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Sunday 11th January 2015
Shefford Town & Campton lose their seasons unbeaten home record.
Premier Division supported by Sportsform

Following the dropping of two points at Sandy last weekend Shefford Town & Campton's championship hopes were dealt another blow when they lost their seasons unbeaten home ways in losing 3-1 to third place AFC Oakley M&DH. Ahead via a goal from Andrew Hayday the visitors via a strike from Alex Liburd plus an own goal were to lead the contest 2-1 at the half-time break before the points were sealed on the hour mark with a third goal from Mark Smith.

With second place Renhold United having their game at Wootton Blue Cross postponed for fourth place Flitwick Town it was an extension of their unbeaten ways up to seven games when a lone goal from Daniel Stafford was enough to earn them all three points from a 1-0 win at Pavenham who were duly losing for the first time in five outings.

Over at Lodge Road, visitors Sandy were twice required to come from behind to earn a share of the spoils in a 2-2 draw with Sharnbrook to take their unbeaten ways up to six games. Hayden Jones and Shaun Barnett on the home scoresheet against replies from Phill Beall and Jahrome Mullings. Whilst just down the road at Sharnbrook Upper School, Eastcotts AFC ran out 3-0 home winners over Caldecote. Travis Joseph netting twice including one from the penalty spot alongside a strike from Harvey Puddifoot.

The biggest win of the day belonged to Wilstead who ran out 7-1 home winners over second from bottom of the table Lidlington United Sports. Paul Jones, Colin Marshall and Adam Budek all netting twice alongside a single strike from Kieran Brasier against a lone reply from Carmine Cientanni. Whilst bottom of the table Ickwell & Old Warden ended a run of four consecutive away defeats by winning 4-2 at AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College. Zak Rowe with a brace plus single strikes from Lee Threadgold and Joe Stevens only being replied to by Joe Hubbard and Alex Russell for the Town.

Division One supported by Wests Citroen Bedford.

It was an end to league leaders Elstow Abbey's six game winning run when they were held to a 2-2 home draw by second from bottom of the table Marabese Ceramics. Ahead in the 13th minute via Danny Pilgrim a penalty from Joe Follano 14 minutes later drew the Tilemen level until Tom Pitts in the 67th minute shot the home side back in front only to see Follano net his second goal of the game two minutes later to earn his side a share of the spoils.

It was not all doom and gloom for the Abbey as second place Henlow were beaten 3-2 at home by Great Barford to in fact increase Abbey's lead at the head of the league table up to two points. Gary Canzano, David Mulvhill and Elijah Hukin on the scoresheet for Great Barford to take their unbeaten ways up to 10 games against a brace in reply from Matt Wilson.

However, the Abbey will be fully aware that they are now just six points clear of third place Cranfield United who have played three games fewer after United made it six wins on the bounce with a 5-1 victory at Bedford SA. James Armstrong with a brace plus strikes from Martin Holland, Jake Brown and Matthew Goss bringing up the nap hand against a lone home reply from Paul Nigro.

Over at Hillgrounds AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves were 3-1 home winners over Queens Park Crescents to end the visitors unbeaten ways of five games and still leave them looking for their first away win of the season. Harrison Ellis, Ashley Windridge and Anas Bechkoum on the home scoresheet against a lone reply from Shazad Sattar.

Elsewhere it was a red letter day for bottom of the table AFC Harlington who gained their first away points of the season when winning 3-0 at Shefford Town & Campton Reserves who have now lost their last six outings to drop into the bottom three of the league table. Scott Gadsden, Jon Murray and Sam Johnson netting the vital goals. Whilst for Potton Town it was a 2-1 home win over Meltis Albion. James Pyman and Bradley Smith seeing their goals only replied to once by Calum Stuart.

The final game of the day in this division seeing sixth place Riseley Sports take their unbeaten ways up to five games by sharing the spoils in a 2-2 draw at AFC Oakley M&DH Reserves. Stuart Kelly twice scoring for the home side against Sports replies from Karl Walker and Jamie Simmons.

Division Two

With start of play second place Westoning having their home game against Elstow Abbey Reserves postponed, Clapham Sports duly increased their lead at the head of the league table up to four points by winning 6-1 at Wootton Village. Their eighth win on the bounce, Sam Maddix with a hat-trick, Grant Williams with a brace plus a strike from Marko Espozito doing the damage against an own goal in reply for the Village.

Now up into the second spot on goal difference having played the same number of games as Westoning but four fewer than the league leaders are Stevington who chalked up their tenth consecutive victory in winning 14-0 at second from bottom of the table Caldecote Reserves. Joe Holyoak, James Bourke and Jordan Wright all netting hat-tricks, Kieran Souter a brace to go with single strikes from Ben Walsh, Tristan Clarke and Aaron Fletcher. The home sides cause not helped by a red card for Jamie Saunderson 15 minutes from time.

