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SL P; Banbury player coach proving Bigg hit with Puritan youngsters

Saturday 23rd March 2019
Banbury United v Biggleswade Town
Southern League Premier Division
Banbury Community Plant Hire Stadium
K.O. 3.00pm

Banbury United host Biggleswade Town on Saturday looking to shake off their recent run of just one win and two draws in their last eight league outings, now sitting in fifteenth position in the Southern Football League Premier Division Central table with the four point deduction they received now showing as immaterial as they trail the side above them by five. Reaching the final of the Oxfordshire Senior Cup this week has given the squad a taste of victory, and of their seven league games left to play four are at home giving the Puritans every chance of getting back into the top half of the table, the play-offs now seemingly gone as they can only catch fifth place Rushden mathematically but another four points for the Northamptonshire side would end that possibility, which means Mike Fords men are playing for pride and to finish as well as they possibly can to start next season on the front foot. Biggleswade on the other hand are still fighting for a place in the play-offs, victory Saturday could elevate them above Rushden depending on other results and they come to the Community Hire stadium off the back of a very impressive victory over top of the table & champions elect Kettering Town last Saturday, can Banbury improve on the goalless draw at their guests back in October?

Eddie Odhiambo

This week Sports Shots caught up with Banbury utility player Eddie Odhiambo to ask how long he’s been at the club and how it all came about:

This is my second spell at Banbury, I re-joined in a player coach capacity having been in the same role elsewhere last season. I joined as a progression for my coaching as the main factor, the manager here bases a lot of expectancy on his staff and securing the right people around him so it was encouraging to be asked to get on board. I was really impressed by Mike’s (Ford) attitude in my first spell and he envisages his team to have an ethos similar to mine. Working hard has always been my approach to football, and is where his standards are set. It has been a season so far of mixed fortunes on the pitch. Our contrasting home and away form probably encapsulates that best

How does Eddie view his season so far in terms of contribution?

Personally, the discussion I had with the manager was that I would be supporting players especially in the positions I cover, I would be expected to be ready to play at the required level on request. I have played out wide, in central midfield and either full back so my fitness levels have needed to be good. I started this season with a lengthy suspension so it felt like a three month pre-season!

How good does Eddie think this squad is at United, and which players have impressed the most?

The squad has many players other teams would, and have coveted, this level usually finds squads made of young players & stalwarts. Young players like Amer Awadh & Harry Whitehead are a pleasure to work with, I bore them with stories of how they would never have kept up with me when I was their age! Giorgio Rasulo, has impressed me to no end because of his attitude to improve his performances, the regulars like Ricky Johnson are ever present because influence on the team and leadership qualities. Jack Harding & George Nash have maintained a level of consistency since my last stay here

Of the youngsters at the club, who does Eddie view as having a long career in the game?

I’ve already mentioned Amer, Harry and Gio. I could also mention both Charlie’s – Wise and Hawtin in the same breath as having attitudes to improve as players. Matty Taylor has the temperament to succeed and has looked the full time player he is. Ryan Macdonald continues to develop and is great to have a local lad in the first team

Since the win over Needham at the start of the month, two defeats since to Kettering & Tamworth, how were those matches?

The points tally would indicate very disappointing, the manner of goals conceded would also reflect disappointment also, as its well below the level we have displayed, especially at home

Biggleswade Town this week who Banbury shared a goalless draw with earlier in the campaign, what does Eddie recall of that fixture?

I recall this as the game I rolled back the years and gave Greg (Kaziboni) a tutorial in how to play out wide..!! It was a stalemate in the fact that two evenly matched sides couldn’t find a way to win. However, we were resilient and difficult to play against

What are the targets for the remainder of this season?

Targets need to be adaptable, so through my suspension I wanted to be fit to play and make an impact as a coach. From the bench coaching, I wanted to be able to deliver clear, relevant contributions, to affect the game. Today I want to make whoever’s position I have difficult for them to get back in the team

Finally we asked Eddie if he could choose any team mates to go on any TV programme who he would choose:

Jamie Heapy & I’m a celebrity. So he’s as far from my house as possible instead of creeping in my garden like he’s known to do..!!

Sports Shots would like to thank Eddie for his time this week

NBDL; United midfielder looking to put end to bad run and start with a Clean Slate

Saturday 23rd March 2019
Clean Slate Reserves v Buckingham United
North Bucks League Intermediate Division
Downs Barn Pavillion
K.O. 3.00

Buckingham United travel across to Clean Slate reserves on Saturday looking for the three points to put pressure on the top three places in the North Bucks & District Football League Intermediate Division but having played more games than all three of those sides they must win their remaining four league games and hope those above slip up. The Lace Hill outfits chances of finishing in those upper echelons of the division have been shattered in the last two weeks, after two successive home defeats to Wing Village & AFC Santander shipping nine goals in the process, but they now face the opportunity to get off that horrible run as they travel to the leagues bottom side who have lost fifteen of their sixteen league games this season, at home they haven’t mustered a single point scoring just eight goals in seven games in return for conceding forty-nine! In their sixteen league games they have leaked one hundred and one goals, including the ten that Buckingham put past them back in October, surely United will be looking to increase that on Saturday?

