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Sunday 14th October 2012
Elstow Abbey pull off the shock of the day at Leighton United.
Premier Division supported by Sportsform

With second place Caldecote sitting the afternoon out, Arlesey Town Reserves lead at the head of The Premier Division supported by Sportsform table is now up to six points following their 3-1 victory at Marston Shelton Rovers. Mark Philips shooting them ahead in the 34th minute before Rovers Jamie Cerminara levelled matters just three minutes from the break, the unbeaten and still 100% away from home Blues regaining the lead on the hour mark via Tyler Prince and when Charlie Marshall added a third six minutes from time gone was The Rovers unbeaten run of five games and their 100% seasons home record to drop them down to fourth spot in the table.

Now sitting in second spot having played two games fewer than the league leaders are Renhold United, for them it was a retention of their seasons 100% home record and unbeaten ways with a 4-2 win over Bedford Hatters. Scott Alleyne netting twice alongside goals for Tommy Foyle and Chris Boniface against Hatters replies via Ashley Deverall and Xennan Paul.

Also on the march up the league table are AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College, they now occupy fifth place after they stretched their unbeaten ways to five games and retained their seasons unbeaten home record with a 4-0 victory over AFC Biggleswade. John Guiney and Lyndon Ingerson both netting twice to do the damage.

Slipping the other way down the table are Ickwell & Old Warden who drop from fifth to sixth after being held to a 1-1 draw at Lidlington United Sports. Darren Rowlett netting the goal to keep the home sides seasons unbeaten home ways preserved against a reply from Ivan Finch.

Now just a point behind Ickwell & Old Warden but with a game in hand over them are Oakley Sports who returned to winning ways via a 4-2 victory at Flitwick Town. Harry Atherton, James Cooper, Alistair Smith and Carl Warner all finding the back of the net against Town replies from Liam Keane and Mark Bartlett.

Down at the other end of the league table, Bedford Sports Athletic climbed off the bottom spot by gaining their first point of the season in a 4-4 draw at Wilshamstead. Asa Mead netting three times and Andrew Latimer once against home replies via Paul Jones, Kevin Butler, Colin Marshall and Paul Dwyer.

Now holding up the league table are Blunham who were beaten 4-1 at Sharnbrook, Chris Prior with a brace plus Gareth Hughes and Adam Kirkup netting the goals to give the hosts their first home win of the season against a lone reply from Deep Banghard.

Division One

Elstow Abbey were to produce the shock of the day to end league leaders Leighton United's 100% seasons record by beating them 5-3 on their own patch. Danny Pilgrim leading the way with a hat-trick and supported by an own goal from a Travis Joseph corner and a strike from Aiden Powell against United replies via Paul Darton, Kevin Hilton and Ashley Wadhams.

Missing the chance to top the table were Pavenham, they in fact dropped from second to third after being held to a 3-3 draw at Shefford Town & Campton Reserves. Ryan Dobson twice and Michael Jones netting for the home side against replies from James Owen twice and Nick Atkins. Despite the drop in the league standings Pavenham nevertheless now hold down division one's only unbeaten record this season.

Taking over second spot just goal difference behind the league leaders are Shillington, for them it was win number four on the bounce and retention of their seasons 100% away ways with a 4-1 win at second from bottom Kings AFC. Christopher Slough netting twice alongside Mark Tyler and Phil Bright against a home reply from Marcus Tomlin.

Following the tragic road accident which cost Henlow's Dean Johnson his life during the week the smiles were back in evidence at Groveside following Henlow's 3-1 victory over Luton Boys. Andy Newton, George Ironton and Russel Ayles on the scoresheet against a lone reply via Steve O'Dell.

The points now taking Henlow to within goal difference of fourth place Caldecote Reserves who were beaten 4-2 at Lea Sports PSG. On the home scoresheet were Hayden Fletcher twice plus Adam Lake and Jake Kean against a brace in reply from Tom Dupey.

