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Sunday 22nd February 2009
Royal Oak Kempston Shock Flitwick Town To Remove Them From Centenary Cup
Bedfordshire FA Senior Trophy Semi-Final

Oakley Sports duly made their exit from this seasons competition at the last four stage when beaten 1-6 at home by Molten Spartan South Midlands League Division Two league leaders 61FC Luton, a goal down early on, the Sportsmen with a strike from Dean Bowden after twenty minutes drew level and held the scoreline at 1-1 until half-time before the Luton side rattled in five second half goals for their win and a place in the final against AFC Kempston Rovers.

Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup Quarter-Finals

Caldecote A came up with the result of the day from the three Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup Quarter-Final ties played with a 3-1 away win at Kings AFC, Jack Boyd giving Caldecote the lead twenty-five minutes into the game, an advantage they held onto until a strike from Rowan Hazelwood drew the home side level ten minutes into the second period but it was to be Caldecote's day has Ryan Ambrose restore their lead on 65minutes before Boyd added a third goal from the penalty spot ten minutes from time.

Also into the hat for Monday's Semi-Final draw are Great Barford who with a goal from Gary Russon twenty minutes from time netted a 1-0 win over Marabese Ceramics but making their exit were Marsh Leys beaten 1-3 after extra time by Luton District and South Beds League side USL Galacticos, a goal from Alan Cudjoe had given the Marshmen a tenth minute lead but the visitors were to draw level in the games closing ten minutes before striking twice in extra time to claim a spot in the last four.

The fourth side in the Semi-Final draw are Potton Wanderers who were given a bye following both Blunham Reserves and Farley Boys being removed from the competition by The Bedfordshire FA following the inquiry into the abandonment of their Third Round tie.

Britannia Cup Quarter-Finals

For current league leaders Caldecote its a trip to face Bedford Sports Athletic in the last four of this seasons Britannia Cup after their comfortable 2-0 away win at Henlow, Leeroy Odd claiming hero status with a goal after twenty-five minutes which he added to on the hour mark.

Whilst over at Miller Road, last seasons winners Meltis Corinthians were making their exit beaten 1-2 by Renhold United, Kane Alexander shooting United ahead after sixteen minutes, a lead which was doubled on the stroke of half-time by David McCarthy and despite Matthew McMahon pulling a goal back for The Sweetboys twenty minutes from time United held on to earn themselves a home Semi-Final tie against Blunham who run out 3-1 home winners over Riseley Sports, all the damage being done in the opening half, Chris Dunne from the penalty spot slotting Blunham ahead five minutes into the contest before Dunne became the playmaker to set up Andy Smith for goal number two ten minutes later and it was game over on thirty five minutes when Percy Chagwizh added a third home goal, a scoreline that was to remain in place until Tom Ellison netted the Sportsmen's reply on the hour mark.

Premier Division Supported By Sportsform

Campton are now within seven points of league leaders Caldecote with also the advantage of having played two games less after they maintained their seasons unbeaten away league ways with a 4-2 win over a AFC Kempston Town side that is now without a win in their last nine games, Campton were to go ahead in the third minute via a Gary Gibson penalty but the game was to encounter a fourty minute delay around the twenty minute mark when a serious knee injury to Town's Sean Hendry required a ambulance being called to the ground to take him off to hospital and once play was resumed Campton with a goal from Andrew Hayday five minutes from the break went in at half-time 2-0 ahead, a lead Gibson was to increase ten minutes into the new period when he latched onto a long punt forward by goalkeeper Darren Turpin to finish in style, substitute Craig Smith added a fourth twenty minutes from time before Campton then somewhat fell asleep to allow Danny Pilgrim to strike twice late in the game for the final 4-2 scoreline.

After last weekends Britannia Cup win at Campton it was a return to earth for bottom of the table Bedford Sports Athletic losing out on home soil 0-3 to Dunton, the visitors Steve Monks setting his side on the way to the three points with a goal on the half-hour mark before ten minutes later a long boot from goalkeeper Michael Dring found Steve Snelling whose telling cross was deflected into his own goal by an Athletic defender for 2-0, a lead Dunton were to increase ten minutes into the new half when Dave Pugh became the playmaker to allow Nicky Threadgold to make it 3-0 which was the way it stayed after Athletic's Paul Nigro missed from the penalty spot on the hour mark.

In the days only other top flight game, Ickwell & Old Warden took their unbeaten ways to five games with a 0-0 home draw against Sharnbrook.

Centenary Cup Quarter-Finals

Royal Oak Kempston came up with the result of the day to ko Division One league leaders Flitwick Town from this seasons Centenary Cup with a 2-0 home win thanks to goals from Ed L'erario on the half-hour mark and Gary Canzano ten minutes from time to earn them a last four tie away at Marston Social who eased their way into the Semi-Final with a 5-0 win at Elstow Abbey, Steve Flaherty and James Armstrong striking to take The Social into a 2-0 lead by the break before Joe Robertson took over to net a second half hattrick to bring up the 5-0 scoreline.

