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Sunday 23rd February 2014
Its Cup Joy for Elstow Abbey but Cup Woe for Wootton Blue Cross.
Premier Division supported by Sportform

AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College are now nine points clear at the head of the Premier Division supported by Sportsform league table after returning to winning ways with a 4-1 home win over a Wilstead side beaten for the first time on the road since mid-September. Josh Sturniolo with a brace plus Martin Ivy and Paul Garrett netting the vital goals against a lone reply from Paul Jones.

For second place Shillington it was defeat number three on the bounce when beaten 3-1 at Marston Shelton Rovers. Alan Henman with a brace plus Keith Thomas on the Rovers scoresheet against a Shills reply from Steve Gay.

Meantime for fifth place Renhold United it was a share of the spoils from a 2-2 home draw with sixth place Shefford Town & Campton. Serge Kadji and Alex Woolston on the scoresheet for United and Tom Scurfield and Adam Larsen for the visitors.

Elsewhere, AFC Oakley Sports M&DH retained their seasons unbeaten home ways with a 2-0 victory over Pavenham. Shaun Barnett and Dan Kelly both finding the back of the net. Whilst the day's lone away win belonged to Caldecote with a 2-1 victory at Flitwick Town. Conor Smith netting both their goals before the Town's reply from Jim Lewis arrived 10 minutes from time.

Bedfordshire FA Senior Trophy Semi-final

Wootton Blue Cross dreams of a place in this seasons final disappeared when they were beaten 3-0 by South Midlands League Crawley Green who will now go forward to play Bedford FC in the final at Forde Park, Langford FC on Wednesday 12th March 2014.

Division One

We have new leaders at the head of the division one league table in the shape of Eastcotts AFC following their 3-2 home victory over fourth place AFC Turvey in a game that was played on their opponents ground to officially retain the new league leaders unbeaten home record and extend their current unbeaten league run up to 10 games. Ciaran Alexander netting twice and Travis Joseph once against replies via Laurence Bentham and Courtney Boughton.

Eastcotts AFC taking over the top spot on goal difference from Sundon Park Rangers who were beaten 4-0 at now third place Henlow. All the goals coming in the second half via a James Campbell hat-trick and a header from Dan Allison.

Now in fifth spot are Sandy, for them it was a 3-0 win at Bedford Sports Athletic. Nicky Albone, Jonnie Stratford and David Smith all finding the back of the net.Whilst Marabese Ceramics now occupy sixth place after sharing the spoils in a 2-2 draw at Shefford Town & Campton Reserves. Jordan Robbens and Tim Andrews on the scoresheet for the home side against Tilermen replies via John Vooght and Gary Hillard.

Elsewhere, bottom of the table Bromham United are still looking for the first win of the season after goals from Antony Farr and Jahrome Joseph failed to prevent them losing 4-2 at home against Brickhill Tigers.

Bedfordshire FA Intermediate Cup Semi-final

Elstow Abbey will now contest their first ever Bedfordshire FA Intermediate Cup Final at Ampthill Town FC on Wednesday 16th April against Crawley Green Reserves after running out 5-0 home winners over Kent Athletic Reserves. Ahead in the seventh minute via Dom Parrella they were 3-0 ahead by the break after Ed L'Erario struck twice in the 15th and 25th minutes to virtually seal the tie before he made it 4-0 in the 58th minute to complete his hat-trick and then saw Parrella bring up the nap hand 20 minutes from time.

Division Two

Third place AFC Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves are now within four points of Potton Town at the head of the division two league table after beating the league leaders 3-1 on their own patch. Jamie Endersby, Matt Barnes and Kieran Souter netting the goals against a lone Town reply from Sam Worthington.

Sitting between these sides in second spot just two points behind the Town are Clifton who took their unbeaten ways up to six games by sharing the points in a 0-0 draw at fifth place Kings AFC. Whilst fourth place Queens Park Crescents are now unbeaten in their last six starts after winning 3-0 at Potton United Reserves thanks to a hat-trick from Ayaz Hussain.

However, the biggest winners of the day were now sixth place Cranfield United who claimed their fourth consecutive win with a 6-1 home victory over Renhold United Reserves. James Armstrong and David Adderson both netting twice alongside single goals from Ben Thompson and Craig Cameron against a lone reply via Shaun Challi.

Down at the other end of the table, AFC Harlington climbed out of the bottom two by recording their first win in 10 outings with a 4-0 home victory over Co-op Sports. Matt Barnes with a brace and goals from Jack Archer and Rob Malcom doing the damage.

