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Sunday 18th January 2015
Flitwick Town now serious title contenders after win number five on the bounce.
Premier Division supported by Sportsform
For league leaders Shefford Town & Campton it was a 2-0 defeat at Flitwick Town to leave them just a single point clear of the non-playing second place Renhold United who have now played five games fewer and just six points clear of fourth place Flitwick who have also played those five games fewer. Daniel Stafford netting both goals to take the Town's unbeaten ways up to eight games.
Sitting in third spot just four points shy of the league leaders but with two games in hand are AFC Oakley M&DH who retained their seasons unbeaten home ways with a 2-1 win over Sharnbrook. Alex Liburd and Mark Smith netting the vital goals against a lone reply from Richard Bull.
For fifth place Marston Shelton Rovers it was an extension of their unbeaten away ways up to four games with a 3-0 victory at Sandy who are still looking for their first home win of the season. Jack Weedon netting twice and Jamie Cerminara once to do the damage.
The biggest winners of the day were Caldecote who ran out 4-1 home winners over AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College. Ahead in the 12th minute via a strike from Dan Fennell they were to double the scoreline when five minutes later Jordan Goodman sent a free kick from all of 40 yards flying pass Town goalkeeper Drew Holyoak and it appeared to be game over when headed goals from Scott Haddow in the 32nd and Matt Basta three minutes later took them into a 4-0 lead by half-time.
However, just five minutes into the new period Town were thrown a lifeline when Goodman was yellow carded for the second time in conceding a penalty and given his marching orders, alas for the Town home goalkeeper Dan Hall beat out Josh Sturnino spot kick to preserve his sides four goal margin which was then only to be reduced just the once in the 63rd minute when Sturnino made up for his spot kick miss too at last get the better of Hall and make it 4-1.
With Lidlington United Sports having their home game against Wootton Blue Cross waterlogged off they now find themselves back on the bottom of the league table after Ickwell & Old Warden climbed above them following their 3-2 home win over Pavenham to record their third win on the bounce. Michael Rushton with a brace plus an own goal on the home scoresheet against replies via James Owen and Dave Netherway.
Elsewhere Eastcotts AFC ended their run of four consecutive away defeats by sharing the spoils in a 1-1 draw at Wilstead. Paul Jones netting the home goal and Harvey Puddifoot replying for the visitors.
Division One supported by Wests Citroen Bedford
There is no change at the head of the Division One supported by Wests Citroen Bedford league table following wins for the top two clubs. However, league leaders Elstow Abbey did require a 90th minute winning strike from Callum Davenport to see off Shefford Town & Campton Reserves at the Warren to take their unbeaten ways up to eight games. Danny Pilgrim giving the Abbey a first half lead before Scott Rennie appeared to have claimed a share of the spoils for the visitors until that late invention from Davenport arrived just in time.
For second place Henlow, thanks to a lone strike from Russell Ayles it was a 1-0 win at Queens Park Crescents and with Cranfield United having their game at Marabese Ceramics waterlogged off they now drop down into fourth spot after Great Barford leapt above them by winning 7-2 at Bedford SA to take their unbeaten ways up to 11 games.Gary Canzano netting twice and joined on the scoresheet by David Mulvhill, Patrick Mulvhill, Reuben Hukin, Elijah Hukin and Owen Layton against home replies via Paul Nigro and Justin Muircroft.
Elsewhere, AFC Oakley M&DH Reserves home woes continued when they failed to win for the sixth consecutive time on home soil when beaten 5-1 by AFC Harlington. Stephen Garner with a hat-trick plus strikes from Jack Archer and Scott Gadsden bringing up the nap hand against a lone home reply from Deep Banghard.
Also enjoying life on the road were Potton Town who thanks to a brace of goals from James Pyman won 2-0 at Riseley Sports who were suffering their first defeat in six outings.Whilst having lost their last four games Sundon Park Rangers returned to winning ways with a 4-0 home win over AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves. Skaka Anderson coming off the bench to net a second half hat-trick and joined on the scoresheet by Samuel Kehinde.
Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup Quarter-Finals
It was home wins all the way in the Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup. The biggest of which belonged to Bedford United who netted a 6-1 victory over Kempston Athletic. Jamaal Dixon with a hat-trick supported by strikes from Owen Ward, Guiseppe Lamberti and Aaron Van Horne against a lone reply via Richie Andrews.
