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Sunday 11th April 2010
Blunham close the gap on Ickwell & Old Warden to just two points.
Premier Division supported by Sportsform

League leaders Ickwell & Old Warden were to see their seven game winning home run halted when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Renhold United. 0-0 at half-time, United via man of the match Chris Huckle, were to take the lead in the opening minute of the second period and stay in front until Chris Sibley levelled matters just a minute from time.

Meanwhile over at Horseshoe Close, Blunham closed the lead on them at the head of the league table to just two points, with their seventh consecutive away win over hosts Dunton, whose plight at the wrong end of the league table worsens week by week. Andy Smith from the penalty spot placing Blunham in front on the half-hour mark, before just two minutes later Paul Beith levelled matters. However a second penalty for Smith plus strikes from Chris Johnson and Matthew McMahon in the second period saw Blunham to the three points.

For third place Caldecote, it was a fourth win on the bounce to end Campton's eight game unbeaten sequences. 0-0 at half-time, a second period penalty from Russell Kemp plus strikes from Paul Standen and Barry Dellar won the day for the visitors.

Elsewhere, Oakley Sports hopes of remaining in the championship race were blown apart with a 3-4 home defeat at the hands of Woburn. Martin Holland with a hat-trick plus Alex Otterway the Safari Boys marksmen against Sportsman replies from David Baxter with a brace and Delroy Prince.

Southill Alexander meantime, were swapping places in the bottom four of the league standings with Sharnbrook following a 3-0 home win over them. Matty Pye twice and Bradley O'Donovan netting the goals that did the damage.

Alas for bottom of the table Westoning Recreation Club it was a seventh straight defeat, this time 0-3 at home against Wilshamstead. Michael Jones and Paul Jones netting in the opening half before a Michael Jones penalty 10 minutes from time settled matters.

The day's other top flight game at Hillgrounds between AFC Kempston Town and Biggleswade United Reserves finishing all square at 2-2. James Trundley shooting United ahead on 27 minutes and when Dan Thomas doubled the scoreline eight minutes into the new period the game looked up for The Town.That was until James Allen struck on 65 minutes and Justin Patterson equalized just five minutes from time.

Division One

Flitwick Town remain on course to collect this season's Division One league title after they came from behind to win 2-1 at Blunham Reserves.Garth Thomas giving the home side the lead in the closing minute of the opening period before two goals from Dean Warren, including one from the penalty spot won the day for The Town in the second period.

Second place Caldecote Reserves meanwhile were taking their unbeaten ways up to 11 games with a narrow 5-4 home win over FC Meppershall. Jack Boyd netting four times and Ryan Ambrose once against a Craig Damon hat-trick and a goal from Danny Wing in reply.

Up now into third spot are Marston Social, who chalked up their seventh straight home win on the bounce 6-0 over bottom of the table Kempston Hammers Sports. Darren Rowlett and James Armstrong both hitting braces alongside goals from Daniel Bullen and Simon Steele.

Losing out on that third spot and dropping down the table into fifth slot are Leighton United, who were beaten 3-2 at Meltis Albion, who thus climb up into fourth place.Derek McRae with a brace plus Asa Garlick on target for The Albion against United replies from Layne Eadie and Asim Munir.

Sandy are now unbeaten in their last six home starts after netting a 4-3 win over Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves.Sam Jones with a brace plus an own goal and a strike from Phil Beal on the Sandy scoresheet against a hat-trick from Lee Threadgold in reply.

Elsewhere, Campton Reserves plight at the bottom end of the table deepens when they were beaten 4-0 at Kempston. David Powell twice plus Daniel Burraway and Dean Sturniolo netting the home sides goals.

For Bedford Sports Athletic, it was a return to winning ways on the road with a 3-1 victory at Henlow.Gary Cananzo, Ashley Mead and Aaron Edwards all hitting the back of the net against a home reply from Joe Fallano.

The final game of the day in this division giving AFC Kempston Town Reserves a 5-1 home win over Stevington.Shaun Barnes leading the way with a hat-trick supported by goals from Daniel Bibby and Ed L'Erario, the visitors reply coming from Aaron Fletcher.

