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SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 16.09.2019 – South Midlands League update #10



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

And Should Be Taken With A Pinch Of Salt


Thoughts of a trip to the home of English football, Wembley Stadium, was the focus for 25 SSML clubs as they did battle in the Buildbase FA Vase looking to join Biggleswade United and Tring Athletic (both exempt) in the First Round Proper.



In the FA Vase there can’t be many clubs that can boast of being unbeaten in the competition along with yet to concede a goal but New Salamis can. Buckingham Athletic, Crawley Green and FC Broxbourne Borough all recorded their best win in the competition while Wodson Park suffered their heaviest FA Vase defeat. The weekend brought about 141 goals from the 36 games (an average of 3.92 per game). Nico Dickmann-Pena (Buckingham United) led the way with a five goal haul while Josh Mantle (Berkhamsted Raiders) helped himself to four and Matt Cruse (Buckingham Athletic) netted a hat-trick.


13/14/15 September Stats: 36 games played of which 16 were home wins, 15 were away wins and 5 draws.


100% league record to date: Colney Heath, Berkhamsted Raiders and Mursley United.


0% league records to date: North Greenford United, Buckingham United and Unite MK.


Weekend’s Highest Attendances: 128 Biggleswade United v Tring Athletic, 120 Broadfields United v Hanworth Villa and 117 Ampthill Town v St Panteleimon.


Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Premier Division Clubs): 245 Colney Heath v Corby Town (FA Cup), 221 Dunstable Town v Bishop’s Stortford (FA Cup) and 212 Leighton Town v Thame United (FA Cup).


Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Division One Clubs): 278 Winslow United v Roman Glass St George (FA Cup), 145 Winslow United v Milton Keynes Robins and 134 Shefford Town & Campton v FC Broxbourne Borough.


Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Division Two Clubs): 103 Aston Clinton v MK Gallacticos, 68 Totternhoe v Codicote and 64 Bovingdon v Mursley United.


Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Premier Division Clubs): 12 Leon Lobjoit (Newport Pagnell Town), 7 Scott Piggott (Baldock Town).


Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division One Clubs): 14 Courtney Massay (St Panteleimon) 11 Matt Cruse (Buckingham Athletic) 10 Alfie Bangura (Enfield Borough) and Jamie Cerminara (Ampthill Town).


Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division Two Clubs): 6 Darryl Smith (Old Bradwell United), 5 Nico Dickmann-Pena (Buckingham United).


Sin-Bins (2):


Total Sin-Bins Season to Date (51):


Friday 13th September/Saturday 14th September/Sunday 15th September



THE BUILDABASE FA VASE Second Round Qualifying

Of the 25 clubs that began the weekend 12 progressed through to the First Round Proper while Hillingdon Borough face a midweek replay to join Biggleswade United and Tring Athletic in Monday’s draw. There were four all SSML ties with Crawley Green (4-0 v Winslow United), Baldock Town (4-2 at London Colney), Oxhey Jets (2-0 at North Greenford United) and Eynesbury Rovers (2-0 at Edgware Town) claiming the bragging rights. In the SSML v Combined Counties League battles it was 2-2 as Broadfields United defeated Hanworth Villa 5-1 and Milton Keynes Robins saw off the challenge of Fleet Spurs while London Tigers exited at AFC Hayes and Bedford went out at the hands of Bedfont & Feltham. In the SSML v Eastern Counties League the SSML saw a 50% success with wins for Colney Heath and FC Broxbourne Borough while Langford and Wodson Park exited. It was a bad day in the SSML v United Counties League battles as both Harefield United and Amersham Town crashed out while Hillingdon Borough earned a replay from their trip to Harborough Town. The SSML v Essex Senior League match-ups resulted in 1-1 as New Salamis (Step 6) overcame Tower Hamlets (Step 5) 2-0 while Enfield Borough went out at the hands of Enfield 1893 (a game played at Bishop’s Stortford FC). Wembley suffered a surprise home defeat at the hands of Hellenic League Risborough Rangers (former SSML members) while Leighton Town overcame Hellenic League opposition Long Crendon. Elsewhere Aylesbury Vale Dynamos saw off Step 7 Leicester Senior League side Rugby Borough and Buckingham Athletic thumped six past Middlesex County League side Hillingdon. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

5-1 Broadfields United v Hanworth Villa (Phillips [2] [1 pen], Anderson-Richards, Faux-James, Martin) / (Unknown) Attendance: 120

2-0 New Salamis v Tower Hamlets (Rapai, Grantham) Attendance: 73

2-0 AFC Hayes v London Tigers (Unknown) Attendance: 50

3-1 Aylesbury Vale Dynamos v Rugby Borough (Mupfururiwa [2], Khan) / (Rawlings) Attendance: 91

0-4 Bedford v Bedfont & Feltham (Capon [3], Kelly) Attendance: 32

6-0 Buckingham Athletic v Hillingdon (Cruse [3], Owusu [2], Parr) Attendance: 53

2-0 Colney Heath v Haverhill Rovers (Clements [2]) Attendance: 114

4-0 Crawley Green v Winslow United (P Draycott [2], Holmes, Lobjoit) Attendance: 61

2-1 Enfield 1893 v Enfield Borough (Unknown, Miles) / (Ennin) Attendance: 43

4-1 FC Broxbourne Borough v Wivenhoe Town (Bowers [2], Banks, Wells) / (Merrett) Attendance: 29

3-3* Harborough Town v Hillingdon Borough (Gladman [2], Walsh) / (Hunt [pen], Lokilo, Olarerian) Attendance: 126

1-3 Harefield United v Rothwell Corinthians (Farhall) / (Fola, Unknown, Unknown) Attendance: 55

1-1* [3-5 pens] Langford v Hackney Wick (Rome) / (Unknown) Attendance: 40

2-4 London Colney v Baldock Town (Dowridge, Parkinson) / (Piggott, Furness, Meo, O’Brien) Attendance: 53

6-0 Lutterworth Town v Amersham Town (Small [3], Adams, Johnson, Lewis) Attendance: 44

4-1 Milton Keynes Robins v Fleet Spurs (Sylvester [2], MacDonald, G Shrieves) / (Bellmaine) Attendance: 50

0-2 North Greenford United v Oxhey Jets (Speer, Brennan) Attendance: 56

7-1 Stanway Rovers v Wodson Park (Shaw [3], Marley [2],Maybanks, Wood) / (Evans) Attendance: 82

1-3 Wembley v Risborough Rangers (Femi-Gil [pen]) / (Pekun [2], Haule) Attendance: 55

0-2 Edgware Town v Eynesbury Rovers (Lawless [2]) Attendance: 83

2-5 Long Crendon v Leighton Town (Hall, Brownsword [pen]) / (Murrell [2], Fredericks, Brownsword (og), Butawo) Attendance: 68



With many teams in Vase action Tring Athletic took the opportunity to return to the top spot with a 1-0 success at Biggleswade United. New boys Dunstable Town doubled their points tally with a 2-0 win at Potton United while the day’s other game saw Arlesey Town and Harpenden Town share the points following a 1-1 draw at New Lamb Meadow. Full results and goalscorers are listed below.

1-1 Arlesey Town v Harpenden Town (Black) / (Anthony [pen]) Attendance: 70

0-1 Biggleswade United v Tring Athletic (Collier) Attendance: 128

0-2 Potton United v Dunstable Town (Lamboh, Pobbe) Attendance: 85



SSML newbies St Panteleimon and Shefford Town & Campton continue to lead the way in Division One, leaders St Panteleimon maintained the top spot with a 4-1 success at third placed Ampthill Town while Shefford Town & Campton remain a point behind following a 2-1 home win over Brimsdown. Stotfold climb into fifth spot after they were held 1-1 at home against Rayners Lane while the day’s other action saw Park View record their first win of the new campaign with a late solitary goal success at London Lions. Full results and goalscorers are listed below.

