SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 06.11.2018 – South Midlands League update #26





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

And Should Be Taken With A Pinch Of Salt

Saturday saw plenty of fireworks in the mixture of games played in the league and cup matches. Goals continued to rocket in while we had a damp squid of a goalless game at Enfield Borough.


The wait for a league win continues for Stotfold and Clean Slate while Harefield United, Broadfields United and Berkhamsted Development remain unbeaten in the league. Harpenden Town produced the shock result of the afternoon when beating high flying Potton United. Risborough Rangers appointed their new man in charge, former Aylesbury boss Mark Eaton. The 34 games seeing 125 goals (an average of 3.67 per game). Ashton Campbell (Tring Athletic), Kieran Turner (Tring Athletic), Archie McClelland (Harpenden Town), Leonard Farhall (Harefield United) and Nathan Skelton (Mursley United) led the way with the hat-tricks.


3 November Stats: 35 games played of which 20 were home wins, 11 were away wins, 3 were draws and one game abandoned.


0% league records to date: Clean Slate.


(Most League Wins – all Divisions): 12 Biggleswade FC, 11 Tring Athletic, 10 Hillingdon Borough, Harefield United.

(Most League Draws – all Divisions): 6 Leighton Town, Edgware Town, 4 Colney Heath, Wembley, Oxhey Jets.

(Most League Defeats – all Divisions): 12 Hatfield Town, 10 Stotfold, 9 Risborough Rangers, Amersham Town.

Average Saturday Goals: 4.07 (1821 goals from 447 games).


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

(U25 Development Division League): Berkhamsted Development.

Without a Win:

(Premier Division League): Stotfold.

(Division Two League): Clean Slate.

Most Goals Scored:

(Premier Division League): 44 Biggleswade FC.

(Division One League): 48 Enfield Borough.

(Division Two League): 31 Bovingdon.

(U25 Development Division League): 20 Berkhamsted Development, Kempston Rovers Development.

Most Goals Conceded:

(Premier Division League): 36 Stotfold.

(Division One League): 54 Hatfield Town.

(Division Two League): 37 Clean Slate.

(U25 Development Division League): 21 Ampthill Town Development.

Fewest Goals Conceded:

(Premier Division League): 11 Leverstock Green.

(Division One League): 9 Harefield United, Broadfields United.

(Division Two League): 5 Old Bradwell United.

(U25 Development Division League): 4 Holmer Green Development U25.

Fewest Goals Scored:

(Premier Division League): 9 Stotfold.

(Division One League): 14 Hatfield Town.

(Division Two League): 4 Clean Slate.

(U25 Development Division League): 3 Holmer Green Development U25.


Saturday’s Highest Attendances: 234 Stowmarket Town v Baldock Town, 126 Wellingborough Town v Tring Athletic and 124 Buckingham Athletic v Winslow United.


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): 16 Jonathan Lacey (Leverstock Green) 15 Ashton Campbell (Tring Athletic), Kieran Turner (Tring Athletic), Tom Coles (Biggleswade FC), Alex Marsh (Biggleswade FC) 14 Lorrell Smith (Arlesey Town).


Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division One Clubs): 17 Tage Kennedy (Enfield Borough) 15 Leonard Farhall (Harefield United) 13 Marcus Greenidge (Hillingdon Borough), Harry Dalton (Winslow United).


Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division Two Clubs): 19 Nathan Skelton (Mursley United) 11 Luke Little (Unite MK) 10 Albie Hall (Pitstone & Ivinghoe), Joshua Smith (MK Gallacticos).


Saturday 3rd November


The SSML’s Premier Division top two both progressed, Tring Athletic winning 7-0 at Future Lions United Counties League side Wellingborough Town while Biggleswade FC ran out 3-1 winners at home to Thurlow Nunn First Division North side Norwich CBS. Baldock Town’s record run in the competition ended when they were level at the end of extra time against Thurlow Nunn Premier Division side Stowmarket Town but alas went out in the penalty shoot-out. Leighton Town couldn’t repeat last season’s Vase form as they went down 0-2 at Future Lions United Counties League side Cogenhoe United. Wodson Park’s record run in the competition also ended in a 0-2 defeat at the hands of Future Lions United Counties League side Holbeach United. Full results and goalscorers listed below.

