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Sunday 13th December 2015
Defeat for Wixams leaves Mid Beds Tigers the only 100% club.
Premier Division supported by Sportsform
The top two clash at Church Lane was to bring about late drama as Shaun Barnett headed a last minute winner to give league leaders AFC Oakley M&DH a 2-1 victory over Renhold United and end the visitors unbeaten away record for the season plus see them drop down into third place in the league standings. All seemed well for United who led through a goal from Johnny Richens at the break before Barnett became the second half hero when first levelling matters then heading the winner to take his sides unbeaten ways up to 11 games.
Now up into second spot are Ampthill Town Reserves who maintained their seasons unbeaten ways and now remain unbeaten in their last 12 outings after winning 5-2 at Sandy. Phil Matthews and Fraser Maidment netting twice and Alan Henman once to bring up the nap hand against home strikes from Matt Johnson and Nathan Morris.
Over at Hitchin Road fourth place AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College suffered a setback in their title chasing quest when beaten 3-2 by Shefford Town & Campton. Andy Hayday netting all three home goals against replies via Colby Smith and Ashley Windridge.
Down at the other end of the table second from bottom club Eastcotts AFC were beaten 3-0 at home by now eleventh place Sharnbrook who were chalking up their third away win on the bounce. Jim Burnside, Richard Ball and Louis Green netting the vital goals in a game that also saw both Burnside and Chris Prior miss from the penalty spot for the visitors.
Also losing at home were third from bottom of the table Caldecote who were beaten 2-0 by Pavenham. Luke Owen and James Owen who also missed a penalty on the visitors scoresheet. Whilst bucking the trend of away winners were Cranfield United who secured a 3-1 home victory over Marston Shelton Rovers. Jack Brown, Jim Armstrong and Martin Holland seeing their goals only replied to once by James Burraway for the Rovers.
Bedfordshire Senior Trophy 3rd Round
AFC Kempston Town Town & Bedford College who entertain Arlesey Town Reserves at Hillgrounds this coming Wednesday remain the only Bedfordshire County Football League club left standing in this seasons Bedfordshire FA Senior Trophy after third round action saw both Ickwell & Old Warden plus Flitwick Town suffer defeats at the hands of South Midlands League outfits. Town having just a Daniel Stafford goal to show for their 2-1 defeat at Ampthill Town and Ickwell & Old Warden a lone goal from Josh Cranwell in their 6-1 home reverse at the hands of Kent Athletic.
Division One Supported by Wests Citroen Bedford
Sundon Park Rangers remain unbeaten for the season and five points clear at the head of the Division One supported by Wests Citroen Bedford league table after sharing the spoils in a 2-2 draw at second place Stevington who were duly dropping their first home points of the season. Reece Williams and Jordan Wright on the home scoresheet against Rangers replies via Shaka Anderson and Matthew Conway.
Now in third spot are Ickleford who won 3-1 at Shefford Town & Campton Reserves thanks to a hat-trick from Guiseppe D'Angleo against a lone home reply from Jack Lannon. Whilst AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves dropped down into fourth place after being held to a 4-4 draw at Houghton Athletic. Keegan Roberts with a hat-trick and a goal from Jessie Sidhu marking the Town's scoresheet against home replies from Shaun Fahy, Glen Collins, Jordan Thomas and Ali Mohlyaldeen.
Also keeping tabs on the leading four sides were fifth place Meltis Albion who ended Queens Park Crescents unbeaten home ways with a 2-0 win thanks to goals from Josh St Clair Pierre and Craig Damon. Whilst bottom of the table AFC Oakley M&DH Reserves were 1-0 winners at now second from bottom of the table Henlow thanks to a goal from Hayden Sohanta.
The Westoning v Potton Town clash at Greenfield Road being waterlogged off.
Lea Sports PSG moved back to within three points of the non-playing league leaders Cranfield United Reserves by winning 6-3 at Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves who were losing on home soil for the first time this season. Joe Hennem with a hat-trick, Ryan Durrant with a brace and a single strike from Coner Napper on the PSG scoresheet against Rovers replies via Andrew Elms, Keiran Day and Robert Taylor.
This turning out to be the lone division two action of the afternoon after the weather put paid to the scheduled games Clapham Sports v Atletico Europa and Kempston Athletic v Wootton Village. Whilst Kempston Hammers Sports failed to raise a side to visit Cople & Bedford SA and Bedford United suffered the same fate for their visit to Flitwick Town Reserves.
