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Sunday 11th September 2011
Arlesey Town Reserves lead the Premier Division supported by Sportsform league table.
Premier Division supported by Sportsform.

The early leaders of the 2011-12 season league table are Arlesey Town Reserves following their 2-1 victory at Sharnbrook.Jeremy Wiseman shooting them ahead after 25 minutes before Charlie Marshall doubled the scoreline 10 minutes into the second period, Darren Wallinger hitting the home reply five minutes from time.

In second spot are Shefford Town & Campton, they required a 90th minute goal from Michael Jones to earn a 1-1 home draw with Caldecote who had taken the lead via Barry Dellar.The point enough for Caldecote to take up fourth spot in the league table.

Sitting between the two clubs in third spot are Bedford Hatters following their 3-3 away draw at AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College.Ahead just seven minutes into the contest via a Mark Reed strike, Town were to draw level just 60 seconds later when Paul Obuch struck until a second Reed goal after 35 minutes saw the Hatters lead 2-1 at the break.Kegan Roberts had the home side level four minutes into the new period, only to see Simon Pixley shoot the visitors ahead for the third time on 72 minutes, but back came The Town with David Kane striking in the last action of the game to give his side a share of the spoils.

Having sat the opening weekend out, Oakley Sports got their season underway with a 4-0 away win at Renhold United. Shaun Bennett with a brace plus Stuart Kelly shooting them into a 3-0 half-time lead before substitute Jamie Lally added a fourth in the second period.

United only staying off of the bottom of the league table due to Dunton's 3-2 defeat at Wilshamstead.Kevin Butler twice and Colin Marshall netting for the home side against replies via a Barry Emery penalty and James Cooper.

Elsewhere, Blunham took full revenge for their defeat at Flitwick Town last weekend by beating them 4-2 on home soil. Chris Dunne twice plus Deep and Kier Banghard on the scoresheet against Town replies from Cody Roberts and Martin Byrne.

The seventh scheduled fixture between Woburn and Potton Wanderers being postponed after the visitors failed to raise a side.

Division One

Leading the way in Division One are Lidlington United Sports, 5-1 winners at Meltis Albion.Darren Sims with a brace plus strikes from Alex Burrows, Steve Flaherty and John Smith only being replied to by an own goal.

Also enjoying a big away win were Ickwell & Old Warden, they kicked off their campaign with a 5-0 victory at Kings AFC.Matthew McCartney striking twice alongside Anup Kaylan, Danny Fox and Dan Jones.

Luton Boys also enjoyed a 5-0 win, at home over AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves.Emrah Coskungonul netting twice alongside Famik Stephen-Gabriel, Daniel Bada and Jason Blake.

There were also plenty of goals at Bedford Road Recreation Ground where hosts Sandy and Westoning played out a 4-4 draw. Dan Stafford with a hat-trick plus a Ian Hammett penalty on the home scoresheet against replies from Sam Potten twice plus Andrew Morris and Chris Horncastle.

Over at Harvey Close, Caldecote Reserves required a 90th minute goal from Ricky Aris to earn a home point against Lea Sports PSG, Dion Brown having given PSG the lead just 10 minutes into the contest.

For Henlow,it was a 1-0 away win at FC Meppershall, Jonathan Rowe netting the vital goal. Alas for Marston Shelton Rovers, a Jamie Cerminara goal was only enough to earn his side a 1-1 home draw with Bedford Sports Athletic.

Division Two

It may only be week two of the season, but just three clubs remain with 100% records for the campaign. Leading the way are Elstow Abbey who netted a 5-0 win at Stopsley Park.Jason Harrison shooting them in front in the 35th minute before Abbey added to the scoreline four times during the last 20 minutes,Glen Tumulty netting twice alongside strikes from Tom Pitts and Dave McCartney.

In second spot are Pavenham, they ran out 2-0 winners at Potton United Reserves thanks to strikes from James Owen and Tom Rodger.Whilst the third 100% club are AFC Turvey who netted a 2-1 home victory over Co-op Sports. John Guiney and Chris Winton on the scoresheet against a Co-op reply from Andrew Randell.

