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Sunday 16th December 2007
Sandy Stake Their Claim For Xmas Number One Slot
It's all change again at the head of the Premier Division Supported By McGirls Money Management League table with Sandy now leading the way following their 2-0 away win at Wilshamstead thanks to goals from Steve Thomas on his debut following his transfer from Ickwell & Old Warden and David Lenton as overnight leaders Campton were beaten 5-3 at Caldecote, Nathan Buckland and Paul Gower both with two goals each alongside a single strike from Chris Munns doing the damage against replies from Andrew Hayday, Gary Gibson and Lee Bilcock.
Oakley Sports keeping the pressure on the top two to remain in third place after collecting the full three points with a 1-0 home win over Renhold United, Mark Lagatta netting the lone goal yet the Sportsmans real hero was goalkeeper Alex Liburd who saved a late penalty from United's Darren Horn to ensure his side of maximum points,elsewhere AFC Kempston Town jumped up into fourth spot after collecting a 4-2 away win at bottom club Woburn with goals from Percy Chagwizh, Alex Russell, Lyndon Ingerson and Jason Simmons against home replies from Aaron Ripley and Elton Drewitt.
Meanwhile Blunham were beaten 2-4 at home by Westoning Recreation Club for whom Dave Shirley netted twice alongside single goals from Nick Shirley and Danny Pilgrim to a brace in reply from home striker Michael Jones, with the days other action bringing about a 0-0 draw between hosts Sharnbrook in their game with Ickwell & Old Warden has the scheduled fixture at Gold Street, Riseley Sports v Meltis Corinthians failed to beat a council pitch inspection.
The story however is much different in Division One Supported By Sportsform where their were wins for the top three sides who are now pulling away to battle for those two elusive Premier Division spots next season, league leaders Bedford SA retaining their seasons unbeaten away record with a 6-2 win at Royal Oak Kempston thanks to a hattrick from Tommy Housden, coupled with a brace from Asa Mead and a strike from Darren Allen to outgun home goals from Lorenzo Jordan and Sanjeev Kalyan.
Second place Dunton also held onto their seasons unbeaten away record with a fine 6-2 win at fourth place Westoning Recreation Club Reserves, Tim Jarman and Tom McGhee both striking twice with Lee Threadgold and Wayne Morris also on the scoresheet against home replies from Ian Hall and Sam Underwood whilst third place Henlow made it seven wins in a row with a 3-2 away victory at Elstow Abbey, James Tizard, Adam Buckingham and Andy Newton netting the winners goals whilst Antony Hubbard hit a brace for The Abbey Boys.
Elsewhere Flitwick Town stretched their unbeaten run to five games by earning a point from a 1-1 draw at Reddings Wood, Sam Lewis on target for The Town to a reply from Nick Tysoe whilst Campton Reserves five game winning run was halted when they were held to a 1-1 home draw by Caldecote Reserves, Steve Winch netting the home goal and Andrew Spiers on the mark for the visitors.
The days two other games seeing Stevington run out easy 6-0 winners at AFC Kempston Town Reserves thanks to a three goal blast from Darren King alongside a couple for Grath White and a single strike from Ian Woods while Sandy Reserves left it late to claim a 4-2 home win over Kempston, Kevin Fage twice plus Josh Thomas and Shaun Wheatley the home marksmen to replies from Dale Matthews and Andy Klien.
In Division Two, last weekends league leaders Putnoe United lost their top spot in midweek when they were deducted seventeen points for infringement of league rules which dropped them seven places in the league standings and now virtually out of the championship race, but the new start of play league leders Bedford College were to lose the top spot and have their nine game unbeaten run ended when beaten 1-3 at home by now third place Great Barford, Freddie Windram, Robert Waldon and Stan Hobbs doing the damage against a home reply from Dan Church, The Students now just holding onto second spot on goal difference ahead of Great Barford yet at the same time only trailing the new league leaders Meltis Albion by the same goal difference margin after The Albion with goals from Scott Alleyne and Michael Fry netted a 2-0 home win over Mulberry Bush
For fourth place Marston Shelton Rovers it was another weekend of woe when beaten for the fifth consecutive time 2-3 at home against Putnoe United, Lee Horton twice and Antony Blackman striking for United against home replies from Craig Nowitzky and Jamie Windmill which now just leaves them two points ahead of Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves who made it three wins in a row with a 4-3 home victory over Newham Athletic, Neil Faulkner, Danny Szwajbak and Lee Tetley plus a own goal taking them to the three points against a Gary Russon hattrick in reply for The Athletic.
Also winning their third game on the bounce were Meppershall Jurassic 6-1 home winners over bottom club Woburn Reserves, Jamie McGregor claiming a hattrick, Dan Taylor two and Simon Buckley one to a lone reply from Rob Hutchings, elsewhere Lidlington United Sports extended their unbeaten away ways to three games when goals from Brian Cotchin, Gary Sheva-Smith and John Wright took them to a 3-2 win at Clifton but for Saffron it was home defeat number five on the trot when beaten 2-4 by Blunham Reserves, Mark Davidson, Joe Cooper, Jamie Hay and Daniel Whitten on the scoresheet for Blunham against home replies from Mohammed Zahar and Rizwan Sharif.
The days other action in this section saw two goals from Carl Warner plus a strike from Ben Brown take Oakley Sports Reserves to a 3-1 win at Renhold Village whose reply came from Adam Powell in this their ninth defeat on the bounce.
