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.



“If you listen to Mozart, you’ll play better football”

Can you imagine a match day without music? A ground without chants? International encounters without national anthems?

Music and football, are two things which go hand-in-hand, across the globe – and on Wednesday night our team delve into the tracks which evoke their greatest football memories.

Considered as the most successful club coach in the history of Serie A, Giovanni Trapattoni, who spent the majority of his career at AC Millan, believes music can make a better player.

If you listen to Mozart, you’ll play better football… You learn a lot about intervals, tempo, rhythm. You learn the logical skills you need to read a game”.

With human-emotion connecting football to music, can your match performance really be impacted by your dressing room DJ?

Bayern Munich have revealed that the songs they play in the dressing room are always fast paced; and earlier in the season, Tooting & Mitcham United’s, Quincy Rowe told us Beyoncé’s Run The World (Girls) was a dressing room favourite.

Our team select the songs they believe to be the best motivators. What’s yours?

Get involved with the discussion, and let us know the music to your match day. From memories, to motivations, to chants – we want to know!



The Bostik League Show Ep 44: Staines Town v Margate

First and foremost, our congratulations to AFC Hornchurch, Lewes and Carshalton Athletic, who have all secured promotion to the Bostik Premier Division from their respective leagues. A 4-2 win over Horsham on Wednesday night, saw the Rooks promoted with 95 points, and yesterday Hornchurch secured their promotion with a 6-1 win over Witham Town. The Robins left it late at War Memorial Sports Ground, however overcame a 3 goal deficit against Whyteleafe, to confirm their promotion to Step 3. Tommy Bradford’s winner came in the 90th minute.

The push for promotion across all 3 Bostik leagues, and avoiding the drop zone in the Premier and North divisions is looking likely to be hotly contested until the final game of the season.

Two teams wanting to put their forward their names forward for that ultimate play-off position in the Premier Division, are Staines Town and Margate – and the two went head-to-head on Saturday 14th April. Prior to the encounter, Staines were in 8th position, and their visitors were in 5th – however, despite their high rankings, both teams have only won once in their last 5.

A midweek fixture under the floodlights at Wheatsheaf Park witnessed 8 goals, however a Ter Horst 90th minute equaliser, saw points shared between the Swans, and Folkestone Invicta, and the ultimate turnaround slipped their fingers.

Margate also dropped points in their previous encounter, succumbing a surprising 2-0 defeat to Kingstonian, at Hartdown Park!

The following Bostik League Show also includes highlights from: Billericay Town v Wingate & Finchley, Dulwich Hamlet v Thurrock, Tonbridge Angels v Enfield Town, and Romford v Norwich United.



Can you really be “part-time” in football management?

On Wednesday 11th April, Enfield Town manager, Andy Leese, and Hampton & Richmond Borough manager, Alan Dowson, joined Ben Eltham and Mick Sullivan to discuss all things football management.

Having managed The Beavers in the Bostik Premier division, and earning promotion into the National League South, Dowson, shares his opinions on the rights and wrongs in management, and the difference between full-time and part-time management.

The team also debate management tenure, club investments, whether coaching badges are necessary, and the qualities they feel a manager should possess.

Bowers & Pitsea stopper, Callum Chafer, is the latest player to enter the Super Sub rankings – and following a promotion-battling game at the weekend (2-2 v Maldon & Tiptree), Jammers goalkeeper Chris Haigh is at risk of relegation, pending Callum’s entry to the division.

Can producer Adam continue his streak on Super Sub – or are managers a bit out of his depth?

You can watch the full show below.



The Bostik League Show Ep 43: Maldon & Tiptree v Bowers & Pitsea

On Saturday 7th April, our main game cameras were focused on the North division for top-of-the-table clashes between AFC Hornchurch and Heybridge Swifts, and Maldon & Tiptree and Bowers & Pitsea.

AFC Hornchurch have one foot in the Premier Division, as they sit in poll-position, 10 points clear of Potters Bar Town, with 6 games remaining.

It’s a battle for the ultimate play-off position between Maldon & Tiptree and Heybridge Swifts, who go into this weekend occupying 6th and 7th position. Swifts currently have a 3 point advantage, are in better form, and have 2 games in hand over the Jammers.

