There were first league points of the new campaign for Potton United, Amersham Town and Bovingdon. Saturday brought about 120 goals from the 29 games (an average of 4.14 per game). St Panteleimon topping the charts with 7 while Newport Pagnell Town hit six. Courtney Massay (St Panteleimon) topped the individual scoring charts with five, Jim Burnside (Newport Pagnell Town) weighed in with four while Matt Cruse (Buckingham Athletic) netted a hat-trick.
7 September Stats: 29 games played of which 9 were home wins, 16 were away wins and 4 draws.
100% league record to date: Colney Heath, Berkhamsted Raiders, Mursley United and Old Bradwell United.
0% league records to date: North Greenford United, Buckingham United and Unite MK.
Saturday’s Highest Attendances: 245 Colney Heath v Corby Town, 221 Dunstable Town v Bishop’s Stortford and 156 Newport Pagnell Town v Leverstock Green.
Total Sin-Bins Season to Date (49):
SATURDAY 7th SEPTEMBER
THE EMIRATES FA CUP First Round Qualifying
Alas the dream is over as all five SSML clubs exited the FA Cup on Saturday. Colney Heath went down 1-3 at home against Southern League Central side Corby Town, Dunstable Town found themselves five goals down at home against Step 3 side Bishop’s Stortford before hitting three late goals to succumb 3-5. Current Essex Senior League and former SSML club Hadley defeated Arlesey Town 3-2 while in front of a crowd of 388 Step 3 side Lowestoft Town edged past visiting Leighton Town 2-0. The SSML sent roving reporter Dave Henman to the Wingate & Finchley v London Colney tie and he reports thus: – Forget the score! Yes I know Wingate & Finchley progress to the next round but the final score is extremely harsh on London Colney. For long periods of the game Colney were the better side, and definitely played the better football as W & F played lots of the long balls. It was against the run of play when the hosts took the lead on 34 minutes when substitute Alan Fleming was first to the ball which came back off the post and he couldn’t miss an open goal from 2 yards out. Right on the stroke of half time Ieaun Lewis reacted quickest to another save from Shane Gore ( Ex Stevenage I believe ) to shoot home, which is no more than Colney deserved. If you think I’m biased the W & F committee were scathing of their own side at half time and stated Colney were the far better side. After no doubt a few “choice” words at half time the home side upped their game in the second half, but it still seemed pretty even to me. However once full back Tanasheh Abrahams fired a rocket shot home from outside the box on 61 minutes, albeit with a deflection, Colney had to take a few chances to try to get back on level terms. The clinching goal came after 78 minutes when in a 2 versus 2 situation the excellent Tage Kennedy (now where have I heard that name before !) outpaced the defence, cut inside, firing home from about 15 yards. The fourth goal on 81 minutes by Alan Fleming just rubbed salt into the wounds. The Non-League paper gave 2 goal Fleming as Man of the Match but in my opinion he was extremely lucky to still be on the field when he delivered a Kung Fu style “tackle” on one of Colney’s defenders. Their best players were the experienced Shane Gore were kept his side in it with some excellent saves, plus the best forward on the pitch was the afore mentioned Tage Kennedy. Colney didn’t deserve to lose especially by 4-1 and were a credit to the South Midlands League. The W & F committee were extremely hospitable and were full of praise for Colney especially their first half performance. Full results and goalscorers listed below.
1-3 Colney Heath v Corby Town (Devine) / (Diggin , Dean) Attendance: 245
3-5 Dunstable Town v Bishop’s Stortford (Zunguzah, Little, Pobbe) / (Cureton , Charles , Barnwell [pen]) Attendance: 221
3-2 Hadley v Arlesey Town (Anwar, Bartram [pen], Ofori) / (Thake, Hatch) Attendance: 127
2-0 Lowestoft Town v Leighton Town (Linton, Cole) Attendance: 388
4-1 Wingate & Finchley v London Colney (Fleming , Abrahams, Kennedy) / (Lewis) Attendance: 111
LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY First Round
No shocks in the League Challenge Trophy as Division One side Langford won 3-1 at Division Two club MK Gallacticos to set up a home tie with Leighton Town in Round Two. Full result and goalscorers listed below.
1-3 MK Gallacticos v Langford (J Smith) / (Bond, Foster, Rome) Attendance: 40
No change at the top as the top three all recorded impressive wins, again it’s the new boys leading the way with leaders Eynesbury Rovers defeating Baldock Town 2-0, Newport Pagnell Town are now second after defeating Leverstock Green 6-0 while Tring Athletic drop to third despite winning 4-2 at Crawley Green. Potton United moved off the bottom when they secured their first points of the season with a 2-1 win at Harpenden Town, replacing them at the bottom are North Greenford United who went down 0-3 at home to Oxhey Jets. The two London Derbies saw wins for both promoted clubs Harefield United (1-0 at home against Edgware Town) and Broadfields United (3-1 away against Wembley) while the day’s other league action saw Biggleswade United inflicting the first league defeat on Aylesbury Vale Dynamos when recording a 3-1 away win. Full results and goalscorers are listed below.
