Caldecote top of table after five-goal thriller

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With Arlesey Town Reserves’ home game at The Armadillo Stadium against Flitwick Town waterlogged off, the new leaders of the Premier Division supported by Sportsform league table are Caldecote following their 3-2 win at Ickwell & Old Warden.

Early goals from Tom Cookman and Jack Boyd shooting them 2-0 ahead before Ricky Aris stepped up to cut the deficit to just a single goal until Cookman netted his second strike of the afternoon to take his side in at half-time 3-1 ahead. Ickwell,winners of their last four outings struck back in the 70th minute via Danny Fox to make it 2-3. Alas to no avail as the visitors held on to take their unbeaten ways up to eight games and climb to the top of the league standings for the first time this season.

Now up into fourth place are Renhold United, for them it was their first away win of the season 3-1 at Wilshamstead. Following a scoreless opening half, Colin Marshall shot the home side ahead until goals from Gurdeep Kandola, Scott Joseph and Aran Hazelwood in the closing 20 minutes won the day for United. This defeat dropping Wilshamstead into the relegation zone after AFC Biggleswade climbed above them thanks to winning 3-2 at Shefford Town & Campton. Josh Murray and Byrn Williams shooting them 2-0 ahead in the opening eight minutes before a strike from Andrew Hayday on 40 minutes was to see the sides go in at the break just a single goal apart.

However, Williams from the penalty spot in the 63rd minute was to take the Waders 3-1 clear until Hayday with his second goal of the afternoon 10 minutes from time set their nerves a twitching before the final whistle blew to signal an end to their five game losing run.

The biggest scorers of the day were Marston Shelton Rovers, they moved back into the top half of the league table with a 6-3 home victory over Sharnbrook. Jim Burraway leading the way with a hat-trick and supported by strikes from Stuart Kelly, Lee Dudley and Jamie Cerminara against replies via Martyn Cain, Sean Duffy and Robbie Alder.

Elsewhere,waterlogged pitches caused the postponement of the Bedford Sports Athletic vs Bedford Hatters and Lidlington United Sports vs AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College fixtures.

Bedfordshire FA Intermediate Cup Round Three

Its the end of the cup road for both Luton Boys and Elstow Abbey. The Boys despite goals from Famik Stephen-Gabriel, Nathan Prime and Alex McDade beaten 3-4 at home by Luton District & South Beds League Farley Boys. Whilst The Abbey were beaten 5-0 on home soil by Barton Rovers Reserves, the scoreline totally flattering the visitors. 0-0 at half-time, their tally in the second period included an own goal, a penalty in the 78th minute which saw Abbey’s Jon Sobottie red carded and goals number four and five arriving in the closing minutes.

Still left in the competition are Leighton United after their scheduled game at AFC Dunstable Reserves was waterlogged off.

Division One

With Shillington’s home game against Brickhill Tigers waterlogged off, the new leaders of the division one league table are Pavenham after they retained their season’s unbeaten ways and took away Caldecote Reserves 100% home record with a 3-2 victory. James Owen netting twice and Tom Rodger once against home replies via Mick Robinson and Dan Fennel.

Also winning on the road were Henlow, for them it was a 2-1 victory at Lea Sports PSG. Charlie Richardson and George Zitko netting the vital goals against a home reply from Ian Hyde.

Down at the other end of the table, Kings AFC recorded their first home win of the season and their first win in seven outings with a 2-0 victory over Shefford Town & Campton Reserves. Niko Stanchev netting both goals.

The Hillgrounds clash between AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves and Sandy waterlogged off.

Division Two

The shock of the day saw league leaders Goldington lose their season’s unbeaten ways when beaten 5-2 at home by a Stopsley Park side that had started the day bottom of the league table. Andy Randall with a debut hat-trick plus Simon Richards and Nathan Henry on The Parks scoresheet against home replies via Chris Huckle and Damion Quigley.

The Park as a result climbing one place up the league ladder to be replaced on the bottom rung by Potton United Reserves who were beaten 1-2 at home by Cranfield United Reserves. David Anderson and Stuart Pearce the visitors goalscorers against a home reply via Lee Adams.

Completing a trio of away winners were St Joseph Reserves with a 4-2 victory at Meltis Albion. Ahead via Sean Sherdian in the fifth minute, they doubled their lead 35 minutes into the contest with a goal from David McLeod and looked to have all three points well and truly sewn up when Dan McLeod added a third goal 20 minutes from time. However, two goals in as many minutes by Darren Ashpole soon had the scoreline back to 3-2 before Shante Robinson netted the visitors fourth goal 11 minutes from time. Even then there was still time for Albion’s Ricky Matthews to blast a penalty over the crossbar. Oh why didn’t Ashpole want to net his hat-trick?

Meantime over in Mowsbury Park, referee Simon Wilford abandoned the Queens Park Crescents vs Sundon Park Rangers game 20 minutes from time due to the behaviour of the home side. This game will now be subjected to a Beds FA and league enquiry. At the time the scoreline was 2-2.

Elsewhere, three other games were postponed due to waterlogged pitches. Eastcotts AFC vs Westoning; Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves vs Bromham United and Woburn Athletic vs Marabese Ceramics.

Division Three

Just two games were to beat the weather. At Gold Street, Riseley Sports took their unbeaten ways up to eight games and retained their season’s unbeaten home record when sharing the spoils in a 2-2 draw with second from bottom of the table Bedford Park Rangers who are now without a win in their last nine outings. Greg Moksa and James Law on the home scoresheet against a brace in reply from Shaun Finlay.

Over at Mill Lane, Potton Town were 9-2 home winners over Wilshamstead Reserves. Jamie Hutchinson netting three times, Chris Moore and Jesse Mayo twice to go alongside single strikes from Paul Mijalski and Charlie Seward.

The postponed games being, Dunton vs Marsh Leys; Kempston Hammers Sports vs Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves; Renhold United Reserves vs Clifton; Stevington vs Great Barford and Westoning Reserves vs Royal Oak Kempston.

Division Four

Like in division three just two games beat the weather. However, it now sees Bedford Panthers three points clear at the head of the division four league table after they maintained their seasons 100 per cent ways with a 4-1 home victory over second place Elstow Abbey Reserves. Aaron Perrett the home hero with all four goals which included three from the penalty spot in the second half, the second of which saw The Abbey reduced to 10 men when Danny Bibby was red carded. Sean Hendry earlier in the game netting The Abbey goal to square the contest at 1-1.

While for Caldecote A, it was their first home point of the season from a 2-2 draw against Dunton Reserves. Joe Stevens and Ryan Ambrose on their scoresheet against replies from Alex Wiltshire and Nicky Albone.

The postponed games being Kempston Con Club Sports vs Dinamo Flitwick; Sandy Reserves vs Clifton Reserves and Shefford Town & Campton A vs Wootton Village.