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Tuesday 08th May 2012
Bank Holiday Monday joy for Oakley Sports and Goldington.
Britannia Cup Final, Oakley Sports 1 Shefford Town & Campton 0

Before a Second Meadow Biggleswade United crowd of 194 on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon the league form book was turned upside down when a lone goal from Jamie Endersby 20 minutes from time took Oakley Sports to a 1-0 victory over Shefford Town & Campton to engrave their name on the famous old trophy for the very first time.

It was The Town who started the game much the brighter, Chris Clark driving his way into the Oakley penalty box only to see his effort come back off the legs of Oakley goalkeeper Stuart Kelly, before Kelly was again riding his luck 10 minutes later when after Clark had lobbed the ball into the path of Andrew Hayday he could only stand and watch as Hayday’s chip over his head came back off the woodwork and away to safety.

The game was just 10 minutes from the break before Oakley’s first live chance arrived, Paulo Barbarisi tackle on the half-way line on Town’s Michael Jones breaking into the path of Shaun Barnett who raced clear only to push his final effort just wide of the posts until the last chance of the half fell to Town’s Gary Ansell-Carter who failed to test Kelly from distance.

The second period begun with Oakley looking the more likely to break the deadlock, referee Stuart Wells waving away their penalty claims for handball against Adam Chambers then Barnett drawing a fine save out of Town goalkeeper Reece Lewis.

However, Town were soon regaining the ascendancy, Kelly needing two grabs to thwart Adam Larsen before his legs once again came to his sides rescue to keep out Hayday. It now looked odds on The Town would soon find a way to break the deadlock and on 68 minutes when Hayday skinned Barbarisi his effort once again found Kelly’s legs blocking the way only to rebound back for him to set up Clark right in front of goal who completely miss kicked to waste the chance of the match thus far.

It proved to be a costly miss when 60 seconds later Oakley took the lead, Carl Warner out wide on the left flank cutting inside to find Barnett whose knock-on to Endersby allowed the veteran striker to slam the ball into the roof of the net passed a rooted to the spot Lewis.

Endersby then so nearly turned from hero to villain escaping with only a yellow card for his spot of handbags with Town’s Larsen, but hero he was as Town despite Hayday going close in the final 10 minutes with two headers failing to find a way passed Kelly to take the game into extra time.

Oakley Sports : Stuart Kelly, Shaun Barnett, Paul Beattie, James Cooper, Jamie Endersby, Ray Patrickson, Mark Smith, Alex Strange, Carl Warner, Paulo Barbarisi, Harry Atherton, Subs Used: Daniel Kelly, Ian Strange, Rhys Allen,

Shefford Town & Campton : Reece Lewis, Lee Bilcock, Adam Chambers, Chris Clark, Andrew Hayday, Michael Jones, Adam Larsen, Tom Scurfield, Daniel Webb, Gary Ansell-Carter, Subs Used: Philip Bright, Adam Spoors,

Watson Shield Final, Bedford Park Rangers 2 Goldington 4

Just 88 spectators were present at Second Meadow Biggleswade United in the evening for last of this season’s Bedfordshire County Football League finals which turned out to be the best of the quartet as Goldington ran out 4-2 winners over Bedford Park Rangers.

Action came from minute one, first Goldington’s Brian Day and Karl Anderson saw their efforts blocked away inside a crowded Rangers penalty box, whilst at the other end Goldington goalkeeper James Morris needed to be quickly off his line to thwart Shaun Finlay and then save well at his near post from the same player.

Goldington finally taking the lead 20 minutes into the contest when after Rangers had failed to clear their lines from a corner Justin Muircroft was on hand to punish them with the games opening goal. Within six minutes the scoreline had been doubled, Chris Huckle delivering a free kick from his own half deep onto Rangers territory which saw Muircroft take the gamble and ghost in for his second strike of the evening as the Rangers defence stood and watched.

Rangers now knew they needed a goal before the break and but for Morris in the Goldington goal standing up well to save from Finlay and then blocking out the rebound sent flying in by Martin Danobrega that would have arrived in the 35th minute, or even two minutes from the break when Morris raced off his line to boot away just ahead of the in rushing Finlay.

It looked game over on 51 minutes when from a Karl Anderson cross Muircroft claimed his hat-trick in sending a powerful header flying passed Rangers goalkeeper Michael Patterson to place his side 3-0 ahead, but someone had forgotten to tell The Rangers. Eight minutes later a long punt from Jamie Carter found Danobrega on the far post who headed home for 3-1, then with just 12 minutes to play, Danobrega raced clear to reduce the deficit to a single goal with a cool finish to set up a grandstand finish.

Tempers were now rising high to such an extent that Jordan Wright who had already been booked and substituted saw red from The Rangers dugout as only a fine save from Morris prevented his replacement Josh Geary levelling matters in the 85th minutes until in time added on Goldington sealed their victory when Anderson arrived late on the backpost to overhead kick goal number four.

Bedford Park Rangers: Michael Patterson, Jamie Carter, Martin Danobrega, Shaun Finlay, Warren Godfry, George Pinney, Luke Rayner, Elliot Stamp, Jordan Wright, Dan Carter, Mark Reynolds, Subs Used: Josh Geary, Adrian Pinney, Matthew Westwood,

Goldington: James Morris, Karl Anderson, Steve Daniels, Brian Day, Kevin Evans, Nicky Ginn, Chistoper Hutchinson, Justin Muircroft, Damion Quigley, Chris Huckle, Tom Mills, Subs Used: Jason Calvert, Jonthan Hutchinson, Charlie Rogers,

Division Four

Caldecote A concluded their Harvey Close season with a 4-2 home victory over Bedford Panthers to finish the season in seventh spot.George Melrose, Ryan Ambrose, Gary Allum and Jordan Goodman on the scoresheet against replies from Ashley Farooqui and Kevin Southby.

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