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Sunday 8th April 2007
Safari Boys Leave It Late
Last weekends McGirls Money Management Supported Premier Division action saw league leaders Westoning Recreation Club increase their lead at the head of the table to five points has they sent bottom club Turvey packing to their ninth consecutive home defeat with a 5-1 win, Dave Shirley and Danny Pilgrim both getting on the scoresheet twice alongside a goal from Nick Shirley whilst a John Prior penalty ended the home sides run of four games without a goal.

Elsewhere any chance of third place AFC Kempston Town remaining in the title hunt was to end with a 5-1 home defeat at the hands of Ickwell & Old Warden who with two goals from Steve Thomas plus strikes from Danny Fox, Andrew Vallom and Ricky Aris where winning for the first time in six outings, Andy Smith netting the lone home goal.

Meanwhile the top scoring game of the day saw Goldington Lions ease their relegation fears with a 4-3 home win over Sharnbrook thanks to a hattrick from Paul McKeaveney plus a goal from James Morris against Sharnbrook replies from Andy Janes, James Billington and Mark Smith, this result seeing The Lions swap places with their opponents in the bottom five of the standings, still below both clubs however are Luton Borough despite them gaining a point from a 2-2 draw at Oakley Sports who thus extended their own current unbeaten run to seven games, Jamie McCelland on the scoresheet twice for the home side with The Borough replies coming from Currant Milage and Danniel Smith.

The days other game seeing Sandy emerge 2-1 away winners at local rivals Henlow to keep their hopes of a top three finish still very much alive, Steve Hinton and Rob Gaylor grabbing the goals against a home reply from James Gentry whose side were going down to their first defeat in ten outings.

Action in The Sportsform Supported Division One, saw Meltis Corinthians take their seasons unbeaten run to twenty one games with a 7-0 home win over Meppershall Jurassic, Justin Patterson and Matt McMahon netting twice alongside strikes from Richie Subwerl, Neville Allen and a Michael Bread penalty this win taking The Sweetboys four points clear at the head of the table following their 1-0 midweek away win at Royal Oak Kempston thanks to a goal from Neville Allen.

Second place Woburn however were within a minute of losing their seasons 100% home record when they trailed 0-1 to a Andrew Pheby goal for Flitwick Town until the great escape arrived via a goal from substitute Jake Nicholls with his first touch of the game followed by the winner from Nick Skolsky, elsewhere third place Reddings Wood kepted the pressure on The Safari Boys with a 3-1 home win over Kempston thanks to a brace of goals from Richard Garnham and a strike from Jim Grandidge.

Elsewhere Saffron plight at the bottom of the table deepen with a 3-1 away defeat at Stevington and third from bottom Marston Social are still far from safe after losing 2-0 away at Blunham Village whose goals came from Paul Spadaccino and James Bowen, with the days other game seeing Caldecote Reserves extend their current home unbeaten run to seven games with a 2-0 win over Campton Reserves with two goals from Jack Gabbittas

The battle for the Division Two title looks now to be down to a four club race after the last series of games, current league leaders Meppershall Jurassic Reserves holding onto top spot on goal difference following their 3-1 away win at Mulberry Bush thanks to a double strike from Jamie McGregror and a goal from Carl Anderson to a reply from Steve Pledge but second place Sandy have two games in hand after gaining the maximum points from a midweek 1-0 win at Bedford Albion with a goal from Ian Hammitt who was again on the scoresheet in their weekend 3-0 win at Newham Athletic alongside Kevin Fage who netted twice.

Just a point behind Sandy in third spot are Woburn Reserves who have played two games more than the current second placers following their 2-1 home midweek win over Russell Park United thanks to a Ben Kennedy penalty an a own goal against a United strike from Gary Higgins, The Safari Boys then winning 5-1 at Bedford Albion at the weekend with braces of goals from Andy Gasson and Andy Whale plus a goal from Kevin Young with Tony McGoven netting the lone Albion reply, but fourth place Westoning Recreation Club Reserves look Sandy's biggest challengers trailing them by just three points having played the same number of games, The Rec Boys now unbeaten in their last eighteen games after their 6-0 home victory over Potton Wanderers thanks to a hattrick from Liam Brown plus goals from Neil Bassett, Brendon O'Neil and Ian Dawson.

