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SSMFL,D2: Old Bradwell manager previews weekend league clash

Old Bradwell manager David Keene has spoken to Sports Shots ahead of this weekend’s game.


David Keene


I think its fair to say no one is that keen on a trip to Tottenham at any time of the year just 2 days before Christmas to face an unbeaten Park View less so. This will be our 3rd meeting in under 2 months the previous 2 we couldn’t work out how we had lost both. Park View are a good team and have some very good players, they have in my opinion the standout striker in the league in Francis Williams as well and at their place on the Astro Turf (no chance of the weather saving us a trip down there) we know we are in for a tough game.

Our last game was the return league fixture against Park View which we ended up losing 2-1. On both previous games we have spent long periods in their half dominating possession but missing chances and ultimately being caught out on the break on both occasions. Since that game 2 postponements due to the weather have not been ideal.

In general our availability for the game is good. Shaun Ennis and Nick Bardell have gone to Australia to watch the Ashes (good decision at 3-0 down). Tommy Cooke is still finding his way back from injury and we hope he will get some minutes with the reserves on Saturday. Aside from that we have a full quota available and we aim as with all games to go there and try and get something from the game.

Our form is not great, having said that aside from 2 poor performances in the recent 7 or 8 games, we have played well as we showed last time out against Park View.  We need to build the consistency back up and make ourselves hard to beat. That will be the aim on Saturday.

CS&TFL,D1: Raunds Town 2 Buckingham Town 1

The Robins travelled to fourth placed Raunds Town on Saturday and were edged out in a tight but entertaining match. Buckingham were excellent in the first half and could well have gone in at the break with a comfortable lead as first Chris Wreh and then Murdy Maki had chances in the opening seven minutes but found the home keeper in good form to keep their efforts out. Orlando Joao was in great form too and he fashioned three super crosses that just needed tapping home but no finish was applied. Thrussell in the Buckingham goal was rarely troubled as Towns defence handled everything that was thrown at it and with Judickas and Blair probing from midfield it was Buckingham that were asking all the questions.

The breakthrough came on 27 minutes as the home defence scrambled away another Robins attack the ball fell to Chris Wreh who placed a precise shot high into the net from just inside the penalty area. Buckingham richly deserved the lead after totally dominating the opening half hour but Raunds are a good experienced side who themselves have their sights firmly set on promotion and another goal would have been handy before the break knowing that they would have much more of a say in the second half.

As expected it was a different Raunds that came out for the second half and they took the game to the Robins from the off. The equaliser arrived seven minutes after the restart after a quick break and accurate cross was thumped home at the far post. Buckingham were finding it hard to recapture their first half form and struggled for a spell so it was no surprise when Raunds took the lead although it has to be said it came in fortuitous circumstances. At Towns defence took the sting out of another Raunds raid a backpass to Thrussell was charged down by a home forward as the Buckingham keeper cleared and although the ball could have gone anywhere it fell nicely to the striker who rolled it into an empty net. Going behind focussed the mind of the Buckingham lads and they again began to carve out opportunities with Wreh, Judickas and Osei-Addo all having efforts either saved or blocked while at the other end Thrussell  made three great saves as Raunds exploited the space that was available as Buckingham pushed for the leveller. In the end time ran out for Town and they will feel unlucky as they were certainly worthy of a point, maybe even all three but it is Raunds who leapfrogged them into second spot in the table.

Mursley go down to Raiders

“Mursley United travelled to Berkhamsted Raiders on Saturday and were defeated 3-1.

With a number of players unavailable, manager Anthony Lands was able to field a bare eleven who fought hard, but struggled against an opposition who were more used to playing on the 3G surface. Chances were limited for both sides, but it was the visitors who opened the scoring as Ellis Spence was upended in the penalty area and Adam Bone dispatched the penalty with five minutes remaining before half time. However, the hosts were on level terms before the break when Danso escaped the attentions of the Mursley defence and slotted home past the onrushing Adam Moore, deputising in goal for the absent Sam Jay.

This goal galvanised the home side and they went ahead around the hour mark when Jordan MacDougall’s attempt to clear imminent danger, skewed off his left foot and into the top of the net past Moore. It looked like Danny Clarke had levelled the score ten minutes later, but he was adjudged to have pushed his marker as he bore down on goal and with fifteen minutes remaining, Spence was dismissed for dissent. The ten men of Mursley strove for an equaliser, but in the dying moments and, with players committed forward, substitute Macfarlane broke away and steered the ball past Moore to secure the three points”

NCH MK Sunday League: Knibbs previews Nags Head fixture

Nags Head joint-manager Mike Knibbs spoke ahead of their New City Heating MK Sunday league encounter today.

This week we head over to Bradwell Pavilion to take on Interact FC who we faced two weeks ago. That game started off end to end with Interact taking the lead early on, but we then hit back with a goal from Luke O’Connell to level the scores. A few moments later, to our disbelief, an Interact defender played  a ball back to his keeper which subsequently ended up in the back of the net to put us 2-1 up within ten minutes. Interact went on to score twice more before half time but we went into the break feeling that we still had a chance to get back into the game. Sloppy play at the start of the second half allowed Interact to take a 4-2 lead. Unfortunately, we were caught out by a very good team when we were having a bad day at the office, losing every first and second ball and being generally outplayed. interact picked us apart again with another goal to make it 5-2, which was eventually the final score. We did how ever show we still had some fight left in us with a near missed free kick from Harry Heritage and two very good shots from Steve Holmes, the first of which produced an incredible save from their keeper with the second hitting the inside of the post and rebounding out. It just wasn’t our day, and the result left us 6th in the league and heading into a fixture with 7th placed Newport Pagnell Town.

Knowing that if Newport won they’d go above us, we kicked off looking to end their good form of 3 wins on the bounce. Again we started poorly,  giving away an early penalty which was easily saved by Rafe Birch-White. We soon found ourselves 2-0 down and left wondering whether we’d met our match. Just before the break Charlie Willis was brought down in the box by a high boot to win us a penalty which Harry Heritage confidently stepped up to take, only for the ball to be palmed out by the keeper, but Harry reacted quickly to put away the rebound. We went in 2-1 down at the break, but with our tails up and we started the second half with confidence. This soon paid off with goals from Luke O’Connell and Dan Chittenden putting us into the lead for the first time in the game, and with twenty minutes to go Ash Hack came on and killed the game with a great strike into the top right hand corner to put us 4-2 up and win the game. The boys showed great character to dig deep at half time and come back for the win and put us 6 points clear in 6th place and only 1 point behind 5th place Eagles Athletic. We have to try and take the same mentality we had when we came back from 2-0 down into this week, when we face Interact again, and try and push into the top half of the table.

