Enfield Town vs Carshalton Athletic

Carshalton Athletic did their play-off dreams the world of good as they recorded a comfortable win on the road last Saturday, writes James Barrett-Sterling.

The Robins now currently sit fourth in the Bostik Premier after a 3-0 victory away at free-falling Enfield Town and their destiny is now very much in their own hands.

Three victories in the last three fixtures of the season would guarantee the club a chance to fight for promotion.

Goalscorer Harry Ottaway (pic credit: Chris Bushe)

And striker Harry Ottaway, who scored the opening goal against Enfield, believes he and his teammates can keep up the form that’s seen Carshalton only lose once in last 15 league games.

“We need to keep this momentum up as our goal is to be in the play-off places come the end of the season,” said Ottaway whom has been directly involved in 17 Carshalton goals since joining just after Christmas.

“There is a good energy around the camp right now but we can’t get too ahead of ourselves. We need to focus on our game and maintain the high standards we’ve set recently.”

It was hard to believe the first-half at Enfield ended goalless as the home side saw a fierce 20 yard free kick expertly saved by Robins keeper Billy Bishop on the half hour.

Then, just before the break, Carshalton were awarded a spot-kick for a foul on Ricky Korboa but Ottaway saw his low effort parried away by goalkeeper Joe Wright.

But the striker atoned for that just three minutes after the restart by slotting past Wright from 15 yards for this seventh goal of the season.

Fellow forward Omar Koroma doubled that lead two minutes later, tapping home after Wright parried a Tommy Bradford effort, before player/manager Peter Adeniyi sealed victory with a smart first-time finish just before the hour.

“The first-half wasn’t too clever and my penalty wasn’t the best, credit to their keeper for saving it, but we came out all guns blazing in the second-half,” added Ottaway.

“It ended up being a good result and that’s the most important thing to get right at the moment.”

Carshalton’s next test is against Burgess Hill Town who are scrapping to save their Bostik Premier credentials and whom beat the Robins 3-2 back in December.

“It’s just another game of football as far as we are concerned,” Ottaway mused.

“It doesn’t matter where either club is in the table or what happened before, it’s about who wants it more on the day.

“That can be a great leveller so we have to be on top of our game and make sure we don’t do anything silly.”

Carshalton Athletic vs Burgess Hill Town is on Friday 19th April (kick-off 3pm).

Carshalton Athletic vs Wingate & Finchley

Carshalton Athletic finally broke into the Bostik Premier play-off mix this week after a thumping win over visiting Wingate and Finchley, writes James Barrett-Sterling.

The Robins, who won the Bostik South last season with a whopping 102 points, shrugged off a first defeat in 13 matches last week to smash Wingate 5-1 with Ricky Korboa helping himself to a hat-trick.

Hat-trick hero Ricky Korboa (pic credit: Chris Bushe)

That result, coupled with other clubs around them dropping points, now means Carshalton sit fifth with just four games to play.

And the 21-year old, who is now the club’s current top goalscorer this season, was more than pleased with both his and his teammates’ response to losing that long unbeaten run recently.

“We really weren’t at our best last week and we had to put that right,” said Korboa who now has 12 goals to his name.

“We turned it on against Wingate and gave our fans a better performance. We know we can play like that regularly and we have to now as we are in the play-offs.”

It was a slow start at Colston Avenue last Saturday but Carshalton eventually went in front when Harry Ottaway powerfully headed home a corner on 25 minutes.

The striker turned provider just before the break and his lovely through ball from inside his own half set Korboa away to score his first of the afternoon.

And Ottaway was at it again just after the hour as his low cross was turned into his own net by the unfortunate Alieu Njie.

Wingate’s Anthony Mendy stunned the home fans by scoring with his side’s first shot on target on 64 minutes, but Carshalton didn’t wobble and Korboa took centre stage.

He restored the three-goal advantage on 70 minutes as he broke the visitors’ offside trap before finishing low into the bottom corner.

And he wrapped up his and Carshalton’s afternoon late on by curling home a stunning third in from 18 yards.

“I really enjoyed the third goal but I think my first one was my favourite,” Korboa smiled.

“I had to make up a lot of ground on the last defender, got to the ball first before managing to beat the keeper.”

Next up for Carshalton is a trip to Enfield Town on Saturday (kick-off 3pm) and Korboa knows exactly what needs to happen moving forwards.

