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Sunday 10th March 2013
Meltis Albion stage comeback of the day to end 10 game losing run.
Britannia Cup Semi-final
With Steppingley Road ruled unplayed 24 hours ahead of the scheduled game between Flitwick Town and Oakley Sports M&DH, this tie alongside the AFC Biggleswade v Bedford Hatters game is now likely to go ahead at yet to be arranged venues on Wednesday 27th March 2013. Full details will be posted onto www.bedfordshirefootballleague.co.uk when known.
Premier Division supported by Sportsform.
Caldecote's lead at the head of the Premier Division supported by Sportsform league table is now up to four points following their 4-2 victory at second from bottom of the table Sharnbrook. Barry Dellar with a brace plus a goal from Matt Lee-Dell and a Paul Gower penalty only being replied to by Tommy Chapman and Martyn Cain for the home side.
Now back up into third place are Arlesey Town Reserves who exchanged places in the league table with AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College by beating them 2-0 at Hillgrounds. Charlie Marshall and Tyler Prince netting the goals to do the damage.
However, the top scorers of the day were Marston Shelton Rovers with a 5-0 home victory over bottom of the table Bedford Sports Athletic. Dean Reid, Aaron Franks, Jim Burraway, Harry Baker and a Jamie Cerminara penalty all finding the back of the net.
Elsewhere for Bedford Hatters it was a 1-0 away win at AFC Biggleswade thanks to a successful first half penalty from Simon Pixley. Whilst the games Ickwell & Old Warden v Shefford Town & Campton and Lidlington United Sports v Renhold United were waterlogged off.
Centenary Cup Semi-Finals
The shock of the day came at Groveside where hosts Henlow netted a 2-1 extra time win over Leighton United. Keith Milburn for the hosts and Robert Smith for United netting in normal time before Joe Spencer hit the hosts extra time winner. United's cause not helped after they finished the game with nine players following red cards for Colin Moore and Daryl Smith.
They will now face Elstow Abbey in the final after they beat Caldecote Reserves 3-2 in a game switched and played on their own Warren headquarters pitch after Caldecote's Harvey Close failed a morning pitch inspection. Caldecote taking the lead via a 13th minute penalty from Neil Giles before Charlie Nicholson levelled matters in the 25th minute only to see Stuart Kemp shoot Caldecote back in front 10 minutes later. However, the Abbey were back on terms 10 minutes into the second period with a strike from Dom Parrella and won the day when Dave McCarthy netted in the 70th minute.
With Leighton United away on cup duty Shillington took full advantage to stretch their lead at the head of the league table to five points with a 3-0 home win over Sandy, their eighth home win on the bounce thanks to goals from Wayne Goldsmith, Sam James and Ryan Lewis. Whilst third place Pavenham moved to within a single point of Leighton by winning 4-1 at Brickhill Tigers. James Owen with a hat-trick plus a strike from Michael Bates only being replied to once by Tigers Dan Phillps.
Down at the other end of the league standings, bottom of the table AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves recorded their first league victory of the season 2-0 at Kings AFC who are now only four points ahead of them in the standings having played three games more. Jamie Paxton netting both of the Town's goals.
Other action saw Shefford Town & Campton Reserves draw 2-2 at home against Luton Boys who were stretching their unbeaten ways up to eight games. Bryn Seago and Scott Frusciante on the home scoresheet against replies from Steve Odell and Naashon Bennett.
Jubilee Cup Semi-Finals
Marabese Ceramics quest for a league and cup double remains on course after they won 3-1 at Queens Park Crescents. Arin Fehmi netting twice and Gary Hillard once against a Crescents reply from Ayaz Hussain. They will now face Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves in the final after a strike from Dan Lupton took them to a 1-0 extra time win at St Joseph Reserves.
In a rehearsal for their forthcoming Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup Final, Woburn Athletic won 4-3 at Bromham United to end the hosts five game unbeaten league run. Dan McClaren, Ben Nicholls, Martin Holland and Lewis Murray on the Safari Boys scoresheet against a United hat-trick in reply from Jahrome Mullings.
For bottom of the table Meltis Albion after 10 consecutive defeats it was a return to winning ways with a 5-3 home win over Stopsley Park. All achieved after strikes from Andy Randell, Stuart Lyons and Simon Richards had taken The Park into a 3-0 lead before two goals from Adam Cranny and strikes from Shaun Gilbert, Antony Ursell and Asa Garlick saw Albion go nap to win the day.
