SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 11.02.2019 – South Midlands League update #50



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

And Should Be Taken With A Pinch Of Salt


Welcome to the 50th edition of these Inane Ramblings, who would have thought I could keep turning out this rubbish for such a long period.



Hatfield Town end their six month run without a league victory. Bovingdon hit SSML record win. London Lions make it three successive Herts Senior Centenary Trophy final appearances and a last gasp equalizer dents Tring Athletic’s title hopes. Saturday’s 26 games seeing 105 goals (an average of 4.04 per game). Jason Beck (Hatfield Town), Jack Clarkson (Milton Keynes Robins FC), Jay Wilson (Bovingdon) and Vincenzo Greco (Aston Clinton) all netted hat-tricks.


9 February Stats: 26 games played of which 9 were home wins, 11 were away wins and 6 draws.


(Most League Wins – all Divisions): 22 Harefield United, 18 Hadley, Broadfields United 17 Biggleswade FC, Tring Athletic.

(Most League Draws – all Divisions): 10 Edgware Town, 9 Leighton Town, 8 Oxhey Jets, Wembley.

(Most League Defeats – all Divisions): 21 Hatfield Town, 18 Cockfosters, 17 Stotfold, Amersham Town, Brimsdown.

Average Saturday Goals: 4.02 (3188 goals from 793 games).


(Division One League): Harefield United.

Most Goals Scored:

(Premier Division League): 71 Biggleswade FC.

(Division One League): 81 Harefield United.

(Division Two League): 65 Bovingdon.

(U25 Development Division League): 40 Kempston Rovers Development.

Most Goals Conceded:

(Premier Division League): 67 Cockfosters.

(Division One League): 83 Hatfield Town.

(Division Two League): 73 Clean Slate.

(U25 Development Division League): 37 Stotfold U25.

Fewest Goals Conceded:

(Premier Division League): 23 Biggleswade FC.

(Division One League): 22 Harefield United.

(Division Two League): 13 Old Bradwell United.

(U25 Development Division League): 9 Buckingham Athletic Development.

Fewest Goals Scored:

(Premier Division League): 24 Stotfold.

(Division One League): 26 Hatfield Town.

(Division Two League): 14 Clean Slate.

(U25 Development Division League): 6 Holmer Green Development U25.


Saturday’s Highest Attendances: 83 Bovingdon v The 61FC (Luton), 77 Colney Heath v Arlesey Town and 76 v Winslow United v Wodson Park.


Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Premier Division Clubs): 557 Biggleswade FC v Windsor (FA Vase), 527 Biggleswade FC v Stowmarket Town (FA Vase) and 323 Biggeswade United v Biggleswade FC.


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): 24 Alex Marsh (Biggleswade FC) 22 Ashton Campbell (Tring Athletic) 21 Aaron McLeish (North Greenford United FC).


Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division One Clubs): 26 Tage Kennedy (Enfield Borough), Leonard Farhall (Harefield United) 25 Sean Peter (Hillingdon Borough) 19 Harry Dalton (Winslow United).


Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division Two Clubs): 30 Joshua Smith (MK Gallacticos) 25 Nathan Skelton (Mursley United) 20 Stephen Dodd (Bovingdon), Albie Hall (Pitstone & Ivinghoe).


Saturday 9th February



With the clash of the top two Biggleswade FC and Hadley one of the two games postponed due to the weather the spotlight fell on Tring Athletic and Biggleswade United to make ground on the leaders. A stoppage time equalizer denied Tring Athletic maximum points as they were held at home by Oxhey Jets while Biggleswade United returned home from their visit to Crawley Green with a maximum haul as they won 3-0. At the bottom Harpenden Town picked up a useful 2-1 win at fellow strugglers London Tigers and it was a similar scoreline for Leverstock Green as they won at Wembley. Life for Premier Division survival continues to be an uphill battle for Cockfosters as they went down by two goals at Potton United. Elsewhere Arlesey Town drew 1-1 at Colney Heath, both goals being scored inside the first ten minutes and Edgware Town were beaten 1-4 by visiting Baldock Town. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

1-1 Colney Heath v Arlesey Town (Devine) / (Lamond) Attendance: 77

0-3 Crawley Green v Biggleswade United (Parkinson [2], Holmes) Attendance: 61

1-4 Edgware Town v Baldock Town (Benavides) / (Forsythe, L Brooks, Barnes, Unknown) Attendance: 56

1-2 London Tigers v Harpenden Town (Unknown) / (Hunt [2]) Attendance: Unknown

2-0 Potton United v Cockfosters (Ahmed, Burnside) Attendance: 66

3-3 Tring Athletic v Oxhey Jets (Humphrey, Verney, Campbell) / (Johnson, Bonner, Giordmaina) Attendance: 75

