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Sunday 06th April 2014
AFC Oakley Sports M&DH win again to end Shillington's title hopes.
Premier Division supported by Sportsform

The Premier Division supported by Sportsform title race saw AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College retain their six point lead at the head of the standings by winning 2-1 at Marston Shelton Rovers. Danny Pilgrim shooting them ahead in the 20th minute before the Rovers were on level terms via an own goal from Martin Ivy until Aaron Chaplin hit what was to turn out to be the winning goal five minutes before half-time.

However, hot on their heels having played three games fewer are AFC Oakley Sports M&DH who claimed win number five on the bounce with a 1-0 home victory over Shillington thanks to a strike from Antony Richens. This defeat dropping The Shills to fourth place in the standings following Wilstead 2-1 victory at Shefford Town & Campton who were losing for the first time in seven outings. Paul Jones and Phil Johnson netting the goals to take their clubs current unbeaten run up to five games against a lone reply via Andrew Hayday.

Also enjoying life on the road were Wootton Blue Cross who took their unbeaten ways up to six games with a 1-0 victory at Lidlington United Sports who have now failed to win any of their last six starts. Carl Ibbotson netting the vital goal.

Elsewhere, Ickwell & Old Warden took their unbeaten home ways up to five games when a Danny Fox strike 10 minutes from time gave them a 1-0 win over Renhold United and for Pavenham it was a return to winning ways for the first time in four starts with a 3-0 home win over Flitwick Town. James Owen, Paddy Geovanni and Tom Ellis all finding the back of the net.

Whilst the clash between the bottom two sides saw basement club Sharnbrook come from 2-0 down at half-time to earn a share of the spoils in a 3-3 home draw with Caldecote. Jack Gabbitas netting twice in the opening half for the visitors before a brace from Shaun Barnett and a goal from Harry Atherton in the second period were only replied to by Mark Phillips.

Division One

Eastcotts AFC are now five points clear at the head of the division one league table after they retained their seasons unbeaten home ways and chalked up home win number seven on the bounce with a 1-0 win over third place Sundon Park Rangers thanks to a goal from Adam Tully. Whilst second place AFC Turvey who have played three games fewer than the league leaders were held to a 3-3 home draw by Henlow. Laurence Bentham, Daniel Wilsher and Luke Finnie on the home scoresheet against replies from Andy Newton, Russel Ayles and Matt Wilson.

The biggest winners of the day were fourth place Marabese Ceramics who took their unbeaten home ways up to five games with a 5-0 victory over Bedford Sports Athletic. Colin Standley and John Vooght both netting twice and Lewis Emery once to bring up the nap hand.

For bottom of the table Bromham United it was a 3-0 home defeat at the hands of Shefford Town & Campton Reserves from whom Ryan Dobson netted twice and Jordan Darocha once to keep them out of the bottom two of the standings after Brickhill Tigers returned to winning ways with a 1-0 home win over Elstow Abbey. Joe Price netting the lone goal.

Meantime, Woburn Lions failed to raise a side for the visit of Sandy who will now be awarded the points.

Division Two

Potton Town remain on top of the division two league table after they recorded their third home win on the bounce to send now fourth place Queens Park Crescents to their first defeat in 10 outings. Town with goals from James Hearson, James Pyman and Chris Cooper winning 3-1, the Crescents reply coming via Shezad Sattar.

Just three points behind the Town in second spot having played one game fewer are Clifton who won 3-1 at AFC Harlington to end the home sides four game unbeaten home run. James Bennett giving the hosts a first half lead before second period goals from Tony Norman, Jake Major and Gareth Carter took Clifton to the points.

However in third spot just four points behind the league leaders and with three games in hand are AFC Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves who recorded their fifth away win on the bounce to take their unbeaten ways up to seven games with a 3-0 win at bottom of the table Renhold United Reserves. Kieran Souter netting twice and Ray Patrickson once.

Also enjoying life on the road were AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves who won 2-0 at Potton United Reserves thanks to strikes from John Shittu and Anas Bechkaum. Whilst returning to winning ways for the first time in five outings were Co-op Sports with a 4-2 home win over second from bottom of the table Riseley Sports. Tom Miller with a brace plus an own goal and a goal from Conor Sherry on their scoresheet against replies via Karl Walker and Aaron Goodman.

For fifth place Cranfield United it was a 5-1 home win over Kings AFC. Jordan Appleton netting four times and James Armstrong once against a lone reply via Oli Plested.

Division Three

Meltis Albion are now within five points of claiming the division three league title after they retained their seasons 100% home record and took their unbeaten ways up to 12 games with a 6-1 victory over third place Westoning. Sylvester Mulegna netting twice alongside single strikes from Callum Stuart, Kerian Walsh, Shaun Gilbert and Asa Garlick against a lone reply from Shaun Cooksley. Whilst scond place Stevington were being held to a 0-0 draw at Clifton Reserves who were taking their unbeaten home ways up to six games.

Now up into fourth spot are Bedford Panthers, for them it was a 6-1 victory at AFC Bush. Simon Wade with a hat-trick, Michael Bailey with a brace and a strike from Tom Wade doing the damage against the lone home reply from Shaun Cafferty. Whilst for sixth place Kempston Athletic it was an extension of their unbeaten home ways up to five games with a 2-1 win over bottom of the table Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves. Mo Banda and Nicholas Ememe on their scoresheet against a lone reply from Matt Ray.