Also winning big were Moggerhanger United who ran out 7-2 home winners over Kempston Athletic. Dean Hill and Brandon Bates netting twice to go alongside single strikes from Jason Kinns, Lee Adams and Steve Bains against two in reply from Adam Moloney for the Athletic.

For Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves it was a third win on the bounce with a 4-0 home win over Meltis Albion Reserves who were suffering their fifth consecutive defeat. Gary Russon with a brace plus strikes from Jake Cullum and Carl Borromeo doing the damage. Whilst sharing the spoils were Bedford United and Kempston Hammers Sports from a 3-3 draw. Tom Wade, Aaron Perrett and Guiseppe Lamberti on the United scoresheet against Hammers replies via Kevin Short, Martin Bennett and Jack Breteton.

The scheduled Renhold United Reserves v Wilstead Reserves postponed.

Division Three

The new leaders of the division three league table are Cranfield United Reserves following their 6-0 home win over Shefford Town & Campton A to retain their season unbeaten home ways and chalk up win number five on the bounce. Phil Kempsell and Luke Gary both netting twice alongside single goals for Adam Kerr and Ryan Collis.

Losing out on that top spot and now in second place are Lea Sports PSG whose seven game winning run was ended by going down 1-3 at home to Dinamo Flitwick. Gareth Loadman with a brace plus Jamie Burton on the winners scoresheet against a lone PSG reply from Ryan Darby.

Now just two points behind PSG in third spot are Flitwick Town Reserves who maintained their seasons unbeaten home ways with a 3-2 victory over Clifton. Mark Bartlett, Chris Bull plus an own goal marking the Town scoresheet against replies from Charlie Watson and Jack Brown.

Elsewhere, White Eagles retained their seasons 100% away record by winning 2-1 at Atletico Europa thanks to strikes from Rafel Cygan and Jacek Tereszkiewicz against a lone home reply from Vince Bonelli. Whilst also winning on the road were FC Serbia in a 3-2 victory at bottom of the table Mid Beds Tigers. Zdenko Kuhar, Milan Marusic and Demilson Conceicao netting the goals to do the damage against Tiger replies via Steve Monks and Rob Gaylor.

Meantime, Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves were running out 6-1 home winners over Caldecote U20. Milo Plater and Marko Tobdzic netting twice to go with single strikes from Kaylen Wilson and Ashley Drummond against a lone reply via Carl Heath.

The scheduled Sandy Reserves v Westoning U20 game postponed.

Friendly Match

With Premier Division Supported by Sportsform Marston Shelton Rovers without a league game they travelled to Division One supported by Wests Citroen Bedford Sundon Park Rangers who were in a likewise poistion for a friendly and returned the 6-1 winners. Dale Makiw netting three times, Jamie Cerminara twice and Shelton Washington once against a lone Park reply from Samuel Kehinde.

Preview for Saturday 17th January 2015

With Premier Division supported by Sportsform title favourites Renhold United sitting the afternoon out the spotlight game at the head of the league standings takes place at the Flitwick Community Football Centre, the venue at which fourth place home side Flitwick Town having tasted defeat just once this season at the hands of Renhold United and now unbeaten in their last seven starts play hosts to Shefford Town & Campton. The visiting league leaders after a run of six consecutive away wins have now in their last two outings lost at Eastcotts AFC plus been held to a draw at Sandy and will travel with the knowledge that a victory is a must if their title hopes are not to fade before the first cuckoo of the year is heard.

Over at Church Lane, third place AFC Oakley M&DH still unbeaten on home soil this season go into local derby action against seventh place Sharnbrook whose away record suggests nothing will change on that score come the final whistle. Whilst for fifth place Marston Shelton Rovers who have been beaten just the once on the road this season its a trip to Bedford Road Recreation Ground to take on ninth place Sandy.Despite the hosts still being on the outlook for their first home win of the season they nevertheless will be no pushovers having drawn five of their home seven encounters to date and just suffered narrow defeats at the hands of Renhold United and Eastcotts AFC in addition to entering the game now unbeaten in their last five starts.

For eighth place Eastcotts AFC themselves who since winning that game at Sandy back in mid-October have now lost their last four away outings its a trip to Jubilee Playing Fields to take on twelfth place Wilstead whose home record shows them having won just the twice this season against the divisions current bottom two clubs.

Meantime over at Hurst Grove its local derby action between second from bottom of the table Lidlington United Sports and the visiting Wootton Blue Cross where the hosts will be looking for just their second home win of the season against a Blue Cross side who are now unbeaten in their last five outings and last lost on the road at AFC Oakley M&DH way back in the opening month of the season.

