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Sunday 22nd March 2015
Renhold United close in on Premier Division supported by Sportsform title.
Premier Division supported by Sportsform

Renhold United are now 13 points clear at the head of the Premier Division supported by Sportsform league table and within the maximum of nine points away from their first ever top flight title after coming from behind to record a 2-1 home victory over second from bottom of the table Caldecote. It was the visitors via Connor Smith who took the lead before Jason Allison levelled matters to see half-time arrive with a 1-1 scoreline. The winning United goal arriving some 48 minutes later in time added on via Dean Warren.

Meantime second place Flitwick Town saw their six game unbeaten home run ended when beaten 2-1 by Sandy. Andy Barker shooting the visitors ahead in the opening half only to see Ritchie Bevan level matters early in the second period before with 15 minutes to play Jonnie Stratford struck home the Sandy winner.

There was also home heartache for third place Shefford Town & Campton who have now lost their last five home outings after being beaten 8-3 by Wilstead. Kevin Butler leading the way with a hat-trick and supported by braces from Paul Jones and Adam Budek plus a single strike from Colin Marshall against home replies from George Kiely twice and Michael Jones once.

Fourth place AFC Oakley M&DH were also to suffer defeat at home when beaten 1-0 by AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College who were winning for the fourth time on the bounce to take their unbeaten ways up to six games. The all important goal going down on the scoresheet as an own goal deflected in from a Josh Sturniolo shot.

Also enjoying life on the road were both Marston Shelton Rovers and Eastcotts AFC. Rovers taking their unbeaten ways up to seven games with a 3-1 victory at Sharnbrook thanks to strikes from Harry Murray, Jamie Cerminara and Jim Burraway against a lone home reply via Jim Burnside. Whilst Eastcotts AFC ran out 2-1 winners at bottom of the table Ickwell & Old Warden. Adam Tully and Travis Joseph seeing their goals only replied to once by Dean Hamilton.

For Pavenham it was the gift of three points after Wootton Blue Cross failed to raise a side to meet them at their Playing Field headquarters.

Division One supported by Wests Citroen Bedford

Elstow Abbey remain on top of the Division One supported by Wests Citroen Bedford league table after they netted a 2-1 win at Queens Park Crescents, Tony Milioti shooting them in front on 20 minutes before Daniel Rasol evened things out nine minutes before the break until Dom Parrella hit Abbey's winner nine minutes from time. Whilst second place Cranfield United having played three games less remain just the three points adrift after they took their winning ways up to 12 games with a 6-1 victory at AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves. Jordan Appleton and Martin Holland both netting twice alongside single strikes from Jake Brown and Luke Kelly against a lone Town reply from Grovanni Moscaritolo.

With third place Henlow sitting the afternoon out, Great Barford who have played two games fewer took full advantage to move to within seven points of them by winning 2-0 at bottom of the table Marabese Ceramics. Michael Pickard and Gary Canzano goals taking their sides unbeaten away ways up to eight games. Whilst now in fifth spot are Sundon Park Rangers who jumped above both Riseley Sports and Meltis Albion by winning 3-1 at second from bottom of the table AFC Harlington thanks to goals from Matthew Conway, Nash Bennett and Lawrence Mapp against a lone reply from Joe Rogers.

The main reason for the elevation of the Rangers in the standings was down to the fact at Miller Road, hosts Meltis Albion now without a win in their last five outings and visitors Riseley Sports now unbeaten in their last four away starts were playing out a 1-1 draw. Jamie Simmons netting for the visitors 12 minutes into the game which was cancelled out by a home goal from Alex Kameran 10 minutes later.

For AFC Oakley M&DH Reserves it was a return to winning ways for the first time in 10 outings with a 2-0 home victory over Potton Town who themselves have now not won for seven games. John Hislop and Ashley Phelan netting the goals to do the damage.

Now without a win in their last eight starts are Bedford SA who were beaten 1-0 at home by Shefford Town & Campton Reserves for whom Phil Bright netted.

Division Two

There is no change at the head of the Division Two league table following wins for the top two clubs. However league leaders Stevington had to fight all the way to retain their season's unbeaten home ways in seeing off Wootton Village 2-1 to make it 15 wins on the bounce. Jacob Bassett shooting the Village in front after 25 minutes which took until the last kick of the opening half for the home side to level via Aaran Hewitt and then with 10 minutes to play Nicky Burraway missed his first ever spot kick which could have put the Village back in front and then paid the ultimate penalty when Hewitt shot home the league leaders winner just two minutes later.

