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Sunday 10th April 2011
Both Blunham and Shefford Town & Campton win again to keep the title race neck to neck.
Premier Division supported by Sportsform.

The gap at the head of the Premier Division supported by Sportsform league table remains at just a single point after both the leading championship contenders claimed wins away from home. The leaders Shefford Town & Campton having to come from behind to record their ninth win on the bounce 3-1 at Dunton. Paul Chamberlain shooting the home side ahead after 20 minutes before Andrew Hayday levelled matters seven minutes later to send the teams in at the break all square at 1-1.Yet within six minutes of the restart, goals from Hayday and Michael Jones took the visitors 3-1 ahead and Dunton on their way to their first home defeat in six outings.

Things were also not easy for Blunham at bottom of the table Arlesey Town Reserves. Joe McCave giving the Town a first half lead which was cancelled out by Tim Gill in the second period before Matty McMahon popped up with a late winner to claim his sides sixth win on the bounce and now leave The Town without a win from their last 12 outings.

Wilshamstead now look set fair to claim that converted third spot after goals from Kevin Butler and Chris Faulkner took them to a 2-0 away win at Flitwick Town, to shoot them seven points clear of fourth place Caldecote whose four game winning away run was ended with a 7-0 beating at Sharnbrook.Loz Lee and Andy Wood netting in the opening half before a brace from substitute Shaun Barnett plus strikes from Ollie Woodhouse and James Cornell plus a Ben Singleton penalty in the second period completed the rout.

Down at the other end of the table, Woburn not only claimed their first win in 10 outings, to move out of the drop zone at the expense of the non-playing AFC Kempston Town, but also inflicted a first away defeat of the season upon their victims Renhold United with a 4-0 win.Ben Nichols, Martin Holland, Daniel McClaren and James McCarthy netting the goals that did the damage.

Having lost their last five league outings, Leighton United returned to form with a 2-0 home win over Oakley Sports.Robert Greenwood in the opening half and Philip Matthews in the second period netting the goals.

Division One

With league leaders Potton Wanderers unable to fulfil their away fixture at FC Meppershall due to a stag weekend taking all but two of their players to Scotland, the subsequent loss of the three points now means Bedford Hatters are within five points of them and also have three games in hand after they retained their seasons 100% home record with a 1-0 victory over third place Marston Shelton Rovers who now trail them by nine points.Darek Jozwiak netting the games lone goal.

Another side failing to raise a side were Blunham Reserves, for the visit to them by Bedford Sports Athletic, who without kicking a ball duly collected the three points.

Down at the other end of the table there were wins for the bottom two sides, Luton Old Boys with two goals from Tyno Rusenya and a strike from Jack Jones 3-2 home winners over Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves whose replies came via Lee Threadgold and Rob Gaylor to keep them above AFC Kempston Town Reserves in the standings who netted a same scoreline home win over Henlow. Danny Bibby with a brace plus Alex Russell on the Town scoresheet against Henlow replies via Pete Saunders and Gabriel Follano.

There was a shock at Harvey Close, Sandy going down to their first defeat in six away outings when beaten 5-1 by Caldecote Reserves.Jordan Goodman with a brace plus an own goal and strikes from Spencer Melrose and Matt Basta only being replied to by Ian Hammett.

Division Two

With league leaders Elstow Abbey sitting the afternoon out, their lead at the head of the league table was reduced to just two points after Lea Sports PSG retained their seasons unbeaten home ways with a 2-0 win over Kings AFC.Paul Collins and Dion Brown netting the goals to end their visitors seven game winning away run and seriously dent their promotion hopes.

For third place Westoning Recreation Club, it was a fifth home win on the bounce, 3-2 over Bromham United.Scott Gadsden, Alex Barnwell and Dan Channon the home marksmen against United replies from Paul Hubbard and Sam Jones.

Now up into fourth slot are Lidlington United Sports, they took their unbeaten away ways up to six games with a 1-0 win at Marabese Ceramics thanks to a goal from Darren Simms.

