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Sunday 9th December 2007
Bedford SA Lose Unbeaten Record To Reddings Wood
Last weekends action in The Premier Division Supported By McGirls Money Management saw the action restricted to just two games both of which were to end with wins for the away sides, at Bedford Road, Sandy missed the opportunity to climb back onto the top of the table and lost their 100% home league record for the season when beaten 2-1 by Oakley Sports, Sam Dondio and Owen Rush putting The Sportsmen 2-0 ahead before Steve Hinton hit a late reply for Sandy, the three points lifting Oakley up in third spot in the league table now just four points adrift of their host who trail Campton the league leaders on goal difference with all three clubs having now played the same number of games, the second game to go ahead saw Riseley Sports chalk up their first away win of the campaign and in doing so halt the recent revival of Westoning Recreation Club with a 2-1 win at Greenfield Road, Mark Joiner and Andy Wood netting the victors goals to a home reply from Martin Byrne.
Meanwhile four of the other five games scheduled to take place fell victim to waterlogged pitches but Luton Borough home game with Ickwell & Old Warden was called off 24hours previous when the home side were placed under Bedfordshire FA suspension and with the non-fulfilment of the game under league rules now certainly going to cost them the three league points that were on offer perhaps with it goes any outside chance they had of getting involved in the championship title race.
Action in Division One Supported by Sportsform was more plentiful with just Dunton's home clash with AFC Kempston Town Reserves called off yet second place Dunton were to see their day brighten up with the news that league leaders Bedford SA lost their seasons unbeaten record when beaten 5-1 at home by Reddings Wood to leave The Horseshoes Close Boys now just five points adrift of the league leaders and with two games in hand, Nick Tysoe and Jeff Leeder with braces each plus a goal from Michael Freeman for The Woodmen chopping the Army Boys down to size whose reply came from Tom Diamond.
Meanwhile, Henlow made it six wins in a row to now only trail Dunton on goal difference from the same number of games played with a 4-2 home win over Royal Oak Kempston, Richard Fallino netting twice alongside strikes from Greg Hall and Andy Newton to Oak replies from Michael Cooney and Liam Boland, but the shock of the day saw bottom club Marston Social come up with a 6-0 home win over fourth place Westoning Recreation Club Reserves, James Armstrong netting four times and Simon Steele twice to take Social to their first home win of the season.
For goals however you needed to be at Rectory Road where Campton Reserves extended their winning ways to five games with a 6-5 home win over Stevington with goals from Andy Hayday, Steve Winch, Barry O'Toole, Justin Barker, Ollie Morgan and James Barnard to four in reply from Darren King and a strike from Lewis Bentham, elsewhere Flitwick Town with win number four on the trot remain fifth in the table after goals from Robbie Simpkins and James Lewis took them to a 2-0 home win over Sandy Reserves.
The days final game seeing Caldecote Reserves return to winning ways in their vital bottom of the table clash 2-1 at home over Elstow Abbey, Jack Gabbitas netting both goals to a reply from Mo Banda.
Action in Division Two saw Putnoe United hold onto their two points lead at the head of the table with a 5-3 home won over Renhold Village, Simon James netting a hattrick and Jordan Kumar plus Johnny Ovenden on the scoresheet once to Village replies from Giles Sowerby, Delroy Prince and Graham Kester, whilst second place Bedford College were handing out a lesson to bottom club Woburn Reserves to whom they gave a 11-2 home mauling Jermine Mills leading the way with a hattrick, Sammy Guri on the mark twice alongside single goals from Matt Cox, Josh Branford, Yudai Ichikawa, Nickola Stanchev, Travis Joseph and Brendon Cowell whilst The Safari Boys two replies both came from Aaron Ripley.
With third place Meltis Albion game at Lidlington United Sports called off, Great Barford with their fifth consecutive win 2-0 at home over Newham Athletic are now within goal difference of them in fourth spot, Dan Jeffrey and Stan Hobbs netting the vital goals but fifth place Marston Shelton Rovers recent slump continued when they were beaten for the fourth successive time 4-3 away at Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves, Paul Beith with a hattrick plus a goal from Neil Faulkner the home marksmen to a brace in reply from Marcus Cuffy and a goal from Dean Clark on the scoresheet for The Rovers.
The days other two games to go ahead both bringing up away wins, Saffron with two goals from Shezad Sattar and strikes from Ansar Arshard and Mohammed Zahar winning 4-2 at Mulberry Bush whose replies came from Sam Quigley and Ellis Joseph whilst Meppershall Jurassic were 3-2 winners at Blunham Reserves, meanwhile Clifton's scheduled to Oakley Sports Reserves bacame a victim of a waterlogged pitch.
With Division Three league leaders Blue Chip sitting the afternoon out, second place Kings AFC could only close the gap at the head of the standings to three points when held to a 1-1 home draw by fourth place Meltis Corinthians Reserves, Michael Whelan the home marksmen to a reply from Dean Warren, for goals in this division you needed to be at Harvey Close where Caldecote A trailed Marsh Leys by 5-1 with just twenty minutes to play before storming back to earn a point in a 5-5 draw, Lee Adams netting four times and Stuart Finding once for the home side whilst the earlier visitors goals had come from Padiac Walsh twice, Simon and Kerion Walsh plus a Nathan Buckland own goal.
