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SSMFLD2; Kittle hoping for astronomical turn around ahead of Gallacticos game

Saturday 15th September 2018

Aston Clinton v MK Gallacticos

Spartan South Midlands League Division Two

Aston Park

K.O. 3.00pm

Aston Clinton host MK Gallacticos on Saturday in Spartan South Midlands Division Two action and look to kick start their way back into form after three successive defeats in league and cup. After the resignation of Jordan King last week, Neil Roberts took control of first team affairs and after defeat at league leaders Bovingdon last week now face Gallacticos who sit a place and three points below Clinton in the league table.

Joe Kittle

This week Sports Shots caught up with Aston regular Joe Kittle to ask how it’s been at the club since King left:

It was a bit of a shock to most of the players to be honest but we’ve picked ourselves up and it’s given us the motivation we needed to push forwards after not having the best of starts this season. Its time to work hard now!

Neil is a local Aston boy and has taken over with the help of Rob Goldney, two lads that have a great understanding of the game and that have played a high standard themselves. Two great lads that you can have a laugh with but at the same time get our heads down with and be serious when needed

Had the resignation from the previous manager been anticipated?

I wouldn’t say it was massively expected but we could tell something wasn’t quite right this season, there wasn’t the same motivation and love as there had been in previous years, and I guess it was only a matter of time once everyone was feeling the same

So what can we expect under the new manager?

Neil is a well known face for the lads and everyone involved with the club, having played for Aston himself for years on and off. I think our main priority at the moment is to stick together as a team, work hard and get ourselves back to winning ways and show everyone we deserve to be up there this season

We asked what happens in terms of the squad from here?

I strongly believe the lads will stick together this season, I think with what’s happened it has only brought us all closer and more determined to go out there and get the results we want, and to show Kingy what he’s missing!

So how has Joe’s own season been so far?

So far it hasn’t been as strong as I would have liked, having a couple of games out due to injury and obviously us as a team starting slowly this year, it’s affecting everyone’s morale within the squad but it’s only upwards from here!

What does Joe think has changed from last year?

As I’ve said it’s not been the start we were hoping for, we’ve had a few difficult opponents early on which hasn’t been the easiest for us. We’ve lost a few players but also gained a few so it’s about gelling well as a team now and focusing on the players and the support we have to keep us pushing forward, and winning our next few games

Clinton have lost three on the bounce, how do they stop the rot?

With a losing streak I think it’s important that we don’t let it affect us in our upcoming games, a lot has changed in the last couple of weeks so we need to stay focused as a team and play with a bit more bite and use the motivation it’s given us, that includes training too where we need to show our new gaffer the respect he deserves

Finally, what teams have impressed Joe so far?

We’ve had a couple of good competitive games so far, Pitstone being one of them and they were lucky enough to take the win after an eightieth minute screamer into the top corner! Potton were also another good side who play in the South Midlands Premier Division, the games against 61 FC are usually good games but unfortunately I missed this one through injury

Sports Shots would like to thank Joe for his time this week

SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 13.09.2018 – South Midlands League update #12

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

Cup football dominated the midweek action with 7 ties involving the Emirates FA Cup, the League Challenge Trophy, the Premier Division Cup and the Division One Cup.

 

TUESDAY 11th SEPTEMBER AND WEDNESDAY 12th SEPTEMBER

 

MIDWEEK HEADLINES

Leverstock Green booked their place in the next round of the Emirates FA Cup with a hard fought 1-0 win against Hadley and thus becoming the third club who began in the Extra Preliminary Round to reach the Second Round Qualifying without conceding a goal to date. The club’s reward is a home tie against Dorking Wanderers (Bostik League Premier Division). Stotfold’s woeful start to the new campaign continued as they exited the League Challenge Trophy against MK Gallacticos (32 places below them). Off the field two SSML managers decided to call it a day, Kevin Tooley (New Bradwell St Peter FC) and Chris Robson of Totternhoe.

11/12 September Stats: 7 games played of which 5 were home wins and 2 were away wins.

Highest Midweek Attendances: 116 Hadley v Leverstock Green, 69 Baldock Town v Colney Heath and 65 Codicote v Rayners Lane.

 

THE EMIRATES FA CUP First Round Qualifying Replay

Following a goalless draw at Pancake Lane on Saturday Leverstock Green and Hadley locked horns again at the Parkex Stadium, home of Potters Bar Town, the venue being used due to the restriction of floodlights at Hadley’s Brickfield Lane home. Once again both defences were on top until a free kick by Chris Blunden was curled around the wall and into the bottom corner of the net thirteen minutes from time. Full result and goalscorer are listed below.

0-1 Hadley v Leverstock Green (@ Potters Bar Town FC) (Blunden) Attendance: 116

 

LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY First Round

Fourth from bottom in Division Two MK Gallacticos stunned bottom of the Premier Division Stotfold 5-2, the game switched to Roker Park due to the pitch problems at the Milton Keynes based club had led to the game being postponed on Saturday. To make matters worse Stotfold’s Desejado Da Silva was dismissed after 30 minutes. Crawley Green made light work of their Division Two opponents The 61FC (Luton) with a comfortable 5-0 home success. In the all Premier Division tie in Hertfordshire Tring Athletic defeated visiting London Colney 3-1 to book a Second Round tie at Rayners Lane. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

5-0 Crawley Green v The 61FC (Luton) (Ajigbolamu, Ingham, Clarke, Keating, Bunker) Attendance: 50

5-2 MK Gallacticos v Stotfold (@ Stotfold FC) (D Smith [2], J Smith [2], Mohamed) / (Da Silva, Girdlestone) Attendance: 25

3-1 Tring Athletic v London Colney (Johnson, Unknown, Unknown) / (Armstrong) Attendance: 55

 

DUDLEY LATHAM MEMORIAL (PREMIER DIVISION) CUP

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Biggleswade FC eased into Round Two with 5-0 win over Edgware Town, a result that leaves the North London club still looking for their first win in the competition since returning to the SSML. Wednesday’s night game between Baldock Town and Colney Heath produced plenty of fireworks. Both sides were reduced to ten men shortly before the interval which saw hosts Baldock Town 2-1 ahead. The second period saw Baldock increase their lead before seeing off the strong challenge of their visitors, Colney Heath pulling one back and seeing another effort cleared off the line late on. Full results and goalscorers are listed below.

5-0 Biggleswade FC v Edgware Town (Cookman, Northfield, Leavers, Riley [pen], Richardson) Attendance: 62

3-2 Baldock Town v Colney Heath (Barnes [2] [both pens], Brettell) / (Shaw, Woods) Attendance: 69

 

DIVISION ONE CUP First Round

With cricket season over bottom of the table Codicote took to the field for the first time at home with mid table Rayners Lane the visitors. Visiting Rayners Lane welcomed the chance to play on grass again (having lost all home games on their new artificial pitch) and maintained their unbeaten away record with a closely fought 2-1 win. Full result and goalscorers are listed below.

1-2 Codicote v Rayners Lane (Frost) / (Maher, St Louis) Attendance: 65

 

AND FINALLY

The world of football continues to amaze, this week reports reach me that singing behind the goal was frowned upon, half a dozen young fans with chants of “dodgy keeper” as the visiting custodian took a goal kick led to an intervention of a match official. Whatever next?

SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 09.09.2018 – South Midlands League update #11

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

 

On a day when English football celebrated the 130th anniversary of the first league matches the SSML turned its attention to League, FA Cup and County Cup fixtures. In Division One a total of 23 goals were scored equalling the number scored 130 years ago.

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SATURDAY’S HEADLINES

Wembley finally registered their first league point since the final day of last season. Park View recorded their first win in Division One while Totternhoe suffered successive defeats since May. Saturday brought about 92 goals from the 31 games (an average of 2.97 per game). Buckingham Athletic Development topping the charts with 7 (their first seven goal haul since defeating Colney Heath Development in December 2016). Harry Lewis (Colney Heath) scored the day’s opening goal from a stunning 55 yards. Harry Dalton (Winslow United) and Christopher Stapleton (Buckingham Athletic Development) both recorded hat-tricks.

 

8 September Stats: 31 games played of which 10 were home wins, 14 were away wins and 7 draws.

 

100% league record to date: Wodson Park, Buckingham Athletic Development and Leighton Town Development.

 

0% league records to date: Clean Slate, Stotfold, Ampthill Town Development, Harpenden Town Development and Stotfold U25.

 

Saturday’s Highest Attendances: 120 Potton United v Biggleswade FC, 101 Arlesey Town v Leighton Town and 94 Leverstock Green v Hadley.

 

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): 10 Jonathan Lacey (Leverstock Green), 8 Jeff Idemudia (Hadley) and 6 Oluwanimilo Ajigbolamu (Crawley Green), Ashton Campbell (Tring Athletic) and Spencer Clarke-Mardel (Colney Heath).

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division One Clubs): 9 Tage Kennedy (Enfield Borough) 8 Marcus Greenidge (Hillingdon Borough), Greg Moore (Enfield Borough) and Leonard Farhall (Harefield United).

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division Two Clubs): 6 Albie Hall (Pitstone & Ivinghoe), Daniel Simpson, Nathan Skelton (both Mursley United) and Matthew Standen (Bovingdon).

 

 

SATURDAY 8th SEPTEMBER

 

THE EMIRATES FA CUP First Round Qualifying

The names of both Leverstock Green and Hadley will be in the velvet bag for the Second Round Qualifying draw on Monday following their goalless draw. The teams will battle it out again on Wednesday night at Potters Bar Town FC. Full result listed below.

 

0-0 Leverstock Green v Hadley Attendance: 94

 

PREMIER DIVISION

Biggleswade FC maintained the top spot after coming from a goal down at the interval to record a 3-1 win at neighbouring Potton United. Tring Athletic and Arlesey Town maintained their second and third places with wins against Oxhey Jets and Leighton Town respectively. At the bottom Wembley recorded their first point of the season but stay in the relegation places while Stotfold remain rooted at the bottom having been without a game on Saturday. Elsewhere Colney Heath and Harpenden Town eased their way to three points, Crawley Green left it late to secure a 1-0 win over London Colney and the points were shared at Second Meadow between Biggleswade United and Baldock Town. Full results and goalscorers are listed below.

 

2-1 Arlesey Town v Leighton Town (Browne, Smith) / (Osei-Addo) Attendance: 101

1-1 Biggleswade United v Baldock Town (Parkinson) / (Forsythe) Attendance: 89

1-0 Crawley Green v London Colney (Ajigbolamu) Attendance: 43

3-0 Harpenden Town v London Tigers (Yates, Duncan, McLeish) Attendance: 73

1-4 North Greenford United FC v Colney Heath (Louth) / (Lewis [2], Newton, Sears-Black) Attendance: 48

0-2 Oxhey Jets v Tring Athletic (Turner, Vardy) Attendance: 64

1-3 Potton United v Biggleswade FC (Lewis) / (A Marsh, Coles, Northfield) Attendance: 120

0-0 Wembley v Edgware Town Attendance: 66

 

DIVISION ONE

FC Broxbourne Borough leapfrogged morning league leaders Enfield Borough with a 2-1 win at Langford while Enfield Borough were losing by the same scoreline at Broadfields United. Park View moved out of the bottom two with their first win of the season, defeating Ampthill Town at Ampthill Park. Codicote continue to prop-up the rest despite a spirited performance at Hillingdon Borough, the hosts finally winning by the odd goal in five. Hatfield Town drop into the bottom two after a 0-3 home defeat by undefeated Wodson Park (now under the management of former Hertford Town Development boss Neil Draper). Rayners Lane are still looking for their first points on their new playing surface while Harefield United inflicted the third successive defeat on Bedford 0-3 following on from the hosts’ cup losses to Hanworth Villa and Old Bradwell United. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

 

0-2 Ampthill Town v Park View (Williams [2]) Attendance: 52

0-3 Bedford v Harefield United (Farhall, Jordon, Riley-Snow) Attendance: 25

2-1 Broadfields United v Enfield Borough (Kimona, Gardner) / (McKenna) Attendance: 21

0-3 Hatfield Town v Wodson Park (Fusco, Plati, Todd) Attendance: 25

3-2 Hillingdon Borough v Codicote (Murphy, Bellaid, Gibbs) / (Patton, Unknown) Attendance: Unknown

1-2 Langford v FC Broxbourne Borough (Osborne) / (Unknown) Attendance: Unknown

1-3 Rayners Lane v Brimsdown (Unknown) / (Unknown) Attendance: Unknown

 

Berks & Bucks FA Senior Trophy

BERKS & BUCKS SENIOR TROPHY First Round

Just the one casualty for SSML clubs v non SSML clubs, New Bradwell St Peter suffering a surprise 2-4 defeat at North Bucks & District League side Hanslope FC. One other shock of note came in the all Division Two affair at Pitstone & Ivinghoe who were held 2-2 by lowly Grendon Rangers who then went on to complete the giant-killing with a win on penalties. Penalties were also required in the all Division One clash between Risborough Rangers and Amersham Town, Rangers winning the shoot-out 4-3 following a goalless draw. Elsewhere Division One side Winslow United were made to work for their 3-2 success at Division Two side Mursley United. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

 

1-3 Clean Slate v Buckingham Athletic (Unknown) / (Appleton, Menday, Owusu) Attendance: Unknown

4-2 Hanslope v New Bradwell St Peter FC (Unknown) / (Ali [2]) Attendance: Unknown

2-3 Mursley United v Winslow United (Skelton, McDougall) / (Dalton [3]) Attendance: Unknown

2-2 [2-4 pens] Pitstone & Ivinghoe v Grendon Rangers (Unknown) / (Unknown) Attendance: 40

0-0 [4-3 pens] Risborough Rangers v Amersham Town Attendance: 57

0-3 Stewkley v Old Bradwell United (Cox [2], Rooney) Attendance: Unknown

0-3 Unite MK v Buckingham Town (Silver [2], Clarkson) Attendance: 54

 

DIVISION TWO

Bovingdon maintained the top spot after defeating Aston Clinton 2-0, the visitors still reeling following the shock decision by manager Jordan King to step down from his role on Thursday night. Totternhoe suffered a successive league defeat when being beaten at home by Berkhamsted Raiders. Elsewhere it was honours even in front of a packed crowd between The 61FC (Luton) and Sarratt. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

 

2-0 Bovingdon v Aston Clinton (Standen, Welsh) Attendance: 64

1-1 The 61FC (Luton) v Sarratt (Unknown) / (Unknown) Attendance: 7

0-1 Totternhoe v Berkhamsted Raiders (Plowright) Attendance: 44

 

