LEA SPORTS PSG
* PIRTON * SHILLINGTON * GRAVENHURST *    

Established 1973

The Recreation Ground, Pirton, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG5 3PX

Championships - The first Lea Sports team to win a Championship wasn't a football team, but was the Ladies' Netball team which operated from 1989-90 until it folded two games into the 1993-94 season.

 

1. Netball Team - 1989-90

      Luton & Dunstable Netball Alliance Division 2

Home

 

 

The Champions celebrate at Stopsley Sports Centre

Paul Gathern, Pete Mather, Graham Hunt (obscured), Archie Conway, Keith Lee, Al Mayman, Al Dawson, Colin Bradley, Russell Sheppard, Steve Close, Phil Thompson, Kevin Connolly

2. First Team - 1990-91

      North Home Counties Sunday Football League Division 3

The following season, the First Team thought it would be a good idea to follow suit and won the Division 3 title under Manager Keith Lee.

 

 

NHC Division 3                   

P.

W.

D.

L.

F.

A.

Pts.

1.

Lea Sports

20

10

8

2

60

35

28

2.

A.F.C. Heron Res.

20

11

4

5

50

41

26

3.

61 FC

20

8

8

4

41

27

24

4.

Parkside

20

9

5

6

44

30

23

5.

F.C. Houghton

20

8

7

5

48

40

23

6.

Renault Dodge

20

9

4

7

53

40

22

7.

Wells Stars

20

9

4

7

38

27

22

8.

Beds. Firs Service

20

10

1

9

34

46

21

9.

Red Star

20

6

3

11

32

47

15

10.

Old Moat House

20

5

3

12

42

58

13

11.

Holy Ghost

20

1

1

18

27

78

3

In a very tight division, the First Team squeezed home by just 2 points after a nervous 2-2 draw at home to runners-up AFC Heron Reserves in their final game, when goals from Al Mayman and Phil Thompson salvaged a point. In the end they finished just 7 points ahead of the team in 8th place.

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3. Netball Team - 1992-93

      Luton & Dunstable Netball Alliance Division 1

The Netball Team continued their march up the League by taking the Division 1 title in 1992-3.

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4. Second Team - 1994-95
11. Under Fourteen Team - 2005-06

      Chiltern Youth League Division 3

The Under Fourteens scored 100 league goals as they took the Division 3 title.

 

Chiltern Youth Div. 3                 

P.

W.

D.

L.

F.

A.

Pts.

1.

Lea Sports Pirton

24

18

1

5

100

52

55

2.

AFC Kempston Colts ‘A’

24

16

3

5

62

33

51

3.

Brickhill Wanderers ‘B’

24

15

4

5

104

34

49

4.

AFC Dunstable

24

15

3

6

64

36

48

5.

Langford

24

14

2

8

71

44

44

6.

Bedford Park Rangers ‘B’

24

13

3

8

50

36

42

7.

Marsh Farm

24

11

3

10

59

53

36

8.

Lewsey Centre

24

10

2

12

41

46

32

9.

Caddington

24

9

2

13

58

89

29

10.

Kempston West End

24

8

3

13

50

67

27

11.

Warden Hill Tigers

24

6

2

16

37

54

20

12.

Flamstead

24

6

1

17

50

121

19

13.

Celtic ‘B’

24

0

1

23

14

95

1

A ten-match winning streak in March and April 2006 was enough to bring the title to Pirton. The team was involved in a number of high-scoring matches - including 16 matches through the season where seven or more goals were scored, but in the end their record of 18 wins was the best in the division.

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9. First Team - 2001-02

      North Home Counties Sunday Football League Division 3

In 2001-02 it was the adults' turn again when the First Team, under the leadership of Steve Baggett, took the Division 3 Championship by a point from 61 FC.

 

 

NHC Division 3                   

P.

W.

D.

L.

F.

A.

Pts.

1.

Lea Sports

20

11

5

4

50

32

27 *

2.

61 FC

20

11

4

5

52

44

26

3.

Flint United

20

10

3

7

42

32

23

4.

