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Winslow United appoint George Tomlin as manager

Winslow United have moved quickly to replace Paul Alleyne who left the club at the end of the season and have appointed George Tomlin as their new manager.

George Tomlin

George has been the manager of Sunday League side Aylesbury Flooring for the past two seasons, and ended this campaign winning all five competitions that the club entered, the league title wrapped up last weekend completed a truly remarkable season where four cups were lifted beforehand including the infamous FA Sunday Cup success at the end of April which they won at League One Peterborough United by beating Birstall Stamford with three goals in the final thirteen minutes of the game.

Winslow chairman Andy Setterfield said:

After losing Paul and Roni after another successful season, we wanted to appoint someone we felt would be able to build on the success of the last two seasons. We had a lot of interest in the position, but George was the outstanding candidate.

George has had an impressive start to his managerial career having been in charge of the all-conquering Aylesbury Flooring FC, picking up the FA Sunday Cup along the way.  George will be joined on his management team by Julian Robinson who has plenty of experience of the SSMFL and I look forward to working with them both.

I would also again like to place on record mine and the club’s thanks to Paul Alleyne and Roni Joe for their commitment over the last two seasons

Sports Shots caught up with George today to ask his first thoughts on landing the job:

I am very pleased to get the job & excited to get started, it’s going to be a good test. I’m looking forward to working with Andy and the rest of the team, Julian and the players

George obviously knows the previous management team, has there been much communication about the job?

Yes I know them both and of course Garbs (Steve Garbutt), unfortunately I haven’t been able to speak with either Paul or Roni properly yet. I have had phone calls with Steve and other coaches and they have been helpful and given plenty of advice and encouragement

What has the new managers career in football been so far:

I was at Oxford United from the age of nine up to the youth team, on being released I signed for Chesham United reserves then moved to Aylesbury FC. After a couple of seasons I moved to Tring Athletic first team and played under Julian when he was in charge, I also played a season for the reserves before signing for Aylesbury United. I recently stopped playing whilst I was at Tring Corinthians

What does the summer hold now?

It will be nice to have a little break from the football, but myself and Julian will be meeting up and speaking with Andy discussing plans for the season. We will be speaking with old and hopefully new players over the coming weeks up until the first preseason session. Also making sure the pre-season games are all booked in

We asked George what experience he has of the SSMFL and what made him apply for the position?

I was player / assistant manager at Tring Corries a couple seasons back with a very young team, the last time previous to that was playing with Tring Athletic in the Premier Division. With Flooring finishing I wanted to still be involved with coaching, I obviously know some of the players down there already from Aylesbury Flooring and I’ve heard from them and others that it is a very good club and after speaking with Andy and a few other members you can see that Winslow is a club with an ambition to progress

What are the targets for next season?

Of course it’s my first season at this standard and Paul and Roni done a fantastic job here, it would a great achievement if we can come close to what they achieved and of course it would be incredible to go one further. Having Julian as an assistant will be a great help. With his knowledge and experience of the SSMFL and higher, I know we can both help to progress Winslow to the next level

George Tomlin & Alex Kedzierski with 1 of the 5 trophies Flooring won this season

In terms of the squad does George expect to retain the players and add to it?

I’d like to think we can retain the majority if not most. We will be both looking to get players in and build on the squad there to try and achieve getting the club into the prem

Having had so much success in Sunday football this season, how will it differ going to step six Saturday football?

Obviously there is a difference in standard for the majority of the time, my team was built on team spirit and togetherness, however they all play at a good standard on a Saturday which helped. We were successful as a team against good Sunday sides which had good quality Saturday players playing for them. With the FA Cup run and victory, it’s felt like I’ve been running a Saturday side but we’ve just been playing on a Sunday. Some of the boys already play for Winslow, it would be nice to get a couple more, but if they can produce half the effort and quality that they have on a Sunday to a Saturday, we will do very well!

Finally, what message does the new gaffer have to the people of Winslow?

I’m looking forward to working with them and meeting them all. It’s going to be a fun, exciting and hopefully successful season

2019/20 season non league steps 1-6 revealed

The non-league divisional structures have been revealed for next season’s step one to six clubs, which affects a number of the clubs covered by Sports Shots.

Step 3:

Banbury United continue in the Southern League Premier Division Central and welcome five new clubs to the division for the new campaign, Bromsgrove Sporting, Hednesford Town, Kings Langley, Nuneaton Borough & Peterborough Sports.

 

Step 4:

Aylesbury United & Thame United continue in the Southern League Division One Central and welcome six new clubs to the division for the new campaign, Bedworth United, Biggleswade FC, Daventry Town, Halesowen Town, St Neots Town & Wantage Town.

 

Step 5 (Hellenic):

Brackley Town Saints continue in the Hellenic Premier Division after narrowly missing out on promotion, they welcome Burnham, Chipping Sodbury Town, Easington Sports & Westfields for the forthcoming campaign.

 

Step 5 (South Midlands):

Newport Pagnell Town have been transferred from the Future Lions United Counties League over to the Spartan South Midlands where they join former Aylesbury FC under their new set up of Aylesbury Vale Dynamo’s after relegation from the Southern League.

 

Step 6:

Ampthill Town, Buckingham Athletic & Winslow United all remain in Spartan South Midlands League Division One where they welcome five new clubs in London Tigers, New Salamis, Shefford Town & Campton, St Panteleimon & Stotfold.

All clubs have seven days to appeal, steps seven and below are to follow in due course.

SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 16.05.2019 – South Midlands League update #72

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

 

Friday 3rd May to Tuesday 14th May

 

LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY FINAL

Baldock Town added their name to winners list of the League Challenge Trophy with a convincing 4-0 win over Potton United, the game at Biggleswade United FC saw Baldock Town take command of the tie with three goals in the first period. Full result and goalscorers are listed below.

0-4 Potton United v Baldock Town (Barnes [2], Hayford, Buchanan) Attendance: 347

(@ Biggleswade United FC)

 

HERTS CHARITY SHIELD FINAL

Colney Heath became the ninth club to retain the Herts Charity Shield following their 1-0 win over former SSML side Bekhamsted. After a goalless ninety minutes the tie was settled by a stunning Danny May free kick in extra time. Full result and goalscorer listed below.

1-0* Colney Heath v Berkhamsted (May) Attendance: Unknown (@ Hemel Hempstead Town FC)

 

WEST HERTS ST MARY’S CUP FINAL

Following a case of heavy dew that put paid to the original date the week before, the final of the West Herts St Marys Cup was settled by a single goal as Step 4 Berkhamsted defeated Oxhey Jets at Hemel Hempstead Town FC. The game saw the Jets facing an uphill battle after the break when they were reduced to ten men. Full result below.

0-1 Oxhey Jets v Berkhamsted (Summerfield) Attendance: 220 (@ Hemel Hempstead Town FC)

 

DIVISION ONE

The SSML Division One campaign closed with Enfield Borough running out 4-1 winners against Winslow United, trailing at the break the hosts turned the game around with four second half goals. Full result and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

4-1 Enfield Borough v Winslow United (Bangura, Jackson, Karakaya, Kennedy) / (Goss) Attendance: 45

 

BUCKINGHAM SENIOR CHARITY CUP FINAL

Winslow United lifted the Buckingham Senior Charity Cup with a 1-0 win against Step 4 opponents Aylesbury, the winning goal coming from substitute Harry Dalton. Full result listed below.

0-1 Aylesbury v Winslow United (Dalton) Attendance: 352 (@ Buckingham Athletic FC)

Winslow United BSCC Winners 2019

 

DIVISION TWO

Runners Up Old Bradwell United ended their successful campaign with back to back wins, firstly defeating Aston Clinton 2-0 on their travels and then three days later winning by a solitary goal at home against Pitstone & Ivinghoe. Full results and goalscorers listed below.

