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Sunday 08th March 2015
Sharnbrook spot on to ko Renhold United from the Britannia Cup.
Britannia Cup 1st Round

Shefford Town & Campton despite their poor recent league form began the task of retaining their hold on the Britannia Cup by winning 4-1 at Pavenham. Michael Jones, Andrew Hayday, Jake Renney and Ryan Lewis all finding the back of the net against a lone home reply from Tom Rodger to earn themselves an home last eight tie against AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College who ran out 4-0 away winners at Flitwick Town. Ahead in the 29th minute via a Courtney Boughton header they were to seal the tie when Andrew Latimer struck twice in the 68th and 77th minute of the contest before Matty Phelan netted the final goal of the game seven minutes from time.

For last seasons beaten finalists Wilstead it was a 2-1 home victory over Sandy. Paul Jones and Colin Marshall netting the vital goals to shoot them 2-0 ahead before Tom McGhee reduced the arrears in the second half. In round two they will travel to meet AFC Oakley M&DH who ran out 3-1 home winners over Ickwell & Old Warden, Robbie Alder netting twice and Ali Smith once against a lone reply from Matthew Bruney.

The shock of the day came with Sharnbrook's penalty shoot out win at league leaders Renhold United to earn them a trip to Marston Shelton Rovers in round two. 1-1 at 90 minutes due to a United strike from Jason Allision being replied to by Shaun Barnett, the scoreline was up to 2-2 with a home goal from Alex Woolston levelled out by one from Jim Burnside before Sharnbrook goalkeeper James Ashley stole the limelight, first beating out a extra time penalty to take the tie to a shoot-out where he saved another two as his club emerged 6-5 winners.

Meantime a lone goal from Michael Sexton was enough to give Eastcotts AFC a 1-0 win at Caldecote to earn themselves an away second round tie at Wootton Blue Cross.

Premier Division supported by Sportsform

The lone league action of the afternoon saw Marston Shelton Rovers take their unbeaten away ways up to six games by sharing the spoils in a 3-3 draw at Wootton Blue Cross. Carl Ibbotson twice and Jo O'Donnell on the home scoresheet against Rovers replies via Jamie Cerminara, Harry Murray plus an own goal.

Centenary Cup 1st Round

Henlow's defence of the Centenary Cup was to fall at the first hurdle when they were beaten 3-2 at home by AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves. Jake Duxbury, Michael Stevenson and Keegan Roberts on the Town scoresheet against home replies via Antony Bowskill and Keith Milburn. Town earning themselves a home round two tie against Riseley Sports.

Also going out at the first time of asking were last seasons beaten finalists Sundon Park Rangers who went down to a 4-1 defeat at Marabese Ceramics. Luke Deards netting twice alongside goals from Bradley and John Vooght against a lone reply from Nicky Buttigeig. The Tilermen in round two will be at home to Queens Park Crescents who ran out 3-1 home extra time winners over Bedford SA. Zeeshan Yousuf, Shezad Sattar and Luke Sozzo on the Crescents scoresheet against a lone reply from Daniel Bond.

For Great Barford it was a 2-1 home win over AFC Oakley M&DH Reserves thanks to a brace of goals from Elijah Hukin against a lone reply from Louis Green to set up perhaps the tie of the second round where they will play hosts to Cranfield United who ran out 2-0 winners at Potton Town thanks to goals from Jordan Appleton and Jack Brown.

Elsewhere, Meltis Albion were 3-1 home winners over Shefford Town & Campton Reserves to earn a visit from Elstow Abbey in round two. Carl Townsend, Alex Smith and Alexis Kamenan netting the goals against one in reply from Philip Bright.

Division One supported by Wests Citroen Bedford

In the lone league action Riseley Sports moved up the league table into sixth spot after a lone goal from Karl Walker took them to a 1-0 home win over bottom of the table AFC Harlington.

Jubilee Cup 1st Round

The biggest winners of the day were FC Houghton who ran out 8-2 winners at Bedford United to earn a home round two tie against Stevington. Lawrence Taylor leading the way with a hat-trick and supported by a brace from Sam Martin and a single strike from Charlie Nicholson. Whilst after winning 3-1 at Wootton Village thanks to goals from Liam Bolton twice and Ryan Prior, Clapham Sports will now host Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves in round two after they ran out 2-1 winners at Moggerhanger United. Carl Borromeo and Robert Taylor on the Rovers scoresheet against a United reply from Paul Beith.

