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Sunday 06th January 2013
Leighton United end Shillington's winning ways.
Premier Division supported by Sportsform

Bedford Sports Athletic will now face a league enquiry following the postponement of their home game with second place Arlesey Town Reserves. With their usual Grange Road facilities unavailable due to the groundsman being on holiday, Athletic's failure to confirm their replacement public parks pitch by the strict 9pm Wednesday Borough Council deadline resulted in a cancelled booking. A result of which saw Caldecote take their unbeaten league ways up to 11 games and increase their lead at the head of the league standings to four points despite being held to a 0-0 home draw by fourth place Renhold United.

Also taking advantage of Town's inactivity were Oakley Sports M& DH, they jumped into second spot on goal difference following their 2-2 home draw with second from bottom of the table Wilshamstead.Alistair Smith and Jack Goodacre netting for the home side against a brace in reply from Paul Jones for a Wilshamstead side that ended the game with 10 men following a red card for Carl Page.

Now up into fifth slot in the league standings are AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College who in winning 2-1 at Flitwick Town ended the home sides six game unbeaten run.Tom Ibbott and Martin Ivy netting the vital goals against a home reply from Ed Wilcock.

Slipping down the standings and now in sixth spot are Ickwell & Old Warden who were beaten 2-0 at Shefford Town & Campton. Adam Chambers shooting the home side ahead in the 15th minute which was added to by a strike from Andrew Hayday five minutes from half-time.

Having won their last four games, AFC Biggleswade returned to earth with a bump in losing 4-2 at home against Lidlington United Sports who were recording their first away win of the season. Nick Barton, Ben Marwood, Darren Rowlett and Darren Sims all finding the back of the net for the visitors against home replies via Toby Hooton and Sheldon Washington.

At Miller Road, the Bedford Hatters v Sharnbrook game failed to pass a pitch inspection and was duly postponed.

Division One

It's all change at the head of the division one table with Pavenham the new league leaders on goal difference following their 5-1 home win over Henlow. James Owen netting four times and David Netherway once against a lone reply from Keith Milburn whose side now slide down to seventh place in the league standings.

However, the big result of the day was third place Leighton United netting a 3-2 home win over now second place Shillington to end their visitors nine game winning run and move to within two points of them in the league table with a game in hand plus also the luxury of having played three games less than the new league leaders. Paul Darton, Kevin Hilton and Mike Brunton on the United scoresheet against replies via Wayne Goldsmith and Jordan Robbens. The game having a feisty ending with Shills Chris Slough red carded just two minutes from time and Alex Toye after the final whistle.

There was also plenty of goals at Bedford Road Recreation Ground, Sandy making it four wins on the bounce with a 6-2 victory over second from bottom of the table Kings AFC. Phill Beall, Andrew Wren, David Gill, Nathan Morris and Oli Banfield plus a Ian Hammett penalty all marking the home scoresheet against replies via Nathan Clements and Marcus Tomlin.

This defeat leaving Kings AFC just five points clear of bottom of the table AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College who share the spoils from a 0-0 home draw against fourth place Caldecote Reserves to gain just their second league point of the season.

Now in fifth place are Luton Boys, they claimed their third win on the bounce with a 2-1 victory at Brickhill Tigers. Naashon Bennett and Nathan Prime netting the vital goals against a home reply from Danny Wing.

Up into sixth place are Shefford Town & Campton Reserves, for them it was a 3-2 away win at Elstow Abbey. Sam Amosh, Scott Frusciante and Ryan Dobson all finding the back of the net against Abbey replies via Dom Parrella and Lewis Persie.

Division Two

It's as you were at the head of the division two league table following wins for all of the three leading clubs. Goldington the league leaders with a hat-trick from James Morris and a strike from Marko Tobozik 4-0 home winners over bottom of the table Meltis Albion. Whilst second place Marabese Ceramics took their unbeaten ways up to seven games with a 3-2 home win over St Joseph Reserves. David McLeod with a successful 30 yard free kick giving the visitors the lead just four minutes into the game only to see John Chitondu level matters for the home side just two minutes later. Strikes from Lewis Liitlechild three minutes from the break and Keven Fehmi nine minutes after the interval took The Tilermen 3-1 clear until McLeod with his second goal of the afternoon reduced the margin to just a single goal on the hour mark.