0-2 Aston Clinton v Old Bradwell United (D Smith, Cribb) Attendance: 25

1-0 Old Bradwell United v Pitstone & Ivinghoe (Wells) Attendance: 104

 

HIGH WYCOMBE SENIOR CUP FINAL

Holders Aston Clinton retained the High Wycombe Senior Cup with a solitary goal win over Hellenic League side Holmer Green at Marlow FC. Full result listed below.

0-1 Holmer Green v Aston Clinton (T Collins) Attendance: 134 (@ Marlow FC)

Aston Clinton – WSC Winners 2019

U25 DEVELOPMENT DIVISION

Champions Buckingham Athletic Development ended their successful season with 2-0 home win over Holmer Green Development Under 25 while bottom club Ampthill Town Development returned from their trip to Leighton Town Development with maximum points after their 3-1 win. Full results and goalscorers listed below.

2-0 Buckingham Athletic Development v Holmer Green Development Under 25 (Brady pen], Willis) Attendance: Unknown

1-3 Leighton Town Development v Ampthill Town Development (Devine) / (Cerminara [2], Kamara) Attendance: Unknown

 

AND FINALLY

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.

 

CLUB ATTENDANCES

SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS LEAGUE ATTENDANCES (League Games Only)

PREMIER DIVISION

Highest           Lowest             Average

Leighton Town

218                  96                    135

Biggleswade FC

209                  85                    122

Biggleswade United

323                  42                    111

Tring Athletic

153                   65                   103

Potton United

318                  52                     96

Arlesey Town

191                   56                    94

Baldock Town

211                   49                    92

Colney Heath

182                  48                     85

Stotfold

185                  35                     76

Hadley

130                  22                     66

Edgware Town

89                  41                      58

Cockfosters

87                  32                      56

Oxhey Jets

76                    0*                    55

North Greenford United FC

73                  33                      53

Harpenden Town

101                   31                   52

Crawley Green

80                  32                      50

Leverstock Green

97                  15                      48

London Colney

102                  25                    43

Wembley

66                  28                      42

London Tigers

38                    0                      22

 

* One game awarded so no attendance

 

PREMIER DIVISION (League unless stated)

557 Biggleswade FC v Windsor (FA Vase)

527 Biggleswade FC v Stowmarket Town (FA Vase)

347 Potton United v Baldock Town (League Challenge Trophy FINAL) (@ Biggleswade United FC)

328 Biggleswade FC v Baldock Town (Dudley Latham Cup FINAL) (@ Langford FC)

323 Biggleswade United v Biggleswade FC

318 Biggleswade United v Potton United

318 Potton United v Biggleswade United

239 Tring Athletic v Biggleswade FC (FA Vase)

220 Oxhey Jets v Berkhamsted (West Herts St Marys Cup FINAL) (@Hemel Hempstead Town FC)

218 Leighton Town v Tring Athletic

213 Biggleswade United v Biggleswade FC (Beds Senior Cup)

211 Baldock Town v Arlesey Town

210 Leighton Town v Harpenden Town

209 Biggleswade FC v Tring Athletic

203 Biggleswade FC v Biggleswade United

202 Tring Athletic v Berkhamsted (FA Cup)

198 Biggleswade United v Biggleswade FC (North Beds Charity Cup)

196 Biggleswade United v Arlesey Town

191 Arlesey Town v Biggleswade FC

191 Harpenden Town v Edgware Town (FA Cup)

 

Missing Attendances

London Tigers v Cockfosters 27/04

Colney Heath v Berkhamsted 08/05 (Herts Charity Shield FINAL) (@Hemel Hempstead Town FC)

 

Buckingham Athletic FC

SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS LEAGUE ATTENDANCES (League Games Only)

DIVISION ONE

Highest           Lowest             Average

Harefield United

497                  40                  112

Risborough Rangers

160                  45                    82

Winslow United

203                  57                    82

Buckingham Athletic

177                   21                   57

Ampthill Town

107                  32                    56

Codicote

82                  25                      46

Milton Keynes Robins FC

87                    0                      42

FC Broxbourne Borough

208                  12                     41

Langford

56                  18                      39

Rayners Lane

54                  28                      38

Hillingdon Borough

150                  15                     36

Broadfields United

53                  16                      32

Amersham Town

54                  14                      30

London Lions

52                  17                      29

Bedford

53                  20                      28

Hatfield Town

76                  21                      28

Wodson Park

54                    6                      24

Enfield Borough

30                  20                      22

Brimsdown

45                    5                      21

Park View

61                    8                      21

 

DIVISION ONE (League unless stated)

497 Harefield United v Hatfield Town

352 Aylesbury v Winslow United (Buckingham Senior Charity Cup FINAL @Buckingham Athletic FC)

351 Winslow United v Easington Sports (FA Cup)

318 Harefield United v Broadfields United

257 Harefield United v Winslow United

240 Ampthill Town v Biggleswade FC (North Beds Charity Cup FINAL @Bedford FC)

208 FC Broxbourne Borough v Buckingham Athletic

203 Winslow United v Buckingham Athletic

186 London Lions v Belstone (Herts Senior Centenary Trophy FINAL) (@Hemel Hempstead Town FC)

177 Buckingham Athletic v Winslow United

170 London Lions v Risborough Rangers (Division One Cup FINAL) (@Leverstock Green FC)

160 Risborough Rangers v FC Winslow United

150 Hillingdon Borough v Broadfields United

143 Buckingham Athletic v Winslow United (Buckingham Senior Charity Cup)

135 Milton Keynes Robins FC v Buckingham Athletic

130 Risborough Rangers v Park View

126 Winslow United v Buckingham Athletic (Buckingham Senior Charity Cup)

124 Buckingham Athletic v Winslow United (Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy)

122 Milton Keynes Robins FC v Berkhamsted Raiders (League Challenge Trophy)

118 Risborough Rangers v Wodson Park

 

Missing Attendances

Milton Keynes Robins FC v FC Broxbourne Borough 06/04

Milton Keynes Robins FC v Buckingham Athletic 20/04

Milton Keynes Robins FC v Codicote 22/04

 

SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS LEAGUE ATTENDANCES (League Games Only)

DIVISION ONE

Highest           Lowest              Average

Bovingdon

93                  64                    79

Totternhoe

75                  29                    47

Mursley United

54                  25                    42

Old Bradwell United

104                  10                  42

Aston Clinton

101                   12                 35

Pitstone & Ivinghoe

50                  25                    35

New Bradwell St Peter FC

62                  20                    34

Sarratt

55                  25                    34

Berkhamsted Raiders

54                  20                    33

Grendon Rangers

52                  13                    29

MK Gallacticos

40                  20                    28

Unite MK

40                  13                    23

The 61FC (Luton)

31                     7                   17

Clean Slate

30                    0                    15

 

Old Bradwell United – Div. 2 Cup Winners 2019

DIVISION TWO (League unless stated)

180 Old Bradwell United v Aston Clinton (Division Two Cup FINAL @Leighton Town FC)

134 Holmer Green v Aston Clinton (High Wycombe Senior Cup FINAL @Marlow FC)

121 Bovingdon v Biggleswade United (League Challenge Trophy)

104 Old Bradwell United v Pitstone & Ivinghoe

101 Aston Clinton v Pitstone & Ivinghoe

93 Bovingdon v Clean Slate

92 Bovingdon v Old Bradwell United

90 Bovingdon v Sarratt

87 Bovingdon v Berkhamsted Raiders

87 Mursley United v Winslow United (Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy)

86 Bovingdon v London Lions (League Challenge Trophy)

85 Bovingdon v Mursley United

83 Bovingdon v MK Gallacticos

83 Bovingdon v The 61FC (Luton)

83 Bovingdon v Totternhoe

75 Totternhoe v The 61FC (Luton)

72 Totternhoe v Unite MK

71 Bovingdon v Unite MK

68 Bovingdon v Pitstone & Ivinghoe

67 Bovingdon v New Bradwell St Peter FC

 

