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Sunday 11th November 2012
Ickwell & Old Warden claim top honour in Beds Senior Trophy.
Bedfordshire FA Senior Trophy Second Round
Top accolade of the day went to Ickwell & Old Warden with a 4-2 away win at South Midlands League club Caddington. Lee Threadgold, Matthew McCartney, Zak Rowe and Dean Hamilton scoring the goals to do the damage.
Joining the men from The Green in round three are both AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College, who with goals from John Guiney and Martin Ivy ran out 2-0 home winners over Bedford Hatters. Plus Renhold United who netted a 3-0 home win over Shefford Town & Campton thanks to goals from Sheldon Washington, Alex Woolston and Jason Allison.
Alas it was the end of road for Arlesey Town Reserves who suffered a 5-1 defeat at United Counties League Potton United. Joe Aris with a brace plus goals from Gary Ansell-Carter, Sam Worthington and Chris Reeves on the scoresheet for United against a lone Town reply from Dale Chester.
Also making their way through the exit door were Marston Shelton Rovers, they were beaten 3-0 at home by South Midlands League Langford. Whilst at The Carlsberg Stadium, the game off sign was showing after landlords Biggleswade Town ruled the pitch unplayable for the scheduled tie between AFC Biggleswade and Caldecote.
Premier Division supported by Sportsform
Flitwick Town took their unbeaten ways on the road up to four games and left bottom of the table Bedford Sports Athletic still looking for their first win of the season by beating them 4-2 at Grange Road. Richie Bevan with a hat-trick and Jim Lewis on The Town scoresheet against home replies from Daniel Bond and Andrew Latimer.
Whilst at Lodge Road, Sharnbrook returned to winning ways with a 4-0 home victory over Lidlington United Sports.Sean Duffy netting twice alongside Tommy Chapman and Chris Prior to inflict upon United their third away defeat on the bounce.
It's as you were at the head of the division one standings following victories for the top four sides. League leaders Leighton United staying a point clear at the top of the table after they returned to winning ways on home soil with a 4-2 win over Sandy. Daryl Smith, Robbie Smith, Kevin Hilton and Ashley Wadhams all on the scoresheet against replies via Ian Hammett from the penalty spot and Olly Banfield.
For second place Shillington, it was win number six on the bounce 5-1 at home over local rivals Shefford Town & Campton Reserves. Ahead in the opening minute with a goal from Sam Martin, that soon became 2-0 when Alex Toye struck and it appeared to be game over when Jordan Robbens added a third on the hour mark. However, Town's Jordan Ainslie reduced the deficit to 3-1 some 14 minutes from time only then to see Luke Webb net twice in the closing seven minutes to bring up the home sides nap hand.
Elsewhere, third place Pavenham maintained their seasons unbeaten ways and 100% home record with a 4-0 success over bottom of the table AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves. James Owen and James Meehan both netting twice. Whilst also netting four times were fourth place Caldecote Reserves, they preserved their own 100% seasons home record by beating Brickhill Tigers 4-2. Matthew Sayers with a brace plus goals from Tom Dupey and Michael Robinson doing the damage.
Goals were also in plentiful supply at Chaul End Lane where Luton Boys ran out 5-3 home winners over Elstow Abbey. Naashon Bennett seeing his hat-trick supported by strikes from Ali Mohiyaldeen and Nathan Prime against Abbey replies via Danny Pilgrim twice and Dom Parrella.
Alas life gets no better for second from bottom of the table Kings AFC, they suffered their fourth home defeat on the bounce when beaten 3-2 by Henlow. Charlie Richardson, Keith Milburn and George Zitko on the victors scoresheet against home replies from Ryan Smith and Adam Haywood.
Goldington's lead at the head of the league table is now up to five points after they retained their seasons unbeaten ways and made it five wins on the bounce with a 4-1 home victory over Bromham United. Chris Huckle leading the way with a hat-trick and Damion Quigley netting once against a lone United reply via Alex Farr.
For second place Sundon Park Rangers it was a 2-1 defeat at still unbeaten at home Cranfield United Reserves. David Anderson and James Armstong on the home scoresheet against a Rangers reply from Samuel Kehinde.
Now up into third spot are Marabese Ceramics, they made it three wins on the bounce with a 3-1 victory at Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves. Arun Fehmi striking all three goals against a lone home reply from Alex Liburd.
The Tilermen jumping above Woburn Athletic beaten 2-1 at home by Meltis Albion, they were duly claiming their first win in six outings and their first success on the road this season thanks to goals from Darren Ashpole and Antony Ursell against a lone home reply via Ben Nichols.
Just goal difference now behind The Safari Boys in fifth spot are Eastcotts AFC, for them it was away win number three on the trot with a 3-1 victory at Stopsley Park. Michael Sexton netting twice and Tony Milioto once against a Park reply from Alfred Maci.
