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Sunday 04th January 2009
Shock Exit For Blunham Reserves In Jubilee Cup
Britannia Cup 1st Round

Holders Meltis Corinthians were made to fight all the way before overcoming Oakley Sports 2-1 on home soil and book themselves a spot in the last eight of this seasons competition, all started well enough for The Sweetboys when from a early corner up popped Ashley Banks to head them into the lead but the visitors with a goal from Mark Lagatta were level just twenty minutes later and that's the way the scoreline stayed until from a pinpointed cross from Tom Gill, Anup Kalyan headed in the winning goal twenty minutes from time to earn his side a home quarter-final tie against Renhold United who were 3-1 home winners over Sharnbrook, James Whitmore giving Sharnbrook the lead sixteen minutes into the contest but that lead was to last for just ten minutes before from a free kick some thirty yards out James Munroe found Paul Daniels on the six yard box who gratefully stabbed home the equalizer and from then onwards United never looked back, Sam Maddox providing the cross to enable David McCarthy to shoot them ahead six minutes later whilst Maddox with a goal of his own five minutes before half-time sealed the contest in United's favour.

For current Premier Division Supported By Sportsform league leaders Caldecote life was quite straight forward at Harvey Close where they opened the New Year with a 6-1 win over Dunton, the game in effect being all over by the half-time break has the home side raced into a 4-0 lead, just fifteen minutes into the contest a cross from Dave Daniels had Dunton's Dan Threadgold in panic mode to send the ball flying passed his own goalkeeper for the opener and when Leeroy Odd doubled the home sides lead ten minutes later it perhaps now was a question of how many more goals were going to follow, number three arriving ten minutes from the break when Russell Kemp stole in on the backpost to head home a Daniels cross and the fourth arrived via Steve Starling just seven minutes later.

Dunton however then suddenly looked a different outfit in the early exchanges of the new half and when Dave Pugh was on hand to capitalize on a error by Matt Basta to bring the scoreline back to 4-1 on 65 minutes their supporters were given hope that all was not lost but those hopes lasted just five minutes until a handball by Steve Monks gave the home side a penalty from which Odd make no mistake to take his side 5-1 clear whilst Monks nightmare afternoon was completed five minutes from time with an own goal to take Caldecote's tally to six but to be fair to the young Dunton defender who only joined the action at half-time Tom Wallace would have scored anyway, Caldecote will now travel to Henlow in the next round who came up with their first home win of the season in beating Wilshamstead 2-0, in a game which drew in groundhoppers from a far a field as Banstead and Grimsby, the home side were ahead after just five minutes, when after the back tracking Mark Wooding for the visitors had done well to head clear a effort from James Pearce at the expense of a corner that resulting flag kick saw old warhorse Pete Saunders nod his side in front, Saunders should then have perhaps doubled his sides advantage when firing wide of the posts from the edge of the box twenty minutes in, a miss that so nearly proved costly a minute later when for the visitors Paul Jones slammed their first effort on goal of the afternoon against the woodwork with home goalkeeper Rob Heard rooted to his goalline.

But this was as good as it got for Wilshamstead has the home side took full control, only some sterling defending by Jim Struthers keeping out Greg Hall then Saunders again flashing another effort wide of the uprights until he was to make amends eight minutes from the break when he latched onto a ball delivered into the danger zone by Steve Worboys who with a cool finish took Henlow 2-0 clear, thereafter the result never looked in any doubt with the home goalkeeper Heard never looking likely to concede a goal until the games closing two minutes when first he needed to be alert to tip away a effort from Carlton Loadman then keep out a shot from Kevin Butler just beneath his crossbar.

