SL; United striker hoping for fruitful visit to Dunstable this weekend

Saturday 10th November 2018

Dunstable Town v Aylesbury United

Southern League Division One Central

Creasey Park

K.O. 3.00pm

Aylesbury United travel to Dunstable Town on Saturday looking for more points to add to their recent run, which has seen three wins from their last five games in the Southern League Division One Central. However, with two cup exits thrown in, the statistics read a more worrying one win in five and a trip to a side relegated from the Premier Division last season is never the easiest of places to go when you need a ‘pick me up’ win. United & Town both sit in a bunch of four teams in the league table all on twelve points, and a win could potentially push the winners up to eight and another win outside the play-offs, showing this table is congested both top and bottom as it starts to level out.

Aaron Berry

This week Sports Shots caught up with Ducks striker Aaron Berry and asked how he feels the season has been so far for himself as well as his team mates:

I think the season has been a bit of a mix of good and bad, I think personally I need to bring more to the team by creating or scoring more goals, also we need to put games to bed & take our chances, on our day we can beat anyone as we showed last year

How frustrating has it been this season after the great end to last year?

The ending to last season was such a great run of form and we played some really good football, it’s been very frustrating with how this season has been so far but with the hard work behind the scenes from Ben and his team I am confident we will get back to how we finished last season

How difficult has this league been after the summer reshuffle?

It’s been difficult in respect of not knowing the teams & how they play, but at the end of the day football is about being the better team on the day no matter who your opponents are. Bromsgrove have been the stand out team but with the budget & following they have you have to expect that, I think the summer reshuffle was good for us personally as it’s a new challenge, and like I said we can’t expect to know what the other teams are like when we haven’t come up against them before

A few new faces in the United squad this year, has anyone impressed?

The new faces have been positive and all have made impacts in their own way. Max (Hercules) is the player who has impressed me the most so far, he’s a good, skilful & pacy winger to have in the team and he will really have an impact as the season continues, whether it be creating or scoring goals himself

We asked Aaron where he sees his side finishing & also who he thinks will finish as the top five clubs in the division come next April:

The league table is still very close so it’s hard to say where anyone will finish, we have said from the start that we want to really push this year and be in & around the play-offs if we can. There is no reason why we can’t aim for that, we just need to be more consistent and grind results out. Bromsgrove & Corby will be up there but other than that I really couldn’t put any team in the top five as I think it is still anyone’s

What are United expecting at Dunstable this week?

We know that no team in this league will be an easy opponent and we will have to be on it from the start, especially following our last two results. We need to get back to our old selves, we just need to focus on what we are going to do rather than what they can do, as like I have said before on our day we can beat anyone

We asked what he needs to achieve between now and the end of the season to make it a successful campaign:

I said from the start of the season that I want at least twenty goals for myself, having only scored seven so far I need to work harder in and around the box and on taking chances, if I can do whatever I need to do to help the team achieve a good position in the league then I’ll be happy

Finally, how does Aaron travel to away games, and does he have any superstitions?

I normally drive to away games alone as I don’t live near the rest of the boys but it gives me time to get my head on the game on the way there. To be honest I don’t have any pre match superstitions, and I can’t say I’ve noticed that any of the other boys do either

Sports Shots would like to thank Aaron for his time this week

BBFA ST; Aston striker on a Staple diet of goals, goals, and goals

Saturday 10th November 2018

Didcot Town Development v Aston Clinton

Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy 3rd Round

Loop Meadow Stadium

K.O. 2.00pm

Aston Clinton travel to Hellenic League Division One East side Didcot Town Development on Saturday in Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy action, and whilst facing a side from a higher level Clinton know they are more than a match for anyone on their day following last seasons successes. Didcot will be a tough place to go despite their lowly league position, they’ve won their last four matches which were all cup fixtures, however Clinton have only lost once in their previous seven games in all competition and knocked out a step six side in the previous round when they beat Risborough Rangers from their own South Midlands league.

Chris Stapleton

Ahead of the game Sports Shots caught up with recent new signing Chris Stapleton who joined from Buckingham Athletic just a few weeks ago, and asked how he’d settled into his new club:

Aston Clinton is where I played all my youth football and I’m familiar with the club as a whole, which has enabled me to settle in really quickly. The lads have been great and its nice to see some familiar faces

Was the move an easy choice & how did it all come about?

Leaving Buckingham was such a hard decision for me and not one I took lightly. After one of my best seasons last year being top goal scorer & receiving players player, I was looking to continue into the new season. After a good start to the campaign I went on a family holiday but when I came back, I struggled to get back into the team, I had many conversations with the manager and he was aware I was unhappy, but he also had three other strikers to keep happy which isn’t easy I know. I just needed to get back playing again, scoring goals and enjoying my football, I knew I would get this at Clinton so dropping down a division wasn’t the hardest part of the decision for me

Chris has been scoring since joining, how has he found the standard of football?

