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Sunday 22nd September 2013
Wootton's Wembley dream ends in extra time defeat.
Premier Division supported by Sportsform

Lidlington United Sports remain at the summit of the league table after they extended their seasons unbeaten ways with a 4-1 home victory over Wilstead. Alex Burrows netting twice alongside strikes from Kieran Wills and Darren Rowlett against a lone reply from Kevin Butler.

Still 100% for the season and retaining second spot are AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College who ran out 6-5 winners at Caldecote. All the damage being done with four goals from Danny Pilgrim and a brace from Sundeep Gill in the opening half as they led at the break 6-2 before the home side staged a recovery. Jack Boyd with a hat-trick plus Mark Phillips and Paul Lawrence marking the home scoresheet.

It was also a good day for third place AFC Oakley Sports M&DH who netted a 5-1 home win over Shefford Town & Campton. Jack Hoogstraten with a brace plus strikes from Shaun Barnett, Robbie Alder and Carl Warner doing the damage against a lone own goal in reply.

Now up into fourth place are Shillington, thanks to a goal from Adrain Fontenelle they won 1-0 at Pavenham. Whilst Ickwell & Old Warden climbed into the top six with a 4-3 away win at Renhold United. David Stevens netting twice alongside Lee Threadgold and Dean Hamilton against United replies via a Jason Allison penalty plus Tommy Foyle and Mark Reed.

FA Vase

The road to Wembley for Wootton Blue Cross was to end at the first hurdle when a goal in extra time saw them defeated 1-0 at home by Essex Senior League side Clapton.

Division One

With league leaders Eastcotts AFC sitting the afternoon out, second place Sandy not only missed the chance to top the table but also dropped down to fourth place after being held to a 2-2 draw at Luton Boys Seniors. Daniel Neil plus an own goal marking the home scoresheet against Sandy replies from Paul Chamberlain and Adam Grimshaw.

Now sitting in second spot just goal difference behind the league leaders are Goldington, they retained their seasons 100% record with a 3-1 home win over Marabese Ceramics. Chris Huckle, Marko Tobdzic and a Sheldon Washington penalty all finding the back of the net against a lone reply from John Voought.

Also just goal difference behind the top two clubs are third place AFC Turvey. For them it was a 2-1 victory at Shefford Town & Campton Reserves to retain their own seasons 100% ways. Harry Ellis and Courtney Boughton netting the vital goals against a home reply from Ryan Dobson.

For fifth place Sundon Park Rangers and sixth place Elstow Abbey it was a sharing of the spoils in a 2-2 draw. Junior Ivy shooting The Abbey ahead in the sixth minute until goals from Nikki Buttigeig and Eddie Lewis looked likely to give the visitors all three points until Abbey's Matt Poulton saved the day with a goal two minutes from time.

Going nap were seventh place Woburn Lions with a 5-2 win at Bromham United. Daniel McClaren, Martin Holland, Antony Kostlw, Adam Hinkley and Sam Blakeburn on their scoresheet against a brace in reply from United's Shane Canzano.

Joining the Lions on the nap table were Henlow via their own 5-2 home win over Caldecote Reserves. Russell Ayles with a brace plus Charlie Richardson, Matt Wilson and James Campbell scoring the goals to do the damage against replies from Jordan Goodman and Carl Heath.

Yet perhaps the result of the afternoon belonged to Brickhill Tigers who recorded their first win of the season 4-0 at home over Bedford Sports Athletic. Garry Russon twice plus Kieran Langley and Giuseppe Graziano netting the goals.

Division Two

The division two league table is still led by Queens Park Crescents who made it three wins on the bounce to retain their seasons 100% record with a 3-1 home win over Kings AFC. Ayaz Hussain with a brace plus Fawad Ali seeing their goals only replied to by Jason Attoe.

In second spot just goal difference behind are Potton United Reserves who retained their own 100% seasons ways with a 4-3 victory at Cranfield United. Sam Bonham and Josh Everitt-Watson both netting twice against home replies from Stephen Mullen, Peter Barnes and Jim Armstrong.

Now in third spot are Potton Town, for them it was a 7-1 home win over Riseley Sports. After Sports goalkeeper Andrew Groom had kept out a 2nd minute Brad Smith penalty, it was they who took the lead three minutes later with a strike from Greg Moska,but by half-time goals from James Pyman, Jessie Moyo and Tim Jarman had shot the home side 3-1 ahead. A lead which was to increase in the second period thanks to a hat-trick from Chris Cooper and a goal from Marcus Tait.

