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WSC; Flackwell Heath 0-1 Aston Clinton

Flackwell Heath – 0

Aston Clinton – 1

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

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

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

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

Workman collects ahead of goal

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

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

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

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

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

Clinton management celebrate win

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

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

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

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

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SSMFL: Newsletter 38 Saturday 5th May 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bill Scholes

SMFLD2CF; Aston Clinton 1-2 Park View

Aston Clinton – 1

Park View – 2

(After Extra Time)

Aston Clinton lost the South Midlands Division Two cup final to Park View on Wednesday night down at the Rowley Lane Sports Ground but more than matched their divisional counterparts in an end to end final. Park View haven’t lost in the league this year, and with Clinton second in the league this was always going to be tight, Park took the lead a minute before the interval, an early second half equaliser took the game into extra time, seconds in came a fantastic strike worthy of winning any cup final. Both sides had plenty of chances but View held on to claim their third trophy of the evening, having been presented with their Division Two cup & team of the month for December before kick-off.

The first chance fell to Park View on four minutes when Kofi Appiah received the ball after some patient build up play but he drove high & wide, whilst at the other end Vinny Greco curled a Clinton free kick straight at Park View keeper Luis Silva. Appiah then had a snap shot from the edge of the box to warm Aston keeper Liam Smith’s hands, before Park skipper Fred Asante tried an over the shoulder effort from a clearance but again wide of the target.

Lewis Workman got in behind the Park defence and squared to the incoming Mitchell Collins but from in front of goal he curled over the top, straight back up the opposite end Prince Gyimah did well down the left but once inside the area chipped the ball into Smiths gloves. Asante was next to breach the Aston backline but off balance could only help the ball away for a goal kick, and Workman then curled a free kick over from twenty yards.

Gyimah showed great technique collecting the ball whilst approaching the left touchline and turning and shooting at goal but straight at Smith, and just past the half-hour mark Park View were forced into an early substitution when Moises Roka went down with an ankle injury, despite some lengthy treatment he was unable to continue. As the half then wore down, Park View started to assert some serious pressure.

Francis Williams constant threat

An Aston attack broke down high up the pitch and the ball sent long, some hesitancy in the Clinton defence allowed Steve Opuko-Domfeh to drive into the box, skipping three challenges he smashed at goal only to see the ball crash up off the crossbar and over. Then a minute before the break they broke the deadlock through Francis Williams when a clever routine saw a clip into the box for him to receive a header on and he was in behind, finishing well. H/T: 0-1

Aston Clinton came out from the break on the front foot and equalised just three minutes in, a long goal kick from Smith saw the ball bounce over the defence and in behind Workman took a touch before slotting home. Park View played a good one-two on the edge of the Aston box resulting in Kofi Oti-Atakorah flashing a shot across goal but wide.

A ball down the middle of the pitch saw Greco heading for goal but with two markers on him he took the shot on early from the edge of the area dragging wide of Silva’s right hand post, and Clinton enjoyed a good spell of possession but lacked that final ball. As the half wore on Park View got back into the game, and started to ask their own questions in search of a winner.

Some good passing moves on the edge of the Clinton area saw the ball played out to Appiah who absolutely smashed at goal, the ball flying about a yard over the top, it would have ripped the net off had it been under the bar. In the final minute Aston won a free kick right on the edge of the area, a high tackle on substitute Luke Russell saw him felled and initially it looked as though a penalty had been awarded. However, after all the fuss died down it was signalled as a free kick right on the line, which Greco curled over the top. F/T: 1-1

Lewis Workman equalises for Aston

Before the whistle was back in the referees pocket for the start of extra time Park View retook the lead, a ball into the Aston end saw Williams after it and from the edge of the area he smashed across goal and into the top corner, with just twenty seconds on the clock. Aston tried to fight back, but were always suspect to a Park counter, one such saw Christian Agyapong feed Javier Sanchez who fired straight into Smith’s hands.

Appiah then fed in Williams to the right of goal, he flashed his shot across goal and narrowly wide of the far post, the reaction of his team mates showed just how close he had been to putting some daylight between the sides. Workman was then sandwiched between two defenders from a promising position, the striker taking the free kick himself but unable to clear the wall. H/T: 1-2

Aston pushed after the restart but struggled to break down a resilient Park defence, Workman fed through early on but had three defenders around him, he got a shot away but the ball deflected off one of them to then trickle back for the keeper to collect. Greco curled an inviting cross over which was headed out to Workman, his first shot blocked, he followed up but curled straight at Silva.

A plethora of niggly fouls, arguments & yellow cards slowed the game right down, Clinton unable to get any momentum going in their search of an equaliser, when play did resume Williams was played in at the Aston end but he fired straight at Smith. At the opposite end Workman was fed in down the right, he went for goal but Silva pushed away two handed and a defender was on hand to clear.

In injury time a free kick to Aston was half cleared out to Elias Williams who over the shoulder went for goal, the ball brushing the top of the net as it went over, and there was still time for another ball for Workman to chase down the middle, Silva advanced but as the Clinton front man went to knock on the keeper got the merest of touches to divert and the ball was cleared long, with that came the final whistle. F/T: 1-2

Attendance: 63

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Leighton Town boss steps down

Leighton Town have this morning confirmed the resignation of first team manager Scott Reynolds, after two years at the club.

Reynolds, formerly of Grendon Rangers & Winslow United, led Town this season to fourth in the Spartan South Midlands Premier Division, and to the last eight of the FA Vase.

Taking over mid season last year saw Reynolds lead the club to safety, finishing in sixteenth position and started a rebuild of his squad for this years successful campaign.

