SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 14.01.2019 – South Midlands League update #43



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

And Should Be Taken With A Pinch Of Salt


With the first sign of Easter Eggs on the shelves the SSML welcomed another full weekend of fixtures and more drama than recently seen on ITV.




Stotfold’s fine 2019 form continues with another win, Hadley become the sixth team to top the Premier Division, Bovingdon hit Clean Slate for six and Old Bradwell United reach the semi-finals of the County Cup. The weekend’s 32 games seeing 119 goals (an average of 3.72 per game).


12 January Stats: 32 games played of which 15 were home wins, 13 were away wins and 4 were draws.


(Most League Wins – all Divisions): 19 Harefield United, 17 Hadley 16 Tring Athletic.

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

(Most League Defeats – all Divisions): 19 Hatfield Town, 15 Stotfold, 14 Cockfosters, Harpenden Town, London Tigers, Amersham Town, Brimsdown, Clean Slate.

Average Saturday Goals: 4.05 (2877 goals from 711 games).


(Division One League): Harefield United.

Most Goals Scored:

(Premier Division League): 60 Biggleswade FC.

(Division One League): 71 Harefield United.

(Division Two League): 49 Bovingdon.

(U25 Development Division League): 39 Kempston Rovers Development.

Most Goals Conceded:

(Premier Division League): 60 Stotfold.

(Division One League): 77 Hatfield Town.

(Division Two League): 65 Clean Slate.

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

Fewest Goals Conceded:

(Premier Division League): 23 Biggleswade FC.

(Division One League): 18 Harefield United.

(Division Two League): 11 Old Bradwell United.

(U25 Development Division League): 10 Buckingham Athletic Development.


Fewest Goals Scored:

(Premier Division League): 22 Stotfold.

(Division One League): 20 Hatfield Town.

(Division Two League): 12 Clean Slate.

(U25 Development Division League): 8 Holmer Green Development U25.


Weekend’s Highest Attendances: 130 Arlesey Town v Stotfold, 102 Biggleswade FC v Oxhey Jets and Winslow United v Harefield United.


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): 21 Alex Marsh (Biggleswade FC), Aaron McLeish (North Greenford United FC) 20 Ashton Campbell (Tring Athletic), 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), Tage Kennedy (Enfield Borough) 18 Harry Dalton (Winslow United).


Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division Two Clubs): 27 Joshua Smith (MK Gallacticos) 26 Nathan Skelton (Mursley United) 18 Albie Hall (Pitstone & Ivinghoe).


Saturday 12th January



Stotfold wins are like buses, you wait ages for one then two come along at once, the Eagles followed up last week’s success with a 2-1 win at neighbours Arlesey Town and are now just one point behind Cockfosters at the bottom, the Fosters going down 1-2 at home to Wembley who are now unbeaten their last six outings. Hadley now top the table after recording their third successive 3-0 win, this time against Harpenden Town as morning leaders Tring Athletic were held to a 4-4 draw at North Greenford United FC, the hosts equalising in stoppage time. Oxhey Jets certainly seem to like visiting Biggleswade as they followed up last weeks win at United with a 1-1 draw at Biggleswade FC.  What goes around comes around as Biggleswade United found out when after suffering a last minute defeat last week they netted an injury time winner at Colney Heath. Leighton Town gained revenge for last week’s home defeat by Potton United by winning the return fixture by a solitary goal. Elsewhere Crawley Green were beaten 0-2 at London Colney, Edgware Town were 3-1 winners against visiting Leverstock Green and Baldock Town recorded a 4-1 success at London Tigers. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

1-2 Arlesey Town v Stotfold (O’Brien) / (Da Silva, Miles) Attendance: 130

1-1 Biggleswade FC v Oxhey Jets (A Marsh) / (Lawford) Attendance: 102

1-2 Cockfosters v Wembley (Mountford) / (Weir, D’Alessio) Attendance: 49

2-3 Colney Heath v Biggleswade United (Blunden, Clarke-Mardel) / (Holmes [2], Goodman) Attendance: 84

3-1 Edgware Town v Leverstock Green (Benavides, McCluskey, Hunte) / (Smith) Attendance: 51

3-0 Hadley v Harpenden Town (Alfano, Clarke, Wright [pen]) Attendance: 52

2-0 London Colney v Crawley Green (Reynolds, Smith) Attendance: 41

1-4 London Tigers v Baldock Town (Unknown) / (Barker, Buchanan, Forsythe, Denniss) Attendance: Unknown

4-4 North Greenford United FC v Tring Athletic (Turner, Long, McLeish, Gardiner) / (Riddick, Dunstan, Ironton, Turner [pen]) Attendance: 73