Craig Rumble

This week Sports Shots caught up with Buckingham midfielder Craig Rumble to ask when he joined the club, how it all came about and how he’s enjoyed it since:

I joined the club a few games into last season after stepping down as Padbury manager the season before, I wanted to push myself again with a competitive team. A few old team mates were at the club and I just got chatting with Deano (O’Connor) and it seemed the right fit, it has been like a breath of fresh air fitting in as they are certainly moving in the right direction and with a great bunch of lads throughout

How good a season does he feel he has had so far?

My season couldn’t have started off better, I was fit, playing really well and most of all we were winning games. Since then it has been a bit hit and miss personally with injuries and selection but I feel whenever and whichever team I have played for I have never failed to give less than one hundred percent and backed it up with some solid performances

How good does Craig feel the squad is at Buckingham?

The squad has always been strong; it is just a shame we have struggled every week to have a consistent squad and it just doesn’t keep the fluidity and progression required to challenge like we certainly should be. I am not one for sounding out individuals, all I will say is when we work hard as a team the results should and will be there. Lewis Parkin is always a massive miss when unavailable, I couldn’t not mention him

What is Craig favoured position & formation in the side?

My favoured position would be holding midfield but I honestly am a team player and happy with the Gaffa’s choice either way. Our best formation with the right personnel for me is three-five-two with me in holding midfield, this proved to work well at the start of the season. The inconsistent squad has hampered us on numerous occasions

Three successive defeats for the side recently, how were the games against Potterspury, Santander & Wing?

It’s just been disappointing and I will sound out to the lads that we are better than this and we put it right as a team, starting this weekend. The Potterspury game wasn’t a bad performance we just lost to the better & more clinical team, Santander for me was one of the worse team performances I have seen, a lack of grit and determination which is always disappointing, I was injured last week but watched and it was anyone’s game. I believe our squad was made up of more reserves through late omissions which shows a lack of commitment to the cause, the guys who stepped up though more than held their own, so thanks for that

Is this week’s game at Clean Slate reserves the ideal opportunity to get back to winning ways?

We won’t take the opposition lightly as I am sure we have learned from a few this season that we should have won. It is about putting it right as a team and building for next season with hopefully a strong finish by all

What are the targets for now to the end of the season?

As afore mentioned it is all about finishing on a high and building for next year, with our squad and depth throughout the club we should & will push to win both leagues next year

Finally, we asked Craig if he could nominate any team mate to go on any TV programme who and what would he choose?

Tough one to think of, maybe Jason (Wilson) and TOWIE, as his all year round tan and pearly whites wouldn’t put him out of place!!

Sports Shots would like to thank Craig for his time this week

SSMFL D1; Ampthill winger determined to help team climb the Hill of Division One table

Saturday 23rd March 2019
Hillingdon Borough v Ampthill Town
Spartan South Midlands League Division One
Middlesex Stadium
K.O. 3.00pm

Ampthill Town travel down to Hillingdon on Saturday hoping to emulate the victory they enjoyed over the hosts in the return fixture back in November, whilst looking to avoid a repeat of the five goal hammering they took at the Middlesex Stadium in September in the Spartan South Midlands Football League Division One cup. Since Paul Blackman took over the managers position at the Bedfordshire club they have had a real mixed bag of results, but have managed to reach the final of the North Beds Charity Cup & with eight league games left to play will be looking to follow up last weekends win at Ampthill Park over Brimsdown as they try and break into the top half the table, in Borough they face a side in a sticky patch which has seen one draw and six defeats in their last seven, they have conceded a whopping thirty-five goals in that run and the draw was goalless! Victory for Town wouldn’t lift them any higher in the league table but would put them in a great position to finish the season strong and try and get in those top ten places.

Lawrence Burton

This week Sports Shots caught up with Ampthill winger Lawrence Burton to ask when he joined the club, how it came about & how it’s been settling in:

I joined the club during the Christmas period as I wasn’t getting any first team football at my previous club, I think this is what attracted me to Ampthill, the fact that I would be getting that experience that I needed at this stage. Everyone has made me feel welcome here, I believe that I’ve settled in well and I’m really enjoying it here

How does Lawrence rate his fitness & contribution so far?

I feel that this season I have performed okay, but I still think that I have more to contribute and offer to the team in terms of goals and assists as well as performances, this season I have been in good fitness so I have to keep this up

How good a squad is there at Ampthill, and have any players impressed?

I believe our squad is strong enough to compete at the top end of the table as well as to win trophies, but luck has not been on our side in games where I think we deserved more, we’ve started to play really good football here and I’m enjoying it. I’ve been impressed with all the guys here, especially Brad Clarke as he can create chances and the ability to create something out of nothing

What is Lawrence’s preferred position & formation in the side?

My preferred position is right wing or even left wing, with the majority of this season playing on the right in a three-five-two. But if I’m on the pitch I’ll play anywhere and give one hundred percent to help the team win

March has seen defeat at home to Codicote and at London Lions, followed by victory last week at home over Brimsdown, how were these games?

In the Codicote game we should have done better as it wasn’t our best performance, but in the London Lions game we definitely deserved more out of the game as we played really well with many chances to win the game, especially with a goal line clearance and a penalty save. Then in the Brimsdown win, we played some of the best football since I have been here so we hope to take this momentum forward and have a strong end to the season

Onto this week against Hillingdon, with their recent form is this another three points for Ampthill?

I think that if I’ve learnt anything in this league, it’s that anyone can beat anyone. In this division there is no such thing as an “easy game”, so the best thing we can do is prepare for the game with the right attitude and give our absolute best to win

What does Lawrence see as a target for himself and the team for the rest of this campaign?

