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Sunday 22nd April 2012
Shefford Town & Campton claim Premier Division supported by Sportsforn title.
Premier Division supported by Sportsform

Shefford Town & Campton in retaining their season's unbeaten home ways and chalking up win number 14 on the bounce with a 3-0 victory over Flitwick Town became the league champions for season 2011-12. Adam Larsen opening the scoring 11 minutes into the contest before Philip Bright doubled the scoreline 17 minutes later and Andrew Hayday added the third just seconds from time.

For second place Caldecote, it was win number five on the bounce with a 2-1 victory at AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College. Trailing to a first half goal from Tom Behan, second half strikes from Stuart Haddow and Danny Lane won the day for Caldecote.

Elsewhere, Oakley Sports ensured they would finish the season in fifth spot by netting a 2-1 home victory over Sharnbrook. Shaun Barnett and Jamie Lally on the scoresheet against a lone reply from Sammi Gingell.

Claiming sixth spot are Wilshamstead, for them it was a 4-1 home win over Renhold United to end the visitors six game winning away run. Paul Jones, Kevin Butler, Stuart Robson and Rani Thiarra all finding the back of the net against a United reply from Sheldon Washington.

Division One

League leaders Ickwell & Old Warden remain three points clear of second place Bedford Sports Athletic following big wins for both clubs. Ickwell & Old Warden retaining their season's unbeaten home ways and chalking up win number 11 on the bounce with a 6-0 victory over fourth place Lidlington United Sports. Lee Threadgold, Steve Thomas, Dave Trundley, Matthew McCartney on the scoresheet alongside an own goal and a penalty from Andrew Vallom.

Whilst Bedford Sports Athletic retained their season's unbeaten away ways and stretched their unbeaten ways to 11 games with a 10-3 victory at Kings AFC to leave the hosts still fighting for their division one lives. Asa Mead netting four times, Ashley Mead three times to go alongside single strikes from James Mead, Ian Asplin and Paul Nigro against home replies via Daniel Phillis twice and Chris Greene.

For FC Meppershall it was a 7-5 home victory over Sandy who they now replace in fifth slot in the league table, Joe Price and Craig Damon both netting hat-tricks alongside a goal for Matthew Ward against braces in reply from Daniel Stafford and Nathan Morris to go alongside a goal from Craig Baker.

Now up into seventh place in the table are Lea Sports PSG after they took their unbeaten ways to nine games with a 5-1 victory at AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves. Martin Collins netting three times and Danny Hardacre twice against a Town reply from Joseph Ogunremi.

Alas for bottom of the table Westoning it was the gift of three points to Marston Shelton Rovers when they failed to raise a side to travel to meet them at their Playing Field headquarters and also receiving three points were Luton Boys when second from bottom of the table Meltis Albion failed to raise a side to face them at Miller Road.

Division Two

With Elstow Abbey crowned league champions in midweek, AFC Turvey ensured themselves of the runners-up spot by winning 6-2 at third place Pavenham. Tim Clarke leading the way with a hat-trick and joined on the scoresheet by Chris Winton, John Guiney and Daniel Bailey against a brace in reply from Tom Rodger.

Still in fourth spot in the table are Shefford Town & Campton Reserves, for them it was a 4-1 home victory over Co-op Sports. Sam Larsen with a brace plus Sam James and Ryan Dobson on the scoresheet against a lone reply from Ross Giffin.

Just a point behind in fifth place are Sundon Park Rangers, they being gifted three points when M & DH Oakley failed to raise a side to travel to meet them in Stockwood Park to leave The Rangers in turn a single point clear of Bromham United who claimed a 5-1 victory at bottom of the table Great Barford. Dean Waghorn with a brace plus Shane Canzano, Pete Hanwell and Tom Prothero all finding the back of the net against a lone home reply from Freddie Windram.

