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New Buckingham United manager gives thoughts & plans for season ahead

Buckingham United Football Club announced recently the appointment of Sean Devine as their new manager for the coming season along with John Walton agreeing to become his assistant, the pair working together last season at Leighton Town development which ended in success as their young side lifted the Spartan South Midlands Development Challenge Trophy with a solitary goal victory over Stotfold.

Sean Devine with cup winning Leighton Town development side (image: Natalie Walton)

This week Sports Shots caught up with the former Leighton Town development gaffer to ask for his initial thoughts after landing the job:

Both myself and John are excited and happy to be being given the opportunity to coach / manage at this level, and being part of a club that is looking to move in the right direction

When did they apply for the roles, and what were their opinion after meeting the club:

We applied for the job not long after our season had finished, when we met Matt (Hawes) and Adam (Bray) their enthusiasm for the direction that they want to take the club was unbelievable which really sold it to both of us

What has been Sean’s football career to date?

Wow that might take a while lol, I was a pro for around fifteen years playing for teams such as Millwall, Wycombe Wanderers & Exeter City, I also had a stint playing in the Australian ‘A’ League, I also represented Ireland B

What are the immediate plans for the summer now, and what help will he bring in?

To recruit a few new faces to add a bit more depth and strength to the current squad, plan pre-season training & games, and make sure we are ready for the start of the season. John Walton will be helping me as we worked together last season at Leighton Town and John also gave me the opportunity to get back into football, he also has a lot of contacts in the area and a lot of respect in the game. We may also look at bringing in another coach to assist with training & match days etc

Does Sean have any South Midlands experience & what are they expecting?

We have quite a bit of experience at this level as John has managed at this level before, and we were both with Leighton Town who were part of their development league. We feel it’s the next level up for us as its first team football but not too much of a big step too soon. The league will no doubt be competitive and we have got to make sure we are ready

What are the plans for the season at this stage?

To gain promotion and win a trophy, also to develop players who want to learn and progress

In terms of the squad, how many players can they retain and bring in?

We have been told that ten of last year’s team want to start with us pre-season and we are looking to bring seven or eight lads from our development team over to the club, then we also have five or six confirmed who want to come down pre-season who have played at this level or higher

How does Sean describe the way he manages, and what style of football do his sides play?

Approachable, we want to support players and create a positive attitude amongst the group, with lots of question and answers as we like players to problem solve, ask them the question. We like to play an attacking style of football with a high tempo and energy

Finally does the new manager have thoughts for the people of Buckingham United?

We are looking forward to the coming season for all the teams involved with the club and want everyone to feel welcome and be part of a growing club. There will be an open training session (date TBC) for us to also look at what players may be in the local area or close to it that may be good enough to play at this level

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

Grendon Rangers FC celebrate 70 years of football + 25 years since Orlando (USA) Cup ’94 success

25.05.2019

Grendon Rangers FC held an open day on Saturday as they celebrated seventy years of uninterrupted football at the club, and to also mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of their under sixteens trip to Orlando back in 1994 when invited to play in a tournament which they duly brought silverware back from, along with a sack full of memories to their small dwelling in Buckinghamshire.

The village hall was open all afternoon attracting players & friends old & new whilst the evening offered a sit down dinner along with comedian and disco, tables full of memorabilia were laid out that offered programmes, shirts, newsletters, badges, trophies and much more for those in attendance to peruse and stir up memories of years gone by.

One of those under sixteen players is still at the club having just completed another season which saw Rangers finish in their highest ever Spartan South Midlands position, with the most points ever gained also, not many non-league players start at junior level and still play for the same club some quarter of a century later!

Known affectionately by his friends & team mates as ‘Sarge’, Stuart Leonard took time out from the celebrations to speak to Sports Shots to reflect on his time at the club, the trip to the USA as a youngster and also managed to pick a one to eleven of the best players he’s seen at the club although put on the spot he later admitted he’d missed a few others out including Paul Newman at centre back and Gary Hankers up front as two definite starters, click on the link below to listen in:

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Newport Pagnell Town manager Darren Lynch steps down

Darren Lynch has stepped down from his managerial role at Newport Pagnell Town with immediate effect.

Darren Lynch

Just a week after confirmation that the club will be competing in the Spartan South Midlands Premier Division after being transferred from the Future Lions United Counties League in the latest round of FA non-league revisions, Lynch has stepped down after a successful stint as manager, which included the memorable FA Vase quarter-final run two years ago, and narrowly missing out on promotion last season.

Announcing his decision on social media Lynch confirmed:

After 6 years in charge at Newport Pagnell Town I’ve decided to resign as manager, I want to thank all the players and coaches past & present for all their efforts and commitment during my time there and wish the club the best for the future!

It wasn’t the easiest decision as I’ve been associated with the club on & off for twenty-six years but I feel I’ve taken it as far as I can go and time for a well earned rest

Sports Shots has today spoken with Newport Pagnell Town FC head of football Ian Ford:

This mornings news from Darren has taken us a little by surprise if I am honest, but totally understand and support his decision – the poor lad has had twenty-six years of solid football, year in, year out – and now deserves a much-earned break.
What Darren has achieved over recent years at this club has been phenomenal – an FA Vase Quarter final and a ‘ninety point’ third place finish in back to back seasons on limited resources was a fantastic achievement. Darren has helped to create some life-long memories for this football club and will be sorely missed.
Darren goes with the very best wishes of the club along with special thanks for all he has done for us; from me personally, I wish Darren all the very best of luck and happiness in all that he does.
With regards to the future? We’ll need a couple of days to get aligned internally and think about where we go from here, but what I do know is that with the ground developments happening over the next twenty-four months and the Clubs future ambitions, it will be very exciting times here at Newport Pagnell Town Football Club in the coming seasons
In the meantime anyone wishing to apply for the role should contact Ian at: ian@nptfc.co.uk 
Sports Shots would like to thank Darren for all his time since covering the club.

