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2019/20 Buckingham Senior Cup draw made

BUCKINGHAM   SENIOR   CHARITY   CUP
2019/ 2020
 
FIRST ROUND
UNITE MK V GRENDON RANGERS
LEIGHTON TOWN V BUCKINGHAM UNITED
 
SEMI – FINALS
BUCKINGHAM ATHLETIC v WINNERS of 2
WINNERS OF 1 v WINSLOW UNITED
 
SEMI – FINALS TO PLAYED OVER 2 LEGS

 

Winslow United BSCC Winners 2019

Emirates FA Cup: Two early Preliminary draws announced

The Emirates FA Cup’s 2019-20 campaign gets underway on Saturday 10 August when the extra preliminary round kicks-off across the country.

With a total number of 736 clubs entered into the FA Cup this season, 368 of them are preparing to start their Cup campaign at its earliest stage with 184 ties scheduled.

Those winners will progress into the preliminary round, where they will be joined by 136 clubs who enter the competition at this stage on Saturday 24 August, with a further 160 ties scheduled.

The prize fund for this term’s competition has also been released, with both winning and losing clubs at the earliest stage receiving payment as those who progress from the extra preliminary round pick up £2250 and the losing teams get £750.

And that theme of losing clubs receiving prize money continues until the competition reaches the first round proper in November.

There are 50 new entries to this season’s competition from the 2018-19 campaign, of which 23 of them will be FA Cup debutants.

Extra Preliminary Round – Saturday 10th August

AFC Hayes v Wembley
Biggleswade United v Swaffham Town
Bridon Ropes v Broadfields United
Burnham v Tring Athletic
Crawley Green v Takeley
Dunstable Town v Chipping Sodbury Town
Eynesbury Rovers v Wellingborough Town
Harefield United v Lydney Town
Haverhill Rovers v Colney Heath
Leighton Town v Thornbury Town
Leverstock Green v Ardley United
London Colney v Hadleigh United
London Tigers v Thame Rangers
Newmarket Town v Arlesey Town
Newport Pagnell Town v Cheltenham Saracens
Oxhey Jets v Flackwell Heath
Potton United v Ely City
Royal Wotton Bassett Town v Aylesbury Vale Dynamos
Saffron Walden Town v Baldock Town
Slimbridge v Edgware Town
Stotfold v Harpenden Town
Tuffley Rovers v North Greenford United
Winslow United v Roman Glass St George

 

Preliminary Round – Saturday 24th August

Abingdon United or Brimscombe & Thrupp v Aylesbury United
AFC Hayes or Wembley v Berkhamsted
Bridon Ropes or Broadfields United v Chichester City or Erith Town
Cirencester Town v Tuffley Rovers or North Greenford United
Crawley Green or Takeley v Woodford Town or White Ensign
Didcot Town v Winslow United or Roman Glass St George
Dunstable Town or Chipping Sodbury Town v Clanfield 85 or Shortwood United
Evesham United v Harefield United or Lydney Town
Highworth Town v Leverstock Green or Ardley United
London Colney or Hadleigh United v Sawbridgeworth Town or Halstead Town
March Town United or Norwich United v Eynesbury Rovers or Wellingborough Town
Newmarket Town or Arlesey Town v Walsham Le Willows or Peterborough Northern Star
Newport Pagnell Town or Cheltenham Saracens v Oxhey Jets or Flackwell Heath
Royal Wotton Bassett Town or Aylesbury Vale Dynamos v North Leigh
Saffron Walden Town or Baldock Town v Maldon & Tiptree
Slimbridge or Edgware Town v Burnham or Tring Athletic
Soham Town Rangers v Biggleswade United or Swaffham Town
Southend Manor or Long Melford v Haverhill Rovers or Colney Heath
Stotfold or Harpenden Town v Canvey Island
Thame United v Leighton Town or Thornbury Town
Wantage Town or Brackley Town Saints v London Tigers or Thame Rangers
Wisbech Town v Potton United or Ely City

