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Sunday 07th February 2016
Trophy joy for AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College.
Bedfordshire FA Senior Trophy Semi-Final

AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College will now contest the final of this seasons Bedfordshire FA Senior Trophy against South Midlands League side Ampthill Town after running out 2-1 home Hillgrounds winners over United Counties League Potton United. Ashley Windridge shooting the Town ahead in the 58th minute before the Royals drew level six minutes later via a Lawrence Allen own goal only to see Windridge net his second goal of the afternoon and the winning strike six minutes from time.

Premier Division supported by Sportsform

With league leaders Renhold United sitting the afternoon out second place AFC Oakley M&DH who trail them by just a single point but having played a game less missed the chance to regain top spot when their scheduled Church Lane encounter with fourth place Wilstead was waterlogged off. Whilst fifth place Flitwick Town failed to jump above Wilstead in the league standings after being held to a 1-1 draw at third from bottom of the table Caldecote. Sam Julian netting the home goal against a Town reply via Ritchie Bevan.

For Shefford Town & Campton it was their first away win in seven outings with a 3-0 win at second from bottom of the table Eastcotts AFC. Jake Renney, Andrew Hayday and Nick Threadgold netting the goals to do the damage. Whilst bottom of the table Elstow Abbey have now lost their last 15 games after being beaten 3-1 at home by Cranfield United. Harry Ellis giving the Abbey an early lead before strikes from Martin Holland, Jordan Appleton and James Armstrong took United to their sixth consecutive league win and the three points.

Meantime over at Bedford Road Recreation Ground Sandy pulled ever further away from the drop zone by beating Pavenham 3-1. It was the visitors who led at half-time via a strike from James Owen before second period goals from Sam Evans, Matt Johnson and Alex Baker won the points for the home side.

Elsewhere Sharnbrook are now unbeaten in their last six outings after winning 3-1 at Ickwell & Old Warden. James Burnside netting all three goals against a home own goal in reply. The result now seeing the clubs swap tenth and eleventh places in the league standings.

Division One supported by Wests Citroen Bedford

With league leaders Sundon Park Rangers sitting the afternoon out second place Stevington failed to narrow the gap at the head of the standings by getting beat 3-1 at third place Queens Park Crescents who are now within goal difference of them in the league table. Myles Ferraro, Ayaz Hussain and Daniel Rasol on the scoresheet for the Crescents. Whilst now up into fourth place following defeats for Ickleford and AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves are Meltis Albion who returned to winning ways with a 2-1 home win over Riseley Sports. Thomas Hughes and Carl Townsend netting the Albion goals against a lone reply via James Law.

For now fifth place Ickleford it was a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Potton Town for whom Chris Moore and James Wills netted the goals. Whilst now sixth place AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves were beaten 2-1 at Henlow who with the three points duly climbed out of the drop zone at the other end of the standings. James Campbell and Dan Wilson on the home scoresheet against a lone reply from Abdoulaye Dialo.

Elsewhere following three straight away defeats Westoning returning to winning ways on the road with a 5-2 victory at now second from bottom of the table Houghton Athletic. Sam Holmes leading the way with brace and joined on the scoresheet by Sam Childs, Sam Taylor and Taylor Clayton to bring up the nap hand against home replies from Andrew McMaster and Ali Mohiyaldeen.

The final game of the day in this division seeing Shefford Town & Campton Reserves win for the first time in six home starts with a 2-1 victory over bottom of the table AFC Oakley M&DH Reserves. Steve Moules and Tim Andrews netting the vital goals against one in reply from Hayden Sohanta for the visitors.

Division Two

With second place Cople & Bedford SA sitting the afternoon out league leaders Cranfield United Reserves are now five points clear at the head of the standings after they retained their seasons unbeaten ways with a 1-0 home victory over Kempston Hammers Sports thanks to a successful penalty from Ryan Collis. Whilst now up into third spot are Flitwick Town Reserves who made it seven home wins on the bounce with a 7-3 victory over Lea Sports PSG. Scott Gadsden netting four times, David Keefe twice and Sean O'Donnell once against PSG replies from Owen Malcolm, Joe Hennem and Jordan Yearwood.