The other Semi-Final will see Woburn host Meltis Albion after they saw off Westoning Recreation Club 4-1 at Crawley Road, 0-0 at half-time, two early second half goals from Martin Holland saw the Safari Boys in command, Luke Broadbent added to the scoreline before Adam Willis for the visitors clawed the scoreline back to 3-1until a own goal completed the scoring.

Division One

Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves were to have their unbeaten eight game away run taken away from them in spectacular fashion when beaten 7-1 at Meltis Albion who now leapfrog above the men from The Green into second place in the league table just three points shy of league leaders Flitwick Town, two opening half goals from Darren Ashpole saw The Albion lead 2-0 at the break afterwhich it was all one way traffic in the new half with Scott Alleyne netting twice alongside Michael Butler and Derek McRae against a lone reply from Duncan Castle.

For Kempston its a climb up into fifth spot in the league table after they netted their seventh away win from eight outings with a 4-1 victory at Stevington, Andrea Sturnioio netting twice plus Jarvis Anderson and Alex Goosby once against a home reply from Lawrence Bentham whilst in the divisions only other game Sandy Reserves are still looking for their first away win of the campaign after being beat 3-1 at Caldecote Reserves, Tom Dupey shooting the home side ahead after fifteen minutes and it was game over for the visitors when both Aiden Jones and Joe Jordan added to the scoreline inside five minutes around the hour mark, whilst Sandy's lone reply came via Alex Baker fifteen minutes from time.

Jubilee Cup Quarter-Finals

Meltis Corinthians Reserves are safely into the last four of this seasons Jubilee Cup when two late goals from Jacob Corbin and Mufaro Mashawira cancelled out a first half goal from Robert Harradine to take them to a 2-1 victory at Clifton and they now await the outcome of next weekends Great Barford v Saffron tie to see where they travel to in The Semi-Final

Its a similar story for Meppershall Jurassic who after winning 6-1 at Mulberry Bush must now wait for Kings AFC and Marabese Ceramics to sort out who will host them in the Semi-Final, The Jurassic with goals from Danny Wing and Dan Taylor lead 2-0 at half-time which was increased to 6-0 with strikes from Craig Richards, Jamie Underwood, Craig Damon and Shin Miah before Ellis Joseph netted The Bushmen's lone reply.

Watson Shield Quarter-Finals

Current holders Riseley Sports were to make their Watson Shield exit this season at The Quarter-Final stage with a 2-0 defeat at Wilshamstead Reserves, Ally Morris giving the home side the lead in the opening half which Colin Merritt added to during the second period to earn them a Semi-Final visit from Leighton United who run out 6-0 home winners over Westoning Recreation Club Reserves, Stuart Gore and Ryan Upton taking United into a 2-0 half-time lead which was added to in the second period by Upton plus a hattrick from Sahid Hallaway.

In the other half of the draw, Sandy A found themselves a goal down at home after twenty minutes when Richard Gerrard struck for Flitwick Town Reserves but within ten minutes Daniel Bailey had set up Dean Hains to shoot home the equalizer then Bailey himself with a goal on the hour mark took Sandy into the lead and when Hains netted again fifteen minutes from time to take Sandy 3-1 clear it appeared to be game over but The Town were then only denied a chance of taking the tie into extra time by some fine goalkeeping by Sandy's Matt Couldridge, their reward for this victory will be a home Semi-Final tie against Three Tuns Galacticos 4-0 winners at Stewartby Village thanks to two goals from Dean Smith alongside strikes from Carl Milligan and Moni Nsiawete.

Division Three

With all the various cup action going on there were just two games played in Division Three, where bottom of the table Kempston Athletic came up with only their fourth point of the season in holding Dunton Reserves to a 2-2 home draw, Steve Spiers with a little help from his brother Andrew netting Dunton into a early lead before The Athletic via a Tom Burton own goal and a penalty from Gary Whitbread suddendly turned the game around to lead 2-1 until Spiers struck again on the half-hour mark to complete the scoring for the afternoon.

The days other game saw Renhold Village jump above Dunton Reserves into fourth place in the league standings with a 2-1 home win over Meppershall AFC, Sam Larsen giving the visitors the lead twelve minutes into the game which was cancelled out by Luke Regan fifteen minutes later and that's the way it stayed until time added on when Delroy Prince popped in The Village's winner.

