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Sunday 02nd May 2010
M & DH Oakley win Watson Shield Final.
Premier Division supported by Sportsform

The 2009-10 Premier Division supported by Sportsform title race will now not be decided until next weekend, after Blunham had their eight game winning away run ended by a 6-1 defeat at Southill Alexander.Blunham with a goal from Andy Smith were to take an early lead, yet by half-time strikes from Jason Lynch, Bradley O'Donovan, Ross Randall and Jason Lynch had shot the home side 4-1 ahead.The tally being added to in the second period with O'Donovan's second of the afternoon and a goal from Matt Pye.

Blunham will now thus journey to face AFC Kempston Town at Hillgrounds just a point clear of Ickwell & Old Warden who head to Lodge Road to face Sharnbrook.

Last seasons champions Caldecote are now assured of third spot after taking their unbeaten ways to nine games with a 6-1 victory at Westoning Recreation Club.Danny Lane with a hat-trick plus strikes from Dave Daniels, Mark Phillips and Russell Kemp only being replied to by Mike Hann.

For Oakley Sports, it is a fourth place finish after a home 2-2 draw with Campton, Ben Brown and Mark Smith seeing their goals cancelled out by a brace from Adam Larsen.

Elsewhere, it was the same 2-2 scoreline between Dunton and Wilshamstead, Paul Chamberlain on target twice for the home side against replies from Glen Tumulty and Jamie McGregror.

The final top flight game of the afternoon at Crawley Road also finished all square at 1-1 between hosts Woburn and AFC Kempston Town.Alex Ottaway shooting the Safari Boys ahead just seven minutes into the contest before Matty Smith levelled matters on the half-hour mark.

Division One

Flitwick Town are the 2009-10 season Division One champions following their 4-1 home win over Stevington, a defeat that now sends Stevington into Division Two for season 2010-11.Pete Kouwenberg with a brace plus strikes from Ben Wallington and Jim Lewis netting the goals that did the damage.The lone reply coming via Ben Hannam.

Joining The Town in the top flight next season will be Leighton United. Who claimed the runners-up spot following their 4-0 home victory over Meltis Albion.1-0 ahead at the break, thanks to a goal from Alex Fry, the match was placed beyond Albion's recall when Lane Eadie, Darryl Smith and Kevin Hilton all added to the scoreline in the second period.

Elsewhere, Kempston Hammers Sports said goodbye to Division One football until at least the season after next, when beaten for the 16th time on the bounce 2-4 at home by Kempston, who were recording their first away win in 10 outings. Daniel Babs, Louis Prince, Justin Sturniolo and an own goal on the winners scoresheet against Hammers replies from Sami Gingelli and David Horn.

For Caldecote Reserves, the chance of beating Leighton United to the silver medals disappeared when they were beaten 2-0 at Henlow,headed goals from Greg Hall and Pete Saunders in the opening half doing the damage.

Meantime, Campton Reserves guarantee themselves another season of Division One football next term with a 2-1 home win over Sandy. Dan Webb and Sam Larsen netting the vital goals against a reply from David Smith.

For Bedford Sports Athletic, it was a fifth away win on the bounce 2-1 at AFC Kempston Town Reserves.Trailing to a first half goal from Jordan Jarrord,they were to collect all three points after Ian Collins levelled matters in the 70th minute and Graham Abbott struck the winner right on the final whistle.

Blunham Reserves have now lost their last six games after going down 2-5 at home against Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves. Lee Threadgold with a hat-trick alongside strikes from Neil Faulkner and Zak Rowe only being replied to by Mark Davison and Ed Davies.

Division Two

Bedford Hatters are now back to within goal difference of Potton Wanderers at the head of the Division Two league table after they claimed their 10th win on the bounce with a 5-1 victory at Kempston Royals.Simon Pixley netting four times and Liam Massey once against a home reply from Sean Boland.

The title will now be decided next weekend when The Wanderers entertain Arlesey Social Galacticos at Mill Lane and The Hatters travel to face Shefford Town.

For Marston Shelton Rovers, it will be a third place finish after running out 3-2 home winners over Brache Sparta Community Reserves who now finish fourth. Aaron Franks the Rovers hero with a hat-trick against visitors replies from Martin Collins and Nathan Prince.

Down at the other end of the table, Shillington will finish the season without a home point to their name after going down 1-4 to Great Barford.Strikes from Shaun Wheatley, Luke Haverly, George Harris and Daniel Stafford only being replied to by Lewis Osborne.

