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Sunday 12th October 2008
Renhold United Take Top Honour With Befordshire FA Senior Trophy Win Over Caddington
Befordshire FA Senior Trophy Round One
Bedford SA 4 Sandy 1
Sandy's season of woe continued with this first round defeat against a Sports Athletic side that was winning for the first time this season, Sandy were quickly in trouble falling two goals behind after strikes from home marksmen Tom Housden and Darren Allen and only some fine goalkeeping from Phil Cooper prevented the home side adding to their tally until a goal from Mark Jennings just a minute from the break gave Sandy hope of staging a second half recovery, but this prove to be a false dawn has a third goal on the hour mark from Richard Ambler once again stretched the home sides advantage to two goals which was added to ten minutes from time by a strike from Ian Asplin to earn Sports Athletic a trip to Gold Street to face Riseley Sports in Round Two.
Kent Athletic 3 Henlow 0
Henlow chances of causing a upset against their Molten Sparten South Midlands League opposition were to disappear inside the opening three minutes of this tie as they fell 2-0 behind and when they conceded a third goal twenty-five minutes in it was game over, Henlow stand-in manager Steve Worboys readily accepting his side were beaten by a far better Athletic side.
AFC Kempston Town 4 Ickwell & Old Warden 1
With Ickwell & Old Warden very much weaken by several players away on a stag weekend it was no surprise Town emereged the winners in this first round tie to set up a mouth watering second round clash with their landlords AFC Kempston Rovers next month, Ickwell however gave the home side something to think about when Sam Julian shot them into a third minute lead but their advantage was to last just seven minutes before from a free kick Tom Pitts levelled matters for the home side.
Danny Pilgrim then pushed the home side ahead on the half-hour mark, but it took The Town until fifteen minutes into the second period before they added to their tally, 16year old Jason Harrison leading the visitors defence a merry dance to allow Carmine Cientanni to tap in from close range before Pilgrim put the icing on the cake with his second goal of the afternoon two minutes from time.
Brache Sparta 5 Wilshamstead 1
Their was no complaints from Wilshamstead manager Matt Stevens after this defeat, remarking his side had played really well and but for the hosts netting three goals inside the closing ten minutes the scoreline would have perhaps matched their performance, Jim Struthers netting the lone Wilshamstead goal
Totternhoe 3 Dunton 2
With manager Barry Morris still without the services of Tom McGhee and Steve Snelling his troops came all so close to causing a upset at Dunstable Road has the home side clung on for dear life in the closing ten minutes, it was the home side who grabbed the lead after twenty minutes but within five minutes Dunton were level when a shot from Sam Manners deflected off a home defender into his own goal to make it 1-1 only to see Totternhoe regain the lead on the half-hour mark.
It looked curtains for Dunton when the home side increased their lead to 3-1 on the hour mark but the goal only revitalised the visitors with it being game back on ten minutes from time when Dan Threadgold stuck from twenty yards out from his unfavoured left foot to bring the margin back to a single goal but despite a frantic close to the game when all the action was totally carried out in the home half Dunton just failed to come up with the goal that would have taken them into extra time.
AFC Dunstable 4 Blunham 2
Cup holders AFC Dunstable were made to fight all the way to earn a second round trip to Lodge Road and a meeting with Sharnbrook, a journey Blunham would surely have been making themselves but for Andy Smith and Elliot West missing sitters late in the game to deny Blunham a shock win.
It looked plain sailing for the home side when two goals inside a ten minute spell just before the break left Blunham with a mountain to climb in the second period, but climb they did when John Coley reduced the arrears to a single goal on 55th minutes only to see the home side make it 3-1 fifteen minutes from time but Michael Hutton was to strike inside five minutes to reduce the margin to a single goal to set up a grandstand finish during which Smith and West came up with their howlers in front of goal before seeing Dunstable make it 4-2 and game over just two minutes from time.
Oakley Sports 2 Caldecote 1
A goal ten minutes from time by Sportsmens Mark Lagatta ensure his sides safe passage into the second round and a home tie with Brache Sparta against last seasons beaten finalists Caldecote, first half action seeing Jamie Endersby shooting the home side ahead on the half-hour mark before Russell Kemp levelled matters five minutes before the break.
