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Sunday 07th October 2012
League Hop attracts visitors from as far a field as Stuttgart in Germany and Scotland.
Premier Division Supported by Sportsform

Arlesey Town Reserves lead at the head of the league table is now up to three points following their 3-2 victory at AFC Biggleswade, two goals from Mark Philips and a strike from Jermy Wiseman helping The Blues retain their 100% away ways for the season despite home strikes from Luke Knight and Max York.

Caldecote and Marston Shelton Rovers remain second and third respectively after they played out a 1-1 draw at Harvey Close as the middle match of the first ever Bedfordshire County Football league Hop. Before a crowd of 105. Jamie Cerminara opening the scoring for The Rovers in the 33rd minute which was cancelled out by a strike from Tom Cookman on the hour mark.

Bedfordshire FA Senior Trophy 1st Round

The result of the round belonged to Renhold United who emerged 5-2 winners at South Midlands League Totternhoe. Alex Woolston and Tommy Foyle both netting twice and Dean Warren once to earn United a second round home tie against Shefford Town & Campton who netted a 2-0 home victory over Sharnbrook goals from Andrew Hayday on 37 minutes and Chris Clark three minutes from time winning the day.

For Ickwell & Old Warden it was a 5-0 victory at Blunham, Anup Kaylan with a brace plus strikes from Matthew McCartney, Lee Threadgold and Danny Fox bringing up the nap hand to now send them on the road to South Midlands League Caddington in round two after they required extra time to net a 3-2 home win over Flitwick Town. Richie Beven netting Town's goal in the opening 90 minutes before the home side shot 3-1 ahead in extra time only to see a Chris Bull strike give them a late scare.

However, it was the end of the road for four other Bedfordshire County Football League sides, Wilshamstead having just a Kevin Butler goal to show for their 4-1 defeat at Kent Athletic who will now travel to play Bedford in round two after their 4-1 home win over Oakley Sports M&DH whose lone goal came via James Cooper.

The third side to go out to South Midlands League oppostion were Lidlington United Sports who suffered a 4-1 defeat at 61FC Luton, they will again have home advantage in round two against United Counties League Wootton Blue Cross who emerged 6-1 home victors over Bedford Sports Athletic. Paul Nigro from the penalty spot scoring the lone Athletic goal.

Division One

Leighton United remain 100% for the season and three points clear at the head of the league table following their 6-2 home win over Henlow, Luke Dolan and Paul Darton both netting twice alongside single strikes from Kevin Hilton and Michael Brunton against two in reply from George Ironton.

The Division One action for the day kicked off with the opening game in The Bedfordshire County Football League Hop in which Pavenham retained their seasons 100% ways to remain in second spot with a 3-0 victory at Elstow Abbey. All the goals arriving in the second period via Steve Sims, Michael Bates and James Owen before a crowd of 105 which included one groundhopper from Stuttgart in Germany and two from Scotland.

Now up into third spot are Shillington, who swapped places with Caldecote Reserves after gaining a 3-1 home win over them at Greenfields. Sam Jones, Chris Slough and Jordan Robbins on the scoresheet against a lone reply via Matt Basta.

Still in fifth spot are Brickhill Tigers who came from 2-0 down to share the spoils in a 2-2 draw at Sandy in the days final league hop match before a crowd of 101. Chris Nicholls giving Sandy a first minute lead which was then doubled by Ryan Burgess in the 14th minute until Gary Gillespie netted for The Tigers in the 40th minute and Joe Price squared matters up from the penalty spot four minutes later.

Over at Hillgrounds, AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College gained their first point of the season via a 1-1 home draw with Lea Sports PSG. Tom Behan the home marksman and Ian Hyde netting for the visitors.

Going one better were Shefford Town & Campton Reserves, for them it was a first away victory of the season in defeating Luton Boys 3-2. Ryan Dobson, Sam Amosh and Daniel Bright netting the goals which were only replied to by Nasshon Bennett and Lawrence Kitson.

Division Two

The new league leaders of the division two table are Sundon Park Rangers following their 4-1 home victory over Stopsley Park who now drop to the bottom of the standings. Chris Mapp netting three times and Edward Lewis once against a lone Park reply via Ben Franklin.

For the morning leaders Woburn Athletic,its a drop to third spot after being held to a 4-4 home draw by Cranfield United Reserves.Dan McLaren hitting a hat-trick alongside a strike from Dan Birch for The Safari Boys against United replies from Liam Whitmere twice plus David Anderson and Stephen Mullen.

Jumping above The Athletic into second spot are Goldington, for them it was a 2-1 home win over Marabese Ceramics who previously held that second spot but are now in fourth place. Chris Huckle and Antony Plaiter on the scoresheet against a Tilerman reply from Lewis Littlechild.

