SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 11.01.2019 – South Midlands League update #42

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

 

Picture by Dale James

With the Christmas decorations being packed away, the SSML welcomed in the New Year and what a year it looks set to be following the first weekend’s results.

 

WEEKEND’S HEADLINES

STOTFOLD WIN AT LAST, Biggleswade FC reach the last sixteen of the FA Vase, surprise defeats for Biggleswade United and Tring Athletic while the Harefield United juggernaut rolls on. The weekend’s 29 games seeing 104 goals (an average of 3.59 per game). Emmanuel Hammond (Hadley) netted the only hat-trick of the weekend.

 

05/06 January Stats: 29 games played of which 13 were home wins, 10 were away wins and 6 were draws.

 

(Most League Wins – all Divisions): 18 Harefield United, 16 Hadley, Tring Athletic, 15 Biggleswade FC, Broadfields United.

(Most League Draws – all Divisions): 10 Edgware Town, 7 Leighton Town, Wembley, 6 Oxhey Jets, Stotfold.

(Most League Defeats – all Divisions): 18 Hatfield Town, 15 Stotfold, 14 Amersham Town, Brimsdown.

Average Saturday Goals: 4.06 (2758 goals from 679 games).

Unbeaten:

(Division One League): Harefield United.

Most Goals Scored:

(Premier Division League): 59 Biggleswade FC.

(Division One League): 69 Harefield United, Winslow United.

(Division Two League): 44 Pitstone & Ivinghoe.

(U25 Development Division League): 36 Berkhamsted Development.

Most Goals Conceded:

(Premier Division League): 58 Stotfold.

(Division One League): 74 Hatfield Town.

(Division Two League): 59 Clean Slate.

(U25 Development Division League): 37 Ampthill Town Development.

Fewest Goals Conceded:

(Premier Division League): 21 Colney Heath.

(Division One League): 17 Harefield United.

(Division Two League): 11 Old Bradwell United.

(U25 Development Division League): 8 Buckingham Athletic Development.

Fewest Goals Scored:

(Premier Division League): 20 Stotfold.

(Division One League): 20 Hatfield Town.

(Division Two League): 12 Clean Slate.

(U25 Development Division League): 7 Holmer Green Development U25.

 

Weekend’s Highest Attendances: 527 Biggleswade FC v Stowmarket Town, 132 Leighton Town v Potton United and 108 Tring Athletic v Crawley Green.

 

Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Premier Division Clubs): 527 Biggleswade FC v Stowmarket Town (FA Vase), 323 Biggeswade United v Biggleswade FC and 318 Potton United v Biggleswade United.

 

Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Division One Clubs): 351 Winslow United v Easington Sports (FA Cup), 318 Harefield United v Broadfields United and 257 Harefield United v Winslow United.

 

Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Division Two Clubs): 121 Bovingdon v Biggleswade United (League Challenge Trophy), 101 Aston Clinton v Pitstone & Ivinghoe, 92 Bovingdon v Old Bradwell United.

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Premier Division Clubs): 20 Ashton Campbell (Tring Athletic), Alex Marsh (Biggleswade FC), Aaron McLeish (North Greenford United FC) 17 Lorrell Smith (Arlesey Town), Nicholas Kerley (Oxhey Jets), Kieran Turner (Tring Athletic).

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division One Clubs): 24 Sean Peter (Hillingdon Borough) 23 Leonard Farhall (Harefield United) 21 Tage Kennedy (Enfield Borough).

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division Two Clubs): 25 Joshua Smith (MK Gallacticos), Nathan Skelton (Mursley United) 18 Albie Hall (Pitstone & Ivinghoe), 15 Stephen Dodd (Bovingdon).

 

Saturday 5th January / Sunday 6th January

 

 

THE BUILDABASE FA VASE Fourth Round

Sunday saw a large crowd at Biggleswade FC where the hosts continued to make history by progressing to the Fifth Round of the FA Vase with a solitary late goal success over visiting Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division side Stowmarket Town. Yours truly was in attendance along with several other members of the SSML Management Committee and enjoyed the occasion made even sweeter with the win but full credit to both teams for an entertaining game. Full result and goalscorer listed below.

