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Sunday 23rd September 2012
Arlesey Town Reserves move to the head of the Premier Division supported by Sportsform Table
Premier Division supported by Sportsform

The new leaders of the Premier Division supported by Sportsform league table are Arlesey Town Reserves following their 1-0 victory at previous league leaders Ickwell & Old Warden, Tyler Prince netting the games lone goal just eight minutes into the contest.

Now sitting in third spot on goal difference behind Ickwell & Old Warden are Caldecote, their 4-1 home victory over Bedford Hatters jumping them up from fifth place and sending The Hatters plummeting from second spot to seventh. Barry Dellar shooting them in front in the 8th minute before Mark Reed levelled matters for The Hatters on the half-hour mark, perhaps slightly against the run of play Dellar restored the home sides lead in the 63rd minute after which two goals from Jack Boyd in the 70th and 88th minutes of the game sealed the points.

Goal difference is also the margin that separates Caldecote from fourth spot Marston Shelton Rovers who claimed their third win on the bounce with a 2-0 home victory over Blunham thanks to a brace of goals from Aaron Franks.

Fifth place is taken up by Lidlington United Sports who ran out 3-1 home victors over yet to win and now second from bottom of the table Bedford Sports Athletic. Scott Kent, Darren Sims and Nicky Barton seeing their goals only replied to by Aaron Edwards.

Making up the top six having played a game less than all those above them are Renhold United, for them it was a 6-1 home win over Flitwick Town. Tommy Foyle with a hat-trick plus strikes from Dean Warren, Ollie Housden and Scott Alleyne doing the damage.The lone Town reply coming from Richie Bevan.

However, it's a return to the bottom of the league table for AFC Biggleswade who were beaten 6-1 at previous bottom club Wilshamstead. Kevin Butler with a hat-trick, Paul Jones with a brace plus a goal from Chris Falconer chalking the first points of the season onto the Wilshamstead board against a lone reply from Naron Cheema.

Also netting their first win of the season in style were AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College who netted a 3-0 home win over previous 100% Oakley Sports M&DH, Joe Willie, Matthew Cheveralls and Lyndon Ingerson shooting home the goals.

Elsewhere, Shefford Town & Campton ran out 4-1 winners at Sharnbrook. Andrew Hayday seeing his brace of goals supported by strikes from Adam Larsen and Mark Ansell Carter and only replied to by once by Paolo Fregapane.

Division One

Leighton United remain three points clear at the head of the Division One league table but ho what a scare they had at Shefford Town & Campton Reserves to retain their season's 100% ways. With just 35 minutes played the hosts with two goals from Ryan Dobson and a strike from Scott Frusciante were leading them 3-0, however, four goals from Kevin Hilton and a strike from Paul Darton saw United home 5-3 in a game they didn't lead until six minutes from time.

United are being chased in the league standings by Pavenham and Caldecote Reserves who both retained their seasons 100% record with their third victories on the bounce. Second spot being occupied by Pavenham who were 3-1 home winners over Sandy. Tim Bowers, Daniel Doyle and Michael Bates having their goals only replied to by Ryan Gregory and for Caldecote Reserves it was a 6-2 away win at Kings AFC. Matt Basta and Dan Fennell both netting twice alongside George Melrose and Jordan Goodman against home replies via Niko Stanchev and Ryan Smith.

The defeat for Sandy slipping them down the table to fifth spot and seeing them overhauled by Shillington who ran out 2-0 home winners over bottom of the table AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves, Jim Gentry and Alex Toye netting the vital goals.

Life on the road was good for Lea Sports PSG who picked up their first win of the season with a 5-0 victory at Luton Boys, Ian Hyde netting twice alongside Hayden Fletcher, Dean Barnes and Danny Hardacre.

Yet it was home sweet home for Brickhill Tigers with a 5-3 win over Elstow Abbey. Joe Price with a hat-trick plus strikes from Danny Wing and Padraic Walsh only being replied to by Tom Pitts, Jason Harrison and Andy Smith for The Abbey.

Division Two

The day commenced with Goldington sitting a point clear at the head of the league table but ended with them down in fourth spot after being held to a 2-2 home draw by Queens Park Crescents, Chris Huckle's two 25 yard goals cancelled out by strikes from Zain Riast and Anis Ali.

