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
On the biggest weekend for the University calendar honours belong to the Light Blues although those of you who follow Arlesey Town were no doubt once again edging your bets. The rain stayed away despite it being the opening weekend of the cricket season and in the land of Spartan South Midlands football we had ………….
Berkhamsted Raiders hit Clean Slate for eight to record their biggest SSML win. Hatfield Town concede their 100th league goal of the campaign but on the brighter side they picked up three points from the game. Five points separate the top four of the Premier Division in a race that could well go down to the wire. Oh and Harefield United are still unbeaten in the league. Saturday’s 24 games seeing 87 goals (an average of 3.62 per game). Cedric Ibarra and Thomas Shaw (both Berkhamsted Raiders) topping the day’s scoring charts with hat-tricks.
6 April Stats: 24 games played of which 11 were home wins, 8 were away wins and 5 draws.
(Most League Wins – all Divisions): 32 Harefield United 27 Broadfields United 24 Tring Athletic, Hadley.
(Most League Draws – all Divisions): 13 Edgware Town 11 Leighton Town 10 Colney Heath, Oxhey Jets, Wembley.
(Most League Defeats – all Divisions): 27 Hatfield Town 23 Amersham Town, Brimsdown, Cockfosters 22 Codicote.
Average Saturday Goals: 3.92 (3908 goals from 996 games).
(Division One League): Harefield United.
Most Goals Scored:
(Premier Division League): 92 Biggleswade FC.
(Division One League): 110 Harefield United.
(Division Two League): 84 Bovingdon.
(U25 Development Division League): 40 Kempston Rovers Development.
Most Goals Conceded:
(Premier Division League): 86 Cockfosters.
(Division One League): 100 Hatfield Town.
(Division Two League): 91 The 61FC (Luton) and Clean Slate.
(U25 Development Division League): 43 Ampthill Town Development.
Fewest Goals Conceded:
(Premier Division League): 32 Hadley and Biggleswade FC.
(Division One League): 30 Harefield United.
(Division Two League): 15 Old Bradwell United.
(U25 Development Division League): 9 Buckingham Athletic Development.
Fewest Goals Scored:
(Premier Division League): 34 London Tigers.
(Division One League): 36 Hatfield Town.
(Division Two League): 16 Clean Slate.
(U25 Development Division League): 15 Holmer Green Development U25.
Saturday’s Highest Attendances: 196 Biggleswade United v Arlesey Town, 130 Risborough Rangers v Park View and 104 Baldock Town v Hadley.
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): 27 Alex Marsh (Biggleswade FC) 26 Ashton Campbell (Tring Athletic) 24 David Parkinson (Biggleswade United).
Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division One Clubs): 34 Leonard Farhall (Harefield United) 29 Tage Kennedy (Enfield Borough) 27 Adam Bolle (London Lions) and Sean Peters (Broadfields United & Hillingdon Borough).
Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division Two Clubs): 31 Joshua Smith (MK Gallacticos) 30 Nathan Skelton (Mursley United) 24 Matthew Standen (Bovingdon).
Saturday 6th April
On a day that saw Tiger Roll taking the plaudits at Aintree the leading four in the race for the SSML Premier Division title all overcame the hurdles put in front of them. Leaders Tring Athletic raced to a 3-0 win at home against North Greenford United FC, second placed Hadley overcame their trip to Baldock Town with a 2-0 success while Biggleswade FC were running out 3-0 winners at home to London Colney. Biggleswade United in fourth drew the day’s biggest attendance as 196 saw them entertain local rivals Arlesey Town, United galloped into a 4-0 interval lead and then seeing off a spirited fight back by Arlesey to eventually win 5-3. At the other end of the table there was mixed fortunes for the leading contenders fighting against the drop, Stotfold climbed off the bottom and above their rivals with a 2-0 win at Harpenden Town, London Tigers picked up a big point with a goalless draw at home to Leighton Town while Cockfosters fell at home against Oxhey Jets and now occupy the bottom place. Goals were in short supply as Colney Heath returned home from their trip to Wembley with a 0-0 draw and it was a similar scoreline at Leverstock Green as draw specialists Edgware Town recorded draw number 13. The day’s other action saw Crawley Green defeating visitors Potton United by three goals to one. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.
0-2 Baldock Town v Hadley (Milton, Wright [pen]) Attendance: 104
3-0 Biggleswade FC v London Colney (Leavers , Coles) Attendance: 103
5-3 Biggleswade United v Arlesey Town (Parkinson , Brinkman, Holmes, Hankins) / (Hatch, Darvall, Gooch) Attendance: 196
1-3 Cockfosters v Oxhey Jets (Summers) / (Kerley , Giordmaina) Attendance: 62
3-1 Crawley Green v Potton United (Calvano, Draycott, Ajigbolamu) / (Burnside) Attendance: 32
0-2 Harpenden Town v Stotfold (Cyrus, Ryan) Attendance: 43
0-0 Leverstock Green v Edgware Town Attendance: 46
0-0 London Tigers v Leighton Town Attendance: Unknown
3-0 Tring Athletic v North Greenford United FC (Riddick, O’Connor, Turner [pen]) Attendance: 65
0-0 Wembley v Colney Heath Attendance: 28
Harefield United, having won the title in midweek without kicking a ball, took their season’s unbeaten league run to 34 games with a 3-1 success against visiting Ampthill Town. Winslow United maintained their push for third place with a 2-2 draw at Bedford. Risborough Rangers attracted the Division’s biggest gate of the day as 130 witnessed their 2-2 draw with Park View. Relegated Hatfield Town won for the fourth time this campaign with a 2-1 success over high flying London Lions. Brimsdown boosted their relegation fears with a 3-1 home success over Wodson Park while for both Amersham Town and Codicote defeats against Langford and Buckingham Athletic respectively leave both clubs still in the mix. In the day’s other games FC Broxbourne Borough won 3-2 at Milton Keynes Robins while Rayners Lane overcame visiting Hillingdon Borough by the odd goal in three. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.
