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Sunday 15th February 2015
Renhold United now five points clear at the top of the Premier Division supported by Sportsform Leag
Premier Division supported by Sportsform

Renhold United are now five points clear at the head of the Premier Division supported by Sportsform league table after they maintained their seasons 100% away record in winning 3-0 at AFC Oakley M&DH to duly end the hosts seasons unbeaten home record and also perhaps their hopes of retaining their league crown. Mark Reed with a brace plus a strike from Aran Hazelwood doing the damage.

For second place Shefford Town & Campton it was defeat number five on the bounce when beaten 3-1 at Pavenham. James Owen netting twice and James Lowe once against a lone Town reply from Jake Renney. Whilst third place Flitwick Town also lost ground on the league leaders when held to a 2-2 home draw by AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College. Daniel Stafford netting both home goals against replies via Aaron Chaplin and Andrew Latimer.

The biggest winners of the day were Wootton Blue Cross who took their winning ways up to five games and their unbeaten ways up to seven games in winning 6-1 at Caldecote.Carl Ibbotson with a hat-trick being supported by single goals from Neil Mangan, Ryan Mellor and Ian Buckingham against a lone home reply from Conor Smith.

Also enjoying life on the road were Wilstead in winning 2-0 at Ickwell & Old Warden to end the hosts four game winning run. The opening goal arriving just seven minutes from the break via an own goal according to most of the watching eyes but off Luke Prietzel's knee in the view of the visiting management team and the points were sealed when Callum Evans doubled the scoreline three minutes from time by which time the hosts were down to 10 men following a red card for Dean Hamilton some 10 minutes earlier.

Joining the list of away winners on the day were Eastcotts AFC who won 2-0 at Marston Shelton Rovers thanks to strikes from Michael Sexton and James Fairburn.

Division One supported by Wests Citroen Bedford

Elstow Abbey remain nine points clear at the head of the Division One supported by Wests Citroen Bedford league table after they took their unbeaten ways up to 11 games with a 5-1 home victory over Bedford SA. Danny Pilgrim shooting them ahead in the 14th minute before Jason Simons doubled the scoreline in the 32nd minute to see them 2-0 ahead at the break. Within six minutes of the restart Callum Davenport had headed home goal number three and when Tom Pitts increased the scoreline up to 4-0 ten minutes later the points were safely in the bag. However, the visitors via Richard Lightfoot were to claw a goal back in the 70th minute before Andy Klein netted the nap hand goal nine minutes from time.

Now in second place are Cranfield United who in having played four games fewer than the Abbey kept the pressure on them with a 6-0 win at AFC Harlington to extend their winning ways to eight games. Jordan Appleton netting twice alongside strikes from Martin Holland, Adam Hulks and a Liam Whitmee-Craig penalty who then went on to miss later in the game from the same penalty spot.

Dropping down into third spot are Henlow following their 2-1 defeat at Marabese Ceramics who were winning on home soil for the first time this season. Joe Follano and John Chitondu on the home scoresheet against a lone reply from George Renney. Whilst for fourth place Great Barford it was an extension of their unbeaten ways up to 11 games with a 4-1 victory at Riseley Sports.Nick Payne, Michael Pickard, David Mulvhill plus an own goal marking their scoresheet against a lone reply via James Cooke.

Elsewhere, AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves took their home winning ways up to four games by beating Meltis Albion 2-1. Keegan Roberts and Chris Allen netting the vital goals against a lone Albion reply from Alexis Kamenan. Whilst Sundon Park Rangers were also 2-1 home winners over Potton Town thanks to strikes from Ryan Smith and Shaka Anderson against a Town penalty in reply from James Pyman.

The scheduled Shefford Town & Campton Reserves v AFC Oakley M&DH Reserves game waterlogged off.

Division Two

Clapham Sports remain at the summit of the division two league table following their 10-2 home win over Caldecote Reserves who were losing their ninth away game on the bounce. Pablo Grasso with a hat-trick being supported by braces from Liam Bolton and Grant Williams plus single strikes from Sam Maddix, Neil Larham and Ryan Prior against replies from Nicky Albone and Sam Julian.

