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
The end of September brought about a new Government Health Warning (no it’s not about falling leaves) the latest is a warning for all clubs playing Broadfields United as for the second successive game they suffered an abandonment due to serious injuries sustained by their opponents.
For the fifth time out of six this season Leighton Town attracted a three figure crowd at Bell Close, on the other occasion it was 99. Stotfold recorded their third successive league draw after losing their opening five league games. Tring Athletic made it six successive wins in all competitions. Codicote have now gone 11 SSML fixtures without a win, the club’s last success was back in April 2018. Berkhamsted Raiders recorded their fifth league win of the season equalling last season’s entire league campaign. Old Bradwell United conceded a goal for the first time in 517 minutes of football. The 32 games seeing 145 goals (an average of 4.53 per game). Russell Bull (Baldock Town), Jack Worbey (Langford), Robbie Carter (Buckingham Athletic), Miles Brayham (Unite MK), Luke Little (Unite MK), Jamie Eames (Bovingdon) and Sonny Devine (Leighton Town Development) all weighed in with hat-tricks.
29 September Stats: 32 games played of which 11 were home wins, 17 were away wins, 3 draws and 1 abandoned.
0% league records to date: Clean Slate and Stotfold U25.
(Most League Wins – all Divisions): 8 Biggleswade FC, 7 Tring Athletic, Bovingdon, 6 Arlesey Town, Harefield United, Wodson Park, FC Broxbourne Borough, Enfield Borough, Hillingdon Borough.
(Most League Draws – all Divisions): 4 Leighton Town, 3 Cockfosters, Stotfold, London Lions.
(Most League Defeats – all Divisions): 7 Hatfield Town, Codicote, 6 Wembley, Park View, Sarratt, Tring Corinthians AFC, Clean Slate, 5 Oxhey Jets, Potton United, Stotfold, Risborough Rangers, Langford.
(Premier Division League): Tring Athletic.
(Division One League): Wodson Park, Harefield United, Broadfields United.
(Division Two League): Bovingdon.
(U25 Development Division League): Buckingham Athletic Development and Berkhamsted Development.
Without a Win:
(Premier Division League): Stotfold,
(Division One League): Codicote.
(Division Two League): Clean Slate.
(U25 Development Division League): Stotfold U25.
Most Goals Scored:
(Premier Division League): 29 Biggleswade FC.
(Division One League): 33 Enfield Borough.
(Division Two League): 30 Bovingdon.
(U25 Development Division League): 14 Kempston Rovers Development.
Most Goals Conceded:
(Premier Division League): 21 Oxhey Jets and North Greenford United FC.
(Division One League): 28 Hatfield Town.
(Division Two League): 30 Clean Slate.
(U25 Development Division League): 17 Ampthill Town Development
Fewest Goals Conceded:
(Premier Division League): 5 Leverstock Green.
(Division One League): 5 Harefield United.
(Division Two League): 5 Old Bradwell United.
(U25 Development Division League): 1 Buckingham Athletic Development.
Fewest Goals Scored:
(Premier Division League): 2 Stotfold.
(Division One League): 5 Langford.
(Division Two League): 4 Clean Slate.
(U25 Development Division League): 3 Holmer Green Development U25.
Saturday’s Highest Attendances: 112 Leighton Town v Cockfosters, 97 Tring Athletic v Potton United and 89 Arlesey Town v Colney Heath & Biggleswade United v Leverstock Green.
Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Premier Division Clubs): 211 Baldock Town v Arlesey Town, 203 Biggleswade FC v Biggleswade United and 202 Tring Athletic v Berkhamsted (FA Cup).
Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Division One Clubs): 351 Winslow United v Easington Sports (FA Cup), 257 Harefield United v Winslow United and 177 Buckingham Athletic v Winslow United.
Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Division Two Clubs): 101 Aston Clinton v Pitstone & Ivinghoe, 92 Bovingdon v Old Bradwell United and 90 Bovingdon v Sarratt.
Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Premier Division Clubs): 13 Jonathan Lacey (Leverstock Green) 10 Tom Coles (Biggleswade FC) 9 Luke Jones (Oxhey Jets and Lorrell Smith (Arlesey Town).
Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division One Clubs): 13 Tage Kennedy (Enfield Borough) 12 Leonard Farhall (Harefield United) 10 Marcus Greenidge (Hillingdon Borough).
Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division Two Clubs): 15 Nathan Skelton (Mursley United) 9 Albie Hall (Pitstone & Ivinghoe) 8 Stephen Dodd (Bovingdon) and Luke Little (Unite MK).
Saturday 29th September
No change at the top as Tring Athletic, Biggleswade FC and Arlesey Town all won, likewise no change at the bottom as Wembley and Stotfold played out the day’s only goalless game. Elsewhere two goals in the space of as many minutes saw Crawley Green come from behind to win at Edgware Town. It was raining goals at Oxhey Jets and not an umbrella in sight on a warm autumn afternoon as visitors Biggleswade FC were made to work hard before winning 6-4. Baldock Town were also amongst the goals with a 4-2 victory at North Greenford United FC. Leverstock Green playing only their fifth league game, due to FA competition successes, battled to a solitary goal win at Biggleswade United. Full results and goalscorers are listed below.
2-1 Arlesey Town v Colney Heath (Gooch, Smith) / (Scott) Attendance: 89
0-1 Biggleswade United v Leverstock Green (Lacey) Attendance: 89
1-2 Edgware Town v Crawley Green (Moore) / (Sinclair, Morgan) Attendance: 54
2-2 Leighton Town v Cockfosters (Faulkner, McBride) / (Omutosho ) Attendance: 112
3-0 London Colney v Hadley (Holding , Cliss) Attendance: 30
2-4 North Greenford United FC v Baldock Town (Louth, Armitt) / (Bull , Barnes) Attendance: 55
4-6 Oxhey Jets v Biggleswade FC (Jones , Brennan, Gibson) / (Leavers , Ives, Inskip, A Marsh, Cookman) Attendance: 64
0-0 Stotfold v Wembley Attendance: 48
1-0 Tring Athletic v Potton United (Dunstan) Attendance: 97
With both the top two clubs, FC Broxbourne Borough and Enfield Borough, tasting defeat Harefield United leapfrogged them to go top with a 4-0 win at league newcomers Buckingham Town. Wodson Park surrendered their 100% league record as visitors Winslow United held them to 3-3 draw, the hosts levelling right at the death. Codicote remain rooted to the bottom as they went down 0-3 at promoted Park View. Rayners Lane continued their fine away form as eased their way to at 4-1 success at London Lions. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.
3-0 Brimsdown v Hatfield Town (Florence , Harris) Attendance: 20
A-A Broadfields United v Amersham Town (Abandoned due to a serious player injury)
4-1 Buckingham Athletic v FC Broxbourne Borough (Carter , Appleton) / (Bowers) Attendance: 48
0-4 Buckingham Town v Harefield United (Clifton , Farhall, Jordan) Attendance: 60
3-2 Hillingdon Borough v Enfield Borough (Unknown) / (Browne, Opoku) Attendance: 34
1-4 London Lions v Rayners Lane (Arnold) / (Hastings , Blagden, Etienne) Attendance: 17
3-0 Park View v Codicote (Botchey , Price) Attendance: 25
3-3 Wodson Park v Winslow United (Ennis, Todd, Towers) / (Brindley , King) Attendance: 40
BEDS SENIOR TROPHY First Round
Both the SSML sides booked their place in the Second Round as they both defeated Beds County League Premier Division opposition, Bedford winning 3-1 against AFC Oakley M&DH while Langford hit six at Marston Shelton Rovers. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.
3-1 Bedford v AFC Oakley M&DH (Butler , Sherwood) / (Unknown) Attendance: 25
2-6 Marston Shelton Rovers v Langford (Unknown) / (Worbey , Bridge, Edwards, Todd) Attendance: Unknown
With the Division’s top two involved in cup action the focus turned to the chasing pack to reduce the deficit on the leaders and none more so than at Pitstone & Ivinghoe as they welcomed Berkhamsted Raiders. Pitstone, unbeaten in the league at the start of play, failed in their quest as the visitors edged a tight game by the odd goal in three as leapfrogged their hosts to move into second place (their highest position since joining the SSML). Totternhoe also came up short when going down at home to Old Bradwell United. No change at the bottom as both Tring Corinthians AFC and Clean Slate both suffered home defeats to The 61FC (Luton) and Unite MK respectively. The latter’s 6-0 success was the club’s highest away win since changing their name. MK Gallacticos were also amongst the goals as they eased re-election fears with a 5-0 home win over league new-boys Sarratt. Full results and goalscorers listed below.