I’ve started well and getting a few goals always helps with the confidence, to be honest the standard of football is very similar. All the teams in this league are strong and they all have their own qualities

The club sit mid table and are still in a couple of cup competitions, how well can the club do this term?

It’s still early days yet, the table is very tight but if we can get on a winning run, we could be right up there by time the Christmas period comes around, and then we could push on for the rest of the season. It’s good to be involved in any cup competitions and I’d like to see us go all the way, with the quality we have in the team there is no reason we can’t

We asked Chris how good he thinks the squad is at Aston, and if they could play at a higher level:

All the lads are playing well at the moment and there is a real togetherness about us, I personally have played with and against several of the squad at higher levels which is why I know just what we could be capable of. We have depth in the squad with real quality all over the pitch

Does Chris ever think that a South Midlands Division Two side could ever reach the Berks & Bucks final?

Football is a funny game, with the luck of the draw you just never know. There’s a first time for everything so fingers crossed, we just need to take each game as it comes and make sure we stay focused to give ourselves any chance of progressing

How will the squad be preparing for the game on Saturday?

I personally don’t know much about them, I’m not too sure if any of the other lads do either but we have to approach this game like any other. I’m sure they will be a decent side so we just need to prepare ourselves, work hard and look to come away with the win

Finally, how important is the Berks & Bucks cup for Chris?

I’ve played in this cup many times for a few different teams, it’s one of my favourite competitions and it would be great to win it with Aston. Hopefully this will be our year!

Thank you to Sports Shots for all your support and coverage, you all do a great job!

Sports Shots would like to thank Chris for his time this week

BSSC; Saints defender wants cup run to Supplement league success

Saturday 10th November 2018

Cirencester Town Development v Brackley Town Saints

Bluefin Sports Supplementary Cup

The Corinium Stadium

K.O. 3.00pm

Brackley Town Saints turn their attention this week to Supplementary Cup action as they travel to Hellenic League Division One West side Cirencester Town Development on Saturday to play their first round fixture. Brackley still sit top of the Hellenic Premier despite defeat last weekend at Fairford Town, a midweek win at Desborough in the Hillier Cup put the loss behind them and this fixture will see the Saints favourites to grab their second cup win within three days, especially as their hosts have shipped sixteen goals in their last three games. In fact, the goals for and against for the development side make interesting reading for the month of October, as they read F18 A19 and all in just five games!

Harry Brock

Ahead of the game Sports Shots caught up with defender Harry Brock to ask if he’d imagined just how good a start to the season his new side would have when he joined this summer:

From day one the management & players believed this was going to be a good year for us, we had a very strong pre-season which did wonders for our confidence and built a strong foundation for the season start. The main factor for this success is our work rate, we have some really special players but all of us appreciate the importance of earning the right to play

How good a squad does Harry believe it is, and are they good enough to maintain their position?

Without being too biased, we have the strongest squad in the Hellenic this year, we’ve played seventeen games so far and we are deservedly top of the table. Anything less than winning the title would be really disappointing now

We asked Harry how he’s settled in and how he thinks the season has been so far:

Settling in to the team was never an issue, they’re a great bunch of lads who made it very easy for me to find my feet, our season so far has been brilliant but there is still plenty of room for improvement. We had a disappointing result at Fairford last week which was difficult to take, they worked hard for their win & deserved the three points but the result was an important learning curve for us, it’s made us aware that travelling away from home in the next couple of months will be difficult, we’re getting to that time in the year where pitches deteriorate & don’t suit our style of play. We are all aware that for us to have any success in the coming months, we must work hard first and then the quality we have will always come through

Which players have impressed so far this season?

I wouldn’t want to single out any individuals, especially with the whole squad performing so well. I will say that our midfield three of James Watts, James Hammond & Lewis Baldwin have been pivotal to our strong start, and I’m yet to come across anyone who has been able to contain them

Who does Harry see as being their biggest competitors at the top of the table:

I believe our main competition for the title this year will be Wantage, we won’t be playing them until the New Year but they have played five or so less games than us in the league and can go top if they win all of those games in hand. It could be difficult for them in the next few weeks though, being so far behind everyone elsewhere in the league could result in them having to play three times a week to catch up. From being in that situation myself a few years ago with Ardley United, playing catch up & cramming games in to an already packed schedule could work in our favour

How are the squad preparing for the game this week at Cirencester?

We are looking forward to the game, they’re a well run club with great facilities but it’s an opportunity to move forward in a cup competition. The gaffer is always very quick to squash any complacency from the lads, we’re expected to win and I do believe we will win, but we cannot take anything for granted. We had a good result at Desborough midweek and we need to build on the momentum for our important clash in Reading next week

Are cup games a happy distraction from league duties?