Winslow United appoint George Tomlin as manager

Winslow United have moved quickly to replace Paul Alleyne who left the club at the end of the season and have appointed George Tomlin as their new manager.

George Tomlin

George has been the manager of Sunday League side Aylesbury Flooring for the past two seasons, and ended this campaign winning all five competitions that the club entered, the league title wrapped up last weekend completed a truly remarkable season where four cups were lifted beforehand including the infamous FA Sunday Cup success at the end of April which they won at League One Peterborough United by beating Birstall Stamford with three goals in the final thirteen minutes of the game.

Winslow chairman Andy Setterfield said:

After losing Paul and Roni after another successful season, we wanted to appoint someone we felt would be able to build on the success of the last two seasons. We had a lot of interest in the position, but George was the outstanding candidate.

George has had an impressive start to his managerial career having been in charge of the all-conquering Aylesbury Flooring FC, picking up the FA Sunday Cup along the way.  George will be joined on his management team by Julian Robinson who has plenty of experience of the SSMFL and I look forward to working with them both.

I would also again like to place on record mine and the club’s thanks to Paul Alleyne and Roni Joe for their commitment over the last two seasons

Sports Shots caught up with George today to ask his first thoughts on landing the job:

I am very pleased to get the job & excited to get started, it’s going to be a good test. I’m looking forward to working with Andy and the rest of the team, Julian and the players

George obviously knows the previous management team, has there been much communication about the job?

Yes I know them both and of course Garbs (Steve Garbutt), unfortunately I haven’t been able to speak with either Paul or Roni properly yet. I have had phone calls with Steve and other coaches and they have been helpful and given plenty of advice and encouragement

What has the new managers career in football been so far:

I was at Oxford United from the age of nine up to the youth team, on being released I signed for Chesham United reserves then moved to Aylesbury FC. After a couple of seasons I moved to Tring Athletic first team and played under Julian when he was in charge, I also played a season for the reserves before signing for Aylesbury United. I recently stopped playing whilst I was at Tring Corinthians

What does the summer hold now?

It will be nice to have a little break from the football, but myself and Julian will be meeting up and speaking with Andy discussing plans for the season. We will be speaking with old and hopefully new players over the coming weeks up until the first preseason session. Also making sure the pre-season games are all booked in

We asked George what experience he has of the SSMFL and what made him apply for the position?

I was player / assistant manager at Tring Corries a couple seasons back with a very young team, the last time previous to that was playing with Tring Athletic in the Premier Division. With Flooring finishing I wanted to still be involved with coaching, I obviously know some of the players down there already from Aylesbury Flooring and I’ve heard from them and others that it is a very good club and after speaking with Andy and a few other members you can see that Winslow is a club with an ambition to progress

What are the targets for next season?

Of course it’s my first season at this standard and Paul and Roni done a fantastic job here, it would a great achievement if we can come close to what they achieved and of course it would be incredible to go one further. Having Julian as an assistant will be a great help. With his knowledge and experience of the SSMFL and higher, I know we can both help to progress Winslow to the next level

George Tomlin & Alex Kedzierski with 1 of the 5 trophies Flooring won this season

In terms of the squad does George expect to retain the players and add to it?

I’d like to think we can retain the majority if not most. We will be both looking to get players in and build on the squad there to try and achieve getting the club into the prem

Having had so much success in Sunday football this season, how will it differ going to step six Saturday football?

Obviously there is a difference in standard for the majority of the time, my team was built on team spirit and togetherness, however they all play at a good standard on a Saturday which helped. We were successful as a team against good Sunday sides which had good quality Saturday players playing for them. With the FA Cup run and victory, it’s felt like I’ve been running a Saturday side but we’ve just been playing on a Sunday. Some of the boys already play for Winslow, it would be nice to get a couple more, but if they can produce half the effort and quality that they have on a Sunday to a Saturday, we will do very well!

Finally, what message does the new gaffer have to the people of Winslow?

I’m looking forward to working with them and meeting them all. It’s going to be a fun, exciting and hopefully successful season

2019/20 season non league steps 1-6 revealed

The non-league divisional structures have been revealed for next season’s step one to six clubs, which affects a number of the clubs covered by Sports Shots.

Step 3:

Banbury United continue in the Southern League Premier Division Central and welcome five new clubs to the division for the new campaign, Bromsgrove Sporting, Hednesford Town, Kings Langley, Nuneaton Borough & Peterborough Sports.

 

Step 4:

Aylesbury United & Thame United continue in the Southern League Division One Central and welcome six new clubs to the division for the new campaign, Bedworth United, Biggleswade FC, Daventry Town, Halesowen Town, St Neots Town & Wantage Town.

 

Step 5 (Hellenic):

Brackley Town Saints continue in the Hellenic Premier Division after narrowly missing out on promotion, they welcome Burnham, Chipping Sodbury Town, Easington Sports & Westfields for the forthcoming campaign.

