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Sunday 2nd March 2008
Henlow Now Top The Division One Table
The nerves are begining to jangle at the top of The Premier Division table as both the top two clubs failed to win, league leaders Campton going down 4-1 at AFC Kempston Town where a brace of goals from Andy Smith plus strikes from Danny Maddox and Lyndon Ingerson were only replied to by a goal from Gary Gibson and their lead at the head of the table is now down to a single point after second place Sandy failed to take over top spot after only drawing 1-1 at home against Renhold United, David Smith netting the home goal and James Morris replying for United.
Ickwell & Old Warden are now just seven points adrift of Sandy in third spot after taking their unbeaten ways to nine games with a 2-1 home victory over Sharnbrook, Zak Rowe and Greg Instrell on the scoresheet against a visiting reply from Simon Denton or a own goal from Alan Turner depending on how you saw the goal go in, and after three straight defeats Oakley Sports came back to winning ways to stay fourth just a point shy of Ickwell and with a game in hand after winning 3-2 at Riseley Sports, John Hislop with two penalties plus a goal from Owen Rush taking them to the three points against replies from Ricky Milne and Mark Joyner.
Two other clubs who still may yet have a say in this seasons championship outcome came up with home wins, fifth place Blunham beating local rivals Caldecote 3-2 thanks to a brace from Michael Jones and a goal from Mark Reed to replies from Matt Basta and Stuart Kemp whilst Meltis Corinthians are now back in the top six at the expense of their victims Luton Borough who they beat 4-0 with goals from Dean Warren, Neville Allen, Alex Woolston and Justin Patterson.
But Woburn's plight at the bottom of the table got worse when they were beaten 6-4 at Westoning Recreation Club despite at one stage leading 3-2 and playing against a home side that had just ten players following the sending off of Robbie Faulkner, Ollie Summers and Nick Shirley both netting twice for The Rec Boys alongside goals from Danny Pilgrim and Dean Gadsden whilst two penalties from Nick Skolsky and strikes from Ben Nicholls and Elton Drewett made up the tally of four for The Safari Boys.
Henlow are the new league leaders of The Division One Supported By Sportsform league table after two goals from Greg Hall and a strike from Pete Saunders took them to a 3-0 home win over the morning leaders Dunton who cling onto second spot after third place Bedford SA were beaten 1-5 at home by Marston Social, James Dougan the only Army Boys marksman to be outgunned by a Simon Steele hattrick plus stikes from Antony Henman and Daniel Parkes.
Elsewhere Flitwick Town remain in fourth spot after a single goal from Andy Pheby was enough to take them to a 1-0 home win over Kempston and remain a point clear of Campton Reserves 7-1 home winners over Reddings Wood, Ollie Morgan netting twice alongside goals from Sid Russell, Steve Winch, Craig Smith, Shaun Jenkins plus a own goal to a Woodman reply from James Grandidge, also hitting seven were Caldecote Reserves 7-4 home winners over Stevington, Leeroy Odd leading the way with a hattrick as Carl Horsfall, Ben Gibson, Dave Wright and Tom Wallace all weigh in with single goals whilst a brace from Darren King plus strikes from Simon Sheath and Ian Woods made up the Stevington reply.
Down at the bottom end of the table Elstow Abbey ended a losing run of eleven games with a 3-1 home victory over AFC Kempston Town Reserves thanks to two goals from Antony Hubbard and a single strike from Mo Banda to move them to within four points of their victims at the base of the table who now sit in that second drop zone position following Royal Oak Kempston 2-1 home win over Westoning Recreation Club Reserves, Eric Van Den Ven purtting the visitors ahead before Lloyd Turner levelled matters a minute later and Liam Boland popped up with the winner two minutes from time.
Their was a shock in The Jubilee Cup Semi-Finals where Division Two league leaders Bedford College were beaten 1-2 at home by Clifton for whom Greg King netted both goals and they will now face Great Barford in The Final after their 5-2 home win over Oakley Sports Reserves, Kiall Bagnell striking twice alongside a Daniel Jeffrey penalty and goals from Daniel Stafford and Stan Hobbs for the winners to a brace in reply from Ben Brown.
Meanwhile in Division Two league action Meltis Albion missed the chance to move to the top of the table when beaten 2-0 away at Newham Athletic who were chalking up their fifth consecutive win thanks to goals from Stuart Mann and Garry Russon to remain in fourth spot, elsewhere Putnoe United did their promotion claims no harm by netting a 2-0 home win over Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves thanks to strikes from Antony Blackman and Kane Alexander but the plight of the bottom two teams got worse with heavy defeats, basement side Woburn Reserves despite two goals from Steve Restall and a strike from Gary Towers lost 3-5 at home to Saffron for whom Mohammed Zahar, Igrar Hussian, Jahangir Ahmed, Jatinder Bhangle and Rizwan Sharif all made it onto the scoresheet and Renhold Village faired no better losing 7-2 at Lidlington United Sports, Alex Burrows with a hattrick and braces from Garry Whitbread and John Wright the United marksmen.
There is no change at the head of The Division Three league table after wins for the top three sides, league leaders Blue Chip with two goals from Bradley Miles plus strikes from Carl Townsend and Callum Stuart winning 4-0 at home against bottom club Exel United whilst second place Meltis Corinthians Reserves needed a goal from Martisse Clark to claim a 1-0 away win at Caldecote A but things were much easier for third spot Kings AFC who extended their unbeaten ways to sixteen games with a 8-0 win over second from bottom Lidlington United Sports Reserves, Josh Clements on the scoresheet three times. Marcus Tomlin twice plus Stuart Minty, Kylie Scott and a own goal adding to the tally.