I think the teams goal for the rest of the season is to finish as high up in the table as possible and I believe that we can definitely achieve this as well as to win the final that we are in. For me personally I would like to get on the scoresheet more often as well as providing more assists

Finally we asked if he could choose any team mate to go on any TV programme who & what he would choose:

I would probably say Will Coote on any comedian show because he’s probably one of the funniest guys I’ve ever met

Sports Shots would like to thank Lawrence for his time this week

SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 21.03.2019 – South Midlands League update #60

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

 

 

TUESDAY 19th MARCH / WEDNESDAY 20th MARCH

19/20 March Stats: 6 games played of which 2 were home wins and 4 were away wins.

 

Highest Midweek Attendances: 198 Biggleswade United v Biggleswade FC, 186 London Lions v Belstone and 76 London Colney v Berkhamsted.

 

PREMIER DIVISION

Leverstock Green have now gone 10 matches without a home win (D2 L8), the latest a 0-5 defeat at the hands of Colney Heath. Full result and goalscorers listed below.

0-5 Leverstock Green v Colney Heath (Blunden [3] [1 pen], Woods, Sears-Black) Attendance: 73

 

HERTS CHARITY SHIELD Quarter Final

London Colney went out of the Herts Charity Shield when they were beaten at home by a solitary goal by former SSML members Berkhamsted. Full result and goalscorer listed below.

0-1 London Colney v Berkhamsted (Farrelly) Attendance: 76

 

NORTH BEDS CHARITY CUP Semi Final

Biggleswade FC reached their first ever cup final when they overcame neighbours Biggleswade United 3-0 at Second Meadow in the North Beds Charity Cup. Full result and goalscorers listed below.

0-3 Biggleswade United v Biggleswade FC (Eze, Cookman, Northfield) Attendance: 198

 

DIVISION ONE

Harefield United moved another step closer to winning the Division One title with a solid 5-1 success at relegation threatened Brimsdown. Buckingham Athletic moved into the top four with a 2-1 home success over Langford. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

Stratford Fields

2-1 Buckingham Athletic v Langford (McDonald, Carter) / (Unknown) Attendance: 53

1-5 Brimsdown v Harefield United (Unknown) / (Shaw, Mangan, Farhall, Jordan, Willis) Attendance: 45

 

HERTS SENIOR CENTENARY TROPHY FINAL

London Lions contested their third successive Herts Senior Centenary Final on Tuesday and for one player it was certainly a memorable night, Adam Bolle found the net four times in 26 minutes as he put his side well in control by the hour mark against Herts County League opponents Belstone. Lions eventually roaring to a 5-1 victory and lifting the trophy for the second time in three years. Full result and goalscorers listed below.

5-1 London Lions v Belstone (Bolle [4] [1 pen], Levenfische) / (Turner [pen]) Attendance: 186

(@ Hemel Hempstead Town FC)

 

AND FINALLY

Don’t forget Deadline Day. SSML clubs have until 5.00pm on Sunday 31st March to complete signings and transfers for the current season.

SSMFL D2; Mursley United 1-3 Bovingdon

Mursley United – 1
Bovingdon – 3

League leaders Bovingdon visited Mursley United on Saturday and secured a 3-1 victory over the hosts.

Nathan Skelton

With regular keeper Dan Willett injured, Jordan Fernandez donned the goalkeeping gloves as Jamie Lands’ side looked to prove a tough test for the leaders.

However, despite the high wind, the visitors went ahead early when Deadman’s strike from distance took a deflection, wrong-footing Fernandez and ended up in the net.

The home side’s best effort was through Tom Brazier who couldn’t keep his effort down from ten yards and blazed over the bar.

The visitors’ second goal came late in the first half when Thorogood was on the end of a cross to tuck the ball home.

With the wind at their backs, Mursley had more possession in the second half and gave themselves a chance when Nathan Skelton’s effort from twenty yards rocketed into the net to record his twenty ninth goal of the season.

The visitors secured the points late on when James Wardell brought down Dodds in the area and, although Fernandez saved Standen’s spot kick, the latter followed up to net the rebound.

Report supplied by Justin Daley

TVCWFL D1; Buckingham Athletic Ladies 6-0 Launton Ladies

Buckingham Athletic Ladies – 6
Launton Ladies – 0

17.03.2019

Buckingham Athletic Ladies cantered to victory against Launton at Stratford Fields against a side that could not fulfil their full starting eleven positions, full credit to the ten that did turn up and play despite being manager less after a recent resignation, their misery compounded just before kick-off when they had to borrow a clubhouse patron to run the line for them. The game started under dark clouds which cleared to warm the Sunday afternoon atmosphere but by the interval those in attendance were sent scurrying for cover as the heavens opened, throw in some hailstones and a rapid drop in temperature which saw the away side forced to enjoy their fifteen minute half time break camped inside their dug out for cover, but just as soon as the rain had come the clouds cleared and the rest of the game was played out under blue skies and warm sunshine. Three strikes in each half for Carmen Robinson’s side were testament to how dominant an afternoon it was, they were even afforded a penalty to be saved quite brilliantly by visiting keeper Kate Williamson in the second period, more pleasing for the home manager was to see the goals shared around the side with five different scorers.

