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Sunday 29th January 2012
Shefford Town & Campton close the gap on Caldecote to a single point.
Premier Division supported by Sportsform

Caldecote's lead at the head of the Premier Division supported by Sportsform table is now down to just a single point after their 100% home record for the season was blown away by second place Shefford Town & Campton who made it six wins on the bounce with a 4-1 victory. All started well enough for the home side when Dave Daniels shot them in front after just five minutes but two goals from Dan Webb inside a two minute period just five minutes later saw the visitors lead 2-1 at the break, before strikes from Andrew Hayday on 62 minutes and Lee Bilcock on 88 minutes sealed the points for the visitors.

For third place Bedford Hatters, it was a home 2-2 draw with AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College. Simon Pixley and Scott Alleyne on the home scoresheet against Town replies from Tom Marvin and Matthew Cheveralls.

Losing ground on the leading three clubs are fourth place Oakley Sports after Renhold United stretched their unbeaten ways to nine games by beating them 1-0 on their own patch. Alex Woolston netting the vital goal on 70 minutes for a United side that had played with 10 men since Anish Khinda's red card just 20 minutes into the contest. This victory taking United to fifth place in the league table at the expense of Arlesey Town Reserves who were held to a 0-0 home draw by Sharnbrook.

Blunham, having lost their last three games, returned to form with a 1-0 home win over Dunton, Dom Aloia netting the games lone goal. Dunton however stay off the bottom of the league table following Woburn's 4-0 home defeat at the hands of Flitwick Town. Martin Byrne, Dean Warren, James Honeyman and Richie Bevan netting the goals to give the Town their first away win of the season.

Division One

It's once again all change at the head of the division one league table as Lidlington United Sports climbed back onto the summit following their 7-0 home win over Meltis Albion. Darren Simms netting three times alongside single strikes from Nicky Barton, Ben Marwood, Shaun Glasspole and Chris Roberts.

Losing that top spot are Marston Shelton Rovers who were held to a 1-1 draw at third place Sandy. Olly Banfield shooting the home side in front after 35 minutes before Mark Champkin levelled matters 20 minutes into the second half to take Rovers unbeaten ways up to 12 games.

Elsewhere, both Bedford Sports Athletic and Ickwell & Old Warden came up with victories to keep them both well and truly in the championship race. Fourth place Bedford Sports Athletic needing a Gary Canzano goal to take them to a 1-0 home win over Westoning, whilst fifth place Ickwell & Old Warden retained their season's unbeaten home ways with a 6-1 victory over Kings AFC. Lee Threadgold, Dan Threadgold, Greg Instrell, Anup Kalyan, Danny Fox and Matthew McCartney all on the home scoresheet against a lone reply from Chris Greene.

Over at Hillgrounds, AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves ended a run of 10 games without a win with a 3-2 victory over the visiting Luton Boys. Kegan Roberts netting all three goals against replies from Steve O'Dell and Naashan Bennett.

Elsewhere, Lea Sports PSG took their unbeaten ways up to five games by sharing the spoils in a 2-2 home draw with Caldecote Reserves. Martin Collins and Matthew Day on their scoresheet against replies via Dom Lombari and Tom Dupey. Whilst FC Meppershall returned to form with a 5-1 victory at Henlow. Matthew Phelan, Joe Price and a Neville Allen header placing them 3-0 ahead at the break before Jonathan Rowe struck back for the home side just two minutes into the second period, only to then see the visitors add to their tally with another strike from Price and a goal for James Field in the games closing 10 minutes.

Jubilee Cup 1st Round

Marabese Ceramics now face a trip to Elstow Abbey in round two after they emerged 3-2 winners at Co-op Sports. Colin Stanley, Richard Follano and Rhys Tudball netting the goals that were only replied to by Tom Miller and Conor Sherry.

Watson Shield 1st Round

Sundon Park Rangers Colts now face a trip to Riseley Sports in round two after they emerged 4-2 winners at Kempston Athletic. Ashley Wadhams, Lee Redmond, Michael Brunton plus an own goal doing the damage against a home brace in reply from Gavin Matthews.

Division Two

Elstow Abbey remain three points clear at the head of the division two league table and still unbeaten this season following their 3-1 home win over Stopsley Park. Dave McCarthy shooting them ahead in the 10th minute only for Jack O'Shea to level matters 19 minutes later, a lead that lasted just 60 seconds as McCarthy struck again to restore The Abbey's lead which was increased to 3-1 by Ed L'Erario in the 67th minute to seal the points.

Meanwhile, second place AFC Turvey were ending third place Bromham United's six game unbeaten run with a 2-1 home win at Stonefield's. Mike Stephenson netting both goals against a lone United reply from Shane Canzano.

The biggest scorers of the day were Shefford Town & Campton Reserves who ran out 9-1 home winners over Queens Park Crescents. Sam Martin netting four times, Jordan Robbens twice to go alongside single strikes from Ryan Dobson, Mark Ansell-Carter and Kevin Rimmer.

