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Sunday 01st March 2015
Spot Kick Cup Glory For Great Barford.
Premier Division supported by Sportsform
Renhold United's lead at the head of the Premier Division supported by Sportsform league table is now up to eight points after they came from 2-1 down with just 10 minutes to play to triumph 4-2 at bottom of the table Ickwell & Old Warden. Tommy Foyle netting twice alongside Aaron Hazelwood and Jason Allison to ensure United would retain their seasons 100% away record against home strikes from an Andrew Vallom penalty and Jacob Ghefhafn.
For second place Shefford Town & Campton it was home defeat number four on the bounce when beaten 3-2 by Sharnbrook, the visitors also missing twice from the penalty spot inside a two minute period late in the game. Shaun Barnett with a brace plus Alex Strange on the Sharnbrook scoresheet against home replies from Michael Jones and Ryan Lewis.
Third spot Flitwick Town who trail the league leaders by some nine points kept their championship hopes alive in taking their unbeaten home ways up to five games with a 1-0 win over second from bottom of the table Caldecote thanks to a first half strike from Pat Lewis. Whilst just still goal difference behind them in fifth spot are AFC Oakley M&DH who ran out 5-1 home winners over Eastcotts AFC. Oli Plested with a brace being supported by strikes from Chris Thorman, Carl Warner and Alex Liburd to bring up the nap hand against a penalty in reply from Kaylin Wilson.
Still sitting in fifth spot are Wootton Blue Cross after they took their unbeaten away ways up to five games by winning 2-0 at Sandy who are still looking for their first home win of the season. Ahead via a 5th minute own goal they were to double the scoreline in the 57th minute via Ryan Mellor before riding their luck in the closing 10 minutes during which time the home side saw two efforts come back off the woodwork and another cleared off the line.
In sixth place are Marston Shelton Rovers who made it four away wins on the bounce with a 3-1 victory at Pavenham. Alan Henman netting twice and Harry Baker once against a lone home reply from Tom Ellis. Whilst for seventh place AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College it was a 5-3 away win at Wilstead. Courtney Broughton with a brace joined on the scoresheet by Tyrone Kelly, Ryan Smith and Andrew Latimer against home replies via Paul Jones, Alex Russell and Greg Turnball.
Division One supported by Wests Citroen Bedford
With league leaders Elstow Abbey away on Centenary Cup duty second place Cranfield United who have still played three games less took full advantage to close the gap on them to just six points when they made it win number 10 on the bounce and retained their seasons 100% home record in beating Queens Park Crescents 1-0. Martin Holland netting the all important goal just 10 minutes from time.
For third place Henlow following three straight defeats it was a return to winning ways with a 6-3 victory at AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves. Stephen Fletcher and Russell Ayles both netting twice alongside strikes from David Kiddie and James Campbell against Town replies via Ashley Windridge, Simon Dunne and Anas Bechkoum.
Also enjoying life on the road were Shefford Town & Campton Reserves who won 3-1 at Sundon Park Rangers. Malcolm Marimirofa netting twice and Simon Castle once against a lone home reply from Ryan Smith. Whilst the other three league games all finished in draws. At Cople Playing Fields, Bedford SA with a goal from Daniel Lupton ended a five game losing run in sharing the spoils with Riseley Sports in a 1-1 draw where Josh Poole replied for the visitors and at Miller Road, Meltis Albion were held to a 3-3 draw by AFC Oakley M&DH Reserves. Carl Townsend, Josh St Clair Pierre and Kieran Walsh netting for the Albion against replies from Ray Patrickson, Mitchell Crook and Daniel Bentley.
Elsewhere over at Mill Lane, Potton Town having lost their last four outings stopped the rot by drawing 3-3 with Marabese Ceramics. Chris Cooper, Tom Pyman and Chris Moore on the Town scoresheet against replies from Giuseppe D'Angelo twice and Colin Standley once.
Centenary Cup Round One
Elstow Abbey now face a trip in round two to either Riseley Sports or Shefford Town & Campton Reserves after running out 2-0 home winners over AFC Harlington. Aaran Cavill netting in the sixth minute and Andy Klein in the 28th minute to do the damage.
