Monday, 18 October 2021

TLFG: 18-24 October 2021

Wow, wow, wow!

What a 24 hours it's been. 

Saturday was about three games of football for me.

It began out at the Middlesex FA HQ in Northolt with my daughter's latest match for Actonians U9s.

After the joy of their first-ever win two weeks ago, normal service resumed with another huge 13-4 thrashing at the hands of one of Ruislip Rangers' many squads.

Weirdly it was 3-3 at half-time with our star player, who trains with Chelsea during the week rather than us, scoring her third hat-trick in two games.

Tickets for Leyton Orient v Hartlepool on 30 October are only £5

Squad rotation, the opposition figuring out how to nullify our main player, a lack of experience and heads dropping in the cold and wet, all contributed to the capitulation.

Thankfully it was all smiles at the end and we look forward to Wealdstone in two weeks time but it looks like being another tough one.

Game two was QPR's big derby match against Fulham at Craven Cottage. 

I didn't go and couldn't watch it and thankfully so as it sounded as if we barely got into the game.

Aside from Lyndon Dykes' equaliser, we were pretty poor throughout and deservedly lost 4-1.

Lastly was the hugely important game for my other favourite side Harrow Borough who had made it to the Fourth Round Qualifying of the FA Cup.

They'd drawn Chelmsford City from the level above but had them at home, so a win seemed achievable.

It seems quite a few of you made it down to Earlsmead for what turned out to be a highly entertaining tie, unlike me who was stuck at work.

The Boro took the lead but conceded two quick goals to be 2-1 down at the break.

Amazingly, Steve Baker's side got really stuck in after the interval with James Ewington completing his hat-trick (13 goals already this season) and Imran Uche making sure of progress with a fourth in the closing stages.

So all eyes turned to Sunday's First Round draw, conducted by Kelly Smith and Wes Morgan at Wembley.

It was the former Leicester captain who drew out ball 70, handing Harrow a dream trip to Fratton Park to play former Premier League club and two-time FA Cup winners Portsmouth!

Although they've previously made the Second Round, it's probably the biggest match in Boro's 88-year history given the size and illustrious history of the opponent.

I can't see getting a ticket will be too much of a problem, so if you're around on the weekend of 6/7 November, you're very welcome to join us all for a jolly down to the Hampshire coast.

My football week will see me attend my first women's match of the season as England play Northern Ireland in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley.

Lastly from me, many thanks this week to Craig H, Ben K and Markus U for donating to TLFG's coffee-drinking fund. I really appreciate it.

Have a great week everyone.

THE WEEK AHEAD

The highlights of the next few days include games in the Premier League, EFL, FA Vase, most of our local non-league competitions and the Women's FA Cup too.

As always, please make sure you check with clubs before you travel just in case a game has been called off or the venue or kick-off time has changed - this is highly possible for some of the lower non-league clubs. Also, please let me know if anything is wrong or missing.

Details on all of this week's games can be found on the following match maps. If you've never used them before, please note that when there is more than one match at a specific ground you'll only be able to see individual match pins if you zoom right in. If you don't, the pins obscure each other and you might miss them. To avoid this, you can also scroll down the list of games on the drop down menu at the top of the map page to make sure you get all the information. Games are listed from top to bottom in date order so Monday's games (yellow pin) will appear first and Sunday's (orange pin) last. Games are also ranked in terms of status so the higher the division, the higher up the list they will appear on each day.
Also if you're unfamiliar with the English league structure I indicate the level at which an individual league sits in the national 'pyramid' with the Premier League at the top (Level 1) and various minor leagues at the bottom (Level 10). Typically a top level game will see crowds of anywhere between 20,000-60,000. These figures will gradually decline as you go down the leagues until you get to Levels 8-10 where attendances of 150 or less are most common.

It should also be noted that the top four levels are for fully professional teams. Level 5 has a mixture of professional and semi-professional teams, while Levels 6-10 will see most players paid but it will vary from no more than travel expenses at the bottom, right up to several hundred pounds a week at the top.

MIDWEEK MATCH MAP
Monday fixtures - yellow pin
Tuesday fixtures - green pin
Wednesday fixtures - turquoise pin
Thursday fixtures - purple pin
Friday fixtures - black pin



WEEKEND MATCH MAP
Saturday fixtures - blue pin
Sunday fixtures - orange pin





TLFG DAILY DIGEST
In the following section I list, by day, what are in my opinion the most notable games of the week and give some brief reasons for my choice. Check the maps above for kick-off times, ticket info and directions.

Monday 18 October

Premier League
Arsenal v Crystal Palace @8pm - the week begins with a London derby between sides just a place apart in lower midtable. It also marks the return of Gunners legend Patrick Vieira who brings his new side to the Emirates for the first time. Despite their uninspiring start to the season, Arsenal will still start as favourites especially when you consider the Eagles have only won three of their last 10 meetings against the north London club. You'll need to be a member to buy a ticket

Development matches
Earlier in the day, there are a few U23 games. Tottenham Hotspur play host to West Ham United in the match of the day but it's being played just to the north of London at Stevenage's ground at 7pm

Essex Senior Cup Preliminary Round
Barkingside v Holland @745pm - the only non-league match of the night takes place in Seven Kings where two ECL sides go for glory at Cricklefields

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Tuesday 19 October

Championship
QPR v Blackburn Rovers @745pm - after suffering the humiliation of a 4-1 defeat at local rivals Fulham on Saturday, the R's will be looking to bounceback straight away with this game against the club just below them in the table. Over the course of history, Rovers are well in front in the head-to-head with 25 wins to QPR's 16. Last season this game ended 1-0 to QPR - I get the feeling there could be a few more goals this time. Tickets

League One
Charlton Athletic v Accrington Stanley @745pm - after getting a desperately needed win at Fleetwood Town, the Addicks returned to losing ways against Lincoln on Saturday to stay in the bottom three. Accrington, a club punching well above their weight, are up in 11th but in very unpredictable form. The Lancashire club picked up their first-ever win at The Valley last season and could well take three points here too. Tickets

