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Sunday 3rd February 2008
Chef McArthur Serves Up His 1st Goal in 12 Seasons
Last weekend's action in The Premier Division Supported By McGirls Money Management saw Sandy have their lead at the head of the league table reduced to just two points after they were beaten 3-1 away at AFC Kempston Town who with a brace of goals from Tom Pitts and a strike from Andy Smith made it five home wins on the bounce to keep their outside chance of lifting the league title still alive, Nick Jones hitting the Sandy reply whilst second place Campton ended third place Oakley Sports four game winning run with a 4-0 away win, thanks to a own goal plus strikes from Lee Bilcock, Andrew Hayday and Dave McArthur on the scoresheet for the first time in twelve seasons.

Elsewhere Blunham came up with the top score of the day winning 7-1 at home against Renhold United, Paul Chamberlain, Michael Jones and Chris Lane all netting twice alongside a strike from Chris Dunne to a lone United reply from Zennon Paul, whilst Ickwell & Old Warden made heavy weather of winning 2-1 away at bottom club Woburn where goals from Kevin Turner and Danny Fox saw them home against a home reply from Richard Cain.

Meanwhile Sharnbrook with a lone goal from Shaun Barnett lifted themselves out of the bottom two with a 1-0 win at Wilshamstead who in going down to their seventh consecutive defeat now down drop into that second from bottom spot previously occupied by Sharnbrook, also winning on the road were Luton Borough who climb two places up the league ladder into seventh spot after a 3-1 win at Riseley Sports, Gabrail Maisiri netting twice and Raymond Udi once to a home reply from Gary Mitchell.

The days other game seeing Westoning Recreation Club gain revenge for last weekends Britannia Cup defeat by winning 3-2 at home against Meltis Corinthians, Dave Shirley, Ollie Summers and Dean Gadsden the home marksmen to a brace in reply from Sweetboy's Justin Patterson.

In the Division One Supported By Sportsform action, Henlow with a lone goal from Pete Saunders won 1-0 at home over Bedford SA to take them three points clear at the head of the standings over Dunton who required a last minute winner from Tim Jarman to gain the full three points in a 4-3 win at Reddings Wood, where a earlier own goal plus goals from Lee Threadgold and David Pugh had been cancelled out by two goals from Nick Tysoe one from the penalty spot and a strike from Richard Garnham, The Army Boys defeat at Henlow now taking them out of the top two for the first time this season some four points adrift of the league leaders.and one shy of Dunton who have also played one game fewer.

The battle of the top two reserve sides was to end in a 4-1 home win fpr Campton over Westoning Recreation Club to keep them in fourth slot in the league table, Steve Winch netting twice plus single strikes from Sid Russell and James Barnard for the winners after Liam Brown had given Thre Rec Boys a early lead, this defeat dropping them to sixth place in the table to be leapfrogged by Flitwick Town 4-3 away winners at Caldecote Reserves, Jim Lewis with a brace plus Dean Conway and Robert Simpkins on the mark for The Town against home replies from Andrew Spiers, Leeroy Odd and Max Cooper.

Down at the bottom end of the table, Marston Social lifted themselves out of the drop zone with a 3-2 away win at Royal Oak Kempston who now drop into the bottom two to replace them, Social's goals coming via a own goal plus strikes from Andy Harding and James Armstrong to Oak replies from Lorenzo Jordan and Michael Cooney, but there was no such luck for bottom club Elstow Abbey going down for the ninth consecutive time on home soil when beaten 1-2 by Kempston, Daniel Bedeau and Mark Simpson grabbing the winners goals against a reply from Liam Willimott.

The days final game seeing Ian Woods pop up with a 90th minute winner to gain Stevington a 2-1 away win at Sandy Reserves, Gary Higgins having his earlier strike for Stevington cancelled out by a goal from Sandy's Kevin Fage.

