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Sunday 24th November 2013
Sharnbrook stay bottom of the pile despite beating the league leaders
Premier Division supported by Sportsform
AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College's lead at the head of the Premier Division supported by Sportsform league table is now down to just two points after they lost their seasons unbeaten record in losing 3-1 at bottom of the table Sharnbrook. They were behind just 30 seconds into the contest following a strike from Stevie Yessian and further goals from Chris Prior and Jonny Butler were only replied to once by Josh Sturniolo.
Alas this victory failed to lift Sharnbrook off of the bottom of league table as Caldecote ran out 2-1 home winners over third place Lidlington United Sports. The visitors going ahead in the 10th minute via James Snowden before strikes in the 30th and 55th minutes from Mark Phillips won the day for Caldecote.
For second place Shillington it was a retention of their seasons unbeaten home ways plus they stretched their unbeaten ways to nine games with a 2-0 win over Renhold United. Adrian Fontennie netting both goals.
Now in fourth place are Wilstead who took their unbeaten ways up to six games with a 5-4 victory at Flitwick Town. Paul Jones twice, Colin Marshall, Liam Parker plus an own goal bringing up the nap hand against home replies via Dan Stafford with a brace plus Paul Nockles and Richie Bevan.
Elsewhere there were aways wins for both AFC Oakley Sports M&DH and Shefford Town & Campton. AFC winning 3-0 at Pavenham all thanks to a Shaun Barnett hat-trick and the Town winning 2-1 at Wootton Blue Cross, Adam Larsen and Michael Jones netting the vital goals against a home reply from Nathan Mallett.
League leaders Goldington were just two minutes away from suffering their first defeat of the season before Andrew Plaiter struck to earn them a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw at Shefford Town & Campton Reserves. Ryan Dobson having netted in the opening half for the hosts.
Now in second spot are Sundon Park Rangers who retained their seasons perfect home record with a 2-1 victory over a Sandy side that was losing its seasons unbeaten away record. Matthew Bonner and Matt Conway netting the goals against a reply from Phil Beall.
The biggest winners of the day were now fifth place Bedford Sports Athletic who ran out 6-1 home winners over Luton Boys Seniors. Andrew Latimer with a hat-trick being supported by two goals from Ashley Mead and a strike from Ashley Banton against a lone reply via Lisandro Lavares.
Just one goal behind them were Henlow who netted their first away win of the season 5-1 at Brickhill Tigers.Jo Spencer leading the way with a hat-trick and supported by strikes from James Campbell and Russell Ayles to bring up the nap hand against a lone Tigers reply from Kieran Langley.
Also winning on the road were both Eastcotts AFC and Marabese Ceramics. Eastcotts AFC requiring just a goal from Kaylin Wilson to extend their unbeaten ways to five games with a 1-0 victory at bottom of the table Bromham United. Whilst the Tilermen took their unbeaten ways up to seven games with a 4-1 win at Woburn Lions. John Vooght with a hat-trick plus a strike from Lou Marabese only being replied to by a single goal from Lions Matt Holland .
There is no change at the head of the division two league table following wins for the top two sides. For league leaders Potton Town it was win number seven on the bounce to retain their seasons unbeaten ways when a brace of goals from Chris Moore took them to a 2-0 victory at Cranfield United. Whilst second place AFC Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves romp to an 8-1 home win over Riseley Sports. Jimmy Grandidge and Kieran Souter both netting twice alongside single strikes from Raymond Patrickson, Carl Page, James Cane and John Hislop against the lone reply from Lloyd Pollock.
With third place Potton United Reserves sitting the afternoon out, Queens Park Crescents failed to jump above them in the league standings by being held to a 1-1 draw at AFC Harlington. James Bennett on the home scoresheet against a Crescents reply via Ayaz Hussain.
Now just a point behind the Crescents in fifth spot are Clifton who ran out 4-0 home winners over Kings AFC. Lee Austin, Tony Norman, James Fuller and Chris Mattingley all finding the back of the net.
Elsewhere, it was an opening win of the season for both Renhold United Reserves and Co-op Sports. Bottom of the table United claiming a 2-1 home win over AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves despite a goal from John Shittu. Alas the victory failed to lift them off the basement spot as Co-op Sports with a lone goal from Paul Power were 1-0 home winners over Great Barford who now drop into the second from bottom of the table spot.
