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SSMFL: Newsletter No 10 Saturday 14th October 2017

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NEWSLETTTER NO 10

SAT 14th OCTOBER

Unfortunately the SSMFL Division Two Representative team bowed out of the  F.A Inter League Cup at the first hurdle, going down 3-2 away at Thames Valley Premier League. (Report lower down) This competition is held every two years, and the rules on eligibility changed this year, with no more than 5 players from any one club allowed. Four clubs ( Totternhoe, Old Bradwell, Unite MK and Park View ) were represented and all those players selected acquitted themselves well and were a credit to the League.  It was disappointing that 3 players selected for the squad made themselves unavailable. Lewis Workman (Aston Clinton), Kieran Doughty (Pitstone & Ivinghoe) and Mohammed Ahmed( MK Galacticos ) however all managed to turn out for their clubs on the same afternoon.

PREMIER DIVISION

Berkhamsted and Welwyn Garden City maintain their unbeaten starts to the league season and continue to lead the way at the top of the table. Berkhamsted won 3-1 at home to Stotfold thanks to first half goals from Stacey Field, Sean Coughlan and Stuart Deaton whilst Welwyn Garden  City beat Hadley 4-1 with Jon Clements and Josh Bronti among the goals. Early front runners Biggleswade FC lost their second league game on the trot, going down 3-1 away at London Tigers  but close neighbours   Biggleswade Utd recorded their 5th win of the season, winning 2-0 away at bottom club Colney Heath. Utd’s two goals both came in the second half –  a header from Alix Girdlestone  coming just after the break and Nick Elliott.converted a corner near the end. In between time, Colney’s Lee Armitt received a red card for a late challenge on Gareth Hunt. Tring Athletic’s poor start to the campaign continues after they lost 4-2 at home to local rivals Leighton Town despite leading 2-1 at half time. The visitors goals came from James Hatch in the first half, and Lewis McBride, Lorrel Smith and a penalty from Dom Marsala in the second half.  Mark Riddick and Chris Blunden were both on the scoresheet for Athletic. This win moves Leighton up to 4th place.   Oxhey Jets drew 2-2 at home to Holmer Green in an entertaining mid table encounter, despite trailing 2-0 to goals from Thomas Peddle- James and Dean Powles  at the interval.  The manager’s half time team talk clearly did the trick though as goals from Nick Kerly and Ned Clarke secured an excellent point. Elsewhere, Harpenden Town’s 2-1 win at Crawley Green sees them move into the top six, Cockfosters drew 0-0 at home to St Margaretsbury and Wembley shared the points with visitors Hoddesdon Town as their game ended 1-1. London Colney won their second game in 4 games when they beat Edgware Town 2-1 at home.

DIVISION ONE

Southall remain at the top of the table following their 5-1 home win against Brimsdown. Andrew Harewood notched a hat trick and Aaron McLeish added a brace. Enfield Boro relinquished their second place after they  were held to a 2-2 draw at home to lowly .Enfield’s goals came from Henderson Browne and Tage Kennedy. Taking advantage of Enfield’s slip up were  Ampthill Town who moved up into second spot on goal difference after their 6-1 thumping of Broxbourne Boro. Another side climbing the table are Risboro Rangers whose emphatic 5-0 win at home to Langford moved them up to 4th place. Goals from James Stevenson and Ryan Bishop  helped Wodson Park to a 2-1 away victory at Codicote, Daniel Dixon replying for the home side. Baldock Town’s unbeaten record remains intact following their 4-2 home win over Broadfields Utd. Liam Kenna and Mitch Foley  out  gave the Reds  a  two goal lead in the first half, but visitors reduced the deficit immediately after the break and on the hour mark they scored again to draw level. Ten minutes later, Joshua Coley restored Baldock’s lead and Zach Decker wrapped up the scoring with 5 minutes left. Harefield Utd leapfrogged over Hatfield Town after their 2-1 win at home, the goal scorers being Christian Barret and Stephen Green , but they finished the game with 10 men after the dismissal of Samuel Shaw. Another side to finish the game with only 10 men were Bedford who lost Mason Smith to a red card. However, they still ended up with all three points after their home win against Rayners Lane.  Bedford’s  goals came from Steven Karkan, Lewis Jones and Cameron Hyde, whilst Jamie Doolan replied for Rayners Lane.

DIVISION TWO

No change at the top of the table as five  of the top six clubs were not in action. The days biggest winners were Loughton Manor who had an excellent 6-1 at home against Clean Slate. Dale Collins was the hero of the hour( well, 90 minutes) as he scored four of the goals. Mursley Utd won 3-0 away at Grendon Rangers, and two goals from Ryan Smith enabled The 61 FC to beat visiting Amersham Town 2-1. by There was an excellent performance from  bottom club Tring Corinthians who held  Aston Clinton to a 1-1 draw, whilst Pitstone & Ivinghoe won 4-1 at home to Berkhamsted Raiders. Sadly the match between Tring Town  and MK Galacticos was abandoned  after 87 minutes due to a mass altercation following the dismissal of a MK Galacticos  player.

BERKS & BUCKS SENIOR TROPHY- 2nd ROUND

Local rivals Winslow Utd and Buckingham Athletic were both in action, and both away from home. Winslow Utd ran out 4-1 winners against Buckingham Town in a typical local derby at Manor Fields. Simon King put the visitors ahead after he found himself in space on the edge of the area before drilling low past the advancing Ryan Thrussell on 14 minutes and  Six minutes later United’s leading scorer Aaron King found himself in the same position and sided-footed home to double the advantage. Good opportunities came at both ends but just before half-time. Kelvin Osei-Addo pulled a goal back for Town; the striker lifting the ball over keeper Aaron White. Sean Coles knocked any idea of a Town resurgence on the head just after half time  when he ran onto a diagonal ball, holding off a challenge, before firing home for  Winslow’s third. The Robins skipper Sam Bearman then saw red after receiving his second yellow card before Coles wrapped up the victory from close range just twelve minutes from time.  A very young Buckingham Athletic defeated Stewkley 1-4 to also progress into the last 16. Six of Mark Carter’s starting eleven are playing for the Athletic’s under 18 side this campaign. After going a goal down on 12 minutes it was one of the youngsters, Rory Busby, who tapped in from just two yards out when the chance was created by Tom McElroy. On 34 minutes, Ben Acquaye shot low into the net from 12 yards out to put the visitors in front. Twelve minutes from time Robbie Carter ran through from the halfway line to extend the Athletic’s lead and  Nathan Skelton added number four after good work by Jamie Sylvester just two minutes later.

3rd ROUND DRAW ( Bucks clubs)
Loughton Manor or Old Bradwell   v Newport Pagnell Res
Penn & Tylers Green                         v Buckingham Athletic
MK Galacticos                                  v Winslow Utd
Westwood Utd                                   v Aston Clinton

F.A. INTER LEAGUE 1st ROUND

Thames Valley Premier League 3 Spartan South Midlands Division Two 2

The pitch at Rivermoor Stadium,Reading,  home of Highmoor Ibis, has definitely improved over the past couple of years and looked in immaculate condition for this first round tie. The Thames Valley Premier League  fielded a team containing nine players from last season’s champions and runners up Reading YMCA and Marlow United.In the end though it was Carl Jenner the sole Newbury representative who stole the show with a brace of goals and a superb second half defensive display which ensured the hosts held on to their one goal lead and progressed into the next round.
TVPL began the game on the front foot went in front in the 3rd minute following a corner  kick to the far post where an unmarked Carl Jenner reacted first to guide the ball over the line from close range. It  was clear from the offset that the TVPL’s No 9 Liam Bushay was going to be a threat and so it proved as  the Spartan defence never really got to grips with his speed and trickery. The Spartans slowly forced their way back into the game, and equalised on 15 minutes  following a McCormick free kick which found the feet of an unmarked Ashley Farmer who smashed home from around ten yards. The Spartans  continued to look dangerous  and although forcing  a number of corners and free kicks  were unable provide the right service for the potentially though  outnumbered by defenders. A defensive reshuffle was forced upon the Spartan side when the elegant Aaron Bhasin pulled a hamstring and had to be  replaced by Chris Golding. Just before half time, the TVPL regained the lead with the goal of the game.  A Donegan pass picked out Bushay on the left, the recipient returning the ball to the provider who laid a perfect pass into the feet of the advancing Hardie who took the pass in his stride before hammering the ball past keeper Liam John.

TVPL had the ball in the back of the net within two minutes of the restart only for Bushay’s headed effort to be ruled out for offside. The game was more open with play switching back and forth but it was the Spartan side who equalised on the hour as following a Jenner clearance from his penalty area,  the ball was played back into into Tommy  Cooke who evaded a defender and scored with a crisp shot that gave keeper Rundle no chance and restored parity. TVPL responded with Bushay firing wide and Piercy having an  overhead effort being deflected for a corner.  Spartans broke quickly,  and  Cooke, who was the most dangerous of the SSMFL forwards fired over the bar. The crucial goal came with about 20 minutes left when  Donegan’s corner was met with a towering header from the unmarked Jenner that flew into the back of the net to put  the home side back in front.  The SSMFL side tried hard to up their game as they searched for the equaliser, but just seemed to lack that extra quality in the final third to break down an obdurate TVPL defence. The job in hand became even more difficult when Paul Blackwell was dismissed for a rash challenge with  just a few minutes left – a harsh decision it must be said given other similar challenges went unpunished.

