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Saturday 3rd February 2007
Blunham Net Seventh Consecutive Home Win
Last weekend's action in The McGirls Money Manangement Supported Premier Division saw league leaders Westoning Recreation Club with goals from John Lynch and Liam Brown gain a 2-0 home win over Sharnbrook to remain five points clear at the head of the standings from Blunham who netted their seventh consecutive home win
in beating Wilshamstead by the same scoreline with both their goals coming from Wilshamstead oldboy Michael Jones, elsewhere third place Campton maintained their title challenge with a 3-1 home victory over Bedford SA, Gary Gibson their hero with a hattrick haul which might have been four apart from the fact that he was asked to leave the field of play after receiving treatment has his side gained a first half penalty, sadly standing on the touchline has deputy spot kick taker Andrew Hayday missed, Richard Ambler hitting a late reply for the Army Boys.

Ickwell & Old Warden are now back into fourth spot after their 7-2 away win at Goldlington Lions, Andrew Vallom leading the way with four goals supported by strikes from Paul Beith, Zak Rowe and Danny Fox against home replies from Chris Nessen and Ben Brown, as they leapfrog AFC Kempston Town in the table after they were failing to score for the first time this season in a 0-0 draw at Caldecote, a result which virtually ensures we shall have new league champions come the end of the season.

Meanwhile their was a shock result at Bedford Road where Turvey after seven straight defeats that had plummet them into the bottom three in the table gained a point from a 2-2 draw with still unbeaten at home Sandy, Turvey with goals from Danny Bayes and Craig Richards lead 2-0 at the break before Matthew Bruney was dismissed for his second yellow card of the afternoon five minutes into the new period which allowed Sandy with goals from Gary Fil and Steve Muggridge to storm back to gain a share of the spoils.

Elsewhere, Henlow were held 1-1 at home by second from bottom Luton Borough, James Gentry hitting the home goal and Peter Matereke replying for The Borough whilst bottom club Oakley Sports were suffering a 3-6 home defeat at the hands of Riseley Sports , for whom Tom Ellison netted four which was added to by a John Caper penalty and a goal from Ian Staniforth.

In The Sportsform Supported Division One action, league leaders Meltis Corinthians continued their unbeaten ways with a hard fought 3-2 home win over third place Reddings Wood thanks to a brace of goals from Justin Patterson and a strike from Michael Smith to Woodmen replies from Neil Walker and James Grandidge. a result that takes The Sweetboys eight points clear of their victims and with them also having three games in hand, it now looks like only current second place Woburn who won 6-0 at Kempston with two goal hauls for Aaron Ripley and Nick Skolsky plus goals from Steve Holt and Ben Nicholls can prevent them lifting the league title.

Also hitting it big were Caldecote Reserves 6-0 away winners at Marston Social with a brace of goals for Jack Gabbitas plus strikes from Andrew Spiers, Mick Webb, Carl Horsfall and Dave McAdam whilst Campton Reserves extended their unbeaten ways to eight games with a 4-1 win at Royal Oak Kempston, Dan Wishaw striking twice and David Charge and James Barnard once to a late home reply from Lorenzo Jordan.

Elsewhere, Flitwick Town with two goals from Dean Warren were 2-0 away winners at Elstow Abbey their third away win on the bounce to keep them in fifth place just behind AFC Kempston Town Reserves who were held to a 2-2 home draw by Stevington, Tony Millotti grabbing both of the home goals and Clinton Tatham and Mark Field replying for the visitors.

The days other game in this section seeing Blunham Village under new manager Paul Spadiccino gaining a 2-1 away win at bottom club Meppershall Jurassic for whom Barry Hallybone was on the scoresheet.

In Division Two, Meppershall Jurassic Reserves lead at the head of the table is down to two points after they were held to a 1-1 draw at Great Barford for whom Daniel Stafford netted as second place Westoning Recreation Club Reserves closed the gap with a 4-0 away win at Newham Athletic, thanks to a brace from Lawrence Taylor and goals from Neil Bassett and Danny Shannon.

Great Barford remaining in third spot just a point clear of Marston Shelton Rovers who were the division biggest winners of the day 7-0 at Russell Park United, Antony Hubbard after his transfer from Elstow Abbey hitting a hattrick supported by two goals from Chris Patrickson and strikes from Dean Clark and Chris Cook, with Sandy Reserves jumping up to fifth place by ending Woburn Reserves unbeaten home record with a 4-0 win, Mark Jennings on the scoresheet twice alongside goals from John Fediw and Lee Threadgold.

Elsewhere, Potton Wanderers were 6-3 home winners over Blunham Reserves, Joe Aris leading the way with a hattrick, Paul Chamberlain stiking twice and Darren Horn once against replies from Ian Perkins and Callum McGlynn on his debut after joining from Blunham Village, whilst their was goals galore at the other two games, Mulberry Bush gaining a 7-3 home win over Exel United with two goals each for Paul Raymond and Gary Canzano plus strikes from Sav Ventriglia, Steve Pledge and Sam Queeley to United goals via a own goal and strikes from Gerry Pagliolo and James Smith with another seven goals coming at Twinwoods Thistle who were 4-3 home winners over Lidlington United Sports, Nick Stanton striking twice and Nick Payne and Jamie Webster once for The Thistle against United goals from John Wright two and Gary Whirbread

Meanwhile, Bedford Albion were going out of The Bedfordshire Junior Cup at the third round stage losing 4-0 at Linslade who now journey to Caldecote Reserves for a Quarter-Final tie in fourteen days time.

