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Sunday 07th April 2013
Bedford Panthers collect the first silverware of season 2012-13.
Premier Division supported by Sportsform

Caldecote's lead at the head of the Premier Division supported by Sportsform league table remains at five points after they become the third club inside a week to inflict a home defeat upon Lidlington United Sports. The game was as good as over by half-time after strikes from Tom Cookman, Paul Lawrence, Tom McGhee and Jack Boyd against a home reply from Alex Burrows saw them race 4-1 ahead before in the second period Cookman brought up the nap hand to take the league leaders to their fifth consecutive victory.

For second place Ickwell & Old Warden it was win number seven on the bounce with an 8-0 home win over Bedford Hatters. Lee Threadgold, Zak Rowe and Dean Hamilton all netting twice alongside single goals for Andrew Vallom and Matthew McCartney.

With Oakley Sports M&DH game at bottom of the table Bedford Sports Athletic postponed when the hosts failed to raise a side, Renhold United jumped above them on goal difference into third spot with a 4-0 home win over AFC Biggleswade Town. Jason Allison, Serge Kadji, Dean Warren and Thomas Dowsing all finding the back of the net.

However, Arlesey Town Reserves remain behind them on goal difference in fifth place after they were held to a 1-1 home draw by Flitwick Town. Daniel Marshall on the home scoresheet against a visitors reply from Daniel Stafford.

Also failing to climb the league table were sixth place AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College whose four game winning away run was ended when they were held to a 0-0 draw at Marston Shelton Rovers.

Elsewhere, Wilshamstead also went nap with a 5-1 home win over second from bottom of the table Sharnbrook. Paul Jones with a hat-trick being supported by strikes from Liam Philip and Jim Struthers against a lone reply from Robbie Alder.

Division One

Having failed to win any of their last eight outings Brickhill Tigers returned to winning ways with a 3-0 home win over league leaders Shillington. Joe Price netting twice and Matt Phelan once.

However, Shillington's main title challengers Leighton United failed to take full advantage when held to a 2-2 draw at Luton Boys to remain four points adrift but having played one game less in third spot. Kitson Lawrence and Stephen Odell on the home scoresheet against replies from Rob Smith and Ravi Bhangal.

Currently splitting the two clubs in the league table are Pavenham, for them it was a completion of their season with a 3-1 victory at bottom of the table AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves. Michael Bates, James Owen and James Styles on the scoresheet against a home reply via Stuart Mellon.

Fairing no better were second from bottom of the table Kings AFC who went down to their fifth defeat on the bounce 6-0 at home against Elstow Abbey.Danny Avis and Travis Joseph both scoring twice alongside goals for Dom Parrella and Charlie Nicholson.

Elsewhere, Caldecote Reserves were defeated 1-0 on home soil by Sandy whose goal came via Olly Banfield.

Division Two

It's all change again at the head of the Division Two league table with Marabese Ceramics now back on the summit after their 3-1 victory at Cranfield United Reserves to end the home sides unbeaten home ways for the season and take them to their eighth away win on the bounce. Richard Follano, John Chitondu and Luke Deards on the scoresheet against a lone United reply from a Steve Mullen penalty.

The Tilermen taking over the top spot and going two points clear of Goldington who despite taking their unbeaten ways up to seven games were held to a 0-0 home draw by third spot Sundon Park Rangers who now trail the new league leaders by just seven points but having played two games fewer.

Also still very much in the title/promotion race are fourth place Eastcotts AFC who took their unbeaten away ways up to nine games with a 2-1 win at Potton United Reserves. Tom Stonehouse and Michael Sexton on the scoresheet against a United reply from Torie Albon.

For sixth place Queens Park Crescents, it was win number four on the bounce to take their unbeaten ways into double figures with a 3-2 victory at second from bottom of the table Westoning whose goals came via Alex Benet and Glen Cooksley.

Whilst the rehearsal for this season's Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup Final saw Woburn Athletic and Bromham United share the spoils in a 3-3 draw. Dan McClaren, Lewis Murray and Antony Kostiw on the home Safari Boys scoresheet to take their unbeaten ways up to five games against United replies from Ben Robinson, Dean Waghorn and Paul Kempsell to increase United's unbeaten away ways to six games.

Elsewhere, Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves were 5-0 home winners over a St Joseph Reserves side losing it's sixth game on the bounce. Daniel Lupton and Mark Smith netting twice alongside Jason Angol to bring up the nap hand.

Division Three

Following two straight home defeats, fourth place Clifton remain very much in the title/promotion race after drawing 2-2 with current league leaders Potton Town whose lead over them is just eight points but having played five games more. Ricky Aris on the scoresheet twice for the home side against Town replies via Charlie Seward and Tom Grinstead.

With second place Riseley Sports sitting the afternoon out, they now trail the league leaders by four points having played three games fewer. Third place Westoning Reserves taking full advantage to close to within six points of Potton Town having played five games fewer with a 3-1 home win over Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves. Steve Garner, Scott Gadsden and Alex Barnwell on the scoresheet against a lone reply from Victor Gonzalez.

Also still very much in the title/promotion race are fifth and sixth place Renhold United Reserves and Great Barford who both have at least two games in hand on all those sides about them. United via two own goals plus strikes from Johnny Overden, Kane Alexander, Delroy Phillps and Justin Newman winning 6-4 at second from bottom of the table Kempston Hammers Sports whose goals came via a brace for Nick Tysoe plus Nathan Evans and Kevin Simcoe.

