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Sunday 28th April 2013
Wins for Caldecote and Oakley Sports M&DH keeps the title race in the melting pot.
Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup Final Friday 25th April 2013

Bromham United under the floodlights at Potton United's Hollow complex before a crowd of 215 run out 3-1 winners over Woburn Athletic to lift the trophy they last won in season 1961-62. However, it was the Safari Boys who struck first when Martin Holland headed them into a 10th minute lead before a sweet volley from outside the box from United's Ben Robinson levelled matters even 12 minutes before half-time.

United then taking the lead for the first time with a 35 yard effort from Peter Hanwell some 10 minutes into the second period and sealing the game when Darren Payne headed home goal number three some six minutes later.

East Beds Charity Cup Final Friday 25th Arpil 2013

Forde Park Langford was the venue for this seasons final which saw Shillington score a narrow 2-1 win over Clifton. An own goal plus a strike from Ryan Lewis marking their scoresheet against a lone reply from Greg King.

Premier Division supported by Sportsform

Caldecote now need at the maximum seven points from their remaining four fixtures to claim what would be a record breaking ninth top flight title after they took their current unbeaten ways up to nine games with a 4-3 home win over Shefford Town & Campton. It was Jack Renney who struck first for the visitors before goals from Kai Griffiths Shilton, Paul Lawrence and Tom Cookman had the home side 3-1 ahead by the half-time break. The second period action seeing Cookman add to the home scorecard and Michael Jones net twice for the visitors.

Meantime, Oakley Sports M&DH are now back up into second spot and looking to be the only club who could yet take the title away from Caldecote. For them it was home game number 10 unbeaten with a 7-0 victory over Lidlington United Sports. Shaun Barnett with a brace being supported by single strikes from Jack Hoogstaten, Dan Kelly, Matt Atherton, Ali Smith and Aaran Wright.

Now looking out of the title race are Renhold United who lost their five game winning away run and unbeaten ways of nine games when beaten 3-0 at AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College who were winning for the first time in seven starts. Lyndon Ingerson shooting them ahead in the opening half before Joe Wille twice added to the scoreline from the penalty spot in the second period.

Having lost their last three away games, Arlesey Town Reserves returned to winning ways on the road to climb above the non-playing Ickwell & Old Warden into fourth place in the league table with a 9-0 win at bottom of the table Bedford Sports Athletic. Josh Mason netting a hat-trick,Callum Mason a brace to go alongside single strikes from Sam Welbury, Domonic Hillard, Dale Chester and Daniel Maylin-Petron.

Whilst second from bottom of the table Sharnbrook are now within two points of AFC Biggleswade Town after beating them 2-0 on their own Carlsberg patch. Martyn Cain netting both goals.

Elsewhere, Wilshamstead made it five away wins on the bounce and took their unbeaten ways up to seven games with a 2-1 win at Flitwick Town. Sean Lloyd and Matthew Davidson on their scoresheet against a Town reply from Liam Keane. Whilst Bedford Hatters were 2-1 home winners over Marston Shelton Rovers, Aaran Cavill and Keith Thomas on the scoresheet for The Hatters against a Rovers reply from Aaron Franks.

Division One

Leighton United are now within two points of league leaders Shillington with a game in hand after they preserved their seasons unbeaten away record with a 7-3 victory at second from bottom of the table Kings AFC who have now failed to win any of their last 13 outings. Robert Smith and Luke Dolan both netting twice alongside an own goal plus strikes from Lee Redmond and Darryl Hodge against home replies via Ryan Smith, Tom Price and Chris Stelling.

Whilst bottom of the table AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves are still looking for their first home win of the season after losing 3-1 to a Brickhill Tigers side who were winning on the road for the first time in 10 starts. Matty Heraghty, Kieran Walsh and Gary Russon the Tigers marksmen against a Town reply from Jamie Paxton.

Division Two

With all of the leading title/promotion sides sitting the afternoon out the spotlight fell upon the battle at the other end of the table to beat off relegation. Westoning coming out best to move from bottom spot to a place of safety following their 3-1 home victory over a Stopsley Park side who now occupy second from bottom spot. Matt Barnes, Tom Smith and Dean Gadsden on their scoresheet against a Park reply from Shane Roberts.

Now back onto the basement spot are Meltis Albion who despite goals from Adam Smith and Asa Garlick were beaten 6-2 at home by Queens Park Crescents. Whilst St Joseph Reserves ensured themselves of another season of division two football next term by ending their six game losing home run with a 6-2 victory over Cranfield United Reserves. Daniel McLeod on the scoresheet four times alongside strikes from Damien Moloney and Bobby McGrath against United replies via Craig Cameron and Adam Kerr.

Elsewhere, Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves were 1-0 home winners over Sundon Park Rangers thanks to a goal from Jamie Carter.

Division Three

Westoning Reserves are now five points clear at the head of the division two league table with just two games to play after they took their winning ways to nine games with a 2-1 victory at Wilshamstead Reserves. Steve Garner netting both goals against a home reply from Jay Hall.

Now sitting in second spot are Clifton who won 2-1 at fellow title/promotion seekers Renhold United Reserves. Nick Thomas and Tony Norman on their scoresheet to end United's six game winning home run whose goal was struck by Kane Alexander.

