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SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 17.10.2019 – South Midlands League update #17

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

 

MIDWEEK HEADLINES

Midweek saw a mix of league fixtures and numerous cup competitions taking centre stage. In the league Leighton Town broke their duck with a first three points haul while there were impressive wins for Arlesey Town, Unite MK and London Lions. In the various cup competitions Milton Keynes Robins, North Greenford United and Potton United were amongst the goals as they progressed.

 

TUESDAY 15th OCTOBER/WEDNESDAY 16th OCTOBER

 

15/16 October Stats: 14 games played of which 7 were home wins, 5 were away wins and 2 draws.

 

Highest Midweek Attendances: 115 Leighton Town v Leverstock Green, 108 Dunstable Town v Arlesey Town and 86 Langford v Stotfold.

 

Sin-Bins (2):

 

Total Sin-Bins Season to Date (92):

 

THE BUILDBASE FA VASE First Round Proper Replay

Biggleswade United suffered their heaviest FA Vase defeat as they exited this season’s competition when losing 1-5 at Saffron Walden Town in Tuesday’s night replay at Catons Lane. Full result and goalscorers are listed below.

5-1 Saffron Walden Town v Biggleswade United (Adams [2], Cockman, Cole, Scarborough) / (Chambers) Attendance: 209

 

PREMIER DIVISION

Leighton Town finally discovered their cup form to record their first Premier Division win of the season, Town defeating visiting Leverstock Green 5-2 to move out of the bottom two of the table with Danny Webb helping himself to four goals. There were plenty of goals in the night’s other fixture as Arlesey Town won comfortably 4-0 at Dunstable Town. Full results and goalscorers are listed below.

0-4 Dunstable Town v Arlesey Town (Moss, Thake, Black [pen], Makaza) Attendance: 108

5-2 Leighton Town v Leverstock Green (Webb [4] [1 pen], Pattie) / (Stevens [pen], Cox) Attendance: 115

 

PREMIER DIVISION

DUDLEY LATHAM MEMORIAL (PREMIER DIVISION) CUP First Round

(Sponsored by S & T Sales and Marketing)

Wembley booked a trip to Leighton Town on the 5th November in the Dudley Latham Memorial (Premier Division) Cup with a solid 3-1 win at London Colney. Full result and goalscorers are listed below.

1-3 London Colney v Wembley (Octave) / (Heron, Ebonine, Iley) Attendance: 35

 

BEDS SENIOR CUP First Round

Crawley Green pulled off a shock as they booked a quarter-final place in the Beds Senior Cup at the expense of last season’s Premier Division champions Biggleswade FC. Green winning the tie 3-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw. Full result and goalscorers are listed below.

1-1 [2-3 pens] Biggleswade FC v Crawley Green (Joy) / (Holmes) Attendance: 75

 

HINCHINGBROOKE CUP First Round

Potton United overcame United Counties League side Huntingdon Town 4-1 at the Hutchinson Hollow in the Hinchingbrooke Cup and thus setting up a quarter-final tie at Wisbech St Marys or Godmanchster Rovers. Full result and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

4-1 Potton United v Huntingdon Town (Nzembela [2], Slama [2] [1 pen]) / (Unknown) Attendance: 62

MIDDLESEX SENIOR CHALLENGE CUP First Round

Overall not a good night for SSML clubs in the First Round of the Middlesex Senior Challenge Cup. Harefield United went down 0-3 at home against Hanwell Town while Edgware Town were outplayed at Wingate & Finchley, the hosts winning 6-0. The only good news came at Berkeley Fields where North Greenford United won 4-2 against visiting Enfield FC. Full results and goalscorers are listed below.

0-3 Harefield United v Hanwell Town (Killeen, Hutchinson, Duncan) Attendance: 45

4-2 North Greenford United v Enfield FC (Young, Barnett, Glock, Adu) / (Buchanan, Jones) Attendance: 52

6-0 Wingate & Finchley v Edgware Town (McKeown [2], Ruff, Fleming, Michael-Percil [pen], Kennedy) Attendance: 52

 

Matt Cruse

DIVISION ONE

Enfield Borough’s hopes of moving into the top three were thwarted with a heavy defeat at London Lions on Wednesday night, the hosts winning 5-1. Twenty four hours earlier London Tigers and Buckingham Athletic battled out a 1-1 draw at Spratleys Meadow. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

1-1 London Tigers v Buckingham Athletic (Unknown) / (Cruse) Attendance: 2

5-1 London Lions v Enfield Borough (Bolle [2], Kyte [2], Cohen) / (Unknown) Attendance: 46

