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Sunday 14th October 2007
Kelly's Army On The March Back To Premier Division
Their was little joy for the three Bedfordshire League Clubs who went to battle against Molten Sparten South Midlands League opposition in the opening round of this seasons Bedfordshire FA Senior Trophy with perhaps Renhold United coming out the best but after leading 3-2 at half-time with two goals from James Morris and a strike from Joe Jordan they were eventually to go down 3-4 at home against Arlesey Athletic, whilst goals from Ricky Aris and Danny Fox were not enough to save Ickwell & Old Warden going out 4-2 at Trophy holders AFC Dunstable and all Wilshamstead had to show from their trip to Kents Athletic was a goal from Ally Morris against the nine netted by the home side.
In the five all Bedfordshire League clashes just two were to get settled in normal time at Harvey Close where a brace of goals from Nathan Buckland took home side Caldecote to a 2-0 home win over Blunham to earn them a trip to Sandy in round two who with braces of goals from Matthew McCartney and Rob Gaylor plus strikes from Gary Fil and Nick Jones were 6-2 extra time home winners over Westoning Recreation Club.
The other winners inside ninety minutes were Luton Borough who claimed a 3-2 away win at Woburn to earn a trip to Crawley Green in round two, Currant Mutanga, Ray Undi and Ian Nindi striking The Borough goals to replies from Ben Nicholls and Karl Ainsley.
Elsewhere AFC Kempston Town were to win 6-5 after extra time at Campton to now earn a trip to Ampthill Town in round two, Town's hero coming in the shape of Lyndon Ingerson who after missing a penalty two minutes into the tie then held his nerve with a successful late spot kick to bring the teams level at 4-4 come the ninety minute mark and with the home side now down to ten men after Alex Toye was red carded for handball in giving the penalty away Town proved the stronger side during extra time, Town's other goals coming via a brace from Tom Pitts plus strikes from Sundip Gill, Andy Smith and Jason Simmons whilst on the scoresheet for the home side were Andy Hayday twice alongside single goals from Chris Fry, James Barnard and Tom Denahay.
But the final tie was to go to fifteen penalty kicks before Sharnbrook claimed a 9-8 home win over Oakley Sports, goals from Ollie Woodhouse and Ric Bulzis for the home side and Dean Bowen plus Deep Banghard for The Sportsmen had seen the tie locked at 2-2 after 120minutes play only to see Jamie Endersby have Oakley's seventh penalty saved to allow James Whitmore to step up and hit the home sides winner which now earns them a trip to Totternhoe in round two.
Bedford SA lead at the head of The Sportsform supported Division One league table is now up to six points after they took their seasons unbeaten record to eight games with a 12-0 away win at bottom club Marston Social, Mark Kelly helping himself to four goals, David Rees and Martin Taylor weighing in with three each to go with the single strikes from James Mullen and James Dougan, whilst their nearest challenges in the table Dunton were losing for the first time this campaign when beaten 1-3 at home by Henlow who now climb into fifth spot, James Tizzard, Andy Newton and Pete Saunders on the scoresheet for Henlow against a home reply from David Gill.
With third and fourth place sides Westoning Recreation Club Reserves and Reddings Wood sitting the afternoon out Kempston missed the opportunity to climb into the top four when beaten 0-3 at home by Flitwick Town who with the help of a own goal plus strikes from Jim Buytum and Dave Bibby were winning for the first time on the road this season, elsewhere Elstow Abbey 06 claimed their first win of the season at the seventh time of asking when they came from 0-2 down at AFC Kempston Town Reserves to run out 5-3 winners thanks to goals from Antony Hubbard, Chris Duffy ( his first for the club ) Liam Willimott, Jerome Gilkes and Saul Cuttell., but their was no such happy tale for Caldecote Reserves who lost for the first time on the road this season when beaten 7-3 at Stevington, Darren King and Simon Sheath both hitting hattricks for the home side alongside a goal from Richard Howlett against a brace in reply from Andrew Spiers and a goal from Glen Renforth making up the Caldecote tally.
The days other game in this section seeing Sandy Reserves claim their first home victory of the season 3-1 over Campton Reserves thanks to two goals from Ian Hammett and a strike from Lee Threadgold to a lone reply from Kerion O'Toole.
