The SAL representative team slipped out of the FA Inter League Cup at Uxbridge this afternoon, losing to the only goal against the Teesside League having played 63 minutes with ten men against a very fast, physical opposition.
The opening exchanges were even but the visitors' quick counter attacking had begun to stretch the SAL defence when skipper Arren Sutcliffe conceded a penalty after fourteen minutes. The kick was good but Sutcliffe's Nottsborough clubmate George Thomas dived to his right to parry the shot and preserve parity.
Teesside continued to play on the break and it was a through ball that turne Thomas' game upside down as he handled outside the area and, as the last defending player, was shown the red card by the referee on 27 minutes. The SAL's very own Teessider - Dan Ashley - took over between the sticks for the free kick which was not converted.
The dismissal appeared to galvanise the SAL and they began to make inroads at the other end with Dan Barber twice going close and having a penalty appeal turned down shortly before half time. A good save from the Teesside 'keeper kept the game goalless which it still was at half time.
In the second half the Teessiders again began brightly but the SAL again worked their way back into the game and a fast paced tussle ensued with the crucial breakthrough coming on 73 minutes when a ball over the back four gave the Teesside striker the opportunity to lob home as Ashley came out to narrow the angle.
Jordan Greaves and Andy Barrell both came on to help take the battle to the visitors but, although the ball spent a fair amount of time in the Teesside final third in the last ten minutes, the defence and goalkeeper stood firm and the SAL were destined to miss out.
Bob Leeds, Pat Folan and the team were bitterly disappointed to miss out on the chance of second final but they should not overlook their performance which showed grit and determination against worthy opponents, a man down for most of the game.
The half-yearly Council Meeting will take place on Thursday 28 January 2016, starting at 6.30pm. The meeting will take place at the same venue Civil Service Club, 13-15 Great Scotland Yard, London SW1A 2HJ.
All clubs are required to send a representative on pain of death, reduced to a fine if paid within the stipulated time frame.
The SAL reached the semi-finals of the FA Inter-League Cup for the third time in five attempts today with a convincing 4-0 win against the Herts Senior County League at Colney Heath.
The hosts were runners-up in the previous tournament so this was expected to be a tough test but the SAL proved to be more than a match for Herts. Sutcliffe and Classen formed a brick wall in the centre of defence while veteran striker Alex Ewin, who scored in the final when the SAL were victorious in 2008, along with Barber, Sinclair and Taylor, caused the Herts defence problems from the start.
The SAL pressed in the opening exchanges but didn't manage to break through, allowing Herts to fight back. However, on 31 minutes Ewin showed that he hasn't lost that special touch to put the SAL in the lead. The margin was doubled before the break with Alan Taylor converted from close range to give the SAL a buffer just before the break.
In the second half the SAL were playing up the slope but as the game wore on they looked more and more assured and Taylor got his second to extend the lead in 69th minute with a right foot shot after an SAL breakaway. The game was sealed in the 76th minute when Chris Sinclair turned the ball home.
Manager Bob Leeds was delighted with the performance and has good reason to look forward to the semi-final draw which will be announced after 6 February when the last quarter-final takes place. In today's other tie the West Yorkshire League progressed through a 1-0 win against the Cambridgeshire County League. The semi-final must be played by 5 March.
The dates and venues for five of the seven ISEH Challenge Cup finals have been confirmed with the first ever Senior Cup final due to take place on 7 May at HSBC.
For those who haven't been to a final before, each will have its own matchday programme complete with team line-ups and the winners of each cup will have their photo included in the end of season SAL Standard magazine, produced for the Awards Evening so make sure you get your photos taken!
The full list of venues and dates is as follows:
The SAL representative team face a short trip to Hertfordshire for the quarter-final of the FA Inter-League Cup in 2016. The team, who defeated Guernsey in the last 16 thanks to Dan Barber's extra time winner, take on the Herts Senior County League in a tie that must be completed by 6 February. The SAL won the competition at the first attempt in 2008 but Herts have good recent pedigree, having reached the final in 2014 only to lose out to the Isle of Man League who won the competition for the second time. Alongside the Isle of Man, Herts and the SAL, the Cambridgeshire County League make up a quartet of former finalists still in the competition.
The date and venue of the tie will be confirmed on this site as and when they are known.
The full draw is as follows:
We are delighted to report that the draw for the FA Cup 2nd Round proper will be held at Fourteen SAL club Civil Service on Monday 9 November.
The Civil Service Football Club (CSFC) was150 years old in 2013. It is the sole surviving founder member of the 11 clubs who created the laws of football and The Football Association in October 1863. CSFC also helped create and played in the first ever FA Challenge Cup competition in the 1871/72 season (and provided both umpires for the first final).
The draw will be televised live on MOTD Live: FA Cup Second Round Draw on BBC2 from 7.00pm so tune in!
Please note this is not an event open to the public and is by invitation only.
The AFA are holding a series of Club ‘think tanks’ where Clubs can come together in an informal environment and share concerns and good practice with the aim of developing our football.
These are aimed at club officers and players in what will hopefully result in a frank and open discussion on what players want and expect from our level of football today.
The meetings are as follows.
If you’d like more information please contact Bob Leeds at the AFA.
Have you ever wondered how to attract more volunteers and younger volunteers to you club? Would you like to ask them directly?
The Amateur Football Alliance, London FA and Middlesex FA are hosting a volunteer workshop, bringing together expert volunteer organisations and members of their youth council to speak about volunteering and to answer all clubs questions.
The volunteer workforce is vital for a lot of grassroots football and is the foundation in the day to day running of many Clubs and Leagues throughout London.
Whilst there are many volunteers out there, often clubs do not know where to look or have the means to recruit new volunteers.
This workshop will offer member clubs advice on how to:
• How to attract new volunteers
• How to recruit volunteers in a safe way
• What motivates volunteers?
• How to assess volunteers skills and experience
• How to develop and retain volunteers
• How to recognise your volunteers
This workshop will take place on Tuesday 3rd November, 7-9pm at MSE Meeting Rooms,103a Oxford Street, London W1D 2HG.
London Sport and The Join in Trust will discuss ideas on how clubs can further access volunteers and what opportunities are already out there in a wider sporting network.
The Youth Councils from each County FA will also be present on the evening to discuss their role in volunteering and how to engage the younger generation.
The workshop is open to all AFA, London FA and Middlesex FA affiliated clubs.
To book your place on the workshop, please use the following link http://eventspace.thefa.com/amateur-fa/participant/arrangement.aspx?id=146568#regform or register on the night.
There is no cost to attend this workshop.
It is with a heavy heart that we report the resignation of Old Westminster Citizens from the SAL with immediate effect. all of OWC's results will be expunged from the divisions they were competing in (Senior Division 3, Intermediate Division 3, Minor Division 3 South and Minor Division 4 South). For those clubs with ISEH Cup matches against OWC, they will be awarded a walkover to the next round.
"Citz" joined the SAL in 1935 from the Old Boys League and have remained loyal members ever since. During their time they lifted the League championship in 1957-58. In 2012 long-serving committee member Jock Henderson became the repeat substitute in the SAL. They finished on a high last season with the 5th XI lifting the SAL Intermediate Novets Cup.
Unfortunately the loss of their Tamworth Lane ground in the summer has decimated the club, and despite best efforts, playing membership numbers have dwindled without a permanent home ground near their spiritual home in Mitcham.
The club will continue to run a Vets side so we hope in time they will be able to resurrect the Saturday arm of the club and perhaps one day we can see them gracing the SAL once again.
It is truly a sad day for Old Westminster Citizens and SAL football but we wish them well and all the best for the future.