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Sunday 17th February 2013
Wilshamstead go nap at The Armadillo. Whilst Threadgold goes nap at The Rovers.
Premier Division supported by Sportsform

Caldecote's lead at the head of the Premier Division supported by Sportsform league table remains at a single point after they preserved their seasons unbeaten league home record with a 3-1 victory over AFC Biggleswade.Following a scoreless opening period, goals from Jack Boyd, Tom Cookman plus a Kai Griffiths-Shilton penalty shot them 3-0 ahead before Seldon Washington netted for the visitors 10 minutes from time.

Meantime second place Oakley Sports M&DH were taking their unbeaten ways up to six games with a 3-2 win at Bedford Hatters.Shaun Barnett netting twice and Mark Smith once from the penalty spot against home replies from Ashley Deverall and Keith Thomas.

For third place Arlesey Town Reserves it was just their second home defeat of the season when beaten 5-1 by Wilshamstead. Paul Jones, Kevin Butler, Colin Marshall, Matt Hulett and Dylan Schimper all finding the net for the visitors who were taking their unbeaten ways up to five games against a home penalty in reply from Mark Philips.

It was revenge day for recent Britannia Cup defeats for both Ickwell & Old Warden and Shefford Town & Campton. Ickwell & Old Warden winning for the first time in six league outings when five goals from Lee Threadgold took them to a 5-0 win at Marston Shelton Rovers. Whilst strikes from Michael Jones on 58 minutes and Jake Renney seven minutes from time saw Shefford Town & Campton claim their third win on the bounce at Flitwick Town.

Elsewhere, Sharnbrook remain in second from bottom position in the league table after going down 2-1 at home against AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College. Lyndon Ingerson and Tom Marvin on the Town scoresheet against a home reply from Sammi Gingell. Whilst bottom of the table Bedford Sports Athletic are still looking for their first league win of the season after losing 4-1 at home to Lidlington United Sports who won their fourth game on the bounce. Kieren Wills, Ben Marwood, Nicky Barton and Darren Sims all netting for United against a lone reply from Asa Mead.

Division One

With current league leaders Shillington having their game at Luton Boys postponed, second place Leighton United failed to take full advantage when they lost their seasons 100% away record when held to a 1-1 draw at third place Pavenham. James Owen on target for the home side against a United reply from Robert Smith which leaves his club now four points adrift of The Shills but with only one game in hand.

For fourth place Caldecote Reserves it was a 3-1 defeat at Shefford Town & Campton Reserves.Ryan Dobson netting twice and Sam Amosh once for The Town against a lone Jack Aris reply.

Elsewhere, Elstow Abbey returned to winning ways for the first time in four starts with a 3-2 home win over a Sandy side that was being beaten for the first time in seven league outings. Abbey winning the game with an 89th minute winner from Percy Chagwiza. Dom Parrella and Dave McCarthy also on The Abbey scoresheet against replies via Ian Hammett and Mark Jennings.

For bottom of the table AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves its now seven consecutive away defeats after being beaten 1-0 at Henlow. Russel Ayles netting the lone goal just 25 minutes into the contest.

However for second from bottom of the table Kings AFC, it was a share of the spoils from a 3-3 home draw against Brickhill Tigers. Jhey Tompkins, Ollie Plested and Owen Tuffin on the home scoresheet against Tigers replies from Kieran Walsh, Padraic Walsh and Danny Wing.

Division Two

With league leaders Sundon Park Rangers sitting the afternoon out, Goldington failed to jump back onto the top of the league table when held to a 1-1 home draw by Eastcotts AFC who now climb up into fifth spot after taking their unbeaten ways up to seven games. Michael Luke netting for the home side against a reply from Ciaran Alexander.

With the scheduled Stopsley Park v Marabese Ceramics; St Joseph Reserves v Cranfield United Reserves and Westoning v Bromham United games postponed. The only other division two action came at Crawley Road, where Woburn Athletic, despite earning an own goal, were beaten 2-1 at home by Queens Park Crescents.

Jubilee Cup Quarter-Final

Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves now face a trip to St Joseph Reserves at the last four stage after emerging 5-2 home winners over Meltis Albion. Alex Liburd with a hat-trick plus goals from Alex Reynolds and John Parsons bringing up the nap hand against Albion replies via Dan Smith and Steve Goodman.

