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Sunday 13th January 2013
Bedford Sports Athletic and Kings AFC head up the cup shocks.
Britannia Cup 1st Round

Oakley Sports M&DH defence of the famous old trophy begun in fine style, goals from Alistair Smith and Jamie Lally taking them to a 2-0 home win over Arlesey Town Reserves to earn them a trip on the road in round two to Wilshamstead who ran out 7-1 home winners over Lidlington United Sports.Colin Marshall netting four times alongside strikes from Paul Jones, Kevin Butler and Jim Struthers against a lone United reply from Dom Martins.

It was also a day of joy for last season's beaten finalists Shefford Town & Campton who netted a 3-1 home win over current league leaders Caldecote. Chris Clark shooting them in front in the seventh minute only to see Paul Lawrence level matters for the visitors just six minutes later until Clark grabbed his second goal of the afternoon five minutes from the break to take the home side in at half-time 2-1 ahead.The telling third goal arriving 20 minutes from time via Adam Larsen. Town will now enjoy home advantage in round two against Flitwick Town who were 4-1 home winners over Sharnbrook. Pete Kouwenberg, Liam Keane, Steve Parkhouse and Martin Byrne all finding the back of the net for The Town against a lone reply from Chris Prior.

However, the shock result of the day saw Bedford Sports Athletic run out 2-0 away winners at Renhold United to earn a second round home tie against AFC Biggleswade. Paul Nigro from the penalty spot and a 35 yard effort from Danny Boyd doing the damage.

Also enjoying life on the road were Bedford Hatters, for them it was a 2-1 victory at AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College. Darren Allen and James Allen on The Hatters scoresheet whilst The Town reply came courtesy of a Jason Simons own goal. Hatters now face a home tie in round two against Marston Shelton Rovers who emerged 3-2 home extra time winners over Ickwell & Old Warden. Andrew Klein and Dean Reid for The Rovers against a brace in reply from Lee Threadgold netting to bring up a 2-2 scoreline at 90 minutes before up popped James Burraway to hit The Rovers winner in extra time.

Centenary Cup 1st Round

The result of the day belonging to Kings AFC who emerged 4-0 home winners over Shillington.Chris Greene with a brace plus goals from Oliver Plested and Ryan Smith earning their side a round two home tie against Leighton United who won 2-1 at Luton Boys. Ashley Wadhams and Paul Darton on The United scoresheet against a home reply from Naashon Bennett.

Also winning on the road were Elstow Abbey, for them it was a 3-0 victory at Pavenham. Travis Joseph shooting them ahead in the fourth minute before an own goal doubled the scoreline seven minutes later until Lewis Persie added the final goal three minutes from time. Abbey will now host Sandy in round two.

There was joy at last for AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves after they ran out 3-1 home winners over Shefford Town & Campton Reserves to earn a visit from Henlow in round two. Adam Gadzinsky, Daniel Bailey and Ashley Phelan on The Town scoresheet against a lone reply from Sam Amuso.

Division One

Fourth place Caldecote Reserves claimed their first win in seven outings when two goals from Tom Dupey and a strike from Chris Sams took them to a 3-0 home win over Henlow. Whilst Sandy climbed above Henlow into seventh place in the league table after sharing the spoils from a 3-3 draw at Brickhill Tigers, Danny Wing with a brace and Simon Wade on The Tigers scoresheet against an own goal plus strikes from Phil Beall and Ian Hammett ensured Sandy took their unbeaten ways up to five games.

Jubilee Cup 1st Round

The top scorers of the day were Queens Park Crescents who ran out 5-3 winners away at Woburn Athletic despite a brace of goals from Martin Holland and a strike from Daniel McClaren. They will now travel to face Westoning in round two after they emerged 2-1 extra time winners at Potton United Reserves, Freddie Robinson for United and Ian Buckingham for the visitors netting inside the normal 90 minutes before David Stewart hit the extra time winner.

