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Sunday 08th October 2017
The Great Escape sees League claim last 16 spot in the FA Inter-League Cup.
The FA Inter-League Cup 1st Round

Bedfordshire County Football League 6 Southern Amateur Football League 4

The Bedfordshire County Football League will now face a home tie at the last 16 stage against The Amateur Football Combination after coming from two goals down at the half time break to see off the visiting and previous cup winners The Southern Amateur Football League 6-4 in a game played before a crowd of 60 at Cranfield United.

All started well enough for the home side when just nine minutes into the contest Jim Burnside having been fouled in the box lifted himself off the floor to send the resulting penalty passed the visiting goalkeeper Ben Lancaster. However the visitors were level in the 20th minute when a Dan Barber free kick from 25 yards out took a nasty deflection passed home goalkeeper Reece Lewis to make it 1-1.

Within five minutes a scramble in the visiting penalty box saw Burnside shoot his side 2-1 ahead yet by half-time the tie was turned on it's head and seemingly all over as the visitors raced into a 4-2 lead. Within the next five minutes the home side were lucky to stay ahead as twice the visitors were only denied by the woodwork until in the 34th minute the speed of Josh Thompson took him clear of the home backline to make it 2-2 then they edged their noses in front for the first time when after Tim Clarke had fouled Barber in the box up stepped Peter Eguae to put the visitors 3-2 ahead, Barber was then to again hit the post before with virtually the last kick of the half Eguae netted his second goal of the afternoon to double the visitors lead and leave the home side with a mountain to climb.

In attendance at the game was now Football Association Councillor and former Football League referee Ray Lewis who noted the home side management of Gary Chance and Neil Worker had sent their troops out very early for the second period yet both denied post match that their half-time talk said " you got yourselves in this mess now get out there and sort it out". But sort it out they did.

On 67 minutes Burnside played the perfect pass into the path of substitute Scott Alleyne who made it 3-4 and just two minutes later Burnside claimed his hat-trick when he was sent racing away by Jack Hadden to make it all square and game back on at 4-4.

However the visitors were far from ready to lie down and die as home custodian Lewis was required to show his class twice inside a space of three minutes to keep out efforts from Thompson and Richard Parker before with just nine minutes left to play the home side regained the lead via Alleyne claiming his second goal of the game with a header on the backpost and then he placed the icing on the home cake when his flicked on header saw fellow substitute Ali Smith slam home goal number six from close range just three minutes from time.

Team : Reece Lewis (Shefford Town & Campton) Tim Clarke , Justin Newman ( AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College) Daniel Green, ( Cranfield United) Liam Beaumont, Jim Burnside ( Shefford Town & Campton) Elijah Hukin, George Cox ( AFC Oakley M&DH) Daniel Stafford ( Flitwick Town) Robbie Alder( AFC Oakley M&DH) Jack Hadden ( Cranfield United) . Subs Used. Mark Smith ( Cranfield United) Scott Alleyne ( Ickwell & Old Warden) Ali Smith (Cranfield United)
Division One supported by O'Neills

Sandy's lead at the head of the Division One supported by O'Neills league table is now down to just goal difference after they lost their seasons unbeaten away ways when defeated 2-1 at Riseley Sports who now occupy that second place. James Crooke and James Jermyn netting the home goals against a penalty reply from Matt Johnson.

Now in third spot just a single point behind the top two but having played two games fewer are Totternhoe Reserves who won 5-0 at Lea Sports PSG. Tom Howson with a brace joined on the scoresheet by Calum Burgess, Antony O'Grady and Lee Fromant to bring up the nap hand. Whilst climbing the table into fifth spot are Wixams who made it three away wins on the bounce with a 5-3 victory at The 61 FC Luton Reserves who are still looking for their first win of the season. Gareth White and Grant Tibbett both netting twice and Adam Jellis once against home replies via a Kane Dempsey brace plus a single strike from Ben Holdsworth.

