NEWSLETTER NO 31
SAT 17th MARCH 2018
It’s the Equinox today– equal days and equal nights. This coming Saturday sees the start of British Summer Time – away with the thermals and out with the shorts as the evenings get longer and the Division Two clubs come out to play in midweek ….but perhaps don’t be too hasty as I notice that the forecasters are predicting that Son of the Son of the Beastie will return over the Easter weekend. Yippee…..perhaps we can ask for another extension to the season! With around 6 weeks of the season remaining and most clubs left with matches numbering into double figures, there is still a lot to play for in all three Divisions, certainly for those harbouring hopes of runners up medals or promotion places.
Welwyn Garden City used the powers of social media to call on an army of volunteers to ensure their home game with Biggleswade United got the go ahead. Just a few hours later they were rewarded for their hard work after The Citizens won 6-0. Ben Spaul broke the deadlock in the 38th before Jon Clements scored twice either side of the interval. Nick Elliott then made it four before Ash Kersey scored twice late on. It’s a win that keeps Welwyn two points behind leaders Berkhamsted with five games in hand. The reason Berkhamsted are still top is they won 3-1 at Wembley. Ashton Campbell’s deflected 11th minute goat set the tone for the afternoon with Ash Morissey and Dan Jones also among the goals It’s a win that keeps Welwyn two points behind leaders Berkhamsted with five games in hand. Third placed Leighton Town returned to winning ways as they beat Oxhey Jets 2-0 and Harpenden Town make up the top four after they won 2-0 at home to Hadley with James Ewington scoring his 31st goal and 32nd goals of the season. Cockfosters ended their goal drought with an exciting 4-3 win away at Leverstock Green. Trailing 2-1 at the half time break, Cockfosters hit back wth a three goal burst before the Green scored a third in the closing minutes. At the foot of the table, Stotfold remain bottom despite drawing 2-2 at Colney Heath, with Terry Billy and Russell Clarke both on target. Joe Newton scored both of Colney’s goals .Holmer Green secured a valuable point in their bid to climb out of the bottom two after they also drew 2-2 away, in their case at Edgware Town for whom Omololu Onabolu was once again on target, scoring both goals, whilst player manager Fergus Moore saw red on the stroke of half time. Holmer’s goals came from Ryan Parsons and Thomas Peddle-James.
The adverse weather certainly affected attendances yesterday, none more so when ONLY 6 was given as the official attendance at Brimsdown for their game against visiting Langford. It must be soul destroying for any club, in any league, and possibly even more at Brimsdown where they have had a complete overhaul in personnel etc. For the record though the home scorers were Issouf Coulibaly (10), Vicente Di Sas (20), Rhys Watson ( 60 and 66 ) and finally substitute Larry Akanbi on 86 minutes. Baldock somewhat surprisingly only drew 1-1 at home to visitors Risborough Rangers with Harry Holland getting the home goal albeit from the spot. Baldock are slowly getting nearer to Southall but possibly more important 6 points ahead of 3rd placed London Lions. Buckingham Athletic continue to blow hot and cold, and today it was the latter when they lost a 7 goal thriller against fast improving Hillingdon Borough which has now lifted a rejuvenated side to 4th from bottom, which when you consider they nearly folded last season, and started this one very badly is definitely a step in the right direction. The biggest crowd in the division was given as 50 at bottom club St Neots Reserves. Unfortunately even with the bonus of a decent attendance they still lost, although just by 1 -0 against Hatfield Town. Hopefully better days lie ahead. Finally –unless Bob Flight was there –he wasn’t ! – but he would’ve been treated to a cracker of a game at Winslow where they hosted Harefield Utd in front of a lower than average crowd of 43 – no doubt due to the weather conditions. The two sides shared a 3-3 draw with after the visitors missed an injury time penalty at Elmfields Gate. Steven Green put Harefield ahead in the seventh minute. but Paul Alleyne’s side fought back to go in ahead at the break; Daniel Parsons (24) and Mitchell Collins (45) on target for the home side. Craig Tomkins put the visitors on level terms in the 49th minute before Adam Willis gave Harefield the lead just five minutes later. Sean Coles then levelled the game nine minutes from the end of normal time before the late penalty drama saw Lenny Farhall’s 93rd minute spot-kick hit the post and the spoils shared.
