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Sunday 01st May 2011
Blunham retain their Premier Division supported by Sportsform crown.
Premier Division supported by Sportsform

Blunham duly retained their Premier Division supported by Sportsform crown by running out 5-3 home winners over Caldecote, their eighth home win on a spin to remain unbeaten at home all season. Andrew Vallom giving them the lead from the penalty spot 20 minutes into the game after Nick Randall had upended Carl Warner in the penalty box and things got even worse for Randall seven minutes later when he headed passed stand-in goalkeeper Nathan Buckland to give Blunham a 2-0 lead.

On the half-hour mark, Zak Rowe made it 3-0, but it was game back on a minute from half-time when Paul Lawrence reduced the deficit to 3-1. However, Blunham were in no mood to surrender their title and when Barrington Belgrave and Steve Thomas added to the scoreline in the opening 13 minutes of the new half it looked game over at 5-1.That proved to be correct, despite Caldecote strikes from Paul Lawrence on 64 minutes and David Lenton six minutes later.

Thus, leaving Shefford Town & Campton just a point short in second spot following their own 3-1 win at AFC Kempston Town, to end the season unbeaten in their last 13 outings.Town's Matty Smith giving his side an 11th minute lead before visitors goals for Andrew Hayday on 26 minutes, Adam Larsen on 71 minutes and Michael Jones three minutes from time condemned the home side to a bottom two finish.

Just creeping out of the drop zone on goal difference of just a single goal are Woburn, they were beaten 2-1 at Flitwick Town. A Dean Warren penalty plus a strike from Mark Bartlett only being replied to by Lewis Murray.

Whilst at the other end of the table, Renhold United missed out on a third place finish by goal difference only despite ending the season with a 5-1 home win over Oakley Sports. Jason Allison and Tommy Foyle netting twice alongside Paul Beattie against a Sportsmen's reply from Justin Patterson.

The final top-flight game saw Leighton United end their season on a seven game unbeaten run with a 3-2 home win over Sharnbrook. Alex Bradley, Layne Eadie and Jamie Bather on United's scoresheet against replies via Neil Singleton and Luke Devine.

Division One

With the league title already in the bag, champions Bedford Hatters drew lots for shirt numbers on their visit to next weeks Centenary Cup Final opponents Bedford Sports Athletic and came unstuck in a 5-3 defeat.Ashley Mead with four goals and a single strike from Daniel Bond outscoring Hatters strikes from Tom Redmond, Ben Brown and Simon Pixley.

Elswewhere, Potton Wanderers having claimed the silver medals midweek finished the season with a 2-0 away win at third place Marston Shelton Rovers.Chris Baines and Danny Fox netting the vital goals.

For Sandy, it is a top four finish after they ended their campaign with a 4-2 win at FC Meppershall. Daniel Stafford with a hat-trick plus John Joe Pekszye on the scoresheet against a brace in reply from Craig Damon.

Alas for Caldecote Reserves, they failed to raise a side for their visit to Luton Old Boys, a result of which sees The Old Boys with the three awarded points climb out of the drop zone at the expense of Blunham Reserves.

Division Two

Top scorers in this section were league champions Lea Sports PSG, with an 8-1 win at Shefford Town & Campton Reserves to end the season unbeaten in their last 18 outings. James Owofisan with a hat-trick plus single strikes from Hayden Fletcher, Meshaeh Hendrickson, Liam Trainor, Martin Collins and Hajeem Raja doing the damage against a lone home reply via Tom Scurfield.

For Westoning Recreation Club, it will be second spot and the silver medals following their 1-0 home win over Elstow Abbey.Ian Buckingham with a 40 yard free kick sealing the points in their favour.

Elsewhere, Marabese Ceramics ensured they would finish above the drop zone with a 1-0 home win over Great Barford, James Tizard netting the vital stike.A comment that also applies to Stopsley Park, they ended a run of eight games without a win with a 4-3 home victory over Bromham United. James Smart with a hat-trick including a 90th minute winner plus Matt Palmer on the scoresheet against United replies via Phill Kempshall twice and Sheridan Lindsey.

Thus staying in the drop zone are Stevington who were beaten 2-1 at Clifton, who duly ended a eight game losing run.Paul Rowe and Mark Gearing on song for Clifton against a Martin Williams reply.

Meantime, Lidlington United Sports were 2-1 winners at bottom of the table Kempston Hammers Sports.Chris Roberts plus an own goal winning the day against a Hammers reply via Lee Shergold.