Division Three

With Cranfield United Reserves crowned league champions in midweek, Eastcotts AFC ensured the runners-up medals would be theirs by drawing 1-1 away at Sundon Park Rangers Colts and then learning Renhold Village had been beaten on home turf by Stevington. John Hunt netting the silver medal goal to cancel out a strike from Luke Dolan, whilst Matt Coles and Ben Walsh were on the scoresheet for Stevington against a Village reply via Dan Luke.

Elsewhere, Riseley Sports enhanced their hopes of a top six finish with a 3-0 home win over bottom of the table Dunton Reserves. Jack Henman, Tom Ellison and David Baish goals doing the damage.

Having lost their last five home games, Westoning Reserves returned to form with a 4-1 victory over Potton Town. Gareth White netting twice and joined on the scoresheet by both Steve Barringer and Anthony Dean against a lone reply via Tom Pyman.

Watson Shield Semi-final

Goldington will now go forward and meet Bedford Park Rangers in next Friday's final tie at Cranfield United following their 5-0 home win over Bedford Panthers. Chris Huckle with a brace plus James Morris, Jamie Muircroft and Steven Daniels netting the vital goals.

Division Four

Bedford Park Rangers are now within two points of the division four league crown after they made it nine wins on the bounce with a 9-2 victory at Dunton A. Martin Danobrega opening the scoring 14 minutes into the game only then to see Joe Lewis level matters just 60 seconds later. However, within 10 minutes the scoreline showed it to be 4-1 in The Rangers favour following a strike from Joshu Geary and Danobrega netting twice more to complete his hat-trick. By half-time, Shaun Finlay had added to the scoreline twice more and during the opening 25 minutes of the second period Finlay took his personal total up to five goals and his sides to nine before Tom Burton netted the second home goal seven minutes from time.

For second place Marsh Leys it was the sharing of the points in a 3-3 home draw with fourth place Clifton Reserves. Grant Williams, Jason Rose and Tom Buck netting the goals for the home side who are now unbeaten in their last seven home outings, whilst Tony Norman bagged a hat-trick for the visitors to take their unbeaten ways up to 10 games.

Still in with a shout of the silver medals are Thurleigh, they remain in third spot just two points shy of Marsh Leys but with a game in hand following their 3-2 victory at Caldecote A. Jared Pierre on the scoresheet twice and Josh Pierre St Clair once against home replies from Neil Giles and Gary Allum.

In fifth spot are Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves, for them it was a 3-0 home win over Dinamo Flitwick.Alan Turner, Matthew Bruney and Graham Weddell netting the goals to do the damage. Whilst sixth place Stewartby Village were held to a 3-3 home draw by Kempston Athletic, Clayton Laurence, Tom Bellwood-Smith and Ben Sparks on The Village scoresheet against Athletic replies from Gary Whitbread twice and Ricky Carter.

Elsewhere, having lost their last three games Sandy Reserves returned to winning ways with a 6-0 home victory over second from bottom of the table Goldington Hammers. Jonnie Stafford with a brace joined on the scoresheet by Ryan Burgess, Reece Stratton, Chris Gregory and Adam Hales.

Preview for Saturday 28th April 2012

The Premier Division supported by Sportsform action curtails this weekend for the season with the staging of the last three games. At Renhold Playing Fields, hosts Renhold United receive a visit from the newly crowned champions Shefford Town & Campton who hit the road looking to end their league season with win number 15 on the bounce. Whilst at Crawley Road, bottom of the table Woburn look for just their second home win of the season when called upon by this season's silver medallists Caldecote who travel looking for their sixth win on the bounce.

The third game taking place at Hillgrounds, the venue at which hosts AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College need the full three points if they are to exchange places nine and 10 in the final league standings with their visitors Sharnbrook.

In Division One, the game of the day comes in shape of a title decider at Cople Playing Fields where Bedford Sports Athletic go head to head with Ickwell & Old Warden. If both clubs have as expected collected the full three points from their midweek outings then Ickwell & Old Warden will travel in the knowledge that any result other than a heavy defeat will see them crowned champions and leaving their hosts to collect the silver medals.

