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Sunday 25th March 2007
The Pressure Mounts On The Rec Boys
Action last weekend in The McGirls Money Management supported Premier Division saw league leaders Westoning Recreation Club have their lead at the head of the table cut to just two points after they were defeated for the second weekend running this time 2-1 away at fourth place Blunham, a brace of goals from Michael Jones putting the home side 2-0 ahead before Dave Shirley reduced the arrears from the penalty spot late on, back into second spot are Campton following their 5-1 home win over Goldington Lions where the damage was delivered by a hattrick from Andrew Hayday and a brace from Gary Gibson, with Sam Bedingfield netting The Lions lone reply. Campton jumping above AFC Kempston Town on goal difference after The Town had to wait until a 85th minute strike from Duncan Cameron sealed them the full three points from their home encounter with Luton Borough.

Still very much in the championship mix are sixth place Sandy who still have games in hand on all their rivals ahead of them in the standings after they ended Caldecote six game unbeaten run with a comfortable 4-0 success at Harvey Close with goals from Gary Fil, Steve Muggridge, Tom McGee and Matthew McCartney.

Elsewhere Bedford SA and Turvey plight at the bottom of the table became even graver after they both suffered home defeats, bottom of the pile Bedford SA losing for the seventh time on the bounce when beaten 3-0 by Oakley Sports for whom Mark Smith, Mark Kelly and John McCelland were on the scoresheet whilst Turvey were going down for the eighth time in a row on home soil by the same scoreline to inform Henlow who with two goals from Gussipe D'Anglo and a stike from Peter Saunders are now unbeaten in their last eight climb back into the top half of the league table.

Meanwhile Ickwell & Old Warden recent slump continues being held to a 0-0 home draw by Riseley Sports and Sharnbrook must still be looking over their shoulders relegation wise affer they endured their ninth straight defeat 7-1 away at Wilshamstead, Tom Pitts and Paul Jones both on the scoresheet twice for the home side supported by strikes from Matt Rossborough, Dave Riddle and Colin Merritt against a lone Sharnbrook reply from Rick Bulzis.

Action in The Sportsform supported Division One seeing Meltis Corinthians climb back onto the top of the table after they extended their seasons unbeaten run to eighteen games with a 3-0 away victory at Marston Social with goals from Jason Allison, Neville Allen and Michael Smith to take full advantage of overnight leaders Woburn sitting the afternoon out, The Safari Boys also seeing third place Reddings Wood move to within two points of them albeit having now played four games more after they netted a 3-1 home win over Stevington thanks to a brace of goals from Mark Cox and a goal from Richard Garnham.

Meanwhile a brace of goals from Caldecote Reserves, Aiden Jones was enough to ensure his side extended their unbeaten run to eight games but only sufficient to earn them a share of the points in a 2-2 home draw with AFC Kempston Town Reserves for whom Matty Smith and Leeroy Leonard were their goalscorers, but their point lifted The Town into fourth spot after Campton Reserves twelve game unbeaten run was ended with a 1-0 away defeat at Elstow Abbey where the home side after having Antony Henman red carded just thirty minutes into the game came up with a early second half winner from Saul Cuttell.

Other games in this division saw goals from Stephen Charlton, Carl Townsend and Leo James fail to take Blunham Village to victory going down 3-4 at home against Saffron to keep the visitors hopes of beating the drop still alive despite the away victories also for Royal Oak Kempston and Kempston, The Oak after a brace of goals from Liam Boland lead 2-0 at Flitwick Town before home marksmen Robert Simpkins and Clive Craig squared the contest until a 87th minute own goal took The Oak to victory.

Kempston meanwhile were ending a seven game losing run by winning 5-4 at bottom club Meppershall Jurassic for whom Richard Tiffin hit a hattrick supported by a goal from Geoff Dyer.

Division Two action however saw Meppershall Jurassic Reserves maintain their three points lead at the head of the table when for the second time this season they slammed ten goals passed bottom club Exel United without reply, Daniel Taylor, Danny Wing and Jason Ruff all netting twice alongside goals from Pat King, Jamie McGregor, Clive Owen and Chris Woodward, but with the next three clubs in the standings Sandy Reserves, Westoning Recreation Club Reserves and Woburn Reserves also winning and all having games in hand on The Jurassic Boys the championship title is still very much in the melting pot.

