SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 03.12.2018 – South Midlands League update #34





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

And Should Be Taken With A Pinch Of Salt

Life as a Fixture Secretary in winter began on Saturday as the morning was spent by the phone waiting for the dreaded news of postponements due to the slight moisture in the air, no less than 10 games were postponed with 8 of those due to the weather.



Harefield United remain the only first team yet to taste defeat in the league this season. Tring Athletic are now four games without a win but ended their successive defeats run with a battling 1-1 draw in the FA Vase. Harefield United, Buckingham Athletic, MK Gallacticos and Mursley United all hit opponents for six. The 20 games seeing 84 goals (an average of 4.20 per game). Richard Pacquette (Harefield United) and Charlie Wright (Buckingham Athletic Development) both weighed in with hat-tricks, for the former it was a second successive Saturday treble.


1/2 December Stats: 20 games played of which 9 were home wins, 6 were away wins and 5 were draws.


(Most League Wins – all Divisions): 14 Biggleswade FC, Harefield United, 13 Tring Athletic, Hadley, Broadfields United, 12, Arlesey Town, Hillingdon Borough.

(Most League Draws – all Divisions): 7 Leighton Town, Edgware Town, 5 Oxhey Jets, Wembley, 4 Colney Heath, Cockfosters, Crawley Green, Stotfold.

(Most League Defeats – all Divisions): 15 Hatfield Town, 13 Stotfold, 12 Brimsdown, Codicote.

Average Saturday Goals: 4.09 (2262 goals from 553 games).


(Division One League): Harefield United.

(U25 Development Division League): Berkhamsted Development.

Without a Win:

(Premier Division League): Stotfold.

Most Goals Scored:

(Premier Division League): 52 Biggleswade FC.

(Division One League): 58 Winslow United.

(Division Two League): 39 Pitstone & Ivinghoe.

(U25 Development Division League): 31 Berkhamsted Development.

Most Goals Conceded:

(Premier Division League): 47 Stotfold.

(Division One League): 63 Hatfield Town.

(Division Two League): 44 Clean Slate.

(U25 Development Division League): 31 Stotfold U25.

Fewest Goals Conceded:

(Premier Division League): 16 Tring Athletic.

(Division One League): 13 Broadfields United.

(Division Two League): 6 Old Bradwell United.

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

Fewest Goals Scored:

(Premier Division League): 15 Stotfold.

(Division One League): 15 Hatfield Town.

(Division Two League): 9 Clean Slate.

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


Weekend’s Highest Attendances: 239 Tring Athletic v Biggleswade FC, 212 Histon v Leverstock Green and 145 Lye Town v Leighton Town.


Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Premier Division Clubs): 239 Tring Athletic v Biggleswade FC (FA Vase), 211 Baldock Town v Arlesey Town and 203 Biggleswade FC v Biggleswade United.


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): 19 Alex Marsh (Biggleswade FC) 17 Ashton Campbell (Tring Athletic) 16 Jonathan Lacey (Leverstock Green), Lorrell Smith (Arlesey Town).


Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division One Clubs): 19 Tage Kennedy (Enfield Borough) 18 Harry Dalton (Winslow United), 17 Sean Peter (Hillingdon Borough), Leonard Farhall (Harefield United).


Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division Two Clubs): 21 Nathan Skelton (Mursley United) 16 Joshua Smith (MK Gallacticos), Albie Hall (Pitstone & Ivinghoe) 12 Stephen Dodd (Bovingdon), Luke Little (Unite MK), Matthew Standen (Bovingdon).



Saturday 1st / Sunday 2nd December


The SSML will have one club in the Fourth Round following Saturdays 1-1 draw between the Premier Division top two sides Tring Athletic and Biggleswade FC in front of the 5th highest crowd of the round. The clubs will replay on Saturday 8th December. Leighton Town following their re-instatement into the competition took Midland League side Lye Town to extra time before bowing out 0-4 to their Birmingham based hosts. On Sunday Leverstock Green exited the competition when being totally outplayed by Eastern Counties League Premier Division side Histon, the hosts winning 5-1. Full results and goalscorers listed below.

4-0* Lye Town v Leighton Town (McKenzie, Mercham, Billingham, Carter) Attendance: 145

1-1* Tring Athletic v Biggleswade FC (O’Connor) / (Northfield) Attendance: 239

5-1 Histon v Leverstock Green (Brown [2], Rolph, Ruddy, Bexfield) / (Smith) Attendance: 212



Premier Division Colney Heath left it late to progress in the League Challenge Trophy at Division Two side Old Bradwell United on Saturday. A Jack Woods equalising goal deep in stoppage time securing the draw and a penalty shoot-out which they won 5-4. The day had got off to a good start for the lower ranked side, prior to the game the club unveiled their new changing rooms block along with receiving their award for Team of the Month for October. Darryl Smith then put them ahead midway through the first half. Full result and goalscorers listed below.

