Brackley Town Saints withstand Flack attack to go third

Banbury United Saints went third in the Hellenic Football League Premier Division table on Tuesday night with a two-one win at Flackwell Heath, the victory being their fourth successive league win on the bounce.

James Hammond opened scoring

Saints took an early eighth minute lead when Ryan Knight supplied James Hammond to fire into the bottom corner, after the break the hosts had a shot cleared off the line but the visitor’s doubled their advantage with just over a quarter of an hour left, Knight rounding the keeper to slot home. With ten minutes left Flackwell scored from a free kick but Brackley held on to secure all three points.

Town have no game this Saturday but travel to Reading City on Monday night with a 7.45pm kick-off.

Banbury United Birmingham cup run hits the Brakes

Banbury United were knocked out of the Birmingham Senior Cup on Tuesday night at National League North side Leamington, the game had appeared to be heading to penalties with the sides locked at two apiece, however an injury time strike from Josh March put the Warwickshire side into the hat for the third round draw.

Jack Westbrook levelled for Banbury

Jordan Murphy put the hosts ahead in the twenty-fourth minute but Jack Westbrook headed his side level with three minutes to the break, just as those on the sidelines were thinking of warming up at the break Connor Roberts put the Puritans ahead.

James Mace equalised on the hour and just as it looked as if the dreaded spot kick format was to settle this tie, March struck from close range to send those from Oxon out of the competition. United host Alvechurch on Saturday back in Southern League action.

Aylesbury Vale Dynamos crash to defeat at high flyers

Aylesbury Vale Dynamos fell to their first defeat under new manager Phil Granville on Tuesday night, a goal in each half saw hosts Biggleswade United stretch their unbeaten run to five games in all competition and cement fourth place in the Spartan South Midlands Football League Premier Division table.

Bruno Brito went close in first half

Lorrell Smith gave the home side the lead on the quarter hour mark, a long range effort from Amador Enrique then sealed the points a minute after the interval, the defeat leaves Dynamos in thirteenth position.

Vale now have ten days off before travelling to Edgware Town next Saturday.

SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 20.11.2019 – South Midlands League update #26

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

 

SATURDAY’S HEADLINES

Edgware Town win for the first time since August. Old Bradwell United kept their 5th successive clean sheet as they won for the 8th successive game. Colney Heath march on while The 61FC (Luton) still seek that elusive first win of the campaign. The 21 games seeing 65 goals (an average of 3.09 per game).

 

16 November Stats: 21 games played of which 9 were home wins, 8 were away wins and 4 were draws.

 

(Most League Wins – all Divisions): 12 Tring Athletic, St Panteleimon, 11 Colney Heath, 10 Winslow United.

(Most League Draws – all Divisions): 8 Arlesey Town, 7 FC Broxbourne Borough.

(Most League Defeats – all Divisions): 12 North Greenford United, 10 Edgware Town, London Colney.

 

Unbeaten:

(Division One League): St Panteleimon.

Without a Draw:

(Premier Division League): Colney Heath, Tring Athletic.

(Division One League): Winslow United.

(Division Two League): Berkhamsted Raiders, Mursley United, Old Bradwell United, Unite MK.

Without a Win:

(Premier Division League): North Greenford United.

(Division Two League): The 61FC (Luton).

Most Goals Scored:

(Premier Division League): 47 Newport Pagnell Town.

(Division One League): 54 St Panteleimon.

(Division Two League): 31 Pitstone & Ivinghoe.

Most Goals Conceded:

(Premier Division League): 41 North Greenford United.

(Division One League): 44 Hillingdon Borough.

(Division Two League): 39 The 61FC (Luton).

Fewest Goals Conceded:

(Premier Division League): 6 Colney Heath.

(Division One League): 18 Stotfold.

(Division Two League): 4 Old Bradwell United.

Fewest Goals Scored:

(Premier Division League): 12 North Greenford United.

(Division One League): 15 Amersham Town.

