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Sunday 22nd February 2015
Stevington to contest the Beds FA Junior Cup Final
Premier Division supported by Sportsform
Championship titles very rarely get won in February but Renhold United will feel they have taken a very large step towards their first ever Premier Division supported by Sportsform crown after a lone goal from Alex Woolston was enough to give them a 1-0 home victory over their nearest rivals Flitwick Town who now trail them in the league standings by some nine points having also played one game more.
For Shefford Town & Campton after a run of five consecutive defeats it was a return to winning ways with a 4-2 victory at Wootton Blue Cross thus ending their hosts seven game unbeaten run. Michael Jones netting twice alongside strikes from Andrew Hayday and Chris Slough against home replies via Ryan Mellor and Jo O'Donnell.
The biggest winners of the day were AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College who claimed just their second home win of the season in beating Caldecote 11-0. Courtney Broughton and Andrew Latimer both netting hat-tricks, Josh Sturniolo a brace and also finding the back of the net were Mark Palmer, Tyrone Kelly and Aaran Chaplin.
Elsewhere, Pavenham claimed their third home win on the bounce in beating bottom of the table Ickwell & Old Warden 2-1. James Owen netting both goals against a lone reply from Dean Hamilton. Whilst Marston Shelton Rovers fell to their fourth consecutive home defeat when beaten 2-0 by Wilstead. Callum Evans and Kieran Brasier netting the goals to do the damage.
The scheduled Eastcotts AFC v Sandy game waterlogged off.
Division One supported by Wests Citroen Bedford
League leaders Elstow Abbey are now unbeaten in their last 11 starts after winning 2-1 at Meltis Albion. Callum Davenport and Jason Simons netting the goals against a home reply from Carl Townsend. Whilst second place Cranfield United extended their winning ways to seven games with a 7-1 victory at AFC Oakley M&DH Reserves. Jordan Appleton leading the way with a hat-trick and supported by strikes from Martin Holland, Liam Whitmee-Craig, David Adderson and Adam Hulks against a lone home reply from Stuart Kelly.
Losing ground on the top two were both Henlow and Great Barford. Henlow going down to their third consecutive home defeat when beaten 4-2 by a returning to form Sundon Park Rangers. Shaka Anderson doing the damage with a first half hat-trick which was supported by with a goal from Kane Griffiths against home replies via Keith Milburn and Adam Furness. Whilst Great Barford were held to a 2-2 home draw by AFC Harlington. Ben Stock and David Mulvihill on the home scoresheet against replies from Matt Jefferson and Scott Gadsden for the visitors.
For Queens Park Crescents it was win number three on the bounce with a 5-2 victory at Bedford SA. Shahinur Rahman with a hat-trick and Fabio Sattar with a brace bringing up the nap hand against home replies from Richard Lightfoot and Justin Maling.
Potton Town are now on a four game losing run after they were defeated 2-0 on home soil by a Riseley Sports side who had previously lost their last four outings. An own goal plus a goal from Paul Brown doing the damage.
Also winning on the road for the first time in six away outings were Marabese Ceramics who won 3-1 at Shefford Town & Campton Reserves. John Vooght netting twice and Joe Follano once against a lone home reply from David Young.
With Westoning having their home game against Meltis Albion Reserves postponed due to the state of the pitch at Greenfield Road they now drop down from third to fourth place in the league standings after FC Houghton leapt above them after winning 5-2 at Moggerhanger United. Lawrence Taylor, Alex Howells, Nathan Prime, Paul Taylor and Ali Mohiyaldeen all finding the back of the net against home replies from Liam Donovan and Lee Adams.
However, the biggest winners of the day were Elstow Abbey Reserves who ran out 7-0 home winners over Kempston Athletic. Myles Ferraro netting four times to go with single strikes from Shaun Cafferty, Matt Poulton and Lui Spinelli. Whilst Wootton Village returned to winning ways on home soil with a 1-0 victory over Wilstead Reserves thanks to a goal from Nick Burraway.
Elsewhere, Caldecote Reserves were beaten 2-0 at home by Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves for whom Carl Borromeo and Anthony Henman netted the goals.
Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup Semi-Finals
Stevington will contest the final of this seasons Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup Final after a goal from Kieran Souter just 45 seconds into the game saw them win 1-0 at Cranfield United Reserves. Their opponents will be Luton District & South Beds League side Caddington Rangers Reserves who won 5-0 at Bedford United.
There is no change at the head of the division three league table following wins for the top two sides. League leaders Flitwick Town Reserves with goals from Jonathan Duckett and Chris Bull running out 2-0 home winners over Atletico Europa,whilst second place Lea Sports PSG won 4-1 at Sandy Reserves thanks to two own goals and strikes from Ryan Durrant and Owen Malcolm against a lone home reply via Phil Beall.
Elsewhere FC Serbia now find themselves unbeaten in their last eight outings following their 4-2 home win over Westoning U20. Vinny Mattu and Demilson Conceicao both netting twice against single strikes from Shaun Cooksley and Tom Smith in reply for the visitors. Whilst Dinamo Flitwick returned to winning ways with a 3-1 home win over Shefford Town & Campton A. Dan Goldie, Charlie Battams and Dom Loadman on their scoresheet against a lone Town reply from Matt Evans.
The scheduled Caldecote U20 v Mid Beds Tigers game waterlogged off.
Preview for Saturday 28th February 2015.
