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Sunday 28th October 2012
Caldecote blast 14 goals passed Blunham
Premier Division supported by Sportsform

Arlesey Town Reserves remain unbeaten for the season and six points clear at the head of the league table following their 2-1 home win over Sharnbrook. It was the visitors via Martyn Cain who took the lead before goals from Daniel Marshall and Tyler Prince saw The Town home to their sixth consecutive win.

For second place Caldecote things were much easier as they romped to a 14-1 home win over Blunham. Dave Daniels and Barry Dellar both scoring hat-tricks, Paul Lawrence and Tom Cookman each on target twice to go with single strikes from Tom McGhee, Matt Lee-Dell, Joe Jordan and Tom Wallace, even the lone goal in reply came via a Danny Lane own goal.

Meantime Ickwell & Old Warden remain in third spot following their 4-3 win at Wilshamstead. Lee Threadgold, Danny Fox, Dean Hamilton and Ivan Finch all finding the back of the net for the winners against home replies from Colin Marshall, Paul Jones and Tom Guiney.

However, the result of the day came from now fourth place Oakley Sports M&DH who won 5-2 at Renhold United to end the home sides unbeaten ways for the season and see them slip down the league table to sixth spot. Shaun Barnett shooting the visitors ahead after just eight minutes before 16 minutes later Jason Allison levelled matters for the home side,that's the way it stayed until two goals from Mark Smith and a strike from Ali Smith in the opening 15 minutes of the second period shot their side 4-1 ahead. United were to reduce the arrears via Sheldon Washington 20 minutes from time but a strike from Aaron Wright brought up the nap hand for the visitors six minutes from time to ensure the points were on their way back to Oakley.

Now in fifth place are AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College, for them it was the retention of their seasons unbeaten home ways with a 3-2 victory over bottom of the table Bedford Sports Athletic. It all appeared to be plain sailing when after 20 minutes play goals from Shaun Challi, Matthew Cheveralls and John Guiney had them 3-0 ahead before strikes from Iain Asplin and Gary Canzano kept them sweating for the points right up until the final whistle.

Having lost their last four outings Bedford Hatters are now back into the top half of the league table following their 3-2 home win over Shefford Town & Campton. Xennon Paul. Simon Pixley and Keith Thomas on the scoresheet against replies via Jake Rennie and a Michael Jones penalty.

Elsewhere, Flitwick Town with a 70th minute goal from Liam Keane won 1-0 at AFC Biggleswade to leave their hosts still second from bottom of the league table and now having lost their opening five home games of the season.

Bedfordshire FA Intermediate Cup 2nd Round.

It was not a good day in the cup for Bedfordshire County Football League clubs with just three of the 11 competing making it into the hat for the 3rd round draw. Luton Boys led the way when goals from Naashon Bennett, Ali Mohiyaldeen and Famik Stephen-Gabriel took them to a 3-1 home win over Luton District & South Beds League Co-op Sports. Whilst two goals from Daryl Smith was enough to gain Leighton United a 2-1 home victory over another Luton District & South Beds League side 61FC Luton A.

The third victorious club being Elstow Abbey who required extra time to see off fellow division one counter-parts Henlow 3-1. Jason Harrison shooting The Abbey ahead in the 31st minute until a strike from Russell Ayles 20 minutes from time took the game into extra time. Harrison again and Dom Pallella scoring in the second period to see The Abbey home.

For those making their exit, four even failed to score. Kings AFC losing 1-0 at AFC Dunstable Reserves, Shillington 2-0 at FC Wisla and Sandy 3-0 at Farley Boys. Whilst after 90 minutes play had seen Brickhill Tigers deadlocked 0-0 at home to Kent Athletic Reserves they were to ship five goals in extra time to lose 5-0.

Of the others, a Sam Amosh goal was all Shefford Town & Campton Reserves had to show for a 3-1 defeat at Crawley Green Reserves and a strike from Richard Lightfoot the only reward AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves brought back from Ampthill Town Reserves. Whilst Pavenham were defeated 4-1 at home by Leighton United Reserves with Tom Rodger netting their lone goal.

Division Two

Goldington's lead at the head of the division two league table is now up to two points after they retained their seasons unbeaten ways by winning 3-2 at start of play second in the table Woburn Athletic who thus lost their seasons unbeaten record. Antony Plaiter with a brace plus a goal from Michael Luke doing the damage against home replies from Daniel McClaren and Ben Nicholls. .

The Safari Boys dropping to third spot in the standings and overhauled by Sundon Park Rangers who retained their seasons 100% home record with a 6-3 victory over Potton United Reserves. Sam Kehinde netting twice alongside single strikes from Sam Chapman, Matt Conway, Chris Mapp and Daniel Buttigeig against United replies via Bradley Vooght, Steve Gibbons and Lee Adams.