The club announced this morning:

The Club are disappointed to report that yesterday First Team Manager Scott Reynolds resigned from the position with immediate effect.

The Club would like to thank Scott for his hard work and commitment over the last two seasons and wish him and his family well for the future.

Importantly, the Club need to fill the position as soon as possible and expressions of interest and CV’s from Managers and Coaches with a proven track record of success at Step 5 and above should be sent to the Club Chairman by Monday 14th May

Scott Reynolds receives manager of the month for January

 

SSMFLD2; Aston Clinton 5-0 Mursley United

Aston Clinton – 5

Mursley United – 0

For Aston Clinton this game was another routine win in the middle of their ridiculously busy schedule, whilst for Mursley United it was a heavy defeat to end their campaign. The first forty-five minutes saw Mursley enjoy their fair share of possession but fall behind to a Mitchell Collins strike on the quarter hour mark, however two quick fire goals after the break saw them broken down mentally & physically as Aston went on to dominate the remainder. United also had captain Adam Bone sent off for two yellow cards to compound their misery, although Clinton did only score once more after the skipper was sent from the field of play.

Mursley were first to threaten when Ryan Lee found player-manager Anthony Lands out on the right wing, he crossed into Kieron Roberts who first time effort flew past Clinton custodian Liam Smiths left hand post. Clinton first looked dangerous when a corner was pulled back by Joe Kittle into the path of Vinny Greco, but he drove wildly over the top. The next United attack saw the home defence clear to the edge of their box where Lee went for glory but off balance he could only help the ball spin away for a goal kick.

The hosts took the lead on fourteen minutes, when Mursley failed to clear their lines deep in their own half, Collins received the ball in space and was able to travel along the eighteen-yard line before slotting past United keeper Sam Jay into the bottom corner. Mursley retaliated immediately, a corner was swung into the back post where John Mullholland went up to challenge with Aston captain Alex McGowan, the ball half cleared to the edge of the area where Lee fired over his shoulder but wide.

Mitchell Collins opens scoring

On eighteen minutes the home side conceded possession again in their own half, Peter Macanaspie shrugged off the challenge before driving at & forcing Smith down to his right to save. A combination of Macanaspie & Lee then saw Mursley hit the post, the rebounded fell to Lee to shoot again but a defender in the six-yard box was handily placed to block then clear. Greco then fed in Chris Shennan at the other end with an inch perfect pass through the United backline, a great chance to double their lead but he pulled his shot across goal & wide of the back post.

Mursley hit back when Jamie Green tried a looping shot from twenty-five yards which Smith had to back pedal and jump underneath his own crossbar to tip over, before Bone tried his trademark free kick routine from distance, so often deadly this season but cleared the bar with ease this time. Aston then tried again with a cross from Collins which skidded across the box and whilst the keeper stood rooted Workman came sliding in; he was just inches away from connecting allowing Jay to stand his ground to gratefully accept the ball.

The last action of the half saw an in-swinging cross from the United right attract the attention of a sea of bodies in front of Smith, no one actually got anything on it and the keeper stood and watched the ball flash past him and away for a goal kick. H/T: 1-0

Just three minutes after the restart Workman was fed in front of goal but from six-yards he pulled his shot wide, before the striker took a free kick from twenty yards that Jay had to use both hands to push away for a corner. A long clearance from inside the Aston half then saw a great tussle on the edge of the Mursley box between Shennan and United defender Brett Harper, the Clinton front man got his shot away but straight into the gloves of Jay.

Luke Russell then fed in Workman out on the right, he cut into the area and as he lined up to shoot the ball hit a bobble resulting in his shot being high over the top. The roles were reversed moments later, Workman sent Russell away down the wing, as Jay came out to challenge the Mursley defender skipped round him, but Lee was on hand to get over & block the cross before the empty goal was endangered.

Then on sixty-six minutes the game changed in the favour of the home side, when a dubious goal decision left the away side furious. Collins fired a shot at goal from twenty-five yards out, the ball took a huge deflection off McGowan before looping over everyone including Jay and nestling in the back of the net, United claimed that there were bodies in front of the keeper that were surely offside, but the referee took the time to consult his assistant before signalling the goal stood.

Adam Bone free kick

Aston took control from this point, Collins robbed a defender inside the Mursley half and headed for goal, however some great defending saw him pushed out wide where Jay arrived to help and between them got the ball out for a corner. From the corner a glancing header saw the ball flash across goal where an initial shot was cleared off the line by Jordan MacDougall but the follow up was fired in by Alex Little.

A Crossman attack down the right saw him swing the ball over which eluded Jay but came back off the crossbar, following up McGowan fired straight into the gloves of Jay. Aston grabbed their fourth on seventy-seven minutes when Workman cut in from the Aston right and his cross cum shot was saved by Jay, the ball looped up nicely for the incoming Ryan Binnee to head into the empty goal.

With eight minutes left Bone was dismissed for his second bookable offence, before Binnee on the edge of the box pulled back for Michael Harper to shoot straight at Jay. Just a minute later came the goal of the game from man of the match Collins, receiving the ball just inside the United half he took a step forward before looking up and seeing Jay on the edge of his area, one delicate chip and the ball sailed over the keeper and underneath the crossbar.