Elsewhere, Westoning were losing their seasons 100% home record by being held to a 4-4 draw by Potton United Reserves. Sam Childs with a brace plus Tom Smith and Glen Cooksley on the home scoresheet against a Brad Vought hat-trick and a strike from Lee Adams marking the United sheet.
Marsh Leys lead at the head of the table remains at five points despite them losing their seasons 100% away record when held to a 1-1 draw at Kempston Hammers Sports. Slyvester Mulenga netting the vital goal, whilst The Hammers reply came via an own goal.
Failing to close the gap on The Leys were second place Clifton, they were held to a 1-1 home draw by second from bottom of the table Bedford Park Rangers who were duly ending a six game losing run. Nick Thomas on the home scoresheet against a Rangers reply from Kieren Souter.
However, closing in on them both are now third place Riseley Sports who retained their seasons unbeaten home ways with a 4-0 win over bottom of the table Royal Oak Kempston. Nial O'Connor with a hat-trick plus a goal from Jack Henman sending The Oak to their ninth consecutive league defeat.
Now down into fourth spot are Wilshamstead Reserves who were beaten 3-1 at Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves, Adam Drakville twice and Sunil Gharu netting the goals to preserve Ickwell's 100% seasons home record against a lone reply from a Jay Hall penalty.
Just goal difference behind in fifth and sixth spot are Great Barford and Dunton after they both claimed home wins. Great Barford with goals from Ben Stocks, David Mulvhill and Josh Pierre St Claire winning 3-2 to end Westoning Reserves unbeaten away ways for the season despite replies from Scott Gadsden and Matthew Jefferson. Whilst Dunton claimed a 6-0 win over Stevington, Liam Brophy striking four times alongside goals from Laurence Bosher and Dave Gibbs.
There was a real goal feast at Mill Lane before home side Potton Town were beaten 7-6 by Renhold United Reserves. Jamie Hutchinson and Brad Smith both netting twice alongside Chris Moore and James Pyman for The Town only to be outdone by United replies from Justin Newham twice plus Kane Alexander, Lee Haughton, Reece Bell, Jordan Kumar and Justin Patterson.
Elstow Abbey Reserves lead at the head of the league table remains at three points after they retained their seasons 100% record with a 5-0 home win over bottom of the table Shefford Town & Campton A. Kaylen Wilson netting three times alongside single strikes from Michael Yates and Brandon Stewart.
For second place Bedford Panthers who have played one game less than The Abbey it was also retention of their seasons 100% ways with a 4-2 victory at Caldecote A. Gary Philipson netting twice alongside Valiant Muddkwani and Tom Wade against home replies via Matthew Ackroyd and Mark Eaton.
However, losing ground on the top two are third place Flitwick Town Reserves after they were beaten 4-0 at home by now fifth place Clifton Reserves.Troy Banks with a brace plus Joe Marshall and Harry Fisher netting the Clifton goals.
Also climbing the standings into sixth place are Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves, all thanks to a 5-0 win at Dinamo Flitwick. Ben Greenwood with a hat-trick plus strikes from Carl Borromeo and Jake Cullum bringing up the Rovers nap hand.
Elsewhere, Sandy Reserves and Wootton Village shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw. Jonnie Stratford netting both home goals against Village replies via Ivan Anderson and Dwayne Simpson.
Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup Second Round
The final second round tie saw Luton District & South Beds League Jedenastka run out 9-2 home winners over Kempston Athletic. Gary Whitbread and Nicholas Emene on The Athletic scoresheet, a visit from Wilshamstead Reserves awaits Jedenastka in round three.
Preview for Saturday 17th November 2012
This weekend’s Premier Division supported by Sportsform action sees the top two clubs clash at Harvey Close, the venue at which second place and still unbeaten at home hosts Caldecote receive a visit from the unbeaten league leaders Arlesey Town Reserves. The home side going into the game knowing a victory will take them to the summit of the league for the first time this season but The Town make the journey still with a 100% away record for the season the favourites to at least share the spoils and retain their position at the top of the table.
Over at Hillgrounds, third place AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College still unbeaten on home soil this season take on fourth place Ickwell & Old Warden. The visitors make the journey now unbeaten in the last four outings knowing a victory will see them leapfrog their hosts in the league standings and with an Arlesey win at Harvey Close they could even be up to second place in the league table come the final whistle. Of course a home win and an Arlesey win would take The Town into that same second spot.
However, all four clubs will be fully aware that fifth place Renhold United have played one game fewer than them all and with the right set of results from the above two games it is they who could occupy that second spot at the end of play. First of course they must collect the full three points from their Playing Field home clash with Shefford Town & Campton. The clubs met last weekend at the same venue in Beds FA Senior Trophy action when United ran out 3-0 winners.
Also still very much in the championship race are sixth place Oakley Sports M&DH, for them it’s a home outing at their Playing Field headquarters against second from bottom of the table AFC Biggleswade who hit the road looking to end a run of five consecutive league defeats.
