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Sunday 17th March 2013
The rain returns to add to the fixture congestion.
Premier Division supported by Sportsform

Caldecote took their lead at the head of the Premier Division supported by Sportsform league table up to six points following their 5-0 home win over third place Arlesey Town Reserves. Town's afternoon of woe all commencing when their goalkeeper was red carded giving away the penalty from which Jack Boyd opened the scoring and their game up by half-time after Boyd netted his second goal of the afternoon alongside a strike from Tom Cookman. In the second period, Boyd completed his hat-trick before Kai Griffiths-Shilton brought up the nap hand.

For second place Oakley Sports M&DH it was the requirement of an 89th minute equalizer to share the spoils in a 4-4 draw at AFC Biggleswade, all coming after they had led the game 3-0 at half-time. Bryn Williams twice plus strikes from Toby Hooton and Seamus McGreevy marking the home scoresheet, whilst Mark Smith with a brace plus Ali Smith and Jack Hoogstraten netted for Oakley.

Ickwell & Old Warden are now up into fourth spot after a lone goal from Danny Fox was enough to give them their fourth win on the bounce 1-0 at home over Flitwick Town. Whilst Renhold United's championship hopes are still alive following their 5-3 victory at Shefford Town & Campton who were losing for the first time in five outings. Serge Kadji and Jason Allison both netting twice and Thomas Dowsing once for United against home replies from Andrew Hayday with a brace and Michael Jones.

Elsewhere, Marston Shelton Rovers made it three wins on the bounce with a 3-1 home victory over Wilshamstead who were suffering their first away defeat in five outings. Antony Henham twice plus Mark Champkin on the scoresheet for the Rovers against a lone reply from Paul Jones. Whilst Bedford Hatters ran out 2-0 winners at bottom of the table Bedford Sports Athletic thanks to goals from Simon Pixley and Paul Daniels.

The scheduled game between Lidlington United Sports and Sharnbrook postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Division One

With league leaders Shillington having their home game with Brickhill Tigers waterlogged off their lead at the head of the league table is now down to two points after second place Leighton United retained their seasons unbeaten away league record with a 2-1 victory at Henlow. Ashley Wadhams and Lee Redmond on the mark for United against a home reply via Russel Ayles.

For third place Pavenham, it was win number three on the bounce with a 5-2 home victory over second from bottom of the table Kings AFC who have now failed to win any of their last nine league outings. James Owen twice plus Jack Harding, Dan Doyle and Tim Bowers bringing up the home nap hand against replies from Josh Clements and Danny Cain.

Whilst fourth place Luton Boys lost their eight game unbeaten run tag when defeated 2-1 at home by Sandy. Phill Beall shooting Sandy in front after just 10 minutes which was cancelled out by a strike from Lawrence Kitson early in the second period until Sam Worthington hit the visitors winner just two minutes from time.

The scheduled game between AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves and Elstow Abbey postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Division Two

With league leaders Sundon Park Rangers having their home game against Cranfield United Reserves waterlogged off and second place Goldington also sitting the afternoon out, third place Marabese Ceramics moved level on points with Goldington and to within a point of the league leaders by taking their unbeaten ways up to 11 games with a 2-1 victory at Potton United Reserves. Lewis Emery and Gary Hillard netting the vital goals against a home reply from Bradley Vought.

Also enjoying life on the road were Woburn Athletic, for them it was a 4-0 victory at Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves.Martin Holland with a hat-trick plus Rocco Bruno netting the goals to take The Safari Boys up to fifth place in the league table.

But it was home sweet home for Queens Park Crescents with a 3-0 home victory over St Joseph's Reserves. Ayan Hussain opening the scoring in the 21st minute before goals from Zain Riasat and Ammen Hussain in the opening 10 minutes of the second period sealed St Joe's fate.

Also falling victims to a waterlogged pitch were the games, Eastcotts AFC v Westoning and Meltis Albion v Bromham United.

