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Sunday 10th February 2008
Exel United Come Up With First Win Of Season
Last Weekend's Premier Division action saw Sandy hold onto their two point lead at the head of the league table when a lone goal two minutes from time from Gary Fil took them to a 1-0 home win over Westoning Recreation Club whilst their nearest rivals Campton were winning 2-0 at home over second from bottom side Wilshamstead, a first half own goal giving Campton the lead before Andrew Hayday wrapped up the points with a second in the closing stages.
Third place Oakley Sports however now trail Campton by eight points albeit with a game in hand after their three game winning away run was brought to a end with a 4-0 defeat at Caldecote, Leeroy Odd netting twice alongside strikes from Aiden Jones and Kai Griffiths-Shilton for the home side whilst Blunham climbed into fourth spot over the non-playing Ickwell & Old Warden after a Current Mutanga goal was not enough to prevent Luton Borough going down to a 1-4 home defeat as Michael Jones netted twice and Garath Hughes and Joe Cooper once for Blunham.
Elsewhere bottom club Woburn with a penalty from Nick Skolsky led at Meltis Corinthians until strikes from Marcus Ashby and Moby Hussian took the Sweetboys to a 2-1 victory their fifth on the bounce on home soil, whilst over at Lodge Road it was a red letter day for hosts Sharnbrook who with headed goals from Mark Smith and Dan Billington to a reply from Jay Fallaize secured their first home win of the season over Riseley Sports who now drop below Sharnbrook into the bottom three of the league table.having now lost their last four games.
The days final game in the top section seeing AFC Kempston Town drop below Meltis Corinthians and Caldecote in the league standings after being beaten 2-1 at Renhold United, Chris Huckle and Xennon Paul the United marksmen to a Town reply from Sundeep Gill.to make it a winning start for new United manager Buzz Leeson following the mid-week departure of Billy Horn.
Action in Division One Supported By Sportsform saw Dunton climb back onto the top of the table after a hattrick from Tim Jarman alongside a brace from David Pugh and single strikes from Tom McGhee and Wayne Morris took them to a 7-0 home win over Royal Oak Kempston whilst start of play leaders Henlow were having their eleven game winning run ended at Flitwick Town who with a goal from Mark Bartlett won 1-0 their sixth home win on the bounce to keep themselves in fourth spot, meanwhile Bedford SA with a 5-3 home win over Campton Reserves now only trail Henlow by a single point in third spot, James Dougan twice plus Richard Ambler, Ashley Mead and Jamoal Dickson The Armyboys marksmen to a own goal plus goals from Ollie Morgan and Phil Mansfield on the scoresheet for Campton.
Elsewhere a lone goal from Damion Foster ended Westoning Recreation Club Reserves five game losing away run with a 1-0 win at AFC Kempston Town Reserves who have now lost their last seven home games and suddendly find themselves in the bottom three places in the league table, meanwhile Marston Social continued their climb away from the drop zone when running out 8-0 home winners over bottom club Elstow Abbey, James Armstrong and Simon Steele both netting hattrick alongside single strikes from Antony Henman and Daniel Bulland.
For Stevington it was win number four on the bounce when braces of goals from Gary Higgins and Richard Howlett took them to a 4-0 home win over Reddings Wood whilst Caldecote Reserves won for the first time on the road in seven attempts with a 2-0 win at Kempston.with goals from Tom Dupey and Jack Gabbitas.
With Division Two league leaders Bedford College away on Jubilee Cup action winning 6-3 at Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves to earn them a home Semi-Final tie against Clifton thanks to two goals from Travis Joseph plus single strikes from Nicole Stanchev, Sammy Guri, Eric Okoth and Josh Bamford against home replies from Lee Tetley, Paul Reid and Richard Ward, both Meltis Albion and Great Barford moved to within three points of them in the standings with away wins, second place Albion winning 7-3 at Saffron where a hattrick from Scott Alleyne alongside single goals from Asa Garlick, Michael Butler, Darren Ashpole and Daniel Smith was marred by them finishing the game with just nine players after the senting off of Tom Hughes and Salvetore Ventriqlia, meanwhile Great Barford were chalking up a 5-1 win at Lidlington United Sports thanks to a double strike from Freddie Windram being supported by single goals from Sam Smith, Bob Waldron and Daniel Stafford to a home reply from Gary Whitbread.
The days only home win in this section seeing a hattrick from Daniel Luke plus a brace from Kane Alexander take fourth place Putnoe United to a 5-2 win over fifth place Oakley Sports Reserves whose replies came from Kevin Evans and Ben Brown, whilst elsewhere away wins were the order of the day, Renhold Village with a hattrick from Giles Sowerby and goals from Will Gray and Andrew Murray winning the battle of the bottom two sides 5-2 at Woburn Reserves for whom Matt Holland and Sam Walker replied and Clifton put paid to Meppershall Jurassic six game winning run with a 3-1 victory, Greg King striking twice and Barry Hallybone once to a home reply from Craig Richards, while Newham Athletic are now back into the top six of the league table after winning 5-2 at Mulberry Bush, Stuart Mann twice, Ben Young, Shaheen Miah and Dan Ellison their goalscorers to Bush replies from a Gary Canzano penalty and Steve Pledge.
The days final game in this section seeing two own goals ensure Blunham Reserves and Marston Shelton Rovers shared the points in a 1-1 draw.
Division Three action saw league leaders Blue Chip sitting the afternoon out and start of play second place Kings AFC with two goals from Nathan Clements and a strike from Lee Morgan winning 3-0 away at AFC Shillington in The Watson Shield to earn a home Semi-Final tie against Meltis Corinthians Reserves, The Sweetboys Reserves are now into second spot in the table after their 4-1 home win over Marsh Leys thanks to goals from Anil Jhali, Martisse Clarke, Earl Patterson and Anup Kalyan against a Leys reply from Matthew Walsh.