Division Two

Its as you were at the head of the Division Two league standings following wins for the leading three clubs. For league leaders Sundon Park Rangers it was win number four on the bounce as they put paid to Marabese Ceramics 100% home record with a 7-1 victory. Chris Mapp on target with a hat-trick and supported by goals from Ryan Smith, Laurence Mapp, Matt Conway and Sam Chapman against a lone reply from Lou Marabese.

Just a point behind them in second spot are Goldington, they went one better in retaining their seasons unbeaten ways by winning 8-1 at Meltis Albion. Justin Muircroft netting twice but also missing from the penalty spot for his hat-trick supported by a brace from Bryan Day and strikes from Damion Quigley, Antony Plaiter and Michael Lake against a lone reply from Asa Garlick which the visitors claim should go down as an own goal to Jamie Morris.

For third place Woburn Athletic it was their first win on the road this season to take their unbeaten ways up to five games via a 5-2 win at Eastcotts AFC. Dan McLaren netting twice alongside Aaron Ripley, Martin Holland and Ben Nicholls against a brace in reply from Josh Geary, one of which came from the penalty spot.

Marabese Ceramics defeat seeing them drop in the league table from fourth to sixth following home wins for Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves and St Joseph Reserves.The Sportsmen running out 6-3 victors over Queens Park Crescents thanks to braces of goals from Daniel Lupon and Matthew Atherton plus an own goal and a strike from Jamie Carter against replies via Jacob Huckin twice and Shah Rahman. Whilst St Joseph Reserves were 4-3 winners over Potton United Reserves,Anton Barbi, Shea Dolan, David Mcleod and Mark Blower all finding the back of the net against United replies from Sam King twice and Conor Green.

Now sitting seventh in the league table are Bromham United, they returned to winning ways for the first time in four outings with a 6-3 home win over Cranfield United Reserves. Phill Kempsell and Paul Hubbard both netting twice alongside Sam Jones and Dave Baxter against replies via Josh Whetlor, Ben Martin and Peter Kerr.

Following four straight defeats it turned out to be home sweet home for Stopsley Park as they emerged 6-1 winners over Westoning.Rob Wilson leading the way with a hat-trick and supported by goals from Shane Roberts, Alfred Maci and Almando Gionpetri against a lone reply from Dave Stewart.

Division Three

Marsh Leys remain five points clear at the head of the Division Three league table and still 100% for the season following their 4-0 home win over Potton Town. Alex Clipson, Slyvester Mulenga, Ryan Mann and Sahr Sherrit Songa netting the vital goals.

For second place Westoning Reserves it was a retention of their seasons unbeaten ways via a 6-0 home win over second from bottom Kempston Hammers Sports. Gareth White with a hat-trick, Scott Gadsden with a brace plus a goal from James Bennett doing the damage. Whilst now in third place are Wilshamstead Reserves, they also retained their seasons unbeaten record by winning 4-3 at bottom table Royal Oak Kempston. Jay Hall twice plus Jeff Hall and Matt Johnson goals outscoring home replies from Antony Hubbard, Gareth Arzu and Liam Boland.

Losing out on that third spot and now fourth are Clifton after they were held to a 3-3 draw at Stevington. Aaron Fletcher twice plus Gavin White on the home scoresheet against replies via Tony Norman, Troy Banks and Neil Ellis.

Now up into fifth place are Riseley Sports, for them it was a first away win of the season when goals from Jordan Harris and Johnny Jeffries saw them win 2-1 at Dunton to end the home sides 100% seasons home record.

Whilst into sixth place go Great Barford following their 2-1 home win over Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves.Ben Stock and Josh Pierre St Claire netting the goals to give them their third win on the bounce against a lone reply from Adam Drakulvic.

Elsewhere, Renhold United Reserves ran out 4-0 winners at Bedford Park Rangers, Kane Alexander, Dan Phillips, Jordan Kumar and Ashmet Chana all finding the back of the net.

