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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: 

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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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SSMFLP; Reynolds requires rapid Reds reaction

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.

SSMFLP; Top of the table stalemate

Leighton Town – 0

Berkhamsted – 0

A healthy crowd attended this South Midlands Premier Division top of the table clash at Bell Close on Tuesday evening, but the sides could not be separated despite both having numerous chances. Leighton had the better chances in the first half but were forced to defend for long periods after the break and had goal keeper Tom Wyant to thank for denying the visitors with some stunning saves, and when he was beaten his defence were on hand; one late clearance off the line from Tom Guiney especially.

The stalemate left Berkhamsted the happier of the two sides at the final whistle, as they remain top of the table with their hosts sitting third, but with fourteen games left yet to play, Leighton still have plenty of time to reduce the thirteen-point gap between the two promotion chasing clubs. Before the game Town manager Scott Reynolds was presented with the Team of the Month award from the South Midlands League for their superb unbeaten run in January.

Scott Reynolds receives award

The opening moments saw the away side take the game to Leighton, forcing two early corners before one half clearance fell to Adiel Mannion on the edge of the area and he fired just wide of Wyants right hand post. After weathering the storm Town slowly grew into the game, and on thirteen minutes a great attack down the right from Lea Coulter saw him fizz the ball across the six-yard box but with no one anywhere near forward enough, the Berko right back was able to clear.

Tom Silford & Lorrell Smith then combined well down the left and fed Matt Hall who made a run through the Berko back line, however the left back couldn’t connect with the ball properly and his attempted lob saw keeper Carl Tasker have to take a couple of steps back before claiming in mid-air. At the other end a ball across the Leighton box looked lost until Ashton Campbell retrieved, he pulled back to Steve Hawes who thumped high over the crossbar.

Back came Leighton with Alex O’Brien who collected a clearance in midfield, he splayed the ball out wide to Smith who attacked the right wing, making some distance he then crossed back into O’Brien who had continued his run but from twelve yards he never really connected properly on the sticky pitch and drove narrowly wide of the near post. Carl Tappin then threaded a great ball through for O’Brien but again a lack of decent connection saw Tasker behind the ball all the way.

Campbell then cut in from the Berkhamsted left and snapped a low drive wide, from the goal kick the ball was headed straight back into the Leighton half and Ashley Morrissey was away on goal, reaching the corner of the box he blazed over the top. Campbell then had another low shot saved by Wyant low down at his near post, what seemed a regulatory save hit a bobble and with two Berko players running in the keeper had to stick a hand out to quickly push out for a corner.

Healthy crowd urging Town on

Leighton had a spell in the Berkhamsted area which saw numerous opportunities arise but some unselfish play saw each player trying to pass, or cushion the ball to someone in a better position, but it would just not sit for someone to hit, and credit to the visitors who did not panic and simply hurried and pressured until the danger was eventually cleared. A cross from the right from Tappin then found George Boland unmarked in front of goal but his touch escaped him, and the ball bounced off him into the waiting gloves of Tasker.

Three minutes before the break a Leighton throw deep in the Berko half saw a defender go to clear, the ball bouncing off a team mate and hanging in the air, Tappin was first to reach it but could only lift over the top. A minute later saw the away side convinced they should have had a penalty, Morrissey got down the right and headed towards goal, inside the box he went down under a challenge, but the referee awarded the corner despite the huge protests. Matt Pateman met the corner at the near post and his glancing header flashed across the goal face eluding everyone and going out for a goal kick. There was still time for Smith at the other end to drag a shot wide of goal from a throw in. H/T: 0-0

Seven minutes into the second half Berkhamsted sent over a cross from the left which found midfielder Dan Jones in on goal, but his left footed effort looped over the crossbar, and a minute later another cross saw Pateman running in at the back post but he was always underneath the ball and could only head up and Wyant gratefully gathered with both hands.

Morrissey then threaded a great pass out to Mannion to the right of the Leighton goal, but he could only screw wide, and on the hour mark another cross from the left wing was met on the six-yard line right in front of goal by Morrissey and his shot was brilliantly tipped away by Wyant. The Leighton keeper was back in action soon after when a goal kick was headed straight back at him, in behind the red defence was Campbell who went for goal & Wyant again earned the applause of the crowd tipping away for a corner.

