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SSMFL; Ampthill Town FC join Sports Shots

Sports Shots are delighted to announce that Ampthill Town FC are to join our list of clubs that we cover with immediate effect. The Spartan South Midlands Division One club have this summer recruited Paul Toms as their new manager for the season ahead, and the new man brought with him John Phillips as first team coach and one of their first calls was to Sports Shots to see if we’d add them to our portfolio of non-league clubs. After a brief conversation with both men and club chairman Gary Maidment it was agreed, and we welcome Ampthill Town on board, and wish them every success for the season ahead.

There have been several big changes at Ampthill Town over the past few years, the most notable being the new clubhouse that proudly stands behind the park end goal. To read the full story on the new and improved facilities from last year click here: https://www.premierleague.com/news/482995

The club were formed back in 1881 but it wasn’t until the early 1950’s that they joined the South Midlands League where they  were relatively successful culminating in winning the league title in the 1959/60 season and finishing runners-up the following year. Just four years later the club finished bottom of the South Midlands Premier and moved over to the United Counties League where they remained for twenty-six seasons in various divisions before returning to the South Midlands in time for the 1991/92 season, where they have remained ever since.

New club facilities

In the eighteen seasons since the turn of the century, Ampthill have spent all bar four in the second tier (division one in today’s money), their most recent success being in 2011/12 where they finished runners-up to London Colney and were promoted to the premier division. Their first season saw them finish fifth, and the following year they claimed the runners-up spot to Hanwell Town, but the success was to be short lived as the following year a bottom two place finish saw ‘The Amps’ relegated back to division one, where they have finished in fourteenth position for each of the last three seasons.

FA Cup runs have eluded the club, not since 1986 have they progressed to the first qualifying round, but they have seen more recent success in the FA Vase. Having reached the third round previously in 1976/77, 1981/82, 1983/84 & 2007/08, they finally went one further in 2011/12 before going out in the fourth round and that run granted them entry into the competition much later the following year. Entering at the second-round stage, Town got as far as the fifth round before Hadleigh beat them by the odd goal in three at Ampthill Park. The following season saw the furthest the club have reached when a run to the quarter-finals eventually saw them knocked out at Eastbourne United.

After the opening of the new clubhouse last season, the club have again been busy this summer with the completion of a new barrier that runs around the perimeter of the playing area meaning the pitch is now fully enclosed. Images for the new barrier can be viewed here: https://twitter.com/GazAtfc/status/1002857667101188096

For anyone unfamiliar with the Spartan South Midlands League, Ampthill will this season be facing thirty-eight league games home & away, two separate South Midlands cup competitions, the FA Vase, and two separate Bedfordshire cup competitions. To keep up to date with Town’s progress and fixture list, use this link: http://fulltime-league.thefa.com/DisplayTeam.do;jsessionid=FC0D7153A16310DF92A9184A040B9F2D?divisionseason=288088660&teamID=352163946

Anyone looking for their football fix in Ampthill can take out an ATFC clubhouse membership, and for just £4.99 per month you receive free admission to every home game, a fully licenced bar at clubhouse prices, live TV sports nights, and the bar also has BT Sports. The perfect opportunity for the people of Ampthill to get behind their football club.

The club are looking for helpers to get involved behind the scenes if anyone has some spare time to volunteer. General committee members are required for match day duties, as well as a secretary & an assistant child welfare officer for the youth section. For any businesses looking to advertise, there are some very competitive packages available, and the clubhouse is always available for hire for parties or meetings. Anyone interested in any of the positions or hiring the club should contact Gary on 07450 018848.

Sports Shots went to meet new 1st team manager Paul Toms and spoke about his thoughts on joining the club, and his vision for the future. The whole interview can be viewed here:

Anyone tuning into Sports Shots for the first time, to follow any news on your club scroll down our page to the index of categories and click on your team as shown below (click on image):

Sports Shots would like to thank everyone for their time at Ampthill Town FC, and we look forward to working with them this forthcoming season!

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Buckinghamshire non-league grounds to visit

Two of Sports Shots friends have collaborated to report on 5 grounds in Buckinghamshire that shouldn’t be missed, for any ground hoppers out there that are yet to experience the scene in our local area.

New Bradwell St Peter FC stand

Football in Bracknell & FootballMK have come up with this brilliant article, click on the link: https://www.footballinbracknell.co.uk/features/away-days/34075/football-in-buckinghamshire/

The grounds covered are:

Stratford Fields, Buckingham

Ostlers Lane, Stony Stratford

The Recreation Ground, New Bradwell

Station Road, Mursley

Manor Fields, Fenney Stratford

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2018/19 SSMFL Cup Competitions revealed

At Saturday’s South Midlands AGM the draws were made for the various cup competitions across the leagues:

SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS LEAGUE

DOMESTIC CUP DRAWS 2018/19

As drawn Saturday 23rd June by

Mike Taylor and John Childley

(Members of the SSML Cup Finals Committee)

Dates of ties to be announced at later date

 

LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY

FIRST ROUND

  1. Colney Heath v Broadfields United
  2. Buckingham Town v Berkhamsted Raiders
  3. MK Gallacticos v Stotfold *
  4. Harefield United v Edgware Town
  5. Park View v Mursley United
  6. Aston Clinton v Potton United *
  7. Wodson Park v Langford
  8. Amersham Town v Grendon Rangers
  9. Winslow United v Brimsdown
  10. Wembley v Enfield Borough
  11. Tring Corinthians v Biggleswade United *
  12. Oxhey Jets v Baldock Town
  13. Unite MK FC v Leverstock Green
  14. FC Broxbourne Borough v Hadley
  15. London Lions v Harpenden Town
  16. Hillingdon Borough v Codicote
  17. Risborough Rangers v Rayners Lane
  18. Pitstone & Ivinghoe v Clean Slate *
  19. Old Bradwell United v Bedford *
  20. Hatfield Town v Leighton Town
  21. Tring Athletic v London Colney
  22. Crawley Green v The 61FC (Luton)
  23. Totternhoe v Cockfosters *

Byes: Ampthill Town, Arlesey Town, Biggleswade FC, Bovingdon,

Buckingham Athletic, London Tigers, New Bradwell St Peter,

North Greenford United and Sarratt.

