Shefford stay top spot with late winner
WITH the heavy rain returning in abundance, just two of the scheduled six Premier Division Bedfordshire County League fixtures went ahead on Saturday afternoon.
At Rectory Road, table-topping Shefford Town & Campton came from behind to net their sixth home win on the bounce following a 2-1 victory over Sharnbrook.
Shefford trailed to a 50th strike from Tom King but the home side drew level 20 minutes from time courtesy of an own goal off the head of Neil Singleton. And it was Michael Jones who grabbed their winner six minutes from time.
Over at Harvey Close, Caldecote lost their second home game of the season when beaten 5-2 by second placed Wilshamstead. Paul Jones netting four times and Kevin Butler once against home replies from Dave Lenton and Paul Lawrence.
The other four scheduled fixtures – AFC Kempston Town v Blunham. Dunton v Arlesey Town Reserves, Flitwick Town v Leighton United and Oakley Sports v Woburn – fell victim to waterlogged pitches.
JUST as in the top flight, just two Division One games went ahead. For Luton Old Boys there was a 3-1 home victory over Bedford Sports Athletic and that moved them off the bottom of the table.
Alvin Rajaram, Niall Lawson and Stephen Odell scored the vital goals against a lone reply from Carmine De Foe.
And for Caldecote Reserves there was a third home win on the trot following their 4-2 win over Meltis Albion. Matt Basta bagged a hat-trick while Joe Jordan got the other, the Meltis replies both scorted by Michael Butler.
The other four scheduled fixtures – Bedford Hatters v Marston Shelton Rovers. FC Meppershall v AFC Kempston Town Reserves.Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves v Henlow and Sandy v Potton Wanderers – all fell victim to waterlogged pitches.
WITH leaders Clifton’s home game with Westoning Recreation Club waterlogged off, their place at the top of the standings was snatched away by Lea Sports PSG.
They were 8-0 winners at Arlesey Social Galacticos with hat-tricks for both Thomas Feeney and Martin Collins and a brace from Liam Trainor. It was PSG’s sixth win on the bounce.
Going one better goalwise were Kings AFC who enjoyed a 9-1 win over Great Barford.
With Barford Playing Fields deemed unplayable in the morning, Kings offer to stage the match at their own King George VI Playing Fields an that was accepted by the Barford lads.
But it was a decision they must have rued come the final whistle!
Rowan Hazelwood bagging four goals, Nathan Clements a hat-trick plus singles from Oliver Plestead and Mike Whelan.
And to prove themselves the perfect stand-in hosts, the Kings’ side netted Barford goal for them.
After five straight home wins, Elstow Abbey’s promotion hopes took a knock when they were held to a 2-2 home draw by Lidlington United Sports.
Abbey were ahead following Dave McCarthy 57 minute strike only for an own goal from Jason Harrision 14 minutes from time levelling it for United.
But when Ashley Windridge regained home advantage in the 89th minute, the points looked in the bag until three minutes into stoppage time when Darren Sims netted Lidlington’s equaliser.
The Division Two games off were: Bromham United v Shefford Town & Campton Reserves, Marabese Ceramics v Queens Park Crecents and Stevington v Stopsley Park.
JUST the one game survive the condition in Division Three and even that only went ahead after Cranfield United Reserves accepted Shefford Town & Campton ‘A’ team’s offer to stage it at their Digswell Playing Field headquarters.
And it also ended in goalless draw but that was enough to stretch United’s unbeaten ways to ten games but alas for the new found hosts, the point wasn’t enough to lift them off the bottom of the table.
The five games off were: Renhold Village v Co-op Sports, Royal Oak Kempston v Pavenham, Sharnbrook Reserves v M&DH Oakley, Westoning Recreation Club Reserves v Sundon Park Rangers and Wilshamstead Reserves v Dunton Reserves.
THERE were just two games in Division Four but for leaders AFC Turvey it was business as usual.
They retained their season’s 100 per cent perfect record with a 6-1 home victory over Clifton Reserves. And that result took them 12 points clear!
Saimir Guri netted a hat-trick, Robin Ellis a brace and Mark Allen the other against a lone reply from Greg King whose Clifton side lost for the first time in six league outings.
The final league game to beat the conditions saw Dinamo Flitwick and Stewartby Village share the spoils in a 2-2 draw. Adam Seamarks and Dale Goldie were on target for the hosts against replies from Lee Collis and John Steele.
The postponed games were: Bedford Park Rangers v Goldington, Eastcotts v Sandy Reserves, Kempston Athletic v Potton Town and Wootton Village v Goldington Hammers.
THE scheduled second round Watson Shield tie between Lea Sports PSG Reserves and Thurleigh as called off due to yet another waterlogged pitch.
How they stand
p w d l f a pts
1 Shefford T & C’pton 14 9 3 2 41 23 30
2 Wilshamstead 15 9 3 3 51 37 30
3 Blunham 12 9 2 1 53 19 29
4 Renhold United 14 8 4 2 36 24 28
5 Caldecote 13 8 2 3 30 19 26
6 Oakley Sports 15 6 1 8 23 35 19
7 Leighton United 14 5 3 6 39 31 18
8 Flitwick Town 14 5 2 7 22 28 17
9 Dunton 14 4 2 8 21 34 14
10 Sharnbrook 13 4 0 9 21 34 12
11 Woburn 14 3 3 8 26 44 12
12 Arlesey Town Res 15 2 4 9 29 45 10
13 AFC Kempston Tn 13 2 3 8 16 35 9