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Sunday 17th February 2008
Hero Status For Albion's Alleyne in Cup Shock
Last Weekend's Premier Division action saw league leaders Sandy have their lead at the head of the table reduced to just two points when they were beaten 3-2 away at Meltis Corinthians for whom Dean Warren struck twice and Moby Hussian once against replies from Steve Thomas and Gary Fil, whilst second place Campton were within a minute of regaining the top spot before Andy Wood popped up with a last ditch equalizer to earn Riseley Sports a share of the spoils in a 2-2 draw at Gold Street, Mark Joiner having earlier netted for the home side to reduce the margin following strikes from Andrew Hayday and Gary Gibson.
Third place Oakley Sports losing ground on the top two when beaten for the third consecutive game 0-2 at home by Ickwell & Old Warden who are now unbeaten in their last seven outings, Danny Fox in the opening half and Andrew Vallom in the second period netting the visitors goals, the three points lifting Ickwell & Old Warden up into fourth spot above Blunham who were held to a 2-2 draw at home against Sharnbrook, Paul Chamberlain netting both of the home goals whilst Ricky Burzie and Shaun Barnett were on the scoresheet for the visitors.
Elsewhere AFC Kempston Town lost their five game winning home run when beaten 1-2 by Luton Borough, Currant Mutanga netting both of the vistors goals to a reply from Andy Smith whilst Wilshamstead plight at the bottom end of the table continued when they lost game number ten on the bounce 2-4 at home against Caldecote, Paul Jones and Nigel Drummond on the mark for the home side to be outscored by two in reply from Matt Basta and one each for Leeroy Odd and Nathan Buckland.
In Division One Supported By Sportsform, Dunton extended their unbeaten league away record to ten games to cling onto top spot with a 3-1 victory at bottom club Elstow Abbey thanks to goals from David Gill, Tom McGhee and David Pugh against a home reply from Shane New whilst second place Henlow with a goal from Peter Saunders were maintaining their unbeaten home league record to only trail them on goal difference with a 1-0 win over Kempston.
With fourth place Flitwick Town away on Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup duty losing 0-1 at home to Luton Leagrave, Campton Reserves took full advantage to climb above them in the league standings with a 4-2 home win over Sandy Reserves, Ollie Morgan twice plus Barry O'Toole and Sid Russell netting for the home to Sandy replies from a Ian Hammitt penalty and Simon Raggett.
Meanwhile Stevington missed their chance to climb into the top six when beaten 3-2 at Royal Oak Kempston, Steve Armstrong, Liam Boland and Michael Cooney netting the home goals against a brace in reply from Gary Higgins, the three points lifting The Oak out of the drop zone above AFC Kempston Town Reserves who were beaten 5-0 at Reddings Wood for whom James Grandidge and Nick Tysoe netted twice and Richard Garnham once.
The days other action in this section taking Marston Social further away from the bottom of the table and their third away win on the bounce with a 3-0 victory at Caldecote Reserves thanks to a brace of goals from Simon Steele and a strike from James Armstrong.
For two other Division One sides it was Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup Quarter-Final action, Bedford SA with goals from Mark Kelly plus Ambler brothers Richard and Michael winning 3-1 at Division Three side Marsh Leys whilst Westoning Recreation Club Reserves were beaten 2-3 at home by Division Two side Meltis Albion, the Albion with goals from Tom Hughes and Michael Butler led 2-0 until strikes from Ollie Summers and Danny Shannon level matters before Scott Alleyne obtain hero status with a 90th minute winner, joining these sides in the last four are Division Two side Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves who with a penalty from James Vallom won 1-0 at home over USL Galacticos.
Bedford College lead at the head of the Division Two table with Meltis Albion away on cup duty is up to six points after they won 2-1 at fourth place Putnoe United, Dan Reed and Nicole Stanchev netting the vital goals to a home reply from Lee Haughton whilst Great Barford failed to climb above The Albion into second place when beaten 1-2 at home by Mulberry Bush, Ellis Joseph on the scoresheet twice for The Bush against a home goal from Jason Ames.
For bottom club Woburn Reserves it was a day to remember with only their second win of the season when goals from Tim Bolyce and Sam Walker took them to a 2-0 win at Marston Shelton Rovers, whilst Newham Athletic made their way above the non-playing Oakley Sports Reserves into fifth spot in the league table with a 4-2 home win over Blunham Reserves, Shaheen Miah netting twice alongside Matt Young and Garry Russon to replies from Eric Mcintyre and Jamie Hay, a result which now drops Blunham a place in the standings to eighth after Meppershall Jurassic won 7-1 at second from bottom Renhold Village for whom Giles Sowerby netted their lone goal.
The days final action in this section seeing Clifton and Saffron play out a 2-2 draw, Barry Hallybone and Craig Pateman the home marksmen to replies from Shezad Satter and Rizwan Shard.
In Division Three its as you were at the top end of the table after victories for the top three sides, league leaders Blue Chip 5-2 home winners over Wilshamstead Reserves with goals from Callum Stuart, Carl Townsend, James Bowen, Matt Bailey and Daniel Avis to replies from a Dan Downing penalty and Phil Zeltobbruhov whilst second place Meltis Corinthians Reserves with two goals from Ryan Grant, a own goal and a strike from Anal Jhalld were 4-1 away winners at Twinwoods Thistle.
Both sides will however be fully aware that third place Kings AFC have games in hand on them both and they kepted the pressure up with a 5-1 home win over Flitwick Town Reserves, Nathan Clements netting a hattrick alongside single strikes from Josh Clements and Marcus Tomlin to a Town reply from Ben Wallington.