Missing Attendances

Clean Slate v Aston Clinton 13/04

Clean Slate v Pitstone & Ivinghoe 20/04

Clean Slate v Old Bradwell United 22/04

 

SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS LEAGUE GOLDEN BOOT UPDATE (League Goals Only)

34 Leonard Farhall (Harefield United)

27 Nathan Skelton (Mursley United)

26 Adam Bolle (London Lions)

25 Jamie Cerminara (Ampthill Town)

24 Tashan Jordan (Harefield United)

23 Harry Henley (Broadfields United), Joshua Smith (MK Gallacticos)

22 Rob Hastings (Rayners Lane), Alex Marsh (Biggleswade FC), David Parkinson (Biggleswade United), Sean Peters (Hillingdon Borough & Broadfields United), Matthew Standen (Bovingdon)

 

Nathan Skelton

SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS LEAGUE LEADING GOALSCORERS (All Competitions)

39 Leonard Farhall (Harefield United)

33 Adam Bolle (London Lions)

32 Alex Marsh (Biggleswade FC), Nathan Skelton (Mursley United), Joshua Smith (MK Gallacticos)

31 Tage Kennedy (Enfield Borough)

28 David Parkinson (Biggleswade United)

27 Robbie Carter (Buckingham Athletic), Jamie Cerminara (Ampthill Town), Sean Peters (Hillingdon Borough & Broadfields United), Matthew Standen (Bovingdon)

26 Ashton Campbell (Tring Athletic)

Grendon Rangers seek new first team manager

Grendon Rangers have confirmed the departure of first team manager Steve Jackman, and now invite applications for his successor to contact the club as soon as possible.

Leading the club to a seventh place finish last season in the Spartan South Midlands Football League Division Two which ended with a season finale of one defeat in their last seven games leaves a firm platform for the club to push on, and all applicants are welcome to contact the chairman directly as their twitter feed explains:

We regret to announce that 1st team manager Steve Jackman has stepped down. Thanks to Steve for his hard work, dedication and knowledge which achieved our highest finish in SSML Div2 in 2019. We wish Steve and Bianca all the very best with the upcoming birth of their 1st child.

GRFC are inviting applicants for 1st team manager for the 19-20 season. Step 7 football, newly formed reserve team and thriving youth section. Excellent pitch/facilities, hospitality and committee. Please call chairman Paul Jackman to enquire on 07733276479 or DM this page

The Grendon Rangers twitter page can be found here: https://twitter.com/Grendon_Rangers

SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 03.05.2019 – South Midlands League update #71

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 APRIL / WEDNESDAY 1st MAY

 

Risborough Rangers lift the Division One Cup. Biggleswade FC add North Beds Charity Cup to this season’s silverware collection. Harefield United win the Middlesex Premier Cup. Elsewhere Old defeat New in the Battle of Bradwell.

 

Highest Midweek Attendances: 240 Ampthill Town v Biggleswade FC, 170 London Lions v Risborough Rangers and 50 Old Bradwell United v New Bradwell St Peter FC.

 

NORTH BEDS CHARITY CUP FINAL

Premier Division champions Biggleswade FC proved to be too strong for First Division Ampthill Town in the Final of the North Beds Charity Cup at Bedford. Biggleswade took control with goals in the 13th and 16th minutes before adding a third later in the first period. Biggleswade FC continued to dominate and were 4-0 up shortly after the re-start (a goal missed by the club’s Twitter reporter who was too busy drinking his half time cuppa). Biggleswade FC could even afford the luxury of a missed penalty on the hour mark. A fifth goal fourteen minutes from time was followed by a Ampthill Town consolation with ten minutes left. Full result and goalscorers listed below.

1-5 Ampthill Town v Biggleswade FC (Kissiedu) / (A Marsh [2], Coles [2], Leavers) Attendance: 240

(@ Bedford FC)

 

DIVISION ONE CUP FINAL

Risborough Rangers overcame London Lions in a hard fought Division One Cup Final at Leverstock Green. Sam Pekun fired Rangers ahead in the first period and the victory was sealed early in the second half thanks to a Ben Cullen strike. Full result and goalscorers listed below.

0-2 London Lions v Risborough Rangers (Pekun, Cullen) Attendance: 170

(@ Leverstock Green FC)

 

MIDDLESEX PREMIER CUP FINAL

Harefield United added the Middlesex Premier Cup to their SSML Division One title with a 2-1 success over Cockfosters Reserves at Uxbridge FC. The Hares saw their early first half lead quickly pegged back and the game turned round all square. Former Queen’s Park Rangers striker Richard Pacquette settled the tie in the closing minutes. Full result and goalscorers listed below.

1-2 Cockfosters Reserves v Harefield United (Barradas) / (Farhall, Pacquette) Attendance: Unknown

(@Uxbridge FC)

 

DIVISION TWO

Old Bradwell United edged out local rivals New Bradwell St Peter FC by the odd goal in five to take the bragging rights of Bradwell. Full result and goalscorers listed below.

3-2 Old Bradwell United v New Bradwell St Peter FC (Green, Finch, Wells) / (Crossley. Palmer) Attendance: 50

 

AND FINALLY

Tweet of the week goes to Tracey James who tweeted the following to a Wembley FC tweet.

Hmmmm. Not sure you mean 20/21. Do you know something about next season that no one else does?’

SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 29.04.2019 – South Midlands League update #70

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

 

As Hannah did its best to help the assistant referees’ raised flags to flutter in the breeze on the final games for the clubs in the SSML Premier Division and the majority of Division One clubs.

 

HEADLINES

Biggleswade FC lift the Dudley Latham Memorial Cup. Stotfold and London Tigers relegated. Harefield United break the SSML Division One points total record. Bovingdon sign off in style with their record SSML win. Saturday’s 23 games seeing 98 goals (an average of 4.26 per game). Jamie Cerminara (Ampthill Town) and Jordan Thurgood (Bovingdon) bagging hat-tricks.

 

23/24/27 April Stats: 26 games played of which 11 was a home win, 9 away win, 4 draws and 2 games were played at a neutral venue.

 

(Most League Wins – all Divisions): 36 Harefield United 30 Broadfields United 27 Biggleswade FC.

(Most League Draws – all Divisions): 14 Leighton Town 13 Edgware Town 11 Colney Heath, Wembley.

(Most League Defeats – all Divisions): 28 Hatfield Town 25 London Tigers, Brimsdown, Codicote, Clean Slate 24 Amersham Town.

 

Average Saturday Goals: 3.93 (4211 goals from 1070 games).

 

Unbeaten:

(Division One League): Harefield United.

Most Goals Scored:

(Premier Division League): 105 Biggleswade FC.

(Division One League): 125 Harefield United.

(Division Two League): 101 Bovingdon.

(U25 Development Division League): 41 Berkhamsted Development and Kempston Rovers Development.

Most Goals Conceded:

(Premier Division League): 91 Cockfosters.

(Division One League): 104 Brimsdown and Codicote.

(Division Two League): 118 Clean Slate.

(U25 Development Division League): 45 Ampthill Town Development and Harpenden Town Development.

Fewest Goals Conceded:

(Premier Division League): 35 Biggleswade FC and Hadley.

(Division One League): 34 Harefield United.

(Division Two League): 17 Old Bradwell United.

(U25 Development Division League): 11 Buckingham Athletic Development.

Fewest Goals Scored:

(Premier Division League): 40 Leverstock Green and Stotfold.

(Division One League): 40 Hatfield Town.

(Division Two League): 18 Clean Slate.

(U25 Development Division League): 18 Ampthill Town Development.

 

23/24/27 Highest Attendances: 497 Harefield United v Hatfield Town, 328 Biggleswade FC v Baldock Town and 191 Arlesey Town v Biggleswade FC.

