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Sunday 02nd September 2012
Goals Galore on the opening day of the season.
Premier Division Supported by Sportsform

The top scorers of the day were Bedford Hatters who ran out 9-2 home winners over Wilshamstead, Xennon Paul and Simon Pixley both netting four times alongside a single goal for Richard Cook against visiting replies via Kevin Butler and Paul Jones. However, sitting on top of the league table after day one are Ickwell & Old Warden who won 8-0 at league newcomers AFC Biggleswade. Andrew Vallom leading the way with a hat-trick and supported by braces from Lee Threadgold and Matthew McCartney and a single strike from Zak Rowe.

Just one goal behind the men from The Green were Arlesey Town Reserves with a 7-0 victory at Blunham, Daniel Marshall and Tyler Prince netting twice alongside single strikes from Mark Philips, Aaron Wade and Dale Chester. Also enjoying life on the road were Sharnbrook who won 2-1 at Flitwick Town. Chris Prior and Laurence Bentham netting the goals against a home reply via Peter Kouwenberg.

Elsewhere, newly promoted Lidlington United Sports shared the spoils in a 3-3 draw at the home of current champions Shefford Town & Campton. Nicky Barton, Steve Flaherty and Alex Burrows their goalscorers against Town replies via Andrew Hayday twice and Sam Larsen. But for fellow promotion newcomers Marston Shelton Rovers it was a 2-1 defeat at Oakley Sports M&DH, Jack Hoogstran and Alistair Smith on the home scoresheet against a reply from Dan Parkes.

The seventh and final game saw a 72nd minute goal from Tom Cookman give Caldecote a 1-0 home win over AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College.

Division One

Leighton United made a stylish return to Bedfordshire County Football League action with a 7-2 home victory over Kings AFC. Luke Dolan netting three times and Paul Darton twice to go with single goals for Daryl Smith and Ashley Wadhams against visiting replies from Ben Leggott and Nathan Clements. Also enjoying a winning return to the league were Shillington, thanks to goals from Steve Gay and Jim Gentry it was a 2-0 victory at Sandy.

For newly promoted Pavenham it was a 6-0 home win over Shefford Town & Campton Reserves, goals from James Owen, James Lowe, David Netherway, James Meehan, Chris Giles and Tom Ellis doing the damage.

Enjoying life on the road were Henlow with a 3-1 win at Brickhill Tigers, George Zitcko with a brace plus a strike from Neil Spencer only being replied to by Simon Wade for The Tigers.

The fifth and final game in this division giving Caldecote Reserves a 3-1 home win over Luton Boys, first half goals from Mark Endersby, Gary Allum and Neil Giles being replied to in the second period by Dwain Grant for the visitors.

Division Two

The battle between last seasons relegated clubs at Greenfield Road was to see hosts Westoning emerge 7-2 winners over Meltis Albion, Sam Child with a hat-trick being supported by goals from Glen Cooksley, Jack Archer, Bob Masters and Mathew Jefferson against Albion replies via an own goal and Darren Ashpole.

Just one goal behind were Stopsley Park who ran out 6-4 winners over Woburn Athletic, Matthew Mcdonald with a hat-trick plus strikes from Simon Richards, Rob Smith and Shane Roberts doing the damage.

Going nap were Sundon Park Rangers with a 5-2 home win over league newcomers Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves, Matthew Conway with a brace and single strikes from Chris Mapp, Sam Chapman and John Saunders only being replied to by Alex Skeel and Jamie Carter.

For both of Goldington and Marabese Ceramics there were 3-1 home wins, Goldington with two goals from Chris Huckle and a strike from Justin Muircroft beating Potton United Reserves whose reply came via Bradley Vooght. Whilst Marabese Ceramics with strikes from Lewis Littlechild, Richard Follano and Romano Marabese overcame Eastcotts AFC whose reply came via Tony Miloti.

The sixth and final game between Cranfield United Reserves and Queens Park Crescents ending in a 0-0 draw.

Division Three

There was mixed fortunes for the two newly promoted clubs, goals from Shaun Finlay and Mathew Westwood failing to save Bedford Park Rangers from a 7-2 home defeat at the hands of Stevington, for whom Sam Nightingale hit a hat-trick to go with goals from Ian Woods, Ben Walsh, Andy Sly and Andy Carlin. Whilst for Marsh Leys it was a happier day with a 3-1 home victory over Royal Oak Kempston. Sylvester Mulenga the sole destroyer netting all three goals against a Lorenzo Jordan reply for The Oak.

The battle between the relegated clubs was to go the way of home side Clifton with a 5-1 win over Great Barford, Gareth Boness with a hat-trick plus two goals from Tony Norman only being replied to once by Josh St Clair Pierre. Whilst a penalty on the hour mark from Brad Smith gave Potton Town a 1-0 home win over Riseley Sports.

Elsewhere, it was all square at 2-2 between Wilshamstead Reserves and Kempston Hammers Sports. Matt Johnson and Richard Jepps on the home scoresheet against Hammers replies via Martyn Humphries and Richard Garnham.

Division Four

The top scorers of the entire day were Bedford Panthers who ran out 12-0 home winners over Clifton Reserves, Aaron Perrett netting seven times and Tom Wade twice to go with single goals for Ricky Wong, Guisseppe Lamberti and Guisseppe Graziano.

Next biggest winners were Dunton Reserves with a 6-2 home victory over Sandy Reserves, Luke Rudd with a brace plus goals from Paul Beith, Jamie Turner, Alex Wiltshire and Nicky Albone only being replied to twice by Jonnie Stratford.

