Merstham v Dulwich Hamlet

Before this encounter, visitors Dulwich Hamlet were 4th in the Ryman Premier Division with 71 points. Levelling their points total, Leiston, sit narrowly above in 3rd place, on goal difference. In what will be Gavin Rose’s 450th game in charge, The Hamlet were looking to solidify a play-off position against The Moatsiders, who were 14th with 53 points, level with 15th placed Metropolitan Police, and only 5 points clear of the drop.

In the reverse fixture at Champion Hill (played on the 11th March 2017), Dulwich beat Merstham 5-0, and were 3 goals-to-the-good after only thirty-five minutes. With a host of former Hamlet talent, now dressed in yellow and black, can The Moatsiders rectify their March result? (Tommy Kavanagh, Xavier Vidal, Marc-Anthony Okoye, Kershaney Samuels, Kristian Campbell).

Merstham |  Yannick Makiese, Simon Cooper, Antone Douglas, Xavier Vidal, Marc-Anthony Okoye, Mitchal Gough, Alex Addai, Tom Kavanagh [C], Dean McDonald, Dan Bennett, Reece Hall. Omar Folkes, Kershaney Samuels, Tom Howard, Rae Bailey-Allen, Kristian Campbell.

Dulwich Hamlet | Phil Wilson, Marc Weatherstone, Nathan Green, Ibrahim Kargbo, Matt Drage, Michael Chambers, Nyren Clunis, Kenny Beaney, Dumgbi Dumaka, Gavin Tomlin, Panutche Camara, Ibra Sekajja, Sanchez Ming, Quade Taylor, Dipo Akinyemi, Ashley Carew.




Merstham v Leiston

Before this encounter, Leiston positioned 3rd in the Ryman Premier having scored 90 goals and 67 points. At the other end of the table, hosts Merstham were 15th with 50 points, level with 16th and 17th placed Canvey Island and Folkestone Invicta, and only a win clear of the drop zone.

Merstham | Josh Smith, Simon Cooper [C], Kristian Campbell, Kershaney Samuels, Tutu Henriques, Michael Gough, Alex Addai, Tom Howard, Ibrahim Fofana, Dan Bennett, Reece Hall. Xavier Vidal, Tom Kavanagh, Omar Folkes, Michael Abnett, Antone Douglas.

Leiston | Ashlee Jones, Oliver Brown, Seb Dunbar, Jake Hutchings, Joe Jefford, Tom Bullard [C], Jack Ainsley, Gareth Heath, Matt Blake, Niko Muir-Merchant, Conor Hubble. Adeyinka Cole, Joe Francis, Adam Blades, Armani Schaar, Charlie Beckwith.




Tooting & Mitcham United v South Park

Tooting & Mitcham United hosted South Park FC in the Ryman Division One South on Saturday 1st April. Tooting are three points clear at the top with 5 games left, whilst South Park will be looking to turn around a poor run of recent form.

Tooting & Mitcham United | Kyle Merson, Jordan Wilson, Tenny Adebowale, Kevin Maclaren, Sol Patterson-Bohner [C], Quincy Rowe, Daniel Clement, Chace O’Neill, Michael Dixon, Billy Dunn, Claudiu Hoban. Sandy Cunningham, Ollie Bennett, Jack Mazzone, Callum Wilson, Ashley Robinson.

South Park | Callum Thomas, Harry Knocks, Luke Elliott, Asa Rixon-Nicholls, Dylan Merchant, Dean Lovegrove, Benjamin King, Daniel Moody, Kofi Quartey, Chris Smith, Nathan Ayling. Ben Senior, Jake Gill, James McElligott, Joe Jackson, Tunde Dixon.