SUBSTITUTE BOARDS

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

Grateful thanks  to Chris Mitchell for his report .

Still looking for someone to do a write up / summary of either Division One or Division Two. I’m sure there are some budding scribes out there – hand up and two paces forward. It is of course a good way to ensure that your club always gets a write up!

Amersham’s Evans Lamboh almost scored with a spectacular volley from a Kenny Acquah cross on eleven minutes but the ball just cleared the bar.  Two minutes later Amersham went one better. A long kick from Town keeper Rob Munn was headed on to Leon Parkes. He took one touch and hammered the ball across Liam Jahn in the Old Bradwell goal and into the net off the far post.

Town’s lead lasted only four minutes. A long ball from the Old Bradwell left eluded the Amersham defence allowing Aaron Murray to direct a skilful header past Munn. The half continued to be hotly contested with neither side able to muster a clear cut chance.

The second half continued in much the same vein. After fifteen minutes Amersham’s Bertie Squires-Adams cut in from the right but scuffed his shot wide. Five minutes later a delightful cross from Acquah was dummied by Germaine Agyemang but Parkes’ shot was blocked.  A minute later, out of the blue, Amersham retook the lead. Joe Debayo collected the ball thirty five yards out and unleashed a pile driver which beat Jahn and rebounded into the net off the bottom of the bar. Again, Amersham could not hold onto their lead. They failed to clear a long hopeful ball leaving the Old Bradwell forward to nod past Munn.

Debayo then tried his luck again but this time Jahn just got his fingertips to the ball to touch it onto the post and out. It was a fine shot and save. Old Bradwell then could and probably should have won the game in extra time when poor defending left Pete Bentley with only Munn to beat but he sliced his shot well wide. The gasps of relief from the Amersham faithful sucked the leaves off the trees: a goal at that late stage would have been harsh indeed on the home side.

Amersham Town more than held their own against table topping Old Bradwell in a tight match which either side could have won.

Amersham’s Evans Lamboh almost scored with a spectacular volley from a Kenny Acquah cross on eleven minutes but the ball just cleared the bar.  Two minutes later Amersham went one better. A long kick from Town keeper Rob Munn was headed on to Leon Parkes. He took one touch and hammered the ball across Liam Jahn in the Old Bradwell goal and into the net off the far post.

Town’s lead lasted only four minutes. A long ball from the Old Bradwell left eluded the Amersham defence allowing Aaron Murray to direct a skilful header past Munn. The half continued to be hotly contested with neither side able to muster a clear cut chance.

The second half continued in much the same vein. After fifteen minutes Amersham’s Bertie Squires-Adams cut in from the right but scuffed his shot wide. Five minutes later a delightful cross from Acquah was dummied by Germaine Agyemang but Parkes’ shot was blocked.  A minute later, out of the blue, Amersham retook the lead. Joe Debayo collected the ball thirty five yards out and unleashed a pile driver which beat Jahn and rebounded into the net off the bottom of the bar. Again, Amersham could not hold onto their lead. They failed to clear a long hopeful ball leaving the Old Bradwell forward to nod past Munn.

Debayo then tried his luck again but this time Jahn just got his fingertips to the ball to touch it onto the post and out. It was a fine shot and save. Old Bradwell then could and probably should have won the game in extra time when poor defending left Pete Bentley with only Munn to beat but he sliced his shot well wide. The gasps of relief from the Amersham faithful sucked the leaves off the trees: a goal at that late stage would have been harsh indeed on the home side.

Amersham Town more than held their own against table topping Old Bradwell in a tight match which either side could have won.

Amersham’s Evans Lamboh almost scored with a spectacular volley from a Kenny Acquah cross on eleven minutes but the ball just cleared the bar.  Two minutes later Amersham went one better. A long kick from Town keeper Rob Munn was headed on to Leon Parkes. He took one touch and hammered the ball across Liam Jahn in the Old Bradwell goal and into the net off the far post.

Town’s lead lasted only four minutes. A long ball from the Old Bradwell left eluded the Amersham defence allowing Aaron Murray to direct a skilful header past Munn. The half continued to be hotly contested with neither side able to muster a clear cut chance.

The second half continued in much the same vein. After fifteen minutes Amersham’s Bertie Squires-Adams cut in from the right but scuffed his shot wide. Five minutes later a delightful cross from Acquah was dummied by Germaine Agyemang but Parkes’ shot was blocked.  A minute later, out of the blue, Amersham retook the lead. Joe Debayo collected the ball thirty five yards out and unleashed a pile driver which beat Jahn and rebounded into the net off the bottom of the bar. Again, Amersham could not hold onto their lead. They failed to clear a long hopeful ball leaving the Old Bradwell forward to nod past Munn.

Debayo then tried his luck again but this time Jahn just got his fingertips to the ball to touch it onto the post and out. It was a fine shot and save. Old Bradwell then could and probably should have won the game in extra time when poor defending left Pete Bentley with only Munn to beat but he sliced his shot well wide. The gasps of relief from the Amersham faithful sucked the leaves off the trees: a goal at that late stage would have been harsh indeed on the home side.

Amersham Town more than held their own against table topping Old Bradwell in a tight match which either side could have won.

Amersham’s Evans Lamboh almost scored with a spectacular volley from a Kenny Acquah cross on eleven minutes but the ball just cleared the bar.  Two minutes later Amersham went one better. A long kick from Town keeper Rob Munn was headed on to Leon Parkes. He took one touch and hammered the ball across Liam Jahn in the Old Bradwell goal and into the net off the far post.

Town’s lead lasted only four minutes. A long ball from the Old Bradwell left eluded the Amersham defence allowing Aaron Murray to direct a skilful header past Munn. The half continued to be hotly contested with neither side able to muster a clear cut chance.

The second half continued in much the same vein. After fifteen minutes Amersham’s Bertie Squires-Adams cut in from the right but scuffed his shot wide. Five minutes later a delightful cross from Acquah was dummied by Germaine Agyemang but Parkes’ shot was blocked.  A minute later, out of the blue, Amersham retook the lead. Joe Debayo collected the ball thirty five yards out and unleashed a pile driver which beat Jahn and rebounded into the net off the bottom of the bar. Again, Amersham could not hold onto their lead. They failed to clear a long hopeful ball leaving the Old Bradwell forward to nod past Munn.

Debayo then tried his luck again but this time Jahn just got his fingertips to the ball to touch it onto the post and out. It was a fine shot and save. Old Bradwell then could and probably should have won the game in extra time when poor defending left Pete Bentley with only Munn to beat but he sliced his shot well wide. The gasps of relief from the Amersham faithful sucked the leaves off the trees: a goal at that late stage would have been harsh indeed on the home side.

Amersham Town more than held their own against table topping Old Bradwell in a tight match which either side could have won.

Amersham’s Evans Lamboh almost scored with a spectacular volley from a Kenny Acquah cross on eleven minutes but the ball just cleared the bar.  Two minutes later Amersham went one better. A long kick from Town keeper Rob Munn was headed on to Leon Parkes. He took one touch and hammered the ball across Liam Jahn in the Old Bradwell goal and into the net off the far post.

Town’s lead lasted only four minutes. A long ball from the Old Bradwell left eluded the Amersham defence allowing Aaron Murray to direct a skilful header past Munn. The half continued to be hotly contested with neither side able to muster a clear cut chance.

The second half continued in much the same vein. After fifteen minutes Amersham’s Bertie Squires-Adams cut in from the right but scuffed his shot wide. Five minutes later a delightful cross from Acquah was dummied by Germaine Agyemang but Parkes’ shot was blocked.  A minute later, out of the blue, Amersham retook the lead. Joe Debayo collected the ball thirty five yards out and unleashed a pile driver which beat Jahn and rebounded into the net off the bottom of the bar. Again, Amersham could not hold onto their lead. They failed to clear a long hopeful ball leaving the Old Bradwell forward to nod past Munn.

Debayo then tried his luck again but this time Jahn just got his fingertips to the ball to touch it onto the post and out. It was a fine shot and save. Old Bradwell then could and probably should have won the game in extra time when poor defending left Pete Bentley with only Munn to beat but he sliced his shot well wide. The gasps of relief from the Amersham faithful sucked the leaves off the trees: a goal at that late stage would have been harsh indeed on the home side.

 

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

Enjoy your football this season and remember MIND YOUR LANGUAGE

Bill Scholes

FA Inter League cup, 1R: South Mids manager Robson previews rep game

Chris Robson has previewed the FA Inter League Cup, first round tie this weekend after he was appointed the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 2 manager.

Chris Robson

The Totternhoe boss takes charge of the representative side that travels to The Rivermoor, Scours Lane, Reading to face the Thames Valley Premier League representative team.

Robson told Sports Shots;

Firstly it is a great honour to be asked to be the manager by the league committee. It is a prestige national competition with the chance of representing the country at the UEFA Regions Cup if we were to win the tournament.

The game itself is completely going into the unknown. I like to know how the opposition would generally set up and their style of play, so it is a bit different going into a game knowing hardy anything at all.

Another hurdle will be some of the players I have called up have never played for me before so tactically it will be hard to get any sort of detailed message across. We will need to concentrate on the basics, do the right things, and then the individual talent each player has will look after the rest.

I am sure every game in this competition will be tough, so we will need to make sure we do the basics well and be willing to graft for each other and want it more than the opposition.