The game took a while to get going and it wasn’t until the twelfth minute that a shot in anger was fired, a half clearance from the Launton defence only found Sam Jolley to the right of goal from where she drove wide, their next move saw Evie Hawkins on the eighteen yard line slip a pass through the defence for Courtney Crawley to connect & score however a raised flag denied any celebration, then just before the quarter hour mark she did open the scoring when cutting in from the right touchline to drift past her marker and from the edge of the six yard box drill low inside the far post. The lead was doubled within three minutes of the opener when a free kick floated into the area by Rosie Hubbard was blocked by Williamson initially but Danielle Crossley fed the loose ball out to Jade Copas who went for goal, the keeper got back to save on her line but couldn’t hold on and Nicole Britten was on hand to fire home.

Lily Hamp fires home

A ball played down the centre of the field saw Hawkins away but with a defender on her shoulder she had to battle to get an inch of space in which time the goalie was off her line to bravely dive at the strikers feet, a rare Launton attack was brought to halt inside the Ath half and Crawley released on a quick counter attack where she made some ground before squaring inside to Britten who fired straight at the visiting custodian, a moment later the same routine saw the visitor’s struggle to contain the Buckingham winger who again found the same team mate who from the angle fired wide of the far upright, Hawkins then received a pass just inside the box with her back to goal where she held off a defender then turning and firing straight into the waiting gloves of Williamson, Lily Hamp was next to try her luck from twenty yards but again the keeper was behind it all the way.

The attacks were relentless and a poor clearance allowed Copas to shoot from close range which was denied by a boot on the line, Hamp put the ball back over the defence but again Williamson got blocked where from twelve yards Britten lifted over the crossbar much to her own disbelief, but then just after the half-hour mark a third finally arrived when a Jolley free kick found Hawkins whose effort was saved again on the line but it rolled out to Hamp on the six yard line who slotted home inside the near post. With eight minutes of the half left Launton had their first real chance of the game when a ball downfield eluded Georgina Howells allowing Ali Clarke a clear run at Ellen Fenables in the Ath goal, however she simply lifted straight into the keepers hands, at the opposite end Copas seized on a stray pass in the centre circle to advance before firing into Williamson’s hands. H/T: 3-0

Within one hundred and twenty seconds of the restart Buckingham had their fourth when a Hubbard free kick into the box eluded the Launton custodian and first to react was Hawkins who knocked home, just three minutes after the fourth came the fifth after good work down the flank from Crawley who squared inside to Britten, her low shot was well saved by Williamson but she only pushed into the path of Copas who rifled home. Encouraged by their second half opening the hosts sensed more & Jordan Heron burst forward from midfield & after evading a first challenge she looked set to shoot until a second defender came across to help out and got the slightest of deflections to stun it, Crawley almost increased her tally for the afternoon getting down the left and drifting along the by line before her curling effort around the keeper just wouldn’t bend in enough.

The weather turned for the worse

Just past the hour mark it was six when Launton struggled to get the ball away to safety and Anna Thompson charged down a clearance, her shot deflected off a defender to Crossley who was challenged and the loose ball fell kindly to Hawkins who despite being off balance managed to chip over Williamson into the roof of the net. The remaining half an hour didn’t see any further goals although Ath created enough chances to score as many again, Heron had another drive forward from midfield but her final touch just a little too heavy allowing the keeper to advance and smoother at her feet, Jolley released Hawkins with a defence splitting pass that saw the leading scorer flash across goal and inches wide of the far upright, & Hubbard tried her luck from twenty-five yards but too straight to trouble the shot stopper.

A diagonal pass into the box saw Britten hammer into the side netting from close range, whilst a Heron corner was met at the near post by Philippa Burge who diverted about a foot wide of her own goal frame, as the game drifted towards its latter stages Crawley won her side a penalty when she was played inside the eighteen yard area but a defenders trailing leg brought her down, after much deliberation she was elected to take the spot kick which Williamson did brilliantly down to her right to save. Britten saw a curling shot from the edge of the penalty arc caught by the away keeper, within a minute Copas did exactly the same after her initial effort was charged down, the final action saw another Heron corner find Hawkins who only managed to get under the cross and head up and over the top. F/T: 6-0

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SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 18.03.2019 – South Midlands League update #59

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

 

For the second Saturday in succession the gentle breeze caused a few problems for the 20 SSML fixtures.

SATURDAY’S HEADLINES

Harefield United are storming their way to a return to the Premier Division and now stand within twelve points of achieving their goal. In Division Two only a gale can blow Bovingdon off course to claiming the title. Stotfold’s brief spell off the bottom ended as they lost out to Cockfosters. Saturday’s 20 games seeing 74 goals (an average of 3.70 per game). Brandon McKenna (Enfield Borough) the day’s top marksman with three.

 

16 March Stats: 20 games played of which 11 were home wins, 6 were away wins and 3 draws.

 

(Most League Wins – all Divisions): 28 Harefield United 24 Broadfields United 22 Tring Athletic.

(Most League Draws – all Divisions): 11 Edgware Town 10 Oxhey Jets, Leighton Town 9 Colney Heath, Wembley.

(Most League Defeats – all Divisions): 25 Hatfield Town 21 Cockfosters 20 Brimsdown, Clean Slate.

 

Average Saturday Goals: 3.94 (3626 goals from 920 games).

 

Unbeaten:

(Division One League): Harefield United.

 

Most Goals Scored:

(Premier Division League): 85 Biggleswade FC.

(Division One League): 97 Harefield United.

(Division Two League): 75 Bovingdon.

(U25 Development Division League): 40 Kempston Rovers Development.

Most Goals Conceded:

(Premier Division League): 78 Cockfosters.