THE EMIRATES FA CUP  SEASON 2019-2020 PRIZE FUND PAYMENTS 

Extra Preliminary Round winners (184)      £2,250 Extra Preliminary Round losers (184) £750

Preliminary Round winners (160)               £2,890 Preliminary Round losers (160) £960

First Round Qualifying winners (116)        £4,500 First Round Qualifying losers (116) £1,500

Second Round Qualifying winners (80)     £6,750 Second Round Qualifying losers (80) £2,250

Third Round Qualifying winners (40)         £11,250 Third Round Qualifying losers (40) £3,750

Fourth Round Qualifying winners (32)       £18,750 Fourth Round Qualifying losers (32) £6,250

First Round Proper winners (40)                £36,000

Second Round Proper winners (20)           £54,000

Third Round Proper winners (32)               £135,000

Fourth Round Proper winners (16)             £180,000

Fifth Round Proper winners (8) £360,000

Quarter Final winners (4) £720,000

Semi Final losers (2) £900,000

Semi Final winners (2) £1,800,000

Final runners-up (1) £1,800,000

Final winners (1) £3,600,000

THE EMIRATES FA CUP  ROUND DATES SEASON 2019-2020

Extra Preliminary Round Saturday 10 August 2019

Preliminary Round Saturday 24 August 2019

First Round Qualifying Saturday 7 September 2019

Second Round Qualifying Saturday 21 September 2019

Third Round Qualifying Saturday 5 October 2019

Fourth Round Qualifying Saturday 19 October 2019

First Round Proper Saturday 9 November 2019

Second Round Proper  Saturday 30 November 2019

Third Round Proper Saturday 4 January 2020

Fourth Round Proper Saturday 25 January 2020

Fifth Round Proper Wednesday 4 March 2020

Quarter Final Saturday 21 March 2020

Semi Final  Saturday 18 April 2020 & Sunday 19 April 2020

Final Saturday 23 May 2020

 

 

 

Buildbase FA Vase: First & Second Qualifying Round draws announced

First Round Qualifying – Saturday 31st August

AFC Hayes v Dunstable Town
Amersham Town v Thame Rangers
Bedford v Burton Park Wanderers
Chalvey Sports v Wembley
Chinnor v Broadfields United
Colney Heath v London Lions
Crawley Green v Ampthill Town
Eynesbury Rovers v Harpenden Town
FC Broxbourne Borough v Barkingside
Flackwell Heath v Arlesey Town
Hadleigh United v Stotfold
Hillingdon v Rayners Lane
Hillingdon Borough v Kensington & Ealing Borough
Holland v Baldock Town
Holyport v Unite MK
Ipswich Wanderers v Enfield Borough
Irchester United v North Greenford United
Leighton Town v Bugbrooke St Michaels
Leverstock Green v Aylesbury Vale Dynamos
London Colney v Brimsdown
New Salamis v Codicote
NW London v Harefield United
Park View v West Essex
Potton United v Frenford
St Panteleimon v Long Buckby
Winslow United v Rushden & Higham United
Wodson Park v Sawbridgeworth Town

 

