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Sunday 23rd March 2014
It's game number lucky 13 for Shefford Town & Campton A.
Premier Division supported by Sportsform

AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College's lead at the head of the Premier Division supported by Sportsform league table is now back up to nine points following their 2-1 home win over Flitwick Town. Danny Pilgrim and Paul Garrett netting the goals against a lone reply via Liam Keane.

However, still very much in the title race are third place AFC Oakley Sports M&DH who with five games in hand on the league leaders sit just 12 points adrift of them following their 1-0 home success over Lidlington United Sports thanks to a goal from Robbie Alder.

For fourth place Renhold United it was a 3-1 away win at Pavenham. Tommy Foyle netting twice and Ollie Housden once against a home reply from Tim Bowers. Also winning on the road were Wilstead who emerged 5-3 victors at bottom of the table Sharnbrook. Paul Jones and Greg Turnball both netting twice alongside a goal from Adam Budek to bring up the nap hand against home replies via an own goal plus strikes from Sam Cross and Luke Barnett.

Elsewhere, Shefford Town & Campton took their unbeaten ways up to five games by sharing the spoils in a 2-2 home draw with Wootton Blue Cross. Michael Jones netting both goals against replies from Ian Buckingham and Ed Skinner. Whilst Ickwell & Old Warden extended their unbeaten home ways to four games with a 3-1 victory over Marston Shelton Rovers. Lee Threadgold netting all three goals against a Rovers reply from Antony Henham.

Division One

Eastcotts AFC duly retained their seasons unbeaten home ways to move onto the top of the division one league table with a 3-0 win over Sandy. Ciaran Alexander, Kaylan Wilson and Harvey Puddifoot netting the goals to take them to their fifth consecutive home win. Losing out on that top spot and now down into third place are Sundon Park Rangers following their 3-2 home defeat at the hands of Woburn Lions. Martin Holland with a brace plus Dan Mclaren netting for the Lions against home replies via a Lewis Edward penalty and Steve Farkas.

The new occupiers of second spot and firm title favourites are AFC Turvey who won 5-0 at Brickhill Tigers.Courtney Boughton with a brace plus single strikes from Adam Boughton, Harry Ellis and Lawrence Bentham bringing up the nap hand to move their club to within three points of the new league leaders having played three games fewer.

Moving ever nearer the promotion race are now fourth place Marabese Ceramics who are now unbeaten in their last seven starts after scoring a 5-1 home win over Shefford Town & Campton Reserves. John Vooght with a hat-trick and Kevin Fehmi with a brace seeing their goals only replied to once by Simon Castle.

However, the biggest win of the day belonged to Elstow Abbey who won 6-0 at bottom of the table Bromham United. Just 1-0 up at the break following a 25th minute goal from Dom Parrella the points were quickly sealed with goals from Myles Ferraro two minutes into the new half and Dave McCarthy three minutes later to race them 3-0 up. It became 4-0 when Steve Capener struck in the 67th minute and 5-0 when Ferraro netted his second of the afternoon five minutes later. However, the best goal was reserved until last via a free kick from Jason Harrison from within his own half 13 minutes from time.

Meanwhile, Henlow's hopes of a top two finish took a knock when they were beaten 4-1 at Bedford Sports Athletic. 0-0 at the break, a hat-trick for Ashley Mead and a goal for James Munns arrived in the second period for the Athletic against a lone reply via Max McMillen.

Division Two

In Division Two, Potton Town moved back onto the top of the league table on goal difference despite being held to a 2-2 draw at AFC Harlington. James Pyman netting both their goals against home replies via Stephen Garner and Jack Archer. Town's place at the top of the standings confirmed following the start of play leaders Clifton having their eight game unbeaten league run ended when going down 2-0 at home against AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves for whom Justin Sturiolo and Tom Marvin netted.

With third place AFC Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves sitting the afternoon out they duly dropped to fourth in standings after Queens Park Crescents took their unbeaten ways up to eight games with a 3-2 win at now bottom of the table Renhold United Reserves. Fabio Sattar with a brace and a goal from Hassan Yousaf doing the damage against United replies via Douglas Fann and Earl Patterson.

United dropping onto that bottom spot after Riseley Sports gained their first win in 11 outings and their first away win of the season with a 2-1 victory at Potton United Reserves. Karl Walker and Steve Simms on the Sportsmens scoresheet against a lone reply from Adam Dunville.