Picking the squad has been so difficult. At this level I didn’t have the opportunity to go to games and watch as my job at Totternhoe has had to come first. I have had to judge players on how they performed when they have played against us, or judged on players I know well from over the years. Some good players in our league like Lewis Workman and Kieron Doughty were called up but declined to play and, although disappointed, I respect their decision. Two other very good players have pulled out this week, so it has been a bit of a mad rush to get a squad together that I feel will compete. All the players have made a great start to the season.

My Totternhoe players, although they haven’t set the world alight yet this season, have been there and done it at better levels and are currently 2nd in the table. The others all come from teams flying high and playing very well and more than deserve to be involved.

Hopefully we can click together and all take our league form into the game and do the Spartan South Midlands League proud and also our club teams.

SSMFL – Newsletter number 9

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SAT 7th OCTOBER

PREMIER DIVISION
Hadley held the official opening of their excellent new facilities including a superb pitch, at their Brickfield Lane headquarters on national Non-League Day and then proceeded to celebrate the occasion by ending Tring Athletic’s good run of four unbeaten games. The final score was only 1-0 which suggests a close game but Hadley generally outplayed Tring in most aspects of the game and would have won by a much bigger margin had their forwards taken their many chances and had Tring custodian Jack Hopwood not been in such superb form.
The only goal of the game came after only 13 minutes when a pass was slipped through the square Tring defence for Yemi Buraimoh who finished smartly past Jack Hopwood.

They should have doubled their lead shortly afterwards when a superb cross from left back Justin Thompson picked out the unmarked Lewis Francis in the area and although his firm header was on target he was foiled by a brilliant Jack Hopwood save.

The home side were dominating proceedings winning most of the challenges and loose balls but Tring did have a chance to draw level when Chris Blunden found himself free, but although he successfully lobbed the keeper, he also cleared the bar. Soon after the restart Tring had another chance, but Luke Dunstan headed just wide from a good right wing cross. Despite bringing all 3 subs on in a final throw of the dice, Tring were unable to really threaten David Boateng in the Hadley goal and Hadley ran out very worthy winners as Tring could perhaps count themselves fortunate that the difference in the scoreline was only one goal. Game of the day saw the top two meet at Biggleswade as the hosts lost for only the second time this season, as Berkhamsted won 3-2. Biggleswade actually took a two goal lead through George Reilly and Tom Cookman but the the Comrades hit back with Sean Coughlan, Dan Jones and Stacey Field all on target. For Steve Bateman’s men it’s now 9 games without defeat since the start of the season and their lead at the top of the table is now three points. Welwyn Garden City are the division’s other unbeaten side after they won 2-0 at Stotfold to keep up the pressure on the top two.Charlie Joy and George Ironton were the Citizens scorer. Last seasons champions London Colney lost for the 7th time this season as they were beaten 4-2 at Hoddesdon Town, Leigh Rose with the opener for the Lilywhites, and Andrew Manitou scored the winner for Edgware Town as they beat London Tigers 1-0. At the foot of the table, Leverstock Green escape the bottom three after Matt Bateman’s late goal earned them a 3-2 win at home to Oxhey Jets but Colney Heath remain bottom after losing 1-0 at Leighton Town,Luke Marsh scoring the vital goal. Jack Cartwright, James Ewington and David Keenleyside all found the back of the net for newly promoted Harpenden Town as they won 3-1 at home to Cockfosters and now sit in 5th place in the table. The highest scorers in the Division this week were Wembley who chalked up seven goals in their away game with St.Margaretsbury, who themselves scored three times in reply.

DIVISION ONE
Despite being held to a 1-1 draw away at Baldock Town, leaders Southall remain top of the pile although Enfield Boro have closed the gap to just one point. A chilly afternoon welcomed Southall to a bright and sunny Lambs Meadow to face Baldock who were hoping to lower Southall’s colours for the first time this season. However, the game didn’t start well for the home side when a scramble in the goal mouth on the 12 minute saw Southall take an early lead.Baldock fought back but the Southall defence was beaten a number of times, they just could not hit the back of the net! Half time saw a few tweaks to the Baldock side with Mitchell Foley making his first appearance since the first match of the season, but he soon made up for lost time by receiving a caution for dissent.! Baldock equalised on the hour mark through Zach Decker, but that completed the scoring and the teams went in 1-1 at full time. Southall still have their unbeaten record but this was their first point dropped in 8 games. Enfield Boro were put under strong pressure away at Buckingham Athletic but held on to win 1-0. It was scoreless at Half time, but Henderson Browne got the all important goal immediately after the re start, with Athletic’s chances not being helped by a red card for Chris Stapleton. Two first half goals, one from Sean Coles and a stunner from Mitchell Collins helped Winslow United to move up to third in the table after their 2-1 win at home to Bedford. The visitors reply came from sub Aaron Jarvis in the 78th minute. Ampthill Town drop from second to fourth after losing 3-2 at home to Wodson Park. Recent signing Pat Daly was responsible for both of Ampthill’s goals, – with Wodson’s three goals coming from Oliver Babbage (2) and James Bishop Risboro Rangers made sure that the long trip up north to St. Neots Reserves was worthwhile as they returned with a 3-1 victory, courtesy of goals from Lawrence Clark, Martin Griggs and James Shrimpton. London Lions threw away a three-goal lead in a bad tempered game at Rowley Lane as visitors Brimsdown fought back with nine men to level the scores at 3-3 and take home a point. Unfortunately there were some unsavoury scenes at the end but Lions were disappointed not to come away with all three points. Lions were two up at the break with goals from top scorer Austin Lipman and another from Jack Mattey, and within minutes of the re-start it was 3-0, when Charlie Kasler scored a third, but after that the tide turned. After pulling a goal back, Brimsdown went down to 10 men , having lost a player through injury and having used all 3 subs. They then scored from a penalty but lost another player, this time to a red card. Incredibly this didn’t contain the comeback, with a further penalty awarded in the dying moments. This time, Lions ‘keeper Dan Lipman saved it; only for the rebound to be tucked in for an unlikely equaliser.

TUESDAY 10th OCTOBER
Dave Henman was allowed out after dark to watch Tueasday night’s game at Ampthill. Brimsdown were in action again a few days later away at Ampthill Town. Another high scoring draw (4-4) and another match marred by unseemly scenes at the end. The end of the game nearly spoilt a cracking contest which in truth neither side deserved to lose. After Ampthill scored a 93rd minute equaliser, when they tried to retrieve the ball from an opponent to get the game underway again, a Brimsdown defender held onto the ball, which created a “handbag” skirmish. Unfortunately it escalated into an all out fracas with numerous punches being thrown. Once sanity had been restored the young ref calmly issued 1 red to Ampthill, 2 to Brimsdown, plus several yellows. As for the game it was hard to believe it was nil nil at half time, as both sides created very good chances, but again credit must go to both sets of defences. Ampthill possibly had the better chances, but Brimsdown’s pacey strikers did cause some panic in the Ampthill defence. When the first goal arrived on 55 minutes it was somewhat of a fluke / opportunist reaction. A Brimdown volley was going well wide when sub Ugurgan Keskin deflected the ball into the far corner with a header. Within 2 minutes Pat Daly had restored parity, and a further 2 minutes elapsed before Brimdown needlessly conceded a penalty from which Glenn Cooksley dispatched. The game ebbed and flowed with first Brimsdown equalising and then going 3 -2 up. Ampthill equalised with another free kick before Keskin completed his hat-trick with the goal of the game. With time running out Pat Daly deservedly made it even stevens in the 93rsd minute. Apart from the last couple of minutes, this game was a credit to the league, and wouldn’t have looked out of place several divisions higher. Mention must be made . Credit must be given to the excellent,calm and controlled performance of Referee Harry Tarrant , very ably backed up by Jonny Dale and Andy Devlin. – Ed.

DIVISION TWO LEAGUE
The top of the table clash between Totternhoe and visitors Park View at Dunstable Road saw an uncompromising game which went from end to end. Park View deservedly won the game 2-0 with their better passing and skill levels. Totternhoe had the better of the first half and had several chances but a combination of some poor finishing and an in form Luis Silva in the visitors goal prevented any score. Park View were always dangerous on the break and they wasted two good chances to score by shooting high and wide of the home goal. However, the breakthrough came on 44 minutes when Totternhoe were caught out by a quick free kick from Javier Sanchez who passed to an unmarked Steve Opoku-Domfeh to score past Louis Bowley in the home goal. Thus the half ended with Totternhoe wondering how they were behind. The second half saw two quick corners for Park View and they scored their second goal on 51 minutes when Francis Williams converted a cross past Bowley. Park View continued to press and a shot from Moises Roka just missed the far post. Totternhoe came back into the game in the last quarter and saw a shot tipped over the bar by Silva and a Jack Lauder header hit the crossbar and bounce over. Another header from Lauder was well saved by Silva and Totternhos began to feel that this was not going to be their day. Park View should have sealed the game after a breakaway by substitute Adem Ali, but he delayed his shot and it was eventually kicked off the home goal line. The game did not really live up to expectations, it was a fraught affair but Park View were the better team on the day and deserved the three points which sees them go top of the table. MK Galacticos gained revenge for their 9-1 thrashing against AFC Southgate earlier in the season by winning 5-2 at home, despite trailing by two goals to one at half time. On the mark for the visitors were Rakatahr Hudson and Andre Grant. In the remaining League game, an excellent goalkeeping display from Loughton Manor keeper Richard Radford and a failure of Amersham Town to take their chances ensured that their match ended in a 1-1 draw.

