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Sunday 30th March 2014
AFC Oakley Sports M&DH the new title favourities ?
Premier Division supported by Sportsform
With league leaders AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College away on Britannia Cup duty AFC Oakley Sports M&DH are now emerging as their most serious rivals for the league title after they won 6-0 at Marston Shelton Rovers to move to within nine points of them at the head of the table having played four games fewer. Alex Liburd and Mark Smith both netting twice alongside Ali Smith and Jack Hoogstraten to record their sides fifth consecutive away win and jump up into second spot in the league table above Shillington who were held to a 2-2 home draw by Shefford Town & Campton. Lewis Hill and Ryan Lewis netting for the Shills against a brace in reply from Tom Scurfield.
Back up into fourth place are Wilstead following their 3-0 home win over Lidlington United Sports thanks to a brace of goals from Paul Jones and a strike from Greg Turnball. Whilst for the first time in six outings bottom of the table Sharnbrook secured a full three points haul with a 4-3 home win over Ickwell & Old Warden. Shaun Barnett netting twice alongside a penalty from Matt Kent and a goal for Chris Prior. Meantime over at Harvey Close, hosts Caldecote and the visiting Pavenham played out a 0-0 draw.
Britannia Cup Quarter-Finals
AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College will now face Wilstead in the Semi-final at Wootton Blue Cross on Monday 14th April after a lone Josh Sturniolo goal from a free kick 30 minutes into the game was enough to take them to a 1-0 home win over Flitwick Town.
For Wootton Blue Cross it will be Semi-final action on the same night against Shefford Town & Campton at AFC Kempston Rovers following their 2-1 victory at Renhold United. Carl Ramsey and Danny Butler on their scoresheet against a lone reply from Alex Woolston. The Blue Cross even having the luxury of Phil Matthews missing from the penalty spot.
With bottom of the table Bromham United failing to raise a side to travel and face league leaders Eastcotts AFC, the gifted three points sees them remain on the top of the league standings by three points following away wins for both AFC Turvey and Sundon Park Rangers. For second place AFC Turvey it was a 3-0 victory at Woburn Lions thanks to strikes from Mark Allen, Harry Ellis and Courtney Boughton, whilst the scoreline failed to be added to by Laurence Bentham who missed a second half penalty. Whilst Sundon Park Rangers ran out 3-2 winners at Sandy, Edward Lewis netting twice and Ravi Jessani once against home replies via a Jonnie Stratford penalty and Tom McGhee.
Back up into fourth place are Henlow who ran out 3-1 home winners over Marabese Ceramics to end the Tilermen's seven game unbeaten run. James Campbell the home hero with all three goals against a lone reply from John Vooght. Whilst Bedford Sports Athletic won 2-0 at Elstow Abbey thanks to goals from Ashley Mead and Simon Pixley.
Potton Town are now three points clear at the head of the division two league table after running out 2-0 home winners over second place Clifton. James Pyman opening the scoring in the 55th minute from the penalty spot before Chris Moore added to the scoreline 10 minutes later.
Jumping up into third place are Great Barford, for them it was an extension of their unbeaten ways up to nine games and their sixth home win on the bounce with a 4-2 victory over Co-op Sports. David Mulvhill netting twice alongside strikes from Reuben Hukin and Jamie Brown against replies via James McMulkin and Craig Ferris.
Still very much in the title race with all their games in hand are AFC Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves despite being held to a 1-1 home draw by Potton United Reserves. Kieran Souter on their scoresheet against a United reply from James Tizard.
Elsewhere, Cranfield United took their unbeaten ways up to eight games to remain in the promotion race with a 4-2 win at AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves. Jordan Appleton netting a hat-trick to go with a goal from James Armstrong against home replies via Humbento Ybonazo and Tim Manomano.
Also hitting four goals were AFC Harlington in claiming a 4-0 home win over second from bottom of the table Riseley Sports thanks to strikes from Stephen Garner, Scott Gadsden, Alex Barnwell and Tommy Lee-Gale. Whilst alas for bottom of the table Renhold United Reserves despite a hat-trick from Dean Hains and a goal from Sajan Khinda they fell to their sixth consecutive defeat 9-4 at Kings AFC for whom Chaz-Lee Martin, Owen Tuffin and Adam Jaques all netted twice to go with single strikes from Chris Green, Craig Mallett and Charlie Bayliss.