UNDER 25 DEVELOPMENT DIVISION

Buckingham Athletic Development went top of the table with a 7-1 mauling of Harpenden Town Development, a result that leaves the Hertfordshire club at the bottom of the table. Leighton Town Development are second after they maintained a 100% record when defeating League newcomers Kempston Rovers Development. Last season’s champions AFC Dunstable U21 earned their first points of the new campaign with a 3-0 win over Ampthill Town Development. Biggleswade United U23 were another to open their points account when winning the ‘derby’ at Stotfold U25 by the odd goal in three while Berkhamsted Development and Holmer Green Development U25 shared the spoils at Broadwater. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

 

3-0 AFC Dunstable U21 v Ampthill Town Development (Fullerton [2], Nottage) Attendance: 25

1-1 Berkhamsted Development v Holmer Green Development U25 (Stevens) / (Unknown) Attendance: Unknown

7-1 Buckingham Athletic Development v Harpenden Town Development (Stapleton [3], Hooper [2], Hassell, Blood) / (Unknown) Attendance: Unknown

2-1 Leighton Town Development v Kempston Rovers Development (Unknown) / (Ronayne) Attendance: Unknown

1-2 Stotfold U25 v Biggleswade United U23 (Unknown) / (Unknown) Attendance: Unknown

 

AND FINALLY

Nothing bugs those avid fans who upon arriving at their chosen game to find there are no programmes, excuses have ranged from sold out, printers failed to deliver them or our photocopier is broken. Well those at the Biggleswade United v Baldock Town game were greeted by a new excuse, having gone digital this season the hosts had to inform those that their on-line programme was unavailable due to issues with the clubs holding website. (Note to League Treasurer – is this a case of a fine for not producing LOL). The club has since announced normal service has been restored.

*** BREAKING NEWS *** Aston Clinton FC boss Jordan King steps down

Jordan King

Aston Clinton manager Jordan King has stepped down from his role with immediate effect, and spoke exclusively to Sports Shots:

I felt as if I needed a break from football, from next month I would have seven years without a break. I was burnt out from it and I couldn’t get myself motivated for the long season ahead, and if I can’t motivate myself then I certainly am not ready to inspire a group of players.

I informed the club of my decision on Thursday evening, and I have so many people to thank that I could be here forever. Firstly the players; the commitment to myself and the club has been brilliant. Everything that was asked of them they did & did absolutely 100%. The messages I have received from them have been really nice as well and it makes the work put in over the last couple of years worthwhile.

The people who have helped me on the managerial side of things, Smithy in my first season, Ken Hazell for the last two years up to Bryan McGowan, Neil Roberts & Mike Dedman this season. And finally all the helpers behind the scenes that do all the work that people don’t get to see, Vanessa, Cod, Sam Howard, Dave Mac, John Roberts, Ian Mid & Peter Wyatt. Plus people like Matt Day & Alec Bells mum in previous years, I do apologise if I’ve left anyone out!!!

King leads team out for Div. 2 cup final

When asked what highlights he had since joining the club, Jordan was very proud to boast of so many successes:

Taking over a side that had finished second bottom, struggling to be able to get a side together, to now getting two very good young sides out every Saturday both playing step seven football is a huge achievement.

We have tasted success with back to back promotion positions in the league in both 2016/17 and 2017/18, SSMFL Division Two Cup finalists in 17/18, High Wycombe Senior Cup winners 17/18, we had the best defensive record in the SSMFL in 17/18, and we beat five higher level sides in Harpenden Town, Flackwell Heath, Penn & Tylers Green, FC Thame Rangers & Holmer Green last season

Wycombe Senior cup winners 2018

So what now?

Short term I am going to rest and enjoy the break, but I will be back at some point. Football is the game I love and I’m not ready to walk away just yet. Who knows what might happen!

I would also like to thank everyone at Sports Shots for their coverage over the past few seasons

Sports Shots would like to thank Jordan not only for today, but for all his time since being at the club with all interviews & previews supplied during his tenure at the club

SSMFLD1; Ampthill Town boss hoping some more magic is on View this Saturday

Saturday 8th September 2018

Ampthill Town v Park View

Spartan South Midlands League Division One

Ampthill Park

K.O. 3.00pm

Ampthill Town host divisional newcomers Park View on Saturday at Ampthill Park and will be looking to build upon a good start to the season with another three points. Currently sitting in sixth place in the Spartan South Midlands League Division One table, Town will be looking to keep the Park View winless streak going, although their visitors recorded a midweek cup win whilst Ampthill were heavily beaten at Hillingdon in the first division cup.

Paul Toms

This week Sports Shots caught up with Town manager Paul Toms to ask how he feels his squad have started the season:

It’s been an inconsistent start all round, player availability has been the worst I’ve ever known in nine years of coaching & managing, and the lack of continuity has shown in our results. I’ve used twenty-six players already and only had six available for all our matches! We have a strong squad, a talented squad, but I am hoping the holiday season and stag do season will all die off now and that we can concentrate on putting a positive run together

We asked if Town have much info on their opponents for the weekend?

I’ll be honest and say we know very little about Park View, but we have to give them a lot of respect as they were champions of division two last year, and I imagine it will be a close game on Saturday

How good a game was it last time in the league at the Park against Amersham?

I always knew playing Amersham would be a tough test, as I know they are coached to play the right way. Going three up on the hour I was thinking we could go on to get five or six here. But sloppy defending and poor decision making brought Amersham back to three each, however credit where credit is due, we never stopped believing and scored in the final minute through a piece of brilliance from Brad Clarke to win four-three

Since then Ampthill have been beaten in two cup competitions by Edgware & Hillingdon, how were those games?

I watched Edgware twice and felt confident we could get a result against them, as I felt our style would counter their very direct way of playing. We took the lead, but missing players in key areas especially the goalkeeper cost us dearly. But no excuses as at two-one we went for it but got caught on the counter attack to concede again. As for Hillingdon, again no excuses but we had eleven players unavailable due to work, injuries & holidays and it went against us. That will be a tough place to go for anyone, but I look forward to going back with a full squad to choose from. I do wish both teams all the very best and hope they both go on long cup runs

We asked Paul how he feels his squad is shaping up this far in:

We have a very strong talented squad, unfortunately its very stretched at the moment, but week by week players are returning and we’ve also added some players this week too. For me the main focus is the league and to push as high as we can

Brad Clarke & Ash Higgins have scored seven goals between them so far, how good are they?

Where do I start with Brad, AKA ‘the little magician’! I’ve had some players in squads over the years but Brad simply oozes class. A talented skilful smart player & a match winner, someone I trust. As for Ash, he adds a lot to Ampthill having played at decent clubs before like Leighton Town and Chesham United, he adds that experience that is needed on and off the field. This is his second spell under me, he’s player we can look to, a player that creates, can hold up play but most important he is a finisher. I’m expecting a good tally come what may

Who has been the best side the manager has seen so far this term?

That’s a tough one, Enfield & Harefield are both great sides with different styles. For me Enfield just edge it because I love their style, they have a system of playing in a very positive way

Finally, we asked with two home games and a trip to bottom side Codicote in the next three, has Paul set any targets from these three games?

Although I do set goals for the team and individuals, every game is winnable in this division, but I’m looking no further forward than Park View on Saturday. A good performance & hopefully a good result!

