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Sunday 10th January 2016
AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College fall at the first hurdle
Britannia Cup Round One
AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College's defence of the famous old trophy was to falter at the first hurdle after they were beaten 6-0 at Shefford Town & Campton. Andrew Hayday netting five times and Tom Scurfield once. Whilst last seasons beaten finalists Wilstead also fell at the first hurdle when going down 1-0 at Flitwick Town for whom Josh Reynolds netted the vital goal.
Apart from Shefford Town & Campton the biggest winners of the day were Sharnbrook who ran out 5-1 victors at Pavenham. Michael Pickard, Chris Prior, James Burnside, Jordan Baxter and Colin Slade all finding the back of the net to bring up the nap hand against a lone home reply from Darren Payne.
The days closest game came on the Green where Marston Shelton Rovers required extra time to see off the hosting Ickwell & Old Warden 4-3 thanks to braces of goals from Jamie Cerminara and Alex Burrows against home replies via Zak Rowe twice and Josh Cranwell once. Whilst just down the road at Harvey Close hosts Caldecote needed to come from a goal behind to beat Elstow Abbey 3-1. Harry Ellis shooting the Abbey ahead before a brace of goals from Sam Julian and a strike from Jake Wallace won the day for the home side.
The ties Ampthill Town Reserves v Renhold United: Cranfield United v Sandy and Eastcotts AFC v AFC Oakley M&DH failing to beat the wet weather.
Centenary Cup Round One
The result of the day belonged to Houghton Athletic who ran out 6-3 home winners over Stevington where both Jordan Thomas and Shaun Fahy claimed hat-tricks. Whilst also hitting six were Westoning who emerged 6-1 winners at AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves. Sam Holmes leading the way with a hat-trick and joined on the scoresheet by a brace from Rob Cooksey and a single strike from Bryn Reynolds against a lone Town reply from Anas Bechkaum.
Over at Groveside hosts Henlow ran out 4-1 home winners over Riseley Sports. Ahead in the eighth minute via a strike from Russell Ayles they in effect sealed the tie when both Antony Bowskill and Kaan Fehmi netted within a three minute spell just after the hour mark to lead 3-0. With 15 minutes left to play Mark Darlow reduced the arrears for the visitors only to see substitute James Campbell add a fourth home goal five minutes from time.
For Shefford Town & Campton Reserves there was the requirement of extra time before they claimed a place in the last eight with an 8-4 victory at Potton Town. Chris Moore with a brace plus Chris Cooper and Tom Pyman on the home scoresheet in the opening 90 minutes against braces in reply from Steve Moules and Sam Kelly before strikes from Ross Earl twice, Simon Castle and Moules won the day for the visitors in extra time.
The Ickleford v AFC Oakley M&DH Reserves tie falling victim to a waterlogged pitch.
Division One supported by Wests Citroen Bedford
In the lone league game of the day Queens Park Crescents swapped sixth and fifth spots in the league table with Meltis Albion after the Crescents won 4-1 at Miller Road. Daniel Rasol with a brace joined on the scoresheet by Fabio Sattar and Myles Ferraro against a lone Albion reply from Stanley Gonese.
With league leaders Cranfield United Reserves having their game at Clapham Sports waterlogged off Cople Sports & Bedford SA took full advantage to move to within goal difference of them when retaining their seasons 100% home record and making it seven wins on the bounce with a 2-1 victory over Atletico Europa. Ollie Hughes and Daniel Collins netting the vital goals against one in reply from Cameron Browne.
However, the biggest winners of the day were Kempston Hammers Sports who won 9-1 at bottom of the table Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves. Sean Winconek with a hat-trick joined on the scoresheet by a brace from Jimmy Grandidge and single strikes via Craig Davenport, Louis Rust, Martin Bennett and Kirk Mckinley against a lone Rovers reply from Keiron Day.
Elsewhere Flitwick Town Reserves failed to climb the table into third spot when held to a 1-1 draw at Wootton Village. Adam Flynn on the Village scoresheet against a Town reply from Scott Gadsden.
