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Wednesday 06th May 2009
Royal Oak Kempston Win The Centenary Cup Then Get Relegated 48Hours Later.
Monday 4th May 20009, Centenary Cup Final, Woburn 1, Royal Oak Kempston 3

Royal Oak Kempston very much came into this Centenary Cup Final the underdogs to collect the Cup against recently promoted Woburn but despite falling behind in front of a crowd of some 165 spectators at Biggleswade United FC, Second Meadow Ground they staged a spirited comeback to run out deservedly 3-1 winners.

The game like so many finals was slow to get underway and we were some ten minutes into the contest before the first goal scoring opportunity arrived when Woburn's Jake Nichols seized upon an error by The Oak's David Minney to race clear on goal only to be foiled by Oak goalkeeper Martin White who having been alert to the danger rushed off his line to close him down on the edge of the penalty area.

The Safari Boys however were now the team in control and after Nichols had sent a delicate chip over The Oak backline into the penalty area perhaps the inrushing Shane Forsythe should have done better than lift his final effort over the crossbar but with 31minutes played they made their dominance pay by taking the lead from the penalty spot, Ben Nichols playing the ball out wide to Stuart Skolsky whose romp into the box saw him bundled to the ground by goalkeeper White and referee Simon Downes pointing to the penalty spot where up stepped Tim Bloyce to give Woburn the lead.

White however was then soon to make amends for his error by getting down well on his left hand post to beat away an effort from Alex Ottaway whose surging run from inside his own half had left several Oak defenders trailing in his wake.

The tie however was to begin to turn in the closing five minutes of the first period, first from a Paul Stevens corner Liam Boland headed well over the crossbar when perhaps he should have levelled matters then Gary Canzano from all of thirty yards out dipped a effort just inches over that same crossbar, but just when it looked like Woburn would hold onto their lead until half-time, Oak levelled matters from the penalty spot themselves, Luke Broadbent committing the vital foul on Ed L'erario who having dusted himself down stepped up to the mark to take responsibly for the kick himself and when he saw Woburn goalkeeper Josh Holt beat away his effort perhaps he wish he had not, but help was at hand as Assistant Referee Brian Cooper had ruled Holt moved before the kick was taken and from the retake this time L'erario made no mistake sending Holt the wrong way and the ball into the back of the net for a 1-1 scoreline.

The second period like the opening half saw Woburn in control in the early stages, White making a fine double barrel save to deny first Martin Holland then Bloyce after just five minutes, then he needed the help of Stevens to make a goaline clearance to keep out a Holland header sent his way via a Forsythe corner before his hands were well and truly warmed by a long range effort fired in from range by Aaron Ripley.

But it was The Oak who were to grab the lead 69minutes into the game, Minney floating a free kick high to the backpost to allow an unmarked Claudio Jordan to head home, things then could have been much worse for The Safari Boys two minutes later when a backpass from Andy Skolsky fell well short to allow Oak's Michael Cox to race clear on goal only to see him dragged to the ground by Holt outside his box who collected a yellow card from referee Downes who must have given serious thoughts to the colour of the card being red, referee Downes however was showing red to Andy Skolsky just three minutes later for a foul on Stevens to leave The Safari Boys to battle out the last fifteen minutes with just ten men.

The Oak were now flying and only the feet of Holt prevented L'erario increasing their lead to a two goal margin five minutes later after he had left defender Richard Wilson trailing in his wake but with just five minutes left to play and with his first touch of the game substitute Lorenzo Jordan having collected a forward ball from brother Claudio cooley bye passed Holt to bring up a 3-1 scoreline and game over.

Woburn, Josh Holt, Tim Bloyce, Lewis Murray, Martin Holland, Shane Forsythe, Alex Ottaway, Jake Nichols, Ben Nichols, Stuart Skolsky, Andrew Skolsky, Luke Broadbent, Subs Used, Aaron Ripley, Nick Skolsky, Richard Wilson,

Royal Oak Kempston, Martin White, Chris Birdsall, David Minney, Andrew Palombella, Daniel Murphy, Michael Cox, Sean Boland, Gary Canzano, Paul Stevens, Ed L'erario, Liam Boland, Subs Used, Michael Cooney, Lorenzo Jordan, Claudio Jordan,

Monday 4th May 2009, Division One,

League Champions Westoning Recreation Club were awarded the three points in their last game of the season when Stevington failed to raise a side to meet them at Greenfield Road thus taking them eight points clear at the head of the table from runners-up Woburn who still have one game left to play.

Division Two

Great Barford's hopes of the seasons runners-up spot was to vanish in thin air after a 8-0 away defeat at Oakley Sports Reserves, Ben Brown, Carl Warner and Ollie Housden all netting twice alongside an own goal plus a strike from Tom Redman.

For Marston Shelton Rovers and Kings AFC it was a share of the spoils in a 4-4 draw, Chris Patrickson with a brace plus an own goal and a goal Sunil Jaymal making into The Rovers scoresheet against braces in reply from Josh and Nathan Clements.

Division Three

League Champions Leighton United rounded off their season in style with a 6-0 away win at Wilshamstead Reserves, Sahid Hallaway and Paul Darton both netting twice alongside Daryl Smith and Alex Fry, but for runners-up Three Tuns Galactios it was a 2-4 home defeat at the hands of Riseley Sports Reserves to curtain their season, a brace of home goals from Mark McMillan being outshot by a brace from Carl Walker plus an own goal and a strike from Martin Humphries for the visitors.

Wednesday 6th May 2009

Premier Division Supported By Sportsform

Ickwell & Old Warden ensured they would finish the season in sixth spot and Renhold United seventh after they concluded the season by sharing the spoils in a 2-2 draw, goals from Danny Fox and Steve Thomas taking Ickwell into a 2-0 lead before the home replies came via Paul McKeaveney and Jordan Kurmer in the games closing ten minutes.

Division One

Kempston Hammers Sports ensured themselves of another season of Division One football next season by winning 5-1 away at already promoted Woburn, Robet Luya hittinhg an hattrick alongside goals for Tom Bellwood and Josh Abbey whilst the lone home via came via Stuart Skolsky.

Elsewhere, Caldecote Reserves ended their season on a high with a 8-2 home win over local rivals Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves, Jack Gabbitas netting four times, Elliot Brooker twice alongside single goals from Jack Boyd and Dave Parker whilst the visitors replies came via Jamie Smith and Lee Tetley.

Division Two

Lidlington United Sports Reserves remain rooted to the bottom of the day and in need of the three points when they travel to Oakley Sports Reserves at the weekend if they are not to be playing Division Three football next season after being defeated 1-2 at home by Great Barford, Daniel Jeffrey and Gary Russon on the scoresheet for Barford against a home reply from Lewis Weedon.

Division Three

Meppershall AFC ensured they would finish the season in third spot after winning 6-2 at Westoning Recreation Club Reserves, Sam Larsen netting four times alongside John Wright and Matt Evans whilst The Rec Boys replies came from Richard Copperwheat and Alex Barnwell.

Elsewhere, Sandy A drew their home season to a close with a thumping 7-1 win over Riseley Sports Reserves, both Dean Haines and Ian Hammett netting twice plus Andrew Wren, Daniel Bailey and a Antony Roberts penalty also made its made onto the scoresheet to a lone reply from Jayme Harris.
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