With Great Barford's pitch still unfit following repairs during the summer, they took on Sundon Park Rangers at their own Stockwood Park venue and went down to a 4-2 defeat.Luke Evans with a hat-trick plus Sam Chapman on The Rangers scoresheet against a brace in reply from Adam Dunville.

For Bromham United, it was a 3-0 away win at M& DH Oakley.Phil Hubbard netting twice and Shane Contanzo once.

The other two games ending in stalemate, Marabese Ceramics and Clifton drawing 0-0 at Groveside, whilst a home goal from Queens Park Crescent's Ayaz Husain was cancelled out by Lee Sharnbrook for Shefford Town & Campton Reserves in a 1-1 draw at Mowsbury Park.

Division Three

The early leaders of the Division Three league table are Renhold Village, all thanks to a 3-0 win at Potton Town. Simon Wade with a brace plus a goal from Carl Townsend doing the damage.

In second spot despite being held to a 3-3 home draw by Dinamo Flitwick are Eastcotts AFC. Michael Sexton twice and Liam Parker on the home scoresheet whilst Barrie Lee Hannam struck twice and Dale Goldie once for the visitors.

Also having to share the spoils were Dunton Reserves and Stevington who played out a 2-2 draw. Liam Brophy and Jon Fediw on target for Dunton against a Lawrence Bentham brace in reply. Plus Flitwick Town Reserves and Wilshamstead Reserves who played out a 0-0 stalemate at Steppingley Road.

For Sundon Park Colts, it was a 3-2 home win over Cranfield United Reserves.Ryan Batchelor and Rory McMullen goals being added to by a Kevin Hilton penalty against United replies from Dan Cockerton and Adam Kerr.

The other two scheduled fixtures failing to go ahead, the council ruling Greenfield Road unplayable for Westoning Reserves home encounter with Riseley Sports, whilst Royal Oak Kempston failed to raise a side to travel to Goldington.

Division Four

The early leaders of the Division Four league table are Kempston Athletic,they netted a fine 3-0 home win over Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves.Dee Sayid, Gary Whitbread and James Maxwell netting the vital goals.

However, the top scorers of the afternoon were Caldecote A, they won 7-3 at home against Sandy Reserves despite trailing in the contest twice. Gary Allum with a brace plus Carl Heath, Jordan Goodman, Dan Fennell, Nick Albone and Elliott Brooker on the Caldecote scoresheet against strikes from Jonnie Stafford, John Sheppard and Matt Baines.

Hitting six goals were Bedford Park Rangers, in a 6-0 victory at Shefford Town & Campton A. Jordan Wright bagging a hat-trick, Joshua Geary netting twice and Shaun Finlay once.

In a day of high scores, there were nap hands for both Wootton Village and Stewartby Village. Wootton winning 5-2 at Dinamo Flitwick Reserves thanks to a double strike from Callum Farnborough to go alongside goals from Adam Flynn, Ryan Stocker and Bradley Head against Dinamo replies from Wayne Gregory and Liam O'Leary. Whilst Stewartby were 5-3 home winners over Dunton A. Kyle Smith twice plus Tom Bellwood-Smith, Ben Sparks and Lee Collis on target, all three Dunton replies coming via Richard Vale.

For Marsh Leys to lift them into second spot in the league standings, it was a 4-1 home win over Goldington Hammers.Shaun Gilbert, Jamie Frear, Jamie Carson and Vinny Mattu all finding the back of the net.

The final game of the day being a 1-1 draw between Thurleigh and Clifton Reserves. David Mulvhill the home goalscorer against a penalty in reply from Clifton's Darren Carter.

Preview Saturday 17th September 2011

On this week number three of the Bedfordshire County Football League season, the Premier Division supported by Sportsform action sees a programme of seven games where home wins may be at a premium. The only real “banker home win” perhaps being at Harvey Close where Caldecote host Wilshamstead, but the visitors have been known to cause the odd upset or two, thus nothing is guaranteed.

