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Sunday 12th January 2014
AFC Oakley Sports M&DH not longer rule Britannia.
Britannia Cup 1st Round.
With the Renhold United v Ickwell & Old Warden, Shillington v Flitwick Town and Wootton Blue Cross v Lidlington United Sports games waterlogged off just three ties went ahead.
Alas for current holders AFC Oakley Sports M&DH their defence of the famous old trophy was to end at the first hurdle with a 2-1 defeat at Marston Shelton Rovers. Jamie Cerminara and Jason Simons netting the Rovers goals against a lone reply from Carl Warner.
With Wilstead's Jubilee Playing Fields ground unplayable they agreed to concede home advantage and face Caldecote on their own Harvey Close patch, a decision which was to be rewarded with a 2-1 victory. Stuart Robson heading them in front after just three minutes before Ryan Kelly doubled the scoreline nine minutes from time only to see Jack Boyd net a late consolation for Caldecote in the games closing minute.
Elsewhere, Shefford Town & Campton ran out 4-1 winners at Pavenham. Michael Jones the soul destroyer with all four goals including one from the penalty spot against a lone James Owen reply.
Centenary Cup 1st Round
Just like in the Britannia Cup only three ties were to beat the weather and even that was down to Woburn Lions agreeing to concede home advantage and face Henlow on their own Groveside patch. Alas for The Lions it was a 4-1 defeat, James Cambell netting twice alongside Russell Ayles and Matt Wilson for the hosts against a lone Lions reply from Daniel McLaren.
For Sundon Park Rangers, it was a 2-1 home victory over Marabese Ceramics. Matt Conway and Bryan Frasier on their scoresheet against a Tilermen reply from John Voought. Whilst the surprise result of the day saw Shefford Town & Campton Reserves claim a 2-1 home victory over Elstow Abbey. Ryan Dodson shooting the Town ahead in the 15th minute before Ed L'Erario squared matters up 17 minutes later to take the teams in at half-time with a 1-1 scoreline. That scoreline taking the Town just 30seconds to amend in the new period via a goal from Marc Gauntlett which turned out to be the winning goal. Abbey's cause not being helped by a red card for Franck Tanoh on his Abbey debut with 40 minutes left to play.
The games AFC Turvey v Eastcotts AFC, Brickhill Tigers v Bedford Sports Athletic and Goldington v Sandy failing to beat the rain and waterlogged pitches.
Jubilee Cup 1st Round
The joint biggest winners of the day were Queens Park Crescents with a 5-1 home victory over Kings AFC. Fabio Sattar, Shazed Sattar, Shahinur Rahman, Ayaz Hussian and Mohammed Zahar all finding the back of the net whilst the lone reply came via an own goal.
Also going nap were Potton United Reserves who netted a 5-1 home win over Co-op Sports. Josh Everitt-Watson netting twice alongside Billy Albone, Steve Gibbons and Kane Dempsey against a lone reply from Michael Brunton.
For AFC Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves it was a 4-1 home win over Renhold United Reserves. Alex Liburd leading the way with a hat-trick and supported by a strike from Jimmy Grandidge against a lone United reply from Alex Woolston.
Also enjoying life on home soil were Cranfield United with a 1-0 win over AFC Harlington. David Adderson netting the goal.
The lone away winners being Clifton who needed extra time to win 2-1 at AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves. Paul Garrett for The Town and Tony Norman for the visitors scoring in the first 90 minutes before Norman struck again for Clifton in extra time.
Riseley Sports remain firmly fixed to the bottom of the league table after going down to their sixth consecutive away defeat 3-0 at Great Barford for whom Ruben Hukin netted twice and Gary Canxano once.
Watson Shield 2nd Round
For the second successive round division four Moggerhanger United produced the giant killing act of the day with a 3-2 home win over division three club Kempston Con Club Sports. Paul Beith, Luke Rudd and Brandon Bates on their scoresheet against replies via Vincent Clark and Tom Wheelhouse.