 

DIVISION ONE CUP First Round

Current form team Milton Keynes Robins can do no wrong at present, following on from Saturday’s excellent win at Hadley in the FA Vase the Buckinghamshire side won 6-0 at FC Broxbourne Borough in the Division One Cup to book a date with either Winslow United or Wodson Park in the next round. Stotfold came from 1-2 down at the interval to record a 4-2 success at neighbours Langford to book a Second Round date at Ampthill Town. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

0-6 FC Broxbourne Borough v Milton Keynes Robins (Spence [3] [1 pen], Sylvester [2], Clarkson) Attendance: 22

2-4 Langford v Stotfold (Unknown [pen], Unknown) / (Robertson [2], Ryan, Buchanan) Attendance: 86

 

DIVISION TWO

Unite MK recorded back to back wins with a 3-0 home success against Mursley United on Wednesday night. The result lifts the club out of the bottom two. Full result and goalscorers are listed below.

3-0 Unite MK v Mursley United (Rawson [2], Opponent Own Goal) Attendance: 42

 

AND FINALLY

Who Would Be A Ball-Boy?

It’s so high that in winter it becomes a ski run and so remote that the pre-match journey has to be done by two cable cars. It’s remarkable the Ottmar Hitzfeld Stadium even exists at all. The pitch is perched 2,000 metres above sea level, surrounded by peaks twice that high, in the Swiss Alps close to the resort of Zermatt. FC Gspon are an amateur team who play in the Swiss Mountain League and they proudly call their home ground the highest football stadium in Europe. The village of Gspon – inaccessible by road – is made up of around 70 wooden chalets and in winter becomes a small ski resort. The air is thin and breathing can be more difficult than at your usual football ground. The artificial pitch, smaller than your standard size because of the unsurprising lack of flat land, was built in 2009, 35 years after the club was formed. The reasons for wanting to play here are clear, but it is not without its downsides. A large net spans one side of the pitch and while it stops the ball disappearing down the mountainside most of the time, accidents can happen. The estimation is the club has lost 1,000 balls in 40 years. “Most of the time the balls travel about 100 metres down the hill – sometimes they’re 200 or 300 metres further down,” says defender Alfons Brigger. From October onwards the pitch is covered by thick snow – that is until the worst kind of pre-season training begins in late spring. “We have to clear the pitch because up here it doesn’t melt so good,” Brigger says. “We have to put it all to the side of the pitch. That is the players’ job. “Normally there is half a metre on the pitch and we have to get it all off. It is really annoying and hard work.” Crowds at FC Gspon games range from as low as three or four in extreme weather to 40 or 50 in the height of summer, with spectators coming from Gspon or Staldenried, the larger, more developed village at the start of the five-minute cable ride below.

Mursley come apart at Unite MK

Unite MK claimed only their second league win of the season on Wednesday night by beating Mursley United by three goals to nil at Manor Fields.

Manor Fields

Cole Rawson opened the scoring in first half added time, after the break he doubled his tally followed shortly by an own goal to leave both sides on six points in the Spartan South Midlands Football League Division Two table.

Their victory was their fourth in the last six games in all competition; this weekend they return to cup competition as they host The 61 FC (Luton) in the Division Two Cup.

For United this was their third successive defeat in all formats (subject to result confirmation of their abandonment against Buckingham United), this Saturday they host Tring Corinthians in league action.

FAV; White Ensign 4-1 Buckingham Athletic

White Ensign – 4
Buckingham Athletic – 1

13.10.2019

Buckingham Athletic were knocked out of the FA Vase by an Essex based side for the second consecutive season on Sunday, White Ensign of the Eastern Counties League Division One South progressing with two goals either side of the break although had the away side taken their chances when they came along a slightly different game may have been played out. Chances at either end were spurned in the opening stages but it was the hosts that scored twice inside six minutes to enjoy their half time refreshments, it was three soon after the restart but Ath pulled a goal back fairly quickly and then had two chances that could have changed the course of the game, however then a freak own goal sealed the game for the home side who go into the second round for the first time in their history.

Athletic had two early chances which saw Jacob Williamson fire over the top & a Jeremiah Adams lob land on top of the netting, but after a fairly even opening half hour the hosts took the lead when a cross from James Ainslie was headed against Luke Skinner allowing him the opportunity to smash home off the underside of the crossbar. That lead was then doubled just six minutes later when an initial shot hit a defender and fell nicely for Andy George to pounce and stab home.

