With the late Autumn sunshine blazing down the Spartan South Midlands League served up another tasty treat for followers of grassroots football.
It was a clear case of ‘They think it’s all over …. It is now’ as late drama was in evidence at Vale Farm, Wembley. St Panteleimon march on leaving goal nets in need of repair as the goals continue to rain down. Delight for both North Greenford United and Unite MK as they see their first points of the new campaign recorded. Saturday brought about 93 goals from the 24 games (an average of 3.87 per game) with Courtney Massay (St Panteleimon) netting the day’s only hat-trick.
21 September Stats: 24 games played of which 14 were home wins, 6 were away wins and 4 draws.
100% league record to date: Colney Heath, Berkhamsted Raiders and Mursley United.
0% league records to date: Buckingham United.
Saturday’s Highest Attendances: 193 Newport Pagnell Town v Leighton Town, 106 Tring Athletic v Potton United and 102 Colney Heath v Eynesbury Rovers.
Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Premier Division Clubs): 245 Colney Heath v Corby Town (FA Cup), 221 Dunstable Town v Bishop’s Stortford (FA Cup) and 212 Leighton Town v Thame United (FA Cup).
Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Division One Clubs): 278 Winslow United v Roman Glass St George (FA Cup), 145 Winslow United v Milton Keynes Robins and 134 Shefford Town & Campton v FC Broxbourne Borough.
Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Division Two Clubs): 103 Aston Clinton v MK Gallacticos, 68 Totternhoe v Codicote and 64 Bovingdon v Mursley United.
Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Premier Division Clubs): 14 Leon Lobjoit (Newport Pagnell Town), 8 Jim Burnside (Newport Pagnell Town), Reece Cameron (Oxhey Jets) 7 Scott Piggott (Baldock Town).
Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division One Clubs): 17 Courtney Massay (St Panteleimon) 11 Matt Cruse (Buckingham Athletic) 10 Alfie Bangura (Enfield Borough), Jamie Cerminara (Ampthill Town), Ty Deacon (Winslow United) and Noyen Tajbakhsh (St Panteleimon).
Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division Two Clubs): 6 Darryl Smith (Old Bradwell United), 5 Nico Dickmann-Pena (Buckingham United).
Total Sin-Bins Season to Date (59):
Saturday 21st September
The day’s Team of the Day award went to Oxhey Jets who battled back from a 0-3 half time deficit at Wembley to win a seven goal thriller with a last gasp goal, the Jets also saw two players sin-binned and lost their goalkeeper through injury. No change at the top as leaders Tring Athletic thumped lowly Potton United 5-1 while Newport Pagnell Town moved into second place following a convincing 4-0 win against visiting Leighton Town. Eynesbury Rovers slip to third when they lost their 100% record when in the day’s battle of the unbeaten teams they went down 1-2 at Colney Heath. At the bottom North Greenford United’s first point of the season (1-1 v Arlesey Town) was not enough to lift them off the foot of the table. Elsewhere there were 2-1 wins for Dunstable Town, Harefield United and Leverstock Green against Edgware Town, London Colney and Biggleswade United respectively. While Broadfields United edged out visiting Harpenden Town by a solitary goal and Crawley Green won 2-0 at Baldock Town. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.
