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Sunday 28th August 2011
Dunton net Biggleswade Knock Out Cup Penalty Shoot-Out Win.
Bedfordshire County Football League Round Up Week Ending 27th August 2011
The weekends action saw the Ickwell & Old Warden v Dunton first round tie in The Biggleswade Knock Out Cup take top billing, the visitors emerging 5-3 penalty shoot-out winners following a 4-4 draw. Earning themselves a trip in Round Two to either Stotfold Reserves or Caldecote who meet in first round action at Roker Park on Wednesday evening. Lee Threadgold with a brace plus strikes from Dave Trundley and Matthew McCartney on target for the home side against Dunton replies from Paul Chamberlain, Tom McGhee and James Cooper in normal time.
However, earlier in the week Ickwell & Old Warden had safely made it into Round Two of The East Beds Charity Cup with a 3-0 home win over Dunton Reserves, Matthew McCartney with a brace plus a strike from Lee Threadgold doing the damage. They now face a trip to Potton Town in Round Two.
Dunton Reserves were back in action at the weekend, losing 3-2 in a pre-season friendly at Stopsley Park. Steve Laird, Dean Laird and Jack O'Shea on target for The Park against replies from David Gibbs and Ugar Demir.
Other midweek action in The East Beds Charity Cup took Elstow Abbey to a 3-0 home win over Marabese Ceramics. Ed E'erario, Dave McCarthy and Aiden Powell on the scoresheet to earn a home tie with Clifton Reserves in Round Two.
It was not a good week for Sandy Reserves, they went down to two heavy defeats, in midweek they were beaten 2-8 on home soil by Flitwick Town Eagles, Danny Hoole and Scott Dougal netting the goals against the Eagles bag full from Ian Hammett 3, Charlie Seward 2 plus Daniel Stafford, Chris Jennings and Jack Farthing ( please note the Sandy first team connection ) then at the weekend they were beaten 0-7 by their own first team in The Jesse Piggott Trophy Final. Ian Hammett, Rob Tapley and Daniel Stafford all netting twice alongside Charlie Seward.
For Premier Division supported by Sportsform Shefford Town & Campton, the weekend saw them draw 1-1 at home home against Real RN Luton, Andy Hayday netting a 89th minute leveller after Daniel Edwards had given the visitors a 58th minute lead.
Another top-flight club playing out a 1-1 draw at the weekend were Arlesey Town Reserves at Luton Boys. Ben Worbey on target against a home reply from Nurhan Coskungonul.
For three other Premier Division supported by Sportsform clubs, it was midweek action. Blunham with five goals from Matty McMahon plus a brace from Andrew Vallom and a strike from Luke Stone netting a 8-2 win over Blunham Veterans, whilst Oakley Sports were 2-1 winners at Bromhan United. Stuart Kelly and Jamie Lally on target against a United reply via Tom Prothero. The trio being made up Flitwick Town, who with a goal from Rob Almond were 1-0 winners at Marston Shelton Rovers.
Continuing their fine pre-season form are AFC Turvey, 2-2 home drawers with FC Meppershall in midweek thanks to goals from Junior Ivy and Andrew Wren, they then followed up at the weekend with a 8-1 home win over Shefford Saints Under 21's, Mark Allen on the scoresheet four times alongside Adam Broughton, Martin Page and Andrew Wren plus an own goal.
The weekend was not so good for FC Meppershall, they had their "pre season friendly" at home against Co-op Sports abandoned just 35 minutes into the contest whilst leading 2-0 thanks to a double strike from Craig Damon. Earlier in the week, Co-op Sports had won 4-2 at Kempston Hammers Sports, Jason Young twice plus Kris Fox and Thomas Miller outscoring a home brace from Jazz Sohal.
However, there was joy for Kings AFC, 6-1 home winners over Stewartby Village.Rowan Hazelwood and Andy Mayes on target twice alongside Ollie Plested and Josh Clements against a lone Village reply from Kyle Smith.
For Clifton Reserves, it was double action, a 1-1 home draw with Eastcotts thanks to a goal from Tony Norman to cancel out a strike from Michael Sexton coming at the weekend after being defeated 3-0 at Shefford Town & Campton A in midweek. Johnny Gadene with a brace plus Simon Baxter both netting in the opening half.
On the same evening, Lea Sports PSG were 3-2 home winners over Henlow. James Awofisan twice and Glen Collins finding the back of the net against Henlow replies via Andy Newton and Jo Fallano. Whilst Goldington won 3-2 at Bedford Park Rangers, Kane Alexander, Kevin Malone and James Muircroft the goalscorers against Rangers replies via Shaun Finlay and an own goal.
Their was also midweek joy for Shefford Town & Campton Reserves, 3-0 home victors over Dunton A thanks to second half strikes from Wayne Goldsmith, Tom Scurfield and Ryan Reece.