All of the other six games looking difficult to call, Oakley Sports perhaps starting the slight favourites to collect the full three points when they host Blunham at their Playing Field headquarters, a comment that also applies to Bedford Hatters who host Arlesey Town Reserves at Miller Road and to Shefford Town & Campton who venture to Steppingley Road to be entertained by Flitwick Town.

Yet the other three encounters have stalemate written right across them.Dunton hosting AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College at The Carlsberg Stadium; Potton Wanderers receiving a visit from Renhold United at Mill Lane; plus the Crawley Road clash between hosts Woburn and their visitors Sharnbrook.

The Division One action brings about a likewise programme of seven games, all of which could go either way or more than likely ended in stalemate. There looks on paper cracker of games at Greenfield Road where Westoning host Marston Shelton Rovers and at Pirton Recreation Ground, the venue for Lea Sports PSG’s home encounter with Sandy. Whilst one would never put anyone off a visit to Hurst Grove for the clash between hosts Lidlington United Sports and Kings AFC.

For games with a local flavour, then the choice is threefold, at Groveside, Henlow host Ickwell & Old Warden; in Mowsbury Park, FC Meppershall play hosts to Caldecote Reserves, whilst Hillgrounds is the venue for the game between AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves and Meltis Albion.

The seventh and final game coming at Chaul End Lane where Bedford Sports Athletic hit the road for a meeting with Luton Boys.

However,the programme of seven games in Division Two look much easier to call.Home wins looking to be the more likely outcome of four of the contests, at Solway Way North, where Co-op Sports host Bromham United; at The Warren, where M& DH Oakley travel to for their meeting with hosts Elstow Abbey; In Mowsbury Park, where Pavenham will be expected to collect the points at home against Marabese Ceramics and in Stockwood Park, the venue for Sundon Park Rangers home clash with Queens Park Crescents.

The other three games all perhaps favouring the visitors, AFC Turvey on route to Second Meadow to be hosted by Clifton; Potton United Reserves make their way to face Great Barford at their Playing Field headquarters and Stopsley Park hitting the road for a Rectory Road meeting with Shefford Town & Campton Reserves.

The game of the day in Division Three on paper looks to be either the Weston Park clash between hosts Eastcotts AFC and their visitors Goldington,or The Jubilee Playing Fields clash between Wilshamstead Reserves and Sundon Park Rangers Colts, both clashes could go either way. But don’t tell that to Stevington or Westoning Reserves who go head to head at Stevington Playing Fields.

Of the other four games, you would fancy the home side to start favourites.Kempston Hammers Sports in Cutler Hammer action against Dunton Reserves; Potton Town hosting Royal Oak Kempston at Sunderland, Road, whilst over at Gold Street, Flitwick Town Reserves are to visitors to face Riseley Sports and at Renhold Playing Fields, Renhold Village entertain Dinamo Flitwick.

Division Four action comprises of a seven game programme, the stand out game perhaps being either the Mowsbury Park clash between hosts Bedford Park Rangers and their visitors Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves or The Stewartby Way encounter between Stewartby Village and their visitors Goldington Hammers.

Over at Keysoe Road, Thurleigh should start the favourites to collect the full three points when Caldecote A come calling, a comment that also applies at Horseshoes Close where Dunton A will be hosting Bedford Panthers.

For Sandy Reserves, it is home Bedford Road Recreation Ground action against local rivals Shefford Town & Campton A.Whilst at Whiston Crescent, Kempston Athletic are the visitors to face Clifton Reserves.

The seventh and final clash coming at Hinksley Road Recreation Ground between hosts Dinamo Flitwick Reserves and Marsh Leys who will perhaps start favourites for the points.

Action will then move on to Wednesday evening 21st September when at The Armadillo Stadium, Arlesey Town Reserves and Dunton go head to head in Premier Division supported by Sportsform action.

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