With sixth place hosts Cranfield United having won their last six games and fifth place visitors their last seven games it was perhaps no surprise their clash at Crawley Road ended in a share of the spoils from a 0-0 draw. Whilst also finishing all square at 1-1 was the clash between Co-op Sports for whom Conor Sherry netted and the visiting Kings AFC for whom Ollie Plested replied.

Division Three

For Division Three league leaders Meltis Albion it was an end to their eight game winning run when held to a 2-2 draw at fifth place Bedford Panthers. Ahead in the 13th minute with a strike from Kieran Walsh they were hauled back when Tom Wade levelled matters 19 minutes from time, but back in front three minutes later when Walsh grabbed his second goal of the afternoon until Simon Wade netted for the Panthers to give them a deserved share of the spoils 12 minutes from time.

For third place Westoning it was a 2-1 victory at Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves. Nick Shirley and Glenn Cooksley netting the goals against a Rovers reply from Joe Sames. Whilst fourth place Elstow Abbey Reserves ran out 3-2 home winners over Clifton Reserves. Aiden Powell netting twice and Joe Hubbard once against an own goal and a strike from Andy Harvey in reply.

Elsewhere, sixth place Kempston Athletic took their unbeaten home ways up to four games with a 4-3 win over local rivals Kempston Con Club Sports. Billy Mills leading the way with a hat-trick and supported by a goal from Gavin Matthews against single replies via James Coates, Vincent Clarke and Ryan Collis.

Also hitting four goals were Wilstead Reserves in their 4-2 home win over now bottom of the table Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves, all coming after having goalkeeper Lewis Syratt sent off just 30 minutes into the contest. Matthew Johnson with a brace plus Luke Pursey and Luke Prietzel on their scoresheet against replies via George Bellamy and Michael Luke.

Moving off the bottom spot are AFC Bush after they shared the spoils in a 2-2 home draw with Kempston Hammers. Paul Raymond and Jamie Underwood on the home scoresheet against Hammers replies via Jack Cunningham and Nick Tysoe.


Division Four

With league leaders FC Houghton away on Watson Shield duty Meltis Albion Reserves duly took full advantage to climb above them onto the top spot when retaining their seasons unbeaten home ways with a 4-0 win over a Dinamo Flitwick side who have now lost their last seven games. Antony Ursell and Adam Cranny both netting twice.

Whilst Wootton Village are now back up into fourth place after they returned to winning ways with a 4-0 home win over Caldecote A. Kieron Mulkerrins with a hat-trick and Valiant Mudokwani with a single goal doing the damage.

Elsewhere, for Sandy Reserves it was win number four on the bounce via a 2-1 home victory over Atletico Europa. Nicky Albone and Sam Watson on the home scoresheet against a lone reply from Raiqwan Joseph. Whilst having lost their last 12 games it proved to be lucky number 13 for bottom of the table Shefford Town & Campton A who ran out 4-1 home winners over Mid Beds Tigers.Lee Adams netting twice alongside Daniel Bright and Darren Nichols against a lone Tigers reply from George Melrose.

Watson Shield Quarter-Finals

Stevington and FC Houghton will now face each other at the last four stage after they both claimed home wins. Stevington via an own goal plus strikes from Joe Hilyoak and Gorgio La Mura seeing off Clapham Sports 3-0 .Whilst a lone goal from Ashley Randall was enough for FC Houghton to secure victory over Moggerhanger United.


Preview for Saturday 29th March 2014.

Due to the last two Quarter-final ties of this seasons Britannia Cup being played the Premier Division supported by Sportsform league action is reduced to just five games and topping the billing will be the Greenfield's clash between second place hosts Shillington and their near neighbours Shefford Town & Campton who will come into the game now unbeaten in their last four away outings and seeking revenge for the Shills 2-0 victory at Rectory Road back in December.

Perhaps sharing the top billing is the clash at Marston Playing Fields between hosts Marston Shelton Rovers and the visiting AFC Oakley Sports M&DH. The hosting Rovers looking for their fourth home win on the bounce and their third place visitors their fifth consecutive away win. Whilst over at Jubilee Playing Fields, fifth place hosts Wilstead now on a run of four home encounters without a win receive a visit from sixth place Lidlington United Sports.

Other action comes at Harvey Close, the venue at which hosts Caldecote will look to return to winning ways following three consecutive defeats when called upon by Pavenham and at Lodge Road, bottom of the table Sharnbrook receive a visit from an Ickwell & Old Warden side that has lost its last four away outings.