1-0 Biggleswade FC v Stowmarket Town (MaCafferty) Attendance: 527

 

PREMIER DIVISION

Its true Stotfold are unbeaten in 2019 after finally securing their first win of the current campaign, bottom of the table Stotfold overcame fellow strugglers Harpenden Town 2-1, is this the kick start they needed to mount a title winning run? There were also surprises at the top of the table, leaders Tring Athletic were beaten at home by Crawley Green (1-2) and likewise fourth placed Biggleswade United saw their fun run of results ended as they too lost 1-2 at home, Nicholas Kerley netting the winner and his second of the game in the 90+5 minute for the visiting Oxhey Jets. Hadley move up to second following their 3-0 home success against Edgware Town for whom Emmanuel Hammond netted the weekend’s only hat-trick. London Tigers eased their relegation fears with a 3-0 win at North Greenford United FC while Cockfosters remain in the bottom two after going down 1-3 at London Colney. Elsewhere Potton United were 2-1 winners at Leighton Town while Colney Heath and Wembley battled out a goalless game. The day’s other fixture Leverstock Green v Arlesey Town saw the added attraction of my presence. On reflection the 2-2 draw was about right in a game I thought was well handled by the match officials. One further point the sausage baguette was as ever excellent and most welcomed on a cold afternoon. Full results and goalscorers are listed below.

1-2 Biggleswade United v Oxhey Jets (Holmes) / (Kerley [2]) Attendance: 56

0-0 Colney Heath v Wembley Attendance: 63

3-0 Hadley v Edgware Town (Hammond [3]) Attendance: 43

1-2 Leighton Town v Potton United (McBride) / (Webb, Burnside) Attendance: 132

2-2 Leverstock Green v Arlesey Town (Goode-Keeley, Witham [pen]) / (O’Brien [pen], Ashley) Attendance: 53

3-1 London Colney v Cockfosters (Smith [2], Reynolds) / (Karagozlu) Attendance: 25

0-3 North Greenford United FC v London Tigers (Diawara, Francis, Maldini) Attendance: 42

2-1 Stotfold v Harpenden Town (Da Silva, Ryan) / (Baker) Attendance: 84

1-2 Tring Athletic v Crawley Green (Ironton) / (Alderson [2]) Attendance: 108

 

DIVISION ONE

Harefield United continue to top the table with a 5-1 home success over Buckingham Town which now gives them a nine point cushion over tenants Broadfields United. Winslow United remain third after they kept up their promotion push with a solitary goal success against visiting London Lions. At the bottom Codicote moved out of the relegation places after picking up a point at Rayners Lane. Amersham Town dropped into the bottom two after suffering a 1-4 home defeat at the hands of Buckingham Athletic while bottom club Hatfield Town went down by the odd goal in five at Langford. Elsewhere FC Broxbourne Borough put visiting fourth placed Hillingdon Borough to the sword winning 5-1, goals were also in abundance at both Enfield Borough and Wodson Park where the hosts were beaten 2-3 by Bedford and Brimsdown respectively. Risborough Rangers and Ampthill Town shared the spoils with a 1-1 draw. Full results and goalscorers are listed below.

1-4 Amersham Town v Buckingham Athletic (Aldred) / (Carter, King [pen], Zulu, Soetan) Attendance: 28

2-3 Enfield Borough v Bedford (Opoku, Bao) / (Holland [2], S Macrea) Attendance: 21

5-1 FC Broxbourne Borough v Hillingdon Borough (Daniel [2], Clarke, Niner, Banks) / (H Healy) Attendance: 18

5-1 Harefield United v Buckingham Town (Farhall [2], Jordan, Mangan, Shaw) / (Clarkson) Attendance: 70

3-2 Langford v Hatfield Town (Ali, Osborne, Auburn) / (Zahariev, Valentino) Attendance: 34