 

Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Premier Division Clubs): 557 Biggleswade FC v Windsor (FA Vase), 527 Biggleswade FC v Stowmarket Town (FA Vase) and 328 Biggleswade FC v Baldock Town (Dudley Latham Cup Final).

 

Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Division One Clubs): 497 Harefield United v Hatfield Town, 351 Winslow United v Easington Sports (FA Cup) and 318 Harefield United v Broadfields United.

 

Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Division Two Clubs): 121 Bovingdon v Biggleswade United (League Challenge Trophy), 101 Aston Clinton v Pitstone & Ivinghoe, 93 Bovingdon v Clean Slate.

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Premier Division Clubs): 30 Alex Marsh (Biggleswade FC) 28 David Parkinson (Biggleswade United) 26 Ashton Campbell (Tring Athletic).

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division One Clubs): 38 Leonard Farhall (Harefield United) 30 Tage Kennedy (Enfield Borough), Adam Bolle (London Lions) 27 Sean Peters (Broadfields United & Hillingdon Borough), Jamie Cerminara (Ampthill Town), Robbie Carter (Buckingham Athletic).

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division Two Clubs): 32 Joshua Smith (MK Gallacticos), Nathan Skelton (Mursley United) 25 Matthew Standen (Bovingdon) 24 Darryl Smith (Old Bradwell United).

 

 

Tuesday 23rd April / Wednesday 24th April / Saturday 27th April

 

PREMIER DIVISION

Cockfosters achieved the great escape from relegation with three goals in the last ten minutes to overturn a 0-2 deficit and defeat London Tigers and thus relegating their hosts. Stotfold joined Tigers making the drop when they were defeated 1-3 at Hadley, the hosts just missing out on the runners-up spot. Tring Athletic finished runners-up on goal difference after they secured a solitary goal win at home against fourth placed Biggleswade United. Champions Biggleswade FC ended their campaign with a 3-1 win at neighbours Arlesey Town. There were final day 4-0 home successes for both Colney Heath and Wembley against North Greenford United FC and Baldock Town respectively. Leverstock Green battled out a goalless draw at Leighton Town while Potton United won 4-1 at London Colney. Elsewhere Harpenden Town edged out visiting Edgware Town by a solitary goal. Come back of the day saw Oxhey Jets recover from going 0-3 down to win 4-3 at Crawley Green. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

1-3 Arlesey Town v Biggleswade FC (Moss) / (Leavers, Coles, Opponent Own Goal) Attendance: 191

4-0 Colney Heath v North Greenford United FC (Shepherd [2], Fitzgerald, Devine) Attendance: 81

3-4 Crawley Green v Oxhey Jets (Draycott [2], Ajigbolamu) / (Kerley [2], Johnson, Giordmaina [pen]) Attendance: 80

3-1 Hadley v Stotfold (Scott, Camara) / (Decker) Attendance: 130

1-0 Harpenden Town v Edgware Town (Gould) Attendance: Unknown

0-0 Leighton Town v Leverstock Green Attendance: 155

1-4 London Colney v Potton United (Beevor) / (Boughton [2], Burnside, Hall) Attendance: 25

2-3 London Tigers v Cockfosters (Unknown) / (Wade 2], Beattie) Attendance: Unknown

1-0 Tring Athletic v Biggleswade United (Clements) Attendance: 123

4-0 Wembley v Baldock Town (Iley [3] [1 pen], Ogunsola) Attendance: 32

 

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Biggleswade FC added the Dudley Latham Cup to their league success with a 2-0 win over Baldock Town, the game was a feisty affair with Cookman (Biggleswade FC) and Forsythe (Baldock Town) sent off towards end of first half, Baldock substitute Payne was dismissed after 82 minutes shortly after coming on. Full result and goalscorers listed below.

2-0 Biggleswade FC v Baldock Town (R Inskip [2]) Attendance: 328 (@ Langford FC)

 

DIVISION ONE

Champions Harefield United completed their remarkable season as the only club at Steps 5 & 6 unbeaten with a 3-1 home success against relegated Hatfield Town. London Lions warmed up for their forthcoming cup final with a 7-0 drubbing over Hillingdon Borough, the result was Lions best since putting seven past Hatfield Town earlier in the campaign. Ampthill Town enjoyed a 5-3 win at Milton Keynes Robins FC while Park View secured 2-2 draw at third placed Winslow United. FC Broxbourne Borough battled out a 2-2 draw at relegated Codicote while Enfield Borough won 3-1 at Wodson Park. Langford went down by the odd goal in five at home to Risborough Rangers.  A solitary goal was enough for Bedford to end the season at home against Amersham Town. Buckingham Athletic followed up their midweek success against Ampthill Town with a 3-2 win at Rayners Lane. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

3-1 Buckingham Athletic v Ampthill Town (Kelsey [2], Farmer) / (Kissiedu) Attendance: 65

1-0 Bedford v Amersham Town (Unknown) Attendance: 30

2-2 Codicote v FC Broxbourne Borough (Todd [2]) / (Banks, Bowers) Attendance: 48

3-1 Harefield United v Hatfield Town (Jordan, Shaw, Farhall) / (Unknown) Attendance: 497

2-3 Langford v Risborough Rangers (Unknown) / (Pekun [2], I Pykett) Attendance: 40

7-0 London Lions v Hillingdon Borough (Unknown) Attendance: 22

3-5 Milton Keynes Robins FC v Ampthill Town (Unknown) / (Cerminara [3], Kissiedu, Carter [pen]) Attendance: 42

2-3 Rayners Lane v Buckingham Athletic (Blagden, R Hastings) / (Carter [2], Tapp) Attendance: Unknown

2-2 Winslow United v Park View (Unknown) / (Ntim, Plaza) Attendance: 73

1-3 Wodson Park v Enfield Borough (Unknown) / (Bangura, Carvalho, Jackson) Attendance: 6

 

DIVISION TWO

Champions Bovingdon completed their debut SSML season with a comprehensive thrashing of wooden spoonists Clean Slate. The result was Clean Slate’s heaviest defeat in the SSML. Full result and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

13-0 Bovingdon v Clean Slate (Thurgood [3], Laville [2], Martin Standen [2], Matthew Standen [2], Cox, Darby, Davis, Unknown) Attendance: 93

 

BERKS & BUCKS SENIOR TROPHY FINAL

For the second time this season Old Bradwell United required penalties to lift the cup. Full result listed below.

0-0 Marlow United v Old Bradwell United (Old Bradwell United win 5-4 on penalties) Attendance: Unknown

(@ Abingdon United FC)

 

U25 DEVELOPMENT DIVISION

Champions Buckingham Athletic Development recorded successive 3-1 wins, firstly winning at Leighton Town Development and then defeating runners-up Kempston Rovers Development. Ampthill Town Development and Leighton Town Development played out a 2-2 draw in their penultimate games. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

1-3 Leighton Town Development v Buckingham Athletic Development (Bagatti) / (Tavener, Parr, Willis) Attendance: Unknown

2-2 Ampthill Town Development v Leighton Town Development (Unknown) / (Oliver, Andrews) Attendance: Unknown

3-1 Buckingham Athletic Development v Kempston Rovers Development (Parr, Tavener, McAndrew [pen]) / (Davey) Attendance: Unknown

AND FINALLY

Some great banter on Twitter between Arlesey Town and Biggleswade FC. The former tweeting Arlesey 0-1 Biggleswade scrabble in the box player gets his shot off into the bottom corner” with the response from the latter “Scrabble must’ve been a double word score”.

 

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.

 

UP OR DOWN

PREMIER DIVISION

Champions: Biggleswade FC

Runners Up: Tring Athletic

Relegation: Stotfold and London Tigers

 

DIVISION ONE

Champions: Harefield United.

Runners Up: Broadfields United.

Relegation: Hatfield Town and Codicote.

 

DIVISION TWO

Champions: Bovingdon

Runners Up: Old Bradwell United

Re-election: Clean Slate.

