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Sunday 16th December 2012
Beds FA Senior Trophy Joy for Caldecote and Renhold United.
Bedfordshire FA Senior Trophy Quarter-Finals
At Harvey Close it required a time added on goal from Jack Boyd to see Caldecote into the last four at the expense of Kempston Town & Bedford College who had come from behind three times before going down 4-3.Opening the scoring for the home side in the 11th minute was Barry Dellar before a strike from Martin Ivy made it 1-1 in the 22nd minute, Caldecote then regained the lead via Tom Cookman in the 38th minute only for Lyndon Ingerson to square matters up at 2-2 just two minutes from the interval.
Dellar was to restore Caldecote's advantage with his second goal of the afternoon in the 61st minute but when Roger Goff levelled matters for The Town in the 88th minute the game looked certain to go into extra time, alas for The Town someone forgot to tell Boyd who popped up in the 92nd minute to net the winner.
For Renhold United it was a 2-0 away win over South Midlands League 61 FC Luton, a goal in each half from Dean Dummett doing the damage. However, it was the end of the road for Ickwell & Old Warden who were beaten 8-0 at home by South Midlands League outfit Bedford. Their cause not being helped by the sending off of Dean Hamilton just 20 minutes into the game. At that stage they trailed to just an Ian Thorne goal and even when Chris Johnson doubled the scoreline in the last minute of the half there was still hope. However, three goals inside six minutes around the hour mark from Thorne, Luigi Rocco and Ash Kersey brought up the nap hand before Kersey on 75 minutes plus penalties converted by Liam Tinkler and Jamie Cole in the closing three minutes completed the rout.
Joining these three clubs in the Semi-final draw will be United Counties League Potton United who ran out 4-2 home winners over Langford at The Hollow.
Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup Third Round
Following two postponements, it was third time lucky for Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves who ran out 3-1 winners over Westoning to earn a Quarter-final away tie at Queens Park Crescents. With Greenfield Road again unplayable, Westoning agreed to switch the tie to Oakley and it was thus home goals from Jamie Endersby, Matt Atherton and Matt Barnes against a lone reply from Lewis Wilson that won the day.
Premier Division supported by Sportsform
With the Lidlington United Sports v Oakley Sports M&DH and Sharnbrook v Arlesey Town Reserves games waterlogged off, the Premier Division supported by Sportsform programme was down to just three games.
At The Carlsberg Stadium, AFC Biggleswade made it three wins on the bounce and completed a seasons double over Shefford Town & Campton with a 2-1 victory. Andrew Hayday shooting the visitors ahead in the 25th minute before first James Arlick levelled matters five minutes from the break and Ayo Ogbe hit what turned out to be the winning goal on the hour mark.
Elsewhere, Flitwick Town took their unbeaten ways up to six games by sharing the spoils in a 1-1 draw at second from bottom of the table Wilshamstead. Richie Bevan shooting The Town ahead after 20 minutes before on the hour mark a strike from Paul Jones ensured the game would finish all square. Whilst Bedford Hatters are now unbeaten in their last four outings after drawing 0-0 away at Marston Shelton Rovers.
With Shillington's home game against Sandy waterlogged off, Pavenham missed the chance to take over the leadership of the league table when they lost their seasons unbeaten away record by losing 2-1 at Henlow. Ahead in the 15th minute with a goal from David Netherway, two goals in the closing minute of the opening half from Jay Spencer and Russell Ayles won the day for Henlow.
Down at the other end of the league standings, bottom of the table AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves are still looking for their first win of the season after being beaten 3-1 at Shefford Town & Campton Reserves. Sam Omosh with a brace and Simon Castle netting the goals to take The Town's unbeaten home ways up to five games against a lone reply from Adam Duffett.
Elsewhere, Luton Boys chalked up their third home win on the bounce with a 4-2 victory over a Caldecote Reserves side that are now without a win from their last five outings. Naashon Bennett with a brace plus goals from Famik Stephen-Gabriel and Ali Molhiyadeen only being replied to by Dan Fennell and Carl Heath.
Also failing to beat the weather was the Kings AFC v Leighton United game which was waterlogged off.
With league leaders Goldington sitting the afternoon out their lead at the head of the league table is now down to just a single point following Marabese Ceramics 2-1 win at Sundon Park Rangers which now sees the two clubs exchange second and third positions in the league standings. Alin Fehmi and Alex Paice on the scoresheet for The Tilermen against a Rangers reply from Chris Mapp.
For fourth place Cranfield United Reserves it was a 4-1 victory at bottom of the table Queens Park Crescents. Stephen Mullen netting twice alongside single strikes from James Armstrong and David Anderson against a lone home reply via Shah Roman.
Still sitting in fifth place are Woburn Athletic after they shared the spoils from a 1-1 home draw with Stopsley Park. Dan McClaren on target for The Safari Boys against a Park reply from Nathan Henry.
