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Sunday 16th February 2014
Caldecote take top honours on a day when just eight games are played.
Premier Division supported by Sportsform
With the games AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College v Renhold United: Ickwell & Old Warden v Flitwick Town and Wilstead v Lidlington United Sports waterlogged off, just two games were to beat the weather and for title favourites Shillington it was an end to their current five game unbeaten away run and a missed chance to close the gap on current league leaders AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College to three points when they were beaten 3-2 at Caldecote who thus ended a run of four consecutive defeats.
It was the home side who struck first via Adam Furness in the 13th minute but within 10 minutes the Shills were 2-1 ahead, Chris Slough levelling matters up before Ryan Lewis popped them in front. Just 10 minutes into the second period a Danny McIver free kick drew the home side level and that's the way it looked likely to stay until a diving header on the backpost from Conor Smith five minutes from time took the home side to victory and the three points that lifts them up to eleventh place in the league table.
Elsewhere over at Rectory Road, Shefford Town & Campton ran out 9-0 home winners over Pavenham. Michael Jones, Andrew Hayday and Jordan Ainslie all netting twice to go alongside single strikes from Adam Larsen, Ryan Dobson and Jon Ranson.
Also postponed was the Beds FA Senior Trophy semi-final fixture between Wootton Blue Cross and Crawley Green.
The lone action of the afternoon took Sundon Park Rangers back to the top of the league table with a 4-0 home win over Goldington who were losing for the first time on the road in league action this season. Nasshon Bennett with a brace in the opening half putting the Rangers in firm control before goals from Matt Conway and Chris Scott in the second period sealed their victory.
The games, AFC Turvey v Marabese Ceramics: Bedford Sports Athletic v Bromham United: Brickhill Tigers v Shefford Town & Campton Reserves: Sandy v Henlow and Woburn Lions v Eastcotts AFC all waterlogged off.
With the Clifton v Cranfield United: Co-op Sports v Kings AFC: Potton United Reserves v Potton Town: Queens Park Crescents v Great Barford and Renhold United Reserves v AFC Harlington games all called off it was just the 3G action at Hillgrounds between hosts AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves and Riseley Sports that prevented a total washout.
The home side running out 5-1 winners to send the bottom of the table Sportsmen to their eighth consecutive away defeat. Paul Garrett, Ashley Phelan, Keaton Washington, Humbento Ybenazo and Anas Bechkoun all finding the back of the net to bring up the nap hand against a lone reply from John Capper.
Like in the two divisions above the action was confined to just a single game and this came at the Warren where Elstow Abbey Reserves ran out 4-1 home winners over Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves. Aiden Powell and Sean Hendry both netting braces alongside a single reply from Ben Tuck for the visitors. This victory now moving The Abbey up into third spot in the league table.
The postponed fixtures being, Bedford Panthers v Wilstead Reserves: Kempston Athletic v Kempston Con Club Sports: Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves v Kempston Hammers Sports: Meltis Albion v Stevington and Westoning v Clifton Reserves.
For league leaders FC Houghton it was an end to their seven game unbeaten run when beaten 6-2 at Flitwick Town Reserves who were thus recording their third home win on the bounce. Mark Barlett leading the way with a hat-trick and supported by an own goal and strikes from Tom Pool and Benn Ward against replies via Shaun Fahy and Ali Moliholden.
However, the top scorers of the day were third place Clapham Sports who recorded their sixth win on the bounce with a 9-1 victory at Caldecote A. James Munroe and Liam Bolton both claiming hat-tricks to go alongside single strikes from Neil Larman, Ryan Prior and Neil Alexis, the home reply coming via an own goal.
Elsewhere, fourth place Wootton Village needed to three times to come from behind including hitting a 90th minute penalty to share the spoils in a 3-3 home draw with Mid Beds Tigers. Nick Burraway netting that vital penalty alongside strikes from Sam Mulvaney and Adam Flynn for the Village against Tigers goals from Jay Smith twice and Phil Cooper.
The games, Bedford Park Rangers v Atletico Europa: Cranfield United Reserves v Moggerhanger United: Dinamo Flitwick v Sandy Reserves and Shefford Town & Campton A v Meltis Albion Reserves waterlogged off.
Preview for Saturday 22nd February 2014.
Action in the Premier Division supported by Sportsform division this weekend sees the game of the day take place at Hillgrounds where current league leaders Kempston Town & Bedford College are visited by fourth place Wilstead who will hit the road looking for their fourth away win on the bounce. Whilst second place Shillington despite having lost their last two games still remain the title favourites as they hit the road to face Marston Shelton Rovers at their Playing Field headquarters who will be looking for their third league win on the bounce.
Over on the 3G surface at Redborne School where surprisingly hosts Flitwick Town have won just three of their 10 home encounters to date, the visitors are now eleventh place Caldecote whose nine away trips away from Harvey Close this season have yielded just one victory.Whilst its local derby action at Oakley Playing Fields where hosts AFC Oakley Sports M&DH will be defending their seasons unbeaten home record against near neighbours Pavenham.
