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Sunday 16th March 2014
Premier Division supported by Sportsform title race now back in the melting pot.
Premier Division Supported by Sportsform
AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College hopes of landing the league title took a step in the wrong direction when they were beaten 1-0 at Renhold United. Mark Reed netting the games lone goal. Now just nine points behind them in second place and with four games in hand are Shillington who returned to winning ways with a 3-1 home victory over Pavenham. Adrain Fontenelle,Chris Slough and Mark Skidmore hitting the back of the net against a lone reply via James Owen.
Just three points behind the Shills in third spot but with a game in hand are AFC Oakley Sports M&DH who won their fourth consecutive away game with a 2-0 victory at Lidlington United Sports to place a major dent in their hosts own championship dreams who now sit in sixth place, 14 points adrift of the league leaders but with only four games in hand. Ali Smith and Martin Danobrega scoring the vital goals.
The biggest winners of the day were Wootton Blue Cross who netted a 5-1 home win over Caldecote. Nathan Mallett netting twice alongside single strikes from Phil Matthews, Carl Ibbotson and James Fletcher against a lone Nathan Buckland reply.
Elsewhere it ended all square at 1-1 on the Green in the Ickwell & Old Warden v Flitwick Town encounter. Dean Hamiton netting for the home side and Richie Bevan for the visitors.
Britannia Cup Second Round
Wilstead made progress into the Semi-final of this seasons competition when they won 3-1 at Sharnbrook. Adam Budek netting twice and Paul Jones once against a lone home reply via Leon Taylor. Joining them at the last four stage will be Shefford Town & Campton who emerged 2-1 extra time winners at Marston Shelton Rovers. Michael Jones shooting the Town ahead on the hour mark before the Rovers via Alan Henman struck in the 78th minute to take the game into extra time where up popped Tom Scurfield to net the winner in the opening half.
Eastcotts AFC missed the chance to go to the top of the division one league table when beaten 2-1 at Elstow Abbey. Kaylan Wilson did shoot them into a 41st minute lead but the Abbey won the points after Myles Ferraro levelled matters in the 65th minute and Dom Parrella hit the winner five minutes from time.
Elsewhere, Marabese Ceramics are now unbeaten in their last six outings after netting a 3-1 home victory over Brickhill Tigers. John Vooght, Colin Stanley and Richard Follano on the scoresheet against a lone Tigers reply via Garry Russon.
Centenary Cup Quarter-Finals
Joining Henlow in the Semi-final hat will be Sandy, Shefford Town & Campton Reserves and Sundon Park Rangers after their second round wins. Sandy romping to a 7-0 victory at Bromham United via a Liam Brophy brace plus strikes from Jonnie Stratford, Ryan Gregory, Phil Beall and Matty Brown to go alongside an own goal. Whilst Shefford Town & Campton Reserves pulled off the shock of the day with a 3-0 home win over AFC Turvey thanks to goals from Ryan Dobson, Simon Castle and Jordan Darodna.
For Sundon Park Rangers it was a 2-1 win at Bedford Sports Athletic. The home side taking the lead via James Munns in the opening half before goals from Luke Blackburn and Samuel Kehinde in the closing 10 minutes won the day for the Rangers.
Great Barford are now up into fifth place in the league table after they made it seven wins on the bounce with a 3-1 home victory over Kings AFC. Michael Pickard, Gary Canzano and Tom Hobbs netting the goals against a Kings reply from Chris Greene. Whilst Potton United Reserves ran out 4-0 home winners over second from bottom of the table Renhold United Reserves. Steve Gibbons, Elliot Irvine, Alex Howarth and Sam King all finding the back of the net.
Elsewhere, AFC Harlington and AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves shared the points in a 2-2 draw. Stephen Garner netting twice for the home side against Town replies from Andrew Sherratt and Tim Monomano.
Jubilee Cup Quarter-Finals
All three ties were to go to the way of the home side. For Queens Park Crescents thanks to a brace of goals from Shezad Sattar and a strike from Shahinur Rahman it was a 3-0 win over Potton Town. Whilst AFC Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves ran out 3-1 winners over Clifton. Rhys Allen, John Hislop and Jim Grandidge on the scoresheet against a lone reply from James Fuller and for Cranfield United it was a 1-0 victory over Riseley Sports. Ben Thomas netting the goal just five minutes from time.
