Sunday, 4 December 2022

TLFG: 5-11 December 2022

Greetings everyone and welcome to TLFG.

As I write this, I'm on my break at work in a dark and chilly Staines-upon-Thames.

With my break set to finish in around 40 minutes, I won't get to watch much or any of England's big game against Senegal and maybe that's best for my blood pressure!

As a QPR fan, it's been a big week.

Having seemingly found a great young manager we all loved, Michael Beale has left us for Rangers after only 22 games.

After professions of loyalty, following his refusal of Wolves' offer a few weeks ago, he stunned many by jumping at the chance of going to one of his former employers.

Arsenal play Juventus at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday

Many of the R's fanbase have been left betrayed and outraged by the move and I can't really blame them.

This is when I'm glad of the emotional divestment that I've been undergoing since the start of the year.

QPR have caused me some real joy and pain and given me sleepless nights at times over the past 40 years.

But now that just doesn't happen. My support is far more tempered and rational and I'm still trying to figure out how and when it begun.

I think our most recent spell in the Premier League started the rot - quite simply, our time there was rubbish and I've no real desire for us to go back as it will just mean paying way more to see us lose way more.

My wife is also agitating for a move away from Shepherd's Bush which makes a lot of sense and given that W12 and QPR have been a big part of my identity, I think that subconsciously I've begun detaching myself from both to make any transition easier.

Combine that with the poor experience I had the last time I went to Loftus Road and the increased cost of living and we are were we are.

My week will culminate in a trip to Essex to watch Actonians play Hashtag United in the Women's FA Cup Third Round.

The A's have never been beyond this stage of the competition and it would be huge for them to potentially play a WSL team in the next round - I've been having visions of Spurs at Brisbane Road so here's hoping.


 THE WEEK AHEAD

The highlights of the next few days include a high-profile friendly and games in the EFL, National League, FA Youth Cup, Women's Super League, Women's FA Cup and many other games in our local non-league and women's competitions.

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 5 December

Professional Development League
Millwall v Ipswich Town @115pm - there are a couple of U21 options on Monday but this one is being played at The Den so it gets my pick. Tickets are £5

Isthmian League Cup Fourth Round
Aveley v Bowers & Pitsea @745pm - the best and only non-league option of the night is this all-Essex affair near Lakeside shopping centre. The sides are currently at opposite ends of the Isthmian Premier so the hosts should start as favourites 

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Tuesday 6 December

FA Youth Cup Third Round
Charlton Athletic v Newcastle United @7pm - after wins over Kingstonian and Northampton Town, the Addicks' U18 side have made it to the Third Round where all the big clubs enter the draw and they've landed this tasty looking tie. The match is being played at The Valley and adult tickets are £5

National League
Boreham Wood v Oldham Athletic @745pm - aside from the FA Cup which they are progressing well in again, The Wood are in the middle of a real slump in form. Following their 1-0 loss at Eastleigh on Saturday, they dropped to 12th. When it comes to a slump in form, it doesn't come much greater than that suffered by former Premier League club Oldham who find themselves playing non-league football for the first time this season. Since their heyday in the 1990s, it's been a struggle for them with off-field problems being the main cause of their decline. Sadly, it looks like the slide is set to continue as they're second from bottom in this division too. Tickets

National League South
Dulwich Hamlet v Chelmsford City @745pm - a game of high importance at either end of the table. With the Hamlet just one place and two points above the relegation zone and Chelmsford very much in the hunt for the title, both sides need to win. Tickets

Isthmian League Premier Division
Hornchurch v Folkestone Invicta @745pm - with leaders Potters Bar coming unstuck at Carshalton, the Urchins took full advantage by beating Bowers & Pitsea. The 2-0 win put them top and they'll want to cement their position with another win here. Folkestone are usually in and around the top six but this season it's gone a bit wrong. After being in post for 25 years, boss Neil Cugley stood down in late October and results have fluctuated since. Currently 16th, they'll do well to win here. Tickets

Isthmian League South East
Beckenham Town v Chichester City @745pm - having seen their big match with Chatham postponed in midweek, the Becks kept in touch with the leaders by beating East Grinstead on Saturday. With now only one point separating the sides between second and sixth, a win here will put them second

CCL Division 1
Brook House v Langley @730pm - known as AFC Hayes for the last few years, Brook House reverted back to their previous name at the start of the season. Sadly, they've found it a bit of a struggle and are down in the bottom four. The same can't be said of Langley who are top and looking to extend their slender one-point lead
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Wednesday 7 December

UEFA Women's Champions League
Arsenal v Juventus @8pm - the biggest crowd of the night will be found at the Emirates Stadium for this eye-catching group stage match. Despite reigning champions Lyon being in Group C alongside them, it's these two who are first and second after three games. The recent reverse fixture in Turin ended in a 1-1 draw so you'd have to fancy the Gunners to win this time. Adult tickets are £12

FA Youth Cup Third Round
AFC Wimbledon v Leyton Orient @7pm - if you've never been to the new Plough Lane then this could be your chance. Adult tickets for this U18 match are just £5

Southern League Premier South
Harrow Borough v Hartley Wintney @745pm - Boro have been playing some really positive stuff of late, making it to the Third Round of the FA Trophy in the process. As a result, on Saturday they headed all the way down to Cornwall to play title contenders Truro in good spirits. Despite a decent display which saw them take the lead, they lost 2-1 after heartbreakingly conceding a last-minute goal. The result leaves them perched just above the relegation zone and with Hartley two places below them, they simply have to win. Tickets

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Friday 9 December

Premier League Cup
There are a trio of games in this U21 competition on Friday and you can easily see two of them if you have the day off. With Crystal Palace playing Sheffield United at 1pm (at Dulwich Hamlet), you then need to decide whether you want to spend the evening watching Arsenal play Burnley at Boreham Wood or Fulham take on Nottingham Forest at their training ground. Admission varies but it's never more than £5