Ties will be played midweek unless stated with a * in which case will be played on a Saturday

SECOND ROUND

  1. Buckingham Athletic v Unite MK FC or Leverstock Green
  2. Wembley or Enfield Borough v Arlesey Town
  3. Risborough Rangers or Rayners Lane v Tring Athletic or London Colney
  4. Pitstone & Ivinghoe or Clean Slate v Oxhey Jets or Baldock Town
  5. Park View or Mursley United v Aston Clinton or Potton United
  6. Harefield United or Edgware Town v Winslow United or Brimsdown
  7. Wodson Park or Langford v MK Gallacticos or Stotfold
  8. Biggleswade FC v New Bradwell St Peter
  9. Hatfield Town or Leighton Town v Hillingdon Borough or Codicote
  10. Crawley Green or The 61FC (Luton) v Amersham Town or Grendon Rangers
  11. Ampthill Town v London Tigers
  12. Old Bradwell United or Bedford v Colney Heath or Broadfields United
  13. Totternhoe or Cockfosters v Sarratt
  14. Tring Corinthians or Biggleswade United v FC Broxbourne Borough or Hadley
  15. Buckingham Town or Berkhamsted Raiders v North Greenford United
  16. Bovingdon v London Lions or Harpenden Town

THIRD ROUND

  1. Winner Game 16 v Winner Game 14
  2. Winner Game 5 v Winner Game 1
  3. Winner Game 2 v Winner Game 13
  4. Winner Game 6 v Winner Game 15
  5. Winner Game 3 v Winner Game 9
  6. Winner Game 8 v Winner Game 7
  7. Winner Game 11 v Winner Game 12
  8. Winner Game 10 v Winner Game 4

QUARTER FINALS

  1. Winner Game 5 v Winner Game 2
  2. Winner Game 3 v Winner Game 1
  3. Winner Game 7 v Winner Game 4
  4. Winner Game 6 v Winner Game 8

 SEMI FINALS

  1. Winner Game 3 v Winner Game 4
  2. Winner Game 2 v Winner Game 1

 FINAL

  1. Winner Game 2 v Winner Game 1

 

 DUDLEY LATHAM MEMORIAL (PREMIER DIVISION) CUP

(Sponsored by S&T Sales and Marketing)

FIRST ROUND

  1. Arlesey Town v Hadley
  2. Biggleswade FC v Edgware Town
  3. Baldock Town v Colney Heath
  4. Crawley Green v Potton United

SECOND ROUND

  1. Biggleswade United v Wembley
  2. London Tigers v Arlesey Town or Hadley
  3. Leighton Town v Baldock Town or Colney Heath
  4. Crawley Green or Potton United v Biggleswade FC or Edgware Town
  5. London Colney v Leverstock Green
  6. Oxhey Jets v Harpenden Town
  7. Tring Athletic v Stotfold
  8. Cockfosters v North Greenford United

QUARTER FINALS

  1. Winner Game 8 v Winner Game 7
  2. Winner Game 4 v Winner Game 2
  3. Winner Game 5 v Winner Game 6
  4. Winner Game 3 v Winner Game 1

 SEMI FINALS

  1. Winner Game 2 v Winner Game 1
  2. Winner Game 3 v Winner Game 4

FINAL

  1. Winner Game 1 v Winner Game 2

 

DIVISION ONE CUP

FIRST ROUND

  1. Hillingdon Borough v Ampthill Town
  2. Buckingham Town v Park View
  3. Enfield Borough v FC Broxbourne Borough
  4. Codicote v Rayners Lane

 SECOND ROUND

  1. Enfield Borough or FC Broxbourne Borough v Amersham Town
  2. Broadfields United v Bedford
  3. Langford v Brimsdown
  4. Wodson Park v Buckingham Athletic
  5. London Lions v Codicote or Rayners Lane
  6. Hillingdon Borough or Ampthill Town v Buckingham Town or Park View
  7. Winslow United v Harefield United
  8. Hatfield Town v Risborough Rangers

QUARTER FINALS

  1. Winner Game 4 v Winner Game 6
  2. Winner Game 7 v Winner Game 8
  3. Winner Game 5 v Winner Game 3
  4. Winner Game 1 v Winner Game 2

 SEMI FINALS

  1. Winner Game 2 v Winner Game 1
  2. Winner Game 4 v Winner Game 3

FINAL

Winner Game 2 v Winner Game 1

 

 DIVISION TWO CUP

FIRST ROUND

  1. New Bradwell St Peter v Bovingdon
  2. Pitstone & Ivinghoe v Grendon Rangers
  3. Totternhoe v Old Bradwell United
  4. Unite MK FC v MK Gallacticos
  5. Clean Slate v The 61FC (Luton)
  6. Mursley United v Aston Clinton
  7. Tring Corinthians v Sarratt

Bye: Berkhamsted Raiders

QUARTER FINALS

  1. Unite MK FC or MK Gallacticos v Berkhamsted Raiders
  2. Clean Slate or The 61FC (Luton) v Totternhoe or Old Bradwell United
  3. Tring Corinthians or Sarratt v Mursley United or Aston Clinton
  4. New Bradwell St Peter or Bovingdon v Pitstone & Ivinghoe or Grendon Rangers

 SEMI FINALS

  1. Winner Game 4 v Winner Game 3
  2. Winner Game 1 v Winner Game 2

FINAL

Winner Game 2 v Winner Game 1

 