In those Britannia Cup Quarter-Finals at Hillgrounds, AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College play hosts to Flitwick Town just seven days after meeting them in league action at the same venue when the hosts ran out 2-1 winners. The reward for the winners being a Semi-final tie against Shefford Town & Campton. Whilst at Renhold Playing Fields, Renhold United having taken gained four out of the six league points this season from Wootton Blue Cross will perhaps start the pre-match favourites to progress to the last four where they have been drawn against Wilstead.

The Division One action is also confined to just five games with the standout fixture coming at Bedford Road Recreation Ground where Sandy play hosts to third place Sundon Park Rangers. Having lost just the once on home soil this season Sandy could well place a dent in their visitors promotion hopes.

Whilst the haul of three points might prove to be a little easier to come by for two of the other promotion hopefuls. At Weston Park, league leaders Eastcotts should at least retain their seasons unbeaten home ways when called upon by bottom of the table Bromham United. Whilst second place AFC Turvey will be the firm favourites for a maximum haul of points when they journey to Crawley Road to be hosted by Woburn Lions.

Other action comes in the form of a local derby at Groveside, the venue at which the hosting Henlow will strive for their third home win on the bounce against the visiting Marabese Ceramics who will hit the road looking to take their current unbeaten run on the road up to four games and over at The Warren, Elstow Abbey play hosts to a Bedford Sports Athletic side who have won just the once in their league travels all season.

In Division Two the action is headlined by the clash between the top two sides at Mill Lane where league leaders Potton Town play hosts to second place Clifton who will come into the fixture looking to recover from their shock home defeat at the hands of AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves last weekend. Whilst at their Playing Field headquarters, fourth place AFC Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves look for league win number five on the bounce when called upon by Potton United Reserves and over at Everton Playing Fields, fifth place Great Barford are in quest of their sixth consecutive home win when Co-op Sports who are currently on a three game losing away run come calling.

Other action comes at New Grounds, the venue at which AFC Harlington play hosts to second from bottom of the table Riseley Sports and at King George VI Playing Fields, Kings AFC will be expected to extend their unbeaten home ways to five games when paid a visit by bottom of the table Renhold United Reserves whose last three trips on the road have all ended in defeat. Whilst the final game comes at Hillgrounds between hosts AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves and the visiting sixth place Cranfield United who will be in search of their fourth away win on the bounce.

In Division Three for league leaders Meltis Albion its a trip to the Green to take on bottom of the table Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves who have won just the twice on home soil all season. Whilst second place Stevington still unbeaten on the road this season make tracks for Greenfield Road and a meeting with third place Westoning.

Over at the Hockey Centre, fifth place Bedford Panthers will be in action against fourth place Elstow Abbey Reserves.Whilst at Whiston Crescent there is a big relegation encounter between the hosting third from bottom of the table Clifton Reserves who are currently on a five game unbeaten home run and the visiting second from bottom of the table AFC Bush whose nine away games this season have all ended in defeat.

Other action comes at Cutler Hammer, the venue at which hosts Kempston Hammers will look for their sixth consecutive home win against Kempston Con Club Sports and at Jubilee Park, Wilstead Reserves with just three home wins to their name all season receive a visit from Kempston Athletic who have lost their last four away outings.

The top game in division four is scheduled for Miller Road where league leaders Meltis Albion Reserves will defend their seasons unbeaten home record against third place Clapham Sports who are unbeaten in their last 10 league outings. Whilst for second place FC Houghton its a trip to Sandye Place Academy to face Mid Beds Tigers.

Just up the A603 at Moggerhanger Playing Fields, hosts Moggerhanger United will be looking for their third home win on the bounce when called upon by a Wootton Village side who have failed to win any of their last three away outings to slip down to fourth place in the league standings. Whilst just two miles away at Blunham Playing Fields, Bedford Park Rangers will be seeking their first home win in three outings against the visiting Atletico Europa who have lost their last four away encounters.

Other action comes at Crawley Road, the venue at which hosts Cranfield United receive a visit from a Sandy Reserves side looking to take their winning ways up to five games and at Steppingley Road, hosts Dinamo Flitwick look to end a run of seven straight defeats when called upon by bottom of the table Shefford Town & Campton A who are yet to collect a point on the road this season having lost all 10 games to date.

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