Other action comes at Renhold Playing Fields, the venue at which fifth place hosts Renhold United will receive a visit from sixth place Shefford Town & Campton who have lost just one of their last five trips away from Rectory Road and on The Green, Ickwell & Old Warden having lost just one home game this season were due to be visited by Wootton Blue Cross who would have been searching for just their second away league win of the season, but now instead the Blue Cross will endeavour to make it third time lucky in trying to play their outstanding Bedfordshire FA Senior Trophy semi-final tie with South Midlands League Crawley Green and with the league having already granted a free Saturday to both Lidlington United Sports and Sharnbrook this will leave the men from the Green kicking their heels without a game.
The top game in division one this weekend comes at Weston Park, the venue at which fourth place Eastcotts AFC will be defending their seasons unbeaten home league record against second in the table and title favourites AFC Turvey who come in search of their fourth away win on the bounce. Whilst for current league leaders Sundon Park Rangers who have won just the twice on the road to date this season, its a trip to Groveside for a tough looking encounter against third place hosts Henlow.
Down at the other end of the table, basement club Bromham United will be striving to find their first home win of the season against the visiting Brickhill Tigers. Whilst for second from bottom of table Shefford Town & Campton Reserves its home action at Rectory Road in search of just their second home win of the season against near neighbours Marabese Ceramics who will hit the road in search of their third away win on the bounce.
The final action coming at Alexander Sports Centre where fifth place Goldington following two consecutive home defeats will look to repair the damage against the visiting Woburn Lions who sit just one place below them in the league table.
Meantime for Elstow Abbey its home action at the Warren in the semi-final of this seasons Bedfordshire FA Intermediate Cup against South Midlands League side Kent Athletic Reserves for the right to face either Farley Boys or Crawley Green Reserves in the final at Ampthill Town on Wednesday 16th April.
In Division Two for current league leaders Potton Town its home action at Mill Lane where they have been beaten just the once this season against third place AFC Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves whose record on the road of five victories from six outings suggests The Town will have to be at their very best to collect all three points. Whilst second place Clifton despite winning their last five outings also have a tough looking game when they journey to King George VI Playing Fields to be hosted by fifth place Kings AFC who will be on the lookout for their fourth home win on the bounce.
Down at The Hollow, home of Potton United Reserves winners of just one home game all season the visitors are fourth place Queens Park Crescents who have lost just the once on the road all season and just up the road at Everton Playing Fields, Great Barford will strive for their third consecutive home win when visited by AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves whose seven away outings to date this season have seen them defeated six times.
Other action comes at Crawley Road, the venue at which Cranfield United take on a yet to win on the road this season and second from bottom of the table Renhold United Reserves and at New Grounds, AFC Harlington look for just their second home win of the season when paid a visit by Co-op Sports as both sides seek the points to keep them out of the drop zone.
In Division Three with top of the table Meltis Albion sitting the afternoon out second place Stevington at their Playing Field base will be in search of home win number six on the bounce which would take them to the top of the standings when called upon by a Kempston Athletic side that have been beaten just the once on the road all season. Whilst for fourth place Westoning its a trip to Cutler Hammer to face Kempston Hammers who will be in search of home win number three on the bounce in this their first home outing since mid-November.
Down at the other end of the table, basement club AFC Bush will be in home action on the 3G surface at Hillgrounds looking to end a run of seven consecutive defeats against the visiting Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves who have won just the once on the road this season. Whilst for second from bottom of the table Clifton Reserves its home Whiston Crescent action looking to take their home unbeaten run up to three games against Wilstead Reserves.
Other action comes at the Hockey Centre, the venue at which Bedford Panthers look to extend their unbeaten home ways to four games against the visiting Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves and at Hillgrounds, Kempston Con Club Sports are visited by third place Elstow Abbey Reserves who will hit the road looking for their sixth consecutive away win.
In Division Four the game of the day comes at Moore Crescent, the venue at which league leaders FC Houghton look to preserve their seasons unbeaten home record against third place visitors Clapham Sports who will hit the road winners of their last six starts. Whilst for second place Meltis Albion Reserves who are still unbeaten on home soil at Miller Road this season the visitors are sixth place Cranfield United Reserves.
Over at Blunham Playing Fields, Bedford Park Rangers will be in home action against a Caldecote A side whose 10 away games this season have all ended in defeat. Whilst just down the road at Moggerhanger Playing Fields, fifth place Moggerhanger United will be hosting fourth place Wootton Village and down the A603 at Bedford Road Recreation Ground, Sandy Reserves go into home action on the outlook for home win number four on the bounce against the visiting Flitwick Town Reserves who will hit the road looking for their own fourth league win on the bounce.