SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 09.09.2018 – South Midlands League update #11





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

And Should Be Taken With A Pinch Of Salt


On a day when English football celebrated the 130th anniversary of the first league matches the SSML turned its attention to League, FA Cup and County Cup fixtures. In Division One a total of 23 goals were scored equalling the number scored 130 years ago.



Wembley finally registered their first league point since the final day of last season. Park View recorded their first win in Division One while Totternhoe suffered successive defeats since May. Saturday brought about 92 goals from the 31 games (an average of 2.97 per game). Buckingham Athletic Development topping the charts with 7 (their first seven goal haul since defeating Colney Heath Development in December 2016). Harry Lewis (Colney Heath) scored the day’s opening goal from a stunning 55 yards. Harry Dalton (Winslow United) and Christopher Stapleton (Buckingham Athletic Development) both recorded hat-tricks.


8 September Stats: 31 games played of which 10 were home wins, 14 were away wins and 7 draws.


100% league record to date: Wodson Park, Buckingham Athletic Development and Leighton Town Development.


0% league records to date: Clean Slate, Stotfold, Ampthill Town Development, Harpenden Town Development and Stotfold U25.


Saturday’s Highest Attendances: 120 Potton United v Biggleswade FC, 101 Arlesey Town v Leighton Town and 94 Leverstock Green v Hadley.


Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Premier Division Clubs): 211 Baldock Town v Arlesey Town, 203 Biggleswade FC v Biggleswade United and 202 Tring Athletic v Berkhamsted (FA Cup).


Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Division One Clubs): 351 Winslow United v Easington Sports (FA Cup), 257 Harefield United v Winslow United and 177 Buckingham Athletic v Winslow United.


Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Division Two Clubs): 101 Aston Clinton v Pitstone & Ivinghoe, 92 Bovingdon v Old Bradwell United and 90 Bovingdon v Sarratt.


Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Premier Division Clubs): 10 Jonathan Lacey (Leverstock Green), 8 Jeff Idemudia (Hadley) and 6 Oluwanimilo Ajigbolamu (Crawley Green), Ashton Campbell (Tring Athletic) and Spencer Clarke-Mardel (Colney Heath).


Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division One Clubs): 9 Tage Kennedy (Enfield Borough) 8 Marcus Greenidge (Hillingdon Borough), Greg Moore (Enfield Borough) and Leonard Farhall (Harefield United).


Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division Two Clubs): 6 Albie Hall (Pitstone & Ivinghoe), Daniel Simpson, Nathan Skelton (both Mursley United) and Matthew Standen (Bovingdon).





THE EMIRATES FA CUP First Round Qualifying

The names of both Leverstock Green and Hadley will be in the velvet bag for the Second Round Qualifying draw on Monday following their goalless draw. The teams will battle it out again on Wednesday night at Potters Bar Town FC. Full result listed below.


0-0 Leverstock Green v Hadley Attendance: 94



Biggleswade FC maintained the top spot after coming from a goal down at the interval to record a 3-1 win at neighbouring Potton United. Tring Athletic and Arlesey Town maintained their second and third places with wins against Oxhey Jets and Leighton Town respectively. At the bottom Wembley recorded their first point of the season but stay in the relegation places while Stotfold remain rooted at the bottom having been without a game on Saturday. Elsewhere Colney Heath and Harpenden Town eased their way to three points, Crawley Green left it late to secure a 1-0 win over London Colney and the points were shared at Second Meadow between Biggleswade United and Baldock Town. Full results and goalscorers are listed below.


2-1 Arlesey Town v Leighton Town (Browne, Smith) / (Osei-Addo) Attendance: 101

1-1 Biggleswade United v Baldock Town (Parkinson) / (Forsythe) Attendance: 89

1-0 Crawley Green v London Colney (Ajigbolamu) Attendance: 43

3-0 Harpenden Town v London Tigers (Yates, Duncan, McLeish) Attendance: 73

1-4 North Greenford United FC v Colney Heath (Louth) / (Lewis [2], Newton, Sears-Black) Attendance: 48

0-2 Oxhey Jets v Tring Athletic (Turner, Vardy) Attendance: 64

1-3 Potton United v Biggleswade FC (Lewis) / (A Marsh, Coles, Northfield) Attendance: 120

0-0 Wembley v Edgware Town Attendance: 66



FC Broxbourne Borough leapfrogged morning league leaders Enfield Borough with a 2-1 win at Langford while Enfield Borough were losing by the same scoreline at Broadfields United. Park View moved out of the bottom two with their first win of the season, defeating Ampthill Town at Ampthill Park. Codicote continue to prop-up the rest despite a spirited performance at Hillingdon Borough, the hosts finally winning by the odd goal in five. Hatfield Town drop into the bottom two after a 0-3 home defeat by undefeated Wodson Park (now under the management of former Hertford Town Development boss Neil Draper). Rayners Lane are still looking for their first points on their new playing surface while Harefield United inflicted the third successive defeat on Bedford 0-3 following on from the hosts’ cup losses to Hanworth Villa and Old Bradwell United. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.