“We were disappointed to concede a goal on Saturday but overall we played really well. We need to keep focussed and keep winning now we are in the play-offs, it’s in our hands now,” he added.

Corinthian Casuals vs Carshalton Athletic

Carshalton Athletic’s long unbeaten run came to an end last weekend as they fell to a shock defeat against struggling Corinthian Casuals, writes James Barrett-Sterling.

The Robins hadn’t lost in 13 league games as they arrived at King George’s Field to play a Casuals side that hadn’t won in 10 matches.

Saturday’s game vs Corinthian (pic credit: Chris Bushe)

But neither goalkeeper had a real save to make and the game was heading towards a dour goalless draw until Majed Osman tapped home from close range in the 85th minute with Casuals’ first shot on target.

And Carshalton assistant manager Keith Boanas hopes his side’s sluggish performance won’t hamper their pursuit of a Bostik Premier play-off place.

“I can only describe Saturday afternoon as painful and we’ve now given ourselves a mini mountain to climb,” said Boanas.

“We’ve got to win all our last five games and hope others drop points, which isn’t impossible, but we prepared well for Casuals before letting ourselves down on the day.”

Boanas, in part, was alluding to some pre-kick off disruption for Carshalton as two late arrivals necessitated a change of starting line-up and formation.

A mysterious injury then led to the withdrawal of forward Ricky Korboa after just half hour to further hamper Carshalton’s flow.

But it also seemed there was an unusual lack of spirit throughout the Robins’ performance against Casuals which was ultimately punished by the late goal.

“I can take players having a bad game as long as the effort is going in,” Boanas added.

“But it was all too lethargic and players weren’t reacting to situationsn or listening to instructions they were being given which was disappointing.“

“We have a good squad here and competition for places is high, so we need every player to be honest with us and themselves because this is a vital part of our season.”

Next up for Carshalton is a home game at Colston Avenue against Wingate and Finchley on Saturday 6th April (kick-off 3pm).

Carshalton Athletic vs Brightlingsea Regent

Carshalton Athletic’s promotion ambitions still look vibrant after they extended a current unbeaten league run to 13 matches last weekend, writes James Barrett-Sterling.

Tommy Bradford and substitute Omar Koroma shared the goals as the Robins saw off visiting Brightlingsea Regent 3-0 in front of a crowd edging towards 500.

Tommy Bradford scoring the first goal (credit: Chris Bushe)

The club still frustratingly sit sixth in the Bostik Premier League however, just one point outside the play-off places, as those above them also all won on Saturday.

But Koroma believes all he and his teammates can do is just keep their good run going.

“We just have to keep focused. We are only looking for three points from every match now so that we can take advantage if other teams drop points,” the striker said after the game.

Carshalton made all the early running against Brightlingsea but wayward finishing or good goalkeeping kept the scoreline blank until the 42nd minute when Bradford swept home Christie Pattisson’s low cross for his tenth goal of the season.

That relaxed the fidgety home crowd and, as the visitors flagged during the second-half, the introduction of Koroma led to him curling home a stunning 30-yard free kick with 10 minutes to go.

And the icing on the cake came on 87 minutes as Ricky Korboa robbed the last defender of the ball, bore down on goal and then unselfishly squared to Koroma whom side-footed into an empty net.

“At 1-0 up you can never feel really comfortable as the other team could get a lucky break or a set-piece, but in the end it was a good three points” Koroma reflected.

“I was telling my teammates on the bench that I felt there were more goals to be had, so I was pleased to get on and contribute.”

Next up for Carshalton is the short trip to Corinthian Casuals this weekend and it is a game Koroma is really up for after the topsy-turvy encounter back in November.

“They beat us at home earlier in the season and it was a tough game,” the striker said as he recalled scoring a penalty in an eventual 3-2 defeat.

“That result annoyed me but we’ve pushed on a lot since then. I’m looking forward to Saturday and the rest of our games, it’s an exciting time.”

Carshalton Athletic visit Corinthian Casuals on Saturday 30th March (kick-off 3pm).

Dorking Wanderers vs Carshalton Athletic

Carshalton Athletic came up against the seemingly unstoppable force of Bostik Premier table-toppers Dorking Wanderers last weekend and they didn’t flinch from the task, writes James Barrett-Sterling.

