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Sunday 24th February 2008
Caldecote's Great Escape Earns Them Finals Slot.
Caldecote are the toast of The Bedfordshire Football League after they performed their own version of The Great Escape to reach the final of this seasons Bedfordshire FA Senior Trophy, having gone a goal ahead with a strike from Matt Basta they trailed Molten Sparten South Midlands League Kent Athletic 3-1 with just two minutes to play before a goal from David Coleman and a 90th penalty converted by Basta took the tie into extra time, where a own goal plus a brace of goals from substitute Jack Gabbitas took them to a 6-3 victory and a meeting in The Final with Arlesey Athletic or AFC Dunstable who meet this coming mid-week.

There was also drama in the domestic cup action where Sandy emerged penalty shoot-out winners at AFC Kempston Town in the Quarter-Final of The Britannia Cup, a goal from Jason Simons for The Town to a reply from Gary Fil seeing the sides deadlock 1-1 after 90minutes by which time Sandy were already down to nine players following injuries to Tom Blow and goalkeeper James Day which required Hospital attention, Day having broken his leg and with all their substitutes used when Simons hit his second goal of the afternoon in extra time it looked like Town were on their way to a Semi-Final meeting with Meltis Corinthians before Nick Jones struck late to take the tie into a shoot-out in which Sandy came up with the perfect set of spot kicks to claim the shoot-out 5-3.

Meanwhile, Campton climbed their way above Sandy back onto the top of the Premier Division table after a 5-3 home win over Blunham, Andrew Hayday netting four times and Kevin Rimmer once to a brace in reply from Michael Jones supported by a goal from Matt Hulatt, with Ickwell & Old Warden moving into third spot over the non-playing Oakley Sports with a hard fought 2-1 home win over Wilshamstead, Ricky Aris and Kevin Turner the home scorers to a reply from Paul Jones.

Luton Borough are now back in the top six after goals from Tendai Hwiza and Gabriel Maisiri took them to a 2-0 home win over Westoning Recreation Club to leapfrog above Meltis Corinthians who were beaten 2-1 at Renhold United, Xennon Paul and Shaun Barnes the home marksmen to a penalty reply from Justin Patterson.whilst Sharnbrook moved further away from the drop zone with a 6-0 home win over bottom club Woburn who now look destined for a quick return to Division One next season, Ian Strange and Simon Denton both netting twice alongside goals for Dan Billington and Ollie Woodhouse.

Division One action Supported By Sportsform saw defeats for the top two clubs, leaders Dunton going down 0-2 at home against Caldecote Reserves for whom Max Cooper and Ben Gibson came up with the vital goals whilst second place Henlow were beaten 2-1 at Marston Social, ahead at the break via a Adam Currell strike, Social claimed their fourth win on a bounce with second half goals from Dan Goddard and Antony Henham, both clubs now just a point clear of third place Bedford SA who won 10-0 at Kempston.

Elsewhere Flitwick Town and Campton Reserves swapped league placing in fourth and fifth spots after a Sam Lewis goal was enough to take Town to a 1-0 win over The Rectory Road Boys at Steppingley Road, whilst both Stevington and Westoning Recreation Club inched closer to Campton Reserves in the league standings with home wins, Stevington with four goals from Garry Higgins and a strike from Richard Howlett easily seeing off bottom club Elstow Abbey in a 5-0 win and Westoning were 2-1 winners over Reddings Wood, Alec and Lawrence Taylor netting the home goals to a reply from Jeff Leeder.

Meanwhile Royal Oak Kempston now find themselves back in the bottom two after a own goal and a strike from Steve Armstrong was not enough to save them from a 5-2 defeat at AFC Kempston Town Reserves who now climb above them in the standings.

In Division Two, league leaders Bedford College now find their lead at the head of the table is down to three points after they were defeated 2-0 at Oakley Sports Reserves where home players Ben Brown and Kevin Evans found the back of the net as second place Meltis Albion came up with a 2-1 home win over Clifton, Shane Garlick and a Scott Alleyne penalty only being replied to by a goal from Mark Gearing with the games final seventy minutes being played out ten a side after red cards for home player Darren Ashpole and Clifton's Barry Hallybone by referee Simon Wilford.

Elsewhere third place Great Barford failed to take advantage of the league leaders defeat when beaten 1-0 away at local rivals Blunham Reserves whose goal came from the evergreen Mark Inkskip, Newham Athletic are now in fourth spot after a 3-1 away win at bottom club Woburn Reserves, Ben Young, Martin Dazley and Garry Russon their marksmen to a home reply from Tim Bloyce to overtake the non-playing Putnoe United whose game at Lidlington United Sports was call off when the home side failed to raise a team.

Saffron after six straight home defeats put matters right with a 5-4 victory over Renhold Village, Mohammed Rahman striking twice and Mohammed Raheen, Mohammed Zahar and Jahangir Ahmed once to Village replies from Giles Sowerby (2) plus Delroy Prince and Lloyd Skettle, but Marston Shelton Rovers are still looking for their first win since late October when held to a 2-2 draw at Meppershall Jurassic, Craig Richards and Jamie McGreggor the home marksmen with Rovers replies from Dean Clark and Chris Patrickson, the days final game in this section seeing goals from Paul Reid and Carl Williams take Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves to a 2-0 win at Mulberry Bush.