The leadership of the league table is now in the hands of Woburn Athletic who netted a 2-1 home win over Potton United Reserves, Martin Holland and Daniel McClaren seeing their goals only replied to by United's Dan Burgain.

Now in second spot are Marabese Ceramics following their 5-1 home win over Stopsley Park, Rhys Tudball with a hat-trick plus goals from Kevin Fehmi and Aaron Jordan only being replied to by Park's Shane Roberts.

Also jumping above the morning leaders are Sundon Park Rangers, for them it was a 2-1 away win at St Josephs Reserves thanks to a brace of goals from Edward Lewis against a late penalty reply from Daniel McLeod.

The biggest winners on the road and now sitting fifth in the league table are Eastcotts AFC who ran out 4-1 victors at Meltis Albion. Michael Sexton, Jimmy Jacob, Darren Masson and Bradley Temperly goals only being replied to once via Darren Ashpole.

There was a first win of the season for Cranfield United Reserves who emerged 3-2 winners at Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves, Dan Cockerton netting twice and Pete Kerr once against home replies from Daniel Lupton and Alex Liburd.

Whilst Bromham United and Westoning shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw, Sean Bolton and Dave Baxter on United's scoresheet against replies from George Hyde and Alex Benet.

Division Three

Clifton's lead at the head of the league table and their season's 100% ways disappeared after they were beaten 2-0 at Dunton, Tim Jarman and Ben Cutmore netting the home goals to do the damage.

The new league leaders are Marsh Leys, they made it four wins from four outings with a 3-1 home victory over Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves.Keiron Jackson with a brace plus a goal from Lewis Osborne only being replied to once by Jesse Moyo.

There is no change to third and fourth spots after Westoning Reserves held onto third spot and their season's unbeaten ways in a 2-2 home draw with also still unbeaten fourth placers Wilshamstead Reserves. Joe Rogers and Gareth White on the home scoresheet against replies via Jay Hall and JM (John) Steele.

The accolade of best away win of the day goes to Potton Town who with two goals from Tom Pyman and a strike from Gavin Fergusson were 3-0 winners at Stevington to beat off the claim of Renhold United Reserves who won 2-0 at Royal Oak Kempston.

Elsewhere, Great Barford's winning ways continued with a 4-2 home win over Bedford Park Rangers, an own goal plus strikes from Docid Mulvhill, Mark Harlow and Owen Layton only being replied to by another own goal and a strike from Laurence James for The Rangers. Whilst Riseley Sports claimed their first win of the season via a 3-0 home success over Kempston Hammers Sports, Gareth Shrimpton with a brace plus Nial O'Conner on the scoresheet.

Division Four

It as you were at the head of the Division Four league table following wins for the top two sides, league leaders Elstow Abbey Reserves making it four wins from four outings with a 4-2 home win over Kempston Con Club Sports thanks to a hat-trick from Kaylen Wilson and a goal from Lewis Aitken against a brace in reply from Kyle Smith.Whilst second place Bedford Panthers made it three wins from three outings in a 5-1 home victory over Dunton Reserves, Valiant Mudokwani netting three times alongside single goals for Gary Philipson and Michael Bailey against a lone reply from Alex Wilshere.

Now in third spot jumping above The Con Club are Flitwick Town Reserves, for them it was a 5-1 home win over Caldecote A. Gary Stringer leading the way with a hat-trick and supported by goals from Ravi Jessani and Craig Phillips against a lone Stephen Capon reply.

The other two games finishing all square, goals from Mason Bambridge and Harry Fisher helping Clifton Reserves to a 2-2 home draw with Dinamo Flitwick whose replies came via Domonic Loadman and Scott Hannam. Whilst Sandy Reserves with a goal from Jonnie Stratford against a reply from Nicholas Ememe drew 1-1 at home against Kempston Athletic.

Alas for Shefford Town & Campton A ,it was a game off notice after they failed to raise a side to host Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves.

Preview Saturday 29th September 2012.

For the new Premier Division supported by Sportsform league leaders Arlesey Town Reserves,this weekend brings about a home game at The Armadillo Stadium against fifth place Lidlington United Sports who travel still unbeaten. Whilst apart from the league leaders the only other club with a top-flight unbeaten tag for the season are sixth place Renhold United, for them it's a home Playing Fields clash with second place Ickwell & Old Warden in what could be the match of the day.