This Saturday morning our coaches, players & I will be in town starting at Waitrose meeting the locals trying to promote what is a fantastic club and talk about the work we are doing from the youth all the way through to the veteran’s side. The local community is very important to us at Ampthill Town and as we grow we hope our fan base does too

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

SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 06.09.2018 – South Midlands League update #10

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

Cup football once again dominated the centre stage midweek with 9 of the 10 matches played, the other game saw a Premier Division fixture at Leverstock Green. No cup shocks but in a couple of games the higher ranked side had to dig deep to progress.

TUESDAY 4th SEPTEMBER AND WEDNESDAY 5th SEPTEMBER

MIDWEEK HEADLINES
Leverstock Green, one of the SSML fancied teams this season following the strengthening of their squad in the close season, gained their first league win of the new campaign. Enfield Borough were surprisingly beaten and Biggleswade United needed extra time to see off Wormley Rovers in The Buildabase FA Vase. Biggest winners in midweek were Amersham Town and Hillingdon Borough who both recorded 5-0 home wins. Two hat-tricks, Jonathan Lacey (Leverstock Green) and Kai Bowers (FC Broxbourne Borough), both players are in fine scoring form having each claimed match-balls on Saturday as well.

4/5 September Stats: 10 games played of which 6 were home wins and 4 were away wins.

Highest Midweek Attendances: 138 Biggleswade FC v Soham Town Rangers, 122 Buckingham Town v Berkhamsted Raiders and 70 Arlesey Town v Hadley.

THE EMIRATES FA CUP
The midweek’s highest attendance, 138 at the Carlsberg Stadium, were treated to a thrilling cup-tie but for Biggleswade it was not to be a case of ‘if Carlsberg did football’. The original game ten days ago was abandoned with Biggleswade 3-2 up but this time around visitors Soham Town Rangers (Step 4) came out on top with a hard fought 5-3 win with former SSML player Lewis Endacott amongst the goalscorers. Full result and goalscorers are listed below.

3-5 Biggleswade FC v Soham Town Rangers (Coles [2], Leavers) / (Hall [3], Endacott [2]) Attendance: 138

THE BUILDABASE FA VASE
Biggleswade United maintained their ‘Wembley dreams’ in the FA Vase but they were made to work for it by lower ranked opponents Wormley Rovers. The game, switched to Second Meadow due to cricket, came to life just after the hour mark when United took the lead and goal looked enough. However shortly before the final whistle Wormley levelled matters when Biggleswade failed to clear their lines following a corner. Extra Time was a tense affair with neither side wanting to make a mistake but with three minutes remaining Joe Hankins provided the finish to book United a trip to London Lions in the next round Full result and goalscorers are listed below.

1-2* Wormley Rovers v Biggleswade United (@ Biggleswade United FC) (Unknown) / (Smith, Hankins) Attendance: 59

LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY
All three potential banana-skins were avoided as the three Division One sides overcame their visiting Division Two opponents. For Amersham Town (5-0) and Buckingham Town (4-1) it was a somewhat easy passage, whilst on Wednesday night Mursley United just failed to produce a second half comeback at Park View, the ‘Greens’ trailed 0-2 at the break but could only manage the only goal of the second period. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

5-0 Amersham Town v Grendon Rangers (Parratt [2], B Squire-Adams [2], Heady) Attendance: 38
4-1 Buckingham Town v Berkhamsted Raiders (Gardner, Shrieves, Spruce, Clarkson) / (Unknown) Attendance: 122
2-1 Park View v Mursley United (Asante, Asare) / (Skelton) Attendance: 24

PREMIER DIVISION
Leverstock Green overcame the 17th minute sending off of Alex Condon to register their first league win of the season with a 4-0 rout of visiting Cockfosters. The visitors missing a penalty as a result of the red card were also reduced to ten men shortly after the start of the second half. Leverstock have now scored an impressive 20 goals without reply in their last three games. Full result and goalscorers are listed below.

4-0 Leverstock Green v Cockfosters (Lacey [3] [1 pen], Blunden) Attendance: 63

DUDLEY LATHAM MEMORIAL (PREMIER DIVISION) CUP
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Crawley Green’s first game under the lights at their new home attracted a couple of groundhoppers and the hosts didn’t disappoint them as they secured their place in the next round with a 2-0 win against competition debutants Potton United. Hadley, having already beaten Arlesey Town in the league, made it two out of two when winning their cup clash at the New Lamb Meadow by a solitary 4th minute goal from Yemi Buraimoh. Full results and goalscorers are listed below.

0-1 Arlesey Town v Hadley (Buraimoh) Attendance: 70
2-0 Crawley Green v Potton United (Silford [2]) Attendance: 50

DIVISION ONE CUP First Round
The Division’s top two clubs met at the Harry Abrahams Stadium and served up a goal feast for the sparse crowd, visiting FC Broxbourne Borough winning 4-2 and ending any hopes of a league and cup ‘double’ for Enfield Borough. The competitions other tie on the night saw Hillingdon Borough continue to impress with a 5-0 win over last season’s beaten semi-finalists Ampthill Town at the Middlesex Stadium. Full results and goalscorers are listed below.

2-4 Enfield Borough v FC Broxbourne Borough (Bangura, Kennedy) / (Bowers [3], Banks) Attendance: 26
5-0 Hillingdon Borough v Ampthill Town (Crack, Healy, Bellaid, Peter, Harrison) Attendance: 42

AND FINALLY
The Twittersphere this week really caught my eye (I really should look where I’m going) and the following are worthy of a mention:- Girona and Barcelona will play a La Liga fixture in the USA in January 2019 at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Girona season ticket holders will receive 1,500 free flights for the match should they wish to attend, the game has gone mad

Hard Rock Stadium

Perhaps I should schedule Biggleswade United v Leighton Town on the Isle of Man and Stotfold v Potton United on the Isle of Wight next season.

The Wrong Trousers Marlow boss Mark Bartley says he’s been fined by for wearing the wrong trousers! Apparently the tracksuits supplied by the Isthmian League only come with Baggy Trousers – Madness! Mark added “So I’m fined for wearing the wrong tracksuit bottoms on Saturday. It’s clearly my fault considering I’m a 31 waist and the tracksuit that was provided without consultation, are 34/36″

It seems a case of modern technology now playing a big part in team tactics as Hullbridge Sports found out in their midweek game:- 58 mins and a Lopes Tavares player randomly goes down injured, on comes the physio and then the majority of the team gather round as a mobile phone comes out along with a piece of paper. Must have been an important call they all needed to be on.

And finally and no disrespect to you Hammers fans:- WARNING: If you receive an e-mail with the subject heading ‘2 Free Tickets for the next West Ham home game’ DON’T OPEN IT. It contains 2 free tickets for the next West Ham home game …….

Right I’m off to book the local Fire Brigade in case of a major fire when I blow out the countless candles on my birthday cake later.

SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 02.09.2018 – update from South Midlands League #9

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

 

It was the turn of that other FA Competition, The Buildabase FA Vase, to take the spotlight on Saturday and for the competing clubs a more realistic chance to grace the hallowed Wembley turf. For one club, Unite MK of Division Two, it was a first time entry in the competition, however it was a debut they will want to forget as they were soundly thrashed 0-10 by Premier Division side Leverstock Green. This was the second time in the club’s history they had conceded double figures, Olney Town putting 13 past them in a Buckinghamshire Senior Charity Cup fixture back in January 2017. Saturday also saw the start of the U25 Development Division.

