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Saturday 13th January 2007
Meppershall Jurassic Claim First Home Win
With Westoning Recreation Club's Greenfield Road pitch ruled unplayable for their home clash with Riseley Sports their lead at the head of The McGirls Money Management Supported Premier Division is down to six points after Campton extended their unbeaten run to eight games with a 3-0 away win at Turvey with goals from Gary Gibson, Craig Smith and Andrew Hayday, whilst Blunham now jump into third spot, two points adrift of Campton following their 4-1 home win over Bedford SA with strikes from Mark Davidson, Carl Page, Paul Damon and Michael Jones to a lone reply from James Allen.
Elsewhere AFC Kempston Town jump from seventh to fourth and still very much in the championship mix after a 3-2 home win over Wilshamstead, in a match their goalkeeper Stuart Kelly will remember for some time, after Andy Smith had given The Town the lead, Kelly made it 2-0 from a goal kick before Dave Riddle reduced the arrears to a single goal then after Smith had struck for a second time to put Town 3-1 in front, Riddle clawed it back to 3-2 before seeing Kelly save his 85th minute penalty which would have given him a hattrick and his side a share of the points.
Meanwhile at Harvey Close a last minute goal from Ickwell & Old Warden's Alan Turner earned his side a point from a 2-2 draw with Caldecote, the home side led early on with a goal from Paul Rannow which was quickly cancelled out by Danny Fox and when Russell Kemp restored Caldecote lead four minutes from time it looked all over until Turner popped up with the equalizer on the 90th minute.
The games two other scheduled fixtures at Sandy where Henlow were the visitors and Goldlington Lions home game with Sharnbrook both failed to beat pitch inspections, whilst Oakley Sports made their exit from The Bedfordshire Senior Trophy at the Quarter Final stage losing 3-0 at AFC Dunstable.
In the Sportsform Supported Division One action bottom club Meppershall Jurassic with two goals from Barry Hallybone claimed their first home win of the season to move to within a point of their victims Saffron with a 2-1 victory, Rizwan Sharif netting the losers goal who now drop into the bottom two after Elstow Abbey strolled to a 7-2 home win over Kempston thanks to a brace of goals from Antony Hubbard and Shane New plus single strikes from Antony Henman, Steve Neale and Adam Calvert.
The days only other game in this section seeing Royal Oak Kempston continue their fine away form when they twice came from behind to win 3-2 at Marston Social, Nick Sherwood and Jason McMahon hitting the home goals and Lorenzo Jordan, Michael Cooney and Steve Armstrong with a last minute winner The Oaks marksmen.
Woburn missing the chance to draw level at the head of the table with Meltis Corinthians after their Crawley Road pitch was ruled out waterlogged for their game with Reddings Wood.
We have new leaders at the head of The Division Two table in the shape of Meppershall Jurassic Reserves after their 7-1 home thumping of Twinwoods Thistle where the damage was done with double strikes from Dan Taylor and Jason Ruff plus goals from Carl Anderson, Danny Wing and Pat King to a lone reply from Kenneth Stevens , The Jurassic Boys leading the way on goal difference only from Westoning Recreation Club Reserves who also jumped above the non-playing morning leaders Great Barford with a 3-0 away win at Russell Park United thanks to goals from Liam Brown, Lawrence Taylor and Danny Shannon.
Other games in this section saw Marston Shelton Rovers lose their seasons unbeaten tag when going down 3-2 at Lidlington United Sports, John Wright, Chris Roberts and Gary Whitbread, The United scorers against replies from Aaron Franks and Chris Patrickson, but Blunham Reserves are still unbeaten on the road this season and into fifth place after a 1-1 draw at Newham Athletic, Rob Dalby hitting the home goal and Kevin Harris replying for Blunham.
Their was a shock scoreline at Mill Lane where fourth place Woburn Reserves were sent crashing to a 8-3 defeat at the hands of their hosts Potton Wanderers, Joe Chilton leading the way with a hattrick, Tom Hillard and Joe Delasalle netting twice and Michael Gwilliam once for the victors whilst a brace of penalties from Simon Brazier and a goal from Alex Ottaway were The Safari Boys marksmen.
In Division Three, Ickwell & Old Warden's lead at the head of the table is down to a single point after second place Oakley Sports Reserves claimed a 2-1 home win over Marsh Leys with goals from Graham Skeels and Dan Newton to a reply from Liam Parker, whilst third place Henlow Reserves maintained their 100% home record with a 5-2 victory over Meltis Corinthians Reserves, Richard Fallano striking twice alongside goals from Tony Micello, Andy Newton and Kevin Bancroft to replies from Sanil Ram and Aaron Hazelwood.
Clifton after three straight defeats returned to winning ways by ending Wilshamstead Reserves 100% home record with an impressive 6-0 win thanks to braces of goals from Mark Gearing and Greg King plus single strikes from Harry Fisher and Lee Pateman, their was also a big away win for Sandy A 6-1 at Riseley Sports Reserves where Matthew McCartney struck four times and Gary Higgs and Chris McNair once to a home reply from Alistair Macdonald.
After a run of six straight defeats Stewartby Village got back on the winning trail with a 3-2 local derby win over bottom club Lidlington United Sports Reserves with goals from Seletine Mangdinga, Efosa Osemwehgie and Carl Parker to replies from Steve Betts and Ben Treveil whilst also once again hitting the winning trail after four straight defeats were Blue Chip 2-1 winners at Flitwick Town Reserves, Francis Vaugham and Michael Grierson, The Chipmen goalgetters to a lone reply from Dean Conway.