Dorking took an early lead last Saturday as they were looking to register a twelfth straight league win, but a second-half fightback saw the Robins eventually run out 3-2 winners.

Two-goal hero Tommy Bradford (pic credit: Chris Bushe)

That impressive victory moved Carshalton up into sixth place and just one point outside the play-off spots ahead of a match against Brightlingsea Regent this coming weekend.

And assistant manager Keith Boanas has been pleased with how the squad has overcome recent disappointments to put themselves firmly in the race for promotion.

“No other club in or around the play-offs would relish playing us right now,” Boanas said after the game.“

“We’ve dropped so many points recently by conceding late goals or not converting penalties but, since Margate away (where Carshalton led for 90 minutes before the game ended 1-1), the boys have responded well and we’ve now won four in a row.“

“It’s a cliché to say but we need to treat every game as a cup final and perform as we did against Dorking, particularly in the second-half where we were fantastic.”

It appeared Carshalton had a mountain to climb as they trailed at Meadowbank as Luke Moore converted a low cross from close range on 14 minutes.

But, as the Robins got on the front foot after the break, Bobby Price headed them level on 50 minutes and a brace by Tommy Bradford put Carshalton firmly in the driving seat.

Elliott Buchanan’s spectacular 86th minute half-volley for the Wands set-up a frenetic finale but this time Carshalton kept their nerve to secure three points.

“We had an idea of how Dorking were going to play so we worked on our pressing game which I thought, bar a couple of moments, worked well,” added Boanas.

“But the most pleasing aspect was how the players took on-board what we said at half-time.”

“We wasted some good dead ball opportunities and needed to be calmer when in possession. The boys went out second-half, turned things around and we are really proud of them.”

Carshalton prepare to host Brightlingsea Regent on Saturday 23rd March (kick-off 3pm) with the Robins winning the reverse fixture back in November 2-0.

Whalley Range CIFC vs Didsbury Nelson

Whalley Range result:

Whalley Range 4 – Didsbury Nelson 2

Whalley Range scorers:

Cam x2, Chris C & Chris Ha

Whalley Range team:

Chris C
James                                  Bench / Subs
Charlie                                 Jerome
Chris Ha
Tom R

Whalley Range full match:

Video credits = Camera: ?, Published: WIll, Edited: Cam

Whalley Range next fixture:

Swinton Poets <away> – Sunday 2nd December 11.00am Kick Off

Whalley Range CIFC vs Carrion Crow Firsts

On Sunday 16th September 2018, the Whalley Range Sunday Team had to take a break from their league campaign after just two games, to take part in the Preliminary Round of the Manchester FA Sunday Amateur Cup.

After getting a bye passed the Preliminary Round last season, the Whalley Range team weren’t as fortunate this time around as they were drawn out against Carrion Crow FC from the Tameside League.

At half-time it was 2-2 but unfortunately for Whalley Range it ended in a early exit from the County Cup as they went down 7-2 in the end. Going into the last fifteen minutes they found themselves 3-2 down, so pushed forward to get back into the game but ended up conceding a load of goals. Anyway, please check out the match stats (once they are uploaded) and of course the video highlights below:

Whalley Range result:

Manchester FA Sunday Amateur Cup – Preliminary Round

9th September 11.00am Kick Off at Kings Road, Whalley Range, M21 0XX

Whalley Range 2 – Carrion Crow Firsts 7

Whalley Range scorers:

Chris Ha x2

Whalley Range full match:

Whalley Range next fixture:

South Manchester Sports Club <home> – 23rd September 11.00am Kick Off

Woodsend Athletic vs Whalley Range CIFC

On Sunday 9th September 2018, the Whalley Range Sunday Team headed to Partington to play their second game of the season in the Cheshire and Manchester Sunday Morning Football League. This time Whalley Range were away to Woodsend Athletic and after both sides lost 3-2 in the opening weekend, it meant both sides were after their first win of the season.

