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Sunday 09th February 2014
Henlow come from three goals down to win at Elstow Abbey.
Premier Division supported by Sportsform

League leaders AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College were to have a serious dent placed into their title hopes when at Hillgrounds on the 3G surface they were to lose their seasons 100% home record when beaten by 2-0 Lidlington United Sports.Goals from James Snowdon and Darren Rowlett now taking the visitors up into third spot in the league standings.

The days only other scheduled top flight game between Caldecote and AFC Oakley Sports M&DH being waterlogged off as was the Bedfordshire FA Senior Trophy semi-final match between Wootton Blue Cross and Crawley Green.

Britannia Cup 1st Round

Renhold United will now receive a visit from either Wootton Blue Cross or Lidlington United Sports in round two after they emerged penalty shoot-out winners over Ickwell & Old Warden. Ahead via a strike from Mark Reed in the second minute they were to see the visitors draw level six minutes later via a Andrew Vallom penalty and then take the lead in the 27th minute with a header from Dean Hamilton before United's Keegan Roberts squared matters up at 2-2 in the 42nd minute only to see Conor Green regain the lead for the visitors just 60 seconds later. The home side then having to wait until Reed netted his second goal of the afternoon 19 minutes from time to ensure the tie would go into extra time.

The opening period of extra time saw both sides fail to add to the scoreline so when Alex Woolston netted for United in the 115th minute they looked home and dry, however someone forgot to tell Ickwell's Conor Green who made it 4-4 in the 120th minute to leave us with a penalty shoot-out. The first seven kicks were all successful penalties from United's Mark Reed, Ollie Housden, Alex Woolston and Dean Warren and replied to by Dean Hamilton, Dan Threadgold, Chris Stanton for the visitors before goalkeeper Dan Hall skied Ickwell's fourth effort over the crossbar to allow Jason Allison to step up and hit United's winner.

The other scheduled first round tie between Shillington and Flitwick Town was waterlogged off for the third time as were the attempts to play the second round ties, Marston Shelton Rovers v Shefford Town & Campton and Sharnbrook v Wilstead.

Division One

With the games Bromham United v Sundon Park Rangers and Marabese Ceramics v Woburn Lions waterlogged off, the lone game of the day saw Henlow come from 3-0 down to win 4-3 at Elstow Abbey. Abbey's Dave McCarthy opening the scoring in the 11th minute before Ed L'Erario netted twice inside 60 seconds to send the Abbey three goals clear and the watch showing only 15 minutes play. However, Henlow having won their last three away outings were to stage the comeback of the day with two goals from Matt Rumbellow and strikes from James Cambell and George Kiely to claim all three points and move themselves up into third place in the league table.

Centenary Cup

For the fourth time the first round ties Brickhill Tigers v Bedford Sports Athletic and Goldington v Sandy were waterlogged off as was the second round tie Shefford Town & Campton Reserves v AFC Turvey.

Division Two

With the AFC Harlington v Co-op Sports game waterlogged off, the lone action of the day saw AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves emerge 5-0 home winners over bottom of the table Riseley Sports. Paul Garrett and Humberto Ybonazo both netting twice and Keaton Washington once to bring up the nap hand.

Jubilee Cup Second Round

Great Barford became the first club to place their name in the semi-final hat following their 3-2 home win over Potton United Reserves. Patrick Mulvhill, Nick Payne and Will King on their scoresheet against United replies via Lee Sharnbrook and Kieran Dempsey.

Division Three

All three scheduled games, Clifton Reserves v AFC Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves; Kempston Athletic v AFC Bush and Kempston Con Club Sports were waterlogged off.

Watson Shield

For the second time of asking the second round ties, FC Houghton v Kempston Hammers Sports and Shefford Town & Campton A v Stevington were waterlogged off as was the first attempt to play the third round ties, Bedford Panthers v Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves and Meltis Albion v Wilstead Reserves.

Division Four

The highest score of the day belonged to Clapham Sports who claimed their fifth league win on the bounce with a 9-0 home win over Mid Beds Tigers. Johhny Umney, James Munro, Luke Stone and Mario Esposito all netting twice alongside a single strike from Liam Bolton.

Elsewhere, Flitwick Town Reserves went nap with a 5-1 home win over a Caldecote A side that has now lost all of its 10 away games this season. Benn Ward leading the way with a hat-trick and supported by goals from Craig Phillips and Cody Roberts against a lone reply from Dan Fennell.

Meanwhile, Cranfield United Reserves returned to winning ways with a 3-1 victory at Atletico Europa. Chris Patrickson, Ben Thompson and James Armstrong all finding the back of the net against a lone home reply via Michael Mante.

The games, Dinamo Flitwick v Bedford Park Rangers; Moggerhanger United Reserves v Sandy Reserves and Wootton Village v Meltis Albion Reserves waterlogged off.

Preview Saturday 15th February 2014

For Premier Division supported by Sportsform league leaders AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College its home action at Hillgrounds where last weekend they lost their seasons 100% home record to put a major dent into their title hopes, with the visitors being Ickwell & Old Warden whose supporters need to go back as far as mid-September to find the last time they won on the road. Whilst second place Shillington the now firm title favourites will also be in home action at Greenfields against third place Lidlington United Sports who would move above them with the full three points.