Just a point behind The Town in fourth spot and still 100% for the season are AFC Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves who ran out 7-0 winners at AFC Harlington. Jimmy Grandidge and Chris Thorman both netting twice to go alongside single strikes from Deep Banghard, Ray Patrickson and Kieran Souter.

Elsewhere, Great Barford opened up their 2013-14 season with a 5-0 home win over Stopsley Park.Nick Payne with a brace plus David Mulvhill, Ben Stock and Craig Gibson netting the goals.

Also recording their first wins of the season were AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves and Clifton. Town with goals from Paul Garratt and Adam Gadzinsky against a reply from Luke Dolan 2-1 home winners over Co-op Sports, whilst Clifton won 3-2 at home against Renhold United Reserves. Tony Norman, Gareth Boness and James Fuller seeing their goals only replied to by Jordan Kumar and Josh Burnapp.

Division Three

Still leading the way at the head of the division three league table are Meltis Albion after they retained their seasons 100% record with a 6-1 victory at Kempston Athletic. Asa Garlick with a brace plus Alex Clipston, Kieran Walsh, Padraic Walsh and Adam Smith on the scoresheet against a lone Athletic reply from James Maxwell.

Now in second spot are Bedford Panthers who ran out 4-1 home winners over AFC Bush. Aaron Perrett and Tom Wade both netting twice. Whilst up into third spot and still 100% for the season are Stevington following their 3-2 home win over Elstow Abbey Reserves. Colm Lawlor netting twice and Sam Nightingale once against Abbey replies from Sean Hendry and Ryan Stocker.

Slipping down from second place to fourth place are Wilstead Reserves, for them it was a 7-0 home defeat at the hands of Westoning. Shaun Cooksley netting four times, Jason Newsham twice and Luke Cunniff once to do the damage.

Elsewhere, Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves netted their first win of the season with a 5-1 home victory over Clifton Reserves. Jamie Cerminara netting a hat-trick alongside strikes from Dan Parkes and Joe Sames against a lone reply from Adam Norris. Whilst the Kempston derby between Kempston Con Club Sports and Kempston Hammers Sports was to end with a goalless draw scoreline.

Division Four

Not a good day for Wootton Village who in losing 3-1 at FC Houghton not only handed over the league leadership to their conquerors but saw results elsewhere drop them to fifth place in the league table. Paul Taylor, Shaun Fahy and a Lawrence Taylor penalty on the home scoresheet against a Village reply from Adam Flynn.

Now in second spot are Meltis Albion Reserves, for them it was a 5-3 home victory over Athletico Europa.Josh St Clair Pierre leading the way with a brace and supported by strikes from Jake Taylor, James Pickard and Damon Hazelwood against replies from a Tavon Carter penalty plus Michael Mante and Domenico Murgillo.

Up into third spot are Sandy Reserves following their 3-2 home win over Cranfield United Reserves. Nicky Albone netting all three goals against United replies from Lawrence Cusick and Chris Patrickson. Whilst just goal difference behind in fourth slot are Dinamo Flitwick who won 6-1 at Shefford Town & Campton A. Barrie Lee Hannam, Jamie Mercurio, Dominic Loadman, Ashley Bratt, Scott Hannam and Jamie Burton all on the scoresheet against a lone home reply from Wayne Haxton.

Also netting six were Mid Beds Tigers in a 6-4 home win over Caldecote A. Cameron Hall leading the way with a hat-trick and supported by strikes from Jay Smith, Dan Cutmore and Lucas Craig.With the replies coming via an own goal plus strikes from Ryan Ambrose, Matt Basta and James Whitmore.

Elsewhere, Moggerhanger United achieved their first win of the season with a 3-2 home win over Bedford Park Rangers. James Gauge, Dean Hill and Paul Beith on the home scoresheet against Rangers replies from Michael Darnell and Chris Edwards. United finishing the game with just 10 men after substitute Michael McDonnell was red carded having been on the field of play just seven minutes.

The day's final game was to go the way of Clapham Sports with a 4-2 home win over Flitwick Town Reserves. Gary Umney twice plus James Munro and Ben Pay netting for the home side against replies via Martin Byrne and Daniel Stafford.

,Preview for Saturday 28th September 2013.

Action this weekend in the Premier Division supported by Sportsform section will see league leaders Lidlington United Sports make the short journey down the road to Weston Park to be hosted by a Wootton Blue Cross side who sit just three places off the bottom of the league table and still looking for their first win of the season.

Whilst at Hillgrounds, second place AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College should maintain their seasons 100% winning ways when called upon by second from bottom of the table Pavenham.