Dropping out of the championship race are Great Barford who were held in midweek to a 1-1 home draw by Blunham Reserves who with a goal from Nick Cooper led 1-0 until Daniel Stafford stuck the equalizer two minutes from time but then Great Barford were to go down 1-0 away to a Mark Champkin goal at Marston Shelton Rovers at the weekend who themselves fell out of the title race in midweek when beaten 1-0 away at Mulberry Bush for whom Paul Raymond hit the games only goal.

The Division Three title race likewise now looks down to four clubs but league leaders Oakley Sports Reserves stay at the top of the pile appears to be on borrowed time after only drawing their last two outing, in midweek they were held to a 3-3 home draw by still in the race Putnoe United, when goals from Mark Smith, Dan Newton and Garath Thomas were cancelled out by strikes from Jordan Kumar, Antony Blackman and Jason Bramwell before featuring in another 3-3 draw at the weekend away at Marsh Leys, Dan Newton netting twice and Lee Munns once against a home hattrick from Zennon Paul.

Putnoe United previous to their visit to Oakley Sports had romped to a earlier in the week 3-1 home win over Marsh Leys thanks to goals from Antony Blackman and Carl Catchpole plus a own goal against a Zennon Paul reply before returning to action at the weekend with a 7-3 home win over Blue Chip with Jordan Kumar and Lee Horton grabbing two goals each supported by strikes from Kane Alexander, David Riley and Antony Blackman but the biggest challengers to Oakley's leadership could well come from the clubs that divide them from Putnoe in the standings, Henlow Reserves and Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves, second place Henlow trailing the leaders by just three points with two games in hand after their 6-1 away win at Meltis Corinthians Reserves where Gary Wing claimed a hattrick, Lewis Emery struck a brace and Kerion Munnelly once but their lead over Ickwell who have played two games fewer is just a single point after The Men From The Green netted a 6-3 home midweek win over Kings AFC with a hattrick from Andrew Vallom, two goals for Ricky Aris and a strike from Dave Robertson against replies from Daniel Brodiek, Tendai Huntley and Michael Whelan then followed that up with a 3-0 away win at the weekend at Flitwick Town Reserves with goals from Steven Titmuss, Lee Tetley and a Paul Reid penalty.

Elsewhere Clifton have enjoyed good week to take their current unbeaten league run to ten games by gaining a point from a 2-2 away draw in midweek at Caldecote A, Craig Pateman and Greg King on the scoresheet whilst the home goals came via a Grant Humberstone own goal and a strike from Mark Endersby before they won 5-2 at home at the weekend against Wilshamstead Reserves, again they had the help of a own goal to go alongside strikes from Grant Humberstone, Craig Pateman, Dave Petley and Robert Harradine, with Paul Jones replying twice for the visitors., whilst earlier in the week Wilshampstead had enjoyed a 2-0 home win over Flitwick Town Reserves with goals from Mark Nicholson and Tom Wisson.

The other weekend action taking Kings AFC to a 9-1 home win over bottom club Lidlington United Sports Reserves with the main damage coming from a four goal haul for Nathan Clements backed up with braces from Michael Whelan and Lee Morgan plus a single goal from Paul Hatton with Simon Carse hitting the lone United reply, whilst Sandy A made it three home wins in a row with a 3-0 victory over Riseley Sports Reserves, Neil Rowley striking twice and Dan Threadgold once.

Action this coming weekend in The McGirls Money Mangement Supported Premier Division sees the top two clubs both in home action, at Greenfield Road, Westoning Recreation Club should have far to much in the locker not to collect the full three points on offer when they receive a visit from a Goldington Lions side that has won just twice on the road this season whilst Campton are in Rectory Road action against the much improved Luton Borough in a game that kicks off at the earlier time of 2pm.

Other action comes at Bedford Road where Sandy after two straight home defeats look for the points in their quest for a top three finish against visitors Wilshamstead who travel looking to extend their current unbeaten away run to four games, and after two straight defeats of their own AFC Kempston Town will have no easy task returning to winning ways when they travel to Groveside for a meeting with Henlow.

For the clubs at the bottom end of the table both Turvey and Bedford SA could well have confirmation of their drop into Division One made certain should Turvey not end their nine game losing home run at Stonefields against Ickwell & Old Warden with The Army Boys likely to join them if they fail to return from their Lodge Road meeting with Sharnbrook with some points in the bag

Other top flight action comes at Gold Street where hosts Riseley Sports receive a visit from Blunham and at Oakley where the home side look to take their current unbeaten run to eight games when they entertain Caldecote.