Premier Division supported by Sportsform action this weekend will see current league leaders and firm title favourites Renhold United looking to defend their seasons 100% away record when they journey to the Green to take on bottom of the table Ickwell & Old Warden who will be looking for just their second home win of the season. Whilst at their Community Football Centre base third place Flitwick Town will start firm favourites to collect all three points against the visiting second from bottom of the table Caldecote who are yet to win on the road this season and are currently on a three game losing run.
Having seen their title hopes rapidly fade away since the turn of the year second place Shefford Town & Campton will seek to end a run of three consecutive home defeats when at Rectory Road rather than their normal Hitchin Road base which is experiencing drainage problems they are called upon by tenth place Sharnbrook who have won just the twice on the road all season. Whilst for fifth place Wootton Blue Cross beaten just once in their last eight outings its a trip to Bedford Road Recreation Ground where twelfth place hosts Sandy will be in search of their first home win of the season.
Elsewhere, over at Church Lane fourth place hosts AFC Oakley M&DH will look to return to winning ways on home soil when called upon by ninth place Eastcotts AFC who will be seeking just their third away win of the season. Whilst just down the road at Pavenham Playing Fields eighth place hosts Pavenham winners of their last three home outings face sixth place Marston Shelton Rovers side who have lost just the once on the road all season but will hit the road now losers of their last three games.
The final top flight action coming at Jubilee Playing Fields, the venue at which eleventh place hosts Wilstead search out just their second home win of the season against the visiting seventh place AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College whose away record of just two defeats all season suggest this will be no easy task.
With Division One supported by Wests Citroen Bedford league leaders Elstow Abbey in home Centenary Cup first round action at the Warren against AFC Harlington it gives second place Cranfield United a chance to close the gap on them to just six points when at their Crawley Road base they defend their seasons 100% home record and look for win number nine on the bounce against the visiting tenth place Queens Park Crescents who will hit the road having lost just one of their last five away outings.Whilst for third place Henlow now on a three game losing run its a trip to Hillgrounds and a meeting against seventh place AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves who will be looking for their fifth home win on the bounce.
Elsewhere, over at Miller Road fifth place hosts Meltis Albion receive a visit from twelfth place AFC Oakley M&DH Reserves side who have failed to win any of their last seven outings and just down the road at Cople Playing Fields third from bottom of the table Bedford SA with just two home wins to their name all season and now on a five game losing run are called upon by eighth place Riseley Sports who have won just the twice on the road all season.
Other action comes at Mill Lane, the venue at which ninth place Potton Town now on a four game losing run take on second from bottom of the table Marabese Ceramics who will be looking for just their third win on the bounce and at Stockwood Park Athletic Track sixth place hosts Sundon Park Rangers look for their third home win on the bounce against the visiting eleventh place Shefford Town & Campton Reserves now losers of their last four away outings.
Meantime its Bedfordshire FA Intermediate Cup Semi-final action for Great Barford when they journey to Mentmore Road Playing Fields to face North Bucks league side Southcott Village Residents Association FC.
In Division Two for league leaders Clapham Sports its home action at their King Geoge VI Playing Field base against the visiting tenth place Moggerhanger United who will travel looking to avoid their third consecutive away defeat. Whilst with second place Stevington sitting the afternoon out it gives both Westoning and FC Houghton a chance to climb above them in the league standings. Third place FC Houghton defending their seasons unbeaten home ways at Moore Crescent and looking to extend their unbeaten ways up to 16 games against the visiting Kempston Athletic requiring just a point or better to take over second spot but for fourth place Westoning now still unbeaten on the road this season and currently on a nine game winning run its a trip to Wootton Playing Fields to face sixth place Wootton Village where only a victory by a large margin would leap them above the boys from Stevington on goal difference.
Elsewhere, over at the Hockey Centre eleventh place hosts Bedford United seek out just their second home win of the season against bottom of the table Wilstead Reserves and at Miller Road, twelfth place Meltis Albion Reserves now losers of their last nine outings including six on home soil receive a visit from fifth place Elstow Abbey Reserves who have lost just the twice on the road all season.
Other action comes at Harvey Close, the venue at which third from bottom of the table Caldecote Reserves now on a three game losing run receive a visit from second from bottom of the table Renhold United Reserves who have won just the twice on the road all season and at Marston Playing Fields, eighth place hosts Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves now on a three game unbeaten run take on seventh place Kempston Hammers Sports who will be in search of just their second away win of the season.
With both Flitwick Town Reserves and Lea Sports PSG sitting the afternoon out it leaves a chance for Cranfield United Reserves to close the gap on them both at the head of the division three league standings when they make the trip to the Sandy Academy now winners of seven of their last eight league outings to face bottom of the table Mid Beds Tigers who will be looking for just their second home win of the season. Whilst at the Bedford Academy, fifth place Atletico Europa are visited by ninth place Shefford Town & Campton A who have so far won just the twice on the road all season.
Elsewhere, its 3G action at Redborne School for seventh place hosts Dinamo Flitwick when they are visited by fourth place FC Serbia who are currently on an eight game unbeaten run and at Greenfield Road, third from bottom of the table Westoning U20 losers of their last five home outings are called upon by sixth place Clifton who have now lost their last six away outings to drop out of the promotion race.
The final action comes in Hillgrounds, the venue at which eighth place White Eagles are called upon by second from bottom of the table Caldecote A who are yet to win on the road this season and have failed to win in any of their last 10 league outings.