As moisture put paid to a handful of games on Saturday, the wind and dampness made it difficult at others but the SSML saw plenty of fireworks in the mixture of games played in the league and cup matches with goals continuing to rocket in around the grounds.
Enfield Borough hit for six by Jamie Cerminara. Record FA Vase defeat for FC Broxbourne Borough. Tring Athletic continue their quest for the title. Oxhey Jets blown away at Deal Town and not a sight of any arm-pits offside. The 22 games seeing 108 goals (an average of 4.90 per game). Jamie Cerminara (Ampthill Town) led the way with all six in his sides 6-3 win while there were hat-tricks for Danny Webb (Leighton Town), Jordan Brown (Eynesbury Rovers), Henry Snee (Shefford Town & Campton) and Alex Groom (Pitstone & Ivinghoe).
2 November Stats: 22 games played of which 11 were home wins, 7 were away wins and 4 were draws.
(Most League Wins – all Divisions): 12 Tring Athletic, 11 St Panteleimon, 9 Biggleswade United, Colney Heath, Newport Pagnell Town, Winslow United.
(Most League Draws – all Divisions): 8 Arlesey Town, 7 FC Broxbourne Borough, 5 Hillingdon Borough, London Tigers, Rayners Lane.
(Most League Defeats – all Divisions): 11 North Greenford United, 9 Edgware Town, Potton United, 8 Amersham Town, Baldock Town.
(Division One League): St Panteleimon.
Without a Draw:
(Premier Division League): Biggleswade United, Colney Heath, Tring Athletic.
(Division One League): Shefford Town & Campton, Winslow United.
(Division Two League): Berkhamsted Raiders, Buckingham United, 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): 45 Newport Pagnell Town.
(Division One League): 53 St Panteleimon.
(Division Two League): 27 Pitstone & Ivinghoe.
Most Goals Conceded:
(Premier Division League): 38 North Greenford United.
(Division One League): 40 Hillingdon Borough.
(Division Two League): 28 The 61FC (Luton).
Fewest Goals Conceded:
(Premier Division League): 6 Colney Heath.
(Division One League): 14 Stotfold.
(Division Two League): 4 Old Bradwell United.
Fewest Goals Scored:
(Premier Division League): 11 Baldock Town.
(Division One League): 15 Amersham Town, FC Broxbourne Borough, Park View.
(Division Two League): 5 Buckingham United, The 61FC (Luton).
Saturday’s Highest Attendances: 172 Colney Heath v Stowmarket Town, 152 Leighton Town v FC Broxbourne Borough and 124 Milton Keynes Robins FC 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, 76 Mursley United v Old Bradwell United and 70 Berkhamsted Raiders v Old Bradwell United.
Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Premier Division Clubs): 19 Jim Burnside (Newport Pagnell Town), Danny Webb (Leighton Town), 17 Leon Lobjoit (Newport Pagnell Town), 14 Scott Piggott (Baldock Town).
Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division One Clubs): 21 Courtney Massay (St Panteleimon) 18 Courtney Austin (New Salamis, Hillingdon Borough), Jamie Cerminara (Ampthill Town), 16 Ash Hunt (Hillingdon Borough), Henry Snee (Shefford Town & Campton).
Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division Two Clubs): 11 Lemar Mason-Williams (Aston Clinton), 10 Josh Smith (MK Gallacticos), 9 Marcus Rivers (Sarratt).
Total Sin-Bins Season to Date (128):
Clubs with no Sin Bins (9): Aylesbury Vale Dynamos, Codicote, Edgware Town, Eynesbury Rovers, Hillingdon Borough, London Lions, New Bradwell St Peter, Sarratt, Tring Corinthians AFC.
