry Red Records Premier Challenge Cup – 2nd Round

CB Hounslow United or Eversley & California v Worcester Park or Epsom & Ewell
Staines Lammas or Chertsey Town v South Park Reserves or Horley Town
Colliers Wood United v Balham
AFC Hayes v Frimley Green or Cobham
Knaphill v Guildford City
Cove v SCR or Westfield
Bagshot v North Greenford United
Bedfont Sports v Farleigh Rovers
Camberley Town or Redhill v Fleet Spurs
Kensington Borough v Raynes Park Vale or Hanworth Villa
Bedfont & Feltham v Godalming Town
Chessington & Hook United v Sheerwater
Spelthorne Sports v Ash United
Walton & Hersham v Badshot Lea
Abbey Rangers v Deportivo Galicia or AC London
Banstead Athletic v Farnham Town

Latest coming and goings in the ComCo

The lineup of the Combined Counties Premier League has been announced and, apart from one surprise, it’s all pretty much as expected.

Next season Windsor FC will be playing in the Hellenic Premier. I’m not aware if this sideways move was at the clubs request or due to FA restructuring, but whatever the reason we have lost a traditionally productive fixture for us.

Windsors departure means that our league will, once again, consist of 22 team. Last season’s champions, Hartley Wintney, have been replaced by Godalming Town who last season finished bottom of the Ryman Division One South.

At the other end, last seasons bottom 3, Badshot Lea, Feltham & Bedfont and Rayners Lane, are all relegated to Division One and will be replaced by last years Div One champions, Banstead Athletic, Runners Up Redhill and 3rd place Balham (who play at Colliers Wood).

The full line up can be found on the League table page of this site.