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Saturday 27th January 2007
Ickwell Win At Campton In Britannia Cup
Action last weekend was centered around the various league cup Quarter-Final ties and in The Britannia Cup, holders Caldecote put their recent slump in league form behind them when they overcome Luton Borough 2-1 at Harvey Close with all the goals coming in the opening half, Lee Marshall and Lee Adams netting for the winners against a reply from Currant Milage and they will now host Westoning Recreation Club in the semi-final after they netted a 3-2 home win over Blunham, defender Robbie Faulkner being their hero with a hattrick to replies from Mark Davidson and Michael Jones.
In the other half of the draw, last seasons beaten finalists Campton found a late goal from Andrew Hayday was not enough to save them going out 1-2 at home to Ickwell & Old Warden who had built up a 2-0 first half lead with strikes from Andrew Vallom and Zak Rowe, the boys from the Green will now travel for a last four meeting with Oakley Sports who won 2-1 at Henlow with goals from Sam Donadio and Jamie Endersby to a reply from Graham Leger.
Meanwhile in The McGirls Money Management Supported Premier Division action, AFC Kempston Town ended a traumatic week which had seen manager Kevin Smith resign to run out easy 6-1 home winners over Riseley Sports to move them back into fourth spot in the league standings, under the temporary managership of chairman Paul Brown braces of goals from Alec Russell and Andy Smith plus strikes from Nigel Drummond and Jamie Brewitt saw them outclass The Sportsmen who were going down to their fourth consecutive away defeat.
At the other end of the table Bedford SA lifted themselves out of the drop zone with a 3-0 home win over Goldlington Lions with goals from Richard Ambler, Peter Duffy and Matt Cheveralls whilst Turvey took a step nearer the dreaded trap door when beaten for the seventh consective time 4-0 at home by Wilshamstead with Paul Jones and Mick Hutton doing the damage with two goals apiece.
In The Centenary Cup action, Flitwick Town were to emerge 2-1 away winners at Caldecote Reserves with goals from Richard Bevan and Dean Warren against a home reply from Andrew Spiers to earn them a home semi-final tie against AFC Kempston Town Reserves who were easy 5-0 home winners over Blunham Village with a brace of goals from Tony Milliotti and strikes from Matty Smith, Rob Gay and Micky Daniels.
In the other half of the draw, Meltis Corinthians were 4-0 away winners at Reddings Wood with two goals from Neville Allen supported by a Tim Gill penalty and a goal from Marcus Ashby and will now host the winners of the Stevington v Saffron game which failed to beat a pitch inspection.
In The Jubilee Cup, Meppershall Jurassic Reserves were 4-1 away winners at Russell Park United thanks to a Dave Readman hattrick including one from the penalty spot and a goal from Dan Taylor to a lone home reply from Richard Howlett and will now face a home Semi-Final meeting with Woburn Reserves who won 5-2 at Potton Wanderers with goals from Mark Mannan, Alex Ottaway, Steve Murray, Lewis Murray and Daniel Baskeyfield to home replies from Danny Delasalle and Gavin Acton, with The Wanderers doing themselves no favours by in effect finishing the game with just nine players after a red card for goal scorer Delasalle and another for substitute Adam Giddings who never even got the chance to take part in the action on the field of play.
In the other half of the draw, Westoning Recreation Club Reserves with goals from Neil Bassett, Neil Reynolds and Luke Redhead were 3-1 away winners at Sandy Reserves for whom Mark Jennings was on the scoresheet and they will now receive a visit from Great Barford in The Semi-Final after they overcome Blunham Reserves 3-2 in extra time, goals from Daniel Stafford and a own goal against Blunham replies from Jamie Harris and Ian Perkins had seen the tie deadlocked at 2-2 before Stan Hobbs came up with a extra time winner.
Meanwhile action in Division Two saw Marston Shelton Rovers climb above Sandy Reserves in the table to sixth place with a 4-1 win at Bedford Albion, Craig Nowitzky, Andrew Sharrett, Dean Clake and Carl Perry hitting the Rovers goals to a reply from Alex Goosby, whilst at the bottom of the table, second from bottom Twinwoods Thistle ended a eight match losing run with a 2-0 away win at the only club below them in the standings Exel United with goals from Nick Payne and a Scott Hannon penalty.
In The Watson Shield, a goal from Andy Breed was not enough to save Marsh Leys going down to a 2-1 defeat at Stewartby Village who will now face a home Semi-Final tie against Clifton who won 4-3 at home against Kings AFC thanks to double strikes from Mark Gearing and Greg King against replies from Natham Clements twice and Mike Milner for Kings.
Meanwhile Division Three action brought wins for the leading two clubs, league leaders Oakley Sports maintaining their 100% home record and taking their current winning run to nine games with a 4-0 home win over Meltis Corinthians Reserves with goals from Lee Munns, Adam Emms, Carl Warner and Jim O'Conner whilst second place Ickwell &Old Warden were in effect 6-0 away winners at Sandy A with two goals each for Ricky Aris and Jessie Mayo plus single strikes from Paul Reid and Dave Robertson, the game taking place on The Green after Sandy's Sunderland Road surface was deemed unplayable
Elsewhere their was an away defeat for third place Henlow Reserves who were beaten 4-1 by Putnoe United who now themselves climb the table to fifth place, goals from Meekin Alexander two, Lee Horton and Jason Bramwell earning United the points to a lone reply from Leighton Machin, meanwhile Caldecote A remain in fourth spot after their 4-0 away win at bottom club Lidlington United Sports Reserves where the damage was done by a brace from Tom Wallace plus goals for Stephen York and Kai Griffiths-Shilton.
