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SSMFL: Newsletter No. 17

SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS FOOTBALL LEAGUE NEWSLETTER NO 17

SAT 9th DECEMBER
The first really really really freezing conditions of the season with only 14 SSMFL fixtures, along with a couple of County Cups, completed. Well done to all those who did manage to get their game on – almost certainly it’s the groundsmen who deserve all the plaudits.

PREMIER DIVISION
Only three Premier Division matches managed to beat the freezing conditions but there was still plenty of action and talking points. Our mad Scot Bill Hamilton witnessed a good old fashioned end-to-end tussle. Hadley and Biggleswade United shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw, with the highlights caught on three separate video cameras at the highly impressive Hadley Sports Ground in Arkley. United now have a substantial following on Facebook and Twitter and followers from all over the country can even watch live streaming of their home games while the coaching staff and players are often to be seen being interviewed at the end of away fixtures like this one. It all happens because the club has given opportunities to students from UCFB Wembley, the only university in the world offering degrees in the football industry. They’ve provided the club with young talent keen to make a name for themselves by maintaining the club’s social media channels on match days and putting together financial projections for the tightly-run budget. Highly innovative and most impressive. Kerkstun Macpherson shot Hadley ahead after 18 minutes and for a long spell the home side looked to be taking control of the match before they were hit by two goals in the space of three minutes by the visitors, the first from Abraham Eze followed by a fine solo effort from Nick Elliot. The second half was a tightly fought affair. Hadley drew level when goalkeeper Rees Voller was sent off for denying a clear goal scoring opportunity. Dan Boughton took over in goal but was unable to save the resultant penalty by Zane Gangadeen. A game to warm the cockles of the spectators’ hearts on a bitterly cold afternoon. Not that Biggleswade United are the only innovators. At Hadley, they’ve come up with a great idea to make a few bob at half time. Forget scratch cards or raffle tickets. Instead we have the throw the tennis ball competition in which spectators pay £1 a time to hurl a ball on to the pitch from the terraces. The one that lands nearest the centre spot walks off with half the takings. In this case, a young man with a particularly powerful arm, Steve Wheldon, was only 4 centimetres off the spot. Maybe, they should book him on the first plane to Australia! The idea came from a trip two Hadley fans, Tom and Chris, made to the Faroe Islands. Attending a top league tame there, they were treated to this exciting half time enterprise whilst sucking their Jaffas. So if you’re looking for a rather different type of challenge, maybe a trip to Hadley is on the cards! Hoddesdon Town missed out on the chance to move within a point of third place after they lost 1-0 at Edgware Town. Tommy Walsh scored the only goal of the game, converting from a 15th minute free kick. In the days other game, Holmer Green left it late before securing a 1-1 draw at Colney Heath. Spencer Clarke-Mardell reacted quickest from a 52nd minute corner to put the hosts ahead but with just two minutes to play, James Britnell headed home a Gary Lines corner to earn Green a point.

DIVISION ONE
In a mid table fixture that beat the weather, Bedford entertained Baldock Town at McMullen Park and in a close game Town just edged out Bedford by 2-1. Baldock dominated the first half but poor finishing meant that Bedford were very much in the game, although they rarely troubled Jack Farmer in the Baldock goal. But the wayward finishing of Baldock had to end and it did on 32 minutes when Dean Gilbert scored following a corner kick. Just before half time, Bedford defender Benat Pena needlessly fouled Harrison Holland for a penalty. Holland picked himself up to put away the penalty past keeper Jack Mudge on 43 minutes. Half time came with Bedford relieved that they were only two goals down. The second half was a different affair as Bedford stormed back and scored in the first minute of the half catching Baldock cold when Cameron Hyde chipped the ball over Farmer and into the net on 46 minutes. Bedford could and perhaps should have equalised when substitute Tyrone Kelly shot against Farmers legs when he had the whole goal to aim at. It was now end to end stuff and home keeper Mudge did well to save from Callum Donnelly. Bedford had another great chance on 75 minutes but Farmer saved from Jack Downes. Baldock continued to press the home goal but also continued their poor finishing thus keeping Bedford in the game until the final whistle. Just two more chances, one at either end, before the close. Firstly Mason Smith shot narrowly wide for Bedford and in the dying minutes Mudge produced a great save to deny Holland. It was a good game to watch, the second half in particular, which warmed the hearts of the watching crowd on a bitterly cold day. Bedford were disappointed not to have drawn the match and in the end, Baldock were relieved that they held on and escaped with the three points. Mike Taylor was back at the Boro’ to enjoy a really chilly afternoon at Enfield Borough, who awaited the visitors from St Neots. The pitch was in fine condition and very well looked after by the dedicated ground staff. Perhaps inspiration for the visitors, who’s play and endeavour in the first half matched that of the home club, it certainly made St Neots lowly position seem misplaced. Honours even at half time, but it would seem that the half time tea had greater effect on the Boro’ than their opponents. Two crosses into the visitors 6-yard box and St Neots found themselves to goals down early in the second half. Try as they may, St Neots failed to make inroads, as the Enfield Borough defenders remained resolute. Enfield did manage a third goal late on, which arguably was a little bit tough on the visitors. The game well controlled by the referee, who only had to issue one caution and that was late on (but quite justified). Pleasing to report that not one audible expletive from either club….well done. Elsewhere, Brimsdown beat Harefield 3 2…. Hatfield had a close win 3 2 over bottom side Hillingdon Borough,,….and London Lions beat struggling / inconsistent Rayners Lane 3 nil…

BEDS SENIOR TROPHY – QUARTER FINAL
The only side to beat the wintry conditions in this competition was Langford who beat Caldecote 6 1, so hopefully that result will do their confidence some good. Referee Chris Turner writes – Another week and another fine example of great sportsmanship, this time in particular by Langford who continued playing in such a sporting manner respecting their opponents and the match officials throughout the 90 minutes despite the score line, and I cannot commend them highly enough. My two colleagues should also both be commended for a magnificent example of assistant refereeing which greatly contributed to the respect shown by both clubs enabling me to fully enjoy this match confident in the knowledge that both clubs and officials were here to play positive skilful football in a sporting spirit. Please would you be kind enough to communicate to all the clubs, that I look forward to each match this season in the hope that All of the clubs in the league at which I referee reflect the improvement that I have seen over the past two seasons on the league as it can only encourage more referees to join the league and more importantly with the skill, sportsmanship and less foul language now clearly on display , will hopefully increase spectator attendance and funds for the clubs.

DIVISION TWO CUP – 2nd ROUND
In front of 15 frozen spectators, Aston Clinton moved into the next Round with a 2-0 home win over The 61 FC. Goalscorers for the home side were Alex Little and Harry Brown

SUBSTITUTE BOARDS
A reminder to all clubs, particularly those in Division Two , that the use of Substitute Boards in a match is a League requirement. The home side are responsible for providing the Boards, and they are normally placed on the half way line, so that they can be used by both sides as required.

DIVISION TWO

Before their game with Pitstone & Ivinghoe, Park View were presented with the APBS sponsored Team of the Month by Board member Norman Ingram. On a less than welcoming day, when only idiots go out in the cold to watch a game, played safe, and went to a 3g ( or 4 g ) pitch to watch a game between Park View against Pitstone & Ivinghoe. I don’t normally like pitches with a running track circling the pitch but had a very good view from the impressive main stand, and the view from the elevated opposite side wasn’t bad either. As there were nine goals in the game I don’t intend to itemise them all, but would make a special mention to FRANCIS WILLIAMS who notched 4 of his team’s 6 goals, plus Pitstone’s number 8 – sorry never got the line-ups, and nothing on full time at the time of composing this report – but he gave a masterful performance in midfield, as well as scoring the best goal of the game – a dipping 35 yarder. This was a game that graced Division Two ( and probably higher ) as both sides were intent on attacking, and no blame should be levied against either defence. Some of the goals would’ve been drooled over by the Match of the Day pundits, such was the quality of the goals. The scoring went as follows….Francis Williams, but wearing number 5 scored after 6 and 9 minutes, and initial thoughts were game over. However Pitstone had other ideas, and No 8 volleyed home after 10 minutes to reduce the deficit, and it was all square when No 7 shot home after 19 minutes from a cut back. In the 45 minute Williams put his side back in front. Back came Pitstone with a well worked goal to equalize after 61 minutes when the 9 slotted home. However 2 minutes later Williams notched his fourth of the game. In the closing stages KOFI APPIAH netted with fine strikes after 77 and 85 minutes. In short you can understand why Park View are top as they are so potent up front, but Pitstone certainly gave them a good game, and its hard to believe why they are so low in the table. Both teams played the game in a very sporting manner.
There was another idiot out and about in the Berkhamsted area where the Editor watched Berkhamsted Raiders claim their 4th victory of the season as they beat visiting Mursley Utd 3-1. This was another very watchable and enjoyable game, despite the brass monkeys weather, with end to end football to keep the large band of groundhoppers happy. Both sides had numerous chances to score – no exaggeration to say that it could easily have been 12-11 at the end!. Berko took the lead midway through the first half after Joel Danso converted a penalty but Adam Bone showed good strength to hold off a defender and slot home to bring the scores level in the 39th minute. The best strike of the day came in the second half, unfortunately it was from the boot of a Mursley man past his own keeper to put the home side back in front. Mursley’s hopes of a comeback were dealt a body blow when Ellis Spence received a red card for verbals towards the referee. Mursley continued to throw men forward as they pressed for the equaliser, and Drew McFarland took advantage of one such gap to burst through the middle to put the match beyond the visitors. Apart from the red card incident , the match was played in a good spirit by both sides, and well refereed by Newton Gordon. The only other match to beat the weather in this Division saw Loughton Manor return from Tring Town with a 4-1 victory, thanks to two goals from George Sofroni and one apiece from Jamie Palmer and James Davey.

