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Sunday 27th January 2008
Seven - Seven They Think Its All Over Think Again
Action last Weekend in The Premier Division Supported By McGirls Money Management saw Sandy increase their lead at the head of the table to five points when they extended their current winning ways to four games with their biggest win of the season 7-0 at home over Riseley Sports, Steve Thomas leading the way with four goals, Gary Fil on the scoresheet twice alongside a single strike from Robert Gaylor, meanwhile second place Campton needed two late goals to claim a share of the spoils in a incident packed game at Sharnbrook, Campton were to lose goalkeeper Luke Kiteley with a broken toe just ten minutes into the contest and when his replacement Chris Fry was sent off for a professional foul ten minutes from the break they were now 3-1 down until Lee Bilcock regained parity with a brace of goals in the closing eight minutes, earlier in the game a brace from Ian Strange and a goal from Mark Smith against a reply from Gary Gibson appreared to have set the hosts up for their first home win of the season
Meanwhile third place Oakley Sports with a 5-0 away win at bottom club Woburn thanks to braces of goals from Sam Donadio and Jamie McLennan plus a strike from Matt Redmond now only trail Campton by two points having also played a game less, the days other league action seeing a penalty miss from Andrew Vallom prove costly for Ickwell & Old Warden as they were held to a 2-2 draw at Luton Borough, Gabrail Maisiri netting both of the home goals to replies from Lewis Giddings and Zak Rowe.
Elsewhere it was Quarter-Final action in The Britannia Cup with holders Westoning Recreation Club going down 1-0 at Meltis Corinthians, Justin Patterson netting The Sweetboys goal to set up a home Semi-Final tie with Blunham who needed extra time to overcome Wilshamstead 4-1, a Mick Hutton strike saw the visitors lead until two minutes from the end of normal time but goals from Michael Jones, Joe Cooper, Chris Dunne and Lee Marshall saw Blunham to victory.
Extra time was also required at Harvey Close before Caldecote booked their last four spot with a 2-1 win over Renhold United, home player Mark Endersby and United's Zennon Paul scoring in normal time before Darren Waddington came up with the extra time winner, a home tie against AFC Kempston Town / Luton Borough or Sandy awaits.
In Division One Supported By Sportsform action, Henlow climbed onto the top of the table for the first time this season when a lone goal from Machin Leighton was enough to see them to a 1-0 win at Caldecote Reserves while down at the other end of the table Royal Oak Kempston eased their relegation fears with a 2-1 win at Reddings Wood, goals from Paul Stevens and Sanjeev Kalyan putting them on the road to the three points before Nick Tysoe struck late for The Woodman.
In The Centenary Cup goals from a Ollie Morgan penalty and Neil Ellis took Campton Reserves to a 2-0 home win over Flitwick Town to set up a Semi-Final home game with AFC Kempston Town Reserves who were 2-1 winners at Stevington, Stuart Barnes and Phil Gadeuj the Town marksmen to a home reply from Matt Gillett, whilst Bedford SA will now face Marston Social in the other Semi-Final after they both won big, Bedford SA romping to a 7-0 home victory over Kempston thanks to a hattrick from James Allen plus braces from James Dougan and Asa Mead and Social were just a goal behind with a 6-0 home win over Elstow Abbey, Zolten Lukacs, Simon Steele, Daniel Bullen, John Constable, Nick Sherwood and a James Armstong penalty the Social goalscorers.
Meanwhile in The Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup, Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves of Division Two came up with the result of the day with a 2-1 home win over Division One high flyers Dunton thanks to goals from Danny Szwalbak and Paul Reid against a reply from Wayne Morris to earn them a last eight tie at home to USL Galactions, but their was no shocks in the other ties, a lone goal from Alex Bysouth not being enough for Kings AFC to upset form in going down 3-1 at Westoning Recreation Club Reserves who now host Meltis Albion who with braces from Scott Alleyne and Darren Ashpole plus a goal from Michael Fry were 5-0 away winners at Sandy A, while Saffron were beaten 5-0 at Luton Leagrave who now travel to face Flitwick Town in the Quarter-Final.