Action in The Sportsform Supported Division One should see Meltis Corinthians take a step closer to a Premier Division spot next season when they host Royal Oak Kempston at Miller Road but the game of the day in this division comes at Crawley Road where second place Woburn still with a 100% seasons home record are in action against third place Reddings Wood whose promotion hopes will all but vanish should they fail to break The Safari Boys record.

Down at the other end of the table their is a big relegation clash in Russell Park when Saffron host Marston Social has they seek only their second home win of the campaign whilst fellow basement club Meppershall Jurassic seek just their second away win of the season when they travel to Hillsground for a meeting with AFC Kempston Town Reserves .

Other action comes at Rectory Road where Campton Reserves go into action against Caldecote Reserves for the second weekend running in a game that will kick off at 4.15pm, at Stevington where Flitwick Town are the visitors whilst Elstow Abbey journey for a meeting with Kempston at Cutler Hammer.

In Division Two, Meppershall Jurassic Reserves sit the afternoon out whilst their three challengers for the league title all hit the road, Sandy Reserves will be expected to collect the full three points and keep their seasons unbeaten away record when they journey to face bottom club Exel United but Westoning Recreation Club Reserves look to have a tougher game on their hands when they pay a visit to Cryselco for a meeting with Mulberry Bush, whilst Woburn Reserves hit the road to be entertained by Russell Park United.

Other action in this section sees Blunham Reserves host Newham Athletic has the visitors look to extend their current unbeaten away record to five games, Marston Shelton Rovers host Bedford Albion and second from bottom Twinwoods Thistle make the journey to Mill Lane to face a Potton Wanderers side that has win it's last four home games.

Action in Division Three sees Oakley Sports Reserves sit the afternoon out with their main rivals for the league crown all facing far from easy away games, Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves on the road to Jubilee Playing Fields for a meeting with Wilshamstead Reserves, Putnoe United in Jubilee Park to face Meltis Corinthians Reserves and Henlow Reserves on the short journey for a derby meeting with local rivals Clifton.

Other action in this division coming at Harvey Close where Caldecote A play hosts to Kings AFC, at Steppingly Road where Flitwick Town Reserves entertain Riseley Sports Reserves , at Hurst Grove where Lidlington United Sports entertain Blue Chip and down at Sunderland Road where Sandy A look for their fourth straight home win against visitors Marsh Leys.

Following on from the weekend the action continues on Monday evening where in Division Two, Sandy Reserves entertain Twinwoods Thistle at Bedford Road while Mulberry Bush hit the road for a meeting with Russell Park United.

In Division Three there are three games the biggest of which comes at Groveside with a meeting between hosts Henlow Reserves and fellow title contenders Putnoe United while other action sees Marsh Leys make the journey to Gold Street for a meeting with Riseley Sports Reserves and Kings AFC entertain Meltis Corinthians Reserves at their King George V Playing Fields base in Clapham.

Then fourty-eight hours later on Wednesday evening action can again be seen at Bedford Road when Sandy entertain Oakley Sports in a Premier Division supported by McGirls Money Management fixture whilst at Jubilee Playing Fields Wishamstead play hosts to Luton Borough.

On the same evening there is action in The Sportsform Supported Division One at Miller Road when Meltis Corinthians take on Saffron, whilst their fellow title chasers Woburn are also in home action at Crawley Road against AFC Kempston Town Reserves.

Other action in this division takes place at Steppingly Road when Flitwick Town receive a visit from Caldecote Reserves and at Hillsground when hosts Royal Oak Kempston receive a visit from Stevington.

In Division Two, there is action at Greenfield Road where home club Westoning Recreation Club Reserves are paid a visit from Blunham Reserves, at Hurst Grove where Lidlington United Sports host Newham Athletic and in Hillsground which is the venue for the clash between Meppershall Jurassic Reserves and Potton Wanderers.

Meanwhile Division Three action takes place on The Green when Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves entertain Riseley Sports Reserves and at Oakley where hosts Oakley Sports Reserves receive a visit from Flitwick Town Reserves.

All these midweek games kicking off at 6.15pm.
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