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Sunday 19th April 2015
FA Inter League Cup Win for The Bedfordshire County Football League.
FA Inter-League Cup Preliminary Round
The Bedfordshire County Football League moved into the first round of the 2015-16 season FA Inter-League Cup with a dramatic penalty shoot-out win over The Surrey Elite Intermediate League. Trailing to a goal from Tom Henzi in the 15th minute they were to draw level just 12 minutes from time via a Justin Newman ( Renhold United ) header to take the game into extra time.
Surrey via Ben Thorne were to restore their lead in the 98th minute only to see Jamie Cerminara ( Marston Shelton Rovers ) even things up with the last action of the game to make it 2-2 and bring about a penalty shoot-out.
First up were the visitors who saw home goalkeeper Liam Jahn ( Eastcotts AFC ) beat out Lewis Aylott's effort before their goalkeeper Clark Gooding saved the opening home effort from Jack Weeden ( Marston Shelton Rovers ) the next eight efforts were all duly despatched away by Surrey's Tom Henzi, Tariq Sidoui, Luke Willoughby and goalkeeper Gooding against Beds replies via Mark Reed ( Renhold United ) Ryan Lewis ( Shefford Town & Campton ) Jonny Richens ( AFC Oakley M&DH) and Jamie Cerminara to take the tie into sudden death.
Like in the opening sequence both the first penalties were saved, Stuart Baldwin missing out for the visitors and Mark Smith ( AFC Oakley M&DH ) for the hosts. Home goalkeeper Jahn then made his third save of the afternoon from Rob Lewis to give Jack Goodacre ( AFC Oakley M&DH ) the honour of banging home the winner to take the hosts to a 5-4 win.
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AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College were to have their 11 game unbeaten run ended when losing 0-2 at home against Wootton Blue Cross. Phil Matthews netting both of the goals to do the damage.
For Sandy it was just home win number two of the season and the local bragging rights after they ran out 2-1 victors over bottom of the table Ickwell & Old Warden. Jonnie Stratford and Jahrome Mullings on their scoresheet against a lone reply via Andrew Vallom. The boys from The Green now find themselves seven points adrift at the base of the table following Caldecote's 1-1 draw at Sharnbrook. Shaun Barnett on the home scoresheet against a Caldecote reply via Stuart Haddow.
Division One supported by Wests Citroen Bedford
Cranfield United are now five points clear at the head of the Division One supported by Wests Citroen Bedford league table after a lone goal from Jordan Appleton was enough to take them to a 1-0 victory at bottom of the table Marabese Ceramics and then learn second place Elstow Abbey had lost 0-1 at home to Queens Park Crescents to prevent them taking their home unbeaten ways into double figures. Shazed Satter the Crescents goalscorer.
For third place Henlow it was a share of the spoils in a 3-3 home draw with AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves. Russell Ayles netting all three goals against Town replies via Ashley Windridge, Keegan Roberts and Anas Bechkoum. Whilst now up into fourth spot are Sundon Park Rangers who took their winning ways up to five games with a 4-0 home win over Riseley Sports. Nash Bennett netting twice alongside single goals for Shaka Anderson and Kane Griffiths.
The Rangers jumping above Great Barford in the league standing following their 1-0 defeat at Shefford Town & Campton Reserves who with a goal from Stuart Pearce were taking their unbeaten ways up to seven games.
Down at the other end of the table AFC Harlington moved themselves out of the drop zone with a 3-1 home victory over Meltis Albion. Jon Murray, Scott Gadsden and Curtis Stirling on their scoresheet against a lone Albion reply from Craig Damon. Replacing them in the drop zone are Bedford SA despite them sharing the spoils in a 3-3 draw at AFC Oakley M&DH Reserves. Josh Hislop, Daniel Bentley and Ray Patrickson on the home scoresheet against SA replies from Daniel Lupton, Ashley Banton and Tom Marwood.
The game of the day in Division Two was to go the way of league leaders Stevington who ended third place Westoning's unbeaten 20 game run with a 3-1 home victory over them to push them six points clear of their conquerors in the standings who nevertheless have still played two games fewer. Joe Holyoke netting twice and Jordan Wright once for the home side against a lone reply from Bryn Reynolds.
Just two points adrift of Stevington and four ahead of Westoning who have played two games fewer are FC Houghton who took their unbeaten ways up to 21 games with a 7-1 victory at Renhold United Reserves. Paul Taylor netting four times, James Matthews twice and Mark Doran once against a lone United reply via Nathan France.