There was still time for Jay to meet Workman on the attack to make a great tackle on the edge of his own box, before another cross from Collins was met by Harper but he never really connected and simply scuffed into Jay’s hands. The last action of the game saw Macanaspie thump a free kick high over Smith’s crossbar. F/T: 5-0

Attendance: 62

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SSMFL: Newsletter 37 – Saturday 28th April 2018

Picture by Dale James

SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS FOOTBALL LEAGUE
NEWSLETTER NO 37
SAT 28th April 2018

Well, here we are heading down the home straight, with just a couple of fun filled football weeks before we reach the tape. Congratulations to both Welwyn Garden City and Park View who have won the Premier Division and Division Two respectively , whilst Southall only need a point from Tuesdays game against Codicote to be mathematically certain of joining the triumvirate. Also congratulations to AFC Dunstable Development for winning their Division at the first attempt. Three of the 5 League Cup competitions have been decided and congratulations go to Harpenden , twice,and London Lions for winning their respective Divisional Cups. Just two left – the Challenge Trophy at Colney Heath which will be contested between Broadfields and Risboro Rangers this coming Saturday, the first time ever that two clubs outside the top flight have reached the Final, whilst the Div Two Final between Aston Clinton and Park View will be on Wednesday 9th May at London Lions FC.

PREMIER DIVISION
Champions Welwyn Garden City were presented with the Premier Division trophy at their home game with Biggleswade Utd, but there was no happy ending as they went lost 3-1. Justin Leavers , Darren Woodend and Alex Marsh, with a penalty, were the scorers for the visitors. Berkhamsted secured the runners up spot, as well as promotion, after a 3-2 win at Edgware Town. The Comrades raced into an early three goal lead thanks to strikes from Ashton Campbell, Dan Jones and Adam Mead, with the goal of the day but although Mikkel James and Daniel Pett replied for the home side, Berko eventually held on for a historic win. With the runners up spot now out of reach, Leighton Town are locked in a battle with Harpenden for third place and Lorrel Smith, Carl Tappin and Tom Bryant were all on the mark as they came away from Wembley with a 3-3 draw. Meanwhile, Harpenden Town, fresh from their midweek Premier Division Cup Final victory over Welwyn G.C, . beat Tring Athletic 3-2 with goals from Jack Cartwright, Charlie Gould and Mathew Sutton to give themselves a fighting chance of overhauling Leighton on the run in. At the foot of the table, Mark Summer’s hat-trick helped St Margaretsbury to a 3-2 win at Oxhey Jets who remain second bottom. Cockfosters are also in deep in trouble after they lost 2-0 at Biggleswade United, with Abraham Eze scoring twice. Holmer Green’s four match winning run came to an end as they drew 2-2 at home to Colney Heath, but were happy to remain unbeaten as they aim for a top half of table finish to the season. After a fairly even 20 minutes or so, young Adam Riley’s speed took him clear of the defence, rounded the keeper , only to see his shot hit the far post. Unlike a certain Arsenal defender on Sunday, Riley didn’t stop to tie his laces up as Pogba threatened, and continued his pursuit of the ball, and had time to pull it back into the path of the onrushing Tom Fifield, who made no mistake from close range. Colney equalised early in the second period when a cross from the right was headed home by Joe Newton. This goal seemed to energise Colney and they looked the more likely to score next, and so it proved when another cross from the right took a deflection and and bounced up right in front of the old war horse Jimmy Hill who has not made his reputation from missing opportunities such as that. By now the Old Bankers were baying for their two strikers confined in the dug out to be released, and with 10 to go they were finally rewarded as Pawel Kotwica and Paul Nicholls joined James Britnell up front. It just goes to show how much easier it is from the sidelines than from the bench (!) as the extra power up front paid off with Kotwica doing what he does best, winning the ball and laying it off to Britnell who made no mistake with his fierce drive past the keeper. The Old Bankers erupted as Holmer stretched their unbeaten run to 5 matches. It was a good game to watch, with no malice, and was very well controlled by Referee John Perry and his two assistants, Simon Cudner and Neil Lawrence. Elsewhere, Chris Griffin scored a brace in London Colney’s 4-1 win over Crawley Green.

PREMIER DIVISION CUP FINAL – Harpenden 3 Welwyn Garden City 1

Two goals in the last 5 minutes saw Harpenden Town to victory over Welwyn Garden City in the Dudley Latham sponsored Premier Division Cup. A classic game of football it was not – certainly not one for the purists but Harpenden fully deserved their victory for their effort and commitment. Welwyn took the lead in the 26th minute through Jonathan Sexton straight from a corner but a David Keenleside free kick Kyle McLeish brought the Hares level ten minutes after the break. It remained level pegging until 5 minutes to go when Keenleyside, converted a hotly disputed penalty to put Harpenden in the lead. With Welwyn throwing everything at the Harpenden goal in search of the equaliser, including keeper Charlie May, a breakaway was always on the cards and Kyle McLeish was left with a clear run down the hill, with no one in sight. With an empty goal in front of him, amazingly, he managed to miss and it was left to Steve O’Reilly to retreive the ball and slot home to seal the win. This win completed a cup double for Harpenden following their win in the Development Final a week ago.

