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Sunday 24th February 2013
Jones Boy on song to knock Caldecote off the top of the league table.
Premier Division supported by Sportsform
We have new leaders of The Premier Division supported by Sportsform league table in the shape of Oakley Sports M&DH following their 2-1 home victory over Renhold United and Caldecote's home defeat against Wilshamstead. Trailing to an early strike from United's Jason Allison, the Sportsmen were level via Shaun Barnett by half-time and extending their unbeaten ways up to seven games with a second-half winner from Dan Kelly. Meantime, Caldecote's unbeaten league home ways for the season were blown away when beaten 3-1 by Wilshamstead. Ahead via a goal from Barry Dellar, Caldecote found themselves trailing 2-1 at the break following strikes from Dylan Schimper and Paul Jones and their fate sealed when Jones added to the scoreline in the second period.
For third spot Arlesey Town Reserves it was a 4-1 away win at second from bottom of the table Sharnbrook, Mark Philips with a brace plus strikes from Sam Welbury and Charlie Marshall only being replied to by James Comb. Just a point behind the Town in fourth slot are AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College who required a 65th minute goal from Joe Willie to win 1-0 at bottom of the table Bedford Sports Athletic.
However, the top scorers of the day were Ickwell & Old Warden, they enjoyed a 6-0 home win over Lidlington United Sports thanks to a hat-trick from Andrew Vallom to go alongside two goals from Lee Threadgold and a strike from Craig Schurek.
Elsewhere, Shefford Town & Campton made it four wins on the bounce to remain in fifth spot in the league standings with a 3-1 home victory over Bedford Hatters. Simon Pixley shooting The Hatters ahead in the 33rd minute before the Town drew level four minutes into the second period via Chris Clark and won the day with goals from Andy Hayday 10 minutes later and Jordan Robbens right on the stroke of the final whistle.
Whilst returning to winning ways for the first time in six league outings were Flitwick Town with a 2-0 home win over AFC Biggleswade. Liam Keane and Martin Byrne netting the goals to do the damage.
Shillington's lead at the head of the division one league table is now down to two points after they were held to a 1-1 draw at Caldecote Reserves.Both goals coming from the penalty spot, Neil Giles successful for the home side and Wayne Goldsmith for the visitors.
Just those two points behind and also have played a game less are Leighton United, for them it was game number eight unbeaten with a 2-0 home win over Shefford Town & Campton Reserves. Paul Darton and Daryl Smith netting the vital goals.
For third place Pavenham it was a 3-2 home defeat at the hands of Elstow Abbey, Dave McCarthy shooting The Abbey ahead after six minutes before Tom Ellis squared matters seven minutes later and that's the way it remained until Travis Joseph took the Abbey back in front in the 52nd minute, but once again Pavenham drew level in the 70th minute via James Owen only to lose the game 3-2 after Joseph netted the winner from the penalty spot four minutes later.
Following four straight home wins, Sandy failed to chalk up the nap hand when losing 3-1 to Henlow. George Ironton giving the visitors the lead in the 13th minute which was cancelled out by a Ian Hammett penalty six minutes from the break before strikes from man of the match Ironton and Russell Ayles in the closing 10 minutes won the points for the visitors.
Elsewhere, Luton Boys winning run of five games was brought to an end when they were held to a 2-2 draw at second from bottom of the table Kings AFC. Luke Gardener and Ollie Plested on the home scoresheet against replies from Jason Blake and Lawrence Kitson.
Sundon Park Rangers lead at the top of the division two league table remains at a single point following their 5-1 away win at Potton United Reserves. Matt Conway with a hat-trick and Luke Evans with a brace taking the Rangers to their fourth win on the bounce against a lone United reply from Nick Collis.
For second place Goldington, it was a 3-1 home victory over Woburn Athletic.Antony Plaiter, James Morris and Kevin Evans on the scoresheet against a lone Safari Boys reply via Ben Nicholls.
Still in third spot and trailing the leaders by just four points but with two games in hand are Marabese Ceramics, for them it was a 1-0 win at Westoning who were losing on home soil for the first time this season. Arin Fehmi netting the lone goal to extend the Tilermen's winning away ways to four games.
Elsewhere, fourth place Cranfield United Reserves retained their season's unbeaten home ways when sharing the spoils in a 1-1 draw with sixth place Bromham United to keep both sides very much in the promotion mix. Lewis Tompkins netting for the home side against a reply from Paul Hubbard.
Also in that promotion mix are Eastcotts AFC, for them it was a 3-0 home win over Meltis Albion. Liam Parker netting twice and Michael Sexton once to take their unbeaten ways up to eight games.
Lying just outside the promotion race in seventh spot are St Joseph Reserves, for them it was a 5-0 home win over Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves. Josh Langlais with a hat-trick being joined on the scoresheet by Dan and Dave McLeod.
