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Sunday 29th April 2007
King Darren Helps Stevington To Double Six Wins
Last Week's action in The McGirls Money Mangement Supported Premier Division saw league champions Westoning Recreation Club bring their league season to a close with a midweek away victory at Henlow where Eric Van Den Ven lone goal sent the home side to their third straight home defeat before at the weekend they were beaten 1-3 at home by a Wilshamstead side that was ending it's own season now unbeaten in their last ten outings thanks to goals from Paul Jones, Matt Rossborough and Mick Hutton.

The battle for the seasons silver medals will however now go to the last weekend of the season after two late goals from Sharnbrook's Ian Strange and Ben Singleton took them to a 2-0 home win over Blunham who now cannot repeat their second spot of last season following victories for AFC Kempston Town and Campton who will now duel in a Hillsground showdown this coming weekend, AFC Kempston Town with two goals from Andy Smith and a strike from Lyndon Ingerson sealing the relegation fate of a Turvey side that was losing it's eleventh home game on the bounce 1-3 when they could only reply once with a goal from Clive Sawyer whilst Campton made it three away wins on the bounce with a 4-1 win at Riseley Sports thanks to a brace from Andy Hayday which was supported by strikes from Craig Smith and Gary Gibson., against a home reply from Tom Ellison.

Joining Turvey in Division One next season will be Bedford SA who now cannot lift themselves out of the bottom two after losing 4-2 at Ickwell & Old Warden for whom Zak Rowe struck twice and Kevin Turner and Ricky Aris once all this despite Goldington Lions losing 2-0 away at Oakley Sports, the Sportsmen however were beaten themselves in midweek when losing 8-3 at Luton Borough, Raymond Akender hitting the net four times, Fountain Lewis twice and Dannell Smith and Wayne Poulson once for The Borough against Sportsmen replies from Mark Kelly with a brace and Simon Jakes.

The Borough then going down to a 3-2 defeat at Sandy at the weekend where a hattrick from Matthew McCartney did all the damage against replies from Currant Milage and Raymond Akender, this ending a good week for Sandy who the prevoius Tuesday evening had progressed to the final of this seasons Biggleswade KO Cup Final with a 3-0 home win over Ickwell & Old Warden with goals from Steve Muggeridge, Rob Gaylor and Gary Fil.

The weekends final game seeing Henlow return to winning ways for the first time in six outings with a 4-1 home win over Caldecote, Graham Leger on the scoresheet twice alongside strikes from Steve McColl and Jamie Gentry against a lone reply from Aiden Jones.

Meltis Corinthians are this seasons Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup winners after goals from Neville Allen and Alex Woolston saw them lift the cup with a 2-0 win over Sandy Reserves but their Sportsform Supported Division One celebrations are still on hold after they went down for the first time this season in midweek when beaten 4-2 at Caldecote Reserves where goals from Carl Horsfall, Aiden Jones, Andrew Spiers and Ben Gibson took the home sides unbeaten home run to nine games, Aaron Hazelwood and Ashley Banks replying for The Sweetboys who mathematically still require another point to lift the league title following two wins for second place Woburn, in midweek Woburn were 4-0 home winners over Royal Oak Kempston with two goals from Nick Skolsky being supported by strikes from Aaron Ripley and Phil Caves before they maintained their seasons unbeaten home record with a weekend 6-0 home win over Blunham Village, Aaron Ripley netting a hattrick, Nick Skolsky twice and Chris Green once.

Meanwhile Saffron can no longer climb out of the bottom two placing following their lastest two defeats, in midweek they went down 0-4 at home to Blunham Village for whom Carl Townsend scored twice and Leo James and Daniel Avis once before they lost again at the weekend 2-3 at home against Kempston, which means Marston Social are now assured of Division One football next season despite going down 6-4 at Stevington where two goals from Steve Marsh and single strikes from Nick Sherwood and Andy Twomey were outgunned by a home hattrick from Darren King, a own goal and strikes from Simon Sheaf and Matt Coles, Stevington also hitting six in midweek when a four goal haul from Darren King was supported by another own goal and a strike from Simon Sheaf to take them to a 6-2 away win at Elstow Abbey for whom Antony Henman was on the scoresheet twice.