The days final game in this division seeing Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves win 5-3 at Wilstead Reserves. Carl Borremeo with a hat-trick being supported with goals from Nathan Evans and Jake Cullum against home replies via Jay Hall twice and Luke Prietzel.

Division Four

Meltis Albion Reserves remain six points clear at the head of the division four league table after they claimed win number five on the bounce with a 7-1 victory at bottom of the table Shefford Town & Campton A. Craig Damon with a hat-trick, Adam Cranny with a brace plus an own goal and a strike from David Bevan doing the damage against a lone home reply from Chris Hales.

However, second place FC Houghton do have two games in hand on them and remain a major threat after they retained their seasons unbeaten home ways with a 4-0 win over Dinamo Flitwick who have now lost their last seven away games. Lawrence Taylor netting twice alongside single strikes from Mark Doran and Paul Taylor.

Third place Clapham Sports are now unbeaten in their last seven home starts after recording a 3-2 win over Bedford Park Rangers. Johnny Umney, Luke Stone and James Munroe on their scoresheet against a brace in reply from Tony Anyanwa.

Whilst for fourth place Wootton Village it was a 1-0 defeat at Sandy Reserves who were recording their fourth home win on the bounce to take their unbeaten ways up to six games thanks to a 65th minute goal from Ryan Gregory.

Elsewhere, fifth place Flitwick Town Reserves made it eight straight wins with a 2-1 victory at Cranfield United Reserves. Mark Bartlett and Ben Ward on the scoresheet against a United reply from Phil Kempsell.

Review for Period Monday 7th April to Wednesday 9th April 2014.

Monday 7th April 2014

Monday night's action consists of just three games and two being the Semi-finals in this seasons Jubilee Cup. At Crawley Road home of Cranfield United is the tie between Clifton and Queens Park Crescents, the two sides have thus far only met just the once in league action this season when Clifton netted a late winner to emerge 3-2 home victors and a similar close game would appear to be on the cards for the right to appear in this seasons final at Second Meadow Biggleswade United on Saturday 3rd May. Whilst just down the road at Weston Park home of Wootton Blue Cross, Great Barford face Cranfield United. Again a close fought game is expected especially after both the league encounters this season between them ended in draws. Both games kicking off at 7.30pm.

Please note the game at Crawley Road could yet be subject to postponement, an update will appear on website www.bedfordshirefootballleague.co.uk as soon as possible.

The lone league action with a 6pm kick off comes in division three when at Miller Road, league leaders Meltis Albion will be looking to retain their seasons 100% home record and take a step closer to the league title when called upon by seventh place Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves.


Wednesday 9th April 2014

Wednesday night's action of 11 games is headlined by three Premier Division supported by Sportsform encounters and topping the bill will be the action at Renhold Playing Fields where Renhold United will be striving to end championship chasing AFC Oakley Sports M&DH current run of five consecutive away wins. Whilst at Marston Playing Fields, Marston Shelton Rovers are visited by Ickwell & Old Warden who have seen their last five trips away from the Green all end in defeat.

The final top flight game coming at Pavenham Playing Fields where hosts Pavenham receive a visit from bottom of the table Sharnbrook who are yet to record a win on the road this season.

Over at Crawley Road, home of Cranfield United with a 7.30pm kick off will be the first of this seasons Semi-final Centenary Cup ties, Shefford Town & Campton Reserves v Sundon Park Rangers. With the Rangers having won both of the league encounters between them this season you would expect them to start the game favourites to journey to the Hollow home of Potton United to meet either Henlow or Sandy on Friday 2nd May 2014 in the final.

Division One action consists of two games, for title favourites AFC Turvey its the quest of away win number four on the bounce when they journey to be hosted by bottom of the table Bromham United at their Playing Field headquarters. Whilst at Bedford Road Recreation Ground, Sandy will look to keep themselves in the promotion race with a victory over the visiting ninth place Bedford Sports Athletic.

The Division Two action is again one of two games but both could have a real bearing on where the league title will land in less than a months time. At Oakley Playing Fields, third place AFC Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves now unbeaten in their last seven starts play hosts to a Queens Park Crescents side who will hit the road in quest of their fourth away win on the bounce and over at the Hollow, its local derby action between hosts Potton United Reserves and the visiting Potton Town where the Town if they are going to hold onto their lead at the head of the standings will need to find a way of ending their run of four away encounters without a victory.

The Division Three action comes at Cutler Hammer where Kempston Hammers Sports look to return to winning home ways against a Bedford Panthers side who have tasted defeat just the once in their last seven outings. Whilst over at The Warren, Elstow Abbey Reserves will be looking for their third home win on the bounce when they play hosts to Wilstead Reserves who have won just one of their last eight away outings.

Whilst the Division Four programme is one of two games. Title chasing and current league leaders Meltis Albion Reserves being the visitors to Harrowden School to face an Atletico Europa side who will be looking to end their season with their third home win on the bounce. Whilst at Blunham Playing Fields, Bedford Park Rangers play hosts to Moggerhanger United.

All the league games due to kick off at 6pm apart from the Potton United Reserves v Potton Town encounter which kicks off at 7.45pm.










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