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*** WINSLOW UNITED FC UPDATE ***

Monday has seen a ‘Go Fund Me’ page created to try and help raise money for Winslow United after the damage to the playing surface over the weekend.

Winslow United Pitch Attack

This page can be accessed here for anyone wishing to donate: https://www.gofundme.com/winslow-united-football-club

Club chairman Andy Setterfield was on BBC 3 Counties radio this evening with Ollie Bayliss & Luke Ashmead on their regular Monday night non-league show, you can listen to what Andy had to say by clicking on this link, and then forwarding to 52 minutes into the show: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p06p2sbm

Sports Shots would urge anyone who can offer any help to the club whether financial or otherwise to help get the club back up and running again, to do so as soon as possible.

SSMFL D1; Ampthill Town 0-2 Buckingham Town

Ampthill Town – 0

Buckingham Town – 2

10.11.2018

Ampthill Town succumbed to two first half strikes on Saturday as their guests took the points back to Milton Keynes on a wet and chilly afternoon at Ampthill Park, and despite creating numerous chances the hosts simply could not find a way past the vastly experienced Buckingham backline. Despite the club putting on an excellent show for Remembrance weekend, Ants manager Paul Toms admitted afterwards his sides performance was one to forget especially after a good showing midweek at Brimsdown, two goals from Jack Clarkson sealed the win and lifted his side away from the wrong end of the South Midlands League Division One table and to within a couple of points of their opponents.

The home side should have taken the lead in the third minute when a left wing cross from Tom Carter was flicked on in the middle by a red shirt straight into the path of the incoming Aaron Matthews but on the volley he screwed wide from twelve yards out, the away sides first chance fell to Drew Mitten whose low drive ricocheted off various boots before spiralling out for a corner. An Ampthill corner was half cleared out to Mark Smith who floated it back into the box where Carter headed back across keeper Bob White who had to dive to push around his post, the set piece wasn’t dealt with and from the penalty arc Ash Mead absolutely thumped over the crossbar.

A ball knocked over the yellow backline saw Gabrielius Judickas turn his marker before firing towards the bottom corner where it appeared Ampthill keeper Josh Thompson wouldn’t reach but covering across Smith cleared, from the corner the ball reached Alex Marius who over the shoulder fired high over the top. A cross from the Buckingham right then found Clarkson unmarked in the middle but without realising how much time he had he thumped his header high over the top, but on twenty-two minutes he did open the scoring when played down the middle he had the attention of two defenders however he managed to get his shot away that deflected up off the leg of Lee Neufville and looped over Thompson and in.

Minutes silence for Armistice 100

At the other end a rasping drive from Carter soared towards White’s net until Enoch Sare put his head in the way to deflect over, the home side were then nearly made to pay when a long ball upfield looked set to be cleared by Mead but he slipped allowing Judickas to strike first time but way over the bar, before Mitten again tried his luck from eighteen yards but lacking conviction it was a comfortable collection for Thompson. The Robins missed a guilt edged chance when Shane Uings played a good one-two with Judickas who fizzed his cross along the six yard box and running in at the back post Clarkson just couldn’t get on the end to convert.

Six minutes ahead of the interval Buckingham scored their second when Mitten out on the byline crossed into the middle where Clarkson slotted home, their hosts almost immediately responded when Matthews was sent scampering away towards goal and avoiding defender Sam Bearman he managed to get his shot away but White gathered with both hands down to his left. The home side were then denied a last minute goal back thanks to some bodies on the line defending, an initial shot from Brad Clarke was blocked and the ball rolled out to his fellow front man Ash Higgins who, with White committed to the first effort and out of the game, side footed towards the bottom corner but from nowhere Bearman threw himself in front of the shot to block. H/T: 0-2

The opening few minutes after the break saw the home side really struggle to make an impact on their visitors, the frontmen were having to drop deep to get on the ball meaning there was a lack of targets once they were on the front foot. A free kick some twenty-five yards out gave an opportunity for Carter to try and bend one around the wall but his effort was glanced away for a corner, Buckingham threatened again when Mitten crossed from the left and in front of goal Judickas accepted on his chest but to his dismay the power took it into the gloves of Thompson.

Sam Bearman in another goal saving block to deny

Ampthill midfielder Jack Mordecai was then equally disappointed when set away down the left channel after beating the offside trap, as the red shirts claimed he was off he simply rolled the ball towards White who gratefully smothered. The home side then went close when a throw found Clarke inside the area, he slipped a pass through for substitute Manny Obodo to attack the front post where he crossed into the middle and a shot from the incoming Matthews was gathered by White right on his goal line, a poor clearance allowed a cross back into the box where sandwiched between two red shirts Clarke got to the cross to firmly head down only to watch his effort bounce agonisingly wide of the back post.

Clarkson tried to seal his hatrick with a twenty-five yard low drive inside the near post which was inches wide, a minute later Marius tried a similar feat from the opposite side but he pulled his drive way wide of the target. With time running out the hosts suddenly burst into life, Obodo collecting the ball inside the own half he went on a mazy run that saw him evade four tackles and blocks and still he went on, as he neared the penalty area and with options either side he drove wildly past the post, their next attack saw a pass up to Higgins with his back to goal, he held up well but with options either side he tried to thread a pass through a crowded box which saw a block and long clearance and the chance was gone.

A throw then found the chest of Clarke inside the Robins area, he managed to control before turning his marker but then lifted over the crossbar, the final cross of the afternoon saw White lose track of the ball which found its way to Kieran Phillips who stabbed towards the unguarded net, but yet again Bearman was closest to throw himself in front of the shot to block and the danger was cleared. F/T: 0-2

Attendance: 65

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After the match Sports Shots spoke with Ampthill manager Paul Toms: 

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SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 12.11.2018 – South Midlands League update #28

THE INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF

 ‘NOWT SO QUEER AS YORKSHIRE FOLK’

BY KAREN BROWNE

 

The Views Expressed Are Solely My Own, Are Written Tongue In Cheek

And Should Be Taken With A Pinch Of Salt

 

 

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: 

Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn. 

At the going down of the sun and in the morning 

We will remember them.

 

WEEKEND’S HEADLINES

Broadfields United are beaten in the league for the first time. Ten goals shared at Cockfosters. Division Two title chasing Berkhamsted Raiders suffer a 0-7 cup upset against MK Gallacticos. Jonathan Lacey (Leverstock Green) marks his international debut with a goal in the Falklands Islands. The 27 games seeing 122 goals (an average of 4.52 per game). Ricardo Price (Park View) and Shaun Stevens (Berkhamsted Development) led the way with a four goal hauls while Robbie Carter (Buckingham Athletic) and Josh Douglas Smith (MK Gallacticos) weighed in with hat-tricks.

 

10 November Stats: 27 games played of which 12 were home wins, 11 were away wins and 4 were draws.

 

0% league records to date: Clean Slate.

 

(Most League Wins – all Divisions): 12 Biggleswade FC, Tring Athletic, 10 Arlesey Town, Hadley, Hillingdon Borough, Harefield United, Broadfields United.

(Most League Draws – all Divisions): 7 Leighton Town, Edgware Town, 4 Colney Heath, Wembley, Oxhey Jets, Cockfosters.

(Most League Defeats – all Divisions): 12 Hatfield Town, 11 Stotfold, 10 Risborough Rangers.

Average Saturday Goals: 4.10 (1943 goals from 474 games).

Unbeaten:

(Division One League): Harefield United.

(U25 Development Division League): Berkhamsted Development.

Without a Win:

(Premier Division League): Stotfold.

(Division Two League): Clean Slate.

Most Goals Scored:

(Premier Division League): 44 Biggleswade FC.

(Division One League): 50 Enfield Borough.

(Division Two League): 31 Bovingdon.

(U25 Development Division League): 25 Berkhamsted Development.

Most Goals Conceded:

(Premier Division League): 41 Stotfold.

(Division One League): 54 Hatfield Town.

(Division Two League): 40 Clean Slate.

(U25 Development Division League): 24 Stotfold U25.

Fewest Goals Conceded:

(Premier Division League): 12 Tring Athletic.

(Division One League): 9 Harefield United.

(Division Two League): 5 Old Bradwell United.

(U25 Development Division League): 4 Holmer Green Development U25.

Fewest Goals Scored:

(Premier Division League): 11 Stotfold.

(Division One League): 14 Hatfield Town.

(Division Two League): 5 Clean Slate.

(U25 Development Division League): 3 Holmer Green Development U25.

 

Saturday’s Highest Attendances: 153 Tring Athletic v Colney Heath, 142 Stotfold v Arlesey Town and 102 Leighton Town v Edgware Town.

 

Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Premier Division Clubs): 211 Baldock Town v Arlesey Town, 203 Biggleswade FC v Biggleswade United and 202 Tring Athletic v Berkhamsted (FA Cup).

 

Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Division One Clubs): 351 Winslow United v Easington Sports (FA Cup), 257 Harefield United v Winslow United and 177 Buckingham Athletic v Winslow United.

 

Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Division Two Clubs): 101 Aston Clinton v Pitstone & Ivinghoe, 92 Bovingdon v Old Bradwell United and 90 Bovingdon v Sarratt.

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Premier Division Clubs): 16 Jonathan Lacey (Leverstock Green) 15 Ashton Campbell (Tring Athletic), Kieran Turner (Tring Athletic), Tom Coles (Biggleswade FC), Alex Marsh (Biggleswade FC) 14 Lorrell Smith (Arlesey Town).

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division One Clubs): 17 Tage Kennedy (Enfield Borough) 15 Leonard Farhall (Harefield United) 14 Harry Dalton (Winslow United).

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division Two Clubs): 20 Nathan Skelton (Mursley United) 13 Joshua Smith (MK Gallacticos) 11 Luke Little (Unite MK), Albie Hall (Pitstone & Ivinghoe).

