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Sunday 15th December 2013
Wootton Blue Cross last club standing in Beds FA Senior Trophy.
Bedfordshire FA Senior Trophy Quarter-Finals
Wootton Blue Cross were to put their poor league form behind them to make it into the last four of this seasons Bedfordshire FA Senior Trophy with a 5-0 win at Lidlington United Sports. Nathan Mallett with a brace plus goals from Peter Gurney, Carl Ibbotson and Phil Matthews bringing up the nap hand.
However despite opening the scoring in the 5th minute with a goal from Matt Atherton, Sharnbrook were 5-1 losers at South Midlands League 61 FC Luton and Shillington proved to be no match for current holders Bedford who beat them 4-0 on their own Greenfields patch.
Premier Division supported by Sportsform
AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College missed the chance to take over the leadership of the Premier Division supported by Sportsform league table when beaten 3-1 at Pavenham for whom it was just their second home victory of the season. Tim Bowers with a brace plus a James Owen penalty only being replied to by a strike from Danny Pilgrim.
For fourth place Wilstead it was a 4-3 home defeat against sixth place AFC Oakley Sports M&DH. Luke Barnett, Shaun Barnett, Martin Danobrega and Dan Kelly on the visitors scoresheet against home replies via Gregory Turnball, Adam Budek and Paul Jones.
It was also a good day on the road for Flitwick Town who won for the first time in six outings with a 2-1 victory at Caldecote. Daniel Stafford and Liam Keane both netting in the opening half before Jack Boyd halved the deficit in the second period. Whilst just down the road on The Green, Ickwell & Old Warden retained their seasons unbeaten home ways with a 3-0 win over Shefford Town & Campton. Lee Threadgold netting twice and Alex Ingham once to do the damage.
There is no change at the head of the division one league table following wins for the top four clubs. For league leaders Sundon Park Rangers it was their fourth win on the bounce with a 4-0 victory at Woburn Lions who have now failed to win any of their last seven games. Matt Conway with a brace plus goals from Nick Buttigeig and Eddie Lewis doing the damage. Whilst second place Goldington retained their seasons unbeaten away ways with a 4-1 victory at Elstow Abbey. Glen Tumulty netting twice alongside single strikes from Antony Plaiter and Sheldon Washington against a lone home reply via Myles Ferraro.
Still unbeaten at home this season are third place AFC Turvey who claimed their own fourth win on the bounce with a 2-1 victory over Sandy. Harry Ellis and Courtney Boughton netting the vital goals against a Phil Beall reply for the visitors. Whilst fourth place Eastcotts AFC also remain unbeaten on home soil this season as they took their current unbeaten ways up to eight games with a 3-0 victory over Brickhill Tigers. Ciaran Alexander netting twice and Tony Milioti once.
Now up into sixth place in the league table are Henlow after they claimed their fifth consecutive win with a 3-0 success at bottom of the table Bromham United. Jonathan Rowe, Andy Newton and Manjit Singh all finding the back of the net. Whilst now in second from bottom spot are Luton Boys Seniors after they lost 5-0 at Shefford Town & Campton Reserves to see their hosts jump above them in the league table.Tom Gallant with a brace plus strikes from Ryan Dobson, Adam Spoors and Ollie Morgan bringing up the nap hand.
Alas for Bedford Sports Athletic it was an end to their five game unbeaten home run when beaten 4-1 by Marabese Ceramics. The visitors well in command by half-time following goals from Marcello Marabese and Bradley Vooght being added to by a Giuseppe D'Angelo penalty to take them 3-0 ahead. Athletic gave themselves hope with a goal from Ashlee Banton in the opening minute of the second period but the games final goal was to come from D'Angelo four minutes from time.
With league leaders Potton Town sitting the afternoon out their lead at the head of the league table is now down to just a single point following AFC Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves 3-1 victory at Potton United Reserves.Keiran Souter netting twice and Jason Fleeting once against a lone United reply from Billy Albone.
Closing the gap also on the league leaders were both third place Queens Park Crescents and fourth place Clifton. For The Crescents it was a 2-1 win at Great Barford thanks to goals from Ayaz Hussain and Shahinur Rahman against a home reply from David Mulvhill. Whilst Clifton claimed their third league win on the bounce with a 3-1 home victory over Co-op Sports. Tony Norman, Dan Ellis and Jeremy Wiseman all finding the back of the net against a lone reply from James McMulkin.
Also still very much in the promotion race are fifth place Kings AFC who claimed their third win on the bounce with a 1-0 win at AFC Harlington. Oli Plested netting the vital goal.
