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Sunday 17th November 2013
Sharnbrook pull off Beds FA Senior Trophy Cup Shock.
Bedfordshire FA Senior Trophy 2nd Round

Sharnbrook were to produce the result of the day to earn themselves an away quarter-final tie at 61FC Luton by seeing off Ickwell & Old Warden 4-3 in a penalty shoot-out after 90 minutes play had seen the sides deadlocked at 3-3. Jordan Baxter, Chris Prior and Johnny Butler on their scoresheet against a hat-trick in reply from Dean Hamilton. Whilst the same three players plus Alex Thompson turned out to be the home sides penalty kings.

Also requiring a penalty shoot-out to earn a home quarter-final tie against Bedford were Shillington on route to beating AFC Oakley Sports M&DH 3-2 after 90 minutes had seen the sides all square at 2-2. Jordan Robbens and Phil Bright on the Shills scoresheet in normal time against replies from Arran Wright and Antony Richens whilst the spot kick kings turned out to be Jack Preston, Ryan Lewis and Brett Leader.

In the third tie, Wootton Blue Cross with an 85th minute strike from Nathan Mullett were 1-0 home winners over Wilstead to earn a last eight away tie at Lidlington United Sports.

Premier Division supported by Sportsform

AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College's lead at the head of the league table is now down to just two points after they were held to a 1-1 draw at Flitwick Town. Richie Bevan netting the home goal and Josh Sturniolo replying for the visitors to retain their seasons unbeaten ways.

Now in second spot just those two points adrift are Lidlington United Sports who won 4-2 at Shefford Town & Campton. Alex Burrows with a brace plus Ben Marwood and James Snowden netting the goals to do the damage against home replies from Andrew Hayday and Michael Jones.

Jumping up the table into fourth spot are Renhold United following their 3-2 home win over Caldecote. Ahead via an own goal from Stuart Haddow in the 20th minute, United via Tommy Foyle were to double their lead in the 35th minute until Paul Lawrence reduced the deficit to 2-1 right on the stroke of half-time. Within four minutes of the restart, Glen Renforth from a free kick had matters all square at 2-2 before Serge Kadji hit United's winner 15 minutes from time.

For Marston Shelton Rovers it was an end to their seasons 100% home ways when they were held to a 0-0 draw by Pavenham.

Division One

Goldington's lead at the head of the league table is now up to five points following their 4-0 home win over Brickhill Tigers. Sheldon Washington with a brace plus Robert Ginn and Glen Tumulty netting the goals.

Their lead expanding after Sundon Park Rangers missed the chance to jump into second spot above the non-playing Sandy by losing 2-1 at Marabese Ceramics who are now unbeaten in their last six starts. Richard Follano from the penalty spot and a strike from Brad Voought on the mark for the Tilermen against a Rangers reply from Jordan Holmes.

Still in fourth spot are AFC Turvey who won 4-1 at Luton Boys Seniors to end the home sides five game unbeaten home run. Mark Allen with a brace plus Adam Boughton and Lawrence Bentham seeing their goals only replied to once by Ali Mohiyaldeen.

Just goal difference behind in fifth place are Elstow Abbey who were 3-0 home winners over Bromham United. Dom Parrella with a brace in the 62nd and 84th minutes being supported by a strike in the 64th minute from Jason Harrison to mark his 100th appearance in Abbey colours.

Still unbeaten at home this season are sixth place Eastcotts AFC who emerged 3-0 winners over Shefford Town & Campton Reserves. Ciaran Alexander netting twice and Kaylin Wilson once.

Also enjoying life on home soil were Henlow as they ended Bedford Sports Athletics' five game unbeaten run with a 2-0 victory. Russell Ayles netting both goals.

Division Two

Potton Town are now four points clear at the head of the division two league table after a goal in the 70th minute from Mark Mijalski saw them to a 1-0 home win over AFC Harlington to retain their 100% home ways and seasons unbeaten record and then learn their two nearest rivals had suffered defeats.

Second place AFC Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves losing their seasons 100% away record by going down 4-2 at Kings AFC.Oli Plested twice plus Chaz Lee-Martin and Tyrone Kelly on the home scoresheet against replies via Jimmy Grandidge and Tom Dickson.

Whilst for third place Potton United Reserves it was a 2-0 away defeat at Riseley Sports. Paul Brown and Lloyd Pollock netting the goals.