As for Bowers & Pitsea, their sights are set on automatic promotion, as it is just 3 points which separates them from their North London rivals,  Potters Bar Town. Town are currently the most in-form team of the division, with 8 wins in 10, however Pitsea have a two-game advantage.

Full highlights:



Podcast 9: Non-League goalkeeping

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Here’s Episode 9: Non-League Goalkeeping.

This episode discusses, debates and celebrates the specialised position between the sticks. Is their enough specialised coaching for goalkeepers in non-league? Is it effective to play from the back in non-league? Why do few shot stoppers go on to management?

In addition, the non-league quiz and our weekend previews provide the perfect dose of weekly non-league football content.



The gloves are off, and the studio turns its full attention to between the sticks

On Wednesday 4th April, four different non-league goalkeepers joined Mick Sullivan and Ben Eltham in the studio to talk all about their specialist position – (L to R) Sam Mott (AFC Hornchurch), Zaki Oualah (Hayes & Yeading), James Shaw (Burgess Hill Town) and Rob Tolfrey (Kingstonian). The team debated goalkeeping across the football leagues, playing out from the back, goalkeeping coaching and technology, and management.

The team also put forward their choice England goalkeepers for the World Cup, and share with us the managers, and coaches, who have best helped them throughout their playing careers.

We also hear from FA County Coach Developer, and regular panellist, Peter Augustine on the art of goalkeeping, and goalkeeping coaching, and we catch up with Walton Casuals stopper, Denzel Gerrar.

Can producer Adam continue his streak on Super Sub – or is goalkeeping a bit out of his depth?

You can watch the full show below.



The Bostik League Show Ep 42: Walton Casuals v Corinthian-Casuals

Over the Easter weekend, our camera’s were at several games.

First up it’s the battle of the Casuals in the Bostik South Division One as 6th place Walton take on 5th place Corinthian. With 5 points between these two sides, the visitors still have ambitions of a top two finish. However, with Hythe Town in-form, and in their shadows, the hosts we’ll be looking for all 3 points to create more distance.

Our second game sees 3rd play 4th as Cray Wanderers host Greenwich Borough. Cray currently are a point behind their rivals, but they’ve scored more goals than Manchester City this season, and are just 4 away from 100 this campaign. The Cannons were title-favourites in August, after losing out in the playoffs last season.

The following highlights also includes the action from: AFC Hornchurch v Potters Bar Town, Leatherhead v Billericay Town, Dorking Wanderers v Burgess Hill Town, Worthing v Merstham, and Tooting & Mitcham United v Leatherhead.



The digital consumption of modern day football

On Wednesday 28th March, Metropolitan Police manager, Jim Cooper, and Tonbridge Angels manager, Steve McKimm,  joined Curtis Foster, Peter Augustine and Ben Eltham in the studio. The team debated the changes in consumptions across the football leagues, particularly seated stadiums, ground gradings, and digital consumption – for fans, coaches, scouts and players.

The team also put their relegation predictions forward for the Bostik Premier division.

Producer Adam, makes a return on Super Sub – but can any of our studio guests trump his knowledge?

Zak Joseph (Hendon) and Josh Kelly (Walton Casuals) are the latest players to enter the Super Sub rankings.

You can watch the full show below.



The Bostik League Show Ep 41: Staines Town v Leiston

On Saturday 24th March we returned to Wheatsheaf Park, for Bostik Premier action between  Staines Town and Leiston. Prior to this encounter, these two sides were separated by just 1 point, and two positions – and it was the Swans who occupied that final playoff spot.  With few league games remaining, the battle for promotion to The National League South is guaranteed to be hotly contested, as there are several teams in the running to for a top-five finish.

Staines Town are undefeated in 5, and have collected 11 out of a possible 15 points in their recent fixtures. The Swans have maintained their goal-threatening reputation throughout the season, having netted 71 times this campaign – Elliot Buchanan and Mohamed Bettamer take credit for 49 of these, and are both in contention for this years Golden Boot.

As for Leiston, following 3 consecutive defeats, they have gone on an unbeaten run of 6, collecting 16 out of a possible 18 points. 16 goals in 6 games, has seen them secure massive victories over Billericay Town, Wingate & Finchley and Tonbridge Angels.

The following highlights also includes the action from Hendon v Billericay Town, Needham Market v Dulwich Hamlet, and Dorking Wanderers v Merstham.