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Sunday 6th January 2008
Safari Boys Taking Another Mauling From Campton
Last Weekend's action in The Bedfordshire FA Senior Trophy Quarter-Final ties saw just one of the five competing Bedfordshire League sides make it into the hat for the Semi-Final draw when Caldecote netted a comfortable 6-1 win over Luton Borough, Matt Basta leading the way with four goals supported by strikes from Nathan Buckland and Gary Webster against a lone reply from Rayomd Uni , for the other three sides it was the end of the road, Meltis Corinthians going down 3-1 at current cup holders AFC Dunstable despite a goal from Matthew McMahon whilst AFC Kempston Town with goals from Jason Simmons, Lydon Ingerson and Tom Pitts were beaten 7-3 at Kent Athletic and Sharnbrook were 0-5 home losers to Arlesey Athletic.
On the domestic front its a case of no change at the head of The Premier Division Supported By McGirls Money Management table following home wins for the top two sides, league leaders Campton making it four home wins on the bounce with a 10-1 win over bottom side Woburn, Gary Gibson netting four times, Andrew Hayday twice plus a own goal and single strikes from Wayne Goldsmith, James Wilshaw and Paul Still making up the ten goals whilst Nick Skolsky booted the lone reply, meanwhile Sandy who trail the leaders on goal difference only with a game in hand were running out 4-1 winners over Wilshamstead with goals from Matthew McCartney, Bill Sells, David Smith and Steve Thomas.to a Mick Hutton reply.
Elsewhere third place Oakley Sports maintained their title challenge with a 5-3 local derby win at Renhold United, Jamie McLennan with a brace alongside single strikes from Adam Perrett, Dean Bawden and Sam Donadio outscoring home replies from Darren Horn, Steve Capner and Xennon Paul but Ickwell and Old Warden's poor home form continued when they required a equalizing goal from Danny Fox which was blasted in from some fourty yards out to earn a point from a 1-1 draw with Riseley Sports who had taken the lead early in the second half with a goal from Scott Fotheray.
The days other game in the top section seeing a goal from Paul Chamberlain earn Blunham a point from a 1-1 draw at Westoning Recreation Club.
In the Division One Supported By Sportsform action the positions at the head of the table remain the same after the top three clubs all came up with home wins, league leaders Bedford SA staying two points clear at the top after goals from Ian Collins, Mark Kelly and Garath Arzu took them to a 3-1 win over Royal Oak Kempston whose reply came from Niall Scott whilst second place Dunton will be well pleased with their 7-1 win over Westoning Recreation Club Reserves thanks to a hattrick from Lee Threadgold, plus two goals from Tom McGhee and single strikes from Dave Gibbs and David Pugh to improve their goal difference over third place Henlow who like Dunton still have a game in hand on the league leaders after the Groveside Boys could only win 2-0 against second from bottom Elstow Abbey, Pete Saunders netting both goals.
Elsewhere Flitwick Town made it five home wins on the bounce with a 4-2 win over Reddings Wood, Dean Conway on the scoresheet twice alongside James Lewis and Robert Simpkins whilst Andrew Patching and Richard Smith replied for The Woodmen and thanks to four goals from Garry Higgins plus a strike from Chris Tatham, Stevington duly completed a seasons double over AFC Kempston Town Reserves with a 5-2 home success .
The days other two games in this section seeing Campton Reserves come up with away win number four on the bounce when goals from Ollie Morgan and Steve Winch took them to a 2-0 victory at Caldecote Reserves whilst Kempston with goals from Jamie Carson and Dell Matthews gained their first home point in three outings with a 2-2 draw against Sandy Reserves, Ian Hammitt grabbing both of the visitors goals
In Division Two, Meltis Albion remain on top of the pile on goal difference after three goals from Scott Allyene and a brace from Darren Ashpole took them to a 5-0 home win over Mulberry Bush but Bedford College are now up into second spot after ending previous occupants Great Barford's seven game winning run with a 3-1 win, Ben Hooper, Sammy Guiry and Shaun Chanill the Students marksmen to a home reply from Stan Hobbs.