Down at the other end of the table, basement side Wilstead Reserves are still looking for their first home win of the season after being beaten 4-1 by Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves. Gary Russon twice plus Charlie Roberts and Lewis Cerminara on the Rovers scoresheet against a lone reply from Matt Thompson. Whilst third from bottom of the table Meltis Albion Reserves were running out 3-2 home winners over Kempston Athletic. Josh Pierre St Clair, Kade Walker and Carl Townsend on the home scoresheet against Athletic replies via Sean Betts and Gavin Matthews.
Meantime Bedford United chalked up away win number three on the bounce with a 5-4 victory at Elstow Abbey Reserves. Rory Cochrane with a brace joined on the scoresheet by Aaran Perrett, Jamal Dixon and Tom Wade to bring up the nap hand.The Abbey replies coming via an Andy Klein hat-trick and a goal from Jason Harrison.
Elsewhere, Moggerhanger United ended their three game losing away run by sharing the spoils in a 2-2 draw at Kempston Hammers. Martin Bennett and Dan Havil on the Hammers scoresheet against two in reply from Brandon Bates.
Cranfield United Reserves were crowned Division Three league champions for season 2014-15 following their 5-0 victory away at Westoning U20 to take their winning ways up to eight games. David Adderson, Daniel McLaren, Phil Distin, Joe Sames and Jordan Conway all finding the back of the net to bring up the nap hand. Whilst Lea Sports PSG duly collected the silver medals after winning their eighth away game on the bounce 3-2 at White Eagles. Tom Durrant, Ryan Darby and Tom Doran netting the vital goals against Eagles replies via Martin Ptak and Przemyslaw Kala.
Still with hopes of a top three finish are Atlectico Europa who took their winning home ways up to four games with a 4-0 win over Clifton who were losing for the ninth away time on the bounce. Daniel Green with a brace plus an own goal and a strike from Aaron Hill doing the damage.
Down at the other end of the table, Mid Beds Tigers are now unbeaten in their last three starts after sharing the spoils from a 2-2 home draw with Dinamo Flitwick. Brad Dennis and Jay Smith on the Tigers scoresheet against two in reply from Dale Goldie. Whilst Caldecote U20 won for the first time on the road this season with a 2-1 victory at Sandy Reserves. Scott Lancaster and Jamie Richardson netting the vital goals against a home reply from Jonnie Stratford who earlier in the afternoon had netted in the home sides Premier Division supported by Sportsform game.
Elsewhere, Shefford Town & Campton A were running out 3-0 home winners over FC Serbia. Scott Frusciante netting twice and Jay Smith once.
Preview for Friday 24th April 2015/Saturday 25th April 2015
Action this weekend will commence with the staging of this seasons East Beds Junior Charity Cup Final at Forde Park home of Langford FC on Friday evening when Division One Supported by Wests Citroen Bedford side Shefford Town & Campton Reserves face Division Three Lea Sports PSG in a 7.30pm Kick Off.
Then on Saturday this weekend's action will see the final full programme of the 2014-15 season taking place as the current campaign draws to a close. With all the issues now settled at the head of the Premier Division supported by Sportsform league table for the leading clubs just pride will be at stake. Newly crowned league champions Renhold United making their way to Hitchin Road to face fourth place Shefford Town & Campton looking to revenge the Town's victory at Renhold Playing Fields in late November, the champions only home league defeat of the season.Whilst second place Flitwick Town play hosts at their Football Centre base to sixth place Wootton Blue Cross.
Over at Marston Playing Fields seventh place hosts Marston Shelton Rovers will be anxious to end their run of six home encounters without a victory when called upon by fifth place AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College who will be hitting the road now unbeaten in their last five away starts and for one of the clubs it will also be revenge time as the two clubs would have met 72 hours earlier in a Britannia Cup Semi-final encounter.
However down at the other end of the table the wooden spoon is still up for grabs as bottom of the table Ickwell & Old Warden to allow for a cricket match to take place in the afternoon wll kick off at 10.45am and be wanting to end their current six game losing home run on The Green when called upon by third place AFC Oakley M&DH to keep the battle alive with Caldecote who go into local derby action at Bedford Road Recreation Ground at 1.45pm against the hosting ninth place Sandy. The hosts looking for just their third home win of the season and the visitors just their third away win of the season.