Also still in the promotion mix are fourth place Great Barford who won 10-1 at bottom of the table Bedford Park Rangers who thus ended their season without a win from their last 23 outings. Josh Pierre St Claire leading the way with a hat-trick, David Mulvihill netting twice to go alongside single goals from Pat Mulvihill, Ben Stock, Sam Queeley, Salvatore Ventriqlia and Mark Harlow. The lone Rangers reply coming from Michael Patterson.

Elsewhere, Stevington were 5-0 home winners over Dunton thanks to a brace of goals from Luke Cronin plus strikes from Gavin White, Ben Walsh and Arron Coker. Whilst Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves won 3-0 at home against second from bottom of the table Kempston Hammers Sports despite the game being played at the Hammers Cutler Hammer base.Gavin Stackman, Jonathan Hoggett and Victor Gonzalez netting the vital goals.

Division Four

Division Four champions Bedford Panthers brought their season to a close still unbeaten on the road after sharing the spoils in a 3-3 draw at Shefford Town & Campton A. Tom Wade netting twice and Aaron Perrett once against home replies from Ollie Morgan, Dan Cullerton and Scott Frusciante. Whilst Elstow Abbey Reserves as good as collected the silver medals thanks to a 4-1 away win at Caldecote A. Aiden Powell twice plus Lewis Aitken and Lewis Persie all finding the back of the net against a lone home reply via Ross Taylor.

The only side who can now prevent the Abbey claiming second spot are Kempston Athletic, but to do that they need to win their last game by a 26 goals margin. However, they are assured of third spot after ending Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves nine game winning home run by defeating them 4-0. Gavin Matthews with a hat-trick plus Gary Whitbread netting the goals to do the damage.

Whilst Clifton Reserves claimed fourth spot after they emerged 3-2 home winners over Sandy Reserves to end the season with a four game winning run to their name and make it five home wins on the bounce. Vince Kernaghan with a brace plus a Joe Marshall penalty only being replied to by Pete Rogan and Jonnie Stratford.

Elsewhere, Kempston Con Club Sports took their winning home ways up to three games with a 2-1 victory over Dinamo Flitwick. Michael Darnell netting both goals against a lone reply from Michael Bruce-Kirkland. Whilst second from bottom of the table Dunton Reserves ended their season losing their eighth game on the bounce when defeated 2-1 at home by Flitwick Town Reserves. Cody Roberts and Ravi Jessani on the Town scoresheet against a home reply from Alex Wiltshire.

Preview of the action ahead Monday 29th April - Friday 3rd May 2013

Action this midweek commences on Monday evening when both of the leading Premier Division supported by Sportsform title contenders will be action. For league leaders Caldecote that means home Harvey Close action against Flitwick Town where you would expect the hosts to collect another three points with their fifth home win on the bounce. Whilst on the second pitch at Harvey Close, bottom of the table Bedford Sports Athletic will be playing hosts to second place Oakley Sports M&DH. who will travel knowing any slip up with almost certainly virtually hand the title to Caldecote should they have collect the spoils against Flitwick Town.

Over at The Warren in division one, Elstow Abbey play hosts to current league leaders Shillington. A victory for the visitors will leave Leighton United requiring the maximum six points from their last two games to take the league title away from them. Alas for Shillington they are both against bottom of the table AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves.

In Division Two, Goldington go into home action at Hillgrounds against Westoning with the knowledge that a victory would take them to the league title. Whilst at Weston Park, Eastcotts look to keep their promotion hopes alive with a home victory over the visiting Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves.

In Division Three, Great Barford are in home action at Fisher Close against Stevington looking for the maximum points to keep them in the promotion race. A comment that also applies to Renhold United Reserves when they hit the road for a Jubilee Playing Fields outing against Wilshamstead Reserves.

Whilst in Division Four, Hillgrounds is the venue at which Kempston Athletic set about the impossible task of a 26 goal victory over Sandy Reserves to deprive Elstow Abbey Reserves of the seasons silver medals. Plus at Digswell Playing Fields, Shefford Town & Campton A will conclude their season with a visit from Dinamo Flitwick.

Action will then resume again 48 hours later on Wednesday evening with another eight games of which five are in the top flight Premier Division supported by Sportsform section. Oakley Sports M&DH being back in action with a visit to Hurst Grove to face a Lidlington United Sports side who have failed to win any of their last eight outings. Whilst at Steppingley Road, Flitwick Town also return to action when visited by Renhold United.

Down at the other end of the table, its vital away action for both Sharnbrook,who hit the road for a Miller Road meeting against Bedford Hatters and for AFC Biggleswade who journey to face Marston Shelton Rovers at their Playing Field headquarters.

The fifth game being at Jubilee Playing Fields,where Wilshamstead now unbeaten in their last seven starts face a visit from Shefford Town & Campton it what could be billed as the Jones family shoot-out. Paul leading the attack for the home side and brother Micheal wearing the number nine shirt for the visitors.

In Division Two, Eastcotts AFC will be back in action at Weston Park when called upon by a Bromham United side who are now unbeaten in their last nine away outings. Whilst over at the Hollow, Potton United Reserves are still in need of points to save themselves from dropping into the relegation zone when they play hosts to the visiting Woburn Athletic who will hit the road looking to take their unbeaten league ways up to nine games.

Meantime over at Cutler Hammer in division three depending on the results 48 hours earlier, Westoning Reserves could be crowned division three champions with a victory over hosts Kempston Hammers Sports.

The final action of the week comes on Friday evening with the staging of this seasons Jubilee Cup Final at Second Meadow, Biggleswade United Kick Off 7.45pm with a game between Marabese Ceramics and Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves.

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