SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 08.11.2018 – South Midlands League update #27

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 6th NOVEMBER/WEDNESDAY 7th NOVEMBER

 

MIDWEEK HEADLINES

As the dying embers of Bonfire Night disappeared the midweek action served up some hotly contested games. Alas there was just the one cup upset although several clubs came close to claiming scalps of higher league opposition. In the league there were plenty of goals to be witnessed by the hardy fans who braved the elements.

 

6/7 November Stats: 14 games played of which 8 were home wins, 2 were away wins, 3 were draws and one game abandoned.

 

Highest Midweek Attendances: 130 Barnet v Wembley, 79 Hitchin Town v Tring Athletic and 77 Potton United v Deeping Rangers.

 

PREMIER DIVISION

The midweek Premier Division action brought about one home win, one away win and one draw. Leverstock Green defeated Harpenden Town 3-1 at Pancake Lane, the hosts racing into a three goal lead before the visitors pulled one back shortly before the interval. Ironically both the other games saw clubs leading 3-0 at one stage, Biggleswade United had to endure a nervy finish as hosts Baldock Town scored twice in the closing minutes but failed to find an equalizer much to the relief of United’s club secretary Tracey James. At North Greenford United FC the home side found themselves 3-0 up at the break before Crawley Green hit back with three goals in the last fifteen minutes and could have easily won but for a missed penalty in the final minute. Full results and goalscorers are listed below.

 3-1 Leverstock Green v Harpenden Town (Campbell [2], Goode) / (McClelland) Attendance: 29

3-3 North Greenford United FC v Crawley Green (Turner, Gill, Hind) / (Lobjoit, Mead, Watson) Attendance: 48

2-3 Baldock Town v Biggleswade United (Bull [2]) / (Logan, Gauge, Parkinson) Attendance: 49

 

PREMIER DIVISION

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London Colney set up a home semi-final tie against either Baldock Town or Biggleswade United with a 3-1 home success over Oxhey Jets. Full result and goalscorers are listed below.

3-1 London Colney v Oxhey Jets (Loren [2] [1 pen], Mace) / (Jones) Attendance: 35

 

BUCKINGHAM SENIOR CHARITY CUP First Round

Premier Division Leighton Town were made to work hard against Division Two Unite MK in the Buckingham Senior Charity Cup. Trailing to a second minute Myles Braham strike the hosts levelled five minutes from time before booking their semi-final spot in the ensuing penalty shoot-out. Full result and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

1-1 [4-2 pens] Leighton Town v Unite MK (Unknown) / (Braham) Attendance: 75

 

HERTS SENIOR CHALLENGE CUP First Round

Hemel Hempstead Town edged out Colney Heath by the odd goal in three to book a Second Round place and with it a 24 hour wait to discover their next opponents. It was a youthful Hitchin Town side who secured a home date with Hemel Hempstead Town as they too won 2-1, their home tie against Tring Athletic saw the Canaries making nine changes to the side that lost at Tamworth on Saturday (probably having one eye on their minor cup match on Sunday) whilst visitors Tring Athletic made four changes prior to their big league clash with Colney Heath this coming Saturday. Tring led through a Jack Read goal at the break before the hosts hit back with two goals in five minutes after the interval, the game was watched by a meagre crowd of 79 and no doubt the Canaries will be looking for an increased attendance on Sunday. (As a frequent visitor to Top Field in my misspent youth I would like to wish the Canaries all the best on Sunday). Full results and goalscorers are listed below.

2-1 Hemel Hempstead Town v Colney Heath (Muyembe, Mendy) / (Shepherd) Attendance: Unknown

2-1 Hitchin Town v Tring Athletic (Charles, Belgrove) / (Read) Attendance: 79

 

HINCHINGBROOKE CUP First Round

Potton United secured a quarter-final place with a hard fought win against Future Lions United Counties League side Deeping Rangers, Potton edging the tie by the odd goal in five. Full result and goalscorers are listed below.

3-2 Potton United v Deeping Rangers (Murrell [2], Danobrega) / (Mooney, Lockie) Attendance: 77

 

MIDDLESEX SENIOR CHALLENGE CUP Second Round

Vanarama National League side Barnet proved too strong for Wembley despite having been reduced to ten men shortly before the interval. Having gone in goalless at the break Wembley were left dazed by their hosts as they ran in four goals in a nine minute spell. Wembley substitute Jermane Heron pulled a goal back in the 89th minute with a great dipping strike. Full result and goalscorers are listed below.

4-1 Barnet v Wembley (Sparkes [2], Coulthirst, Barham) / (Heron) Attendance: 130

 

DIVISION ONE

Broadfields United joined their landlords Harefield United at the top of the table (Hares have a better goal difference) with a 2-0 success at London Lions, both goals coming from the penalty spot. Codicote and Rayners Lane shared six goals in an action packed game, highlights can be found here at https://twitter.com/thecoldend/status/1059941824226304005?s=09. Brimsdown recorded a solitary goal over Ampthill Town and ending the visitors unbeaten away league record while the other midweek Division One game between Bedford and FC Broxbourne Borough was abandoned due to a serious injury to a FC Broxbourne Borough player, let’s hope for a speedy recovery. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

A-A Bedford v FC Broxbourne Borough

3-3 Codicote v Rayners Lane (Skinner [2], Massey) / (Unknown, Tate, Opponent Own Goal) Attendance: 52

1-0 Brimsdown v Ampthill Town (Unknown) Attendance: 30

0-2 London Lions v Broadfields United (Henley [2] [both pens]) Attendance: 31

 

DIVISION ONE CUP Quarter Final

Buckingham Athletic turned the form book upside down as they demolished second placed Hillingdon Borough 7-0 to book a semi-final spot. The result was Athletic’s biggest win since putting seven past Wodson Park back in August 2017. Full result and goalscorers are listed below.

7-0 Buckingham Athletic v Hillingdon Borough (Zulu [2], Soetan [2], Menday, Bines, Olawale) Attendance: 40

 

AND FINALLY

Was it the worst penalty decision ever?

Probably.

On Wednesday night, Raheem Sterling became – to our knowledge – the first footballer to be fouled by his own toe. Through on goal with his side 1-0 up in their Champions League tie against Shakhtar Donetsk, Sterling pulled back his left foot to shoot, but instead of sweetly connecting with the ball he jabbed the end of his boot into the turf and collapsed to the floor. Shakhtar’s Mykola Matviyenko was barely in the same postcode as Sterling, but referee Viktor Kassai was convinced the defender clipped the England man and pointed to the spot. Neither the linesman nor the official behind the goal had seen anything to save their colleague’s blushes. Sterling, who undoubtedly was not diving and just fell over, looked sheepish. Gabriel Jesus looked directly at goal and tucked away the penalty on his way to a hat-trick in a thumping 6-0 win. “I went to chip the ball and don’t know what happened. I didn’t feel contact. I scuffed the ball. Apologies to the ref,” Sterling told BT Sport after. Former Manchester City midfielder Steve McManaman called it a “comical mistake” on BT Sport.

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