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Sunday 18th October 2015
No change at the head of the Premier Division supported by Sportsform table.
Premier Division supported by Sportsform

There is no change at the head of the Premier Division supported by Sportsform league standings following wins for the top four clubs. For league leaders Renhold United that means they stay unbeaten this season and still a point clear at the head of the table after winning 3-0 at Pavenham to end the host clubs unbeaten home ways for the season. Strikes from Aran Hazelwood, Jonny Richens and an own goal doing the damage. Whilst second place AFC Oakley M&DH made it five wins on the bounce to retain their seasons unbeaten away ways with a 4-2 victory at Cranfield United. Alex Liburd, Robbie Alder, Rob Heaney and Reuben Joseph-Hukin all finding the back of the net against United replies from Jordan Appleton and Martin Holland.

There was also a 4-2 away win for third place AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College at bottom of the table Eastcotts AFC to take their winning ways up to four games. Courtney Boughton leading the way with a hat-trick and supported by a goal from Mark Allen against home replies via Aaron Perrett and Kirkland Thompson. Whilst fourth place Flitwick Town are now unbeaten in their last seven starts after winning 2-0 at second from bottom of the table Elstow Abbey who are now on a seven game losing run. Nick Atkins and Vinicius Doratiotto netting the vital goals.

Now up into fifth spot are Ickwell & Old Warden who emerged 2-1 home winners over Marston Shelton Rovers. An own goal plus a strike from Zac Rowe only being replied to once by James Burraway for the Rovers.

Elsewhere, there was a first home win of the season for Sandy who beat Shefford Town & Campton 4-0. Nathan Morris netting twice alongside single strikes from James Hearson and Alex Baker to do the damage. Whilst Ampthill Town Reserves retained their season 100% away record by winning 4-1 at Caldecote who have now lost all four of their home games to date to find themselves sitting in the third from bottom spot of the league standings. Ian Buckingham with a brace being joined on the scoresheet by Phil Matthews and Connor Saunders for the Town against a lone Carl Heath reply for the home side.

Just goal difference above Caldecote in the standings are Sharnbrook who have now failed to win any of their last seven outings after being beaten 2-1 at home by Wilstead. Stuart Robson and Paul Jones netting the visitors goals who even had the luxury of Michael Jones missing from the penalty spot. Richard Bull being the home goalscorer.

Division One supported by Wests Citroen Bedford

Stevington are now a point clear at the head of the Division One supported by Wests Citroen league table after they retained their seasons unbeaten ways and chalked up win number five on the bounce by winning 6-2 at Meltis Albion. Kieran Souter with a brace joined on the scoresheet by an own goal plus strikes from Reece Williams, Jordan Wright and James Bourke against Albion replies via Tom Hughes and Josh St Clair Pierre.

Now up into second spot are AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves who were 4-2 home winners over Potton Town. Jacob Ottley netting twice alongside single strikes from Joe Price and Aaron Chaplin against replies for the visitors from Tom Pyman and Chris Moore.

Slipping down the table from second to third spot are Sundon Park Rangers who had to come from 3-0 down at half-time to share the points and remain unbeaten for the season in a 3-3 draw at Shefford Town & Campton Reserves. The day begun oh so badly for the Rangers when they discovered upon arriving at Rectory Road an hour before kick off they had forgotten to pick up goalkeeper Brett Smith enroute . Alas by the time manager Gordon Conway had dashed back to Dunstable and made the return journey the game was some 15 minutes old and the home side already ahead 1-0 via a goal from Stuart Pearce. Alas with Smith now between the sticks things got even worse as both Simon Castle and Malcolm Marimirofa added to the home scoreline inside the next 17 minutes to extend their lead to 3-0. The Rangers fight back all starting nine minutes into the second period when a Chris Mapp header reduced the arrears to 3-1 and when Shaka Anderson netted in the 72nd minute to make it 3-2 it was game back on. Just four minutes later Matt Conway levelled matters and when home player Joe Lewis received his second yellow card of the day 11 minutes from time it looked like all three points might be making their way back to Luton. However, home goalkeeper Gary Cullerton with two fine saves ensured that was not to be and the points would be shared.