Elsewhere, Great Barford took their winning ways up to four games with a 4-3 home win over AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves. Gary Canzano with a brace plus strikes from Will King and Ben Stock outscoring Town replies via Roger Goff, Tom Marvin and Humbento Ybonazo.

Division Three

With Meltis Albion sitting the afternoon out, Stevington took full advantage to climb above them to the top of the league table when they extended their winning ways to six games with a 5-2 home win over Kempston Athletic. Gavin White leading the way with a hat-trick and supported by strikes from Sam Nightingale and Ben Walsh to bring up the nap hand against Athletic replies via Nicholas Ememe and Mo Banda.

Now in third spot are Elstow Abbey Reserves who claimed their sixth away win on the bounce with an 8-1 victory at Kempston Con Club Sports where amazingly the half-time scoreline read 1-1. Aiden Powell on the scoresheet three times, Tim Clarke twice to go with single goals from Charlie Nicholson, Craig Proctor and Chris Allen against a lone home reply from Paul Stevens.

Having lost their last seven games AFC Bush returned to form with a 2-1 home victory over Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves. Sam Kealey netting both goals against the lone reply from Matthew Bruney. Alas the victory was not enough to lift The Bush off the bottom of the league table as second from bottom Clifton Reserves came from 3-0 down at half-time at home to Wilstead Reserves to share the points in a 3-3 draw to stay ahead of The Bush on goal difference.Jay Hall with a brace alongside a strike from Liam Philip putting Wilstead 3-0 ahead before a brace from Gavin Stackman and a strike from Sam West made it all square at the final whistle.

Elsewhere, Bedford Panthers were beaten 3-2 at home by Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves. Dan Parkes, Louis Myers and Carl Borromeo netting the Rovers goals against two home replies from Tom Wade. Whilst for Kempston Hammers Sports it was the gift of three points when Westoning failed to raise a side to meet them at their Cutler Hammer base.

Division Four

League Leaders FC Hougton were to retain their seasons unbeaten home ways and third place Clapham Sports take their unbeaten ways up to eight games after the pair shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw at Moore Crescent. Shaun Fahy on target for the home side and Neil Larham for the visitors.

Also still unbeaten on home soil this season are second place Meltis Albion Reserves who are now within three points of the leaders and having played two games less after claiming a 3-0 win over Cranfield United Reserves. Josh St Clair Pierre, Sylvester Mulenga and Craig Damon netting the vital goals.

For fourth place Wootton Vilage it was a 4-1 home win over Atletico Europa where Nick Burraway and Keiron Mulkerrins both netted twice against a lone reply from Michael Monte. Whilst fifth place Moggerhanger United were 6-4 home winners over Dinamo Flitwick. Gareth White with a brace supported by goals from Dean Hill, Jason Kinns, Brandon Bates and Luke Rudd against Dinamo replies via a Jamie Burton hat-trick and a single strike from Josh Pearson.

Also hitting six were Mid Beds Tigers in a 6-1 home win over bottom of the table Shefford Town & Campton A.who were losing their tenth game on the bounce. Brad Dennis with a hat-trick, George Melrose with a brace and a strike from Jacob McHutcherson on the Tigers scoresheet against a lone reply via Town's Sam Larsen.

The third side to bag six goals were Bedford Park Rangers who romped to a 6-0 home victory over second from bottom of the table Caldecote A who have now lost all of their 11 away outings this season. Gregory Etheridge, Adrian Pinney and Darren Ashpole claiming two goals each to do the damage. Whilst Flitwick Town Reserves claimed their fourth win on the bounce in winning 2-0 at Sandy Reserves thanks to goals from Mark Barlett and Steve Parkhouse.

Preview for Saturday 1st March 2014.

With league leaders AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College sitting the afternoon out, second place Shillington have the chance to close the gap on them at the head of the league table to just six points should they collect the maximum return from their visit to Lodge Road where they will be facing bottom of the table Sharnbrook who themselves despite their league position will be looking for their third home win on the bounce.Whilst fourth place Wilstead will be in home action at Jubilee Playing Fields looking to end a run of two consecutive home defeats when called upon by fifth place Renhold United.

Other action takes place at Harvey Close, the venue at which Caldecote are visited by AFC Oakley Sports M&DH who have gained the maximum points from three of their last four away outings to perhaps start the game favourites to collect the spoils and despite losing their last three away outings that comment also applies to Ickwell & Old Warden who head for a meeting with out of form Pavenham at their Playing Field headquarters.

The final top flight action coming at Weston Park where the second from bottom of the table hosts Wootton Blue Cross receive a visit from Flitwick Town.

