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Sunday 04th November 2012
Great Barford cause the lone Beds FA Junior Cup upset.
Premier Division supported by Sportsform

Action this week began on Thursday evening when under AFC Kempston Rovers floodlights at Hillgrounds, Renhold United netted a 4-0 home win over Lidlington United Sports to take them up into second place in the league standings. Dean Warren with a brace plus strikes from Aran Hazelwood and Eduardo L'Erario scoring the goals to do the damage and leave the visitors still looking for their first away win of the season.

With Arlesey Town Reserves taking the afternoon off to take in the FA Cup action at Coventry, Caldecote closed the gap on them at the head of the standings to just three points and regained second spot by winning their fourth away game on the bounce 5-1 at bottom of the table Bedford Sports Athletic. Jack Boyd giving them the lead before an Iain Asplin penalty levelled matters only then to see Tom McGhee restore the visitors lead by the break. The second period seeing a strike from Leeroy Odd and a brace from Kai Griffiths-Shilton bring up the nap hand to take Caldecote's unbeaten run up to seven games.

Also jumping above Renhold United in the league standings are both AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College and Ickwell & Old Warden. Town in retaining their seasons unbeaten home ways claiming the third spot with a 2-0 victory over Marston Shelton Rovers, Martin Ivy netting both goals. Whilst for now fourth place Ickwell & Old Warden, it was a 4-0 home success over Sharnbrook. Strikes from Danny Fox and Lee Threadgold plus an own goal seeing them 3-0 up by half-time before Matthew McCartney added to the scoreline in the second period.

Perhaps the shock of the day came at Rectory Road where in form Oakley Sports M&DH were beaten 5-1 by their hosts Shefford Town & Campton. Adam Larsen and Jake Rennie netting in the opening half before two goals from Andrew Hayday and a strike from Jon Ransom were only replied to in the second period by Shaun Barnett.

Elsewhere, Lidlington United Sports returned to winning ways and retained their seasons unbeaten home ways with a 5-1 victory over Wilshamstead. Alex Burrows and Dom Martins both netting twice and Darren Rowlett once against a lone reply from Paul Jones.

Also returning to winning ways were Bedford Hatters, for them it was a 5-0 home win over second from bottom of the table AFC Biggleswade Town. First half goals from Simon Pixley and Dean Lebrecht being added to in the second period by Keith Thomas, Xennon Paul and Pixley with his second of the game to bring up the nap hand.

Division One

Leighton United remain a point clear at the head of the Division One league table after they retained their seasons 100% away record by winning 5-1 at Elstow Abbey. Daryl Smith netting twice alongside goals from Luke Dolan, Michael Brunton and Lee Redmond against a home reply from Travis Joseph.

For second place Shillington, it was win number five on the bounce with a 4-0 home victory over Lea Sports PSG. Christopher Slough, Alex Toye, Ryan Lewis and Jordan Robbens the goalscorers.

Just a point behind them in third place are Pavenham, for them it was a retention of their seasons unbeaten ways and 100% home record with a 2-1 win over Luton Boys.Daniel Doyle and Tim Bowers on the scoresheet against a lone reply via Alex McDade.

Still very much in the championship hunt are fourth place Caldecote Reserves who won 3-2 at Henlow. Matt Basta with a brace plus a goal from Tom Dupey outscoring home replies via George Zitko and Jonathan Rowe.

However, the top scorers of the day were Brickhill Tigers who ran out 10-1 home winners over bottom of the table AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves. Craig Damon netting five times to go alongside an own goal plus strikes from Matthew Ward, James Field, Danny Wing and Joe Price before Town rounded off the scoring with a last minute strike from Joseph Ogunremi.

Elsewhere, Shefford Town & Campton Reserves were held to a 2-2 home draw by second from the bottom of the table Kings AFC. Martin Tomsett and Sam Kelly on the home scoresheet against replies from Ollie Plestead and Adam Haywood.

Division Four

Bedford Panthers are now just three points behind the league leaders Elstow Abbey Reserves after they retained their seasons 100% ways with a 3-0 victory at Sandy Reserves. Aaran Perrett, Giuseppe Lamberti and Gary Philipson netting the vital goals to leave their hosts now without a win from their last six outings.

Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup 2nd Round

Of the 10 opportunities on offer for a spot of giant-killing just one was taken by Division Three Great Barford who ran out 3-1 home winners over Division Two side Meltis Albion. Ben Stocks, Pasquale Ventriglia and Josh Pierre St Clair seeing their goals only replied to by Albion's Ryan Stocker.

