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Sunday 15th February 2009
Bedford Sports Athletic Win At Campton In The Britannia Cup
Britannia Cup Quarter-Final
Campton 0 Bedford Sports Athletic 2
After the strenuous efforts of the Campton committee to get their Rectory Road pitch cleared of snow and fit to allow this Britannia cup tie to go ahead they must now be thinking was it really worth all the effort? after Bedford Sports Athletic came up with their performance of the season to defeat them 2-0 to earn themselves a home Semi-Final tie against the winners of next weekends Henlow v Caldecote clash and certainly in advertisement terms if Carlsberg every made bottom of the league sides then they would all be called Bedford Sports Athletic on this showing.
By the time of the kick off the pitch was in perfect playing condition and perhaps the home side should have taken the lead in the very first minute when Gary Gibson broke free on goal only to be foiled by visiting goalkeeper Russell Abbey getting down well on his six yard box to save but the home crowd who had perhaps arrived expecting to see a repeat of their sides earlier 8-0 league win over The Athletic were somewhat disappointed to find it took their hero's another fifteen minutes to mount a further serious attempt on goal when a clever chip by Andrew Hayday was to see Abbey beaten all ends up but his luck be in with the ball cannoning back into play off the underside of his crossbar.
But it was the visitors who were to take the lead just two minutes later when a cross from Tom Housden allowed Asa Mead to steal in and head home on the far post yet within sixty seconds only a despairing save from Abbey prevented Lee Addington drawing the home side level, Campton were then to lose the services of Chris Fry whose place in the starting line-up had been in some doubt due to a injury sustained earlier in the week whilst sledging into a brickwall, Fry being replaced by Neil Ellis but there was then suddendly more gloomed faces amongest the home supporters when Gibson left the pitch but their smiles were back within minutes has he returned to the action sporting a pair of tights to protect his recent groin injury on a cold afternoon to fire a effort from the edge of the box just over the crossbar.
The visitors however were far from looking like a bottom of the tabe side, Ian Asplin so nearly doubling their advantage from range with a effort over the crossbar before home player Craig Palmer and Athletic's James Allen found their way into the notebook of referee Derek Osborne for a spot of handbags from five paces.
Yet with the interval looming Campton should have drew level, Dan Webb journeying down down the left flank to deliver the perfect cross to the backpost where Hayday with the open goal begging push his effort the wrong side of Abbey's uprights, even then the home side still had time to conjure up another two chances before the break, Ellis making his way passed Abbey inside the penalty box only to be foiled by the perfect block from the recovering Michael Ambler then Hayday was to see his effort to redeem himself being thwarted by a fine save down low to his right by Abbey.
If it had been the home side who had looked the more likely to score in the closing stages of the opening half that was not the case as the new half unfolded with twice only the woodwork saving Campton from going two goals behind, first Richard Ambler jinxed his way into the penalty area only to see his shot come back off the crossbar then just ten minutes later the same player executed the perfect chip over the head of home goalkeeper Darren Turpin only for it to rebound off the goalpost and away to safelty whilst for good measure in between these efforts James Allen having been found by a free kick delivered by Paul Nigro lifted a effort over the bar from just ten yards out.
One always sensed that if the home side were going to get back into this tie then perhaps it would be Hayday who would somehow unlock the stubbon and well drilled Athletic defence nearly doing so with twenty minutes remaining when with a spot of magic in the box he was to see only the feet of Abbey block his effort on his near post before at the other end the home supporters hearts were in their mouths when referee Osborne waived away the Athletic's strong penalty claims for a Dave McArther challenge on Asa Mead.
The home side were now entering the last chance salon, Gibson curling a free kick from distance around the visitors defending wall only to see it flash inches wide of Abbey's uprights then the home bench were far from happy to see a Hayday effort ruled out for offside, Hayday was again denied by the tackle of the game by Graham Abbott has he readvanced on goal has their supporters perhaps now knew it was not going to be Campton's day.
The day however was to be settled by a somewhat controversial penalty three minutes from time, home defender Scott Quince delivering a challenge on the edge of the box onto Athletic's Asplin and has both players fell to the ground referee Osborne adjudged Quince to have handled the ball and from the resulting kick Nigro sent Turpin the wrong way and in doing so booked his side a deserved place in The Semi-Final.
Centenary Cup Quarter-Final
Meltis Albion 5 Campton Reserves 1
The Albion booked themselves a Semi-Final tie away at Woburn or Westoning Recreation Club with what looks on paper to be a comfortable win however they were some thirty-two minutes into the game before they took the lead with a goal from Scott Alleyne who whilst scoring was involved in a accidental clash with visiting goalkeeper Liam Donavan which necessitated the Campton goalkeeper having to be taken to hospital with an injured shoulder and replaced between the sticks by Sid Russell.
