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Sunday 18th November 2012
McCartney Mactrick takes Ickwell & Old Warden up into second spot.
Premier Division supported by Sportsform
Arlesey Town Reserves lead at the head of the Premier Division supported by Sportsform league table is down to three points after they suffered their first league defeat of the season by a 4-1 scoreline at now fourth place Oakley Sports M&DH. Arran Wright with a hat-trick and Ali Smith bagging the home goals against a lone reply from Luke Sharples.
Up into second place are Ickwell & Old Warden, they made it four wins on the bounce to send Kempston Town & Bedford College to their first home defeat of the season 6-1 at Hillgrounds. Matthew McCartney netting three times, Zak Rowe twice and Danny Fox once against a lone home reply via Martin Ivy.
Elsewhere, the shock of the day saw Shefford Town & Campton win 4-1 at Renhold United. Goals from Adam Larsen and Chris Clark taking them 2-0 ahead in the opening half before with just five minutes of the second period played Dean Warren reduced the arrears to a single goal. However, it was to be the visitors day with Larsen netting his second of the afternoon in the 70th minute and Andrew Hayday making it 4-1 five minutes from time.
For Flitwick Town, it was home win number one of the season to send Lidlington United Sports to a 2-0 defeat and their fourth consecutive away reverse on the bounce. Richie Bevan and Peter Kouwenburg netting the vital goals.
Meantime, Sharnbrook chalked up their third home win on the bounce with a 3-2 victory over bottom of the table and yet to win this season Bedford Sports Athletic.Goals from Martyn Cain, Sean Duffy and a James Comb penalty outscoring strikes from Daniel Bond and David Welsh. Whilst Marston Shelton Rovers returned to winning ways for the first time in five league outings by winning 4-3 at Wilshamstead. Stuart Kelly with a brace plus strikes from Andy Klein and Dan Parkes doing the damage against two in reply from Colin Marshall and a Surinder Raj goal for the home side who have now failed to win any of their last five games.
Bedfordshire FA Senior Trophy 2nd Round
Caldecote will now enjoy home advantage on Quarter-final day against AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College after they emerged 2-1 extra time winners at AFC Biggleswade. With Luke Gurney shooting the home side ahead just 15 minutes into the contest, it took a Barry Dellar strike with just two minutes left to level the scores and take the game into extra time. During which time Leeroy Odd placed the visitors ahead before they had to survive home player Bry Williams shooting a 119th minute penalty over the crossbar.
With Leighton United sitting the afternoon out, Shillington took full advantage to leapfrog above them onto the top of the league table with a 4-1 win at Henlow. Jordan Robbens with a hat-trick plus a goal from Chris Slough ensuring the new league leaders remained 100% on the road this season and now winners of their last seven league outings, Keith Milburn netting the lone home reply.
Missing the chance to also leap over Leighton United in the league standings were Pavenham, for them it was an end to their seasons 100% home record when held to a 1-1 draw by Caldecote Reserves. Tim Bowers giving them a first half lead before Jordan Goodman replied for the visitors in the second period.
Following on from two straight home defeats, Elstow Abbey returned to winning ways at The Warren with a 4-0 win over bottom of the table AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves. Dom Parrella leading the way with a hat-trick before Aiden Powell added a fourth goal six minutes from time.
There was also little joy for second from bottom of the table Kings AFC who were beaten 5-1 at Brickhill Tigers.Tom Williams with a brace plus strikes from Danny Wing, Steven Pickard and Padraic Walsh bringing up the nap hand to give The Tigers their third consecutive home win against a lone reply from Ed Goodman.
Also enjoying life on home soil were both Sandy and Shefford Town & Campton Reserves.Town with a hat-trick from Scott Fruscenti and a goal from Jordan Greenwood running out 4-0 winners over Lea Sports PSG. Whilst Sandy won for the first time in six outings 3-1 over Luton Boys. Andrew Wren, Phill Beall and Olly Banfield on the scoresheet against a lone reply from Alex McDade.
