SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS FOOTBALL LEAGUE
NEWSLETTER NO 28
SAT 24th FEBRUARY 2018
Commiserations to Leighton Town who were narrowly defeated on Saturday in their bid to reach the FA Vase Semi Finals. However, they can look back with pride on their achievements in getting to this stage, and hopefully use the experience gained to press on and go all the way next season.
The Beast from the East wiped out all of Tuesday night’s programme , and forecasts for the weekend do not look at all promising. Games are beginning to pile up and it looks like a number of clubs will have to get used to playing 2 or 3 times a week.
F.A.VASE QUARTER FINAL
LEIGHTON TOWN 0 1874 NORTHWICH 1
Joining the 1108 hardy souls who travelled to Bell Close on a very wintry day, the air of expectation for both sets of supporters was high. Red and White and Green and White scarves were everywhere, and a noisy but good natured set of away supporters occupied the stand at the bottom of the ground. It was a pity that the match did not live up to the occasion. Neither side played to their ability and the match was a litany of misplaced passes, scuffed shots and far too many restarts for throws or goal-kicks. The field of play was a bit lumpy which made the ball bobble a lot, so control was difficult and the ball spent a long time in the air. Leighton started brightly, had their first corner after 5 minutes and their best chance of the match following a quick breakaway when one of their forwards shot well wide from a shot from well inside the penalty area. On 21 minutes a terrific shot by Ale x O’Brien from 25 yards was tipped over the bar by the away keeper. The only goal of the match was on 24 minutes when Dom Marsala made a clear trip on an opposing forward. The collective groan from the home supporters said it all and the referee had no hesitation in awarding the penalty, which Scott McGowan dispatched without any bother. The only other incident of note was Lee Coulter being cautioned, having been warned by the referee, some 7 minutes earlier. The second half followed a very similar pattern to the first, a case of much perspiration, but little inspiration, and a lot of graft, but little craft. Time and again, Leighton could not clear the first defender when crossing the ball. On 57 minutes James Hatch had a good shot saved by the away keeper, on 82 minutes Tom Wyatt beat away a good shot by a Northwich forward, but despite late substitutions, there was an air of inevitability about the outcome. As the sun started to get lower in the sky, so Leighton’s dreams of glory faded. In truth there were not any clear chances for the home side in the second half, so Northwich scraped through on the day. A case of when opportunity knocks, the opportunity is lost. Thanks to Roy Parker and other club stalwarts for great hospitality, which I am sure all the VIP and other dignitaries enjoyed.
Thanks to Tony Weight for the above report.
With second placed Welwyn Garden City not in action, Berkhamsted took full advantage and move four points clear at the top of the table after a 4-0 win at Cockfosters. The Comrades 20th win of the season came courtesy of Max Farrelly’s brace and further goals from Dan Jones and Ashton Campbell. With Leighton Town in Vase action and Harpenden’s game against Oxhey Jets falling foul of the weather, Biggleswade FC moved slightly closer to the top 4 after a second half double from Thomas Cole gave them a 2-0 win away at Hadley, and Colney Heath also recorded a 2-0 away win, their’s being against St. Margaretsbury with Jimmy Hill and Jack Woods the marksmen. Stotfold remain bottom after they lost 3-1 at home to Edgware Town, for whom Dan Pett scored twice and Omololu Onabolu was also on target and Crawley Green are also in the relegation zone after their 16th defeat of the season, 4-0 at Wembley. Despite not playing Holmer Green slip into the relegation zone but they do have games in hand on both Stotfold and Crawley. Tring Athletic beat London Tigers 1-0 thanks to Jack Read’s goal and Leverstock Green beat Biggleswade United 3-1 with Jonathan Lacey scoring twice and Luke Marsh grabbing the other. Last seasons champions London Colney remain in mid table despite an excellent 3-1 win at home to Hoddesdon Town.