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SATURDAY’S HEADLINES

The first Saturday in September brought about a goal fest with the 37 games producing 175 goals (an average of 4.72 per game). Leverstock Green topping the charts with 10 (their 10-0 win was a club record in the FA Vase), it was the club’s biggest win since they put 9 past Brimsdown Rovers in a Division One fixture back in September 2001. Another club to achieve a FA Vase record was Enfield Borough with a 6-0 win over Halstead Town. Five other clubs hit 7 as the goal nets bulged. Tring Corinthians AFC recorded their first win since their 3-2 success at The 61FC (Luton) on the 6th January 2018 when they toppled the much fancied New Bradwell St Peter FC in Milton Keynes. Albie Hall (Pitstone & Ivinghoe) led the way in the individual goal-scoring charts netting five times while Jonathan Lacey (Leverstock Green) found the target 4 times and Kai Bowers (FC Broxbourne Borough) and Shaun Stevens (Berkhamsted Development) recorded hat-tricks.

 

1 September Stats: 37 games played of which 24 were home wins, 11 were away wins and 2 draws (both goalless).

 

100% league record to date: Wodson Park, Berkhamsted Development, Buckingham Athletic Development, Holmer Green Development U25, Kempston Rovers Development and Leighton Town Development.

 

0% league records to date: Clean Slate, Stotfold, Wembley, AFC Dunstable U21, Ampthill Town Development, Biggleswade United U23, Harpenden Town Development and Stotfold U25.

 

Highest Attendances: 122 Tring Athletic v Leighton Town, 92 Biggleswade FC v North Greenford United FC and 66 Baldock Town v Long Melford.

 

SATURDAY 1st SEPTEMBER

 

THE BUILDABASE FA VASE First Round Qualifying

The day’s shocks came at Broadfields United (Step 6) defeating Daventry Town (Step 5 and previously unbeaten), Cricklewood Wanderers (Step 7) beating Risborough Rangers (Step 6), FC Deportivo Galicia (Step 6) beating London Tigers (Step 5) and Langford (Step 6) knocking out Tower Hamlets (Step 5). Plenty of drama at Rushden & Higham United where visiting Winslow United progressed 5-4 after extra time. Stotfold and Wembley were obviously glad of a break from league football, both clubs having lost all five league games to date enjoyed cup success against Wadham Lodge and AFC Hayes respectively. The three all SSML ties each saw the Premier Division team come out on top although in the case of London Colney and Cockfosters it was an all Premier Division affair. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

 

1-2 AFC Hayes v Wembley (Unknown) / (Unknown) Attendance: 34

1-3 Ampthill Town v Edgware Town (Higgins) / (Pett, James, Mooney) Attendance: 47

2-1 Baldock Town v Long Melford (Barnes, Holland) / (Chaves) Attendance: 66

1-3 British Airways v Harefield United (Unknown) / (Willis, Farhall, Harewood) Attendance: Unknown

5-0 Broadfields United v Daventry Town (Mfinda [2], Kimona, Gardner, Taylor) Attendance: Unknown

4-3 Cricklewood Wanderers v Risborough Rangers (Unknown) / (Daly, Clark, Wylie) Attendance: Unknown

6-0 Enfield Borough v Halstead Town (Unknown) Attendance: Unknown

3-2 FC Deportivo Galicia v London Tigers (Wlmoumi [2], Zobair) / (Unknown) Attendance: Unknown

5-1 Hanworth Villa v Bedford (Navara [2], Ocansey [2], Darko) / (McGrath) Attendance: 38

3-2 Langford v Tower Hamlets (Smith, Worbey, Todd) / (Mtyanda, Unknown) Attendance: 42

10-0 Leverstock Green v Unite MK (Lacey [4], Carbon [2], Witham [2], Nair, Yearwood) Attendance: 37

2-1 London Colney v Cockfosters (Griffin, Price) / (Unknown) Attendance: 49

4-5* Rushden & Higham United v Winslow United (Dyson [3], Kalla) / (Hussey, Parsons, Bowers, Opponent Own Goal, Dalton) Attendance: Unknown

4-0 Stotfold v Wadham Lodge (Da Silva [2], Amoako, Unknown) Attendance: 34

5-2 Whitton United v Hatfield Town (Unknown, Unknown, Cole, Unknown, Unknown) / (O’Brien, Gray) Attendance: 55

 

LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY First Round

Potton United avoided a potential cup upset at Aston Clinton, running out 4-0 winners in the end while the all Division Two tie saw Pitstone & Ivinghoe book a Second Round home tie with Premier Division Baldock Town following a 7-2 thumping of Clean Slate. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

 

0-4 Aston Clinton v Potton United (Ansell-Carter [2], Bamford, Smail) Attendance: 25

7-2 Pitstone & Ivinghoe v Clean Slate (Hall [5], Elliott, Denton) / (Unknown) Attendance: 32

 

PREMIER DIVISION

Tring Athletic went second in the table as they put Leighton Town to the sword at The Grass Roots Stadium, a blistering start saw Athletic four up inside the opening 19 minutes. The 7-1 win was their best result since beating Stony Stratford Town 9-0 in the League Challenge Trophy back in September 2014 while for Leighton Town it was their heaviest defeat since returning to the SSML. The morning’s table toppers Oxhey Jets suffered a 0-3 defeat at Hadley where the home side overcame the loss of their goalkeeper Luke Ward with a head injury. Replacing the Jets at the summit are Biggleswade FC who saw off the spirited challenge of league newbies North Greenford United 4-0, the visitors task was never going to be easy when they had Ben Long sent off after thirty minutes. Elsewhere Colney Heath won 2-1 at Crawley Green while Harpenden Town and Arlesey Town played out a goalless draw at Rothamsted Park. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

 

4-0 Biggleswade FC v North Greenford United FC (R Inskip, A Marsh, L Marsh, Leavers) Attendance: 92

1-2 Crawley Green v Colney Heath (Pemberton) / (Newton, Clarke-Mardel) Attendance: 42

3-0 Hadley v Oxhey Jets (Buraimoh, Camara, Idemudia) Attendance: 46

0-0 Harpenden Town v Arlesey Town Attendance: 47

7-1 Tring Athletic v Leighton Town (Campbell [2], Goward [2], Turner, Twelves, Read) / (Bryant) Attendance: 122

 

DIVISION ONE

FC Broxbourne Borough moved to within two points of league leaders Enfield Borough with a 7-0 demolition of Codicote, a defeat that sent Codicote to the bottom of the table, these two clubs certainly like to keep the crowd happy as the corresponding fixture last season saw Codicote edge home by the odd goal in nine. Life continues to be hard for promoted Park View, a 2-3 home defeat by Rayners Lane sees the club still looking for their first win in Division One. Another club still winless, London Lions, picked up a point from their away-day at Buckingham Athletic. Wodson Park remain the only club in the top three Divisions with a 100% record as they ended the 100% record of Hillingdon Borough with a 4-1 home win. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

 

0-0 Buckingham Athletic v London Lions Attendance: 50

0-3 Buckingham Town v Brimsdown (Unknown) Attendance: 27

7-0 FC Broxbourne Borough v Codicote (Bowers [3], Pile, Brandon, Ramejkis, Wells) Attendance: 40

2-3 Park View v Rayners Lane (Williams, Agyemang) / (Unknown, Unknown, McKay) Attendance: 15

