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Sunday 04th May 2014
Cup joy for Henlow and Great Barford.
Friday 1st May 2014. Centenary Cup Final
With an approximate 100 plus people in attendance at Potton United's Hollow complex, Henlow became the first club in the leagues history to engrave their name on the Centenary Cup for a third time with a narrow 2-1 victory over Sundon Park Rangers who were appearing in their first ever final.
Henlow having already beaten the Rangers in Beds FA Intermediate Cup action this season were the quicker into their stride and were duly rewarded when from close range Matthew Wilson shot them ahead with the watch showing just six minutes played.
In fact most of the opening half play was encamped in the Rangers half and but for a fine save from Rangers goalkeeper Brett Smith to deny Wilson in the 20th minute and some poor finishing that saw Russell Ayles pulled an effort wide of the posts and then sky another shot over the crossbar the contest could have been well and truly over before at the other end Edward Lewis sent the Rangers first effort of the night wide of the posts just 10 minutes from the break.
Whatever was said in the Rangers dressing room at half-time certainly worked as the opening second period action became a reverse of the previous half with Henlow now suddenly being on the receiving end, goalkeeper Jack Mannion having to make his first save of the evening to keep out an effort from substitute Nicky Buttigieg and then show his class again to deny the same player just three minutes later.
It now seemed only a matter of time before the Rangers would get back on level terms and when fellow substitute Nasshon Bennett broke free 20 minutes from time he looked odds on to do just that, however Mannion had other idea's and was quickly off his line to scoop the ball off the boot of the inrushing striker.
This save seemingly appearing to knock the stuffing out of the Rangers and give Henlow renewed energy as with just six minutes left only a flying one handed save from Rangers keeper Smith to turn a Keith Milburn strike around his uprights prevented Henlow doubling the scoreline.
However, that second goal was to arrive two minutes into time added on when a classy double one-two between James Campbell and the recently introduced substitute Jonathan Rowe saw the newcomer slam goal number two into the back of the net and send the Groveside faithful in the crowd wild.
But the last say was to go to the Rangers with Eddie Lewis reducing the arrears just 60 seconds later to set up a tense closing three minutes before Henlow knew the cup was on its way to Groveside for a third time.
Henlow : Jack Mannion, James Campbell, Chris Houghton, Mark McMillen, Keith Milburn, Keith Purslow, Manjit Singh, Josh Timmins, Matthew Wilson, Russel Ayles, George Kiely, Subs used: Mathew Runbellow, Andy Newton, Jonathan Rowe,
Sundon Park Rangers: Brett Smith, Matt Conway, Martyn Dawson, Brian Fraser, Kane Griffith, Chris Hazell, Jordan Holmes, Edward Lewis, Chris Scott, Ravi Jessari, Patrick Doherty, Subs Used: Carl Williams, Nasshon Bennett, Nicky Buttigieg,
Saturday 2nd May 2014.
Jubilee Cup Final.
Before a Second Meadow Biggleswade United crowd of 150 this seasons Jubilee Cup Final was to go to the wire before Great Barford emerged penalty shoot out winners over Queens Park Crescents after 120 minutes play had seen the sides deadlocked at 1-1.
It was Great Barford who were to strike first blood gaining a penalty just 12 minutes into the contest which was duly despatched into the back of the net by Owen Layton. After which it then required another 18 minutes to pass before either goalkeeper was called into real action as Barford custodian Vinney Govoni did well to deal with a corner delivered in by Shahinur Rahman.
The Crescents going on to finish the half the much stronger of the two sides, first Rahman in full flow was only denied by a last ditch tackle from Reubin Hukin who for his efforts required some intensive treatment to an injured shoulder before being able to continue, then after Mohammed Zahar had flown a effort wide of the posts, Shezad Sattar saw his free kick from distance taken quite comfortably under his crossbar by Govoni.
Just three minutes into the new half perhaps Gary Canzano should have doubled the scoreline when after breaking free he then with only goalkeeper Luke Bliss to beat pushed his final shot well wide of the posts.
A miss his side were to pay for dearly just four minutes later as Sattar delivered the perfect free kick low and hard from some 30 yards out to leave Govoni rooted to his goalline and the scoreline now 1-1. The Crescents Red Army crowd were now suddenly in full voice but it was Barford who came the nearest to striking the next goal, first Nick Payne sent a effort just wide of the uprights before Michael Pickard rose to meet a Canzano corner only to see his header come back off the same uprights.
However, it was not all one way traffic. Govini being called back into action to save well from Sattar to ensure the game would go into extra time.
Extra time was to bring about just two real chances of a winning goal. Sattar hitting an effort over the crossbar and at the other end Pickard shaving the uprights from distance.
So into a penalty shoot-out we went where the hero of the day turned out to be Govoni who saved all of the first three Crescents efforts from Sattar, Rahman and Yousaf during which time Barford's Pickard and Canzano had netted plus Payne skied his effort over the crossbar. Next up for the Crescents was Fabio Sattar who showed his teamates just how a penalty should be taken, but it was all so far to late as Tom Hobbs stepped up to net the fourth Barford effort to ensure the cup was on its way back to Barford in the clubs sponsored Stagecoach bus and leave the Crescents Red Army crowd in silence whilst their Barford counterparts were chanting "shall we sing a song for you"
Great Barford: Vinney Govoni, Gary Canzano, Stan Hobbs, Reubin Hukin, David Mulvhill, Partrick Mulvhill, Nick Payne, Ben Stock, Owen Layton, Kevin Lynch, Sam Queeley, Subs Used: Jason Huckle, Michael Pickard, Tom Hobbs.
Queens Park Crescents : Luke Bliss, Hassen Yousaf, Haroon Rashid, Rondell Belfon, Tom Bliss, Luke Gino-Sozzo, Fabio Sattar, Shedad Sattar, Shahinur Rahman, Mohammed Zahar, Tim Gill, Subs Used: Hussain Ayaz, Cameron Browne, Fiaisal Rahman.
Cranfield United were to end their season now winners of their last nine away games and sitting three points clear of AFC Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves at the top of the league standings who will thus require four points from their closing two home games against Co-op Sports and Great Barford to remove them from the top spot and claim the league title. Jordan Appleton netting twice and David Adderson once to do the damage.
Elsewhere, Potton Town were beaten 5-1 at home by Co-op Sports. Martin Collins netting three times alongside Andrew Randell and Kris Fox to bring up the nap hand against a lone Town reply from Tom Pyman.
The lone scheduled action between Elstow Abbey Reserves and Kempston Hammers was not to happen when the Abbey failed to raise a side. The gifted three points to the Hammers seeing them finish the season in sixth spot just a place and three points shy of the Abbey.
For bottom of the table Shefford Town & Campton A it was defeat number seven on the bounce when beaten 6-1 at home by second place FC Houghton. Paul Taylor netting twice alongside Mark Doran, Hayden Fletcher, Daniel Murphy and Valentino Ukegbu against a lone home reply from Tim Andrews.