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Sunday 30th December 2012
Only six games but they produce 36 goals- well worth get wet for.
Premier Division supported by Sportsform

With league leaders Caldecote having their home Harvey Close encounter with Wilshamstead waterlogged off and the clash between Oakley Sports M&DH against Ickwell & Old Warden also suffering the same fate, Arlesey Town Reserves took full advantage to climb above The Sportsmen and the sitting the afternoon out Renhold United into second place in the league table by winning 2-1 at Shefford Town & Campton. Luke Sharples shooting The Town ahead in the 35th minute before Chris Clark levelled matters for the home side just five minutes later to send the sides in at half-time all square at 1-1. It was from the penalty spot in the 52nd minute that David Drury placed The Town back in front only for him to lose his hero status when red carded five minutes from time. However, The Town held on to end a three game losing run, whilst for the hosts it was their third consecutive home defeat to drop them into the bottom half of the league table following home wins for both Bedford Hatters and AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College.

The Town lifting themselves up into sixth place with a 5-2 victory over Sharnbrook. John Guiney netting three times alongside Martin Ivy and Fawad Javed to bring up the nap hand against replies via Tom King and Ben Singleton. Whilst a single goal from Aaron Izzard saw The Hatters take over seventh spot and extend their unbeaten ways to five games with a 1-0 win over a Lidlington United Sports side that has now lost its last six away games to slide into the bottom three of the league standings.

The biggest winners of the day were AFC Biggleswade, they claimed their fourth win on the bounce in a 9-1 home victory over bottom of the table Bedford Sports Athletic who were going down to their eighth consecutive league defeat. Ahead via a strike from Sheldon Washington in the third minute, they were 6-0 ahead by the break thanks to another goal from Washington plus strikes from Barrie Chamberlain, Josh Murray, Luke Gurney and Toby Hooton. In the second period Hooton and Stewart Nicholls raised the scoreline to 8-0 before Carmine Defeo replied for the visitors only to have Washington complete his hat-trick with the games final goal in the 72nd minute.

Also falling a victim to a waterlogged pitch was the game between Flitwick Town and Marston Shelton Rovers, referee Brian Cooper forced to call the game off just prior to kick off following prolonged heavy rain in the previous 30 minutes.

Division Two

The days lone scheduled game saw league leaders Goldington needing to come from behind three times to salvage a point from a 4-4 draw at Queens Park Crescent who duly ended a four game losing run to climb off the bottom of the league table on goal difference at the expense of Meltis Albion.

Amman Hussain giving The Crescents the lead in the 12th minute, which just 60 seconds later was cancelled out by Chris Huckle to take the sides in at the break all square at 1-1. The second period was just a minute old when Cameron Menil-Brown restored the lead for the home side and just five minutes old when a Michael Luke header made it 2-2. With goals in the 53rd minute via Shah Rahman and Menil-Brown nine minutes later The Crescents appeared to be coasting to victory. However, someone forgot to tell Goldington substitute Justin Muircroft who with two strikes inside a minute 10 minutes from time levelled matters up at 4-4 to set up a grandstand finish. Alas that finish failed to find a winner but did leave both sides down to 10 men following red cards for Crescents Menil-Brown alongside Goldington's Chris Hutchinson just two minutes from time.

Division Three

The days lone scheduled game between Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves and Westoning Reserves being waterlogged off.

Watson Shield Round One

Division Four Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves made their way into the last 16 with a 4-3 home victory over Division Three side Royal Oak Kempston. Ben Greenwood twice plus Jake Cullum and Harry Murray on The Rovers scoresheet against Oak replies via Lorenzo Jordan twice and Robert Blackburn.

Preview for Saturday 5th January 2013

Premier Division supported by Sportsform action will see league leaders Caldecote kick off 2013 in home action at Harvey Close against fourth place Renhold United.The hosts looking for their seventh league win on the bounce to extend their unbeaten ways to 11 games against a United side who have been beaten just once on their travels in league action this season and who will start the day just six points adrift of them in the league table.

For second place Arlesey Town Reserves its away action against bottom of the table Bedford Sports Athletic in a game to be played at Hillgrounds.Town the firm favourites to collect all three points against an Athletic side who have lost their last eight league outings and are still in search of their first league win of the season.

Over at their Playing Field headquarters, third placed Oakley Sports M&DH will be fully expected to collect their fourth win on the bounce when visited by second from the bottom of the table Wilshamstead who hit the road still seeking out their first away point/points of the season. Whilst at Rectory Road, Shefford Town & Campton having lost their last three home league encounters face fifth place Ickwell & Old Warden who hit the road unbeaten in their last four trips away from The Green.

At The Carlsberg Stadium, AFC Biggleswade, now winners of their last four league outings will be firm favourites to bring up the nap hand when visited by third from bottom of the table Lidlington United Sports whose last six league trips away from Hurst Grove have all ended in defeat.Whilst another home win looks on the cards at Miller Road, the venue at which hosts Bedford Haters look for home win number five on the bounce against a Sharnbrook side that has lost its last four away league outings.

