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Sunday 22nd March 2009
Bedfordshire Football League Win 4-0 In Sussex
The FA Carlsberg National Systems League Cup

Following their mid-week defeat at the hands of The Northamptonshire Combination League in The Four Leagues Trophy manager Kevin Hallett was forced due to injuries to make four changes to the Bedfordshire Football Leagues line up for the trip to Hassocks to face The Mid-Sussex League in a Premliminary Round tie in The FA Carlsberg National Systems League Cup, perhaps the biggest blow being the loss of goalkeeper Shahbaz Hussain who typified the new found spirit amongest the squad by travelling with the team to act has manager Hallett's number two on the day, whilst his replacement between the sticks Caldecote's Luke Kiteley on a day when there were hero's all over the pitch turned in a solid performance to suggest Hussain might yet have a job on his hands in regaining the green jersey has the league romped to a comfortable 4-0 victory.

The endeavours of a morning trip around the M25 appeared to be having little effect in the opening stages of the game has the Bedfordshire side opened the game firing on all cylinders by gaining four corners inside the opening ten minutes whilst during this period Rakesh Gill from just outside the box also brought a fine save out of home goalkeeper Shaun Chapman, such was the early dominance of the visiting side we were some twelve minutes into the game before the home side saw sight of the visitors goal but even then Joel Barker pulled a effort well wide of Kiteley's uprights.

It now seemed only a matter of time before the Beds lads would take the lead and after Nicky Threadgold had brought another save out of Chapman and Alex Woolston fired a shot just by his uprights from the edge of the box that goal arrived on 17minutes, Tim Gill winning a aerial battle on the half-way line to send Leeroy Odd free who cooley slide the ball pass the advancing Chapman for the games opening goal.

The game was still going all one way ie towards the Sussex goal, Woolston curling a effort just wide of the posts before Chapman needed to be alert to race out of his area and block away the advancing Dean Warren until with just five minutes of the opening half left that vital second goal arrived, Tom McGhee delivering in a cross which with a little help from the firm goalmouth surface bounce onto the head of Warren to enable him to lift the ball into the net over the head of a rooted to the spot Chapman.

The task for the Beds team in the second period was to seek that vital third goal to seal the tie and just three minutes in the speed of Warren took him clear of the home backline only for his cross goal effort to shy just inches the wrong side of the uprights, that old adage that a 2-0 lead is always a dangerous scoreline reared its ugly head four minutes later when Kiteley was required to bring out the save of the afternoon thus far to beat away a effort from Liam Parker until that vital third strike arrived on 57minutes, Jason Allison doing all the hard work which had Chapman flying acoss his goal to beat out his powerful shot only to see the rebound fall to the feet of Warren who with the empty net in front of him said thank you very much for his second goal af the afternoon and Beds into a 3-0 lead.

The visitors were now in cruise control and enjoying their day in the south coast sunshine, Kiteley's goal being in danger just once on 77minutes when he raced out of his area to foil Luke Pullinger before with ten minutes to play the fourth goal arrived, Ollie Housden who if Carlsberg made defenders would be moulded like him planting a free kick from just over the half-way line onto the backpost where Captin Marvel Neville Allen rose to head into the path of Odd to notch his second of the round off a fine team performance.

Bedfordshire Football League, Luke Kiteley ( Caldecote ) Tim Gill, (Meltis Corinthians ) Ollie Housden ( Oakley Sports ) Neville Allen ( Meltis Corinthians ) Nicky Threadgold ( Dunton ) Alex Woolston ( Meltis Corithians ) Tom McGhee ( Dunton ) Leeroy Odd ( Caldecote ) Dean Warren, Jason Allision and Rakesh Gill ( all Meltis Corinthians ) Subs Used, Moby Hussain ( Meltis Corinthians ) Barry Morris and David Pugh ( both Dunton )

Centenary Cup

This seasons Centenary Cup Final will be between Woburn and Royal Oak Kempston after they both came up with Semi-Final wins, Woburn with two goals from Martin Holland against a reply from Scott Alleyne winning 2-1 at home against Meltis Albion but for Royal Oak Kempston it was the requirement of a penalty shoot-out before their victory was acheived at Marston Social, Gary Canzano fourth minute goal seeing The Oak lead until Daniel Bullen levelled matters just five minutes from time then e The Social with a strike from Stuart Robinson took the lead for the first time ten minutes into the first period of extra time and seemly on their way into the final until Dave Minney levelled matters in the 118th minute to ensure a shoot-out from the spot, where The Oak with a perfect set of penalties from Gary Canzano, Ed L'Erario, Liam Boland, Michael Cox and Sean Boland won the day.

Jubilee Cup

Great Barford will have a chance to defend The Jubilee Cup they won last season against Meppershall Jurassic in this seasons final after a Garry Russon goal five minutes into the second half brought them a 1-0 Semi-Final home win over Meltis Corinthians Reserves.