With Division Two League leaders Marston Shelton Rovers having their game at Saffron called off Putnoe United took full advantage to climb above them to the head of the standings with a 6-2 away win against Mulberry Bush, Ben Hesletine netting twice alongside single goals for Ryan Martin, Jordan Kumar, Lee Haughton and Justin Newman, with the home goals coming via Ben Marwood and Gary Canzano.
Meanwhile Meltis Albion held onto third spot after a 8-2 home win over Renhold Village, Scott Allenye netting twice to be added to by two own goals plus goals from Dan Smith and Darren Ashpole and penalties converted by Michael Butler and Tony McGovern against Village replies from Delroy Prince and Stuart Kester, elsewhere Newham Athletic maintained their seasons 100% away record to climb up into fifth place with a 3-0 win at Meppershall Jurassic thanks to goals from Ben Young, Jason Smith and Stephen Hughes.
Blunham Reserves came up with only their second win of the season in a 2-1 home success over local rivals Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves with goals from Joe Cooper and Dan Whitten whilst Lee Tetley netted the reply for the visitors for whom Paul Reid had missed a earlier penalty,meanwhile enjoying their first win of the season were Woburn Reserves who won 3-1 at Great Barford, Gary Towers netting twice, one from the penalty spot and Gary Restall once for The Safari Boys to Freddie Windram lone reply.
The days final game in this section bringing about Oakley Sports Reserves first home win of the season 5-3 over Lidlington United Sports thanks to a trio of goals from Carl Warner plus a Dan Newton penalty and a goal from Lee Rukin.
In Division Three, league leaders Blue Chip held onto their position at the head of the table when goals from James Bowen and Michael Lamont took them to a 2-1 away win at bottom club Exel United whose reply came via Richard Treadaway, but just two points behind them and with two games in hand are Marabese Ceramics who hit double figures for the second weekend running when winning 10-0 at home against Marsh Leys, Dom Pollicello netting five times, Michael Darnell claiming three alongside single strikes from Vincenzo Bnelli and Romano Marabese, whilst Meltis Corinthians Reserves and Caldecote A swapped places in third and fouth after The Sweetboys sent Caldecote to their first defeat of the campaign with a 4-2 home win, a own goal plus a brace from Anup Kalyan putting Meltis 3-0 ahead at the break before goals from Lee Adams and Kyle Griffiths-Shilton staged a Caldecote comeback until a twenty yard blockbuster from Aaron Hazelwood ensured The Sweetboys of the three points.five minutes from time.
Up into the top five are Potton Wanderers who extended their unbeaten run to five games with a 6-2 win at Stewartby Village, Joe Aris netting a hattrick to go alongside strikes from Adam Giddings ( who then missed a penalty ) Chris Baines and Nick Cooper with The Village replies coming from Chris Beeds and Shaun Winconek.
Elsewhere Kings AFC continue to climb the league table with their fifth win on the bounce 8-0 away at Lidlington United Sports Reserves, Jeff Dyer hitting a brace whilst there were single goals for Lee Morgan, Josh Clements, Stephen Wilson, Allen Sacbuker, Stuart Minty and Scott Barber, meanwhile AFC Shillington just failed to come up with their first away win of the season when two goals from Sam Larsen and strikes from Adam Larsen and Kevin Fisher was only enough to earn them a share of the spoils in a 4-4 draw at Riseley Sports Reserves.
Sandy A however did claim their first win on the road this campaign winning 3-0 at Wilshamstead Reserves with two goals from Dan Threadgold and a strike from Ben Walton-Smith, the days final scheduled fixture see Hartwell for the second weekend running fail to raise a side for their visit to Flitwick Town Reserves and after just four games they now look in serious danger of folding.
Action this coming weekend in The McGirls Money Management Supported Premier Division sees league leaders Sandy on their travels to Lodge Road for a meeting with Sharnbrook has they seek their seventh staight league win on the bounce against a home side that is still looking for it's first league win of the season and will perhaps be fully aware Sandy slammed seven goals passed them without reply on their visit to Lodge Road last season.
For second place Campton it's home Rectory Road action against Meltis Corinthians whose last two outings on the road have both ended in defeat at Sandy and Luton Borough, whilst perhaps the match of the day comes on The Green where third place AFC Kempston Town travel seeking to extend their current winning ways to four games against hosts Ickwell & Old Warden who are on the same mission albeit all their victory's coming away from The Green where they are yet to claim a win this season.