Meantime second place Westoning were having a much easier time in taking their winning ways up to 12 games and retaining their seasons unbeaten ways with a 7-1 win at second from bottom of the table Caldecote Reserves. Sean Cooksley and Ben Dashwood both netting twice alongside single strikes from Cody O'Neill, Thomas Cooksley and Glen Cooksley against a lone home reply via Hugh Jackson.

Elsewhere, FC Houghton's title hopes took a knock when their seven game winning away run was ended by only drawing 1-1 at Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves. Valiant Mudokwani netting for the Rovers and Paul Taylor on the scoresheet for the visitors. Whilst third place Clapham Sports were held to a 5-5 draw at bottom of the table Wilstead Reserves. Luke Pursey twice plus Ryan Davenport, Cullam Evans and Rob Booth netting for the home side against replies via Joni Umney, Sam Maddix, Grant Williams, Neil Larman and Antony Farr.

Returning to winning ways for the first time in nine outings were Bedford United who ran out 6-2 home winners over Meltis Albion Reserves. Tom Wade netting four times alongside single strikes from Aaron Perrett and Jamael Dixon against Albion replies via Antony Ursell and Josh St Clair Pierre. Whilst for third from bottom of the table Renhold United Reserves it was a 3-2 away win at Moggerhanger United thanks to goals from Michael France, Sunnie Chana and Libero Battazzato against home replies via Lee Adams and Paul Beith.

Also returning to winning ways were Kempston Hammers who netted their first win in four starts with a 3-0 home win over Elstow Abbey Reserves.Chris Greene netting twice and Nathan Evans once to do the damage.

Division Three

It's all change again at the head of the Division Three league table. Back onto the top of the table are Lea Sports PSG after they were gifted three points by Westoning U20 failing to raise a side to travel and meet them at Pirton Recreation Ground and now in second spot are Cranfield United Reserves who retained their seasons unbeaten home ways and made it eight home wins on the bounce when a lone goal from Adam Kerr took them to a 1-0 victory over FC Serbia.

Dropping off the top spot and now in third place are Flitwick Town Reserves whose eight game winning home run was ended by only drawing 0-0 with Shefford Town & Campton A. Nevertheless they still remain unbeaten on home soil this season.

Still very much in the promotion race are Atletico Europa who ran out 4-1 home winners over second from bottom of the table Caldecote U20. Kane Alexander netting twice alongside single strikes from Yasmin Demir and Matthew Tatham against a lone reply via James Whitmore.

The local bragging rights now belong to Sandy Reserves after they netted a 2-0 home win over bottom of the table Mid Beds Tigers thanks to goals from Chris Gregory and Carl Mercer. Whilst Dinamo Flitwick returned to winning ways with a 4-0 home win over White Eagles. Dale Goldie, Charlie Battams, Ashley Bratt and Jamie Burton all hitting the back of the net.


Preview for Saturday 28th March 2015.

The spotlight this weekend falls upon the Quarter-final ties in this seasons various league cup competition and for Premier Division supported by Sportsform clubs that means action in the Britannia Cup. For current holders Shefford Town & Campton its home Hitchin Road action against AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College.Town have already won at Hitchin Road in league action back in early February and on current league form will perhaps start the game favourites to advance into the last four, but for certain the hosts will not release their grip on the famous old trophy without a fight so a close encounter could well be on the cards.

For last seasons beaten finalists Wilstead its a trip to Church Lane to be hosted by AFC Oakley M&DH where on current league form you would expect the hosts to progress into the hat for the Semi-final draw. Whilst the other two ties will also see the hosting clubs favourites to gain their passage into the Semi-finals. At Marston Playing Fields despite their poor recent home form Marston Shelton Rovers will fancy their chances of seeing off the visiting Sharnbrook and just down the road at Weston Park the same comment applies to Wootton Blue Cross when they go head to head with Eastcotts AFC.

Away from the Britannia Cup there are just three Premier Division supported by Sportsform fixtures taking place. League leaders Renhold United still unbeaten on the road this season heading for a Pavenham Playing Fields encounter against eighth place Pavenham. Whilst at the other end of the table basement club Ickwell & Old Warden look for just their second home win of the season against tenth place local rivals Sandy who will be looking for their third win on the bounce.Whilst just down the road at Harvey Close, second from bottom of the table Caldecote with just four home wins to their name this season entertain second place Flitwick Town who have lost just the twice on the road all season.