OCA,D1: Horwood EGM set to discuss club’s future plans

Great Horwood Cricket Club statement:

It has been decided that the time is now appropriate for the club to hold a 2nd Extraordinary General Meeting of the Cricket Club.

This meeting will take place on Monday 4th December at 6.30 p.m. in the club pavilion.

Since the first EGM on 20th October 2017 there has been a lot activity going on about the future plans for GHCC 2nd XI.

We are confident now, that the timing is perfect for us to discuss the current situation regarding the future of our 2nd XI for season 2018.

By the evening of the EGM, we should know the following:

The outcome of the 2nd Appeal against the OCA decision to refuse our 2nd XI entry in 2018.
The chairman, club captain and cricket secretary will have attended the AGM of the Four Counties Cricket League on Wednesday 29th November. From this there could be an indication of where we would be placed in the FCCL.
We already know that we can secure a place in the South Northants Cricket League if we want it.
The number of new players willing to join GHCC.

The outcome of this EGM will hopefully achieve the following (possibly more):

A clear picture of the playing numbers and strength for season 2018
A decision on which Saturday league our 2nd XI will play in for season 2018
How we can widen the playing opportunities at the club? E.g. Sunday cricket and/or midweek cricket
How we can build on the opportunities now available to radically broaden our Youth/Junior programme to ensure an ongoing strategy that provides a regular stream of youth players into Senior cricket
How we can re-introduce participation in the Bucks Cricket Board League fixtures
How we work together with our incoming players to ensure a well managed integration into the club that ensures that appropriate cricket opportunities are available to ALL.
How we can continue to attract new members to the playing side of the club to ensure that we put the club back onto firm foundations.

This meeting provides a REAL opportunity for us all to secure and develop the future of our club.

It is important that as many interested parties as possible attend this EGM.

Please make every effort to attend this meeting. This is your chance to play a part in ensuring that your club makes the right decisions that will protect its future.

B&B Snr Trophy 3R: Old Bradwell boss looks forward to Swans visiting their own ground

David Keene has spoken to Sports Shots as his Old Bradwell United side enjoy their return to their own ground after criteria issues meant that have had to use Stony Stratford Town’s facilities.

David Keene

Keene told Sports Shots;
Whilst last weeks result was not what we wanted, the players performed much closer to their levels of this season and ran Brimsdown very close, falling to a single goal 10 minutes from time.
To be back playing at home was also a massive plus for us and with our new facilities it was good to be back around the place.
There was also a good crowd down to watch us which hasn’t been the case for our home games during our enforced absence.
Saturday saw us again make light of some key absences and could and should have taken the tie to penalties at the very least.
We are still not ruthless enough in front of goal, this has been the story of our season. The back 5 have been excellent all season and have been the reason we went 10 games unbeaten until a fortnight ago. Last season we had to chop and change the back 4 every game (the first 26 games of last season was a different back 4 each time).  This season we have seen Shaun (Ennis) and Smudge (Dan Smith) be almost ever presents in the centre of defence and Zac (Ferris) and Scott (Parker) as our regular full backs. At this stage last season I had used 14 people in our back 4, this season I have been able to only use 7 and have been able to play the same back 4 in 10 games. Liam (Jahn) has come into goal and done very well as expected for someone who has played at a higher level.
Saturday sees us with another home cup game as we welcome Newport Pagnell Town Reserves in the Berks and Bucks cup. This should be a good game with the visitors, like their first team, going well at the top of the UCL Reserve Division and with ourselves also playing well and hoping to have some players back available it should be a cracking game, hopefully with another decent crowd down to watch.
We follow Saturday’s game with another cup tie on Tuesday night away at Buckingham Athletic in the Buckingham Charity cup, before finally returning to league action after a six-week break on Saturday 25th at Berkhamstead.
I am still hopeful of adding one or two faces to the squad in the next couple of weeks to provide some cover in key positions, as well as bringing additional quality to the squad, but I am happy with our squad in general and the approach of the players has been first class this season.
Squad for Saturday’s game (from): Liam Jahn, Zac Ferris, Scott Parker, Shaun Ennis, Dan Smith, Peter Maxey, Carl Bryce, Tyler Garlick, Ross Butler, Ben Green, Barry Rooney, Aaron Bhasin, Peter Bentley, Tommy Cooke, Billy Batten.

SSMFL – Newsletter No 14



SAT 11th  – SUN 12th  NOVEMBER



Having defeated Canning Town, Woodbridge and Newmarket to reach the dizzy heights of the Second Round Proper, Enfield Borough’s batteries were fully charged for the visit of Premier League leaders Berkhamsted … and they didn’t let their supporters down in a game of fluctuating fortunes that was only decided in the dying minutes of extra time. Enfield have really been proving their worth since their promotion to Division One. They play a neat passing game and have youth and speed on their side. Berkhamsted quickly realized they had a game on their hands and were forced to up the tempo, relying on brisk counter attacks. After several near misses at either end, Berko took the lead through Steve Hawes midway through the first half but just eight minutes later, Enfield drew level when Bruno Tavares squeezed the ball home from a very tight angle. Chances came and went for both sides in a highly entertaining second half but with just 3 minutes left to play, John Munday joined the attack and was handily placed at the far post to convert a Berko corner. It looked as though the game was up for Enfield but as they piled forward, a second half substitute Stevens crashed home a deserved equalizer. And so into extra time. Tag Kennedy’s rasping shot came back off the Berko crossbar while Jamie Newby-Harris missed a golden opportunity. These were opportunities to rue as Berkhamsted ended the contest with goals from Alex Campana and Sean Coughlan.  A cracking game enjoyed by a large crowd at the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium … beautifully restored with its art-deco pavilion and grandstand, one of only two Grade II listed structures in non-League football.  On the surrounding athletics track officially inaugurated to celebrate The Queen’s Coronation in 1953, Seb Coe, Daley Thompson and Linford Christie once had the crowd on their feet in wild excitement. There was no less enthusiasm shown for Enfield Borough and Berkhamsted who made this FA Vase tie one to savour.


