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Sunday 11th November 2007
Campton Slam Nine Goals Passed Luton Borough
Sandy retained their lead at the head of the McGirls Money Management Supported Premier Division table when a goal in either half from Stuart Bloomfield saw them remain 100% on their own patch this season with a 2-0 win over local rivals Ickwell & Old Warden who now after this their third consecutive defeat drop to eighth place in the league table some twelve points adrift of their Bedford Road counterparts, however within three points of the leaders and with a much better goal difference are Campton who raised many a eyebrow with a stunning 9-1 away victory at fourth place Luton Borough, first half hattricks from both Andrew Hayday and Gary Gibson saw them lead 6-0 at half-time before the deadly duo each added a further goal in the second period alongside a strike from Wayne Goldsmith to a lone reply from Currant Mutanga to bring up a final 9-1 scoreline.
Third place Oakley Sports however were losing ground on the top two when beaten 2-1 away at Westoning Recreation Club who with goals from Dave Shirley and Martin Byrne are now at last beginning to get their seasons act together and with start of day fifth place Meltis Corinthians sitting the afternoon out they drop a place in the league standings to sixth after a 90th minute winner from Andy Smith to bring up his hattrick took AFC Kempston Town above The Sweetboys with a 4-3 home win over Wilshamstead, Ryan Grant also on target for The Town whilst Tom Wisson netted all three goals for the visitors.
Both Blunham and Caldecote took strides towards the right end of the table with 2-0 wins, Blunham ending a spell of six games without a victory when goals from Chris Lane and Lee Marshall saw them to a home win over Riseley Sports whilst Caldecote thanks to goals from Nathan Buckland and Matt Basta were winning for the first time away from Harvey Close this season at Renhold United.
The days final game in the top flight seeing the clash of the bottom two clubs bring a 5-0 away win for Sharnbrook at Woburn thanks to brace of goals from Simon Denton and Ricky Bulzis plus a goal from Ian Strange.
The lone action in Division Two saw a single goal from Scott Moses take Great Barford two places up the league table into fifth spot with a 1-0 win against Renhold Village in a Village home game that was played on their opponents ground and brought about GB first win on home soil since they returned from exile to play in their own village that's .if you can count an away game on home soil as being a home win.
Action in Division Three saw Caldecote A and Marabese Ceramics swap second and third places in the table when The Tilemen romped to a 7-1 win with four goals from Michael Darnell, two from Dom Policello and a own goal against Lee Adams lone reply for Caldecote who due to calls on their resources from their clubs other two teams played the game with just nine players, elsewhere Riseley Sports Reserves jumped up into fourth spot with a 11-0 away win at second from bottom Lidlington United Sports Reserves, Ian Whitmore, Tommy Dove and James Harris all on the scoresheet twice alongside a own goal plus strikes from Craig Ford, John Gloss, Russell Beddall and Barry Pirie.
Elsewhere AFC Shillington extended their unbeaten ways to six games with a 6-3 away win at Twinwoods Thistle, Adam Larsen leading the way with a hattrick supported by goals from Sam Larsen, Bob Lovelock and John Rawlinson whilst after four straight defeats Flitwick Town Reserves returned to winning ways with a 6-2 home win over bottom club Exel United, Mick Chesney and Ben Wallington both netting twice to be helped by a own goal and a strike from James Taylor to United replies from Pasqale Danna and Andy Mitchell.
For other clubs it was action in The Second Round of The Bedfordshire Junior Cup and like in the opening round Kings AFC perhaps came up with the result of the afternoon when winning 2-0 away at Newham Athletic with goals from a Adam Haywood penalty and Marcus Tomlin, yet not far behind them were Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves plus Saffon who both ply their trade in division two with wins over division one sides, Ickwell with a 90th minute winner from Lee Tetley to go with earlier goals from Paul Beith and Danny Swaybank seeing off Reddings Wood 3-2 for whom Kevin Slimlow struck twice whilst Saffron needed extra time to gain a 6-4 home win over Caldecote Reserves for whom Max Cooper hit a hattrick coupled with a goal from Graham Wendall.
Meanwhile the two all division three clashes went to the underdogs, Marsh Leys with goals from Padiac Walsh, Kerion Walsh and Kerion Langley winning 3-2 at home against Blue Chip whose replies came from Nicky Walker and Carl Townsend whilst Sandy A avenged a league defeat seven days earlier by Stewartby Village by winning this week by the same 4-2 scoreline, Dan Threadgold, Lee Threadgold, Daniel Bailey and a own goal outgunning a brace in reply from Shaun Winconek.
For Bedfordshire League sides on the road in action against opponents from other leagues it turned out to be a poor day with just one win from four ties, Dunton's Tom McGhee hitting a extra time winner to see his side to a 1-0 win at The 61FC Luton A, but it was the end of the road for Mulberry Bush who with a own goal and a strike from Ellis Joseph still lost 6-2 at Linslade, Meppershall Jurassic's Dan Taylor getting their only goal in a 5-1 defeat at Offley Social whilst despite goals from Sid Russell, Kevin Rimmer and Barry O'Toole, Campton Reserves were on the wrong end of a 4-3 scoreline at Luton Leagrave.
