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SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 28.03.2019 – South Midlands League update #62

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 26th MARCH / WEDNESDAY 27th MARCH

 

26/27 March Stats: 6 games played of which 4 were home wins and 2 were away wins. Interesting that all four games on Tuesday night were home wins while the two games on Wednesday evening resulted in away wins.

 

Highest Midweek Attendances: 169 Biggleswade FC v Tring Athletic, 43 London Lions v Risborough Rangers and 30 FC Broxbourne Borough v Brimsdown and Wodson Park v Ampthill Town.

 

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Biggleswade FC booked their first ever SSML cup final appearance with a hard fought win against visiting Tring Athletic. The semi-final was witnessed by 169 in attendance and saw the hosts hold off a late rally from their Hertfordshire visitors to earn a date against Baldock Town next month. Full result and goalscorers listed below.

2-1 Biggleswade FC v Tring Athletic (L Marsh, A Marsh) / (Clements) Attendance 169

 

PREMIER DIVISION

Hosts London Colney edged out North Greenford United FC 2-1 in the only Premier Division action, the winner coming with five minutes remaining. Full result and goalscorers listed below.

2-1 London Colney v North Greenford United FC (Reynolds [pen], Armstrong) / (Hind) Attendance Unknown

 

DIVISION ONE

Broadfields United maintained their push for possible promotion by the FA as one of the best runners-up with a 5-2 success over visiting Amersham Town. At the bottom Brimsdown remained locked in a relegation battle after going down by the odd goal in five at FC Broxbourne Borough. Risborough Rangers claimed bragging rights ahead of the Division One Cup Final with a 3-1 win at London Lions, the clubs will lock horns again in the final in May. Ampthill Town strolled to their biggest league away win with a comfortable 5-0 success at Wodson Park. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

5-2 Broadfields United v Amersham Town (Lawrence [2], Henley [pen], Anderson-Richards, Gardner) / (Clifford, Higgins) Attendance 25

3-2 FC Broxbourne Borough v Brimsdown (Bowers [3]) / (Ayoola, Esan) Attendance 30

1-3 London Lions v Risborough Rangers (Kick Off 8.00pm) (Unknown) / (Griggs [2], Pekun) Attendance 43

0-5 Wodson Park v Ampthill Town (Carney [2], Dillon [2], Cerminara) Attendance 30

Louie Dillon

 

AND FINALLY

Don’t forget Deadline Day. SSML clubs have until 5.00pm on Sunday 31st March to complete signings and transfers for the current season.

 

In this day of the Respect Campaign in football the SSML has surely some of best behaved clubs around unlike in Jersey where this weekend will see the following taking place.

Referees in Jersey will go on strike on Saturday in protest over continued poor behaviour at matches. Their action will affect all fixtures in Jersey, including the game between the island’s top two sides, St Paul’s and St Peter, which could decide who wins the league title. Referees threatened to quit in October after ten red cards in twelve games. Incidents include a physical assault on a match official and abuse from players, coaches and spectators. The Jersey Football Referees Association (JFRA) say three teenage officials locked themselves in a changing room after a match following prolonged insults from some junior players, their coach and also some parents/supporters.

Our executive met very recently and had an in depth discussion on this matter and came to a clear collective consensus that the time was now right for referees themselves to stand up and be counted and to seriously consider taking some form of action. “Referees of all levels have been subjected to continued misconduct including that physical assault and lots of insulting and offensive abuse, often of a sexually inappropriate nature, which then become serious safeguarding and welfare issues. “It was agreed that a message needs to be sent out to clubs, players of all ages, managers/coaches, parents and spectators that such incidents can no longer be tolerated, and if we don’t act now island football will lose more referees which it simply cannot afford to do.”

‘Referees need to take some responsibility’

JFRA chairman Paul Daniel told BBC Sport there will be a further meeting on Wednesday evening to discuss their concerns. The Jersey Football Association (JFA), which runs the game on the island, says there are disciplinary sanctions in place to tackle bad behaviour: “These disciplinary measures are apportioned in line with clear guidelines from the Football Association,” their statement said. “Just last week a disciplinary hearing banned a local player for six months for grabbing a referee’s shirt and aggressive conduct.” Whilst the current problems with indiscipline lie largely at the feet of a small minority of participants, referees themselves do need to take some responsibility and agree a code of consistency which the JFA has been pushing for since the start of this season. “Assaults on officials, intimidation of referees and verbal abuse are, clearly, unacceptable and we will continue work with the Jersey Football Association Referees’ Committee in an attempt to improve the game we all love”

Jersey football’s battle with indiscipline.

Jersey’s football authorities have been trying to deal with indiscipline in the island game for some years. An investigation was launched after Portuguese Club walked off in protest at a referees decision in 2015 – they were later suspended and left the league. It prompted long-time referee Mark Le Cornu to resign from his role as a league vice-president. And 29 September last year was dubbed ‘Red Saturday’ when ten red cards were shown in twelve games on the island – five for foul and abusive language and two for violent conduct – compared just four reds in the 54 matches in England’s top four divisions on the same day.

SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 25.03.2019 – South Midlands League update #61

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

 

Saturday began in a sombre mood when news came through of the passing of Leverstock Green Chairman and Secretary Graham Smart. As a mark of respect the SSML postponed their game at Potton United and many other games held a minute’s silence before their kick off. Thoughts and prayers are with the family.

 

SATURDAY’S HEADLINES

Has the bubble burst at Biggleswade FC? Since their exit from the FA Vase the club (who many thought had the championship in their grasp) have now picked up just five points from their last twelve and now lie nine points behind leaders Tring Athletic but have three games in hand. Old Bradwell United record their biggest win for over four years. Harefield United are now the only club in the top six steps of the non-league pyramid who have not lost a league game this season. Saturday’s 27 games seeing 106 goals (an average of 3.92 per game). Jon Clements (Tring Athletic), Jamie Cerminara (Ampthill Town), Ben Green (Old Bradwell United), Darryl Smith (Old Bradwell United), Cole Rawson (Unite MK) and Terry Billy (Stotfold U25) all hitting hat-tricks.

 

23 March Stats: 27 games played of which 13 were home wins, 12 were away wins and 2 draws.

 

(Most League Wins – all Divisions): 30 Harefield United 25 Broadfields United 23 Tring Athletic.

(Most League Draws – all Divisions): 11 Edgware Town 10 Oxhey Jets, Leighton Town 9 Colney Heath, Wembley.

(Most League Defeats – all Divisions): 26 Hatfield Town 22 Brimsdown 21 Cockfosters.

 

Average Saturday Goals: 3.94 (3732 goals from 947 games).

 

Unbeaten:

(Division One League): Harefield United.

 

Most Goals Scored:

(Premier Division League): 86 Biggleswade FC.

(Division One League): 104 Harefield United.

(Division Two League): 80 Bovingdon.

(U25 Development Division League): 40 Kempston Rovers Development.

Most Goals Conceded:

(Premier Division League): 79 Cockfosters.