Division Two league action now sees Bedford College back on the top of the table after they run out easy 6-0 home winners over second from bottom Renhold Village thanks to two goals from Sammy Guri plus single strikes for Phil Draycott, Josh Bamford, Dan Reed and Luke Knight whilst elsewhere it was late drama at Hillgrounds which saw Putnoe United share a 1-1 draw with Mulberry Bush, a Simon James penalty two minutes from time shooting United ahead until Ellis Joseph earned The Bush a point with a last minute goal, the days other league action seeing Lidlington United Sports come out on top 5-2 in their local derby with Marston Shelton Rovers, Gary Whitbread the hero with four goals alongside a strike from Simon Fitchett to Rovers replies from James Burraway and Mark Champkin.
In the Jubilee Cup it was goals all the way, Great Barford with two goals from Daniel Stafford plus single efforts from Tom Hobbs, Stan Hobbs, Freddie Windram and a Daniel Jeffrey penalty winning 6-3 at Meppershall Jurassic whose goals came in shape of a Jamie McGregor brace and a strike from Carl Anderson but they will have to await a league enquiry before they know who they will face at home in the Semi-Final after the Oakley Sports Reserves v Blunham Reserves game ended in a 7-7 draw without any extra time being played, Tom Mills and Lee Munns netting braces alongside goals from Rob Taylor, Ricky Isaac and Ben Brown for the home side with the Blunham replies coming from Eric McIntyre and Dom Alioa who both stuck twice, Jamie Hay, Andy Catt and Daniel Whitten.
In the other half of the draw Clifton put their poor league form to one side with a 6-2 away win at Newham Athletic, Greg King and Mark Gearing both grabbing braces plus Craig Pateman and Paul Roberts netting once to home replies from Shaheen Miah and Jason Smith to earn them a trip to either Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves or Bedford College in the Semi-Final.
Division Three league action saw Caldecote A climb up into third spot with a 2-1 away win at bottom club Exel United for whom Lady Luck refuses to pay them a visit, a Ashley Dalton goal saw United lead 1-0 at the break until Lee Adams who had netted a hattrick against them just a month ago struck twice to put his side 2-1 ahead before United were forced to play the closing stages with just nine players after new signing James Danobreqa was taken to Hospital with a suspected broken arm by an accompanying teammate to leave them with just nine players.
Other league action brought Flitwick Town Reserves a 7-0 home win over Lidlington United Sports Reserves, Ben Wallington, Jack and Harry Rolands all netting twice alongside James Taylor whilst Stewartby Village were losing for the fifth time on the bounce when beaten 3-4 at home by Wilshamstead Reserves, Mark Nicholson twice plus Paul Jackson and Shane Wharton finding the back of the net for the visitors against a own goal plus efforts from Garath O'Brien and George Wheelhouse making up the Village reply.
In The Watson Shield, two goals from Martisse Clarke plus strikes from Anup Kalyan and Anal Jhalld took Meltis Corinthians Reserves into the last four with a 4-1 home win over Marsh Leys whose reply came via James Field and they will now await a trip to either AFC Shillington or Kings AFC whose tie was delayed due to Kings AFC Bedfordshire FA cup game at Westoning.
In the other half of the draw, second half goals from Michael Darnell and Dominic Policella took Marabese Ceramics to a 2-0 away win at Blue Chip to earn them a trip to Riseley Sports Reserves in the Semi-Final who emerged penalty shoot-out winners over Potton Wanderers after the teams were deadlocked at 1-1 after 120 minutes play, Charlie Henry the home marksman.
Action this coming weekend in The Premier Division Supported By McGirls Money Management sees the title race really hot up with the top game taking second place Campton on the road to face third place Oakley Sports who entertain them now on on five game winning run trailing them by just two points in the league standings, for league leaders Sandy its also a trip on the road to Hillgrounds to face a AFC Kempston Town side that as not been beaten on home soil since their opening game of the season which will not make it easy for the league leaders to notch up win number five on the bounce.
Elsewhere their is a quick chance for Westoning Recreation Club to gain revenge for their Britannia Cup defeat last weekend when they host Meltis Corinthians at Greenfield Road whilst fourth place Ickwell & Old Warden will start firm favourites to collect the full three points when they journey to Crawley Road for a meeting with bottom club Woburn whose only win in their last ten outings came over fellow strugglers Wilshamstead back in Mid-November.
