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Sunday 24th April 2011
"We are the Champions" rings out at Bedford Hatters & Lea Sports PSG.
Premier Division supported by Sportsform

It's a nervy time at the head of the Premier Division supported by Sportsform league table, but Blunham now travel to Horseshoes Close on Wednesday evening knowing a victory will see them retain their crown.All after both they and Shefford Town & Campton were held to 3-3 draws today. For Blunham, it was an end to their eight game winning run at Leighton United.Rory McMullen, Kevin Hilton and Andrew Clarke on the home scoresheet against a brace in reply from James Allen and a goal from Andrew Vallom.

Meantime, Shefford Town & Campton were held to a 3-3 home draw by Wilshamstead, who will now finish the season in third place.Andrew Hayday twice plus Carl Thripp netting for the home side against replies via Matt Rosborough, Ben Flatters and Neville Allen.

Down at the other end of the table, it was a good day for AFC Kempston Town, they moved out of the drop zone with a 2-1 win at Dunton.Roy Murnane and Liam Bowland netting the vital goals against a home reply via the penalty spot from Barry Emery.

Now into the drop zone are Woburn, they were beaten 2-1 at home by Sharnbrook.Shaun Barnett netting twice for the visitors against a home reply from Martin Holland.

The final top-flight game of the day now leaves Flitwick Town without a win in six outings after being beaten 6-2 at Caldecote. Jack Gabbitas with four goals and single strikes from Danny Lane and Kai Griffiths-Shilton outweighing Town goals from Steve Parkhouse and Dean Warren.

Division One

Bedford Hatters are this seasons division one champions after they were awarded the three points when Blunham Reserves failed to raise a side to entertain them at Moggerhanger Playing Fields and second place Potton Wanderers forfeited the chance to stay in the title race when failing to raise a side for their scheduled visit to Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves.

This now opens the door for Marston Shelton Rovers to claim the second top spot after they ran out 6-0 winners at now destined to finish bottom of the table AFC Kempston Town Reserves. Charlie Standish, Aaron Franks, Luke Smith, Xennan Paul goals plus successful penalties from Lee Dudley and Gibrain Pirbhai doing the damage.

Division Two

The "we are the champions" song was also ringing out for Lea Sports PSG, they claimed the division three crown with a 12-0 home win over now destined to finish bottom of the table Kempston Hammers Sports. Dean Lewis and James Awofisan with four goals each, added to by a Martin Collins hat-trick and a single strike from Edwin Anabaranye to take their sides unbeaten ways up to 16 games.

Now in the driving seat for the silver medals, are Westoning Recreation Club following their 2-0 home win over Kings AFC.Ian Buckingham and Scott Gadsden on the scoresheet.

Yet just three points behind them are Lidlington United Sports following their 8-0 home win over Great Barford.Darren Sims with a hat-trick, Paul Nockels with a brace plus single goals for Steve Flaherty, Alex Burrows and Chris Roberts doing the damage.

After three straight defeats, Bromham United returned to winning ways with a 1-0 home win over Stevington thanks to a strike from Phill Kempsell, a defeat that now leaves Stevington in the drop zone after both Marabese Ceramics and Stopsley Park collected points.The Park with a goal from Robert Maina sharing the spoils in a 1-1 home draw with Shefford Town & Campton Reserves for whom Sam Larsen replied, whilst a brace of goals from Josh Pierre St Claire against a reply from Toby McNaught took The Tilermen to a 2-1 home win over Clifton.The visitors losing their eighth game on the bounce.

For Queens Park Crescents, it was a return into a top six spot after winning 5-2 at home over Elstow Abbey.Ayaz Hussain netting four times and Amman Hussain once against Abbey replies via Harry Ellis and Tom Pitts.

Division Three

Without kicking a ball, Sharnbrook Reserves inched ever closer to the division three title after second place Pavenham were beaten for the first time on the road this season, 3-1 at M & DH Oakley.Adam Emms twice and Phill Straccia once on the scoresheet for the home side against a lone reply from Michael Bates.The victory now taking the home side to within two points of Pavenham in the league standings.

But right there still in the promotion mix and just another two points adrift are both Sundon Park Rangers and Co-op Sports.The Rangers taking their unbeaten away ways to seven games with a 9-1 win at Flitwick Town Reserves.Nick Buttigeig with four goals, Matt Conway with a brace, being joined on the scoresheet by Mark Bonner, Chris Hazell and Aaron Conway, whilst the lone reply came via Cody Roberts.

For Co-op Sports, it was an extension of their unbeaten home ways up to eight games with a 8-0 win over Dunton Reserves.Ashley Jordan leading the way with a hat-trick and supported by strikes from Robbie Cusack, James McMullen, Thomas Miller, Kris Fox and Gareth Farr.

Caldecote A now know they cannot beat the drop after losing their 15th consecutive game 8-2 at Renhold Village.Marko Tobzdic, Daniel Avis and Carl Townsend all netting braces alongside strikes from Simon Wade and Dan Luke for the winners, whilst the replies came via Tom Cookman and Lee Pyke.

The final game of the day in this section giving Royal Oak Kempston a 2-1 home win over Cranfield United Reserves.Gareth Arzu and Andrew Palombella on target against a United reply via Adam Constable.

Division Four

AFC Turvey are now just two games away from a perfect season following their 24th consecutive win, 2-0 at home over Thurleigh.Saimir Guri netting both goals.

Meantime, Goldington are now assured of the silver medals following their 2-1 home win over Dinamo Flitwick, Thomas Mills and Ryan Gascoyne on the scoresheet against a Dinamo reply from Dale Goldie.