As match guests mingled with the players after the Enfield Borough- Berko match, Bill Hamilton says he was delighted to bump into Billy Meadows, a real legend of the sixties and seventies. He now lives in Berkhamsted only a short walk from the Broadwater ground. Described by Harry Redknapp in his autobiography as “having more front than Sainsburys”, Billy rattled in 94 goals for Barnet in just 192 appearances. Our mad Scot though, was more intent in talking to him about his part in probably the biggest FA Cup upset of all time when Hereford United beat Newcastle in that famous match at Edgar Street thanks to a 30 yard stunner from Ronnie Radford and an extra time winner from Ricky George. Hamilton has every reason to remember the day – Saturday 5 February 1972 – as it was the day he got married and he had asked the BBC’s John Motson, with whom he shared a flat in Finchley, to be his best man. John decided against the suggestion as he was on trial as a television commentator and felt he could not miss the Hereford game. As we all know now, a wise choice as it was the match that was to make his name and of course, he was to become a BBC legend and the undisputed “voice of football.”

Welwyn Garden City are through to the third round after a fiery 2-1 win over Newport Pagnell Town at Herns Lane. It was a stop-start affair but Welwyn finished the game deserved winners, with quality goals from Yasin Boodhoo and Dan Bond. In an explosive start to the game, Welwyn looked the better side, making the best of the early exchanges.  Two minutes in, the home team missed a huge chance. Josh Bronti broke free down the right and squared into the middle for what should have been a simple tap in but after two scuffed shots the result was only a goal kick. Finally breaking out of their own half, Newport produced their first big chance on 20 minutes, when Greg Ling forced a fine low save from the Citizens keeper Charlie May, diving to his left. The Swans  came into the game halfway through the first 45 and the chances were less frequent for both sides, but WGC still looked most likely to score. In added time at the end of the half, Welwyn took the lead. Josh Bronti whipped in a perfect corner and Yasin Boodhoo produced a rocket header into the top left for 1-0. It was a deserved lead that Welwyn took into the break as they had looked the more determined side throughout the first 45.  Newport looked to respond after the break and had the ball in the back of the net on 49 minutes, but it was ruled offside. Referee Martyn Cannon’s whistle was in constant use as challenges went flying in as the intensity dropped due to the stoppages.  Welwyn were mainly playing on the break as Newport Pagnell forced the pressure, but the Citizens defence battled well going into the last 20 minutes.  Then came a pivotal moment in the game, as Swans defender, Adam Pryke was given a straight red for an bad challenge in the 72nd minute.  Welwyn made the extra man count after 79 minutes when Dan Bond ran through, turning the Swans defence inside out, moving onto his right and curling the ball past Mark Osbourne for a fine finish and 2-0. However, with just three minutes of normal time left, Newport Pagnell got one back when Harry Stratton got on the end of an early cross into the box, tapping in past May from inside the 6 yard box. The goal proved to be only a consolation for the Swans , as WGC saw the game out for a 2-1 win  Playing in front of their biggest crowd of the season, Leighton Town started brightly  against Division One London Lions and exerted some sustained pressure on the Lion’s goal but were unable to find the final ball to turn their possession into clear cut chances .As the half progressed the visitors started to come more into the game and nearly took the lead in the 35th minutes when Bolle went close with a header after a flowing Lion’s attack and Wyant had to be alert a few minutes later, when Bolle again struck a low shot which was well saved by the young Town keeper. Leighton ended the half in the ascendancy but it was becoming a frustrating afternoon for the Reds, as despite dominating possession, the decision making in the final third and quality of the final ball, was often disappointing. The second half followed a similar pattern to the first with Leighton dominating possession and laying siege to the Lion’s goal but the visitors defended in numbers and with real resilience, making it difficult for Town to make the decisive breakthrough. As the half progressed there was a flurry of substitutions and bookings as both sides tried to assert their dominance. With extra time looming Leighton won a series of corners as they intensified the pressure on the Lion’s goal. With just 5 minutes remaining Hall delivered a vicious in-swinging corner and with Guiney and Hatch exerting pressure on the opposition goalkeeper, the ball sailed into the top corner to give Leighton a deserved and what proved to be, decisive lead.  On Remembrance day, Tring Athletic played host to Ely City of the Eastern Counties League Premier Division in the second round of the FA Vase and the minutes silence was duly perfectly observed. Over a hundred years ago at Christmas 1914 an informal truce was declared when soldiers from both the British and German armies climbed out of their trenches to indulge in a football match in No Man’s Land. By many accounts there was perhaps more than one game with reports of the Germans winning by 3-2 and another of the Scots beating the Germans 4-1 but both scores were in doubt. What was not in doubt however was the convincing 4-1 victory that Tring Athletic had over visitors Ely City. With Tring struggling in the league and occupying second from bottom in the table and Ely holding a respectable ninth spot in their Premier division, the home supporters were a trifle worried. Perhaps Ely underestimated Tring and a hat trick from home forward Jack Read sealed their fate. Whilst Ely started well and had a great chance to open the scoring when Alex Brown raced clear of the home defence, his shot was saved by the legs of Tring keeper Jack Hopwood. After this early scare, Tring began to get into the game and had several shots at the Ely goal without troubling keeper Harry Reynolds. The breakthrough came on 30 minutes when Jack Read beat the Ely offside to run through to shoot the ball past the stranded Reynolds. Worse was to follow for Ely when mix up between keeper Reynolds and defender Ollie Brooks resulted in the unfortunate Josh Sewell, in trying to clear the ball, only to lash it into the roof of his own net on 38 minutes. The half ended with Tring in almost total control.

