The Spartan South Midlands League Gladwish Challenge Trophy is now well under way with the majority of games played in the First and Second Round. Below is an update on the results and reports on the London Tigers v Flackwell Heath and Baldock Town v Langford games in the Second Round.
GLADWISH CHALLENGE TROPHY 2021/22
AMPTHILL TOWN 2-2 DUNSTABLE TOWN (4-2 ON PENS)
TOTTERNHOE 1-4 LEIGHTON TOWN
BALDOCK TOWN 3-0 LETCHWORTH GARDEN CITY EAGLES
WELLINGBOROUGH WHITWORTH 2-1 RAUNDS TOWN
BOVINGDON 4-0 SARRATT
NEW BRADWELL ST PETER 2-1 BURTON PARK WANDERERS
CODICOTE 6-0 BERKHAMSTED RAIDERS
HAREFIELD UNITED 2-1 LONDON COLNEY
HARPENDEN TOWN 0-3 HADLEY
LONDON CRENDON 2-2 WINSLOW UNITED (4-3 ON PENS)
LEVERSTOCK GREEN 5-0 TRING CORINTHIANS
FLACKWELL HEATH 2-1 PENN & TYLERS GREEN
OLD BRADWELL UNITED 0-1 MK IRISH
NORTHAMPTON SILEBY RANGERS 2-2 EYNESBURY UNITED (7-6 ON PENS)
OXHEY JETS 1-0 NEW SALAMIS
RISBOROUGH RANGERS 2-0 BUCKINGHAM ATHLETIC
PITSTONE & IVINGHOE 2-0 ASTON CLINTON
ARLESEY TOWN 1-3 STOTFOLD
SHEFFORD TOWN & CAMPTON 6-1 THE 61 FC
BUCKINGHAM UNITED v IRCHESTER UNITED (8/1/22)
AMPTHILL TOWN 3-2 LEIGHTON TOWN
ARDLEY UNITED 2-0 AMERSHAM TOWN
BALDOCK TOWN 3-5 LANGFORD
BEDFORD 1-2 WELLINGBOROUGH WHITWORTH
BOVINGDON 0-2 TRING ATHLETIC
HADLEY 7-1 BROADFIELDS UNITED
HOLMER GREEN 2-2 LONG CRENDON (3-5 ON PENS)
LEVERSTOCK GREEN 1-1 AYLESBURY VALE DYNAMOS (5-3 ON PENS)
LONDON TIGERS 0-4 FLACKWELL HEATH
MK IRISH 1-1 NORTHAMPTON SILEBY RANGERS (1-2 ON PENS)
RISBOROUGH RANGERS 4-3 PITSTONE & IVINGHOE
STOTFOLD 6-1 SHEFFORD TOWN & CAMPTON
BUCKINGHAM UNITED or IRCHESTER UNITED v NEW BRADWELL ST PETER
OXHEY JETS v CRAWLEY GREEN (8/1/22)
MK COLLEGE ACADEMY v RUSHDEN & HIGHAM (8/1/22)
CODICOTE v HAREFIELD UNITED (12/1/22)
FLACKWELL HEATH TOO GOOD FOR LONDON TIGERS
It was First Division v Premier Division at Spratleys Meadow on Tuesday 14th December as London Tigers welcomed Flackwell Heath for a Second Round tie. It was my first visit the home of Amersham Town where The Tigers currently ground share and it's a decent place to watch football with the main stand side of the ground affording elevated views across the pitch. The visitors were the better team throughout the game and were 0-2 up at half time thanks to two impressive goals. Aiden Higgs scored a close range overhead kick with Fabian Driffill scoring with an impressive lob from outside of the box. The Tigers had a few chances in the second half with their goalkeeper Kamal Foster making some good saves to keep the score down. It was The Heathens who scored two late goals via James Ayres and substitute Jack Shakespeare to make it 0-4 and get them through to the Third Round.
The Tigers have been struggling towards the bottom of the First Division this season but did get a good 5-0 win on Saturday 18th December against Kidlington Reserves with goals from Jordan Ikala (2), Barry Vanlint and substitute Hamzinho Miezou (2). They face landlords Amersham Town on Tuesday 28th December in their next game.
Flackwell Heath are in eighth position in the Premier Division and look to have a good squad of players - I think they will finish higher in the table than they currently are. Chris Ayres and his assistant Paul Shone have recently taken over from Marcus Richardson who departed in October.
The best news everyone at the club have received recently in that their chairman Terry Glynn who has battled prostate cancer twice over the last six years has been given the all clear. Terry has been associated with the club for fifty years and is well respected throughout the local non-league game.
Kamal Foster, Saif Ahmed, Saeed Darankai, Tobi Falodi, Idowu Gbolagde, Amir Hadi, Omar Haji, Kyle Lewis, Renaldo Otoo, Barry Vanlint, Emmanuel Sekyere.
SUBS - Callum Barry, Pawandeep Singh, Denilson Vincente.
Issac Hay, Callum Mapley, Ryan Avery, Jamie Essex, James Burrell, Matty Ayres, Tyler Gregory, Jamie Ayres, Fabian Driffill, Aiden Higgs, James Keeley.
SUBS - Sam Coles, Marcos Lumb, Ashley Howell, Jack Shakesphere, Jack Taylor.
FIVE GOAL LANGFORD SHOCK PREMIER DIVISION BALDOCK TOWN
The next night saw another Premier v First Division game as Langford made the short trip from Forde Park to face Baldock Town who currently ground-share with Arlesey Town. A crowd of 86 saw a cracking cup tie full of goals and incident.
Officially Baldock Town are the current holders following their 4-0 win over Potton United at the end of the 2018/19 season - the competition hasn't been completed over the past few seasons due to the pandemic curtailing the 19/20 and 20/21 seasons.
Town have recently seen manager Rob Bates (who has also been manager at Langford) depart the club to be replaced by Dave McAdam.
The match was finely balanced at half time with the score being 2-2 but it was Langford who scored twice to make it 2-4 before Baldock pulled it back to 3-4. Towards the end of the game Langford broke and scored via substitute Freeman Nyakumbi to record a memorable victory for Rob Russell's team.
Oliver Skinner, Finley Aldridge, Lewis Franklin, Josh Furness, Ashley Hay, Callum Mullins, Theo Reed, Charlie Rome, Luke Rowland, Ollie Trott, Jude White.
SUBS - Aedan Gaffney, Jerome Isles, Jacob Green.
Sam Galatis, Kodi Briggs, James Fletcher, Josh Newman, Kyran O'Dell, Reece Perry, Sam Peverall, Corey Rodriguez, Jack Sherwood, Marley Ugarte-Edwards, James Younger.
SUBS - Khy Cyrus, Freeman Nyakumbi, Charan Basra