(Division Two League): 7 Buckingham United.

 

Saturday’s Highest Attendances: 166 Tring Athletic v Leighton Town, 163 Newport Pagnell Town v Baldock Town and 121 Dunstable Town v Crawley Green.

 

Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Premier Division Clubs): 245 Colney Heath v Corby Town (FA Cup), 221 Dunstable Town v Bishop’s Stortford (FA Cup) and 212 Leighton Town v Thame United (FA Cup).

 

Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Division One Clubs): 278 Winslow United v Roman Glass St George (FA Cup), 145 Winslow United v Milton Keynes Robins and 134 Shefford Town & Campton v FC Broxbourne Borough.

 

Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Division Two Clubs): 103 Aston Clinton v MK Gallacticos, 76 Mursley United v Old Bradwell United and 70 Berkhamsted Raiders v Old Bradwell United and Buckingham United v Milton Keynes Robins FC (Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy).

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Premier Division Clubs): 26 Danny Webb (Leighton Town), 19 Jim Burnside (Newport Pagnell Town), Jon Clements (Colney Heath), 17 Leon Lobjoit (Newport Pagnell Town).

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division One Clubs): 23 Henry Snee (Shefford Town & Campton), 22 Courtney Massay (St Panteleimon) 20 Courtney Austin (Hillingdon Borough and New Salamis).

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division Two Clubs): 11 Lemar Mason-Williams (Aston Clinton), Josh Smith (MK Gallacticos), 10 Marcus Rivers (Sarratt), Darryl Smith (Old Bradwell United).

 

Sin-Bins (5):

 

Total Sin-Bins Season to Date (141):

 

Clubs with no Sin Bins (7): Codicote, Edgware Town, Hillingdon Borough, London Lions, New Bradwell St Peter, Sarratt, Tring Corinthians AFC.

 

Saturday 16th November

 

PREMIER DIVISION

It has taken a long ten weeks but Edgware Town have finally won again, a 3-1 home success over neighbours Wembley seeing the champagne corks popping at Silver Jubilee Park. It was a good day for Colney Heath as the club closed the gap at the top to three points with a 3-0 win at Leverstock Green as leaders Tring Athletic were beaten again as the ever improving Leighton Town won 2-1 at the Grass Roots Stadium. Newport Pagnell Town were held at home by second from bottom Baldock Town. Harpenden Town were beaten by the odd goal in three at Harefield United while Dunstable Town and Crawley Green both huffed and puffed but neither could break down the defences at Creasey Park. Elsewhere Arlesey Town secured the three points with a solitary goal win over visiting London Colney while Broadfields United earned a point on the road with a goalless draw at Oxhey Jets. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

1-0 Arlesey Town v London Colney (Moss) Attendance: 98

0-0 Dunstable Town v Crawley Green Attendance: 121

3-1 Edgware Town v Wembley (Page, Benavides, McCluskey) / (Babalola) Attendance: 86

2-1 Harefield United v Harpenden Town (Farhall, Jordan) / (Dallas) Attendance: 115

0-3 Leverstock Green v Colney Heath (Clements [2], Devine) Attendance: 98

2-2 Newport Pagnell Town v Baldock Town (Stronge [2]) / (Coppin, McClelland) Attendance: 163

0-0 Oxhey Jets v Broadfields United Attendance: 94

1-2 Tring Athletic v Leighton Town (Mitchell) / (Webb [2]) Attendance: 166

 

DIVISION ONE

With the top three winning and bottom four suffering defeats it is a case of deja-vu in the Division One standings. Leaders St Panteleimon remain unbeaten after 16 games after winning by a solitary goal at Langford, New Salamis won 1-0 at Shefford Town & Campton and it will be interesting next week when the top two meet. Winslow United continue to chase the top two after a stoppage time goal saw them defeat visiting London Tigers by the odd goal in three. Hillingdon Borough picked up three useful points as they bid to move away from the strugglers with a 2-0 win at second bottom Amersham Town while bottom club Park View were beaten 0-3 at home against Stotfold. Fellow strugglers Brimsdown were narrowly beaten by the odd goal in seven at Milton Keynes Robins and FC Broxbourne Borough went down at home against London Lions. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

