THE INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF
‘NOWT SO QUEER AS YORKSHIRE FOLK’
BY KAREN BROWNE
The Views Expressed Are Solely My Own, Are Written Tongue In Cheek
And Should Be Taken With A Pinch Of Salt
Midweek once again produced a mixture of league and cup fixtures, the seventeen fixtures saw five league games plus FA Vase, League Cup and County Cup matches.
TUESDAY 16th OCTOBER/WEDNESDAY 17th OCTOBER
Red cards, late winners and penalty shoot-outs dominated the midweek games. Wodson Park saw their unbeaten league record ended and Hadley produced the only midweek giant-killing act. Following managerial departures recently both Leighton Town and Totternhoe have announced new appointments. Premier Division Leighton Town have turned to former London Colney pair Joe Sweeney and Paul Copson while Division Two side Totternhoe have appointed ex Dunstable Town boss Darren Croft.
16/17 October Stats: 17 games played of which 9 were home wins, 5 were away wins and 3 were draws.
Highest Midweek Attendances: 129 Histon v Colney Heath, 103 Leighton Town v Baldock Town and 88 Winslow United v Amersham Town.
THE BUILDABASE FA VASE First Round Proper Replays
Both Buckingham Athletic and Colney Heath failed to add to the SSML six representatives in the Second Round of the Buildabase FA Vase. Buckingham Athletic’s long midweek trip to the coast saw them race into a two goal lead before being pegged back shortly after the interval. Hosts FC Clacton then snatched victory with a last minute winner. Colney Heath found themselves 0-2 down at Histon after 26 minutes and their task was not made any easier when three players saw red (35 mins, 65 mins and 81 mins) in a bad tempered game. Full results and goalscorers are listed below.
3-2 FC Clacton v Buckingham Athletic (Lartey, Hampson, Andrade) / (Olawale ) Attendance: 83
2-0 Histon v Colney Heath (Brown, Gould) Attendance: 129
In the only midweek league action Potton United edged out London Tigers by the odd goal in three at the Hutchinson Hollow to move up to fourth place. The win means Potton United have now won their last three league games while for Tigers it was their third successive league defeat. Full result and goalscorers are listed below.
2-1 Potton United v London Tigers (Opponent Own Goal, Smail) / (Neto) Attendance: 78
DUDLEY LATHAM MEMORIAL (PREMIER DIVISION) CUP Second Round
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Baldock Town secured the last quarter-final place in the Dudley Latham Memorial (Premier Division) Cup with a penalty shoot-out win at Leighton Town after the game had finished 1-1 at 90 minutes. Full result and goalscorers are listed below.
1-1 Leighton Town v Baldock Town (Baldock Town won 4-2 on penalties) (Dentice) / (Barnes) Attendance: 103
HERTS SENIOR CHALLENGE CUP First Round
Hadley produced the best result in the First Round of the Herts Senior Challenge Cup when defeating Bostik League South Central Division side Ware 1-0. A stoppage time winner by Chris Blunden saw Leverstock Green overcome fellow SSML side Oxhey Jets 2-1 at Pancake Lane to set up a trip to Watford in Round Two. Elsewhere both Harpenden Town and London Colney suffered 0-3 home defeats again ex-SSML sides, the ‘Harps’ losing to St Margaretsbury while Colney lost out to last season’s SSML Premier Division runners-up Berkhamsted. Full results and goalscorers are listed below.
0-3 Harpenden Town v St Margaretsbury (Dash, Cowell, Webb) Attendance: 37
2-1 Leverstock Green v Oxhey Jets (Nugent, Blunden) / (Gibson) Attendance: 54
0-3 London Colney v Berkhamsted (Adams, Bateman, Mannion) Attendance: 20
1-0 Hadley v Ware (Bartram) Attendance: 32
MIDDLESEX SENIOR CHALLENGE CUP First Round
No joy for the SSML sides in the Middlesex Senior Challenge Cup although North Greenford United FC can take some comfort of a draw against Bostik League South Central Division opponents Hanwell Town (Step 4) before losing on penalties. Edgware Town also faced Bostik League South Central Division opponents, Hayes & Yeading United but were blown away as the visitors were 5-0 up just after the hour mark. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.
2-5 Edgware Town v Hayes & Yeading United (Sota, Hill) / (Evans , Jalloh, Toomley [pen], Farquharson) Attendance: 59
1-1 North Greenford United FC v Hanwell Town (Hanwell Town won 4-2 on penalties) (William) / (Unknown) Attendance: 48
MIDDLESEX SENIOR CHARITY CUP First Round
No giant killing here as Premier Division Cockfosters saw off visiting Division One side Broadfields United 4-1 to book a trip to AFC Hayes in the Second Round of the Middlesex Senior Charity Cup. Fosters manager Ryan Wade netting a hat-trick. Full result and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.
4-1 Cockfosters v Broadfields United (Wade , Aiba) / (Unknown) Attendance: 55
Wodson Park suffered their first league defeat when going down to the odd goal in three at Enfield Borough, the win takes Borough to second place in the table. Winslow United made it seven games without defeat with a 5-2 home win over Amersham Town in front of 88 spectators with Ryan Freshwater grabbing a hat-trick which included two from the penalty spot. Langford came from a goal down to win 3-1 at neighbouring Ampthill Town. On Wednesday night Park View’s trip to London Lions saw them squeeze past the hosts with an odd goal in three win. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.
1-3 Ampthill Town v Langford (Amediou) / (Rome , Bamford) Attendance: 38
2-1 Enfield Borough v Wodson Park (Ennin, Lawrence-Plentie) / (Unknown) Attendance: 20
5-2 Winslow United v Amersham Town (Freshwater  [2 pens], Cruse, Brindley) / (Saunders, Murphy) Attendance: 88
1-2 London Lions v Park View (Bolle) / (Price, Mensah) Attendance: 26
DIVISION ONE CUP Second Round
Hatfield Town put aside their poor league form with a battling display against Risborough Rangers to reach the quarter-finals of the Division One Cup with an 8-7 penalty shoot-out win after the tie had finished goalless at 90 minutes. Joining them in the quarter-finals are Hillingdon Borough following a 3-1 success over Buckingham Town, for the third successive game Kirk Herbert came off the bench to score, this time it was a late brace to take his tally to four goals since joining the club. Full results and goalscorers are listed below.
3-1 Hillingdon Borough v Buckingham Town (Herbert , M Greenidge) / (G Shrieves) Attendance: 20
0-0 Hatfield Town v Risborough Rangers (Hatfield Town won 8-7 on penalties) Attendance: 23
When you know your star striker is having a bad day at the office. A football belonging to a British church team has been found across the North Sea on the beach of a small island off the coast of Germany. Josh Holebon, manager of Stalham Baptist Church FC, in Norfolk, said it was a mystery how it got there. He received an unexpected email last month from Thomas Selinger, who lives in Freiburg and found the ball when visiting Baltrum Island. The ball was marked “Stalham Baptist” and he made contact online.
Typical. You wait 22 games for a competitive victory and then two come along in the space of four days. Having broken their duck in Armenia on Saturday, Gibraltar claimed a second competitive win by coming from behind to beat Liechtenstein in the Nations League. It is the first time the side, ranked 198th in the world, have scored more than once in any game. The result even gives them hope of qualifying for Euro 2020 through the Nations League – they are three points behind leaders Macedonia in Group D4. Gibraltar became a UEFA-affiliated team in 2013 and prior to Saturday’s result their only two wins – against Malta and Latvia – had come in friendly matches. They lost all of their Euro 2016 and 2018 World Cup qualifying matches, conceding 56 in the former and 47 in the latter.