Local football update – 14 January 2019

Want to know what’s been going on in the local football scene over the last week? Well, you don’t have to hire an expensive spy to peer through the fence. I’ve done all the peering for you. See below.

When Haringey Borough made their way up to Harlow on Saturday, I was thinking to myself, “don’t underestimate those pesky Hawks”. Harlow have a habit of turning in good performances against to top sides. I saw them knock Dulwich out of the FA Trophy last season, and they’ve already beaten Boro once this season. Well, they made it a double on Saturday. Fortunately¬†for Boro, none of the chasing pack really took advantage. Enfield Town also lost. To Merstham, who are quickly becoming the new Haringey. They have seven wins and two draws in their last 10 games. The Got Seats wheels are in motion for a visit to Surrey soon.

Tuesday 15 January
Enfield Town v Burgess Hill (Velocity Trophy QF)
Wingate & Finchley v Brentford (London Senior Cup QF)
Saturday 19 January
Enfield v Corinthian Casuals
Haringey Borough v Margate
Lewes v Wingate & Finchley

It’s as you were in the Bostik regionals. The Essex boys aka Heybridge, Bowers & Pitsea, and Aveley maintained their stranglehold on the North division. Barking drew with Romford in the only game of the season where they consider themselves favourites. Blues manager Justin Gardner called it a ‘no-win situation’ as they took on the only team with fewer resources than them. He was spot-on as usual as no-one won or scored. In the South Central, Ware won, Cheshunt ground out a 1-0 victory, Waltham Abbey lost and they’re all still chasing Hayes & Yeading – it all sounds pretty familiar, doesn’t it?

Saturday 19 January
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

The big game in the Essex Senior League was a battle of the bottom two, Barkingside and Leyton Athletic. A see-saw game ended in a 2-2 with neither side really helping their survival cause although they both impressed this particular onlooker. Ilford went to Wadham Lodge and beat Walthamstow for a second time this season. Stow kept 11 on the pitch but couldn’t overcome the stubborn Foxes who did have a man dismissed. Takeley and Woodford Town also drew 2-2 but the performance of the day may go to Redbridge who won away at high flying Hullbridge.

Tuesday 15 January
Enfield 1893 v Sporting Bengal
Hoddesdon Town v Redbridge
Friday 18 January
Woodford Town v West Essex
Saturday 19 January
Clapton v Southend Manor
Enfield 1893 v Walthamstow
Hoddesdon Town v Sporting Bengal
Ilford v Redbridge
Leyton Athletic v Hullbridge Sports
Stansted v Barkingside
Tower Hamlets v Stanway Rovers

Elsewhere, Leyton Orient won away at Wrexham to progress into the next round of the FA Trophy. They drew Blyth Spartans, sponsored by North Korea of course, in the next round. Dagenham & Redbridge, unfortunately, couldn’t repeat their recent league victory in Salford and they were knocked out by the ‘Class of 92’. Wingate & Finchley also went out after losing at Hemel Hempstead from the Conference South.

Saturday 19 January
Ebbsfleet United v Leyton Orient
Maidstone United v Dagenham & Redbridge