Bob Flight was at Winslow to see Winslow entertain league leaders Southall on a bright but cold day hoping to upset the form book. However, that was not to be the case as Southall continued their unbeaten run and ran out comfortable winners by 3-0. Southall started very well, and with the Winslow players seemingly still metaphorically in the dressing room, scored two quick goals. The first followed a free kick by Ryan Hope that Aaron Mcleish headed down for Adam Louth to score on just 7 minutes. Worse was to follow for Winslow when they allowed McLeish to run through from midfield to shoot the ball past Bobby White in the home goal on 9 minutes. This at least woke Winslow up and only a great save by Nick Bennion in the Southall goal prevented Kerion Schmidt from scoring on 13 minutes. The home club began to hold the balance of play and Aaron King shot just wide of the far post and Sean Coles had a great chance but blazed his shot well over the bar. Southall always looked dangerous on the break but they failed to trouble White in the home goal. King had another chance just before half time but again failed to hit the target although as the whistle blew the home team were still well in the match. Winslow continued to dominate the opening minutes of the second half and Anthony Kew missed a great chance to pull a goal back on 48 minutes. Chances came and went for Winslow and more composure in front of goal would have been rewarded. Southall weathered the early storm and Aaron Morgan had a good chance that White pushed aside for a corner kick. A free kick from Hope produced an excellent save from keeper White on 71 minutes. Still chances fell for Winslow but a combination of stout defending and poor finishing denied them the breakthrough they needed. With Winslow pushing up, the inevitable happened when Courtney Austin beat the offside trap to round keeper White and walk the ball into the empty net to seal the game for Southall on 74 minutes. Winslow never gave up but despite several corners in the closing minutes and a great late save by Bennion, they could not get a goal. Given the conditions, it was a good game to watch and whilst not at their best, Southall managed the game well to earn the three points. There was a goal apiece and a Red card apiece in the game between Wodson Park (6th) and Baldock (2nd) . Baldock’s goal came from Owen Robertson and Alex Coppin saw red whilst Louis Wyle was responsible for both Wodson’s goal and the red card. ! London Lions moved to within a point of Baldock after their 4-0 home wain against Langford. Winslow hold on to 4th place despite their loss, but Broadfields have moved to within a point after their 4-0 win away at FC Broxbourne. Risboro Rangers managed a 1-0 win away at Ampthill, who have fallen off the pace of late, but Buckingham Athletic suffered a surprise 5-0 defeat away at Bedford. Hillingdon Boro moved out of the bottom three with their 3-1 win at home to Hatfield Town whilst Harefield Utd took all three points in their 3-1 win at home game against Rayners Lane.Finally Brimsdown won for the 9th time this season, gaining a 4-2 away at bottom club St.Neots Reserves.
No change in the top 4 placings, – the game of the day would have been Aston Clinton entertaining leaders Park View , but rightly the pitch was deemed unfit for purpose – not the result that Aston Clinton would have wanted given their backlog of fixtures. However, AFC Southgate could not take advantage of the leaders inactivity as they fell to a surprising 5-2 away defeat at Pitstone & Ivinghoe, for whom Kieran Doughty scored a brace. The other goals came from Harry Elliott, Albie Hall and Daniel O’Donnell – didn’t he used to be a singer! Also among the goals were Totternhoe who had an emphatic 6-1 win at home to Berkhamsted Raiders, Andy Cleere leading the way with a couple and Joe Smith, Aiden Murray, Joel McCormick and Mitchell Brent all chipping in. Mursley Utd still lie third after their 2-0 win away at Tring Corinthians, both goals coming in the first half from Danny Clarke and Lewis Delahaye, but they have played more games than most teams around them. There was another two nil win, this time for Grendon Rangers who entertained The 61 FC. In a “fairly noisy” game, both goals were the result of penalties awarded in the first 20 minutes, and both put away by Jason Riddell. It was box and cox as Unite MK entertained near neighbours Old Bradwell but despite Luke Little’s double, the visitors ran out 3-2 winners with goals from Aaron Bhasin, Ben Green and Darryl Smith. Amersham Town have out a new twist on the old saying ‘if you don’t shoot you don’t score’ which goes along the lines of “even if you do shoot you don’t score.’ In their match away at Tring Town they had the better of the first half, with 14 shots to two, but just the one goal to show for their efforts. The goal came after thirty six minutes when a long ball found King on the left, who found Raymond Koomson, who found Bertie Squires-Adams fifteen yards from goal and his fierce drive took a slight deflection on its way into the net. Manager Meager Snr’s half time team talk clearly had the desired effect on Tring as they equalised almost immediately after the restart, Ashley Wadhams getting on the end of a long free kick to loop an excellent header over keeper Turner’s head. The game was now far more equal as both sides had chances and it did appear as though the visitors would perform their usual trick of going off the boil in the second half, but with twelve minutes remaining. Nathan Henry broke into the penalty area and had his foot clipped by a Tring defender. Jeremiah Debayo stuck the penalty confidently past keeper Steven Meager. At the other end a Tring forward blocked a Turner clearance and the keeper was fortunate to see the resulting shot pass just wide of the far post. Both sides then had further chances but Amersham held out to end their run of 6 consecutive losses.The result was perhaps a tad hard on Tring who never gave up and their efforts were personified by their captain Ryan Shefras who always looked dangerous on the ball and was a continual thorn in the Amersham defence. Tring have clearly made big strides since their troubles earlier in the season – no bookings in the game which was well controlled by referee Chris Turner.
