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Sunday 17th January 2010
Just Nine games survive the weather but it's business as usual for Blunham.
Bedfordshire FA Senior Trophy Third Round

Dunton's hopes of Bedfordshire FA Senior Trophy glory are over for another season after they were beaten 3-1 at AFC Kempston Rovers, Lawrence Bosher giving them heart by placing them into the lead after 25 minutes but The Rovers were level by the break and with two second half strikes run out comfortable winners by the final whistle.

AFC Kempston Town's scheduled tie with Potton United at the same venue fell victim to a waterlogged pitch and will now go ahead next Saturday January 23rd Kick Off 1.30pm.

Premier Division supported by Sportsform

With just three of the scheduled six games going ahead it proved to be a good day for the visitors with all three recording victories. At Harvey Close, league leaders Blunham were to take their winning ways to nine games and end hosts Caldecote's seven game unbeaten run by coming from behind to win 2-1. Chris Winder giving the home side the lead on 25 minutes before a brace of goals from Andy Smith in the 50th and 65th minutes ensured Blunham remain seven points clear at the head of the standings after second place Ickwell & Old Warden won 4-2 at Campton.

Ickwell & Old Warden with a goal from Anup Kalyan were to lead the game 1-0 at half-time, Andrew Vallom then doubled the lead 10 minutes into the new period with a free kick from 30 yards out, before Gary Fil took them three goals clear in the 65th minute. The home supporters were then given hope that the great escape might just be on the cards when both Andrew Hayday and Gary Gibson struck within a minute of each other to bring the deficit back to a single goal, alas for them it was not to be when eight minutes from time home goalkeeper Gary Cullerton made a right howler to gift Nick Cooper and Ickwell a fourth goal to take them to their sixth away win on the bounce and now leave the home side with the worrying statistic of having lost all of their last four home games.

Elsewhere, Woburn came up with their first win on the road this season since their opening day victory at Southill Alexander to take all three points on offer in a 4-2 win at Renhold United. Martin Holland shooting the Safari Boys ahead on 20 minutes but United with goals from Chris Huckle and Paul McKeaveney led 2-1 until Chris Allam levelled matters just a minute from the break. Woburn going on to win the game with strikes from Steve Murray on 75 minutes and Lewis Murray 10 minutes later, a result that now lifts them out of the bottom three of the league standings at the expense of Dunton.

Division One

Just two games were to survive the weather in Division One, Meltis Albion netting a 4-1 home victory over Kempston at Miller Road to leapfrog them above their victims and the non-playing Marston Social into fourth spot in the league table. The day was not to start that well for The Albion when regular goalkeeper Dale Hamilton, who was driving up from Swindon, telephoned in to say his car had broken down just outside Oxford and that he would an absentee, thus necessitating an appearance between the posts for Luke Pell. It seemed to matter little has Salvetore Ventrigria shot them in front in the 8th minute then Darren Ashpole doubled the advantage 25 minutes into the contest.

Ventrigria was then to see Kempston goalkeeper Tom Buck make a brilliant save to keep out his penalty before Daniel Wells broke Kempston hearts with a third goal just a minute from the break. Ventrigria perhaps then feeling a little better on the hour mark, when Buck came up with his second penalty save of the game to prevent Charlie Betts taking the scoreline up to 4-0. Home nerves then jangled for a while when Alex Goosby reduced the arrears to 3-1 in the 73rd minute until Tom Hughes ensured it would be The Albion's day with goal number four just three minutes from time.

Holding onto third spot in the league table are Caldecote Reserves who needed a last minute equalizer to earn a point from a 2-2 draw at Blunham Reserves. All started well enough for the visitors when Roy Anderson shot them ahead on the half-hour mark, but a goal from Garth Thomas five minutes from the interval and a strike from Mark Davidson 10 minutes from time looked to have sealed the points for the home side until in the 89th minute Aiden Jones levelled matters to earn the point to keep his side above Meltis Albion in the league standings on goal difference.

Division Two

Like in Division One, just two games survived the weather in Division Two and to make it a double night of celebration at Miller Road, Meltis Albion's fellow tenants Bedford Hatters came up with a 7-1 home win over Great Barford to extend their lead at the head of the league table to six points over Potton Wanderers, who in the day's only other game in this section were held to a 3-3 draw at Marston Shelton Rovers.

