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Sunday 20th April 2014
Meltis Albion claim the Division Three League Title.
Premier Division supported by Sportsform

AFC Kempston Town & Bedford Colleges lead at the head of the Premier Division is now down to just a single point after they were held to a 2-2 home draw by Renhold United. John Guiney and Josh Sturniolo on their scoresheet against United replies via Jason Allison and Serge Kadji. Whilst second place AFC Oakley Sports M&DH who have a game in hand on the league leaders won 1-0 at Ickwell & Old Warden thanks to a 55th minute strike from Jack Hoogstraten.

Now back into third spot are Shillington who ended a run of five consecutive away defeats by winning 4-0 at Flitwick Town. Lewis Hill netting a hat-trick and supported by a single strike from Brett Leader. Dropping from that third spot into fifth place are Wilstead who lost 3-1 at Wootton Blue Cross who are now unbeaten in their last six home starts. Phil Matthews, Ian Buckingham and Ed Skinner on the home scoresheet against a lone reply from Paul Jones.

Whilst over at Harvey Close second from bottom of the table Caldecote brought their league season to a close and ended a run of six games without a victory with a 1-0 win over bottom of the table Sharnbrook. Conor Smith netting the goal in the games very first minute to leave the visitors now requiring eight points from their remaining five games to climb off the bottom rung of the league table at the expense of Caldecote.

Elsewhere, Lidlington United Sports are now without a win from their last eight outings after losing 1-0 at home against Pavenham for whom Joe Mitford netted the all important goal.

Division One

AFC Turvey took another huge step towards the division one league title with a 5-4 home victory over Woburn Lions. Courtney Boughton and Harry Ellis netting twice alongside Mark Allen to bring up the nap hand against Lions replies from Martin Holland twice plus Aaron Ripley and Dan Mclaren. A result which now leaves Marabese Ceramics almost out of the promotion race despite them winning 3-0 at Brickhill Tigers. John Vooght netting twice and Kevin Fehmi once.

Whilst Sandy are now for sure out of that race despite beating Bromham United 2-1 on home turf. An own goal giving them the lead on the half-hour mark before Jonnie Stratford doubled the advantage three minutes from the break until United reduced the arrears via Rob Byrne 17 minutes from time.

Elsewhere, Shefford Town & Campton Reserves climbed out of the bottom two with a 5-1 home win over Bedford Sports Athletic to send their victims who have lost their last five games into that now said position. Scott Frusciante netting twice alongside Simon Castle, Ollie Morgan and Stuart Pearce to bring up the nap hand against a lone reply from James Wade.

Division Two

The Division Two title/promotion race still involves five sides after the latest round of games, the leading three separated only by goal difference. Currently sitting on top of the pile are AFC Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves who also have at least one game in hand of all but fifth place Clifton who held them to a 2-2 draw. Kieran Souter and Scott Cook on the home scoresheet against Clifton replies via Lee Austin and Tony Norman.

Now up into second spot are Cranfield United who made it four wins on the bounce with a 2-0 home win over now fourth place Queens Park Crescents.Jordan Appleton netting both goals. Whilst third place Potton Town whom of the quintet have played the most games kept their hopes alive with a 3-1 win at second from bottom of the table Riseley Sports. Chris Moore, Charlie Seward and James Pyman on the Town scoresheet against a lone home reply from John Capper.

Also enjoying life on the road were Kings AFC who returned to winning ways for the first time in seven outings with a 3-1 victory at Potton United Reserves. Oli Plested netting twice to go with an own goal against a United reply from Nick Collins.

Elsewhere, the other two games were to finish all square. AFC Harlington with goals from Ryan Curl and Matt Jefferson against replies from Reuben Hukin and Gary Canzano drawing 2-2 with Great Barford. Whilst AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves took their unbeaten away ways up to four games with a 3-3 draw at Co-op Sports. Jerome Smith, Anas Bechkaum and Stanley Goose on their scoresheet against home replies from Tom McMillan twice and Andrew Randell.

Division Three

Meltis Albion are now officially confirmed as this seasons Division Three league champions after winning 3-2 at AFC Bush.Kieran Walsh, Sahr Sheriff-Songa and Sylvester Mulenga netting the vital goals against two in reply from Paul Raymond. Whilst despite going down to a 6-1 home defeat against Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves who now move off the bottom of the league table Stevington are within two points of claiming the runners-up spot. Milo Plaiter with a brace alongside strikes from Ben Parrat, Sheldon Washington, Mark Tobdzic and Adam Toner taking the visitors to their first win in 10 away outings against a lone reply from Darren King.

Now up into third slot are Bedford Panthers, for them it was a 5-4 victory at Kempston Athletic to end the home sides six game unbeaten home run. Gary Philipson netting three times alongside an own goal and a strike from Aaron Perrett to bring up the nap hand against home replies from Nicolas Emene, David Wild, Mo Banda and Billy Mills.

There were goals aplenty at Jubilee Playing Fields where Wilstead Reserves have now lost their last five home games after being defeated 6-5 by Kempston Con Club Sports. Lewis Syratt with a brace plus Luke Prietzel, Luke Pursey and Gary Flower on the home scoresheet against Con Club replies from a Vincent Clarke hat-trick plus Matt Argent, Ryan Collis and James Coates.

Also enjoying life on the road were Elstow Abbey Reserves who won 4-3 at Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves to end a run of three consecutive away defeats. Aiden Powell, Lewis Aitken, Sean Hendry and Tim Clarke on the Abbey scoresheet against Rovers replies from Jamie Cerminara twice and Joe Sames.

The final game in this section saw Clifton Reserves take their unbeaten ways up to eight games by sharing the spoils in a 2-2 home draw with Kempston Hammers Sports. Chris Bunker and Andy Harvey netting their goals against Hammers replies from Matt Dingley and Dan Havil.

