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August 16th Friendly Games Round-Up
Taking centre stage yesterday were current Premier Division Supported By Sportsform Champions Campton who enjoyed a 10-1 home romp over Kents Athletic Reserves, Gary Gibson on the scoresheet four times, Andrew Hayday hitting a hattrick supported by a brace of goals from Steve Winch and a single strike from Wayne Goldsmith, the visitors lone reply coming from the penalty spot and when they were awarded a second spot kick home goalkeeper Paul Atkins denied them a second goal with a fine save.

Also in action were two other Premier Division Supported By Sportsform clubs, AFC Kempston Town winning 1-0 at home against Cranfield United and Caldecote earning a 1-1 draw away at Biggleswade Town Reserves.

For Division Two Club Clifton thanks to two goals from Greg King there was a 2-1 home victory over Division One outfit Sandy Reserves whose reply came via a own goal.

However two other scheduled games were called off, Bedford Sunday League club The Bell ( Sandy ) failing to raise a side to play Potton Wanderers and Kings AFC clash with Renhold United also being cancelled.

Twelve hours previous on Friday evening, Division Three side Blunham Reserves were 5-1 home winners over Sandy Vets, both Ed Davis and Callum McGlynn finding the back of the net twice alongside a goal from Dan Whitten whilst the Sandy reply came from Mark Inkskip who this season will again ply his trade with none other than Blunham Reserves.





17/08/2008
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Blunham Lift The Jesse Piggott Memorial Trophy For The First Time Since Year 2000
Defending holders Ickwell & Old Warden came into this final without the services of king pins Danny Fox and Andrew Vallom and were to suffer another blow two minutes into the contest when goalkeeper Martin Hammocks was forced to leave the pitch injured which was later confirmed as a broken arm forcing them to place normal front man Paul Beith between the sticks with matters getting even worse seven minutes later when Andy Smith shot Blunham ahead, but despite Blunham having the majority of the first half play they had to wait until two minutes from the break to double their lead when a free kick from thirty yards was sent flying passed Beith by Michael Hutton.

After Hutton had sent a early second half effort wide of the woodwork Blunham appeared to settle the tie on the hour mark with another goal from Smith and but for a fine save from Beith to deny Carl Page moments later Ickwell would have been on a hiding to nothing, but suddendly things were to change as Matthew Bruney reduced the arrears to 3-1 fifteen minutes from time and but for Blunham goalkeeper Stuart Kelly saving well from Kevin Turner we could have had a grandstand finish alas for Ickwell just sixty seconds after Kelly's save John Coley came up with Blunham's fourth goal to ensure their name would be engraved on the trophy for the first time since year 2000.

Earlier in the day Dunton had claimed the competitions third spot with a 3-2 win over host club Sandy, the hosts went ahead with a header from Gary Fil after just two minutes but goals from David Pugh (22mins ) and Dan Threadgold on 40minutes saw Dunton lead at the interval, a lead they were to increase with a strike from Steve Snelling on the hour mark until Gary Fil grabbed his and his sides second goal three minutes from time.

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Saturday August 16th Fixture List
Jesse Piggott Memomial Trophy Third Place Game, Sandy v Dunton Kick Off 1pm

Jesse Piggott Memomial Trophy Final, Blunham v Ickwell & Old Warden Kick Off 4.15pm

Both games at Sandy FC, Bedford Road Recreation Ground.

Friendly Games,

Potton Wanderers v The Bell ( Sandy) Kick Off 1pm
Ampthill Town v Meltis Corinthians Kick Off 2.30pm
Kings AFC v Renhold United, Kick Off 2.30pm
AFC Kempston Town v Cranfield United, Kick Off 3.00pm
Aston Clinton v AFC Kempston Town Reserves, Kick Off 2.30pm
Biggleswade Town Reserves v Caldecote Kick Off 2.30pm
Clifton v Sandy Reserves, Kick Off 2.30pm
Campton v Kents Athletic, Kick Off 2.30pm


15/08/2008
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Nightmare Evening For Local Ground-Hopping Fraternity
With games on a Thursday evening at this stage of the season at a premium, the local ground hopping fraternity must have believed Chirstmas had come early with three games scheduled to be played in the area last night, alas some duff information regarding the Blunham Reserves v Sandy Veterans fixture ruled out option one as the game was never going to be played last night but instead tonight Friday August 15th 6.30pm Kick Off.

Option Two was then ruled out when Bedford Sunday League side William Peel failed to raise a side to visit Sandy A at Bedford Road before option three went the same way when Meltis Albion pulled out of their visit to Hillgrounds to face AFC Kempston Town.

To make matters worse there were two non-publicised games that did go ahead in the region, Premier Division Supported By Sportsform, Renhold United chalking up their fourth win on the trot with a 5-1 win at Elstow Abbey and Division Two club Potton Wanderers opening their pre-season programme with a 6-3 away win at Bedford Sunday League Side, Caldecote Young Boys.
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