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And Should Be Taken With A Pinch Of Salt

It was the turn of the Emirates FA Cup to take centre stage at the weekend. The World’s oldest Cup Competition and for the likes of the 23 SSML teams, Hadley, Stotfold, Broadfields United amongst them, the dreams of stepping out at Wembley in May (Cue Eurythmics song ‘Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)’ –


For both of the SSML newbies in the Emirates FA Cup it was unbeaten outings, Broadfields United overcoming higher league opposition Banstead Athletic while Winslow United live to fight again having drawn with Easington Sports. Elsewhere there was a giant-killing at London Lions who saw off Wembley. In the League there were impressive wins for Enfield Borough and New Bradwell St Peter FC while The 61FC (Luton) began their 2018-19 campaign with a 3-0 win over MK Gallacticos. Totternhoe attracted the biggest league crowd of the day, 72, for their game with Unite MK. The weekend action brought about 129 goals with Oluwanimilo Ajigbolamu (Crawley Green) and Laurence Clark (Risborough Rangers) claiming hat-tricks.


Weekend Stats: 33 games played of which 14 were home wins, 14 away wins and 5 draws.


100% league records to date: Arlesey Town, Biggleswade FC, Bovingdon, Colney Heath, Crawley Green, Hadley, Hillingdon Borough, New Bradwell St Peter FC, Pitstone & Ivinghoe, Potton United, The 61FC (Luton) and Wodson Park.


0% league records to date: Baldock Town, Brimsdown, Clean Slate, Cockfosters, Grendon Rangers, Hatfield Town, Leighton Town, MK Gallacticos, Old Bradwell United, Stotfold, Tring Corinthians AFC, Wembley and Winslow United.


Highest Attendances: 351 Winslow United v Easington Sports, 202 Tring Athletic v Berkhamsted and 191 Harpenden Town v Edgware Town.




THE EMIRATES FA CUP Extra Preliminary Round

A bumper crowd at Winslow United to witness their first ever FA Cup tie were treated to a thrilling game but for both clubs any progress in the competition will have to wait until Tuesday evening as it was honours even with a 2-2 draw. Full result and goalscorers are listed below.


2-2 Winslow United v Easington Sports (King [2]) / (Rose, Stidder) Attendance: 351




THE EMIRATES FA CUP Extra Preliminary Round

Plenty of drama in the Emirates FA Cup with goals in abundance, red cards and fight backs as the 21 competing SSML sides looked to bank £2,250 with a win while those departing the competition it was £750. Alas for Potton United it was a case of goals going in at an alarming rate at the wrong end as they found themselves 0-5 down at the interval. Things improved after the break (they only lost the half 2-4) however they did manage to avoid their worst ever FA Cup result, that being a 0-10 defeat by Cambridge United back in 1969. Dad “I played in the FA Cup”. Son “Really Dad, how did you get on”. Dad “I don’t want to talk about it”.

Crawley Green playing their first competitive fixture at their new home found themselves trailing early on but turned things around with an impressive display to run out comfortable 7-1 winners. Both Holland (Baldock Town) and McLeish (North Greenford United) scored inside the first 30 seconds in their respective ties with both clubs going on to record victories. The A41 ‘derby’ looked to be heading for a replay but two late goals from former SSML visitors Berkhamsted ended the dreams of hosts Tring Athletic. Cockfosters goalkeeper saw red early in their game with Newmarket Town and with further cards (including a second red for the Fosters) it resembled a game of Newmarket rather than a football match. Elsewhere the ‘Lions’ of Wembley faced their second battle of the jungle in the space of four days, having been mauled by London Tigers in midweek the Wembley Lions suffered a cup upset when losing to lower opposition London Lions. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.