1-4 Ampthill Town v St Panteleimon (Carney) / (Massay [2], Molloy, Tajbakhsh) Attendance: 117

0-1 London Lions v Park View (Botchey) Attendance: 20

2-1 Shefford Town & Campton v Brimsdown (Foley, Hammer) / (Drewitt-Baptiste) Attendance: 72

1-1 Stotfold v Rayners Lane (Gregson) / (Maher) Attendance: 90



Berkhamsted Raiders returned to the top of the table as they put five past The 61FC (Luton) without reply. Elsewhere Bovingdon gave their newly appointed manager Andrew Stratford a winning start with a solitary goal success at Totternhoe while it was also a 1-0 win as Codicote defeated morning leaders Old Bradwell United. Full results and goalscorers listed below.

1-0 Codicote v Old Bradwell United (Mudimu) Attendance: 52

0-5 The 61FC (Luton) v Berkhamsted Raiders (Mantle [4], Turner) Attendance: 15

0-1 Totternhoe v Bovingdon (Insley) Attendance: 39



New Bradwell St Peter fought back from two goals down to finish level with Tring Corinthians AFC in the Division Two Cup but failed to complete the comeback as they went out in the following penalty shoot-out. Full result and goalscorers listed below.

2-2 [4-5 pens] New Bradwell St Peter v Tring Corinthians AFC (Walton, Hansen) / (Candido, Silva) Attendance: 30



It was a good day for the majority of SSML clubs involved in the opening matches in the competition as four of the six booked their places in Round Two. There were two all SSML clashes as Unite MK won 4-2 at Pitstone & Ivinghoe while Aston Clinton also won on their travels with a 2-1 success at MK Gallacticos. SSML newcomers Buckingham United were in unstoppable form with a 10-1 win against former SSML side Clean Slate. The day’s other action saw Mursley United defeating North Bucks & District League side Hanslope 4-0. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

10-1 Buckingham United v Clean Slate (Dickmann-Pena [5], King [2], Devine, Dentice, Mawema) / (Unknown) Attendance: 42

1-2 MK Gallacticos v Aston Clinton (Unknown) / (Mason-Williams, Paul) Attendance: 30

4-0 Mursley United v Hanslope (Brazier [2], Simpson, Hawkins) Attendance: 62

2-4 Pitstone & Ivinghoe v Unite MK (Denton, Jefcoate) / (Farrow, Rawson, Parker [pen], Silver) Attendance: 30



Tweet of the week goes to Winslow United for the following gem – 85m 4-0 to the hosts. No idea who as I’ve resorted to plane spotting.


Remember to tune into Three Counties Radio (Herts, Beds & Bucks) and a show all about local non-league football- The show is live every Tuesday evening from 6.00pm – 7.00pm and is the perfect opportunity to catch up with our local non-league scene at all levels. This week regular presenter Ollie Bayliss is joined by Chris Devane, manager of Biggleswade United.

SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 09.09.2019 – South Midlands League update #9



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

And Should Be Taken With A Pinch Of Salt



There were first league points of the new campaign for Potton United, Amersham Town and Bovingdon. Saturday brought about 120 goals from the 29 games (an average of 4.14 per game). St Panteleimon topping the charts with 7 while Newport Pagnell Town hit six. Courtney Massay (St Panteleimon) topped the individual scoring charts with five, Jim Burnside (Newport Pagnell Town) weighed in with four while Matt Cruse (Buckingham Athletic) netted a hat-trick.


7 September Stats: 29 games played of which 9 were home wins, 16 were away wins and 4 draws.


100% league record to date: Colney Heath, Berkhamsted Raiders, Mursley United and Old Bradwell United.


0% league records to date: North Greenford United, Buckingham United and Unite MK.


Saturday’s Highest Attendances: 245 Colney Heath v Corby Town, 221 Dunstable Town v Bishop’s Stortford and 156 Newport Pagnell Town v Leverstock Green.


Sin-Bins (1):


Total Sin-Bins Season to Date (49):




THE EMIRATES FA CUP First Round Qualifying

Alas the dream is over as all five SSML clubs exited the FA Cup on Saturday. Colney Heath went down 1-3 at home against Southern League Central side Corby Town, Dunstable Town found themselves five goals down at home against Step 3 side Bishop’s Stortford before hitting three late goals to succumb 3-5. Current Essex Senior League and former SSML club Hadley defeated Arlesey Town 3-2 while in front of a crowd of 388 Step 3 side Lowestoft Town edged past visiting Leighton Town 2-0.

The SSML sent roving reporter Dave Henman to the Wingate & Finchley v London Colney tie and he reports thus: – Forget the score!  Yes I know Wingate & Finchley progress to the next round but the final score is extremely harsh on London Colney. For long periods of the game Colney were the better side, and definitely played the better football as W & F played lots of the long balls. It was against the run of play when the hosts took the lead on 34 minutes when substitute Alan Fleming was first to the ball which came back off the post and he couldn’t miss an open goal from 2 yards out. Right on the stroke of half time Ieaun Lewis reacted quickest to another save from Shane Gore ( Ex Stevenage I believe ) to shoot home, which is no more than Colney deserved. If you think I’m biased the W & F committee were scathing of their own side at half time and stated Colney were the far better side. After no doubt a few “choice” words at half time the home side upped their game in the second half, but it still seemed pretty even to me. However once full back Tanasheh Abrahams fired a rocket shot home from outside the box on 61 minutes, albeit with a deflection, Colney had to take a few chances to try to get back on level terms. The clinching goal came after 78 minutes when in a 2 versus 2 situation the excellent Tage Kennedy (now where have I heard that name before !) outpaced the defence, cut inside, firing home from about 15 yards. The fourth goal on 81 minutes by Alan Fleming just rubbed salt into the wounds. The Non-League paper gave 2 goal Fleming as Man of the Match but in my opinion he was extremely lucky to still be on the field when he delivered a Kung Fu style “tackle” on one of Colney’s defenders. Their best players were the experienced Shane Gore were kept his side in it with some excellent saves, plus the best forward on the pitch was the afore mentioned Tage Kennedy. Colney didn’t deserve to lose especially by 4-1 and were a credit to the South Midlands League. The W & F committee were extremely hospitable and were full of praise for Colney especially their first half performance.

Full results and goalscorers listed below.

1-3 Colney Heath v Corby Town (Devine) / (Diggin [2], Dean) Attendance: 245

3-5 Dunstable Town v Bishop’s Stortford (Zunguzah, Little, Pobbe) / (Cureton [2], Charles [2], Barnwell [pen]) Attendance: 221

3-2 Hadley v Arlesey Town (Anwar, Bartram [pen], Ofori) / (Thake, Hatch) Attendance: 127

2-0 Lowestoft Town v Leighton Town (Linton, Cole) Attendance: 388

4-1 Wingate & Finchley v London Colney (Fleming [2], Abrahams, Kennedy) / (Lewis) Attendance: 111



No shocks in the League Challenge Trophy as Division One side Langford won 3-1 at Division Two club MK Gallacticos to set up a home tie with Leighton Town in Round Two. Full result and goalscorers listed below.

