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Sunday 21st October 2012
Blunham net their first win of the season.
Premier Division supported by Sportsform.

Arlesey Town Reserves lead at the head of the Premier Division supported by Sportsform league table remains at six points following their 2-1 victory at Wilshamstead to maintain their season's unbeaten ways and 100% away record, Luke Sharples and Keith Coughlin netting the vital goals against a lone home reply from Colin Marshall.

With Renhold United's game at Lidlington United Sports postponed due to a waterlogged pitch to see them drop in the league standings to fourth, the new occupants of second place are Caldecote who took their unbeaten ways up to five games with a 2-1 victory at AFC Biggleswade. Tom McGhee shooting them ahead in the opening half before Bryn Williams levelled matters for The Waders early in the second period only then to see Paul Gower net the winner for the visitors.

Now sitting third are Ickwell & Old Warden, they ended a run of three games without a victory with a 3-1 home win over Marston Shelton Rovers. Zak Rowe netting twice and Ricky Aris once against a Rovers reply from Stuart Kelly, however it was not all roses for the home side as Greg Instrell was red carded late in the game for preventing a clear goal scoring opportunity.

The biggest winners of the day were Oakley Sports M&DH who netted a 6-0 home win over Bedford Hatters, Shaun Barnett netting four times alongside single strikes from Ali Smith and Harry Atherton.

Elsewhere it was a red letter day for Blunham, they moved off the bottom of the league standings by coming from 0-2 down at half-time to score a 4-2 home victory over AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College, their first of the season. Tom Behan and Martin Ivy netting in the opening half for The Town before braces of goals in the second period from Chris Dunne and Jordan Henry won the day for Blunham and ended their visitors five game unbeaten run.

Now sitting on the bottom of the table are Bedford Sports Athletic, for them it was a 1-4 home defeat at the hands of Sharnbrook. Robbie Alder netting twice alongside Chris Prior and Ryan Massey against a lone Athletic reply via Paul Nigro.

Life gets little better for last season's champions Shefford Town & Campton who were held to a 1-1 home draw by Flitwick Town, Jake Renny shooting them ahead after just six minutes and then spoiling his copybook by getting red carded 20 minutes later before Rob Tapley levelled matters for The Town.


Division One

The game of the day at the head of the Division One league standings saw league leaders Leighton United held to a 1-1 home draw by third place and still unbeaten this season Pavenham, Luke Dolan on the scoresheet for United against a James Owen reply.

Holding onto fourth spot are Caldecote Reserves, for them it was a retention of their season's 100% home ways when a Jordan Goodman goal took them to a 1-0 win over Shefford Town & Campton Reserves.

Now in fifth slot are Lea Sports PSG following their 6-2 victory at Kings AFC, Danny Hardacre and Mark Skidmore both netting twice alongside single strikes from Haydon Fletcher and Martin Collins against a home brace in reply via Ryan Smith.

It was also a good day on the road for Elstow Abbey who won 3-1 at Sandy.Dave McCarthy shooting them ahead in the 28th minute until Ryan Burgess levelled matters for the home side four minutes into the second period before goals from Jason Harrison in the 73rd minute and Danny Pilgrim seven minutes from time won the day for The Abbey.

Having lost their last four outings Luton Boys returned to winning ways with a 2-1 home success over Brickhill Tigers, Kitson Lawrence and Naashon Bennett on the scoresheet against a Tigers reply from Matthew Phelan.

Alas that first win of the season still awaits bottom of the table AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves, goals from Richard Lightfoot, Joseph Ogunremi and Adam Fraser only being enough to earn them a point from a 3-3 home draw with Henlow.

Division Two

The new leaders of the Division Two league table are Goldington after they retained their season's unbeaten ways with a 5-1 home victory over Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves. James Morris, Steve Daniels, Chris Hutchinson, Chris Huckle and Jamie Muircroft all finding the back of the net against a lone reply from Daniel Lupton.

Losing out on the top spot and now down into third place are Sundon Park Rangers, for them it was a 2-1 defeat at now fifth place Westoning who thus retained their season's 100% home record. Sam Childs and Thomas Cooksley netting for the home side against a Rangers reply via Luke Evans.

Taking over second place are Woburn Athletic, for them its now six games unbeaten after winning 4-0 at Queens Park Crescents. Daniel McClaren in the 43rd minute being supported by second half goals from Ben Nicholls, Aaron Ripley and Jake Nicholls but the home sides cause was not helped by the sending off of Ghulam Murthza just 25 minutes into the game.

The top scorers of the day were Cranfield United Reserves, for them it was a retention of their season's unbeaten home record with a 6-3 win over St Joseph Reserves. Stephen Mullen netting a hat-trick alongside an own goal plus strikes from David Anderson and James Armstrong for United against St Joe's replies via Anton Barbi, Colm O'Boyle and Charlie Nicholson.