DIVISION ONE
We start alphabetically with Risborough Rangers winning 6 1 at Brimsdown in front of all 7 spectators! Marcus Wylie notched a hat trick for Rangers but Brimsdown’s scorer – Mad Nicholson if Full Time is to be believed – certainly lived up to his name. He received a yellow on 70, scored on 80, and got a red on 85. Quite an eventful performance! Mike Taylor made his first visit to Coles Park in many years to watch a team scheduled to play in the Challenge Trophy Final next week and one languishing in mid-table. The visitors from Risbro’ were certainly quickest off the block and were soon into a two goal lead, only prolificacy of the visitors forwards kept this score at the tea break. Brimsdown rolled up their sleeves at the start of the second half and were quite enterprising up front. However the visitors were having none of this and three goals in six minutes knocked out any ideas of recovery by the hosts. Perhaps the drizzle matched the final result, Brimsdown pinching a consolation goal, but 1-6 the final score, was definitely a dull day for the hosts, as one of their full backs went for an early bath…he could have little complaint, leaving Referee Theaker no option. Pleased to report that the 4G pitch proved to be a good playing surface and equally how both teams did manage to ’Mind Their Language’…very pleasing to note.Bob Flight was at Buckingham Athletic to see them extend their end of season unbeaten run to ten games when they comfortably overcame visitors Hatfield Town by 3-1 at Stratford Fields. On a wet afternoon and on a soggy pitch, it was Buckingham who dominated the first half as several efforts were either saved or went wide of the target. Indeed, if it was not for the Town keeper Kieron Extence who made several very good saves, the home team could have been out of sight by half time. However that was not the case and although Matt Cruse hit the top of a post with a header, the game remained goalless at the break. The second half stared in the same fashion with Buckingham on top and their persistence was rewarded on 53 minutes when Chris Stapleton shot the ball back into the Town net after it had been saved and pushed out by Extence. Buckingham got their second goal on 65 minutes when Cruse ran through and shot the ball past a helpless Extence and into the corner of the net. Town responded and James Green in the home goal was called upon to save from Darren O’Brien. The home team mostly through Cruse, had other chances but these either went wide or were saved. Buckingham missed another glorious chance when substitute George Ford missed the goal when almost on the goal line. However, the reprieve was short lived as Sam Olawale ran through to score on 87 minutes. There was just enough time for a lack of concentration by Buckingham which allowed Town to score a consolation goal through Toby Kikham in the first minute of injury time. Despite the conditions, both teams tried to play football and the three officials handled the game well which made for an entertaining match to watch for the spectators. It was a close run thing at Codicote where the hosts came off second best in a 5 goal thriller when hosting high-flying Broadfields United. Apart from a decent crowd of 36 at least the evergreen Ben Andreos notched both of Codicote’s goals, which shows there’s still goals in those old boots. Enfield Borough went berserk in front of another sparse crowd by thrashing visitors Bedford 8 nil. Sometimes I wonder at this time of the year when there’s nothing to play for teams give some of their younger and/ or reserves players a run out. Maybe that’s what Bedford did? Or maybe Enfield recaptured some of their early season form? Glad to see at long last Langford stopped the rot of losing by actually winning a game, and it appears to be a very comfortable one too. They beat FC Broxbourne Borough 4 1 with Michael Payne notching a hat trick ( 39 : 58 : 70 ) with Ricardo Green getting the fourth one after 83 minutes. Rayners Lane lost 2 – 1 in a close goal against Baldock Town. Once again Sekani McCalmen was on the scoresheet for the Lane, whilst Alex Coppin scored from the spot after 42 minutes, and Owen Robertson getting the other one after 63 minutes. Not surprising the biggest crowd of the Division was at the top six clash between Winslow United vs Wodson Park. There was only the one goal in the contest, scored by Daniel Delderfield for the hosts, in front of 83 spectators. Unless they have a total meltdown Winslow now look to have secured the third spot in front of Broadields. An Adam Burchell double plus singles from Adam Bolle and Leiron Mannie enabled London Lions to see off visitors Hillingdon Boro by four goals to two whilst Harefield
Utd’s 7-1 victory, which included a hat trick from Leonard Farhall, means that St. Neots Reserves will join FC Broxbourne Boro in relegation.to Division Two.

DIVISION TWO
Park View were confirmed as worthy champions on Saturday after a hat trick from Francis Williams helped them to a 4-0 win at home to Clean Slate. An excellent performance from Park View in their first year in the League, emulating the record of Thame Rangers last season who also won the title in their first season. Let’s hope they don’t go off to the Hellenic as well ! The runners up spot is still up for grabs, although Aston Clinton do look to be just favourites after Lewis Workman gave them a narrow 1-0 win away at Mursley Utd. However they do have to survive their very hectic last couple of weeks. Totternhoe look to be their closest rivals and they kept up the pressure after a 3-0 win away at Tring Town. AFC Southgate are also in with a shout but have played a couple of games more – they can do more than keep winning which they did , achieving a comfortable 5-1 win at home to Tring Corinthians. One of the Milton Keynes derbies – there seem to be several- saw MK Galacticos beat Old Bradwell 2-0 on the all weather pitch at Sir Herbert Leon Academy. In the only other match played. Pitstone & Ivinghoe romped to a 5-0 win on their home turf over Unite MK.

DEVELOPMENT DIVISION – Champions AFC Dunstable
The mad Scot, Bill Hamilton, saw the Development Division Champions, AFC Dunstable, finish the season in style with a comprehensive 4-0 win at Cockfosters. Dominating possession and playing an expansive game, their technical skills, speed of thought and neat swivels gave the Cockfosters defence a torrid afternoon. That said, the home side defended resolutely and had a couple of chances on the break but a missed penalty midway through the second half did nothing to raise their spirits. Dunstable were ahead as early as the 8th minute when Steve Amadi turned in Sonny Newbury-Barr’s inch perfect cross. Speedy winger Lawrence Burton headed in No2 before Daniel Blackman hammered in a free-kick from the edge of the penalty area right on the stroke of half time. Terry Daniels wrapped things up by lobbing the keeper early in the second half. Both sides were full of praise for one of the League’s youngest referees, Joseph Cannon, who took charge of the game with the confidence of a veteran. Cockfosters were magnanimous in defeat and the club officials went out of their way to ensure Dunstable’s feat was fully recognized during the presentation of the Cup to their captain Sam McClelland by Maureen Kennedy.