1-3 MK Gallacticos v Langford (J Smith) / (Bond, Foster, Rome) Attendance: 40



No change at the top as the top three all recorded impressive wins, again it’s the new boys leading the way with leaders Eynesbury Rovers defeating Baldock Town 2-0, Newport Pagnell Town are now second after defeating Leverstock Green 6-0 while Tring Athletic drop to third despite winning 4-2 at Crawley Green. Potton United moved off the bottom when they secured their first points of the season with a 2-1 win at Harpenden Town, replacing them at the bottom are North Greenford United who went down 0-3 at home to Oxhey Jets. The two London Derbies saw wins for both promoted clubs Harefield United (1-0 at home against Edgware Town) and Broadfields United (3-1 away against Wembley) while the day’s other league action saw Biggleswade United inflicting the first league defeat on Aylesbury Vale Dynamos when recording a 3-1 away win. Full results and goalscorers are listed below.

1-3 Aylesbury Vale Dynamos v Biggleswade United (Fitzgerald) / (Smith, Spavins, Caglar) Attendance: 92

2-4 Crawley Green v Tring Athletic (Ajigbolamu, Holmes) / (Ferrigno [2], Dash [pen], Lovell) Attendance: 50

2-0 Eynesbury Rovers v Baldock Town (Gentle, Peters) Attendance: 107

1-0 Harefield United v Edgware Town (Pacquette) Attendance: 105

1-2 Harpenden Town v Potton United (McGreevy) / (Agunbiade, Hamilton) Attendance: 63

6-0 Newport Pagnell Town v Leverstock Green (Burnside [4], Soetan, Unknown) Attendance: 156

0-3 North Greenford United v Oxhey Jets (Brennan, Opponent Own Goal, Cameron) Attendance: 68

1-3 Wembley v Broadfields United (Ebonine) / (Faux-James, Gardner, Smith) Attendance: 49



Matt Cruse

With the top four teams being assured of promotion this season the race for those placings remains a tight affair, new boys St Panteleimon remain top following a 7-3 win at Buckingham Athletic, while another new club Shefford Town & Campton move into second spot after winning 5-2 at Winslow United. Ampthill Town (3-3 at Rayners Lane) and Enfield Borough (2-1 winners at Bedford) currently occupy the other two promotion places with just two points separating the top four. At the bottom Hillingdon Borough move up one place after a 2-2 draw at home against Milton Keynes Robins with London Tigers now sitting at the foot of the table. Amersham Town picked up their first points of the campaign with a 4-2 win at London Lions. FC Broxbourne Borough doubled their points tally when they won for the first time when defeating New Salamis 4-1. Stotfold and Brimsdown both recorded away wins at Wodson Park and Park View respectively. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

1-2 Bedford v Enfield Borough (McLeod-Bentley) / (Bangura [2]) Attendance: 20

3-7 Buckingham Athletic v St Panteleimon (Cruse [3] [2 pens]) / (Massay [5], Monti, Tajbakhsh [pen]) Attendance: 48

4-1 FC Broxbourne Borough v New Salamis (Unknown) / (Austin) Attendance: 48

2-2 Hillingdon Borough v Milton Keynes Robins (Hunt [2]) / (G Shrieves [2]) Attendance: 15

2-4 London Lions v Amersham Town (Unknown) / (Thomas [2], Deritis, Stevens) Attendance: 32

1-2 Park View v Brimsdown (Appiah) / (Mwamba, Tiryaki) Attendance: 10

3-3 Rayners Lane v Ampthill Town (Davis, R Hastings, Blagden) / (Cerminara [2], Skinner) Attendance: 46

2-5 Winslow United v Shefford Town & Campton (Almond [2] [1 pen]) / (Snee [2], Dougherty [pen], Renney, King) Attendance: 83

0-3 Wodson Park v Stotfold (Forsythe [pen], Buchanan, Gregson) Attendance: 20



Old Bradwell United moved to the top of the table with a 4-1 over The 61FC (Luton) whilst New Bradwell St Peter are now third after coming out on top by the odd goal in five against local rivals Unite MK, as a result the hosts remain at the bottom of the table. New boys Buckingham United opened their campaign with a narrow defeat at Sarratt while Aston Clinton returned home from their trip to Codicote with all three points following a solitary goal success. Elsewhere it was honours even as Bovingdon were held at home by Pitstone & Ivinghoe and Tring Corinthians AFC and Totternhoe played out the day’s only goalless game. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

1-1 Bovingdon v Pitstone & Ivinghoe (Unknown) / (Doughty) Attendance: 61

0-1 Codicote v Aston Clinton (Mealor) Attendance: 53

4-1 Old Bradwell United v The 61FC (Luton) (Daryll Smith [2] [1 pen], Collins, Green) / (Sinclair) Attendance: 44

2-1 Sarratt v Buckingham United (Rivers [2]) / (Odatolu) Attendance: 25

0-0 Tring Corinthians AFC v Totternhoe Attendance: 35

2-3 Unite MK v New Bradwell St Peter (McConnell, Mulholland) / (Kelsey [2], Ramswell) Attendance: 26

John Mulholland



Garry Monk is the 9th consecutive Sheffield Wednesday manager who wasn’t born on a Wednesday. The last one who was, Paul Sturrock, got them promoted. Seems pretty fool-proof.


Remember to tune into Three Counties Radio (Herts, Beds & Bucks) and a show all about local non-league football- The show is live every Tuesday evening from 6.00pm – 7.00pm and is the perfect opportunity to catch up with our local non-league scene at all levels. This week regular presenter Ollie Bayliss is joined by Ryan Sturges, assistant manager of Dunstable Town.

SSMFL D2; Sarratt v Buckingham United preview + manager Sean Devine’s thoughts on pre-season

Saturday 7th September 2019
Sarratt v Buckingham United
Spartan South Midlands League Division Two
George V Way
K.O. 3.00


Last season’s league standings:

North Bucks & District League Intermediate Division (11 teams)

Buckingham United 4th


Spartan South Midlands League Division Two (15 teams)

Sarratt 12th


This game last season:



Last four games:

Buckingham United:

L 1-2 home v Twyford United 23rd April NBDL

W 3-1 home v Mursley United Development 6th April NBDL

W 0-3 away v Clean Slate Reserves 23rd March NBDL

L 3-4 home v Wing Village 16th March NBDL


D 2-2 home v The 61 FC (Luton) 31st August SSMFL

D 2-2 away v Pitstone & Ivinghoe 24th August SSMFL

L 2-1 away v Colney Heath 20th August SSMFL LCT

L 2-3 home v Berkhamsted Raiders 17th August SSMFL


Sean Devine with cup winning Leighton Town development side

Ahead of the season opener Sports Shots caught up with United manager Sean Devine to ask if he’s had much time away from the game since last season finished?

No, I don’t think you ever totally switch off and obviously after joining a new club it was a busy summer with planning for the season ahead

When did you begin your pre-season training, and how were the first couple of sessions in terms of numbers and commitment?

We went back in early July, numbers were good and commitment was in abundance from all the players at the club including the reserves

How has it been signing on players, and have you lost many that have depleted your plans?

The signing of players has been ok as we did not need to add too many, maybe only needing to add three or four

How have your pre-season games been in terms of results & performances?

Results have been decent, and our performances have got better with the more games we have played

Simon King has this week signed for United

Do you still have players yet to sign on, or are you squad ready?

Our squad is more or less there, but you always need to leave the door open just in case players come along that you know will strengthen the squad

First game of the season this Saturday at Sarratt, what are you expecting & have you got much info on your opponents?

We are expecting a tough game from a team that is already looking hard to beat going off their results so far

At this early stage, what are you targets for the first few games?

To get as many points on the board as we can which helps with building confidence for a team new to this level

Finally, are there any games this season you are in particular looking forward to?

