Oakley snatch lead in Bedfordshire League

Recent action from Caldecote v Cranfield PNL-150411-102307002
Recent action from Caldecote v Cranfield PNL-150411-102307002

AFC Oakley M&DH are the new leaders of the Premier Division supported by Sportsform after they notched up win number seven on the bounce when winning 6-2 at Elstow Abbey on Saturday.

Matt Barnes and Alex Liburd both netted twice alongside single strikes from Jack Hoogstraten and Oli Plested for the new league leaders against Abbey replies via Grant Williams and Glenn Tumulty.

Losing out on that top spot are Renhold United whose unbeaten record was ended with a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Wilstead who now sit sixth in the league table. Adam Budek and Stuart Robson scored the vital goals for Wilstead who finished the game with 10 men following a red card for Paul Jones.

Still in third place are AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College who took their winning ways up to six games with a 2-1 home win over Ickwell & Old Warden. Ashley Windridge and Courtney Boughton were on their scoresheet against a lone reply from Zak Rowe for the visitors.

Whilst Flitwick Town remain in fourth spot after winning 5-1 at Sandy to stretch their unbeaten record to nine games in chalking up this their fifth win on the bounce. Ritchie Bevan with a brace was joined on the scoresheet by Callum Jones, Will Scutt and Vincent Doratiotto to bring up the nap hand against a lone reply from Nathan Morris.

For fifth place Ampthill Town Reserves it was a retention of their 100% away record when a lone goal from Phil Matthews took them to a 1-0 victory at bottom of the table Eastcotts AFC who have now lost their last nine league outings.

Whilst third from bottom of the table Caldecote are still looking for their first home point of the campaign after suffering home defeat number five, losing 4-0 to Cranfield United. Martin Holland scored twice alongside Jordan Appleton and Luke Gray for a United side returning to winning ways for the first time in four outings.

Also returning to winning ways were both Pavenham and Sharnbrook. Pavenham ended a run of four games without a victory by netting a 2-1 home win over Marston Shelton Rovers thanks to goals from James Owen and Tom Rodger against a lone reply from Rovers Jim Burraway.

Whilst Sharnbrook ended a run of eight games without a win with a 5-3 home victory over Shefford Town & Campton, Jim Burnside leading the way with a hat-trick and joined on the scoresheet by Alex Strange and Chris Prior against Town replies via Chris Clark twice and Adam Larsen.

Division One supported by Wests Citroen Bedford.

The lone game of the day saw league leaders Stevington fall to their first defeat of the season when beaten 3-0 at Ickleford who in retaining their season’s 100% home record and notching up win number five on the bounce lifted themselves up into third. John Vooght was the sole destroyer with all three goals.

Bedfordshire FA Intermediate Cup Second Round.

Round three of this season’s competition will see the Bedfordshire County Football League represented by just four teams following the exit of eight others in Saturday’s second round.

Even two of those didn’t need to kick a ball to progress into round three, Stevington gaining a bye following the folding of Great Barford prior to the seasons start and Henlow after Riseley Sports failed to raise a side to meet them at Groveside.

The league’s two round two winners were Sundon Park Rangers and AFC Oakley M&DH Reserves. Rangers on home soil saw off South Midlands League Totternhoe Reserves 3-1 thanks to two goals from Shaka Anderson plus a strike from Lee Garner.

Whilst AFC Oakley M&DH Reserves also beat SSML opposition with a 2-0 win at The 61 FC Luton Reserves thanks to goals from Mitch Crook and Hayden Sohanta.

Elsewhere AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves had just goals from Aaron Chaplin and Taylor Bakogeorge to show for in a 3-2 home defeat at the hands of Stotfold U21. Also falling to U21 opposition were Potton Town, 4-0 at home against AFC Kempston Rovers, and Houghton Athletic, 5-0 at home to Dunstable Town.

There were defeats for three others against Luton District & South Beds League teams. Shefford Town & Campton Reserves, with a lone goal from Jordan Darocha, lost 2-1 at Christans in Sport.

Whilst Westoning, despite two goals from Shaun Cooksley, lost 4-2 at St Josephs and Queens Park Crescents had just a strike from Shazad Sattar to show for their 7-1 defeat at YP Community.

Joining them on the exit trail were Meltis Albion in being defeated 4-2 at home by South Midlands League side Langford Reserves. Scott Alleyne and Craig Damon scored the Albion goals.