However, going very close were Bedford Park Rangers. 3-1 up at one stage thanks to a hat-trick from Shaun Finlay one of which came from the penalty spot, they were to see a last minute goal from Martin Holland give Woburn Athletic a 4-3 away win over them. Earlier Safari Boys goals had come from Danny Birch, Alex Morlock and Daniel McClaren.

Also giving more than a good account of themselves were Riseley Sports who were beaten 3-2 at Goldington. Paul Brown netting for the visitors in the 35th minute before a Ben Flatters header levelled matters 10 minutes into the second period. The home side then with an 80th minute goal from Justin Muircroft and a 88th minute penalty from Jamie Morris shooting 3-1 ahead until James Cooke reduced the arrears with the last kick of the match.

The biggest winners of the day were St Joseph Reserves who won 8-2 at Stevington. Daniel McLeod with a hat-trick supported by braces from Josh Langlais and Sean Sheridan and a single strike from Dave McLeod against two in reply from Stevington's Gavin White.

For Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves it was a 6-2 win at Caldecote A. Alex Liburn netting three times alongside single strikes from John Hislop, Alex Strange and Aaran Wright with the home replies coming from Tom Rowlett and Ryan Ambrose.

Just a goal behind them were Eastcotts AFC who won 5-1 at Potton Town. Darren Mason with a hat-trick supported by goals from Jimmy Jacob and Brad Temperley against a lone Town reply from Charlie Seward.

Keeping up the away winners theme were Bromham United, for them it was 4-0 win at Wootton Village. Shane Canzano netting twice alongside single strikes from Darren Payne and Reuben Hukin. Whilst joining them were Sundon Park Rangers and Queens Park Crescents, The Rangers with two goals from Sam Kehinde and a goal from Sam Evans winning 3-1 at Kempston Hammers Sports whose reply came via Mick Freeman and The Crescents won 4-2 at Dinamo Flitwick despite home strikes from James Burton and Dom Loadman.

The best home win of the day went to Wilshamstead Reserves with a 4-1 victory over Royal Oak Kempston. Luke Pursey with a brace plus JM (John ) Steele and Jay Hall on the scoresheet against an Oak reply from Lorenzo Jordan. Whilst a lone goal from Glen Cooksley gave Westoning a 1-0 home win over Clifton.

Alas despite goals from Ben Greenwood and Dan Reid,it was the end of the road for Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves who were beaten 5-2 at home by Luton District & South Beds League side Four Model and for Dunton Reserves who were beaten 3-1 at home after extra time by North Bucks League side Southcott Village RA Reserves.

Preview for Saturday 10th November 2012

Spotlight this weekend for the majority of Premier Division supported by Sportsform clubs falls upon action in the second round of this seasons Bedfordshire FA Senior Trophy. Of the eight ties taking place we have involvement in six of them including three all Bedfordshire County Football League clashes.

In those three ties, AFC Biggleswade host Caldecote at The Carlsberg Stadium just one month after losing to them in league action at the same venue and with the hosts still looking for their first home win of the season you would favour the visitors to make it into the hat for the Quarter-final draw.

However, in the other two all Bedfordshire County Football League clashes you would favour the home clubs to prevail. They come at Hillgrounds where AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College still unbeaten in league action this season are visited by a yet to win on the road this season Bedford Hatters side and at Renhold Playing Fields where hosts Renhold United you would expect will feel they have enough in the locker to overcome the visiting Shefford Town & Campton.

Of the three clubs facing opposition from other leagues just one will have home advantage, that club being Marston Shelton Rovers who entertain South Midlands League Division One Langford at their Playing Field Headquarters knowing that they will have to be at their very best to stand any chance of progressing into the last eight.

For the two clubs hitting the road, league leaders Arlesey Town Reserves still unbeaten this season will be expecting to at least give a good account of themselves when they travel to The Hollow to face United Counties League Division One side Potton United.Whilst Ickwell & Old Warden journey to Manor Road to take on South Midlands League Division Two side Caddington perhaps even the favourites to prevail.

Away from these cup ties there are two Premier Division supported by Sportsform fixtures taking place.At Cople Playing Fields, Bedford Sports Athletic will be looking for their first win of the season when visited by a Flitwick Town side that has been beaten just once on the road all season and at Lodge Road, Sharnbrook will now, following the demise of Blunham again search out their first home win of the season when visited by a Lidlington United Sports side who will travel looking for their own first away win of the season.