League Two
Leyton Orient v Forest Green Rovers @745pm - on the face of it, Tuesday's programme in the fourth tier contains some of the matches of the week. Having lost only two of their 12 league games, the O's are ticking over nicely in seventh although probably drawing more than they'd like. FGR arrive as leaders and are now four points clear after Saturday's win at Scunthorpe. The sides have only ever played three league games against each other and FGR have won all of them. Tickets
Sutton United v Swindon Town @745pm - after a difficult start to life in League Two, following their promotion from the National League, the U's have hit form and climbed the table rapidly. Saturday's win at Crawley was their fourth in a row and lifted them to fifth. On Tuesday, Swindon pay a visit to Gander Green Lane and it could be a cracker. The former Premier League club are just below them in the table with only goals scored keeping them below their hosts. Tickets

FA Cup Fourth Round Qualifying Replay
Hayes & Yeading United v Dorking Wanderers @745pm - Paul Hughes' side found themselves 2-1 up with 16 minutes to go and looked set to cause an upset against National League South opposition but it was not to be and it finished 2-2. However, H&YU have been fantastic in the league this season and should more than fancy their chances back on home turf. Their recent FA Cup record is excellent, making the First Round in each of the last two seasons. If they do win, they will host Sutton United next. Admission is a very reasonable £10, payable on the gate

London Senior Cup First Round
Fisher v Brentford B @745pm - there's a lot of county cup football around the London area on Tuesday with this LSC tie just about topping the bill. I've said many times on TLFG that I'd love to see all our local pro clubs enter reserve/development sides into the county cups, as they always used to do, so I really applaud the Bees for continuing to do so. The west London club have made it to two of the last three finals, so should be among the contenders again


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Wednesday 20 October

Uefa Champions League
Chelsea v Malmo @8pm - Saturday's win in the derby at Brentford kept the Blues top of the Premier League so they should expect to triumph fairly comfortably again against the weakest side in Group H. Swedish club Malmo are currently bottom after losing their first two games and they've still yet to score. Tickets are now only available in the hospitality areas

Uefa Youth League
Chelsea v Malmo @12pm - if you're around all day, you could see the clubs' U19 sides do battle at Kingsmeadow as well. Tickets are only £5 must be bought by 4pm on Tuesday - none will be available on the day

Championship
Fulham v Cardiff City @745pm - if you can't get in at Stamford Bridge, then take a short stroll along Fulham Road to Craven Cottage where you shouldn't struggle to find a ticket. Having emphatically beaten local rivals QPR 4-1 on Saturday, the hosts climbed back to third and should be full of confidence ahead of this match against the team with the worst form in the division. Tickets

Isthmian South Central
Bedfont Sports v Sutton Common Rovers @745pm - the hosts gave a great account of themselves against Kidderminster in the FA Cup on Saturday but came up just short, losing 1-0. Their impressive cup run means they've got four games in hand on current leaders Uxbridge, which if won would put them joint top. SCR have found things tough going as a result of playing seven of their eight league games away from home but they've still managed to accrue seven points

Surrey Senior Cup Preliminary Round
Colliers Wood United v Balham @730pm - a number of you have been in touch to make sure I don't miss this south-west London derby. Geographically Colliers Wood and Balham lie either side of Tooting on the Northern Line but sadly neither club play in their home areas which makes growing a fanbase a little more challenging. Nevertheless, I'm sure they'll put on a decent spectacle for your entertainment
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Thursday 21 October

Uefa Europa League
West Ham United v Genk @8pm - the Hammers enjoyed a 1-0 win at Everton on Sunday to move back into the top seven. On Thursday they'll look to extend their 100% record in Group H against Belgian side Genk. Sixth in their own league, they disappointingly lost 2-0 at Charleroi on Sunday and really should be beaten again here. Tickets 

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Friday 22 October

Premier League
Arsenal v Aston Villa @8pm - the Gunners face their second night match of the week as Villa pay a visit. Like the Palace game, this should be competitive as the sides are right next to each other in the table at the time of writing. Dean Smith's side did the double over Arsenal last season, the first time the Birmingham club had achieved that since the opening season of the Premier League in 1992/93. Tickets are only on sale to members

Development matches
There are three U23 matches over the course of the day with the curiously scheduled match between Arsenal and Everton at Meadow Park topping the bill at 7pm. At 2pm there's a tasty derby at The Valley where Charlton take on local rivals Millwall and Fulham host Nottingham Forest at their training ground in the evening

FA Vase First Round
Southall v Erith & Belvedere @745pm - the next round of the Vase gets underway on Friday night with this tasty-looking encounter. If you don't know, this is a prestigious national knockout competition for sides in the ninth and 10th tiers with its final at Wembley. The 'All have a proud Vase history, famously finishing as runners-up in 1986. In 2017 they made the quarter-finals and have made the Third Round a couple of times since then. The Deres also made it to the last eight in 2015, I went, but are probably most famous for getting to two FA Amateur Cup Finals back in the 1930s. As for today, both sides are in great league form with Southall top of the CCL Premier North and E&B sixth in the parallel SCEFL Premier, although they have the games in hand to go top. This is one of the ties of the round

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Saturday 23 October

Fifa Women's World Cup qualifier
England v Northern Ireland @515pm - the Lionesses return to Wembley for their first match at the national stadium in nearly two years - the last one being the friendly against Germany played in front of almost 80,000 spectators. Although this is a competitive fixture against a local rival, I doubt we'll see that many here as there's a big gulf in class between the two sides - the last match between them in February ended in a 6-0 win for England. However, Northern Ireland have won both of their opening group games and can't be totally discounted. Having said that, the hosts have looked imperious under new Dutch boss Sarina Wiegman, scoring 18 goals in just two games. If you've never been to a women's game, I heartily recommend you give this a try, especially if you've got kids. Tickets are ridiculously cheap for a match at Wembley (£20 for adults, £2.50 kids) and the atmosphere will be a lot more relaxed due to the almost total lack of alcohol consumption by those in attendance. You might think that sounds like the most boring football match you've ever been to but if not, I might see you there 

Premier League
Chelsea v Norwich City @1230pm - the late kick-off at Wembley means you could very easily do a 'double' with this, with easy train connections from West Brompton to Wembley Central. Whatever your plans, it's a case of top versus bottom at Stamford Bridge and we could see a pretty similar game to the one at the national stadium. With the Canaries yet to win a game, you really fear for them. Once again, only hospitality packages are available at this stage
Crystal Palace v Newcastle United @3pm - with several Premier League games picked off by TV companies over the course of a weekend, the ones left at 3pm on a Saturday might as well have 'Rubbish' next to them in brackets on the fixture list. Normally, this one would appear to be pretty unappealing to neutrals but the recent Saudi investment into Newcastle has added a new dimension to this one. Having lost to Spurs in their first game under new owners, boss Steve Bruce is under immense pressure and another defeat here could well be the end for him. Palace, on the other hand, look relatively comfortable at the moment and should be able to exploit any lack of morale in their opponents. Tickets are only available to members