Campton 3 Meltis Corinthians 0
The home side according to manager Roy Hayday were completely outrun by a very fit Meltis outfit in the opening half and the half-time blank scoreline was purely down to a brilliant home defensive performance, little was to change in the opening stages of the second period until Hayday sent on substitute Lee Bilcock who was to change the tie around into the home sides favour when on the hour mark he played the telling ball to allow Stephen Gay to open the scoring from twenty-five yards out with a little help from the woodwork, suddendly it was a different game and when on 72minutes Gary Gibson was upended in the box he just simply picked himself up and duly doubled the lead to 2-0 from the penalty spot before eight minutes later again breaking free to seal the win with his second and his sides third goal to set up a second round tie away at Ampthill Town.
Renhold United 2 Caddington 1
United were to dominate the opening half but still go in for their cuppa's with the scoreline reading 0-0 after both Sam Maddix and Shaun Gilbert had spurned golden chances to give their side a deserved lead and when the visitors took the lead on 59 minutes those misses looked even more costly but all was to change four minutes later when substitute Sam Green won United a free kick on the edge of the box which resulted in Maddix redeeming himself by sending the ball flying into the roof of the net to level matters at 1-1 then Green's fellow second half substitute Mo Banda outrun the Caddington defence to net the winner seven minutes later to earn United a home second round tie against The 61FC Luton.
Premier Division Supported By Sportsform
Riseley Sports 1 Sharnbrook 0
A first half goal from Paul Brown ensured the home side held onto their seasons 100% home record and moved into the top six of the league standings with a 1-0 win over a visiting Sharnbrook side that had won its last two games.
Caldecote Reserves 0 AFC Kempston Town Reserves 5
Town Reserves arrived at Harvey Close still unbeaten this season and proudly sitting third in the league table and with second place Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves sitting the afternoon out, The Town with first half goals from Alex Brandler and Andy Fensom were already well on their way to the points by the interval to take over that second spot before another goal from Brandler plus strikes from Matt Smith and second half substitute Tristan Peck saw them 5-0 winners at the final whistle.
Elstow Abbey 5 Sandy Reserves 2
Elstow were to hold onto their seasons unbeaten home record and climb up into eighth spot in the league table but needed to come from 1-2 down against a Sandy Reserves side that is now stranded three points adrift at the bottom of the table and still without a win this season.
David McCarthy gave the home side the perfect start with a early goal but it was not long before strikes from Dean Haines and Bradley Dennis had shot Sandy into a 2-1 lead and that's the way it stayed until Antony Hubbard levelled matters at 2-2 just before the break.
The second period however was to be belong to the home side, Steve Trainer poking them ahead in the 65th minute before further goals from Josh St Claire Pierre and a second from McCarthy lobbed in from fourty yards saw them run out easy winners.
Marston Social 2 Campton Reserves 2
Campton having seen Kerion O'Toole give them the lead fifteen minutes into the contest where to see a brace of goals from home player Daniel Parkes have them trailing thirty-five minutes into the game until O'Toole struck again a minute from the break to level matters at 2-2 and this was where the goalscoring ended to leave both sides level in the league table on eight points in seventh and ninth poistions respectively whilst the home side still remain unbeaten for the campaign after sharing the points for the fifth time in six outings.
Elsewhere, in the Division league leaders Flitwick Town are now only a point clear at the head of the league table after losing their 100% seasons record when beaten 1-2 at home by Meltis Albion who remain fourth in the standings, Darren Ashpole giving the visitors the lead in the opening half which Scott Alleyne doubled fifteen minutes from time until Jim Lewis reduced the scoreline to a single goal eight minutes from time.
For Woburn, it was a first win of the season 2-1 at Westoning Recreation Club thanks to goals from Alex Ottaway and Martin Holland to a home reply from Ollie Summers whilst also winning on the road where Kempston Hammers Sports 5-1 at Royal Oak Kempston, Liam Boland giving The Oak a early lead until The Hammers with two goals from Matthew Mossop plus strikes from Richard Garnham, Kevin Simcoe and Nick Tysoe claiming the three points.
The days other game in this section seeing Kempston maintain their seasons 100% home record with a 3-1 win over Stevington, Daniel Burraway, Lewis Prince and Andy Klein the home marksmen to a reply from Scott Hannam.