Dropping down into fourth spot are Atletico Europa whose three game winning run was ended when going down to a 3-0 defeat at Clapham Sports who duly maintained their seasons 100% home record. Liam Bolton netting twice and Marko Tobozic once to win the points for the home side.

Meantime Bedford United are now unbeaten in their last three home starts after running out 3-2 winners over Wootton Village. Jamaal Dixon netting twice and Tom Wade once against a brace in reply from Jason Churchman-Hall.

The Kempston Athletic v Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves game at Cutler Hammer being waterlogged off.

Division Three

There is no change at the head of the division three league table following wins for the top two clubs. For league leaders Wixams it was a retention of their seasons 100% home ways with a 7-0 victory over second from bottom of the table Meltis Albion Reserves. Matt O'Connor netting twice alongside single strikes from Gareth White, Gareth Loadman, Jack Perry, Tom Sargent and Danny Lawrence. Whilst second place Sundon Park Rovers were 5-0 home winners over bottom of the table Clifton. Craig Barnes with a hat-trick plus Kane Griffiths and Scott Fraser netting the goals to bring up the nap hand.

With third place Caldecote Reserves having their game at Wilstead Reserves waterlogged off now just two points behind them in the standings are AFC Dunton who won 2-1 at White Eagles. Lee Adams and Tony Norman netting the vital goals against a lone Eagles reply from Kazimierz Orzechowski. Whilst up into the top six are Renhold United Reserves who ran out 3-1 home winners over Shefford Town & Campton A. Michael France netting all three goals against one in reply from Town's Michael Castle.

Division Four

League leaders Mid Beds Tigers took another small step towards lifting the league crown by sharing the points in a 2-2 draw at Flitwick Town A. Daniel Whitten netting both of the Tigers goals against home replies from Kevin Higby and Ross Iving. Whilst second place Polonia Bedford still live in hope after running out 8-3 winners at AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College A. Filip Otocki netting four times, Marian Sobczyk three times and Dariusz Slowinski once against home replies via Giovanni Moscaralito twice and Fario Marzai once.

Meantime now in third spot and doing their promotion hopes no harm at all are Bedford Albion by winning 3-1 at Stevington Reserves. Jack Brown, Josh Emmerton and Shaun Challi all finding the back of the net against a lone home reply from Simon Ellis.

The Westoning Reserves v Caldecote A game at Greenfield Road being postponed.

Preview for Saturday 13th February 2016

The main spotlight for Premier Division supported by Sportsform clubs this weekend falls upon the Quarter-final ties in this seasons Britannia Cup. For Caldecote at Harvey Close its the chance to extract a spot of revenge on the visiting Ampthill Town Reserves who have already completed a league double over them this season. Whilst talking of revenge, AFC Oakley M&DH travel to Weston Park to face Marston Shelton Rovers who handed out to them their only league away defeat so far this season just 28 days ago.

Elsewhere over at Lodge Road the ever improving hosts Sharnbrook will take heed from the fact that in their league account with the visiting Shefford Town & Campton back in late October they beat them 5-3 and since that day the Town have only managed to win just the twice on the road.Whilst the fourth tie brings about local derby action at the Football Centre being the venue at which hosts Flitwick Town having lost just the once on home soil this season will perhaps start the favourites to overcome near neighbours Cranfield United despite United arriving at the Centre now winners of their last three away league outings.

With these ties taking place the Premier Division supported by Sportsform league action is down to a programme of just two games. For bottom of the table Elstow Abbey that means a chance to gain their first away point/points of the season when they hit the road to the Green to be hosted by eleventh place Ickwell & Old Warden who have won just the three times on home soil this season. Whilst at their Playing Field base twelfth place Pavenham face no easy task to make it three home wins on the bounce as their visitors are fourth place Wilstead whose last six away outings have seen them remain unbeaten.

Likewise for Division One supported by Wests Citroen Bedford sides the main spotlight falls upon the ties in this seasons Centenary Cup. Due to the recent wet weather and County Cup commitments that means its only first round action for the hosting Ickleford at their now new home of Stotfold Recreation Ground against AFC Oakley M&DH Reserves for the right to travel to Westoning at the Quarter-final stage.