We’re very happy with our start in the league and hope our form can continue; that being said everyone loves a cup run! Regardless of what competition you are in, getting to a final is great for the club and everyone involved

Finally, we asked Harry is he has any favourite cup memories over his career?

I was lucky enough to be involved in a great squad at Ardley for several years at the start of my career, my best cup moment has to be when we beat Kidlington back in 2014 in the Oxford Senior Cup Final, a four-nil victory against local rivals. I’m also an Oxford United fan to being able to go behind the scenes at The Kassam was extra special.

Thank you for the opportunity to have a chat

Sports Shots would like to thank Harry for his time this week

SSMFL D1: Ball believes in ‘tight-knit’ Winslow ahead of big weekend clash

Anthony Ball has spoken to Sports Shots as Winslow United host Hillingdon Borough in a third-versus-fifth clash in the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 on Saturday afternoon.

Anthony Ball

United will be looking to be back at it after last week’s performance was probably as disappointing as their Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy exit at neighbours Buckingham Athletic.

This weekend will be a good benchmark for United. A big game for the Elmfields gate-based outfit which the talented youngster is looking forward to.

I don’t know much about the other team, but I know they’re up there at the top so it’ll be another good test. The team morale at Winslow is second to none. I’ve never been involved in such a tight-knit group, although everyone is obviously disappointed with the way last weekend went. Therefore every single one of us is eager to get back out and put it right Saturday.

Ball joined up for this campaign slightly late but feels he has more to give.

I didn’t join Winslow until late this season due to starting off the season at Berko (Berkhamsted), where I personally had a very difficult time. Now at Winslow, I feel I’m enjoying my football a lot more than I have done in a long time, and I feel better in the way I’m playing, although I still feel there’s a lot more I’ve got to give.

Ball is settled at Winslow, which is showing in his displays.

Everyone is aiming towards the same goal of promotion and silverware, from the players and coaches through to the staff and fans.

As I said earlier the team morale is so good right now and I think people can see that through the results we’ve been producing. The fans we get turning out in all weathers is great, most of the away games we end up outnumbering the home fans.

FA Trophy 2QR: Blaik previews Thame’s Trophy trip to Royston

Thame United face a difficult looking FA Trophy tie at Royston Town but assistant manager Stuart Blaik insists they are going to ‘compete and get a result’.

Stuart Blaik

After last weekend’s 5-0 defeat at Peterborough Sports, Thame have been busy this week.

Last week the game was gone after the first twenty minutes but in the second half we improved. Fair play to them they deserved to win but we didn’t turn up, which was disappointing.

This week we changed things around and trained on the main pitch on Monday evening instead of Tuesday. It gave us a great opportunity to work on a number of things which we addressed from Saturday’s defeat.

This weekend we go to Royston, who will be a hard proposition. But we will go there, compete, and look to get a result.


FA Trophy 2QR: Thame face tough Trophy draw at Royston + Blaik reaction


Minor Counties revamp proposed from 2020

There are changes afoot in minor counties cricket after reported discussions between the Minor Counties Cricket Association and the ECB.

Minor Counties Cricket

Plans to improve the current structure and standards could be implemented from the beginning of the 2020 campaign if given the go ahead.

The current Eastern and Western Divisions, both of ten sides, could be split at the end of the 2019 season with the top five clubs in both entering in a new Division One East and Division One West for the following year. Division Two East and Division Two West could contain the bottom five sides in the regional 2019 tables.

The top two teams in each division at the end of 2020 would play-off for the Unicorns Championship Trophy, with the addition of promotion and relegation between the two regional divisions.

The proposed new system would mean four Championship three-day matches instead of the current six.

The season’s calendar would start with the 50-over competition followed by the Twenty20. With player availability expected to improve later in the summer, the Championship three-day cricket would be scheduled then, thus improving the standard.

The ECB has also confirmed that Minor Counties will take on first-class sides in a one-off round of 50-over fixtures prior to the domestic one-day competition in mid-July.

SSMFL D1 Cup: Ath head into the last four with seven-goal romp

Buckingham Athletic are in the semi-finals of the Spartan South Midlands League, division 1.

After reaching the quarter-finals of the Berks & Bucks on Saturday, the Stratford Fields-based side romped into the last four of the divisional cup with a 7-0 win over Hillingdon Borough on Tuesday evening.

Blessing Zulu

Blessing Zulu put the home side ahead before Jack Menday and Nick Bines took them in three goals ahead at the break.

Immanuel Soetan netted number four, before Zulu scored his second, and the Athletic’s fifth on the night.

Soetan made it six, before Sam Olawale wrapped up the scoring with goal number seven.

Neil Griffiths will now see his side head to the winners of the Winslow United versus Hatfield Town quarter-final tie.

SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 08.11.2018 – South Midlands League update #27





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

And Should Be Taken With A Pinch Of Salt





As the dying embers of Bonfire Night disappeared the midweek action served up some hotly contested games. Alas there was just the one cup upset although several clubs came close to claiming scalps of higher league opposition. In the league there were plenty of goals to be witnessed by the hardy fans who braved the elements.


