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
Cup football dominated the midweek action with 7 ties involving the Emirates FA Cup, the League Challenge Trophy, the Premier Division Cup and the Division One Cup.
TUESDAY 11th SEPTEMBER AND WEDNESDAY 12th SEPTEMBER
Leverstock Green booked their place in the next round of the Emirates FA Cup with a hard fought 1-0 win against Hadley and thus becoming the third club who began in the Extra Preliminary Round to reach the Second Round Qualifying without conceding a goal to date. The club’s reward is a home tie against Dorking Wanderers (Bostik League Premier Division). Stotfold’s woeful start to the new campaign continued as they exited the League Challenge Trophy against MK Gallacticos (32 places below them). Off the field two SSML managers decided to call it a day, Kevin Tooley (New Bradwell St Peter FC) and Chris Robson of Totternhoe.
11/12 September Stats: 7 games played of which 5 were home wins and 2 were away wins.
Highest Midweek Attendances: 116 Hadley v Leverstock Green, 69 Baldock Town v Colney Heath and 65 Codicote v Rayners Lane.
THE EMIRATES FA CUP First Round Qualifying Replay
Following a goalless draw at Pancake Lane on Saturday Leverstock Green and Hadley locked horns again at the Parkex Stadium, home of Potters Bar Town, the venue being used due to the restriction of floodlights at Hadley’s Brickfield Lane home. Once again both defences were on top until a free kick by Chris Blunden was curled around the wall and into the bottom corner of the net thirteen minutes from time. Full result and goalscorer are listed below.
0-1 Hadley v Leverstock Green (@ Potters Bar Town FC) (Blunden) Attendance: 116
LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY First Round
Fourth from bottom in Division Two MK Gallacticos stunned bottom of the Premier Division Stotfold 5-2, the game switched to Roker Park due to the pitch problems at the Milton Keynes based club had led to the game being postponed on Saturday. To make matters worse Stotfold’s Desejado Da Silva was dismissed after 30 minutes. Crawley Green made light work of their Division Two opponents The 61FC (Luton) with a comfortable 5-0 home success. In the all Premier Division tie in Hertfordshire Tring Athletic defeated visiting London Colney 3-1 to book a Second Round tie at Rayners Lane. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.
5-0 Crawley Green v The 61FC (Luton) (Ajigbolamu, Ingham, Clarke, Keating, Bunker) Attendance: 50
5-2 MK Gallacticos v Stotfold (@ Stotfold FC) (D Smith , J Smith , Mohamed) / (Da Silva, Girdlestone) Attendance: 25
3-1 Tring Athletic v London Colney (Johnson, Unknown, Unknown) / (Armstrong) Attendance: 55
DUDLEY LATHAM MEMORIAL (PREMIER DIVISION) CUP
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Biggleswade FC eased into Round Two with 5-0 win over Edgware Town, a result that leaves the North London club still looking for their first win in the competition since returning to the SSML. Wednesday’s night game between Baldock Town and Colney Heath produced plenty of fireworks. Both sides were reduced to ten men shortly before the interval which saw hosts Baldock Town 2-1 ahead. The second period saw Baldock increase their lead before seeing off the strong challenge of their visitors, Colney Heath pulling one back and seeing another effort cleared off the line late on. Full results and goalscorers are listed below.
5-0 Biggleswade FC v Edgware Town (Cookman, Northfield, Leavers, Riley [pen], Richardson) Attendance: 62
3-2 Baldock Town v Colney Heath (Barnes  [both pens], Brettell) / (Shaw, Woods) Attendance: 69
DIVISION ONE CUP First Round
With cricket season over bottom of the table Codicote took to the field for the first time at home with mid table Rayners Lane the visitors. Visiting Rayners Lane welcomed the chance to play on grass again (having lost all home games on their new artificial pitch) and maintained their unbeaten away record with a closely fought 2-1 win. Full result and goalscorers are listed below.
1-2 Codicote v Rayners Lane (Frost) / (Maher, St Louis) Attendance: 65
The world of football continues to amaze, this week reports reach me that singing behind the goal was frowned upon, half a dozen young fans with chants of “dodgy keeper” as the visiting custodian took a goal kick led to an intervention of a match official. Whatever next?