After a long season which began back on Tuesday 2 August, when by virtue of their 7.30 pm kick-off, Badshot Lea got the season going against Farnham Town, we now have just one match left to complete the campaign and that is the RPM Records Division One Challenge Cup Final, taking place tomorrow, Saturday 13 May, at Bedfont & Feltham FC, kick-off 3.00 p.m. The match is between league newcomers, AC London, and Redhill, Division One runners-up.
It has the feel of an intriguing contest. The price of admission for adults has been reduced to £7 for adults (£4 OAP’s, £2 children Under-16). There are also concessions for any club officers attending from other CCL clubs. You will need your league pass to secure entry for £5 and the same concession will apply to any of the League’s match officials.
Moving into the close season, the first “big” question is who will be directed to us by the Football Association and although we don’t know for certain, we believe it may not be until week commencing 22 May before the details are released. We do know that three clubs are leaving the League, Hartley Wintney on promotion to Step 4 and they will be eagerly waiting see which League/Division they are placed in, along with Dorking and Epsom Athletic in less happy circumstances, with Dorking deciding to fold and Epsom dropping down to a lower level after struggling in recent seasons.
The Grant-McLellan Youth Cup Final took place on Tuesday evening at Bedfont Sports and on the new surface both Abbey Rangers and Windsor gave an excellent display. There were no goals in the first half but Abbey eventually broke the deadlock and went on to win by 4 goals to 2. One very notable feature of the match was the lack of dissent, with just one caution throughout, that being for no more than a clumsy tackle.
Colliers Wood United Manager Tony Hurrell was present and he was asked to pick the “man of the match” award, choosing Abbey’s T.T. Walters, one of a number of players displaying exceptional pace on the night. There was a healthy attendance of 234 people and we were well looked after by hosts Bedfont Sports. Well done also the match officials who controlled the match seamlessly.