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Sunday 20th October 2013
Early exit made from FA Inter-League Cup.
FA Inter-League Cup 1st Round
The Bedfordshire County Football League side made an early exit from this seasons FA Inter-League Cup when beaten 7-1 by a strong Yorkshire Amateur League outfit, ahead via a strike from Ben Charlesworth in the 9th minute and doubling their lead with a Charlesworth header in the 27th minute, the tie was all over by half-time as further strikes from Steven Tierney in the 37th minute and Matthew Jackson three minutes from the break saw them take a 4-0 lead.
However, the visitors had to wait until the 72nd minute before James Greenwood brought up the nap hand which was followed by goals for James Allen on 74 minutes and Matthew Jackson on 86 minutes before Pavenham's James Owen netted the lone home reply right on the final whistle.
Goldington remain 100% for the season and four points clear at the head of the division one table after running out 2-0 winners at Woburn Lions. Brian Day and Chris Huckle netting the vital goals.
Still in second spot are Sandy who ended Luton Boys Seniors five game unbeaten run with a 4-2 home victory over them. Liam Brophy with a brace plus strikes from Jonnie Stratford and Adam Grimshaw only replied to by a brace from Joel Clark.
Now in third spot are Sundon Park Rangers who jumped above Woburn Lions after they maintained their 100% home record for the season with a 5-2 victory over Henlow. Matt Conway leading the way with a hat-trick which was supported by goals from Sam Kehinde and Kane Griffith against Henlow replies via Jo Spencer from the penalty spot and Andy Newton.
However, the top scorers of the day were Marabese Ceramics who are now unbeaten in their last four starts following their 8-1 home win over bottom of the table Caldecote Reserves. John Voought netting five times, Giuseppe Di Angelo twice and Marcello Marabese once against a lone reply from Hugh Jackson.
For Bedford Sports Athletic it was a third win on the bounce to move them up into the top half of the table after a goal from Ashley Mead just five minutes from time gave them a 1-0 home win over Elstow Abbey. Whilst AFC Turvey lost their seasons 100% home record when held to a 2-2 draw by Eastcotts AFC. An own goal and Courtney Boughton marking their teamsheet against replies from Michael Sexton and Tony Milioti.
Elsewhere after two straight defeats Brickhill Tigers returned to winning ways with a 4-3 home win over Bromham United. Ashley Deverell with a brace plus Robbie Graziano and Giuseppe Graziano seeing their goals replied to by a brace from Ben Robinson and Phill Kempshall.
Queens Park Crescents remain two points clear at the head of the division two league table and 100% for the season following their 3-1 home victory over AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves. Shah Rahman, Cameron Browne and Shezad Satter netting the goals against a Town reply from Roger Goff.
For second place Potton Town it was a retention of their seasons unbeaten ways with a 2-1 win at AFC Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves.James Day and Chris Moore on the Town scoresheet against a home reply from Matt Barnes.
With Potton United Reserves sitting the afternoon out, Clifton failed to climb above them in the league standings when held to a 2-2 home draw by Great Barford who were drawing for the first time in a league encounter since the opening day of the 2011-12 season exactly 50 games ago when they were held to a 3-3 draw at Shefford Town & Campton Reserves. Tony Norman and Gareth Boness on the mark for the home side against replies from Craig Gibson and Nick Payne.
Also sharing the spoils in a 2-2 draw were Co-op Sports at home to AFC Harlington. William Foe and John Ashman on their scoresheet against a brace in reply from Scott Norman.
Elsewhere, it was a first away win of the season for Kings AFC with a 2-0 victory at Riseley Sports. Chris Greene and Chaz-Lee netting the vital goals.
With league leaders Meltis Abion sitting the afternoon out, Stevington moved to within six points of them at the head of the league table by winning 5-1 at Kempston Athletic. Sam King, Tristan Clark, Jordan McMullen, Gavin White and Sam Nightingale all finding the back of the net against a lone home reply from Gary Whitbread.
Still in third spot and unbeaten this season are Westoning who netted a 2-1 home win over Kempston Hammers Sports, Jason Newham netting both goals against a Hammers reply from Sunnie Sandhu.