Up into fourth spot are Ickleford who retained their seasons 100% home ways with a 3-1 win over Riseley Sports. Niko Miceli netting twice and Giuseppe D'Angelo once against a penalty reply from Sports Jonnie Simmons.

At the other end of the standings Houghton Athletic lifted themselves off the bottom spot and collected their first points of the season with a 4-1 home win over Henlow. Shaun Fahy netting twice alongside single goals for Nathan Prime and Glen Collins against one in reply from Russell Ayles.

Despite collecting their own first point of the season from a 2-2 home draw against Queens Park Crescents now taking over the bottom spot are AFC Oakley M&DH Reserves. Ben Stock and Rhys Allen on their scoresheet against Crescents replies via Tony Milioti and Ayaz Hussain.

Division Two

Cranfield United Reserves remain 100% for the season and two points clear at the head of the division two league table after winning 4-3 at Kempston Hammers Sports who were duly losing their own seasons unbeaten home ways. David Adderson, Ben Martin, Daniel McLaren and Rob Hewitt the United goalscorers against Hammers replies via Martin Bennett twice and James Grandidge once.

Now up into second spot are Cople & Bedford SA who opened their seasons home campaign after five straight away games with a 4-1 win over Kempston Athletic. It was the Athletic who led at the break with a goal from Mark Nicholson before braces in the second period from both Ollie Hughes and Daniel Lupton saw the SA home.

Slipping down into third spot are Lea Sports PSG who lost their seasons unbeaten ways when beaten 2-1 at home by Atletico Europa who duly retained their seasons unbeaten away ways. Tadej Jankovic and Mo Banda netting the goals against a lone PSG reply from Joe Hennem.

However, the top scorers of the day were Clapham Sports who chalked up their third win on the bounce when winning 6-2 at Bedford United. Sam Maddix with a hat-trick joined on the scoresheet by Nathan O'Hallaron, Ryan Prior and Liam Bolton against United replies from Tareek Lewis and Tom Wade.

Also winning by a four goal margin and recording their first win of the season were Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves with a 4-0 home victory over bottom of the table Elstow Abbey Reserves. Garry Russon netting three times and Rob Taylor once. Whilst the 4-0 scoreline was repeated by Flitwick Town Reserves who ran out home winners over now second from bottom of the table Wootton Village. Mark Bartlett with a brace plus goals from Benn Ward and Scott Gadsden doing the damage.

Division Three

Wixams are now eight points clear at the head of the division three league table after they retained their seasons 100% perfect record with a 6-1 home victory over Shefford Town & Campton A. Iain Hall leading the way with a hat-trick and joined on the scoresheet by Andy Morris, Charlie Collier and Johnny Cockram against a lone reply from Town's Jack Lannon.

Now in second spot are Sundon Park Rovers who emerged 3-1 home winners over Meltis Albion Reserves. Jordan Armstrong netting twice and Craig Barnes once against a lone reply via Kade Walker. Whilst up into third spot are Dinamo Flitwick who maintained their seasons 100% home record with a 3-2 win over Clifton. Dale Goldie netting twice and Ben Hannam once against replies via an own goal and Charlie Watson.

Elsewhere, AFC Dunton picked up their first away points of the season by winning 7-3 at Wilstead Reserves. Tony Norman with a hat-trick and Dean Hill with a brace joined on the scoresheet by Jason Kinns and James Gauge against home replies via Luke Pursey twice and Sam Smith once.