6/7 November Stats: 14 games played of which 8 were home wins, 2 were away wins, 3 were draws and one game abandoned.


Highest Midweek Attendances: 130 Barnet v Wembley, 79 Hitchin Town v Tring Athletic and 77 Potton United v Deeping Rangers.



The midweek Premier Division action brought about one home win, one away win and one draw. Leverstock Green defeated Harpenden Town 3-1 at Pancake Lane, the hosts racing into a three goal lead before the visitors pulled one back shortly before the interval. Ironically both the other games saw clubs leading 3-0 at one stage, Biggleswade United had to endure a nervy finish as hosts Baldock Town scored twice in the closing minutes but failed to find an equalizer much to the relief of United’s club secretary Tracey James. At North Greenford United FC the home side found themselves 3-0 up at the break before Crawley Green hit back with three goals in the last fifteen minutes and could have easily won but for a missed penalty in the final minute. Full results and goalscorers are listed below.

 3-1 Leverstock Green v Harpenden Town (Campbell [2], Goode) / (McClelland) Attendance: 29

3-3 North Greenford United FC v Crawley Green (Turner, Gill, Hind) / (Lobjoit, Mead, Watson) Attendance: 48

2-3 Baldock Town v Biggleswade United (Bull [2]) / (Logan, Gauge, Parkinson) Attendance: 49




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London Colney set up a home semi-final tie against either Baldock Town or Biggleswade United with a 3-1 home success over Oxhey Jets. Full result and goalscorers are listed below.

3-1 London Colney v Oxhey Jets (Loren [2] [1 pen], Mace) / (Jones) Attendance: 35



Premier Division Leighton Town were made to work hard against Division Two Unite MK in the Buckingham Senior Charity Cup. Trailing to a second minute Myles Braham strike the hosts levelled five minutes from time before booking their semi-final spot in the ensuing penalty shoot-out. Full result and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

1-1 [4-2 pens] Leighton Town v Unite MK (Unknown) / (Braham) Attendance: 75



Hemel Hempstead Town edged out Colney Heath by the odd goal in three to book a Second Round place and with it a 24 hour wait to discover their next opponents. It was a youthful Hitchin Town side who secured a home date with Hemel Hempstead Town as they too won 2-1, their home tie against Tring Athletic saw the Canaries making nine changes to the side that lost at Tamworth on Saturday (probably having one eye on their minor cup match on Sunday) whilst visitors Tring Athletic made four changes prior to their big league clash with Colney Heath this coming Saturday. Tring led through a Jack Read goal at the break before the hosts hit back with two goals in five minutes after the interval, the game was watched by a meagre crowd of 79 and no doubt the Canaries will be looking for an increased attendance on Sunday. (As a frequent visitor to Top Field in my misspent youth I would like to wish the Canaries all the best on Sunday). Full results and goalscorers are listed below.

2-1 Hemel Hempstead Town v Colney Heath (Muyembe, Mendy) / (Shepherd) Attendance: Unknown

2-1 Hitchin Town v Tring Athletic (Charles, Belgrove) / (Read) Attendance: 79



Potton United secured a quarter-final place with a hard fought win against Future Lions United Counties League side Deeping Rangers, Potton edging the tie by the odd goal in five. Full result and goalscorers are listed below.

3-2 Potton United v Deeping Rangers (Murrell [2], Danobrega) / (Mooney, Lockie) Attendance: 77



Vanarama National League side Barnet proved too strong for Wembley despite having been reduced to ten men shortly before the interval. Having gone in goalless at the break Wembley were left dazed by their hosts as they ran in four goals in a nine minute spell. Wembley substitute Jermane Heron pulled a goal back in the 89th minute with a great dipping strike. Full result and goalscorers are listed below.

4-1 Barnet v Wembley (Sparkes [2], Coulthirst, Barham) / (Heron) Attendance: 130



Broadfields United joined their landlords Harefield United at the top of the table (Hares have a better goal difference) with a 2-0 success at London Lions, both goals coming from the penalty spot. Codicote and Rayners Lane shared six goals in an action packed game, highlights can be found here at Brimsdown recorded a solitary goal over Ampthill Town and ending the visitors unbeaten away league record while the other midweek Division One game between Bedford and FC Broxbourne Borough was abandoned due to a serious injury to a FC Broxbourne Borough player, let’s hope for a speedy recovery. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

A-A Bedford v FC Broxbourne Borough

3-3 Codicote v Rayners Lane (Skinner [2], Massey) / (Unknown, Tate, Opponent Own Goal) Attendance: 52

1-0 Brimsdown v Ampthill Town (Unknown) Attendance: 30

0-2 London Lions v Broadfields United (Henley [2] [both pens]) Attendance: 31



Buckingham Athletic turned the form book upside down as they demolished second placed Hillingdon Borough 7-0 to book a semi-final spot. The result was Athletic’s biggest win since putting seven past Wodson Park back in August 2017. Full result and goalscorers are listed below.