Division Three

Whilst the top five positions in the league table remain the same, the championship picture now looks vastly different following defeats for the top two sides and victories for the next three. With fifth place Westoning Reserves Greenfield Road pitch unplayable they agreed to play their home encounter against league leaders Potton Town on Town's own patch. The decision being a good call after they ran out 3-2 winners thanks to a hat-trick from Steve Garner against Town replies via Chris Cooper and Jessie Moyo. Whilst for second place Riseley Sports it was a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of fourth place Great Barford whose lone goal came from Michael Pickard.

All of which did third place Clifton's chances of lifting the league crown no harm at all after they ran out 3-1 home winners over Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves. Neil Ellis netting twice and Gareth Boness once against a lone reply from Gavin Stackman.

Down at the other end of the table, now second from bottom of the table Kempston Hammers Sports and bottom of the table Bedford Park Rangers shared the spoils in a 3-3 draw. Richard Garnham, James Robinson and Martyn Humphries on The Hammers scoresheet against Rangers replies from Tony Anynwu, David Bevan and Adrian Pinney.

With Wilshamstead Reserves unable to field a side to meet Royal Oak Kempston the points will now subject to management committee ratification be awarded to The Oak. Whilst the Stevington v Dunton game was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Division Four

Bedford Panthers quest to seal the league title up as quickly as possible hit the buffers after they were held to a 2-2 draw at Flitwick Town Reserves and second place Elstow Abbey Reserves ran out 3-2 home winners over Clifton Reserves to close the gap to just six points with both sides still having four games to play. Cody Roberts and Ravi Jessani on target for The Town against The Panthers whose replies came via Tom Wade and Ashley Farooqui. Whilst strikes from Clifton's Mitchell Verdia and Harry Fisher were not enough to prevent The Abbey Reserves winning 3-2 at The Warren.The Abbey goals coming via a brace from Aiden Powell and Alan Stupple.

For third place Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves it was home win number eight on the bounce with a 4-1 victory over bottom of the table Wootton Village. Charlie Cullun twice plus Dean Clark and Joe Sames netting the goals to cause the damage against a lone reply from Jayden Johnson.

Also winning 4-1at home were Sandy Reserves with a victory over Shefford Town & Campton A. Jonnie Stratford netting twice alongside Chris Greogory and Ryan Gregory against a lone Pete Saunders reply.

The games Dunton Reserves v Caldecote A and Kempston Athletic v Dinamo Flitwick postponed due to waterlogged pitches.

Watson Shield Semi-Final

Renhold United Reserves will now face Clifton in this seasons Watson Shield Cup Final after they ran out 5-0 home winners over Kempston Con Club Sports. Jason Patterson and Delroy Phillips both netting twice and Kane Alexander once to bring up the nap hand.

Preview for Saturday 23rd March 2013

The standout fixture of the weekend in the Premier Division supported by Sportsform action comes at Harvey Close where local rivals Ickwell & Old Warden are the visitors to face league leaders Caldecote. With eight points separating them in the league table you would feel a home victory would see off the visitors title aspirations for another season. However, they have been beaten just the twice on the road in league action this season to suggest they are quite capable of landing the spoils to join their hosts in the challenge to lift this seasons league title.

For second place Oakley Sports M&DH the visitors to face them at their Playing Field headquarters are AFC Biggleswade.This coming just seven days after the sides met at The Carslberg Stadium where the game ended in a 4-4 draw but with the hosts unbeaten in their last five home outings and the Waders defeated in their last two trips away from the Carlsberg you would feel the home side will start the day favourites to collect the spoils.

Over at Hillgrounds, fifth place AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College with just one home win from their last three outings entertain a Lidlington United Sports side who have won on three of their last four trips away from Hurst Grove. Whilst for seventh place Renhold United, now losers of three of their last four home outings its a visit from in-form Wilshamstead to their Playing Field headquarters. In both fixtures anything less than the full three points for the home sides will surely see them out of the seasons title race.

Down at the other end of the table, bottom of the table Bedford Sports Athletic look to have little to no chance of avoiding finishing in that basement spot but this will not prevent them putting their best foot forward when they make the short journey to Miller Road to take on a Bedford Hatters side who will be out to repair the damage of having suffered losses in their last two home games. Having met just seven days ago at Grange Road where The Hatters won 2-0 you would feel that mission could well be accomplished. Whilst second from bottom of the table Sharnbrook, now on a seven game losing run journey to Rectory Road to face six place Shefford Town & Campton who will be keen to return to winning ways after their home defeat against Renhold United last weekend.

