Get to know the Isthmian’s 18 new sides

With several new clubs entering the Isthmian set up this season, we thought we would give a welcome and provide a background to some of these teams.

Isthmian Premier 

Bishop’s Stortford

Last Season’s finish: 18th (Southern League Premier Division)

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Manager: Adam Flint

In recent history, Stortford have found themselves competing both in the National South and, slightly bizarrely, the National north. Having been relegated to the Southern Premier, the Blues find themselves in yet another new division this term. The team will be welcoming new opposition to Woodside Park, and Flint’s men will be hoping to improve on last season’s finish of 18th this time round.

 

Whitehawk

Last Season’s finish: 21st (Relegated)

Manager: Image resultJude McDonald

After working their way up from County Level, the Brighton-based side were relegated last season, after three seasons in the National South, including making the first round of the FA cup, the Hawks find themselves back playing Isthmian football this time out, and will be hoping for a swift return to National League Football

 

 

Isthmian North 

 

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Last Season’s finish: 1st (Promoted)

Manager: Graeme Smith

After finishing as Champions of the Eastern Counties League, the Essex Outfit, nicknamed the Seed Growers, find themselves playing Isthmian North football this term. After a successful few seasons, they will be hoping to continue their positive run in the Bostik North this term.

 

Great Wakering Rovers

Image result for Great Wakering Rovers Last Season’s finish: 1st (Promoted)

Manager: Iain O’Connell

A suburb of Southern-on-sea, Great Wakering Rovers will be competing in the Isthmian North after winning the Essex Senior league last season. After a long time away from the Isthmian, Great Wakering are sure to be relishing the opportunity of getting back to Bostik action next Season.

 

 

Isthmian League South Central 

 

Ashford Town (Middlesex)

Image result for Ashford Town middxLast Season’s finish: 12th (Southern League Division One East)

Manager: Ben Murray

Moved across from the Southern League, Ashford Town achieved a solid mid-table finish last time out. The Tangerines returned to this level of football in the 2015/16 season after a couple of seasons in the combined counties league, and now find themselves amidst the Isthmian set up.

 

Felixtowe & Walton United

Image result for Felixstowe & Walton United Last Season’s finish: 2nd (Promoted)

Manager: Kevin O’Donnell

The boys from the Suffolk coast finished 2nd in the Eastern Counties league and secured promotion to the Isthmian North. The result of a merger in 2000, the Seasiders will be excited to play at some new venues in the coming season.

 

Bedfont Sports

Image result for bedfont sports Last Season’s finish: 2nd (Promoted)

Manager: Paul Johnson

The eagles finished 2nd in the Combined Counties league which earnt them promotion to the Isthmian South Central League. Founded in 2002, the step up will be an exciting new adventure for the club from the London Borough of Hounslow

 

Bracknell Town

Image result for Bracknell Town FCLast Season’s finish: 2nd (promoted)

Manager: Carl Davies

After winning promotion from the Hellenic Premier division, the Berkshire club are placed in the South Central division.  After a strong season last time out, Carl Davies will be at the helm hoping to oversee another strong season for Bracknell Town

 

Chalfont St Peter

 

Image result for chalfont st peter fcLast Season’s finish: 9th

Manager: Danny Edwards

The Buckinghamshire outfit are one of a number of teams moved across from the Southern League. After a strong season, but missing out on the play-offs, the Saints look well set for another good campaign this time out.

 

Egham Town

 

Image result for Egham Town fc Last season’s finish: 16th

Manager: Simon Lane

The Sarnies finished 16th last time out, and the North-West Surrey outfit will be hoping to improve on that performance in the Isthmian South central. With one of the best nicknames in non-league football, it is good to have the men from Runnymede stadium as part of the Isthmian set up

 

Hanwell Town

 

Image result for Hanwell Town fc Last Season’s finish: 18th

Manager: Ray Duffy

Ray Duffy is in his third spell in charge of the London Borough of Easily based club. Transferred over from the Southern League system, Reynolds field is sure to be a new ground for lots of supporters this season.

 

Hayes & Yeading United

 

Image result for hayes and yeading fcLast Season’s finish: 3rd

Manager: Paul Hughes

Narrowly missing out on promotion last time out, Hayes & Yeading are another new welcome to the Isthmian league setup. In recent history the club have been in the National League, beating the likes of Oxford United. Paul Hughes will surely be hoping his side are competing at the right end of the table in the coming campaign.