4-1 Wodson Park v Hillingdon Borough (Halls [2], Todd [2]) / (Greenidge) Attendance: 34

 

DIVISION TWO

Bovingdon remain top following a 7-1 win at Grendon Rangers, a result that stretched their lead to six points. Highly fancied Totternhoe suffered a 0-3 reverse at Mursley United, a result that leaves the two clubs third and fourth respectively. The 61FC (Luton) suffered their third straight loss when going down 0-3 at league newcomers Sarratt. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

 

3-1 Berkhamsted Raiders v MK Gallacticos (Unknown) / (Unknown) Attendance: 20

1-7 Grendon Rangers v Bovingdon (Unknown) / (Dodd [2], Standen [2] [1 pen], Canham, Eames, Wilson) Attendance: 42

3-0 Mursley United v Totternhoe (Simpson [2], MacAnaspie) Attendance: 49

0-2 New Bradwell St Peter FC v Tring Corinthians AFC (Unknown, Weeks) Attendance: 29

3-0 Sarratt v The 61FC (Luton) (Unknown) Attendance: 30

 

UNDER 25 DEVELOPMENT DIVISION

Defending champions AFC Dunstable U21 suffered their first league defeat since the opening day last season when going down 2-3 at Leighton Town Development. League newcomers Kempston Rovers began life with a 4-0 home success over last season’s runners-up Harpenden Town Development. Elsewhere there were wins for Berkhamsted Development, Buckingham Athletic Development and Holmer Green Development U25. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

 

7-1 Berkhamsted Development v Ampthill Town Development (Stevens [3], Lee, Mitchell-Gears, Parrott, Stonell) / (Unknown) Attendance: Unknown

0-4 Biggleswade United U23 v Buckingham Athletic Development (Brady, Carter, O’Hara, Summers) Attendance: Unknown

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

4-0 Kempston Rovers Development v Harpenden Town Development (Bakogeorge [2], Barrett, Ashley) Attendance: Unknown

3-2 Leighton Town Development v AFC Dunstable U21 (Unknown) / (Troughton-Smith, Nottage) Attendance: Unknown

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AND FINALLY

When Royton Town turned up at Stockport Georgians for their Manchester Premier League match on Saturday, they told their hosts they were short of players and were drafting in the 43-year-old father of one of their regulars. What they didn’t say was the dad in question was former Manchester United and England midfielder Paul Scholes. Now the 11th tier of English football (Step 7) is not the place you’d expect to see one of the Premier League’s greatest players, but Scholes laced up his boots after a call from Royton manager Mark Howard. “We had eight or nine of our senior players missing and Paul said he’d be happy to help out if we were ever short as his son Arron plays for us,” said Howard. Despite the presence of their highly decorated interloper, Royton – who are fourth in the table – lost 1-0.

SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 28.08.2018 – update from South Midlands League #8

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

 

It was the turn of cup football to take centre stage midweek with the Spartan South Midlands League Challenge Trophy providing the major focus for many clubs. Where would the cup shocks come from? Added to these games a Emirates FA Cup replay and the possibility of all SSML affair in the next round.

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TUESDAY 28th AUGUST AND WEDNESDAY 29th AUGUST

 

MIDWEEK HEADLINES

Broadfields United began their defence of the League Challenge Trophy however their reign ended at Colney Heath. Premier Division sides Edgware Town, Wembley and Harpenden Town fell to clubs from a lower Division while in the League Unite MK ended the 100% record of neighbours New Bradwell St Peter FC. Biggest winners in midweek were Rayners Lane who recorded a 4-1 success at Risborough Rangers.

 

28/29 August Stats: 14 games played of which 4 were home wins, 6 were away wins, 3 draws and 1 abandoned game.

 

Highest Midweek Attendances: 101 Aston Clinton v Pitstone & Ivinghoe, 87 Harefield United v Edgware Town and 76 Risborough Rangers v Rayners Lane.

 

THE EMIRATES FA CUP

Hadley set up an all SSML First Round Qualifying tie with Leverstock Green following this solitary goal victory over Brackley Town Saints. The game, played at Potters Bar Town FC due to floodlight restrictions at Hadley, was settled late in the second half. Full result and goalscorer (where known) are listed below.

 

1-0 Hadley v Brackley Town Saints (@ Potters Bar Town FC) (Anwar) Attendance: 70

 

LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY

Potential banana-skins were avoid at both Hatfield Town and Colney Heath as the top flight club came out on top against opponents from a lower Division. The latter ending the hopes of holders Broadfields United thanks to a Spencer Clarke-Mardel strike whilst Leighton Town’s trip to Hatfield Town saw a more comfortable passage by the Premier Division side. Cup shocks were found at Harefield United, Wembley and London Lions, the Hares seeing off Edgware Town in a five goal thriller, Enfield Borough winning 2-1 at Wembley whilst the Harpenden Town players can look forward to some ‘pizza adverts’ as they went out on penalties at London Lions. Tring Athletic and London Colney have it all to do again as a floodlight failure ended their tie early. Rayners Lane were the highest scorers on the night with an impressive 4-1 success at fellow Division One opponents Risborough Rangers. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

 

1-0 Colney Heath v Broadfields United (Clarke-Mardel) Attendance: 51

3-2 Harefield United v Edgware Town (Riley-Snow, Clifton, Harewood) / (Siemienczuk, Onabolu) Attendance: 87

1-3 Hatfield Town v Leighton Town (Noot) / (O’Brien, Osei-Addo, McBride) Attendance: 35

3-3 [3-2 pens] Hillingdon Borough v Codicote (Greenidge [2], Healy) / (Nevin, Houghton, Karagozlu) Attendance: Unknown

1-2 Oxhey Jets v Baldock Town (O’Sullivan) / (Barker, Bull) Attendance: 62

1-4 Risborough Rangers v Rayners Lane (Hockley [pen]) / (Hastings, Otoo, Doolan, Maher) Attendance: 76

A-A Tring Athletic v London Colney (Floodlight Failure)

1-2 Wembley v Enfield Borough (Unknown) / (Bao, Moore) Attendance: 39

2-2 [6-5 pens] Winslow United v Brimsdown (Humphrey-Whittle, Parsons) / (Hamdam, Harris) Attendance: 67

1-1 [4-2 pens] London Lions v Harpenden Town (Unknown) / (Robinson) Attendance: 27

1-0 Wodson Park v Langford (Handy) Attendance: 50

 

DIVISION TWO

The midweek’s highest attendance was at Aston Clinton on Tuesday night where a three figure crowd witnessed a highly entertaining game in which neighbours Pitstone & Ivinghoe returned home with all the points following a 3-2 win. The Milton Keynes ‘derby’ saw visiting Unite MK end the 100% league record of New Bradwell St Peter FC with a fine 3-1 win. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

 

2-3 Aston Clinton v Pitstone & Ivinghoe (Mason-Williams, McGowan) / (Unknown) Attendance: 101

1-3 New Bradwell St Peter FC v Unite MK (Davey) / (Rawson [2], Little) Attendance: Unknown

 

AND FINALLY

Hillingdon Borough found themselves in the spotlight on the Twittersphere this week following reports that Yaya Toure was in London for a medical with a view to his next club. The club were forced to issue the following statement when the club’s name appeared in the latest odds from William Hill ‘Following the number of questions received regarding Yaya Toure, the club can confirm that he will NOT be joining Hillingdon Borough. Our budget cannot simply cover his birthday cake demands’. This led to a response from William Hill ‘Thank you for informing us of this breaking news, we will remove you from the betting.

