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Sunday 04th January 2015
Just nine games survive but Elstow Abbey & Clapham Sports are still singing in the rain.
Premier Division supported by Sportsform
The biggest winner of the day turned out to be the rain with the scheduled games, AFC Oakley M&DH v Pavenham; Eastcotts AFC v Sharnbrook; Flitwick Town v AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College; Ickwell & Old Warden v Caldecote; Lidlington United Sports v Marston Shelton Rovers and Renhold United v Wilstead all postponed due to waterlogged pitches leaving us with just action at Bedford Road Recreation Ground between Sandy without a home win to their name all season and the league leaders Shefford Town & Campton.
At the end of a highly entertaining 90 minutes on a more than heavy surface the points were duly shared in a 1-1 draw to leave the home side the much happier outfit despite that opening home win of the season eluding them as this was nevertheless more than offset by now being unbeaten in their last five outings and up to eighth place in the league standings. Whilst the visitors will look upon the outcome as being a major dent into their championship hopes.
It was the home side who opened the scoring just five minutes before the half-time break via James Cooper, a lead they were to hold until Chris Slough levelled matters all square nine minutes into the new half. Sandy then almost collecting all three points when substitute Tom McGhee hit the bar from distance with just two minutes remaining before in the time added on period home goalkeeper Daniel Beall was required to pull off a fine save from Michael Jones to ensure his side would be rewarded with a well deserved point.
Division One supported by Wests Citroen Bedford
With league leaders Henlow having their game at Cranfield United waterlogged off, second place Elstow Abbey took full advantage to climb back onto the top of the Division One supported by Wests Citroen league table with a 3-1 home win over AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves to extend their winning ways up to six games. Ahead via a strike from Dom Parrella after just five minutes they were to be pegged back when Town's Chris Allen struck to draw his side level in the 28th minute. However, Abbey were back in front just six minutes later via Billy Mills who then added a third in the 57th minute to see the Abbey home to a relatively comfortable victory.
Riseley Sports now find themselves unbeaten in their last four home starts following a 3-2 win over Shefford Town & Campton Reserves who were suffering their fifth defeat on the bounce. Paul Brown netting twice and Josh Poole once for the home side against replies via Daniel Bright and Sam Kelly.
Elsewhere, Queens Park Crescents took their unbeaten ways up to five games with a 2-0 home win over Sundon Park Rangers to send the visitors to their fifth consecutive defeat. Goals from Shazad Sattar and Ayaz Hussain doing the damage.
The Great Barford v Potton Town; Marabese Ceramics v Bedford SA and Meltis Albion v AFC Oakley M&DH Reserves games waterlogged off.
Just one game was to survive the rain in Division Two when at King George VI Playing Fields, Clapham Sports made it seven wins on the bounce with a 3-0 home win over Meltis Albion Reserves to duly take them to the top of the Division Two league table at the expense of the non-playing Westoning. Grant Williams, Neil Larham and Sam Maddix netting the goals to do the damage.
The games waterlogged off being Caldecote Reserves v Renhold United Reserves; FC Houghton v Wootton Village; Kempston Hammers v Elstow Abbey Reserves; Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves v Kempston Athletic; Moggerhanger United v Westoning and Wilstead Reserves v Stevington.
With league leaders Lea Sports PSG having their home game against Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves waterlogged off their lead at the head of the league table was reduced to just two points after Cranfield United Reserves ran out 2-1 winners at Clifton. Phil Kempsell netting both goals against an own goal in reply for the hosts.
However missing the chance to draw within a point of the league leaders were Atletico Europa whose seasons unbeaten away ways were ended with a 2-1 defeat at Dinamo Flitwick who were winning for the first time in five outings. Joseph Kwarcinski and Mark Reynolds on the home scoresheet against a lone reply from Sergi Kadji for the visitors.
Elsewhere it was a sharing of the spoils for FC Serbia and Flitwick Town Reserves from a 2-2 draw in a game transferred to the 3G surface at Hillgrounds. Milan Marusic netting twice for the home side and Benn Ward and Oli Banfield replying for the Town. Whilst a lone goal from Matthew Evans was enough to return Shefford Town & Campton A to winning ways with a 1-0 home win over Sandy Reserves.
The other games waterlogged off being Caldecote U20 v Mid Beds Tigers and Westoning U20 v White Eagle
Preview for Saturday 10th January 2015.
Action this weekend in the Premier Division supported by Sportsform section sees league leaders Shefford Town & Campton who still remain unbeaten on home soil this season play hosts at their Hitchin Road base to last seasons champions and third place AFC Oakley M&DH for whom the three points are a must if they are to have any hopes of retaining their league title come April 2015. Whilst for second place Renhold United who trail the leaders by just a single point but with three games in hand look to preserve their seasons 100% away record when they hit the road to face stern opposition in the shape of sixth place Wootton Blue Cross at Weston Park, the home side currently being on a five game unbeaten run.
With there games in hand on the top three clubs fourth place Flitwick Town are still very much in the championship chase and for them its the quest of away win number four on the bounce when they journey to face eleventh place Pavenham who themselves will be looking for their third consecutive home win to take them ever further away from the drop zone.
