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  2. yes, congratuIations to Fergus Moore and the team on their third League win in a row to take them up to fifth in the tabIe, just ten points beind Ieaders Crawley Green with two games in hand: (H) Harpenden Town – Leverstock Green F.C. (levgreenfc.co.uk)
  3. Today
  4. A groundhopper from another Forum was present, not sure why FuII Time is stating the resuIt was after extra time: Hertfordshire Senior Centenary Trophy Quarter-Final Letchworth Garden City Eagles 0 Oracle Components 1 (not AET as stated on Full-Time) Admission: £6, Programme: N/A (I assume they issue for league games but simply chose not to bother for this, and with such a small crowd who can blame them?) Attendance: 12 (official, considerably lower than my headcount of 27 so there must have been a lot of freebies in attendance) Oracle Components started this game on the front foot and had the first clear-cut chance in the 16th minute with a low shot from range that the Letchworth keeper had to push past the post for an Oracle corner. From the corner, Oracle took a surprise lead: the corner was played to the near post, where a scuffed clearance pushed it to a Oracle player to shoot onto the crossbar before the ball fell to Smith for a tap-in. The away side spent the rest of the half pushing for a second goal to kill the game off while Letchworth struggled to get any sort of attacking momentum going. That second goal nearly came on the half-hour as a corner was headed narrowly wide by Orchard. As for Letchworth, their best chance for an equaliser came in the 43rd minute when their 11 tried to find the top corner with an audacious chip from the edge of the box, forcing a full-stretch save from the Oracle keeper. Letchworth's 9 tried to capitalise on the rebound, but was unable to find a team mate in the box with his cross. It was no real surprise to see Letchworth come out for the second half with much more urgency and a much higher intensity on and off the ball. However, Oracle were set up well off the ball to frustrate Letchworth and largely limit them to poor efforts from range. The home side's best chance came in the 84th minute when 12 was picked out by a free kick and had a low shot blocked on the line, but apart from that they rarely looked like scoring even as Oracle started to tire in the final few minutes. On paper, this had the look of a real mismatch as it pitted a Step 6 side who sit just three points outside the play-off positions against a Step 7 side who have won just 2 of their 11 league games this season. But it didn't pan out like that and was instead a quintessential cupset. What really made it possible though was just how poor Letchworth were going forwards: they only tested the Oracle keeper once in the first half and not many times more in the second half despite having the vast majority of the possession. So it would be very unfair to say that Oracle did not deserve the win, and now they have a semi-final away at Ware Sports to look forward to on the 28th of January. From my personal groundhopping perspective, this is the first match I've been to with fewer than three goals since Yaxley lost 0-3 to Loughborough Dynamo at the end of August. I've definitely gotten lucky with the sheer amount of goals I've seen this season, but that was always going to end eventually. Pixmore Playing Fields is a decent group for Step 6, positioned just a few minutes away from the Hertfordshire FA ground and right next door to Letchworth Garden City Rugby Club (who were playing a game when I arrived at the ground). There are two football pitches at the site, both of which are railed off with the second used by the club's Under 23s and other youth teams (the Under 23s were playing against Chesham United Youth in a cup game when I arrived, having kicked off at 1pm). As well as being railed, the main pitch is floodlit, has hard standing on three sides (all apart from the far goal) and has two 50-seater main stands on the near side. Not Arena stands either, unique constructions made primarily of brick. The two pitches are connected to each other, with the dugouts for both pitches right next to each other in a back-forward-forward back (relative to the main pitch) formation. A decent place to watch football in a pleasantly rural location, albeit a good 25 minute's walk from the station.
  5. Yesterday
  6. A disappointing afternoon ending SSML interest in the competition: Saturday 3 December Hertfordshire FA Senior Centenary Trophy Quarter Finals Berkhamsted Raiders 1 St Albans City Reserves 3 Letchworth Garden City Eagles 0 Oracle Components 1
  7. The ref sent off the wrong Stortford player.The player who throw a proper punch which started the melee was substituted after the sending off's and was boasting about the punch in front of the home dugout hence the Andy sending off I believe. Wordsworth got a straight red for foul and abusive language after the final whistle. Once again a ref being assessed who was just guessing at who to send off after the melee. The Stortford keeper wiped out Lewis Taffe in the box a clear pen but the ref just waved play on Bad day at the office and a very tough looking December now.