0-2 Amersham Town v Hillingdon Borough (Sanchez [2]) Attendance: 32

1-2 FC Broxbourne Borough v London Lions (Vanezis) / (Craig [2]) Attendance: 28

0-1 Langford v St Panteleimon (Massay) Attendance: 80

4-3 Milton Keynes Robins v Brimsdown (Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Dummett) / (Korbi, Hylton, Oviawe) Attendance: 43

0-3 Park View v Stotfold (Forsythe [2] [1 pen], Mordecai) Attendance: 15

0-1 Shefford Town & Campton v New Salamis (Lutaaya) Attendance: 63

2-1 Winslow United v London Tigers (Woolley, S King) / (Jarraz) Attendance: 85

 

DIVISION TWO

Pitstone & Ivinghoe’s seventh successive win on Saturday, a hard fought 2-1 win over visiting Unite MK, saw them move to the top of the table with the morning leaders involved in a cup tie. Berkhamsted Raiders remain third after coming out on top by the odd goal in five at home against Buckingham United. New Bradwell St Peter had to settle for one point following a 3-3 draw at MK Gallacticos in what was a hotly contested local derby. Elsewhere bottom club The 61FC (Luton) are still seeking that first league win after coming close on Saturday the Bedfordshire side were narrowly beaten at Tring Corinthians AFC by the odd goal in seven. Full results and goalscorers listed below.

3-2 Berkhamsted Raiders v Buckingham United (McMahon [2] [both pens], Bullock) / (Devine [2]) Attendance: 40

3-3 MK Gallacticos v New Bradwell St Peter (J Smith, Joao, D Smith) / (Sofroni, Ramswell, Walton) Attendance: 40

2-1 Pitstone & Ivinghoe v Unite MK (Campbell [2]) / (McConnell) Attendance: 45

4-3 Tring Corinthians AFC v The 61FC (Luton) (Lando [2], Aning, Randall) / (Conway [2], Walsh) Attendance: 17

 

DIVISION TWO CUP First Round

Two goals in four minutes saw Totternhoe comeback from a goal down at Bovingdon to book a quarter-final date at home against Unite MK next month. The day’s other tie saw Old Bradwell United defeating visiting Sarratt 3-0 and for more on this see the Team of the Month Awards section below. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

1-2 Bovingdon v Totternhoe (Unknown) / (Dem, Taylor) Attendance: 20

3-0 Old Bradwell United v Sarratt (Cooke, Green, Cox) / (Unknown) Attendance: 31

 

TEAM OF THE MONTH AWARDS

The Mad Scot, Bill Hamilton, was despatched to Milton Keynes, struggling under the weight of two Team of the Month trophies. One went to Old Bradwell United (August, below left) who have made an outstanding start to the season and the other went to newcomers Sarratt (September, below right) who took the award for their much improved performances during September. The two sides were drawn together in a most enjoyable Division Two Cup tie with Old Bradwell still on course for a League and Cup double, a feat they have never accomplished during their many years in the Spartan South Midlands League. Tommy Cooke, fully recovered from an injury that has kept him out of action in recent weeks, put the hosts ahead midway through the first half. The young Sarratt side fought hard to get back in the game but failed to take the chances that came their way and conceded two further goals from Ben Green and Man of the Match Jamie Cox who secured a 3-0 victory for the home side. Full marks here for sportsmanship. Only 8 fouls in 90 minutes and not a yellow card in sight.

Old Bradwell United FC

Sarratt FC

 

AND FINALLY

The Twittersphere served up this gem from one die-hard fan who obviously had his priorities right.

Eventually they did manage to make the breakthrough during the second half while I was in the clubhouse waiting for the new tea bag to do its job.