SSMFL D1; Buckingham Athletic 3-1 Ampthill Town

Buckingham Athletic – 3
Ampthill Town – 1

23.04.2019

Buckingham Athletic completed their home league campaign with victory over Ampthill on Tuesday night at Stratford Fields, twinned with their success last weekend Neil Griffiths squad have cemented a fourth place finish in the Spartan South Midlands Football League Division One in his first season in charge, Town face a trip to Milton Keynes on Saturday for their finale engrossed in a four team battle for ninth place but with a cup final to look forward to next Tuesday as they take on Premier League champions Biggleswade in the Beds Charity Cup. Ampthill took the lead very early on but were pegged back by the break, they were then presented with the chance to regain the lead from the penalty spot early in the second period however Ath custodian Josh McAdoo made the save and from there the hosts went on to take the lead and add a late third to seal the points, although both sides were guilty of missing some great chances & the woodwork also took a battering to keep the score line respectable.

A second minute Sam Olawale cross met the head of Ryan Kelsey on the corner of the six-yard box which saw visiting keeper Mitchell Howe get down well to his right to deny single handed, from the corner Ampthill cleared long dropping the ball in behind the blue backline where Jake Kissiedu accelerated free of his marker before slotting into the far bottom corner. Stunned by the goal Ath fought back almost immediately when Carter got on the end of a looping cross but stooping low he could only divert over the top, a free kick to the visitor’s was then blazed far too high by Tom Carter whilst a Stuart Ironmonger cross was headed over by Carter again, they went even closer when a Neil King set piece came off skipper Dan Staley’s head to rebound off the woodwork, as the visitor’s battled to clear a loud shout of handball went up but the referee waved the appeals away.

Dan Blackman saw his spot kick saved

The hosts equalised on twenty-eight minutes when Ash Farmer drove forward from his full back position and reaching the eighteen yard line he noticed Howe off his line and executed the perfect dink over the stranded stopper and into the empty net, almost immediately from the kick off Carter was played through to face a one on one with Howe but pushed his shot across the face and wide of the far upright, Town captain Louie Dillon then forced a great two handed save from McAdoo from twenty yards out. The goal frame was to deny the hosts again with ten minutes of the half left, Farmer down the right channel lost his marker and his long range effort beat the keeper all hands up but crashed back off the bar, Kelsey then suffered the same fate as his first time attempt bounced off the bar and over the top, the last chance feel to Carter who was released inside a full back but he could only drive over the top. H/T: 1-1

Town substitute Will Coote was sent through the heart of the home defence just eleven minutes after the break where a challenge from Staley saw him felled & the official pointing to the spot despite the protests, however Dan Blackman watched in horror as McAdoo turned his attempt around the upright for a corner. He almost made amends moments later when a free kick awarded out on their left  saw a mass of bodies in front of goal anticipating the cross however the midfielder went for a sneaky drive inside the near post which the keeper again did well to shuffle across to and push away, before Brad Clarke found some space at the edge of the box but drove wide, with those chances spurned the visitor’s were then punished on sixty-nine minutes when Kelsey gave the hosts the lead for the first time in the game.

Late Ryan Kelsey strike seals the win

Nick Bines picked out the winger at the back post where he converted under pressure, the lead was almost very short lived as from the restart Ampthill introduced leading scorer Jamie Cerminara and his first touch was to connect with a pass down the middle of the pitch which he tried to lift over the advancing McAdoo, the keeper got a block to deflect out to Carter who drilled across goal and wide of the far upright. A looping lump downfield then saw Kelsey cushion off to Kyle Stimpson who lifted high over the top, A Town move then broke down allowing King to push forward before laying off to Carter whose fierce drive once again rattled the crossbar, a counter attack from Ath saw Carter send Owusu through on goal who turned one defender inside out but hesitated on his shot, taking far too long the keeper had time to compose ahead of making the block.

With just three minutes to play the home side sealed the win when Kelsey escaped down the left wing and cutting inside he went for goal which looked to be heading straight at Howe until a yellow boot stuck out to divert past the stricken keeper, the final action saw Carter fed through the middle and shaping his body to curl around Howe he pushed his shot wide of the target. F/T: 3-1

Attendance: 65

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SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 23.04.2019 – South Midlands League update #69

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

 

As little children (and maybe some bigger ones or adults) hunted high and low for those hidden Easter eggs, the sun shone down on the penultimate Saturday for the SSML Premier and Division One clubs.

 

EASTER HEADLINES

Biggleswade FC crowned Premier Division champions. Codicote relegated. Old Bradwell United runners-up. Attendances swell in the Easter heat and goals galore to keep the fans happy. Premier Division relegation battle goes to the last day as four teams await their destiny. Easter’s 30 games seeing 121 goals (an average of 4.03 per game). Christopher Stapleton (Aston Clinton) and Solomom Ofori (Park View) leading the way with four goal hauls while Cedric Ibarra (Berkhamsted Raiders), Joseph Leotta (Pitstone & Ivinghoe) and Ross Butler (Old Bradwell United) all weighed in with hat-tricks.

 

19/20/22 April Stats: 30 games played of which 9 were home wins, 14 were away wins and 7 draws.

 

(Most League Wins – all Divisions): 35 Harefield United 30 Broadfields United 26 Biggleswade FC.

(Most League Draws – all Divisions): 13 Edgware Town, Leighton Town 11 Colney Heath, Wembley.

(Most League Defeats – all Divisions): 27 Hatfield Town 25 Brimsdown, Codicote, 24 London Tigers.

 

Average Saturday Goals: 3.93 (4113 goals from 1047 games).

 

Unbeaten:

(Division One League): Harefield United.

 

Most Goals Scored:

(Premier Division League): 102 Biggleswade FC.

(Division One League): 122 Harefield United.

(Division Two League): 88 Bovingdon.

(U25 Development Division League): 41 Berkhamsted Development.

Most Goals Conceded:

(Premier Division League): 89 Cockfosters.

(Division One League): 104 Brimsdown.

(Division Two League): 105 Clean Slate.

(U25 Development Division League): 45 Harpenden Town Development.

Fewest Goals Conceded:

(Premier Division League): 34 Biggleswade FC, Hadley.

(Division One League): 33 Harefield United.

(Division Two League): 17 Old Bradwell United.

(U25 Development Division League): 9 Buckingham Athletic Development.

Fewest Goals Scored:

(Premier Division League): 39 London Tigers, Stotfold.

(Division One League): 39 Hatfield Town.

(Division Two League): 18 Clean Slate.

(U25 Development Division League): 16 Ampthill Town Development.

 

Easter Highest Attendances: 318 Biggleswade United v Potton United, 185 Stotfold v Biggleswade FC and 151 Leighton Town v Baldock Town.

 

Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Premier Division Clubs): 557 Biggleswade FC v Windsor (FA Vase), 527 Biggleswade FC v Stowmarket Town (FA Vase) and 323 Biggeswade United v Biggleswade FC.

 

Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Division One Clubs): 351 Winslow United v Easington Sports (FA Cup), 318 Harefield United v Broadfields United and 257 Harefield United v Winslow United.

 

Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Division Two Clubs): 121 Bovingdon v Biggleswade United (League Challenge Trophy), 101 Aston Clinton v Pitstone & Ivinghoe, 92 Bovingdon v Old Bradwell United.

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Premier Division Clubs): 30 Alex Marsh (Biggleswade FC) 28 David Parkinson (Biggleswade United) 26 Ashton Campbell (Tring Athletic).

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division One Clubs): 37 Leonard Farhall (Harefield United) 30 Tage Kennedy (Enfield Borough), Adam Bolle (London Lions) 27 Sean Peters (Broadfields United & Hillingdon Borough).

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division Two Clubs): 32 Joshua Smith (MK Gallacticos), Nathan Skelton (Mursley United) 25 Matthew Standen (Bovingdon) 24 Darryl Smith (Old Bradwell United).

