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Sunday 03rd February 2013
Caldecote and Renhold United both fall at the final hurdle in The Beds FA Senior Trophy
Bedfordshire FA Senior Trophy Semi-Finals

It was the end of the road for both of our clubs at the final hurdle in this seasons trophy. At The Hollow, United Counties League Potton United with a 65th minute goal from Steve Muggridge saw off Renhold United in a 1-0 scoreline. Whilst at Harvey Close, Caldecote were beaten 4-0 by South Midlands League Bedford.

Premier Division supported by Sportsform

Arlesey Town Reserves missed the opportunity to climb up into second spot in the league table when beaten 3-1 at Lidlington United Sports.Alex Burrows twice and Kieren Wills netting the goals to ensure United remain unbeaten on home soil in the league this season against a lone reply from Mark Phillips. Whilst on The Green, Ickwell & Old Warden were held to a 2-2 draw by AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College. Zak Rowe and Matthew McCartney on the home scoresheet against a brace in reply from Martin Ivy. The point lifting Town up into fourth place in the league table above the trophy playing Renhold United.

Britannia Cup Quarter-Finals

The result of the round belonged to Flitwick Town in winning 3-1 at last seasons beaten finalists Shefford Town & Campton. Peter Kouwenberg heading them in front in the 65th minute before Jack Renney levelled matters for the hosts just 10 minutes later, but it was to be Town's day after Robert Tapley took them back in front seven minutes from time and Kouwenberg added a third goal from the penalty spot in the 88th minute.

For current holders Oakley Sports M&DH it was a 5-1 extra time win at Wilshamstead. Jack Hogstran on their scoresheet inside the first 90 minutes against a home reply from Paul Jones before in extra time Shaun Barnett netted a hat-trick and substitute Aaran Wright a further goal to bring up the nap hand.

Also requiring extra time to progress into the semi-final were AFC Biggleswade with a 3-2 win at Bedford Sports Athletic.Bryn Williams and Barrie Chamberlain on their scoresheet in normal time against home replies from Daniel Bond and Ian Asplin before James Martin headed home the visitors winner in the second period of extra time.

Joining these clubs in the last four are Bedford Hatters, for them it was a 4-2 home win over Marston Shelton Rovers.Mark Reed, Simon Pixley, James Mullen and Ashley Deverall all finding the back of the net against Rovers replies via Andy Klein and Mark Champkin.

Division One

Shillington are now back onto the top of the league table after they ended Shefford Town & Campton Reserves unbeaten home ways of five games by beating them 4-0. Steve Gay shooting them in front in the 58th minute before a brace of goals from Adrian Fontenelle in the 61st and 73rd minutes were added to three minutes from time by Wayne Goldsmith.

The Shills have taken over top spot from Pavenham who were beaten 5-3 at Luton Boys who were recording their fourth win on the bounce.Naashon Bennett with a brace plus goals from Rhys Calvano, Lawrence Kitson and Steve O'Dell marking the home scoresheet against replies via James Owen twice and Michael Bates.

Centenary Cup Quarter-Finals

Top scorers of the day were Caldecote Reserves with a 9-0 home win over Brickhill Tigers. Stuart Kemp leading the way with a hat-trick, Joe Aris on the scorsheet twice and joined by Matt Basta, Gary Allum, Tom Dupey and Mark Endersby.

For last seasons beaten finalists Sandy it was a heart breaking penalty shoot-out defeat at Elstow Abbey.Charlie Nicholson giving the Abbey the lead in the 22nd minute which was cancelled out by a strike from Chris Nicholls in the 77th minute to see the tie end 1-1. After extra time saw no addition to the scoreline, Abbey goalkeeper Jon Cole became the match winner by keeping out the first two Sandy spot kicks from John Joe Pekszye and Andrew Wren and despite the visitors Nathan Morris and Ryan Gregory getting the better of Cole, Abbey netted all of their first four efforts via Jason Harrison, Dom Parrella, Travis Joseph and Sam Reed to progress into the last four.

The club the others will all wish to avoid in the semi-final draw will be Leighton United who ran out 2-1 winners at Kings AFC. Lee Redmond and Kevin Hilton the United goalscorers against a home reply via Oli Plested.

