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Sunday 11th March 2007
Oakley Sports Make Britannia Cup Final
This seasons showpiece Bedfordshire Football League Britannia Cup Final will see Westoning Recreation Club take on Oakley Sports after last weekend's Semi-Final ties where Westoning Recreation Club with a goal seven minutes from time from Rob Faulkner earned them a 1-0 away victory at Luton Borough whilst Oakley Sports needed to go to a sudden death penalty shoot-out to overcome Ickwell & Old Warden, Mark Smith netting after just five minutes to place Oakley in front until Alan Turner levelled matters on the hour mark but with no further goals it was all down to a penalty shoot-out which was to go the way of the home side after Turner had the games sixteenth kick save by home goalkeeper Darren Gayner, after successful takes from home players, Graham Skeels, John Hislop, Mark Smith, Ron Belfron, Pablo Barbarrissa, Jamie Endersby, Simon Jakes and Tom Redmond were equalled out by James Vallom, Jamie Neale, Nick Jones, Paul Beith, Danny Fox, Rob Bowyer and Dave Trundley.
Action in The McGirls Money Management Supported Premier Division saw second place Campton need a goal ten minutes from time by Andy Hayday to gain a 1-0 home win over a spirited Turvey side who had earlier seen Neil McCormack fail to hit the target from the penalty spot, the three points taking Campton to within six points of the league leaders Westoning Recreation Club, third place AFC Kempston Town keeping their slim championship hopes alive with a stunning 5-0 home win over Sandy thanks to a brace of goals from Andy Smith plus single strikes from Lee Moon, Sundip Gill and Jason Simmons.
Other action saw Blunham return to winning ways with a 3-2 home victory over Sharnbrook with goals from Michael Jones, Matt Hulatt and Gary Branch against replies from James Billington and Rick Bulzis whilst a lone goal from Greg Hall was enough to extend Henlow unbeaten to six games with a 1-0 win at bottom club Bedford SA who have now lost their last five games to look firm favourites for Division One football next season.
The days other top flight action seeing Riseley Sports with goals from Matthew White and Tom Ellison lead 2-0 at Wilshamstead until home strikes from Matt Rossborough, Colin Merritt and Ross Waller gave the home side the lead until Paul Brown struck to earn his side a point in a 3-3 draw.
In The Centenary Cup Semi-Final action has expected Meltis Corinthians run out 3-0 home winners over Stevington with goals from Ashley Banks, Jason Addison and Neville Allen to earn a finals date with Flitwick Town who were 2-1 home winners over AFC Kempston Town Reserves, Andrew Pheby and Robert Simpkins hitting the winners goals to a reply from Matty Smith.
Whilst in Sportsform supported Division One action the days three games all brought about wins for the visiting sides, Campton Reserves taking their unbeaten run to twelve games after goals from Sid Russell and Paul Garvell took them to a 2-0 win at Meppershall Jurassic whilst Caldecote Reserves are now unbeaten in their last seven games after winning 5-0 at Blunham Village, Jack Gabbitas striking twice alongside goals from Andrew Spiers, Darren Wallington and Carl Horsfall and Elstow Abbey continued their climb away from the bottom of the table when a Jerome Gilks goal in the final minute was sweet revenge for them in a 1-0 win at Royal Oak Kempston who had earlier in the season beat them on their own patch with a 90th minute winner.
In Jubilee Cup action like their first team counterparts Westoning Recreation Club Reserves needed just a single goal from Neil Ray to take them to a Finals spot with a home 1-0 win over Great Barford whilst in the other tie Woburn Reserves after losing goalkeeper Michael Eames with a serious injury just six minutes into the game were to go down 3-1 away at Meppershall Jurassic Reserves for whom Jason Ruff scored twice and Dave Readman once to a Safari Boys reply from Lewis Murray.
On the Division Two league front Sandy Reserves now trail league leaders Meppershall Jurassic Reserves on goal difference only after their narrow 3-2 home win over Marston Shelton Rovers took their unbeaten run to eight games, goals from Ian Hammitt, Lee Threadgold and Matin Coll doing the damage against Rovers returns from Mark Campkin and Anthony Hubbard, elsewhere the biggest winners of the day were Blunham Reserves 6-2 away victors at Mulberry Bush thanks to a double strike from Jamie Harris and single goals from Kevin Harris, Callum McGlyn, Chris Lane and Ian Perkins but just a goal behind them were Russell Park United who after five straight defeats won 5-2 away at bottom club Exel United, Gary Higgins netting four times and Chris Fountain once to a brace in reply from Sean Toner.
Elsewhere Bedford Albion eased their relegation fears with a 1-0 away win at Lidlington United thanks to a goal from Leonard Hughes whilst Newham Athletic and Twinwoods Thistle shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw, Steve Jennings The Athletic marksman against a Thistle strike from Jamie Webster.
In The Watson Shield Semi-Final action Henlow Reserves needed to go to a penalty shoot-out to overcome Putnoe United and earn a Finals game against local Clifton, Leighton Machin netting the home goal and Meekin Alexander United's marksman has normal time saw the tie deadlocked at 1-1 before Paul Gilchrist, Coilin Stanley and Andy Newton outshot successful United spotkicks from Jason Bamblewell and Antony Blackwell.