 

Remember to tune into Three Counties Radio (Herts, Beds & Bucks) and a show all about local non-league football- The show is live every Tuesday evening from 6.00pm – 7.00pm and is the perfect opportunity to catch up with our local non-league scene at all levels.

 

The result of this week’s Team of the Day Poll with 231 votes cast is:-

Baldock Town 30%

Old Bradwell United 29%

Arlesey Town and St Panteleimon both 20%

BBDA JC; Wycombe Wanderers Ladies Development 5-0 Buckingham Athletic Ladies

Wycombe Wanderers Ladies Development – 5
Buckingham Athletic Ladies – 0

17.11.2019

There will be no Berks & Bucks County Cup final for the Buckingham Athletic Ladies this season, as they were knocked out on Sunday by Wycombe Wanderers Ladies development side at the ASM Stadium in Thame. After two successive cup final defeats the Athletic team will not be making it third time lucky as they were simply beaten by the better side, the game switched to their opponents venue due to the recent flooding at Stratford Fields, they defended for a lot of the ninety minutes but full credit as they never gave up chasing and trying to find a way through a very well organised Wanderers backline, but had no answer to a Chloe Ball hatrick who had to wait until late in the game to claim the match ball.

Buckingham were under the cosh from the start, but it took until the eleventh minute for the hosts to take the lead when Ball picked up a loose ball to the left of goal to advance a yard and stroke inside the near post, that lead was doubled just before the half hour mark when Lily Chowdhry was stopped out on the left from making her run into the box by Dani Roberts, however the loose ball rolled to Ball who chalked her second of the afternoon.

Chloe Ball opens scoring

Wycombe bagged their third ten minutes from the break when a ball played across the six yard area got stuck under Georgina Howell’s feet and Chowdhry swivelled to fire home, and hopes then of a second half revival were downed just four minutes after the restart as a long range punt from Halle Poland eluded Ath keeper Gemma Margetts. Despite the scoreline the visitor’s put in a valiant effort and a couple of half chances for Courtney Crawley were held by keeper Jodie Whittle, but with four minutes left Ball completed her treble as she collected a loose ball out on the left wing, cutting inside her marker and into the area she made no mistake. F/T:5-0

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Next two weeks Spartan South Midlands fixtures + latest league tables

SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS LEAGUE

 

Tuesday 19th November – Kick Off 7.45pm unless stated

PREMIER DIVISION

Biggleswade United v Aylesbury Vale Dynamos

Leighton Town v Eynesbury Rovers

London Colney v North Greenford United

Oxhey Jets v Harefield United (Kick Off 7.30pm)

Potton United v Baldock Town

Wembley v Colney Heath

 

DIVISION ONE CUP Second Round

Bedford v London Lions

 

DIVISION ONE

Ampthill Town v Milton Keynes Robins

Enfield Borough v FC Broxbourne Borough

 

HINCHINGBROOKE CUP First Round

Stotfold v Pinchbeck United

HINCHINGBROOKE CUP Quarter Final
Arlesey Town v Parson Drove

NORTH BEDS CHARITY CUP Quarter Final

Langford v Biggleswade FC

 

Wednesday 20th November – Kick Off 7.45pm unless stated

DUDLEY LATHAM MEMORIAL (PREMIER DIVISION) CUP Second Round

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Tring Athletic v Newport Pagnell Town

 

DIVISION ONE

Park View v Winslow United

 

MIDDLESEX PREMIER CUP First Round

CB Hounslow United Reserves v Hillingdon Borough

 

Saturday 23rd November – Kick Off 3.00pm unless stated

PREMIER DIVISION

Baldock Town v Oxhey Jets

Broadfields United v Dunstable Town

Colney Heath v Arlesey Town

Crawley Green v Eynesbury Rovers

Harpenden Town v Biggleswade United

Leighton Town v Harefield United

Leverstock Green v North Greenford United

London Colney v Edgware Town

Potton United v Newport Pagnell Town

Wembley v Tring Athletic

 