(Division One League): 94 Hatfield Town.

(Division Two League): 83 Clean Slate.

(U25 Development Division League): 42 Ampthill Town Development.

Fewest Goals Conceded:

(Premier Division League): 28 Hadley.

(Division One League): 27 Harefield United.

(Division Two League): 15 Old Bradwell United.

(U25 Development Division League): 9 Buckingham Athletic Development.

Fewest Goals Scored:

(Premier Division League): 29 Stotfold.

(Division One League): 32 Hatfield Town.

(Division Two League): 14 Clean Slate.

(U25 Development Division League): 13 Ampthill Town Development.

 

Saturday’s Highest Attendances: 218 Leighton Town v Tring Athletic, 77 Colney Heath v Edgware Town and 70 Risborough Rangers v Hillingdon Borough.

 

Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Premier Division Clubs): 557 Biggleswade FC v Windsor (FA Vase), 527 Biggleswade FC v Stowmarket Town (FA Vase) and 323 Biggeswade United v Biggleswade FC.

 

Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Division One Clubs): 351 Winslow United v Easington Sports (FA Cup), 318 Harefield United v Broadfields United and 257 Harefield United v Winslow United.

 

Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Division Two Clubs): 121 Bovingdon v Biggleswade United (League Challenge Trophy), 101 Aston Clinton v Pitstone & Ivinghoe, 92 Bovingdon v Old Bradwell United.

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Premier Division Clubs): 26 Alex Marsh (Biggleswade FC), Ashton Campbell (Tring Athletic) 21 Aaron McLeish (North Greenford United FC) 20 David Parkinson (Biggleswade United), Danny Webb (Potton United).

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division One Clubs): 30 Leonard Farhall (Harefield United) 28 Tage Kennedy (Enfield Borough) 27 Sean Peter (Hillingdon Borough).

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division Two Clubs): 31 Joshua Smith (MK Gallacticos) 29 Nathan Skelton (Mursley United) 21 Albie Hall (Pitstone & Ivinghoe), Matthew Standen (Bovingdon).

 

Saturday 16th March

 

PREMIER DIVISION

The pick of the day’s Premier Division fixtures saw leaders Tring Athletic travelling to Leighton Town and spurned on by a crowd of 218 they edged the game by the odd goal in five and thus opened up a three point lead in the title race, the winner from George Ironton coming from a wind assisted deflection. With the weather putting paid to the chasing pack behind Tring it gave Baldock Town the opportunity to close the gap and they gleefully accepted the chance with a 2-0 success at Leverstock Green. Oxhey Jets were stunned by two late goals at Arlesey Town to finally go down 2-4. Wembley were held 2-2 at home by Crawley Green who had just the bare eleven players after injuries hot their squad. At the bottom it was 19th v 20th as Stotfold welcomed Cockfosters in a big ‘six-pointer’, and it was the visitors who edged it by the odd goal in three and thus sent the hosts back to the wooden spoon position. The day’s remaining game saw Colney Heath winning 2-0 at home against Edgware Town. Full results and goalscorers are listed below.

4-2 Arlesey Town v Oxhey Jets (Mead, Lamond, Browne, Hatch) / (Johnson, Giordmaina) Attendance: 56

2-0 Colney Heath v Edgware Town (Blunden, Clarke-Mardel [pen]) Attendance: 77

2-3 Leighton Town v Tring Athletic (Adams, Fredericks [pen]) / (Campbell [2], Ironton) Attendance: 218

0-2 Leverstock Green v Baldock Town (Ngwala, Payne) Attendance: 43

1-2 Stotfold v Cockfosters (Francis) / (Mosanya, Beattie) Attendance: 58

2-2 Wembley v Crawley Green (Ebonine, Lendore-Martin) / (Oyeniran [2]) Attendance: 29

 

DIVISION ONE

Leaders Harefield United had to come from behind twice at Buckingham Athletic before securing maximum points with a 4-2 win and thus ensuring a top two finish. Second placed Broadfields United kept up their faint championship hopes with a 3-0 win at home against Bedford. Winslow United came from a goal down to defeat relegation bound Hatfield Town 3-1. Rayners Lane and visiting FC Broxbourne Borough served up a nine goal thriller with the hosts winning 6-3. Amersham Town gave themselves further hope in beating the drop with a 2-0 home success against Park View. Hillingdon Borough have now gone seven games without a win following Saturday’s 1-3 reverse at Risborough Rangers. Langford’s long trek to Enfield Borough proved fruitless as the hosts ran out comfortable 5-1 winners. In the days other action Ampthill Town saw off the challenge of visiting Brimsdown by three goals to one. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

2-0 Amersham Town v Park View (Evans [2]) Attendance: 14

3-1 Ampthill Town v Brimsdown (Cerminara, Cooksley, Dillon) / (Sosanya) Attendance: 41

3-0 Broadfields United v Bedford (Gardner [2], Mboto) Attendance: 37

2-4 Buckingham Athletic v Harefield United (Farmer, Carter) / (Pacquette, Mangan, Jordan, Shaw) Attendance: 45

5-1 Enfield Borough v Langford (McKenna [3], Kennedy, Opoku) / (Unknown) Attendance: 20

6-3 Rayners Lane v FC Broxbourne Borough (Harris [2], Maher, Bevan, D Hastings, De La Salle) / (Unknown) Attendance: 30