Another club looking for their fourth straight win are fifth place Oakley Sports who will defend their 100% home record for the campaign when they host bottom club Riseley Sports who will travel seeking their opening away points of the season, for sixth place Luton Borough it's a chance to make it four home wins on the trot when they go into St Thomas Road action against Renhold United who after winning at Riseley Sports in their opening away game of the season have since lost their last three games on the road.
Other action comes at Harvey Close where Caldecote will be expected to maintain their seasons unbeaten home record when paid a visit by Westoning Recreation Club whose last five games have seen them collect just a single point at Sharnbrook, whilst Wilshamstead will be seeking to end a run of five games without a win when they host second from bottom club Woburn who travel to Jubilee Playing Fields in search of their first away win of the season.
Action in The Sportsform Supported Division One takes league leaders Bedford SA on the road to Stevington hoping to extend their unbeaten ways to nine games against a home side that is unbeaten in their last four outings, whilst after their first defeat of the season last weekend second place Dunton are back in home action at Horseshoes Close against Flitwick Town who travel looking to chalk up their third straight win on the bounce after failing to win any of their opening six games.
Third place Westoning Recreation Club Reserves who only trail Dunton on goal difference are in home Greenfield Road action against Caldecote Reserves looking to maintain their seasons unbeaten start to the campaign against a Caldecote side that has lost it's last three games to slip down to seventh place in the league table.
Fourth place Reddings Wood still holding a unbeaten home record for the season entertain Campton Reserves at Cutler Hammer where the visitors travel seeking their first away victory of the season, whilst fifth place Henlow now unbeaten in their last three games hit the road to Hillgrounds for a meeting with hosts AFC Kempston Town Reserves who are yet to win on their own patch this season.
Other action sees bottom club Marston Social look for their opening point of the season when they entertain Kempston whilst at Bedford Road, Sandy Reserves will be expected to collect the full three points against visitors Royal Oak Kempston who travel on a four game losing run which has seen them slip into the bottom three of the league standings.
In Division Two it's a top against bottom clash when league leaders Putnoe United hit the road to Crawley Road to face Woburn Reserves whilst perhaps the game of the day in this division will come at Whiston Crescent where hosts Clifton defend their 100% home record against second place Marston Shelton Rovers who travel with a 100% away record for the season to preserve.
For third place Meltis Albion it's home Miller Road action against fifth place Newham Athletic who come calling still with a seasons 100% away record to their name whilst at Moggerhanger Playing Fields, Blunham Reserves will look to climb out of the bottom three when they entertain Oakley Sports Reserves who travel having failed to score on their last two outings on the road.
Other action comes in Jubilee Park where Meppershall Jurassic are in home action looking for just their second win of the season against Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves who sit just one place above them in the bottom six of the league table and who have lost four of their opening five away games of the season to date, whilst at Hillgrounds, Mulberry Bush will start firm favourites to return to winning ways against visitors Lidlington United Sports who find themselves sitting in third from bottom spot of the league table after four straight defeats.
The days final two games in this section coming in Russell Park where Saffron look for win number three on the trot against a Great Barford side that has won just once on the road this season and at Renhold where The Village face a tough task to halt a run of four games without a win when high flyers Bedford College coming calling.
Action in Division Three sees league leaders Blue Chip on their travels to face a meeting with Stewartby Village seeking their sixth away win on the bounce which will ensure they retain their top spot for another week has any slip up would allow Marabese Ceramics to climb to the head of the standings should they collect the full three points from their home Cople Playing Fields encounter with fifth place Potton Wanderers who travel unbeaten in their last five outings.
For third place Meltis Corinthians Reserves its a chance to extend their 100% seasons home record to five games when they go into Jubilee Park action against AFC Shillington who are yet to win on the road this season whilst after their heavy defeat against Marabese Ceramics last weekend Marsh Leys will be expected to return to winning ways when they travel to Hurst Grove for a meeting with Lidlington United Sports Reserves whose last five games have all ended in defeats.
For Sandy A it's a chance for a second win on the bounce when they travel to Hillgrounds for a meeting with bottom club Exel United who will be seeking their first home points of the season after four straight defeats, whilst Twinwoods Thistle travel to Steppingley Road hoping to put some away points on the board for the first time this campaign against hosts Flitwick Town Reserves.
Over at Gold Street, Riseley Sports Reserves now unbeaten in their last five outings entertain Wilshamstead Reserves whose last five games have all ended in defeats to drop them just five places off the bottom of the league table while Hartwell who have failed to raise a side for the past two weekend's are due to entertain Kings AFC at Hillgrounds.