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Sunday 03rd May 2009
Cup Final Wins For Leighton United And Meppershall Jurassic.
Friday 1st May 2009, Watson Shield Final, Leighton United 1 Three Tuns Galacticos 0
Before a crowd of 165 at Biggleswade United's now revamped Second Meadow Ground, Leighton United thanks to a goal three minutes into extra time from captain Daryl Smith carried themselves to a Bedfordshire Football League Cup and League double over a gallant Three Tuns side that was left to pick up the silver medals, a fate they also achieved behind United in their 2008-09 league campaign.
For two sides so evenly matched it was no surprise the opening exchanges at times seemed tense, with the opening quarter-hour bringing about just one goal scoring opportunity when after just six minutes play United's Adam Barker push an effort wide of The Tuns uprights from close range.
But once the game begun to settle down it was United who were to gain the ascendancy and three times inside a space of eight minutes leading up to the half-hour mark they perhaps should have taken the lead, Barker being afforded his second chance of the evening when Tuns defender Craig Edwards played the ball into his path only for the United striker to again push his effort wide of the woodwork, then only a brilliant one handed tip over the crossbar by Tuns goalkeeper Craig Chadwick kept out a header from Smith.
It now seemed only a matter of time before United would see their superiority pay off and on 27minutes Barker appeared to have done just that only to see Tuns Mark McMillan save the day with a headed goaline clearance, with the game now approaching the break from a Barker corner, United's Simon Woolhead having been left unmarked should perhaps have done better than to send his header skywards over the crossbar before in the last meaningful attack of the opening period Woolhead was again seen holding his head in his hands has Edwards was at full stretch to push his low drive around his woodwork to ensure the contest remained scoreless at the break.
There must have been some harsh words said in The Tuns dressing room at half-time as the new period saw them come out all guns blazing, Dean Smith from range firing just over the crossbar then following a sweeping move which started in their own penalty area, a pinpointed cross from Moni Nsiawete found Ryan Dodson whose header was sent just inches the wrong side of United goalkeeper Adam Fitzjohn left hand post.
United now knew they had a game on their hands and they,plus their supporters believed they had taken the lead on 65minutes when from a Smith freekick Woolhead had the net rippling, but alas for them it was only the side netting to the ironic cheers of The Tuns followers,one of whom remarked "have they not got a Specsavers in Leighton."
The contest was now entering its last fifteen minutes and inside the space of sixty seconds both sides all so nearly came up with that vital opening goal, Tuns Ben Appadoo breaking clear only to fire well wide then at the other end United's Ryan Upton on the backpost was just inches away from getting that vital touch to a low driven cross delivered in by Jonathan O'Donnell.
So into extra time we went and it took just three minutes for the deadlock to be broken, United's Barker racing clear on goal to be sent clashing to the ground just two yards outside the penalty box by the outrushing Tuns goalkeeper Chadwick who was perhaps lucky to survive receiving a card from referee John McGroary but United were to serve up their own punishment as Smith sent the resulting free kick flying past him into the back of the net for what turned out to be the winning goal.
The Tuns however were far from ready to accept defeat and twice in the second period of extra time they so nearly came up with a equalizer, first Rowe was to slice a effort wide of the woodwork from close range then Appadoo had United goalkeeper Fitzjohn beaten all ends up only to see his header come back into play off the inside of his left hand post.
Leighton United, Adam Fitzjohn, Paul Darton, Alex Fry, Matt Hewitt, Colin Moore, Daryl Smith, Simon Woodhead, Ryan Upton, Adam Barker, Robert Greenway, Ross Greener, Subs Used, Sahid Hallaway, Jonathon O'Donnell, Jason Barlett,
Three Tuns Galacticos, Craig Chadwick, Jonathon Rowe, James Geekie, Craig Edwards, Chris Kennedy, Mark McMillan, Ryan Dodson, Moni Nsiawete, Dean Horner, Ben Appadoo, Dean Smith, Subs Used, Lee Shambrook, Colin Houghton, Dom Smith.
Saturday 2nd May 2009
Premier Division Supported By Sportsform
League Champions Caldecote were to finish their season off in style with a 2-0 away win at Meltis Corinthians, both goals coming inside the last fifteen minutes, first Leeroy Odd netted from the penalty before he added a second two minutes later, Runners-up Campton were also finishing their season on a high with a 4-1 home win over Dunton, two first half goals via Gary Gibson and Stephen Gay saw them lead 2-0 at the break until with just three minutes of the new period played Nicky Threadgold reduced the margin to just a single goal, but a second strike from Gibson took the home side 3-1 up until ten minutes from time when Stef Collins netted his first ever Campton goal to see the game finish 4-1 in Campton's favour.
Britannia Cup Semi-Final
Next weekends Britannia Cup Final will be between Blunham and Caldecote, after this reordered Semi-Final tie was to go their way by a 2-1 scoreline, 0-0 at the break, a brace of goals from Andy Smith was to shoot Blunham 2-0 up until a strike from United's Kane Alexander set up a tense finish .
Westoning Recreation Club are this seasons Division One champions after they run out 6-3 away winners at AFC Kempston Town Reserves, an hattrick from Dean Gadsden plus strikes from Tom Smith, Oliie Summers and David Burnham doing the damage against home replies from Tristan Peck with a brace and Tom Pitts.