Second Round Qualifying – Saturday 14th September

AFC Hayes or Dunstable Town v London Tigers
Bedford or Burton Park Wanderers v Bedfont & Feltham or Lutterworth Athletic
Buckingham Athletic v Hillingdon or Rayners Lane
Burnham or Harborough Town v Hillingdon Borough or Kensington & Ealing Borough
Chalvey Sports or Wembley v Risborough Rangers or Easington Sports
Chinnor or Broadfields United v Hanworth Villa or Marston Shelton Rovers
Colney Heath or London Lions v Benfleet or Haverhill Rovers
Crawley Green or Ampthill Town v Winslow United or Rushden & Higham United
Cricklewood Wanderers v St Panteleimon or Long Buckby
Edgware Town v Eynesbury Rovers or Harpenden Town
FC Broxbourne Borough or Barkingside v Wivenhoe Town or Clapton Community
Hadleigh United or Stotfold v Halstead Town or Haverhill Borough
Hoddesdon Town or Stanway Rovers v Wodson Park or Sawbridgeworth Town
Holmer Green or Raunds Town v Flackwell Heath or Arlesey Town
Ilford or Enfield 1893 v Ipswich Wanderers or Enfield Borough
Irchester United or North Greenford United v Oxhey Jets
Langford v Hackney Wick or May & Baker Eastbrook Community
Leverstock Green or Aylesbury Vale Dynamos v Rugby Borough or British Airways
London Colney or Brimsdown v Holland or Baldock Town
Long Crendon or Langley v Leighton Town or Bugbrooke St Michaels
Lutterworth Town or Pirshanger Dynamo v Amersham Town or Thame Rangers
Milton Keynes Robins FC v Cove or Fleet Spurs
New Salamis or Codicote v Tower Hamlets
NW London or Harefield United v Rothwell Corinthians or Desborough Town
Park View or West Essex v Brantham Athletic
Potton United or Frenford v Hashtag United or Leyton Athletic
Wellingborough Town or Wellingborough Whitworth v Holyport or Unite MK

 

 

THE BUILDBASE FA VASE SEASON 2019-2020 PRIZE FUND PAYMENTS
Winning-Losing club amounts:

First Round Qualifying £550 £175

Second Round Qualifying £725 £250

First Round Proper £825 £275

Second Round Proper £900 £300

Third Round Proper £1125 £375

Fourth Round Proper £1875 £625

Fifth Round Proper £2250 £750

Sixth Round Proper £4125 £1375

Semi Final £5500 £1750

Final £30000 £20000

 

THE BUILDBASE FA VASE ROUND DATES SEASON 2019-2020

First Round Qualifying Saturday 31 August 2019

Second Round Qualifying Saturday 14 September 2019

First Round Proper Saturday 12 October 2019

Second Round Proper Saturday 2 November 2019

Third Round Proper Saturday 30 November 2019

Fourth Round Proper Saturday 11 January 2020

Fifth Round Proper Saturday 8 February 2020

Sixth Round Proper Saturday 29 February 2020

Semi Final 1 Saturday 21 March 2020

Semi Final 2 Saturday 28 March 2020

Final Sunday 17 May 2020

2018/19 SSMFL Cup Competitions revealed

At Saturday’s South Midlands AGM the draws were made for the various cup competitions across the leagues:

SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS LEAGUE

DOMESTIC CUP DRAWS 2018/19

As drawn Saturday 23rd June by

Mike Taylor and John Childley

(Members of the SSML Cup Finals Committee)

Dates of ties to be announced at later date

 

LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY

FIRST ROUND

  1. Colney Heath v Broadfields United
  2. Buckingham Town v Berkhamsted Raiders
  3. MK Gallacticos v Stotfold *
  4. Harefield United v Edgware Town
  5. Park View v Mursley United
  6. Aston Clinton v Potton United *
  7. Wodson Park v Langford
  8. Amersham Town v Grendon Rangers
  9. Winslow United v Brimsdown
  10. Wembley v Enfield Borough
  11. Tring Corinthians v Biggleswade United *
  12. Oxhey Jets v Baldock Town
  13. Unite MK FC v Leverstock Green
  14. FC Broxbourne Borough v Hadley
  15. London Lions v Harpenden Town
  16. Hillingdon Borough v Codicote
  17. Risborough Rangers v Rayners Lane
  18. Pitstone & Ivinghoe v Clean Slate *
  19. Old Bradwell United v Bedford *
  20. Hatfield Town v Leighton Town
  21. Tring Athletic v London Colney
  22. Crawley Green v The 61FC (Luton)
  23. Totternhoe v Cockfosters *

Byes: Ampthill Town, Arlesey Town, Biggleswade FC, Bovingdon,

Buckingham Athletic, London Tigers, New Bradwell St Peter,

North Greenford United and Sarratt.