Magnum AFC

20

10

2

8

66

44

22

5.

FC Houghton Res.

20

9

3

8

53

45

21

6.

Postels

20

9

3

8

50

49

21

7.

Dog and Duck

20

8

5

7

43

43

21

8.

Brache Green Man Res.

20

8

3

9

47

48

19

9.

Globe AFC

20

7

1

12

38

55

15

10.

Icknield Athletic

20

6

3

11

41

59

15

11.

Red Lion

20

3

4

13

30

61

10

* Including 1 match awarded.       

Despite just 1 win in their first 5 league games, and 1 win in 4 games against their 2 nearest rivals, consistency through the season and a mean defence brought the title back to Pirton.

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      North Home Counties Sunday Football League Division 5

7. Third Team - 1997-98

      Luton Sunday League Division 1

The Thirds had been knocking at the door of the Luton Sunday League Division 1 Championship for some years, finishing 2nd, 3rd, 2nd and 4th in the preceding 4 seasons, but it was Steve Baggett who took them to their first title.

 

Luton Sunday Division 1

P.

W.

D.

L.

F.

A.

Pts.

1.

Lea Sports ‘A’

16

14

1

1

59

21

43 *

2.

Woodlands Social

16

11

1

4

73

21

34

3.

Icknield Rangers

16

9

1

6

54

34

28

4.

One Nation

16

9

1

6

53

37

28

5.

Mary Seacole

16

7

2

7

46

41

23

6.

Luton Rangers

16

7

1

8

40

52

22

7.

Carpenters Arms

16

7

0

9

36

34

21

8.

Bramingham Rovers

16

3

1

12

27

71

10

9.

Finn McCouls

16

1

0

15

17

94

3

* Includes 1 match awarded 2-0.    

In the end, only 2 matches in February 1998 spoiled a perfect league season: a 2-2 home draw with Mary Seacole and a 4-1 defeat to Icknield Rangers. One Nation did manage a 5-3 win over us in the Challenge Cup and there was a surprise 4-3 extra time defeat to Division 2 Windsor Castle in the TT Trophy, but otherwise the team swept all before them.

Back row: Phil Thompson, Steve Goldsmith, Graham Carter, Dave Newman, Kelvin Callow, Hugh Byrne, Al Palmer

Front row: Phil Clarke, Mick Marsh, Steve Baggett, Rick Vipers, Neil Hebron, Paul Gathern, Archie Conway

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6. Under Seventeen Team - 1994-95

      Bedford Colts Under Seventeen Division

The Under Seventeens, under Kieran Dimambro, claimed the joint championship of the Beds Colts League in remarkable circumstances.

 

Beds Colts Division 1       

P.

W.

D.

L.

F.

A.

Pts.

1=.

Lea Sports Stopsley

20

16

0

4

83

34

32 *

1=.

Bletchley Colts

20

15

2

3

68

17

32

1=.

Brickhill Wanderers

20

14

4

2

75

32

32

1=.

Kempston Rovers

20

16

0

4

75

32

32

5.

Sandy Albion

20

11

3

6

54

36

25 *

6.

Cranfield Colts

20

8

3

9

54

52

19

7.

St. Mary’s

20

7

1

12

44

57

15

8.

Flitwick Eagles

20

6

1

13

42

67

13

9.

Aqmpthill Boys

20

4

2

14

31

61

10

10.

Wootton Rangers

20

3

2

15

22

68

8

11.

Putteridge

20

1

0

19

18

109

2

* Points from Sandy Albion vs. Lea Sports were awarded to Lea Sports Stopsley.     

The Championship looked lost when the league docked us 2 points for not fulfilling an away fixture vs. Sandy Albion on Good Friday, but we successfully appealed to the Bedfordshire FA that the league had not given us sufficient notice of the fixture and they ruled that the game should be replayed. By the time this decision was made, we were well into May and Sandy refused to play the game, conceding the points to Lea Sports. There was also insufficient time to arrange play-offs to decide the title, so it was split four ways and the league had to buy four sets of medals!