 

Saturday 10th November

PREMIER DIVISION

Tring Athletic returned to the top of the table for the first time since September albeit leaving it late, a 90th goal from Elliott Goward being the difference against visiting Colney Heath in front of the day’s largest crowd of 153. With Biggleswade FC’s game called off due to moisture both Arlesey Town and Hadley moved to within six points of the second placed club. Hadley winning 2-0 at fifth place Potton United while Arlesey Town won 5-2 at bottom club Stotfold. The game of the day had to be at second from bottom Cockfosters where the home side were 5-1 up with twenty minutes to go against Crawley Green but never write off the ‘dirty clarets’ as they scored four times in those remaining minutes to record a 5-5 draw. Biggleswade United are now sixth following their 4-2 success at Harpenden Town. Leverstock Green came out on top against Wembley by the odd goal in three. There was a goal feast at Baldock Town where the home side went down 3-4 to London Colney. Elsewhere Leighton Town and Edgware Town shared the spoils after a goalless draw. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

3 4 Baldock Town v London Colney (James, Barnes, Holland) / (Holding [2], Maxwell [pen], Griffin) Attendance: 49

5 5 Cockfosters v Crawley Green (Beattie [2], Wade [2], Michaelides) / (Watson[2], Mead, Pemberton, Draycott) Attendance: 65

2 4 Harpenden Town v Biggleswade United (Stewart [2]) / (Williams [2], Lewis, unknown) Attendance: 37

0 0 Leighton Town v Edgware Town Attendance: 102

2 1 Leverstock Green v Wembley (Nair, Condon) / (Sabti) Attendance: 33

0 2 Potton United v Hadley (Marriot, Hammond) Attendance: 83

2 5 Stotfold v Arlesey Town (Francis, Decker) / (O’Brien, Fuller, Hatch, Browne, Sinclair) Attendance: 142

1 0 Tring Athletic v Colney Heath (Goward) Attendance: 153

 

DIVISION ONE

Broadfields United failed to overtake morning leaders Harefield United (whose game was a casualty of the weather) when going down to a first league defeat this campaign at home to FC Broxbourne Borough by the odd goal in five, this after being 2-0 up at the break. Winslow United maintained their current good league form by making it nine league games without defeat since losing their opening two league games when defeating third placed Hillingdon Borough thanks to a solitary Harry Dalton strike. Winslow United are now up to fifth following a day on which four of the top five morning leaders all lost. At the bottom Codicote picked up a useful point after their 1-1 draw with Langford while neither of the two sides below them were in action. Both London Lions and Rayners Lane eased their relegation fears with wins, Lions defeating Bedford 4-3 while Rayners Lane ran out 4-0 winners over visiting Risborough Rangers (who stay fourth from bottom). Elsewhere Park View saw off visiting Enfield Borough 5-2 while Buckingham Town returned home from their trip to Ampthill Town with a 2-0 win. Buckingham Athletic also had a good away day as they won 5-0 at Brimsdown in front of a capacity crowd of 5. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

0 2 Ampthill Town v Buckingham Town (Clarkson [2]) Attendance: 65

0 5 Brimsdown v Buckingham Athletic (Carter [3], MacDonald, Olawale) Attendance: 5

2 3 Broadfields United v FC Broxbourne Borough (Lawrence [2]) / (Unknown) Attendance: 16

1 1 Langford v Codicote (Watson) / (L’Honore [pen]) Attendance: 50

4 3 London Lions v Bedford (Craig, unknown, unknown, unknown) / (Smith, Marsh, Scott) Attendance: 28

5 2 Park View v Enfield Borough (Price [4], J Williams) / (Tshibangu [2]) Attendance: 25

4 0 Rayners Lane v Risborough Rangers (R Hastings [2], Blagden, Harris) Attendance: 32

1 0 Winslow United v Hillingdon Borough (Dalton) Attendance: 85

 

HERTS SENIOR CENTENARY TROPHY Second Round

Wodson Park exited the Herts Senior Centenary Trophy at the weekend when they were beaten in a penalty shoot-out after their home tie with Herts Senior County Premier Division side Belstone had finished 2-2. Full result and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

2 2 [7-8p] Wodson Park v Belstone (Ellis, Towers) / (Unknown) Attendance: 11

 

DIVISION TWO CUP Quarter Final

MK Gallacticos became the first side through to the semi-finals when they upset the form book in dramatic fashion, handing out a 7-0 drubbing over second placed Berkhamsted Raiders. Full result and goalscorers listed below.

7 0 MK Gallacticos v Berkhamsted Raiders (Smith [3], Ahmed [2], Mohamed, Mahmoud) Attendance: 10

 

DIVISION TWO

Just the two league games played on Saturday, Pitstone & Ivinghoe bounced back from successive defeats to inflict further misery on bottom club Clean Slate with a 3-1 home win and climb to fourth place in the table. Second from bottom Sarratt caused an upset when they defeated third placed Mursley United by the odd goal in three. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

3 1 Pitstone & Ivinghoe v Clean Slate (Hall, Leotta, Mellor) / (Unknown) Attendance: 30

2 1 Sarratt v Mursley United (Kelley, Sharkey) / (Skelton) Attendance: 30

 

ANAGRAM RECORDS TROPHY Second Round

It was mixed fortunes for the SSML clubs in the Anagram Records Trophy at the weekend. Old Bradwell United thumped visiting Herts Senior County League Premier Division strugglers Evergreen 5-0 to earn themselves a home quarter-final tie with Catholic United in February. While The 61FC (Luton) found their visiting Herts Senior County League Premier Division opponents Chipperfield Corinthians a step too far and were beaten 0-4. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

5 0 Old Bradwell United v Evergreen (Dan Smith, Darryl Smith, Collins, Cribb, Green) Attendance: 38

0 4 The 61FC (Luton) v Chipperfield Corinthians (Unknown) Attendance: 10

 

BERKS & BUCKS SENIOR TROPHY Third Round

Aston Clinton made it three SSML representatives in the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy quarter-finals as they swept aside hosts Didcot Town Development 5-1 on Saturday. Full result and goalscorers listed below.

1 5 Didcot Town Development v Aston Clinton (MacDonald) / (T Collins, Greco, Mason-Williams, Stapleton, Kittle [pen]) Attendance: 34

 

UNDER 25 DEVELOPMENT DIVISION

Berkhamsted Development remain top of the table following a 5-1 home win over Harpenden Town Development, the win increased their lead in the table to four points. Biggleswade United U23 climbed to fourth place after a 6-2 ‘derby’ success against visiting Stotfold U25, a result that leaves the visitors bottom of the table. The day’s other fixture saw Leighton Town Development win 3-0 at third placed Kempston Rovers Development. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

5 1 Berkhamsted Development v Harpenden Town Development (Stevens [4], Adeyiceka) / (Procter) Attendance: Unknown

6 2 Biggleswade United U23 v Stotfold U25 (Unknown) / (Jean, Lindsay) Attendance: Unknown

0 3 Kempston Rovers Development v Leighton Town Development (Devine [2] [1 pen], Oliver) Attendance: Unknown

 

BERKS & BUCKS INTERMEDIATE CUP Third Round

Buckingham Athletic Development progressed into the fourth round of the Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup with a 2-1 win at Aylesbury & District League Premier Division side Bedgrove Dynamos. Full result and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

1 2 Bedgrove Dynamos v Buckingham Athletic Development (Unknown [pen]) / (Wright, Willis) Attendance: Unknown

 

AND FINALLY

One for the goalkeeping coaches.

 

Remember to tune into Three Counties Radio (Herts, Beds & Bucks) and a show all about local non-league football- The show is live every Monday evening from 7.00pm – 8.00pm and is the perfect opportunity to catch up with our local non-league scene at all levels. Both presenters of the show are on twitter, and to follow what’s coming up in the next show make sure you give them a follow, Ollie Bayliss is @Ollie_Bayliss and Luke Ashmead is @Ashmead72

SSMFLD1; Ants duo working hard to brings success to Town

Saturday 10th November 2018

Ampthill Town v Buckingham Town

Spartan South Midlands League Division One

Ampthill Park

K.O. 3.00pm

Free entry to all current and former servicemen & women #Armistice100

Ampthill Town host Buckingham Town on Saturday in Sports Shots first visit to Ampthill Park this season, and they will be looking to bounce back after their first defeat in five on Wednesday night down at Brimsdown. Having won their last two games at home, Town will be looking for three points that could bounce them up from eleventh place in the Spartan South Midlands Division One table as high as fifth place potentially.

Ampthill have seen many changes in personnel this season which has frustrated manager Paul Toms since his arrival in the summer, but his side are still in three cup competitions and a run of results would lift them high up the table going into the winter period, but Buckingham Town themselves need the points to ensure they are not dragged into a scrap at the wrong end of the table. Entry is free to any current or former servicemen & women in honour of remembrance weekend.

This week Sports Shots caught up with striker Brad Clarke and recent captain Glenn Cooksley ahead of the game to ask both how they ended up at Ampthill Town, their style of play and how the season has been so far, Brad replied:

I’ve been here for three seasons now and I live locally so after university I just wanted to play football and Ampthill were my closest team. I like playing in the number ten role as I like being able to turn and run at people, but the season has been inconsistent for me, I’ve had a few knocks which has limited my game time and performances

Glenn has also been there a while now:

Three years ago the then manager called me and I came over, I either play as a right wing back or a holding midfield role. I’m aggressive in a positive way, but this season I have been below my regular standard and I’m yet to reach match fitness as I started late into the season

How has the season been so far under the new manager, and what are Glenn’s targets for the remainder?

It’s been good, a positive atmosphere around the place, I like the manager as he has a long term plan for the club. I’m personally hoping for a top six finish so we can get into next season’s FA Cup

Brad is looking at silverware:

It’s been good so far, we’ve tried various formations, positions and players but we’ve got a settled team now and hopefully we can push on and finish as high as possible in the league, also hopefully we can win one of the cups we are still involved in

How has the striker found the standard of the league this year, and what is a realistic target for Ampthill?

The standard has been quite good, the top three teams have impressed me as they seem to be pulling away from the rest of the pack. If we can string some results together then the top six is a realistic aim

Glenn has one team above the rest:

It’s an up and down league with some very good teams but also some very average teams. Broadfields have been the best team I have played against so far this season

Glenn Cooksley

We asked Glenn how the cup competitions have been panning out for Ampthill:

They have been positive and shown that we can beat teams in the league above whilst also not getting caught out by lower opposition. I personally think we can go on from here and win some silverware

Brad also thinks his side can go a long way in these competitions:

The cup games have been enjoyable, it’s good to keep winning & progressing in each of the cups. If we play well there is no reason why we can’t go on and win at least one of them

Hosting new to South Midlands Buckingham Town on Saturday, what does Brad expect from the game?