Life gets no better for bottom of the table Great Barford, they have now lost their last 17 games after being beaten 6-1 at home by Sundon Park Rangers. Sam Chapman, Matt Conway, Samuel Kehinde, Daniel Viola and Nicky Buttigieg plus an own goal on the Rangers scoresheet against a lone home reply from George Harris.

For second from bottom of the table Clifton, it was an end to their three game unbeaten home run when beaten 1-0 by M & DH Oakley whose goal came from Jamie Underwood.

Elsewhere, Pavenham and Potton United Reserves were sharing the spoils in a 3-3 draw.Tom Rodger twice and Nick Atkins on the home scoresheet against United replies from Amit Aghera, Sam Bonham plus a Ben Talbot penalty.

Division Three

Renhold Village are now three points clear at the head of the league table and still 100% on home soil this season following their 3-2 win over a Potton Town side that was losing for the first time in eight outings. Dan Luke doing all the damage with a hat-trick against a brace in reply from Chris Cooper.

Losing ground on the league leaders are second place Goldington after they were held to a 1-1 draw at Royal Oak Kempston, Lorenzo Jordan on the home scoresheet against a reply from Johnny Hutchinson.

For third place Cranfield United Reserves it was a 3-1 win at Flitwick Town Reserves to take their unbeaten league ways up to 10 games. Richard Stimpson, Stuart Pearce and a James Armstrong penalty only being replied to by Liam Keane for a Town side that has now lost its last seven games.

Still very much in the championship race are fifth place Riseley Sports, for them it was win number seven on the bounce with a 4-2 home win over a Westoning Reserves side that are now without a win from their last nine outings. Paul Brown and Tom Ellison both netting twice against a brace in reply from Gareth White.

Wilshamstead Reserves have now won their last seven home games after beating bottom of the table Dunton Reserves 3-1, Liam Philip, Chris McGurn and Kieron Colclough bagging the goals against a lone reply from Ben Myler.

Following three straight home defeats, Kempston Hammers Sports returned to form with a 2-1 win over Eastcotts AFC. Jimmy Grandidge netting both goals against a lone reply from Sean McFarland.

Division Four

Bedford Park Rangers remain two points clear at the head of the division four league table after romping to a 5-1 home win over Bedford Panthers. Josh Geary with a brace plus Shaun Finlay, Matthew Westwood and Martin Danobrega netting the goals which were only replied to by Michael Lewis.

For second place Marsh Leys, it was a retention of their season's unbeaten ways on the road with a 3-0 win at Shefford Town & Campton A, Vinny Mattu twice and Jamie Carson netting the vital goals.

In third spot now are Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves who ran out 5-0 winners at bottom of the table Dunton A, Kevin Turner with a brace plus Matthew Bruney, Lee Coan and Ryan Porter on the scoresheet.

Also winning 5-0 away from home were Caldecote A at Goldington Hammers. Nicky Albone and Gary Allum netting twice and Sean Boyd once to send the Hammers to their fifth consecutive defeat to leave them second from bottom in the league standings.

After last weeks win over league leaders Bedford Park Rangers, Wootton Village returned to earth with a bump when beaten 4-0 at home by a Dinamo Flitwick side winning for the first time in six outings thanks to goals from Jay Del Boyer, Barrie Lee Hannham, Dale Goldie and Chaz Lee Martin.

Keeping up the away winners theme were Sandy Reserves, they ended Stewartby Village's eight game unbeaten win by defeating them 3-2. Ryan Burgess, Chris Gregory and Ryan Gregory on their scoresheet against home replies from James Churchman and Lee Collis.

However, the result of the day in this division belonged to Clifton Reserves who ran out 8-3 home winners over championship contenders Thurleigh. Joe Marshall and Tony Norman both netting hat-tricks alongside a brace from Sam Nightingale against replies via Owen Layton, Stefan Wilson and Sam Queeley.

Preview for Saturday 4th February 2012.

The spotlight this weekend falls upon the semi-final ties in this season’s Bedfordshire FA Senior Trophy, where over at Harvey Close Caldecote play hosts to Molten South Midlands League side Ampthill Town.The Town are enjoying their best season for many years and currently sitting second in the SML division one table plus only recently exited the FA Vase at the last 32 stage, facts which suggest Caldecote will have to be at the top of their game if they are going to progress into the final. Kick off for this game being 2pm.

Elsewhere, there is a programme of five Premier division supported by Sportsform fixtures to enjoy. At Rectory Road, second place Shefford Town & Campton have a chance to climb to the top of the table when they defend their season’s unbeaten home ways when visited by a Flitwick Town side that recorded their first win on the road this season at Woburn last week. Whilst third place Bedford Hatters having been beaten just the once on their travels this season head for a Crawley Road showdown with bottom of the table Woburn where you would expected them to collect all three points.