Saturday 2nd November
THE BUILDBASE FA VASE Second Round
The day began with seven SSML sides left in this seasons FA Vase and with two all SSML ties we knew at least two would remain (subject to Brexit) come the final whistle, could that number rise as the other three SSML sides all faced tough opposition. Colney Heath welcomed Stowmarket Town, unbeaten in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division and current table toppers. This proved to be a hard fought affair with both sides in great form going into the tie, the hosts saw two players sin-binned while the visitors found themselves reduced to ten men shortly before the hour-mark. With extra time looming the tie was finally settled in favour of the visitors with an injury time goal. Oxhey Jets faced a long trek to Kent to face Deal Town (Southern Counties East Premier Division), the game in which saw the players having to contend with gale force winds and driving rain which left deep puddles all over the pitch and made accurate passing extremely difficult saw the Jets go 1-0 up but the hosts recovered to win 4-1 to end the hopes of the Hertfordshire club. Newport Pagnell Town played host to Coggeshall United (Thurlow Nunn First Division South) and looked to be cruising when 2-0 up but the introduction of substitute Matangi brought about two quick goals from player with fresh legs however NPT quickly regained the upper hand and struck twice to become the third SSML in Monday’s draw. As mentioned the other two ties were all SSML affairs with both Division One sides facing Premier Division sides and both games brought about FA Vase records. Eynesbury Rovers travelled to Milton Keynes Robins FC and equalled their best win in the competition with a 6-1 success. It was also a 6-1 scoreline in the day’s other tie as Leighton Town quickly took control of their game with visiting FC Broxbourne Borough and thus inflicting the Hertfordshire club’s heaviest defeat in their FA Vase history. Full results and goalscorers listed below.
0-1 Colney Heath v Stowmarket Town (Blake) Attendance: 172
4-1 Deal Town v Oxhey Jets (Chapman , Munday) / (Cameron) Attendance: 148
6-1 Leighton Town v FC Broxbourne Borough (Webb  [1 pen], Pattie , Campbell) / (Clarke) Attendance: 152
1-6 Milton Keynes Robins v Eynesbury Rovers (Spence) / (Brown , Gentle, Fuller, Sinclair) Attendance: 124
4-2 Newport Pagnell Town v Coggeshall United (Olawale , Burnside, Lyon) / (Matangi ) Attendance: 106
With the weather putting paid to four games and other clubs involved in FA Vase fixtures it left just three Premier Division fixtures. League leaders Tring Athletic took full advantage to extend their lead to six points with a 4-1 home success against Broadfields United. The day’s other two games both resulted in a 2-2 draw scoreline, Arlesey Town being held by visiting Crawley Green, the hosts levelling the scores in injury time to record their eighth draw of the campaign while Harpenden Town were grateful to Chris Blunden for securing a point in their game at Dunstable Town, the goal coming shortly before the end. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.
2-2 Arlesey Town v Crawley Green (Browne, Brown-Johnson) / (Lobjoit ) Attendance: 81
2-2 Dunstable Town v Harpenden Town (Pobbe, Hankins) / (McGreevy, Blunden) Attendance: 71
4-1 Tring Athletic v Broadfields United (Mitchell , Swales ) / (Unknown) Attendance: 83
Winslow United moved back in second place in the table with a hard fought 2-1 home success over Brimsdown, the result leaves them some ten points adrift of table toppers St Panteleimon although the Buckinghamshire side have two games in hand and are set to meet before the end of the month. New Salamis drop to third after they were held to a 3-3 draw at London Tigers. At the other end of the table bottom club Park View hosted fellow strugglers Amersham Town in what some would call a ‘six-pointer’, a 4-1 win for the hosts saw them close the gap to one point on their visitors. Hillingdon Borough moved out of the bottom two with a solitary goal success at Buckingham Athletic, their first clean sheet since April. The day’s other action saw a one man demolition as Jamie Cerminara netted all six for Ampthill Town as they won 6-3 at Enfield Borough in a mid-table contest. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.