WYCOMBE SENIOR CUP SEMI-FINAL
Aston Clinton reached the Final of the Wycombe Senior Cup last night ( Monday) after beating Thame Rangers 1-0 in the Semi, played at Thame. The vital goal came in the 6th minute – a penalty scored by Joe Kittle. Aston will meet Flackwell heath in the Final, to be played at Marlow FC.
REFEREE JOHN NETTLETON.
AND FINALLY (some might say AT LAST!)
On Saturday, at 4.53pm, John Nettleton’s refereeing career came to an end after 29 years and 849 SSMFL games. The game between Langford and FC Broxbourne Borough was halted in the 65th minute (it was John’s 65th birthday) and players, officials and spectators alike participated in a tribute of applause to acknowledge John’s service to the league.
A reminder to all clubs, particularly those in Division Two , that the use of Substitute Boards in a match is a League requirement. The home side are responsible for providing the Boards, and they are normally placed on the half way line, so that they can be used by both sides as required. Non compliance of this League requirement , either in not providing the Boards or in not using them, may well result in a charge being levied against the offending club.
A TIMELY reminder to all clubs that it is a League Directive that the laminated A3 MYL posters must be displayed in all 3 changing rooms and in the clubhouse or refreshment area. Extra posters are available if clubs wish to place in their stands or around the dug outs. Non compliance with th is Directive may well result in a charge being levied against your club.

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

LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY FINAL – SATURDAY 5th MAY at Colney Heath FC
Broadfields v Risborough Rangers

DIVISION TWO CUP FINAL – WEDNESDAY 9TH MAY at London Lions FC
Aston Clinton v Park View

Grateful thanks to Chris Mitchell, Bob Flight , Dave Henman, john Chidley and Sports Shots.org.uk for their reports and contributions.. All news, views etc welcome, particularly from our refereeing colleagues.
Enjoy your football and remember MIND YOUR LANGUAGE

Bill Scholes

SSMFL: Newsletter 36 Saturday 21st April 2018

Picture by Dale James

SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS FOOTBALL LEAGUE
NEWSLETTER NO 36
SAT 21st April 2018
The sun did have his hat on for a bit on Saturday, but the rain man didn’t like that and got in on the action – so a real April showers day…..and that’s not casting aspersions on the football!

PREMIER DIVISION
Welwyn Garden City remain on target to pass through the 100 point barrier despite losing 2-1 at Holmer Green who inflicted only the 3rd defeat of the season on the champions.This was a vital win for Holmer as they continue to move clear of the the bottom five. The first half was fairly uneventful but the game sprang to life in the 60th minute when the Welwyn keeper could not hold on to Anthony Tyson’s low shot which rolled agonisingly slowly into the net. After 75 minutes, the Holmer defence failed to clear a corner , and following a game of ping pong in the 6 yard box, Jay Rolfe finally managed to poke the ball into the net. If that was a scrappy goal, the winner in the 83rd minute was anything but as the ball was laid back to young Adam Riley who despatched an unstoppable drive from outside the box giving the keeper absolutely no chance. Welwyn redoubled their efforts to salvage a point but the Green’s defence held firm. The race for second is going down to the wire though. Berkhamsted remain in pole position after they beat London Colney 7-0. Matt Bateman and Ashton Campbell were among the goals and substitute Ash Morrisey helped himself to a hat-trick. Leighton Town could only draw 0-0 at home to 5th place Hadley, to leave them five points behind the Comrades with a game in hand. Biggleswade FC were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Cockfosters, whilst a brace from Reece Cameron and one from David Lawrence enabled Leverstock Green to record their 17th win of the season as they beat St. Margaretsbury 3-0 at home. Wembley moved to within a point of Hoddesdon after beating their hosts 3-2, whilst Tring Athletic and Edgware shared rhe points in a 1-I draw at The Grass Roots Stadium. At the foot of the table, It was an afternoon to forget for bottom side Stotfold who conceded six first half goals on their way to a 9-0 defeat at home to Harpenden Town. The visitors warmed up for their Premier Division final on Wednesday with a goal fest which included 5 goals from James Ewington ,and a double from Sam James. Oxhey Jets also remain in the bottom two despite a 0-0 draw at home to Biggleswade United.

DIVISION ONE
Leaders Southall were not in action over the weekend and their lead at the top was cut to three points after challengers Baldock Town completed a 3-0 home win over Brimsdown. Third placed Broadfields could only manage a 1-1 draw away at Buckingham Athletic, which enabled Wodson Park to close to within a point after their 2-0 win at home to Codicote. Goals from Marcus Hussey, Simon King and a Ryan Freshwater penalty saw visiting Winslow Utd to 3-2 victory over Hillingdon Boro to keep them in touch with the challenging pack 8th placed Harefield were unable to close the gap on those above them as they went down 1-0 away to Hatfield Town. The mid table clash between Bedford and Broxbourne Boro ended in a 4-0 win for the home side, whilst Rayners Lane had a 2-0 win at home against the side just them Ampthill Town. Finally London Lions came back from their journey up the A1 to St Neots Reserves with a 5-1 win under their belts.