I don’t actually know much about them other than by looking at their league results, but I’m sure they’ll be a good team who are capable of scoring goals, so we’ll need a positive performance to get the result against them

Glenn can also only go by the table:

All I can comment on is the fact that they are around us in the league table and that doesn’t lie. I’d assume it will be a close game

We then asked Glenn which of his team mates have impressed so far this term, and who he thinks could player at a higher level:

Brad Clarke has always been sharp with great feet & could easily go on to play higher level football, plus our keeper Josh Thompson in the past month has saved us points with some great saves

Brad echoed the sentiment on the Ants keeper:

Various players have performed well since the start of the season, Josh has been consistent and has often kept us in games with his saves. Also, new additions to the squad Dan Blackman & Ash Higgins have played well throughout the season

Brad Clarke

How has Brad found the travelling in the league so far?

It is difficult, especially after working all day and then having to rush home to then drive into places like North London. However, once you’re at the game ready to play, you forget about the travelling. Other teams in this league have to do the same journeys to us so over a season it all balances out

Glenn would like games to be arranged differently:

I think the fixtures could be arranged better, local midweek games with the long travel games being held on Saturday’s

Rounding up we asked Glenn how Wednesday’s defeat at Brimsdown was, and how his side get back on track:

Honestly, I didn’t think we deserved to lose, we had a lot of the ball and many chances but it just wasn’t our night in front of goal. We need to bounce back on Saturday, I always fancy our chances when we are at home

Brad see’s the defeat as just a hiccup:

Hopefully Wednesday was just a blip, we played well for large periods of the game but we just couldn’t score, we deserved something from the game. A positive performance on Saturday will get us back on track and then hopefully we can start stringing some results together again

Sports Shots would like to thank both Glenn & Brad for their time this week

SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 08.11.2018 – South Midlands League update #27

THE INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF

 ‘NOWT SO QUEER AS YORKSHIRE FOLK’

BY KAREN BROWNE

 

The Views Expressed Are Solely My Own, Are Written Tongue In Cheek

And Should Be Taken With A Pinch Of Salt

 

TUESDAY 6th NOVEMBER/WEDNESDAY 7th NOVEMBER

 

MIDWEEK HEADLINES

As the dying embers of Bonfire Night disappeared the midweek action served up some hotly contested games. Alas there was just the one cup upset although several clubs came close to claiming scalps of higher league opposition. In the league there were plenty of goals to be witnessed by the hardy fans who braved the elements.

 

6/7 November Stats: 14 games played of which 8 were home wins, 2 were away wins, 3 were draws and one game abandoned.

 

Highest Midweek Attendances: 130 Barnet v Wembley, 79 Hitchin Town v Tring Athletic and 77 Potton United v Deeping Rangers.

 

PREMIER DIVISION

The midweek Premier Division action brought about one home win, one away win and one draw. Leverstock Green defeated Harpenden Town 3-1 at Pancake Lane, the hosts racing into a three goal lead before the visitors pulled one back shortly before the interval. Ironically both the other games saw clubs leading 3-0 at one stage, Biggleswade United had to endure a nervy finish as hosts Baldock Town scored twice in the closing minutes but failed to find an equalizer much to the relief of United’s club secretary Tracey James. At North Greenford United FC the home side found themselves 3-0 up at the break before Crawley Green hit back with three goals in the last fifteen minutes and could have easily won but for a missed penalty in the final minute. Full results and goalscorers are listed below.

 3-1 Leverstock Green v Harpenden Town (Campbell [2], Goode) / (McClelland) Attendance: 29

3-3 North Greenford United FC v Crawley Green (Turner, Gill, Hind) / (Lobjoit, Mead, Watson) Attendance: 48

2-3 Baldock Town v Biggleswade United (Bull [2]) / (Logan, Gauge, Parkinson) Attendance: 49

 

PREMIER DIVISION

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London Colney set up a home semi-final tie against either Baldock Town or Biggleswade United with a 3-1 home success over Oxhey Jets. Full result and goalscorers are listed below.

3-1 London Colney v Oxhey Jets (Loren [2] [1 pen], Mace) / (Jones) Attendance: 35

 

BUCKINGHAM SENIOR CHARITY CUP First Round

Premier Division Leighton Town were made to work hard against Division Two Unite MK in the Buckingham Senior Charity Cup. Trailing to a second minute Myles Braham strike the hosts levelled five minutes from time before booking their semi-final spot in the ensuing penalty shoot-out. Full result and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

1-1 [4-2 pens] Leighton Town v Unite MK (Unknown) / (Braham) Attendance: 75

 

HERTS SENIOR CHALLENGE CUP First Round

Hemel Hempstead Town edged out Colney Heath by the odd goal in three to book a Second Round place and with it a 24 hour wait to discover their next opponents. It was a youthful Hitchin Town side who secured a home date with Hemel Hempstead Town as they too won 2-1, their home tie against Tring Athletic saw the Canaries making nine changes to the side that lost at Tamworth on Saturday (probably having one eye on their minor cup match on Sunday) whilst visitors Tring Athletic made four changes prior to their big league clash with Colney Heath this coming Saturday. Tring led through a Jack Read goal at the break before the hosts hit back with two goals in five minutes after the interval, the game was watched by a meagre crowd of 79 and no doubt the Canaries will be looking for an increased attendance on Sunday. (As a frequent visitor to Top Field in my misspent youth I would like to wish the Canaries all the best on Sunday). Full results and goalscorers are listed below.

2-1 Hemel Hempstead Town v Colney Heath (Muyembe, Mendy) / (Shepherd) Attendance: Unknown

2-1 Hitchin Town v Tring Athletic (Charles, Belgrove) / (Read) Attendance: 79

 

HINCHINGBROOKE CUP First Round

Potton United secured a quarter-final place with a hard fought win against Future Lions United Counties League side Deeping Rangers, Potton edging the tie by the odd goal in five. Full result and goalscorers are listed below.

3-2 Potton United v Deeping Rangers (Murrell [2], Danobrega) / (Mooney, Lockie) Attendance: 77

 

MIDDLESEX SENIOR CHALLENGE CUP Second Round

Vanarama National League side Barnet proved too strong for Wembley despite having been reduced to ten men shortly before the interval. Having gone in goalless at the break Wembley were left dazed by their hosts as they ran in four goals in a nine minute spell. Wembley substitute Jermane Heron pulled a goal back in the 89th minute with a great dipping strike. Full result and goalscorers are listed below.

4-1 Barnet v Wembley (Sparkes [2], Coulthirst, Barham) / (Heron) Attendance: 130

 

DIVISION ONE

Broadfields United joined their landlords Harefield United at the top of the table (Hares have a better goal difference) with a 2-0 success at London Lions, both goals coming from the penalty spot. Codicote and Rayners Lane shared six goals in an action packed game, highlights can be found here at https://twitter.com/thecoldend/status/1059941824226304005?s=09. Brimsdown recorded a solitary goal over Ampthill Town and ending the visitors unbeaten away league record while the other midweek Division One game between Bedford and FC Broxbourne Borough was abandoned due to a serious injury to a FC Broxbourne Borough player, let’s hope for a speedy recovery. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

A-A Bedford v FC Broxbourne Borough

3-3 Codicote v Rayners Lane (Skinner [2], Massey) / (Unknown, Tate, Opponent Own Goal) Attendance: 52

1-0 Brimsdown v Ampthill Town (Unknown) Attendance: 30

0-2 London Lions v Broadfields United (Henley [2] [both pens]) Attendance: 31

 

DIVISION ONE CUP Quarter Final

Buckingham Athletic turned the form book upside down as they demolished second placed Hillingdon Borough 7-0 to book a semi-final spot. The result was Athletic’s biggest win since putting seven past Wodson Park back in August 2017. Full result and goalscorers are listed below.

7-0 Buckingham Athletic v Hillingdon Borough (Zulu [2], Soetan [2], Menday, Bines, Olawale) Attendance: 40

 

AND FINALLY

Was it the worst penalty decision ever?

Probably.

On Wednesday night, Raheem Sterling became – to our knowledge – the first footballer to be fouled by his own toe. Through on goal with his side 1-0 up in their Champions League tie against Shakhtar Donetsk, Sterling pulled back his left foot to shoot, but instead of sweetly connecting with the ball he jabbed the end of his boot into the turf and collapsed to the floor. Shakhtar’s Mykola Matviyenko was barely in the same postcode as Sterling, but referee Viktor Kassai was convinced the defender clipped the England man and pointed to the spot. Neither the linesman nor the official behind the goal had seen anything to save their colleague’s blushes. Sterling, who undoubtedly was not diving and just fell over, looked sheepish. Gabriel Jesus looked directly at goal and tucked away the penalty on his way to a hat-trick in a thumping 6-0 win. “I went to chip the ball and don’t know what happened. I didn’t feel contact. I scuffed the ball. Apologies to the ref,” Sterling told BT Sport after. Former Manchester City midfielder Steve McManaman called it a “comical mistake” on BT Sport.

SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 06.11.2018 – South Midlands League update #26

THE INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF

 ‘NOWT SO QUEER AS YORKSHIRE FOLK’

BY KAREN BROWNE

 

The Views Expressed Are Solely My Own, Are Written Tongue In Cheek

And Should Be Taken With A Pinch Of Salt

Saturday saw plenty of fireworks in the mixture of games played in the league and cup matches. Goals continued to rocket in while we had a damp squid of a goalless game at Enfield Borough.

WEEKEND’S HEADLINES

The wait for a league win continues for Stotfold and Clean Slate while Harefield United, Broadfields United and Berkhamsted Development remain unbeaten in the league. Harpenden Town produced the shock result of the afternoon when beating high flying Potton United. Risborough Rangers appointed their new man in charge, former Aylesbury boss Mark Eaton. The 34 games seeing 125 goals (an average of 3.67 per game). Ashton Campbell (Tring Athletic), Kieran Turner (Tring Athletic), Archie McClelland (Harpenden Town), Leonard Farhall (Harefield United) and Nathan Skelton (Mursley United) led the way with the hat-tricks.