LATEST TRANSFERS
Original Club        New Club
Dean Roper- Berkhamsted Raiders- Amersham
David Etheridge- Colney Heath- Codicote
Rowan Bullivant- Winslow- Buckingham Athletic
Stephen O’Hara- London Colney- Hadley
Jack Blair- Harpenden- Berkhamsted
Sami Mahrouche- WGC- Hatfield
Sean Fryer- Colney Heath- Hadley
Brandon Carney- WGC- AFC Dunstable
Chris Blunden- Berkhamsted- Oxhey Jets
Jordan Goode-Keeley- Harefield- Broadfields
Laurence Rispoli- AFC Southgate- Cockfosters
Nathaniel Higgins- Tring Corinthians- Leighton Town
Bradley Kirkwood- Leighton Town- Winslow United
Simon Dent- Hertford Town- Wodson Park

NOVEMBER APBS TEAM OF THE MONTH
Premier Division: Harpenden Town
Division One: Broadfields Utd
DivisionTwo: Amersham Town

Congratulations to all 3 winners.

MIND YOUR LANGUAGE
A reminder to all clubs that it is a League Directive that the laminated A3 MYL posters must be displayed in all 3 changing rooms and in the clubhouse or refreshment area. Non compliance with this Directive may well result in a charge being levied against your club.
Grateful thanks to Chris Mitchell, Bob Flight, Dave Henman ,Mike Taylor, Wild Bill Hamilton & Chris Turner for their reports. It’s very good to see some of our match officials putting pen to paper and submitting reports, particularly when it’s clear they are reporting on an enjoyable game.

All news, views items of interest, tittle tattle etc are welcome, particularly from our refereeing fraternity.
Enjoy your football and remember MIND YOUR LANGUAGE
BillScholes-bill@spartansouthmids.co.uk

SSMFL: Results from Saturday 9th December 2017 + tables

Picture by Dale James

Saturday 9th December
PREMIER DIVISION
P-P Cockfosters v Leverstock Green
1-1 Colney Heath v Holmer Green
P-P Crawley Green v Leighton Town
1-0 Edgware Town v Hoddesdon Town
2-2 Hadley v Biggleswade United
P-P Harpenden Town v London Tigers
London Colney v Berkhamsted NO RESULT TEXT RECEIVED
P-P Oxhey Jets v Welwyn Garden City
P-P Stotfold v St Margaretsbury

DIVISION ONE
1-2 Bedford v Baldock Town
3-2 Brimsdown v Harefield United
P-P Buckingham Athletic v Broadfields United
3-0 Enfield Borough v St Neots Town Reserves
3-2 Hatfield Town v Hillingdon Borough
3-0 London Lions v Rayners Lane
P-P Risborough Rangers v Codicote
P-P Winslow United v FC Broxbourne Borough
P-P Wodson Park v Southall

BEDS SENIOR TROPHY Quarter Finals
P-P Cranfield United v Ampthill Town
6-1 Langford v Caldecote
P-P Totternhoe v Shefford Town & Campton

DIVISION TWO CUP Second Round
2-0 Aston Clinton v The 61FC (Luton)

DIVISION TWO
3-1 Berkhamsted Raiders v Mursley United
P-P Grendon Rangers v Clean Slate
6-3 Park View v Pitstone & Ivinghoe
P-P Tring Corinthians v AFC Southgate
1-4 Tring Town AFC v Loughton Manor
P-P Unite MK FC v Old Bradwell United

U25 DEVELOPMENT DIVISION
P-P Ampthill Town Development v Risborough Rangers Development
2-1 Berkhamsted Development v Colney Heath Development
P-P Biggleswade United Development v Hertford Town Development
0-4 Hillingdon Borough Development v AFC Dunstable Development
P-P Hoddesdon Town Development v Harpenden Town Development
P-P Holmer Green Development v Buckingham Athletic Development
P-P Leighton Town Development v Cockfosters Development

BERKS & BUCKS INTERMEDIATE CUP Fourth Round
1-3 Olney Town Reserves v Winslow United Development

HERTS INTERMEDIATE CUP Second Round
P-P Stevenage Borough Community v St Margaretsbury Development
Welwyn Garden City Development v Hampstead Heath Lions NO RESULT TEXT RECEIVED

SSMFL: Newsletter No 16 – Saturday 2nd December 2017

SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS FOOTBALL LEAGUE
NEWSLETTER NO 16
SAT 2nd DECEMBER

Many congratulations to our 3 FA Vase winners – Leighton Town, Tring Ath and Biggleswade FC and the best of luck in the next round.

F.A. VASE – THIRD ROUND
Leighton Town made the long journey to Norfolk to take on Gorleston and emerged as 4-2 winners in this 3 round match. Both teams looked eager to attack and the game was certainly being played at a high tempo in the early stages. Town looked the better of the two teams in the first half but despite lots of possesion could not find the final killer ball. They eventually took the lead in the 42nd minute when Tom Silford unleashed a left footed shot that ripped high into the net. Two minutes later Silford laid the ball square to Lewis McBride who drove a low shot into the bottom corner of the net to double Town’s lead. Gorleston made some tactical changes at half time pushing their captain, Ingram into midfield from left back and he was a major influence for the hosts who started the half in determined fashion. In the 59th minute the hosts pulled a goal back when Watts fired the ball in from the left and it carried over Tom Wyant and into the far side of the net, was it a cross or was it a shot ?, the scorer said it was a shot, who can argue !!. Within 4 minutes Gorleston had levelled the tie when Lambert drove a low shot across the goal and into the far corner. Gorleston were now looking the livelier of the two sides and Town needed to up their game again. In the 71st minute they won a corner on the left which went right across the goal before striking a home defender and dropping nicely for Tom Silford who knocked it into the net to restore Town’s lead. After working so hard to get back in the game Gorleston must have been disappointed to find themselves behind again. Both sides continued to attack and in the 81st minute Town created 3 consecutive chances but 2 shots were blocked by defenders before a third was saved by the keeper. In the 84th minute town increased their lead after the home keeper made a good block the ball went out as far as Lewis McBride who superbly curled the ball home from about 25yards to restore Town’s 2 goal advantage. Town introduced 3 subs toward the end of the game but the hosts who had battled throughout were unable to score again and Town progressed through to Round 4. This was an exciting and well contested game which was well refereed and over the 90 minutes Town were good value for their win. The game between Welwyn Garden City vs Biggleswade FC turned into a very long afternoon, what with extra time, and stoppages, but in the end the better side won, but it wasn’t always that way during the game. The hosts were quickest out of the blocks, and the Greens rearguard initially looked rather uncomfortable, with the keeper looking a little hesitant. The first goal arrived after only 9 minutes when a Welwyn attack wasn’t properly cleared, and fell invitingly to the onrushing captain Danny Payne, who from 20 yards out, hit a lovely shot, which entered the net, via a deflection. It was all Welwyn for the first 35 / 40 minutes or so, and if it wasn’t for Daniel Green in goal saving 2 one-on ones it probably would’ve been game over. His initial hesitancy had gone, and in my books he kept his side very much in the game. As the half was nearing completion Alex Marsh shot through a crowd of players – probably with Charlie May unsighted – to claim an unexpected equaliser after 45 plus 5 minutes. If the first half belonged to Welwyn, the second half definitely belonged to Biggleswade, who were camped inside the Citizens half for most of the game. Try as they might to get in front Welwyn’s rearguard held firm, so onto extra time. Biggleswade still held the edge but it wasn’t until the 111th minute that they got the deserved breakthrough. It took a penalty – no arguments from me – for Nathan George to comfortably shoot home. Welwyn pushed for the equaliser whilst Biggleswade were just happy to keep the ball by the opposition corner flag which is so frustrating, but in the modern age, so common to see. So after another 5 minutes of extra extra time it was finally all over. I don’t like to be negative but the experienced referee let too much physical challenges go by in the first half, and one WGC player could’ve / should’ve walked within the first few minutes. Fortunately it all quietened down in the second half, although surprisingly there were more bookings! Finally a more than healthy crowd of 232 watched the game, which as a neutral commented was a very good advert for our league. Tring Athletic’s home 1-0 win against close neighbours and rivals Berkhamsted was an enthralling cup tie at The Grass Roots Stadium. The game attracted an official crowd of 285 who contributed greatly to a compelling derby game with both sets of supporters making plenty of noise to make it a cracking atmosphere. To say the result was a surprise was probably an understatement, with the visitors sitting on top of the table having not lost a league match for 17 games, whilst Tring sat second from bottom. The scene was set with a penalty shoot out from youngsters from Tring Tornadoes. Tring started on the front foot with teenager Max Hercules forcing a great save from Carl Tasker after only 2 minutes following a move instigated by Max and also involving Chris Vardy and Elliott Goward. Encouraged by this early opportunity the crucial breakthrough came just 6 minutes later when Chris Vardy stole in front of the big defenders to head the ball emphatically past keeper Carl Tasker. Further half chances fell to both sides. A super cross field pass from Luke Dunstan, who had another influential game, picked out Elliott Goward who cleverly rounded the defender but could only find the side netting from a tight angle. Former Athletic man Chris Blunden was twice foiled by late interventions from Chris Mason and Sam Joliffe and later fired a shot from some distance way over the bar after a fine piece of play by Berko. The visitors main threat came from set pieces struck by Adam Mead but by and large Tring dealt with this threat well but Jack Hopwood had to punch one effort away and failed to catch another although a foul was given for the latter. Tring were better side during the first half and deservedly went in at the interval with a one goal advantage and very nearly doubled the lead within 22 seconds of the restart when Chris Vardy met Goward’s cross only to see his effort just go agonisingly wide of the far post. As expected it was the visitors who picked up the pace with Josh Chamberlain forcing a fine save from Jack Hopwood (it has to be said his first major one of the game) who then cut out Alex Campana’s follow up cross. Campana then struck a fierce long range shot that flew well wide of the target. There was some apprehension when Adam Mead stepped up to take a free kick given on the edge of our area but Jack Hopwood was equal to the task tipping the well struck set piece over the bar. There was then an unfortunate halt to proceedings when the floodlights failed which delayed the match by about 48 minutes.
Play resumed with the visitors winning three corners on the trot and showing a determination to get back into the tie. They dominated possession but failed to break open the well organised and stubborn Tring defence.. Berko centre back and captain Jon Munday headed over a couple of corners but clear chances were thin on the ground for the visitors and they began to leave gaps at the back as they pushed forward in search of the equaliser. With time almost up the visitors had one last opportunity from a free kick which hit the post and following a melee in the area the ball was smashed over the bar from a promising position. There were calls for a handball and penalty from Berko who claimed that when the ball rebounded off the post it struck Tommy Twelves on the arm. This was later denied (as you would expect!) and the officials obviously agreed with him as they waved away the appeals. Seconds later the final whistle went.

