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Sunday 4th November 2007
Caldecote End Sandy's Winning Ways
Sandy lead at the top of The Premier Division supported by McGirls Money Management table is now down to three points after their eight game winning run was brought to a halt at Caldecote, ahead at half-time with a goal from David Lenton they were to finish the day on the wrong end of a 3-1 scoreline after two second half goals from Nathan Buckland and a goal from Matt Basta ensured The Harvey Close boys held onto their seasons unbeaten home record, meanwhile their three nearest pursuers were all taking full advantage with wins of their own, second place Campton easing to a 6-1 home victory over Renhold United thanks to a hattrick from Gary Gibson which was supported by a brace from Andrew Hayday and a single strike from Paul Still to Mark Davies lone reply whilst third place Oakley Sports maintained their 100% seasons unbeaten home record with a 2-0 win over AFC Kempston Town thanks to two goals from Richard Barrett to leave The Sportsmen now just four points shy of the league leaders and a single point adrift of Campton having played a game less than both clubs.
Luton Borough meanwhile were keeping themselves in the championship race and holding onto fourth spot with a 3-2 away win at Sharnbrook, Currant Mutanga their hero with all three goals against a home brace in reply from Shaun Barnett, up into fifth place are Meltis Corinthians who emerged 4-2 winners at Ickwell & Old Warden, Aran Hazelwood with three goals and Anup Kalyan putting The Sweetboys 4-0 ahead before the home side struck back with two goals from Zak Rowe.
Riseley Sports continued their recent upward curve when twice coming from behind to net a 4-3 home victory over bottom club Woburn, Jay Fallaize and Andy Wood both scoring twice to outgun Safari Boy goals from Ben Nicholls, Nick Skolsky and Jason Bartlett, the days final game in the top section seeing Blunham retain their seasons unbeaten away record when gaining a 1-1 draw at Wilshamstead, Tom Wisson on the scoresheet for the home side against a reply from Nicky Threadgold.
In the action at the top end of Division One supported by Sportsform, league leaders Bedford SA had to settle for a 2-2 draw at third place Westoning Recreation Club Reserves, James Duggan and Howard Phillps firing in The Army Boys goals to home replies from Shaun Cooksley and Dave Shirley and their advantage at the head of the standings is now down to four points following second placed Dunton running out 6-3 home winners over bottom club Marston Social, Tom McGhee netting twice alongside goals from Wayne Morris, Dave Gibbs, Tim Jarman and Carl Mercer with Simon Steele twice and James Armstrong replying for The Social.
Elsewhere away wins were the order of the day, Kempston with a brace each from Vincent Spiniello and Dave Matthews plus a Andy Klien strike and a own goal winning 6-2 at Stevington whilst Elstow Abbey 06 sent Reddings Wood to their third defeat on the bounce when beating them 4-2 thanks to a Antony Hubbard hattrick and a goal from Jerome Gilkes, also winning away were Flitwick Town 5-1 at AFC Kempston Town Reserves, Jim Baytum on the scoresheet three times and James Lewis twice to a lone home reply from Ed L'erario, whilst a brace of goals from Craig Smith took Campton Reserves to a 2-0 win at Royal Oak Kempston.
The days other action in division one seeing Caldecote Reserves end a four game losing run with a point from a 3-3 draw at Sandy Reserves, Max Cooper striking twice and Luke Gurney once to two in reply for Ian Jakes and one from Mark Jennings for the home side.
In Division Two, Meltis Albion take over the top spot following their 6-1 home win over Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves, Michael Butler and Salvatore Ventiglia netting twice each to go with goals from Asa Garlick and Scott Alleyne to a lone reply from Reggie Thirkell has overnight league leders Marston Shelton Rovers were losing their seasons unbeaten tag when going down 1-4 at home to fourth place Bedford College for whom Brendan Cowell hit a hattrick and Ben Harper struck once, the defeat dropping The Rovers down to third spot after Putnoe United also climbed above them with a 5-3 away win at Saffron with single goals for each of Kole Catchpole , Jordan Kumar, Lee Haughton, Justin Newman and Cameron Brown.
Elsewhere, Newham Athletic now climb back into the top six after their 4-2 away win at Renhold Village, Gary Russon netting twice and Matt Young plus Shaheen Miah once to Village replies from Daniel Stuz and Giles Sowerby at the expense of Mulberry Bush who were held to a 2-2 draw at Blunham Reserves, Darren Gough and Ellis Joseph the Bushmen scorers to home replies from Joe Cooper and a rare Mark Inskip header.
Meanwhile Clifton's slipped further down the table when beaten 2-3 at home by Great Barford, Craig Pateman and Paul Roberts grabbing the home goals against strikes from Sam Smith, Daniel Stafford and a own goal which took Barford to victory, whilst Oakley Sports Reserves ended a run of three straight away defeats with a 3-0 win at Meppershall Jurassic, Ben Brown, Lee Munns and Ricky Issacs netting the goals, and the clash of the bottom two teams at Crawley Road saw Woburn Reserves and Lidlington United Sports play out a perhaps predictable 0-0 draw.