(Division One League): 96 Hatfield Town.

(Division Two League): 84 The 61FC (Luton).

(U25 Development Division League): 43 Ampthill Town Development.

Fewest Goals Conceded:

(Premier Division League): 29 Hadley.

(Division One League): 29 Harefield United, Broadfields United.

(Division Two League): 15 Old Bradwell United.

(U25 Development Division League): 9 Buckingham Athletic Development.

Fewest Goals Scored:

(Premier Division League): 31 Stotfold.

(Division One League): 33 Hatfield Town.

(Division Two League): 14 Clean Slate.

(U25 Development Division League): 14 Holmer Green Development U25.

 

Saturday’s Highest Attendances: 208 FC Broxbourne Borough v Buckingham Athletic, 126 Biggleswade FC v Colney Heath and 118 Tring Athletic v Arlesey Town.

 

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 323 Biggeswade United v Biggleswade FC.

 

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): 26 Alex Marsh (Biggleswade FC), Ashton Campbell (Tring Athletic) 22 Chris Blunden (Leverstock Green & Colney Heath) 21 Aaron McLeish (North Greenford United FC), David Parkinson (Biggleswade United).

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division One Clubs): 32 Leonard Farhall (Harefield United) 28 Tage Kennedy (Enfield Borough) 27 Sean Peters (Hillingdon Borough).

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division Two Clubs): 31 Joshua Smith (MK Gallacticos) 29 Nathan Skelton (Mursley United) 23 Matthew Standen (Bovingdon).

 

 

Saturday 23rd March

 

PREMIER DIVISION

Premier Division leaders Tring Athletic thumped visiting Arlesey Town 5-0 to maintain their three point advantage at the top. Closest challengers Hadley kept up the pressure with a 3-1 win at London Tigers. Biggleswade United moved into third place with a 2-0 home success over London Colney while many people’s favourites for the title, Biggleswade FC, slumped to only their third defeat of the league campaign when going down by the odd goal in three at home to Colney Heath. At the bottom Stotfold were beaten 2-4 at Wembley while Cockfosters did themselves a favour with a 2-1 home win over Leighton Town. Elsewhere a late penalty gave Baldock Town a 3-2 win over their visitors North Greenford United FC. Oxhey Jets were beaten at home by Harpenden Town thanks to a solitary goal after three minutes. Crawley Green also went down at home, visiting Edgware Town winning by the odd goal in three. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

3-2 Baldock Town v North Greenford United FC (Opponent Own Goal, Barker, Barnes [pen]) / (Gill, Oti) Attendance: 84

1-2 Biggleswade FC v Colney Heath (R Inskip) / (Blunden, Woods) Attendance: 126

2-0 Biggleswade United v London Colney (Cooper, Parkinson) Attendance: 79

2-1 Cockfosters v Leighton Town (Beattie, Carvalho) / (Butawo) Attendance: 47

1-2 Crawley Green v Edgware Town (Watson) / (Ofori [2]) Attendance: 40

1-3 London Tigers v Hadley (Unknown) / (Clarke, E Hammond, Marriot) Attendance: Unknown

0-1 Oxhey Jets v Harpenden Town (Unknown) Attendance: 44

5-0 Tring Athletic v Arlesey Town (Clements [3], Ironton [2]) Attendance: 118

4-2 Wembley v Stotfold (Ogunsola, Mohamed, Filho, Ratti) / (Mbona, Barker) Attendance: 42

 

Jamie Cerminara (Ampthill Town)

DIVISION ONE

No changes in Division One as the top three all win and the bottom five all lose. Leaders Harefield United march on to the title with a 2-1 win over Enfield Borough. Second placed Broadfields United kept up their challenge with a 3-0 win at relegation threatened Codicote while third placed Winslow United had to draw on all their strengths to fight back from 0-2 down to win 3-2 at Langford. A crowd of 208 were in attendance at FC Broxbourne Borough v Buckingham Athletic, the numbers swelled by a family day, those present saw the clubs battle out a 1-1 draw. Bedford moved up into fourth thanks to a 2-1 home success against Wodson Park. At the bottom Hatfield Town are running out of life-lines in their bid to escape the drop, their latest saw them go down by the odd goal in three at home to Risborough Rangers. Brimsdown remain third from bottom following a 1-4 home defeat by Rayners Lane. Amersham Town were beaten by a solitary goal at London Lions. Park View were also defeated at home, visitors Milton Keynes Robins winning 3-1 to leapfrog them in the table. Hillingdon Borough continue to free fall and are now down to 12th after losing 2-3 at home to Ampthill Town, this after leading 2-0 at the interval. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

2-1 Bedford v Wodson Park (Fisher, Butler) / (Fusco) Attendance: 25

1-4 Brimsdown v Rayners Lane (Seghiri) / (R Hastings [2], Harris, A Wilson) Attendance: 15

0-3 Codicote v Broadfields United (Lawrence [2], Henley [pen]) Attendance: 34

1-1 FC Broxbourne Borough v Buckingham Athletic (Banks) / (Carter) Attendance: 208

2-1 Harefield United v Enfield Borough (Farhall, Shaw) / (Unknown) Attendance: 80

1-2 Hatfield Town v Risborough Rangers (Welsh) / (Cullen [2]) Attendance: 22

2-3 Hillingdon Borough v Ampthill Town (Unknown) / (Cerminara [3]) Attendance: Unknown

2-3 Langford v Winslow United (Ali, Osborne) / (Kedzierski, King [pen], Coles) Attendance: 49

1-0 London Lions v Amersham Town (Moligner) Attendance: 28

1-3 Park View v Milton Keynes Robins FC (Ntim) / (Opponent Own Goal, Muya, Clarkson [pen]) Attendance: Unknown

 

DIVISION TWO

Bovingdon are now just two wins away from claiming the Division Two title following their 5-0 success at Totternhoe. Old Bradwell United, the only side who can deny Bovingdon the title, kept up the pressure with their biggest SSML win since November 2014 when winning 10-0 at The 61FC (Luton). Aston Clinton remain third after they were held to a 1-1 draw at MK Gallacticos. The day’s other games saw Grendon Rangers winning 3-1 at home to Pitstone & Ivinghoe while Sarratt were beaten 1-3 at Unite MK. Full results and goalscorers listed below.

3-1 Grendon Rangers v Pitstone & Ivinghoe (Riddell, West, Walls) / (John) Attendance: 43

1-1 MK Gallacticos v Aston Clinton (Jobe) / (Beckett) Attendance: 25

0-10 The 61FC (Luton) v Old Bradwell United (Darryl Smith [3], Green [3], Deria, Valentine, Cribb, Cox) Attendance: 12

0-5 Totternhoe v Bovingdon (Standen [2], Davis, Thurgood, Laville) Attendance: 32

3-1 Unite MK v Sarratt (Rawson [3]) / (Madeinlo) Attendance: 23

 

DEVELOPMENT DIVISION CHALLENGE TROPHY Semi Final First Leg

Buckingham Athletic Development remain on course for the treble after securing a 3-1 first leg lead against Leighton Town Development in the Development Division Challenge Trophy. Full result and goalscorers listed below.

