Isthmian League match photo


Jim Taylor

Southall FC have enjoyed a very good second season in the Isthmian League South Central Division, after attaining Step 4 status by gaining promotion from the Combined Counties League Premier North Division.

Your Roving team have naturally been following their progress and were keen to witness and report on their bid to reach the Step 3 promotion play-offs. Therefore, we were at the 1878 Stadium for the final league game of the season against Chipstead FC, on Saturday last, 27th April.

We were present at the pleasant and welcoming Hartley Wintney ground on the previous Saturday, for Southall’s 3-0 win, which secured them a place in the play-offs. The result of the match against Chipstead, together with other matches being played at the same time, would determine their final league placing and decide if their semi-final was to be at home.

Unfortunately, with Southall leading 2-0, the referee had to abandon the match, following an incident which occurred as the players were leaving the pitch at half-time. The Isthmian League subsequently awarded the points for the match to Southall. This, together with the other results on the day, put Southall in 4th place in the table giving them an away semi-final against 3rd placed Leatherhead.

Chipstead finished the season in 20th position in the table and will be relegated to Step 5. The loss of the points for this match was irrelevant because of the day’s other results.

Southall immediately went onto the offensive. Jaden Thompson-Brissett’s (alias Biscuit) cross-shot was just off target.  

Chipstead keeper, Harrison Firth got a touch on Lucias Vine’s shot, which thwacked against the Chipstead post.

Lucias Vine's shot is touched onto the post by the keeper

Biscuit’s run into the Chipstead box was halted by Zohair Ali’s timely tackle.

Zohair Ali's timely tackle on Biscuit

A good Chipstead move, involving Jaden Edwards and Daniel Berry finished with Danyaal Iqbal shooting just wide.

Harrison Firth left his penalty area to kick clear from Brendan Matthew.

Harrison Firth kicks clear from Brendan Matthew

Harrison then saved Biscuit’s angled drive low down and held Adam Laaref’s cross-shot. He then dived courageously at Biscuit’s feet.

Harrison saves Adam Laaref's (not in picture) cross-shot

Kayode Conteh received a yellow card in the 18th minute for a trip.

Harrison then won the ball in a goalmouth melee by saving at Adam’s feet.

Harrison Firth dives at Biscuit's feet

Chipstead’s freekick, into the Southall box from wide on the right, was safely taken by Michael Edegbe.

Michael Edegbe safely takes a Chipstead free-kick

Jack Leahy hit a freekick, from around 30 yards, over the home crossbar.

Harrison Firth then came out of the side of his box to foil an incoming William Montague, at the expense of a corner.

Adam Laaref’s incisive run was halted by weight of numbers.

The ‘Alls’ pressure finally paid off in the 40th minute, when Biscuit netted from close range, after the keeper had parried Lucias Vine’s shot.

Lucias Vine shoots...

...Harrison Firth saves...

... but Biscuit nets the rebound

Brendan Matthew slipped the ball home, after being released by Lucias Vine, to double Southall’s lead in the 2nd minute of added time.

Lucias Vine (9) releases Brendan Matthew...

... who nets Southall's second goal

Referee, Marcus Tingey showed Chipstead captain, Kayode Conteh a straight red card, following an incident as the players left the field.

Score at half-time: Southall 2 Chipstead 0

The Chipstead team did not reappear after the interval and it was eventually announced that the referee had abandoned the match.


Southall: Michael Edegbe, Alex Nolan, Abdul Nurein, Ryan Hope, Romey Eccles-Meodad, Joshua Green, Jaden Thompson-Brissett, William Montague (capt), Lucias Vine, Brendan Matthew and Adam Laaref.

Unused substitutes: David Amate, Kevin Diomande, Carl Pearce, Frankie Taylor and Anthony O’Connor.

Manager: Max Howell   

Coaches: Jesse Smith and Darron Williamson   

GK Coach: Josh Stroud   

Assistant Coach: Harry Howell   

Physios: Bren Briggs and Don Bennett.

Chipstead: Harrison Firth, Zohair Ali, Alfie Young, Daniel Vaughan, Kayode Conteh (capt), Lanseny Traore, Danyaal Iqbal, Jaden Edwards, Timothy Obisanya, Jack Leahy and Daniel Berry.

Unused substitutes: Campbell Scott, Nathaniel Kenlock, Robbie Spain, Ewan Sanchez and Reuben Ashun.

Referee: Marcus Tingey   

Assistant Referees: Jonathan Was and Krandeep Grewal.

Attendance: 122

Report: Jim Taylor

Photography: Chris Benn