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Sunday 25th April 2010
Ickwell & Old Warden and Blunham both win again.
Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup Final Potton Wanderes 4, Renhold Village 2, Friday 23rd April 2010
For the first time since Potton Town won the trophy back in season 1912-13 will the name of Potton once again be engraved on the famous old trophy.The Wanderers before a Potton United Hollow crowd of 220 making up for their disappointment of losing last seasons final to Great Barford with a 4-2 victory over Renhold Village.
It was however The Village who were to strike first blood, Carl Townsend being on hand to take full advantage of an awful error by Wanderers goalkeeper, James Billington, to slot his side ahead after just six minutes play.
The Wanderers were to level matters 21 minutes into the contest when from a pinpointed cross from James Hearson, Ricky Aris slotted home the equalizer. The Wanderers then taking the lead just five minutes before half-time, Danny Fox chipping the ball over a static Village backline into the path of Hearson who made light work of slotting it into the net past Village custodian David Lowe.
Just five minutes into the new period Wanderers were to double their advantage, Sam Worthington from close range being on hand to finish off a sweeping three man move instigated by the influential Fox.
The game however was far from over when on 65 minutes, The Wanderers found themselves down to 10 men after Antony Schurek was red carded for his foul on Simon Wade which was to give The Village a penalty and a route back into the contest.Townsend making no mistake from the spot for a 3-2 scoreline.
The Village cheered on by their vociferous following in The Derek Inskip stand now looking the more likely side to score again, alas for them first Townsend then Ian Hamer where to lift errors over the crossbar from close range which would have given them that vital equalizer.The game being put beyond their recall 10 minutes from time, Fox again the play-maker to send in the cross which saw Worthington rise high on the backpost to head home goal number four.
If this was a bitter pill for the Village supporters to swallow, then the sight of Dan Goddard being stretchered off and to leave them a man down for the closing five minutes was to bring tears to some of their eyes.
East Beds Junior Charity Cup Final Caldecote Reserves 1, Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves 1, after extra time, (Caldecote won penalty shoot-out 5-3) Friday 23rd April.2010
Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves after last season's final defeat at the hand of Gamlingay were once again having to settle for the silver medals,when at Langford's Forde Park in front of a near three figure crowd they were beaten in a penalty shoot-out by near neighbours Caldecote Reserves.
It was the men from The Green who drew first blood, Lee Threadgold shooting them ahead just 13 minutes into the game to which a Jack Boyd reply on 57 minutes levelled matters.
The next 33 minutes plus extra time were then to remain scoreless to take the tie into a shoot-out.
With Caldecote's Jordan Gurney stepping up to the spot first to place them ahead, Ickwell were to see player-manager James Vallom miss their opening kick to leave his side to play catch up. Alas for them Caldcote's next four, Roy Anderson, Jack Boyd, Ryan Ambrose and Paul Gower all netted, thus despite Lee Threadgold, Steve Monks and Gary Fil doing the same for Ickwell, it was all in vain and Caldecote were 5-3 winners.
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Ickwell & Old Warden took their unbeaten ways up to 16 games, to remain two points ahead of Blunham at the top of the Premier Division supported by Sportsform league table after running out 4-1 home winners over Dunton. Zak Rowe was to give them an early lead, only to see Paul Chamberlain level matters for the visitors until Andrew Vallom from the penalty spot ensured the home side would lead 2-1 at the break.Further goals from Vallom and Steve Thomas in the second period taking the scoreline up to 4-1 by the final whistle.
Blunham meanwhile, who have a game in hand on the leaders were themselves 3-1 home victors over Renhold United.Andy Smith doing all the damage with a hat-trick
before United netted in the 85th minute via a Chris Huckle penalty.
Elsewhere, Caldecote enhanced their hopes of finishing third with a 4-0 win at Oakley Sports. 0-0 at the break, Caldecote going ahead in the 58th minute with a strike from Luke Kiteley and then settling the contest with three goals inside a five minute spell. Substitute Tom Wallace who had only been on the pitch less than two minutes doubling the lead on 74 minutes, Kiteley heading home number three just 60 seconds later until Wallace completed the scoring by adding his second of the afternoon four minutes later.
Down at the other end of the table Sharnbrook after four straight defeats, eased their relegation worries with a 3-0 home win over Campton.Jayme Harris, Ian Strange and Lawrence Bentham netting the vital goals.
Also nearly safe from relegation are Woburn, 4-1 winners at Biggleswade United Reserves.Jack Nicholls giving the Safari Boys the lead with the only goal of the opening period five minutes into the contest. Before second half strikes from Aaron Ripley, Martin Holland and Chris Allan saw them shoot 4-0 ahead until United's Tony Norman reduced the arrears with the last kick of the match.
For Southill Alexander, it was their sixth home win on the bounce with a 6-0 victory over Westoning Recreation Club. An goal goal plus a strike from Bradley O'Donovan saw them lead 2-0 at the break, until in the second period Greg Moorse McDougall with a hat-trick plus a goal from Marko Capontes added to the scoreline.
Still not yet safe from Division One football next term are AFC Kempston Town, beaten 0-3 at home by Wilshamstead. Colin Merritt, Travis Joseph and Paul Jones on the scoresheet for the visitors.