However, the top scorers of the day were Clapham Sports in winning 10-1 at Caldecote A, with a brace of goals from Liam Bolton plus strikes from Martin Hull, Dan McShane and David Miljkovic they led 5-0 at half-time before Stacey Kier reduced the arrears early in the second period only to see the Sportsmen double their tally via Liam Bolton completing his hat-trick, Bradley Winton netting twice plus Mario Esposito and Sanjeev Singh once by the final whistle.
Their was also an away win for Wilstead Reserves, they won 6-4 at Dinamo Flitwick. Matt Johnson and Luke Prietzel both netting twice to go alongside single strikes from Hanni Thirra and Ryan Davenport against home replies via Josh Pearson twice plus Jamie Burton and Barrie Lee Hannam.
Elsewhere, Bedford Panthers were 4-1 home winners over Mid Beds Tigers. Aaron Perrett netting three times and Simon Wade once against a lone reply via Tigers Jay Smith. Whilst Meltis Albion netted a 4-3 home win over Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves. Sylvester Mulenga, Lewis Osborne, Padraic Walsh and Sahr Sheriff-Songa on their scoresheet against Rovers replies via Dan Parkes with a brace and Joe Sames.
The games FC Houghton v Kempston Hammers Sports and Shefford Town & Campton A v Stevington waterlogged off.
The lone action of the afternoon saw Elstow Abbey Reserves climb up into third place in the league table with a 4-3 home win over second from bottom of the table AFC Bush. Aiden Powell with a brace plus Lee Rosborough and Chris Allen netting for The Abbey against Bush replies via Paul Raymond with a brace and Sam Kealey.
With the Atletico Europa v Cranfield United Reserves and Sandy Reserves v Wootton Village games postponed the sole action of the afternoon saw Flitwick Town Reserves lift themselves off the bottom of the league table in sending second placce Meltis Albion Reserves to their first league defeat of the season in a 2-1 scoreline. Mark Bartlett and Ben Ward netting the vital goals against the lone Albion reply from Josh St Clair-Pierre.
Preview for Saturday 18th January 2014.
It's a return to league action this weekend for all Premier Division supported by Sportsform clubs and for current league leaders Shillington currently on a six game winning run and unbeaten in their last 12 league outings its a trip on the road to Harvey Close to face second from bottom of the table Caldecote who have lost all of their last three home outings. Whilst second place AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College who trail the Shills by goal difference only, its home action at Hillgrounds against Shefford Town & Campton where they will be looking to extend their 100% seasons home record to seven games against a Shefford side that will be looking for its first league win since early December some five outings ago.
For third place Lidlington United Sports, the action comes in the form of a home encounter at Hurst Grove where they have been beaten just the once all season against Pavenham who will hit the road looking for their third league win on the bounce. Whilst fourth place Wilstead head to The Green now unbeaten in their last four away outings to be hosted by Ickwell & Old Warden who still remain unbeaten on home soil this season.
It's local derby action at Oakley Playing Fields, the venue at which hosts AFC Oakley Sports M&DH will be looking to retain their seasons unbeaten home ways against bottom of the table neighbours Sharnbrook who are yet to win on the road this season. Whilst a second local derby affair takes place at Marston Playing Fields, where Marston Shelton Rovers beaten just the once on home soil this season receive a visit from a Wootton Blue Cross side that has won just the once on the road this season.
The final top flight action coming at Redborne School where fifth place hosts Flitwick Town look to take their unbeaten league ways up to five games against sixth place Renhold United who have lost their last two league outings to slip below them in the league standings.
The highlight of the weekend for four division one clubs is action in the quarter-final of this seasons Bedfordshire FA Intermediate Cup. For Elstow Abbey and Bedford Sports Athletic that means a tie against each other at The Warren. Despite The Abbey having lost their last four league outings, three of them have come away from The Warren where they have been beaten just the twice this season and with The Athletic having recorded just one victory on the road this season you would favour the Abbey to prevail.
For in form Henlow, its home Groveside action against South Midlands League Crawley Green Reserves. Whilst AFC Turvey journey into Stockwood Park to take on Luton District & South Beds League Farley Boys.