Also moving up the table are Westoning, they climbed from eighth to fifth after retaining their seasons 100% home ways with a 4-3 victory over a St Joseph Reserves side that was losing for the first time on the road this season. Lewis Wilson with a hat-trick plus a goal from George Hyde being replied to twice by Mark Blower and once by Matthew Blake.

Now off the bottom of the standings are Potton United Reserves who enjoyed their first win of the season 2-1 at Bromham United, Lee Adams and Sam King netting the vital goals against a lone reply from Paul Hubbard. Also winning for the first time this season were Queens Park Crescents, for them it was a 2-1 home win over Meltis Albion thanks to goals from Shah Rahman and Fawad Ali against a lone Albion reply from Michael Butler.

The days final game in this division giving Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves a 2-0 home win over Eastcotts AFC, Matt Atherton and Ian Strange netting the goals to do the damage.

Division Three

Marsh Leys lead at the head of the division three league table is now up to five points as they retained their seasons 100% record in winning 3-0 at Renhold United Reserves, Alex Clipston, Akeem Lender and Slyvester Mulunga netting the vital goals.

In second spot now are Westoning Reserves, they exchanged places with Clifton in retaining their seasons unbeaten ways by winning 5-1 to send Clifton to their first home defeat of the season. Gareth White with a hat-trick being supported by goals from Scott Gadsden and Sean O'Donnell against a lone home reply via Mike Dabrer.

For fourth spot Wilshamstead Reserves it was retention of their seasons unbeaten ways with a 3-1 home win over Stevington. Matt Johnson, Jay Hall and JM (John) Steele on the scoresheet against a lone reply from Luke Cronin.

Now up into sixth spot are Riseley Sports, for them it was a 4-0 home victory over Dunton. Niall O'Connel netting twice alongside single goals for James Cook and Greg Moksa.

Over on The Green, Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves opened their home season with a 3-1 win over Bedford Park Rangers. Ricky Aris, Alex Ingham and Alex Giscombe goals only being replied to once by Laurence James for The Rangers.

Whilst Potton Town ensured Royal Oak Kempston were to remain on the bottom of the table with a 3-2 home win over them, Chris Cooper, Charlie Seward and Paul Mijalski the Town marksmen against an own goal and a strike from Lorenzo Jordan in reply.

Division Four

Its as you were at the head of the division four league table following wins for the leading four sides, for league leaders Elstow Abbey Reserves it was a thumping 18-0 home win over bottom of the table Caldecote A to retain their seasons 100% record. Kaylen Wilson netting six times, Sean Hendry four times, Aiden Powell a hat-trick, Travis Joseph a brace alongside single goals for Dom Parrella, Sunil Ram and Ben Beattie.

Second place Bedford Panthers also retained their seasons 100% record by winning 6-1 at Dinamo Flitwick, Tom Wade with a hat-trick, Gary Phillipson with a brace plus a goal from Miichael O'Brien only being replied to by Barrie Hannam.

Still in third spot are Flitwick Town Reserves, for them it was a 1-0 home win over Wootton Village thanks to a goal from Ravi Jessani to stay a point ahead of Kempston Con Club Sports who retained their seasons 100% home record with a 6-0 victory over Dunton Reserves. The rout started with an own goal before four goals from Nick Cleassen brought up the nap hand until Michael Darnell added a late sixth goal.

Now in fifth place are Clifton Reserves who emerged 2-1 winners at Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves, Joe Marshall netting both goals against a Rovers reply from Joe Sarnes.

Elsewhere, Kempston Athletic claimed their first win of the season 5-1 at home over Shefford Town & Campton A who remain pointless and in second bottom position. Gary Whitbread with a hat-trick plus single strikes from Gary Pearson and Adam Moloney only being replied to by Josh Abbott for the visitors.

Preview for Saturday 13th October 2012

Premier Division supported by Sportsform action this weekend will see current league leaders Arlesey Town Reserves hitting the road to Marston Playing Fields for an encounter with still 100% at home and third place Marston Shelton Rovers who will perhaps fancy their chances of sending The Blues to their first defeat of the season.

Whilst over at Renhold Playing Fields, fourth place Renhold United still boast a 100% home record for the season and with their visitors Bedford Hatters having failed to win any of their last three league outings one would expect them to gain another three points and inch ever closer to the summit of the league table.

For fifth place Ickwell & Old Warden, having lost their last two league outings its a trip to Hurst Grove to face seventh place Lidlington United Sports whose home record of played two, won two, suggests things will be far from easy. Whilst at Hillgrounds, sixth place AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College will be fully expecting to extend their unbeaten league ways to five games when called upon by AFC Biggleswade.