Championship
Millwall v Stoke City @3pm - for the second Saturday running, your best chance of getting a ticket for a high-level men's match will be at The Den. The Lions remained in midtable after losing 2-0 to Luton but things are incredibly tight with only six points separating sixth from 16th. The Potters also lost to drop to fifth but still remain a tough prospect. Tickets

League One
AFC Wimbledon v Wigan Athletic @3pm - the Dons' winless run continued on Saturday but they avoided defeat, getting a very decent point against Sheffield Wednesday. The big matches are coming thick and fast at the moment, with former Premier League club Wigan next to visit. The Latics are third at the time of writing but could be top by the time this happens if midweek results go their way. Tickets 

National League
Barnet v Wrexham @3pm - after enjoying an improvement in form recently, the Bees bowed out of the FA Cup at the first attempt after a narrow loss to local rivals Boreham Wood. On Saturday they welcome the biggest club in the league, in terms of attendance, for another important game. Although the Welsh club are averaging crowds of nearly 8,000, they're not doing anything particularly special on the pitch with only three wins from nine. In fact, Barnet will go level on points with them if they win. Tickets
Dagenham & Redbridge v Southend United @3pm - there should also be a bumper crowd at Victoria Road for this huge Essex derby. How this wasn't selected as the day's TV game I'm not quite sure. The Daggers scored two late goals to knock Wealdstone out of the FA Cup on Saturday and arrest their worrying run of defeats. The Shrimpers have found life in non-league really hard to adjust to following relegation from League Two and recently sacked manager Phil Brown. Things improved a bit with a comfortable FA Cup win over Chertsey but this should be a much tougher game. Tickets

National League South
Hampton & Richmond Borough v Chippenham Town @3pm - there's only one match in the sixth tier on Saturday and it will see the Beavers try to extend their unbeaten run whilst cracking into the play-off places. The visitors are level on points with the hosts so Gary McCann's side shouldn't have it all their own way. Tickets at this level and below are always available on the gate

Southern League Premier South
Harrow Borough v Wimborne Town @3pm - there aren't any really outstanding matches in the seventh tier this week so I'm going to use my editorial privilege to recommend a trip to the Rogers Family Stadium to watch potential FA Cup giant-killers Harrow in action. Steve Baker's side claimed their second National League South scalp of the campaign by beating Chelmsford 4-2 on Saturday and will now travel to Portsmouth in the next round. Aside from the cup run, they've started to do pretty well in the league and will be in and around the play-off places if they win their games in hand. Wimborne have made a poor start so the Reds should start as firm favourites. If for nothing else, you should make a trip here to try the legendary bread pudding

Isthmian South Central
Uxbridge v Tooting & Mitcham United @3pm - the Reds are celebrating their 150th anniversary this season and could mark it with promotion. Currently top with only one league defeat, they've started impressively. Tooting are down in a slightly disappointing 12th but with a couple of games in hand, they could well be back among the play-off contenders soon 

FA Vase First Round
Abbey Rangers v Horley Town @3pm - the hosts are only in their 11th season but still managed a run to the fifth round in 2019 when near neighbours Chertsey Town eventually won the competition. Horley made it to the fourth round the year before so both clubs have some fond Vase memories. Both sides are currently among the frontrunners in the parallel Premier North and South divisions of the CCL so should put on a good show
Egham Town v Colliers Wood United @3pm - there's a similar scenario on TLFG's far western boundary where the Sarnies re-opened their main stand on Saturday after seeing it burned down by teenage vandals earlier this year. I make them marginal favourites to prevail here
Fisher v Badshot Lea @3pm - it's a week of big cup matches for the Fish with Brentford B on Tuesday and CCL Premier South leaders Badshot in the Vase on Saturday. This hasn't been a happy competition for the hosts who've only made it past this point once
Holmesdale v Athletic Newham @3pm - there's another bit of interesting inter-league action near Bromley where two sides from the top eight of the Essex Senior and SCEFL do battle
Hilltop v Tunbridge Wells @3pm - promoted from the MCFL and new to this level, Hilltop continue to impress near the top of the CCL Division 1 and have landed a great draw against 2013 finalists Tunbridge Wells. The Kent club play a level above them but are in midtable and could be vulnerable to a cupset
London Lions v Thetford Town @3pm - Hilltop would be top of their division if it wasn't for London Lions who are just keeping their noses in front in the race for the title. In a very similar tie to the one above, Thetford are a midtable side from the level above and should provide an interesting test

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Sunday 24 October

Premier League
Brentford v Leicester City @2pm - with the Foxes playing in the Europa League, this match has been moved to Sunday. By all accounts, the Bees were very unlucky to lose to Chelsea on Saturday and they'll want to avoid losing a second consecutive match for the first time this season if they possibly can. Leicester recorded a fine 4-2 win over Manchester United but head to west London on the back of a midweek trip to Moscow to play Spartak. Will the travelling make a difference? Tickets are only available to members
West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur @2pm - at the same time on the other side of London, two more sides with midweek European commitments meet at the London Stadium. Sadly for Spurs, they are the ones with a Thursday night trip but it's only to the Netherlands so it shouldn't be too arduous. A lot seems to have been said about how great West Ham are and how poor Tottenham seem to be but both won on Sunday and it's Spurs who are higher up the table. This derby is usually pretty lively on and off the pitch and let's not forget that it was these two clubs who fought very publicly for use of this stadium after the Olympics. On reflection, I think Spurs fans will be the happier. Surprisingly, tickets are on sale to non-members

Women's FA Cup Third Round Qualifying
AFC Wimbledon v Walton Casuals @3pm - all the clubs from the fourth tier of the women's pyramid enter the draw at this stage, meaning quite a few of our local clubs are now involved. The Dons have been doing well in recent weeks and should have too much for the visitors who play several levels below them. This is being played at Plough Lane - tickets are free but you must register in advance
QPR v Caversham United @2pm - one of Wimbledon's recent victims, the R's could do with a win after a run of poor results. Like the match above, Caversham should be seen off with relative ease. This match will take place at Hanwell Town
Fulham v Dartford @2pm - both are currently in the top four in the fifth tier LSE Women's Regional League so it should be pretty close. I would have the Darts as marginal favourites in this game at the Cottagers' training ground in Motspur Park
New London Lionesses v Ashford Town (Middlesex) @2pm - you might not have heard of either of these teams but they're the current top two in the LSE Women's Regional League. It's being played at Northwood's ground but I can't tell you much more because the hosts inexplicably blocked TLFG's account on Twitter ahead of the new season when we questioned why they'd postponed their first match against Dulwich and then gone looking for a friendly. There were several other casualties in the great blocking scandal of 2021 so it seems they're better at football than PR


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Monday, 11 October 2021

TLFG: 11-17 October 2021

Greetings dear readers and welcome to the 10th-anniversary edition of TLFG!

