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Sunday 22th April 2007
Westoning Recreation Club Claim League Title
Last Weekend saw Westoning Recreation Club clinch The Premier Division Supported by McGirls Money Management League title for the first ever time when a brace of goals from Danny Hollis and a strike from Jim Simpson against a lone penalty reply from Steve Muggeridge took them to a 3-1 away win at Sandy, the battle for the runners up spot now seems to be a head to head battle between AFC Kempston Town and Blunham after both sides won again at the weekend, Town with two goals from Andy Smith and strikes from Alex Russell and Percy Chagwiza running out 4-1 home winners over Sharnbrook whose lone reply came from James Billington while Blunham extended their current unbeaten run to eight games with a 2-0 home win over Henlow thanks to goals from Carl Page and Paul Damon.
Perhaps not yet out of the race of the silver medals are also Campton, but they did themselves no favours when going down to their second consecutive home defeat when beaten 1-0 by Oakley Sports for whom Colin Ray struck the goal, The Sportsman however earlier in the week were beaten 3-2 at Sandy, Jamie McCelland heading them into a early lead before two second half goals from Matthew McCartney and a strike from Gary Fil saw Sandy lead 3-1 until a succesful penalty from Mark Kelly set up a grandstand finish.
Elsewhere Wilshamstead are finishing their season on a high note, taking their unbeaten run to nine games to climb into the top half of the table with two victories, first in midweek two goals from David Benson and a strike from Paul Jones took them to a 3-1 home win over Luton Borough whose reply came from Anderson Bvungidzire then at the weekend Paul Jones with a hattrick led them to a 3-2 home win over Ickwell & Old Warden whose goals came from Zak Rowe and Danny Fox.
Other weekend action saw Caldecote claim their first home win in six outings when a goal from Tom Wallace was enough to take the full three points in a 1-0 win over Riseley Sports while after their midweek defeat at Wilshamstead, Luton Borough returned to winning ways with a 3-1 win at Goldington Lions, Dean Smith netting twice and Raymond Akendel once for The Borough against a home reply from Damon Quigley.
Meltis Corinthians are now all but mathematically certain to be crowned this seasons Division One supported by Sportsform champions after two wins over Saffron took their seasons unbeaten run to twenty five games and pulled them nine points clear with three games to play of second place Woburn who dropped points in both of their games, two goals from Justin Patterson and strikes from Jason Allison and Michael Smith took The Sweetboys to a midweek 4-1 home win over Saffron before they repeated the scoreline in the reverse fixture at the weekend, Jason Allison this time netting twice and Justin Patterson and Majid Nadeem once, whilst Woburn after lost their 100% seasons unbeaten home record in midweek when held to a 3-3 draw by AFC Kempston Town Reserves where goals from Jake Nicholls, Nick Skolsky and David Stocker were cancelled out by Town replies from Andy Smith, Jason Simmonds and Matty Smith they then lost 2-1 at the weekend at Caldecote Reserves, Jack Gabbittas and Carl Horsfall netting for the home side against Jake Nicholls reply, all this coming just seventy-two hours after Caldecote failed to raise a side for their midweek visit to Flitwick Town.
AFC Kempston Town Reserves then making themselves favourites for a seasons third place finish by winning 6-1 at Marston Social at the weekend, Tony Milliotti netting four times supported by goals from Matty Smith and Russ Pitts against a home reply from Ben Sparks, taking The Town to within two points of current third spotters Reddings Wood with a two game in hand cushion after The Woodmen went down to a 5-4 defeat at Elstow Abbey, brace of goals from Liam Willimott and Joss St Clair Pieree and a strike from Antony Henman saw the home side lead 5-1 at the break before a second half brace from James Grandidge and a goal from Joss Abbey added to Mark Cox earlier goal to reduce the arrears to a single goal at the final whistle.
It's been a good week for Royal Oak Kempston who after netting a 3-1 home midweek win over Stevington with goals from Michael Cox, Chris Jordan and Lawrence Jordan against a reply from Lawrence Bentham then shared the spoils at the weekend in a 2-2 local derby draw at Kempston, whilst Stevington with goals from Darren King, Clinton Tatham and Lawrence Bentham were winning 3-0 away at bottom club Meppershall Jurassic.