Jeremiah Adams pulls a goal back for Athletic

Any hopes of a second half comeback were dashed just ninety seconds after the restart when a goal kick to the away side was sent straight back into their half and a simple ball across the eighteen yard box found player manager Brett Munyard unmarked who simply couldn’t miss. But just two minutes later the visitor’s pulled a goal back when a Kevin Owusu free kick into the box was flicked on by Jack Menday and quickest to pounce was Adams who poked home.

Shortly after the goal Adams went close again when from the acutest of angles his fierce drive bounced up and over the frame of the goal, a long clearance with a flick on in midfield then saw Chris Parr released down the right and from the corner of the eighteen yard box he fizzed across goal and inches wide of the far post. The game was finally sealed on the hour mark when a harmless looking cross from the Ensign left was met by a firm header in front of goal by Ath centre half Robert Tapp which planted the ball firmly into Josh McAdoo’s bottom right hand corner. F/T: 4-1

Attendance: 90

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After the game Sports Shots spoke to Buckingham manager Neil Griffiths:

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All the goals (courtesy of @essexfootie):

1-0 Ensign:

 

2-0 Ensign:

 

3-0 Ensign:

 

3-1 Ensign:

 

4-1 Ensign:

SSMFL D1; Wodson Park FC resign from Spartan South Midlands League

Wodson Park FC have today confirmed they have resigned from the Spartan South Midlands Football League.

The news broke on their twitter feed on Tuesday afternoon:

After 22 years today we called an end to our MENS senior team and withdrew from the SSMFL. We would like to thank everyone past and present who helped, coached, managed, played and supported the us during that time. Our Youth and Senior Ladies continue

Aylesbury United pull up trees at Sevenoaks to progress

Aylesbury United progressed in the FA Trophy on Tuesday night with a superb win at Sevenoaks Town in their Preliminary Round Replay.

Ben Seaton

Despite going a goal down early on via the penalty spot United equalised through a great strike from David Manu, and were two goals clear by the break thanks to Ben Seaton & then Anthony Ball.

Sevenoaks pulled a goal back in the second period to set up a tense finish however a late second for Manu see’s The Ducks travel to Haywards Heath Town in the next round.

Berks & Bucks Senior Cup draw throws up tasty fixture to get your Jaws around

The first round of the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup was drawn on Tuesday, and just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water……….

Aylesbury United v Aylesbury Vale Dynamos

Draw in full: http://www.berks-bucksfa.com/cups-and-competitions/cups/2019-2020/senior-cup/fixtures

Fixtures to be played by w/e 17th November

Next two weeks fixtures in SSMFL + latest league tables

SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS LEAGUE

 

 

Tuesday 15th October – Kick Off 7.45pm unless stated

THE BUILDBASE FA VASE First Round Proper Replay

Saffron Walden Town v Biggleswade United

 

PREMIER DIVISION

Dunstable Town v Arlesey Town

Leighton Town v Leverstock Green

 

DUDLEY LATHAM MEMORIAL (PREMIER DIVISION) CUP First Round

(Sponsored by S & T Sales and Marketing)

London Colney v Wembley

 

BEDS SENIOR CUP First Round

Biggleswade FC v Crawley Green

 

HINCHINGBROOKE CUP First Round

Potton United v Huntingdon Town

MIDDLESEX SENIOR CHALLENGE CUP First Round

Harefield United v Hanwell Town

North Greenford United v Enfield FC

Wingate & Finchley v Edgware Town

 

DIVISION ONE

London Tigers v Buckingham Athletic (Kick Off 7.30pm)

 

DIVISION ONE CUP First Round

FC Broxbourne Borough v Milton Keynes Robins

 

Wednesday 16th October – Kick Off 7.45pm unless stated

DIVISION ONE

London Lions v Enfield Borough (Kick Off 8.00pm)

 

DIVISION ONE CUP First Round

Langford v Stotfold

 

DIVISION TWO

Unite MK v Mursley United

 

Saturday 19th October – Kick Off 3.00pm

PREMIER DIVISION

Arlesey Town v Potton United

Broadfields United v Crawley Green

Colney Heath v Aylesbury Vale Dynamos

Edgware Town v Oxhey Jets

Leverstock Green v Harefield United

London Colney v Baldock Town

Newport Pagnell Town v Biggleswade United

North Greenford United v Leighton Town

Tring Athletic v Dunstable Town

Wembley v Eynesbury Rovers

 

DIVISION ONE

Brimsdown v Stotfold

FC Broxbourne Borough v Rayners Lane

Hillingdon Borough v Amersham Town

Langford v Ampthill Town

London Lions v New Salamis

London Tigers v Shefford Town & Campton

Winslow United v Enfield Borough

Wodson Park v St Panteleimon

 