I recently had a feeling that the moment might be coming up so I had a look in the archives last week and found that the first edition was published on 9 October 2011.

If you take a look at it, the layout is a little different but essentially the concept is the same as it is now.

One of the main differences is that rather than the 'Daily Digest' I do now, I used to simply do a 'TLFG Top 10' with effectively one match from each tier of the pyramid, although that would depend on who was playing. 

These days there's also a lot more women's football which I'm getting very enthusiastic about now my eldest daughter has started playing.

It's also interesting to see who was playing that week and at what level.

Sunderland were still a Premier League club, Watford and Crystal Palace were also-rans in the Championship and Sutton were two levels below where they are now.

Harrow play their biggest game for several years on Saturday
Tickets are available in advance

Elsewhere, Dulwich Hamlet were an eighth-tier club who would be happy if 300 turned up. Ten years on and they broke their stadium record when 3,334 watched them play Billericay on Saturday.

Waltham Forest were an Isthmian League club in 2011. Since then they've dropped a level, nearly gone bust but are now known as Walthamstow and doing well in the Essex Senior League with way more fans than they had then.

The last club mentioned in that first Top 10 were South Kilburn who were a Combined Counties League side then.

I went to watch them play Bedfont Sports, who've enjoyed significant growth since, a few weeks later on a bad pitch covered in mushrooms behind Vale Farm Sports Centre in Wembley.

They lost and eventually dropped out of the league in 2014.

According to Wikipedia, they resigned from the Middlesex County League ahead of this season and that's where the story sadly seems to end.

I originally set up this blog after being made redundant from the BBC Sport website when it relocated from TV Centre in Shepherd's Bush to Salford near Manchester.

It literally kept me going as job application after job application got rejected and I ended being unemployed for nearly a year until a train operating company picked me up and gave me a chance.

I'm still with them now but I'd love to get back into football in some way but that's another story.

One of the best things about writing this blog is the experiences it's given me.

I've been interviewed by the New York Times, appeared in or contributed to football books in the Netherlands and Germany, spoken on podcasts and met lots of TLFG's readers when out and about at games.

The encouragement many of you have given me in person or online has been genuinely heart-warming.

When you're sat at your laptop at gone 1am writing about a 10th-tier match featuring teams most people have never heard of, you do sometimes wonder why you're bothering but those comments really keep me going so thanks to all of you, I really appreciate it.

TLFG has also seen me through major family events like the death of my mother, the birth of my two children and my Dad's so far successful fight against cancer - many of you donated to a fundraiser I launched following his diagnosis for which I'm hugely grateful again.

Fancy a great value trip to Wembley? I've got my tickets

I had thought of doing something grand for this edition but I simply didn't have time.

One idea my wife has been pushing for ages is for me to do a podcast.

I like the idea of this but it would take up even more time that I don't have and I'm not too sure how it would work.

What would I talk about? Would I simply do an audio version of what I've written or discuss/ramble on about things a bit more?

Recording it wouldn't be a huge worry but editing it would. Clipping up bits of audio used to be part of my job at the BBC and I found it incredibly tedious.

All my favourite podcasts usually involve at least two contributors and I'm not really one to go chasing interview guests as that would take time too. A group of regulars could be good though.

Any thoughts?

Well I think that's about all I've got for now on the 10th-anniversary chat.

Once again, thank you all for your support in whatever form it's taken. 

I hope to continue churning out this stuff for at least another 10 years by which time I might have come up with something truly grand to mark the occasion.

As for this week, I will be going to a match on Tuesday night but I face a dilemma about which one to pick as they feature my two favourite sides.

QPR B take on Nottingham Forest U23 at Wealdstone in the ironically titled Premier League Cup and Harrow Borough play Beaconsfield Town in a Southern League match.

My heart says Harrow because it's a properly competitive game and they need the money more but my head says QPR as more of my friends have shown an interest in going, I'm not really in the market to watch first-team games and the ticket will be a lot cheaper (probably £5 as opposed to £12 at Harrow).

Decisions, decisions...

I'm gutted to be working on Saturday as I'll miss Harrow's hugely important FA Cup tie against Chelmsford but if they do get through to the First Round then I'll be all over it. 

A few weeks ago I had a vision of them playing Ipswich Town at Portman Road - here's hoping.

Lastly from me, many thanks to Nick G from Kingston for donating to TLFG's coffee-drinking fund. I really appreciate it.

THE WEEK AHEAD

The highlights of the next few days include games in the Premier League, EFL, FA Cup, most of our local non-league competitions and there are several women's fixtures too.

As always, please make sure you check with clubs before you travel just in case a game has been called off or the venue or kick-off time has changed - this is highly possible for some of the lower non-league clubs. Also, please let me know if anything is wrong or missing.

Details on all of this week's games can be found on the following match maps. If you've never used them before, please note that when there is more than one match at a specific ground you'll only be able to see individual match pins if you zoom right in. If you don't, the pins obscure each other and you might miss them. To avoid this, you can also scroll down the list of games on the drop down menu at the top of the map page to make sure you get all the information. Games are listed from top to bottom in date order so Monday's games (yellow pin) will appear first and Sunday's (orange pin) last. Games are also ranked in terms of status so the higher the division, the higher up the list they will appear on each day.
Also if you're unfamiliar with the English league structure I indicate the level at which an individual league sits in the national 'pyramid' with the Premier League at the top (Level 1) and various minor leagues at the bottom (Level 10). Typically a top level game will see crowds of anywhere between 20,000-60,000. These figures will gradually decline as you go down the leagues until you get to Levels 8-10 where attendances of 150 or less are most common.