3-1 Risborough Rangers v Hillingdon Borough (Urquhart, Pekun, Wylie) / (Jula) Attendance: 70

3-1 Winslow United v Hatfield Town (Freshwater [2] [1 pen],Karwacinski) / (Draper) Attendance: 58

 

DIVISION TWO

Bovingdon continue to blow away their opponents as they march on towards the title, this time it was Mursley United in the firing line, Bovingdon securing a 3-1 win. Second placed Berkhamsted Raiders travelled to third placed Aston Clinton and a very tight game was settled by a solitary goal for the hosts. It was honours even at Old Bradwell United where they were held to a 1-1 draw with local rivals MK Gallacticos. At the bottom Clean Slate will face re-election for the third time in four years following a 0-2 defeat at New Bradwell St Peter FC. The day’s other action saw Grendon Rangers winning 1-0 at Sarratt. Full results and goalscorers listed below.

1-0 Aston Clinton v Berkhamsted Raiders (Brown) Attendance: 20

1-3 Mursley United v Bovingdon (Skelton) / (Thurgood, Deadman, Matthew Standen) Attendance: Unknown

2-0 New Bradwell St Peter FC v Clean Slate (Whitcombe, Davey) Attendance: 25

1-1 Old Bradwell United v MK Gallacticos (Valentine) / (Lobjoit) Attendance: 43

0-1 Sarratt v Grendon Rangers (Adam) Attendance: 36

 

U25 DEVELOPMENT DIVISION

The day’s only Development fixture saw Biggleswade United U23 make the long trip to Holmer Green Development U25 and return home with a share of the points following a 2-2 draw. Full result and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

2-2 Holmer Green Development U25 v Biggleswade United U23 (Unknown) / (Unknown) Attendance: Unknown

 

AND FINALLY

Whilst clubs moan at referees spare a thought for Bradford in League One. Saturday saw them victims of a bizarre situation.

There’s drama and then there’s this – five minutes of total confusion over whether a stoppage-time Oxford goal would stand, or be ruled out to award Bradford a penalty.

Here’s our best understanding of the situation:

90+3 mins – Bradford unsuccessfully appeal for a penalty as Liam O’Brien goes down under a challenge six yards out as he shoots wide.

90+4 mins – Oxford take a quick goal kick and go down the other end to score through Jamie Mackie.

90+5 mins – After consulting his assistant, referee Andy Davies rules the goal out and goes back to award Bradford a penalty.

90+8 mins – Minutes later, Davies changes his mind and finally awards Oxford the goal.

The outcome means Bradford stay bottom of League One, seven points behind Oxford, who move out of the drop zone as a result of the decision.

Needless to say, Bantams boss Gary Bowyer wasn’t best pleased.

“I’ve never seen anything like it – not just as a football manager, but in my life. I’m not being funny, but I still can’t understand what’s gone on.”

His opposite number Karl Robinson sympathised: “If I was Gary, I’d be devastated – I don’t know what’s gone on.

“We have to speak to you [the media] within 30 minutes, but we can’t speak to the referee for 30 minutes. How stupid is that?”

 

Remember to tune into Three Counties Radio (Herts, Beds & Bucks) and a show all about local non-league football- The show is live every Monday evening from 7.00pm – 8.00pm and is the perfect opportunity to catch up with our local non-league scene at all levels. Both presenters of the show are on twitter, and to follow what’s coming up in the next show make sure you give them a follow, Ollie Bayliss is @Ollie_Bayliss and Luke Ashmead is @Ashmead72.

 

A reminder from Potton United Secretary Bev Strong, Bev has posted the following – In 7 days I am stepping well out my comfort zone by running a half marathon so if you can spare a pound or two please sponsor me. I am running the Landmarks Half Marathon for Tommy’s, the baby charity because they have been tremendous support to a good friend. Having only taken up running 2 years ago and vowing to never run more than 10k (6 miles) I was asked to join this team and could not possibly say no.  I am the oldest of the team and the least fit as the majority are all football referees but it will be the knowledge that I am collecting a lot of sponsors and doing this for a good friend that I hope will get me round.

 

UP OR DOWN

Who can go up or down

 

PREMIER DIVISION

Champions: Current leaders 70

Biggleswade FC (94), Tring Athletic (91), Hadley (88), Biggleswade United (83), Baldock Town (75), Potton United (70), Arlesey Town (70)

Runners Up: Current 2nd place 67

Biggleswade FC (94), Tring Athletic (91), Hadley (88), Biggleswade United (83), Baldock Town (75), Potton United (70), Arlesey Town (70), Colney Heath (69)

Relegation: Current safety 44

Cockfosters (39), Stotfold (43), Leverstock Green (50), Wembley (51), London Tigers (52), Edgware Town (56), North Greenford United FC (57), Harpenden Town (58), London Colney (59), Crawley Green (61), Leighton Town (61)

 

DIVISION ONE

Champions: Current leaders 86

Harefield United (104) or Broadfields United (96)

Runners Up: Current 2nd place 75

Harefield United (104), Broadfields United (96), Winslow United (85), Bedford (76)

Relegation: Current safety 51

Hatfield Town (31), Codicote (50), Amersham Town (51), Brimsdown (52), Milton Keynes Robins FC (56), Park View (58), Wodson Park (61), Ampthill Town (61), Hillingdon Borough (62), Rayners Lane (65), Enfield Borough (66), Risborough Rangers (68), London Lions (69), Langford (69), Buckingham Athletic (76)

 

 DIVISION TWO

Champions: Current leaders 56

Bovingdon (71), Old Bradwell United (64) or Berkhamsted Raiders (56)

Runners Up: Current 2nd place 47

Bovingdon (71), Old Bradwell United (64), Berkhamsted Raiders (56), Aston Clinton (54), Pitstone & Ivinghoe (50)

Re-election: Current safety 25

Clean Slate plus one of following – The 61FC (Luton) (24), Sarratt (29) or New Bradwell St Peter (36)

Note:

Figures in brackets denote maximum points that can be won.

