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Sunday 09th March 2014
AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College go 12 points clear.
Premier Division supported by Sportsform

AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College took their lead at the head of the Premier Division supported by Sportsform league table up to 12 points by winning 1-0 at AFC Oakley Sports M&DH to end the hosts unbeaten home record for the season. Paul Garrett netting the vital goal 30 minutes into the contest.

For Marston Shelton Rovers it was win number four on the bounce with a 6-0 home victory and should they win all of their five games they have in hand on the league leaders then they would be just two points adrift. Jamie Cerminara netting three times alongside single strikes from Aaron Franks, Harry Murray and Jim Burraway.

However, perhaps the result of the day belonged to Pavenham who won 3-2 at Renhold United to end the hosts four game unbeaten run. James Owen claiming all three goals against home replies via Delroy Prince and Iain Asplin. Whilst bottom of the table Sharnbrook came within two minutes of claiming their first away win of the season at Ickwell & Old Warden. Ahead via a headed goal from Luke Devine in the 30th minute they were only pulled back when Conor Green levelled matters at 1-1 in the 88th minute.

Elsewhere,Wilstead are now without a home win from their last four outings after being held to a 4-4 draw by a Shefford Town & Campton side who were taking their unbeaten ways up to four games. Paul Jones and Stuart Roberts both netting twice for the hosts against a Michael Jones hat-trick and a single strike from Jake Renney for the visitors.

Britannia Cup 1st Round

Wootton Blue Cross will now travel to face Renhold United in round two after netting a 3-2 home win over Lidlington United Sports. Phil Matthews netting twice and Nathan Mullett once against United replies via Darren Rowlett and James Snowdon. Whilst for Flitwick Town it will be a trip to Hillgrounds in round two to take on AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College after emerging penalty shoot-out winners at Shillington. Ryan Lewis for the home side and Liam Keane for the visitors netting in the opening 120 minutes until Town won the shoot-out 4-3. Jim Lewis, Pete Kouwenberg, Steve Parkhouse and Dan Stafford netting the goals but the real hero was goalkeeper Pete Hyde who saved the fifth home kick from Ryan Lewis after he had been beaten by Jack Preston, Phil Bright and Christopher Slough.

Division One

Sundon Park Rangers lead at the head of the Division One league table is now down to just goal difference after they were beaten 1-0 at home by AFC Turvey. Chris Winton netting a first half goal that keeps his side in fourth spot just three points shy of the league leaders and having played four games less.

For second place Eastcotts AFC it was also a 1-0 away win at Woburn Lions thanks to a goal from Kaylan Wilson. Whilst third place Henlow netted a 5-1 home win over bottom of the table Bromham United. James Campbell netting twice to go alongside single strikes from George Kiely, Keith Milburn and Matthew Rumbellow against a lone United strike from Daniel Lupton.

Sandy remain in fifth place after sharing the spoils in a 1-1 draw at Marabese Ceramics. Giuseppe D'Angelo on the home scoresheet and Ryan Gregory netting for Sandy. Whilst Shefford Town & Campton Reserves are now unbeaten in their last four outings after winning 4-2 at Elstow Abbey. Jordan Robbens on the scoresheet twice alongside Ollie Morgan and Jordan Darocha as they twice came from behind to secure all three points. Myles Ferraro and Dom Parrella the home marksmen.

Centenary Cup 1st Round

Bedford Sports Athletic will now entertain Sundon Park Rangers in round two after beating Brickhill Tigers 2-1.Simon Pixley and Paul Nigro on their scoresheet against a lone reply from Joe Price for the Tigers.

Division Two

There is no change at the head of the Division Two league table following wins for the leading five sides. League leaders Clifton winning their sixth home game on the bounce and taking their unbeaten ways up to eight games with a 3-1 victory over Potton United Reserves. Tony Norman the sole destroyer with a hat-trick against a lone United reply from Josh Everitt-Watson. Whilst second place Potton Town remain just a point behind them after they returned to winning ways with a 3-0 home win over second from bottom of the table Renhold United Reserves. James Hearson with a brace and a goal from Chris Cooper doing the damage.

For third place AFC Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves who are just five points shy of the league leaders but have two games in hand it was a 7-1 away win at AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves. Matt Barnes with a hat-trick, Deep Banghard with a brace plus Jamie Carter and James Cain on their scoresheet against a lone home reply via Andrew Sherratt.