2-2 Rayners Lane v Codicote (Ingram, Wilson) / (L’Honore, Todd) Attendance: 50

1-1 Risborough Rangers v Ampthill Town (Clarke) / (Higgins) Attendance: 83

1-0 Winslow United v London Lions (Schmidt) Attendance: 85

2-3 Wodson Park v Brimsdown (Todd [2] [1 pen]) / (Harvey, Kipa, Uare) Attendance: 11

 

DIVISION TWO

Berkhamsted Raiders remain top of the tree after securing a hard fought 2-1 win at Unite MK whilst Bovingdon maintain the pressure having also won 2-1 against visiting Totternhoe. Old Bradwell United and Aston Clinton continue to stay in the race with both securing home wins at the weekend, Old Bradwell defeating Grendon Rangers 3-0 while Aston Clinton ran out 3-1 winners from their clash with Mursley United. Plenty of goals were in evidence at New Bradwell St Peter FC where the hosts shared 10 goals with visiting Sarratt. In the days other game MK Gallacticos romped to a 4-0 home success over The 61FC (Luton). Full results and goalscorers listed below.

3-1 Aston Clinton v Mursley United (Kittle, Mason-Williams, Mealor) / (Skelton) Attendance: 32

2-1 Bovingdon v Totternhoe (Standen, Wilson) / (Howson) Attendance: 83

4-0 MK Gallacticos v The 61FC (Luton) (Ahmed [2], Osei-Vondo, J Smith) Attendance: Unknown

5-5 New Bradwell St Peter FC v Sarratt (Davey, Atherton, Bevis, Sofroni, Webb) / (Reilly [2], Liam Beaumont, Vercesi, Sharkey) Attendance: Unknown

3-0 Old Bradwell United v Grendon Rangers (Valentine, Daniel Smith, Butler) Attendance: 35

1-2 Unite MK v Berkhamsted Raiders (Little) / (Cox, Byrne) Attendance: 13

They thinks its all rover at Old Bradwell v Grendon

 

DEVELOPMENT DIVISION CHALLENGE TROPHY First Round Second Leg

Buckingham Athletic Development completed an 8-1 aggregate win when winning their Round One Second Leg against Harpenden Town Development by two goals to nil and with it securing a quarter final date with Kempston Rovers Development. Full result and goalscorers listed below.

0-2 Harpenden Town Development v Buckingham Athletic Development (Bulley, Summers) Attendance: Unknown

 

DEVELOPMENT DIVISION CHALLENGE TROPHY Quarter Final First Leg

Berkhamsted Development will take a one goal lead into the second leg of their Development Challenge Trophy quarter final with Biggleswade United U23 following their 2-1 home success on Saturday. Full result and goalscorers listed below.

2-1 Berkhamsted Development v Biggleswade United U23 (Blair, Josiah Johnson) / (Reed) Attendance: Unknown

 

U25 DEVELOPMENT DIVISION

Stotfold U25 won the big bottom of the table clash with a 3-1 success at Ampthill Town Development while the day’s other action saw Holmer Green Development U25 move off the bottom with a 1-1 draw with Leighton Town Development. Full results and goalscorers listed below.

1-3 Ampthill Town Development v Stotfold U25 (Reynolds) / (Harper, Jean, McEvoy) Attendance: Unknown

1-1 Holmer Green Development U25 v Leighton Town Development (Williams) / (Walton) Attendance: Unknown

 

AND FINALLY

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.