Joining these clubs in the last eight are Campton and Bedford Sports Athletic who will now meet each other after they both came up with home wins, Campton with manager Roy Hayday away on holiday left it to reserve team boss Ollie Morgan to take control for the visit of AFC Kempston Town and perhaps he wish he hadn't after Danny Pilgrim shot The Town into the lead after just ten minutes but whenever Campton are in touble its normally up to Gary Gibson to re-address the balance and thirty minutes in up he pops to make the scoreline 1-1, Pilgrim however was to restore Town's lead just five minutes later and that's the way it stayed until twenty minutes from time before Stephen Gay once again drew the home side on level terms and from then onwards the home side never looked back, Andrew Hayday netting twice inside a five minute spell to take Campton 4-2 ahead until Pilgrim completed his hattrick with the games final goal right at the death from the penalty spot.

Meanwhile Bedford Sports Athletic with goals from Ashley Mead and Richard Ambler were leading Ickwell & Old Warden 2-0 at the break at Cople Playing Fields, Ambler's brother Michael adding to scoreline twenty minutes into the new half until Lewis Giddings came up with the visitors consolation effort just thirty seconds before the final whistle.

Centenary Cup 1st Round

For Division One league leaders Flitwick Town it was fairly plain sailing into the Quarter-Final of The Centenary Cup after they came up with a 4-0 home win over AFC Kempston Town Reserves, first half goals from Ben Wallington and Robbie Simpkins being added to after the break by Shaun Woodcraft and Adam Moss to earn them a trip to Royal Oak Kempston who netted a 5-2 home victory over Sandy Reserves, strikes from Claudio Jordan and Paul Stevens taking the home side 2-0 ahead until Sandy drew level with goals from Chris Cooper and Gary Fil before the half-hour mark had been reached but it was to be The Oak's day when in the second period Lorenzo Jordan with a brace and a goal from Gary Canzano brought up their nap hand.

Also enjoying a rare win were Marston Social 2-0 at home over Kempston Hammers Sports to now set up a last eight trip to Elstow Abbey who were given a bye, Daniel Parks netting after twenty minutes for The Social whose second goal arrived five minutes from the break via an own goal.

Elsewhere a lone goal from Ian Buckingham was enough to give Westoning Recreation Club a 1-0 home win over Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves but they must wait a little longer to find out where they will travel next after Woburn's scheduled home game woth Kempston fell victim to a frozen pitch.

Division One

Meltis Albion are now back up into second spot in the league table after winning 3-1 at Elstow Abbey, goals from James Pickard, Nick Hardwick and Scott Alleyne doing the damage against a home reply from Antony Hubbard whose side have now lost their last six outings, meanwhile Stevington returned to winning ways to climb up into fourth spot with a 6-1 home win over Caldecote Reserves, James McKay, Clinton Tatham, Shaun Winconek, Lawrence Bentham, Richard Howlett and Scott Hannam the home marksmen to a reply from Tom Dupey.

Jubilee Cup 1st Round

For current cup holders Great Barford there was the need of extra time before they booked their last eight spot with a 3-1 home win over Marston Shelton Rovers, Gary Russon had given Barford the lead fourteen minutes into the tie which Simon Craddock cancelled out for The Rovers two minutes later and until a penalty shoot-out was no more than five minutes away did we see anymore goals, Mark Harlow shooting Barford 2-1 ahead and Russon adding a third two minutes later, the victory giving Barford a last eight tie at home against Saffron who were 4-1 home winners over Lidlington United Sports, Azar Nawaz with a brace plus Shezed Satter and Jahangir Ahmed netting the home goals to a lone reply from Graham Scott.

But the shock of the day was to see Blunham Reserves defeated for the first time this season when beaten 2-3 at home by Meltis Corinthians Reserves who will now travel to Clifton in the Quarter-Finals, Ben Flatters shooting the visitors ahead until from the penalty spot Chris Dunne level matters but it was another penalty this time from Earl Patterson who restored the visitors lead in the second half but no sooner was he their hero than he became their villain by missing from the penalty spot which would have taken them two goals clear a miss that looked to have been costly when Julian Munns levelled matters five minutes from time, that was until Martisse Clarke saved his blushes with the visitors winning goal just three minutes later.

Last seasons Watson Shield beaten finalists Kings AFC safelty made it into the last eight and a home tie against Marabese Ceramics after winning 5-0 at Blue Chip, braces from Marcus Tomlin and Rowan Hazelwood plus a goal from Michael Whealan doing the damage.