 U25 DEVELOPMENT CHALLENGE TROPHY

FIRST ROUND First Leg

Holmer Green Development v Biggleswade United Development

Buckingham Athletic Development v Harpenden Town Development

AFC Dunstable Development v Winslow United Development

FIRST ROUND Second Leg

Biggleswade United Development v Holmer Green Development

Harpenden Town Development v Buckingham Athletic Development

Winslow United Development v AFC Dunstable Development

 QUARTER FINAL First Leg

  1. Leighton Town Development v Ampthill Town Development
  2. Buckingham Athletic Development or Harpenden Town Development v Kempston Rovers Development
  3. Berkhamsted Development v Holmer Green Development or Biggleswade United Development
  4. Stotfold Development v AFC Dunstable Development or Winslow United Development

 QUARTER FINAL Second Leg

  1. Ampthill Town Development v Leighton Town Development
  2. Kempston Rovers Development v Buckingham Athletic Development or Harpenden Town Development
  3. Holmer Green Development or Biggleswade United Development v Berkhamsted Development
  4. AFC Dunstable Development or Winslow United Development v Stotfold Development

 SEMI FINAL First Leg

  1. Winner Game 2 v Winner Game 1
  2. Winner Game 3 v Winner Game 4

 SEMI FINAL Second Leg

  1. Winner Game 1 v Winner Game 2
  2. Winner Game 4 v Winner Game 3

 FINAL

Winner Game 1 v Winner Game 2

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Sports Shots exclusively meet the new Buckingham Town FC

Sports Shots reported back at the beginning of May that UCL side Buckingham Town FC had folded, then three weeks later when the new league constitutions were announced there was the surprise that in South Midlands League Division One sat Buckingham Town!

This week we met up with the new manager and committee to find out what’s been happening and the future of the club, and we would like to thank 1st team manager Terry Shrieves for this exclusive interview:

The club are looking for a physio ahead of the 2018/19 season, if anyone would like to take on the role, let Sports Shots know privately and we’ll pass on your details.

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Sports Shots exclusive; Grendon Rangers new boss + chairman interviews

Grendon Rangers last week announced the appointment of Steve Jackman as their new manager ahead of the 2018/19 season, and this week Steve kindly agreed to speak exclusively to us to outlay his thoughts and plans for the new season, click on the screen below to view:

Sports Shots also this week caught up with Grendon chairman Paul Jackman on the appointment:

I know that all of our committee are delighted that Steven, aka Blocky or ‘Jacko’ to everyone, has agreed to take on our first team in the Spartan South Midlands Division Two. He is a native of Grendon and as such I am sure he will help us achieve our mission which is to be ‘the club of choice in this area’.

He has a long experience of non-league football including playing at step two, and coaching at step four which I believe will be enormously useful to the squad in terms of improving their performances and probably commitment also.

His experience has inevitably generated a large network of contacts in the game which I hope he will use to good effect

Steve Jackman

Steve also had a special mention for his former club AFC Dunstable this week:

I also wish to thank everyone at AFC Dunstable for allowing me the opportunity to work there for the last four years. I must especially mention the manager Steve Heath and chairman Simon Bullard, great people and a great club

Sports Shots would like to thank Steve and Paul for their time this week

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New step 5 & 6 non-league football allocations revealed

The new divisional provisional allocations for our local step 5 & 6 clubs have finally been revealed today by the FA and their relevant football leagues.

South Midlands League:

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Premier Division

  • Arlesey Town,  Baldock, North Greenford United and Potton United in
  • No club relegated – both Cockfosters and Stotfold reprieved.

Division One

  • Amersham Town, Park View – promotions confirmed
  • Buckingham Town and Hashtag United new clubs in
  • FC Broxbourne Borough, St Neots Town Reserves both relegated to Step 7

 

United Counties League:

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Premier Division

  • Pinchbeck (promoted) & Rugby Town (moved across) in
  • Northampton Sileby Rangers & St Andrews relegated
  • League reduced from 22 teams to 20

Division One

  • Anstey Nomads, Aylestone Park, Birstall United Social & Holwell Sports in
  • Northampton Sileby Rangers & St Andrews in relegated from Premier Division

 

Hellenic League:

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Premier Division

  • Ardley United, Bishop’s Cleeve, Holmer Green, Shrivenham & Virginia Water in
  • Burnham & Woodley United relegated

Division One East

  • Abingdon Town, Burnham & Chalvey Sports in

Division One West

  • Almondsbury, Carterton, Malmesbury Victoria & Woodley United in
  • Division increased to 14 from 13

 

All clubs have seven days to appeal, step 7 allocations to be discussed w/c 28th May.

 

The entire allocation for steps 5 & 6 nationwide can be viewed by clicking here: NLS 5.6 Club Allocations 2018-19 v25.5.18 FINAL

 

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SSMFLD2; Clean Slate 1-2 Aston Clinton (match abandoned)

Clean Slate – 1

Aston Clinton – 2

Aston Clinton lined up on Saturday in the blistering heat, thinking that at the end of their hectic schedule of seventeen matches in the last seven weeks, nothing else could go wrong. However, the game was abandoned on seventy-eight minutes when a clumsy challenge in midfield left Clinton midfielder Elias Williams flat out with a painful injury to his collarbone that needed an ambulance to be called and left the referee no choice but to abandon the game. Clinton had raced into a two-goal lead by half-time but were under some pressure after the break when Clean Slate pulled a goal back, the match brought to a premature end just as those on the side lines were beginning to think the hosts were on the verge of the most unlikely of comebacks.

The visitors took the lead in just the fourth minute, a huge goal kick from Liam Smith saw the Slate defence hesitate to clear and allow the ball to bounce on the edge of their box, Luke Desmond did not waver to nip in and slot past home custodian Krzysztof Kwapinski. Clean Slate almost fought straight back when a pull back from the byline saw Junior Osci-Tutu smash at goal, just as it looked the ball would hit the roof of the net an outstretched hand from Smith pushed over for a corner.

