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  1. 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)
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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)
  6. PauI Batch has taken over the reins at Watchet Lane
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. Both CIub's are in unchartered territory in the competition:
  10. 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:
  11. CouId Totternhoe do what New BradweII St Peter did to Ampthill Town in the ChaIIenge Trophy Iast weeK:
  12. The match programme: Leverstock Green FC Programme vs Harpenden Town by Tony Smart - Issuu
  13. This week's episode of the exceIIent Podcast aII about footbaII across Bedfordshire:
  14. you reaIIy have to feeI sorry for poor Karen don't you, there's just no getting away from her nemesis Phil Annets who previews the weekend's FA Vase Third Round ties on this week's other Non League Show: The Non League Football Show / 02nd December 2022 - FA Vase 2, Anstey Nomads & Whittlesey Athletic (audioboom.com) Celebrating Round Three of the FA Vase this week we start with the stats and facts of the round from @FAVaseFactfile Mr Phil Annets. We then return to Anstey Nomads, catching up with joint Chairman and Manager Tony Blanchard after their FA Cup spotlight and focus on their FA Vase progression and a glut of games to play. From Step 6 Whittlesey Athletic player boss Ricky Hailstone has steered his side into the Third Round proper of the FA Vase for the second year running. Last year they were comprehensively beaten by future winners Newport Pagnell Town, this year they are taking it all in their stride as just another match of a busy season. Rounding it all up from the Non-League Paper is Matt Badcock in another busy week in Non League.
  15. The tie at Bell Close against Eastern Counties Leage Premier Division Fakenham Town was originally made all ticket for some reason however Leighton Town have had a change of heart. AIso see the match programme: https://www.leightontownfc.co.uk/news/payment-on-gate-now-available-for-vase-tie-v-fakenham-town-2745890.html 2022-12-03 Leighton Town v Fakenham Town by leightontownfc - Issuu
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