Down at the other end of the table, Riseley Sports now find themselves in bottom spot after being beaten 3-2 at Renhold United Reserves who thus duly climbed above them on goal difference in the league standings. Aaron Ram with a brace plus Shane Lewis on the home scoresheet against Sports replies via Paul Brown and Jordan Harris.
Elsewhere, Cranfield United ran out 4-0 home winners over AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves. Phill Kempsell with a brace plus single strikes from Davis Adderson and James Armstrong doing the damage.
League leaders Meltis Albion remain two points clear at the head of the standings and still 100% at home this season following their 5-0 victory over Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves. Thomas Hughes, Daniel Smith, Adam Smith, Alex Clipston and Carl Townsend netting the goals to bring up the nap hand. Whilst second place Stevington claimed their fourth home success on the bounce with a 6-2 victory over bottom of the table Clifton Reserves. Gavin White and Clinton Tatham both netting twice alongside goals for Jordan McMullen and Giorgio Lamura against replies from Andy Harvey and Elliot Mackay.
For third place Westoning it was an end to their seasons 100% away record when held to a 2-2 draw at Kempston Athletic. Gavin Matthews and Nicholas Ememe on the home scoresheet against replies from Ben Dashwood and Luke Cunniff.
Following a run of five games without a victory Kempston Con Club Sports returned to winning ways with a 3-0 home win over a Bedford Panthers side losing for the first time in six outings. James Coates, Michael Darnell and Vincent Clark all finding the back of the net.
Also returning to winning ways after three consecutive defeats were Wilstead Reserves who won 4-2 at Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves. Matthew Johnson with a brace plus goals from Richard Andrews and Luke Prietzel only being replied to by Lewis Howard and Nathan Evans for The Rovers.
Alas for second from bottom of the table AFC Bush, the failure to raise a side for their home encounter with Elstow Abbey Reserves means the visitors will be awarded the three points.
For league leaders FC Houghton it was an end to their seasons 100% home record after they were held to a 3-3 draw by second place Meltis Albion Reserves who thus duly remain unbeaten on the road this season. Lawrence Taylor with a brace plus Mark Doran on the home scoresheet against Albion replies via Adam Cranny, Daniel Taylor and Kieran Walsh.
There was a shock 3-0 defeat for third place Wootton Village at fifth place Dinamo Flitwick. Josh Pearson, Jamie Burton and Ashley Bratt netting the goals. Whilst fourth place Cranfield United Reserves fell to an even more surprising 4-1 defeat at bottom of the table Flitwick Town Reserves. Kevin Higby and Benn Ward both netting twice against a lone reply from Ben Thompson.
The biggest scorers of the day were Bedford Park Rangers who took their unbeaten ways up to five games with a 7-3 win at second from bottom of the table Shefford Town & Campton Reserves. Tony Anyanwu netting four times alongside single strikes from William Pinney, Jamie Hay and Mikel-Manuel Darkwah against Town replies via Pete Saunders twice and Wayne Haxton.
Also enjoying life on the road were Mid Beds Tigers who won 2-1 at Atletico Europa, George Hutson and Cameron Hall netting the vital goals against a lone reply from Mamun Rahman. Whilst Sandy Reserves are now unbeaten in their last five outings after claiming a 2-1 home win over Moggerhanger United to end the visitors four game winning away run. Michael Rushton netting both goals against a lone reply via Dean Hill.
Elsewhere, Clapham Sports with a 3-1 home victory over Caldecote A sent the visitors to their seventh consecutive away defeat. Liam Dolton, Neil Latham and Josh Emmerton netting the goals against a lone Gary Allum reply.
Preview for Saturday 21st December 2013
With AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College sitting the afternoon out, current league leaders Shillington's requirement to stay on top of Premier Division supported by Sportsform league table for Christsmas is just a point or better from their visit to Renhold Playing Fields where they face Renhold United. With The Shills currently on an 11 game unbeaten league run in which eight of those contests have see them gain the maximum three points you would perhaps not bet against that happening despite United having only lost just twice at home this season.
The only club that can catch them are third place Lidlington United Sports for whom its a trip on the road to Redborne School for an outing against Flitwick Town. With The Town having won just the twice at home this season, United will start the day the firm favourites to collect their fifth away win of the season and at least jump up into second spot above AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College.
Over at Oakley Playing Fields, host club AFC Oakley Sports M&DH will be defending their seasons unbeaten home record when called upon by a Marston Shelton Rovers side that has collected just a single from their last five outings to slip into the bottom half of the league table. Whilst at Lodge Road, bottom of the table Sharnbrook go in search of their third home win on the bounce against a visiting Ickwell & Old Warden side that has lost its last three away games.