Division Three

With the league title already won, Sharnbrook Reserves placed a dent in second place M & DH Oakley's chances of promotion by beating them 5-2 at Lodge Road.Kevin Harris with a hat-trick plus goals from Jayme Harris and Darryl Gadsden only being replied by a brace from Shaun Cafferty.

However, that dent was somewhat repaired by defeats for their three challengers for the silver medals. Co-op Sports losing for the first time in nine home outings, 2-1 at the hands of Cranfield United Reserves.Andrew Ayres seeing his goal overhauled by a brace from Antony Deacon., whilst Pavenham were also beaten 2-4 on home soil by Renhold Village.Marko Tobzdic twice plus Dan Luke and Simon Wade netting for The Village against home replies from Dave Netherway and Daniel Doyle.

Also beaten were Sundon Park Rangers, they had their seven game unbeaten away record ended with a 3-1 defeat at Dunton Reserves. Nicky Albone the home hat-trick hero against a Rangers reply from Luke Evans.

Elsewhere, Royal Oak Kempston took their unbeaten home ways to five games with a 3-1 win over Flitwick Town Reserves. Daniel Bevan, Sean Boland and Gareth Arzu all finding the back of the net against a Town reply from Luke Cunniff.

For Caldecote A, it was a sad end to the season when they failed to raise a side to journey and face Wilshamstead Reserves.

Division Four

The only issue to settle on the last day of the division four season was who would finish third in the final league table.That honour going to Potton Town after they ran out 3-1 home winners over Wootton Village. Chris Cooper with a brace plus James Pyman on the scoresheet against a Village reply from Tony Boutall.

The three points for The Town taking them four points clear of Thurleigh, whose hopes of that third place disappeared with a 0-2 home defeat at the hands of Dinamo Flitwick for whom Ben Canning bagged both goals.

For league champions AFC Turvey, it was a 100% perfect season with their 26th win on the bounce, 3-0 at Eastcotts. Saimir Guri twice and John Guiney finding the back of the net.Whilst second place Goldington were awarded the three points when Lea Sports PSG Reserves failed to raise a side to travel to meet them in Mowsbury Park.

Ending the season on a high were Sandy Reserves, they claimed win number four on the bounce, 4-2 at home over Bedford Park Rangers.Nathan Morris, Reece Stratton and Marcus Tait seeing their goals added to by a Brad Smith penaltyand only replied to by Shaun Finlay and Jason Griffith.

Also last day winners were Stewartby Village, 3-2 at Clifton Reserves. Tom Wheelhouse netting twice and Michael Darnell once, against home replies from Robert Harradine and Paul Roberts.

Preview for Friday-Saturday 6th-7th May 2011.

The action starts on Friday evening at Second Meadow Biggleswade United with the staging of this seasons Centenary Cup Final between Bedford Sports Athletic and Bedford Hatters. Kick Off 7.45pm, where The Hatters will be hunting out a league and cup double.

Just down the road at Forde Park Langford, it's Biggleswade Knock-Out Final action between Caldecote and Ickwell & Old Warden. Again kick off is 7.45pm.

Then we are back at Second Meadow on Saturday afternoon for the final of this seasons Britannia Cup between Leighton United and Shefford Town & Campton. Kick Off for this one being 3pm.

Also taking place that day are the final five league fixtures of the 2010-11 season. In Division One at Pirton Recreation Ground, league champions Lea Sports PSG entertain Marabese Ceramics. Whilst at Rectory Road, Shefford Town & Campton Reserves host Elstow Abbey.

In Division Three, depending on the midweek results the silver medals could still be up for grabs at either Horseshoes Close, where Co-op Sports visit to be hosted by Dunton Reserves or at Greenfield Road, the venue where Pavenham travel to meet Westoning Recreation Club Reserves.

The final game due at Digswell Playing Fields between hosts Shefford Town & Campton A and their visitors Renhold Village.

All these games due to kick off at 2.30pm, however please watch the website for any amendments during the week.

The action after next weekend will move onto Thursday evening May 12th, when again we shall be back at Second Meadow Biggleswade United for the final of The Watson Shield between Co-op Sports and Royal Oak Kempston. Kick Off 7.45pm then 24 hours later it's down to The Armadillo Stadium Arlesey FC, fot the final of this seasons Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup between Lea Sports PSG and Pavenham. Kick Off this time being 7.30pm.

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