Life was also sweet on the road for Marabese Ceramics, they ran out 3-1 winners at Sundon Park Rangers thanks to a hat-trick from Lewis Littlechild against a lone Rangers reply via Nicky Buttiegeg. The Tilemen will now be at home against Bromham United in round two.

For St Joseph Reserves it was a 2-1 home win over Eastcotts AFC, Colm O'Boyle and Craig Nash netting the vital goals against a Tony Milloti reply to give them a home tie in round two against Cranfield United Reserves who were 3-1 home winners over Stopsley Park. David Anderson with a brace plus Stephen Mullen doing the damage after Nathan Henry had given The Park the lead.

Division Two

League leaders Goldington suffered just their second defeat of the season and lost their seasons unbeaten away ways when beaten 2-1 at Bromham United. Rob Hewitt and Paul Hubbard netting the United goals to secure their fourth win on the bounce and take them up into fifth place in the league table against a lone reply from Antony Plaiter.

Alas for bottom of the table Meltis Albion it was a 9-1 home defeat at the hands of Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves, Harry Atherton and Alex Liburd both netting hat-tricks alongside strikes from Jamie Endersby, Raymond Patrickson and Jason Angol against a lone home reply from Asa Garlick.

Watson Shield 1st Round

The result of the day belonged to fourth division Sandy Reserves who emerged 4-3 home winners over division three side Bedford Park Rangers.Jonnie Stratford with a hat-trick plus a goal from Chris Gregory outscoring a Kieran Souter hat-trick for The Rangers to take Sandy on the road in round two to face Wilshamstead Reserves who emerged 5-3 extra time winners over Great Barford. Jay Hall with a hat-trick plus goals from Liam Philip and Matt Sears being replied to twice by Davis Mulvhill from the penalty spot and Stefan Wilson.

Also requiring extra time to move into the next round were Marsh Leys who emerged 7-5 winners at Clifton Reserves after the first 90 minutes play had seen the sides deadlocked at 4-4. Sylvester Mulenga netting four times alongside single strikes from Jamie Carson, Antony Farr and Akeem Lendor for The Leys against a hat-trick for Joe Marshall and strikes from Andy Mussett and George Harris for the home side. Leys will now be at home to Shefford Town & Campton A in round two.

Having better luck were Clifton first team who won 4-1 at Kempston Athletic, Tony Norman with a brace plus a rare strike from Lee Marshall and a goal from James Fuller only being replied to by Gary Whitbread to earn Clifton a round two home tie against Potton Town who ran out 3-1 home winners over Bedford Panthers. Jamie Hutchinson, Chris Cooper and Charlie Seward on the Town scoresheet against a Panthers reply via Gurdeep Dosanjh.

For Stevington it was a 2-0 home win over Riseley Sports, Sam King and Andrew Sly netting the goals to give them a round two home tie against Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves.

Elsewhere Flitwick Town Reserves won 2-1 at Caldecote A, Kevin Higby and Adam Borton the Town scorers against a lone reply via Andrew Spiers to earn them a trip to Dinamo Flitwick in round two following their surprise 2-1 away win at Elstow Abbey Reserves. Abbey taking the lead via Alan Stupple before goals from Gareth Loadman and Jake Taylor won the day for the visitors.

Also winning on the road were Kempston Hammers Sports with a 3-0 win at Dunton Reserves. James Grandidge, Kevin Simcoe and Daniel Harte on The Hammers scoresheet to earn them a home round two tie against Westoning Reserves.

Whilst extra time was required by Renhold United Reserves before they emerged 4-2 winners at Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves. Jonnie Ovendon twice plus Kane Alexander and Justin Patterson marking the United scorecard against home replies via an own goal and Aaron Kersey in the opening 90 minutes. United will now be at home to Wootton Village in round two.

Division Three

Westoning Reserves missed the chance to climb into the top three of the league table when beaten 2-1 at home by second from bottom of the table Royal Oak Kempston. Lorenzo Jordan and Andrew Palombella netting The Oaks goals to take them to only their third win of the season against a lone home reply from Ryan Curl.