3-4 Arlesey Town v Desborough Town (Smith [2], Fuller) / (Parkes, Clark, Turner, White) Attendance: 125

2-0 Biggleswade FC v Northampton On Chenecks (Marsh, Coles) Attendance: 91

1-1 Biggleswade United v Wellingborough Town (Parkinson [pen]) / (Unknown) Attendance: 88

5-2 Bishops Cleeve v Stotfold (Martin [3], Iddles, Kennedy [pen]) / (Carroll, Nkansah) Attendance: 103

1-0 Brackley Town Saints v London Colney (Stotts) Attendance: 31

3-0 Broadfields United v Banstead Athletic (Henley [2], Gardner) Attendance: 53

0-2 Cockfosters v Newmarket Town (Thorpe, Shinn) Attendance: 77

7-1 Crawley Green v Woodley United (Ajigbolamu [3], Carney, Pemberton, Waite, Watson) / (Wilson) Attendance: 56

9-2 Daventry Town v Potton United (Orosz [3], Emery [2], Fitzgerald, Creaney, Harris, Anayitos) / (Goodacre, Murrell) Attendance: 61

0-2 Flackwell Heath v North Greenford United FC (McLeish, Harvey) Attendance: 70

2-0 Hadley v Fairford Town (Idemudia [2]) Attendance: 66

1-0 Harpenden Town v Edgware Town (Weeks) Attendance: 191

0-5 Ipswich Wanderers v Baldock Town (Holland [2] [1 pen], Barker, Barnes, Decker) Attendance: 66

0-1 Leighton Town v Royal Wootton Bassett Town (Pagliaroli) Attendance: 128

2-1 London Lions v Wembley (Furman, Rubin) / (Unknown) Attendance: 57

3-4 Oxhey Jets v Wantage Town (Jones [2], Kerley) / (Jackson [2] [both pens], Scholes, Mattimore) Attendance: 77

0-2 Tring Athletic v Berkhamsted (Massey [pen], Austin) Attendance: 202

1-4 Tuffley Rovers v Colney Heath (Mann [pen]) / (Humbert [2], Shaw, Scott) Attendance: 94

1-3 Wodson Park v Hoddesdon Town (Handy) / (Bushell, Gnandi, Lillis) Attendance: 94



Harefield United maintained their top of the table position with a 3-1 success at Ampthill Town while Enfield Borough followed up their 6-3 midweek win with a 5-1 success over Buckingham Athletic to move into second place one point behind the leaders. Bedford despite traffic problems delaying some of their players on route to London Colney recorded a fine 4-1 success against Hatfield Town, the hosts slipping to the bottom of the table. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.


1-3 Ampthill Town v Harefield United (Higgins) / (Farhall, Jordan, Opponent Own Goal) Attendance: 60

1-1 Buckingham Town v Park View (Unknown) / (Williams) Attendance: 36

5-1 Enfield Borough v Buckingham Athletic (Unknown) / (Appleton) Attendance: 30

3-3 FC Broxbourne Borough v Risborough Rangers (Unknown) / (Clark [3]) Attendance: 40

1-4 Hatfield Town v Bedford (O’Brien) / (Butler [2], Kelly, McGrath) Attendance: 25



Pitstone & Ivinghoe continue to top the standings following a 3-0 win over new boys Sarratt with both Bovingdon and New Bradwell St Peter FC hot on their heels both making it two wins from two games. The 61FC (Luton) began their 2018-19 campaign with an impressive 3-0 home success over MK Gallacticos. A large crowd of 72 witnessed Totternhoe and Unite MK battling out a 2-2 draw. Tring Corinthians AFC remain bottom after going down 1-3 at home to the much fancied Aston Clinton. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.


3-0 Berkhamsted Raiders v Clean Slate (Jabbie, Shaw, Wheeler-King) Attendance: 20

3-2 Bovingdon v Mursley United (Davey [2], Slade) / (Brazier, Simpson) Attendance: Unknown

0-4 Grendon Rangers v New Bradwell St Peter FC (Ali [2], Sofroni, Davey) Attendance: 26

3-0 Pitstone & Ivinghoe v Sarratt (Doughty, Harris, Hall) Attendance: 32

3-0 The 61FC (Luton) v MK Gallacticos (Blazeg [2], Walker) Attendance: Unknown

2-2 Totternhoe v Unite MK (Murray [2]) / (Rawson, Opponent Own Goal) Attendance: 72

1-3 Tring Corinthians AFC v Aston Clinton (Higgins) / (Brown, Collins, Greco) Attendance: 32




THE EMIRATES FA CUP Extra Preliminary Round

The weekend’s final Emirates FA Cup fixture for SSML sides saw Leverstock Green ease past former SSML members Southall 1-0 at Ashford Town (Middx) FC thanks to a Chris Blunden first half strike. Full result and goalscorer listed below.