The game of the day in division one comes in Stockwood Park where second place hosts Sundon Park Rangers are visited by AFC Turvey who despite currently sitting in fourth place in the league table with their games in hand still remain the title favourites.

Its also a big day for Sandy when at Bedford Road Recreation Ground they are visited by current league leaders Eastcotts AFC who will journey to face them looking to take their current unbeaten away league run up to six games. Also still looking for a top two finish are third place Henlow and for them its a trip on the road to Crawley Road in search of their fifth away win on the bounce against the hosting Woburn Lions.

Down at the other end of the table, basement club Bromham United will be hitting the road to Rectory Road in search of their first away win of the season against second from bottom of the table Shefford Town & Campton Reserves and at Ickleford Recreation Ground, Marabese Ceramics receive a visit from an Elstow Abbey side who have lost five of their last seven trips away from the Warren to surely drop them out of this seasons promotion race.

Meantime at Woodlands for the fifth time of asking Brickhill Tigers will hope to stage their opening round Centenary Cup tie against Bedford Sports Athletic for the right to entertain Sundon Park Rangers in round two.

The main spotlight of the action for the lower division sides falls upon the semi-final ties in this seasons Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup and the remaining two first round ties in this seasons Watson Shield. In those county cup games, Co-op Sports will have home advantage at Solway Road North when they take on Luton District & South Beds League FNE Rangers but for AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves its a trip to Mentmore Road Playing Fields to face North Bucks League side Southcott Village Residents Association.

In the Watson Shield, its home action for division four side FC Houghton at Moore Crescent against division three Kempston Hammers Sports for the right to entertain Moggerhanger United in round two. Whilst at Digswell Playing Fields, fourth division Shefford Town & Campton A will play host to division three Stevington in the quest for a home tie against Clapham Sports in round two.

However, the league action in division two will see the game of the day come at Whiston Crescent with a clash between the current top two clubs when the hosting second place Clifton having been beaten just the once on home soil all season and currently on a four game winning home run receive a visit from league leaders Potton Town who themselves have been beaten just the once on the road this season.

Over at Oakley Playing Fields, third place AFC Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves will be looking for their fourth home win on the bounce when called upon by fourth place Queens Park Crescents who on the road this season have so far only been beaten the once at Clifton back in early November. Whilst at The Hollow, Potton United Reserves are visited by Kings AFC who will hit the road looking to end a run of two consecutive away defeats.

Other action comes at Renhold Playing Fields, the venue at which Renhold United Reserves will be entertaining Great Barford who will be on the lookout for their third away win on the bounce and at Gold Street, bottom of the table Riseley Sports having gained just one point from their last eight outings look for a three point haul against sixth place visitors Cranfield United. However, with United having lost just the once on the road all season the odds will be stacked against them achieving that aim. .

Action in division three with league leaders Stevington away on Watson Shield duty gives Meltis Albion the chance to regain the top spot should they retain their seasons 100% home record at Miller Road when visited by Wilstead Reserves. Whilst for fourth place Westoning its a trip to Hillgrounds and a 3G encounter with the hosting bottom of the table AFC Bush.

Other action coming at the Hockey Centre, the venue at which home side Bedford Panthers will be expecting to collect all three points when visited by second from bottom of the table Clifton Reserves whose eight away trips this season have all ended in defeat and at Cutler Hammer, Kempston Athletic will look to extend their home unbeaten ways up to four games against the visiting Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves.

Whilst the final action comes on The Green where Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves play hosts to Kempston Con Club Sports who will hit the road looking for just their second away win of the season.

In Division Four with league leaders FC Houghton away on Watson Shield duty, second place Meltis Albion Reserves will look to inch closer to them with a three point haul from their away encounter at Wootton Playing Fields against Wootton Village. A comment that also applies to third place Clapham Sports, when at King George VI Playing Fields they look for home win number five on the bounce against the visiting Moggerhanger United.

Over at Crawley Road where Cranfield United Reserves have been beaten just the twice this season the visitors are a Bedford Park Rangers side who have won three of their last four away outings. Whilst at Harrowden School, Atletico Europa go in search of their first home win in eight outings when visited by Caldecote A whose away record to date reads, played 11, lost 11.

The final two games in this section taking place in Flitwick. At Redborne School, Flitwick Town Reserves will be in search of their fourth consecutive home win when called upon by Mid Beds Tigers and just down the road at the Leisure Centre, Dinamo Flitwick also seek their fourth home win on the bounce when called upon by Sandy Reserves who have won just the once on the road all season.

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