SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 11.03.2019 – South Midlands League update #58

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

 

On a day where a slight breeze caused a few problems the SSML managed to see 25 of its scheduled 26 games played, the only casualty being the London Colney v North Greenford United FC fixture which was deemed unplayable by the referee.

 

SATURDAY’S HEADLINES

Stotfold finally climb off the bottom of the table having been there since August. Old Bradwell United reach the Division Two Cup Final. Harefield United take another step closer to winning the Division One title. Bovingdon edge closer to securing the Division Two title. Saturday’s 25 games seeing 72 goals (an average of 2.88 per game). Connor Spinks (Broadfields United) the day’s top marksman with three.

 

9 March Stats: 25 games played of which 9 were home wins, 10 were away wins and 6 draws.

 

(Most League Wins – all Divisions): 27 Harefield United 23 Broadfields United 21 Hadley, Tring Athletic.

(Most League Draws – all Divisions): 11 Edgware Town 10 Oxhey Jets, Leighton Town 9 Colney Heath.

(Most League Defeats – all Divisions): 24 Hatfield Town 21 Cockfosters 19 London Tigers, Amersham Town, Brimsdown, Clean Slate.

 

Average Saturday Goals: 3.95 (3552 goals from 900 games).

 

Unbeaten:

(Division One League): Harefield United.

Most Goals Scored:

(Premier Division League): 85 Biggleswade FC.

(Division One League): 93 Harefield United.

(Division Two League): 72 Bovingdon.

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

Most Goals Conceded:

(Premier Division League): 77 Cockfosters.

(Division One League): 91 Hatfield Town.

(Division Two League): 81 Clean Slate.

(U25 Development Division League): 42 Ampthill Town Development.

Fewest Goals Conceded:

(Premier Division League): 28 Hadley.

(Division One League): 25 Harefield United.

(Division Two League): 14 Old Bradwell United.

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

Fewest Goals Scored:

(Premier Division League): 28 Stotfold.

(Division One League): 31 Hatfield Town.

(Division Two League): 14 Clean Slate.

(U25 Development Division League): 12 Holmer Green Development U25.

 

Saturday’s Highest Attendances: 113 Baldock Town v Tring Athletic, 102 Biggleswade FC v Leverstock Green and 78 v Potton United v Colney Heath.

 

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

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division One Clubs): 30 Leonard Farhall (Harefield United) 27 Tage Kennedy (Enfield Borough), Sean Peter (Hillingdon Borough) 22 Harry Dalton (Winslow United).

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division Two Clubs): 31 Joshua Smith (MK Gallacticos) 28 Nathan Skelton (Mursley United) 21 Albie Hall (Pitstone & Ivinghoe).

 

Saturday 9th March

 

PREMIER DIVISION

It was a winning Saturday for the top four clubs, Tring Athletic defeating the morning’s fifth placed club Baldock Town by a solitary goal at the New Lamb Meadow in a game that saw Tring lose goalkeeper following a red card fifteen minutes from time, the drama didn’t end there defender Carl Mensah donned the gloves and saved the resulting penalty kick. Second placed Hadley won 2-1 at Oxhey Jets, Biggleswade FC defeated visiting Leverstock Green 2-0 while a solitary goal was enough to see Biggleswade United overcome Wembley at Second Meadow. Stotfold climbed off the bottom of the table after their solitary goal home success against Crawley Green, Cockfosters dropping to bottom as they went down 1-3 at home to Harpenden Town. Leighton Town overcame the loss of their goalkeeper through injury early on to win 4-1 at Edgware Town. The day’s other action saw Potton United come from behind to defeat visiting Colney Heath by the odd goal in three. Full results and goalscorers are listed below.

0-1 Baldock Town v Tring Athletic (Campbell) Attendance: 113

2-0 Biggleswade FC v Leverstock Green (Eze, George [pen]) Attendance: 102

1-0 Biggleswade United v Wembley (Hankins) Attendance: 71

1-3 Cockfosters v Harpenden Town (Wade) / (A McClelland [2], McLeish) Attendance: 32

1-4 Edgware Town v Leighton Town (Ofori) / (Silford [2], Butawo [2]) Attendance: 51

1-2 Oxhey Jets v Hadley (Giordmaina) / (Opponent Own Goal, Clarke) Attendance: 62

2-1 Potton United v Colney Heath (Burnside, Ansell-Carter) / (Doolan) Attendance: 78

1-0 Stotfold v Crawley Green (Francis) Attendance: 48

 

DIVISION ONE

Following last week’s heavy defeat Hillingdon Borough bounced back with a goalless draw at home to Wodson Park. Relegation fighting Amersham Town picked up a vital point from their trip to high flying FC Broxbourne Borough. Broadfields United maintained their faint championship hopes with a 3-0 win against visiting Buckingham Athletic to remain eleven points behind the leaders Harefield United who returned home from their trip to Langford with a 2-1 win. London Lions edged out visiting Ampthill Town by the odd goal in five. Winslow United remain third but had to settle for a point after being held at home by Rayners Lane. At the bottom Codicote went down 0-2 at home against Enfield Borough while Hatfield Town picked up a rare point with a 2-2 draw at Park View. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

3-0 Broadfields United v Buckingham Athletic (Spinks [3]) Attendance: 21

0-2 Codicote v Enfield Borough (Kennedy, Stevens) Attendance: 42

1-1 FC Broxbourne Borough v Amersham Town (Wells) / (J Squire-Adams [pen]) Attendance: 45

0-0 Hillingdon Borough v Wodson Park Attendance: Unknown

1-2 Langford v Harefield United (Rome) / (Clifton, Pacquette) Attendance: 50

3-2 London Lions v Ampthill Town (Bolle, Craig, Kyte) / (Carter, Kissiedu) Attendance: 25

2-2 Park View v Hatfield Town (Orelaja, Williams) / (Beck, Unknown) Attendance: 61

1-1 Winslow United v Rayners Lane (Ingram) / (Blagden) Attendance: 72

 

DIVISION TWO CUP Semi Final

A solitary first half goal from Darryl Smith proved to be enough to send Old Bradwell United through to the Final of the Division Two Cup at the expense of hosts and local rivals MK Gallacticos. Full result and goalscorer listed below.