0-1 Southall v Leverstock Green (Blunden) Attendance: 75



Congratulations to Brechin City who having gone all last season without recording a league win finally end a 470 day drought win a 1-0 success against East Fife.

FCCL; Great Horwood beaten by North Crawley but future still in their own hands

Great Horwood – 148 all out off 37.4 overs (4 points)

North Crawley – 152 for 5 off 34.2 overs (25 points)

Great Horwood were beaten at home on Saturday by league leaders North Crawley and with the defeat slumped to the foot of the Four Counties Cricket League Division One table, but with three games left to play there are more than enough points left to play for to get Stuart Parkers men out of trouble especially as two of those games are against teams in the same relegation dogfight as Horwood. Glyn Davies made a half century as the hosts reached a total of 148, but it was never going to be enough against the side who are now comfortably clear at the top of the league, and five of their seven batsmen scored more than twenty as Horwood toiled to try and get something from the game.

The home side won the toss and elected to bat first and regular openers Stuart Parker & Sam Willett reached 19 before Parker was given out LBW off the bowling of Courtney Gresty; replacement Ken Cronshaw made 1 before he was caught off the same bowler, & in the very next over Willett was caught off Carl Bryce to leave the home side 23-3.

Dale Armitage & Glyn Davies then steadied those early nerves and put on a brilliant 46 between them, but Armitage fell in the 18th over driving straight into the hands of John Collings off Richard Bryce when on 19. The returning Olly Prendergast lasted just three balls before being caught, Sam Krajnyk didn’t fare much better being trapped LBW and when Dom Pritchard was bowled without scoring Horwood were 79-7.

Glyn Davies reaches 50

Davies continued to score and his partnership with Simon Ridgway made 36 helping Horwood settle once more and get over the three figure mark, and in the 31st over his eighth boundary of the afternoon saw him reach a much deserved half century, although the very next ball saw him trapped LBW and his innings was over.

Ridgway then struck up a rapport with incoming Chris McStraw and the pair added a further 32 before the former was caught when on 28, then a mix up in the running between McStraw & Rob Taylor saw the former run out and the Horwood innings ended on a respectable 148 considering they’d been 23-3 and 79-7. Richard Bryce the pick of the bowlers taking 4 wickets for 15 runs off his 9 overs, Carl Bryce & Courtney Gresty taking a pair of wickets each.

After the break Crawley came out and batted as if they were looking to be home early, scoring twelve off both the opening two overs and ten off the third. With the score on 42 Horwood finally made the breakthrough when Jack Shiel hooked a shot at Ridgway who took the catch off Taylor’s bowling, the runs continued but a brilliant diving catch by bowler Dale Armitage saw him take the wicket of Alex Walker when he was on 31.

Another 22 partnership frustrated the home side but was briefly interrupted when a fierce shot was caught full in the face by the square leg umpire who had to retire from his duties, thankfully a replacement was found amongst those watching from the pavilion. Once the game restarted Rajet Nahar was caught and bowled by Prendergast, and the score at 84-3 gave Horwood a brief glimmer of hope.

Olly Prendergast took 2 wickets

Collings & Steve Sharpe added another 19 before Ridgway bowled the latter, and just three runs later Collings was caught off Prendergast and the home side suddenly had a spring in their step, but as the skies darkened so did the home sides mood as Sam Marley & Carl Bryce refused to be beaten, and the pair added 45 runs to take the victory with thirty-four balls to spare. Prendergast with a brace of wickets upon his return to the side, Taylor, Armitage & Ridgway all taking one apiece.

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CCL D1; Buckingham Town CC II’s beat Twyford to leave destiny in their own hands

Twyford – 124 all out off 30.4 overs (9 points)

Buckingham Town II’s – 128-8 off 40.2 overs (25 points)

Buckingham Town II’s have found some form just at the right time of the season, as their second successive win on Saturday saw them beat Twyford and the points lifted them out of the dreaded bottom two of the Cherwell Cricket League Division One table. With this season looking likely to see three teams relegated they are still not safe, however their three remaining games see them host Challow & Childrey who are a place below them next week-end, the following week they host Tiddington who are a place above them, and then finish with a trip to Abingdon Vale who are currently three places above them but only by eighteen points. So tight is the division that now Town are just nineteen points off fourth place!