Isthmian League Premier Division
Aveley v Enfield Town @745pm - there's also a very fine non-league option at Parkside where two of the Isthmian League's current top six go head-to-head. With seven points between first and sixth, the title race is looking pretty exciting as we approach Christmas

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Saturday 10 December

Championship
Millwall v Wigan Athletic @3pm - the EFL makes its full return this weekend but for some reason, the Lions played Sunderland on Saturday meaning they're a week ahead of everyone else. That match on Wearside presented them with the chance to go fourth but they lost 3-0 and slipped to seventh. Wigan got promoted to this division in May but look like going straight back down in their current form. Tickets

League Two
Sutton United v Colchester United @3pm - with four points from their last two games, the U's have now put nine points between themselves and the relegation zone. Colchester are on level points with them bottom two, so a win here would give them a very good chance of an even greater cushion. Tickets

National League
Boreham Wood v Southend United @3pm - after facing one of the division's biggest clubs in midweek, The Wood host another former EFL side on Saturday. Unlike Oldham, the Shrimpers are among the promotion contenders and should bring a decent following. Tickets
Bromley v Wealdstone @3pm - the Ravens had their match on Saturday against Yeovil abandoned after a supporter tragically died. With Eastleigh beating Boreham Wood, they slipped to ninth as a result. With at least a game in hand on most of those above them, they've got a good chance of getting back in the play-off places. The Stones have enjoyed a great recent run and are now on level points with Bromley so it should be close. Tickets

National League South
Dartford v Bath City @3pm - the Darts are the team to watch in the sixth tier, certainly from a TLFG perspective. Fighting hard with local rivals Ebbsfleet for control of top spot, they surrendered it by losing at another contender Chelmsford on Saturday. With five points separating the top four, this looks like being a title race to keep an eye on. Bath are in midtable and should be beaten. Tickets

Isthmian League Premier Division
Wingate & Finchley v Carshalton Athletic @3pm - with only one win from their last six league games, Wingate are struggling to pull away from the bottom four. The odd draw here and there are keeping the points coming in but another season fighting the drop looks certain. Carshalton recorded a hugely impressive 5-2 win over the then leaders Potters Bar Town on Saturday to climb to fifth. A win here could even see them climb into the top three if results go their way. Tickets

Isthmian League South East
Beckenham Town v Ramsgate @2pm - if midweek results go the Becks' way, this will be a clash of the top two. If they win this too, then they'll go joint top with Ramsgate - a huge game!

SCEFL Premier
Stansfeld v Erith & Belvedere @3pm - there's another massive game in the ninth tier where the top two in the SCEFL meet at Glebe's ground. Stansfeld are three points behind the Deres in second but have two games in hand. The stakes are high!

CCL Division 1
Bedfont v RB Kensington @3pm - if both teams win in midweek then they'll come into this as top six sides, meaning this is my pick of the games in the 10th tier

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Sunday 11 December

Championship
QPR v Burnley @1pm - the R's were top a few weeks ago and manager Michael Beale had turned down a move to Premier League Wolves. Since then, their form has dropped off a cliff and they fell to seventh. To make matters worse, the offers kept coming for Beale and he left many supporters feeling betrayed when he accepted the chance to manage his former club Rangers earlier this week. With no replacement yet in place, QPR return from the World Cup break with a match against the leaders. One silver lining - Millwall's 3-0 loss at Sunderland on Saturday saw QPR move back up to sixth without even playing a game! Tickets
Watford v Hull City @3pm - the Hornets are fourth at the time of writing and could go third if Blackburn slip up in their derby match against Preston on Saturday. Hull are fighting to avoid the drop and should be beaten. Tickets

Isthmian League Premier
Cray Wanderers v Haringey Borough @3pm - if you'd prefer a non-league option instead then you're in luck. With Bromley playing at home on Saturday, Cray have to play this match on Sunday. London's oldest club have a top-six spot in their sights and with Haringey in the doldrums of midtable, they should be able to pick up three precious points here. As I understand it, Crystal Palace women should be playing an FA Cup tie here at some point that afternoon too but that hasn't been confirmed yet so keep your eyes peeled for news of a possible double

FA Youth Cup Third Round
Crystal Palace v Manchester United @3pm - one of the ties of the round is being played at Selhurst Park. The Eagles won this U18 competition twice in the '70s but they could well have to wait a while younger as United are the reigning champions. Adult tickets are £5

FA Women's Super League
Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United @2pm - there's an extensive programme of women's football on Sunday with this derby topping the bill in my opinion. Both sides suffered what you could probably describe as shock defeats this weekend, losing to Reading and Liverpool respectively. The results leave the Hammers in sixth and Spurs in seventh so it should hopefully provide a highly competitive contest. The match is being played at Leyton Orient. Tickets
Chelsea v Reading @645pm - in the evening game, an ominously good Blues side will hope to end the weekend six points clear at the top. A win against the lowly Royals looks like a foregone conclusion but they'll need Arsenal and Manchester United to slip up in their games. Tickets

Women's FA Cup Third Round
For me, Sunday afternoon is going to be all about the Women's FA Cup. At this stage of the competition, all the sides that have made it this far are joined by all the clubs in the Championship. The draw is still regionalised into north and south to minimise travel. The winners will receive a cheque for £10,000 and a place in the Fourth Round draw alongside all the WSL clubs. There are five ties in the London area:

