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Sunday 10th February 2013
Oakley Sports M&DH close the gap to just a single point at the top of the Premier Division Table.
Premier Division supported by Sportform

Caldecote's lead at the head of the Premier Division supported by Sportsform league table is now down to just a single point after they were beaten 3-2 at Shefford Town & Campton to lose their 12 game unbeaten league run. All was going to plan in the first period when a brace of goals from Jack Boyd shot them 2-0 ahead by the half-time break only for second period strikes from Andrew Hayday, Chris Clark and Jake Renney see the hosts home to collect all three points.

For second place Oakley Sports M&DH, it was a 5-2 victory at Ickwell & Old Warden. Shaun Barnett with a brace plus strikes from Dan Kelly, Mark Smith and Jamie Lally only being replied to by Lee Threadgold and Andrew Vallom to leave the hosts now without a win from their last five outings and rapidly slipping out of this seasons title race.

In third spot just goal difference shy of Oakley Sports M&DH are Arlesey Town Reserves following their 4-2 home win over Marston Shelton Rovers. Luke Sharples, Tyler Prince, Mark Philips and Callum Mason on the Town's scoresheet against Rovers replies via Jamie Cerminara and Lee Dudley.

Remaining very much in the title chase are Renhold United after they ended Bedford Hatters five game unbeaten run by beating them 5-4 on their own soil. All this coming after The Hatters had raced into a 3-0 lead. Scott Joseph with a hat-trick plus a brace from Jason Allison outweighing a Hatters hat-trick from Keith Thomas and a goal from Mark Reed.

Down at the other end of the table, bottom of the league Bedford Sports Athletic suffered a 9-1 home defeat against Wilshamstead. Paul Jones netting six times alongside an own goal plus strikes from Matt Davison and Colin Marshall against a lone home reply from Andrew Latimer.

Elsewhere, Lidlington United Sports retained their seasons unbeaten home ways with a 2-1 victory over Flitwick Town. Alex Burrows and Dom Martins on the home scoresheet against a Town reply via Liam Keane. Whilst AFC Biggleswade were also 2-1 home winners over AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College, John Butler netting both goals against a Town reply from John Guiney.

Division One

Shillington remain five points clear at the head of the division one standings after netting their seventh home win on the bounce in a 5-1 scoreline against second from bottom of the table Kings AFC. Jim Gentry with a brace plus goals from Wayne Goldsmith, Phil Bright and Steve Gay bringing up the nap hand against a lone reply from Marcus Tomlin.

Now in second spot but with two games in hand are Leighton United, they netted win number five on the bounce 5-3 at home over Brickhill Tigers. Paul Darton, Ashley Wadhams, Lee Redmond, Kevin Hilton and Luke Dolan all finding the back of the net against Tigers replies from Joe Price, Kieran Walsh and Tom Williams.

Losing out on that second spot and dropping down to third place in the table are Pavenham after they were beaten 1-0 at Sandy. James Hearson netting the goal to take Sandy's unbeaten league ways up to six games.

Also still in a rich vein of form are Luton Boys, for them it was win number five on bounce with a 4-2 home win over Henlow. Ali Mollyhadeen, Kitson Lawrence, Alex McDade and Rhys Calvano seeing their goals only replied to by Andy Newton and Keith Milburn.

However, the biggest scorers of the day were Shefford Town & Campton Reserves who netted a 7-0 away win at bottom of the table AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves. Simon Castle and Ryan Dobson both netting twice alongside an own goal plus strikes from Scott Frusciante and Ollie Morgan. Whilst at Harvey Close, Caldecote Reserves and Elstow Abbey Reserves shared the spoils from a 1-1 draw. Harry Ellis firing The Abbey in front in the 35th minute before Mark Endersby struck for the home side 10 minutes into the second half.

Jubilee Cup

In the lone outstanding round one tie, Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves earned themselves a home game at the quarter-final stage against Meltis Albion with a 5-1 home victory over Goldington. Matthew Atherton with a brace plus goals from Alex Liburd, Raymond Patrickson and Dan Lupton only being replied to by Ben Flatters. The winners of that quarter-final tie will then travel for a semi-final outing at St Joseph Reserves who emerged home quarter-final penalty shoot-out winners over Cranfield United Reserves. The shoot-out being won 4-3 after 90 and then 120 minutes play had seen the sides deadlocked at 3-3. David McLeod, Josh Langlais and Tom Moloney on the home scoresheet against United replies from Steve Mullen, Josh Whetlor and James Armstrong.

In other quarter-final action, Marabese Ceramics were 3-2 home winners over Bromham United thanks to a hat-trick from Gary Hillard against United replies from Jahrome Mullings and Ben Robinson. Their reward being a semi-final trip to face Queens Park Crescents who won 3-1 at Westoning despite a home goal from Sam Childs.

Division Two

Action commenced this weekend on Friday evening when Potton United lifted themselves out of the relegation zone by sending bottom of the table Meltis Albion to their eighth consecutive defeat with a 4-1 home victory. Ahead via a Steve Gibbons strike on the half-hour mark, they then saw Adam Cranny level matters for the visitors nine minutes into the second period before Gibbons restored their lead in the 64th minute which was followed by strikes from Freddie Robinson three minutes later and Ben Talbot 15 minutes from time to win the points.