A cross from Desmond out on the Clinton left saw Lewis Workman get ahead of his marker and manage to connect with the ball but could only loop over Kwapinski and eventually bounce a couple of yards wide of the left-hand post. On twenty-five minutes the away side doubled their lead through Alex Little, in the build up a foul on Williams saw his team mates all calling for a free kick, but Little collected the loose ball and shot from twenty-five yards, Kwapinski was behind the ball but it bounced in front of him and over his arms and in.

A warm welcome for both sides

Another long goal kick from Smith saw Ryan Binnee away down the Aston right, and from a tight angle he fired low towards the near post, the Slate keeper went down but spilled and with Workman lurking he had to throw himself on the ball to stop the frontman getting in a clear shot. A free kick then into the Slate box saw Little head away to the right of goal, running in Binnee flashed a shot across the goal mouth and just wide of the far post.

Another free kick just inside the Clinton half then saw Smith loft the ball high into the opposition box where Little headed straight at Kwapinski, and at this stage Clinton were comfortable with everything their hosts threw at them, typified when a free kick curled into the box simply allowed Smith to call for, then jump above everyone to gather in mid-air. H/T: 0-2

If Aston thought they were coming out for the second half to just see the game out, they were soon knocked back to sense when after just four minutes Clean Slate pulled a goal back. A ball down their right channel saw Osci-Tutu run through before flashing the ball across Smith and into the top corner. From there the hosts seemed to gain some belief and had some good spells of possession, Tyrelle McLeod-Bentley seized upon a chance from twenty-five yards but curled straight into the waiting gloves of the Aston keeper.

Liam Smith goal kicks caused havoc

The first chance for Clinton after the break fell to Binnee who accepted the chance to shoot from a poor goal kick, but from twenty yards out he fired straight back to Kwapinski. McLeod-Bentley then tried another curler that cleared the post, yet most on the pitch were stunned when the officials indicated a corner kick. At the other end Williams fed in Little to the left of goal, he played the ball across goal where running in Workman was about a foot ahead of the ball and a defender cleared.

Desmond then crossed from the right and in the middle Clinton skipper Alex McGowan climbed highest but could only head over the bar. On seventy-one minutes another thumping goal kick from Smith was again allowed to bounce causing havoc for the Slate backline, Workman nipped in and as the ball deflected off an arm the referee pointed for a free kick, some thought initially a penalty. A free kick in the penalty arc was the decision, Adam Beckett took responsibility driving low under the wall but straight at Kwapinski.

Then with twelve minutes left an Aston attack was thwarted when Williams who was sprinting towards the Slate goal was obstructed by Slate skipper Erind Hoxha bowling him onto the hard surface. Within seconds the Clinton bench were on attending to their colleague, and an ambulance called within minutes, meaning the official had to call the game off.

Attendance: 31

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SSMFL: Newsletter 39 – Saturday 12th May 2018

SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS FOOTBALL LEAGUE    

                               NEWSLETTTER NO 39 

MON 7th – SAT 12th  – MON 14th MAY 2018

 

Well, this really is it – almost  – for the season with both the  Premier Division and Division One now all completed.  It was announced by the F.A. a few days ago that Premier champions Welwyn G.C. and runners up Berkhamsted will both  be promoted into  the new Southern League – East Division, although there does seem to be a number of Midland based clubs in there! In their place we will receive Arlesey Town, who are relegated from the old Southern League – South East.  The top two clubs in Division One should be promoted into the Premier, but as Southall will be ground sharing at Ashford Town ( Middx) next season, there is a chance they will end up in the Combined Counties League. No such problems for runners up Baldock Town, who will again be ground sharing at Arlesey. Apart from Park View’s promotion up to Division One, we will be unable to confirm any of the other relegation and promotion issues until the smoke issues from Wembley Towers, reportedly on 23rd May.

PREMIER DIVISION

Champions Welwyn Garden City said goodbye to the SSMFL in style  as finished off their season with a 2-0 win at Leverstock Green on Bank Holiday Monday. In doing so, they hit the 100 points mark as well as well as taking their goals for tally to exactly 100. Elsewhere, Stotfold kept their slim chance of avoiding relegation  alive after a thrilling 4-3 win at home against Biggleswade FC only to see  hope that dashed two days later as they were held to a 0-0 draw at  home to Hoddesdon– only a win would have sufficed. After a run of 5 games undefeated , including 4 wins, Holmer Green fell to a  3rd defeat in a row as they went down 3-0 away to Harpenden in a morning kick off, but London Tigers claimed two wins in three days after beating London Colney 1-0 away and Leverstock Green 2-0 at home.

DIVISION ONE

On Tuesday night, Southall were presented with their Championship Trophy (see last weeks Newsletter )  and Wodson Park finished a good season on a high with a 3-0 win at home to Enfield Boro,whose performance in the second half of the season did not match that of the early promise shown ,but  none the less  they must be pleased with their first season in Division One.

FC Broxbourne’s 3-0 win at home to Ampthill was not enough to stop them finishing in the bottom two, and it was honours even as landlords Harefield Utd and tenants Broadfields shared four goals and two points.

DIVISION TWO

Park View were crowned champions last Wednesday evening  and were presented with the Trophy by League Chairman Pat Burns before their Div Two Final with Aston Clinton.

Park View finished off  their season on Saturday in fine style, winning 3-2 at home to Unite MK, thus completing the remarkable record of going through the season unbeaten – winning 27 and drawing 5. The visitors had the temerity to take the lead early in the second half through Cole Rawson,  but the big man Francis Williams soon restored order with a quick fire double before Prince Gyimah added a third shortly afterwards.  Rawson replied with his second  but Unite could not muster the equaliser.  The race for the runners up spot is still ongoing and Totternhoe, with a hat trick from Joel McCormick  kept their faint chances alive after beating Tring Corinthians 5-3 at home. In the only other match to take place, Clean Slate recorded only their 6th win of the season, beating visitors Berkhamsted Raiders 2-1.