Wasim Fayyaz 7-5-13-3

Town won the toss and put their hosts into bat, Shabaz Alam started well but with the score on 25 Matthew Thatcher made the breakthrough with the wicket of Adam Bone, the batsmen who made 142 in the reverse fixture was removed without scoring. Twelve runs later and James Gear removed Alam and with both openers gone Shahid Mahmood & Ben Elkington put on 20 before Sam Younghusband caught Mahmood off Thatcher, & Albert Johnson removed Elkington and Twyford were 76-4.

Two runs later saw Wasim Fayyaz bowl Atif Ali, and the same bowler then took the wicket of Zabihullah Saeed before Johnson took Mohammed Fayyaz and Town were well on their way. Khurram Khalid then settled his side down as he partnered Jake Duxbury and they added 33 between them before Fayyaz struck again to claim Khalid with his score on 32, leaving Twyford 124-8. At this stage Ben Stafford was called into the attack and within four balls the innings was over, as he removed both Edward Selby Lowndes and then Sam Roberts to match the brace of wickets of Thatcher & Johnson, but the pick of the bowling was Fayyaz as he ended with figures of 3 wickets for just 13 runs off 7 overs, 5 of which were maidens.

Town reached 15 before Alex O’Dell was caught behind off Saeed, but Gurwinder Singh and Sam Younghusband took the score onto 54 before Singh fell to Fayyaz when on twenty-eight. Just 12 runs later Younghusband was trapped LBW by Ali, Simon Myatt was bowled by Fayyaz for 1 and Thatcher was stumped leaving Town 70-5 still needing another fifty-five runs to win. But Thomas Buggey played at the crease for almost an hour and twenty minutes from there, he and captain Steve Beck added 19 before the skipper was caught off Fayyaz, Stafford was trapped LBW by Saeed, and Gear was bowled by the same bowler. Town now needed 24 to win whilst Twyford needed 2 wickets!

Albert Johnson with Thomas Buggey saw game home

A final partnership saw Johnson come in and he & Buggey saw Town home, their paring making 27 to seal the win, Buggey ending 31 not out having played with five different companions at the crease. Saeed & Fayyaz both ending with 3 wickets each, but it was Buckingham who took home the twenty-five points.

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Buckingham Town CC II’s hoping SMS sends message to Twyford

Buckingham Town II’s travel to Twyford this Saturday, hoping to build upon last week-ends confidence boosting win over Cumnor and earn more points in their fight to escape the relegation places in the Cherwell Cricket League Division One dogfight.

When these two sides met at Bourton Road back in June it was a feast of runs as they shared 498 between the two innings which concluded in a winning draw for Town. On that day skipper Steve Beck made 71, Matthew Thatcher reached 45 and for Twyford Adam Bone hit a superb 142.

Town welcome back three players this weekend, and Sports Shots caught up with Beck ahead of the game:

After the good, albeit nervous victory against Cumnor, we have kept ourselves in the survival hunt. The league is very tight this year with the bottom five teams covered by 25 points which is 1 win, and the bottom seven teams are separated by just by 41 points. With 100 points yet to play for, I believe any of the bottom seven sides could still be relegated with the likely hood of three going down this season.

I think we need to win 3 of the last 4 games and this will be tough but certainly achievable with a little luck.

We have a few missing this week with Jack Deal and Jason Ell promoted to the first team to ensure they achieve their goal of promotion, but the return of (Ben) Staffy, (Simon) Myatt and G (Gurvinder Singh) is a boost

Steve Beck v Twyford 09.06.2018 with Adam Bone watching on


  1. Alex Odell
  2. G Singh
  3. S Younghusband
  4. M Thatcher
  5. S Beck
  6. T Buggy
  7. S Myatt
  8. B Stafford
  9. J Gear
  10. A Johnson
  11. W Fayyaz

The match starts at 12.30pm

FCCL; Great Horwood CC hoping they can de-prend on some returning faces

Great Horwood CC host top of the table North Crawley on Saturday in their toughest game of their run in, as they try and escape the long arms of relegation currently wrapped around them. With four teams separated by just nine points at the foot of the Four Counties Cricket League Division One table, Horwood are in desperate need of some fortune this weekend, although both teams have the same recent record of one win in their last three matches.

Horwood will be looking to avoid a repeat of the fixture at Crawley where the home side batted first and amassed a score of 211 for Horwood to target, however the innings lasted just 79 balls as they were skittled out for just 37!

