With the sun setting on 2019 the Fixture Secretary decided to end the year with some excessive long distance travels and with the weather behaving 21 games out of the 23 scheduled were played.
The 61FC (Luton) end the year still in search of a league win in their current campaign. Colney Heath and Tring Athletic continue to battle it out for the league title. In Division One New Salamis hit ten on the road while also amongst the goals were Milton Keynes Robins (six) and Stotfold (five). The weekend’s 21 games seeing 76 goals (an average of 3.62 per game). Charles Georgiou (New Salamis) topping the individual scoring charts with five while Marcus Mealing (Tring Athletic) helped himself to a four goal haul with George Devine (Colney Heath) and Jack Hewitt (Codicote) both netting hat-tricks.
27/28 December Stats: 21 games played of which 9 were home wins, 9 were away wins and 3 were draws.
(Most League Wins – all Divisions): 15 Colney Heath, Tring Athletic, 14 St Panteleimon, 13 Winslow United, Milton Keynes Robins.
(Most League Draws – all Divisions): 9 Arlesey Town, 7 FC Broxbourne Borough, Crawley Green, 6 Newport Pagnell Town, Oxhey Jets.
(Most League Defeats – all Divisions): 14 London Colney, 13 North Greenford United, Brimsdown, Park View, 11 Baldock Town, Dunstable Town, Edgware Town, Langford, The 61FC (Luton).
Without a Draw:
(Premier Division League): Tring Athletic.
(Division One League): Winslow United.
(Division Two League): Berkhamsted Raiders, Mursley United, Old Bradwell United, Unite MK.
Without a Win:
(Division Two League): The 61FC (Luton).
Most Goals Scored:
(Premier Division League): 55 Tring Athletic.
(Division One League): 68 New Salamis.
(Division Two League): 34 Pitstone & Ivinghoe.
Most Goals Conceded:
(Premier Division League): 51 London Colney.
(Division One League): 52 Brimsdown, Enfield Borough.
(Division Two League): 49 The 61FC (Luton).
Fewest Goals Conceded:
(Premier Division League): 8 Colney Heath.
(Division One League): 19 Stotfold.
(Division Two League): 8 Old Bradwell United.
Fewest Goals Scored:
(Premier Division League): 21 North Greenford United.
(Division One League): 20 Park View.
(Division Two League): 7 Buckingham United.
Weekend’s Highest Attendances: 293 Winslow United v Buckingham Athletic, 268 Biggleswade United v Potton United and 234 Dunstable Town v Leighton Town.
Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Premier Division Clubs): 426 Leighton Town v Eastbourne Town (FA Vase), 268 Biggleswade United v Potton United and 245 Colney Heath v Corby Town (FA Cup).
Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Division One Clubs): 293 Winslow United v Buckingham Athletic, 278 Winslow United v Roman Glass St George (FA Cup) and 145 Winslow United v Milton Keynes Robins.
Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Division Two Clubs): 103 Aston Clinton v MK Gallacticos, 76 Mursley United v Old Bradwell United and 72 Buckingham United v Pitstone & Ivinghoe.
Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Premier Division Clubs): 33 Danny Webb (Leighton Town), 23 Jim Burnside (Newport Pagnell Town), Jon Clements (Colney Heath), 18 Jordan Brown (Eynesbury Rovers), Lorrell Smith (Biggleswade United).
Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division One Clubs): 29 Henry Snee (Shefford Town & Campton), 25 Courtney Massay (St Panteleimon), 23 Jamie Cerminara (Ampthill Town).
Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division Two Clubs): 12 Jervon Campbell (Pitstone & Ivinghoe, Bovingdon), Marcus Rivers (Sarratt), 11 Lemar Mason-Williams (Aston Clinton), Josh Smith (MK Gallacticos), Darryl Smith (Old Bradwell United), 9 Cole Rawson (Unite MK), Tommy Cooke (Old Bradwell United).
Total Sin-Bins Season to Date (177):
Clubs with no Sin Bins (3): Hillingdon Borough, Sarratt, Tring Corinthians AFC.
