Leighton Town v Tuffley Rovers preview

Saturday 19th August 2017

Leighton Town v Tuffley Rovers

FA Cup Preliminary Round

Kick-Off: 3.00pm

FA Cup fever will be in the air as Leighton Town entertain Tuffley Rovers on Saturday for the first game of the new season at Bell Close, after major refurbishment work on the Bedfordshire ground during the summer.

These sides have never met in the competition before, and both clubs saw off opposition from their own divisions in the previous round, Leighton beating Oxhey Jets whilst Rovers beat Woodley United to set up this South Midlands Premier v Hellenic Premier clash. Step 5 clubs alike, the winners of this clash will pocket a huge £1,925 and progress to the first qualifying round which will be played the first week-end of September.

Former Hellenic League side Leighton Town have started their season with a win and a loss in their two league games to date, whilst Tuffley have a win, a draw and a defeat in their opening three.

Town’s best FA Cup campaign was in the 2007/08 season where they reached the fourth qualifying round, where Tuffley reached the second qualifying round in 1999/2000.

Leighton manager Scott Reynolds spoke to Sports Shots ahead of the game:

“I know a bit about our opposition following my brief spell as assistant manager at Ardley United and therefore am looking forward to a tough encounter with a strong and experienced side. After a positive start to the season, we suffered a slight setback midweek but I felt we created enough good chances to win the game, and should have made better decisions defensively in the second half. That said, I have massive trust and confidence in our current squad and therefore this is our chance to get back on the horse and back to winning ways. A lot at stake financially in the FA Cup and the most prestigious competition we will ever take part in, so a massive game all round. Squad wise we are fairly strong. Both Bradley Kirkwood and Hateley Mercer picked up injuries on Tuesday. Tom Wyant, a goal keeper, comes back in from Kempston on loan & Carl Tappin returns to the squad”.

For Tuffley’s perspective on the game click here: http://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/tuffley-rovers-make-fa-cup-345235


Bell Close, Leighton Buzzard


SSMFL,D1: New Floodlights going up at Buckingham Athletic

PSF: Ladies first! – New era to start on Sunday for the Buckingham Athletic’s women’s team

The new era of Ladies football will start on Sunday at Buckingham Athletic Football Club.

The recently formed Buckingham Athletic Ladies team will play their inugural game when they host to Welland Valley Ladies at Stratford Fields, 2pm start.

Carmen Robinson

The team will be managed by Carmen Robinson and play in the Thames Valley Ladies League, Division 2 North. Their league campaign starts on Sunday 10th September.


SSMFL,U25DL: Ath second string hit the Roade for pre-season friendly

Due to the delayed start of the Spartan South Midlands League, U25 Development Division this season, Buckingham Athletic have arranged another couple of friendly games.

Tomorrow (Saturday) they travel to Northants Combination side Roade then host the very highly rated AFC Dunstable Development 7 days later.

Larry Woodward

SSMFL,D1: Buckingham Athletic skipper Staley talks ‘all things Ath’

Buckingham Athletic skipper Dan Staley has spoken to Sports Shots as his side prepare to entertain London Lions in the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 tomorrow (Saturday) at 3pm.

Dan Staley


Despite going down to their first defeat of the league campaign at Risborough Rangers on Tuesday evening, it has been a bright start for Mark Carter’s side.

Staley said;

Pre-season was positive this year, retaining most, if not all of our players from last season and adding a few key members to the side. We played teams from mostly higher leagues and came out with some good results, so going into the first game things were very positive. We won our first 2 games well, with our first game being an 8-0 win. Tuesday we travelled to Risborough and had a rude awakening in the first 10 minutes going two goals behind. We showed some good character to go on and score and had a good few opportunities to equalise but it wasn’t to be. Even though we lost and we didn’t play our best, we still could have come away with a result against a good side, so that’s a positive.

The defeat has made the Athletic want to bounce back quickly.

Everyone’s itching to get back at it on Saturday and right the wrongs from Tuesday night, and add another 3 points to the table. It’s very early days, but things are looking positive and there’s no reason why we can’t be in and around the top come May time. Hopefully we can have a good cup run in one of the trophies this year, something that we certainly didn’t do last year.

Stratford Fields is building on foundations laid over a number of years thanks to a small band of volunteers.

The Ath is going from strength to strength on and off the field, and with our very young side, it’s looking very positive footballing wise.

SSMFL,D1: Winslow face tricky trip to Ampthill

By Nick Callaghan

Another tricky away encounter waits for Winslow in a game against early pace setters Ampthill Town who are now managed by former Winslow United player Adam Dedman.

