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Sunday 30th September 2012
AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College put paid to Shefford Town & Campton's proud home record
Premier Division supported by Sportsform

Arlesey Town Reserves retained their position at the head of the Premier Division supported by Sportsform league table plus their season's unbeaten ways with a thumping 9-1 home win over a Lidlington United Sports side that was losing for the first time this season. Mark Philips leading the way with a hat-trick, Sam Welbury netting twice and Dan St Ledger, Dan Marshall, Luke Sharples and Tyler Prince once before Alex Burrows netted the lone United reply.

Now up into second spot are Caldecote, they made it three wins on the bounce and put paid to Oakley Sports M&DH's 100% home record with a 4-0 victory, goalless at the break two goals from Jack Boyd plus strikes from Tom Cookman and Barry Dellar won the day for the visitors.

Third spot now belongs to Marston Shelton Rovers, they netted their fourth win on the bounce 2-1 at Bedford Sports Athletic to send their hosts tumbling to the bottom of the league table. Antony Henham and Jamie Cerminara bagging the goals against a lone home reply from Andrew Latimer.

The bottom spot being vacated by AFC Biggleswade after they grabbed their first win of the season 5-2 at Sharnbrook. Josh Murray, Giorgio Torre, Thomas Bannerman-Williams, Ayoub Benbassou and Bryn Williams bringing up the nap hand against a brace in reply from Martyn Cain.

Also climbing up the standings are Renhold United, they moved from sixth to fourth and retained their season's unbeaten ways with a 3-1 home win over Ickwell & Old Warden. Ben Brown, Tommy Foyle and Jason Alison netting the goals to do the damage against a lone reply from Matthew McCartney.

Now in the top six for the first time this season are AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College who with a goal from John Guiney won 1-0 at Shefford Town & Campton who were losing in league action on home turf for the first time since April 28th 2010 some 27 games ago.

Meantime, the club that beat them that day Wilshamstead were collecting their first away win of the season 3-0 at Blunham, Kier Banghard against his old club netting twice and Paul Jones once to leave the hosts still awaiting their first win of the season and second from bottom in the league standings.

There was also a first away win of the season for Flitwick Town, with two goals from Liam Keane and a strike from Richie Bevan they emerged 3-1 winners at Bedford Hatters.

Bedfordshire FA Intermediate Cup 1st Round

It was the end of the road for both of our participating clubs, goals from Matthew Sayes and Mark Endersby failing to save Caldecote Reserves from a 4-2 defeat at Co-op Sports who will now travel to face Luton Boys in round two. Whilst a lone goal from Dean Barnes was all Lea Sports PSG had to show for a 3-1 defeat at AFC Dunstable Reserves who will now host Kings AFC in round two.

Division One

The lone action of the day at Groveside saw Henlow net their first home win of the season with a 2-1 victory over local rivals Sandy, Russell Ayles striking both goals against a reply from Phil Beall.

Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup 1st Round

The biggest winners of the day were Sundon Park Rangers who romped to an 11-1 home win over Luton District & South Beds League side FC Wisla Reserves. Sam Chapman netting four times, Ryan Smith three and supported by single goals from Nicky Buttigieg, Luke Evans, Edward Lewis and Chris Mapp to send them on the road in round two to Kempston Hammers Sports who also enjoyed a win over a Luton District & South Beds League side with a 4-1 home success over Square Rangers, thanks to an own goal plus a hat-trick from James Grandidge.

Also seeing off Luton District & South Beds League opposition were Bedford Park Rangers who won 5-2 at North Sundon Wanderers, Daniel Thomas netting twice alongside single strikes from Dave Onatite, Shaun Finlay and Laurence James to earn The Rangers a second round home tie against Woburn Athletic who won 6-0 at Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves.Martin Holland with a hat-trick plus strikes from Dan Mclaren, Rob Williams and Ben Nicholls winning the day.

Keeping up the theme of beating sides from other legues were Goldington, for them it was a 7-0 home win over FC Spandits Reserves from The Aylesbury & District League. Chris Huckle with a hat-trick, James Morris with a brace plus Brian Day and Robert Ginn netting the goals to see them host Riseley Sports in round two who were granted a walkover when Farley Boys Reserves of The Luton District & South Beds League failed to raise a side to face them at Gold Street.

Elsewhere, also winning over Luton District & South Beds League oppostion were Royal Oak Kempston with a 5-2 home extra time victory over Caddington Reserves, Lorenzo Jordan and David Minney on the scoresheet in normal time before a Michael Cox penalty and two more goals for Lorenzo won the day for The Oak who will now travel to Wilshamstead Reserves in round two.