Flitwick Town are now within a point of the Division One league title after netting their fifth win on the bounce 4-1 at home over Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves. Ben Wallington with a brace plus single strikes from Steve Parkhouse and Dean Warren only being replied to by a goal from Blair Woodward.
The only club that can now deny Flitwick Town of the championship are Leighton United,who were for the second time inside five days to suffer an enforced day off when AFC Kempston Town Reserves failed to raise a side to travel to meet them at Stanbridge Road.
More of a surprise was the fact that current third placers Marston Social have almost kissed their hopes of promotion away when they themselves failed to raise a side for the visit of Henlow.
Also failing to raise sides were Kempston Hammers for the visit of Stevington and Blunham Reserves for their trip to Campton Reserves, leaving us with just two other games to report on.
For FC Meppershall it was a return to winning ways after four straight defeats with a 2-1 home victory over Meltis Albion. Sam Canavan and Darren Bentley on the scoresheet against an Albion reply from Darren Ashpole.
The final game of the afternoon in this section giving Bedford Sports Athletic a 3-1 home win over Sandy. An own goal plus strikes from Ashley Mead and Tom Housden only being replied to by a strike from Andrew Wren.
It's still all to play for in quest of the Division Two league title after both of the leading contenders came up with wins, league leaders Potton Wanderers taking their winning ways to 10 games with a 4-1 home victory over Harpur FC. Chris Sams netting twice alongside Sam Worthington and Danny Fox whilst the visitors reply came via Justin Dear.
Whilst second place Bedford Hatters who trail the leaders by three points but with a game in hand, it was a hard earned 3-2 win at Arlesey Social Galacticos, to take their winning away run up to seven games.Simon Pixley with a brace plus Richard Cook on the scoresheet against home replies from Ryan Dobson and Adam Millard.
For Marston Shelton Rovers, it was a drop in the league table to fourth spot after they were beaten 4-0 at Clifton, for whom it was a first home win of the season. Will Pitts with a brace plus strikes from Mark Gearing and Tom Allen doing the damage.
Jumping above The Rovers into third spot are Brache Sparta Community Reserves, who maintained their season's unbeaten home record with a 1-0 win over Kempston Royals thanks to a goal from Rondell Belfon.
Down at the other end of the league table, Elstow Abbey's relegation fears increased when they were beaten 3-0 at Marabese Ceramics. Josh Pierre St Clair with a brace plus Denvar Donaldson netting the home sides goals.
For bottom of the table Shillington, it was a 0-6 home defeat at the hands of Shefford Town.Town with a hat-trick from Jordan Robbens and a goal from Adam Spoors leading 4-0 at half-time before goals from Kieran Best and Tom Scurfield arrived in the second period.
It was perhaps just as well that the Division Three title and promotion issues were settled in midweek after both of the top two clubs suffered defeats. League champions Queens Park Crescents losing their unbeaten home record when goals from Jimmy Grandidge, Tommy Dove and John Capper against replies from Ayaz Hussain and Shezad Satter saw them beaten 2-3 by Riseley Sports Reserves, to take the visitors hopes of beating the drop into their last game of the season.
Whilst Runners-up Lidlington United Sports lost their unbeaten 11 game run when defeated 5-0 at Stopsley Park. Andy Randell, Tyrone Patterson, Stuart Lyons, Matt Palmer and Rob Maina the home marksmen.
If Riseley Sports Reserves are to beat the drop then it will have to come at the expense of Westoning Recreation Club Reserves, who showed no signs of wanting that to happen when they returned to winning ways for the first time in nine outings with a 7-1 home win over Caldecote A.Braces of goals from John Bass, Liam Boyle and Alex Barnwell plus a strike from Andy Morris doing the damage against a lone reply from Lex Jackson.
Alas for Sandy Reserves, their relegation fate was sealed with a 2-1 defeat at Dunton Reserves. Nicky Albone and Tom Burton netting the home goals against a Craig Baker reply.
With Sharnbrook Reserves already confirmed champions the race is on for that second promotion place. Now perhaps the firm favourites are Sundon Park Rangers who run out 9-2 away winners at Clifton Reserves, all the goals of the contest coming in the second half. Lawrence Mapp with a hat-trick, Matthew Conway with a brace plus Chris Conway, Luke Evans, Paul Raymond and Glen Murphy getting onto The Park scoresheet against a home brace in reply from George King.
Park now going three points clear of third place M & DH Oakley, with both clubs having two games to play, after they were beaten 4-1 at Kempston Athletic, for whom it was a first win in eight outings. Gary Whitbead with a hat-trick plus Shaun Betts the Athletic's scorers against a lone reply from Matty Vance.
Athletic's win now meaning Bedford Park Rangers will finish the season in bottom spot after they themselves were beaten 3-1 at Flitwick Town Reserves. Christian Breeds, Clive Craig and an own goal making up the Town tally against a lone reply from Shaun Canzano.
Elsewhere, a lone goal from Steve Stokes was enough to take Dinamo Flitwick to a 1-0 home win over Eastcotts.Whilst Stewartby Village were losing for the fifth time in as many outings when beaten 2-3 at home by Thurleigh,Steve Pledge with a brace plus Sam Queeley on the mark for the visitors against home replies from Michael Cook and Ben Sparks.