AFC Wimbledon v Gillingham WFC @2pm - the Dons caused a bit of an upset by beating Billericay Town in the last round, despite playing a division below them. In Gillingham, they take on another third tier side so they should be confident of repeating the feat. The visitors scraped past fifth tier Dulwich Hamlet in the Second Round, so there's definitely some cupset potential here. This is being played at Plough Lane so it should be quite an afternoon for both clubs
Charlton Athletic v MK Dons @12pm - the afternoon's action gets underway at noon at VCD Athletic's ground. Charlton come into the draw in this round and will hope to at least repeat their run to the Fifth Round which they achieved last year. MK Dons play a level below them and made heavy weather of beating fifth tier Worthing in the last round
Crystal Palace v Watford @7pm - the Eagles moved back into the Championship's top six with a useful away win at Lewes on Sunday. Earlier in the afternoon, the Hornets crushed Crawley 6-0 in their delayed Second Round game to make sure of this tie. The visitors are going for the title in the division below Palace and should present them with a tough challenge. With Cray also playing at Hayes Lane on Sunday, this is taking place in the evening
London City Lionesses v Portsmouth @2pm - although LCL could only manage a draw with Southampton on Sunday, they kept their one-point lead at the top of the Championship. Given their position, they are the toughest opposition Pompey could've hoped to draw. Playing in the third tier, the Hampshire side are currently third just behind Watford and should give the Lionesses a good workout
Hashtag United v Actonians @2pm - there's an all-fourth tier match at Aveley's ground, meaning someone from that level will get the chance to go in the hat with the biggest clubs in the land. The Tags are currently top of the division they both play in and are unbeaten. When they last played at the beginning of September, Hashtag won 4-2. Since then, the A's have gone on a great run themselves. With eight wins from their last nine matches, a full-strength Actonians could make quite a game of it


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Sunday, 27 November 2022

TLFG: 28 November - 4 December 2022

It's been another hectic weekend of youth and senior football with Actonians and as a result, I haven't had time to write a full guide at this point.

The maps are yours to peruse and Monday's Daily Digest is up but that's it for now.

I'm off work on Monday and will attempt to have the rest up by lunchtime.

UPDATE - we're all good to go, with this week's 'Daily Digest' now up for the whole week.

Crystal Palace host Botafogo in a friendly on Saturday

Apologies again for the late publication this week - Sunday was spent on the road with Actonians as they played Ashford United in the Women's FA Cup.

With a place in the Third Round at stake, they started as strong favourites against a team from two divisions below them.

In true FA Cup fashion, the underdogs took the lead and dominated the first half before the A's managed to regroup and take control of the tie.

They eventually won 3-1 (see my full report here) to take their place in Monday's draw alongside all the Women's Championship sides who enter the cup at this stage.

It's a big moment for Actonians, who have never been beyond the Third Round before, and could see them make a lot of money.

 THE WEEK AHEAD

The highlights of the next few days include a high-profile friendly and games in the EFL, National League, FA Vase, Women's Super League and many other games in our local non-league and women's competitions.

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 28 November

Premier League Cup
QPR v Derby County @7pm - the R's B team get the week underway again with another match in this U21 competition. Being played at Hanwell Town's ground, QPR's second string games usually produce loads of goals with 30 coming from just the last five! With Rangers only sending two players to the World Cup, they could well field a strong side here. Admission is usually around £5

Isthmian League Premier
Carshalton Athletic v Billericay Town @745pm - if you'd prefer something a bit more meaningful, head south to Colston Avenue where the Robins could move into the top six with a big win here

Isthmian League Cup Third Round
Walton & Hersham v Southall @745pm - two of the better sides in the Isthmian League's second tier meet for a cup of cup football at the Elmbridge Xcel Leisure Complex. On paper, the hosts should start as favourites

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Tuesday 29 November

Middlesex Senior Cup Second Round
Edgware & Kingsbury v Wealdstone @745pm - my pick of the action on Tuesday night is this David v Goliath contest at Silver Jubilee Park. The hosts play four divisions below the Stones and start as massive underdogs. However, the visitors are unlikely to field their strongest team so E&K should have a chance UPDATE - this match is on Wednesday 

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Wednesday 30 November

Premier League International Cup
Arsenal v Sparta Prague @7pm - the Gunners' U21 side return to European action at Boreham Wood's ground with this match against Czech opposition. So far unbeaten in this competition, Arsenal will hope for a positive result again

Surrey Senior Cup First Round
Kingstonian v Corinthian Casuals @745pm - these two Isthmian League clubs were sharing a ground until last season. However, over the summer, the K's moved out and relocated to share with Tooting & Mitcham United. Wins have been at a premium for both this season so it should be close

Isthmian League South East
Beckenham Town v Chatham Town @745pm - two of the top six meet at Eden Park Avenue for what should be a highly intriguing game. If Chatham win they'll go top

CCL Division 1
RB Kensington v Sandhurst Town @745pm - it's an identical story at Berkeley Fields where two of the top six in this division prepare to do battle. Similar to the match above, Sandhurst will go top with a win

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Friday 2 December

League One
Charlton Athletic v Cheltenham Town @745pm - there's a rare bit of Friday night football to enjoy at The Valley this week. Now winless in four in the league and unable to beat League Two Stockport County in the FA Cup, the Addicks are badly in need of a good result here. The Robins are down in 18th but are climbing the table after managing a 1-0 win over Wycombe last Saturday. Tickets

Essex Senior League
Buckhurst Hill v White Ensign @745pm - the best non-league option of the night takes place towards the north-eastern end of the Central Line. The hosts are spending their first season in the ninth tier and are doing well after a rocky start. Depending on midweek results, a win here against struggling opponents could see them move into the top six

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Saturday 3 December

Friendly
Crystal Palace v Botafogo @1230pm - arguably the match of the week, certainly for the neutral, is this eye-catching friendly between Palace and this Brazilian side. Hailing from Rio, their season finished two weeks ago and they came 11th in the country's 20-team top flight. Adult tickets are £20

League Two
Leyton Orient v Bradford City @1230pm - if you're looking for a more competitive game, then head to Brisbane Road where the leaders welcome fellow promotion chasers from Yorkshire. Having already exited the FA Cup, the O's had this weekend off so should return well rested for this important game. Already five points clear, they could potentially increase that lead to a very commanding eight points with victory here. Tickets
AFC Wimbledon v Grimsby Town @1230pm - after a recent upturn in form in the league, the Dons suffered the disappointment of losing to non-league Chesterfield in the FA Cup on Saturday. The Mariners are experiencing pretty much opposite fortunes at the moment, struggling in the league but winning in the cup - they caused an upset by beating Cambridge United on Saturday. On paper, the hosts should win but your guess is as good as mine! Tickets

