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Sunday 02nd December 2012
Sandy Reserves cause the shock of the day to end Bedford Panthers 100% winning ways.
Premier Division supported by Sportsform

Caldecote's lead at the top of the Premier Division supported by Sportsform league table is now up to three points following their 5-2 home win over Lidlington United Sports. Tom Cookman with a brace plus strikes from Jack Boyd, Barry Dellar and Paul Lawrence retaining their sides unbeaten home ways for the season to record win number five on the bounce against United replies from Alex Burrows and Tom Marwood.

For second place Arlesey Town Reserves it was a 2-1 away defeat at Bedford Hatters.Aaron Izzard and Liam Massey netting the goals to take the Hatters to their third home win on the bounce and a climb up the the league table to eighth spot against a Town reply from Luke Sharples.

Now in third place are M&DH Oakley, they also netted their third home win on the bounce by beating bottom of the table Bedford Sports Athletic 3-2. Harry Atherton, Jack Hogstraten and Mark Smith on the scoresheet against Athletic replies via a Paul Nigro penalty and Gary Canzano.

Losing out on that third spot and now sitting fourth place in the table are Ickwell & Old Warden after they were held to a 1-1 draw at Flitwick Town. Town now unbeaten in their last five outings taking the lead early in the second half with a goal from Liam Keane until a strike via Zak Rowe five minutes from time gave the visitors a share of the spoils.

Over at The Carlsberg Stadium, AFC Biggleswade chalked up home win number one of the season with a 4-1 victory over the previously unbeaten away from home Renhold United. Bryn Williams and Josh Murray netting to take the home side 2-0 ahead in the opening half before Murray again and Barrie Chamberlain stretched their lead to 4-0 before United's Dean Warren missed from the penalty spot 15 minutes from time and Tom Dowsing netted their consolation goal five minutes from time.

Now up into sixth place in the standings are Marston Shelton Rovers, for them it was a 3-2 victory at Shefford Town & Campton to complete a seasons double over the defending champions and record their third win on the bounce.Jamie Cerminara shooting them ahead in the 10th minute before Adam Larsen struck in the 36th minute to take the sides in at the break all square. Dean Reed then had The Rovers back in front just 10 minutes into the new period and when Chris Clark equalized in the 80th minute honours looked likely to be shared, however someone forgot to tell Cerminara who netted again three minutes from time to win the day and all three points for The Rovers.

Elsewhere, The Lodge Road clash between Sharnbrook and Wilshamstead fell victim to a frozen pitch.

Division One

Pavenham's lead at the head of the division one league table is now down to just goal difference after their seasons and home unbeaten record was taken away from them by second place Shillington who retained their season's 100% away record and made it eight wins on the bounce with a 4-3 victory. Chris Slough had the visitors ahead as early as the first minute and despite James Owen netting from the penalty spot in the 25th minute to level matters, a goal from Phil Bright five minutes later and two further strikes from Slough in the 32nd and 37th minutes to complete his hat-trick saw The Shills 4-1 ahead at the break. The second period seeing the deficit reduced to just a single goal when Owen netted again in the 66th and 73rd minute to complete his own hat-trick.

Elsewhere, Caldecote Reserves missed the chance to climb up into third spot when beaten 1-0 at Sandy. Phill Beall netting the games lone goal. Whilst Elstow Abbey took over fifth spot thanks to a 4-0 home win over second from bottom of the table Kings AFC. Charlie Nicholson, Lewis Persie, Harry Ellis and Bradley Head all finding the back of the net.

The Abbey taking over that spot from Henlow who now slip down to sixth place after being held to a 2-2 home draw by Shefford Town & Campton Reserves. James Cambell and George Ironton the home marsksmen against a brace in reply from Sam Amosh.

Bedfordshire FA Intermediate Cup Third Round

Leighton United were to make their exit when beaten 4-1 at South Midlands League side AFC Dunstable Reserves, Luke Dolan netting their lone goal.

Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup Third Round

The highest scorers of the day were Wilshamstead Reserves who ran out 8-1 winners at Luton District & South Beds League side Jedenstka. Jay Hall with a hat-trick, Liam Fenton with a brace plus Gary Flower, Luke Pursey and Matt Johnson on the scoresheet. Whilst Great Barford also knock out Luton District & South Beds League opposition when with goals from Stefan Wilson, Salvatore Ventriqlia, David Mulvihill and Josh Pierre St Claire they won 4-2 at Four Model.

For Bromham United it was a 3-2 away victory at Sundon Park Rangers, Tom Prothero with a brace and a strike from Shane Canzano only being replied to by Matthew Conway and John Sanders. Whilst Woburn Athletic needed a 90th minute equalizer and three extra time goals to see off North Bucks League outfit Southcott Village RA Reserves 5-2 at Crawley Road. Daniel McClaren and Martin Holland netting twice plus Antony Kostin once to bring up the nap hand.

Also going nap were Queens Park Crescents with a 5-2 home win over Goldington despite visiting goals from Chris Huckle and Damion Quigley. With St Joseph Reserves emerging 4-2 penalty shoot-out home winners over Cranfield United Reserves after 90 and 120 minutes play had seen the sides deadlocked at 1-1. Lewis Ross on the home scoresheet against a United reply from David Anderson.