Still 100% for the season on home soil are Renhold United Reserves who ran out 3-1 winners over bottom of the table Sandy Reserves. Nathan France netting twice and Michael France once against a lone reply from Kevin Fage. Whilst White Eagles returned to winning ways with a 2-1 home win over Caldecote Reserves thanks to strikes from Arkadiusz Bonuch and Maciek Czuba against a lone reply from Alan Turner.Â

Division Four

There is no change at the head of the division four league table following wins for the top three clubs. For leaders Mid Beds Tigers it was the retention of their seasons 100% record when winning 9-0 at bottom of the table Lidlington United Sports. Luke Rudd with a hat-trick plus braces from David Smith and Luke Clark added to by single strikes from Rob Gaylor and Daniel Whitten.

Just goal difference behind them are Polonia Bedford who retained their seasons 100% away record when winning 2-0 at Westoning Reserves thanks to goals from Marian Sobczyk and Filip Otbcki. Whilst third place Staughton were 3-0 home winners over Bedford Albion. Scott Boswell, Richard Cornall and Karl Walker all finding the back of the net.

Now up into fourth spot are Stevington Reserves who retained their seasons 100% home record with a 3-2 win over AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College A. Sam Nightingale netting twice and Cameron Cain once against Town replies via Mike Donnellan and Chris Allan. Whilst now up into fifth spot are Caldecote A who won 4-3 at Flitwick Town A. An own goal and strikes from Ben Stokes and Ilija Daniel marking the home scoresheet only to be out numbered by a brace from Rafe Goodman and single strikes from Kieran Paterson and James Whitmore for the visitors.

Preview for Saturday 24th October 2015

Action this weekend in the Premier Division supported by Sportsform section sees all of the leading four clubs have home advantage. At their Playing Field headquarters league leaders Renhold United will be looking to extend their 100% home record to five games and unbeaten ways to nine games when called upon by a Sharnbrook side who will come in search of their first away point/points of the season. Whilst at Church Lane, second place AFC Oakley M&DH go in search of win number six on the bounce against the visiting bottom of the table Eastcotts AFC who are currently on a seven game losing run.

Over at Hillgrounds, third place AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College willl be looking for their fifth win on the bounce when called upon by second from bottom of the table Elstow Abbey who will make the short journey looking to end a run of five consecutive defeats and secure their first away point/points of the season. Whilst fourth place Flitwick Town who still hold down a perfect 100% home record at their Football Centre base and now unbeaten in their last seven starts are visited by fifth place Ickwell & Old Warden who themselves are still holding down a seasons 100% perfect away record.

Over at Woburn Road it will be local derby action between sixth place hosts Ampthill Town Reserves now on a four game unbeaten run against eighth place Cranfield United who will seek to avoid their third consecutive defeat. Whilst at their Playing Field base seventh place Marston Shelton Rovers go into home action against Sandy and just down the road at Jubilee Playing Fields, Wilstead look to take their unbeaten ways up to three games against visitors Caldecote who will be looking for just their second win of the season.

The final game coming at Hitchin Road, the venue at which tenth place hosts Shefford Town & Campton look to repair the damage of three consecutive defeats when called upon by twelfth place Pavenham.

There is no mistaking where the top game of the Division One supported by Wests Citroen Bedford action will come this weekend as the top two sides meet each other when at their Playing Field headquarters league leaders Stevington still unbeaten this season and on a five game winning run are visited by second place AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves who themselves are on a three game winning run and still 100% on the road this season.

For third place and still unbeaten this season Sundon Park Rangers its a trip on the road to Mill Lane to be hosted by Potton Town who are currently on a three game losing run. Whilst fifth place Westoning now winners of their last three games hit the road for a Miller Road outing against seventh place hosts Meltis Albion.

Elsewhere, over in Allen Park sixth place Queens Park Crescents will look to maintain their seasons unbeaten home ways when visited by a Henlow side who will hit the road now losers in their last three outings and at Gold Street, hosts Riseley Sports will be in search of their first home win of the season when called upon by bottom of the table AFC Oakley M&DH Reserves who come in search of their first win of the season.

