The Moatsider’s are raising for the Anaphylaxis Campaign

On the Saturday 6th May 2018, The Specsavers Stadium is opening its gates to host a charity football match: Merstham (Sunday League) v Friends. The game is in loving memory of Luke Campany, who sadly and suddenly, passed away on the 15th June 2017, at the age of 20.

Luke suffered from an anaphylaxis reaction, which resulted in severe brain damage, that he never recovered from.

Luke’s sister Fay has commented:

By holding this charity event, we want to be able to help people who are struggling with the same things that Luke did… We are hoping to raise awareness about how fatal allergies can be. We would be grateful to see as many people as possible on the day, to help us raise as much money, and awareness, for the Anaphylaxis Campaign.

Luke’s brother Dominic, who plays for Merstham Sunday’s side, has organised the event, in which the players fielding the teams are all friends and family of Luke. Merstham are currently top of the Redhill and District League Division 3, having won 12 of their 15 games.

The day will also include a raffle, bouncing castle, a cake sale and more. The doors open at 10am for a 10.30am kick off.

If you are unable to attend but wish to make a donation, please click here.



The Bostik League Show Ep 40: Leiston v Wingate & Finchley

On Saturday 17th March, the winterly conditions of the Beast From The East 2 was not enough to cancel match action in Suffolk, and an all-important 3 points remained up for grabs between two playoff-chasing sides.

A win for Leiston would see them extend their unbeaten run to over a month, as their last defeat came on the 13th February at Hendon, which sees them 3rd in the league form table.

As for Wingate & Finchley, they have suffered a dip in form, and are without a win since 3rd February (v Leatherhead). However, their impressive league form before the turn of the year keeps their playoff hopes alive, as they are only 6 points short of 5th place.

The following highlights also includes the highlights from Fetcham Grove – Leatherhead v Dorking Wanderers.



Podcast 7: Competition part 2

All of our Podcasts are FREE to download via the Apple Podcast App and iTunes.

Here’s Episode 7: Is there too much competition in football? (Part 2)

This episode debates dual-signed players, loanees, league restructures and international/ national policies, and how these factors impact competitiveness, and competitions. In addition, the non-league quiz and Super Sub provide the perfect dose of weekly football content.



Is there too much competition in football? (Part 2)

On Wednesday 14th March, former Crawley Town, Worthing, Grays Athletic, and Ashford United player, Ryan Richefond joined Frank Wilson, James Cummins and Ben Eltham in the studio. The team debated the level of competition across the football leagues, particularly focussing on loanee and dual-signed players, league restructures and international/ national policies.

This show saw the return of Who Am I, and James Shaw (Burgess Hill Town), and Ryan Richefond (Ashford United) were the latest players to enter the Super Sub rankings.

You can watch the full show below.



MS Charity Cup

On Saturday 12th May 2018 Three Bridges Football Club are hosting the MS Charity Cup, in which all proceeds will be donated to MS Society. 

The MS Charity Cup is an annual event, which alternates in location between football clubs, and team line ups. Last year Lingfield FC hosted the first of many MS Cup games, and the event was huge success, raising thousands.

Dan Burgess, founded the event after his partner, Amy, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 2016. Combining his love of football, and desire to raise awareness of the condition, he organised a charity football game, that he knew would not be a one-off.

“Last year was our first event at Lingfield FC and since then, we have realised the growth in the event can be huge”

This years Cup will see Celeb FC verse Stokes United, a team made up of Dan’s family members, friends and professionals,  including former Gillingham centre-forward, Tom Derry.

“Our aim was to raise more money and more awareness. Our target is £10,000 –  so to hit that it would be amazing”

Dan told BOTN, that without the fantastic support of his committee members, and Three Bridges Football Club, it would not be possible to put on the event.

“I am so greatful for the support we have this year. All donations raised will go directly to MS Society to help fund research and support. They are a great charity and aim to help families and people suffering with Multiple Sclerosis”

Keep up-to-date with the event announcements via Facebook and Twitter. You can purchase tickets via e-mailing

Back Of The Net are pleased to announce that we will be attending this fantastic event, and producing a highlights video which will be available on YouTube.



The Bostik League Show Ep 39: Brightlingsea Regent v Dulwich Hamlet

After a week without football due to the snow of Storm Emma, we were back in Premier League action on Saturday 10th March. Our team travelled to East Essex to the Taydal Stadium to see Brightlingsea Regent host current league leaders, Dulwich Hamlet.

The hosts currently position foot of the form table, having recently succumbed 5 defeats in row. Regent have not won a game since visiting Fetcham Grove in January. They have however recently welcomed back Jake Clowsley (resigned from AFC Sudbury); extended the loan of defender George Keys (from Colchester United); and have a selection of youth players, who are continuing to impress Tom Rothery.

As for Dulwich Hamlet, earlier in the week, they bagged a huge victory the AGP Arena, to leap-frog fellow title-contenders Billericay Town. Despite conceding inside the first 10 minutes of the game, they scored 3 goals in the second half secure the all-important 3 points, to position top of the Bostik Premier.

The following Bostik Premier league games also feature in this highlights video: Tooting & Mitcham United v Dorking Wanderers, and Tonbridge Angels v Worthing.



Lowestoft Town need your support!

Lowestoft Town are the latest Bostik club to find themselves in financial difficulties, following Dulwich Hamlet’s ongoing issues as tenants at Champion Hill, a site owned by Meadow Residential. Lowestoft players and staff went unpaid for the month of January, articulating just how bad the financial issues are for the Suffolk club. Alan Green, stepped down from his position as chairman of the club recently, due to the difficult circumstances the Trawler Boys find themselves in.