Also winning 2-1 were Kempston Hammers with a home win over Kempston Athletic. Chris Green plus a Jamie Peacock penalty doing the damage to earn them a trip to either Meltis Albion Reserves or Westoning who go to battle this coming weekend.

Division Two

Stevington took their winning ways up to 13 games and moved to within a point of league leaders Clapham Sports after they ran out 11-3 home winners over bottom of the table Wilstead Reserves. James Bourke netting four times, Keiran Souter three times to go with single strikes from Jordan Wright, Aaron Hewitt, Joe Holyoke and Sam Nightingale against Wilstead replies via Callum Evans twice and Sam Ward.

Also now just a point behind the league leaders are third place Westoning who took their own winning ways up to 11 games with a 5-1 home victory over Renhold United Reserves. Thomas Cooksley and Shaun Cooksley both netting twice and James Lovett once to bring up the nap hand against a lone reply from Michael France.

The final league action of the day saw Meltis Albion Reserves return to winning ways on the road with a 3-2 victory at second from bottom of the table Caldecote Reserves. Steve Stafford, Kane Walker and Josh St Clair Pierre all on the scoresheet against home replies via Joe Rowley and Nicky Albone.

Watson Shield Round One

The much delayed Leighton United U17 v Leighton Town U17 opening round tie was to go the way of the Town by five goals to three to earn them a trip to Atletico Europa in round two.

Watson Shield Round Two

With Southcott Village RA U17 pulling out of the competition in midweek Clifton now face a trip to Flitwick Town Reserves in round three. Plus also hitting the road will be Sandy Reserves who were gifted a third round place after Linslade Galaxy Real U17 also pulled out during the week. However, they first must wait for Atletico Europa and Leighton Town U17 to settle their second round encounter to know in which direction they go.

For Mid Beds Tigers who ran out 4-2 home winners over Caldecote U20 thanks to two goals from David Smith and single strikes from Dave Trundley and Luke Clark against two in reply from Chris Richardson it will be a home tie in round three against Shefford Town & Campton A who with a goal from Jake Hills were 1-0 home winners over Westoning U20.

Over at Crawley Road, Cranfield United Reserves required extra time to see off Dunstable Town U17 in a 5-3 scoreline after 90 minutes play had seen the sides all square at 3-3. Daniel Mclaren with a brace and a single strike from Luke Gray on the home scoresheet in normal time before Mclaren claimed his hat-trick and Luke Kelly added to the scoreline in extra time. They will now play hosts in round three to Lea Sports PSG who needed a penalty shoot win to see off Dinamo Flitwick. Owen Malcolm and a Ryan Darby penalty netting for PSG inside the opening 90 minutes against replies from Dean Myers and Charlie Battams. Whilst Ryan Durrant for PSG and Josh Pearson for Dinamo netting in extra time to take us to a shoot-out which PSG won 5-3.

Division Three

The lone league action was to see Sandy Reserves return to winning ways with a 2-0 home win over FC Serbia to end the visitors nine game unbeaten run. John Sheppard and Andy Barker netting the vital goals to do the damage.

Preview for Saturday 14th March 2015

Premier Division supported by Sportsform action takes league leaders Renhold United on the road to defend their seasons 100% away record at Weston Park against the hosting Wootton Blue Cross. With the home side having only been beaten once in their last 10 outings this will be seen as a stern test for United in their quest to land their first ever top flight league title.

For their nearest rivals Flitwick Town its also a trip on the road when they head for an outing against tenth place Eastcotts AFC, the Town with just two away defeats to their name all season travelling in the knowledge that nothing less than the three points will do against their hosts who will be looking for their third home win on the bounce.

Having lost their last four home outings to drop out of the championship race, sixth place Marston Shelton Rovers at their Playing Field base play hosts to second place Shefford Town & Campton whose record of six defeats from their last seven league outings suggests a tight affair is on the cards.

Meantime over at Bedford Road Recreation Ground, where third from bottom of the table hosts Sandy have yet to win this season the visitors are fourth place AFC Oakley M&DH whose record on the road shows them having been beaten just the three times all season, a record that suggests the hosts wait for that elusive first home win might have to be put on hold a few more days yet. Whilst just down the road on The Green, its local derby action in a battle between the bottom two clubs where hosts Ickwell & Old Warden know a return to winning ways after three consecutive league defeats will see them jump above their arch rivals Caldecote in the league standings on goal difference. The visitors entering the game looking to end a run of four consecutive away defeats and claim their first away win of the season.