On Monday evening, Aston Clinton clinched the runners up spot in the Division after beating visitors Grendon Rangers 2-0 with goals from Sam Austin and Mitchell Collins.

Unfortunately there were two late postponements  – MK Galacticos v Tring Town and AFC Southgate v Aston Clinton which left 6 very unhappy match officials kicking their heels .In both matches, the away team were the culprits. The problems with referee availabilities this season have been well documented  – calling off games at the last minute does not help the situation, and clubs do not always realise the full consequences of their actions.

DIVISION TWO CUP FINAL  – Park View 2 Aston Clinton 1 (aet)

Park View completed the League and Cup double on Wednesday night on the excellent surface at London Lions, but they were pushed all the way by opponents Aston Clinton who  more than matched their divisional counterparts in an end to end final. Park View haven’t lost in the league this season, and with Clinton second in the league this was always going to be tight, Park took the lead a minute before the interval, an early second half equaliser took the game into extra time, seconds in came a fantastic strike worthy of winning any cup final. Both sides had plenty of chances but View held on to claim their third trophy of the evening, having been presented with their Division Two Trophy  &  December Team of the Month award before kick-off.

Although the first chance of the match fell to Park View when Kofi Appiah received the ball after some patient build up play but he drove high & wide, Aston were looking the more dangerous but several promising moved broke down in front of goal – the best chance  coming after Lewis Workman got in behind the Park defence and squared to the incoming Mitchell Collins but from in front of goal he curled over the top.   As the half then wore down, Park View started to assert some serious pressure. An Aston attack broke down high up the pitch and the ball sent long, some hesitancy in the Clinton defence allowed Steve Opuko-Domfeh to drive into the box, skipping three challenges he smashed at goal only to see the ball crash up off the crossbar and over. Then a minute before the break they broke the deadlock through Francis Williams when a clever routine saw a clip into the box for him to receive a header on and he was in behind, finishing well. H/T: 0-1

Aston Clinton came out from the break on the front foot and equalised just three minutes in, a long goal kick from Smith saw the ball bounce over the defence and in behind Workman took a touch before slotting home.

Park View played a good one-two on the edge of the Aston box resulting in Kofi Oti-Atakorah flashing a shot across goal but wide. Vinny Greco dragged a shot wide as  Clinton enjoyed a good spell of possession but lacked that final ball. As the half wore on  with both sides tiring, Park View got back into the game, and started to ask their own questions in search of a winner. Some good passing moves on the edge of the Clinton area saw the ball played out to Appiah who absolutely smashed at goal, the ball flying about a yard over the top, it would have ripped the net off had it been under the bar. In the final minute Aston won a free kick right on the edge of the area, a high tackle on substitute Luke Russell saw him felled and initially it looked as though a penalty had been awarded. However, after all the fuss died down it was signalled as a free kick right on the line, which Greco curled over the top.  Full time and level at 1-1, and further 30 minutes to play – just what Aston wanted – not!

Before the whistle was back in the referees pocket for the start of extra time Park View retook the lead, a ball into the Aston end saw Williams  hold off a defender down the right t and from the edge of the area he unleashed an unstoppable drive across goal and into the top corner, with just twenty seconds on the clock. A goal fit to win a Final.  Aston tried to fight back, but were always suspect to a Park counter, one such saw Christian Agyapong feed Javier Sanchez who fired straight into Smith’s hands.Aston pushed on for the last 15 minutes  but struggled to break down a resilient Park defence, Workman fed through early on but had three defenders around him, he got a shot away but the ball deflected off one of them to then trickle back for the keeper to collect. Greco curled an inviting cross over which was headed out to Workman, his first shot blocked, he followed up but curled straight at Silva. A plethora of niggly fouls, arguments & yellow cards slowed the game right down, Clinton unable to get any momentum going in their search of an equaliser, when play did resume Williams was played in at the Aston end but he fired straight at Smith. At the opposite end Workman was fed in down the right, he went for goal but Silva pushed away two handed and a defender was on hand to clear. In injury time a free kick to Aston was half cleared out to Elias Williams who over the shoulder went for goal, the ball brushing the top of the net as it went over, and there was still time for another ball for Workman to chase down the middle, Silva advanced but as the Clinton front man went to knock on the keeper got the merest of touches to divert and the ball was cleared long, with that came the final whistle.

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WYCOMBE SENIOR CUP FINAL – Aston Clinton 1 Flackwell Heath 0

Having already defeated three sides from higher divisions, Penn & Tylers (Hellenic Div 1 East) Holmer Green (Spartan Premier) & Thame Rangers (Hellenic Div 1 East) Aston made in four in a row with a victory over 5th placed Hellenic Premier side Flackwell Heath. A goal on the half hour from Lewis Workman settled the tie. It was a nervous last five minutes as Flackwell piled on the pressure but the boys in blue hung on to lift the trophy. .The large crowd, including a good number from Aston saw the Blues get off to a good start when Joe Kittle, always a handle for defenders, got to the byeline, pulled the ball back but Mitchell Collins could only poke the ball wide of the goal. Vinny Greco then had a shot off target before Flackwell had their first opportunity. Jordan Dowdican had a shot which whistled past the post after the ball was cut back to him on the edge of the area. All season long Liam Smith’s long goal kicks have troubled defences and tonight was no exception.. Flackwell should have taken the lead on twenty seven minutes as  top scorer Dean Allen found himself eight yards out, with just Smith to beat, but somehow he didn’t quite connect cleanly and the ball was easily saved by the big Aston keeper. Aston scored the only goal of the game on the half hour, Alex Little was pulled down twenty five yards out, Vinny Greco’s free kick was palmed away by Flackwell keeper David Lyons but the ball fell to Aston talisman Workman who squeezed the ball home from six yards.

