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Sunday 28th March 2010
Ickwell & Old Warden go to the top on a afternoon in which Woburn make The Britannia Cup Final
Premier Division Supported by Sportsform

With Blunham taking the afternoon off, Ickwell & Old Warden climbed above them on to the top of the Premier Division supported by Sportsform league table despite being held to a 1-1 draw at Renhold United. Alan Turner giving the new league leaders the lead from a penalty on the half-hour mark before Paul Daniels levelled matters 20 minutes from time.

Caldecote meantime were moving back into third spot following their 4-2 home victory over Sharnbrook, early goals from Paul Lawrence and Dave Daniels took them 2-0 clear until Darren Minney struck back for the visitors only to see Gareth Boness restore the home sides two goal advantage before the half-time break. In the new period Russell Kemp added to Caldecote's scoreline against a reply from Lawrence Bentham.

Caldecote taking over that third spot from Oakley Sports who were held to a 3-3 home draw by Wilshamstead. Paul Jones gave the visitors the lead after 15 minutes but by the half-time break they were trailing 3-1 after Stuart Kelly had netted twice and Ben Brown once, however a second goal for Jones on 75 minutes and a strike from Matt Smith 10 minutes later earned Wilshamstead a share of the spoils.

Campton are now unbeaten in their last seven away games after netting a 2-1 victory at AFC Kempston Town. Andy Hayday shooting them ahead early before Town's James Allen levelled matters in the opening half until Hayday won the day with his second goal of the contest 17 minutes from time.

Meanwhile, Dunton collected three valuable points in their quest to beat the drop when running out 4-0 winners at bottom of the table Westoning Recreation Club, Tom McGhee and James Cooper netting in the opening period before both Dave Pugh and Dan Jones got on the scoresheet in the second period.

Britannia Cup Semi-Final

Woburn made their way into the final of this seasons Britannia Cup with a 2-0 home win over Southill Alexander, Lewis Murray shooting them ahead after just five minutes before Martin Holland on the hour mark put the tie beyond the visitors. The Safari Boys will now face either Biggleswade United Reserves or Caldecote in the final who meet in the second Semi-Final tie at Second Meadow on Wednesday April 7th.

Division One

Flitwick Town's hopes of lifting the 2009-10 season Division One title were to suffer a big setback when they were beaten on home soil for the first time in eight outings when defeated 2-5 by their nearest title challengers Leighton United. Layne Eadie, Darryl Smith, Paul Darton, Kevin Hilton and Alec Fry the United marksman against an own goal and a strike from Martin Byne coming in reply for the Town.

Caldecote Reserves, who currently sit in second spot in the league table were extending their unbeaten ways to seven games with a 3-1 victory at Campton Reserves. Trailing to a Garry Russon strike in the opening half Caldecote were to have matters all settled by the hour mark following two goals from Jack Boyd and a strike from Joe Stevens.

Over at Bedford Sports Athletic, 47year old Tony McGovern was the toast of the day after he netted a hat-trick alongside a goal from Gary Canzano in their 4-2 home win over Kempston for whom Josh Anderson and Ricky Prince replied.

Another hat-trick hero was FC Meppershall Craig Damon, after they came from 1-3 down at home against Marston Social to earn a share of the spoils in a 3-3 draw. 0-0 at the half-time break, an own goal from Danny Wing gave the Social the lead on the hour mark until Damon levelled matters up just two minutes later. However goals from Daniel Bullen on 78 minutes and James Armstrong on 80 minutes shot The Social into a 3-1 lead, Damon reducing the deficit from the half-way line on 81 minutes then collecting his hat-trick just two minutes later.

Having lost their last three home games Henlow must have feared the worse when Daniel Wells shot Meltis Albion ahead at Groveside on 59 minutes, however strikes from Adam Cavell on 68 minutes and Pete Saunders six minutes from time won them the three points.

Elsewhere, Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves are now unbeaten in their last five home games after coming from behind to beat Sandy 3-1. Niko Stanchev giving the visitors a first half lead before an own goal plus strikes from Lee Threadgold and Gary Fil won the day for Ickwell in the second period.

For AFC Kempston Town Reserves, it was an end to their six games losing away run when they came out 3-2 on top at bottom of the table Kempston Hammers Sports, Ed L'Erario, Stuart Barnes and Danny Bibby netting the vital goals against home replies from Matthew Mossop and Richard Garnham.