Other action comes at Harvey Close, the venue at which third from bottom of the table Caldecote following two consecutive home defeats look to return to winning ways on home soil against the visiting tenth place AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College. However, the task will be no easy one as the Town in their seven trips away from Hillgrounds this season have dropped just five points in losing at Renhold United and having to settle for a share of the spoils at Sharnbrook.

The final game coming just down the road on the Green where bottom of the table hosts Ickwell & Old Warden search out just their second home win of the season against the visiting eleventh Pavenham whose away record to date shows up just defeats at Renhold United and Shefford Town & Campton.

Division One supported by Wests Citroen Bedford action will see league leaders Elstow Abbey at the Warren looking to take their unbeaten ways up to eight games against the visiting third from bottom of the table Shefford Town & Campton Reserves who will hit the road looking to avoid their seventh consecutive defeat. Whilst for second place Henlow its a tough looking trip on the road when after failing to win on both of their last two trips away from Groveside they make tracks for an Allen Park outing against eleventh place Queens Park Crescents who are now unbeaten in their last three home starts.

Of the others still in the championship/promotion mix both Great Barford and Cranfield United face trips on the road.Third place United now winners of their last six games head for an Ickleford Recreation Ground outing against second from bottom of the table Marabese Ceramics who are still in search of their first home win of the season. Whilst fourth place Great Barford will be looking to take their unbeaten ways up to 10 games in Cople Playing Fields action against the hosting twelfth place Bedford SA.

Other action comes at King George VI Playing Fields where tenth place AFC Oakley M&DH Reserves will be in search of just their second home win of the season against the visiting bottom of the table AFC Harlington and at Gold Street, sixth place Riseley Sports who are now unbeaten in their last five outings receive a visit from eighth place Potton Town.

The final game in this section coming at Stockwood Park Athletic track where ninth place hosts Sundon Park Rangers look to end a run of four straight defeats when called up by seventh place AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves who in having started the season with four straight away wins have now only won just the once at AFC Harlington in their next six trips away from their Hillgrounds base.

The spotlight for the lower division sides this weekend falls upon the ties in the Quarter-final of this seasons Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup. Of the eight sides left in the competition seven belong to the Bedfordshire County Football League, the sole exception being Luton Distict & South Beds League Caddington Rangers Reserves who will be playing hosts at their Manor Road base to division two high flyers Westoning.

The pick of the other three ties perhaps comes at Stevington Playing Fields which sees a clash between division two high flying hosts Stevington and their equally high flying visitors FC Houghton. Yet if we are to see a shock result this could well come at Crawley Road, the venue at which division three hosts Cranfield United Reserves receive a visit from division two outfit Moggerhanger United.

The final tie coming at the Hockey Centre, the venue at which hosts Bedford United will be looking to take revenge for their league defeat at the hands of their visitors Kempston Athletic back in early November.

With these cup ties taking place the division two league action is reduced to just a programme of four games. Over at Renhold Playing Fields, third from bottom of the table Renhold United Reserves now on a four game losing run receive a visit from fifth place Elstow Abbey Reserves who will travel looking for their third win on the bounce.Whilst tenth place Meltis Albion Reserves now without an away win since winning at Wootton Village back in mid-October make tracks for a Cutler Hammer outing against the hosting seventh place Kempston Hammers Sports.

Other action coming at Marston Playing Fields, the venue at which eleventh place Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves now on a three game winning run are called upon by sixth place Wootton Village who will be looking to take their unbeaten away ways up to four games and at Harvey Close, second from bottom of the table Caldecote Reserves losers of their last six outings play hosts to bottom of the table Wilstead Reserves who are still in search of their first away point/points and win of the season.

Likewise the league action in division three is reduced to a programme of just five games and perhaps the pick of these comes at Pirton Playing Fields, the venue at which second place Lea Sports PSG receive a visit from the still 100%/unbeaten on the road and eighth place White Eagles.

Elsewhere at Whiston Crescent sixth place hosts Clifton having lost their last two games are called upon by bottom of the table Mid Beds Tigers who are currently on a nine game losing run and at the Bedford Academy, ninth place FC Serbia now unbeaten in their last three home outings are visited by seventh place Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves who are likewise now unbeaten in their last three away outings away from the Green.

Other action coming at Rectory Road, the venue at which tenth place Shefford Town & Campton A receive a visit from third place Flitwick Town Reserves who will look to extend their unbeaten ways up to seven games and at Greenfield Road, third from bottom of the table Westoning U20 without a home win to their name since the opening day of the season face a visit from fifth place Atletico Europa who have now lost their last three outings.
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