BERKS & BUCKS SENIOR TROPHY Second Round

Buckingham United v Milton Keynes Robins FC

Long Crendon v Buckingham Athletic

New Bradwell St Peter v Risborough Rangers

 

ANAGRAM RECORDS TROPHY First Round

Chipperfield Corinthians v Bovingdon

Sarratt v London Samurai Rovers

 

DIVISION TWO CUP First Round

Berkhamsted Raiders v Aston Clinton

Unite MK v The 61FC (Luton)

 

DIVISION TWO

Mursley United v Tring Corinthians AFC

Old Bradwell United v MK Gallacticos

Pitstone & Ivinghoe v Totternhoe

 

Tuesday 22nd October – Kick Off 7.45pm unless stated

PREMIER DIVISION

Biggleswade United v London Colney

Colney Heath v Edgware Town

Crawley Green v Newport Pagnell Town

Leverstock Green v Harpenden Town

 

BEDS SENIOR CUP First Round

AFC Dunstable v Dunstable Town

Biggleswade Town v Arlesey Town

Leighton Town v Bedford Town

Potton United v Kempston Rovers

 

MIDDLESEX SENIOR CHALLENGE CUP First Round

Broadfields United v Wembley

 

MIDDLESEX SENIOR CHARITY CUP First Round

Spelthorne Sports v Enfield Borough

 

DIVISION ONE

Rayners Lane v Milton Keynes Robins

St Panteleimon v London Lions

 

DIVISION ONE CUP First Round

Wodson Park v Winslow United

 

Wednesday 23rd October – Kick Off 7.45pm unless stated

DIVISION ONE

New Salamis v Stotfold

 

Saturday 26th October – Kick Off 3.00pm

LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY Second Round

New Bradwell St Peter v Codicote

Totternhoe v Harefield United

 

PREMIER DIVISION

Aylesbury Vale Dynamos v Arlesey Town

Baldock Town v Tring Athletic

Biggleswade United v Wembley

Crawley Green v North Greenford United

Eynesbury Rovers v Leverstock Green

Harpenden Town v Edgware Town

Leighton Town v London Colney

Oxhey Jets v Newport Pagnell Town

Potton United v Broadfields United

 

DIVISION ONE

Amersham Town v Bedford

Brimsdown v Buckingham Athletic

Hillingdon Borough v London Tigers

New Salamis v Rayners Lane

Park View v London Lions

Shefford Town & Campton v Winslow United

St Panteleimon v Ampthill Town

Stotfold v FC Broxbourne Borough

Wodson Park v Langford

 

ANAGRAM RECORDS TROPHY First Round

Galleywood v Mursley United

 

DIVISION TWO

Bovingdon v MK Gallacticos

Buckingham United v Old Bradwell United

The 61FC (Luton) v Aston Clinton

Tring Corinthians AFC v Pitstone & Ivinghoe

Unite MK v Sarratt

 