3-1 Buckingham Athletic Development v Leighton Town Development (L Tavener [2], Wright) / (Devine) Attendance: Unknown

Luke Tavener

 

U25 DEVELOPMENT DIVISION

The battle for the wooden spoon saw bottom club Ampthill Town Development close the gap on the team above them Harpenden Town Development to four points after their 3-1 success over their visitors. The day’s other action saw a dress rehearsal for next week’s Challenge Trophy semi-final with Stotfold U25 hosting Berkhamsted Development U25 and it was the hosts that will take the bragging rights into next week’s game after a 5-2 win. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

3-1 Ampthill Town Development v Harpenden Town Development (Unknown) / (Sears) Attendance: Unknown

5-2 Stotfold U25 v Berkhamsted Development (Billy [3], Girdlestone, Lindsay) / (Unknown) Attendance: Unknown

 

AND FINALLY

Having a goalkeeper sent off is not unusual, having two sent off on a match day has been known to happen, but having goalkeeping brothers sent off on the same day is not a normal occurrence. Up in Scotland on Saturday it was the case of the latter, Max Currie (Stranraer) was dismissed just before half-time in Scottish League One against Arbroath and then 40 minutes later elder brother Blair was dismissed whilst playing for Clyde against Annan Athletic in Scottish League Two.

 

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.

 

Bev Strong completed the Landmarks Half Marathon for Tommy’s (the baby charity because they have been tremendous support to a good friend) on Sunday in a time of 3 hours 2 minutes and 58 seconds. Well done Bev. Let’s get that promised sponsored money in to her.

 

 

UP OR DOWN

Who can go up or down

 

PREMIER DIVISION

Champions: Current leaders 73

Biggleswade FC (91), Tring Athletic (91), Hadley (88), Biggleswade United (83), Baldock Town (74)

Runners Up: Current 2nd place 70

Biggleswade FC (91), Tring Athletic (91), Hadley (88), Biggleswade United (83), Baldock Town (74), Potton United (70)

Relegation: Current safety 41

Cockfosters (39), Stotfold (40), Leverstock Green (47), London Tigers (49), Wembley (51), North Greenford United FC (54), London Colney (56), Harpenden Town (58)

 

 

DIVISION ONE

Champions: Current leaders 92

Harefield United (104) or Broadfields United (96)

Runners Up: Current 2nd place 78

Harefield United (104), Broadfields United (96), Winslow United (85)

Relegation: Current safety 47

Hatfield Town (28), Brimsdown (46), Codicote (47), Amersham Town (48), Park View (55), Milton Keynes Robins FC (56), Wodson Park (58), Hillingdon Borough (59), Ampthill Town (61), Enfield Borough (63), Langford (63), Rayners Lane (65)

 

 

DIVISION TWO

Champions: Current leaders 59

Bovingdon (71) or Old Bradwell United (64)

Runners Up: Current 2nd place 47

Bovingdon (71), Old Bradwell United (64), Berkhamsted Raiders (56), Aston Clinton (52), Pitstone & Ivinghoe (47)

Re-election: Clean Slate.

 

Note

Figures in brackets denote maximum points that can be won.

Division One runners-up promotion places will be the nine best runners-up from the Step 6 divisions on a points per game basis.

SSMFL D1; Ampthill winger determined to help team climb the Hill of Division One table

Saturday 23rd March 2019
Hillingdon Borough v Ampthill Town
Spartan South Midlands League Division One
Middlesex Stadium
K.O. 3.00pm

Ampthill Town travel down to Hillingdon on Saturday hoping to emulate the victory they enjoyed over the hosts in the return fixture back in November, whilst looking to avoid a repeat of the five goal hammering they took at the Middlesex Stadium in September in the Spartan South Midlands Football League Division One cup. Since Paul Blackman took over the managers position at the Bedfordshire club they have had a real mixed bag of results, but have managed to reach the final of the North Beds Charity Cup & with eight league games left to play will be looking to follow up last weekends win at Ampthill Park over Brimsdown as they try and break into the top half the table, in Borough they face a side in a sticky patch which has seen one draw and six defeats in their last seven, they have conceded a whopping thirty-five goals in that run and the draw was goalless! Victory for Town wouldn’t lift them any higher in the league table but would put them in a great position to finish the season strong and try and get in those top ten places.

Lawrence Burton

This week Sports Shots caught up with Ampthill winger Lawrence Burton to ask when he joined the club, how it came about & how it’s been settling in:

I joined the club during the Christmas period as I wasn’t getting any first team football at my previous club, I think this is what attracted me to Ampthill, the fact that I would be getting that experience that I needed at this stage. Everyone has made me feel welcome here, I believe that I’ve settled in well and I’m really enjoying it here

How does Lawrence rate his fitness & contribution so far?

I feel that this season I have performed okay, but I still think that I have more to contribute and offer to the team in terms of goals and assists as well as performances, this season I have been in good fitness so I have to keep this up

How good a squad is there at Ampthill, and have any players impressed?

I believe our squad is strong enough to compete at the top end of the table as well as to win trophies, but luck has not been on our side in games where I think we deserved more, we’ve started to play really good football here and I’m enjoying it. I’ve been impressed with all the guys here, especially Brad Clarke as he can create chances and the ability to create something out of nothing

What is Lawrence’s preferred position & formation in the side?

My preferred position is right wing or even left wing, with the majority of this season playing on the right in a three-five-two. But if I’m on the pitch I’ll play anywhere and give one hundred percent to help the team win

March has seen defeat at home to Codicote and at London Lions, followed by victory last week at home over Brimsdown, how were these games?

In the Codicote game we should have done better as it wasn’t our best performance, but in the London Lions game we definitely deserved more out of the game as we played really well with many chances to win the game, especially with a goal line clearance and a penalty save. Then in the Brimsdown win, we played some of the best football since I have been here so we hope to take this momentum forward and have a strong end to the season

Onto this week against Hillingdon, with their recent form is this another three points for Ampthill?

I think that if I’ve learnt anything in this league, it’s that anyone can beat anyone. In this division there is no such thing as an “easy game”, so the best thing we can do is prepare for the game with the right attitude and give our absolute best to win

What does Lawrence see as a target for himself and the team for the rest of this campaign?

I think the teams goal for the rest of the season is to finish as high up in the table as possible and I believe that we can definitely achieve this as well as to win the final that we are in. For me personally I would like to get on the scoresheet more often as well as providing more assists

Finally we asked if he could choose any team mate to go on any TV programme who & what he would choose:

I would probably say Will Coote on any comedian show because he’s probably one of the funniest guys I’ve ever met

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

SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 21.03.2019 – South Midlands League update #60

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 19th MARCH / WEDNESDAY 20th MARCH

19/20 March Stats: 6 games played of which 2 were home wins and 4 were away wins.