Now favourites for the third slot are Potton Town, they made it six away wins on the bounce with a 4-0 victory at Stewartby Village.Chris Cooper with a brace plus James Pyman and Adam Jones doing the goal scoring.

There were also away wins for Eastcotts, Sandy Reserves and Goldington Hammers with all three sides bagging five goals.Ben Martin with a brace plus goals from Michael Stafford, Jamie Mercurio and Rob Ginn on the scoresheet for The Hammers at Wootton Village whose lone reply came via Adam Flynn. Whilst Eastcotts took their unbeaten away ways up to six games with a 5-0 win at Clifton Reserves.Dan Eagles with a brace being supported by strikes from Ben Eagles and Tony Milioti plus an own goal.

Elsewhere,Sandy Reserves won 5-0 at Lea Sports PSG Reserves.Nathan Morris with a brace plus Ian Hammett, Brad Smith and Reece Stratton on the scoresheet.

Preview Saturday 30th April 2011.

With this preview being written ahead of Blunham's midweek encounter at Dunton, the outcome of the Premier Division supported by Sportsform title could already be known or will it once again this season not be settled until this afternoon's final round of games.If Blunham have failed to win at Dunton, the two questions to answer will be,do Blunham require a result at Moggerhanger Playing Fields over arch rivals Caldecote to retain their crown or will they slip up and allow Shefford Town & Campton to overtake them on the last day of the season with a victory from their visit to Hillgrounds where they face AFC Kempston Town?

Also keeping a special eye on the result from Hillgrounds will be Woburn, they travel to Steppingley Road to face hosts Flitwick Town knowing a wrong set of results could condemn them to a bottom two finish and a possible return to Division One football next season.

Other top-flight action comes at Stanbridge Road, the venue for Leighton United's home encounter with Sharnbrook.Whilst only local pride will be at stake at Renhold Playing Fields where hosts Renhold United receive a visit from Oakley Sports.

With Bedford Hatters having already claimed the Division One crown, their visit to Mowsbury Park to face Bedford Sports Athletic although in effect a dress rehearsal for the clubs meeting six days later in the final of The Centenary Cup,will have nothing riding upon it. A comment that might not be the case at Marston Playing Fields for hosts Marston Shelton Rovers. Should they have done the business and collected all three points at Luton Old Boys in midweek then a victory over Potton Wanderers would see them collect the silver medals for the season rather than their visitors.

Other action in Mowsbury Park brings about a home encounter for FC Meppershall with Sandy.Whilst Luton Old Boys quest to beat the drop could well depend on the outcome of their home game at Chaul End Lane against Caldecote Reserves.

In Division Two, with the league crown having already been collected by Lea Sports PSG, it will mean they will travel to Rectory Road to be hosted by Shefford Town & Campton Reserves still in party mode, leaving most eyes in the promotion stakes being switched to Lidlington United Sports trip to Cutler Hammer where they take on already relegated hosts Kempston Hammers Sports.

There are also big games at the wrong end of the table for Stevington, who journey to face Clifton at Whiston Crescent alongside Marabese Ceramics who host Great Barford at Groveside and Stopsley Park who entertain Bromham United at The Luton Regional Sports Centre.

In Division Three, it could well be party time at Lodge Road for Sharnbrook Reserves who could claim the Division Three title with the right result when they host local rivals M & DH Oakley.That is always assuming Pavenham have done the business in midweek at Cranfield United to take the chase to the wire, otherwise I guess the party is already over.

Today,Pavenham are in Hillgrounds action against Renhold Village, whilst fellow promotion candidates Co-op Sports host Cranfield United Reserves at Solway Way North and Sundon Park Rangers make the journey to Horseshoes Close for a meeting with Dunton Reserves.

Down at the other end of the table, already relegated Caldecote A journey to Jubilee Playing Fields to be hosted by Wilshamstead Reserves.Whilst Flitwick Town Reserves will be looking to avoid being dragged into the drop zone by claiming a result from their Hillgrounds visit to take on Royal Oak Kempston.

In Division Four, for league champions AFC Turvey its a trip to Hillgrounds to take on Eastcotts, where if all has gone according to plan in midweek, a 100% perfect league campaign will be the target.

For the next three clubs in the standings there are home encounters,Goldington in Mowsbury Park action against Lea Sports PSG Reserves, Potton Town taking on bottom of the table Wootton Village at Sunderland Road, whilst at Keysoe Road, Thurleigh receive a visit from Dinamo Flitwick.

The other action of the day being a 4.30pm kick off at Whiston Crescent between hosts Clifton Reserves and their visitors Stewartby Village.Plus at Bedford Road, the venue where Sandy Reserves conclude their season with a visit from Bedford Park Rangers.

The action will then move onto Bank Holiday Monday May 2nd, the sole game of the day coming in Division Two at Renhold Playing Fields where Renhold Village play hosts to Shefford Town & Campton A in a 2.30pm kick off.

Just over 28 hours later on Tuesday evening at Greenfield Road there is Division Two action between hosts Westoning Recreation Club and Elstow Abbey kicking off at 6.30pm before a scheduled round of five games on Wednesday 4th May, all kicking off at 6.30pm .

In Division Two, Cutler Hammer is the venue for Kempston Hammers Sports home clash with Kings AFC.Whilst at Pirton Recreation Ground, league champions Lea Sports PSG receive a visit from Great Barford.

Leaving the Division Three action to be a programme of three games, Renhold Village back in action at their Playing Field Headquarters against Cranfield United Reserves, just down the road at Oakley Playing Fields, M & DH Oakley take on Wilshamstead Reserves.Whilst at Greenfield Road, Westoning Recreation Club Reserves entertain Pavenham.

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