 

 

Friday 19th April / Saturday 20th April / Monday 22nd April

 

PREMIER DIVISION

Biggleswade FC are champions following their 3-0 success at neighbouring Stotfold. The battle for runners-up goes to the last day of the season after Tring Athletic were surprising held 2-2 at relegation threatened Cockfosters,  Hadley hammered Leverstock Green 6-1 and Biggleswade United defeated neighbours Potton United 2-0. Elsewhere at the bottom London Tigers were beaten 1-2 at home by Edgware Town which leaves them in a winner-takes-all next week when they host Cockfosters. Wembley recorded a 2-0 success at North Greenford United FC while Leighton Town and Baldock Town battled out a 1-1 draw. Elsewhere Oxhey Jets were beaten by the odd goal in three at home against Colney Heath, London Colney returned home from Harpenden Town with a share of the spoils and Arlesey Town were beaten at home by Crawley Green. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

2-0 Biggleswade United v Potton United (Andrews, Parkinson) Attendance: 318

1-3 Arlesey Town v Crawley Green (O’Brien) / (Morgan, Ajigbolamu, Draycott [pen]) Attendance: 73

2-2 Cockfosters v Tring Athletic (Wade, Beattie) / (Turner, Mensah) Attendance: 62

2-2 Harpenden Town v London Colney (Gould, Sutton) / (Armstrong, Beevor) Attendance: 41

1-1 Leighton Town v Baldock Town (Caines) / (Opponent Own Goal) Attendance: 151

1-6 Leverstock Green v Hadley (Blake) / (Alfano [2], Clarke [2], Marriott, Rosemin) Attendance: 51

1-2 London Tigers v Edgware Town (Unknown) / (Azab, Ofori) Attendance: Unknown

0-2 North Greenford United FC v Wembley (Ebonine, Ratti) Attendance: 58

1-2 Oxhey Jets v Colney Heath (Giordmaina) / (Devine, Sears-Black) Attendance: 67

0-3 Stotfold v Biggleswade FC (Cookman, Pena, Northfield) Attendance: 185

 

DIVISION ONE

The trapdoor finally opened for Codicote on Saturday, their 1-2 home defeat at the hands of Amersham Town along with Brimsdown drawing 3-3 at Winslow United confirmed their fate. Harefield United remain on course for that unbeaten league season but had to come from a goal down at home against Park View before winning 4-1. Broadfields United confirmed their promotion as one of the top points per game sides with a 2-0 win at Hillingdon Borough. FC Broxbourne Borough battled out a 2-2 draw at home against Enfield Borough while Langford and Bedford also shared the points following a 1-1 draw. Buckingham Athletic staged the comeback of the day when overturning a 0-2 half time deficit to win 3-2. Hatfield Town recorded only their fifth win of the campaign with a solid 3-0 success against visiting Rayners Lane whilst the day’s other action saw Ampthill Town winning 2-0 at home against Wodson Park. Monday’s action saw Harefield United equal the SSML Division One record for most points in a season when they swept aside Bedford 5-1 to maintain their remarkable unbeaten league run. A last gasp goal saw Risborough Rangers take maximum points from their game at home against Wodson Park. Langford recorded a 3-2 win at Hillingdon Borough while Milton Keynes Robins FC overcame conceding early to defeat visiting Codicote 4-2. Goals were also aplenty at Rayners Lane where visitors Park View just edged a seven goal thriller. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

2-0 Ampthill Town v Wodson Park (Dillon [2]) Attendance: 107

1-2 Codicote v Amersham Town (Banks [pen]) / (Clifford, Higgins) Attendance: 67

2-2 FC Broxbourne Borough v Enfield Borough (Unknown) / (Kiangebeni [2]) Attendance: 35

4-1 Harefield United v Park View (Pacquette, Rogers, McCorkell, Jordan) / (Danso) Attendance: 50

3-0 Hatfield Town v Rayners Lane (Basden [2], Adriano) Attendance: 22

0-2 Hillingdon Borough v Broadfields United (Anderson-Richards, Gardner) Attendance: Unknown

1-1 Langford v Bedford (Batchelor) / (Battezzato) Attendance: 56

2-3 Milton Keynes Robins FC v Buckingham Athletic (Osei-Addo [pen], Judickas) / (Kelsey, Bines [pen], Menday) Attendance: Unknown

3-3 Winslow United v Brimsdown (Unknown) / (Akinsanya, Rowe, Igwe) Attendance: 63

5-1 Harefield United v Bedford (Farhall [3], McCorkell, Pacquette) / (Unknown [pen]) Attendance: 57

2-3 Hillingdon Borough v Langford (Berci, Fredericks) / (Ali, Edwards, Wells) Attendance: Unknown

4-2 Milton Keynes Robins FC v Codicote (Osei-Addo [2] [1 pen], Uings, Unknown) / (Unknown) Attendance: Unknown

3-4 Rayners Lane v Park View (R Hastings [2], Blagden) / (Ofori [4]) Attendance: 46

1-0 Risborough Rangers v Wodson Park (Pekun) Attendance: 118

 

 

DIVISION TWO

Old Bradwell United maintained their push for runners-up with a solitary goal success against visiting champions Bovingdon, the result now leaves them needing three points from their final four games and with a trip to bottom club Clean Slate on Monday their odds have shortened immensely. Berkhamsted Raiders ended their campaign with a 6-3 win at New Bradwell St Peter FC and can now only wait and pray that results go against Old Bradwell United. Elsewhere Mursley United and Aston Clinton exchanged goals like chocolate eggs in a ten goal thriller that saw both sides settle for a point. The day’s other fixture saw Pitstone & Ivinghoe inflicting more misery on bottom club Clean Slate when winning 3-1 on their travels. Monday’s action saw Old Bradwell United secure the runners-up spot with a 4-1 win at Clean Slate. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

1-3 Clean Slate v Pitstone & Ivinghoe (Unknown) / (Leotta [3]) Attendance: Unknown

5-5 Mursley United v Aston Clinton (Brazier [2], Skelton [2], Cartwright) / (Stapleton [4], Little) Attendance: Unknown

3-6 New Bradwell St Peter FC v Berkhamsted Raiders (Wright [2], Line) / (Ibarra [3], Shaw [2], North) Attendance: 60

1-0 Old Bradwell United v Bovingdon (Cribb) Attendance: 44

1-4 Clean Slate v Old Bradwell United (Unknown) / (Butler [3], Pursey) Attendance: Unknown

 

U25 DEVELOPMENT DIVISION

Buckingham Athletic Development took a step closer to winning the U25 Development Division title with a solitary goal win over visiting Biggleswade United U23. Full result and goalscorer listed below.

1-0 Buckingham Athletic Development v Biggleswade United U23 (Taverner) Attendance: Unknown

 

AND FINALLY

Strange But True

Spooky the league game between Biggleswade United and Potton United attracted a crowd of 318 on Friday night which was exactly the same as when the two sides met at Potton on a Friday night in December, both games resulted in a Biggleswade United win.

 

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.

 

UP OR DOWN

Who can go up or down

 

PREMIER DIVISION

Champions: Biggleswade FC

Runners Up: Tring Athletic (83), Hadley (83) or Biggleswade United (80)

Relegation: Cockfosters (29) London Tigers (30), Stotfold (32) or Leverstock Green (33)

 

DIVISION ONE

Champions: Harefield United.

Runners Up: Broadfields United.

Relegation: Hatfield Town and Codicote.

 

DIVISION TWO

Champions: Bovingdon

Runners Up: Old Bradwell United

Re-election: Clean Slate.

 

Note

Figures in brackets denote maximum points that can be won.

Division One runners-up promotion places will be the nine best runners-up from the Step 6 divisions on a points per game basis.

SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 15.04.2019 – South Midlands League update #67

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

 

As Tiger Woods rolled back the years to claim the Green Jacket at the US Masters life in the world of the SSML enters the final weeks as clubs jostle for titles, relegation and safety ………….