Whilst in the scheduled three Quarter-final ties for Houghton Athletic who caused the shock of round one when knocking out Stevington its home action at Moore Crescent against Shefford Town & Campton Reserves. Their league encounter at the same venue earlier in the season ended 0-0 and on recent league form another close encounter looks to be on the cards.

Elsewhere over at Miller Road for the hosting and current cup holders Meltis Albion its a chance to gain revenge for their 4-1 league defeat at the same venue on the opening weekend of 2016 when revisited by Queens Park Crescents. Whilst down at Stockwood Park Athletic Track Sundon Park Rangers will be expected to place their name in the hat for the last four draw at the expense of the visiting Henlow.

Meantime Division One supported by Wests Citroen league action is down to just two games. For second place Stevington who still remain unbeaten on home soil at their Playing Field headquarters this season its local derby action against tenth place Riseley Sports who have won just the once on the road this season to date. Whilst at Mill Lane for seventh place Poton Town it will be the task of trying to stretch their unbeaten home ways up to five games when called upon by sixth place AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves.

For Division Two League cup action its the Jubilee Cup in which just two of the four Quarter-final ties are taking place this weekend. At Cutler Hammer its a tie between the two clubs who share this venue for league action namely Kempston Hammers Sports who will be today's host and Kempston Athletic who will be today's visitors. Whilst at the Football Centre its a second clash inside seven days for the hosting Flitwick Town Reserves and the visiting Lea Sports PSG. Their league account ending 7-3 in favour of the Town to make them the firm favourites to advance into the last four.

These ties leaving us with just three division two league fixtures. At Grange Lane for second place Cople and Bedford SA who still remain unbeaten on home soil this season its a visit from eighth place Bedford United whose last five away outings have all ended in defeat. Whilst fourth place Atletico Europa with just two away wins to their name this season head towards Wootton Playing Fields where the hosting ninth place Wootton Village have won just the once from eight attempts to date this season.

The final action coming at Marston Playing Fields being the venue at which bottom of the table Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves who are currently on a four game losing home run and eight games without a win play hosts to sixth place Clapham Sports who will hit the road for their first away fixture of 2016 looking for their sixth league win on the bounce to keep them in the promotion mix.

For the two lower divisions the cup action comes in the shape of the Watson Shield which is also contested by four Bedfordshire Saturday Youth League sides, three clubs under their own name and the fourth under the BSYL representative banner. Overall there are 10 first round ties to be played of which seven are taking place this weekend for the winners to make their passage into the last 16 where six sides having already received byes await them in the second round draw bag.

Of those four BSYL sides just three will be action this weekend. Sacred Heart Offley being one of afore-mentioned sides granted byes alongside Shefford Town & Campton A, Stevington Reserves, Bedford Albion, Lidlington United Sports and White Eagles. However, of the BSYL sides just one Linslade Galaxy will enjoy home advantage when they play hosts to Sundon Park Rangers. The other two having to hit the road, Ampthill Town heading for a Whiston Crescent outing against Clifton and the BSYL Rep side en route in the same direction to Groveside to face Henlow Reserves.

Of the other ties taking place you would perhaps fancy runaway division four league leaders Mid Beds Tigers to have a better chance of securing a win at Renhold Playing Fields over division three Renhold United Reserves than that of fellow division four outfit Polonia Bedford who head for a 3G outing against division three league leaders Wixams.

Elsewhere a third division four side in with a chance of a spot of giant killing will be AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College A when they welcome to Hillgrounds for a meeting on the 3G surface division three Wilstead Reserves. Whilst the final tie sees an all division three clash at Harvey Close where hosts Caldecote Reserves receive a visit from AFC Dunton. When these sides met in league action back in mid-November at Horseshoes Close it was Dunton who won 5-1 but since that day Caldecote Reserves have enjoyed seven league wins on the bounce to suggest the outcome might be a little different this time around.

The lone division four league game of the day coming at Hurst Grove where bottom of the table Lidlington United Sports look for their first point/points of the season when they play hosts to eighth place Flitwick Town A who have won just the once on the road all season at Henlow Reserves back in mid-October.

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