Whilst second place Stevington have now won their last 12 games after winning 4-1 at Renhold United Reserves. James Bourke netting twice alongside Jordan Wright and Aaran Hewitt to do the damage against a lone home reply from Lewis Debbenedittis.

Elsewhere, like the league leaders now third place Westoning also enjoyed a double figure win when they retained their seasons unbeaten away ways and took their winning ways up to nine games in triumphing 10-2 at Kempston Athletic. Brin Reynolds with a hat-trick being supported by braces from Rex Ludlow and Sean Cooksley plus single strikes from Thomas Cooksley, Glen Cooksley and Michael Armitt against home replies via Richie Andrews and Sean Lawrence.

The third place being vacated by FC Houghton who saw their 13 game winning run ended when held to a 0-0 home draw by Kempston Hammers.

Remaining in fifth spot are Elstow Abbey Reserves who won 6-4 at Bedford United. Matt Poulton and Myles Ferraro both netting twice alongside single goals for Dean Leydon and Jordan Stanley against United braces in reply from Jamaal Dixon and Tom Wade. Whilst making up the top six are Wootton Village who won 10-0 at Meltis Albion Reserves who have now lost their last nine outings. Tinashe Chibanda leading the way with a hat-trick, Adam Flynn and Nick Burraway grabbing braces to go alongside single strikes from Errol Cornwell, Aiden Medhurst and Jay Rogers.

The scheduled Wilstead Reserves v Moggerhanger United game postponed due to the state of the pitch at Jubilee Playing Fields.

Division Three

There is no change at the head of the Division Three league table despite defeats for the top two sides. League leaders Flitwick Town Reserves losing for the first time in 10 outings when beaten 2-0 at Cranfield United Reserves who duly retained their seasons unbeaten home ways and now sit just two points behind the Town in the league standings having played three games fewer. Ben Thompson and Phil Kempsell netting the vital goals. Whilst for second place Lea Sports PSG it was a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of FC Serbia who are now unbeaten in their last seven outings and up to fifth place in the league table. Zdenko Kuhar and Milan Marusic on the winners scoresheet against a lone home reply from Ryan Darby.

Following three straight home defeats it was home sweet home again for fourth place Atletico Europa who ran out 4-2 winners over bottom of the table Mid Beds Tigers who have now lost their last five away games. Mo Banda netting twice alongside Ric Bulzis and Aslan Odev for the home side against Tigers replies via a Steve Monks penalty and a strike from Daniel Whitten.

Slipping ever further out of the promotion race are sixth place Clifton who lost for the sixth straight time on the road when beaten 3-0 at White Eagles who were ending a three game losing run. Jacek Tereszkicwicz, Artur Lukowski and Damain Krawezyk all on the Eagles scoresheet.

Having lost their last six home games Caldecote U20 stopped the rot by sharing the points in a 1-1 draw with Sandy Reserves for whom Aaron Seldon struck to give the visitors a share of the spoils.

Elsewhere, Shefford Town & Campton A were gifted the three points when Westoning U20 failed to raise a side to meet them at Rectory Road.

Preview for Saturday 21st February 2015.

The top game of the afternoon in the Premier Division supported by Sportsform action will come at Renhold Playing Fields where current league leaders Renhold United face a visit from their most serious rivals for this seasons league crown in the shape of third place Flitwick Town.United looking to avoid just their second defeat of the season against a Town side who will hit the road now unbeaten in their last six away outings of which five have been won and looking to revenge their only home defeat of the season which came at the hands of United back in mid-October.

There is another top of the table clash taking part at Weston Park, the venue at which fifth place Wootton Blue Cross winners of their last four home starts and now unbeaten in the last seven outings receive a visit from second place Shefford Town & Campton who are still looking for their first victory of 2015 to end a run of five consecutive defeats

Just down the road at Hillgrounds, eighth place AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College play hosts to second from bottom of the table Caldecote looking for just their second home win of the season against a Caldecote side who are yet to win on the road this season. The original game between these sides at Hillgrounds in early October being abandoned just five minutes from time due to a floodlight failure with the home side leading 3-1.

Other action comes at Sharnbrook Upper School, the venue at which seventh place Eastcotts AFC look for their third home win on the bounce against the visiting eleventh place Sandy who are now on a run of six games without a victory, albeit four of those encounters ending all square. Whilst at their Playing Field headquarters sixth place Marston Shelton Rovers now having lost their last three home games receive a visit from twelfth place Wilstead.