Just three games took place , with 4 postponements. Leaders Park View maintained their unbeaten record with a 2-0 win at home to Loughton Manor, thanks to goals from Moises Roka and Prince Gyimah. This was Park View’s 20th match of this league campaign and it would take a very brave man to bet against them lifting the league title at the end of the season.The race for the the runners up spot is not nearly so clear, compounded by the differences in the number of games played. Mursley Utd currently occupy second spot after their 5 win away at Old Bradwell Utd on a freezing afternoon in Milton Keynes. An East wind blew freezing snow across the pitch but both sets of players and the three match officials got on with the game which saw Mursley triumphant by 5-1 watched by a hardy set of supporters, Bob Flight and Larry Corkrey from the League management committee. Bradwell had the first chance of the game but a shot from Tom Cooke was cleared off the Mursley goal line. A minute later, a Bradwell defender handled the ball in the penalty area and Adam Bone stepped up to convert the spot kick on just 4 minutes to put the visitors ahead. Another Bone effort was well saved by Nick Bardell in the home goal. Bradwell had a great chance to equalise, but Cooke’s shot was saved by Jamie Lands in the Mursley goal. With half time approaching, a free kick by Bone saw Dan Clarke steal in and the divert the ball past a stranded Bardell and into the corner of the Bradwell net on 44 minutes. Half time came much to the relief of all so they could thaw out in the warm dressing rooms.The second half started and so did the snow but it did not dampen the game as Mursley scored a great third goal on 48 minutes when Lewis Delahaye lashed the ball past Bardell from twenty yards. Another Bone penalty on 73 minutes hit the back of the Bradwell net to ensure there was no way back for the home team. However, Bradwell never gave up and were rewarded when substitute Toby Cribb scored on 86 minutes. The final minutes were interesting as an attempted clearance from keeper Bardell hit Mursley’s Luke Williamson and rebounded into the home net for the fifth goal on 89 minutes. Such were the protestations by Bardell, largely unfounded, that he talked himself off the pitch by receiving a red card from referee Jon Brown. The ten men held out for the final few minutes of injury time and reflected on a bad day at the office. It was a good team performance from Mursley and the win lifts them up to second in the table. However, Mursley have played 5 games more than AFC Southgate who sit just three points behind them, whilst Totternhoe, in 4th spot, are four points adrift, but do have 7 games in hand. The other side who could well be challenging for the runners up medals is Aston Clinton, but they have only played 17 games to date – 2 and 4 games respectively behind Southgate and Totternhoe, who are realistically their nearest challengers for the second spot. Aston also have the Div Two Final to fit in, as well as a WSC semi-final against Thame Rangers, who of course won this Division last season, and were moved across to Hellenic Div One. In the Division’s remaining match, cellar dweller’s Clean Slate gained a point in their 1-1 draw at home to Grendon Rangers, who continue their rise away from the basement.
Incidentally, the Thame Rangers side mentioned above currently bears hardly any resemblance to the side who won Div Two last year. Their Manager Kevin Poole was playing for Tetsworth in the ADL this season, but as of last week, was appointed manager of Southern League Aylesbury F.C.
DEADLINE FOR GROUND SHARE AGREEMENTS.
A reminder that a copy of all Ground share agreements for the forthcoming season MUST be lodged with the General Secretary Mike Appleby by 31st March 2018. Failure to do so may well result in your club being excluded from the new Constitution.
DEADLINE FOR TRANSFERS / REGISTRATIONS
A reminder that the registration deadline is 5.00pm on Saturday 31st March. No registrations will be accepted after this time. Charlotte will be available until 11am on Saturday morning as per standard Saturday processes. All other registrations and email correspondence will be confirmed on the 2nd April.
No forms received after 5pm will be actioned.
EXTENSION TO PLAYING SEASON
Some sensible good news emerging from Wembley Towers . The FA have approved an extension to our playing season at Step 5 & 6 (Premier & Division One) until Monday 7 May.
Original Club New Club
Mark Summers Hoddesdon to St Mags
Stephen Awolaja London Tigers to Berkhamsted
Shibih Miah London Tigers to Winslow United
Jakk Pursey Buckingham Athletic to Old Bradwell United
Daniel Lebbie Cockfosters to London Tigers
Luke Foster Hertford Town to Codicote
Meshach Hendrickson Stotfold to Langford
Abdullah Ahmed 61FC to Biggleswade United
A reminder to all clubs, particularly those in Division Two , that the use of Substitute Boards in a match is a League requirement. The home side are responsible for providing the Boards, and they are normally placed on the half way line, so that they can be used by both sides as required. Non compliance of this League requirement , either in not providing the Boards or in not using them, may well result in a charge being levied against the offending club.
MIND YOUR LANGUAGE: AN EXCELLENT RIPOSTE
Following an episode of some unseemly behaviour at the conclusion of a match at Leighton Town, the home club acted swiftly by publishing the notice below, in the next programe 3 days later.
Sorry to say but recently we have had some isolated incidents of very bad language being used both to players, officials and visitors. Anyone guilty of future offences will be asked to leave the ground and may well be banned from attending future games. Local support at recent games has been magnificent; please keep it up because it is greatly appreciated by the players, but please don’t overstep the mark.
