Barnett’s late winner as Beds League top two clash

Caldecote Reserves v Sandy Reserves. PNL-151216-111340002
Caldecote Reserves v Sandy Reserves. PNL-151216-111340002

The top two clash at Church Lane was to bring about late drama as Shaun Barnett headed a last minute winner to give leaders AFC Oakley M&DH a 2-1 victory over Renhold United.

This brought to an end the visitors’ unbeaten away record for the season and saw them drop down into third place in the league standings.

All seemed well for United who led through a goal from Johnny Richens at the break before Barnett became the second half hero when first levelling matters then heading the winner to take his sides unbeaten ways up to 11 games.

Now up into second spot are Ampthill Town Reserves who maintained their unbeaten ways and now remain unbeaten in their last 12 outings after winning 5-2 at Sandy. Phil Matthews and Fraser Maidment netted twice and Alan Henman once to bring up the nap hand against home strikes from Matt Johnson and Nathan Morris.

Over at Hitchin Road fourth place AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College suffered a setback in their title chasing quest when beaten 3-2 by Shefford Town & Campton. Andy Hayday netting all three home goals against replies via Colby Smith and Ashley Windridge.

Down at the other end of the table second from bottom club Eastcotts AFC were beaten 3-0 at home by now eleventh place Sharnbrook who were chalking up their third away win on the bounce. Jim Burnside, Richard Ball and Louis Green netting the vital goals in a game that also saw both Burnside and Chris Prior miss from the penalty spot for the visitors.

Also losing at home were third from bottom Caldecote who were beaten 2-0 by Pavenham. Luke Owen and James Owen who also missed a penalty on the visitors scoresheet.

Whilst bucking the trend of away winners were Cranfield United who secured a 3-1 home victory over Marston Shelton Rovers. Jack Brown, Jim Armstrong and Martin Holland seeing their goals only replied to once by James Burraway for the Rovers.

Bedfordshire Senior Trophy 3rd Round

AFC Kempston Town Town & Bedford College, who were due to play Arlesey Town Reserves on Wednesday, remain the only Bedfordshire League club left in this season’s Bedfordshire FA Senior Trophy after third round action saw both Ickwell & Old Warden plus Flitwick Town suffer defeats at the hands of South Midlands League outfits.

Town had just a Daniel Stafford goal to show for their 2-1 defeat at Ampthill Town and Ickwell & Old Warden a lone goal from Josh Cranwell in their 6-1 home reverse at the hands of Kent Athletic.

Division One Supported by Wests Citroen Bedford

Sundon Park Rangers remain unbeaten for the season and five points clear at the head of the Division One supported by Wests Citroen Bedford league table after sharing the spoils in a 2-2 draw at second place Stevington who were duly dropping their first home points of the season. Reece Williams and Jordan Wright were on the home scoresheet against Rangers replies via Shaka Anderson and Matthew Conway.

Now in third spot are Ickleford who won 3-1 at Shefford Town & Campton Reserves thanks to a hat-trick from Guiseppe D’Angleo against a lone home reply from Jack Lannon. Whilst AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves dropped down into fourth place after being held to a 4-4 draw at Houghton Athletic. Keegan Roberts with a hat-trick and a goal from Jessie Sidhu marked the Town’s scoresheet against home replies from Shaun Fahy, Glen Collins, Jordan Thomas and Ali Mohlyaldeen.

Also keeping tabs on the leading four sides were fifth place Meltis Albion who ended Queens Park Crescents unbeaten home ways with a 2-0 win thanks to goals from Josh St Clair Pierre and Craig Damon.

Whilst bottom of the table AFC Oakley M&DH Reserves were 1-0 winners at now second from bottom of the table Henlow thanks to a goal from Hayden Sohanta.

The Westoning v Potton Town clash at Greenfield Road was waterlogged off.

Division Two

Lea Sports PSG moved back to within three points of the non-playing league leaders Cranfield United Reserves by winning 6-3 at Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves who were losing on home soil for the first time this season. Joe Hennem scored a hat-trick, Ryan Durrant a brace and a single strike from Coner Napper on the PSG scoresheet against Rovers replies via Andrew Elms, Keiran Day and Robert Taylor.

This turned out to be the lone division two action of the afternoon after the weather put paid to the scheduled games Clapham Sports v Atletico Europa and Kempston Athletic v Wootton Village.

Whilst Kempston Hammers Sports failed to raise a side to visit Cople & Bedford SA and Bedford United suffered the same fate for their visit to Flitwick Town Reserves.

Division Three

There was a first defeat of the season for league leaders Wixams who were beaten 4-1 at Renhold United Reserves. Michael France with a brace plus Dean Hains and Justin Udman on the United scoresheet against a lone reply from Jonny Cockerman.

However, Wixams still remain seven points clear at the head of the league standings after second place Sundon Park Rovers saw their nine game unbeaten run end with a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of third place White Eagles thanks to a goal from Kazimierz Orzechewski.

For fourth place AFC Dunton it was win number four on the bounce with a 4-1 away win over Clifton who have now lost their last five games. Brandon Bates, Kier Banghard, Tony Norman and Dean Hill netted the vital goals against one in reply from Charlie Watson.

Whilst fifth place Wilstead Reserves were 8-3 winners at Dinamo Flitwick who have now lost their last four home games to drop to eighth place in the league standings.

Luke Pursey bagged four goals alongside single strikes from Edward Johnson, Kevin Butler, Christian Zewekelle and Ryan Davenport against home replies from Dale Goldie, Jack Fuller and Josh Pearson.

Also winning on the road were Shefford Town & Campton A who returned to winning ways for the first time in five outings with a 4-1 victory at bottom of the table Meltis Albion Reserves, Tristan Potkins with a brace plus Connor Farndon and Mike Castle on the Town scoresheet against a lone home reply from Shaun Gilbert.

Elsewhere over at Harvey Close, Caldecote Reserves chalked up home win number four on the bounce with an 8-0 win over local rivals Sandy Reserves who have now lost their last seven away games. Chris Gregory netted twice and was joined on the scoresheet by Carl Bilcock, Joe Rowley, Simon Ashton, Adam Legate, Sam Julian and Jack Stagg.

Division Four

With the Lidlington United Sports v Flitwick Town A clash at Hurst Grove waterlogged off the lone action of the afternoon saw Bedford Albion extend their winning ways up to seven games and climb the table into third spot with a 3-2 victory at AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College A. Govinda Bains, Josh Emmerton and Shaun Challi scored the Albion goals against home replies via John Hislop and Farid Mirzal.