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.
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).
(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
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 , 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 ) Attendance: 29
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 ) Attendance: 14
3-1 Ampthill Town v Brimsdown (Cerminara, Cooksley, Dillon) / (Sosanya) Attendance: 41
3-0 Broadfields United v Bedford (Gardner , 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 , Kennedy, Opoku) / (Unknown) Attendance: 20
6-3 Rayners Lane v FC Broxbourne Borough (Harris , 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  [1 pen],Karwacinski) / (Draper) Attendance: 58
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
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?”
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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
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)
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)
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)
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.