Pos Premier Division P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Tring Athletic 11 10 0 1 36 8 28 30
2 Newport Pagnell Town 11 8 1 2 38 17 21 25
3 Colney Heath 7 7 0 0 17 4 13 21
4 Biggleswade United 11 7 0 4 25 20 5 21
5 Oxhey Jets 10 6 2 2 22 18 4 20
6 Harefield United 9 6 1 2 21 12 9 19
7 Eynesbury Rovers 9 5 2 2 20 9 11 17
8 Harpenden Town 11 5 2 4 17 15 2 17
9 Broadfields United 11 5 1 5 15 26 -11 16
10 Crawley Green 9 4 1 4 20 14 6 13
11 Aylesbury Vale Dynamos 7 4 0 3 12 10 2 12
12 Dunstable Town 8 4 0 4 12 15 -3 12
13 Leverstock Green 9 3 2 4 9 16 -7 11
14 Potton United 12 3 1 8 15 30 -15 10
15 London Colney 8 3 0 5 14 21 -7 9
16 Edgware Town 10 3 0 7 14 24 -10 9
17 Wembley 7 2 1 4 10 11 -1 7
18 Arlesey Town 9 1 6 2 13 16 -3 6*
19 Baldock Town 9 1 0 8 10 23 -13 3
20 Leighton Town 8 0 1 7 7 18 -11 1
21 North Greenford United 10 0 1 9 9 29 -20 1
Division One P W D L F A GD Pts
1 St Panteleimon 13 10 3 0 49 17 32 33
2 Shefford Town & Campton 12 8 0 4 31 21 10 24
3 Winslow United 11 7 0 4 42 25 17 21
4 Stotfold 11 6 2 3 20 10 10 20
5 Enfield Borough 11 6 2 3 25 24 1 20
6 Milton Keynes Robins 10 6 2 2 20 24 -4 20
7 Rayners Lane 10 5 4 1 23 18 5 19
8 Ampthill Town 9 5 2 2 24 16 8 17
9 Bedford 12 5 1 6 19 23 -4 16
10 New Salamis 9 4 3 2 36 21 15 15
11 FC Broxbourne Borough 10 2 6 2 15 17 -2 12
12 London Lions 9 3 1 5 13 15 -2 10
13 Langford 10 3 1 6 25 32 -7 10
14 Brimsdown 11 2 3 6 17 21 -4 9
15 London Tigers 10 2 4 4 15 19 -4 9*
16 Buckingham Athletic 9 3 0 6 19 25 -6 9
17 Amersham Town 9 2 1 6 10 24 -14 7
18 Wodson Park 11 2 1 8 11 31 -20 7
19 Park View 10 1 3 6 11 23 -12 6
20 Hillingdon Borough 11 0 5 6 17 36 -19 5
Division Two P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Old Bradwell United 6 5 0 1 20 4 16 15
2 Berkhamsted Raiders 8 5 0 3 18 14 4 15
3 MK Gallacticos 6 4 1 1 23 9 14 13
4 New Bradwell St Peter FC 6 3 2 1 10 5 5 11
5 Aston Clinton 5 3 1 1 10 8 2 10
6 Codicote 7 3 1 3 9 9 0 10
7 Tring Corinthians AFC 6 2 2 2 9 6 3 8
8 Pitstone & Ivinghoe 7 2 2 3 17 17 0 8
9 Sarratt 7 2 3 2 12 12 0 8*
10 Mursley United 3 2 0 1 9 15 -6 6
11 Buckingham United 4 2 0 2 5 6 -1 6
12 Totternhoe 7 1 3 3 7 10 -3 6
13 Bovingdon 7 1 2 4 6 10 -4 5
14 Unite MK 5 1 0 4 6 19 -13 3
15 The 61FC (Luton) 6 0 1 5 5 25 -20 1

* denotes point(s) deduction

Aylesbury Vale Dynamos boss Paul Bonham stands down

Aylesbury Vale Dynamos manager Paul Bonham has stepped down from his role with immediate effect.

Paul Bonham

Paul leaves with the club in 11th place in the Spartan South Midlands Football League Premier Division table.

The football club has released the following statement:

Paul has a long history with the club, firstly as a player but also in a variety of management positions over the past few years including running the Development team and U18s before re joining Danny Gordon’s management team in 2016 and continuing that role under Davis Haule and then again last season with Scott Reynolds before assuming the managers position when Scott left.

The whole committee would like to thank Paul for all his efforts over his time at Aylesbury and wish him luck in whatever he does in the future. Paul Toms will assume control for the game at Colney Heath this weekend

Aylesbury are now inviting applicants to apply using this link: infoavdfc@gmail.com 

FAV; Brackley Town Saints 2-3 West Bridgford (aet)

Brackley Town Saints – 2
West Bridgford – 3

(after extra time, 2-2 at 90 mins)

12.10.2019

Brackley Town Saints were knocked out of the FA Vase on Saturday by West Bridgford of the East Midlands Counties League, a shock defeat to the side from a level below & considering a very early lead seemed set to provide the hosts with a comfortable afternoon. Saints were guilty of missing several guilt edged chances, the legs of Bridgford keeper James Fogg saved his side on more than one occasion during a classic example of a non-league cup tie, Ryan Knight put his side ahead and from there they dominated the early stages, but the visitor’s defended for their lives and had the better of the later stages of the first period, after the break they took the lead and looked set to progress until a last minute equaliser took the game into extra time, but still not to be outdone Jack Oldham scored the winner to send his side into delirium.

Saints took the lead in the fourth minute when Knight was fed on the edge of the box from where he advanced a couple of yards before placing into the bottom corner, chances came & went for the hosts as they looked for a second but the longer the half wore on the more Bridgford came into the game, and just before the half hour mark Tim Hopkinson gave the hosts a warning when his dipping shot from eighteen yards crashed off the crossbar and over the top.

It took the visitor’s just six minutes after the interval to draw level, from the right the ball was fed inside to Jordan Wheatley and he was allowed time to turn before flashing his shot across Crowther and inside the far post. The goal lifted the away side and they piled on the pressure which was rewarded with half an hour left when a cross eluded the outstretched arm of the Saints keeper and Ryan Whitehurst was able to collect, avoid a lunge from Crowther and then lift into the roof of the net from the angle.