Division One runners-up promotion places will be the nine best runners-up from the Step 6 divisions on a points per game basis.

NBDL; Potterspury 2-1 Great Horwood

Potterspury – 2

Great Horwood – 1

16.03.2019

Great Horwood were knocked out of the North Bucks & District League Interdivisional Trophy Knockout at the quarter-final stage on Saturday at Potterspury, on a day where the weather ruined any chance of any football being played as swirling winds reaped havoc especially for both goalkeepers. The hosts went ahead early on through a free kick routine that their guests later revealed was something they had discussed avoiding before the game, a second after the break seemed to put Pury in the driving seat until a late red card for full back Joe Richardson which the visitor’s took advantage of immediately pulling a goal back from the resulting free kick through Andy Brunning, in the remaining ten minutes Horwood hit the woodwork twice but it was their Northamptonshire rivals that progress through to the semi-finals where they will face Stewkley.

The home side took the lead on three minutes with a free kick curled in by James Golding that was met by the head of Stevie Dean who got his side off to the perfect start, at the other end a throw to Horwood saw the ball launched long into the box aimed at Sid Hawkins but the wind intervened taking it over him, in front of goal Adam Dixon was about to turn and shoot when defender Spike Crook stuck out a boot to divert over the bar for a corner. A corner to the hosts then swung in almost caught Ian McStraw out as it curled around him and towards the empty net, his skipper Sam Archer inside the six-yard box to head away, before a deep cross saw a glancing header from Danny Sheppard inches wide of McStraw’s right hand post.

Stevie Dean heads opening goal

The visitors were using the long throw routine at every chance, Dale Armitage saw one headed back towards him as he cut in from the touchline to join the action, meeting it on the volley he fired over the top and moments later a clearance from Pury keeper Sam Kelly screwed out to Brunning who tried his luck from distance with the home custodian stranded but Crook was covering and cleared, Dale Armitage and Frankey Tarrant tried to keep the attack alive but a half clearance to Brunning saw his shot cannon off a black & white shirt to safety. On thirty-two minutes Horwood went close when a Sam Archer free kick found the head of Gary Ridgway which had Kelly at full stretch to his right to brilliantly push away one handed as it seemed destined for inside the near post.

A minute later and the game threatened to boil over when a lob over the home backline saw Dixon in on goal, as he rose and flicked the ball towards the target the onrushing Kelly took the full force of his boot across his thigh which sparked a ten man brawl, handshakes all round soon saw the game restarted after bookings for Kelly, Dixon and Richardson. Ridgway curled a free kick from twenty-five yards over the wall but also the crossbar, a good move down the left touchline saw Ridgway play a one-two with Brandon Bowes which released the former inside his marker but his low shot was comfortable for the Pury keeper to smoother, Tarrant saw another effort from distance catch the wind and sail high over the bar, the final action of the half saw a Ridgway cross headed over by Brunning. H/T: 1-0

An early Jay Ditum corner for the hosts after the break again saw the weather intervene forcing McStraw into a last ditch fingertip save pushing onto his upright, the ball bouncing back to Sheppard but he could only fire over the top, a free kick then saw Golding find his skipper Dean Lyden but he could only head wide, Potterspury did then double their lead on sixty-three minutes as their guests struggled to clear their lines Adam Kelly charged down an attempted clearance and retrieved out on the wing, he crossed and inbetween two defenders Ditum headed down and into the far bottom corner.

Andy Brunning scores late on for Horwood

Horwood tried to get themselves back in the game with a free kick that Ridgway got to first but he could only head straight at Kelly, a corner shortly after saw Ridgway float his cross in and at the back post Hawkins headed back across goal but no yellow shirts were anywhere near to threaten, the clearance out to Tarrant who pushed up from defence bobbled just as he hit it which lifted the ball high over the top. Back came the home side when Ditum did well down the wing to square inside to Kelly, he bent his effort around McStraw and about a yard wide of the post, then with twelve minutes remaining Pury were reduced to ten men, a foul on Dixon out on the right saw the referee flash a second yellow to Richardson and he was off.

The Pury lead was halved straight from the free kick, played into the box where Brunning got his head to it to divert past Kelly and it was game on, a minute later a run from Ben Thickbroom from defence saw him travel forty yards upfield with the ball, a moment of indecision almost lost him possession however he continued on his run before hitting a dipping drive that bounced up off the crossbar and over the top, Ridgway then slipped a pass through the home backline for Brunning to bear down on goal, his first time effort crashing back off the woodwork and down to Dixon but the bounce too high for the striker to connect cleanly and he could only help it wide.