These three sides remaining nine points clear of fourth place Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves who despite two goals from Neil Faulkner and a goal from Dave Robertson could only gain a point from their visit to Newham Athletic in a 3-3 draw, top scorers of the day in this section were Meppershall Jurassic who continue their climb up the league ladder into sixth place with their fifth consecutive win 8-2 at bottom club Woburn Reserves, Craig Richards netting four times,Carl Anderson twice plus single strikes from Jamie McGregor and Dan Taylor to replies from Steve Litchfield and Jason Pinnock.
Meanwhile in the other two games their were quick seasons doubles for both Blunham Reserves and Putnoe United, Blunham with a hattrick from Eric McIntyre plus a goal from Dom Aloia winning 4-1 at home over Safrron whose penalty reply came from Waseem Mohammed whilst Putnoe United with goals from Lee Horton and Jordan Kumar where 2-0 home winners over Marston Shelton Rovers.
The days other two fixtures in this section failing to take place when a waterlogged pitch ruled out any action at Hurst Grove between Lidlington United Sports and Clifton plus Renhold Village failed to raise a side for their visit to Oakley Sports Reserves.
Blue Chip's lead at the head of the Division Three table remains at three points after they romped to a 7-1 home win over Potton Wanderers thus bringing to a end Wanderers seven game unbeaten away record, Bradley Miles firing a hattrick backed up by single strikes from Carl Townsend, Callum Stuart, James Bowen and Daniel Avis whilst second place Kings AFC who have two games in hand on the league leaders kept up the pressure on The Chipmen by taking their unbeaten ways to thirteen games with a 5-2 home win over Caldecote A, Nathan Clements leading the way with a hattrick plus both Marcus Tomlin and Danny Cain weighing in with a goal against Caldecote replies from Stuart Finding and Lee Adams., the result of which now drops Caldecote down into fifth spot following wins for both Meltis Corinthians Reserves and Riseley Sports Reserves, Meltis with a lone goal from Earl Patterson winning 1-0 at home over Marabese Ceramics whilst Riseley were also winning on home soil 4-1 against Lidlington United Sports Reserves, Tom Duffy with two goal plus a own goal and a strike from Ian Whitmore seeing off their second from bottom visitors whose reply came from Rob Caccico.
Meanwhile AFC Shillington returned to winning ways with a 4-3 home win over Stewartby Village, Adam Larsen netting twice alongside John Rawlinson and John Wiles against a brace in reply from Tom Wheelhouse plus a own goal from Robbie Kovacs bringing up The Village replies, for Marsh Leys it was a extension of their unbeaten away ways to five games when two goals from James Field plus a strike from Padiac Walsh took them to a 3-1 victory at Sandy A whose reply came from Dan Threadgold.
The days other two games see bottom club Exel United inch ever nearer to their first win of the season this week only going down 3-4 at home against Flitwick Town Reserves where a own goal and a double blast from James Field were outscored by four in reply from Town's Ben Wallington and Wilshamstead Reserves with two goals from Colin Merritt plus single strikes from Mark Nicholson, Phil and Ross Zeltobruhov were 5-2 home victors over Twinwoods Thistle for whom Darryl Stringer netted both replies.
This weekend's action in The Premier Division Supported By McGirls Money Management sees league leaders Campton sit the afternoon out which gives Sandy the chance to play their game in hand and regain the top spot should they come up with a point or better from their away trip to Gold Street to face a Riseley Sports side that as not been beaten on home soil since the end of September, whilst third place Oakley Sports will also move to within a point of the current leaders if they come up with the full three points from their home encounter with Luton Borough,The Sportsmen taking into the game a three match winning league run whilst The Borough travel unbeaten in their last three league games on the road.
For fourth place Meltis Corinthians currently on a four game winning league sequence its a tough looking game has they travel to Moggerhanger Playing Fields to face home side Blunham who beat them at Miller Road on the opening day of the season whilst at Hillgrounds, AFC Kempston Town will also be looking for a seasons double plus home win number five on the bounce when they entertain Westoning Recreation Club.