 

Step 5 (South Midlands):

Newport Pagnell Town have been transferred from the Future Lions United Counties League over to the Spartan South Midlands where they join former Aylesbury FC under their new set up of Aylesbury Vale Dynamo’s after relegation from the Southern League.

 

Step 6:

Ampthill Town, Buckingham Athletic & Winslow United all remain in Spartan South Midlands League Division One where they welcome five new clubs in London Tigers, New Salamis, Shefford Town & Campton, St Panteleimon & Stotfold.

All clubs have seven days to appeal, steps seven and below are to follow in due course.

SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 16.05.2019 – South Midlands League update #72

THE INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF
 ‘NOWT SO QUEER AS YORKSHIRE FOLK’
BY KAREN BROWNE

 

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

And Should Be Taken With A Pinch Of Salt

 

Friday 3rd May to Tuesday 14th May

 

LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY FINAL

Baldock Town added their name to winners list of the League Challenge Trophy with a convincing 4-0 win over Potton United, the game at Biggleswade United FC saw Baldock Town take command of the tie with three goals in the first period. Full result and goalscorers are listed below.

0-4 Potton United v Baldock Town (Barnes [2], Hayford, Buchanan) Attendance: 347

(@ Biggleswade United FC)

 

HERTS CHARITY SHIELD FINAL

Colney Heath became the ninth club to retain the Herts Charity Shield following their 1-0 win over former SSML side Bekhamsted. After a goalless ninety minutes the tie was settled by a stunning Danny May free kick in extra time. Full result and goalscorer listed below.

1-0* Colney Heath v Berkhamsted (May) Attendance: Unknown (@ Hemel Hempstead Town FC)

 

WEST HERTS ST MARY’S CUP FINAL

Following a case of heavy dew that put paid to the original date the week before, the final of the West Herts St Marys Cup was settled by a single goal as Step 4 Berkhamsted defeated Oxhey Jets at Hemel Hempstead Town FC. The game saw the Jets facing an uphill battle after the break when they were reduced to ten men. Full result below.

0-1 Oxhey Jets v Berkhamsted (Summerfield) Attendance: 220 (@ Hemel Hempstead Town FC)

 

DIVISION ONE

The SSML Division One campaign closed with Enfield Borough running out 4-1 winners against Winslow United, trailing at the break the hosts turned the game around with four second half goals. Full result and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

4-1 Enfield Borough v Winslow United (Bangura, Jackson, Karakaya, Kennedy) / (Goss) Attendance: 45

 

BUCKINGHAM SENIOR CHARITY CUP FINAL

Winslow United lifted the Buckingham Senior Charity Cup with a 1-0 win against Step 4 opponents Aylesbury, the winning goal coming from substitute Harry Dalton. Full result listed below.

0-1 Aylesbury v Winslow United (Dalton) Attendance: 352 (@ Buckingham Athletic FC)

Winslow United BSCC Winners 2019

 

DIVISION TWO

Runners Up Old Bradwell United ended their successful campaign with back to back wins, firstly defeating Aston Clinton 2-0 on their travels and then three days later winning by a solitary goal at home against Pitstone & Ivinghoe. Full results and goalscorers listed below.

0-2 Aston Clinton v Old Bradwell United (D Smith, Cribb) Attendance: 25

1-0 Old Bradwell United v Pitstone & Ivinghoe (Wells) Attendance: 104

 

HIGH WYCOMBE SENIOR CUP FINAL

Holders Aston Clinton retained the High Wycombe Senior Cup with a solitary goal win over Hellenic League side Holmer Green at Marlow FC. Full result listed below.

0-1 Holmer Green v Aston Clinton (T Collins) Attendance: 134 (@ Marlow FC)

Aston Clinton – WSC Winners 2019

U25 DEVELOPMENT DIVISION

Champions Buckingham Athletic Development ended their successful season with 2-0 home win over Holmer Green Development Under 25 while bottom club Ampthill Town Development returned from their trip to Leighton Town Development with maximum points after their 3-1 win. Full results and goalscorers listed below.

2-0 Buckingham Athletic Development v Holmer Green Development Under 25 (Brady pen], Willis) Attendance: Unknown

1-3 Leighton Town Development v Ampthill Town Development (Devine) / (Cerminara [2], Kamara) Attendance: Unknown

 

AND FINALLY

Remember to tune into Three Counties Radio (Herts, Beds & Bucks) and a show all about local non-league football- The show is live every Monday evening from 7.00pm – 8.00pm and is the perfect opportunity to catch up with our local non-league scene at all levels. Both presenters of the show are on twitter, and to follow what’s coming up in the next show make sure you give them a follow, Ollie Bayliss is @Ollie_Bayliss and Luke Ashmead is @Ashmead72.

