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  1. The draw for the Berks & Bucks FA Senior Cup: First Qualifying Round Abingdon United v Shrivenham Winslow United v Risborough Rangers Aylesbury Vale Dynamos v Wokingham & Emmbrook Berks County v Milton United Langley v Ascot United Long Crendon v Holmer Green Wantage Town v Reading City Milton Keynes Irish v Amersham Town Burnham v Woodley United Holyport v Wallingford & Crowmarsh First Qualifying Round byes: AFC Aldermaston, Buckingham Athletic, Chalfont St Peter, Flackwell Heath, Newport Pagnell Town, Penn & Tylers Green, Sandhurst Town, Windsor https://www.berks-bucksfa.com/cups-and-competitions/cups/2022-2023/senior-cup/fixtures https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berks_%26_Bucks_Senior_Cup
  2. No doubt Karen is already all over this but the draw for the Berks & Bucks FA Charles Twelftrees Trophy is hot, sorry, boiling off the press, I believe it's the 'Intermediate Cup' from back in the day: First Round AFC Reading v Burghfield Didcot Town Youth v Letcombe Taplow United v Reading Tigers Datchet v Kintbury Rangers Saxton Rovers v Frilsham & Yattendon Stoke Poges v Hurst Reading YMCA v St Leonards KS Gryf v Maidenhead Town Lambourn Sports v Allied Community Elite Drayton v Harts of Bracknell Devils Newbury v Slough Heating Laurencians Stanford-in-The-Vale v Uffington United Twyford & Ruscombe v Long Wittenham Athletic AFC Cressex v Elmhurst First Round byes: Abingdon Abbotts, Aston Clinton, Aylesbury Vale FC, Bletchley Scot, Britwell, Buckingham United, Chalfont Wasps, Chalvey (WMC) Sports, Chesham United (Youth), Cholsey United, Cookham Dean, FC Beaconsfield, FC Impact, Finchampstead, Frontline, Great Horwood, Great Linford, Haddenham United, Hale Leys United, Hazlemere Sports Crusaders, Hype Train, Kennington Athletic, Marlow Royals, Marlow United, Marsh Gibbon, Milton Keynes City, MK Wanderers, Mortimer, Mursley United, New Bradwell St Peter, Newport Pagnell Athletic, Old Bradwell United, Old Windsor, Olney FC, Pangbourne, Pitstone & Ivinghoe, Prestwood, Rivets, Sandhurst Town Boys & Girls Reds, SB Phoenix, Singh Sabha Slough, Southcote Colts, Stoke Mandeville, Stony Stratford Town, Wargrave, Wendover, Westwood Wanderers, Wing Village, Wingrave, Wraysbury Village. https://www.berks-bucksfa.com/cups-and-competitions/cups/2022-2023/the-charles-twelftree-trophy/fixtures
  3. There is an interesting Iooking Female Referee Development event on Monday 15 August, at Rectory Park, arranged by the Middlesex FA with Sussex County FA affiliated Lisa Benn guesting, Lisa will no doubt have a story or two to tell of her many experiences: https://forms.office.com/pages/responsepage.aspx?id=kCXJRcbM-UaA_5_I2e3eObTyrEqD5jdGrRXtft5bMTdUMVFYNjlGUDVBQ1REMVFMR0E2UU5VQktRRC4u
  4. Karen isn't letting the grass grow is she, here are her Inane Ramblings (From Up Noorf) covering last Saturday's FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round ties and opening Division One fixtures as well as the Edgware & Kingsbury v Hoddesdon Town tie played on Sunday: 2022/3 SSMFL: INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF #2 (Saturday 6th August) - Sports Shots
