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Sunday 21st December 2014
Elstow Abbey go top of the Division One supported by Wests Citroen Bedford league table.
Premier Division supported by Sportsform

With second place Renhold United having their game at Marston Shelton Rovers postponed due to an unplayable pitch league leaders Shefford Town & Campton took full advantage to open up a three point lead at the head of the Premier Division supported by Sportsform league table with a 2-0 home victory over Eastcotts AFC to remain unbeaten on home soil this season. Ryan Lewis and Andrew Hayday netting the goals to do the damage and ensure revenge was taken for their defeat at Eastcotts just seven days ago.

Also enjoying that same feeling were AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College who in having been removed from the Bedfordshire FA Senior Trophy by AFC Oakley M&DH last weekend, this week claimed their first home league win of the season and ended their visitors five game unbeaten league run with a 4-1 victory. Tim Clarke netting twice alongside single strikes from Paul Obuch and Humberto Mbunazo against a lone reply via Marc Umney.

Elsewhere lifting themselves off the bottom of the league table are Ickwell & Old Warden who returning to winning ways with a 2-0 home win over AFC Turvey who have now failed in win in any of their last 15 league outings to now leave them just one place above the drop zone. An own goal plus a strike from new boy Liam Brophy doing the damage.

All of which means Lidlington United Sports are now back onto the bottom of the league table following their 4-2 home defeat by Sharnbrook. Shaun Barnett, Jim Burnside, Leon Taylor and Richard Bull on the winners scoresheet against home replies from Kieran Willis and Julian Wilson.

For Pavenham it was an extension of their unbeaten ways to four games with a 4-1 victory at Caldecote. Two James Owen goals inside the opening 10 minutes saw them take early command until Rafe Goodman reduced the arrears to give the home side hope just before the half-time break. That hope was to last just 10 minutes into the new period before Owen completed his hat-trick to make it 3-1 and the visitors scoring completed with the goal of the game from some 45 yards out by a Jack Harding free kick two minutes from time.

The games, Sandy v Flitwick Town and Wilstead v Wootton Blue Cross being postponed due to the state of the pitches at Bedford Road and Jubilee Playing Fields.

Division One supported by Wests Citroen Bedford

The new leaders of the Division One supported by Wests Citroen Bedford league table are Elstow Abbey who chalked up win number five on the bounce with a 6-2 victory at Sundon Park Rangers. Ahead in just 22 seconds with a strike from Danny Pilgrim, Adam Carvill was to double their lead from 45 yards just 15 minutes later and Jason Simons made it 3-0 just after the half-hour mark before Pilgrim netted his second of the afternoon from the penalty spot in the last action of the opening period. The nap hand goal was brought up by Sundeep Gill seven minutes into the second half before Shaka Anderson on the hour mark reduced the arrears to just four goals. Alas for the Rangers this was to last for just 10 minutes until Tom Pitts popped in goal number six for the Abbey who then saw Anderson complete the games scoring with his second goal of the contest from the penalty spot five minutes later.

Losing out on that top spot were Henlow who were held to a 2-2 draw at Riseley Sports. Mark Darlow and Karl Walker on the home scoresheet against replies via George Renney and Keith Milburn. Whilst third place Cranfield United took their winning ways up to five games with a 4-1 victory at Potton Town. Pete Hanwell placing them into an 18th minute lead which was doubled from the penalty spot by Liam Whitmee Craig some 15 minutes later until the Town's Chris Moore reduced the arrears just two minutes from the half-time break. However, second half goals from Martin Holland in the 59th minute and David Adderson 14 minutes from time saw United safely collect the full three points.

For fourth place Great Barford it was an end to their eight game winning run when held to a 1-1 draw at AFC Oakley M&DH Reserves, Rueben Hukin on their scoresheet against the home reply via Mitchell Crook. Whilst fifth place Meltis Albion took their winning ways up to three games with a 2-1 win at Shefford Town & Campton Reserves thanks to strikes from Carl Townsend and Craig Damon against a lone reply from Sean Duignan.

Elsewhere for now sixth place AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves it was home win number one of the season 2-1 over second from bottom of the table AFC Harlington. Jake Duxbury netting both goals against a visitors reply from Scott Gadsden

The final game in this division seeing Queens Park Crescents and Marabese Ceramics share the spoils for the second weekend running in a 1-1 draw. Toseef Masud on the Crescents scoresheet against a Tilerman reply via Kevan Fehmi.

