Rain might have fallen across much of England on Saturday but it did little to dampen the spirits of football fans celebrating the 10th Non-League Day. Although not the original intention, it is now commonplace for clubs to offer ticket discounts on Non-League Day to entice fans whose teams are without a game on Saturday. Some have offers for those with a season ticket at a club in the top four tiers, while Aldershot and Eastleigh are among countless sides to follow in the footsteps of fellow National League side Solihull Moors, who last week replaced ticket prices with honesty boxes for their game with Sutton United, allowing fans to pay “whatever they think is a fair price”. But it can be difficult to stand out in a saturated non-league market, leading some teams to adopt a more novel approach. AFC Rushden & Diamonds – a phoenix club formed after the dissolution of Rushden & Diamonds in 2011 – are offering free entry to any fans wearing traditional Bavarian dress, marking the annual German festival Oktoberfest. Dogs continue to be a non-league favourite, with Hertfordshire side Kings Langley allowing anyone who brings a canine to their game to pay a concession rate, while Norfolk club Thetford Rovers were giving out a free bag of bread rolls to all paying adults as part of a sponsorship deal.
Milton Keynes Robins were surely the Team of the Weekend with their 2-0 win at Hadley in the FA Vase, just edging out the remarkable comeback from Biggleswade United. Seven SSML sides join Newport Pagnell Town in the draw for the Second Round of the FA Vase, including two from Division One. Goals were in plentiful supply with the weekend’s 35 games bringing about 144 goals (an average of 4.11 per game). Enrique Amador (Biggleswade United), Nicholas Kerley (Oxhey Jets) and Brandon Graham (Bedford) all netting three times.
11/12/13 October Stats: 35 games played of which 17 were home wins, 14 were away wins and 4 draws.
100% league record to date: Colney Heath.
Weekend’s Highest Attendances: 184 Biggleswade United v Saffron Walden Town, 174 Leighton Town v Hadleigh United and 156 Tring Athletic v Woodbridge Town.
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, 76 Mursley United v Old Bradwell United and 70 Berkhamsted Raiders v Old Bradwell United.
Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Premier Division Clubs): 17 Leon Lobjoit (Newport Pagnell Town), 14 Jim Burnside (Newport Pagnell Town), 10 Reece Cameron (Oxhey Jets), Charncey Dash (Tring Athletic).
Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division One Clubs): 19 Courtney Massay (St Panteleimon) 16 Courtney Austin (New Salamis, Hillingdon Borough), 15 Harry Snee (Shefford Town & Campton).
Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division Two Clubs): 9 Josh Smith (MK Gallacticos), 7 Lemar Mason-Williams (Aston Clinton), Darryl Smith (Old Bradwell United), 5 Jervon Campbell (Pitstone & Ivinghoe, Bovingdon), Tommy Cooke (Old Bradwell United), Nico Dickmann-Pena (Buckingham United), Marcus Rivers (Sarratt), Jamie Parker (Unite MK).
Total Sin-Bins Season to Date (88):
Friday 11th October/Saturday 12th October/Sunday 13th October
THE BUILDBASE FA VASE First Round Proper
Friday night saw the first of the fourteen SSML clubs looking to join the one exempted SSML club in Monday’s Second Round Draw, and what a cracker it was for the 184 in attendance. Biggleswade United found themselves 0-3 at the interval before producing a remarkable comeback after the break to force extra time. Once again the visitors Saffron Walden Town regained the lead only for a last gasp equalizer gave the hosts a replay, this after they had spurned a penalty. Saturday saw SSML Division One side Milton Keynes Robins pull off the shock of the day when winning 2-0 at former SSML club Hadley. On a day that saw Oxhey Jets and Eynesbury Rovers recording their best FA Vase wins, the Jets defeating hackney Wick 7-0 while Eynesbury won 6-1 at New Salamis. Aylesbury Vale Dynamos, Baldock Town, Crawley Green and New Salamis all suffered their heaviest defeats in the competition, Aylesbury going down 1-5 at Stansted, Baldock lost 2-6 at Wroxham, Crawley bowed out with a 1-4 defeat at Mildenhall Town and as previously mentioned New Salamis, playing in the competition for the first time lost 1-6 at home to Eynesbury. Colney Heath required extra time to book their place in the next round, finally winning 3-2 at Flackwell Heath, while there were also wins for FC Broxbourne Borough (3-1 at AFC Hayes) and Leighton Town (2-1 at home against Hadleigh United). But for Broadfields United (1-3 at home against Walthamstow), Tring Athletic (1-3 at home against Woodford Town) and on Sunday Buckingham Athletic were beaten 1-4 at White Ensign. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.