 

SATURDAY’S HEADLINES

Bovingdon crowned Division Two champions. Aston Clinton made it four seasons in a row that they record seven goals in a game. Stotfold climb out of the bottom two for the first time this season. Harefield United remain unbeaten in the league and close in on a Division One record. Saturday’s 27 games seeing 114 goals (an average of 4.22 per game). Dave Parkinson (Biggleswade United), Adam Bolle (London Lions), Jack Menday (Buckingham Athletic), Lamar Mason-Williams (Aston Clinton) plus Asher Yearwood (Long Crendon) topping the day’s scoring charts with hat-tricks.

 

13 April Stats: 27 games played of which 10 were home wins, 10 were away wins and 7 draws.

 

(Most League Wins – all Divisions): 33 Harefield United 28 Broadfields United 25 Tring Athletic.

(Most League Draws – all Divisions): 13 Edgware Town 12 Leighton Town 11 Colney Heath, Wembley.

(Most League Defeats – all Divisions): 27 Hatfield Town 24 Brimsdown 23 Cockfosters, Amersham Town, Codicote.

 

Average Saturday Goals: 3.93 (4022 goals from 1023 games).

 

Unbeaten:

(Division One League): Harefield United.

 

Most Goals Scored:

(Premier Division League): 95 Biggleswade FC.

(Division One League): 113 Harefield United.

(Division Two League): 88 Bovingdon.

(U25 Development Division League): 41 Berkhamsted Development.

Most Goals Conceded:

(Premier Division League): 87 Cockfosters.

(Division One League): 100 Hatfield Town.

(Division Two League): 98 Clean Slate.

(U25 Development Division League): 45 Harpenden Town Development.

Fewest Goals Conceded:

(Premier Division League): 33 Hadley.

(Division One League): 31 Harefield United.

(Division Two League): 16 Old Bradwell United.

(U25 Development Division League): 9 Buckingham Athletic Development.

Fewest Goals Scored:

(Premier Division League): 38 London Tigers, Leverstock Green.

(Division One League): 36 Hatfield Town.

(Division Two League): 16 Clean Slate.

(U25 Development Division League): 16 Ampthill Town Development.

 

Saturday’s Highest Attendances: 167 Biggleswade FC v Wembley, 162 Leighton Town v Hadley and 120 Buckingham Athletic Development v Long Crendon.

 

Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Premier Division Clubs): 557 Biggleswade FC v Windsor (FA Vase), 527 Biggleswade FC v Stowmarket Town (FA Vase) and 323 Biggeswade United v Biggleswade FC.

 

Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Division One Clubs): 351 Winslow United v Easington Sports (FA Cup), 318 Harefield United v Broadfields United and 257 Harefield United v Winslow United.

 

Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Division Two Clubs): 121 Bovingdon v Biggleswade United (League Challenge Trophy), 101 Aston Clinton v Pitstone & Ivinghoe, 92 Bovingdon v Old Bradwell United.

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Premier Division Clubs): 29 Alex Marsh (Biggleswade FC) 27 David Parkinson (Biggleswade United) 26 Ashton Campbell (Tring Athletic).

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division One Clubs): 34 Leonard Farhall (Harefield United) 29 Tage Kennedy (Enfield Borough) 27 Adam Bolle (London Lions) and Sean Peters (Broadfields United & Hillingdon Borough).

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division Two Clubs): 32 Joshua Smith (MK Gallacticos) 30 Nathan Skelton (Mursley United) 25 Matthew Standen (Bovingdon).

 

Saturday 13th April

 

PREMIER DIVISION

More late drama in the battle for the Premier Division title, morning leaders Biggleswade FC were rocked as a last gasp equalizer from visitors Wembley saw them surrender top spot. Tring Athletic returned to the summit with a 4-2 success at Edgware Town. Hadley are now third after a 1-1 draw at Leighton Town while fourth placed Biggleswade United defeated Oxhey Jets 4-1 on the road. If the battle at the top is tight then likewise the relegation battle, Stotfold moved out of the bottom two with a 3-0 home success against London Colney. Replacing them are London Tigers who were beaten 1-2 at Baldock Town while Cockfosters remain bottom despite drawing 1-1 at Colney Heath in what turned out to be an incident packed battle with no less than five red cards. Elsewhere North Greenford United FC suffered a 0-3 home defeat at the hands of Arlesey Town. Harpenden Town went down to the odd goal in five at Potton United while Crawley Green achieved their first clean sheet since September when they out gunned visiting Leverstock Green 5-0. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

2-1 Baldock Town v London Tigers (Barker, Forsythe) / (Unknown) Attendance: 72

2-2 Biggleswade FC v Wembley (A Marsh [2]) / (Ratti, Unknown) Attendance: 167

1-1 Colney Heath v Cockfosters (Blunden) / (Summers) Attendance: 97

5-0 Crawley Green v Leverstock Green (Watson [2] [1 pen], Draycott [2], Ingram) Attendance: 40

2-4 Edgware Town v Tring Athletic (Marks, Alexander-Greenway [pen]) / (Mensah, Verney, Ironton, Clements) Attendance: 54

1-1 Leighton Town v Hadley (Murphy) / (Hammond) Attendance: 162

0-3 North Greenford United FC v Arlesey Town (Moss, Payne, O’Brien) Attendance: 38

1-4 Oxhey Jets v Biggleswade United (Bonner) / (Parkinson [3], Holmes) Attendance: 57

3-2 Potton United v Harpenden Town (Burnside [2], Smail) / (Douglas, Collins) Attendance: 64

3-0 Stotfold v London Colney (Didik, Faria, Mbona) Attendance: 42

 

Jack Menday (Buckingham Athletic)

DIVISION ONE

Harefield United continue to march on towards an unbeaten league season with a 3-1 win at FC Broxbourne Borough, the Hares are now just three games away from achieving their goal and need another 7 points to break Berkhamsted’s 107 points record set back in 2010/11. Tenants Broadfields United (assured of runners-up) won 4-2 at home against Langford to maintain their promotion hopes as one of the best clubs finishing second determined by Points Per Game. Winslow United assured themselves of third place when defeating relegation haunted Codicote 4-0. Both Brimsdown and Amersham Town picked up a useful away point in their bid to escape the drop, Brimsdown drawing 2-2 at Enfield Borough while Amersham’s game at relegated Hatfield Town finished goalless. Buckingham Athletic, now fourth, drew 4-4 at Park View thanks to a late equalizer. Ampthill Town swept aside Rayners Lane with a four goal first half blitz. Bedford went down 0-2 at Hillingdon Borough while Risborough Rangers won 6-0 in convincing style at Wodson Park. The day’s other fixture also saw plenty of goals as sixth placed London Lions won 4-2 at home against Milton Keynes Robins. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

4-0 Ampthill Town v Rayners Lane (Cerminara [2], Carney, Dillon) Attendance: 47

4-2 Broadfields United v Langford (Anderson-Richards, Lawrence, Henley, Spinks) / (Osborne, Rome) Attendance: 24

2-2 Enfield Borough v Brimsdown (Unknown) / (Esan, Rowe) Attendance: 23

1-3 FC Broxbourne Borough v Harefield United (Unknown) / (Jordan [2], Shaw) Attendance: 30

0-0 Hatfield Town v Amersham Town Attendance: 21

2-0 Hillingdon Borough v Bedford (Healy [2]) Attendance: Unknown

4-2 London Lions v Milton Keynes Robins FC (Bolle [3], Unknown) / (Judickas, Marius) Attendance: 24

4-4 Park View v Buckingham Athletic (Price [2], Khan, Roka) / (Menday [3], Carter) Attendance: 12

4-0 Winslow United v Codicote (A King [2], Parsons, Karwacinski) Attendance: 68

0-6 Wodson Park v Risborough Rangers (Griggs [2], Wylie [2], Lynch, Opponent Own Goal) Attendance: 20

