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Sunday 02nd February 2014
Just 13 games beat the weather and Shefford Town & Campton topple the league leaders.
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Having lost their last three home games Shefford Town & Campton returned to form with a 2-1 victory over league leaders AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College. Andrew Hayday opening the scoring in the 55th minute before Sundeep Gill levelled matters for the league leaders 15 minutes later only for Hayday to net the home winner just seven minutes later.
Whilst Renhold United climbed up the table into fourth place with a 3-2 home win over Sharnbrook in a game switched to the 3G surface at Hillgrounds. Jason Allison, Andy Smith and Jonny Richens netting for United against replies via Matt Kent and Matt Woodhouse.
Down at the other end of the league standings Caldecote remain firmly rooted in the bottom two after going down 4-0 at Ickwell & Old Warden. James Godfrey netting three times and Conor Green once for the home side.
Whilst the games AFC Oakley Sports M&DH v Shillington: Marston Shelton Rovers v Wilstead and Pavenham v Flitwick Town were waterlogged off as was the Beds FA Senior Trophy semi-final tie between Wootton Blue Cross and Crawley Green.
Sundon Park Rangers missed the chance to return to the top of the division one league table when beaten 3-1 at home by a Shefford Town & Campton Reserves side winning for the first time in seven away outings. Jordan Robbens, Jordan Darocha and Tim Andrews netting the vital goals against a lone home reply via Matthew Conway.
In the only other game to beat the weather, Elstow Abbey ran out 7-1 home winners over Woburn Lions. Ahead in the third minute via Myles Ferraro they were to double their lead in the 18th minute with a strike from Ed L'Erario before Lions Daniel McLaren pulled a goal back from the penalty spot four minutes later to send the teams in at the break just separated by a single goal. However, the second half was to belong to the Abbey, Dave McCarthy making 3-1 just seven minutes into the half before Harlem Sambu took centre stage to bag a hat-trick between the 65th and 79th minute of play and then see an own goal make it 7-1 in the games final minute.
The games Bromham United v AFC Turvey and Henlow v Marabese Ceramics falling victim to waterlogged pitches as did the Centenary Cup ties, Brickhill Tigers v Bedford Sports Athletic and Goldington v Sandy.
In the shock of the day league leaders Potton Town lost their seasons unbeaten away record when beaten 4-1 at Great Barford who were recording their third win on the bounce. It was the Town who took the lead via Chris Cooper in the 3rd minute until a David Mulvihill penalty levelled matters 12 minutes later and a strike from Sam Queeley in the 34th minute put the home side ahead. Their victory being assured with second half goals from Owen Layton in the 54th minute and substitute Jordan Morrison 16 minutes from time.
However, the biggest winners of the day were AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves who recorded their first league win in six outings with a 7-4 victory over Kings AFC. Paul Garrett and Ashley Phelan both netting twice to go alongside single strikes from John Shittu, Humbento Ybonazo and Tom Marvin against visiting replies from Oli Plested, Chris Greene, Marcus Tomlin and Adam Jacques.
Elsewhere there was a 3-1 home win for Co-op Sports over Renhold United Reserves. Jack Magill with a brace plus Luke Blackburn on the home scoresheet against a lone reply from United's Michael Blackman.
The games AFC Harlington v Clifton: Cranfield United v AFC Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves and Queens Park Crescents v Riseley Sports being waterlogged off.
Stevington moved themselves to within two points of league leaders Meltis Albion when they recorded their fifth home win on the bounce and took their unbeaten ways to eight games with a 5-0 victory over bottom of the table AFC Bush. Alex Smith, Ben Walsh, Aaron Fletcher, Gorgio Lamura and Ben Holyoak all finding the back of the net. Whilst Westoning climbed up into third spot after their 10-0 win at Kempston Con Club Sports. Nick Shirley netting four times, Tom Cooksley three times to go with single goals from Shaun Cooksley, Glen Cooksley and Glen Robinson.
The games Bedford Panthers v Meltis Albion: Clifton Reserves v Kempston Hammers Sports: Kempston Athletic v Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves and Wilstead Reserves v Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves being waterlogged off.
Clapham Sports are now up into third spot in the league table after winning their fourth consecutive outing with a 5-2 home win over Atletico Europa. Brad Winton with a hat-trick and Neil Larman with a brace bringing up the nap hand against replies via Brad Harris and Jonti Neal.
Whilst down at the other end of the league table Shefford Town & Campton A remain rooted to the bottom spot after losing 5-3 at Flitwick Town Reserves. Craig Phillps with a hat-trick and Tom Pool with a brace bringing up the nap hand for the home side against replies via Pete Saunders twice and Shaun Jenkins.
Also going nap were Moggerhanger United with a 5-1 win over Caldecote A. Luke Rudd with a brace plus goals from Paul Young, James Price and Jason Kinns on the home scoresheet against a lone reply from Matt Basta for the visitors.
The games FC Houghton v Dinamo Flitwick: Meltis Albion Reserves v Bedford Park Rangers: Mid Beds Tigers v Cranfield United Reserves and Sandy Reserves v Wootton Village being waterlogged off.
