Match Highlights

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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The Bostik League Show Episode 45: Leatherhead v Leiston

For the penultimate weekend of 2017/18 Bostik league football, we had our cameras at several crucial encounters.

Friday night football saw the Urchins host the Millers under the floodlights of Hornchurch Stadium, and with automatic promotion confirmed, Jim McFarlane’s side were finally crowned league champions, with a 2-1 win over Aveley.

On Saturday – it was all to play for at both ends of the Premier League, and this episode includes the following highlights: Leatherhead v Leiston, Margate v Billericay Town, Hendon v Merstham, Burgess Hill Town v Staines Town, and Tooting & Mitcham United v Harlow Town.

5 of the aforementioned teams, are battling for the final two playoff positions, and two are fighting to remain in the division. Billericay Town and Dulwich Hamlet both remain in contention for automatic promotion, and the league title.

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