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Sunday 14th April 2013
Wins for Caldecote, Oakley Sports M&DH and Renhold United hot up the title race.
Premier Division supported by Sportsform

Caldecote's lead at the head of the Premier Division supported by Sportsform league table is now up to six points following their 5-1 home win over bottom of the table Bedford Sports Athletic. Just a Tom Cookman goal to the good at half-time, a second goal from Cookman plus strikes from Jack Boyd and Kai Griffiths-Shilton saw them race 4-0 ahead until Matt Stapleton reduced the arrears only to see Paul Lawrence strike again for the home side to bring up the nap hand.

Now sitting in second spot and with a game in hand of the leaders are Oakley Sports M&DH, for them it was a 4-0 home victory over Flitwick Town. Jamie Lally and Ali Smith both netting twice to do the damage. Whilst in third spot sharing the same number of points but having played a game more are Renhold United. For them it was a 2-1 home victory over fifth place Arlesey Town Reserves to take their winning ways up to six games. Jason Allison and Scott Joseph netting the vital goals against a Town reply from Keith Coughlin.

The biggest losers of the day and now seemingly out of the title race are Ickwell & Old Warden who dropped from second spot to fourth after suffering their first defeat in nine outings when beaten 3-2 at Bedford Hatters. James Allen twice and Ashley Deverall on the Hatters scoresheet against a brace in reply from Zak Rowe.

For sixth place AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College, it was home defeat number four on the bounce when beaten 2-0 by a Shefford Town & Campton side who now only trail them in the league standings by a single point. Adam Chambers with a goal from distance on 54 minutes giving the visitors the lead which was doubled by Adam Larsen 15 minutes from time.

Elsewhere, second from bottom of the table Sharnbrook ended their 11 game losing run in netting a 3-0 home win over Marston Shelton Rovers thanks to a Chris Prior penalty plus strikes from Sean Duffy and Stevie Yessian. This victory taking them to within four points of AFC Biggleswade who have played a game more after The Waders were beaten 3-1 on home soil by a Wilshamstead side chalking up their fourth win on the bounce. Michael Taylor netting twice and Paul Jones once for the victors against a lone home reply via Jimmie Brennan.

Division One

It's as you were at the head of the Division One league table following wins for the top two clubs. League leaders Shillington with goals from Steve Gay and Adrian Fontenelle recording home win number 10 on the bounce 2-0 over Henlow. Whilst second place Leighton United were 3-0 home winners over Caldecote Reserves. Lee Redmond striking twice and Robert Smith once.

For fourth place Luton Boys, it was a 4-1 home victory over bottom of the table AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves. Famik Stephen Gabriel with a brace plus Ali Mollyahadeen and Reece Calvano on the Boys scoresheet against a lone Town reply from a Jamie Paxton penalty.

There was late drama at Rectory Close where a 90th minute equalizer from Andrew Wren gave Sandy a share of the spoils from a 2-2 draw against Shefford Town & Campton Reserves. Jonnie Stratford also on the scoresheet for the visitors against home strikes from Simon Castle and Ryan Dobson.

Also ending all square at 2-2 were Elstow Abbey and Brickhill Tigers. Joe Price and Kieran Walsh shooting the Tigers 2-0 ahead before goals from Daniel Avis on 75 minutes and Percy Chagwiza in the last minute of the game saw the home side share the points.

Division Two

For league leaders Marabese Ceramics it was away success number nine on the bounce with a 2-1 win at Bromham United to go five points clear at the head of the league table. Lewis Emery and Alex Paice on the scorsheet against a United reply from Tom Prothero whose side were losing for the first time in six outings.

Still sitting in second spot are Goldington, their game at now bottom of the table Westoning subjected to a league enquiry following it's late postponement as third place Sundon Park Rangers failed to jump above them after being beaten 3-0 at Eastcotts AFC who now sit in fourth spot on the same number of points and having played a game less. Ciaran Alexander, Jimmy Jacob and Tony Milioti netting the Eastcotts goals.