3-1 Biggleswade FC v Norwich CBS (L Marsh, Carroll, Northfield) / (Page) Attendance: 85

2-0 Cogenhoe United v Leighton Town (O’Connor, Long) Attendance: 83

3-1* Stowmarket Town v Baldock Town (Canfer [2], Melanson) / (Matthews [og]) Attendance: 234

0-7 Wellingborough Town v Tring Athletic (Campbell [3], Turner [3], Campana) Attendance: 126

0-2 Wodson Park v Holbeach United (Braithwaite, Smith) Attendance: 63



With the top two involved in the Buildabase FA Vase it was a chance for the chasing pack to close the gap. Hadley remain third as they defeated London Tigers 5-0 at Brickfield Lane. Arlesey Town stay fourth following their 4-0 home success over London Colney. At the bottom Cockfosters dropped into the bottom two as Wembley leap frogged over them following a 3-1 win when the sides met at Vale Farm. Harpenden Town earned three welcomed points when routing Potton United 7-0 at Rothamsted Park. Stotfold continue to look for a win this campaign when going down by the odd goal in five at Crawley Green. Elsewhere Biggleswade United stretched their current unbeaten run to five matches when they disposed of visiting North Greenford United FC 3-0. The days other action saw Edgware Town and Oxhey Jets share the spoils with a 2-2 draw. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

4-0 Arlesey Town v London Colney (Smith, Darvall, Makuza, Newton) Attendance: 66

3-0 Biggleswade United v North Greenford United FC (Lewis [2], Williams) Attendance: 62

3-2 Crawley Green v Stotfold (Watson, Draycott, Pemberton) / (Balogun, Packham) Attendance: 42

2-2 Edgware Town v Oxhey Jets (Carruthers, Hunte) / (Giordmaina [2]) Attendance: 47

5-0 Hadley v London Tigers (Hammond [2], Bartram, Idemudia, Wright [pen]) Attendance: 46

7-0 Harpenden Town v Potton United (McClelland [3], Ashton [2], Gould, Davis) Attendance: 43

3-1 Wembley v Cockfosters (Unknown) / (Wade) Attendance: 38



Harefield United remain top of the table following a 4-1 home success over Rayners Lane. Hillingdon Borough also won 4-1 at home to Park View to move up into second place following previous occupants Broadfields United drawing 0-0 at Enfield Borough. No changes at bottom with both Codicote and Hatfield Town in cup action and the abandonment of the Amersham Town v Bedford game. Elsewhere Langford beat Buckingham Town and Risborough Rangers picked up three useful points to present to their in-coming new manager with a 4-2 success over Brimsdown. Full results and goalscorers are listed below.

A-A Amersham Town v Bedford

0-0 Enfield Borough v Broadfields United Attendance: 20

4-1 Harefield United v Rayners Lane (Farhall [3], Pacquette) / (Maher) Attendance: 58

4-1 Hillingdon Borough v Park View (Tunstall [2], Herbert, Peter) / (Appiah) Attendance: 30

3-2 Langford v Buckingham Town (Bamford, Osborne, Poulton) / (Atkins, Shrieves) Attendance: 33

4-2 Risborough Rangers v Brimsdown (Woodfine [2], Castello, Pykett) / (Saywood, Uare) Attendance: 84



A solitary goal saw Ampthill Town progress at Shefford Town & Campton while it was a 0-2 reversal for The 61FC (Luton) at Riseley Sports. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

2-0 Riseley Sports v The 61FC (Luton) (Unknown) Attendance: 23

0-1 Shefford Town & Campton v Ampthill Town (Cerminara) Attendance: Unknown



The local derby between Buckingham Athletic and Winslow United drew a healthy crowd of 124 who witnessed Athletic edging out their visitors by the odd goal in three. The day’s other tie was certainly a game of two halves, visiting Old Bradwell United raced into a 3-0 interval lead at North Bucks & District League side Hanslope however it was the hosts that netted three goals after the break to level things up before the SSML side progressed in the penalty shoot-out. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

2-1 Buckingham Athletic v Winslow United (MacDonald, King [pen]) / (Freshwater [pen]) Attendance: 124

3-3 [3-4 pens] Hanslope v Old Bradwell United (Unknown) / (Cox, Deria, Ennis) Attendance: Unknown



