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Sunday 21st February 2016
Its to be a Cople & Bedford SA v Kempston Hammers Sports Beds Junior Cup Final.
Premier Division supported by Sportsform
In chalking up their fifth league win on the bounce with a 3-1 home victory over Ickwell & Old Warden league leaders Renhold United now find themselves three points clear at the head of the Premier Division supported by Sportsform league table after second place AFC Oakley M&DH despite extending their unbeaten home ways up to seven games were held to a 2-2 draw by Ampthill Town Reserves. Jason Allison twice plus Mark Reed netting for the league leaders against one in reply from Ickwell's Ricky Aris. Whilst the M&DH goalscorers were Alex Liburd and Shaun Barnett against a Town brace in reply from Phil Matthews.
For third place Wilstead it was a 4-1 home victory over Pavenham. Ahead in the 13th minute via JM Steele the visitors were to draw level when James Owen struck three minutes into the second half. Alas their lead lasted just eight minutes before Paul Jones restored Wilstead's advantage which was increased by brother Michael in the 77th minute and Stuart Robson in time added on.
Following two straight home defeats fourth place AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College went someway to repair the damage by beating Caldecote 5-1. Mike Stephenson netting twice alongside single strikes from Courtney Boughton, Matt Cheveralls and Aaron Chaplin to bring up the nap hand against a lone reply from Tom Wallace who then got himself sent off . Whilst fifth place Flitwick Town took their revenge on Cranfield United for last weekends Britannia Cup defeat by beating them 2-1 at the Football Centre to end United's six game winning league run. Nick Atkins and Jack Brereton on the Town's scoresheet against a lone United reply from Jack Brown.
Elsewhere bottom of the table Elstow Abbey have now lost their last nine home games after going down 7-0 to Shefford Town & Campton in a game that saw both sides end the day with just 10 players. Andrew Hayday netting five times to go alongside single strikes from Adam Larsen and Jamie Osbourne who with just 15 minutes showing on the clock was red carded to leave his side one player down until Abbey's Emmanuel Obuduechine evened things up a minute from time.
The Marston Shelton Rovers v Eastcotts AFC being postponed due to the state of the pitch at Weston Park.
Division One supported by Wests Citroen Bedford
With AFC Oakley M&DH Reserves unable to raise a side to visit Sundon Park Rangers the three points thus duly granted to the Rangers sees them eight points clear at the head of the Division One supported by Wests Citroen Bedford league table after second place Stevington had to postpone their home encounter with Meltis Albion due to the unfit state of their Playing Fields pitch. Whilst Ickleford failed to grab their chance to move up into the top three when held to a 0-0 draw at Riseley Sports.
Elsewhere the biggest winners of the day were Henlow who netted their third home win on the bounce with a 5-1 victory over second from bottom of the table Houghton Athletic. Antony Bowskill leading the way with a hat-trick and supported by single goals from Russell Ayles and Jonathan Whitehead to bring up the nap hand against a lone reply from Jordan Thomas.
Meantime Shefford Town & Campton Reserves are now unbeaten in their last four league outings following their 2-1 home win over Westoning. Sam Child putting the visitors in front before Sam Kelly levelled matters five minutes before the break and then hit the winning goal 10 minutes from time.
Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup Semi-finals
This seasons final at The Hollow home of Potton United on Friday 1st April will be a Cople & Bedford SA v Kempston Hammers Sports affair after both sides today emerged Semi-final winners. The Hammers via an own goal and a strike from Jimmy Grandidge netting a 2-1 home win over Stevington Reserves whose reply came via Cameron Cain. Whilst Cople & Bedford SA needed a 5-4 penalty shoot out win at Clapham Sports to earn their finals spots after 90 minutes play had seen the sides all square at 3-3. Liam Bolton, Marko Tobozic and Peter Bryant on the home scoresheet against SA replies via Ollie Hughes, Brett Allen and James Munns.
The lone league game of the day saw league leaders Cranfield United Reserves lose their seasons 100% away ways when held to a 1-1 draw at now second place Atletico Europa. Tadji Janrovic on the home scoresheet against the United reply from Elliott Forder.
Watson Shield 1st Round
Dinamo Flitwick will now travel to Wixams next Saturday for a second round tie after they emerged 2-1 winners at Meltis Albion Reserves. Carl Terry and Scott Hannam on their scoresheet against a lone Albion reply from Dudzaji Manomano. Also on the road next Saturday for a second round tie at Shefford Town & Campton A will be Caldecote A who required extra time to see off Flitwick Town A at Harvey Close after 90 minutes play had seen the sides deadlocked at 1-1. Jake Bruce the home goalscorer and Kevin Higby the Town scorer inside normal time before Bruce completed his hat-trick and Jack Stagg plus Rhys Parker both added to the home scoreline in extra time against a lone Town strike via Stuart Kelly to bring us to a 5-2 scoreline at 120 minutes.
The scheduled Westoning Reserves v Sandy Reserves game at Greenfield Road being waterlogged off.