Also winning on home soil were fourth place Marston Shelton Rovers who took their unbeaten ways up to four games with a 6-5 win over Bedford Panthers. Nathan Evans and Ian Buckingham both with braces supported by strikes from Joe Sames and Dan Parkes against Panthers replies via Gary Philipson and Aaron Perrett with braces of their own plus Tom Wade.
Elsewhere, Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves won for the first time on home soil this season with a 3-0 victory over Clifton Reserves. Alex Ingham, Marcus Ingham and Dan Threadgold the goalscorers. Whilst winning on the road for the first time this season were Kempston Con Club Sports with a 2-1 win at previously 100% at home Elstow Abbey Reserves. Clayton Lawrence and James Coates their marksmen against an Abbey reply via Lewis Atkin.
Meantime, Wilstead Reserves lost their seasons 100% away record when held to a 2-2 draw at AFC Bush. Paul Raymond and Alex Grieve on the home scoresheet against replies from Adam Budek and Hanni Thiarra.
There is no change at the head of the division four league table following wins for the top three sides. For league leaders FC Houghton it was a retention of their seasons unbeaten ways with a 3-1 victory at previously 100% at home Clapham Sports. Lawrence Taylor, Shaun Fahy and Lewis Slaughter all finding the back of the net against a lone home reply from James Munro.
Whilst second place Wootton Village remain 100% at home for the season after their 7-0 win over Moggerhanger United. Valiant Mudokwani and Adam Flynn both scoring twice alongside single strikes from Kudzai Madzivanyika, Aiden Medhurst and Matthew Bennett-Cook and third place Meltis Albion Reserves are still 100% on the road this season after winning 3-1 at the previously unbeaten at home Cranfield United Reserves. Dean Cox, Sylvester Mulenga and Craig Damon on their scoresheet against a home reply from Chris Patrickson.
However still retaining their seasons 100% home record were Caldecote A via a 4-0 win over bottom of the table Bedford Park Rangers. Matt Basta with a brace plus strikes from Mark Endersby and Rees Parker doing the damage.
Also winning 4-0 at home were Dinamo Flitwick over Mid Beds Tigers. Michael Bruce-Kirkland and Josh Pearson both netting twice each.
It was also home joy for Atletico Europa and Flitwick Town Reserves. Atletico with goals from Domenico Morgillo and Gary Townsend against a reply from Jake Brown seeing off Shefford Town & Campton Town 2-1 and Town gaining a 3-2 victory over Sandy Reserves. Benn Ward twice and Jim Lewis on their scoresheet against replies from Aaron Seldon and Nicky Albone.
Preview Saturday 26th October 2013
Action this weekend in the Premier Division supported by Sportsform section sees league leaders AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College defending their 100% home ways and seasons unbeaten record when called upon at their Hillgrounds base by third place Marston Shelton Rovers. Whilst second place Lidlington United Sports will also have home advantage at their Hurst Grove base when visited by second from bottom of the table Caldecote who will be hitting the road looking for their first away point/points of the season.
However, perhaps the match of the day will come at Oakley Playing Fields, the venue at which fifth place AFC Oakley Sports M&DH look to extend their seasons unbeaten ways up to six games against fourth place Shillington who will arrive at the Playing Fields now unbeaten in their last six outings.
Over at Renhold Playing Fields, hosts Renhold United will be looking for their third league win on the bounce against a Wilstead side who have now started to hit form and themselves are now unbeaten in their last three starts. Whilst on The Green, Ickwell & Old Warden will perhaps not find it easy to claim their first home win of the season when they host a Pavenham side who will be looking for their third win on the bounce.
For bottom of the table Sharnbrook, its home action at Lodge Road against Shefford Town & Campton where they seek their first home point/points of the season against a Town side who have lost their last five games to drop to just two places above them in the league standings.
The final game coming at Redborne School, where Flitwick Town will be looking to take their unbeaten league ways up to five games against a Wootton Blue Cross side that is yet to win on the road this season.
For Division One sides the action this weekend centres around the opening round ties in this seasons Beds FA Intermediate Cup. Of the dozen ties, just three are all Bedfordshire County League clashes. The best of which could come at Bedford Road Recreation Ground where hosts Sandy receive a visit from Woburn Lions.