DIVISION ONE

Amersham Town v Enfield Borough

Ampthill Town v Brimsdown

FC Broxbourne Borough v Bedford

Hillingdon Borough v Langford

London Lions v Stotfold

Milton Keynes Robins v London Tigers

Rayners Lane v Winslow United

Shefford Town & Campton v Park View

St Panteleimon v New Salamis

 

BERKS & BUCKS SENIOR TROPHY Third Round

Wallingford Town v Buckingham Athletic

 

ANAGRAM RECORDS TROPHY First Round

Old Bradwell United v FC Hamlets (Kick Off 2.00pm)

 

DIVISION TWO

Bovingdon v Tring Corinthians AFC (Kick Off 2.00pm)

Buckingham United v Pitstone & Ivinghoe (Kick Off 2.00pm)

Codicote v MK Gallacticos

New Bradwell St Peter v Sarratt (Kick Off 2.00pm)

The 61FC (Luton) v Mursley United (Kick Off 2.00pm)

 

Tuesday 26th November – Kick Off 7.45pm unless stated

LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY Third Round

Crawley Green v Hillingdon Borough

Harefield United v Codicote

Milton Keynes Robins v New Salamis

Shefford Town & Campton v Leighton Town

Wembley v Old Bradwell United

 

PREMIER DIVISION

Newport Pagnell Town v Dunstable Town

Oxhey Jets v Eynesbury Rovers (Kick Off 7.30pm)

 

HERTS CHARITY SHIELD Quarter Finals

Colney Heath v Hoddesdon Town

Harpenden Town v London Colney

Welwyn Garden City v Tring Athletic

 

WEST HERTS ST MARY’S CUP Quarter Final

Leverstock Green v Berkhamsted Raiders

 

DIVISION ONE

FC Broxbourne Borough v Amersham Town

 

NORTH BEDS CHARITY CUP Quarter Final

Bedford v Ampthill Town

Biggleswade United v Stotfold

 

Saturday 30th November – Kick Off 3.00pm unless stated

THE BUILDBASE FA VASE Third Round Proper

FC Clacton v Eynesbury Rovers

Leighton Town v Eastbourne Town

Newport Pagnell Town v Kirkley & Pakefield

 

LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY Second Round

Aston Clinton v Bedford (Kick Off 1.45pm)

 

PREMIER DIVISION

Baldock Town v Colney Heath

Biggleswade United v Crawley Green

Dunstable Town v Leverstock Green

Edgware Town v Aylesbury Vale Dynamos

Harefield United v Wembley

North Greenford United v Broadfields United

Oxhey Jets v Harpenden Town

Potton United v Arlesey Town

Tring Athletic v London Colney

 

DIVISION ONE

Brimsdown v Amersham Town

Buckingham Athletic v Milton Keynes Robins

Enfield Borough v Shefford Town & Campton

London Tigers v Ampthill Town

Park View v New Salamis

Rayners Lane v Langford

Winslow United v St Panteleimon

 

HERTS SENIOR CENTENARY TROPHY Quarter Finals

Berkhamsted Raiders v Sarratt

New River Athletic v London Lions

Wormley Rovers v FC Broxbourne Borough

 

ANAGRAM RECORDS TROPHY Second Round

Bovingdon v Sporting Hackney (Kick Off 2.00pm)

Hutton v Old Bradwell United or FC Hamlets

Tring Corinthians AFC v Rayleigh Town (Kick Off 2.00pm)

 

DIVISION TWO

MK Gallacticos v Mursley United (Kick Off 2.00pm)

Old Bradwell United v Codicote (Subject to Anagram Records Trophy) (Kick Off 2.00pm)

Unite MK v Totternhoe

 

