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Sunday 23rd November 2008
Bedfordshire FA Senior Trophy Wins For Campton, Oakley Sports And Riseley Sports
Bedfordshire FA Senior Trophy Second Round

For the seven Bedfordshire Football League clubs in action in the second round of The Bedforshire FA Senior Trophy, it was to bring wins for three and defeats for the other four, taking the top honour were Campton with a 5-2 extra time win at Molten South Midlands Football League club Ampthill Town, a goal down by the interval Campton's task became greater ten minutes into the new period when Town went 2-0 ahead but with just twenty minutes to play it was game on when Dave McArthur struck to reduced the arrears to a single goal until in the 89th minute a goal from Lee Addington ensured extra time would be played, the opening period was to see no addition to the scoreline remain until in the closing fifteen minutes goals from Craig Smith, Gary Gibson and Paul Still ensured it was Campton's name that would go into the hat for the third round draw.

Not far behind Campton in the honours list were Oakley Sports who also dismissed Molten South Midlands League opposition with a 4-0 home win over Brache Sparta, the game in effect being all over by the interval after goals from Mark Smith, Dave Baxter and Carl Townsend saw Oakley lead 3-0 whilst a Ollie Housden header in the second half brought up the 4-0 scoreline.

The third Bedfordshire Football League club going into the hat for Round Three are Riseley Sports who netted a 3-1 home win over fellow Bedfordshire Football League counterparts Bedford Sports Athletic, Tom Henham giving the home side the lead after sixteen minutes but The Athletic were level by the half-hour mark with a strike from Darren Allen who in the space of sixty seconds went from hero to villain has he was red carded by referee Graham Caves, with the home side taking full advantage five minutes from the break when Mark Weekly restored their lead which was added to by a goal from Daniel Czaiczi twenty minutes into the second period.

Of the clubs to go out Renhold United will be kicking themselves the most after they let a three goal lead slip in the closing twenty-five minutes to lose 3-5 at home to Molten South Midlands League, 61FC Luton, Richard Hall with a header giving United a first half lead before seven minutes into the new period Sam Maddix from close range made it 2-0 and when Paul Daniels added to the tally direct from a corner after 62minutes United looked home and dry that was until The61 Boys staged a remarkable comeback to score five times in the closing twenty minutes.

Their was also heartbreak for AFC Kempston Town beaten 2-1 at AFC Kempston Rovers despite a goal from Nathan Aulsberry where things might have been all so different had not Town's Jason Simmons missed from the penalty spot, whilst at Lodge Road, Sharnbrook had only a Shaun Barnett goal to show after they made their exit 1-3 at home against current holders AFC Dunstable

Premier Division Supported By Sportsform

With Campton away on cup duty, Premier Division Supported By Sportsform league leaders Caldecote took full advantage to extend their lead at the head of the table to six points and take their current winning ways to seven games with a second win over Wilshamstead inside seven days at Harvey Close by a 6-3 scoreline, a goal from Tom Wallace ten minutes into the contest putting Caldecote 1-0 ahead but it was Paul Jones and Wilshamstead who netted next to level matters on twenty minutes and thats the way it stayed until ten minutes from the break when Dave Daniels restored the home sides lead to see them go in at half-time 2-1ahead, Jones then struck again for the visitors to level matters at 2-2 just a minute into the new period until two goals inside a five minute spell from Leeroy Odd and Steve Starling shot Caldecote 4-2 ahead and seemingly on the way to the three points but back came the visitors with a strike from Mark Kelly to narrow the gap to a single goal before Odd struck again twice in the closing twenty minutes to claim his hattrick and earn his side a 6-3 victory.

However still keeping up the pressure on Caldecote at the head of the table are third place Meltis Corinthians who still only trail the leaders by seven points but with two games in hand after they netted a 2-0 win at Henlow to maintain their seasons unbeaten record, a goal in each half from Anup Kalyan doing the damage to send the home side to their fifth straight defeat and leave them still seeking their first home win of the season.