Elsewhere Potton United Reserves opened their home season in this game number six with a 2-1 win over Stopsley Park, Sam King and Brad Voght seeing their goals only replied to by Rob Wilson for The Park. The points lifting United out of the bottom two of the league standings at the expense of Meltis Albion who were beaten 3-2 on home soil by Marabese Ceramics. Aaron Jordan, Ricky Bruniges and Arun Fehmi netting for The Tilermen against home replies from Antony Ursell and Dean Cox.

Also going down on home soil were Bromham United, they were beaten 2-1 by Eastcotts AFC. Ciaran Alexander with a brace for the winners against a United goal from Sam Jones.

Division Three

Marsh Leys made it seven wins from seven outings to stretch their lead at the head of the Division Three league table to seven points with a 3-2 home victory over previously unbeaten Wilshamstead Reserves. Sylvester Mulenga netting twice and Kade Walker once against replies from Jay Hall and JM (John) Steele.

Still in second spot are Westoning Reserves despite losing their season's 100% away record when held to a 2-2 draw at Riseley Sports. Scott Gadsden and Sean O'Donnell their goalscorers against Sportsmen replies from Nial O'Connor and James Cooke which failed to save the home side losing their own perfect 100% season's home record.

Now in third spot are Clifton, for them it was a return to winning ways for the first time in four outings with a 2-0 home win over bottom of the table Royal Oak Kempston. Gareth Boness netting both goals.

The biggest winners of the day were Renhold United Reserves, they netted their first home win of the season via a 6-1 victory over Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves. Alex Woolston with a brace being supported by strikes from Lee Haughton, Kane Alexander, Reece Bell and Jonathon Overden against a lone reply from Matthew Bruney.

Elsewhere, Stevington kept their season's unbeaten home record intact with a 1-1 draw against yet to win this season and second from bottom of the table Kempston Hammers Sports. Colm Lawlor having his goal cancelled out by a Hammers strike from Sanjeev Sandhu.

Returning to winning ways following two straight defeats were Dunton, for them it was a 2-1 home victory over Great Barford. Liam Brophy and Tom Burton seeing their goals only replied to once by Josh St Clair Pierre. Whilst Potton Town were also 2-1 home winners over Bedford Park Rangers, Chris Cooper and Sam Barham on The Town scoresheet against a Rangers reply from Tony Anyawn which failed to save his side from falling to their fifth consecutive defeat to leave them third from bottom in the league table.

Division Four

With second place Bedford Panthers sitting the afternoon out, Elstow Abbey Reserves lead at the top of the Division Four league table is now up to six points following their 1-0 home win over Wootton Village, Kaylen Wilson's 20th minute goal retaining Abbey's 100% season's ways.

For third place Kempston Con Club Sports it was retention of their season's 100% home record with a 2-0 victory over Clifton Reserves who were thus losing for the first time in five outings, Tom Wheelhouse and Kyle Smith on the scoresheet.

Still in fourth place are Flitwick Town Reserves, they ran out 5-0 home winners over Sandy Reserves. Tom Mills netting three times alongside single strikes for Cody Roberts and Lawrie Park.

Just one goal behind them were Kempston Athletic who netted a 4-1 home win over Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves, Nicholas Ememe with a brace plus Gary Whitbread and James Maxwell on the scoresheet against a lone Rovers reply via Ben Greenwood.

Elsewhere the day's lone away win took Shefford Town & Campton A off the bottom of the league table at the expense of their victims Caldecote A. An own goal plus a strike from Shaun Jenkins against a reply from Jack Aris making up the 1-2 scoreline.

Meantime, Dinamo Flitwick and Dunton Reserves played out a 0-0 draw.

Preview for Saturday 27th October 2012

Action in The Premier Division supported by Sportsform Division will see league leaders Arlesey Town Reserves at their Armadillo Stadium base defending their season’s unbeaten ways against Sharnbrook, the visitors despite their mid-table league position making the journey still unbeaten on the road this season.Whilst several of the other games will have that local derby feeling about them, none more so than at Hurst Grove where ninth place Lidlington United Sports who remain unbeaten on home soil this season entertain fifth place Marston Shelton Rovers in a game that is sure to attract a passionate local crowd.

Over at Harvey Close, second place Caldecote will be fully expected to defend their season’s unbeaten home ways when visited by a Blunham side who come looking for their first away point/points of the season.A comment that also applies to AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College when at Hillgrounds they play host to bottom of the table Bedford Sports Athletic who will be searching for their first win of the season.

Elsewhere at Renhold Playing Fields, fourth place Renhold United will be defending their season’s unbeaten ways and 100% home record when called upon by sixth place Oakley Sports M&DH who have won two of their last three away outings.Whilst at Miller Road, having failed to win any of their last five outings to drop to eleventh place in the league table Bedford Hatters will look to put matters in order when visited by 10th place Shefford Town & Campton.