All of them, as they will no doubt all be different in terms of their strengths and weaknesses, & for us being our first season in this division

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

SSMFL D2; Codicote v Aston Clinton preview + manager Neil Robert’s thoughts on season so far

Saturday 7th September 2019
Codicote v Aston Clinton
Spartan South Midlands League Division Two
John Clements Sports Centre
K.O. 3.00pm


(Last season’s) League standings:

South Midlands League Division Two (15 teams)

Aston Clinton 4th


South Midlands League Division One (20 teams)

Codicote 19th (r)


This game last season:



Last four games:

Aston Clinton:

W 1-2 away v Tring Corinthians 17th August SSMFL

L 3-4 home v MK Gallacticos 3rd August SSMFL

W 1-0 v Holmer Green (Wycombe Senior Cup Final at Marlow FC) 7th May

L 0-2 home v Old Bradwell United 4th May SSMFL


L 4-0 away v New Salamis 31st August FA Vase

W 0-2 away v The 61 FC (Luton) 24th August SSMFL

W 0-1 away v Aylesbury Vale Dynamos 20th August SSMFL LCT

L 3-1 away v Pitstone & Ivinghoe 17th August SSMFL


Neil Roberts

Ahead of the game Sports Shots caught up with Clinton manager Neil Roberts to ask how he feels the season has started?

So far we’ve played two and we’ve won one lost one. As a squad we were disappointed to lose our opening game against MK Gallacticos, we conceded sloppy goals as a team and if you score three goals in any game of football you don’t expect to lose!! We bounced back though against a very good Tring Corinthians side with a disciplined performance so hopefully we can kick on from that!!

How difficult has it been playing your first game to then having two weeks off, then play again then have three weeks off until this game?

It’s not been easy especially when we were asked when we’d like to start the season! To have a game then miss a week, then game, then two weeks off but that’s life, we now have a continuous run of games so hopefully we can now kick start our season

Which of your games so far have pleased you the most and why?

Tring Corinthians away, disciplined, dug in where we had to, took our chances, and had to cope with our first and ONLY sin bin of the season!!!

How would you describe your start in comparison to what you were expecting from your squad?

It’s hard to tell after two games, we’ve set ourselves goals which we’re confident of achieving so we’ll see how the season pans out over the next couple of months

How have things been in and around the club since you started the season?

There’s been a good atmosphere in and around the club, always has been really as we’ve got a great chairman, and the committee work tirelessly behind the scenes to try and make it as easy as possible for the management team and playing squad at training and on match days

Lamar Mason-Williams joint top scorer after two games

Have you had any problems of players leaving, or have you managed to add any since we last spoke?

No, once you play for Aston you don’t want to play for anyone else! Lol

Which players have impressed you so far and how?

I don’t like to mention individuals, we work hard as a squad, and we win & lose as a squad!

Five of your next six games are away from home, what difficulties does this pose to you?

I only tend to look at what’s happening tomorrow, but it doesn’t bother us as we have to play each team twice anyway, so let’s get on a good run now and maybe we can use home advantage going into the second half of the season!

Tough trip to Codicote this week, come down from the division above, have you had much info on them so far?

Codicote, I don’t even know where that is! Lol no, we just need to know that we need to turn up week in week out, rather than worry about opposition! Niche is causing us a few problems on Friday nights at the moment though!

Finally, any squad / team news ahead of the game?

With holidays now finishing I’m hoping we’ll have a full-strength squad to choose from.

Thanks once again to Sport Shots for your continued support, and coverage of grassroots football, you’re always welcome at Aston Clinton football club

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

SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 03.09.2019 – South Midlands League update #8



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

And Should Be Taken With A Pinch Of Salt


It was the turn of that other FA Competition, The Buildabase FA Vase, to take the spotlight at the weekend and for the competing clubs a more realistic chance to grace the hallowed Wembley turf. For two clubs, Park View and New Salamis, it was a first time entry in the competition.



The weekend brought about a goal fest with the 34 games producing 131 goals (an average of 3.85 per game). Winslow United topping the charts with 7, while Tring Athletic hit six. Ty Deacon (Winslow United) netting a hat-trick.


30/31 August/1 September Stats: 34 games played of which 19 were home wins, 12 were away wins, 2 draws and 1 abandoned.


Highest Attendances: 144 Leighton Town v Bugbrooke St Michaels, 92 Eynesbury Rovers v Harpenden Town and 87 Potton United v Frenford.


Sin-Bins (8):


Total Sin-Bins Season to Date (46):




THE BUILDABASE FA VASE First Round Qualifying

32 SSML sides began the weekend with Wembley ambitions and come Sunday evening 12 of those clubs were packing away the ‘new suits’ and hoping for better luck next season. There were 6 all SSML ties, while for Park View and New Salamis it was to be FA Vase football for the first time. Winslow United recorded their biggest FA Vase win with a 7-1 against Rushden & Higham United, this after going behind early. FC Broxbourne Borough were another side who enjoyed their best FA Vase result to date with a 3-0 win at home against Barkingside while London Lions suffered their heaviest FA Vase defeat when losing 0-4 at Colney Heath. We set the ‘Mad Scot’ Bill Hamilton loose at Berkeley Fields for the FA Vase clash between the unbeaten Division One leaders of both the Spartan South Midlands and United Counties Leagues. A cup tie that lived up to its billing. Three times St Panteleimon took the lead against Long Buckby, only to see the resilient visitors draw level on each occasion before having the temerity to turn the tables on their hosts with an 87th minute winner. The Saints captain Roberto Katsikas was perfectly positioned to turn in Courtney Massey’s cross to give his side an interval lead but the second half was hardly underway when Jim Smith hit the first of an impressive hat trick for the Northamptonshire side. It included a 77th minute penalty which resulted in the home team’s Nico Campbell sent off for handling the ball on the goal-line. Noyan Tajbakhsh scored twice for the Saints including finishing off an effort from teammate Michael Frangeskou which had rebounded off both goalposts and the goalkeeper. It looked as though it might be enough to live up to the club’s motto ‘Faith First’ but not this time with Long Buckby’s late winner avenging last season’s defeat by Saints in the very same round of the Vase. They are already Wembley bound … not to the Stadium but to the home of Wembley FC for a second cup battle with the Middlesex County side Cricklewood Wanderers. Excellent entertainment for the fans in a game of such fluctuating fortunes.

Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

A-A Park View v West Essex (Match Abandoned after 87 minutes serious player injury)

3-1 AFC Hayes v Dunstable Town (S Smith (og), Jarraz, J Smith) / (Little) Attendance: 42

2-1 Amersham Town v Thame Rangers (Johnson, Symons) / (Unknown) Attendance: 35

2-0 Bedford v Burton Park Wanderers (Lewis, McLeod-Bentley) Attendance: 35

4-0 Colney Heath v London Lions (Clements, Devine, Woods, Sears-Black) Attendance: 73

4-2 Crawley Green v Ampthill Town (Bunker [pen], Ajigbolamu, Ingham, Holmes) / (Cerminara [2]) Attendance: 68

2-0 Eynesbury Rovers v Harpenden Town (Stronge, Uttridge) Attendance: 92

3-0 FC Broxbourne Borough v Barkingside (Daniel [2], O’Brien) Attendance: 35

3-1 Flackwell Heath v Arlesey Town (Zakaria-Simmo, Weekes, Baines) / (Hatch) Attendance: 64

6-2 Hadleigh United v Stotfold (Ruel [2], Cassell [2], Glover, Sharp) / (Forsythe [pen], Buchanon) Attendance: 79

5-1 Hillingdon v Rayners Lane (Altomare [3], Hayles, Herlihy) / (Unknown) Attendance: Unknown

3-2 Hillingdon Borough v Kensington & Ealing Borough (Lokilo, Olarerian, Opponent Own Goal) / (Bakkai, Chidozi) Attendance: 50