Meanwhile it was the end of the cup road for Potton Wanderers beaten in a penalty shoot-out at Meppershall Jurassic, a goal in normal time and another in extra time from James Hearson seeing the game deadlock at 2-2 after 120minutes until the home side won the shoot-out 5-4 to book a trip to Mulberry Bush who netted a 4-3 home win over Oakley Sports Reserves, Martin Ivy the home hero bagging all four goals whilst the Oakley replies came via Ben Brown with a brace and Jason Angol.

Watson Shield 1st Round

Current Shield holders Riseley Sports were given the scare of their lives at Horseshoes Close where the home side Dunton Reserves lead 1-0 with a goal from Craig Hill until an own goal gave them a lifeline to see the tie into extra time where Dan Gloss hit their winner to take them on the road in the last eight to Wilshamstead Reserves who were 7-4 home winners over Renhold Village, Colin Merritt and Gary Ward both netting hattricks alongside a strike from Phil Zeltrobruhov to Village replies from Daniel Luke with a brace plus Marcus Joseph and Delroy Prince.

Their was fun and games at Harvey Close where Caldecote A lead Division Three league leaders Leighton United 4-2 after eighty minutes play only to concede two late goals which took the game into extra time and a goaless stalemate before United won the penalty shoot-out 4-3, Ryan Ambrose twice plus Daniel Spring and Barry Croxon the home marksmen in normal time to United replies from Sahid Hallaway with a brace plus Stuart Gore and Ryan Upton, United's Hallaway, Gore plus Daryl Smith and Adam Barker the penalty kings against the home replies from Ambrose, Croxon and Jack Warwick, United will now host Westoning Recreation Club Reserves in the last eight after they also gained a penalty shoot-out win at Meppershall AFC, a goal from home player Lewis Osborne was cancelled out by Andy Cooper inside the normal ninety minutes but the visitors won the shoot-out 6-5, Cooper plus Craig Stevens, Richard Copperwheat, Daryl Balding, Carl Denver and Mark Williams the spot kicks against replies from Osborne, Jordan Rubbens, John Wiles, Sam Larsen and Will Franklin.

The top scorers however were Marsh Leys 8-1 winners at Sandy A, Gieseppe Grazinano netting twice alongside single strikes from Tom Wade, Bryan Kelly, Simon Wade, Damon Quigley, Liam Parker and Darren Moore to a home reply from Ian Hammett to earn them a home Quarter-Final tie with Flitwick Town Reserves, meanwhile also booking themselves a last eight home tie were Stewartby Village against Three Tuns Galacticos with a 5-1 away win at Kempston Athletic, two own goals plus strikes from Jon Pomroy, Charles Wheelhouse and James Churchman doing the trick to a Athletic reply from Gary Whitbread,

Saturday January 10th 2009 Preview

This coming weekends action brings about the first batch of league fixtures for 2009 and in many cases the reversal of the games played on the last Saturday before the Christmas break, for Premier Division Supported By Sportsform league leaders Caldecote that means a home Harvey Close meeting with Oakley Sports has they seek to maintain their eight point lead at the head of the standings by chalking up league win number eleven on the bounce, for second place Campton its also home action at Rectory Road with Ickwell & Old Warden the visitors who will travel seeking just their third win on the road this season.

Meanwhile over at Horseshoes Close, third place and still unbeaten in league action this season Meltis Corinthians are the visitors to face hosts Dunton whose home record of just one win from seven outings hardly suggests it will be they who will bring a end to The Sweetboys unbeaten ways, whilst after two aways wins on the bounce that as seen Henlow lift themselves out of the bottom two in the league standings their task at Groveside is quite simply to come up with a first home league win of the season when Renhold United come calling and having broken that Groveside duck in league cup action last weekend and with United having just won once on the road this campaign you would perhaps fancy their chances of doing just that.

