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Sunday 18th November 2007
Campton Take Over Premier Division Top Spot
Campton are the new Premier Division Supported by McGirls Money Management league leaders has with start of day top club Sandy sitting the afternoon out they took full advantage to now lead the standings on goal difference with a 2-0 home win over Sharnbrook thanks to a brace of goals being delivered by Gary Gibson in the opening and closing five minutes of a close contest, the biggest movers of the day however were Meltis Corinthians who jumped from sixth spot up to third after putting paid to Oakley Sports perfect home record with a 4-2 victory, Justin Patterson, Aran Hazelwood, Anup Kalyan and Marcus Ashby all finding the net for The Sweetboys to a brace in reply from Owen Rush.

Apart from Oakley Sports also dropping down below The Sweetboys in the table were Luton Borough who needed a last minute goal to earn a point at Caldecote in a 2-2 draw where goals from Matt Basta and Nathan Buckland helped to retain the home sides unbeaten home record for the season, and now dropping out of the top six are AFC Kempston Town who were beaten 5-4 away at Riseley Sports, Andy Wood and Mark Joiner on the scoresheet twice alongside a strike from Paul Brown to Town replies from Andy Smith 2, Nigel Drummond and Tom Pitts.

Moving the other way into the top six are Blunham who extended their unbeaten ways to four games when coming from behind at half-time to beat bottom of the table Woburn 3-2, Michael Jones, Carl Page and a Paul Smith penalty taking them to the three points, whilst The Safari Boys replies came via Aaron Ripley and Andy Skolsky, the days other top flight action taking Westoning Recreation Club to their third win on the bounce with a 2-1 win at Wilshamstead thanks to goals from Nick Shirley and Jim Simpson to a home penalty reply from Tom Wisson, whilst Ickwell & Old Warden needed to come from behind to net their first home win of the season 2-1 over Renhold United, Kevin Horn shooting United ahead before a brace of goals in the closing fifteen minutes from Zac Rowe stole the points for the home side.

Bedford SA lead at the head of the Division One table supported by Sportsform is now down to two points after they dropped points for only the third time this season when held to a 0-0 draw at Sandy Reserves as second place Dunton extended their current winning run to four games with a 4-1 away victory at Stevington, Tom McGhee, David Pugh, Carl Mercer and John Fediw their marksmen to a home reply from Darren King, whilst third place Westoning Recreation Club Reserves came up with the Divisions only home win of the day in beating Kempston 5-1, Craig Stevens netting twice alongside single goals from Liam Massey, John Lynch and Andy Bassett to a Kempston reply from Andy Klein.

Three of the days other four games all ending with wins for the visitors, the shock of the day seeing bottom club Marston Social obtain their first win of the season 5-4 over AFC Kempston Town Reserves, Simon Steele netting twice supported by goals from Daniel Bullen, James Armstrong and Andy Harding to braces in reply from Town's Gary Clark and Ed L'erario, elsewhere Campton Reserves chalked up league win number four on the bounce 4-2 at Elstow Abbey 06, Neil Ellis, Steve Gay, Ollie Morgan and Paul Garvell netting the goals whilst Antony Hubbard struck twice for The Abbey.

Henlow were also winning for the fourth time on the bounce with a 1-0 win at Reddings Wood thanks to a goal from Adam Buckingham whilst the days final game in this section saw Royal Oak Kempston with goals from Sanjeev Kalyan and Lorrenzo Jordan twice come from behind to a earn a point from a 2-2 home draw with Caldecote Reserves whose goals came from Tom Wallace and Dave Wright.

Meltis Albion held onto their single point lead at the head of the Division Two table when a penalty from Michael Butler plus goals from Darren Ashpole and Scott Allyene took their current winning ways to five games with a 3-2 home win over Oakley Sports Reserves whilst second place Putnoe United kept the pressure on with their fourth away win on the bounce 3-1 at Clifton, Jordan Kumar, Simon James and Justin Newman netting the vital goals to a home reply from Alex Fisher.