Just a goal behind them were Cranfield United Reserves who emerged 5-0 winners over Moggerhanger United. Daniel Mclaren with a brace failed to collect his hat-trick when missing from the penalty spot joined on the scoresheet by Phil Kempsell, Jordan Conway and Philip Distin who showed Mclaren how a penalty should be taken to bring up the nap hand.
Elsewhere, Stevington thanks to a brace of goals from Aaron Hewitt and a strike from Kieran Souter were 3-0 winners over FC Houghton but it was the end of the road for Westoning who were beaten in a penalty shoot-out 5-3 at Luton District & South Beds League side Caddington Rangers Reserves after 90 minutes play had seen the sides deadlocked at 2-2. Bryn Reynolds and Lewis Wilson netting for Westoning inside normal time and Wilson plus Shaun Cooksley and Cody O' Neill from the penalty spot.
Following six straight defeats it was a return to winning ways for Caldecote Reserves with a 5-2 home win over bottom of the table Wilstead Reserves who are still looking for their first win of the season. Luke Prietzel shooting the visitors in front early before a brace of goals from Jake Bruce saw the home side lead 2-1 at the break. Second period action was to see goals from Andrew Spiers, Bruce to complete his hat-trick and Simon Ashton take Caldecote 5-1 clear before Matt Johnson for the visitors netted the games final goal.
After losing their last four games Renhold United Reserves stopped the rot by sharing the spoils in a 4-4 home draw with Elstow Abbey Reserves. Michael France netting twice alongside single strikes from Josh Burnapp and Lewis Debb for the home side against Abbey replies via Andy Klein twice plus Myles Ferraro and Rob Mirto.
Elsewhere it was an end to Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves winning ways of three games when beaten 1-0 at home by Wootton Village. Adam Flynn netting the goal to extend the Village's unbeaten away ways up to four games. Whilst Meltis Albion Reserves have now lost their last six games after being beaten 1-0 at Kempston Hammers Sports whose lone goal came from Dan Havill.
With Cranfield United Reserves away on cup duty Lea Sports PSG took full advantage to climb back over them onto the top of the division three league table with a 3-1 home win over White Eagles who were duly losing their seasons 100% away record. Will Tyler, Richard Randall and Lascells McGowan on the PSG scoresheet against a lone Eagles reply from Marcin Czuba.
Holding onto third spot and still very much in the promotion race are Flitwick Town Reserves who took their unbeaten ways up to seven games by winning 4-1 at Shefford Town & Campton A. Benn Ward, Mark Bartlett, Chris Bull and Ryan Hill all finding the back of the net against a lone home reply via Sam Larsen.
Also still in the promotion race are Clifton who returned to winning ways to take over fourth spot from the non-playing Dinamo Flitwick with a 5-1 home win over bottom of the table Mid Beds Tigers. Charlie Watson netting three times to go alongside single strikes from James Bennett and Jake Brown against a lone Tigers reply from James Webb.
With their games in hand Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves also remain in the promotion race despite their hopes taking a knock after being beaten 4-3 at FC Serbia who are now unbeaten in their last four starts. Demilson Conceicao with a brace plus Mustair Alom and Milan Marusic on the home scoresheet against replies via Ashley Drummond twice and Marko Tobdzic once for the visitors.
The scheduled Westoning U20 v Atletico Europa game waterlogged off.
Preview for Saturday 24th January 2015.
With Premier Division supported by Sportsform title favourites Renhold United having had their last three games postponed due to the weather they will hope to resume action this weekend in their quest for their first ever top flight title when at their Renhold Playing Field base they play hosts to bottom of the table Lidlington United Sports whose away record to date shows just one victory from 10 outings, all of which suggests United should open up their 2015 campaign with a victory.
Of the other clubs perhaps still with hopes of lifting that said title themselves, two go head to head at Marston Playing Fields where fifth place hosts Marston Shelton Rovers receive a visit from third place AFC Oakley M&DH and if the Rovers were to lose their third home game of the season then you would think that would be their title hopes blown away.
Also still very much in that title race are fourth place Flitwick Town and for them its a trip to Lodge Road in quest of their fifth consecutive away win to face the hosting seventh place Sharnbrook and over at Hitchin Road nothing less than the full three points will do for current league leaders Shefford Town & Campton when they play hosts to second from bottom of the table Ickwell & Old Warden who will be looking for their third consecutive victory.
Other action coming at Pavenham Playing Fields, the venue at which eleventh place Pavenham having lost their last two outings play hosts to third from bottom of the table Caldecote who are still looking for their first away win of the season. Whilst at Jubilee Playing Fields twelfth place hosts Wilstead will be taking on ninth place Sandy who are now unbeaten in their last five starts away from their Bedford Road Recreation Ground base.
