TUESDAY 7th JANUARY / WEDNESDAY 8th JANUARY
The midweek action focused on mainly cup football with a number of different competitions. The night’s big shock saw Division Two side Old Bradwell United reach the quarter-finals of the League Challenge Trophy with a 3-0 win at Premier Division Wembley, this was the club’s second Premier Division scalp having beaten Colney Heath in the previous round. Hillingdon Borough crashed out of the Division One Cup when suffering a 1-8 quarter-final defeat and having lost 0-7 at the same stage last season will be glad to see the back of the competition.
7/8 January Stats: 16 games played of which 7 were home wins, 5 were away wins and 4 draws.
Highest Midweek Attendances: 106 Leighton Town v Buckingham United, 78 Potton United v Ampthill Town and 67 Stotfold v Amersham Town.
Sin Bins (2)
LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY Third Round
The League Challenge Trophy Third Round produced a big giant-killing act as visiting Division Two Old Bradwell United produced a stunning three goal second half performance at Vale Farm against Premier Division Wembley to book a home quarter-final tie with Harefield United. Elsewhere Potton United overcame Division One Ampthill Town on penalties after a 1-1 draw, for the hosts this was their third match that had seen them miss from the spot in normal time before progressing in a penalty shoot-out. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.
1-1 [3-1 pens] Potton United v Ampthill Town (Williams) / (Unknown) Attendance: 78
0-3 Wembley v Old Bradwell United (Cooke , Simpson) Attendance: 25
DUDLEY LATHAM MEMORIAL (PREMIER DIVISION) CUP Quarter Finals
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SSML newbies Newport Pagnell Town booked their semi-final place with a hard worked 3-2 success against visiting Biggleswade United, the hosts twice coming from behind to secure the win. The night’s other Dudley Latham Cup tie saw current table toppers Colney Heath easing past Crawley Green to secure their semi-final spot, the visitors winning 4-1. Full results and goalscorers are listed below.
1-4 Crawley Green v Colney Heath (B Lobjoit) / (Clements, Clarke-Mardel, Griffin, Collins) Attendance: 41
3-2 Newport Pagnell Town v Biggleswade United (Burnside , Ahmed) / (Parkinson, Spavins) Attendance: 61
BUCKINGHAM SENIOR CHARITY CUP First Round
Premier Division Leighton Town required a penalty shoot-out to dispose of Division Two Buckingham United in the Buckingham Senior Charity Cup, following a 1-1 draw the hosts booked a semi-final with Buckingham Athletic with a 5-3 win in the penalty lottery. Full result and goalscorers are listed below.
1-1 [5-3 pens] Leighton Town v Buckingham United (Webb) / (Parkin) Attendance: 106
HERTS SENIOR CHALLENGE CUP Second Round
It was not to be for the two SSML sides in action in the Second Round of the Herts Senior Challenge Cup although both clubs gave good accounts of themselves against higher ranked opposition. Baldock Town switched their tie to the home of Southern League Premier Division Kings Langley (competition rules state all games must be played in the County) and took the game to a penalty shoot-out after a late equalizer in stoppage time, alas the hosts came out on top from kicks from twelve yards. Leverstock Green welcomed Southern League Premier Division Hitchin Town to Pancake Lane and having held them for 55 minutes finally went down 0-2. Full results and goalscorers are listed below.
1-1 [3-4 pens] Baldock Town v Kings Langley (@ Kings Langley FC) (Hoskins) / (Piggot) Attendance: 44
0-2 Leverstock Green v Hitchin Town (Webb, Hutchinson [pen]) Attendance: 40
MIDDLESEX SENIOR CHARITY CUP First Round
The long awaited outstanding First Round tie in the Middlesex Senior Charity Cup saw an all SSML battle as Harefield United overcame their hosts North Greenford United 3-1 to book a home tie with AFC Hayes in Round Two. Full result and goalscorers are listed below.
1-3 North Greenford United v Harefield United (Dioum) / (Pacquette , Farhall) Attendance: 26
WEST HERTS ST MARY’S CUP Quarter Final
Tring Athletic recovered from a half time deficit to book a semi-final place in the West Herts St Marys Cup, the hosts scored four times after the break to see off Herts Senior County League side Glenn Sports 4-2. Full result and goalscorers are listed below.
4-2 Tring Athletic v Glenn Sports (Mealing  [1 pen], Jewell ) / (Bishop, Read) Attendance: 55
Winslow United moved to within one point of current leaders St Panteleimon thanks to a 3-2 win over visiting Langford however third placed Milton Keynes Borough lost ground as they were beaten 1-4 at Shefford Town & Campton. New Salamis remain fourth in the tight promotion race as they narrowed the gap on the team above them with a 4-1 win over London Tigers while elsewhere Bedford and FC Broxbourne Borough shared the spoils after a 1-1 draw. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.
1-1 Bedford v FC Broxbourne Borough (Kelly) / (Unknown) Attendance: 25
4-1 Shefford Town & Campton v Milton Keynes Robins (Snee Harkins, Moore) / (V Shrieves) Attendance: 48
3-2 Winslow United v Langford (Coles, Dalton, Karwacinski) / (Gilmartin ) Attendance: 57
4-1 New Salamis v London Tigers (C Georgiou , H Georgiou, Mehmet) / (Unknown) Attendance: 42
DIVISION ONE CUP Quarter Finals
The Mad Scot, Bill Hamilton arrived at Rowley Lane armed with two trophies, both awarded to Hillingdon Borough whose form and on-field behaviour had appeared to have taken a distinct turn for the better this season. One was for the Division One Team of the Month for October, the other for topping the League’s Respect tables for November. Whether their Division One Cup quarter-final hosts London Lions looked on enviously one will never know but they set off at an electric pace, scoring four times inside the first 20 minutes. Hillingdon simply had no answers and had it not been for the heroics of their goalkeeper Dragos Stefinoaca, they would have found themselves in even deeper trouble by the interval. The Lions did not ease up in the second half, raining in another four goals and leaving Hillingdon wondering how an evening that had started on such a high note had turned into nothing short of a humiliating 8-1 defeat. Adam Burchell and Adam Bolle both netted a brace for the Lions. There were goals too from Austin Lipman, Jack Furman, Adam Lipman and Max Davis who, at 16, became the Lions youngest ever scorer in the Spartan South Midlands League. Hillingdon’s one consolation was a header from Jack Bustard. Twenty four hours earlier current table toppers St Panteleimon booked their place in the semi-finals thanks to a solitary 87th minute goal at Buckingham Athletic while Stotfold edged out visiting Amersham Town by the odd goal in five thanks to a stoppage time winner. Full results and goalscorers are listed below.
0-1 Buckingham Athletic v St Panteleimon (Katsikas) Attendance: 38
3-2 Stotfold v Amersham Town (Barnes, Ngwala, Gregson) / (Johnson, Littleboy [pen]) Attendance: 67
8-1 London Lions v Hillingdon Borough (Burchell , Bolle , Austin Lipman, Furman, Adam Lipman, Davis) / (Bustard) Attendance: 25
With penalties and penalty shoot-outs being a featured theme I am reminded that Ampthill Town goalkeeper Ross Tompkins is proving to be a hard man to beat from the spot this season, the custodian who saved one in normal time at Potton United on Tuesday has saved spot kicks from Mason Spence (Milton Keynes Robins) this campaign, firstly back in November and again last Saturday in the return league meeting.