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Sunday 06th February 2011
Wilshamstead hit seven and return to the top of the Premier Division supported by Sportsform league
Premier Division supported by Sportsform

With Renhold United sitting the afternoon out, Wilshamstead are now back on top of the Premier Division supported by Sportsform league table after winning 7-2 at Woburn.Colin Marshall, Michael Taylor and Jack Wicks all scoring twice alongside a single strike from Paul Jones, whilst the home replies came via Ryan Chesters and James McCarthy.

Now up into second spot,ahead of Renhold United on goal difference, are Shefford Town & Campton, they won 3-2 at Flitwick Town. Andy Hayday with a first half hat-trick seeing the visitors lead 3-0 at the break before an own goal from Ricky Smith plus a strike from Steve Parkhouse reduced the arrears in the second period.

Blunham meantime took their unbeaten ways to 10 games and maintained their seasons unbeaten home record with a 4-0 victory over Arlesey Town Reserves.Zak Rowe twice plus an Andrew Vallom penalty and a goal from Steve Thomas keeping the reigning champions on course for a second consecutive league title.

Over at Harvey Close, Caldecote were held to a 1-1 home draw by bottom of the table AFC Kempston Town. Dave Daniels giving the home side the lead in the opening half before Matty Smith levelled matters 20 minutes into the second period.

Elsewhere, Leighton United saw their season's unbeaten home record destroyed by Dunton, a goal by David Pugh on 65 minutes enough to take the full three points back to Horseshoes Close in a 1-0 win for the visitors.

The days final game also went the way of the visitors, with a 2-1 victory for Oakley Sports at Sharnbrook.Ray Patrickson and Justin Patterson on target for the Sportsmen against a home reply from Harry Arherton.

Division One

The Division One title race is now really well and truly wide open after league leaders Potton Wanderers were beaten 2-1 at Bedford Hatters, the Hatters now just eight points adrift of the league leaders but with four games in hand.Darek Joswiak and Scott Alleyne netting the goals to preserve their sides 100% home record against a reply from Craig Schurek which failed to prevent the Wanderers going down to their first defeat in eight outings.

Keeping the pressure up on the pair are second place Marston Shelton Rovers, they ran out 2-1 home winners over FC Meppershall.Lee Dudley giving them an early second half lead,before Craig Damon levelled matters 10 minutes later only to see Dean Clark then restore the Rovers lead, the home sides task of holding onto the points made all that much easier by the sending off of Ben Williams shortly afterwards.

For fourth place Meltis Albion, it was an end to their four game unbeaten ways when defeated 2-0 at bottom of the table Luton Old Boys.Chris Downer and Simon Glass netting the vital goals.

Making a return to winning ways after seven straight defeats were AFC Kempston Town Reserves, they ran out 2-1 home winners over Blunham Reserves for whom it was a fourth consecutive defeat.Aaron Fabey and Jesse Sidhu the Town marksman against a reply from Steve Goodman.

Elsewhere, Sandy ended their run of five games on the road without a victory with a 3-2 win at Henlow. Daniel Stafford netting all three goals against home replies from Adam Covell and Joe Fallano.

Over on The Green, a brace of goals from Dan Threadgold failed to save Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves from being beaten 4-2 by Bedford Sports Athletic.

Division Two

The new leaders of the Division Two league table are Clifton following their 1-0 away win at previously unbeaten at home Great Barford.However they left matters late, Tony Norman netting the only goal of the game with the very last kick of the game.

Dropping down into second spot are Arlesey Social Galacticos who were held to a 3-3 draw at Lidlington United Sports.Darren Sims, Ben Marwood and Chris Roberts on target for the home side against Social replies from Chris Kennedy twice and Lee Shambrook.

Also suffering a promotion setback were Bromham United, a goal from Adam Cranny their only mark on the scoresheet in a 1-3 home defeat by Queens Park Crescents who were ending a five game losing away run.

