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4 weeks ago By Rob Cairney



The Views Expressed Are Solely My Own, Are Written Tongue In Cheek
And Should Be Taken With A Pinch Of Salt

As Storm Deirdre battered the country with all but three of the South West Peninsula League games falling to the rain and frozen pitches hitting the North East the SSML clubs showed that a gentle breeze, mild drizzle and falling temperatures would not stop the majority of them playing football, just two games failing to finish.

Berkhamsted Development finally taste a league defeat. Tring Athletic get back to winning ways, Stotfold’s search for a win continues (we all know what their players will be asking Santa). As the rain fell so the goals rained in, the 24 games seeing 130 goals (an average of 5.41 per game). Jack Read (Tring Athletic), Danny Webb (Potton United), Aaron McLeish (North Greenford United FC), Lenny Farhall (Harefield United), Joshua Smith (MK Gallacticos), Lewis Brooker (AFC Dunstable U21), Charlie Wright (Buckingham Athletic Development), Evan Beldon and Giovanni Moscaritolo (both Kempston Rovers Development) all netting hat-tricks.

15 December Stats: 26 games played of which 9 were home wins, 12 were away wins, 3 were draws and two games abandoned.

(Most League Wins – all Divisions): 16 Harefield United, 15 Biggleswade FC, 14 Broadfields United, Tring Athletic.
(Most League Draws – all Divisions): 9 Edgware Town, 7 Leighton Town, 6 Oxhey Jets.
(Most League Defeats – all Divisions): 16 Hatfield Town, 15 Stotfold, 14 Brimsdown.
Average Saturday Goals: 4.11 (2489 goals from 605 games).
(Division One League): Harefield United.
Without a Win:
(Premier Division League): Stotfold.
Most Goals Scored:
(Premier Division League): 56 Biggleswade FC.
(Division One League): 65 Hillingdon Borough.
(Division Two League): 42 Pitstone & Ivinghoe.
(U25 Development Division League): 36 Berkhamsted Development.
Most Goals Conceded:
(Premier Division League): 55 Stotfold.
(Division One League): 68 Hatfield Town.
(Division Two League): 48 Clean Slate.
(U25 Development Division League): 34 Stotfold U25 and Ampthill Town Development.
Fewest Goals Conceded:
(Premier Division League): 18 Tring Athletic.
(Division One League): 14 Broadfields United.
(Division Two League): 10 Old Bradwell United.
(U25 Development Division League): 8 Buckingham Athletic Development.
Fewest Goals Scored:
(Premier Division League): 15 Stotfold.
(Division One League): 17 Hatfield Town.
(Division Two League): 9 Clean Slate.
(U25 Development Division League): 6 Holmer Green Development U25.

Weekend’s Highest Attendances: 75 Hadley v Biggleswade FC, 68 Baldock Town v Stotfold and 57 Winslow United v Buckingham Town.

Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Premier Division Clubs): 239 Tring Athletic v Biggleswade FC (FA Vase), 211 Baldock Town v Arlesey Town and 203 Biggleswade FC v Biggleswade United.

Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Division One Clubs): 351 Winslow United v Easington Sports (FA Cup), 257 Harefield United v Winslow United and 177 Buckingham Athletic v Winslow United.

Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Division Two Clubs): 121 Bovingdon v Biggleswade United (League Challenge Trophy), 101 Aston Clinton v Pitstone & Ivinghoe, 92 Bovingdon v Old Bradwell United.

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Premier Division Clubs): 20 Ashton Campbell (Tring Athletic), Alex Marsh (Biggleswade FC) 19 Aaron McLeish (North Greenford United FC) 16 Jonathan Lacey (Leverstock Green), Lorrell Smith (Arlesey Town), Kieran Turner (Tring Athletic).

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division One Clubs): 21 Tage Kennedy (Enfield Borough) 19 Sean Peter (Hillingdon Borough) 18 Harry Dalton (Winslow United), Leonard Farhall (Harefield United).

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division Two Clubs): 21 Nathan Skelton (Mursley United) 19 Joshua Smith (MK Gallacticos) 16 Albie Hall (Pitstone & Ivinghoe).

Saturday 15th December

The top of the table clash at Hadley saw league leaders Biggleswade FC run out 4-0 winners while second placed Tring Athletic maintained the pressure with a 5-2 win at relegation battling Harpenden Town. Biggleswade United move into fourth as they excellent form continued with a 4-0 home success over London Tigers, you have to go back until the first week of October when United were last beaten in the league. The upset of the day came at Wembley were the hosts hit high flying visitors Arlesey Town for six. Baldock Town are in seventh heaven as they saw off the challenge of visiting bottom club Stotfold 7-0. Eight goals were shared at Oxhey Jets where an injury time equaliser for the visitors North Greenford United FC earned them a point. Elsewhere Potton United were 4-2 winners at Leverstock Green and London Colney were held to a goalless draw by visiting Edgware Town. Full results and goalscorers are listed below.

