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Sunday 30th August 2015
Atletico claim the Watson Shield
Saturday 29th August 2015

Watson Shield 2014-15 Season Final. Atletico Europa 5 Cranfield United Reserves 3.

Before a Hitchin Road Shefford Town & Campton FC crowd of just 60, Atletico Europa were required to come from two goals down to deny Cranfield United Reserves of a league and cup double. All seemed to be going well for United when first Daniel McLaren headed them in front in the 33rd minute then five minutes later the same player netted from close range to shoot them 2-0 ahead. However, it was game back on just 60 seconds later when Cameron Browne reduced the deficit to just a single goal.

The pivotal moment of the contest was to arrive just a minute into the second period, United's Adam Woodin receiving his marching orders after pulling down Daniel Green in the penalty spot and has he left the field up stepped Mo Banda to send the spot kick passed United goalkeeper Adam Constable and level the game at 2-2.

It was again from the penalty spot in the 71st minute that Banda shot his side ahead for the first time and when five minutes later Sam Donadio made it 4-2 it looked all over for United. But wait the game was to have a final twist when with five minutes remaining McLaren claimed his hat-trick and United fancied their chances of taking the game into extra time.

Alas for them with just two minutes left on the watch referee Carl Blood was quite correctly pointing to the penalty spot again and up stepped Banda to claim his personal hat-trick and seal the Shield for Europa.

Preview Saturday 5th September/ Wednesday 9th September.

Having commenced their 2015-16 season league action in midweek all Premier Division supported by Sportsform clubs face another two games over 5th/9th period. On Saturday the 5th, its local derby action on the Green for Ickwell & Old Warden against local rivals Sandy who completed a league double over them last season before in midweek the boys from the Green travel to face Pavenham at their Playing Field headquarters for a 6.15pm kick off. This being Pavenham's opening home game of the campaign having on the Saturday prior travelled to face newly promoted Elstow Abbey at their Warren headquarters. Abbey then again being at home on the Wednesday when they play hosts to Sharnbrook. Kick off 6.15pm.

On the same day the 9th Sandy will open their 2015-16 season home campaign at Bedford Road Recreation with a visit from Wilstead for a 6.15pm kick off. With both games last season ending in draws another close encounter looks on the cards. Wilstead having opened their own home campaign at the weekend at Jubilee Playing Fields against AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College. The Town following this encounter hitting the road again on Wednesday for a 6.15pm kick off at Church Lane against the hosting AFC Oakley M&DH. Who on the Saturday can be found in away action at Weston Park against Eastcotts AFC. The boys from Weston Park then having their third consecutive home game of the season on Wednesday when Renhold United come calling for a 7.30pm kick off.

United last seasons champions having at the weekend played hosts to last season Division One supported by Wests Citroen Bedford champions Cranfield United at their Playing Field headquarters. Whilst on the 9th Cranfield at their Crawley Road base receive a visit from Shefford Town & Campton kick off 7.30pm. The Town at the weekend having opened their own home account for the season at Hitchin Road against Caldecote.

The boys from Harvey Close then enjoying home action on Wednesday night against the visiting Marston Shelton Rovers Kick off 6.15pm, the Rovers at the weekend having entertained near neighbours Ampthill Town Reserves at their Playing Field headquarters. Town Reserves then enduring their second local derby inside a week when at Woburn Road on Wednesday night they play hosts to Flitwick Town in a 7.30pm Kick Off. Flitwick at the weekend having journey to Lodge Road to be hosted by Sharnbrook.

The 2015-16 season for Division One supported by Wests Citroen teams commences with a programme of five games. The stand out fixture coming at Greenfield Road, the venue at which last seasons division two silver medalists Westoning play hosts to last seasons division two champions Stevington.

Over at Gold Street, Riseley Sports play hosts to Henlow who are expected to again be amongst the title contenders. Whilst on the 3G surface at Hillgrounds the visitors to face hosts AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves are Queens Park Crescents who could well surprise people this season and be title contenders.

Other action comes at Miller Road, the venue at which Meltis Albion play hosts to Ickleford ( formerly Marabese Ceramics) and at Mill Lane, Potton Town will be in home action against newly promoted Houghton Athletic ( formerly FC Houghton)

The Division Two action is likewise a programme of six games. The stand out fixture coming at Jubilee Park, the venue at which Atletico Europa play hosts to perhaps title favorites Clapham Sports. Whilst across Town at the Hockey Centre, Bedford United receive a visit from Flitwick Town Reserves.

For Lea Sports PSG its home action at Pirton Recreation Ground against Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves and at Cutler Hammer its home action for Kempston Hammers against Cople & Bedford SA who will fancy their chances this season of getting into the title mix.

That comment also applying to Wootton Village who at their Recreation Ground headquarters play hosts to Kempston Athletic. The final game coming at Crawley Road where last seasons division four champions Cranfield United Reserves play hosts to Elstow Abbey Reserves.

Division Three action is just a programme of five games. However, there will be a local derby flavor to the games at Horseshoes Close where AFC Dunton ( last seasons Moggerhanger United ) take on the visiting Clifton and at Bedford Road Recreation Ground where Sandy Reserves host Caldecote Reserves.

For two of the league newcomers its home action to start life in the Bedfordshire County Football League. In Leagrave Park, Sundon Park Rovers entertain Wilstead Reserves and on the 3G surface at Wixams, hosts Wixams take on Renhold United Reserves.

The final game coming at Hillgrounds where White Eagles play hosts to the visiting Dinamo Flitwick.

Division Four action is one of just four games. In Allen Park, its a clash between two of the league newcomers when Polonia Bedford play hosts to Bedford Albion. Whilst its a welcome back to the Bedfordshire County League to Lidlington United Sports who at their Hurst Grove base entertain Caldecote A.

Having finished bottom of the pile last season Mid Beds Tigers are expected to do much better this term and they start their campaign at The Sandy Academy with a visit from Henlow Reserves . Whilst for league newcomers Staugton its home Playing Field action against Flitwick Town A.

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