0-2 Baldock Town v Crawley Green (P Draycott, Lobjoit) Attendance: 69
1-0 Broadfields United v Harpenden Town (Kimona) Attendance: 33
2-1 Colney Heath v Eynesbury Rovers (Woods ) / (Lawless) Attendance: 102
2-1 Dunstable Town v Edgware Town (Harvey-Bailey, Blackman) / (M Burgess) Attendance: 99
2-1 Leverstock Green v Biggleswade United (Brooker, Mannion) / (Amador) Attendance: 45
1-2 London Colney v Harefield United (Unknown) / (Pacquette, Shaw) Attendance: 35
4-0 Newport Pagnell Town v Leighton Town (Burnside , Lobjoit ) Attendance: 193
1-1 North Greenford United v Arlesey Town (Akwasi) / (Black) Attendance: 53
5-1 Tring Athletic v Potton United (Dash , John, Collier, Hercules) / (Everitt-Watson) Attendance: 106
3-4 Wembley v Oxhey Jets (Femi-Gil  [1 pen], Ebonine) / (Cameron  [1 pen], Brennan, Brew) Attendance: 43
Leaders St Panteleimon continue to be on fire as Saturday’s 5-2 win at previously unbeaten Enfield Borough took their league tally to 37 goals from eight games. Second placed Shefford Town & Campton slipped up when having gone a goal ahead crashed 1-4 at Milton Keynes Robins and now are four points behind the leaders. Rayners Lane move up into third spot when they edged out visiting Stotfold by the odd goal in three. At the bottom London Tigers drew 3-3 at Brimsdown while Hillingdon Borough were beaten 0-2 at Bedford. Elsewhere Winslow United got back to winning ways with a 6-1 home success against Wodson Park while FC Broxbourne Borough and Park View battled out the day’s only goalless game. The day’s other action saw Amersham Town squeeze past visiting Langford 3-2. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.
3-2 Amersham Town v Langford (Madeinlo, Seaton [pen], Symons) / (Bond ) Attendance: 33
2-0 Bedford v Hillingdon Borough (Burford, Banton) Attendance: 15
3-3 Brimsdown v London Tigers (El-Azouzi, Hassan, Norey) / (Unknown) Attendance: 10
2-5 Enfield Borough v St Panteleimon (Ennin, Plentie) / (Massay , Katsikas, Tajbakhsh) Attendance: 30
0-0 FC Broxbourne Borough v Park View Attendance: 25
4-1 Milton Keynes Robins v Shefford Town & Campton (Filip , Kyeremateng, Sylvester) / (Unknown) Attendance: 49
2-1 Rayners Lane v Stotfold (Blagden [pen], Hastings) / (Buchanan) Attendance: 34
6-1 Winslow United v Wodson Park (Deacon , Collins , Freshwater, Parsons) / (Lancaster) Attendance: 63
BERKS & BUCKS SENIOR TROPHY First Round
Buckingham Athletic booked their place in Round Two with a 2-1 win at North Bucks & District League side Great Horwood. Full result and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.
1-2 Great Horwood v Buckingham Athletic (Unknown) / (Parr, Staley) Attendance: 42
Unite MK climbed off the foot of the table as they recorded their first league points of the new campaign with a fine 3-1 win at relegated Codicote. Replacing them at the bottom of the table are Buckingham United who crashed 1-4 at Tring Corinthians AFC. At the top end of the table New Bradwell St Peter moved into second spot by defeating visiting The 61FC (Luton) 3-1 while Sarratt are up to fourth after securing maximum points with a 3-1 win over Totternhoe. Elsewhere in the day’s other game Bovingdon were held to a 2-2 draw at home against Aston Clinton. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.
2-2 Bovingdon v Aston Clinton (Unknown) / (Greco [pen], Mason-Williams) Attendance: 37
1-3 Codicote v Unite MK (Unknown) / (Silver , McConnell) Attendance: 58
3-1 New Bradwell St Peter v The 61FC (Luton) (Ramswell, Webb, Whitehead) / (Gouldbourne) Attendance: 25
3-1 Sarratt v Totternhoe (Powell, Reilly, Rivers) / (Mungwira) Attendance: 25
4-1 Tring Corinthians AFC v Buckingham United (Rodrigues, Candido, Lando, Ali) / (Walton) Attendance: 35
Tweet of the Weekend goes to Colney Heath Ladies for the following gem – ‘Let’s also spare a thought to our tweeter today, who is braving the elements and at today’s game after being struck down by the deadly virus that is: Man Flu. If you’d like to donate to beat this deadly disease, please contribute around £3.50 and that will buy me a Guinness.’
The travels of League Secretary Mike Appleby continued last week as he took in the delights of joining the 30 at North Furzton Sports Centre watching MK Gallacticos v Aston Clinton last Saturday to being amongst the 77,000 plus at the Stadio San Siro for the Inter Milan v Slavia Prague Champions League game on Tuesday.
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. This week regular presenter Ollie Bayliss is live at Boreham Wood FC joined by Matt Messiano, regular reporter for Boreham Wood.