Sports Shots caught up with captain Stuart Parker ahead of the game:

This Saturday we entertain North Crawley which will be a very tough test as they sit top of the league and we are missing a host of bowling options.

But on the plus side Glyn Davies, Bill Bridgman and Olly Prendergast all return after not featuring for a while

Olly Prendergast


S Parker

D Armitage

B Bridgman

K Cronshaw

G Davies

S Krajnyk

C McStraw

O Prendergast

S Ridgway

R Taylor

S Willett

The match starts at 1.30pm

SSMFLD2; Grendon Rangers v New Bradwell St Peter Preview with new manager Steve Jackman

Saturday 11th August 2018

Grendon Rangers v New Bradwell St Peter FC

Spartan South Midlands Division Two

The Village Hall

K.O. 3.00pm

Grendon Rangers host new side (ish) New Bradwell St Peter on Saturday in their season opener, although for The Peters they have the added bonus of having played last week-end and winning to boost their confidence in travelling over to Grendon. Rangers struggled towards the end of last season, relying on a core of team mates who are also long term friends to help keep the club running, but now boast a new manager and hopefully a calmer season ahead!

New Bradwell won at Berkhamsted Raiders last weekend despite having a man red carded so will be confident in coming to get a result; formerly Loughton Manor the club moved into the New Bradwell facilities this summer in order to progress as a club. This week Sports Shots caught up with Grendon boss Steve Jackman to ask how his term in management has been so far:

Well it’s been an eye opener to say the least! A lot of managers I still speak to from various levels of the game are really questioning my intentions in taking the job on, as I have never played nor worked at this level before.

I also had a fantastic position at my previous club AFC Dunstable who are in a position where a lot of the young players are getting close to being a real part of the first team set up and that was a project the manager especially & the staff brought in over the past four years. It takes a lot of trust & belief from the youngest age group coaches through to the senior section of the club, but it doesn’t happen overnight, Rome wasn’t built in a day!

I’m fortunate to still speak to the manager Steve Heath on a regular basis, a great guy and if I can replicate half of what he has achieved then I will have done ok, my wife is still the physio at the club so I hear a lot of what is happening and it sounds exciting with the blend of experience & youth now really coming through.

Listening to certain conversations a lot of people like to say one thing then do something completely different and that is from players through the club all the way to the top, I always knew it happened but always chose to ignore it, now I know not too and to just lock it away for another time

And how has pre-season been for his new club?

Pre-season is always a funny time with holidays, work, family & other situations or excuses taking priority. Some of the excuses for not turning up are priceless and I just put it down to priorities being different.

The players have worked hard & have taken on a lot of what it is I am asking of them. I also think every club has struggled with the heat, not that I’m moaning about the sun shining, but all the pitches we’ve seen are all over the place in terms of condition. Ground staff are really having to put in a shift and any games playable at this time are a credit to these guys

Steve Jackman

So have Grendon pulled in enough players for the season?

Every manager is always searching for players, I have a player training this week at a club in the league above & fair play to him, he has approached it in the right way, spoke to me face to face, so I wish him well and that makes it easier for him to come back into the fold should he want to, the door is always open for any player.

I will never stand in someone’s way if they want to experience a better level, just approach it in the right way and go for it, this is just one example of how managers operate at this stage of the season.

I always ask for players to be honest with me and then that is a two way process and how you earn the respect of players, it’s good to talk and that is something I like from everyone. Credit to the players for creating a fantastic spirit

We asked how the new manager feels ahead of the game Saturday?

Nervous, excited, have I done enough, are the players ready? All these things are natural and I used to think just the same things as a player. You just have to go and enjoy it, work hard & make sure you are organised enough to hopefully get a good performance and what will be will be

We asked if Jacko knows much about his first opponents:

I live about thirty seconds from the New Bradwell ground, but what I know about them I could note on the back of a postage stamp. However refer to my previous comments, I used to get really bogged down with an opposition and lose focus on my own team. If there are certain aspects we need to look at then I will make the players aware, really thought it’s all about the players mentalities and preparation and how they try to use the information given to them.

We play NBSP and Mursley in our first two games, and both teams finished in the top eight last season and both won their opening games last week, so that will be interesting & most certainly a test for us

Finally, we asked if there are any targets for the season for Grendon Rangers:

I have never been in a dressing room as a players or management staff where we have said in July what we expect to be the final outcome in April or May time, who knows what will happen? Otherwise you can pick my lottery numbers for me!

