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Saturday 17th February 2007
Westoning Remain Six Points Clear At The Top
Action in last weekend's Premier Division supported by McGirls Money Management saw league leaders Westoning Recreation Club take a another major step forward to their first ever title with their sixth home win on the bounce to end Ickwell & Old Warden eight game unbeaten run and their hopes of lifting the league crown when a goal in either half by Dave and Nick Shirley took them to a 2-0 win, the visitors cause not being helped by a red card issued to Kevin Turner just fifteen minutes into the contest.
The Rec Boys remaining six points clear at the head of the standings from nearest challengers Campton who stretched their unbeaten home record to six games with a 3-1 win over Blunham who now swap places with Campton in the league table and having played two games more than the top two sides plus now trailing the leaders by some eight points Blunham like Ickwell & Old Warden also appear to be out of the hunt championship wise for another season, Gary Gibson and Andy Hayday striking for the home side in the opening half to build up a 2-0 lead which was reduced by a second period goal from Cullam Stuart until Gibson's second goal sealed the points late on.
Still very much in the hunt however are Sandy who although still being ten points adrift of the league leaders have two games in hand of them and Campton and with both sides yet to visit Bedford Road where they remain unbeaten this season Steve Muggridge 88th minute winner which saw them collect the full three points from a 2-1 victory at Luton Borough could yet to prove to be vital, Sandy had taken the lead with a 10th minute goal from Gary Fil which remained the scoreline until Currant Milage drew The Borough level five minutes from time only for Muggridge to steal his thunder three minutes later.
Elsewhere Goldington Lions placed a massive dent into the hopes of AFC Kempston Town lifting the title when second half goals from Robert Brown and Ryan Gascoyne took The Lions to a 2-0 win and leave The Town eleven points adrift of the top spot, it however will be a day to remember for Turvey who claimed their first win for a dozen outings with a 5-1 away success at Bedford SA has the two sides swap places just above the relegation zone, Daniel Bailey, Clive Sawyer, Craig Richards, Matthew Bruney and Garath Arz netting for Turvey against a lone reply from Ian Collins.
Both clubs are however still looking far from safe following bottom club Oakley Sports claiming their first home win of the season with a 2-1 victory over Sharnbrook, Mark Kelly and Simon Jakes striking for The Sportsmen to a reply from Mark Smith, the days other games seeing Henlow take their current unbeaten run to five games with a 6-1 victory at Riseley Sports, Graham Leger hitting a hattrick supported by a brace from Pete Saunders and a goal from Adam Buckingham to a lone home reply from Tom Ellison.whilst Caldecote after first half goals from Lee Marshall and Matt Basta lead 2-0 until a second period brace from Tom Pitts earned visitors Wilshamstead a share of the spoils at Harvey Close.
In a limited Division One Supported by Sportsform programme, second place Woburn moved to within goal difference of league leaders Meltis Corinthians with a hard fought 2-1 away win at lowly Marston Social, ahead via a own goal they were pegged back by a strike from Daniel Brading until Steve Holt hit their winner two minutes from time, elsewhere third place Reddings Wood were 2-1 away winners at Flitwick Town thanks to goals from Richard Garnham and Kevin Simloe to a home strike from Jim Bayton whilst Blunham Village emerged 4-1 home winners over Elstow Abbey whose manager Graham Norman solved a goalkeeper crisis by donning the number one jersey himself only to see two goals from Carl Townsend and strikes from Daniel Avis and Bradley Miles fly bye him to a lone reply from Austin Trudgill.
It was Quarter Final day in the Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup where three of the four ties went to extra time, the most dramatic seeing Sandy Reserves with two goals from Martin Coll and a strike from Ian Jakes inside the last six minutes pull back a 3-0 lead of Great Barford's whose Murray Windram, Charlie Seward and Lee Worboys had seemingly booked them a Semi-Final spot but extra time strikes from John Fediw and Mark Jennings against a second goal from Windram took Sandy to a 5-4 win which will now see them travel to meet Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves who themselves needed extra time to overcome Caldecote A 3-1, Ickwell's Dave Robertson and Caldecote's Stuart Finding sharing goals in normal time before a own goal and a stike from Jessie Mayo took Ickwell to victory.
Elsewhere the third game requiring extra time came at Miller Road where Meltis Corinthians were pushed all the way by Campton Reserves before winning 3-1, Kerion O'Toole had given Campton a first half lead until Alex Woolston levelled matters fifteen minutes from time but after O'Toole had got himself red carded The Sweetboys with goals from Ben Flatters and Jason Allison won a last four visit to Caldecote Reserves who were 6-2 home winners over Linslade, Andrew Spiers hitting a hattrick alongside strikes from Micky Webb, Ben Gibson and Micky Robinson.
On the domestic cup front Stevington with a 3-0 home win in The Centenary Cup over Saffron now face a journey to Miller Road for a Semi-Final clash with Meltis Corinthians.
Action in Division Two saw Marston Shelton Rovers take full advantage of their rivals cup commitments to climb into third spot with a easy 7-0 away win at second from bottom Twinwoods Thistle, thanks to a brace of goals from Dean Clark plus goals from Andrew Sharrett, Aaron Franks, Antony Hubbard, Nick Attwater and a own goal whilst Lidlington United Sports were also amongest the goals with a 6-3 home win over bottom club Exel United, Gary Whitbread leading the way with a hattrick supported by strikes from Paul Gallager, John Wright and Mike ( Barndoor ) Smith finding the net for his first goal of the season, The United replies coming via a Jamie Lingard own goal and strikes from Tom Ashurst and Steve Stafford.