Ties will be played midweek unless stated with a * in which case will be played on a Saturday

SECOND ROUND

  1. Buckingham Athletic v Unite MK FC or Leverstock Green
  2. Wembley or Enfield Borough v Arlesey Town
  3. Risborough Rangers or Rayners Lane v Tring Athletic or London Colney
  4. Pitstone & Ivinghoe or Clean Slate v Oxhey Jets or Baldock Town
  5. Park View or Mursley United v Aston Clinton or Potton United
  6. Harefield United or Edgware Town v Winslow United or Brimsdown
  7. Wodson Park or Langford v MK Gallacticos or Stotfold
  8. Biggleswade FC v New Bradwell St Peter
  9. Hatfield Town or Leighton Town v Hillingdon Borough or Codicote
  10. Crawley Green or The 61FC (Luton) v Amersham Town or Grendon Rangers
  11. Ampthill Town v London Tigers
  12. Old Bradwell United or Bedford v Colney Heath or Broadfields United
  13. Totternhoe or Cockfosters v Sarratt
  14. Tring Corinthians or Biggleswade United v FC Broxbourne Borough or Hadley
  15. Buckingham Town or Berkhamsted Raiders v North Greenford United
  16. Bovingdon v London Lions or Harpenden Town

THIRD ROUND

  1. Winner Game 16 v Winner Game 14
  2. Winner Game 5 v Winner Game 1
  3. Winner Game 2 v Winner Game 13
  4. Winner Game 6 v Winner Game 15
  5. Winner Game 3 v Winner Game 9
  6. Winner Game 8 v Winner Game 7
  7. Winner Game 11 v Winner Game 12
  8. Winner Game 10 v Winner Game 4

QUARTER FINALS

  1. Winner Game 5 v Winner Game 2
  2. Winner Game 3 v Winner Game 1
  3. Winner Game 7 v Winner Game 4
  4. Winner Game 6 v Winner Game 8

 SEMI FINALS

  1. Winner Game 3 v Winner Game 4
  2. Winner Game 2 v Winner Game 1

 FINAL

  1. Winner Game 2 v Winner Game 1

 

 DUDLEY LATHAM MEMORIAL (PREMIER DIVISION) CUP

(Sponsored by S&T Sales and Marketing)

FIRST ROUND

  1. Arlesey Town v Hadley
  2. Biggleswade FC v Edgware Town
  3. Baldock Town v Colney Heath
  4. Crawley Green v Potton United

SECOND ROUND

  1. Biggleswade United v Wembley
  2. London Tigers v Arlesey Town or Hadley
  3. Leighton Town v Baldock Town or Colney Heath
  4. Crawley Green or Potton United v Biggleswade FC or Edgware Town
  5. London Colney v Leverstock Green
  6. Oxhey Jets v Harpenden Town
  7. Tring Athletic v Stotfold
  8. Cockfosters v North Greenford United

QUARTER FINALS

  1. Winner Game 8 v Winner Game 7
  2. Winner Game 4 v Winner Game 2
  3. Winner Game 5 v Winner Game 6
  4. Winner Game 3 v Winner Game 1

 SEMI FINALS

  1. Winner Game 2 v Winner Game 1
  2. Winner Game 3 v Winner Game 4

FINAL

  1. Winner Game 1 v Winner Game 2

 

DIVISION ONE CUP

FIRST ROUND

  1. Hillingdon Borough v Ampthill Town
  2. Buckingham Town v Park View
  3. Enfield Borough v FC Broxbourne Borough
  4. Codicote v Rayners Lane

 SECOND ROUND

  1. Enfield Borough or FC Broxbourne Borough v Amersham Town
  2. Broadfields United v Bedford
  3. Langford v Brimsdown
  4. Wodson Park v Buckingham Athletic
  5. London Lions v Codicote or Rayners Lane
  6. Hillingdon Borough or Ampthill Town v Buckingham Town or Park View
  7. Winslow United v Harefield United
  8. Hatfield Town v Risborough Rangers

QUARTER FINALS

  1. Winner Game 4 v Winner Game 6
  2. Winner Game 7 v Winner Game 8
  3. Winner Game 5 v Winner Game 3
  4. Winner Game 1 v Winner Game 2