 

Highest Midweek Attendances: 198 Biggleswade United v Biggleswade FC, 186 London Lions v Belstone and 76 London Colney v Berkhamsted.

 

PREMIER DIVISION

Leverstock Green have now gone 10 matches without a home win (D2 L8), the latest a 0-5 defeat at the hands of Colney Heath. Full result and goalscorers listed below.

0-5 Leverstock Green v Colney Heath (Blunden [3] [1 pen], Woods, Sears-Black) Attendance: 73

 

HERTS CHARITY SHIELD Quarter Final

London Colney went out of the Herts Charity Shield when they were beaten at home by a solitary goal by former SSML members Berkhamsted. Full result and goalscorer listed below.

0-1 London Colney v Berkhamsted (Farrelly) Attendance: 76

 

NORTH BEDS CHARITY CUP Semi Final

Biggleswade FC reached their first ever cup final when they overcame neighbours Biggleswade United 3-0 at Second Meadow in the North Beds Charity Cup. Full result and goalscorers listed below.

0-3 Biggleswade United v Biggleswade FC (Eze, Cookman, Northfield) Attendance: 198

 

DIVISION ONE

Harefield United moved another step closer to winning the Division One title with a solid 5-1 success at relegation threatened Brimsdown. Buckingham Athletic moved into the top four with a 2-1 home success over Langford. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

Stratford Fields

2-1 Buckingham Athletic v Langford (McDonald, Carter) / (Unknown) Attendance: 53

1-5 Brimsdown v Harefield United (Unknown) / (Shaw, Mangan, Farhall, Jordan, Willis) Attendance: 45

 

HERTS SENIOR CENTENARY TROPHY FINAL

London Lions contested their third successive Herts Senior Centenary Final on Tuesday and for one player it was certainly a memorable night, Adam Bolle found the net four times in 26 minutes as he put his side well in control by the hour mark against Herts County League opponents Belstone. Lions eventually roaring to a 5-1 victory and lifting the trophy for the second time in three years. Full result and goalscorers listed below.

5-1 London Lions v Belstone (Bolle [4] [1 pen], Levenfische) / (Turner [pen]) Attendance: 186

(@ Hemel Hempstead Town FC)

 

AND FINALLY

Don’t forget Deadline Day. SSML clubs have until 5.00pm on Sunday 31st March to complete signings and transfers for the current season.

SSMFL D2; Mursley United 1-3 Bovingdon

Mursley United – 1
Bovingdon – 3

League leaders Bovingdon visited Mursley United on Saturday and secured a 3-1 victory over the hosts.

Nathan Skelton

With regular keeper Dan Willett injured, Jordan Fernandez donned the goalkeeping gloves as Jamie Lands’ side looked to prove a tough test for the leaders.

However, despite the high wind, the visitors went ahead early when Deadman’s strike from distance took a deflection, wrong-footing Fernandez and ended up in the net.

The home side’s best effort was through Tom Brazier who couldn’t keep his effort down from ten yards and blazed over the bar.

The visitors’ second goal came late in the first half when Thorogood was on the end of a cross to tuck the ball home.

With the wind at their backs, Mursley had more possession in the second half and gave themselves a chance when Nathan Skelton’s effort from twenty yards rocketed into the net to record his twenty ninth goal of the season.

The visitors secured the points late on when James Wardell brought down Dodds in the area and, although Fernandez saved Standen’s spot kick, the latter followed up to net the rebound.

Report supplied by Justin Daley

SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 18.03.2019 – South Midlands League update #59

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

 

For the second Saturday in succession the gentle breeze caused a few problems for the 20 SSML fixtures.

SATURDAY’S HEADLINES

Harefield United are storming their way to a return to the Premier Division and now stand within twelve points of achieving their goal. In Division Two only a gale can blow Bovingdon off course to claiming the title. Stotfold’s brief spell off the bottom ended as they lost out to Cockfosters. Saturday’s 20 games seeing 74 goals (an average of 3.70 per game). Brandon McKenna (Enfield Borough) the day’s top marksman with three.

 

16 March Stats: 20 games played of which 11 were home wins, 6 were away wins and 3 draws.

 

(Most League Wins – all Divisions): 28 Harefield United 24 Broadfields United 22 Tring Athletic.

(Most League Draws – all Divisions): 11 Edgware Town 10 Oxhey Jets, Leighton Town 9 Colney Heath, Wembley.

(Most League Defeats – all Divisions): 25 Hatfield Town 21 Cockfosters 20 Brimsdown, Clean Slate.

 

Average Saturday Goals: 3.94 (3626 goals from 920 games).

 

Unbeaten:

(Division One League): Harefield United.

 

Most Goals Scored:

(Premier Division League): 85 Biggleswade FC.

(Division One League): 97 Harefield United.

(Division Two League): 75 Bovingdon.

(U25 Development Division League): 40 Kempston Rovers Development.

Most Goals Conceded:

(Premier Division League): 78 Cockfosters.

(Division One League): 94 Hatfield Town.

(Division Two League): 83 Clean Slate.

(U25 Development Division League): 42 Ampthill Town Development.

Fewest Goals Conceded:

(Premier Division League): 28 Hadley.

(Division One League): 27 Harefield United.

(Division Two League): 15 Old Bradwell United.

(U25 Development Division League): 9 Buckingham Athletic Development.

Fewest Goals Scored:

(Premier Division League): 29 Stotfold.

(Division One League): 32 Hatfield Town.

(Division Two League): 14 Clean Slate.

(U25 Development Division League): 13 Ampthill Town Development.

 

Saturday’s Highest Attendances: 218 Leighton Town v Tring Athletic, 77 Colney Heath v Edgware Town and 70 Risborough Rangers v Hillingdon Borough.

 

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 323 Biggeswade United v Biggleswade FC.

 

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): 26 Alex Marsh (Biggleswade FC), Ashton Campbell (Tring Athletic) 21 Aaron McLeish (North Greenford United FC) 20 David Parkinson (Biggleswade United), Danny Webb (Potton United).

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division One Clubs): 30 Leonard Farhall (Harefield United) 28 Tage Kennedy (Enfield Borough) 27 Sean Peter (Hillingdon Borough).

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division Two Clubs): 31 Joshua Smith (MK Gallacticos) 29 Nathan Skelton (Mursley United) 21 Albie Hall (Pitstone & Ivinghoe), Matthew Standen (Bovingdon).

 

Saturday 16th March

 

PREMIER DIVISION

The pick of the day’s Premier Division fixtures saw leaders Tring Athletic travelling to Leighton Town and spurned on by a crowd of 218 they edged the game by the odd goal in five and thus opened up a three point lead in the title race, the winner from George Ironton coming from a wind assisted deflection. With the weather putting paid to the chasing pack behind Tring it gave Baldock Town the opportunity to close the gap and they gleefully accepted the chance with a 2-0 success at Leverstock Green. Oxhey Jets were stunned by two late goals at Arlesey Town to finally go down 2-4. Wembley were held 2-2 at home by Crawley Green who had just the bare eleven players after injuries hot their squad. At the bottom it was 19th v 20th as Stotfold welcomed Cockfosters in a big ‘six-pointer’, and it was the visitors who edged it by the odd goal in three and thus sent the hosts back to the wooden spoon position. The day’s remaining game saw Colney Heath winning 2-0 at home against Edgware Town. Full results and goalscorers are listed below.