Speaking of the drop zone, following the withdrawal of AFC Turvey and the removal of their seasons record Ickwell & Old Warden now find themselves back on the bottom of the league table as they journey to Hillgrounds looking to end a run of four consecutive away defeats against the hosting ninth place AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College. Whilst second from bottom of the table Lidlington United Sports will also be hitting the road looking to end a run of three straight away defeats when they head for a Jubilee Playing Fields outing against Wilstead who sit just two points above them in the league standings and who will be looking for just their second home win of the season.
Other action comes at Sharnbrook Upper School the venue at which Eastcotts AFC defeated just once in their last six home outings play hosts to a Caldecote side who following the withdrawal of AFC Turvey will now be looking for their second opening away win of the season and just down the way at Lodge Road, seventh place Sharnbrook winners of their last two outings play host to eighth place Sandy who will be looking for their fifth consecutive away win.
In Division One supported by Wests Citroen Bedford the pick of the afternoon fixtures perhaps comes at Groveside, the venue at which second place Henlow will receive a visit from fifth place Great Barford who have been beaten just the once on the road this season. Whilst for league leaders Elstow Abbey now enjoying a six game winning run its home action at the Warren against against second from bottom of the table Marabese Ceramics who have failed to win any of their last eight league outings since winning at Meltis Albion back in mid-October.
For fourth place Meltis Albion now on a three game winning run its a trip to Mill Lane to be hosted by ninth place Potton Town. Whilst also on the road will be bottom of the table AFC Harlington in search of their first away point/points of the season when they journey to Rectory Road to take on third from bottom of the table Shefford Town & Campton Reserves who will be looking to end a run of five consecutive defeats.
Over on the 3G surface at Hillgrounds, seventh place AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves play hosts to tenth place Queens Park Crescents who are yet to win on the road this season and at King George VI Playing Fields, twelfth place AFC Oakley M&DH Reserves go in search of just their second home win of the season against the visiting sixth place Riseley Sports who will arrive in search of just their second away win of the season on the back of a four game unbeaten run.
The final action in this section taking place at Cople Playing Fields, the venue at which eleventh place Bedford SA play hosts to third place Cranfield United who will be looking to extend their winning ways up to six games in their quest of top flight football next season.
Division Two action sees the league leaders Clapham Sports hitting the road now winners of their last seven outings to face sixth place Wootton Village at their Recreation Ground headquarters. The task of collecting all three points will be far from easy with the Village currently on a five game unbeaten run and beaten just twice on home soil all season.
Whilst at Greenfield Road second place Westoning look to take their winning ways up to eight games against the visiting fifth place Elstow Abbey Reserves who will travel in search of their third win on the bounce and with third place FC Houghton sitting the afternoon out there is a chance for fourth place Stevington to jump above them in the league standings should they take their winning ways up to 10 games when they journey to Harvey Close to be hosted by second from bottom of the table Caldecote Reserves who are currently on a five game losing run.
Meantime over at the Hockey Centre where twelfth place Bedford United have won just the twice this season its a visit from seventh place Kempston Hammers who have won just the once on the road this season and at their Playing Field headquarters third from bottom of the table Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves look to extend their winning ways up to three games against the visiting ninth place Meltis Albion Reserves who with just one win from their last eight outings have now suddenly dropped into the bottom half of the league table.
Other action comes at Horseshoes Close, the venue at which tenth place Moggerhanger United will go in search of just their second home win of the season against the visiting eighth place Kempston Athletic who look to repair the damage of two consecutive defeats and at Renhold Playing Fields, eleventh place Renhold United Reserves now on a four game losing run receive a visit from bottom of the table Wilstead Reserves who are still in search of their first point/points on the road and their opening league win of the season.
In Division Three with league leaders Lea Sports PSG now on a seven game winning run it will be home action at Pirton Recreation Ground against the visiting sixth place Dinamo Flitwick. Whilst for second place Cranfield United Reserves its the quest to retain their seasons unbeaten home ways and win number five on the bounce when they are called upon at their Crawley Road base by ninth place Shefford Town & Campton A who will be in search of just their third away win of the season.
Meantime third place Atletico Europa having lost their last two games go into home Bedford Academy action against the visiting eighth place White Eagles who will make the short journey across town still holding down a seasons 100% away record.
Whilst over at their Football Community Centre base where they still hold down a seasons unbeaten home record fifth place Flitwick Town Reserves face a visit from fourth place and fellow promotion contenders Clifton who will be looking to end a run of three consecutive away defeats.
Also in that said promotion race with their games in hand are seventh place Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves and for them its home local derby action on the Green against second from bottom of the table Caldecote U20 who are yet to win on the road this season. Whilst for bottom of the table Mid Beds Tigers its the quest of home win number one of the season when tenth place FC Serbia call on them at their Sandy Academy base.
The final game in this section coming just down the road at Bedford Road Recreation Ground, the venue at which eleventh place Sandy Reserves search out their first home win of the season against the visiting twelfth place Westoning U20, winners of their last two away outings at White Eagles and Atletico Europa.