Whilst Queens Park Crescents are now unbeaten in their last five league outings after netting a 3-1 home win over Stopsley Park. Shan Rahman with a brace plus a goal from Ayaz Hussain only being replied to by Park's Jonathan McCausland.
There were dropped points for both of the leading two clubs, current league leaders Potton Town having their five game winning run ended when held to a 3-3 home draw by Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves. Jamie Hutchinson, Charlie Seward and Chris Cooper for The Town having their goals cancelled out by a brace from Daniel Whitten and a strike from Gavin Stackman. Whilst second place Riseley Sports were held by the same scoreline at bottom of the table Bedford Park Rangers.Tony Anynwn twice and Laurence James once on The Rangers scoresheet against replies from Paul Brown, Sylvester Mulenga and John Jeffery.
All of which was good news for third place Great Barford who chalked up win number five on the bounce with a 3-2 victory at second from bottom of the table Royal Oak Kempston. Josh St Clair Pierre with a brace plus an own goal outscoring home strikes from Sean Boland and Andrew Pallombella.
Elsewhere, Dunton and Westoning Reserves shared the points in a 0-0 draw at Horseshoes Close.
Bedford Panthers lead at the head of the Division Four league table is now down to five points after they were held to a 3-3 draw at fourth place Kempston Athletic. Adam Moloney, Gavin Matthews and Gary Whitbread on the home scoresheet against Panthers replies via Aaron Perrett twice and Tom Wade.
Cutting that gap were Elstow Abbey Reserves who retained their season's 100% home league record with a 3-2 victory over Sandy Reserves. Aiden Powell netting twice and Sean Hendry once against replies via Jonnie Stratford and Peter Rogan.
For third place Marston Shelton Rovers, it was home win number six on the bounce with a 5-1 victory over Dunton Reserves. Dan Parkes with a hat-trick plus goals from Ben Greenwood and Harry Murray only being replied to once by Alex Wiltshire.
Whilst bottom of the table Wootton Village are now eight games without a win after being defeated 3-2 at home by Caldecote A. Andrew Spiers with a brace plus Ryan Ambrose on the Caldecote scoresheet against home replies from Ivan Anderson and Jayden Johnson.
Watson Shield Quarter-Finals
The biggest win of the day went to Clifton with a 5-0 home win over Shefford Town & Campton A. Tony Norman, Greg King, Barry Hallybone, Daniel Bean and James Fuller all finding the back of the net to earn their side a trip to Stevington at the last four stage after they won 3-0 at home against Wilshamstead Reserves. Luke Cronin, Jordan McMullan and Daniel Seamarks netting the vital goals.
For Renhold United Reserves it was a 4-1 away win at Kempston Hammers Sports. Delroy Phillips with a brace plus goals from Justin Newman and Justin Patterson only replied to once by Hammers Nick Tysoe.
United will now enjoy home advantage at the semi-final stage against Kempston Con Club Sports who had to come from behind to earn a 2-1 home win over Dinamo Flitwick. Michael Bruce-Kirkland giving the visitors the lead before goals from a James Coates header and a Ryan Collis penalty won the day for the home side.
Preview for Saturday March 2nd 2013.
Whilst very few league titles are claimed in the first week of March, this weekends Premier Division supported by Sportsform clash at Harvey Close between hosts Caldecote and Oakley Sports M&DH could well have a major bearing on where the silverware will be sitting come the end of April. With Caldecote having lost their seasons unbeaten home record last weekend and the leadership of the league table to Oakley Sports M&DH, their visitors will travel looking to take their unbeaten ways up to eight games which would see them remain on the summit of the league table at least two points clear of their hosts.
Perhaps the third favourites for this seasons league crown are Renhold United, for them it's home Playing Field action against Marston Shelton Rovers.United having won five of their seven home league outings to date knowing nothing less than the full three points will do if they are going to make a real serious challenge for their first ever top flight title during the closing two months of the season.
For promotion seeking Arlesey Town Reserves, who currently hold down third spot the visitors to face them at The Armadillo Stadium are AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College. With the visitors sudden upsurge in their form away from home that has seen them been defeated just once in their last five away outings this game is by no means a certain home win for the hosts.
Elsewhere down at the other end of the table, bottom of the league Bedford Sports Athletic travel to Steppingley Road to take on Flitwick Town. Their mission quite simply to record their first league win of the season and end an 11 game losing league run. With the Town having won just the twice on home soil all season, dare I suggest the Athletic could well achieve their aim.
Meantime, Sharnbrook's quest to beat the drop sees them in home Lodge Road action against Ickwell & Old Warden. With the visitors having surprisingly dropped out of the title race with just three wins from their last seven league outings, they nevertheless with just two away league defeats to their name this season will start firm favourites to collect the spoils.