Aston were again quick off the mark as the second half began, and there were half chances for  Elias Williams, Mitchell Collins and Lewis Workman, but  came to nothing as the large Aston contingent were wondering whether their side would eventually be punished for these missed opportunities. Flackwell were now pushing forward and driving Aston back, but the back four was holding firm and not allowing their opponents to create any clear chances.

As the  referee indicated five minutes of injury time , Flackwell were to have one more chance to equalise, the ball was lobbed into the Aston area, there was a melee in the box with what seemed like everyone involved, someone fired the ball toward the goal but from no where Liam Smith appeared to fling out an arm and somehow managed to scramble the ball clear. The referee finally blew for time, , cue the celebrations from fans, management and players alike as Aston Clinton  finally clinched silverware after a long hard season.

THE LEAGUE AGM IS ON SAT 23rd JUNE at TRING ATH – 10.30am

Well, that is it, virtually all done and dusted apart from a couple of games in Div Two which will determine the runners up spot.

All that remains is to thank all who have  contributed to the Newsletter over the last 9 months or so  with  their reports and titbits  etc –  Chris Mitchell, Bob Flight, Dave Henman, Mike Taylor, Tony Weight , Pat Burns, Larry Cordery, John Nettleton, and particularly Sports Shots, for both their reports and their photos.  I am often asked who/ what are Sports Shots – hopefully below will answer your questions.

                                        Welcome to Sports Shots!

Sports Shots is a sport-based news and images service run by Andy Bone and his wife Lorna, with the help from Dale & Gemma James, Darren Stanger, Luke Stafford and friends in the sporting community. Focusing in and around Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, Andy and Lorna came up with the idea to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support and Vasculitis UK while following a love of local sport.

Sports Shots is not a charity. All donations are made to Macmillan Cancer Support and Vasculitis UK; every effort is made to distribute money raised equally between the two charities. No personal gain is made from Sports Shots. After starting a Facebook group for our action shots at local matches in 2009, we started a website in January 2011 with news to support our images. Sports Shots has evolved beyond our wildest expectations and to date the website is approaching 16+ million hits from around the world. Our social media following has 1,093 fans on Facebook and 1,392 followers on Twitter. Our ethos is to support local clubs by letting them use our reports and images for their websites, matchday programmes, Facebook and Twitter groups for no charge. We also supply local newspapers with our images free of charge as it is all about our community, not personal gain. All we ask for is an accreditation and that is with the aim of raising awareness into what we do.

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It is highly unlikely that I will be editing the Newsletter next season so if there  are any keyboard warriors out there  who would like to take up the cudgel, please let me know. It would be a shame to lose this vital communication tool.

There will be one more final Newsletter over the next 10 days,– so still time to have a say should you wish !!

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WSC; Flackwell Heath 0-1 Aston Clinton

Flackwell Heath – 0

Aston Clinton – 1

Ahead of the Wycombe Senior Cup Final on Friday evening, Flackwell Heath hadn’t played a game in thirteen days; the other end of the pitch stood Aston Clinton who in those two weeks had played six matches including their Division Two cup final which was played over one hundred and twenty minutes just forty-eight hours previously. Flackwell are also two levels above Clinton, and finished their season in the Hellenic League Premier Division in fifth place, with their opponents still facing another three league games to play inside the following five days, so the odds were heavily stacked against Jordan King and his men, but a Lewis Workman strike on the half hour, twinned with some dogged defending saw them lift the trophy.

An entertaining game played at Marlow Fc saw both sides put in a fantastic effort and the scoreline did not reflect the chances created from either side, Aston had the better clear cut chances but in Flackwell Heath there always seemed that threat they were going to open up the blue defence at any time. They didn’t, there were some tired legs at the end, but they stood strong and held out to lift the silverware their long season has merited.

Flackwell tried to assert themselves from the off, Charlie Malin drove high and wide from the eighteen yard line, but Aston slowly got themselves going and on five minutes they played some great stuff on the edge of the Heath area, Mitchell Collins & Alex Little linked up to feed Joe Kittle on the right wing, his cross met by Collins who never really had any control over the ball and stabbed across the goal mouth and wide of the back post.

At the other end Elliott Carey cut in from the Heath right and as he shaped up to shoot inside the box Alex Little covered the ground to throw himself in front of the ball to block, taking the full force from close range. Clinton almost scored a freak goal when a throw from Collins was allowed to bounce in front of Heath keeper David Lyons and it looped up and over him and he had to jump & push over his own bar for a corner.

Workman collects ahead of goal

Heath attacked down the left feeding Jordan Dowdican inside the area just to the left, from twelve yards he fired across goal and wide, an Aston corner then cleared found Heath skipper Dean Allen who sent Charlie Samuel galloping away down the wing, he flashed the ball across Liam Smith’s goal face but he was far too fast for anyone to keep up and the chance went begging. Another Clinton attack was broken down and again Heath were away, Dowdican fed Allen in front of goal and he forced Smith down to his right to make a good save.

Then on thirty minutes came the only goal of the game, a free kick some twenty yards out saw Collins go for goal and Lyons fell away to his right to save, but pushing the ball into his six-yard box saw Workman react quickest to turn into the empty net. Elias Williams then had a glorious chance to double the lead just three minutes later, Workman was fed in midfield and used his head to get around his marker, as he was nudged off the ball Williams appeared from behind and flashed a shot across the six-yard box and inches wide of the far post.