The expected response from Ely in the second half failed to materialize despite the substitutions made early in the half. The killer third goal for Tring came on 57 minutes when Read converted a pass from Elliott Goward by heading the ball past Reynolds.The game became untidy and Ely seemed to lose their discipline as the referee issued three yellow and one red card to the visitors. Tring did not escape the referees attention, but they were a little unlucky to see Sam Jolliffe receive a second yellow, and therefore a red, card midway through the half. Ely pushed up to try and reduce the arrears and Hopwood made a good save from an Ashley Walter free kick. However, the resulting corner kick was headed into the home net by Ollie Brooks on 88 minutes. Any hope of Ely rescuing the tie disappeared in the fifth minute of injury time when Read completed his hat trick by lobbing the ball over Reynolds head and into the net from another Goward pass to seal the game. It was a good game to watch, Tring fully deserved to win and most of the crowd of some 140 went home happy.  Wembley went down by the odd goal in five on their visit to Essex League Hullbridge Sports, losing 3-2 in the last few minutes of the game. By all accounts in it was a game of two halves, with the hosts on top during the first period, and going into the break 1-0 in front. Wembley had much the better of the second period, drawing level early on. A rare breakaway from Hullbridge saw them again take the lead after a goal keeping error, but Wembley were back on terms in the 70th minute from the penalty spot after the home keeper brought down a Wembley forward. With the keeper shown the red card, Hullbridge had to play the last 20 minutes or so with just 10 men, but with just 5 minutes left, another defensive error enabled the homesters to grab the winner and the visitors to wonder how they let the game slip. Biggleswade FC deservedly beat Crawley Green in front of a large crowd at Langford Road on Saturday. Alex Marsh and Tom Cookman from the penalty spot scored the goals that saw off their opponents, who played with spirit and were stronger than in the league match a couple of weeks ago. David Lenton was the sponsor Ray Smith’s Man of the Match for an outstanding performance in central defence. We were pleased to welcome as our special guests Dr John Little, Chair of the FA Vase Committee and his wife Wendy and also Tony Dray from the Royal British Legion’s Biggleswade branch. A minutes’ silence on this, Armistice Day, was impeccably observed by all before kick off in remembrance of all those fallen in combat.  Sunday turned out to be a cold day for Southall in Burnham Beeches  as they lost 2-1 to visiting Lordswood from the Southern Counties East league ( Kent League in old money.) The visitors scored after just 6 minutes through Jack Mahon and Frank Griffin  doubled their lead on 22 minutes, but although Southall reduced the deficit not long before half time, it remained 2-1 until the end.


The draw has again not been kind to our clubs, with 4 paired together and the 5th despatched to the far flung Norfolk coast. ( I  had the dubious delights of playing football a few miles further down the coast  in a freezing snowstorm – in December back in the late 60’s, and have never been so cold in my life!-Ed)

Tring Athletic    v    Berkhamsted

Welwyn GC      v    Biggleswade FC

Gorleston          v    Leighton Town


With the top three all competing in the FA Vase, the key action this weekend centred on the clubs at the wrong end of the Premier Division table where St Margaretsbury remain in the bottom three after losing 4-2 at home to fast improving Leverstock Green.  Saints led at the break but Green produced a superb second half performance and were rewarded with goals from substitutes Jonathan Lacey and Reynoldo Carbon and a brace from Matt Bateman. Stotfold remain fourth from bottom despite a late equaliser as they drew 2-2 at home to Colney Heath and Holmer Green are still struggling after they lost 4-0 at home to Hoddesdon Town for whom Kyle Johnson scored twice. Elsewhere, London Colney beat Cockfosters 1-0,  Omololu Onabolu scored a hat trick as Edgware Town won 3-1 at Hadley and Biggleswade United beat London Tigers 3-0, with Nick Elliott among the scorers.


Codicote must’ve felt well pleased with getting a surprising nil nil at Ampthill Town, which has now lifted them off the bottom spot. Sometimes by gaining an unexpected one ( or three ) points this could be the catalyst to jump start their season….Baldock notched only 3 past struggling Hillingdon, with Lewis Barker getting a double, and the evergreen Harry Holland getting the other one, in front of a very healthy 82 spectators….Bedford managed to obtain a 1 1 draw against visiting Harefield, in front of their usual small crowd. I realise that for some reason or another Bedford appears to be a rugby town, but with Bedford Town struggling in the lower reaches of the Southern League, surely McMullen Park is well worth a visit?…Sounds like a cracking game took place at Harefield, where ground-sharers Broadfield disposed of St Neots Reserves by 5 goals to 3.On the league website only St Neots scorers are shown, and they were Nehemiah Goodridge, William Sells, and Jake Smith….With Risborough’s game at Buckingham falling foul to the weather, Winslow made the most of the opportunity by scoring 3 without loss at Hatfield, and so jump into 2nd place, even though they have the same goal difference, so presumably knocking more into the onion bag than Risborough ( where I’m hoping to visit this Saturday)….Langford lost 3 nil at home to now 4th placed Wodson Park, although their cause wasn’t helped by Jordan Cleghorn’s dismissal after 31 minutes. The visitors scorers were Jordan Halls, George Lyons and Louis Wylie. Just a week after defeating Hatfield Town at Elmfields gate, Winslow Utd  travelled to Hertfordshire to play the return league fixture. Ryan Freshwater stepped up to convert a penalty to give United a 31st minute lead.  United had to wait until the 89th minute until netting again as Matt Cruse netted from Simon King’s assist. The  scorer then turned provider two minutes into injury-time as Cruse set up Daniel Delderfield, who made no mistake in sealing the points with United’s third.  Now onto Cup games, of one description or another….the 2 survivors in the Vase in Division one – London Lions and Enfield Borough- both succumbed, but it was very close. Lions lost 1 nil at Bell Close to Leighton Town in front of a more than healthy 140 crowd. Meanwhile at Donkey Lane – and no I wasn’t there! – Borough lost 4 -2 to Berkhamsted but not without a fight. It was 2 apiece after 90 minutes, but unlike the last round the visitors progressed into the next round…In the League Challenge trophy Brimsdown overcame Division Two Old Bradwell United by the only goal of the game….