Just goal difference behind in fourth place are Queens Park Crescents and for them it was an extension of their unbeaten ways up to seven games with a 4-1 home victory over bottom of the table Riseley Sports. Ayaz Hussain netting twice alongside Luther Prince and Shahinur Rahman for the Crescents against a lone reply via Steve Simms. Whilst fifth place Cranfield United have now won their last six games following their 5-0 home win over Co-op Sports. Phil Kempsell netting twice to go with lone strikes from David Adderson, Liam Whitmere-Craig and Steve Mullen.

Also netting their sixth win on the bounce were now sixth place Great Barford with a 2-1 home win over AFC Harlington, Gary Canxano and William King on their scoresheet against a lone reply from Scott Gadsden.

Division Three

Meltis Albion are now five points clear at the head of the division three league table after they made it eight wins on the bounce and retained their 100% seasons home record with a 3-0 win over an Elstow Abbey Reserves side who had won their last six away games. Sylvester Mulenga, Jamie Carson and Jarvis Anderson netting the goals.

Albion's lead at the head of the table increasing after second place Stevington failed to take their unbeaten run into double figures when beaten 2-1 at home by Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves. Joe Sames and Carl Borromeo netting the Rovers goals to take them to their third consecutive win against a lone reply from James Bourke.

Alas for fourth place Westoning their home game with Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves will be subject to a Beds FA enquiry after the referee abandoned the contest just seven minutes from time whilst they were leading 3-1 due to the alleged behaviour of the players on the pitch, Ben Walster, Nick Shirey and Glen Cooksley netting the goals.

For fifth place Bedford Panthers it was a 2-1 home win over Wilstead Reserves. Aaron Perrett and Jamaal Dixon netting the goals against a penalty reply from Jim Burraway who was making his seasons debut appearance for the visitors at the ripe of age of 57.

Going nap were Kempston Hammers Sports who took their home winning ways up to four games with a 5-3 win over Kempston Athletic. David Gilbert with a brace plus Martin Bennett, Alex Pullinger and David Banasiak on their scoresheet against Athletic replies via Mo Banda, Nicholas Ememe and Billy Mills.

Whilst Clifton Reserves moved themselves off of the bottom of the league table and above both AFC Bush and Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves by winning for the first time in 10 away outings 2-1 at Kempston Con Club Sports. However, it was far from plain sailing despite the goals from Andy Harvey and Alex Archer-Willey as the home side replied via a Colin Slade penalty who then missed a second penalty before handing over the duties to Michael Darnell who duly missed a second penalty for the home side.

Division Four

For league leaders FC Houghton it was a retention of their seasons unbeaten home ways to draw three points clear at the head of the division four league table with a 5-0 victory over Atletico Europa. Lawrence Taylor and Mark Dorlan netting twice and Nathan Prime to bring up the nap hand. Whilst second place Meltis Albion Reserves slipped up by losing 1-0 at Sandy Reserves, Matthew Wilcox netting the lone goal in the 50th minute of the contest.

Meantime, third place Clapham Sports are now unbeaten in their last 10 starts following their 7-0 home win over bottom of the table Shefford Town & Campton A. Brad Winton netting four times alongside single strikes from Mario Esposito, Johnny Umney and Micheal Woodward. Whilst fourth place Wootton Village were held to a 3-3 draw at Bedford Park Rangers. Andrew Darnell, Darren Ashpole and Gavin Cheema netting for the Rangers against Village replies from Kudzai Madzivanyika, Adam Flynn and Kieron Mulkerrins.

However, the biggest winners of the day were fifth place Moggerhanger United who won 12-0 at Mid Beds Tigers. Gareth White netting five times, Luke Rudd twice to go with single strikes from Tom Watts, Chris Hartwell, Antony Dean and Jason Kinns. Whilst sixth place Flitwick Town Reserves made it win number six on the bounce with a 4-1 home victory over Dinamo Flitwick. Benn Ward netting all four goals against a lone reply from Josh Pearson.

Alas for second from bottom of the table Caldecote A life gets no better after loss number nine on the bounce came with a 7-0 home defeat at the hands of Cranfield United Reserves. Adam Kerr with a hat-trick, Pete Howell with a brace plus lone strikes from Joe Roberts and Ben Thompson doing the damage.

Preview for Saturday 15th March 2014

The spotlight of the action this weekend falls upon the various 2013-14 season Quarter-Final League Cup/Shield ties. For Premier Division supported by Sportsform clubs that means action in the Britannia Cup where the opening two ties take place. Over at Marston Playing Fields, hosts Marston Shelton Rovers having already achieved a league double over Shefford Town & Campton will look for the hat-trick of wins to place them into the last four. Whilst Wilstead will hit the road full of confidence of making it into the hat for the last four draw when they journey to Lodge Road to be hosted by Sharnbrook.