Division Two

There is no change at the head of the division following wins for the top three sides. League leaders Cranfield United Reserves retained their 100% record when a goal from Daniel Bullen was enough to give them all three points in a 1-0 victory at Wootton Village.

Whilst second place Lea Sports PSG ran out 5-3 home winners over Clapham Sports. Jordan Yearwood with a brace was joined on the scoresheet by Lee Bull, Will Tyler and a Ryan Darby penalty to bring up the nap hand against Sports replies via Ishmael George, Harry Munnelly and Nathan O’Halleron.

For third place Cople & Bedford SA it was a return to winning ways with a 4-1 victory at Bedford United. Ollie Hughes scored twice alongside Gary Canzano and Paul Nigro against a lone United reply from Tom Wade.

Despite retaining their unbeaten away record to remain in fourth spot Atletico Europa lost ground on the leading three sides when held to a 1-1 draw at Kempston Hammers Sports. Tadej Jaukovic was on the Europa scoresheet against a Hammers penalty reply from Martin Bennett.

The final game in this division lasted just 20 minutes before being abandoned after the visitors Elstow Abbey Reserves found themselves with just six players left on the pitch and trailing their hosts Flitwick Town Reserves 4-0.

Abbey having started the game with just nine players following a no show from five others and were quickly reduced to seven after their goalkeeper broke his arm and a fellow player took him off to hospital upon learning an ambulance may take two hours. Another Abbey player left the field injured shortly afterwards and the referee had no choice but to bring the game to a close.

Division Three

Wixams remain 100% for the season and five points clear at the head of division three following their 8-1 home win over third place AFC Dunton. Gareth White scored four to go alongside a brace from Jonny Cockram and single strikes from David Lawrence and Adam Jellis against a lone Dunton reply via Dean Hill.

Whilst second place Sundon Park Rangers took their unbeaten ways to five games with a 3-1 home win over bottom of the table Sandy Reserves. Shane Roberts netted twice and Jordan Holmes once against one in reply from Aiden London.

Now in fourth spot are White Eagles who ran out 5-3 home winners over second from bottom Meltis Albion Reserves. Jacek Tereszienicz with a hat-trick was joined on the scoresheet by Rafel Cygan and Damian Susfal to bring up the nap hand against Albion replies via Kade Walker, Matt Cox and Matt Jefferson.

Whilst in fifth spot are Renhold United Reserves who claimed their first away win with a 5-1 victory at Dinamo Flitwick. Nathan France with a brace was joined on the scoresheet by Michael France, JP Stribling and Casey Young against a lone home reply from Dean Myers.

Dropping down into sixth spot are Wilstead Reserves who were held to a 3-3 home draw by third from bottom of the table Clifton. Callum Evans with a brace and a single strike from Luke Pursey marked the home scoresheet against a Clifton hat-trick from Charlie Watson in reply.

The final game in this division gave Caldecote Reserves their first home win of the season in beating Shefford Town & Campton A 3-0, Adam Legate netting twice and Nicky Albone once.

Division Four

Now back on top of the division four league table are Mid Beds Tigers who retained their 100% league record with a thumping 12-1 home victory over Caldecote A who were losing for the first time on the road this season. Liam Brophy scored four times, Luke Clark claimed a hat-trick and Steve Monk a brace to go alongside single strikes from Daniel Bailey, Luke Rudd and Tomas-Lee Smith against a lone reply from Paul Rannow.

Tigers took over the top spot from Polonia Bedford after their five game winning run won was ended in a 6-0 home defeat at the hands of second from bottom of the table Henlow Reserves who were picking up their first points of the season.

Robbie Angel and Mario Santo Costa both scored twice alongside single strikes from Sam Crow and Sam Jury.

Now in third spot are Stevington Reserves who retained their 100% home record in claiming a 6-1 win over bottom of the table side Lidlington United Sports. Cameron Cain and Aaron Fletcher with braces were joined on the scoresheet by Simon Ellis and Jamie Endersby against a lone United reply via Steve Didlick.

Enjoying life on the road were Bedford Albion in winning 7-2 at Westoning Reserves. Jack Brown, Shaun Challi and Steve Slater all netted twice alongside a single strike from Dan Jeffries against home replies via Ollie Mansfield and Ryan Jordan.

The final game of the day in this division gave Flitwick Town A their first home point of the season after they share the spoils in a 3-3 draw with AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College A. Dylan Cadger with a brace and Ben Stones netting for the home side against replies from Jake Duxbury, Sunil Ram and Jack Connelly.