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Monday 07th May 2012
Cup Final wins for Ickwell & Old Warden and Sundon Park Rangers Colts.
Friday 4th May 2012.
Centenary Cup Final. Ickwell & Old Warden 2 Sandy 0.
Ickwell & Old Warden duly completed a domestic Bedfordshire County Football League double when, before a crowd of 153 under the floodlights at Potton United, they recorded a 2-0 victory over Sandy.
The contest which was a little slow to unfold and some 22 minutes old before the Sandy supporters had their hearts in their mouths on seeing Philippe Beal slip as he attempted a routine clearance with Ickwell's Lee Threadgold at close quarters, they need not have feared, goalkeeper Mark Pallister was alert to the situation and off his line quickly to clear the danger.
Sandy again rode their luck five minutes later when Andrew Vallom hit the woodwork direct from a corner but within 60 seconds Sandy's Daniel Stafford at the other end brought out a flying save from Ickwell custodian Matthew Mann to keep the game goalless.
With the half-time break approaching both sides then went close to taking the lead, first Stafford lobbed an effort over the crossbar before at the other end Vallom curled a free kick from distance just inches wide of the woodwork.
The introduction after the break of Ickwell's Zak Rowe seemed to give the boys from The Green a big lift, first Nick Jones sent an effort from distance sailing over the crossbar then a teasing low cross from Rowe delivered across the Sandy six yard box saw Paul Beith arrive late at the backpost to spurn the chance of the night thus far.
Within two minutes Ickwell were in front, Vallom releasing Lee Threadgold down the left flank and his pinpointed cross was slotted home from close range by Anup Kalyan.Sandy then so nearly levelled the contest just after the hour mark when Mann in fielding a lofted Ian Hammett free kick under his crossbar dropped the ball into the path of Richard Seldon who sliced his moment of glory wide of the uprights.
By now Danny Fox had joined the action for Ickwell and like Rowe before him his appearance seemed to inspire his teammates to greater heights, Beith again arriving unmarked on the backpost just a second to late to polish home a telling free kick from Fox, who then played a major part in his sides second goal on 73 minutes.It was his corner that Sandy failed to clear at least twice that was to fall eventually to the feet of Rowe whose cross made it third time lucky for Beith as he arrived on the backpost to dive in and head home to double the scorline.
With eight minutes left, Mann in the Ickwell goal again showed his class to keep out an effort from Stafford, yet by now Ickwell were in cruise control and the only slight disappointment to their supporters was manager Lee Pike deciding to send on Dan Jones as their third substitute rather than the legendary Phil Dorrell.
Ickwell & Old Warden: Paul Beith, Tim Gill, Nick Jones, Anup Kalyan, Matthew Mann, Matthew McCartney, Jamie Scotcher, Lee Threadgold, Dave Trundley, Dan Threadgold, Subs Used: Danny Fox, Dan Jones, Zak Rowe,
Sandy: Philippe Beal, Matt Evans, Ian Hammett, Mark Jennings, Chris Nicholls, Mark Pallister, Shane Pope, Richard Seldon, Daniel Stafford, Robert Tapley, John Joe Pekszic, Subs used: Olly Banfield, Craig Baker, Nathan Morris,
Saturday 5th May 2012
The final game of the division one season saw Mark Endersby net in the 85th minute to give Caldecote Reserves a 1-0 home victory over Henlow to ensure they would finish in seventh spot in the final standings and leave their visitors after this their fourth consecutive away defeat in ninth place.
The lone scheduled game between M & DH Oakley and Great Barford being postponed when the hosts failed to raise a side to take on their bottom of the table opponents who were thus gifted the three points.
Following two straight home defeats, Goldington returned to form to net a 3-2 home win over Riseley Sports, a victory that now sees them claim third place in the final standings above Renhold Village. James Muircraft shooting them ahead in the 37th minute before a strike from Rob Ginn four minutes later took the teams in at half-time all square at 1-1. Goldington then restored their lead in the 67th minute via an own goal from Riseley goalkeeper Nicholas Care, but the lead lasted just 10 minutes before Paul Brown levelled matters only then to see Karl Anderson net what turned out to be the winning goal 60 seconds later.
Elsewhere, Royal Oak Kempston were gifted the three points when their visitors Potton Town failed to raise a side to meet them in Hillgrounds.