Other action comes at Rectory Road, the venue at which hosts Shefford Town & Campton face a Caldecote side who will hit the road still looking for their first away point/points of the season and at Weston Park, Wootton Blue Cross go in search of their third league win on the bounce and a quick seasons double over the visiting fourth place Wilstead.
In Division One there are four very significant games that could well have a major bearing in the promotion stakes come next April. These coming at Stockwood Park where league leaders Sundon Park Rangers will be defending their seasons 100% home record against third place AFC Turvey who at present with their games in hand on the top two clubs are perhaps the current favourites to lift the league title.Whilst at Alexander Sports Centre, second place Goldington face a visit from fourth place Eastcotts AFC who are now unbeaten on the road since losing at Sundon Park Rangers back in early October.
The third game being the Bedford Road Recreation Ground clash between hosts Sandy and Bedford Sports Athletic, a contest in which the hosts will start the favourites due to The Athletic having won at just bottom of the table Bromham United in their five trips away from their Grange Road base so far this season. Whilst the quartet of games is made up by the Groveside clash between sixth place hosts Henlow and the visiting Elstow Abbey. With the home side having won their last three home outings and The Abbey's away form showing a yield of just six points from their six outings you would perhaps fancy Henlow to collect the spoils.
Meantime over at Chaul End Lane, Luton Boys Seniors will be looking for just their second home win of the season when visited by bottom of the table Bromham United. Whilst at Digswell Playing Fields, Shefford Town & Campton Reserves search out just their third home win of the season against a Woburn Lions side who have not won on the road since being successful at bottom of the table Bromham United in late September.
The final game in this division takes place at Ickleford Recreation Ground, the venue at which seventh place Marabese Ceramics play hosts to Brickhill Tigers.
On paper the top game of the day in Division Three could well be the Mowsbury Park clash between third place hosts Queens Park Crescents and the visiting league leaders Potton Town who will hit the road still holding down a seasons unbeaten away record. However, not far behind in the billing is the Hollow clash between two more of the promotion hopefuls where sixth place Potton United Reserves play hosts to fourth place Clifton.
Of the other promotion candidates, second place AFC Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves face no easy task when they journey to Solway Road North to be hosted by Co-Op Sports. Whilst at King George VI Playing Fields, fifth place Kings AFC will be looking for their third home win on the bounce against the visiting Cranfield United in a game perhaps the visitors need to win if they are to remain in the promotion race going into 2014.
Other action coming at Hillgrounds, the venue at which AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves look to extend their unbeaten home ways up to three games against Great Barford and at Gold Street, bottom of the table Riseley Sports are visited by an AFC Harlington side whose seven away outings this season have produced just a single win at Clifton back in early October to leave them with just three sides below them in the league table.
In Division Three both of the top two clubs will be hitting the road for their last outing of 2013. League leaders Meltis Albion making their way to The Warren to face Elstow Abbey Reserves and second place Stevington defending their seasons unbeaten away record at Cutler Hammer against a Kempston Hammers Sports side who will be looking for their third home win on the bounce.
Of the other promotion chasing sides, two go head to head at Greenfield Road where third place hosts Westoning receive a visit from sixth place Bedford Panthers. Whilst for fifth place Kempston Athletic its the defence of their seasons unbeaten away ways when they journey to The Green to take on Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves.
Other action comes at Hillgrounds, the venue at which hosts Kempston Con Club Sports will be looking for just their third home win of the season against Wilstead Reserves and at Marston Playing Fields where Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves entertain an AFC Bush side who hit the road still looking for their first away point/points of the season.
In Division Four league leaders FC Houghton will hit the road for Blunham Playing Fields to face a Bedford Park Rangers side who have now suddenly found a rich vein of form and thus will prove to be no pushovers. Whilst for their two nearest rivals its the luxury of a home fixture. At Miller Road, second place Meltis Albion Reserves look to defend their seasons unbeaten home ways against Sandy Reserves and at Wootton Recreation Ground, third place Wootton Village play hosts to bottom of the table Flitwick Town Reserves who are still yet to win on the road this season.
Over at Moggerhanger Playing Fields its an early 1pm kick off for the local derby encounter between hosts Moggerhanger United and the visiting Mid Beds Tigers. Whilst just down the road at Harvey Close its a chance for second from bottom of the table Shefford Town & Campton A to record their first away win of the season when they are hosted by a Caldecote A side who sit just one place and two points above them in the league table.
Other action coming at Crawley Road, the venue at which fourth place Cranfield United Reserves take on sixth place Clapham Sports who are now unbeaten in their last three away starts and at Steppingley Road, fifth place Dinamo Flitwick play hosts to Atletico Europa.