4th ROUND DRAW
Leighton Town v Norwich CBS (Eastern Counties Div One)
Tring Athletic v Hullbridge Sports (Essex Senior)
Thatcham (Hellenic Premier) v Biggleswade FC

PREMIER DIVISION
With Berkhamsted and Welwyn Garden City in FA Vase action, Harpenden Town moved into second spot after they won 2-1 at Oxhey Jets. For Harpenden, it was a 12th win of the season but a defeat that leaves their hosts in the bottom third of the table. At the foot of the table, Crawley Green remain bottom despite drawing 1-1 at Hadley for whom Kerkstun Macpherson was on the scoresheet. Two of the bottom five met as the hosts Holmer Green won for just the 4th time this season as they overcame fellow strugglers St Margaretsbury 4-0 with Leo Blackman scoring twice. One of the division’s form sides, Leverstock Green, made it six straight league wins after their 3-0 home win against Edgware Town with Curtis Donaldson, Jonathon Lacey and Alex McCarthy on the scoresheet. Elsewhere, Hoddesdon Town won 4-2 at Cockfosters with Leigh Rose, Bradley Fraser with a brace and Emmanuel Melford-Rowe scoring the goals and Stotfold move out of the bottom two after winning 2-1 at London Tigers thanks to Dan Harper’s penalty.

DIVISION ONE
Winslow Utd are up into third place after their 8-1 thrashing away at St.Neots Reserves Sean Coles put Winslow in front at St Neots Town reserves with a left-footed effort from 20 yards out following a corner. Matt Cruse then struck twice before Coles made it four with Winslow’s 54th goal of the season, surpassing their totals the previous two campaigns. Two own goals put Winslow six in front before Daniel Delderfield scored goal number seven right on the stroke of half-time. Coles scored his 26th goal of the season as he wrapped up a match hat-trick. In a mid table fixture, Buckingham Athletic entertained Ampthill Town on a damp afternoon at Stratford Fields and the home team ran out winners by 5 – 2. A frequent quote is that football is watched by one man and his dog, however for this game it was four dogs and a small but enthusiastic crowd. All the early pressure came from Athletic and it was no surprise when they scored on just 5 minutes through Ben Acquaye. Ampthill did not trouble Nick Bennion in the home goal until the 19th minute when he saved a shot from Brad Clarke. Two quick goals before half time sealed the game for Athletic as first Chris Stapleton struck home a 25th minute penalty and then he hit his second goal on 33 minutes when his shot hit a post and went in. Ampthill rallied with a couple of corners in quick succession and Bennion had to save at the second attempt from a shot by Sam Holmes. The half ended with Athletic in firm control. Ampthill started the second half better and Bennion made a good early save from Clarke and Athletic had to survive a couple of free kicks. But Ampthill were not to be denied and from another free kick, Jamie Cerminara rose to head the ball past Bennion on 54 minutes. Any thought of an Ampthill revival soon disappeared however when just minutes later Athletic scored their fourth goal on 57 minutes when Jack Menday headed home a corner kick by Ryan Marsden. Athletic went further ahead on 66 minutes when Ryan Kelsey netted from close range and could have scored again but substitute Juyin Oluwayemi missed the goal when it seemed easier to score. This miss proved costly as Ampthill hit their second goal a minute later when Cerminara headed the ball into the home net on 69 minutes. The final minutes of the game saw Ampthill try to reduce the arrears and Bennion had to produce a great save to deny Sam Holmes from scoring. However, Athletic held out for a great win which moves them above Ampthill in the table on goal difference. Our very own Mike Taylor was on the line for the battle of the B’s as Broadfields entertained Brimsdown. A dull dark day, an early kick-off precipitated by floodlight issues at Preston Park, but out came Broadfields guns blazing, visitors Brimsdown were soon pegged back in their own half. That the home club went into an early lead came as no surprise to the few hardy souls that came to watch the game, but they were somewhat bemused when then visitors capitalised on a long pass and swept in the equaliser. Broadfields, with promotion aspirations, were shaken and stirred into some sprightly wing play that ran their opponents ragged, two more goals before the half time tea and the Broadfields were looking home and dry. However Brimsdown are made of stronger stuff, turning the game around and taking over the middle of the park, this time the visitors wingmen getting their own back. Another Brimsdown goal and should end the game with ten men, as one of their player’s decided to use his head in a manner not allowed. Shame really, it wasn’t that kind of game. But Broadfields will have to play a lot better than this if they are to retain their promotion hope. ….Must’ve been a cracker between 2 more mid-table teams who have slipped recently – Buckingham beating Ampthill 5 -3. I’ll see how Ampthill fare on Tuesday, when they take on runaway leaders Southall. If they play to their full potential it should be quite a game…Harefield won 3-1 at FC Broxbourne with their scorers being Leonard Farhall, Paul Underwood and Tom Williams, with Chris Wells responding for the Borough…Rather surprisingly promotion chasers Risborough Rangers came up against a rejuvenated bottom club Hillingdon Borough with 7 new signings and could only drew 2 -2 and so drop to 4th in the table….Rayners Lane drew 1 – 1 with improving Codicote with Sekani McCalmon, and Jacob Cook scoring for their respective sides…The young St Neots team got thrashed 8 – 1 by Winslow on their own patch , a win which lifts Winslow up to 3rd, with games in hand….Now 2nd in the table Wodson Park beat Langford 3 nil with Matthew Ellis, Peter Sawyer and Louis Wylie finding the net. I know its an ongoing gripe of mine but why were only 15 in attendance?..

PABLO ARDILES: Update on Pablo’s appearances in SSMFL football. Pablo made 431 appearances for Hoddesdon Town, 70 appearances for Welwyn Garden City and at least 125 appearances for Wodson Park. Therefore he has racked up over 626 appearances in SSMFL football, and as Colin Sinden has pointed out he will celebrate 25 years of plying his trade in the SSMFL next year. An incredible achievement and much deserving of our congratulations. Rather puts to shame the number of modern players who seem to chop and change their clubs more frequently than their undercrackers!

DIVISION TWO
Park View returned to the top of the table following their 2-1 win away at Old Bradwell. Francis Mathews and Albert Ofori- Mensah were on the scoresheet for the visitors whilst Ross Butler replied for the home side. Apart from getting the 3 points, their return to the summit was helped by Totternhoe’s rather surprising 4-2 defeat away at Pitstone & Ivinghoe .Ryan Mellor hit a hat trick for Pitstone whilst Joe Smith was responsible for both of Totternhoe’s goals Amersham Town made it six wins out of six and moved up to third in the table with a hard earned 1-0 victory over The 61FC ( Luton ). Records show that the last time Amersham won six successive games was in 2002. Their current form reflects great credit on manager Mani Asare who has improved the squad both by good coaching and the recruitment of some promising players. It could all have been very different had The 61FC’s Ryan Smith converted a chance after only twenty seconds but, with the goal at his mercy, he bundled the ball wide. Amersham, however, moved the ball around well and produced several half chances. Germaine Agyemang delayed a shot when well !placed and The 61 keeper, Daniel Gould, was well positioned to field shots from Isaac Asare and Bertie Squires-Adams. On the half hour mark The 61FC worked their way back into the game. Bradley Currington received the ball from the right, dummied his defender but then hacked his shot over the bar. It was a costly miss as nine minutes later Amersham took the lead. After good inter-passing in midfield Agyemang slid the ball into the run of Tom Parry who clipped his shot past the advancing Gould and into the net. As the second half went on, The 61FC started to dominate as Amersham lost their composure and their shape. The home side were indebted to their defence who came to the rescue with some resolute defending as their forwards, so lively in the first half, seemed to decide that tracking back to help out was not in their job description! There was still time, however, for a header from a 61FC forward to graze the bar before the final whistle drew to a good and fairly contested match to a close . Mursley United travelled to MK Gallacticos on Saturday and were defeated 4-3 in a hard-fought game.Manager Anthony Lands introduced new signing John Mulholland and the former Aylesbury Utd and Winslow United player-manager slotted into the middle of the back four. The home side were quickest out of the blocks and scored after ten minutes through Josh Douglas-Smith, although there was a suspicion of offside as the striker ran on to a through ball and slotted past Sam Jay. Mursley looked to take a hold in the game and a terrific strike from Adam Bone crashed back off the bar with the keeper beaten. Gallacticos extended their lead on the half hour as Douglas-Smith had time to control the ball and curl an effort past Jay from eighteen yards. He went on to add his third on the dot of half-time as he got away from the Mursley defence again and calmly slotted home. Lands swapped himself for Lewis Delahaye at half-time and the visitors used their possession better. They scored with just over twenty minutes left as Peter McAnaspie ran onto a through ball and his firmly struck shot beat the home keeper before he could move. They added a second after a sustained bout of pressure as a Bone corner curled under the bar and into the net. The hosts hit back immediately as a flowing move ended with Dahire touching home at the near post. A frantic ten minutes ensued and, in injury time, a long deep cross from Simon Hodges cannoned back off the far post, hit the keeper and lodged in the net. Mursley had one final chance, but Bone’s free kick from twenty five yards flew tantalisingly over the bar. Aston Clinton returned from Loughton Manor with a 3-0 win, thanks to goals by Tom Burton, Vinny Greco and Lewis Workman, but the home side were undoubtedly not helped by the red card received by goal keeper Ricard Radford after just 25 minutes. The referee, Dean Carney, was so impressed with the attitude of Loughton following the sending off that he wrote the following : I have to note the Loughton Captain, Manager and Chairman were all superb to work with and conducted themselves very very well in a tough fixture for them! Having had to dismiss the goalkeeper after 25 minutes for a DOGSO, The captain was superb in controlling his players and having a calm discussion with me regarding the incident – a credit to his team. The Chairman had heard some sour words thrown in my direction(Of which I did not hear), in which he popped his head into the changing room at Half time to apologise on behalf of the club, he also backed my decision – again a credit to the club. The manager was also very calm and composed as he asked at half time for my take on the incident, I explained and he wasn’t convinced, he accepted it gracefully. In what must have been a frustrating afternoon for the team, I fully felt the club were a credit to the league. IF ONLY CARLSBERG MADE CAPTAINS, MANAGERS AND CHAIRMAN!