Blunham Reserves 5 Kings AFC 1
With Blunham Player-Manager Alan Brown taking the afternoon off to see Abba's Mama Mia, he needed to worry not has his left behind Super Troupers made sure it was visitors Kings AFC who met their Waterloo and sending out the SOS long before the finish of this Moggerhanger Playing Field encounter leaving manager Brown no doubt to loudly join in the chorus of I Have A Dream ( the league title ) has his troops remain five points clear at the head of the division two league table.
Blunham were to take just three minutes before they raced into the lead when Mark Davidson volleyed the ball into the roof of the net from just inside the penalty box and only a fine save from Kings goalkeeper Dave Sansom prevented Daniel Whitten doubling that lead seven minutes later after Davidson had released him on goal.
The Kings management were far from happy with referee Kevin Hallett has he waived away their appeals for a penalty after Rowan Hazelwood was stopped in his tracks by a tackle from home defender Dave Coan but if their luck was out at that end of the pitch it was in at the other three minutes later when goalkeeper Sansom in dealing with a cross from Julian Munns dropped the ball at the feet of Davidson who should have done much better than slam his effort against Kings defender Mark Loosemore.
Davidson was however to make amends in style five minutes later when after Lee Arnold and Whitten had combined well down the left flank he was on hand inside the box to slide home goal number two of the afternoon.
The visitors in perhaps their first serious assault on the home goal after twenty-four minutes play perhaps knew it was not going to be their affernoon when first home custodian Barry Ulyatt saved well with his feet from Hazelwood then from the resulting corner twice Coan needed to make goalline clearance to keep out first Padraic Walsh then Marcus Tomlin, the home side however soon had the play at the other end of the field Sansom needing himself to use his feet to keep out a effort from Munns before Whitten fired just off target.
But with just seven minutes of the half remaining Kings were back in the game, Ulyatt failing to deal with a long ball pumped into his area when under pressure from Hazelwood only to be punished in full when the on hand Michael Whealan brought the scoreline back to 2-1 before in the last action of the half the scoreline should have been made all squared by Hazelwood who skyed a effort well over the crossbar after home defender Jamie Hay in dealing with a cross from Walsh planted the ball right at his feet in front of goal.
The home side like in the opening period were to get the second half off to a flyer with a third goal just two minutes into play, Rob Lawrence long throw-in finding that old war horse Chris Dunne lurking on the backpost whose header gave Sansom no chance and Blunham a 3-1 lead, the visitors again being unlucky ten minutes later when Joe Cooper for the home side was on hand to clear a Jeff Dyer effort off the line, before the game then went into quiet mode until springing back into life in the closing quarter, Sansom keeping out a effort from Munns whilst at the other end Tomlin with a overhead kick saw his effort hit the crossbar then the back of Ulyatt before going out for a corner.
But if the game was not already over it certainly was ten minutes from time when Dunne just simply out-muscled both Chris Stelling and Dyer has he advanced into the visitors box to place a cool finish passed Sansom for home goal number four, yet still Kings refused to give in, Ulyatt needing to save well from Hazelwood then Tomlin from outside the box firing just wide of Uylatt uprights before the home side were again rescued by another goalline clearance this time Munns being on hand to deny Lee Morgan.
Just to rub salts into their wounds in the very last action of the day Dunne won his side a corner and from Davidson resulting flagkick up popped Cooper on the backpost to head home goal number five if only to underline to visitors Kings that football is a game not about chances and luck but about goals with in true Abba fashion The Winner Taking All.
Blunham, Barry Ulyatt, Dave Coan, Jamie Hay, Joe Cooper, Matthew Geaves, Julian Munns, Rob Lawrence, Mark Davidson, Lee Arnold, Dan Whitten, Chris Dunne, Subs Used, Ed Davis
Kings AFC, Dave Sansom, Chris Stelling, Mark Looseman, Steve Wilson, Jeff Dyer, Michael Whelan, Allan Sacbuker, Padraic Walsh, Marcus Tomlin, Lee Morgan, Rowan Hazelwood, Subs Used, Stuart Minty, Dan Footer,
Great Barford 4 Marston Shelton Rovers 2
Having slammed eleven goals passed Meppershall Jurassic last weekend the home side were quickly in the lead when last weekends goal scoring hero Dave Fitzsimmons struck again but The Rovers looking for their first win on the road this season then took over the game and with goals from Steve Marsh and Mark Champkin build up a 2-1 lead until Freddie Windram pegged them back to level matters at 2-2 before the half-time break.