This is the third of four opening away games for Winslow as they inch ever closer to the home game against Enfield Borough on Saturday 2nd September.

This game also marks the opening of Ampthill Town’s new clubhouse and their first home game of the 2017-2018 season, so a large crowd is to be expected for this one.


Last 5 meetings:

11/02/17 Ampthill 3 V 2 Winslow United
Pounds now plays for Tring Corinthians in Division 2

09/08/16 Winslow United 2 V 1 Ampthill
Freshwater now plays for Leighton Town in the Premier Division

09/04/16 Winslow United 1 V 2 Ampthill

23/01/16 Ampthill 4 V 0 Winslow United

27 December 2008 Ampthill Town 2 V 3 Winslow United
Steve Garbutt now Assistant Manager with the club
Phil Martin now part of the Hashtag United Squad
Ian Trott

Did you know?

Ampthill Town holds fond memories for Winslow United as it was the scene of our tremendous 2-0 Division 2 Cup Final Victory in 2011 against 61 FC Luton, the goals on that day came from current club captain Simon King, and current Aylesbury FC First Team Coach Ryan Wiffin.

To read a report on this game, please follow the link below:

FLASHBACK – The Winslow United 2011 SSMFL, Div 2 cup final winning team & report!

Last Time Out:

Winslow United beat Broxbourne Borough 4-0 with the goals coming from Simon King, Daniel Delderfield and a brace from Aaron King.

Ampthill Town beat Brimsdown 2-0 the goals came from Sam Holmes and Elliot Smith.

Current Form:

Winslow United won 1, lost 1.
Ampthill Town played 2, won 2.


Top Scorers:

Aaron King leads the goal scoring charts for Winslow United with 3 goals from 2 games.
Bradley Clarke leads the goal scoring charts for Ampthill Town with 3 goals from 1 game, a hat-trick in a 4-1 win over Hillingdon Borough.

Transfer news:

It’s a case of one in and one out this week as ex Leighton Town, Aylesbury United and Tring Athletic Left Winger/Striker Taylor Collins puts pen to paper after some tremendous performances in pre-season, let’s all give Taylor a warm Winslow welcome as he settles into his new surroundings.

On the move is Niall Williams, who joins Division 2 side MK Gallacticos. We wish him the very best luck for the season ahead with his new team.

Squad from:

Aaron White, Jack Bowers, Jack Page, Paul Brown, Mitchell Collins, Marcus Hussey, Kevin Mealor, Michael Donkor, Sean Coles, Daniel Delderfield, Taylor Collins, Harry Hertitage, Daniel Jones, Grant Karwacisnki, Alex Kedzierski, Simon King ©, Aaron King, Tom Brindley

On this weekend:

5 Years Ago: Langford 2 V 1 Winslow United – OG

10 years ago: Brache Sparta 3 v 1 Winslow United – R. Kitson

17 years ago: The 61 FC (Luton) 0 V 2 Winslow United

Thank you once again for your support last Saturday, a game in which we travelled in such great numbers, a strong 35 cheered the lads to a fine victory, and culminated in a standing ovation for the players following the game.

It would be great to see you all there again and as always, your support is welcomed, appreciated, and valued.


Mursley United 3-2 Old Bradwell United

Mursley United – 3

Old Bradwell United – 2

Mursley United beat Old Bradwell United on a glorious sunny Tuesday evening to climb up to second in the South Midlands Division Two table. Despite going behind early on they weathered the Bradwell storm and equalised before the break; a better start to the second period saw them take the lead and despite their visitors pinning them back found a winner fourteen minutes from time to leap frog their guests and after four games are one of only three times still unbeaten in the league.

Alex Feaver put Bradwell ahead in the second minute, a deep cross from the right was knocked back across goal by Aaron Bhasin and in the middle Feaver couldn’t miss from close range. The home side had their first effort on eight minutes when Adam Bone thumped a free kick straight into Bradwell keeper Liam Jahn’s gloves.

Opposite keeper Sam Jay then had to save bravely at the feet of Ross Butler as he sprung the Mursley offside trap, but there was nothing he could when Feaver tried his luck from twenty yards on fifteen minutes, but to his luck the ball crashed back off the crossbar and was eventually cleared.

Mursley then equalised on twenty-seven minutes, a ball down the right wing allowed Lewis Delahaye to get away from his marker, knock the ball past the advancing Jahn and slot into the empty net.