Action in Division Three saw wins for the top two clubs, current league leaders Oakley Sports Reserves putting paid to Henlow Reserves perfect home record with a 1-0 victory while second place Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves were 3-1 home winners over Marsh Leys thanks to a double strike from Ricky Aris and a goal from Lee Tetley, of the other games played Clifton were the biggest winners, 6-1 at home against bottom club Lidlington United Sports Reserves where Mark Gearing hit a hattrick, Greg King struck twice and Barry King found the net for the first time in three seasons.

Over at Clapham, Kings AFC were to emerge 3-0 home winners over deadly rivals Blue Chip with a brace of goals from Marcus Tomlin and a goal from Michael Whelan whilst at Harvey Close, Caldecote A were beaten 2-1 by Meltis Corinthians Reserves, Roy Anderson netting the home goal only to be outshone by replies from Sunil Ram and Aaron Hazelwood and at Jubilee Playing Fields, Wilshamstead Reserves returned to winning ways with a 2-1 home win over Sandy A, Mark Kelly and Phil Zeltobruhov netting the home goals against a reply from Andrew Smallman.

Action this coming weekend in The McGirls Money Management Supported Premier Division takes league leaders Westoning Recreation Club to Stonefields for a meeting with third from bottom Turvey who after ending their seven game losing run by earning at point at Sandy last weekend will seek to open up the champoinship race and end their current sequence of six straight home defeats with a result against the table toppers, meanwhile the game of the day would appear to be the local derby clash on The Green where fourth place Ickwell & Old Warden currently unbeaten in their last eight outings and only beaten once at home all season face a visit from Sandy who travel trailing them by just three points but having played three games less in a game that can truly be described has a six pointer for both clubs.

For the two clubs sitting between Westoning and Ickwell in the standings there are also tough games, second place Blunham winners of their last seven home games face a visit from local rivals Caldecote who beat them 6-1 at Harvey Close back in September whilst third place Campton are on the road to Hillsground for a meeting with fifth place AFC Kempston Town in what is another six point encounter.

The other action in this division comes at Jubilee Playing Fields where Wilshamstead are hosts to Riseley Sports in a middle of the table clash but at Groveside where botton club Oakley Sports travel to for a meeting with Henlow and at Lodge Road where second from bottom Luton Borough journey to meet Sharnbrook the stakes are a little higher for both of the visitors in their quest for Premier Division survival.

In The Sportsform Supported Division One action, league leaders Meltis Corinthians are on the road to Harvey Close to face Caldecote Reserves seeking to extend their current unbeaten run to sixteen games against a home side that has been beaten just twice on their own patch this campaign whilst second place Woburn are in home action at Crawley Road looking to extend their seasons perfect home record against mid-table Royal Oak Kempston.

Third place, Reddings Wood will seek home win number five on the bounce when they entertain a Kempston side that has lost it's last five outings to drop into the bottom five of the table while fifth place Flitwick Town should have to much in the locker not to overcome bottom side Meppershall Jurassic when they clash at Steppingley Road and at Rectory Road in-form Campton Reserves unbeaten in their last eight outings will start favourites for the three points against visitors Saffron who currently sit just one place off the bottom of the table.

Other action comes at Hillsground where Blunham Village host a Marston Social side without a win since early November some eight games ago and at Elstow Abbey where The Ministermen look to return to winning ways has they host Stevington.

Action in Division Two sees league leaders Meppershall Jurassic Reserves facing a far from easy home game against Potton Wanderers who have won eight of their last ten league outings and scored forty-one goals along the way and any slip up could see Westoning Recreation Club Reserves claim the top spot on Saturday evening with a home victory over Blunham Reserves at Greenfield Road.

Yet the divisions top clash of the day sees fourth place Marston Shelton Rovers hosts third place Great Barford both of whom could be leapfrogged in the standings by fifth place Sandy Reserves should The Bedford Road Men claim a home win over visitors Mulberry Bush, for bottom club Exel United it's a visit from a Russell Park United side that has lost eight of it's last nine league outings to drop into the relegation zone whilst second from bottom Twinwoods Thistle after two straight wins look to make it number three when they travel to face a Newham Athletic side that has won just once on home soil this season.

The days other game in this section coming at Miller Road where Bedford Albion without a home win since early September receive a visit from a out of form Woburn Reserves.

Action in Division Three sees league leaders Oakley Sports Reserves winners of their last ten league outings play hosts to sixth place Kings AFC who travel seeking a seasons double over The Sportsmen while the division's game of the day comes in Jubilee Park where currently unbeaten at home Putnoe United and winners of seven of their last eight games host second place Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves who travel still unbeaten in the league this season.

For third place Henlow Reserves it's a chance to get back to winning ways when they travel to Gold Street for a meeting with second from bottom Riseley Sports Reserves who have lost their last six games while fourth place Caldecote A look to do the same when they make the short trip to Sunderland Road for a meeting with Sandy A.

Other games see Clifton on the road to Jubilee Park to face a game with hosts Meltis Corinthians Reserves who have lost just once on their home patch this campaign, at Hurst Grove where bottom club Lidlington United Sports Reserves after eight straight defeats look for better times against Flitwick Town Reserves, whilst Marsh Leys are in home action against Wilshamstead Reserves.
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