The other game in this section seeing Flitwick Town Reserves move out of the bottom two with a 2-1 away win at Riseley Sports Reserves who now replace them in the second from bottom spot, Ian McBernie and Craig Phillips netting The Town's goal to a home reply from MarK Embleton.
Action this coming weekend in The McGirls Money Management Supported Premier Division sees league leaders Westoning Recreation Club seek to hold onto their five point lead at the head of the table when they host a Sharnbrook side at Greenfield Road whose last league win came as long ago as November 11th whilst the chasing pack will be looking for the full three points to close the gap, they will be lead by second place Blunham who look for home win number seven on the bounce when they entertain a Wilshamstead side that has won two of it's last three journey's on the road and come seeking a league double having netted a 3-0 home win earlier this season.
At Rectory Road, third place Campton will need to be on their guard has visitors Bedford SA are now beginning to hit form with wins in their last two outings whilst the game of the day perhaps comes at Harvey Close where if seventh place Caldecote are to have any chance of retaining their championship title then a victory over fourth place AFC Kempston Town is a must but with the Town only having lost just once on the road this season at Sandy this will be no easy task.
Like Caldecote, another club in the last chance salon championship title aspiration wise are fifth place Ickwell & Old Warden who travel to Renhold to face a Goldlington Lions side seeking their first away league win since late October but for sixth place Sandy it's a home game at Bedford Road where they will defend their unbeaten home league record against a Turvey side that has lost it's last seven games during which they have on only one occasion found the back of the net, so it will be a major surprise if Sandy's championship hopes are dashed by the men from Stonefields.
Other action comes at Groveside where Henlow will look to return to winning ways against second from bottom Luton Borough who have won just once on the road this season whilst bottom club Oakley Sports who are without an home win all season host a Riseley Sports side that has lost it's last four away games to drop into the bottom half of the table.
In The Sportsform Supported Division One action, League Leaders Meltis Corinthians are in action at Miller Road where they should maintain their seasons unbeaten record despite hosting third place Reddings Wood who are unbeaten in their last seven league outings has they removed The Woodmen from The Centenary Cup last weekend on their own patch by a four goal margin.
For second place Woburn who are yet to kick a football in earnest this year due to a series of postponements it's a trip to to face a Kempston side that has lost it's last four games whilst fourth place AFC Kempston Town Reserves seek win number four on the bounce when they host a Stevington side that last won away from home at Campton Reserves back in Mid-October.
Other action in this section sees Elstow Abbey try to stay out of the drop zone with the points from an home encounter with fifth place Flitwick Town whilst after last weekends league cup defeat Caldecote Reserves will start favourites for the full three points when they take their current unbeaten league run of four games to a meeting with Marston Social who have collected just one point from their last six games, for bottom club Meppershall Jurassic their is a home game against Blunham Village whose last league victory came some six games ago and Royal Oak Kempston will have no easy task on their hands when they try to address their poor home record against visitors Campton Reserves whose recent fine form has liftrd them into the top six of the table.
In Division Two the game of the day comes in Jubilee Park where third place Great Barford entertain league leaders Meppershall Jurassic Reserves trailing them by just four points but also having played a game less and with The Jurassic Men now unbeaten in their last twelve outings the home side will hope unlucky thirteen is a step to far in The Park for their visitors, for second place Westoning Recreation Club Reserves who have also played a game less than the league leaders it's a similar tale has they travel to Newham Athletic also looking not to trip up in game number thirteen of their current unbeaten sequence but The Athletic are unbeaten themselves for four games and will prove to be no easy pushovers.
At Crawley Road their is a meeting of two clubs still very much in the promotion mix has fourth place Woburn Reserves still unbeaten on home soil this campaign host a Sandy Reserves side who sit in seventh place and travel still unbeaten away from Bedford Road this season, whilst another two sides Blunham Reserves and Marston Shelton Rovers seek to maintain their own promotion push with away wins, Blunham taking to the road for a local derby meeting with Potton Wanderers unbeaten in their last eight league outings and The Rovers travel to Russell Park United who have failed to gain a point on home soil in their last five games.
Other action sees Mulberry Bush without a home win this season firm favorvites to put this matter right when they entertain botton club Exel United who travel with a losing run of fourteen games to their name whilst second from bottom Twinwoods Thistle also without a home win this season host Lidlington United Sports losers of their last four away games.
Elsewhere for Division Two club Bedford Albion it's an away game in the Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup Third Round at Linslade
In Division Three, League Leaders Oakley Sports Reserves look to make it ten wins on the bounce when they hit the road for a meeting with third place Henlow Reserves who will start the day with their 100% home record still intact whilst second place Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves look to have a easier task when they entertain Marsh Leys on The Green looking to extend their current fifteen game unbeaten run and complete a seasons double over The Marshmen.
For fourth place Caldecote A it's a Harvey Close home fixture against a Meltis Corinthians Reserves side that has lost it's last three games to drop to seventh in the table whilst fifth place Putnoe United look to take their unbeaten run to nine games when they travel to face Stewartby Village, meanwhile it will be a major shock if sixth place Clifton fail to come up with the full three points from their home encounter with bottom of the table Lidlington United Sports Reserves whose away record of one win and ten defeats hardly gives you to think a shock might be on the cards.
Elsewhere at Jubilee Playing Fields, Wilshamstead Reserves will jump above their visitors Sandy A in the standings with the full three points whilst Kings AFC should have enough in the locker to collect the full three points from their home encounter with Blue Chip .