 

CLUB ATTENDANCES

SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS LEAGUE ATTENDANCES (League Games Only)

PREMIER DIVISION

Highest           Lowest             Average

Leighton Town

218                  96                    135

Biggleswade FC

209                  85                    122

Biggleswade United

323                  42                    111

Tring Athletic

153                   65                   103

Potton United

318                  52                     96

Arlesey Town

191                   56                    94

Baldock Town

211                   49                    92

Colney Heath

182                  48                     85

Stotfold

185                  35                     76

Hadley

130                  22                     66

Edgware Town

89                  41                      58

Cockfosters

87                  32                      56

Oxhey Jets

76                    0*                    55

North Greenford United FC

73                  33                      53

Harpenden Town

101                   31                   52

Crawley Green

80                  32                      50

Leverstock Green

97                  15                      48

London Colney

102                  25                    43

Wembley

66                  28                      42

London Tigers

38                    0                      22

 

* One game awarded so no attendance

 

PREMIER DIVISION (League unless stated)

557 Biggleswade FC v Windsor (FA Vase)

527 Biggleswade FC v Stowmarket Town (FA Vase)

347 Potton United v Baldock Town (League Challenge Trophy FINAL) (@ Biggleswade United FC)

328 Biggleswade FC v Baldock Town (Dudley Latham Cup FINAL) (@ Langford FC)

323 Biggleswade United v Biggleswade FC

318 Biggleswade United v Potton United

318 Potton United v Biggleswade United

239 Tring Athletic v Biggleswade FC (FA Vase)

220 Oxhey Jets v Berkhamsted (West Herts St Marys Cup FINAL) (@Hemel Hempstead Town FC)

218 Leighton Town v Tring Athletic

213 Biggleswade United v Biggleswade FC (Beds Senior Cup)

211 Baldock Town v Arlesey Town

210 Leighton Town v Harpenden Town

209 Biggleswade FC v Tring Athletic

203 Biggleswade FC v Biggleswade United

202 Tring Athletic v Berkhamsted (FA Cup)

198 Biggleswade United v Biggleswade FC (North Beds Charity Cup)

196 Biggleswade United v Arlesey Town

191 Arlesey Town v Biggleswade FC

191 Harpenden Town v Edgware Town (FA Cup)

 

Missing Attendances

London Tigers v Cockfosters 27/04

Colney Heath v Berkhamsted 08/05 (Herts Charity Shield FINAL) (@Hemel Hempstead Town FC)

 

Buckingham Athletic FC

SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS LEAGUE ATTENDANCES (League Games Only)

DIVISION ONE

Highest           Lowest             Average

Harefield United

497                  40                  112

Risborough Rangers

160                  45                    82

Winslow United

203                  57                    82

Buckingham Athletic

177                   21                   57

Ampthill Town

107                  32                    56

Codicote

82                  25                      46

Milton Keynes Robins FC

87                    0                      42

FC Broxbourne Borough

208                  12                     41

Langford

56                  18                      39

Rayners Lane

54                  28                      38

Hillingdon Borough

150                  15                     36

Broadfields United

53                  16                      32

Amersham Town

54                  14                      30

London Lions

52                  17                      29

Bedford

53                  20                      28

Hatfield Town

76                  21                      28

Wodson Park

54                    6                      24

Enfield Borough

30                  20                      22

Brimsdown

45                    5                      21

Park View

61                    8                      21

 

DIVISION ONE (League unless stated)

497 Harefield United v Hatfield Town

352 Aylesbury v Winslow United (Buckingham Senior Charity Cup FINAL @Buckingham Athletic FC)

351 Winslow United v Easington Sports (FA Cup)

318 Harefield United v Broadfields United

257 Harefield United v Winslow United

240 Ampthill Town v Biggleswade FC (North Beds Charity Cup FINAL @Bedford FC)

208 FC Broxbourne Borough v Buckingham Athletic

203 Winslow United v Buckingham Athletic

186 London Lions v Belstone (Herts Senior Centenary Trophy FINAL) (@Hemel Hempstead Town FC)

177 Buckingham Athletic v Winslow United

170 London Lions v Risborough Rangers (Division One Cup FINAL) (@Leverstock Green FC)

160 Risborough Rangers v FC Winslow United

150 Hillingdon Borough v Broadfields United

143 Buckingham Athletic v Winslow United (Buckingham Senior Charity Cup)

135 Milton Keynes Robins FC v Buckingham Athletic

130 Risborough Rangers v Park View

126 Winslow United v Buckingham Athletic (Buckingham Senior Charity Cup)

124 Buckingham Athletic v Winslow United (Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy)

122 Milton Keynes Robins FC v Berkhamsted Raiders (League Challenge Trophy)

118 Risborough Rangers v Wodson Park

 

Missing Attendances

Milton Keynes Robins FC v FC Broxbourne Borough 06/04

Milton Keynes Robins FC v Buckingham Athletic 20/04

Milton Keynes Robins FC v Codicote 22/04

 

SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS LEAGUE ATTENDANCES (League Games Only)

DIVISION ONE

Highest           Lowest              Average

Bovingdon

93                  64                    79

Totternhoe

75                  29                    47

Mursley United

54                  25                    42

Old Bradwell United

104                  10                  42

Aston Clinton

101                   12                 35

Pitstone & Ivinghoe

50                  25                    35

New Bradwell St Peter FC

62                  20                    34

Sarratt

55                  25                    34

Berkhamsted Raiders

54                  20                    33

Grendon Rangers

52                  13                    29

MK Gallacticos

40                  20                    28

Unite MK

40                  13                    23

The 61FC (Luton)

31                     7                   17

Clean Slate

30                    0                    15

 

Old Bradwell United – Div. 2 Cup Winners 2019

DIVISION TWO (League unless stated)

