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Sunday 25th November 2012
Its a table topping day for both Caldecote and Pavenham. Whilst Stopsley Park produce the big shock.
Premier Division supported by Sportsform

With Arlesey Town Reserves home game at The Armadillo Stadium against Flitwick Town waterlogged off, the new leaders of the Premier Division supported by Sportsform league table are Caldecote following their 3-2 win at Ickwell & Old Warden. Early goals from Tom Cookman and Jack Boyd shooting them 2-0 ahead before Ricky Aris stepped up to cut the deficit to just a single goal until Cookman netted his second strike of the afternoon to take his side in at half-time 3-1 ahead. Ickwell,winners of their last four outings struck back in the 70th minute via Danny Fox to make it 2-3. Alas to no avail as the visitors held on to take their unbeaten ways up to eight games and climb to the top of the league standings for the first time this season.

Now up into fourth place are Renhold United, for them it was their first away win of the season 3-1 at Wilshamstead. Following a scoreless opening half, Colin Marshall shot the home side ahead until goals from Gurdeep Kandola, Scott Joseph and Aran Hazelwood in the closing 20 minutes won the day for United. This defeat dropping Wilshamstead into the relegation zone after AFC Biggleswade climbed above them thanks to winning 3-2 at Shefford Town & Campton. Josh Murray and Byrn Williams shooting them 2-0 ahead in the opening eight minutes before a strike from Andrew Hayday on 40 minutes was to see the sides go in at the break just a single goal apart.

However, Williams from the penalty spot in the 63rd minute was to take the Waders 3-1 clear until Hayday with his second goal of the afternoon 10 minutes from time set their nerves a twitching before the final whistle blew to signal an end to their five game losing run.

The biggest scorers of the day were Marston Shelton Rovers, they moved back into the top half of the league table with a 6-3 home victory over Sharnbrook. Jim Burraway leading the way with a hat-trick and supported by strikes from Stuart Kelly, Lee Dudley and Jamie Cerminara against replies via Martyn Cain, Sean Duffy and Robbie Alder.

Elsewhere,waterlogged pitches caused the postponement of the Bedford Sports Athletic vs Bedford Hatters and Lidlington United Sports vs AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College fixtures.

Bedfordshire FA Intermediate Cup Round Three

Its the end of the cup road for both Luton Boys and Elstow Abbey. The Boys despite goals from Famik Stephen-Gabriel, Nathan Prime and Alex McDade beaten 3-4 at home by Luton District & South Beds League Farley Boys. Whilst The Abbey were beaten 5-0 on home soil by Barton Rovers Reserves, the scoreline totally flattering the visitors. 0-0 at half-time, their tally in the second period included an own goal, a penalty in the 78th minute which saw Abbey's Jon Sobottie red carded and goals number four and five arriving in the closing minutes.

Still left in the competition are Leighton United after their scheduled game at AFC Dunstable Reserves was waterlogged off.

Division One

With Shillington's home game against Brickhill Tigers waterlogged off, the new leaders of the division one league table are Pavenham after they retained their seasons unbeaten ways and took away Caldecote Reserves 100% home record with a 3-2 victory. James Owen netting twice and Tom Rodger once against home replies via Mick Robinson and Dan Fennel.

Also winning on the road were Henlow, for them it was a 2-1 victory at Lea Sports PSG. Charlie Richardson and George Zitko netting the vital goals against a home reply from Ian Hyde.

Down at the other end of the table, Kings AFC recorded their first home win of the season and their first win in seven outings with a 2-0 victory over Shefford Town & Campton Reserves. Niko Stanchev netting both goals.

The Hillgrounds clash between AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves and Sandy waterlogged off.

Division Two

The shock of the day saw league leaders Goldington lose their seasons unbeaten ways when beaten 5-2 at home by a Stopsley Park side that had started the day bottom of the league table. Andy Randall with a debut hat-trick plus Simon Richards and Nathan Henry on The Parks scoresheet against home replies via Chris Huckle and Damion Quigley.

The Park as a result climbing one place up the league ladder to be replaced on the bottom rung by Potton United Reserves who were beaten 1-2 at home by Cranfield United Reserves. David Anderson and Stuart Pearce the visitors goalscorers against a home reply via Lee Adams.

