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Sunday 06th March 2016
Wixams close in on Division Three League Title.
Premier Division supported by Sportsform
There is no change at the head of the Premier Division supported by Sportsform league table following wins for the top five clubs. Still leading the way three points clear at the head of the standings are Renhold United who took their winning ways up to seven games with a 2-1 home win over Pavenham who have now lost their last four games. Ben Brown and Alex Woolston netting the vital goals against one in reply from Nick Payne. Whilst second place AFC Oakley M&DH are now unbeaten in their last eight home starts after beating Cranfield United 3-2. Shaun Barnett, Reuben Joseph-Hukin and Matt Barnes on their scoresheet against United replies via James Armstrong and Martin Holland.
The joint biggest winners of the day were third place Wilstead who made it four wins on the bounce with a 5-0 home win over Sharnbrook who were losing for the first time in seven outings. Adam Budek with a brace joined on the scoresheet by Colin Marshall, Paul Jones and Liam Fenton to bring up the nap hand. Whilst fourth place Flitwick Town took their unbeaten ways up to five games with a likewise 5-0 home win over bottom of the table Elstow Abbey. Vinicious Dortario netting twice alongside single strikes from Richie Bevan, Jim Lewis and Callum Jones to send the Abbey to their ninth away defeat of the season.
Elsewhere fifth place AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College made it three wins on the bounce with a 3-2 home victory over second from bottom of the table Eastcotts AFC who have now lost their last seven games. Courtney Broughton, Tim Clarke and Mike Stephenson the home goalscorers against replies from Kaylen Wilson and Tim Larrier for the visitors.
Having lost their last four away outings Sandy returned to winning ways on the road with a 3-0 victory at Shefford Town & Campton who were duly losing their five game unbeaten run. Matt Clark twice and Jack Webb netting the vital goals.
The Marston Shelton Rovers v Ampthill Town Reserves game postponed.
Division One supported by Wests Citroen Bedford
Sundon Park Rangers remain eight points clear at the head of the Division One supported by Wests Citroen league table despite being held to a 2-2 home draw by Riseley Sports. Pearce Tracey and Matthew Conway on the Rangers scoresheet against replies from James Law and Samuel Harrision for the Sportsmen and with Stevington's game at Potton Town postponed now up above them into second spot are Meltis Albion who ran out 4-2 winners at AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves. Scott Alleyne with a hat-trick joined on the Albion scoresheet by Carl Townsend against Town replies from Jake Duxbury and Jessie Sidhu.
Missing the chance to take over that second spot were Queens Park Crescents who were beaten 4-0 at Henlow who were duly recording their fourth home win on the bounce. Antony Bowskill with a brace plus Gary Hillard and Kaan Fehmi netting the goals to do the damage. Whilst Shefford Town & Campton Reserves are now unbeaten in their last five league starts after running out 4-3 home winners over second from bottom of the table Houghton Athletic. Jack Lannon, Steve Moules, Adam Spoors and David Gill on the Town scoresheet against replies via Jordan Thomas, Przemyslaw Targowski and Ali Mohiyaldeen.
The scheduled Centenary Cup tie between Westoning and Ickleford was postponed.
Cranfield United Reserves lead at the head of the Division Two league table is now down to just three points after their seasons unbeaten league record was blown away by third place Flitwick Town Reserves who beat them 1-0 at Crawley Road thanks to a goal from Mark Funnell to take his sides unbeaten ways up to seven games. Whilst second place Cople & Bedford SA took full advantage to close the gap on United with a 4-0 home victory over Wootton Village. Ollie Hughes netting twice alongside single strikes from James Dougan and Dominic Andrews.
Also still very much in the promotion race are Clapham Sports who retained their seasons 100% home record with a 6-3 victory over Lea Sports PSG. Grant Williams and Ishmael George with braces joined on the scoresheet by Liam Bolton and Nathan O'Halleran against PSG replies via Jordan Yearwood twice and Robert Hannam. Whilst Bedford United were defeated for the first time in four home starts when beaten 5-1 by Kempston Hammers Sports. Shaun Winconek with a hat-trick and Jimmy Grandidge with a brace bringing up the Hammers nap hand against a lone United reply via Valentino Ukegbu.