However its all change in third and fourth spots after Marston Shelton Rovers were beaten at home by Great Barford 4-0, Stan Hobbs on the scoresheet twice alongside Daniel Stafford and a Daniel Jeffries penalty to be overhauled by Bedford College 2-0 away winners at Newham Athletic with a brace of goals from Shaun Challi, elsewhere Craig Richards marked his Meppershall Jurassic debut in fine style netting all four of their goals in a 4-1 home won over Mulberry Bush whose lone reply came from Gary Canzano whilst goals from Graham Kester and Giles Soweby could not prevent Renhold Village going down to their sixth consecutive defeat 2-3 at home at the hands of Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves.

Meanwhile Lidlington United Sports ended a spell of eight games without a win when winning 2-0 at Saffron whilst bottom of the table Woburn Reserves with goals from Matt Holland, Tom Raynor and Sam Walker earned a welcome home point in a 3-3 draw with Blunham Reserves whose goals came from Mark Davidson 2 and Joe Cooper.

In Division Three, Blue Chip held onto their four point lead at the head of the table with a 11-0 away win at second from bottom Lidlington United Sports Reserves, where Carl Townsend helped himself to six goals, Peter Neale stuck twice alongside single goals from Cullam Stuart, Bradley Miles and Michael Lemont but even they had to conceed the title of the days leading goalscorers to now third place Kings AFC who notched up win number eight on the bounce with a 14-0 victory at Twinwoods Thistle, Nathan Clements lead the way with five goals, Lee Morgan netted a hattrick, Michael Whealan a brace plus there were single goals for Allen Sacbuker, Danny Cain and Marcus Tomlin., these goals being enough to climb The Kings Boys above Riseley Sports Reserves on goal difference into third spot despite The Sportsmen winning 7-1 away at Stewartby Village, Barry Pirie on target twice alongside goals from Tommy Dove, Ian Whitmore,Jamie Harris, Chris Lander and Kevin Harris whilst John Caper failed to make it eight when missing from the penalty spot, Village lone reply coming from Tom Wheelhouse.

However both these sides still trail second place Marabese Ceramics by two points after they retained their unbeaten home record with a 2-1 win over Sandy A, thanks to goals from Colin Stanley and Gary Wing to a Sandy reply from Dan Threadgold, elsewhere just goal difference separates the sides in fifth and sixth spots after they both came up with wins to send the start of play third placers Caldecote A who sat the afternoon out down to seventh spot, Potton Wanderers taking their unbeaten run to nine games with a 3-0 win at Marsh Leys to stay ahead of Meltis Corinthians Reserves 7-2 home winners over bottom side Exel United, Aaron Ram leading the way with four goals, alongside a own goal plus strikes from Iki Azad and Nael Jhallo whilst Ashley Dalton and Richard Threadway replied for United.

The days final game seeing AFC Shillington take their unbeaten ways to seven games with a 4-1 win at Flitwick Town Reserves, Adam Larsen netting twice plus Sam Larsen and Craig Beedle weighing in with a goal apiece whilst for good measure Shills Robbie Kovacs netted a own goal for The Town.

This weekends action sees seven Premier Division sides go to battle in the second round of The Bedforshire Senior Trophy with the ties throwing up just one all Bedfordshire League affair which takes place at Bedford Road with a derby clash between Sandy and local rivals Caldecote who will travel encouraged by their home league win over the league leaders earlier in the month but with Sandy still 100% at home this season they will perhaps start favourites to progress into round three, the other five sides however will need to come up with a spot of giant-killing if they are to join them in the hat for the round three draw, all facing tough games against Molten Spartan South Midlands League sides with only Meltis Corinthians having home advantage at Miller Road where they entertain current fourth place Division One Bedford whilst there are trips on the road for AFC Kempston Town to face FA Vase surprise package club Ampthill Town, and for Riseley Sports to face Arlesey Athletic who also ply their trade in division one, so perhaps the best chance of a upset could either be Luton Borough who travel to face current third place Division two outfit Crawley Green or even Sharnbrook who are on the road for a meeting with Totternhoe who currently sit fourth from bottom of the same league division two table.

