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  1. No probIems then this evening despite the fact that Thame United Reserves Ied 2-1 at the intervaI: Tuesday 6 December Division One Thame United Reserves 2 Real Bedford FC 6
  2. The resuIts: Tuesday 6 December Premier Division Aylesbury Vale Dynamos 4 Biggleswade United 1 Division One Northampton Sileby Rangers 4 Rushden & Higham United 2 Thame United Reserves 2 Real Bedford FC 6 SSML Challenge Trophy Second Round Colney Heath 1 Arlesey Town 2 SSML Premier Division Cup Second Round Crawley Green 0 Hoddesdon Town 1 SSML Division One Cup Quarter Finals Holmer Green 1 London Tigers 0 Moulton FC 3 Northampton ON Chenecks 1 Winslow United 2 Ampthill Town 7 Bedfordshire FA Senior Trophy Second Round Potton United Development 0 Queens Park Crescents 3
  3. The Club's drew 1-1 in a League fixture at Brunting Road less than a month ago and this could also be a tight affair:
  4. It has been a disappointing League campaign so far for Winslow United and Ampthill Town boss Lee Hawkes will be feeling short changed too particularly with the Club's highly embarrassing Cup exits at New Bradwell St Peter and Totternoe recently:
  5. Eaton Socon travel to Northern Premier League Division One Midlands Yaxley FC in their Semi Final tie on Tuesday 24 January, kick off 7.45pm. The other Semi Final is between Godmanchester Rovers and St Ives Town which takes place this evening (6 December): https://www.huntsfa.com/cups-and-competitions/cups/2022---2023/senior-cup/fixtures
  6. The Flackwell Heath v Amersham Town Second Round tie will take place on Tuesday 10 January, kick off 7.45pm: https://www.berks-bucksfa.com/cups-and-competitions/cups/2022-2023/senior-cup/fixtures
  7. The Third Round draw, and not yet the Quarter Finals, involving the remaining four SSML Club's: Northamptonshire FA Les Underwood Junior Cup Third Round Earls Barton United v Wellingborough Whitworth (Sat 17 Dec, kick off 2.00pm) Moulton FC v Corby White Hart Locos (Sat 17 Dec, kick off 2.00pm) Rushden & Higham United v Corby Stewart & Lloyds (Sat 10 Dec, kick off 2.00pm) Kettering Nomads v Northampton ON Chenecks (Sat 7 Jan, kick off 2.00pm) https://www.northamptonshirefa.com/cups-and-competitions/results?countyCupKey=487114719|244571
  8. There is a change of date for the Quarter Final tie at the ASM Stadium, it will now take place on Tuesday 13 December, kick off 7.45pm:
  9. Eynesbury United entertain Stanground Sports Youth in the Quarter Finals of the Huntingdonshire FA Intermediate Cup on Saturday 28 January, kick off 1.30pm. Lowly Peterborough & District League Division One Stanground Sports Youth (pictured) beat Cambridgeshire County League Premier Division Huntingdon United 4-3 in the previous round at their Peterborough base, having also received a First Round bye, however they won't be relishing their visit to Hall Road other than playing at such salubrious surroundings:
  10. Barking overcame AFC Croydon Athletic on penalties and will now travel to Chalk Lane on a date still to be arranged between the two Club's, the winners will host Welling United or Charlton Athletic in the Quarter Finals of the competion.
  11. Bedfordshire County League Premier Division Queens Park Crescents must have been rubbing their hands on Sunday when they heard the Potton United Development Management team had stood down: Tuesday 6 December Bedfordshire FA Senior Trophy Second Round Potton United Development v Queens Park Crescents TONIGHT: Potton United Development take on Queens Park Crescents in the Bedfordshire FA Senior Trophy, 7.45pm kick off. In the absence of a Management team Jimmy Martin will be holding the fort. Admission £4 adults, £2 concessions, £1 under 16s. The bar and 'Royal's Refreshments' will be open.