(Picture taken at the end of the preceding season at Under Sixteen)

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5. Fourth Team - 1994-95

      Luton Sunday League Division 2

Kevin Knight's Fourth XI swept all before them in Division 2 of the Luton Sunday League in only their third season of league football.

 

Luton Sunday Division 2

P.

W.

D.

L.

F.

A.

Pts.

1.

Lea Sports Stopsley ‘B’

18

14

2

2

88

20

44 *

2.

Luton Rangers

18

9

5

4

48

41

32

3.

Hibbert Arms

18

8

4

6

45

34

28

4.

Icknield Rangers

18

8

4

6

43

42

28

5.

Round Green Rangers

18

8

3

7

45

35

27

6.

GML Comets

18

7

3

8

42

59

24

7.

Emerald United Res.

18

5

5

8

42

52

20

8.

Dunstable Drivers

18

6

2

10

31

52

20

9.

Two Brewers

18

5

3

10

38

52

18

10.

AFC Oakley Res.

18

3

3

12

26

59

12

* Includes 1 match conceded 2-0.     

Lea Sports only lost 2 league games all season, one of which was a conceded game to Two Brewers after fixture congestion at the end of the season (the team also reached the Invitation Cup final, where they lost to Chalton Strollers). The other defeat was to Icknield Rangers, whom they had earlier beaten 10-1! There were no league defeats after Christmas and the league was effectively wrapped up in December when challengers Luton Rangers were walloped 6-0.

Much of the same team were to reach the Invitation Cup Final the following year, pictured here is that Cup Final team:

Back row: Dean Kempson, Kevin Knight, Craig Brooke, Phil Roberts, Dave Malvern, Houston Ferguson, Owen McKee, Marcus Olden, Andrew Sexton

Front row: Richard Sexton, Graham Manton, Steve Grimes, Rob Middleton, Steve Middleton, Ian Clarke, Damian Corbett

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The 'Golden Season' of 1994-95 brought three Championships to the Club. The runaway winners of Division 5 were Laurence Freed's 'invincible' Reserves.

 

NHC Division 5                    

P.

W.

D.

L.

F.

A.

Pts.

1.

Lea Sports Stopsley Res.

20

16

1

3

65

18

33

2.

Houghton Town Res.

20

12

5

3

48

23

29

3.

Markyate

20

12

3

5

58

31

27

4.

AFC Stopsley

20

12

3

5

59

42

27

5.

Swan Rangers

20

12

2

6

54

40

26

6.

Royal Mail

20

8

2

10

46

45

18

7.

Streatley Chequers

20

7

4

9

40

48

18

8.

Hexton Res.

20

7

4

9

37

47

18

9.

Barbarians

20

3

6

11

30

48

12

10.

Wells Stars

20

4

3

13

42

55

11

11.

Red Lion Sundon

20

0

1

19

25

107

1

8. Under Fourteen Team - 1999-2000

      Chiltern Youth League Division 2

Godfrey Knock's Under Fourteen Reds had a great season in Division 2 in 1999-2000.

 

 

Chiltern Youth Division 2                 

P.

W.

D.

L.

F.

A.

Pts.

1.

Lea Sports Reds

20

18

1

1

85

24

37 *

2.

Markyate

20

15

1

4

93

33

31

3.

Harpenden

20

14

2

4

80

41

30

4.

Ampthill

20

9

2

9

56

62

20

5.

Leighton United ‘B’

20

8

3

9

44

54

19

6.

Houghton Wanderers

20

8

3

9

53

53

19

7.

Flitwick Eagles

20

7

4

9

54

55

18

8.

Luton Irish

20

6

3

11

45

46

15

9.

Harlington

20

6

2

12

50

75

14

10.

Dunstable Town ‘B’

20

4

3

13

31

67

11

11.

Parkside Rangers

20

3

0

17

24

105

6

* Includes 1 game awarded 1-0.    

The only defeat was in the final fixture at home to Ampthill: despite leading 5-1 at one point, the thought of the champagne went to the boys' heads and they lost an amazing game 6-5. The only other team to come close were Leighton Utd. who snatched a 1-1 draw in Pirton in November 1999. Ben L'Honorι had  a great season up front, scoring 51 goals in 30 games.

