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Sunday 1st April 2007
Meltis Corinthians Hit The Ton Mark
Action in last weekends Premier Division supported by McGirls Money Management saw league leaders Westoning Recreation Club remain two points clear at the head of the table after a late Shaun Cooksley goal took them to a 3-2 home win over Caldecote, goals from Dave Shirley and Danny Pilgrim gave the Rec Boys a 2-0 half-time lead until strikes from Lee Adams and Aiden Jones drew Caldecote level before Cooksley popped up with the winner, start of play second place Campton keeping their title hopes alive when winning 3-1 at Sandy, Andrew Hayday netting twice and Gary Gibson once to a home reply from Steve Muggeridge.

Yet third place AFC Kempston Town dream of the championship title for another season was to end at the hands of Oakley Sports whose three first half goals took them to a 3-0 victory to extend their unbeaten run to six games which has now taken them clear of the relegation zone and the guarantee of top flight football next season.

Elsewhere Blunham failed to take advantage of AFC Kempston Town slip up and remain in fourth spot after being held to a 1-1 draw at Luton Borough, Emmail Wilson the home marksman and Carl Page on the scoresheet for Blunham, meanwhile Henlow were making it six wins on the bounce with a 4-0 home victory over Ickwell & Old Warden thanks to goals from Pete Saunders, Guissipe D'Anglo, Graham Leger and Bryan Sego, whilst their was a mixed bag of results for the clubs at the bottom end of the table, Sharnbrook ending a nine game losing run by running out easy 5-0 home winners over Turvey with a brace of goals from Rick Bulzis supported by strikes from Andy Wood, Daniel Billington and Jay Falliaze, the defeat sending Turvey to the bottom of the table following Bedford SA first win after eight straight defeats at Riseley Sports where goals from Matt Cheveralls, Dave Carroll and Richard Ambler took them to a 3-0 victory.

The days other game seeing Goldington Lions with goals from James Morris and Nathan Maxey lead Wilshamstead 2-0 at half-time before a Paul Jones hattrick and a goal from Tom Wisson all inside a five minute period took Wilshamstead to a 4-2 win.

In The Sportsform supported Division One action, league leaders Meltis Corinthians became the first club this season to hit the one hundred goals scored landmark when they romped to a 8-1 home win over Elstow Abbey thanks to braces of goals from Alex Woolston, Justin Patterson and Najid Nadeem which were added to by strikes from Tommy Foyle and Jason Allison.

Second place Woburn however are still there in the championship race after they won 2-1 away at Campton Reserves, Nick Skolsky and David Stocker giving them a 2-0 lead until Steve Walker replied late on for the home side, elsewhere their were plenty of goals at Hillsground where fourth place AFC Kempston Town Reserves were to emerge 5-3 home winners over Blunham Village with goals from Matty Abbott, Matt Smith, James Mead, Leroy Leonard and Ed L'erario against Village replies from Carl Townsend, Steve Charlton and Daniel Avis.

Down at the bottom of the table Meppershall Jurassic lifted themselves off the bottom of the pile when earning a point from a 3-3 away draw at Royal Oak Kempston despite a hattrick of goals from Oak marksman Lorenzo Jordan, with Saffron dropping into the bottom slot after their 1-4 home defeat at the hands of Flitwick Town, Jay Wilson netting the home goal whilst Town's match winner was Dean Warren who hit a hattrick alongside a goal from Craig Hyde.

Meanwhile Marston Social were doing their survival hopes a power of good when goals from Nick Sherwood and Kevin Peacock took then to a 2-1 away win at Kempston but Caldecote Reserves eight game unbeaten run was to end with a 5-1 away defeat at Stevington.

In Division Two, the clash of the top two clubs Meppershall Jurassic Reserves and Sandy Reserves was to bring about a 0-0 draw leaving The Juraasic Boys still top of the pile whilst third and fourth place sides Woburn Reserves and Westoning Recreation Club Reserves failed to close the gap on the top two when they played out a 1-1 draw of their own, Dave Bowen the home marksman and Luke Redhead replying for the visitors.