Other action coming at Jubilee Playing Fields, the venue at which in form Wilshamstead host Lidlington United Sports in a game that should see them chalk up win number four on the bounce. Whilst at The Carlsberg Stadium, AFC Biggleswade look to maintain their recent fine form when called upon by Bedford Hatters who have won just the once on the road all season and whom will be returning to The Carlsberg in seven days time to contest a Britannia Cup semi-final tie.
In Division One its away trips for both of the leading title contenders. Current league leaders Shillington having what seems on paper the easier task when they make their way to Hillgrounds to face bottom of the table AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves who are yet to record their first league win of the season. Whilst second place Leighton United journey to Bedford Road Recreation Ground to defend their seasons unbeaten away league ways against Sandy who have won four of their last five home league outings.
Also hitting the road will be third place Pavenham, for them it's a visit to King George VI Playing Fields to take on second from bottom of the table Kings AFC. Yet with the visitors having lost their last three away league games, could this be the day Kings AFC will collect just their second home league win of the season.
Other action comes at The Warren, the venue at which hosts Elstow Abbey will try to prevent the visiting Luton Boys taking their unbeaten ways up to seven games and in Mowsbury Park, hosts Brickhill Tigers will look to end a run of five games without a win when visited by Caldecote Reserves who have failed to win on any of their last five league outings away from their Harvey Close base.
The Division Two title/promotion race perhaps still contains as many as six sides and whilst it will be a major surprise if current league leaders Sundon Park Rangers don't collect the full three points from their home Stockwood Park encounter with bottom of the table Meltis Albion, many eyes will be attached for the result of the Ickleford Recreation Ground clash between third place hosts Marabese Ceramics and the visiting fourth place Cranfield United Reserves. The hosting Tilermen looking to extend their unbeaten home league ways to six games against a United side who travel in search of their third away win on the bounce.
Still also in that title/promotion race are of course second place Goldington, for them its a trip to Lothair Road seeking their first league away win since mid-November when they take on Stopsley Park. Whilst fellow promotion candidates Eastcotts AFC who currently sit in fifth spot head to Greenfield Road now unbeaten in their last seven away league outings to be hosted by Westoning.
Other action coming in Leagrave Park, the venue at which hosts St Joseph Reserves play an Queens Park Crescents side that last lost on the road in league action way back in mid-October at Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves.
It's also Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup semi-final day. For division three Great Barford that means a home Fisher Close encounter with division two visitors Woburn Athletic who despite their higher league status on current league form will start the day the underdogs. Whilst at Oakley Playing Fields hosts Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves are visited by Bromham United who on current form will fancy their chances of making the trip to The Hollow on Friday April 26th for this seasons final tie.
In Division Three, with Great Barford away on cup duty its a chance for others to collect much needed league points to enhance their title/promotion hopes. For Clifton, that means a trip to Mowsbury Park to take on bottom of the table Bedford Park Rangers who are yet to win on home soil this season, thus anything other than the full three points for the visitors will be a major surprise. Whilst at Mill Lane, it's home action for current league leaders Potton Town against third from bottom of the table Kempston Hammers Sports and at Gold Street, Riseley Sports take on Stevington in the always highly charged North Beds local derby part two having won the away encounter by a single goal back in late October.
Very much in need of points at the other end of the table are Royal Oak Kempston, for them it will the search for just home league win number two of the season when at Hillgrounds they play hosts to Westoning Reserves. Whilst at Horseshoes Close, sixth place Dunton Reserves take on fifth place Westoning Reserves and on The Green, ninth place Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves are visited by seventh place Renhold United Reserves.
In Division Four, for league leaders Bedford Panthers the visitors to their Hockey Centre base are second from bottom of the table Caldecote A. Whilst it's also A team opposition for second place Elstow Abbey, they journey to Digswell Playing Fields without a win from their last five away league outings to face Shefford Town & Campton A who have won their last three home league outings and will be no easy pushovers.
For third place Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves, its a chance to take their winning home ways up to seven games against a Dinamo Flitwick side whose lone away league win of the season came at Flitwick Town Reserves back in early December and it's also home action for fourth place Kempston Athletic, when in Hillgrounds they play hosts to Dunton Reserves who have failed to win any of their last eight league outings.
Other action coming at Whiston Crescent, the venue at which Clifton Reserves play hosts to Flitwick Town Reserves. The home side looking to take their unbeaten league ways up to four games against their visitors who have lost their last five away league outings.Whilst at Wootton Playing Fields, bottom of the table hosts Wootton Village are visited by Sandy Reserves whose lone away league win of the season surprise surprise came at top of the table Bedford Panthers back in early December.