The lone game of the day saw Stevington move up into second spot in the league table just three points shy of league leaders Meltis Albion with a 6-0 home win over Kempston Hammers. Jordan McMullen and Aaron Fletcher both netting twice alongside single strikes from Joe Holyoak and Gorgio Lamula.
Mid Beds Tigers lifted themselves up to sixth place in the league table with a 4-1 victory at Caldecote A for whom it was a fourth consecutive defeat. Jay Smith with a brace plus Steve Pugh and Brad Dennis on the Tigers scoresheet against a lone home reply from Tom Dupey.
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The top giant killing act belonged to Moggerhanger United who ran out 5-2 home winners over Elstow Abbey Reserves. Behind 1-0 at half-time with an Abbey goal from Aiden Powell and then again 2-1 after Ben Beattie had netted, United with two goals from Paul Beith and George Tyrer and a single strike from Liam Donovan were three goals clear by the final whistle.
Joining them in the giant killing stakes were Clapham Sports who won 4-2 at Kempston Athletic. Martin Hull, Mario Esposito, James Munro and Neil Latham all finding the back of the net against home replies via Mo Banda and Gavin Matthews.
Whilst just missing out on a spot of giant killing were Wootton Village who went down in a 5-4 penalty shoot-out at home to Meltis Albion after a 2-2 draw. Adam Flynn and Valiant Mudokwani on the Village scoresheet against Albion replies from Steve Goodman and Daniel Smith.
Alas for Meltis Albion Reserves it was a 5-3 penalty shoot-out defeat at home to Clifton Reserves after the sides were deadlocked at 1-1. Josh St Clair Pierre netting for the home side and Gavin Stackman for the visitors.
The biggest winners of the day however were Bedford Panthers with an 11-2 win at AFC Bush. Aaron Perrett netting fve times alongside braces for Gary Phillipson, Giuseppe Lamberti and Tom Wade against home replies from Chris Moore and Daniel Green.
Also winning on the road were Kempston Con Club Sports and Dinamo Flitwick. The Sportsmen with goals from Clayton Lawrence and Ryan Collis winning 2-1 at Atletico Europa for whom Gary Townsend replied. Whilst Dinamo required extra time to win 4-1 at Bedford Park Rangers. It was Rangers who struck first via Greg Etheridge from the penalty spot in the 68th minute until Josh Pearson netted eight minutes from time to square matters up and save his own blushes for missing a first half penalty to take the game into extra time. In that time, Dean Myers netted twice and Pearson once to take Dinamo to victory.
For Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves it was a 4-1 home win over Flitwick Town Reserves. Nathan Evans, Dan Parkes, Joe Sames and Carl Borromeo all finding the back of the net against a lone Town reply from Nick Atkins. Whilst Westoning with goals from Stuart Jeffrey and Tom Cooksley were 2-1 home winners over Shefford Town & Campton A for whom Wayne Haxton replied.
Elsewhere, FC Houghton gained revenge for their league defeat last weekend by beating Sandy Rseserves. Lawrence Taylor with a brace and James Douglas netting for the home side against a visitors reply from Carl Mercer and Wilstead Reserves required extra time to gain a 3-1 home success over Cranfield United Reserves. Matthew Johnson, Hanni Thiarra and Ciaran McEvoy on their scoresheet against a lone reply from United's Ben Norrish.
Preview for Saturday 30th November 2013
Following last weekends first defeat of the season league leaders AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College will attempt to resume winning ways when they travel to Hurst Grove to face third place Lidlington United who have lost just once on home soil all season. Yet with a three point haul of their own United would jump above the Town in the league standings.
This of course would only take them to the top of the standings if their near neighbours Marston Shelton Rovers found a way of collecting the full three points from their visit to Greenfields and their outing against second place Shillington who will enter the game now unbeaten in their last nine outings and looking for their fifth home win on the bounce.
Its local derby action at Harvey Close where Caldecote look for their third home win on the bounce against an Ickwell & Old Warden side that has lost its last two away games and for fourth place Wilstead now on a six game unbeaten run its home action at Jubilee Playing Fields against a Flitwick Town side who have lost just the once on the road all season.
Over at Rectory Road, Shefford Town & Campton are visited by the in form Sharnbrook and at their Playing Field headquarters, Pavenham will perhaps fancy their chances of returning to winning ways against the visting Renhold United who have won just the once on the road all season. Whilst the final top flight action comes at Weston Park, the venue at which Wootton Blue Cross with just one home win to their name all season play hosts to AFC Oakley Sports M&DH.