Unfortunately for Whalley Range it wasn’t to be yet again, but in a good game of football with some great attacking from the home side, the win went to Woodsend. Anyway, please check out the match stats and of course the video highlights below (once they are uploaded):

Whalley Range result:

Cheshire and Manchester Sunday League – Division 2

9th September 11.00am Kick Off at Moss Lane, Partington, M31 4EA

Woodsend Athletic 5 – Whalley Range 3

Whalley Range scorers:

Cam x2 & James

Whalley Range team:

James                                     Bench / Subs
Charlie                                    Jerome
Harry                                       Dave
Chris Hig                                 Chris T
Chris (GK)
Tom R

Whalley Range full match:

Whalley Range next fixture:

Carrion Crow FC <home> – 16th September 11.00am Kick Off

Whalley Range CIFC vs Wythenshawe Wanderers FC

On Sunday 2nd September 2018, The Cheshire and Manchester Sunday Morning Football League season kicked off once again. In one of the matches in Division Two, it saw Whalley Range taking on a new team called Wythenshawe Wanderers that recently joined the league.

After an okay pre-season for Whalley Range, with eight goals scored, one win, one draw and one defeat they were confident of a good start to their league campaign. Especially with all the new lads that had joined the club to play alongside the older lads. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be, but in a good game of football the away side won. Please check out the match stats and of course the video highlights below:

Whalley Range result:

Cheshire and Manchester Sunday League – Division 2

2nd September 11.00am Kick Off at Kings Road, Whalley Range, M21 0XX

Whalley Range 2 – Wythenshawe Wanderers 3

Whalley Range scorers:

Cam & Will

Whalley Range team:

James                                     Bench / Subs
Charlie                                    Jerome
Harry                                       Tom R
Chris Hig                                 Howard
Will                                          Kieran
Chris (GK)
Chris M

Whalley Range man of the match:


Whalley Range match highlights:

Video credits = Camera: ? Edited: Cam

Whalley Range next fixture:

Woodsend Athletic <away> – 9th September 11.00am Kick Off

What makes The FA Cup such a special tournament?

The FA Cup is the oldest national football competition in the world as the tournament dates back to 1871 when Wanderers FC won the inaugural trophy, beating Royal Engineers 1-0. Today the tournament is watched all over the world; in particular, the final which attracts a huge global audience.

Every year, 736 teams compete in the FA Cup as the extra preliminary round begins in August where a number of amateur clubs take part, all hoping they can advance as far as possible. Those lucky enough to reach the first-round proper then have the opportunity to pit themselves against a professional football club. The competition has thrown up some magical results over the years as there have been a number of huge giant-killings in the early rounds and after the third round, when the Premier League clubs enter the draw.

Of course, if you’re keen on visiting all the football grounds in the country, the cup provides an ideal opportunity to get to some that you may have missed.

One of the most famous ever FA Cup upsets came in the 1971/72 tournament when non-league Hereford defeated First-Division Newcastle 2-1. Hereford were trailing 1-0 in the game but scored two late goals to cement their place in history, as the highlights are shown every year by television companies to remind their viewers of the magic of the cup. More recently, Lincoln City of the National League (fifth tier of English football) defeated Premier League side Burnley to reach the quarter-final in 2017.

As the Mobile Betting tweet says though, the real fun is in the early rounds when you get a chance to go and cheer on your local team and hope for a giant killing. It’s not about winning, it’s the memories you make along the way.

The final of the FA Cup is held every year at Wembley in London. The original stadium hosted the first ever final in 1923 and continued to do so until it was demolished in 2000. For a period of six years, the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales played host to the game, while in 2007, the first ever FA Cup final was played at the new Wembley Stadium where Chelsea beat Manchester United 1-0 after extra-time.

Chelsea are the defending champions going into the 2018/19 competition and they are 7/1 in the FA cup betting to retain their crown. The Blues defeated Manchester United 1-0 in the final back in May when Eden Hazard scored from the penalty spot.

Arsenal hold the record for the highest number of FA Cup wins at 13, their most recent victory coming in 2017 when they beat Chelsea 2-1. The Gunners have dominated the competition in recent years as they have been successful in three of the last five finals. Manchester United are second best in the list of the most FA Cup final victories at 12, while Chelsea and Tottenham are joint-third with eight wins each.

The FA Cup also gives teams the opportunity to qualify into two other competitions. The winners of the tournament get a spot in the following season’s Europa League tournament. If the team who lifts the trophy has already qualified for Europe through their league position, the runners-up get the place. The FA Cup winners also play in the Community Shield at Wembley at the start of the following season where they face the Premier League winners.

Enjoy the magic of the cup this season, where there are sure to be a number of fantastic stories along the way to the final on May 18th.