 

3 November Stats: 35 games played of which 20 were home wins, 11 were away wins, 3 were draws and one game abandoned.

 

0% league records to date: Clean Slate.

 

(Most League Wins – all Divisions): 12 Biggleswade FC, 11 Tring Athletic, 10 Hillingdon Borough, Harefield United.

(Most League Draws – all Divisions): 6 Leighton Town, Edgware Town, 4 Colney Heath, Wembley, Oxhey Jets.

(Most League Defeats – all Divisions): 12 Hatfield Town, 10 Stotfold, 9 Risborough Rangers, Amersham Town.

Average Saturday Goals: 4.07 (1821 goals from 447 games).

Unbeaten:

(Division One League): Harefield United, Broadfields United.

(U25 Development Division League): Berkhamsted Development.

Without a Win:

(Premier Division League): Stotfold.

(Division Two League): Clean Slate.

Most Goals Scored:

(Premier Division League): 44 Biggleswade FC.

(Division One League): 48 Enfield Borough.

(Division Two League): 31 Bovingdon.

(U25 Development Division League): 20 Berkhamsted Development, Kempston Rovers Development.

Most Goals Conceded:

(Premier Division League): 36 Stotfold.

(Division One League): 54 Hatfield Town.

(Division Two League): 37 Clean Slate.

(U25 Development Division League): 21 Ampthill Town Development.

Fewest Goals Conceded:

(Premier Division League): 11 Leverstock Green.

(Division One League): 9 Harefield United, Broadfields United.

(Division Two League): 5 Old Bradwell United.

(U25 Development Division League): 4 Holmer Green Development U25.

Fewest Goals Scored:

(Premier Division League): 9 Stotfold.

(Division One League): 14 Hatfield Town.

(Division Two League): 4 Clean Slate.

(U25 Development Division League): 3 Holmer Green Development U25.

 

Saturday’s Highest Attendances: 234 Stowmarket Town v Baldock Town, 126 Wellingborough Town v Tring Athletic and 124 Buckingham Athletic v Winslow United.

 

Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Premier Division Clubs): 211 Baldock Town v Arlesey Town, 203 Biggleswade FC v Biggleswade United and 202 Tring Athletic v Berkhamsted (FA Cup).

 

Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Division One Clubs): 351 Winslow United v Easington Sports (FA Cup), 257 Harefield United v Winslow United and 177 Buckingham Athletic v Winslow United.

 

Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Division Two Clubs): 101 Aston Clinton v Pitstone & Ivinghoe, 92 Bovingdon v Old Bradwell United and 90 Bovingdon v Sarratt.

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Premier Division Clubs): 16 Jonathan Lacey (Leverstock Green) 15 Ashton Campbell (Tring Athletic), Kieran Turner (Tring Athletic), Tom Coles (Biggleswade FC), Alex Marsh (Biggleswade FC) 14 Lorrell Smith (Arlesey Town).

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division One Clubs): 17 Tage Kennedy (Enfield Borough) 15 Leonard Farhall (Harefield United) 13 Marcus Greenidge (Hillingdon Borough), Harry Dalton (Winslow United).

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division Two Clubs): 19 Nathan Skelton (Mursley United) 11 Luke Little (Unite MK) 10 Albie Hall (Pitstone & Ivinghoe), Joshua Smith (MK Gallacticos).

 

Saturday 3rd November

THE BUILDABASE FA VASE Second Round

The SSML’s Premier Division top two both progressed, Tring Athletic winning 7-0 at Future Lions United Counties League side Wellingborough Town while Biggleswade FC ran out 3-1 winners at home to Thurlow Nunn First Division North side Norwich CBS. Baldock Town’s record run in the competition ended when they were level at the end of extra time against Thurlow Nunn Premier Division side Stowmarket Town but alas went out in the penalty shoot-out. Leighton Town couldn’t repeat last season’s Vase form as they went down 0-2 at Future Lions United Counties League side Cogenhoe United. Wodson Park’s record run in the competition also ended in a 0-2 defeat at the hands of Future Lions United Counties League side Holbeach United. Full results and goalscorers listed below.

3-1 Biggleswade FC v Norwich CBS (L Marsh, Carroll, Northfield) / (Page) Attendance: 85

2-0 Cogenhoe United v Leighton Town (O’Connor, Long) Attendance: 83

3-1* Stowmarket Town v Baldock Town (Canfer [2], Melanson) / (Matthews [og]) Attendance: 234

0-7 Wellingborough Town v Tring Athletic (Campbell [3], Turner [3], Campana) Attendance: 126

0-2 Wodson Park v Holbeach United (Braithwaite, Smith) Attendance: 63

 

PREMIER DIVISION

With the top two involved in the Buildabase FA Vase it was a chance for the chasing pack to close the gap. Hadley remain third as they defeated London Tigers 5-0 at Brickfield Lane. Arlesey Town stay fourth following their 4-0 home success over London Colney. At the bottom Cockfosters dropped into the bottom two as Wembley leap frogged over them following a 3-1 win when the sides met at Vale Farm. Harpenden Town earned three welcomed points when routing Potton United 7-0 at Rothamsted Park. Stotfold continue to look for a win this campaign when going down by the odd goal in five at Crawley Green. Elsewhere Biggleswade United stretched their current unbeaten run to five matches when they disposed of visiting North Greenford United FC 3-0. The days other action saw Edgware Town and Oxhey Jets share the spoils with a 2-2 draw. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

4-0 Arlesey Town v London Colney (Smith, Darvall, Makuza, Newton) Attendance: 66

3-0 Biggleswade United v North Greenford United FC (Lewis [2], Williams) Attendance: 62

3-2 Crawley Green v Stotfold (Watson, Draycott, Pemberton) / (Balogun, Packham) Attendance: 42

2-2 Edgware Town v Oxhey Jets (Carruthers, Hunte) / (Giordmaina [2]) Attendance: 47

5-0 Hadley v London Tigers (Hammond [2], Bartram, Idemudia, Wright [pen]) Attendance: 46

7-0 Harpenden Town v Potton United (McClelland [3], Ashton [2], Gould, Davis) Attendance: 43

3-1 Wembley v Cockfosters (Unknown) / (Wade) Attendance: 38

 

DIVISION ONE

Harefield United remain top of the table following a 4-1 home success over Rayners Lane. Hillingdon Borough also won 4-1 at home to Park View to move up into second place following previous occupants Broadfields United drawing 0-0 at Enfield Borough. No changes at bottom with both Codicote and Hatfield Town in cup action and the abandonment of the Amersham Town v Bedford game. Elsewhere Langford beat Buckingham Town and Risborough Rangers picked up three useful points to present to their in-coming new manager with a 4-2 success over Brimsdown. Full results and goalscorers are listed below.

A-A Amersham Town v Bedford

0-0 Enfield Borough v Broadfields United Attendance: 20

4-1 Harefield United v Rayners Lane (Farhall [3], Pacquette) / (Maher) Attendance: 58

4-1 Hillingdon Borough v Park View (Tunstall [2], Herbert, Peter) / (Appiah) Attendance: 30

3-2 Langford v Buckingham Town (Bamford, Osborne, Poulton) / (Atkins, Shrieves) Attendance: 33

4-2 Risborough Rangers v Brimsdown (Woodfine [2], Castello, Pykett) / (Saywood, Uare) Attendance: 84

 

BEDS SENIOR TROPHY Second Round

A solitary goal saw Ampthill Town progress at Shefford Town & Campton while it was a 0-2 reversal for The 61FC (Luton) at Riseley Sports. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

2-0 Riseley Sports v The 61FC (Luton) (Unknown) Attendance: 23

0-1 Shefford Town & Campton v Ampthill Town (Cerminara) Attendance: Unknown

 

BERKS & BUCKS SENIOR TROPHY Third Round

The local derby between Buckingham Athletic and Winslow United drew a healthy crowd of 124 who witnessed Athletic edging out their visitors by the odd goal in three. The day’s other tie was certainly a game of two halves, visiting Old Bradwell United raced into a 3-0 interval lead at North Bucks & District League side Hanslope however it was the hosts that netted three goals after the break to level things up before the SSML side progressed in the penalty shoot-out. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

2-1 Buckingham Athletic v Winslow United (MacDonald, King [pen]) / (Freshwater [pen]) Attendance: 124

3-3 [3-4 pens] Hanslope v Old Bradwell United (Unknown) / (Cox, Deria, Ennis) Attendance: Unknown

 

HERTS SENIOR CENTENARY TROPHY Second Round

It was a disappointing day for SSML clubs in the Herts Senior Centenary Trophy with just three clubs progressing into the quarter-finals. In the day’s all SSML tie Division One FC Broxbourne Borough defeated Division Two Berkhamsted Raiders 3-1 while London Lions joined them in the next round as they saw off Herts County League opposition Knebworth 3-0. Bovingdon were the day’s other winners with a solitary goal success at Herts County League side Evergreen.  Codicote went down 0-2 at home against Bedmond Sports and Hatfield Town also went out when suffering a 1-3 home defeat against Bishop Stortford Swifts. Wodson Park could make it four clubs in the quarter-finals when they play next weekend in their tie that was postponed due to them playing in the Buildsbase FA Vase. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

0-2 Codicote v Bedmond Sports (Unknown) Attendance: 36

0-1 Evergreen v Bovingdon (Cole) Attendance: Unknown

3-1 FC Broxbourne Borough v Berkhamsted Raiders (Unknown) / (Unknown) Attendance: 50

1-3 Hatfield Town v Bishops Stortford Swifts (Unknown) / (Unknown) Attendance: Unknown

3-0 London Lions v Knebworth (Furman [2], Bolle) Attendance: 17

 