The cup action for Division One supported by Wests Citroen Bedford sides comes in the Centenary Cup with the tie of the round taking place at Fisher Close between hosts Great Barford and the visiting Cranfield United. With both clubs in fine league form and their league encounter earlier in the season at the same venue ending in deadlock this one is perhaps too close to call.

In the other three ties one would suggest its the visitors who will start the day favourites to advance into the last four. Riseley Sports just 14 days after their league victory over them at the same journey en route for a Hillgrounds outing against AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves. Whilst Elstow Abbey make the short trip down the road to Miller Road to face Meltis Albion where they won in league action just a month ago.

The final tie taking Queens Park Crescents on the road to Ickleford Playing Fields to be hosted by Marabese Ceramics and with both of their league encounters having finished in deadlocks this tie perhaps could go either way.

League action in the Division One supported by Wests Citroen Bedford section being down to just three games. Over at Mill Lane where tenth place Potton Town have now failed to win any of their last four games the visitors are third place Henlow now winners on their last four away games. Whilst the other two games involve teams at the wrong end of the league table. Second from bottom AFC Harlington with just two away wins to their name all season making tracks for a Cople Playing Fields outing against the team just one place above them in the standings Bedford SA who will be in search of their first home win of 2015 and at Rectory Road, eleventh place Shefford Town & Campton Reserves receive a visit from twelfth place AFC Oakley M&DH Reserves who hit the road in search of their first away win of 2015.

For Division Two sides its action in the Jubilee Cup where the undoubted tie of the round comes at Moore Crescent, the venue at which FC Houghton will look for revenge against a Stevington side who knocked them out of the Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup back in mid-January, the winners of this tie will for certain be the side all the others will wish to avoid in the Semi-final draw.

At King George VI Playing Fields it will be home action for Clapham Sports against Marston Shelton Rovers where they will start the firm favourites to progress but in the other two ties it will be the visitors who will start the favourites. Westoning making the journey to Cutler Hammer to face Kempston Hammers and Elstow Abbey Reserves on the road for a Jubilee Playing Fields encounter with the hosting Wilstead Reserves.

League action in division two will thus be down to just three games. At Horseshoes Close, tenth place Moggerhanger United play hosts to Bedford United who trail them in the league standings by goal difference only and at their Playing Fields headquarters third from bottom of the table Renhold United Reserves now losers of their last four home league games look to repair the damage against the visiting sixth place Wootton Village who have lost just three times on the road all season. Whilst twelfth place Kempston Athletic having lost their last two home games play hosts to second from bottom of the table Caldecote Reserves losers of all of their last 10 away league outings.

For Division Three sides its action in the Watson Shield. Over at the Bedford Academy there is still a matter of a round two tie to be settled between the hosting Atletico Europa and the visiting Bedfordshire Saturday Youth League Leighton Town U17 for the right to host Sandy Reserves at the Quarter-final stage. Whilst the last eight tie between Cranfield United Reserves and Lea Sports PSG will have taken place three days earlier on Wednesday 25th April under United's Crawley Road floodlights.

The two Quarter-final ties taking place today coming at the Flitwick Football Centre where Flitwick Town Reserves will fancy their chances of seeing off the visiting Clifton and at the Sandy Academy the same comment applies when hosts Mid Beds Tigers are called upon by Shefford Town & Campton A.

League action in division three is thus down to three games. At Crawley Road, second place Cranfield United Reserves will be defending their seasons unbeaten home record against second from bottom of the table Caldecote A who will be looking for their first away league win of the season and at Bedford Road Recreation Ground, ninth place Sandy Reserves seek out their fourth home win of the season when called upon by eleventh place Westoning U20 losers of their last four away league outings.

The final action coming in Hillgrounds, the venue at which eighth place White Eagles meet seventh place Dinamo Flitwick for the second weekend running seeking revenge for their 4-0 defeat last weekend.

Action will then move onto the evening of Wednesday 1st April when there is just a programme of three games, all of which could have a significant bearing on the outcome of league titles come the end of April. In the Premier Division supported by Sportsform Division, league leaders and champions elect Renhold United travel for a outing at Hillgrounds against AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College. Whilst in Division One supported by Wests Citroen Bedford, title favouities Cranfield United at their Crawley Road base play hosts to Great Barford just four days after their Centenary Cup clash at Fisher Close.

Whilst the third game could well in a months time have been the contest to have settled the identification of this seasons Division Two when at Ampthill Town FC, Stevington go head to head with FC Houghton. The clubs meeting for the second time in four days following their clash in the Jubilee Cup at the weekend.

All these games kicking off at 7.30pm.







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