DIVISION TWO CUP- 2nd ROUND
In the Divisional Cup, a double by Kieran Doughty saw Pitstone & Ivinghoe edge past Grendon Rangers by 2-1. The other tie went to penalty kicks after finishing 1-1 at normal time and Old Bradwell United won through by 5-4 from the spot against near neighbours Clean Slate.

HERTS SENIOR CENTENARY TROPHY
Four ties, and just one SSMFL success and that came from Berkhamsted Raiders who received a walk over after Buntingford Town withdrew. Broxbourne Boro held FC Lemsford to 2-2 at normal time, but went down 4-2 in the penalty shootout, whilst Hatfield Town lost 1-0 away at Sandridge Rovers and Tring Town AFC went down 1-0 at home to Knebworth.

BERKS & BUCKS INTERMEDIATE CUP
Holmer Green Development came back from Signcraft (Iver) with a 3-1 win under their belt – the goals coming from Ben Bedford, Adam Riley and Mason Scott. Winslow Utd Development had a 2-1 win away at AFC Santander, but neighbours Buckingham Athletic Development went down 4-1 away to Olney Town.

DEVELOPMENT DIVISION
In the League, visiting AFC Dunstable proved too strong for Berkhamsted as they ran out 4-0 winners, but the match between Welwyn Garden City and Leighton Town was abandoned by the referee after 40 minutes with the score at 1-1 due to a brawl between the two sides. There was one Challenge Trophy 2nd Round tie, which was won by Harpenden Town who beat Cockfosters 1-0.

LATEST TRANSFERS
From New Club
Jack Budge Herfford Town to WGC
Sean Fryer London Colney to Colney Heath
Tom Silford AFC Dunstable to WGC
Lewis Croucher Stotfold to Langford
Adem Ali AFC Southgate Park to View
Kevin Mealor Winslow to Risboro Rangers
Jay Champkins-Drein Harpenden to Crawley Green
Darren Miles Berkhamsted Raiders to Tring Corinthians
Ross Airson Bedford to Langford
Joss Lillis Hoddesdon to St. Margaretsbury
Ricki Wigg-Booden Loughton manor to Leighton Town

FA INTER LEAGUE CUP – 1st ROUND
The SSMFL Division Two Representative XI, managed by Chris Robson, take on the Thames Valley Premier League this Saturday at The Rivermoor, Scours Lane, Reading.
All supporters are very welcome. The rules for eligibility of players have changed this season and therefore the 15 man squad selected has been drawn from 7 different clubs.
A League may not include more than seven players that are registered for the same Club on its final Official Team Sheet for any match in the Competition, and may not include more than five players that are registered for the same Club in the 11 players that start the match.
.The winners of this tie have been drawn away to the Cambridgeshire County League in the next round, to be completed by 23 December.
First Round Results to date
Anglian Combination 0- 5 Amateur Football Combination#
Hampshire Premier League 1-2 Cambridgeshire County League
Somerset County League 3- 3 Essex & Suffolk Border League (3-0 on penalties)
Jersey Football Combination 3-2 Essex Olympian League
Staffordshire County League 5-0 Lancashire Amateur League
Beds County League 6-4 Southern Amateur League
Northampton Combination 1-2 Humber Premier League
Guernsey County Senior League W/O v Surrey Elite Intermediate
Northern Football Alliance v Lincolnshire League (W/O)
Remaining First Round Matches – Sat 14 October
Cumberland County League v North Riding Football League
Liverpool County Premier League v West Yorkshire Association league
Chester & Wirral Football league v Cheshire Football league
York Football League v West Riding County Amateur league
Dorset Premier League v Kent County League
Thames Valley Premier League v Spartan South Midlands League
The change in the Rules mentioned above has led to the withdrawal of both the Northern Alliance and the Surrey Intermediate Leagues who both wanted to select a club team.
FA Inter League Cup 2nd Round Draw
Isle of Man League v Liverpool CountyPremier League or West Yorkshire League
Lincolnshire League v Staffordshire County League
Humber Premier League v Cumberland County League or
North Riding County League
Chester & Wirral League or
Cheshire League v York Football League or
West Riding County Amateur League
Bedfordshire County League v Amateur Football Combination

Jersey Football Combination v Dorset Premier League or
Kent County League
Essex & Suffolk Border League v Guernsey County Senior League

Cambridgeshire County League v Thames Valley Premier League or
Spartan South Midlands League

SUBSTITUTE BOARDS
A reminder to all clubs, particularly those in Division Two , that the use of Substitute Boards in a match is a League requirement.

The home side are responsible for providing the Boards, and they are normally placed on the half way line, so that they can be used by both sides as required.

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

Still looking for someone to do a write up / summary of either Division One or Division Two. I’m sure there are some budding scribes out there – hand up and two paces forward. It is of course a good way to ensure that your club always gets a write up!

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

Enjoy your football this season and remember MIND YOUR LANGUAGE

Bill Scholes

SSMFL: NEWSLETTER Number 8

apbs SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS FOOTBALL LEAGUE    

NEWSLETTER NO 8

SAT 30th  SEPTEMBER

As the League  enters October (brrr) , two full month’s of football seem to have skipped by, doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun.  Of our 58 clubs, only Southall still have a 100% record, whilst four more – Berkhamsted, Welwyn Garden City, Baldock and Park View have yet to taste defeat.

Firstly apologies to Biggleswade Utd  as I incorrectly stated last week that they had reached the first round proper for the first time. This was definitely not the case as they  have done this on seven previous occasions. This incorrect statement was due to  an error on the part of the BUFC  match reporter.

THE BUILDBASE F.A. VASE First Round Qualifying  Sunday  – 1st October

Congratulations to London Lions who survived a nervy last ten minutes in their re arranged tie against Malmlesbury Victoria on Sunday afternoon to emerge 3-1 winners and join the other SSMFL sides through to the 1st Round Proper. A scrappy opening half hour saw both sides work hard without really creating openings,but  with 26 minutes gone,  the hosts broke the deadlock when  17yr old Sam Hamerton, fired  home from 8 yards following a corner. The goal seemed to fire Victoria, but despite pressure the 1-0 lead remained intact at the break. Lions started the second half strongly and looked the  more likely to score and so it turned out, as with just over 60 minutes on the clock, Hamerton found space to  break down the right, and  his early cross was spectacularly sliced past his own keeper from the edge of the box by the unfortunate Vics skipper.To their credit the visiting bench gambled, removing their left back and pushing one extra forward.  They pumped numerous balls forward, but Ellis and Landesberg both stood up to the physical challenge expertly.  The extra space at the other end should really have led to more goals, each time Lions won a defensive challenge they seemingly were up the other end in a flash that ended with a shot at goal.  Whilst Lions might be critical of their finishing, credit must go to a quite brilliant performance from the Vics keeper who saved time and again to deny Lipman, Burchell, Kasler and youngster Mattey twice.   With 10 minutes left Victoria won a free kick on the right, and an excellent the delivery this time found its way into the net via the faintest of touches.  2-1. And cue grandstand finish!  With the clock about to tick to the 90th minute Vic’s thought they were through but Landesberg produced what turned out to be a match winning tackle.  Deep into stoppage time one last long ball was headed away yet again by Landesberg,  and this time on the break Lipman held off his man, dummied the keeper and rolled the ball home to see the Lions through 3-1.

LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY

Aston  Clinton followed up last week’s B&B Senior Trophy win with a shock 4-3 home win over Premier Division Harpenden Town. The Div Two side went  half time level at two each, but further goals, including a late winner from Dave Brown, enabled them to edge past Harpenden and into the next round.

PREMIER DIVISION

League leaders Biggleswade FC went to Tring Athletic looking to  consolidate their top position, but it was the home team that sprang the surprises in front of an appreciating crowd in an entertaining game that finished 3-3. Home striker Chris Blunden was the hat trick hero for Tring with three first half goals, two from great free kicks, which put Biggleswade on the back foot. However, Tring had keeper Jack Hopwood to thank for two early saves to prevent Biggleswade from taking the lead.Biggleswade had the lifeline of a goal just before the break when Ryan Inskip shot home a corner kick from George Riley in a well worked move in the second minute of injury time. Thus the half ended with Tring 3-1 up to the surprise of most people in the ground.The second half saw Biggleswade regroup and begin to dominate play and it was no surprise when they scored their second goal on 64 minutes when Lee Northfield rifled his shot past Hopwood. Tring had a couple of half chances but did not trouble Sam Wyer in the visiting goal. The inevitable equalising goal came on 78 minutes when Justin Leavers ran through the home defence to shoot the ball past Hopwood. The crowd were now expecting a winning goal but it did not come for either side but both had their chances to take the three points. Northfield headed the ball over the home bar when it seemed easier to score and Tring substitute Jack Read mis-kicked when in front of the Biggleswade goal in injury time. There was still time however for Biggleswade to steal all the points but Hopwood saved from Ryan Inskip when he was through on goal in the last kick of the match. A great entertaining game, a draw was about the right result and the point  gained by Biggleswade extended their lead at the top of the table to three points.  Hoddesdon Town missed out on the chance to move into the top three as they lost 2-1 at home to Cockfosters but Welwyn Garden City didn’t turn down their opportunity to move up the league as they maintained their unbeaten start to the season as they won 3-1 home to London Tigers. Danny Payne gave the Citizens a first half lead before Josh Bronti and Charlie Joy scored after the break to give them an unassailable lead. Wembley moved up into 5th place after beating Holmer Green 3-1 at home whilst Edgware recorded  their second win of the season, winning 3-1 away at Leighton Town. At the foot of the table, two of the bottom four met at Station Road where hosts St Margaretsbury recorded a first league win of the season as they beat Crawley Green, 6-3 with Tyrone Jones grabbing two of their goals. David Lawrence also grabbed a brace as Leverstock Green won for their first win time this season as they won at home against Stotfold, 3-0   Colney Heath remain at the foot of the table despite picking up their first points of the season as Lee Armitt’s treble helped them beat Hadley 4-1, and London Colney lost 5-1 at home to Biggleswade United for whom Nick Elliott trapped a hat-trick.