DIVISION TWO
Bob Flight was at Pitstone & Ivinghoe to see them entertain table toppers Park View and the home side held up the Park View march towards the title in a 1-1 draw. In a fairly even first half, both teams had good chances to score. Josh Webster had the first chance for Pitstone but his shot went straight at Park View keeper Luis Silva who saved with ease. At the other end Francis Williams had three good chances, two missed the target and the other hit the crossbar. Just before half time, Steve Birchenell in the home goal saved from Williams and a shot from Pitstone flew over the visitors bar. Thus the half ended without any goals for the watching crowd to cheer. The second half saw Park View on top and they had a couple of corner kicks and a shot that Birchenell saved. Pitstone had a good chance on 56 minutes but once again a good chance went begging as a shot from Webster was saved. Park View changed their tactics as two substitutions were made and they began to dominate the play. Their goal eventually came on 58 minutes when Williams made amends for his earlier misses by heading the ball into the home net. It seemed just a matter of time before Park View would extend their lead, but good defending and some wayward finishing saw them still with just the single goal. With time running out, Pitstone woke up to the fact that they could get something out of the game and began to press the visitors defence. Webster put a chance over the bar and Silva made an excellent save from Keiran Doughty. Just when the home fans despaired of seeing a goal, Pitstone scored on 87 minutes when Doughty headed a cross from Danny O’Donnell past Silva and into the Park View net. Indeed, Pitstone could have grabbed an unlikely winner in a goal mouth scramble in injury time but the ball refused to go into the visitors net and was cleared. The final act was a free kick from Park View, which was wasted, and a scrappy game ended all square. It was a great battling point for Pitstone but Park View will rue all their missed chances, particularly in the first half.
Aston Clinton are reeling in their huge back log of fixtures and are closing in on the runners up spot following their latest victory, a 5-0 home win over Tring Town. This was their 6th win out of their last 7 games , and was their 4th game in the last 8 days, the only blip being a 0-0 draw with Old Bradwell. Still 9 league games and at least 2 cup games to go before the beach beckons !! AFC Southgate’s challenge for the second spot is receding after their 5-1 defeat away at OldBradwell – their 3rd loss in 4 games – and they are are now don to 4th. Probably the only realistic challenger for second spot is Totternhoe and they kept up the pressure with 5-0 win away at The 61 FC – however they still have 7 league games left. Elsewhere in the local derby up north in Milton Keynes, honours were shared as MK Galacticos and Loughton Manor drew 3-3 whilst Clean Slate moved out of the bottom three after winning 4-1 at home to Tring Corinthians, who remain at the foot of the table, alongside Tring Town. The match between Grendon Rangers and Unite MK was postponed.

DEVELOPMENT DIVISION CUP FINAL –

Harpenden Town 2 Risboro Rangers 1
If there was any doubt about the value of a Development Division, the Final at Tring Athletic must have laid those doubts to rest as it turned out to be a close and exciting game between two competitive teams, with not a grey hair in sight. A match enjoyed by a good crowd of 143. Probably on the balance of play, Harpenden deserved the victory as they were a bit too strong and quick for their opponents, but the younger Risboro side certainly made them work for their victory. Kicking up the slope , Harpenden took an early lead in the 9th minute through Loius Fredericks but Risboro battled away and rewarded with a penalty in the 23rd minute – skipper Justin Hockley coolly slotting home from the spot. . Both sides had chances but although Norbert Staniszowski , the Risboro keeper, resplendent in all white, was probably the busiest of the two, he always looked safe – which is definitely a good attribute for a keeper ! He also had another excellent attribute, as although shouted himself hoarse encouraging his team, no profanities passed his lips – very, very unusual in a keeper. With the slope in their favour in the second half, Harpenden looked the more likely to break the deadlock and so it proved in the 68th minute when a long ball down the middle glanced off a defenders head into the path of Jack Skinner who was left with the easiest of chances. Congratulations to Harpenden who will be hoping to add the Premier Division Cup to their trophy cabinet on Wednesday night ( tonight ) in the Premier Division Final at Colney Heath.

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. Non compliance of this League requirement , either in not providing the Boards or in not using them, may well result in a charge being levied against the offending club.

PREMIER DIVISION FINAL – WED 25TH APRIL at Colney Heath -7.45pm
HARPENDEN TOWN v WELWYN GARDEN CITY

MIND YOUR LANGUAGE
The recent two cases reported on here are excellent examples of the type of behaviour that we are trying to eradicate with the MIND YOUR LANGUAGE campaign. Yes, of course It is not just on the field of play but off it as well, and this is where Club Chairmen can play a vital role in informing spectators, via programmes, websites, twitter, PA announcements etc, that foul, abusive and threatening behaviour will not be tolerated, and regular perpetrators will be barred from the ground. PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THE HOME CLUB IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE BEHAVIOUR OF ALL SPECTATORS.
A TIMELY reminder to all clubs that it is a League Directive that the laminated A3 MYL posters must be displayed in all 3 changing rooms and in the clubhouse or refreshment area. Extra posters are available if clubs wish to place in their stands or around the dug outs. Non compliance with this Directive may well result in a charge being levied against your club.

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE AND VENUE
LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY FINAL – SATURDAY 5th MAY at Colney Heath FC

Grateful thanks to Chris Mitchell, Bob Flight and SportsShots.org.uk for their reports and contributions.. All news, views etc welcome, particularly from our refereeing colleagues.
Enjoy your football and remember MIND YOUR LANGUAGE

Bill Scholes

bill@spartansouthmids.co.uk

SSMFL: Fixtures for the next two weeks

Picture by Dale James

Monday 23rd April – Kick Off 7.45pm unless stated
DIVISION ONE
Brimsdown v Bedford
Enfield Borough v Buckingham Athletic
Wodson Park v Rayners Lane

Tuesday 24th April – Kick Off 7.45pm unless stated
PREMIER DIVISION
Leighton Town v Stotfold
Leverstock Green v Holmer Green (Kick Off 7.30pm)
Oxhey Jets v Wembley (Kick Off 7.30pm)

DIVISION ONE
Codicote v FC Broxbourne Borough
Harefied United v Southall
Hatfield Town v Broadfields United (@ London Colney FC)
Winslow United v Ampthill Town