4-2 Arlesey Town v Oxhey Jets (Mead, Lamond, Browne, Hatch) / (Johnson, Giordmaina) Attendance: 56

2-0 Colney Heath v Edgware Town (Blunden, Clarke-Mardel [pen]) Attendance: 77

2-3 Leighton Town v Tring Athletic (Adams, Fredericks [pen]) / (Campbell [2], Ironton) Attendance: 218

0-2 Leverstock Green v Baldock Town (Ngwala, Payne) Attendance: 43

1-2 Stotfold v Cockfosters (Francis) / (Mosanya, Beattie) Attendance: 58

2-2 Wembley v Crawley Green (Ebonine, Lendore-Martin) / (Oyeniran [2]) Attendance: 29

 

DIVISION ONE

Leaders Harefield United had to come from behind twice at Buckingham Athletic before securing maximum points with a 4-2 win and thus ensuring a top two finish. Second placed Broadfields United kept up their faint championship hopes with a 3-0 win at home against Bedford. Winslow United came from a goal down to defeat relegation bound Hatfield Town 3-1. Rayners Lane and visiting FC Broxbourne Borough served up a nine goal thriller with the hosts winning 6-3. Amersham Town gave themselves further hope in beating the drop with a 2-0 home success against Park View. Hillingdon Borough have now gone seven games without a win following Saturday’s 1-3 reverse at Risborough Rangers. Langford’s long trek to Enfield Borough proved fruitless as the hosts ran out comfortable 5-1 winners. In the days other action Ampthill Town saw off the challenge of visiting Brimsdown by three goals to one. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

2-0 Amersham Town v Park View (Evans [2]) Attendance: 14

3-1 Ampthill Town v Brimsdown (Cerminara, Cooksley, Dillon) / (Sosanya) Attendance: 41

3-0 Broadfields United v Bedford (Gardner [2], Mboto) Attendance: 37

2-4 Buckingham Athletic v Harefield United (Farmer, Carter) / (Pacquette, Mangan, Jordan, Shaw) Attendance: 45

5-1 Enfield Borough v Langford (McKenna [3], Kennedy, Opoku) / (Unknown) Attendance: 20

6-3 Rayners Lane v FC Broxbourne Borough (Harris [2], Maher, Bevan, D Hastings, De La Salle) / (Unknown) Attendance: 30

3-1 Risborough Rangers v Hillingdon Borough (Urquhart, Pekun, Wylie) / (Jula) Attendance: 70

3-1 Winslow United v Hatfield Town (Freshwater [2] [1 pen],Karwacinski) / (Draper) Attendance: 58

 

DIVISION TWO

Bovingdon continue to blow away their opponents as they march on towards the title, this time it was Mursley United in the firing line, Bovingdon securing a 3-1 win. Second placed Berkhamsted Raiders travelled to third placed Aston Clinton and a very tight game was settled by a solitary goal for the hosts. It was honours even at Old Bradwell United where they were held to a 1-1 draw with local rivals MK Gallacticos. At the bottom Clean Slate will face re-election for the third time in four years following a 0-2 defeat at New Bradwell St Peter FC. The day’s other action saw Grendon Rangers winning 1-0 at Sarratt. Full results and goalscorers listed below.

1-0 Aston Clinton v Berkhamsted Raiders (Brown) Attendance: 20

1-3 Mursley United v Bovingdon (Skelton) / (Thurgood, Deadman, Matthew Standen) Attendance: Unknown

2-0 New Bradwell St Peter FC v Clean Slate (Whitcombe, Davey) Attendance: 25

1-1 Old Bradwell United v MK Gallacticos (Valentine) / (Lobjoit) Attendance: 43

0-1 Sarratt v Grendon Rangers (Adam) Attendance: 36

 

U25 DEVELOPMENT DIVISION

The day’s only Development fixture saw Biggleswade United U23 make the long trip to Holmer Green Development U25 and return home with a share of the points following a 2-2 draw. Full result and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

2-2 Holmer Green Development U25 v Biggleswade United U23 (Unknown) / (Unknown) Attendance: Unknown

 

AND FINALLY

Whilst clubs moan at referees spare a thought for Bradford in League One. Saturday saw them victims of a bizarre situation.

There’s drama and then there’s this – five minutes of total confusion over whether a stoppage-time Oxford goal would stand, or be ruled out to award Bradford a penalty.

Here’s our best understanding of the situation:

90+3 mins – Bradford unsuccessfully appeal for a penalty as Liam O’Brien goes down under a challenge six yards out as he shoots wide.

90+4 mins – Oxford take a quick goal kick and go down the other end to score through Jamie Mackie.

90+5 mins – After consulting his assistant, referee Andy Davies rules the goal out and goes back to award Bradford a penalty.

90+8 mins – Minutes later, Davies changes his mind and finally awards Oxford the goal.

The outcome means Bradford stay bottom of League One, seven points behind Oxford, who move out of the drop zone as a result of the decision.

Needless to say, Bantams boss Gary Bowyer wasn’t best pleased.

“I’ve never seen anything like it – not just as a football manager, but in my life. I’m not being funny, but I still can’t understand what’s gone on.”

His opposite number Karl Robinson sympathised: “If I was Gary, I’d be devastated – I don’t know what’s gone on.

“We have to speak to you [the media] within 30 minutes, but we can’t speak to the referee for 30 minutes. How stupid is that?”

 

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.

 

A reminder from Potton United Secretary Bev Strong, Bev has posted the following – In 7 days I am stepping well out my comfort zone by running a half marathon so if you can spare a pound or two please sponsor me. I am running the Landmarks Half Marathon for Tommy’s, the baby charity because they have been tremendous support to a good friend. Having only taken up running 2 years ago and vowing to never run more than 10k (6 miles) I was asked to join this team and could not possibly say no.  I am the oldest of the team and the least fit as the majority are all football referees but it will be the knowledge that I am collecting a lot of sponsors and doing this for a good friend that I hope will get me round.

