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Sunday 25th January 2015
Renhold United back on top of the Premier Division supported by Sportsform table without kicking a b
Premier Division supported by Sportsform

With bottom of the table Lidlington United Sports unable to raise a side for their scheduled visit to Renhold United the three gifted points to United takes them back to the top of the league table after second from bottom of the table Ickwell & Old Warden won 2-1 at the start of play league leaders Shefford Town & Campton. Andrew Vallom and Jake Smith netting the goals to take Ickwell to their third consecutive win against a lone reply from Michael Jones.

Also gaining their third consecutive win were third place AFC Oakley M&DH who won 2-1 at Marston Shelton Rovers. Oli Plested and Alex Liburd on their scoresheet against a lone reply from Rovers Jamie Cerminara. Whilst fourth place Flitwick Town took their unbeaten ways up to nine games by sharing the spoils in a 3-3 draw at Sharnbrook. Will Scutt netting twice and Peter Kowenberg once against home replies via Shaun Barnett, Richard Bull and Jim Burnside.

Now unbeaten in their last six starts are sixth place Wootton Blue Cross who ran out 3-1 home winners over Eastcotts AFC. Phil Matthews netting twice and Carl Ibbotson once against a lone reply from Ollie Watton.

Meantime, Caldecote are still looking for their first away win of the season after losing 3-1 at Pavenham. Tom Wallace giving the visitors a first half lead before on the hour Tom Ellis evened matters from a corner then a James Owen diving header eight minutes later gave the home side the lead which was then increased to 3-1 by Jack Harding.

Elsewhere, over at Jubilee Playing Fields it was a game of two halves between hosts Wilstead and the visiting Sandy. The visitors via James Cooper, Jonnie Stratford and Tom McGhee racing into a 3-0 half-time lead before second period goals from Kieran Brasier, Adam Budek and Paul Jones saw the home side fight back and the game finish in a 3-3 draw.

Division One supported by Wests Citroen Bedford

With league leaders Elstow Abbey having their game at AFC Oakley M&DH Reserves postponed due to an unfit pitch and second place Henlow sitting the afternoon out third place Cranfield United took full advantage to close the gap on them both when they chalked up win number seven on the bounce and retained their seasons 100% home record with an 8-2 victory over Sundon Park Rangers. Martin Holland netting five times to go alongside a penalty from Liam Whitmee-Craig plus strikes from Joe Sames and Phil Kempsell against Rangers replies via Samuel Kehinde and Nick Buttgeig.

Also winning big were AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves who ran out 7-2 home winners over bottom of the table Marabese Ceramics. Keegan Roberts with a hat-trick, Courtney Broughton with a brace being supported by single goals from Anas Bechkoum and Andrew Latimer against Tilermen replies from Samuel Holmes and Ricky Bruniges.

There was a return to winning ways after seven losses for Shefford Town & Campton Reserves who emerged 2-0 home winners over Riseley Sports. Jordan Robbens and Malcom Marimirofa netting the vital goals. Whilst Potton Town with goals from James Pyman and Chris Cooper were also 2-0 home winners over AFC Harlington.

The final game in this division seeing Meltis Albion run out 3-1 winners at Bedford SA. Alexis Kamenan netting twice and Sahr Songa once against a lone home reply from James Allen.

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Great Barford made their way into the hat for the last four draw by running out 3-1 home winners over Queens Park Crescents. Reuben Hukin netting all three goals against a lone reply from Anish Khinda.

Division Two

There is no change at the head of the division two league table following wins for the top four clubs.League leaders Clapham Sports taking their winning ways up to nine games by winning 2-1 at Elstow Abbey Reserves. Bradley Winton and Sam Maddix on their scoresheet against a lone Abbey reply from James Cane. Whilst second place Stevington made it 11 wins on the bounce with a 9-0 home thumping of Moggerhanger United.James Bourke with a hat-trick, Kieran Souter with a brace being supported by single strikes from Alex Smith, Reece Williams, Jordan Wright and Joe Holyoke.

Now on an eight game winning run are third place Westoning who were 4-3 home winners over Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves. Ben Dashwood and Glen Cooksley both netting twice against Rovers replies from Jamie Watson, Mark Champkin and Gary Russon. Whilst fourth place FC Houghton are now on a 12 game winning run after winning 3-0 at Bedford United thanks to a brace from Lawrence Taylor and a single strike from Paul Taylor.