  12. A nice photograph album, courtesy of Rob Champion Photography, of former SSML Club's such as Clean Slate, Wembley, Loughton Manor, Hertford Town and Kent Athletic as well as London Colney, Winslow United and Baldock Town when they played at Hitchin Town and the North Herts Arena: Zenfolio | Rob Campion Sports Photography | Spartan South Midlands League
  13. A groundhopper from another Forum was present: Dunstable Town 2 v 3 Tring Athletic - FA Vase 3rd Round Programme 52 pages £2.00 - Admission £5.00 (c) - Att. 252. With the Clubs being in close geographical proximity to each other, plus playing in the same Division and also having played each other three times this season, there was a certain reticence about starting out on Sunday morning at a time when The Riverbank streetlights were turning themselves off. In the end the reticence was misplaced, though from a home perspective this was largely an avoidable defeat. Saw Dunstable Town at the end of October and at the time they were unbeaten in the League, and they had only lost one game in all competitions. Since then, their season has gone from acceleration into reverse with only two wins and double the number of defeats (though it should be added that their Vase win over Enfield caught the eye) and their performance here confirmed the decline in their season. Defensively they were lacking especially on either flank as swift Tring attacks down the wings were always a threat and most noticeably was the number of occasions when possession was needlessly conceded in their own half, either as a result of a misplaced pass or alternatively when defenders dwelt too long in possession and ended up conceding control of the ball. In contrast, Tring Athletic were quick and incisive, particularly in the final third and in Godlove Oppong they had the player that made the crucial difference between the two teams. The direction of travel was clearly shown in the opening minutes as Leo Farruch progressed purposefully down a poorly defended left flank, ideally Farruch should have pulled the ball back to two waiting attackers in the middle but chose to go alone and was perhaps a little fortunate that his heading into the side netting shot took a deflection leading to a corner. The visitors then deservedly took the lead when Farruch's pass to his right located Oppong who angled a shot beyond Connor Coulson into the far corner. Lead should have been swiftly doubled, but in what was the only noticeable occasion that Oppong gave a negative contribution he placed a clear chance wide of the near post. It was only a matter of minutes before Oppong's presence was positively felt as he again found space in the inside right channel, and he placed a shot past Coulson into the same left-hand corner of the net that he had located when scoring the opening goal minutes before. For the remainder of the half, the hosts pushed forward but it was always the case for the remainder of the contest that they were unsuccessfully 'chasing the game'. Pulling a goal back just before half time may have led to a very different second period but all that could be threatened was an effort from Harvey Greig whose foot was far too much under the ball when struck with the shot soaring high over the bar and a more accurate effort from Oliver Davies which had the power removed by a deflection which led to Oscar Frost in the Tring Athletic goal gathering with ease. The hosts expectations were briefly raised with them pulling a goal back from what is once again becoming the daily penalty award awarded after Lennie Armstrong clumsily and unnecessarily bundled over Tolu Ikuyinminu and Kelvin Osei-Addo sent Frost the wrong way to halve the deficit. Expected waves of sustained home pressure over the next period, but it simply did not materialise, with Tring especially Oppong pushing forward as frequently as their opponents. Coulson pulled off an instinctive save to deny Farruch who did well to find enough space through a mass of home defenders to direct a shot, however passage to the last thirty two of the Vase was made certain with the visitors third goal of the afternoon which arose from a conceding of possession by the home defence which was exploited by Farruch on the left and his run was concluded with a shot which deflected off of Coulson into the net. With six minutes, home expectations were once again temporarily raised as Osei-Addo's low cross was touched in from a yard out by Danny Webb, however, as was the case prior there expected pressure from Dunstable Town failed to happen and the if it was not for a flying leap of a save from Coulson to push a shot from Harrison Mead which was travelling inside the left hand post then the margin of victory for the visitors would have been two rather than one. Overall visitors more than deserved their win, though it was clear that Dunstable Town's form has deteriorated since the last time that they were seen. First visit to Creasey Park since a similar chilly Sunday fixture in February 2018, though recalling the previous visit recalled that on this occasion there was no hailstorm that threatened to cause an abandonment, just the similarity of winters perpetual chill. One of the wiser decisions of the day was to sit in the stand which negated the rawness of the wind, but which became much more noticeable on departure. Good to have a brief catch up with B Wingstone of this parish and also with Andy Short and PMW. Massive thanks to the latter for the lift back to Watford Junction post-match which lopped a considerable amount of time off of the return journey. The reticence in making the trip was enhanced when it was noted that due to the curse of weekend engineering work there were no trains between St Pancras and Luton. In the end on the outward leg travelled by train to Leighton Buzzard and then catching bus F77 (details for the benefit of GT) onwards to Dunstable. Arrived at the latter just after midday and the sparsely attended environs of the Gary Cooper (JDW) was quickly located for an average couple of pints of Oakham Brewery JHB and a warming Halloumi Burger which had a slightly more generous portion of chips. I should admit at this stage to a partiality to JDW chips on a cold winters' day. The plan for the return leg of the journey was to visit the Leighton Buzzard micropub and hope that it did not have a blaring TV set showing another game taking place several thousand miles away, in the end PMW's offer of the lift trumped the plan and noticeable how the numbers travelling declined over the course of the evening. Negotiated the c2c rail replacement bus service in place as a result of the never-ending Sunday engineering work that takes place on the Tilbury Loop for the final leg of the journey. Indoors at 20.30.
  14. A match report Match Report: Aylesbury Vale Dynamos 0 - 1 Crawley Green : AVDFC 1ST XI
  15. The match programme: AVDFC v Biggleswade - 6th December 2022 by Aylesbury Vale Dynamos FC - Issuu
  16. The match programme: Holmer Green FC v London Tigers FC (6th Dec 2022) by Holmer Green Football Club - Issuu
  17. The match programme files.pitchero.com/clubs/1770/V1NyA7dROCIuIJa2YWBb_Programme_Vol+15_Iss11_London+Colney.pdf
  18. Valentino Qoku has Ieft Potton United Reserves.
  19. We seem to have forgotten that there is a League fixture tomorrow evening at Thame United Reserves which means there wiII be a Iive stream: https://www.realbedford.com/live-stream
  20. The midweek fixtures: Tuesday 6 December (all kick off 7.45pm) Premier Division Aylesbury Vale Dynamos v Biggleswade United Division One Northampton Sileby Rangers v Rushden & Higham United Thame United Reserves v Real Bedford FC SSML Challenge Trophy Second Round Colney Heath v Arlesey Town SSML Premier Division Cup Second Round Crawley Green v Hoddesdon Town SSML Division One Cup Quarter Finals Holmer Green v London Tigers Moulton FC v Northampton ON Chenecks Winslow United v Ampthill Town Bedfordshire FA Senior Trophy Second Round Potton United Development v Queens Park Crescents Wednesday 7 December (kick off 7.45pm) SSML Division One Cup Quarter Final Rugby Borough v Eaton Socon Leicestershire & RutIand FA Senior Cup Quarter Final IngIes FC v Lutterworth Athletic
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