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Sunday 20th January 2008
Zak Rowe's Ickwell to Victory Over Caldecote
Waterlogged pitches were to rule out twenty of the scheluded twenty five games in last weekend's Befordshire Football League programme plus the entire four re-arranged Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup ties, the only game to survive in The Premier Division Supported by McGirls Money Management coming at Harvey Close where Caldecote were to lose their seasons unbeaten home record in going down 2-3 at the hands of Ickwell & Old Warden who with two goals from Zak Rowe and a strike from Greg Instrell to replies from Matt Basta and Nathan Buckland now climb four places in the league ladder into fourth spot.and leave their local rivals still sitting outside the top six and almost certainly out of the championship title hunt for another season.
Action in Division One Supported by Sportsform was also confined to a single game in which Reddings Wood returned to winning ways with a 2-1 win at Marston Social, Jimmy Grandidge and Mick Freeman netting The Woodman's goals to a home reply from James Armstrong, whilst in the sole Division Two game to go ahead Blunham Reserves picked up their fourth consecutive win and in doing so despatched Clifton to their fifth straight defeat with a 7-3 home win, Eric McIntyre leading the way with a hattrick supported by a brace from Michael Jones and single strikes from Rob Lawrence and Garath Hughes to Clifton replies from Greg King, Craig Pateman and Mark Gearing.
Division Three was however to see two games beat the elements. with league leaders Blue Chip extending their lead at the head of the table to seven points and taking their unbeaten ways to seven games with a 5-2 away win at Twinwoods Thistle, Cullam Stuart, Simon Drozdziol, Carl Townsend, James Bowen and Micky Walker all finding the back of the net for the league leaders to home replies from Grant Donaldson and Kenny Stevens.
Down at the other end of the table, Exel United still looking for their first win of the season were 4-3 ahead at Potton Wanderers with just seven minutes to play before suddendly the game changed with the double senting off of United goalkepper Charlie Kemp and teammate Michael Bianco to allow The Wanderers to finish the day 5-4 winners, Adam Giddings with two goals plus a own goal and strikes from Charlie Seward and Charlie Henry the home marksmen against a hattrick in reply from Dean Sturnilio and a goal for Pasquale D'Anna for United.
Outside the league action Campton safely made it into Round Two of The Biggleswade Knock Out Cup with a 5-2 home win over Ampthill Town Reserves thanks to a hattrick from Gary Gibson and two goals from Andrew Hayday.
This weekends action in The Bedfordshire Football League brings about a mix bag of games in various competitions headed by the staging of this season Quarter Final ties in the league's own league cups, for Premier Division clubs that means action in the Britannia Cup where in the top half of the draw Meltis Corinthians will have a chance to avenge a earlier season league defeat at Miller Road when they host current cup holders Westoning Recreation Club with the winners earning a home Semi-Final tie against Blunham or Wilshamstead who go head to head at Moggerhanger Playing Fields where with the visitors still looking for a win on the road this season you would expect the home side to safely make it into the last four.
In the bottom half of the draw Caldecote entertain Renhold United at Harvey Close who they have already beaten in league action this season with the winners awarded a last four home tie against AFC Kempston Town or Luton Borough / Sandy whose opening round clash is still awaiting a Bedfordshire FA enquiry.
This delay giving Sandy a chance to maintain their lead at the head of the Premier Division Supported By McGirls Money Management table when they host Riseley Sports at Bedford Road and having beaten The Sportsmen on their home soil earlier in the month a second double of the seasons looks very much on the cards, trailing Sandy by three points in the standings are Campton who hit the road to Lodge Road for a meeting with second from bottom club Sharnbrook who are yet to win on home soil this campaign but will enter the game knowing just a single point would lift them out of the bottom two at the expense of the cup playing Wilshamstead.
Other league action takes Ickwell & Old Warden on the road to St Thomas Road for a meeting with Luton Borough whilst bottom club Woburn are in home Crawley Road action against third place visitors Oakley Sports whose championship hopes are still very much alive.
For Division One clubs its action in The Centenary Trophy where at Rectory Road, Campton Reserves host Flitwick Town and with The Town now unbeaten in their last six outings despite the home sides good recent form perhaps revenge is on the cards for their earlier season visit in the league when they lost 3-1, the winners due a home tie in the Semi-Final against the winners of the game between Stevington and AFC Kempston Town Reserves, Town travel on a three game losing run which all started with a 6-0 home defeat at the hands of their hosts those recent run of five wins from their last seven games suggests they will start the favourites to progress.
