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Saturday 24th February 2007
Meltis Corinthians Continue Unbeaten Run
Action in last weekend's Premier Division Supported by McGirls Money Management saw league leaders Westoning Recreation Club chalk up their seventh consecutive home win on the bounce in defeating Riseley Sports 3-1 to remain six points clear at the head of the standings, goals from Dave and Nick Shirley plus a strike from Shaun Cooksley in the opening half quickly sealed the points before Sportsman's Daniel Czaicki reduce the arrears in the second period, second place Campton keeping up their challenge with a 5-0 away win at Sharnbrook where braces of goals from Gary Gibson and Andrew Hayday plus a strike from Scott Quince did the damage.

With Blunham and Ickwell & Old Warden sitting the afternoon out plus Sandy's scheduled home game against Henlow postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. AFC Kempston Town took full advantage to climb into third spot with a easy 6-1 away win at Bedford SA thanks to hattrick from Andy Smith plus goals from Nigel Drummond, Lyndon Ingerson and Danny Maddox to a lone reply from Janoal Dixon.

Elsewhere the drinks were on Bruce Bass at Stonefields after he hit four of the goals that took Caldecote to a 6-0 win over their hosts Turvey, Lee Marshall and Matt Basta also on the scoresheet for the reigning champions, whilst Oakley Sports lifted themselves off the bottom of the table at the expense of Luton Borough whose game at Wilshamstead also fell victim to a waterlogged surface with a 7-1 away win at Goldington Lions whose Jekyll and Hyde form continues to baffle all and sundry Sportsman's cheif hero being Mark Kelly who hit a hattrick supported by a brace from Jamie Endersby and single goals for Sam Danadio and John McCelland .

In The Sportsform Supported Division One action their were wins for the top three clubs, league leaders Meltis Corinthians continuing their unbeaten ways with a 6-1 home victory over Blunham Village thanks to a brace of goals from Justin Patterson plus strikes from Michael Smith, Matthew McMahon, Neville Allen and Aaron Hazelwood to a lone reply from Pete Neale to remain clear on goal difference having played two games less from second place Woburn who won 3-1 away at Saffron with goals from Aaron Ripley, Steve Holt and Ben Nicholls against a home reply from Mohammed Raheen, The Safari Boys staying five points clear of third place Reddings Wood who with goals from James Grandidge, Kevin Simloe and Richard Garnham were 3-0 away winners at Royal Oak Kempston.

Elsewhere fifth place Campton Reserves moved to within a point of fourth place AFC Kempston Town Reserves by defeating them 5-3 on their own patch, Lee Bilcock netting twice alongside goals for James Barnard, Dave Charge and Paul Garvell against Town replies from Tony Millotti, Rob Gay and Duncan Cameron, meanwhile two goals from Dean Warren took Flitwick Town to their third away win on the bounce in a 2-0 win at Marston Social, whilst Elstow Abbey eased their relegation fears with a 1-0 away win at bottom club Meppershall Jurassic thanks to a 91st minute winner from Saul Cuttell, the days other scheduled fixture between Kempston and Caldecote Reserves failing to beat the weather.

In Division Two, league leaders Meppershall Jurassic Reserves were defeated 4-2 away at Blunham Reserves for whom Nick Cooper struck twice alongside goals from Michael Jones and Gary Branch to replies from Dave Redman and Jason Ruff but with second placed Westoning Recreation Club Reserves game at Twinwoods Thistle called off and third place Marston Shelton Rovers going down 4-0 at Potton Wanderers where Sam Delaselle grabbed a brace alongside a own goal and a strike from Michael Cooney they still remain on top of the table.

Marston Shelton Rovers defeat dropping them below Great Barford in the standings after they run out 5-1 home winners over bottom club Exel United, Jason Ames, Freddie Windram, Daniel Jeffrey, Daniel Stafford and Charlie Seward hitting their goals to a reply from Julian Caves, whilst Sandy Reserves kepted their promotion challenge on course by winning 2-0 away at Russell Park United with goals from Lee Threadgold and Steve Jakes, the days other scheduled fixture at Hurst Grove between Lidlington United Sports and Newham Athletic being postponed.

In Division Three with morning league leaders Oakley Sports Reserves sitting the afternoon out, second place Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves took full advantage to climb back onto the top of the table with a 13-0 home mauling of Blue Chip, Neil Faulkner and Steve Titmuss hitting four goals each supported by a hattrick from Ricky Aris plus single strikes from Lewis Giddings and Robert Thirkell.

Meanwhile third place Henlow Reserves were 5-1 away winners over Wilshamstead Reserves in a game switched to Groveside which also saw the Henlow debut of Leeroy Odd after his midweek transfer from AFC Kempston Town, Odd being the playmaker in all of his sides goals which came via a James Tizzard hattrick and single strikes from Leighton Machin and Dave McColl to a reply from Colin Merritt.

Putnoe United keeping up their promotion challenge to move into fourth spot with a hard fought 3-2 home win over Lidlington United Sports for whom Damon Andrews and Carl Carse were the goalscorers as Kings AFC dropped to fifth place after being held to a 1-1 home draw by second from bottom Riseley Sports Reserves, Adam Haywood netting the home goal, elsewhere Clifton return to form continued with a 6-1 home win over Sandy A, Mark Gearing netting twice alongside a own goal and strikes from Greg King, Lee Pateman and Robert Harradine to a lone Sandy reply from Neil Rowley.