0-2 Holland v Baldock Town (Piggott [2]) Attendance: 80

0-3 Ipswich Wanderers v Enfield Borough (Stevens [2], Harris) Attendance: 73

3-0 Leighton Town v Bugbrooke St Michaels (McClelland [2], Towell) Attendance: 144

1-1* Leverstock Green v Aylesbury Vale Dynamos (Cox) / (Phillips) Attendance: 67

3-1 London Colney v Brimsdown (Andrews, Brinkman, Parkinson) / (Tiryaki) Attendance: 35

4-0 New Salamis v Codicote (Austin [2] [1 pen], R Georgiou [2] [1 pen]) Attendance: Unknown

0-2 NW London v Harefield United (Farhall, Jordan) Attendance: 25

0-6 Potton United v Frenford (Watson [3], Freeman, Daly. Woodward) Attendance: 87

3-4 St Panteleimon v Long Buckby (Tajbakhsh 2], Katsikas) / (Smith [3] [1 pen], Halim) Attendance: 58

7-1 Winslow United v Rushden & Higham United (Deacon [3], Almond, Freshwater, Gwilliam, Abrahams) / (Hayes) Attendance: 82

2-1 Wodson Park v Sawbridgeworth Town (Adeyemi, De Lacy-Turner) / (Hollington) Attendance: 18

0-1 Chalvey Sports v Wembley (Ebonine) Attendance: 147

3-2 Holyport v Unite MK (Forisky [2], Sutherland) / (Parker, Rawson) Attendance: 58

0-3 Irchester United v North Greenford United (McNulty [2] [1 pen], Okolo) Attendance: 40



Three Premier Division fixtures due to the FA Vase and for Tring Athletic it was a stroll in the park on their travels as they thumped Edgware Town 6-0. Elsewhere it was 4-1 away victories for both Newport Pagnell Town and Biggleswade United against Broadfields United and Oxhey Jets respectively. Full results and goalscorers are listed below.

1-4 Broadfields United v Newport Pagnell Town (Lawrence) / (S Macrae, Burnside, Lobjoit, Ives) Attendance: 44

0-6 Edgware Town v Tring Athletic (Dash [2], Ferrigno, Fletcher, Swales, John) Attendance: 60

1-4 Oxhey Jets v Biggleswade United (Brennan) / (Agyemang, Butler, Smith, Clayton) Attendance: 68



The day’s only league action saw Buckingham Athletic winning 3-0 at home against SSML new-boys Shefford Town & Campton. Full result and goalscorers are listed below.

3-0 Buckingham Athletic v Shefford Town & Campton (Carter, Cruse, Williamson) Attendance: 57



Berkhamsted Raiders maintained their 100% league record as they top the standings after a 2-1 win at Tring Corinthians AFC. Mursley United are now third following a 2-0 win at home against Totternhoe. New Bradwell St Peter enjoyed a 3-0 success at Pitstone & Ivinghoe while the day’s other fixture saw Sarratt and The 61FC (Luton) share the four goals when they met in Hertfordshire. Full results and goalscorers listed below.

2-0 Mursley United v Totternhoe (Skelton, Simpson) Attendance: 26

0-3 Pitstone & Ivinghoe v New Bradwell St Peter (Dewsall, Walton, Smith) Attendance: 35

2-2 Sarratt v The 61FC (Luton) (Bishop, Rivers) / (Bithrey, Dawson) Attendance: 25

1-2 Tring Corinthians AFC v Berkhamsted Raiders (Lando [pen]) / (Turner, Caines) Attendance: 36



Tweet of the weekend has to go to Winslow United for this delightful gem.

Goal 7-1! No clue who scored as yet again I’m looking for footballs. Rest of the committee must be busy”.


Remember to tune into Three Counties Radio (Herts, Beds & Bucks) and a show all about local non-league football- The show is live every Tuesday evening from 6.00pm – 7.00pm and is the perfect opportunity to catch up with our local non-league scene at all levels.

SSMFL D1; Stotfold 3-0 Winslow United


It was certainly a game of two halves at Roker Park on a boiling hot Bank Holiday Monday as Stotfold’s organisation and obduracy came to the fore in a tough encounter played out in front of a good sized crowd.

Ty Deacon had an early chance for United

Roker Park is an impressive set up clearly geared for Step 5 football and on this evidence the club may well have a team to match. Well marshalled in defence and uncompromising in midfield they will almost certainly be one of the front runners in Division 1 this season. That said, Winslow shaded the first half and looked to be on course for a speedy recovery following Saturday’s heavy loss at New Salamis.

United were in the ascendancy in the opening 25 minutes with Ty Deacon causing the Stotfold defence problems; his goal bound header from Shayne Almond’s cross was blocked by a defender and he was denied by a fine save from ’keeper Gooch when put through one on one by Mitchell Collins, it wasn’t all one way though as Stotfold’s Robertson rattled the frame of the goal after being teed up by Ngwala. Daniel Parsons was next to threaten the hosts’ goal when he side footed Paul Brown’s cut back the wrong side of the post, the home side seemed to be awoken to the threat posed by Winslow and adjusted to a more confrontational style with Robertson and Forsythe, in particular, getting in the United players’ faces with their antics resulting in the former spending 10 minutes in the sin bin either side of the half as the scores remained level at the break.

Deacon was alive straight after the restart when he again got on the end of one of Almond’s deliveries only to fire into the grateful arms of Gooch whilst at the other end Bobby White denied Forsythe with his feet. It was the hosts’ who gained the ascendancy on the hour mark; Collins was penalised for a foul and from Robertson’s seemingly innocuous free-kick a freak bounce evaded White as he came to collect and dropped almost apologetically into the net. Winslow almost levelled instantly when Almond’s cross was diverted by Stotfold’s Stokes over the head of Gooch and fortunately for the home side, the crossbar too.

Shayne Almond

Winslow had another let off when Carroll flashed a free-kick across goal and it was from his corner that Stotfold doubled their lead as White came to catch but misjudged and Barker calmly steered home from close range. Gooch then spent time receiving treatment following a heavy fall reminiscent of Sam Ashmead’s three weeks ago however the Stotfold ‘keeper was able to see the game out. Dan Parsons was then shown a second yellow for a foul on Buchanan when he was through on goal albeit the Stotfold player’s momentum seemed to take him down rather than Parsons’ challenge; the Winslow man can feel aggrieved given his first yellow was even harsher after he was subjected to the off the ball antics of Forsythe. A bad day was made worse when Robertson doubled his tally in injury time after being set up by Buchanan.

Team: White; Gwilliam, Freshwater, Karwacinski, P Brown, Coles, D Brown, Collins, Almond, Deacon, Parsons

Subs: Nkansah, Abrahams, Little

Attendance: 110

SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 27.08.2019 – South Midlands League update #7



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

And Should Be Taken With A Pinch Of Salt


The weekend’s programme brought a mix of league and cup football, the latter bringing about more tears as dreams of playing in a cup final were to be banished for another year.



Twelve SSML side’s started in the FA Cup but come the end of the weekend just five remain. Division One new-boys St Panteleimon, Shefford Town & Campton and New Salamis continue to enjoy life in the SSML with the latter hitting eight past Winslow United in a weekend that brought about 148 goals from the 33 games (an average of 4.48 per game).


24/25/26 August Stats: 33 games played of which 16 were home wins, 13 were away wins and 4 were draws.


Highest Attendances: 152 Dunstable Town v Shortwood United, 145 Newport Pagnell Town v Flackwell Heath and 113 Aylesbury Vale Dynamos v North Leigh.


