Polytechnic midfielder Tom Lancaster is out of the squad to travel to Jersey in the FA Inter League Cup in two weeks time after suffering ligament damage during training on Wednesday.
Manager Bob Leeds remains buoyant however despite the loss of such a key player. "We do have cover in our ranks, but we will certainly miss Tom’s involvement".
Looking ahead to the game which is being played on Saturday February 29th at the Springfield Stadium in Jersey, Bob added, "we know we have got to be at our best on the day. they beat the AFC in the last round who we lost to earlier in the season in the Argonaut Trophy". He went on to say "we are up against it, Most of the Jersey players are playing regularly at Step 6 with the Jersey Bulls in the Combined Counties League while all of ours operate at Step 7".
But if we can maintain the form which saw us overcome the Thames Valley Premier League and the Essex & Suffolk Border League then we have half a chance to progress into the semis.
Bob has a wealth of experience in this competition and has been involved in it seven times winning it once and losing in 3 semi finals..
"This years squad has a great camaraderie and we have had the opportunity to train together regularly despite coming from all four corners of London and the Home Counties and we aim to give it our best".
Details of seven of the nine SAL Challenge Cup finals for 2020 have been confirmed, including the appointment of referees and assistants.
Saturday 25 April at Norsemen F.C.
Referee: Andy DEMETRIADES
Assistants: Joshua EVANS and Gerald PORTER
4th Official: Abi OYELEE
Saturday 21 March at Old Finchleians F.C.
Referee: Lee ADDISON
Assistants: John FAITHFULL and Harry DEMOSTHENOUS
Saturday 21 March at Old Wilsonians F.C.
Referee: Laki KASTURIRATNE
Assistants: Jonathan GREEN and Aidan KEIGHTLEY
Saturday 7 March at Actonians Association F.C.
Referee: Jason ELLIOTT
Assistants: Derrick COE and Eric OWEN
Saturday 28 March at Kew Association F.C.
Referee: Jason KILBY
Assistants: William PRIOR and Vlad CHITESCU
Saturday 14 March at Civil Service F.C.
Referee: Bart BLOOMFIELD
Assistants: John SPOERRY and Patrick GRIFFIN
Saturday 14 March at East Barnet Old Grammarians F.C.
Referee: Oliver BIERMAN
Assistants: Andy BRAITHWAITE and Domingo CURBELO
We call on Government to impose a 5% levy on The Premier League's £8.3bn combined revenue from UK and international TV deal for 2016-2019 to be reinvested back into Grassroots football
Cuts by government to local councils are having a huge impact on Grassroots football across the country with most authorities not able to fund grassroots football anymore while the Premier League clubs have just spent £1.4bn in this summers transfer window.
As many Grassroots clubs and teams struggle to survive in these difficult times with ever increasing fees and a lack of affordable facilities both indoor and out, we call on government to impose a 5% levy so that the £billions at the top of the tree reach the roots, the starting place for every football player.
The date for the SAL Rep Team's next fixture in the FA Inter-League Cup has been confirmed as 9 November with the game to be played at Little Oakley F.C.
The fixture will mark a return to Harwich for the SAL who played in the League in the 1934-1935 season. The club failed to complete their league season due to extensive cup runs with victory in the AFA Senior Cup and a Final defeat in the Essex Senior Cup topped by reaching the FA Cup 1st Round proper. The following season the club joined Ipswich Town in leaving the SAL to become founder members of the Eastern Counties League.
The team are through to the 2nd Round following Saturday's (29 Sep) convincing 4-0 win away to the Thames Valley Premier League at Reading. Goals from Josh Thompson (2), Owen Bradley and Lee Raji saw the team safely through to the last sixteen.
The SAL representative team defeated the Thames Valley Premier League 4 - 0 yesterday (28 Sep) to progress to the last 16 of the FA Inter-League Cup. Two quick-fire first half goals from Owen Bradley (Alleyn Old Boys) then Josh Thompson (Old Owens) from the penalty spot gave the SAL a comfortable half-time lead. Thompson then slid in the third early in the second half before Lee Raji (Polytechnic) rounded off a convincing performance with a lovely spin finish to make it 4-0.
