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Wednesday 7th March 2007
Bedfordshire Football League Review 2006
Sunday 4th March 2007
Caldecote Fight Back For The Points At Campton
|Action in last weekend's Premier Division Supported by McGirls Money Management saw league leaders Westoning Recreation Club stretch their lead at the head of the table to nine points after they collected win number seven on the bounce with a 8-0 away win at Bedford SA where Danny Pilgrim lead the way with a hattrick supported by strikes from John Lynch, Robbie Faulkner, Mark Griffiths, Danny Hollis and Shaun Cooksley has their nearest rivals Campton were being beat for only the second time on home soil this season 3-4 by Caldecote, a Andy Hayday hattrick to a lone reply from Glen Renforth had put Campton in the driving seat until goals in the closing fifteen minutes from Stuart Kemp, Dave Coleman and Matt Basta stole the points for Caldecote.
Meanwhile, AFC Kempston Town maintained their challenge for the title albeit eleven points adrift of the leaders with a 9-1 home thrashing of Turvey, Andy Smith helping himself to four goals alongside braces for Nigel Drummond and Tony Milliotti plus a single strike from Shaun Barnes, but Sandy dropped a further two points off the pace when held to a 1-1 draw at Oakley Sports, Rob Gaylor on the scoresheet for Sandy and Sam Donadio grabbing the goal which earned the Sportsmen the point which was not enough to prevent them dropping back into the bottom two after Luton Borough came up with only their second away win of the season with a 3-2 victory at Ickwell & Old Warden to move out of the relegation zone, Currant Milage with two goals and Daniel Gaskin The Borough marksmen whilst Paul Beith netted both home goals.
Other action saw Blunham held 1-1 at home by Goldington Lions, Carl Page hitting the home goal and Paul McKeavney replying for The Lions, whilst Riseley Sports inflicted a sixth straight defeat upon Sharnbrook 3-0 at Gold Street with the help of a own goal plus strikes from Daniel Czaichi and Matthew White, whilst Leeroy Odd debut for Henlow was put on hold for another week when Wilshamstead Jubilee Playing Field pitch became a victim of the overnight heavy rainfall.
In The Division One Supported by Sportsform action, second place Woburn's Crawley Road pitch failed to beat a pitch inspection for their home clash with AFC Kempston Town Reserves but league leaders Meltis Corinthians failed to take full advantage when losing their 100% seasons away record in being held to a 2-2 draw at Flitwick Town, home goals from Dean Warren and Robert Simpkins were cancelled out by strikes from Steve Holt and Michael Smith before a missed 85th penalty by Tim Gill failed to seal the game for The Sweetboys.
Third place Reddings Wood finding a lone goal from Patrick Gavin was enough to take them to their fifth consecutive home win with a 1-0 victory over Saffron but Campton Reserves four game winning run was brought to a holt at Stevington where they had to settle for a share of the spoils in a 2-2 draw, Mark Field netting both home goals against replies from Justin Barker and James Barnard.
Action down at the bottom end of the table saw Meppershall Jurrasic lift themselves off the bottom spot with a 2-0 home win over Marston Social who were losing for the seventh time on the bounce, Jess Dryer doing the damage with both goals whilst other games saw Caldecote Reserves stretch their unbeaten run to six games with a 4-2 home win over Royal Oak Kempston thanks to a Jack Gabbittas hatrick and a goal from Carl Horsfall to a brace in reply from Lorenzo Jordan and Blunham Village returned to winning ways when goals from Lee James and James Bowen were enough to earn them a 2-1 home win over Kempston.
In Division Two, it's has you were at the start of play in the league standings after all four games that beat the weather ended in draws, league leaders Meppershall Jurassic Reserves finding themselves 1-4 down away at second place Westoning Recreation Club Reserves when Dan Taylor missed a penalty yet a storming finish saw them fight back to earn the point that keeps them top of the pile in a 4-4 stalemate, Matt Pateman and Ian Dawson both hitting braces for the home side to be cancelled out by strikes from Craig Damon, Chris Woodward, Jamie McGregor and Danny Wing.
Third place Great Barford needing a late goal from Johnny Devereux to earn a point away at Sandy Reserves for whom Kevin Fage had given them the lead whilst another 1-1 scoreline came at Newham Athletic where Woburn Reserves were the visitors, Gary Russon netting the home goal whilst Aaron Ripley replied for The Safari Boys, with the fourth game ending 3-3 between hosts Marston Shelton Rovers and Mulberry Bush, Carl Perri, Tony Brittan and Robert Moore the home marksmen with The Bushmens goals coming from Kian Marashi, Steve Pledge and Darren Gough.
The days other scheduled fixtures Bedford Albion v Russell Park United and Exel United against Potton Wanderers victims of waterlogged pitches.
In Division Three, the days clash of the top two sides on The Green between Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves and Oakley Sports was called off to allow Ickwell's Premier Division fixture later in the day to go ahead, but their was action at Groveside where Henlow Reserves enchanced their promotion chances with a 4-1 home win over Kings AFC with goals from Lewis Emery, Peter Saunders, Richard Fallino and James Tizzard to a Kings reply from Michael Whelan and Putnoe United also kepted their hopes alive with a 6-1 home win over Caldecote A for whom Kai Griffiths Shilton hit their lone goal.