Down at the other end of the table depending on the result of the midweek clash between Meltis Albion and Kings AFC the second drop through the relegation trap door could still be open for either club to fall through. Meltis Albion going into home Miller Road action against Sandy, whilst at King George VI Playing Fields, Kings AFC receive a visit from FC Meppershall.
The fourth and final game in this division coming at Harvey Close where Caldecote Reserves host Lidlington United Sports.

In Division Two there is a programme of six games. At Stonefields, AFC Turvey and Elstow Abbey take to field against each other just four days ahead of their clash in this seasons Jubilee Cup Final, but with the Abbey still unbeaten in the league this season I'm sure they will certainty want to retain that proud record.

Other action comes at Oakley Playing Fields where M & DH Oakley play their last game before merging with Oakley Sports for season 2012-13 when visited by bottom of the table Great Barford. Whilst at Rectory Road, Shefford Town & Campton Reserves go for win number six on the bounce when called upon by a Potton United Reserves side who are now unbeaten in their last five away outings.

Mowsbury Park is the venue for two other games where Marabese Ceramics play hosts to Sundon Park Rangers and Queens Park Crescents receive a visit from Co-op Sports. The sixth and final fixture being at The Luton Regional Sports Centre where Stopsley Park look to end a run of three straight home defeats against the visiting Bromham United who will arrive winners of their last three away outings.

With all the issues already settled in division three the programme of four games is just a matter of playing for pride. At Crawley Road, league champions Cranfield United Reserves will look to wave goodbye to division three football with a victory over bottom of the table Dunton Reserves. Whilst at Wrest Park, Sundon Park Rangers Colts will seek to extend their unbeaten league ways to five games when called upon by a Potton Town side that has lost its last five away outings.

Over at Hillgrounds, Royal Oak Kempston will look to repair a record of nine games without a home win when visited by Stevington and in Mowsbury Park, Goldington now losers of their last two home outings host Riseley Sports in a game that could decide who end the season above each other in the league standings.

In Division Four there is a scheduled programme of six games. However, one of those games is Caldecote A v Bedford Park Rangers and should The Rangers have not claimed the league crown in midweek then in view of their participation in The Watson Shield Final against Goldington the previous evening this game could be delayed until Monday 30th April. Please watch for an update during the week.

For Marsh Leys who at the time of writing could yet steal the title from The Rangers its home Cutler Hammer action against Dinamo Flitwick who will arrive having lost their last five away outings. Whilst should Thurleigh have ended The Leys title hopes in their midweek clash then they could still yet claim second spot with the right result when they travel to face Wootton Village at their Playing Field heaquarters.

Other action comes at Digswell Playing Fields, the venue at which Shefford Town & Campton A now without a win from their last four outings host second from bottom of the table Goldington Hammers who journey having lost their last four away outings. Whilst at Horseshoes Close, Dunton A now losers of their last seven home outings receive a visit from Clifton Reserves who currently are enjoying a 10 game unbeaten run of which nine of them have been won.

The final game being Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves home clash with Bedford Panthers, the venue of this game yet to be announced.Please watch for an update during the week.

Action will then resume on Monday 30th April when at Cutler Hammer, hosts Kempston Hammers Sports conclude their division three season with a visit from Sundon Park Rangers. Before 48 hours later on Wednesday May 2nd there are another five games to enjoy. At The Hollow, home of Potton United with a 7.30pm kick off we have this seasons Jubilee Cup Final between AFC Turvey and Elstow Abbey plus other Cup Final action comes at Forde Park Langford with a 7.45pm kick off when Caldecote take on Ampthill Town in The Biggleswade Knock-Out Cup.

Whilst in division three at Greenfield Road, Westoning Reserves play hosts to Wilshamstead Reserves and division four action comes in the shape of a Bedford Hockey Centre clash beween hosts Bedford Panthers and the visiting Clifton Reserves and in Mowsbury Park, Bedford Park Rangers entertain Shefford Town & Campton A.

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