However, the top scorers of the day in this section were Shefford Town & Campton Reserves, 4-0 home winners over a Clifton side that has now lost their last seven games.Tom Scurfield with a brace plus Jordan Robbens and Sam Larsen doing the damage.

Over in Mowsbury Park, the Queens Park Crescents v Great Barford encounter was abandoned just after the hour mark by referee Rodney Campbell following the double sending off of Great Barford players John Prior and Shane Wheatley.At the time, Crescents with goals from Fabio Satter and Nathan Larrier against a reply from Adam Dunville were leading 2-1, this game will now be subject to a Beds FA inquiry, as will perhaps the performance of referee Campbell, this being the fourth game he has curtailed early inside the last month.

Elsewhere, Stevington and Stopsley Park shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw, Darren King and Lawrence Bentham the home goalscorers.

Division Three

Sharnbrook are now six points clear at the head of the division three league table after they took their unbeaten away ways to seven games with a 4-1 win at Caldecote A , two goals from Kevin Harris and strikes from Ryan Massey and Jayme Harris doing the damage against a home reply by Ross Taylor.Whilst second place Pavenham who have three games in hand on them were beaten for the first time this season 2-0 at home against Cranfield United Reserves.The United goals coming via Richard Simpson and Josh Whetlor.

Still very much in the promotion mix are Co-op Sports, they are now unbeaten in their last seven home starts after netting a 5-1 victory over Royal Oak Kempston. Chris Vardy striking four times and Kris Fox once against a lone reply via Lorenzo Jordan.

Elsewhere, M & DH Oakley's promotion hopes took a big knock when their six game unbeaten home run was ended by visitors Dunton Reserves, who with goals from Liam Brophy and Joe Lewis claimed a 2-0 victory.

There were plenty of goals at Gold Street, where hosts Riseley Sports were beaten 3-4 by Westoning Recreation Club Reserves. Liam Boyle with a hat-trick plus Robert Barnard on the scoresheet for The Rec Boys against home replies via Paul Brown, Dan Ellison and James Law.

For Wilshamstead Reserves and Renhold Village, it was a share of the spoils in a 3-3 draw.Colin Merritt twice and Harry Baker on target for the home side against Village replies via Carl Townsend, Marko Tobdzie and Michael Luke.

Also finishing all square at 2-2 was the contest between Flitwick Town Reserves and Shefford Town & Campton A, Harry Rowlands and Ryan Short the home goalscorers against replies from Sean Francis and Kieran Best.

Division Four

AFC Turvey are now within five points of the league title after a 9-1 win at Goldington Hammers took them to their 20th league win on the bounce, Salmir Guri with a hat-trick, John Guiney and Andrew Wren with braces plus strikes from Mark Allen and Daniel Bailey only replied to by Michael Stafford.

Second place Goldington have however not yet given up the chase, they won away game number eight on the bounce with a 2-1 win at Clifton Reserves.Chris Huckle and Jonathan Hutchison finding the back of the net against a home reply via Michael King.

For Eastcotts, it was a big dent in their promotion hopes when their four game winning run was ended with a 2-3 home defeat by fellow promotion seekers Dinamo Flitwick. Dale Goldie, Alex Sommers and Barrie Lee Hannam on the winners scoresheet against replies from Michael Sexton and Matthew Walsh.

Also still in that promotion mix are Potton Town and Thurleigh who both claimed away wins.Town with goals from Chris Cooper and Sam King against a home reply from David Harris winning 2-1 at Sandy.Whilst strikes from Stefan Wilson, Ben Stock and Steve Pledge against a home reply via Shaun Finlay took Thurleigh to a 3-1 win at Bedford Park Rangers.

Life gets no better for bottom of the table Wootton Village, they were beaten 2-0 at Lea Sports PSG Reserves,Callum Jones and Marko Failla on the scoresheet. Whilst fellow strugglers Kempston Athletic were beaten 5-1 at Stewartby Village.Tom Wheelhouse with a brace plus goals from Kyle Smith, James Churchman and Ben Sparks only being replied to by the Athletic's Dee Sayid.

