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  1. 5 hours ago, Rhodes said:

    Tuesday 7 February 

    Division One
    Letchworth Garden City Eagles v Amersham Town (kick off 7.30pm)

    How do we see this affair going, incidentally what has happened to 'you know who' aka Loudmouth BFC, who has not been spotted since attending the Letchworth Garden City Eagles v London Tigers fixture on Saturday 19 November, my guess is that he has ruffled feathers with the hierarchy at the Pixmore Playing Fields, similar to Always Leighton at Leighton Town, and has walked away from the Club which is a shame:


  2. On 04/02/2023 at 18:33, Cruz said:

    Good result for Real Bedford. ON Chenecks 2 Rugby Borough 1. This result has made my weekend. Perfecto.

    Cruz- Yes, I didn't see that result coming however I see that Rugby Borough travel to Rushden & Higham United tomorrow evening so they will still be just three points behind Real Bedford going into Saturday's games, Northampton Sileby Rangers won't be pushovers at McMullen Park will they: 


  3. On 19/10/2022 at 14:36, Rhodes said:

    Great news foIks, what an embarrassing cIimb down from the not fit for purpose Berkhamsted Sports Ground Charitable Association Limited (BSGCA)

    It's interesting that ever since former 'influential' Berkhamsted Raiders Chairman Keith Pollard stepped away from the Club it has all gone very quiet on the Western Front with regards to Berkhamsted FC's controversial move from Broadwater to the backwater Bourne End site. You have to wonder whether Mr Pollard was deviously behind 'the venture' the entire time, from day one, and the likes of gulliable Independent' Chair of the Berkhamsted Sports Ground Charitable Association Limited (BSGCA), Paul Forster, and self-important Chair of the Dacorum Sports Network, Howard Wells, weren't really that fussed if the move went ahead or not as they would not gain from it personally, unlike the arrogant Mr Pollard.

  4. What a result for Eynesbury United on Saturday afternoon who proceed to the Semi Finals of the Huntingdonshire FA Intermediate Cup and join St Ives Town Reserves, Warboys Town and now Stilton United who won on spot kicks at Eaton Socon Reserves on Saturday following a thrilling 3-3 stalemate:

    Saturday 4 February 

    Huntingdonshire FA Intermediate Cup Quarter Final
    Eynesbury United 1 Stanground Sports Youth 0

  5. A rare Thursday fixture this midweek:

    Tuesday 7 February (kick off 7.45pm unless stated)

    Premier Division
    Aylesbury Vale Dynamos v Colney Heath
    Baldock Town v Ardley United
    Dunstable Town v Cockfosters
    Leighton Town v Arlesey Town
    Leverstock Green v St Panteleimon
    Risborough Rangers v Stotfold
    Tring Athletic v Hoddesdon Town

    Division One
    Buckingham Athletic v Holmer Green
    Langford v Northampton Sileby Rangers
    Letchworth Garden City Eagles v Amersham Town (kick off 7.30pm)
    Moulton FC v Ampthill Town
    Northampton ON Chenecks v Wellingborough Whitworth
    Raunds Town P Burton Park Wanderers
    Rushden & Higham United v Rugby Borough

    Bedfordshire FA Senior Challenge Cup Quarter Final
    Biggleswade United v Luton Town
    Kempston Rovers v Potton United

    Wednesday 8 February (kick off 7.45pm)

    Leicestershire & Rutland FA Senior Cup Semi Final
    Asfordby FC v Lutterworth Athletic

    Hinchingbrooke Cup Quarter Final
    Eaton Socon v Pinchbeck United

    Thursday 9 February (kick off 7.30pm)

    SSML Premier Division Cup Quarter Final
    Ardley United v Hoddesdon Town 

  6. Lets get ready to rumble for Wednesday evening then and the mouth watering Asfordby FC v Lutterworth Athletic Leicestershire & RutIand FA Senior Cup Semi Final tie. The other Semi Final takes place tomorrow (7 February) between United Counties League Division One Birstall United Social and Midland League Division One Ashby Ivanhoe:

    Wednesday 8 February (kick off 7.45pm)

    Leicestershire & Rutland FA Senior Cup Semi Final
    Asfordby FC v Lutterworth Athletic


  7. A lengthy report from a groundhopper from another Forum:

    Walsall Wood 1 v 2 Tring Athletic - FA Vase 4th Round
    Programme 32 pages £2.00 - Admission £6.00 (nc) - Att. Nothing official seen. However, the turnout was less than expected perhaps in the region of 230. The Clubhouse was almost uninhabited on arrival just before 14.00.