  8. Three SSML CIub's go into Monday's Fourth Round draw but disappointment for St Panteleimon who had the Iions share of the pIay at United Counties League Premier Division North Pinchbeck United and missed a Iate penaIty: Saturday 3 December FA Vase Third Round Biggleswade United 1 Lakenheath 1 (Biggleswade United win 3-1 on pens) Leighton Town 2 Fakenham Town 1 Pinchbeck United 1 St Panteleimon 0
  9. The resuIts: Saturday 3 December Premier Division Ardley United 1 Colney Heath 1 Aylesbury Vale Dynamos P Dunstable Town Aylesbury Vale Dynamos 0 Crawley Green 1 Baldock Town 3 London Colney 2 Cockfosters 0 Potton United 2 Hoddesdon Town 1 Arlesey Town 3 Leverstock Green 2 Harpenden Town 1 Stotfold P Risborough Rangers Tring Athletic P St Panteleimon Division One Amersham Town 4 Moulton FC 1 Burton Park Wanderers P Ampthill Town Burton Park Wanderers 2 London Tigers 0 Langford 3 Holmer Green 4 Lutterworth Athletic 0 Northampton ON Chenecks 0 (at Leicester City Women’s Training Ground) Northampton Sileby Rangers 4 Rugby Borough 1 Raunds Town 1 Buckingham Athletic 1 Real Bedford P Northampton ON Chenecks Thame United Reserves 3 Rushden & Higham United 1 Division Two Aston Clinton 4 The 61 FC (Luton) 1 Eynesbury United 4 Bovingdon 2 Pitstone & Ivinghoe 8 Buckingham United 1 Potton United Development 1 Milton Keynes College Football Academy 1 Risborough Rangers Development 2 Codicote 0 Sarratt 0 New Bradwell St Peter 4 Tring Corinthians AFC 1 Old Bradwell United 4 Bedfordshire FA Senior Trophy Second Round Biggleswade FC Reserves 2 AFC Caddington 3 CaIdecote P Leighton Town Development (now Sat 10 Dec) Flitwick Town 0 Real Bedford FC 3 Totternhoe 2 Ampthill Town 1 Hertfordshire FA Senior Centenary Trophy Quarter Finals Berkhamsted Raiders 1 St Albans City Reserves 3 Letchworth Garden City Eagles 0 Oracle Components 1 Northamptonshire FA Les Underwood Junior Cup Second Round Wellingborough Whitworth v Rothwell Corinthians Reserves (resuIt to foIIow)
  10. Hi Rhodes. I appreciate Bedford United have previously been in the South Midlands Premier Division, however I am just wondering when the football grounds are graded as to the suitability of promotion to the South Midlands Premier Division and how long the clubs have to meet the criteria for promotion?
  11. A very successful week for Real Bedford winning 4-0 against London Tigers last Saturday and with Rugby Borough losing 3-0 at home to Moulton midweek, both teams play on a regular basis on plastic pitches. another loss today for Rugby Borough against Northampton Sileby Rangers 4-1, without Real Bedford kicking a ball in league action, although Real Bedford won today 3-0 in the Beds Senior Trophy. The results within the last seven days, I feel have really enhanced the prospects of Real Bedford winning the league. I feel only two clubs are still on the horizon to be champions Rugby Borough and Northampton Sileby Rangers with real dark horses ON Chenecks. I am fully aware that ON Chenecks have recently been playing in the UCL Premier Division, but I question the suitability of their ground, I have visited nearly every UCL ground between 2003-2014 and found ON Chenecks to be one of the poorer grounds, my son playing for the opponents of ON Chenecks had to be taken to hospital after landing on glass on the playing service, the next day I had to take him back to the hospital with an infection in his knee from the broken glass., I admit that ON Chenecks may have now improved their ground. It would be marvellous if Wootton Blue Cross started moving forward again as they have a great little ground .Viva Real Bedford
  12. Poor Risborough affecting their 78 players signed on and being the only club to postpone a game due to covid this season. Reserves seemed ok winning only their 4th game in 14 in Division 2 against Codicote though . 🤬 Evening Rhodes
  13. Lots of pressure but nothing translating into goal opportunities but Liam is always a threat and finished from a tight angle to some of the best goal celebrations I’ve seen for a while. Bit of an altercation shortly afterwards, think there were a few high emotions around. GK really should have stayed back for the corner at the end , open invitation to attack the goal and so it proved as a handball and a foul in the same move got the pen that Sam put away with no issues. Great determination from the Urchins today and these are the sort of games that we need to convert 1 point to 3 and we did. Well done all, left it late and at 0-0 you are always worried about the opposition nicking a win. COYU
  14. Was sat behind the mum of one of our CB's...she was screaming at him to calm down. Agree that the tackle that led to the melee seemed far from aggressive but something must have lit the fuse for everyone to pile in. Their 19 was shown the first red followed by Lewis and then James. Was so much going on I didn't see exactly what happened but seems like the far side AR saw that our players did worse than theirs did. As an ex ref myself hate to criticise officials but boy is there so much inconsistency. With Assessors at the Boro game and today I strongly feel that the Officials change their game knowing that they are being watched. on the football side, 1st half we were 2nd to everything. Says an awful lot that we improved once down to 9 men. Think it was Anthony that got the red as the officials left the pitch....he had gone into the back 4 along with the sub....and we then played a 4 3 1. Our disallowed goal was a foul on their GK who timewasted every opportunity he got. Jake should have scored from a knock down but hit badly wide. They looked to attack our right much of the game. Don't know what happened but the more I see us play the less we seem able to hold on to the ball. Lack of quality and only one or two passes before we turn it over. Not a good day at the office and our Home form was nothing to shout about today. Too many times seems like the pitch is sloping towards our goal and their midfielder once again seemed to dominate. One final point....if their player dives in the box....how can it not be a yellow for simulation? Bad day at the office all round.