Preview for Weekend Friday 15th April/ Saturday 16th April 2011 and beyond.

Action this weekend starts on Friday evening with the staging of two games.The big match of course is the final of this season’s Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup at The Hollow, Potton United, where in a 7.45pm kick off, Elstow Abbey take to the field against Pavenham. The second game being at Stevington Playing Fields in Division Two, where Stevington will be in action in a 6.15pm kick off against Marabese Ceramics.

If the Premier Division supported by Sportsform title race is not already down to just two clubs, then it could well be after this weekend following Wilshamstead visit to Moggerhanger Playing Fields to take on title favourites Blunham. The visitors needing to find a way of ending the reigning champions unbeaten home ways for the season to keep the title race a three club affair.

The other club with title aspirations are of course Shefford Town & Campton,they journey to Oakley Playing Fields to face Oakley Sports looking for their tenth win on the bounce against a home outfit that has won just two of its last seven home outings.

There is of course plenty to play for at the other end of the table, none more so than at Harvey Close where relegation haunted Woburn, now without an away win since early September travel to face home side Caldecote who have dropped out of the championship race by losing their last three home games.

AFC Kempston Town will also be anxious to collect some points at Hillgrounds when they look to end a winless run of three home games against visitors Dunton. Whilst perhaps still looking over their shoulder at the other results are Sharnbrook,they hit the road to Steppingley Road looking for just their third away win of the season against hosts Flitwick Town.

The other top flight action takes place at Stanbridge Road,the venue for Leighton United’s home encounter with Renhold United beaten just once on the road this season.

In Division One, all eyes in the championship race will turn to Miller Road where 100% at home Bedford Hatters receive a visit from a Blunham Reserves side that has won just once on the road all season.Whilst Marston Shelton Rovers fading promotion hopes will rest upon them collecting the full three points when visited by Henlow at their Marston Playing Field Headquarters.

Over at Bedford Road Recreation Ground, Sandy will be expected to return to winning ways on home soil when FC Meppershall now without an away win in five outings come calling. Whilst at Cople Playing Fields, hosts Bedford Sports Athletic will start favourites for the full three points when they go into local derby action against Caldecote Reserves.

The final action in this section, taking place on The Green,where Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves play hosts to Meltis Albion.

In Division Two, the programme is one of just four games, for championship chasing Lea Sports PSG it is a trip to Whiston Crescent looking for away win number five on the bounce against hosts Clifton who have lost their last three home games.Whilst at King George VI Playing Fields, if they are to stay in the promotion race, three points are required by hosts Kings AFC when they entertain Stopsley Park.

Other action comes at Hurst Grove, the venue for Lidlington United Sports home encounter with bottom of the table Kempston Hammers Sports and in Mowsbury Park where Queens Park Crescents receive a visit from Shefford Town & Campton Reserves.

In Division Three, there are home games for the two leading title contenders, Pavenham hosting M & DH Oakley in Hillgrounds, whilst over at Lodge Road, Sharnbrook Reserves seek their seventh home win on the bounce when Flitwick Town Reserves come calling.

Elsewhere in Stockwood Park, Sundon Park Rangers will be looking to take their unbeaten home ways up to seven games when visited by a Riseley Sports side that has lost its last five away games and at Jubilee Playing Fields, Wilshamstead Reserves will be confident of collecting the spoils when they host a Shefford Town and Campton A side that has failed to win any of its last six away games.

Other Hillgrounds, action sees The Royal Oak Kempston without a home win since the end of January, receive a visit from a Caldecote A outfit that have lost their last seven away outings.Whilst at Horseshoes Close,Dunton Reserves go in search of home win number three on the bounce when they entertain Cranfield United Reserves.

In Division Four, AFC Turvey still enjoying a 100% league season travel to Pirton Recreation Ground to take on Lea Sports PSG Reserves. Whilst for promotion seeking Goldington,it will be home Mowsbury Park action against Clifton Reserves.

