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Sunday 31st January 2016
Penalty shoot-out win earns Henlow a place in the last four of county cup.
Premier Division supported by Sportsform
With second place Renhold United having their home encounter against Eastcotts AFC called off when the visitors failed to raise a side league leaders AFC Oakley M&DH were to only increased their lead at the head of the standings to two points after being held to a 4-4 home draw by Sharnbrook. Jack Hoogstraten, Alex Liburd, Matt Barnes plus a Shaun Barnett penalty marking the home scoresheet against Sharnbrook replies from Jordan Baxter with a brace plus Pat Mulvhill and a Michael Pickard penalty.
With the Wilstead v Sandy game at Jubilee Playing Fields waterlogged off now back into third spot in the league table are AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College following their 8-0 away win at bottom of the table Elstow Abbey. Courtney Boughton netting a hat-trick, Aaron Chaplin a brace to go alongside a penalty from Tim Clarke plus single strikes from Mike Sexton and Joe Price to do the damage.
However failing to climb above Wilstead were Ampthill Town Reserves who suffered their fourth away defeat on the bounce when beaten 1-0 at Flitwick Town who thanks to a goal from Daniel Stafford were ending a four game losing run to move up into sixth spot in the league standings above Cranfield United whose home game against Ickwell & Old Warden was like the game at Jubilee Playing Fields, waterlogged off.
Elsewhere for Pavenham it was a 3-1 home victory over third from bottom of the table Caldecote. James Owen netting all three goals against one in reply from Jake Wallace.
The Shefford Town & Campton v Marston Shelton Rovers encounter at Hitchin Road being the third game to be waterlogged off.
Division One supported by Wests Citroen Bedford
Sundon Park Rangers now find themselves eight points clear at the head of the Division One supported by Wests Citroen Bedford league table after they retained their seasons unbeaten ways with a 3-2 home victory over AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves. Shaka Anderson netting twice and Kam Banda once against Town replies from Chris Wright and Jessie Sidhu.
Losing ground on the Rangers were second place Stevington who were held to a 1-1 home draw by Shefford Town & Campton Reserves but nevertheless retained their own seasons unbeaten home record and with three games in hand could with the maximum points returns from those encounters still take over that top spot. Reece Williams on their scoresheet against a Town reply from Ryan Lewis.
For third place Queens Park Crescents it was an end to their three game winning away run when beaten 4-3 at Riseley Sports. Mark Darlow, James Bowen, Jake Hislop and Sam Harrison all finding the back of the net for the home side against Crescent replies via Daniel Rasol, Anish Khinda and Hassan Yousaf. Whilst at Mill Lane Potton Town's quest for a fourth home win on the bounce was thwarted by Meltis Albion who held them to a 4-4 draw. Tom Pyman with a brace joined on the Town scoresheet by a James Pyman penalty plus a strike from Brad Smith against Albion replies from Carl Townsend twice plus Scott Alleyne and Stanley Gonese.
The Westoning v Ickleford game being waterlogged off.
Bedfordshire FA Intermediate Cup Quarter-Final
Henlow will now face a semi-final trip to Crawley Green Reserves after emerging 6-5 home penalty shoot-out winners over AFC Oakley M&DH Reserves after 90 minutes play had seen the sides deadlocked at 4-4. Aaron Fehmi twice plus Russell Ayles and Antony Bowskill netting for the home side against M&DH replies from Ray Patrickson, Hayden Sohanta, Daniel Glos and Owen Leyton.
Cranfield United Reserves are now two points clear at the head of the division two league table after they retained their seasons 100% away record by winning 1-0 at bottom of the table Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves where the lone goal came via Ryan Collis from the penalty spot. The two points lead being gained after second place Cople & Bedford SA lost their seasons 100% home record and failed to record their eighth win on the bounce when held to a 1-1 draw by Flitwick Town Reserves. Ollie Hughes on the home scoresheet against an own goal in reply.
Now up into third spot are Atletico Europa who took their winning home ways up to four games with a 4-0 victory over Lea Sports PSG. Tadeji Jankovic after he had seen his 40th minute penalty saved by PSG goalkeeper Daniel Little giving his side the lead right on the stroke of half-time before going on to completing his hat-trick with a goal direct from a corner in the 64th minute and then from long range eight minutes later. Substitute Mo Banda added the fourth goal 15 minutes from time.
