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Sunday 04th September 2011
Shefford Town & Campton hit six goals passed Dunton.
Premier Division supported by Sportsform

The opening day action of the 2011-12 season saw the top honour go to Shefford Town & Campton with a 6-1 away win at Dunton. Andy Hayday shooting them into a 23rd minute lead, this was cancelled out by Barry Emery from the penalty spot two minutes into the second half, but from there, it was a case of one way traffic, Dan Webb restoring Town's lead just two minutes later before Hayday completed his hat-trick to go alongside a Michael Jones penalty and a strike from Ricky Smith.

For last seasons champions Blunham, it was a 1-0 defeat at Flitwick Town.Dean Warren netting a 90th minute penalty to give his side the full three points.

Also winning 1-0 on home soil were Caldecote, a 32nd minute strike from Tom Cookman enough to see off Renhold United.Whilst Bedford Hatters marked their first ever game in the Premier Division with a 2-0 home win over Wilshamstead, Simon Pixley netting both goals.

It was a different story for newly promoted Potton Wanderers, they were beaten 1-2 at home by Sharnbrook. Luke Devine and Darren Wallinger netting the visitors goals against a home reply from Danny Fox.

Meanwhile, Arlesey Town Reserves made a winning start to the season with a 2-1 home win over AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College. Alex Coppin the hero with both goals against a lone reply from Dave Kane.

The seventh and final scheduled fixture,Oakley Sports v Woburn being postponed when the visitors failed to raise a side.

Division One

On an opening day of just three games, the top honour went to Caldecote Reserves who emerged 5-3 winners at Westoning. Matt Basta with a hat-trick and Ricky Aris with a brace doing the damage against home replies via Tom Smith twice and Glenn Cooksley.

For Lidlington United Sports, it was a 3-1 home win over Luton Boys.Alex Burrows netting twice and Darren Sims once against a lone reply from Ricardo Green.

The third and final game, Marston Shelton Rovers v Henlow ending in a 2-2 draw. Jim Burraway and Jamie Cerminara on the Rovers scoresheet against replies via Andy Newton and Neil Spencer.

Division Two

In a six game opening day programme, just one game was to result in an home win. Pavenham netting a 4-1 win victory over M & DH Oakley. James Owen, Rob Heany, Tom Roger and Nick Atkins on the scoresheet against a lone reply from Alfie Fuller.

Also running out 4-1 winners was fellow newly promoted AFC Turvey at Bromham United. Mark Allen, John Guiney, Jason Smith and Tim Clarke seeing their goals only replied to by a Tom Prothero penalty.

For Elstow Abbey, it was a 3-0 win at Queens Park Crescents, Glen Tumulty after 23 minutes and Dave McCarthy 10 minutes later putting them in the driving seat until Ed L'Erario added a third right on the final whistle.

The third away winners of the day were Stopsley Park, 4-3 at Clifton. Rob Wilson with a brace plus goals from Simon Richards and Dean Abrahams outweighing home strikes from Tony Norman twice and Will Pitts.

The remaining two games both ended in stalemate, for Shefford Town & Campton Reserves, it was a 3-3 draw with Great Barford.Jordan Robbens,Tom Scurfield and Eddie Kemp the home marksman against replies from Joe Rowley, Johnathon Prior and Adam Dunville.

Whilst for Sundon Park Rangers, it was a 1-1 home draw with Marabese Ceramics. Matt Conway hitting the Rangers goal against a reply from Romano Marabese.

Division Three

The Division Three programme also had an away win theme, three of the five games going the visitors way.Biggest winners of the day were Goldington, they ran out 8-1 victors at Kempston Hammers Sports.Karl Anderson with a hat-trick, Jordan Kumar with a brace plus strikes from James Morris, Justin Muircroft and Chris Hutchinson only being replied to by James Robinson.

For fellow newly promoted Potton Town, it was a 4-0 win at Dinamo Flitwick. Chris Cooper with a hat-trick plus James Pyman doing the damage, whilst the third away winners were Westoning Reserves, 3-1 at Wilshamstead Reserves.James Bennett twice plus Steve Bernat on target against a home reply from Chris McGurn.

Another newly promoted club enjoying a opening day win were Eastcotts, 4-1 at home over Royal Oak Kempston.Liam Parker twice plus Michael Sexton and Oliver Bates on target against a lone reply from Lorenzo Jordan.

Meanwhile,Renhold Village were 4-2 home winners over league newcomers Sundon Park Rangers Colts. Marko Tobdzic with a brace plus strikes from Carl Townsend and Dan Luke only being replied to by Chris Scott and Kevin Hilton.

The sixth scheduled fixture, Cranfield United Reserves v Flitwick Town Reserves being postponed when the visitors failed to raise a side to travel.

Division Four

Again in Division Four, away wins were the order of the day. Top scoring were Clifton Reserves, in a 5-2 victory at Sandy Reserves.George King netting three times including two from the penalty spot and Luke Baverstock bagging a brace against two in reply from Sandy's Johnny Stafford.