Marabese Ceramics are now back into fourth spot over the non-playing Potton Wanderers following their 3-1 away win at Marsh Leys where Michael Darnell did the damage to a home reply from James Field whilst the days other three games also all ended in away wins, Riseley Sports Reserves with two goals from Jamie Harris plus strikes from Chris Lander, Ian Whitmore and Tom Duffy winning 5-0 at AFC Shillington, a brace of goals from Paul Jackson taking Wilshamstead Reserves to a 2-0 win at Sandy A and Flitwick Town Reserves were 5-1 winners at Stewartby Village thanks to double strikes from Ben Wallington and Jack Rowlands plus a goal from James Taylor.
This Weekends action in The Premier Division sees league leaders Campton in home action against Westoning Recreation Club trying to chalk up their seventh consecutive home win in a game which will take place at Groveside, Henlow due to Campton's ground being used for a Centenary Cup fixture whilst second place Sandy who now only trail them by a single point hit the road to St Thomas Road for a meeting with Luton Borough as they look to end a run of two straight away defeats to keep their hopes of a first ever top flight league title very much still alive.
Over on The Green their is local derby action when Ickwell & Old Warden host Blunham looking to stretch their unbeaten ways into double figures and perhaps yet still put pressure on the top two clubs against a Blunham side that as won just twice on the road this season but still believe they can have a big say in the outcome of this seasons title race whilst just down the road at Harvey Close, Caldecote entertain AFC Kempston Town as both clubs strive for the much needed three points to ensure themselves of a top six finish come the end of next month.
Other action should see fourth place Oakley Sports after two straight home defeats return to winning ways on home soil when paid a visit by a Wilshamstead side that as lost its last eleven games and still seeking their first away victory of the season,to keep them in the title hunt whilst Renhold United will also start firm favourites for the full three points when they host bottom club Woburn who are also without an away victory this campaign, with the days final action in this division coming at Lodge Road where Sharnbrook receive a visit from a Meltis Corinthians side who travel hoping to end a run of three consecutive away defeats.as they push for a top six finish.
.The top action for Division One Supported By Sportsform clubs is the staging of The Semi-Final of this seasons Centenary Cup where at Rectory Road you would expect Campton Reserves to book their finals spot at the expense of AFC Kempston Town Reserves who they beat 5-0 at the same venue when the sides meet in league action at the turn of the year whilst the second tie comes at Cople Playing Fields where home club Bedford SA for the second weekend running go to battle against Marston Social.knowing now just how improved The Social are after losing to them 1-5 in league action to lose their place on top of the league table.
In league action there are just five games, at Horseshoes Close where you would expect second place Dunton to collect the full three points from the visiting Sandy Reserves whose last win on the road came back in late October whilst the new league leaders Henlow look to have a much tougher game on their hands when they journey to face a Stevington side that as won its last four home encounters.as against them losing their last two on the road.
Elsewhere you would expect Flitwick Town to extend their home winning ways at Steppingley Road to nine games when they host bottom club Elstow Abbey whose last four trips on the road have all ended in defeat whilst at Culter Hammer its an away game for Kempston at their own home venue against Reddings Wood where the visitors will hope their away form holds up at a home venue where they have won just twice this season.
The days final action in this section coming at Greenfield Road where Westoning Recreation Club Reserves meet Royal Oak Kempston for the second weekend running.having lost just seven days ago 1-2 in Kempston.
Division Two action sees league leaders Bedford College on the road to Hurst Grove where they will be expected to collected the full three points from third from bottom hosts Lidlington United Sports who have won just two home games all season whilst second place Meltis Albion are in home Miller Road action against a Marston Shelton Rovers side whose last win came some thirteen games ago back on October 27th.
Perhaps the best game of the day in this section comes at Moggerhanger Playing Fields where hosts Blunham Reserves now unbeaten in their last four home encounters entertain Putnoe United who have won six of their last seven away games, whilst another difficult game to call takes place in Jubilee Park where hosts Meppershall Jurassic look for only their fourth home win of the season against Great Barford whose away record of seven wins and two defeats suggest they might well take the three points on offer to keep them in the promotion race.
For bottom club Woburn Reserves its the task of seeking their first home Crawley Road win of the season when in-form Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves come calling whilst Clifton look to have the ideal opportunity to obtain their first home Whiston Crescent win in six outings when they entertain second from bottom Renhold Village, the days other action coming in Hillgrounds where Mulberry Bush look to have a tough task on their hands to end their current four game losing home run when paid a visit by a Oakley Sports Reserve side that as won five of its last seven league trips on the road and in Russell Park where Newham Athletic now on a five game winning run travel to face Saffron.who have won their last two games to pull away from the bottom of the league table.
Division Three action sees the top game take place in Jubilee Park where league leaders Blue Chip now on a ten game unbeaten run travel to face second place Meltis Corinthians Reserves who start the day seven points adrift of The Chipmen but with two games in hand still unbeaten on home soil this campaign, whilst title favourites Kings AFC are also on the road to Jubilee Playing Fields to face Wilshamstead Reserves knowing that perhaps their current sixteen game unbeaten run will come under some pressure from their hosts who have won six of their last seven home games.
Their is local derby action at Mill Lane where Potton Wanderers now on a five game unbeaten home run entertain a Caldecote A side who with just two wins from their last nine away games will start second favourites whilst over in Hillgrounds you would expect AFC Shillington to return to winning ways on the road when to face bottom of the table Exel United.
Other games taking place at Steppingley Road, where Flitwick Town Reserves host Marsh Leys, at Gold Street where Riseley Sports Reserves will have no easy task in returning to winning ways against Sandy A and in Hillgrounds you would expect Marabese Ceramics to collect the full three home points from their clash with Twinwoods Thistle who have lost all of their last seven games.