For third place Sundon Park Rangers it was a return to winning ways with a 2-1 home victory over Woburn Athletic. Luke Evans and Nick Buttigieg on the scoresheet against a Safari Boys reply from Daniel McClaren.

Elsewhere, Eastcotts AFC winning run of four games was ended when they were held to a 2-2 draw at Queens Park Crescents. Aman Hussain and Shah Rahman netting for the home side against a Josh Geary penalty and a strike from Michael Sexton marking the visitors scoresheet. Whilst Bromham United claimed their first away league win of the season by a 2-0 margin at Stopsley Park thanks to a brace of goals from Shane Canzano.

The scheduled game between Westoning and M&DH Oakley Reserves being postponed by match referee Iain Knight following a pitch inspection at midday, much to the disappointment of the home side who were keen to get back into action for the first time since early December and to the visitors who were ready to depart from their Playing Field base for the 2pm kick off.

Division Three

Marsh Leys lead at the head of the division three league table is now down to six points after they were beaten 2-1 at home by Great Barford. Michael Pickard and David Mulvihill netting the visitors goals to keep them in sixth place and very much still in the promotion race against a lone reply from Sylvester Mulenga.

Keeping the pressure on The Leys having played two games less are second place Clifton who won 4-0 at home against Kempston Hammers Sports. Gareth Boness with a brace plus strikes from Tony Norman and Barrie Hallybone taking their unbeaten ways up to seven games.

Creeping ever closer to the head of the standings are both Riseley Sports and Potton Town. For The Sportsmen, it was an extension of their unbeaten away ways to five games with a 3-2 win at Wilshamstead Reserves to end the home sides unbeaten home ways for the season. Greg Moksa netting twice and Paul Brown once against home replies via Jay Hall and John Mark Steele. Whilst The Town recorded their third win on the bounce with a 3-2 home win over Dunton. Chris Moore with a brace plus a strike from James Pyman doing the damage against replies from Lawrence Bosher and Steve Pugh.

For goals you needed to be on The Green where hosts Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves were beaten 5-4 by a Stevington side who were ending a three game losing run on the road. Sam Nightingale twice plus Colm Lawlor, Sam King and Gavin White on the victors scoresheet against a home hat-trick from Victoriano Gonzalez and a goal for Aaron Kersey.

Life was also sweet on the road for both Royal Oak Kempston and Westoning Reserves. The Oak lifting themselves off the bottom of the league table with a 3-2 victory at Bedford Park Rangers who now duly occupy the basement spot, an own goal plus strikes from Gareth Arzu and Sean Boland taking The Oak to their first away win of the season against replies from Tony Anynwu and Matt Westwood to leave The Rangers now without a win from their last 12 outings. Whilst Westoning Reserves were 2-0 winners at Renhold United Reserves thanks to goals from John Murray and Gareth White.

Division Four

Bedford Panthers are now three points clear at the head of the division four league table following their 6-1 home defeat of now bottom of the table Wootton Village and Elstow Abbey's defeat at Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves. Ashley Farooqui and Gary Phillipson both netting twice alongside single strikes from Aaran Perrett and Julio Fortes for The Panthers against a lone Village reply from Matthew Bennett-Cook. Whilst The Rovers took full advantage of the league rules to include three first teamers in their 3-1 home win over Elstow Abbey Reserves. Jim Burraway, Stuart Kelly and Ben Greenwood on The Rovers scoresheet against a lone reply from Alan Stupple.

Now in fourth spot and unbeaten in their last six outings are Kempston Athletic, for them it was a 3-1 home win over Flitwick Town Reserves. Gary Whitbread the sole destroyer with a hat-trick against a Town reply from Ben Ward.