With these cup ties taking place the division one league action is reduced to just a programme of four games. For league leaders Sundon Park Rangers that means a chance to chalk up their fifth league win on the bounce when they journey to face bottom of the table Bromham United who are still looking for their first home win of the season in this game number seven.
Whilst with AFC Turvey in cup action, third place Goldington could jump above them into second spot should they collect the full three points from their home encounter at The Alexander Sports Centre against Sandy. Over at Weston Park, fifth place Eastcotts AFC be looking to extend their unbeaten ways to nine games and retain their seasons unbeaten home ways when called upon by sixth place Marabese Ceramics who will hit the road looking for their third away win on the bounce and the points which would see them leapfrog above their hosts in the league table.
The final action in this division comes at Rectory Road, the venue at which second from bottom of the table Shefford Town & Campton Reserves host a Woburn Lions side who have failed to win any of their last eight league outings.
In Division Three down at Mill Lane, current league leaders Potton Town receive a visit from a Kings AFC side who in having won their last three league outings are now up to fifth place in the league table and very much in the promotion mix. Whilst second place Clifton who trail the Town by just three points, its a chance to make it five wins on the bounce when at Whiston Crescent they play hosts to bottom of the table Riseley Sports whose six away outings to date this season have all ended in defeat.
For third place AFC Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves having won five of their six away outings this season hopes will be high of number six when they make the short journey to Renhold Playing Fields to be hosted by second from bottom of the table Renhold United Reserves.
Elsewhere over at The Hollow, Potton United Reserves will go about the task of looking for their first home league win of the season when called upon by a AFC Harlington side that has won just the once on the road all season and at Crawley Road, Cranfield United will look for their third win on the bounce when visited by a Great Barford side who will hit the road looking for their third away win on the bounce.
The final action in this division coming at Solway Road North, the venue at which hosts Co-op Sports take on the visiting AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves whose away record to date reads, played 7, won 1, lost 6.
In Division Three, current league leaders Meltis Albion go into home action at Miller Road against Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves seeking to maintain their seasons 100% perfect home record and chalk up win number six on the bounce. Whilst second place Stevington who trail them by some five points will also be in home action at their Playing Field headquarters against Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves in quest of their fifth home win on the bounce.
For fourth place Westoning its a trip on the road to defend their seasons unbeaten away ways at the Hockey Centre against the hosting Bedford Panthers.Whilst for fifth place Kempston Athletic its home Cutler Hammer action against second from bottom of the table AFC Bush where they will expect to take their current unbeaten run up to six games to keep them in the promotion picture.
Also hitting the road will be bottom of the table Clifton Reserves, they head to Hillgrounds having lost all of their eight away league outings to date to take on sixth place Kempston Con Club Sports and over at Jubilee Playing Fields, Wilstead Reserves host Kempston Hammers Sports who will hit the road still seeking their first away win of the season.
In Division Four, over at Moore Crescent current league leaders FC Houghton will be defending their seasons unbeaten home record when visited by Cranfield United Reserves. Whilst their nearest two title rivals hit the road, second place Meltis Albion Reserves after their shock defeat at Flitwick Town Reserves last weekend heading for a Moggerhanger Playing Field encounter with a Moggerhanger United side looking for its third home win on the bounce and third place Wootton Village on the road to Digswell Playing Fields to be hosted by bottom of the table Shefford Town & Campton A who themselves will be looking to end a run of eight consecutive league defeats.
Also still very much in the push for promotion are both Clapham Sports and Dinamo Flitwick who face each other at King Geoge VI Playing Fields where you would perhaps favour the visitors who are now unbeaten in their last five league outings to overcome the hosting Sportsmen who have won just the twice on home soil this season.
Elsewhere, its local derby action at Bedford Road Recreation Ground where hosts Sandy Reserves take on a Caldecote A side that has lost all of their seven league away outings to date this season and just down the road at Sandye Place Academy, Mid Beds Tigers host the visiting Bedford Park Rangers who will be hitting the road looking for their fourth away league win on the bounce.
The final action coming at Harrowden School, the venue at which hosts Atletico Europa look to end a run of five home games without a win when they are visited by second from bottom of the table Flitwick Town Reserves who themselves are yet to win on the road this season.