It should also be noted that the top four levels are for fully professional teams. Level 5 has a mixture of professional and semi-professional teams, while Levels 6-10 will see most players paid but it will vary from no more than travel expenses at the bottom, right up to several hundred pounds a week at the top.

MIDWEEK MATCH MAP
Monday fixtures - yellow pin
Tuesday fixtures - green pin
Wednesday fixtures - turquoise pin
Thursday fixtures - purple pin
Friday fixtures - black pin



WEEKEND MATCH MAP
Saturday fixtures - blue pin
Sunday fixtures - orange pin





TLFG DAILY DIGEST
In the following section I list, by day, what are in my opinion the most notable games of the week and give some brief reasons for my choice. Check the maps above for kick-off times, ticket info and directions.

Monday 11 October

FA Youth Cup Third Round Qualifying
The week begins with a trio of games in this most prestigious of U18 competitions. Barnet, Boreham Wood and Hayes & Yeading United are all hosting games - check their websites for the latest admission and kick-off details. The winners will go into the First Round proper where I presume youngsters from EFL clubs will enter the draw 

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Tuesday 12 October

Fifa World Cup qualifier
England v Hungary @745pm - after thrashing Andorra 5-0 on Saturday, the Three Lions' road to Qatar continues with a visit from Hungary. Given how racially toxic the atmosphere was in Budapest a few weeks ago and how some England fans like to boo 'the knee', this has to be one of the most unattractive England games to have been advertised for a while and boy how they've advertised it! My social media timeline has been full of ads. With the away game ending in a 4-0 win for Gareth Southgate's side, the hosts should coast to another victory. Tickets

Premier League Cup
QPR v Nottingham Forest @7pm - whether this is a B or U23 team match for QPR is unclear but the difference between the two is wafer-thin anyway. Whatever the case, they're playing Forest's U23 side at Wealdstone's ground in Ruislip. Admission will probably be somewhere in the region of £5 but check with the club on the day

Isthmian League Premier Division
Enfield Town v Wingate & Finchley @745pm - there are a number of games in the seventh tier on Tuesday with this north London derby probably the best on offer. The Towners are currently third and a win will put them top. Wingate, one of the division's smaller clubs, have made a solid start and sit comfortably in midtable

Isthmian League South East Division
VCD Athletic v Corinthian @745pm - another side, at the level below, worth keeping an eye on are VCD who are currently battling Haywards Heath and Cray Valley for supremacy in this division. Corinthian, not to be confused with Corinthian Casuals, have made a disappointing start and should be beaten

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Wednesday 13 October

FA Women's League Cup
Tottenham Hotspur v Charlton Athletic @730pm - the Women's League Cup (aka the Continental Cup) group stage gets underway on Wednesday with this derby at The Hive. With Spurs among the early frontrunners in the Super League, you fear for the Addicks who play a level below. Tickets
London City Lionesses v West Ham United @7pm - in the other match of the night, second tier LCL will look to cause an upset when they host the Hammers at Dartford's ground. In most season's you could see this happening but West Ham have made a very bright start and should win. Tickets

Isthmian League Premier Division
Kingstonian v Worthing @745pm - one of the non-league games of the week takes place at the United Business Group Stadium. The K's have been top for a few weeks now but will be caught by the visitors if they win 

SCEFL Premier Division
Erith Town v Fisher @745pm - the Dockers could move level on points with leaders Glebe if things go their way on Wednesday. With only one defeat from nine, Erith should have too much for the midtable Fish

SCEFL Division 1
Westside v Tooting Bec @730pm - sitting in fourth at the time of writing, the Bec could also draw level with leaders Stansfeld if they take all three points at Wibbandune on Wednesday
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Thursday 14 October

Uefa Women's Champions League
Arsenal v Hoffenheim @8pm - the Gunners are currently England's top team but they were no match for European champions Barcelona who thrashed them 4-1 in their last group game. Hoffenheim are currently fourth in the Bundesliga and lost 3-1 at leaders Bayern Munich on Saturday. On balance, Arsenal should probably start as favourites. Tickets look set to be released following their match against Everton today (Sunday)

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Friday 15 October

Premier League 2
Fulham v Reading @7pm - get your weekend underway with this U23 game at Motspur Park, Fulham's training ground. The spectator facilities are pretty decent but check on the day whether you'll be allowed in - it's usually about £3

Essex Senior League
Redbridge v Ilford @745pm - the pick of the non-league action is this east London derby which could see Redbridge go top. A lot will depend on how current leaders Stanway Rovers get on at Woodford Town in the other ESL game of the night

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Saturday 16 October

Premier League
Watford v Liverpool @1230pm - the Premier League returns after the international break. In the time since their last game at Leeds, the Hornets have fired Xisco Munoz and brought in veteran manager Claudio Ranieri who famously won the title with Leicester City. He goes straight in at the deep end with this very challenging game against the Reds who arrive in second just one point behind leaders Chelsea. Tickets are sold out
Brentford v Chelsea @530pm - in the teatime kick-off we have this mouthwatering derby to look forward to. The Bees have surprised a lot of people with how well they've done since coming up and are currently seventh after recent impressive displays against Liverpool and West Ham. As mentioned above, Chelsea are currently top and should win but a well motivated Brentford side and hostile home crowd could give them a very uncomfortable time. Tickets are sold out

Championship
Fulham v QPR @1230pm - west London is definitely the place to be on Saturday as the other big derby of the area is also on. The Cottagers are unbeaten in six against the R's but this is the best side to have represented the Loftus Road club in a decade and with the two neck-and-neck in the top six, it could be a real humdinger. You'll need to have a previous booking history with Fulham to get a ticket or have £200 for a hospitality package
Millwall v Luton Town @3pm - the first game of the day that you'll be able to get a ticket for without too many issues is this one at The Den. Two well-matched midtable clubs (both on and off the pitch - if you know what I mean) should produce a lively match. With Luton just to the north of London, this is pretty much a derby too. Tickets

League One
AFC Wimbledon v Sheffield Wednesday @3pm - the Dons return to action with one of the biggest matches of their season as the Owls pay their first visit to the new Plough Lane. The London side are winless in four and could do with three points here. Although Wednesday are one of the biggest clubs in the division following their relegation from the Championship, they're not unbeatable and if the Dons have a good day then anything's possible. Tickets are scarce but not officially sold out yet