There was a first defeat of the season for league leaders Wixams who were beaten 4-1 at Renhold United Reserves. Michael France with a brace plus Dean Hains and Justin Udman on the United scoresheet against a lone reply from Jonny Cockerman. However, Wixams still remain seven points clear at the head of the league standings after second place Sundon Park Rovers saw their nine game unbeaten run end with a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of third place White Eagles thanks to a goal from Kazimierz Orzechewski to take the Eagles unbeaten ways up to six games.
For fourth place AFC Dunton it was win number four on the bounce with a 4-1 away win over Clifton who have now lost their last five games. Brandon Bates, Kier Banghard, Tony Norman and Dean Hill netting the vital goals against one in reply from Charlie Watson. Whilst fifth place Wilstead Reserves were 8-3 winners at Dinamo Flitwick who have now lost their last four home games to drop to eighth place in the league standings. Luke Pursey bagging four goals alongside single strikes from Edward Johnson, Kevin Butler, Christian Zewekelle and Ryan Davenport against home replies from Dale Goldie, Jack Fuller and Josh Pearson.
Also winning on the road were Shefford Town & Campton A who returned to winning ways for the first time in five outings with a 4-1 victory at bottom of the table Meltis Albion Reserves. Tristan Potkins with a brace plus Connor Farndon and Mike Castle on the Town scoresheet against a lone home reply from Shaun Gilbert.
Elsewhere over at Harvey Close, Caldecote Reserves chalked up home win number four on the bounce with an 8-0 win over local rivals Sandy Reserves who have now lost their last seven away games. Chris Gregory netting twice and joined on the scoresheet by Carl Bilcock, Joe Rowley, Simon Ashton, Adam Legate, Sam Julian and Jack Stagg.
With the Lidlington United Sports v Flitwick Town A clash at Hurst Grove waterlogged off the lone action of the afternoon saw Bedford Albion extend their winning ways up to seven games and climb the table into third spot with a 3-2 victory at AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College A. Govinda Bains, Josh Emmerton and Shaun Challi netting the Albion goals against home replies via John Hislop and Farid Mirzal.
Preview for Saturday 19th December 2015
Premier Division supported by Sportsform action this weekend like in all of the other four divisions will be the last in 2015 as the league then takes a mini-break until resuming action again on Saturday January 9th 2016. That is apart from the Premier Division supported by Sportsform fixture on January 2nd between AFC Oakley M&DH and Sandy. With us having just reached the half-way point of the campaign the quest for the Premier Division supported by Sportsform title looks even at this stage to be down to a challenge between just six clubs and of those clubs four go head to head this weekend. At Jubilee Playing Fields the now unbeaten in their last nine outings and sixth place Wilstead play hosts to fifth place Flitwick Town who will hit the road having lost just once in their last 13 league outings. Whilst at Renhold Playing Fields, third place Renhold United whose home form of late has seen them collect just four points from the last nine on offer play hosts to second place Ampthill Town Reserves who are still unbeaten on the road this season and currently on a 12 game unbeaten league run.
The other two clubs making up the half-dozen are headed by the current league leaders and perhaps title favourites AFC Oakley M&DH who make tracks still unbeaten on the road this season to face Shefford Town & Campton at their Hitchin Road base where they have secured home wins over Flitwick Town & Kempston Town & Bedford College during the last 14 days. For fourth place AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College themselves its home action at Hillgrounds against ninth place Marston Shelton Rovers side whose away form of late suggests the Town will start firm favorites to collect all three points and end a three game losing run.
Down at the other end of the table the big game comes at Bedford Road Recreation Ground being the venue at which thirteenth place Sandy now on a six game losing run play hosts to second from bottom of the table Eastcotts AFC whose six outings to date on the road have all ended in defeat. Whilst at Lodge Road where eleventh place hosts Sharnbrook have won just the twice all season the visitors are third from bottom of the table Caldecote whose only wins on the road this season were achieved at the bottom two clubs namely Eastcotts AFC and Elstow Abbey.
The final game in this division will see twelfth place Pavenham who are still in need of the points to stay clear of the drop zone playing hosts at their Playing Field headquarters to seventh place Cranfield United whose nine away outings to date have brought about just three victories.
