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SSMFL,D2: Grendon Rangers looking for applications for 1st & reserve team managers/coaching staff

Spartan South Midlands league, division two side Grendon Rangers FC are inviting applications for adult managerial/coaching roles for the 2018/19 season.

The club are keen to appoint both first and reserve team managers and coaching staff. We boast a very dedicated and forward-thinking committee, excellent playing surface, 3G training facilities and welcoming hospitality to all. Working with the committee, the successful candidate would have control of all team activities and training, with scope to expand the playing staff through their local football contacts. This is a role with great potential for the right person to come in and make a real impression.

If you would like to express an interest in the role, please contact Chairman Paul Jackman on 07733276479 or email

SSMFL,D2: McCormick & Cleere on target as Tottenhoe defeat Mursley

By Justin Daley
Mursley United slipped to their second narrow defeat in six days, but retained their second position in the table, for the time being, as they lost 2-1 at Totternhoe.

After ten minutes, a long ball forward saw James Wardell glance a back-header towards Jamie Lands in the Mursley goal, but Joel McCormick nipped in to intercept the ball and slide it into the net.

Joel McCormick

Ten minutes later, the hosts extended their lead when former Mursley striker, Andy Cleere was set up to roll the ball home from ten yards.

Andy Cleere

After this, Mursley came back into the game, pressurising the home defence and looking to create chances and were rewarded after thirty eight minutes, when Lewis Delahaye rifled home a loose ball from eight yards following a corner.

Lewis Delahaye

The second period was virtually all Mursley as they dominated possession, leaving Lands a spectator, as they continued to win balls in midfield and attack and it took a great save from Bowley in the Totternhoe goal to deny Harry Stewart-Procter and retaining all three points for his side.

SSMFL,D2: Unite MK seek new 1st team manager

Unite MK adult team currently plays at Manor Fields, Fenny Stratford in the APBS Spartan South Midlands League Division 2 and have entered the FA Vase for season 18/19.

The Club are looking to fill the vacancy of Team Manager.

First Team Manager

Reporting to the Management Committee, the successful candidate will be a figure of respect, passing on their knowledge about the game, should be well organised, motivational, a good listener and timekeeper. The candidate should have ideally have obtained FA coaching badges and have previous experience with the APBS Spartan South Midlands League either in a managerial or player role.

The objectives of the role are:
To arrange and manage the team’s training regime, football tactics, disciplines and timings.
To work pre-season with the Club Secretary to arrange friendly fixtures and to ensure all players are registered by getting all the appropriate information from each player.
To advise the Club Secretary the chosen team on match days so that the relevant forms can be completed before matches, to maintain the Clubs high standards with both Officials and visiting Clubs.
To represent the team at management committee meetings.
Applications should be sent to the Club Secretary, Christine Greenwood, by email to by 19 April 2018.

SSMFL,D2: Park View 2-1 Mursley

Report by Justin Daley

A Mursley United side, missing key players, made the long trip to North London to face table-topping Park View and were defeated 2-1.

On a wet and miserable afternoon, the hosts outplayed the visitors in the first half and went 2-0 up through goals from Darkwa and Sanchez. However, in the second period, Mursley matched their high-flying opponents and were rewarded just over a quarter of an hour before time with a goal from Gary Thomas. They continued to exert pressure, but were unable to find an equaliser.

This Saturday, Mursley United have no fixture.

HCPCL & CL: Town start 2018 campaign preparations

Buckingham Town Cricket Club have now begun their winter training in preparation for the 2018 season. The club has 4 teams who play in the Home Counties Premier League Division 2, and the Cherwell League Divisions 1, 6 and 8.

The sessions are taking place at the Royal Latin School in Buckingham, between 10am and 12pm on the following dates.

February  11th, 25th
March      4th, 18th & 25th
April        8th & 15th

All players, both old and new are welcome to attend.

