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Sunday 09th March 2008
Kings AFC Are Dethroned At Wilshamstead
Campton's lead at the head of the Premier Division table is now up to three points after a hattrick from Gary Gibson supported by two goals from Andrew Hayday and a lone strike from Steve Gay brought up home win number seven on the bounce 5-0 over Westoning Recreation Club whilst second place Sandy were being held to a 2-2 draw at Luton Borough, Raymond Uni and Currant Mutanga hitting The Borough's goals to a reply from a Gary Fil penalty plus a own goal giving Sandy a point that keeps them six points clear of now third place Oakley Sports who were made to fight all the way by second from bottom Wilhamstead before gaining a 3-2 home win, Dean Bawden netting twice and John Searle once to a brace in reply from Tom Wisson.
Oakley jumping into that third spot above Ickwell & Old Warden who were to lose their nine game unbeaten run when going down 1-3 at home to Blunham who now only trail them in the league standings on goal difference, Joe Cooper, Mark Reed and Michael Jones hitting the winners goals to a home reply from Andrew Vallom with the days other three top flight games all ending all square, Caldecote and AFC Kempston Town failing to come up with a goal in a 0-0 draw at Harvey Close whilst sixth place Meltis Corinthians were held 2-2 at Sharnbrook, Justin Patterson plus a own goal The Sweetboys goalgetters to home replies from Dan Billington and Simon Denton elsewhere bottom club Woburn ended a eight game losing run by earning only their second away point of the season in a 2-2 draw at Renhold United, Aaron Ripley netting both of their goals to a brace in reply from Dan Maddix.
This seasons Centenary Cup Final will be between Bedford SA and Campton Reserves after they both came up with home Semi-Final wins, two goals from Kevin Rimmer plus a Ollie Morgan penalty and a strike from Craig Smith giving Campton Reserves a 4-1 victory over AFC Kempston Town Reserves whilst a goal from Marston Social Antony Henham was not enough to prevent Bedford SA winning 2-1 to gain revenge for last weekends league defeat.
In the five game Division One Supported By Sportsform action there were wins for the top two sides to leave positions as you were at start of play at the head of the table leaders Henlow with goals from Greg Hall and Guisippe Fallano winning 2-0 at Stevington whilst second place Dunton were 5-2 home winners over Sandy Reserves, Dave Pugh netting twice and Tim Jarman, Tom McGhee and Carl Mercer once to Sandy replies from Simon Raggett and Mark Jennings.
Elsewhere Flitwick Town notched up win number nine on the bounce at home to remain in fourth spot when two goals from fourty-seven year old Clive Craig plus a goal from Shaun Woodcraft took them to a 3-2 win over Elstow Abbey whose replies came from Anthony Hubbard and Robbie Nunn whilst the days top scorers were Kempston 7-3 winners at Reddings Wood, Dell Matthews hitting a brace alongside a own goal plus strikes from Jamie Carson, Mark Simpson, Josh Anderson and Leonard Metollari to a home hattrick in reply from Jimmy Grandidge.
The days final action in this division seeing goals from Sam Underwood and Luke Cunniff give Westoning Recreation Club Reserves a 2-0 home win over Royal Oak Kempston and revenge for their defeat at the hands of The Oak seven days earlier.
In Division Two it was a big weekend for the top two clubs as they came up with wins whilst three of their four nearest challengers were going down to defeats, league leaders Bedford College with goals from Nicole Stanchev and Travis Joseph winning 2-1 at Lidlington United Sports for whom Simon Fitchett hit the reply whilst Meltis Albion run out easy 7-1 home winners over Marston Shelton Rovers with braces of goals from Darren Ashpole, Scott Alleyne and Michael Fry plus a single strike from Sav Ventrigia against Aaron Franks lone reply.
Meanwhile Newham Athletic clung onto their third spot now seven points adrift of The Albion who trail the league leaders by a further three points after losing 4-3 at Saffron, Mohammed Zahar, Mohammed Rahman, Mohammed Raheem and Jatinder Bhangle hitting the home goals to a hattrick in reply from Ben Young as Putnoe United's game at Blunham Reserves was called off due to them being placed under Bedfordshire FA suspension for non-paymemt of fines which could well yet see them fail to last the season out plus Great Barford were beaten 1-0 at Meppershall Jurassic whose lone goal from Craig Damon saw The Jurrasic Boys climb two places in the table to fifth above Great Barford on goal difference and two points clear of Oakley Sports Reserves who lost 2-1 at Mulberry Bush, Pasquale Ventrigia and Gary Canzano netting the home sides goals to a reply from Steve Stanford.
Elsewhere for the bottom two sides, Division Three football next season is getting ever closer after they both went down to defeats, bottom side Woburn Reserves 0-2 at home against Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves for whom Jay Szwajbak and Dave Robertson made it onto the scoresheet whilst Renhold Village were beaten 6-3 at Clifton, Greg Hall hitting a hattrick, Mark Gearing striking twice and Harry Fisher once as Clifton netted their first home win since Mid-November with Lloyd Chettle twice and Delroy Prince coming up with The Villagers replies.
The Weekend talking point in Division Three centered around the mid-week withdrawal of Twinwoods Thisle whose record once expunged from the league tables will boast the chances of Kings AFC championship hopes despite them having their sixteen game unbeaten run ended in a 3-1 defeat at Wilshamstead Reserves, Paul Jackson with a brace and Marcus Newberry the home hero's to a Kings reply from Marcus Tomlim, Kings now sitting in second spot nine points adrift of league leaders Blue Chip but with three games in hand after The Chipmen with a brace of goals from Peter Neale against a home reply from Earl Paterson became the first side to win at Meltis Corinthians Reserves this season who now drop from second in the table to fourth as Potton Wanderers climbed into third spot after their 6-3 local derby home win over Caldecote A, Bradley Smith netting twice alongside single strikes from Zak Henry, Charlie Henry, Joe Stevens and Nick Cooper whilst Lee Adams with a brace and Tim Domalga were the visitors marksmen.