It was also a good day on the road for Henlow, for them thanks to an 80th minute solo goal from Charlie Richardson it was a 1-0 win at AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves.

Division Two

Goldington remain on top of the division two league table after they shared the spoils in a 4-4 draw at start of play second place Marabese Ceramics. Justin Muircroft twice plus Antony Plaiter and Damion Quigley their goalscorers against home replies via Gary Hillard twice plus Kevin Fehmi and Romano Marabese. Despite the stalemate helping The Tilermen to stretch their unbeaten ways to eight games they have now been overtaken in the league standings by Sundon Park Rangers who ran out 4-1 home winners over Westoning. Nick Buttigeig with a brace plus strikes from Luke Evans and Matt Conway only being replied to by David Stewart for the visitors.

Going one better were Stopsley Park, they returned to winning ways for the first time in four outings with a 5-1 home win over bottom of the table Meltis Albion who have now lost their last seven games. Nathan Henry with a hat-trick plus goals from Simon Richards and Lee West bringing up the nap hand against a lone reply from Antony Ursell.

Elsewhere, Cranfield United Reserves kept themselves right in the promotion picture by retaining their seasons unbeaten home ways with a 3-0 win over Potton United Reserves.Josh Wethlor, James Armstrong and David Anderson all finding the back of the net.

Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup Quarter-Finals

The result of the round belonged to division three Great Barford who despite conceding home advantage still netted a 1-0 victory over division two side Eastcotts AFC thanks to a goal from Stefan Wilson.

The other three ties also all going to the visitors, Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves with goals from Matthew Atherton, Alex Liburd and Jamie Carter winning 3-2 at Queens Park Crescents in an all division two clash. Whilst division two Woburn Athletic required extra time to prevail 4-2 at division three Wilshamstead Reserves. Dan McClaren with a hat-trick plus Antony Kostiw on the Safari Boys goalsheet against a home brace in reply from Liam Philip that took the game into extra time.

The fourth tie seeing Bromham United emerge penalty shoot-out winners at St Joseph Reserves in the days second all division two tie. Bobby McGarth for the home side and Robin Hewitt for United netting in normal time before successful spot kicks by Ben Robinson, Dave Baxter and Alex Farr saw United home to a 3-2 shoot-out win.

Division Three

Bedford Park Rangers remain rooted to the bottom of the division three league table after suffering their eighth consecutive home league defeat 7-2 at the hands of Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves. Ryan Porter with a hat-trick plus goals from Alex Ingham, Victoriano Gonzalez, Aaran Kersey and Gavin Stackman netting for the visitors against a brace in reply from Rangers Kieren Souter.

Now up into second spot in the league table are Riseley Sports, they took their unbeaten away ways up to six games with a 3-0 win at second from bottom of the table Royal Oak Kempston. James Law with a brace plus a strike from Greg Moksa doing the damage.

Watson Shield Second Round

Division four Kempston Con Club Sports provided the days sole giant-killing act when they netted a 4-2 extra time win over division three Dunton. Ryan Collis netting twice inside the first 90 minutes against visiting replies from Steve Pugh and Lawrence Bosher, before the Sports won the day with extra time strikes from Michael Darnell and James Greenslades.

For division four Wootton Village it was a 2-0 defeat away at division three Renhold United Reserves for whom Justin Patterson and Reece Bell netted. Whilst Stevington of division three required extra time to net a 6-2 home win over division four Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves. Gavin White with a hat-trick plus strikes from Luke Cronin, Jordan McMullen and Sam King doing the damage against Rovers replies via Ben Greenwood and Dan Parkes in the opening 90 minutes.

In an all division three clash, Clifton also required extra time to win 4-2 at home over Potton Town. Lee Marshall and Gareth Boness for the home side having their goals in the opening 90 minutes cancelled out by a brace from Chris Cooper, until extra time strikes from Barry Hallybone and Tony Norman which were both set-up by player-manager Gareth Carter won the day for Clifton. The second all division three tie between Westoning Reserves and Kempston Hammers Sports falling victim to a waterlogged pitch.

Elsewhere, the all division four clash saw Dinamo Flitwick prevail 3-2 at home over Flitwick Town Reserves. Jake Taylor, Davis Elias and Jamie Burton on the home scoresheet against Town replies via Gary Stringer and David Lyons.