DIVISION ONE

Hat tricks from Aaron McCleish and Anthony Hope helped leaders Southall to another impressive 7-1 victory over bottom club Codicote. Southall’s other goal came from Ryan Hope.With Ampthill involved in County Cup action, Southall’s lead at the top has been extended to three points. Probably the surprise result of the day was high flying Enfield Boro going down 3-2 away at Hatfield Town. Two goals from Oliver Babbage and Robert Green helped Wodson Park to a 2-1 away win at Broxbourne Boro. After defeating Hillingdon Borough 4-0 at Elmfields Gate, Winslow United are up to fourth in the table.  Paul Alleyne’s side scored two goals in the opening two minutes to stun their visitors and, effectively, there was no way back. Matt Cruse opened the scoring as he swept home a right wing cross in the first minute to give United the lead. Within sixty seconds Aaron King chased down a seeming lost cause as the Hillingdon full-back played the ball back to his goalkeeper from the edge of the area. With King closing him down, the visiting goalkeeper let the ball go across him only for King to slide and hook the ball into the net. Despite his early error the Borough goalkeeper kept his side in the game as he went on to produce some excellent saves. At the other end Hillingdon hit the crossbar from 25 yards out but it was the home side who were enjoying a lot of possession. Daniel Delderfield added a third for United with a majestic curling shot which nestled into the top corner. The second half saw United continue to create chances and it was Aaron King who calmly slotted home to score his side’s fourth. Aaron White, like his opposite number, produced some good saves of his own to add a clean sheet to all the points. Just one place behind Winslow are Buckingham Athletic who travelled to play St Neots Reserves and came home with a solid 3-1 victory. Athletic started very slowly and were put under pressure by a very young St Neots team and  it took about 30min before they got their 1st real opportunity on goal. It remained 0-0 at half time.but Athleic  came out in the 2nd half and totally dominated play taking the lead in the first minute with a goal from Josh Hooper, they should have extended their lead when Jamie Sylvester blasted over a shot. They should have extended their lead when Jamie Sylvester blasted over a shot from close range but  minutes later they did so  with a well taken goal from Rory Busby to lead 2-0. The lead was reduced when a hopeful cross from St Neots forced Busby  to put through his own net.. Athletic  made their first change welcoming back Ryan Marsden from Aylesbury FC and with his 3rd touch of the ball delivered a great cross into the box which found Ben Acquaye to fire home into the bottom corner to make it 3-1. A hat trick from Sekani McCalmen and a single from James Gurteen enabled Rayners Lane to overcome visitors Broadfields Utd 4-0 – by far their best result so far in their debut SSMFL season. Despite going 1-0 down at half time  in their away match at Harefield, Baldock Town fought back in the second half to score three times with Alfie Barker contributing a brace and and Freddie Morris adding the third. Risboro Rangers and Brimsdown had to settle for a point apiece after their 2-2 draw at Windsors. Rangers were twice in the lead, thanks to Laurence Clark and an OG, but failed each time to hold on to their advantage as Brimsdown fought back. from close range . Minutes later they increased their lead with a well taken goal from Rory Busby to lead 2-0. The lead was reduced when the hopeful cross from St Neots forced Rory to score an own goal. Ath made their first change welcoming back Ryan Marsden from Aylesbury FC and with his 3rd touch of the ball delivered a great cross into the box which found Ben Acquaye to fire home into the bottom corner to make it 3-1.

DIVISION TWO

With league leaders Totternhoe on Beds Senior Trophy duty, Park View took the opportunity to close the gap with a thrilling 4-3 win over visitors Amersham Town. Town were three up but a great fight back by Park View was confirmed with late goals from Francis Williams and Moises Roka.  AFC Southgate just edged out visitors Mursley 3-2 with a late winner from Chinua Phinn-Archer despite a Mursley double from Adam Bone.

Loughton Manor brought an end to their winless streak with a 2-1 win away at Berkhamsted Raiders, both goals coming in the first half from George Sofroni  and Jim Davey. Not a classic game of football, but the visitors were well worth their half time lead as they looked dangerous going forward. Raiders, on the other hand, were relying on long high balls to a not very high centre forward, not surprisingly without too much success. The half time Jaffa’s seemed to revitalise said centre forward Alfie Boswell, he began to cause problems in the Loughton defence and was rewarded  for terrier like tenaciousness as he pulled a goal back. Strive as they may, however, Raiders could not conjure up an equaliser .An excellent facility behind Ashlyns School , with a not often seen very nice 110 seater  stand contained within the Berko Astro 3G pitch complex. The Raiders centre back is a teacher at the school, and 6 of his class provided constant encouragement with chants of “C’mon Mr Dabbie”. Match well refereed by the effervescent Steve Conway, ably assisted by Andy Stevens, who answered an 11th   hour distress call. and the “unofficial Level 7 “ assistant from Loughton.

Grendon Rangers claimed their first victory of the season with a welcome 3-0 win at home to Pitstone & Ivinghoe, the crucial goals coming from Joe Walls, Nathan Perna and Archie Newell. There was a close fought game at  Miswell Lane where visitors Old Bradwell Utd overcame Tring Town by three goals to two. The visitors goals came from Danny Smith, Ross Butler and Tommy Cooke.The high scoring game of the day saw Unite MK recover from a 2-1 deficit at half time to run out comfortable winners by 5-2 at MK Gallacticos.

BEDS SENIOR TROPHY – FIRST ROUND

There was an all SSMFL clash at The 61 FC where the Div Two  side entertained Div One Langford. Sadly there was no giant killing result as Langford ran out 6-2 winners, with Ben L’Honore notching a hat trick (2 from the penalty spot) and George Bates contributing a brace.   On the mark for The 61 were Bradley Currington and Pawel Pyziak   In the other three ties played, SSMFL sides all came out on top against Beds County League opposition.  Ampthill Town had a 2-1 home victory over Marston Shelton Rovers, the goalscorers being  Ed Skinner and Jamie Cerminara. Two early goals from Andy Cleere and Daniel Dyer-Wade gave  Totternhoe a great start in their tie with Queens Park Crescents  and second half strikes from Aidan Murray and Chris Golding confirmed the 4-0 victory over the Bedford County League side.. A first half goal from Michael Fisher was enough for Bedford to seal a 1-0 away win  at Stevington.

FA INTER LEAGUE CUP –TEAM MANAGER

Chris Robson, manager of Totternhoe FC, has been appointed as manager of the League rep side which will take part in the FA Inter League Cup.  The 1st round fixture will be played on Saturday 14 October at The Rivermoor, Scours Lane, Reading against the Thames Valley Premier League.  A coach will be used to take the group from Totternhoe to Reading.

Chris Robson

 

CARL COUZENS MEMORIAL QUIZ

A Charity Quiz in aid of Asthma UK will be held on Saturday 7th October at Hitchin Town Football Club, starting at 7.30pm. The quiz is the annual event held in memory of well-loved and respected referee Carl Couzens, who sadly passed away following a severe asthma attack some 8 years ago. Carl served for many seasons on the SSMFL as well as contributory leagues. Teams of up to 8 members are invited to the FUN evening. The cost is £5 per person. As well as normal quiz type questions, there will be ‘spot prize’ questions for which no knowledge whatsoever is needed! There will also be a raffle. prizes for the winning team and ‘bottom of the table’ team. There is a cheap bar but you are welcome to bring your own picnic etc. Spaces are limited so anyone interested should contact John Burlison on 01767 680974 or email j.burlison@outlook.com.

 

SUBSTITUTE BOARDS

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

Grateful thanks  to Chris Mitchell and  Bob Flight for their reports and input.

Still looking for someone to do a write up / summary of either Division One or Division Two. I’m sure there are some budding scribes out there – hand up and two paces forward. It is of course a good way to ensure that your club always gets a write up!

Amersham’s Evans Lamboh almost scored with a spectacular volley from a Kenny Acquah cross on eleven minutes but the ball just cleared the bar.  Two minutes later Amersham went one better. A long kick from Town keeper Rob Munn was headed on to Leon Parkes. He took one touch and hammered the ball across Liam Jahn in the Old Bradwell goal and into the net off the far post.

Town’s lead lasted only four minutes. A long ball from the Old Bradwell left eluded the Amersham defence allowing Aaron Murray to direct a skilful header past Munn. The half continued to be hotly contested with neither side able to muster a clear cut chance.

