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
Biggleswade FC registered their record league win whilst for opponents Cockfosters it was their heaviest league defeat in the SSML (as far as my records show). Rayners Lane, Old Bradwell United and Unite MK all hit six. No changes at the top of the tables as Hadley, Harefield United and Bovingdon continue to lead the way. Saturday’s 27 games seeing 105 goals (an average of 3.88 per game). Lee Northfield (Biggleswade FC) and Darryl Smith (Old Bradwell United) both netted hat-tricks.
26 January Stats: 27 games played of which 12 were home wins, 9 were away wins and 6 draws.
(Most League Wins – all Divisions): 21 Harefield United, 18 Hadley 17 Biggleswade FC, Tring Athletic, Broadfields United.
(Most League Draws – all Divisions): 10 Edgware Town, 9 Leighton Town, 8 Wembley.
(Most League Defeats – all Divisions): 21 Hatfield Town, 17 Stotfold, 16 Cockfosters, Amersham Town, Brimsdown.
Average Saturday Goals: 4.02 (3083 goals from 767 games).
(Division One League): Harefield United.
Most Goals Scored:
(Premier Division League): 71 Biggleswade FC.
(Division One League): 77 Harefield United.
(Division Two League): 57 Bovingdon.
(U25 Development Division League): 41 Kempston Rovers Development.
Most Goals Conceded:
(Premier Division League): 66 Stotfold.
(Division One League): 81 Hatfield Town.
(Division Two League): 68 Clean Slate.
(U25 Development Division League): 39 Stotfold U25.
Fewest Goals Conceded:
(Premier Division League): 23 Biggleswade FC.
(Division One League): 21 Harefield United.
(Division Two League): 13 Old Bradwell United.
(U25 Development Division League): 10 Buckingham Athletic Development.
Fewest Goals Scored:
(Premier Division League): 24 Stotfold.
(Division One League): 22 Hatfield Town.
(Division Two League): 13 Clean Slate.
(U25 Development Division League): 9 Holmer Green Development U25.
Saturday’s Highest Attendances: 116 Potton United v Baldock Town, 85 Biggleswade FC v Cockfosters and 83 v Winslow United v Ampthill Town.
Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Premier Division Clubs): 527 Biggleswade FC v Stowmarket Town (FA Vase), 323 Biggeswade United v Biggleswade FC and 318 Potton United v Biggleswade United.
Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Division One Clubs): 351 Winslow United v Easington Sports (FA Cup), 318 Harefield United v Broadfields United and 257 Harefield United v Winslow United.
Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Division Two Clubs): 121 Bovingdon v Biggleswade United (League Challenge Trophy), 101 Aston Clinton v Pitstone & Ivinghoe, 92 Bovingdon v Old Bradwell United.
Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Premier Division Clubs): 23 Alex Marsh (Biggleswade FC) 21 Aaron McLeish (North Greenford United FC), Ashton Campbell (Tring Athletic) 18 Kieran Turner (Tring Athletic), Nicholas Kerley (Oxhey Jets), Lorrell Smith (Arlesey Town), Danny Webb (Potton United).
Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division One Clubs): 25 Tage Kennedy (Enfield Borough) 24 Sean Peter (Hillingdon Borough) 23 Leonard Farhall (Harefield United).
Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division Two Clubs): 30 Joshua Smith (MK Gallacticos) 25 Nathan Skelton (Mursley United) 20 Stephen Dodd (Bovingdon).
Saturday 26th January
Biggleswade FC moved to within one point of table toppers Hadley with an emphatic 9-0 win over Cockfosters, the win a club record was their best result since beating Arlesey Town Reserves 9-2 back in January 2017. For the Fosters the last time they had shipped so many goals was back in September 2013 when they lost 0-8 in the FA Cup at Rushden & Diamonds. League leaders Hadley were held to a 1-1 draw at Arlesey Town while third place Tring Athletic won 3-1 at bottom club Stotfold. Biggleswade United were beaten 1-0 at Edgware Town. At the bottom end of the table North Greenford United FC picked up three useful points on the road with a 2-1 win at Leverstock Green while both London Tigers and Harpenden Town earned a valuable point from their games, Tigers drawing 1-1 at Colney Heath and Harpenden fighting back to draw 3-3 at home with Crawley Green. Elsewhere Oxhey Jets went down by a solitary goal at home to Leighton Town while a hard fought local derby between Potton United and Baldock Town finished all square. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.
1-1 Arlesey Town v Hadley (Smith [pen]) / (Hammond) Attendance: 75
9-0 Biggleswade FC v Cockfosters (Northfield , Eze , A Marsh, L Marsh, R Inskip, Opponent Own Goal) Attendance: 85
1-1 Colney Heath v London Tigers (Murphy) / (Unknown) Attendance: Unknown
1-0 Edgware Town v Biggleswade United (Onabolu) Attendance: 63
3-3 Harpenden Town v Crawley Green (A McClelland , Yeates) / (P Draycott, Ingham, Keating) Attendance: 53
1-2 Leverstock Green v North Greenford United FC (Kossifos) / (Turner, Adams) Attendance: Unknown
0-1 Oxhey Jets v Leighton Town (Murphy) Attendance: 61
2-2 Potton United v Baldock Town (Danobrega, Ansell-Carter) / (Forsythe, Barnes [pen]) Attendance: 116
1-3 Stotfold v Tring Athletic (Miles) / (Campbell, Verney, Stobbs) Attendance: 82
Winslow Utd v Ampthill Town 26.01.2019
Broadfields United and Winslow United took full advantage with the league leaders not playing to record home wins and close the gap at the top, Broadfields defeating Milton Keynes Robins FC by the odd goal in three while Winslow overcame a half time deficit to defeat Ampthill Town 3-1. Bedford made it six wins on the trot by defeating bottom club Hatfield Town 3-2 and as a result now sit in fourth place. Fellow relegation clubs Brimsdown and Codicote both suffered home losses which would have pleased the non-playing Amersham Town, Brimsdown were beaten by the odd goal in three against Hillingdon Borough while the ‘Cod’ suffered a solitary goal defeat at the hands of Buckingham Athletic. FC Broxbourne Borough’s fourth win on the bounce saw them see off visiting Wodson Park 3-0. Rayners Lane, having lost 1-8 last weekend, were once again involved in a 9 goal game, this time winning 6-3 against visiting Enfield Borough. The days other action saw London Lions winning 4-1 at Park View. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.