These teams will be joined in the quarter-final draw by Shefford Town & Campton A who gained a walk-over from their tie with Marsh Leys and the winners of next weekends Wilshamsted Reserves v Sandy Reserves encounter.

Division Four

Bedford Panthers lead at the head of the division four league table is now up to five points following their 5-2 home victory over Shefford Town & Campton A. Gary Philipson with a brace plus Tom Wade, Kudza Madzivanyika and Aaron Perrett on their goalsheet against replies from Andy Goddard and Matthew Johns.

Panthers lead increasing to those five points after second place Elstow Abbey Reserves were held to a 1-1 draw at Dunton Reserves. Ed L'Erario giving The Abbey a 30th minute lead before Nick Albone levelled matters 20 minutes from time.

Now up into third spot are Kempston Athletic, they made it five wins on the bounce with a 4-3 home victory over Caldecote A. Gary Whitbread, James Maxwell, Dave Wild and Gavin Matthews netting for The Athletic against replies via Andrew Spiers twice and James Whitmore.

Whilst climbing up into fifth spot are Clifton Reserves following their 3-2 win at Sandy Reserves. Nick Thomas, Joe Matthews and Harry Fisher their goalscorers against a brace in reply from Jonnie Stratford.

Preview for Saturday 9th February 2013.

Premier Division supported by Sportsform action this weekend takes current league leaders and title favourites Caldecote on the road to Rectory Close to face Shefford Town & Campton. In their last domestic outing on January 12th they were beaten 3-1 by their hosts at the same venue in Britannia Cup action, a sure fact that will ensure they will be fully focussed in their endeavour to chalk up their seventh away league win on the bounce and keep the chasing pack of clubs at bay at the head of the league standings.

Of those clubs, two go head to head at Miller Road with the meeting between hosts Bedford Hatters and Renhold United.The Hatters searching for their fifth home league win on the bounce against a United side that has been beaten just the once on the road in league action thus far this season. Whilst on The Green, two other title contenders meet each other when sixth place Ickwell & Old Warden receive a visit from second place Oakley Sports M&DH.

Elsewhere at The Armadillo Stadium its home action for third place Arlesey Town Reserves against Marston Shelton Rovers.Town having their first home league outing of 2013 against a Rovers side who travel in search of their third away league win on the bounce and revenge for their home league defeat against The Town back in mid-October. Whilst at Hurst Grove, still unbeaten at home this season Lidlington United Sports play hosts to a Flitwick Town side that has lost just the once in league action on the road all season.

For AFC Biggleswade, its home Carlsberg Stadium action against fourth place Kempston Town & Bedford College. Whilst at Grange Lane, bottom of the table Bedford Sports Athletic look for their first league win of the season when called upon by the club immediately above them in the league standings Wilshamstead.The visitors travelling looking for their own first away win of the season.

Despite only currently sitting in third place in the league table Leighton United are still regarded by many as the division one title favourites and at their Stanbridge Road base they will be fully expected to add another three points to their quest and achieve league win number five on the bounce when visited by a Brickhill Tigers side whose lone league away win of the season came as long ago as the second weekend of the season at Henlow.

Over at Greenfields, its home action for perhaps United's most serious rivals for the title Shillington when the current league leaders play hosts to second from bottom of the table Kings AFC.With the hosts having won their last seven home games and the visitors having only collected points from two of their seven away league outings to date you would perhaps see this game being a home banker. But wait, just three weeks ago the boys from King George VI Playing Fields removed The Shills from the Centenary Cup with a 4-0 victory to suggest things are never that easy.

Certainly with no easy task before them to enchance their fading title hopes with another victory are current second place Pavenham, for them its a trip on the road to Bedford Road Recreation Ground to be hosted by Sandy.With just two away league wins to their name all season Pavenham will be fully aware that their hosts have suddenly hit form to remain unbeaten in league action since mid-November during which time they have run up a sequence of three consecutive home wins.

Other action in this division comes at Hillgrounds, the venue at which hosts and bottom of the table AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves will be looking for their first league win of the season when called upon by Shefford Town & Campton Reserves and at Chaul End Lane where fifth place Luton Boys play hosts to eighth place Henlow. With the visitors having only won in league action twice on the road this season whilst the hosts have won three of their last four home outings, a home win looks to be the likeliest outcome. Whilst over at Harvey Close, fourth place Caldecote Reserves play hosts to ninth place Elstow Abbey who hit the road looking to avoid a third consecutive away league defeat.