The second half continued in much the same vein. After fifteen minutes Amersham’s Bertie Squires-Adams cut in from the right but scuffed his shot wide. Five minutes later a delightful cross from Acquah was dummied by Germaine Agyemang but Parkes’ shot was blocked.  A minute later, out of the blue, Amersham retook the lead. Joe Debayo collected the ball thirty five yards out and unleashed a pile driver which beat Jahn and rebounded into the net off the bottom of the bar. Again, Amersham could not hold onto their lead. They failed to clear a long hopeful ball leaving the Old Bradwell forward to nod past Munn.

 

Debayo then tried his luck again but this time Jahn just got his fingertips to the ball to touch it onto the post and out. It was a fine shot and save. Old Bradwell then could and probably should have won the game in extra time when poor defending left Pete Bentley with only Munn to beat but he sliced his shot well wide. The gasps of relief from the Amersham faithful sucked the leaves off the trees: a goal at that late stage would have been harsh indeed on the home side.

Amersham Town more than held their own against table topping Old Bradwell in a tight match which either side could have won.

 

Amersham’s Evans Lamboh almost scored with a spectacular volley from a Kenny Acquah cross on eleven minutes but the ball just cleared the bar.  Two minutes later Amersham went one better. A long kick from Town keeper Rob Munn was headed on to Leon Parkes. He took one touch and hammered the ball across Liam Jahn in the Old Bradwell goal and into the net off the far post.

 

Town’s lead lasted only four minutes. A long ball from the Old Bradwell left eluded the Amersham defence allowing Aaron Murray to direct a skilful header past Munn. The half continued to be hotly contested with neither side able to muster a clear cut chance.

 

The second half continued in much the same vein. After fifteen minutes Amersham’s Bertie Squires-Adams cut in from the right but scuffed his shot wide. Five minutes later a delightful cross from Acquah was dummied by Germaine Agyemang but Parkes’ shot was blocked.  A minute later, out of the blue, Amersham retook the lead. Joe Debayo collected the ball thirty five yards out and unleashed a pile driver which beat Jahn and rebounded into the net off the bottom of the bar. Again, Amersham could not hold onto their lead. They failed to clear a long hopeful ball leaving the Old Bradwell forward to nod past Munn.

 

Debayo then tried his luck again but this time Jahn just got his fingertips to the ball to touch it onto the post and out. It was a fine shot and save. Old Bradwell then could and probably should have won the game in extra time when poor defending left Pete Bentley with only Munn to beat but he sliced his shot well wide. The gasps of relief from the Amersham faithful sucked the leaves off the trees: a goal at that late stage would have been harsh indeed on the home side.

Amersham Town more than held their own against table topping Old Bradwell in a tight match which either side could have won.

Amersham’s Evans Lamboh almost scored with a spectacular volley from a Kenny Acquah cross on eleven minutes but the ball just cleared the bar.  Two minutes later Amersham went one better. A long kick from Town keeper Rob Munn was headed on to Leon Parkes. He took one touch and hammered the ball across Liam Jahn in the Old Bradwell goal and into the net off the far post.

Town’s lead lasted only four minutes. A long ball from the Old Bradwell left eluded the Amersham defence allowing Aaron Murray to direct a skilful header past Munn. The half continued to be hotly contested with neither side able to muster a clear cut chance.

The second half continued in much the same vein. After fifteen minutes Amersham’s Bertie Squires-Adams cut in from the right but scuffed his shot wide. Five minutes later a delightful cross from Acquah was dummied by Germaine Agyemang but Parkes’ shot was blocked.  A minute later, out of the blue, Amersham retook the lead. Joe Debayo collected the ball thirty five yards out and unleashed a pile driver which beat Jahn and rebounded into the net off the bottom of the bar. Again, Amersham could not hold onto their lead. They failed to clear a long hopeful ball leaving the Old Bradwell forward to nod past Munn.

Debayo then tried his luck again but this time Jahn just got his fingertips to the ball to touch it onto the post and out. It was a fine shot and save. Old Bradwell then could and probably should have won the game in extra time when poor defending left Pete Bentley with only Munn to beat but he sliced his shot well wide. The gasps of relief from the Amersham faithful sucked the leaves off the trees: a goal at that late stage would have been harsh indeed on the home side.

Amersham Town more than held their own against table topping Old Bradwell in a tight match which either side could have won.

Amersham’s Evans Lamboh almost scored with a spectacular volley from a Kenny Acquah cross on eleven minutes but the ball just cleared the bar.  Two minutes later Amersham went one better. A long kick from Town keeper Rob Munn was headed on to Leon Parkes. He took one touch and hammered the ball across Liam Jahn in the Old Bradwell goal and into the net off the far post.

Town’s lead lasted only four minutes. A long ball from the Old Bradwell left eluded the Amersham defence allowing Aaron Murray to direct a skilful header past Munn. The half continued to be hotly contested with neither side able to muster a clear cut chance.

The second half continued in much the same vein. After fifteen minutes Amersham’s Bertie Squires-Adams cut in from the right but scuffed his shot wide. Five minutes later a delightful cross from Acquah was dummied by Germaine Agyemang but Parkes’ shot was blocked.  A minute later, out of the blue, Amersham retook the lead. Joe Debayo collected the ball thirty five yards out and unleashed a pile driver which beat Jahn and rebounded into the net off the bottom of the bar. Again, Amersham could not hold onto their lead. They failed to clear a long hopeful ball leaving the Old Bradwell forward to nod past Munn.

Debayo then tried his luck again but this time Jahn just got his fingertips to the ball to touch it onto the post and out. It was a fine shot and save. Old Bradwell then could and probably should have won the game in extra time when poor defending left Pete Bentley with only Munn to beat but he sliced his shot well wide. The gasps of relief from the Amersham faithful sucked the leaves off the trees: a goal at that late stage would have been harsh indeed on the home side.

Amersham Town more than held their own against table topping Old Bradwell in a tight match which either side could have won.

Amersham’s Evans Lamboh almost scored with a spectacular volley from a Kenny Acquah cross on eleven minutes but the ball just cleared the bar.  Two minutes later Amersham went one better. A long kick from Town keeper Rob Munn was headed on to Leon Parkes. He took one touch and hammered the ball across Liam Jahn in the Old Bradwell goal and into the net off the far post.

Town’s lead lasted only four minutes. A long ball from the Old Bradwell left eluded the Amersham defence allowing Aaron Murray to direct a skilful header past Munn. The half continued to be hotly contested with neither side able to muster a clear cut chance.

The second half continued in much the same vein. After fifteen minutes Amersham’s Bertie Squires-Adams cut in from the right but scuffed his shot wide. Five minutes later a delightful cross from Acquah was dummied by Germaine Agyemang but Parkes’ shot was blocked.  A minute later, out of the blue, Amersham retook the lead. Joe Debayo collected the ball thirty five yards out and unleashed a pile driver which beat Jahn and rebounded into the net off the bottom of the bar. Again, Amersham could not hold onto their lead. They failed to clear a long hopeful ball leaving the Old Bradwell forward to nod past Munn.

Debayo then tried his luck again but this time Jahn just got his fingertips to the ball to touch it onto the post and out. It was a fine shot and save. Old Bradwell then could and probably should have won the game in extra time when poor defending left Pete Bentley with only Munn to beat but he sliced his shot well wide. The gasps of relief from the Amersham faithful sucked the leaves off the trees: a goal at that late stage would have been harsh indeed on the home side.

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

Enjoy your football this season and remember MIND YOUR LANGUAGE

                                         

Bill Scholes – bill@spartansouthmids.co.uk                     

SSMFL: Fixtures for Saturday 30th September 2017

Picture by Dale James

Saturday 30th September – Kick Off 3.00pm
THE EMIRATES FA CUP Third Round Qualifying
Enfield Town v Phoenix Sports
Haringey Borough v Bodmin Town

LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY First Round
Aston Clinton v Harpenden Town

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

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

BEDS SENIOR TROPHY First Round
Ampthill Town v Marston Shelton Rovers
Stevington v Bedford
The 61FC (Luton) v Langford
Totternhoe v Queens Park Crescents

DIVISION TWO
AFC Southgate v Mursley United
Berkhamsted Raiders v Loughton Manor
Clean Slate v Tring Corinthians
Grendon Rangers v Pitstone & Ivinghoe
MK Gallacticos v Unite MK FC
Park View v Amersham Town
Tring Town AFC v Old Bradwell United (Kick Off 12.00pm)

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

 

SSMFL: Fixtures for the next two weeks today to Saturday 16th September 2017

Picture by Dale James

Tuesday 5th September – Kick Off 7.45pm unless stated

LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY First Round

Bedford v Crawley Green

Berkhamsted v Hoddesdon Town

Cockfosters v MK Gallacticos

Colney Heath v Tring Corinthians

Edgware Town v Loughton Manor

Hatfield Town v Hillingdon Borough

Holmer Green v Southall

Langford v Stotfold

London Colney v Buckingham Athletic

Rayners Lane v Old Bradwell United

Risborough Rangers v Leighton Town

Tring Athletic v Biggleswade United

Wembley v Ampthill Town

Wednesday 6th September – Kick Off 7.45pm unless stated

LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY First Round

Enfield Borough v Broadfields United

Hadley v Sun Sports (Kick Off 7.30pm)

London Lions v Codicote (Kick Off 8.00pm)

