SSMFL,DD: Skelton strike earns Ath Development away point at Holmer Green counterparts

Nathan Skelton was on target again for the Buckingham Athletic Development side as the drew 1-1 at Holmer Green Development on Tuesday evening.

Nathan Skelton

Skelton’s striker at Watchet Lane, his fifth in six outings for the Athletic’s Development, sees them in eighth position with a trip to neighbours Winslow United Development on Thursday evening.

Buckingham Athletic Development: Lewis Dench, Harry Ford, Chris Ikeaikhe, Harry Byron, Jack Carter, Alex Kennard, Stuart Ironmonger, Patch Hooper, Jordan Tavener, Rory Busby, Nathan Skelton.
Subs: Corey Bulley, Michael Davison, Adam Judd, Luke McAndrew.

SSMFL: Newsletter 31 Saturday 17th March 2018

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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 or 07720535355

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
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
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
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
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
Referee Paul Melvin
Senior Assistant James Reeder
Junior Assistant Joe Cannon
4th and Reserve Official Charles Martland

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 towards the end of June 2018.
If you require any further information or assistance with completing the application please email 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

Bill Scholes

SSMFL,D1: Winslow maintain promotion push with away victory

Winslow United maintained their push for promotion as they came from behind to record a 3-2 victory at Langford on Tuesday evening.

Aaron King – Winslow United

Goals from Aaron King, his 25th goal of the season, Ryan Freshwater and Daniel Parsons ensured United stay in fifth place ahead of this weekend’s trip to third placed London Lions with Baldock Town, currently second, due at Elmfields gate next Tuesday.


Winslow United: Sam Ashmead, Jack Bowers, Ryan Freshwater, Jordan Jenkins, Mitchell Collins, Anthony Kew, Simon King, Grant Karwacinski, Shiblu Miah, Daniel Parsons, Aaron King.

Subs: Tom Brindley, Anthony Ball.

CS&TFL,D1: Injury-time Lutterworth goal denies Robins of victory

An injury-time goal saw Buckingham Town held at Lutterworth Athletic in the ChromaSport & Trophies League, Division 1 on Saturday.

Jack Astill put the home side ahead as early as the 4th minute.

The Robins fought back in the second half with leading scorer Kelvin Osei-Addo netting an equaliser in the 68th minute.

Kelvin Osei-Addo

Osei-Addo put the visitors ahead with just six minutes remaining with his 27th strike of the campaign.

Lutterworth grabbed a 92nd minute equaliser as Dominic Ivens scored.

The Robins had Lewis Strafford sent off.

Buckingham town: Ryan Thrussell, Merdy Maki, Levi Squillance, Junior Muya, Gabrielius Judickas, George Shrieves, Lewis Strafford, Samuel Tamakloe, Daniel Simpson, Kelvin Osei-Addo, Daniel Silver.

Subs: Tobi Shoyoye, Maxwell Dunwell, Raheem Khan.

@FootballMK – Tonight’s fixture list

There are a number of games for our local sides this evening, as displayed by our partner Football MK.

HLP; Saints sins are punished by Freds

Wantage Town – 3

Brackley Town Saints – 2

Brackley Town Saints went down to defeat at high flying Wantage Town on Saturday but made a fight of it after they found themselves three goals down after fifty-two minutes; pulling a goal back lifted some confidence and a late second from skipper Lewis Baldwin then saw the home side start to look nervous but they held out to claim all three points. Three individual errors gifted Wantage their goals, a trip in the box led to a penalty before two surrenders of possession in front of goal gave the Saints a mountain to climb but they can take heart from the effort they put in after Ryan Knight clawed a goal back, and with a little more time maybe would have claimed something from the game, although the experience in the Town side far outweighed the youth in the young Brackley side.

Brackley had the first chance on five minutes when a flick on in midfield set Josh Bowden away on goal, as the home defensive line called for offside the assistant referee point his flag to the floor allowing the Saints leading scorer to advance on Curtis Meare in the Town goal, but taking the shot on early he pulled his effort wide of the target. From the free kick the hosts saw Jim Glover away down their right, he peeled away from his marker and got his shot away which Saints keeper Farrell had to block with his feet. Farrell returning to the side after regular custodian Alastair Worby was called up to Brackley first team action in the FA Trophy semi-final.

Ryan Markham opens scoring

Saints tried again down the right with Matt Johnson who carved out some space, he squared across the box to Bowden who took a touch before firing over the crossbar, and at the other end a cross from Nick Thorne saw Glover go up with a Brackley defender, the ball headed across the penalty area where running in Jon Davoile lifted high over the top. Wantage then won a penalty on seventeen minutes when Jack Dunmall was fed in on the right of the Saints area and he went down under a challenge, giving the referee no option but to point at the spot.

Ryan Markham tucked home into Farrell’s bottom right hand corner to open the scoring, and bring some warmth to the home faithful who were braving the artic conditions and constant snowfall. Thorne then travelled down the Wantage right wing before squaring across the Saints eighteen-yard line to Markham who could only lift over the top.

The home side doubled their two minutes before the interval, conceding possession in their own half to Glover saw him advance into the area and shoot, Farrell made the block with his feet but the ball rolled across to the incoming Town striker Steve Robertson who side footed home his thirty-seventh goal of the season from twelve-yards out. There was still time for Mark Flanagan to cross to Glover who volleyed over the top, and it didn’t look as though it was going to be Glover’s afternoon at this stage. H/T: 2-0

Just seven minutes after the interval the game looked to be over, when Glover finally got his goal after again pressuring a Saints defender to give him the ball deep in the Saints half, the midfielder took the ball on before rounding Farrell and firing home. Three goals down and things looked bleak for the visitor’s, but they didn’t let their heads drop, and continued playing their football.