DIVISION TWO

Following the resignation of Tring Corinthians AFC it was bad news for Clean Slate as they are now back to having the SSML’s only 0% league record, a unwanted statistic that continued on Saturday when they suffered a 0-4 home defeat against visiting Mursley United. Grendon Rangers moved out of the bottom two with a 3-1 win at New Bradwell St Peter FC. Sarratt drop into the bottom two when they were beaten at home by Aston Clinton. The day’s other Division Two fixture saw MK Gallacticos defeat Pitstone & Ivinghoe by the odd goal in five. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

0-4 Clean Slate v Mursley United (Skelton [3], Dickson) Attendance: 10

3-2 MK Gallacticos v Pitstone & Ivinghoe (Smith [2], Dahie) / (Doughty, Reynolds) Attendance: 30

1-3 New Bradwell St Peter v Grendon Rangers (Davie) / (Unknown) Attendance: 30

0-2 Sarratt v Aston Clinton (Greco, Stapleton) Attendance: 40

 

UNDER 25 DEVELOPMENT DIVISION

Buckingham Athletic Development move up to second place with a 2-1 win at ADC Dunstable U21 while Ampthill Town Development gave themselves some breathing space at the foot of the table with their 2-1 home success over Kempston Rovers Development. Elsewhere Leighton Town recorded a 2-1 win against at Harpenden Town Development. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

1-2 AFC Dunstable U21 v Buckingham Athletic Development (Elliott [pen]) / (O’Hara, Summers) Attendance: 20

2-1 Ampthill Town Development v Kempston Rovers Development (Unknown) / (Moscaritolo) Attendance: Unknown

2-1 Leighton Town Development v Harpenden Town Development (Oliver, McGlinchey) / (Heywood) Attendance: Unknown

 

HIGH WYCOMBE JUNIOR CUP Second Round

No joy for the SSML’s only representation in the High Wycombe Junior Cup as Holmer  Green Development crashed out after a 0-3 home defeat at the hands of FC Leisure Reserves. Full result and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

0-3 Holmer Green Development U25 v FC Leisure Reserves (Unknown) Attendance: Unknown

 

AND FINALLY

It Sure Beats School.

Cerro Porteno

Imagine scoring your first professional goal in the biggest club fixture in your homeland. Now imagine doing it aged 14. For Fernando Ovelar, that unlikely dream became a reality on a Sunday. Ovelar, who is two months short of his 15th birthday, scored the opening goal for Paraguayan top-flight team Cerro Porteno in their Superclasico against arch-rivals Olimpia. It came a week after he made his senior debut. Nestor Camacho, who scored Olimpia’s equaliser in the 2-2 draw, is 31 – more than double Ovelar’s age. Ovelar is the youngest player to have featured in Paraguay’s top division – but not the first 14-year-old to score in professional football. American Freddy Adu – once described as “the next Pele” – was also just 14 when he scored his first goal for Major League Soccer side DC United. Mauricio Baldivieso, who played in Bolivia’s top division aged 12, is the youngest player to ever play professional football.

There comes a time when players hang up their boots but for one South Midlands player it is a difference case, news reaches me that a certain centre half is hanging up his ‘hairband’ – yes following a haircut Baldock Town captain Liam Kenna has decided to dispense with his trademark look.

Remember to tune into Three Counties Radio (Herts, Beds & Bucks) and a show all about local non-league football- The show is live every Monday evening from 7.00pm – 8.00pm and is the perfect opportunity to catch up with our local non-league scene at all levels. Both presenters of the show are on twitter, and to follow what’s coming up in the next show make sure you give them a follow, Ollie Bayliss is @Ollie_Bayliss and Luke Ashmead is @Ashmead72

The show has been a proven success for Baldock Town secretary Lynn Parker, her appearance on the show last week in which she talked about one of the annoying habits she faces in the dressing room – inside out socks – has had an impact. This week she tells me that it seems the players all listened and took notice, keep it up lads.

SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 01.11.2018 – South Midlands League update #25

THE INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF

 ‘NOWT SO QUEER AS YORKSHIRE FOLK’

BY KAREN BROWNE

 

The Views Expressed Are Solely My Own, Are Written Tongue In Cheek

And Should Be Taken With A Pinch Of Salt

 

TUESDAY 30th OCTOBER/WEDNESDAY 31st OCTOBER

 

MIDWEEK HEADLINES

The temperatures dropped midweek as the SSMFL’s equivalent of the FA Cup, the League Challenge Trophy took centre stage. With a large army of witches, ghouls, goblins along with numerous other costumes taking to the streets for Halloween there were certainly a few tricks and treats served up.

 

30/31 October Stats: 15 games played of which 9 were home wins and 6 were away wins.

 

Highest Midweek Attendances: 92 Colney Heath v Stotfold, 82 Leighton Town v Hillingdon Borough and 61 Biggleswade FC v New Bradwell St Peter FC.

 

LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY First Round

What a difference two months can make in football, back in September Premier Division Leverstock Green dished out a 10-0 thumping over Division Two side Unite MK in the FA Vase. On Wednesday night the Milton Keynes side produced a moment of pure giant-killing when the sides meet again this time at Unite MK in the League Challenge Trophy. A goal down the hosts hit back after the break to claim the scalp of their Hertfordshire visitors by the odd goal in three. Full result and goalscorers are listed below.

2-1 Unite MK v Leverstock Green (Little, Rawson) / (Nair) Attendance: 29

 

LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY Second Round

Cup shocks were in evidence at Ampthill Town, Buckingham Town, Cockfosters, Enfield Borough and Wodson Park where the lower ranked sides overcame higher opposition to book their places in the Third Round. Ampthill Town edging out London Tigers by the odd goal in three, Buckingham Town and North Greenford United FC served up a seven goal thriller with the hosts finally winning 4-3. Premier Division Cockfosters fell to Division Two side Sarratt by a solitary goal while Division One Enfield Borough bounced back from Saturday’s heavy league defeat to knock out Premier Division side Arlesey Town. Division Two club MK Gallacticos won 5-3 at manager-less Division One side Wodson Park. Elsewhere Biggleswade FC where made to work hard before seeing off Division Two side New Bradwell St Peter FC 4-1, a scoreline that was somewhat harsh on the battling visitors. Crawley Green came from 0-2 down to defeat Amersham Town 7-3 while there were also wins for Biggleswade United, Leighton Town, Tring Athletic, Winslow United and Potton United. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

New beginning for Ampthill Town

2-1 Ampthill Town v London Tigers (Cerminara, Blackman) / (Unknown) Attendance: 49

4-1 Biggleswade FC v New Bradwell St Peter (Inskip [2], T Coles, A Marsh [pen]) / (Crossley) Attendance: 61

1-0 Biggleswade United v Hadley (Farrell) Attendance: 56

4-3 Buckingham Town v North Greenford United FC (Judickas [2], Atkins, Clarkson) / (Glock [2], Long) Attendance: 44

0-1 Cockfosters v Sarratt (White) Attendance: 35

7-3 Crawley Green v Amersham Town (Watson [3], Lobjoit [2], McClelland [2]) / (Parry, Garcia, Kurton) Attendance: 30

3-1 Enfield Borough v Arlesey Town (Ennin, McKenna, Devyne) / (Hatch) Attendance: 30

0-1 Harefield United v Winslow United (Coles) Attendance: 45

4-1 Leighton Town v Hillingdon Borough (Jones, McBride, Tamakloe, Osei-Addo [pen]) / (Peter) Attendance: 82

0-2 Rayners Lane v Tring Athletic (Busari, Read) Attendance: 40

3-5 Wodson Park v MK Gallacticos (Handy, Sawyer, Unknown) / (J Smith [2], Ahmed, Lobjoit, Dahie) Attendance: 30

0-4 Park View v Potton United (Unknown) Attendance: 20

 

PREMIER DIVISION

The midweek only league action saw Colney Heath move into the top six with a 4-0 success over bottom club Stotfold. Full result and goalscorers are listed below.

4-0 Colney Heath v Stotfold (Cameron, Davis, Power, Peters) Attendance: 92

 

BEDS SENIOR TROPHY Second Round

Langford’s solitary goal win at Beds County League side Cranfield United earned them a quarter final place, the deadlock being broken by a Charlie Rome strike in the first half. Full result and goalscorer are listed below.

0-1 Cranfield United v Langford (Rome) Attendance: 50

 

AND FINALLY

Staying with the Trick or Treat theme how about this for a Spartan South Midlands League Halloween XI (names adapted)

 

Joel Addams-family (Park View)

Dan Bones (Leighton Town)

Connor Deadman (Bovingdon)

Jack Devil (Codicote)

CemeTerry Dixon (The 61FC Luton)

Adam Drakula (Biggleswade FC)

Mark Franklintein (Biggleswade FC)

Callum Fright (Broadfields United)

Daniel Gremlynn (Aston Clinton)

Milo PumpKeane (Codicote)

Nathan Skeleton (Mursley United)

 

Manager – Norman Bates (Wembley)

SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 29.10.2018 – South Midlands League update #24

THE INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF

 ‘NOWT SO QUEER AS YORKSHIRE FOLK’

BY KAREN BROWNE

 The Views Expressed Are Solely My Own, Are Written Tongue In Cheek

And Should Be Taken With A Pinch Of Salt

 

A wet and windy Autumnal afternoon saw a mixture of league and cup matches for those hardy fans in attendance. The day’s action saw the number of goals on a Saturday continue to produce an average of four per game with Winslow United and Berkhamsted Development leading the way with seven, for the former it was the second time this month while the latter it was also the second time this campaign they notched seven. However the day’s events were overshadowed by the tragic news at Leicester City.

 

WEEKEND’S HEADLINES

Stotfold U25’s recorded their first points of the campaign and as a result it leaves just their first team still looking for a league win this season. Bovingdon produced the giant killing in the League Challenge Trophy defeating London Lions from the Division above them albeit the win came in a penalty shoot-out. The season’s managerial casualty list continues to grow as Neil Draper’s short spell at Wodson Park ended due to increased work commitments. The 32 games seeing 132 goals (an average of 4.12 per game). Kieran Turner (Tring Athletic) led the way with the day’s only hat-trick.

 

27 October Stats: 32 games played of which 18 were home wins, 9 were away wins and 5 were draws.

 

(Most League Wins – all Divisions): 12 Biggleswade FC, 11 Tring Athletic, 9 Hillingdon Borough, Harefield United, Broadfields United.