In Division One the game of the day comes with the eagerly awaited clash at Greenfields between hosts Shillington and the visting Shefford Town & Campton Reserves where local bragging rights alongside the three points will be on offer to add even more spice to the occasion.Whilst at Stanbridge Road, league leaders Leighton United look to return to winning ways on home soil for the first time in three outings when called upon by a Sandy side that has failed to win any of its last four league outings.

Other action comes at Harvey Close, the venue at which still 100% at home this season Caldecote Reserves receive a visit from a Brickhill Tigers side that has won just the once on the road all season and at their Playing Fields headquarters third place Pavenham also defend their seasons 100% home ways when called upon by bottom of the table AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves.

Elsewhere at King George VI Playing Fields, second from bottom of the table Kings AFC will be in search of their first home point/points of the season when called upon by seventh place Henlow who have won just the once on the road all season. Whilst at Chaul Lane End, Luton Boys will be playing hosts to eighth place Elstow Abbey who will hit the road looking for their third away win on the bounce.

After the excitement of cup action last weekend it’s a return to league affairs for the lower division sides this weekend. For Division Two league leaders Goldington that means a defence of their seasons unbeaten ways when they host Bromham United in Mowsbury Park who make the short journey across town in search of their first away point/points of the season.Whilst for second place Sundon Park Rangers it’s a trip on the road to Crawley Road to face sixth place and still unbeaten at home this season Cranfield United Reserves.

At the other Crawley Road, third place Woburn Athletic will be expected to return to winning ways on home soil when called upon by yet to win on the road this season Meltis Albion and for fourth place Marabese Ceramics the quest for their third win on the bounce takes them on the road to Oakley Playing Fields to face an Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves side who are now unbeaten in their last three home outings.

Over at Greenfield Road, eighth place Westoning will be defending their seasons 100% home record when called upon by second from bottom of the table Potton United Reserves whose away record of just one win from six outings perhaps does them an injustice and leaves them sitting in a false position in the league table.

The final action in this division seeing Stopsley Park after two straight defeats look to return to winning ways when they host Eastcotts AFC, but with the visitors having won three of their last four away outings the task will not be an easy one.

In Division Three , league leaders Marsh Leys will be defending their seasons 100% away ways when at Cutler Hammer which of course is also their home base they are hosted by fellow ground sharers Kempston Hammers Sports who will be looking to put their first home point/points of the season on the board. This game being subject to the outcome of The Beds FA Board of inquiry into Marsh Leys Beds FA Junior Cup game with Kempston Athletic being held on Wednesday 7th November. Please watch www.bedfordshirefootballleague.co.uk for update.Whilst at Whiston Crescent, second place Clifton receive a visit from second from bottom of the table Bedford Park Rangers whose last six league outings have all ended in defeat.

For third place Wilshamstead Reserves beaten just once this season it’s a trip on the road to The Green to take on 10th place Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves who still hold down a 100% season’s home record. Whilst fourth place Westoning Reserves also hit the road to defend their seasons unbeaten away ways against a Great Barford side who at their Playing Field headquarters have won their last three games.

Over at Gold Street, fifth place Riseley Sports now unbeaten unbeaten in their last five league outings defend their seasons unbeaten home record when called upon by bottom of the table Royal Oak Kempston who make the journey in this game number nine of the season still looking for their first point/points of the season.

Other action takes place at Horseshoes Close, the venue at which seventh place Dunton host ninth place Stevington looking for their third win on the bounce against their visitors who look to end a run of five league games without a win. Whilst at Mill Lane, Potton Town go in search of home win number three on the bounce when called upon by Renhold United Reserves.

In Division Four, leaders leaders Elstow Abbey Reserves will be defending their seasons 100% record when at The Warren they receive a visit from bottom of the table Shefford Town & Campton A.Whilst second place Bedford Panthers defend their own 100% seasons record when they journey to Harvey Close to be hosted by a Caldecote A side who will be in search of their first home point/points of the season.

For third place Flitwick Town Reserves,its home action at Steppingley Road where they look for home win number four on the bounce against sixth place Clifton Reserves who are looking to repair the damage from two consecutive defeats and for fifth place Dunton Reserves, it’s a trip to Hillgrounds to face a Kempston Athletic side that has won its last two home games to climb the table into eighth place.This game again being subject to the outcome of the afore-mentioned Beds FA Board of inquiry into the Marsh Leys v Kempston Athletic cup tie.

Other action coming at Hinksley Road, the venue at which eleventh place Dinamo Flitwick take on seventh place Marston Shelton Rovers and at Bedford Road Recreation Ground where second from bottom of the table Sandy Reserves host ninth place Wootton Village looking for their first win in seven outings against a Village side who have won just the once on the road all season.

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