With the top two not in League action, Mursley Utd took the opportunity to move level on points (25) wth Park View and Totternhoe after their 3-2 win away at Pitstone & Ivinghoe. Adam Bone got them off to a great start, scoring after 2 minutes, Danny Clarke added the second after 38 minutes and Ellis Spence got the winner in the last minute. Amersham Town had to work hard for their 3-1 win at home to Grendon Rangers.. The win was  their third in succession and the first time since August 2015 that they have accomplished such a feat. It was all the more rewarding as they had to come from behind, Grendon having taken the lead early in the second half through Nathan Perna after going down to 10 men. On 73 minutes, Leonardo Pedro equalised for the hosts,  Bertie Sqiures-Adams put them in front for the first time  and Jamie Aldred wrapped up the scoring with 3 minutes left. Goals from Chinua Phinn-Archer, Joshua Scott, Lee Scott and Oltian Klosi enabled AFC Southgate to keep up with the leaders as they won 4-0 away at Tring Town AFC. Unite MK are hot on their heels after their 5-1 win at home to Clean Slate. It was only 1-1 at half time but 4 goals came in the last 22 minutes. Tring Corinthians remain rooted to the bottom of the table after they lost 3-1 at home to The 61 FC, for whom Matt Conway, Pawel Pyziak and Ryan Smith were on the scoresheet. Corries sole reply came from Daniel Pounds.


Winslow United Development are into the last sixteen as they  recorded their third win on the spin at Elmfields gate with a solid display against a good Elmhurst side. Jonny Patel squeezed an effort in at the near post to give United the lead but the visitors were level as they headed home a corner. Charlie Wright went through before slotting home to send United Development in ahead at the break. Tom Marshall nipped in to convert a cross to extend United’s lead before Kyhl Daley scored goal number four to send Mark Wiltshire and Nick Farrow’s side into the fourth round.


There was a titanic struggle at Green Lane between two Step 7 clubs before home side Bovingdon finally disposed of visitors Aston Clinton 4-2, after extra time. There was very little to choose between the two sides during normal time, as the game see sawed backwards and forwards, but Aston ran out of steam during the extra half hour and Bovingdon ran out worthy winners. It was first blood to Aston as Alex Little headed them into an early lead but the vastly experienced home side, sporting several players with SSMFL  Premier experience, fought their way back into the game and drew level on the 20 minute mark. Building on this, Bovingdon went into the lead but Aston fought back and Chris Shennan made it 2-2 before half time.  No goals in the second half but the play continued to ebb and flow, with both sides having chances to seal the tie. Bovingdon were the stronger of the two during the extra 30 minutes – a powerful header from Ed Canham  gave them the advantage and an unstoppable strike from Courtney Massay clinched the tie. A very nice neat ground, good hospitality, large stand, containing half a dozen very large and comfortable arm chairs, and entertaining conversation with supporters well versed in local non league football. A very pleasant change to watch a game without the need for earmuffs in the stand!


Hadley are delighted to announce Anthony Clark as their new 1st team manager. As a player, Anthony appeared for Southend United before playing at a high standard of non-league football with teams including Hendon and Wealdstone. Anthony will be working with long-serving Hadley manager Franco Sidoli and other coaching staff who will be confirmed in the near future.


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.


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.


Original Club New Club
Kai Gardner Stotfold AFC Dunstable
Ricki Wigg-Booden Leighton Town Loughton Manor
Liam Sweeney Colney Heath Stotfold
Roy Byron Leverstock Green Colney Heath
Michael Moss Crawley Green Ampthill
Daniel Harper Langford Stotfold
Dean Sadler Codicote WGC
Martin Collins Crawley Green Colney Heath
Courtney Lawrence Cockfosters Codicote
Harry Bushell Hoddesdon Wodson Park

Grateful thanks to Chris Mitchell, Bob Flight, Bill Hamilton and Dave Henman for their reports .

All news, views items of interest, tittle tattle etc are welcome, particularly from our refereeing fraternity.

Enjoy your football and remember MIND YOUR LANGUAGE








SSMFL: Newsletter No 11



                                           SAT 21st  OCTOBER


The 61 FC (Luton) are appealing for donations after an arson attack badly damaged their clubhouse. Sadly, on Tuesday night (October 17), their clubhouse on Kingsway Recreation Ground, Beverley Rd, Luton, was the victim of an arson attack and the club are now in need of donations to repair the damage. Although the blaze was brought under control before it could completely rip through the building, there has been extensive damage caused to the roofing (internal and external) as well as much of the internal electrical supply. The damage is estimated to cost thousands of pounds to repair to the required standards – money the club simply does not have.  The club are appealing for donations of any amount to help reach their target to fund the urgent repairs needed. Chairman of  The 61 FC, Richard Everett, would like to express his grateful thanks those who have already donated, particularly a number of Division Two clubs. If you would like to join them in donating, please visit their crowdfunding page at :.


 BUILDBASE F.A. VASE – First Round Proper

\The first of the SSMFL clubs to move into the 2nd Round was Crawley Green who beat Harpenden Town 3-0 on Friday night.  Goalscorers for Crawley were Charlie Clayton with a brace and Terry Billy.  Bob Flight and Baldock Town both made the trip to  Peterborough Northern Star in the first round proper of the FA Vase and the Div One side narrowly lost out to their UCL Premier Division opponents by 1-0.  On a windy day, the only goal of the game came early in just 7 minutes. Baldock left Jamar Dobson unmarked at a corner kick and whilst his shot was blocked by keeper Jack Farmer, the ball fell to Zak Munton who scored. Baldock bounced back and Lewis Barker saw a header saved and Louis Lee shot wide from a good position. The remainder of the half saw Baldock mainly in control but without creating a clear cut chance and Farmer remained untroubled in goal. The second half saw the home team have a couple of early chances but they failed to trouble Farmer. With the wind at their backs now, Baldock began to dominate the match and Harry Holland shot the ball wide of the home goal. The visiting spectators thought that Baldock had equalised on 61 minutes, but it was ruled out for offside. It was all Baldock now and a Josh Coley shot hit the home crossbar and bounced over and they wasted a couple of free kicks which failed to hit the target. Following a corner, Baldock had a shot kicked of the Star goal line and the follow up shot from Mitchell Foley was well saved by Ross Ingram in the home goal. The home team had the occasional breakaway and from one of these David Kilby shot wide when well placed. In the closing minutes, Baldock pressed hard and Josh Coley shot wide from a good position and substitute Alfie Barker shot the ball over the bar. In the dying seconds of the game Baldock were denied the equalising goal as a shot hit the far post and bounced clear. Thus the game ended in frustration for Baldock who should really have won this game in some comfort.