National League
Barnet v Wealdstone @1230pm - if you want a game with a bit of an edge to it, head to The Hive where two local rivals who really don't like each other meet for the first time this season. As far as I'm aware, the Stones fans don't get on with the Bees because they've ended up in the ground which was initially intended for them - it's a long story but that's it in a nutshell. Last season, significant damage was done to the ground so I imagine security will be tight. As for the match itself, Barnet are in fine form and should be favourites to get the points which well cement their spot in the play-off places. I haven't seen anything about any ticket restrictions but if you want to go, I would advise buying tickets in advance 
Bromley v Yeovil Town @1230pm - not far behind them, the Ravens could join them in the top seven with a win here. With only one win in five, they badly need to start stringing a few good results together and they should be capable of getting one here against one of the division's strugglers
Dagenham & Redbridge v Torquay United @1230pm - if Bromley slip up, it's likely that they'll be leapfrogged by the Daggers who sit just below them on goal difference. Having won their last three, they should have too much for the bottom club

Isthmian League Premier Division
Enfield Town v Bishop's Stortford @1230pm - there are no sixth-tier games on Saturday but there are several really good seventh-tier ones, with this just about edging it as my pick. Currently fourth and fifth and not a million miles apart geographically, this match shows a lot of promise and should draw a good crowd

Isthmian League South East
Cray Valley PM v Chatham Town @1pm - it looks like being a tough week for title challenging Chatham who make their second visit to a top-six club in a matter of days. As mentioned above, they could well be top by the time this game kicks-off

FA Vase Third Round
Harefield United v North Greenford United @2pm - this national competition for clubs in the ninth and tenth tiers is no down to its last 64 clubs. First up we have this all-CCL Premier North game between two sides on the west side of town. Although NGU are down in the bottom four, they've played fewer games than anyone in the division and haven't met Harefield yet so it's hard to predict who will win
Stansfeld v Erith Town @3pm - there's little doubt that the tie of the round in the London area is this one between two of the top three in the SCEFL Premier. Being played at Glebe's ground, this is another tough one to call. Only two points separate them in the league and they've yet to play each other this season - it looks like a cracker
Sporting Bengal United v Deal Town @3pm - tenth-tier club SBU are one of the lowest-ranked teams left in the competition so they've done incredibly well to get this far. After recording a stunning 6-3 at Glebe in the last round, they should have some confidence facing a team from the same division

ECL Division 1 South
Frenford v Burnham Ramblers @3pm - one point clear at the top of this tenth-tier division, Frenford have had a fine season but if they are to shake off the chasing pack and build more of a lead they really need to beat Burnham who are third 

MCFL Premier Division
Kensington Dragons v Shepherds Bush @2pm - for me, the game of the day is this 11th-tier derby at the Linford Christie Stadium on the edge of Wormwood Scrubs. The ground is located in W12 - famously the Shepherds Bush postcode always used on BBC shows in my youth, but it's the Dragons who call it home. The visitors were only formed at the start of last season and won their division but don't have a stadium of their own. They spent the last campaign at Brunel University in Uxbridge and are now at Rectory Park in Northolt. Will they be bringing football home on Saturday???

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Sunday 4 December

FA Women's Super League
Arsenal v Everton @2pm - after the disappointment of losing to Manchester United in front of thousands of fans at the Emirates Stadium, the Gunners return to Super League action against the Toffees. Having surrendered top spot to Chelsea, they'll need to beat a very inconsistent Everton side or risk finding themselves six points adrift of the Blues on Sunday night. Tickets

FA Women's Championship
London City Lionesses v Southampton @2pm - the game of the day in the second tier sees the leaders host the side in third. LCL finished as runners-up to Liverpool last season and are pushing hard for the title again, going top after Bristol City's loss to Birmingham just over a week ago. The Saints are new to this level after winning promotion from the National League and are acquitting themselves well. Aside from defeat in their opening game, they haven't lost a league game since meaning they are now  eight without defeat

Women's FA Cup Second Round
Watford v Crawley Wasps @1pm - after seeing last weekend's match postponed, National League Southern Premier title contenders Watford welcome strugglers Crawley to Grosvenor Vale. The winners travel to Crystal Palace in the next round

FA Women's National League Cup Second Round
London Seaward v Plymouth Argyle @2pm - there's a real chance of a cupset here as Walthamstow based Seaward take on one of the strugglers from the division above them

FA Women's National League Division 1 SE
Actonians v Cambridge City @2pm - the A's will be looking to make it eight wins from nine games when they play a side sitting just above the relegation zone. Having beaten them 4-2 in a cup match already, they should fancy their chances


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If you're going to see a game, whether you're a local or a visitor, please let me know what you've been up to. If you're interested in reviewing a ground in the London area for this blog then get in touch. I also very much welcome photos of your football travels.

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Sunday, 20 November 2022

TLFG: 21-27 November 2022

Greetings one and all and welcome to TLFG.

A punishing work schedule means I'll keep this preamble pretty brief.

I haven't been able to see any live football since last Sunday and I probably won't be able to see any until next Sunday - that's what having a week of shifts that require me to get up between 3-4am does for you.

The World Cup is now underway and I should be back in time to watch England's opener against Iran at 1pm - I have my views on this tournament, like everyone does, but I haven't got the energy to go into them right here and now.

This weekend was a great one for my teams with Harrow Borough pulling off a notable shock in the FA Trophy, winning 4-2 at National League South side Concord Rangers.