 

Marlow

 

Image result for Marlow fc Last Season’s finish: 14th

Manager: Mark Bartley

Transferred from the Southern League, the blues are welcomed into the South Central division. The Buckinghamshire club are the only club in England to have applied for entry to the FA cup for every season since its creation, having been founded in 1870.

 

Northwood

 

Image result for Northwood fcLast Season’s finish: 17th

Manager: Dean Barker

For the first time in 8 years, Northwood are part of the Isthmian system. The Woods have appointed a new manager, Dean Barker for the campaign and will be hoping they can make a positive start to life in the Isthmian divisions

 

 Uxbridge

 

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Last Season’s finish: 15th

Manager: Tony Choules

The team from Honeycroft return to the Isthmian set up after a lengthy spell away. The club won back to back Middlesex cups in 2013 and 2014 and will be a welcome addition to the newly created league

 

Westfield

 

Image result for westfield fc Last season’s finish: 1st (Promoted)

Manager: Tony Read

After finishing as champions of the combined counties league, Westfield have made the Isthmian system for the first time in their history and will be relishing getting started. Playing close to National South Woking FC, Westfield will be looking forward to welcoming new opposition to Woking park

 

Isthmian League South East 

 

Haywards Heath Town

 

Image result for haywards heath town fc Last Season’s finish: 1st (Promoted)

Manager: Shaun Saunders

The West Sussex outfit stormed home to win the Southern Combination Premier division, and are a new entry to the South East Division. A club with a rich history in Sussex football, Haywards Heath will be making plenty of trips to Kent this time out in the new division

 

Sevenoaks Town

 

Image result for sevenoaks town fcLast season’s finish: 1st (Promoted)

Manager:  Micky Collins

After earning promotion from a strong county league in the South Counties East league, the outfit from Greatness park will be hoping for more greatness in the coming season. In an Iconic blue and black kit, supporters in the South East division are sure to enjoy a trip to Sevenaoks Town

 

Image result for whitstable town fcWhitstable Town

Last Season’s finish: 2nd (promoted)

Manager: Scott Porter

After a couple of season’s away, the Oysterboys return to the Isthmian set up. Visiting supporters can look forward to a seaside trip to the Belmont ground

 

 

 

 

 

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The Bostik League Show: 2017-18 Bostik Premier Division Playoff Final

On Bank Holiday Monday, the 2017-18 season finale was a clash of two London clubs; who incidentally are the most two in-form sides of the Bostik Premier Division; Dulwich Hamlet vs Hendon.

With only one automatic promotion to the National League South, Billericay Town were crowned champions with 99 points, after a seasons-long two horse race between themselves and Dulwich Hamlet, who finished the campaign with four points fewer.

Third-placed Hendon, and fourth-placed Folkestone Invicta finished the campaign with equal points, however, the Dons superior goal difference awarded them home advantage in the playoff semi-final, which paid dividends, as they were four goals to the good before the interval. In front of a crowd of 722, four different players signed their names on the scoresheet – Josh Walker, Ashley Nathaniel-George, Zak Joseph and Niko Muir.

Hendon finished the 2016-17 campaign in 18th position, just 2 points clear of the drop zone. Therefore, securing 31 points more, and ranking 15 positions higher is a phenomenal achievement.

Dulwich Hamlet have reached the playoffs for the last 4 years. In 2014-15 they crashed out the semi-finals with a 2-1 defeat to Margate; and in 2015-16 they lost 2-1 to East Thurrock United.

Last years playoff semi-final saw Dulwich Hamlet reach the final with a 4-2 win over Enfield Town at Champion Hill. The Hamlet however fell short at the final, and Bognor Regis Town secured promotion with a 2-1 win at Nyewood Lane.

On Thursday night, an unstoppable free-kick from Ashley Carew secured the Hamlet their place in their 3rd playoff final in 4 years, after 71 minutes of play between themselves and Leiston. The narrow victory also gives them the home advantage; for the first time in that period.

Here are the full highlights of the 2017/18 Bostik Premier Division playoff final:

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The Bostik League Show: 2017-18 Bostik North Division 1 Playoff Final

On Sunday 6th May 2018 – It was home advantage for Haringey Borough for the second time in the playoffs, as Coles Park opened its gates to host Canvey Island. Last years playoff semi-final saw The Borough lose 5-4 to Maldon & Tiptree, however it was Thurrock who were promoted as playoff champions.

On Wednesday night, Haringey enjoyed a 2-0 win over in-form Heybridge Swifts; both goals were scored by Jorge Djassi -Sambu.