However, perhaps with equal claim to that billing is the other Playing Fields clash at Oakley where hosts Oakley Sports M&DH take on the visiting Caldecote.

Over at Miller Road, Bedford Hatters will start the firm favourites to return to winning ways when visited by a yet to win Flitwick Town but things might not be that easy at Rectory Road for current league champions Shefford Town & Campton when called upon by AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College.

Also hitting the road will be fourth place Marston Shelton Rovers, they head to Cople Playing Fields looking for their fourth win on the bounce against hosts Bedford Sports Athletic who currently sit in second from bottom spot in the table with no points from their opening three games.

The only club below The Athletic in the standings are of course AFC Biggleswade and for them it's a trip to Lodge Road to take on home side Sharnbrook who have opened their home season with two straight defeats.

The final action in the top-flight comes at Moggerhanger Playing Fields between yet to win and third from bottom of the table Blunham who play hosts to Wilshamstead.

Action in Division One brings about just one game when at Groveside Henlow play hosts to Sandy. With the home side having lost their last two outings it will be the visitors who in having completed a league double over Henlow last season plus for good measure also knocking them out of The Centenary Cup who will start the day favourites to collect the spoils.

However, two other Division One clubs will be in action in the opening round of this season's Bedfordfordshire FA Intermediate Cup. For both of them its trips on the road, Caldecote Reserves heading to Solway Way North to face Co-op Sports now of The Luton District and South Beds League who of course plied their trade in our own Division Two last season plus Lea Sports PSG make tracks to Creasey Park for a meeting with Spartan South Midlands League Reserve Division One side AFC Dunstable Reserves.

For the lower Division sides this weekend the action is confined to ties in the opening round of The Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup, eight of the ties seeing our sides pit their wits against opposition from The Luton District and South Beds League Division One. Yet just two of them are hitting the road, Sandy Reserves on their way to Stockwood Park to face Four Model and Bedford Park Rangers heading to Leagrave Park to take on North Sundon Wanderers.

The six to enjoy home advantage are Sundon Park Rangers who host FC Wisla (Luton) Reserves in Stockwood Park: Royal Oak Kempston who receive a visit to their Hillgrounds base by Caddington Reserves: Clifton at Whiston Crescent against Luton Deaf: Bedford Panthers at their Hockey Centre base against Jedenastka; Whilst at Cutler Hammer, Kempston Hammers Sports take on Square Rangers and at Gold Street, Riseley Sports play hosts to Farley Boys Reserves.

Also facing opposition from other leagues are Goldington in Mowsbury Park where they host Aylesbury & District League side FC Spandits Reserves and Clifton Reserves who hit the road to Mentmore Road Playing Fields to be hosted by Southcott Village Residents Association Reserves of The North Bucks League.

By tradition over the past few seasons the all Bedfordshire County Football League clashes have produced a fair share of giant-killing acts and this weekend's fixtures bring about seven opportunities for this to happen again. However, perhaps on early season form just two of the septet will really fancy their chances of an upset. Division Three Westoning Reserves who journey into Mowsbury Park to be hosted by Division Two outfit Queens Park Crescents and Division Four Kempston Con Club who play hosts to Division Three Potton Town at Hillgrounds.

Whilst don't rule out that home advantage might just be the difference for Division Three Dunton at Horseshoes Close when Division Two Oakley Sports & MD Reserves come calling and on The Green where Division Three Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves take on Division Two Woburn Athletic.

In the other three potential giant-killing games all the odds appear to be stacked against the lower division side. At The Hollow, Division Two Potton United Reserves will be firm favourites to overcome Division Four Shefford Town & Campton A and in Hillgrounds, hosts Kempston Athletic of Division Four take on in form Division Three side Marsh Leys.Whilst at their Playing Field Headquarters, it will be a major shock if Division Two Bromham United dont prevail over Division Four visitors Flitwick Town Reserves.

These ties leaving us with just three all same Division clashes, they are headed by the all Division Two encounter in Leagrave Park between hosts St Joseph Reserves and Stopsley Park. Just 14 days ago St Joe's prevailed over The Park 2-1 in league action to suggest they will once again emerge winners. Whilst another all Division Two encounter comes at Crawley Road where hosts Cranfield United Reserves take on Marabese Ceramics and the final fixture at The Warren comes in shape of an all Division Four game between hosts Elstow Abbey Reserves and Wootton Village in which The Abbey will start the firm favourites.

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