Dave Henman along with  League president, Brian Smith,  went to watch Enfield Borough vs Newmarket Town at Donkey Lane, not surprisingly in Enfield. The game got off to a flier with the hosts taking a 7th minute lead, although from where we were sitting in the stand, it did have more than an element of luck about it. From the left wing Tage Kennedy crossed the ball, but with the assistance of the wind it drifted into the top right hand corner of the net. Enfield continued to create the more clear cut chances but continued to miss the target, and they were made to pay in the 23rd minute when Steve Spriggs finished off a well worked move, by shooting low past Nicholas Kyricou’s stretched right hand. Half time, and it was 1 – 1 which I think was just about right. It was nip and tuck, and again Enfield’s fast fluent football created the better opportunities, but they continued to waste them, and somewhat against the run of play The Jockeys took the lead after 68 minutes when the centre back headed home from a corner. As time moved nearer and nearer the 90 minute mark it looked like Enfield would lose the game, something they didn’t deserve. With just a minute to go they were correctly awarded a penalty when one of their speedy forwards burst into the box, and was fouled. Up stepped Hederson Browne who comfortably dispatched the spot kick. To be fair in my opinion a draw at that stage seemed fair. However the hosts seemed to up the ante in extra time and took the lead after 94 minutes. Substitute  Bruno Tavares chased a loose ball into the box, got there first before the onrushing keeper, only to see the ball hit the inside of the post. He reacted quicker than a covering defender, and did just enough to nudge the ball over the line. The tide was now beginning to turn very much in Enfield’s favour. They really had their tails up, whilst Newmarket’s players heads began to drop, and at times they didn’t even chase a lost ball. The icing on the cake arrived in 107th minute when  Kennedy ran from the halfway line before planting the ball past the stranded keeper. It was a close call during 90 minutes, but Enfield definitely deserved to win in extra time. There wasn’t one bad foul in the game. Both sides tried to play good football, and in 120 minutes there was only 2 bookings – one from each side.  An enjoyable game to watch. Leighton Town  recorded with a narrow  1-0 win  away over Burnham Ramblers  from the Essex Senior league.  In an entertaining and well contested game Town were probably worth a bigger margin of victory but had to settle for a single goal by Lorrel Smith to earn their place in the next round. The only goal came In the 67th minute when Carl Tappin won the ball in midfield and played a pass through to Lorrel Smith who left his marker for dead and cleverly took the ball round the keeper before stroking the ball home.  Also through to the next round are ( heavens, I’m beginning to sound a bit like Tess Daly )  London Lions, whose Adam Burchell’s brace  helped to silence Clapton’s noisy fans on their way to a 3-2 victory. Without ever being individually at their best, it was another excellent team performance that deservedly saw Lions into the hat for the second round ,the scoreline implying a closer game than it really was. Lions other scorer was Charlie Kasler.  Welwyn Garden City had a comfortable 3-0 home win over Essex Senior league side Takeley, substitute Charlie Rome scoring twice with Josh Bronti the other. There was another 3-0 scoreline at Vale Farm where hosts Wembley  had the better of Div One Broadfields Utd in all SSMFL tie. There were 8 goals scored in two of the ties. London Colney slugged it out with UCL side Cogenhoe Utd at Cotslandwick Park, both sides scoring 4 apiece and having to meet again on Tuesday night. On the mark for the home side were Manny Hammond with 2, and Laurence Vaughan and Wilson Ferreira with one apiece. There were also 8 goals on view at Bracknell Town – unfortunately the home side who are flying high in the Hellenic Premier, scored 6 of them  as they proved a bit too strong for the youthful Buckingham Athletic. The very strong gusty winds obviously affected all the games, but Walton & Hersham took full advantage as they ran up a 3-0 lead by half time at Edgware Town and defended stoutly to run out 3-1 winners – Mikkel James getting a late consolation for the Wares. Colney Heath came back from Hullbridge Sports with a 1-1 draw ( courtesy of a Jack Woods goal ) and must fancy their chances at home in the replay. Biggleswade Utd and Yaxley  both sit roughly midtable in their respective Premier Divisions, but it was the UCL side who just took the spoils , winning 1-0, and it was by the same narrow margin that Oxhey Jets lost out to Norwich CBS. There was no joy either for Cockfosters as they lost 2-0 away at Framlingham Town, who are riding high in the Eastern Counties  Div One. Despite leading by a Sam Holmes goal at half time, Ampthill Town’s long trip to Wiltshire to play Royal Wootton Bassett Town ended in disappointment as they conceded two goals in the second half to lose 2-1.

STOP PRESS: Unfortunately both our clubs involved in Replays on Tuesday night suffered narrow losses.. Colney Heath went down 1-0 to Hulbridge Sports whilst London Colney lost by the same scoreline away at Cogenhoe Utd.

DRAW FOR 2nd ROUND PROPER: The draw has not been overly kind to our  clubs who were in the hat for the draw on Monday. There are 3 definite all SSMFL ties .However on the plus side  6 of our clubs have been drawn at home.

Biggleswade FC                                 v Crawley Green

Enfield Borough                                  v Berkhamsted

Leighton Town                                   v London Lions

Southall                                              v Lordswood

Tring Athletic                                      v Ely City

Welwyn Garden City                          v Newport Pagnell Town

Hullbridge Sports                                 v Wembley



Berkhamsted extended their lead at the top of the table to four points after they won 4-3 at Hadley.  The hosts parted company with manager Mickey Hazard in the week, but it was Berkhamsted who started started well and were rewarded as early as the 5th minute when Stacey Field fired home before Adam Mead scores to double his sides advantage.  Harry Sedgley pulled one back for Hadley but Mead’s second, an exquisite free kick, restored the visitors two goal lead. After the break, Hadley did themselves proud but in the end Sean Coughlin’s excellent goal meant the points were safe for the visitors. Hoddesdon Town moved into the top six after they beat London Tigers, 4-0 thanks to goals from Fraser John, Leigh Rose with Two and Louis Rose.  For Tigers, it’s a fourth consecutive away defeat.  St Margaretsbury are out of the bottom three after a 3-1 win at home to Stotfold, Jon Stevenson and Mason Todd among the scorers.