Second place Sandy Reserves taking their unbeaten run to nine games with a 4-2 home win over Blunham Reserves thanks to a own goal plus strikes from Mark Jennings, Kevin Fage and Lee Threadgold whilst third place Westoning Recreation Club Reserves were 1-0 home winners over Marston Shelton Rovers with a goal from Glen Robinson and Woburn Reserves skipped to a 4-0 victory at Lidlington United Sports with two goals from Nick Skolsky and strikes from Dave Bowen and Craig Summerfield.

Other games in this division seeing Great Barford also keep themselves very much in the promotion race with a 3-2 away win at Mulberry Bush thanks to two goals from Daniel Jeffries and a strike from Daniel Stafford against home replies from Paul Raymond and Gary Canzano whilst Bedford Albion winning run of three games was brought to a halt when going down 1-4 at home against Potton Wanderers, Darren Horne delivering the main damage with a hattrick alongside a goal for Sam Delasalle against a home reply from Michael Butler, the days final game seeing Newham Athletic draw their fourth consecutive outing when held to a 1-1 home draw by Russell Park United for whom Gary Higgins was the United goalscorer.

In Division Three. league leaders Oakley Sports Reserves extended their lead at the head of the table to eight points following their 5-0 home win over Caldecote A with braces of goals from Dave Coan and Rick Issac and a strike from Lee Munns after Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves swapped places in second and third spots with Henlow Reserves after two goals from Lewis Emery and a strike from James Tizard took Henlow Reserves to their fifth win on the bounce, Neil Faulkner the lone Ickwell markman.

All these top three clubs still nervously looking over their shoulders at fourth place Putnoe United who still have games in hand on all of them but this weekend United failed to gain any ground when held to a 1-1 home draw by Flitwick Town Reserves, Jordan Kumar the home goalgetter to a reply from Town's Steve Howarth, elsewhere Clifton continue their return to form with a 4-2 away win at Blue Chip thanks to a double strike from Greg King and goals from Craig Pateman and Alex Fisher against a home brace from Mike Gierson but the top scorers of the day in this division were Sandy A , 6-0 home winners over bottom club Lidlington United Sports Reserves, Bobby Higgs helping himself to a hattrick alongside goals from Yancy Jones, Shaun Pope and Andrew Smallman.

The days final game seeing Wilhamstead Reserves send Riseley Sports Reserves to their fourth straight home defeat despite gifting the home side a own goal from Ryan Brown before goals from Lewis Syratt and a penalty from goalkeeper Peter Cooke saw Wilshamstead collect the full three points with a 2-1 win.

This weekend's coming action in The McGirls Money Management Supported Premier Division brings the danger of Westoning Recreation Club losing their lead at the head of the table for the first time this season should they fail to win their home encounter with Caldecote who travel seeking their fifth staight away win and either Campton or AFC Kempston Town come up with the full three points from their games.

Second place Campton facing no easy task when they journey for a meeting at Bedford Road with a Sandy side that still has title aspirations of their own whilst AFC Kempston Town are also on the road for a meeting with Oakley Sports seeking their sixth win on the bounce against a home side that is unbeaten in their last five outings and of course removed Town from The Bedforshire Senior Trophy earlier in the season.

Down at the other end of the table, bottom club Bedford SA are now really well and truly encamped in the last chance salon and needing to quickly end their seven game losing run if they are to have any chance of retaining their Premier Division status but this will not be easy when they travel to Gold Street to face hosts Riseley Sports who are now unbeaten in their last four games whilst it's a real six pointer of a game at Lodge Road where third from bottom Sharnbrook entertain the team immediately below them in the standings Turvey, the home side starting the day one point clear and having also played three fewer games than their visitors but having lost their nine games will be no dead certs to collect the points.

Other action comes at Groveside, where Henlow will draw level on points with vistiors Ickwell & Old Warden should they come up with their sixth win on the bounce against the men from the green who have won just once in their last six away outings, whilst Luton Borough seek to keep themselves away from the danger zone with some points from their home clash with Blunham who travel looking for win number five in a row which will still keep them in with a outside chance of lifting the championship title.

The days final top flight action taking place at Renhold when Goldington Lions look for their first full three points return in five outings against visitors Wilshamstead who are unbeaten over the same number of games.