With league leaders Meltis Albion gifted three points when Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves failed to raise a side to meet them on the Green they are now nine points clear at the head of the league table in front of Stevington who lost their seasons unbeaten away ways when beaten 3-2 at Westoning who are now just a point behind them in the league table in third spot. Jason Newsham with a brace and Shaun Cooksley on the home scoresheet against a brace in reply from James Bourke.
For fourth place Elstow Abbey Reserves it was a third consecutive away defeat when beaten 4-2 at fifth place Bedford Panthers. Jamaal Dixon, Ben Luke, Gary Philipson and Simon Wade all finding the back of the net for the Panthers against Abbey replies from Lewis Aitkin and Charlie Nicholson. Whilst sixth place Kempston Athletic ran out 5-1 winners at Wilstead Reserves where Gavin Matthews netted a hat-trick to go with strikes from Billy Mills and James Maxwell against a lone reply from Charlie Pope.
Also enjoying life on the road were Kempston Con Club Sports who returned to winning ways to end Kempston Hammers Sports five game winning home run with a 3-1 victory. Michael Darnell netting twice and Ben Sparks once against a Hammers penalty in reply from Sunnie Sandhu.
Elsewhere, Clifton Reserves who sit in third from bottom place in the league table took their unbeaten home ways up to five games with a 3-2 win over second from bottom of the table AFC Bush who have now lost their last 10 away outings. Andy Harvey, Charlie Watson and Cal McCoy on the home scoresheet against Bush replies via Lee Leonard and Sam Kealy.
For league leaders Meltis Albion Reserves it was a retention of their seasons unbeaten home ways and home win number six on the bounce with a 4-1 victory over third place Clapham Sports who were losing for the first time in 10 outings. Craig Damon and Josh St Clair Pierre both netting twice against a lone reply from Johnny Umney.
Whilst second place FC Houghton remain just three points behind them and having played one game fewer after winning 6-0 at Mid Beds Tigers. Lawrence Taylor netting a hat-trick to go alongside goals from Mark Doran, Kelly Smith and Paul Taylor.
Also enjoying life on the road were Wootton Village with a 3-1 victory at Moggerhanger United, Kieron Mulkerrins, Tinashe Chibanda and Robert Ball all finding the back of the net against a lone home reply from Dean Hill.
Having lost their last seven outings Dinamo Flitwick returned to winning ways with a 6-3 home win over bottom of the table Shefford Town & Campton A who were losing their 11th away game on the bounce. Josh Pearson, Matt O'Conner and Gareth Loadman all netting twice against Town replies via Chris Hales twice and Sam Larsen.
However, the biggest winners of the day were Bedford Park Rangers who ran out 10-3 home victors over Atletico Europa. Tony Anyanwu leading the way with five goals, Darren Ashpole netting twice alongside single strikes from Andy Darnell and Elliot Stamp to go with an own goal against replies from Garry Townsend twice and Stefan Tomic.
Elsewhere, Cranfield United Reserves with goals from Peter Hanwell and Mark Woolley drew 2-2 at home against Sandy Reserves for whom Michael Rushton and John Sheppard netted to take their unbeaten ways up to five games.
Preview for Saturday 5th April 2014.
With the league programme now entering its last full month of the season the destiny of the Premier Division supported by Sportsform title looks to be a three way battle and of those three clubs two go head to head with each other this weekend when at Oakley Playing Fields, AFC Oakley Sports M&DH having lost just the once on home soil all season play hosts to Shillington whose away record of just three wins on the road all season is perhaps the reason they make the journey now just third favourites to lift the title.
The third club in the championship mix are current league leaders AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College whose last nine away outings have produced just two victories, for them this weekend its a trip to Marston Playing Fields to take on a Marston Rovers side who have been beaten just the twice on home soil this season and as such will be no pushovers.
Down at the other end of the table, basement club Sharnbrook will at their Lodge Road base where they have won just the three times all season receive a visit from second from bottom of the table Caldecote whose away record to date reads played 11 won 2, lost 9. Whilst on the Green, eleventh place Ickwell & Old Warden who have been beaten on home soil just the once this season play hosts to fifth place Renhold United who will be looking to extend their unbeaten ways on the road up to four games.