In Division Two, Bedford College lead at the head of the table is up to six points after two goals from Nicole Stanchev plus a strike from Yudai Ichikawa took them to a 3-0 home win over Saffron whilst the two clubs immediately behind them in the table suffered home defeats, second place Meltis Albion losing 2-3 to Meppershall Jurassic where a missed penalty by Albion's Michael Butler when the scoreline was still blank proving costly, Darren Ashpole and Michael Fry later on the scoresheet for the home side against Juraasic goals from Craig Damon, Craig Richards and Carl Anderson, whilst third place Great Barford with a brace of goals from Daniel Jeffrey were beaten 2-4 by Oakley Sports Reserves.

Elsewhere results were mainly to go to form with all of the bottom three sides losing, bottom club Woburn Reserves despite two goals from Steve Restall and a strike from Sam Walker losing 5-3 at Putnoe United, second from bottom Renhold Village on home soil unable to stop Blunham Reserves claiming their fifth win on the bounce to take them into the top half of the table for the first time this season when Daniel Whitten struck twice whilst Lidlington United Sports were beaten 5-2 at Newham Athletic, Garry Russon with two plus Miah Shaheen, Dave Fitzsimmons and Ben Young The Athletic scorers to replies via a own goal and Scott Kent for United.

But it was joy at last for Clifton who after five straight league defeats returned to winning ways with a 3-1 win at Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves, Greg King their hero with a hattrick whilst Neil Faulkner reply for the home side meanwhile after eight straight league defeats Marston Shelton Rovers stopped the rot with a point from a 1-1 home draw with Mulberry Bush, Antony Wilkins netting the home goal to a reply from Steve Pledge for The Bush who were sharing the spoils for the sixth time on the road this season from just eleven outings.

In Division Three, Blue Chip are now nine points clear at the head of the table after goals from Cullam Stuart, Carl Townsend and Tony Goodwin took them to a 3-0 home win over AFC Shillington whilst second place Kings AFC who still have four games in hand on the league leaders were held to a 0-0 draw by Marabese Ceramics and with Caldecote A away game at Sandy A waterlogged off, Meltis Corinthians Reserves took full advantage to climb above them into third spot with a 2-1 home win over Riseley Sports Reserves, Anil Jhalli and Earl Paterson netting the vital goals against a reply from Tom Ellison.

Meanwhile it was a red letter day for Lidlington United Sports Reserves who after fifthteen straight defeats gained a point from a 3-3 home draw against Stewartby Village, Robert Cacchio, Dave Wiles and Vince Whitaker on the scoresheet to Village replies from George Wheelhouse, Brady Bubbins and Ben ( Gaffer) Norrish, but there was no such joy for bottom club Exel United who are still looking for their first win of the season after being beaten 3-1 at Marsh Leys, James Field with a brace and Padraic Walsh the home marksmen whilst namesake James Field hit United's reply.

In the days other two games it was goals all the way, Potton Wanderers with a hattrick from Charlie Henry plus strikes from Craig Schurek and Adam Giddings winning 5-3 at home over Wilshamstead Reserves whose replies came in shape of a brace from Dan Downing plus a strike from Colin Merritt whilst Flitwick Town Reserves were 5-2 away winners at Twinwoods Thistle, Harry Rowlands with two goals plus Grant Archer, Steve Howarth and Craig Phillips the Town scorers to a brace in reply from Daryl Stringer.for The Thistle.

Action this coming weekend in The Premier Division Supported By McGirls Money Management sees league leaders Sandy in home Bedford Road action against Westoning Recreation Club knowing any slip up could cost them the top spot should current second place Campton who have a far better goal difference take the expected three points from their home Rectory Road meeting with second from bottom club Wilshamstead who are yet to win on the road this season.

For third place Oakley Sports after their home defeat by Campton last weekend its no easy task to return to winning ways when they hit the road to Harvey Close for a meeting with Caldecote who after losing their unbeaten home record tag to Ickwell & Old Warden last time out will also be anxious to collect the full three points and whilst The Boys from The Green sit the afternoon out, wins for the next two clubs in the standings could see them drop into sixth place, for fifth place Blunham that will be no easy task has they journey to face Luton Borough at St Thomas Road but you would expect sixth place Meltis Corinthians to pick up the full three points from their home Miller Road encounter with bottom club Woburn who travel seeking only their second away point of the current campaign.

