Weather hits Bedfordshire League programme

Recent Bedfordshire League action.
Recent Bedfordshire League action.
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The weather was to be the big winner in the Bedfordshire League Premier Division with all scheduled seven games postponed due to the snow and waterlogged pitches.

However, with Lidlington United Sports giving the league notice that with immediate effect they are withdrawing their membership, their results will be removed.

That will mean Shefford Town & Campton will climb back onto the top of the Premier Division supported by Sportsform table and Renhold United slip down into second spot, albeit just a point behind them but having played some six games less. All the other remaining 12 clubs, despite some point adjustments, remain in the same position in the standings.

Division One supported by Wests Citroen Bedford

Just two of the scheduled seven games beat the weather.

One of these came at the Warren where league leaders Elstow Abbey increased their advantage to five points over Henlow with a 7-0 home win over Potton Town Town.

The Abbey, via a Danny Pilgrim goal direct from a corner, were ahead as early as the fourth minute but then had to wait until the 27th minute before Pilgrim doubled the scoreline and it was all but game over when Andy Klein notched goal number three eight minutes later to see them lead 3-0 at the half-time break.

Second period action saw Klein make it 4-0 just seven minutes in and on the hour mark a sweet volley from Aaran Cavill brought up the nap hand. Goal number six came via Dom Parrell in the 75th minute before Klein completed his hat-trick and the scoring two minutes from time.

Elsewhere Queens Park Crescents returned to winning ways with a 2-0 home win over AFC Oakley M&DH Reserves thanks to goals from Ben Griffith and Ayaz Hussain.

The games failing to beat the weather were AFC Harlington v Henlow ; Bedford SA v Riseley Sports; Marabese Ceramics v Great Barford ; Meltis Albion v Cranfield United and Sundon Park Rangers v Shefford Town & Campton Reserves.

Division Two

Like in Division One just two games were to beat the weather with the shock of the day seeing league leaders Clapham Sports have their nine game winning run ended when defeated 4-2 at home by Bedford United. Tom Wade and Julio Fortes both scoring twice for United against a brace in reply from Grant Williams.

Elsewhere Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves returned to winning ways with a 5-3 home win over Elstow Abbey Reserves. Harry Baker netting twice alongside single strikes from Garry Russon, Robert Moore and Jamie Watson to bring up the Rovers nap hand against replies via Curtis McGall, Shaun Cafferty and a Jamie Carter penalty.

The games failing to beat the weather were FC Houghton v Stevington; Kempston Athletic v Meltis Albion Reserves; Moggerhanger United v Caldecote Reserves ; Renhold United Reserves v Wootton Village and Wilstead Reserves v Kempston Hammers Sports.

Division Three

With league leaders Lea Sports PSG having their game at White Eagles postponed we now have new leaders at the head of the division three league table in the shape of Flitwick Town Reserves who maintained their seasons unbeaten home ways with a 4-2 victory over Dinamo Flitwick. Mark Bartlett with a brace being joined on the scoresheet by Benn Ward and Kevin Higby against two in reply from Scott Hannam.

Meantime FC Serbia are now unbeaten in their last five starts after sharing the points from a 4-4 home draw with Atletico Europa. Milan Marusic, Demilson Conceicao, Marko Djordjic and Zdenko Kuhar on their scoresheet against a Kane Alexander hat-trick and a single strike from Aaron Hill in reply.

Elsewhere following nine straight defeats Caldecote U20 lifted themselves off of the bottom of the league table at the expenses of Mid Beds Tigers who saw their game at Westoning U20 postponed by drawing 0-0 at fourth place Clifton.

Over at Rectory Road, Shefford Town & Campton A were leading Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves 3-1 with less than 10 minutes to play when referee Stephen Preitzel abandoned the game due to the behaviour of the visiting teams players. Matt Evans, Sam Larsen and Scott Frusciante on the home scoresheet against an own goal in reply. Following the match Ickwell & Old Warden have now withdrawn their reserves side from the league.

The other game postponed was Cranfield United Reserves v Sandy Reserves.