  5. Early opportuity to debate the weekend fixtures with Division Two finally kicking off, no pun intended: Saturday 13 August (all kick off 3.00pm) Premier Division Ardley United v Potton United Baldock Town v Leverstock Green Biggleswade United v Cockfosters Colney Heath v Arlesey Town Dunstable Town v Tring Athletic Harpenden Town v Crawley Green London Colney v Leighton Town Risborough Rangers v Hoddesdon Town Shefford Town & Campton v St Panteleimon Stotfold v Aylesbury Vale Dynamos Division One Ampthill Town v Wellingborough Whitworth Buckingham Athletic v Real Bedford FC Eaton Socon v Winslow United Holmer Green v Northampton Sileby Rangers Langford v Northampton ON Chenecks Letchworth Garden City Eagles v Rugby Borough London Tigers v Burton Park Wanderers Moulton FC v Thame United Reserves Raunds Town v Amersham Town Rushden & Higham United v Lutterworth Athletic Division Two Bovingdon v New Bradwell St Peter Buckingham United v Eynesbury United Leighton Town Development v AFC Caddington Milton Keynes College Football Academy v Aston Clinton Pitstone & Ivinghoe v The 61 FC (Luton) Potton United Development v Berkhamsted Raiders Sarratt v Old Bradwell United Totternhoe v Risborough Rangers Development Tring Corinthians AFC v Codicote
  6. The Preliminary Round draw involving the remaining ten SSML Club's: Saturday 20 August FA Cup Preliminary Round (kick off 3.00pm) Aylesbury United v Ardley United Malden & Tiptree v Harpenden Town Barking v Leighton Town Leverstock Green v St Panteleimon Aylesbury Vale Dynamos v Bristol Manor Farm Soham Town Rangers v Potton United Southend Manor v Shefford Town & Campton Stotfold v Grays Athletic Sunday 21 August FA Cup Preliminary Round (kick off 3.00pm) Dunstable Town v West Essex
  7. The draw for the Bedfordshire FA Senior Challenge Cup has been made, some mouth watering ties: First Round (ties due to be played on Tuesday 15 November) Biggleswade Town v Biggleswade FC Shefford Town & Campton v Luton Town Barton Rovers v Arlesey Town Kempston Rovers v Crawley Green Dunstable Town v AFC Dunstable Leighton Town v Biggleswade United Stotfold v Bedford Town Bye: Potton United View Selected Cup (thefa.com)
  8. The results this evening, many congratualtions to Stotfold: Tuesday 9 August FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round Replays Arlesey Town 0 Barton Rovers 3 Colney Heath 1 Hertford Town 6 Newport Pagnell Town 1 Stotfold 2
  9. The draw for the Bedfordshire FA Senior Trophy First Round: Leighton Town Development v Marston Shelton Rovers (Tue 1 Nov) Riseley Sports v Flitwick Town (Sat 29 Oct) Biggleswade United Reserves v Cranfield United (Tue 1 Nov) Queens Park Crescents v Barton Rovers Reserves (Sat 29 Oct) Langford v Crawley Green Reserves (Tue 1 Nov) Totternhoe v Stotfold Development (Sat 29 Oct) The 61 FC (Luton) v Ampthill Town (Sat 29 Oct) Elstow Abbey v AFC Kempston Town Hammers (Sat 29 Oct) Byes: AFC Caddington, AFC Oakley, Biggleswade FC Reserves, Caldecote, Potton United Development, Real Bedford, Sharnbrook FC, Shefford Town & Campton Reserves. View Selected Cup (thefa.com)
  10. Stotfold arguably have the most difficult task this evening at Willen Road with Isthmian League North Division Grays Athletic awaiting the victors:
  11. Again, can Colney Heath finish the job this evening with the incentive of traveIIing to Karen's Welwn Garden City in the Preliminary Round:
  12. Holmer Green's sorry version of events: Holmer Green 1-5 Lutterworth Athletic - All matches (First Team) - Holmer Green Football Club (holmergreenfc.co.uk)
  13. A match report and edited highlights from the live stream: Dan Walker’s Debut Brace Gets Real Bedford Off to the Perfect Start. | Real Bedford FC | Running Bitcoin
  14. The Preliminary Round draw invoving the remaining twelve SSML Club's: Saturday 20 August FA Cup Preliminary Round Aylesbury United v Ardley United Barton Rovers or Arlesey Town v Hashtag United Dunstable Town v West Essex Malden & Tiptree v Harpenden Town Welwyn Garden City v Hertford Town or Colney Heath Coggeshall Town or Barking v Leighton Town Leverstock Green v St Panteleimon Aylesbury Vale Dynamos v Bristol Manor Farm Thetford Town or Soham Town Rangers v Potton United Southend Manor v Shefford Town & Campton Stotfold or Newport Pagnell Town v Grays Athletic