Preview Saturday 28th February 2009

This coming weekends action brings apart from two Quater-Final ties in The Jubilee Cup a return to a full league programme, in the Premier Division Supported by Sportsform, league leaders Caldecote are hitting the road to Gold Street to a face a Riseley Sports side that has lost its last three home games having opened the season with four home wins on the bounce whilst their two nearest rivals for the league title are in home action, at Miller Road, Meltis Corinthians who are still unbeaten in league action this season are hosts to Ickwell & Old Warden who journey to Miller Road unbeaten in their last five outings whilst at Rectory Road, second place Campton now only seven points adrift of the league leaders Caldecote receive a visit from a Blunham side that has won its last three league outings to climb into fourth spot in the league standings.albeit some seventeen points adrift of league leaders Caldecote.

Down at the other end of the table the big game comes at Groveside where hosts Henlow still looking for their first home league win of the campaign are in action against bottom of the table Bedford Sports Athletic in a real six pointer of a game for both clubs whilst fellow strugglers Wilshamstead who have lost their last five home league encounters are hosts at Jubilee Playing Fields against a Renhold United side whose only away win of the season in league action came way back in Mid-September at Dunton but will travel in good heart after their Britannia Cup win at Meltis Corinthians last weekend.

The days other top flight action coming at Lodge Road where Sharnbrook entertain a Oakley Sports side that like Renhold United has won just once on its travels this season back in late September at Wilshamstead.

Division One action sees league leaders Flitwick Town return to Cyselco Park for the second weekend running this time to face Royal Oak Kempston in league action where the home sides league record of one win and seven defeats hardly suggests they will be putting a dent into The Town's title hopes but The Oak having KO The Town from The Centenary Cup last weekend will be looking for a notable double, whilst third place Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves despite having won just twice on home soil in the league this campaign will start firm favourites for the three points on offer when Elstow Abbey coming calling to The Green especially when you consider The Abbey have failed to collect any points from their last nine league outings including a home defeat against their now hosts during the middle of last month.

For second place Meltis Albion who now only trail Flitwick Town in the league standings by three points its a trip on the road to Greenfield Road to face Westoning Recreation Club who despite sitting in the top half of the table have won just once on home soil all season whilst in form Woburn with eight wins from their last nine league outings make their way to Culter Hammer for a meeting with a Kempston side that sit jtwo places above them in fifth spot in the league table.

Other action in this Division takes Campton Reserves on the road to Hillgrounds for a meeting with AFC Kempston Town Reserves whilst Caldecote Reserves and Sandy Reserves meet in league action for the second consecutive weekend, this time Sandy Reserves being the hosts at Bedford Road Recreation Ground where they will seek their revenge for the 3-1 defeat at Harvey Close last weekend, whilst the final game in this Division comes at Marston Playing Fields where hosts Marston Social will be seeking their fourth league win on the bounce when paid a visit by Kempston Hammers Sports.

The Division Two league programme is restricted to just five games due to those Jubilee Cup Quarter-Final ties in which Great Barford host Saffron at their Playing Field Headquarters for the right to entertain Meltis Corinthians Reserves in The Semi-Final whilst at King George VI Playing Fields, Kings AFC go head to head with Marabese Ceramics and for the victors it will be a home tie in the Semi-Final against Meppershall Jurassic.

In the limited league programme its a top v second clash at Moggerhanger Playing Fields where the unbeaten league leaders Blunham Reserves start the day ten points clear of their guests Meppershall Jurassic whilst over at Mill Lane, third place Potton Wanderers should keep their own promotion hopes alive when paid a visit by a Clifton side who will be looking for their first league win in six outings.

Other action comes in Russell Park where Blue Chip despite having won just once on home soil this season should collect the three points on offer against bottom of the table Mulberry Bush whilst its derby action at Hurst Grove when third from bottom Lidlington United Sports look to take their unbeaten ways to four games against local rivals Marston Shelton Rovers.

The final fixture in this division seeing Meltis Corithians Reserves hit the road for a meeting with a Oakley Sports Reserves side who are now on a three game losing home run.

In Division Three, all of the top three sides are in home action, league leaders Leighton United defending their home unbeaten ways at Stanbridge Road against a visting Stewartby Village who are without a win in their last five league outings, whilst second place Three Tuns Galacticos look to take their unbeaten ways to seven games when Sandy A pay a visit to their Arlesey Recreation Ground headquarters in a rehearsal of their following weeks meeting in The Watson Shield Semi-Final plus in Hillgrounds it will be a major shock if third place Marsh Leys fail to collect the full three points from their encounter with bottom of the table Kempston Athletic.

For the two teams sitting immediately above Kempston Athletic in the league table its a meeting at Steppingley Road where hosts Flitwick Town Reserves now on a four game losing home league run host Wilshamstead Reserves who travel seeking their first away win of the season which if acheived will take them above The Town in the league standings.

The days other action in this division bringing a local derby encounter at Shuttleworth College where Meppershall AFC host Caldecote A and at Renhold Playing Fields where Renhold Village entertain Riseley Sports Reserves.
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