Stevington missed the chance to close the gap at the head of the league table to just two points on Meltis Albion when they were beaten 5-2 at home by now third place Westoning. Nick Shirley with a brace plus Glen Cooksley, Tayler Clayton and Ben Dashwood on the winners scoresheet against a home brace in reply via Sam King.
For Kempston Hammers Sports it was home win number five on the bounce with a 3-1 victory over Elstow Abbey Reserves. Ahead via a Martin Bennett goal in the 23rd minute the Hammers were pegged back when Matt Poulton netted for the Abbey in time added on in the home half until the points were won with goals from Nick Tysoe in 73rd minute and Bennett netting his second of the afternoon two minutes later.
At the bottom end of the table, AFC Bush lifted themselves off the basement spot at the expense of the Watson Shield playing Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves with a 5-2 home win over Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves. Sam Keely netting twice alongside single strikes from Kian Marashi, Thomas Donnerly and Alex Giscombe against a brace in reply from Joe Sams.
Whilst third from bottom of the table Clifton Reserves took their unbeaten home ways up to four games with a 3-1 home victory over Kempston Athletic. Charlie Watson, Adam Norris and Gavin Stackman on the scoresheet against a lone Athletic reply from Christopher Lau.
Watson Shield Quarter-Finals
The shock of the day saw Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves emerge 3-2 extra time winners at Bedford Panthers. Matthew Bruney netting twice and Ben Parratt once against home replies via Aaron Perrett and Owen Ward. Whilst for Meltis Albion it was a 7-0 home win over Wilstead Reserves. Asa Garlick netting twice to go alongside single strikes from Sylvester Mulenga, Daniel Smith, Kieran Walsh and Callum Stuart.
Flitwick Town Reserves are now up into fourth place in the league table after they claimed their seventh win on the bounce with a 4-3 victory at Bedford Park Rangers. David Lyons netting three times and Ben Ward once against home replies via Tony Anyanwu, Darren Ashpole and Elliot Stamp. This win jumping them above Wootton Village who were beaten 2-0 at Atletico Europa for whom Raiqwan Joseph and Garry Townsend netted.
The biggest winners of the day and now just goal difference shy of league leaders FC Houghton were Meltis Albion who retained their seasons unbeaten home ways with a 7-2 victory over bottom of the table Shefford Town & Campton A who have now lost their last 12 games. Craig Damon and Daniel Taylor both netting twice alongside single goals for Damon Hazelwood, Adam Cranney and David Bevan against two in reply from Sam Larsen.
Whist after nine straight defeats Caldecote A returned to winning ways with a 5-1 home victory over Dinamo Flitwick. Simon Ashton with a brace plus an own goal and strikes from Matt Basta and Ben Smith only being replied to once by Oliver Collar.
The Sandy derby was to go the way of the home side Sandy Reserves who claimed their third win on the bounce with a 4-3 victory over Mid Beds Tigers. Chris Gregory, Max O'Keefe, Carl Mercer and an own goal doing the damage against Tigers replies via James Vallom, Greoge Melrose and Jack Truett.
Elsewhere, Cranfield United Reserves were 2-1 home winners over Moggerhanger United. Jordan Appleton and Max Marsh on the scoresheet against a lone reply from Gareth White.
Preview for Saturday 22nd March 2014
Premier Division supported by Sportsform action this weekend at Hillgrounds sees league leaders AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College go into home action against Flitwick Town in what will a dress rehearsal for their forthcoming Britannia Cup Semi-final tie to be held at the same venue. Whilst at Lodge Road, bottom of the table Sharnbrook will receive a league visit from fifth place Wilstead just seven days after the clubs clashed in the second round of the Britannia Cup which saw the visitors win 3-1.
Over at Oakley Playing Fields, third place hosts AFC Oakley Sports M&DH meet Lidlington United Sports for the second weekend running having secured a 2-0 victory at Hurst Grove to climb above them in the league table.
Whilst eighth Marston Shelton Rovers at the time of writing now on a four game winning league run ( they face Wootton Blue Cross on Wednesday evening ) will look to keep themselves in the title race by securing all three points from their visit to the Green to face Ickwell & Old Warden. However, with the hosts having lost just the once on home soil all season this will be no easy task.
Other action comes at Pavenham Playing Fields, the venue at which tenth place Pavenham entertain fourth place Renhold United and over at Rectory Road, seveth place Shefford Town & Campton will be looking for home win number three on the bounce and extension of their unbeaten league ways up to five games when called upon by a Wootton Blue Cross side that has won just the once on the road in league action all season.