It was a disappointing day for SSML clubs in the Herts Senior Centenary Trophy with just three clubs progressing into the quarter-finals. In the day’s all SSML tie Division One FC Broxbourne Borough defeated Division Two Berkhamsted Raiders 3-1 while London Lions joined them in the next round as they saw off Herts County League opposition Knebworth 3-0. Bovingdon were the day’s other winners with a solitary goal success at Herts County League side Evergreen.  Codicote went down 0-2 at home against Bedmond Sports and Hatfield Town also went out when suffering a 1-3 home defeat against Bishop Stortford Swifts. Wodson Park could make it four clubs in the quarter-finals when they play next weekend in their tie that was postponed due to them playing in the Buildsbase FA Vase. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

0-2 Codicote v Bedmond Sports (Unknown) Attendance: 36

0-1 Evergreen v Bovingdon (Cole) Attendance: Unknown

3-1 FC Broxbourne Borough v Berkhamsted Raiders (Unknown) / (Unknown) Attendance: 50

1-3 Hatfield Town v Bishops Stortford Swifts (Unknown) / (Unknown) Attendance: Unknown

3-0 London Lions v Knebworth (Furman [2], Bolle) Attendance: 17



Following the resignation of Tring Corinthians AFC it was bad news for Clean Slate as they are now back to having the SSML’s only 0% league record, a unwanted statistic that continued on Saturday when they suffered a 0-4 home defeat against visiting Mursley United. Grendon Rangers moved out of the bottom two with a 3-1 win at New Bradwell St Peter FC. Sarratt drop into the bottom two when they were beaten at home by Aston Clinton. The day’s other Division Two fixture saw MK Gallacticos defeat Pitstone & Ivinghoe by the odd goal in five. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

0-4 Clean Slate v Mursley United (Skelton [3], Dickson) Attendance: 10

3-2 MK Gallacticos v Pitstone & Ivinghoe (Smith [2], Dahie) / (Doughty, Reynolds) Attendance: 30

1-3 New Bradwell St Peter v Grendon Rangers (Davie) / (Unknown) Attendance: 30

0-2 Sarratt v Aston Clinton (Greco, Stapleton) Attendance: 40



Buckingham Athletic Development move up to second place with a 2-1 win at ADC Dunstable U21 while Ampthill Town Development gave themselves some breathing space at the foot of the table with their 2-1 home success over Kempston Rovers Development. Elsewhere Leighton Town recorded a 2-1 win against at Harpenden Town Development. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

1-2 AFC Dunstable U21 v Buckingham Athletic Development (Elliott [pen]) / (O’Hara, Summers) Attendance: 20

2-1 Ampthill Town Development v Kempston Rovers Development (Unknown) / (Moscaritolo) Attendance: Unknown

2-1 Leighton Town Development v Harpenden Town Development (Oliver, McGlinchey) / (Heywood) Attendance: Unknown



No joy for the SSML’s only representation in the High Wycombe Junior Cup as Holmer  Green Development crashed out after a 0-3 home defeat at the hands of FC Leisure Reserves. Full result and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

0-3 Holmer Green Development U25 v FC Leisure Reserves (Unknown) Attendance: Unknown



It Sure Beats School.

Cerro Porteno

Imagine scoring your first professional goal in the biggest club fixture in your homeland. Now imagine doing it aged 14. For Fernando Ovelar, that unlikely dream became a reality on a Sunday. Ovelar, who is two months short of his 15th birthday, scored the opening goal for Paraguayan top-flight team Cerro Porteno in their Superclasico against arch-rivals Olimpia. It came a week after he made his senior debut. Nestor Camacho, who scored Olimpia’s equaliser in the 2-2 draw, is 31 – more than double Ovelar’s age. Ovelar is the youngest player to have featured in Paraguay’s top division – but not the first 14-year-old to score in professional football. American Freddy Adu – once described as “the next Pele” – was also just 14 when he scored his first goal for Major League Soccer side DC United. Mauricio Baldivieso, who played in Bolivia’s top division aged 12, is the youngest player to ever play professional football.

There comes a time when players hang up their boots but for one South Midlands player it is a difference case, news reaches me that a certain centre half is hanging up his ‘hairband’ – yes following a haircut Baldock Town captain Liam Kenna has decided to dispense with his trademark look.

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

The show has been a proven success for Baldock Town secretary Lynn Parker, her appearance on the show last week in which she talked about one of the annoying habits she faces in the dressing room – inside out socks – has had an impact. This week she tells me that it seems the players all listened and took notice, keep it up lads.

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