 SEMI FINALS

  1. Winner Game 2 v Winner Game 1
  2. Winner Game 4 v Winner Game 3

FINAL

Winner Game 2 v Winner Game 1

 

 DIVISION TWO CUP

FIRST ROUND

  1. New Bradwell St Peter v Bovingdon
  2. Pitstone & Ivinghoe v Grendon Rangers
  3. Totternhoe v Old Bradwell United
  4. Unite MK FC v MK Gallacticos
  5. Clean Slate v The 61FC (Luton)
  6. Mursley United v Aston Clinton
  7. Tring Corinthians v Sarratt

Bye: Berkhamsted Raiders

QUARTER FINALS

  1. Unite MK FC or MK Gallacticos v Berkhamsted Raiders
  2. Clean Slate or The 61FC (Luton) v Totternhoe or Old Bradwell United
  3. Tring Corinthians or Sarratt v Mursley United or Aston Clinton
  4. New Bradwell St Peter or Bovingdon v Pitstone & Ivinghoe or Grendon Rangers

 SEMI FINALS

  1. Winner Game 4 v Winner Game 3
  2. Winner Game 1 v Winner Game 2

FINAL

Winner Game 2 v Winner Game 1

 

 U25 DEVELOPMENT CHALLENGE TROPHY

FIRST ROUND First Leg

Holmer Green Development v Biggleswade United Development

Buckingham Athletic Development v Harpenden Town Development

AFC Dunstable Development v Winslow United Development

FIRST ROUND Second Leg

Biggleswade United Development v Holmer Green Development

Harpenden Town Development v Buckingham Athletic Development

Winslow United Development v AFC Dunstable Development

 QUARTER FINAL First Leg

  1. Leighton Town Development v Ampthill Town Development
  2. Buckingham Athletic Development or Harpenden Town Development v Kempston Rovers Development
  3. Berkhamsted Development v Holmer Green Development or Biggleswade United Development
  4. Stotfold Development v AFC Dunstable Development or Winslow United Development

 QUARTER FINAL Second Leg

  1. Ampthill Town Development v Leighton Town Development
  2. Kempston Rovers Development v Buckingham Athletic Development or Harpenden Town Development
  3. Holmer Green Development or Biggleswade United Development v Berkhamsted Development
  4. AFC Dunstable Development or Winslow United Development v Stotfold Development

 SEMI FINAL First Leg

  1. Winner Game 2 v Winner Game 1
  2. Winner Game 3 v Winner Game 4

 SEMI FINAL Second Leg

  1. Winner Game 1 v Winner Game 2
  2. Winner Game 4 v Winner Game 3

 FINAL

Winner Game 1 v Winner Game 2

New step 5 & 6 non-league football allocations revealed

The new divisional provisional allocations for our local step 5 & 6 clubs have finally been revealed today by the FA and their relevant football leagues.

South Midlands League:

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Premier Division

  • Arlesey Town,  Baldock, North Greenford United and Potton United in
  • No club relegated – both Cockfosters and Stotfold reprieved.

Division One

  • Amersham Town, Park View – promotions confirmed
  • Buckingham Town and Hashtag United new clubs in
  • FC Broxbourne Borough, St Neots Town Reserves both relegated to Step 7

 

United Counties League:

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Premier Division

  • Pinchbeck (promoted) & Rugby Town (moved across) in
  • Northampton Sileby Rangers & St Andrews relegated
  • League reduced from 22 teams to 20

Division One

  • Anstey Nomads, Aylestone Park, Birstall United Social & Holwell Sports in
  • Northampton Sileby Rangers & St Andrews in relegated from Premier Division

 

Hellenic League:

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Premier Division

  • Ardley United, Bishop’s Cleeve, Holmer Green, Shrivenham & Virginia Water in
  • Burnham & Woodley United relegated

Division One East

  • Abingdon Town, Burnham & Chalvey Sports in

Division One West

  • Almondsbury, Carterton, Malmesbury Victoria & Woodley United in
  • Division increased to 14 from 13

 

All clubs have seven days to appeal, step 7 allocations to be discussed w/c 28th May.

