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Sunday 2nd December 2007
Marston Social Shock Dunton With Centenary Cup Win
Last weekend's opening round Britannia Cup was to bring defeats for the current top two sides in The Premier Division Supported By McGirls Money Management League Table with leaders Campton suffering a 2-5 home defeat at the hands of current holders Westoning Recreation Club whose goals came via a brace from Danny Pilgrim plus single strikes from Nick Shirley, Dave Shirley and Liam Brown to home replies from Andrew Hayday and James Wilshaw whilst second place Sandy were beaten 3-1 at Luton Borough, Current Muntanga with a brace and Jivas Gwanzura the home marksmen to a reply from Matthew McCartney.

Elsewhere Meltis Corinthians as expected were home winners over Woburn where two goals from Dean Warren and a strike from Jason Allison took them to a 3-1 win, Elton Drewitt replying for The Safari Boys, meanwhile Wilshamstead return to winning ways with a 4-2 home win over Riseley Sports, Matt Riseborough netting twice and Dave Riddle plus Glen Tumulty adding the others to Sportsmen's replies from Mark Joiner and Jay Faillaize whilst Caldecote won 3-2 at Sharnbrook, Jack Gabbitas, Aiden Jones and Paul Gower on the scoresheet to home replies from Simon Denton and Shaun Barnett.

The days lone game to go to extra time came on The Green where Ickwell & Old Warden's tie with AFC Kempston Town was deadlock at 0-0 after ninety minutes before a Town penalty from Lydon Ingerson and a goal from Percy Chagwizh to a reply from Andrew Vallom took them to a 2-1 victory, the days final scheduled fixture Oakley Sports v Blunham being postponed due to the unfit state of the pitch.

In The Centenary Cup confined to Division One Supported By Sportsform teams, the shock of the day came with Marston Social first win of the season 3-1 at home over high flying Dunton, James Armstrong netting twice and Simon Steele once against a Dunton strike from Wayne Morris whilst not far behind The Social in terms of shock were Stevington 3-1 winners at Henlow, Ian Woods netting a hattrick to a home reply from Craig Edwards.

Elsewhere goals from Robbie Simpkins and Steve Parkhouse took Flitwick Town to a 2-0 win at Royal Oak Kempston whilst also winning on the road where Bedford SA who despite a home strike from Brendon O'Neill were 3-1 winners at Westoning Recreation Club Reserves.

Meanwhile Kempston had the help of two own goals alongside strikes from David Powell, Jamie Carson and Daniel Beneau to take them to a 5-0 home win over Sandy Reserves with the final game going to extra time before AFC Kempston Town Reserves run out 7-1 home winners over Caldecote Reserves, The Town goals coming from Tom Debenreictus, Ashley Mead, Tristan Peck, Stuart Barnes, Lee Leonard, Shahar Rahman and Ed L'eranio to a reply from Spencer Melrose.

Whilst in league action Reddings Wood with goals from Richard Garnham, Neil Walker and Nick Tysoe were returning to winning ways 3-2 away from home at the expense of Elstow Abbey 06 whose goals came from Anthony Hubbard and Austin Trudgill.

The two stand out results in the Jubilee Cup saw a goal from Scott Alleyne not be enough to save Meltis Albion going down to a 2-1 away defeat at Meppershall Jurassic whilst Blunham Reserves triumphed 3-0 at home over Marston Shelton Rovers thanks to goals from Eric McIntrye, Mark Davidson and returned traveller Chris Dunne.

Top scorers of the day were Clifton who trailed Renhold Village 0-1 at half-time before with a hattrick from Joe Oliver plus goals from Lee Austin, Robert Harradine and Greg King they run out 6-3 winners, The Village goals coming via Adam Powell, Mick Sepede and Delroy Prince, whilst it took just a single goal from Freddie Windram to take Great Barford to a 1-0 home win over Saffron.

Meanwhile the days only away win in this cup came from Bedford College 4-1 winners at Woburn Reserves, Josh Banford, Nicole Stanchev, Sam Guiry and Brendon Cowell the students marksmen to a home reply from Sam Walker but Putnoe United's home fixture with Newham Athletic was called off after United forgot to book the Hillgrounds pitch.

In The Watson Shield restricted to Division Three sides it was a set of expected results with perhaps the only sight shock coming at Gold Street where goals from Ian Whitmore, Craig Ford and Kevin Harris took Riseley Sports Reserves to a 3-0 home win over Caldecote A, as all the leading four teams in the league table made it into the quarter final draw, Blue Chip 6-1 home winners over Sandy A with two goals each for Bradley Miles and Carl Townsend alongside strikes from James Bowen plus Peter Neale to a Sandy reply from Dan Threadgold whilst Kings AFC with goals from Michael Whealan twice and Marcus Tomlin were 3-1 home winners over Twinwoods Thistle.

Making up the quartet were Marabese Ceramics who with goals from Dom Pollicella, Vinny Bonelli, Gary Wing an a own goal were 4-2 away winners at Flitwick Town Reserves whose late replies came from Matt Brackenridge and Ben Wallington and Meltis Corinthians Reserves were 3-1 home victors over Stewartby Village with two goals from Aran Ram and a strike from Anal Jhalid to a Village goal via Shaun Winconek.