Friday 27th December / Saturday 28th December
Colney Heath end the year as the top side in the SSML as they recorded a 4-0 home success in the ‘Colney Derby’ against struggling London Colney. Tring Athletic remain their closest challengers after they also recorded a 4-0 home success against Aylesbury Vale Dynamos. Friday night saw myself amongst the 268 crowd as Biggleswade United took on neighbours Potton United. An end to end game although neither goalkeeper was really tested. The visitors went ahead on 28 minutes through a Tony Williams looping header. The hosts hit back shortly before the interval when a Dave Parkinson half volley (worthy of a Goal of the Season) found its way into the top left hand corner of the net. The second half as one expects in a fiercely contested local derby became niggly and in the end the referee handed out seven yellow cards (four for the hosts and three for the visitors). Biggleswade United got their noses in front with on the hour mark when Charlie Clayton beat the goalkeeper to an in-swinging free kick from the right and his header found the unguarded net. The scoring was completed as the game entered stoppage time when a mistimed challenge in the box allowed Dave Parkinson to score his second of the night from the resulting penalty kick. The following day I decided to take in the ‘Green Derby’ as Leverstock Green hosted Crawley Green, the visitors fully deserved their 3-0 win as the hosts failed to carve out any real threatening chances, special mention to referee John Perry who had an excellent game. At the bottom Wembley were beaten at home by North Greenford United in a big six-pointer. Elsewhere Baldock Town enjoyed a 3-1 win against their hosts and landlords Arlesey Town while in another tenants v landlords battle it was honours even between Broadfields United and Harefield United. Harpenden Town returned home from their trip to Edgware Town with a share of the spoils after a 3-3 draw, Leighton Town enjoyed a 3-0 win at Dunstable Town while Eynesbury Rovers won by a solitary goal at Newport Pagnell Town. Full results and goalscorers are listed below.
3-1 Biggleswade United v Potton United (Parkinson  [1 pen], Clayton) / (Williams) Attendance: 268
1-3 Arlesey Town v Baldock Town (Jau) / (O’Brien  [1 pen], Coppin) Attendance: 124
1-1 Broadfields United v Harefield United (Stefanoaica) / (Shaw) Attendance: 138
4-0 Colney Heath v London Colney (Devine , Clements) Attendance: 121
0-3 Dunstable Town v Leighton Town (Webb, McClelland, Newbury-Barr) Attendance: 234
3-3 Edgware Town v Harpenden Town (McGleish , Beach) / (Standen , Blunden) Attendance: 73
0-3 Leverstock Green v Crawley Green (Watson, Cooksley, P Draycott) Attendance: 64
0-1 Newport Pagnell Town v Eynesbury Rovers (Brown) Attendance: 144
4-0 Tring Athletic v Aylesbury Vale Dynamos (Mealing ) Attendance: 138
1-2 Wembley v North Greenford United (Tyrer) / (Mills, Barnett) Attendance: 51
Milton Keynes Robins closed the gap at the top to five points with a 6-0 success at Amersham Town while Winslow United maintained their promotion hopes with a solitary goal success in their ‘derby fixture’ against visiting Buckingham Athletic. New Salamis remain fourth after a convincing 10-0 win at lowly Brimsdown. Rayners Lane (fifth) were beaten 2-4 at Shefford Town & Campton (sixth). Elsewhere Langford recorded a 1-0 home win against visiting Bedford while Stotfold enjoyed a 5-1 home win against Ampthill Town. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.
0-6 Amersham Town v Milton Keynes Robins (Unknown) Attendance: 34
0-10 Brimsdown v New Salamis (C Georgiou , Krasniqi , Lutaaya , Mehmet) Attendance: 30
1-0 Langford v Bedford (Atubrah) Attendance: 49
4-2 Shefford Town & Campton v Rayners Lane (Snee , Drakulic, Stadnyk) / (Hastings, Pegrum) Attendance: 64
5-1 Stotfold v Ampthill Town (Barnes , Robertson , Buchanan) / (Unknown) Attendance: 90
1-0 Winslow United v Buckingham Athletic (Unknown) Attendance: 293
Old Bradwell United’s hopes of ending the decade at the top of the table were shattered when they suffered their second league defeat of the season when they were soundly beaten 0-4 at Tring Corinthians AFC, the result saw the hosts move up to fourth place. At the bottom The 61FC (Luton) are still looking for that first win of the campaign following a 0-2 defeat at the hands of local neighbours Totternhoe. Bovingdon suffered a solitary goal defeat as visiting Sarratt took the points while Codicote saw out 2019 with a -1 home success over Mursley United. The day’s other action saw Aston Clinton return home from New Bradwell St Peter with a share of the spoils following a goalless draw. Full results and goalscorers listed below.