You can only approach everything on a game by game basis and make sure as management staff and players you are working from the same piece of paper, and then you go into every game with the organisation, enthusiasm & knowledge that you might get over the line more often than not. All the best for the season!

Sports Shots would like to thank Steve for his time this week.

In case you missed our interview with the new manager earlier this summer click on this link: 

SLP; Rushall Olympic v Banbury United match preview with summer signing Steve Diggin

Saturday 11th August 2018

Rushall Olympic v Banbury United

Southern League Premier Division Central

Dales Lane

K.O. 3.00pm

Banbury open their season in their new division this Saturday with a fifty-nine mile trip to Rushall Olympic, just to the north-east of Walsall, at a club who find themselves in a similar position to their guests in that they were transferred divisions during the summer as a result of the FA restructuring of the non-league pyramid.

Whilst Banbury were side shifted divisions in the same league from the Southern League Premier Division South to Central, Olympic have moved leagues from the Northern League Premier Division to join the Southern League. At least a fair start for both sides as neither will know much about the other!

A good pre-season campaign for Banbury will see the squad in good spirits going into the game, just the one defeat listed in their seven fixtures but a much changed squad will don the gold n red kit this week-end, including summer signing Steve Diggin who joined from local rivals Banbury United.

Diggin finished his career at Brackley in May by scoring a penalty in the FA Trophy Final penalty shoot-out win over Bromley at Wembley, and this week Sports Shots caught up with the front man to ask how life has been since joining the Puritans:

It’s been good so far, I’ve really enjoyed it and we’ve obviously been working hard but that’s been enjoyable so I feel I’ve managed to settle in quite well

We asked if the Wembley experience back in May will help him with playing at Banbury:

Yes that was basically the perfect way to leave Brackley really, an unreal experience that I will never ever forget but it’s a new season now and I will be 100% concentrating on doing well for Banbury United

We asked how pre-season has been around the club:

Our pre-season has been really good, while we work hard we have a laugh at the same time, but there seems to be a good feeling around the place

Are the squad ready for the new campaign?

Yes the start of another long season but we are ready, like I said earlier we’ve all worked really hard and it all leads up to this Saturday, so we’re definitely up for it and hoping to get off to a winning start

Are there any season targets for the striker?

Hmm, as a striker our targets are obviously goals so I’ll hopefully be going for at least 20 goals this season, and as a team we are hoping for at least the play-offs

And finally, what do the squad know about Rushall?

To be honest at the minute not too much, but we still have a training session before the game to work on stuff and I’m sure we’ve had them watched. I’m sure we’ll be given some info ahead of the game.

Sports Shots would like to thank Steve for his time this week.

FAC; Brackley Town Saints v London Colney FA Cup preview with Lewis Baldwin

Saturday 11th August 2018

Brackley Town Saints (Step 5) v London Colney (Step 5)

FA Cup Extra-Preliminary Round

Being played at Oxford City FC

K.O. 3.00pm

Brackley Town Saints host London Colney on Saturday in the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup, in a game being played at the Oxford City Stadium due to the Brackley senior team having a home fixture in the National League North. Brackley’s season never got going last week-end as their supposed season opener at home to Lydney Town ended up being postponed, due to travel issues meaning Lydney never turned up!

In contrast, Hertfordshire based London Colney will be turning up to their fourth game of their new campaign, having already played in the Herts Senior Charity at the end of July, and have played two league games so far this term in the Spartan South Midlands Premier League. With the prize fund this season being at least doubled by the FA, a run in this competition will go down very well for the club coffers.

This week Sports Shots caught up with influential midfielder Lewis Baldwin, and asked how pre-season has been for the Saints:

It’s been a really positive one for all of us, we had a lot of new lads come in on trial and it was a really good atmosphere through the period in both training and during matches

So has the squad changed much from last season?

In terms of players leaving we’ve only lost a couple of lads elsewhere but we’ve had quite a few new lads come in and freshened things up a bit, through most areas of the pitch. This has brought us something extra not only on the pitch but also off it, the new boys are spot on and got involved straight from the offset

Lewis Baldwin

So with last Saturday’s opener postponed, what exactly happened?