Wilshamstead themselves are now sitting second from bottom in the standings having lost their last seven league outings and face a vital home Jubilee Playing Fields clash with the club immediately above them in the table Sharnbrook whose lone win on the road this campaign came at Woburn back in early November.
Other action comes at Moggerhanger Playing Fields where Blunham seek revenge for a 1-0 defeat back in late November against visitors Renhold United whilst at Gold Street, Riseley Sports will face no easy task getting back to winning ways when paid a visit by Luton Borough who last lost on the road back in Mid-October against league leaders Sandy.
In Division One Supported By Sportsform action its a top against second place clash at Groveside where the new league leaders Henlow attempt to retain their new found status when Bedford SA still unbeaten on the road this season come calling with Dunton who sit in third place and having a game in hand over both clubs expecting to be even closer to the top come five o'clock as they journey still unbeaten in league action this term to Cutler Hammer to face home side Reddings Wood whose last home win came way back in October against Sandy Reserves some six outings ago.
For fourth place Campton Reserves its home Rectory Road action against fifth place Westoning Recreation Club Reserves whose last four trips trips on the road have all ended in defeat whilst a positive result in this fixture either way will see Flitwick Town climb above the losers in the league standings should they come up with the full three points from their Harvey Close visit to face Caldecote Reserves.
Down at the other end of the table, bottom club Elstow Abbey now without a point from their last seven outings and still without a home win all season host a Kempston side that is without a win in their last four games whilst the two teams immediatley above them meet in Hillgrounds where Royal Oak Kempston receive a visit from Marston Social, the days other action in this section coming at Bedford Road with the mid-table clash between Sandy Reserves and visitors Stevington.
In Division Two action league leaders Bedford College are in home Jubilee Park action against lowly Saffron and should retain their three point advantage over second place Meltis Albion who on paper looked to have a much tougher game on their hands to make in six home wins on the bounce when Meppershall Jurassic winners of their last five league games pay them a visit to Miller Road, all of which go be good news for third place Great Barford who neverless could be in for a tough time when fifth place Oakley Sports Reserves winners of their last three away games make the visit to face them.
For two cup hero's of last weekend its a clash on The Green where still very much in the promotion race Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves look for home win number fve in a row against visitors Clifton whose last five league outings have all ended in defeat to slide them down the league table into the bottom four, whilst Marston Shelton Rovers now on a eight game losing run have a chance to put this right when they entertain Mulberry Bush.
Other action coming at Carlton where hosts Newham Athletic without a win in five entertain Lidlington United Sports, at Renhold where second from bottom Renhold Village will have a tough task on their hands to prevent visitors Blunham Reserves making it five straight wins in a row and in Hillgrounds where you would expect Putnoe United to collect the full three points from their home clash with bottom club Woburn Reserves.
The top game in Division Three can be viewed at King George VI Playing Fields where second from top Kings AFC look to take their unbeaten league ways to fourteen games when they entertain Marabese Ceramics to put pressure on league leaders Blue Chip who they trail by seven points but with four games in hand who are in home Russell Park action against AFC Shillington who make the trip last beaten on the road way back in Mid-September.
For third place Caldecote A its derby action as they make the short trip to Sunderland Road to face a Sandy A that as won just once on home soil all season while two other clubs still in the promotion push, Meltis Corinthians Reserves and Riseley Sports Reserves go head to head in Jubilee Park where the hosts are still unbeaten this campaign.
Down at the bottom of the standings, Exel United will perhaps fancy their chances of win number one of the season in Hillgrounds against Marsh Leys who have lost their last three home games while Lidlington United Sports Reserves are in home Hurst Grove action against local rivals Stewartby Village who travel on a five game losing run, with the days other two games coming at Mill Lane where Potton Wanderers play hosts to a Wilshamstead Reserves side that as won six of its last eight games and at Hinksley Recreation Ground where hosts Twinwoods Thistle look to be up against it when local rivals Flitwick Town Reserves pay a visit.