Delahaye scored twice

A free kick to the home side then saw a knock back across goal and Bone stuck out a boot and almost divert the ball home past the wrong footed Jahn, but the ball rolled agonisingly wide.

Feaver fired over from twenty-five yards, a Mursley free kick was then headed straight at Jahn by Ellis Spence, and in the final minute of the half a Bradwell counter attack saw Butler set free down their right before he crossed to Ben Green who off balance screwed his effort wide. H/T: 1-1

First chance of the second half saw Bhasin connect well with a cross field pass but he could only steer wide, before a Mursley corner was headed over by Spence. The home side enjoyed some lengths of possession and whilst several half chances were blocked in the box, Bone left footed high over the bar.

Just before the hour mark Delahaye scored his, and his sides second of the game, showing some strength inside the Bradwell area he went shoulder to shoulder with a marker but created enough space to fire into the bottom corner.

Another Mursley corner was then headed wide by Spence despite having two defenders in close attendance, before a slip in the home back line allowed Feaver in behind and his attempted lob over Jay saw the keeper back pedal before having to throw himself at the ball to fingertip around his post for a corner.

Old Bradwell got themselves level on seventy two minutes, a ball into the box saw defender and keeper both miss the cross and waiting in front of the empty net Green fired home.

Ben Green levels

Just as the visitors thought they’d got themselves back in the game, four minutes later they fell behind again, from far out on the right wing Oz Cribb floated a diagonal ball over to the back post where Santino Ciliberti got a shot away that eluded Jahn as he came out and somehow the ball rolled in.

Delahaye looking for his treble dribbled past three defenders before blazing over, and moments before the end Feaver looked to be in behind the Mursley defence but a superb recovery from Adam Moore saw him get in a vital block and the danger was gone. F/T: 3-2

Attendance: 34

After the game Mursley player / assistant manager Ellis Spence spoke to Sports Shots: 


For match photography click here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsm2KURm9


SSMFL,D1: Ath suffer first defeat of the season at Risborough

Buckingham Athletic never recovered from conceding two early goals as they went down to their first Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 defeat 1-3 at Risborough Rangers last night.

The Athletic were two goals down after 20 minutes and came back into the game as they managed to pull a goal back just before half time. Jack Menday’s deflected free kick setting up a good second half.

Jack Menday

Despite their best efforts, Mark Carter’s side failed to get past a well-organised Rangers defence and it was the home side who netted again to secure the three points in front of a crowd of 91 spectators.

SSMFL: Fixtures for the next two weeks

Picture by Dale James

Tuesday 15th August – Kick Off 7.45pm unless stated

THE EMIRATES FA CUP Extra Preliminary Round Replay

Leverstock Green v Edgware Town (Kick Off 7.30pm)



Biggleswade FC v Leighton Town

Colney Heath v London Colney

Harpenden Town v Hoddesdon Town

Holmer Green v Berkhamsted

Oxhey Jets v London Tigers (Kick Off 7.30pm)

St Margaretsbury v Welwyn Garden City

Stotfold v Biggleswade United

Sun Sports v Crawley Green

Wembley v Hadley



Rayners Lane v Hillingdon Borough

Risborough Rangers v Buckingham Athletic

Wodson Park v FC Broxbourne Borough



Aston Clinton v Totternhoe (Kick Off 6.30pm)

Mursley United v Old Bradwell United (Kick Off 6.30pm)

Tring Corinthians v Loughton Manor (Kick Off 6.30pm)



Wednesday 16th August – Kick Off 7.45pm unless stated


Southall v Hatfield Town



AFC Southgate v Amersham Town (Kick Off 7.30pm)

Park View v Berkhamsted Raiders

The 61FC (Luton) v Clean Slate (Kick Off 6.30pm)

Tring Town AFC v Grendon Rangers (Kick Off 6.30pm)

Unite MK FC v Pitstone & Ivinghoe



Saturday 19th August – Kick Off 3.00pm

The Emirates FA Cup Preliminary Round

Ashford Town (Middx) v Wembley

Cockfosters v Holmer Green

Colney Heath v Shortwood United

Edgware Town or Leverstock Green v Aylesbury United

Leighton Town v Tuffley Rovers

Southall v Hadley (Date and venue to be confirmed)



Tring Town AFC v Park View



Biggleswade FC v Hoddesdon Town

Biggleswade United v London Colney

Harpenden Town v Edgware Town (From Sat 18 November) (Subject to FA Cup)

