Local football review – 18 January 2018

I can’t promise 1400 words, but hopefully, it’s readable, and I won’t mention the B word.

Firstly, some admin. I’m doing this update on Fridays from now on. Mondays are for the weekend matchday blog. The unfortunate by-product of this is that I only have four days worth of action to look at this week. Luckily a trusty group of National League entertainers have come to the rescue.

This week I have mostly been adding new Essex Senior League clubs to my local football map and rolling my eyes at Twitter, more on that later. I saw Barkingside and Enfield FC for the first time. Both produced entertaining 2-2 draws against Leyton Athletic and Sporting Bengal respectively. Welcome to the Got Seats local football collective, guys.

During those long hours spent not watching football in the cold I’ve been enjoying plenty of entertainment coming from clubs in the National League. First up was Woking who tweeted out an appeal for anyone with manager Alan Dowson’s phone number to get in touch as he’s unfortunately lost all of his 2,000 contacts (humble brag). Sadly the tweet has been deleted but it turned out this wasn’t the first time this has happened. Eagle-eyed Twitter users dug up a remarkably similar tweet from Dowson’s old club Kingstonian a few years ago.

That was all pretty good natured. Next up, though, was Boreham Wood. The Hertfordshire club published an anonymous blog exclusively dedicated to the current political situation, with no mention of football, or the fact they charge £20 for a ticket to see them play. It seemed to go on forever, contained little inspiration and laboured to make any point at all – a lot like the last Boreham Wood game I saw.

Finally, and less surprisingly Billericay Town sacked another manager and signed a few players. Suddenly even some of their own fans seem to have reached the end of the tether. Funny, they didn’t seem to mind managerial sackings when they were top of the league. Another team signing players were Dagenham & Redbridge. Peter Taylor secured the permanent signing of Conor Wilkinson. The Ireland U21 international scored six goals during his loan spell and has been a key part in the Daggers recent revival.

I’m filling as not that much has changed in local football since my last update on Monday. Dorking Wanderers beat Worthing in the week to cut Haringey’s lead at the top of the Bostik Premier Division to five points. Enfield Town enjoyed an eventful week as they made the semi-finals of the Velocity Trophy with a 4-1 win over Burgess Hill. The Towners also lost defender Rian McLean who makes the leap to the pros as he joins Doncaster Rovers. The former Orient player is one to watch out for.

In other midweek action, Wingate & Finchley departed the London Senior Cup following a 3-2 defeat at home to Brentford B. The B Bees face Dulwich in the semi-finals. The other quarterfinals, Clapton v Harrow Borough and Welling United v Leyton Orient, take place next week. Hornchurch, Bishop’s Stortford and Bracknell Town join Enfield Town in the Velocity Trophy semi-finals with wins in the week and Hendon lost again. The Greens poor run continues as they were knocked out of the Middlesex County Cup by Hayes & Yeading.

That’s all for now. I’ll have lots more next week when we’ve had a full week of action to pick through. Fixtures below. If you see one you like check out my local football map for more info and ticket prices.

Fixtures

League fixture unless stated

Friday 18 January

Step 5
Woodford Town v West Essex
Leyton Athletic v Hullbridge Sports

Saturday 19 January

Step 1
Ebbsfleet United v Leyton Orient
Maidstone United v Dagenham & Redbridge

Step 3
Enfield Town v Corinthian Casuals
Haringey Borough v Margate
Lewes v Wingate & Finchley

Step 4
Barking v Canvey Island
Great Wakering Rovers v Romford
Bracknell Town v Cheshunt
FC Romania v Ashford Town
Waltham Abbey v Egham Town
Ware v Northwood

Step 5
Clapton v Southend Manor
Enfield 1893 v Walthamstow
Hoddesdon Town v Sporting Bengal
Ilford v Redbridge
Stansted v Barkingside
Tower Hamlets v Stanway Rovers

Monday 21 January

Step 5
Barkingside v Hullbridge Sports

Tuesday 22 January

Step 3
Wingate & Finchley v Tonbridge Angels
Hendon v Weymouth
Dorking Wanderers v Enfield Town

Step 5
Stansted v Enfield FC

Wednesday 23 January

Step 5
Walthamstow v Stanway Rovers
Sporting Bengal v St Margaretsbury