1-1 [4-5 pens] Old Bradwell United v Colney Heath (Darryl Smith) / (Woods) Attendance: 45



It was honours even in the big ‘six-pointer’ at the relegation end of the table as Wembley fought back to earn a 1-1 home draw with Harpenden Town thanks to a Charlie Weir penalty. Hadley’s hopes of joining Biggleswade FC at the top were rocked when a stunning free kick from Phil Draycott earned hosts Crawley Green all three points. The day’s other fixture saw Potton United secure maximum points from their short trip to Baldock Town, the only goal of the game by substitute Aaron Murrell coming in the 85th minute. Full results and goalscorers are listed below.

0-1 Baldock Town v Potton United (Murrell) Attendance: 121

2-1 Crawley Green v Hadley (Ingham, Draycott) / (Linton) Attendance: 70

1-1 Wembley v Harpenden Town (Weir [pen]) / (Ashton) Attendance: 37



Harefield United maintained their top of the table status with a resounding 6-2 success at Amersham Town with ex-QPR striker Richard Pacquette once again amongst the goals. Second place Broadfields United were beaten for only the second time this season when losing to a solitary goal at Risborough Rangers. Winslow United are up to third following a 5-0 success at fellow promotion hopefuls Park View. The day’s remaining fixture to survive the weather also brought about a glut of goals as six different Buckingham Athletic players all found their names on the scoresheet as the hosts thumped visiting Brimsdown 6-0. Full results and goalscorers are listed below.

2-6 Amersham Town v Harefield United (Camara, Edwin) / (Pacquette [3], Farhall, Mangan, Haule) Attendance: 40

6-0 Buckingham Athletic v Brimsdown (Golding, King [pen], Marsden, Olawale, Wigg, Bell-Toxtle) Attendance: 21

0-5 Park View v Winslow United (Bowers, King, Freshwater [pen], Miah, Dalton) Attendance: 25

1-0 Risborough Rangers v Broadfields United (Read) Attendance: 81



The SSML will be guaranteed one finalist as a result of Saturday’s quarter-finals with the league’s two remaining clubs in the competition set to face each other in the semi-finals in February. London Lions progressing thanks to a 2-0 home success over Herts County League side Bedmond Sports. The SSML’s other two representatives had mixed fortunes in the dreaded penalty shoot-out, Division One FC Broxbourne Borough drawing 2-2 at Eastern Senior League South side Wormley Rovers before winning the shoot-out 3-1 while Division Two leaders Bovingdon were held 1-1 at Herts County League side Belstone before succumbing in the penalty shoot-out. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

1-1 [4-3 pens] Belstone v Bovingdon (Unknown) / (Dodd) Attendance: Unknown

2-0 London Lions v Bedmond Sports (Arnold, Mattey) Attendance: 18

2-2 [1-3 pens] Wormley Rovers v FC Broxbourne Borough (Unknown) / (Wells, Daniel) Attendance: Unknown



With the morning’s top two, Bovingdon and Berkhamsted Raiders, not in action it was the chance for the chasing pack to make ground. Pitstone & Ivinghoe kept up the pressure when winning 5-2 at New Bradwell St Peter FC to move into second place with the top three now all level on points. Mursley United are up to fourth with a 6-1 home success over The 61FC (Luton) while Aston Clinton now lie fifth following their 4-0 win over visiting Grendon Rangers. Totternhoe drop to sixth after suffering a 2-6 reverse at MK Gallacticos in the day’s remaining game. Full results and goalscorers listed below.

4-0 Aston Clinton v Grendon Rangers (Mealor [2], M Collins, Beckett) Attendance: 20

6-2 MK Gallacticos v Totternhoe (J Smith [2], Amoako, Ahmed, Simpson, D Smith) / (O’Callaghan [2]) Attendance: 20

6-1 Mursley United v The 61FC (Luton) (Brazier [2], A Lands, Skelton, Sylvester, Wardell) / (De Sousa) Attendance: 25

2-5 New Bradwell St Peter FC v Pitstone & Ivinghoe (Davey [2]) / (Doughty [2] [1 pen], Hall [2], Williams) Attendance: Unknown



A 2-3 defeat saw SSML side Clean Slate bow out of the competition at the hands of Beds County League side Christians in Sport. Full result and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

2-3 Clean Slate v Christians in Sport (Unknown) / (R Douglas, Nolan, Wilson) Attendance: Unknown



The weekend’s only action saw third placed Buckingham Athletic Development travelling to second from bottom Ampthill Town Development. Given the morning league placings this one went the way of the formbook with the visitors winning 4-1 and moving up to second place four points behind leaders Berkhamsted Development but with a game in hand. Full result and goalscorers listed below.

1-4 Ampthill Town Development v Buckingham Athletic Development (Kamara) / (Wright [3], Barker) Attendance: Unknown



After Hartlepool United advertised the job for first team manager on Twitter, many fans amusingly replied back to say how they’d be up for taking on the job after how successful they were on video game Football Manager.

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.

Featured on the show this week is Potton United’s Bev Strong.

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