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Saturday 10th February 2007
Only Three Games Go Ahead
The Inclement weather of the past week was to see just three of the scheduled thirty games go ahead in The Bedfordshire Football League, two of those were to come in The McGirls Money Management Supported Premier Division where second place Blunham were to have their ten game unbeaten run and hopes of closing the gap on league leaders Westoning Recreation Club to two points quashed by visitors Caldecote who netted a 2-1 win, a first half goal from Russell Kemp put Caldecote ahead before Matt Basta doubled the scoreline early in the new half only to see Danny Roberts reduce the arrears twenty minutes from time.
The other Premier Division game that went ahead at Groveside, saw home side Henlow gain their first home win since beating Bedford SA on November 4th and end a run of three consecutive draws, when a goal from Gabby Follano on the half-hour mark took them to a 1-0 victory over bottom club Oakley Sports.
The third game to survive came in The Sportsform Supported Division One, where Campton Reserves extended their current unbeaten run to nine games and climbed the table into fifth place after a 4-1 home victory over second from bottom Saffron who were going down to their third consecutive away defeat, a Gary Gibson strike put the home side ahead before Mohammed Raheen levelled matters only to see further goals from Sid Russell, Andy Hayday and Wayne Goldsmith take the home side to victory which would have been by a greater margin if only Ollie Morgan had not missed a penalty or visiting goalkepper Zameer Safdar had not been in top form to prevent a rout with a series of fine saves.
The remaining twenty six games being called off, twenty-five due to the snow and rain including the Premier Division game at Stonefields where Turvey groundsman Pat Melarkey was forced to call it a day when he arrived at the ground to find the local children after the recent snowfall had erected a large igloo inside the pitches centre circle , the twenty-sixth fixture in Division Three beween Blue Chip and Stewartby Village falling by the wayside when the Villagers withdrew from the league earlier in the week.their demise being hardest felt by Flitwick Town Reserves who now drop into the bottom three of the standings in the revamped league table.
Action this coming weekend in The McGirls Money Management Supported Premier Division sees the the top two games come at Greenfield Road where league leaders Westoning Recreation Club seek consecutive home win number six on the bounce when they entertain fourth place Ickwell & Old Warden who travel currently enjoying a eight game unbeaten run, but having played a game more than their hosts and trailing them by seven points they know only a win will do if they are to remain in the championship hunt, whilst at Rectory Road, third place Campton entertain second place Blunham in a real six pointer has both sides seek to put pressure on the league leaders.which will only come via a positive result from either side.
Meanwhile the other two serious title contenders, AFC Kempton Town and Sandy appear to have easier games on their hands, Town just beaten once this term on their travels journey to Renhold for a meeting with Goldlington Lions whilst Sandy are in home action at Bedford Road seeking to maintain their seasons unbeaten home record at the expense of visiting Bedford SA .
Other action comes at Harvey Close where Caldecote seek a seasons double over Wilshamstead who have won just twice away from home this season, while the remainder of the games sees the fight on for those vital points to beat the dreaded drop to Division One, bottom club, Oakley Sports without a home win all season host mid-table Sharnbrook who themselves last tasted victory some five games ago and at St Thomas Road, second from bottom Luton Borough receive a visit from the club immediately above them in the standings Turvey who lost 6-1 at The Borough in Britannia Cup action in early December.
The final game coming at Gold Street where Riseley Sports host Henlow who travel seeking just their second win on the road this season.
The Sportsform Division One action is curtailed to just three games yet second place Woburn can draw level on points with league leaders Meltis Corinthians with a victory at fourth from bottom Marston Social but the top billing in this section comes at Steppingley Road where sixth place Flitwick Town receive a visit from third place Reddings Wood, the days other action coming at Hillsground where Blunham Village look to continue their winning ways under new manager Paul Spadiccino against third from bottom Elstow Abbey.
The curtailed programme mainly being down to the ties in The Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup Quarter Final, where the tie of the round goes ahead at Miller Road when Meltis Corinthians entertain the only club to have taken a league point off them this season Campton Reserves who journey unbeaten in their last six outings, other games come on The Green where their is a all Division Three clash and local derby when Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves seek to repeat their earlier league win over local rivals Caldecote A, whilst at Harvey Close, Caldecote Reserves receive a visit from Linslade and at Sunderland Road, Sandy Reserves entertain fellow Division Two title contenders Great Barford.
On the domestic cup front Stevington and Saffron meet in their delayed Centenary Cup second round game for the right to visit Meltis Corinthians in The Semi-Final.
In Division Two, the top action of the day comes at Crawley Road where Woburn Reserves clash with Blunham Reserves has both clubs seek to keep in the promotion race and Marston Shelton Rovers will be expected to collect the full three points and jump up to third in the table when they pay a visit to The Business Park for a meeting with second from bottom club Twinwoods Thistle.
Other action in this section comes at Hurst Grove where Lidlington United Sports should have enough in the locker to collect only their third home win of the season over bottom club Exel United who have lost all of their last sixteen games conceeding one hundred and three goals along the way, whilst at Cryselco, Mulberry Bush seek a seasons double over Potton Wanderers who travel seeking their four win on the bounce with the final game seeing Newham Athletic seek only their second home win of the campaign when they host a Bedford Albion side whose only two away wins of the campaign have come at the only clubs below them in the league table Twinwoods Thistle and Exel United.
In Division Three, the top action of the day comes in Jubilee Park where Putnoe United put their unbeaten home record on the line and seek to make their presence felt in the title race when they host league leaders Oakley Sports Reserves who travel with a perfect record from their last ten league outings, whilst third place Henlow Reserves after two straight defeats are in local derby action away at Sandy A.
Other action sees Wilshamstead Reserves seek their third away win in a row when they travel for a meeting with second from bottom Flitwick Town Reserves whilst Riseley Sports Reserves travel to Hillsground looking to end their current losing run of six games against hosts Marsh Leys and Kings AFC look for win number four on the bounce when they journey to Jubilee Park for a meeting with Meltis Corinthians Reserves.