Meanwhile, Stevington were returning to winning home ways with a 2-1 victory over Blunham Reserves, Aaron Fletcher and Chris Tatham finding the back of the net against a Blunham reply from Chris Dunne.

Division Two

League leaders Bedford Hatters were to have things far from their own way when they trailed Clifton twice in the opening half at Miller Road before running out 5-2 winners, Scott Alleyne netting four times and Simon Pixley once against Clifton strikes from Dave Sargeant and Steve Albone.

For second place Potton Wanderers, who trail The Hatters by just three points but with a game in hand, it was a 6-1 home victory over Kings AFC, goals from Sam Worthington, Chris Jones, Chris Munns, Antony Schurek, Tim Senior and Ricky Aris doing the damage against a Kings reply from Danny Cain.

Elsewhere, Arlesey Social Galacticos are now unbeaten on home soil in their last six games after coming from 0-2 down at half-time to run out 6-2 winners over Great Barford. Goals from Freddie Windram and Daniel Stafford seeing the visitors lead until a brace from Graeme Leger and goals from Lee Shambrook, Mark McMillan, Jimmy Gentry plus an own goal won the day for the home side.

Kempston Royals with a goal from Jamie Marsh 13 minutes into the contest were to lead Elstow Abbey for just 30 seconds until Dave McCarthy levelled matters to see the game finish 1-1.

Also sharing the spoils were Marabese Ceramics and Shefford Town in a 2-2 draw, Tom Scurfield and Adam Spoors netting The Town goals, against home replies from Denver Donaldson and Adrian Follano.

The day's final scheduled game in this division at Greenfield's between Shillington and Harpur FC being postponed after The Shills, for the second time inside a week, failed to raise a side.

Jubilee Cup Semi-Final

This seasons Jubilee Cup Final will be between Bedford Hatters and Brache Sparta Community Reserves after the Luton based side run out 3-1 away winners at Marston Shelton Rovers, Martin Collins with a hat-trick doing the damage against a late home reply from Zennon Paul.

Division Three

League leaders Queens Park Crescents were just 15 minutes away from losing their seasons unbeaten home record before Azar Nawaz netted to give them a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw with Westoning Recreation Club Reserves who had led the game via a Nick Willis goal 20 minutes into the contest.

Elsewhere, Dunton Reserves missed the chance to jump into second spot above the non-playing Lidlington United Spots when held to a 1-1 draw by Renhold Village, Nicky Albone on target for the home side against a Village reply from Dan Goddard.

Over at Gold Street, Riseley Sports Reserves lifted themselves off the bottom of the league table with a 3-2 home win over Stopsley Park, Paul Brown, Jimmy Grandidge and Ian Staniforth all finding the back of the net against Park replies from Craig Pettitt and Dave Mycroft.

Now dropping back on to the bottom of the table are Sandy Reserves following their 0-5 home defeat at the hands of Caldecote A, Gavin Ratford with a brace plus strikes from Carl Griffiths-Shilton, Dean Todd and Lee Pyke doing the damage.

Division Four

It's as you were at the head of the Division Four league table after all of the top four sides won, leaders Sharnbrook Reserves with goals from Kevin Harris, Chris Moore and Jamye Harris 3-0 winners at Bedford Park Rangers. Whilst second place Sundon Park Rangers retained their season's unbeaten home ways with a 2-1 victory over Dinamo Flitwick, Nick Buttigieg and Luke Evans their marksmen against a Dinamo reply from Barrie Lee Hannam.

Keeping up the chase on the top two are M & DH Oakley, 1-0 away winners at Thurleigh, thanks to a goal from Shaun Cafferty, whilst Flitwick Town Reserves in fourth spot are now unbeaten in their last seven outings following a 3-0 home win over Kempston Athletic, Stuart Turner netting twice and Chris Bryden once.

The day's final game seeing Clifton Reserves return to winning ways with a 5-2 home win over Stewartby Village, Mark Gearing and Greg King both netting twice alongside a goal from Jordan Spencer, whilst The Village replies came via Gareth O'Brien and George Wheelhouse.

Preview Saturday 3rd April 2010

Premier Division supported by Sportsform action this weekend takes new league leaders Ickwell & Old Warden on the road to face local rivals Biggleswade United Reserves at Second Meadow seeking to take their unbeaten ways to 13 games against a home side that has lost its last two outings.

