Mid Beds duo in semi-finals

Stotfold and Arlesey Town won through to the semi-finals of the Beds Senior Cup on Tuesday night. A dominant performance by Stotfold from start to finish kept local rivals Langford at bay and they won 4-0 at Roker Park. Callum Donnelly almost got the open

Stotfold and Arlesey Town won through to the semi-finals of the Beds Senior Cup on Tuesday night.

A dominant performance by Stotfold from start to finish kept local rivals Langford at bay and they won 4-0 at Roker Park.

Callum Donnelly almost got the opening goal with his outstretched boot putting Joel Mason's cross from the left just wide on seven minutes.

A free-kick on the right was dropped into the box by Paul Garrett on 14 minutes for Luke Donnelly to bundle the ball over the line at the near post, colliding with the upright in the process.


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A strong finish towards the end of the half effectively sealed the win.

After Luke Donnelly had headed Mason's ball in from the right on to the upright, some great close control from Louis Lee, dribbling the ball through the box, enabled him to pick out Lee Allinson for him pass the ball in from close range a minute before the break.

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Lee's second came in stoppage time after Mason's header picked him out unmarked in the middle where he had time to pick his spot and volley in.

After the break, a great cross from Lee found Mason in the box but his header was straight at Steve Young.

Then a good touch forward from Mason to Callum Donnelly, in space on the right, should have finished in a goal but Donnelly shot low into the side netting.

A break down the right for the visitors and cross from Dave Brown almost found Mark Wright as he ran into the box on 66 minutes.

Shortly afterwards, Callum Donnelly nicked the ball from Young on the edge of the area, and after the ball rolled to the line, again stuck the ball into the side netting.

Allinson grabbed his third, taking his total this season to 24, with Callum Donnelly providing the ball into the box from the right for him to turn and fire in low past Young on 71 minutes.

Rokermen: Gillham, Bryant, P Donnelly, Shambrook, Juneja, Lee, C Donnelly (Case), L Donnelly, Mason (Douglas), Allinson (A Fehmi), Garrett.

Reds: Young, L Nichol, Scotney, Pitcairn, Delasalle, Wright, Brown, R Nichol, Byrne, Pateman, Groves. Subs used: Skelton, Snowden, Coughlin.

Arlesey made the last four thanks to second-half goals from defender Paul Olima in a 2-0 home win over Barton Rovers.

Both were scored in the space of three minutes in the early stages after the break.

The old adversaries could not be separated in the first half as Blues keeper Luke Howard saved the home side on at least five occasions.

Once Arlesey had taken the lead their confidence went sky high and they began to adopt a more measured build-up instead of the long ball.

Rovers could have scored twice in the first three minutes as Howard saved from both Sippetts and Thorpe.

In the fifth minute, the Arlesey keeper denied Maynard and then produced an even better save when he somehow pushed wide a Robbie Keen free-kick.

The pressure on the home goal eased in strange circumstances when, for the second home game running, the referee was forced out with a leg injury, replaced by his senior assistant.

Howard however was not done, denying Thorpe with a brave block on his line.

The only Arlesey shot of the half came from Lloyd Opara but was easily saved by former Blues keeper Martyn Patching.

The second half opened in dramatic fashion. Arlesey were awarded a free-kick on the right in the 51st minute, and Shane Brown placed the ball to the far post allowing Olima to score from close range.

Three minutes later, in almost identical circumstances, Arlesey added a second.

Matthew Clarke placed a corner to the far post, which Opara directed goalwards only for his effort to be cleared off the line. Olima was on hand to return the ball into the net.

Barton were now on the ropes and a fine move involving Opara and Tom Beech left George Fowler with only Patching to beat. Hesitation allowed the Rovers keeper to block his effort.

Idemudia Okojie and Brown threatened a third with long-range shots with the home side now in total control.

Blues: Whincup, Waldron, Honeyball, Olima, Brown, Hall, Clark, Fowler, Beech, Opara, Okojie.

Subs: King, Whincup, Gazmend, Lewis, Nene.

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