Lowestoft are a historic non-league club, with a rich history, which includes reaching an FA vase final. Following relegation from the National League North in the 2015-16, the Trawler Boys attendances have been in major decline, meaning the revenue of the club has taken a major hit. With what the club describes as an “extremely high wage structure” in comparison to the majority of Bostik Premier league clubs, the falling away of attendances have placed the club in financial peril.


Lowestoft media manager Sean Galea-Price stated:

“The plan now is to tackle these problems is to engage in supporter meetings in which full details of the situation the club finds itself in can be revealed. The club then can plan to devise a short term plan to see us through the last nine weeks of the season and the summer. We hope we can finalise a long term plan and begin to rebuild our club.

It is times like this that we need the supporters help more than ever. There has been a lot of good times with promotion success and an FA cup FA vase final in recent years. But unfortunately, the club has fallen on hard times and it is now vital that fans come out in their numbers for the remaining home matches as we fight to secure out Bostik Premier division status”


Being the furthest East team in Britain, the sun is the last to set in Lowestoft, and it would be a great shame if the sun was to set on Lowestoft Town and they were unable to continue next season. The club are really keen for the population of Lowestoft, and its wider area, to get behind the club in these difficult times, and support the teams aim to stay in the Bostik Premier division.


The next home fixture for Lowestoft Town is on Tuesday 13th March at The Amber Dew Events Stadium, where they will host North London’s Wingate & Finchley. If you’re in the Suffolk or Norfolk area, please lend your support to Lowestoft Town.



International Women’s Day

On Wednesday 7th March, in celebration of International Women’s Day, we welcomed a host of new faces to the panel including: Curtis Foster (Worthing Ladies manager), Paul Walker (Crawley Wasps manager), Charlie Bickell (Whyteleafe Ladies manager), Harry Martin (Whyteleafe Ladies assistant manager), Stuart Fuller (Lewes FC chairman), Millie Colbran (Worthing Ladies player), and Charlotte Richardson (Margate FC media/ marketing manager). The team discussed the importance of women’s football, and women in football. The key debates included: the media outreach in the Women’s game, and the comparisons and inequalities that remain in the industry, despite the ongoing success of women’s football.

Curtis Foster (Worthing Ladies), and Millie Colbran (Worthing Ladies) were the latest entrants to the Super Sub league. With a forfeit at stake for the losing player, it was all to play for when the gaffer went head-to-head with one of his girls.

You can watch the full show below.



1-on-1 with Whyteleafe Ladies winger Rachel Innes

Rachel Innes is a right winger and right full back for Whyteleafe Ladies FC, who currently sit top of the Greater London Women’s Football league premier division, after thus far going unbeaten this campaign. Rachel has been with Whyteleafe Ladies for two seasons, having joined the club from Fulham Ladies. Rachel is our first female footballer on our 1-on-1 series, and she gave us some great answers


What are your earliest memories of playing football, what got you into playing the game?


I was about Six years old, and I played football with some of my friend’s brothers in the park. This lead to me going to the local boy’s league, and I just remember being the only girl there for years!


Who have been the toughest opposition you have faced this season?


This season it would probably be the Isthmian Cup semi-final against West Ham United. We were most definitely seen as the underdogs in that game. Mentally, we had no choice but to block out a lot of talk from outside commentators, as we were expected to lose to a score well into double figures, but we knew for sure that was not going to be the case. Physically, we are a strong team and in my opinion each player really did show their strength and grit in that game. We had to be physical as we knew we were not going to be as fit as them, as we only train as a team once a week, which in my opinion made the difference as we were running on fumes by the end. They are an organised team with a strong central midfield, and it was great to play against a team of their ability.


Who is the best player you have played with… and who is the best player you have played against?


Ahh, I cant choose just one as there are so many great players! I grew up playing football in and around Aberdeen, so I played with and against Rachel Corsie and Kim Little a lot. Kim is a fantastic player and so clinical in front of goal!

Katie Kingshott who joined leafe this year is extremely quick and just does not stop, she would be up there as one of the best I’ve played with for sure. Physically and mentally, Giorgia Dunne and Steph Mann who play for Whyteleafe, are the strongest players I’ve ever played with or against. There really is no getting past them!


What is the best piece of advice you have been given in football?


The best advice that has really worked for me is simply ‘play with grit’. Negative self-belief has been a huge reason for what I have felt have been my poor performances. I now make sure before every kick-off, I remind myself to play with grit and to win my individual battles.


What is your favourite dish/cuisine?


Italian… shock! Who’s isn’t?!


If you could change one rule in football, what would it be?


Good question. That our season be throughout summer? I really can not cope in the bitterly cold winter weather!


Who is your favourite footballer, past or present?


My favourite ever player has got to be Ronaldinho. He was sensational!


What has been the best game you have been involved in?


A game that stands out was probably recently against West Ham. We really showcased for ourselves more than anyone how much we play for each other as a team. It was great to see every player leave everything they had on the pitch, and walk off knowing they had given what they could for the cause.


And finally, what do you aim to achieve in your time with Whyteleafe Ladies?


I want us to win the league and gain promotion this year! Looking further ahead, I would love for Charlie, Harry and the girls to play as high up in the women’s game as possible, and keep working for promotions.



Tomorrow night’s radio programme will be focusing on the women’s game. We will have guests from Lewes Ladies, Margate Ladies, Worthing FC Ladies and Whyteleafe Ladies. We’re hoping it will be a great insight for out listeners on the women’s game, so be sure to tune in at 7pm tomorrow via

To keep up to date with all the latest goings on at back of the net, for information on our whereabouts, radio show and special features, follow us across social media at @OfficialBOTN. Rachel Innes can also be found on twitter at @RachelMFI, as can I @adam__willmott.