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Saturday 20th January 2007
Sandy Slam Seven Past Sharnbrook
With McGirls Money Management Supported Premier Division league leaders Westoning Recreation sitting the afternoon out it was a opportunity for the chasing pack to close the gap on them at the head of the standings, start of play second place Campton were however to spurn their chance to bridge the gap to three points when they went down 3-1 away at Ickwell & Old Warden who now themselves jump back into fourth spot albeit seven points adrift of the Rec Boys and also having played a game extra, Dave Trundley opened the scoring for Ickwell which James Wilshaw cancelled out to take the teams in level break after Danny Fox had missed a penalty for the home side, before second half strikes from a Andrew Vallom penalty and Richard Ward took the home side to victory as the visitors were reduced to nine players following red cards issued to Chris Fry and Jake Goodship.
This result allowed Blunham to take over the second spot with a dramatic win over AFC Kempston Town, with The Town's pitch unplayable they agreed to concede home advantage and all appeared to be going to plan when two goals from Lyndon Ingerson and a strike from Andy Smith saw them lead 3-0 at half-time, a scoreline that was to remain in place until Michael Jones amazingly struck four times in the closing twenty minutes to land the points for Blunham who although they move to within five points of the leaders have like Ickwell & Old Warden played a game, extra so mathematically the best placed club to challenge the leaders are now fifth place Sandy who after a 7-0 away win at Sharnbrook where Gary Fil hit a hattrick alongside a brace for David Lenton and a rare Steve Hinton goal plus a own goal now find themselves within eight points of the summit and with two games in hand.
Caldecote chances of retaining their title now seem to be fading fast after they were beaten 3-1 away at second from bottom Bedford SA who were winning for the first time on home soil this campaign, Richard Ambler striking twice and Tom Diamond once for The Army Boys to Russell Kemp lone reply, elsewhere bottom club Oakley Sports landed their first win in nine outings with a 4-3 away win at Wilshamstead thanks to a Sam Donadio hattrick and a goal from John Searle to home replies from Colin Merritt, Paul Jones and Steve Capener.
These two wins by the bottom two clubs now drags Turvey closer to The Division One trap door after they were defeated for the seven consecutive time when a Annie Cammarano goal was enough to earn Goldlington Lions the full three points at Stonefields, menwhile Luton Borough also far from safe at the wrong end of the table with a brace of goals from Danniel Smith led 2-0 at Gold Street against Riseley Sports before Matthew White struck twice in second period to earn The Sportsmen a share of the spoils.
In The Sportsform Supported Division One, the clash of the top two sides at Woburn was to be postponed when their Crawley Road pitch failed to beat a pitch inspection for the visit of league leaders Meltis Corinthians, but of the action that did take place their were wins for the next three clubs in the standings, third place Reddings Wood taking their unbeaten run to seven games with a 5-1 home win over Marston Social thanks to a hattrick from James Grandidge and goals from Neil Walker and Richard Garnham to a lone reply from a Matthew Mossop penalty, while fourth place AFC Kempston Town Reserves made in three straight wins on the bounce with a 2-0 win at Elstow Abbey with goals from Matt Smith and Jason Simmonds and fifth place Flitwick Town returned to winning ways with a 3-1 away win at Blunham Village where Dean Warren helped himself to a hattrick before Chris Garnet hit a late home reply.
Other action saw Campton Reserves and Caldecote Reserves change places in sixth and seventh spots after Caldecote were surprisingly held 1-1 at home by bottom of the table Meppershall Jurassic, Jack Gabbitas on target for the home side to Luke Pell reply for the visitors while goals from Dan Wilshaw and Paul Garvell took Campton Reserves to a 2-1 home win over Kempston.
In Division Two, Meppershall Jurassic Reserves now lead the table by three points after their hard fought 3-2 home win over Russell Park United, Dave Readman netting twice including one from the penalty spot supported by a goal from Danny Wing for the winners against replies from Martin Corchrine and Sean Winconek, has second place Westoning Recreation Club Reserves saw their Greenfield Road pitch fail to pass an inspection for the visit of Potton Wanderers.
But of the other action that did take place their were wins for three of the other leading challengers for a promotion spot, Woburn Reserves holding onto fourth place with a 5-2 away win at bottom club Exel United, with goals from Joe Kasuma, Ay Murray, Simon Brazier, Aaron Ripley and Steve Gasson to brace in reply from United's Julian Caves whilst fifth place Blunham Reserves maintained their unbeaten away record in sending Marston Shelton Rovers to their first home defeat of the campaign in a 3-2 scoreline, Keven Harris, Zak Henry and Chris Lane on the scoresheet for Blunham whilst Matt Woolgar and Aaron Franks were the home marksmen.
Meanwhile Sandy Reserves who with games in hand on all of the five clubs above them were 5-0 home winners over Lidlington United Sports, Ian Jakes netting a hattrick alongside goals from Lee Threadgold and Wayne Morris.
Elsewhere in Bedfordshire Junior Cup action, Great Barford with goals from Ben Schofield and Freddie Windram earned themselves a last eight tie with Sandy Reserves after winning 2-1 at Mulberry Bush for whom Paul Raymond was on the scoresheet once again.