Having lost their last six away games Renhold United Reserves put that right by winning 8-1 at Meltis Albion Reserves who are now on a seven game losing run. Delroy Phillips with a hat-trick being supported by braces from Josh Burnapp and Michael France plus a single strike from Josh Cowley against a lone Albion reply via Antony Ursell.

Elsewhere, Caldecote Reserves were 5-0 home winners over Kempston Hammers. Nicky Albone and Jake Bruce both netting twice alongside a single goal for Rhys Parker to bring up the nap hand.

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

Division Three

Likewise there is no change at the head of the Division Three league table following wins for the top three sides. For current league leaders it was a thrilling 4-3 victory at Atletico Europa to take their winning away ways up to five games. Behind to an 11th minute strike from Kane Alexander they were to draw level when Owen Malcolm netted from distance in the 36th minute only to then fall behind again two minutes from the break when Mo Banda netted for the hosts.

We were some 20 minutes into the new period before Kane Smith with a header made it 2-2 and they then took the lead for the first time 12 minutes from time when Malcolm notched his second goal of the afternoon to make it 2-3. Just two minutes later Europa's Rob Ginn was red carded but with just two minutes showing left on the watch Mo Banda netted his second goal of the afternoon from the penalty spot to even things at 3-3. Yet PSG were not to be denied and in time added on first we saw Ryan Durrant hit the winning goal then Europa reduced to nine men with a red card for Simon Gatward.

For second place Cranfield United Reserves it was win number six on the bounce in winning 3-0 at Dinamo Flitwick. Adam Kerr netting twice and Dan Mclaren once. Whilst third place Flitwick Town Reserves retained their seasons unbeaten home ways with a 4-1 victory over Westoning U20. Benn Ward, Mark Bartlett, Chris Bull and Ryan Hill on their scoresheet against a lone reply from Taylor Clayton.

Now unbeaten in their last five outings are sixth place FC Serbia who won 4-0 at now bottom of the table Caldecote U20. Milan Marusic with a brace being supported by single goals from Murstak Alom and Miroslav Zivkovic. Whilst moving off the bottom of the league table are Mid Beds Tigers who after 10 straight defeats recorded their first home win of the season in beating Shefford Town & Campton A 3-0. An own goal plus goals from Daniel Whitten and Craig Tester doing the damage.

Also winning for the first time on home soil this season were Sandy Reserves with a 3-1 victory over White Eagles. Andy Barker with a brace plus a strike from Chris Gregory only being replied to once by Jacer Tereszkiewicz for the Eagles.

The scheduled Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves v Clifton game postponed due to the state of the pitch on The Green.


Preview for Saturday 31st January 2015

With the Premier Division supported by Sportsform title looking ever likely to be heading towards the direction of Renhold United come late April, this weekend the firm title favourites and current league leaders make tracks for Sharnbrook Upper School looking to preserve their seasons 100% away record against the hosting eighth place Eastcotts AFC who will be looking for their third home win on the bounce.

Of United's serious title rivals, for fourth place Flitwick Town now unbeaten in their last nine starts its a trip to Bedford Road Recreation Ground to be hosted by ninth place Sandy who are still looking for their first home win of the season.Whilst fifth place Marston Shelton Rovers now unbeaten in their last four away outings including winning the last three make tracks to Weston Park and local derby action against sixth place Wootton Blue Cross who are currently on a six game unbeaten run. Both sides knowing only the full three points will do if they are to remain in the championship chase come the final whistle.

The other duo still living in hope are of course AFC Oakley M&DH and Shefford Town & Campton. Of the pair you would expect third place AFC Oakley M&DH still unbeaten on home soil this season to pick up all three points when at their Chuch Lane base they receive a visit from twelfth place Wilstead those lone away win of the season came way back in early September at Eastcotts AFC. Whilst second place Shefford Town & Campton now without an away win since winning at Renhold United at the backend of November and losers of their last three games head for a Harvey Close outing against third from bottom of the table Caldecote who despite their lowly league position are never an easy side to beat on home soil.

Down at the other end of the table second from bottom Ickwell & Old Warden winners of their last three games will be in home action on The Green looking for their third home win on the bounce against the visiting seventh place Sharnbrook who are still looking for their first win of 2015. Whilst eleventh place Pavenham head for a Hillgrounds outing against the hosting tenth place AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College who will be searching out just their second home win of the season.