Dorking Wanderers v Merstham

So far in the Surrey County Cup, Dorking Wanderers have defeated South Park (2-1), Sutton Common Rovers (1-1, 7-8 penalties) and Chertsey Town (0-3).The Moatsiders have defeated Godalming Town (0-1), Walton & Hersham (5-1) and Whyteleafe (2-1) to reach this encounter

Dorking Wanderers | Matthew Willard, Rob Sheridan, Dean Gunner, Chris Boulter, Jerome Beckles, Anthony Oakes, Jake Beecroft, Guiseppe Sole, Sam Beard, Tom Tolfrey, James McShane, Dan Mahoney, Alex Wells, Tom Summerfield, William Hearn

Merstham | Josh Smith, Simon Cooper, Kristian Campbell, Antone Douglas, Marc Okoye, Xavier Vidal, Alex Addai, Tom Kavanagh, Omar Folkes, Dan Bennett, Reece Hall, Michael Abnett, Dan Hector, Tom Howard, Rae Bailey-Allen, Kershaney Samuels




Ryman Premier League side Staines Town FC join us in the Studio (07-03-2017)

This week we welcomed Staines Town manager Drax Hippolyte and captain Tommy Brewer in the studio to co-host the show.

The show also includes plenty of football news, interviews and chat as Hayden Bird (manager of Merstham FC), Jamie Howell (manager of Bognor Regis), Ian Chapman (manager of Burgess Hill Town), Bradley Quinton (manager of Enfield Town), Alan Douson (manager of Hampton & Richmond), Ant Jupp (manager of Horley Town) and Paul Walker (manager of Crawley Wasps LFC) all joined us.

There were the usual fun and games including Higher or Lower, Get To Know Your Club (with Lingfield FC) and co-host Dara Wilson and producer Luke went head to head on the Non-League Football Quiz.

Listen to the full show here:



Ryman South league leaders Tooting & Mitcham join us in the studio (21-02-2017)

This weeks radio show saw a double-whammy of co-hosts. In the first hour Frank Wilson, manager of Tooting & Mitcham United and Sol Patterson-Bohner, captain of the team join us. As league leaders of the Ryman South Division One, it was only right to bring Dorking Wanderers’ (who are currently 2nd in the league, just 3 points behind Tooting) manager, Marc White into the mix, and he joined us on the line.

In the second hour, Dom Rolfe (vocalist) and Tom Drakeley-Burr (drummer) of Nobodies Birthday joined us to co-host. After staying top of the Three Match Ban(d)s league table for 364 days, retaining their title mirrored the fall of Leicester City…

In celebration of Nobodies Birthday joining us in the studio, Higher or Lower was a special edition. Instead of the usual topic of Transfer Fees, on Tuesday night it was all about Birthday’s. ‘Nobodies Birthday’? Riyad Mahrez and Phil Jones, to name a few both celebrated their birthday on show day.

With the forfeit of equipment duty there to avoid, Listen Again to the show to see if it was Frank or Sol taking on the task.

In the first hour, Katie Shanahan interviews Peter Adeniyi, the player/ manager of Carshalton Athletic and Darren Freeman, the manager of Lewes.

The full post-match press conference with Paul Doswell, following Sutton’s fantastic FA Cup run and performance against Arsenal can be found in hour 2.

Also in hour 2, Dara Wilson interviews James Cameron, manager of Banstead Athletic, who are currently top of the Combined Counties Division One.

Into hour 3, and it kicks off with One-On-One, this week with Redhill FC. The Non-League Football Quiz and debutant feature A-B-C-D-E F.C. provided competition to the studio, with Katie wanting to once more be the ranked as the person in the studio with the ‘Best Non-League Knowledge’.

Hour 3 also sees Ben Eltham interview Lee Bradbury of Havant & Waterlooville, and Junior Kadi of Dulwich Hamlet.

In this week’s Coaches Corner with the Surrey FA, the talking point was the new Level 2 Coaching course.




Crystal Palace Ladies join us in the studio (07-02-2017)

This week we welcomed the Vice Chairman, Manager and Captain of Crystal Palace Ladies FC to co-host the show. Despite missing a training session to be in the studio, a fitness forfeit was up for the taking when Dean and Freya went head-to-head in Higher Or Lower. With only one winner, you’ll have to listen below to see who will be doing extra laps in Thursdays training session…

The key discussions in the first hour include: the Women’s football pyramid, Crystal Palace’s phenomenal contributions to girls and ladies football (24 teams!) and ambitions of Super League Two.