 

DIVISION TWO

Bovngdon, in their first season in the Spartan South Midlands League, lifted the championship with a 4-0 win at Unite MK although with no floodlights it is likely that promotion will elude them. The chase for the runners-up spot continues as second placed Berkhamsted Raiders picked up a point with a 2-2 draw at Mursley United. Third placed Old Bradwell United won 4-1 in their ‘derby’ game at MK Gallacticos while fourth placed Aston Clinton’s faint hopes saw them winning 7-0 at bottom club Clean Slate. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

0-7 Clean Slate v Aston Clinton (Mason-Williams [3], Stapleton [2], Greco, Collins) Attendance: Unknown

1-4 MK Gallacticos v Old Bradwell United (J Smith) / (Darryl Smith [2], Valentine, Cribb) Attendance: Unknown

2-2 Mursley United v Berkhamsted Raiders (Unknown) / (Shaw, Cox) Attendance: Unknown

0-4 Unite MK v Bovingdon (Thurgood [2], Standen, Cox) Attendance: 25

 

U25 DEVELOPMENT DIVISION

Stotfold U25 warmed up for their forthcoming cup final with a 3-0 win at Harpenden Town Development while the day’s other fixture saw Holmer Green Development U25 virtually end the title hopes of Berkhamsted Development when defeating their visitors 4-2. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

0-3 Harpenden Town Development v Stotfold U25 (Billy [2], Ishowo) Attendance: Unknown

4-2 Holmer Green Development U25 v Berkhamsted Development (Unknown) / (Unknown) Attendance: Unknown

 

BBFA Intermediate Cup

 

BERKS & BUCKS INTERMEDIATE CUP FINAL

Buckingham Athletic Development fell one short in their quest to lift the Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup when going down to a Asher Yearwood hat-trick in the Final against Hellenic League Division two side Long Crendon. Buckingham’s task was always going to be difficult when at a goal down they had two players dismissed. Full result and goalscorers listed below.

0-3 Buckingham Athletic Development v Long Crendon (Yearwood [3]) Attendance: 120

(@ Wallingford Town FC)

 

AND FINALLY

Two yellows? A professional foul? A bad tackle? A headbutt?

There are a few ways of getting yourself sent off, but Leyton Orient midfielder James Dayton may have found a new one after he was shown a red card for throwing his boot towards the referee – while being carried off on a stretcher with a suspected broken ankle. Dayton’s bad day saw him left out of the starting XI, then suffer a serious-looking injury with referee Daniel Middleton allowing play to go on. While being treated, Dayton took out his frustration by hurling his boot at the ground – and was shown a straight red card for dissent while being carried off. Manager Justin Edinburgh said: “It was a game of incredible incidents. I need to see the incident again. We knew straight away that he [Dayton] had a serious injury. I’m not criticising the ref for not blowing up, he allowed us to play on but he’s got to understand. The boy has got a serious injury and he’s thrown his boot on the floor in frustration. I can’t see why he’s got to be dismissed. It was bizarre.

 

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UP OR DOWN

Who can go up or down

 

PREMIER DIVISION

Champions: Current leaders 79

Biggleswade FC (89), Tring Athletic (88), Hadley (83) or Biggleswade United (83)

 

Runners Up: Current 2nd place 77

Biggleswade FC (89), Tring Athletic (88), Hadley (83) or Biggleswade United (80)

 

Relegation: Current safety 36

Cockfosters (31), Stotfold (35), London Tigers (36), Leverstock Green (39) or North Greenford United FC (40)

 

DIVISION ONE

Champions: Harefield United.

Runners Up: Broadfields United.

 

Relegation: Current safety 36

Hatfield Town plus one of following Codicote (35), Amersham Town (39), Brimsdown (40) or Wodson Park (49)

 

DIVISION TWO

Champions: Bovingdon

 

Runners Up: Current 2nd place 51

Old Bradwell United (64), Berkhamsted Raiders (54) or Aston Clinton (52)

 

Re-election: Clean Slate.

 

Note:

Figures in brackets denote maximum points that can be won.

Division One runners-up promotion places will be the nine best runners-up from the Step 6 divisions on a points per game basis.

SSMFL D2C; Old Bradwell United 0-0 Aston Clinton (3-2 pens)

Old Bradwell United – 0
Aston Clinton – 0
(Old Bradwell United win 3-2 on penalties)

10.04.2019

Old Bradwell United had to play eighty minutes of this Spartan South Midlands Football League Division Two cup final with ten men to take the game into a penalty shoot-out where they held their nerve as Aston Clinton missed three of their five spot kicks which ultimately took the silverware back to Milton Keynes. A dour first half saw little goal mouth action, the second forty-five did create scoring opportunities but neither keeper seriously tested, a good crowd of almost two hundred then congregated at the clubhouse end to witness both sides score their first & third penalty each, whilst both missed their second each Bradwell didn’t miss again and over the crossbar efforts from Vinny Greco & finally Taylor Collins saw the men in black & white go on to lift the cup and celebrate in the bitterly cold Leighton Buzzard temperatures.

The first half was one to forget, an early Ash Clarke attack down the Aston left had Bradwell keeper Liam Jahn down low to his near post to smoother whilst at the opposite end Scott Valentine delivered a free kick into the Clinton penalty area but their custodian Liam Smith rose above everyone to gather with both hands. Then just ten minutes in the referee spotted an incident to which he blew his whistle, spoke briefly to striker Darryl Smith before flashing the red card at the United man to leave most of the crowd scratching their heads as to what had happened, later confirmed as by the official as being for spitting at Taylor Collins.

For the rest of the half the imbalance simply saw Old Bradwell defend anything the men in blue slung at them, a couple of long range efforts went over or wide, whilst a couple of brief attacks at the opposite end saw Valentine whip a cross into the six-yard box where Smith had to stun with his boot before pouncing to collect, and a Jakk Pursey curler from the corner of the eighteen-yard area bounce the wrong side of the far upright the highlights. H/T: 0-0

Clinton manager Neil Roberts gave his side ten minutes at the start of the second period until changing things up, defender Alex Little was sacrificed to make way for striker Chris Stapleton and within a couple of moments he made a clever run along the blindside of the Bradwell defence to get his head to a free kick, Jahn having to dive to push away for a corner, another set piece awarded to the men in blue saw Adam Beckett size things up acting as a decoy before Taylor Collins curled inches over the crossbar.

Billy Harrison ventured forward to slip a ball through the United backline for Lamar Mason-Williams to chase after but his first time effort wide of the target, a punt downfield for Ben Green to latch onto then saw some brilliant defending by Aston full back Luke Russel who had to slide in and time his interception to perfection inside the area to bring the threat to an end, their next move saw the Bradwell frontman get away from his marker but from the edge of the six-yard box poke into the side netting.

Another Green cross from the wing curled away to safety with no black & white shirts far enough forward to connect, Pursey showed some promise a minute later but curled over the top from eighteen yards, the long kick from Smith saw a flick on in midfield to Stapleton on the edge of the box, with back to goal he tried the acrobatic over the head spectacular but it was straight at Jahn. In added time Pursey drove straight at Smith from distance, the final action saw United substitute Toby Cribb chase down a loose ball on the flank before cutting inside and curling a drive over Smith’s crossbar. F/T: 0-0

Penalties:

Aston Clinton: Chris Stapleton scores 1-0

Old Bradwell: Jamie Cox scores 1-1

Aston Clinton: Joe Kittle saved 1-1

Old Bradwell: Jakk Pursey saved 1-1

Aston Clinton: Adam Beckett scores 2-1

Old Bradwell: Dale Collins scores 2-2

Aston Clinton: Vinny Greco misses 2-2

Old Bradwell: Zach Ferris scores 2-3

Aston Clinton: Taylor Collins misses 2-3

 

Attendance: 180

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