4-4* Biggleswade United v Saffron Walden Town (Amador , Igbanoi) / (Cole [2[, Cockman, Fleming) Attendance: 184
1-3 AFC Hayes v FC Broxbourne Borough (Najafi) / (Bowers , Clark) Attendance: 73
1-3 Broadfields United v Walthamstow (Ehui) / (James  [1 pen], Fortune) Attendance: 48
2-3* Flackwell Heath v Colney Heath (Simmo, Ushiro-Lumb) / (Clements, Devine, Clarke-Mardel) Attendance: 67
0-2 Hadley v Milton Keynes Robins (Filip, Shrieves) Attendance: 56
2-1 Leighton Town v Hadleigh United (Webb  [1 pen]) / (Cassell) Attendance: 174
4-1 Mildenhall Town v Crawley Green (Green , Brame, Butcher) / (Ingham) Attendance: 145
1-6 New Salamis v Eynesbury Rovers (Unknown) / (Sinclair, Uttridge, Draper, Daniel, Jarrold, Brown) Attendance: 56
7-0 Oxhey Jets v Hackney Wick (Kerley , Bell, Lewis, Preedy, Bonner) Attendance: 57
5-1 Stansted v Aylesbury Vale Dynamos (Cheema , Carvalho ) / (Wilson) Attendance: 80
1-3 Tring Athletic v Woodbridge Town (Fletcher) / (Unknown) Attendance: 156
6-2 Wroxham v Baldock Town (Holt, Skipper, Clarke, Miles, Lappin, Dodsworth [pen]) / (Gould, Piggott [pen]) Attendance: 155
4-1 White Ensign v Buckingham Athletic (L Skinner, George, Munyard, Tapp [og]) / (Adams) Attendance: 90
Newport Pagnell Town maintained the pressure on league leaders Tring Athletic with a nail biting 4-3 win at Dunstable Town having trailed 1-2 at the interval. Harefield United remain sixth after their draw at Arlesey Town, the hosts equalizing in the closing minutes. Harpenden Town kept themselves in the hunt after defeating bottom club North Greenford United 3-1. London Colney recorded a 2-1 win at Potten United while the day’s other fixture saw a late equalizer for Leverstock Green against visiting Wembley at Pancake Lane. Full results and goalscorers are listed below.
2-2 Arlesey Town v Harefield United (Browne, Thake) / (Mangan, Pacquette) Attendance: 62
3-4 Dunstable Town v Newport Pagnell Town (Harvey , Stapleton) / (Shepherd  [1 pen], Burnside ) Attendance: 155
3-1 Harpenden Town v North Greenford United (Dallas, Plowright, Standen [pen]) / (Manitou) Attendance: 83
1-1 Leverstock Green v Wembley (Weeks) / (Iley) Attendance: 58
1-2 Potton United v London Colney (Willis) / (Dowridge, Maxwell) Attendance: 85
Second placed Shefford Town & Campton were surprisingly beaten 0-1 at home by lowly London Lions and as a result leaders St Panteleimon extended their lead at the top to nine points as they defeated visiting Langford 4-2. Stotfold are up to fourth following their 3-1 success against bottom club Hillingdon Borough with Enfield Borough fifth following a 2-1 home win against London Tigers. Park View remain in the bottom two after losing 1-5 at Rayners Lane. Ampthill Town, with games in hand, continued to keep pace with the leaders after seeing off visiting Wodson Park by the odd goal in three. The day’s other fixture saw Bedford winning 4-1 at Brimsdown. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.