Division Three action brought about a defeat for league leaders Blue Chip who were beaten 3-1 at fourth place Marabese Ceramics, Michael Darnell on the scoresheet twice and Lou Marabese once for the winners against a lone reply from Carl Townsend, The Chipmen's poor day being compounded with wins by all the other top six sides, second place Caldecote A with four goals from Stuart Finding, two from Lee Adams plus a own goal and a strike from Jack Dicks winning 8-3 at Flitwick Town Reserves for whom Grant Archer, Ben Waddington and James Taylor found the back of the net to stay a point ahead of Kings AFC who were 5-0 away winners at Marsh Leys, Marcus Clements and Michael Whelan netting twice and Lee Morgan once who in turn kept a point clear of Potton Wanderers 10-0 away winners at second from bottom Lidlington United Sports Reserves, Bradley Smith leading the way with a four goal haul, Adam Giddings and Charlie Seward both netting twice then missing penalty opportunities to grab their hattrick a gift that was not offered to Charlie Henry who also found the back of the net twice
For sixth place Meltis Corinthians Reserves it was a 1-0 home win over Wilshamstead Reserves to retain their seasons unbeaten home record, meanwhile the theme in the other three games was goals all the way, Riseley Sports Reserves winning 7-0 at bottom club Exel United, Tommy Dove scoring three times alongside single strikes from Sam Gingell, Barry Pirrie, Tim Wright and Nick Wise whilst AFC Shillington won 4-3 at home against Twinwoods Thistle, John Wiles, Dean Larsen Sam Larsen and Adam Larsen netting the home goals to replies from Daryl Stringer, Paul Guthrie and Asim Majid.
The days final game bringing Stewartby Village a 4-2 home win over Sandy A, Chris Beeds, Jon Pomroy, Greorge Wheelhouse and Shaun Winconek, the Village marksmen to Sandy replies via a own goal and Shaun Pope.
This weekends action in The Premier Division Supported by McGirls Money Management sees league leaders Sandy in home Bedford Road action where they lay their seasons 100% home record on the line against local rivals Ickwell & Old Warden who make the short journey from The Green seeking win number five on the road this season from just six outings and perhaps knowing even at this early stage of the campaign a defeat will leave them twelve points behind their hosts in the league standings and virtually without hope of getting involved in the title fight for yet another season
But perhaps if this is not the game of the day then almost certainly it takes place at St Thomas Road where fourth place Luton Borough whose only defeat in their last seven outings came at Sandy entertain second place Campton whose only away defeat of the season to date came in their last outing at Sandy, but third place Oakley Sports face no easy task closing the gap on the top two sides has they face a journey to Greenfield Road to meet last seasons champions Westoning Recreation Club.
Meanwhile AFC Kempston Town look for home win number four on the bounce at their Hillgrounds base when paid a visit by Wilshamstead who are yet to win on the road this season and after failing to win any of their last six games Blunham have a chance to put matters right with a home Moggerhanger Playing Fields visit due from Riseley Sports who are currently hitting form with wins from their last two games on home soil and travel seeking to open their away points tally for the campaign in this game number four.
The days other top flight action taking Caldecote who are yet to win on the road this season to Renhold United who have lost just once at home this campaign against league leaders Sandy whilst over at Crawley Road their is a clash of the bottom two clubs when Woburn entertain the club immediately above them in the standings Sharnbrook.
With Division One and Two clubs away on Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup duty the only other league action takes place in Division Three, with the top game taking place at Cople Playing Fields where fourth place Merabese Ceramics place their unbeaten home record on the line against second place Caldecote A who ended their hosts seasons unbeaten record with a 4-2 win at Harvey Close just fourteen days ago.
Elsewhere their is action at Steppingly Road where after four straight defeats Flitwick Town Reserves have a great chance to stop the rot when they host bottom club Exel United who travel seeking their opening win of the campaign, meanwhile at Hurst Grove, Riseley Sports Reserves will be expected to collect away win number five of the season when they travel to face second from bottom Lidlington United Sports Reserves whose five home games to date have all ended in defeat, and the days final game comes at Redbourne School where Twinwoods Thistle meet AFC Shillington for the second weekend running having lost 4-3 on their travels last weekend.
In the forth-mentioned Bedfordshire Junior Cup we are at Round Two stage where the ties bring up just two all division one clashes at Groveside where Henlow who are still unbeaten on home soil this campaign will be expected to progress at the expense of visitors Royal Oak Kempston but perhaps it will be the visitors Westoning Recreation Club Reserves who will start the favourites in the other tie when they travel to meet Elstow Abbey O6 having already won their in league action back in early October.
For the other division one clubs in action, none appear to have simple tasks in making it into the hat for the third round draw, certainly Reddings Wood on a run of three straight league defeats will not relish the trip to The Green to face second division Ickwell & Old Warden and Flitwick Town will have to be at their best when division two high flyers Putnoe United come calling at Stepingley Road., meanwhile Kempston are in home Cutler Hammer action against division two Marston Shelton Rovers who travel still holding a 100% away record for the season while even league leaders Bedford SA will have to hold their nerve to overcome another division two side Oakley Sports Reserves who are quite capable of causing a upset on home soil.and Caldecote Reserves face a similar task away at division two side Saffron.
At least two division three sides are guaranteed a spot in round three with Sandy A facing Sunderland Road action against Stewartby Village who beat them in league action last weekend while league leaders Blue Chip will be expected to overcome the disadvantage of playing away in Hillgrounds against Marsh Leys.and they could well be joined in the hat by Kings AFC who will be keen to keep their giant-killing act going when they journey to Carlton to face division two top six side Newham Athletic whose home record reads just one win from five outings, elsewhere however Meltis Corinthians Reserves look to have a tough task on their hands if they are to come away from Miller Road with a win from their tie with division two league leaders Meltis Albion.
For the remainder of the clubs its action against opposition from other leagues, Campton Reserves hitting the road to face Luton Leagrave, Dunton heading the same way for a meeting with The 61 FC ( Luton ) A, whilst Meppershall Jurrasic make up the trio of clubs facing Luton & South Beds League sides on their own patch with a trip to Offley Social., and Mulberry Bush are also on the road to face Linslade who ply their trade in The North Bucks League.