Iain McGregor (Acting Chairman)
I am saddened to have to advise that at the last few games here we have had some isolated incidents of supporters using foul and abusive language, not only to Players and Match Officials but to both Visiting Club and Spartan League Officials.This kind of irresponsible behaviour is not acceptable anywhere in and around our Club. We will be speaking to individuals who have been identified as being guilty of this and advising them that any repeat of this behaviour will result in them being told to leave the ground and may well end up being banned from attending matches at our Club. All serious breaches of our policy will result in the Police being called and asked to deal with this problem. Our Club is proud of the wonderful genuine support we get from the great majority of those who come to games and we will not tolerate this reputation being tarnished by such mindless individuals. Thanks for your co-operation in ensuring that our Club continues to remain a safe, comfortable environment for all to enjoy the games.
Iain S. McGregor.
Leighton Town deserve full marks , not only for their speedy response, but also for the tone of the response which spells out their stance in no uncertain terms.
I have also just been made aware of a similar response from Winslow Utd who themselves sufffered from an episode of foul and abusive language, not at the end of the game, but during it , from around the dug out area. The Respect sub committee chairman was present at the match and reminded the club of their responsibilities, particularly with regard to spectator behaviour. Again, as Leighton above, Winslow responded swiftly and placed the article below in their Welcome page of their next programme. Hopefully, this will be printed in all remaining programes.
These two cases above are excellent examples of the type of behaviour that we are trying to eradicate with the MIND YOUR LANGUAGE campaign. It is not just on the field of play but off it as well, and this is where Club Chairmen can play a vital role in informing spectators, via programmes, websites, twitter, PA announcements etc, that foul, abusive and threatening behaviour will not be tolerated, and regular perpetrators will be barred from the ground. PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THE HOME CLUB IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE BEHAVIOUR OF ALL SPECTATORS.
A TIMELY reminder to all clubs that it is a League Directive that the laminated A3 MYL posters must be displayed in all 3 changing rooms and in the clubhouse or refreshment area. Extra posters are available if clubs wish to place in their stands or around the dug outs. Non compliance with this Directive may well result in a charge being levied against your club.
TRING TOWN AFC – ANNUAL CHARITY TOURNAMENT
Annual 7 aside Charity tournament will be on Saturday 26th of May at Miswell Lane. 10 teams 2 leagues 5 teams a league £50 per team. A minimum of 4 games per team. Top two teams go into a semi final then final. Charity this year is St. John’s Air Ambulance.
If you wish to enter please contact stephen on email@example.com or 07720535355
CUP FINAL APPOINTMENTS
Congratulations to all those referees who have received Cup Final appointments:
Wednesday 11th April
Division One Cup Final at BERKHAMSTED FC kick-off 7.45pm
LONDON LIONS FC v. SOUTHALL FC
Referee Harry Tarrant
Senior Assistant Simon Cudner
Junior Assistant Colin Sinden
4th and Reserve Official Newton Gordon
Wednesday 18th April
Development U25 Division Cup Final at TRING ATHLETIC FC kick-off 7.45pm
HARPENDEN TOWN FC v. RISBOROUGH RANGERS FC
Referee Tom Burns
Senior Assistant Neil Angus
Junior Assistant Ian Angus
4th and Reserve Official Alex Searle
Wednesday 25th April
Premier Division Cup Final (Sponsored by Dudley Latham)
at COLNEY HEATH FC kick-off 7.45pm
WELWYN GARDEN CITY FC v. HARPENDEN TOWN FC
Referee Mark Stevens
Senior Assistant James Keane
Junior Assistant Steve Williams
4th and Reserve Official Alan Cresswell
Wednesday 2nd May ** (Subject to the result of the Broadfields Utd v Biggleswade Semi Final)
League Challenge Trophy Final at WELWYN GARDEN CITY FC kick-off 7.45pm
RISBOROUGH RANGERS FC v. BROADFIELDS UTD FC or BIGGLESWADE FC
Referee Ian Stewart
Senior Assistant Dave Brennan
Junior assistant John Taverner
4th and Reserve Official Michael Mackey
Wednesday 9th May
Division Two Cup Final at LONDON LIONS FC kick-off 7.45pm
ASTON CLINTON FC v. PARK VIEW FC
Referee Paul Melvin
Senior Assistant James Reeder
Junior Assistant Joe Cannon
4th and Reserve Official Charles Martland
FA COMPETITION ENTRIES – Season 2018/2019
A reminder that all entries for the FA Cup and FA Vase have to be in by 1st April, and can only be submitted on line. Don’t miss out, make sure your entry is on time.
A list of entries accepted will be available on www.TheFA.com towards the end of June 2018.
If you require any further information or assistance with completing the application please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0800 1691863 x 4583 / 4622
Grateful thanks to Chris Mitchell, Bob Flight and Dave Henman for their reports.
All news, views etc welcome, particularly from our refereeing colleagues.
Enjoy your football and remember MIND YOUR LANGUAGE