Two years later the same team reached the final of the Royston Crow Under 16 League Cup Final (losing on penalties to Stevenage Borough).

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In the season when they reached the Final of the Bedfordshire Centenary Cup (losing to Rising Sun Potton on sudden-death penalties) and the Semi-Final of the Luton News Cup (losing 1-0 to Britannia), the Reserves were never in trouble in the League and won 16 of their 20 matches. They lost twice to runners-up Houghton Town Res. and once to Swan Rangers, although winning the return 4-0, when Al Mayman scored his 100th goal for the Club.

Bedfordshire Centenary Cup Final at Cranfield Utd. vs. Rising Sun Potton 23 April 1995

Back Row: Dave Newman, Trevor England, Ashley Burgess, Stewart Jenner, Adrian Burton, Nick Kane, Alex Houghton, Bobby McGrath, Steve Smith, Laurence Freed

Front Row: Trevor Taylor, Paul Gathern, Archie Conway, Mike Brown-Fraser, Mark Abrahams, Steve Bingham, Al Mayman

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10. Under Eleven Team - 2004-05

      Chiltern Youth League Division 3

Phil Cook's Under 11 team proved far too strong for Division 3 as they walked the title. They also made it through to the semi-finals of the Hertfordshire County Cup, where they narrowly lost to Letchworth Garden City Eagles, 2-4 after extra time. The only league defeat came in April 2005 in the final game when, with the league already won, a weakened side went down 2-3 to Markyate. Striker Connor Smith scored 51 of the team's 109 goals in all competitions to take the Club's Golden Boot award.

 

Chiltern Youth Division 3                 

P.

W.

D.

L.

F.

A.

Pts.

1.

Lea Sports Pirton

14

13

0

1

69

19

26 *

2.

AFC Kempston Colts ‘B’

14

10

0

4

53

28

20

3.

Flamstead

14

8

1

5

50

43

17

4.

Sundon Park Rangers ‘B’

14

8

0

6

63

41

16

5.

Markyate

14

6

1

7

47

36

13

6.

SKF

14

5

2

7

32

43

12

7.

Houghton Regis

14

2

1

11

29

82

5

8.

Bushmead Rovers

14

1

1

12

23

74

3

* Includes 1 game awarded 1-0.                                                          

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12. Second Team - 2008-09

      North Home Counties League Division 4

The Reserves scored 100 goals in all Competitions as they became the most successful adult side ever in Lea Sports history. They remained unbeaten through their League programme (the only side in the whole league to do so) and their only 3 defeats were in cup competitions: they lost 6-5 after extra time in the County Cup (after being 3-0 up); they lost 1-0 to the eventual winners of the Reserve Cup (who were 3 divisions above them) and lost 2-0 in the final of the Challenge Cup.

Back Row: Andy Shiers, Pat McAneney, Ollie Palmer, Paul Maclennan, Gavin Bidgood, Ed Thomson (Manager), Archie Conway

Front row: Luke Day, Tom Newland, Jon Whitehead, Simon Mayes, Ben Thomson, Mark Williams, Phil Thompson

 

NHC Division 4                    

P.

W.

D.

L.

F.

A.

Pts.

1.

Lea Sports PSG Res.

18

15

3

0

82

20

48

2.

Hexton

18

13

1

4

53

28

40

3.

Crown (Sundon)

18

11

3

4

55

33

36

4.

Magnum (ABC) Res.

18

8

4

6

58

33

28

5.

Flint United

18

8

4

6

43

39

28

6.

Luton Borough (Sunday)

18

5

6

7

26

36

21

7.

FC Toddington

18

5

2

11

37

50

17

8.

Dynamo Old Boys

18

5

2

11

28

69

17

9.

Bricklayers Arms

18

5

1

12

43

70

16

10.