 

The entire allocation for steps 5 & 6 nationwide can be viewed by clicking here: NLS 5.6 Club Allocations 2018-19 v25.5.18 FINAL

 

Leighton Town boss steps down

Leighton Town have this morning confirmed the resignation of first team manager Scott Reynolds, after two years at the club.

Reynolds, formerly of Grendon Rangers & Winslow United, led Town this season to fourth in the Spartan South Midlands Premier Division, and to the last eight of the FA Vase.

Taking over mid season last year saw Reynolds lead the club to safety, finishing in sixteenth position and started a rebuild of his squad for this years successful campaign.

The club announced this morning:

The Club are disappointed to report that yesterday First Team Manager Scott Reynolds resigned from the position with immediate effect.

The Club would like to thank Scott for his hard work and commitment over the last two seasons and wish him and his family well for the future.

Importantly, the Club need to fill the position as soon as possible and expressions of interest and CV’s from Managers and Coaches with a proven track record of success at Step 5 and above should be sent to the Club Chairman by Monday 14th May

Scott Reynolds receives manager of the month for January

 

BCCSF; Buckingham Athletic 1-0 Leighton Town Development

Buckingham Athletic – 1

Leighton Town U25 – 0

Buckingham Athletic progressed to the Buckingham Senior Charity Cup Final with a solitary goal victory over Leighton Town Development on Tuesday evening at Stratford Fields. A Sam Balls sixth minute header from a Solomon Janecki cross was enough to see Mark Carter reach the final in what will now be his final game in charge of Athletic, and his side were thankful to Lewis Dench at the end as he was forced into a good save low at his near post to ensure their place in the final, where they meet the winners of the other semi-final between Daventry Town & Winslow United who play on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon.

The home side took the lead on six minutes when Ryan Kelsey linked up with Janecki down the right & the full backs cross was met at the back post by Balls whose header came back across Town keeper George Zammit and bounced into the bottom corner. Leighton struggled to get going in the opening quarter of an hour, just two corners one of which saw skipper Josh Peacock get a shot away but simply blocked for another corner.

Jack Carter tried a long range shot which saw Zammit having to grasp with both hands, and at the other end Leighton threatened when Ude Osim broke down their right, avoiding a challenge he arrived inside the Athletic box and as he & team mate Kudawashe Butawo both tried to get a shot in theY ended up tripping up over each other, with the ball simply rolling away for a goal kick.

Sam Balls scores winner

Osim then tried another sprint down the right wing skipping a couple of challenges he fizzed the ball diagonally across the box and running in at the back-post Carl Tappin was inches away from connecting, but again the ball rolled away for a goal kick. A cross from the Athletic left saw Kelsey head down and almost elude Zammit, he managed to smuggle the ball wide of his post, from the corner Ryan Marsden headed over the crossbar.

Before the break a high ball into the Leighton box saw Kelsey again get his head to the cross, as the backline all called for a handball a melee of bodies attacked the ball & somehow Town managed to get it over the line and away for a corner. H/T: 1-0

The Second half started very slowly with little action of note, Chris Stapleton heading over a cross the closest either side came in the opening fifteen minutes. Sam Olawale then fed in Kelsey on the eighteen-yard line, but he angled his shot over the top, before Olawale himself robbed a defender of possession out on the touchline, the defender lay injured from the challenge, yet the referee saw nothing wrong allowing the Athletic wide man to advance on goal before shooting wide.

Leighton pressure late on

Marsden again fed in on the edge of the Leighton area curled a shot away from goal before the visitors suddenly seemed to realise they were in a cup semi-final and began to assert some pressure. But whatever the Leighton team threw at their hosts, they seemed to soak up the pressure without too much trouble.

A late corner swung into the home penalty area caused some panic, a mass of bodies throwing themselves at the ball in front of goal ended with Kelsey gladly thumping away to clear the danger. Back came Town who won a corner, which was met inside the box by a bullet header from Carl Resch, but he could not steer underneath the crossbar.