The biggest winners of the day were Marabese Ceramics,they won 6-0 at bottom of the table Kempston Hammers Sports.Denver Donaldson with a brace plus single strikes from Lou Marabese, Darren Payne, Andre Bonadeas and Nick Hooley doing the damage.

Meanwhile,life gets no better for Stevington on the road, they were beaten for the seventh consecutive outing 1-0 at Kings AFC.Chris Greene netting the goal to take his side to their fourth home win on the bounce.

The days final game in this section seeing Westoning Recreation Club win 2-1 at Stopsley Park.Scott Gadsden and Glen Cooksley on target against a home reply from Shane Roberts.

Division Three

With league leaders Pavenham away on Beds FA Junior Cup duty second place Sharnbrook Reserves failed to take advantage by losing 4-3 at Sundon Park Rangers, who duly moved up into fourth place and right back in the promotion race.Nick Buttigeig, Matt Conway, Luke Evans and Samuel Kehinde netting for the Rangers against replies from Ryan Massey, Brad Miles and Darren Wallinger.

Also back in the promotion mix are M & DH Oakley, they ended a three game losing run with a 2-1 home victory over Caldecote A. Jamie Underwood and Nicolo Mattia their goalscorers against a visitors reply from Neil Giles.

Slipping up were fifth place Co-op Sports,they were held to a 2-2 home draw by Flitwick Town Reserves.Sam Cooper and Kerry Smith both on target against a brace in reply from Town's Ryan Short.

Down at the other end of the table, bottom side Shefford Town & Campton A came up with a 3-0 victory at Dunton Reserves.Connor Best, Ryan Moore and a Craig Palmer penalty winning the day.

However, there was no joy for second from bottom of the table Westoning Recreation Club Reserves, they were beaten 2-4 at home by Royal Oak Kempston who were enjoying their first away win of the season.Lorenzo Jordan with a brace plus Gareth Arzu and Darren Minney on target against a pair in reply from home striker Liam Boyle.

In the days final game in this section, bang went Riseley Sports unbeaten away record for the season when beaten 2-0 at Wilshamstead Reserves,Matt Johnson bagging both of the home goals.

Division Four

With league leaders AFC Turvey away on Beds FA Junior Cup duty second place Goldington moved to within six points of the them at the head of the table, albeit having played a game more with a 7-1 home win over now bottom of the table Wootton Village. Karl Anderson netting four times and Damien Quigley three times against a lone Village reply from Neil Spencer.

Moving off the bottom of the table are Kempston Athletic, 3-0 home winners over Bedford Park Rangers.Jamie Marsh, Dee Sayid and Jason Beddall netting the vital goals.

For third place Eastcotts,it was a shock 2-1 defeat at Stewartby Village.Tom Wheelhouse and Sam Scutchings netting for the Village against a Ben Eagles reply.

Meanwhile,Clifton Reserves were taking their home unbeaten ways to five games with a 4-1 victory over fourth in the table Thurleigh.Greg King netting all four goals against a lone reply from Liam Bolton.

For Dinamo Flitwick and Lea Sports PSG Reserves, it was a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Dale Goldie on target for the home side against a reply from Marco Fialla.

Alas for Sandy Reserves, two goals from Nathan Morris failed to save them from a 3-2 home defeat at the hands of Goldington Hammers who were winning for the first time in six outings.

Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup Quarter-Finals

We now know this seasons Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup will once again be an all Bedfordshire County Football League affair after a lone goal from Martin Collins took Lea Sports PSG to a 1-0 home win over Luton District & South Beds League side Four Model to earn them a spot in this seasons Semi-finals.

Also into the last four are Pavenham, they inflicted the first defeat of the season on AFC Turvey with a 2-1 victory at Stonefields. James Owen netting both goals against a Saimur Guri penalty in reply.