3-2 Bedford v Hatfield Town (Smith , Holland) / (Beck  [1 pen]) Attendance: 30
1-2 Brimsdown v Hillingdon Borough (Rowe) / (Unknown) Attendance: 5
2-1 Broadfields United v Milton Keynes Robins FC (Henley [pen], Spinks) / (Judickas) Attendance: 29
0-1 Codicote v Buckingham Athletic (Owusu) Attendance: 55
3-0 FC Broxbourne Borough v Wodson Park (Harrison , Clarke) Attendance: 30
1-4 Park View v London Lions (Price) / (Austin Lipman , Arnold, Bolle) Attendance: 20
6-3 Rayners Lane v Enfield Borough (Blagden , R Hastings, Maher, Pegrum, Jardim) / (Kennedy , Ennin) Attendance: 36
3-1 Winslow United v Ampthill Town (Freshwater [pen], Desmond, Coles) / (Cerminara) Attendance: 83
BEDS SENIOR TROPHY Semi Final
Langford’s hopes of reaching the Final of the Beds Senior Trophy ended in heartbreak on Saturday when they were cruelly beaten in a penalty shoot-out after their 1-1 draw at Beds County League Premier Division side Wilstead. Full result and goalscorers listed below.
1-1 [5-4 pens] Wilstead v Langford (Jones) / (Rome [pen]) Attendance: Unknown
DIVISION TWO CUP Quarter Final
A Darryl Smith hat-trick led the way as Old Bradwell United comfortably progressed into the last four of the Division Two Cup following their 6-0 success at The 61FC (Luton), Smith also had a penalty saved. Full result and goalscorers listed below.
0-6 The 61FC (Luton) v Old Bradwell United (Darryl Smith , Cribb, Maxey, Pursey) Attendance: 18
Bovingdon remain at the top of the table following their sizzling second half display which saw them score all four in a 4-0 home success against Grendon Rangers. MK Gallacticos took full advantage of Old Bradwell United’s cup fixture to leapfrog them into third place as they saw off the challenge of visiting Mursley United by three goals to one. Sarratt went down 1-3 at Totternhoe while fellow strugglers New Bradwell St Peter FC were thumped 0-6 in their local derby at Unite MK, for the hosts it was their second 6-0 win of the season. The day’s other action saw Aston Clinton record a 4-1 win in their local derby game at Pitstone & Ivinghoe and swop places with them in the table, Aston are now 5th while Pitstone drop to 6th. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.
4-0 Bovingdon v Grendon Rangers (Deadman, Eames [pen], Thurgood, Davey) Attendance: 65
3-1 MK Gallacticos v Mursley United (J Smith , Jallow) / (Unknown) Attendance: 30
1-4 Pitstone & Ivinghoe v Aston Clinton (Hall) / (Harper , Mason-Williams ) Attendance: 35
3-1 Totternhoe v Sarratt (Cartwright , Wright) / (Thomas) Attendance: 35
6-0 Unite MK FC v New Bradwell St Peter (Braham, Cloke, Little, Parker, Rawson, Doherty) Attendance: 36
DEVELOPMENT DIVISION CHALLENGE TROPHY Quarter Final First Leg
Buckingham Athletic Development will take a slender one goal lead into the second leg tie of their quarter final at Kempston Rovers Development. Full result and goalscorer listed below.
1-0 Buckingham Athletic Development v Kempston Rovers Development (Parr) Attendance: Unknown
DEVELOPMENT DIVISION CHALLENGE TROPHY Quarter Finals Second Leg
Berkhamsted Development squeezed out Biggleswade United U23 with a 4-3 aggregate win following the 2-2 second leg draw in Bedfordshire. Leighton Town Development also made it into the semi-finals when their 3-1 success at Ampthill Town Development brought about a 4-2 aggregate win. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.
1-3 [2-4 agg] Ampthill Town Development v Leighton Town Development (Porter) / (Devine , Gadsden) Attendance: 42
2-2 [3-4 agg] Biggleswade United U23 v Berkhamsted Development (Unknown) / (Unknown, March) Attendance: Unknown
Gone With The Wind – You know it’s going to be a long afternoon when kicking off the wind blows the ball backwards and the opposition then score from 50 yards from the resulting penalty kick as happened in the Rugby League game between Red Star Belgrade and Millom. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/av/rugby-league/47021656
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SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS LEAGUE GOLDEN BOOT UPDATE (League Goals Only)
22 Leonard Farhall (Harefield United)
21 Joshua Smith (MK Gallacticos)
20 Nathan Skelton (Mursley United)
19 Sean Peter (Hillingdon Borough)
17 Alex Marsh (Biggleswade FC), Shawn Steven (Berkhamsted Development)