Retaining fourth spot are Marabese Ceramics who sent Westoning tumbling down the table from fifth to eighth with their 4-2 home win over them. Giuseppe Marabese on the scoresheet three times and Arun Fehmi once against a brace in reply from Sam Childs.

Now in fifth place are Eastcotts AFC, for them it was a 1-0 victory at St Joseph Reserves thanks to a goal from Ciaran Alexander. Whilst jumping from ninth place into the top six are Cranfield United Reserves following their 5-2 win at Stopsley Park. Stephen Mullen with a brace plus strikes from David Anderson, Liam Whitmee-Craig and Stuart Peace outweighing home goals from Nathan Henry and Shane Roberts.

Elsewhere, Bromham United with a goal from Phil Kempsell were held to a 1-1 home draw by bottom of the table Queens Park Crescents whose reply came via Shahinur Rahman. Whilst Meltis Albion climbed out of the bottom two of the league table above both Potton United Reserves and Stopsley Park by earning a point from a 0-0 draw at Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves.

Division Three

The shock of the day saw league leaders Marsh Leys lose their seasons 100% perfect record when beaten 8-1 at home by now second place Clifton. Tony Norman netting four times alongside strikes from Chris Mattingley, Lee Austin and James Fuller against a lone reply via Kade Walker.

Clifton taking over that second spot from Westoning Reserves who lost their seasons unbeaten ways to slide down the table to fourth after being beaten 5-3 at home by Dunton. Liam Brophy, Ben Myler, Laurence Bosher, Steve Pugh and Daniel Cutmore all on the visitors scoresheet against home replies from Nick Willis, Dean Gadsden and Scott Gadsden.

Now in third place are Wilshamstead Reserves, with a goal from Luke Pursey it was a 1-0 win at now second from bottom of the table Bedford Park Rangers who have now lost their last six games to leave just Royal Oak Kempston below them in the standings.The Oak being beaten for the eighth consecutive league outing 5-2 at home by Kempston Hammers Sports who were enjoying their first win of the season to climb out of the relegation zone. Jimmy Grandidge with a hat-trick plus goals from Nick Tysoe and Mick Freeman bringing up The Hammers nap hand against Oak replies via David Minney and Michael Cooney.

Fifth place is now held by Riseley Sports, for them a lone goal from Niall O'Connor in a 1-0 win took their unbeaten ways up to five games to end Stevington's unbeaten home ways for the season. Whilst now in the top six are Great Barford following their 5-0 home win over Renhold United Reserves. Ben Stock, Josh Pierre St Clair, Michael Pickard, Mark Harlow and a Docid Mulvhill penalty all hitting the back of the net.

Also going nap were Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves, they retained their seasons perfect home record with a 5-2 win over Potton Town. Aaron Kersey with a brace plus goals from Adam Drakville and Daniel Luke plus an own goal only being replied to by Callum McCoy and Paul Mijalski.

Division Four

Its as you were at the top of the division four league table following wins for the top two sides. League leaders Elstow Abbey Reserves retaining their seasons perfect 100% record with a 4-1 win at Sandy Reserves thanks to two goals from Danny Bibby and strikes from Lewis Aitkin and Ben Beattie against a lone home reply via Jonnie Stratford.Whilst second place Bedford Panthers also maintained their seasons 100% ways with a 5-0 home win over third place Kempston Con Club Sports. Tom Wade netting three times and Valiant Mudokwani twice to do the damage.

However, top scorers of the day were Wootton Village who following three consecutive defeats ran out 6-3 home winners over yet to win on the road Dinamo Flitwick. Patrick Crouch with a brace supported by goals from Adam Flynn, Ivan Anderson, Sam Mulvaney and Dwayne Simpson against replies from Dom Loadman, Scott Hannan and Dave Elias.

Now out of the bottom two of the table are Caldecote A, they ended Clifton Reserves seasons unbeaten home record by beating them 3-0. Jack Aris, Ben Gibson and Stacey Kier on the scoresheet. Also winning 3-0 on the road were Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves at Dunton Reserves. Jim Burraway, Robert Moore and Ian Dawson netting the goals.

Alas for Shefford Town & Campton A it was a postponement of their scheduled game away at Flitwick Town Reserves when they failed to raise a side to travel.

Preview for Saturday 3rd November 2012.

Action in The Premier Division supported by Sportsform section should have taken league leaders Arlesey Town Reserves on the road to Hillgrounds to face AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College. The fixture now being postponed to allow their club members to travel and watch their clubs game in The First Round of the FA Cup at Coventry City. So now the visitors to Hillgrounds to face the still unbeaten at home Town will be Marston Shelton Rovers, they will make the journey looking for their first win in four outings.