 

CLUB ATTENDANCES

Team Lowest Highest Average +/-
1 Biggleswade FC 86 203 117 +36.05%
2 Leighton Town 99 132 112 -3.45%
3 Potton United 52 318 106 +65.63%
4 Tring Athletic 66 153 102 +25.93%
5 Biggleswade United 42 323 101 +5.21%
6 Arlesey Town 66 149 96 +2.13%
7 Baldock Town 49 211 95 +28.38%
8 Colney Heath 61 98 79 0.00%
9 Stotfold 35 142 75 +5.63%
10 Edgware Town 41 89 61 -3.17%
11 Cockfosters 34 87 59 0.00%
12 Hadley 22 86 58 +16.00%
13 Oxhey Jets 33 64 51 +2.00%
14 North Greenford United 38 62 50 -10.71%
15 Harpenden Town 31 73 49 -26.87%
16 Crawley Green 40 70 48 +33.33%
17 Wembley 32 66 45 -10.00%
18 Leverstock Green 15 76 43 -12.24%
19 London Colney 25 61 40 -16.67%
20 London Tigers 0 30 24 -17.24%

 

 

Team Lowest Highest Average +/-
1 Harefield United 40 318 106 +96.30%
2 Winslow United 57 203 88 +18.92%
3 Risborough Rangers 45 160 81 +5.19%
4 Buckingham Athletic 21 177 69 +16.95%
5 Ampthill Town 32 65 49 -24.62%
6 Codicote 25 82 44 -16.98%
7 Buckingham Town 0 87 42 -4.55%
8 Rayners Lane 0 54 41 -4.65%
9 Langford 18 50 36 -10.00%
10 Hillingdon Borough 20 52 34 +25.93%
11 Amersham Town 19 43 31 +29.17%
12 FC Broxbourne Borough 12 40 31 +47.62%
13 Broadfields United 16 43 30 +25.00%
14 Hatfield Town 22 76 30 +15.38%
15 Bedford 20 53 29 +3.57%
16 Wodson Park 11 54 29 +31.82%
17 London Lions 17 52 28 -9.68%
18 Park View 0 25 23 +9.52%
19 Enfield Borough 20 30 22 -8.33%
20 Brimsdown 5 43 20 -13.04%

 

 

Team Lowest Highest Average +/-
1 Bovingdon 64 92 81 N/A
2 Totternhoe 29 75 52 +18.18%
3 Aston Clinton 15 101 44 -38.03%
4 Mursley United 25 54 42 +10.53%
5 Pitstone & Ivinghoe United 30 50 38 -7.32%
6 Berkhamsted Raiders 20 54 33 -5.71%
7 Sarratt 25 55 33 N/A
8 Old Bradwell United 10 40 31 -16.22%
9 Grendon Rangers 13 52 29 +3.57%
10 New Bradwell St Peter 25 36 29 N/A
11 MK Gallacticos 0 40 28 +3.70%
12 Unite MK 13 35 20 -13.04%
13 Clean Slate 10 30 17 -5.56%
14 The 61 FC (Luton) 7 31 16 -11.11%

 

Missing Attendances

London Tigers v Stotfold 24 November

London Tigers v North Greenford United FC 8 December

Park View v Wodson Park 8 December

Park View v Brimsdown 15 December

Buckingham Town v Risborough Rangers 22 December

Rayners Lane v Hatfield Town 29 December

MK Gallacticos v Clean Slate 29 December

MK Gallacticos v The 61FC (Luton) 5 January

 

STOP PRESS

LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY Quarter Final

Division One side Enfield Borough booked their semi-final place with a 2-0 success over Division Two side Bovingdon, the club’s reward is a home tie with Potton United later this month. Full result and goalscorers listed below.

2-0 Enfield Borough v Bovingdon (Kennedy, Opoku) Attendance: 20

 

HINCHINGBROOKE CUP Quarter Final

Stotfold bowed out of the Hinchingbrooke Cup when losing a penalty shoot-out against visiting Godmanchester Rovers. Full result and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

2-2 [4-5 pens] Stotfold v Godmanchester Rovers (Da Silva [2] [1 pen]) / (Munro, Unknown) Attendance: 78

 

MIDDLESEX SENIOR CHARITY CUP Second Round

Cockfosters hopes of Middlesex Senior Charity Cup success came to a halt when they were beaten by AFC Hayes in midweek. Full result and goalscorers listed below.

3-1 AFC Hayes v Cockfosters (Olaleye [2], Dennis) / (Mosanya) Attendance: 25

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