The final action in this division coming at Steppingley Road, the venue at which Flitwick Town look for just their third home win of the season when visited by a Marston Shelton Rovers side who have won three of their last four away games.

In Division One, both of the leading title contenders will be in home action but both have potential banana skin encounters. At Greenfield's the visitors to face Shillington who will be looking for their ninth home win on the bounce are third place Pavenham who hit the road looking for their third away win on the bounce. Whilst at Stanbridge Road, Leighton United's visitors are a Luton boys side who are now unbeaten in their last five away outings.

In the battle at the other end of the league standings both of the bottom two sides face trips on the road. Bottom of the table AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves making their way to Bedford Road Recreation Ground to take on a Sandy side who will be looking to end a run of two consecutive home defeats.Whilst Kings AFC now without a victory in their last nine outings journey to Groveside to face Henlow.

Other action coming at The Warren, the venue at which Elstow Abbey host Caldecote Reserves just 14 days after removing them from The Centenary Cup and in Mowsbury Park where Brickhill Tigers seek their first home win in five outings against the visiting Shefford Town & Campton Reserves.

In Division Two likewise both of the top two sides enjoy home advantage this weekend, league leaders Sundon Park Rangers winners of their last five league games hosting Queens Park Crescents in Stockwood Park who will hit the road looking for their fifth away league win on the bounce. Whilst second place Goldington in Mowsbury Park play host to a Westoning side who are yet to win on the road this season.

However, the standout fixture looks to be the Crawley Road clash between sixth place Cranfield United Reserves and fourth place Eastcotts AFC, where the two sides will be meeting for the second time inside four days having clashed after these notes were written at Weston Park in midweek.United looking to defend their seasons unbeaten home ways against their near neighbour visitors who hit the road now unbeaten in their last eight away league games and right there in the championship race.

Over at their Playing Field headquarters, Bromham United will look to ensure their visitors Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves don't collect just their second away league win of the season. Whilst at The Hollow, Potton United Reserves take on Woburn Athletic who will hit the road looking for their third away win on the bounce. Plus at Lothair Road, St Joseph Reserves will be expected to collect all three points when they are visited by bottom of the table Meltis Albion losers of their last seven away games.

By contrast in division three its trips on the road for the top two clubs in the league table. League leaders Potton Town making their way to Jubilee Playing Fields to face a Wilshamstead Reserves side who have been beaten just the once at home in league action this season. Whilst second place Riseley Sports head for a Greenfield Road outing against Westoning Reserves.

Still very much in the title/promotion race are third place Clifton for whom its home action at Whiston Crescent against Renhold United Reserves and fourth place Great Barford who at Fisher Close look for home win number four on the bounce against the visiting Stevington.

Other action comes on The Green, the venue at which hosts Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves now losers of their last four home games seek to repair the damage against a visiting Royal Oak Kempston side who despite sitting in third from bottom place in the league table have won their last four away league outings. Plus at Horseshoes Close, hosts Dunton now without a home win from their last five games entertain second from bottom of the table Kempston Hammers Sports who search out just their third league away win of the season.

In the words of Andy Williams " we are almost there" well for Bedford Panthers that could be the division four league title will be just one win away should they collect the full three points from their visit to Digswell Playing Fields and their encounter against Shefford Town & Campton A and second place Elstow Abbey Reserves fail to collect all three points when they journey to Harvey Close to face Caldecote A who have won their last two home games.

The battle for the bronze medal place finish also might become clearer after the clash between hosts Marston Shelton Rovers now winners of their last eight home games and the visiting Kempston Athletic. However, Clifton Reserves still have aspirations to claim that third spot and will right there still in the mix should they collect all three points from their Hinksley Recreation Ground encounter against hosts Dinamo Flitwick.

Other action coming in Hillgrounds, the venue at which Kempston Con Club Sports will look to inflict the fourth consecutive away defeat upon the visiting Sandy Reserves and for bottom of the table Wootton Village its home action against a Flitwick Town Reserves side who have lost all of their last six away league outings.

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