League Two
Leyton Orient v Walsall @3pm - Saturday's 1-1 draw at Barrow caused a small slide down the table, but the O's are still fifth and enjoying a fine start to the season. The Saddlers are not faring nearly so well but managed an important 2-1 win over Salford this weekend. They're also unbeaten in three against the east London club so will hope to extend that run. Tickets

Premier League 2
Chelsea v Derby County @1pm - the Blues' U23 side entertain their counterparts from Derby in an early kick-off at Kingsmeadow meaning if you left a bit early, you could combine it with another local game like those at Corinthian Casuals or Met Police

FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round
This is a truly huge moment for the non-league clubs who have made it through from the previous rounds. Now only 90 minutes away from a potential tie against one of several fallen giants in League One, getting through could be transformational for some. Almost £10,000 is on offer to the winner of each tie but to complicate things, all the fifth tier National League clubs enter the draw at this stage making it that little bit harder

Barnet v Boreham Wood @3pm - almost certainly the tie of the day is this north London derby between two National League sides. Historically Barnet are the bigger club, having spent many seasons in the EFL. However, they're going through a rough patch at the moment and the visitors will start as favourites
Bedfont Sports v Kidderminster Harriers @3pm - locally, if not nationally, the hosts are the lowest-ranked club left in the competition. The eighth-tier team beat Sholing in a replay to clinch this fantastic tie against a former EFL club. Now down in the National League North, Kidderminster are not the side they were and took two goes to beat another eighth-tier club in the last round
Corinthian Casuals v St Albans City @3pm - CCs were another side to require a replay to get this far, beating Wingate & Finchley at the second time of asking. This is the first time since the '80s that they've got to this point so it would be huge for the Tolworth-based club to progress. St Albans play a level above and should provide a stern test
Harrow Borough v Chelmsford City @3pm - the Boro have made relatively smooth progress, seeing off Ramsgate, Welling United and Marlow. Those wins have earned them around £10,000 so winning here would effectively double their money. Like Welling, Essex club Chelmsford play a level above - can Harrow do it again?
Wealdstone v Dagenham & Redbridge @3pm  - just down the road from Earlsmead, there's another big all-National League tie with the Stones welcoming the early-season leaders. The Daggers' form has taken a worrying dip in recent weeks as four defeats from five have seen them slip to sixth. The Stones have only won one of their last five so it could all come down to whose confidence and morale is better on the day

Isthmian Premier
Enfield Town v Worthing @3pm - if these two win their midweek games then this could become a battle of the top two so will be well worth watching if none of the FA Cup games are for you

CCL Premier Division South
Beckenham Town v Walton & Hersham @3pm - at the time of writing, these two are third and first respectively so with no FA Cup action in south-east London, Eden Park could be a destination of some interest in that part of town

SSML Premier
New Salamis v Risborough Rangers @3pm - there's a similar scenario at Coles Park too where, subject to midweek performance, these two could be third and first by the time of kick-off. They should still both be in the top six whatever happens on Tuesday and Wednesday but check the latest table on Thursday just to make sure

CCL Division 1
Kensington & Ealing Borough v London Lions @3pm - nothing really stands out in the 10th tier but it's usually always entertaining watching K&EB and they're taking on the leaders. They play at Hanwell Town so it's pretty easy to get to by car, bus and Tube

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Sunday 17 October

Isthmian Premier
Kingstonian v Cheshunt @3pm - the K's groundshare with Corinthian Casuals so they've had to move this game to Sunday much to the delight of groundhoppers everywhere. A win here against midtable Cheshunt could either keep them top or return them to the summit - it all depends on that crucial round of midweek fixtures

FA Women's National League Division 1 South East
London Seaward v Enfield Town @2pm - with the Super League taking a break until November and only a few fixtures taking place in the Championship, most women's action this month will be found in the National League and FA Cup. This derby in the fourth tier is the pick of the games on Sunday with the hosts looking to close the gap on the top five after drawing 1-1 with Actonians in their latest game. Enfield have only won once this season but pushed title-chasing Billericay hard in their most recent match, narrowly losing 3-2. The hosts should start as favourites

London & South East Women's Regional League
Dulwich Hamlet v Ashford Town (Middlesex) @2pm - the biggest crowd of the day may well come at Champion Hill where the always well-supported Hamlet take on league leaders Ashford. The Tangerines have won all six of their matches so far, scoring a whopping 37 goals in the process. Dulwich are only fifth but have played fewer games than everyone else and could go as high as second if they win their games in hand



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Monday, 4 October 2021

TLFG: 4-10 October 2021

Welcome to the latest edition of TLFG as we move firmly into autumn.

This week we have the second international break of the season. 

Between 2010-2019 this was often the weekend used to celebrate Non-League Day (NLD), an event which I and a crack team of volunteers used to run.

Covid put pay to last year's event and it's part of the reason why we've postponed this season's one until 26 March 2022 too.

These season's Non-League Day will be in the spring

The loss of some key volunteers and the fact that the last one nearly bankrupted me because it was too successful also played into my decision making.

Thankfully with the backing of the team at Our Game, it looks like everything should get back on track by the spring.

One of the major benefits of holding it in March is that it won't clash with any FA competitions which clubs are usually desperate to avoid as they have to share the gate receipts with the opposition.

The other is that even at almost six months out, we already know what the fixtures are going to be.

Even though NLD won't officially be taking place this weekend, non-league and women's football will be dominating proceedings so if your usual pro club aren't in action, give one of these other teams a try.

Since the beginning of the season, I've been taking a Brentford season-ticket holder to the odd non-league match now that he has a lot more Saturdays free.

This weekend he joined me in going to watch Harrow Borough play Marlow in the FA Cup Third Round Qualifying.

Although the visitors play a level below Harrow, they had won all eight of their matches this season prior to this tie.

Unsurprisingly it was a well-contested affair with a first half of few chances ending 0-0.

With the rain beginning to fall heavily, James Ewington gave Harrow the lead shortly after the restart.

The visitors huffed and puffed but never really looked like getting an equaliser until a sharp turn and shot from Nnamdi Nwachuku drew them level with 17 minutes to go.

With only three minutes of normal time remaining, James Mansfield scored from a corner to restore's Borough's advantage and it proved to be enough to send them through to the next round.