HERTS CENTENARY TROPHY :Both matches in the Trophy saw victories for SSMFL sides – Baldock thrashed Wormley Rovers 5 1, whilst London Lions progressed by disposing of Knebwoth by 3 goals to nil

SUBSTITUTE BOARDS :A reminder to all clubs, particularly those in Division Two , that the use of Substitute Boards in a match is a League requirement. The home side are responsible for providing the Boards, and they are normally placed on the half way line, so that they can be used by both sides as required.

MIND YOUR LANGUAGE
A reminder to all clubs that it is a League Directive that the laminated A3 MYL posters must be displayed in all 3 changing rooms and in the clubhouse or refreshment area. Non compliance with this Directive may well result in a charge being levied against your club.

Grateful thanks to Chris Mitchell, Bob Flight, Dave Henman and Mike Taylor for their reports. It’s good to see some of our match officials putting pen to paper and submitting reports – more please – particularly when it’s clear they are reporting on an enjoyable game..

All news, views, items of interest, tittle tattle etc, are welcome, particularly from our refereeing fraternity. Enjoy your football, and remember MIND YOUR LANGUAGE

Bill Scholes- bill@spartansouthmids.co.uk

SSMFL: Fixtures for the next two weeks (Tuesday 5th-Saturday 16th December 2017)

Picture by Dale James

Tuesday 5th December – Kick Off 7.45pm
PREMIER DIVISION
Edgware Town v Colney Heath
London Tigers v Holmer Green

BEDS SENIOR CUP Quarter Finals
Bedford Town v Biggleswade United
Biggleswade FC v AFC Dunstable
Leighton Town v Biggleswade Town

HERTS SENIOR CHALLENGE CUP Second Round
Berkhamsted v Royston Town
Harpenden Town v Sawbridgeworth Town
Hoddesdon Town v Oxhey Jets
Ware v Welwyn Garden City

MIDDLESEX SENIOR CHARITY CUP First Round
Harefield United v Harrow Borough
Spelthorne Sports v Cockfosters

DIVISION ONE
Ampthill Town v Southall
FC Broxbourne Borough v Rayners Lane
Hatfield Town v Brimsdown
Wodson Park v Winslow United

Wednesday 6th December – Kick Off 7.45pm unless stated
PREMIER DIVISION
Crawley Green v Stotfold

DUDLEY LATHAM MEMORIAL (PREMIER DIVISION) CUP Quarter Final
(Sponsored by S&T Sales and Marketing)
Hadley v Tring Athletic (Kick Off 7.30pm)

DIVISION ONE
Enfield Borough v Langford
London Lions v Broadfields United (Kick Off 8.00pm)

DIVISION ONE CUP Quarter Final
Baldock Town v Risborough Rangers

Saturday 9th December – Kick Off 3.00pm unless stated
PREMIER DIVISION
Cockfosters v Leverstock Green
Colney Heath v Holmer Green
Crawley Green v Leighton Town
Edgware Town v Hoddesdon Town
Hadley v Biggleswade United
Harpenden Town v London Tigers
London Colney v Berkhamsted
Oxhey Jets v Welwyn Garden City
Stotfold v St Margaretsbury

DIVISION ONE
Bedford v Baldock Town
Brimsdown v Harefield United
Buckingham Athletic v Broadfields United
Enfield Borough v St Neots Town Reserves
Hatfield Town v Hillingdon Borough
London Lions v Rayners Lane
Risborough Rangers v Codicote
Winslow United v FC Broxbourne Borough
Wodson Park v Southall

BEDS SENIOR TROPHY Quarter Finals
Cranfield United v Ampthill Town
Langford v Caldecote
Totternhoe v Shefford Town & Campton (Kick Off 2.00pm)

DIVISION TWO CUP Second Round
Aston Clinton v The 61FC (Luton) (Kick Off 2.00pm)

DIVISION TWO
Berkhamsted Raiders v Mursley United
Grendon Rangers v Clean Slate (Kick Off 2.00pm)
Park View v Pitstone & Ivinghoe
Tring Corinthians v AFC Southgate (Kick Off 2.00pm)
Tring Town AFC v Loughton Manor (Kick Off 2.00pm)
Unite MK FC v Old Bradwell United

U25 DEVELOPMENT DIVISION
Ampthill Town Development v Risborough Rangers Development
Berkhamsted Development v Colney Heath Development
Biggleswade United Development v Hertford Town Development
Hillingdon Borough Development v AFC Dunstable Development
Hoddesdon Town Development v Harpenden Town Development
Holmer Green Development v Buckingham Athletic Development
Leighton Town Development v Cockfosters Development

BERKS & BUCKS INTERMEDIATE CUP Fourth Round
Olney Town Reserves v Winslow United Development

HERTS INTERMEDIATE CUP Second Round
Stevenage Borough Community v St Margaretsbury Development (Kick Off 1.30pm)
Welwyn Garden City Development v Hampstead Heath Lions

Tuesday 12th December – Kick Off 7.45pm unless stated
LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY Third Round
Broadfields United v Hoddesdon Town

PREMIER DIVISION
Leverstock Green v Colney Heath (Kick Off 7.30pm)
London Tigers v Edgware Town
St Margaretsbury v Biggleswade United

DUDLEY LATHAM MEMORIAL (PREMIER DIVISION) CUP Semi Final
(Sponsored by S&T Sales and Marketing)
Leighton Town v Harpenden Town

WEST HERTS ST MARY’S Cup Quarter Final
Tring Athletic v Chipperfield Corinthians

DIVISION ONE
FC Broxbourne Borough v Langford

DIVISION ONE CUP Semi Final
Baldock Town or Risborough Rangers v London Lions (If Risborough Rangers)

NORTH BEDS CHARITY CUP Quarter Final
Potton United v Stotfold

Wednesday 13th December – Kick Off 7.45pm unless stated
DUDLEY LATHAM MEMORIAL (PREMIER DIVISION) CUP Semi Final
(Sponsored by S&T Sales and Marketing)
Welwyn Garden City v Hadley or Tring Athletic

DIVISION ONE CUP Semi Finals
Ampthill Town v Southall
Baldock Town or Risborough Rangers v London Lions (If Baldock Town)

DIVISION TWO
Unite MK FC v Aston Clinton

U25 DEVELOPMENT DIVISION CHALLENGE TROPHY Semi Final
Harpenden Town Development v Buckingham Athletic Development

Saturday 16th December – Kick Off 3.00pm unless stated
FA Trophy First Round Proper
Haringey Borough v Leyton Orient
Hendon v Bath City or Margate

PREMIER DIVISION
Biggleswade FC v Harpenden Town
Biggleswade United v Leverstock Green
Hoddesdon Town v Hadley
Holmer Green v Edgware Town
Leighton Town v Cockfosters
London Tigers v London Colney
St Margaretsbury v Oxhey Jets
Tring Athletic v Stotfold
Welwyn Garden City v Berkhamsted
Wembley v Colney Heath

DIVISION ONE
Ampthill Town v Baldock Town
Bedford v Wodson Park
Codicote v Risborough Rangers
FC Broxbourne Borough v Enfield Borough
Harefield United v Southall
Hillingdon Borough v Broadfields United
Langford v Brimsdown
St Neots Town Reserves v Rayners Lane
Winslow United v London Lions

DIVISION TWO
AFC Southgate v Unite MK FC
Loughton Manor v Berkhamsted Raiders (Kick Off 2.00pm)
MK Gallacticos v Amersham Town (Kick Off 2.00pm)
Mursley United v Grendon Rangers (Kick Off 2.00pm)
Old Bradwell United v The 61FC (Luton) (Kick Off 2.00pm)
Pitstone & Ivinghoe v Tring Corinthians (Kick Off 2.00pm)

U25 DEVELOPMENT DIVISION
AFC Dunstable Development v Biggleswade United Development
Berkhamsted Development v St Margaretsbury Development
Buckingham Athletic Development v Ampthill Town Development
Cockfosters Development v Leighton Town Development
Colney Heath Development v Hillingdon Borough Development
Harpenden Town Development v Winslow United Development
Hertford Town Development v Welwyn Garden City Development
Risborough Rangers Development v Holmer Green Development

SSMFL: Forthcoming fixtures (Sat. 2nd to Sat. 9th December 2017)

Saturday 2nd December – Kick Off 3.00pm unless stated
THE BUILDBASE FA VASE Third Round Proper
Gorleston v Leighton Town
Tring Athletic v Berkhamsted
Welwyn Garden City v Biggleswade FC

PREMIER DIVISION
Cockfosters v Hoddesdon Town
Colney Heath v Wembley
Hadley v Crawley Green
Holmer Green v St Margaretsbury
Leverstock Green v Edgware Town
London Tigers v Stotfold
Oxhey Jets v Harpenden Town

DIVISION ONE
Broadfields United v Brimsdown
Buckingham Athletic v Ampthill Town
FC Broxbourne Borough v Harefield United
Hillingdon Borough v Risborough Rangers
Rayners Lane v Codicote
St Neots Town Reserves v Winslow United
Wodson Park v Langford

HERTS SENIOR CENTENARY TROPHY Quarter Finals
Baldock Town v Wormley Rovers
London Lions v Knebworth

DIVISION TWO
Amersham Town v The 61FC (Luton)
Grendon Rangers v AFC Southgate (Kick Off 2.00pm)
Loughton Manor v Aston Clinton (Kick Off 2.00pm)
MK Gallacticos v Mursley United (Kick Off 2.00pm)
Old Bradwell United v Park View (Kick Off 2.00pm)
Pitstone & Ivinghoe v Totternhoe (Kick Off 2.00pm)

NATIONAL CHRISTIAN CUP Second Round
Battle Baptist (Sussex) v Clean Slate (Kick Off 2.00pm)

U25 DEVELOPMENT DIVISION
AFC Dunstable Development v Holmer Green Development
Ampthill Town Development v Cockfosters Development
Harpenden Town Development v Buckingham Athletic Development
Hoddesdon Town Development v Biggleswade United Development
Leighton Town Development v Hillingdon Borough Development
Risborough Rangers Development v Colney Heath Development
St Margaretsbury Development v Welwyn Garden City Development
Winslow United Development v Berkhamsted Development

Tuesday 5th December – Kick Off 7.45pm
PREMIER DIVISION
Edgware Town v Colney Heath
London Tigers v Holmer Green