The days other weekend game seeing Campton Reserves win 5-1 at Blunham Village, Justin Barker doing the main damage with a hattrick alongside goals from Wayne Goldsmith and Scott Keightly to a lone home reply from Carl Townsend
It's been a week of all change at the head of the Division Two table, first on Monday evening Sandy Reserves with two goals from Lee Threadgold and a strike from Ian Jakes saw them win 3-0 at home against Twinwoods Thistle to climb to the top of the standings before fourty-eight hours later they were back down into third spot after wins for Meppershall Jurassic Reserves and Westoning Reserves, The Jurassic Boys regaining top spot after a narrow 3-2 home win over Potton Wanderers with goals from Carl Anderson, Jamie McGregoror and Pat King to replies from Darren Horn and Marcus Tate whilst Westoning were netting a 6-1 home win over Blunham Reserves to move into second spot, Nick Shirley with a brace plus goals from Robbie Faulkner, Luke Redhead, Nick Reynolds and Dan Walker seeing them home against a lone reply from Chris Lane then we saw the third change of the week arrive at the weekend when Westoning climbed to the top of the table after a 2-1 home win over Sandy, Eric Van Der Ven and John Bass netting the vital home goals against Mark Jennings reply for Sandy who despite their defeat only trail Meppershall Juraasic on goal difference with two games in hand after The Jurassic Boys were beaten 1-0 away at Newham Athletic for whom Gary Russon netted the vital goal.
Other action in this division saw Woburn Reserves have their promotion hopes dented at the weekend when going down 0-2 at home against Great Barford for whom Kyle Bagnell stuck both goals and Blunham Reserves are now also virtually out of the promotion hunt when two goals from Cullam Stuart and a single strike from Jamie Harris was not enough to save them losing 4-3 away at Twinwoods Thistle, it's however been a good week for Lidington United Sports who after a midweek 2-1 home win over Newham Athletic with goals from John Wright and Chris Roberts against a Stuart Mann reply then won their fourth game on the bounce at the weekend with a 7-5 home win over Potton Wanderers, Gary Whitbread grabbing a brace alongside single goals for Ryan Conway, Simon Fitchett, Russ Longley, Liam Fitzgiven and Rob Horrige whilst on the scoresheet for The Wanderers were Billy Horn, Joe Harris, Adam Giddings, Marcus Tate and Joe Delasalle.
The weekends other two games in this division ending with 6-2 scorelines, Bedford Albion with four goals from Tony McGoven alongside strikes from Darren Ashpole and Shane Garlick winning at home against bottom club Exel United for whom David Dean hit both of their goals whilst Russell Park United won by the same score at Mulberry Bush, Gary Higgings also on target four times and James Petty twice for United against home replies from Steve Pledge and Paul Raymond all this coming after The Bush with goals from the same pair had beaten United 2-1 away on Monday evening for whom Aaron Lee netted the home goal.
In Division Three, the Championship race is still a four club battle which could well go to the last weekend of the season, current leaders Oakley Sports Reserves doing their chances a power of good with a midweek 8-1 home win over Flitwick Town Reserves where Ricky Isaac struck five times, Carl Warner hit a brace and Lee Munns once against a lone reply from Danny McGeorge before their weekend home encounter with Lidlington United Sports Reserves was called off when the visitors failed to raise a side, Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves meantime are up into second spot two points adrift of the leaders with two games in hand following their lastest two wins, in midweek goals from Paul Beith, Ricky Aris and Steve Titmuss saw them home to a 3-0 home win over Riseley Sports Reserves then at the weekend they won 4-1 at home against Wilshamstead Reserves, thanks to strikes from Dave Robertson, Stuart Cooke, Duncan Castle and an own goal against a reply from Mark Nicholson.
Earlier in the week, Henlow Reserves with a lone goal from Garry Wing had taken over the second spot with a 1-0 home win over Putnoe United before they slipped to third spot following a 1-1 home draw with Flitwick Town Reserves, James Taylor netting The Town's goal and a own goal ensuring Henlow shared the spoils, after their defeat at Henlow, Putnoe United kepted themselves in the title hunt with a 4-0 home weekend win over Sandy A thanks to two goals from Kane Alexander and strikes from Jordan Kumar and David Riley.
Other action in this division saw Kings AFC share the spoils in midweek with a 2-2 home draw against Meltis Corinthians Reserves where a own goal and a Tendia Huntley strike was replied to by Meltis goals from Michael Bread and Michael Smith before goals from Lee Morgan and Alenn Sacbucker were not enough to save them going down to a 2-6 weekend defeat at the hands of Clifton., Riseley Sports Reserves after goals from Michael Darnell and Tom Ellison failed to save them losing 2-3 at home in midweek to Marsh Leys for whom Simon Wade hit a brace and Xennon Paul struck once recovered somewhat at the weekend to share the spoils in a 3-3 home draw with Blue Chip, Barry Pirie the home hero with a hatrrick against Chipmen replies from Michael Lemon, Francis Vaugham and Michael Gierson.