Elsewhere bottom club Exel United having lost their only win of the season after Twinwoods withdrawal were within seconds of victory against AFC Shillington until Adam Larsen came up with his second goal of the game to earn his side a point from a 2-2 draw, Julian Caves and Ashley Young twice earlier putting United ahead, meanwhile Riseley Sports climbed into the top six after winning 2-1 at home against Sandy A, Craig Ford and Kevin Harris grabbing the vital goals to a reply from Ben Walton-Smith.
The days final game in this section seeing Marsh Leys after three straight defeats return to winning ways with a 5-3 away win at Flitwick Town Reserves, Simon Wade doing the main damage with a hattrick along strikes from Marcus Rose and Padraic Walsh whilst Harry Rowlands, Grant Archer and Stuart Turner hit The Town's replies.
This coming weekends action seeing the staging of this seasons Britannia Cup Semi-Finals where at Moggerhanger Playing Fields, Blunham will host Caldecote just fourteen days after beating them 3-2 in league action at the same venue whilst the second tie between Meltis Corinthians and Sandy at Miller Road is delayed until Saturday March 29th due to the ground being required for Meltis Albion's home Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup Semi-Final tie with Luton Leagrave whilst the second tie in this competition sees Division Two side Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves in home Green action against Division One club Bedford SA who will travel seeking a finals spot for the second consecutive weekend after last Saturdays Centenary Cup victory over Marston Social.
Premier Division league action thus being reduced to just three games, all of which centres around the clubs at the lower end of the league table, basement club Woburn travelling to Hillgrounds to face home side AFC Kempston Town still looking for their opening away win of the season against a Town side that as only twice been beaten on home soil this season whilst second from bottom Wilshamstead are also on the same misson as they hit the road for a meeting with Renhold United who are now undefeated in their last four outings.
The days third and final game seeing the two clubs immediately above Wilshamstead in the standings clash at Gold Street where hosts Riseley Sports will start the day six points adrift of their visitors Sharnbrook but with two games in hand looking for their first win in eight outings against a Sharnbrook side that as lost just two of its last eight outings.and will perhaps start favourites for the three points on offer.
In Division One Supported By Sportsform, league leaders Henlow will be expected to gain the full three points from their home Groveside meeting with second from bottom AFC Kempston Town Reserves whose last four trips on the road have all ended in defeat but for second place Dunton who trail the leaders by three points but with a game in hand its a much tougher ask for the three points when they journey to Steppingley Road to face fourth in the table Flitwick Town who have won their last nine home games and will fancy their chances of taking their record into double figures.
For fifth place Campton Reserves its a chance for home win number five on the bounce when they host bottom club Elstow Abbey at Rectory Road as the visitors have failed to collect a point in any of their last five trips on the road whilst over at Harvey Close, Caldecote Reserves despite sitting ten points and two places below their visitors Westoning Recreation Club Reserves in the league standings could well collect the full three points against a Rec Boys side who have lost six of their last seven games away from their home Greenfield Road base.
Other games take place at Cutler Hammer where hosts Kempston without a home win since Mid-September host Marston Social who will climb above them in the league table should they extend their winning league ways to six games and in Hillgrounds where third from bottom Royal Oak Kempston seek home win number three on the bounce against the club immediately above them in the standings Sandy Reserves who travel seeking to put a end to a four game losing run.
In Division Two with Meltis Albion in Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup action league leaders Bedford College will be expected to move six points clear at the head of the standings with the full three points from their away trip to Crawley Road to face bottom of the table Woburn Reserves whilst the game of the day in this section will perhaps come at Carlton where third place Newham Athletic seek home win number four on the bounce against visiting sixth place Meppershall Jurassic who have won all of their last six trips on the road.
With Putnoe United's game at Hurst Grove against Lidlington United Sports in doubt Great Barford could move back into the top five should they come up with the three points from their home encounter with Saffron but with the visitors having won their last three games and Great Barford having lost their last three home games this looks far from a safe bet which would thus give Oakley Sports Reserves the same opportunity if they come up with a home win over Blunham Reserves.
The days final game in this section coming at Marston Playing Fields where hosts Marston Shelton Rovers now without a win in thirteen outings entertain a Clifton side that would move out of the bottom six with a victory.
In Division Three with league leaders Blue Chip sitting the afternoon out second place Kings AFC could close the gap to six points with the full three points from their visit to Harvey Close to face Caldecote A who are without a win in their last five games whilst the top game in this section comes at Mill Lane where third place Potton Wanderers look for their seventh consecutive win against fifth place visitors Marabese Ceramics, meanwhile fourth place Meltis Corinthians Reserves will seek to keep their promotion chances alive when they journey to Stondon Playing Fields looking to extend their unbeaten away record to eight games against home side AFC Shillington who are without a win in their last six games.
Other games seeing Exel United travel to meet Sandy A seeking that elusive first win of the season for the third time this campaign after the withdrawal of Hartwell and Twinwoods Thistle whilst at Jubilee Playing Fields, Wilshamstead Reserves will have no easy task collecting home win number five on the bounce over vistiors Riseley Sports Reserves whilst the final game comes in Hillgrounds where Marsh Leys should return to winning ways on home soil against second from bottom Lidlington United Sports Reserves whose only win of the season came way back on the opening day of their campaign some some nineteen games ago.