In Division Three league action Oakley Sports Reserves are now back on top of the table after winning 7-0 away at bottom club Lidlington United Sports Reserves with braces of goals from Adam Emms and Ricky Issac plus single strikes from Lee Munns, Matt Chapel and Dave Coan after start of play leaders Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves were going down to their first defeat of the season in losing 2-3 at home against Flitwick Town Reserves whose goals came from James Taylor, Dave Bumford and Robbie Chesney.
Other games in this section saw Sandy A after four staight defeats return to winning ways with a 5-1 home win over Blue Chip where Neil Rowley led the way with four goals supported by a strike from Kerion Pope, whilst Kings AFC put paid to Marsh Leys recent revival with a 2-1 away win, Adam Hayward netting from the penalty spot alongside a goal from Scott Barber in reply to a home strike from Xennon Paul, the days other two games finishing all square Meltis Corinthians Reserves with a goal from Jamie Carter drawing 1-1 at home with Clifton whilst Wilshamstead Reserves and Caldecote A played out a 0-0 draw.
This coming weekend's action in The Premier Division supported by McGirls Money Management sees league leaders Westoning Recreation Club look for their seventh consecutive home win at Greenfield Road when paid a visit from third place AFC Kempston Town in the top game of the day whilst the club splitting them in the league table Campton will be expected to keep their championship challenge going with the full three points from their home Rectory Road encounter with Wilshamstead.
Their is a big derby clash at Bedford Road where hosts Sandy still unbeaten on their own patch this season know only the full three points will do when paid a visit from Blunham who start the day two places above their hosts in fourth spot yet only hold a five point advantage having played four more games, for fifth place Caldecote it's a trip on the road to Renhold has they seek win number four on the bounce away from Harvey Close against a Goldington Lions side that will be seeking a seasons double after winning at Caldecote back in October to end the reigning champions seasons unbeaten home record.
It's a case of play it again sam for Ickwell & Old Warden has they journey for the second weekend running to face Oakley Sports who in sitting second from bottom in the standings are in desperate need of the points to help them climb away from the relegation zone, while bottom club Bedford SA having lost their last five games are now in the last chance salon to save their Premier skins when they hit the road for a meeting with Luton Borough who themselves are in need of points to maintain their own Premier division status.
Two other clubs still very much in the relegation mix are Turvey and Sharnbrook has they both hit the road in search of much needed points, Sharnbrook without a point in their last seven games looking to have the tougher task when they journey to Groveside for a meeting with home side Henlow who currently are unbeaten in their last six games whilst Turvey could yet well spring a surprise result from their visit to Gold Street to play Riseley Sports.to ease their worries.
In The Sportsform Supported Division One action, second place Woburn have a chance to move to the top of the table for the first time this season should they come up with the full three points from their visit to Stevington while over at Hillsground third place Reddings Wood have a tough game on their hands against hosts AFC Kempston Town Reserves has they seek win number four on the bounce.
The big clash at the other end of the table sees the two clubs currently just outside the drop zone clash when Marston Social without a win in their last ten outings try to prevent visitors Elstow Abbey claiming their third away win on the bounce, other games seeing Kempston losers of their last six games which has dropped them into the bottom five entertain a Flitwick Town side that has won it's last three away games and Royal Oak Kempston seek their first home win since October 21st last when they host visitors Blunham Village who share their Hillsground base.
For two other Division One sides it's action in The Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup Semi-Finals, league leaders Meltis Corinthians perhaps starting firm favourites to make their second Final of the season in as many weeks when they travel to Harvey Close for a meeting with Caldecote Reserves but the other clash on The Green at Ickwell being much harder to call has Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves host Sandy Reserves in a repeat of last seasons Bedfordshire Junior Trophy Final which eventually went to the boys from The Green in a peanalty shoot-out.
Action in Division Two where just two points separate the top six clubs sees league leaders Meppershall Jurassic Reserves in home action looking to stretch their perfect home record to eight games against fifth place Marston Shelton Rovers knowing any slip up could well see Westoning Recreation Club Reserves leapfrog them at the top of the standings if has expected they gain the full three points from their Hurst Grove visit to face Lidlington United Sports
Elsewhere sixth place Blunham Reserves will be expected to climb at least above the non-league playing Great Barford and Sandy Reserves with the full three points from their home meeting with bottom club Exel United whilst other action comes at Miller Road where Bedford Albion seek only their second home win of the season against Russell Park United at Cryselco Close where Mulberry Bush receive a visit from Newham Athletic and at Crawley Road where Woburn Reserves will be expected to collect the full three points off of second from bottom club Twinwoods Thistle.
Division Three action takes league leaders Oakley Sports Reserves off to Jubilee Playing Fields for a meeting with Wilshamstead Reserves whilst third place Henlow Reserves will move to within two points of cup tie playing Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves should they make it four wins in a row when they face Sandy A in a home fixture that is scheduled to take place at Sandy's Sunderland Road base.
But the game of the day in this section takes fourth place Putnoe United unbeaten in their last eleven league games on the road to face sixth place Clifton in what can only be described has a six pointer promotion clash whilst seventh place Meltis Corinthians Reserves will be expected to make it four away wins in a row when they travel for a meeting with bottom club Lidlington United Sports Reserves who are yet to win at home this season.
Other action takes place at Harvey Close where Caldecote A should return to winning ways against a Blue Chip side that has lost it's last four games and at Steppingly Road where Flitwick Town Reserves will look to continue their recent good form when they host Marsh Leys.