The scheduled Kempston Athletic v Atletico Europa game being postponed.
League leaders Wixams took another giant step towards the league title by running out 6-0 winners at Dinamo Flitwick. Gareth White leading the way with a hat-trick and joined on the scoresheet by Iain Hall, Adam Jellis and Ashley Pratt who all scored once. Whilst second place Sundon Park Rovers kept the pressure on by running out 1-0 home winners over Renhold United Reserves thanks to a goal from Craig Barnes.
Having won their last seven home games third place Caldecote Reserves failed to make it eight in a row when held to a 2-2 draw by AFC Dunton. Josh St Clair Pierre and Adam Legate on target for the home side against replies from Craig Hill and Tony Norman for the visitors. Now just a point behind them in fourth spot are Wilstead Reserves who took their winning ways up to six games with an 8-2 win at bottom of the table Clifton. Luke Pursey with a hat-trick joined on the scoresheet by strikes from Callum Evans, Ryan Davenport, Sam Ward, Luke Prietzel and Robert Booth against home replies from Gavin Ratford and Jonny Cole.
For second from bottom of the table Meltis Albion Reserves after five straight defeats it was a 4-2 home win over White Eagles who have now lost their own five league games on the bounce to slip down the table into eighth spot. Asa Garlick netting twice alongside single strikes from Shane Garlick and Sylvester Mulenga for the Albion against Eagles replies via Marcin Ptak and Arkadivsz Boruch.
With league leaders Mid Beds Tigers sitting the afternoon out second place Bedford Albion closed the gap on them at the head of the league standings to just six points with a 3-2 home win over AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College A. Shaun Challi netting twice and Josh Emmerton once against Town replies via Giovanni Moscaritolo and Joseph Orgunremi. Whilst third place Polonia Bedford were beaten 3-0 at Flitwick Town A who were duly taking their unbeaten ways up to five games. Paulo De Macedo, Ross Irving and Stuart Ironmonger netting the goals to do the damage.
Alas for bottom of the table Lidlington United Sports it was defeat number 16 on the bounce when beaten 9-0 at home by Stevington Reserves. Sam Nightingale leading the way with a hat-trick , Cameron Cain and Aaron Fletcher weighing in with braces to go alongside single strikes from Clinton Tatham and Reece Williams.
Watson Shield Round One
Sandy Reserves will now travel to Lidlington United Sports in round two after running out penalty shoot-out winners over Westoning Reserves after 120 minutes play saw the sides deadlocked at 1-1. Aaron Turner for Westoning and Michael Rushton for Sandy netting in the opening 90 minutes only for Sandy after a blank extra time goal wise emerging the 4-2 shoot-out winners thanks to successful spot kicks from Recardo McKay, Sam Trolley, Lee Perkins and Aiden London.
Preview for Saturday 12th March 2016
With Cranfield United and Ampthill Town Reserves having settled their Britannia Cup Semi-final tie some 72 hours earlier their opponents for the Hillgrounds final showdown on Bank Holiday Monday May 2nd will be known following the Lodge Road clash between hosts Sharnbrook and their near neighbours AFC Oakley M&DH who of course will go into the game still looking to complete a league and cup double for the season. With both of their league encounters this season ending in draws another tight contest looks on the cards and perhaps it could well take more than 90 minutes to settle the issue.
Premier Division supported by Sportsform league action this weekend is thus down to just a programme of five games. For league leaders Renhold United now on a seven game winning run it's a trip to Woburn Road to be hosted by eighth place Ampthill Town Reserves who will be seeking their fourth home league win on the bounce.The next highest place club taking to the field will be fourth place Flitwick Town who will look to extend their unbeaten ways up to six games when they travel to Weston Park to face the hosting ninth place Marston Shelton Rovers who themselves are currently unbeaten on home soil since losing to Wilstead way back in early December 2015.
For seventh place Shefford Town & Campton who are now unbeaten in their last four away outings it's a trip on the road to Pavenham Playing Fields where twelfth place hosts Pavenham will be seeking to gain their first point/points since the end of January some four games ago. Whilst on the Green tenth place Ickwell & Old Warden now on a three game losing run play hosts to second from bottom of the table Eastcotts AFC who have won just the once on the road all season.
