Sunday Football: Jolly Topers A power into Bedfordshire Centenary Cup

South Beds Sunday League side Jolly Topers A powered their way into the final of the Bedfordshire Centenary Cup by beating North Home Counties Sunday League Division Four side Royal Oak 3-0.
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On a difficult pitch and with the wind with them in the first half, Topers pressed forward and were rewarded with a goal midway through by Ryan Northwood.

Topers continued to press, but failed to capitalise on their chances.

Luke Northwood was brought down in the area and, although Chris Robson missed the penalty, Kyle Gooch pounced on the goal-line two minutes later to put Topers 2-0 up.

And right on the stroke of half time Northwood picked up a long clearance by keeper David Groom and unleashed an unstoppable 25-yard shot past the Oak keeper.

An expected second half onslaught by Oak failed to materialise and Topers’ attempts to extend their lead was met with some fine keeping.

Groom had to be alert as he pulled off a couple of fine saves as Topers won through to a final against Shefford Saints.

Go Bowling reached the Leighton & District Sunday League Division One Cup final with a 5-3 win over rivals Swan Northall.

In a wind-affected game Bowling took an early lead when Rob Saint’s 25-yarder sailed into the top corner.

Bowling made the most of the wind in the first half as Luke Blackburn headed home to make it 2-0.

Good play by the hard working Jake Hansard then paved the way for Sam Osborne to convert number three just before half time.

Blackburn netted the fourth, before spirited Swan hit back with two goals.

Matt Conway though sealed a deserved victory with Bowling’s fifth as Adrian Millard was named the referee’s man of the match.

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