1-4 Amersham Town v Langford (Squires-Adams) / (Worbey , Edwards, Yamfam) Attendance: 16
2-2 Bedford v Winslow United (Butler, Kelly) / (Dalton, Woodfine) Attendance: 40
3-1 Brimsdown v Wodson Park (Akinsanya , Seghiri) / (Stevenson) Attendance: 25
2-1 Buckingham Athletic v Codicote (Carter ) / (Skinner) Attendance: 51
3-1 Harefield United v Ampthill Town (Opponent Own Goal, Jordan, Shaw) / (Carter) Attendance: 90
2-1 Hatfield Town v London Lions (Adriano ) / (Unknown) Attendance: 36
2-3 Milton Keynes Robins FC v FC Broxbourne Borough (Muya ) / (Unknown) Attendance: Unknown
2-1 Rayners Lane v Hillingdon Borough (Wilson ) / (Unknown) Attendance: 44
2-2 Risborough Rangers v Park View (Cullen, Urquhart) / (Appiah, Price) Attendance: 130
Old Bradwell United warmed up for their forthcoming Division Two Cup Final by claiming ‘local derby’ bragging rights as they swept aside their hosts New Bradwell St Peter FC 5-0. Berkhamsted Raiders thumped bottom club Clean Slate 8-2 to maintain their runners-up hopes. The day’s other fixture saw Mursley United recording a 4-2 win over visiting Grendon Rangers. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.
2-8 Clean Slate v Berkhamsted Raiders (Unknown) / (Ibarra , Shaw , King, Carberry) Attendance: 10
4-2 Mursley United v Grendon Rangers (Brazier , Lee, Williamson) / (Unknown) Attendance: 44
0-5 New Bradwell St Peter FC v Old Bradwell United (Darryl Smith , Green, Collins [pen], Cooke) Attendance: 62
Mursley v Grendon 06.04.2019
DEVELOPMENT DIVISION CHALLENGE TROPHY Semi Final Second Leg
Leighton Town Development overturned a two goal deficit from the first leg against Buckingham Athletic Development to force a penalty shoot-out in which they held their nerve to win 6-5 and book their first Reserve/Development Division Challenge Trophy Final. The Final against Stotfold U25 will take place on Thursday 18th April at Ampthill Town FC. Full result and goalscorers listed below.
2-0 Leighton Town Development v Buckingham Athletic Development (Opposition Own Goal, Walton) Attendance: Unknown
(Aggregate 3-3, Leighton Town Development win 6-5 on penalties)
U25 DEVELOPMENT DIVISION
Harpenden Town Development made sure they would not be the winners of the wooden spoon with a 2-1 win at Holmer Green Development Under 25. Full result and goalscorers (where known) listed below.
1-2 Holmer Green Development Under 25 v Harpenden Town Development (Unknown) / (Champkins-Drein, David) Attendance: Unknown
You are never too old to play the game.
An Israeli footballer has entered the record books after becoming the world’s oldest player to take part in a professional game at the age of 73. Isaak Hayik set the record by playing as a goalkeeper for Israeli team Ironi Or Yehuda on Friday afternoon. Despite his advanced years, Hayik said he was “ready for another game” after playing for the full 90 minutes. Ironi Or Yehuda play in Liga Bet South A, in the fourth tier of the Israeli league.
Although his team were beaten 5-1 by Maccabi Ramat Gan, Iraqi-born Hayik is said to have made a series of impressive saves during the game.
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UP OR DOWN
Who can go up or down
Champions: Current leaders 76
Biggleswade FC (91), Tring Athletic (88), Hadley (85) or Biggleswade United (83)
Runners Up: Current 2nd place 76
Biggleswade FC (91), Tring Athletic (88), Hadley (85) or Biggleswade United (83)
Relegation: Current safety 39
Cockfosters (33), Stotfold (38), London Tigers (39), Leverstock Green (42), North Greenford United FC (43), London Colney (48)
Champions: Harefield United.
Runners Up: Broadfields United.
Relegation: Current safety 39
Hatfield Town plus one of following Codicote (38), Amersham Town (39), Brimsdown (43), Milton Keynes Robins FC (50) or Wodson Park (52)
Champions: Current leaders 62
Bovingdon (71) or Old Bradwell United (64)
Runners Up: Current 2nd place 50
Bovingdon (71), Old Bradwell United (64), Berkhamsted Raiders (56) or Aston Clinton (52)
Re-election: Clean Slate.
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.