Bedfordshire League: AFC Kempston Town four points clear

AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College are now four points clear at the head of the Bedfordshire League Premier Division after they maintained their unbeaten run with a 2-1 home victory over AFC Oakley Sports M&DH.
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Colby Smith netted twice in the opening half before Shaun Barnett pulled a goal back for the visitors in the second period.

Now in second spot in the Premier Division supported by Sportsform are Shillington, for them it was a 4-0 home win over Flitwick Town to take their unbeaten ways up to eight games.

Ryan Lewis with a brace plus Alex Toye and Jordan Robbens scored the goals to do the damage.

The Shills took over second spot from Lidlington United Sports who saw their season’s unbeaten away record disappear in a 5-1 defeat at Ickwell & Old Warden. Lee Threadgold with a hat-trick plus a brace from Andrew Vallom brought up the nap hand against a lone reply from Ben Marwood.

Up into fourth spot are Wilstead who took their unbeaten ways up to five games with a 4-1 home victory over now bottom of the table Sharnbrook.Paul Jones with a hat-trick plus a single goal from Colin Marshall only being replied to by Ian Strange.

Moving off that bottom spot are Caldecote who following a run of four straight defeats were 3-2 home winners over Marston Shelton Rovers. Joe Jordan netting twice for the home side in the opening half against replies from Ian Buckingham and Robert Moore to see the game tied at 2-2 before Jack Boyd struck what turned out to be the winning goal in the second period.

Elsewhere, Renhold United retained their seasons unbeaten away ways by sharing the spoils in a 3-3 draw at Wootton Blue Cross.Ollie Housden, Mark Reed and Serge Kadji on their scoresheet against home replies via Nathan Mullett twice and Joe O’Donnell.

Whilst Shefford Town & Campton gained their first away points of the campaign and their first win in seven outings with a 5-3 victory at Pavenham. Andrew Hayday, Tom Scurfield, Jordan Ainslie, Adam Larsen and Michael Jones bringing up the nap hand whilst James Owen netted the three home goals.

Division One

For league leaders Goldington it was an end to their season’s 100% ways when held to a 1-1 draw at Bedford Sports Athletic. Antony Plaiter on their scoresheet against a home reply from Ashley Mead.

However, Sandy missed the chance to move within two points of them and dropped to third spot in the table when beaten 3-2 at home by Marabese Ceramics. Ryan Burgess plus an own goal marking the home scoresheet against a brace from Giuseppe D’Angelo and a single strike from Ricky Bruniges to give The Tilermen their first away win of the season.

Now in second spot are Sundon Park Rangers, for them it was a 4-0 home win over bottom of the table Caldecote Reserves to retain their 100% home ways. Matt Conway, Samuel Kehinde, Nick Buttigeig and Kane Griffith all finding the back of the net.

Whilst Elstow Abbey left it late to climb up into fourth spot with a 2-1 win at Shefford Town & Campton Reserves. Trailing to a goal from Simon Castle, they levelled matters in the 90th minute via Dom Parrella and claimed all three points with a goal from Sam Donadio three minutes into injury time.

This victory taking The Abbey above Woburn Lions who drew 3-3 at home with Luton Boys Seniors. In the opening half, Ali Moliholdeen in the 8th minute and Nathan King on the half-hour mark raced the visitors into a 2-0 lead until Antony Kostiw reduced the arrears five minutes later only to see Moliholdeen strike again in the 37th minute to give the visitors a 3-1 half-time lead.

Yet within 10 minutes of the restart goals from Matt Holland and Gavin Sneddon had drawn the home side level and that’s the way it stayed until the final whistle.

Bedfordshire FA Intermediate Cup First Round

AFC Turvey will now face a home second round tie against South Midlands League Stotfold Reserves after winning 2-1 at Luton District & South Beds League side St Joseph’s. Courtney Boughton and Lawrence Bentham netting the vital goals.

However, it was the end of the road for Eastcotts AFC who were beaten 5-1 at Barton Rovers Reserves despite a strike from Harvey Puddifoot.

Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup Second Round

The result of the round went the way of Division Four Wootton Village who ran out 2-1 winners at Division Two Potton United Reserves. Nick Burraway and Aidan Medhurst netting the goals against a lone reply from Salvatore Merola. However, just down the road at Mill Lane there were no such problems for Potton Town who ran out 7-1 home winners over Caldecote A. James Pyman netting twice alongside an own goal plus strikes from Chris Cooper, Tim Jarman, Charlie Seward and Chris Moore against a lone reply from Matt Basta.

Also winning 7-1 at home were Great Barford over Riseley Sports.Ben Stocks with a hat-trick being supported by goals from David Mulvhill, Craig Gibson, Nick Payne and Jacob Hukin against a lone reply from Mark Swainson.

Just a goal behind were AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves who netted a 6-1 home win over Sandy Reserves. Jerome Smith, Justin Sturnioio, Richard Lightfoot, John Shittu, Ashley Phelan and Alessandro Ruggiero all finding the back of the net against a lone reply from Michael Rushton.

The biggest away win of the day belonged to Wilstead Reserves who won 5-0 at Luton District & South Beds League North Sundon Wanderers.Matt Johnson netting three times alongside strikes from Richard Andrews and Robert Booth.

It was also a good day on the road for Clifton who won 3-1 at FC Houghton. Tony Norman with a brace plus Chris Egan seeing their goals only replied to by a strike from Chris Burdett. Whilst causing a minor upset were Meltis Albion Reserves with a 3-2 victory at AFC Bush. An own goal plus strikes from Craig Damon and Josh St Clair Pierre only being replied to by a brace from Daniel Guerin.

Joining them in the hat for round three will be Meltis Albion first team who won 3-1 at Kempston Athletic. Two own goals and a strike from Carl Townsend only being replied to once by Gary Whitbread. Plus Kempston Hammers Sports who emerged 3-2 home winners over Shefford Town & Campton A thanks to goals from Nick Tysoe, Mick Freeman and Lorzeno Jordan against replies from Pete Saunders and Terry Nichols.

Alas it was the end of the road for Kings AFC who had just an own goal to show for their 2-1 defeat at LU Four of the Luton District & South Beds League and going down to opposition from the same league were Flitwick Town Reserves who despite goals from Benn Ward and Mark Bartlett were beaten 3-2 at FC Polonia.

Whilst Renhold United Reserves handed a walkover to Queens Park Crescents and Clifton Reserves did the same when they failed to raise a side to travel to meet Southcott Village RA.

Division Two

The lone game of the day saw AFC Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves move up into third place in the league table when a lone strike from Jimmy Grandidge gave them a 1-0 home win over AFC Harlington.

Division Three

Westoning now sit just two points behind league leaders Meltis Albion with a game in hand after retaining their 100% away ways and seasons unbeaten record with a 4-2 victory at Elstow Abbey Reserves who via goals from Lee Rosborough and Harrold Hazza twice led the game in the opening half. Nick Shirley with a brace plus Luke Cunniff and Stuart Jeffries on the visitors scoresheet.

Whilst Stevington are now in third spot following their 4-0 home win over Kempston Con Club Sports with goals from Gavin White, Sam Nightingale, Jordan McMullen and Aaron Fletcher.

Meantime, Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves are now unbeaten in their last four home starts after sharing the spoils with Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves in a 1-1 draw. Nathan Evans netting for the Rovers and Matthew Bruney for the visitors.

Division Four

All three games in this division brought about victories for the visiting sides. Leading the way were Moggerhanger United who won 7-4 at Atletico Europa, Dean Hill and Jason Kinns both netting twice alongside Paul Beith, Tom Watts and Luke Rudd against four in reply from Raiqwan Joseph.

Just a goal behind them were now fourth place Cranfield United Reserves who won 6-2 at Dinamo Flitwick.Dan Cockerton and Chris Patrickson hitting braces to go with goals from James Armstrong and Phil Creek against home replies from Barrie Hannam and Dean Myers.

The trio of away wins being completed by Clapham Sports who won 4-0 at Mid Beds Tigers to move up into fifth place in the league table. Nicholas Sepede leading the way with a hat-trick and supported by a strike from Leigh Umney.

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