Alas not such luck for Potton United Reserves in a 4-0 defeat at Eaton Socon.
Preview Saturday 3rd September 2011.
This weekend sees the big kick off to the 2011-12 Bedfordshire County Football League season, with the Premier Division supported by Sportsform section having in effect lost its Level Seven status within The Football Association Pyramid due to the withdrawal in season of Ickwell & Old Warden, Biggleswade United Reserves and Southill Alexander last term.The proposed 15 club line-up this season is already down to 14 following the withdrawal of Leighton United, their linkup with Dunstable Town having failed to materialise to leave them a club without any players, thus the leagues attempt to regain its Level Seven status is already in turmoil without a ball being kicked.
However, the top-flight division will kick off with a programme of six games this weekend. For reigning champions Blunham, who have not been without their own problems this summer, the season commences at Steppingley Road where they journey to face Flitwick Town in their quest to become the first side since Caldecote at the turn of the decade to win three top flight titles on the bounce.
If, Blunham are not going to achieve their aim then who will win the title? For many people the answer would be Shefford Town & Campton, last seasons runners up, they start the season by making their way to The Carlsberg Stadium to face Dunton.However, one should never rule out the chances of Caldecote and Renhold United who start their campaigns by going head to head at Harvey Close.
Having had their best season for many a year last term, Wilshamstead could well be the season's dark horses, they commence their campaign with a visit to Miller Road to take on newly promoted and last seasons Division One champions Bedford Hatters.
For the second promoted side, Potton Wanderers, its home action at Mill Lane against Sharnbrook. The visitors being another club in crisis this summer resulting in them withdrawing their Division Three championship winning Reserves side from the league due to lack of players.
The other top flight action is due at The Armadillo Stadium where Arlesey Town Reserves who are expected to have a much better season this term entertain AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College and at Oakley Playing Fields where Oakley Sports play hosts to Woburn.
Division One action sees a programme of just three games. The game of the day in this section perhaps being at Hurst Grove, the venue where newly promoted Lidlington United Sports host a Luton Boys side ( formerly Luton Old Boys ) who could well be the dark horses this season to challenge for a promotion spot.
For another of the promoted sides, Westoning, its home action at Greenfield Road against Caldecote Reserves. Whilst last seasons third placers, Marston Shelton Rovers will be entertaining Henlow at their Playing Field headquarters.
Division Two action is a programme of six games. For many people, the title favourites are Elstow Abbey, they commence their campaign with a visit to Mowsbury Park to face Queens Park Crescents. Whilst last season's Division Four champions AFC Turvey having been promoted two divisions, start their new season with a trip on the road to face Bromham United.
For Clifton, at their new home of Second Meadow Biggleswade United, its a visit from Stopsley Park.Whilst Mowsbury Park also stages the action between hosts Pavenham and their fellow newly promoted visitors M & DH Oakley.
The days other two games in this section coming at Rectory Road, where Shefford Town & Campton Reserves host Great Barford and in Stockwood Park, the venue for Sundon Park Rangers home clash with Marabese Ceramics.
In the six game Division Three programme, many eyes will be focussed on the clash at Renhold Playing Fields between perhaps two of the leading contenders for the 2011-12 league title, hosts Renhold Village taking on league newcomers Sundon Park Colts.
For last seasons Division Four runners-up Goldington, life in Division Three begins with a trip to Cutler Hammer to take on relegated hosts Kempston Hammers Sports and life in this section for both Dinamo Flitwick and Potton Town commences when they clash with each other at Hinksley Recreation Ground.
Elsewhere, for another of this seasons new Division Three sides Eastcotts, its home action at their new home of Weston Park, Wootton (Blue Cross )against Royal Oak Kempston.
The other action in this section seeing Cranfield United Reserves host Flitwick Town Reserves at Crawley Road and Westoning Reserves make the short journey for some local derby action at Jubilee Playing Fields against Wilshamstead Reserves.
In Division Four, most of the eyes in the earlier weeks of the season usually fall upon the league newcomers, this season there are five. Bedford Panthers who travel to face Goldington Hammers in Mowsbury Park;Dunton A who entertain relegated Shefford Town & Campton A at Horseshoes Close; Marsh Leys who journey to face Wootton Village and Dinamo Flitwick Reserves who make their way to Hillgrounds for a meeting with hosts Kempston Athletic.
However, the fifth side, Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves can hardly be called newcomers, having played under that guise in Division One last term. Following the demise of their first team, its a trip to Stewartby Way to take on Stewartby Village.
The other action in this section coming in the form of a local derby at Bedford Road Recreation Ground between Sandy Reserves and their visitors Clifton Reserves;plus Hillgrounds also stages the clash between hosts Bedford Park Rangers and the visiting Caldecote A.
Action will then move onto Wednesday evening when on The Green, Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves host Dunton A in a 6.15pm kick off.