DIVISION TWO
Aston Clinton v Park View (Kick Off 6.30pm)
Loughton Manor v Totternhoe (Kick Off 6.30pm)
MK Gallacticos v The 61FC (Luton) (Kick Off 6.30pm)
Old Bradwell United v Clean Slate (Kick Off 6.30pm)

U25 DEVELOPMENT DIVISION
Buckingham Athletic Development v Colney Heath Development (Kick Off 7.30pm)
Harpenden Town Development v Cockfosters Development
P-P Holmer Green Development v Berkhamsted Development

Wednesday 25th April – Kick Off 7.45pm unless stated
PREMIER DIVISION
Crawley Green v Tring Athletic

DUDLEY LATHAM MEMORIAL (Premier Division) CUP FINAL
(Sponsored by S & T Sales and Marketing)
Welwyn Garden City v Harpenden Town (@ Colney Heath FC)

DIVISION ONE
Enfield Borough v Rayners Lane

DIVISION TWO
AFC Southgate v Tring Town AFC (Kick Off 7.30pm)

U25 DEVELOPMENT DIVISION
Leighton Town Development v Ampthill Town Development

Thursday 26th April – Kick Off 7.45pm unless stated
PREMIER DIVISION
Biggleswade FC v St Margaretsbury
Holmer Green v Cockfosters
London Tigers v London Colney

DIVISION ONE
Codicote v Ampthill Town
FC Broxbourne Borough v Baldock Town
Risborough Rangers v London Lions
Southall v Langford
St Neots Town Reserves v Bedford
Winslow United v Broadfields United

DIVISION TWO
Aston Clinton v Old Bradwell United (Kick Off 6.30pm)
Clean Slate v Unite MK FC (Kick Off 6.30pm)
MK Gallacticos v Pitstone & Ivinghoe (Kick Off 6.30pm)

U25 DEVELOPMENT DIVISION
Buckingham Athletic Development v Harpenden Town Development (Kick Off 7.30pm)
Cockfosters Development v Colney Heath Development
Hertford Town Development v Welwyn Garden City Development

Saturday 28th April – Kick Off 3.00pm
PREMIER DIVISION
Biggleswade United v Cockfosters
Crawley Green v London Colney
Edgware Town v Berkhamsted
Harpenden Town v Tring Athletic
Holmer Green v Colney Heath
London Tigers v Leverstock Green
Oxhey Jets v St Margaretsbury
Stotfold v Hoddesdon Town
Welwyn Garden City v Biggleswade FC
Wembley v Leighton Town

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

DIVISION TWO
AFC Southgate v Tring Corinthians
MK Gallacticos v Old Bradwell United
Mursley United v Aston Clinton
Park View v Clean Slate
Pitstone & Ivinghoe v Unite MK FC
Tring Town AFC v Totternhoe

U25 DEVELOPMENT DIVISION
Ampthill Town Development v St Margaretsbury Development
Berkhamsted Development v Winslow United Development
Cockfosters Development v AFC Dunstable Development
Hertford Town Development v Buckingham Athletic Development
Leighton Town Development v Welwyn Garden City Development
Risborough Rangers Development v Biggleswade United Development

Sunday 29th April – Kick Off 3.00pm
DIVISION ONE
Southall v Ampthill Town

Monday 30th April – Kick Off 7.45pm unless stated
PREMIER DIVISION
Biggleswade FC v Biggleswade United

DIVISION ONE
Enfield Borough v Brimsdown

DIVISION TWO
MK Gallacticos v Tring Town AFC (Kick Off 6.30pm)

HIGH WYCOMBE SENIOR CUP Semi Final
Aston Clinton v Thame Rangers (@ Thame Rangers FC)

U25 DEVELOPMENT DIVISION
Leighton Town Development v Hertford Town Development

Tuesday 1st May – Kick Off 7.45pm unless stated
PREMIER DIVISION
Cockfosters v Wembley
Harpenden Town v Oxhey Jets
Holmer Green v Stotfold
London Tigers v Crawley Green

BUCKINGHAM SENIOR CHARITY CUP Semi Final Second Leg
Buckingham Athletic v Leighton Town (Kick Off 7.30pm)

WEST HERTS ST MARY’S CUP Semi Final
Berkhamsted v Tring Athletic

DIVISION ONE
Codicote v Southall (Kick Off 7.30pm)
FC Broxbourne Borough v London Lions
Risborough Rangers v Rayners Lane
Winslow United v Baldock Town

MIDDLESEX PREMIER CUP FINAL
Broadfields United v Harefield United (@ Harrow Borough FC) (Kick Off 7.30pm)

DIVISION TWO
Loughton Manor v Berkhamsted Raiders (Kick Off 6.30pm)
Old Bradwell United v Totternhoe (Kick Off 6.30pm)

U25 DEVELOPMENT DIVISION
Ampthill Town Development v Hoddesdon Town Development
Biggleswade United Development v Berkhamsted Development
Hertford Town Deelopment v Colney Heath Development

Wednesday 2nd May – Kick Off 7.45pm unless stated
DIVISION TWO
Aston Clinton v Mursley United (Kick Off 6.30pm)
Clean Slate v Pitstone & Ivinghoe (Kick Off 6.30pm)

U25 DEVELOPMENT DIVISION
Leighton Town Development v Winslow United Development

Thursday 3rd May – Kick Off 7.45pm unless stated
PREMIER DIVISION
Oxhey Jets v Hoddesdon Town (Kick Off 7.30pm)

