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Sunday 09th May 2010
It's a afternoon of joy for Blunham and Caldecote.
Friday 7th May 2010.Bedfordshire County Football League Centenary Cup Final
Blunham Reserves 0 Leighton United 1.
Leighton United came into this Centenary Cup Final, winners of their last seven league game. a feat that had taken them to promotion and Premier Division supported by Sportsform football for season 2010-11and firm favourites to see off a Blunham Reserves outfit that had lost its closing six league games to drop into the bottom four of the Division One standings. Yet at the end of a highly entertaining 90 minutes before a Second Meadow, Biggleswade United crowd of 110 just one goal separated the sides.
That goal was to arrive just 35 minutes into the contest, when Asim Munir played the perfect ball into the path of Kevin Hinton, who had the simplest of tasks to slip the ball into the back of the net past the advancing Blunham goalkeeper Roy Bloxham.
United then pushing home their advantage in the second period in which they were the totally dominant side.First Munir shot just wide of the posts on the hour mark, then just 60 seconds later the same player was far from happy to see a waving offside flag after he had slammed the ball into the net following a horrendous error by Bloxham.
In fact, we were 64 minutes into the game before Blunham posed their first serious threat on the United goal,Mark Davidson seeing his low driven corner cleared off the line by Colin Moore.This however was to have it's desired wake up call on United, who now knew a second goal was required to see off Blunham's stubborn resistance.
Layne Eadie, who had tormented the Blunham backline all evening down the left flank, from the edge of the penalty area so nearly notching that goal by bringing out the save of the game from Bloxham who was at full stretch to claw Eadie effort around his uprights.
It was now almost one-way traffic, Hilton stringing Bloxham hands from long range, before the overworked Blunham custodian punched a Munir effort over his crossbar as United went in for the killer second goal.
Blunham were again thankful to Bloxham five minutes from time for his finger-tip save from Alex Fry and even when Bloxham was beaten in time added on, there was Dave Coan on the goalline to keep out Paul Darton's shot.
Saturday 8th May 2010. Bedfordshire County Football League Britannia Cup Final
Caldecote 4 Woburn 1
Caldecote were to have their name engraved on the cup for the seventh time, when before a Second Meadow, Biggleswade United FC crowd of 135 they ran out 4-1 winners over Woburn.
It was The Safari Boys who had the first chance of the contest, when in the opening minute Lewis Murray spurned his chance right in front of goal. If only Martin Holland,their leading goalscorer forced to miss the game with a broken wrist had been playing, then surely they would have been in front.
Caldecote's first chance of the game taking some 14 minutes to arrive, Paul Lawrence seeing his effort kept out well by Woburn goalkeeper Dave Stocker.Yet within two minutes the reigning cup holders were to grab the lead, Mark Phillips laying the ball into the path of Danny Lane on the edge of the penalty box who rifled it past Stocker into the top corner of the net.
Their lead then so nearly being doubled when Lawrence again became the play-maker for Lane who saw his effort cleared off the goalline.That 2-0 advantage was however to be just five minutes away, Lawrence taking full advantage of a terrible mix-up in The Safari Boys defence to round goalkeeper Stocker and shoot into an empty net.
With just five minutes of the opening half left to play, Woburn were suddenly given a route back in the game, Matt Basta upending Nick Skolsky in the penalty area and referee Keith Pearce pointing to the penalty spot. Skolsky himself taking the spot kick only for Caldecote goalkeeper Luke Kiteley to beat away, yet many of The Safari Boys followers were claiming long after the final whistle that Kiteley had moved well off his line and the kick should have been retaken.
Woburn then suffered a second killer blow when just 60 seconds later, Lawrence fired Caldecote 3-0 ahead and it looked game over before half-time.
The second period being slow to unfold, Dave Daniels for Caldecote firing the first meaningful shot of the period against the crossbar on the hour mark. After which Woburn manager Andy Skolsky made the brave decision to swap goalkeeper Stocker and Josh Holt over, the tactic paying immediate dividends when Stocker from 15 yards out reduced the arrears to 3-1 in the 69th minute.
Alas for The Safari Boys, this was as close as they got.Caldecote going on to boss the closing 20 minutes, in which efforts from Lawrence twice and Daniels once were to come back off the crossbar until with just five minutes left to play, the tie was put beyond recall when Russell Kemp netted a fourth Caldecote goal.