Action in Round Three of The Bedfordshire Junior Cup was to see Meltis Corinthians with two goals from Michael Smith plus strikes from Jason Allison and a Michael Bread penalty take them to a 4-0 home win over AFC Kempston Town Reserves and a place in the last eight where they will home advantage over Campton Reserves 2-1 third round home winners over Flitwick Town, Barry O'Toole and Dan Wilshaw hitting the winners goals against a Town goal from Dean Warren.
Also into the last eight are Caldecote Reserves 3-0 home winners over Blunham Village with two goals from Lee Adams and a strike from Ryan Parker to earn a home meeting with either The 61FC Luton A or Bedford Albion who go to battle this weekend.
Joining Caldecote Reserves in the last eight are their A team who won 3-1 away at Kings AFC with a double strike from Stuart Finding plus a goal from Tony Wright to a home reply from Danny Cain and they will now travel to face Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves after their 4-2 home victory over Heath United Reserves thanks to a hattrick from Ricky Aris and a goal from Matthew Neighbour.
Elsewhere Sandy Reserves were 2-0 away winners at Putnoe United with goals from Ian Jakes and Lee Threadgold and will now entertain the winners of the Mulberry Bush v Great Barford tie which was postponed.
Action this coming weekend in The McGirls Money Management Supported Premier Division ses league leaders Westoning Recreation Club sit the afternoon out which will give second place Campton a chance to close the gap at the head of the table to just three points should they gain their fifth away win on the spin when they journey to The Green for a meeting with fifth place Ickwell & Old Warden who having dropped off the pace with four consecutive draws are now very much in the last chance salon title aspiration wise, their is also another big game at Hillsground where fourth place AFC Kempston Town currently on a seven game unbeaten run entertain third place Blunham who have forced their way into the championship mix with seven wins and a draw from their last eight outings.
For others still in the championship race it's an away trip for both Caldecote and Sandy, Caldecote looking to have the easier task when they hit the road to Cople to face a Bedford SA side that is yet to win on own soil this season whilst Sandy face no easy task has they seek their third away win on at bounce at Lodge Road against a Sharnbrook side that was last beaten at home as long ago as the last day of September last year.
Elsewhere their are some important games for the other clubs down at the wrong end of the table, bottom club Oakley Sports who have picked up just one point from their last eight games look to have it all to do when they travel to face a Wilshamstead side that is on a current unbeaten home run of six games, whilst at Stonefields, Turvey whose return from their last eight outings is just a single point entertain a Goldlington Lions side whose last six trips on the road have netted them just one point.
The days final game coming at Gold Street where Riseley Sports should return to winning ways when they host third from bottom Luton Borough who have won just once on their travels this season.
In The Sportsform Supported Division One action the big game comes at Crawley Road where second place Woburn put their 100% home league record on the line against league leaders Meltis Corinthians who travel with a perfect away league record to date and journey with the knowledge that they defeated The Safari Boys on their home patch in Centenary Cup action at the beginging of December.
For third place Reddings Wood it's a chance to extended their unbeaten run to seven games when they host fourth from bottom Marston Social who have collected just one point from their last five games whilst fourth place AFC Kempston Town Reserves whose away record does not make pretty reading are on the road for a meeting with a Elstow Abbey side that is now unbeaten in it's last three home games after five straight defeats.
Elsewhere at Harvey Close, Caldecote Reserves should have to much in the locker for bottom club Meppershall Jurassic whilst at Rectory Road, Campton Reserves will be expected to extend their unbeaten league run to seven games with a victory over a Kempston side that has lost it's last three outings and conceded some eighteen goals along the way.
The days other two games in this section taking fifth place Flitwick Town on the road seeking their first win in four games against hosts Blunham Village whose sole home win this campaign came way back on September 9th when they slammed eleven goals passed Meppershall Jurassic and Stevington host Saffron who after putting together a five game unbeaten run have now slipped back into the bottom two in the table after two straight defeats.
Division Two action sees league leaders Meppershall Jurassic Reserves seek their seventh straight home win when they entertain Russell Park United whilst second place Westoning Recreation Club Reserves seek the same fate when they entertain Potton Wanderers at Greenfield Road, elsewhere fourth place Woburn Reserves should return to winning ways away from home when they travel to face bottom club Exel United who are yet to claim a home point all season and Sandy Reserves still very much in the title race will be firm favourites for the three points at Bedford Road when they host Lidlington United Sports who have lost their last three away outings.
Top action for Division Three clubs comes with two Quater-Final ties of The Watson Shield where at Groveside, Henlow Reserves still 100% at home this season will take on Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves who travel unbeaten in all competitions to date, a run of some eighteen games whilst at Harvey Close, Caldecote A will entertain one of only two teams that have beaten them on their own soil this campaign Putnoe United.
For the remaining clubs it's league action and Oakley Sports Reserves will climb to the top of the table should they extend their current winning run to eight games with a victory over Riseley Sports Reserves whose away record of one win and six defeats has seen them drop into the bottom four of the league standings, elsewhere Meltis Corinthians Reserves could climb into fourth spot with a home win over Wilshamstead Reserves while over at Hurst Grove, bottom club Lidlington United Sports Reserves will seek to put to a end a run of ten games without a victory when they host Kings AFC.
The other action coming at Sunderland Road where Sandy A seek a seasons double over Blue Chip and at Marsh Leys who stage a local derby against Stewartby Village who travel seeking their opening away point of the campaign in this game number eight.
Their is also action in The Bedfordshire Junior Cup where Bedford Albion take to the road to face The 61FC Luton A with the winners away to Caldecote Reserves in the Quarter Final while Mulberry Bush host Great Barford seeking a last eight trip to face Sandy Reserves.