BEDS SENIOR CUP Quarter Finals
Bedford Town v Biggleswade United
Biggleswade FC v AFC Dunstable
Leighton Town v Biggleswade Town

HERTS SENIOR CHALLENGE CUP Second Round
Berkhamsted v Royston Town
Harpenden Town v Sawbridgeworth Town
Hoddesdon Town v Oxhey Jets
Ware v Welwyn Garden City

MIDDLESEX SENIOR CHARITY CUP First Round
Harefield United v Harrow Borough
Spelthorne Sports v Cockfosters

DIVISION ONE
Ampthill Town v Southall
FC Broxbourne Borough v Rayners Lane
Hatfield Town v Brimsdown
Wodson Park v Winslow United

Wednesday 6th December – Kick Off 7.45pm unless stated
PREMIER DIVISION
Crawley Green v Stotfold

DUDLEY LATHAM MEMORIAL (PREMIER DIVISION) CUP Quarter Final
(Sponsored by S&T Sales and Marketing)
Hadley v Tring Athletic (Kick Off 7.30pm)

DIVISION ONE
Enfield Borough v Langford
London Lions v Broadfields United (Kick Off 8.00pm)

DIVISION ONE CUP Quarter Final
Baldock Town v Risborough Rangers

Thursday 7th December – Kick Off 7.45pm unless stated
U25 DEVELOPMENT DIVISION CHALLENGE TROPHY Semi Final
Risborough Rangers Development v Welwyn Garden City Development

Saturday 9th December – Kick Off 3.00pm unless stated
PREMIER DIVISION
Cockfosters v Leverstock Green
Colney Heath v Holmer Green
Crawley Green v Leighton Town
Edgware Town v Hoddesdon Town
Hadley v Biggleswade United
Harpenden Town v London Tigers
London Colney v Berkhamsted
Oxhey Jets v Welwyn Garden City
Stotfold v St Margaretsbury

DIVISION ONE
Bedford v Baldock Town
Brimsdown v Harefield United
Buckingham Athletic v Broadfields United
Enfield Borough v St Neots Town Reserves
Hatfield Town v Hillingdon Borough
London Lions v Rayners Lane
Risborough Rangers v Codicote
Winslow United v FC Broxbourne Borough
Wodson Park v Southall

BEDS SENIOR TROPHY Quarter Finals
Cranfield United v Ampthill Town
Langford v Caldecote
Totternhoe v Shefford Town & Campton (Kick Off 2.00pm)

DIVISION TWO CUP Second Round
Aston Clinton v The 61FC (Luton) (Kick Off 2.00pm)

DIVISION TWO
Berkhamsted Raiders v Mursley United
Grendon Rangers v Clean Slate (Kick Off 2.00pm)
Park View v Pitstone & Ivinghoe
Tring Corinthians v AFC Southgate (Kick Off 2.00pm)
Tring Town AFC v Loughton Manor (Kick Off 2.00pm)
Unite MK FC v Old Bradwell United

U25 DEVELOPMENT DIVISION
Ampthill Town Development v Risborough Rangers Development
Berkhamsted Development v Colney Heath Development
Biggleswade United Development v Hertford Town Development
Hillingdon Borough Development v AFC Dunstable Development
Hoddesdon Town Development v Harpenden Town Development
Holmer Green Development v Buckingham Athletic Development
Leighton Town Development v Cockfosters Development

BERKS & BUCKS INTERMEDIATE CUP Fourth Round
Olney Town Reserves v Winslow United Development

HERTS INTERMEDIATE CUP Second Round
Stevenage Borough Community v St Margaretsbury Development (Kick Off 1.30pm)
Welwyn Garden City Development v Hampstead Heath Lions

SSMFL: DOMESTIC CUP COMPETITIONS UPDATED DRAWS AND DATES

LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY Third Round
Wednesday 29th November
Crawley Green v Southall
Welwyn Garden City v Biggleswade FC

Tuesday 12th December
Broadfields United v Hoddesdon Town

Tuesday 19th December
Edgware Town v Tring Athletic

LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY Quarter Finals
Tuesday 19th December or Wednesday 20th December
Cockfosters v Broadfields United or Hoddesdon Town
Crawley Green or Southall v London Colney
Winslow United v Welwyn Garden City or Biggleswade FC

Tuesday 2nd January
Edgware Town or Tring Athletic v Risborough Rangers

LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY Semi Finals
Tuesday 16th January or Wednesday 17th January
Edgware Town/Tring Athletic or Risborough Rangers v
Crawley Green/Southall or London Colney
(Note if Edgware Town then Tuesday 23rd January)

Winslow United or Welwyn Garden City/Biggleswade FC v
Cockfosters or Broadfields United/Hoddesdon Town

 

DUDLEY LATHAM MEMORIAL (Premier Division) CUP Quarter Finals
(Sponsored by S & T Sales & Marketing)
Wednesday 6th December
Hadley v Tring Athletic (Kick Off 7.30pm)

DUDLEY LATHAM MEMORIAL (Premier Division) CUP Semi Finals
(Sponsored by S & T Sales & Marketing)
Tuesday 12th December
Leighton Town v Harpenden Town

Wednesday 13th December
Welwyn Garden City v Hadley or Tring Athletic

Tuesday 19th December
Stotfold or Leighton Town v Harpenden Town (If Stotfold)

 

DIVISION ONE CUP Quarter Final
Wednesday 6th December
Baldock Town v Risborough Rangers

DIVISION ONE CUP Semi Finals
Tuesday 13th December
Baldock Town or Risborough Rangers v London Lions (If Risborough Rangers)

Wednesday 13th December
Ampthill Town v Southall
Baldock Town or Risborough Rangers v London Lions (If Baldock Town)

 

DIVISION TWO CUP Second Round
Saturday 9th December
Aston Clinton v The 61FC (Luton) (Kick Off 2.00pm)

DIVISION TWO CUP Quarter Final
Saturday 13th January
Amersham Town v Aston Clinton or The 61FC (Luton)

DIVISION TWO CUP Semi Final
Saturday 27th January
Pitstone & Ivinghoe v Amersham Town or Aston Clinton/The 61FC (Luton)

 

U25 DEVELOPMENT DIVISION CHALLENGE TROPHY Semi Finals
Thursday 21st December
Risborough Rangers Development v Welwyn Garden City Development

Wednesday 13th December
Harpenden Town Development v
Buckingham Athletic Development

SSMFL: Newsletter No 15 (Saturday 25th November 2017)

SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS FOOTBALL LEAGUE
NEWSLETTER NO 15

SAT 25th NOVEMBER

PREMIER DIVISION
Berkhamsted maintain both their unbeaten league record and top spot in the Premier Division after they won for the 12th this season, 3-2 at home to Colney Heath. Twice Heath came from behind to level but goals from Ben Bateman, Josh Chamberlain & Adam Mead saw the hosts home. Welwyn Garden City keep up the pace in second after they claimed an excellent 1-0 win at Wembley with Daniel Bond scoring the game’s only goal late on Two of last season’s promoted sides make up the top four with Harpenden Town winning 1-0 at Biggleswade United and Biggleswade FC recording a 1-1 draw at home to Hadley. It was a frustrating match for the home club, but a welcome point for Hadley who played the last 30 minutes with 10 men after their goalkeeper was sent off. On a cold dry day playing on an excellent surface, Hadley took a surprising very early lead on 2 minutes when a mishit defensive clearance landed at the feet of Kerston Macpherson whose shot appeared to dribble over the Biggleswade goal-line. The home club tried to respond , and a few minutes later a direct free-kick just outside the Hadley penalty area, resulted in a strong header but aimed straight at the away keeper. The home defence was constantly troubled by the quick moving forwards of the visitors. Defensive solidity combined with an energetic pressing game from Hadley prevented the home club from getting into a good rhythm and their normal passing game. Apart from a few wayward shots on goal, the first half was notable for a number of misplaced passes and four cautions, two to each side, all self- inflicted. The pattern of the match remained largely unchanged until a pivotal moment in the 57th minute when a quick attack resulted in the Home 9 being taken out by the Hadley goalkeeper. The referee adjudged serious foul play. The substitute goalkeeper was easily beaten by Nathan George’s well taken penalty and with Hadley down to 10, further goals seemed likely. Instead, Biggleswade seemed to struggle to dominate even more and the Away goalkeeper was not called upon to make a serious save for the rest of the match. Indeed in the 95th minute Hadley could have stolen it with a quick breakaway with a snatched shot just wide. A fair result on the balance of play, but credit to Hadley for coping well with 10 men and a stand-in goalkeeper. Bottom side Crawley Green weren’t in action but probably the surprise result of the day came at Watchet Lane where Holmer Green moved out of the bottom two with a 1-0 win over Leighton Town who were defeated for the first time in 10 games. Holmer came into the game on the back of two months without a win and losing their last two games 4-0 and 5-0. Parading an extremely youthful side ( six of the starting X! aged between 17 and 19 ) they produced an excellent performance, taking an early lead through Alex Riley and holding on that lead until the end.