In the bottom half of the draw, action comes at Cople Playing Fields where Bedford SA entertain Kempton for the third time this season having already beaten them by four goal margins in both the league and Bedfordshire Junior Cup so it will be a major shock if the visitors are able to reverse the trend and make it into the last four where they would have a home tie against the winners of the Marston Social v Elstow Abbey game where you would expect The Social to make home advantage to pay off.
On the domestic Division One Supported by Sportsform front, the game of the day comes at Harvey Close where Caldecote Reserves host third place Henlow who travel seeking their tenth consecutive league win which will bring with it the three points to take them to the top of the table for the first time this season, whilst at Cutler Hammer, Reddings Wood seek their first home league win since the start of October when they entertain second from bottom side Royal Oak Kempston.
For Dunton and Westoning Recreation Club Reseves its a hope of third time lucky as they try to play their outstanding Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup Round 3 ties, Dunton on the road to The Green to face Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves looking for the win which would see them entertain USL Galiactions in a last eight tie whilst Westoning Recreation Club Reserves are in home Greenfield Road action against Division Three high flyers Kings AFC knowing victory would see them at home again in the next round against either Sandy A or Meltis Albion who themselves try to beat the weather in their Sunderland Road clash.
Also in Bedfordshire League cup action are Division Two club Saffron who travel away to Luton Leagrave for the right to visit Flitwick Town in the Quarter-Final.
For other Division Two sides its action in The Jubilee Cup where in the top half of the draw, Meppershall Jurassic now enjoying a six game winning run host Great Barford who have lost just once in their last ten outings at Hillgrounds in a tie that could go either way and for the winners awaits a home last four tie against either Oakley Sports Reserves or Blunham Reserves and with both clubs starting the day winners of their last four outings this is to close to call.
In the bottom half of the draw action comes at Carlton's School Lane ground where home side Newham Athletic will fancy their chances of making it into the last four when they entertain Clifton who have lost all of their last five league outings but they are renown cup fighters so don't rule out an away win, the fourth game Ickwell & Old Warden Reseves v Bedford College having to be delayed due to the home sides Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup commitments , a delay which gives Bedford College the chance to climb onto the top of the Division Two table should they gain a point or more from their home Hillgrounds encounter with second from bottom club Renhold Village, which with The Village having not yet picked up a point on the road this seasons looks very much on the cards.
The days other league action also coming in Hillgrounds where fourth place Putnoe United seek their fourth home win on the bounce against Mulberry Bush.
For Division Three sides its action in The Watson Shield, where in Jubilee Park Metis Corinthians Reserves seek to extend their unbeaten home record when they host Marsh Leys who held them to a 0-0 draw earlier in the season on their home patch and after winning at Henlow in The Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup The Marshmen will be no pushovers, the winners due to entertain AFC Shillington or Kings AFC in the last four whose game is being delayed due to Kings Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup game at Westoning Recreation Club Reserves.
In the bottom half of the draw the tie of the day comes when Marabese Ceramics still unbeaten on home soil entertain current Division Three league leaders Blue Chip whose lone away defeat of the season came against The Tilers back in early November, for the winners it will be a trip on the road in the Semi-Final to face either Potton Wanderers or Riseley Sports Reserves who meet at Mill Lane, where the sides played out a earlier 2-2 league draw since which time The Sportsmen have lost just once on the road at Kings AFC from seven trips away from Gold Street to suggest they start the day favourites .
Away from the Watson Shield their is three Division Three league games due to take place, at Hillgrounds, bottom club Exel United seek win number one of the season when they entertain fifth place Caldecote A who beat them 6-1 at Harvey Close just three weeks ago whilst second from bottom Lidlington United Sports Reserves having lost their last fourteen league games hit the road for a Steppingley Road meeting with Flitwick Town Reserves whose home record of just two wins from nine outings makes far from good reading if you are a Town supporter.
The days final game seeing Stewarby Village without a point from their last four outings host a Wilshamstead Reserves side that as won six of its last eight games following a six game losing run.