Leverstock Green v Harpenden Town (From Sat 27 January) (Subject to FA Cup)

Stotfold v Oxhey Jets

Tring Athletic v Sun Sports



Ampthill Town v Winslow United

Bedford v Hillingdon Borough

Brimsdown v Codicote

Broadfields United v Hatfield Town

Buckingham Athletic v London Lions

Langford v Enfield Borough

Rayners Lane v Wodson Park

Risborough Rangers v FC Broxbourne Borough

St Neots Town Reserves v Harefield United



Berkhamsted Raiders v Pitstone & Ivinghoe



AFC Southgate v Old Bradwell United

Grendon Rangers v Amersham Town

Mursley United v Unite MK FC

The 61FC (Luton) v MK Gallacticos

Totternhoe v Clean Slate



Sunday 20th August – Kick Off 3.00pm

The Emirates FA Cup Preliminary Round

Baldock Town v North Greenford United

Crawley Green v Berkhamsted

St Margaretsbury v Hullbridge Sports


Tuesday 22nd August – Kick Off 7.45pm unless stated


Cockfosters v Sun Sports

Holmer Green v Wembley

London Colney v Leighton Town

London Tigers v Harpenden Town

St Margaresbury v Leverstock Green



Wednesday 23rd August – Kick Off 7.45pm unless stated


Crawley Green v Edgware Town



Saturday 26th August – Kick Off 3.00pm


Mursley United v Leverstock Green



Cockfosters v Tring Athletic

Crawley Green v Wembley

Edgware Town v Stotfold

Harpenden Town v Berkhamsted

Holmer Green v Biggleswade FC

Leighton Town v Hoddesdon Town

London Tigers v Biggleswade United

Oxhey Jets v Hadley

Sun Sports v Colney Heath

Welwyn Garden City v London Colney



Ampthill Town v Rayners Lane

Brimsdown v Baldock Town

Enfield Borough v Risborough Rangers

Harefield United v Winslow United

Hatfield Town v Southall

Hillingdon Borough v Codicote

Langford v Broadfields United

London Lions v Bedford

Wodson Park v Buckingham Athletic



AFC Southgate v MK Gallacticos

Amersham Town v Totternhoe

Berkhamsted Raiders v Tring Town AFC

Park View v The 61FC (Luton)

Pitstone & Ivinghoe v Loughton Manor

Tring Corinthians v Clean Slate








CS&TFL,D1: Osei-Addo brace helps Robins start campaign with three points

By Darren Seaton

Buckingham Town made the long trip to Melton Mowbray on Saturday and kicked off their league campaign with three points.

Manager Gary Ollard handed competitive debuts to four new signings and it took a while for the Robins to find their rhythm.

A fairly low key first half saw Buckingham keep the ball well without finding the cutting edge but it was the home side who came close to opening the scoring on 25 minutes as a snapshot rebounded off the crossbar and away to safety.

Melton created three more decent chances and finally grabbed the opening goal with a low curling shot into the bottom corner on 33 minutes. Buckingham responded with a flurry of attempts on goal but none seriously troubled the home keeper and Town went in to the halftime break a goal behind.

The Robins emerged from the dressing rooms with a little more urgency for the second half and continued to use the ball well and the equaliser arrived just past the hour-mark. A fierce goal-bound shot was handled on the line by the Melton captain who was promptly shown the red card by the referee and summer capture Kelvin Osei-Addo tucked away his spot kick.

Five minutes later Buckingham got their noses in front after great work by Orlando Joao saw the ball cut back to the corner of the penalty area and Fuad Ahmed drove the ball high into the roof of the net.

Melton rallied as they tried to get themselves back into the game but their hopes were dealt a major blow as Jeremiah Adams raced onto a long kick from Thrussell in the Town goal who lifted a perfect lob over the onrushing keeper fifteen minutes from time.

Despite their slow start to the match Buckingham had hit a purple patch and the three goals in 12 minutes looked to have secured the points but three minutes later the home side gave themselves hope of a comeback with a powerful shot from eight yards that gave Thrussell no chance.

Rather than sit back and try to play for time the Robins themselves went in search of the goal that would seal victory and both Joao and Osei-Addo had golden chances to kill off Melton.

Osei-Addo tapped home his second and Buckingham’s fourth with two minutes left on the clock for his fifth of the season and that was enough to capture all three points for Town. Not a vintage display by any means from Buckingham but three points none the less.

Town host league new boys and unbeaten Pinchbeck United at Manor Fields this Saturday, Kick off at 3pm.