    An unnecessarily overlong day being out of the door at 06.20 and return to The Riverbank timed at 23.40 for what seemed an interminable trek which felt by the end that the trip had been to the furthest reaches of the North East or Devon rather than four miles north of Walsall. There was of course the need to save a few pounds on the journeys and a few hostelries to visit in addition to a first time visit to Oak Park.
    Contest was reasonable enough but there was only occasional glimpses that we were watching a later round Vase tie and at times the lack of quality in both teams play gave the impression that what was being viewed was a league match between two teams in the lower reaches of a division. At times, I noted an occasional lack of confidence with the hosts which for team that was top of a Level 5 Division surprised, though duly noted that the previous midweek they had lost at home to Wolverhampton Social who occupy one of the relegation positions in the Midland Alliance. Tring defended well with Harrison Cornick particularly impressing in the middle of the defence but with a tendency to constantly play deep, there was the anticipation that the hosts would pose more of a threat in the final third but this was only the case over the course of the second half.
    The first half was much more tentative with the flow of play hindered by the obligatory numerous stoppages but also by an uneven and heavy pitch that reminded of the lumps and bumps of Cricklefield. Little to note until what was the only occasion of individual inventiveness led to the visitors taking the lead. Saw Tring in the previous round at Dunstable Town and noted that Godlove Oppong's creativity was an important reason in their win and on this occasion, an excellent touch in a very restricted area far out on the touchline took Carter Lycett out of the defensive equation, intelligent pass inside to Leo Farruch whose first time shot from the edge of the area had the accuracy and the power to find the far corner beyond Callum Smith's dive to give the visitors the lead.
    Little in the way of a response from Walsall Wood and it took them over half an hour for them to pose any actual threat to the Tring goal but on this occasion Joey Barlow's near post header travelled wide of the post. Barlow was much closer later in the half as a half volley from him rebounded off of the angle after the Tring defence uncharacteristically failed to clear. Overall the Walsall Wood first half performance rarely impressed and it lacked the ingenuity to unlock an effective defence.
    The second half initially showed more in the way of directness in relation to the hosts attacks and they were level within four minutes of the restart with a ball forward being flicked on Barlow sending Jai Verma clear of a trailing Tring defence and Verma placed his shot wide of the advancing Oscar Frost to level. This was a rare occasion where a more direct approach of the hosts coincided with a defensive failing from Tring and Walsall Wood attacks were often frustrated by an uncompromising defence. There were still opportunities for the hosts and I am sure that Kevin Monteiro rued missing the only clear cut second half chance for Walsall Wood after he broke through the home defence and with only Frost between him and putting the hosts in front he rushed his shot which travelled high over the bar. A tantalising cross from Joshua Mansell was just beyond the diving head of Monteiro, but as the minutes ebbed away it looked a probability that the only outcome to separate the two teams would be the IMHO unwelcome penalty competition. Thankfully, this was avoided but given that the hosts had the better of second half play, it surprised that the winning goal came from Tring. The visitors posed little in the way of second half threat but a perfectly struck curling free kick from Frankie Hercules taken from a distance that was thought to be too far out to be of any danger was touched around the post by Smith. From the corner, Giuseppe Delgrandio headed forward and Oppong bundled the ball over the line for what