Over at Jubilee Playing Fields where they have suffered two consecutive home defeats, fourth place Wilstead will endeavour to return to winning ways when paid a visit by fifth place Renhold United who have won just the three times on the road this season and at Weston Park it should have been local derby action between hosts Wootton Blue Cross and the visiting Marston Shelton Rovers but with the Cross having their Beds Senior Trophy semi-final game against South Midlands League Crawley Green waterlogged off for a second time last weekend they will hope its third time lucky this week.

Other action comes at Rectory Road, the venue at which seventh place Shefford Town & Campton host eleventh place Pavenham whose last away defeat came at Ickwell & Old Warden back in late October and at Oakley Playing Fields, eighth place hosts AFC Oakley Sports M&DH will defend their seasons unbeaten home ways against second from bottom of the table Caldecote who are now on a four game losing run.

In Division One its home action for the top two clubs.League leaders and title favourites AFC Turvey defending their seasons unbeaten home record and looking for league win number seven on the bounce at Stonefields against the visiting Marabese Ceramics who will hit the road looking for their third away win on the bounce. Whilst second place Sundon Park Rangers following two consecutive home defeats will look to repair the damage in Stockwood Park against fourth place visitors Goldington who will hit the road looking to defend their seasons unbeaten away ways and push themselves right back into the promotion race.

Also very much in that promotion race are third place Eastcotts AFC and for them now unbeaten in their last nine league outings its a trip to Crawley Road to face sixth place Woburn Lions. Whilst two other clubs still far from out of the promotion race are Sandy and Henlow who will go head to head in local derby action at Bedford Road Recreation Ground.

Other action is due at Grange Road, the venue at which tenth place hosts Bedford Sports Athletic take on bottom of the table Bromham United and at Woodlands, eleventh place Brickhill Tigers now without a home win since mid-October host the visiting second from bottom of the table Shefford Town & Campton Reserves.

In Division Two for the league leaders Potton Town its local derby action at The Hollow against the hosting Potton United Reserves who will be looking to prevent their Town rivals claiming a seasons league double over them and record just their second home win of the season. Whilst second place Clifton winners of their last five league outings are in home action at Whiston Crescent against seventh place Cranfield United who despite their lowly position have lost just the once on the road all season.

With third place AFC Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves sitting the afternoon out Queens Park Crescents now unbeaten in their last five league outings will jump above them in the league standings with a point or better from their home encounter in Mowsbury Park against eighth place Great Barford side who will be on the outlook for their fourth league win on the bounce.

Elsewhere, for fifth place Kings AFC having lost their last two away outings its a trip to Solway Way North to face the hosting Co-op Sports who will be seeking their third home win on the bounce. Whilst at Hillgrounds, AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves face a visit from bottom of the table Riseley Sports who have lost all of their eight league away outings to date this season and at Renhold Playing Fields, its a relegation battle between the hosting second from bottom of the table Renhold United Reserves and the visiting AFC Harlington who will hit the road looking for their second away win of the season just a place above them in the league standings.

The game of the day in Division Three takes place at Miller Road, the venue at which league leaders Meltis Albion winners of their last six league outings and still with a 100% home record for the season receive a visit from second place Stevington who themselves are still unbeaten on the road this season and currently on an eight game unbeaten run.

Over at the Warren, fourth place Elstow Abbey Reserves will look to keep themselves in the promotion picture with the full three points from their home encounter with Wilstead Reserves, a comment that also applies to fifth place Kempston Athletic when they take on the visiting Bedford Panthers at Cutler Hammer looking to extend their unbeaten home ways to four games.

Other action coming at Marston Playing Fields, the venue at which the hosting Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves face yet to win on the road this season Kempston Hammers Sports and at Greenfield Road, third place Westoning play hosts to another side without a league away win to their name this season in second from bottom of the table Clifton Reserves. Whilst on the Green, eleventh place Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves host the team immediately above them in the league table Kempston Con Club Sports who themselves have just one away league victory to their name this season.

The fight for the Division four league title is rapidly turning into a two horse race between FC Houghton and Meltis Albion Reserves and for both sides this weekend its trips on the road.League leaders FC Houghton making tracks to Redborne School in search of league away win number four on the bounce against the hosting Flitwick Town Reserves and for Meltis Albion Reserves its a trip to Digswell Playing Fields on the outlook for their third league away win on the bounce against the hosting Shefford Town & Campton A who have lost all of their last nine league outings to drop onto the bottom of the league table.

For fourth place Wootton Village at their Wootton Recreation Club base its home action against Mid Beds Tigers .Whilst for third place Clapham Sports now unbeaten in their last six league outings its a trip to Harvey Close to face the hosting third from bottom of the table Caldecote A who they removed from the Watson Shield at the same venue just over a month ago. Whilst at Steppingley Road, seventh place Dinamo Flitwick winners of their last three home starts are visited by ninth place Sandy Reserves.

Other action coming at Blunham Playing Fields, the venue at which second from bottom of the table hosts Bedford Park Rangers take on Atletico Europa and at Crawley Road where sixth place hosts Cranfield United Reserves receive a visit from fifth place Moggerhanger United.

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