The Kempston Athletic v Bedford United game at Cutler Hammer being waterlogged off.
Wixams lead at the head of the division three league table remains at seven points after they shared the spoils in a 3-3 draw at second place Sundon Park Rovers. Scott Fraser, Nick Buttigeig and Daniel Longalonga on the Rovers scoresheet against replies via Iain Hall, Charlie Battams and Danny Lawrence. Whilst Shefford Town & Campton A having lost their last three home games returning to winning ways with a 3-0 victory over bottom of the table Clifton who were losing their seventh game on the bounce. Liam Chalkley, Scott Frusciante and Tristan Potkins the home goal scorers.
The remaining four games Dinamo Flitwick v Caldecote Reseerves: Renhold United Reserves v AFC Dunton: Sandy Reserves v Meltis Albion Reserves and Wilstead Reserves v White Eagles all being postponed.
Mid Beds Tigers lead at the head of the division four league table is now up to 12 points after they retained their seasons 100% ways with a 2-1 home win over second place Polonia Bedford who were duly losing their seasons 100% away record. Luke Rudd and David Smith on the Tigers scoresheet against a lone reply from Lukssz Szymczyk.
Now in third spot are Caldecote A who swapped places with Bedford Albion by beating them 4-2 on their own patch to take their unbeaten ways up to five games. Neil Giles with a hat-trick plus Jack Stagg netting the vital goals against an Albion brace in reply from Shaun Challi.
Just goal difference behind the Albion in fifth spot are Stevington Reserves who emerged 5-1 home winners over second from bottom of the table Henlow Reserves. Sam Nightingale with a brace joined on the scoresheet by Joe Walsh, Clinton Tatham and Aaron Fletcher to bring up the nap hand against a lone reply from Robson Angal.
However the biggest win of the day belonged to AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College A who were 9-3 home winners over bottom of the table Lidlington United Sports. Gio Moscaritolo and Niko Stanchev with braces joined on the scoresheet by single strikes from Nick Layne, Chris Allen, Farid Mirzal and Joseph Ogunremi against replies via Chris Roberts, Alex Roberts and Greg Roberts.
The Westoning Reserves v Flitwick Town A game at Greenfield Road being waterlogged off.
Preview Saturday 16th January 2016
Action this weekend in the Premier Division supported by Sportsform section will see the league leaders AFC Oakley M&DH looking to preserve their seasons unbeaten away ways and extend their current unbeaten run up to 13 games when they make the journey to Marston Playing Fields to be hosted by ninth place Marston Shelton Rovers whose home record to date shows just three wins from their six outings. Whilst at Renhold Playing Fields second place Renhold United beaten just the once on home soil this season are called upon by third from bottom of the table Caldecote who will hit the road looking to end a run of three consecutive league defeats.
Sitting just two points adrift of Renhold in third spot are Ampthill Town Reserves and for them its a trip on the road to Hitchin Road to face eighth place Shefford & Campton Town whose home record of just three defeats from 11 outings suggests the Town will have to be at their best to collect all three points to guarantee they will stay ahead of fourth place Wilstead who make the short journey to the Warren now unbeaten in their last 10 league outings of which eight have been won to take on bottom of the table Elstow Abbey who will enter the game looking to end a run of 11 straight league defeats.
Meantime over at the Football Centre sixth place Flitwick Town still unbeaten on home soil this season receive a visit from fifth place AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College who now only head them in the standings on goal difference following a run of four straight defeats Whilst seventh place Cranfield United now on a four game winning run make tracks to Lodge Road to be hosted by tenth place Sharnbrook who themselves are now unbeaten in their last four league starts of which three have been won.
Other action comes at Pavenham Playing Fields being the venue at which twelfth place Pavenham look for just their third home win of the season when called upon by second from bottom of the table Eastcotts AFC who will hit the road still in search of their first away point/points of the season and at Bedford Road Recreation Ground thirteenth place Sandy also search for just their third home win of the season when called upon by eleventh place Ickwell & Old Warden for some local derby action.