Elsewhere Woburn Reserves moved into fourth place with a 4-1 home win over Blunham Reserves thanks to a hattrick from Aiden Thornett plus a goal from Dave Bowen to a reply from Chris Lane whilst Mulberry Bush with two goals from Steve Pledge and a strike from Paul Raymond were 3-1 home winners over Potton Wanderers whose goal came from Darren Horn and Newham Athletic returned to winning ways with a 2-0 home victory over Bedford Albion thanks to goals from Gary Russon and Matt Young.
Division Three league leaders Oakley Sports Reserves were to have their ten game winning run brought to an erupt end when they were beaten 5-0 away at Putnoe United who now become serious title challengers themselves has they climb the table into fifth place fourteen points behind The Sportsmen but with six games in hand, meanwhile Henlow Reserves maintained their third place spot with a 2-0 win over Sandy A thanks to a brace of goals from their oldest team member Gary Wing and Kings AFC hold onto fourth spot after winning 3-1 away at Meltis Corinthians Reserves, Adam Hayward netting twice alongside a goal from Marcus Tomlin against a home reply from Alan Hazelwood.
The days other two games seeing hattricks from Zendon Paul and Liam Parker take Marsh Leys to a 6-2 home win over Blue Chip while a lone goal from Dave Bumfrey was enough to take Flitwick Town Reserves out of the bottom two of the table when the three points earned them a 1-0 home win over Wilshamstead Reserves
Action this coming weekend in The Premier Division supported by McGirls Money Management sees league leaders Westoning Recreation Club look for their seven straight home win and the three points to strengthen their hold at the head of the standings when paid a visit to Greenfield Road by Riseley Sports, whilst their seemingly two nearest challengers Campton and Sandy look to have tougher games on their hands, Campton travel to Lodge Road for a meeting with Sharnbrook never a easy side to beat on their own patch whilst Sandy put their unbeaten home record on the line at Bedford Road with a visit from local rivals Henlow who travel unbeaten in their last five outings.
For AFC Kempston Town it's last chance salon time championship wise has they travel to Cople for a meeting with a Bedford SA side who will just as keen to obtain the points in their quest to beat the drop at the other end of the table has the two clubs currently below them in the table take to the road, bottom club Oakley Sports looking to have a tough assignment on their hands when they make the short trip to Renhold to face a Goldington Lions side that has won it's last three home outings while Luton Borough seek only their second away win of the season when they make the trip to Jubilee Playing Fields to face Wilshamstead.
The days other game in the top section coming at Stonefields where Turvey after two good away results look to end a six game losing home run at the expense of visitors Caldecote.
In The Sportsform supported Division One action league leaders Meltis Corinthians will be expected to extend their unbeaten league run to sixteen games at Miller Road despite the recent up trend in the form of visitors Blunham Village whilst second place Woburn should have enough in the locker to collect the full three points when they travel to Russell Park for a meeting with second from bottom club Saffron.
The game of the day however in this section could well come at Hillsground where fourth place AFC Kempston Town Reserves unbeaten in their last four league games receive a visit from fifth place Campton Reserves who travel seeking to extend their own unbeaten league run to ten games, for third place Reddings Wood it's a trip to face a Royal Oak Kempston side that has won just once on home soil all season, whilst at the foot of the table the big game sees bottom club Meppershall Jurassic in home action against third from bottom Elstow Abbey.
Other action in this section taking Caldecote Reserves unbeaten in their last six games on the road to face a Kempston side that has lost it's last five games to drop into the bottom five of the table while the club immediately below them Marston Social will also seek their first points in six outings when they entertain Flitwick Town winners of their last two away games.
Division Two action sees league leaders Meppershall Jurassic Reserves put their unbeaten thirteen game run on the line when they travel to face seventh place Blunham Reserves who have tasted defeat just twice on own soil this season and anything other than a win for the leaders could well see them lose their top spot has second place Westoning Recreation Club Reserves who trail them by a single point will be expected to claim the full three points when they hit the road for a meeting with second from bottom Twinwoods Thistle who have won just once at home all season.
Of the chasing pack third place Marston Shelton Rovers winners of their last three away games will have no easy task in making that four when they travel to Mill Lane to face a Potton Wanderers side that has won it's last three home games netting seventeen goals along the way and with fourth place Woburn Reserves sitting the afternoon out,it will be a major surprise if both Great Barford and Sandy Reserves don't climb above them in the table, to do so Great Barford need just a single point from their home encounter with bottom club Exel United whilst Sandy Reserves still unbeaten on the road this season need the full three points from their away game at Russell Park United whose last six home games have all ended in defeat.
The days other action in this division seeing Lidlington United Sports seek their third home win on the bounce at Hurst Grove when they entertain Newham Athletic whilst Mulberry Bush will start firm favourites for the full three points when they host a Bedford Albion side that has won just one of it's last thirteen games to drop into the bottom three of the league standings.
With league leaders Oakley Sports Reserves sitting the afternoon out they will lose their position at the head of the table to Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves if has expected The Men from The Green claim their ninth home win on the bounce when they host third from bottom Blue Chip who have won just once on the road this campaign and Putnoe United will also be expected to maintain their title challenger with the full three points from their home encounter with bottom club Lidlington Sports United Reserves.
Other games take third place Henlow Reserves on the road for a meeting with a Wilshamstead Reserves side that has lost just once at home this season whilst fourth place Kings AFC should make it five wins in a row when they entertain second from bottom Riseley Sports Reserves at their Clapham base who travel on a losing run of seven games.
Meanwhile for sixth place Caldecote A it's a chance to return to winning ways at Harvey Close when they entertain a Marsh Leys side that has won just once on the road this season while Clifton will be favourites for the three points when they entertain a Sandy A side that has lost it's last three away games, with the final game in this section coming at Steppingley Road where Flitwick Town Reserves receive a visit from Meltis Corinthians Reserves .