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
TUESDAY 13th NOVEMBER/WEDNESDAY 14th NOVEMBER
As I was watching Torpoint Athletic beating Godolphin Atlantic in the depths of Cornwall there was a few games taking place involved the SSML clubs. The midweek action brought about a couple of cup shocks whilst there were no major changes at the top and bottom of the league tables. The wait for a Stotfold win continues and I hear rumours that local bookmakers have odds that Christmas will arrive first.
13/14 November Stats: 13 games played of which 5 were home wins, 7 were away wins and 1 draw.
Highest Midweek Attendances: 69 Baldock Town v Biggleswade United, 66 Enfield 1893 v Leverstock Green and 63 Biggleswade FC v MK Gallacticos.
THE BUILDABASE FA VASE Second Round
Leverstock Green moved into the Third Round of the Buildabase FA Vase when their delayed tie at Enfield 1893 was finally played in midweek, Green coming from a goal down to win 4-1 to book a trip to current Eastern Counties League Premier Division leaders Histon in the next round. Full result and goalscorers are listed below.
1-4 Enfield 1893 v Leverstock Green (Odukoya [pen]) / (Dixon (og), Condon, Flanagan, Blunden) Attendance: 66
LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY Second Round
Division One Buckingham Athletic set up a Third Round tie at Potton United with a 3-1 win over Division Two side Unite MK. Full result and goalscorers are listed below.
3-1 Buckingham Athletic v Unite MK (Carter  [1 pen], Menday) / (Lothian) Attendance: 28
LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY Third Round
MK Gallacticos pulled off a giant-killing act when the visiting Division Two club knocked out the Premier Division’s second placed club, Biggleswade FC, with an odd goal in five win. The result earns the Milton Keynes based club a quarter final date with either Crawley Green or Baldock Town. Full result and goalscorers are listed below.
2-3 Biggleswade FC v MK Gallacticos (L Marsh, McCafferty) / (Ahmed, Acquaye, Smith) Attendance: 63
The midweek Premier Division action saw Hadley move to within four points of the league leaders (Tring Athletic) win a solitary goal success at Harpenden Town. At the other end of the table bottom club Stotfold picked up a useful point after a 1-1 draw at London Colney. Full results and goalscorers are listed below.
0-1 Harpenden Town v Hadley (Clarke) Attendance: 39
1-1 London Colney v Stotfold (Maxwell [pen]) / (Francis) Attendance: 41
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Tring Athletic booked a semi-final trip to either Biggleswade FC or London Tigers with a 2-0 success at Cockfosters while for Baldock Town their 2-0 home success against Biggleswade United has earned them a trip to London Colney in the semi-finals. Full result and goalscorers are listed below.
0-2 Cockfosters v Tring Athletic (K Johnson ) Attendance: 54
2-0 Baldock Town v Biggleswade United (Bull, Barker) Attendance: 69
Winslow United moved up into fourth place as they continued their fine league form with a 5-2 win at lowly Codicote with Harry Dalton netting the midweek’s only hat-trick. Above them Hillingdon Borough maintained their third position with a 4-2 home success over Buckingham Town. Tuesday’s other Division One fixture saw Rayners Lane defeat visiting Wodson Park in a mid-table clash. Full results and goalscorers are listed below.
2-5 Codicote v Winslow United (Massey, Nevin) / (Dalton , Kedzierski, Parsons) Attendance: 56
4-2 Hillingdon Borough v Buckingham Town (Ballaid, Greenidge, Morgan, Peter) / (Shrieves, Gardner) Attendance: 33
2-0 Rayners Lane v Wodson Park (Etienne, Hastings) Attendance: 40
DIVISION ONE CUP Quarter Final
A solitary goal early in the second half was enough for Broadfields United to progress into the semi-finals at the expense of hosts FC Broxbourne Borough. Broadfields United now have a hone tie with the winners of the London Lions/Langford tie. Full result and goalscorer are listed below.
0-1 FC Broxbourne Borough v Broadfields United (Smith) Attendance: 50
BEDS SENIOR TROPHY Second Round
Division Two Totternhoe shocked Division One Bedford in this outstanding Second Round tie of the Beds Senior Trophy, the visitors winning by the odd goal in three to earn themselves a quarter final tie at Bedfordshire County League side Queen’s Park Crescents. Full result and goalscorers are listed below.
1-2 Bedford v Totternhoe (Smith) / (Horgan, Whitby) Attendance: Unknown
WEST HERTS ST MARYS CUP Quarter Final
Division Two Bovingdon gave it all in their quarter-final tie and former SSML side Berkhamsted before going down by the odd goal in three. Bovingdon’s cause was not helped when having two men sent off following the penalty decision that led to the winner. Full result and goalscorers are listed below.
2-1 Berkhamsted v Bovingdon (Godfrey, Bateman [pen]) / (Welsh) Attendance: Unknown
Once again our wonderful game serves up another jewel that baffles us.
A ref who used a game of rock, paper, scissors to decide the kick-off of a Manchester City Women’s Super League match has been suspended. David McNamara left his coin in the dressing room before City’s home game against Reading on October 26. So he got the two captains – City’s Steph Houghton and Reading’s Kirsty Pierce – to play a round of the popular kids’ game. The incident left the 1,015 in attendance at the City’s Academy Stadium baffled. The Football Association has now suspended McNamara, who last weekend was fourth official at the FA Cup first round clash between Chorley and Doncaster Rovers, for three weeks, starting on November 26.
The FA said McNamara ‘accepted a charge of ‘not acting in the best interests of the game’. A coin toss to decide kick-offs is a requirement under the laws of the game.
FA women’s refereeing manager Joanna Stimpson told The Times that the McNamara’s mistake was ‘a moment of madness’. She added: “The referee forgot his coin and in that moment, in a TV game, he was really pushed for time, it was a moment of madness.” He obviously thought it was the right thing to do, he probably walked away, or the second afterwards, thought it wasn’t the right thing to do. “It’s not defendable. He should have been more prepared, he should have had a coin but he didn’t. It was disappointing, it’s not appropriate, it’s very unprofessional. “The laws of the game state you toss a coin. I can’t think it’s something we are going to ignore. He wasn’t taking the mick out of the game, it was just a really poor decision.”
Referees at some grassroots football matches are planning to use the rock, paper, scissors game at kick-off to show support for a suspended official. They are angry at the decision to ban David McNamara after he used the same method in place of a coin toss. One referee told BBC Sport why he would use rock, paper, scissors at the start of a junior match this weekend. “I will be doing it to show support. It will probably serve as a light-hearted way to introduce myself to both captains,” said the Derbyshire-based ref, who asked to remain anonymous. Others will do so as well but not admit it publicly for fear of reprimand. It is unclear how many officials at amateur matches will follow suit, with estimates ranging from dozens to hundreds.
For those SSML captains if ever faced with the above situation statistics favour calling ‘paper’