Goldington's lead at the head of the division two league table is now up to seven points after they retained their seasons unbeaten ways and made it six wins on the trot with a 2-0 victory at St Joseph Reserves. Justin Muircroft and Robert Ginn the goalscorers.
Dropping down from second spot to third place are Marabese Ceramics after they were held to a 2-2 home draw by Potton United Reserves. Arun Fehmi and Rhys Tudball on the scoresheet for The Tilermen against United replies via Bradley Vooght and Torrie Albon.
Now taking over second place, albeit on goal difference only are Woburn Athletic who ran out 7-3 home victors over Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves. Martin Holland with a hat-trick plus a pair from Ben Nicholls supported by single strikes from Antony Kostiw and Liam Brandom against replies via Alex Liburo, Adam Carter and Matthew Atherton.
Whilst also just goal difference away in fourth spot are Eastcotts AFC, they made it four wins on the bounce to end Sundon Park Rangers perfect home record for the season with a 2-1 victory. Jimmy Jacob plus a Josh Geary penalty outscoring a home reply from Matt Conway.
Meantime, Stopsley Park remain rooted to the bottom of the league table after being beaten 3-1 at home by Queens Park Crescents who were winning for the first time on the road this season. Amman Hussain netting all three goals against a lone home reply from Nathan Henry.
Elsewhere, there were return to winning ways at home for both Bromham United and Westoning. United with a hat-trick from Shane Canzano beating Meltis Albion 3-0 and goals from Jack Willison and David Stewart against a reply from David Anderson taking Westoning to a 2-1 victory over Cranfield United Reserves.
Marsh Leys lead at the head of the division three league table is now down to three points after they were held to a 1-1 home draw by Riseley Sports. Paul Allen giving the home side the lead with just 15 minutes remaining but a Greg Moksa header five minutes from time levelled matters to take The Sportsman's unbeaten ways up to seven games and keep them fourth in the league table.
For second place Clifton it was a 4-1 win at Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves. An own goal plus strikes from Oliver Ferns, Gareth Boness and Tony Norman sending the home side to their first home defeat of the season whose lone reply came from Matthew Bruney.
Also closing in on The Leys are third place Dunton, for them its now four wins on the bounce after netting a 5-0 away success at bottom of the table Royal Oak Kempston. Liam Brophy netting three times and Laurence Bosher twice to do the damage.
There was also joy on the road for both Kempston Hammers Sports and Potton Town. Town with goals from Jamie Hutchinson, Chris Moore and Brad Smith winning 3-0 at Great Barford who were losing for the first time in five outings on home soil. Whilst The Hammers were 3-0 winners at second from the bottom of the table Bedford Park Rangers who have now failed to win any of their last eight games. James Grandidge netting all three goals but also spoiling his copybook by missing from the penalty spot.
Meanwhile, Stevington are now down to eleventh place in the league table and without a win from their last six outings after being held to a 4-4 home draw by Westoning Reserves. Aaron Fletcher, Sam King, Andy Sly and Kevin Harris on the home scoresheet against replies from Scott Gadsden twice plus Sean O'Donnell and James Bennett.
The new leaders at the head of the division four league table are Bedford Panthers after they retained their seasons 100% perfect league record with a 7-1 home win over Flitwick Town Reserves. Joel Morris with a hat-trick supported by goals from Gary Philipson, Aaran Perrett, Kevin Southby and Ben Nash against a lone reply from Kevin Higby.
Panthers taking over the top spot on goal difference from Elstow Abbey Reserves who have also played a game more than them after their seasons 100% perfect record was ended with a 3-2 defeat at Clifton Reserves. Strikes from Lewis Aitken and Danny Clinton giving The Abbey a 2-0 lead at the break before the home side struck back. Robert Haradine and Dale Houghton netting the goals to level matters before Harry Fisher stepped up to hit the 86th minute winner.
Down at the other end of the table, Shefford Town & Campton A moved off the bottom spot by netting their first home win of the season 4-2 over a Sandy Reserves side that now takes over that bottom slot. Ahead via first half goals from Andy Goddard and the evergreen Pete Saunders with a cheeky backheel, the game appeared over when Scott Quincey added a third in the 67th minute. However, despite being down to 10 men due to injuries goals from Antony Roberts and Matt Baines made the home side sweat until Matthews Johns added their fourth goal three minutes from time.