0-6 Clean Slate v Unite MK (Brayham , Little ) Attendance: 15
5-0 MK Gallacticos v Sarratt (Ahmed, Smith, Mahmoud, Dahie, Atherton) Attendance: Unknown
1-2 Pitstone & Ivinghoe v Berkhamsted Raiders (Hall) / (Lamboh, Norman) Attendance: 30
1-3 Totternhoe v Old Bradwell United (Hennem) / (Green , Valentine) Attendance: 40
0-3 Tring Corinthians AFC v The 61FC (Luton) (M Sinclair , Adam) Attendance: 10
DIVISION TWO CUP First Round
A surprisingly defeat at home for high flying Mursley United as last season’s beaten finalists Aston Clinton booked their place in the Second Round with a 2-1 win. New Bradwell St Peter FC pushed the league leaders Bovingdon all the way in a high scoring tie at The Recreation Ground, the host’s finally going down 3-5. Full results and goalscorers listed below.
1-2 Mursley United v Aston Clinton (Skelton) / (Brown, Collins) Attendance: 22
3-5 New Bradwell St Peter FC v Bovingdon (Davey, Hutchinson, Crossley) / (Eames  [2 pens], Dodd, Wilson) Attendance: 38
UNDER 25 DEVELOPMENT DIVISION
Buckingham Athletic Development took full advantage in a curtailed league programme due to County Cup fixtures, the club won the battle of two unbeaten sides with a solitary goal success at Holmer Green Development U25 and thus moving to the top of the table. The day’s other league fixture saw Berkhamsted Development maintain their unbeaten record with a 3-1 home success against bottom of the table Stotfold U23. Full results and goalscorers listed below.
3-1 Berkhamsted Development v Stotfold U25 (Stevens, Kelly, Lee) / (Champkins-Drein [pen]) Attendance: Unknown
0-1 Holmer Green Development U25 v Buckingham Athletic Development (Golding) Attendance: Unknown
BEDS INTERMEDIATE CUP First Round
A good day for the SSML sides as four of the five in action progressed to the Second Round, the only blemish was in an all SSML affair where AFC Dunstable U21 proved too strong for league newcomers Kempston Rovers Development 6-1. The other three SSML clubs were amongst the goals as Ampthill Town Development, Leighton Town Development and Biggleswade United U23 hit nine, seven and six respectively in booking their Second Round places. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.
6-1 AFC Dunstable U21 v Kempston Rovers Development (Hughes , Ilunga , Troughton-Smith, Andrews) / (Bakogeorge) Attendance: Unknown
4-6 Cople & Bedford SA v Biggleswade United U23 (Hughes , Banton, Canzano) / (Jeffrey , Agyemang, Mosley, Benham, Campbell) Attendance: Unknown
1-9 Farley Boys v Ampthill Town Development (Unknown) / (Unknown) Attendance: Unknown
0-7 Sandy v Leighton Town Development (Devine , Andrews, Owen, Ruston, Till) Attendance: Unknown
Former SSML striker Jefferson Louis has signed for Southern League Premier Division South side Chesham United. The move for the 39 year old journeyman makes it his 42nd transfer of his 22-year career. He made his Football League debut for Oxford United in 2002, making over 50 appearances for them until 2004, which he also managed to do for Wealdstone ten years later. In 2008, Louis also played for Dominica in a World Cup qualifier against Barbados.
Louis during his Banbury days
His full list of clubs are (to date) –
Risborough Rangers, Thame United, Aylesbury United, Thame United (second spell), Oxford United, Woking (loan), Gravesend & Northfleet (loan), Forest Green Rovers, Woking, Bristol Rovers, Hemel Hempstead Town, Lewes, Worthing, Stevenage, Eastleigh, Yeading, Havant & Waterlooville, Weymouth, Maidenhead United, Mansfield Town, Wrexham, Crawley Town, Rushden & Diamonds (loan), Gainsborough Trinity, Darlington (loan), Weymouth (second spell), Hayes & Yeading United, Maidenhead United (second spell), Brackley Town, Lincoln City, Newport County, Whitehawk (loan), Brackley Town (second spell), Hendon, Margate, Lowestoft Town, Wealdstone, Staines Town, Oxford City, Banbury United, Chesham United, Farnborough and Chesham United (second spell).
If only Risborough Rangers had a future sell on clause……