Currently sitting third in the table are AFC Oakley Sports M&DH, for them it's home action against an out of sorts Caldecote side where you would expect them to retain their unbeaten ways. Whilst at Greenfields, Shillington take on Ickwell & Old Warden in a match that perhaps could go either way.

Over at Jubilee Playing Fields, Wilstead will be hosting an in form Marston Shelton Rovers and just down the road at Rectory Road, Shefford Town & Campton will face no easy task collecting all three points when called upon by Flitwick Town.

The final top flight game taking place at Lodge Road where bottom of the table Sharnbrook receive a visit from near neighbours Renhold United.

In Division One, it's trips on the road for the top two clubs. League leaders Eastcotts AFC heading for Chaul End Lane and a meeting with Luton Boys Seniors, whilst second place Goldington make tracks for Groveside to be hosted by Henlow.

With third place AFC Turvey sitting the afternoon out, Sandy will at the least be back in the top three should they collect all three points from their home Bedford Road Recreation Ground meeting with Shefford Town & Campton Reserves. Whilst in Stockwood Park, Sundon Park Rangers will be fully aware that visitors Brickhill Tigers are more than a match for anyone on the day.

Elsewhere at Harvey Close, bottom of the table Caldecote Reserves face no easy task to collect their first point/points of the season when visited by Elstow Abbey. Whilst perhaps Marabese Ceramics will feel more confident of achieving that same fate when at their Ickleford Recreation Ground headquarters they play hosts to Bromham United.

The final game in this section coming at Crawley Road where hosts Woburn Lions take on the visiting Bedford Sports Athletic.

For the majority of lower division sides the spotlight falls upon the opening round ties in this season's Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup. Of course cup football is all about giant killing acts and the draw has given the opportunity to eight Bedfordshire County Football League sides to achieve a victory over a side from a higher division. Of the eight, six have been given home ties,yet despite this on current league form the upsets may be far and few between. Perhaps the likeliest looking contenders will be division three Bedford Panthers who at their Hockey Centre base receive a visit from division two Kings AFC. Whilst there should be plenty of local interest in the Playing Fields local derby clash between division four hosts Moggerhanger United and the visiting Great Barford of division two.

Elsewhere, division three Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves will on The Green host AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College from division two and Kempston Con Club of the same division take on division two Riseley Sports at Hillgrounds both feeling they could cause an upset with the home advantage. A comment that perhaps also applies to division four Clapham Sports, who at King George VI Playing Fields receive a visit from division three Kempston Athletic.

However, one does not expect division two Potton Town to slip up against division three Stevington at Mill Lane or indeed just down the road at The Hollow for division two Potton United Reserves to fail against division four visitors Mid Beds Tigers. Plus it will be a major surprise if Cranfield United of division two fail to win at division four Bedford Park Rangers.

There are also two all division three clashes, at Cutler Hammer hosts Kempston Hammers Sports meet Westoning where you would perhaps favour the visitors to come out on top. Whilst at Hillgrounds, AFC Bush host Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves.

Elsewhere three sides face opponents from the Luton District & South Beds League. At Whiston Crescent, Clifton take on Square Rangers whilst at their Playing Field headquarters, Renhold United Reserves will be hosting Luton Leagrave AFC B. Meantime, Dinamo Flitwick hit the road to take on North Sundon Wanderers.

There is also a trip on the road for Elstow Abbey Reserves, they journey to North Bucks league outfit Southcott Village RA and there are Aylesbury & District league opponents at Solway Way North for Co-Op Sports.

With all these cup ties taking place, its just a two game programme in division two. In Mowsbury Park, league leaders Queens Park Crescents will look for win number four on the bounce against AFC Harlington. Whilst AFC Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves also look to preserve their 100 % seasons record when they make tracks for The Luton Regional Sports Centre to take on Stopsley Park.

In Division Three, there is just a single game. When at Miller Road, league leaders Meltis Albion look to open up a six point lead at the head of the league table when they play hosts to Clifton Reserves.

Division Four action comes in shape of just four games. The game of the day coming at Moore Crescent where league leaders FC Houghton receive a visit from third place Sandy Reserves. Whilst, Wootton Village will look to climb back up the table when they hit the road for a meeting with Flitwick Town Reserves at Redborne School.

Other action coming at Crawley Road, where Cranfield United Reserves host Athletico Europa in a contest where both sides look for their opening win of the season and at Digswell Playing Fields, the venue of the battle between the league two A teams, hosts Shefford Town & Campton taking on Caldecote.
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