Sin-Bins (12): Jervon Campbell (Bovingdon), Robbie Carter (Buckingham Athletic), Matt Conway (The 61FC [Luton]), Glenn Cooksley (Ampthill Town), Pedro Kesala (Park View), Charlie Milton (Leverstock Green), Harry Murray (Ampthill Town), Owen Robertson (Stotfold), Billy Small (Totternhoe), Adam Spoors (Shefford Town & Campton), Andrew Stadnyk (Bedford), Kai Stonnell (Leverstock Green).


Total Sin-Bins Season to Date (38):




THE EMIRATES FA CUP Preliminary Round

Twelve SSML clubs went into the weekend with hopes of FA Cup glory, but only five will go into Tuesday’s draw still dreaming of gracing the hallowed turf of Wembley. London Colney enjoyed a 5-0 win at home to Halstead Town, Dunstable Town overcame visiting Shortwood United 4-1, while Arlesey Town (v Peterborough Northern Star) and Colney Heath (v Long Melford) both enjoyed 2-0 victories. Joining them in the hat are Leighton Town who returned home from a trip to former SSML side Thame United with a 3-3 draw. Aylesbury Vale Dynamos will consider themselves unlucky not to be in the draw after a thrilling game with Step 4 opponents North Leigh, leading 4-3 going into stoppage time they conceded twice in the extra seven minutes. Wembley hosted former SSML side Berkhamsted but their brave late fight back was in vain as the visitors went through 3-2. In a repeat of the same stage last season Bigleswade United travelled to Soham Town Rangers but like last season their fortunes did not change, the hosts advancing again. Stotfold gave a gallant display when hosting Canvey Island before succumbing to a 0-2 defeat. Newport Pagnell Town and Harefield United both missed out on progress as both went down by the odd goal in three to Flackwell Heath and Evesham United respectively. The remaining action saw North Greenford United making the long trip to Cirencester Town, a trip they will want to forget as they crashed out 0-5. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

2-0 Arlesey Town v Peterborough Northern Star (Black, Hatch) Attendance: 102

4-5 Aylesbury Vale Dynamos v North Leigh (Mupfururirwa [2], Scott, Touceda) / (Hunte [3], Woodley, Seacole) Attendance: 113

5-0 Cirencester Town v North Greenford United (Pook [2] [1 pen], Anson, Bennett, Parsons) Attendance: 100

5-0 London Colney v Halstead Town (Brinkman, Ibrara, Octave, Vaughan, Parkinson) Attendance: 68

0-2 Long Melford v Colney Heath (Clarke-Mardel [2]) Attendance: 72

1-2 Newport Pagnell Town v Flackwell Heath (Olawale) / (Thomas, Sinclair) Attendance: 145

2-0 Soham Town Rangers v Biggleswade United (J Andrews, T Andrews) Attendance: 109

0-2 Stotfold v Canvey Island (Putcell, Joseph) Attendance: 109

3-3 Thame United v Leighton Town (Gledhill [3]) / (Campbell, Murrell, Webb) Attendance: 101

2-3 Wembley v Berkhamsted (Sabti [pen], Femi-Gil) / (Toomey [2], Lacey) Attendance: 68

4-1 Dunstable Town v Shortwood United (Stapleton, Lamboh, Harvey, Little) / (Wilton) Attendance: 152

2-1 Evesham United v Harefield United (Tonge [2]) / (Shaw [pen]) Attendance: 270



Saturday’s two ties saw the visiting sides hitting sixes (Ben Stokes must have been watching) as they both eased into Monday’s draw. In an all Division Two affair Old Bradwell United were 6-0 winners at Tring Corinthians AFC while Division One side Park View hit back to win 6-3 at Division Two opponents Mursley United having been 0-2 down after 12 minutes. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

3-6 Mursley United v Park View (Skelton [2], Bosoka) / (Appiah [2], Asante [2], Farouk, Ismail) Attendance: 52

0-6 Tring Corinthians AFC v Old Bradwell United (Darryl Smith [2], Valentine, Cooke, Cribb, Maxey) Attendance: 45



Maybe it was the heat, but it was certainly a fiery contest at Pancake Lane where both sides were reduced to ten men due to red cards and the hosts ended up with eight players following two sin bins. Leverstock Green leading at the interval found their reduction in numbers after the break allowed the visitors Eynesbury Rovers the freedom to snatch the points and take over at the top of the table. Crawley Green tasted league victory for the first time this campaign as they sent visitors Broadfields United packing, the Green 4-0 up at the interval finally winning 5-2. Potton United remain at the foot of the table when their long trek to Edgware Town resulted in a fourth league defeat to leave them pointless. Also suffering the away day blues were Oxhey Jets and Baldock Town, the Jets beaten 1-3 at Tring Athletic while Baldock Town having scored in the first minute went down by the odd goal in three at Harpenden Town whose goals both came in the closing minutes. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

5-2 Crawley Green v Broadfields United (Holmes [2], Crook, B Lobjoit Draycott) / (Unknown) Attendance: 35

3-2 Edgware Town v Potton United (Ofori, Lopes [pen], Page) / (Ingham, Foster) Attendance: 54

2-1 Harpenden Town v Baldock Town (Anthony, Standen) / (Holland) Attendance: 83

1-2 Leverstock Green v Eynesbury Rovers (Jowle) / (Baker, Sinclair) Attendance: 42

3-1 Tring Athletic v Oxhey Jets (Naylor, John, Swales) / (Lopes) Attendance: 94



Division One continues to be the place to be if you want goals, Saturday’s nine games seeing an average of over 5 per venue. The day’s pick of the games certainly didn’t disappoint (unless you are a Winslow fan) as new boys New Salamis entertained unbeaten Winslow United. The hosts were as hot as the sun as they brushed aside their visitors 8-2. Morning table toppers Shefford Town & Campton saw their 100% league record shot down in flames as neighbouring Bedford shocked their hosts by winning 4-0, however the win came at a cost as Bedford manager Michael Jones announced on Sunday he was standing down. St Panteleimon and Ampthill Town are the new leaders, both clubs on 13 points and a point clear, St Panteleimon defeating London Tigers 3-0 while Ampthill Town saw off visiting Hillingdon Borough 5-1. Amersham Town find themselves at the bottom after slumping to a 2-5 home defeat at the hands of Rayners Lane while just above them and also looking for their first points of the new campaign are London Lions who went down by the odd goal in five at Wodson Park. Elsewhere Enfield Borough and Langford recorded wins, the former winning 3-1 at Brimsdown while the latter came out on top of a seven goal thriller at home to Buckingham Athletic. While it was honours even as Milton Keyes Robins were held 1-1 at home to FC Broxbourne Borough. Bank Holiday Monday saw Stotfold inflict further misery on Winslow United with a 3-0 home success in the day’s only fixture. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

2-5 Amersham Town v Rayners Lane (Symons, Samuel) / (Blagden [2], R Hastings [2], Sharp) Attendance: 36

5-1 Ampthill Town v Hillingdon Borough (Unknown) / (Lokilo) Attendance: 85

1-3 Brimsdown v Enfield Borough (Tiryaki) / (Bangura [2], Carvalho) Attendance: 21

4-3 Langford v Buckingham Athletic (Bond, Rome, Gilmartin, Poulton) / (Cruse [2], Owusu) Attendance: 56

1-1 Milton Keynes Robins v FC Broxbourne Borough (Spence [pen]) / (Unknown) Attendance: 69

8-2 New Salamis v Winslow United (C Georgiou [2], R Georgiou [2], Mehmet [2], Austin, Cumunaj) / (Unknown) Attendance: 59

0-4 Shefford Town & Campton v Bedford (Burford [2], McLeod-Bentley, McLeish [pen]) Attendance: 103

3-0 St Panteleimon v London Tigers (Massay [2], Tajbakhsh) Attendance: 19

3-2 Wodson Park v London Lions (Gage, Lancaster, De Lacy-Turner) / (Unknown) Attendance: 20