Polonia Bedford moved to within seven points of league leaders Mid Beds Tigers after winning 5-3 at third place Bedford Albion who they now head by five points. Adam Chlapinski with a brace joined on the scoresheet by Filip Otocki, Dariusz Slowinski and Wojciech Plizga to bring up the nap hand against Albion replies via Jack Brown, Josh Emmerton and Paul Babbington.
Preview for Saturday 27th February 2016
Premier Division supported by Sportsform action this weekend sees both of the leading title contenders hitting the road and for current league leaders Renhold United the destination is Bedford Road Recreation Ground to be hosted by thirteenth place Sandy you will be looking for just their fourth home win of the season. Whilst second place AFC Oakley M&DH head towards Harvey Close for a meeting with third from bottom of the table Caldecote. The hosts looking for just their second home win of the season against an M&DH side that as lost just the once on the road all season.
The battle for this seasons bronze medal finished looks to between five clubs and this weekend two of those clubs go head to head when at Jubilee Playing Fields where third place Wilstead have been beaten just the twice all season the visitors are sixth place Ampthill Town Reserves who have not won on the road since winning at Sandy back in mid-December some six games ago.
For both of the bottom two clubs its home action when at the Warren bottom of the table Elstow Abbey go in search of just their second win of the season against ninth place Marston Shelton Rovers who have won just the one of their last six away league outings. Whilst at Weston Park for second from bottom of the table Eastcotts AFC its the search of home win number three of the season against the visiting fifth place Flitwick Town who will hit the road looking to end a run of four away league games without a victory.
The final action in this division coming on the Green being the venue at which tenth place Ickwell & Old Warden with just four home wins to their name all season play hosts to eighth place Shefford Town & Campton who will arrive on the Green looking for their third consecutive away win.
The main spotlight for Division One supported by Wests Citroen Bedford sides falls upon the Semi-final ties in this seasons Bedfordshire FA Intermediate Cup. Over at Stockwood Park Athletic Track for hosts Sundon Park Rangers the visitors are AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves and with the Rangers having already secured a league double over the Town this season they will start the day the favouties. However for Henlow the task of joining one of their fellow league members in the final looks a lot tougher has they head into Luton to be be hosted by South Midlands League side Crawley Green Reserves.
This cup action leaving us with just four league fixtures. In Allen Park for the hosting third place Queens Park Crescents who have lost just the twice on home soil all season the visitors are third from bottom of the table Westoning who will hit the road in search of their fourth away win of the season. Whilst at Langford Recreation Ground for fifth place Ickleford its the quest to repair the damage of two consecutive home league defeats when called upon by fourth place Meltis Albion whose league away defeats to date total just the two.
Other action comes at Gold Street the venue at which tenth place Riseley Sports receive a visit from second from bottom of the table Houghton Athletic who have won just the once on the road all season and at Church Lane for bottom of the table AFC Oakley M&DH Reserves who are still in search of their first home league win of the season the visitors are eighth place Potton Town who will hit the road in search of their third away win on the bounce to take their unbeaten league ways up to six games.
For Division Two sides the spotlight falls upon the Quater-final ties in this seasons Jubilee Cup. For league leaders Cranfield United that means an home tie at Crawley Road against bottom of the table Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves which you would expect them to win to earn a home last four tie against Clapham Sports or Bedford United who meet at King George VI Playing Fields where the Sportsmen with a seasons 100% home league record will start the day firm favourties.
In the other half of the draw at Grange Road for the hosting Cople & Bedford SA beaten just the once in league action on home soil this season the visitors are Atletico Europa and for the winners awaits a trip on the road at the last four stage to either Kempston Hammers Sports or Flitwick Town Reserves who this weekend meet at Cutler Hammer.
The spotlight for the other lower division sides falls upon the outstanding ties yet to be played in the opening two rounds of this seasons Watson Shield. Over at Whiston Crescent we are still at the first round stage where hosts Clifton receive a visit from Bedfordshire Saturday Youth side Ampthill Town for the right to host Bedford Albion in round two. Likewise at Greenfield Road Westoning Reserves will look to play their first home game of 2016 when called upon by Sandy Reserves for which a trip to Lidlington United Sports awaits the winners in round two.
Meantime its second round action at Horseshoes Close where division three AFC Dunton entertain division four Stevington Reserves for which an home tie at the last eight stage awaits the winners against either AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College A or Bedfordshire Saturday League side Scared Heart Offley who at the same time will be doing battle on the 3G surface at Hillgrounds.
Elsewhere over at Renhold Playing Fields for division three Renhold United Reserves the visitors are division four Henlow Reserves and the reward for the winners is the right to play hosts at the Quarter-finals stage against Wixams or Dinamo Flitwick who meet on the 3G surface in an all division three clash where the hosts will start the day firm favouities to progress . Whilst in Mowsbury Park its another all division three clash between the hosting White Eagles and the visiting Sundon Park Rovers for which a trip to either division three Shefford Town & Campton A or division four Caldecote A who meet at Rectory Road awaits the winners at the last eight stage.