The final game in this division taking place at Weston Park, the venue at which hosts Wootton Blue Cross winners of their last three home starts and unbeaten in their last five outings entertain Eastcotts AFC who will hit the road looking for just their second away win of the season.
In Division One supported by Wests Citroen Bedford action, with Henlow sitting the afternoon out and Great Barford playing hosts at their Fisher Close base to Queens Park Crescents in a Quarter-final tie in this seasons Bedfordshire FA Intermediate Cup it should give the leading two championship contenders a chance to take a stranglehold of the proceedings at the head of the table.
For current league leaders Elstow Abbey now winners of their last three away games and unbeaten in their last eight outings its a trip to King George VI Playing Fields to face eleventh place AFC Oakley M&DH Reserves who have won just the once on home soil all season.Whilst fourth place Cranfield United will be home Crawley Road action where they still hold down a seasons 100% record looking to take their current winning ways up to seven games against the visiting ninth place Sundon Park Rangers who will hit the road looking to avoid their fifth consecutive away defeat.
Over at Hillgrounds, eighth place AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves will be searching out their third home win on the bounce when they play hosts to bottom of the table Marabese Ceramics who are now without a victory since winning their only away game of the season at Meltis Albion back in early October and talking of fifth place Meltis Albion, they will be hitting the road for Cople Playing Fields to be hosted by twelfth place Bedford SA in search of just their third away win of the season.
Other action coming at Mill Lane, the venue at which seventh place hosts Potton Town look for their third win on the bounce when they face AFC Harlington who will travel in search of their third away win on the bounce and at Rectory Road, Shefford Town & Campton Reserves now losers of their last seven outings receive a visit from sixth place Riseley Sports who will be in search of just their second away win of the season.
In Division Two the title race now looks to be down to a four club shoot-out and this weekend for current league leaders Clapham Sports its a trip on the road to the Warren to face fifth place Elstow Abbey Reserves in search of their ninth win on the bounce. Whilst second place Stevington will be in home Playing Field action looking to defend their seasons unbeaten home league ways and chalk up league win number 11 on the bounce against the visiting eighth place Moggerhanger United.
For third place Westoning now on a seven game winning league run run its home Greenfield Road action against twelfth place Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves. Whilst the quartet of championship hopefuls is made up by fourth place FC Houghton who will be hitting the road for a Hockey Centre outing against third from bottom of the table Bedford United looking for win number 12 on the bounce against a United side seeking their first home league win in five outings.
Other action coming at Harvey Close, the venue at which second from bottom of the table Caldecote Reserves take on seventh place Kempston Hammers Sports now enjoying a three game unbeaten away run and at Cutler Hammer, ninth place Kempston Athletic look to repair the damage of losing their last three league outings when visited by bottom of the table Wilstead Reserves who are still in search of their first win of the season.
The final action in this section takes place at Miller Road being the venue where tenth place hosts Meltis Albion Reserves losers of their last six outings receive a visit from eleventh place Renhold United Reserves losers of their last six away outings.
In Division Three its a return to league action for now title favourites Cranfield United Reserves currently sitting in second spot when they journey to face fifth place Dinamo Flitwick in search of their sixth consecutive league win. Whilst at the Bedford Academy its a must win game for both the hosting sixth place Atletico Europa to repair the damage of two straight home defeats and the visiting current league leaders Lea Sports PSG who will travel in search of their fifth away win on the bounce.
Still in the promotion race are third place Flitwick Town Reserves and for them its home Flitwick Community Centre action where they still hold down a seasons unbeaten home record against the visiting third from bottom of the table Westoning U20 winners of their last two trips away from their Greenfield Road base. Whilst fourth place Clifton losers of their last four away outings head for a meeting on The Green against the hosting seventh place Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves who will be in search of their third home win on the bounce to keep them very much in that said promotion race.
Other action coming at Harvey Close, the venue at which second from bottom of the table Caldecote U20 seek to end a run of eight consecutive defeats when called upon by eighth place FC Serbia now on a four game unbeaten run and over at the Sandy Academy bottom of the table Mid Beds Tigers search out their first home point/points of the season when visited by tenth place Shefford Town & Campton A losers of their last three away games.
The final game coming just down the road at Bedford Road Recreation Ground, the venue at which eleventh place Sandy Reserves also go in search of their first home win of the season against the visiting ninth place White Eagles.