Hatters were soon on their way to their seven win on the bounce against Great Barford, when two goals from Scott Alleyne in the 18th and 23rd minutes saw them 2-0 ahead, the real surprise was it took until a minute in the second period before Tom Redmond extended their lead to 3-0. It was now all plain sailing for The Hatters. Aran Izzard on the hour mark making it 5-0, then a Tom Redmond penalty five minutes later took them six goals clear.

Great Barford with a successful penalty of their own from Stan Hobbs 15 minutes from time were to reduce the arrears to 5-1 until Redmond completed his hat-trick three minutes from time and Danny De Feo made in seven up in the 89th minute.

For second place Potton Wanderers, it was a case of what might have been at Marston Shelton Rovers. Two goals from Danny Fox in the 10th and 25th minutes saw them lead 2-0 until 10minutes later Rovers clawed their way back in the game with a strike from Antony Henman, on 65 minutes it was all square and all to play for again when Xennon Paul levelled matters at 2-2.

Wanderers, who at start of play had lost just once on the road this season regained the lead on 70 minutes with a goal from Joe Harrington but were then to lose the plot via red cards for Dave Trundley and Fox to leave them to battle out the closing stages with just nine men, a task that proved to be beyond them when eight minutes from time Rovers Charlie Standish made it 3-3 to keep his sides unbeaten home ways intact for the season to remain just one point behind The Wanderers in the league standings and very much still in the promotion race.

Division Three

The one and only scheduled game in Division Three went ahead and was to see a 3-2 home win for Caldecote A over Sandy Reserves to lift them up to sixth spot in the league table.

Ahead at the break with two goals from Lee Pyke, Caldecote were then put on the back foot when Sandy's Leon Bryan reduced the arrears three minutes into the second period, however Steve Bush quickly restored their two goal advantage to make it 3-1 until Dean Haines struck the games last goal five minutes from time.

Division Four and Watson Shield

All scheduled eight games were to be postponed due to the weather.

Preview Saturday January 23rd 2010

The action next weekend for Bedfordshire County Football League clubs comes with a mixture of cup and league fixtures headed by ties in all of the three major Bedfordshire FA cup competitions. Topping the bill will be The Bedfordshire FA Senior Trophy game at Hillgrounds between hosts AFC Kempston Town and their Hereward United Counties League Division One visitors Potton United, who travel perhaps the favourites to make it into the hat for the Semi-Final draw.

Meanwhile five sides go to battle in Round Three of The Bedfordshire FA Intermediate Cup. At Stanbridge Road, it's an all Bedfordshire County League affair between hosts Leighton United and Caldecote Reserves, with the visitors travelling in the knowledge they have already netted a league win over their hosts back in late October at Harvey Close, but will also be well aware United have won their last six outings.

Of the other three clubs in action just Kempston have home advantage when they host 61FC Luton Reserves at Cutler Hammer, the Luton side travelling currently sitting fourth in the Molten Spartan South Midlands League Reserve Division Two table.

For Marston Social it's a trip to face high-flying AFC Dunstable Reserves of The Molten Spartan South Midlands Reserve Division Two, where the hosts currently hold down second spot in the league standings, plus for Henlow it's a trip to face Luton District & South Beds League, St Josephs.

The main focus of attention for the lower division sides comes with action in the 3rd Round of this season's Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup. Of the eight ties taking place, five are all Bedfordshire County Football League affairs. At Mill Lane, it will be a major surprise if hosts and Division Two high flyers Potton Wanderers fail to beat the visiting Shillington, but the other all Division Two clash at Groveside between Marabese Ceremics and Brache Sparta Community Reserves looks much harder to call.

Elsewhere, there is a chance for a spot of giant killing for two Division Three sides with home ties over Division Two opposition, Division Three league leaders Queens Park Crescents look to have the best chance, when in Mowsbury Park they entertain Kings AFC, but with Harpur FC having failed to win in away league action this season, Renhold Village will perhaps fancy their chances of an upset when they host them at Renhold Playing Fields.

The sole surviving Division Four side at this stage of the competition are M & DH Oakley, yet whilst they have been given a home draw, that's where their luck ends as their visitors are Division Two league leaders Bedford Hatters who you would expect to come out on top.