Down at the other end of the table, off the bottom spot are Caldecote A who claimed their first home win of the season with a 6-3 victory over Kempston Con Club Sports. Jack Aris netting three times alongside strikes from Stacey Keir, Ryan Ambrose and Amar Outdrew against Con Club replies via Ben Sparks, Michael Darnell and James Coates which failed to prevent them from falling to their fifth consecutive league defeat.

It was also a red letter day for Shefford Town & Campton A who won 4-1 at Dunton Reserves. Wayne Haxton twice plus Barry Morris and Shaun Jenkins on the scoresheet against a lone reply from Nicky Albone. The home sides cause not being helped by the sending off of goalkeeper Luke Davey just 20 minutes into the game before a goal had been scored.

Elsewhere, Dinamo Flitwick took their unbeaten home ways up to four games with a 3-1 victory over Sandy Reserves. Dale Goldie, Jamie Burton and Matt Jarman having their goals only replied to by Chris Gregory.

Preview for Saturday 12th January 2013.

Action this weekend centres around the ties in the opening round of this seasons various league cups which were postponed due to waterlogged pitches just before Christmas.For Premier Division supported by Sportsform clubs that means The Britannia Cup, the tie of the round perhaps coming at Rectory Road where last seasons beaten finalists Shefford Town & Campton receive a visit from the seven time winners and current league leaders Caldecote who having won their last six away league outings will perhaps start the day favourites to progress into the last eight draw.

For current holders Oakley Sports M&DH, the defence of their cup sees them in home action against Arlesey Town Reserves.Having already netted a league double this season over The Town it will be The Sportsmen who will start the day the favourites to progress.

Just three of the other 11 participating clubs have their names already engraved on the famous old trophy and two of those go head to head at Jubilee Playing Fields, the venue at which 1991-92 season winners Wilshamstead host 1970-71 season winners Lidlington United Sports. The visitors having won their first league game on the road last weekend will also take heart from their 5-1 home league win over their hosts back in early November.

The third club with their name already engraved on the cup are 1973-74 season winners Ickwell & Old Warden, for them its a trip to Marston Playing Fields to be hosted by Marston Shelton Rovers. With the visitors having been beaten just the twice on the road this season and The Rovers just twice at home by Arlesey Town Reserves and Caldecote this is a tie that could go either way.

Over at Hillgrounds, AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College host Bedford Hatters.Having removed The Hatters from The Bedfordshire Senior Trophy and drawn away against them in the league you would expect the Town to prevail. But hang on, The Town have only won twice since that Trophy defeat in early November whilst The Hatters are unbeaten in their last five outings to suggest its no foregone conclusion.

The league season begun for Flitwick Town with a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Sharnbrook who are the visitors to face them at Steppingley Road. Town are currently enjoying a rich vein of form as against Sharnbrook who have lost their last four away outings to suggest revenge could well be on the cards.

The final game comes at Renhold Playing Fields, the venue at which hosts Renhold United will start firm favourites against the visiting yet to win this season Bedford Sports Athletic.

For Division One sides that means Centenary Cup action. This weekend sees just four ties and for 2009-10 season winners Leighton United that's a trip on the road to Chaul End Lane to face hosts Luton Boys. United still with a perfect 100% away league record expected to prevail over their hosts despite them having only lost twice on home soil this season.

Over at Hillgrounds, AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves have failed to win in league action this season thus visitors Shefford Town & Campton Reserves despite only winning twice on the road this season in league action will travel to start the day favourites. A comment that certainly also applies to Shillington when they journey to King George VI Playing Fields to take on Kings AFC. The Shills with just one away defeat to date in the league facing a home side that has lost four of its five home league starts this season.

The fourth and final tie perhaps being the tie of the round when at their Playing Field headquarters Pavenham host Elstow Abbey who make the journey seeking revenge for a 3-0 home league defeat at The Warren back in late September.