Canvey Island reached the final after achieving the same score line The Len Salmon Stadium; Sam Higgins headed the Islanders into the lead, and Ryan Charles doubled it shortly before half time.

Haringey Borough completed the season in forth position with 89 points, which was 9 more than their finalist opponents secured. Canvey Island occupied the ultimate playoff position, which was hugely aided by Maldon & Tiptree’s decline in form. The Jammers lost the last four games of their campaign, and finished with 11 points fewer; and Heybridge Swift occupied fifth spot, with 7 more points on the board.

Here are the full highlights of the 2017/18 Bostik North Division 1 playoff final:

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The Bostik League Show: 2017-18 Bostik South Division 1 Playoff Final

On Saturday 5th May 2018 – King George’s Field opened its gates, as this year, it was Corinthian-Casuals’ turn to host the playoff final. Last years playoff semi-final saw Corinthian-Casuals win 4-3 at Princes Park vs Greenwich Borough. The final was however decided by penalties, and Dorking Wanderers earned promotion after a nail-biting 5-4 shootout.

On Tuesday night, the Casuals enjoyed another victory at Princes Park. Josh Uzun converted from the spot, and Gabriel Odunaike doubled, then tripled their lead.

Walton Casuals also had a touch of déjà vu, as their result on Tuesday in their playoff semi final, was the identical score line they achieve vs Cray Wanderers in March; 5-2 – and it was 5 different Stag’s who signed their names on the score sheet: Joe Hicks, Daryl Coleman, Stuart Baldwin, Josh Kelly and Jack Sammoutis.

Corinthian-Casuals completed the season in fifth position with 86 points, and Walton had just one point fewer in 6th. With both 3rd, and 4th positioners out of the running, the 2017-18 final was the battle of the Casuals.

Here are the full highlights of the 2017/18 Bostik South Division 1 playoff final:

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The Bostik League Show: The Bostik Premier Division 2017-18 Playoff Semi Finals

On Thursday May 2018 – both Imperial Fields, and Silver Jubilee Park opened their gates to host the 2017-18 Bostik Premier Division playoff semi finals.

With only one automatic promotion to the National League South, Billericay Town were crowned champions with 99 points, after a seasons-long two horse race between themselves and Dulwich Hamlet, who finished the campaign with four points fewer.

Third-placed Hendon, and fourth-placed Folkestone Invicta finished with equal points, however, the Dons superior goal difference awarded them home advantage in the playoffs.

Leiston were the final team to complete the playoff line-up, and their superior goal difference also played dividends. With Leatherhead succumbing defeat on the penultimate day of the season to Hendon, Leiston were guaranteed 6th place – barring a goal miracle.

Hendon finished the 2016-17 campaign in 18th position, just 2 points clear of the drop zone. Therefore, securing 31 points more, and ranking 15 positions higher is a phenomenal achievement. In a similar boat, Folkestone Invicta positioned 15th, with 1 more point under their belt than Hendon, and have too accumulated an impressive 30 points more this campaign.

Last year, Leiston and the playoffs were separated by just two points – and despite netting 35 times more than Wingate & Finchley, it was the North Londoners who secured the final playoff position.

Dulwich Hamlet have reached the playoffs for the last 4 years. In 2014-15 they crashed out the semi-finals with a 2-1 defeat to Margate; and in 2015-16 they lost 2-1 to East Thurrock United.

Last years playoff semi-final saw Dulwich Hamlet reach the final with a 4-2 win over Enfield Town at Champion Hill. The Hamlet however fell short at the final, and Bognor Regis Town secured promotion with a 2-1 win at Nyewood Lane.

Here are the full highlights of the 2017/18 Bostik Premier Division playoff semi finals:

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The Bostik League Show: The Bostik North Division 1 2017-18 Playoff Semi Finals

On Wednesday 2nd May 2018 – both The Len Salmon Stadium, and Coles Park opened their gates to host the 2017-18 Bostik North Division 1 playoff semi finals.

Third-placed Bowers & Pitsea, who agonisingly finished just 1 point adrift from automatic promotion earned a home advantage against 6th positioning Canvey Island,  who fell 7 points clear of fifth positioning Heybridge Swifts. Level on points with Pitsea, Haringey Borough too completed the season with 89 points, just 1 point short of automatically promoted Potters Bar Town.