Division One

Flitwick Town missed the chance to climb back onto the top of the Division One table when goals from Alex Goosby and Josh Anderson saw them beat 2-0 at Kempston and now without a victory in their last five outings their promotion chances seem to be slipping away after third place Westoning Recreation Club moved to within two points of them in the league table and with five games in hand after retaining their seasons unbeaten away record and taking their winning ways to seven games with a 6-1 win at Kempston Hammers Sports, Nick Shirley with a hattrick, Dean Gadsby with a brace and Ian Buckingham doing the damage to a lone home reply from James Grandidge.

Down at the bottom of the table the plight of the two teams in the drop zone deepen, basement side Elstow Abbey losing 6-2 at AFC Kempston Town Reserves who were extending their unbeaten ways to five games thanks to two goals from Daniel Ellison plus strikes from Greg Ethridge, Jason Harrision, Tristan Peck and Shaiwur Rahman to Abbey replies from Jordan Jarrold and Antony Hubbard whilst Sandy Reserves are still looking for their first away point of the campaign after being defeated 2-0 at Stevington, stikes from Andy Latimer and Gavin White ending the home sides run of three straight home defeats.

The days other game in this division seeing Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves end a run of six home games without a win when a late penalty from Andrew Vallom brought them a 1-0 win over Campton Reserves who have now lost their last four away encounters to slip into the bottom half of the league table.

Division Two

Is the pressure begining to get to league leaders Blunham Reserves ? who despite holding onto their seasons unbeaten record were held to a draw for the second weekend running this time 1-1 at Clifton, Chris Dunne giving Blunham the lead twenty minutes from time which was cancelled out by a strike from Mark Gearing ten minutes later and their lead at the head of the table is down to twelve points after second second place Meppershall Jurassic who also have a game in hand run out 2-1 home winners over Marabese Ceramics, first half goals from Shin Miah and Craig Richards setting up their eighth home win on the bounce before James Tizard replied for the vistitors.

Down at the bottom of the table Mulberry Bush now find themselves on the bottom rung after being beat 5-0 at Saffron for whom Zulfikar Ahmed hit a hattrick amd Mohammed Raheem and Shezad Satter struck once who also climbed above Lidlington United Sports on goal difference after they could only shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw at Blue Chip, Peter Neal giving The Chipboys a early lead until Louis Weedon levelled matters in the second half.

Division Three

For the top two clubs in Division Three it was wins ahead of their meeting this coming weekend, league leaders Leighton United taking their winning ways to nine games when four goals from Daryl Smith and strikes from Colin Moore and Paul Darton saw them win 6-0 at bottom of the table Kempston Athletic whilst second place Three Tuns Galacticos are now on a seven game winning run after their 2-0 home win over Flitwick Town Reserves, a goal from John Rowe and a Mark McMillan penalty seeing them home, meanwhile third place Marsh Leys slipped off the promotion pace slightly when held to a 2-2 draw at Westoning Recreation Club Reserves, Alex Barnwell and Glen Robinson netting the home goals against replies from Damion Quigley and Jason Calvert.

Elsewhere, Dunton Reserves maintained their own promotion push when a brace of goals from Steve Spiers took them to a 2-0 home win over Caldecote A to end their visitors four game unbeaten run whilst it was a double celebration day for Wilshamstead Reserves who came up with their first away win of the season 2-1 at Renhold Village, leading 1-0 at the break with a goal from Ali Morris the home side levelled matters until Tony McGovern popped up with the winner on his 46th birthday with a blockbuster from all of two yards out.

The days other two games seeing Riseley Sports Reserves make it three home wins in a row with a 4-1 victory over Sandy A, Tom Ellision netting twice plus Ashley Green and Michael Darnell once to a Sandy reply from Ian Hammett while Meppershall AFC came up with their first win in six outings 5-1 at Stewartby Village, Sam Larsen and Jordan Robbens both netting twice alongside a Will Franklin penalty whilst the reply for the home side who are now without a win in their last nine games came via Chris Breeds to give them a 1-0 half-time lead.

Preview Saturday 28th March 2009

This weekends action sees the spotlight fall onto the Semi-Final ties in this seasons Britannia Cup, at Cople Playing Fields current bottom of the table Bedford Sports Athletic receive a visit from current league leaders Caldecote who must surely start the favourties but is that not what we said about Campton when they hosted The Athletic in the Quarter-Finals whilst the second tie on paper looks far harder to call when at Renhold Playing Fields, Renhold United receive a visit from last seasons beaten finalists Blunham, the hosts will be looking for a repeat of their league encounter when they won by the odd goal in five but since that game in late November, Blunham have lost just once on the road in five outings and will no doubt fancy their chances.