0-1 Bovingdon v Sarratt (Reilly) Attendance: 30
4-1 Codicote v Mursley United (Hewitt , Price) / (Lands) Attendance: 58
0-0 New Bradwell St Peter FC v Aston Clinton Attendance: 34
0-2 The 61FC (Luton) v Totternhoe (Clarke, Lambeth) Attendance: 23
4-0 Tring Corinthians AFC v Old Bradwell United (Randall , Davies, Lando [pen]) Attendance: 54
Remember to tune into Three Counties Radio (Herts, Beds & Bucks) and a show all about local non-league football- The show is live every Tuesday evening from 6.00pm – 7.00pm and is the perfect opportunity to catch up with our local non-league scene at all levels. Note there will be no show on New Year’s Eve.
The result of this week’s Team of the Day Poll with 91 votes cast is:-
New Salamis 34.8%
Tring Corinthians AFC 30.4%
Tring Athletic 18.5%
Colney Heath 16.3%
This is the festive quiz in which no-one is expected to know any of the answers, offering hope to those struggling to focus on New Year’s Day.
The questions relate to events in 2019 and all the solutions are numbers. Contestants must simply use wisdom and judgement to get as close to the right figure as they can.
To make it fair, each player/team should write their guesses down before revealing them. One mark for the closest answer and three if by luck, or genius, you get it spot on.
The answers can be found at the bottom of the page. Good luck!
- Rod Stewart gave an exclusive interview to Railway Modeller magazine this year, revealing details of the extraordinary model railway he has built in his Beverly Hills mansion. Over how many square metres does his construction extend?
- The December 2019 general election was the darkest (in terms of actual light) in UK political history. For how many minutes of polling was the sun below the horizon at the most northerly island polling station on the island of Unst?
- Research this year revealed there are 267 local authorities in England that have a Greggs, but not a Pret a Manger. How many have a Pret a Manger but no Greggs?
- According to the head of the Civil Service, at the point the election was called, how many civil servants were dedicated to preparing Britain for a no-deal Brexit?
- The result of the Eurovision Song contest was a bit of a “boom-bang-a-bang” this year with the Belarussian jury sacked and then their aggregated votes inadvertently given to the least popular songs. The UK still came last, but after the organisers amended the result, how many points did Britain’s entry get from the 40 juries?
- According to transparency data published by Facebook, how many fake accounts have they shut down this year?
- In the Cricket World Cup, England captain Eoin Morgan hit a six on average every 15 balls. What is the number of balls for each six scored by England’s most prolific batsman, Joe Root?
- This year saw the UK’s highest ever recorded temperature, 38.7°C on Thursday 25 July, measured at the Cambridge University Botanic Garden. One hundred years previously, what was the average maximum July temperature in London?
- The rise of companies like Uber and the decline in local bus services saw a record 362,000 taxis and private hire vehicles plying their trade in England this year. What proportion of the drivers are women?
- The South African rugby team amassed a total of 262 points on their way to winning the Rugby World Cup this year. How many points did Canada’s team score during the tournament?
- There is increasing concern at the quantity of tiny plastic particles inhaled or ingested by people. According to a scientific report from the US this year, how many fragments of plastic end up inside the average person in a typical day?
- In January this year, a stock picture of an egg was posted on Instagram with a caption saying: “Let’s set a world record together”. The record in question was the most liked Instagram image ever, then held by Kylie Jenner at 18 million. How many likes has the egg got now?
- Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge made history this year by becoming the first person to run a marathon in under two hours. To achieve his record, what was the average time he ran each 100m of the 26.2 miles (42.2 km)?
- The actress and singer Doris Day died this year, aged 97. She holds the record for the oldest artist to get into the UK top 10 with an album containing new material. How old was she?
- The Wimbledon tennis final between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer this year was the longest in the tournament’s 142 year history. The winner, Djokovic, won 204 points in the epic encounter. How many points did Federer win?
- In 2015 the government was defeated twice in votes in the House of Commons. How many times was it defeated in 2019 (including on amendments and on votes under holding a General Election)?
- The teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg this year inspired school-children around the world to go on strike to demand action on global warming. According to the ‘Fridays for Future’ movement she founded, how many towns and cities have participated?
- Yorkshireman Graeme Watson of the Egton Bridge Old Gooseberry Society celebrated this year after producing the world’s heaviest ever gooseberry. How much did it weigh in grams?
- To how many digits did Emma Haruka Iwao calculate pi this year, a feat announced on March 14 (3.14), otherwise known as Pi Day.
- In a 2019 survey of UK Christmas eating habits, people were asked to pick two elements they’d like to have on their plate. In the 18 to 24 age bracket, 20% picked Brussels sprouts. What proportion of the over 55s were sprout fans?
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In closing may I wish my avid reader a Happy New Year.