Elsewhere the games, Eastcotts AFC v Luton Leagrave and Westoning v Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves were postponed due to frozen pitches.

Division Two

Marabese Ceramics are now just four points behind league leaders Goldington following their 2-1 home victory over Meltis Albion to stretch their unbeaten ways up to five games. Colin Standly and Lewis Emery on the home scoresheet against an Albion reply via Darren Ashpole.

Following three straight home defeats Stopsley Park returned to winning ways on home soil with a 3-2 victory over bottom of the table Potton United Reserves. Simon Richards, Nathan Henry and Jonathan McCausland all finding the back of the net against United replies from Lee Adams and Freddie Robinson.

Division Three

There is no change at the head of the division three league standings following wins for all of the three league clubs. League leaders Marsh Leys staying three points clear at the summit following their 6-3 home win over Westoning Reserves. Alex Clipston with a hat-trick, Sylvester Mulenga with a brace plus Ryan Mann netting for The Leys against replies via Scott Gadsden twice and Gareth White.

For second place Clifton things were much tougher before they won 3-2 at Potton Town.Town taking the lead 10 minutes into the contest via Jamie Hutchinson only to allow Gareth Boness to level for the visitors two minutes later. With Clifton forced to replace their injured goalkeeper Josh Thomas in the 25th minute things looked even bleaker two minutes later when Jessie Mayo shot the Town back in front. However, the second half was all about two players, replacement goalkeeper Gary Watts whose performance in making several fine saves could well if his injuries don't keep Thomas on the sidelines for longer than he cares and Tony Norman who after heading his side level five minutes into the new half then blasted a 68th minute penalty over the crossbar before heading home the winning goal six minutes from time.

Meanwhile, third place Riseley Sports took their unbeaten ways up to nine games by winning 1-0 at Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves thanks to a strike from Paul Brown.

It was also a red letter day for bottom of the table Royal Oak Kempston, following 10 straight defeats they claimed their first win of the season with a 3-2 home victory over Stevington. Lorenzo Jordan, Robert Blackburn and Sean Boland netting the goals against replies from Elliot Harris and Sam King for the visitors who have now failed to win any of their last seven outings.

Falling victim to the weather were the games Bedford Park Rangers v Dunton and Renhold United Reserves v Kempston Hammers Sports.

Division Four

The shock of the day saw start of play bottom of the table Sandy Reserves end a sequence of eight games without a win with a 2-1 victory at top of the table Bedford Panthers to end the home sides perfect 100% record and lift themselves three places up the league table.Gary Philipson shooting The Panthers into a first half lead before strikes from Chris Gregory and Jonnie Stratford won the day for the visitors in the second half.

Now on bottom spot are Caldecote A, they suffered a 5-2 beating at Dinamo Flitwick who were winning for the first time in seven starts. Dale Goldie twice plus Dominic Loadman, Jamie Burton and Scott Hannan on the home scoresheet against an own goal and a strike from Carl Griffiths-Shilton for the visitors.

Now up into third place in the league table are Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves, but they needed to come from 1-4 down to record win number four on the bounce 6-4 at home over Kempston Con Club Sports.Ben Greenwood and Joe Sames both netting twice alongside Jake Cullum and Antony Henman for The Rovers against Con Club goals from Michael Darnell twice plus Ben Sparks and Tom Bellwood-Smith.

The Rovers jumping above now fourth place Clifton Reserves who were held to a 2-2 home draw by Shefford Town & Campton Reserves, George Harris and Paul Roberts netting the home goals against Town replies via Shaun Jenkins and Pete Saunders.

However, there was joy on the road for Kempston Athletic who recorded their first away win of the season 3-2 at Wootton Village. Gary Whitbread the sole destroyer by claiming a hat-trick against Village replies via Dwayne Simpson and Ivan Anderson.

The Dunton Reserves v Flitwick Town Reserves fixture postponed due to a frozen pitch at Horseshoes Close.

Preview for Saturday 8th December 2012

Caldecote’s quest for a record breaking ninth top-flight championship title this weekend sees them hit the road for Marston Playing Fields to be hosted by sixth place Marston Shelton Rovers. The boys from Cally will be looking for their fifth away win on the bounce and an extension of their unbeaten ways into double figures against a Rovers side that has tasted defeat on home soil this season just the once against Arlesey Town Reserves and who will be looking for their own fourth win on the boounce.

For second place Arlesey Town Reserves its participation in perhaps the game of the week when at their Armadillo Stadium base they defend their season’s unbeaten home ways when called upon by third place Oakley Sports M&DH.

Over on The Green, Ickwell & Old Warden will be fully expected to return to winning ways on home soil when visited by a Bedford Hatters side whose lone win on the road to date this season came as long ago as early September at Sharnbrook.Whilst talking of Sharnbrook, this weekend they play hosts to Renhold United at Lodge Road. United make the short trip having lost their seasons unbeaten away ways at AFC Biggleswade last weekend fully aware that their eleventh place hosts have won their last three home outings and will be no pushovers.