7-0 Buckingham Athletic v Hillingdon Borough (Zulu [2], Soetan [2], Menday, Bines, Olawale) Attendance: 40



Was it the worst penalty decision ever?


On Wednesday night, Raheem Sterling became – to our knowledge – the first footballer to be fouled by his own toe. Through on goal with his side 1-0 up in their Champions League tie against Shakhtar Donetsk, Sterling pulled back his left foot to shoot, but instead of sweetly connecting with the ball he jabbed the end of his boot into the turf and collapsed to the floor. Shakhtar’s Mykola Matviyenko was barely in the same postcode as Sterling, but referee Viktor Kassai was convinced the defender clipped the England man and pointed to the spot. Neither the linesman nor the official behind the goal had seen anything to save their colleague’s blushes. Sterling, who undoubtedly was not diving and just fell over, looked sheepish. Gabriel Jesus looked directly at goal and tucked away the penalty on his way to a hat-trick in a thumping 6-0 win. “I went to chip the ball and don’t know what happened. I didn’t feel contact. I scuffed the ball. Apologies to the ref,” Sterling told BT Sport after. Former Manchester City midfielder Steve McManaman called it a “comical mistake” on BT Sport.

BBCC; Buckingham Athletic U18 10-1 Risborough Rangers U18

Buckingham Athletic U18 – 10

Risborough Rangers U18 – 1


Buckingham Athletic Under 18’s breezed through their Berks & Bucks County Cup second round fixture with Risborough Rangers on Sunday, seven up by halftime the hosts tormented their guests with some free flowing football that saw two different hattrick scorers by half-time, in a performance that left the coaching staff all smiles ahead of another tough league fixture this week against Clanfield. Two goals within the opening ten minutes knocked the stuffing out of the young Rangers side which didn’t improve until after the halftime interval; they did restrict their opponents in the second half and scored a very late consolation to warm the hands of the parents on the side lines who had travelled with their team.

It took just four minutes for Buckingham to break the deadlock, Samy Aouati got down the right before crossing into the box where coming in at the back post Ethan White headed home. The goal calmed the Athletic side down allowing them to begin enjoying passing the ball around, the next move broke down high up the pitch but Kyran O’Dell seized to fire over the top, before Aouati again attacked the wing ahead of pulling the ball back across the area to White who forced Risborough keeper Thomas Roca to block for a corner.

The lead was doubled on ten minutes when an attack was halted inside the Borough box but with the ball loose no defender made any real effort to clear and O’Dell pounced to smash home. The Buckingham skipper then tried twice to get in on the act, lifting over the crossbar both times from twenty yards then from inside the box respectively, but the third duly arrived on eighteen minutes as Nathan Bell-Toxtle raced down the right to centre to the unmarked White who in front of goal simply could not miss.

Ethan White opens scoring

Within ninety seconds the home side won a penalty when Bell-Toxtle was felled heading towards the byline by a clumsy challenge, O’Dell scored his second of the morning from the spot. The scorer then almost turned provider crossing from the wing to find defender Luke McEvaddy in front of goal but the bounce was unkind and at full stretch he could only lift over the top, the visitors then had a rare foray upfield resulting in Bradley Casley shooting from distance & forcing Athletic keeper Conor Ross down at his near post to make the save.

On thirty-one minutes it was five with the first hattrick of the game falling to O’Dell, Aouati down the right again losing his man before pulling back across the box to his colleague who fired into the far corner, within seven minutes it was six when Aouati himself got in on the act drifting past a defender and cutting into the area to side foot inside the near post. O’Dell then curled over from the corner of the eighteen yard area, but just four minutes before the break White completed his hattrick when he chipped over Roca after a great one-two with Bell-Toxtle. H/T: 7-0

Three minutes into the second half Buckingham added their eighth of the game, a free kick right on the corner of the box was floated in by captain Jacob Williamson and met at the back post by McEvaddy who tucked home. The home side continued to press, a ball played up to Alagie Swarray Deen saw him drop his shoulder to leave his marker behind, driving into the box he fired wide of the far post, closely followed by O’Dell feeding Swarray Deen inside the box but Roca bravely dived at his feet to smoother.

McEvaddy (off pitch) scores from Williamson (8) free kick

The ninth goal arrived on the hour mark when Swarray Deen had acres of space and plenty of time down the right to pick out the inch perfect cross into O’Dell who thumped his header home, the next chance saw a corner from Williamson swung in & O’Dell was inches away with a glancing header. Risborough almost shot themselves in the foot when trying to play out from the back, a pass that was never powerful enough to reach it’s intended target was pounced on by Swarray Deen but from close range he could only clip over the crossbar.