The shock of the day came at Mill Lane where Potton Wanderers unbeaten nine game run ended with a 2-5 home defeat at the hands of lowly Twinwoods Thistle, whose goals came via double strikes from Gary Stringer and Barrie Lee Hannan plus a goal from Ben Ewing, meanwhile Exel United are still looking for their first win of the season after going down 1-4 at home to Stewartby Village, Shaun Winconek twice plus Chris Beeds and Charles Wheelhouse the Village goal scorers whilst United's reply came from a own goal.
The days final game in this division to beat the weather saw Sandy A lose for the fourth consecutive time at home when beaten 0-3 by Flitwick Town Reserves, Ben Wallington twice and Harry Rowlands The Town marksmen whilst the games between AFC Shillington v Lidlington United Reserves and Wilshamstead Reserves v Marabese Ceramics failed to beat the waterlogged conditions.
This weekend's action in The Premier Division Supported by McGirls Money Management sees the top game come at Harvey Close where still unbeaten at home this season hosts Caldecote put their record on the line against the visiting league leaders Campton who travel having been beaten just once on the road this season at Sandy and any slip up by the league leaders could see Sandy spent Christmas on top of the tree if they come up with the points from their own visit to Jubilee Playing Fields to face Wilshamstead.
Both clubs however will be keeping a eye on third place Oakley Sports who will expected to collect the full three points from their home encounter with Renhold United who make the short journey having failed to win any of their last six trips on the road, whilst fourth place Meltis Corinthians face a tough away trip to Gold Street for a meeting with Riseley Sports who have won their last three home games and will be full of confidents after last weekends away win at Westoning Recreation Club.
Other action comes at Moggerhanger Playing Fields where Blunham look for home win number three on the bounce against Westoning Recreation Club, at Lodge Road where Sharnbrook will hope to record their first home victory of the season over Ickwell & Old Warden whilst bottom of the table Woburn are in home Crawley Road action against a AFC Kempston Town side that has won just twice from seven outings on the road this season.
In Division One Supported by Sportsform action, league leaders Bedford SA will be expected to return to winning ways when they pay a visit to Hillgrounds to face third from bottom Royal Oak Kempston who have won just once on home soil this season but the game of the day in this section takes place at Greenfield Road where still unbeaten at home fourth place Westoning Recreation Club Reserves host second place Dunton who travel still unbeaten on the road to add extra spice to the game.
For third place Henlow now unbeaten in their last eight league games its a trip to face second from bottom Elstow Abbey whose last six home games have all ended in defeat while Campton Reserves look for win number six on the bounce when they entertain Caldecote Reserves at Rectory Road.
Other action coming at Hillgrounds where AFC Kempston Town Reserves without a home win this campaign look to put that right against visitors Stevington. at Cutler Hammer where Reddings Wood seek to end a run of three straight home defeats against Flitwick Town who travel seeking their fifth win on the bounce whilst Bedford Road is the venue for Sandy Reserves home clash with a Kempston side that removed them from The Centenary Cup 5-0 earlier in the mionth.
Action in Division Two takes league leaders Putnoe United on the road to face a Marston Shelton Rovers who since opening their season unbeaten in their first nine games have since lost the last four whilst the game of the day in this section comes in Jubilee Park with the meeting of second place Bedford College who look to extend their unbeaten ways to ten games against fourth place Great Barford who travel winners of their last five outings.
For third place Meltis Albion its a home Miller Road meeting with Mulberry Bush where they look for home win number five on the bounce whilst at Winston Crescent, Clifton entertain Lidlington United Sports with other action coming on The Green where Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves seek home win number three on the bounce against Newham Athltic, whilst in Jubilee Park, Meppershall Jurassic will start favourites for the three home points against bottom club Woburn Reserves but it will be a much closer call in Russell Park where Saffron entertain Blunham Reserves.
After a weeks break Division Three league leaders Blue Chip return to action with a away trip to Hillgrounds to face Marsh Leys whilst second place Kings AFC make the journey across to Mill Lane to face seventh place Potton Wanderers looking to extend their unbeaten league ways to eleven games.
Any slip up by the top two will give both third place Marabese Ceramics and fourth place Meltis Corinthians Reserves a chance to close the gap at the head of the standings but they both on paper face tricky games themselves, Ceramics in home Cople Playing Fields action against sixth place Riseley Sports Reserves who have won their last three away games while The Sweetboys travel for a meeting with Stewartby Village.
The days other action coming at Steppingley Road where Flitwick Town Reserves entertain Wilshamstead Reserves whilst just down the road Twinwoods Thistle are in home action against Caldecote A and at Hurst Grove where Lidlington United Reserves without a goal in their last nine outings host Sandy A whose last four games have all ended in defeat.