Millwall welcome Brondby to The Den on Saturday

They now go into the Third Round draw alongside a number of former EFL clubs so we could have a big moment to almost replicate the one we enjoyed at Pompey in the FA Cup last season.

In the women's game, Actonians recorded an emphatic 4-0 away win at Chesham United to continue their good run of form.

They next face a home game against Hounslow on Tuesday before travelling to Ashford United in the Women's FA Cup on Sunday, which I will try and get to.

Lastly, many thanks this week to Toby P-S from London who donated to TLFG's coffee-drinking fund, I really appreciate it.

THE WEEK AHEAD

The highlights of the next few days include games in the FA Cup, EFL, National League, Women's Super League Cup, Women's FA Cup and many other games in our local non-league and women's competitions.

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 21 November

Premier League Cup
QPR v AFC Bournemouth @7pm - the R's B team get the week underway again with another match in this U21 competition. Being played at Hanwell Town's ground, QPR's second string games usually produce loads of goals with 30 coming from just the last five! With Rangers only sending two players to the World Cup, they could well field a strong side here. Admission is usually around £5

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Tuesday 22 November

EFL Trophy Second Round
AFC Wimbledon v Sutton United @745pm - with the group stage complete, it's time for the knockout rounds of this competition that's predominantly for sides in League One and League Two. Usually drawing small crowds, this derby could well pull in a few more fans than normal. Both in League Two and very evenly matched, the U's got to the final last season and beat the Dons in a recent league game. Tickets

Premier League Cup
Charlton Athletic v Fulham @1pm - earlier in the day, the Addicks take on the Cottagers in this U21 match at Dartford's ground. The visitors are currently top of Group A and start as favourites

Middlesex Senior Cup Second Round
Hanwell Town v Harrow Borough @745pm - postponed from last week, there's a decent local derby in west London where these two Southern League sides look to make progress in the county cup. The Geordies won the competition two years ago but lost to Harrow in the final when they last won it in 2015

Isthmian League Premier Division
Wingate & Finchley v Corinthian Casuals @745pm - in north London there's a relegation six-pointer between a couple of the bottom five. The hosts come into this on the back of a valuable away win at Cray Wanderers

CCL Division 1 
Bedfont v Sandhurst Town @745pm - if you fancy a bit of 10th-tier football, head down to the Heathrow area where two of this division's top six go head-to-head. Bedfont were top but have slipped down a bit but they have two games in hand on the leaders, so should be able to get back amongst it

FAWNL Division 1 South East
Actonians v Hounslow @745pm - the A's continued their recent run of good form with a 4-0 win at Chesham United on Sunday. Hounslow have been struggling for two or three years now and this season has been a disaster. Having managed to play only five games so far, they've lost the lot. They've scored only one and have conceded a staggering 47! They lost 12-0 at home to Cambridge United on Sunday and could suffer a similar fate here. This match is being played at Rayners Lane rather than Actonians' normal Rectory Park home. Admission is £5

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Wednesday 23 November

UEFA Women's Champions League
Chelsea v Real Madrid @8pm - there's an eye-catching fixture at Kingsmeadow where two of world football's biggest names do battle. The Blues are currently top of Group A with a 100% record whilst Real are just behind them having taken four points from their opening two. Tickets

Isthmian League South Central
Bedfont Sports v Walton & Hersham @745pm - the hosts had a great run to the play-offs last season but it's all gone badly awry at the beginning of this campaign. Recently parting ways with their manager, they'll hope to bring their 10 game winless run to an end ASAP. However, it's unlikely to happen here as W&H are second and looking to close the gap on leaders Northwood to four points

SCEFL Division 1
Lewisham Borough v Forest Hill Park @745pm - in south-east London there's another relegation six-pointer to enjoy. Not only that but it's a groundshare derby too - the stakes are high!

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Friday 25 November

Suburban League
Bromley v Beaconsfield Town @745pm - there's not much on on Thursday or Friday, with this U23 game being the pick of the action at Hayes Lane MATCH OFF

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Saturday 26 November

Friendly
Millwall v Brondby @1pm - with the World Cup causing an extended international break, bringing a pause to Premier League and Championship football, some sides have decided to arrange friendlies to keep their players in good shape. The first of those, that I'm aware of, is this interesting game between the Lions and one of Denmark's biggest clubs. Adult tickets are a very reasonable £10

FA Cup Second Round
Charlton Athletic v Stockport County @3pm - the Addicks have been the models of inconsistency this season and are mired in midtable in League One. Now four without a league win, they'll need to be wary of the visitors who finally returned to League Two after several years in the fifth and sixth tiers. Although only 14th, they've been on a good run of late and will probably bring a sizeable following with them. In my opinion, there is a decent chance of a cupset here. Tickets
AFC Wimbledon v Chesterfield @3pm - after struggling to get past non-league Weymouth in the last round, the Dons welcome another National League side on Saturday, albeit a much better one. Currently third in the fifth tier, the Spireites arrive in great form and they beat League Two club Northampton Town in the last round. However, AFC Wimbledon are on a good run of their own and could edge through if they put in a thoroughly professional performance. Tickets
Dagenham & Redbridge v Gillingham @5pm - talking of upsets, there's a very good opportunity of seeing one in east London. The Daggers have won four games on the trot and are now only a point adrift of the National League play-off places. The Gills, on the other hand, suffered relegation from League One last season and are now in the bottom two of the fourth tier. Despite this, they're thriving in cup competitions. Not only are they in the second round of this competition, they've sensationally made it to the last 16 of the EFL Cup and won at Premier League Brentford in the last round. Can they get themselves up for the cup again? Tickets

National League
Wealdstone v Scunthorpe United @3pm - the Stones have played a number of the division's big names in recent weeks and they welcome one of the newest fallen former EFL sides on Saturday. The Iron have really struggled since relegation at the end of last season, managing only three wins from their first 20 games. Current form suggests a home win. Tickets