However, top scorers of the day were Potton United Reserves with a 6-2 home win over Westoning. John Vooght netting four times alongside strikes from Bradley Vooght and Lee Adams against replies via Dean Gadsden and Glenn Cooksley.
The scheduled games, Cranfield United Reserves v Goldington and Eastcotts AFC v Sundon Park Rangers being waterlogged off.
Watson Shield Semi-Finals
Clifton with a hat-trick from Greg King and a goal from Tony Norman ran out easy 4-0 winners at Stevington but must wait a little longer to see who they will face in the final tie after the Renhold United Reserves v Kempston Con Club Sports tie was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
For league leaders Potton Town it was an extension of their unbeaten ways to eight games to go four points clear at the head of the league standings following their 4-1 home win over fellow title contenders Great Barford. James Pyman twice plus Jesse Mayo and Chris Moore taking the Town into a 4-0 half-time lead before David Mulvihill reduced the arrears from the penalty spot in the 89th minute.
Down at the other end of the league table, second from bottom of the table Royal Oak Kempston, following five straight home defeats, won 1-0 at Dunton to record their third away win on the bounce. The vital goal coming in the 38th minute from Dean Mayes. Whilst after failing to win any of their last five league outings Wilshamstead Reserves returned to winning ways with a 3-0 home win over Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves. Goals from Liam Phillip, Colin Marshall and a Jim Steele penalty doing the damage.
The scheduled games, Kempston Hammers Sports v Riseley Sports and Westoning Reserves v Bedford Park Rangers waterlogged off.
Bedford Panthers are now within eight points of lifting the division four league title after winning 4-2 at second place Elstow Abbey Reserves, or to be more precise netting their win on their own Hockey Centre pitch after The Abbey conceded home advantage to allow their first team to switch their Centenary cup tie to The Warren. However it was not all one way traffic, in fact The Abbey with 20 minutes left led 2-1 until the sending off of Kaylen Wilson swung things the Panthers way. Aaron Perrett with a brace plus Owen Ward and Tom Wade on the home scoresheet against Abbey goals from Sean Hendry and Aiden Powell.
For third place Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves it was a surprise 2-0 defeat at Sandy Reserves for whom Chris Gregory and Reece Stratford found the back of the net.
Now just a single point behind them and having played two games fewer are Kempston Athletic following their 3-1 home win over bottom of the table Wootton Village to take their unbeaten ways up to eight games. Gary Whitbread, Gavin Matthews and Sean Betts seeing their goals only replied to once by Dwayne Simpson.
Also still chasing that bronze medal third spot finish are Clifton Reserves who enjoyed a 4-2 home win over Dunton Reserves to take their unbeaten ways up to five games. Joe Marshall with a hat-trick plus a goal from Harry Fisher outscoring a penalty from Nicky Albone and a goal from Paul Beith.
The scheduled games, Caldecote A v Flitwick Town Reserves and Shefford Town & Campton A v Dinamo Flitwick being waterlogged off.
Preview for Saturday 16th March 2013
Premier Division supported by Sportsform action this weekend sees the top game being staged at Harvey Close where current league leaders Caldecote face a visit from third place Arlesey Town Reserves. With the hosts having been beaten just the once on home soil all season it will be they who start the day favourites to collect the spoils, but if the Town are to achieve a top five finish to qualify for possible promotion up the pyramid system for season 2013-14 then their need to at least share the spoils becomes just as paramount.
For fellow title contenders Oakley Sports M&DH it's a trip to the Carlsberg Stadium to be hosted by AFC Biggleswade.With the home side having won four of their last six home league outings this will be a big test for Oakley in the quest to lift their first ever top flight league title.
The other stand out fixture comes at Rectory Road, the venue at which sixth place Shefford Town & Campton play hosts to seventh place Renhold United. With United having only won three times on the road this season and the Town now winners of their last three home games, this could well be the game that will signal an end to United's title challenge for the season should they be defeated.
Over on the Green, fifth place Ickwell & Old Warden's home form this season has been rather erratic to suggest they will not be relishing the visit of a Flitwick Town side who have been beaten just the twice on the road all season in what they will view as a banana skin of a game. Whilst at Hurst Grove, the still unbeaten at home Lidlington United Sports will have the opposite feeling about a visit from a Sharnbrook side whose last seven league outings have all ended in defeat to leave them sitting in second from bottom spot in the league table.