The other three scheduled games all having that six pointer feel about them as the participating clubs strive for the points in their quest to find mid-table safety. At Lodge Road, hosts Sharnbrook receive a visit from yet to win on the road this season Bedford Sports Athletic. Whilst at Steppingley Road, Flitwick Town will be in search of their first home win of the season when called upon by a yet to win on the road Lidlington United Sports. With Jubilee Playing Fields being the venue for the clash between hosts Wilshamstead and the visiting Marston Shelton Rovers, both clubs going into the fixture now without a win from their last four league outings.
Please note due to the postponement of last Saturday's Beds FA Senior Trophy tie between AFC Biggleswade and Caldecote the fixtures involving those clubs may be subject to amendment. All of which will be updated on www.bedfordshirefootballleague.co,uk as soon as known. The early vibes suggests the clubs have failed to agree to the game being played this midweek and thus now for certain The Beds FA will call for the fixture to be played next Saturday.
In Division One, with top of the table Leighton United sitting the afternoon out there could well be new league leaders come the end of play. In leading the running to take over that top spot are second place Shillington who look to maintain their seasons 100% away record when they make the short journey to Groveside to be hosted by Henlow. Whilst also in contention are third place Pavenham who at their Playing Field headquarters defend their seasons 100% home record and seasons unbeaten ways when called upon by fourth place Caldecote Reserves.
Meantime over at The Warren, Elstow Abbey following two straight home defeats will fancy their chances of returning to winning ways on home soil when bottom of the table and yet to win this season AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves come calling. Whilst in Mowsbury Park, Brickhill Tigers go in search of home win number three on the bounce against the visiting second from bottom of the table Kings AFC.
Elsewhere at Bedford Road Recreation Ground,Sandy now without a win from their last five league outings could well start to repair the damage when they host the visiting Luton Boys whose away record this season reads played four,lost four.Plus at Rectory Road, where Shefford Town & Campton Reserves now without a home win since the beginning of September look to put that right when visited by local rivals Lea Sports PSG.
In Division Two, for league leaders Goldington it’s a trip on the road to Leagrave Park to defend their seasons unbeaten record against hosts St Joseph Reserves who are looking to avoid a third consecutive league defeat. Whilst just down the road in Stockwood Park, second place Sundon Park Rangers defend their 100% seasons home ways when visited by fifth place Eastcotts AFC who travel looking for their third away win on the bounce.
Over at Crawley Road, fourth place Woburn should add another three points to their tally when they entertain the visiting Oakley Sports M&D Reserves who have failed to gain any points on the road this season. Plus also having home advantage will be third place Marbese Ceramics when they host Potton United Reserves at their Ickleford Recreation Ground headquarters.
Elsewhere, its Lothair Road action between bottom of the table hosts Stopsley Park and the club immediately above them in the table, Queens Park Crescents,who are yet to win on the road this season. Whilst at Greenfield Road, unbeaten at home and seventh place Westoning are visited by sixth place Cranfield United Reserves.
The final game in this division seeing eleventh place Bromham United at their Playing Field headquarters entertain ninth place Meltis Albion.
In Division Three, league leaders Marsh Leys will be looking to return to winning home ways at their Cutler Hammer base when visited by third place Riseley Sports.Yet with the visitors hitting the road looking for their third away win on the bounce and now on an unbeaten run of six league games the task will not be an easy one.
For second place Clifton the destination is The Green to face still 100% at home Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves.Whilst Westoning Reserves journey on the road to take on Stevington at their Playing Field headquarters where the hosts have failed to win any of their last three home games.
Also still in the promotion hunt are fifth place Great Barford, for them at their Playing Field headquarters you would expect the collection of the full three points when called upon by a Potton Town side that are yet to collect any points on the road this season.
Elsewhere over in Hillgrounds bottom of the table Royal Oak Kempston, losers of their opening five home league games look to repair the damage when called upon by sixth place Dunton. Plus in Mowsbury Park second from bottom of the table Bedford Park Rangers, losers of their own opening four home league games take on the club immediately above them in the league standings in shape of Kempston Hammers Sports.
In Division Four, league leaders Elstow Abbey Reserves make tracks for Whiston Crescent to defend their seasons 100% ways against fifth place hosts Clifton Reserves. Whilst Bedford Panthers will be defending their own 100% seasons way when called upon at their Hockey Centre base by third place Flitwick Town.
Still hoping to get into the promotion shake up are fourth place Kempston Con Club Sports, they journey to Horseshoes Close to take on a Dunton Reserves side that has not won on home soil since the opening day of the season.Whilst it will be local derby action at Wootton Recreation Ground between hosts Wootton Village and the visiting Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves who have now climbed the table into sixth spot.
Other action coming at Hinksley Road, the venue at which hosts Dinamo Flitwick receive a visit from the yet to win on the road Kempston Athletic and at Digswell Playing Fields, where bottom of the table Shefford Town & Campton A losers of their opening three home games take on second from bottom of the table Sandy Reserves who have so far lost all of their three away league outings this season.