In the final minute, Butawo was fed in over the top and from the right of goal he powered for goal low and hard, Dench met it at his near post and somehow got down and got something in to block, a defender on hand to clear only found Tappin outside the area who went for goal only to see his shot cannon off a team mate away for a throw and sum up the Leighton evening. F/T: 1-0

Attendance: 74

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After the game Sports Shots caught up with Athletic boss Mark Carter: 

For match photography click here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmbiC3F7

SSMFLP; Reynolds hoping for gold at the end of the season

Saturday 21st April 2018

Leighton Town v Hadley

Spartan South Midlands Premier Division

Bell Close

K.O. 3.00pm

Leighton Town host Hadley in their penultimate home league game on Saturday, and with it face a stern test against the side who haven’t lost in eight games, including a two goal win over their hosts just over four weeks ago. Hadley currently occupy fifth place in the league table, albeit having played more games than most around them, so Leighton will need to continue their recent fine form in their pursuit of Berkhamsted and that second place in the table.

Ahead of the game Sports Shots caught up with manager Scott Reynolds, and we asked how the game against Holmer Green midweek went:

Tuesday night we hosted Holmer Green and we were superb & finally back to our best. The result made it three wins on the spin again in the league, but more importantly keep a long awaited clean sheet which is always pleasing from a defensive point of view. Our performance was aggressive, clinical and the desire to win was there to see from all members of the playing squad on the night

Scott Reynolds

And ahead to this weekend:

Saturday will be tough, Hadley are the in form team in the division and have in recent weeks beaten us as well as the champions Welwyn Garden City. With promotion still a possibility it adds pressure and importance to this particular fixture

And how are things looking going into the final few games:

Squad wise we are as strong as ever. Lorrell Smith will return following a midweek absence and all other players are eligible for selection. As a club we are heading in the right direction. A huge amount has been achieved both on and off the pitch this season. A fine season on the pitch, which we hope will end with silverware & promotion, and a lot of effort & improvements off the pitch to improve the facilities & match day experience. A truly great effort from all so far, let’s just hope we can finish the job off in the last few weeks off the season

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

SSMFLP; Biggleswade Utd 1-1 Leighton Town

Biggleswade United – 1

Leighton Town – 1

The race for second place in the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division saw no advantages taken on Tuesday evening, as Leighton Town could only draw at Biggleswade United, but this did not affect the table as rivals Berkhamsted only managed to share ten goals at home to Leverstock Green. Leighton fell behind early on and were on the back foot for the opening stages, but they grew into the game & equalised from the spot through recent new signing Ash Fuller and went on to dominate the rest of the first period. After the break Leighton continued to press but United fought back and almost snatched a late winner but for a good save from Tom Wyant in the Leighton goal, but both defences did their jobs in the end and a point apiece was a fair reflection of the game.

It took four minutes for the first attack, Fuller received the ball out on the left and fizzed a ball across the goal mouth but with no one near forward enough, the ball rolled away for a goal kick. From there Biggleswade took the lead when Kane Farrell was fed down the left channel, he delivered an inch perfect cross into the Leighton box, the ball just too high for Town defender Matt Hall to reach and waiting in behind was Abraham Eze who headed past Wyant.

United went on to enjoy some time on the ball and had Town defending deep, but on thirteen minutes were almost caught out when Dom Marsala pressured Farrell out on the touchline to win the ball, as the home crowd called for a foul the midfielder was away and squared to Fuller inside the penalty arc, he took a touch before firing low past home keeper Robbie Ponting’s left hand post.

Marsala then played a pass out to Lewis McBride who attacked the right flank, he fizzed low & hard across the six-yard box and with Fuller stretching to get to the cross Jordan Wright somehow managed to flick over for a corner. Alex O’Brien swung the corner in right underneath the crossbar, Ponting seemed to have the ball in his clutches but lost it, a clearance to the edge of the penalty arc was then thumped narrowly over the top by Carl Resch.