Division Four

Elstow Abbey Reserves lead at the head of the Division Four league table remains at three points and their seasons 100& league record intact after a 43rd minute goal from Michael Yates was enough to take them to a 1-0 home victory over Flitwick Town Reserves. Whilst second place Bedford Panthers retained their own seasons 100% league record with a 5-2 home victory over Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves. Tom Wade, Michael O'Brien, Joel Norris, Aaron Perrett and Valiant Muddkwani all on the scoresheet against two in reply from Joe Sames.

Flitwick's defeat at Elstow dropping them from third to fourth in the standings and leapfrogged by Kempston Con Club Sports who won 7-2 at now of the bottom table Shefford Town & Campton A. 6-0 ahead at the break via an own goal plus two goals from Tom Wheelhouse and strikes from James Coates, Michael Darnell and Julian Caves, the home side struck back with goals from Chris Clark and Matthew Johns before James Greenslade completed the scoring.

Moving off the bottom of the table are Caldecote A, they won for the first time this season 5-3 at Sandy Reserves. Jack Boyd netting four times and Jack Aris once against home replies from Jonnie Stratford twice and Matt Baines.

Elsewhere Clifton Reserves remain in fifth spot and still unbeaten at home this season following their narroiw 3-2 win over Kempston Athletic.Joe Marshall, Harry Fisher and Andrew Mussett goals outscoring replies from Gary Whitbread and Dave Wild. Whilst sixth place is now taken up by Dunton Reserves who following three straight defeats won 3-1 at Wootton Village. Nicky Albone twice plus Jack Stent netting the goals to spoil the welcome back from Elstow Abbey of Adam Flynn who netted the home reply.

Preview for Saturday 20th October 2012.

Action this weekend once again takes the Premier Division supported by Sportsform league leaders Arlesey Town Reserves on the road, their destination being Jubilee Playing Fields to be hosted by Wilshamstead. They travel still unbeaten this season with a 100% away record and despite the hosts currently enjoying a rich vein of form you would feel they will start the day favourites to collect all three points.

Over at The Carlsberg Stadium there is local derby action to enjoy, where AFC Biggleswade look to end a run of three straight home defeats when visited by third place Caldecote. The visitors make the short journey now unbeaten in their last four outings including away wins at Flitwick Town and Oakley Sports M&DH to suggest a third away win looks very much on the cards for the boys from Harvey Close.

Also hitting the road in search of away wins to enhance their championship hopes are both AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College plus Renhold United. Town currently sitting in fiifth place making tracks to Moggerhanger Playing Fields to face bottom of the table and yet to win this season Blunham. Whilst second place United head with their season's unbeaten record for Hurst Grove to undertake just their second away outing of the season against still unbeaten at home hosts Lidlington United Sports.

Meanwhile at Cople Playing Fields, Bedford Sports Athletic like Blunham will be in search of their first home win of the season when visited by fellow strugglers Sharnbrook. Whilst Shefford Town & Campton at Rectory Road despite currently sitting in the bottom half of the league table you would expect will have enough in the locker to overcome a visiting Flitwick Town who sit just four places off the bottom of table.

Elsewhere On The Green, Ickwell & Old Warden now without a win in their last three league outings will have to be at their best if they are going to collect the full three points when visited by fourth place Marston Shelton Rovers who travel looking to extend their unbeaten away ways to four games. Whilst at Oakley Playing Fields, hosts Oakley Sports M&DH will fancy their chances of a three point haul when visited by a Bedford Hatters side who have failed to win any of their last four games to slide to 10th spot in the league table.

The game of the division one programme comes at Stanbridge Road, the venue at which league leaders Leighton United now only just goal difference clear at the head of the standings are visited by third place Pavenham who travel still unbeaten this season and just two points behind United having played one game fewer.

Over at Harvey Close, Caldecote Reserves will be looking to retain their seasons 100% home record when called upon by Shefford Town & Campton Reserves. Whilst just down the road at Bedford Road Recreation Ground, Sandy look to stretch their unbeaten home ways to three games against a Elstow Abbey side that will hit the road full of confidence following their win at Leighton United last weekend.