For second place Caldecote, its a short trip to Cople Playing Fields to face bottom of the table Bedford Sports Athletic. The hosts looking for their first home point/points of the season, whilst the visitors come in search of their fourth consecutive away win to close the gap on the league leaders to just three points.

Over on The Green, third place Ickwell & Old Warden will fancy their chances of collecting the spoils when visited by Sharnbrook. However, the visitors having lost just the once on the road this season will be no pushovers.

Whilst just down the road at Moggerhanger Playing Fields, its one of those so called "six pointers " of a game as Blunham look for home win number two of the season against the visiting Flitwick Town whose season's haul of eight points have all been gained on the road to suggest they will start the day favourites to collect the spoils.

At Miller Road, eighth place Bedford Hatters should start the favourites to collect their second home win on the bounce when visited by second from bottom of the table AFC Biggleswade who hit the road looking to end a run of four consecutive defeats.

Elsewhere other action comes at Hurst Grove, where still unbeaten at home Lidlington United Sports receive a visit from a Wilshamstead side that has failed to win any of its last three games. Plus at Rectory Road, where hosts Shefford Town & Campton look for just their second home win of the season when called upon by fourth place Oakley Sports M&DH who come in search of win number four on the bounce.

The game of the day in Division One comes at The Warren, the venue at which hosts Elstow Abbey look for a quick season's double over the visiting league leaders Leighton United having ended their season's unbeaten ways at Stanbridge Road just three weeks ago.

For second place Shillington its home action at Greenfield's against fifth place local rivals Lea Sports PSG. The hosts in search of win number five on the bounce against a PSG outfit who are now unbeaten in their last four outings.

The only side in Division One yet to be beaten in league action this season are third place Pavenham, for them at their Playing Field headquarters the visitors are a Luton Boys side that hit the road looking for their first away point/points of the season to end their hosts perfect 100% home record.

At Groveside, its local derby action between sixth place hosts Henlow who seek out their third home win on the bounce against fourth place visitors Caldecote Reserves who look to end a run of two consecutive away defeats. Whilst Digswell Playing Fields is the venue at which Shefford Town & Campton Reserves host bottom of the table Kings AFC.

For the lower division sides the spotlight falls onto the action in round two of this season's Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup. Of the 14 ties, 11 are all Bedfordshire County Football clashes for which 10 present a chance for a spot of giant-killing, especially when you consider in eight of the games the lower division side hold the home advantage.

However, a study of these games reveals no obvious giantkillers in the making. Perhaps the best chance falls to either Division Three Great Barford who take on Division Two Meltis Albion at their Playing Field headquarters or indeed Division Three Stevington who are visited at their own Playing Field headquarters by Division Two St Joseph's Reserves.

Of the other six ties, three give home advantage to Division Four sides. Dinamo Flitwick at Hinksley Road perhaps the best bet of an upset when visited by poor travellers Queens Park Crescents of Division Two. As you would expect Division Two Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves to win at Harvey Close against Caldecote A and for Division Two Bromham United to make it safely into the draw for round three when they hit the road for a Wootton Playing Field encounter against Wootton Village.

Of the trio of Division Three sides holding home advantage over Division Two sides, perhaps on their day Potton Town might give Eastcotts AFC a good run for their money at Mill Lane. Yet you would feel the odds are too heavily stacked against Bedford Park Rangers when they host Woburn Athletic in Mowsbury Park and for Kempston Hammers Sports when they host Sundon Park Rangers at Cutler Hammer.

For the two potential away from home giantkillers both will very much start second favourites. Division Three Riseley Sports making tracks for a Mowsbury Park outing against Division Two high flyers Goldington and Division Three Clifton heading for a Greenfield Road outing against Division Two Westoning.

The 11th all Bedfordshire County Football League clash coming at Jubilee Playing Fields, the venue at which hosts Wilshamstead Reserves will start the firm favourites to overcome fellow Division Three side Royal Oak Kempston.

Elsewhere, its opposition from other leagues in the remaining three games. Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves hosting Four Model of The Luton District & South Beds League at their Playing Field headquarters and Marsh Leys hitting the road to face opposition from the same league in the shape of Jenenastka.Whilst at Horseshoes Close, Dunton Reserves receive a visit from North Bucks League outfit Southcott Village RA Reserves.

Following on from these games the round two programme is completed on Wednesday 7th November when Cranfield United Reserves host Potton United Reserves in an all Division Two clash at Crawley Road which kicks off at 7.45pm.

With all these cup- ties there is just one lower league game taking place in Division Four. When still 100% for the season and second placed Bedford Panthers journey to Bedford Road Recreation Ground to face second from bottom of the table Sandy Reserves.

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