Ashcroft Athletic

18

0

4

14

31

78

4

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13. Under Elevens - 2008-09

      Chiltern Youth League Division 2

The Under Elevens were playing their first season of 11-a-side football, after the merger the previous summer between Lea Sports Pirton and Shillington & Gravenhurst Utd. They were always on top of Division 2, although after two defeats late in the season they needed a draw from their final game vs. Bromham to secure the title.

 

 

Chiltern Youth Division Two                 

P.

W.

D.

L.

F.

A.

Pts.

1.

Lea Sports PSG

20

12

6

2

63

23

42

2.

Bromham Youth

20

11

7

2

68

39

40

3.

AFC Kempston Colts

20

10

7

3

51

27

37

4.

Bedford Panthers

20

11

4

5

67

44

37

5.

Bushmead Rovers

20

10

5

5

56

42

35

6.

Ampthill Town

20

7

6

7

44

41

27

7.

Flamstead

20

8

3

8

47

48

24

8.

Celtic Youth

20

6

4

10

49

62

22

9.

St. Martins

20

5

0

15

54

87

15

10.

Shefford Saints

20

4

2

14

32

56

14

11.

Aylesbury Athletic

20

4

0

16

42

104

12

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 3. Netball Team 1992-1993                    6. Under 17 1994-1995                            9. Sunday 1st XI 2001-2002                 12. Sunday 2nd XI 2008-2009              15. Saturday 1st XI 2010-2011            18. U18 Firesharks 2013-2014

  

 2. Sunday 1st XI 1990-1991             5. Sunday 4th XI 1994-1995              8. Under 14 1999-2000                     11. Under 14 2005-2006                   14. Under 17 2010-2011                   17. U10 2012-2013

  

 1. Netball Team 1989-1990             4. Sunday 2nd XI 1994-1995             7. Third Team 1997-1998               10. Under 11 2004-2005                 13. Under 11 2008-2009                 16. U18 Firesharks 2012-2013

  

14. Under Seventeens - 2010-11

      Chiltern Youth League Division 2

The Under Seventeens were a class apart from the other sides in Division 2. The division started out with 8 teams and ended with just 7 when Houghton Athletic withdrew. The teams played each other 3 times and it was not until the third encounter with Shefford Saints in May 2011 that the team suffered a league defeat.

 

Chiltern Youth Football League

Division Two                                      

P.

W.

D.

L.

F.

A.

Pts.

1.

Lea Sports PSG

18

14

3

1

65

29

45

2.

Shefford Saints

18

9

2

6

53

36

29

3.

Westoning Rec Club

18

8

4

6

55

44

28

4.

Mid Beds Tigers

18

6

3

9

56

57

21

5.

Wilstead Harriers

18

7

0

11

48

80

21

6.

Bushmead Rovers ‘A’

18

6

2

9

38

50

20

7.

Hexton

18

4

2

12

33

52

14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15. Saturday First XI - 2010-11

      Bedfordshire County League Division 2

The Saturday team joined the Club from Brache Sparta Community and proved their credentials as they finished 14 points clear of the runners-up in a tough division. In all, they dropped just 9 points in 26 games and only Lidlington managed to score more than one goal in a league game in Pirton. On May 13th the team completed the double when they lifted the Bedfordshire Junior Challenge Cup, defeating Pavenham 2-1 in the Final.

 

Bedfordshire County Football League

Division Two                                           

P.

W.

D.

L.

F.

A.

Pts.

1.

Lea Sports PSG

26

21

3

2

91

23

66

2.

Westoning Recreation Club

26

16

4

6

65

42

52

3.

Kings AFC

26

17

0

9

70

50

51

4.

Lidlington United Sports

26

15

4

7

60

41

49

5.

Bromham United

26

13

3

10

51

48

42

6.

Elstow Abbey 06

26

12

2

12

56

24

38

7.

Clifton

26

11

4

11

48

49

37

8.

Queens Park Crescents

25

11

2

12

49

46

35

9.

Shefford Town & Campton Res

26

9

5

12

45

54

32

10.

Marabese Ceramics

26

9

2

15

28

39

29

11.

Great Barford

25

9

2

14

30

72

29

12.

Stopsley Park

26

7

6

13

61

63

27

13.