However, the top scorers of the day were Bromham United who ran out 5-1 home winners over St Joseph Reserves. Phill Kempsell netting three times alongside Ben Robinson and Tom Hole against a lone reply from Lewis Ross.
With second place Clifton having their game at Great Barford waterlogged off, Marsh Leys lead at the head of the league standings is now up to nine points following their 5-1 victory at bottom of the table Royal Oak Kempston. Akeem Lenor with a hat-trick plus goals from Ryan Mann and Antony Farr only being replied to once by Antony Palombella.
Missing out on the chance to climb up into second spot were Riseley Sports, for them it was their first defeat in 10 outings and the end of their seasons unbeaten home ways when beaten 2-1 by Potton Town. James Pyman plus a Bradley Smith penalty marking The Town scoresheet against a home reply from James Cook.
It was a red letter day for Stevington, after a sequence of eight games without a win they netted a 5-2 home victory over second from bottom of the table Bedford Park Rangers who thus are now 11 games without a win. Sam King, Clinton Tatham, Colm Lawler, Antony Sly and Ben Walsh on the home scoresheet against Rangers replies via Shaun Finlay and Tony Anynwu.
Also going nap for their first home win of the season were Kempston Hammers Sports with a 5-4 victory over Wilshamstead Reserves.Jimmy Grandidge the sole destroyer with all five goals against a Jay Hall hat-trick and a strike from Matt Johnson in reply.
Going one better were Renhold United Reserves, for them it was a 6-1 victory at Dunton. Kane Alexander and Dan Luke both netting twice alongside Anthony Blackman and Jonathon Ovendon against a lone home reply from Lewis Bosher.
Whilst a waterlogged pitch caused the Westoning Reserves v Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves game to be postponed.
It as you were at the head of the league table following wins for the top two sides. League leaders Bedford Panthers retaining their seasons 100% away ways when goals from Michael O'Brien and Giuseppe Lamberti took them to a 2-0 win at Clifton Reserves who were losing for the first time in five outings. Whilst second place Elstow Abbey Reserves remain just goal difference behind them after they preserved their seasons 100% perfect home record with a 6-1 victory over Dinamo Flitwick.
Sean Hendry shooting them ahead in the 2nd minute before a strike from Scott Hannam levelled maters in the 25th minute only to see a brace of goals from Lewis Atkin have The Abbey 3-1 in front by the interval. Travis Joseph via a 40 yard free kick made it 4-1 nine minutes into the second period until the nap hand was brought up in the 58th minute with a goal from Kaylen Wilson, Joseph then completed the afternoon's scoring with another long range success six minutes later.
Also netting six goals were Kempston Athletic, they moved up into fifth place in the league table after they extended their unbeaten ways to five games with a 6-2 win at bottom of the table Caldecote A. Gary Whitbread netting four times and Gavin Matthews twice against home replies from Jack Aris and Ryan Ambrose.
Having won their last five outings, Marston Shelton Rovers fell to earth with a bump when beaten 5-0 at Flitwick Town Reserves. Daryl Stringer with a hat-trick plus an own goal and a strike from Cody Roberts ending Town's three game losing run to see them hold onto fourth place in the league table.
For Sandy Reserves it was an end to their run of five home games without a victory with a 4-1 win over Dunton Reserves. Jonnie Stratford shooting them ahead in the 22nd minute before a Tony Skinner header levelled the scoreline just two minutes before the interval. Sandy were back in front via a Pete Rogan header in the 57th minute and it was game up for the visitors when Stratford made it 3-1 in the 80th minute and then completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot just six minutes later. Dunton's afternoon of woe made even worse when Craig Hill was red carded just two minutes from time.
Elsewhere, the Wootton Village v Kempston Con Club Sports game was waterlogged off.
Preview for Saturday 22nd December 2012
Action this weekend centres around the ties in the opening round of this seasons various league cups. For Premier Division supported by Sportsform clubs that means The Britannia Cup, the tie of the round perhaps coming at Rectory Road where last seasons beaten finalists Shefford Town & Campton receive a visit from the seven time winners and current league leaders Caldecote who having won their last six away league outings will perhaps start the day favourites to progress into the last eight draw.
For current holders Oakley Sports M&DH, the defence of their cup sees them in home action against Arlesey Town Reserves. Having netted a 4-1 home win over them in league action just five weeks ago which signalled a down turn in the form of The Town, it will be The Sportsmen who will start the day the favourites to progress.
Just three of the other 11 participating clubs have their names already engraved on the famous old trophy and two of those go head to head at Jubilee Playing Fields. The venue at which 1991-92 season winners Wilshamstead host 1970-71 season winners Lidlington United Sports. The visitors have yet to record a win on the road this season in league action but will take heart from their 5-1 home league win over their hosts back in early November.