7-0 Baldock Town v Stotfold (Joy [2], Barker [2], Ngwala [2], Forsythe) Attendance: 68
4-0 Biggleswade United v London Tigers (Hankins [2], Briggs, Lewis) Attendance: 42
0-4 Hadley v Biggleswade FC (Northfield, A Marsh, George, Leavers) Attendance: 75
2-5 Harpenden Town v Tring Athletic (McClelland, Davis) / (Read [3], Campbell, Turner) Attendance: 42
A-A Leighton Town v Colney Heath
2-4 Leverstock Green v Potton United (Carbon, Smith) / (Webb [3], Ansell-Carter) Attendance: 15
0-0 London Colney v Edgware Town Attendance: 25
4-4 Oxhey Jets v North Greenford United FC (Kerley [2], Turner [2]) / (McLeish [3], Oke-William) Attendance: 34
6-0 Wembley v Arlesey Town (Benmansour [2], Weir, Berchiche, Femi-Gil, Osbourne) Attendance: 32

Harefield United moved six points clear at the top with a 5-0 win at Rayners Lane to set up their forthcoming meeting next Saturday with their closest challengers Broadfields United. Winslow United stay third after a 5-3 home success over league newcomers Buckingham Town while Hillingdon Borough remain fourth after a 7-2 win at lowly Codicote. Amersham Town remain in the relegation battle following a 1-4 defeat at Langford. London Lions were made to work hard for the maximum points on offer in their game with Wodson Park, the Lions winning 1-0. Buckingham Athletic are up to seventh as they won by the odd goal in five at Bedford. Elsewhere Brimsdown went down 1-2 at Park View. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

2-3 Bedford v Buckingham Athletic (Jones, S Macrea) / (Soetan [2], Zulu) Attendance: 25
2-7 Codicote v Hillingdon Borough (Thake, Todd) / (Unknown) Attendance: 25
4-1 Langford v Amersham Town (Bamford [2], Morris, Osborne) / (Unknown) Attendance: 36
1-0 London Lions v Wodson Park (Unknown) Attendance: 21
2-1 Park View v Brimsdown (Price, Roka) / (Seyhan) Attendance: Unknown
0-5 Rayners Lane v Harefield United (Farhall [3], Pacquette, Underwood) Attendance: 38
5-3 Winslow United v Buckingham Town (King [2], Kedzierski, Parsons, Cruse) / (Unknown) Attendance: 57

Bovingdon returned to the top of the table with a hard fought 2-1 success at New Bradwell St Peter FC. Old Bradwell United and Mursley United both remain in the hunt for the title after they shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw, OBU having conceded early on levelled in the 80th minute. Grendon Rangers eased their re-election fears with a 4-2 home win over Totternhoe, Rangers for the second successive Saturday scoring four times. Sarratt continue to find league form hard and remain second from bottom after losing 1-4 at home to MK Gallacticos. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

A-A Aston Clinton v Clean Slate
4-2 Grendon Rangers v Totternhoe (Ginger, Walls, Adam, Unknown) / (O’Callaghan, Cartwright) Attendance: 13
1-2 New Bradwell St Peter FC v Bovingdon (Davey) / (Davis, Dodd) Attendance: 25
1-1 Old Bradwell United v Mursley United (Green) / (Dickson) Attendance: 10
1-4 Sarratt v MK Gallacticos (Andrew) / (J Smith [3], Sharif) Attendance: 28

Buckingham Athletic Development look to have built up a match winning lead as they saw off visiting Harpenden Town Development 6-1 in the first leg of their first round tie. Full result and goalscorers listed below.

6-1 Buckingham Athletic Development v Harpenden Town Development (Wright [3], Golding, Staley, Parr) / (Bendon) Attendance: Unknown

Table toppers Berkhamsted Development suffered their first league defeat of the season in a game that produced thirteen goals, the visitors, Kempston Rovers Development winning 8-5 and as a result move up to second in the table. Bottom club Holmer Green Development U25 lost at home to AFC Dunstable U21 in another game packed with goals, the visitors winning 5-3. In a day that saw all four league fixtures result in away wins, Biggleswade United U23 won 4-1 at Ampthill Town Development and Leighton Town Development were 3-0 winners at Stotfold U25. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

1-4 Ampthill Town Development v Biggleswade United U23 (Unknown) / (Unknown) Attendance: Unknown
5-8 Berkhamsted Development v Kempston Rovers Development (Unknown) / (Beldon [3], G Moscaritolo [3], Olodude [2]) Attendance: Unknown
3-5 Holmer Green Development U25 v AFC Dunstable U21 (Unknown) / (Brooker [3], Burton, Smith) Attendance: Unknown
0-3 Stotfold U25 v Leighton Town Development (Butawo, Gadsden, Ruston) Attendance: Unknown

Pretty in Pink

For one SSML club the pink respect bibs played a major park for them as they were forced to borrow the host clubs bibs to wear after turning up with the wrong kit.

League Two side Cambridge United have showed their Christmas spirit by mowing a Christmas tree into their pitch. The special design at Abbey Stadium for the U's game against Yeovil Town on Saturday was created by groundsman Ian Darler and features stars and baubles. "Our Groundsman does Christmas better than yours", the club tweeted, along with a picture of the pitch. Cue a number of 'hilarious' responses, including: "Think they should be focusing on getting the tree points myself...". The club itself tweeted: "Gary Deegan is very much aiming for the tree points today."

Remember to tune into Three Counties Radio (Herts, Beds & Bucks) and a show all about local non-league football- The show is live every Monday evening from 7.00pm – 8.00pm and is the perfect opportunity to catch up with our local non-league scene at all levels. Both presenters of the show are on twitter, and to follow what’s coming up in the next show make sure you give them a follow, Ollie Bayliss is @Ollie_Bayliss and Luke Ashmead is @Ashmead72.

Updated 14:04 - 18 Dec 2018 by Rob Cairney

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