With these ties taking place the Premier Division Supported By Sportsform league action is reduced to just three games the big one of which comes at Rectory Road where third spot Campton face a visit from second place Meltis Corinthians who start the day just a point above them in the standings, yet both clubs will go into the fixture knowing its a must win game if either of them are going to catch current league leaders Caldecote who would be the only beneficiaries from a drawn game, kick off for this game is 1.45pm as it will be at Gold Street where hosts Riseley Sports now on a five game losing home run face a Oakley Sports side whose ten trips on the road this season have brought about just one win.

The final top flight game being at Hillgrounds where AFC Kempston Town having now put together a three game winning run to steer themselves clear of the drop zone face a Sharnbrook side who themselves still need points to ensure another season of top flight football at Lodge Road next term.

In Division One, league leaders Meltis Albion have a tough looking away game at Marston Social especially when you consider The Albion have won just once on their last six trips away from Miller Road, whilst the two of the other two clubs chasing them for the league title seem on paper at least to have a easier task in collecting three points from the afternoon, sixth place with games in hand Woburn making their way with a five game winning league run to preserve when they journey to Hillgrounds to face AFC Kempston Town Reserves whilst Westoning Recreation Club now up into third spot and on a eight game unbeaten run host fourth from bottom Caldecote Reserves at Greenfield Road in a game that will kick off at 1.45pm.

At the bottom of the table, action comes at The Warren where basement club Elstow Abbey will be looking to end a seven game losing home run when Stevington come calling whilst the team just above them in the table Sandy Reserves head for Culter Hammer and a meeting with Kempston still looking for their opening win on the road this campaign, for the sides just above this pair in the standings its a couple of tough looking away games, Royal Oak Kempston on their way to The Green to face Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves whilst Kempston Hammers Sports journey for a 3.45pm kick off at Rectory Road against Campton Reserves.

In Division Two, current league leaders Blunham Reserves will be expected to take a step closer to the league crown when they place their seasons unbeaten league record on the line at Moggerhanger Playing Fields against Marston Shelton Rovers while of the cluster of teams that are chasing that second automatic promotion spot all but one are in home action, that side being second place Meppershall Jurassic who are hitting the road looking for their first away win in five outings at Oakley Sports Reserves.

Meanwhile the sides with home advantage in their quest for promotion points are Great Barford who face a Mulberry Bush side that went to the bottom of the table last weekend, third place Meltis Corinthians Reserves who are in Jubilee Park action against Kings AFC and fourth place Potton Wanderers who will be the firm favourties to collect the three points on offer when hosting fourth from bottom of the table Blue Chip at Mill Lane.

The remaining two games in this section see Saffron who climbed out of the drop zone last weekend face Clifton in Russell Park whilst at Hurst Grove, second from bottom of the table Lidlington United Sports will receive a visit from Marabese Ceramics.

In Division Three it is perhaps D Day for the Championship title when the top two sides clash at Stanbridge Road, hosts and current league leaders Leighton United still unbeaten on home soil this season receiving a visit from a Three Tuns Galacticos side that has won its last six away games whilst third place Marsh Leys who have not yet given up their hopes of at the least a automatic promotion spot journey to Steppingley Road favourites to collect the full three points from their third from bottom of the table hosts Flitwick Town Reserves.

Other action in this division comes at Harvey Close where Caldecote A receive a visit from a Stewartby Village side without a win in their last nine outings, at Hillgrounds where bottom of the table Kempston Athletic will seek their first home win of the campaign over Meppershall AFC, and for Sandy A its a journey to face Renhold Village, all these games kicking off at 2.30pm, unlike at Greenfield Road where its a 4pm kick off for fifth place Westoning Receration Club Reserves against fourth place Dunton Reserves and at Gold Street where its a 3.45pm kick off for Riseley Sports Reserves home encounter with second from the bottom of the table Wilshamstead Reserves.

Preview Wednesday 1st April

No kidding after the above weekend affairs the annual end of season mid-week fixtures start to kick in with a eight game programme for Division One and Division Two sides all kicking off at 6pm.

The pick of the Division One games could well come at either Harvey Close where Caldecote Reserves host Flitwick Town or at Cyselco Park which is the venue for Royal Oak Kempston home game with Marston Social, of the remaining three fixtures perhaps all of the home sides will start favourites to collect the points, at Miller Road, Meltis Albion host Kempston Hammers Sports, at Culter Hammer, Kempston are in local derby action against AFC Kempston Town Reserves, whilst Elstow Abbey travel to Greenfield Road for a meeting with title seeking Westoning Recreation Club.

Of the three games in Division Two, the stand out fixture is Great Barford's home clash with local rivals and champions elect Blunham Reserves whilst Marabese Ceramics will be in home action at Cople Playing Fields against Mulberry Bush and at King George VI Playing Fields, Kings AFC receive a visit from promotion seeking Meppershall Jurassic.
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