Wodson Park v Berkhamsted Raiders

U25 DEVELOPMENT DIVISION

Ampthill Town Development v AFC Dunstable Development

Harpenden Town Development v Berkhamsted Development

Leighton Town Development v Biggleswade United Development

Welwyn Garden City Development v St Margaretsbury Development

Saturday 9th September – Kick Off 3.00pm

The Buildbase FA Vase First Round Qualifying

AFC Hayes v Hatfield Town

Amersham Town v Langford

Basildon United v St Margaretsbury

Brimsdown v Debenham LC

Broadfields United v Pitshanger Dynamo

Buckingham Athletic v Bedford

Clanfield 85 v Holmer Green

Colney Heath v Harefield United

Crawley Green v Tuffley Rovers

Cricklewood Wanderers v Stotfold

Downham Town v Biggleswade United

Edgware Town v Risborough Rangers

Enfield Borough v Canning Town

Great Yarmouth Town v FC Broxbourne Borough

Hadley v Milton United

Hillingdon Borough v Marston Shelton Rovers

Leighton Town v Brimscombe & Thrupp

Lydney Town v Winslow United

New College Swindon v Ampthill Town

North Greenford United v Harpenden Town

Stansted v Wodson Park

Welwyn Garden City v Brackley Town Saints

Woodbridge Town v Hoddesdon Town

Wootton Blue Cross v London Lions

LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY First Round

Totternhoe v Oxhey Jets

PREMIER DIVISION

Berkhamsted v Wembley

Cockfosters v Biggleswade FC

Leverstock Green v Sun Sports

London Tigers v Tring Athletic

DIVISION TWO

Aston Clinton v Berkhamsted Raiders

Pitstone & Ivinghoe v Old Bradwell United

The 61FC (Luton) v Grendon Rangers

Tring Corinthians v MK Gallacticos

Tring Town AFC v Clean Slate

DIVISION TWO CUP Second Round

Mursley United v AFC Southgate

Unite MK FC v Loughton Manor

U25 DEVELOPMENT DIVISION

AFC Dunstable Development v Cockfosters Development

Ampthill Town Development v Welwyn Garden City Development

Biggleswade United Development v Holmer Green Development

Harpenden Town Development v Leighton Town Development

Hertford Town Development v Berkhamsted Development

Hoddesdon Town Development v Colney Heath Development

Winslow United Development v St Margaretsbury Development

BERKS & BUCKS INTERMEDIATE CUP First Round

Hanslope v Buckingham Athletic Development

Wooburn Athletic v Risborough Rangers Development

Sunday 10th September – Kick Off 3.00pm

The Buildbase FA Vase First Round Qualifying

Baldock Town v Buckingham Town

Tuesday 12th September – Kick Off 7.45pm unless stated

PREMIER DIVISION

Berkhamsted v Leighton Town

Biggleswade United v St Margaretsbury

Cockfosters v Holmer Green

Colney Heath v Oxhey Jets

Edgware Town v Welwyn Garden City

Harpenden Town v Leverstock Green

Hoddesdon Town v Biggleswade FC

London Colney v Hadley

Stotfold v Crawley Green

Wembley v Tring Athletic

Wednesday 13th September – Kick Off 7.45pm unless stated

LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY First Round

AFC Southgate v Grendon Rangers (Kick Off 7.30pm)

Unite MK FC v Pitstone & Ivinghoe

DIVISION ONE

Enfield Borough v Ampthill Town

U25 DEVELOPMENT DIVISION

Ampthill Town Development v Leighton Town Development

Berkhamsted Development v Holmer Green Development

Cockfosters Development v Hoddesdon Town Development

Colney Heath Development v St Margaretsbury Development

Welwyn Garden City Development v Hertford Town Development

Thursday 14th September – Kick Off 7.45pm unless stated

U25 DEVELOPMENT DIVISION

Risborough Rangers Development v Buckingham Athletic Development

Saturday 16th September – Kick Off 3.00pm

The Emirates FA Cup Second Round Qualifying

Baldock Town v Aylesbury United

Colney Heath v Burgess Hill Town

PREMIER DIVISION

Biggleswade FC v London Tigers (Subject to FA Cup Results)

Cockfosters v Crawley Green

Hadley v Stotfold

Hoddesdon Town v Berkhamsted

Leverstock Green v Wembley

Oxhey Jets v Edgware Town

St Margaretsbury v Leighton Town

Tring Athletic v Biggleswade United

DIVISION ONE

Ampthill Town v Harefield United

Brimsdown v FC Broxbourne Borough

Broadfields United v Bedford

Codicote v Enfield Borough

Hillingdon Borough v Wodson Park

Langford v Rayners Lane

London Lions v Hatfield Town

Southall v St Neots Town Reserves

BERKS & BUCKS SENIOR TROPHY First Round

Amersham Town v Aston Clinton

Buckingham Athletic v Unite MK FC

Chalfont Wasps v Grendon Rangers

Clean Slate v Newport Pagnell Town Reserves

Great Horwood v Loughton Manor

Holmer Green Development v Flackwell Heath Reserves

Mursley United v Buckingham Town

Olney Town v Winslow United

Pitstone & Ivinghoe v Old Bradwell United

Risborough Rangers v Penn & Tylers Green

DIVISION TWO

Berkhamsted Raiders v Tring Corinthians

Tring Town AFC v The 61FC (Luton)

DIVISION TWO CUP Second Round

Totternhoe v MK Gallacticos

U25 DEVELOPMENT DIVISION

Berkhamsted Development v Cockfosters Development

Biggleswade United Development v Buckingham Athletic Development

Harpenden Town Development v Ampthill Town Development

Hertford Town Development v AFC Dunstable Development (Subject to FA Cup Results)

Leighton Town Development v St Margaretsbury Development

Welwyn Garden City Development v Risborough Rangers Development

Winslow United Development v Hoddesdon Town Development

 

SSMFL,D1: Latest table after games played Saturday 26th August 2017

SSMFL: Fixtures for the next two weeks

Picture by Dale James

Tuesday 15th August – Kick Off 7.45pm unless stated

THE EMIRATES FA CUP Extra Preliminary Round Replay

Leverstock Green v Edgware Town (Kick Off 7.30pm)

 

PREMIER DIVISION

Biggleswade FC v Leighton Town

Colney Heath v London Colney

Harpenden Town v Hoddesdon Town

Holmer Green v Berkhamsted

Oxhey Jets v London Tigers (Kick Off 7.30pm)

St Margaretsbury v Welwyn Garden City

Stotfold v Biggleswade United

Sun Sports v Crawley Green

Wembley v Hadley

 

DIVISION ONE

Rayners Lane v Hillingdon Borough

Risborough Rangers v Buckingham Athletic

Wodson Park v FC Broxbourne Borough

 

DIVISION TWO

Aston Clinton v Totternhoe (Kick Off 6.30pm)

Mursley United v Old Bradwell United (Kick Off 6.30pm)

Tring Corinthians v Loughton Manor (Kick Off 6.30pm)

 

 

Wednesday 16th August – Kick Off 7.45pm unless stated

DIVISION ONE

Southall v Hatfield Town

 

DIVISION TWO

AFC Southgate v Amersham Town (Kick Off 7.30pm)

Park View v Berkhamsted Raiders

The 61FC (Luton) v Clean Slate (Kick Off 6.30pm)

Tring Town AFC v Grendon Rangers (Kick Off 6.30pm)

Unite MK FC v Pitstone & Ivinghoe

 

 

Saturday 19th August – Kick Off 3.00pm

The Emirates FA Cup Preliminary Round

Ashford Town (Middx) v Wembley

Cockfosters v Holmer Green

Colney Heath v Shortwood United

Edgware Town or Leverstock Green v Aylesbury United

Leighton Town v Tuffley Rovers

Southall v Hadley (Date and venue to be confirmed)

 

LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY First Round

Tring Town AFC v Park View

 

PREMIER DIVISION

Biggleswade FC v Hoddesdon Town

Biggleswade United v London Colney

Harpenden Town v Edgware Town (From Sat 18 November) (Subject to FA Cup)

Leverstock Green v Harpenden Town (From Sat 27 January) (Subject to FA Cup)

Stotfold v Oxhey Jets

Tring Athletic v Sun Sports

 

DIVISION ONE

Ampthill Town v Winslow United

Bedford v Hillingdon Borough

Brimsdown v Codicote

Broadfields United v Hatfield Town

Buckingham Athletic v London Lions

Langford v Enfield Borough

Rayners Lane v Wodson Park

Risborough Rangers v FC Broxbourne Borough

St Neots Town Reserves v Harefield United

 

DIVISION TWO CUP First Round

Berkhamsted Raiders v Pitstone & Ivinghoe

 

DIVISION TWO

AFC Southgate v Old Bradwell United

Grendon Rangers v Amersham Town

Mursley United v Unite MK FC

The 61FC (Luton) v MK Gallacticos

Totternhoe v Clean Slate

 

 

Sunday 20th August – Kick Off 3.00pm

The Emirates FA Cup Preliminary Round

Baldock Town v North Greenford United

Crawley Green v Berkhamsted

St Margaretsbury v Hullbridge Sports

 

Tuesday 22nd August – Kick Off 7.45pm unless stated

PREMIER DIVISION

Cockfosters v Sun Sports

Holmer Green v Wembley

London Colney v Leighton Town

London Tigers v Harpenden Town

St Margaresbury v Leverstock Green

 

 

Wednesday 23rd August – Kick Off 7.45pm unless stated

PREMIER DIVISION

Crawley Green v Edgware Town

 

 

Saturday 26th August – Kick Off 3.00pm

LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY First Round

Mursley United v Leverstock Green

 

PREMIER DIVISION

Cockfosters v Tring Athletic

Crawley Green v Wembley

Edgware Town v Stotfold

Harpenden Town v Berkhamsted

Holmer Green v Biggleswade FC

Leighton Town v Hoddesdon Town

London Tigers v Biggleswade United

Oxhey Jets v Hadley

Sun Sports v Colney Heath

Welwyn Garden City v London Colney

 

DIVISION ONE

Ampthill Town v Rayners Lane

Brimsdown v Baldock Town

Enfield Borough v Risborough Rangers

Harefield United v Winslow United

Hatfield Town v Southall

Hillingdon Borough v Codicote

Langford v Broadfields United

London Lions v Bedford

Wodson Park v Buckingham Athletic

 

DIVISION TWO

AFC Southgate v MK Gallacticos

Amersham Town v Totternhoe

Berkhamsted Raiders v Tring Town AFC

Park View v The 61FC (Luton)

Pitstone & Ivinghoe v Loughton Manor

Tring Corinthians v Clean Slate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SSMFL,D1: Winslow include new signing for visit to Broxbourne

By Nick Callaghan

On Saturday 12th August we travel to Goffs Lane, Cheshunt for the second of our opening 4 away games, in what will be yet another tricky fixture against an FC Broxbourne Borough side that, (much like last Saturday) we have never beaten in our history.