Elsewhere midweek action saw Flitwick Town romp to a 6-0 home win over bottom club Meppershall Jurassic with braces of goals from Steve Parkhouse and Dave Bibby being supported by strikes from Mark Bartlett and Dean Warren before they won 3-1 away at the weekend at Campton Reserves, with goals from Clive Craig, Richard Davidson and Robert Simpkins only being replied to by a strike from James Barnard, while after their midweek win over the champions elect Meltis Corinthians, Caldecote Reserves came from 3-1 down at the break to win 5-3 at Reddings Wood, Jack Gabbitas netting twice alongside a own goal and strikes from Andrew Spiers and Tom Dupuy after James Grandidge twice and Mark Cox once had struck for The Woodmen.

It's been another week of chop and change at the head of the Division Two table, starting in midweek when Sandy Reserves moved back into second spot on Monday evening with a 8-0 home win over Mulberry Bush with four goals from Lee Threadgold being added to by a brace from Ian Hammett and single strikes from Martin Cull and Dan Threadgold but fourty-eight hours later they were to drop a place has Mepershall Jurassic Reserves climbed back onto the top of the pile with a 3-0 home win over Blunham Reserves, Jason Ruff, Carl Anderson and Dave Redman all on the scoresheet before at the weekend Westoning Recreation Club Reserves regained the top spot with a 5-1 away win at Twinwoods Thistle, Nick and Dave Shirley both hitting braces alongside a Shaun Cooksley goal with Ben Hanham on the mark for The Thistle.

After their midweek defeat Blunham Reserves were to lose again at the weekend 3-4 at home against Lidlington United Sports where home goals from Sam Lewis, Callum Stuart and Kevin Harris were outshot by strikes from United's Gary Whitbread, John Wright, Matt Bacon and Niall Grady but after their heavy defeat at Sandy, Mulberry Bush were to recover somewhat by sharing the spoils in a 1-1 weekend draw at Great Barford, Pasque Ventriglia hitting their goal to a reply from Daniel Jeffries.

Potton Wanderers however have enjoyed a good week winning 3-1 at bottom club Exel United in midweek when goals from Darren Horn, Tom Hillard and Adam Douglas gave them their first win in six outings after Tom Ashurst had put the home side ahead then at the weekend they won 5-1 at Woburn Reserves, Hillard claiming a hattrick alongside a own goal and a strike from Sam Delasalle with the Safari Boys lone reply coming from Sam Walker, whilst Marston Shelton Rovers were 3-1 home winners over Newham Athletic with two goals from Chris Cook and a strike from Lee Page.

The Division Three title race now looks to be a two way battle between Oakley Sports Reserves and Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves after the lastest round of games saw Putnoe United's chances fade away, all was well on Monday evening when they maintained their seasons unbeaten home record with a 2-2 draw against a Clifton side that was taking it's own unbeaten run to fourteen games, Joe Gentle and Delroy Phillips the United marksmen against replies from Greg King and Craig Pateman before that proud home record was to be blown apart with a 1-3 defeat at the hands of Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves just two days later, a Delroy Phillps goal being outshone by a brace in reply from Ricky Aris and a single strike from Paul Reid, then at the weekend they lost 3-1 at Marsh Leys when they only had a goal from Antony Blackman to show for their efforts against home strikes from Jamie Wade twice and Simon Wade once.

Henlow Reserves maintained their push for a top three finish in midweek when taking their current unbeaten run to twelve games with a 4-0 win at Riseley Sports thanks to goals from Leighton Machin, James Tizzard, Colin Standley and Rhys Tudball with The Sportsmen again losing at the weekend 4-3 away at bottom club Lidlington United Sports Reserves despite goals arriving from twins Andrew and Michael Darnell plus Daniel Novell, this win giving United their first home success in ten outings after losing 0-2 in midweek at the hands of Flitwick Town Reserves for whom Sam Taylor netted twice.

Yet the team of the week award in this section belongs to Sandy A who stretched their home winning run to six games with two wins, first beating Caldecote A 3-1 in midweek with two goals from Neil Rowley and a strike from Bradley Dennis to a lone reply from Paul Gower before they won 3-2 against Flitwick Town Reserves at the weekend, Rowley again on the scoresheet twice but this time supported by a.goal from Martin Cull whilst Town's goals came from Grant Archer and James Taylor.