For league newcomers Elstow Abbey Reserves it was a 5-0 victory at Dinamo Flitwick, 3-0 ahead at the break thanks to two goals from Lewis Aitken and a strike from Travis Joseph, the second period saw Joseph complete his hat-trick for the nap hand.

Also hitting five goals were Kempston Con Club with a 5-1 home victory over Wootton Village.Trailing to a strike from Kieran Patrickson at half-time, back came the home side with goals from James Coates, Michael Darnell, James Greenslade, Kyle Smith and Ryan Collis to win the day.

The fifth and final game seeing league newcomers Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves beaten 4-1 at home by Flitwick Town Reserves, Ravi Jesrani with a brace plus Dan Pool and Kevin Higby on The Town scoresheet against a Rovers reply via Ben Lawrence

Preview Saturday 8th September 2012.

Premier Division supported by Sportsform action this weekend sees three of the four newly promoted clubs enjoy home advantage. On The Green, Ickwell & Old Warden remained unbeaten last season and they will fancy their chances of continuing that run when visited by local rivals Blunham who won only just the once on the road last term. Whilst if Lidlington United Sports and Marston Shelton Rovers are to avoid a place in the lower regions of the league table a repeat of their fine home form last term is essential. United going into Hurst Grove action against league newcomers AFC Biggleswade and The Rovers facing a much tougher task at their Playing Field headquarters with a visit from current champions Shefford Town & Campton.

The lone newly promoted club hitting the road are Bedford Sports Athletic, they having sat the afternoon out last weekend commence their season with a trip to The Armadillo Stadium to take on Arlesey Town Reserves.

Over at Hillgrounds, AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College lost eight of their last 10 home encounters last season and will be looking to put that right when visited by a Flitwick Town side that won just three times on the road last season. Whilst at Jubilee Playing Fields where hosts Wilshamstead won just the once before Christmas last season, the visitors are Oakley Sports M&DH who coincidentally were unbeaten on the road before Christmas last season.

Other action comes at Renhold Playing Fields, the venue at which hosts Renold United start their season against Caldecote. The visitors were beaten just twice on the road last season but one of those defeats take note came 4-2 at United's hands. Plus at Lodge Road, hosts Sharnbrook face no easy task when visited by a Bedford Hatters side that were defeated just twice on the road last season.

In Division One, its a return of Bedfordshire County Football action to Greenfields where Shillington take on Leighton United. Whilst not so far away at Rectory Road, its a battle between newly promoted outfits Shefford Town & Campton Reserves and Elstow Abbey. The Abbey having won both division two encounters last season 4-1 and 8-1 the favourites to prevail.

At Groveside, Henlow meet Brickhill Tigers for the second weekend running looking for a quick fire double over The Tigers who under their former disguise of FC Meppershall won this encounter last season 5-1. Whilst at Pirton Recreation Ground, Lea Sports PSG will be looking to improve upon their start to last seasons campaign when they failed to win any of their opening six games included amongst was a 1-1 draw against today's visitors Sandy.

Over at Harvey Close, Caldecote Reserves go into home action for the second weekend running against AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves, and their visitors of last week Luton Boys entertain Kings AFC at Chaul Road in a game that's likely to produce plenty of goals, last seasons fixture ending 7-2 in The Boys favour whilst the return game was a 5-5 draw.

In Division Two, Bromham United open their season with a home game against Stopsley Park who they drew with 2-2 in their closing fixture of last season and at Weston Park where newly promoted Eastcotts AFC were beaten just twice last season the visitors are Queens Park Crescents.

Another club who enjoyed life at home last season were Goldington who suffered just three home defeats and in Mowsbury Park they host one of those three sides when Cranfield United Reserves come calling. Alas it was the opposite for relegated Meltis Albion, failing to record a home win at Miller Road all season and with Potton United Reserves their visitors, the task of collecting at the first time of asking this season will not be easy.

Other action sees Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves make their home league debut at their Playing Field headquarters against newly relegated Westoning. Whilst in Leagrave Park, St Joseph Reserves begin life in The Bedfordshire County Football League against Marabese Ceramics.

The seventh and final game in this division takes place at Crawley Road, the venue for Woburn Athletics' home clash with Sundon Park Rangers.

Division Three action is just a programme of five games. At Horseshoes Close, newly relegated from the premier division Dunton go into local derby action against Potton Town. Whilst another relegated club Great Barford commence their home start for the season with a tough game against newly promoted Marsh Leys who were beaten just the once on the road last season at division four champions Bedford Park Rangers.

For Bedford Park Rangers themselves its a journey to Hillgrounds to be hosted by a Royal Oak Kempston side that won just twice on home soil all last season and at Greenfield Road, Westoning Reserves will hope to continue their fine home form enjoyed at the end of last season when visited by league debutants Renhold United Reserves.

In Division Four it is also a programme of just five games. At The Warren, its a clash between two league newcomers when Elstow Abbey Reserves host Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves. Whilst just down the road at Steppingley Road, newly relegated Flitwick Town Reserves receive a visit from Kempston Athletic.

At Bedford Road Recreation Ground last season Sandy Reserves had to wait until game number seven to enjoy their first home win of the season and their visitors that day Dinamo Flitwick are the opposition today. Whilst at Wootton Playing Fields, hosts Wootton Village having won their last four home encounters last season will look to continue that run when called upon by Bedford Panthers.

The final game taking place at Digswell Road where Shefford Town & Campton A play hosts to Dunton Reserves.

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