Then the following afternoon, with Goldington away on cup duty, Sundon Park Rangers took over the leadership of the league table following their 4-0 win at Stopsley Park.Eddie Lewis and Matt Conway both netting twice each. Whilst at Crawley Road, Woburn Athletic failed to prevent Eastcotts AFC taking their unbeaten away league ways up to six games as the sides shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Ryan Norwood netting for The Safari Boys against a reply from Jimmy Jacobs

Division Three

With Marsh Leys demise now confirmed it was a day for several sides to re-stake their title/promotion claims. Alas for perhaps the new title favourites Clifton, it was an end to their seven game unbeaten run when defeated 3-2 at Great Barford who themselves are now well and truly in that title race.All the goals coming in the opening half, strikes from Gareth Boness and Tony Norman shooting Clifton 2-0 ahead before the tide was turned with a home brace from Dave Mulvihill and a goal for Sam Queeley.

Whilst Riseley Sports six game unbeaten run came to an end with a 2-1 defeat at Renhold United Reserves. Kane Alexander and Delroy Phillips on the United scoresheet against a Sportsmans reply from Paul Brown.

However, enhancing their hopes of division two football next season were Potton Town with a 1-0 win at Royal Oak Kempston thanks to a goal from James Pyman. Whilst also winning on the road were Dunton, for them it was a 2-1 win at bottom of the table Bedford Park Rangers. Lawrence Bosher netting both goals against a Rangers reply via Shaun Finlay.

Meantime, Stevington chalked up win number three on the bounce with a 3-1 home victory over Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves. Andy Sly netting twice and Ben Walsh once against a lone reply from Daniel Lloyd.

Watson Shield Round Two

Kempston Hammers Sports will now face a home quarter-final tie against Renhold United Reserves after emerging 4-3 away winners over Westoning Reserves in a game that was played at their own Cutler Hammer base. Jimmy Grandidge twice plus an own goal and a strike from Nick Tysoe outweighing a brace in reply from Gareth White and a goal from James Deasismont-Bennett.

Joining them in the quarter-finals are Wilshamstead Reserves who will now travel to Stevington following their 5-3 home win over Sandy Reserves. Mark Cuthbert with a hat-trick plus a brace from Jay Hall bringing up the nap hand against replies via Peter Rogan twice and Jonnie Stratford once.

Division Four

League leaders Bedford Panthers were to see their seasons 100% away record disappear when beaten 3-2 at Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves who were recording their fifth home win on the bounce to reclaim third spot in the league table. Ben Greenwood, Dan Parkes and Dean Clark the Rovers scorers against Panther replies from Kudzai Madzivanyika and Ben Nash.

However, Panthers lead at the head of the league standings is still four points after second place Elstow Abbey Reserves failed to take full advantage when held to a
3-3 away draw at Flitwick Town Reserves. Ravi Jessani, Ben Ward and Kevan Leach on the Town scoresheet against Abbey replies from Lewis Aitken, Sean Hendry and Kyron Layne.

Losing out on that third spot to The Rovers and now in fourth place are Kempston Athletic, their five game winning run ended when held to a 3-3 home draw by Clifton Reserves. Nick Thomas the Clifton hero with a hat-trick against home replies from James Maxwell, Nicholas Ememe and Gavin Matthews.

With Horseshoes Close unavailable due to a burst water main, Dunton Reserves conceded home advantage and travelled to meet bottom of the table Wootton Village on their own patch. The result a 2-2 draw, Nick Albone netting twice for Dunton against Village replies via Ivan Anderson and Dwayne Simpson.

Enjoying better fortune on the road were Shefford Town & Campton A with a 4-2 victory at Kempston Con Club Sports. Pete Saunders, Joe Lewis, Stuart Harvey and Wayne Haxton netting their goals against home replies via Jamie Coates and Colin Slade.Whilst Caldecote A claimed just their second home win of the season to climb out of the bottom two at the expense of the cup playing Sandy Reserves with a 1-0 win over Dinamo Flitwick. Andrew Spiers netting the vital goal.

Preview for Saturday 16th February 2013

Action this weekend in the Premier Division supported by Sportsform section brings about home action at Harvey Close for current league leaders Caldecote when they set about defending their seasons unbeaten home league ways against local rivals AFC Biggleswade. Having already beaten The Waders twice this season you would expect the hosts to prevail, but both victories were by a single goal margin and with the visitors now enjoying their best spell of the season this will be no easy three points for the hosts to collect.

For second place Oakley Sports M&DH, who still harbour the dream of a league and cup double its an away trip to Miller Road looking to extend their unbeaten ways to six games against eighth place hosts Bedford Hatters.