0-1 Potton United v Leighton Town (McBride) Attendance: 83



The big top of the table clash saw third place Winslow United entertain unbeaten league leaders Harefield United in front of a crowd of 102. The Hares coming from a goal down at the break to win by the odd goal in three and increase their lead at the top of the table to 12 points as second placed Broadfields United were surprising beaten at home by Risborough Rangers (1-2). Life at the bottom for Hatfield Town continues to remain hard as they now find themselves fourteen points adrift following a 0-3 defeat at Ampthill Town and to make matters worse the six clubs immediately above them all won. FC Broxbourne Borough were the day’s big winners with a 4-0 home success over Langford. Amersham Town now under new management won 4-2 at Hillingdon Borough while Codicote continue to improve following a 3-2 home win over Park View. Elsewhere Brimsdown defeated Enfield Borough 4-2, Bedford overcame visiting Rayners Lane by the odd goal in three while Wodson Park recorded their first league win since September when they returned from Buckingham Town with a 2-1 win. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

3-0 Ampthill Town v Hatfield Town (Unknown) Attendance: 38

2-1 Bedford v Rayners Lane (Unknown) / (D Hastings) Attendance: 25

4-2 Brimsdown v Enfield Borough (Saywood [2], Sosanya, Uare) / (Ennin, Kennedy) Attendance: 25

1-2 Broadfields United v Risborough Rangers (Henley) / (Cullen, Griggs [pen]) Attendance: 42

1-2 Buckingham Town v Wodson Park (Unknown) / (Halls, Tolley) Attendance: Unknown

3-2 Codicote v Park View (Unknown) / (Danso, Debrah) Attendance: 58

4-0 FC Broxbourne Borough v Langford (Unknown) Attendance: 22

2-4 Hillingdon Borough v Amersham Town (Unknown) / (Aldred, Benvenga, Squire-Adams, Stevens) Attendance: 33

1-2 Winslow United v Harefield United (King) / (Pacquette, Shaw) Attendance: 102


Berks & Bucks FA Senior Trophy


A late goal from substitute Peter Maxey was the difference as Old Bradwell United booked a semi-final place at the expense of fellow Division Two side Aston Clinton while Buckingham Athletic will be disappointed as they surrendered a two goal interval lead to lose 2-3 at Thames Valley League side Newbury. Full results and goalscorers listed below.

3-2 Newbury v Buckingham Athletic (Benham [2], Dredge) / (Marsden, Agunblade ) Attendance: 35

1-0 Old Bradwell United v Aston Clinton (Maxey) Attendance: 58



Berkhamsted Raiders continue to set the pace at the top of the table with a 2-0 win at Sarratt while hot on their heels are Bovingdon who romped to a 6-0 success at bottom club Clean Slate. MK Gallacticos moved up to third as they continued their fine scoring run with a 6-1 success over New Bradwell St Peter FC, the result makes it 21 in four games for the Gallacticos. Unite MK recorded their first away win since September when they overturned a 1-2 half time deficit to win 3-2 at Grendon Rangers. Elsewhere Totternhoe overcame visiting Pitstone & Ivinghoe by two goals to nil while Mursley United recorded at 3-0 success at The 61FC (Luton). Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

0-6 Clean Slate v Bovingdon (Unknown) Attendance: 5

2-3 Grendon Rangers v Unite MK (Adam, Tavener) / (Rawson [2], Little) Attendance: 23

6-1 MK Gallacticos v New Bradwell St Peter FC (Smith [2], Ahmed [2], Anning, Osei-Vondo) / (Unknown) Attendance: 40

0-2 Sarratt v Berkhamsted Raiders (Pobbe, Ibarra) Attendance: 39

0-3 The 61FC (Luton) v Mursley United (Dickson, Skelton, Lloyd-Roberts) Attendance: 16

2-0 Totternhoe v Pitstone & Ivinghoe (Francis, Howson) Attendance: 64



Stotfold U25 will take a 3-0 lead into their second leg of the Development Division Challenge Trophy quarter-final with AFC Dunstable U21 while the other first leg tie of the day saw Leighton Town Development and Ampthill Town Development evenly poised after a 1-1 draw. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

1-1 Leighton Town Development v Ampthill Town Development (Bagatti) / (Unknown) Attendance: Unknown

3-0 Stotfold U25 v AFC Dunstable U21 (Southby [2], McEvoy) Attendance: Unknown



Kempston Rovers Development moved to the top of the table with a 4-0 home success over Biggleswade United U23 as morning leaders Berkhamsted Development were beaten by the odd goal in five at Buckingham Athletic Development, a result that sees Athletic remain third. The day’s other league action saw the points shared as Harpenden Town Development and Holmer Green Development U25 battled out a 1-1 draw. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

3-2 Buckingham Athletic Development v Berkhamsted Development (D McAndrew, L McAndrew, Brady) / (Unknown) Attendance: Unknown

1-1 Harpenden Town Development v Holmer Green Development U25 (Branch) / (Unknown) Attendance: Unknown

4-0 Kempston Rovers Development v Biggleswade United U23 (Beldon, Felts, Ronayne, McGuiness) Attendance: Unknown



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