180 Old Bradwell United v Aston Clinton (Division Two Cup FINAL @Leighton Town FC)

134 Holmer Green v Aston Clinton (High Wycombe Senior Cup FINAL @Marlow FC)

121 Bovingdon v Biggleswade United (League Challenge Trophy)

104 Old Bradwell United v Pitstone & Ivinghoe

101 Aston Clinton v Pitstone & Ivinghoe

93 Bovingdon v Clean Slate

92 Bovingdon v Old Bradwell United

90 Bovingdon v Sarratt

87 Bovingdon v Berkhamsted Raiders

87 Mursley United v Winslow United (Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy)

86 Bovingdon v London Lions (League Challenge Trophy)

85 Bovingdon v Mursley United

83 Bovingdon v MK Gallacticos

83 Bovingdon v The 61FC (Luton)

83 Bovingdon v Totternhoe

75 Totternhoe v The 61FC (Luton)

72 Totternhoe v Unite MK

71 Bovingdon v Unite MK

68 Bovingdon v Pitstone & Ivinghoe

67 Bovingdon v New Bradwell St Peter FC

 

Missing Attendances

Clean Slate v Aston Clinton 13/04

Clean Slate v Pitstone & Ivinghoe 20/04

Clean Slate v Old Bradwell United 22/04

 

SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS LEAGUE GOLDEN BOOT UPDATE (League Goals Only)

34 Leonard Farhall (Harefield United)

27 Nathan Skelton (Mursley United)

26 Adam Bolle (London Lions)

25 Jamie Cerminara (Ampthill Town)

24 Tashan Jordan (Harefield United)

23 Harry Henley (Broadfields United), Joshua Smith (MK Gallacticos)

22 Rob Hastings (Rayners Lane), Alex Marsh (Biggleswade FC), David Parkinson (Biggleswade United), Sean Peters (Hillingdon Borough & Broadfields United), Matthew Standen (Bovingdon)

 

Nathan Skelton

SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS LEAGUE LEADING GOALSCORERS (All Competitions)

39 Leonard Farhall (Harefield United)

33 Adam Bolle (London Lions)

32 Alex Marsh (Biggleswade FC), Nathan Skelton (Mursley United), Joshua Smith (MK Gallacticos)

31 Tage Kennedy (Enfield Borough)

28 David Parkinson (Biggleswade United)

27 Robbie Carter (Buckingham Athletic), Jamie Cerminara (Ampthill Town), Sean Peters (Hillingdon Borough & Broadfields United), Matthew Standen (Bovingdon)

26 Ashton Campbell (Tring Athletic)

Grendon Rangers seek new first team manager

Grendon Rangers have confirmed the departure of first team manager Steve Jackman, and now invite applications for his successor to contact the club as soon as possible.

Leading the club to a seventh place finish last season in the Spartan South Midlands Football League Division Two which ended with a season finale of one defeat in their last seven games leaves a firm platform for the club to push on, and all applicants are welcome to contact the chairman directly as their twitter feed explains:

We regret to announce that 1st team manager Steve Jackman has stepped down. Thanks to Steve for his hard work, dedication and knowledge which achieved our highest finish in SSML Div2 in 2019. We wish Steve and Bianca all the very best with the upcoming birth of their 1st child.

GRFC are inviting applicants for 1st team manager for the 19-20 season. Step 7 football, newly formed reserve team and thriving youth section. Excellent pitch/facilities, hospitality and committee. Please call chairman Paul Jackman to enquire on 07733276479 or DM this page

The Grendon Rangers twitter page can be found here: https://twitter.com/Grendon_Rangers

SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 03.05.2019 – South Midlands League update #71

THE INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF
 ‘NOWT SO QUEER AS YORKSHIRE FOLK’
BY KAREN BROWNE

 

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

And Should Be Taken With A Pinch Of Salt

 

TUESDAY 30th APRIL / WEDNESDAY 1st MAY

 

Risborough Rangers lift the Division One Cup. Biggleswade FC add North Beds Charity Cup to this season’s silverware collection. Harefield United win the Middlesex Premier Cup. Elsewhere Old defeat New in the Battle of Bradwell.

 

Highest Midweek Attendances: 240 Ampthill Town v Biggleswade FC, 170 London Lions v Risborough Rangers and 50 Old Bradwell United v New Bradwell St Peter FC.

 

NORTH BEDS CHARITY CUP FINAL

Premier Division champions Biggleswade FC proved to be too strong for First Division Ampthill Town in the Final of the North Beds Charity Cup at Bedford. Biggleswade took control with goals in the 13th and 16th minutes before adding a third later in the first period. Biggleswade FC continued to dominate and were 4-0 up shortly after the re-start (a goal missed by the club’s Twitter reporter who was too busy drinking his half time cuppa). Biggleswade FC could even afford the luxury of a missed penalty on the hour mark. A fifth goal fourteen minutes from time was followed by a Ampthill Town consolation with ten minutes left. Full result and goalscorers listed below.

1-5 Ampthill Town v Biggleswade FC (Kissiedu) / (A Marsh [2], Coles [2], Leavers) Attendance: 240

(@ Bedford FC)

 

DIVISION ONE CUP FINAL

Risborough Rangers overcame London Lions in a hard fought Division One Cup Final at Leverstock Green. Sam Pekun fired Rangers ahead in the first period and the victory was sealed early in the second half thanks to a Ben Cullen strike. Full result and goalscorers listed below.

0-2 London Lions v Risborough Rangers (Pekun, Cullen) Attendance: 170

(@ Leverstock Green FC)

 

MIDDLESEX PREMIER CUP FINAL

Harefield United added the Middlesex Premier Cup to their SSML Division One title with a 2-1 success over Cockfosters Reserves at Uxbridge FC. The Hares saw their early first half lead quickly pegged back and the game turned round all square. Former Queen’s Park Rangers striker Richard Pacquette settled the tie in the closing minutes. Full result and goalscorers listed below.