Division One supported by Wests Citroen Bedford action will see league leaders Elstow Abbey looking to take their home unbeaten ways at the Warren up to seven games when sixth place Potton Town now on a three game winning run come calling. Whilst for second place Henlow beaten just the once on the road this season its a tricky looking trip to New Grounds to face second from bottom of the table AFC Harlington who go in search of just their second home win of the season.

Also hitting the road will be both of the other serious title contenders, third place Cranfield United now on a seven game winning run incuding winning the last four on the road heading for a Miller Road showdown against the hosting fifth place Meltis Albion who will be in search of their fourth home win on the bounce. Whilst fourth place Great Barford now unbeaten in their last 11 league starts make tracks for an Ickleford Playing Field outing against the hosting bottom of the table Marabese Ceramics who are yet to win on home soil this season.

Other action coming at Cople Playing Fields where twelfth place Bedford SA look to improve their poor home form which as seen them win just the twice this season against the visiting eighth place Riseley Sports whose away record shows just one victory on the road all season and in Allen Park, tenth place Queens Park Crescents look to repair the damage of two consecutive league defeats when called upon by eleventh place AFC Oakley M&DH Reserves who will be hoping to end their run of four games without a win which has seen them drop into the bottom half of the league table.

The final game in this section coming at Stockwood Park Athletic Track, the venue at which ninth place hosts Sundon Park Rangers take on third from bottom of the table Shefford Town & Campton Reserves who have lost their last four away games.

In Division Two the game of the day takes place at Moore Crescent being the venue at which fourth place hosts FC Houghton now on a 12 game winning run receive a visit from fellow championship contenders and second place Stevington who will arrive winners of their last 11 league outings of which six came on the road.

Whilst with Westoning sitting the afternoon out the other club in the championship mix, Clapham Sports, the current league leaders and now winners of their last nine starts play hosts at King George VI Playing Fields to second from bottom of the table Bedford United.

Down at the other end of the table, basement side Wilstead Reserves still without a win to their name this season play hosts at Jubilee Playing Fields to seventh place Kempston Hammers Sports who have been beaten just the three times on the road in league action this season and for twelfth place Caldecote Reserves now losers of their last eight league outings away from their Harvey Close base its a trip to Horseshoes Close to face eighth place Moggerhanger United who have been beaten just the twice on home soil all season.

Other action comes at Cutler Hammer where the hosting ninth place Kempston Athletic now losers of their last three league outinga receive a visit from eleventh place Meltis Albion Reserves who have not won on the road since successful back in mid-October at Wootton Village and at Marston Playing Fields, third from bottom of the table hosts Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves go into local derby action against fifth place Elstow Abbey Reserves side whose away record thus far shows just one defeat from eight outings.

The final action in this section comes at Renhold Playing Fields where tenth place hosts Renhold United Reserves now without a home win since late November take on sixth place Wootton Village who will be looking to take their unbeaten away league ways up to five games.

In Division Three unlike in the three divisions above perhaps as many as 50% of the sides are still realistically in with a chance of promotion if perhaps current second place Cranfield United Reserves are now the firm favourites to lift the league crown.For them this weekend its home Crawley Road action where they remain unbeaten this season against the visiting eleventh place Sandy Reserves. Whilst current league leaders Lea Sports PSG winners of their last five away games head for a Hillgrounds outing against ninth place White Eagles.

Over at the Flitwick Football Community Centre its home local derby action for the hosting third place Flitwick Town Reserves who are still unbeaten on home soil this season against the visiting fifth place Dinamo Flitwick and at Whiston Crescent, fourth place Clifton will be expected to collect all three points when called up by bottom of the table Caldecote U20 who are now on a nine game losing run and still yet to win on the road this season.

Other action coming at the Bedford Academy where sixth place hosts FC Serbia now on a four game unbeaten home run take on fellow inmates Atletico Europa who have been beaten just the once on the road this season but some five times at the Academy base they share with this weeks hosts. Whilst for tenth place Shefford Town & Campton A now on a three game losing run its a visit to their Rectory Road base by eighth place Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves whose away record shows up four wins plus one draw from their seven outings to date.

The final action coming at Greenfield Road, the venue at which third from bottom of the table Westoning U20 who last won on home soil on the opening day of the season receive a visit from second from bottom of the table Mid Beds Tigers who last won on the road on that same opening day of the season.



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