National League South
Dartford v Concord Rangers @3pm - just when the Darts looked to be getting back into making top spot their own, they've wobbled again and are down to third. All is not lost though as they're still only two points behind leaders Ebbsfleet. Concord, who hail from Canvey Island, are way down in 19th and lost 4-2 at home to Southern League club Harrow Borough in the FA Trophy on Saturday

Friendly
Dulwich Hamlet v Chelsea U21 @1pm - the Hamlet were supposed to be playing Ebbsfleet in a league game but they're still in the FA Cup. So rather than have a blank Saturday, they've arranged this decent looking friendly against the Blues' youngsters. Adult tickets are £10

Isthmian League Premier
Wingate & Finchley v Enfield Town @3pm - in the seventh tier, I'd recommend another trip to Summers Lane for this north London derby. With the clubs scrapping for points at either end of the table, this should be well worth a watch

Isthmian League South Central
Tooting & Mitcham United v Uxbridge @3pm - the Terrors have had a very disappointing season and find themselves in the bottom three. As a result they haven't featured much in TLFG in 2022/23. With no real standout games in the eighth tier, give them a visit if you're in south London. They have a great ground and some equally great fans. It's also worth going along to check out the visiting Reds. Although a bit underwhelming in the league, they caused one of the shocks of the round in the FA Trophy on Saturday as they beat NLS side Dover Athletic on penalties

Essex Senior League
West Essex v Redridge @3pm - the game of the day in the ninth tier sees two of the top four go head-to-head at Wadham Lodge in Walthamstow. Only four points separate the top five, so the result of this will have a significant impact on the title race

SCEFL Premier Division
Fisher v Welling Town @3pm - both of these side have made a very disappointing start to this season and are in the bottom three. Consequently, this is a hugely important game. To top it all, it's Fisher's Community Day and the first 50 people through the gate will get a free pie!

CCL Division 1
Bedfont v Langley @3pm - in the 10th tier, I recommend another trip to The Orchard. As it stands, the sides are sixth and first but Bedfont could be in the top four if they win in midweek. Langley are currently a point clear at the top

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Sunday 27 November

FA Women's Super League Cup
Tottenham Hotspur v Coventry United @2pm - the WSL has a week off so its League Cup takes over. Open to WSL and Championship clubs, we're still at the group stage. These two currently jointly top Group E after winning their opening games. Coventry have been really struggling in the Championship and Spurs should win. This is being played at Leyton Orient
West Ham United v Birmingham City @3pm - the Hammers got back to winning ways on Sunday with a narrow 1-0 victory over bottom club Leicester. In their opening group game, they scraped past Championship leaders London City Lionesses on penalties. Birmingham are also a second-tier side and should be beaten
Charlton Athletic v Bristol City @2pm - in south-east London, at VCD Athletic's ground, this clash of two of the Championship's top four could produce one of the games of the day
Crystal Palace v Lewes @2pm - elsewhere in south-east London, two clubs only a point apart in the second tier should also be a close one
London City Lionesses v Brighton & Hove Albion @2pm - recently installed as top club in the Championship, LCL could well cause a bit of an upset against one of the WSL's lower clubs

Women's FA Cup Second Round
At this stage no new clubs enter the draw, meaning this one features the remaining clubs from the third tier and below. There are 28 ties taking place around the country with the winners of each receiving £8,000 and  the losers £2,000. Here are the ties taking place in London:

Watford v Crawley Wasps @1pm - two third-tier teams who've had very different seasons meet at Wealdstone's ground at lunchtime. The Hornets were top but have lost some ground of late with Sunday's home defeat to Billericay leaving them five points behind new leaders Oxford United. Crawley have had a terrible season, failing to win any of their 10 league games and really should be beaten here
AFC Wimbledon v Billericay Town @3pm - Carshalton Athletic's ground plays host to an intriguing tie between one of the best sides in the fourth tier and an ever-improving third tier one. Billericay won the Dons' division last season and have started to build a decent run of results which has lifted them to fifth
Dartford v Hashtag United @4pm - one of the lowest-ranked teams left in the competition, the Darts face an incredibly tough afternoon against a strong Hashtag side who top the division above them
Dulwich Hamlet v Gillingham WFC @2pm - although the Hamlet top the fifth-tier division Dartford play in, they can expect an even bigger challenge as they play host to a midtable third-tier outfit from Kent. There should be a decent crowd to encourage them though



GET INVOLVED
If you're going to see a game, whether you're a local or a visitor, please let me know what you've been up to. If you're interested in reviewing a ground in the London area for this blog then get in touch. I also very much welcome photos of your football travels.

NEED HELP?
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Monday, 14 November 2022

TLFG: 14-20 November 2022

Hi there - how are you?

It's recently gone midnight and I'm writing this while listening to a selection of great tunes on Greatest Hits Radio - "Daydream Believer" is on at the moment.

Today has been largely shaped by cracking tunes thanks to the moment I set foot on a rail replacement bus service at Basingstoke station around 11am this morning.

Now I know what you're thinking - cracking tunes and rail replacement buses aren't traditional bedfellows but today that was the case.

To backtrack a bit, I set off early to make my way to Hampshire to watch Actonians play AFC Stoneham in a Women's FA Cup First Round tie.

Actonians striker Roschelle Shakes keeps Stoneham's defence busy

With the line closed for engineering work, I had to get a bus from Basingstoke to Eastleigh but as soon as I boarded, I was greeted with The Proclaimers belting out '500 miles' and that just set the tone for the rest of the day.

Further classics on the journey included Van Halen's Jump and other top numbers from the likes of KC & The Sunshine Band, Whitney Houston and many, many more - this album is not available in the shops (one for the older readers).

After grabbing a bit of refreshment in Eastleigh, I walked the remaining two miles to the Stoneham Lane football complex, used by Northern Ireland in the Women's Euros, where the match was being played.

It was quite an eventful walk which took me through the back streets of the town and into Lakeside Country Park. 