Elsewhere at Hillgrounds, bottom of the table AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves will be searching out their first win of the season when visited by fifth place Henlow losers of their last two away outings. Whilst the task of that elusive first home win of the season also applies to Kings AFC, when at King George VI Playing Fields they are visited by sixth place Lea Sports PSG.

The final game in this division taking place at Chaul End Lane, the venue at which hosts and third from bottom table Luton Boys having lost their last two home games entertain the visiting seventh place Brickhill Tigers.

In Division Two, the pick of the games could well come at Greenfield Road where still 100% at home Westoning receive a visit from league leaders Sundon Park Rangers. Whilst second place Goldington will start firm favourites in Mowsbury Park to retain their seasons unbeaten ways against a Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves side that are yet to win on the road this season despite holding down fourth place in the league standings.

Also on their way to Mowsbury Park are third place Woburn Athletic, for them its a meeting against third from bottom table Queens Park Crescents in a game that you would expect them to win. Whilst at Bromham Playing Fields its a clash between seventh place hosts Bromham United and the visiting ninth place Eastcotts AFC that could go either way.

Elsewhere down at The Hollow, Potton United Reserves after a run of five straight away games will open their seasons home campaign with a visit from a Stopsley Park side that has lost all of its three away games to date this season. Whist at Miller Road, Meltis Albion will not find it easy returning to winning ways when called upon by sixth place Marabese Ceramics.

Other division two action comes at Crawley Road, the venue at which second from bottom hosts Cranfield United Reserves still unbeaten at home this season take on the visiting fifth place St Joseph Reserves.

In Division Three, the visitors to face 100% league leaders Marsh Leys at their Cutler Hammer base are third place Wilshamstead Reserves who will arrive themselves still unbeaten this season. Whilst over at Whiston Crescent, fourth place Clifton will be fully expecting to return to winning ways on their own patch when called upon by bottom table Royal Oak Kempston who make the journey in search of their first point/points of the season.

At Horseshoes Close, Dunton also will be looking to return to winning ways on home soil when called upon by the rapidly improving sixth place Great Barford and at Mill Lane, tenth place Potton Town will start the day the firm favourites to collect the spoils from the visiting Bedford Park Rangers who have returned empty handed from their last two away journey's to drop them into the bottom three of the league standings.

Meantime, the visitors to face eighth place but yet to win at home Renhold United Reserves at their Playing Field Headquarters are ninth place Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves who have lost their last two away outings.Whilst at Gold Street, fifth place and 100% at home Riseley Sports take on second place Westoning Reserves who hit the road still unbeaten this season and holding down a 100% away from home record.

The final action in this division coming just down the road at Stevington Playing Fields, the venue at which seventh place hosts Stevington will fancy their chances of collecting the full three points when called upon by second bottom Kempston Hammers Sports side who travel in search of their first win of the season.

In Division Four with Bedford Panthers sitting the afternoon out, Elstow Abbey will be expected to stretch their lead at the head of the league table despite being called upon at the Warren by a Wootton Village side that knocked them out of The Beds Junior Cup at the same venue just three weeks ago. Whilst over at Steppingley Road, fourth place Flitwick Town Reserves receive a visit from a Sandy Reserves side whose away record to date reads, played two, lost two.

Elsewhere at Harvey Close, it's a clash between the two bottom sides when Caldecote A play hosts to basement side Shefford Town & Campton A and at Hinksley Road Recreation Ground, hosts Dinamo Flitwick will be in search of just their second win of the season when called upon by sixth place Dunton Reserves.

The division's other two games taking place in Hillgrounds, for eighth place Kempston Athletic its a home encounter against seventh place Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves and for third place Kempston Con Sports who still hold down a seasons 100% home record, the visitors are fifth place Clifton Reserves who journey in search of their third away win on the bounce.

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