Division Four

Following five straight defeats Kempston Con Club Sports returned to winning ways with a 2-0 home win over Marston Shelton Rovers, Michael Darnell netting in both halves to take his side back up into sixth place in the league table. Whilst Shefford Town & Campton A took their unbeaten ways up to four games with a 3-2 home win over bottom of the table Wootton Village. Andy Goddard twice plus Pete Saunders on the scoresheet against a brace in reply from Deano Browne.

Preview for Saturday 19th January 2013

Following the sudden death nature of last weekends league cup action it is in the main back to the bread and butter league affair for our clubs/teams this weekend. In The Premier Division supported by Sportsform section that means a tricky trip on the road to Miller Road for league leaders Caldecote to face Bedford Hatters. Having won their last six away league outings and now on an 11 game unbeaten league run you would expect the visitors to start favourites to collect the spoils. However, The Hatters themselves are on a five game unbeaten league run plus are winners of their last four home league outings to suggest with them sitting just nine points adrift of Caldecote in the league standings in eighth spot as both clubs embark on their 13th league game of the season they will view this encounter as a must win game if they are to join in the championship race over the second half of the season.

For second place Oakley Sports M&DH its home action at their Playing Field headquarters against fifth place AFC Kempston & Bedford College.With the home side on a four game unbeaten league run and the visitors hitting the road winners of their last two league outings and just two points adrift of their hosts in the league table, this is another game that could go either way and have a major impact on the title prospects of both clubs in the coming months ahead.

That same comment also applying to The Armadillo Stadium encounter between third place hosts Arlesey Town Reserves and sixth place visitors Ickwell & Old Warden. Both clubs have suddenly taken a dip in form,Town will start the day four points adrift of the top having won just once in their last four league games. Whilst the visitors who are now without a win in their last three league starts will commence proceedings a further five points shy of the current league leaders having all played the same number of games.

Also very much in title race are fourth place Renhold United, for them sitting just six points off the summit of the table its a trip on the road to Steppingley Road to face Flitwick Town. Having lost just once on their league travels this season and with The Town's home record showing just one win from six outings you would expect United to collect the spoils to inch ever closer to the top of the table.

Down at the other end of the table bottom of the league Bedford Sports Athletic will be looking to end an eight game losing league run when they host Lidlington United Sports at Cople Playing Fields. For United it will be their seventh consecutive away league game on the bounce and with them being only successful at AFC Biggleswade in the last of those a fortnight ago could this be the day Athletic will at last come good?.

For AFC Biggleswade, its home action at The Carlsberg Stadium against second from bottom of the table Wilshamstead. The visitors hitting the road unbeaten in their last three league outings looking for their first away win of the season.

The final action in the top section comes at Rectory Road, the venue at which seventh place hosts Shefford Town & Campton receive a visit from third from bottom of the table Sharnbrook who will hit the road looking to end a four game losing away tag and bag their first league point/points in four outings.

In Division One the championship race now looks down to a three club race, for current league leaders Pavenham this weekend sees them travel to Chaul End Lane to face fifth place Luton Boys. Starting the day just goal difference ahead of Shillington, one would feel their place at the summit of the table will only be preserved with the collection of all three points. However, things will be far from easy for them as The Boys are currently on a three game winning run and unbeaten on home soil since early October 2012.

For The Shills, its a trip on the road to Hillgrounds to face bottom of the table AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves where it will be a major surprise if they are to provide their hosts with their first league win of the season. Whilst third place Leighton United go into home Stanbridge Road action against in form Shefford Town & Campton Reserves. United looking for their fifth league win on the bounce against a Town side who will`look to extend their unbeaten ways to five league games.

Over at Bedford Road Recreation Ground its local derby action between hosts Sandy and the visiting Henlow. The hosts starting the day just goal difference above their visitors in seventh spot in the league table looking to take their unbeaten run up to six games.

Whilst at Harvey Close, despite their recent dip in form it will be a surprise if hosts Caldecote Reserves don't collect the full three points from the visiting Kings AFC. Kings arriving at The Close sitting second from bottom in the league standings and looking for just their second away league win of the season. The first of which came back in mid-September at bottom of the league AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves.