Tring Athletic moved out of the bottom three after winning 5-1 at Oxhey Jets with Chris Vardy and youth team graduate Max Hercules among the scorers. Elsewhere, one of the division’s in-form sides, Leverstock Green kept up their fine run with a 2-0 win at Hoddesdon Town thanks to goals from Jonathan Lacey and Matt Bateman and last season’s champions London Colney won 2-1 at Stotfold, a result that leaves the hosts in the bottom two

DIVISION ONE
A real cracker of a game between the top and second placed clubs left Risborough Rangers feeling very hard done by.as they fell to a late Southall goal. The table toppers arrived at ‘Windsors’ with an impressive record of fifteen wins and one draw in the league and with a gap of 15 points it was definitely a must win game for the home side. Rangers were quickly out of their blocks and looked the more dangerous in the opening encounters and were rewarded in the 6th minute with an excellent strike from outside the box from Martin Griggs. The striker, along with Kevin Mealor and young Marcus Wylie, were causing problems in the visitors defence and on another day could have had another couple of goals. With Southall still very much alive, they equalised shortly before the break – Jack Bennett coming out of a melee with ball and scoring from a narrow angle with home defence appealing in vain for foul. The second half began with Southall forcing an early corner. The Rangers defence were caught napping and Ollie Lynch kept them in it with a timely clearance off the line. Rangers then enjoyed a good spell of possession for five minutes but Southall hit back when Brooker made a good save at his near post. Rangers again opened up the Southall defence when a brilliant piece of skill from Griggs who again gave Wylie a free run at the keeper but the Southall custodian was off his line quickly to save at his feet. Shortly afterward, another good move from the home side saw Griggs’ shot just clear the bar. Both sides were limited to long range efforts before Southall enjoyed their best spell with Brooker making two great saves in the space of a minute. Neither side seemed content with a draw but just when it looked as though honours would be shared, the deadlock was broken with 5 minutes left when Adam Louth headed the winner from a free kick just outside the box. Contentious to say the least with the Risboro defence incensed claiming offside and loudly contesting the decision with the officials. Brooker, the Risboro custodian, would easily have left Usain Bolt trailing in his wake in his dash to put his point of view to the assistant, but despite their heated protests the goal stood. Understandable in the context of the game, but nonetheless unseemly. In the remaining minutes, Rangers pressed hard for an equaliser as Southall hung on and very nearly managed it when Newton forced the save of the game from the Southall keeper with his bullet header in the closing minutes. In the end it was another 3 points for the visitors but Rangers were left feeling aggrieved that had nothing to show for their efforts. An excellent game to watch, but probably not if you were a dyed in the wool Rangers supporte ! Baldock Town leapfrogged over Risboro and up into 3rd place after a narrow 1-0 win at home to Buckingham Athletic – virtue of a solitary goal scored by Lewis Barker after 75 minutes. Another side to leapfrog over Risboro were Wodson Park after their 2-0 win away at Hatfield Town.. Oliver Babbage and Peter Sawyer were Wodson’s goalscorers. It was a cold chilly afternoon for the battle of the two Boroughs’ as Enfield and Broxbourne met to hold the high rights along the A10. If the form book was to be followed then the team from Middlesex were the clear favourites. However, as often happens, the Broxbourne defence stood firm and obdurate, thwarting everything that their spritely opponents could muster. Big surprise when just before the break a misplaced header ended up in the back of Enfield’s net and the visitors headed to the half time tea feeling very happy. Enfield piled on the pressure after the break and the second of two successive corners was glanced into the back of the visitors net…honours even. Enfield continued to press, Broxbourne remained resilient. Perhaps they were distracted by a gaggle of geese flying over, obviously in four-two-four formation and with four or so minutes left to play and frustration growing, up popped an Enfield defender to lash the ball home from some twenty yards, a fine goal indeed, but cruel on the visitors, who’s return journey up the A10 was probably regretful having defended so well. To be fair, the hosts keep pushing for the winner and the three points that would close up the gap at the top end of the division. Winslow United suffered a setback as they went down to a 5-3 defeat away at Rayners Lane. The hosts took the lead in the 21st minute before adding a second within six minutes. United finally came into the game as Sean Coles fired home from Simon King’s pass on 34 minutes. Coles took Winslow in level at the break as he scored his and United’s second.Three minutes into the second half the home side converted a penalty to regain the lead and they extended their lead fourteen minutes from time before Simon King received his second yellow for United. Within two minutes, Rayners Lane added their fifth to all-but kill the game although Daniel Delderfield scored a late consolation for Winslow. Broadfields went into their game at Ampthill one point behind their hosts and that’s the way it remained after an entertaining 1-1 draw in Ampthill Park. The hosts struck first when Jamie Cerminara was fortunate to be hit by a ball into the Broadfields penalty area however there was nothing fortunate about the way he controlled the ball and then struck it beyond visiting keeper Facey. It took Broadfields a little while to regain their composure and their most potent attacking option was the ball out wide to Rico Faux James who was beginning to test home skipper Ross Scotney with his speed. And this route proved to be the source of the equaliser as the winger controlled a pinpoint ball over the top and gave Ross Tomkins in the Ampthill goal no chance. The second half was fairly even with few clear goal scoring opportunities and the game looked to be heading for a draw until Ampthill conceded a soft but obvious penalty. Skipper Henley picked himself up to take the kick which was struck well but magnificently saved by keeper Tomkins, earning him the Ampthill Town player of the match award. London Lions racked up another impressive away win to leave them just three points off the promotion places in 7th place after their 3-1 at Langford. Lions took the lead after just 16 minutes when Adam Bolle slid the ball in to open the score. Nine minutes later, Lions doubled their lead after Max Kyte rammed home from eight yards. Langford battled back and reduced the deficit on the stroke of half-time when a set piece caused chaos in the Lions area and Jed Wheeler netted. The result was still in the balance until the 88th when Mitch Hahn he finished well after a fine driving run from the midfield. Codicote recorded only their second win of the season and moved out of the bottom two to boot after defeating St.Neots Reserves 4-2. The four goals were spread around amongst Daniel Dixon, Ben Hart, Jason Rice and Mason Bush. In the day’s other mid tablish clash, Bedford visited Harefield Utd and came away with a 2-1 win under their belts. Bedford’s goal’s came from Ben McGrath and an OG, with Elliot Dobbs replying with a penalty for the Hares.

PABLO ARDILES: Thanks to Colin Sinden for pointing out that Pablo will be celebrating 25 years of (S)SMFL football next year ( and not 20 as stated in last week’s Newsletter – apologies for that )), having made his debut for Hoddesdon Town on 4th August 1993. He made 431 appearances for Hoddesdon to April 2004, before playing for, amongst others, Welwyn GC and Wodson Park. And therefore has almost certainly passed the 500 mark. If any club stattos have the relevant figures, do let us know..

DIVISION TWO
It’s all change at the top of the table as previous leaders Park View drop down to third, as a result of being involved in Cup action. Totternhoe grapped the opportunity with both hands to rise the to the top after inflicting a heavy 8-1 defeat on Grendon Rangers. There were two hat tricks from Drew Mitten and Joe Smith, and one from Jack Lauder. The identity of the 8th scorer was either Wayne O’Connor (according to Full Time ) or Ash Farmer (according to the Totternhoe Twitter) Totternhoe are a point ahead of AFC Southgate , who kept up the pressure with a 3-1 win at home over Loughton Manor. Amersham Town, in fourth place, are really beginning to motor now, recording their 5th win on the trot- their victims this time were MK Galacticos who were beaten 4-1 at Spratleys Meadow. Amersham found this victory more difficult than the score suggests as they missed numerous chances and went a goal down before half time. Gallacticos were always dangerous on the break and took the lead after thirty five minutes. Good interplay in the forwards released Josh Douglas-Smith and he slipped past two defenders before knocking the ball past Town keeper Rob Munn. Town came out for the second half with renewed determination but had to wait until the 66th minute before drawing level through Leonardo Pedro. Amersham now had their tails up and took the lead after seventy three minutes when a Jeremiah Debayo corner from the right was headed home forcefully by Agyemang. The Gallacticos forwards were still dangerous and Munn had to parry a fierce drive from Douglas-Smith. However it was not until the 2nd minute of added on time that Agyemang rounded keeper McGlynn and poked home to effectively made the game safe. Final confirmation arrived a minute later when Aldred broke through and chipped the ball past the advancing McGlynn. At the opposite end of the table, Tring Corinthians recorded only their second win of the season as they triumphed 4-1 at home to near neighbours Pitstone & Ivinghoe. On the scoresheet were Kimion Weeks , with a hat trick and Lea Coulter.Corry remain at the foot of the table but have drawn level on points with Clean Slate who were not in action. Berkhamsted Raiders won for the first time in 5 games, rather surprisingly beating visitors Old Bradwell Utd 3-1. This was Raiders third win of the season and moves them out of the bottom four. In the days other game, The 61 FC had a 3-0 win at home over Tring Town AFC.

DIVISION TWO CUP – 1st SEMI FINAL The first semi final of the Division Two cup saw Unite MK host league leaders Park View at Manor Fields Bletchley on a bright but very cold day. In an end to end match, it was Park View that won through to the final with two stoppage time goals to break the Unite hearts. The first half was fairly even as both sides had chances with Unites Luke Little heading wide and Park Views Francis Williams header saved by Matt Bines in the home goal. The first goal of the game arrived on 27 minutes when mistakes in the Unite midfield and defence allowed Fred Asante to run through and around keeper Bines to score. Back came Unite and they equalised on 30 minutes when a defensive clearance struck Luke Little and rebounded into the Park View net. However, the parity did not last long as another Unite lapse allowed Williams to beat the offside and shoot the ball past Bines on 32 minutes. Unite almost got another equaliser, but Little hit his shot over the bar. The half ended with the Park View keeper, Samuel Owusu, diving at the feet of Little to prevent another chance. The second half saw Unite press forward and Myles Braham shot wide from a good position. But Unite were not to be denied and they equalised when Braham was fouled in the penalty area and Little dispatched the spot kick on 58 minutes. The game was end to end and Park View had several good chances to score but a combination of good defending and some poor finishing kept the tie all square. With the game heading towards penalty kicks to separate the teams, Park View scored in the third minute of stoppage time when Williams beat Bines at the far post. As United pressed for another equaliser, they were caught on the break and Park View increased their lead when Albert Ofoci-Mensah ran through to hit goal number four in the fourth minute of stoppage time. There was still time for Unite to be awarded another penalty in the dying seconds of the game, but Little blasted his shot over the Park View crossbar. It was an entertaining game to watch and the scoreline does not reflect fairly on the game overall. However despite being pushed all the way by a spirited Unite side, Park View saw out the tie and retained their unbeaten record.