SSML: Fixtures from Saturday 10th February – Saturday 17th February 2018

Saturday 10th February – Kick Off 3.00pm unless stated


Wolverhampton SC v Leighton Town



Biggleswade FC v London Tigers

Biggleswade United v Hadley

Cockfosters v Leverstock Green

Harpenden Town v Crawley Green

Hoddesdon Town v Holmer Green

P-P Leighton Town v Berkhamsted

London Colney v Colney Heath

St Margaretsbury v Edgware Town

Tring Athletic v Wembley

Welwyn Garden City v Oxhey Jets



Ampthill Town v Enfield Borough

Brimsdown v Buckingham Athletic

Broadfields United v Hillingdon Borough

Codicote v Winslow United

Langford v Risborough Rangers

Rayners Lane v Bedford

St Neots Town Reserves v FC Broxbourne Borough

Wodson Park v Southall



Baldock Town v FC Lemsford (@ County Ground, Letchworth)

London Lions v Letchworth Garden City Eagles



Grendon Rangers v Clean Slate (Kick Off 2.00pm)

Loughton Manor v Pitstone & Ivinghoe (Kick Off 2.00pm)

MK Gallacticos v The 61FC (Luton) (Kick Off 2.00pm)

Totternhoe v Aston Clinton (Kick Off 2.00pm)

Tring Corinthians v AFC Southgate (Kick Off 2.00pm)

Unite MK FC v Berkhamsted Raiders



AFC Dunstable Development v Leighton Town Development

Buckingham Athletic Development v Cockfosters Development

Colney Heath Development v Harpenden Town Development

Hertford Town Development v Biggleswade United Development

Holmer Green Development v Ampthill Town Development

Risborough Rangers Development v Berkhamsted Development



Binfield Reserves v Winslow United Development (Kick Off 2.00pm)



St Margaretsbury Development v Hadley Reserves (Kick Off 1.30pm)



Tuesday 13th February – Kick Off 7.45pm


Cockfosters v Hadley

London Tigers v Edgware Town

St Margaretsbury v Oxhey Jets



FC Broxbourne Borough v Ampthill Town

Harefield United v Southall

Hatfield Town v Broadfields United (@ London Colney FC)



Rayners Lane v Harrow Borough



Holmer Green Development v Winslow United Development



Wednesday 14th February – Kick Off 7.45pm unless stated


Crawley Green v Tring Athletic

Welwyn Garden City v Berkhamsted



Saturday 17th February – Kick Off 3.00pm unless stated


Berkhamsted v Hoddesdon Town

Biggleswade FC v Welwyn Garden City

Colney Heath v Leighton Town (Subject to FA Vase Replay)

Crawley Green v Cockfosters

Edgware Town v Biggleswade United

Holmer Green v Harpenden Town

Oxhey Jets v Leverstock Green

Tring Athletic v Stotfold

Wembley v London Colney



Baldock Town v London Lions

Bedford v Broadfields United

Enfield Borough v Harefield United

FC Broxbourne Borough v Hatfield Town

Hillingdon Borough v St Neots Town Reserves

P-P Langford v Winslow United

Rayners Lane v Brimsdown

Risborough Rangers v Ampthill Town

Southall v Wodson Park



Buckingham Athletic v Marlow United

Winslow United v Langley



AFC Southgate v Unite MK FC

Berkhamsted Raiders v Aston Clinton

Grendon Rangers v Loughton Manor (Kick Off 2.00pm)

MK Gallacticos v Clean Slate (Kick Off 2.00pm)

Old Bradwell United v Amersham Town (Kick Off 2.00pm)

Pitstone & Ivinghoe v Tring Town AFC (Kick Off 2.00pm)

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



Park View v Laleham



Ampthill Town Development v Colney Heath Development

Biggleswade United Development v Risborough Rangers Development

Cockfosters Development v Winslow United Development

Hoddesdon Town Development v Holmer Green Development

Leighton Town Development v Berkhamsted Development (Subject to FA Vase Replay)

St Margaretsbury Development v Buckingham Athletic Development

Welwyn Garden City Development v Harpenden Town Development



AFC Dunstable Development v Potton United Reserves (Kick Off 2.30pm)




South Northants Cricket League: Proposed divisional line-up for 2018 season

The South Northants Cricket League are proposing the following divisional structure for the 2018 campaign. These changes will be voted for by the clubs at the league AGM on Friday 2nd February 2018.


MK Air
Marston St Lawrence


MK Afro Caribbean
Greens Norton
Dunchurch & Bilton
MK Air ‘A’
Kings Sutton
Hinton in the Hedges

Byfield ‘A’
Evenley ‘A’
Wroxton ‘A’
Syresham ‘A’
Marston St Lawrence ‘A’
Bodicote ‘A’
Great Horwood

Preston Bissett
Gawcott & Hillesden
Maids Moreton
Wicken Sports
Braunston Paddox
Chipping Warden
Winslow Town

Willoughby ‘A’
Thornborough ‘A’
Dunchurch & Bilton ‘A’
Woodford Halse
Silverstone ‘A’

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”