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Sunday 13th January 2008
Sandy Move Back On Top Of Table
Action last weekend in The Premier Division Supported By McGirls Money Management saw Sandy take full advantage of Campton's inactivity to climb back onto the top of the table when a last minute winner from David Lenton earned them the full three points in a 2-1 win at Riseley Sports, after earlier goals from Sandy's Rob Gaylor and Sportsmans Paul Brown had seen the sides deadlocked at one goal each, elsewhere Blunham with goals from Nicky Threadgold and Daniel Whitten climbed four places up the table into fifth spot and put paid to Meltis Corinthians four game winning run and title aspirations with a 2-0 home win whilst down at the bottom end of the standings Wilshamstead now find themselves deep in a relegation battle after their seventh straight defeat saw them beaten 1-6 at home by Renhold United, Sam Maddocks on his United debut hitting a hattrick whilst a brace from Xennon Paul an a own goal brought up the six goal tally against a home reply from Paul jones.
The days other three scheduled games AFC Kempston v Westoning Recreation Club, Oakley Sports v Luton Borough and Woburn against Caldecote being postponed due to waterlogged pitches.
In the depleted programme of Division One Supported By Sportsform action Campton Reserves with two goals each from Steve Winch and Sid Russell plus a strike from Neil Ellis run out easy 5-0 home winners over AFC Kempston Town Reserves to move up into fourth place in the standings whilst Caldecote Reserves distanced themselves further away from the drop zone with a 8-0 home win over Reddings Wood, Carl Horsfall netting twice alongside single strikes from Chris Lindsay, Jack Gabbitas, Mick Robinson, Tom Dupey, Max Cooper and Stuart Kemp, the game marking the return to Harvey Close of Leeroy Odd following his mid-week transfer from Blunham.
But the result of the day in this section belonged to Marston Social who ended Sandy Reserves six game unbeaten home run with a stunning 6-1 win to lift themselves off the bottom of the table for the first time this season, Simon Steele finding the back of the net four times, supported by goals from Nick Sherwood and Antony Deacon to the lone home reply from Kevin Fage.
The lack of action in this section not being down to waterlogged pitches but staging of the third round in The Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup where Division Three club Marsh Leys came up with the performance of the day in sending Division One Henlow to their first home defeat of the season with a 3-1 victory, James Field, Kerion Walsh and Simon Wade the goalscorers against a lone reply from James Tizard.
Joining The Marshmen in the last eight are Bedford SA who with goals from Garath Arzu, David Carroll, James Allen, James Dougan, Richard Ambler and Mark Kelly run out 6-2 home winners over Kempston whose replies came from Andy Klein and Leonard Metallari plus Flitwick Town who with a goal from Jim Bayntum won 1-0 away at North Bucks League side Linslade.
But for the other seven sides it's a case of try again next weekend due to the heavy rain meaning the postponment of their games, Sandy A v Meltis Albion, Westoning Recreation Club Reserves v Kings AFC, Luton Leagrave v Saffron and Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves v Dunton.
In Division Two all of the scheduled four games went ahead with three ending in away wins, Putnoe United winning 6-1 at Newham Athhletic with a own goal plus strikes from Jordan Kumar, Antony Blackman, Lee Haughton, Daniel Luke and Meekan Alexander to a home reply from Stuart Mann lifting them up to fourth place in the league table whilst Oakley Sports Reserves also climbed three spots into fifth place with a 4-1 win at Marston Shelton Rovers for whom it was their seventh consecutive defeat , Carl Warner striking twice alongside Ben Brown and Tom Redman with Lee Dudley netting for The Rovers from the penalty spot.in reply.
Meanwhile Clifton lost for the fourth time on the bounce at home when beaten 5-0 by Mulberry Bush, Gary Canzano hitting four goals and Shaun Atkins bringing up the nap hand., elsewhere the game to break the away mould saw Renhold Village end a nine game losing run with a 4-2 home victory over Lidlington United Sports, Giles Sowerby netting a hattrick supported by a goal from Andrew Murray against United replies from Chris Roberts and Niall Grady.
Division Three action saw Blue Chip extend their lead at the head of the table to four points despite only gaining a point from a 1-1 draw at Caldecote A, Cullam Stuart their goalscorer to a home reply from Matt Basta, whilst third place Meltis Corinthians Reserves were also dropping points when held to a 2-2 draw at Flitwick Town Reserves, Arup Kalyan and Earl Patterson The Sweetboys marksmen to home replies from Ivan Phelan and Ben Waddington.
Meanwhile Marabese Ceramics with a 7-0 home win over Stewartby Village now find themselves back up into fourth spot and AFC Shillington extended their unbeaten away run to five games with a point from a 3-3 draw at Potton Wanderers, Adam Larsen on target twice and Sam Larsen once against Wanderers replies from Joe Harris, Andy Brace and Charlie Seward., the divisions scheduled fifth game at Hurst Grove between the bottom two sides Lidlington United Sports and Exel United failing to beat a pitch inspection.