The destination of this seasons silver medals still remains in doubt following the postponement of the Thurleigh v Bedford Park Rangers game but in the three games played, two were to end in 3-3 draws. Goldington Hammers after four straight defeats ending their season by sharing the spoils at home against Stewartby Village, Steve Palmer, Gareth Shrimpton and Jhey Tompkins all finding the back of the net against a Village hat-trick in reply from Ben Sparks. Whilst after five straight away defeats, Dinamo Flitwick earned a point at Shefford Town & Campton A, Dale Goldie being their hero with all three goals against Town replies from Simon Castle twice and Shaun Jenkins.
The lone winners of the day were Bedford Panthers with a 3-1 home victory over Dunton A. Kevin Southby with a brace plus a strike from Michael Bailey only being replied to by John Cole for the visitors.
Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup Final. Sundon Park Rangers 0 Sundon Park Rangers Colts 2.
AFC Kempston Rovers Hillgrounds complex was the venue for this seasons all Bedfordshire County Football League clash bringing about a 2-0 win for division three Sundon Park Rangers Colts over their division two counterparts Sundon Park Rangers.
The game was just 10 minutes old when Kevin Hilton shot the Colts in front with the contests first chance, but rather than spark the game into life, the reverse happened and there was very little for both sets of supporters to shout about until suddenly in the last 10 minutes of the first period the game burst into life. First for the Rangers, Chris Hazel shot just wide from a Luke Evans corner, whilst at the other end Ashley Wadhams was twice denied by saves from Rangers goalkeeper Brett Smith before the Rangers custodian was then again their hero to claw a Cameron Forbes header around his posts.
It was The Colts who came out in the second period all guns blazing, Lee Redmond sending an effort against the crossbar and from the rebound Wadhams could only stand and stare in horror as his effort hit the body of Smith in the Rangers goal and fell away to safety. However, it was not all one way traffic and perhaps at the other end Matthew Conway should have done better with his effort from the edge of the box until with 20 minutes left his side were left with an even bigger hill to climb when Mark Bonnar was red carded for his second yellow card offence by referee Alex Bassick.
That hill became a mountain five minutes later when The Colts doubled the scoreline to 2-0. Hilton supplying the telling cross which saw man of the match Rory McMullen twist and turn in front of goal to send an unstoppable low drive passed Smith into the corner of the net.
The Rangers were however far from ready to admit defeat and if only efforts from Conway and Nicky Buttigieg had not just gone the wrong side of the uprights the crowd might have been treated to a grandstand finish, but it was The Colts who finished the stronger and Smith was again forced to show his class in first beating away an effort from namesake Robert Smith and then producing a double barrelled save from substitute Daryl Smith in the games closing minute.
Sundon Park Rangers Colts: Graham Hilton, Sean Moore, Chris Scott, Colin Moore, Rory McMullen, Cameron Forbes, Lee Redmond, Mike Brunton, Robert Smith, Kevin Hilton, Ashley Wadhams, Subs Used: James Hart, Luke Dolan, Daryl Smith,
Sundon Park Rangers : Brett Smith, Luke Evans, Matthew Conway, Samuel Kehinde, Andrew Fox, Mark Bonnar, Martin Dawson, Steve Farkas, Chris Hazell, Nick Buttigieg, Daniel Viola, Subs Used: Eddy Lewis, Ben Stratful,
They think its all over, it will be soon.
Saturday May 12th will see the curtain fall on the 2011-12 season with the playing of the final six games. In The Premier Division supported by Sportsform section, action comes at Rectory Road where having conceded home advantage Renhold United will hit the road for to face league champions Shefford Town & Campton. Whilst Woburn are due in home action against Caldecote at a yet to be arranged venue. Please log onto www.bedfordshirefootballleague.co.uk during the week for details.
The remaining games coming in division four and it's decision day for the silver medals, at Cutler Hammer Marsh Leys play hosts to Dinamo Flitwick.Whilst for Thurleigh at a yet be be decided venue its home action against the already crowned league champions Bedford Park Rangers.
Over at Horseshoes Close, Dunton A will end their season with a visit from local rivals Clifton Reserves and at The Bedford Hockey Centre, Shefford Town & Campton A are the visitors to face hosts Bedford Panthers. All these games kicking off at 2.30pm.