Elsewhere, Meltis Albion needed a 88th minute strike from Michael Butler to gain a 1-0 home win over Meltis Corinthians Reserves who had earlier had a penalty saved by home goalkeeper Dale Hamilton, whilst Jamie Carson with four goals and Josh Anderson with a single strike took Kempston to a 5-3 home win over Marston Shelton Rovers whose goals were netted by Aaron Franks, Dean Clark and Chris Cook, things however were much closer at Steppingly Road where Flitwick Town needed penalty shoot-out goals from James Lewis and Richard Bevan to overcome Putnoe United 2-1 after 120minutes play had brought about a 0-0 deadlock, and only a thirty-five yard screamer from Steve Warboys twenty minutes from time saw Henlow gain a 1-0 win at Groveside over Royal Oak Kempston.
The days other two ties going to form with the expected away wins, James Duggan with a brace alongside single goals from Garth Arzu and Tom Diamond against a reply from Carl Warner taking Bedford SA to a 4-1 win at Oakley Sports Reserves while a Danny Shannon penalty was enough to take Westoning Recreation Club into the hat for round three with a 1-0 win at Elstow Abbey 06.
This Weekend's action in The Premier Division Supported by McGirls Money Management sees league leaders Sandy sit the afternoon out and gives second place Campton a chance to climb above them on goal difference should they come up with the full three points from their home Rectory Road encounter with Sharnbrook but third place Oakley Sports face no easy task in closing the gap on the top two when they lay their 100% home record on the line and hope to return to winning ways at the expense of sixth place visitors Meltis Corinthians.
For fourth place Luton Borough after such a heavy defeat at home against Campton last weeked its a trip on the road to Harvey Close to face a Caldecote side that still remains unbeaten on home soil this campaign whilst fifth place AFC Kempston Town will look to improve their current poor away record this campaign when they journey to Gold Street for a meeting with Riseley Sports.
Meanwhile after returning to winning ways last weekend Blunham will be expected to collect the full three points again when they entertain bottom of the table Woburn whose ventures on the road this seasons have earned them just a single point from five outings and just down the road on The Green, Ickwell & Old Warden without an home win to their name this season receive a visit from Renhold United whose last five outings away from home have seen them colect just a single point at Luton Borough., the days final top flight action taking place at Jubilee Playing Fields where home side Wilshamstead take on a Westoning Recreation Club side looking for their third win on the bounce.
For Division One Supported by Sportform league leaders Bedford SA its a trip to Bedford Road has they look to take their seasons unbeaten run to twelve games against sixth place Sandy Reserves who are now unbeaten in their last four games on home soil whilst second place Dunton still unbeaten on the road this season journey for a meeting with a Stevington side that will be anxious to halt a run of three straight defeats.
However perhaps the game of the day in this section will come at Greenfield Road where still unbeaten on home soil third place Westoning Recreation Club receive a visit from fifth place Kempston while the team sitting between these two teams in the standings Henlow who are now unbeaten in their last five games journey to Cutler Hammer for a clash with Reddings Wood who after three straight defeats now find themselves in the bottom half of the table.
Other action comes at Hillgrounds where AFC Kempston Town Reserves will be expected to collect their first home win of the campaign at the expense of bottom club Marston Social whose eight games to date have all ended in defeat while over the hedge Royal Oak Kempston could well come up with their second home win of the season over visitors Caldecote Reserves whose last win come some six games ago.
The days final action in this division taking Campton Reserves in search of their fourth league win on the bounce when they journey to face a Elstow Abbey 06 side that is yet to win on home soil this campaign.
Action in Division Two sees league leaders Meltis Albion in home Miller Road action looking for win number five on the bounce against seventh place visitors Oakley Sports Reserves but any slip up could give both Putnoe United and Marston Shelton Rovers a chance to head the table, United on the road to Whiston Crescent to face out of form Clifton while The Rovers have a tricky looking home encounter with fifth place Great Barford who travel seeking away win number four on the bounce.
Elsewhere sixth plays fourth when Newham Athletic host a Bedford College side that travels to Carlton now unbeaten in its last six outings of which five have been won while after their fine cup wins last weekend Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves will be expected to collect the full three points at second from bottom Renhold Village and Saffron will start favourites for the same haul of points in their home Russell Park meeting with basement side Lidlington United Sports.
The days other two games in this division coming in Jubilee Park where Meppershall Jurassic entertain still unbeaten away from home Mulberry Bush and at Crawley Road where bottom side Woburn Reserves look for their first home win of the campaign over visitors Blunham Reserves who travel now unbeaten in their last four games and making their way up the league table.
Division Three action should see league leaders Blue Chip collect the full three points when they journey to Hurst Grove for a meeting with second from bottom Lidlington United Sports Reserves whose six home games to date have all ended in defeat an a massive total of fifty-six goals being slammed by them, whilst second place Marabese Ceramics are in home Cople Playing Field action against Sandy A where they will be expected to maintain their seasons unbeaten home record.
With third place Caldecote A sitting the afternoon out they could well drop four places in the table should the cluster of clubs just below them all win, Riseley Sports Reserves in fourth spot hit the road for a tricky looking game at Stewartby Village but the next team in the table Kings AFC will be short favourites for league win number eight in a row when they travel to Redbourne School for a meeting with Twinwoods Thistle yet sixth place Potton Wanderers look to have a more difficult task on their hands in their trip to Hillgrounds looking to extend their unbeaten ways to nine games against hosts Marsh Leys and anything but the maximum points will see Meltis Corinthians Reserves jump above them in the league standings unless bottom side Exel United come up with the surprise of the day in their Jubilee Park clash.
The final action of the day coming at Steppingly Road where Flitwick Town Reserves are paid a visit from unbeaten in their last six outings AFC Shillington.