Meanwhile, second place and main title rivals Blunham are also hitting the road in search of their seventh consecutive away win at Hillgrounds against hosts AFC Kempston Town,who will start the day looking for their first win in five outings.

Elsewhere, if Oakley Sports are to keep their title challenge going into April then they will need to come up with their first away win in four outings when they journey to Renhold Playing Fields to face a home Renhold United side that has now gone six homes games without tasting the scent of victory.

Over at Lodge Road, Sharnbrook will be in home action for just the second time this calendar year when they host Southill Alexander whose last league win on the road came some eight outings ago.

For bottom of the table Westoning Recreation Club, now without a home win in six outings, its home Greenfield Road action against a Caldecote side that will travel looking for its fourth win on the bounce. Wilshamstead entertain Campton at their temporary Houghton Conquest Playing Fields base, winners of just one of their last four home outings, the visitors travel looking to take their unbeaten league ways to eight games.

The final top flight game comes at Crawley Road, where hosts Woburn seek their third home league win on the bounce against a visiting Dunton side who seek their third away win on the bounce.

In Division One, league leaders Flitwick Town are in home Steppingley Road action against bottom of the table Kempston Hammers Sports, where you would expect them to resume to winning ways against a Hammers side that has lost its last two away outings. A comment that also applies to Bedford Sports Athletic who journey to Stanbridge Road to face title seeking Leighton United who enter the game now unbeaten in their last six home outings.

Still with high hopes of promotion are Meltis Albion, they go into home Miller Road action now unbeaten in their last three home outings against a Stevington side that come visiting looking for just its third win on the road this season.

For Caldecote Reserves, currently sitting in second spot in the league table its a trip to Mowsbury Park to face a FC Meppershall side that is now on a five game unbeaten run. Whilst at Groveside, its derby action when hosts Henlow search out just their fourth home win of the season when paid a visit by Sandy.

Over at Rectory Road, Campton Reserves losers of their last four home games will have a great chance to rectify the matter when they are paid a visit by a AFC Kempston Town Reserves side that has won just one of its last nine away outings. Whilst at Cutler Hammer, hosts Kempston now without a home win in five outings face Blunham Reserves.

The final game in this Division comes on The Green, hosts Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves now unbeaten in their last five home outings facing Marston Social who travel unbeaten on their last four trips on the road.

In Division Two, league leaders Bedford Hatters will be in home action at Miller Road against a Harpur FC side that has won two of its last three away outings. Whilst second place Potton Wanderers, beaten just once on the road in league action this season head for The Warren and a meeting with an Elstow Abbey side that has lost its last two home games.

For the only other two realistic promotion candidates, Marston Shelton Rovers and Brache Sparta Community Reserves, its trips on the road. Rovers heading for King George VI Playing Fields to face a Kings AFC side that is unbeaten in its last six home encounters, whilst Brache, now unbeaten in their last eight away games make their way to Whiston Crescent to take on hosts Clifton who are still seeking out their first home league win of the season.

Over at Arlesey Recreation Ground, Arlesey Social Galacticos will look to take their unbeaten home ways to seven games when local rivals Marabese Ceramics pay them a visit, whilst Great Barford look to take their own unbeaten home ways to three games at their Playing Field Headquarters against the visiting Shefford Town.

The final game in this division taking place in Hillgrounds, where Kempston Royals, despite losing six of their last eight home games, will fancy their chances of collecting the full three points when bottom of the table Shillington pay them a visit.

Watson Shield action today comes in the shape of two third round ties. At Hurst Grove, Lidlington United Sports entertain Renhold Village, whilst at Gold Street, it's a home tie for Riseley Sports Reserves against Queens Park Crescents.

Division Four action is thus reduced to just two games, at Lodge Road, league leaders Sharnbrook Reserves seek out home win number five on the bounce against Dinamo Flitwick, whilst just down the road M & DH Oakley would you believe play their first home league game of 2010 against a Flitwick Town Reserves side that has won its last four away games.

Action after the weekend will then see the start of the mid-week fixtures for 2010 taking place on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evening's,a full preview of which can be obtained by logging into the leagues website www.bedfordshirefootballleague.co.uk from Easter Sunday onwards.

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