DIVISION TWO CUP – 2nd Semi Final
With Park View already through to the Final, the other Semi will be between
Pitstone & Ivinghoe v Amersham Town or Aston Clinton/The 61FC (Luton)

DUDLEY LATHAM MEMORIAL (Premier Division) CUP Semi Finals
(Sponsored by S & T Sales & Marketing)
Stotfold or Leighton Town v Harpenden Town
Welwyn Garden City v Hadley or Tring Athletic

DIVISION ONE CUP Semi Finals
Ampthill Town v Southall
Baldock Town or Risborough Rangers v London Lions

LATEST TRANSFERS
Original Club New Club
Joe Simmonds London Colney to Hoddesdon
Luke Daley WGC to Rayners Lane
James Tizard Stotfold to Langford
Craig Meyrick Ampthill to Crawley Green
Mark Summers Hertford Town to Hoddesdon
Adam Randall Biggleswade to Ampthill
Daniel Ferrigno Hertford Town to Hoddesdon
Emmanuel Chitongo Codicote to Hatfield Town
Harry Smart Colney Heath to Stotfold
John Mulholland Winslow to Mursley United
Nathan Gentle-King Codicote to Crawley Green
Drew Mitten Totternhoe to Leighton Town

POPPY APPEAL : Oxhey Jets would like to express their grateful thanks to referee Spencer Brewer who very kindly put his whole Match Fee in the Poppy tin at their home game last week against Stotfold .The match was dedicated to Tom Lake on the anniversary of his untimely young death in action with 1PWRR. Well done Spencer.

DIVISION ONE TEAM OF THE MONTH – SOUTHALL

Southall skipper Adam Louth and Manager Paul Palmer received their Team of the Month awards for September and October from League Vice Chairman Bill Scholes before their match against Risborough Rangers.

SUBSTITUTE BOARDS
A reminder to all clubs, particularly those in Division Two , that the use of Substitute Boards in a match is a League requirement. The home side are responsible for providing the Boards, and they are normally placed on the half way line, so that they can be used by both sides as required.

FA TROPHY : Congratulations, and good luck, to ex SSMFL side Haringey Boro who have been drawn at home to Leyton Orient in the next Round.

MIND YOUR LANGUAGE
A reminder to all clubs that it is a League Directive that the laminated A3 MYL posters must be displayed in all 3 changing rooms and in the clubhouse or refreshment area. Non compliance with this Directive may well result in a charge being levied against your club.

RISBOROUGH RANGERS JUNIOR PAN DISABILITY TEAM
Before the Risboro v Southall match, the players entered the field through a Guard of Honour provided by members of RR Junior FC Pan-disability team. As part of Risboro’s plan to gain Charter Community Club status, they have developed a high degree of inclusivity within the club. The Pan-disability tem is part of that programme and provides the opportunity for boys and girls aged 6-12 with physical pr learning disabilities to “play the beautiful game”. The empasis is on improving communication skills, increasing confidence, outdoor physical exercise, socialising by playing a team game and above all having fun.

As with all other RRJFC teams, volunteer FA qualified coaches – many of whom are also parents- lead the training sessions every Saturdamorning. The team is pictured below, together with the First Team, before Saturday’s game

F.A. VASE –THIRD ROUND
The very best of luck to all 5 of our clubs ( Biggleswade FC, Welwyn Garden City, Tring Athletic , Berkhamsted and Leighton Town ) who are competing in the Vase this weekend. I hope the Leighton supporters remember to take their thermals with them, as having played up there back in the day in the Anglian Combination, I can confirm that the wind off the North Sea really doth blow!

Grateful thanks to Chris Mitchell, Bob Flight, Mike Taylor & John Nettleton for their reports. It’s good to see some of our match officials putting pen to paper and submitting reports, particularly when it’s clear they are reporting on an enjoyable game.

All news, views items of interest, tittle tattle etc are welcome, particularly from our refereeing fraternity.
Enjoy your football and remember MIND YOUR LANGUAGE

Bill Scholes

bill@spartansouthmids.co.uk

SSMFL: Fixtures for Saturday 25th November 2017

Picture by Dale James

 

Saturday 25th November – Kick Off 3.00pm unless stated
LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY Second Round
Aston Clinton v Edgware Town (Kick Off 2.00pm)

PREMIER DIVISION
Berkhamsted v Colney Heath
Biggleswade FC v Hadley
Biggleswade United v Harpenden Town
Hoddesdon Town v Leverstock Green
Holmer Green v Leighton Town
Oxhey Jets v Tring Athletic
St Margaretsbury v London Tigers
Stotfold v London Colney
Wembley v Welwyn Garden City

DIVISION ONE
Ampthill Town v Broadfields United
Baldock Town v Buckingham Athletic
Codicote v St Neots Town Reserves
Enfield Borough v FC Broxbourne Borough
Harefield United v Bedford
Hatfield Town v Wodson Park
Langford v London Lions
Rayners Lane v Winslow United
Risborough Rangers v Southall

DIVISION TWO CUP Semi Final
Unite MK FC v Park View

DIVISION TWO
AFC Southgate v Loughton Manor
Amersham Town v MK Gallacticos
Berkhamsted Raiders v Old Bradwell United
The 61FC (Luton) v Tring Town AFC (Kick Off 2.00pm)
Totternhoe v Grendon Rangers (Kick Off 2.00pm)
Tring Corinthians v Pitstone & Ivinghoe (Kick Off 2.00pm)

LONDON SENIOR TROPHY Second Round
Forest Hill Park v Cockfosters Development

U25 DEVELOPMENT DIVISION
AFC Dunstable Development v St Margaretsbury Development
Buckingham Athletic Development v Hoddesdon Town Development
Colney Heath Development v Risborough Rangers Development
Harpenden Town Development v Hertford Town Development
Hillingdon Borough Development v Berkhamsted Development
Leighton Town Development v Holmer Green Development
Welwyn Garden City Development v Ampthill Town Development
Winslow United Development v Biggleswade United Development

SSMFL: Newsletter No 15 (Saturday 18th November 2017)

SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS FOOTBALL LEAGUE
NEWSLETTER NO 15
SAT 18th NOVEMBER

PREMIER DIVISION
Berkhamsted maintain their unbeaten start to the season and are two points clear at the top of the table after they drew 2-2 at Biggleswade United. Adam Read’s stunning goal from his own half set the visitors on their way but United hit back with two goals from Joe Gorman to take the lead before Ash Morrissey’s goal ten minutes from time earned the Comrades a share of the spoils. Second placed Welwyn Garden City keep up the pressure after they recorded their own win on their travels, in this case 2-1 at Colney Heath. However they had to rely on two Ash Kersey goals in the last minute to seal a famous win.. Leverstock Green continued their rise up the table as a 5-3 win over third-placed Biggleswade F.C. took them up to 8th in the table but Biggleswade remain in third spot. This impressive result was Leverstock’s seventh win from their last ten games and their third league win in a row. On a muddy surface that made free flowing football difficult, Leighton returned from fellow promotion hopefuls Harpenden Town with a share of the spoils in a 2-2 draw. Harpenden scored first, through David Keenleyside but Tom Sitford evened it up shortly afterwards. Five minutes from the break, Leighton went in front with an Alex O’Brien header. It was level again when James Yates netted after 75 minutes and as the half progressed, both sides tried their best to seek what proved to be an elusive winning goal and in the end had to settle for a share of the points, that with Welwyn Garden City winning again was of little comfort to either side.Two goals from Bradley Marriott helped Cockfosters to a 4-2 home win over Oxhey Jets . Hoddesdon followed up their midweek 4-0 win at Holmer Green with a comfortable 4-0 home win against Stotfold and moved up a place to fifth in the table. They were 2-0 ahead by the seventh minute with goals from Kyle Johnson and Louis Rose, before going 3-0 up at the break thanks to a mid-half goal from Tom Cowell. Connor Scully made it 4-0 with fifteen minutes of normal time remaining. Holmer Green fell into the bottom two for the first time this season after a 5-0 walloping at bottom club Crawley Green, Charlie Clayton grabbing himself a hat trick. Tring Athletic remain in the bottom three despite beating last seasons champions London Colney, 2-1 thanks to goals from Jack Read and Elliott Goward. Elsewhere, London Tigers continue to surprise with a 3-2 home win over Wembley whilst Hadley lost 2-0 at home to St Margaretsbury for whom Jordan McKenzie and Lee Roberts were on target.

DIVISION ONE
You would’ve thought that a journey from the outskirts of Luton via Tring, Wendover, Halton and to Princes Risborough to watch Risboro Rangers v Broadfields would’ve been a pleasurable drive. Not so yesterday though. Driving through miserable light rain, and low mist up in the hills of Wendover wasn’t a drive to savour. The locals of Risborough must’ve thought the same because although their average gate is 81, only 36 hardy souls were in attendance yesterday, which was their lowest attendance of the season by a country mile – forgive the pun! Even their Chairman, Richard Woodward, was awol, watching his beloved Peterborough United – a surprise present. Or maybe they knew I was making my first visit for 15 seasons! Onto the game. This was an excellent game which nobody deserved to lose. I saw a game in midweek which was 2 divisions higher with the ball spending more time in the air, than on the deck. Not this one though. With 2 teams intent on passing the ball, this was quality, and very tiring on a pitch that became increasingly slippy as the game progressed. That there was only the 2 goals wasn’t due to poor finishing, but excellent – and sometimes brave – defending from numbers 1 to 11. Broadfields took the lead after only 11 minutes when Alex Yearwood slipped his marker on the left wing, and delightfully clipped the ball over the keeper into the far corner. The deserved equalizer arrived on 42 minutes after a clever ball was played through to Kevin Mealor whose low shot was parried by the keeper but had enough on it to hit the post and into the net. Despite opportunities by both sides in the second half, and players on both sides being affected by cramp, there were no more goals, and for a change I didn’t want any, as both sides gave their all. Although there were 3 bookings the game was played in an excellent spirit. The result lifts Risborough to second in the table. The game of the day must’ve been at Burnham where “guests” Southall are presently domiciled. The only goal of the game was scored by Andrew Harewood which brought Baldock’s unbeaten run to an end. With an attendance of only 30 it makes you wonder how much its costing Southall to play at Burnham, plus paying their players, as that can’t be financially viable? Enfield Boro continue their good form by winning 3 1 at Bedford, with the homesters notching only a consolation penalty by Sam Smith – no not that one – after 85 minutes. Brimsdown continue their erratic form, this time by only drawing 2-2 at home to Rayners Lane. Broxbourne had a very welcome 3 nil win against fellow strugglers Hillingdon Borough, and so lifting them to third from bottom in the process. Harefield won 1 nil against a much improved Codicote side, Leonard Farhall scoring the all important goal. Langford claimed a much needed 3 points at Hatfield which also moved them up the table and Ampthill Town succumbed 2 1 at London Lions. St Neots Reserves somewhat surprisingly beat high- flying Wodson Park 2 nil. Good to see Pablo Ardiles still lacing his boots, this time for Wodson. The guy must’ve been plying his trade in our League for the best part of 20 years. Good on you, Pablo. Fifth placed Wodson Park headed to fourth from bottom St Neots Town Reserves and perhaps surprisingly suffered only their second away defeat of the season to a youthful but tenacious Saints team. The visitors settled the quickest on the excellent Rowley Park pitch and had the majority of early possession without creating any clear opportunities. The best chance of the half fell to Ollie Babbage but he was unable to get a clean header to an inviting cross and the ball ended up hitting him on the shoulder and going wide. Having conceded 21 goals in their previous six home games, the Saints were obviously pleased to reach the interval on level terms and their confidence visibly grew as the match progressed. If you’d asked the spectators who would score first, most would have still put their money on Wodson Park but following a swift counter attack the Saints took the lead through a fine low drive from Kieran Waites. Better was to come 15 minutes later when Jaiden Fitzpatrick hit an opportunist strike from distance. Visiting keeper Joe Wells’ view was obstructed by his defenders and St Neots had scored two goals at home for just the second time this season. Wodson kept up the pressure but to no avail against a resolute home defence ably marshalled by skipper Kevin Ashby and the Saints picked up an unexpected but deserved three points to record their third win of the season.
As a footnote in Risborough’s programme it gave a run down of the Divisions average attendances and more than three quarters were up on last season. Good news indeed.