1-3 Aylesbury Vale Dynamos v Biggleswade United (Fitzgerald) / (Smith, Spavins, Caglar) Attendance: 92
2-4 Crawley Green v Tring Athletic (Ajigbolamu, Holmes) / (Ferrigno , Dash [pen], Lovell) Attendance: 50
2-0 Eynesbury Rovers v Baldock Town (Gentle, Peters) Attendance: 107
1-0 Harefield United v Edgware Town (Pacquette) Attendance: 105
1-2 Harpenden Town v Potton United (McGreevy) / (Agunbiade, Hamilton) Attendance: 63
6-0 Newport Pagnell Town v Leverstock Green (Burnside , Soetan, Unknown) Attendance: 156
0-3 North Greenford United v Oxhey Jets (Brennan, Opponent Own Goal, Cameron) Attendance: 68
1-3 Wembley v Broadfields United (Ebonine) / (Faux-James, Gardner, Smith) Attendance: 49
With the top four teams being assured of promotion this season the race for those placings remains a tight affair, new boys St Panteleimon remain top following a 7-3 win at Buckingham Athletic, while another new club Shefford Town & Campton move into second spot after winning 5-2 at Winslow United. Ampthill Town (3-3 at Rayners Lane) and Enfield Borough (2-1 winners at Bedford) currently occupy the other two promotion places with just two points separating the top four. At the bottom Hillingdon Borough move up one place after a 2-2 draw at home against Milton Keynes Robins with London Tigers now sitting at the foot of the table. Amersham Town picked up their first points of the campaign with a 4-2 win at London Lions. FC Broxbourne Borough doubled their points tally when they won for the first time when defeating New Salamis 4-1. Stotfold and Brimsdown both recorded away wins at Wodson Park and Park View respectively. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.
1-2 Bedford v Enfield Borough (McLeod-Bentley) / (Bangura ) Attendance: 20
3-7 Buckingham Athletic v St Panteleimon (Cruse  [2 pens]) / (Massay , Monti, Tajbakhsh [pen]) Attendance: 48
4-1 FC Broxbourne Borough v New Salamis (Unknown) / (Austin) Attendance: 48
2-2 Hillingdon Borough v Milton Keynes Robins (Hunt ) / (G Shrieves ) Attendance: 15
2-4 London Lions v Amersham Town (Unknown) / (Thomas , Deritis, Stevens) Attendance: 32
1-2 Park View v Brimsdown (Appiah) / (Mwamba, Tiryaki) Attendance: 10
3-3 Rayners Lane v Ampthill Town (Davis, R Hastings, Blagden) / (Cerminara , Skinner) Attendance: 46
2-5 Winslow United v Shefford Town & Campton (Almond  [1 pen]) / (Snee , Dougherty [pen], Renney, King) Attendance: 83
0-3 Wodson Park v Stotfold (Forsythe [pen], Buchanan, Gregson) Attendance: 20
Old Bradwell United moved to the top of the table with a 4-1 over The 61FC (Luton) whilst New Bradwell St Peter are now third after coming out on top by the odd goal in five against local rivals Unite MK, as a result the hosts remain at the bottom of the table. New boys Buckingham United opened their campaign with a narrow defeat at Sarratt while Aston Clinton returned home from their trip to Codicote with all three points following a solitary goal success. Elsewhere it was honours even as Bovingdon were held at home by Pitstone & Ivinghoe and Tring Corinthians AFC and Totternhoe played out the day’s only goalless game. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.
1-1 Bovingdon v Pitstone & Ivinghoe (Unknown) / (Doughty) Attendance: 61
0-1 Codicote v Aston Clinton (Mealor) Attendance: 53
4-1 Old Bradwell United v The 61FC (Luton) (Daryll Smith  [1 pen], Collins, Green) / (Sinclair) Attendance: 44
2-1 Sarratt v Buckingham United (Rivers ) / (Odatolu) Attendance: 25
0-0 Tring Corinthians AFC v Totternhoe Attendance: 35
2-3 Unite MK v New Bradwell St Peter (McConnell, Mulholland) / (Kelsey , Ramswell) Attendance: 26
Garry Monk is the 9th consecutive Sheffield Wednesday manager who wasn’t born on a Wednesday. The last one who was, Paul Sturrock, got them promoted. Seems pretty fool-proof.
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