(Most League Draws – all Divisions): 6 Leighton Town, 5 Edgware Town, 4 Colney Heath, Wembley.

(Most League Defeats – all Divisions): 12 Hatfield Town, 9 Risborough Rangers, Amersham Town, 8 Wembley, Codicote, Stotfold.

Average Saturday Goals: 4.11 (1696 goals from 413 games).

Unbeaten:

(Division One League): Harefield United, Broadfields United.

(U25 Development Division League): Berkhamsted Development.

Without a Win:

(Premier Division League): Stotfold.

Most Goals Scored:

(Premier Division League): 44 Biggleswade FC.

(Division One League): 48 Enfield Borough.

(Division Two League): 31 Bovingdon.

(U25 Development Division League): 20 Berkhamsted Development.

Most Goals Conceded:

(Premier Division League): 29 Stotfold.

(Division One League): 54 Hatfield Town.

(Division Two League): 34 Clean Slate.

(U25 Development Division League): 20 Ampthill Town Development.

Fewest Goals Conceded:

(Premier Division League): 11 Leverstock Green.

(Division One League): 8 Harefield United.

(Division Two League): 5 Old Bradwell United.

(U25 Development Division League): 4 Holmer Green Development U25, Buckingham Athletic Development.

Fewest Goals Scored:

(Premier Division League): 7 Stotfold.

(Division One League): 14 Hatfield Town.

(Division Two League): 6 Tring Corinthians AFC.

(U25 Development Division League): 3 Holmer Green Development U25.

 

Saturday’s Highest Attendances: 111 Potton v Arlesey Town, 107 Leighton Town v Stotfold and 77 Cockfosters v Colney Heath.

 

Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Premier Division Clubs): 211 Baldock Town v Arlesey Town, 203 Biggleswade FC v Biggleswade United and 202 Tring Athletic v Berkhamsted (FA Cup).

 

Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Division One Clubs): 351 Winslow United v Easington Sports (FA Cup), 257 Harefield United v Winslow United and 177 Buckingham Athletic v Winslow United.

 

Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Division Two Clubs): 101 Aston Clinton v Pitstone & Ivinghoe, 92 Bovingdon v Old Bradwell United and 90 Bovingdon v Sarratt.

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Premier Division Clubs): 16 Jonathan Lacey (Leverstock Green) 14 Tom Coles (Biggleswade FC), Alex Marsh (Biggleswade FC) 13 Lorrell Smith (Arlesey Town).

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division One Clubs): 17 Tage Kennedy (Enfield Borough) 13 Marcus Greenidge (Hillingdon Borough), Harry Dalton (Winslow United) 12 Leonard Farhall (Harefield United).

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division Two Clubs): 16 Nathan Skelton (Mursley United) 11 Luke Little (Unite MK) 10 Albie Hall (Pitstone & Ivinghoe).

 

Saturday 27th October

 

LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY Second Round

Mixed fortunes for the two Division two sides against higher opposition in the League Challenge Trophy. Table topping Bovingdon booked their Third Round place with a penalty shoot-out win over Division One side London Lions following a 2-2 draw. While despite leading at the break Pitstone & Ivinghoe exited as Premier Division Baldock Town ran in five unanswered second half goals. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

2-2 [3-2 pens] Bovingdon v London Lions (Eames, Standen) / (Mannie, Beare) Attendance: Unknown

1-5 Pitstone & Ivinghoe v Baldock Town (Hall) / (Forsythe [2], Furness, Barker, Barnes) Attendance: 50

 

PREMIER DIVISION

Both the top two Biggleswade FC and Tring Athletic continued their battle for the title with away wins, leaders Biggleswade FC winning 2-0 at London Colney while Tring Athletic won 4-0 at London Tigers. Hadley move up to third following their 4-1 success at North Greenford United FC. Potton United won the big local derby against the team above them Arlesey Town 4-0 in front of the day’s biggest crowd, 111, at the Hutchinson Hollow. At the bottom Stotfold lost a thrilling eight goal game at Leighton Town 3-5 while Wembley picked up a useful point in the ‘Beer Derby’, the Budweiser team being pegged back by the Carlsberg team, Oxhey Jets, the equaliser coming from the penalty spot. Elsewhere it was honours even in the Green Derby’, between Leverstock Green and Crawley Green while Colney Heath won at Cockfosters by a solitary goal. Full results and goalscorers are listed below.

2-2 Biggleswade United v Edgware Town (Holmes, Williams pen]) / (Hunte, Burgess) Attendance: 72

0-1 Cockfosters v Colney Heath (Newton) Attendance: 77

5-3 Leighton Town v Stotfold (McBride [2], Donaldson, Faulkner, Marsala) / (Barker [2], Cyrus) Attendance: 107

1-1 Leverstock Green v Crawley Green (Carbon) / (Draycott) Attendance: 51

0-2 London Colney v Biggleswade FC (Coles, Cookman) Attendance: 45

0-4 London Tigers v Tring Athletic (Turner [3], K Johnson) Attendance: Unknown

1-4 North Greenford United FC v Hadley (Long) / (Clarke [2], Anwar, Idemudia) Attendance: 52

1-1 Oxhey Jets v Wembley (Kerley pen]) / (Femi-Gil) Attendance: 52

4-0 Potton United v Arlesey Town (Smail, Webb, Sage, Danobrega) Attendance: 111

 

DIVISION ONE

The day’s top of the table clash saw Harefield United leapfrog Hillingdon Borough at the top following a 3-0 away success with the recently signed ex Queeens Park Rangers professional Richard Pacquette amongst the goalscorers. Broadfields United also moved above Hillingdon Borough with a 3-1 win against visiting Brimsdown. Winslow United made it eight unbeaten games in a row after losing their two opening games to move up to fifth after a convincing 7-1 home success over the team immediately above them Enfield Borough. Codicote made it back to back wins as they recovered from a 0-2 half time deficit to defeat Wodson Park 3-2. At the bottom Hatfield Towns poor run continued when they were beaten 1-3 at Buckingham Athletic. Risborough Rangers dropped into the relegation places following a 0-3 defeat at Park View. Elsewhere there were wins for Buckingham Town and Langford while FC Broxbourne Borough shared the points with Ampthill Town in a six goal thriller. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

3-1 Broadfields United v Brimsdown (Kimona [2], Walker) / (Watson) Attendance: 27

3-1 Buckingham Athletic v Hatfield Town (Bines [2], Zula, Olawale) / (Unknown) Attendance: 35

4-1 Buckingham Town v Amersham Town (Constantin [2], Mitten, Akinjiola) / (Unknown) Attendance: 40

3-2 Codicote v Wodson Park (L’Honore, Massey, Nevin) / (Ennis, Tolley) Attendance: 38

3-3 FC Broxbourne Borough v Ampthill Town (Banks [2], Clarke) / (Carter [2], Cerminara) Attendance: 40

0-3 Hillingdon Borough v Harefield United (Baldwin, Shaw, Pacquette) Attendance: 30

3-0 Langford v Rayners Lane (Ali, Bamford, Rome) Attendance: 30

3-0 Park View v Risborough Rangers (Asante, Opoku-Domfeh, Botchey) Attendance: 20

7-1 Winslow United v Enfield Borough (Dalton [2], King [2], Coles, Page, Kedzierski) / (Kennedy [pen]) Attendance: 61

 

DIVISION TWO

Berkhamsted Raiders 3-1 success over Aston Clinton saw them join leaders Bovingdon on 23 points although Bovingdon do have three games in hand. Old Bradwell United continue their climb up the table following a 3-0 home success over bottom club Clean Slate. The 61FC (Luton) are now fourth after coming from behind to defeat Unite MK 4-1. Totternhoe got back to winning ways following four defeats with a hard fought 2-1 home win over MK Gallacticos. The day’s other fixture saw Grendon Rangers edge out Sarratt by the odd goal in five. Full results and goalscorers listed below.

3-1 Berkhamsted Raiders v Aston Clinton (Mullins, Williams, Lamboh) / (Stapleton) Attendance: Unknown

3-2 Grendon Rangers v Sarratt (Adam [2], Janecki) / (McIntosh, Rivers) Attendance: 23

3-0 Old Bradwell United v Clean Slate (Green [2], Valentine) Attendance: 31

4-1 The 61FC (Luton) v Unite MK (Currington, Kabir, Rattigar, Eugene) / (Braham) Attendance: 13

2-1 Totternhoe v MK Gallacticos (O’Callaghan, Clarke) / (Dahie) Attendance: 53

 

ANAGRAM RECORDS TROPHY First Round

New Bradwell St Peter FC’s trip to PFC Victoria (a Community-driven Polish football club playing in the Middlesex County League) resulted in a 2-5 defeat. Full result and goalscorers listed below.

5-2 PFC Victoria v New Bradwell St Peter FC (Kowalkowski [2], Kwiatek [2], Bartkow) / (Perkins [2]) Attendance: 61

 

UNDER 25 DEVELOPMENT DIVISION

Berkhamsted Development replaced Kempston Rovers Development at the summit with a 7-1 home win over Leighton Town Development while the morning leaders were beaten 0-3 at Harpenden Town Development. It was a big day for the SSML’s only club without a single point, Stotfold U25, they finally broke their duck with a 2-0 home success over Holmer Green Development U25, a result with resulted in club chairman Phil Pateman delving deep into his wallet to buy the beers. Full results and goalscorers listed below.

7-1 Berkhamsted Development v Leighton Town Development (Stevens [2], Johnson [2], Mitchell-Gears, Kelly, Adeyiceka) / (Devine) Attendance: Unknown

3-0 Harpenden Town Development v Kempston Rovers Development (Baker, McLeish, Davis) Attendance: Unknown

2-0 Stotfold U25 v Holmer Green Development U25 (Girdlestone, Jean) Attendance: Unknown

 

BEDS INTERMDIATE CUP Second Round

Mixed fortunes for the SSML representatives as Biggleswade United U23 progressed while for AFC Dunstable U21 and Ampthill Town Development it’s a case of maybe next season as both exited. Biggleswade United U23 winning 3-2 at Shefford Town & Campton Reserves with both AFC Dunstable U21 and Ampthill Town Development suffering 0-2 home defeats to Biggleswade FC Reserves and Dunstable Town U21 respectively. Full results and goalscorers listed below.