The final action in this division coming at Steppingley Road, where Flitwick Town now unbeaten in their last six league outings face AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College whose away record to date this season shows just a single win at Shefford Town & Campton from five outings.

In Division One the top game of the day takes league leaders Shillington on their travels to Stanbridge Road to face third place Leighton United, the hosts will start the day just five points behind The Shills and also with a game in hand on them looking to complete a seasons league double to end their nine game winning run.

For second place Pavenham it's home action at their Playing Field headquarters against Henlow, revenge being sought for their 2-1 defeat at Groveside just three weeks ago.

Over at Hillgrounds, bottom of the table AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College will be searching for their first win of the season when visited by a Caldecote Reserves side that has lost its last four outings. Whilst the club immediately above them in the standings, Kings AFC, make their way to Bedford Road Recreation Ground to face a Sandy side looking for their fourth win on the bounce. The latest of which came at Kings AFC in their last outing on December 15th.

Elsewhere, its Mowsbury Park action between ninth place Brickhill Tigers and Luton Boys. The Tigers looking for their fourth home win on the bounce against a Boys side who have won their last two outings to climb into the top six of the league table.

The sixth and final game in this division coming at The Warren where Elstow Abbey receive a visit from Shefford Town & Campton Reserves. The hosts seeking out their third home win on the bounce against a Town outfit who have won just once in their seven away outings to date this season.

In Division Two for league leaders Goldington its home Mowsbury Park action against bottom of the table Meltis Albion.The Albion will travel looking to end a four game losing run.Whilst for second place Marabese Ceramics, who trail them by just two points its the quest to take their unbeaten league ways up to seven games when at their Ickleford Playing Fields base they host seventh place St Joseph Reserves.

Elsewhere, third place Sundon Park Rangers having lost their last two home encounters will look to put that right when they host fifth place Woburn Athletic in Stockwood Park.The Athletic have suddenly had a dip in form and won just one of their last five league outings to suggest a home win could well be the outcome on the cards.

Whilst down at the other end of the standings, second from bottom of the table Queens Park Crescents will be in home Mowsbury Park action against sixth place Eastcotts AFC who will hit the road looking for their fifth consecutive away win.

Elsewhere over at Greenfield Road, ninth place Westoning will be defending their seasons unbeaten home ways when paid a visit by Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves who travel looking to pick up their first away point/points of the season.Plus eighth place Bromham United travel to Lothair Road to take on tenth place Stopsley Park looking for their own first away win of the season.

In Division Three for runaway league leaders Marsh Leys its home Cutler Hammer action against Great Barford.The Leys looking to extend their five game unbeaten run against their visitors who will be playing just their fourth away league outing of the season. Whilst at Whiston Crescent, second place Clifton look to take their unbeaten ways up to seven games when called upon by a Kempston Hammers Sports side who despite sitting just three places off the bottom of the league table are now unbeaten in their last three away outings.

For third place Riseley Sports now unbeaten in their last four trips away from Gold Street the destination is Jubilee Playing Fields to take on still unbeaten on home soil Wilshamstead Reserves. At Mill Lane, fourth place Potton Town look for win number three on the bounce when they go into home local derby action against Dunton who travel looking to complete a seasons double over The Town and gain their third consecutive away win.

Over at Renhold Playing Fields, eighth place hosts Renhold United Reserves start the day just a point behind their fifth place visitors Westoning Reserves. Whilst in Mowsbury Park, second from bottom of the table Bedford Park Rangers take on the only side below them in the standings Royal Oak Kempston. Rangers looking for their first home win of the season and The Oak their first away win of the season.

The final game in this division taking place on The Green.Tenth place Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves having lost their last two home games look to repair the damage against eleventh place visitors Stevington, losers of their last three away outings.

Its a home start to the New Year for division four league leaders Bedford Panthers. At The Hockey Centre they take on third from bottom of the table Wootton Village just goal difference ahead of second place Elstow Abbey Reserves who hit the road for a Marston Playing Field outing against third place Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves who will start the day trailing them by 12 points in the league standings.

Also hitting the road will be fourth place Flitwick Town Reserves, for them its a tough looking encounter in Hillgrounds against fifth place Kempston Athletic. The hosts looking for their fourth win on the bounce against a Town side who have lost their last three away outings.

For bottom of the table Caldecote A , the year starts with home action at Harvey Close against Kempston Con Club Sports. The Cally Boys in search of their first home win of the season against their visitors who look to end a four game losing run that has seen them drop into the bottom half of the league table.

Sitting just goal difference above Caldecote A in the table are Shefford Town & Campton A, for them its a trip on the road to take on Dunton Reserves at Horseshoes Close. Whilst at Hinksley Road, ninth place Dinamo Flitwick look to extend their unbeaten home ways up to four games against tenth place Sandy Reserves who have suddenly hit form and won their last two outings to climb off the bottom of the league table.












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