Turvey take early lead as Beds League gets under way
Newly promoted AFC Turvey are the early season leaders of the Premier Division supported by Sportsform following their 3-0 win at Caldecote on Saturday.
All the goals arrived in the opening half via Andrew Latimer with a brace and Mark Allen.
Sitting just goal difference behind them also with the maximum number of points from their two outings are Marston Shelton Rovers and Renhold United. The Rovers with goals from Jack Weedon, Harry Murray and Lee Dudley ran out 3-2 winners at Eastcotts AFC for whom Kaylen Wilson and Ollie Watton replied.
United were 2-0 home winners over Wootton Blue Cross thanks to strikes from Ben Brown and Jonny Richens.
Having sat out the opening midweek action last season’s champions AFC Oakley M&DH begun their season with a 1-1 draw against Shefford Town & Campton, Marc Umney shooting them ahead until Adam Larsen levelled matters 20 minutes from time.
Elsewhere, Sharnbrook retained their season’s unbeaten ways by sharing the points in a 1-1 draw at Sandy. Leon Taylor shooting them ahead before Liam Brophy netted for the home side just two minutes from the half-time break.
For Division One sides it was the opening day of the season and there were plenty of goals to be seen at Everton Playing Fields where Great Barford were beaten 6-4 by Henlow after being 4-0 ahead with just six minutes of the first half to play. Two goals from Ben Stock plus strikes from David Mulvihill and Nick Payne arrived before George Kiely reduced the arrears three minutes from break to make the half-time scoreline 4-1.
Yet it was one way traffic in the second period, Kiely completing his hat-trick alongside a brace for James Campbell and a strike from Jonny Rowe to complete the remarkable comeback.
However, the biggest winners of the day were Cranfield United who ran out 4-0 home victors over Bedford SA. Tom Hole netting twice alongside an own goal and a strike from Max Marsh.
Also winning on home soil were Meltis Albion and Riseley Sports. Albion with goals from Lewis Aitken, Carl Townsend and Ryan Kelly 3-0 winners over Potton Town. Whilst the Sportsmen with goals from James Cook and Karl Walker were 2-1 winners over AFC Oakley M&DH Reserves which were only replied to by Deep Banghard.
For two of the expected title challengers Sundon Park Rangers and Marabese Ceramics it was the sharing of the points in a 1-1 draw. Luke Evans netted from the penalty spot for the Rangers against a Tilermen reply from Keven Fehmi.
Also sharing the spoils were AFC Harlington and Shefford Town & Campton Reserves in a 3-3 draw. James Daniels, Rob Malcolm and Matt Jefferson on the home scoresheet against Town replies via Tim Andrews, Mike Castle and Stuart Pearce.
The final game in this division seeing Queens Park Crescents go down to a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves for whom Annas Bechaum netted the vital goal.
The standout result on the opening day of the division two season saw Westoning win 5-2 at FC Houghton. Glenn Cooksley, Shaun Cooksley, Ben Dashwood, Cody O’Neill and Bryn Reynolds on their scoresheet against a home brace from Paul Taylor.
Also going nap were Meltis Albion Reserves who ran out 5-2 home winners over Marston Shelton Rovers. Craig Damon netted twice alongside single goals for Sheldon Washington, Paul Raymond and Josh St Clair Pierre with Carl Borromeo and Dean Clark marking the Rovers scoresheet.
Just a goal behind them were Renhold United Reserves who won 4-3 at Wilstead Reserves.Micheal France with a hat-trick and Dean Harris seeing their goals replied to by a home hat-trick from Ryan Davenport.
Whilst there were 3-1 home wins for both Clapham Sports and Stevington. The Sportsmen with two goals from Grant Williams and a strike from Sam Maddix saw off Wootton Village for whom Adam Flynn replied. Whilst two goals from Colm Lawler and a strike from Reece Williams took Stevington to their victory over Caldecote Reserves whose lone reply came from Gary Allum.
For Moggerhanger United it was a 2-2 home draw with Elstow Abbey Reserves. An own goal plus a strike from Tom Benbow marked the United scoresheet against Abbey replies from Jordan Stanley and Shaun Cafferty.
Also sharing the points in a 1-1 draw were Kempston Con Club Sports and Kempston Athletic. Ryan Collis shooting the home side ahead in the 23rd minutes before a second half own goal gave Athletic a point.
Meantime, Kempston Hammers Sports failed to raise a side for the visit of Bedford United who will thus now be awarded the points.
Of the five games played just one, a 4-2 win for Westoning U20 over Sandy Reserves, was to go the way of the home side. Lewis Cooksley with a brace plus strikes from James Russell and Rex Ludlow did the damage against a brace in reply for Ricky Geers.
Leading the away winners were Dinamo Flitwick who won 4-2 at Moggerhanger United Reserves. Josh Pearson with a hat-trick was supported by a goal from Jamie Burton against home strikes from Dean Hill and Lee Adams.
For Mid Beds Tigers and Flitwick Town Reserves it was 3-1 victories. Tigers with two goals from Lee Pyke and a strike from Adam Kipling winning at league newcomers FC Serbia for whom Tofara Nyaruwanga netted. Whilst the Town with two goals from James Lewis and a strike from Daniel Stafford won at Clifton Reserves for whom Chris Mattingley replied.
The final game seeing league newcomers White Eagles lose 3-2 at home to Atlectico Europa. Ricci Bulzis, Rob Ginn and Junior Ivy on the victors scoresheet against Eagles replies from Artur Lukowski and Mateusz Dybikowski.