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The SSML has submitted a request to the FA to sanction its two Spring Cup competitions.

 

Couple of rule changes

Five substitutes may be used, however like the FA Cup it was decided that clubs only have three opportunities to make these plus half time.

All match officials fees have been reduced by £10 each.

Dates and fixtures have been sent to all club secretaries of teams taking part and whilst I will not be adding them to Full Time until the FA sanction the competitions clubs are free to release them

 

 

Premier & Division One Spring Cup

GROUP A

Aylesbury Vale Dynamos

Baldock Town

Biggleswade United

Dunstable Town

Newport Pagnell Town

Shefford Town & Campton

 

 

GROUP B

Colney Heath

Harefield United

Leverstock Green

London Lions

Rayners Lane

 

 

Division Two Spring Cup

GROUP A

Berkhamsted Raiders

Bovingdon

Sarratt

Totternhoe

Tring Corinthians AFC

 

GROUP B

Buckingham United

MK Gallacticos

Mursley United

New Bradwell St Peter

Old Bradwell United

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And you will not be on this forum? 🤔

I see it's been drawn North and South TBH the Southern part of the draw Group B  looks rather weak with 2 Div 1 clubs  Looks like it'll be 4 games then a Semi Final and Final so max 6 games if yo

Great stuff, better than meaningless friendlies.

Good stuff 👍

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4 hours ago, Savagebee said:

Good stuff 👍

I see it's been drawn North and South TBH the Southern part of the draw Group B  looks rather weak with 2 Div 1 clubs 

Looks like it'll be 4 games then a Semi Final and Final so max 6 games if you get to the Final  

TBH this wouldn't have offered up the same challenges we will have in our 6 friendlies, plus we play two of the top sides from the Essex Senior League. 

 

 

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14 hours ago, Karen Browne said:

The SSML has submitted a request to the FA to sanction its two Spring Cup competitions.

I see that the fixtures have been released however I will leave Karen to officially publish them once she gets the necessary sanction from the FA which should just be a formality. Here is a taster of the first round of group fixtures just to whet the appetite:

Group A
Saturday 10 April
Baldock Town v Aylesbury Vale Dynamos
Dunstable Town v Shefford Town & Campton
Newport Pagnell Town v Biggleswade United
Group B
Saturday 10 April
Leverstock Green v Colney Heath
Rayners Lane v Harefield United
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1 hour ago, Rhodes said:

I see that the fixtures have been released however I will leave Karen to officially publish them once she gets the necessary sanction from the FA which should just be a formality. Here is a taster of the first round of group fixtures just to whet the appetite:

Group A
Saturday 10 April
Baldock Town v Aylesbury Vale Dynamos
Dunstable Town v Shefford Town & Campton
Newport Pagnell Town v Biggleswade United
Group B
Saturday 10 April
Leverstock Green v Colney Heath
Rayners Lane v Harefield United

Are the fixtures being played on each Saturday through April to May? 

 

 

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1 hour ago, Rhodes said:

I see that the fixtures have been released however I will leave Karen to officially publish them once she gets the necessary sanction from the FA which should just be a formality. Here is a taster of the first round of group fixtures just to whet the appetite:

Group A
Saturday 10 April
Baldock Town v Aylesbury Vale Dynamos
Dunstable Town v Shefford Town & Campton
Newport Pagnell Town v Biggleswade United
Group B
Saturday 10 April
Leverstock Green v Colney Heath
Rayners Lane v Harefield United

Group B has a odd number of teams, how they going to work out fixtures? Surely both groups should have a even number of clubs? 

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The Premier/Division One competition now has a sponsor and the competition shall be known as

The Gladwish/SSML Spring Cup 2021.

The Division Two competition is still looking for a sponsor.

All matches with the exception of one Division Two game will be played on Saturdays (The one remaining game will be on Monday 3 May).

Any game postponed as to be played by the following Thursday.

Group winners to be at home in semi-finals. If venues not available then switched to opponents ground.

Finals to be played on a neutral venue.

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1 hour ago, Karen Browne said:

The Premier/Division One competition now has a sponsor and the competition shall be known as

The Gladwish/SSML Spring Cup 2021.

The Division Two competition is still looking for a sponsor.

All matches with the exception of one Division Two game will be played on Saturdays (The one remaining game will be on Monday 3 May).

Any game postponed as to be played by the following Thursday.

Group winners to be at home in semi-finals. If venues not available then switched to opponents ground.

Finals to be played on a neutral venue.

When do you expect the semi-finals and finals to be played?

 

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4 hours ago, Rhodes said:

I see that the fixtures have been released however I will leave Karen to officially publish them once she gets the necessary sanction from the FA which should just be a formality. Here is a taster of the first round of group fixtures just to whet the appetite:

Group A
Saturday 10 April
Baldock Town v Aylesbury Vale Dynamos
Dunstable Town v Shefford Town & Campton
Newport Pagnell Town v Biggleswade United
Group B
Saturday 10 April
Leverstock Green v Colney Heath
Rayners Lane v Harefield United

Great stuff, better than meaningless friendlies.

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22 minutes ago, Karen Browne said:

Semi Finals on 15 May.

Finals - date to be decided

So finals after 17 May when spectators can pay at a neutral venues thus filling the coffers of the SSML.

At least you will be in a position to reinstate full match fees. 