  15. Saturday's results where found and some midweek fixtures where known, as previously stated it is advisable to check first before setting out, firstly whether it is taking place and to confirm the venue and kick off time: Saturday 6 August AFC Oakley P Totternhoe Aylesbury Vale Dynamos Development v Oxford City Under 23's Bovingdon Reserves v Chesham United Youth XI ChipperfieId Corinthians 4 Sarratt (SarChip Cup) 1 CIifton FC 1 BaIdock Town Reserves 1 EIy City Reserves P Eynesbury United Harpenden Town Reserves 12 Oxhey Jets Vets 1 Launton Sports FC P Aston CIinton Milton Keynes College Football Academy v Willen FC Real Haynes FC 0 Totternhoe 5 Sarratt Reserves v ChipperfieId Corinthians Reserves The 61 FC (Luton) 0 Elstow Abbey 4 Totternhoe Reserves 2 Old Bradwell United Development 4 (Stockwood Academy 3g) Tring Athletic Reserves 1 Pitstone & Ivinghoe 5 Tring Corinthians AFC 2 Bletchley Scot 1 Ware Sports 6 AFC Caddington 1 Welwyn Garden City Development P Shefford Town & Campton Reserves Tuesday 9 August Bovingdon v Tring Athletic Development (kick off 7.00pm) Chipperfield Corinthians v Berkhamsted Raiders (kick off 6.45pm) Old Bradwell United Development v Queens Park Crescents (kick off 7.00pm) Risborough Rangers Development v Holmer Green Development (kick off 7.45pm) Sarratt Reserves v Chesham United Under 21's (kick off 7.00pm) Wednesday 10 August Buckingham Athletic Develoment v Cropredy FC (kick off 7.30pm)
  16. Match reports from the weekend's Preliminary Round ties where found: Saturday 6 August FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round Ardley United 3 Wokingham & Emmbrook 2 https://www.wefc.club/news/match-report--ardley-united-32-sumas-2719300.html Barton Rovers 1 Arlesey Town 1 Dunstable Town 2 Great Wakering Rovers 0 https://www.footballwebpages.co.uk/match/2022-2023/fa-cup/dunstable-town/great-wakering-rovers/415998 Gorleston 4 Biggleswade United 0 https://www.gorlestonfc.com/Matchreport.aspx?id=582548 Harpenden Town 2 New Salamis 1 Hertford Town 1 Colney Heath 1 Leighton Town 9 Baldock Town 2 https://www.leightontownfc.co.uk/teams/11587/match-centre/0-5352022/report Leverstock Green 3 Halstead Town 0 https://levgreenfc.co.uk/event/220806f/ Leverstock Green 3-0 Halstead Town - Results - Halstead Town Football Club (halsteadtownfc.com) London Colney 0 Witham Town 5 https://www.braintreeandwithamtimes.co.uk/sport/20607366.witham-town-beat-london-colney-fa-cup/ The Cold End: VYSE HAT-TRICK HELPS WITHAM TOWN ON THE ROAD TO WEMBLEY Longlevens 2 Aylesbury Vale Dynamos 3 Norwich United 2 Potton United 3 (at Potton United) Risborough Rangers 0 Holyport 1 https://www.risboroughrangersfc.co.uk/teams/186028/match-centre/0-5352096/report Roman Glass St George 3 Tring Athletic 1 https://www.tafc.co.uk/report-r.php?fixture_id=4104 Shefford Town & Campton 4 Stanway Rovers 1 Southend Manor 1 Cockfosters 0 Stotfold 2 Newport Pagnell Town 2 West Essex 2 Crawley Green 1 West Essex FC, CRAWLEY GREEN FC - FA CUP MATCH REPORT White Ensign 1 St Panteleimon 2 Sunday 7 August FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round Edgware & Kingsbury 2 Hoddesdon Town 1 The Cold End: FA CUP VICTORY FOR EDGWARE & KINGSBURY VERSUS HODDESDON TOWN
  17. Three FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round Replays to look forward to tomorrow evening in the absence of any League fixtures, good luck to Arlesey Town, Colney Heath and Stotfold: Tuesday 9 August – (kick off 7.45pm) FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round Replays Arlesey Town v Barton Rovers Colney Heath v Hertford Town Newport Pagnell Town v Stotfold