The show also includes plenty of Ryman football chat, both Premier and South- From top scorer, to top of the league, to season targets. Marc White (manager of Dorking Wanderers’), Jamie Howell (manager of Bognor Regis), Frank Wilson (manager of Tooting & Mitcham United), Matt Blake (striker for Leiston, and current top scorer of the Ryman Premier), Malcolm Porter (manager of South Park) and Junior Kadi (Dulwich Hamlet) all joined us.

Gavin Gordon of Redhill FC also came on the show, his side are currently battling for top spot of the Combined Counties Division One, and have had a very impressive unbeaten run!

Coaches Corner welcomed the Surrey FA, and they share with us how they can help you. Craig Hicks, Mike Gilham, Emma Barnes, Peter Augustine all share with us their roles, and answer scenario questions.

Who Am I? and The Final Whistle both make a comeback, and debutant feature The Non-League Football Quiz makes the starting line up. With bragging rights up for grabs, and dishes in the sink, who out of our co-presenters and producers has the best and worst non-league knowledge?

Three Match Ban(d)s welcomed The Sheratones and OVER-SCORE to take on the Quick-Fire Quiz, position themselves in the League Table and introduce their music.


Team Line-Up: Luke Prior, Ben Eltham, Remy Sylvester, Dara Wilson and Katie Shanahan.



BOTN Radio 17-01-2017: Everything from FA Trophy, to Surrey Senior Cup to Moment of the Week

This week we welcomed freelance journalist and former England hockey player, Katie Shanahan to the ranks. It was girl-power in the studio as Katie and BOTN’s very own Dara Wilson took the lead in interviewing our guests, which include:

Marc White (Dorking Wanderers), Dominic Di Paola (Horsham FC), Kieran Lavery (South Park), Malcolm Porter (South Park), James McElligott (South Park), James Cameron (Banstead Athletic), David Heaton (Lingfield FC), Anthony Jupp (Horley Town), Dan Hogan (East Grinstead).

Following their emphatic FA Trophy display, South Park were a focal point, and we interviewed manager Malcolm Porter, captain and goal-scorer Kieran Lavery and MOTM James McElligott. South Park were also the team featured in One On One.

Key topics of the show include:

  • The battle at the top of the Ryman League Division 1
  • The Surrey Senior Cup
  • Anthony Jupp’s decision to step down as Horley Town manager
  • Moment of the Week
  • Being top of the Combined Counties Division 1
  • From academy to non-league football: The importance of game time

Listen Again:

Due to FA Cup replay, the team were split between the studios and AFC Wimbledon’s press box. Wishful of FA Cup “cupset” hour three was a pre-record of the best of the bands we’ve welcomed to the show. Three Match Ban(d)s will resume in our next show.

Just what we wished for, and cupset indeed, Sutton United progress to the FA Cup Fourth Round and will host Championship Leeds United, following last nights 1-3 victory. Please find our interview with Paul Doswell below.




Marc White & Kaylee Seckington Co-Host to Debate the Importance of Winning in Youth Football (03-01-2017)

This week we invited Dorking Wanderers Manager Marc White, and Non-League Journalist Kaylee Seckington to co-host the show. With two guests in the studio, it was a no brainer to have our hosts go head-to-head in brand new feature, Higher Or Lower.

In “New Year, New Me” fashion, we also debuted One On One, and Charlwood Village were the first club to take the stand.

Our Three Match Ban(d)s guests included Glaswegian rockers, The Hollows and local, indie-rockers Dead Natives.

Our show debate discussed the importance of winning in youth football, to which we welcomed a host of guests to share their views. As ever, we had one-on-one exclusive interviews with both management and players involved in the local scene. Please see full line-up below:

Paul Doswell (Sutton United), Malcolm Porter (South Park), Jamie Daultry (Frimley Green), Drax Hippolyte (Staines Town), Hayden Bird (Merstham), Frank Wilson (Tooting & Mitcham), Chris Haigh (East Grinstead/ Komarni Football), Daniel Ajakaiye (Whyteleafe/ Komarni Football), Dan Turkington (Godalming Town), Charlwood Village FC, Peter Augustine (Surrey FA), Alex (Eastbourne Town U12), John Devlin (Merstham Youth) and Darren (Horley Town U9).

You can listen to the show below: