Christmas is still a month away, but the weekend brought plenty of early footballing gifts, with some superb goals and exciting matches around the Spartan South Midlands League.
Pitstone & Ivinghoe march on with their eighth successive win. Colney Heath continue to battle with Tring Athletic for the title. North Greenford United and The 61FC (Luton) continue their search for a win. The 20 games seeing 64 goals (an average of 3.20 per game).
23 November Stats: 21 games played of which 10 were home wins, 6 were away wins, 4 were draws and 1 abandoned.
(Most League Wins – all Divisions): 12 Colney Heath, Tring Athletic, St Panteleimon, 11 Winslow United, 10 Biggleswade United, Milton Keynes Robins.
(Most League Draws – all Divisions): 8 Arlesey Town, 7 FC Broxbourne Borough.
(Most League Defeats – all Divisions): 13 North Greenford United, 11 London Colney, Park View, 10 Edgware Town, Brimsdown, Langford.
(Division One League): St Panteleimon.
Without a Draw:
(Premier Division League): Colney Heath, Tring Athletic.
(Division One League): Winslow United.
(Division Two League): Berkhamsted Raiders, Mursley United, Old Bradwell United, Unite MK.
Without a Win:
(Premier Division League): North Greenford United.
(Division Two League): The 61FC (Luton).
Most Goals Scored:
(Premier Division League): 48 Newport Pagnell Town.
(Division One League): 54 St Panteleimon.
(Division Two League): 34 Pitstone & Ivinghoe.
Most Goals Conceded:
(Premier Division League): 45 North Greenford United.
(Division One League): 49 Enfield Borough.
(Division Two League): 44 The 61FC (Luton).
Fewest Goals Conceded:
(Premier Division League): 7 Colney Heath.
(Division One League): 18 Stotfold.
(Division Two League): 4 Old Bradwell United.
Fewest Goals Scored:
(Premier Division League): 14 Baldock Town.
(Division One League): 19 Park View.
(Division Two League): 7 Buckingham United.
Saturday’s Highest Attendances: 150 Leighton Town v Harefield United, 87 Potton United v Newport Pagnell Town and 84 Colney Heath v Arlesey 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 72 Buckingham United v Pitstone & Ivinghoe.
Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Premier Division Clubs): 28 Danny Webb (Leighton Town), 19 Jim Burnside (Newport Pagnell Town), Jon Clements (Colney Heath), 17 Leon Lobjoit (Newport Pagnell Town).
Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division One Clubs): 25 Henry Snee (Shefford Town & Campton), 22 Courtney Massay (St Panteleimon) 20 Courtney Austin (Hillingdon Borough, New Salamis), Ash Hunt (Hillingdon Borough).
Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division Two Clubs): 11 Jervon Campbell (Pitstone & Ivinghoe, Bovingdon), Lemar Mason-Williams (Aston Clinton), Josh Smith (MK Gallacticos), 10 Marcus Rivers (Sarratt), Darryl Smith (Old Bradwell United).
Total Sin-Bins Season to Date (149):
Clubs with no Sin Bins (6): Codicote, Edgware Town, Hillingdon Borough, London Lions, Sarratt, Tring Corinthians AFC.
Saturday 23rd November
Colney Heath are now level at the top of the table following a 2-0 home success against Arlesey Town, Heath in second place have two games in hand over leaders Tring Athletic. Newport Pagnell Town remain third after securing a point at Potton United following a 1-1 draw. At the bottom North Greenford United are still looking for their first three point haul of the campaign after going down by the odd goal in three at Leverstock Green. After waiting ten weeks for a win Edgware Town found like buses two come along at once as they made in two from two with a 2-1 win at London Colney. Fifth place Harpenden Town defeated fourth place Biggleswade United with a 2-1 home success while Leighton Town recent fine form continued as they overcame visiting Harefield United by the odd goal in three. The day’s other action saw Crawley Green and Eynesbury Rovers having to settle for a point apiece after battling out a 2-2 draw. Full results and goalscorers are listed below.