In the other two ties, it's home action at The Alexander Sports Centre for Goldington where Marabese Ceramics are the visitors and at Groveside, Henlow play hosts to Sundon Park Rangers.
For the other nine sides, five have been blessed with a home draw. Four of whom will be taking on South Midlands League opposition. At Cople Playing Fields, AFC Dunstable Reserves are the visitors to face Bedford Sports Athletic. Whilst in Mowsbury Park, Brickhill Wanderers will be hosting Crawley Green Reserves and just across town at The Warren, Elstow Abbey will welcome Totternhoe Reserves and despite their SML status their should be a local derby feeling at Harvey Close where Caldecote Reserves take on Stotfold Reserves.
The fifth side with the home advantage are Bromham United who play hosts to Luton District & South Beds League side Jedenaska.
Of those hitting the road, Luton Boys Seniors seem to have a hard task on their hands when they head for a Beverley Road outing against South Midlands League 61 FC Luton Reserves and perhaps even harder will be the game facing Eastcotts AFC who journey to Sharpenhoe Road for a meeting with Suburban League Barton Rovers Reserves in a game that is now scheduled to be played on Friday evening 25th October Kick Off 7.30pm. However, it is noted Barton Rovers have also scheduled their FA Youth Cup game for the same evening thus the fixture could be subject to change. Any amendment will be posted to www.bedfordshirefootballleague.co.uk when known.
Elsewhere its Luton District & South Beds League opponents for Shefford Town & Campton Reserves who head to face Lewsey Park and for AFC Turvey who hit the road to take on St Joseph's.
In Division Two, league leaders Queens Park Crescents will be in home Mowsbury Park action against fifth place AFC Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves who will hit the road to defend their seasons 100% away record and with second place Potton Town sitting the afternoon out, Potton United Reserves could move to within a single point of them in the league table should they collect the full three points from their visit to Hillgrounds to face a AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves side that has lost its last three games.
Over at Crawley Road, Cranfield United after two straight home defeats will look to return to winning ways when they host an AFC Harlington side who travel looking to take their unbeaten ways up to four games. Whilst the same task faces Great Barford when they go into home action against a Renhold United Reserves side whose away record to date reads, played three, lost three.
Other action coming at Gold Street, the venue at which hosts Riseley Sports receive a visit from a Co-op Sports side looking for its first win of the season.
In Division Three, 100% league leaders Meltis Albion hit the road for Jubilee Playing Fields to take on a Wilstead Reserves side that has lost its last two home games. Whilst at their Playing Field headquarters, second place Stevington receive a visit from a Bedford Panthers side who will hit the road looking for their first away point/points of the season.
Its also home action at Greenfield Road for third place Westoning who will be defending their seasons unbeaten ways against fourth place Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves who are now unbeaten in their last four outings. Whilst sixth place Kempston Con Club Sports look to return to winning ways on home soil at Hillgrounds against an AFC Bush side who will hit the road looking for their first away point/points of the season.
Other action coming at Whiston Crescent, the venue at which Clifton Reserves hope to end a five game losing run when they entertain Elstow Abbey Reserves and at Cutler Hammer, where hosts Kempston Hammers Sports take on an Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves side looking for its third league win on the bounce.
In Division Four for league leaders FC Houghton at their Moore Crescent base its a chance for home win number five on the bounce when called upon by a Shefford Town & Campton A side looking for its first away point/points of the season. Whilst second place Wootton Village search out their own fifth win on the bounce when they journey to Miller Road to take on third place and still unbeaten this season Meltis Albion Reserves in the division four match of the day.
For bottom of the table Bedford Park Rangers still pointless after six outings, its home Blunham Playing Fields action against Cranfield United Reserves. Whilst just down the road at Moggerhanger Playing Fields, second from bottom of the table Moggerhanger United are visited by still 100% on the road this season fourth place Dinamo Flitwick.
Over at Harvey Close, Caldecote A look to defend their seasons 100% home ways against a yet to win on the road Atletico Europa and at King George VI Playing Fields, the visitors to face hosts Clapham Sports are a Sandy Reserves side looking to end a run of four consecutive away defeats.
The final action coming at Sandy Place Academy where Mid Beds Tigers now on a three game losing run host Flitwick Town Reserves who hit the road looking for their first away win of the season.