SSMFL D2; Grendon Rangers 4-3 Mursley United

Grendon Rangers – 4

Mursley United – 3

Grendon Rangers got their first points of the season with this hard earned win over local rivals Mursley United on Bank Holiday Monday, in a game that saw seven goals, two red cards and some dogged defending in the latter stages where eleven men Mursley were peppering the nine man Grendon penalty area looking for an equaliser, but the home side held on to give manager Steve Jackman his first win in his new position.

Grendon won a corner in the first minute, Luke Taverner curled it in and running in Stuart Leonard got something on the ball to divert goalwards but Mursley had a defender on the line who managed to block and clear, & just moments later a free kick was lofted into the Mursley box by Charlie West where Matt Ginger beat his marker to the ball but off balance he could only lift over the top.

The home side did then take the lead on nine minutes, another free kick way out on the left saw West again loft into the box and this time it eluded everyone in the Mursley area, including keeper Dan Willett and went in. The visitors had their first real chance just past the quarter hour mark when a cross from their left found Caleb Adegbola inside the area but he could only head straight at Lewis Dench in the Rangers goal.

Matt Ginger scores

Just a minute later Mursley equalised when a throw on their right was sent high into the box and a flick on found Dan Simpson twelve yards out and he made no mistake. The game evened out with half chances at both ends, a superb ball over the United defence from Andrew Hind saw Solomon Janecki in behind but Willett was quick off his line to clear the danger.

Nine minutes before the break the hosts scored again from another set piece, this time a corner slung in by Taverner was met by the head of the incoming Ginger who thumped the ball past Willett to restore the Rangers lead going into the break. H/T: 2-1

Mursley came out for the second period and dominated the early stages, the best chance fell to Nathan Skelton who slid in to meet a cross from the right but he could only help the ball wide of the back post. A lot of searching balls over the Rangers defence were too long and either sailed away for goal kicks or went comfortably through to Dench.

Just past the hour mark their pressure paid off when Skelton collected a throw out on their left and cut across field before drilling low at goal, Dench went down at his near post with both hands but somehow the ball squeezed through for the second United equaliser of the afternoon.

Caleb Adegbola scored for Mursley

The parity lasted just five minutes when the home side won another corner out on their right, Taverner again swung in and at the back post Mohammed Adam climbed highest to head down and the ball bounced up into the roof of the net. The goal stunned the visitors and within three minutes they were rocked again.

A long ball down the Grendon right saw Tom Marshall chase down and Willett went out to meet him but the midfielder got their first and knocked the ball past the stranded keeper, with defenders chasing back he squared across the box to Adam who knocked into the unguarded net to give Grendon a two-goal cushion.

Mursley made substitutions to try and get back in the game, but it was a combination of two of the starting eleven that brought them back into the game just four minutes later, Simpson received the ball on the corner of the box, he went for goal but sliced across the area where running in at the back Adegbola fired home.

As the visitors searched their equaliser the game descended into chaos with two late red cards, the first for Alex with nine minutes left when he raised a foot too high and received his second yellow of the afternoon, then just three minutes later a Mursley corner was cleared long and Emad Fallaha gave chase shoulder to shoulder with a defender.

As the ball rolled away some shirt pulling led to a kick out by the Grendon substitute which the assistant saw, reported to the referee and duly received a red card for. The final minutes saw Mursley throw everything at the nine Rangers men but they held out for a spirited three points. F/T: 4-3

Attendance: 52

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SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 28.08.2018

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

 

The weekend’s programme brought a mix of league and cup football, the latter bringing about more tears as dreams of playing in a cup final were to be banished for another year. One question that has had many scratching their heads, ‘What can clubs do to attract people through the gate on match-days’? Well for one club the answer is not a case of scoring goals, to date this season the club has scored 27 goals in their 6 games (average 4.5 per game) and yet their four home games have yet to see the crowds flocking in. Could the answer to poor support lie with the fact they have no home base and are ground-sharing, if so maybe a call to end ground sharing (I known at least one fixture secretary who would be happy).

 

WEEKEND’S HEADLINES

With one SSML side assured of a place in the next round of the FA Cup it was a case of how many of the other eight could join them. Alas just two made it into Tuesday’s draw although both still have it all to do if they are to join Leverstock Green. The weekend also produced one of the strangest reasons for a late kick-off as match referee Thomas Whay recalls “Just to add some info to the league directive as it was quite a rare situation. We lined up in the tunnel area and walked out, completed the pre-match respect handshake. Everyone lined up for kick off and just as I was about to blow a player’s wife went into labour. The London Colney bench therefore had to make a last second adjustment to the team”. Biggest weekend winners were Enfield Borough with a 7-2 win over Risborough Rangers. Greg Moore (Enfield Borough) led the way in the individual goal-scoring charts netting four times while Ryan Wade (Cockfosters), Ashley Fuller (Arlesey Town), Leonard Farhall (Harefield United) and Joe Hennem (Totternhoe) also recorded hat-tricks.

 

25/26/27 August Stats: 34 games played of which 18 were home wins, 12 were away wins, 3 were draws and 1 game was abandoned.

100% league records to date: Hillingdon Borough, New Bradwell St Peter FC and Wodson Park.

0% league records to date: Clean Slate, Stotfold, Tring Corinthians AFC and Wembley.

Highest Attendances: 171 Harpenden Town v Leverstock Green, 161 Colney Heath v Cinderford Town and 116 Arlesey Town v Potton United.

 

SATURDAY 25th/SUNDAY 26th/MONDAY 27th AUGUST

THE EMIRATES FA CUP Preliminary Round

Sadly, the FA Cup Preliminary Round proved a match too far for most of the remaining Spartan South Midlands clubs but there were still a number of individual performances of note. A dreadful error by the Cinderford keeper allowed Jack Woods to put Colney Heath in front after just 5 minutes but their higher league opponents hit back quickly through Ben Watkins and Andy Lewis to take a first half lead. Heath missed a golden opportunity to level the score before Dan McDonald wrapped things up midway through the second half. Shortly afterwards, Colney Heath were reduced to nine men when first Harvey Scott saw red for a badly mistimed challenge and then goalkeeper Charlie May also earned an early bath for kicking out an opponent who was delaying the taking of a free-kick. A clash of heads between two Soham Town Rangers players was the cause of the tie at Biggleswade FC being abandoned, the hosts having come from 0-2 down to lead 3-2 at the time of the early finish. Best wishes and a speedy recovery go out to the two players involved. Division One club London Lions can hold their heads high following their solitary goal defeat at Chalfont St Peter (a side two steps above them in the pyramid). Still flying the SSML flag high are Leverstock Green who thumped home six without reply at fellow Premier Division side Harpenden Town, a score-line that was a record win/defeat in the FA Cup for both clubs. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

 

4-1 AFC Uckfield Town v Broadfields United (Okojie [2] [1 pen], Cooper, Smith) / (Unknown) Attendance: 57

A-A Biggleswade FC v Soham Town Rangers (due to serious injury to a player)

5-2 Bishops Cleeve v North Greenford United (Iddles [2], Kennedy [2] [1 pen], Mace) / (Turner, McLeish) Attendance: 93

1-0 Chalfont St Peter v London Lions (Nolan) Attendance: 91

1-3 Colney Heath v Cinderford Town (Woods) / (Lewis, Watkins, MacDonald) Attendance: 161