The final action coming at Moore Crescent, the venue at which second from bottom of the table Houghton Athletic are called upon by Shefford Town & Campton Reserves who will be in search of their first away point/points of the season.

The spotlight for the lower division sides this weekend falls upon the 16 ties that form round two of this seasons Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup. This of course presents chances for a spot of giant-killing and of the eight all Bedfordshire County Football League clashes just one is between sides from the same division when at Groveside on current division four league form second from bottom of the table hosts Henlow Reserves will start the game second favourites to make it into the hat for the last 16 draw when visited by fourth place Stevington Reserves.

So where will the giant-killing come? Well in round one division four Caldecote A topped the list with their win over division two Elstow Abbey Reserves, this weekend despite have home advantage at Harvey Close their task looks even more daunting as they are paid a visit by the division three league leaders Wixams who are still unbeaten this season. Whilst fellow division four side AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College A who netted a round one win over division three AFC Dunton find the visitors to face them on the 3G surface at Hillgrounds are current division three fourth place Wilstead Reserves. So perhaps we need to look elsewhere for those giant-killers this time around.

Perhaps we need look no further than Whiston Crescent, the venue at which division three Clifton play hosts to a division two Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves side who are yet to win on the road this season or even back at Harvey Close where division three Caldecote Reserves might well fancy their chances of getting the better of division two Bedford United.

The other three all Bedfordshire County League clashes looking likely to go the way of the higher division side. At Cutler Hammer, Kempston Hammers Sports will be expecting to progress at the expense of division three visitors and yet to win on the road Renhold United Reserves. Whilst for division four Flitwick Town A and Westoning Reserves despite having home advantage you would expect their division two visitors to progress. The Town at their Football Centre base being called upon by Cople & Bedford SA and at Greenfield Road, Westoning Reserves receiving a visit from Clapham Sports.

For seven other sides its ties against opposition from another league. Five of these games being against Luton District & South Beds League opponents. Of the quintet just one will enjoy home advantage when at Crawley Road Cranfield United Reserves receive a visit from Brache Sparta (2015) Reserves as the other quartet make tracks into Luton. Heading to Leagrave Park are White Eagles to take on Luton Leagrave FC, whilst for Mid Beds Tigers the destination is Kent Athletic to face FC Polonia Luton.

Meantime, FC Koran will host Flitwick Town Reserves in Lewsey Park and Luton Aces play Meltis Albion Reserves at Icknield Recreation Ground. The final two ties seeing Sandy Reserves have home advantage at Bedford Road Recreation Ground against Aylesbury & District League outfit FC Spandits and in Jubilee Park, Atletico Europa play hosts to North Bucks League side Southcott Village Reserves.

With all this cup action taking place this weekends division two league action is reduced to just two games. At Pirton Recreation Ground, third place Lea Sports PSG will look to return to winning ways when visited by ninth place Kempston Athletic now losers of their last three outings. Whilst at The Warren, bottom of the table Elstow Abbey Reserves search out their first point/points of the season when called upon by second from bottom of the table Wootton Village who themselves will be looking for their first win of the season.

Likewise its just a programme of two games in division three. At Rectory Road, eighth place Shefford Town & Campton A will be looking to maintain their seasons 100% home record when called upon by second place Sundon Park Rovers who themselves are still unbeaten on the road this season. Whilst for third place Dinamo Flitwick its a trip to Horseshoes Close in search of win number four on the bounce against the hosting fifth place AFC Dunton who seek to retain their seasons unbeaten home ways.

To complete a full set its also a programme of two games in division four. For Polonia Bedford that means a chance for them with Mid Beds Tigers away on cup duty to top the table should they as expected collect a point or more from their visit to face bottom of the table Lidlington United Sports at Hurst Grove. Whilst for third place Staughton the requirement to also jump above the Tigers is the haul of all three points from their Woodlands away encounter against the hosting Bedford Albion.
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