Olly Goddard scores in final minute

With ten minutes to go a ball aimed for Ryan Knight took a deflection feeding James Hammond inside the box however from twelve yards he lifted over the top, but in the final minute a free kick in their own half saw Crowther go long and as Goddard got to the ball ahead of the Bridgford keeper he managed to flick his header home to take the game into thirty extra minutes.

An early chance in extra time again saw Fogg deny Hammond from close range using his legs to block, closely followed by a hatrick of shots from Brackley that had the Bridgford keeper and defenders throwing themselves in front of the ball to block to deny what looked an inevitable goal, just before the break Wheatley saw a shot from twenty yards bounce off the underside of the bar, down into the six-yard box allowing a red defender to clear.

The eventually winner came four minutes into the second half of extra time, substitute Oldham found space inside the area to smash past Crowther into the far top corner, as much as Saints huffed & puffed they just could not find the equaliser they needed for a replay. F/T: 2-3

Attendance: 127

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After the game Sports Shots caught up with Saints manager Chris Hurley:

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SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 14.10.2019 – South Midlands League update #16

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

 

Rain might have fallen across much of England on Saturday but it did little to dampen the spirits of football fans celebrating the 10th Non-League Day. Although not the original intention, it is now commonplace for clubs to offer ticket discounts on Non-League Day to entice fans whose teams are without a game on Saturday. Some have offers for those with a season ticket at a club in the top four tiers, while Aldershot and Eastleigh are among countless sides to follow in the footsteps of fellow National League side Solihull Moors, who last week replaced ticket prices with “honesty boxes” for their game with Sutton United, allowing fans to pay “whatever they think is a fair price”. But it can be difficult to stand out in a saturated non-league market, leading some teams to adopt a more novel approach. AFC Rushden & Diamonds – a phoenix club formed after the dissolution of Rushden & Diamonds in 2011 – are offering free entry to any fans wearing traditional Bavarian dress, marking the annual German festival Oktoberfest. Dogs continue to be a non-league favourite, with Hertfordshire side Kings Langley allowing anyone who brings a canine to their game to pay a concession rate, while Norfolk club Thetford Rovers were giving out a free bag of bread rolls to all paying adults as part of a sponsorship deal.

 

WEEKEND’S HEADLINES

Milton Keynes Robins were surely the Team of the Weekend with their 2-0 win at Hadley in the FA Vase, just edging out the remarkable comeback from Biggleswade United. Seven SSML sides join Newport Pagnell Town in the draw for the Second Round of the FA Vase, including two from Division One. Goals were in plentiful supply with the weekend’s 35 games bringing about 144 goals (an average of 4.11 per game). Enrique Amador (Biggleswade United), Nicholas Kerley (Oxhey Jets) and Brandon Graham (Bedford) all netting three times.

 

11/12/13 October Stats: 35 games played of which 17 were home wins, 14 were away wins and 4 draws.

 

100% league record to date: Colney Heath.

 

Weekend’s Highest Attendances: 184 Biggleswade United v Saffron Walden Town, 174 Leighton Town v Hadleigh United and 156 Tring Athletic v Woodbridge Town.

 

Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Premier Division Clubs): 245 Colney Heath v Corby Town (FA Cup), 221 Dunstable Town v Bishop’s Stortford (FA Cup) and 212 Leighton Town v Thame United (FA Cup).

 

Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Division One Clubs): 278 Winslow United v Roman Glass St George (FA Cup), 145 Winslow United v Milton Keynes Robins and 134 Shefford Town & Campton v FC Broxbourne Borough.

 

Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Division Two Clubs): 103 Aston Clinton v MK Gallacticos, 76 Mursley United v Old Bradwell United and 70 Berkhamsted Raiders v Old Bradwell United.

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Premier Division Clubs): 17 Leon Lobjoit (Newport Pagnell Town), 14 Jim Burnside (Newport Pagnell Town), 10 Reece Cameron (Oxhey Jets), Charncey Dash (Tring Athletic).

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division One Clubs): 19 Courtney Massay (St Panteleimon) 16 Courtney Austin (New Salamis, Hillingdon Borough), 15 Harry Snee (Shefford Town & Campton).

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division Two Clubs): 9 Josh Smith (MK Gallacticos), 7 Lemar Mason-Williams (Aston Clinton), Darryl Smith (Old Bradwell United), 5 Jervon Campbell (Pitstone & Ivinghoe, Bovingdon), Tommy Cooke (Old Bradwell United), Nico Dickmann-Pena (Buckingham United), Marcus Rivers (Sarratt), Jamie Parker (Unite MK).