1-2 Cockfosters Reserves v Harefield United (Barradas) / (Farhall, Pacquette) Attendance: Unknown

(@Uxbridge FC)

 

DIVISION TWO

Old Bradwell United edged out local rivals New Bradwell St Peter FC by the odd goal in five to take the bragging rights of Bradwell. Full result and goalscorers listed below.

3-2 Old Bradwell United v New Bradwell St Peter FC (Green, Finch, Wells) / (Crossley. Palmer) Attendance: 50

 

AND FINALLY

Tweet of the week goes to Tracey James who tweeted the following to a Wembley FC tweet.

Hmmmm. Not sure you mean 20/21. Do you know something about next season that no one else does?’

SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 29.04.2019 – South Midlands League update #70

THE INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF
 ‘NOWT SO QUEER AS YORKSHIRE FOLK’
BY KAREN BROWNE

 

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

And Should Be Taken With A Pinch Of Salt

 

As Hannah did its best to help the assistant referees’ raised flags to flutter in the breeze on the final games for the clubs in the SSML Premier Division and the majority of Division One clubs.

 

HEADLINES

Biggleswade FC lift the Dudley Latham Memorial Cup. Stotfold and London Tigers relegated. Harefield United break the SSML Division One points total record. Bovingdon sign off in style with their record SSML win. Saturday’s 23 games seeing 98 goals (an average of 4.26 per game). Jamie Cerminara (Ampthill Town) and Jordan Thurgood (Bovingdon) bagging hat-tricks.

 

23/24/27 April Stats: 26 games played of which 11 was a home win, 9 away win, 4 draws and 2 games were played at a neutral venue.

 

(Most League Wins – all Divisions): 36 Harefield United 30 Broadfields United 27 Biggleswade FC.

(Most League Draws – all Divisions): 14 Leighton Town 13 Edgware Town 11 Colney Heath, Wembley.

(Most League Defeats – all Divisions): 28 Hatfield Town 25 London Tigers, Brimsdown, Codicote, Clean Slate 24 Amersham Town.

 

Average Saturday Goals: 3.93 (4211 goals from 1070 games).

 

Unbeaten:

(Division One League): Harefield United.

Most Goals Scored:

(Premier Division League): 105 Biggleswade FC.

(Division One League): 125 Harefield United.

(Division Two League): 101 Bovingdon.

(U25 Development Division League): 41 Berkhamsted Development and Kempston Rovers Development.

Most Goals Conceded:

(Premier Division League): 91 Cockfosters.

(Division One League): 104 Brimsdown and Codicote.

(Division Two League): 118 Clean Slate.

(U25 Development Division League): 45 Ampthill Town Development and Harpenden Town Development.

Fewest Goals Conceded:

(Premier Division League): 35 Biggleswade FC and Hadley.

(Division One League): 34 Harefield United.

(Division Two League): 17 Old Bradwell United.

(U25 Development Division League): 11 Buckingham Athletic Development.

Fewest Goals Scored:

(Premier Division League): 40 Leverstock Green and Stotfold.

(Division One League): 40 Hatfield Town.

(Division Two League): 18 Clean Slate.

(U25 Development Division League): 18 Ampthill Town Development.

 

23/24/27 Highest Attendances: 497 Harefield United v Hatfield Town, 328 Biggleswade FC v Baldock Town and 191 Arlesey Town v Biggleswade FC.

 

Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Premier Division Clubs): 557 Biggleswade FC v Windsor (FA Vase), 527 Biggleswade FC v Stowmarket Town (FA Vase) and 328 Biggleswade FC v Baldock Town (Dudley Latham Cup Final).

 

Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Division One Clubs): 497 Harefield United v Hatfield Town, 351 Winslow United v Easington Sports (FA Cup) and 318 Harefield United v Broadfields United.

 

Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Division Two Clubs): 121 Bovingdon v Biggleswade United (League Challenge Trophy), 101 Aston Clinton v Pitstone & Ivinghoe, 93 Bovingdon v Clean Slate.

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Premier Division Clubs): 30 Alex Marsh (Biggleswade FC) 28 David Parkinson (Biggleswade United) 26 Ashton Campbell (Tring Athletic).

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division One Clubs): 38 Leonard Farhall (Harefield United) 30 Tage Kennedy (Enfield Borough), Adam Bolle (London Lions) 27 Sean Peters (Broadfields United & Hillingdon Borough), Jamie Cerminara (Ampthill Town), Robbie Carter (Buckingham Athletic).

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division Two Clubs): 32 Joshua Smith (MK Gallacticos), Nathan Skelton (Mursley United) 25 Matthew Standen (Bovingdon) 24 Darryl Smith (Old Bradwell United).