Elsewhere over at The Warren, ninth place hosts Elstow Abbey will look to end a two game losing home run when called upon by tenth place Brickhill Tigers.

The spotlight this weekend for the lower division sides falls upon the action in The Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup Quarter-final ties which is now down to an all Bedfordshire County Football League octet. In the four ties, two will see division three sides having home advantage over their division two opposition. At their Playing Field headquarters, where Great Barford have won six of their eight encounters in all competitions this season the visitors are Eastcotts AFC who will arrive fully aware they will have to be at their very best if they are to progress into the last four. Whilst at Jubilee Playing Fields, Wilshamstead Reserves take on a Woburn Athletic side who will arrive proudly boasting a 50% win strike record on the road this season.

The other two ties being all division two affairs. In Mowsbury Park, Queens Park Crescents will host Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves in the knowledge that they beat them 6-3 in league action at the same venue back in mid-October. Plus in Leagrave Park, St Joseph Reserves receive a visit from a Bromham United side who turned them over 5-1 at the same venue in league action just a month ago.

Action thus in division two is just a programme of four games. In Mowsbury Park, league leaders Goldington will play hosts to a yet to win away from home Westoning. Whilst second place Marabese Ceramics now on a seven game unbeaten run journey to Lothair Road to be hosted by eleventh place Stopsley Park.

Over at The Hollow, it will be just home game number three of the season for Potton United Reserves when bottom of the table Meltis Albion come calling and in Stockwood Park, third place Sundon Park Rangers face fourth place Cranfield United Reserves who will hit the road looking for their fourth league win on the bounce.
In Division Three, league leaders Marsh Leys will be hitting the road for The Green to defend their seasons unbeaten away record against hosts Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves who in having lost their last three home games have now dropped down the league table into eleventh spot. Whilst second place Clifton who start the day just six points adrift of The Leys but having played two games less go into home action at Whiston Crescent against seventh place local rivals Dunton. The hosts now unbeaten in their last seven league outings fully expected to collect all three points off their visitors who hit the road looking to end a three game losing league run.

Of the other sides still very much in the promotion race, it’s a trip to Cutler Hammer for Riseley Sports as they look to take their unbeaten league away ways up to six games against a Kempston Hammers side that will be looking for just their second home win of the season in their quest to stay out of the relegation zone.Whilst Potton Town in having won their last three games to get back into the promotion mix go into home Mill Lane action against a Stevington side who come in search of their third win on the bounce. Plus at Greenfield Road, Westoning Reserves will be fully expected to collect all three points when they host bottom of the table Bedford Park Rangers whose only away league win this season came way back in early September at Royal Oak Kempston some 13 games ago.

The final game in this division bringing home action for eighth place Renhold United Reserves at their Playing Field headquarters against second from bottom of the table Royal Oak Kempston.

For Division Four league leaders Bedford Panthers, it’s a trip on the road to defend their seasons 100% away record at Horseshoes Close against a Dunton Reserves side who in having failed to win any of their last four outings now find themselves just ninth in the league table. Whilst if second place Elstow Abbey Reserves are to mount a serious championship challenge to The Panthers then only the full three points will do when they travel to Hillgrounds to take on Kempston Con Club Sports looking to end their current three game losing away run.

Hillgrounds is also the venue at which in form and fourth place Kempston Athletic host Sandy Reserves.With the Athletic now winners of their last four games and unbeaten in their last six outings it will be a major surprise if the visitors collect just their second away win of the season. Also expecting to continue their current winning ways will be third place Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves when at their Playing Field headquarters they seek out their fifth consecutive home win against visitors Shefford Town & Campton A.

Other action comes at Hinksley Road, where Dinamo Flitwick look to take their unbeaten home ways up to five games against a visiting Clifton Reserves side who in having failed to win any of their last three games have dropped off the pace at the top end of the table. Plus at Harvey Close, it’s a repeat of last weekends Watson Shield tie between hosts Caldecote A and Flitwick Town Reserves which went to the visitors by a single goal.

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