This Weekends action starts on Friday evening at The Hollow with the staging of this seasons Bedfordshire Junior Cup Final between Meltis Corinthians and Sandy Reserves, kick off 7.45pm, where The Sweetboys will start firm favourites in their quest of a seasons treble against a Sandy side that plys it's trade a division below them in The Bedfordshire League whilst the following day The Premier Division Supported by McGirls Money Management action will see League Champions Westoning Recreation Club in home action at Greenfield Road against a Wilshamstead side that will travel seeking to take their end of season unbeaten run into double figures .
Meanwhile the battle for the seasons silver medals takes all three contenders away from home, AFC Kempston Town on the road to Stonefields for a meeting with bottom club Turvey who have lost their last ten home games, Blunham are hitting the road to Lodge Road now unbeaten in their last eight games to face a Sharnbrook side that has won it's last two home games to ensure themselves of top flight football next season whilst Campton will be hosted at Gold Street by a Riseley Sports side that has collected just one point from it's last four games.
Other games in the top section brings about a local derby at Groveside where Henlow entertain Caldecote, on The Green where Ickwell & Old Warden will be expected to collect the full three points from Bedford SA thus condemning The Army Boys to Division One football next season whilst at Bedford Road, Sandy have a interesting home clash with the fast improving Luton Borough and Oakley Sports receive a visit from Goldlington Lions who are still not mathematically certain of Premier Division football next campaign.
Division One Sportsform Division One action sees second place Woburn in early Crawley Road action when they entertain Blunham Village for a 2pm kick off but the most interesting game of the day in this section could come at Cutler Hammer where Reddings Wood put their eight game unbeaten home run on the line against visitors Caldecote Reserves, the days other action seeing Saffron in desperate need of the home points to have any chance of beating the drop when they entertain a Kempston side in Russell Park that has lost it's last seven away games and Marston Social also deep in the relegation mix look to have their hands full at Stevington who have been beaten just once on home soil in their last seven games, whilst at Rectory Road, Campton Reserves entertain Flitwick Town.
Division Two action takes title contenders Westoning Recreation Club Reserves on the road to The Business Park seeking to extend their current unbeaten run to twenty-three games against Twinwoods Thistle whilst Woburn Reserves are in home action at Crawley Road against Potton Wanderers in a delayed 4pm kick off still looking for a top four finish, comments that also apply to Blunham Reserves who entertain a in-form Lidlington United Sports at Moggerhanger and to Great Barford who entertain Mulberry Bush at their adopted Hillsground home base with the days fifth and final game in this division taking Newham Athletic on the road for a meeting with Marston Shelton Rovers.
In Division Three, the clash of the day could come at Harvey Close where hosts Caldecote A receive a visit from promotion seeking local rivals Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves, whilst fellow promotion candidates Putnoe United also hit the road to Hillsground for a meeting with Marsh Leys, the days other action in this division coming at Hurst Grove with the meeting of the bottom two clubs when Lidlington United Sports entertain Riseley Sports Reserves, at Jubilee Playing Fields where Wilshamstead Reserves host Blue Chip and at Sunderland Road where Sandy A receive a visit from Flitwick Town reserves.
Following on from the weekend, action then resumes on Monday April 30th with a Division One Supported by Sportsform fixture at Hillsground between AFC Kempston Town Reserves and Meltis Corinthians kicking off at 6.30pm whilst at the same time their is a trio of games in Division Two, at Bedford Road, Sandy Reserves entertain Bedford Albion whilst Greenfield Road is the venue for Mulberry Bush to visit for a meeting with Westoning Recreation Club Reserves and at Hurst Grove, Lidlington United Sports host Great Barford.
Fourty-eight hours later on Wednesday evening, Ickwell & Old Warden take to action on The Green in a Premier Division Supported by McGirls Money Management against local rivals Sandy whilst AFC Kempston Town Reserves once again take to the field in Division One Supported by Sportsform action at Steppingly Road against Flitwick Town.
The evenings final game taking place in Division Two between Mulberry Bush and Lidlington United Sports at Cryselco Sports Ground.