Elsewhere at Hillgrounds seventh place AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College who are currently enjoying a four game unbeaten run play hosts to eleventh place Wilstead who will hit the road looking for their third away win on the bounce and at Lodge Road eighth place hosts Sharnbrook now on a three game unbeaten home run receive a visit from ninth place Pavenham who trail them in the league standings by virtue of their poorer goal difference.

There is no doubt where the game of the day takes place in the division one supported by Wests Citroen Bedford action, this being at Crawley Road where second place Cranfield United receive a visit from top of the table Elstow Abbey.The Abbey hitting the road now unbeaten in their last 12 outings of which 11 have been won just six points ahead of the United in the standings having played three games more and with United still holding down a 100% seasons home record and winners of their last 10 outings which all begun following their 2-1 defeat at The Abbey back in mid-October perhaps the emphasis will be on The Abbey to win as a stalemate would not be seen as a bad result for the home side.

For third place Henlow winners of just two of their last eight outings its a trip to New Grounds to face bottom of the table AFC Harlington who will be in search of just their second home win of the season. Whilst fourth place Great Barford now on a 13 game unbeaten league run play hosts at Fisher Close to tenth place Queens Park Crescents who they beat 3-1 at the same venue in Beds FA Intermediate Cup action at the end of January.

Elsewhere down at Stockwood Park Athletic Track, sixth place Sundon Park Rangers play hosts to third from bottom of the table Bedford SA who will hit the road looking for their first win of 2015 and at Hillgrounds, seventh place AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves look to return to winning home ways against the visiting eighth place Riseley Sports who will hit the road looking to take their current unbeaten away ways up to three games.

Other action coming at King George VI Playing Fields, the venue at which twelfth place AFC Oakley M&DH Reserves with just one home win to their name all season play hosts to second from bottom of the table Marabese Ceramics who have lost just the once in their last five away outings and at Mill Lane, ninth place Potton Town now on a run of five games without a win of which four have been lost play hosts to eleventh place Shefford Town & Campton Reserves who have been beaten just the once in their last four outings.

For Division Two sides its a mixture of league and Jubilee Cup first round action, in the league action current league leaders Clapham Sports travel to Cutler Hammer knowing if they are to remain on the top of the pile come the final whistle then only the full three points will do against the hosting Kempston Hammers who have lost just the three times on home soil all season as second place Stevington will be fully expected to make it 14 straight wins when at their Playing Field base they play hosts to Kempston Athletic losers of five of their last six outings.

Other league action comes at Horseshoes Close, the venue at which Moggerhanger United look to end a run of three straight defeats against the visiting Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves who are now unbeaten in their last four league outings and at Wootton Playing Fields, Wootton Village with just two home wins from their last seven outings play hosts to Bedford United winners of two of their last three away outings.

The Jubilee Cup first round action consists of a programme of three games. At Miller Road, Meltis Albion play hosts to Westoning for the right to travel to face Kempston Hammers in round two and at Renhold Playing Fields, Renhold United Reserves are visited by Elstow Abbey Reserves where the reward for the winners will be a trip on the round in round two to face the winners of the Jubilee Playing Fields encounter between hosts Wilstead Reserves and the visiting Caldecote Reserves.

In Division Three for league leaders Flitwick Town Reserves still holding down a seasons unbeaten home record of which seven of the eight games have been won its Flitwick Football Centre action against bottom of the table Mid Beds Tigers who are currently on a five game losing away run and for second place Lea Sports PSG who having played two games fewer but only trailing them on goal difference its a home Pirton Recreation Ground outing against sixth place Clifton who are now on a seven game losing away run.

Sitting in third spot just two points adrift with games in hand on the top two sides are Cranfield United Reserves who will be hitting the road for a Rectory Road outing against ninth place Shefford Town & Campton A. Whilst for fourth place FC Serbia who were beaten for the first time in 10 outings at Sandy Reserves last weekend its home Bedford Academy action against eighth place White Eagles who will hit the road looking to repair the damage of three consecutive away defeats.

Other action comes at Harvey Close, the venue at which second from bottom of the table Caldecote U20 look for their first win in 12 league outings against the visiting seventh place Dinamo Flitwick and at Greenfield Road, tenth place Westoning U20 play hosts to fifth place Atlectico Europa who have suddenly hit form again to nudge right back into the promotion race.

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