They were rewarded just before the hour mark when a ball down their left saw Knight away on goal, again the home back line screamed for the offside flag and again it didn’t materialise, Meare advanced but Knight finished with some aplomb, firing into the back of the net. The away side then should have had a second just eight minutes later, a back pass to Meare saw him try to outwit Johnson who was breathing down his neck, but the keeper got it all wrong and miskicked leaving him stranded, but with goal unguarded a rush of blood saw the Saints winger fire over the top.

Weather conditions were testing

Wantage almost hit their guests with a sucker punch moments later when Glover got away down the right and saw his fierce drive pushed away by Farrell for a corner. With six minutes left on the clock, Saints pulled another goal back, a promising attack saw a foul on Bowden right on the edge of the eighteen yard box, just to the right of goal. Baldwin took the free kick and at the near post Meare went down but the ball bounced in front of him, hit his trailing hand and went in.

Whilst the visitor’s sensed they could get back in the game, they were always subject to the counter attack, and with two minutes left a Brackley clearance saw the ball knocked back through the red & white defence to Glover who squared to Robertson, his first time effort pushed over the crossbar by Farrell. From the corner, Town substitute Paul Alder got his head to the ball first forcing Farrell into a point blank save, a follow up shot saw the keeper make another stunning block whilst on the floor.

Brackley threw everything into the final moments and won a free kick deep in the Wantage half, the ball was floated into the sea of bodies in front of Meare, as a head went up so did the flag, and from the free kick the final whistle sounded to the relief of the home faithful. F/T: 3-2

Attendance: 37

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SSMFL,DD: Ath Development record fifth win in six league games in great start to 2018

Buckingham Athletic Development made it five wins from six league games in 2018 as they recorded a 4-0 victory at their Leighton Town counterparts last Wednesday evening.
The game started very quickly for visitors as they took a lead early on.
After good play on the wing from Jordan Tavener, he delivered the cross to Nathan Skelton who had his first shot brilliantly blocked but the rebound fell nicely to Skelton as he poked the ball past the keeper.

Nathan Skelton

The second goal came soon after, nice football from the boys in blue lead to Patch Hooper curling his shot across the box, into the top right hand corner of the goal. A superb strike.
And similarly to the first two goals, the third soon followed.
A flick on was well won by an Athletic player which found Rory Busby clean 1-on-1 with the goalkeeper as he calmly slotted into the bottom corner with his left foot.
Now the game became a little scrappy at times with the Athletic unable to really stamp their authority on the game.
A couple of wonderful saves from James Green in the Athletic goal kept the clean sheet in tact.
Half time came and went and Buckingham still showed high energy levels all over the park which limited Leighton to few chances.
However with Leighton pushing so many men forward looking for a way back into the game, Buckingham had the perfect opportunity to seal the 3 points as Michael Davison shot across goal and the keeper palmed the ball straight into the path of Corey Bulley who tapped in from a few yards out.

Ben Townsend and Jake Honor (right)

Overall a very good result and a performance to be pleased with. The Athletic’s Development side have now won 5 out of their 6 league games in 2018 and are looking to push for a place in the top 5 of the division.
Buckingham Athletic Development: James Green, Harry Ford, Chris Ikeaikhe, Sol Janecki, Adam Judd, Alex Kennard, Towa Oye, Patch Hooper, Jordan Tavener, Rory Busby, Nathan Skelton.
Subs: Sam Astin, Paul Dearlove, Corey Bulley, Michael Davison.

SSMFL,D2: Mursley up to second with 5-star away display

Mursley United are second in the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 2 table.

Anthony Lands

Anthony Lands’ side recorded their fourth consecutive victory with an impressive 5-1 away win at Old Bradwell United.

Adam Bone

Adam Bone lead the way with a double while their were also goals by Danny Clarke, Lewis Delahaye and Luke Williamson.

Lewis Delahaye

SSMFL,D1: Ath edged out in seven-goal game by Hillingdon

Buckingham Athletic suffered a 3-4 defeat to Hillingdon Borough in the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 today.

The visitors were quick out of the blocks as they went ahead as early as the fourth minute.

The Athletic were back on level terms as Michael Davison’s strike hit the crossbar with Robbie Carter’s initial rebound shot well saved before he netted at the third attempt.

Robbie Carter

The visitors struck their hosts with a double-whammy as they scored in the 34th minute before adding another two minutes later.

Ten minutes after the break Hillingdon extended their lead to make it 4-1.

The Athletic were awarded two penalties in seven minutes with Matt Cruse converting both on 63 and 70 minutes.

Matt Cruse

Despite a late effort the visitors held firm to take the points.

Buckingham Athletic: Lewis Dench, Dan McAndrew, Ryan Marsden, Dan Staley, Soloman Janecki, Michael Davison, Jack Carter, Sam Balls, Christopher Stapleton, Matt Cruse, Robbie Carter.

Thanks to Colin Howkins for the updates.

SSMFL,D1: Winslow held at home by Harefield after visitors miss injury-time penalty

Winslow United shared a 3-3 draw with Harefield United after the visitors missed an injury time penalty at Elmfields gate this afternoon.

Lenny Farhall’s 93rd minute spot-kick hit the post which saw the game finish level.

Earlier in the day Steven Green put Harefield ahead in the seventh minute.

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 levelled the game nine minutes from the end of normal time before the late penalty drama saw the spoils shared.

Winslow United: Bobby White, Tom Brindley, Marcus Hussey, Ryan Freshwater, Anthony Ball, Mitchell Collins, Sean Coles, Anthony Kew, Daniel Delderfield, Daniel Parsons, Aaron King.