0-1 MK Gallacticos v Old Bradwell United (Darryl Smith) Attendance: Unknown

 

DIVISION TWO

Bovingdon recorded their tenth successive league win as they defeated New Bradwell St Peter FC 3-1 and in doing so increased their lead to six points at the top of the table. Aston Clinton remain third after securing a point from their trip to Grendon Rangers. Totternhoe and visiting Mursley United shared six goals at the Recreation Ground while Clean Slate remain rooted to the bottom as they went down to a solitary goal defeat following their derby-day clash at Unite MK. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

3-1 Bovingdon v New Bradwell St Peter FC (Thurgood [2], Deadman) / (Unknown) Attendance: 67

1-1 Grendon Rangers v Aston Clinton (Janecki) / (A Smith) Attendance: 33

3-3 Totternhoe v Mursley United (Fry, Richardson, Paquette) / (Skelton [2], Lloyd-Roberts) Attendance: 53

1-0 Unite MK v Clean Slate (Ainsley) Attendance: 18

 

DEVELOPMENT DIVISION CHALLENGE TROPHY Quarter Final Second Leg

Buckingham Athletic Development’s 2-0 win at Kempston Rovers Development secured a 3-0 aggregate win and a place in the Development Division semi-finals where they will meet Leighton Town Development over two legs. Full result and goalscorer listed below.

0-2 [0-3 on agg] Kempston Rovers Development v Buckingham Athletic Development (Wright [2]) Attendance: Unknown

 

U25 DEVELOPMENT DIVISION

Berkhamsted Development continued to keep themselves in the title race with a hard fought 3-2 win at Harpenden Town Development. Holmer Green Development U25 also came out on top by the odd goal in five as they defeated bottom of the table Ampthill Town Development while Stotfold U25 hit hosts Leighton Town Development for five in the day’s other game. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

2-3 Harpenden Town Development v Berkhamsted Development (Churchill, David) / (Unknown) Attendance: Unknown

3-2 Holmer Green Development U25 v Ampthill Town Development (Scott [2], Stephen) / (Unknown) Attendance: Unknown

0-5 Leighton Town Development v Stotfold U25 (Unknown) 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.

 

A reminder from Potton United Secretary Bev Strong, Bev has posted the following – I am stepping well out my comfort zone by running a half marathon so if you can spare a pound or two please sponsor me. I am running the Landmarks Half Marathon for Tommy’s, the baby charity because they have been tremendous support to a good friend. Having only taken up running 2 years ago and vowing to never run more than 10k (6 miles) I was asked to join this team and could not possibly say no.  I am the oldest of the team and the least fit as the majority are all football referees but it will be the knowledge that I am collecting a lot of sponsors and doing this for a good friend that I hope will get me round.

 

 

 

UP OR DOWN

Who can go up or down

PREMIER DIVISION

Champions: Current leaders 67

Biggleswade FC (94), Tring Athletic (91), Hadley (88), Biggleswade United (83), Baldock Town (75), Potton United (70), Arlesey Town (70), Colney Heath (69), Oxhey Jets (67)

Runners Up: Current 2nd place 67

Biggleswade FC (94), Tring Athletic (91), Hadley (88), Biggleswade United (83), Baldock Town (75), Potton United (70), Arlesey Town (70), Colney Heath (69), Oxhey Jets (67)

Relegation: Current safety 47

Cockfosters (39), Stotfold (46), London Tigers (52), Leverstock Green (53), Wembley (53), North Greenford United FC (57), Harpenden Town (58), London Colney (59), Edgware Town (59), Crawley Green (63), Leighton Town (64), Oxhey Jets (67), Colney Heath (69)

 

DIVISION ONE

Champions: Current leaders 83

Harefield United (104), Broadfields United (96), Winslow United (85)

Runners Up: Current 2nd place 72

Harefield United (104), Broadfields United (96), Winslow United (85), Bedford (79), Buckingham Athletic (76), FC Broxbourne Borough (75), Langford (72)

Relegation: Current safety 51

Hatfield Town (34), Codicote (50), Amersham Town (51), Brimsdown (55), Milton Keynes Robins FC (56), Wodson Park (61), Park View (61), Ampthill Town (61), Rayners Lane (65), Hillingdon Borough (65), Enfield Borough (66), Risborough Rangers (68), London Lions (69), Langford (72), Buckingham Athletic (76)

 

DIVISION TWO

Champions: Current leaders 53

Bovingdon (71), Old Bradwell United (66), Berkhamsted Raiders (59), Aston Clinton (54)

Runners Up: Current 2nd place 47

Bovingdon (71), Old Bradwell United (66), Berkhamsted Raiders (59), Aston Clinton (54), Pitstone & Ivinghoe (50), MK Gallacticos (48)

Re-election: Current safety 25

Clean Slate (21), The 61FC (Luton) (24), Sarratt (32), New Bradwell St Peter (36)

Note

Figures in brackets denote maximum points that can be won.

Division One runners-up promotion places will be the nine best runners-up from the Step 6 divisions on a points per game basis.

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