Other action comes at Crawley Road where home side Woburn will be hard pressed to gain any reward from the visiting in form Caldecote for whom three points is a must if they are to get amongest the championship battle whilst at Jubilee Playing Fields, Wilshamstead entertain Renhold United in a must win game for both sides as they strive to keep clear of the dreaded drop zone.
For twelve lower league teams the cente of their attention switches to ties in the third round of The Bedforshire FA Junior Cup where perhaps the tie of the round will come on The Green where Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves of Division Two only once beaten on home soil this season will fancy their chances of a spot of giant killing when paid a visit by Division One Supported By Sportsform high flyers Dunton who make the short journey still unbeaten on the road this season.
Perhaps the hopes of any giant killing elsewhere could best be left in the hands of Division Three side Kings AFC who travel to Greenfield Road unbeaten in their last sixteen games in all competitions to face Division One Supported By Sportsform side Westoning Recreation Club Reserves who have lost five of their last six outings as despite their fine away record you would feel Marsh Leys of Division Three have a mountain to climb to become the first side to win at Groveside this season where they travel to face Division One Supported By Sportsform side Henlow and Sandy A of Division Three even with home Sunderland Road advantage will find it hard to be a match for current Division Two league leaders Meltis Albion .
Other games see a all Division One Supported By Sportsform clash at Cople Playing Fields where league leaders Bedford SA will be expected to overcome Kempston who they have already beaten 5-1 earlier in the season on home soil in league action whilst their is a trip on the road to take on Luton District and South Beds opposition for Saffron to Luton Leagrave AFC with Flitwick Town taking to the road to meet North Bucks League side Linslade.
On the domestic league action in Division One Supported by Sportsform, Campton Reserves will climb into fourth spot should they come up with the full three points from their home Rectory Road encounter with fourth from bottom AFC Kempston Town Reserves whilst Caldecote Reserves who entertain Reddings Wood at Harvey Close will swap positions with their visitors in the league standings with the full three points and you would expect Sandy Reserves to maintain their six game unbeaten home record when paid a visit to Bedford Road by bottom of the table Marston Social.
Action in Division Two with league leaders Meltis Albion away on cup duty gives Bedford College the chance to go to the top of the table with a point or better from their home Jubilee Park encounter with sixth place Meppershall Jurassic who will be no pushovers currently being on a six game unbeaten away run of which the last four have all ended in victory.
The pick of the other games sees fifth place Marston Shelton Rovers look to return to winning ways after five straight defeats when they host seventh place Oakley Sports Reserves whilst Newham Athletic are in home Emmaus Village School Lane action against Putnoe United with the final two fixtures seeing a must win relegation battle for both sides when Renhold Village losers of their last seven games host the club immediately above them in the league standings Lidlington United Sports Reserves.and at Winston Crescent, Clifton without a home point from their last three home encounters host a Mulberry Bush side who travel seeking their first win in seven starts.
Action in Division Three gives league leaders Blue Chip a chance to open up a six point lead at the head of the table when they journey to Harvey Close to face fifth place Caldecote A whilst Meltis Corinthians Reserves will move to within one point of the cup playing second placers Kings AFC should they win at Steppingley Road against hosts Flitwick Town Reserves
For the bottom two sides its perhaps now or never when they meet at Hurst Grove where second from bottom Lidlington United Sports Reserves losers of their last fourteen games take on bottom club Exel United who will be searching for their first win of the season in this game number seventeen, whilst both Marabese Ceramics and AFC Shillington will look to keep themselves in the promotion race in the other two fixtures, Marabese Ceramics playing host to Stewartby Village in Jubilee Park looking to maintain their unbeaten home record whilst AFC Shillington travel to Mill Lane unbeaten away from home since the middle of September in league action to face home side Potton Wanderers who would climb above them in the league standings with a win.