Other games will see AFC Kempston Town starting favourites for at least a share of the spoils when they journey for a meeting with Renhold United in hope of keeping their outside chance of the league title still alive while Sharnbrook seek their first home Lodge Road win of the season when they entertain a Riseley Sports side that as collected just one point from its last four games.

In Division One Supported By Sportsform, league leaders Henlow have a tough looking away game at Steppingly Road against hosts Flitwick Town who are currently on a seven game unbeaten run, six of which have been won and should Henlow fail to come up with a point or better then Dunton would take over the top slot if they come up with the full three points from their home Horseshoes Close clash with second from bottom club Royal Oak Kempston whose form on the road this season of three wins and four narrow defeats reads well for a side sitting in the drop zone.

For third place Bedford SA its a tricky looking home Cople Playing Fields encounter with fourth place Campton Reserves who travel seeking their fifth away win on the bounce whilst after five staight away defeats, sixth place Westoning Recreation Club Reserves will look to put that right when they journey to Hillgrounds for a meeting with a AFC Kempston Town Reserves side that is yet to win in home league action this season.

Other games take Caldecote Reserves seeking their first away win in seven outings to Cutler Hammer to face Kempston who last won on home soil way back in the middle of September whilst its a big day for much improved Marston Social who with four wins from their last seven games will seek to move eight points clear of bottom club Elstow Abbey when they host them for the second time in three weeks after removing them from The Centenary Cup 6-0 at the same venue two weeks ago.

The final game in this section taking Reddings Wood with four away wins from their last six trips on the road to face a Stevington side that will be seeking win number four on the bounce.

With Division Two league leaders Bedford College on the road to The Green to face Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves in a delayed Jubilee Cup game it gives both Meltis Albion and Great Barford a chance to move within three points of The Students should they collect wins, Albion on the road to Russell Park to face a Saffron side that as lost its last five home games whilst Great Barford hit the road for Hurst Grove and a meeting with Lidlington United Sports.

In Hillgrounds its a meeting of fourth against fifth when Putnoe United unbeaten in their last five home games host Oakley Sports Reserves winners of their last four away games whilst at Moggerhanger Playing Fields you would expect Blunham Reserves winners of their last five league games to take that tally to six when they entertain a Marston Shelton Rovers side that travels without a win in nine games that includes four straight away defeats.

Other games come in Jubilee Park where Meppershall Jurassic now on a six game winning run will perhaps not have things all their own way when they host visitors Clifton while over in Hillgrounds, Mulberry Bush could draw level on points with a home win over the club immediately above them in the table Newham Athletic and its a clash of the bottom two sides at Crawley Road where basement side Woburn Reserves seek to end a run of six straight defeats against the visiting Renhold Village whose eight league games on the road this campaign have all ended in defeat.

In Division Three with second place Kings AFC travelling to Stondon Playing Fields for a delayed Watson Shield meeting with hosts AFC Shillington it gives Meltis Corinthians Reserves a chance to leap into second spot should they should they win home game number five on the bounce when they host Marsh Leys winners of their last three outings in Jubilee Park, whilst fourth place Caldecote A will seek to close down the top three sides with the full three points from their trip on the road to Jubilee Playing Fields to face Wilshamstead Reserves.

Other Division Three action sees two games at Hillgrounds where fifth place Marabese Ceramics still unbeaten at home this season face Flitwick Town Reserves winners of three of their last four away games whilst bottom club Exel United still without a win this season host a Twinwoods Thistle side that as lost its last four games and at Sunderland Road their is a clash of the two sides sitting between them in the league table when Sandy A now on a five game losing home run entertain Lidlington United Sports Reserves losers of their last seven away games.

The days final game coming at Gold Street where Riseley Sports Reserves seek home won number three on the bounce against Potton Wanderers who will travel seeking revenge for The Sportsmen removing them from the Watson Shield just two weeks ago.
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