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Sunday 02nd March 2014
AFC Oakley Sports M&DH edge closer to the title race.
Premier Division supported by Sportsform

AFC Oakley Sports M&DH by winning 1-0 at Caldecote duly placed themselves into the bracket of serious title contenders by moving to within 12 points of league leaders AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College having played five games fewer. The vital goal to take their unbeaten ways up to five games arrived four minutes into the second half via Antony Richens.

For Wilstead it was a missed opportunity to climb up into third place in the standings by being held to a 2-2 home draw by Renhold United. Paul Jones and Matt Davison on their scoresheet against United replies via a Ben Brown penalty and Alex Woolston. Whilst having lost their last three outings Pavenham returned to winning ways with a 2-1 home win over Ickwell & Old Warden. Max Henrickson opening the scoring in the 15th minute, which was doubled by Tim Bowers 20 minutes from time before a Tom Ellis own goal 10 minutes later made the final whistle a welcoming sound to hear.

Alas the scheduled games, Sharnbrook v Shillington and Wootton Blue Cross v Flitwick Town were waterlogged off.

Division One

Sundon Park Rangers duly returned to the top of the division one league table by winning 3-2 at AFC Turvey to end the hosts unbeaten home record for the season. It was Turvey who took command of the game in the opening half when goals from Mark Allen and Laurence Bentham shot them into a 2-0 lead before the Rangers claimed all three points via a brace from Nasshon Bennett and a goal for Matthew Bonner in the second period.

Losing out on that top spot and their 10 game unbeaten run were Eastcotts AFC who were beaten 2-0 at Sandy. Jonnie Stratford striking in the 65th minute and Liam Brophy in the 75th minute to take Sandy to their third win on the bounce and leave them very much in the promotion shake up.

With both Marabese Ceramics and Woburn Lions finding their home pitches unplayable they both elected to concede home advantage and play at their opponents ground and both came away with all three points. The Lions with three goals from Dan McLaren plus strikes from Adam Ripley and Antony Kostiw netting a 5-2 win over Henlow for whom Matt Rumbellow and Russel Ayles replied. Whilst the Tilermen were 3-0 winners over Elstow Abbey thanks to a hat-trick from John Vooght.

However they were all outscored by Shefford Town & Campton Reserves who romped to a 6-0 home win over bottom of the table Bromham United. Jordan Darodna and Simon Castle both scoring twice to go alongside goals from Scott Frusciante and Michael Jones.

Elsewhere the Centenary Cup game between Brickhill Tigers and Bedford Sports Athletic was waterlogged off for the fifth time.

Division Two

Potton Town were to lose their place at the top of the division two league table when beaten 3-0 at Clifton who now take over on the summit of the table. Lee Marshall, Sam Amos and Dan Carroll netting the goals to take Clifton's unbeaten league run up to seven games.

Whilst down at the other end of the table basement club Riseley Sports are now without a win in their last nine starts after being beaten 4-2 at home by Cranfield United who have now won their last five games to move up into fifth spot in the table. Phil Kempshall with a hat-trick and a goal from James Armstrong on the United scoresheet against two in reply from Stephen Sims.

With second from bottom of the table Renhold United Reserves finding their home pitch unplayable they elected to face Great Barford at their own Everton Playing Field base and duly got beaten 14-0. Ben Stock netting four times, David Mulvihill three times, William King and Nick Payne twice each plus there were single goals for Tom Hobbs, Jamie Brown and Jordan Morrison to take Great Barford to their fifth consecutive win and seventh place in the league table.

The games AFC Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves v Queens Park Crescents and Potton United Reserves v Kings AFC waterlogged off.

Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup Semi-Finals

For the first time this century there will be no Bedfordshire County Football League side in the final of the Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup after the final two fell at the last hurdle. Co-op Sports beaten 2-0 at home by Luton District & South Beds League side FNE Rangers and AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves losing 3-0 at North Bucks League Southcott Village Residents Association.

Watson Shield 1st Round

FC Houghton will now entertain Moggerhanger United in round two following their 6-2 home win over Kempston Hammers. Lawrence Taylor with a hat-trick, James Matthews with a brace plus an own goal doing the damage against Hammers replies from a Sunnie Sandu penalty and Martin Bennett.