Elsewhere, for bottom of the table Bedford Sports Athletic the quest for their first win of the season sees them entertain Shefford Town & Campton at Grange Road. Whilst the club immediately above them in the standings Wilshamstead will also be in home action, when at Jubilee Playing Fields they look to end a run of four consecutive home defeats against a AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College side whose lone away win to date of the season came at Shefford Town & Campton back in late September.

Meantime the final top flight action comes at Hurst Grove, the venue at which hosts Lidlington United Sports will defend their seasons unbeaten home ways against a Flitwick Town side who are now unbeaten in their last four trips away from their Steppingley Road.

In Division One, with league leaders Pavenham sitting the afternoon out second place Shillington go in search of home win number six on the bounce at Greenfield’s against the visiting Elstow Abbey knowing that just a single point would be sufficient to take them back to the top of the table. Whilst down at the other end of the table, basement side AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves search out their first win of the season when at Hillgrounds they host a Luton Boys side whose five away outings to date this season have all ended in defeat.

For second from bottom table Kings AFC its home King George VI Playing Field action seeking out home win number two of the season against a Sandy side who will travel looking for just their own second away win of the season.

Elsewhere, the billing of the game of the day in this division perhaps belongs to the Harvey Close clash between fourth place hosts Caldecote Reserves and the visiting third place and still 100% on the road this season Leighton United.Whilst at Rectory Road, Shefford Town & Campton Reserves look to take their unbeaten home ways up to four games when visited by a Brickhill Tigers side whose lone away win of the season to date came at Henlow on the second Saturday of the season way back in September.

In Division Two league leaders Goldington will be fully expected to return to winning ways on home soil when a yet to win on the road this season Westoning side visit them in Mowsbury Park.Whilst three of their major rivals for the title also enjoy home advantage, at their Ickleford Playing Field headquarters Marabese Ceramics receive a visit from a Bromham United side who are yet to gain any points on the road this season. For Woburn Athletic its action at Crawley Road against St Joseph Reserves where the points might be harder to obtain and at Weston Park, Eastcotts AFC will be in search of just their second home success of the season when they go into local derby action against Cranfield United Reserves.

The one major title contender hitting the road this weekend are Sundon Park Rangers, for them it’s a trip to Miller Road to take on Meltis Albion.The Rangers looking for their first away win since mid-October at Marabese Ceramics against an Albion side that has lost its last four home games.

For bottom of the table Potton United Reserves it’s a trip to Mowsbury Park where their hosts will be Queens Park Crescents who are just one point and one position above them in the league standings.Whilst ninth place Stopsley Park head for a visit to Oakley Playing Fields to take on Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves.

These division two fixtures due to the postponement of last weekends Beds FA Junior Cup ties at Eastcotts AFC and Westoning subject to change. Please watch www.bedfordshirefootballleague.co.uk for updates during the week.

In Division Three, league leaders Marsh Leys make tracks to face Stevington at their Playing Field headquarters still unbeaten on the road this season. Whilst second place Clifton are in home Whiston Crescent action against a Wilshamstead Reserves side that has lost its last two away outings to drop into the bottom half of the league standings.

Just down the road at Horseshoes Close, its local derby action between hosts Dunton and the visiting Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves. The home side looking for their third home win on the bounce to send their visitors to their fourth consecutive away defeat.

Still very much in the promotion mix are third place Riseley Sports, for them now unbeaten in their last nine outings it’s a trip on the road to face a Renhold United Reserves side at their Playing Field headquarters who have been beaten just once on home soil this season. Whilst over at Cutler Hammer, hosts Kempston Hammers Sports go in search of home win number one of the season against the visiting Potton Town.

Other action coming at Greenfield Road, the venue at which hosts Westoning Reserves receive a visit from second from bottom table Bedford Park Rangers who have failed to win any of their last nine games. This game again could be subject to amendment due to their first teams involvement in The Beds FA Junior Cup. Please watch www.bedfordshirefootballleague.co.uk for update during the week. Whilst at their own Playing Field headquarters, Great Barford entertain bottom of the table Royal Oak Kempston who travel looking for their first away win of the season.

In Division Four, league leaders Bedford Panthers head to Digswell Playing Fields to defend their 100% season’s away record against Shefford Town & Campton A. Whilst their nearest rivals for the title Elstow Abbey Reserves will be defending their own season’s 100% home record at The Warren against a visiting Dunton Reserves side who are now unbeaten in their last three trips away from Horseshoes Close.

Over at Steppingley Road, its local derby action between hosts Flitwick Town Reserves and Dinamo Flitwick.With the visitors having failed to win on the road all season you would expect the home side to prevail. Whilst it’s also derby action time in Hillgrounds where Kempston Con Club Sports defend their season’s 100% home record against Kempston Athletic.

Other action coming at Harvey Close, the venue at which hosts Caldecote A go in search of their first home win of the season against the visiting third place Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves who travel looking for their fourth consecutive away win and at Wootton Playing Fields where eleventh place hosts Wootton Village take on fourth place visitors Clifton Reserves.





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