Quickfire Q&A with Elliott Ronto

Elliott Ronto is an Australian born Witham Town front man, who has scored plenty of the goals in the Bostik North this season, we caught up with him for a quickfire Q&A


Earliest Football Memories?


I started playing in Australia when I was six years old because one of my mates was playing. And I remember scoring my first goal which was a sliding reach to the ball and it dribbled in. I celebrated with my dad who was coach at the time. I have never looked back since.


Toughest opponent?


I have to say Heybridge Swifts for that one


Best player  you have played with… and best player you have played against?


Growing up through academies and A-league sides, I played with a lot a players who are now pro and have been pro but the best player I have played with would be an Australian international player, Tommy Oar. The best player I have played against would be Matt McKay. Another Australian international who plays in the A-League.


Best advice?


Always chase your dream and know that anything is possible if you put 100% work into it. So I moved to England!


Favourite Dish?


I love a good Chinese. Can’t beat the classic Mongolian beef!


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


I can’t think of anything I would change. In my opinion, you don’t need to fix something that isn’t broken.


Favourite Footballer? 


Michael Owen has always been my favourite. My uncle sent me a VCR of a training video he made when I was young.


Best thing about Non-League?


I love the passion and desire of all the players. Also the dedicated fans who come to the games every week.


Any targets?


Personally, I am aiming to get 15 goals and 20 assists as a midfielder, and I am not far off! But as a team I believe we should finish way higher on the table than we currently are!



Podcast 8: How is football being consumed?

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

Here’s Episode 8: How is football being consumed?

This episode discusses some on the traditional ways football has been consumed, and compares it to nowadays consumption. Will programmes continue to be part of the match day experience? What are the demographics of the Bostik Leagues? What’s affecting match day attendances?

In addition, the non-league quiz and Super Sub provide the perfect dose of weekly non-league football content.



1-on-1 with Brightlingsea Regent’s Jake Turner

Jake Turner is a central midfielder who plays for Essex outfit Brightlingsea Regent. The energetic midfielder has an eye for goal and has scored two great goals in front of the Back of the Net cameras. Jake talked to us about his line of work, his ability to score great goals and more!


Tell us about ‘Sport for Confidence’ and the work you do


The model places healthcare professionals into leisure centres to work alongside coaches to provide sporting opportunities to people with mental health problems, learning disabilities, physical disabilities and a range of other health needs. My role as a health professional is to make reasonable adjustments, break down barriers within a leisure centre and work closely with coaches to ensure that segregated sections of society have the opportunity to take part in sporting sessions which are accessible, adaptive, active and fun! Sport can be so much more than just sport, it can have a positive impact on a person’s mental wellbeing, physical health and overall quality of life.


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


I started playing at the age of eight, my dad took me over to the local football team in our area at the time; Great Bradfords FC and I stayed there until the age of 16. I just remember being the shortest player in the team for the whole 8 years!


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


The likes of Dulwich and Folkestone have lots of talented players, however for me personally I found Hendon were the toughest team I have played against as a central midfielder. There midfield was forever rotating making it extremely difficult to mark and play against.


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


When I was younger I played with Connor Wickham but in terms of the present, I played with Michael Cheek a few years back before he got a move to Braintree Town and then Dagenham and Redbridge. An explosive striker who could ghost past people and find the bottom corner for fun.

I have played against Jonjo Shelvey when I was younger, he was a talent back then and no surprise he made it to the top.


You have scored two great goals in front on the Back of the Net cameras now, are set pieces and long-range efforts something you work on?


I have always worked on set pieces in and around the box which has helped in finding the net on matchdays. As a player I strive to ensure I never give the ball away whether it’s a 10-yard pass or 50-yard pass and to accomplish that; technique is everything, so I suppose over time it has aided in helping me score long range efforts! However, I am happy to say that you guys could be my lucky omen of late!


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


My dad once said to me ‘there is only one variable you can control on a matchday and that’s work rate. You give 100% effort and the rest will follow’.


What is your favourite dish/cuisine? 


I love a roast dinner every Sunday!


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


I think the rule has been changed recently, however still players seem to get away with it, when taking a penalty players that stop and start mid run up, I don’t think that’s fair. Players have the advantage anyway, they should have to run up to the ball in one motion, no stopping.


Who is your favourite footballer, past or present?


When growing up I was obsessed with David Beckham, I still am now to be fair! Will never forget the moment he scored the free kick against Greece in 2001 to send England to the World Cup. Currently I could sit and watch Moussa Dembele all day for Spurs.


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


Blimey – hard question. When I was 17 I got a call up to Braintree Town first team away to Luton Town, it was a Wednesday night, the stadium had 10,000 fans watching and we won 3-2. Quite an achievement for just a pub team from Essex. Bear in mind I didn’t get on, I had a great time pinging the balls around at half time!


And finally, what is unique about Brightlingsea Regent?


Where do I start! It’s a club supported by the Ultra’s week in week out who act as our 12th man, it’s driven by volunteers who work tirelessly to keep the club to a high standard. It offers opportunity to youngsters to progress through the ranks and management who offer opportunity for first team football. The club’s ethos welcomes anyone to the Taydal Stadium to enjoy non-league football at its best, and to never under estimate little old Brightlingsea Regent.




How is modern football consumed?

On Wednesday 21st March, Kingstonian manager, Leigh Dynan and Walton Casuals manager, Anthony Gale,  joined Mick Sullivan and Ben Eltham in the studio. The team debated the changes in consumptions across the football leagues, particularly Bostik attendances and demographics.

The team also put their predictions forward for the 2017/18 playoffs.

Once again a panelist makes is 3 of out of 3 in Who Am I, and Lewis Spence (Thurrock) is the latest player to enter the Super Sub rankings.

You can watch the full show below.



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 action 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 mscharity.cup@gmail.com.

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.