0-2 Ampthill Town v Park View (Williams [2]) Attendance: 52

0-3 Bedford v Harefield United (Farhall, Jordon, Riley-Snow) Attendance: 25

2-1 Broadfields United v Enfield Borough (Kimona, Gardner) / (McKenna) Attendance: 21

0-3 Hatfield Town v Wodson Park (Fusco, Plati, Todd) Attendance: 25

3-2 Hillingdon Borough v Codicote (Murphy, Bellaid, Gibbs) / (Patton, Unknown) Attendance: Unknown

1-2 Langford v FC Broxbourne Borough (Osborne) / (Unknown) Attendance: Unknown

1-3 Rayners Lane v Brimsdown (Unknown) / (Unknown) Attendance: Unknown


Berks & Bucks FA Senior Trophy


Just the one casualty for SSML clubs v non SSML clubs, New Bradwell St Peter suffering a surprise 2-4 defeat at North Bucks & District League side Hanslope FC. One other shock of note came in the all Division Two affair at Pitstone & Ivinghoe who were held 2-2 by lowly Grendon Rangers who then went on to complete the giant-killing with a win on penalties. Penalties were also required in the all Division One clash between Risborough Rangers and Amersham Town, Rangers winning the shoot-out 4-3 following a goalless draw. Elsewhere Division One side Winslow United were made to work for their 3-2 success at Division Two side Mursley United. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.


1-3 Clean Slate v Buckingham Athletic (Unknown) / (Appleton, Menday, Owusu) Attendance: Unknown

4-2 Hanslope v New Bradwell St Peter FC (Unknown) / (Ali [2]) Attendance: Unknown

2-3 Mursley United v Winslow United (Skelton, McDougall) / (Dalton [3]) Attendance: Unknown

2-2 [2-4 pens] Pitstone & Ivinghoe v Grendon Rangers (Unknown) / (Unknown) Attendance: 40

0-0 [4-3 pens] Risborough Rangers v Amersham Town Attendance: 57

0-3 Stewkley v Old Bradwell United (Cox [2], Rooney) Attendance: Unknown

0-3 Unite MK v Buckingham Town (Silver [2], Clarkson) Attendance: 54



Bovingdon maintained the top spot after defeating Aston Clinton 2-0, the visitors still reeling following the shock decision by manager Jordan King to step down from his role on Thursday night. Totternhoe suffered a successive league defeat when being beaten at home by Berkhamsted Raiders. Elsewhere it was honours even in front of a packed crowd between The 61FC (Luton) and Sarratt. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.


2-0 Bovingdon v Aston Clinton (Standen, Welsh) Attendance: 64

1-1 The 61FC (Luton) v Sarratt (Unknown) / (Unknown) Attendance: 7

0-1 Totternhoe v Berkhamsted Raiders (Plowright) Attendance: 44



Buckingham Athletic Development went top of the table with a 7-1 mauling of Harpenden Town Development, a result that leaves the Hertfordshire club at the bottom of the table. Leighton Town Development are second after they maintained a 100% record when defeating League newcomers Kempston Rovers Development. Last season’s champions AFC Dunstable U21 earned their first points of the new campaign with a 3-0 win over Ampthill Town Development. Biggleswade United U23 were another to open their points account when winning the ‘derby’ at Stotfold U25 by the odd goal in three while Berkhamsted Development and Holmer Green Development U25 shared the spoils at Broadwater. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.


3-0 AFC Dunstable U21 v Ampthill Town Development (Fullerton [2], Nottage) Attendance: 25

1-1 Berkhamsted Development v Holmer Green Development U25 (Stevens) / (Unknown) Attendance: Unknown

7-1 Buckingham Athletic Development v Harpenden Town Development (Stapleton [3], Hooper [2], Hassell, Blood) / (Unknown) Attendance: Unknown

2-1 Leighton Town Development v Kempston Rovers Development (Unknown) / (Ronayne) Attendance: Unknown

1-2 Stotfold U25 v Biggleswade United U23 (Unknown) / (Unknown) Attendance: Unknown



Nothing bugs those avid fans who upon arriving at their chosen game to find there are no programmes, excuses have ranged from sold out, printers failed to deliver them or our photocopier is broken. Well those at the Biggleswade United v Baldock Town game were greeted by a new excuse, having gone digital this season the hosts had to inform those that their on-line programme was unavailable due to issues with the clubs holding website. (Note to League Treasurer – is this a case of a fine for not producing LOL). The club has since announced normal service has been restored.

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