1-2 Wembley v Leverstock Green (Weir) / (Howe, Preedy) Attendance: 35


It’s taken since the 14th August 2018 to see Hatfield Town win as Saturday saw their second win of the campaign with a 4-2 win against visiting Hillingdon Borough, could this be the start of their great escape? Elsewhere at the bottom both Brimsdown and Amersham Town suffered defeats, Brimsdown were beaten 2-6 at home against Milton Keynes Robins FC while Amersham Town returned home fruitless from their trip to league leaders Harefield United, the Hares winning 4-1 to extend their lead at the top to eleven points with their two closest rivals dropping points. Second placed Broadfields United were held to a 2-2 draw at Park View while third placed Winslow United were surprisingly beaten 1-2 at home by Wodson Park. Ampthill Town saw off visiting Buckingham Athletic 2-0 while Bedford’s six match winning streak ended with a bump, visiting Risborough Rangers winning 5-0. The day’s other game Langford and Enfield Borough battled out a goalless draw. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

2-0 Ampthill Town v Buckingham Athletic (Cerminara, Clarke) Attendance: 53

0-5 Bedford v Risborough Rangers (Cullen [2], Griggs, Touceda, Woodfine) Attendance: 26

2-6 Brimsdown v Milton Keynes Robins FC (Rowe, Sosanya) / (Clarkson [3], Judickas, Osei-Addi, Marius) Attendance: 25

4-1 Harefield United v Amersham Town (Jordan [2], Farhall, Pacquette) / (Stevens) Attendance: 70

4-2 Hatfield Town v Hillingdon Borough (Beck [3], Diviney) / (Unknown) Attendance: 21

0-0 Langford v Enfield Borough Attendance: 32

2-2 Park View v Broadfields United (Ofosu, Roka) / (Henley, Horan) Attendance: 15

1-2 Winslow United v Wodson Park (King) / (Green, Unknown) Attendance: 76



London Lions reached their third successive Herts Senior Centenary Trophy final but needed extra time to see off visiting FC Broxbourne Borough, Lions finally winning 4-2. Lions will now face x in the final on a date to be arranged and will no doubt be looking to add to their success two seasons ago. Full result and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

4-2* London Lions v FC Broxbourne Borough (Unknown) / (Unknown) Attendance: 55



Leaders Bovingdon increased their lead at the top of the table to six points with an emphatic SSML club record 8-0 win over visitors The 61FC (Luton). Aston Clinton moved up to third as they saw off bottom club Clean Slate 5-1. MK Gallacticos drop to fourth as they suffered a 0-2 home defeat against Grendon Rangers. Mursley United hit five on the road as they overcame Unite MK 5-3. Elsewhere Sarratt were beaten 2-1 at home against Pitstone & Ivinghoe and it was honours even as Totternhoe and New Bradwell St Peter FC battled out a 2-2 draw. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

5-1 Aston Clinton v Clean Slate (Greco [3], Collins, Mason-Williams) / (Unknown) Attendance: 12

8-0 Bovingdon v The 61FC (Luton) (Wilson [3], Laville [2], Standen [2] [1 pen], Canham) Attendance: 83

0-2 MK Gallacticos v Grendon Rangers (Unknown) Attendance: 20

1-2 Sarratt v Pitstone & Ivinghoe (Vercesi) / (Doughty, Hall) Attendance: 25

2-2 Totternhoe v New Bradwell St Peter (Francis [2]) / (Davey, Opponent Own Goal) Attendance: 31

3-5 Unite MK v Mursley United (Little [2] [1 pen], Rawson) / (Bradford [2], Silver [2], Brazier) Attendance: 19



Old Bradwell United booked their place in the final of the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy with a 2-0 win at Combined Counties League Division One Sandhurst Town. Old Bradwell United will face Marlow United in the final on a date to be arranged. Full result and goalscorers listed below.

0-2 Sandhurst Town v Old Bradwell United (D Smith, Opponent Own Goal) Attendance: Unknown



Buckingham Athletic Development moved into second place with a 2-0 win against bottom club Ampthill Town Development and now sit four points behind the leaders Kempston Rovers Development who earned a point from their 1-1 draw at Biggleswade United U23. The day’s other action saw Leighton Town Development defeat visiting Holmer Green Development 5-0. Full results and goalscorers listed below.

1-1 Biggleswade United U23 v Kempston Rovers Development (Benham) / (Palmien) Attendance: 38

2-0 Buckingham Athletic Development v Ampthill Town Development (Willis, Marsden) Attendance: Unknown

5-0 Leighton Town Development v Holmer Green Development (Devine [2], Gadsden, Korge, Till) Attendance: Unknown



Twitter served up a couple of gems at the weekend, firstly from Debden Park FC of the Essex Alliance League who reported a well behaved crowd “Attendance today is 1. Thank you to the FC Sungate manager for turning up, hope you enjoyed the performance” and secondly from Reading City of the Hellenic League who it seems are facing a fixture pile up already “February Fixtures 18/02 Shrivenham (H), 19/02 Windsor (A)”.

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

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