  15. Thanks 55 for throwing some light on the affair. Regarding CC's I agree it sounds that the sending offs has decimated the centre of our defence. But looking at it again I think that their still is away out. Consider another scenario in that, instead of the two sending offs both sustained injuries, one would hope that AL and his staff have contingency plans for such an event. It is times like these that both Staff and players have to dig deep. I would like to hear from others who were at the match as to how we coped with 9 players. It could not have been that bad since we kept them at 0-1 for at least 30minutes. Some must have played in central defence. Also I wonder what AL said to the Ref for him to be sent off. I bet it did not help in the decision taken by the Ref to disallow the goal from Payne's free kick. Finally I too will be interested to see what, if their is one, the video shows of the incident.
  16. Second best in the first half but much better in the second and unfortunate to drop three points by the finish. The referee had a greater influence on this game than most of the players put together and the sendings off at this stage could be disastrous. The ‘melee’ followed a Town penalty shout and a subsequent tackle on a Stortford player looked innocuous. Stortford players then appeared to kick off the ruck but I did see a clear right hook thrown (not saying by whom} otherwise it was a free for all involving most of the outfield players.I have seen these scuffles many times over the years but never one ending in three sendings off. Such inconsistency given the totally unpunished deliberate two handed shove by their keeper on Taafe shortly before. Looking forward to the video to hopefully see what all three cards were for.
  17. Don't think I have seen it on the website but apparently Danny Green has departed.
  18. Would be interesting to read about the sending offs.
  19. Anyone care to comment on the game? Presumably we are now without both first-choice central defenders for our toughest games to date? With Bray having departed, who's left to play there? Dropping out of the play-off places and looking like our annual dip in form.
  20. Well let's be honest for a local Derby the first 89 minutes were dire and wasn't helped by their keeper continually wasting time then wallop Liam in the last minute of normal time then a big melee Bowers sending off then deliberate handball in the 100th minute in the Bowers penalty area sending off goal number 2 by Higgo,pandemonium in the Urchin end.Have not seen us outnumber the home fans since the Essex senior league days,oh yeah and we are top of the league,up the Urchins
  21. Crusaders 1v2 Glentoran (12:30) Sunderland 2v1 Millwall (12:30) Chelmsford 2v1 Dartford (12:30) Enfield 1v2 B. Stortford (12:30) Bowers 1v2 Chins Attendance : 333 Contingency: Derby 2v1 Sheff Wed (12:30)
  22. PauI Batch has taken over the reins at Watchet Lane
  23. Ollie Bayliss's BBC Three Counties Radio Non League Show should be a good listen at noon today, it will feature the weekend's FA Vase Third Round ties invoIving IocaI CIub's: BBC Three Counties Radio - The Non-League Show, 03/12/2022
  24. Crusaders 2v1 Glentoran (12:30) Sunderland 1v2 Millwall (12:30) Chelmsford 1v2 Dartford (12:30) Enfield 1v2 B. Stortford (12:30) Bowers 0v2 Chins Attendance : 330 Contingency: Derby 1v0 Sheff Wed (12:30)
  25. Not SSML but I see Bridgwater United beat Cribbs FC 1-0 this evening, despite pIaying with ten men for the whoIe second haIf, and are the first side through to Monday's Fourth Round draw.
  26. COLIN Crusaders 2-1 Glentoran (12:30) Sunderland 1-1 Millwall (12:30) Chelmsford 1-2 Dartford (12:30) Enfield 1-1 B. Stortford (12:30) Bowers 1-3 Chins Attendance : 350 Contingency: Derby 2-2 Sheff Wed (12:30) CLIVE Crusaders 0-2 Glentoran (12:30) Sunderland 2-0 Millwall (12:30) Chelmsford 1-1 Dartford (12:30) Enfield 1-1 B. Stortford (12:30) Bowers 1-4 Chins Attendance : 297 Contingency: Derby 1-3 Sheff Wed (12:30)
  27. Last week
  28. Both CIub's are in unchartered territory in the competition:
  29. This wiII be a 'cuIture shock' for Real Bedford won't it, Flitwick Town wiII be hoping, sorry, praying that Jordan Brown wiII be rested:
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