Elsewhere Clapham Sports retained their seasons 100% home record with a 6-2 victory over Bedford United. Nathan O'Hallaran leading the way with four goals and joined on the scoresheet by Marko Tobozic and Liam Bolton against two in reply from United's Gary Philipson.
Whilst at Cutler Hammer it was a share of the spoils for hosts Kempston Hammers Sports and the visiting Wootton Village following a 2-2 draw. Martin Bennett from the penalty spot and Alex Giscombe netting for the Hammers against Village replies from Jason Churchman-Hall and Sam King.
There is no change at the head of the division three league table following wins for the top three sides. Wixams staying seven points clear at the head of the standings following their 4-0 win at Shefford Town & Campton A with goals from Gareth White, Charlie Battams, Adam Jellis and Charlie Collier. Whilst second place Sundon Park Rovers were 2-0 winners at Meltis Albion Reserves where Chris Scott and Achlan Howes netted the vital goals.
The trio of winners being completed by Caldecote Reserves who recorded win number seven on the bounce with a 3-1 home victory over White Eagles. Adam Legate, Sean Bent and Josh St Clair Pierre on his Caldecote debut following his transfer from Meltis Albion netting the home goals against one in reply from Rafal Cygan for the Eagles.
Returning to winning ways for the first time in five outings were Dinamo Flitwick with a 6-2 victory at bottom of the table Clifton who have now lost their last eight games. Dean Myers with a hat-trick joined on the scoresheet by Jamie Burton, Dale Goldie and Jack Fuller against home replies via Jonny Cole and Josh Angell.
Also enjoying life on the road were Renhold United Reserves who won 3-1 at Sandy Reserves for whom it was game number seven without a win. Justin Ludman with a brace and Michael France netting for United against a lone home reply via Mark Jennings.
The AFC Dunton v Wilstead Reserves game being waterlogged off.
League leaders Mid Beds Tigers retained their seasons 100% home record and moved to within six points of the league title after beating bottom of the table Lidlington United Sports 11-1. Liam Brophy and Tomas-Lee Smith both netting twice to go alongside single goals for Rob Gaylor, Luke Clark, Brad Dennis, Ben Melrose, Alex Wiltshire, Daniel Bailey plus a penalty from goalkeeper Micheal Dring against one in reply from United's Tom Staples.
Elsewhere third place Caldecote A took their unbeaten ways up to seven games after sharing the spoils in a 2-2 home draw with Flitwick Town A. Neil Giles from the penalty spot and Jake Bruce netting the Caldecote goals against Town replies via Kevin Higby and Stuart Kemp. Whilst Bedford Albion remain in fourth spot following their 5-5 home draw with Westoning Reserves. Paul Babbington with a brace plus an own goal and strikes from Shaun Chali and Jack Brown on their scoresheet against Westoning replies via Josh Arthur Kent with a brace plus Ben Hymus, Aaron Turner and Bryn Reynolds.
Enjoying life on the road were fifth place Stevington Reserves who won 3-1 at AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College A. Saxon Taylor, Cameron Cain and Aaron Fletcher netting the vital goals against a lone home reply from Chris Allan.
Preview for Saturday 6th February 2016
We entered 2016 suggesting that as many as six clubs were still in contention to lift this seasons Premier Division supported by Sportsform league title but now just 30 odd days later that number has already halved and come the final whistle at Church Lane today should current league leaders AFC Oakley M&DH now unbeaten in their last six home starts have ended Wilstead's current six game unbeaten away run then it might be fair to say its now down to a two club fight between them and Renhold United for the 2015-16 crown.
Down at the other end of the standings current basement club Elstow Abbey will be looking for just their second win of the season to end a 14 game losing run when they go into home action at the Warren against seventh place Cranfield United who will make the short journey down the A421 in search of their third away win on the bounce. Whilst for second from bottom of the table Eastcotts its also home action when at Weston Park they will be in search of just their third home win of the season when called upon by ninth place Shefford Town & Campton whose lone away win of the season from their seven outings to date came way back on the opening day of the season at Ampthill Town Reserves.
Elsewhere over at Harvey Close for the hosting third from bottom of the table Caldecote its the search of just a second home win of the season against the visiting sixth place Flitwick Town who will be hitting the road looking to avoid their fourth consecutive away defeat . Whilst at Bedford Road Recreation Ground for thirteenth place Sandy its the search of just their third home win of the season against twelfth place Pavenham who have won just the twice on the road so far this season but nevertheless sit eight points ahead of their hosts in the league standings.