Bedfordshire FA Intermediate Cup Semi-final
Great Barford will now contest this seasons final against AFC Dunstable Reserves after netting a 4-2 penalty shoot-out win at North Bucks League Southcott Village Residents Association after 90 minutes play had seen the sides deadlocked at 4-4. Nick Payne, Reuben Hukin, David Mulvihill and Gary Canzano netting the goals in normal time.
Clapham Sports took their lead at the head of the division two league table up to four points from the non-playing Stevington who have played six games fewer after they netted a 3-1 home win over Moggerhanger United. Neil Larman netting twice and Mario Espozito once against a lone United reply from Brandon Bates. Whilst with FC Houghton's home game with Kempston Athletic postponed jumping above them into third place on goal difference and now trailing Stevington by the same margin are Westoning who made it 10 wins on the bounce to retain their seasons unbeaten away ways by winning 5-2 at Wootton Village. Bryn Reynolds leading the way with a hat-trick and supported by goals from Glen Cooksley and James Lovett against home replies via Adam Flynn and Jacob Bassett.
For fifth place Elstow Abbey Reserves it was a shock 3-1 away defeat at Meltis Albion Reserves who were ending a run of nine consecutive defeats.Jay Fattrusso with a brace plus Shaun Gilbert the home goalscorers against a lone Abbey reply from Jamie Carter. Whilst Bedford United have now failed to win any of their last eight home games after being beaten 4-2 by bottom of the table Wilstead Reserves. Robert Booth with a brace plus Sam Ward and Luke Prietzel netting for the visitors against United replies via Jamaal Dixon and Adam Wodecki.
Also enjoying life on the road were Renhold United Reserves who after being 2-0 down at Caldecote Reserves netted three times in the last 15 minutes to win 3-2. Liberto Battezzato with a brace plus Justin Ludman on the United scoresheet against first half strikes from Simon Ashton and Nicky Albone. Whilst Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves took their unbeaten ways up to four games with a 3-2 home win over Kempston Hammers. Dale Makow netting twice and Antony Henman once against Hammers replies from an own goal and a James Peacock penalty.
With league leaders Flitwick Town Reserves and second place Lea Sports PSG taking the afternoon off third place Cranfield United Reserves took full advantage to close the gap on them both to just two points by winning 3-2 at Mid Beds Tigers. Daniel Mclaren netting twice and Ben Thompson once against Tigers replies via Craig Baker and Rob Gaylor.
Meantime fourth place FC Serbia are now unbeaten in their last nine starts after winning 2-0 at Dinamo Flitwick thanks to an own goal plus a strike from Stefan Maljkovic and for fifth place Atletico Europa it was a 5-1 home win over Shefford Town & Campton A. Kane Alexander with a brace plus strikes from Mo Banda, Daniel Avis and Yasmin Demir only being replied to once by Simon Smith.
However, the biggest winners of the day were White Eagles who ran out 6-1 home winners over a Caldecote U20 side who have failed to win any of their last 11 starts. The game in effect being all over within 12 minutes following goals from Damien Krowczyk, Rafal Cygan and Maciej Maciorowski too see the Eagles race into a 3-0 lead which was added to by Marcin Ptak four minutes before the break and then increased further by Krowczyk on the hour mark and Mateusz Dybikowski nine minutes from time before the visitors reduced the scorline via an own goal six minutes later.
Elsewhere, Clifton have now lost their last seven away games after being beaten 2-1 at Westoning U20. James Russell and Domonic Benmoussa on the home scoresheet against a lone reply from Charlie Watson.
Preview for Saturday 7th March 2015.
The centre of attention this weekend falls upon the first round ties in this seasons various league cups and second round action in the Watson Shield. For Premier Division supported by Sportsform clubs that means action in the Britannia Cup. For current holders Shefford Town & Campton the defence of their crown begins with a trip to Pavenham Playing Fields to be hosted by a Pavenham side who defeated them in league action at the same venue just three weeks ago. Whilst last seasons beaten finalists Wilstead who are now starting to hit a rich vein of form its home action at Jubilee Playing Fields against Sandy.The league encounter at the same venue in late January ended all square at 3-3 and another tight game could well be on the cards.
Having won the cup in both seasons 2011-12 and 2012-13 AFC Oakley M&DH will be expected to make the last eight when at Church Road they play hosts to bottom of the table Ickwell & Old Warden. Whilst just down the road at Renhold Playing Fields, current league leaders Renhold United who have yet to have their name engraved on the famous old trophy should progress into the last eight at the expense of the visiting Sharnbrook.