Elsewhere it was goals all the way has Aaron Lea hit a 90th minute winner to take Russell Park United to a 5-4 home win over Twinwoods Thistle, Richard Price, Garry Higgins, Shaun Winconek and Chris Sailsbury also on the scoresheet for United against braces in reply from John Banks and Nick Payne, while another game full of goals saw Mulberry Bush win 4-3 at home against Lidlington United Sports, The Bush being helped by a James Brown own goal alongside strikes from Sam Queeley, Gary Canzano and Pas Ventriglia while the United marksmen were Lewis Weedon, Gary Whitbread and John Wright.

There was late drama at the Blunham Reserves v Bedford Albion game where a Steve Goodman goal ten seconds from the end of the game earned Blunham a point from a 2-2 draw, earlier in the game Ian Perkins had netted the other home goal whilst only a penalty miss by Albion's Tony McGoven prevented him claiming a hattrick, meanwhile Great Barford were losing ground at the head of the table when beaten 2-3 at home by Newham Athletic, Gary Russon, Dan Ellison and Martin Dazley the Athletic goalscorers against home replies from Charlie Seward and Daniel Stafford.

The days other game in this division seeing a strike from Tom Ashurst for bottom club Exel United prove insufficient to earn his side a share of the spoils has they went down to a 2-1 defeat at Marston Shelton Rovers.for whom Mark Campkin and Rob Moore netted late goals to steal the points.

In Division Three, league leaders Oakley Sports Reserves lead at the head of the table is now down to five points after they were held to a 2-2 draw away at fifth place Clifton for whom Barry King and Mark Gearing both found the back of the net has second place Henlow Reserves were taking full advantage with a 4-0 win over Blue Chip with a double strike from Lewis Emery and a goal from Gary Wing being added to by a own goal.

With third place Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves sitting the afternoon out, fourth place Putnoe United moved closer to the top three with a 4-2 away win at Wilshamstead Reserves where both Jordan Kumar and David Riley netted twice against home replies from Chris Brown and Lewis Syratt whilst Caldeote A returned to winning ways after a six game barren spell with a 3-2 home win over Riseley Sports Reserves thanks to a double strike from Ben Barker and a goal from Stuart Finding.

The days other two games seeing Meltis Corinthians Reserves and Sandy A play out a 0-0 draw but for bottom club Lidlington United Sports Reserves a hattrick from Simon Caske was not enough to earn them anything from their home encounter with Marsh Leys who won 5-3 thanks to a four goal blast from Zennon Paul and a goal from Joe Rogers.

This weekend's action in The Premier Division supported by McGirls Money Management sees league leaders Westoning Recreation Club look to extend their lead at the head of the table to five points when they journey to Stonefields for a meeting with bottom club Turvey whose last eight home encounters have all ended in defeat and with them also having only found the back of the net on one of those occasions it will be a major surprise if they are able to prevent The Rec Boys collecting the full three points, second place Campton are sitting the afternoon out so third place AFC Kempston Town could draw level on points with them should they collect the full three points on offer when they host a Ickwell & Old Warden side at Hillsground whose last five games has seen them collect just one point to drop them in seventh place in the league table.

Their is local derby action at Groveside where hosts Henlow look for their seventh win on the bounce when they host visitors Sandy whilst the days only other two top flight games come at Renhold where Goldington Lions without a win in their last five games entertain a Sharnbrook side that has lost all of it's last seven away games and at Oakley Sports where the home side look to take their current unbeaten run to seven games when they receive a visit from Luton Borough

Action in The Sportsform Supported Division One sees league leaders Meltis Corinthians in home action at Miller Road against Meppershall Jurassic seeking to take their unbeaten seasons run to twenty games in a game which will kick off at 4.15pm whilst second place Woburn also enjoy home advantage when they entertain fifth place Flitwick Town at Crawley Road who having won their last five away games will prove a stern test for The Safari Boys.

Other action comes at Harvey Close where seventh place Caldecote Reserves look to return to winning ways in a local derby clash with Campton Reserves who sit one place above them in the league standings, whilst Reddings Wood will hope to keep their slim promotion chances alive when they entertain fellow Cutler Hammer residents Kempston with The Woodmen looking for their seventh home win on the bounce against a Kempston side that has lost it's last four away games.