Bowers last hosted the Islanders on Boxing Day, in which they took the lead after just 3 minutes. Steve Sheehan saw red before the half hour mark, and Pitsea’s man advantage paid dividends, as it was 2-1 by the full time whistle.

As for Borough and Swifts, they last met on the 24th March 2018 at Coles Park. The hosts gave themselves a 3-goal cushion by 51 minutes through Gabriel, McDonald and McCollin, however Heybridge made the ultimate comeback, scoring 3 inside 8 minutes.

Here are the full highlights of the 2017/18 Bostik South Division 1 playoff semi finals:

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The Bostik League Show: The Bostik South Division 1 2017-18 Playoff Semi Finals

On Tuesday 1st May 2018 – both Hayes Lane, and Princes Park opened their gates to host the 2017-18 Bostik South Division 1 playoff semi finals.

Third-placed Cray Wanderers, who finished 10 points adrift from automatic promotion earned a home advantage against 6th positioning Walton Casuals,  who secured their playoff position on the final day of the season following a 4-1 win over Ashford United.

These two sides last met on the 21st April, where it was goals galore at Elmbridge Xcel Sports Hub – 6 goals were scored inside the opening 17 minutes of the game. The divisions leading goal-scorer, Josh Kelly, added four to his tally, and it was the Stags who came out on top with a 5-2 victory.

It was déjà vu for Greenwich Borough and Corinthian-Casuals, who drew the same playoff tie this time last year. The Cannons secured a home advantage through their 4th placed finish, and their superior goal difference separated them from Casuals, who too finished with 87 points.

Both Greenwich’s and Corinthians’  league encounters came early on in the season – In September, Mu Maan netted a 90th minute winner for the Chocolate & Pink, and in October, Greenwich doubled Casuals’ previous efforts with a 2-0 win.

Last years playoff semi-final saw Corinthian-Casuals reach the final with a 4-3 win at Princes Park. The final was however decided by penalties, and Dorking Wanderers earned promotion after a gut-wrenching 5-4 shootout.

Here are the full highlights of the 2017/18 Bostik South Division 1 playoff semi finals:

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The Bostik League Show Ep 46: Survival Saturday

After 37 weeks of Premier Division football, the Terror’s enter match day 46 bottom of the league – however are level on points with 23rd placed Burgess Hill Town. Separated by goal difference, Tooting & Mitcham United travelled to Met Police, and the Hillian’s to Harrow Borough.

Met Police have only lost 1 of their last ten home games at Imber Court, and have enjoyed back-to-back league wins. The Met were the spanner in the works for Staines Town’s playoff campaign; halting them with a 4-2 display. Recent draws with Tonbridge Angels and Harrow Borough have put precious points on the board for Tooting, as they remain winless since February. Incidentally their last victory was over Met Police.

Barring Billericay Town and Dulwich Hamlet, Harrow Borough are the most in-form side in the division – scoring 12 in their last 4 games, and collecting 10 out of a possible 12 points. As for Burgess Hill, with only 1 point on the board from the same period, and with only 1 away win in 10, their fate too, hangs in the balance of the final game of the season.

The following episode also features the highlights from Billericay Town v Harlow Town, Dorking Wanderers v Lowestoft Town, Billericay Town v Folkestone Invicta and Dulwich Hamlet v Margate.

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Radio Show: End of Season Review Special

On Wednesday 25th April, Lewes manager, Darren Freeman, Worthing Ladies manager, Curtis Foster, Heybridge Swifts manager, Jody Brown and Merstham manager, Hayden Bird, joined Ben Eltham and James Cummins to review the season.

We discuss all things Bostik, as well as the refereeing and fixture congestion experienced this campaign.

Merstham’s Jack Hutchings is the latest player to enter the Super Sub rankings.

You can watch the full show below.

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Guildford & Woking Alliance Football Premier League Cup Final: Bookham FC v AFC Westend

On Tuesday 24th April 2018, Abbey Rangers FC opened their gates to host the Guildford & Woking Alliance Football Premier League Cup final between Bookham FC and AFC Westend.

AFC Westend booked their place in the final just 3 days before, with a 3-1 win over Shalford FC, and in earlier rounds of the competition defeated Swinley Forest, Abbey Rangers A and Egham Athletic.

As for Bookham FC, a 4-0 win over Wrecclesham who compete in Division 1, saw them progress to the 2017-18 final. In previous rounds, Bookham also enjoyed victories against Staines Lammas Reserves, Deepcut Community and Hammer United.

Here are the full highlights:

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