 

UP OR DOWN

Who can go up or down

 

PREMIER DIVISION

Champions: Current leaders 70

Biggleswade FC (94), Tring Athletic (91), Hadley (88), Biggleswade United (83), Baldock Town (75), Potton United (70), Arlesey Town (70)

Runners Up: Current 2nd place 67

Biggleswade FC (94), Tring Athletic (91), Hadley (88), Biggleswade United (83), Baldock Town (75), Potton United (70), Arlesey Town (70), Colney Heath (69)

Relegation: Current safety 44

Cockfosters (39), Stotfold (43), Leverstock Green (50), Wembley (51), London Tigers (52), Edgware Town (56), North Greenford United FC (57), Harpenden Town (58), London Colney (59), Crawley Green (61), Leighton Town (61)

 

DIVISION ONE

Champions: Current leaders 86

Harefield United (104) or Broadfields United (96)

Runners Up: Current 2nd place 75

Harefield United (104), Broadfields United (96), Winslow United (85), Bedford (76)

Relegation: Current safety 51

Hatfield Town (31), Codicote (50), Amersham Town (51), Brimsdown (52), Milton Keynes Robins FC (56), Park View (58), Wodson Park (61), Ampthill Town (61), Hillingdon Borough (62), Rayners Lane (65), Enfield Borough (66), Risborough Rangers (68), London Lions (69), Langford (69), Buckingham Athletic (76)

 

 DIVISION TWO

Champions: Current leaders 56

Bovingdon (71), Old Bradwell United (64) or Berkhamsted Raiders (56)

Runners Up: Current 2nd place 47

Bovingdon (71), Old Bradwell United (64), Berkhamsted Raiders (56), Aston Clinton (54), Pitstone & Ivinghoe (50)

Re-election: Current safety 25

Clean Slate plus one of following – The 61FC (Luton) (24), Sarratt (29) or New Bradwell St Peter (36)

Note:

Figures in brackets denote maximum points that can be won.

Division One runners-up promotion places will be the nine best runners-up from the Step 6 divisions on a points per game basis.

SSMFL D1; Athletic defender confident his side can show their steel against league leaders

Saturday 16th March 2019
Buckingham Athletic v Harefield United
Spartan South Midlands Division One
Stratford Fields
K.O. 3.00pm

Buckingham Athletic have had a tough run of games of late and it doesn’t get any easier this Saturday as they host champions elect Harefield United at Stratford Fields, United have drawn just two of their twenty-nine league games this season whilst winning the rest, a remarkable run of form in any league! Athletic have seen a mixed bag of results in their last four games, a goalless draw at bottom side Hatfield before an odd goal in three victory over local rivals Winslow in the first leg of the Buckingham Senior Charity Cup semi-final set them up nicely for a thumping and now infamous rout of Hillingdon Borough who turned up to the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong personal, as Neil Griffiths men dished out a fourteen goals to two hammering, this was then followed by a trip down to the side sitting in second place in the Spartan South Midlands Football League Division One table Broadfields United, where a three goal without reply brought the Swans back to earth with a bump. Harefield have won every league game they have played since the end of last August, the only points they have dropped this campaign were in the first month of the season, but not many teams like the famous Stratford bobble……

Stuart Ironmonger

This week Sports Shots caught up with Athletic defender Stuart Ironmonger to ask when he joined the club, how it all came about and how it’s been settling in?

I initially joined the club at under eighteen level a long time ago now, I then managed to play some first team football before I went to uni. Four years later Jake asked me if I wanted to start playing again for the development side at the end of last year and already knowing a lot of the lads from growing up in Buckingham it was an easy choice to start playing again and enjoying football

How does Stuart feel his season has been in terms of fitness and contribution?

I think my fitness is the best it has been, this season was the first pre-season I have had since the under eighteen’s days, so that helped massively. I think I had an eye opener early on against Potton in the cup where I struggled, but since then have been taking information on from Griff (Neil Griffiths) and Jamie (O’Grady) with my performances improving a lot, now I feel that I am performing at a good level consistently which I need to carry on

How good is the squad this season and have any players stood out?

I think you can see this season with the number of injuries we’ve had that the squad depth is immense, everyone stepping in is capable, players that have had a few weeks on the fringe of the first team squad or players stepping up from the Development. It’s hard to pick out any one player as I think we have a lot of youth with great potential in both sides. Robbie Carter goals when he is fit show his clinical edge, if I had to pick one out

What is Stuart’s preferred position in the team?

I think playing centre back at the start of the season was where I felt most comfortable, however now I think I have adapted to playing left back after having a good run of games there. Versatility is important and I think can play at the same level in whichever position is asked of me

The last three games has seen a narrow win over Winslow, a huge scoring win over Hillingdon followed by a resounding defeat last week at Broadfields, how has this run of games been?

Winslow was a good result with not the best of performances, but it is only half a job done, whilst Hillingdon was a test of our ability to be ruthless against not necessarily the best team we have faced but I think the score line showed that, in a result that I doubt will be seen in the league for a long time again. Broadfields was a different prospect and at crucial moments in the game we switched off and that in the end was what cost us in a reasonably close game, not that the score line suggests that

Harefield come to town this week, they haven’t lost in the league all season, how big a test is this?

To come this far in the league and be unbeaten is an unbelievable achievement, so we know it will be a difficult job. Our home form is very encouraging and they will be in a tough game, if we turn up with a good intensity I think we can push to get a good result and end their run

With that semi-final still to conclude, with just nine league games left what is the target for the squad for the rest of the campaign?

The aim is to try and create history and achieve FA cup football for the first time but I think we have to take it game by game and not look too far ahead. Then try and add a bit of silverware to close off a great season

Finally we asked Stuart if he could nominate a team mate to go on any TV programme who & what would he choose?

I think I Ash Farmer in Britain’s got Talent as a DJ, he has some fantastic skills, or maybe Jack Menday on Takeshi’s Castle, for a few big wipe-outs. Lastly a big thank you to everyone at Sport Shots as always, great work, keep it up!

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

SSMFL Interview: ‘Think first, Before you curse’ pilot aims explained

Sports Shots has spoken with Spartan South Midlands League, vice chairman Bill Scholes and Respect and Referees chairman Mike Taylor.

We discussed the Spartan South Midlands League pilot ‘Think first, Before you curse’, which is an attempt for clubs to create a family-friendly environment by kicking Unacceptable Language and Behaviour, both on and off the field, into touch.

The Spartan South Midlands League ‘Think First’ campaign.

Scholes explained:

Every club should always be aiming to be the hub of the community, and not just in football terms. With this comes a responsibility to attract a family-friendly, fun environment. These people are the club’s lifeline.

It was clear from strong viewpoints expressed at both recent Divisional club meetings and recent Match officials’ meetings, that improvements to the campaign could be made, by both the clubs themselves and by the match officials. There are always two sides of a story, but the League feel that the future for a better and much more enjoyable afternoon’s football, helping to eradicate the use of foul language and abuse, would be best served if both match officials and clubs could work together to stamp out this particularly virulent cancer on the game that we all love.

Therefore a letter from the SSMFL Board went out to all club chairmen and match officials explaining the new initiative, objectives and the reasons behind it. The pilot will run from 16th February until 27th April in Division One only, monitoring unacceptable language and behaviour, both on and off the field of play.

Taylor went on to say:

The responsibility for administering the Laws of the Game on the field remains on the shoulders of the match officials, but there is a strong feeling amongst the officials that more could be done “at home” by the clubs to remind their management and players of their responsibility. Remember, the match officials are there to police the match, not to teach players how to behave.