 

Sin-Bins (9):

 

Total Sin-Bins Season to Date (86):

 

Friday 11th October/Saturday 12th October/Sunday 13th October

 

THE BUILDBASE FA VASE First Round Proper

Friday night saw the first of the fourteen SSML clubs looking to join the one exempted SSML club in Monday’s Second Round Draw, and what a cracker it was for the 184 in attendance. Biggleswade United found themselves 0-3 at the interval before producing a remarkable comeback after the break to force extra time. Once again the visitors Saffron Walden Town regained the lead only for a last gasp equalizer gave the hosts a replay, this after they had spurned a penalty. Saturday saw SSML Division One side Milton Keynes Robins pull off the shock of the day when winning 2-0 at former SSML club Hadley. On a day that saw Oxhey Jets and Eynesbury Rovers recording their best FA Vase wins, the Jets defeating hackney Wick 7-0 while Eynesbury won 6-1 at New Salamis. Aylesbury Vale Dynamos, Baldock Town, Crawley Green and New Salamis all suffered their heaviest defeats in the competition, Aylesbury going down 1-5 at Stansted, Baldock lost 2-6 at Wroxham, Crawley bowed out with a 1-4 defeat at Mildenhall Town and as previously mentioned New Salamis, playing in the competition for the first time lost 1-6 at home to Eynesbury. Colney Heath required extra time to book their place in the next round, finally winning 3-2 at Flackwell Heath, while there were also wins for FC Broxbourne Borough (3-1 at AFC Hayes) and Leighton Town (2-1 at home against Hadleigh United). But for Broadfields United (1-3 at home against Walthamstow), Tring Athletic (1-3 at home against Woodford Town) and on Sunday Buckingham Athletic were beaten 1-4 at White Ensign. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

4-4* Biggleswade United v Saffron Walden Town (Amador [3], Igbanoi) / (Cole [2[, Cockman, Fleming) Attendance: 184

1-3 AFC Hayes v FC Broxbourne Borough (Najafi) / (Bowers [2], Clark) Attendance: 73

1-3 Broadfields United v Walthamstow (Ehui) / (James [2] [1 pen], Fortune) Attendance: 48

2-3* Flackwell Heath v Colney Heath (Simmo, Ushiro-Lumb) / (Clements, Devine, Clarke-Mardel) Attendance: 67

0-2 Hadley v Milton Keynes Robins (Filip, Shrieves) Attendance: 56

2-1 Leighton Town v Hadleigh United (Webb [2] [1 pen]) / (Cassell) Attendance: 174

4-1 Mildenhall Town v Crawley Green (Green [2], Brame, Butcher) / (Ingham) Attendance: 145

1-6 New Salamis v Eynesbury Rovers (Unknown) / (Sinclair, Uttridge, Draper, Daniel, Jarrold, Brown) Attendance: 56

7-0 Oxhey Jets v Hackney Wick (Kerley [3], Bell, Lewis, Preedy, Bonner) Attendance: 57

5-1 Stansted v Aylesbury Vale Dynamos (Cheema [3], Carvalho [2]) / (Wilson) Attendance: 80

1-3 Tring Athletic v Woodbridge Town (Fletcher) / (Unknown) Attendance: 156

6-2 Wroxham v Baldock Town (Holt, Skipper, Clarke, Miles, Lappin, Dodsworth [pen]) / (Gould, Piggott [pen]) Attendance: 155

4-1 White Ensign v Buckingham Athletic (L Skinner, George, Munyard, Tapp [og]) / (Adams) Attendance: 90

 

PREMIER DIVISION

Newport Pagnell Town maintained the pressure on league leaders Tring Athletic with a nail biting 4-3 win at Dunstable Town having trailed 1-2 at the interval. Harefield United remain sixth after their draw at Arlesey Town, the hosts equalizing in the closing minutes. Harpenden Town kept themselves in the hunt after defeating bottom club North Greenford United 3-1. London Colney recorded a 2-1 win at Potten United while the day’s other fixture saw a late equalizer for Leverstock Green against visiting Wembley at Pancake Lane. Full results and goalscorers are listed below.

