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Sunday 25th November 2007
Beds Senior Trophy Bedfordshire League 4 South Midlands League 1
It proved to be a afternoon of giant-killing acts all round for four Bedfordshire League Premier Division clubs has they removed opponents of The Molten South Midlands League from this seasons Bedfordshire Senior Trophy at the second round stage, AFC Kempston Town with goals from Jason Simons and Andy Smith coming from a goal behind to win 2-1 at Ampthill Town whilst Meltis Corinthians were netting a 3-1 home victory over Bedford FC thanks to strikes from Justin Patterson, Jason Allison and Dean Warren with the quartet of wins being brought up by Sharnbrook's 2-1 away win at Totternhoe thanks to goals from Luke and Shaun Barnett and Luton Borough penalty shoot-out win at Crawley Green, two goals from Leonard Tsipa and strikes from Raymond Undi and Tichak Nyenda saw the game deadlocked after 120 minutes at 4-4 before The Borough held their nerve to win the penalty shoot-out 5-4.
Elsewhere Riseley Sports failed to bring up the nap hand when after leading 2-0 at Arlesey Athletic with a brace of goals from Mark Joiner they were pegged back to 2-2 at the end of ninety minutes until in a bizarre period of extra time they finally went down 9-3, but the Bedfordshire League do have a fifth club in the last eight draw after Caldecote emerged 3-0 winners at Sandy in the days only domestic clash, Nathan Buckland twice and Matt Basta on the scoreline for The Harvey Close Boys.
Meanwhile action in The Premier Division Supported by McGirls Money Management saw just two games with Renhold United ending a run of three consecutive defeats when a second half goal from Darren Horn took them to a 1-0 home win over Blunham thus ending their visitors current four game unbeaten run which had lifted them to within smelling distance of the Championship race whilst at the other end of the table bottom club Woburn with two goals from Aaron Ripley plus strikes from Andy Skolsky and Ben Nichols were 4-3 home winners over Wilshamstead whose reply came from Michael Hutton, Jim Struthers and Paul Jones.
In Division One Supported By Sportsform, Bedford SA lead at the top of the table is now up to five points after their 4-0 away win at second place Dunton, James Duggan with a brace alongside strikes from Martin Taylor and Asa Meade extending the league leaders unbeaten ways to thirteen games whilst Henlow with goals from James Tizzard and Greg Hall to a reply from Tom Smith earned a 2-1 home won over Sandy Reserves to climb them up to third spot above Westoning Recreation Club Reserves who were beaten 2-1 at Flitwick Town, Steve Parkhouse and James Lewis the home marksmen to a reply from John Bass.
Elsewhere the all Kempston derby clash was to go the way of the visitors AFC Kempston Town Reserves who ended a run of five straight defeats with a 5-3 victory over fifth place Kempston, Gary Clark leading the way with a hattrick supported by goals from Darren Percival and Ed L'eranio to home replies from Daniel Bedeau, David Powell and Jamie Carson, another Kempston side winning on the road were Royal Oak Kempston who moved out of the bottom two of the standings with a 3-2 win at Elstow Abbey 06 who now occupy that second from bottom spot, Lorenzo Jordan, Paul Stevens and Sanjeev Kalyan, The Oaks scorers to a own goal and a strike from Jerome Gilks making up The Abbey reply.
The days other action in this Division seeing Stevington with two goals from Sam Hannam and strikes from Ian Woods and Tom Stanton ended a losing run of four games with a 4-0 win at Marston Social who remain rooted to the bottom of the league table.
For two other Division One clubs, it was action in the league's Centenary Trophy where Campton Reserves were 9-1 home winners over Reddings Wood, Gary Gibson on the scoresheet four times, Neil Ellis twice alongside single strikes from Sid Russell, Steve Gay and Ollie Morgan to a Woodman reply from Matthew Mossop.
In Division Two, we have new league leaders in the shape of Putnoe United who leaped onto the top of the pile with a 2-1 home win over morning leaders Meltis Albion, Rees Bell and Antony Blackman netting the vital goals to a Jason Hudson reply whilst Bedford College in third spot now only trail The Albion on goal difference after a 4-1 home win over Blunham Reserves with goals from Yudin Ichikawa, Brendon Cowell, Sammy Guiry and Nicole Stanchev to a lone reply from Eric McIntrye.
Elsewhere, Great Barford maintained their promotion challenge to climb into fourth spot when a lone goal from Daniel Jeffery was enough to ensure them of the full three points in a 1-0 home win over Renhold Village, lifting them above Marston Shelton Rovers who came unstuck for the third weekend running when losing 9-0 at Newham Athletic, Gary Russon with a hattrick, Shaheen Miah with a brace plus single goals from Dave Fitzsimmonds, Ben Young, Dan Ellison and Nick Attwater The Athletic hero's.
The days other action in this Division seeing Clifton put paid to a run of five games without a win with a 2-1 home victory over bottom club Woburn Reserves thanks to goals from Robert Harradine and Mark Gearing to a reply from Steve Restall, meanwhile four other teams were in Jubilee Cup action, Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves 12-2 home winners over Mulberry Bush thanks to four goals from Danny Szwajbak, three from Neil Faulkner which was added to by a brace from Paul Beith and single strikes from Dave Robertson, Jay Szwajbak and Rees Somerfield.with Sam Quigley and Steve Pledge netting for The Bush..
The other game being far closer has Oakley Sports Reserves emerged 4-2 penalty shoot-out winners over Lidlington United Sports after 120 minutes play had seen the sides deadlocked at 5-5, Ricky Issacs with a hattrick and Ben Brown with a brace the home marksmen to four in reply from John Wright and a lone goal from Mick Sheva-Smith United's scorers.