In Division One supported by Wests Citroen Bedford action for the unbeaten league leaders Sundon Park Rangers its home action at their Stockwood Park Athletic Track base against fourth place Ickleford who have been beaten just the twice on the road this season and the visitors with a point or better would climb above the non-playing second place Stevington in the league standings as also could third place AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves with a point or better from their away Miller Road outing against the hosting sixth place Meltis Albion who themselves with a victory and the right results at Stockwood Park and Greenfield Road could also yet end the day in that second spot.
Down at the other end of the table basement side AFC Oakley M&DH Reserves play hosts at their Church Lane base looking for their first home win of the season against the visiting tenth place Henlow. Whilst second bottom of the table Potton Town go in search of their third home league win on the bounce against Shefford Town & Campton Reserves who will be making a quick return to Mill Lane following last weekends Centenary Cup tie which saw them claim the spoils in extra time.
The final action in this division coming at Greenfield Road where eighth place Westoning who still remain unbeaten on home soil this season receive a visit from fifth place Queens Park Crescents who with all three points are the fourth club in contention for that second spot at the final whistle.
The main spotlight for the lower division sides this weekend falls upon the Quarter Final ties in this seasons Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup. For Stevington Reserves that means a home tie at their Playing Field base against the sole surviving representative from the Luton District & South Beds League in the shape of Farley Boys Reserves as the other three ties are all Bedfordshire County Football League affairs.
Of that trio of ties the stand out fixture comes at Grange Lane where Cople Sports & Bedford SA play hosts to their fellow division two title contenders Cranfield United Reserves. SA going into the tie still 100% on home soil this season against a United side still 100% on the road this season.
The other two ties giving a chance for a spot of giant-killing to take place. Perhaps the best chance belonging to division three league leaders Wixams when they travel to Cutler Hammer to be hosted by division two side Kempston Hammers Sports as you would think division two Clapham Sports will have enough in the tank to prevail when they journey to Jubilee Playing Fields to be hosted by division three Wilstead Reserves.
Division Two league action this week sees sixth place Atletico Europa looking for their third home win on the bounce when in Jubilee Park they play hosts to eighth place Bedford United who will be looking for just their second away win of the season. Whilst the only other scheduled game Lea Sports PSG v Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves is now likely to be postponed to allow the PSG to play their delayed Herts FA Junior Cup tie away at Elizabeth Allen Old Boys. An update on these fixtures will be posted to website www.bedfordshirefootballleague.co.uk during the week.
In Division Three its a programme of just four games in which second place Sundon Park Rovers could close the gap on the league leaders Wixams to just four points should they gain the full three points from their visit to Harvey Close where they face sixth place Caldecote Reserves who will be looking for their sixth home win on the bounce. Whilst third place AFC Dunton now on a five game winning run play hosts at Horseshoes Close to second from bottom of the table Meltis Albion Reserves who have won just the once on the road all season.
Just goal difference behind Dunton in the league standings are White Eagles and for them its a trip to Rectory Road to be hosted by eighth place Shefford Town & Campton A. Whilst the final action takes third from bottom of the table Sandy Reserves now losers of their last eight away outings on the road to Whiston Crescent to be hosted by bottom of the table Clifton now losers of their last seven league outings.
The Division Four league programme is likewise a programme of just four games and topping the bill will be the Harvey Close encounter between third place hosts Caldcote A now on a four game winning run and second place Polonia Bedford where a victory for the home side would see them swap places in the league standings.
For league leaders Mid Beds Tigers the quest to defend their seasons 100% record takes them on the road for a 3G outing against sixth place AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College A. Whilst Groveside is the venue at which second from bottom of the table Henlow Reserves look for their first home win of the season against the visiting seventh place Westoning Reserves who are currently on a three game losing run.
The final action coming at Woodlands where fourth place Bedford Albion will be expecting to return to winning ways when called upon by bottom of the table Lidlington United Sports.