I like your thinking!!! 🙂 


 

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55 minutes ago, the leatherhead lip said:

Great stuff, better than meaningless friendlies.

Depends on each clubs requirements for for some playing friendlies will be more beneficial 

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15 minutes ago, Karen Browne said:

Match fees will not change for the Semi Finals/Final.

The SSML is covering all costs for the Finals 

Has the format of this cup been finalised yet? 

 

Will teams in each group play each other once or twice and if once how will home advantage be decided? 

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3 hours ago, the leatherhead lip said:

Great stuff, better than meaningless friendlies

Ouch, is that aimed at GRS67, to be fair Edgware Town's friendlies at Cockfosters on 3 April and at Hadley on 6 April look interesting and they would have been well attended had fans been allowed.

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Group matches will see each team play each other once (two home and two away).

In the case of the six team group the home clubs for last game were drawn out of a hat.

Fixtures were also decided by each club's pitch availability due to reserve games etc.

 

All clubs have been informed of the fixtures and dates.

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2 hours ago, GRS67 said:

Has the format of this cup been finalised yet? Will teams in each group play each other once or twice and if once how will home advantage be decided? 

GRS67 - You seem extremely interested in the competition, why is that out of interest seeing that Edgware Town weren't interested in entering, you could easily have entered and still arranged friendlies during the week in April.   

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4 hours ago, Rhodes said:

GRS67 - You seem extremely interested in the competition, why is that out of interest seeing that Edgware Town weren't interested in entering, you could easily have entered and still arranged friendlies during the week in April.  

One of things I'm looking forward to when we join the Combined Counties League this summer is that YOU won't be on thier forum Rhodes! 

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2 hours ago, GRS67 said:

One of things I'm looking forward to when we join the Combined Counties League this summer is that YOU won't be on thier forum Rhodes! 

The CCL Forum used to be decent back in the day. It's very quiet on there these days.

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Here's another 'teaser', a bit like Harry and Meghan's pre-interview with Oprah. Hopefully Karen will publish all the group fixtures soon which go on until Saturday 8 May before the two Semi Finals take place on Saturday 15 May so it's quite a lengthy competition compared to other League's and considering there are only eleven teams taking part:
 
Group A
Saturday 17 April
Biggleswade United v Baldock Town
Dunstable Town v Aylesbury Vale Dynamos
Shefford Town & Campton v Newport Pagnell Town
Group B
Saturday 17 April
Levestock Green v Rayners Lane
Colney Heath v London Lions
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8 hours ago, Savagebee said:

The CCL Forum used to be decent back in the day. It's very quiet on there these days.

I'm sure it'll be given a new lease of life with the likes of us (Edgware) and Wembley, NGU, Harefield, Broadfields? All moving West! 

8 hours ago, Rhodes said:
Here's another 'teaser', a bit like Harry and Meghan's pre-interview with Oprah. Hopefully Karen will publish all the group fixtures soon which go on until Saturday 8 May before the two Semi Finals take place on Saturday 15 May so it's quite a lengthy competition compared to other League's and considering there are only eleven teams taking part:
 
Group A
Saturday 17 April
Biggleswade United v Baldock Town
Dunstable Town v Aylesbury Vale Dynamos
Shefford Town & Campton v Newport Pagnell Town
Group B
Saturday 17 April
Levestock Green v Rayners Lane
Colney Heath v London 

 

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8 hours ago, Savagebee said:

The CCL Forum used to be decent back in the day. It's very quiet on there these days.

You're right it is quiet on thier forum, that said the SSML forum is a pale shadow of it's former self back in the day mid 2000's when it was a hive of activity. 

 

The only reason it appears to be busy is due to Rhodes inane drivel, posting match reports and photos for each club that no one other than himself is interested about! 

 

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Here's what Rhodes really thinks about this 'Spring Cup' 

 

"the Spartan League one is a bit of a joke, they just don't seem that bothered and can't be arsed" 

 

"it's a joke, they should have scrapped it and may still do so in which case Biggleswade United will come crying back to you. I can understand a Division Two Cup as they may be able to make a few quid somehow in outside hospitality." 

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GRS67 - Well it's true isn't it that the SSML didn't appear overly enthusiastic about the end of season Cup competition and made the statement below to that effect however it was only later on when a number of Club's showed a keen interest, despite having to play behind closed doors, that they reluctantly changed their mind. You seem a bit miffed about something and apologies if I have ruffled your feathers in some way, is it because you're now regretting not entering the Cup competition when you had the opportunity, you could have easily still arranged all of your friendly fixtures around the group matches: 

As you will see from the following email from the FA, the current understanding is that spectators will not be allowed until 17 May at the earliest, which as the vast majority of clubs require an income from spectators to make it worthwhile financially, it is unfortunately not practical to organise a cup competition starting as late as 17 May, with all sorts of restrictions on ground availability after this date and a closing date of 31 May for matches. Kind Regards Pat Burns

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2 hours ago, GRS67 said:

I'm sure it'll be given a new lease of life with the likes of us (Edgware) and Wembley, NGU, Harefield, Broadfields? All moving West! 

Let's hope so 👍

2 hours ago, GRS67 said:

You're right it is quiet on thier forum, that said the SSML forum is a pale shadow of it's former self back in the day mid 2000's when it was a hive of activity. 

 

The only reason it appears to be busy is due to Rhodes inane drivel, posting match reports and photos for each club that no one other than himself is interested about! 

 

That is very true.

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