For fourth place Blunham its a trip on the road to Gold Street to face a Riseley Sports side that having won its opening four league games on home soil has now lost its last three and whom will not find it easy in putting that right against a visiting Blunham side whose chances of keeping in the title race would almost for certain disappear with another away defeat, the days remaining top flight game coming at Hillgrounds where AFC Kempston Town look to end a run of six league outings without a win when they host a Sharnbrook side that beat them 3-0 at Lodge Road just before Christmas and who will be seeking a quick double to extend their winning league ways to three games to move themselves further away from the drop zone.

For other Bedfordshire Football League sides the main spotlight falls onto the ties in the Third Round Of The Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup, for Division One league leaders Flitwick Town its home action at Steppingley Road against Luton District & South Beds League outfit USL Galacticos where you would expect them to claim a place in the hat for the Quarter-Final draw and should Blunham Reserves in their home encounter at Moggerhanger Playing Fields against Farley Boys from the same league also claim a victory then the 2009 final will once again be a all Bedfordshire Football League affair as the remaining six third round ties are pure domestic Bedfordshire Football League affairs but which six sides will progress looks far from easy to call, on current league form perhaps Division Two side Kings AFC should be firm favourites to overcome Division Three side Riseley Sports Reserves at King George VI Playing Fields but that's what we said prior to their Watson Shield Final encounter last season and at Harvey Close Caldecote A will more than fancy their chances when they host fellow Division Three outfit Meppershall AFC.

Of the other four ties, a spot of giant-killing might well be on the cards at each of the venues at Hillgrounds, Division Three high flyers Marsh Leys still with a 100% record on home soil this season will prove a tough nut to crack for Division One side AFC Kempston Town Reserves whilst just down the road at Culter Hammer, Kempston Hammers Sports of Division One will not find it easy against the visiting in-form Potton Wanderers of Division Two.

Elsewhere Division Two promotion chasers Great Barford face no easy task when they host current Division Three league leaders Leighton United at Great Barford Playing Fields whilst at Cople Playing Fields hosts Marabese Ceramics of Division Two could well come up with a shock win over Division One outfit Stevington.

With all these cup ties taking place the Division One league programme is reduced to just five games, at Miller Road, Meltis Albion should take another step forward in their quest for top flight football next season when they host bottom of the table Sandy Reserves who neverless will travel not without hope and in search of their first away points of the campaign after kick starting their season with two straight home wins just before the Christmas break, whilst on The Green perhaps the top game of the day in this section goes ahead when Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves play hosts in local derby action against Campton Reserves.

The days other three games coming at The Warren where Elstow Abbey receive a visit from a Woburn side that has won six of its last seven league outings, at Greenfield Road where Westoning Recreation Club will look to end a three game losing home league run when paid a visit by Caldecote Reserves who are yet to win on the road this campaign and at Cyselco Park where second from bottom club Royal Oak Kempston look to end their home losing league ways of five games against the visiting Marston Social who travel in search of their first away win of the season.

In Division Two, the action is down to just three games with the top game coming in Jubilee Park where victory for the host club Meppershall Jurassic over their visitors Clifton will take them into second spot in the league table above the cup playing Great Barford.

For Blue Chip its a chance to improve their poor home record when they entertain Mulberry Bush in Russell Park whilst Oakley Sports Reserves will look to end a losing home run of three games and gain a quick seasons double when they host Saffron.

In Division Three the action is confined to just four games the best of which could come at Arlesey Recreation Ground where third place Three Tuns Galacticos will be in home action against Westoning Recreation Club Reserves, meanwhile in Hillgrounds, bottom of the table Kempston Athletic will have no easy task chalking up their first win of the season when they host a Dunton Reserves side that beat them 9-1 at Horseshoes Close just before the Christmas break.

The days other two games coming at Renhold Playing Fields where hosts Renhold Village play Stewartby Village and at Jubilee Playing Fields where home side Wilshamstead Reserves seek only their second home win of the season against the travelling Sandy A who despite sitting in the bottom six of the league standings have been beaten just once on the road in league action this season to date.
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