Other action comes at Marston Playing Fields, the venue at which Wilshamstead travel seeking their fourth away league win on the bounce against the hosting Marston Shelton Rovers and at Grange Road, bottom of the table Bedford Sports Athletic seek their first home point/points of the season when called upon by a Bedford Hatters side whose success on the road this season totals just two.
In Division One, it's home Greenfield's action for league leaders Shillington as they look for home win number nine on the bounce against a Brickhill Tigers side whose last win on the road came as long ago as early September at Henlow. Whilst their main challengers for the league crown Leighton United return to Groveside to face Henlow just seven days after being removed by them from The Centenary Cup at the same venue seeking to retain their seasons unbeaten league ways on the road.
For in form Luton Boys, it's the chance to chalk up home win number six on the bounce when they host a Sandy side at Chaul Lane End whose lone away league win to date this season came at Kings AFC back in early December. Whilst for Kings AFC themselves its a trip on the road also looking for just their second away win of the season against Pavenham whose home form of late has seen them collect just one victory from their last five outings.
The fifth and final game in this section taking place at Hillgrounds, the venue at which bottom of the table AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves look for their first home league win of the season against the visiting Elstow Abbey.
The scrap for the division two league title perhaps still involves as many as six sides, but this could well be down to five should Cranfield United Reserves fail to prevent league leaders Sundon Park Rangers from chalking up their sixth win on the bounce when they travel to meet them in Stockwood Park. Whilst of the other contenders, at Weston Park, fourth place Eastcotts AFC will be firm favourites to collect all three points when called upon by a Westoning side that are yet to win on the road this season and Bromham United will hit the road to Miller Road to take on bottom of the table Meltis Albion knowing nothing less than the full three points will do.
Also hitting the road will be third place Marabese Ceramics, they journey to The Hollow to face Potton United Reserves looking to take their unbeaten league ways up to 11 games to stay right there in the title mix.
Other action comes in Mowsbury Park, the venue at which hosts Queens Park Crescents will be looking for their fifth league win on the bounce and a quick fire seasons double over the visiting St Joseph Reserves and at Oakley Playing Fields, where second from bottom of the table Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves play their first home league game of 2013 against sixth place Woburn Athletic.
The race for the division three league title if anything is more complex than the chase for the division two title due to the differing amount of games played by the various contenders. Two of which go head to head this weekend at Gold Street when second place Riseley Sports search out home win number three on the bounce against a Great Barford side who have played five games less but trail them by just six points in the league standings. Whilst it's a tough looking game for league leaders Potton Town who hit the road looking for their sixth away league win on the bounce at Renhold Playing Fields against a Renhold United Reserves side who are still there in the promotion mix themselves.
Elsewhere at Whiston Crescent, third place Clifton should enhance their title hopes with the full three points from their home meeting with Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves and at Greenfield Road, Westoning Reserves chances of a top three finish will be become that much more brighter should they collect all three points from their home encounter against Stevington.
Other action coming at Cutler Hammer, the venue at which third from bottom of the table Kempston Hammers Sports look for just their second home win of the season against bottom of the table Bedford Park Rangers.Whilst the club wedged between them in the league table Royal Oak Kempston journey to Jubilee Playing Fields to face Wilshamstead Reserves surprisingly looking for their fourth away win on the bounce.
There of course is no such complication in the race for the division four title. It's a them or us race between hot favourites Bedford Panthers and Elstow Abbey Reserves. This weekend league leaders Bedford Panthers journey to Steppingley Road to be hosted by Flitwick Town Reserves, whilst Elstow Abbey Reserves will be in home Warren action against fifth place Clifton Reserves whose unbeaten ways on the road currently stands at four games to suggest the collection of all three points for the Abbey is going to be far from an easy task.
For third place Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves, its the search of home win number eight on the bounce when visited by bottom of the table Wootton Village.Whilst fourth place Kempston Athletic look to take their own unbeaten home ways to nine games in Hillgrounds when they play hosts to third from bottom of the table Dinamo Flitwick.
Other action comes at Horseshoes Close, the venue at which Dunton Reserves having drawn their last three home outings will look to go one better against the visiting Caldecote A and at Bedford Road Recreation Ground where Sandy Reserves take on Shefford Town & Campton A.