Harrow Borough celebrate James Mansfield's late winner

The Fourth Round Qualifying draw takes place on Monday afternoon and will see all the National League clubs go into the velvet bag for the first time.

As far as I'm aware, it's still regionalised so some of the biggest clubs like Notts County and Wrexham will probably elude Harrow but the likes of Barnet, Dagenham & Redbridge or Southend United are a very real possibility.

Whoever they get, Harrow are now just one win away from the First Round proper and a potential tie against anyone from League One or League Two - exciting times!

On a final personal note, I'm pleased to say that my daughter's Actonians team finally won their first ever match on Saturday after nearly six months of trying.

Having suffered a 19-2, a 14-1 and an 8-2 reverse as recently as two weeks ago, it was truly momentous to see them dispatch Acton & Ealing Whistlers 10-0 at Rectory Park.

To top it all, my daughter netted her first ever goal in the process - a surprisingly calm sidefoot finish during the second half when one-on-one with the keeper.

Who knows where they'll go from here but they're off the mark.

Lastly, many thanks this week to Keith M from Teddington and Marcus D from Walthamstow for donating to TLFG's coffee-drinking fund - I really appreciate it.

 THE WEEK AHEAD

The highlights of the next few days include games in the EFL, some FA Cup replays, the next round of the FA Trophy, most of our local non-league competitions and a full programme of women's fixtures.

As always, please make sure you check with clubs before you travel just in case a game has been called off or the venue or kick-off time has changed - this is highly possible for some of the lower non-league clubs. Also, please let me know if anything is wrong or missing.

Details on all of this week's games can be found on the following match maps. If you've never used them before, please note that when there is more than one match at a specific ground you'll only be able to see individual match pins if you zoom right in. If you don't, the pins obscure each other and you might miss them. To avoid this, you can also scroll down the list of games on the drop down menu at the top of the map page to make sure you get all the information. Games are listed from top to bottom in date order so Monday's games (yellow pin) will appear first and Sunday's (orange pin) last. Games are also ranked in terms of status so the higher the division, the higher up the list they will appear on each day.
Also if you're unfamiliar with the English league structure I indicate the level at which an individual league sits in the national 'pyramid' with the Premier League at the top (Level 1) and various minor leagues at the bottom (Level 10). Typically a top level game will see crowds of anywhere between 20,000-60,000. These figures will gradually decline as you go down the leagues until you get to Levels 8-10 where attendances of 150 or less are most common.

It should also be noted that the top four levels are for fully professional teams. Level 5 has a mixture of professional and semi-professional teams, while Levels 6-10 will see most players paid but it will vary from no more than travel expenses at the bottom, right up to several hundred pounds a week at the top.

MIDWEEK MATCH MAP
Monday fixtures - yellow pin
Tuesday fixtures - green pin
Wednesday fixtures - turquoise pin
Friday fixtures - black pin



WEEKEND MATCH MAP
Saturday fixtures - blue pin
Sunday fixtures - orange pin





TLFG DAILY DIGEST
In the following section I list, by day, what are in my opinion the most notable games of the week and give some brief reasons for my choice. Check the maps above for kick-off times, ticket info and directions.

Monday 4 October

Professional Development League
Charlton Athletic v Colchester United @2pm - the week gets off to a pretty quiet start with this U23 game at Dartford's ground. As always, check all details before you travel as youth games are notoriously flakey

SCEFL Division 1
SC Thamesmead v Meridian VP @745pm - the only non-league game of the night is a derby between two sides stuck in the bottom three of this division

A bit further afield
Reading v Birmingham City @7pm - if you're prepared to make a short journey beyond London's western boundary then we have this U23 game at what was formerly known as the Madejski Stadium. Please confirm all details on the day
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Tuesday 5 October

EFL Trophy
Charlton Athletic v Southampton U21 @745pm - the Addicks are having a stinker of a season but one of the high points has been their 6-1 thrashing of Crawley in this competition. Southampton's youngsters lost their opening game to Leyton Orient so perhaps it will be another good night for the hosts. Tickets are available

National League
Boreham Wood v Torquay United @745pm - the Wood drew with Eastleigh on Saturday to stay fourth. If they are to challenge this season then they'll need to beat former EFL sides like Torquay who are often there or thereabouts. However, the Devon club have made a slow start and are by no means unbeatable

FA Cup Third Qualifying Round Replays
Hornchurch v Bowers & Pitsea @745pm - after fighting out a 2-2 draw with Essex rivals Bowers & Pitsea, the Urchins will hope to make the most of home advantage to get through to the next round. Both sides play in the Isthmian Premier so it could well be tight again. The winners will host Aldershot Town
Wingate & Finchley v Corinthian Casuals @745pm - another couple of sides from the Isthmian Premier also produced a 2-2 draw on Saturday. With the earlier league match between them also ending 2-2, penalties could be the order of the night here. The winners will host either Metropolitan Police or St Albans City
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Wednesday 6 October

Women's Champions League
Chelsea v Wolfsburg @8pm - the biggest match of the night is this Women's Champions League match at Kingsmeadow. Since their opening weekend loss to Arsenal, Emma Hayes' side have won all their games in the league and cup. Wolfsburg are unbeaten and second in the Bundesliga and have won this competition twice. It should provide a real test of the Blues' credentials. Tickets are available

Friendly
Hampton & Richmond Borough v QPR B @730pm - the Beavers are becoming the go-to opposition for local pro clubs' reserve and youth teams. Having played Brentford B a couple of weeks ago and QPR's U23 side in the summer, the R's are back in town again with their new B team. With it being an international break, hopefully Rangers will field several of their fringe first-team squad who aren't on international duty. Adult tickets are £7 UPDATE - MATCH OFF

SCEFL Division 1
Bridon Ropes v Stansfeld @745pm - in south-east London there's a battle of two of the top four in this 10th-tier league. Both of them have games in hand on top club Croydon who are also playing on Wednesday

ECL Division 1 South
May & Baker v Burnham Ramblers @745pm - in the parallel ECL there's a match between third and fifth. Sadly for the clubs involved, they don't have games in hand on leaders Ipswich Wanderers and have a six-point gap to make up

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Friday 8 October

Premier League 2
Fulham v Stoke City @7pm - get your weekend underway with this U23 game at Motspur Park, Fulham's training ground. The spectator facilities are pretty decent but check on the day whether you'll be allowed in - it's usually about £3

