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Sunday 06th March 2011
Bedford Hatters book a cup final date with AFC Dunstable.
Premier Division supported by Sportsform
The result of the day came at Steppingley Road where Flitwick Town threw the Premier Division supported by Sportsform title race wide open by sending reigning champions Blunham to their first defeat in 12 outings with a 3-0 home victory, Jim Lewis, Peter Kowenberg and Dean Warren netting the goals that did the damage.
For current league leaders Shefford Town & Campton it was a fifth win on the bounce 2-0 away at Woburn.Adam Larsen and Adam Chambers both scoring in the closing 10 minutes to send their Safari Boys hosts to their fourth consecutive home defeat to keep them in the relegation mix.
Second place Wilshamstead meantime were extending their seasons unbeaten home ways with a 4-1 victory over Dunton.Colin Marshall on the scoresheet twice alongside Paul Jones and Paul Dwyer against a lone reply from James Cooper.
Still very much in the championship mix are Renhold United, for them it was a 5-1 home win over Arlesey Town Reserves.Tommy Foyle with a brace plus Alex Woolston, Paul Beattie and Anup Kaylan seeing their goals only replied to by Dan Manning. A defeat that now takes The Town to the bottom of the league table.
Moving off that bottom spot are AFC Kempston Town thanks to the point gained in a 2-2 draw at Sharnbrook.Michael Hutton following his midweek transfer from Blunham plus Jamie Rodd their goal heroes against home replies via Dan Kelly and Alex Strange.
Elsewhere, Caldecote as good as said goodbye to their championship hopes for another season when beaten 3-5 at home by Oakley Sports.Mark Smith with a hat-trick plus Jamie Endersby with a brace on the mark for the winners against home replies via Nathan Buckland twice and Barry Dellar.
Bedfordshire FA Intermediate Cup Semi-Final
Bedford Hatters will now face a Carlsberg Stadium Biggleswade Town final tie on Wednesday 20th April against AFC Dunstable Reserves after emerging 3-2 home winners over Luton District & South Beds League Stopsley Common Green.Darek Joswiak, Scott Alleyne and Simon Pixley netting the vital goals.
Potton Wanderers are now six points clear at the head of the Division One league table after they notched up their eighth consecutive home win on the bounce in defeating FC Meppershall 4-3. Daniel Redbond, Sam Worthington, Danny Fox and Conor Green all finding the back of the net against replies via Craig Damon twice and Matthew Ward.
Things seem to be going from bad to worse for Henlow, they suffered their fourth loss on the bounce in going down 1-3 at home to Meltis Albion.Pete Saunders shooting the home side ahead before strikes from Daniel Wells, Asa Garlick plus a Michael Butler penalty won the day for The Albion.
However on the up are Sandy, for them it was a 4-1 victory at AFC Kempston Town Reserves to extend their current unbeaten ways to 10 games.Ian Hammett, Craig Baker, Rod Tapley and Mark Westbrook on the scoresheet against a Town reply from Jamie Felts.
For Blunham Reserves it was a return to winning ways via a 3-1 home victory over Luton Old Boys.Daniel Whitten netting twice and Darren Ashpole once against a lone reply from Ashley Wadhams.
The final game of the day in this division seeing local rivals Caldecote Reserves and Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves share the points in a 2-2 draw.Matt Basta and Terry Lawrence on target for Caldecote against replies from Dave Trundley and Lee Threadgold.
League leaders Lea Sports PSG were to lose their 100% home record for the season when held to a 0-0 draw by Bromham United, to cushion the blow, their lead at the head of the league standings is now up to three points following start of play second placers Clifton being beaten 3-2 at Lidlington United Sports.Darren Sims twice plus an own goal on the United scoresheet against a Clifton brace in reply via Tony Norman.
Clifton now losing out on that second spot to Elstow Abbey, they ended Kings AFC run of seven consecutive wins by beating them 3-2 on their own patch.Chris Greene and Lee Morgan shooting the home side 2-0 ahead before Ed L'Erario and Dave McCarthy goals plus a Jason Harrison penalty won the day for The Abbey.
Down at the other end of the table, bottom club Kempston Hammers Sports are now six points adrift of Stevington after the visitors came up with their first away win of the season with a 4-3 victory.Eddie Haddow and Martin Williams both netting braces against Hammers replies via Sbna Kang twice and Kevin Simcoe.
Also winning on the road were Great Barford, 2-1 winners at Shefford Town & Campton Reserves.Freddie Windram plus an Adam Dunville penalty doing the damage against a home reply from Carl Thripp.
Alas for Arlesey Social Galacticos, it was the forfeit of three points when they failed to raise a side to travel to face Stopsley Park.
The final game of the day in this section taking Westoning Recreation Club to a 2-1 home win over Marabese Ceramics.Craig Stevens and Tom Smith seeing their goals only replied to by Charanjit Singh.