Meanwhile the days final top flight league game saw Ickwell & Old Warden climb three places up the league ladder after netting a 2-1 home win over Blunham, Zak Rowe opening the scoring for the home side after just six minutes which from the penalty spot Andrew Vallom was to double eleven minutes later and that's the way it stayed until Andy Smith slotted home Blunham's goal sixty-eight minutes into the contest.

Division One

Flitwick Town remain on top of the Division One table after scoring a 4-1 home win over Caldecote Reserves with all the goals came in the opening half, two goals from Ben Wallington and strikes from Jim Bayntun and Adam Moss taking Town 4-0 ahead until Tom Dupey netted the visitors goal a minute from the break, but their lead at the head of the table remains at just a single point after Campton Reserves made it five wins on the bounce to end Kempston Hammers Sports home unbeaten record with a 3-0 win, Steve Winch from the penalty spot putting Campton ahead with the points then being claimed after second half strikes from James Barnard and Shaun Jenkins put the result beyond the recall of the home side.

Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves remain in third slot just two points adrift of Campton Reserves but with two games in hand after they sent Royal Oak Kempston to their seven consecutive defeat with a 2-0 away win their fifth on the bounce in the league goals from Paul Beith and Shaun Lewis doing the damage, but just a point behind Ickwell & Old Reserves in fourth place are Meltis Albion who were 2-1 home winners over Marston Social, Michael Butler netting both home goals to a Social reply from James Armstrong.

For Stevington its a climb up the table to fifth spot after they came from behind to take their winning ways to five games with a 2-1 home win over Elstow Abbey, Stevie Neal striking first for The Abbey until goals from Ian Woods and Clinton Tatham saw the home side to victory, whilst also on a upward curve and now up to ninth place in the table are Woburn who made in four wins in a row to end AFC Kempston Town Reserves seasons unbeaten away record with a 2-0 win thanks to goals from Martin Holland and Alec Otterway.

The final game in this section seeing Sandy Reserves remain rooted to the bottom of the tabe after losing 3-4 at home against Kempston, Takic Zenasni twice and Shane Wheatley netting the home goals, whilst the visitors David Powell also grabbed a brace alongside teammate Andy Klein. .

Division Two

League Leaders Blunham Reserves are still unbeaten for the season and three points clear at the head of the table after netting a 3-0 win at Marston Shelton Rovers, a Chris Dunne penalty giving them a first half lead until late goals from Ed Davis and Daniel Whitten brought about the final scoreline, but second place Great Barford are keeping the pressure up on their local rivals after retaining their seasons unbeaten record and ending Kings AFC unbeaten home tag for the campaign with a 1-0 win, Mark Harlow netting the vital goal direct from a corner eight minutes into the second half.

Back up into third place are Meppershall Jurrasic who were made to fight hard for the three points to extend their winning ways to five games with a 5-3 home win over second from bottom Mulberry Bush, Craig Damon giving The Jurassic Boys the lead eight minutes into the game before Shaun Lafferty levelled matters on twenty-two minutes but Damon with a twenty-five yard beauty soon had the home side ahead again and they could have been well clear by the break had not Bush goalkeeper Adian Channock saved well from Damon then see his luck hold when the hattrick seeking Damon hammered a effort against the crossbar just four minutes from the break.

The game much against the run of play was however was all square again twenty minutes into the second period when Darren Gough levelled matters for The Bush and that's the way it stayed until the closing ten minutes, a Pas Ventriglia own goal gifting the home side back into a 3-2 lead before with just six minutes left to play the most polish finish of the day from thirty-five yards out by Steve Pledge saw the game again even at 3-3, but the home side were not to be denied as first Craig Richards then Danny Wing netted in the closing three minutes to see Meppershall home by a 5-3 scoreline.