For seven division one clubs its action in the third round of this seasons Bedfordshire FA Intermediate Cup, the draw bringing about two all Bedfordshire County Football League fixtures. At Cople Playing Fields, Bedford Sports Athletic play hosts to league leaders Goldington just 28 days after holding them to a 1-1 draw at the same venue in league action. Whilst at Crawley Road, Woburn will be seeking revenge for their 6-2 defeat at Groveside on November 9th when they host the visiting Henlow.
Of the other trio of clubs, Bromham United travel away to play Crawley Green Reserves of the South Midlands League. Whilst also facing South Midlands League opposition will be AFC Turvey when Stotfold Reserves call upon them at their Stonefield base and for Elstow Abbey at the Warren, its a visit from Suburban League Barton Rovers Reserves.
This cup action leaves division one with just a programme of three games. However, it does give second place Sundon Park Rangers a chance to draw level on points with league leaders Goldington should they retain their seasons 100% home record with a victory in Stockwood Park against Marabese Ceramics but that will not be easy as the Tilermen are now unbeaten in their last seven outings.
Eastcotts AFC will also have a chance to jump into the top four of the league standings should they collect the full three points from their away encounter at The Woodlands against Brickhill Tigers and the trio of games is made up by the Chaul End Lane clash between hosts Luton Boys Seniors now without a win from their last six outings and the visiting Shefford Town & Campton who have lost their last three away games.
In Division Two, the unbeaten league leaders Potton Town will fully expect to collect another three points in their quest for the championship when they are visited at Mill Lane by second from bottom of the table Great Barford and with second place AFC Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves sitting the afternoon out, Potton United Reserves could draw level with them on points should they collect the full three points from their home encounter at The Hollow against a yet to win on the road this season Co-op Sports.
For fourth place Queens Park Crescents now without a win from their last five outings its home Mowsbury Park action against a still unbeaten on the road this season Cranfield United. Whilst fifth place Clifton head for a Gold Street outing against the hosting Riseley Sports.
Other action coming at Hillgrounds, the venue at which AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves host the visiting AFC Harlington who have won just the once on the road this season and at their Playing Field headquarters, bottom of the table Renhold United Reserves play hosts to Kings AFC.
In Division Three, league leaders Meltis Albion will be in home action at Miller Road defending their seasons 100% home record against a yet to win on the road this season Kempston Hammers Sports.Whilst second place Stevington look to extend their winning ways to four games when called upon at their Playing Field headquarters by a Wilstead Reserves side that has lost just the once on the road this season.
Also hitting the road will be third place Westoning, they journey for a 3G Turf outing at Hillgrounds against second from bottom of the table AFC Bush who have been beaten just the once at home this season. Whilst with fourth place Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves sitting the afternoon out, fifth place Kempston Athletic will be fully expected to jump above them in the league standings when at Cutler Hammer they receive a visit from bottom of the table Clifton Reserves who are now on an eight game losing run.
Other action coming at The Hockey Centre, the venue at which hosts Bedford Panthers look to take their unbeaten ways up to four games against the visiting Kempton Con Club Sports who hit the road looking to end a three game losing run and on The Green, Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves now without a win from their last four league outings host a Elstow Abbey Reserves side who are now on a three game winning away run.
In Division Four for league leaders FC Houghton its home Moore Crescent action as they defend their seasons 100% home record against Mid Beds Tigers. Whilst second place Meltis Albion Reserves look to defend their seasons 100% away record when they make tracks for King George VI Playing Fields and an outing against fifth place Clapham Sports.
The two sides sitting between them in the league table by coincidence go head to head, when at Wootton Playing Fields third place Wootton Village play hosts to a Cranfield United Reserves side who make the short journey looking for their fifth win on the bounce.
Over at Harrowden School, hosts Atletico Europa now on a three game losing run receive a visit from a yet to win on the road this season Sandy Reserves and at Hinksley Recreation Ground, hosts Dinamo Flitwick having lost their last three home league games will look to repair some of the damage when called upon by a Caldecote A side whose five away league outings to date this season have all ended in defeat.
Other action coming on the 3G surface at Redbourne School, where bottom of the table Flitwick Town Reserves will be hosting the side immediately above them in the table Bedford Park Rangers and at Digswell Playing Fields, hosts Shefford Town & Campton A now on a three game losing run receive a visit from a Moggerhanger United side who have won their last three away league games.