It was business as usual at the head of the Division Three league table with wins for the leading two sides, league leaders Pavenham maintaining their seasons unbeaten home ways when a hat-trick from Michael Bates plus a brace from James Owen took them to a 5-0 home win over Flitwick Town Reserves. Whilst Sharnbrook Reserves were 5-3 winners away at Cranfield United Reserves.Jayme Harris, Darren Wallinger, James Whitmore, Dan Glos and Kevin Harris all finding the back of the net against United replies from Adam Kerr twice and Richard Stimpson.For the home side it was their first defeat in 11outings.
Slipping off the promotion pace are M & DH Oakley Sports, they were held to a 2-2 home draw by Royal Oak Kempston.Dan Thompson with a brace seeing his goals cancelled out by strikes from Oaks Michael Field and Andrew Palombella.
Creeping even more into the promotion mix are Co-op Sports, they took their unbeaten ways to seven games with a 4-0 home win over Caldecote A, Rowan Markland twice plus Scott Davis and Ashley Jordan netting the goals that did the damage.
Also still in the promotion mix are Sundon Park Rangers despite being held to a 3-3 home draw by Renhold Village.Nick Buttergeig, Sam Chapman and Sanuel Kehinde the Rangers scorers against Village replies via Carl Townsend twice and Simon Wade.
Over at Gold Street the points were also shared in a 1-1 draw between host Riseley Sports and Shefford Town & Campton A, Paul Brown with the home goal and Chris Fry netting the visitors.
For Westoning Recreation Club Reserves it was an eighth straight away defeat when beaten 2-1 at Dunton Reserves. Nick Albone and Dave Gibbs on target for the home side against a Rec Boys reply via Samuel Potten.
It's as you were at start of play after all of the leading five clubs came up with wins.For league leaders AFC Turvey it was win number 17 on the bounce with a 7-1 away victory at Sandy Reserves.John Guiney with a hat-trick, Saimir Guri with a brace plus strikes from Tim Clarke and Andrew Wren only being replied to by Darren Gipson.Whilst second place Goldington emerged 3-1 winners at Stewartby Village, Damien Quigley, Karl Anderson and Robert Brown netting the vital goals against a home reply from John Steele.
In third spot are Thurleigh, they won 5-1 at Kempston Athletic. Steve Pledge netting twice, Sam Queeley once and both Pasquale Ventriglia and Dan Newton from the penalty spot against an Athletic reply from Gary Whitbread. The defeat sending The Athletic to the bottom of the league table following Wootton Village's first home win of the season 3-0 over Bedford Park Rangers, Ryan Stocker, Adam Flynn and Kyron Layne goals giving the Village their first win in 11 outings.
Still in fourth slot in the league table are Dinamo Flitwick, they won 4-2 at Clifton Reserves to end the home sides unbeaten home run of five games.Ross Lockey, Scott Hannam, Andy Carlin and Jason Del-Boyer netting for the Dinamo in this their fifth consecutive away win against home replies from George King and Jason Woodhouse.
For fifth place Eastcotts, after three straight defeats it was a return to winning ways 7-0 at Goldington Hammers.Tony Milioti with a hat-trick, Michael Sexton with a brace plus strikes from Ben Eagles and Adam Jacques doing the damage.
With games in hand and still very much in the promotion race are Potton Town, they emerged 5-0 home winners over Lea Sports PSG.Chris Cooper with a brace plus Chris Moore, James Pyman and Tom Pyman the goalscorers.
Preview Saturday 12th March 2011.
Today could well be the day that the destination of the 2010-11 season Premier Division supported by Sportsform crown becomes all that much clearer,Blunham having manoeuvred themselves into a position where the title looked theirs to lose rather than the others to win before their shock defeat at Flitwick Town last weekend today defend their seasons unbeaten home ways at Moggerhanger Playing Fields when they host a Leighton United outfit who have lost their last two away outings.
For their four main rivals it’s head to head clashes. At Harvey Close, Caldecote having failed to win either of their last three home outings which now seems to have put them out of the championship race receive a visit from a Renhold United side that are still unbeaten on the road this campaign. United starting the day just two points ahead of fourth place Blunham in third spot but having played two games more than the reigning champions.
Whilst the other head to head clash comes at Jubilee Playing Fields between the current top two clubs when Wilshamstead play hosts to Shefford Town & Campton.The home side still unbeaten on home soil this season facing a visiting side who have won their last five games.
Down at the other end of the table the big game of the day comes at Hillgrounds, the venue for AFC Kempston Town’s home clash with Woburn.Town looking for their third home win on the bounce against a Safari Boys side that has won just once on the road all season.