The lads have trained well this week and are looking to bounce back from the opening day disappointment which saw them defeated 4-2 by Broadfields United, a performance which showed nothing like what they are capable of producing, our goals coming from Aaron King and Niall Williams. If we are to get anything on Saturday then we will need to cut out the defensive mistakes which cost us so dearly last time out.

New Winslow United manager Paul Alleyne (centre) flanked by his management team of Ronnie Joe and Steve Garbutt.

While this is our second game of the campaign, this is Broxbourne’s opening league game of the 2017-2018 season, however they have been in competitive action 3 times already this season.

FC Broxbourne Borough made a great start to the 2017-2018 season as they beat South Mids Prem side Hertford Town 4-2 in the Herts Charity Shield.

They then drew with Essex Senior Premier League side Tower Hamlets 1-1 on Saturday in the FA Cup at Goffs Lane and then exited the competition at the first hurdle, as they lost 1-0 in a heated replay on Monday at the Mile End Stadium, which saw both teams reduced to 10 men, with the winner coming on the stroke of full time just as the game appeared to be heading into extra time.

Our last fixture against Broxbourne on Saturday 21st March, 2015 at The Gate resulted in a 3-1 defeat, our goal that day came from Tom Williams.

To read our match report from this game, please click here:

http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/winslowutd/teams/24506/match-centre/0-2859001

Our head to head record against FC Broxbourne Borough makes for pretty grim reading as we have lost the previous 3, conceding 9 goals and scoring just 3.

L FC Broxbourne Borough 2 1 Winslow United Saturday, 31 August 2013
Attendance 31

L FC Broxbourne Borough 4 1 Winslow United Saturday, 30 August 2014
Attendance 26
Our goal scorer in this game was Nathan Skelton.

L Winslow United 1 3 FC Broxbourne Borough Saturday, 21 March 2015
T.Williams

Unfortunately the game that took place on Saturday, 01 March 2014 between ourselves and Broxbourne was postponed and after extensive research we are unable to find the result from the game and it appears it has been wiped from all known football sites. Not sure whether this is a good thing or a bad thing, but if anyone does know the score in this game please let us know.

FC Broxbourne Borough finished 2nd and were promoted to the Premier Division in the 2014-2015 season. This is Broxbourne’s first season back in Division 1 after finishing bottom of the Premier last season winning just 4 games and gaining just 17 points from 42 games.

However, in a brighter spot for FC Broxbourne Borough last season, their amazing youth team gained national coverage (and quite rightly so) as they incredibly progressed to the 5th round of the FA Youth Cup, eventually losing to Aston Villa 7-0 at Villa Park, but they managed to beat the likes of Yeovil Town and Chester which saw them go on such a tremendous run.

In transfer news, joining us this week is ex Thame Rangers Captain and Left Back Paul Brown. Let’s all give Paul a warm Winslow welcome as he settles in to his new surroundings.

We travelled with such great numbers to the game against Broadfields and it would be great to see you all there again and as always your support is welcome, appreciated and valued.

Squad from:

Aaron White, Jack Bowers, Jack Page, Mitchell Collins, Paul Brown, Marcus Hussey, Michael Donkor, Kevin Mealor, Sean Coles, Daniel Delderfield, Harry Hertitage, Grant Karwacinski, Alex Kedzierski, Simon King (c), Aaron King, Tom Brindley

#UnitedWeStand

SSMFL: Fixtures – Today to Saturday 19th August 2017

Picture by Dale James

Wednesday 9th August – Kick Off 7.45pm unless stated

DIVISION ONE

London Lions v St Neots Town Reserves (Kick Off 8.00pm)

 

DIVISION TWO

Grendon Rangers v Old Bradwell United (Kick Off 6.30pm)

Park View v Tring Corinthians

Tring Town AFC v Mursley United (Kick Off 6.30pm)

 

 

Saturday 12th August – Kick Off 3.00pm

PREMIER DIVISION

Berkhamsted v Cockfosters

Biggleswade United v Holmer Green

Colney Heath v Hoddesdon Town

Crawley Green v Oxhey Jets

Edgware Town v St Margaretsbury

Hadley v Harpenden Town

London Colney v Leverstock Green

London Tigers v Leighton Town

Stotfold v Sun Sports

Tring Athletic v Welwyn Garden City

Wembley v Biggleswade FC

 

DIVISION ONE

Bedford v Southall

Brimsdown v Ampthill Town

FC Broxbourne Borough v Winslow United

Harefield United v Buckingham Athletic

Hatfield Town v St Neots Town Reserves

Hillingdon Borough v Langford

London Lions v Codicote

Rayners Lane v Enfield Borough

Risborough Rangers v Baldock Town

Wodson Park v Broadfields United

 

DIVISION TWO

Amersham Town v Old Bradwell United

Aston Clinton v Clean Slate

Berkhamsted Raiders v The 61FC (Luton)

Loughton Manor v Park View

Mursley United v Totternhoe

Pitstone & Ivinghoe v MK Gallacticos

Tring Corinthians v Grendon Rangers

Unite MK FC v AFC Southgate

 

 

Tuesday 15th August – Kick Off 7.45pm unless stated

PREMIER DIVISION

Biggleswade FC v Leighton Town

Cockfosters v Edgware Town

Colney Heath v London Colney

Harpenden Town v Hoddesdon Town

Holmer Green v Berkhamsted

Oxhey Jets v London Tigers (Kick Off 7.30pm)

St Margaretsbury v Welwyn Garden City

Stotfold v Biggleswade United

Sun Sports v Crawley Green

Tring Athletic v Leverstock Green

Wembley v Hadley

 

DIVISION ONE

Rayners Lane v Hillingdon Borough

Risborough Rangers v Buckingham Athletic

Southall v Hatfield Town (Kick Off 7.30pm)

Wodson Park v FC Broxbourne Borough

 

DIVISION TWO

Aston Clinton v Totternhoe (Kick Off 6.30pm)

Mursley United v Old Bradwell United (Kick Off 6.30pm)

Tring Corinthians v Loughton Manor (Kick Off 6.30pm)

 

 

Wednesday 16th August – Kick Off 7.45pm unless stated

DIVISION TWO

AFC Southgate v Amersham Town (Kick Off 7.30pm)

Park View v Berkhamsted Raiders

The 61FC (Luton) v Clean Slate (Kick Off 6.30pm)

Tring Town AFC v Grendon Rangers (Kick Off 6.30pm)

Unite MK FC v Pitstone & Ivinghoe

 

 

Saturday 19th August – Kick Off 3.00pm

The Emirates FA Cup Preliminary Round

Ashford Town (Middx) v Wembley

Baldock Town v North Greenford United (To be played either Friday or Sunday)

Cockfosters or Risborough Rangers v Holmer Green

Colney Heath v Shortwood United

Crawley Green v Berkhamsted

Edgware Town or Leverstock Green v Aylesbury United

FC Broxbourne Borough or Tower Hamlets v Takeley

Highworth Town or London Colney v Marlow

Leighton Town v Tuffley Rovers

Potton United or Biggleswade United v AFC Dunstable

Southall v Hadley (Date and venue to be confirmed)

St Margaretsbury v Hullbridge Sports

 

LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY First Round

Tring Town AFC v Park View

 

PREMIER DIVISION

Fixtures to be arranged following results of FA Cup midweek replays

 

DIVISION ONE

Ampthill Town v Winslow United

Bedford v Hillingdon Borough

Brimsdown v Codicote

Broadfields United v Hatfield Town

Buckingham Athletic v London Lions

Rayners Lane v Wodson Park

Risborough Rangers v FC Broxbourne Borough (Subject to FA Cup)

St Neots Town Reserves v Harefield United

Further Fixtures to be arranged following results of FA Cup midweek replays

 

DIVISION TWO CUP First Round

Berkhamsted Raiders v Pitstone & Ivinghoe

 

DIVISION TWO

AFC Southgate v Old Bradwell United

Grendon Rangers v Amersham Town

Mursley United v Unite MK FC

The 61FC (Luton) v MK Gallacticos

Totternhoe v Clean Slate