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Sunday 13th April 2014
Meltis Albion close in on Division Three league title.
Premier Division supported by Sportsform
AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College remain six points clear at the head of the Premier Division supported by Sportsform league table following their 2-0 home win over Shefford Town & Campton. Sundeep Gill opening the scoring after just 15 minutes and Danny Pilgrim sealing the points when he doubled the scoreline 20 minutes from time.
However, second place AFC Oakley Sports M&DH do still have those two games in hand and a better goal difference after they recorded home win number four on the bounce with a 5-1 win over Caldecote who are now without a win from their last six outings. Stuart Haddow did give the visitors the lead but a hat-trick from Jack Hoogstraten plus an own goal and a strike from Martin Danobrega won the day for the hosts.
Also enjoying a 5-1 home win were Ickwell & Old Warden at the expense of Shillington. Dean Hamilton helping himself to a hat-trick alongside goals from Danny Fox and Lee Threadgold to bring up the nap hand against a lone reply from Ryan Lewis.
For third place Wilstead it was an end to their five game unbeaten run when defeated 3-0 at Marston Shelton Rovers who thus ended a six game losing run. Jamie Cerminara netting twice and Keith Thomas once. Whilst fourth place Renhold United were held to a 1-1 draw at Lidlington United Sports. Ollie Housden on their scoresheet against a home reply from Tom Marwood.
Elsewhere, Pavenham ended Wootton Blue Cross six game unbeaten run by recording a 2-0 home win over them. Darren Payne and Joe Mitford goals doing the damage.
Meantime, bottom of the table Sharnbrook took their unbeaten ways up to five games with a 4-3 home win over Flitwick Town.Matty Kent netting twice plus Harry Athherton once against Town replies from Paul Nockels, Liam Keane and James Lewis before a 90th minute own goal won the day for Sharnbrook.
Its as you were at the top of the Division One league table following wins for the top two clubs. League leaders Eastcotts AFC winning for the fourth time on the bounce with a 2-1 victory at Shefford Town & Campton Reserves thanks to a Kaylin Wilson penalty and a strike from Sean McFarland against a lone home reply from Jim Andrews. Whilst second place AFC Turvey who trail them by some five points but having played three games fewer it was a 6-0 victory at fifth place Henlow. Courtney Boughton leading the way with a hat-trick and supported by a brace from Lawrence Bentham and a single strike from Mark Allen.
Whilst with Sundon Park Rangers losing 1-0 at Brickhill Tigers whose goal came from James Field, Marabese Ceramics jumped above them in the league standings into third place when they took their unbeaten ways up to six games and produced home win number four on the bounce with a 4-1 victory over Woburn Lions. Giuseppe D'Angelo netting three times and John Vooght once against a lone reply from Martin Holland.
There were goals and drama galore at the Warren, the venue at which Elstow Abbey and Sandy played out a 4-4 draw. The game more than eventful as the Abbey were required to twice come back from two goals down to earn a share of the spoils with a goal seven minutes into time added on. Myles Ferraro with a brace plus single strikes from Dom Parrella and Ed L'Eraro on the home scoresheet against Sandy replies from Liam Brophy twice plus Phil Beall and Ryan Gregory.
Elsewhere, it was a red letter day for bottom of the table Bromham United who recorded their first win of the season in winning 4-2 at Bedford Sports Athletic. David Baxter, Shane Canzano, Daniel Lupton and Urbano Ciampa all finding the back of the net against two in reply from Lee Andrews.
Potton Town's grip on the leadership of the division two league table is now down to just a single point after they were defeated 5-2 at home by now fourth place Cranfield United who were winning their fifth consecutive away game. Jordan Appleton with a brace plus single strikes from David Adderson, Mark Dring and Phil Kempsell bringing up the nap hand against replies from a Chris Moore penalty and a strike from Chris Cooper.
Now sitting just a point behind them but having played three games fewer are AFC Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves who won 4-2 at second from bottom of the table Riseley Sports. Jimmy Grandidge, Ray Patrickson, Thomas Dickson and Matt Hullett on their scoresheet against home replies from Aaron Goodman and Karl Walker.
Elsewhere, Great Barford's promotion hopes took a knock when they were beaten 4-1 at Kings AFC who are now unbeaten in their last six home starts. Oli Plested netting twice alongside single strikes from Chris Wright and Chaz-Lee Martin against a lone reply from David Mulvhill.
However, the biggest winners of the day were AFC Harlington who won 8-0 at bottom of the table Renhold United Reserves who were suffering their eighth consecutive defeat. Stephen Garner with a brace joined on the scoresheet by Ryan Curl, Alex Barnwell, Scott Gadsden, James Bennett, Jack Archer and James Joyce.
Whilst Co-op Sports are now unbeaten in their last six home starts after beating Potton United Reserves 5-3. Conor Sherry netting twice to go with single goals from Tom Furr, Matt Brunton and Tom Miller with the United replies coming via Josh Everitt Watson, Elliot Irvine and James Tizard.
Meltis Albion are now just one victory away from lifting the division three league title after winning 5-1 at third place Westoning. Calum Stuart with a brace joined on the scoresheet by Asa Garlick, Sylvester Mulegna and Kieran Walsh to bring up the nap hand against a lone reply from Shaun Cooksley. Whilst Stevington took a firm grip on that runners-up spot by winning 7-0 at Wilstead Reserves. Sam Nightingale netting four times, Joe Holyoak twice and James Bourke once.