Division Two

With both of the leading two clubs winning again, it's a case of no change at the head of the Division Two league table. League leaders Bedford Hatters retaining their unbeaten ways on the road this season winning 6-2 at Shillington, thanks to a Simon Pixley hat-trick plus goals from Tom Redmond, Ashley Deverall and Danny De Feo, against home replies from Stuart Gibbs and Lewis Osborne.Whilst second place Potton Wanderers won by the same scoreline at Kings AFC. Sam Worthington with a hat-trick, Dean Hamilton with a brace plus Danny Fox on The Wanderers scoresheet against a brace in reply from Chris Greene.

Third place Brache Sparta Community Reserves meanwhile despite retaining their seasons unbeaten home record, are slipping off the promotion pace when held to a 0-0 draw by Marabese Ceramics.

For fourth place Arlesey Social Galacticos, it was a taking of their unbeaten ways up to eight games with a 3-1 home win over Harpur FC. Graeme Leger doing all the damage with a hat-trick against a lone reply from Kane Alexander.

Elsewhere, fifth place Marston Shelton Rovers continued their own promotion push with an 8-2 away win at Kempston Royals.Chris Patrickson on target four times, Xennon Paul with a brace plus Antony Henman and Sean McFarland the Rovers goalscorers, against home replies from Liam Boland and a Lorenzo Jordan penalty.

Elstow Abbey's plight in the drop zone was taking another turn for the worse when they were beaten 0-8 at home by Shefford Town.Braces of goals from Jordan Robbens and Sean Deanus plus a goal from Aaron Ram taking The Town 5-0 ahead at the break before Adam Spoors twice and Graham Earl added to the scoreline in the second period.

The days final game in this division ending all square at 2-2 between Great Barford and Clifton. Shane Wheatley and Jason Ames the home scorers against Clifton replies from Lewis Good and Alex Fisher.

Watson Shield Round Three

Eastcotts will now host Renhold Village at the Semi-Final stage of this season's Watson Shield after running out 6-4 winners at Flitwick Town Reserves. Darren Mason with a hat-trick plus goals from Tony Milloti, Shane Wilson and Ben Eagles outscoring home braces from Mark Bartlett and Stuart Harvey.

The Village earned their Semi-Final spot via a 3-0 win at Lidlington United Sports, Dan Goddard, Dan Luke and Mark Tobdzic, all finding the back of the net.

Also into the last four and at home against Queens Park Crescents are M& DH Oakley, 4-3 extra time winners at Sundon Park Rangers.James Dean twice plus Dan Ellison and Ben Meaney on target for the winners against home replies from Paul Raymond with a brace plus Nick Buttiegieg.

Division Three

Queens Park Crescents lead at the head of the Division Three league table is now up to eight points, after they ran out 2-1 home winners over Dunton Reserves to remain unbeaten on home soil this season.Mohammed Zahar and Junaid Miah the goalscorers against a Dunton reply from Tom Burton.

For Sandy Reserves, it was a first away win of the season 2-1 at Wilshamstead Reserves to move them off of the bottom of the league table.Adam Jones and Dean Haines netting the vital goals against a home reply from Dan Wisson.

Taking over that bottom spot now are Riseley Sports Reserves beaten 4-0 at Stopsley Park.The Park goals arriving via Andy Randell, Simon Richards, Tyrone Patterson and Stuart Lyons.

Division Four

Sharnbrook Reserves were to take their winning ways up to eight games and stretch their lead at the head of the league table to eight points with a 5-0 home victory over Stewartby Village. Jordan Baxter netting twice alongside single strikes from James Whitmore, Stephen Smith and Brad Miles against a Village reply from Julian Caves.

Clifton Reserves meantime are now unbeaten in their last three starts after gaining a share of the spoils from a 4-4 home draw with Dinamo Flitwick.Greg King with a brace plus David Dye and Sam McNaught on target for the home side against a brace from Danny Hollis and strikes from Ben Canning and Dean Gates on the visitors scoresheet.

Elsewhere, Kempston Athletic put an end to their four game losing run by sharing the spoils in a 2-2 draw at Thurleigh.Steve Pledge and Ben Stock on the mark for the home side against Athletic replies from Sean Buckley and Gary Whitbread.

Preview for Saturday 17th April 2010

With the race for the Premier Division supported by Sportsform title now coming to the boil, both of the leading contenders this weekend face a trip on the road. League leaders Ickwell & Old Warden, making their way to Crawley Road to face Woburn now unbeaten in their last 14 outings, nine of which have come on the road against a home side that will be looking to take it's own unbeaten home ways up to four games. Blunham meantime are on route to Greenfield Road to face bottom of the table Westoning Recreation Club, where they will be fully expected to collect the full three points and their eighth away win on the bounce.