Also helping Town's cause at the head of the table were bottom of the table Renhold United Reserves who picked up their first point of the season in a 3-3 draw at fourth place Queens Park Crescents. Justin Patterson twice plus Sukai Gharu on United's scoresheet against home replies via Shezad Sattar twice and Ayaz Hussain.

Elsewhere, it was an end to Clifton's 100% seasons away record after they were beaten 4-3 at AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves. Paul Garrett twice plus Ashley Phelan and Humbento Ybonazo on the Town's scoresheet against replies from Tony Norman with a brace and Gareth Boness.

Also losing their seasons 100% away record were Cranfield United who were held to a 3-3 draw at Great Barford. Michael Pickard twice, both from the penalty spot and Jordan Morrison netting for the home side against United replies from David Adderson with a brace and Jim Armstrong.

Division Three

Meltis Albion's lead at the head of the division three league table is now up to five points after they won 5-1 at bottom of the table Clifton Reserves and second place Westoning lost their seasons unbeaten ways in a 2-1 home defeat by Elstow Abbey Reserves. Alex Clipson twice plus Sylvester Mulenga, Adam Cranny and Calum Stuart on The Albion scoresheet against a lone reply from Alex Philpott and over at Greenfield Road, Lee Rosborough and Sean Hendry netted for The Abbey against a home reply from Stuart Jeffrey.

Going one better than the Albion were Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves who won 6-1 at Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves.Carl Borromeo and Sam Staney both netting twice alongside Nathan Evans and Matt Jarman for The Rovers against a lone home reply from Peter Smith.

Also winning on the road were both Kempston Athletic and Bedford Panthers. Athletic retaining their seasons unbeaten away ways with a 4-2 win at Kempston Con Club Sports thanks to a brace from Gary Whitbread and single goals from Adam Moloney and Gavin Matthews against Con Club replies via an own goal and James Coates. Whilst The Panthers with two goals from Aaron Perrett and a strike from Gary Phillpson won 3-2 at Wilstead Reserves for whom Hanni Thiarra and Matt Johnson found the back of the net.

Elsewhere, Kempston Hammers Sports are now unbeaten in their last three starts after chalking up a 4-2 home win over second from bottom of the table AFC Bush. Alex Pullinger twice plus Nick Tysoe and Sunnie Sandhu from the penalty spot seeing their goals only replied to by Daniel Thomson and Jamie Underwood for The Bush.

Division Four

For league leaders FC Houghton it was an end to their seasons unbeaten ways and seven game winning run when they were defeated 2-1 at Sandy Reserves who were enjoying their first win in six outings. Phill Beall and Ryan Gregory on the home scoresheet against the visitors reply from Mark Doran.

So now just two points behind them in the league standings are Meltis Albion Reserves who retained their seasons unbeaten ways with a 5-3 home win over Flitwick Town Reserves. Josh St Clair Pierre with a hat-trick supported by goals from Jake Taylor and Craig Damon against Town replies via Nick Atkins, Paul Nockells and Ben Ward.

Sitting in third spot are Wootton Village, for them it was a 4-1 victory at Caldecote A where Adam Flynn netted all four goals against a Matt Basta penalty reply and just goal difference behind them in fourth place are Cranfield United Reserves who ran out 4-2 home winners over Shefford Town & Campton A. Ryan Bate netting twice alongside Peter Kerr and Chris Patrickson for United against Town replies from Tim Andrews and Chris Hales.

For fifth place Clapham Sports it was a 4-0 win at Moggerhanger United to end the home sides three game winning run. Mario Esposito, Liam Bolton, Karl Eccles and Martyn Hull scoring the goals to do the damage.

Down at the other end of the table, Bedford Park Rangers lifted themselves off the bottom spot in style with a 6-1 home victory over a Dinamo Flitwick side losing for the first time on the road this season. Tony Anyanwu leading the way with a hat-trick and supported by strikes from Gregory Etheridge, Laurence James and Matthew Westwood against a lone reply from Josh Pearson.

Elsewhere goals from Jay Smith, Jack Wills and Ben Bryan took Mid Beds Tigers to a 3-2 home win over Atletico Europa.

Preview for Saturday 23rd November 2013

Premier Division supported by Sportsform action this weekend takes league leaders AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College on their travels to Lodge Road to defend their seasons unbeaten ways against hosts Sharnbrook. Whilst second place Lidlington United Reserves return to Harvey Close just 14 days after knocking their hosts Caldecote out of the Beds FA Senior Trophy to this time face them in league action.

