It was a day of so close yet so far for both Caldecote and Pavenham as they made their exit from this season’s Bedfordshire FA Senior Trophy on Saturday.
Pavenham, trailing to a 20th minute goal at home to South Midlands League Ampthill Town, were to draw level via Tom Ellis just five minutes from time only to see the Town net the winner with the last kick of the game in injury time to emerge 2-1 winners.
Whilst at Forde Park South Midlands League Langford required a 4-3 penalty shoot-out success to see off Caldecote after the sides were deadlocked at the end of normal time 2-2. The opening 90 minutes saw Caldecote twice lead with a brace of goals from Nicky Thomas and end the game with 10 men following the red card of Cameron McCoy.
Elsewhere AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College ran out 6-1 home winners over Sandy. Ashley Windridge led the way with a hat-trick supported by a penalty from Tim Clarke and single strikes from Sundeep Gill and Joe Price against one in reply from Adam Grimshaw.
Whilst Flitwick Town were 4-1 home victors over Sharnbrook. Ritchie Bevan, Daniel Stafford, Will Scutt and Vinicious Doratratto all finding the back of the net against a lone reply from Luke Devine.
Joining these two clubs in the third round draw will be Ickwell & Old Warden who were gifted their passage when Renhold United failed to raise a side to meet them. Whilst AFC Oakley M&DH’s game at home to Kent Athletic was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.
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Ampthill Town Reserves extended their unbeaten ways up to seven games to remain fifth in the league standings by sending bottom of the table Eastcotts AFC to their tenth consecutive league defeat 5-0 at Woburn Road. Phil Matthews netting four times and Ian Buckingham once to bring up the nap hand. Still sitting in sixth spot are Wilstead who took their unbeaten ways up to five games with a 4-0 home win over Marston Shelton Rovers. Colin Marshall with a brace joined on the scoresheet by Alex Russell and Michael Jones.
Elsewhere Shefford Town & Campton returned to winning ways with a 4-0 home win over Cranfield United. Jordan Cleghorn netting twice alongside single goals for Chris Clark and Joe Lewis.
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With Stevington’s home game against Ickleford called off with a waterlogged pitch the new leaders of the division one supported by Wests Citroen Bedford league table are Sundon Park Rangers who retained their 100% home record and unbeaten ways by beating Houghton Athletic 3-1. Nash Bennett with a brace and Shaka Anderson netted the vital goals against one in reply from Ali Mohlyaldeen.
Whilst AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves jumped above Ickleford into third spot by winning 5-4 at Riseley Sports, Taylor Bakogeorge and Michael Stevenson both netting twice and Abdoulay Diallo once to bring up the nap hand against home replies via Jack Healy twice plus Mark Darlow and Josh Poole.
Down at the other end of the league table AFC Oakley M&DH Reserves lifted themselves off the bottom of the standings by winning 2-0 at Potton Town who were suffering their fifth defeat on the bounce. Hayden Sohanta and Joe Atherton scored the vital goals. All of which means now sitting on the bottom of the standings are Henlow who have lost five on the bounce after having only a strike from Sam Crow to show for their 3-1 home defeat at the hands of Shefford Town & Campton Reserves who were winning for the first time on the road this season.
Westoning’s home game with Queens Park Crescents also fell victim to a waterlogged pitch at Greenfield Road.
Cranfield United Reserves are now five points clear at the head of the division two league table and still 100% for the season after a lone goal from David Adderson ten minutes from time was enough to give them a 1-0 home victory over second place Lea Sports PSG who were thus losing their 100% away record.
Whilst the biggest win of the day in this section went to Clapham Sports who maintained their 100% home record with a 6-1 victory over second from bottom of the table Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves who are still looking for their first away point of the season. Neil Larham and Ryan Prior both netted twice alongside single goals from Ishmael George and Nathan O’Halleron against a lone Rovers reply via Sean McFarland.
The lone away win of the day saw Flitwick Town Reserves retain their unbeaten away form by winning 2-0 at Atletico Europa thanks to goals from Dean Gadsden and Ben Ralphs.
Whilst Wootton Village and Kempston Hammers Sports shared the spoils from a 1-1 draw, Aiden Medhurst on target for the Village against a Hammers reply from Chris Greene.
The Kempston Athletic v Bedford United clash at Cutler Hammer was waterlogged off.
Wixams remain five points clear at the head of division three after they extended their 100% record to eight games with a 4-2 home win over Caldecote Reserves. Gareth White and Iain Hall both netted twice against replies via Andrew Spiers and Nicky Albone.
Whilst second place Sundon Park Rovers still remain unbeaten on the road after winning 2-1 at Clifton. Craig Barnes fired them ahead in the 20th minute and this was added to by Joe Zunguzah 16 minutes from time before Charlie Watson netted for the home side from the penalty spot three minutes later.
With AFC Dunton having their home game against White Eagles waterlogged off, now in third spot are Dinamo Flitwick who won 5-2 at bottom side Sandy Reserves. Dan Goldie with four goals and a single strike from Jack Fuller brought up the nap hand against home replies via Ricky Geers and Aiden London.
Also waterlogged off was the game Meltis Albion Reserves v Wilstead Reserves. Whilst Renhold United Reserves failed to raise a side to travel to face Shefford Town & Campton A.
With Mid Beds Tigers sitting the afternoon out their lead at the head of the division four league table is now down to just goal difference after second place Polonia Bedford emerged 2-1 home winners over Flitwick Town A. Xbigniew Szyszka and Filip Otocki netted the vital goals against one in reply from Kevin Higby. Whilst third place Stevington Reserves were beaten 3-1 at Bedford Albion. Shaun Challi, Rhys Litson and Jack Brown on the Albion scoresheet against one in reply from Colm Lawler.
For AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College A it was a first home win of the season in beating Westoning Reserves 6-5. Gio Moscartiolo netting four times alongside Aaron Ram and Jack Connelly for the Town against replies via Josh Arthur-Kent twice plus Tom Mallams, Jake Shawe and Martin Murphy for the visitors. Elsewhere Caldecote A and Henlow Reserves shared the spoils in a 4-4 draw, James Whitmore and Keiran Patterson both netting twice for the home side against Henlow replies via Matt Wilson, Robbie Angell, Jack Vincent and Sam Juty.