 

 

Tuesday 23rd April / Wednesday 24th April / Saturday 27th April

 

PREMIER DIVISION

Cockfosters achieved the great escape from relegation with three goals in the last ten minutes to overturn a 0-2 deficit and defeat London Tigers and thus relegating their hosts. Stotfold joined Tigers making the drop when they were defeated 1-3 at Hadley, the hosts just missing out on the runners-up spot. Tring Athletic finished runners-up on goal difference after they secured a solitary goal win at home against fourth placed Biggleswade United. Champions Biggleswade FC ended their campaign with a 3-1 win at neighbours Arlesey Town. There were final day 4-0 home successes for both Colney Heath and Wembley against North Greenford United FC and Baldock Town respectively. Leverstock Green battled out a goalless draw at Leighton Town while Potton United won 4-1 at London Colney. Elsewhere Harpenden Town edged out visiting Edgware Town by a solitary goal. Come back of the day saw Oxhey Jets recover from going 0-3 down to win 4-3 at Crawley Green. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

1-3 Arlesey Town v Biggleswade FC (Moss) / (Leavers, Coles, Opponent Own Goal) Attendance: 191

4-0 Colney Heath v North Greenford United FC (Shepherd [2], Fitzgerald, Devine) Attendance: 81

3-4 Crawley Green v Oxhey Jets (Draycott [2], Ajigbolamu) / (Kerley [2], Johnson, Giordmaina [pen]) Attendance: 80

3-1 Hadley v Stotfold (Scott, Camara) / (Decker) Attendance: 130

1-0 Harpenden Town v Edgware Town (Gould) Attendance: Unknown

0-0 Leighton Town v Leverstock Green Attendance: 155

1-4 London Colney v Potton United (Beevor) / (Boughton [2], Burnside, Hall) Attendance: 25

2-3 London Tigers v Cockfosters (Unknown) / (Wade 2], Beattie) Attendance: Unknown

1-0 Tring Athletic v Biggleswade United (Clements) Attendance: 123

4-0 Wembley v Baldock Town (Iley [3] [1 pen], Ogunsola) Attendance: 32

 

DUDLEY LATHAM MEMORIAL (PREMIER DIVISION) CUP FINAL

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Biggleswade FC added the Dudley Latham Cup to their league success with a 2-0 win over Baldock Town, the game was a feisty affair with Cookman (Biggleswade FC) and Forsythe (Baldock Town) sent off towards end of first half, Baldock substitute Payne was dismissed after 82 minutes shortly after coming on. Full result and goalscorers listed below.

2-0 Biggleswade FC v Baldock Town (R Inskip [2]) Attendance: 328 (@ Langford FC)

 

DIVISION ONE

Champions Harefield United completed their remarkable season as the only club at Steps 5 & 6 unbeaten with a 3-1 home success against relegated Hatfield Town. London Lions warmed up for their forthcoming cup final with a 7-0 drubbing over Hillingdon Borough, the result was Lions best since putting seven past Hatfield Town earlier in the campaign. Ampthill Town enjoyed a 5-3 win at Milton Keynes Robins FC while Park View secured 2-2 draw at third placed Winslow United. FC Broxbourne Borough battled out a 2-2 draw at relegated Codicote while Enfield Borough won 3-1 at Wodson Park. Langford went down by the odd goal in five at home to Risborough Rangers.  A solitary goal was enough for Bedford to end the season at home against Amersham Town. Buckingham Athletic followed up their midweek success against Ampthill Town with a 3-2 win at Rayners Lane. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

3-1 Buckingham Athletic v Ampthill Town (Kelsey [2], Farmer) / (Kissiedu) Attendance: 65

1-0 Bedford v Amersham Town (Unknown) Attendance: 30

2-2 Codicote v FC Broxbourne Borough (Todd [2]) / (Banks, Bowers) Attendance: 48

3-1 Harefield United v Hatfield Town (Jordan, Shaw, Farhall) / (Unknown) Attendance: 497

2-3 Langford v Risborough Rangers (Unknown) / (Pekun [2], I Pykett) Attendance: 40

7-0 London Lions v Hillingdon Borough (Unknown) Attendance: 22

3-5 Milton Keynes Robins FC v Ampthill Town (Unknown) / (Cerminara [3], Kissiedu, Carter [pen]) Attendance: 42

2-3 Rayners Lane v Buckingham Athletic (Blagden, R Hastings) / (Carter [2], Tapp) Attendance: Unknown

2-2 Winslow United v Park View (Unknown) / (Ntim, Plaza) Attendance: 73

1-3 Wodson Park v Enfield Borough (Unknown) / (Bangura, Carvalho, Jackson) Attendance: 6

 

DIVISION TWO

Champions Bovingdon completed their debut SSML season with a comprehensive thrashing of wooden spoonists Clean Slate. The result was Clean Slate’s heaviest defeat in the SSML. Full result and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

13-0 Bovingdon v Clean Slate (Thurgood [3], Laville [2], Martin Standen [2], Matthew Standen [2], Cox, Darby, Davis, Unknown) Attendance: 93

 

BERKS & BUCKS SENIOR TROPHY FINAL

For the second time this season Old Bradwell United required penalties to lift the cup. Full result listed below.

0-0 Marlow United v Old Bradwell United (Old Bradwell United win 5-4 on penalties) Attendance: Unknown

(@ Abingdon United FC)

 

U25 DEVELOPMENT DIVISION

Champions Buckingham Athletic Development recorded successive 3-1 wins, firstly winning at Leighton Town Development and then defeating runners-up Kempston Rovers Development. Ampthill Town Development and Leighton Town Development played out a 2-2 draw in their penultimate games. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

1-3 Leighton Town Development v Buckingham Athletic Development (Bagatti) / (Tavener, Parr, Willis) Attendance: Unknown

2-2 Ampthill Town Development v Leighton Town Development (Unknown) / (Oliver, Andrews) Attendance: Unknown

3-1 Buckingham Athletic Development v Kempston Rovers Development (Parr, Tavener, McAndrew [pen]) / (Davey) Attendance: Unknown

AND FINALLY

Some great banter on Twitter between Arlesey Town and Biggleswade FC. The former tweeting Arlesey 0-1 Biggleswade scrabble in the box player gets his shot off into the bottom corner” with the response from the latter “Scrabble must’ve been a double word score”.