2-3 Crawley Green v Aylesbury United (Clarke [2]) / (Wood, Williams, Bewley) Attendance: 90

0-6 Harpenden Town v Leverstock Green (Wood [2], Witham [2], Smith, Blunden) Attendance: 171

3-2 Romford v Baldock Town (Smith [2] [1 pen], Lemba [pen]) / (Forsythe, Kenna) Attendance: 98

0-0 Brackley Town Saints v Hadley Attendance: 111

 

LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY First Round

No giant killings in Saturday’s two ties as both games resulted in wins for the Premier Division sides at Division Two opponents. In both games the Premier Division sides had to come back from a goal down, Cockfosters trailing 0-1 with 20 mins left at Totternhoe finally found their route to goal to score four times, the final score-line somewhat harsh on the hosts in what was an entertaining hard fought affair. Likewise Biggleswade United recovered from conceding early to score twice before the break to take control of their tie at Tring Corinthians. On Monday however Goliath was slain by David as Old Bradwell United (Division Two) put out their Division One visitors Bedford by three clear goals. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

 

1-4 Totternhoe v Cockfosters (Hunter) / (Wade [3] [1 pen], Brown) Attendance: 58

2-4 Tring Corinthians AFC v Biggleswade United (Weeks, Woodfine) / (Brinkman, Holmes, Logan, Rhiney) Attendance: 25

3-0 Old Bradwell United v Bedford (Cribb, Pursey, Rooney) Attendance: 63

 

PREMIER DIVISION

A goalless draw at Leighton Town by Oxhey Jets was enough to send staff at Harefield Hospital scurrying for oxygen tanks for John Elliott as his Jets side topped the SSML Premier Division table for the very first time. Hopefully John will be back down from cloud nine in time for Tuesday’s cup tie. Former table toppers Potton United suffered a 1-3 defeat from their short trip to Arlesey Town. The labour issues didn’t deter London Colney as they inflicted Wembley’s fifth league defeat leaving the visitors second from bottom just above also winless Stotfold who suffered a 0-3 home defeat against Edgware Town. The Division’s other game saw a six goal thriller at Tring Athletic where the hosts remain unbeaten in the league having been denied maximum points thanks to a late London Tigers equalizer. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

 

3-1 Arlesey Town v Potton United (Fuller [3]) / (Bamford) Attendance: 116

0-0 Leighton Town v Oxhey Jets Attendance: 105

2-0 London Colney v Wembley (Mace, Price) Attendance: 35

0-3 Stotfold v Edgware Town (James, Aitchison, Onabolu) Attendance: 67

3-3 Tring Athletic v London Tigers (Riddick, Busari, Campbell) / (Alves [2], En-Nouru) Attendance: 66

 

DIVISION ONE

Plenty of goals in Division One where the eight games produced 47 goals (5.87 per game on average). Enfield Borough remain top after another devastating display of finishing seeing off visiting Risborough Rangers 7-2. Bedford moved into third place as they became the second visiting side to win on the newly installed 3G pitch at Rayners Lane. Hillingdon Borough’s excellent start to the season continued as they maintained their 100% league record with a 4-1 win over Hatfield Town. Ampthill Town and Brimsdown both edged seven goal thrillers at home to Amersham Town and Codicote respectively, for Brimsdown it was their first points of the season. Park View remain bottom after a 1-4 defeat at Buckingham Athletic. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

 

4-3 Ampthill Town v Amersham Town (Clarke [2], Dillon, Higgins) / (J Squire-Adams [2], B Squire-Adams) Attendance: 39

4-3 Brimsdown v Codicote (Hamdan [2], Esan, Seyhan) / (Keane [2], Nevin) Attendance: 21

4-1 Buckingham Athletic v Park View (Mitten [2] [1 pen], Owusu, Olawale) / (Unknown) Attendance: 41

7-2 Enfield Borough v Risborough Rangers (Moore [4], Bangura, McKenna, Oluwtoyin) / (Unknown) Attendance: 20

2-1 FC Broxbourne Borough v Buckingham Town (Pile, Fitzgerald) / (Silver) Attendance: 30

4-0 Harefield United v Langford (Farhall [3], Willis) Attendance: 40

4-1 Hillingdon Borough v Hatfield Town (Peters [2], Greenidge, Healy) / (Unknown) Attendance: 42

2-5 Rayners Lane v Bedford (Blagden, De La Salle) / (Kelly, Butler, Halliday, Holland, Draycott) Attendance: 40

 

DIVISION TWO

A busy weekend for several clubs as added to Saturday’s fixtures were some tasty Bank Holiday Monday fixtures. Bovingdon moving to the top of the table following two home wins, 5-1 v Unite Mk and 3-0 v Sarratt. Totternhoe bounced back from Saturday’s cup defeat to remain in the hunt with a 4-1 ‘local derby’ success over The 61FC (Luton). MK Gallacticos and Grendon Rangers both recorded their first points of the season on Monday, MK Gallacticos winning 4-1 at Clean Slate while Grendon Rangers had to cling on to their 4-3 success over Mursley United after seeing two of their side dismissed. It was mixed fortunes for Berkhamsted Raiders, thumped 0-5 at home by Old Bradwell United on Saturday they responded with a 2-0 win at Tring Corinthians AFC on Monday. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

 

0-5 Berkhamsted Raiders v Old Bradwell United (Cox, Valentine, Cribb, Ennis, Pursey) Attendance: Unknown

5-1 Bovingdon v Unite MK (Canham, Dodd, Eames, Lawrence, Standen) / (Little) Attendance: 71

3-4 Sarratt v New Bradwell St Peter FC (Loakes McIntosh, White) / (Sofroni [2], Davey, Line) Attendance: 25

2-3 The 61FC (Luton) v Aston Clinton (Rattigar, Blazeg) / (Mason-Williams [2], Greco) Attendance: 8

3-0 Bovingdon v Sarratt (Unknown) Attendance: 90

1-4 Clean Slate v MK Gallacticos (Oxley [pen]) / (Unknown) Attendance: 20

4-3 Grendon Rangers v Mursley United (Adam [2], West, Ginger) / (Simpson, Williamson, Adegbola) Attendance: 52

4-1 Totternhoe v The 61FC (Luton) (Hennem [3], Howson) / (Walker) Attendance: 75

0-2 Tring Corinthians AFC v Berkhamsted Raiders (Norman, Lamboh) Attendance: 26

 

AND FINALLY

However, the Mad Scot, Bill Hamilton reckons he found the most outstanding Man of the Match – not on the Field of Play but on the terraces! If that seems a little crazy then surely too, was the feat of Ken Phelps who at 62 years of age cycled the whole 125 miles from Cinderford in Gloucestershire to Colney Heath to see his side romp to victory. Our irrepressible Mr Phelps left home at 4.30 in the morning to ensure he didn’t miss a single moment of the game in which the Southern League side ran out 3-1 winners.

His enthusiasm unrestrained, he intends to repeat the feat at every Cinderford away game. Considering that includes trips to Barnstable, Portsmouth and Winchester, I reckon it’s high time we struck up a medal for this intrepid veteran.

A spokesperson at the ground commented that Ken was a tad tyred out and our two-wheeled wizard elected to take the team coach back to the Forest of Dean … now surely you didn’t think he would tackle another 125 miles in one day especially as he is an avid viewer of Match of the Day!