CUP FINAL DATES AND VENUES
Wednesday 11th April – Division One Cup Final at BERKHAMSTED FC – 19.45hrs
LONDON LIONS FC v. SOUTHALL FC
Wednesday 18th April – Development U25 Division Cup Final at TRING ATHLETIC FC – 19.45hrs
HARPENDEN TOWN FC v. RISBOROUGH RANGERS FC
Wednesday 25th April – Premier Division Cup Final (Sponsored by Dudley Latham) at COLNEY HEATH FC – 19.45hrs
WELWYN GARDEN CITY FC v. HARPENDEN TOWN FC
Wednesday 2nd MAY – League Challenge Trophy Final at WELWYN GARDEN CITY FC – 19.45hrs
RISBOROUGH RANGERS FC v. BROADFIELDS UTD FC or BIGGLESWADE FC
Wednesday 9th May – Division Two Cup Final @ LONDON LIONS FC 19.45hrs
ASTON CLINTON FC v. PARK VIEW FC
Original Club New Club
Tyler Ingham Biggleswade FC to Crawley Green
Reggie Ross WGC to Codicote
Bradley Kirkwood Winslow to Leighton Town
Jamie Carter Tring Corinthians to Risborough Rangers
Nicholas Bennion Buckingham Athletic to Southall
Tom Dolan Tring Town to Ampthill Town
Issouf Coutibaly Codicote to Brimsdown
Kyle Forster London Colney to Leighton Town
Jack Budge WGC to Harpenden
Ricardo Price Oxhey Jets to Hadley
Nicholas Kerley Oxhey Jets to Hatfield
Daniel Gould 61FC to Crawley Green
Temiloluwa Oladejo Amersham to London Colney
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.
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.
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:
A 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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 07720535355
Bedfordshire Referees Association:
A reminder that the Don Smith Memorial Quiz will take place on Thursday 15th March at Barton Rovers. First started in 1968/69 the Trophy has been competed for ever since but after a fantastic run of 50 years it has been decided that this year’s event will be the last and we are looking for a bumper finale. The evening consists of a 50 question quiz on football, between teams of three and the theme this year is The Don Smith Quiz at 50. Don’t worry if you can’t fill a team yourself as scratch teams will be made up on the night. And you don’t have to be a genius to take part but, as Noel Lewis discovers every year, you do have to use some of that old grey matter. There is no entry fee but you will be encouraged to put your hand in your pockets for the charity raffle. Registration starts at 19.30 and the quiz will begin at 20.00. Directions to Barton Rovers FC are detailed in the County virtual handbook. We hope you can join us on 15 March so you can say you were present at the 50th and Final Don Smith Memorial Quiz.
Referee Development Officer | BedfordshireFA
Tel: 01582 565111 | Mob: 07803 623374
FA COMPETITION ENTRIES – Season 2018/2019
To apply for next season’s FA Cup, FA Trophy, FA Vase and FA Youth Cup, please use the direct link below to submit your application and payment online. The application is ONLY available for online completion and online payment by credit or debit card, and an individual can make the payment with a personal card on the Clubs behalf.
Application link – https://eventspace.thefa.com/FA/the_fa_cup_the_fa_trophy_the_fa_vase_and_the_fa_youth_cup_competitions_season_2018-2019_23022018
FA.com story link – http://the-fa.com/z7Kg4C
On successful completion of the online application and online payment, you will receive an on screen confirmation and an automatic email confirmation will be sent to the participant from The FA. However, this does NOT constitute acceptance into the specified competition(s).
The closing date is Sunday 1 April 2018.
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 email@example.com or call 0800 1691863 x 4583 / 4622
Grateful thanks to Chris Mitchell, Bob Flight, and Tony Weight for their reports.
All news, views etc welcome, particularly from our refereeing colleagues.
Enjoy your football and remember MIND YOUR LANGUAGE