Collins then threaded a ball through the two Heath central defenders for Workman to have a clear run on goal, however the ball got trapped under his feet and James Tripp was able to clear, otherwise the striker would have away on goal alone. There was time for Allen to pull a volley wide from twenty-five yards out, but Clinton finished the half clearly lifted by their goal. H/T: 0-1

Just ten seconds after the restart Aston had another chance to double their lead, from the kick off Kittle was sent away down the right and his cross into the middle eluded Workman but running in Williams pulled wide. Collins then picked up possession in midfield, with little option in front of him he drove at goal from thirty yards but straight at Lyons, before Heath fought back with Samuel who cut in from their right and fired wildly over the top.

A long ball upfield saw Workman go up with a defender with a kind deflection that saw the front man in, with Lyons advancing rapidly he had to take the shot on early but could not avoid hitting the keeper and again the chance was gone. A free kick on the half-way line saw Aston loft the ball into the Flackwell box and as their defence screamed for offside, Workman climbed above his marker wide of goal and got his header on target, albeit into the gloves of Lyons.

Clinton management celebrate win

Flackwell upped their game as the half wore on, Clinton started to flag and as Heath brought on nippy substitute Francis Amartey he began to torment down the Heath left, and it seemed only a matter of time before the equaliser came. A free kick out on their left saw Smith come out to punch, he only found Oliver Harris who fired over his shoulder and Smith had to use his feet to clear.

Aston substitute Ryan Binnie fed Workman on the edge of the Heath area, he swung at the ball but missed but his marker failed to clear and he needed no second invitation to try again, forcing Lyons to use both hands and a foot to block. Amartey then got in down the left, avoiding two challenges his low shot pushed away by Smith down to his right for a corner.

The game went into added time with Clinton throwing everything into defending their lead, some tired legs were running on adrenaline only, Heath flung everything at their opponents but could not find a break through, a melee in added time inside the box saw a deflection for corner, that was swung inside the six-yard area where again a mass of bodies attacked and Clinton somehow cleared.

A last ditch free kick saw Flackwell again just launch the ball into the box, it was cleared away and as the blue backline pushed their opposition out the ball rolled to Harris who drove at goal but got under the ball and lifted high into the dark skies, the goal kick was met by the final whistle and some triumphant scenes in the Aston Clinton quarters. F/T: 0-1

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SSMFL: Newsletter 38 Saturday 5th May 2018

Picture by Dale James

NEWSLETTER NO 38
SAT 5th MAY 2018
Well, it really is nearly over now- probably one of the worst winters for football administrators, as well as players of course, for some time. Top marks to Karen Browne, the Fixture Secretary, and Peter Clayton and Mike Desborough, the Referees Appointments Officers, who have worked tirelessly to cope with all the postponements and continual need to rearrange both fixtures and referees appointments. Definitely deserving of a few sherberts.
All 4 Divisional League champions have now been suitably anointed, usually with champagne as have 4 of the 5 Cup winners – just the Division Two Cup left to decide tonight. If there some of you out there who are still looking for their football fix, Division Two matches will continue until 19th May !

PREMIER DIVISION
Champions Welwyn Garden City remain on course for 100 points after they beat Leighton Town 3-2 in a highly entertaining encounter. Jon Clements gave the Citizens the lead in the 27th minute and Nick Elliott doubled their lead on the hour mark. Leighton however hit back and quick fire goals from Dom Marsala and Ty Deacon looked to have earned them a point until Dan Bond grabbed the winner late on. As a result of Leighton’s defeat, Harpenden Town knew a win in their home match with Biggleswade FC would see them finish third in their first season after promotion. They duly recorded an excellent 3-2 win as top scorer James Ewington and midfielder Sam James were among the goals for the hosts.
At the foot of the table, have been relegated without playing after Oxhey Jets recorded a stunning 4-2 win at runners-up Berkhamsted. Knowing they needed to win by two goals to leapfrog Fosters, Chris Blunden and Tom Gibson were among Jets scorers in a remarkable win.
However, London Tigers are safe after they won 3-2 at Crawley Green but Stotfold need to win their last two games to escape relegation after Emmanuel Hammond’s penalty saw them lose 1-0 at home to Hadley.
In the days other game, Abraham Eze scored again as Biggleswade United won 4-2 at Holmer Green.

DIVISION ONE
Southall were presented with the Division One Trophy and their medals by the League Chairman and Vice Chairman on Tuesday night following their match with Hillingdon Boro. Unfortunately for Southall, the Boro decided to rain on their parade as they ran out 2-1 winners in an entertaining game ( for end of season) on a very bumpy pitch. Southall were on top for most of the game, but it’s goals that count as the saying goes. Ryan Hope gave the champions the lead just before half time, drilling the ball home from a Jack Bennett pass, but Boro always looked dangerous on the break and scored twice in the 64th and 81st minute to win the game.
It has been an excellent season for Southall and congratulations go to manager Paul Palmer, and his players and management team. They have dominated this division, going on a run of 28 games unbeaten at the start of the season before their first defeat on 21st March. They have had to wait over 90 years to win a League title, the last time being in the 1926/27 season in the Athenian League.

There has also been a remarkable turn around in fortunes at Hillingdon Boro since new manager Kurtis Coates took over, and if they carry on in the same vein, they could be a force to be reckoned with next season. It was perhaps fate that Hillingdon were the visitors to Burnham on Tuesday as for a brief spell back in 1985/6, following the demise of the club after the sale of their ground in Falling lane Yiewsley, they moved into Burnham, then in the Spartan league, to form Burnham and Hillingdon Borough. The union only lasted a year before the name Hillingdon was dropped and they did not reform until 4 years later.

