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
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.
(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).
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
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 , Devine) Attendance: 98
2-2 Newport Pagnell Town v Baldock Town (Stronge ) / (Coppin, McClelland) Attendance: 163
0-0 Oxhey Jets v Broadfields United Attendance: 94
1-2 Tring Athletic v Leighton Town (Mitchell) / (Webb ) Attendance: 166
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 ) Attendance: 32
1-2 FC Broxbourne Borough v London Lions (Vanezis) / (Craig ) 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  [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
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  [both pens], Bullock) / (Devine ) 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 ) / (McConnell) Attendance: 45
4-3 Tring Corinthians AFC v The 61FC (Luton) (Lando , Aning, Randall) / (Conway , 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
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.
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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%