Whilst Stevington were 8-0 winners at Shefford Town & Campton A to earn a home tie in round two against Clapham Sports. Gavin White with a hat-trick, Sam King with a brace being supported by single strikes from Simon Ellis, Sam Nightingale and Alex Smith.

Division Three

With Stevington away on Watson Shield duty, Meltis Albion took full advantage to climb above them to the top of the division three league table when they took their winning ways to seven games and retained their seasons 100% home record with a 4-3 victory over Wilstead Reserves. Alex Clipston, Jamie Carson, Asa Garlick and Sahr Sheriff-Singa all finding the back of the net against visiting replies via Luke Prietzel twice and Jay Hall.

However the biggest win of the day in this division came the way of Bedford Panthers who romped to an 8-0 home win over now bottom of the table Clifton Reserves. Tom Wade with four goals, Simon Wade with two goals being supported by single strikes from Aaron Perrett and Jamaal Dixon. Whilst Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves have now lost their last five outings after being beaten 4-0 at home by Kempston Con Club Sports. Ryan Collis netting three times and Vince Clark once to collect the points.

Elsewhere, the final game of the day saw AFC Bush lift themselves off the bottom of the league table by sharing the spoils in a 3-3 home draw with fourth place Westoning. Jamie Underwood twice and Shaun Cafferty netting for The Bush against replies via Glen Cooksley, Lewis Wilson and Bryn Reynolds.

The scheduled game between Kempston Athletic and Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves waterlogged off.

Division Four

Meltis Albion Reserves now find themselves just goal difference behind league leaders FC Houghton at the top of the division four league table after they romped to a 6-1 victory at fourth place Wootton Village. Craig Damon and Josh St Clair Pierre both netting twice alongside Damon Hazelwood and Charlie Rogers against a lone home reply from Matthew Bennett-Cook.

For third place Clapham Sports it was an extension of their unbeaten ways up to nine games via a 3-3 home draw with fifth place Moggerhanger United. Johnny Umney, Luke Stone and Josh Emmerton on the home scoresheet against Adam Jellis netting a hat-trick on his United debut.

On the up league table wise are Flitwick Town Reserves who are now in sixth spot after claiming their fifth consecutive win with a 3-0 home victory over Mid Beds Tigers. Benn Ward the lone destroyer with all three goals. Whilst just down the road, Dinamo Flitwick were beaten 2-1 at home by Sandy Reserves. Nicky Albone and Michael Rushton netting for the winners against a home reply from Josh Pearson.

Elsewhere, Atletico Europa claimed their first win in eight outings with a 4-3 home victory over second from bottom of the table Caldecote A who have now lost their last eight games. Stefan Tomic, Michael Mante, Mustak Alom and Mamun Rahman on the home scoresheet against a hat-trick in reply from Matt Basta.

The scheduled game between Cranfield United Reserves and Bedford Park Rangers being waterlogged off.

Preview for Saturday 8th March 2014

Action this weekend in the Premier Division supported by Sportsform section sees the game of the day take place at Oakley Playing Fields, the venue at which fifth place hosts AFC Oakley Sports M&DH will be defending their seasons unbeaten home record and seeking the three points that would well and truly see them as serious title contenders when they are visited by current league leaders AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College whose recent away form of just one win from their last seven outings perhaps suggests they might well hit the road and be more than happy to return to Hillgrounds with a share of the spoils.

Over at Jubilee Playing Fields, fourth place Wilstead will have to be at their very best if they are going to collect the full three points from the visiting Shefford Town & Campton who with just one defeat from their last six league outings are now suddenly hitting their best form of the season. Whilst at Marston Playing Fields, eighth place hosts Marston Shelton Rovers will be in search of league win number four on the bounce when called upon by tenth place Caldecote.

Other action comes on the Green, the venue at which bottom of the table Sharnbrook travel to in search of their first away win of the season against the hosting third from bottom of the table Ickwell & Old Warden who have been beaten just the once by Wilstead on home soil this season and at Renhold Playing Fields, sixth place Renhold United will be looking to increase their current unbeaten home run up to three games when called upon by a Pavenham side who to date have won just the twice on the road all season.

Away from the league there is the delayed action in the opening round of this seasons Britannia Cup. At Greenfields, Shillington play hosts to Flitwick Town for the right to travel to AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College in round two and at Weston Park, hosts Wootton Blue Cross will be playing Lidlington United Sports knowing the winners will travel to Renhold United in round two.

