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Sunday 09th September 2012
Marston Shelton Rovers stun the league champions.
Premier Division supported by Sportsform

Ickwell & Old Warden made it two wins on the bounce with a 4-2 home victory over Blunham to become the early leaders of the Premier Division supported by Sportsform league table, Anup Kalyan with a brace plus strikes from Greg Instrell and Andrew Vallom only being replied to by Matty McMahon and Zak Henry.

However, they are closely chased by three other clubs who also claimed their second win of the season. Second spot Bedford Hatters with goals from Sundeep Gill, Aaran Izzard and Richard Cook winning 3-1 at Sharnbrook whose reply came via Paolo Fregapane. Whilst third place Arlesey Town Reserves required just a 55th minute goal from Bodun Lawel to net a 1-0 home win over Bedford Sports Athletic. Meantime, Oakley Sports M&DH made it two out of two with a 3-0 victory at Wilshamstead thanks to a brace of goals from Shaun Barnett and a strike from Mark Smith.

Sitting in fifth place are Lidlington United Sports, following last weeks draw at Shefford Town & Campton they netted a 4-1 home win over AFC Biggleswade. David Thompson heading them ahead 15 minutes into the game before Steve Flaherty doubled the scoreline just two minutes later only to see Edvaldo Daniels reduce the arrears 10 minutes from half-time. Flaherty with a 57th minute penalty restoring United's two goal advantage which Darren Rowlett added to 11 minutes later.

The sixth club still unbeaten this term are Renhold United, they opened their season with a 6-3 home win over Caldecote. Alex Woolston with a hat-trick plus goals from Aaran Hazelwood, Ollie Housden and Scott Alleyne only being replied to by Tom Cookman, Kai Griffiths-Shilton and Jack Boyd.

The shock of the day was perhaps Marston Shelton Rovers 1-0 home win over Shefford Town & Campton, Chris Patrickson netting the games only goal 10 minutes into the second period.

Over at Hillgrounds, AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College were held to a 2-2 home draw by Flitwick Town. Paul Garrett and John Guiney on the home scoresheet against Town replies from Liam Keane and Martin Byrne.

Division One

The early pace setters at the top of the division one league table are Leighton United, they made it two wins out of two with a 5-0 victory at Shillington. Luke Dolan netting twice to go with goals from Daryl Smith, Kevin Hilton and Paul Darton. Also with six points out of six are Caldecote Reserves, for them it was a 3-0 home win over AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves.Gary Allum, George Melrose and Matt Basta netting the vital goals.

Having lost at home to Henlow last weekend Brickhill Tigers gained their revenge this week by winning the return match 4-2. Jamie Quinney, Daniel Glos, Gary Gilespie and Sam Walters seeing their goals only replied to twice via Russel Ayles.

Also enjoying life on the road was Sandy with a 2-0 victory at Lea Sports PSG thanks to goals from Chris Nicholls and Mark Jennings. Whilst Shefford Town & Campton Reserves ran out 4-3 home winners over Elstow Abbey, Sam Amosh with a brace plus single strikes from Sam Kelly and Jordan Ainstie outscoring replies from Danny Pilgrim, Andy Smith and Glen Tumulty.

Elsewhere, Luton Boys were 2-0 home winners over Kings AFC.

Division Two

The leadership of the Division Two league table at the end of week two belongs to Goldington after they romped to a 6-0 home win over Cranfield United Reserves, Bryan Day netting a hat-trick alongside goals from Johnny Hutchinson, Chris Huckle and Justin Muircroft.

Going one better goalwise were Woburn Athletic, for them it was a 7-3 home win over Sundon Park Rangers.Martin Holland with a hat-trick, Daniel McLaren with a brace plus strikes from Rodolfo Bruno and Richard Wilson only being replied to by Sam Chapman twice and Matt Conway.

Also netting six goals were Meltis Albion in a 6-3 home victory over Potton United Reserves, Luke Finnie with a hat-trick, Michael Butler with a brace plus a strike from Marco Glos outscoring a brace from Conor Green and a strike from Bradley Vooght on the United scoresheet.

Elsewhere, Bromham United opened their season with a 4-1 home win over Stopsley Park, Phill Kempsell netting twice alongside strikes from Dean Waghorn and Jacob Hukin against a lone Park reply from Jonathan Mcausland.

On a day of 100% home wins in this division the other three games also sent the visitors home empty handed. Eastcotts AFC with goals from Michael Sexton and Ciaran Alexander beating Queens Park Crescents 2-1 whose goal came via Zain Riasat.Whilst St Joseph Reserves started life in The Bedfordshire County Football League with goals from Ryan Mcleod and Thomas Moloney to give them a 2-0 win over Marabese Ceramics plus Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves enjoyed a 4-3 victory over Westoning. Daniel Lupton and Matt Atherton both netting twice against replies from Sam Childs, Jack Willison and Dean Gadsden.

Division Three

Sitting on top of the Division Three league table after week two are Clifton following their 7-1 win at Kempston Hammers Sports, Garath Boness netting four times to go with strikes from Tony Norman, Nick Thomas and Barry Hallybone against a lone Hammers reply from Martyn Humphries.

Also making it two wins out of two were Marsh Leys, for them it was a 6-2 win at Great Barford. Alex Clipson with a hat-trick, Keiron Jackson with a brace plus a strike from Daniel Burroway outscoring a Stefan Wilson penalty and a goal from Salvatore Ventriqlia.

Going nap in their first game of the season were Westoning Reserves with a 5-3 home win over Renhold United Reserves, Gareth White and Scott Gadsden netting twice alongside a single goal for Nick Willis against United replies via Justin Patterson twice and Jonathon Ovendon.