For Renhold Village, it was the requirement of extra time to see off Potton Town 4-2 after 90 minutes play had seen the sides deadlocked at 2-2. Michael Luke, Simon Wade, Carl Townsend and Daniel Luke on target for the Village against Town replies from James Day and Chris Moore.

The final tie also went to extra time before Elstow Abbey emerged 3-1 victors over Cranfield United Reserves.Adam Kerr shooting United 1-0 ahead with just 12 minutes left to play only to see Craig Cameron level matters three minutes from time.Yet first period extra time strikes from Jason Harrison and Ashley Windridge were to win the day for The Abbey.

Preview Saturday 12th February 2011

Premier Division supported by Sportsform action this weekend sees league leaders Wilshamstead hitting the road for Oakley Playing Fields and a meeting with Oakley Sports, with the hosts having won just once in their last five home outings,you would expect the points to go the way of the visitors who have lost just twice on the road this season.

For second place Shefford Town & Campton, it's home action at Rectory Close against Leighton United.The hosts defending their seasons unbeaten home ways and looking for home win number six on the bounce against a United side that has won just three times away from their Stanbridge Road base this season.

Now holding down third spot are Renhold United, for them it's a trip to Horseshoes Close to meet Dunton.United on their travels still unbeaten this season facing a home side that has won its last three home outings.

If Caldecote are to become serious championship challengers over the next couple of months, then they need to start picking up more points from their away fixtures starting in their visit this weekend to Crawley Road to face Woburn.With the Safari Boys currently on a three game losing run you would expect them to do just that.

Down at the other end of the table, basement club AFC Kempston Town face home Hillgrounds action against Flitwick Town.The hosts going in search of their first home win of the season against a Town side that has drawn it's last two away outings.

The final top flight game comes at The Armadillo Stadium between Arlesey Town Reserves and Sharnbrook.With both clubs in desperate need of points to move away from the drop zone, you can well see their clash ending in a stalemate.

Action in Division One sees both of the leading two clubs enjoy home advantage.League leaders Potton Wanderers, at Mill Lane, looking for their seventh home win on the bounce, but it will not be easy, the visitors are Meltis Albion who have been beaten just once in their last five outings.

For second place Marston Shelton Rovers the task should be a little easier, the visitors to their Marston Playing Field headquarters are bottom of the table Luton Old Boys whose away record to date reads, played seven, won one, lost six.

Still very much in the championship race are Bedford Hatters, for them it's home Miller Road action against Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves.With the visitors having lost their last two away outings and The Hatters still unbeaten on home soil, this looks a banker home win, famous last words.

Struggling down at the other end of the table are both Caldecote Reserves and AFC Kempston Town Reserves, who go to battle against each other at Harvey Close.However the hosts have been beaten just once in their last four outings whilst the Town have not won on the road since winning back in late October at Sandy, thus you would favour the home side to prevail.

Other action comes in the shape of a Bedford Road Recreation Ground local derby between hosts Sandy and Blunham Reserves.Sandy unbeaten in their last four home encounters favourites to collect the spoils.Plus at Cople Playing Fields, Bedford Sports Athletic entertain Henlow. Only Potton Wanderers and Marston Shelton Rovers have beaten The Athletic on home soil this term and with Henlow's last away victory coming as long ago as mid-September, this looks like another game where the home side will collect the points.

In Division Two, the title race seems to be down to just five runners, for Lea Sports PSG, its an afternoon on the sideline as their four rivals search out more points.In home action will be Arlesey Social Galacticos who take on Kings AFC at Arlesey Recreation Ground.This will not be easy,Kings AFC have won their last three away outings, but with just one home league defeat against their name this term you feel Social will have enough in the tank to prevail.

Also in home action are new league leaders Clifton, they take on Queens Park Crescents at Whiston Crescent.The visitors despite, leading the league table for the best part of the season, to date have only twice won on the road this season and with Clifton having had their home colours lowered just once this term, you would fancy them to collect the spoils to remain in top spot.

