Thoughts of a trip to the home of English football, Wembley Stadium, was the focus for 25 SSML clubs as they did battle in the Buildbase FA Vase looking to join Biggleswade United and Tring Athletic (both exempt) in the First Round Proper.
In the FA Vase there can’t be many clubs that can boast of being unbeaten in the competition along with yet to concede a goal but New Salamis can. Buckingham Athletic, Crawley Green and FC Broxbourne Borough all recorded their best win in the competition while Wodson Park suffered their heaviest FA Vase defeat. The weekend brought about 141 goals from the 36 games (an average of 3.92 per game). Nico Dickmann-Pena (Buckingham United) led the way with a five goal haul while Josh Mantle (Berkhamsted Raiders) helped himself to four and Matt Cruse (Buckingham Athletic) netted a hat-trick.
13/14/15 September Stats: 36 games played of which 16 were home wins, 15 were away wins and 5 draws.
100% league record to date: Colney Heath, Berkhamsted Raiders and Mursley United.
0% league records to date: North Greenford United, Buckingham United and Unite MK.
Weekend’s Highest Attendances: 128 Biggleswade United v Tring Athletic, 120 Broadfields United v Hanworth Villa and 117 Ampthill Town v St Panteleimon.
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): 12 Leon Lobjoit (Newport Pagnell Town), 7 Scott Piggott (Baldock Town).
Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division One Clubs): 14 Courtney Massay (St Panteleimon) 11 Matt Cruse (Buckingham Athletic) 10 Alfie Bangura (Enfield Borough) and Jamie Cerminara (Ampthill Town).
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 (51):
Friday 13th September/Saturday 14th September/Sunday 15th September
THE BUILDABASE FA VASE Second Round Qualifying
Of the 25 clubs that began the weekend 12 progressed through to the First Round Proper while Hillingdon Borough face a midweek replay to join Biggleswade United and Tring Athletic in Monday’s draw. There were four all SSML ties with Crawley Green (4-0 v Winslow United), Baldock Town (4-2 at London Colney), Oxhey Jets (2-0 at North Greenford United) and Eynesbury Rovers (2-0 at Edgware Town) claiming the bragging rights. In the SSML v Combined Counties League battles it was 2-2 as Broadfields United defeated Hanworth Villa 5-1 and Milton Keynes Robins saw off the challenge of Fleet Spurs while London Tigers exited at AFC Hayes and Bedford went out at the hands of Bedfont & Feltham. In the SSML v Eastern Counties League the SSML saw a 50% success with wins for Colney Heath and FC Broxbourne Borough while Langford and Wodson Park exited. It was a bad day in the SSML v United Counties League battles as both Harefield United and Amersham Town crashed out while Hillingdon Borough earned a replay from their trip to Harborough Town. The SSML v Essex Senior League match-ups resulted in 1-1 as New Salamis (Step 6) overcame Tower Hamlets (Step 5) 2-0 while Enfield Borough went out at the hands of Enfield 1893 (a game played at Bishop’s Stortford FC). Wembley suffered a surprise home defeat at the hands of Hellenic League Risborough Rangers (former SSML members) while Leighton Town overcame Hellenic League opposition Long Crendon. Elsewhere Aylesbury Vale Dynamos saw off Step 7 Leicester Senior League side Rugby Borough and Buckingham Athletic thumped six past Middlesex County League side Hillingdon. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.
5-1 Broadfields United v Hanworth Villa (Phillips  [1 pen], Anderson-Richards, Faux-James, Martin) / (Unknown) Attendance: 120
2-0 New Salamis v Tower Hamlets (Rapai, Grantham) Attendance: 73
2-0 AFC Hayes v London Tigers (Unknown) Attendance: 50
3-1 Aylesbury Vale Dynamos v Rugby Borough (Mupfururiwa , Khan) / (Rawlings) Attendance: 91
0-4 Bedford v Bedfont & Feltham (Capon , Kelly) Attendance: 32
6-0 Buckingham Athletic v Hillingdon (Cruse , Owusu , Parr) Attendance: 53
2-0 Colney Heath v Haverhill Rovers (Clements ) Attendance: 114
4-0 Crawley Green v Winslow United (P Draycott , Holmes, Lobjoit) Attendance: 61
2-1 Enfield 1893 v Enfield Borough (Unknown, Miles) / (Ennin) Attendance: 43
4-1 FC Broxbourne Borough v Wivenhoe Town (Bowers , Banks, Wells) / (Merrett) Attendance: 29
3-3* Harborough Town v Hillingdon Borough (Gladman , Walsh) / (Hunt [pen], Lokilo, Olarerian) Attendance: 126
1-3 Harefield United v Rothwell Corinthians (Farhall) / (Fola, Unknown, Unknown) Attendance: 55
1-1* [3-5 pens] Langford v Hackney Wick (Rome) / (Unknown) Attendance: 40
2-4 London Colney v Baldock Town (Dowridge, Parkinson) / (Piggott, Furness, Meo, O’Brien) Attendance: 53
6-0 Lutterworth Town v Amersham Town (Small , Adams, Johnson, Lewis) Attendance: 44
4-1 Milton Keynes Robins v Fleet Spurs (Sylvester , MacDonald, G Shrieves) / (Bellmaine) Attendance: 50
0-2 North Greenford United v Oxhey Jets (Speer, Brennan) Attendance: 56
7-1 Stanway Rovers v Wodson Park (Shaw , Marley ,Maybanks, Wood) / (Evans) Attendance: 82
1-3 Wembley v Risborough Rangers (Femi-Gil [pen]) / (Pekun , Haule) Attendance: 55
0-2 Edgware Town v Eynesbury Rovers (Lawless ) Attendance: 83
2-5 Long Crendon v Leighton Town (Hall, Brownsword [pen]) / (Murrell , Fredericks, Brownsword (og), Butawo) Attendance: 68
With many teams in Vase action Tring Athletic took the opportunity to return to the top spot with a 1-0 success at Biggleswade United. New boys Dunstable Town doubled their points tally with a 2-0 win at Potton United while the day’s other game saw Arlesey Town and Harpenden Town share the points following a 1-1 draw at New Lamb Meadow. Full results and goalscorers are listed below.