But the result of the day belonged to Exel United who in game number twenty of the season came up with their first win for two seasons when a goal from Pasquale D'Anna earned them a 1-0 home win over Twinwoods Thistle, elsewhere both Caldecote A and Marabese Ceramics failed to inch closer to the top of the standings with defeats, fourth place Caldecote losing 3-1 at Wilshamstead Reserves where a goal from Jack Dicks was outgunned by replies from Colin Merritt, Phil Zeltobbruhov and Shaun Wharton whilst The Tilers were beaten 0-1 at home by Flitwick Town Reserves for whom Grant Archer netted the vital goal.
For Sandy A it was a end to their five game losing home run when a brace of goals from Daniel Bailey took them to a 2-0 win over Lidlington United Sports Reserves and Potton Wanderers gained revenge for last weeks Watson Shield defeat by winning 5-2 at Riseley Sports Reserves, Joe Harris on the scoresheet three times alongside Adam Giddings and Craig Schurek who was later to leave the field of play with a suspected broken ankle, the home sides replies coming via a Jason Angol penalty and Tommy Duff.
This weekend's action in the Premier Division sees both of the top two clubs on the road, league leaders Sandy looking to have the far more difficult task to collect the full three points when they journey to Miller Road to face sixth place Meltis Corinthians who have won their last five encounters on home soil whilst second place Campton are at Gold Street to face a Riseley Sports side that as lost its last four outings to drop into the bottom three of the league standings.
For third place Oakley Sports three points are a must if they are going to keep in the championship race but it will not be easy when they entertain fifth place Ickwell & Old Warden who are enjoying a five game unbeaten run whilst the club that splits them in the table Blunham are in home Mogggerhanger Playing Field action seeking win number four on the bounce against visitors Sharnbrook who travel on the back of two wins which as lifted them out of the drop zone.
For AFC Kempston Town its home Hillgrounds action against Luton Borough as they seek home win number six on the bounce against a Borough side that is unbeaten on the road in league action since going down at Sandy back in Mid-October whilst Caldecote will be expected to collect the full three points from their journey to Jubilee Playing Fields to face second from bottom Wilshamstead whose last nine league games have all ended in defeat.
It will be a major surprise if current Division One Supported By Sportform league leaders Dunton dont come up with the full three points when they hit the road still unbeaten on their travels in league action this campaign to face bottom club Elstow Abbey who are yet to win on home soil this season and are currently on a nine game losing run, whilst second place Henlow still unbeaten this season at Groveside in league action should return to winning ways at the expense of visitors Kempston.
Other games see action at Harvey Close where Caldecote Reserves will have no easy task in collecting the full three points against visitors Marston Social who have won three of their last four outings on the road, at Rectory Road where Campton Reserves will start favourites for a win over local rivals Sandy Reserves whilst the other two games see Reddings Wood now on a three game losing run entertain AFC Kempston Town Reserves whose losing ways stretch a game more at Cutler Hammer while in Hillgrounds, second from bottom Royal Oak Kempston take on a visiting Stevington side that as won its last four games
For three other Division One sides its action in The Quarter Final of The Bedfordshire Junior Cup, Bedford SA are on the road to Hillgrounds to face Marsh Leys who removed Henlow from the competition in the previous round whilst home advantage will be enjoyed by Westoning Recreation Club Reserves when they entertain Meltis Albion at Greenfield Road and Flitwick Town who are in Steppingley Road action against Luton Leagrave AFC.of The Luton District and South Beds League.
The days fourth tie coming on the Green where Division Two side Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves receive a visit from Luton District and South Beds League side USL Galacticos.
.The top league game in Division Two sees league leders Bedford College looking for away win number five on the bounce when they take on fourth place Putnoe United in Hillgrounds who are unbeaten in their last six home games whilst third place Great Barford will look to return to winning ways on home soil after two straight defeats against visitors Mulberry Bush who despite being in the bottom six of the league table have lost just twice on the road this season from eleven outings.
Action also comes at Whiston Crescent where Clifton take on Saffron looking to end a home run of four straight defeats against a side that travel on the back of four consecutive defeats whilst two other sides looking to end winless ways clash when Marston Shelton Rovers host bottom club Woburn Reserves.
The days other two games taking Blunham Reserves now unbeaten in their last six outings to face the team immediately above them in the league table in sixth spot Newham Athletic at Carlton whilst second from bottom Renhold Village host a Meppershall Jurassic side that as won its last five away games.
Action in Division Three sees league leaders Blue Chip in Russell Park action against Wilshamstead Reserves whilst second place Meltis Corinthians Reserves now unbeaten in their last twelve league outings hit the road to Hinksley Recreation Club to face Twinwoods Thistle who have not won any of their last six home outings, for third place Kings AFC who trail the league leaders by nine points but with four games in hand its a tricky looking home encounter at King George VI Playing Fields against Flitwick Town Reserves who have won their last three away outings.
Other action comes at Stondon Playing Fields where AFC Shillington take on Sandy A , at Harvey Close where Caldecote A look to extend their unbeaten home ways to six games against Riseley Sports Reserves plus at Mill Lane where Potton Wanderers now unbeaten in their last four games will fancy their chances of making it five when Stewartby Village without a win in six come calling.and at Hurst Grove where Lidlington United Sports Reserves are hosts to Marabese Ceramics still without a home win this season which might well come against a Ceramics side that last won on the road some six games ago back in early October.