Still also in the promotion race are Eastcotts, for them it’s a trip to Mowsbury Park to take on Bedford Park Rangers, a comment that equally applies to Potton Town when they host Goldington Hammers in search of home win number five on the bounce at Sunderland Road Playing Fields.

Elsewhere, Hinksley Playing Fields is the venue where Dinamo Flitwick now unbeaten in their last four home starts, host a Wootton Village outfit with just one away win to their name all season and at Hillgrounds, Kempston Athletic play hosts to Sandy Reserves.

The final game of the day being a Watson Shield Quarter-Final tie at Solway Road North,Co-op Sports hosting Thurleigh for the right to take on AFC Turvey in semi-final action at Potton United on Wednesday 27th April.

Action will then move on to Monday evening April 17th with a series of 13 league games, all kicking off at 6.15pm.

In Division One there will be just a single fixture the Mowsbury Park encounter between hosts FC Meppershall and the relegation haunted AFC Kempston Town Reserves.

In Division Two, the programme is one of three games, Lea Sports PSG looking to enhance their title hopes at Pirton Recreation Ground when they play hosts to Stopsley Park and over at King George VI Playing Fields, Kings AFC promotion hopes will perhaps come to an end should they fail to collect the full three home points when visited by Queens Park Crescents.

The third game comes at Greenfield Road, the venue for Westoning Recreation Club’s home encounter with Lidlington United Sports.

In Division Three there are five games, Hillgrounds being the venue where title seeking Pavenham take on Riseley Sports.Whilst their nearest rivals Sharnbrook Reserves will also be in home action at Lodge Road against the visiting Renhold Village.

Just down the road at Oakley Playing Fields, M & DH Oakley play hosts to Cranfield United and over in Stockwood Park there will be local derby action between hosts Sundon Park Rangers and local rivals Co-op Sports.

The Division Four action is one of four games, at Stonefields, champions elect AFC Turvey host Wootton Village, whilst promotion seeking Goldington are in Mowsbury Park home action against Sandy Reserves.

Elsewhere,Hillgrounds will be the venue for Eastcotts home outing against Thurleigh. Whilst at Sunderland Road Playing Fields, Potton Town are in home action against Dinamo Flitwick.

Action then moves to Wednesday night with another 12 games. Topping the bill will be the final of the 2010-11 season Bedfordshire FA Intermediate Cup at Bigglewade Town’s Carlsberg Stadium where Bedford Hatters will face Molten Spartan South Midlands League AFC Dunstable Reserves in a 7.45pm kick off.

For Premier Division supported by Sportsform clubs, there will be action at six venues. All eyes in the championship chase looking towards Rectory Road, the venue for Shefford Town & Campton’s home clash with AFC Kempston Town and to Oakley Playing Fields, the venue to which Blunham travel to face Oakley Sports.

Over at Jubilee Playing Fields, Wilshamstead will be taking on Caldecote and just down the road at Steppingley Road, Flitwick Town receive a visit from Leighton United. Whilst Sharnbrook head to Renhold Playing Fields to be entertained by Renhold United in local derby action.All these games kicking off at 6.15pm.

However at The Armadillo Stadium, it’s a 7.45pm start for Arlesey Town Reserves home encounter with Dunton.

Division One action is a lone match affair at Marston Playing Fields, the venue for Marston Shelton Rovers home game against Meltis Albion.

There are just two games in Division Two, at The Warren,Elstow Abbey host Bromham United and at their Playing Field Headquarters, Great Barford take on Marabese Ceramics.

Division Three is also a lone match affair,when at Greenfield Road, Westoning Recreation Club Reserves face a visit from local rivals Flitwick Town Reserves. Whilst the final action of the night comes in the shape of a Division Four encounter at Pirton Recreation Ground between Lea Sports PSG Reserves the hosts and their visitors Thurleigh.

These lower league games all kicking off at 6.15pm.
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