Essex Senior League
Woodford Town v Clapton @745pm - over on the north east side of town these two will be looking for three points to climb the table after unspectacular starts to the campaign. The Tons could find it tough after playing only 48 hours before at Ilford

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Saturday 9 October

League Two
Sutton United v Port Vale @3pm - with it being an international break, the mighty U's top the bill in London on Saturday. After slow beginnings at this level, Sutton have now won four of their last five games to climb into the top half. Vale are currently third so this could be a pretty decent game. Tickets are available

National League
Boreham Wood v Dagenham & Redbridge @3pm - the biggest non-league game of the day is this derby between two of the current top four. The Daggers are only one game ahead in the overall head-to-head between the sides so it should be close again
Bromley v Torquay United @3pm - the Gulls make their second visit of the week to the capital and face another side several places above them in the table, at the time of writing. They've been unbeaten on their last two visits so will hope to extend that run
Wealdstone v Eastleigh @3pm - talking of Torquay, the Stones got thrashed 5-0 by them on Saturday to stay a little too close to the relegation zone for comfort. Eastleigh are on level points with the Ruislip-based club so anything less than a win will be very disappointing

National League South
Dartford v Hungerford Town @3pm - the Darts have made a cracking start to the campaign, winning six and drawing one to top the league. Hungerford are down in 16th but, like Dartford, made it through to the FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round on Saturday
Dulwich Hamlet v Billericay Town @3pm - the Hamlet are one of the best supported non-league clubs in London and usually get a bumper crowd when the big clubs have the weekend off. They've been doing much better this season and are fifth at the time of writing. Billericay are bottom and should be beaten
Hampton & Richmond Borough v Chelmsford City @3pm - the midtable game of the day with not a huge amount immediately riding on it takes place at the Beveree. One of the capital's favourite non-league grounds, it's always worth a visit. Also, if you're a Premier League or EFL season-ticket holder you can get in for a reduced price of £10 on production of your season ticket

Isthmian Premier
Corinthian Casuals v Merstham @3pm - there isn't really a standout game in the seventh tier but this match between two sides in the bottom five should be worth a watch. A visit to CCs is usually a colourful affair thanks to a great group of fans

FA Trophy Second Qualifying Round
Aveley v Uxbridge @3pm - all of our eighth-tier clubs are in FA Trophy action on Saturday. It's hard to pick out some really great ties but I'm going for this one as Uxbridge are currently top of the Isthmian South Central and doing well
Northwood v Haywards Heath Town @3pm - it's pretty much the same scenario here where a midtable side play host to a leading club. HHT are currently top of the Isthmian South East and unbeaten in seven

CCL Premier Division South
Walton & Hersham v Horley Town @3pm - in the ninth tier, there's a top-four clash at the Elmbridge Xcel Sports Hub. The hosts are currently second and pushing for another promotion whilst Horley are just behind in fourth, although they've played a game more

CCL Division 1
London Lions v Cove @3pm - again there aren't any real standout games in the 10th tier so why not check out London Lions who are currently top of this division. London's top Jewish club, they're currently two points clear after winning nine of their first 10 games. Cove are struggling and will do well to get anything

London Senior Trophy First Round
Peckham Town v Croydon @1230pm - this early kick-off will allow you to do a 'double' with Dulwich Hamlet. Eleventh tier Peckham face a tough afternoon against SCEFL Division 1 leaders Croydon. The hosts will also be visited by local charity Peckham Sponsors Refugees who will be raising funds to help a refugee family settle in the area

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Sunday 10 October

FA Women's Super League
Chelsea v Leicester City @1230pm - women's football takes centre stage on Sunday and there are plenty of great options to choose from. After playing Wolfsburg in midweek, the Blues get back to domestic issues against the Foxes. New to this level, the visitors have lost all four of their opening fixtures and will find life very difficult here. Tickets
Arsenal v Everton @3pm - the Gunners are the team to beat this year. Having already seen off Chelsea and thrashed Manchester City and Tottenham (in the FA Cup), they're starting to look untouchable. Everton were fancied to do well but made a disappointing start. However, they recorded a comfortable win at Reading on Sunday to move up to eighth. Tickets
West Ham United v Birmingham City @3pm - the Hammers notched an impressive 3-0 win at Manchester City on Sunday as one of the country's top clubs continued to struggle. The Hammers are now up to fifth and should fancy their chances against a Birmingham side who have lost every game.


FA Women's Championship
Charlton Athletic v Bristol City @2pm - the Robins got relegated from the Super League last season and have found the landing at this level to be a little bumpy. Currently holding their own but not looking likely to go back up, they face an Addicks side just above them in the table
London City Lionesses v Watford @2pm - the hosts, who play at Dartford, are currently London's top-ranked club in this division. A win against a pretty hapless Hornets side who prop up the table will probably leave them in the top three come teatime on Sunday

FA Women's National League Southern Premier
Hounslow v Keynsham Town @2pm - it's sad to have to say this but Hounslow have looked like a team in the wrong division for a while now. Ever since QPR gave up their place in this division and gave their licence to Hounslow, the west London side have struggled. Regularly thrashed by teams in their own division and beaten by ones from divisions below in cup matches and friendlies, only the pandemic has kept them in the third tier as seasons have been curtailed. All six matches have been lost this season, with last weekend's 11-0 home drubbing by Portsmouth the latest low. Keynsham have won two games this season but have conceded almost as many as Hounslow so maybe the hosts could get off the mark here
London Bees v Gillingham @2pm - after suffering relegation from the Championship, London Bees started this season pretty well but have suddenly nosedived after losing four on the trot. The Gills are also in midtable but their form is going the other way and should start as favourites

FA Women's National League Division 1 South East
London Seaward v Actonians @2pm - for most of last season the hosts were known as Leyton Orient Women until the O's decided out of the blue to revoke their permission to use the name and dropped all links to them. It came as a huge shock to all involved at the club and raised eyebrows around the women's football community. Thankfully they managed to keep their place in the fourth tier, picked up a new name and new backers and have started this season well enough, sitting sixth after six games. The team play at Wadham Lodge which they share with the men's teams from Walthamstow, West Essex and Clapton CFC. Actonians are another women's team with no link to a major men's club and are fourth after routing Cambridge United 6-0 away on Sunday. If I wasn't working on Sunday, I'd be heading here 


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