DIVISION TWO
There are still 3 joint leaders of the table, all on 28 points. Park View remain top of the pile on goal difference following their 4-0 win away at Grendon Rangers, thanks to goals from Francis Williams 2, Fred Asante and Anderei Toader. A few goals behind are Totternhoe who had a big 6-2 win away at Berkhamsted Raiders, including doubles from Joe Smith and Joel McCormick Michael Spiers and Adam Bone were on target for Mursley as they hang on to third spot ,having had a narrow 2-1 win at home to Tring Corinthians, although they have played more games than the two clubs above them. There was also a narrow win, 3-2, for AFC Southgate away at Clean Slate, with Lee Scott notching a couple, whilst Loughton Manor and Tring Town shared four goals between them. It was just 4 weeks ago that Amersham Town entertained Pitstone & Ivinghoe and thrilled the crowd (!) with a 5-5 draw. In the return fixture on Saturday, Amersham again scored 5 but this time Pitstone could only net 2. This result makes it 4 wins out of 4 for a resurgent Amersham and moved them up to the giddy heights of fifth place. In the previous fixture, Amersham surrendered a three goal lead after half time and it looked as if lightning might strike twice when Pitstone scored twice in two minutes immediately after the break, but the visitors weathered the Pitstone pressure and scored twice late on to seal the three points.

BERKS & BUCKS SENIOR TROPHY- Third Round
On a damp, wet, drizzly day in South Bucks, Buckingham Athletic battled their way into the quarter-finals after coming from behind to defeat 9 man Penn & Tylers Green in South Bucks. If ever there was a game of two halves, then this was it. The home side were well on top in the first half, and took the lead through and could well have put the game to bed before half time but for some woeful finishing and some excellent saves from the visitors keeper. Despite being under the cosh, the young Athletic side hung in and Chris Stapleton fired them back on level terms shortly before the break. This goal seemed to have the double of effect of revitalizing Buckingham and seemingly demoralizing Penn as the second half belonged almost entirely to the visitors.

Penn’s cause was not helped when their cultured young centre back Bradley Holland had to depart the field and head for A&E with a cut head, and suddenly a seemingly unbreachable back line looked less than confident and the young speedy Athletic forwards were not slow to take advantage. The Penn keeper saved well from a strong shot but but the follow up was dispatched calmly by Geraint Minney to make it 2-1 before Rory Busby, another of the U-18’s, struck a fierce free kick to put the game beyond Penn. With Penn now losing shape and discipline a comeback never looked likely and their frustration showed with the dismissal of two players before the end. A nice friendly club with a ground that has improved tremendously over the last few years – just floodlights required. Winslow Utd moved into the last eight with a pulsating 5-3 win away at 10-man MK Gallacticos who ran them very close. Winslow skipper Simon King gave his side the lead from Marcus Hussey’s assist in 18 minutes.On 28 minutes the home side equalised, then were reduced to ten-men within minutes, before going ahead in an amazing seven-minute spell. United emerged for the second-half and within eight minutes Sean Coles set up Alex Kedzierski, who put his side back on level terms. The ten-men of MK Gallacticos fought back and went 3-2 ahead on the hour-mark. On 70 minutes Matt Cruse converted King’s assist to put his side back on level terms again at 3-3. Provider-turned-scorer as skipper King scored his second of the game from Coles pass to put Winslow back in front. Coles converted from the penalty spot on 90 minutes to score Winslow’s fifth goal and there was still time for the home side to be awarded a penalty, late in injury-time, which they failed to score from in the last action of the day. For the second week running, Aston Clinton departed a Cup competition as they went down 3-2 away against last years runner’s up Marlow Utd .The home side had the better of the first half and Bushay put them ahead inside the first 10 minutes and the same player doubled his, and his team’s tally before the break. In the second half, a half volley from Dave Brown reduced the deficit and with the momentum in their favour they put the hosts under pressure. Vinny Greco hit the bar with a free kick ,but the ball broke to the Marlow centre forward Andrew Nichols who hit an unbelievable strike from the halfway line restore the two goal margin. A Greco penalty 5 minutes from time gave the visitors hope, but in the end time ran out. Old Bradwell United had a penalty saved as Newport Pagnell Town Reserves progressed into the quarter-finals with a 2-1 victory yesterday. After a goalless first half, the visitors took the lead through Scott Mulkern before Barry Rooney headed in Aaron Bhasin’s corner to put David Keene’s side back on level terms.Mulkern then grabbed his second for the Swans to put his side back in front. There was late drama as Old Bradwell were awarded a penalty which saw Jonny Thick produce a fine save from Rooney.
Quarter Final draw – Sat 3rd February 2018
Buckingham Athletic v Marlow United
Winslow United v Langley
Chalvey Sports or Sandhurst Town v Newport Pagnell Town Res
Saxton Rovers v Kintbury Rangers.
LATEST TRANSFERS
Original Club New Club
Johnny Clarke Berkhamsted Raiders Totternhoe
Luis Fernandes Southall London Colney
Zakary Guerfi Codicote Biggleswade United
Denis Nortey Rayners Lane London Tigers
Shawn Hinds Hadley Hillingdon Borough
Tobi Omotosho Cockfosters London Colney
Frankie Atwell Oxhey Jets Southall

SUBSTITUTE BOARDS
A reminder to all clubs, particularly those in Division Two , that the use of Substitute Boards in a match is a League requirement. The home side are responsible for providing the Boards, and they are normally placed on the half way line, so that they can be used by both sides as required.
MIND YOUR LANGUAGE
A reminder to all clubs that it is a League Directive that the laminated A3 MYL posters must be displayed in all 3 changing rooms and in the clubhouse or refreshment area. Non compliance with this Directive may well result in a charge being levied against your club.

NEVER A MORE TRUER WORD(S) SPOKEN
Taken from recent TonyIncenzoTalkSPORT‏ tweets
If I could give one award in football, it would be to all the unpaid volunteers at Non-League, grassroots & youth clubs. These people give up their spare time but never get the praise they deserve. So we should all say a big THANK YOU to our volunteers – the true soul of football.
Football clubs should be like listed buildings: a protected community asset that’ll still be there for future generations in years to come. Football clubs are the heartbeat of local communities & must be protected & cherished. Club owners are custodians. Fans are the real owners.
Support your football team through thick & thin. You will win some games & lose some games but true supporters stay loyal no matter how bad things get. And one day you might get your reward when your team scores a last minute winner at Wembley. I did !
I never disrespect any football club because – no matter how big or small they are – every club means the world to everyone who is involved.

Grateful thanks to Chris Mitchell, Bob Flight, John Nettleton and Dave Henman for their reports .

All news, views items of interest, tittle tattle etc are welcome, particularly from our refereeing fraternity.

Enjoy your football and remember MIND YOUR LANGUAGE

Bill Scholes – bill@spartansouthmids.co.uk

SSMFL: Results 18 November 2017 + latest tables

PREMIER DIVISION
2-2 Biggleswade United v Berkhamsted
4-2 Cockfosters v Oxhey Jets
1-2 Colney Heath v Welwyn Garden City
5-0 Crawley Green v Holmer Green
0-2 Hadley v St Margaretsbury
2-2 Harpenden Town v Leighton Town
4-0 Hoddesdon Town v Stotfold
5-3 Leverstock Green v Biggleswade FC
3-2 London Tigers v Wembley
2-1 Tring Athletic v London Colney

DIVISION ONE
1-3 Bedford v Enfield Borough
2-2 Brimsdown v Rayners Lane
3-0 FC Broxbourne Borough v Hillingdon Borough
1-0 Harefield United v Codicote
1-3 Hatfield Town v Langford
2-1 London Lions v Ampthill Town
1-1 Risborough Rangers v Broadfields United
1-0 Southall v Baldock Town
2-0 St Neots Town Reserves v Wodson Park

DIVISION TWO
2-6 Berkhamsted Raiders v Totternhoe
2-3 Clean Slate v AFC Southgate
0-4 Grendon Rangers v Park View
2-2 Loughton Manor v Tring Town AFC
2-1 Mursley United v Tring Corinthians
2-5 Pitstone & Ivinghoe v Amersham Town

BERKS & BUCKS SENIOR TROPHY Third Round
3-2 Marlow United v Aston Clinton
3-5 MK Gallacticos v Winslow United
1-2 Old Bradwell United v Newport Pagnell Town Reserves
1-3 Penn & Tylers Green v Buckingham Athletic

U25 DEVELOPMENT DIVISION
8-0 AFC Dunstable Development v Buckingham Athletic Development
1-5 Ampthill Town Development v Harpenden Town Development
4-0 Hertford Town Development v Cockfosters Development
2-2 Hillingdon Borough Development v Biggleswade United Development
3-4 Leighton Town Development v Colney Heath Development
1-3 St Margaretsbury Development v Risborough Rangers Development
3-0 Welwyn Garden City Development v Berkhamsted Development

BERKS & BUCKS INTERMEDIATE CUP Third Round
P-P APBS v Holmer Green Development