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Football: Weekend round-up

By Bedfordshire On Sunday  |  Posted: March 04, 2013

Ampthill were winners on Saturday. Picture: Nigel Pitts-Drake

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AMPTHILL Town manager Craig Bicknell was delighted as his side won 2-1 at Hadley in the Spartan South Midlands Premier Division.

With a depleted squad, Ampthill took control and scored on 20 minutes when Phil Draycott hit a powerful left foot shot from 20 yards.

Ampthill continued to attack but were wasteful in front of goal and were made to pay as Hadley equalised just before the break, goalkeeper Tom Kennard unable to reach a lob from distance.

Ampthill though got the win their play deserved, Stefan Kemongoa leaping to head home a fine goal with 20 minutes to go and secure the three points.

“I am really pleased,” said Bicknell. “We’ve been playing so well recently but haven’t been getting the results we deserve.

“I had a few players out. Some of our squad players had to step up and Stefan has come in and scored two goals in two games which is pleasing.”

In Division One, Bedford FC came out on top, 2-1, at home against Southall and leap frog their opponents to ninth place in the table.

In a game of few chances, Bedford took the lead on 65 minutes when Gareth Hunt found space to turn and fire home from close range.

Southall got back into the game with a rocket of a goal five minutes later but Bedford secured the points when Kevin Ashby leapt to head home from free kick with ten minutes go.

Bedford boss Luigi Rocco was pleased with his team. “It wasn’t a great game for the neutral, it was quite dull really but I am pleased with the result against a side we were level on points with in the table,” Rocco.

“We have had a lot of fixtures recently and I think the tiredness showed but we have a week off now before we take on Kentish Town next Saturday.”

Cranfield United fell to defeat a 3-0 at home to Crawley Green.

The home side were up against it from the moment Chris Gibson scored on 22 minutes and a Sean Downey goal just before the break made it 2-0.

Crawley Green, who are chasing promotion, sealed the win on 57 minutes with an Adam Reid goal and Cranfield remain in 14th place.

In the United Counties League Division One, Wootton Blue Cross continued their recent improved performances with a 1-1 draw at Weston Park against higher placed Bourne.

Goalless at half time the home side showed plenty of confidence and were determined not to repeat the heavy defeat inflicted by the visitors earlier in the season.

Their reward was a Jacob Ottley strike on 57 minutes after neat work by Grant Williams. With Ryan Smith and Bradley Cotton winning many challenges and Ottley threatening a second goal, it looked like Wootton would go on to score a second. They should have done but Ottley blasted over when well placed with ten minutes remaining.

And they paid the price for their wastefulness when a needless tackle on 85 minutes resulted in a penalty, which Tom Caldicott duly despatched.

But Blues manager Charlie Standish was still be encouraged by what he saw after a result that leaves them in 16th.

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