Elsewhere, Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves made it three away wins on the bounce with a 1-0 victory at Wootton Village, Harry Murray netting the vital goal. Whilst Kempston Athletic are still yet to win on the road this season after being held to a 3-3 draw at Dinamo Flitwick. Gary Whitbread, James Maxwell and Gavin Matthews on their scoresheet against home replies for a Dinamo side who are now six games without a win from Jake Taylor twice and Dom Loadman.
Meantime, Dunton Reserves following two straight home defeats returned to winning ways with a 3-2 success over Kempston Con Club Sports. Luke Rudd netting twice and Alex Wiltshire once against replies via the penalty spot from Ryan Collis and a strike from Ben Sparks.
Preview for Saturday 24th November 2012
It’s at this time of the year with a third of the season gone clubs suddenly start to take more notice of where their season is heading, be it a championship/promotion campaign, relegation fight or a safe passage into mid-table mediocrity.
A glance at the current Premier Division supported by Sportsform league table suggests as many as six clubs will still feel they have real championship aspirations. They are headed by current league leaders Arlesey Town Reserves who this weekend will defend their seasons unbeaten home ways at The Armadillo Stadium when visited by a Flitwick Town side who will hit the road looking to extend their unbeaten away ways to five games.
Over on The Green two of the remaining quintet go head to head in local derby action. Second place hosts Ickwell & Old Warden looking for their third home win on the bounce when called up by a third place Caldecote side that will arrive looking for their fifth away win on the bounce to take their current unbeaten league ways up to seven games.
With Oakley Sports M&DH sitting the afternoon out, it’s trips on the road for the other two potential championship contenders. However, AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College face no easy task when they head for a Hurst Grove meeting with Lidlington United Sports who still remain unbeaten on home soil this season. Whilst Renhold United make tracks for Jubilee Playing Fields to face Wilshamstead.With this being just their second away game of the season, they will be in search of their first win on the road against a host side who will be seeking just their own second home win of the season.
Down at the other end of the table realisation would have already dawned upon AFC Biggleswade and Bedford Sports Athletic that’s it’s to be a season of battling against relegation. This weekend they both face games against clubs who if they believe the old adage that you cannot lose the league title in the opening third of the season, then they themselves could still yet get into the championship mix.AFC Biggleswade now losers of their last five league outings making the short journey to Rectory Road to face Shefford Town & Campton. Whilst at Grange Road, Bedford Sports Athletic losers of their opening four home games receive a visit from Bedford Hatters.
The final scheduled game involves two clubs who on early season form will end the campaign in the middle of the table. When at their Playing Field headquarters, Marston Shelton Rovers beaten just once on home soil in league action to date this season host a Sharnbrook side that has lost its last two away outings.
For Division One clubs the top spotlight falls upon ties in the 3rd Round of this seasons Bedfordshire FA Intermediate Cup. At The Warren, Elstow Abbey will be playing hosts to Suburban League Barton Rovers Reserves. Whilst at Chaul End Lane, Luton Boys will enjoy home advantage when they receive a visit from Luton District & South Beds League club Farley Boys.
The third Bedfordshire County League club still left in the competition are Leighton United, for them it’s a trip to Creasey Park to take on South Midlands League side AFC Dunstable Reserves. Whilst its league action for United’s three major rivals for the division one league title.Two of those sides meeting each other for the second consecutive weekend when at Harvey Close, Caldecote look to retain their seasons 100% home ways against the still unbeaten Pavenham after last weekends game finished all square.
The third championship contender being current league leaders Shillington, they at Greenfield’s will be looking for home win number six on the bounce when visited by a Brickhill Tigers side that has failed to win any of their last four away outings.
Down at the other end of the table its home encounters for two of the sides deep in the relegation zone. At Hillgrounds, AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves who have yet to win a game this season play hosts to a Sandy side that has lost its last three away games. Whilst at King George VI Playing Fields, Kings AFC losers of their opening four home league games take on a Shefford Town & Campton Reserves side that has lost four of its five away outings on the road this season.