Tom Wyant made crucial saves

Within minutes Wyant was pushing another shot onto his own crossbar which bounced over for a corner, and it seemed only a matter of time before the deadlock was broken. With eight minutes left Campbell attacked down the Berko right, Hall went out and blocked the run but, in the process, lost track of the ball, in a flash the Berko winger was away with the ball, he flashed the ball across the Town six-yard box but again no team mates were forward enough to get anything on it.

Berkhamsted started to push harder as the clock ticked down, a clearance from the Town defence saw left back Josh Chamberlain drive forward and hit first time but over the bar. With a minute left of regulatory time, the away side thought they’d won it, a header from substitute Sean Coughlan was brilliantly saved by Wyant but as the ball seemed to roll towards the goal line, Tom Guiney somehow launched the ball away, the referee & his assistant were then besieged with claims the ball had crossed the line but all to no avail.

With an additional eight minutes of time added, Leighton had chances of their own at the death, Matt Hall seized upon a loose ball in midfield and surged forward, evading a couple of challenges the move ended with Bruno Brito shooting over his shoulder, his effort flew amongst a sea of bodies in the Berko box, but no one got near to trouble Tasker although a slight touch somewhere saw a corner awarded. There was still time for the corner, Leighton piled bodies forward but Berko defended resolutely clearing as far as Brito who thumped high over the bar. H/T: 0-0

Attendance: 176

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After the match Sports Shots caught up with Town boss Scott Reynolds: 

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SSMFLP; High flyers Wade into Leighton Town

Saturday 10th March 2018

Leighton Town v Biggleswade FC

Spartan South Midlands Premier

Bell Close

K.O. 3.00pm

Leighton Town get back to league duties on Saturday after their recent FA Vase run came to an end two weeks ago, with their promotion battle now back in focus for Scott Reynolds men. The first game back after their cup exit couldn’t be much more difficult with fifth placed Biggleswade FC coming to Leighton on the back of a run that has seen them win six of their last seven league games. However, the Bell Close boys have themselves been in superb recent league form, having won their last nine on the bounce, fourteen of their last sixteen league games, and haven’t lost a league game since November last year.

Ahead of the game manager Scott Reynolds spoke to Sports Shots:

It feels an age since our last match which was the FA Vase quarter-final two weeks ago. A narrow single goal defeat to 1874 Northwich who in my opinion have been one of the most organised & tactically disciplined sides we have faced all season. We had everything in place on the day but just could not create anything clear cut, therefore exiting the competition at the last eight stage. I felt as a team, as we always do, had 110% in every department, our preparations were the same as any other, our expectation to win was the same as any other and we were confident going into the game.

Sadly, football can be very unpredictable & brutal at times, and it just wasn’t to be on the day. As a group, our staff and squad have spoken at length since about using our disappointment, frustrations and anger as added motivation to continue our very impressive league form, and ultimately push for promotion. Squad wise for this week we are very strong, we have an incredibly committed, experienced & talented set of football players here at Leighton Town who are always available to train and play upon every request.

I’ve never had an issue here getting players to play for Leighton Town FC, it’s more about selecting which players to use, managing the team & rotating the squad moving forward to cope with the hectic schedule we have ahead of us. Because of our success in cup competitions this season, along with some bizarre weather, we now find ourselves with eighteen games to play inside eight weeks. We have three matches every week for a month!

Make no mistake, it’s going to be physically & mentally draining but if we can keep our winning run going and maintain our momentum then it could be a very enjoyable & rewarding final third of the season!

Scott Reynolds

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

Buckingham Senior Charity Cup: Ath secretary reveals dates for semi-final with Leighton

Buckingham Athletic and Leighton Town have set the dates for their semi-final in the Buckingham Senior Charity Cup.

Colin Howkins

Athletic secretary Colin Howkins told Sports Shots this morning;

We have now arranged our semi-final with Leighton Town.

The game at Leighton takes place on Thursday 12th April at 7.45pm with the second leg at Stratford Fields set for Tuesday 1st May, kick-off 7.30pm.

The final against the winners of the Winslow United versus Daventry Town semi-final tie will take place at Buckingham Athletic on Monday 7th May, 3pm.