Alex O’Brien fouled for penalty

United fought back, a loose ball some twenty-five yards out was seized upon by Farrell and he aimed at the Leighton net, a swooping and dipping drive that eluded Wyants outstretched hands but just didn’t dip enough & flew inches over the crossbar. Leighton equalised on thirty-six minutes when O’Brien on the right-hand side of the United box jinked through three United players & Gerard Martinez promptly stuck out a foot to bring the midfielder down. Fuller took responsibility and sent Ponting the wrong way to level the game.

The visitors almost undone their own hard work minutes later when surrendering possession in their own half allowing Eze to advance towards goal, but he didn’t connect properly and Wyant was behind his shot all the way. Straight back at the opposite end Marsala got in behind the home backline & attempted to square across the box, United skipper Martin Russell sliced the ball straight back to Marsala and he smashed at goal, the ball coming back off the goalframe and was eventually cleared. H/T: 1-1

Ten minutes after the restart James Hatch had a thumping header from a corner cleared off the Biggleswade goal line, followed moments later by another O’Brien corner being swung in and met this time by a great run from Resch who headed over the top. Leighton continued to have the better chances but just could not find the goal they needed to relax, and were almost undone when a Wyant clearance came back off Eze but bounced wide of the open goal from very close range.

Lorrell Smiths pace caused problems

Lorrell Smith came on to add some pace to the attack, and a ball down the right channel for him to chase after saw him get away from his marker, advancing into the box his low shot was blocked by the arm of Ponting and he fell on top of the ball to smother.

The home side then burst back into life with twenty minutes or so left, and picked up the pace sensing maybe they could pick up a late winner, having already beaten Welwyn Garden City at home this season, the league leaders only defeat to date. However, as much as they had the lion’s share of the ball, their crosses were too deep or they ran into a red & white brick wall.

The home side had the best chance of the half when Matt Cooper sent a free kick deep into the Town box, sliding in at the back post Lu Ndovi managed to touch the ball across goal to substitute Joshua Muschett but the ball was at an awkward height and he could only steer goalwards by his shin and the lack of power allowed Wyant to brilliantly dive away to his right to gather.

There was a late chance for the away side, a cross into the box was headed clear and running in O’Brien went for goal on the volley, but the ball flashed across the goal face and wide of Ponting’s right hand post. F/T: 1-1

Attendance: 103

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After the game Sports Shots spoke to Town boss Scott Reynolds: 

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Saturday 24th March 2018

Cockfosters v Leighton Town

Spartan South Midlands Premier Division

Chalk Lane

K.O. 3.00pm

Leighton Town travel down to Cockfosters on Saturday looking to bounce back from the midweek defeat at Hadley, their first in thirteen league matches. After Wednesday night’s result, twinned with Welwyn beating Berkhamsted, Leighton now sit fourth in the league table, a point off third with a game in hand, but now thirteen and fourteen points respectively off second place Berkhamsted & top placed Welwyn. Four games in hand on Berko means they have to win them all, but with nine games inside the next twenty-one days, and this being the forty-sixth of a long season already, can Town keep their season alive?

Awaiting Leighton at Cockfosters is a side that before last week-end had lost six on the bounce and all without scoring a goal, but last Saturday they rediscovered the goal net and beat Leverstock Green by the odd goal in a seven-goal thriller. Can the boys from Bedfordshire get back on track?

Ahead of the match Sports Shots spoke to manager Scott Reynolds, and asked how the midweek game at Hadley went, and look ahead to Saturday’s game at Cockfosters:

It was a very tough night on Wednesday, I can accept losing games of football, that’s all part of the game, but what I cannot and will not accept is losing through an apparent lack of effort & application. That really concerns me, and we will be looking to address this on Saturday.

Cockfosters are another young side from North London, a good footballing side. We beat them 2-1 at home on a Tuesday night, in one of our eleven league wins on the bounce prior to our FA Vase quarter-final, so I am confident that if we apply ourselves and get back to working hard & doing the basics then we can come out of the game with the right result

Scott Reynolds

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