We have produced a new, ‘softer, less wordy’ set of posters, which the officials asked for and these should now be visible at all the grounds. If this is not the case, referees are asked to report accordingly.

We have also reminded referees that they have a golden opportunity on receipt of the team sheets before kick off to remind clubs what is expected and that the bench side Assistant should monitor the technical areas diligently.

I hope that together we can all achieve the goals that we all know would make our match-days far more enjoyable, for everyone hoping to enjoy the game, without having to put up with unacceptable comments, hopefully they will all

‘’Think First, Before They Curse’’……

Scholes added:

Board members have asked to report any incidents of unacceptable language and/or behaviour to the General Secretary. These will then be forwarded on to the Respect, Discipline and Referees committee who decide what action, if any, will be taken.

This could be,

  1. A written warning as to future behaviour, with the proviso that further action may result should the behaviour be repeated.
  2. The chief officers/ management team of the club will be asked to attend a Board panel to explain their club’s behaviour and produce a committed action plan to eradicate any further occurrences.
  3. If no discernible improvement and should further instances occur, a report will be made to the main Board, with the   recommendation that the club be removed from the Constitution at the AGM.

We are asking clubs to highlight this trial, and its potential ramifications, in every home programme that they issue, as well as constantly reminding spectators, players and officials. We also recommend that they pin up the new poster at the entry point /pay box so that all spectators entering the ground are aware of the campaign. Additional laminated posters will be available on request.

The league reserves the right to Name and Shame clubs that are reported for unacceptable language and/or behaviour. This could be through the use of social media and local press, and as we have seen recently, these reports can be picked up by the national press. I’m sure that club officials do not want their club to be portrayed in a detrimental light.

The trial, started on Saturday 16th February, and will encompass all Division One league fixtures and all cup matches that come under the auspices of the League.

The emphasis does and should fall on everyone and Sports Shots hope that management staff, players and supporters all look at the bigger picture and grasp why this trial is being introduced.

 

Spartan South Midlands League … Interview coming Wednesday

Sports Shots always attempts to give our followers the very latest news and we are delighted the Spartan South Midlands League have accepted our invite to give an interview.

While there are many issues that the league’s Board face on a daily basis, the biggest news item is currently a pilot initative, centering around Unacceptable Language and Behaviour.

Coming tomorrow we will publish our interview after we spoke to the league’s vice-chairman Bill Scholes and Respect and Referees chairman Mike Taylor.

SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 11.03.2019 – South Midlands League update #58

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

 

On a day where a slight breeze caused a few problems the SSML managed to see 25 of its scheduled 26 games played, the only casualty being the London Colney v North Greenford United FC fixture which was deemed unplayable by the referee.

 

SATURDAY’S HEADLINES

Stotfold finally climb off the bottom of the table having been there since August. Old Bradwell United reach the Division Two Cup Final. Harefield United take another step closer to winning the Division One title. Bovingdon edge closer to securing the Division Two title. Saturday’s 25 games seeing 72 goals (an average of 2.88 per game). Connor Spinks (Broadfields United) the day’s top marksman with three.

 

9 March Stats: 25 games played of which 9 were home wins, 10 were away wins and 6 draws.

 

(Most League Wins – all Divisions): 27 Harefield United 23 Broadfields United 21 Hadley, Tring Athletic.

(Most League Draws – all Divisions): 11 Edgware Town 10 Oxhey Jets, Leighton Town 9 Colney Heath.

(Most League Defeats – all Divisions): 24 Hatfield Town 21 Cockfosters 19 London Tigers, Amersham Town, Brimsdown, Clean Slate.

 

Average Saturday Goals: 3.95 (3552 goals from 900 games).

 

Unbeaten:

(Division One League): Harefield United.

Most Goals Scored:

(Premier Division League): 85 Biggleswade FC.

(Division One League): 93 Harefield United.

(Division Two League): 72 Bovingdon.

(U25 Development Division League): 40 Kempston Rovers Development.

Most Goals Conceded:

(Premier Division League): 77 Cockfosters.

(Division One League): 91 Hatfield Town.

(Division Two League): 81 Clean Slate.

(U25 Development Division League): 42 Ampthill Town Development.

Fewest Goals Conceded:

(Premier Division League): 28 Hadley.

(Division One League): 25 Harefield United.

(Division Two League): 14 Old Bradwell United.

(U25 Development Division League): 9 Buckingham Athletic Development.

Fewest Goals Scored:

(Premier Division League): 28 Stotfold.

(Division One League): 31 Hatfield Town.

(Division Two League): 14 Clean Slate.

(U25 Development Division League): 12 Holmer Green Development U25.

 

Saturday’s Highest Attendances: 113 Baldock Town v Tring Athletic, 102 Biggleswade FC v Leverstock Green and 78 v Potton United v Colney Heath.

 

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 323 Biggeswade United v Biggleswade FC.

 

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): 26 Alex Marsh (Biggleswade FC) 24 Ashton Campbell (Tring Athletic) 21 Aaron McLeish (North Greenford United FC).

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division One Clubs): 30 Leonard Farhall (Harefield United) 27 Tage Kennedy (Enfield Borough), Sean Peter (Hillingdon Borough) 22 Harry Dalton (Winslow United).

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division Two Clubs): 31 Joshua Smith (MK Gallacticos) 28 Nathan Skelton (Mursley United) 21 Albie Hall (Pitstone & Ivinghoe).

 

Saturday 9th March

 

PREMIER DIVISION

It was a winning Saturday for the top four clubs, Tring Athletic defeating the morning’s fifth placed club Baldock Town by a solitary goal at the New Lamb Meadow in a game that saw Tring lose goalkeeper following a red card fifteen minutes from time, the drama didn’t end there defender Carl Mensah donned the gloves and saved the resulting penalty kick. Second placed Hadley won 2-1 at Oxhey Jets, Biggleswade FC defeated visiting Leverstock Green 2-0 while a solitary goal was enough to see Biggleswade United overcome Wembley at Second Meadow. Stotfold climbed off the bottom of the table after their solitary goal home success against Crawley Green, Cockfosters dropping to bottom as they went down 1-3 at home to Harpenden Town. Leighton Town overcame the loss of their goalkeeper through injury early on to win 4-1 at Edgware Town. The day’s other action saw Potton United come from behind to defeat visiting Colney Heath by the odd goal in three. Full results and goalscorers are listed below.