2-1 Ampthill Town v Wodson Park (Zylko, Moss) / (Lima) Attendance: 74
1-4 Brimsdown v Bedford (Unknown) / (Graham , Daltilia) Attendance: 8
2-1 Enfield Borough v London Tigers (Devyne, Harris) / (Moreta) Attendance: 20
5-1 Rayners Lane v Park View (Blagden  [1 pen], Davis, Hastings, Maher) / (Botchey) Attendance: 40
0-1 Shefford Town & Campton v London Lions (Bolle) Attendance: 49
4-2 St Panteleimon v Langford (Tajbakhsh , Massay, Albadri) / (Rome, Verdia) Attendance: 18
3-1 Stotfold v Hillingdon Borough (Buchanan, Ngwala, Robertson) / (Olarerian) Attendance: 86
ANAGRAM RECORDS TROPHY First Round
It was not a happy afternoon for the two SSML sides in action in the First Round of the Anagrams Records Trophy, both failing to score as they exited the competition. Totternhoe fell at home to a solitary goal by Herts County League side Letchworth Garden City Eagles while The 61FC (Luton)’s trip to Essex saw them well beaten 0-7 by Shenfield AFC. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.
7-0 Shenfield AFC v The 61FC (Luton) (Unknown) Attendance: 81
0-1 Totternhoe v Letchworth Garden City Eagles (Unknown) Attendance: 54
BERKS & BUCKS SENIOR TROPHY Second Round
Winslow United were made to work hard to achieve a 3-2 success against visiting Hellenic League side Marlow United, the winner coming in the 87th minute from the penalty spot. Holders Old Bradwell United squeezed through at the expense of Mursley United thanks to a last minute Peter Maxey header. Unite MK put aside their poor league form to claim the scalp of Aston Clinton, the visitors winning 4-2 after trailing at the interval. The day’s other fixture saw Amersham Town well beaten at home by last season’s tenants Penn & Tylers Green, the Hellenic League side winning 6-0. Full results and goalscorers are listed below.
0-6 Amersham Town v Penn & Tylers Green (Fifield , Allen, Dulieu, Hamid, Stone) Attendance: 48
2-4 Aston Clinton v Unite MK (Mason-Williams, Roberts) / (Parker , Bearman, Rawson) Attendance: 27
1-0 Old Bradwell United v Mursley United (Maxey) Attendance: 52
3-2 Winslow United v Marlow United (Parsons, Freshwater, Almond [pen]) / (Etienne ) Attendance: 75
DIVISION TWO CUP First Round
Pitstone & Ivinghoe booked their quarter-final place with a 3-1 win at relegated Codicote, the hosts left rueing missed chances as they exited the competition. Full result and goalscorers are listed below.
1-3 Codicote v Pitstone & Ivinghoe (Evans) / (Campbell , Andrews) Attendance: 45
MK Gallacticos remain third but closed the gap at the top to two points with a 3-1 home win against second placed Berkhamsted Raiders. Buckingham United doubled their points tally for the campaign with a 2-0 win against visiting Sarratt while the day’s other game saw New Bradwell St Peter and Tring Corinthians contest the day’s only scoreless affair. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.
2-0 Buckingham United v Sarratt (Parkin, Opponent Own Goal) Attendance: 42
3-1 MK Gallacticos v Berkhamsted Raiders (J Smith , Jobe) / (Unknown) Attendance: 20
0-0 New Bradwell St Peter v Tring Corinthians AFC Attendance: 30
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