0-2 AFC Dunstable U21 v Biggleswade FC Reserves (Veal [2]) Attendance: Unknown

0-2 Ampthill Town Development v Dunstable Town U21 (Opponent Own Goal, Afolabi) Attendance: Unknown

2-3 Shefford Town & Campton Reserves v Biggleswade United U23 (Snee, Larsen) / (Mohammed [2], Spavins) Attendance: Unknown

 

AND FINALLY

I’m grateful to Geoff Phillips the Langford match secretary who sent the following picture below taken on his recent visit to his son in Camberley. Geoff added the following comment ‘I think it says a lot about what they think of their football down there’.

 

I’m grateful to Geoff Phillips the Langford match secretary who sent the following picture below taken on his recent visit to his son.

The fastest red card in football history is two seconds – Cross Farm Park Celtic striker Lee Todd, who was sent off just two seconds into a game back in October 2000. Todd got his marching orders for foul language. Todd had his back to referee at the start of Cross Farm’s Sunday league game against Taunton East Reach Wanderers, and was startled by the force with which the whistle was blown for kick-off. “F**k me, that was loud,” muttered Todd, and the referee promptly showed him the red card.

 

Remember to tune into Three Counties Radio (Herts, Beds & Bucks) and a show all about local non-league football- The show is live every Monday evening from 7.00pm – 8.00pm and is the perfect opportunity to catch up with our local non-league scene at all levels. Both presenters of the show are on twitter, and to follow what’s coming up in the next show make sure you give them a follow, Ollie Bayliss is @Ollie_Bayliss and Luke Ashmead is @Ashmead72

SSMFL: Fixtures for the next two weeks

SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS LEAGUE

Tuesday 23rd October – Kick Off 7.45pm unless stated
PREMIER DIVISION
Tring Athletic v Hadley

BEDS SENIOR CUP First Round
Biggleswade United v Biggleswade FC
Leighton Town v Barton Rovers
Stotfold v Biggleswade Town

LONDON SENIOR CUP Second Round
Wingate & Finchley v Cockfosters

MIDDLESEX SENIOR CHALLENGE CUP First Round
Wembley v Enfield 1893

NORTH BEDS CHARITY CUP Quarter Final
Langford v Potton United

DIVISION ONE
Rayners Lane v Buckingham Town

Saturday 27th October – Kick Off 3.00pm
LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY Second Round
Bovingdon v London Lions
Pitstone & Ivinghoe v Baldock Town

PREMIER DIVISION
Biggleswade United v Edgware Town
Cockfosters v Colney Heath
Leighton Town v Stotfold
Leverstock Green v Crawley Green
London Colney v Biggleswade FC
London Tigers v Tring Athletic
North Greenford United FC v Hadley
Oxhey Jets v Wembley
Potton United v Arlesey Town

DIVISION ONE
Broadfields United v Brimsdown
Buckingham Athletic v Hatfield Town
Buckingham Town v Amersham Town
Codicote v Wodson Park
FC Broxbourne Borough v Ampthill Town
Hillingdon Borough v Harefield United
Langford v Rayners Lane
Park View v Risborough Rangers
Winslow United v Enfield Borough

DIVISION TWO
Berkhamsted Raiders v Aston Clinton
Grendon Rangers v Sarratt
Old Bradwell United v Clean Slate
The 61FC (Luton) v Unite MK
Totternhoe v MK Gallacticos

ANAGRAM RECORDS TROPHY First Round
PFC Victoria v New Bradwell St Peter FC

U25 DEVELOPMENT DIVISION
Berkhamsted Development v Leighton Town Development
Harpenden Town Development v Kempston Rovers Development
Stotfold U25 v Holmer Green Development U25

BEDS INTERMDIATE CUP Second Round
AFC Dunstable U21 v Biggleswade FC Reserves
Ampthill Town Development v Dunstable Town U21
Shefford Town & Campton Reserves v Biggleswade United U23 (Kick Off 2.30pm)

Tuesday 30th October – Kick Off 7.45pm unless stated
LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY Second Round
Ampthill Town v London Tigers
Biggleswade FC v New Bradwell St Peter
Biggleswade United v Hadley
Buckingham Town v North Greenford United FC
Cockfosters v Sarratt
Crawley Green v Amersham Town
Enfield Borough v Arlesey Town
Harefield United v Winslow United
Leighton Town v Hillingdon Borough
Rayners Lane v Tring Athletic
Wodson Park v MK Gallacticos

PREMIER DIVISION
Colney Heath v Stotfold

Wednesday 31st October – Kick Off 7.45pm unless stated
LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY First Round
Unite MK v Leverstock Green

LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY Second Round
Park View v Potton United

BEDS SENIOR TROPHY Second Round
Cranfield United v Langford (Kick Off 7.30pm)

Saturday 3rd November – Kick Off 3.00pm unless stated
THE BUILDABASE FA VASE Second Round
Biggleswade FC v Norwich CBS
Cogenhoe United v Leighton Town
Enfield 1893 v Leverstock Green
Stowmarket Town v Baldock Town
Wellingborough Town v Tring Athletic
Wodson Park v Holbeach United

PREMIER DIVISION
Arlesey Town v London Colney
Biggleswade United v North Greenford United FC
Crawley Green v Stotfold
Edgware Town v Oxhey Jets
Hadley v London Tigers
Harpenden Town v Potton United
Wembley v Cockfosters

DIVISION ONE
Amersham Town v Langford
Enfield Borough v Broadfields United
Harefield United v Rayners Lane
Hillingdon Borough v Park View
Risborough Rangers v Brimsdown

BEDS SENIOR TROPHY Second Round
Bedford v Totternhoe
Riseley Sports v The 61FC (Luton) (Kick Off 2.00pm)
Shefford Town & Campton v Ampthill Town (Kick Off 2.00pm)

BERKS & BUCKS SENIOR TROPHY Third Round
Buckingham Athletic v Winslow United
Hanslope v Old Bradwell United (Kick Off 2.00pm)

HERTS SENIOR CENTENARY TROPHY Second Round
Codicote v Bedmond Sports
Evergreen v Bovingdon (Kick Off 2.00pm)
FC Broxbourne Borough v Berkhamsted Raiders
Hatfield Town v Bishops Stortford Swifts
London Lions v Knebworth

DIVISION TWO
Clean Slate v Mursley United (Kick Off 2.00pm)
MK Gallacticos v Pitstone & Ivinghoe (Kick Off 2.00pm)
New Bradwell St Peter v Grendon Rangers (Kick Off 2.00pm)
Sarratt v Aston Clinton (Kick Off 2.00pm)

U25 DEVELOPMENT DIVISION
AFC Dunstable U21 v Buckingham Athletic Development
Ampthill Town Development v Kempston Rovers Development
Leighton Town Development v Harpenden Town Development

HIGH WYCOMBE JUNIOR CUP Second Round
Holmer Green Development U25 v FC Leisure Reserves

SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 23.10.2018 – South Midlands League update #22

The sun shone and football fans were treated to a warm afternoon as they flocked to their chosen game after watching the lunchtime Emirates FA Cup game on television. For SSML fans there were some tasty fixtures at both top and bottom of the tables added to which where some mouth-watering cup ties. Here below is what the Saturday SSML menu served up.

WEEKEND’S HEADLINES
First league wins for Clean Slate and Codicote. At the other end of the scale there was a first league defeat for Bovingdon. The 31 games seeing 123 goals (an average of 3.97 per game). Amin Ballaid (Hillingdon Borough) and Luke Starnes (Codicote) both weighed in with hat-tricks.

20 October Stats: 31 games played of which 14 were home wins, 13 were away wins and 4 were draws.

0% league records to date: Stotfold U25.

(Most League Wins – all Divisions): 11 Biggleswade FC, 10 Tring Athletic, 9 Hillingdon Borough.
(Most League Draws – all Divisions): 6 Leighton Town, 4 Edgware Town, Colney Heath, 3 Cockfosters, Wembley, Stotfold, London Lions, Buckingham Town, Unite MK.
(Most League Defeats – all Divisions): 11 Hatfield Town, 8 Wembley, Codicote, Risborough Rangers, Amersham Town, 7 Stotfold, Park View, Tring Corinthians AFC.
Average Saturday Goals: 4.10 (1564 goals from 381 games).
Unbeaten:
(Premier Division League): Tring Athletic.
(Division One League): Harefield United, Broadfields United.
(U25 Development Division League): Berkhamsted Development.
Without a Win:
(Premier Division League): Stotfold.
(U25 Development Division League): Stotfold U25.
Most Goals Scored:
(Premier Division League): 42 Biggleswade FC.
(Division One League): 47 Enfield Borough.
(Division Two League): 31 Bovingdon.
(U25 Development Division League): 19 Kempston Rovers Development.
Most Goals Conceded:
(Premier Division League): 27 Oxhey Jets.
(Division One League): 50 Hatfield Town.
(Division Two League): 31 Clean Slate.
(U25 Development Division League): 20 Ampthill Town Development.
Fewest Goals Conceded:
(Premier Division League): 10 Leverstock Green.
(Division One League): 8 Harefield United, Broadfields United.
(Division Two League): 5 Old Bradwell United.
(U25 Development Division League): 2 Holmer Green Development U25.
Fewest Goals Scored:
(Premier Division League): 4 Stotfold.
(Division One League): 13 Hatfield Town.
(Division Two League): 6 Tring Corinthians AFC.
(U25 Development Division League): 3 Holmer Green Development U25.

Saturday’s Highest Attendances: 102 Stotfold v Biggleswade United, 100 Harefield United v Buckingham Athletic and 88 Tring Athletic v Edgware Town.

Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Premier Division Clubs): 211 Baldock Town v Arlesey Town, 203 Biggleswade FC v Biggleswade United and 202 Tring Athletic v Berkhamsted (FA Cup).

Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Division One Clubs): 351 Winslow United v Easington Sports (FA Cup), 257 Harefield United v Winslow United and 177 Buckingham Athletic v Winslow United.

Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Division Two Clubs): 101 Aston Clinton v Pitstone & Ivinghoe, 92 Bovingdon v Old Bradwell United and 90 Bovingdon v Sarratt.

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Premier Division Clubs): 16 Jonathan Lacey (Leverstock Green) 13 Lorrell Smith (Arlesey Town), Tom Coles (Biggleswade FC), Alex Marsh (Biggleswade FC) 12 Ashton Campbell (Tring Athletic).

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division One Clubs): 16 Tage Kennedy (Enfield Borough) 13 Marcus Greenidge (Hillingdon Borough) 12 Leonard Farhall (Harefield United).

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division Two Clubs): 16 Nathan Skelton (Mursley United) 11 Luke Little (Unite MK) 9 Albie Hall (Pitstone & Ivinghoe).

Saturday 20th October

PREMIER DIVISION
Tring Athletic made it twelve league games without defeat with a 2-0 home success over Edgware Town, a result that keeps Athletic hot on the heels of leaders Biggleswade FC. The Bedfordshire side are now nine games unbeaten in the league following a 5-1 win at Crawley Green. Third placed Arlesey Town left it late to take maximum points from their home game with North Greenford United FC, leading goalscorer Lorrell Smith netting the only goal of the game in the 94th minute. Potton United made it four league wins on the bounce to maintain fourth spot with a 4-1 success at Cockfosters. At the bottom life remains a struggle for both Wembley and Stotfold, both suffering home defeats, Wembley were beaten 2-3 by visiting London Colney having led by a solitary goal at the break. Stotfold’s defeat by local rivals Biggleswade United was watched by the day’s biggest crowd of 102. Harpenden Town remain third from bottom as visiting Oxhey Jets inflicted the hosts fourth successive league defeat curtesy of a solitary first half goal from Sean Giordmaina, Elsewhere there were wins for Hadley and London Tigers against Baldock Town and Leverstock Green respectively while Colney Heath scored twice in the last fifteen minutes to draw 2-2 with visiting Leighton Town. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

1-0 Arlesey Town v North Greenford United FC (Smith) Attendance: 67
1-4 Cockfosters v Potton United (Michaelides) / (Murrell, Smail, Burnside, Danobrega) Attendance: 51
2-2 Colney Heath v Leighton Town (Sears-Black, Shaw) / (Dentice, Faulkner) Attendance: 82
1-5 Crawley Green v Biggleswade FC (McClelland) / (Coles [2], Leavers, Hunt, Marsh) Attendance: 40
2-1 Hadley v Baldock Town (O’Hara, Idemudia) / (Holland) Attendance: 42
0-1 Harpenden Town v Oxhey Jets (Giordmaina) Attendance: 47
1-3 Leverstock Green v London Tigers (Lacey [pen]) / (Unknown) Attendance: 25
1-2 Stotfold v Biggleswade United (Young [pen]) / (Farrell [pen], Hankins) Attendance: 102
2-0 Tring Athletic v Edgware Town (Campana, Read) Attendance: 88
2-3 Wembley v London Colney (Unknown) / (Price [2], Maxwell) Attendance: 44

DIVISION ONE
Codicote were the day’s biggest winners with a 6-0 success at Risborough Rangers to move off the bottom of the table, a result ever more remarkable as it was the Cod’s first league win since beating Ampthill Town by a solitary goal back on the 26th April 2018 some thirteen matches ago. Hillingdon Borough remain top of the table with a 6-1 success at Amersham Town. The chasing pack of Harefield United, Enfield Borough and Broadfields United all won to stay hot on their heels. For the Hare’s their 3-1 home success over Buckingham Athletic was watched by a crowd of 100 and was a fitting tribute to Jamie Peverill who passed away recently, Jamie was a much loved character that has served his club for many years. Hatfield Town slumped to the bottom of the table as they went ten games without a win when going down 0-4 at home to Langford. A winner deep into injury saw Park View return from their trip to Wodson Park with all three points. London Lions suffered their second defeat in four days when they were soundly beaten 0-4 at Ampthill Town. Winslow United extended their unbeaten league run to seven games with a 4-2 win at Rayners Lane a result that still sees the hosts looking for their first league points on their newly installed 3G pitch. Elsewhere Brimsdown edged out Bedford by the odd goal in five. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

1-6 Amersham Town v Hillingdon Borough (Unknown) / (Ballaid [3], Peter [2], Salah) Attendance: 36
4-0 Ampthill Town v London Lions (Mead, Carter, Higgins, Clarke) Attendance: 39
3-2 Brimsdown v Bedford (Xavi, Cornelius, Acheampong) / (Smith [2]) Attendance: 20
2-2 Enfield Borough v Buckingham Town (Bangura, Ennin) / (V Shrieves, Mitten) Attendance: 20
0-5 FC Broxbourne Borough v Broadfields United (McCrea, Henley, Lawrence, O’Keefe, Gardner) Attendance: 30
3-1 Harefield United v Buckingham Athletic (McCorkell, Baldwin, Mangan) / (Owusu) Attendance: 100
0-4 Hatfield Town v Langford (Bamford [2], Osborne, Poulton) Attendance: Unknown
2-4 Rayners Lane v Winslow United (Hastings [2]) / (Coles, Parsons, Kedzierski, King) Attendance: Unknown
0-6 Risborough Rangers v Codicote (Starnes [3], Houghton, L’Honore, Skinner) Attendance: 73
1-2 Wodson Park v Park View (Russell) / (Gyimah, Price) Attendance: 15

DIVISION TWO
Clean Slate remain bottom of the table despite their first league success of the campaign, the 5-0 win over the side immediately above them Tring Corinthians AFC means its only goal difference keeping them from climbing off the bottom. You have to go back to 16 May 2018 for their last league success. Bovingdon suffered their first league reverse since joining the SSML when going down by the odd goal in three at Aston Clinton. Pitstone & Ivinghoe move up into third spot after a 4-2 home success over neighbouring Totternhoe. Elsewhere New Bradwell St Peter FC thumped The 61FC (Luton) 5-0 while Grendon Rangers gained a creditable 1-1 home draw with second placed Berkhamsted Raiders. Full results and goalscorers listed below.

2-1 Aston Clinton v Bovingdon (Beckett, Mason-Williams) / (Slade) Attendance: 55
5-0 Clean Slate v Tring Corinthians AFC (Tutu 2], Hayes, Muukisa, Donbeinaa) Attendance: 10
1-1 Grendon Rangers v Berkhamsted Raiders (Adam) / (Wheeler-King) Attendance: 23
5-0 New Bradwell St Peter FC v The 61FC (Luton) (Wright [2], Ali, King, Atherton) Attendance: 27
4-2 Pitstone & Ivinghoe v Totternhoe (Doughty [2], Webster, Dickinson) / (Fry, O’Callaghan) Attendance: 50

DIVISION TWO CUP First Round
MK Gallacticos saw off a spirited display from Unite MK in the outstanding First Round fixture in the Division Two Cup. The 2-0 win at The Irish Centre brings about a home tie with Berkhamsted Raiders in the Quarter Finals. Full result and goalscorers listed below.

0-2 Unite MK v MK Gallacticos (Smith, Hanley) Attendance: 15

ANAGRAM RECORDS TROPHY First Round
It was a penalty shoot-out heartbreak for Mursley United when they were beaten 8-9 on spot kicks after a 2-2 draw following extra time against Herts County League side Sandridge Rovers. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

2-2* Mursley United v Sandridge Rovers (Sandridge Rovers win 9-8 on penalties) (Skelton, Unknown) / (Unknown) Attendance: 30

DEVELOPMENT DIVISION CHALLENGE TROPHY First Round First Leg
Biggleswade United U23 will take a slender one goal advantage over Holmer Green Development U25 into the second leg of their First Round tie in the U25 Development Trophy. Full result and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

2-1 Biggleswade United U23 v Holmer Green Development U25 (Unknown) / (Goff) Attendance: Unknown

UNDER 25 DEVELOPMENT DIVISION
The day’s only fixture saw Kempston Rovers Development move to the top of the table following a 2-0 home success over Ampthill Town Development. Full result and goalscorers listed below.

2-0 Kempston Rovers Development v Ampthill Town Development (Ashley, Horne) Attendance: Unknown

BERKS & BUCKS INTERMEDIATE CUP Second Round
Buckingham Athletic Development booked a Third Round tie away at Bedgrove Dynamos win a convincing 4-0 win against North Bucks & District Division One leaders Tatternhoe. Full result and goalscorers listed below.

4-0 Buckingham Athletic Development v Tattenhoe (Heritage [2], Wright, Walters) Attendance: Unknown

HERTS INTERMDIATE CUP First Round
Berkhamsted Development saw off the challenge of Herts County League Division One side St Margaretsbury Reserves 5-0 at Broadwater to book a Second Round tie at Oxhey Jets Reserves. Full result and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

5-0 Berkhamsted Development v St Margaretsbury Reserves (Stevens, Lee, Mitchell-Gears, Kelly, Unknown) Attendance: Unknown

AND FINALLY
A big shout out to Potton United Secretary Bev Strong, Bev has posted the following – I am stepping well out my comfort zone by running a half marathon so if you can spare a pound or two please sponsor me. I am running the Landmarks Half Marathon for Tommy’s, the baby charity because they have been tremendous support to a good friend. Having only taken up running 2 years ago and vowing to never run more than 10k (6 miles) I was asked to join this team and could not possibly say no. I am the oldest of the team and the least fit as the majority are all football referees but it will be the knowledge that I am collecting a lot of sponsors and doing this for a good friend that I hope will get me round.

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Forget Monday night’s FA Cup First Round Proper draw (there are no SSML sides in the velvet bag) instead remember to tune into Three Counties Radio (Herts, Beds & Bucks) and a show all about local non-league football- The show is live every Monday evening from 7.00pm – 8.00pm and is the perfect opportunity to catch up with our local non-league scene at all levels.
Both presenters of the show are on twitter, and to follow what’s coming up in the next show make sure you give them a follow, Ollie Bayliss is @Ollie_Bayliss and Luke Ashmead is @Ashmead72