  18. A groundhoppper from another Forum was present, I wonder what has gone so horribly wrong at Horsenden Lane: FAC EPR - Windsor Playing Fields (or the BEP Stadium) - new tick Risborough Rangers 0(0) Holyport 1(1) Admission: £4 codger rate (didn't ask, they assumed) Not sure about paper Attendance: 175. Shocking journey up as Devizes was snarled up due to road closures and roadworks on the A404 meant Marlow was also chocka...still got there with 30 mins before KO and got a place in the carpark. A lovely ground with all the main 'stuff' down the near side with some seats under the overhanging clubhouse roof. All that one side offers elevated viewing. Two small wooden standing shelters (max 20 people) and an Atcost seated stand down the other side. Fully (and newly) railed, the far end abuts the cricket pitch, where a game was being played. Very hot, the oaks at the cricket pitch end offered shade and that's where I found Spitfire Dave and Sam (I think he's stalking me! ). These two are now at Step 5 (home in SSML, away in CoCoL), I saw them at Holyport two years ago and they were both at Step 6 in HL1E. Then, RR were very good and Holyport were rubbish. Both sides have clearly been taking the steroids and this was (until Holyport scored) a very even game. Pretty fast and furious but no more than half chances for either side in the 1st half; Holyport just shading it, I thought until on 36 a low finish into the bottom corner confirmed the same. 2nd half, Holyport sat back to preserve the lead. Disappointingly RR had nothing in the tank; a couple of long shots and a near miss with a cross-shot, but they simply didn't have the nous to break a resolute defence. A deserved win in the end from the Maidenhead team and good hopper blether as usual. Home in 120 via Oxford and avoiding the A404.
  19. A groundhopper from another Forum was present, it's a shame he didn't phone the resuIt through to FuII Time: South Midlands Division 1 NORTHAMPTON SILEBY RANGERS 2-1 LONDON TIGERS Admission £6.00 Programme Free (I assume as they were at the turnstile and I was given £4.00 change) 2x Tea £2.40, Attendance 25 Well, it's taken 879 days, but finally I returned to the footballing fraternity and I wasn't disappointed. Chose this as I remember coming here in the FA Cup with Leighton in 2015 and remarking on how neat and tidy the ground was. And it still is, although I suspect the hedge behind the dugout is a lot lower than it was. It did occur to me at some point that it was exactly six years to the day that they came to la ferme du cloche and exacted their revenge but after today I can forgive them for that. Programmes and hot food are a bit hit and miss at this level, but on both accounts NSR delivered. Admittedly the programme is a bit basic, but very well presented and at least they still make the effort. Burgers and hot dogs are advertised as well as filled baguettes but as I'd already eaten I did not partake. Chips also seem to be available but are not priced. Another seemingly unintentional plus point is the way the ground's laid out as the sun is behind the covered areas affording plenty of shade and the trees bordering the car park meant the car was nice and cool as well. As for the game, it wasn't exactly a classic but there were no problems and the Referee allowed it to flow very well. NSR scored on 25, doubled it on 50 and never seemed in any remote danger, LT did pull one back as we went into added time to the delight of absolutely no-one except their Manager. I shall return on hopefully several occasions this season.