Elsewhere, Elstow Abbey failed to raise a side to travel to face Kings AFC and Harpur FC also suffered the same fate for their scheduled visit to Shefford Town.

Division Four

Sundon Park Rangers ended their 2009-10 season campaign with a 6-1 home victory over Eastcotts to remain unbeaten on home soil all season, Matt Conway and Lawrence Mapp both netting twice alongside single strikes from Paul Raymond and Mark Bonnar, whilst Tony Milioti netted the lone reply.

Watson Shield Final

Division Four M & DH Oakley were to become the seventh side to have their name engraved on The Watson Shield after they saw off the challenge of Division Three Renhold Village 4-1 in front of 138 spectators at Caldecote FC, Harvey Close complex.

The boys from Oakley taking just seven minutes to gain the lead, Thomas Donnelly having the simplest of tap in's on the backpost after Village goalkeeper David Lowe dropped the ball right onto his boot.

Yet the Village were level 20 minutes into the contest, Stuart Kester taking full advantage when Oakley failed to clear their lines from a corner to slot home from 15 yards out.

However the second half belonged to Oakley and in particular man of the match Donnelly.Just three minutes into the new period his pinpointed cross was slammed home by Jamie Underwood from 10 yards out to regain them the lead, before 10 minutes later he delivered the corner which saw Martin Sillett on the backpost head back into the path of Nicolo Mattia who volleyed home from the edge of the penalty box to give his side a 3-1 lead.

Donnelly then capping his masterly performance when he broke free of The Village defence just six minutes later to net his second and his sides fourth goal of the game.

The Final Countdown

The final week of The Bedfordshire County Football League Season will commence on Bank Holiday Monday with a programme of five games. In The Premier Division supported by Sportsform, the battle is on for a top six finish when AFC Kempston Town host Southill Alexander at Hillgrounds. Whilst at Lodge Road, Sharnbrook entertain Woburn with both sides knowing a win will lift them above 10th place Renhold United in the league standings.

In Division One action, Kempston will finish the season in sixth spot should they find a way of beating already promoted Leighton United when they come to visit them at their Cutler Hammer headquarters.Whilst Marston Social will finish the season in third spot with a home victory over Meltis Albion.However, a win for The Albion would give them at least a sixth place finish and leave Social in fourth spot.

The final action of the day being in Division Four at Keysoe Road, where hosts Thurleigh require a win over their visitors Flitwick Town Reserves to jump above them into fourth place in the final league standings.

All games due to Kick Off at 2.30pm apart from the Sharnbrook v Woburn encounter which kicks off at 6.30pm.

The action then moves on to Tuesday evening with just a single game in Division Three.Westoning Recreation Club Reserves travelling to Renhold Playing Fields to face Renhold Village in search of a point or better that will give them another season of Division Three football next term, and relegate Riseley Sports Reserves to Division Four. Kick off due at 6.30pm.

On Wednesday evening the action brings about the final of this season's Jubilee Cup with a Second Meadow Biggleswade United meeting between Brache Sparta Community Reserves and Bedford Hatters. Kick Off 7.45pm.

It's then back to Second Meadow on Friday evening, again with a 7.45pm Kick Off for this season's Centenary Cup Final between Blunham Reserves and Leighton United.

The curtain will then come down on the 2009-10 season on Saturday with a programme of eight games. At Second Meadow, it's Britannia Cup Final day between current holders Caldecote and Woburn. Kick Off 3.00pm.

Yet many eyes will be focussed on the race for The Premier Division supported by Sportsform league crown. Ickwell & Old Warden on the road to Lodge Road to face Sharnbrook in a 11.00am Kick Off, knowing anything less than a victory will hand the title to Blunham.However should they win, then Blunham will be required to win at Hillgrounds against AFC Kempston Town in a game that kicks off at 2.30pm to lift the title.

In the lone Division One action just pride will be at stake when already promoted Leighton United take on already relegated Stevington at Stanbridge Road.

However, its a much different story in Division Two with the league title still to be won or lost.League leaders Potton Wanderers starting the day ahead of Bedford Hatters on goal difference only when they host Arlesey Social Galacticos at Mill Lane.Whilst The Hatters hit the road for their last game of the season at Shefford Town.

Other action comes in Division Three with a Renhold Playing Fields clash between hosts Renhold Village and Stopsley Park which, depending on The Village's midweek result, could decide which of these two teams finishes the season in third spot, or indeed if Dunton Reserves hang on to that bronze medal placing.

The final action is a Division Four affair between M & DH Oakley and Dinamo Flitwick to be played at King George VI Playing Fields in Clapham. 

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