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Sunday 29th April 2012
Ickwell & Old Warden claim division one title.
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The inclement weather meant the postponement due to waterlogged pitches of the Renhold United v Shefford Town & Campton and Woburn v Caldecote games, leaving just one top flight game go ahead in which Sharnbrook ran out 2-1 winners at AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College to ensure they will finish above their hosts in the final league standings.Paola Fregapane netting both goals against a Town reply from Keegan Roberts.
With Hillgrounds ruled unplayable, Bedford Sports Athletic agreed to concede home advantage and travel to The Green to meet Ickwell & Old Warden in the game to decide the division one championship. Ickwell & Old Warden running out the 3-0 victors to end their league season winners of their last 13 games, Nick Jones shooting them ahead in the third minute before Danny Fox added to the scoreline from a free kick 13 minutes from time and Lee Threadgold grabbed goal number three two minutes from time.
Just down the road at Harvey Close, Lidlington United Sports missed the chance to finish the season in third place when beaten 3-0 by Caldecote Reserves. All the goals coming in the second period via Neil Giles twice and Tom Dupuy once.
For FC Meppershall, it was win number four on the bounce in a 3-0 victory at Kings AFC to ensure they would finish the season in fifth spot. James Field with a brace plus a strike from Danny Wing doing the damage.
This win for FC Meppershall meaning Sandy despite winning 7-1 at Meltis Albion will end the season in sixth place. Daniel Stafford on the scoresheet four times, Nathan Morris twice and Mark Jennings once against a home reply from Nick Hardwick.
The new crowned league champions Elstow Abbey were beaten for the first time in league action this season when going down 2-0 at second place AFC Turvey, Mike Stephenson netting in the first half and Tim Clarke in the second period.
The biggest winners of the day were Sundon Park Rangers who won 7-3 at Marabese Ceramics to end the season in fifth place, Samuel Kehinde netting twice alongside single goals for Danny Viola, Luke Evans, Aaron Conway, Chris Hazel and Andrew Fox.Whilst the home replies came from Lewis Littlechild with a brace and John Chitondu.
Elsewhere, also enjoying a big win were Shefford Town & Campton Reserves in a 5-0 home victory over Potton United Reserves. Ryan Dodson with a hat-trick plus two goals from Sam Jones giving The Town their sixth win on the bounce to claim fourth spot in the final standings.
Enjoying life on the road were Co-op Sports, for them it was a 2-0 victory at Queens Park Crescents thanks to goals from Chris Vardy and Tom McMilan. Whilst Bromham United extended their unbeaten away ways to four games by sharing the spoils in a 2-2 draw at Stopsley Park, Craig Pettit and Rob Wilson on the scoresheet for the home side against United replies via Shane Conzano and Robin Hewitt.
The game between M & DH Oakley and Great Barford being postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
Sundon Park Rangers Colts maintained their quest for a top four finish when despite conceding home advantage due to their own Wrest Park ground being waterlogged they still ran out 7-1 winners at Potton Town. Ashley Wadhams netting twice alongside an own goal plus strikes from Luke Dolan, Rory McMullan, Colin Moore and Chris Scott against a lone home reply from Chris Cooper.
For Stevington, it was a 5-3 victory at Royal Oak Kempton. Matt Coles netting twice alongside Clinton Tatham, Darren King and Gavin White against Oak replies via Brendan Cunningham, Lorenzo Jordan and Liam Boland.
The game between Cranfield United Reserves and Dunton Reserves being postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
The fate of this seasons silver medals remains undecided after second place Thurleigh had their five game winning run ended in a 6-2 defeat at Wootton Village. Adam Flynn and Lewis Aitken netting twice alongside Tom Beattie and Callum Farmborough to take The Village to their third win on the bounce against replies via Josh Pierre St Clair and David Mulvhill.
Their rivals for those silver medals, Marsh Leys having their home clash with Dinamo Flitwick waterlogged off to leave them a point behind in third spot with both clubs having just one game to play.
Also waterlogged off were the games Caldecote A v Bedford Park Rangers and Dunton A v Clifton Reserves.
Over at Rectory Road, Shefford Town & Campton A enjoyed a 5-1 home victory over Goldington Hammers. Jason Webster with a brace plus Keiron Best, Dan Fowler and Michael Jones all on the scoresheet.
Whilst on The Green, Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves had to settle for a share of the spoils in a 2-2 draw with Bedford Panthers.Matthew Bruney giving them a 2-0 lead at the break with a couple of stunning finishes before strikes in the second period from Rory Cochrane and William Powell squared matters even at the final whistle.
Final Preview of the 2011-12 Season
Next weekends action starts on Friday evening May 4th when at The Hollow home of Potton United, Ickwell & Old Warden take on Sandy in the final of this seasons Centenary Cup which kicks off at 7.30pm.
The following day then brings about a scheduled fixture list of nine games, the highlight of which should be the re-scheduled Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup Final between Sundon Park Rangers and Sundon Park Rangers Colts which is now taking place at AFC Kempston Rovers Hillgrounds complex with a 1.30pm kick off.
League action in division one ends for the season at Harvey Close, Caldecote Reserves and Henlow going head to head in local derby action to battle out who finishes above each other in the final league standings.
Meantime, in division two action comes in the form of just a single game when Pavenham host Co-op Sports in Mowsbury Park.
Whilst division three action comes in the form of an 11.00am kick off for the clash between Goldington and Riseley Sports which sees the home side concede home advantage and travel to Gold Street and in Hillgrounds, Royal Oak Kempston receive a visit from Potton Town for a 2.30pm start.
In division four there are four games, its an 11.00am start at Keysoe Road for Thurleigh when they host champions Bedford Park Rangers in their quest for the points to seal second spot and just 60 minutes later at The Bedford Hockey Centre, Bedford Panthers play hosts to Dunton A.
The final two encounters due to kick off at 2.30pm. At Rectory Road, Shefford Town & Campton A host Dinamo Flitwick and at Hillgrounds, Goldington Hammers receive a visit from Stewartby Village.
Action then moves onto Bank Holiday Monday May 7th when its a 3pm kick off for the final of this seasons Britannia Cup between Oakley Sports and Shefford Town & Campton which is being played at Second Meadow, home of Biggleswade United FC.
Whilst just down the road at Harvey Close, division four action starts at 2.30pm between hosts Caldecote A and their visitors Bedford Panthers.
Then on Wednesday 9th May, at The Hollow, Potton United Reserves host Elstow Abbey in a 7.45pm kick off and in division three at Wrest Park, Wilshamstead Reserves will be the visitors to face hosts Sundon Park Rangers Colts.
Action for the season is then due to conclude on Saturday 12th May at The Bedford Hockey Centre where Bedford Panthers host Shefford Town & Campton A.
Please note any amendments to the above fixtures, venues and kick off times will be posted onto the league website www.bedfordshirefootballleague.co.uk alongside news of the rearranged dates for the league games postponed on Saturday 28th April and the previous evenings postponed Watson Shield Final between Bedford Park Rangers and Goldington.