SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 15.04.2019 – South Midlands League update #67



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

And Should Be Taken With A Pinch Of Salt


As Tiger Woods rolled back the years to claim the Green Jacket at the US Masters life in the world of the SSML enters the final weeks as clubs jostle for titles, relegation and safety ………….



Bovingdon crowned Division Two champions. Aston Clinton made it four seasons in a row that they record seven goals in a game. Stotfold climb out of the bottom two for the first time this season. Harefield United remain unbeaten in the league and close in on a Division One record. Saturday’s 27 games seeing 114 goals (an average of 4.22 per game). Dave Parkinson (Biggleswade United), Adam Bolle (London Lions), Jack Menday (Buckingham Athletic), Lamar Mason-Williams (Aston Clinton) plus Asher Yearwood (Long Crendon) topping the day’s scoring charts with hat-tricks.


13 April Stats: 27 games played of which 10 were home wins, 10 were away wins and 7 draws.


(Most League Wins – all Divisions): 33 Harefield United 28 Broadfields United 25 Tring Athletic.

(Most League Draws – all Divisions): 13 Edgware Town 12 Leighton Town 11 Colney Heath, Wembley.

(Most League Defeats – all Divisions): 27 Hatfield Town 24 Brimsdown 23 Cockfosters, Amersham Town, Codicote.


Average Saturday Goals: 3.93 (4022 goals from 1023 games).



(Division One League): Harefield United.


Most Goals Scored:

(Premier Division League): 95 Biggleswade FC.

(Division One League): 113 Harefield United.

(Division Two League): 88 Bovingdon.

(U25 Development Division League): 41 Berkhamsted Development.

Most Goals Conceded:

(Premier Division League): 87 Cockfosters.

(Division One League): 100 Hatfield Town.

(Division Two League): 98 Clean Slate.

(U25 Development Division League): 45 Harpenden Town Development.

Fewest Goals Conceded:

(Premier Division League): 33 Hadley.

(Division One League): 31 Harefield United.

(Division Two League): 16 Old Bradwell United.

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

Fewest Goals Scored:

(Premier Division League): 38 London Tigers, Leverstock Green.

(Division One League): 36 Hatfield Town.

(Division Two League): 16 Clean Slate.

(U25 Development Division League): 16 Ampthill Town Development.


Saturday’s Highest Attendances: 167 Biggleswade FC v Wembley, 162 Leighton Town v Hadley and 120 Buckingham Athletic Development v Long Crendon.


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): 29 Alex Marsh (Biggleswade FC) 27 David Parkinson (Biggleswade United) 26 Ashton Campbell (Tring Athletic).


Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division One Clubs): 34 Leonard Farhall (Harefield United) 29 Tage Kennedy (Enfield Borough) 27 Adam Bolle (London Lions) and Sean Peters (Broadfields United & Hillingdon Borough).


Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division Two Clubs): 32 Joshua Smith (MK Gallacticos) 30 Nathan Skelton (Mursley United) 25 Matthew Standen (Bovingdon).


Saturday 13th April



More late drama in the battle for the Premier Division title, morning leaders Biggleswade FC were rocked as a last gasp equalizer from visitors Wembley saw them surrender top spot. Tring Athletic returned to the summit with a 4-2 success at Edgware Town. Hadley are now third after a 1-1 draw at Leighton Town while fourth placed Biggleswade United defeated Oxhey Jets 4-1 on the road. If the battle at the top is tight then likewise the relegation battle, Stotfold moved out of the bottom two with a 3-0 home success against London Colney. Replacing them are London Tigers who were beaten 1-2 at Baldock Town while Cockfosters remain bottom despite drawing 1-1 at Colney Heath in what turned out to be an incident packed battle with no less than five red cards. Elsewhere North Greenford United FC suffered a 0-3 home defeat at the hands of Arlesey Town. Harpenden Town went down to the odd goal in five at Potton United while Crawley Green achieved their first clean sheet since September when they out gunned visiting Leverstock Green 5-0. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

2-1 Baldock Town v London Tigers (Barker, Forsythe) / (Unknown) Attendance: 72

2-2 Biggleswade FC v Wembley (A Marsh [2]) / (Ratti, Unknown) Attendance: 167

1-1 Colney Heath v Cockfosters (Blunden) / (Summers) Attendance: 97

5-0 Crawley Green v Leverstock Green (Watson [2] [1 pen], Draycott [2], Ingram) Attendance: 40

2-4 Edgware Town v Tring Athletic (Marks, Alexander-Greenway [pen]) / (Mensah, Verney, Ironton, Clements) Attendance: 54

1-1 Leighton Town v Hadley (Murphy) / (Hammond) Attendance: 162

0-3 North Greenford United FC v Arlesey Town (Moss, Payne, O’Brien) Attendance: 38

1-4 Oxhey Jets v Biggleswade United (Bonner) / (Parkinson [3], Holmes) Attendance: 57

3-2 Potton United v Harpenden Town (Burnside [2], Smail) / (Douglas, Collins) Attendance: 64

3-0 Stotfold v London Colney (Didik, Faria, Mbona) Attendance: 42


Jack Menday (Buckingham Athletic)