The third title challenging club with home advantage are Bromham United who host Lidlington United Sports at their Playing Field headquarters.United beaten just once in their last seven outings firm favourites against a United side whose only away win of the season to date came on the opening day of the campaign way back in early September.

The fourth title chasing club is of course Elstow Abbey, for them its a trip to take on Great Barford.The home side beaten just once on home soil this season will prove to be no pushovers.

Down at the other end of the table, basement club Kempston Hammers Sports make tracks for Greenfield Road and a meeting with Westoning Recreation Club searching out their first away victory of the season.

Whilst there is a meeting between fellow strugglers Stevington and Shefford Town & Campton Reserves at Stevington Playing Fields.The visitors now without a win in their last nine outings , whilst their hosts have collected all of their ten league points gathered to date on home soil this term, it could be them who will emerge the winners.

The final action in this division comes at Groveside between Marabese Ceramics and Stopsley Park.The Tilermen holding down a 50% home win strike rate facing a Park side that look to extend their unbeaten ways on the road to three games.

Division Three action brings about a top against bottom clash at Digswell Playing Field, the venue where league leaders Pavenham, still 100% on the road in league action make for to face Shefford Town & Campton A.The hosts going into the game still looking for their opening home win of the season.

For second place Sharnbrook Reserves,it's home Lodge Road action against Dunton Reserves.The hosts with just one home defeat against their name this season, firm favourites to collect the spoils.

Still very much in the promotion race are Co-op Sports, for them its a tough looking home encounter at Solway Road North against a Riseley Sports outfit that as only once tasted defeat on their travels away from Gold Street this season.

M & DH Oakley will also feel they can yet get promoted, for them its a journey to Steppingley Road and a meeting with Flitwick Town Reserves.The Town having lost their last three home encounters will take heart from the fact that their visitors have lost their last two away outings.

Cranfield United Reserves with games in hand on all those sides about them in the league table could also be described as promotion candidates, for them its a trip to Harvey Close and a meeting with Caldecote A.United looking to preserve their unbeaten away ways for the season against a home side who last tasted victory on home soil back in early December.

Other action comes at Hillgrounds, the venue where Royal Oak Kempston search out their third home win on the bounce against visitors Sundon Park Rangers, for whom it's a must win game if they all to get involved in the promotion mix. Plus at Jubilee Playing Fields, Wilshamstead Reserves receive a visit from Westoning Recreation Club Reserves,the Rec Boys hitting the road looking to repair a six game losing away run.

In Division Four, league leaders AFC Turvey will be in home Stonefield action against Stewartby Village, the hosts still 100% for the season looking for league win number 14 on the bounce.You would not bet against them.

The big game of the day in this division comes at Hillgrounds, the venue where Eastcotts take on fellow promotion rivals Goldington.The home sides form has dipped of late and thus Goldington will fancy their chances of making this win number seven on the bounce.

Still there in the promotion mix are Thurleigh, for them it's home Keysoe Road action against Sandy Reserves.Having lost just once at home this season, the home side will fancy their chances of collecting another three points against a Sandy side that has lost its last five away outings.

Also well in the race for a place in division three are Dinamo Flitwick, they host Kempston Athletic at Hinksley Recreation Ground. The Athletic have yet to win on the road this season and you fear for them this will not be the day that changes.

It is also not too late for Potton Town to stake their claim for division three football next term, however for this to happen, you feel the full three points is a must when they hit the road to Mowsbury Park to be hosted by a Bedford Park Rangers side that has lost just twice on home soil all season.

Other action comes at Pirton Recreation Ground, the venue for Lea Sports PSG Reserves home encounter with Goldington Hammers.The hosts looking to end a two game losing home run against a Hammers side who have won just once in their last six games. Plus at Wootton Playing Fields, hosts Wootton Village seek out their first home win of the season against Clifton Reserves in their quest to move off the bottom of the league table.

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