The fourth game coming at Bedford Road Recreation Ground where thirteenth place hosts Sandy are visited by bottom of the table Elstow Abbey. The hosts looking for just their fourth home win of the season against an Abbey side who are still in search of their first away point/points of the campaign.
The highlight for Division One supported by Wests Citroen Bedford comes with the staging of this seasons Semi-final ties in the Centenary Cup. In Mowsbury Park for hosts Queens Park Crescents that means a visit from Shefford Town & Campton Reserves. With both of their league encounters this season finishing in 3-0 wins for the Crescents you would perhaps favour them to progress to the final where they will meet either Henlow or Westoning/ Ickleford . The latter two attempting again to play their outstanding Quarter-final tie at Greenfield Road today for the right to travel to Groveside.
With these cup ties taking place the Division supported by Wests Citroen Bedford league action is now to a programme of just three games . For third place Stevington still unbeaten on home soil this season it's action at their Playing Field headquarters against the visiting ninth place Henlow who are currently on a four game winning run. Whilst hitting the road looking to preserve their seasons unbeaten ways will be league leaders Sundon Park Rangers when they journey to Church Lane for an outing against bottom of the table AFC Oakley M&DH Reserves who are yet to win on home soil this season. Whilst second from bottom of the table Houghton Athletic will also be on the road heading for a 3G outing at Hillgrounds against sixth place AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves. The hosts now on a run of seven games without a win looking to repair the damage against an Athletic side who have lost their last five games and won just the once on the road all season.
It's also Jubilee Cup Semi-final day in Division Two. At Crawley Road for league leaders Cranfield United Reserves who tasted defeat in the league for the first time this season last weekend the visitors are Clapham Sports who are more than capable of springing a surprise result. Whilst at the Football Centre for hosts Flitwick Town Reserves who have been beaten just the twice on home soil all season the visitors are Cople & Bedford SA whose league visit to the Centre back in late September saw them emerge the 3-2 winners since which time the Town have now chalked up six home league wins on the bounce to suggest this tie could go either way.
The Division Two league action thus being restricted to just a single game when at Cutler Hammer for third from bottom of the table hosts Kempston Athletic with just one home win to their name all season the visitors are seventh place Kempston Hammers Sports who of course share the venue with them at which the Hammers have lost just once this season.
In Division Three there is a programme of just three games. For third place Caldecote Reserves it will be the search of away win number three on the bounce when they journey to Miller Road to face second from bottom of the table Meltis Albion Reserves who will be looking for just their third home win of the season. Whilst at Jubilee Playing Fields for fourth place Wilstead Reserves its the quest of league win number seven on the bounce when called upon by seventh place Dinamo Flitwick.
The final game being a local derby affair at Whiston Crescent where bottom of the table hosts Clifton seek just their third win of the season against the visiting ninth place Shefford Town & Campton A who will hit the road looking to avoid their fourth consecutive league defeat.
In Division Four the action is down to just a single game when at Groveside the visiting league leaders Mid Beds Tigers with the collection of all three points from the hosting second from bottom of the table Henlow Reserves would take them to within a single point of collecting the league title.
Other action comes in the Watson Shield. Still at Round Two stage are Bedfordshire Saturday Youth side Ampthill Town who will be playing hosts to Bedford Albion with a home tie awaiting for the winners at the Quarter-final stage against either Lidlington United Sports or Sandy Reserves who at the same time will be going head to head at Hurst Grove.
Meantime already at the Quarter-final stage are AFC Dunton who at their Horseshoes Close headquarters will be playing hosts to Sacred Heart Offley from the Bedfordshire Saturday Youth League. Whilst at Harvey Close the hosting Division Four Caldecote A will have a chance for another spot of giant killing when called upon by Division Three side Sundon Park Rovers.
Elsewhere over at Renhold Playing Fields its an all Division Three clash between the hosting Renhold United Reserves and the visiting Wixams. The hosts being the only side so far this campaign to have beaten the current league leaders in league action but are no doubt aware win number two over them will be no easy task to achieve yet not beyond their capabilities having lost just the once on home soil all season.