Premier Division supported by Sportsform
Blunham are the new 2009-10 Season Premier Division supported by Sportsform champions for the first time since season 1997-98 after a dramatic final day. It all started at Lodge Road with a 11.00am kick off between hosts Sharnbrook and Ickwell & Old Warden.The visitors knowing a victory would take them two points clear of Blunham at the head of the league table and require Blunham to win at AFC Kempston Town later in the day to deny them of their first championship win since season 1991-92
Ickwell & Old Warden before an almost entirely ground-hopper crowd who has travelled from Birkenhead, Grimsby, Colchester and Ashford amogest other places, taking the lead after 28 minutes after home goalkeeper Curtis Spriggs failed to hold an effort from Andrew Vallom.Anup Kalyan being right on hand to fire in the rebound from close range.
Just two minutes later, Lawrence Bentham for the home side fired over the crossbar from just six yards out, for what should have been the equalizing goal. A miss they were to pay for three times over as Ickwell raced into a 4-0 lead by half-time.
On 34 minutes, Andy Dean pinged in a cross that saw Lee Threadgold rise high to head his side 2-0 up. Threadgold then seeing his effort from distance come back off the home crossbar into the path of Vallom who was then denied his moment of glory by a fine save from Spriggs.
Yet just 60 seconds later it was 3-0, Threadgold volleying in from just inside the penalty box, the game being up for the home side when in the final action of the opening period, we saw an awful mix up between goalkeeper Spriggs and his own defender Alex Strange which allowed Kalyan to tap in from close range to take the scoreline up to 4-0. A fact borne out by a second period of very few chances to either side to add to the scoreline.
It was now all down to Hillgrounds, for the AFC Kempston Town v Blunham clash to decide the championship.Blunham club captain Matt Hulatt leading by example when from just five yards inside the Town half of play he lifted the ball over the head of home goalkeeper Ayres into the back of the net to give his side a 1-0 lead after 10 minutes.
The Ickwell & Old Warden following amongst the 80 plus crowd then jumping for joy, when Town's James Allen found the back of the net just 15 minutes later quickly subdued when his effort was ruled out for offside.
Blunham were now getting very nervy as they inched towards the championship, Barrington Belgrave air shooting a chance right in front of goal 10 minutes into the second period.
However, the championship winning goal was to arrive on 65 minutes when referee Martin Darlow played a marvellous advantage after Barrington had been fouled to allow Andy Smith to pick up the pieces and slam home goal number two.
With the Ickwell support now having departed Blunham player-manager Ivan Finch found Smith free on the right flank and from his pinpointed cross Matty McMahon arrived late in the box to head home goal number three just seven minutes from time.
It was a case of after the Lord Mayor's show for Leighton United, having won The Centenary Cup just the previous night, they were to end their league season with a 1-2 home defeat at the hands of Stevington.First half goals from Richard Howlett and Gavin White taking the visitors into a 2-0 lead before Gary Holdsworth reduced the arrears in the second period.
Unlike in the top division, the division two title race was to have a totally unsatisfactory ending when Arlesey Social Galacticos failed to raise a side to travel to face league leaders Potton Wanderers at Mill Lane. Thus the award of the three points to The Wanderers, left Bedford Hatters needing to win by 18 goals or more at Shefford Town to clinch the title.
Hatters, indeed winning their 10th game on the bounce at Shefford Town. Alas for them only by a 4-1 scoreline, Scott Alleyne and Michael Fry netting in the opening half plus Ashley Deverall and Aaron Izzard in the second period against a lone Town reply from Dan Pinkerton.
Stopsley Park will now finish the season in third spot and Renhold Village in fifth place after the Park came away with a 6-1 victory from Renhold Playing Fields. Jack O'Shea and Simon Richards both hitting braces alongside an own goal and a single strike from Stauart Lyons, whilst Marcus Joseph netted the lone home reply.
The final game of the season in this division seeing M & DH Oakley run out 5-2 home winners over Dinamo Flitwick. Shaun Cafferty, Ben Williams, Dan Lupton, Martin Sillet and Ben Meany all finding the back of the net against a brace in reply from Neil Hannam.