For league newcomers Marsh Leys, it was a 3-1 win at Wootton Village.Matthew Evans twice including one from the penalty spot and Alex Chipston on target against a Village reply from Adam Flynn.

The third away winners were Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves, 2-1 at Stewartby Village.Jake Evans netting both goals against a Village reply from Lee Collis.

Meanwhile, the lone home winners were Kempston Athletic, they netted a 4-1 victory over league newcomers Dinamo Flitwick Reserves. Gary Whitbread with a brace plus Dee Sayio and James Maxwell doing the damage against a lone reply from Matthew Widdowson.

The remaining two games finished all square, 2-2 at Dunton A, where Shefford Town & Campton A were the visitors.Jack Stent on target twice for the home side against replies from Wayne Haxton and Andy Goddard, whilst Caldecote A required a 90th minute strike from Dan Fennell to earn a point in a 1-1 draw at Bedford Park Rangers, the Rangers having taken the lead via an own goal.

Preview Saturday 10th September 2011.

This weekends action in The Premier Division supported by Sportsform Division brings about a programme of seven games. Undoubtedly the game likely to take top billing will be at Rectory Road where Shefford Town & Campton open their home campaign for the season against Caldecote.

However, don't tell that to either Renhold United or Oakley Sports, they meet in local derby action at Renhold Playing Fields in what is always a keenly contested affair. There is also local derby action at Hillgrounds, where Bedford Hatters are the visitors to take on AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College.

Two other clubs face their longest trips of the season; Arlesey Town Reserves travelling to Lodge Road to take on hosts Sharnbrook and Potton Wanderers who hit the road to meet Woburn at Crawley Road.

For current champions Blunham, their home season begins at Moggerhanger Playing Fields with a visit from Flitwick Town, they of course will seeking revenge for their opening day defeat at Steppingley Road.

The sixth and final top-flight game coming at Jubilee Playing Fields, the venue where Wilshamstead will be hosting Dunton.

Division One also brings about a programme of six games with some mouth watering clashes, the best of which could come at Bedford Road Recreation Ground where Sandy open their seasons league campaign with a visit from Westoning.

Many eyes will also be trained on the Harvey Close clash between hosts Caldecote Reserves and their visitors Lea Sports PSG, plus we shall know more about the credentials of Ickwell & Old Warden getting in the promotion race this season after their visit to King George VI Playing Fields, where they travel to be hosted by Kings AFC.

Meltis Albion,another club usually in the promotion mix are in home action at Miller Road against Lidlington United Sports. Whilst perhaps the dark horses to get amongst the promotion mix, FC Meppershall, its home Mowsbury Park action against Henlow.

The sixth and final game coming at Chaul End Lane, the venue where Luton Boys host AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves.

The top action in Division Two could well come at Stonefields, the venue where AFC Turvey receive a visit from Co-op Sports in a clash between two clubs expected to be the promotion shake up come next April.

Over at Oakley Playing Fields, there is an intriguing local derby clash between hosts M & DH Oakley and the visiting Bromham United. Whilst Elstow Abbey head for The Luton Regional Sports Centre for what looks like a tricky contest against Stopsley Park.

Elsewhere,for Potton United Reserves, its a start to their league life in The Bedfordshire County Football League when they are paid a visit by Pavenham at The Hollow.Whilst just down at road at Barford Playing Fields, Great Barford will be hosting Sundon Park Rangers.

Whilst for local derby lovers, the place to be is Groveside, the venue where hosts Marabese Ceramics take on Clifton.

The final game in this section being due in Mowsbury Park between hosts Queens Park Crescents and their visitors Shefford Town & Campton Reserves.

In Division Three, the pick of the games looks either to be the visit of Dinamo Flitwick to face Eastcotts at Weston Park Wootton or the Sunderland Road clash between hosts Potton Town and Renhold Village.

Over at Horseshoes Close, Dunton Reserves commence their home campaign with a visit from Stevington, Whilst Greenfield Road is the venue where Riseley Sports head to face hosts Westoning Reserves.

For league newcomers Sundon Park Colts, home life begins in Leagrave Park, where they host Cranfield United Reserves and Flitwick Town Reserves kick off their home season at Steppingley Road against Wilshamstead Reserves.

The seventh and final game in this section due at Mowsbury Park, the venue where Goldington are paid a visit by Royal Oak Kempston.

In Division Four, league newcomers Dunton A make their way to Stewartby Way to be hosted by Stewartby Village, whilst two other league newcomers find themselves in home action.Dinamo Flitwick Reserves entertaining Wootton Village at Hinksley Road Recreation Ground and Marsh Leys playing hosts to Goldington Hammers at Cutler Hammer.

For local derby action, the place to be is Harvey Close where Caldecote A host Sandy Reserves. Whilst the final three games see Shefford Town & Campton A host Bedford Park Rangers at Digswell Playing Fields; Clifton Reserves make their way to Keysoe Road to face Thurleigh and Kempston Athletic host Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves in Hillgrounds.

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