For Marston Shelton Rovers, it's home action against Stopsley Baptist Church, whilst at Greenfield Road, Westoning Recreation Club Reserves have home advantage against North Bucks League outfit, Heath Panthers United.

Kick off in all these Bedfordshire FA Cup-Ties being 1.30pm.

Domestic cup action comes in shape of another series of group games in The Watson Shield. In Group Three at Lodge Road.Sharnbrook Reserves require just a point or better to earn a place in the last 16 when they host Kempston Athletic.

However in Group Six, it's still all to play for at Keysoe Road, when Thurleigh entertain Stewartby Village in the first of their two meetings to decide who will join Renhold Village from this group into the last 16. While Group Seven action at Whiston Crescent between hosts Clifton Reserves and visitors Flitwick Town Reserves could well sort out who will head the qualification from this group and thus earn home advantage at the last 16 stage of the competition.

On the league front in The Premier Division supported by Sportsform, it's home action at Moggerhanger Playing Fields for league leaders Blunham where they will look to take their winning ways to ten games when paid a visit by Sharnbrook. Whilst just down the road on The Green, second place Ickwell & Old Warden will be fully expecting to take their own winning ways to seven games when visited by bottom of the table Westoning Recreation Club who are yet to win on the road this season.

Trailing the men from The Green in third spot are Caldecote who will be hitting the road for local derby action at The Carlsberg Stadium against hosts Southill Alexander who go into the game without a win since being successful at Campton in late October some seven games ago.

Also hitting the road are Oakley Sports, who make the journey to Crawley Road to face Woburn in search of away win number six on the bounce to keep them in the championship race.

Other top flight action comes at Rectory Road, where Campton look to end their sequence of four consecutive home defeats when Biggleswade United Reserves come calling and at Horseshoes Close, the venue for Dunton's home clash with Renhold United, the home side without a point from their last seven league outings, whilst United travel without a win from their last five games which as seen them slip out of the championship race.

In Division One, league leaders Flitwick Town will be hoping to extend their lead at the head of the standings over the cup playing Leighton United when they journey to Cople Playing Fields looking for win number five on the bounce against hosts Bedford Sports Athletic. Whilst Meltis Albion with a home win at Miller Road over Blunham Reserves will climb the table into third spot at the expense of the cup-playing Caldecote Reserves.

At the other end of the table, the big battle of the day comes in the shape of Stevington's home clash with Campton Reserves as both sides look for the points to keep them out of the relegation zone, a comment that also applies to the Bedford Road Recreation Ground clash between Sandy and visitors AFC Kempston Town Reserves.

For current bottom of the table, Kempston Hammers Sports, it's a trip on the road to Mowsbury Park to face in form FC Meppershall who will be firm favourites to collect their fourth win on the bounce.

With all the cup action taking place there are just three games to the Division Two programme. At Arlesey Recreation Ground, fourth place Arlesey Social Galacticos will be in home action against second from bottom of the table Elstow Abbey who travel in search of their first away win of the season. Whilst just down the road it's local derby action between hosts Shefford Town who seek to take their unbeaten ways to six games against the travelling Clifton, who sit just three places off the bottom of the league table.

The third and final game in this Division coming at Hillgrounds with a clash between the two sides immediately above Clifton in the standings when hosts Kempston Royals look to end a three game losing home run when visited by Great Barford.

Division Three action is also a programme of just three games, third place Lidlington United Sports on their way to Harvey Close now unbeaten in their last four league outings to face Caldecote A in search of the three points that will lift them above the non-playing Dunton Reserves, but any slip up would give Stopsley Park a chance to occupy second spot come the final whistles should they collect the three points from their own visit to Jubilee Playing Fields where they face Wilshamstead Reserves.

The day's final game in this Division coming at Gold Street where bottom of the table Riseley Reserves take on Sandy Reserves knowing a victory for them will see the sides swap places in the league table.

Division Four action, is restricted to just two games, bottom of the table Bedford Park Rangers looking to end a six game losing run when they entertain Dinamo Flitwick in Mowsbury Park. Whilst for league leaders Sundon Park Rangers it's a trip to Hillgrounds and a meeting with Eastcotts.

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