Over at Moggerhanger Playing Fields, the visitors to face hosts Blunham are Oakley Sports in a game that could go either way.Whilst at Hillgrounds, AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College look to end a three game losing home run when called upon by second from bottom of the table Dunton whose lone away win of the season came at bottom of the table Woburn.

The final fixture being at Jubilee Playing Fields, the venue for Wilshamstead's home clash with Renhold United.The hosts looking for their third home win on the bounce against a United side that are now unbeaten in their last nine games.

With the division one promotion race now hotting up into a five club affair, four of them this weekend enjoy home advantage.At Cople Playing Fields, Bedford Sports Athletic receive a visit from an AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves side that have now lost their last six aways outings.Whilst on The Green, Ickwell & Old Warden will be defending their season’s unbeaten home ways when called upon by local rivals Henlow.

At Marston Playing Fields, hosts Marston Shelton Rovers will be expected to retain their season’s unbeaten home record when they are visited by a Westoning side that has won just once on the road all season.Whilst at Bedford Road Recreation Ground, Sandy are visited by a Lea Sports PSG side who hit the road now unbeaten in their last five away outings.

The lone promotion hopefuls hitting the road are current league leaders Lidlington United Sports, for them now on an 11 game unbeaten run,it’s a visit to Chaul End Lane to face a Luton Boys side looking for their third home win on the bounce.

Other action comes at Miller Road, bottom of the table Meltis Albion searching out their first home win of the season against Caldecote Reserves and at King George VI Playing Fields where hosts Kings AFC look to stretch their unbeaten home ways to three games against FC Meppershall.

It’s D day at the top of the division two standings with the clash between the leading two clubs, when at Stonefields second place AFC Turvey play hosts to Elstow Abbey. The visitors hitting the road still unbeaten in all competitions this season the slight favourites to collect the spoils.

For third place Bromham United, it’s a trip on the road to face Marabese Ceramics at their new home of Shuttleworth College. Whilst for fifth place Pavenham, now without an away win since mid-October it’s a trip to M & DH Oakley whose last home win also came as long ago as mid-October.

Over in Mowsbury Park, for Queens Park Crescents after last weekends beating at Shefford Town & Campton Reserves its a visit from Sundon Park Rangers. Whilst at The Hollow, Potton United Reserves look for their third home win on the bounce against Clifton, they travel seeking revenge for their Jubilee Cup exit by The Royals at the same venue back in late December.

Elsewhere, Co-op Sports with just two home league defeats to their name this season should have another in the locker to see off bottom of the table Great Barford at Solway Road North.Whilst at The Luton Regional Sports Centre, Stopsley Park receive a visit from Shefford Town & Campton Reserves who look to take their unbeaten away ways up to three games.

In division three, its home action at Renhold Playing Fields for league leaders Renhold Village when they defend their season’s perfect home record against the visiting Westoning Reserves who have failed to win any of their last six away outings. Whilst second place Goldington look to take their unbeaten home run up to nine games when they host Eastcotts AFC in Mowsbury Park.

Still very much in the promotion race are Cranfield United Reserves and for them its home Crawley Road action against Royal Oak Kempston where another three points should be collected, a comment that also applies to Riseley Sports who head still unbeaten on the road this season to face second from bottom of the table Flitwick Town Reserves at Steppingley Road.

Sitting on the bottom of the table are Dunton Reserves, for them it’s a home outing at Horseshoes Close against Kempston Hammers Sports who travel looking for away win number three on the bounce as the home side seek to end a run of 10 consecutive defeats.

Other action comes at Stevington Playing Fields, the venue where hosts and promotion hopefuls Stevington look for home win number four on the bounce when Potton Town with just two defeats from their last eight outings come calling and at Wrest Park, where Sundon Park Rangers Colts go into home action against Wilshamstead Reserves.

The game of the day in division four comes at Keysoe Road with the clash between hosts and live championship contenders Thurleigh with league leaders Bedford Park Rangers.Thurleigh looking to repair the damage of their heavy defeat at Clifton Reserves last weekend in their quest for a seasons double over their visitors who have lost just once on the road all season.

For fellow championship contenders Marsh Leys,its home action at Cutler Hammer against Dinamo Flitwick.The Leys looking for their fifth home win on the bounce against a Dinamo side who have won just once on the road all season.

Over at Wootton Playing Fields, hosts Wootton Village are called upon by Caldecote A and at Digswell Playing Fields, hosts Shefford Town & Campton A look to return to winning ways to complete a season's double over the visiting Sandy Reserves.

Other action comes in Hillgrounds, the venue where Kempston Athletic seek to take their unbeaten league ways up to three games when visited by Clifton Reserves and in Mowsbury Park, where Stewartby Village now on a six game unbeaten away run should collect the full three points from hosts Goldington Hammers. Whilst at The Bedford Hockey Centre, Bedford Panthers will be expecting to do the same against bottom of the table visitors Dunton A.

Please note kick off times from now until the end of the season for all league games revert back to 2.30pm.

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