Meanwhile Marabese Ceramics were to maintain their seasons unbeaten away ways and end Meltis Corinthians Reserves unbeaten five game run with a 3-1 win, Gary Wing opening the scoring from the penalty spot after thirty-five minutes only for The Sweetboys Tony Milliotti to even matters up two minutes from the break, but with a goal from Colin Standley ten minutes into the second period and another penalty converted by Wing fifteen minutes later it was the Ceramics who emerged with the full three points come the final whistle

For Blue Chip it was a end to their three game unbeaten run when beaten 1-5 at home by Potton Wanderers, goals from Chris Sams and a James Herson penalty giving The Wanderers a 2-0 half-time lead which was to be halved when Francis Vaugham netted for the home side early in the new period until strikes from Jack Aris, Joe Aris and Craig Schurek took the visitors well clear by the ninety minute mark.

Elsewhere, bottom of the table Lidlington United Sports came up with their first win of the season 5-4 at home over Oakley Sports Reserves for whom it was a fifth straight away defeat, Alex Burrows with a hattrick plus goals from Scott Kent and Louis Weedon doing the damage to a brace in reply from Rob Taylor plus goals from Ben Brown and Dan Newton on the scoresheet for the visitors.

The days final game in this division seeing Saffron 100% seasons away record come to a end when Clifton came up with their first home win of the season, Jahangir Ahmed giving Saffron a tenth minute lead but by half-time, two goals from Robert Harradine and a strike from Greg King had taken the home side 3-1 clear which King again added to five minutes from time for a final 4-1 scoreline.

Division Three

Marsh Leys lead at the head of the Division Three table is now up to four points but they were made to fight all the way to retain their seasons 100% home record with a 1-0 win over Flitwick Town Reserves, Alan Cudjoe netting the vital goal twenty-three minutes into the contest, meanwhile second place Leighton United were losing ground on the leaders when held to a 1-1 draw at start of play third place Three Tuns Galacticos who still remain unbeaten on home soil this term. Sahid Hallaway giving United the lead on the hour mark before The Tuns, Mark McMillan levelled matters fifteen minutes from time, that goal however was not enough to prevent his side slipping a place in the league table to be replaced in third spot by Renhold Village, who run out 3-1 winners at Sandy A, Giles Sowerby, Marcus Joseph and an own goal on the scoresheet for The Village to a home reply from Ian Hammett.

Top scorers of the day in this division were Caldecote A who came up with their first away points of the season in a 8-2 win at Stewartby Village, Jack Boyd leading the way with four goals supported by strikes from Neil Giles, Daniel Spring, Graham Weddall and Ben Barker to home replies from Matthew Bennett-Cook and James Greenslade, meanwhile at Horseshoes Close, Dunton Reserves came up with their first win in seven outings with a 5-0 home victory over Westoning Recreation Club Reserves, 4-0 ahead at the break with two goals from Andrew Spiers plus strikes from Steve Spiers and Nicky Threadgold, Steve Spiers brought up the nap hand with his second goal of the contest after the break, a result that now drops the visitors back to sixth place in the league table.

Whilst the days final game in this division now leaves Wilshamstead Reserves without a win in their last five outings after being beat 4-1 at home by Meppershall AFC, who are the new holders of the fifth slot in the league standings, Lewis Osborne with a hattrick plus a goal from Sam Larsen taking Meppershall four goals clear until home player Shaun Wharton netted from all of fourty yards to complete the afternoon's scoreline.

Saturday 29th November Preview

This coming weekends action in the Premier Division Supported By Sportsform action sees league leaders again in home Harvey Close action against a Riseley Sports side that travel having lost all of their three away games this campaign to date whilst its also home action at Rectory Close for second place Campton who are due a visit from a Wilshamstead side that hits the road looking for their first win in five outings.

For the division's still only unbeaten side, third place Meltis Corinthians its a tough looking on paper visit to Moggerhanger Playing Fields to face Blunham, but with the home side having won just twice in their last seven outings they could well collect all three points to keep the pressure up on the top two clubs at the head of the table.