Division Four

With Moggerhanger United unable to field a side to travel to meet second place FC Houghton the three gifted points keeps their title race with Meltis Albion Reserves very much alive ahead of their meeting in 48 hours time. Whilst third place Clapham Sports are now unbeaten in their last eight home outings after claiming a 4-0 win over Wootton Village. Matt James with a brace plus strikes from Nick Sepede and Liam Bolton doing the damage.

Now up into fourth place are Sandy Reserves, for them it was an extension of their unbeaten ways up to nine games with a 4-0 win at bottom of the table Shefford Town & Campton A. Michael Rushton, Nicky Albone, Sam Watson and Chris Gregory netting the vital goals.

There was also a happy day on the road for Bedford Park Rangers who won 6-0 at Dinamo Flitwick. Tony Anyanwu and Alex Burch both netting hat-tricks. Whilst after six straight defeats Mid Beds Tigers finished their season on a high with a 4-3 home win over Cranfield United Reserves. Jay Smith with a brace being supported by goals from Daniel Lloyd and Greoge Melrose against United replies via a Philip Distin penalty and strikes from James Fowler and Joe Roberts.

Preview for period Easter Monday 21st April 2014 to Friday 25th April 2014.

Monday 21st April 2014

Today's action in the Premier Division supported by Sportsform section is a programme of just three games. At Lodge Road, bottom of the table Sharnbrook now unbeaten in their last four home starts begin their quest of obtaining the eight points they require from their closing five games which will ensure it will be Caldecote and not themselves who finish the season bottom of the pile, their visitors are Shillington who in having lost five of their last six away outings will be viewed by the hosts as a winnable game.

Over at Marston Playing Fields, Marston Shelton Rovers look to extend their unbeaten home ways up to three games when visited by near neighbours Wootton Blue Cross and at Jubilee Playing Fields, hosts Wilstead will hope to extend their unbeaten home ways up to four games when called upon by Pavenham.

In Division One its a programme now of just three games after second place Eastcotts AFC were told by Bedford Sports Athletic on Saturday evening that they could not raise a side to face them at Weston Park, a result of which means the gifted three points will take Eastcotts AFC to promotion. Whilst at Bedford Road Recreation Ground current league leaders AFC Turvey look for their sixth away win on the bounce against the hosting Sandy FC which will also take them to promotion and within three points of the league title.

It's local derby action at Rectory Close, the venue at which Shefford Town & Campton Reserves play hosts to a Henlow side who in having failed to win any of their last four away outings have now dropped out of the promotion race and at Crawley Road, Woburn Lions now losers of their last three home games look to repair the damage when called upon by Brickhill Tigers.

In Division Two there are just three games, two of which involve sides still with hopes of the league title/promotion. In Mowsbury Park, fourth place Queens Park Crescents now unbeaten in their last five home starts receive a visit from third Potton Town who still harbour hopes themselves of gaining promotion this season despite having played a game more than their rivals.

Whilst still in the promotion race are fifth place Clifton and for them its a trip to Renhold Playing Fields to be hosted by bottom of the table Renhold United Reserves who are currently on an eight game losing run and for second from bottom of the table Riseley Sports its home Gold Street action against AFC Harlington. The fourth scheduled game Co-op Sports v the league leaders AFC Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves already having been postponed due to the home side not being able to raise a team.

In Division Three its a three game programme, for the newly crowned league champions Meltis Albion its a trip to Cutler Hammer to face Kempston Hammers Sports. Whilst on the Green, second bottom of the table Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves play hosts to a Kempston Athletic side who have lost five of their last six away outings and at Greenfield Road, promotion hopefuls Westoning losers of their last two home encounters play hosts to Wilstead Reserves.

However, perhaps the game of the day comes in Division Four where the answer to whom will be crowned league champions could be resolved at Miller Road, should current league leaders Meltis Albion Reserves currently on a seven game winning run gain the full three points from second place FC Houghton themselves on a five game winning run then the title will be theirs. However, a draw will leave the visitors needing the maximum six points from their remaining two games to possibly overhaul them on goal difference. Whilst a FC Houghton victory will make their own quest for the league crown so much easier.

Other action comes at Crawley Road where Cranfield United Reserves now without a home win from their last three starts host near neighbours Wootton Village and at Blunham Playing Fields, Bedford Park Rangers receive a visit from bottom of the table Shefford Town & Campton A. whose 12 away outings to date this season have all ended in defeat.

Apart from the Meltis Albion Reserves v FC Houghton game which kick off at 4.00pm, the scheduled start time is 6.15pm. Any amendments will be posted to website when known.

Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Tonight's action in the Premier Division supported by Sportsform section sees second place AFC Oakley Sports M&DH in home action against Ickwell & Old Warden for the second time inside five days following their visit to the Green at the weekend where they won 1-0 and another three points will see them head into the final round of games 72 hours later two points clear at the head of the league table. Whilst Sharnbrook are back in action at Lodge Road when called by Wootton Blue Cross who themselves will be playing their second game inside 48 hours. Kick off due at 6.15pm for both games.

In Division Three, Great Barford make the trip to the Hollow to face Potton United Reserves in a 7.30pm kick Off and at Bedford Road Recreation Ground, its Division Four action between the hosting Sandy Reserves who look for home win number five on the bounce against a Clapham Sports side who have failed to win any of their last three away outings. Kick off for this one being 6.15pm.

Friday 25th April 2014

Tonight at Forde Park, home of Langford FC its a 7.45pm kick off for the final of this seasons East Beds Charity Cup between Clifton and Sandy. Whilst at the Hollow, home of Potton United, its Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup Final action between Southcott Village RA and FNE Rangers where the kick off is 7.30pm.

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