This weekends action in The Premier Division Supported By McGirls Money Management sees the programme of games headed by two tasty local derbies, at Bedford Road, league leaders Sandy will go six points clear at the top of the standings should they come up with the full three points from their home encounter with Blunham who travel looking for a seasons double over their hosts who they beat 3-0 on home soil back in August whilst over at Harvey Close, Caldecote know nothing less than three points from their game with Ickwell & Old Warden will do if they are to stay in the championship hunt, but with four wins and a draw from their last five league outings against the visitors one win in their last seven games thats what you would expect them to acheive.
Elsewhere, third place Oakley Sports will move to within a point of second place Campton if as expected they come up with a home win over second from bottom club Sharnbrook whilst over at Miller Road hosts Meltis Corinthians seek home win number five on the bounce against AFC Kempston Town in a clash where defeat would surely put paid to any small chance both clubs have of staying in the championship hunt this season.
The days other two games coming at St Thomas Road where Luton Borough without a home league win since the tail end of September receive a visit from Wilshamstead who travel on the back of five straight away defeats which as seen them drop into the bottom three of the league table while further derby action sees Riseley Sports make the short journey for a meeting with Renhold United who host them seeking their first league double of the season.
Meanwhile, Campton take advantage of their afternoon on the sidelines by entertaining Ampthill Town Reserves at Rectory Road in a Biggleswade KO Cup game.
The picture of games in Division One Supported by Sportsform takes on a similar profile to the top division with two derby games taking centre stage, league leaders Bedford SA taking on local rivals Caldecote Reserves at Cople Playing Fields whilst over at Groveside, third place Henlow will at least climb into second spot with a point or better from their home clash with fourth place Campton Reserves who visit seeking away win number five on the bounce.
Elsewhere their are some vital games for the teams at the bottom end of the standings with both Elstow Abbey and Royal Oak Kempston knowing only a win will do if they are to have any chance of ending the day outside the bottom two, current basement club Abbey looking to have a tough task on their hands as they travel to Steppingley Road without a point from their last seven league outings to face home side Flitwick Town who seek home win number six on the bounce whilst The Oak are in derby action at Cutler Hammer against hosts Kempston
The club they are both looking to climb above are Marston Social who themselves will be in home action against Reddings Wood who in turn know they could with a win climb above AFC Kempston Town Reserves should they lose their seventh consecutive home league game when they entertain Sandy Reserves at Hillgrounds.
For two other Division One sides its a second try at playing their Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup Third Round ties, Dunton making the short journey to The Green to take on Division Two outfit Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves who will fancy their chances of a upset whilst at Greenfield Road, Westoning Recreation Club Reserves will have no easy task in overcoming Division Three high flyers Kings AFC.
Other action in the cup takes Saffron on the road to face Luton District and South Beds League outfit Luton Leagrave while at Sunderland Road, Sandy A of Division Three entertain current Division Two league leaders Meltis Albion
In the Division Two league action with leaders Meltis Albion on cup duty second place Bedford College should climb to the top of the pile if they come up with away win number five on the bounce at Crawley Road where they face bottom club Woburn Reserves who will be seeking their first home win of the campaign but anything less than a win would give Great Barford the chance to regain the top slot but they will have no easy task in collecting the full three points from their away game at Hillgrounds against fourth place Putnoe United.
For fifth place Oakley Sports Reserves its a chance to chalk up win number five on the bounce when they entertain a Newham Athletic side who are without a win from their last four outings, whilst you would expect Blunham Reserves to come up with win number four in a row when Clifton with just one win from their last ten pay a visit to Moggerhanger Playing Fields.
Other games in this section sees derby action at Hurst Grove where third from bottom Lidlington United Sports without a home point all season entertain local rivals Marston Shelton Rovers who have lost their last seven games and in Hillgrounds, Meppershall Jurassic seek win number six in a row when they host Mulberry Bush.who themselves are based at the same venue.
In Division Three, league leaders Blue Chip have a chance with Kings AFC away on cup duty to go seven points clear at the head of the standings should they come up with the three points from their away trip to Hinksley Recreation Ground to face home side Twinwoods Thistle whilst Meltis Corinthians Reserves will join second place Kings AFC on thirty-seven points with a home win in Jubilee Park over second from bottom Lidlington United Sports whose last fourteen outings have all ended in defeat.
For fourth place Marabese Ceramics its a chance to return to winning ways on the road when they make the trip to Jubilee Playing Fields to face a Wilshamstead Reserves side that as won four of its last five home games,with AFC Shillington in home Stondon Playing Fields action against fifth place Caldecote A whose only two away defeats of the campaign have come against Kings AFC and Meltis Corinthians Reserves to perhaps make them slight favourites to land the points.
Elsewhere action comes at Mill Lane where Potton Wanderers should return to winning home ways over the visiting bottom club Exel United who are yet to win a game anywhere this season while perhaps the game of the day in this division comes at Gold Street when sixth placed Riseley Sports Reserves play hosts to seventh place Marsh Leys who are unbeaten on their last five trips on the road in league action.
The days final game taking Flitwick Town Reserves on the road to face Stewartby Village.