In Division Three, Blue Chip lead at the top of the table is now down to four points after they were held to a 2-2 home draw by Flitwick Town Reserves, Peter Neale and Carl Townsend having their goals cancelled out by a brace in reply from Town's Ben Wallington, up into second spot are Kings AFC who made it nine wins on the bounce with a 8-0 home win over bottom club Exel United, Nathan Clements netting five times alongside single strikes from Lee Morgan, Stuart Minty and Josh Clements to take them above Marabese Ceramics who were held to a 1-1draw at AFC Shillington, Adam Larsen the home marksmen to a reply from Marko Catrambone.
The days biggest win however came from Caldecote A in their 15-0 home rout over Lidlington United Sports Reserves, Stuart Finding and Lee Adams hitting hattrick's whilst there were braces of goals for Ben Barker, Ryan Ambrose, Daniel Spring and Tom Dupey plus a single stike from Craig Taberer, the win lifting them into fifth place in the table above Riseley Sports Reserves who lost their seasons unbeaten home record when going down 2-3 to Meltis Corinthians Reserves, Jamie Harris and Andy Hay the home scorers to a brace from Aaron Ram and a strike from Earl Patterson which took the Sweetboys up to fourth spot in the league table.
The days other two games seeing Marsh Leys with a hattrick from James Fields plus goals from Ricky Munday and Padraic Walsh return to winning ways 5-2 at Twinwoods Thistle whilst Wilshamstead Reserves were 4-3 home winners over Stewartby Village, Daniel Read twice plus Lewis Syratt and Shane Wharton the home marksmen to replies from Chris Beeds, Jon Pomroy and George Wheelhouse.for The Village.
This weekends action for Bedforshire League Clubs centres around the opening round of the various league cup competitions and for Premier Division Supported By McGirls Money Management that means action in The Britannia Cup, for current holders Westoning Recreation Club its a trip to Rectory Road for a meeting with Campton which will prove to be a tougher test has they are likely to find to open up any defence of a trophy whilst last seasons beaten finalists Oakley Sports face a home tie against Blunham having already drawn with them in league action back in late October.
For last weekends giant-killing hero's Meltis Corinthians perhaps have the easiest task of making into Round Two when they entertain Woburn at Miller Road as AFC Kempston Town with a visit to Ickwell & Old Warden, plus Luton Borough who entertain league leaders Sandy and Sharnbrook who receive Caldecote at Lodge Road are all perhaps starting the day second favourites to make it into the hat for the Round Two draw, the days other tie coming at Jubilee Playing Fields where Wilshamstead host Riseley Sports Reserves.
For Division One Supported By Sportsform teams it's action in The Centenary Trophy with the top game of the day coming at Greenfield Road where still unbeaten at home Westoning Recreation Club Reserves entertain unbeaten league leaders Bedford SA which could go either way after their league encounter at the same venue ended in a 2-2 stalemate just a month ago.
Meanwhile it will be a major surprise if Dunton fail to make it into the next round has they hit the road for a meeting with bottom of the table Marston Social and Henlow will be expected to join them after their home Groveside clash with Stevington but the three other ties look on paper to be closer calls, Royal Oak Kempstron entertain Flitwick Town in Hillgrounds, AFC Kempston Reserves hosting Caldecote Reserves just over the hedge whilst Sandy Reserves are on the road for a Cutler Hammer tie with Kempston.and while this is all going on Elstow Abbey 06 could do their relegation worries a power of good should they find a way of netting the three points from the days only league action when they seek their first home win of the season against visitors Reddings Wood whose last four league outings have all ended in defeat.
For Division Two sides it's action in The Jubilee Cup where perhaps the top game of the day comes in Hillgrounds when league leaders Putnoe United receive a visit from Newham Athletic whilst second place Meltis Albion having already beaten Meppershall Jurassic 9-0 on their home Jubilee Park pitch in league action will return the favourites to remove them from The Jubilee Cup.
Other games see Great Barford in home action against Saffron plus Blunham Reserves given the chance to avenge a earlier season thrashing at Marston Shelton Rovers when the now out of form Rovers travel to Moggerhanger Playing Fields whilst you would expect Clifton to make it into Round Two having home advantage over Renhold Village who are yet to win on the road this season and Bedford College should come away from Crawley Road the victors over Woburn Reserves.
Division Three clubs go to battle in The Warson Shield, with the two top ties of the round coming at Gold Street where Riseley Sports Reserves host Caldecote A and at Steppingley Road where Flitwick Town Reserves entertain Marabese Ceramics in games which could go either way whilst the remaining six ties all look much easier to call, it will be a major surprise if AFC Shillington now unbeaten in eight games fail to win at Hurst Grove against Lidlington United Sports Reserves whose last twelve games have all ended in defeat, if Kings AFC don't chalk up win number twelve on the bounce when they host Twinwoods Thistle at their King George VI Playing Field base who they beat 14-0 in league action just fourteen days ago, whilst Blue Chip should have to much in the locker not to overcome Sandy A in Russell Park a likewise comment that applies to Potton Wanderers has they journey for a Hillgrounds meeting with Exel United where they won 6-0 in league action earlier in the campaign.
The days other ties seeing Meltis Corinthians Reserves expected to progress at the expense of Stewartby Village when they meet in Jubilee Park and Marsh Leys given a chance to amend a opening day league defeat at Jubilee Playing Fields where they journey to face Wilshamstead Reserves.