In Division One supported by Wests Citroen Bedford action for the league leaders Sundon Park Rangers who still hold down a seasons unbeaten record the visitors to face them at Stockwood Park Athletic Track are fifth place Meltis Albion. Whilst with second place Stevington sitting the afternoon out the Rangers nearest other two challengers for the league title both enjoy home advantage. At Hillgrounds on the 3G surface where fourth place hosts AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves have been beaten just the twice this season the visitors are tenth place Shefford Town & Campton Reserves who will hit the road in search of just their second away win of the season . Whilst for third place Ickleford at their Chambers Lane base where they still remain unbeaten this season the visitors are sixth place Queens Park Crescents who like Shefford Town & Campton Reserves will hit the road in search of just their second away win of the season.
Elsewhere its local derby action at Groveside for second from bottom of the table hosts Henlow who with with just one home win to their name this season are called upon by fellow strugglers Potton Town who sit above them in the league standings on goal difference only for what is commonly known as a six pointer encounter. Which is exactly how you would also describe the clash at Church Lane between the hosting bottom of the table AFC Oakley M&DH Reserves who are yet to win on home soil this season and the visiting eighth place Houghton Athletic who are yet to win on the road this season.
The final action in this division coming at Gold Street being the venue at which ninth place Riseley Sports look for just their third home win of the season against seventh place Westoning who have to date won just the twice on the road this season.
In Division Two the game of the day takes place at Pirton Recreation Ground being the venue at which second place Lea Sports PSG host the still 100% away from home and unbeaten league leaders Cranfield United Reserves. Whilst for fellow title challengers and third place Cople & Bedford SA who are currently on a four game winning run its a trip to Wootton Recreation Ground to be hosted by ninth place Wootton Village who will be looking to take their unbeaten home ways up to three games.
Elsewhere, over in Jubilee Park sixth place Atletico Europa face a visit from second from bottom of the table Kempston Athletic who have seen their last five trips away from their Cutler Hammer base all end in defeat and talking of Cutler Hammer that will be the venue at which eighth place Bedford United head to be hosted by seventh place Kempston Hammers Sports who will in search of just their second home win of the season.
The final action in this division coming at the Football Centre being the venue at which fifth place hosts Flitwick Town Reserves look for their fourth home win on the bounce when they receive a visit from bottom of the table Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves who are yet to win on the road this season.
Division Three action will see the league leaders Wixams looking to resume winning ways to maintain their seasons 100% home record when they play hosts to eighth place Dinamo Flitwick. Whilst its the same quest of returning to winning ways for second place Sundon Park Rovers who look to maintain their seasons unbeaten away record with a trip into Mowsbury Park to be hosted by third place White Eagles whom last weekend beat them 1-0 on their visit to Luton.
Meantime over at Horseshoes Close its local derby action for the hosting fourth place AFC Dunton has they look for their third home win on the bounce when called upon by third from bottom of the table Sandy Reserves who have failed to win on the road in seven attempts since their opening away fixture of the season. Whilst at Harvey Close sixth place hosts Caldecote Reserves will be looking for home win number five on the bounce when called upon by seventh place Renhold United Reserves who have won just the once on the road all season.
Other action coming at Miller Road being the venue at which the bottom two sides clash when the hosting bottom of the table Meltis Albion Reserves who are still without a home win to their name this season take on a Clifton side whose only away win of the season to date came at Sandy Reserves way back in mid-September.
The final action in this division taking place at Rectory Road where ninth place Shefford Town & Campton A look to ensure they don't suffer home defeat number three on the bounce when called upon by fifth place Wilstead Reserves who will hit the road looking for win number three on the bounce.
Perhaps the highlight of the restricted programme of just three games in Division Four could come at Hurst Grove being the venue at which bottom of the table Lidlington United Sports who are still in search of their first points of the season play hosts to the team immediately above them in the standings namely Henlow Reserves who themselves have won just the once this season.
Or if you prefer your action at the other end of the table, at their Sandy Academy base the still 100% league leaders Mid Beds Tigers receive a visit from third place Bedford Albion who are currently on a seven game winning run and will perhaps prove to be the Tigers sternest test of the season to date. The final action being due at Greenfield Road being where seventh place hosts Westoning Reserves who have lost their last three home games are visited by sixth place AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College A.