Fifth place Woburn Athletic are now unbeaten in their last seven starts after winning 1-0 at St Joseph Reserves but sixth place Queens Park Crescents lost their 11 game unbeaten run when beaten 4-2 at Potton United Reserves. John Vooght claiming a hat-trick alongside a single goal for Lee Adams.

Climbing out of the relegation zone are Meltis Albion, after seven straight away defeats they won 1-0 at Cranfield United Reserves who are now themselves without a win from their last seven outings. Adam Cranny netting the vital goal to take The Albion above Stopsley Park in the league standings who were beaten 5-1 at home by Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves. Daniel Lupon with a hat-trick plus goals from Jamie Carter and Alex Skeel bringing up the visitors nap hand against a lone reply from Shane Roberts to leave his side now losers of their last six games.

Division Three

It's now a case of wait and see for league leaders Potton Town who completed their season with a 3-3 home draw against Stevington.They could end the season champions if all went well for them or even as low as seventh if all goes against them as the next six teams play catch up to end their own seasons. Chris Cooper, Jamie Hutchinson and Paul Miljalski on the Town scoresheet against Stevington replies from Gavin White, Jordan McMullen and Alex Smith.

For second place Westoning Reserves who trail the Town by just a single point but with four games left to play it was win number seven on the bounce 3-1 at Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves.Steve Garner, Scott Gadsden and Alex Barnwell their goalscorers against a home reply from Victoriano Gonzalez.

However, it was not a good day for third place Riseley Sports who were beaten 4-1 at fifth place Great Barford another of the sides chasing down Potton Town. Josh St Clair Pierre shooting the home side in front nine minutes from the break and after David Mulvihill added to the scoreline in the 50th minute and St Clair Pierre netted from the penalty spot on 64 minutes it looked game over until James Law set up a potential tense finish when he reduced the arrears 16 minutes from time only see St Clair Pierre bag his hat-trick goal six minutes from time to seal the points.

For fourth spot Clifton it was a 2-1 victory at Wilshamstead Reserves to keep their championship hopes alive. Tony Norman and Daniel Bean on the scoresheet against a home reply from Jay Hall. Whilst also in that championship mix are Renhold United Reserves who made it five wins on the bounce with a 3-2 home victory over bottom of the table Bedford Park Rangers. Delroy Phillips with a brace plus Jordan Kumar netting for United against Rangers replies from a Shaun Finlay penalty and Andy Darnell.

Elsewhere, second from bottom of the table Kempston Hammers Sports are now without a win from their last eight games after being held to a 1-1 home draw by Royal Oak Kempston who sit just one place above them in the league standings. Nathan Evans on target for The Hammers and David Minney for The Oak.

Division Four

With the championship won last weekend Bedford Pathers this weekend took their unbeaten ways up to eight games by winning 6-1 at second from bottom of the table Dunton Reserves.Aaron Perrett netting four times alongside Simon Wade and Gary Phillipson against a lone home reply from Liam Brophy.

In the battle for the silver medals it was a good day for second place Elstow Abbey Reserves who won 5-1 at Wootton Village. Aiden Powell and Danny Bibby both netting twice alongside Lewis Aitken against a home reply from Robbie Peacock, Powell late on spoiling his copybook by being red carded.Whilst third place Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves kept the pressure on The Abbey by making it nine home wins on the bounce with a 4-1 victory over Caldecote A. Joe Sames, Joel Batson, Carl Borromeo and Dan Parkes on the Rovers scoresheet against a lone reply from Andrew Spiers.

Alas for fourth place Kempston Athletic, it was an end to their eight game unbeaten home run when beaten 6-2 by Kempston Con Club Sports who were winning their fourth away game on the bounce. The visitors with goals from Ben Sparkes and Ryan Collis leading 2-0 at half-time and when first Collis then a rare goal from Paul Welling pushed them four goals clear it appear to be curtains for The Athletic, but two strikes from Mo Banda soon had the game back to 2-4 before up popped Michael Darnell with a brace to see the Con Club home 6-2.

Also winning on the road were fifth place Clifton Reserves by a 3-1 scoreline at Shefford Town & Campton A. Nick Thomas netting twice and Max Cooper once against a Town reply from Joe Lewis.