It wasn’t ideal but you have to feel sorry for Lydney. Their team bus broke down so we originally postponed the game back to 5pm but they then contacted us again to say there was no way that they were getting to us. We were gutted but it must have been horrible for them being stuck in the middle of nowhere, especially in that heat!

We asked Lewis if they have much info on their FA Cup opponents:

I’m sure our coaches will have had a little look and will be letting us know bits, but personally I don’t know anything at all about them. All that we can do is do what we do well on the day, and hopefully get into the next round. I quite like the FA Cup games as they’re quite often not teams you’ve played against before so it’s always a nice change

Finally, any targets for the season ahead?

As a team we definitely want to be pushing for the top three and we also want some cup wins. We 100% have a squad good enough but in previous seasons we haven’t been able to keep the same squad for more than just a few games due to various reasons, unfortunately that’s how it is as this level when you have to work, study, have family commitments etc. We have a bigger squad this year so we hope this should help us

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

The FA have revealed the new prize fund payments ahead of the 2018/19 FA Cup competition as listed below:

Extra Preliminary Round winners (184 teams) £2,250

Extra Preliminary Round losers (184 teams) £750

Preliminary Round winners (160 teams) £2,890

Preliminary Round losers (160 teams) £960

First Round Qualifying winners (116 teams) £6,000

Second Round Qualifying winners (80 teams) £9,000

Third Round Qualifying winners (40 teams) £15,000

Fourth Round Qualifying winners (32 teams) £25,000

First Round Proper winners (40 teams) £36,000

Second Round Proper winners (20 teams) £54,000

Third Round Proper winners (32 teams) £135,000

Fourth Round Proper winners (16 teams) £180,000

Fifth Round Proper winners (8 teams) £360,000

Quarter Final winners (4 teams) £720,000

Semi Final losers (2 teams) £900,000

Semi Final winners (2 teams) £1,800,000

Final runners-up (1) £1,800,000

Final winners (1) £3,600,000

FAC; New FA Cup prize fund starts this week-end

The FA Cup begins this week-end as 184 fixtures are played over the next few days in the extra-preliminary round of the world’s oldest national cup competition.

Brackley Town Saints, Newport Pagnell Town & Winslow United embark on their campaigns locally knowing a victory will bring in £2,250 plus a chance at another £2,890 (or £960 for losing) in the next round.

The extra preliminary & preliminary rounds also pay out this year to the losers meaning each of the sides are guaranteed at least £750 for their endeavours.

The full list of funds is as follows:

Extra Preliminary Round winners (184 teams) £2,250

Extra Preliminary Round losers (184 teams) £750

Preliminary Round winners (160 teams) £2,890

Preliminary Round losers (160 teams) £960

First Round Qualifying winners (116 teams) £6,000

Second Round Qualifying winners (80 teams) £9,000

Third Round Qualifying winners (40 teams) £15,000

Fourth Round Qualifying winners (32 teams) £25,000

First Round Proper winners (40 teams) £36,000

Second Round Proper winners (20 teams) £54,000

Third Round Proper winners (32 teams) £135,000

Fourth Round Proper winners (16 teams) £180,000

Fifth Round Proper winners (8 teams) £360,000

Quarter Final winners (4 teams) £720,000

Semi Final losers (2 teams) £900,000

Semi Final winners (2 teams) £1,800,000

Final runners-up (1) £1,800,000

Final winners (1) £3,600,000

Sports Shots wishes all out teams the very best of luck this season in their relevant cup competitions.

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The Views Expressed Are Solely My Own, Are Written Tongue In Cheek

And Should Be Taken With A Pinch Of Salt


It appears the Spartan South Midlands League fixture computer was suffering a meltdown as the first midweek fixtures threw up some cracking ‘derby’ games along with a couple of ‘landlords v tenants’ clashes. However for all of you that moan about excessive midweek travelling spare a thought for those fans of Russian clubs FC Luch-Energiya Vladivostok and FC Baltika Kaliningrad. The two clubs both compete in Russia’s Second Division and boast by far the longest away journey in domestic football – roughly a quarter of the way around the world. When the sides face each other, one club must make a round journey totalling a whopping 20,732km – or 12,882 miles – just for 90 minutes of football. Kaliningrad is a Russian port and exclave, an area geographically separated from the rest of the country, and sits between Poland and Lithuania on the Baltic Sea.