Division Three

With the division three title/promotion race now wide open following the demise of Marsh Leys there were wins for all of the four main contenders. For current league leaders Potton Town, it was win number five on the bounce 2-1 away at bottom of the table Bedford Park Rangers. Jamie Hutchinson and Chris Cooper on the scoresheet against a Rangers reply from Shaun Finlay.Whilst second place Riseley Sports returned to winning ways with a 3-1 home win over Renhold United Reserves. James Law with a brace and Niall O'Connor on the scoresheet against a United reply from Kane Alexander.

Meantime, third place Clifton won 2-0 at second from bottom of the table Royal Oak Kempston thanks to a goal from Ricky Aris and a penalty from Gareth Boness. Whilst fourth place Great Barford took their winning ways up to four games with a 3-0 home victory over Dunton. Josh Pierre St Clair, Sam Queeley and Michael Pickard netting the vital goals.

Over at Cutler Hammer, Kempston Hammers Sports and Stevington shared the spoils from a 2-2 draw. Jason Beddall shooting The Hammers in front in the 16th minute before Jordan McMullen levelled matters for the visitors on the half-hour mark. Hammers regaining the lead just three minutes from time via a second Beddall strike only to see Ian Woods even things up from the penalty spot in the 89th minute.

The game between Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves and Westoning Reserves being postponed due to an unplayable playing surface.

Division Four

With second place Elstow Abbey Reserves having their game at Wootton Village waterlogged off,Bedford Panthers lead at the head of the league table is now up to seven points following their 1-0 home win over a Kempston Athletic side that was losing for the first time in nine league outings. Gary Philipson netting the vital goal.

For fifth place Clifton Reserves it was a 2-1 home victory over Kempston Con Club Sports. Sam Chung and Nick Thomas on the scoresheet against a reply from James Coates. Whilst sixth place Flitwick Town Reserves were beaten 3-0 at Sandy Reserves, Jonnie Stratford doing all the damage with a hat-trick to lift Sandy out of the bottom two of the league table at the expense of Caldecote A who were beaten 2-0 at Shefford Town & Campton A. Dave Young and Jake Brown the home goalscorers.

Whilst with the Horseshoe Close burst water main still not fixed, Dunton Reserves travelled to face Dinamo Flitwick on their own patch, the result a share of the spoils from a 2-2 draw. Harry Stent and Nicky Albone netting for Dunton against replies via Dale Goldie and Scott Hannam.

Preview for Saturday 23rd February 2013

This weekend’s action in The Premier Division supported by Sportsform section brings about a real six pointer of a game at the top of the standings, when at Oakley Playing Fields second place hosts Oakley Sports M&DH receive a visit from Renhold United. The visitors having been beaten just the once on their league travels this season hitting the road to inflict what would only be their hosts second home league defeat of the season.

For current league leaders Caldecote,its home action at Harvey Close against Wilshamstead.The hosts looking to defend their unbeaten home ways for the season against a rapidly improving Wilshamstead side whose need for points at the other end of the table is just as paramount. Whilst at Lodge Road, host club Sharnbrook also require points to climb away from the drop zone but will not find it easy when called upon by promotion seeking Arlesey Town Reserves.

Bedford Sports Athletic chances of beating the drop compare well with those of winning the jackpot on the lottery but that will not stop them from making every effort to win their first league game of the season when at Grange Road they are called upon by an AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Sports side for whom if successful, it would be just their fourth away league win of the season.

Over at Rectory Road, Shefford Town & Campton will perhaps fancy their chances of recording home win number three on the bounce against the visiting Bedford Hatters who have won just the once on the road in league action so far this season. Whilst at Steppingley Road, hosts Flitwick Town will go about improving their poor home form against in form visitors AFC Biggleswade.

The final game in this division taking place on The Green, the venue at which hosts Ickwell & Old Warden seek their first home win since beating Sharnbrook back in early November when visited by Lidlington United Sports who will hit the road looking for league win number five on the bounce.

The fight for the division one title now looks down to a straight battle between Leighton United and Shillington.However, this weekend both clubs face tricky games. League leaders Shillington making their way to Harvey Close to face fourth place Caldecote Reserves.Whilst at Stanbridge Road,Leighton United are in home action against Shefford Town & Campton Reserves who are more than capable of causing a surprise to assist their near neighbours quest for the title.