For Division One club, its Centenary Cup action of three ties, all of which have the looks of the away side starting firm favourites to join Henlow in the hat for the Semi-final draw. Sandy hitting the road to face Bromham United at their Playing Fields headquarters, AFC Turvey making tracks for Rectory Road to be hosted by Shefford Town & Campton Reserves and Sundon Park Rangers en route to Grange Road to play Bedford Sports Athletic.

In the Jubilee Cup for Division Two sides there are also three ties. At Crawley Road, where the kick off will be 4pm Cranfield United will be the firm favourites to overcome the visiting Riseley Sports but the other two ties are much harder to call. Coming at Oakley Playing Fields where AFC Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves host Clifton and in Mowsbury Park the venue for the tie between the hosting Queens Park Crescents and the visiting Potton Town.

For the two lower division sides there are two ties in the Watson Shield. Unlike in the Centenary Cup it will be the home side who will start the day favourites to make it into the Semi-final hat. At the Hockey Centre, Bedford Panthers receive a visit from Ickwell & Old Warden Reserve, whilst over at Miller Road, the visitors for the hosting Meltis Albion are Wilstead Reserves.

Elsewhere league action in the Premier Division supported by Sportsform section sees vital games for four of the clubs still in the hunt for the league title and topping the bill will perhaps be the game at Hurst Grove where the hosting fourth place Lidlington United Sports having been beaten just the once this season on home soil will hope to enhance their own title hopes and place a dent in that of their fifth place visitors AFC Oakley Sports M&DH who will make the journey in search of away win number four on the bounce.

Over at Greenfields, the task for Shillington is to end their run of three consecutive league defeats when called upon by a Pavenham side who have won just the three times on the road all season. Whilst for league leaders AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College its a journey to Renhold Playing Fields to be hosted by sixth place Renhold United.

Other action comes on the Green, the venue at which Ickwell & Old Warden host the visiting Flitwick Town who will hit the road seeking to end a run of four league outings without a win and at Weston Park, hosts Wootton Blue Cross take on Caldecote with both clubs striving for the points to steer them away from the wrong end of the league table.

In Division One the league programme consists of just two games. At the Warren, Elstow Abbey provide the opposition for second place visitors Eastcotts AFC and at Ickleford Playing Fields, Marabese Ceramics are called upon by Brickhill Tigers who have won just the twice on the road in league action this season.

Division Two action coming in the shape of just three games and topping the bill will be the Everton Playing Fields encounter between hosts Great Barford who are currently on a six game winning run and fellow promotion hopefuls Kings AFC who if they are to become serious contenders for promotion need to find a way to return to winning ways on the road following two consecutive away league defeats.

Other action coming just down the road at the Hollow, the venue at which hosts Potton United Reserves will be seeking just their second home league win of the season against the visiting second from bottom of the table Renhold United Reserves and at New Grounds, AFC Harlington play hosts to an AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College side hitting the road to end a run of four straight away league defeats.

In Division Three its a programme of four games, at Whiston Crescent, Clifton Reserves now unbeaten in their last three home starts are visited by Kempston Athletic and at Hillgrounds on the 3G surface, bottom of the table AFC Bush seek to take their own unbeaten home run up to three games when called upon by Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves. Whilst at the other end of the table, second place Stevington receive a visit from fourth place Westoning.

The final game taking place at Cutler Hammer, the venue at which hosts Kempston Hammers Sports look to take their winning home run up to five games when they face third place Elstow Abbey Reserves winners of their last six away outings.

In Division Four with league leaders FC Houghton sitting the afternoon out Meltis Albion Reserves will have the chance to draw level on points with them when they defend their unbeaten home ways for the season against the visiting bottom of the table Shefford Town & Campton A.

Over at Harvey Close, second from bottom of the table Caldecote A now on a nine game losing run will look to repair the damage when called upon by a Dinamo Flitwick side who have failed to win any of their last five away league outings and just down the road at Bedford Road Recreation Ground, its local derby action between the hosting Sandy Reserves and the visiting Mid Beds Tigers who will be seeking their first away win since being successful at Atletico Europa some five outings ago.

For Atletico Europa themselves its home Harrowden Middle School action against Wootton Village. Whilst for Bedford Park Rangers the visitors to their Blunham Playing Field headquarters are Flitwick Town Reserves in quest of their third away win on the bounce.

The final action coming at Crawley Road, the venue at which seventh place Cranfield United Reserves will kick off at 1.45pm looking for the first home win of 2014 against the visiting fifth place Moggerhanger United.

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