was an untidy goal to win an untidy match. Last few minutes plus the eight additional minutes added on by the referee saw the obligatory Walsall Wood pressure which saw headers from Lycett clip the top of the bar and from Lewis Riley-Stewart which was narrowly over the bar. Could understand the frustrations of the Tring bench as to the amount of additional time added on, but the shouty approach from the Tring bench towards the fourth official who attempted to undertake his role in a relaxed and at times humorous manner was one of the more unpleasant aspects of the afternoon, especially as the profanities from that area reached a stoppage time peak.
    As was the case with Corsham's victory the previous Saturday, I was of the opinion that potential Vase winners were not being viewed here, though I am sure that AFC Bury who now travel to Tring in the next round will be wary of a trip into uncharted South Midlands League territory and the beauty of the Vase is that it is very difficult to compare clubs from different equivalent status leagues. A tie that for its sheer uniqueness appeals however weather permitting the next Vase journey will hopefully be in the direction of CV3 next Saturday.
    Oak Park situated just off the main Lichfield Road which runs through the middle of Walsall Wood was very easy to locate. The stand is of a certain wooden vintage and the steepness of the rows of seats were not the easiest for aged limbs to negotiate and then descend post match. The end nearest the entrance is fully covered the entire length and also of interest was the presence out of the ground of a reduced in size reproduction of a colliery wheel indicating the site of Walsall Wood Colliery which shut in 1964. Prior I was unaware that coal mining was part of the industrial landscape of this area, thinking that pits were found around Hednesford and also around Nuneaton but not so near to Walsall. Ground easily accessible using NX West Midlands bus No.10 from Walsall Bus station, though on the return journey just missed a service back to Walsall and noted that the greyest of grey skies that had prevailed over the course of the day emitted a chill which was more typical of February weather than the previous balmy days.
    Arrived into Walsall just before 11.00 and before the journey out to Oak Park, ventured to St Matthews Hall (JDW) which from this angle had a good array of ales with the local Backyard Brewery being well represented with their Blonde being one of the ales of the day as was the porter from Hinckley's New Buildings Brewery. From there it was onwards to the Fountain Inn which despite it being listed as the Backyard Brewery tap had none of their ales available, however the Green Duck Brewery Hypnotized was more than acceptable. Concluded the pre match trail at Pretty Bricks where Beartown Brewery ales were very much in evidence. Disappointed with the post match trip to the Black Country Arms which although has thirteen hand pumps sells ales from well known regional breweries rather than having an ale or two from a local microbrewery. The APA from Ilkeston's Muirhouse Brewery was unremarkable and the post match imbibing concluded back at St Matthews Hall with a reacquaintance with the Backyard (Brewery) Blonde.
    The understanding this end (though I could be incorrect after reading a previous post) was that there were no direct train services between London Marylebone and Birmingham Snow Hill, therefore in order to save a few pennies, travel was made via the West Midlands Trains services between Euston and New Street. Cheap at £21.75 return factoring the Senior Railcard discount but ponderously slow taking well over two hours on each leg of the journey. For an unknown reason despite the service on the return leg being very busy, Coach 8 at the rear was virtually empty allowing the previous nights sleep debt to be partially made up and also for the essential task of the recharging of the phone to occur. Rest of journey without issue, but the day just seemed to be never ending with too many hours taken up for so few miles travelled.