In added time a long ball downfield saw hesitation plus the weather hinder the yellow backline in their attempts to clear allowing Kelly to get a shot in that McStraw had to save at point blank range, straight back at the opposite end a throw to Horwood was launched high into the box where Kelly advanced through the sea of bodies to climb highest and claim with both hands, his clearance was met by the final whistle to signal that Pury progress in this cup, whilst the sides yet still have to meet home & away in their last few remaining league fixtures. F/T: 2-1

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SL D1C; Barton Rovers 2-4 Thame United

BARTON ROVERS 2 (Clayton 14,  Osobu 57)
THAME UNITED 4 (Goss 23, Gledhill 36, West 51, Tack 65)

Saturday 16/3/19
15:00
Sharpenhoe Road, Barton
Weather – 13 Celsius, Windy

Report & images by Carl Catling

*** STARTING LINE UPS ***
Barton Rovers – Malone (gk), Goodman, Jones, Bailey, Andrews (cpt), Close, Osobu, Spence, Clayton, Phillips, Williams
Subs used – Hartley, Gibson
Thame United – Hill (gk), Peake-Pijnen, Lynn, Essex, Gledhill, Tutton, Tack, Sturgess (cpt), Goss, West, Fasanmade
Subs used – Martin, Carter

 

*** MATCH STATS ***-
Shots on Target – Barton Rovers 5 –  8 Thame United
Corners – Barton Rovers  2 –  4 Thame United
Yellow cards – Barton Rovers  0 –  1 Thame United

Today saw a return to the starting line up for Thame’s Dan West. Also due to injury Peake-Pijnen was handed a starting position at right back showing his versatility within the side. Both sides were surprised by the strong winds at Sharpenhoe Road and knew they would face a difficult day ahead.
In the first 6 minutes of the game both sides had equal amounts of possession. Ten minutes into the match West held the ball up before passing wide to Fasanmade who was able to put in a left footed cross with venom which was neither attacked or defended which went out of play. At this time Barton appeared nervous at the back and unsure how to cope with the runs and pace of Fasanmade.
It took a while but Barton did create a move when a long ball towards Osobu on the left allowed him to run at the defence before squaring a pass towards Clayton which did deflect up into the air. Thame’s Hill was grounded which resulted in an easy tap in for Barton’s number nine Clayton. Barton then shortly after had a goal disallowed for offside in a period of play when Thame were dropping deeper even with Goss having to support defensively in midfield. Thame continued to search for a way back into the game, and Peake-Pijnen nearly brought the away side back level when a left footed strike from distance went over the bar.
Thame were nearly awarded a penalty but the appeal was rejected when it appeared Andrews had handballed inside his own penalty box. Despite no penalty Thame got hold of possession from a clearance and passed towards Goss inside the box, who turned with the ball and fired a shot away quickly which went underneath Malone to make it 1-1. Barton followed this by Clayton being one on one with Essex. Clayton managed to go past Essex before Hill forced Clayton to dribble the ball wide of him before getting a shot away which hit the outside of the post and wide. Barton had began to try and play on the counter and break forward in numbers when possible to put pressure on the Thame defence. Towards the end of the half Tack put in a dangerous corner which was not dealt with resulting in the ball bouncing up into the air and a firm header by Gledhill hit a defender but crossed the line to give Thame the lead for the first time in the game. It should be noted that Thame’s Peake-Pijnen had a great first half at right back with his positional play and decisions made. Barton ended the half playing at a higher tempo and finding space off the ball. West nearly extended the lead when  his run off the ball meant he was one on one with the goalkeeper and attempted to lift the ball over Malone but failed to do so. The first half was a story of equal chances but Thame being more efficient with their end product inside the box.

HT Score – Barton Rovers 1 – 2 Thame United

It was a slow start for the first five minutes, before West had another opportunity to loft the ball over Malone but was unable to score. Although West missed chances with his feet, he was able to head the ball onto the bar and in by leaping above the defender from Fasanmade’s corner from the right to make it 1-3. It took a decision from the linesman to award the goal. The Thame side were jubilant on the pitch. Thame nearly extended their lead when a superbly weighted long ball by Lynn up the left flank reached West who dribbled infield before passing square to a running Tutton who hit the ball wide before it was eventually cleared. Barton then had a period of putting in multiple crosses but time and time again no one could get on the end of them much to the Dugouts frustration. An excellent run on the right by Williams led to him switching play left to Osobu who hit the ball firmly past Hill to give Barton hope in the game. Thame’s captain Sturgess could be heard passing on words to his players to ‘concentrate and relax’. Barton’s Clayton found space on the right and a diagonal ball to him was hit wide of the post with Thame’s Hill watching the ball go wide. The match was sealed for Thame when Tack’s sublime second half display led to his shot from 30 years being deflected and lobbing the goal keeper to make it 2-4 on the day to Thame. The goal gave the Thame side confidence and an increase in their work rate off the ball in order to see off Barton Rovers. There was a late scare for Thame when West went into a 50/50 challenge and came off worse. This led to a large stoppage in play but West appeared to run it off and continue. In the last 15 minutes Barton were attempting to play the ball behind the defenders but with not much joy following Clayton being substituted. Thame were able to slow play down in the final few minutes and manage the game until the final whistle.

FT Score – Barton Rovers 2 – 4 Thame United

The result ended a brilliant week for Thame United. As three points proved invaluable in the playoff picture. Thame move up to fifth in the table due to results elsewhere in the division going in Thame’s favour. It has to be said that Thame showed great determination and team work for this away win. Barton will be disappointed to not have taken early chances in the first half which made the defeat a tough one to take.

*** NEXT GAME ***
Thame United v Coleshill Town
Saturday 23/3/19
15:00
ASM Stadium, Thame

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