The final top flight action taking place at Pavenham Playing Fields where tenth place hosts Pavenham winners of four of their last five home outings are called upon by bottom of the table Ickwell & Old Warden who will hit the road looking for their third away win on the bounce.

For Division One supported by Wests Citroen Bedford league leaders Elstow Abbey its a short trip on the road to face Meltis Albion at Miller Road, the Abbey looking for their fifth away win on the bounce to extend their unbeaten ways to 12 games against fifth place Albion who will be in search of their fourth home win on the bounce.

Also hitting the road will be second place Cranfield United now winners of their last eight games who head to King George VI Playing Fields to take on twelfth place AFC Oakley M&DH Reserves whose lone home win of the season in their seven starts to date came way back in September 2014 against Queens Park Crescents.

Talking of the tenth place Crescents, they themselves will be on the road to Grange Road looking for just their second away win of the season against the hosting third from bottom of the table Bedford SA who are currently on a three game losing home run. Whilst at Groveside, third place Henlow following two consecutive home defeats against Great Barford and Elstow Abbey look to repair the damage against the visiting seventh place Sundon Park Rangers.

Over at Fisher Close where fourth place Great Barford are now unbeaten in their last seven home starts the visitors are bottom of the table AFC Harlington who have won just the twice on the road all season, both coming in their last three outings and at Mill Lane, eighth place Potton Town now on a three game losing run play hosts to ninth place Riseley Sports whose seasons away record shows up just one victory from seven outings to date.

The final action in this division taking place at Rectory Road being the venue at which eleventh place hosts Shefford Town & Campton Reserves look to take their unbeaten home ways up to three games against the visiting second from bottom of the table Marabese Ceramics.

For the lower division sides the main spotlight this weekend falls upon the Semi-final ties in this seasons Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup where at the Hockey Centre Bedford United play hosts to Luton District & South Beds League side Caddington Rangers Reserves and at Crawley Road, division three high flyers Cranfield United Reserves look for a spot of giant killing over the visiting division two high flyers Stevington.

With these cup ties taking place the division two league programme is reduced to just a programme of five games.For fourth place championship contenders FC Houghton now unbeaten in their last 14 games including six straight wins on the road making the trip to Horseshoes Close to face ninth place Moggerhanger United who have been beaten just the twice on home soil all season and for fellow championship hopefuls Westoning who currently sit in third spot its home action at Greenfield Road looking to take their winning ways up to 10 games against the visiting twelfth place Meltis Albion Reserves who last won on the road back in mid-October at Wootton Village and who are currently on a nine game losing run.

Other action comes at Harvey Close, the venue at which third from bottom of the table Caldecote Reserves face a visit from tenth place Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves and at the Warren, fifth place Elstow Abbey Reserves look to improve their recent poor home form when called upon by eighth place Kempston Athletic. Whilst the final action takes place at Wootton Recreation Ground, the venue at which sixth place Wootton Village now losers of their last two home starts play hosts to bottom of the table Wilstead Reserves.

The Division Three league programme is also reduced to one of five games with the stand out game coming at the Flitwick Community Football Centre where current league leaders Flitwick Town Reserves look to retain their seasons unbeaten home ways against the visiting fellow promotion hopefuls in the shape of fourth place Atletico Europa who will look to extend their current unbeaten away ways up to three games. Whilst for second place Lea Sports PSG now on a five game winning away run its a visit to Bedford Road Recreation Ground to face tenth place Sandy Reserves who will be looking for just their second home win of the season.

Other action comes at Harvey Close, the venue at which the bottom two sides clash when second from bottom of the table hosts Caldecote U20 with just one home win to their name this season face bottom of the table Mid Beds Tigers losers of their last five away outings.Whilst over at Redborne School on the 3G surface seventh place hosts Dinamo Flitwick look to return to winning home ways against the visiting ninth place Shefford Town & Campton A.

The final action coming at the Bedford Academy, the venue at which fifth place FC Serbia now unbeaten in their last seven outings play hosts to third from bottom of the table Westoning U20.




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