Jubilee Cup Final, Great Barford 2, Meppershall Jurassic 4
Cup Holders Great Barford perhaps came into this final staged at Caldecote FC Harvey Close Ground before a crowd of 125 the sight favourites to retain their trophy but they soon found themselves on the back pedal as The Jurassic Boys came out firing on all cylinders yet we were some thirteen minutes into the game before the Barford goal came under any real pressure when from a cross by Craig Damon, Shaheen Miah was to send a header flying over the crossbar but just two minutes later they did make their superiority tell by taking the lead and it was the same two players involved,this time a Miah pinpointed cross saw Damon outjump the Barford backline to glance a header passed a rooted to the spot Fraser Windram in the Barford net for the games opening goal.
Yet slowly but gradually the cup holders begun to get back into the contest and on the half-hour mark they were somewhat unluckly not to get back on level terms, seeing an effort from Gary Russon first cleared off the line by David Readman to fall at the feet of Tom Hobbs who duly sent the rebound flying inches wide of Jurassic goalkeeper Luke Damon uprights.
But as the game approached the break, it was The Jurassic Boys who were now looking the more likely to add to the scoreline and that's just what happen, but for a fine point blank range save by Windram to keep out Damon that would have arrived on 37minutes rather than two minutes later when from a Miah free kick layed across the edge of the penalty box we saw Dan Taylor's effort on goal take a wicked deflection off the legs of Barford full back Richard Thorton passed his own goalkeeper Windram to give Meppershall a 2-0 cushion which was to increase to three goals just a minute before the break, Jamie McGregor sending Damon romping free on goal and after he had out manoeuvre the out-rushing Windram from an acute angle he slotted home goal number three and now what looked like game over.
The Cup holders however were not yet ready to hand over their crown without a fight and within six minutes of the start of the new period they had the scoreline back to 1-3, Jurassic's Danny Wing failing to cut out a eliminatory ball pumped high towards him and there was Russon to make him pay in full has he latched onto his error to slide the ball into the net, suddenly Barford had a new spring in their step and just six minutes later they reduced the deficit to just a single goal, it all started when Daniel Jeffery from twenty-five yards forced Jurassic goalkeeper Damon to tip his effort over the crossbar and from the resulting flag kick the ball eventually fell back to Jeffery whose cross deep onto the penalty spot saw Nicholas Attawater arrive late to send a powerful header passed Damon for a 2-3 scoreline.
Barford then surprisingly failed to capitalize on the panic that was now showing on the Jurassic Boys faces and it was their opponents who came the closest to adding to the scoreline, twice Damon was to send efforts just the wrong side of the woodwork until his third effort saw Windram spill his shot back into play yet just recover in quick enough time to prevent McGregor getting onto the ball first which with just seven minutes left to play would surely have been curtains closed for Barford.
Those curtains however were drawn just five minutes later when a telling run into the penalty box by Thomas Donnelly saw him upended by Attawater and from the resulting penalty upstepped Readman made it 4-2 and game over.
Great Barford, Fraser Windram, Keith Martin, Daniel Jeffrey, Murray Windram, Nicholas Attwater, Gary Russon, David Fitzsimmons, Mark Harlow, Jonathon Prior, Tom Hobbs, Richard Thorton, Subs Used, Daniel Stafford, Luke Haverly,
Meppershall Jurassic, Luke Damon, Jamie Underwood, Danny Wing, Craig Damon, Pat King, Craig Richards, Daniel Taylor, David Readman, Duncan Kiddie, Shaheen Miah,Jamie McGregor, Subs Used, Ben Meaney, Thomas Donnelly,
Potton Wanderers kept their hopes of a top three finish alive with a 2-0 victory at Lidlington United, goals from James Hearson and Charlie Seward doing the damage, the defeat keeps United rooted to the bottom of the league table and seemingly heading for Division Three football next season.
It was a case of after The Lord Mayors Show for champions Leighton United who after the previous nights Watson Shield victory over Three Tuns Galacticos they were to have their seasons unbeaten home record broken by losing 1-2 to Sandy A, goals from Daniel Bailey and Dean Haines saw the visitors lead 2-0 at break until Asim Munir reduced the arrears in the second period.
Also winning away from home were Caldecote A 4-3 at Flitwick Town Reserves, Scott Lancaster netting twice alongside Jamie Tomlin and Jack Boyd against Town replies from Clive Craig, Dean Conway and Shaun Woodcraft.
Meanwhile Meppershall AFC were jumping up into third place in the table with a 5-0 home win over Riseley Sports Reserves thanks to John Wright netting all five goals.
Preview for Saturday 9th May 2009
The curtain will all but come down on the season today with the staging of this seasons Britannia Cup Final between Caldecote and Blunham at Biggleswade United's Second Meadow Ground, Kick Off 3.00pm.
But elswhere there is still four league games still to be played and depending on the results in midweek they could yet decide who wins this seasons Division Two silver medals, at Mill Lane, Potton Wanderers will be hosts to the favourites for those gongs Meppershall Jurassic while still living in hopes are Great Barford who entertain Marabese Ceramics at their Playing Field Headquarters whilst the third game in this section sees Lidlington United Sports travel to face Oakley Sports Reserves in desapate need of points at the other end of the table.
The lone Division Three action coming at Renhold Playing Fields where hosts Renhold Village receive a visit from Sandy A .
After the weekend, the curtain will finally fall on the 2008-09 season at Great Barford Playing Fields on Monday evening when Great Baford host Clifton in a Division Two encounter which could just yet be the game where those silver medals are decided.