1-1 Arlesey Town v Harpenden Town (Black) / (Anthony [pen]) Attendance: 70
0-1 Biggleswade United v Tring Athletic (Collier) Attendance: 128
0-2 Potton United v Dunstable Town (Lamboh, Pobbe) Attendance: 85
SSML newbies St Panteleimon and Shefford Town & Campton continue to lead the way in Division One, leaders St Panteleimon maintained the top spot with a 4-1 success at third placed Ampthill Town while Shefford Town & Campton remain a point behind following a 2-1 home win over Brimsdown. Stotfold climb into fifth spot after they were held 1-1 at home against Rayners Lane while the day’s other action saw Park View record their first win of the new campaign with a late solitary goal success at London Lions. Full results and goalscorers are listed below.
1-4 Ampthill Town v St Panteleimon (Carney) / (Massay , Molloy, Tajbakhsh) Attendance: 117
0-1 London Lions v Park View (Botchey) Attendance: 20
2-1 Shefford Town & Campton v Brimsdown (Foley, Hammer) / (Drewitt-Baptiste) Attendance: 72
1-1 Stotfold v Rayners Lane (Gregson) / (Maher) Attendance: 90
Berkhamsted Raiders returned to the top of the table as they put five past The 61FC (Luton) without reply. Elsewhere Bovingdon gave their newly appointed manager Andrew Stratford a winning start with a solitary goal success at Totternhoe while it was also a 1-0 win as Codicote defeated morning leaders Old Bradwell United. Full results and goalscorers listed below.
1-0 Codicote v Old Bradwell United (Mudimu) Attendance: 52
0-5 The 61FC (Luton) v Berkhamsted Raiders (Mantle , Turner) Attendance: 15
0-1 Totternhoe v Bovingdon (Insley) Attendance: 39
DIVISION TWO CUP First Round
New Bradwell St Peter fought back from two goals down to finish level with Tring Corinthians AFC in the Division Two Cup but failed to complete the comeback as they went out in the following penalty shoot-out. Full result and goalscorers listed below.
2-2 [4-5 pens] New Bradwell St Peter v Tring Corinthians AFC (Walton, Hansen) / (Candido, Silva) Attendance: 30
BERKS & BUCKS SENIOR TROPHY First Round
It was a good day for the majority of SSML clubs involved in the opening matches in the competition as four of the six booked their places in Round Two. There were two all SSML clashes as Unite MK won 4-2 at Pitstone & Ivinghoe while Aston Clinton also won on their travels with a 2-1 success at MK Gallacticos. SSML newcomers Buckingham United were in unstoppable form with a 10-1 win against former SSML side Clean Slate. The day’s other action saw Mursley United defeating North Bucks & District League side Hanslope 4-0. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.
10-1 Buckingham United v Clean Slate (Dickmann-Pena , King , Devine, Dentice, Mawema) / (Unknown) Attendance: 42
1-2 MK Gallacticos v Aston Clinton (Unknown) / (Mason-Williams, Paul) Attendance: 30
4-0 Mursley United v Hanslope (Brazier , Simpson, Hawkins) Attendance: 62
2-4 Pitstone & Ivinghoe v Unite MK (Denton, Jefcoate) / (Farrow, Rawson, Parker [pen], Silver) Attendance: 30
Tweet of the week goes to Winslow United for the following gem – 85m 4-0 to the hosts. No idea who as I’ve resorted to plane spotting.
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 joined by Chris Devane, manager of Biggleswade United.