Williamson was unlucky when his effort from the edge of the area that seemed destined for the top corner saw a slight deflection take it away for a corner, whilst at the opposite end a rare poor Athletic clearance allowed Oliver Cay to shoot from eighteen yards but he could only drive straight at Ross. Another glorious then went begging for the hosts when Bell-Toxtle crossed from the flank which eluded Swarray Deen but found White whose shot was blocked on the line, instead of clearing a defender allowed White to regain possession & lay off to Williamson whose shot from twelve yards was well saved with both hands by the Rangers keeper.

With five minutes left Buckingham reached double figures when Swarray Deen collected the ball outside the penalty area where a couple of strides forward saw him thump home despite Roca getting his hands to it, Risborough then grabbed a late consolation when a right wing cross was too high for the blue shirts defending their box, on the turn Marcus Waterhouse connected first time to turn home past the Athletic keeper. F/T: 10-1

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SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 06.11.2018 – South Midlands League update #26





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

And Should Be Taken With A Pinch Of Salt

Saturday saw plenty of fireworks in the mixture of games played in the league and cup matches. Goals continued to rocket in while we had a damp squid of a goalless game at Enfield Borough.


The wait for a league win continues for Stotfold and Clean Slate while Harefield United, Broadfields United and Berkhamsted Development remain unbeaten in the league. Harpenden Town produced the shock result of the afternoon when beating high flying Potton United. Risborough Rangers appointed their new man in charge, former Aylesbury boss Mark Eaton. The 34 games seeing 125 goals (an average of 3.67 per game). Ashton Campbell (Tring Athletic), Kieran Turner (Tring Athletic), Archie McClelland (Harpenden Town), Leonard Farhall (Harefield United) and Nathan Skelton (Mursley United) led the way with the hat-tricks.


3 November Stats: 35 games played of which 20 were home wins, 11 were away wins, 3 were draws and one game abandoned.


0% league records to date: Clean Slate.


(Most League Wins – all Divisions): 12 Biggleswade FC, 11 Tring Athletic, 10 Hillingdon Borough, Harefield United.

(Most League Draws – all Divisions): 6 Leighton Town, Edgware Town, 4 Colney Heath, Wembley, Oxhey Jets.

(Most League Defeats – all Divisions): 12 Hatfield Town, 10 Stotfold, 9 Risborough Rangers, Amersham Town.

Average Saturday Goals: 4.07 (1821 goals from 447 games).


(Division One League): Harefield United, Broadfields United.

(U25 Development Division League): Berkhamsted Development.

Without a Win:

(Premier Division League): Stotfold.

(Division Two League): Clean Slate.

Most Goals Scored:

(Premier Division League): 44 Biggleswade FC.

(Division One League): 48 Enfield Borough.

(Division Two League): 31 Bovingdon.

(U25 Development Division League): 20 Berkhamsted Development, Kempston Rovers Development.

Most Goals Conceded:

(Premier Division League): 36 Stotfold.

(Division One League): 54 Hatfield Town.

(Division Two League): 37 Clean Slate.

(U25 Development Division League): 21 Ampthill Town Development.

Fewest Goals Conceded:

(Premier Division League): 11 Leverstock Green.

(Division One League): 9 Harefield United, Broadfields United.

(Division Two League): 5 Old Bradwell United.

(U25 Development Division League): 4 Holmer Green Development U25.

Fewest Goals Scored:

(Premier Division League): 9 Stotfold.

(Division One League): 14 Hatfield Town.

(Division Two League): 4 Clean Slate.

(U25 Development Division League): 3 Holmer Green Development U25.


Saturday’s Highest Attendances: 234 Stowmarket Town v Baldock Town, 126 Wellingborough Town v Tring Athletic and 124 Buckingham Athletic v Winslow United.


Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Premier Division Clubs): 211 Baldock Town v Arlesey Town, 203 Biggleswade FC v Biggleswade United and 202 Tring Athletic v Berkhamsted (FA Cup).


Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Division One Clubs): 351 Winslow United v Easington Sports (FA Cup), 257 Harefield United v Winslow United and 177 Buckingham Athletic v Winslow United.


Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Division Two Clubs): 101 Aston Clinton v Pitstone & Ivinghoe, 92 Bovingdon v Old Bradwell United and 90 Bovingdon v Sarratt.


Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Premier Division Clubs): 16 Jonathan Lacey (Leverstock Green) 15 Ashton Campbell (Tring Athletic), Kieran Turner (Tring Athletic), Tom Coles (Biggleswade FC), Alex Marsh (Biggleswade FC) 14 Lorrell Smith (Arlesey Town).


Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division One Clubs): 17 Tage Kennedy (Enfield Borough) 15 Leonard Farhall (Harefield United) 13 Marcus Greenidge (Hillingdon Borough), Harry Dalton (Winslow United).


Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division Two Clubs): 19 Nathan Skelton (Mursley United) 11 Luke Little (Unite MK) 10 Albie Hall (Pitstone & Ivinghoe), Joshua Smith (MK Gallacticos).


Saturday 3rd November


The SSML’s Premier Division top two both progressed, Tring Athletic winning 7-0 at Future Lions United Counties League side Wellingborough Town while Biggleswade FC ran out 3-1 winners at home to Thurlow Nunn First Division North side Norwich CBS. Baldock Town’s record run in the competition ended when they were level at the end of extra time against Thurlow Nunn Premier Division side Stowmarket Town but alas went out in the penalty shoot-out. Leighton Town couldn’t repeat last season’s Vase form as they went down 0-2 at Future Lions United Counties League side Cogenhoe United. Wodson Park’s record run in the competition also ended in a 0-2 defeat at the hands of Future Lions United Counties League side Holbeach United. Full results and goalscorers listed below.

3-1 Biggleswade FC v Norwich CBS (L Marsh, Carroll, Northfield) / (Page) Attendance: 85

2-0 Cogenhoe United v Leighton Town (O’Connor, Long) Attendance: 83

3-1* Stowmarket Town v Baldock Town (Canfer [2], Melanson) / (Matthews [og]) Attendance: 234

0-7 Wellingborough Town v Tring Athletic (Campbell [3], Turner [3], Campana) Attendance: 126

0-2 Wodson Park v Holbeach United (Braithwaite, Smith) Attendance: 63



With the top two involved in the Buildabase FA Vase it was a chance for the chasing pack to close the gap. Hadley remain third as they defeated London Tigers 5-0 at Brickfield Lane. Arlesey Town stay fourth following their 4-0 home success over London Colney. At the bottom Cockfosters dropped into the bottom two as Wembley leap frogged over them following a 3-1 win when the sides met at Vale Farm. Harpenden Town earned three welcomed points when routing Potton United 7-0 at Rothamsted Park. Stotfold continue to look for a win this campaign when going down by the odd goal in five at Crawley Green. Elsewhere Biggleswade United stretched their current unbeaten run to five matches when they disposed of visiting North Greenford United FC 3-0. The days other action saw Edgware Town and Oxhey Jets share the spoils with a 2-2 draw. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

4-0 Arlesey Town v London Colney (Smith, Darvall, Makuza, Newton) Attendance: 66

3-0 Biggleswade United v North Greenford United FC (Lewis [2], Williams) Attendance: 62

3-2 Crawley Green v Stotfold (Watson, Draycott, Pemberton) / (Balogun, Packham) Attendance: 42

2-2 Edgware Town v Oxhey Jets (Carruthers, Hunte) / (Giordmaina [2]) Attendance: 47

5-0 Hadley v London Tigers (Hammond [2], Bartram, Idemudia, Wright [pen]) Attendance: 46

7-0 Harpenden Town v Potton United (McClelland [3], Ashton [2], Gould, Davis) Attendance: 43

3-1 Wembley v Cockfosters (Unknown) / (Wade) Attendance: 38



Harefield United remain top of the table following a 4-1 home success over Rayners Lane. Hillingdon Borough also won 4-1 at home to Park View to move up into second place following previous occupants Broadfields United drawing 0-0 at Enfield Borough. No changes at bottom with both Codicote and Hatfield Town in cup action and the abandonment of the Amersham Town v Bedford game. Elsewhere Langford beat Buckingham Town and Risborough Rangers picked up three useful points to present to their in-coming new manager with a 4-2 success over Brimsdown. Full results and goalscorers are listed below.

A-A Amersham Town v Bedford

0-0 Enfield Borough v Broadfields United Attendance: 20

4-1 Harefield United v Rayners Lane (Farhall [3], Pacquette) / (Maher) Attendance: 58

4-1 Hillingdon Borough v Park View (Tunstall [2], Herbert, Peter) / (Appiah) Attendance: 30

3-2 Langford v Buckingham Town (Bamford, Osborne, Poulton) / (Atkins, Shrieves) Attendance: 33

4-2 Risborough Rangers v Brimsdown (Woodfine [2], Castello, Pykett) / (Saywood, Uare) Attendance: 84



A solitary goal saw Ampthill Town progress at Shefford Town & Campton while it was a 0-2 reversal for The 61FC (Luton) at Riseley Sports. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

2-0 Riseley Sports v The 61FC (Luton) (Unknown) Attendance: 23

0-1 Shefford Town & Campton v Ampthill Town (Cerminara) Attendance: Unknown



The local derby between Buckingham Athletic and Winslow United drew a healthy crowd of 124 who witnessed Athletic edging out their visitors by the odd goal in three. The day’s other tie was certainly a game of two halves, visiting Old Bradwell United raced into a 3-0 interval lead at North Bucks & District League side Hanslope however it was the hosts that netted three goals after the break to level things up before the SSML side progressed in the penalty shoot-out. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