Southall won 3 0 at a now struggling Langford, who apart from losing the very likable Chairman, Ian Chessum, have also lost their manager. Southall meanwhile go 8 points clear at the top, and look favourites, even at this early stage to win the league.  Risborough Rangers continue the chase by winning 4- 2 at 5th from bottom Hatfield Town. Brimsdown continue to blow hot and cold – presumably depending who is available – and lost 3-1 at Bedford in what now looks like a mid table clash. Winslow Utd thrashed poor Codicote 6 nil, leaving them rooted to the bottom, and having played more games than the 3 sides above them, all on the same number of points. And finally Wodson Park scored the only goal of the game against visitors Harefield United – another inconsistent side.


There was a goal fest at Spratleys Meadow where Amersham Town and Pitstone & Ivinghoe shared 10 goals between them. Amersham supporters do not get to grow old gracefully: Most have developed severe tics and twitches by the age of fifty , and one was almost certainly on the verge of a nervous breakdown. This game was the perfect example as to why that should be. Four one up at the break Amersham then self destructed in conceding two penalties. They have now given away four penalties in the last two games, costing them six points. Amersham took the lead after only six minutes when Leonardo Pedro broke down the left and lofted a perfect pass onto the head of the onrushing Jamie Aldred who had no difficulty beating Pitstone keeper Jamie Gibson. Pitstone, however, equalised immediately when, from a free kick just outside the area, Kieran Doughty drove the ball past the wall and into the net. Town re-took the lead on twenty four minutes when a cut-back found Raymond Koomson in the area. He was fouled as he turned and Sheldon Washington unerringly put the spot kick into the corner of the net. Town then scored two further goals in quick succession. In a lovely move Anouar Zeroual won the ball in midfield and quickly passed it forward to Pedro whose low cross presented Aldred with a simple tap in. Two minutes later a through ball found Aldred who rounded the keeper to knock home for his hat trick. A basic law of soccer is that, leading four one, you do not perform a clumsy challenge in the penalty area within two minutes of the restart. The Amersham midfielder, however, had not read that part of the rules and Doughty converted the penalty. It was now Pitstone who were playing all the football as Amersham completely lost their composure. Pitstone deservedly scored again on sixty three minutes when Callum Crossley hooked home a cross from the left, Then Doughty gratefully accepted the gift of another penalty for the equaliser and, on seventy six minutes, a poor clearance out of defence allowed Pitstone substitute Joshua Webster to drive the ball home as Pitstone went in front for the first time in the match. Unbelievably the tenth goal of the game arrived in the second minute of added on time,  Amersham’s Bertie Squires-Adams beat his man on the right and pulled the ball back for Tom Parry to smash home the equaliser. On a fine Spring day in April, watching a game from the Mike Gahagan stand with the Chilterns in the background is almost as good as it gets – on a mid October day in the middle of Storm Brian and a freezing rain downpour, not so idyllic. Full marks to Referee Andy Stevens, ably assisted by Kevin Rogers and Luke Mulcahy,  for allowing the game to flow, but clamping down where necessary. It was young Luke’s debut game on the League – rather than a baptism of fire , more of a baptism of frost, but he said he enjoyed it and  was still smiling at the end!  Of the top four, only Park View were in league action and they extended their lead at the top to three points after coming away from Mursley Utd with a 2-1 victory. Both of Park Views goals were scored by Javier Sanchez with Adam Bone getting on the scoresheet for Mursley. Berkhamsted Raiders gained their second victory of the campaign with a 2-1 win at home against Grendon Rangers. On the mark for the Raiders were Emmanuel Boffah and Jeffrey Mentah whilst Nathan Perna replied for the visitors. MK Galacticos beat Tring Corinthians 4-0 at home whilst the match between Clean Slate and Unite MK was postponed as the former were unable to raise a side.


AFC Southgate        v Unite MK

Amersham Town     v Aston Clinton / The 61 FC

Park View                v Old Bradwell Utd

Pitstone & Ivinghoe v MK Galacticos



Leading the way at the top of the table are AFC Dunstable with 23 points from 10 games, but hot on their heels are Harpenden Town and Hertford Town, both with 21 points.  However both have played a couple of games less than the leaders. The latter are the only side yet to be beaten. Another side with two games in hand are Hoddesdon Town, hovering in fourth place.


Both of the ties in this Round went to extra time and in one case penalties. It was 1-1 aet at Loughton Manor and Old Bradwell but the latter won the penalty shoot out 4-2, whilst Aston Clinton narrowly edged out Westwood Utd 4-3.


3rd ROUND DRAW ( Bucks clubs)
Old Bradwell Utd                              v Newport Pagnell Res
Penn & Tylers Green                         v Buckingham Athletic
MK Galacticos                                  v Winslow Utd
Marlow Utd                                         v Aston Clinton





No luck for our three teams involved  on Saturday. Totternhoe went down 3-1 away at Galleywood, The 61 FC lost 4-2 at home to St. Panteleimon and Tring Town AFC lost 8-0 at home to Letchworth Garden City Eagles.

HATFIELD TOWN would like to notify all visiting clubs and match officials that have just been informed today (Tuesday) by the owners of the The Gosling Stadium that they have closed the main upstairs bar, as it does not make them any money. Hatfield will still be able to use  the room, but without the bar facilities and they will be providing ( importing) soft drinks and refreshments/ sandwiches. Discussions are ongoing as to the way forward but in the meantime, Hatfield would like to apologize for any inconvenience caused, but the situation is out of their control.