This seasons Watson Shield Final will be between Kings AFC and Riseley Sports Reserves after they both came up with home Semi-Final wins, Kings with a single goal from Lee Morgan beating Meltis Corinthians Reserves 1-0 whilst with goals from James Harris and Craig Field Riseley netted a 2-0 win over Marabese Ceramics.

In Division Three league action, Potton Wanderers were 1-0 home winners over Marsh Leys where Joe Aris lone strike took Wanderers to their fifth win on the bounce and up into fouth spot in the league table after Caldecote A were beaten 6-2 away at Stewartby Village, Shaun Winconek doing the main damage with five goals supported by a goal from Chris Beeds to Caldecote replies from Lee Adams and Scott Lankcaster.

Another side enjoying a purple patch are Sandy A who came up with their third consecutive win 3-2 at Twinwoods Thistle, Chris Duff, Dan Threadgold and Andrew Wren netting the goals to a Thistle brace in reply from Garry Stringer, the days other two games seeing AFC Shillington held to a 2-2 home draw by Lidlington United Sports, Luke Webb netting twice for the home side and Gary Whitbread plus Robert Cacchio replying for United, while Wilshamstead Reserves were 2-1 home winners over Flitwick Town Reserves, Paul Jackson and Colin Merritt grabbing the home goals to a reply from Ben Wallington.

This Weekend's Premier Division action takes league leaders Campton on the road to Hillgrounds to a face AFC Kempston Town looking to extend their unbeaten ways to eight games which will ensure they retain the top spot no matter what the outcome of second place Sandy's home Bedford Road game with Renhold United who seek to become only the second club to win on The Rec this season.

For third place Ickwell & Old Warden now unbeaten in their last eight outings its a home game on The Green against Sharnbrook who come calling unbeaten in their last five outings whilst fourth place Oakley Sports hit the road for Gold Street and a meeting with Riseley Sports looking to end a three game losing run against a home side who are without a win in their last six games and sitting third from bottom in the league table.

There is local derby action at Moggerhanger Playing Fields when Blunham entertain Caldecote who will jump above their rivals should they extend their winning away record to three games, for the two clubs between these local rivals in the league standing Luton Borough and Meltis Corinthians its a meeting at Miller Road where the hosts have won their last six league games with the days final game coming at Greenfield Road when Westoning Recreation Club will be fully expected to collect the full three points from bottom club Woburn whose last eight away games have all ended in defeat

After their defeats last weekend the top two clubs in Division One Supported By Sportsform look to repair the damage when they clash at Groveside and with Henlow still unbeaten on home soil this campaign in the league and league leaders Dunton still unbeaten on the road this term perhaps a draw looks the safe call, a result of which would give third place Bedford SA the chance to regain top spot should they come up with the three points from their home Cople Playing Fields encounter with the much improved Marston Social who of course lower Henlow's colours last weekend.

For fourth place Flitwick Town home win number eight on the bounce looks on at Steppingley Road when they are visited by a out of form Kempston whilst at Rectory Road, Campton Reserves will start firm favourites for home win number four on the bounce when paid a visit by Reddings Wood, points they could well need to stay ahead in the standings of Westoning Recreation Club Reserves who are on the road to Hillgrounds for a clash with second from bottom Royal Oak Kempston.

Other games come at Harvey Close where Caldecote Reserves look to end a three game losing home run against Stevington while over at Elstow, The Abbey know only the full three points will do from their home clash with third from bottom AFC Kempston Town Reserves if they wish to have any hope of retaining their Division One status for another season, for that to happen they need to end a losing run of eleven games and net their first home win of the season.

For the leading Division Two sides its Semi-Final action in this seasons Jubilee Cup, in the aptly named Jubilee Park league leaders Bedford College will start firm favourites to overcome the visiting Clifton but the second tie looks much harder to call when Great Barford go head to head with Oakley Sports who won a league encounter 4-2 at the same venue just three weeks ago.

Meanwhile league action is down to just four games but a win for Meltis Albion at Newham Athletic will take them to the top of the table on goal difference over the cup playing Bedford College, for Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves its back to School as they visit Biddenham School to face fifth place Putnoe United while at Hurst Grove, third from bottom Lidlington United Sports entertain second from bottom Renhold United in the knowledge that a victory will take them nine points clear of their rivals in the standings and also having played five games fewer to certain safelty from the drop into Division Three.

The days final day in this section coming at Crawley Road where bottom club Woburn Reserves still without a home win this season hosts Saffron.

Its a return to full league action in Division Three where league leaders Blue Chip will be expected to retain their seven point lead at the head of the table as they entertain bottom club Exel United in Hillgrounds but second place Meltis Corinthians Reserves despite being unbeaten in their last thirteen league games will drop a place in the standings should they not collect the full three points from their visit to Harvey Close to face Caldecote A as third spot Kings AFC will be expected to collect the full three points from their home King George Playing Field encounter with second from bottom Lidlington United Sports Reserves.

With fourth place Potton Wanderers sitting the afternoon out it gives Marabese Ceramics a chance to leap above them in the standings with a point or better from their Hillgrounds visit to face Marsh Leys whilst the days other action comes at Stondon Playing Fields where AFC Shillington look for their first win in five outings against visitors Riseley Sports Reserves, at Sunderland Road where Sandy A seek win number four on the bounce against a Wilshamstead Reserves side that as lost its last two away games and at Stewartby Way where The Village hope to maintain their winning ways against Flitwick Town Reserves whose last two away games have ended in defeat.
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