2-1 Buckingham Athletic v Winslow United (MacDonald, King [pen]) / (Freshwater [pen]) Attendance: 124

3-3 [3-4 pens] Hanslope v Old Bradwell United (Unknown) / (Cox, Deria, Ennis) Attendance: Unknown



It was a disappointing day for SSML clubs in the Herts Senior Centenary Trophy with just three clubs progressing into the quarter-finals. In the day’s all SSML tie Division One FC Broxbourne Borough defeated Division Two Berkhamsted Raiders 3-1 while London Lions joined them in the next round as they saw off Herts County League opposition Knebworth 3-0. Bovingdon were the day’s other winners with a solitary goal success at Herts County League side Evergreen.  Codicote went down 0-2 at home against Bedmond Sports and Hatfield Town also went out when suffering a 1-3 home defeat against Bishop Stortford Swifts. Wodson Park could make it four clubs in the quarter-finals when they play next weekend in their tie that was postponed due to them playing in the Buildsbase FA Vase. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

0-2 Codicote v Bedmond Sports (Unknown) Attendance: 36

0-1 Evergreen v Bovingdon (Cole) Attendance: Unknown

3-1 FC Broxbourne Borough v Berkhamsted Raiders (Unknown) / (Unknown) Attendance: 50

1-3 Hatfield Town v Bishops Stortford Swifts (Unknown) / (Unknown) Attendance: Unknown

3-0 London Lions v Knebworth (Furman [2], Bolle) Attendance: 17



Following the resignation of Tring Corinthians AFC it was bad news for Clean Slate as they are now back to having the SSML’s only 0% league record, a unwanted statistic that continued on Saturday when they suffered a 0-4 home defeat against visiting Mursley United. Grendon Rangers moved out of the bottom two with a 3-1 win at New Bradwell St Peter FC. Sarratt drop into the bottom two when they were beaten at home by Aston Clinton. The day’s other Division Two fixture saw MK Gallacticos defeat Pitstone & Ivinghoe by the odd goal in five. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

0-4 Clean Slate v Mursley United (Skelton [3], Dickson) Attendance: 10

3-2 MK Gallacticos v Pitstone & Ivinghoe (Smith [2], Dahie) / (Doughty, Reynolds) Attendance: 30

1-3 New Bradwell St Peter v Grendon Rangers (Davie) / (Unknown) Attendance: 30

0-2 Sarratt v Aston Clinton (Greco, Stapleton) Attendance: 40



Buckingham Athletic Development move up to second place with a 2-1 win at ADC Dunstable U21 while Ampthill Town Development gave themselves some breathing space at the foot of the table with their 2-1 home success over Kempston Rovers Development. Elsewhere Leighton Town recorded a 2-1 win against at Harpenden Town Development. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

1-2 AFC Dunstable U21 v Buckingham Athletic Development (Elliott [pen]) / (O’Hara, Summers) Attendance: 20

2-1 Ampthill Town Development v Kempston Rovers Development (Unknown) / (Moscaritolo) Attendance: Unknown

2-1 Leighton Town Development v Harpenden Town Development (Oliver, McGlinchey) / (Heywood) Attendance: Unknown



No joy for the SSML’s only representation in the High Wycombe Junior Cup as Holmer  Green Development crashed out after a 0-3 home defeat at the hands of FC Leisure Reserves. Full result and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

0-3 Holmer Green Development U25 v FC Leisure Reserves (Unknown) Attendance: Unknown



It Sure Beats School.

Cerro Porteno

Imagine scoring your first professional goal in the biggest club fixture in your homeland. Now imagine doing it aged 14. For Fernando Ovelar, that unlikely dream became a reality on a Sunday. Ovelar, who is two months short of his 15th birthday, scored the opening goal for Paraguayan top-flight team Cerro Porteno in their Superclasico against arch-rivals Olimpia. It came a week after he made his senior debut. Nestor Camacho, who scored Olimpia’s equaliser in the 2-2 draw, is 31 – more than double Ovelar’s age. Ovelar is the youngest player to have featured in Paraguay’s top division – but not the first 14-year-old to score in professional football. American Freddy Adu – once described as “the next Pele” – was also just 14 when he scored his first goal for Major League Soccer side DC United. Mauricio Baldivieso, who played in Bolivia’s top division aged 12, is the youngest player to ever play professional football.

There comes a time when players hang up their boots but for one South Midlands player it is a difference case, news reaches me that a certain centre half is hanging up his ‘hairband’ – yes following a haircut Baldock Town captain Liam Kenna has decided to dispense with his trademark look.

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

The show has been a proven success for Baldock Town secretary Lynn Parker, her appearance on the show last week in which she talked about one of the annoying habits she faces in the dressing room – inside out socks – has had an impact. This week she tells me that it seems the players all listened and took notice, keep it up lads.