However, losing out to opposition from The Luton District & South Beds League were Sandy Reserves who despite goals from Jonnie Statford, Darren Gipson and Chris Gregory were beaten 7-3 at Four Model who now travel to Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves in round two and Bedford Panthers who with a brace of goals from Aaron Perrett were ko 2-3 at home by Jedenastka who will now face a round two home tie against Marsh Leys who made heavy weather of winning 2-1 at Kempston Athletic. Sylvester Mulenga shooting them ahead five minutes into the contest only to see Gary Whitbread level matters from the penalty spot 10 minutes from half-time before a Kade Walker goal three minutes into the new period turned out to be the winning goal.

Perhaps the performance of the day came from Wootton Village who won 3-2 at Elstow Abbey Reserves, Robert Peacock, Nick Chikore and Samuel Mulvaney on the scoresheet against Abbey replies from Village old boy Lewis Aitken and Kaylan Wilson to earn The Village a round two home tie against Bromham United who ran out 7-0 home winners over Flitwick Town Reserves. Jahrome Mullings and Phil Kempsell both netting hat-tricks alongside a goal for Sam Jones.

The lone game to go the full distance plus a penalty shoot-out came at Hillgrounds before Potton Town emerged winners over Kempston Con Club Sports. Goals in the opening 120 minutes from Sports Clayton Laurence with a brace plus James Coates against replies from Alex Rowell, Chris Cooper and Chris Moore saw the game deadlocked at 3-3 until Town's Brad Smith, Mark Mijalski and Rowell won the shoot-out 3-0 to give their side a home round two tie against Eastcotts AFC.

Needing extra time to earn their round two passage were Cranfield United Reserves with a 2-1 home victory over Marabese Ceramics thanks to goals from Liam Whitmee-Craig and David Anderson against a Tilerman reply via Lewis Littlechild to earn United a visit from Potton United Reserves who were 4-1 home victors over Shefford Town & Campton A. Sam King with a brace plus Lee Adams and Simon Pearce on United's scoresheet against a lone reply via Daniel Fullerton.

Making much lighter work into round two and a visit to Stevington were St Joseph Reserves, for them it was an 8-1 home win over Stopsley Park thanks to single strikes from Dave Mcleod, Dan McLeod, Ryan McLeod, Craig Nash, Charlie Nicholson, Casey Providence and Anto Barbi.

Joining them in round two will be Queens Park Crescent who will journey to face Dinamo Flitwick following their 3-1 home win over Westoning Reserves whose goal came via Sean O'Donnell and Clifton who will journey to Westoning in round two after being granted a walkover due to Luton District & South Beds League Luton Deaf failing to raise a side to meet them at Whiston Crescent.

There will also be a last 32 away tie at Caldecote A for Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves who won 3-1 at Dunton, Harry Atherton with a brace plus a Dan Lupton goal outscoring a home reply from Tim Jarman. Yet Dunton Reserves with a bye from round one are still in the competition and will host North Bucks League Southcott Village RA Reserves in round two who on home soil saw off Clifton Reserves 6-0.

Preview for Saturday 6th October 2012.

The spotlight of this weekend’s programme will fall upon the first ever Bedfordshire County Football League Hop which is expected to attract groundhoppers from all parts of the country. The action begins with the Division One meeting at The Warren between still 100% at home Elstow Abbey and their second place table visitors Pavenham who will arrive at The Warren for their first away outing of the season with a perfect record of three wins from their three outings. Kick off for the game being at 11.00am.

The action will then move on to Harvey Close to take in the 2.00pm start for The Premier Division supported by Sportsform game between hosts Caldecote and Marston Shelton Rovers. With the clubs sitting in second and third spots in the league table, a win for either side would at least send them temporarily to the top of the standings. Caldecote defending their season's 100% home record, whilst The Rovers travel looking for their fifth win on the bounce.

The hop will then conclude with a short journey down the road for the 4.45pm kick off in Division One at Bedford Road Recreation Ground between hosts Sandy and the visiting Brickhill Tigers.The Tigers starting the day in fifth spot just goal difference above their hosts in sixth place.

Away from The Hop the top action of the afternoon falls upon the opening round ties in this season’s Bedfordshire FA Senior Trophy where the draw has been far from kind to our clubs. Of the 10 clubs in action 8 are hitting the road, the two lucky clubs to enjoy home advantage are Shefford Town & Campton who at Rectory Road will be expected to ease bye fellow league visitors Sharnbrook but at Moggerhanger Playing Fields hosts Blunham will have their work cut out to overcome local rivals Ickwell & Old Warden and revenge their league defeat on The Green just 21days ago.

