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
Midweek saw twelve of the remaining fifteen Divisional Cup Second Round matches played along with one Division One fixture and one County Cup fixture. This being the case several clubs followed the likes of the Premier League clubs and rested players and allowed fringe players much needed game time.
TUESDAY 9th OCTOBER/WEDNESDAY 10th OCTOBER
Dudley Latham Memorial (Premier Division) Cup holders Harpenden Town crashed out in the Second Round while Division One Cup holders London Lions eased into the Quarter Finals, both games producing a 4-1 scoreline. Leverstock Green, beaten 0-2 at London Colney, have to go back to the 1st September 2015 for their last win in the Dudley Latham Memorial (Premier Division) Cup. While Oxhey Jets recorded their first win in the competition since 6th October 2015.
9/10 October Stats: 14 games played of which 11 were home wins, 2 were away wins and 1 draws.
Highest Midweek Attendances: 87 Tring Athletic v Stotfold, 73 Winslow United v Harefield United and 59 Biggleswade United v Wembley.
DUDLEY LATHAM MEMORIAL (PREMIER DIVISION) CUP Second Round
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It was second v bottom at The Grassroots Stadium and the biggest midweek crowd, 87, saw hosts Tring Athletic made to battle by the basement side Stotfold before eventually booking their quarter-final place with an odd goal in three victory. 90 minutes failed to separate London Tigers and Hadley and it was the roar of the Tigers who came out on top in the penalty shoot out to book a quarter final place for the first time since February 2016. Wembley were denied their third successive quarter-final of the competition as they found hosts Biggleswade United in ruthless form, the Bedfordshire side running out comfortable 3-0 winners. Oxhey Jets found their scoring boots again as the hit four to see off visiting Harpenden Town. Elsewhere there were wins for Cockfosters, Biggleswade FC and London Colney against North Greenford United FC, Crawley Green and Leverstock Green respectively. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.
3-0 Biggleswade United v Wembley (Hankin, McArdle, Parkinson) Attendance: 59
2-0 Cockfosters v North Greenford United FC (Aiba, Carroll) Attendance: 45
1-3 Crawley Green v Biggleswade FC (Silford) / (Cookman, A Marsh, Coles [pen]) Attendance: 53
2-0 London Colney v Leverstock Green (Price, Loren) Attendance: 41
1-1 [4-2 pens] London Tigers v Hadley (Unknown) / (Laird) Attendance: Unknown
4-1 Oxhey Jets v Harpenden Town (Kerley, Beaumont, Hobson, Giordmaina) / (McClelland) Attendance: 41
2-1 Tring Athletic v Stotfold (Busari, Campbell) / (Da Silva) Attendance: 87
In the only midweek league action Enfield Borough suffered their third defeat in the last four games when narrowly going down by the odd goal in five at Bedford, the result sees the hosts leapfrog their opponents and move into fourth place. Full result and goalscorers are listed below.
3-2 Bedford v Enfield Borough (Cullen, Smith, Opponent Own Goal) / (Ennin ) Attendance: 30
DIVISION ONE CUP Second Round
Current League leaders went out of the Division One Cup when a long midweek trek to Winslow United saw them defeated 0-2 in front of second biggest crowd midweek, the defeat leaves them still looking for the first win in the competition since their relegation from the Premier Division in 2016. Another club who had a long midweek hike was Buckingham Athletic who travelled to Wodson Park but with Robbie Carter continuing his recent goalscoring form with a brace the journey was worth it as they returned home 4-2 winners. Elsewhere London Lions (the holders) and FC Broxbourne Borough booked their quarterfinal places with wins over Rayners Lane and Amersham Town respectively. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.
3-2 FC Broxbourne Borough v Amersham Town (Brandon, Daniel, Bowers) / (Unknown) Attendance: 28
2-0 Langford v Brimsdown (Osborne [2) Attendance: 40
2-0 Winslow United v Harefield United (Dalton, Cruse) Attendance: 73
2-4 Wodson Park v Buckingham Athletic (Todd ) / (Carter , Appleton, Bines) Attendance: Unknown
4-1 London Lions v Rayners Lane (Lipman , Arnold, Jackson) / (R Hastings [pen]) Attendance: 28
MIDDLESEX SENIOR CHARITY CUP First Round
Hillingdon Borough edged out Combined Counties League side in a seven goal thriller in the Middlesex Senior Charity Cup, becoming the first side to defeat them this season. Full result and goalscorers are listed below.
4-3 Hillingdon Borough v Bedfont & Feltham (Murphy , Peter, Herbert) / (Sarfo, Capon, Gairy) Attendance: 41
I was taken aback this week when on the Twittersphere I spotted an old childhood favourite of mine in action for Crawley Green against Biggleswade FC.