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Sunday 26th August 2007
Just Six Home Winners On Opening Day Of Season
The McGirls Money Management Supported Bedfordshire League Premier Division season was to get underway in sun kissed conditions with four of the days five opening day fixtures bringing about wins for the away side, however bucking that trend were Caldecote who found a lone goal from Chris Lindsay was enough to earn them the three points with a 1-0 win at Harvey Close against newly promoted Woburn.
Meltis Corinthians last seasons runner-away division one champions were given a early warning that life in the top flight could well be a tough one has they went down 2-4 at home to Blunham, Danny Roberts hitting a brace supported by stikes from Mark Davidson and Paul Damon for the winners against a brace in reply from Sweetboys Dean Warren, whilst over at Greenfield Road, defending champions Westoning Recreation Club were beaten 3-2 by AFC Kempston Town, Danny Pilgrim and Dave Burnham twice putting the home side in front only to lose out to strikes from Nigel Drummond, a Robbie Faulkner own goal and Andy Smith's winner two minutes from time.
The result of the day pehaps belonged to Ickwell & Old Warden who came away from Campton with a 5-3 win, Gary Gibson giving the home side a first half lead before braces of goals from Zak Rowe and Danny Fox saw Ickwell lead 4-1 at the break, Rowe adding number five for his hattrick before Gibson struck twice to claim his own treble and a 3-5 final scoreline, whilst under new manager Jim Burke, goals from John Hislop and Tom Remond were enough to give Oakley Sports a 2-1 win at Luton Borough.
Sportsform Supported Division One action was down to four games after Turvey's midweek withdrawal from the league meant Dunton will have to wait another ninety-six hours for their new season to start, but where action did take place again like in the top division the visitors seemed to get the better of matters, two second half goals from Lorenzo Jordan taking Royal Oak Kempston to a 2-0 win at Flitwick Town whilst newly promoted Westoning Recreation Club Reserves were 3-1 winners at Stevington, Eric Van Den Ven netting twice and Lawrence Taylor once to a home reply from Matt Coles.
Meanwhile over at Hillsground, AFC Kempston Town Reserves and Campton Reserves played out a 0-0 draw with the days only home win in this division going the way of newly relegated Bedford SA who emerged 3-1 winners over Elstow Abbey 06 with goals from Tom Diamond, John Reece and Garath Arzu to a reply from Abbey's Liam Willimont.
It was again very much the same story in Division Two with four of the five games going the way of the visitors, Meltis Albion leading the way with a 6-1 win at Blunham Reserves, Leonard Hughes helping himself to four goals and Scott Alleyne striking twice against a lone home reply from Joe Cooper whose side begun the game with just nine players and finished with ten due to player shortage whilst elsewhere Clifton kicked off their season with a 5-0 win at Mulberry Bush courtesy of a brace from Ben Rowley plus goals from Mark Gearing, Paul Roberts and Barry Hallybone and Marston Shelton Rovers were 4-0 winners at Oakley Sports Reserves thanks to a double strike from Steve Marsh and goals from Craig Nowitzky and Aaron Franks.
For league newcomers Bedford College it was a 4-2 win at Meppershall Jurassic with braces of goals from Josh Bamford and Sami Guri against home replies from Carl Anderson and Danny Wing whilst the lone home win saw Great Barford emerge 4-3 victors over Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves. Freddie Windram and Daniel Stafford both hitting braces to replies from Paul Beith, Lee Pyke and Andrew Hoare, the other two games scheduled to take place in this division being called off when Putnoe United found no pitch available for their home clash with Newham Athletic and Woburn Reserves failed to raise a side for the visit of Saffron.
Division Three action was to also follow the trend of the higher divisions with three of the six games going the way of the visitors, leading the way were Lidlington United Sports Reserves who run out 8-5 winners at Exel United, where there were double strikes from Jamie Lingard, Lee Smith and Brain Cotchin topped up by single goals from Rob Cacchio and Liam Fitzgibbon to outgun home goals from Tom Ashurst (2) James Smith, Rai Mall and John Merry.