Preview Saturday 8th February 2014
The centre of attention this weekend switches back to cup football and the various league cup ties. For Premier Division supported by Sportsform clubs that means action in the Britannia Cup. Due to the inclement weather of the past few weeks there are still three opening round ties to be settled. At Renhold Playing Fields, Renhold United will be playing hosts to Ickwell & Old Warden for the right to entertain either Wootton Blue Cross or Lidlington United Sports in round two who at the same time should have been doing battle at Weston Park but with Wootton's Bedfordshire Senior Trophy semi-final tie with Crawley Green waterlogged off last Saturday this tie will now be played this afternoon. Whilst at Greenfields, Shillington play hosts to Flitwick Town knowing the winners will travel and face current league leaders AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College in round two.
Already at the round two stage are Marston Shelton Rovers who at their Playing Field headquarters play hosts to a Shefford Town & Campton side they have already beaten twice this season in league action. Whilst at Lodge Road, Sharnbrook receive a visit from Wilstead.
The two top-flight league games take place at Harvey Close, the venue at which hosts Caldecote will look to end a run of four consecutive home defeats when called upon by an AFC Oakley Sports M&DH side who will be in pursuit of their third away win on the bounce and at Hillgrounds where league leaders AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College will defend their seasons 100% home record against the visiting Lidlington United Sports.
For Division One clubs its mainly Centenary Cup action where at round one stage Goldington and Sandy after three failed attempts due to the weather look to make it fourth time lucky at Alexander Sports Centre for the right to travel to Bromham United in round two. Whilst also making a fourth attempt to stage their round one tie will be Brickhill Tigers and Bedford Sports Athletic at Woodlands with the reward of a home tie against Sundon Park Rangers awaiting the winners.
At Round Two stage, its home action at Rectory Road for Shefford Town & Campton Reserves against current league leaders AFC Turvey. With the visitors having already netted a league double over the Town they will start the day firm favourites to make it into the hat for the semi-final draw where current holders Henlow already sit after Luton Boys Seniors demise has given them a second round bye and a place in the last four.
League action comes at The Warren, the venue at which Henlow will travel looking for not only their fourth away league win on the bounce but also a seasons double over their hosts Elstow Abbey. Whilst for bottom of the table Bromham United its the quest of their first home win of the season when called upon by second place Sundon Park Rangers and at Ickleford Playing Fields, Marabese Ceramics look for their third win on the bounce when visited by Woburn Lions.
For Division Two sides it's second round action in the Jubilee Cup. The tie of the round perhaps being the Oakley Playing Field clash between hosts AFC Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves and the visiting Clifton or indeed the Mowsbury Park clash between hosts Queens Park Crescents and the visiting Potton Town.
Whist for Town's near neighbours Potton United Reserves its a trip on the road to face Great Barford and over at Crawley Road, Cranfield United will start the day firm favourites to take their name into the hat for the semi-final draw when called upon by a Riseley Sports side that are yet to win on the road this season.
League action in Division Two comes in the shape of just two fixtures. At New Grounds, hosts AFC Harlington will be in search of their first win in 10 games when called upon by Co-op Sports and at Hillgrounds, AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves play hosts to Renhold United Reserves who come in search of their first away win of the season.
Action in the Watson Shield sees the two remaining second round ties taking place. At Moore Crescent, Division four league leaders FC Houghton play hosts to Kempston Hammers Sports of division three knowing a home tie against Moggerhanger United awaits the winners in round three and at Digswell Playing Fields, Shefford Town & Campton A of division four entertain Stevington of division three for the right to host Clapham Sports in round three.
Already at the round three stage are Bedford Pathers who at their Hockey Centre base host the visiting Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves who on the opening day of the season were mauled 14-1 by The Panthers in league action at the same venue. Whilst at Miller Road, Meltis Albion entertain the only side to have beaten them in league action this season, Wilstead Reserves.
Division three league action thus reduced to just a programme of three games. For Elstow Abbey Reserves that means a chance to get closer to the top of the table when they journey to Hillgrounds looking for their sixth away win on the bounce against the hosting Kempston Con Club Sports.Whilst at Cutler Hammer, Kempston Athletic receive a visit from bottom of the table and yet to win on the road this season AFC Bush.
The final game taking place at Whiston Crescent, the venue at which second from bottom of the table Clifton Reserves take on Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves.
In Division Four there is a programme of six games. For second place Meltis Albion Reserves its a trip to Wootton Recreation Ground looking for their third away win on the bounce against fourth place hosts Wootton Villageand at King George VI Playing Fields, third place Clapham Sports face a Mid Beds Tigers side looking for their fifth league win on the bounce.
Meantime at Steppingley Road, sixth place Dinamo Flitwick will be in search of home win number four on the bounce when called upon by the visiting Bedford Park Rangers and just down the road at Redborne School it will be home action for Flitwick Town Reserves against a Caldecote A side who are yet to win on the road this season
Over at Harrowden School, Atletico Europa will go in search of their first home win in seven outings when called upon by Cranfield United Reserves who have lost their last three away outings. With the the final action being at Moggerhanger Playing Fields, the venue at which fifth place hosts Moggerhanger United go into local derby action against the visiting Sandy Reserves.