From                                   To

Tommy Carroll                     Langford                          Stotfold

Niall Williams                       MK Galacticos                 Winslow

Josh Thompson                  Pitstone & Ivinghoe         Berkhamsted

Alfie Osbourne                     Berkhamsted                Colney Heath

Bruno Tavares                      Rayners Lane                Enfield Boro

Chris Blunden                       Tring  Athletic                Berkhamsted

Lewis Davis                           Leverstock Green          Oxhey Jets



Congratulations to Buckingham Athletic who have reached  the first round proper of the FA Youth Cup for the first time in the club’s history. A performance that highlighted the fantastic commitment to improving on every week by all the players involved, with some outstanding performances all over the pitch! The game started well for the home side from the off, with a well marshalled defensive line mopping up the long balls from Hampton and Richmond, coupled with some early pressure in the opposition half by Buckingham. Once the game settled, Buckingham really came into their own with some great football, playing combination passes and utilising the pace and power of individuals to really threaten the away side. Carter opened the scoring with a good finish to polish off a brilliantly worked Acquaye move, after he brushed off the defenders to drive in a low cross for a clear opportunity at goal! Around 10 minutes later Carter returned the favour as Acquaye doubled the Buckingham lead with more dominating attacking play that the away side were not able to deal with all night! Buckingham weren’t finished there though as Carter bagged a first half brace with another quality finish, after a great pass from Atkinson found Acquaye, who’s eventual shot was blocked and fell nicely into the path of Carter the recipient. Moments later another assist for Acquaye as his well struck corner was headed home by McElroy, with a brilliant leap and bullet header to affirm Buckingham’s lead. Hampton did however have a chance that they did not capitalise on as a set piece scramble in the box was well defended eventually by young 16 year old right back Pike at the back post. Half time: 4-0. The second half started against the run of play as Hampton nabbed a goal back shortly after kick off, as a lapse in concentration led to a well taken finish by the big striker for the away side, seconds after Buckingham had the opportunity to score their fifth! Nevertheless it didn’t take long for the 4-goal advantage to be restored as Acquaye worked another ball into the area for Minney to finish well. Great play again by Buckingham. At this point changes were beginning to be made and as his replacement was being readied on the sideline, Carter managed to complete a quality strikers performance with his well taken hat trick, after McElroy played a scintillating pass through the defensive line of Hampton and Richmond, for Carter to finish calmly. The away side to their credit continued to try and attack spiritedly but in doing so left gaps for the brilliant ‘Ath’ side to convert one final goal, thanks to a brilliant through ball from sub Olawale, into the path of Minney who made it 7-1 on the night. The crowd of well over a hundred saw the Athletic run out seven one winners on the night, what is brilliant for the club is that  six of these boys had been in the first team starting eleven on the previous Saturday.

STOP PRESS: We have just found out we will be at home to Northampton Town youth team in the first round proper on THURSDAY 2nd NOVEMBER K.O. 7.45 It would be nice to see as many SSMFL people and fans as possible support us – put the date in your diary now.




Ampthll Town are looking up boosted by their new clubhouse and facilities  paid for by Premier League’s Football Stadia Improvement Fund They have teams spanning a wide range of ages and a senior side with aspirations of promotion from the Spartan South Midlands League Division One; level 10 in the English football pyramid. But the Bedfordshire club were being held back by their failing facilities. The clubhouse had been built in the early 1960s and constant repairs were draining resources. “The showers were pretty grim and it was hard to keep them maintained,” says chairman Gary Maidment. “We run about 20 teams from Under-8s up to veterans but struggled to get younger members to watch the senior teams. “It wasn’t a nice day out. Nobody wanted to stay. They’d grab a sandwich and get out as quickly as they could. “We couldn’t raise money so spending it was an issue. It was all a knock-on effect and it couldn’t carry on that way forever.”

A £93,000 grant from the Premier League-funded Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF), delivered by the Football Foundation, has allowed Ampthill to make significant upgrades, including a new pavilion that was recently opened. “Now it’s a much better environment,” says Maidment. “It’s helped to attract and keep players. It’s great for the town and the club. “On rainy days you can watch the whole match from indoors so our elderly guests are over the moon. “We’ve got whole families coming along now. We’ve pretty much doubled our average attendance and when we had an FA Vase match here recently we had around 120 people, with 10 to 15 families.”It’s a clean, airy facility and we’ve got a paved area behind the goal, which is an ideal place to watch the match from. “It’s really lifted the club. Whether it’s played a part in the fact that we’re in the top two in the league and have won our FA Vase matches, I don’t know!”

Ampthill Town FC’s new clubhouse helps the club to generate more revenue At their level every penny Ampthill can make is welcome and the new facilities are helping the club’s finances as well as the wider community. “We’ve got a new kitchen so we can offer hot food and cater for bigger occasions,” says Maidment. “In the past we had to get a caterer in but now we can produce it ourselves, so it saves us money. “We hosted a 70th birthday party recently and a sit-down meal for 50 people, who had a dance afterwards. “We’ve got two or three birthday parties booked too. We’ve got people asking to see wine lists rather than scraping chewing gum off the floor. “We’re a non-profit organisation so the money goes straight back into the club. We’re now trying to get our veterans team a kit of their own.”



Please note  that all Premier and Division One clubs should complete and return their Grading questionnaires by 31 October at the latest.  Clubs in a ground share with a club currently at a higher level of the National League System need not respond.


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.

Grateful thanks to Chris Mitchell, Bob Flight, Dave Henman and Colin Howkins  for their reports .

Still looking for someone to do a write up / summary of either Division One or Division Two. I’m sure there are some budding scribes out there – hand up and two paces forward. It is of course a good way to ensure that your club always gets a write up!



 All news, views items of interest, tittle tattle etc are welcome, particularly from our refereeing fraternity.

.Enjoy your football this season and remember MIND YOUR LANGUAGE


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Buckingham Town CC celebrate youth success

At a recently held presentation evening, Buckingham Town Cricket Club Youth section celebrated a successful 2017 season.

The awards for 2017 were as follows:

The Charlie Saunders Award:      Ben England

U10’s – Archie Murray, Ben Joyce,Charles Dickson, William Baughan, Robin Webb.

U11A & U11B’s  – George Pearson, Elliott King, Kiran Gunatunga, Joseph Rose, Thomas Goosey, Ashton Taylor, Hugo Scudamore,  Maxwell Hicks.

U12s/U13A’s –  Finley Clark, Ben England(2) Gus Howard, Aaron Gear.

U12B’s   – Marcus Dowson, William Harrison, George Pearson, Maxwell Hicks.

U13’s  – Tom Lawer, George Hall, Adam Mitchell, William Smith.

U14’s  – Tom Robinson, James Crawford, Alex Jasper, Ollie Peacock.