Elsewhere it was a red letter day for Wilshamstead Reserves Matt Stevens who netted his first goal for ten seasons but his strike failed to save his team going down to a 3-4 home defeat against Lidlington United Reserves, Mark Wooding and Chris Brown also on the scoresheet for home side whilst John Wright with a brace plus Simon Carse and Ryan Conway were United's scorers, meanwhile Meltis Corinthians Reserves were chalking up their third away win on the bounce with a 5-1 victory at Blue Chip with double strikes from Andy Fimms and Aaron Hazelwood plus a goal from Lawrence Browne to a Chipmen reply from Francis Vaugham while Marsh Leys took their unbeaten run to three games with a 1-1 home draw against Clifton, Liam Parker their marksman to a reply from Harry Fisher.
The days other game between Sandy A and Flitwick Town Reserves called off due to a waterlogged pitch.
The spotlight of this weekend's Bedforshire League action will centre around the various League Cup Semi-Finals, In The Britannia Cup, Premier Division league leaders will be firm favourites to keep their hopes of a seasons double on track when they make the short journey along the road for a meeting with Luton Borough who they have already beat twice in league action this season but the other tie could well be a much closer affair has home side Oakley Sports despite their lowly league poistion have this season saved their best performances for the cup and visitors Ickwell & Old Warden will have to be at their best if they are to make the final.
In The Centenary Cup we have a simliar set of circumstances where it will be a major surprise if division one league leaders Meltis Corinthians fail to progress when they entertain Stevington at Miller Road but the second tie at Steppingly Road between Flitwick Town and AFC Kempston Town Reserves looks much harder to call, with perhaps home advantage swinging things towards a Town victory.
Jubilee Cup action however should bring about two close encounters, league leaders Meppershall Jurassic Reserves currently on a seven game winning home streak the sight favourites to overcome Woburn Reserves whose away form of late has been none to special whilst at Greenfield Road, Westoning Recreation Club Reserves should just about have enough in the locker to see off visitors Great Barford who they defeated in league action 2-1 back in late December.
In The Watson Shield, we already know Clifton will contest the final after the recent league withdrawal of Stewartby Village where they will meet the winners of The Groveside clash between Henlow Reserves and Putnoe United and with the hosts winning nine of their ten home league games and United now unbeaten for some eleven league games this tie could well go to the wire.
Away from the cups their is still plenty of league action to enjoy with the top game in The McGirls Money Management Supported Premier Division coming at Hillsground where current third place AFC Kempston Town take on sixth place Sandy in a real six pointer encounter where defeat is out of the question for both clubs if they are going to stay in the championship race and a draw no good to anyone but league leaders Westoning Recreation Club.
Elsewhere it will be a major shock if second place Campton after last weekends home defeat by Caldecote don't return to winning ways when they host fourth from bottom Turvey at Rectory Road whilst Sharnbrook now without a point from their last six games travel for a meeting with Blunham knowing they must soon start collecting points to avoid being sucked into a relagation battle, one club already in that battle are bottom of the table Bedford SA who after three straight heavy home defeats will have no easy task putting that right when paid a visit by a Henlow side that travel to Cople unbeaten in their last five games and the days other top flight action comes at Jubilee Playing Fields where Wilshamstead host Riseley Sports in a mid-table clash.
In The Sportsform Supported Division One the action is restricted to just three games, the best of which sees seventh place Caldecote Reserves look to extend their unbeaten run to seven games when they hit the road for a meeting with Blunham Village who sit just one place below them in the league standings having won their last three home games whilst fourth place Campton Reserves will be expected to take their own unbeaten run to twelve games when they journey for a meeting with second from bottom club Meppershall Jurassic, the days other game seeing Royal Oak Kempston look for their first home win in six encounters when they host fellow strugglers Elstow Abbey has they go to battle seeking the points to lift them away from the relegation zone.
In Division Two action Marston Shelton Rovers could go to the top of the table with an away win at Sandy Reserves but their hosts are unbeaten in their last seven games an a victory themselves would see them trail the league leaders Meppershall Juraasic Reserves on goal difference only and having played two games fewer right in the championship mix.
For Mulberry Bush it's a visit from Blunham Reserves, whilst bottom club Exel United entertain Russell Park United who have lost their last five games seeking to make game number twenty of the season their first win of the season, the days other action in this section coming at Hurst Grove where home side Lidlington United look for home win number three on the bounce when they a Bedford Albion side in desperate need of points to stay clear of the drop zone.
Division Three action should see Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves maintain their lead at the head of the standings and take their current winning run to ten games when they entertain Flitwick Town Reserves on The Green but they must be on their guard as The Town have won their last two away games, for second place Oakley Sports Reserves it's a journey for a meeting with bottom club Lidlington United Sports Reserves who have won just once on home soil all season.
Elsewhere in form Marsh Leys beaten just once in their last eight home games could cause a minor shock with a win over sixth place Kings AFC while in Jubilee Park fifth place Clifton will have no easy task against their hosts Meltis Corinthians Reserves, but after four straight defeats Sandy A will fancy their chances of returning to winning ways when they host second from bottom Blue Chip at Sunderland Road.
The days other action taking Caldecote A on the road looking to end a three game losing run at the expense of their hosts Wilshamstead Reserves who likewise have lost their last three games.