The next round sees the team away to the Essex & Suffolk Border League in a tie which is due to be played by 29 November. The ESBL defeated the Southern Combination (former Sussex County) League 1-0 at Harwich & Parkeston, a former SAL member.
Elsewhere, our AFA colleagues at the Amateur Football Combination progress in a 2-1 win against the Essex Olympian League and will host the Jersey Combination in the next round.
The SAL rep team begins its 2019-20 FA Inter-League Cup campaign on Saturday with a trip to Reading to face the Thames Valley Premier League. The Rep Team first entered the competition in 2007-08 and won it at the first attempt following a penalty shoot-out against the Midland Combination at the Ricoh Arena and will be keen to repeat the feat. Although the SAL has not managed to get back to the final, it has reached two semi-finals in 2012 - losing 1-2 away to the Isle of Man League - and 2016 - losing 0-1 at home to the Teesside League.
Manager Bob Leeds and the players welcome all support for the game which kicks-off at 3.00pm at the Rivermoor Stadium, Scours Lane, Reading RG30 6AY.
The squad chosen to represent the League is listed below:
Come on you Reds!!!
John Payne, a former President of Lloyds Bank Football Club sadly died over the weekend of 21/22 September, four weeks before his 90th birthday. We are advised that he died peacefully in his sleep, and we have been asked to let his football friends and colleagues of his passing. Please therefore feel free to forward this email on to anyone you think might have known him.
John was a gifted player who played for many years for Lloyds Bank first team and captained them during a golden era for the club. He went on to become the Club President. He was always very supportive of the club and interested on how things were going, and he made every effort to attend the clubs dinners and speak to all of the players whatever their standard, and was a real talisman for the club.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.
The SAL suffered a loss in the first game of their defence of the Argonaut Trophy, going down 1-3 against the AFC at Uxbridge. Having been declared winners of the competition after the Herts Senior County League declined to play the final game, the team were hoping to cement their position as champions, but will have to set their sights on the FA Inter-League Cup instead, with the first round coming up on 28 September.
Dan Barber opened the scoring for the SAL with a beautiful, curled shot after 17 minutes but Ryan Bright equalised for the AFC just three minutes later. Two second half goals from Tom Coulter sealed victory for the AFC with both sides denied by point-blank saves along the way.
Video highlights of the game can be viewed below:
For 2019/20 the SAL has introduced Player Forums to allow players to engage with the League on issues which they think are important.
The first batch of Player Forums has been scheduled for September 2019 with four Forums taking place at venues chosen to give access to all players across the SAL area.
Forums will be open meetings where players can raise issues they think are important to ask questions of the League officers present, or make suggestions on how to develop the League.
The four Club Forums coming up are as follows:
Wednesday 4th September, 7:30pm
Old Finchleians Memorial Ground, 12 Southover, Woodside Park N12 7JE
Thursday 5th September, 7:30pm
Actonians Sports Club, Gunnersbury Drive, Ealing W5 4LL
Tuesday 10th September, 7:30pm
Old Wilsonians Sports Ground, Hayes Hill, Hayes BR2 7HN
Tuesday 24th September, 7:30pm
Oakfield Playing Fields, Forest Road, Barkingside IG6 3HD
Ideas from the Forums will guide the League Development & Communications Committee (LDC) in what they look at in the coming season, reporting back to clubs and players at both the Half Year Council and AGM.
Players views and ideas could make a difference, and we would therefore encourage as many players from as many clubs as possible to attend one of the forums and have an input into their League. This follows on from the successful survey of two years ago, which did result in significant changes being made.
We look forward to seeing you at a Club Forum soon!
As the season draws to an end it is time to celebrate the administrators who make our football possible. Nominations for the prestigious Keith Busby Award are now being accepted by the AFA who will make the final decision about who will receive the award.
If you would like to nominate someone at your club please do so via the form below by Friday 26th April.