2-2 Arlesey Town v Harefield United (Browne, Thake) / (Mangan, Pacquette) Attendance: 62

3-4 Dunstable Town v Newport Pagnell Town (Harvey [2], Stapleton) / (Shepherd [2] [1 pen], Burnside [2]) Attendance: 155

3-1 Harpenden Town v North Greenford United (Dallas, Plowright, Standen [pen]) / (Manitou) Attendance: 83

1-1 Leverstock Green v Wembley (Weeks) / (Iley) Attendance: 58

1-2 Potton United v London Colney (Willis) / (Dowridge, Maxwell) Attendance: 85

 

DIVISION ONE

Second placed Shefford Town & Campton were surprisingly beaten 0-1 at home by lowly London Lions and as a result leaders St Panteleimon extended their lead at the top to nine points as they defeated visiting Langford 4-2. Stotfold are up to fourth following their 3-1 success against bottom club Hillingdon Borough with Enfield Borough fifth following a 2-1 home win against London Tigers. Park View remain in the bottom two after losing 1-5 at Rayners Lane. Ampthill Town, with games in hand, continued to keep pace with the leaders after seeing off visiting Wodson Park by the odd goal in three. The day’s other fixture saw Bedford winning 4-1 at Brimsdown. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

2-1 Ampthill Town v Wodson Park (Zylko, Moss) / (Lima) Attendance: 74

1-4 Brimsdown v Bedford (Unknown) / (Graham [3], Daltilia) Attendance: 8

2-1 Enfield Borough v London Tigers (Devyne, Harris) / (Moreta) Attendance: 20

5-1 Rayners Lane v Park View (Blagden [2] [1 pen], Davis, Hastings, Maher) / (Botchey) Attendance: 40

0-1 Shefford Town & Campton v London Lions (Bolle) Attendance: 49

4-2 St Panteleimon v Langford (Tajbakhsh [2], Massay, Albadri) / (Rome, Verdia) Attendance: 18

3-1 Stotfold v Hillingdon Borough (Buchanan, Ngwala, Robertson) / (Olarerian) Attendance: 86

 

ANAGRAM RECORDS TROPHY First Round

It was not a happy afternoon for the two SSML sides in action in the First Round of the Anagrams Records Trophy, both failing to score as they exited the competition. Totternhoe fell at home to a solitary goal by Herts County League side Letchworth Garden City Eagles while The 61FC (Luton)’s trip to Essex saw them well beaten 0-7 by Shenfield AFC. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

7-0 Shenfield AFC v The 61FC (Luton) (Unknown) Attendance: 81

0-1 Totternhoe v Letchworth Garden City Eagles (Unknown) Attendance: 54

 

BERKS & BUCKS SENIOR TROPHY Second Round

Winslow United were made to work hard to achieve a 3-2 success against visiting Hellenic League side Marlow United, the winner coming in the 87th minute from the penalty spot. Holders Old Bradwell United squeezed through at the expense of Mursley United thanks to a last minute Peter Maxey header. Unite MK put aside their poor league form to claim the scalp of Aston Clinton, the visitors winning 4-2 after trailing at the interval. The day’s other fixture saw Amersham Town well beaten at home by last season’s tenants Penn & Tylers Green, the Hellenic League side winning 6-0. Full results and goalscorers are listed below.

0-6 Amersham Town v Penn & Tylers Green (Fifield [2], Allen, Dulieu, Hamid, Stone) Attendance: 48

2-4 Aston Clinton v Unite MK (Mason-Williams, Roberts) / (Parker [2], Bearman, Rawson) Attendance: 27

1-0 Old Bradwell United v Mursley United (Maxey) Attendance: 52

3-2 Winslow United v Marlow United (Parsons, Freshwater, Almond [pen]) / (Etienne [2]) Attendance: 75

 

DIVISION TWO CUP First Round

Pitstone & Ivinghoe booked their quarter-final place with a 3-1 win at relegated Codicote, the hosts left rueing missed chances as they exited the competition. Full result and goalscorers are listed below.

1-3 Codicote v Pitstone & Ivinghoe (Evans) / (Campbell [2], Andrews) Attendance: 45

 

DIVISION TWO

MK Gallacticos remain third but closed the gap at the top to two points with a 3-1 home win against second placed Berkhamsted Raiders. Buckingham United doubled their points tally for the campaign with a 2-0 win against visiting Sarratt while the day’s other game saw New Bradwell St Peter and Tring Corinthians contest the day’s only scoreless affair. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

2-0 Buckingham United v Sarratt (Parkin, Opponent Own Goal) Attendance: 42

3-1 MK Gallacticos v Berkhamsted Raiders (J Smith [2], Jobe) / (Unknown) Attendance: 20

0-0 New Bradwell St Peter v Tring Corinthians AFC Attendance: 30

 

AND FINALLY

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