3-0 Stotfold v Winslow United (Robertson [2], Barker) Attendance: 110



Berkhamsted Raiders find themselves as early table toppers after winning 3-1 at last season’s champions Bovingdon, the hosts currently occupy the wooden spoon position and following the result Bovingdon manager Ryan Charles decided to step down. Codicote followed up their midweek win in the League Challenge Trophy by getting their first Division Two win, a 2-0 success at the ‘picturesque’ home of The 61FC (Luton). The two remaining Division Two games saw honours even as Sarratt drew 2-2 at Pitstone & Ivinghoe while Totternhoe were held at home by MK Gallacticos, the game finishing 1-1. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

1-3 Bovingdon v Berkhamsted Raiders (Unknown) / (Unknown) Attendance: 47

2-2 Pitstone & Ivinghoe v Sarratt (Gallant [2]) / (Matamisa, St John) Attendance: 35

0-2 The 61FC (Luton) v Codicote (Starnes, White) Attendance: 40

1-1 Totternhoe v MK Gallacticos (Denniss) / (Hanley) Attendance: 27



Tweet of the weekend has to go to New Bradwell St Peter for this delightful gem.

Big shout-out to our new followers today. All 0 of you will be in with a chance of getting a season ticket for our 2034/35 season when we get to 1000 followers. By then it might actually be worth something too”.

Come on give them a follow – @NewBradwellSPFC.

Is it time for our assistant referees to be put out to pasture?

Following goal-line technology and that wonderful VAR the Sunday Mirror reports the following – FIFA is investigating whether robots could replace assistant referees to make offside decisions, given they are already helping the video assistant referees.


SSMFL LCT; Second round of South Midlands League Challenge Trophy drawn


Saturday 26th October

New Bradwell St Peter v Codicote

Totternhoe v Harefield United or Buckingham United


Tuesday 29th October

Ampthill Town v Brimsdown

Edgware Town v Crawley Green

Harpenden Town v Arlesey Town

Milton Keynes Robins v St Panteleimon

Newport Pagnell Town v The 61FC (Luton)

Shefford Town & Campton v North Greenford United

Stotfold v Potton United

Winslow United v New Salamis or Berkhamsted Raiders


Wednesday 30th October

Baldock Town v Hillingdon Borough

Park View v Tring Athletic


Saturday 16th November

Old Bradwell United v Colney Heath


To be arranged

Amersham Town or Grendon Rangers v Wembley

Aston Clinton or Bovingdon v Bedford

MK Gallacticos or Langford v Leighton Town


SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 22.08.2019 – South Midlands League update #6



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

And Should Be Taken With A Pinch Of Salt


It was the turn of cup football to take centre stage midweek with the Spartan South Midlands League Challenge Trophy providing the focus for many clubs. Where would the cup shocks come from?





Two acts of giant-killing as Codicote 49 places below unbeaten Aylesbury Vale Dynamos and New Bradwell St Peter 38 places below Leverstock Green saw their slingshots fell Goliath. Baldock Town began their defence of the League Challenge Trophy easing past Buckingham Athletic. Premier Division sides Eynesbury Rovers, Oxhey Jets and Dunstable Town all fell at the first hurdle to clubs from Division One.


20/21 August Stats: 18 games played of which 8 were home wins, 7 were away wins and 3 draws.


Highest Midweek Attendances: 88 Newport Pagnell Town v Enfield Borough, 81 Eynesbury Rovers v Bedford and 68 Rayners Lane v Harpenden Town.



With Codicote and New Bradwell St Peter providing the biggest shocks (see headlines above) there were other upsets as St Panteleimon booked their place in the Second Round with a 4-1 home success against Dunstable Town, Milton Keynes Robins thumped Oxhey Jets 7-4 having led 5-1 at the interval and Bedford overcame Eynesbury Rovers in a penalty shoot-out after the Premier Division outfit snatched a late equalizer in injury time. Potential banana-skins were avoid by Arlesey Town (v London Lions), Newport Pagnell Town (v Enfield Borough), Harpenden Town (v Rayners Lane) and North Greenford United (v Wodson Park) as the top flight club came out on top against opponents from Division One. There were plenty of goals at FC Broxbourne Borough as visitors Hillingdon Borough came out on top in the all Division One tie, winning 5-4. The battle of the big cats saw the Lions of Wembley overcome London Tigers thanks to a 77th minute winner. Two of the three all Premier Division ties saw away wins as Leighton Town won 3-0 at Broadfields United and Crawley Green beat Biggleswade United (now managed by former Crawley Green boss Chris Devane) 2-0 at Second Meadow whilst the London Colney players can look forward to some ‘pizza adverts’ as they went out on penalties at Potton United. Edgware Town booked their place in the Second Round with a 3-1 home success over Division Two side Pitstone & Ivinghoe while Colney Heath were given a scare before edging out Division Two side Sarratt by the odd goal in three. Wednesday night saw holders Baldock Town booking a Second Round place with a 4-1 win over Buckingham Athletic while Ampthill Town won 2-0 at Division Two side Unite MK. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.


The draw for the next round will be on Twitter on Monday 26 August from 1.00pm


2-1 Arlesey Town v London Lions (Ellis, Black) / (Furman) Attendance: 66

0-1 Aylesbury Vale Dynamos v Codicote (Gutzmore) Attendance: 65

0-2 Biggleswade United v Crawley Green (P Draycott, Ajigbolamu) Attendance: 63

0-3 Broadfields United v Leighton Town (Towell [2], Webb) Attendance: 46

2-1 Colney Heath v Sarratt (Blunden, Sears-Black) / (Oliver) Attendance: 57

3-1 Edgware Town v Pitstone & Ivinghoe (Azab, Mooney [pen], Opponent Own Goal) / (Opponent Own Goal) Attendance: 35

2-2 [1-4p] Eynesbury Rovers v Bedford (Daniel, Brown) / (Unknown) Attendance: 81

4-5 FC Broxbourne Borough v Hillingdon Borough (Vanezis, O’Brien, Lee, Opponent Own Goal) / (Hunt [3], Ziani [2]) Attendance: 35

0-0 [2-4p] Leverstock Green v New Bradwell St Peter Attendance: 35

7-4 Milton Keynes Robins v Oxhey Jets (V Shrieves [5], MacDonald, G Shrieves) / (Cameron [3], Lopes) Attendance: 63

2-0 Newport Pagnell Town v Enfield Borough (Burnside, Watkinson) Attendance: 88

0-0 [5-4p] Potton United v London Colney Attendance: 61

2-3 Rayners Lane v Harpenden Town (Doolan, D Hastings) / (Anthony, Balogun, Deadman) Attendance: 68

4-1 St Panteleimon v Dunstable Town (Unknown) / (Boka) Attendance: 43

1-0 Wembley v London Tigers (Gale) Attendance: 40

0-1 Wodson Park v North Greenford United (Manitou) Attendance: 20

4-1 Baldock Town v Buckingham Athletic (Piggott [2], O’Brien, Osborne) / (Unknown) Attendance: 65

0-2 Unite MK v Ampthill Town (Cooksley, Moss [pen]) Attendance: 54



A very amusing e-mail arrived in my in box his week from a new follower of SSML football, having decided to stop watching St Albans City due to ever rising ticket prices, he was at the Oxhey Jets v Arlesey Town game on Saturday and sent me the following.

In the second half there was a lovely moment when a Jets defender and the Jeremy Clarkson lookalike linesman had a discussion which went like this:

Lino: “Watch what you’re saying”

Jet: “I wasn’t talking to you”

Lino: “Well you were looking at me”

Jet: “That’s cos I can’t take my eyes off you, you’re such a beautiful human being”!

SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 19.08.2019 – South Midlands League update #5



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

And Should Be Taken With A Pinch Of Salt


Saturday league football was once again the focal point with 48 of the 56 SSML clubs in action. For these clubs it was a busy afternoon for the numerous hard working volunteers who work tirelessly off the field ensuring that these games take place. Several of the new clubs continued to enjoy their new life in the SSML.



There were plenty of goals on Saturday with Eynesbury Rovers and Winslow United both scoring five on their travels. Steven Gentle (Eynesbury Rovers) and Richard Georgiou (New Salamis) both netting hat-tricks. Sin-Bins recorded its biggest Saturday of the season to date with no less than nine players kicking their heels for ten minutes. Eight clubs currently have 100% records while seven clubs have yet to obtain their first points of the new campaign (this does not include the four clubs still to start this season.


17 August Stats: 24 games played of which 12 were home wins, 10 away wins and 2 draws with a total of 98 goals (Average 4.08 per game).


Saturday’s Highest Attendances: 126 Newport Pagnell Town v North Greenford United, 118 Colney Heath v Dunstable Town and 97 Harpenden Town v Leighton Town.


Sin-Bins (9): Charlie Cahill (Broadfields United), Ashton Campbell (Leighton Town), Matt Faley (Broadfields United), Lenny Farhall (Harefield United), Jake Kissiedu (Ampthill Town), Ben Ranger (Berkhamsted Raiders), Liam Smith (Aston Clinton)*, Daniel Staley (Buckingham Athletic) and Mustafa Tiryaki (Brimsdown).

* First goalkeeper to be sin-binned.


Total Sin-Bins Season to Date (20):





Colney Heath and Aylesbury Vale Dynamos remain the only two Premier Division clubs who can boast 100% league records to date after both made it three out of three on Saturday. Colney Heath defeated Dunstable Town 3-0 while Aylesbury Vale Dynamos recorded a 1-0 win against Wembley, the only goal being an unfortunate own goal. Oxhey Jets recorded the comeback of the day as they recovered from 0-3 after 51 minutes to draw 3-3 at home against Arlesey Town. Tring Athletic obtained their first league win of the new campaign with a 4-1 success at home against last season’s Division One champions Harefield United. Eynesbury Rovers showed why they are regarded as one of the favourites for the title with a thumping 5-0 success at Broadfields United. On a day that saw an average of 4.2 goals scored in the Premier Division fixtures, there were big wins for London Colney and Baldock Town, Colney defeating Biggleswade United 4-1 while Baldock saw off visiting Edgware Town 4-2. Newport Pagnell Town defeated North Greenford United 3-1 while Leverstock Green also enjoyed a 3-1 home win against Potton United, results that leave the defeated clubs occupying the relegation places. Harpenden Town were the winners in the day’s other fixture as they defeated their guests Leighton Town by the odd goal in three. Full results and goalscorers are listed below.

1-0 Aylesbury Vale Dynamos v Wembley (Ejimfor [og]) Attendance: 85

4-2 Baldock Town v Edgware Town (Piggott [2] [1 pen], Finch, O’Brien) / (Mooney, Page) Attendance: 60

0-5 Broadfields United v Eynesbury Rovers (Gentle [3], Jarrold, Draper) Attendance: 25

3-0 Colney Heath v Dunstable Town (Blunden, Clarke-Mardel, Clements) Attendance: 118

2-1 Harpenden Town v Leighton Town (Anthony, Scott) / (Campbell) Attendance: 97

3-1 Leverstock Green v Potton United (Hawes, Smith, Mannion) / (Ingham) Attendance: 47

4-1 London Colney v Biggleswade United (Vaughan [2], Brinkman, Octave) / (Agyemang) Attendance: 56

3-1 Newport Pagnell Town v North Greenford United (Lobjoit [2], Lyon) / (Manitou) Attendance: 126

3-3 Oxhey Jets v Arlesey Town (Cameron, Kerley, Kediambiko) / (Moss [2], Thake) Attendance: 76

4-1 Tring Athletic v Harefield United (Naylor [2], Mitchell [pen], Dunstan) / (Farhall) Attendance: 85



Fans were treated to a seven goal thriller at Langford where the hosts went down 3-4 to Enfield Borough. SSML new-boys Shefford Town & Campton and St Panteleimon continue to set the pace at the top of the table, leaders Shefford Town & Campton winning 4-1 at Hillingdon Borough while for St Panteleimon it was honours even as they were held 1-1 at home by Brimsdown. Bedford recorded a solitary goal home success against Amersham Town. The day’s biggest winners were Winslow United who won convincingly at FC Broxbourne Borough. Elsewhere there were away day successes for New Salamis, Ampthill Town and Rayners Lane as they defeated Buckingham Athletic, London Lions and London Tigers respectively. Relegated Stotfold saw off the challenge of visiting Park View by the odd goal in three while Milton Keynes Robins came out on top at home to Wodson Park, the hosts winning 3-2. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

1-0 Bedford v Amersham Town (Unknown) Attendance: 35

2-4 Buckingham Athletic v New Salamis (King [pen], Cruse) / (R Georgiou [3], Bancans) Attendance: 58

0-5 FC Broxbourne Borough v Winslow United (Deacon, Parsons, Collins, Beckett, Abrahams) Attendance: 30

1-4 Hillingdon Borough v Shefford Town & Campton (Hunt) / (Snee, Renney, Young, Dougherty) Attendance: 20

3-4 Langford v Enfield Borough (Bond, Butler, Poulton) / (Bangura [2], Stevens, Plentie) Attendance: 79

1-2 London Lions v Ampthill Town (Lipman) / (Dillon, Moss [pen]) Attendance: 27

0-2 London Tigers v Rayners Lane (Bevan, Otoo) Attendance: Unknown

3-2 Milton Keynes Robins v Wodson Park (V Shrieves, Spruce, G Shrieves) / (Marshall, Lancaster) Attendance: 57

1-1 St Panteleimon v Brimsdown (Unknown) / (Tiryaki) Attendance: 52

2-1 Stotfold v Park View (Ngwala [pen], Carroll) / (Plaza) Attendance: 72



Life in Division Two continues to be proving hard for Codicote as they look for their first win, Saturday saw the club slipping to a 1-3 defeat at Pitstone & Ivinghoe. Last season’s champions Bovingdon find themselves bottom of the table as visiting Mursley United won a tight game by the odd goal in five. Sarratt were another side beaten by the odd goal in five as visitors Berkhamsted Raiders came out on top. The day’s other action saw Aston Clinton squeezing past Tring Corinthians AFC, the visitors winning 2-1. Full results and goalscorers listed below.

2-3 Bovingdon v Mursley United (Campbell, Ogboro) / (Lee [2], Brazier) Attendance: 64

3-1 Pitstone & Ivinghoe v Codicote (Doughty, Gallant, Nevitt) / (Chavhundura) Attendance: 55

2-3 Sarratt v Berkhamsted Raiders (Vercesi, White) / (Collier [2], Medeiros) Attendance: 40

1-2 Tring Corinthians AFC v Aston Clinton (Ali) / (Collins, Mason-Williams) Attendance: 40



Despite having rave reviews pre-season it appears A Trialist has yet to be signed by any SSML club.

Remember to tune into Three Counties Radio (Herts, Beds & Bucks) and a show all about local non-league football- The show is live every Tuesday evening from 7.00pm – 8.00pm and is the perfect opportunity to catch up with our local non-league scene at all levels. This week regular presenter Ollie Bayliss is joined by Ben Andreos, current Kings Langley Coach and former player in the SSML with Hoddesdon Town, FC Broxbourne Borough and Codicote.