League newcomers Marabese Ceramics got their season off to a flyer with a 4-0 win at Stewartby Village with two goals from Michael Darnell and strikes from Romano Marabese and Dominic Pollicla and completing the away winners were Caldecote A 4-3 at Blue Chip, Ben Gibson netting twice and Daniel Spring and Kyle Griffiths Shilton once to home replies from Carl Townsend, Michael Gierson and Chris Garnett.
Elsewhere AFC Shillington begun life in The Bedfordshire League with a 2-1 home win over Potton Wanderers with goals from Sam Larsen and Kevin Fisher against a reply from Charlie Seward whilst Meltis Corinthians were 3-0 home winners over Flitwick Town Reserves with goals from Aaron Ram, Earl Patterson and Don Weerairie and Wilshamstead Reserves emerged 2-1 home winners over Marsh Leys thanks to strikes from Kevin Butler and Paul Jones to a reply from Leys John Rogers.
This weekends action in The Premier Division supported by McGirls Money Management will see Meltis Corinthians continue their baptism of fire to life in the top flight when they receive a visit to Miller Road by defending champions Westoning Recreation Club whilst fellow promoted club Woburn are again on the road for the second weekend running when they travel to The Green for a meeting with Ickwell & Old Warden.
Over at Bedford Road Recreation Ground, Sandy will commence their home season with the visit of AFC Kempston Town who will need no reminding that their unbeaten six game start to last season was ended at Bedford Road, for Campton it's another home game at Rectory Road where they face Jim Burke's Oakley Sports and perhaps Blunham will surely fancy their chances of the full three points when they journey to face Renhold United.
Other action coming at Lodge Road where Sharnbrook entertain Wilshamstead and at St Thomas Road where Luton Borough host Riseley Sports.
In The Sportsform supported Division One, football will return to Horseshoe Close when newly reformed Dunton kick off their home season with a visit from Reddings Wood but perhaps the two stand out fixtures of the day in this section are Henlow visit to face Bedford SA and Caldecote Reserves journey to Steppingley Road for a meeting with Flitwick Town.
Other action coming at Culter Hammer where Kempston play hosts to Elstow Abbey 06 at Greenfield Road where Campton Reserves journey to face Westoning Recreation Club Reserves and at Stevington who are paid a visit from Sandy Reserves.
In Division Two, Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves face their third away game of the campaign in a row when they pay a visit to Woodside School for a meeting with Putnoe United whilst the top game of the day on paper in this section could well come in Russell Park where hosts Saffron entertain league newcomers Bedford College.
For Blunham Reserves it's a chance to put their opening day home nightmare behind them when league newcomers Renhold Village pay a visit to their Moggerhanger base whilst their conquers of last weekend Meltis Albion will find life much tougher has they travel to Jubilee Park for a meeting with Meppershall Jurassic.
Other action comes at Hurst Grove where Lidlington United Sports face a visit from Newham Athletic, at Crawley Road where Woburn Reserves are due to entertain Clifton whilst Hillsground is the venue for Mulberry Bush home game with Marston Shelton Rovers and to complete the days lineup Great Barford hit the road for meeting with Oakley Sports Reserves.
In Division Three, the stand out game of the day comes at Moor Lane where league newcomers Marabese Ceramics play hosts to Kings AFC with fellow newcomers AFC Shillington in action for the second weekend running at Stondon Playing Fields against Blue Chip, elsewhere their is local derby action at Harvey Close with the clash of the A teams has Caldecote play hosts to Sandy whilst over in Hillsground, Exel United receive a visit from Marsh Leys.
Other action comes in Jubilee Park where Meltis Corinthians Reserves entertain league newcomers Hartwell, at Redbourne School which is the venue for Twinwoods Thistle home game with Riseley Sports Reserves whilst more Division Three derby action takes place with Lidlington United Sports Reserves visit to face Stewartby Village and Potton Wanderers are again on the road with a visit to Jubilee Playing Fields and a meeting with Wilshamstead Reserves.