Also winning on the road were both Henlow and Cople & Bedford SA. Goals from Antony Bowskill and Ryan Lamond on his Henlow debut taking them to a 2-0 win at Biggleswade FC Reserves whilst the SA claimed their first win of the season in winning 7-2 at Meltis Albion. Ollie Hughes leading the way with a hat-trick and joined on the scoresheet by single goals from Lucas Banton, James Munns, Gary Canzano and Ben Marwood againt an Albion brace in reply from Adam Cranny.

Division Two

League Leaders Houghton Athletic failed to take full advantage of both second place Renhold United Reserves and third place Wilstead Reserves sitting the afternoon out when they were held to a 0-0 draw at Luton Leagrave AFC to skip just a point clear at the head of the standings. Whilst Henlow Reserves missed the chance to move into second place when suffering their first defeat of the season 3-2 at home against Bedford Albion. Paul Babbington, Adam Lewis and Ryan Kelly on the Albion scoresheet against home replies via Russell Ayles and Keith Milburn.

Now just behind Henlow Reserves in fifth spot are Atletico Europa who are now unbeaten in their last five outings after winning 3-0 at CS Rovers who were duly losing their seasons 100% home ways. Aaron Van Horne with a brace plus a single strike from Paddy Alimanji doing the damage.

Elsewhere Elstow Abbey came from behind to win 2-1 at Westoning. A James Stewart penalty shooting the home side ahead before first Dean Leydon levelled matters up in the opening half and Charisma Agyemang banged home the second half winner.

Division Three

The new leaders of the Division Three standings are Kempston Athletic who maintained their seasons unbeaten away ways with a 3-2 victory at Sandy Reserves who have now lost their last five outings. Josh St Clair Pierre with a brace plus Kian Marashi seeing their goals only replied to by a home brace from Liam Brophy.

Losing out on that top spot were White Swan who lost their seasons 100% away ways when beaten 5-2 at Clifton who are now just goal difference behind them in third spot and still unbeaten this season. Cameron Lewis with a brace plus goals from Josh Darnell, Dylan Donaldson and James Gough bringing up the home nap hand against replies via Levi Yearwood and Callum Green.

Slipping down the table from third place to fourth are Harlington after they were beaten 3-1 at home by Lidlington United Reserves. Carl Pearson, Brendan Cunningham and Edward Janes the United goalscorers against one in reply from Adam Morgan. Whilst bottom of the table Wootton Village are still awaiting their first win of the season after being defeated 1-0 at Dinamo Flitwick for whom Daniel Day netted the all important goal.

Elsewhere Bedford Albion Reserves ran out 6-3 winners at White Eagles. Tom Wade with a brace joined on the Albion scoresheet by Aaron Wilson, Simon Wade, Dan Jeffries and Josh Emberton against Eagles replies via Andriej Zjablicews, Jan Bucur and Kamil Czajkowski.

The Next 7 Days

Saturday 14th October 2017.

Premier Division supported by Sportsform

AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College v Caldecote 2pm

AFC Oakley M&DH v Sharnbrook

Flitwick Town v Shefford Town & Campton

Kempston Rovers Development v Crawley Green Reserves

Marston Shelton Rovers v Ickwell & Old Warden

Queens Park Crescents v Stevington

Wilstead v Wootton Blue Cross

Cranfield United v Renhold United 5pm

Division One supported by O'Neills

Wixams v Sandy 11.00am

Biggleswade FC Reserves v Flitwick Town Reserves

Cople & Bedford SA v Riseley Sports

Lea Sports PSG v Cranfield United Reserves

Meltis Albion v AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves

Shefford Town & Campton Reserves v Henlow

Totternhoe Reserves v 61 FC Luton Reserves

Division Two

Caldecote Reserves v CS Rovers

Elstow Abbey v Wilstead Reserves

Henlow Reserves v Wixams Wanderers

Houghton Athletic v Bedford Albion

Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves v Luton Leagrave AFC

Sundon Park Rovers v Renhold United Reserves

Westoning v AFC Oakley M&DH Reserves

Division Three

Bedford Albion Reserves v Caldecote A

Black Swan (Luton) v White Eagles

Dinamo Flitwick v AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College A

Lidlington United Sports v Kempston Athletic

Sandy Reserves v Clifton

Shefford Town & Campton A v Flitwick Town A

Stevington Reserves v Harlington

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