Spartan South Midlands League as at:17 Nov 19
Premier Division P W D L F A GD Pts
Tring Athletic 16 12 0 4 44 15 29 36
Colney Heath 12 11 0 1 29 6 23 33
Newport Pagnell Town 15 9 4 2 47 25 22 31
Biggleswade United 15 9 1 5 36 28 8 28
Harpenden Town 16 8 3 5 29 23 6 27
Oxhey Jets 14 7 5 2 25 20 5 26
Crawley Green 16 7 4 5 37 25 12 25
Eynesbury Rovers 13 7 3 3 24 12 12 24
Broadfields United 16 7 2 7 20 35 -15 23
Harefield United 13 7 1 5 26 19 7 22
Leverstock Green 15 6 2 7 17 26 -9 20
Leighton Town 14 6 1 7 34 27 7 19
Aylesbury Vale Dynamos 10 5 1 4 17 16 1 16
Dunstable Town 14 4 3 7 16 25 -9 15
Arlesey Town 15 3 8 4 24 24 0 14*
Potton United 15 4 2 9 18 33 -15 14
Edgware Town 15 4 1 10 23 39 -16 13
Wembley 12 3 3 6 16 21 -5 12
London Colney 14 3 1 10 15 34 -19 10
Baldock Town 13 2 2 9 13 28 -15 8
North Greenford United 13 0 1 12 12 41 -29 1
Division One P W D L F A GD Pts
St Panteleimon 16 12 4 0 54 19 35 40
New Salamis 15 9 4 2 52 29 23 31
Winslow United 14 10 0 4 47 28 19 30
Rayners Lane 14 7 5 2 37 28 9 26
Milton Keynes Robins 13 8 2 3 29 32 -3 26
Shefford Town & Campton 16 8 1 7 38 32 6 25
Stotfold 15 7 2 6 27 18 9 23
Enfield Borough 15 6 2 7 31 39 -8 20
Ampthill Town 12 5 4 3 32 27 5 19
London Lions 14 6 1 7 24 22 2 19
London Tigers 15 5 5 5 27 28 -1 19*
Bedford 14 6 1 7 23 27 -4 19
Buckingham Athletic 12 4 2 6 25 29 -4 14
Hillingdon Borough 16 3 5 8 24 44 -20 14
Langford 14 4 1 9 31 42 -11 13
FC Broxbourne Borough 13 1 7 5 18 27 -9 10
Brimsdown 15 2 4 9 21 32 -11 10
Amersham Town 13 3 1 9 15 34 -19 10
Park View 14 2 3 9 16 34 -18 9
Division Two P W D L F A GD Pts
Pitstone & Ivinghoe 12 7 2 3 31 20 11 23
Old Bradwell United 8 7 0 1 24 4 20 21
Berkhamsted Raiders 10 7 0 3 26 19 7 21
Aston Clinton 8 5 1 2 21 14 7 16
MK Gallacticos 9 4 2 3 26 16 10 14
Tring Corinthians AFC 10 4 2 4 20 17 3 14
New Bradwell St Peter FC 9 3 3 3 15 15 0 12
Bovingdon 9 3 2 4 19 15 4 11
Codicote 9 3 2 4 9 13 -4 11
Totternhoe 9 2 3 4 10 15 -5 9
Unite MK 8 3 0 5 13 22 -9 9
Sarratt 8 2 3 3 13 15 -2 8*
Buckingham United 8 2 1 4 7 12 -5 7
Mursley United 6 2 0 3 8 14 -6 6
The 61FC (Luton) 9 0 1 8 8 39 -31 1
* = points deducted

Ampthill Town manager steps down

Ampthill Town manager Paul Blackman has stood down from his role with immediate effect, releasing the news late last week:

I reluctantly step down as Ampthill Town FC manager & would like to thank Gary (Maidment) for the opportunity. We’ve achieved a lot in a short space of time, a top ten finish & a cup final last year, with young players coming through this year. Also, a massive thanks to Anthony Christophi & Stuart Robertson for their help

Town chairman Gary Maidment released a statement over the weekend:

After discussions with Paul Blackman last week, I reluctantly accepted his request to step down from the first team mangers role. On behalf of the club I would like to thank Paul for the huge impact he has made to the development of the club. Thank you!