Thereafter it was all plain sailing for the home boys with goals from Jonathan Prior and Kiall Bagnell taking them to a 4-2 win and the three points that now climbs them up into second spot behind runaway league leaders Blunham Reserves.
Meppershall Jurassic 2 Oakley Sports Reserves 1
Oh what a difference seven days makes in football as after their hammering last weekend Jurassic return to the same Jubilee Park venue to climb up into fifth place in the league standings with a 2-1 win over Oakley Sports Reserves, with a full team this weekend the home side took the lead twenty minutes in with a strike from Thomas Donnelly, a lead which was to double on the half-hour mark when Dan Taylor converted from the penalty spot and despite the visitors pulling a goal back ten minutes from the break the second half remained goalless to give Jurassic the full three points and a much needed boast.
Lidlington United Sports 0 Clifton 5
Clifton were to totally dominated this Hurst Grove encounter to run out easy winners and move themselves up into third slot in the league table with manager Barry King stating this was our best performance of the season, we even got away with me playing in goal, first half goals from Greg King and William Pitts took them 2-0 ahead by the break and during a second period where the traffic only went one way towards United's goal both King and Pitts added to their opening half strikes before Darren Carter brought up the nap hand fifth goal.
Elsewhere in the Division, Meltis Corinthians Reserves maintained their seasons unbeaten away record with a 2-2 draw at Blue Chip thanks to goals from Mufaro Mashavia and Jermaine Mills to home replies from Cullum McGlynn and Carl Townsend whilst Marabese Ceramics climbed out of the bottom two of the standings with their first win of the season 2-0 at Mulberry Bush with goals from Denver Donavan and Vince Bonelli, plus Saffron were winning for the first time this campaign 3-0 at Woburn Reserves who remain rooted to the bottom of the table, two goals from Shezad Satter and a strike from Jahangir Ahmed doing the damage.
Caldecote A 3 Westoning Recreation Club Reserves 6
Caldecote A were to lose their seasons unbeaten home tag in this topsy turvey Harvey Close encounter where the visitors claimed the points to move into fourth spot in the league table, goals from Rec Boys, Dan Channon and Alex Barnwell saw them lead 2-0 before the home side stormed back to be 3-2 ahead by the interval thanks to a double strike from Scott Lancaster and a goal from Luke Gurney, but a poor second half display from the home side allowed the visitors to claim the spoils with two goals from Eric Van Der Ven and a single goal from Tom Smith.
Leighton United 10 Dunton Reserves 0
Second place United made light work of collecting the three points to maintain their seasons 100% home record and keep the pressure on league leaders Marsh Leys with this big win over Dunton Reserves, 4-0 ahead at the break with braces of goals from Darryl Smith and Stuart Gore things got even worse for Ian Jakes troops in the second period when Gore went on to complete his hattrick plus further goals being added to the scoreline by a Sayid Allaway hattrick plus strikes from Alex Fry and Adam Barker.
Three Tuns Galacticos 8 Kempston Athletic 0
The Tuns took their unbeaten start to the season to six games to hold onto third spot in the league table with a runaway win over bottom club Kempston Athletic, the game in effect was all over by the break when goals from Ryan Dobson, Scott Leger and Moni Nsiawete had raced them 3-0 clear and their biggest win to date was confirmed in the second period with a brace from Gary Jackson plus single goals for Chris Houghton, Dobson and Dan Brown.
Elsewhere in the division, Sandy A were force to call off their visit to Meppershall AFC when several of their players were called upon to ensure the clubs other two sides could fulfil their fixtures with full teams, but their was no such problems for league leaders Marsh Leys who took their winning ways to five games and maintained their 100% home record with a 5-2 win over Riseley Sports Reserves, the vital goals coming from Liam Parker, Tom Wade, Damion Quigley, Daniel Stutz and Alan Cudjoe.
For Renhold Village it was a 2-2 draw at Wilshamstead Reserves to take their unbeaten ways now to four games, Lloyd Chettle and Giles Sowerby coming up with the goals to home replies from Ali Morris and Phil Zeltrobruhov whilst Flitwick Town Reserves remain just one place off the bottom of the table after a 1-2 home defeat at the hands of Stewartby Village, Ben Sparkes and George Wheelhouse striking for the winners against a home reply from Craig Phillps, the points taking The Village up to fifth place in the league table.