Elsewhere Caldecote A dropped a place in the standings to fifth after being held to a 1-1 home draw by Riseley Sports Reserves, Tim Domigala for the home side and Chris Spurgeon for the visitors on the scoresheet to be overtaken on goal difference by Marabese Ceramics who were 7-2 winners at Lidlington United Sports Reserves for whom Gary Whitbread and Liam Fitzgibbon found the back of the net.
The days other two games seeing Sandy A with braces of goals from Dan Threadgold and John Knight winning 4-2 at AFC Shillington for whom Luke Webb and Adam Larsen hit the home goals and Potton Wanderers extending their winning ways to four games with a 3-1 home win over Stewartby Village, Zak Henry, Joe Aris and Pete Colebrook the Wanderers scorers to a reply from Shaun Winconek.
Action this coming weekend sees Caldecote attempt to be the first Bedfordshire Football League club to reach the final of The Bedfordshire FA Senior Trophy when they travel to Tenby Drive for a meeting with Molten Sparten South Midlands League side Kent Athletic whilst domestic cup action comes at Hillgrounds where AFC Kempston Town entertain Sandy in a Britannia Cup Quarter-Final tie with a visit to Meltis Corinthians awaiting the winners.
Sandy's involvement in the Britannia Cup giving Campton a chance to climb to the top of the Premier Division standings should they come up with home win number six on the bounce when fifth place Blunham come calling to Rectory Road now on a five game unbeaten run, other top flight action gives Ickwell & Old Warden a chance to climb into the top three over the non-playing Oakley Sports with a home win over second from bottom Wilshamstead who have lost their last ten outings and with the hosts now on a seven game unbeaten run thats the result you would expect but Ickwell have a habit of slipping up in games like these so a shock could be on the cards.
For Meltis Corinthians its a chance to edge closer to the top of the standings but it will not be easy when they hit the road for a meeting with Renhold United having lost their last two away games whilst their is local derby action at St Thomas Road where hosts Luton Borough seek their first home league win since the tail end of September when paid a visit by Westoning Recreation Club.and over at Lodge Road, Sharnbrook now unbeaten in their last four games will start favourites to collect the full three points when they entertain bottom club Woburn who have not only lost their last six games but have collected just one point on the road all season.
For Division One Supported By Sportsform league leaders Dunton its a home local derby clash at Horseshoes Close with Caldecote Reserves where you would expect them to chalk up win number seven on the bounce to stay ahead of both Henlow and Bedford SA who appear to have tougher games on their hands, second place Henlow hitting the road to face the much improved Marston Social who with four wins from their last five games are now pulling away from the bottom of the table whilst Bedford SA journey to Cutler Hammer to face Kempston for the fourth time this season having won the previous three games.
Over at Steppingley Road, Flitwick Town winners of their last six home league games will climb back above visitors Campton Reserves into fourth spot in the table with win number seven but this will be no easy task against Campton who have only lost at Bedford SA on their last five trips away from Rectory Road, whilst sixth place Westoning Recreation Club Reserves are in home Greenfield Road action against Reddings Wood.
Down at the bottom end of the table, AFC Kempston Town Reserves still without a home win all season at Hillgrounds meet the team immediately above them in the standings Royal Oak Kempston with the points vital for both sides as they seek to avoid the drop into Division Two, a task that will be even greater for bottom club Elstow Abbey should they not put paid to their ten game losing run when they hit the road for a meeting with Stevington winners of their last three home games.
For Division Two league leaders Bedford College its a trip on the road seeking away win number six in the row at Oakley Sports Reserves whose last home defeat came back in early September since which time they have played just four home games the last one being as long ago as October 27th, whilst second place Meltis Albion are in home Miller Road action against a Clifton side that as won its last two trips on the road.
For third place Great Barford who have lost their last three home games it will perhaps be good to be on the road but their task will not be easy when they visit Moggerhanger Playing Fields for local derby action against Blunham Reserves whilst fourth place Putnoe United will be expected to return to winning ways when they journey to Hurst Grove for a meeting with Lidlington United Sports.
Other games in this division should see Meppershall Jurassic return to winning ways on home soil in Jubilee Park against out of form Marston Shelton Rovers while over in Hillgrounds, Mulberry Bush will be looking to end a four game losing home run when paid a visit by Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves, and at Crawley Road you would expect Newham Athletic to gain some reward to maintain their top five placing when they go to battle with hosts Woburn Reserves who sit on the bottom of the league table.having not won at home all season.
The days other game in this division coming in Russell Park where Saffron losers of their last six home games have a great chance to put this right against second from bottom visitors Renhold Village .
For Division Three sides the top action comes in shape of The Watson Shield Semi-Finals, at King George VI Playing Fields, Kings AFC host Meltis Corinthians Reserves whilst at Gold Street, Riseley Sports Reserves entertain Marabese Ceramics leaving just five games in the league to be played, at Stondon Playing Fields you would expect AFC Shillington to return to winning ways against second from bottom Lidlington United Sports Reserves who have collected just one point from their last eighteen outings while at Mill Lane, Potton Wanderers will be seeking their fifth win in a row when they host Marsh Leys.
Meanwhile, Stewartby Village are in home action looking for their first home win since early November against Caldecote A, Twinwoods Thistle face a home Hinksley Road Recreation Ground clash seeking to end a six game losing run against a Sandy A side that as won its last two games and at Jubilee Playing Fields, Wilshamstead Reserves play hosts to Flitwick Town Reserves.