Action in The Sportsform supported Division One will see league leaders Meltis Corinthians start firm favourites to extend their unbeaten ways to nineteen games at Miller Road against Elstow Abbey desipte the visitors having won three of their last four games to ease them away from the relegation zone but second place Woburn have a tough game on their hands when they travel to Rectory Road for a meeting with Campton Reserves whose last five home games have all ended in victory.

Over at Hillsground fourth place AFC Kempston Town Reserves are in home action against Blunham Village while sixth place Flitwick Town journey to Russell Park for a meeting with second from bottom club Saffron who will be seeking just their second win on home soil this season, for bottom club Meppershall Jurassic it will seem like home from home when they engage in an away fixture at Hillsground against Royal Oak Kempston who entertain them seeking their first home points in six outings whilst their is a real six pointer of a relegation battle has Kempston without an home win in their last six games host a Marston Social side that has lost it's last four away games.

The days other action in this division coming at Stevington where the home side seek to end visitors Caldecote Reserves eight game unbeaten run.

Action in Division Two brings about a clash between the top two clubs at Hillsground where league leaders Meppershall Jurassic Reserves on a nine game wining home run host a Sandy Reserves side that is still unbeaten on their travels this season while the third and fourth place clubs also go to battle against each other at Crawley Road when fourth place Woburn Reserves host Westoning Recreation Club Reserves who travel unbeaten in their last sixteen games.

These top of the table clashes giving fifth and sixth place clubs Great Barford and Blunham Reserves a chance to draw closer to the top of the table, Great Barford in home action in Jubilee Park against Newham Athletic where they will be expected to gain the full three points in extending their current unbeaten home run to seven games whilst Blunham Reserves also unbeaten over the same period of time at home entertain Bedford Albion who travel seeking their third away win on the bounce

The days other two games in this division coming at Cryselco where Mulberry Bush look to return to winning ways after five games against visitors Lidlington United Sports who travel having lost their last five away games and for second from bottom Twinwoods Thistle it's a trip to face Russell Park United who have lost their last seven home games

Action in Division Three sees leaders Oakley Sports Reserves on the road to face a tough away game at Clifton who are currently on a seven game unbeaten run whilst second place Henlow Reserves will be expected to extend their winning ways to six games when they travel for a Hillsground meeting with Blue Chip losers of their last five home games, meanwhile fellow promotion hopefuls Putnoe United hit the road to Jubilee Playing Fields looking to take their unbeaten run to fourteen games against hosts Wilshamstead Reserves and another club still in the promotion mix Kings AFC are on the road to Steppingly Road for a meeting with in form Flitwick Town Reserves.

Other games in this division come at Harvey Close where Caldecote A seek their first win in seven outings from their second from bottom visitors Riseley Sports whose last win came some ten games ago, in Jubilee Park where Meltis Corinithians Reserves look to return to winning ways at home against Sandy A whose last three trips on the road have all ended in defeat and at Hurst Grove where bottom club Lidlington United Sports without an home win since their first game of the season play hosts to Marsh Leys who travel looking for their first double of the season having beaten United back on their own patch in late October.

After the weekend action the customary round of mid-week games start to kick in on Monday evening when Jubilee Park will be the venue for a Division Three clash between Putnoe United and Marsh Leys has United seek to close in on the promotion challengers at the head of the table before the action moves onto Wednesday evening when Sportsform Supported Division One league leaders Meltis Corinthians will be on the road for a Hillsground meeting with Royal Oak Kempston in the top game of the night.

Their are four games in Division Two, Great Barford also in Hillsground action has they host Blunham Reserves in a top six clash whilst Sandy Reserves wil be back on the road to Miller Road to face Bedford Albion while at Crawley Road, Woburn Reserves will play hosts to Russell Park United and at Cryselco Mulberry Bush entertain Marston Shelton Rovers.

Division Three action brings about a programme of five games, with five of the top six clubs taking to the field in search of vital promotion points, the top game should be at Oakley where Oakley Sports Reserves take on a Putnoe United side having it's second game inside fourty-eight hours whilst on The Green, Ickwell & Old Reserves are in action against Kings AFC and just two miles down the road at Harvey Close, Caldecote A entertain Clifton in a local derby clash.

The night's other two games coming at Gold Street where Riseley Sports Reserves receive a visit from Marsh Leys and at Jubilee Playing Fields where Wilshamstead Reserves play hosts to Flitwick Town Reserves.

All these mid-week games scheduled to kick off at 6.00pm
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