Down at the other end of the table, the race to beat the drop is also nicely coming to the boil. Dunton who currently sit in that second from the bottom of the table slot facing a home encounter at Horseshoes Close now without a home win in eight outings against a AFC Kempston Town side that has won just three times on the road all season and start the day just three points ahead of their hosts in the standings.

Whilst for Southill Alexander, it's also home action at The Carlsberg Stadium where they look to take their unbeaten home ways to four games against the visiting Campton. This game having a delayed 5.30pm Kick Off.

The afternoon's other two top flight games see Oakley Sports looking to return to winning home ways against a Biggleswade United Reserves side that has won just one of its nine trips away from Second Meadow this season.This game kicking off at 2pm.Whilst Wilshamstead host Caldecote at Houghton Conquest Playing Fields, the hosts looking for their first win in four home encounters against a Caldecote side that travels in search of it's fifth win on the bounce.

Division One action brings about away games for all of the top three sides.League leaders Flitwick Town heading for Hillgrounds and a meeting with AFC Kempston Town Reserves.Whilst second place Caldecote Reserves are involved in the match of the day, when they journey to face Marston Social at Marston Playing Fields.The visitors hitting the road now unbeaten in their last 11 starts to face a Social side that has won its last seven home games. Kick Off for this game being 30 minutes earlier than normal at 2pm.

The trio of title contenders on the road being made up by Leighton United, who head to Bedford Road Recreation Ground to face Sandy.United in search of their first win in three outings against a Sandy side that is unbeaten in its last six home encounters.

For Blunham Reserves, its home Moggerhanger Playing Fields action against Bedford Sports Athletic.Whilst at Groveside, Henlow are in local derby home action against FC Meppershall.

The day's final action in this Division comes in form of another local derby at Cutler Hammer, between hosts Kempston and their ground-sharing partners Kempston Hammers Sports who will be desperate to end their eight game losing run that has seen them drift to the bottom of the league table.

In Division Two, like in the top two divisions, the pattern of away games follows for the leading title contenders.League leaders Befford Hatters still unbeaten on the road this season head for a King George VI Playing Fields encounter with Kings AFC, who will enter the game having failed to win any of their last seven games. Whilst second place Potton Wanderers now on a eight game unbeaten run make the short journey to face a Great Barford side that is unbeaten in it's last four home starts.

The only other promotion candidate in action this afternoon are Marston Shelton Rovers, who will be hosting Shefford Town in a 4.15pm Kick Off at Marston Playing Fields, where you would expect them to collect the full three points from a Town side that has won just three times on the road all season.

Elsewhere, over at The Bedford Hockey Centre, Harpur look for their first home win in three outings when Marabese Ceramics come calling.Whilst the final action in this division comes at Whiston Crescent, where Clifton host Kempston Royals,the home side still in search of their first home win of the season against a Royals outfit that has won just two away games all season.

It's Semi-Final day in this season's Watson Shield. At Hillgrounds, Eastcotts host Renhold Village,whilst for M& DH Oakley it's a 4.15pm kick off when they host Queens Park Crescents.

Division Three, league action is thus reduced to a programme of just three games. At Harvey Close, Caldecote A receive a visit from bottom of the table Riseley Sports Reserves, who have lost on all of their seven league trips away from Gold Street this season.Whilst at Horseshoes Close, Dunton Reserves look for their first home win in six outings when Wilshamstead Reserves winners of their last two away games come calling.

The final game in this division seeing second place Lidlington United Sports look to take their unbeaten league ways up to 10 games when they host Westoning Recreation Club Reserves at Hurst Grove.

Division Four league action is likewise just a programme of three games. League leaders Sharnbrook Reserves looking for their ninth win on the bounce when Flitwick Town Reserves come calling at Lodge Road.Whilst Bedford Park Rangers have a chance to move off of the bottom of the league table should they come up with the full three points from their home Mowsbury Park encounter with Clifton Reserves.

The day's final game coming at Hinksley Recreation Ground between hosts Dinamo Flitwick, now without a win in their last four outings and visitors Kempston Athletic, who travel without a win from their last five outings.

NB, Please note this preview has been written ahead of the midweek games taking place on April 12th and 14th.

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