Aside from the cup action there are two league games taking place when in Mowsbury Park, Brickhill Tigers look to get back to winning ways but it will not be easy the visitors are a Sandy side who have won their last four outings. Plus at Harvey Close, Caldecote Reserves following two consecutive home defeats go into local derby action against Henlow who trail them by just three points in the league standings.

The cup action for Division Two sides takes place in The Jubilee Cup. Just one of this current sections sides have lifted the cup in the past, being the 2010-11 season winners Westoning who hit the road for The Hollow to face Potton United Reserves.With the vistitors having not won on the road this season and United having shared the spoils in a 4-4 league draw at Greenfield Road in mid-November you would expect the hosts to prevail.

Over at Crawley Road, Cranfield United Reserves are still unbeaten at home in league action this season and this includes a 1-0 win in early December over their visitors Stopsley Park to give them the edge in what might be another close affair.Whilst Eastcotts AFC journey to Leagrave Park looking to repeat their 1-0 league win over hosts St Joseph Reserves at the same venue in late October in another game that could go either way.

Just down the road in Stockwood Park, Sundon Park Rangers host Marabese Ceramics seeking revenge for home league defeat back in mid-December.Whilst at the other Crawley Road, Woburn Athletic entertain the visiting Queens Park Crescents having netted a 4-0 away league win over them in early October to start the day full of confidence of progressing into the last eight.

Away from the cup there are just two Division Two league games taking place. They come at Miller Road, the venue at which bottom of the table Meltis Albion look to end a five game losing home run against the visiting Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves who travel in search of their first away win of the season just goal difference above them in the league standings and at Bromham Playing Fields where hosts Bromham United look for home win number three on the bounce against the visiting unbeaten away from home league leaders Goldington.

For the Division Three and Four sides the action comes in the shape of The Watson Shield. Of the 10 ties the draw has given us five Division Four v Division Three clashes to set up a spot of potential giant killing with four of those ties giving the lower division side the home advantage.Of those ties perhaps the best chance of an upset comes at Bedford Road Recreation Ground where the visitors to face Sandy Reserves are a Bedford Park Rangers side that has failed to win any of its last 11 outings. Or perhaps in Hillgrounds where the now bang in form Kempston Athletic take on 2006-07 season winners Clifton. As you would expect still unbeaten on the road Marsh Leys to have too much in the locker for Clifton Reserves at Whiston Crescent and Kempston Hammers Sports to prevail over the first ever Shield winners in season 2002-03 Dunton Reserves at Horseshoes Close.

However, hitting the road are Bedford Panthers who are still 100% away from home in division four league action and could well cause an upset at Mill Lane against hosts Potton Town.

That leaves just three all Division three clashes and two all Division four clashes to find out the last 16 sides left standing. In those all division three ties. On The Green Ickwell & Old Warden will have to revenge a late October 6-1 league defeat if they are to overcome their visitors Renhold United Reserves. Whilst you would favour Riseley Sports fine away form to see them home when they make the short journey to take on Stevington at their Playing Fields headquarters. In the third tie, Wilshamstead Reserves have conceded home advantage and will now travel to play Great Barford on their own Playing Field ground in a game that now perhaps favours the home side.

In the two all division four encounters, at The Warren, still 100% at home Elstow Abbey Reserves will be firm favouties to overcome a Dinamo Flitwick side they have already beaten twice in the league but at Harvey Close, hosts Caldecote A will need to produce their second home win of the season if they are to overcome the visiting Flitwick Town Reserves.

League action in division three is just a single game at Greenfield Road, where fifth place Westoning Reserves host second from bottom of the table Royal Oak Kempston.

Whilst in Division Four, its Hillgrounds action between hosts Kempston Con Club Sports and their third place visitors Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves. Plus at the other end of the league table its a real six pointer of a game when third from bottom of the table Shefford Town & Campton A play hosts to bottom side Wootton Village at Digswell Playing Fields.
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