Other action coming at Walnut Tree Road, the venue at which Lea Sports PSG play just their third home game of the season against local rivals Henlow.
In Division Two with a third of the season gone Goldington have firmly placed themselves in the position of being title favourites. This weekend in Mowsbury Park they should continue their seasons unbeaten ways when visited by relegation threatened Stopsley Park whose opening four away outings of the season have all ended in defeat.
Whilst as many as six other sides will perhaps still fancy their chances of getting into the promotion shake up. At Crawley Road two of those go head to head, when second place Woburn Athletic look to improve their home form when visited by a third place Marabese Ceramics side that has won its last two away games. Whilst if fifth place Sundon Park Rangers are to become serious promotion candidates, they need to start collecting more points on the road starting with this weekends visit to Mowsbury Park where they face a Queens Park Crescent side whose need for points is a requirement to climb away from the relegation zone.
Also still in that promotion hunt are both fourth place Eastcotts AFC and sixth place Westoning who take on each other at Weston Park. Eastcotts surprisingly looking for just their second home win of the season against a Westoning side that are yet to win on the road. Whilst the ever improving Cranfield United Reserves journey to The Hollow for a meeting with Potton United Reserves for whom it will be only their second home league game of the season.
Currently just outside the promotion chase are Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves, for them it’s a home Playing Field encounter against a Bromham United side who will travel in search of their first away point/points of the season sitting one place above their hosts in the league standings.
Other action coming at Miller Road, the venue at which hosts Meltis Albion will look to end a run of three straight home defeats against the visiting St Joseph Reserves whose last two away outings have ended in defeat to leave them like The Albion far to close for comfort to the bottom of the league standings.
In Division Three, it’s a similar situation to the division above with Marsh Leys clearly like Goldington installed as the title favourites and up to seven other sides far from out of the promotion race. The Leys this weekend hitting the road to Horseshoes Close to defend their seasons unbeaten away ways against third place hosts Dunton who in having won four of their opening five home games are one of those seven sides in that promotion race.
Of the other sides in that race,fourth place Riseley Sports will be expected at their Gold Street base to maintain their seasons unbeaten home ways when called upon by relegation threatened Bedford Park Rangers. Yet for second place Clifton things might well be much harder to collect the full three points, they journey to take on a Renhold United Reserves side at their Playing Field headquarters who have lost just the once on home soil to date this season.
Also hitting the road with no easy task to collect all three points will be seventh place Great Barford, they venture to take on Stevington at their own Playing Field headquarters and sixth place Wilshamstead Reserves who make tracks for a Mill Lane outing against hosts Potton Town.
Over at Greenfield Road, fifth place Westoning Reserves should enhance their drive towards the top of the table when bottom of the table and losers of their opening four away league games Royal Oak Kempston come calling. Whilst the final action takes place at Cutler Hammer, the venue at which yet to win at home and relegation threatened Kempston Hammers Sports receive a visit from an Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves side that has lost its last three away games.
However, the Division Four situation is much clearer and even at this third of the season stage it looks a straight fight for the title between Bedford Panthers and Elstow Abbey Reserves. By coincidence the two sides meet this weekend at The Hockey Centre where league leaders Bedford Panthers put their seasons 100% record on the line against an Abbey outfit who lost their own 100% record only last weekend at Clifton Reserves.
The task for the remaining 11sides is to finish as high as possible to gain a possible backdoor promotion for next term. At Hillgrounds, still 100% at home Kempston Con Club Sports should add to their quest when they are visited by a yet to win on the road Dinamo Flitwick. Whilst at Bedford Road Recreation Ground, fourth place visitors Clifton Reserves will be the firm favourites to collect the spoils from their hosts Sandy Reserves who have failed to win any of their last five home league games.
Also hitting the road favourites to collect the points will be Dunton Reserves, they journey to Harvey Close to face a Caldecote A side that has lost its opening three home games of the season. Whilst Shefford Town & Campton A take on Wootton Village at Digswell Road.