Action in The Premier Division supported by Mcgirls Money Management being reduced to just two games, at Crawley Road where bottom club Woburn will look to end a run of five straight defeat against visiting third from bottom Wilshamstead who are yet to win on the road this season whilst Blunham will climb up into third spot should they come up with the full three points from their visit to Renhold United.

In Division One supported by Sportsform its a clash of the top two sides at Horseshoes Lane where hosts Dunton with the full three points will climb to the top of the table at the expense of Bedford SA who travel still unbeaten this campaign including a 1-1 home stalemate with their hosts on home soil back in early October, for third place Westoning Recreation Club Reserves its a chance to close the gap on the leading two sides but they face no easy task when they journey to Steppingley Road for a meeting with Flitwick Town whose last five games have brought about four wins and just a lone defeat at the hands of Dunton whilst fourth place Henlow are in home Groveside local derby action against Sandy Reserves.

Elsewhere their's more local derby action at Cutler Hammer where both Kempston the hosts and visiting AFC Kempston Town Reserves will look to get back to winning ways after defeats last weekend while Marston Social after their opening win of the season last weekend will be hoping for their first home win of the campaign when they face a Stevington side that has lost its last four games to slip into the bottom half of the table., meanwhile the two teams immediately above The Social in the league standings meet when Elstow Abbey 06 go in quest of their opening home win of the season against Royal Oak Kempston whose lone away win of the campaign was way back on the opening day of the season at Flitwick Town.

For two other Division One sides its action in the leagues Centenary Cup where at Rectory Road, Campton Reserves having won 7-2 at Reddings Wood just a month ago which be firm favourites for a place in round two.when the Woodmen come calling.

Action in Division Two also sees a clash of the top two sides where in Jubilee Park second place Putnoe United receive a visit from league leaders Meltis Albion who travel just a point ahead of them in the standings whilst at the same venue third place Bedford College could perhaps depending on the result of the clash between the top two sides move into second spot should they win their home encounter with Blunham Reserves.

Other action comes at Winston Crescent where after three straight home defeats Clifton will be expected to put that right against visting bottom of the table Woburn Reserves whilst at Carlton sixth place Newham Athletic have a chance to end a spell of four outings without a win when they host fourth place Marston Shelton Rovers losers of their last two games.

For four other Division Two sides its action in the leagues Jubilee Cup when Oakley Sports Reserves look for a cup repeat of there league victory over Lidlington United Sports in Mid-October to make it into the hat for the Round Two draw.and Ickwell and Old Warden Reserves are in home Green action against Mulberry Bush who have already won 3-1 in league action on The Green back in late September.

Division Three action should see league leaders Blue Chip remain four points clear of the ever growing chasing pack when they entertain Flitwick Town Reserves at Russell Park but Marabese Ceramics will have to be at the top of their game if they are to hold onto second place when they hit the road to Stondon for a meeting with AFC Shillington unbeaten in their last seven outings as third place Kings AFC will be expected to collect win number nine on the bounce when they entertain bottom side Exel United at their King George VI Playing Fields base.

Elsewhere fourth plays sixth at Gold Street where Riseley Sports Reserves still unbeaten on home soil this campaign entertain Meltis Corinthians Reserves who travel a point behind their hosts at start of play but on a unbeaten run of five games and after slipping down the table last weekend Caldecote A should be climbing nearer the summit this weekend when they entertain second from bottom Lidlington United Sports Reserves at Harvey Close who are currently without a point from their last ten games which has seen them leak an amazing eight-three goals.

After last weekends heavy home defeat at the hands of Kings AFC, Twinwoods Thistle have a chance to put that right when they host Marsh Leys at Redbourne School but the Marshmens away record of three wins from five outings suggust it will be no easy task whilst the days final game comes at Jubilee Playing Fields where Stewartby Village travel to be entertained by Wilshamstead Reserves.
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