0-1 Baldock Town v Tring Athletic (Campbell) Attendance: 113

2-0 Biggleswade FC v Leverstock Green (Eze, George [pen]) Attendance: 102

1-0 Biggleswade United v Wembley (Hankins) Attendance: 71

1-3 Cockfosters v Harpenden Town (Wade) / (A McClelland [2], McLeish) Attendance: 32

1-4 Edgware Town v Leighton Town (Ofori) / (Silford [2], Butawo [2]) Attendance: 51

1-2 Oxhey Jets v Hadley (Giordmaina) / (Opponent Own Goal, Clarke) Attendance: 62

2-1 Potton United v Colney Heath (Burnside, Ansell-Carter) / (Doolan) Attendance: 78

1-0 Stotfold v Crawley Green (Francis) Attendance: 48

 

DIVISION ONE

Following last week’s heavy defeat Hillingdon Borough bounced back with a goalless draw at home to Wodson Park. Relegation fighting Amersham Town picked up a vital point from their trip to high flying FC Broxbourne Borough. Broadfields United maintained their faint championship hopes with a 3-0 win against visiting Buckingham Athletic to remain eleven points behind the leaders Harefield United who returned home from their trip to Langford with a 2-1 win. London Lions edged out visiting Ampthill Town by the odd goal in five. Winslow United remain third but had to settle for a point after being held at home by Rayners Lane. At the bottom Codicote went down 0-2 at home against Enfield Borough while Hatfield Town picked up a rare point with a 2-2 draw at Park View. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

3-0 Broadfields United v Buckingham Athletic (Spinks [3]) Attendance: 21

0-2 Codicote v Enfield Borough (Kennedy, Stevens) Attendance: 42

1-1 FC Broxbourne Borough v Amersham Town (Wells) / (J Squire-Adams [pen]) Attendance: 45

0-0 Hillingdon Borough v Wodson Park Attendance: Unknown

1-2 Langford v Harefield United (Rome) / (Clifton, Pacquette) Attendance: 50

3-2 London Lions v Ampthill Town (Bolle, Craig, Kyte) / (Carter, Kissiedu) Attendance: 25

2-2 Park View v Hatfield Town (Orelaja, Williams) / (Beck, Unknown) Attendance: 61

1-1 Winslow United v Rayners Lane (Ingram) / (Blagden) Attendance: 72

 

DIVISION TWO CUP Semi Final

A solitary first half goal from Darryl Smith proved to be enough to send Old Bradwell United through to the Final of the Division Two Cup at the expense of hosts and local rivals MK Gallacticos. Full result and goalscorer listed below.

0-1 MK Gallacticos v Old Bradwell United (Darryl Smith) Attendance: Unknown

 

DIVISION TWO

Bovingdon recorded their tenth successive league win as they defeated New Bradwell St Peter FC 3-1 and in doing so increased their lead to six points at the top of the table. Aston Clinton remain third after securing a point from their trip to Grendon Rangers. Totternhoe and visiting Mursley United shared six goals at the Recreation Ground while Clean Slate remain rooted to the bottom as they went down to a solitary goal defeat following their derby-day clash at Unite MK. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

3-1 Bovingdon v New Bradwell St Peter FC (Thurgood [2], Deadman) / (Unknown) Attendance: 67

1-1 Grendon Rangers v Aston Clinton (Janecki) / (A Smith) Attendance: 33

3-3 Totternhoe v Mursley United (Fry, Richardson, Paquette) / (Skelton [2], Lloyd-Roberts) Attendance: 53

1-0 Unite MK v Clean Slate (Ainsley) Attendance: 18

 

DEVELOPMENT DIVISION CHALLENGE TROPHY Quarter Final Second Leg

Buckingham Athletic Development’s 2-0 win at Kempston Rovers Development secured a 3-0 aggregate win and a place in the Development Division semi-finals where they will meet Leighton Town Development over two legs. Full result and goalscorer listed below.

0-2 [0-3 on agg] Kempston Rovers Development v Buckingham Athletic Development (Wright [2]) Attendance: Unknown

 

U25 DEVELOPMENT DIVISION

Berkhamsted Development continued to keep themselves in the title race with a hard fought 3-2 win at Harpenden Town Development. Holmer Green Development U25 also came out on top by the odd goal in five as they defeated bottom of the table Ampthill Town Development while Stotfold U25 hit hosts Leighton Town Development for five in the day’s other game. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

2-3 Harpenden Town Development v Berkhamsted Development (Churchill, David) / (Unknown) Attendance: Unknown

3-2 Holmer Green Development U25 v Ampthill Town Development (Scott [2], Stephen) / (Unknown) Attendance: Unknown

0-5 Leighton Town Development v Stotfold U25 (Unknown) 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.

 

A reminder from Potton United Secretary Bev Strong, Bev has posted the following – I am stepping well out my comfort zone by running a half marathon so if you can spare a pound or two please sponsor me. I am running the Landmarks Half Marathon for Tommy’s, the baby charity because they have been tremendous support to a good friend. Having only taken up running 2 years ago and vowing to never run more than 10k (6 miles) I was asked to join this team and could not possibly say no.  I am the oldest of the team and the least fit as the majority are all football referees but it will be the knowledge that I am collecting a lot of sponsors and doing this for a good friend that I hope will get me round.

 

 

 

UP OR DOWN

Who can go up or down

PREMIER DIVISION

Champions: Current leaders 67

Biggleswade FC (94), Tring Athletic (91), Hadley (88), Biggleswade United (83), Baldock Town (75), Potton United (70), Arlesey Town (70), Colney Heath (69), Oxhey Jets (67)

Runners Up: Current 2nd place 67

Biggleswade FC (94), Tring Athletic (91), Hadley (88), Biggleswade United (83), Baldock Town (75), Potton United (70), Arlesey Town (70), Colney Heath (69), Oxhey Jets (67)

Relegation: Current safety 47

Cockfosters (39), Stotfold (46), London Tigers (52), Leverstock Green (53), Wembley (53), North Greenford United FC (57), Harpenden Town (58), London Colney (59), Edgware Town (59), Crawley Green (63), Leighton Town (64), Oxhey Jets (67), Colney Heath (69)

 

DIVISION ONE

Champions: Current leaders 83

Harefield United (104), Broadfields United (96), Winslow United (85)

Runners Up: Current 2nd place 72

Harefield United (104), Broadfields United (96), Winslow United (85), Bedford (79), Buckingham Athletic (76), FC Broxbourne Borough (75), Langford (72)

Relegation: Current safety 51

Hatfield Town (34), Codicote (50), Amersham Town (51), Brimsdown (55), Milton Keynes Robins FC (56), Wodson Park (61), Park View (61), Ampthill Town (61), Rayners Lane (65), Hillingdon Borough (65), Enfield Borough (66), Risborough Rangers (68), London Lions (69), Langford (72), Buckingham Athletic (76)

 

DIVISION TWO

Champions: Current leaders 53

Bovingdon (71), Old Bradwell United (66), Berkhamsted Raiders (59), Aston Clinton (54)

Runners Up: Current 2nd place 47

Bovingdon (71), Old Bradwell United (66), Berkhamsted Raiders (59), Aston Clinton (54), Pitstone & Ivinghoe (50), MK Gallacticos (48)

Re-election: Current safety 25

Clean Slate (21), The 61FC (Luton) (24), Sarratt (32), New Bradwell St Peter (36)

Note

Figures in brackets denote maximum points that can be won.

Division One runners-up promotion places will be the nine best runners-up from the Step 6 divisions on a points per game basis.