Division Two

Just three points now separate the top four clubs at the head of the division two league table. League leaders Westoning having their lead at the head of the table reduced to just a single point following the postponement of their home encounter with Kempston Hammers Sports coupled with the 8-3 win of now second place FC Houghton at Meltis Albion Reserves which lifted them a point clear of the non-playing Clapham Sports. Mark Doran leading the way with five goals, Lawrence Taylor netting twice and Charlie Nicholson once to bring up their clubs eleventh win on the bounce against home replies via Josh St Clair Pierre twice and Asa Garlick.

Just a point adrift in fourth spot but with games in hand on all of the leading trio are Stevington who took their own winning ways to nine games with a 7-0 win at Bedford United. James Bourke, Reece Williams and Tristan Clarke all netting twice alongside a single strike from Joe Holyoke.

For fifth place Elstow Abbey Reserves it was a return to winning ways on home soil with a 7-2 win over now second from bottom of the table Caldecote Reserves. Myles Ferraro with a hat-trick and braces from Andy Klein and Shaun Cafferty shooting them 7-0 ahead before Stuart Kemp netted a brace for the visitors in the games closing 10 minutes.

Moving out of the drop zone above Caldecote Reserves are Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves who claimed their first away points of the season with a 4-3 victory at Renhold United Reserves. Jamie Cerminara netting all four goals against home replies from Lewis Debbenedittis, Josh Crowley and Michael France.

There was late drama at Wootton Village who claimed a 90th minute winner from Tinashe Chibanda to overcome visitors Moggerhanger United 3-2. An own goal plus a strike from Nick Burraway earlier marking the Village scoresheet against United replies via Lee Adams and George Tyrer.

The Kempston Athletic v Wilstead Reserves game being postponed due to the state of the pitch at Cutler Hammer.

Division Three

Lea Sports PSG now have a four point lead at the head of the division three league table after they were gifted three points when Shefford Town & Campton A failed to raise a side to meet them at their Pirton base and second place Atletico Europa had their five game unbeaten run ended with a shock 5-2 home defeat at the hands of Westoning U20. Rex Ludlow netting twice alongside single goals from Alex Bennet, Bryn Reynolds and Sean Cooksley for the winners against home replies from Simon Gatward and Ishmael George.

Now just goal difference behind in third spot are Clifton who ran out 4-1 home winners over Sandy Reserves. Charlie Watson and Andy Harding both netting twice against a lone reply via Jonny Stratford for the visitors. Yet all the leading trio will be well aware that the now fourth place Cranfield United Reserves have games in hand on them all which could if won take them to the top of the tree after they retained their seasons unbeaten home ways with a 4-1 win over Dinamo Flitwick. Trailing to an early strike from Dom Loadman, United were via a brace from Phil Kempsell 2-1 ahead by the half-time break before sealing the full three points in the second period via a hat-trick goal from Kempsell which was added to by a late strike from Ben Thompson.

Also still unbeaten on home soil this season are the now fifth place Flitwick Town Reserves who kept themselves in the promotion mix with a 3-0 home win over second from bottom of the table Caldecote U20. Mark Funnell, Benn Ward plus an own goal marking the Town scoresheet.

The Mid Beds Tigers v Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves game postponed due to the state of the pitch at the Sandy Academy. The result of which means the visitors drop from fourth in the standings to sixth but like Cranfield United with games in hand are still very much in the title/promotion mix.

Preview for Saturday 3rd January 2015

The opening action of 2015 in the Premier Division supported by Sportsform section will see league leaders Shefford Town & Campton on the road to Bedford Road Recreation Ground to face ninth place Sandy who are still in search of their first home win of the season but nevertheless will go into the game now unbeaten in their last four starts. Whilst second place Renhold United who trail them by just three points but having played three games fewer receive a visit at their Playing Fields headquarters from twelfth place Wilstead who have thus far won just the twice on the road this season at Eastcotts AFC and AFC Turvey.

Over at Church Lane third place AFC Oakley M&DH who are still unbeaten on home soil this season will go into local derby action against near neighbours Pavenham who in recent weeks have climbed the league table into tenth spot on the back of a four game unbeaten run. Whilst for third from bottom of the table AFC Turvey it will be the search of their first home point/points of the season when at Thurleigh Playing Fields they entertain seventh place Wootton Blue Cross who are now unbeaten in their last five starts.

For fifth place Flitwick Town now on a six game unbeaten run its home action at their Football Community Centre base where just Renhold United have managed to defeat them this season with a visit from eighth place AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College whose away record this season shows just one league defeat at Renhold United from seven outings.