0-1 Buckingham Athletic v Hillingdon Borough (Unknown) Attendance: 28
3-6 Enfield Borough v Ampthill Town (Bangura, Harris, Opposition Own Goal) / (Cerminara ) Attendance: 15
3-3 London Tigers v New Salamis (Unknown) / (Michael, Hervel, Mehmet) Attendance: Unknown
4-1 Park View v Amersham Town (Appiah , Williams ) / (Littleboy [pen]) Attendance: 20
2-1 Winslow United v Brimsdown (S King, Gwilliam) / (Drewitt-Baptiste) Attendance: 52
BEDS SENIOR TROPHY Second Round
In an all SSML Division One clash Stotfold progressed in the Beds Senior Trophy with a 3-1 home success against Bedford. Division Two side Totternhoe also progressed into the quarter-finals after beating visiting Beds County League side Marston Shelton Rovers. Shefford Town & Campton exited the Beds Senior Trophy following a penalty shoot-out against unbeaten Beds County League opponents Cranfield United and also going out are Langford who suffered a 0-3 reversal at home against Biggleswade FC Reserves also from the Beds County League. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.
0-3 Langford v Biggleswade FC Reserves (Coles, Mitchell, Smith) Attendance: 40
3-3 [2-4 pens] Shefford Town & Campton v Cranfield United (Snee ) / (Mitten  [1 pen], Boughton) Attendance: 32
3-1 Stotfold v Bedford (Gregson , Mordecai) / (Unknown) Attendance: 51
4-1 Totternhoe v Marston Shelton Rovers (Woolaway, Dem, Taylor, Paquette) / (Unknown) Attendance: 19
HERTS SENIOR CENTENARY TROPHY Second Round
It was a good day for SSML clubs in the Herts Senior Centenary Trophy with both Berkhamsted Raiders and London Lions progressing into the quarter-finals. In the day’s all SSML tie Division One London Lions overcame Division Two Bovingdon 3-1 at Rowley Lane while fellow Division Two side Berkhamsted Raiders saw off unbeaten Herts County League opposition Letchworth Garden City Eagles by the odd goal in five. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.
3-2 Berkhamsted Raiders v Letchworth Garden City Eagles (Collins , Collier) / (Unknown) Attendance: 60
3-1 London Lions v Bovingdon (Goldberg , Landesberg) / (Unknown) Attendance: 28
Pitstone & Ivinghoe moved up to second place in the table with a 4-0 win at Codicote and in the process completed a league double over the Hertfordshire side having beaten them 3-1 in their opening game of the campaign. Aston Clinton climbed up to third with a 5-1 home success against New Bradwell St Peter in the day’s only other league action. Full results and goalscorers listed below.
5-1 Aston Clinton v New Bradwell St Peter (Mason-Williams , E Williams , Kittle [pen]) / (Kelsey [pen]) Attendance: 9
0-4 Codicote v Pitstone & Ivinghoe (Groom , Doughty) Attendance: 45
DIVISION TWO CUP First Round
MK Gallacticos booked their quarter-final place in the Division Two Cup with a 5-3 win at Mursley United and will no doubt be looking forward to Monday’s live draw on Twitter. Full result and goalscorers listed below.
3-5 Mursley United v MK Gallacticos (Hawkins, Bradford, Skelton) / (J Smith, Mohamed, Amoako, Osei-Vondo, Jobe) Attendance: 32
You Couldn’t Make It Up.
Once again VAR makes the game we all love a laughing stock. A goal deemed offside because of an arm-pit, yes you read that correctly. So my Twittersphere Tweet of the Week is this delightful gem.
Imagine the on field referee saying “Is there any reason why I can’t award this goal?” And the VAR saying have a look at his arm-pit!
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 Mike Farquharson, Communications Manager at Aylesbury Vale Dynamos.
The result of this week’s Team of the Day Poll with 150 votes cast is:-
Newport Pagnell Town 53%
Berkhamsted Raiders 31%
Aston Clinton 9%
Park View 7%