Other midweek action saw goals from Kevin Butler, Ross Waller and Tom Wisson take Wilshamstead to a 3-1 win at Marsh Leys before they went down to a 2-3home weekend defeat at the hands of Blue Chip, Mark Nicholson and goalkeeper Peter Cook from the penalty spot getting on the scoresheet only to be outgunned by a own goal and a brace from Francis Vaughan in reply.

The final weekend of The Bedfordshire Football League season brings about just three games in The Premier Division Supported by McGirls Money Management and all the attention will be focused on the Hillsgrounds clash between AFC Kempston Town and visitors Campton, where Town require just a single point to capture second place but should they lose then Campton will be the winners of this seasons silver medals, elsewhere at Bedford Road, Sandy are in home action against already relegated Bedford SA looking for the points to push them towards their best ever finish in the top four of the standings, whilst the final game sees the other already relegated club Turvey look for their first win in ten games when they hit the road for a meeting with Luton Borough.

Action in The Sportsform Supported Division One, brings about a clash of the top two clubs at Crawley Road where hosts Woburn still unbeaten on home soil this season receive a visit from Meltis Corinthians for a early 2pm kick off, The Sweetboys could well travel already league champions if as expected they collected at least a point in midweek at AFC Kempston Town Reserves, but even if they lost only a Woburn win of some thirty goals plus would rob them of the league crown.

Elsewhere, Flitwick Town are hosts at Steppingly Road to a Stevington side that is finishing the season on a high note having won it's last three games, and Caldecote Reserves will look for their fourth win on the bounce when they travel to Cutler Hammer for a meeting with Kempston who themselves are unbeaten in their last three outings.

Already relegated Saffron will bring their season to a close in Mowsbury Park with a visit from AFC Kempston Town Reserves who will be looking for the full three points to safeguard their top three finish, whilst Hillsground is the venue for Blunham Village home encounter with Elstow Abbey.

Action in Division Two will see the spotlight fall on the chase for the league title with the two prime contenders both facing away trips, title favourites Westoning Recreation Club Reserves are on the road to Hillsground for a meeting with Great Barford who have failed to win any of their last four home games whilst their nearest rivals Sandy Reserves face a far from easy task when they journey for a meeting with Lidlington United Sports, should both of these clubs slip up then of course the title could still be won by Meppershall Jurassic Reserves who entertain Mulberry Bush in Mowsbury Park..

Other action sees bottom club Exel United have their last chance to claim a win this season when they entertain Blunham Reserves at Renhold, while Bedford Albion will conclude their Miller Road season with a visit from second from bottom club Twinwoods Thistle and at Crawley Road, Woburn Reserves entertain local rivals Marston Shelton Rovers in a game that kicks off at 4pm.

In Division Three depending on the results of the midweek games, Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves could well travel to Hillsground for their meeting with Meltis Corinthians Reserves needing to win to claim the league crown away from Oakley Sports Reserves who would have already completed their season in midweek, whilst at the same venue Marsh Leys will host a Sandy A side that despite winning it's last six home games has failed during the same period of time to win any of their five away outings.

Other action brings about a local derby game at Clifton where the home side look to end the season unbeaten in their last fifteen games when they host Caldecote A, while Henlow Reserves will take their end of campaign unbeaten run to thirteen games should they avoid defeat at Flitwick Town Reserves, the final two games seeing bottom club Lidlington United Sports entertain Blue Chip and Mowsbury Park be the venue for Putnoe United's home game with Kings AFC.

Following the weekend the action resumes on Bank Hoilday Monday when The McGirls Money Management Supported Premier Division season comes to a close with it's final two games, at Bedford Road, Sandy will entertain Henlow whilst over at Lodge Road, Sharnbrook are in home action against Luton Borough., both games kicking off at 2.30pm as will the Division Two clash at Mill Lane between Potton Wanderers and Sandy Reserves who could well travel requiring a big win to lift the league title.

Action will then move to the evening with Biggleswade United's Second Meadow Ground being the venue for this seasons Watson Shield Final, Kick Off 7.45pm for the clash between local rivals Henlow Reserves and Clifton.

Twenty-Four hours later all eyes could well be turning to Harvey Close for the final game of the Division Three season when hosts Caldecote A take to the field against Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves who might well still be in need of points to claim the league title., kick off for this game being 6.30pm.

Then on Wednesday evening it's a return to Second Meadow for this seasons Jubilee Cup Final kick off 7.45pm between Woburn Reserves and Westoning Recreation Club Reserves.
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