Ampthill are at home on Tuesday night to MK Robins in Spartan South Midlands Football League Division One action, where Anthony Christophi will step up from the assistant managers role.

Ant Christophi

SSMFL,D2: United sunk by injury time winner at Berkhamstead

Buckingham United somehow came away pointless from a fixture that they deserved so much more from than a defeat in a 2-3 league loss at Berkhamsted Raiders on Saturday.

Sonny Devine

Raiders converted two first half penalties with Sonny Devine equalising with two fine finishes either side of half time.

Raiders then grabbed a winner in the 92 minute with a bullet header from a corner, the first goal conceded from a set piece all season.

NBDL IDT; Great Horwood 6-2 MK Wanderers

Great Horwood – 6
MK Wanderers – 2

Eddie Archer scores second for Horwood

16.11.2019

Great Horwood progressed in the North Bucks & District Football League Inter Divisional Trophy Knockout with a convincing win over MK Wanderers on Saturday, an early second half penalty to the visitor’s halved the hosts two goal lead but Horwood were in no mood for an upset as they scored a quick third and then went on to confirm their dominance; the home side scored four of their goals all from corner routines which the Wanderers defence simply could not deal with.

The hosts took the lead on twenty-three minutes just seconds after almost gifting their guests possession in their own penalty area as they struggled to clear, however the ball worked up to Sid Hawkins in the centre circle saw him thread a pass through the green backline for Adam Dixon to advance and slot home, the Milton Keynes side almost equalised immediately when Dom Seymour broke free but was denied by the outstretched boot of home custodian Ben Curley.

That lead was doubled five minutes later as a Gary Ridgway corner curled in to the front post saw MK keeper James Hunter go up to challenge Brandon Bowes & Ben Head and the flick on saw two defenders try to clear but the ball simply sat up for Eddie Archer at the far post who simply couldn’t miss. The second period was barely two minutes old when skipper Sam Archer was adjudged to have fouled inside his own area as a back pass towards Curley was a little light, Seymour took responsibility and despatched into the top corner despite the home keeper getting a hand to it.

Sid Hawkins heads number three

Any hopes of a comeback for the away side were quashed just five minutes later as another Ridgway corner eluded most in the middle however Hawkins at the back stick thumped his header between the two defenders on the posts. The Horwood front man was denied by fingertips as he muscled his way through the green backline to shoot but Hunter did enough to push his effort over, with just over twenty minutes left another corner curled into the box saw Hawkins tussle with Lee Grice and the ball diverted across goal towards a green shirt on the post, his attempted clearance sliced into his own net.

Within sixty seconds Hawkins bagged his second and his sides fifth when his through ball saw Dixon clash with Hunter on the edge of the area, following up from his original pass the former Buckingham Athletic striker rolled into the unguarded net. Ridgway and his corner routine paid again on eighty minutes, this time the outstretched arm of the keeper and the leap of full back Stephen Waymark were both fruitless as the ball curled over them and nestled inside the back post, there was time for a late Wanderers second when Lewis Hook seized on a loose ball some twenty yards out and his first time effort flew into the top corner. F/T: 6-2

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Banbury United put on flash display to secure second place

Banbury United went goal crazy of Saturday at Leiston, winning by five goals to one including a hatrick for Jaanai Gordon and the three points see United sitting in second place in the Southern Football League Premier Division Central table.

Jannai Gordon

The Puritans took the lead on the quarter hour mark when a Gordon header was turned home by a defender as he tried to clear, but they had to wait almost until the hour mark to double their advantage when John Mills latched onto a through ball to slot home. This sparked three goals in eight minutes as Gordon then hassled the Leiston keeper to make a block allowing a simple third, moments later a flying header saw him bag his second and with twenty minutes left to play he secured his treble after seizing on a loose header in the home defence.

The home side bagged a late consolation in added time, but the win see’s Mike Fords men flying high and now five points clear of sixth place.