We have new league leaders in Division Three in the shape of Oakley Sports Reserves who took full advantage of Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves Watson Shield commitments to leap to the top of the table with a 5-0 home victory over Riseley Sports Reserves thanks to braces of goals from Dan Newton and Ricky Isaac plus an own goal, elsewhere Kings AFC were 3-0 away winners at bottom club Lidlington United Sports Reserves thanks to a Marcus Tomlin hattrick while Wilshamstead Reserves were sending Meltis Corinthians Reserves to their first home defeat of the season with a 2-0 win with goals from Tom Wisson and Mark Kelly.
The days other action at the foot of the table seeing Marsh Leys net a 3-1 home win over Stewartby Village with two goals from Zennon Paul plus a strike from Liam Parker to a Village goal from Rob Cacchio.
Meanwhile in The Watson Shield Round Two ties their were shock exits for Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves and Caldecote A, Ickwell going down for the first time this season in any competition when beaten 4-3 away at Henlow Reserves for whom Mark Gilchrist hit a hattrick helped by a own goal to replies from Ricky Aris, Paul Reid and Reggie Thirkell while Caldecote A were beaten 3-1 at home in extra time by Putnoe United, a Tom Dupey goal being outscored by replies from Lee Hauehton twice and Meakin Alexander.
Action this coming weekend in The Befordshire Football League centres around the Quarter Final Ties in each of the four league cup competitions for McGirls Money Management Supported Premier Division clubs it's action in The Britannia Cup where holders Caldecote are in action at Harvey Close against a Luton Borough side that has won just once on it's travel this season whilst current league leaders Westoning Recreation Club are at home at Greenfield Road to Blunham who since being beat their in league action on October 21st have netted nine wins and a draw from their ten games played and will fancy their chances of putting paid to The Rec Boys double hopes for the season.
Elsewhere at Groveside, hosts Henlow whose only win in their last seven outings came over Riseley Sports in the previous round of this competition receive a visit from a Oakley Sports side that has reserved it's best performances for cup playing football this campaign and could well spring another surprise to take them into the last four, the days final tie coming at Rectory Road where Campton have a quick chance to gain revenge for the league defeat last weekend when they entertain Ickwell & Old Warden.
In the two McGirls Money Management Supported Premier Division games that do take place AFC Kempston Town would climb the table to fourth place should they net the full three points from their home Hillsground encounter with Riseley Sports who travel having not won on the road since winning at Bedford SA back in late October while at Stonefields, Turvey now on a six game losing run which has seen them drop into the bottom four of the standings entertain mid-table Wilshamstead.
In The Centenary Cup, Caldecote Reserves play hosts at Harvey Close to a Flitwick Town side who won there in their opening league game of the season by the odd goal in seven whilst Blunham Village seem to have a tough task on their hands to make the last four when they travel for a meeting with in-form AFC Kempston Town Reserves.
For Sportsform Supported Division One leaders Meltis Corinthians it's a trip to face Reddings Wood who are currently unbeaten in their last eight outings whilst Stevington after their league postponement last weekend hope their cup tie against same opponents Saffron will go ahead this weekend.
In The Jubilee Cup, their is derby action when Great Barford host currently unbeaten away from home Blunham Reserves whilst perhaps the tie of the round comes at Bedford Road, where Sandy Reserves seek to extend their current unbeaten run to six games with a victory over visitors Westoning Recreation Club Reserves who travel unbeaten in their last seven outings.
Elsewhere at Mill Lane, Potton Wanderers entertain a Woburn Reserves side they beat 8-3 in league action earlier this month and will fancy their chances of making it into the last four has will Meppershall Jurassic Reserves who face a journey to play Russell Park United who they beat in league action last weekend.
Their is also League Division Two action at Miller Road, where Bedford Albion will be seeking just their second home win of the campaign when they entertain a Marston Shelton Rovers side that looks to return to winning ways after two straighrt defeats while their is a meeting of the bottom two clubs when Exel United seek that opening win of the campaign that will lift them off the base of the table at the expense of visitors Twinwoods Thistle.
In The Watson Shield, Clifton will be looking for a repeat of their earlier league win over Kings AFC to take them into the last four whilst Marsh Leys travel to Stewartby Village having beaten them 3-1 on their home patch last weekend in league action.
In League Division Three action their is a home game for leaders Oakley Sports Reserves who seek win number nine on the bounce when they entertain Meltis Corinthians Reserves whilst second place Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves travel to Sunderland Road for a meeting with Sandy A.
Elsewhere third place Henlow Reserves look to keep within striking distance of the top two when they hit the road for a Jubilee Park meeting with currently unbeaten at home Putnoe United and after last weekends shock cup defeat Caldecote A should return to winning ways when they travel to Hurst Grove for a meeting with bottom club Lidlington United Sports Reserves, whilst at Gold Street the two clubs immediately above them in the standings Riseley Sports Reserves and Flitwick Town Reserves take to the field in a must win game for both sides.