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Sunday 21st April 2013
Caldecote inch ever closer to that record breaking ninth league title.
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 after they took their unbeaten away ways up to eight games with a 3-1 victory at AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College and then learnt both of their nearest rivals had dropped points. Paul Gower giving them a first-half lead before Town's Jack Livings squared matters even early in the second period only to see Gower strike again and Tom Cookman ensure Town were going down to their fifth consecutive home defeat with a third Caldecote goal right on the final whistle.

For second place Renhold United, it was an end to their seven game winning run when held to a 1-1 home draw by bottom of the table Bedford Sports Athletic. Scott Joseph on the United scoresheet against an Athletic reply from Asa Mead. Whilst third place Oakley Sports M&DH were beaten 4-3 at Marston Shelton Rovers. Jamie Cerminara with a brace plus Dean Reid and Lee Dudley netting for the Rovers against replies via Jack Hogstraten, Matt Atherton and Dan Kelly.

It was also far from a good day at the office for fourth place Ickwell & Old Warden, they suffered their third defeat on the bounce when beaten 2-1 at home by AFC Biggleswade for whom it was three most welcome points in their fight to stay out of the drop zone. 0-0 at the break, goals from Josh Murray and Sheldon Washington gave the Waders a 2-0 lead until Dave Trundley reduced the arrears in the 89th minute.

Having won their last two outings, second from bottom of the table Sharnbrook failed to make it three when beaten 2-0 at home by a Flitwick Town side claiming their first away win in seven outings thanks to a brace of goals from Dan Stafford.

Elsewhere, fifth place Arlesey Town Reserves returned to winning ways with a 4-0 home win over Bedford Hatters. Tom Finch, Charlie Marshall, Sam Welbury and Luke Sharples all finding the back of the net. Whilst sixth place Shefford Town & Campton took their unbeaten away ways up to four games with a 2-2 draw at Lidlington United Sports.Dave Thompson and Ben Marwood on the home scoresheet against Town replies via Michael Jones and Sam Larsen.

Division One

It's as you were at the head of the Division One league table following wins for both of the two leading clubs. League leaders Shillington with goals from Kevin Rimmer, Adrain Fontenelle and Ryan Lewis winning 3-0 at Luton Boys. Whilst second place Leighton United retained their season's unbeaten away ways with a 2-1 win at Brickhill Tigers. Kevin Hilton and Robert Smith netting the vital goals against a Tigers reply from Kieran Walsh.

Down at the other end of the table, bottom side AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves on paper lost 2-1 at home to Sandy, but in fact although their home fixture, the game was played at Sandy. Tom Marvin giving The Town the lead after just five minutes before Craig Barker levelled matters 10 minutes later then hit the winner 20 minutes from time.

For second from bottom of the table Kings AFC, it was the sharing of the spoils in a 3-3 draw at Caldecote Reserves. Dan Hall twice and Jake Wallace netting for the home side against replies from Jason Attoe, Tom Price and Marcus Tomlin.

Elsewhere, the dress rehearsal for this seasons Centenary Cup Final was to end with a 6-0 home win for Henlow over Elstow Abbey. Russell Ayles netting a hat-trick alongside a penalty from Joe Spencer and goals from Keith Milburn and George Zitko.

Division Two

It's all change again at the head of the division two league table with Goldington back in pole position after their 1-0 victory at fourth place Sundon Park Rangers. Antony Plaiter netting the lone goal but the hero status belonged to goalkeeper Jason Calvert for saving a 94th minute penalty.

Losing out on top spot were Marabese Ceramics after their eight game winning away run was ended with a 3-2 defeat at Woburn Athletic. Martin Holland twice and Dan McClaren netting for The Safari Boys against replies from Adrian Jordan and Andrew Machell.

For third place Eastcotts AFC, it was a 3-3 home draw against third from bottom of the table Stopsley Park. Michael Sexton twice and Ciaran Alexander on the home scoresheet against Park replies via Stuart Lyons, Simon Richards and Johnny McCausland. The point seeing The Park remain out of the drop zone on goal difference only after second from bottom of the table Meltis Albion won 5-4 at St Joseph Reserves. Adam Cranny with a hat-trick plus James Petty and Dan Smith on the Albion scoresheet against home replies from Ryan Lawson, Daniel McLeod, Craig Nash and Joe Anane.

Alas for bottom of the table Westoning it was a tenth consecutive defeat when beaten 3-0 at Cranfield United Reserves, who themselves were winning for the first time in nine starts. Steve Mullen, James Armstrong and David Anderson netting the goals.

Elsewhere, Bromham United took their unbeaten away ways up to nine games with a 1-0 victory at Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves thanks to a goal from Ben Robinson.

Division Three

The shock of the day saw title favourites Renhold United Reserves drop from third to sixth in the league standings after their six game winning run was brought to an end with a thumping 8-1 defeat at Stevington. Adam Fletcher with a hat-trick plus goals from Jordan McMullan, Sam King, Andrew Sly, Ben Walsh and Colin Lawlor only replied to by Justin Newman.

Now up into third spot are Riseley Sports, for them it was a 5-2 home win over Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves. Sylvester Mulenga with a hat-trick plus James Law and Gareth Shrimpton on their scoresheet against replies from Jonathan Hogget and Joe Rowley.

For fourth place Clifton, it was a 1-0 home win over Dunton thanks to a goal from Tony Norman. Whilst fifth place Great Barford ran out 5-1 home victors over second from bottom of the table Kempston Hammers Sports. David Mulvihill with a hat-trick plus goals from Josh Pierre St Clair and Ben Stock bringing up the nap hand against an own goal in reply.