On its edge I was greeted by a woman walking her dog in the long grass, who exclaimed loudly 'WHERE IS YOUR S***?!" as I passed her - I hope she was successful in her treasure hunt.

Once in the park, I had to navigate a double level crossing across a small gauge steam railway before heading off across the wetlands.

As I was leaving the park, I had to cross a bridge over a river in which a couple of youngsters were having fun driving a car around in - go figure!

With that disorientating sight behind me, I was almost there.

The last landmark was Eastleigh FC's stadium which is on the same road as Stoneham's ground.

Fulham will host West Ham in a friendly during the World Cup

With entry a very reasonable £4, programme included, I was pitchside about 30 minutes before kick-off.

Actonians play two divisions above Stoneham and were strong favourites.

Thankfully they lived up to their billing and won pretty comfortably, with Japanese full-back Chihiro Ebine starring with two goals in a 3-0 win.

The win takes their cup earnings to £10,000 and with £2,000 awarded to losers in the next round, they've guaranteed themselves £12,000 at the very least - a considerable sum for a team at this level.

They'll find out their Second Round opponents in the draw on Monday lunchtime.

If you want a full match report, I wrote my first one in years which you can read on Actonians' website.

I think the last one was for the now defunct Shepherd's Bush Gazette and saw me cover QPR's turgid 1-0 loss to Leicester City at the then Walkers Stadium back in 2005.

The most notable thing I can remember was Ian Holloway deciding to play Georges Santos up front but I digress.

Overall, despite the long journey back from Stoneham, it was well worth going.

The players coming over to say thanks again at the end is always a high point as is the chat with the other supporters who are largely players' parents or injured players who all give great insight.

Thankfully I've got a day off tomorrow to recover.

If you didn't realise, the World Cup break for the Premier League and Championship clubs is now underway.

Next month some of them will be playing friendlies.

So far we know that Crystal Palace will host Botafogo at Selhurst Park and Millwall have Brondby coming to The Den.

We now also know Fulham have West Ham United coming to Craven Cottage.

If you hear of any others let me know.

THE WEEK AHEAD

The highlights of the next few days include games in the FA Cup, EFL, National League, FA Trophy, Women's Super League and many other games in our local non-league and women's competitions.

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 14 November

Premier League International Cup
Arsenal v Monaco @7pm - the week begins with an eye-catching bit of U21 action at Boreham Wood's ground. It's over two months since the Gunners last played a match in this competition, drawing 1-1 with Feyenoord. Next up are the youngsters from Monaco who beat Manchester United 2-0 at Old Trafford on Friday. Admission to games at Meadow Park is usually free but it shouldn't be more than a fiver

Premier League Cup
QPR v Brighton & Hove Albion @7pm - if west London is more convenient for you, then the R's are playing their first home game of the campaign in this other U21 competition. They managed a 1-1 draw in their opening fixture at Derby County. Brighton lost 3-0 at home to Bournemouth so have some ground to make up. Being played at Hanwell Town, there is usually a small charge for admission 

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Tuesday 15 November

FA Cup First Round Replay
AFC Wimbledon v Weymouth @745pm - after being held to a 1-1 draw by the non-league club in the original game, the Dons have another chance to make sure of their place in the Second Round. Playing two divisions above the Dorset club, they should win but that was the case two weeks ago too. The winners will host National League club Chesterfield in the next round. Tickets

Premier League International Cup
West Ham United v Feyenoord @7pm - the Hammers' U21 side have lost their first two games in this competition, including a 5-0 drubbing by PSV Eindhoven last time out. They'll be hoping for better against another Dutch club who have also yet to win a game. This is being played at Dagenham & Redbridge and it's £5 to get in

Middlesex Senior Cup Second Round
Hanwell Town v Harrow Borough @745pm - there's a decent local derby in west London where these two Southern League sides look to make progress in the county cup. The Geordies won the competition two years ago but lost to Harrow in the final when they last won it in 2015

CCL Premier Division North
Raynes Park Vale v Colliers Wood United @745pm - nearly 200 crammed into Wibbandune on Saturday to watch these two local rivals battle it out in the FA Vase. RPV edged to a 1-0 win and they'll be marginal favourites to repeat that scoreline again as these two CCL title contenders meet for one of the most important non-league games of the week

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Wednesday 16 November

Surrey Senior Cup First Round
Kingstonian v Corinthian Casuals @745pm - these two Isthmian League clubs were sharing a ground until the end of last season. However, over the summer, the K's moved out and they've now moved in with Tooting & Mitcham United. Wins have been at a premium for both this season so it should be close

SCEFL Premier Division
Erith Town v Erith & Belvedere @730pm - there's another ninth-tier game of huge importance in south-east London on Wednesday. Like the CCL match above, it features two of the top three clubs but whereas RPV and CWU are only three points apart, there's a whopping 15 points between these two. However, the hosts have three games in hand so they simply must win if they're to have any chance of catching the Deres
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Thursday 17 November

FA Youth Cup Second Round
Charlton Athletic v Northampton Town @7pm - after thrashing Kingstonian 9-0 in the last round of the country's most prestigious U18 competition, the Addicks' youngsters prepare to take on the Cobblers who edged past Peterborough to get this far. This match is being played at Dartford

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Friday 18 November

Essex Senior League
Woodford Town v Barking @745pm - depending on how results go earlier in the week, the hosts could have a chance to force their way into the top six with a win here. The visitors are still trying to get out of the bottom half

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Saturday 19 November

FA Women's Super League
Arsenal v Manchester United @530pm - with the Premier League and Championship now shut for several weeks because of the World Cup, the biggest match of the day will be this women's game at the Emirates Stadium. In excess of 30,000 tickets have been sold to see the current leaders take on the side in third. You can be there too for only £12 adults, £6 kids