For the other six clubs its opposition from other leagues, Bedford Sports Athletic making the short journey to Weston Park to face United Counties League Division One outfit Wootton Blue Cross. Whilst for the other five the opposition comes from The South Midlands League, on paper Oakley Sports M&DH face the toughest task as their journey is to McMullen Park to take on Division One outfit Bedford whilst the other quartet face clubs from Division Two.

Of the four, the odds look stacked against Wilshamstead who journey to Tenby Drive to face fifth place Kent Athletic and for Lidlington United Sports who venture to Beverley Road to face league leaders The 61FC Luton. However, travelling full of confidence will be Renhold United who head to Dunstable Road to be hosted by mid-table and draw specialists Totternhoe plus Flitwick Town could well give their season another much needed boost when they take on Caddington at Manor Road.

Apart from the already mentioned Hop game at Harvey Close there is just one other Premier Division supported by Sportsform taking place when at The Carlsberg Stadium, AFC Biggleswade fresh from their first win of the season host top of the table Arlesey Town Reserves.

In Division One apart from the two Hop games there is action at four other venues, for league leaders Leighton United it’s a visit to their Stanbridge Road base by Henlow who journey looking to end United’s 100% record for the season. Whilst Caldecote Reserves journey to Greenfields still 100% for the season to face a Shillington outfit who in having won their last two home games will fancy their chances of putting a dent into their visitors perfect record.

At the other end of the league table, basement side AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves face no easy task at Hillgrounds to put their first point/points on the board when visited by Lea Sports PSG. Whilst at Chaul End Lane, hosts Luton Boys having lost their last two games take on a Shefford Town & Campton Reserves side whose away record to date this season reads played two, lost two.

Division Two action brings about a home game at Crawley Road for league leaders Woburn Athletic who look for their fourth win on the bounce and preservation of their season’s 100% home record when called upon by Cranfield United Reserves.Whilst Marabese Ceramics having won their last two games to move up into second spot face no easy task to complete the treble when they journey to Mowsbury Park to take on still unbeaten and fourth place Goldington.

Currently sitting third in the league table are Sundon Park Rangers and in Stockwood Park you would expect them to maintain their season’s 100% home record and make it three wins on the bounce against visiting local rivals Stopsley Park who hit the road looking to end a three game losing run and collect their first away point/points of the season.

Over at Oakley Playing Fields, Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves receive a visit from fifth place Eastcotts AFC who will be looking to stretch their unbeaten ways to four games, whilst something must give at Greenfield Road, the venue at which 100% at home Westoning take on 100% away from home St Joseph Reserves.

The days other action in this division comes with still unbeaten at home Bromham United taking on bottom of the table Potton United Reserves at their Playing Fields Headquarters and in Mowsbury Park where second from bottom of the table and yet to win at home Queens Park Crescents host a Meltis Albion side in search of their own first away point/points of the season.

In Division Three, the 100% league leaders Marsh Leys head for a Renhold Playing Field encounter with hosts Renhold United Reserves who although still without a home win to their name this season are nevertheless unbeaten in their last three outings. Whilst for second place Clifton its home action against third place Westoning Reserves at Whiston Crescent, the hosts looking to retain their season’s unbeaten home ways against their visitors who travel still unbeaten this campaign and with a 100% away record.

Over at Jubilee Playing Fields, unbeaten fourth place Wilshamstead Reserves receive a visit from a Stevington side that are yet to be beaten on the road this season and on The Green, Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves commence their home season with a visit from Bedford Park Rangers who will have happy memories of winning the Division Four championship title on their last visit to The Green in April.

Other action comes at Mill Lane, the venue at which hosts Potton Town will start favourites to collect the spoils from the visiting bottom of the table Royal Oak Kempston and over at Gold Street, Riseley Sports defend their season’s 100% home ways when called upon by a Dunton Reserves side that are yet to open their away points tally for the season.

Division Four action sees a second game of the day at The Warren where league leaders Elstow Abbey Reserves will be defending their 100% season’s ways against bottom of the table Caldecote A. Whilst second place Bedford Panthers still 100% themselves head for a Hinksley Recreation Ground meeting against fifth place hosts Dinamo Flitwick.

Currently sitting in third spot are Flitwick Town Reserves, surprisingly they have failed to win on home turf this campaign but may well correct that matter when visited by Wootton Village and for fourth place Kempston Con Club Sports it’s a defence of their 100% season’s home record when Dunton Reserves come calling to their Hillgrounds base.

Also on their way to Hillgrounds are second from bottom of the table Shefford Town & Campton A who journey to meet a yet to win Kempston Athletic who sit just one position above them in the league standings.Whilst the final action takes place at Marston Playing Fields where Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves receive a visit from Clifton Reserves.

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