However, Great Barford were beaten 4-3 at Wilshamstead Reserves who had to come from 3-0 down to claim the points. Ben Stock netting a hat-trick before the home side via Jay Hall twice plus Mark Cuthbert and Liam Fenton fought back to take the spoils.

Elsewhere, returning to winning ways for the first time in six home outings were Dunton with a 1-0 victory over bottom of the table Bedford Park Rangers thanks to a goal from Charlie Wiliams.

Division Four

Bedford Panthers claimed the first silverware of the season when they lifted the Division Four league title with a 6-1 home win over Dinamo Flitwick, then learnt second place Elstow Abbey Reserves had been beaten 1-0 at home by third Kempston Athletic whose goal came via Gavin Matthews.

For the Panthers, once Gary Phillpson had opened the scoring in the 18th minute it was no more than a stroll in the sunshine with Aaron Perrett adding all the other five goals against a reply from Chaz Lee Martin which was perhaps the best of the afternoon.

Also hitting six goals were Kempston Con Club Sports with a 6-2 victory at Sandy Reserves. Just a James Coates goal to the good at the break, the second period was to see Coates complete his hat-trick alongside a brace for Ryan Collis and a strike from Tom Wheelhouse against two in home reply from Johnnie Stratford.

Down at the other end of the table, bottom club Wootton Village shared the spoils in a 2-2 home draw with Shefford Town & Campton A. Adam Flynn shooting them 2-0 ahead before a strike from Wayne Haxton reduced the arrears until Kieran Best levelled matters in the second period. Village cause not being helped with a injury to their goalkeeper who was replaced in the second period by goalscorer Flynn.

For second from bottom of the table Caldecote A, it was a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Clifton Reserves. Harry Fisher netting both goals against a home reply from Tom Wallace. Whilst after going six games without a win, Flitwick Town Reserves returned to winning ways with a 4-0 home win over Dunton Reserves who have now themselves failed to win any of their six outings. Dean Conway with a brace plus an own goal and a strike from Ben Ward doing the damage.

Action ahead April 8th -April 10th 2013

Action resumes in the Bedfordshire County Football League tomorrow evening 8th April with a series of four games. In Division One at Stockwood Park, Sundon Park Rangers can move to within four points of league leaders Marabese Ceramics should they collected the full three points from their home encounter with Cranfield United Reserves. Whilst in Mowsbury Park, Queens Park Crescents can take their unbeaten ways up to 11 games when visited by Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves.

In Division Three, the lone action comes at Greenfield Road where third place Westoning Reserves host bottom of the table Bedford Park Rangers. With the Rangers now on a run of 19 games without a victory you would expect the hosts to collect their fifth home win on the bounce and move up into second place in the league standings just four points shy of league leaders Potton Town but having played four games fewer.

The final game being a fourth division clash at Steppingley Road between sixth place hosts Flitwick Town Reserves and seventh place visitors Kempston Con Club Sports. The teams at kick off time being level on points, so with Town unbeaten in their last four home outings and the visitors winners of their last two away games a close contest looks on the cards.

Just 24 hours later or to be more precise 25 and half hours with it being a 7.45pm kick off at Weston Park, Eastcotts AFC will be expected to enhance their championship/promotion hopes when called upon by second from bottom of the table Westoning who are yet to record a win on the road this season plus have lost their last seven games.

Have you noticed with Westoning Reserves pushing for promotion from division three and Westoning in relegation trouble in division two, could season 2013-14 see their reserve side playing in a division about their first team. Time to study the rule book.

Wednesday April 10th will see another series of eight games with five of them coming in the Premier Division supported by Sportsform section. On The Green, current second place Ickwell & Old Warden will know only the full three points and their eighth win on the bounce will be good enough to maintain their serious title challenge when visited by Shefford Town & Campton.Whilst at their Playing Field headquarters, fourth place Oakley Sports M&DH having beaten second from bottom of the table Sharnbrook on their own patch 5-1 on Easter Monday will start the evening firm favourites to achieve a quick seasons double over their local rivals.

For third place Renhold United it's a trip to Grange Road to take on bottom of the table Bedford Sports Athletic, with the hosts having lost all nine of their home games to date and the visitors on a four game winning run you would expect United to collect all three points.

Elsewhere at Steppingley Road, Flitwick Town and fifth place Arlesey Town Reserves meet for the second time inside a week having shared the spoils at the weekend in a 1-1 draw at the Armadillo Stadium.Whilst at Hillgrounds, sixth place AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College play hosts to a Bedford Hatters side who have lost their last two games.
In Division Two, Sundon Park Rangers will again be back in home action in Stockwood Park against a St Joseph Reserves side who have now lost their last six games. Whilst at Crawley Road, it's a second game of the week for Cranfield United Reserves when they play hosts to a Woburn Athletic side who are now unbeaten in their last five outings.

Other action coming in Division Three where Stevington now winners of their last three home games play hosts to the promotion seeking Great Barford.

Outside the league, it's East Beds Charity Cup action at Second Meadow Biggleswade United FC with a semi-final tie between Potton United Reserves and Shillington for the right to play Clifton in the final. Kick off for this one being 7.45pm.
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