Whilst Dinamo Flitwick took their unbeaten home ways up to six games with a 4-2 home win over Flitwick Town Reserves who were losing their eighth away game on the bounce. Jake Taylor and Chas Lee Martin netting twice each against Town replies via a Ben Wallington penalty and Ravi Jessani.

Preview of the action ahead 15-17th April 2013

Action resumes on Monday evening 15th April with a series of eight games. In the Premier Division supported by Sportsform section, for second place Oakley Sports M&DH its a chance to close the gap on league leaders Caldecote to just three points when they host Shefford Town & Campton at their Playing Field headquarters. Whilst for second from bottom of the table Sharnbrook, they will be within a single point of AFC Biggleswade should they win at Lidlington United. The hosts going into the game losers of their last three home encounters but with Sharnbrook having lost their last six away trips you might fancy United will be favourites to collect the spoils.

The big game of the evening in Division Three being the Renhold Playing Field clash between sixth place hosts Renhold United Reserves and fifth place visitors Great Barford. Both of whom are still very much in the championship race. Whilst on The Green, Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves having lost their last two home outings look to repair the damage against a Dunton side who will travel in search of their third win on the bounce.

In Division Four, it's a programme of four games. With the league title already won by Bedford Panthers, it's a case of can anyone overhaul Elstow Abbey Reserves for the silver medals. Two sides still in with a chance both go into home action knowing nothing less than the three points will do. At their Playing Field headquarters, third place Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves look for home win number 10 on the bounce when they host Shefford Town & Campton A and at Hillgrounds, Kempston Athletic play hosts to a Dinamo Flitwick side who have failed to win any of their last five away outings.

Other Hillgrounds action sees Kempston Con Club Sports look for win number five on the bounce when called upon by Sandy Reserves.Whilst the final action comes at Harvey Close, the venue at which Caldecote A look to return to wining ways against a Flitwick Town Reserves side who have lost all of their last eight away outings.

Action will then resume 48 hours later on Wednesday 17th April with another 12 games taking place. Five of those games come in the top Premier Division supported by Sportsform section and include tough away trips for two of the leading title contenders.League leaders Caldecote now winners of their last six games making their way to Jubilee Playing Fields to face in-form Wilshamstead who have won their last four outings. Whilst Renhold United hit the road also looking for their seventh win on the bounce when they journey to The Green to take on Ickwell & Old Warden.

Down at the other end of the table, basement club Bedford Sports Athletic will be in home action in Mowsbury Park against AFC Biggleswade whose needs for the points to keep out of the drop zone will be even more paramount should Sharnbrook have won 48 hours earlier.

Over at Hurst Grove, Lidlington United Sports will be back in action against a Bedford Hatters side who have won three of their last four away outings and at their Playing Field headquarters, Marston Shelton Rovers now without a win from their last three outings play hosts to a Flitwick Town side who have failed to win any of their last five outings.

In Division One, Shillington have the chance to go seven points clear at the head of the division one league table when at Greenfield's they go in search of home win number 11 on the bounce against a visiting Brickhill Tigers side who have failed to win any of their last eight away outings. Whilst at the other end of the table, basement side AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves look for their first home win of the season at Hillgrounds against a Elstow Abbey side who journey across Town seeking their third away win on the bounce.

The remaining five games coming in Division Two, for league leaders Marabese Ceramics it's home action at Ickleford Playing Fields against Queens Park Crescents who have won five of their last six away outings. Whilst second place Goldington, now unbeaten in their last seven starts journey to Crawley Road to be hosted by a Cranfield United Reserves side who are now on a four game losing run.

Down at the other end of the table, basement side Westoning now losers of their last eight games are in home Greenfield Road action against Bromham United who hit the road unbeaten in their last seven away starts. Whilst second from bottom of the table Stopsley Park, now losers of their last six outings journey to Lewsey Park for local derby action against St Joseph Reserves.

The other action coming at The Hollow, the venue at which Potton United Reserves play hosts to Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves.

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