For Division Two sides the main spotlight again falls on cup action in The Jubilee Cup. At Oakley Playing Fields its first round action between Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves and Goldington for the right to host Meltis Albion in round two. With the visitors having only suffered one away defeat all season and having also already netted a 5-1 home league win over their hosts back in late October, it will be them who will start the day favourites to progress.

The pick of the round two ties comes at Ickleford Playing Fields where Marabese Ceramics play hosts to Bromham United. The Tilermen going into the tie now unbeaten in their last eight league outings to face a United side who have won their last four league outings. Whilst over at Greenfield Road where Westoning remain unbeaten on home soil this season, the visitors are Queens Park Crescents. Beds FA Junior Cup action at the same venue in late September saw the hosts win 3-1 but with The Crescents having only lost two other games on the road this season an away win is not out of the question.

The final tie coming in Leagrave Park, the venue at which St Joseph Reserves host Cranfield United Reserves. In early December the hosts needed a penalty shoot-out to prevail over United in The Beds FA Junior Cup at the same venue thus another close encounter looks to be on the cards.

League action in Division Two is thus restricted to just three games. Starting on Friday evening at The Hollow where second from bottom of the table Potton United Reserves play just their third home league game of the season when called upon by bottom of the table Meltis Albion for a 7.45pm kick off. Then on Saturday at Crawley Road, Woburn Athletic with just one home victory from their last six outings play hosts to an Eastcotts AFC side who are now unbeaten in their last five away league trips from their Weston Park base. Whilst it's local derby action at Lothair Road where hosts Stopsley Park take on Sundon Park Rangers who travel looking for their third away league win on the bounce.

In Division Three with league leaders Marsh Leys future still in the balance, third place Clifton will be looking to take their unbeaten league ways to eight games when they journey to Fishers Close to face a Great Barford side that has been beaten just twice on home soil all season.Whilst at their Playing Field headquarters, Stevington will be on the look out for their third consecutive league win to help them steer well clear of the drop zone at the other end of the table when visited by Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves.

Elsewhere at Cutler Hammer, third from bottom of the table hosts Kempston Hammers Sports look for just their second home win of the season when they receive a visit from a Westoning Reserves side in search of their third away league victory on the bounce to enhance their seasons medal hopes. With last weekends Watson Shield game between the sides postponed this fixture could be subject to amendment which will be updated during the week on

Other action coming at Renhold Playing Fields, the venue at which hosts Renhold United Reserves also look for just their second home league win of the season against the visiting second place Riseley Sports side that are now unbeaten in their last six away league games. Whilst for bottom of the table Bedford Park Rangers who have failed to win any of their last 13 league outings it's home Mowsbury Park action against Dunton and in Hillgrounds. Royal Oak Kempston will be the third division three club looking for just their second home win of the season when called upon by a Potton Town side that will travel looking for it's fourth away league win on the bounce.

Meantime at Jubilee Playing Fields, division three Wilshamstead Reserves play hosts to division four Sandy Reserves in round one of the Watson Shield and with the visitors only having one away victory to their name this season you would expect the home side to progress into the last 16.

In Division Four its trips on the road for both of the leading title challengers, league leaders Bedford Panthers making their way to Marston Playing Fields to defend their seasons 100% away record against fourth place hosts Marston Shelton Rovers who themselves will be looking for their fifth home win on the bounce. Whilst second place Elstow Abbey Reserves make the short journey to Steppingley Road to take on sixth place Flitwick Town Reserves.

Over in Hillgrounds, third place Kempston Athletic will be searching out league win number six on the bounce when called upon by fifth place Clifton Reserves. Whilst at the same venue, Kempston Con Club Sports play hosts to the visiting Shefford Town & Campton A.

Elsewhere for bottom of the table Wootton Village, the destination to record their first win in seven league outings is Horseshoes Close where they will be hosted by Dunton Reserves. Whilst at Harvey Close, second from bottom of the table Caldecote A take on Dinamo Flitwick.

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