Stevington

26

7

2

17

46

68

23

14.

Kempston Hammers Sports

26

4

1

21

21

102

13

Harpur FC withdrew

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16. Under 18 Firesharks - 2012-13

      Royston Crow Youth League Division 1

The Firesharks had joined the Club at the start of the season from Wymondley and, as an Under 17 team, hoped to finish mid-table in the Under 18 division. Not only did they win the league, but were semi-finalists in the Hertfordshire Under 18 cup, losing 3-2 to the eventual Winners Codicote. Managers Denise Miley and Karen French were also nominated in the Sports Coach of the Year Category for the annual Hitchin Comet awards.

 

Royston Crow Youth Football League - Under 18

Division One                                           

P.

W.

D.

L.

G.D.

Pts.

1.

Lea Sports PSG

18

3

2

3

29

41

2.

Baldock Town Crusaders

18

12

1

5

36

37

3.

Arlesey Town

18

9

4

5

2

31

4.

BSFC Athletiv

18

9

1

8

2

28

5.

Bishops Stortford Swifts

18

9

0

9

-2

27

6.

Bedwell Rangers

18

7

5

6

1

26

7.

Spartak YSC 78 Reds

18

6

6

6

2

24

8.

Spartak YSC 78 United

18

5

5

8

-5

20

9.

Ickwell & Old Warden

18

5

2

11

-22

17

10.

Roebuck Wanderers

18

0

4

14

-43

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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17. Under Tens - 2012-13

      Bedfordshire Mini-Soccer League Division 3

The Under Tens' season was disrupted by a harsh winter which saw many games postponed. In the end the league was to be decided by the final round of games on May 19th 2013. The Under 10s were away to third-placed Dunstable Town Whites, who themselves could claim the Championship if they were to win their last 2 games. One point behind Lea Sports going into the final game were Maulden Magpies, who were at home to fourth-placed Mid-Beds Tigers.

Things started badly in the final matches with Maulden taking an early lead and Lea Sports going 2-0 down within a few minutes of kick-off. A mini fight back in the first half saw the Under Tens turn around with a 3-2 deficit to recover. In a thrilling second half they were to snatch an equaliser and then a dramatic winner with just minutes to go - a 4-3 win and the Championship.

 

Bedfordshire Mini-Soccer League - Under 10

Division Three                                           

P.

W.

D.

L.

Pts.

1.

Lea Sports PSG

16

11

4

1

37

2.

Maulden Magpies (Stripes)

16

10

4

2

34

3.

Dunstable Town (Whites)

15

10

1

4

31

4.

Mid Beds Tigers (Oranges)

15

8

2

5

26

5.

Houghton Athletic

16

4

4

8

16

6.

Eastcotts

13

3

5

5

14

7.

Barton Rovers

15

2

6

7

12

8.

Westoning

16

3

2

11

11

9.

Watling

14

2

2

10

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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18. Under 18 Firesharks - 2013-14

        Royston Crow Youth League Division 1

Managers Denise Miley and Karen french continued their dominance in the Crow Under 18 Division 1 by retaining the Championship at a canter. No other team came close and they only lost a league game long after the Championship was secure. Their only regret in a great season was that they again fell at the semi-final stage of the Hertfordshire County Cup, 5-3 after extra time in a great semi-final.

 

Royston Crow Youth Football League - Under 18

 

Division One

P.

W.

D.

L.

G.D.

Pts.

1.

Lea Sports PSG

18

17*

0

1

+36

51

2.

Eynesbury Rovers

18

14

1

3

40

43

3.

Baldock Town Templars

18

13

1

4

54

40

4.

Sawbridgeworth Reds

18

10

2

6

65

32

5.

Royston Town

18

7

2

9

-2

23

6.

Hitchin Town Yellows

18

6

4

8

-12

22

7.

Clifton Colts

18

5

1

12

-9

16

8.

Melbourn Dynamoes

18

5

1

12

-60

16

9.

Stotfold Gold

18

3

1

14

-55

10

10.

Stotfold Grey

18

3

1

14

-59

10

* Includes 3 matches awarded.

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