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  1. According to another (usually reliable) forum, the attendance at Flackwell Heath yesterday was 403.
  2. Hadley v Holmer Green 4-0 Another routine day at the office for Hadley, against a spirited, but limited, Holmer Green side who seemed to accept their fate quite early on and concentrated on keeping the score respectable. Goals from Solomon Ofori on 11 and 55, Luke Alfano on 31, and Cameron Ferguson on 38 secured the points, making that nine successive league wins for Hadley, with a goal difference of 28-2. With Leighton continuing to drop points and Risborough finally losing, this could still be a season to remember for the Brickfield Lane faithful. Three points next Satur
  3. Offensiveness is, of course, in the eye, (and ear), of the beholder. GRS, whatever else he is, is a resilient soul. He will be fine.
  4. Hadley v Broadfields United 7-1 Following Saturday's miserable effort at distant Fakenham, it was back to the usual routine for Hadley, although in this case BU made it absurdly easy for them with some suicidal defending. Indeed, to call it 'schoolboy defending' would be disrespectful to schoolboys everywhere. Goals on 6, 11, 13 and 20 meant that once again the contest was over well before half-time, with all four goals down to ridiculous defensive errors. The BU coaching staff were so displeased that they wouldn't allow the team the comforts of the dressing room at the interval, b
  5. Fakenham Town v Hadley 3-1 A long trek to North Norfolk, to see a truly awful game, one of the poorest I've seen for some time. At times it seemed that the only real contest was about who could kick the ball highest into the air. The one moment of real quality came in the 14th minute, when FT's Josh Hazell hammered home an unstoppable free-kick from around twenty-two yards, and for that alone, FT deserved to go through. The other three goals, Hadley on 5, FT on 9 and 76,were simply the result of rank bad defending. Nice to have a trip out of London, but this was a desperat
  6. Oxhey Jets v New Salamis 2-4 I was also at this one, and was surprised at the outcome, as this was a game that Jets could, and should, have won. They were the better team in the first half, and when they went in 2-1 up at the interval, I fully expected them to go on and win. As VB points out above however, the wheels came off, and what disappointed me most was that as soon as the equaliser came, almost the whole of the Jets' side seemed to give up, as if defeat was inevitable. From then on, clumsy tackles and schoolboy defending handed the game to Salamina. Sean Giordmana's fa
  7. Being reported elsewhere that Newport Pagnell v Leighton is now all-ticket with a gate limited to 450.
  8. Park View were on their best behaviour for most of the time while in the SSML. However, prior to that, they had been expelled from the Middlesex League for 'assaults on match officials'. Which is why they spent three seasons in the Amateur Football Alliance before applying to the SSML.
  9. Harpenden Town v Hadley 0-3 A routine win for Hadley in a game that Harpenden appeared to regard as an unnecessary chore, resting five, six or nine first-teamers, depending on who you believe. Goals from Jordan Edwards on 11 and 39, and Bradley Marriot on 21 meant that the tie was settled before the interval. Man of the match was undoubtedly Harpenden keeper Emmanuel Olajide, as without him Hadley would have scored twelve. On to round two, and, ideally, a real contest...
  10. London Colney v Hadley 0-3 Three buses get me to Cotlandswick, on what is undoubtedly the coldest night of the season so far, to see a fairly routine Hadley victory on a very heavy pitch. Hadley rested three key players, but still had far too much for a spirited, but limited Colney, and goals from Jordan Edwards on 11, Alfie Bartram on 33, and Luke Jupp on 43 meant that the tie was all but settled before half-time. The second half, with Hadley always in control, lacked urgency, and as the temperature dropped, the game simply petered out. Probably worth mentioning that Leverstoc
  11. Broadfields United v Hadley 1-2 An improved performance from Hadley, although they still made hard work of it against an injury-hit Broadfields United. Hadley started well, adjusting quickly to the 3g surface at Rayners Lane, and really ought to have been three up in the first twenty minutes or so. They then, however, dozed off at a corner and allowed Broadfields' Callum Rogers a free header on goal which he duly put away. More Hadley pressure followed, but still 1-0 at the interval, with even the friendly BU officials admitting that Hadley should be 5-1 up. More of the same in th
  12. Hadley v Oxhey Jets 1-2 Also at this one, and thought that Oxhey more than deserved the win. After a fairly even goalless first half, Hadley went in front seconds after the restart with a speculative header which could have gone anywhere but looped over the keeper and into the net. Oxhey equalised on 63 minutes with a goal directly from a corner kick, which some Hadley players argued had gone through the side netting, but looked fine to me, (and, more importantly, to the referee). The game was won on 83 minutes with a superb breakaway goal, with Hadley players again complaining tha
  13. 'the average age of a supporter at this level'... At the Step 5 club I was involved with for a few years, all of the committee were in their seventies, and the average age of the sixty to seventy paying supporters would have been around fifty-five. Since the return of 'normality', I have been mainly watching Herts County League stuff, with a few Step 5 and Step 6 games thrown in. At the dozen or so different clubs I have visited this season, I would suggest that at all of them the average paying supporter would be in his late fifties, early sixties. The single exception would have
  14. Yes, mostly Herts County League stuff. Yesterday I saw Belstone beat Hoddesdon Town Reserves 2-1 -- an excellent game, superbly refereed, and played in good spirits throughout. I've also been watching quite a lot of Under-18 stuff. I was unfortunate enough to be at Silver Jubilee Park last Wednesday to see Hendon U18s beat Hammersmith College 36-0. I know that there are goal-whores out there who love this sort of thing, but for me it was a complete waste of ninety minutes. Give me a well-fought 0-0 any time.
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