The replacement goalkeeper being beaten for the first time when The Albion went into a 2-0 lead five minutes from the break with a strike from Derek McRae ( incidentally the secreatary of Bedford Sports Athletic who were at the time enjoying a Britannia Cup win at Campton ) but with just five minutes of the new half played Campton gave themselves a lifeline when Dan Wilshaw reduced the arrears to a single goal but alas for them that was as good as it got has a further goal from Alleyne plus strikes from James Pickard and Michael Butler saw the home side safely into the last four.
Potton Wanderers 8 Mulberry Bush 1
Potton Wanderers with this win are now up into third spot in the Division Two league table whilst poor old Mulberry Bush are still rooted to the bottom of the table, Dan Redbond giving The Wanderers a early lead until Ben Marwood levelled matters twenty minutes into the contest and that's the way the scoring remained right up until half-time but the day was to belong to The Wanderers when a second half hattrick from Chris Sams plus a brace from James Hearson and single strikes from Craig Schureik and Joe Aris took the home side seven goals clear by the final whistle, The Bushmen's cause not being helped when goalkeeper Laurie Hodd was forced to leave the pitch injured trying to prevent the home sides third goal and his side left to play the rest of the game with just ten players.
Preview Saturday 21st February 2009
Next weekend's action brings about a mixture of various Befordshire FA County Cup ties alongside our own Quarter-Final games in our domestic league cups competitions and a sprinkling of league fixtures.
The top game of the day comes in The Bedfordshire FA Senior Trophy Semi-Final where Oakley Sports will be entertaining The 61FC Luton, the visitors travelling currently sitting on top of the Molten Sparten South Midlands Football League Division Two table and still with a 100% away record for the season so if Oakley are to become only the secord Bedfordshire Football League club after Caldecote to reach a Bedfordshire FA Senior Trophy Final then they will have to be at their very best.
Action also comes in The Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup with the restaging of last weekends Quarter-Final games, in Hillgrounds, Marsh Leys will be hosts to Luton District & South Beds League side USL Galacticos whilst across the town in Jubilee Park, Great Barford play hosts to fellow Division Two outfit Marabese Ceramics and at King George VI Playing Fields, Kings AFC of Division Two will take on Division Three side Caldecote A .
On the domestic cup front Britannia Cup action comes at Groveside where Henlow will be hosting current league leaders Caldecote who you would expect to emerge the winners to earn the right to travel to face Bedford Sports Athletic in The Semi-Final.
Whilst other Britannia Cup action takes place at Miller Road where Meltis Corinthians the current cup holders receive a visit from Renhold United for the right to entertain again in The Semi-Final against the winners of the Moggerhanger Playing Fields encounter between Blunham the hosts last seasons beaten finalists and visitors Riseley Sports.
For Division One clubs its action in The Centenary Cup, at Crawley Road, Woburn will be in home action against Westoning Recreation Club and for the winners it will be a visit in The Semi-Final from Meltis Albion.
In the bottom half of the draw in this cup the action comes at The Warren where Elstow Abbey will be hosting Marston Social for the right to stage a home Semi-Final tie against either Royal Oak Kempston or Flitwick Town who meet at Cyselco Park.
In The Jubilee Cup for Division Two sides, at Whiston Crescent, Clifton receive a visit from Meltis Corinthians Reserves knowing if they win they will be on the road in the Semi-Final to meet either Great Barford or Saffron whose tie has been delayed further due to Great Barford's Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup commitments.
Over in Jubilee Park, Mulberry Bush face Meppershall Jurassic for the right to travel to meet either Kings AFC or Marabese Ceramics in the last four whose tie like Great Barford's has been delayed further by both clubs Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup commitments.
In The Watson Shield confined to sides from Division Three, action comes at Jubilee Playing Fields where Wilshamstead Reserves will be hosting current holders Riseley Sports Reserves with the winners again at home in The Semi-Final against either Leighton United or Westoning Recreation Club Reserves who meet at Stanbridge Road.
In the lower half of the draw action can be found at Bedford Road Recreation Ground where Sandy A will be in home action against Flitwick Town Reserves for the right to entertain either Stewartby Village or Three Tuns Galacticos who meet at Stewartby Way at the last four stage.
League action in The Premier Division Supported By Sportsform is restricted to just three games at Hillgrounds, AFC Kempston Town host third place Campton who can move into second spot should they take their winning league ways to eight games against a home side who are without a win from their last eight league outings, at Cople Playing Fields where home side Bedford Sports Athletic will be hoping to transfer their cup form into league form when Dunton come calling looking for their third win on the bounce.
The final top flight game coming on The Green where hosts Ickwell & Old Warden will look to take their unbeaten ways to five games when a Sharnbrook side that has now lost its last three games come calling.
In Division One there are just two games, in Jubilee Park, third place Meltis Albion will be hosting second place Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves knowing a win would see the sides swap places in the league standings but it will not be easy has the visitors travel unbeaten on their last eight trips away from The Green, an away record that is only bettered in the division by Kempston with six wins from their last seven away outings who look to make it seven from eight when they journey to face Stevington.