Over at Greenfields, third place Shillington now unbeaten in their last eight league outings and unbeaten on home soil this season receive a visit from fourth place Renhold United whose away record this season suggests the Shills will be firm favourites to collect another three points. Whilst fifth place Wilstead will be looking for just their second away win of the season when they journey to Redborne School to be hosted by sixth place Flitwick Town.

Elsewhere at Pavenham Playing Fields, its local derby action between hosts Pavenham and the visiting AFC Oakley Sports M&DH who make the short journey looking to end a run of two consecutive away defeats. Whilst at Weston Park where Wootton Blue Cross have been beaten just the once in league action this season the visitors are Shefford Town & Campton.

In Division One, league leaders Goldington still unbeaten on the road this season make tracks for Rectory Road to face a Shefford Town & Campton Reserves side that has won just once on home soil this season. Whilst second place Sandy head for Stockwood Park to defend their own seasons unbeaten away ways against third place Sundon Park Rangers who still remain with a 100% perfect home record for the season.

Over at Cople Playing Fields, Bedford Sports Athletic are now unbeaten in their last four starts as they receive a visit from Luton Boys Seniors who have won just the once on home soil this season. Whilst at Woodlands, Brickhill Tigers will be looking for their third win on the bounce when visited by the yet to win on the road this season Henlow.

Other action coming at Bromham Playing Fields, the venue at which hosts Bromham United will be looking to end a five game losing run against the visiting Eastcotts AFC who are now unbeaten in their last four league starts and at Crawley Road where Woburn Lions will not find it easy to halt a run of four games without a victory as their visitors are a Marabese Ceramics side who are now unbeaten in their last six league outings.

In Division Two league leaders Potton Town will be on their travels to Crawley Road to defend their seasons unbeaten ways against hosts Cranfield United. Whilst second place AFC Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves look for their third home win on the bounce at their Playing Fields headquarters against a Riseley Sports side who will be hitting the road in search of their first away point/points of the season.

Also hitting the road will be fourth place Queens Park Crescents who head to New Grounds Harlington looking for their first three points haul for five games against hosts AFC Harlington and at Whiston Crescent, fifth place Clifton take on a returning to form Kings AFC.

Other action coming at Solway Way North, the venue at which second from bottom of the table Co-op Sports look for their first win of the season against the club immediately above them in the standings Great Barford for whom it will be only their second away game of the season and at Renhold Playing Fields where bottom of the table Renhold United Reserves also look for their first win of the season against the visiting AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves.

The major attention of action for division three and four sides this weekend switches to the opening round ties in this seasons Watson Shield. Of the 11 ties taking place, eight of them present a division four side with the chance of a spot of giant-killing over a division three counterpart. Perhaps the tie of the round will take place at Wootton Recreation Ground where division four high flyers Wootton Village receive a visit from division three league leaders Meltis Albion. Whilst the boot in effect will be on the other foot for division four Meltis Albion Reserves who at their Miller Road base will really fancy their chances of causing an upset when called upon by division three strugglers Clifton Reserves.

Of the other two division four sides enjoying home advantage, you would perhaps fancy Atletico Europa's chance of a greater upset when they are visited by Kempston Con Club Sports than those of Elstow Abbey Reserves slipping up on their visit to Moggerhanger Playing Fields to face Moggerhanger United.

Of the quartet of division four sides hitting the road, its difficult to look beyond the home side emerging the winners but its fair to say, Clapham Sports on their visit to Cutler Hammer to face Kempton Athletic and Cranfield United Reserves en route for a Jubilee Playing Fields encounter with Wilstead Reserves are more likely to cause an upset than Shefford Town & Campton A who visit Westoning at Greenfield Road or Flitwick Town Reserves at Marston Playing Fields against Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves are to.

In the single all division three game, Bedford Panthers will travel to Hillgrounds for a meeting with an AFC Bush side they have already beaten 4-1 in league action.Whilst the two all division four clashes see a repeat of their league fixtures last weekend. Dinamo Flitwick returning to Blunham Playing Fields to face Bedford Park Rangers having lost the league encounter 6-1 and having played them at Bedford Road Recreation Ground where they won 2-1 Sandy Reserves now travel to Moore Crescent for a quick return encounter against FC Houghton.

With all this Watson Shield action the division three league programme is down to just a single game when at their Playing Field headquarters Stevington could jump up into second spot in the league table should they collect a full three point haul from their encounter with the visiting Kempston Hammers Sports.

Likewise in division four the league programme is just a single game, this coming at Harvey Close where Caldecote A look to halt a three game losing run against the visiting Mid Beds Tigers.
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