Elsewhere the remaining three fixtures all have a local derby feeling about them. At Sharnbrook Upper School the visitors to be hosted by eleventh place Eastcotts AFC are sixth place Sharnbrook who will be looking for their third win on the bounce and on the Green, second from bottom of the table Ickwell & Old Warden are visited by a Caldecote side who will be looking for just their second away win of the season.

The final game coming at Hurst Grove where now bottom of the table Lidlington United Sports who have just one home win to their name all season receive a visit from fourth place Marston Shelton Rovers whose lone away defeat of the season thus far from their eight outings came back in late October at Caldecote.

The game of the day in the Division One supported by Wests Citroen Bedford action comes at Crawley Road, being the venue at which third place Cranfield United who still hold down a 100% seasons home record receive a visit from second place Henlow whose away record this season shows just one defeat at Bedford SA from their eight outings away from their Groveside base. Whilst league leaders Elstow Abbey will be looking for their fourth home win plus fifth win on the bounce when called upon at the Warren by sixth place AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves.

Also still very much in the promotion mix are fourth place Great Barford and for the them at Fisher Close it will be the quest of home win number seven on the bounce against the visiting ninth place Potton Town. Whilst for fifth place Meltis Albion who are now on a three game winning home run its home action at Miller Road against eleventh place AFC Oakley M&DH Reserves.

Other action coming at Ickleford Recreation Ground where third from bottom of the table hosts Marabese Ceramics will be looking for their first home win of the season when called upon by tenth place Bedford SA and in Allen Park, twelfth place Queens Park Crescents now on a four game unbeaten run play hosts to seventh place Sundon Park Rangers who will be looking to end their run of three consecutive away defeats that has seen them rop out of the promotion race in recent weeks.

The final action in this section coming at Gold Street, the venue at which eighth place hosts Riseley Sports are paid a visit by Shefford Town & Campton Reserves whose record on the road this season shows just two wins from eight outings.

In Division Two league leaders Westoning who still hold down a seasons unbeaten away record will make tracks for a Horseshoes Close outing against tenth place Moggerhanger United who will be in search of just their second home win of the season. Whilst third place Clapham Sports now on a six game winning run will be in home King George VI Playing Field action against ninth place Meltis Albion Reserves who will be looking to end a run of three consecutive league defeats.

For second place place FC Houghton currently on an eleven game winning run the quest for win number 12 comes at Moore Crescent against the visiting sixth place Wootton Village who are unbeaten in their last three away starts and for fourth place Stevington it will be a major shock if they fail to collect all three points and win number 10 on the bounce from their journey to Jubilee Playing Fields where they will be hosted by the yet to win and bottom of the table Wilstead Reserves.

Other action comes at Harvey Close, the venue at which second from bottom of the table Caldecote Reserves look for their first win in six outings against the visiting eleventh place Renhold United Reserves whose last six away outings have all ended in defeat and at Cutler Hammer, seventh place hosts Kempston Hammers Sports are called upon by fifth place Elstow Abbey Reserves who have thus far been beaten just the once at Wootton Village in away league action this season.

The final action in this section coming at Marston Playing Fields, the venue at which third from bottom of the table Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves play hosts to the visiting eighth place Kempston Athletic who have been beaten in their last two away encounters away from their Cutler Hammer base.

In Division Three for league leaders Lea Sports PSG its home Pirton Recreation Ground action looking for their eighth win on the bounce against the visiting sixth place Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves who have been beaten just the once at White Eagles in away league action this season. Whilst second place Atletico Europa still unbeaten in away league action this season will be hitting the road for a 3G surface outing at Redborne School against the hosting seventh place Dinamo Flitwick now losers of their last four outings which has seen them suddenly drop out of the promotion race.

Two sides still very much in that promotion mix go head to head at Whiston Crescent, the venue at which third place hosts Clifton receive a visit from fourth place Cranfield United Reserves who will be looking to extend their winning ways up to four games and at the Bedford Academy, ninth place FC Serbia winners of their last two home league games are called upon by fifth place Flitwick Town Reserves winners of their last two away league games.

Other action coming at Rectory Road, the venue at which tenth place Shefford Town & Campton A with just two home wins to their name this season are visited by eleventh place Sandy Reserves and at Greenfield Road, twelfth place Westoning U20 look to end a run of five consecutive home league defeats when called upon by eighth place White Eagles who not only removed them from the Beds Junior Cup at the same venue back in late October but also who will be hitting the road still 100% away from home in league action this season.







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