 

Remember to tune into Three Counties Radio (Herts, Beds & Bucks) and a show all about local non-league football- The show is live every Monday evening from 7.00pm – 8.00pm and is the perfect opportunity to catch up with our local non-league scene at all levels. Both presenters of the show are on twitter, and to follow what’s coming up in the next show make sure you give them a follow, Ollie Bayliss is @Ollie_Bayliss and Luke Ashmead is @Ashmead72.

 

UP OR DOWN

PREMIER DIVISION

Champions: Biggleswade FC

Runners Up: Tring Athletic

Relegation: Stotfold and London Tigers

 

DIVISION ONE

Champions: Harefield United.

Runners Up: Broadfields United.

Relegation: Hatfield Town and Codicote.

 

DIVISION TWO

Champions: Bovingdon

Runners Up: Old Bradwell United

Re-election: Clean Slate.

SSMFL D1; Buckingham Athletic 3-1 Ampthill Town

Buckingham Athletic – 3
Ampthill Town – 1

23.04.2019

Buckingham Athletic completed their home league campaign with victory over Ampthill on Tuesday night at Stratford Fields, twinned with their success last weekend Neil Griffiths squad have cemented a fourth place finish in the Spartan South Midlands Football League Division One in his first season in charge, Town face a trip to Milton Keynes on Saturday for their finale engrossed in a four team battle for ninth place but with a cup final to look forward to next Tuesday as they take on Premier League champions Biggleswade in the Beds Charity Cup. Ampthill took the lead very early on but were pegged back by the break, they were then presented with the chance to regain the lead from the penalty spot early in the second period however Ath custodian Josh McAdoo made the save and from there the hosts went on to take the lead and add a late third to seal the points, although both sides were guilty of missing some great chances & the woodwork also took a battering to keep the score line respectable.

A second minute Sam Olawale cross met the head of Ryan Kelsey on the corner of the six-yard box which saw visiting keeper Mitchell Howe get down well to his right to deny single handed, from the corner Ampthill cleared long dropping the ball in behind the blue backline where Jake Kissiedu accelerated free of his marker before slotting into the far bottom corner. Stunned by the goal Ath fought back almost immediately when Carter got on the end of a looping cross but stooping low he could only divert over the top, a free kick to the visitor’s was then blazed far too high by Tom Carter whilst a Stuart Ironmonger cross was headed over by Carter again, they went even closer when a Neil King set piece came off skipper Dan Staley’s head to rebound off the woodwork, as the visitor’s battled to clear a loud shout of handball went up but the referee waved the appeals away.

Dan Blackman saw his spot kick saved

The hosts equalised on twenty-eight minutes when Ash Farmer drove forward from his full back position and reaching the eighteen yard line he noticed Howe off his line and executed the perfect dink over the stranded stopper and into the empty net, almost immediately from the kick off Carter was played through to face a one on one with Howe but pushed his shot across the face and wide of the far upright, Town captain Louie Dillon then forced a great two handed save from McAdoo from twenty yards out. The goal frame was to deny the hosts again with ten minutes of the half left, Farmer down the right channel lost his marker and his long range effort beat the keeper all hands up but crashed back off the bar, Kelsey then suffered the same fate as his first time attempt bounced off the bar and over the top, the last chance feel to Carter who was released inside a full back but he could only drive over the top. H/T: 1-1

Town substitute Will Coote was sent through the heart of the home defence just eleven minutes after the break where a challenge from Staley saw him felled & the official pointing to the spot despite the protests, however Dan Blackman watched in horror as McAdoo turned his attempt around the upright for a corner. He almost made amends moments later when a free kick awarded out on their left  saw a mass of bodies in front of goal anticipating the cross however the midfielder went for a sneaky drive inside the near post which the keeper again did well to shuffle across to and push away, before Brad Clarke found some space at the edge of the box but drove wide, with those chances spurned the visitor’s were then punished on sixty-nine minutes when Kelsey gave the hosts the lead for the first time in the game.

Late Ryan Kelsey strike seals the win

Nick Bines picked out the winger at the back post where he converted under pressure, the lead was almost very short lived as from the restart Ampthill introduced leading scorer Jamie Cerminara and his first touch was to connect with a pass down the middle of the pitch which he tried to lift over the advancing McAdoo, the keeper got a block to deflect out to Carter who drilled across goal and wide of the far upright. A looping lump downfield then saw Kelsey cushion off to Kyle Stimpson who lifted high over the top, A Town move then broke down allowing King to push forward before laying off to Carter whose fierce drive once again rattled the crossbar, a counter attack from Ath saw Carter send Owusu through on goal who turned one defender inside out but hesitated on his shot, taking far too long the keeper had time to compose ahead of making the block.

With just three minutes to play the home side sealed the win when Kelsey escaped down the left wing and cutting inside he went for goal which looked to be heading straight at Howe until a yellow boot stuck out to divert past the stricken keeper, the final action saw Carter fed through the middle and shaping his body to curl around Howe he pushed his shot wide of the target. F/T: 3-1

Attendance: 65

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