2-0 Colney Heath v Arlesey Town (Armitt ) Attendance: 84
2-2 Crawley Green v Eynesbury Rovers (Watson ) / (Brown, Daniel) Attendance: 45
2-1 Harpenden Town v Biggleswade United (Scott, Dance) / (Smith) Attendance: 73
2-1 Leighton Town v Harefield United (Pattie, Towell) / (Farhall [pen]) Attendance: 150
2-1 Leverstock Green v North Greenford United (Griffiths, Mannion) / (Molyneaux) Attendance: 31
1-2 London Colney v Edgware Town (Beevor) / (Page, McGleish) Attendance: 25
1-1 Potton United v Newport Pagnell Town (Andrews) / (Soetan) Attendance: 87
With the day’s big top of the table fixture at St Panteleimon postponed and second place Winslow United’s game at Rayners Lane abandoned due to a floodlight failure Milton Keynes Robins took full advantage and moved to within eight points of the leaders with a 3-1 home success against London Tigers. Shefford Town & Campton and Stotfold maintained their push for a top four automatic promotion spot with wins on Saturday, Shefford defeating visiting bottom club Park View 2-0 while Stotfold enjoyed a 3-0 success at London Lions. Langford went down by the odd goal in five at Hillingdon Borough, the hosts have now won five of their last six games. At the foot of the table Amersham Town did themselves a big favour with a 6-3 home success against Enfield Borough while Brimsdown were beaten by the odd goal in three at Ampthill Town. Elsewhere Bedford suffered a 1-2 defeat at FC Broxbourne Borough. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.
6-3 Amersham Town v Enfield Borough (Thomas , Wallace , Madeinlo, Johnson) / (Tavares , Ennin) Attendance: 23
2-1 Ampthill Town v Brimsdown (Cullen, Burton) / (Oviawe) Attendance: 45
2-1 FC Broxbourne Borough v Bedford (Ellis, Justice) / (Kumar) Attendance: 29
3-2 Hillingdon Borough v Langford (Hunt, Jagdev, M Lansiquot) / (Edwards, Osborne) Attendance: 15
0-3 London Lions v Stotfold (Forsythe , Gordon-Stearn) Attendance: 29
3-1 Milton Keynes Robins v London Tigers (G Shrieves , V Shrieves) / (Unknown) Attendance: 60
A-A Rayners Lane v Winslow United
2-0 Shefford Town & Campton v Park View (Snee ) Attendance: 71
BERKS & BUCKS SENIOR TROPHY Third Round
Buckingham Athletic became the third SSML side to reach the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy quarter-finals following a 1-0 win against Wallingford Town, the delayed tie being switched to the Hellenic League club’s Hithercroft Road ground after two postponements. Full result and goalscorer listed below.
0-1 Wallingford Town v Buckingham Athletic (Williamson) Attendance: 57
ANAGRAM RECORDS TROPHY First Round
Old Bradwell United exited the Anagram Records Trophy on penalties after their First Round tie with ProKit UK Essex Olympian League Division One side FC Hamlets had finished goalless. Full result listed below.
0-0 [2-3 pens] Old Bradwell United v FC Hamlets Attendance: 30
Pitstone & Ivinghoe increased their lead at the top of the table to five points with a 3-0 win at struggling Buckingham United, the win extending their run to eight successive wins. Tring Corinthians AFC move up to fourth after defeating Bovingdon 2-0, the club winning back to back matches for the first time this campaign. The 61FC (Luton) remain rooted at the foot of the table after going down at home against Mursley United, the visitors winning 5-2. The day’s other action saw Sarratt return home from their trip to New Bradwell St Peter with a point following a 1-1 draw. Full results and goalscorers listed below.
0-2 Bovingdon v Tring Corinthians AFC (Randall, Lando) Attendance: 25
0-3 Buckingham United v Pitstone & Ivinghoe (Campbell , Groom) Attendance: 72
1-1 New Bradwell St Peter v Sarratt (Sofroni) / (Loakes) Attendance: 25
2-5 The 61FC (Luton) v Mursley United (Waller, Boddington) / (Hawkins, Skelton, Bradford, Lloyd-Roberts, Jenness) Attendance: 21
Michail Antonio joined a very exclusive group of footballers (the others being Steed Malbranque, Deli Ali and Christian Eriksen) on Saturday as he scored his fourth Premier League goal against Tottenham Hotspur, with all four coming at different stadiums – Upton Park, White Hart Lane, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and London Stadium. Too bad he didn’t add Wembley to the list last year.
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 presenter Ollie Bayliss is joined by The 61FC (Luton) goalkeeper Ryan Moulding.
The result of this week’s Team of the Day Poll with 59 votes cast is:-
Amersham Town 36%
Pitstone & Ivinghoe 24%
Harpenden Town 22%
Edgware Town 19%