However, the biggest winners of the day were Elstow Abbey Reserves who ran riot over eight man Kempston Athletic to claim a 9-0 home win. Just 3-0 ahead at the break thanks to goals from Tim Clarke, Chris Allen and Aiden Powell, the tally was added to in the second period by Clarke to take his personal tally up to four, Powell twice to claim his hat-trick and Sean Hendry.
For bottom of the table Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves it was an end to their nine game losing run when they netted a 4-1 home win over Kempston Hammers Sports, Sheldon Washington with a brace supported by single strikes from Lee Pyke and Milo Plaiter against a lone Hammers reply from Martin Bennett. Alas the victory failed to lift them off the bottom of the standings as at the same time AFC Bush were recording a 5-3 home win over Kempston Con Club Sports. Shaun Cafferty netting twice alongside single strikes from Alex Giscombe, Ben Meaney and Jamie Underwood to bring up the nap hand against Con Club replies via Vincent Clark, James Coates and a Ryan Collis penalty.
Elsewhere, Clifton Reserves are now unbeaten in their last seven home starts after beating Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves 5-0. Dan Carroll with a hat-trick and Andy Harvey with a brace doing the damage.
League Leaders Meltis Albion Reserves made it eight home wins on the bounce to maintain their seasons unbeaten home ways with a 2-0 victory over Mid Beds Tigers. Josh St Clair Pierre and Antony Ursell netting the goals to keep them nine points clear of second place FC Houghton who have played three games fewer as they kept the pressure up by winning 5-0 at Bedford Park Rangers, their fourth consecutive away win. Lawrence Taylor and Mark Doran both netting twice alongside a single goal for James Matthews.
For third place Clapham Sports, their slim hopes of a top two finish disappeared when they were held to a 1-1 draw at Cranfield United Reserves. Bradley Winton on their scoresheet against a United reply from Liam Chapman. Whilst fourth place Wootton Village were running out 6-1 home winners over Dinamo Flitwick who have now lost their last eight games.Adam Flynn and Kieron Mulkerrins both netting twice to go with single strikes from Nick Burraway and Tinashe Chbanda against a lone reply from Jamie Burton.
Having won their last eight outings Flitwick Town Reserves were to come back down to earth with a bang when defeated 7-1 at Moggerhanger United. Paul Beith, Jason Kinns, Luke Rudd, Craig Hill, Tom Watts, George Tyrer, and Dean Hill all finding the back of the net against a lone reply from Ben Ward.
Alas for bottom of the table Shefford Town & Campton A their failure to raise a side to travel to meet Sandy Reserves gifted the home side the three points and in effect took their unbeaten ways up to seven games.
Preview for period Monday 14th April to Wednesday 16th April 2014
Topping the action on offer on Monday evening will be the two ties that form the Semi-final of this seasons Britannia Cup.Over at Weston Park, current league leaders AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College take on Wilstead and with the Town having won their two meetings in the league this season they will perhaps despite Wilstead's fine recent form start the favourites to keep their league and cup double hopes alive. Whilst at Hillgrounds, Wootton Blue Cross face a Shefford Town & Campton side who took four of the six league points on offer off them during the season but with both clubs in fine recent form this tie of the two looks harder to call. Kick off for both will be 7.30pm.
Elsewhere, the Hollow home of Potton United is the venue for the Centenary Cup Semi-final between Sandy and Henlow for the right to return to the Hollow on Friday 2nd May to face Sundon Park Rangers in the final. Whilst at Crawley Road, home of Cranfield United its Watson Shield Semi-final action between Meltis Albion and Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves where it will be a major surprise if the Albion fail to progress. Again kick off for both games is 7.30pm.
There is also league action in Division Two at Oakley Playing Fields where hosts AFC Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves will seek to enhance their title hopes with the full three points from their encounter with Kings AFC and in Division Three at Marston Playing Fields, Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves play hosts to the visiting Kempston Con Club Sports. These games scheduled to kick off at 6.15pm.
The action will then move onto Wednesday evening with the top of the bill being the final of this seasons Bedfordshire FA Intermediate Cup at the home of Ampthill FC between Elstow Abbey and their opposition from the South Midland League, Crawley Green Reserves. Kick off for this one being 7.30pm as will the action at Crawley Road between Stevington and FC Houghton in the second Semi-final of this seasons Watson Shield.
Also on Wednesday evening will be a trio of games in the Premier Division supported by Sportsform section. None more important than the Oakley Playing Fields clash between the hosting title hunters AFC Oakley Sports M&DH and the visiting Sharnbrook whose quest will be the points to help them perhaps finish the season off the bottom ladder of the league table.
Elsewhere, Wootton Blue Cross will be back in action when they journey to the Green to be hosted by Ickwell & Old Warden and at Marston Playing Fields its action between hosts Marston Shelton Rovers and the visiting Flitwick Town.
Action in Division Two sees an all important title/promotion clash in Mowsbury Park between hosts Queens Park Crescents now unbeaten on home turf since defeated by AFC Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves back in late October and the visiting Clifton who will of course be looking to seek revenge for their recent Jubilee Cup Semi-final defeat at the hands of the Crescents. Whilst at Solway Way North, Co-op Sports beaten just the once on home turf all season are paid a visit by promotion seeking Cranfield United.
In Division Three there are also two games. At Greenfield Road, promotion seeking Westoning play hosts to Bedford Panthers and at Cutler Hammer little more than the three points and local bragging rights will be on offer when Kempston Athletic play hosts to Kempston Hammers Sports.
The final action of the evening comes in Division Four at Blunham Playing Fields, the venue at which Bedford Park Rangers receive a visit from the in form Sandy Reserves who will be looking to increase their unbeaten ways up to eight games. All these league encounters due to kick off at 6.15pm.