It may well only be October but the Lodge Road clash between hosts Sharnbook and the visiting Blunham already as the feel of a six pointer relegation battle about it. Sharnbrook going into the game losers of their three opening home games, whilst Blunham travel looking in this game number six for their first win of the season.

The only club currently sitting below Blunham in the league table are Bedford Sports Athletic and for them having lost all of their opening four games the task to repair the damage comes in the shape of an away encounter at Jubilee Playing Fields against Wilshamstead, the task being no easy one as the home club will be looking for their third win on the bounce.

The final top-flight action takes place at Steppingley Road, the venue at which yet to win at home Flitwick Town take on an Oakley Sports M&DH side that has lost its last two games to slip into the bottom half of the league standings.

For the still 100% Division One league leaders Leighton United the visitors to face them at their Stanbridge Road base are Elstow Abbey who will be hitting the road looking for their first away point/points of the season. Whilst for two of their nearest rivals at the head of the table its trips on the road, second place Pavenham making their way to Rectory Road to take on Shefford Town & Campton Reserves and fourth place Caldecote Reserves also having a tricky encounter when they journey to Walnut Tree Road to face Lea Sports PSG.

Also showing up well in the early league standings are third place Shillington, for them its a trip to King George VI Playing Fields still 100% on the road this season to face home club Kings AFC whose lone home encounter to date this season ended in a heavy defeat against Caldecote Reserves.

The day's fifth and final game in this section takes place at Groveside, the venue at which host club Henlow receive a visit from Luton Boys whose away record to date reads, played two, lost two.

In Division Two perhaps the day's outstanding fixture takes place at Weston Park, that being the venue at which unbeaten at home hosts Eastcotts AFC take on current third place Woburn Athletic, but don't say that too loudly around the vicinity of Ickleford Playfield Fields as 100% at home and fourth place Marabese Ceramics might claim that billing belongs to their home encounter against the visiting league leaders Sundon Park Rangers.

Over at Miller Road, hosts Meltis Albion will I'm sure be more than a handful for the visiting Goldington. Whilst at Bromham Playing Fields, hosts Bromham United will be expected to successfully defend their seasons unbeaten home ways when called upon by Cranfield United Reserves.

Another home club starting the day favourites to collect all three points will be Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves, when at their Playing Field headquarters they receive a visit from yet to win on the road this season Queens Park Crescents. Whilst Potton United Reserves make tracks from The Hollow to take on St Joseph Reserves in Leagrave Park.

Meantime, just down the way at Lothair Road, bottom of the table Stopsley Park will be hosting fifth place Westoning who are yet to win on the road this season.

Action in Division Three sees league leaders Marsh Leys defend their 100% ways when called upon at their Cutler Hammer base by Potton Town. Whilst third place Clifton head for a tough looking encounter against fifth place Stevington at their Playing Field headquarters.

Over at Greenfield Road, second place Westoning Reserves will be fully expected to collect all three points and retain their seasons unbeaten home ways when visited by second from bottom table Kempston Hammers Sports who make the journey looking for their first win of the season.

Still holding down a 100% home record for the season are Dunton, facing them at their Horseshoes Close base will be Riseley Sports who whilst travelling still awaiting their first away point/points of the season will prove to be no easy pushovers.

Elsewhere, Hillgrounds is the venue at which Royal Oak Kempston take on Wilshamstead Reserves. The visitors having drawn their opening two away games looking to go one better against a Oak side that has lost its opening three home league games.

Over at Barford Playing Fields, its local derby action between Great Barford and Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves in a contest that could go either way. The final action in this division taking place in Mowsbury Park where yet to win at home this season Bedford Park Rangers face no easy task putting that matter right when visited by Renhold United Reserves.

Action in Division Four brings about home encounters for the leading two sides, league leaders Elstow Abbey Reserves at The Warren defending their seasons 100% league record against Flitwick Town Reserves. Whilst over at The Bedford Hockey Centre, Bedford Panthers do likewise when visited by Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves.

There will be local derby action at Bedford Road Recreation Ground where still unbeaten at home Sandy Reserves host bottom of the table Caldecote A. Whilst at Digswell Playing Fields, second from bottom table Shefford Town & Campton A seek their first home point/points of the season when called upon by Kempston Con Club Sports who journey in search of their own first away point/points of the season.

Over at Whiston Crescent, Clifton Reserves are still unbeaten for the season albeit from just one drawn game.They host Kempston Athletic who journey still unbeaten on the road this season albeit from two drawn games. Looks like one for the pools coupon to me.

With the final action coming at Wootton Playing Fields, the venue at which hosts Wootton Village seek out their first home win of the season against the visiting Dunton Reserves.

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