DIVISION ONE
Winslow United v FC Broxbourne Borough
Wodson Park v Southall

DIVISION TWO
Old Bradwell United v Loughton Manor (Kick Off 6.30pm)

U25 DEVELOPMENT DIVISION
Ampthill Town Development v Risborough Rangers Development

Friday 4th May – Kick Off 7.45pm
NORTH BEDS CHARITY CUP FINAL
Potton United v Bedford (@ Biggleswade United FC)

Saturday 5th May – Kick Off 3.00pm
LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY FINAL
Risborough Rangers v Broadfields United (@ Colney Heath FC)

PREMIER DIVISION
Berkhamsted v Oxhey Jets
Crawley Green v London Tigers
Harpenden Town v Biggleswade FC
Holmer Green v Biggleswade United
Stotfold v Hadley
Welwyn Garden City v Leighton Town

DIVISION ONE
Ampthill Town v St Neots Town Reserves
Baldock Town v Codicote
Buckingham Athletic v Winslow United
Hillingdon Borough v Brimsdown

DIVISION TWO
AFC Southgate v Totternhoe
Amersham Town v Park View
Aston Clinton v Loughton Manor
Clean Slate v MK Gallacticos
Tring Corinthians v Unite MK FC

SSMFLP; Reynolds hoping for gold at the end of the season

Saturday 21st April 2018

Leighton Town v Hadley

Spartan South Midlands Premier Division

Bell Close

K.O. 3.00pm

Leighton Town host Hadley in their penultimate home league game on Saturday, and with it face a stern test against the side who haven’t lost in eight games, including a two goal win over their hosts just over four weeks ago. Hadley currently occupy fifth place in the league table, albeit having played more games than most around them, so Leighton will need to continue their recent fine form in their pursuit of Berkhamsted and that second place in the table.

Ahead of the game Sports Shots caught up with manager Scott Reynolds, and we asked how the game against Holmer Green midweek went:

Tuesday night we hosted Holmer Green and we were superb & finally back to our best. The result made it three wins on the spin again in the league, but more importantly keep a long awaited clean sheet which is always pleasing from a defensive point of view. Our performance was aggressive, clinical and the desire to win was there to see from all members of the playing squad on the night

Scott Reynolds

And ahead to this weekend:

Saturday will be tough, Hadley are the in form team in the division and have in recent weeks beaten us as well as the champions Welwyn Garden City. With promotion still a possibility it adds pressure and importance to this particular fixture

And how are things looking going into the final few games:

Squad wise we are as strong as ever. Lorrell Smith will return following a midweek absence and all other players are eligible for selection. As a club we are heading in the right direction. A huge amount has been achieved both on and off the pitch this season. A fine season on the pitch, which we hope will end with silverware & promotion, and a lot of effort & improvements off the pitch to improve the facilities & match day experience. A truly great effort from all so far, let’s just hope we can finish the job off in the last few weeks off the season

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

SSMFLD2; Is there a rabbit in range for Grendon?

Saturday 14th April 2018

AFC Southgate v Grendon Rangers

Spartan South Midlands Division Two

Brickfield Lane

K.O. 3.00pm

Grendon Rangers travel down to AFC Southgate on Saturday, facing the daunting task of taking on the side who have lost just once at home this season, and who will be looking to get back on track after they were soundly beaten at Aston Clinton last week by four goals without reply. Grendon themselves will be looking to avenge the reverse of this meeting just three weeks ago when Southgate beat them by three goals to nil in Buckinghamshire, but five games without a win going into this fixture is hardly comfort for the side that have had their own struggles this season. After this trip, Rangers host Unite MK before ending the season in mid-May at Aston Clinton.

Ahead of the game Sports Shots caught up with Grendon defensive midfielder Ricky Brown, and asked what he thinks Grendon can do to frustrate their hosts on Saturday:

With our recent performance against Park View, albeit a very flattering scoreline to them, if we can take the same mentality & attitude into this game then I can see us being able to frustrate them, we will have to defend strong and catch them on the break

We asked if there is a chance of an away win yet this season for Grendon:

There is a definitely a rabbit in the hat, I am sure we can pull it out, whether it’s this week or the final game at Aston. It’s been coming for weeks, we just haven’t had that bit of luck needed

Just how difficult a season has it been at Grendon?

Honestly, these are all factors we’ve had to face. We started off pre-season quite well but then various changes in management didn’t help to push forward in the right direction, and that was no fault of any individual that has taken on the reins since. It was a shame personally to see people hand over the job or leave the club, but I don’t want to delve too deep into my own personal views. That said, we do have a core of committed & enthusiastic players, and a backroom support that has helped push the club through to the end of the season. We have to look ahead and focus for next season, look to add further players to our squad, and hopefully someone will come in and take over the reins and guide us in the direction we need to go, whether that be an old face or new

Ricky Brown at Buckingham Ath

How has Ricky’s own season been?

For me this is my second spell here, after getting a call up to the Aylesbury United first team during my previous spell. Injury was a real issue last season, then not really making an impact at Buckingham Athletic mixed with the birth of my son, all meant commitment was a real issue for me. However, this season I have been committed & I’ve been pleased with my own individual performances, I know I have more to give & there’s always room for improvement. I turn up and I like to think I give 100% week in and week out for the team, and I’m looking forward to seeing this season out, then preparing for next. An enjoyable season for me, that’s what I wanted out of this season, to get that feeling of enjoying myself again

Finally, is the final home game of the season next week the best opportunity to finish on a high?

When you play Unite MK anything is possible, it’s not dangerous to think like that, you just have to be ambitious. To finish the season with a win at home, to end on a high would be amazing! These boys deserve another three points for all their efforts of the last few weeks

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