  8. 15 minutes ago, Rhodes said:

    Saturday 4 February 

    Division One
    Moulton FC 5 Eaton Socon 0

    A groundhopper from another Forum was present:

    Moulton 5 Eaton Socon 0
    Spartan South Midlands, Division One
    Brunting Road, Admission: £5, Programme: £2, Attendance: 48 h/c

    The hosts scored after just 2 minutes, from a lad making his debut, after that the game was fairly even - the visitors probably having slightly more of the ball.
    Second half was a different matter with the hosts adding 4 more goals, Eaton Socon had a player sin binned just before the break but were back to 11 players when they let the next goal in on 58 minutes after a superb bit of skill by the young number 11, a great pass that his teammate finished with a neat lob. The young lad has been approached by a number of Clubs higher up the pyramid but he has decided to stay with Moulton for this season.
    The same player was then taken down for a penalty, two further goals were added with the last in injury time as Eaton Socon finished with 10 players- no sending off, just an injury and they did not have a full bench of subs.
    Do not like to have a go at match Officials, but this Ref was a joke, never went more then 10mmetres from the center circle.
    Ground wise - very new but neat, G4, cage but you have access to 3 sides with a small 90 seat stand in place. Very modern Clubhouse, a very friendly welcome.

  9. The belated results, apologies:

    Saturday 4 February 

    Premier Division
    Ardley United 0 Crawley Green 1
    Arlesey Town P Tring Athletic
    Arlesey Town 0 Dunstable Town 1
    Cockfosters 1 Harpenden Town 1
    Colney Heath 0 Biggleswade United 2
    Leighton Town 3 Hoddesdon Town 0
    Leverstock Green 2 Potton United 2
    London Colney 0 Stotfold 0
    Risborough Rangers 0 Baldock Town 0
    Shefford Town & Campton 0 Aylesbury Vale Dynamos 1

    Division One
    Amersham Town 3 Raunds Town 0
    Burton Park Wanderers 4 Buckingham Athletic 1
    Langford 2 Lutterworth Athletic 0
    Moulton FC 5 Eaton Socon 0
    Northampton ON Chenecks 2 Rugby Borough 1
    Northampton Sileby Rangers 6 Holmer Green 2
    Rushden & Higham United 3 London Tigers 2
    Thame United Reserves 0 Wellingborough Whitworth 1
    Winslow United 0 Ampthill Town 1

    Division Two
    Bovingdon 7 The 61 FC (Luton) 0
    Buckingham United 1 AFC Caddington 3
    Codicote 2 Tring Corinthians AFC 1
    Milton Keynes College Football Academy 2 Totternhoe 1
    New Bradwell St Peter 2 Leighton Town Development 1
    Old Bradwell United 3 Berkhamsted Raiders 2
    Pitstone & Ivinghoe 0 Sarratt 2

    Huntingdonshire FA Intermediate Cup Quarter Final
    Eynesbury United 1 Stanground Sports Youth 0

  10. An interesting Huntingdonshire FA Intermediate Cup Quarter Final tie this afternoon, Peterborough and District League Division One leaders Stanground Sports Youth won't just roll over or be overawed by the salubrious Hall Road surroundings:

    Tomorrow sees The Bulls at home in the Hunts Intermediate Cup against Peterborough League table toppers Stanground Sports. This is a quarter final tie and will be a tough assignment, especially as we have not played since the beginning of January. Kick off at Hall Road is 1:30pm. The Tea Hut and Bar (pictured) will be open.

    May be an image of balloon, table and indoor

  11. Don't forget Ollie Bayliss's BBC Three Counties Radio Non League Show at noon today featuring Hemel Hempstead Town, Newport Pagnell Town, Tring Athletic, Leverstock Green, Risborough Rangers and Boreham Wood as well as having features on Penalty Shootouts, Local Derbies and Floodlight Failures as was embarrassingly the case for Tring Athletic at Cow Lane last Saturday:



  12. Premier Division match programmes this afternoon where found:

    Premier Division
    Ardley United v Crawley Green
    Arlesey Town P Tring Athletic
    Arlesey Town v Dunstable Town
    Cockfosters v Harpenden Town
    Colney Heath v Biggleswade United
    Leighton Town v Hoddesdon Town 
    Leverstock Green v Potton United 
    London Colney v Stotfold 
    Risborough Rangers v Baldock Town  
    https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/files.pitchero.com/clubs/64064/CDyRm5qTCWty7QhTRD70_Baldock Town LGE Saturday 4th February 2023.pdf
    Shefford Town & Campton v Aylesbury Vale Dynamos

  13. Surely it's unfair that Real Bedford do not, once again, have a League fixture this afternoon (4 February), if, as fully expected, Rugby Borough win their fixture at Northampton ON Chenecks they will be just three points behind Rob Sinclair's men this evening with 'D-Day', and the all important meeting between the two sides, just three weeks away on Saturday 25 February. A frustrated Rob Sinclair touches on this during his post match interview on Tuesday evening following the excellent 3-0 win at Eaton Socon and he is clearly unimpressed with the way the fixtures have favoured Rugby Borough:

  14. This weekend's other Non League Show and it's an interesting listen as usual:


    Seven seasons ago he was managing in Step 6, now he's managing in the top tier of Non-League at a Club that until the summer had spent over 70 years in the Football League. His first task is to stabilise the Club under a new regime and Jimmy Dean is more than up for that task at Scunthorpe United.
    Chairman at Cambridge City. Kevin Satchell has dealt with ground eviction, nomadic existence, High Court actions and planning reviews in his time at the club, yet it still thrives and things can only get better as they near moving into their purpose-built ground some ten years since they left their last permanent home. 
    Executive Editor at The Non League Paper Jon Couch is on hand to round up the week’s news, and previews another bumper weekend paper as the weather looks favourable again on the football calendar.

  15. The Iatest episode of the Podcast aII about footbaII in Bedfordshire, the Bedfordshire FA Senior Trophy Quarter Final ties, which took place last Saturday, are discussed and a look ahead to the two mouth watering Semi Finals on 18 February, Leighton Town Development v Real Bedford and Totternhoe v Elstow Abbey: 

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