League Two
Sutton United v Rochdale @3pm - now four games without a win after losing 2-0 to Bradford City on Saturday, the U's are down to 17th and badly in need of a win. Rochdale are four points behind them and really must be beaten but they're in slightly better form. When they last played at Gander Green Lane in March, Sutton won 3-0 and they'd dearly love to repeat that here. Tickets

Premier League Cup
Arsenal v Stoke City @1pm - having beaten Swansea and Burnley in their opening two group games, the Gunners' U21 side are currently top of Group G. A 1-1 draw with the Clarets has been enough to put Stoke second behind Arsenal. This is being played at Boreham Wood and should finish just in time for you to get to the game at nearby London Lions which starts at 3pm

National League
Barnet v Torquay United @3pm - the Bees won 2-0 at Oldham Athletic on Saturday to move back into the play-off places. The Gulls have struggled this season but held Derby County to a draw in the FA Cup and have their replay against them in midweek
Dagenham & Redbridge v Scunthorpe United @3pm - a fine 3-0 win at promotion chasing Solihull Moors saw the Daggers extend their unbeaten run to three games and lifted them into the top half. The Iron fell out of the EFL at the end of last season and have been in the National League's relegation zone pretty much all season

FA Trophy Second Round
The national knockout competition for sides in the fifth to eighth tiers with its final at Wembley, reaches its second round. This stage features all the remaining clubs from the sixth to eighth tiers, the fifth tier clubs enter the draw in the next round. There are four ties in the London area:

Hampton & Richmond Borough v Farnborough @3pm - neck-and-neck in midtable in the National League South, this tie is very hard to call. They haven't played each other yet in the league but Farnborough are in the middle of a great run in the FA Cup. Having caused an upset by beating Sutton United in the last round, they will next travel to Wrexham and with this momentum in mind, I favour them to prevail here
Welling United v Havant & Waterlooville @3pm - there's another tie between two sixth-tier sides at Park View Road too. The Wings have slipped to 11th in the NLS after going a third game without a win. H&W are third and only three points behind the leaders so they're the favourites coming into this
Hanwell Town v Slough Town @3pm - with only five wins from their 18 league games, Slough have made an underwhelming start and could be in danger of suffering a cupset. The Geordies, who play a level below, have lost a bit of form recently but spurred on by their growing home support, they might just have enough to cause a shock
Uxbridge v Dover Athletic @3pm - with the Reds playing in the eighth tier, they are one of the lowest ranked teams left in the competition. In Dover, they face a side recently relegated from the National League so they face a huge challenge. With average crowds of only 120, Uxbridge will be hoping for a bumper attendance here

Isthmian League South Central
Walton & Hersham v Westfield @3pm - currently tied on 24 points in third and fourth, this eighth-tier game probably also qualifies as a derby as the visitors hail from Woking. The Swans have pulling in incredibly impressive average crowds of 325 this season and should get at least that for this

Isthmian League South East 
Beckenham Town v Whitehawk @3pm - a fine run in the FA Cup means the Becks have some games in hand to make up and if won, they should find themselves back in the top four alongside Whitehawk who have become one of their main promotion rivals

Essex Senior League
Redbridge v Southend Manor @3pm - there are no standout games across the whole ninth tier so I'd suggest going to watch The Motormen who are very much in the ESL title race, currently three points behind leaders Enfield in third. The visitors are bottom and should be beaten

ECL Division 1 South
Frenford v Sporting Bengal United @3pm - if you haven't already done so, it should be worth taking a look at the hosts who are a point clear at the top with a game in hand on most of their rivals. Former ninth-tier club SBU are closing in on a play-off place

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Sunday 20 November

FA Women's Super League
Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur @1pm - over the last couple of years, the November international break has been given over to Women's Football Weekend. To the best of my knowledge, it hasn't been officially branded that way this year but with Arsenal playing at the Emirates on Saturday and Chelsea playing this match at Stamford Bridge, it effectively is. In their last match, the Blues taught upstarts Manchester United a lesson by beating them 3-1 at Leigh Sports Village, ending their perfect start to the season. Quite simply, Spurs aren't as good as Man Utd and could easily ship three or four goals here. Tickets
West Ham United v Leicester City @3pm - Paul Konchesky's Hammers side have been models of inconsistency this season with three wins and four defeats. Although two of those defeats were against Arsenal and Chelsea, they pushed both sides hard and should be more than capable of beating the Foxes who have lost every game. This is being played at Dagenham & Redbridge. Tickets

FA Women's Championship
Crystal Palace v Charlton Athletic @2pm - it's derby day in the second tier where these two local rivals, who are fifth and fourth, play each other at Selhurst Park. The Eagles are only a point behind the Addicks but have a game in hand. Tickets

FA Women's National League Southern Premier
Watford v Billericay Town @2pm - after sweeping past Fulham in the Women's FA Cup on Sunday, the Hornets return to league action against Billericay. A win, at Wealdstone's ground, could put them back on top of the third tier

Capital Women's Senior Cup Second Round
Fulham v AFC Wimbledon @2pm - the Cottagers play in the fifth tier but are hosting this match against the third tier Dons at Craven Cottage. It's a local derby but Fulham will have to be at their very best to get even close. Tickets are £5

Capital Women's Intermediate Cup Second Round
Actonians Reserves v Brentford @2pm - elsewhere in west London there's another derby taking place in Gunnersbury Park. Actonians' second string are currently top of the seventh tier whilst Brentford are doing well in the division just above them. The two clubs have their HQs on either side of the park this match is being played in - it really is a local derby. Entry is free



GET INVOLVED
If you're going to see a game, whether you're a local or a visitor, please let me know what you've been up to. If you're interested in reviewing a ground in the London area for this blog then get in touch. I also very much welcome photos of your football travels.

NEED HELP?
Got any questions about visiting London? Don't hesitate to ask - be they football or more general travel/touristy queries. I do not charge for this advice like some other sites so don't hold back!

You can contact TLFG through the comments section below or via FacebookTwitter or even by good old email.

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