Division Three action saw league leders Blue Chip win 7-1 away at Marsh Leys with two goals from Carl Townsend alongside single efforts from James Bowen, Michael Lemont, Daniel Avis, James Danedrega and Ian Hamer to a own goal chalking up the home sides reply to remain three points clear of Kings AFC who extended their unbeaten ways to eleven games with a 5-1 away win at Potton Wanderers, Josh Clements netting twice to go with single strikes from Nathan Clements, Marcus Tomlin and Mark Loosemore, meanwhile Meltis Corinthians Reserves jumped into third spot with a 6-1 away win at Stewartby Village, with hattricks from Dean Warren and Earl Patterson two of which came from the penalty spot, Shaun Winconek netting for The Village, has Marabese Ceramics despite retaining their unbeaten home record dropped below The Sweetboys after being held to a 3-3 draw by Riseley Sports Reserves, Michael Darnell, Vince Bonelli and Marco Catrambone the home marksmen to Sportsmen's replies via a own goal and a brace from Tom Duffy.
Elswhere Twinwoods Thistle ended a three game losing home run when holding Caldecote A to a 4-4 draw, Craig Cook with a hattrick plus a goal from Paul Guthrie see their efforts cancelled out by two each for Lee Adams and Stuart Finding but for second from bottom side Lidlington United Sports Reserves it was home defeat number eight on the bounce when goals from Brad Dennis, Ben Walton-Smith and Chris Duffy took Sandy A to their first win in six outings 3-0.
The days other action bringing about a end to Wilshamstead Reserves run of five straight away defeats when they won 3-2 at Flitwick Town Reserves, Shane Wharton with a brace plus a Dan Read penalty outscoring home strikes from Simon Earles and Ben Wallington.
This weekends action sees a much reduced programme being undertaken in The Bedforshire League but just like in the pop charts the issue of who will be the Christmas number one in The Premier Division Supported By McGirls Money Management has still yet to be resolved, current leaders Sandy are however the firm favourites needing just a point from their home encounter at Bedford Road against visitors Riseley Sports Reserves to ensure they cannot be overtaken by second place Campton who travel to Crawley Road to face bottom side Woburn.where they will expected to collect the full three points.
The days other two top flight league games seeing sixth place Meltis Corinthians in home Miller Road action against third from bottom Wilshamstead who travel still looking for their first win on the road this season while if Caldecote are to get themselves in the title shake up then nothing but the full three points is required when they journey to Lodge Road for a meeting with second from bottom Sharnbrook who are still without a home win in the league this season.
For Oakley Sports and Blunham it's action in The Britannia Cup with a home last eight tie against Wilshamstead awaiting the winners.
In Division One Supported By Sportform despite sitting the afternoon out Bedford SA will sit on the top of the tree for Christmas but both Dunton and Henlow have a chance to narrow their lead to just two points should they come up with the full three points from their scheduled games, Dunton looking to have a far from easy task to do so when they travel to Rectory Road for a meeting with in form Campton Reserves who are currently unbeaten in their last six outings and Henlow despite holding down a unbeaten home record at Groveside will find visitors Caldecote Reserves no pushovers.
Their are issues also to be settled at the other end of the table where a win for bottom club Marston Social at home over Royal Oak Kempston would lift them off the bottom of the table for the first time this season should Elstow Abbey not come up with their first home win of the campaign when they entertain Reddings Wood.
The days other action in this section coming at Greenfield Road where hosts Westoning Recreation Club Reserves seek to end a three game losing run against visitors Stevington.
Division Two action with the top two sides Meltis Albion and Bedford College sitting the afternoon out gives third place Great Barford a chance to climb to the top of the table with a point or better from their home encounter with Putnoe United who travel having won their last five outings whilst Marston Shelton Rovers after five straight defeats will look to put this right when they journey to Russell Park for a meeting with Saffron who have failed to collect any points from their last five home games, one for the draws column on the pools coupon i think.
Other action comes at Winston Crescent where Clifton receive a visit from Meppershall Jurassic who seek win number four on the bounce, on The Green where Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves seek the same fourth win in the row against bottom side Woburn Reserves whose last four trips on the road have all ended in defeat and at Hurst Grove when Lidlington United Sports seek their first home win of the campaign against the visiting Oakley Sports Reserves.
Action in Division Three should see the top two places remain unaltered come the final whistle as league leaders Blue Chip will be expected to collect the full three points from their home Russell Park clash with Twinwoods Thistle whilst second place Kings AFC will expecting the same when Stewartby Village journey to face them at their King George VI Playing Field Clapham base.
However with third place Meltis Corinthian Reserves not in action they will drop two places in the table should Marabese Ceramics claim the expected three points from their Hillgrounds away clash with bottom club Exel United and Caldecote A come up the maximum points from their home Harvey Close meeting with local rivals Potton Wanderers.
Other action comes at Gold Street where sixth place Riseley Sports Reserves entertain Flitwick Town Reserves, at Stondon Playing Fields where AFC Shillington now on a eight game unbeaten run host a Marsh Leys side that has lost just twice on the road this season and at Jubilee Playing Fields where Wilshamstead Reserves will be expected to make in three wins in the row when paid a visit by Lidlington United Sports Reserves whose losing ways is now on the twelve game mark.