Completing a trio of away winners were St Joseph Reserves with a 4-2 victory at Meltis Albion. Ahead via Sean Sherdian in the fifth minute, they doubled their lead 35 minutes into the contest with a goal from David McLeod and looked to have all three points well and truly sewn up when Dan McLeod added a third goal 20 minutes from time. However, two goals in as many minutes by Darren Ashpole soon had the scoreline back to 3-2 before Shante Robinson netted the visitors fourth goal 11 minutes from time. Even then there was still time for Albion's Ricky Matthews to blast a penalty over the crossbar.Oh why didn't Ashpole want to net his hat-trick?

Meantime over in Mowsbury Park, referee Simon Wilford abandoned the Queens Park Crescents vs Sundon Park Rangers game 20 minutes from time due to the behaviour of the home side.This game will now be subjected to a Beds FA and league enquiry. At the time the scoreline was 2-2.

Elsewhere, three other games were postponed due to waterlogged pitches. Eastcotts AFC vs Westoning; Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves vs Bromham United and Woburn Athletic vs Marabese Ceramics.

Division Three

Just two games were to beat the weather. At Gold Street, Riseley Sports took their unbeaten ways up to eight games and retained their seasons unbeaten home record when sharing the spoils in a 2-2 draw with second from bottom of the table Bedford Park Rangers who are now without a win in their last nine outings. Greg Moksa and James Law on the home scoresheet against a brace in reply from Shaun Finlay.

Over at Mill Lane, Potton Town were 9-2 home winners over Wilshamstead Reserves. Jamie Hutchinson netting three times, Chris Moore and Jesse Mayo twice to go alongside single strikes from Paul Mijalski and Charlie Seward.

The postponed games being, Dunton vs Marsh Leys; Kempston Hammers Sports vs Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves; Renhold United Reserves vs Clifton; Stevington vs Great Barford and Westoning Reserves vs Royal Oak Kempston.

Division Four

Like in division three just two games beat the weather. However, it now sees Bedford Panthers three points clear at the head of the division four league table after they maintained their seasons 100% ways with a 4-1 home victory over second place Elstow Abbey Reserves. Aaron Perrett the home hero with all four goals which included three from the penalty spot in the second half, the second of which saw The Abbey reduced to 10 men when Danny Bibby was red carded. Sean Hendry earlier in the game netting The Abbey goal to square the contest at 1-1.

Whilst for Caldecote A, it was their first home point of the season from a 2-2 draw against Dunton Reserves. Joe Stevens and Ryan Ambrose on their scoresheet against replies from Alex Wiltshire and Nicky Albone.

The postponed games being Kempston Con Club Sports vs Dinamo Flitwick; Sandy Reserves vs Clifton Reserves and Shefford Town & Campton A vs Wootton Village.

Preview for Saturday 1st December 2012

Premier Division supported by Sportsform action this weekend on paper looks like to have thrown together a set of winnable games for all of the leading championship challengers.The most difficult perhaps falling to now second place Arlesey Town Reserves who hit the road to take on a Bedford Hatters side at Miller Road who will be looking for their third home win on the bounce. Also hitting the road will be third place Ickwell & Old Warden, they venture to Steppingley Road in search of their third away win on the bounce against a Flitwick Town side that has won just once on home soil all season. Plus Renhold United should feel confident about collecting all three points when they make tracks for The Carlsberg Stadium to face AFC Biggleswade whose opening five home league games of the season have all ended in defeat.But wait did not The Waders win at Shefford Town & Campton last week, perhaps it will not be that easy.

Elsewhere its home advantage for both Caldecote and Oakley Sports M&DH. At Harvey Close, the new league leaders Caldecote will defend their seasons unbeaten home ways when called upon by a Lidlington United Sports side that has failed to win any of their six away league games to date. Whilst at their Playing Field Headquarters, Oakley Sports M&DH look for home win number three on the bounce against a Bedford Sports Athletic side who despite six attempts are still yet to win on the road this season.

The final top-flight fixture of the day coming at Lodge Road, the venue at which hosts Sharnbrook search out their third home win on the bounce against the visiting Wilshamstead whose three away league games to date this season have all ended in defeat.

In Division One, the game of the day billing belongs to the Pavenham v Shillington clash at Pavenham Playing Fields.The hosts going into the fixture now the new league leaders and still unbeaten this season, whilst second place Shillington travel looking to preserve their seasons 100% away record and take their winning ways up to eight games.

Over at Bedford Road Recreation Ground, its local derby action between hosts Sandy and the visiting Caldecote Reserves who will perhaps start the day slight favourites to collect the spoils. Whilst in Mowsbury Park, hosts Brickhill Tigers go in search of home win number four on the bounce against a Lea Sports PSG side who have won just two of their seven trips away from their Pirton headquarters thus far this season.