The third club with their name already engraved on the cup are 1973-74 season winners Ickwell & Old Warden, for them its a trip to Marston Playing Fields to be hosted by Marston Shelton Rovers. With the visitors having been beaten just the once on the road this season and The Rovers just twice at home by Arlesey Town Reserves and Caldecote this is a tie that could go either way.
Over at Hillgrounds, AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College host Bedford Hatters.Having removed The Hatters from The Bedfordshire Senior Trophy and drawn away against them in the league you would expect the Town to prevail. But hang on, The Town are now without a win since that Trophy defeat in early November whilst The Hatters are unbeaten in their last four outings to suggest its no forgone conclusion.
The league season begun for Flitwick Town with a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Sharnbrook who are the visitors to face them at Steppingley Road. Town are currently enjoying a rich vein of form as against Sharnbrook who have lost their last three away outings to suggest revenge could well be on the cards.
The final game comes at Renhold Playing Fields, the venue at which hosts Renhold United will start firm favourites against the visiting yet to win this season Bedford Sports Athletic.
For Division One sides that means Centenary Cup action. This weekend sees just four ties and for 2009-10 season winners Leighton United that's a trip on the road to Chaul End Lane to face hosts Luton Boys. United still with a perfect 100% away league record expected to prevail over their hosts despite them having only lost twice on home soil this season.
Over at Hillgrounds, AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves have failed to win in league action this season thus visitors Shefford Town & Campton Reserves despite only winning once on the road this season in league action will travel to start the day favourites. A comment that certainly also applies to Shillington when they journey to King George VI Playing Fields to take on Kings AFC. The Shills with a perfect away league record facing a home side that has lost four of its five home league starts this season.
The fourth and final tie perhaps being the tie of the round when at their Playing Field headquarters Pavenham host Elstow Abbey who make the journey seeking revenge for a 3-0 home league defeat at The Warren back in late September.
Aside from the cup action there is one league game taking place when in Mowsbury Park, Brickhill Tigers search out home win number four on the bounce when visited by Sandy.
The cup action for Division Two sides takes place in The Jubilee Cup. Just one of this current sections sides have lifted the cup in the past, being the 2010-11 season winners Westoning who hit the road for The Hollow to face Potton United Reserves. Having not won on the road this season and United having shared the spoils in a 4-4 league draw at Greenfield Road in mid-November you would expect the hosts to prevail.
Over at Crawley Road, Cranfield United Reserves are still unbeaten at home in league action this season and this includes a 1-0 win just a fortnight ago over their visitors Stopsley Park to give them the edge in what might be another close affair.Whilst Eastcotts AFC journey to Leagrave Park looking to repeat their 1-0 league win over hosts St Joseph Reserves at the same venue in late October in another game that could go either way.
Just down the road in Stockwood Park, Sundon Park Rangers host Marabese Ceramics seeking revenge for last weekends home league defeat.Whilst at the other Crawley Road, Woburn Athletic entertain the visiting Queens Park Crescents having netted a 4-0 away league win over them in early October to start the day full of confidence of progressing into the last eight.
Away from the cup there is just one Division Two league game taking place, that comes in Mowsbury Park where league leaders Goldington will be fully expected to stretch their lead at the top of the standings when they are called upon by Meltis Albion.
For the Division Three and Four sides the action comes in the shape of The Watson Shield. Of the nine ties the draw has given us five Division Four v Division Three clashes to set up a spot of potential giant killing with four of those ties giving the lower division side the home advantage.Of those ties perhaps the best chance of an upset comes at Bedford Road Recreation Ground where the visitors to face Sandy Reserves are a Bedford Park Rangers side that has failed to win any of its last 11 outings. Or perhaps in Hillgrounds where the now bang in form Kempston Athletic take on 2006-07 season winners Clifton. As you would expect still unbeaten on the road Marsh Leys to have too much in the locker for Clifton Reserves at Whiston Crescent and Kempston Hammers Sports to prevail over the first ever Shield winners in season 2002-03 Dunton Reserves at Horseshoes Close.
However, hitting the road are Bedford Panthers who are still 100% away from home in division four league action and could well cause an upset at Mill Lane against hosts Potton Town.
That leaves just two all Division three clashes and two all Division four clashes to find out the last 16 sides left standing. In those all division three ties. On The Green Ickwell & Old Warden will have to revenge a late October 6-1 league defeat if they are to overcome their visitors Renhold United Reserves. Whilst you would favour Riseley Sports fine away form to see them home when they make the short journey to take on Stevington at their Playing Fields headquarters.
In the two all division four encounters, at The Warren, still 100% at home Elstow Abbey Reserves will be firm favouties to overcome a Dinamo Flitwick side they have already beaten twice in the league but at Harvey Close, hosts Caldecote A will need to produce their first home win of the season if they are to overcome the visiting Flitwick Town Reserves.