Harefield United continue to march on towards an unbeaten league season with a 3-1 win at FC Broxbourne Borough, the Hares are now just three games away from achieving their goal and need another 7 points to break Berkhamsted’s 107 points record set back in 2010/11. Tenants Broadfields United (assured of runners-up) won 4-2 at home against Langford to maintain their promotion hopes as one of the best clubs finishing second determined by Points Per Game. Winslow United assured themselves of third place when defeating relegation haunted Codicote 4-0. Both Brimsdown and Amersham Town picked up a useful away point in their bid to escape the drop, Brimsdown drawing 2-2 at Enfield Borough while Amersham’s game at relegated Hatfield Town finished goalless. Buckingham Athletic, now fourth, drew 4-4 at Park View thanks to a late equalizer. Ampthill Town swept aside Rayners Lane with a four goal first half blitz. Bedford went down 0-2 at Hillingdon Borough while Risborough Rangers won 6-0 in convincing style at Wodson Park. The day’s other fixture also saw plenty of goals as sixth placed London Lions won 4-2 at home against Milton Keynes Robins. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

4-0 Ampthill Town v Rayners Lane (Cerminara [2], Carney, Dillon) Attendance: 47

4-2 Broadfields United v Langford (Anderson-Richards, Lawrence, Henley, Spinks) / (Osborne, Rome) Attendance: 24

2-2 Enfield Borough v Brimsdown (Unknown) / (Esan, Rowe) Attendance: 23

1-3 FC Broxbourne Borough v Harefield United (Unknown) / (Jordan [2], Shaw) Attendance: 30

0-0 Hatfield Town v Amersham Town Attendance: 21

2-0 Hillingdon Borough v Bedford (Healy [2]) Attendance: Unknown

4-2 London Lions v Milton Keynes Robins FC (Bolle [3], Unknown) / (Judickas, Marius) Attendance: 24

4-4 Park View v Buckingham Athletic (Price [2], Khan, Roka) / (Menday [3], Carter) Attendance: 12

4-0 Winslow United v Codicote (A King [2], Parsons, Karwacinski) Attendance: 68

0-6 Wodson Park v Risborough Rangers (Griggs [2], Wylie [2], Lynch, Opponent Own Goal) Attendance: 20



Bovngdon, in their first season in the Spartan South Midlands League, lifted the championship with a 4-0 win at Unite MK although with no floodlights it is likely that promotion will elude them. The chase for the runners-up spot continues as second placed Berkhamsted Raiders picked up a point with a 2-2 draw at Mursley United. Third placed Old Bradwell United won 4-1 in their ‘derby’ game at MK Gallacticos while fourth placed Aston Clinton’s faint hopes saw them winning 7-0 at bottom club Clean Slate. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

0-7 Clean Slate v Aston Clinton (Mason-Williams [3], Stapleton [2], Greco, Collins) Attendance: Unknown

1-4 MK Gallacticos v Old Bradwell United (J Smith) / (Darryl Smith [2], Valentine, Cribb) Attendance: Unknown

2-2 Mursley United v Berkhamsted Raiders (Unknown) / (Shaw, Cox) Attendance: Unknown

0-4 Unite MK v Bovingdon (Thurgood [2], Standen, Cox) Attendance: 25



Stotfold U25 warmed up for their forthcoming cup final with a 3-0 win at Harpenden Town Development while the day’s other fixture saw Holmer Green Development U25 virtually end the title hopes of Berkhamsted Development when defeating their visitors 4-2. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

0-3 Harpenden Town Development v Stotfold U25 (Billy [2], Ishowo) Attendance: Unknown

4-2 Holmer Green Development U25 v Berkhamsted Development (Unknown) / (Unknown) Attendance: Unknown


BBFA Intermediate Cup



Buckingham Athletic Development fell one short in their quest to lift the Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup when going down to a Asher Yearwood hat-trick in the Final against Hellenic League Division two side Long Crendon. Buckingham’s task was always going to be difficult when at a goal down they had two players dismissed. Full result and goalscorers listed below.

0-3 Buckingham Athletic Development v Long Crendon (Yearwood [3]) Attendance: 120

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Two yellows? A professional foul? A bad tackle? A headbutt?

There are a few ways of getting yourself sent off, but Leyton Orient midfielder James Dayton may have found a new one after he was shown a red card for throwing his boot towards the referee – while being carried off on a stretcher with a suspected broken ankle. Dayton’s bad day saw him left out of the starting XI, then suffer a serious-looking injury with referee Daniel Middleton allowing play to go on. While being treated, Dayton took out his frustration by hurling his boot at the ground – and was shown a straight red card for dissent while being carried off. Manager Justin Edinburgh said: “It was a game of incredible incidents. I need to see the incident again. We knew straight away that he [Dayton] had a serious injury. I’m not criticising the ref for not blowing up, he allowed us to play on but he’s got to understand. The boy has got a serious injury and he’s thrown his boot on the floor in frustration. I can’t see why he’s got to be dismissed. It was bizarre.


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Who can go up or down



Champions: Current leaders 79

Biggleswade FC (89), Tring Athletic (88), Hadley (83) or Biggleswade United (83)


Runners Up: Current 2nd place 77

Biggleswade FC (89), Tring Athletic (88), Hadley (83) or Biggleswade United (80)


Relegation: Current safety 36

Cockfosters (31), Stotfold (35), London Tigers (36), Leverstock Green (39) or North Greenford United FC (40)



Champions: Harefield United.

Runners Up: Broadfields United.


Relegation: Current safety 36

Hatfield Town plus one of following Codicote (35), Amersham Town (39), Brimsdown (40) or Wodson Park (49)



Champions: Bovingdon


Runners Up: Current 2nd place 51

Old Bradwell United (64), Berkhamsted Raiders (54) or Aston Clinton (52)


Re-election: Clean Slate.



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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