Midweek Bedfordshire League action

Midweek action in the Bedfordshire League.

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 28th April 2012, 10:42 am

Monday April 23

Bedford Park Rangers are the 2011-12 season Division Four league champions following their 3-1 victory at Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves. Ahead via a strike from Shaun Finlay in the 18th minute they were then reduced to 10 men when Jordan Wright was red carded right on the stroke of half-time, but a penalty from Finlay 26 minutes into the new period and a header from Mark Reynolds three minutes later saw them lead the game 3-0 until Matthew McCartney reduced the arrears in time added on.

Elsewhere, Division Three action saw the already crowned league champions Cranfield United Reserves have their five game winning run ended when losing 1-0 at home against a Goldington side who now climb to third in the league table. Karl Anderson netting the games lone goal in the 23rd minute, whilst James Armstrong for the home side missed from the penalty spot just five minutes from time.

Wednesday 25th April 2012

Division one action tonight saw Ickwell & Old Warden chalk up their eleventh win on the bounce and duly retain their season’s unbeaten home record with a 6-1 victory over Henlow. Lee Threadgold netting three times alongside strikes from Steve Thomas, Andrew Vallom and Matthew McCartney to leave Ickwell just requiring to avoid a heavy defeat at second place Bedford Sports Athletic at the weekend to lift the league crown. Tonight, The Athletic ran out 4-2 winners at Lea Sports PSG. First half goals from Aaron Perrett and Asa Mead seeing them lead 2-0 at the break before Carmine Defoe made it 3-0 six minutes into the new period. However, home strikes from Danny Hardacre and Graham Clark reduced the arrears to a single goal until Paul Garrad struck for The Athletic 14 minutes from time.

Elsewhere, a lone goal from Sam Walters saw FC Meppershall become the first club this season to win at fourth place Lidlington United Sports in a 1-0 success that now leaves United requiring a victory at Caldecote Reserves on Saturday if they are to finish the season in third spot above Marston Shelton Rovers, tonight The Rovers were beaten on home soil by would you believe Caldecote Reserves. Jack Boyd with a brace of first half being replied to in the second period by Dan Bullen for The Rovers.

Down at the other end of the table, relegation for Meltis Albion was confirmed when they were beaten 3-0 at home by Kings AFC who had start the day just two points above them in the standings. Mark Loosemore, Josh Clements and Oliver Plested netting the vital goals.

In Division Two, AFC Turvey ran out 6-0 winners over Marabese Ceramics in a game that was switched to their own Stonefield’s venue. Mark Allen with a brace plus strikes from John Guiney, Tim Clarke and Martin Page being added to by a Saimir Guri penalty.

The scheduled game at The Hollow between Potton United Reserves and Elstow Abbey being postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

In Division Three, Stevington’s six game winning home run was halted by Renhold Village who enhanced their hopes of a top three finish with a 2-1 win. Daniel Avis and Carl Townsend on the scoresheet for The Village against a home reply via Gavin White.

Other action saw two goals from James Cooke take Riseley Sports to a 2-1 home win over Royal Oak Kempston.

In Division Four, Thurleigh are now the firm favourites for this season’s silver medals after they jumped above Marsh Leys in the league table by beating them 3-0 on their own Cutler Hammer patch, The Leys first home defeat in eight outings. David Mulvhill with a brace plus a goal from Josh Pierre St Clair doing the damage.

Elsewhere, bottom of the table Dunton A have now lost their last eight games after being beaten 5-3 at Kempston Athletic. Gary Whitbread three times plus Dee Sayid and Tory Bossendorfor on the home scoresheet against replies from Gavin Stackman, James Saunderson and Alex Harrison.

Meantime, Caldecote A notched up their third away win on the bounce with a 3-1 victory at Sandy Reserves. Ryan Ambrose, Tom Stocker and Nicky Albone finding the back of the net against a home reply via Ian Hammett.

For Wootton Village, it was home win number three on the bounce with a 2-0 win over Bedford Panthers. Ryan Stocker and Jay Rogers the goal scorers.

The scheduled Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup Final between Sundon Park Rangers and Sundon Park Rangers Colts at Arlesey Town’s Armadillo Stadium being waterlogged off following heavy morning rain.