Other action is due at Lodge Road, Sharnbrook looking for just their second home win of the season when called upon by Flitwick Town who have failed to win any of their last four away outings. Whilst just down the road at Oakley Playing Fields, hosts Oakley Sports seek revenge for their 1-0 defeat at Horseshoes Close back in mid-November when called upon by Dunton.
In Division One for league leaders Potton Wanderers its home Mill Lane local derby action against Caldecote Reserves.The Wanderers, beaten just once on home soil all season firm favourites to collect the spoils against a visiting Caldecote side that has won just once away from Harvey Close all season.
For their two main title rivals its trips on the road, Bedford Hatters on a seven game unbeaten league run heading for The Green to face an Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves outfit who can only claim to have won just once on home soil all season. Whilst Marston Shelton Rovers make for Groveside and a meeting with Henlow.Rovers in search of their fifth league win on the bounce against an out of form home side who have lost all of their last four games.
Down at the other end of the table its trips on the road for the bottom two sides.AFC Kempston Town Reserves having lost their last four away games heading to Cople Playing Fields to face a Bedford Sports Athletic side that has been beaten just twice on home soil this season.Whilst Luton Old Boys make for Bedford Road Recreation Ground and a meeting against Sandy.The hosts unbeaten in their last 10 outings firm favouties to collect the full three points.
Other action in this division is due at Miller Road,the venue for Meltis Albion’s home clash with FC Meppershall.Albion now unbeaten in their last six home outings facing a Meppershall outfit that have lost their last three away outings.
Today is also Semi-Final day in this season’s Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup. At Pirton Recreation Ground, it will be an all Division Two clash when Lea Sports PSG take on Elstow Abbey in a game that could go either way, but in the other tie at Hillgrounds, Pavenham will more than fancy their chances when hosting fellow Division Three rivals Renhold Village.
In Division Two league action, its must win games for several of the promotion hopeful’s.Clifton in home local derby action at Whiston Crescent against Marabese Ceramics, whilst Queens Park Crescents head to Stevington Playing Fields looking for their third away win on the bounce against hosts Stevington.Kings AFC will be well aware away win number six on the bounce will not be easy to collect when they hit the road to Hurst Grove to face a Lidlington United Sports side who have suffered just one defeat on home soil all season.
Over at Arlesey Playing Fields, Arlesey Social Galacticos who failed to raise a side last weekend are expected to be in home action against bottom of the table Kempston Hammers Sports. Should The Social be unable to fulfil their commitments for a second weekend running then The Hammers will instead divert to Rectory Road to be hosted by Shefford Town & Campton Reserves.
Whilst other action in this division, sees Bromham United following two straight home defeats face a home encounter against a Stopsley Park side that are unbeaten in their last three away outings.Plus Great Barford losers of their last three home games, entertain Westoning Recreation Club at their Barford Playing Field headquarters.
In Division Three with Pavenham away on cup duty, its a chance for second place Sharnbrook Reserves to close the gap on them at the head of the league standings to just a single point should they manage to come away from their Greenfield Road meeting with Westoning Recreation Club Reserves with all three points.With the hosts having not won any of their last five home outings this looks the likely outcome despite Sharnbrook having lost their last two away games.
For fellow promotion candidates Sundon Park Rangers its home Stockwood Park action against Dunton Reserves.The Park having lost just once on home soil this season firm favourites to collect the spoils off a Dunton side that has won just twice on the road this campaign.
Also still in the promotion mix are Cranfield United Reserves, for them now beaten just once in their last 11 starts its home Crawley Road action against Royal Oak Kempston whose away record for the season shows just one win.
Other action comes at Harvey Close, the venue for Caldecote A's home clash with Wilshamstead Reserves.The visitors arriving looking for their third win on the bounce against a host side that has lost its last seven games to leave them now with a relegation battle on their hands.Whilst the final game in this division will take place at Steppingley Road where Flitwick Town Reserves receive a visit from promotion seeking Co-op Sports.The visitors unbeaten in their last seven outings likely to collect all three points from a Town side that have lost their last four home games.
In Division Four, champions elect AFC Turvey still 100% for the season in league action face a home encounter at Stonefields against Goldington Hammers. The Hammers having won just three times on their travels this season most certainly starting the game second favourites.
Over at Hinksley Recreation Ground, its a must win game for both hosts Dinamo Flitwick and their visitors Clifton Reserves if either of them are to remain in the promotion race beyond this weekend, a comment that also applies to Eastcotts who make their way to Wootton Playing Fields to face bottom of the table Wootton Village.
For Potton Town who with games in hand are still there in the promotion mix, its home Sunderland Road action against Stewartby Village. Town now on a four game winning run facing a Village side that has won just once on the road all season.
Other action comes at Hillgrounds, the venue for Kempston Athletic's home encounter with Lea Sports PSG Reserves, plus at Mowsbury Park where Bedford Park Rangers host a Sandy Reserves side that has lost its last six away outings.