For Elstow Abbey, its home action at The Warren against second from bottom of the table Kings AFC where the full three points will be expected to be collected. Whilst at Groveside, despite hosts Henlow only having won two of their five home league outings to date they will fancy their chances of making that three when called upon by local rivals Shefford Town & Campton Reserves whose six away trips to date this season have seen them beaten on all but one occasion.

With Leighton United's Bedfordshire FA Intermediate Cup game at AFC Dunstable Reserves postponed last weekend this game is now expected to take precedent over their scheduled home league outing against AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves. Please see for confirmation and any possible rearranged fixture for The Town.

The main spotlight for the majority of division two sides this weekend falls upon action in round three of this seasons Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup.Of the eight ties, four will be all Bedfordshire County Football League affairs. In Mowsbury Park, Queens Park Crecents despite earlier in the season holding the high flying Goldington to a 2-2 draw will start very much the second favouties to make it into the hat for the Quarter-final draw. Whilst I'm sure Cranfield United Reserves will take great heart from their recent 6-3 home league win over St Joseph Reserves when they travel for a re-match with them in Leagrave Park.

Over in Stockwood Park, Sundon Park Rangers have already beaten Bromham United in league action this season and will fancy their chances of a repeat.Whilst at Greenfield Road despite their seasons unbeaten home record, Westoning will be well aware that their visitors Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves beat them on their own patch in league action back in early September.

Of the four sides facing opposition from other leagues just two will have home advantage. At Weston Park, Eastcotts AFC will be playing hosts to Luton District & South Beds League side Luton Leagrave and at Crawley Road, Woburn Athletic take on North Bucks League outfit Southcott Village RA Reserves.

The two sides hitting the road are division three Great Barford who head for a Stockwood Park meeting with Luton District & South Beds League Four Model and Wilshamstead Reserves who make tracks to face Jedenstka from the same league in Lewsey Park.

With all this cup activity taking place the division two league programme is restricted to just a programme of two games.At their Ickleford Playing Field headquaters, Marabese Ceramics will start the firm favourites to collect the spoils when called upon by Meltis Albion. Whilst at Lothair Road, Stopsley Park will be looking to end a losing home run of three games when visited by Potton United Reserves.However, having lost at The Hollow against The Royals just five weeks ago the task will not be a easy one.
Action in Division Three sees current league leaders Marsh Leys in home Cutler Hammer action against Westoning Reserves. The Leys however have failed to win their last two home starts but will be favourites to readdress the balance against their visitors who have failed to win any of their last three away outings.

For the next three sides in the league standings its trips on the road.Clifton now unbeaten in their last six outings making their way to Mill Lane to face Potton Town. Whilst Dunton will be fully expecting to chalk up away win number three on the bounce when they journey to Mowsbury Park to be hosted by second from bottom of the table Bedford Park Rangers whose opening five home league games of the season have all ended in defeat. The third side being Riseley Sports who head now unbeaten in their last eight starts for The Green to take on an Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves side that has been beaten just once on home soil all season.

Other action comes in Hillgrounds, the venue at which bottom of the table Royal Oak Kempston look for their first win of the season when visited by a Stevington side whose only away win of the season came as long ago as the opening day of the season at Bedford Park Rangers. Plus at Renhold Playing Fields, Renhold United Reserves receive a visit from a Kempston Hammers Sports side now unbeaten in their last three away outings.

In Division Four, it will be a major surprise if league leaders Bedford Panthers fail to pick up the full three points when at The Hockey Centre they play hosts to bottom of the table Sandy Reserves whose four away outings to date this season have all ended in defeat. Whilst at Whiston Crescent, Clifton Reserves will also start firm favourites to collect the spoils when visited by a Shefford Town & Campton A side whose away record to date reads, played five, won one, lost four.

Over at Horseshoes Close, Dunton Reserves will perhaps also fancy their chances of a three point haul when paid a visit by a Flitwick Town Reserves side that has lost its last three away outings and at Hinksley Road, Dinamo Flitwick with just one home win from their opening five outings take on a Caldecote A side that has won its last two away outings.

Also looking for just their second home win of the season will be Wootton Village when they entertain a yet to win on the road this season Kempston Athletic at their Playing Field Headquarters. Whilst at their own Playing Field Headquaters, Marston Shelton Rovers will be seeking home win number three on the bounce when called upon by a Kempston Con Club Sports side that has lost its last two away games.

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