AFC Shillington meanwhile extended their winning ways with a 5-0 away win at Lidlington United Sports Reserves thanks to a hattrick from Sam Larsen which was supported by goals from Adam Larsen and Kevin Fisher and Potton Wanderers with strikes from Joe Harris and Sam King came out narrow 2-1 winners at Exel United whose goal came from Andrew Mitchell, making up the final eight are Marsh Leys 6-1 home victors over Wilshamstead Reserves, Padiac Walsh and James Field both netting twice alongside Kerion Langley and Tom Wade to a Wilshamstead reply from a Dan Read penalty.

Following two weekend's of cup action the Bedfordshire League this weekend returns to a full programme of league fixtures where in Premier Division Supported By McGirls Money Management action league leaders Campton hit the road for Crawley Road and a meeting with bottom club Woburn where they should collect the three points and chalk up league win number four on the bounce to at least stay goal difference clear of second place Sandy who have on paper a far more difficult on their hands at Bedford Road when fourth place Oakley Sports come calling, meanwhile third place Meltis Corinthians who trail the top two by six points are in home action at Miller Road looking to make in four wins in a row against Wilshamstead who are yet to win on their travels this season.

Other action comes at St Thomas Road where Luton Borough look to return to winning ways in the league on home soil against visitors Ickwell & Old Warden who after winning their opening four away games of the campaign will now perhaps not travel with total confidents after losing their last two outings at Westoning Recreation Club and Sandy, whilst at Hillgrounds, sixth plays seventh when AFC Kempton Town look for home win number five on the bounce against a Blunham side they only trail in the league standings on goal difference and with the visitors having failed to win any of their last four away league outings you would fancy The Town to come out on top

For Caldecote its a return to Lodge Road after last weekend's Britannia Cup tie win to again face Sharnbrook with the final game coming at Greenfield Road where Westoning Recreation Club seek their third home win on the bounce against Riseley Sports whose four league trips on the road this season have all ended in defeat.

Action in Division One Supported By Sportsform should see league leaders Bedford SA stay at least five points clear at the top of the table has they entertain a Reddings Wood side at Cople Playing Fields who had lost their way in recent weeks to drop into the bottom half of the table before winning at Elstow Abbey last weekend whilst nearest challenges Dunton will also be expected to claim three home points from their Horseshoes Close clash with AFC Kempston Town Reserves desipte the visitors having won three of their last four away games.

Third Place Henlow will however despite their cup setback last weekend be expecting to retain their unbeaten home league record at Groveside and remain right there in the championship mix when they host Royal Oak Kempston and fourth place Westoning Recreation Club will also start firm favourites for the full three points when they journey to face bottom club Marston Social.despite their cup exploits over Dunton last weekend.

Their is big basement clash at Harvey Close where Caldecote Reserves without a league win in six games host the team next door to them in the table Elstow Abbey 06, while at Rectory Close Campton Reserves look for league win number five on the bounce against Stevington.and at Steppingley Road, Flitwick Town now on a winning run of three games receive a visit from Sandy Reserves whose last win came some four outings ago at Elstow Abbey 06.

Action in Division Two sees league leaders Putnoe United in home action at Hillgrounds against second from bottom Renhold Village whose six away games to date have all ended in defeat whilst second place Meltis Albion who trail United by two points hit the road to Hurst Grove for a meeting with a Lidlington United Sports side that is yet to collect a home point this campaign, but any slip up by the top two could see Bedford College in third spot leap above them both should they collect the three points from their home Jubilee Park game with bottom club Woburn Reserves.

The game of the day in this section comes with fourth place Great Barford in home action againnst sixth place Newham Athletic whilst on The Green, Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves receive a visit from a Marston Shelton Rovers side who look to return to winning ways after three staight league defeats which has seen them fall off the top of the league table down into fifth slot.

Other action comes at Moggerhanger Playing Fields where Blunham Reserves entertain Meppershall Jurassic, at Hillgrounds where Mulberry Bush host a Saffron side that has lost its last four games and for Clifton its a journey on the road to face Oakley Sports Reserves.

With Division Three league leaders Blue Chip sitting the afternoon out its a chance for the chasing pack to reduce their four points lead at the head of the table, but second place Kings AFC despite being on a nine game winning league run face no easy task when they entertain fourth place Meltis Corinthians Reserves at King George VI Playing Fields as the visitors travel unbeaten in their last six league outings.

Third place Marabese Ceramics should however be the favourites for three points when they journey to Jubilee Playing Fields for a meeting with Wilshamstead Reserves but after two straight home wins the home side will be far from push over material, fifth place Caldecote A are in home Harvey Close action against Marsh Leys whose away record of four wins from six outings certainly demands respect.

For AFC Shillington and Potton Wanderers its a chance to get ever closer to the promotion race if as expected they come up with the three home points from their games against lowly opposition , AFC Shillington hosting Lidlington United Sports Reserves at Stondon Playing Fieldshaving removed them from The Watson Shield last weekend and The Wanderers in home Mill Lane action against Twinwoods Thistle, the other action in this division coming at Sunderland Road where Sandy A after three straight home defeats look to put that right against visitors Flitwick Town Reserves.and at Hillgrounds where bottom of the table Exel United host Stewartby Village.
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