Other action comes at Harvey Close, the venue at which seven times winners Caldecote play hosts to Eastcotts AFC and with their league encounter at the same venue earlier in the season going their way 3-2 they will look to this tie to brighten up their disappointing league season. Whilst a tight game can also well be expected at the Flitwick Football Centre where hosts Flitwick Town take on AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College,especially after their league encounter at the same venue just three weeks ago ended in a 2-2 draw.
With this cup action taking place there is just one game taking place in the Premier Division supported by Sportsform division when at Weston Park fifth place Wootton Blue Cross will look to return to winning ways on home soil when called upon by near neighbours Marston Shelton Rovers who will hit the road now winners of their last four away outings and just a point and a place below them in the league table.
For Division One supported by Wests Citroen Bedford teams the action comes in the Centenary Cup and for current holders Henlow that means home Groveside action against AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves just seven days after they clashed at Hillgrounds in league action where Henlow won 6-3 to claim all three points. Whilst last seasons beaten finalists Sundon Park Rangers will be hitting the road for an Ickleford Recreation Ground tie against Marabese Ceramics hoping to better the 1-1 draw they gained at the same venue on the opening day of the league season.
Over in Allen Park, Queens Park Crescents having won 5-2 at Bedford SA in league action just 14 days ago will start the favourites to make the last eight, a comment that also applies to Cranfield United when they journey to Mill Lane to be hosted by Potton Town in the knowledge they won at the venue 4-1 in league action in December.
Other ties come at Miller Road, the venue at which last seasons Jubilee Cup finalists Meltis Albion receive a visit from a Shefford Town & Campton Reserves side they have already beaten at the same venue in league action back in December and at Fisher Close, Great Barford will be expected to progress into the last eight at the expense of the visiting AFC Oakley M&DH Reserves.
This cup action reducing the league programme to just one game when at Gold Street, eighth place Riseley Sports look to return to winning ways on home soil against the visiting bottom of the table AFC Harlington who have won just the twice on the road in league action all season.
The cup action for Division Two sides comes in the shape of the Jubilee Cup. Over at the Hockey Centre, Bedford United host FC Houghton fully aware their visitors have already netted two league wins over them this season. Whilst at Wootton Recreation Ground, the same comment applies to Wootton Village when they play hosts to Clapham Sports who have done likewise.
Elsewhere, down at Cutler Hammer, Kempston Hammers Sports host ground sharers Kempston Athletic who they beat 4-1 in league action at the same venue when it was Athletics' home game and at Horseshoes Close, Moggerhanger United will be the favourites to progress at the expense of the visiting Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves.
League Division Two action brings about a programme of three games, at their Playing Field headquarters Stevington still unbeaten on home soil this season and winners of their last 12 league outings are paid a visit by bottom of the table Wilstead Reserves and at Greenfield Road where hosts Westoning have won their last four league outings the visitors are Renhold United Reserves. The final action comes at Harvey Close, the venue at which second from bottom of the table Caldecote Reserves receive a visit from tenth place Meltis Albion Reserves.
For Division Three sides its action in round two of the Watson Shield. At the Sandy Academy its local derby action between the hosting Mid Beds Tigers and the visiting Caldecote U20 in a tie which the hosts will fancy they can win. Whilst perhaps the tie of the round comes at Pirton Recreation Ground, the venue at which hosts Lea Sports PSG will seek to gain revenge for their earlier league defeat at the same venue against the visiting Dinamo Flitwick.
Over at Rectory Road, Shefford Town & Campton A having recorded two league wins over Westoning U20 this season will look for the hat-trick to progress into the last eight. Whilst the other three ties sees our teams in opposition to Bedfordshire Saturday Youth League U17 sides. Cranfield United Reserves at Crawley Road being visited by BSYL high flyers Dunstable Town and at Bedford Road Recreation Ground, Sandy Reserves play hosts to Linslade Galaxy Real.
The third tie seeing Clifton hit the road to be hosted by Southcott Village RA. Meantime there is still a first round tie to be settled, this being an all BSYL affair between local rivals Leighton United and Leighton Town for the right to journey to face Atletico Euopa in round two.