Meantime over at Lodge Road, second from bottom of the table Sharnbrook will be playing their first league game of 2013 when visited by fifth place AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College. Whilst at The Armadillo Stadium where third place Arlesey Town Reserves have been beaten just the once in league action this season their visitors are third from bottom of the table Wilshamstead.Having applied for promotion to Step 6 for season 2013-14, Town now need to ensure they obtain a top five finish this term, thus anything less than the full three points will be regarded as a set back to those plans.

Elsewhere its a chance for a spot of revenge for both Shefford Town & Campton plus Ickwell & Old Warden for their recent exits from the Britannia Cup. Sixth place Town making tracks for Steppingley Road to take on Flitwick Town and the men from the Green heading to Marston Playing Fields to be hosted by Marston Shelton Rovers.

Other action coming at Grange Lane where bottom of the table Bedford Sports Athletic look for their first win of the season against a visiting Lidlington United Sports side that have won just the once on the road in league action this season.

In Division One, the game of the day comes with the visit of Leighton United to be hosted by Pavenham at their Playing Field headquarters. Should United preserve their seasons 100% away ways then you would feel the hosts have all but lost any chance of lifting the division one league title this season. The other club right in the division one title mix is of course current league leaders Shillington, for them its a tough looking game when they travel to Chaul End Lane to face a Luton Boys side that will be looking for its sixth consecutive home win.

Over at The Warren, hosts Elstow Abbey are visited by a Sandy side they removed from the Centenary Cup in a penalty shoot-out just 14 days ago and at Rectory Close, Shefford Town & Campton Reserves look to resume winning home ways when called upon by a Caldecote Reserves side who travel looking for their first away league win since winning at Henlow back in early November.

For Henlow themselves, its home Groveside action against bottom of the table AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves who travel looking for their first away point/points of the season in this their seventh trip away from their Hillgrounds base this season.

Just above The Town in the league standings are AFC Kings, their results in recent weeks suggesting that they will fancy their chance of collecting just their second home league win of the season when called upon by Brickhill Tigers whose last league away win came as long ago as the second weekend of the season at Henlow.

Whilst away on Jubilee Cup duty last weekend Goldington lost the leadership of the division two league table to Sundon Park Rangers, but with the Rangers sitting the afternoon out they will be back at the summit of the table should they collect the maximum points from their home Mowsbury Park outing against Eastcotts AFC.

Whilst its trips on the road for two of the other sides in the promotion race, Marabese Ceramics now unbeaten in their last eight league outings heading to Lothair Road looking for their fourth away win on the bounce against Stopsley Park. Whilst just down the road in Leagrave Park, its a re-visit for Cranfield United Reserves just seven days after their Jubilee Cup penalty shoot-out defeat against St Joseph Reserves to now face them in league action.

Still very much in the promotion mix are Bromham United, for them its a trip to Greenfield Road to be hosted by Westoning. United looking for their fifth league win on the bounce against a home side that still remain unbeaten on home soil this season.

The final game in this division taking place at Crawley Road, the venue at which fifth place Woburn Athletic take on the visiting second from bottom of the table Queens Park Crescents.

In The Jubilee Cup, action comes at Oakley Playing Fields where Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves play hosts to Meltis Albion in a quarter-final tie for the right to visit St Joseph Reserves at the last four stage.

In Division Three with the demise of Marsh Leys now confirmed, the title/promotion race is once again wide open. At Fisher Close, Great Barford look for their fourth win on the bounce when they go into local derby action against Dunton. Whilst at Gold Street, Riseley Sports having lost at Renhold United Reserves last weekend now face them at home seeking their revenge.

Over in Mowsbury Park, bottom of the table Bedford Park Rangers face a Potton Town side that looks for its fifth league away win on the bounce and in Hillgrounds, second from bottom of the table Royal Oak Kempston are in home action against perhaps the new title favourites Clifton who will start the day firm favourites to collect the spoils.

Other action coming on The Green, the venue at which hosts Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves look to end a run of three straight defeats when called upon by a Westoning Reserves side that travel looking for their third away league win on the bounce and at Cutler Hammer, Kempston Hammers Sports receive a visit from Stevington who hit the road looking for their fourth consecutive league win.

The Hockey Centre is the venue of the division four game of the day, at which league leaders Bedford Panthers face in form third place Kempston Athletic who travel looking for their fourth away league win on the bounce. Whilst second place Elstow Abbey Reserves make the short journey to take on bottom of the table Wootton Village at their Recreation Ground headquarters fully aware that The Village knocked them out of the Beds FA Junior Cup earlier in the season.

Over at Whiston Crescent, Clifton Reserves will be in search of just their third home league win of the season when called upon by a Kempston Con Club Sports side that have lost their last four away league outings.At Horseshoes Close, Dunton Reserves with just three home league wins to their name all season take on a Dinamo Flitwick side that have only won at Flitwick Town Reserves on the road in league action during the current campaign.

For Flitwick Town Reserves themselves, they will be heading to Bedford Road Recreation Ground now losers of their last four away league games to be hosted by Sandy Reserves who have won just the twice on home soil in the league this season. Whilst at Digswell Playing Fields, Shefford Town & Campton A winners of their last two home encounters receive a visit from fellow third teamers Caldecote A.

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