The days other action seeing Caldecote A go down to a shock 2-3 home defeat at the hands of Marsh Leys whose goals were delivered by Marcus Rose, Liam Parker and Xennon Paul against a home brace from Danny Calmels whilst Meltis Corinthians Reserves run out 1-0 away winners at Flitwick Town Reserves thanks to a goal from Sundil Ram.

This coming Weekend's action in The Premier Division Supported by McGirls Money Management should see league leaders Westoning Recreation Club consolidate their six point lead at the head of the table when they hit the road for a trip to Cople to face a meeting with Bedford SA who having dropped into the bottom two last weekend will be in desperate need of the points themselves to starve off the threat of relegation, whilst the game of the day could well come at Rectory Road where second place Campton beaten at home just once this season entertain a Caldecote side that travels unbeaten in their last four outings.and now showning signs of returning to form.

For third place AFC Kempston Town the requirement of three points is a must if they are to stay in the championship race when they entertain Turvey at Hillsground and Sandy task of collecting their fifth away win on the bounce to keep them right in the championship mix looks a tad more difficult following their hosts Oakley Sports maximum return of points from their last two games which has lifted them out of the relegation zone.

Over on The Green, Ickwell & Old Warden look to stretch their unbeaten home run to eight games when they entertain a Luton Borough side that has won just once on their travels this season and journey sitting on the bottom of the table for what will be a delayed 3.00pm kick off to accommodate a earlier in the day Reserve team fixture, whilst Blunham are in home action seeking to return to winning ways after two straight defeats which has knocked them out of the championship race when they host Jekyll and Hyde Goldington Lions.

The days other two games in the top section coming at Gold Street where Sharnbrook without a point from their last five games travel to for a meeting with hosts Riseley Sports and at Jubilee Playing Fields where Wilshamstead entertain a Henlow side unbeaten in their last five games.

Action in The Sportsform supported Division One sees league leaders Meltis Corinthians on the road seeking to take their 100% away record to eight games when they visit Flitwick Town whilst second place Woburn are in home action at Crawley Road looking to chalk up home win number ten on the bounce to maintain their perfect home record for the season when paid a visit from AFC Kempston Town Reserves.

For third place Reddings Wood it's a home game against second from bottom Saffron has they seek home win number five on the bounce against their visitors who travel having lost their last four outings whilst in form Campton Reserves currently on a ten game unbeaten league run journey for a meeting with Stevington, other games come at Harvey Close where Caldecote Reserves unbeaten in their last four home games host a Royal Oak Kempston side whose away record of just two defeats commands some respect despite their lowly league position and at Hillsground, Blunham Village will be firm favourites to make it three home wins in a row when they host a Kempston side that has lost it's last five games to drop into the bottom five of the table.

The days other action in this section seeing bottom club Meppershall Jurassic seek only their second home win of the campaign when they host a Marston Social side that has lost it's last six games and now looking in danger of a quick return to Division Two unless they quickly find a return to form.

The top game in Division Two, comes at Greenfield Road with the meeting of the top two sides, hosts Westoning Recreation Club Reserves will climb to the top of the standings should they claim their seventh straight home win against current league leaders Meppershall Jurassic Reserves whilst a stalemate in this game would see Great Barford move back to the top of the pile should they gain the full three points from their local derby clash at Sandy Reserves where they were defeated in The Bedfordshire Junior Cup just fourteen days ago after building up a three goal lead and with Sandy also very much in the title race and unbeaten in their last six league outings this game could go either way or more likely end up all square.

Other action also comes at Miller Road, where Bedford Albion will seek to remain clear of the drop zone with a win over visitors Newham Athletic has bottom club Exel United still without a win all season look to have a tough task on their hands in opening their winning account when paid a visit from Potton Wanderers who slammed seven goals passed them earlier in the season at Mill Lane when The Wanderers were just one place above them in the league standings but with five wins from their last six games it will be a major surprise if Wanderers don't collect the full three points.

The days other game seeing Marston Shelton Rovers look to keep in the promotion race with the full three points from their home encounter with Mulberry Bush who are rapidity becoming The Goldington Lions of Division Two.with their Jekyll and Hyde performances.

Division Three action sees the top two sides go to battle on The Green where league leaders Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves will host Oakley Sports Reserves in a game that will kick off at 1pm, whilst third place Henlow Reserves are in home action at Groveside against fifth place Kings AFC who have lost just twice on the road this season, for fourth place Putnoe United it's a home game in Jubilee Park has they seek to extend their ten game unbeaten run of which nine games have been won to lift them into the promotion race against Caldecote A , while Clifton who still have promotion aspirations of their own, journey to face a Marsh Leys side that pulled off a shock win at Caldecote A last weekend following two staight home victory's and will prove to be a stern test for the visitors has they seek win number four on the bounce.

The days other action seeing Sandy A look to end a four game losing run when they host a Flitwick Town Reserves side who have won three of their last four away games, Blue Chip after last weekend's mauling at Ickwell look to have no easy task putting that right when they entertain Meltis Corinthians Reserves whilst Wilshamstead Reserves after two straight defeats should return to winning ways at the expense of visitors Lidlington United Sports Reserves who travel on a losing away run of nine games which has seen them drop to the bottom of the table.
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