The seasons end can't come quick enough for bottom of the table Bedford Park Rangers who are now without a win from their last 22 league outings after being beaten 9-1 at Wilshamstead Reserves. Liam Fenton netting four times, Kieron Colclough and Jim Mark Steele both twice plus Jay Hall once for the home side against a lone Rangers reply from David Bevan.

Division Four

The quest for the season's silver medals and automatic promotion is now a straight two team fight after Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves dropped out of the race by being beaten 3-0 at Clifton Reserves. Andrew Mussett, Nick Thomas and Dale Houghton netting the goals to do the damage.

Those two teams being Elstow Abbey Reserves and Kempston Athletic, second place Abbey failing to make those medals theirs after losing 1-0 at Kempston Con Club Sports thanks to a 20th minute strike from Ryan Collis. Whilst Kempston Athletic were gift wrapped three points when Dunton Reserves failed to raise a side to meet them at Horseshoes Close.

There was a 13 goal thriller at Hinksley Road which saw home side Dinamo Flitwick claim their fifth home win on the bounce with a 7-6 victory over bottom of the table Wootton Village. Scott Hannam and Dean Myers netting twice alongside Neil Hannam, Tom Hynes and Jake Taylor for the winners against braces in reply from Adam Flynn and Sam Mulvaney to go with goals from Jayden Johnson and Rob Peacock for The Village.

At Harvey Close, Caldecote A were 4-3 home winners over Sandy Reserves. Ryan Ambrose, Andrew Spiers, Matthew Ackroyd and Sean Boyd all finding the back of the net against Sandy replies from Jonnie Stratford, Brad Dennis and Matt Baines.

Elsewhere, Flitwick Town Reserves ended their nine game losing away run by winning 3-2 at Shefford Town & Campton A. Dan Poole, Cody Roberts plus an own goal marking their scoresheet against home replies from Sam Kelly and David Young.

Preview of the action ahead 22nd April-26th April 2013

On Monday evening April 22nd, its just a programme of five games in Division Two and Three. In Division Two, fourth place Sundon Park Rangers having lost their last three outings will need to collect all three points from their visit to Bromham United if their hopes of gaining a automatic promotion spot are to go beyond the nightfall. Whilst at the other end of the table, bottom club Westoning now on a 10 game losing run take on Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves at Greenfield Road.

In Division Three, the trio of games includes action for two of the title/promotion candidates. When at Fisher Close, fifth place Great Barford could even leap to the top of the table should they secure a bigger enough win over the Wilshamstead Reserves and at Renhold Playing Fields, sixth place Renhold United Reserves now on a five game winning home run could climb into the top three with a victory over second from bottom of the table Kempston Hammers Sports who hit the road looking for their first win in 10 outings.

The final action coming on The Green where Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves play hosts to Royal Oak Kempston who will be concluding their season and possibly their life in The Bedfordshire County Football League.

Just 24 hours later on Tuesday evening, it's Division Two action at The Hollow between hosts Potton United Reserves and Goldington. The visitors hitting the road now unbeaten in their last nine outings looking for the three points that would take them four points clear at the head of the league table. Kick off for this game being 7.45pm.

Action will then move onto Wednesday evening with a series of 12 games taking place. Five of those coming in the top Premier Division supported by Sportsform section. For second place Renhold United, it's home Playing Field action against Sharnbrook where three points would take them to within three points of current league leaders Caldecote. Whilst third place Oakley Sports M&DH are in home action against AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College seeking the three points that will keep the pressure on the two clubs above them and their title hopes alive.

Other action comes on The Green, the venue at which hosts Ickwell & Old Warden will look for their first win in five outings when visited by a Wilshamstead side who are now unbeaten in their last five starts. Whilst at Hurst Grove, it's local derby action between hosts Lidlington United Sports and Marston Shelton Rovers in a game which always raises the passion in that part of the world.

The final top flight game coming at Steppingley Road, the venue at which Flitwick Town play hosts to Bedford Hatters.

The Division Two action is one of four games but three of those involve outings for sides seeking promotion. Second place Marabese Ceramics looking to return to winning ways after two straight defeats when they host Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves at Ickleford Playing Fields. Whilst third place Eastcotts AFC make the short journey down the A421 now unbeaten in their last nine away outings to face Cranfield United Reserves at Crawley Road.

The third possible promotion candidate in action if all as gone well 48 hours earlier are Sundon Park Rangers, they return to action with a home Stockwood Park encounter against Queens Park Crescents.

The final action in this section seeing St Joseph Reserves who have lost their last five home games in Lewsey Park action against bottom of the table Westoning Reserves who have not only failed to win on the road this season to date but have also lost their last 10 games.

In Division Three, it's a big title/promotion clash at Greenfield Road between hosts Westoning Reserves and Clifton. The home side looking for their eighth win on the bounce and the visitors their fourth consecutive away win, which if achieved and depending on the Monday night results could take either side to the top of the league table.

The final action being a Hillgrounds Division Four encounter between Kempston Con Club Sports and Caldecote A.

The action will then resume on Friday evening with two cup finals. At The Hollow home of Potton United, Bromham United face Woburn Athletic in The Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup. Whilst at Forde Park home of Langford FC, it's the final of this season's East Beds Charity Cup between Clifton and Shillington. Both games kicking off at 7.45pm.

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