Saturday saw the curtain come down on the first two month’s fixtures and once again some interesting tales from grassroots football in the Spartan South Midlands League.
Colney Heath continued their 100% league record. Buckingham United and Totternhoe recorded their first wins of the campaign. It was a case of ‘Seventh Heaven’ as Crawley Green, Winslow United, Shefford Town & Campton and MK Gallacticos all found the net seven times. Saturday brought about 109 goals from the 25 games (an average of 4.36 per game) with Sam Holmes (Crawley Green) netting the day’s only hat-trick.
28 September Stats: 25 games played of which 12 were home wins, 10 were away wins and 3 draws.
100% league record to date: Colney Heath.
Saturday’s Highest Attendances: 170 Leighton Town v Colney Heath, 115 Stotfold v Bedford and 99 Arlesey Town v Tring Athletic.
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): 15 Leon Lobjoit (Newport Pagnell Town), 10 Jim Burnside (Newport Pagnell Town), Reece Cameron (Oxhey Jets), Charncey Dash (Tring Athletic).
Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division One Clubs): 19 Courtney Massay (St Panteleimon) 12 Ash Hunt (Hillingdon Borough) 11 Matt Cruse (Buckingham Athletic), Courtney Austin (New Salamis, Hillingdon Borough).
Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division Two Clubs): 6 Darryl Smith (Old Bradwell United), 5 Nico Dickmann-Pena (Buckingham United), Josh Smith (MK Gallacticos).
Total Sin-Bins Season to Date (67):
Saturday 28th September
For the second week running Oxhey Jets were grateful for a last gasp winner, the Jets winning 3-2 at home against Dunstable Town. Leaders Tring Athletic recorded their eighth successive league win since being beaten on the opening day with a 2-0 success at Arlesey Town. Second placed Newport Pagnell Town suffered a surprising defeat at Harefield United, the hosts winning 6-1. It was a day of comebacks as Leverstock Green came from a goal down at the break to win 2-1 at Harpenden Town while likewise a half time deficit was overturned by Aylesbury Vale Dynamos as they defeated visiting Baldock Town 4-1. Colney Heath maintained their 100% league record with a solitary goal success at Leighton Town, the game drawing the highest attendance (170) of the day. Eynesbury Rovers were made to work hard against bottom club North Greenford United, the hosts squeezing it by the odd goal in three. Elsewhere Potton United edged out visiting Edgware Town 2-1, Crawley Green thumped their guests London Colney 7-1 and Biggleswade United recorded a sound 4-1 home success against newly promoted Broadfields United. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.
0-2 Arlesey Town v Tring Athletic (Collier ) Attendance: 99
4-1 Aylesbury Vale Dynamos v Baldock Town (Brito , Dalton, Touceda) / (Piggott) Attendance: 36
4-1 Biggleswade United v Broadfields United (Butler, Carbonnier, Smith, Spavins) / (Unknown) Attendance: 59
7-1 Crawley Green v London Colney (Holmes , Ajigbolamu , Bunker [pen], Draycott) / (Acheampong) Attendance: 30
2-1 Eynesbury Rovers v North Greenford United (Brown ) / (Adu) Attendance: 98
6-1 Harefield United v Newport Pagnell Town (Jordan , Pacquette , Baldwin, Shaw) / (Burnside) Attendance: 55
1-2 Harpenden Town v Leverstock Green (Koita) / (Jowle, Smith) Attendance: 47
0-1 Leighton Town v Colney Heath (Clarke-Mardel) Attendance: 170
3-2 Oxhey Jets v Dunstable Town (Cameron  [both pens], Brennan) / (Stapleton, Lamboh) Attendance: 72
2-1 Potton United v Edgware Town (Mullings, Nzembela) / (Moore) Attendance: 68
There is no stopping leaders St Panteleimon as they made it nine wins from tem league games with a 4-2 success at home against Park View. Stotfold climb to fourth place following a 3-0 win in their local derby fixture with Bedford. At the bottom end of the table Hillingdon Borough picked up a very useful point following a 2-2 draw with Rayners Lane. Amersham Town drop to third from bottom after suffering a heavy 0-7 defeat at home to Winslow United. Wodson Park moved above visiting Buckingham Athletic with a solitary goal success when the two struggling clubs met on Saturday. Elsewhere Langford and New Salamis shared the points and six goals whilst it was honours even at London Lions as they were held 1-1 at home against FC Broxbourne Borough. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.
0-7 Amersham Town v Winslow United (Parsons , Freshwater, Schmidt, Brown, Almond [pen], Coles) Attendance: 59
2-2 Hillingdon Borough v Rayners Lane (Hunt  [1 pen]) / (Doolan, Maher) Attendance: 15
3-3 Langford v New Salamis (Unknown) / (White , Plowright) Attendance: 61
1-1 London Lions v FC Broxbourne Borough (Unknown) / (Unknown) Attendance: 29
4-2 St Panteleimon v Park View (Unknown) / (Williams ) Attendance: 25
3-0 Stotfold v Bedford (Buchanan , Forsythe [pen]) Attendance: 115
1-0 Wodson Park v Buckingham Athletic (Marshall) Attendance: 10
BEDS SENIOR TROPHY First Round
Beds County League side Cranfield United pulled off the day’s shock when their 3-0 win saw then progressing at the expense of Division One side Ampthill Town. Division One side Shefford Town & Campton enjoyed a 7-0 win at Division Two side The 61FC (Luton). Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.
3-0 Cranfield United v Ampthill Town (Fry, Green, Risby) Attendance: 67
0-7 The 61FC (Luton) v Shefford Town & Campton (Unknown) Attendance: 15
Leaders Berkhamsted Raiders suffered their first defeat on Saturday when going down 2-4 at previous winless Totternhoe. Old Bradwell United took full advantage to close the gap at the top to three points with a convincing 5-1 at Mursley United. Third placed New Bradwell St Peter were another side to lose their unbeaten record when visiting Buckingham United recorded their first win since returning to the SSML with a solitary goal success. At the other end of the table Unite MK were beaten by the odd goal in three at home to Aston Clinton. Elsewhere relegated Codicote won 3-1 at Bovingdon while MK Gallacticos won 7-1 at Pitstone & Ivinghoe. Full results and goalscorers listed below.
1-3 Bovingdon v Codicote (Wadmore) / (Gutzmore, Leech-Levy, Warman) Attendance: 45
1-5 Mursley United v Old Bradwell United (Lee) / (Cribb , Butler, Cooke, Valentine) Attendance: 76
0-1 New Bradwell St Peter v Buckingham United (Mawema) Attendance: Unknown
1-7 Pitstone & Ivinghoe v MK Gallacticos (Groom) / (J Smith , Gyasi , D Smith, Mahmoud, Nicolae) Attendance: 30
4-2 Totternhoe v Berkhamsted Raiders (Dem, Clarke, O’Callaghan, Connolly) / (McMahon, Chapman) Attendance: 26
1-2 Unite MK v Aston Clinton (Parker [pen]) / (Roberts, Paul) Attendance: 24
Under normal circumstances, eight red cards would leave a match on the brink of abandonment. At Huish Park, however, eight red cards were brandished just to keep the contest going. That’s because referee Aaron Jackson decided the ball boys dotted around the pitch for Yeovil Town’s National League game against Bromley were hindering rather than helping the action on the field. As the following two tweets tell the story.
84 | The referee has, no joke, just sent off one of our ball boys.
85 | Update: he’s dismissed all of them.
Tweet of the Week comes from Tuesday night and involves a former SSML team, Bedford Town, who supplied the following – ‘Apologies for lack of tweets over the past few minutes. Our usual Twitter reporter is on the phone to his mum.’
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