After a weekend of cup action seven days ago its back to league action this coming weekend for the clubs in The Bedfordshire Football League Premier Division Supported By Sportsform, perhaps the stand out game on paper will come at Miller Road where still unbeaten in the league and with a 100% home record Meltis Corinthians take on third place Oakley Sports who travel seeking win number four on the bounce to maintain their own seasons unbeaten away record.
Perhaps the most likeliest people to disagree with that comment are those from league leaders Campton who entertain local rivals Caldecote at Rectory Road in what is always a big match for both clubs has Campton will be keen to stay on top of the pile and fend off chasing second place Renhold United who face no easy task when they go in search of the three points at Gold Street against hosts Riseley Sports who are still hold a 100% record on home soil this season and with another win and results elsewhere going their way could well be in the top three of the table come the final whistle.
For Blunham after two straight league defeats its a trip to Horseshoes Close to face a Dunton side still looking for their opening home win of the campaign whilst at Groveside, Henlow will also be looking for their first home win of the campaign when Lee Moon's AFC Kempston Town come calling in search of their own first away win of the season.
Its a big game at Bedford Road where the bottom two sides meet, bottom of the table Bedford Sports Athletic looking to make it two wins inside seven days over hosts Sandy with both clubs knowing a first league win of the season will take them the winners out of the bottom two should Wilshamstead fail to collect any points from their own Jubilee Playing Fields clash with the visiting Sharnbrook.
In Division One, league leaders Flitwick Town hit the road to face draw specialists Marston Social who still remain unbeaten this season and any slip up by The Town could see them replaced at the top of the pile by either second place AFC Kempston Town Reserves who look to extend their unbeaten ways to seven games at Hillgrounds against local rivals Kempston Hammers Sports or third place Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves who are on the road to Greenfield Road to face fifth place Westoning Recreation Club.
Meanwhile its fourth place Meltis Albion 100% away from home at Culter Hammer facing sixth place hosts Kempston still holding down a seasons 100% home record, while local derby action comes at Harvey Close where hosts Caldecote Reserves entertain bottom of the table Sandy Reserves.
The days other action in this division once again taking Campton Reserves on the road to face still unbeaten at home Elstow Abbey who head them in the league table on goal difference only while in Hillgrounds, Royal Oak Kempston seek to return to winning ways when they host a travelling Stevington side looking to achieve the same feat themselves.
For the top two sides in Division Three its home games again this weekend league leaders Blunham Reserves in Moggerhanger Playing Field action against a Mulberry Bush side that despite being in the bottom half of the table still journey 100% on their travels this term whilst just down the road second place Great Barford will be hosting fourth place Meltis Corinthians Reserves who likewise travel still unbeaten on the road this campaign.
Another side enjoying a second weekend of home football are Lidlington United Sports who host Meppershall Jurassic at Hurst Grove seeking home win number one of the season over the travelling Jurassic who are still 100% on the road, whilst Cople Playing Fields will be the venue for Marabese Ceramics home encounter with third place Clifton who have won three of their four away outings to date this season.
Other games come at Mill Lane, where Potton Wanderers start just game number four of the season against a Marston Shelton Rovers side yet to win on the road this seasaon whilst Kings AFC face another weekend away from their Clapham base when they travel to Russell Park to face Saffron who are yet to win on home soil this term, the final game in this division coming when Oakley Sports Reserves look to extend their 100% seasons home record against Blue Chip.
The match of the day in Division Three will take place in Hillgrounds where league leaders Marsh Leys will be hosting third place Three Tuns Galacticos who travel still unbeaten this season whilst second place Leighton United are in home Stanbridge Road action against a Wilshamstead Reserves side that is yet to win on the road this season.
At Harvey Close, its derby action when the A teams of Caldecote and Sandy meet just over the hedge from their reserve team meeting and just down the road at Shuttleworth College its a home game for Meppershall AFC against Westoning Recreation Club Reserves who with the three points could well be in the top three of the league table come the final whistle.
The days final games coming at Steppingley Road where second from bottom Flitwick Town Reserves are in home action against Riseley Sports Reserves and at Renhold Playing Fields where The Village should take their unbeaten ways to five games when they host bottom club Kempston Athletic.