Other action sees a derby clash at Horseshoes Close where hosts Dunton face a Henlow side they beat just fourteen days ago at Groveside and will perhaps be expected to claim their first home win of the campaign against their visitors who travel having lost all of their last five games, over at Lodge Road, second from bottom Sharnbrook are in home action looking to take their home unbeaten ways to four games against a visiting Renhold United side that travels having lost its last two outings on the road.

Whilst the final two games in the top flight come at Cople Playing Fields where bottom of the table Bedford Sports Athletic set about seeking their first home points of the campaign against Oakley Sports and at Hillgrounds where hosts AFC Kempston Town look to retain their seasons 100% home league record against the visiting Ickwell & Old Warden whose only away win of the campaign to date came back on the opening day of the season in late August.

In Division One, its home action at Steppingley Road for league leaders Flitwick Town when they host Kempston Hammers Sports but for second place Campton Reserves its a much tougher looking task has they seek win number six on the bounce away at fifth place Stevington who themselves have also won their last five league outings and will be a tough nut to crack.

Any slip up by the top two could well end with start of play third place Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves topping the league table at the final whistle's should they deliver the full three points from their home encounter on The Green against fifth place AFC Kempston Town Reserves, whilst the club separating these two in the league standings, Meltis Albion its home Miller Road action against a Elstow Abbey side that is yet to win on the road this season in league action.

Other games come at Crawley Road, where hosts Woburn will start favourites to collect their fifth straight win against the visiting Caldecote Reserves who are yet to open their away points tally for the season, at Greenfield Road which is the venue for Westoning Recreation Club's home game with a Marston Social side that has lost its last five games but with the hosts also having lost their last three home encounters, perhaps this is a game for pools entry and a score draw.

Meanwhile the final game goes ahead at Culter Hammer where Kempston look to end a home losing run of two games against visiting local rivals Royal Oak Kempston whose own losing run extends back some seven games.

For Division Two league leaders Blunham Reserves its a journey on the road to Jubilee Park to face Meltis Corinthians Reserves has they seek to take their seasons unbeaten run to nine games whilst second place Great Barford attempt to take their seasons unbeaten run to ten games when they host local rivals Potton Wanderers who on a going day are a match for any side in this division.

Also playing in Jubilee Park are third place Meppershall Jurassic who look for win number six on the bounce against third from bottom Saffron, whilst its also home action for fourth place Marston Shelton Rovers when they are paid a visit by a second from bottom Mulberry Bush side that has failed to win any of its last six outings.

Other games coming at Whiston Crescent where Clifton will look to continue their winning home ways but it was not be easy as the visitors are Blue Chip winners of their last two away outings, at King George VI Playing Field where Kings AFC should return to home winning ways against bottom of the table Lidlington United Sports who are yet to collect any points on the road this campaign whilst Oakley Sports Reserves having lost their last five games have no easy task in putting that right when unbeaten on the road this season Marebese Ceramics coming calling.

In Division Three action, the top game of the day for the second week running comes at Arlesey Recreation Ground where fourth place Three Tuns Galacticos put their seasons home unbeaten run on the line against visiting league leaders Marsh Leys who travel four points clear at the head of the table from both second and third place, Renhold Village and Leighton United who play each other at Renhold Playing Fields where the hosts defend their seasons 100% home record.

For fifth place Meppershall AFC its home action at Shuttleworth College where they entertain bottom of the table Kempston Athletic who are yet to win a game this season whilst sixth place Westoning Recreation Club Reserves could well get back to winning ways when they journey to Jubilee Playing Fields to a face a Wilshamstead Reserves who have won just once on home soil this season to date.

Other action comes at Gold Street, where Riseley Sports Reserves without a home win all season host the travelling Caldecote A, at Bedford Road where Sandy A are in action against a visiting Flitwick Town Reserves side they beat just fourteen days ago and who have now lost their last four games plus at Stewartby Way where hosts Stewartby Village entertain a yet to win on the road this campaign Dunton Reserves.
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