Over at Bedford Road Recreation Ground, it’s local derby action between Sandy and Henlow. The hosts looking for their fifth home win on the bounce against a Henlow side that have lost their last three away outings. .

Down at the bottom of the table and deep in the drop zone are Kings AFC.Having won just once on home soil all season and now on a four game losing run, its home King George VI Playing Field action against a visiting Luton Boys side who travel seeking their third away win on the bounce.Other action coming at Pavenham Playing Fields, the venue at which hosts Pavenham are visited by an Elstow Abbey side whose last league away win came as long ago as late October at Sandy.

In division two for league leaders Sundon Park Rangers its a trip to The Hollow seeking their fourth league win on the bounce against Potton United Reserves. Whilst for fifth place Eastcotts AFC now unbeaten in their last seven starts its a home game with a difference against bottom of the table Meltis Albion. The difference being the game will be played at Miller Road the home of The Albion.

Whilst over in Mowsbury Park, second place Goldington’s quest for the league title continues when they are visited by a Woburn Athletic side who have won just the twice on their league travels this season and for fellow title seekers Marabese Ceramics who currently sit in third spot,it’s a trip to Greenfield Road to be hosted by Westoning.The Tilermen looking to take their unbeaten league ways up to nine games against a home side that are yet to be beaten on home soil in league action this season. Meantime, two of the other promotion candidates go head to head at Crawley Road, the venue at which fourth place Cranfield United Reserves look to retain their seasons unbeaten home ways when visited by a Bromham United side who will hit the road looking for their fifth league win on the bounce.

Mowsbury Park is also the venue for Queens Park Crescents home encounter with Stopsley Park. Crescents looking to end a run of seven home league games without a victory against a Park side whose lone away league win of the season came in Mowsbury Park against Goldington back in late November. Whilst in Leagrave Park, St Joseph Reserves will be looking for just their third home win of the season when visited by an Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves side who themselves have won just the once in league action on the road this season.

It’s quarter-final day this weekend in The Watson Shield. At Whiston Crescent, third division title contenders Clifton will be firm favourites to make the last four when visited by local rivals Shefford Town & Campton A.Whilst home advantage might just be the difference in two of the three other ties. At their Playing Field headquarters where Stevington play hosts to fellow division three side Wilshamstead Reserves and in Hillgrounds for the all division four clash between Kempston Con Club Sports and the visiting Dinamo Flitwick.

The fourth tie being at Cutler Hammer, where Renhold United Reserves will fancy their chances of making the last four when they hit the road to be hosted by Kempston Hammers Sports in a second all division three clash.

In division three league action, its trips on the road for three of the four promotion sides in league action this weekend. Riseley Sports being fully expected to collect all three points from their journey into Mowsbury Park to face bottom of the table Bedford Park Rangers. A comment that also applies to Great Barford when they make roads for a Hillgrounds outing against second from the bottom of the table Royal Oak Kempston.

However, things might be a little harder for Westoning Reserves when they journey to Horseshoes Close to face a Dunton side who despite losing their last two home outings will take heart from their 5-3 away win at Greenfield Road earlier in the season as they go about the task of achieving a seasons league double over their visitors.

The one title contending club to enjoy home advantage will be current league leaders Potton Town, for them it’s home local derby Mill Lane action against Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves.

Division Four action this weekend being restricted to just four games.However,both of the title contenders will be in action.League leaders Bedford Panthers facing Kempston Athletic for the second consecutive weekend, this time on Athletic's own Hillgrounds patch.Last week they scraped home by just a single goal,thus another close encounter looks on the cards. Whilst at The Warren, second place Elstow Abbey Reserves look to preserve their 100% home league ways when called upon by a Sandy Reserves side whose lone away league win of the season came surprisingly at league leaders Bedford Panthers in early December.

The third game taking place comes at Marston Playing Fields, the venue at which hosts Marston Shelton Rovers seek home league win number six on the bounce when called upon by Dunton Reserves whose away win tally for the season stands at just two. Whilst the final fixture sees the bottom two sides go head to head at Wootton Recreation Ground, bottom of the table hosts Wootton Village looking for their first win in eight league outings when called upon by Caldecote A.

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