Other games come at Stevington where the hosts will start firm favourites to collect the points against bottom club Saffron and at Hillsground where Blunham Village despite having suffered two straight home defeats should have enough in the locker to overcome the visiting third from bottom Marston Social.

In Division Two action league leaders Meppershall Jurassic Reserves will have no easy task in collecting their first away win for six games when they journey to Cryselco for a meeting with Mulberry Bush, whilst Sandy Reserves face a tricky looking away encounter at Newham Athletic who are on a current unbeaten run of five games but fellow championship contenders Westoning Recreation Club Reserves will be expected to extend their unbeaten ways to eighteen games when they receive a visit from a Potton Wanderers side at Greenfield Road despite the visitors having won five of their last six games.

The days other Division Two action taking Woburn Reserves on the road to Miller Road for a 2pm kick off against hosts Bedford Albion and for Great Barford it's a trip to face Marston Shelton Rovers with both sides desperate for the full three points to keep them in the promotion race.

In Division Three, all of the top six clubs on paper look on course to collect the full three points from their various games, Oakley Sports Reserves seeking an away win at Marsh Leys whilst Henlow Reserves look for their seventh win on the bounce in a Jubilee Park visit to face Meltis Corinthians Reserves and Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves despite their recent slump should have another in the locker to overcome hosts Flitwick Town Reserves at Steppingly Road.

For Putnoe United it's a home Jubilee Park clash with Blue Chip who have only collected three points from their last seven outings whilst Clifton seek to extend their home unbeaten home run to five games when they host Wilshamstead Reserves and it will be a major upset if Kings AFC don't collect the full three points from their home game against bottom club Lidlington United Sports Reserves.

The days other action coming at Sunderland Road where Sandy A entertain a Riseley Sports Reserves side that has failed to win any of it's last ten games.

After the weekend the action continues on Easter Monday when there are two Sportsform Supported Division One games taking place, in Jubilee Park with a 2.30pm kick off Saffron take on Caldecote Reserves whilst later in the day at Steppingly Road, Flitwick Town host AFC Kempston Town Reserves in a 6pm kick off.

There is also Division Two action in Jubilee Park, kick off 2.30pm when Meppershall Jurassic Reserves play hosts to Bedford Albion while in Division Three, Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves entertain Oakley Sports Reserves on The Green in a 2.30pm kick off whilst at the same time at Jubilee Playing Fields, Wilshamstead Reserves entertain Kings AFC.

The action then moves onto Wednesday evening with a batch of nineteen games all kicking off at 6pm, in the Premier Division supported by McGirls Money Management the destination of this seasons championship title could well become a lot clearer following the Rectory Road clash between Campton and Westoning Recretion Club whilst there is other top flight games at Ickwell & Old Warden who receive a visit from Sharnbrook, at Harvey Close where Caldecote entertain Luton Borough, whilst at Groveside, Henlow go head to head with Wilshamstead and Oakley Sports travel for a Moggerhanger clash with Blunham.

In The Sportsform Supported Division One action, Meltis Corinthians host Kempston at Miller Road, Campton Reserves hit the road for a Cutler Hammer meeting with Reddings Wood, Blunham Village entertain Stevington at Hillsground and Woburn Reserves travel for a meeting with Elstow Abbey.

Their are five games taking place in Division Two, at Greenfield Road where Westoning Recreation Club Reserves host Exel United fully expecting to keep their championship hopes alive while over at Crawley Road, Woburn Reserves will be in home action against Mulberry Bush seeking to keep in touch with the promotion race a comment that also applies to Great Barford has they hit the road for a meeting with Twinwoods Thistle.

The evenings other two games coming at Hurst Grove where Lidlington United Sports receive a visit from Russell Park United and at Thurleigh where Newham Athletic host a visit from Potton Wanderers.

In Division Three, the top clash of the evening takes place at Groveside where Henlow Reserves entertain Caldecote A whilst there is also action in Russell Park where Blue Chip will be hosts to championship chasing Putnoe United, at Hillsground which is the venue for the Marsh Leys v Meltis Corinthians Reserves clash with a further two games taking place at Gold Street where Riseley Sports Reserves entertain Clifton and a Stepplingly Road when hosts Flitwick Town Reserves receive a visit from Kings AFC.
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