The top game on paper in Division One takes place at Weston Park where second place Eastcotts AFC will be defending their seasons unbeaten home ways against sixth place Sandy who are not only unbeaten in their last four league outings but also far from out of the promotion race themselves.
For the other promotion hopefuls, the three points might just be a little easier to collect. In Stockwood Park, league leaders Sundon Park Rangers despite losing three of their last four home games should collect the maximum points from the visiting Woburn Lions. Whilst title favourites AFC Turvey having been beaten just the twice on the road all season will be confident of a three point haul from their visit to Woodlands where they will be hosted by second from bottom of the table Brickhill Tigers.
Still in the promotion race of course are third place Henlow and for them its a trip to Grange Road to be hosted by Bedford Sports Athletic. Whilst other action comes at Bromham Playing Fields, the venue at which bottom of the table Bromham United seek their first league win of the season against the visiting Elstow Abbey who have now lost seven of their last nine away league encounters and at Ickleford Playing Fields, fifth place Marabese Ceramics receive a visit from a Shefford Town & Campton Reserves side who are now on a four game unbeaten league run.
In Division Two for league leaders Clifton it will be the quest of home win number seven on the bounce when they are visited at their Whiston Crescent base by a AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves side who have won just the once on the road in league action all season. Whilst for second place Potton Town having lost their last two away league outings its a trip to New Grounds to face tenth place AFC Harlington.
With third place AFC Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves sitting the afternoon out, fourth place Queens Park Crescents will jump above them in the standings should they extend their unbeaten league ways up to eight games when they journey to Renhold Playing Fields to be hosted by second from bottom of the table Renhold United Reserves. Whilst still not out of the promotion race are both sixth place Cranfield United and fifth place Great Barford who go head to head against each other at Crawley Road, the hosting United looking for their seventh league win on the bounce and the visitors their fourth away win on the bounce to take their winning ways up to eight games.
Other action comes at The Hollow, the venue at which hosts Potton United Reserves should collect the full three points from the visiting bottom of the table Riseley Sports whose away league record to date reads, played 8, lost 8, and at Solway Road North, eleventh place Co-op Sports seek home win number three on the bounce when called upon by eighth place Kings AFC.
In Division Three for league leaders Meltis Albion its a trip to the Hockey Centre to be hosted by Bedford Panthers. The Albion in quest of league win number nine on the bounce, whilst the hosting Panthers strive for their third consecutive league home win. Whilst for fourth place Elstow Abbey Reserves its home action at the Warren against a Clifton Reserves side who have won just the once on the road in league action all season.
Still very much in the promotion race are third place Westoning who head to Marston Playing Fields to be hosted by sixth place Marston Shelton Rovers. Whilst at Hillgrounds on the 3G surface, second from bottom of the table AFC Bush receive a visit from a Kempston Hammers side who are yet to win on the road in league action this season.
Other action coming in the form of a local derby at Cutler Hammer, the venue at which hosts Kempston Athletic will look to take their unbeaten home ways up to four games against the visiting Kempston Con Club Sports and at Jubilee Playing Fields, Wilstead Reserves look for just their third home win of the season when called upon by bottom of the table Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves who last won on the road in league action back in mid-October at Kempston Con Club Sports.
The Division Four league programme consists of just four games but it does give Meltis Albion Reserves a chance to climb to the top of the table should they at Miller Road retain their seasons unbeaten home ways against the visiting Dinamo Flitwick.Whilst at Wootton Playing Fields it will be a major shock should hosts Wootton Village not collect the full three points from the visiting third from bottom of the table Caldecote A who will at the final whistle be completing their 2013-14 season.
Other action coming at Bedford Road Recreation Ground, the venue at which Sandy Reserves take on a Atletico Europa side who have lost their last three away league encounters and at Digswell Playing Fields, bottom of the table Shefford Town & Campton A now on a 12 game losing run look to make it 13th time lucky when called upon by Mid Beds Tigers who will be in search of their first away league win of 2014.
Away from the league there is action in the Quarter-final of this seasons Watson Shield. At Moore Crescent, division four league leaders FC Houghton should progress into the Semi-final hat at the expense of the visiting Moggerhanger United and over at their Playing Field headquarters, division three title chasers Stevington are visited by division four title chasers Clapham Sports who will fancy their chances of causing an upset.