Other action coming at Wixams, the venue at which eleventh place hosts Eastcotts AFC look to end a run of four consecutive home defeats against the visiting twelfth place Sharnbrook and at Jubilee Playing Fields, tenth place Wilstead play hosts to eighth place Pavenham who have won three of their last five trips on the road.
In Division One supported by Wests Citroen Bedford action the league title is still in abeyance, however it does appear to be going the way of current league leaders Cranfield United who journey to Miller Road to be hosted by sixth place Meltis Albion who are currently on a run of four home games without a win and will almost certainly be United's if second place Elstow Abbey fail to collect all three points from their own away encounter at Church Lane against the hosting twelfth place AFC Oakley M&DH Reserves.
Down at the other end of the table basement club Marabese Ceramics will still feel they have a chance of avoiding the drop, but due to cricket commitments they are being forced to play their home encounter with seventh place Riseley Sports at the Sportsmen's Gold Street base. Whilst for one of the clubs they are looking to climb above Bedford SA go into home 3.15pm action at their temporary Miller Road base looking to repair the damage of eight home games without a win against the visiting eleventh place Potton Town who will arrive looking to end a run of four consecutive away defeats.
Other action comes at Stockwood Park Athletic Track, the venue at which fourth place Sundon Park Rangers look for win number six on the bounce when called upon by eighth place Queens Park Crescents.
In Division Two the battle for the title, should despite the midweek action, still be a three way fight. Of the trio on paper third place Westoning look to have the toughest fixture this weekend when they hit the road to King George VI Playing Fields to face fourth place Clapham Sports who have lost just the twice on home soil all season. As both the other contenders will be expected to collect all three points from their home encounters. Current league leaders Stevington at their Playing Field base playing hosts to fifth place Elstow Abbey Reserves losers of four of their last five away outings and at Moore Crescent, second place FC Houghton look to maintain their seasons unbeaten home ways when called upon by twelfth place Kempston Athletic.
Down at the other end of the table basement side Wilstead Reserves are now in the last chance saloon and perhaps only a victory at Renhold Playing Fields against the hosting eleventh place Renhold United Reserves will give them any chance of a possible safe exit and even that might not be enough if third from bottom of the table Meltis Albion Reserves were to collect anything from their visit to Horseshoes Close where they venture forth to be hosted by tenth place Moggerhanger United.
Other action coming at Marston Playing Fields where eighth place hosts Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves now unbeaten in their last three home starts are called upon by ninth place Bedford United and at Cutler Hammer, seventh place Kempston Hammers Sports play hosts to sixth place Wootton Village who will be looking to repair the damage of two consecutive away defeats.
In Division Three its just a programme of three games and for league champions Cranfield United Resrves that means home action at Crawley Road looking to defend their seasons unbeaten home ways against the visiting fourth place Atletico Europa who have lost just the twice on the road all season. Whilst at Greenfield Road, bottom of the table Westoning U20 search out just their third home win of the season against the visiting second from bottom of the table Caldecote U20 who won just their first away game of the season last weekend.
The final action coming at Bedford Road Recreation Ground when in a 4.15pm kick off tenth place Sandy Reserves play hosts to the visiting eighth place Clifton who are currently on a nine game losing away run.
Midweek Fixtures to Follow Kick off 6.15pm unless otherwise stated.
Monday 27th April 2015
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Marston Shelton Rovers v Renhold United
Division One Supported by Wests Citroen Bedford
AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves v AFC Oakley M&DH Reserves
Elstow Abbey Reserves v Moggerhanger United
Westoning v Wilstead Reserves
Tuesday 28th April 2015
FC Houghton v Stevington :@ Ampthill Town 7.30pm
Wednesday 29th April 2015
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AFC Oakley M&DH v Wilstead
Sandy v AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College
Sharnbrook v Wootton Blue Cross
Eastcotts AFC v Ickwell & Old Warden 7.30pm
Division One supported by Wests Citroen Bedford
Elstow Abbey v Riseley Sports
Great Barford v Potton Town
Henlow v Cranfield United
Kempston Athletic v Moggerhanger United
Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves v Wilstead Reserves
Westoning v Kempston Hammers
Atletico Europa v Dinamo Flitwick
Caldecote U20 v White Eagles
Mid Beds Tigers v Lea Sports PSG