Elsewhere, Dunton begun life in division three with a 2-1 home victory over Potton Town. Tim Jarman and Liam Brophy on the scoresheet against a Town reply via Jamie Hutchinson. Whilst Bedford Park Rangers were 2-1 winners at Royal Oak Kempston, Shaun Finlay and Dan Thomas seeing their goals only replied to by Lorenzo Jordan.

Division Four

Heading the Division Four league table are Bedford Panthers after they romped to a 8-0 win at Wootton Village, Aaron Perrett netting five times, Gary Phillpson twice plus an own goal doing the damage.

In second spot with the maximum six points are Elstow Abbey Reserves, but they had to twice come from behind to secure a 3-2 home win over Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves. Lewis Aitken, Travis Joseph and Sean Hendry the home goalscorers against a brace in reply from Ben Greenwood.

Sitting third in the league table and still unbeaten for the season are Flitwick Town Reserves who shared the spoils in a 0-0 home draw with Kempston Athletic. Whilst Sandy Reserves kick started their season with a 2-0 home win over Dinamo Flitwick, Andy Barker and Chris Gregory netting the vital goals.

Alas for Shefford Town & Campton A, it was game off after they failed to raise a side for their scheduled home encounter with Dunton Reserves.

Preview for Saturday 15th September 2012

This weekend's action in The Premier Division supported by Sportsform sees AFC Biggleswade having lost their opening two games to drop to the bottom of the league table in home action at The Carlsberg Stadium when visited by newly promoted and still unbeaten Marston Shelton Rovers. Whilst on The Green, its a battle between two of the other newly promoted clubs when early league leaders Ickwell & Old Warden play hosts to Bedford Sports Athletic.

The fourth promoted club Lidlington United Sports are also still unbeaten and hit the road for a Moggerhanger Playing Fields encounter with yet to gain a point Blunham. Whilst over at Steppingley Road, Flitwick Town secured just four home wins all season last term and the task of opening their account for season 2012-13 brings a visit from Caldecote whom you feel would be favourites to collect the spoils.

Over at The Armadillo Stadium, third place Arlesey Town Reserves play hosts to Renhold United in a game that should give us an indication to whether Town are likely to be championship challengers this term. Whilst just down the way at Rectory Road, Shefford Town & Campton who remained unbeaten on home soil last season will be expected to get the better of visitors Wilshamstead despite them only collecting just a single point from their opening two games in defence of their league title.

The final top-flight action taking place at Miller Road, the venue at which still 100% and second place Bedford Hatters host AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College. Both last seasons clashes ended in draws and again another close encounter looks on the cards.

In Division One, the pick of the fixtures looks to be the Stanbridge Road encounter between hosts and early league leaders Leighton United who take on a Lea Sports PSG side that ended season 2011-12 unbeaten in their last 10 away outings. Whilst at The Warren, Elstow Abbey who remained unbeaten on home soil in their division two championship season take on Henlow looking to put their opening day defeat at Shefford Town & Campton Reserves behind them.

Over at Bedford Road Recreation Ground, Sandy surprisingly have failed to win any of their last eight league outings but could well put that right when called upon by Shefford Town & Campton Reserves. Whilst at Greenfields, Shillington are visited by Luton Boys.

For Pavenham, its home action at their Playing Field headquarters against Brickhill Tigers and at Hillgrounds, AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves commence their home season with a visit from the only club below them in the early league standings Kings AFC.

The Division Two fixture list for the weekend brings about some intriguing games. At Crawley Road, newly promoted Cranfield United Reserves receive a visit from just relegated Meltis Albion. Whilst at the other Crawley Road, Woburn Athletic who under their plain name of Woburn were members of the premier division last season face just relegated from division one Westoning.

At Weston Park, its a clash between two of the newly promoted clubs when Eascotts AFC play hosts to a Goldington side they did the double over last season and for local derby action you need to be at Lothair Road Recreation Ground for the meeting between hosts Stopsley Park and their visitors St Joseph Reserves.

Other division two action comes in Mowsbury Park where Queens Park Crescents open their home season against Marabese Ceramics and in Stockwood Park, the venue for the clash between hosts Sundon Park Rangers and Bromham United. It was only their indifferent home form that prevented The Rangers being serious title challengers last season but with United having ended last season unbeaten in their last four away outings they will be no easy pushovers.

No less intriguing are the set of Division Three fixtures. In Mowsbury Park, last seasons division four champions Bedford Park Rangers take on last season division four runners-up Marsh Leys looking to repeat last seasons double over The Leys. Whilst at Whiston Crescent, newly relegated Clifton face no easy game when visited by a Riseley Sports side that remained unbeaten on the road until mid-February last season.

For two other newly relegated clubs its trips on the road, Great Barford heading to Cutler Hammer to be hosted by Kempston Hammers Sports and Dunton making their way to Jubilee Playing Fields to take on Wilshamstead Reserves.

Over at Mill Lane where Potton Town were defeated just three times last season the visitors are Westoning Reserves and at Renhold Playing Fields, Renhold United Reserves go into local derby action against Stevington.

The final action in this division takes place at Hillgrounds, the venue at which Royal Oak Kempston take on newly promoted Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves.

In Division Four its a programme of six games. At Harvey Close, Caldecote A commence their delayed start to the season with a visit from Wootton Village and at Hinksley Road, Dinamo Flitwick will look to put behind them their two defeats to date when visited by Shefford Town & Campton A.

For Elstow Abbey Reserves,its a trip to Hillgrounds to be hosted by Kempston Athletic and for fellow league newcomers Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves its home Marston Playing Field action against Sandy Reserves.

Hillgrounds is also the venue at which Kempston Con Club host Flitwick Town Reserves, whilst the final action takes place at Horseshoes Close where Dunton Reserves receive a visit from local rivals Clifton Reserves.

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