Meantime down at The Carlsberg Stadium, second from bottom of the table AFC Biggleswade will be on the outlook for their first home win of the season when called upon by a Flitwick Town side that sit just two places above them in the standings.Whilst the final top-flight action comes at Jubilee Playing Fields, the venue at which third place Ickwell & Old Warden travel to looking for their first away league victory since the opening day of the season when hosted by Wilshamstead.

For Division One sides the action comes in shape of second round ties in this season’s Bedfordshire FA Intermediate Cup. Of the 12 teams involved just two go head to head against each other, when at The Warren, Elstow Abbey having already beaten Henlow in league action in mid-September go for a quick season’s double over the men from Groveside to earn a place in the hat for round three draw.

Of the others, four go into action against South Midlands League opposition. On paper the hardest task faces Kings AFC who journey to Creasey Road to take on AFC Dunstable Reserves and Brickhill Tigers who entertain Kent Athletic Reserves in Mowsbury Park as both the opposition ply their trade in SML Reserves Division One.

Whilst its SML Reserves Division Two opposition for AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves who journey to Woburn Road to face Ampthill Town Reserves and for Shefford Town & Campton Reserves who hit the road for a meeting against Crawley Green Reserves.

Elsewhere four others take on Luton District and South Beds League clubs. At Stanbridge Road, Leighton United host The 61FC Luton A and at Chaul End Lane, Luton Boys will be playing hosts to Co-op Sports conquerors of Caldecote Reserves in round one.

Meantime its trips on the road for Sandy, who journey to Stockwood Park to face Farley Boys and for Shillington who head for a Wigmore Valley Park meeting against FC Wisla (Luton).

The final tie involving our sides gives Pavenham at their Playing Field headquarters home advantage against Surburden League North Division outfit Leighton United Reserves.

In Division Two league action the game of the day takes place at Crawley Road, being the venue at which second place Woburn Athletic defend their season’s unbeaten home ways against league leaders Goldington who will hit the road to defend their own season’s unbeaten ways.

Meantime for third place Sundon Park Rangers, its defence of their season’s 100% home record when they take on Potton United Reserves in Stockwood Park.Whilst Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves look for their third home win on the bounce when visited by second from bottom of the table Meltis Albion who hit the road in search of their first away point/points of the season.

Over at Ickleford Recreation Ground, fourth place Marabese Ceramics are visited by fifth place Westoning who are yet to win on the road and at their Playing Field headquarters, Bromham United host bottom of the table and also yet to win on the road this season Queens Park Crescents.

Elsewhere, seventh place St Joseph Reserves will be hosting sixth place Eastcotts AFC in Leagrave Park.Whilst just down the road eleventh place Stopsley Park play host to ninth place Cranfield United Reserves.

In Division Three, league leaders Marsh Leys still holding down a season’s 100% record take on third place Clifton at their Cutler Hammer headquarters and it’s also home action for second place Westoning Reserves, who at Greenfield Road defend their unbeaten home ways against a Dunton side that hit the road in search of their first away point/points of the season.

Over at Hillgrounds, bottom of the table Royal Oak Kempston having lost their opening four home games receive a visit from the club immediately above them in the standings Kempston Hammers Sports, who like The Oak will be striving for their own first win of the season. Whilst third from bottom of the table Bedford Park Rangers having lost their opening four home games will not find that easy to correct when the visitors to face them in Mowsbury Park are the high flying Wilshamstead Reserves.

The other three games in this division all have a local derby action feel about them.On The Green, still 100% at home Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves take on Potton Town who are yet to gain a point on the road this season. Whilst at their Playing Field headquarters, seventh place Stevington will be defending their season’s unbeaten home ways against sixth place Riseley Sports. Whilst at Great Barford Playing Fields, hosts and eighth place Great Barford will go in search of home win number three on the bounce when called upon by fifth place Renhold United Reserves who travel in search of their third away win on the bounce.

In Division Four, for league leaders Elstow Abbey Reserves it’s a trip on the road to Bedford Road Recreation Ground to defend their season’s 100% ways against Sandy Reserves. Whilst at the Bedford Hockey Centre, second place Bedford Panthers defend their own season’s 100% record when visited by third place Kempston Con Club Sports who visit looking for win number four on the bounce.

Over at Whiston Crescent, Clifton Reserves are still unbeaten on home soil this season and are visited by bottom of the table Caldecote A. Whilst Shefford Town & Campton A having climbed out of the bottom two last weekend journey to Steppingley Road to face fourth place Flitwick Town Reserves.

Elsewhere at Horseshoes Close, fifth place Dunton Reserves will go in search of just their second home win of the season when called upon by Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves and at Wootton Recreation Ground, second from bottom of the table Wootton Village will be seeking their first home win of the season against a Dinamo Flitwick side who travel looking for their own first away win of the season.




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