In Division One for the second consecutive weekend Sundon Park Rangers and AFC Turvey find themselves in battle against each other. With the Park having won 3-2 at Turvey to take them back to the top of the table they will be anxious for a seasons double over their visitors who are just six points behind them in the league table but having played four games less.

Whilst current second place Eastcotts AFC after losing their 10 game unbeaten league run at Sandy last weekend travel to Crawley Road to face seventh place Woburn Lions. Still very much in the promotion race are third place Henlow and for them it's home Groveside action where they will be fully expecting to collect all three points on offer from the visiting bottom of the table Bromham United and at Ickleford Playing Fields, sixth place hosts Marabese Ceramics face fifth place Sandy who will hit the road in search of their third consecutive away win to keep them in the promotion race.

Other action comes at Grange Road, the venue at which hosts Bedford Sports Athletic take on bottom of the table Bromham United and at The Warren, Elstow Abbey are visited by second from bottom of the table Shefford Town & Campton Reserves.

Whilst at Woodlands for the sixth 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.

In Division Two perhaps more than half the teams still have a realistic chance of claiming one of the highly sought after promotion spots, so if you are one of those sides then collecting all three points from your home encounters is a must as I'm sure the teams involved will need no reminding. At Winston Crescent for current league leaders Clifton now unbeaten in their last six home starts of which the last five have been won the visitors are Potton United Reserves who with six wins from their nine away outings to date will provide a stern test for the home side and at Mill Lane, second place Potton Town will hope to return to winning ways when called upon by second from bottom of the table Renhold United Reserves who are yet to win on the road this season.

Other promotion candidates enjoying home advantage will be Queens Park Crescents in Mowsbury Park when they are called upon by bottom of the table Riseley Sports who like Renhold United Reserves still await their first away win of the season and at Crawley Road for Cranfield United in search of the their third home win on the bounce the visitors are Co-op Sports who have won just twice on the road all season. Whilst over at Everton Playing Fields, Great Barford will be in quest of their fourth consecutive home win when called by AFC Harlington whose lone away win of the season came surprisingly at Clifton back in early October.

The lone promotion hopeful hitting the road are third place AFC Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves who journey to Hillgrounds for a 3G surface outing against the hosting ninth place AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves.

The Division Three title race now already looks to be a straight battle between Meltis Albion and Stevington and for both this weekend it's home action. At Miller Road, current league leaders Meltis Albion will seek to retain their 100% home record when called upon by third place Elstow Abbey Reserves who have won all of their last six away starts to suggest they will be a stern test for the Albion. Whilst second place Stevington at their Playing Field headquarters where they have won their last six games receive a visit from eighth place Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves.

For fourth place Westoning it's home action at Greenfield Road against Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves who have collected just four league points on the road all season and for sixth place Kempston Athletic its away action against the hosting Kempston Hammers Sports who of course they share the base at Cutler Hammer with.

Other action comes at the Hockey Centre, the venue at which fifth Bedford Panthers take on ninth place Wilstead Reserves and in Hillgrounds, Kempston Con Club Sports will look to end a run of two consecutive home defeats when called upon by bottom of the table Clifton Reserves who are still in search of their first league away win of the season.

In Division Four the title race is now rapidly turning into a three way battle and this weekend for current league leaders FC Houghton its the quest to retain their seasons unbeaten home ways at Moore Crescent when called upon by Atletico Europa. Whilst for second place Meltis Albion Reserves who trail them on goal difference only its a trip on the road to Bedford Road Recreation Ground to be hosted by Sandy Reserves.

The third club in the title mix are Clapham Sports and for them now unbeaten in their last nine starts it's home action at King George VI Playing Fields against bottom of the table Shefford Town & Campton whose away record to date read, played eight, lost eight.

Over at Blunham Playing Fields, where hosts Bedford Park Rangers are now on a three game unbeaten run the visitors are Wootton Village. Whilst at Harvey Close, second from bottom of the table Caldecote A now on a three game losing home run play hosts to eighth place Cranfield United Reserves.

Other action comes on the 3G surface at Redborne School where sixth place Flitwick Town Reserves look to make it six wins on the bounce as they go into local derby action against Dinamo Flitwick who have not won on the road since winning at Cranfield United Reserves in early December and it's also local derby action at Sandye Place Academy, the venue at which seventh place Mid Beds Tigers look for their fourth consecutive home win against fifth place Moggerhanger United.

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