The final league action coming on the Green being the venue at which tenth place Ickwell & Old Warden look for their third league win on the bounce when they play hosts to eleventh place Sharnbrook who will arrive on the Green now unbeaten in their last four starts away from their Lodge Road base.
Outside the league action its Semi-final day in this seasons Bedfordshire FA Senior Trophy and for AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College that means home action at Hillgrounds against United Counties League Potton United.
With Division One supported by Wests Citroen Bedford league leaders Sundon Park Rangers sitting the afternoon out for the chasing pack its a chance to close the gap. Of those clubs two will be going head to head when in Allen Park having lost their last two home outings third place Queens Park Crescents will look to repair the damage when called upon by second place Stevington who have lost just the once on the road all season. Whilst its home action for fourth place Ickleford who with just one point gathered from the last six on offer at home will look for better when visited by eighth place Potton Town who will travel looking to extend their current unbeaten ways up to four games.
The other side still just close enough to remain in the title race are fifth place AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves and for them with just two away wins to their name this season its a trip to Groveside to be hosted by second from bottom of the table Henlow who themselves will be in quest of just their third home win of the season.
Elsewhere for bottom of the table AFC Oakley M&DH Reserves its a trip to Rectory Road to be hosted by ninth place Shefford Town & Campton Reserves whose lone home win of the season to date came way back on the opening day of the season against Riseley Sports. Whilst talking of seventh place Riseley Sports for them its a trip to Miller Road looking to avoid their fourth away defeat on the bounce against the hosting sixth place Meltis Albion who will be looking for their first win of 2016.
The final action in this division coming at Moore Crescent where tenth place Houghton Athletic now without a home win since late November some four games ago play hosts to the visiting eleventh place Westoning who are currently on a three game losing away run.
In Division Two at Crawley Road for league leaders Cranfield United Reserves its defence of their season unbeaten ways when called upon by seventh place Kempston Hammers Sports whose away win tally for the season totals just two. Whilst the game of the day in this section could well come at King George VI Playing Fields where sixth place hosts Clapham Sports defend their seasons 100% home record against the visiting third place Atletico Europa who will be looking for their fourth win on the bounce.
Down at the other end of the table for second from bottom of the table Kempston Athletic who have won just the once on home soil at Cutler Hammer this season its a visit from the only team below them in the standings namely Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves who have lost all of their last five league outings and are still in search of their first away win of the season.
Whilst also down at the wrong end of the table at the Hockey Centre ninth place hosts Bedford United now unbeaten in their last two home starts receive a visit from eighth place Wootton Village who are yet to win on the road this season.
The final action in this division coming at the Football Centre being the venue at which fourth place hosts Flitwick Town Reserves go in search of home win number seven on the bounce against the visiting fifth place Lea Sports PSG.
In Division Three for league leaders Wixams who still hold down a seasons 100% home record its a visit from second from bottom of the table Meltis Albion Reserves whose last five outings away from their Miller Road base have all ended in defeat. Whilst second place Sundon Park Rovers will also enjoy home advantage in Leagrave Park against bottom of the table Clifton who will hit the road looking to avoid their fourth consecutive away defeat.
Elsewhere over at Jubilee Playing Fields for fifth place Wilstead who have lost just the twice on home soil to date this season and are currently on a four game winning run the visitors are third place Caldecote Reserves who themselves are currently enjoying a seven game winning run of their own. Whilst in Mowsbury Park for sixth place White Eagles who have failed to win any of their last three home outings the visitors are fourth place AFC Dunton who thus far have lost just the twice on the road this season.
The final action in this division coming at Renhold Playing Fields being the venue at which seventh place hosts Renhold United Reserves are called upon by ninth place Shefford Town & Campton A .
In Division Four its away action for all of the leading sides and for league leaders Mid Beds Tigers who are now just six points away from lifting the league crown that means a trip to the Football Centre to be hosted by eighth place Flitwick Town A. Whilst second place Polonia Bedford head towards Hillgrounds to be hosted by sixth place AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College A who will be looking to avoid their third consecutive home defeat.
Also on the road are third place Caldecote A who make tracks to Greenfield Road looking for their fourth away win on the bounce against the hosting seventh place Westoning Reserves whose last four home outings have all ended in defeat. Whilst for fourth place Bedford Albion its a trip to Stevington Playing Fields to be hosted by fifth place Stevington Reserves who will look to repair the damage of two consecutive home defeats and collect the three points that would take them above the Albion in the league standings.