It was a very happy Baldock Town FC on a glorious sunny afternoon at Lambs Meadow as they finished their last game of the season with a 4-1 victory against Codicote. This win finally clinched the runners up spot, and with it longed for promotion to the Premier Division as they finished on a high, with added bonus of keeping their home record of no losses since November. Owen Robertson scored in the third minute of the first half beating the keeper and slotting the ball calmly into the net but they were reduced to 10 men after Kim Forsythe was sent off before Ben Andreos euqualised for Codicote before half time. In the second half, Alfie Barker netted twice in less than 4 minutes against one of his former clubs At 3-1 it looked as if it was all over. But no – who was this coming on to the field of play?? It was reserve GK, Jack Farmer who replaced Alfie Barker. Jack Farmer? Up FRONT? What was the Gaffer thinking? But he even managed an assist when Joshua Coley calmly slotted in a 4th goal much to the delight of the Red Army and all the team! Three wins in 5 days have confirmed Winslow Utd’s third place in the league – the first of these was a 2-0 home win against Baldock Town and the latest being a 3-2 win away at local rivals Buckingham Athletic. There were 7 goals on offer at Hillingdon Boro but unfortunately the home side only managed three of those, leaving visting Brimsdown with a narrow victory by 4-3. St.Neots Reserves claimed their 6th victory of the season , winning 2-1 away at Ampthill Town for whom Sam Holmes netted, but it was not enough to prevent them finishing in the bottom two. They may eventually finish bottom should FC Broxbourne win their last match.

DIVISION TWO
Park View are worthy divisional champions being unbeaten with only two games left to play and were applauded onto the field by the Amersham Town players. The incident packed match which followed provided a worthy final home game for Town in what has proved to be a largely successful season. Park View have strength and ability throughout their team. Amersham, however, fought well, never allowing their opponents too much time on the ball but were unable to prevent Park View taking the lead on twenty minutes. A fine diagonal ball from the left found Francis Williams in space and he ran on to finish clinically with a shot across David Turner in the Amersham goal. Town came back strongly and, fifteen minutes later, a Bertie Squires-Adams free kick from the right found Stewart King in front of goal but Park View keeper Samuel Owusu was out bravely to block his shot. Town started the second half strongly. After only five minutes a fine move down the right released King and his cross was met by Squires-Adams but Owusu saved. Park View moved the ball smartly to the other end and Turner had to go down smartly to block the ball at the feet of Moises Roka. Park View should then have increased their lead when a break down the inside right channel found a forward only six yards from goal but he skied his shot against the bar. They went one better on seventy three minutes when Fred Asante was allowed to advance from midfield to drive home an unstoppable shot from thirty yards. The two goal cushion lasted only a minute. Squires-Adams lofted a free kick from near the left touchline which curled over Owusu and into the net. Park View should then have restored their two goal cushion but, with the goal at his mercy, a forward hit the defender on the line and the ball was cleared. Amersham then made the most of their good fortune. A long ball found King in the penalty area and a clumsy challenge resulted in a penalty which Evans Lamboh stroked confidently into the left hand corner of Owusu’s net. The battle to claim the runners up spot is still ongoing but Aston Clinton would appear to be in the driving seat after their 5th league win in the last two weeks. The latest was a 2-1 home win against Loughton Manor, thanks to goals from Adam Beckett and Lewis Workman and they now need 4 points from their last 4 games to be sure of claiming the medals. Their closest rivals were AFC Southgate and Totternhoe, but the former would now appear to be the most likely after they disposed of Totternhoe 7-1. Southgate’s goals came from Stello Christodoulou and Oitias Klosi, both with a brace, with the other coming from China Phimm- Archer. It could have been 8 but Steven Valendia missed a penalty. Totternhoe’s sole reply came from Harry Adams-Rimmer, but they did manage to record 5 yellow cards which will no doubt bring an email from the F.A. The highest score of the day, in any division, came at Clean Slate where the home side were walloped 11-0 by local rivals MK Galacticos. The goals scoring hero was Josh Douglas-Smith who found the net EIGHT times ! The remaining game saw Unite Mk travel to bottom club Tring Corinthians and return as 4-0 winners, helped by a double from Karl Ainsley.

LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY FINAL –
Broadfields 3 Risborough Rangers 1
Congratulations to Broadfields who lifted the League Challenge Trophy at Colney Heath on Saturday. Broadfields dominated large parts of the match with Risboro at times looking as though they would rather be on the beach – which given the weather was hardly surprising! Broadfields were on the front foot from the get go and quickly went two goals up within 10 minutes , through Connor Spink and Sam o’Neil. This gave Risboro a mountain to climb if they wished to get back in the game but never really looked like matching Broadfields energy and commitment. They did appear to be given a lifeline early in the second half, when Martin Griggs took advantage of a defensive lapse to reduce the deficit. Game on, thought the large crowd, but it was not to be and a wicked bounce over the Risboro keepers head allowed Dene Gardner a simple tap in to restore the two goal cushion and see out the game.
Double congratulations to Broadfields as this was their second Cup win a week as they lifted the Middlesex Premier Cup a few days earlier with a 4-1 win over Harefield United.

A reminder to all clubs, particularly those in Division Two , that the use of Substitute Boards in a match is a League requirement. The home side are responsible for providing the Boards, and they are normally placed on the half way line, so that they can be used by both sides as required. Non compliance of this League requirement , either in not providing the Boards or in not using them, may well result in a charge being levied against the offending club.

A TIMELY reminder to all clubs that it is a League Directive that the laminated A3 MYL posters must be displayed in all 3 changing rooms and in the clubhouse or refreshment area. Extra posters are available if clubs wish to place in their stands or around the dug outs. Non compliance with th is Directive may well result in a charge being levied against your club.

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THE HOME CLUB IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE BEHAVIOUR OF ALL SPECTATORS

REMEMBER TO MAKE A DATE IN YOUR DIARY
THE LEAGUE AGM IS ON SAT 23rd JUNE at TRING ATH – 10.30am

Grateful thanks to Chris Mitchell, and Sports Shots.org for their reports and contributions.. All news, views etc welcome, particularly from our refereeing colleagues.

Enjoy your football, what’s left of it, l and remember continue to MIND YOUR LANGUAGE

Bill Scholes
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