There is local derby action at Hurst Grove, the venue at which hosts Lidlington United Sports receive a visit from Wootton Blue Cross who earlier in the season have knocked them out of both The Bedfordshire Senior Trophy and Britannia Cup plus shared the spoils in the reverse league fixture at Weston Park. Whilst over at Rectory Road, Shefford Town & Campton strive to extend their unbeaten home ways up to four games when called upon by Wilstead in a game that is currently known as the battle of the Jones.
The final top flight action comes at Pavenham Playing Fields where third from bottom of the table hosts Pavenham take on tenth place Flitwick Town.
Going into the last month of the season the firm favourites for the Division One title are second place AFC Turvey and this weekend at their Stonefields base they play hosts to fourth place Henlow who despite having lost their last two away outings are still very much in the hunt for a top two finish alongside four other clubs. For two of them its a head to head at Weston Park where current league leaders Eastcotts AFC will play hosts to the visiting third place Sundon Park Rangers looking to maintain their seasons unbeaten home ways.
The other two clubs in that hunt for a top two finish are Marabese Ceramics who at their Ickleford Playing Field headquarters look to take their home unbeaten ways up to five games against Bedford Sports Athletic who have won just the twice on the road all season and Sandy who make tracks for Crawley Road to be hosted by Woburn Lions.
Other action comes at Woodlands, the venue at which second from bottom of the table Brickhill Tigers will be looking for just their third home win of the season when called upon by seventh place Elstow Abbey and for basement club Bromham United its home Playing Field action in search of their first home win of the season against the visiting tenth place Shefford Town & Campton Reserves.
Of all the divisions the most wide open title race falls to that in division three where any of six sides could yet claim the championship title. With their games in hand perhaps the slight favourites are AFC Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves who this weekend head for a meeting at Renhold Playing Fields against bottom of the table Renhold United Reserves.Whilst going head to head at Mill Lane will be the hosting current league leaders Potton Town and the visiting fourth place Queens Park Crescents who will hit the road in search of their fourth away win on the bounce.
Of the other three sides in the promotion race, for Great Barford it will be an afternoon on the sidelines but for second place Clifton its a trip to New Grounds to be hosted by an AFC Harlington side who are now unbeaten in their last four home starts and at Crawley Road, fifth place Cranfield United play hosts to Kings AFC who have failed to win any of their last four trips on the road.
Other action comes at Solway Road North, the venue at which Co-op Sports look to extend their unbeaten home ways to five games against second from bottom of the table Riseley Sports and at the Hollow, eighth place Potton United Reserves receive a visit from ninth place AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves who are unbeaten in their last two away starts.
In Division Three the title race now sees Meltis Albion well and truly the firm favourites with just two possible challengers should they have a blip in form over the closing coming month of the season. One of those challengers being current third place Westoning who are their visitors to Miller Road this weekend, should the Albion retain their seasons 100% home record then perhaps only current second place Stevington could prevent them lifting the title. For Stevington this weekend its a trip to Whiston Crescent to face a Clifton Reserves side who have suddenly hit form and remain unbeaten in their last five home starts.
Down at the other end of the table, basement club Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves are on the road to Cutler Hammer to face a Kempston Athletic side who are now unbeaten in their last four home starts. Whilst for second from bottom of the table AFC Bush its the quest to take their unbeaten home ways up to five games when called upon by fifth place Bedford Panthers.
The fifth and final game in this division takes place at Jubilee Playing Fields, the venue at which Wilstead Reserves are visited by a Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves side who have lost their last two outings to drop into the bottom half of the league table.
The Division Four title race is now perhaps a straight fight between Meltis Albion Reserves and FC Hougton as only a real dip in fortunes for both of them over the next month would allow Clapham Sports to land the title. Meltis Albion Reserves this weekend are on the road to Digswell Playing Fields to face bottom of the table Shefford Town & Campton A. Whilst FC Houghton look to retain their seasons unbeaten home record when called upon by a Dinamo Flitwick side who have lost all of their last six away outings to drop to ninth place in the league standings.
For third place Clapham Sports now unbeaten in their last six home starts its a visit to their King George VI Playing Fields by Bedford Park Rangers. Whilst fourth place Wootton Village with just four away wins to their name all season its a trip to Bedford Road Recreation Ground to face Sandy Reserves who will be looking for their fourth home win on the bounce.
The final action comes at Crawley Road, the venue at which eighth place Cranfield United Reserves take on the visiting fifth place Flitwick Town Reserves who will hit the road looking to take their current winning ways up to eight games.