Biggest winners in midweek were Enfield Borough who defeated London Lions 6-3. Baldock Town attracted the biggest crowd midweek, 211, against their landlords Arlesey Town. One midweek hat-trick, Paulo Alves of London Tigers. If you are a paying spectator that likes goals for your admission fee then supporting Biggleswade United is the team to follow, their two games to date have resulted in a total of 11 goals. Tweet of the week came from Arlesey Town ‘A hour to kick off and what a lovely stadium Baldock have’.


7/8 August Stats: 17 games played of which 6 were home wins, 7 away wins and 4 draws.


100% league records to date: Arlesey Town, Biggleswade FC, Colney Heath, Crawley Green, FC Broxbourne Borough, Hadley, Hillingdon Borough, Potton United and Wodson Park.


0% league records to date: Baldock Town, Brimsdown, Cockfosters, Hatfield Town, Leighton Town, Park View, Stotfold, Wembley and Winslow United.


Highest Midweek Attendances: 211 Baldock Town v Arlesey Town, 203 Biggleswade FC v Biggleswade United and 177 Buckingham Athletic v Winslow United.



Potton United were thankful to that die-hard supporter who when rummaging in his pockets produced a shilling for the meter after the lights went out at the Hutchinson Hollow not once but twice. Quickest sending off of the season to date was witnessed at Colney Heath when the Harpenden Town substitute Manuel Richardson was dismissed for dissent moments after coming on. Two goalkeepers also saw red, the custodians of Wembley and Tring Athletic. Late drama at Tring where that dismissal led to a stoppage time penalty equaliser to sum up a disappointing night for the hosts. Rumours that Arlesey Town’s team coach had trouble finding their opponents venue proved to be false and the landlords overcame their tenants by a solitary late goal. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.


4-1 Biggleswade FC v Biggleswade United (Coles [2], George, Marsh) / (Brinkman) Attendance: 203

2-0 Colney Heath v Harpenden Town (Shaw, Scott [pen]) Attendance: 98

0-0 Edgware Town v North Greenford United FC Attendance: 67

0-2 Leighton Town v Crawley Green (Ajigbolamu, Bunker [pen]) Attendance: 130

0-1 London Colney v Oxhey Jets (Jones) Attendance: 51

3-0 Potton United v Stotfold (G Ansell-Carter, Webb, Wright) Attendance: 127

1-1 Tring Athletic v Leverstock Green (Campbell) / (Lacey [pen]) Attendance: 83

2-4 Wembley v London Tigers (Unknown) / (Alves [3], Ferraz) Attendance: 50

0-1 Baldock Town v Arlesey Town (Mead [pen]) Attendance: 211



Spare a thought for Risborough Rangers goalkeeper Andy Symonds who had the misfortune to punch the ball into his own net thus gifting Buckingham Town their first three South Midland League points since 1974. Both Buckingham Athletic and Winslow United led at some stage of their hotly contested ‘derby’ before a late strike from Ashley Farmer gave the bragging rights to Athletic. More late drama in the other ‘tenants v landlords’ battle, Broadfields United equalising deep into stoppage time and thus maintaining that both clubs remain unbeaten. Wednesday night saw FC Broxbourne Borough and Wodson Park begin their 2018-19 campaigns (both have the Saturday off) and in a night that saw the three games all produce one goal each both clubs came out on top with a 1-0 win. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.


1-2 Amersham Town v Rayners Lane (Ekofo) / (Blagden [2]) Attendance: 43

2-2 Bedford v Ampthill Town (Smith [2]) / (Clarke [2]) Attendance: 53

1-1 Broadfields United v Harefield United (Kendall) / (Jordon) Attendance: 41

3-2 Buckingham Athletic v Winslow United (Kelsey, Stapleton, Farmer) / (Cruse, Freshwater [pen]) Attendance: 177

6-3 Enfield Borough v London Lions (Unknown) / (Bolle [2], Schindler) Attendance: 22

0-1 Risborough Rangers v Buckingham Town (Symonds [og]) Attendance: 91

0-1 Brimsdown v FC Broxbourne Borough (Banks) Attendance: 43

1-0 Wodson Park v Langford (Stevenson) Attendance: 52



When all the fuss over Brexit has concluded and we leave the European Union will I require a passport to visit the international section of my local supermarket?