  20. The groundhopper from another Forum, who painstakingly lists all the players, was at this one: FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round Barton Rovers 1-1 Arlesey Town Admission - £8, Attendance - No idea, Venue: Luton Road/Sharpenhoe Road First visit here and despite parts of the ground needing attention (and seemingly starting to get the attention) I was pleasantly surprised. There was enough on site parking at the ground which is in Barton le Clay, just north of Luton. The main stand on one touchline dominates the ground, with the social club set back behind it. The main stand holds a lounge also. There was work on a ‘chicken hut’ going on which looks like it’ll be serving hot food soon. The opposite touchline has 4 x identical covered standing areas with a fifth in progress of being built. Behind one goal line is a one stepped terrace with rail. Fencing is falling apart around the ground but I presume it’s on the ‘to do' list! Game - a fast paced match with very little chances. The home side probably looked slightly better and they took the lead in the 2nd half when the striker pounced on a mistake and slotted the ball home. It looked like Barton were progressing until a wonder strike late on by Stuart Mortimer meant a replay will take place on Tuesday. Line ups: Barton Rovers Niall Cooper - 31 - Kettering Town, Sutton Coldfield Town, Redditch Utd, Leamington, Rugby Town, Stratford Town, Bedford Town, Rushden & Diamonds Conor Clarke - 26 - Hemel Hempstead Town, Broxbourne Borough, Hoddesdon Town, Maldon & Tiptree, St Margaretsbury, Northwood, Harpenden Town, Stotfold Chris Uchenna Lewis Thomas - Biggleswade Town, Hertford Town Frederico Hernandez - Chalfont St Peter Max Ryan - Watford, Kings Langley, Hitchin Town, Biggleswade, Stotfold Denzil Emmanuel - Harrow Borough, Wembley, Hilltop, London Tigers Martel Powell - 30 - MK Dons, Maidenhead Utd, Chesham Utd, Arlesey Town, St Neots Town, Wingate, Royston Town, Biggleswade Town, AFC Dunstable Eliot Bailey - 27 - St Albans City, Leverstock Green, Bedford Town, Colney Heath, Berkhamsted, Arlesey Town, London Colney, Dunstable Town, Ware, Hitchin Town, Hertford Town, Welwyn Garden City Elton Anning - MK Gallaticos, New Bradwell St Peter, Aylesbury Vale Dynamos Tony Burnett - Berkhamsted, Arlesey Town, AFC Dunstable, Dunstable Town, Biggleswade Town Subs Kit Brown - Ware, London Colney, Hertford Town Mikael Edubaty Kenny Watson Paul Andrews - Ampthill Town, Fakenham Town, Diss Town, Potton Utd Lincoln Gilmartin - Langford, Arlesey Town Ivandro Monteiro - Cogenhoe Utd Jonas Kalonda - 20 - Luton Town, Hitchin Town, Cambridge City Arlesey Town Ryan Hilliard - Royston Town Tom Millett Adam Randall - Cogenhoe Utd Jake Davis - Stotfold, Harpenden Town, Kempston Rovers Thami Mmakola Lavel Davis-Thomas Bruno Brito - 37 - Grupo Sportivo Carcavelos, Sociedade Uniao Dezembro, Grupo Musical Desportivo 9 Abril Trajouce, Associacao Familiar Desportiva Torre, Odivelas B, Sport Clube Praiense, Atletico Clube de Portugal, Frenaros, Sporting Clube de Macau, Newport Pagnell Town, Aylesbury Utd, Leighton Town, Aylesbury Vale Dynamos Stuart Mortimer Tarik Dallas - Bedford, Harpenden Town, St Neots Town, Kempston Rovers Alex Taylor - Stevenage, Dunstable Town, Berkhamsted Jesus Mendoza Subs Vinnie Baker Joe Swadling - Knebworth Will McClelland - Langford, Welwyn Garden City, Harpenden Town, Codicote, Hertford Town, Baldock Town, Colney Heath Tomi Jaiyeola - New Bradwell St Peter, Aston Clinton Raphael Azimi - Hartley Wintney Daniel Wappett Muhammed Zurord
  21. Leverstock Green are unsurprisingly first out of the traps with their match report: (H) Halstead Town – Leverstock Green F.C. (levgreenfc.co.uk)
  22. The Iatest episode of the Podcast aII about footbaII in Bedfordshire and featuring award winning Bedfordshire based groundsman Wes Matthews, Wes lifted the National Groundsman of the Year trophy in 2018 whilst with Elstow Abbey before moving to Cranfield United:
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