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Sunday 23rd March 2008
Oakley Sports Send Thirteen Goals Passed Luton Borough Without Reply.
Last Weekends action in The Bedfordshire League Premier Division saw just three games survive the elements following the postponement of the Ickwell & Old Warden v Campton, Meltis Corinthians v AFC Kempston Town and Westoning Recreation Club v Sharnbrook fixtures with third place Oakley Sports taking themselves to within three points of Sandy after a 13-0 home rout over Luton Borough, Sam Donado leading the way with five goals, Jason Angel netting a brace whilst single goals came from Surrinder Raj, Deep Banghard, Paulo Barbarisi, Ollie Housden, Dave Baxter and Mark Smith.
Meanwhile Renhold United took their unbeaten ways to six games with a 5-0 home victory over third from bottom Riseley Sports who have now failed to win any of their last nine games, Paul Beattie striking twice alongside goals for Zennon Paul, Sam Maddix and Alan Cudjoe whilst bottom club Woburn went down to their fifth consecutive home defeat when beaten 1-5 by Caldecote a result which lifts Caldecote into seventh spot, Leeroy Odd grabbing a harrick to support single strikes from Matt Basta and Kai Griffiths-Shilton with Nick Skolsky from the penalty spot replying for The Safari Boys.
In Division One Supported By Sportsform all of the three scheduled games went ahead with second place Dunton closing the gap on league leaders Henlow to just a single point after a 4-2 home win over second from bottom side AFC Kempston Town Reserves, Tim Jarman with a hattrick plus Wayne Morris the home marksmen to Town replies from Andy Smith and Shar Rahman.
The shock of the day belonged to bottom of the table Elstow Abbey who ended Marston Social six game winning run by holding them to a 1-1 draw, Antony Hubbard on the scoresheet for The Abbey against a late reply from Daniel Goddard whilst Royal Oak Kempston relegation fears were eased with a 2-1 away win at Kempston, Michael Cooney putting them ahead in the opening half before Leonard Metollari levelled matters only to see Paul Stevens hit Oak's winner ten minutes from time that now lifts them above Sandy Reserves into twelfth spot in the table .
Division Two action saw league leaders Bedford College despite goals from Josh Bamford, Ashley Bradshaw and Sammy Guiry fail to stop third place Mappershall Jurassic chalking up a eighth away win on the bounce with a 5-3 victory while Marston Shelton Rovers ended a run of fourteen games without a win with a 3-2 victory over Saffron with the final game being played seeing Mulberry Bush held to a 0-0 home draw by bottom of the table Woburn Reserves.
The games Lidlington United Sports v Meltis Albion and Oakley Sports Reserves v Clifton falling to morning pitch inspections.
In Division Three only the Sandy A v Potton Wanderers local derby failed to beat the elements has the other four games all went ahead, Kings AFC closing the gap on the non-playing league leaders Blue Chip to three points and with a game in hand after their 4-1 home win over AFC Shillington, Lee Morgan netting twice alongside single goals from Josh Clements and Nathan Clements to a Shills reply from Adam Larsen.
Meltis Corinthians Reserves leapfrogged above Potton Wanderers into third spot after blasting themselves to a 10-1 home win over second from bottom Lidlington United Sports Reserves, there were braces of goals for Earl Patterson, Ashley Duckworth and Micky Smith plus single strikes from Neville Allen, Vijay Banger, Anil Jhali and Martisse Clarke to a lone reply from United's Neil Rodgers.
For Wilshamstead Reserves it was a end to their five game winning home run when they were held to a 3-3 draw by Marabese Ceramics, Colin Merritt, Paul Jackson and a Marcus Newberry penalty for the home side being cancelled out by goals from Dom Policella, Guiseppe Ciampa and Colin Stanley, whilst the days final game saw Marsh Leys extend their winning ways to three games with a 5-2 home win over Stewartby Village, Kerion Walsh hitting a hattrick and James Field scoring twice for the winners to replies from Tom Wheelhouse and Charles Wheelhouse for The Village.
Action this coming weekend sees the playing of the second of this seasons Britannia Cup Semi-Final ties where at Miller Road, Meltis Corinthians who have not lost on home soil since the opening two games of the season host a Sandy side whose recent poor away record includes a league defeat against The Sweetboys has they both go in quest of a May Bank Holiday Finals spot against Blunham.
Whilst Sandy are away on cup duty, league leaders Campton could go six points clear at the head of the Premier Division table should they extend their Rectory Road winning home run to eight games when paid a visit by Caldecote who might just arrive more focused on the following Wednesday evening when they travel to Cranfield United to face AFC Dunstable in the Final of this seasons Bedfordshire FA Senior Trophy kick off 7.45pm.
Meanwhile third place Oakley Sports could jump above Sandy into second spot on goal difference if they are able to collect the full three points from their home encounter with fifth place Blunham, but despite having won their last three games it will not be easy against a visting side that as only once tasted a league defeat since the turn of the year and even that came at the hands of league leaders Campton.
Perhaps the big game of the day comes at the other end of the table where at Jubilee Playing Fields, second from bottom Wilshamstead know nothing less than the full three points will do has they face the club immediately above them in the standings Riseley Sports, but with the hosts on a thirteen game losing run and their visitors without a win in their last nine outings perhaps a draw looks very much on the cards.
For Luton Borough after last weekends heavy defeat at Oakley Sports its a chance to put matters right when they entertain bottom side Woburn at St Thomas Road a feat you would expect them to acheive against the visiting Safari Boys who are yet to net a win on the road this season, with the days other two top flight games coming at Hillgrounds where AFC Kempston Town look for home win number three on the bounce against visitors Westoning Recreation Club who have lost their last three outings on the road and at Lodge Road where Sharnbrook seek to extend their unbeaten home ways to five games against a Renhold Unitesd side who travel unbeaten in their last six games albeit five of those games having been played on home soil.
Division One Supported By Sportsform action takes league leaders Henlow on the road to Greenfield Road to face sixth place Westoning Recreation Club Reserves who have lost just once on home soil all season knowing perhaps only the full three points will do if they are to remain on top of the pile come Saturday evening as second place Dunton who now trail them by just a single point and with a better goal difference are in home Horseshoes Close action against lowly Kempston where the full three points will be expected to be collected.
Both clubs however will be very much looking for the result of third place Bedford SA visit to Hillsgrounds where they face AFC Kempston Town Reserves as with The Army Boys having three games in hand of the top two sides and just seven points adrift of Dunton they are perhaps still the favourites to lift the division silverware in some six weeks time.
For fourth place Flitwick Town its a trip on the road to the same venue to face Royal Oak Kempston who will host them looking to chalk up home win nimber four on the bounce and a climb away from the drop zone whilst fifth place Campton Reserves have a tough game on their hands when they hit the road for a meeting with Marston Social who are currently on a seven game unbeaten run and moving up the league table
The days other two fixtures coming at Bedford Road where Sandy Reserves now down to three places off the bottom of the table look to end a five game losing run against bottom club Elstow Abbey whose last six trips on the road have all ended in defeat whilst at Cutler Hammer, Reddings Wood now on a three game losing run entertain a Caldecote Reserves side that seeks away win number three on the bounce .
For Division Two league leaders Bedford College the collection of three points is vital if they are to keep the pressure on the non-playing second place Meltis Albion who seem their only real serious challengers for the Division title when they journey to Hillgrounds to face Mulberry Bush whilst third placed Meppershall Jurassic home Jubilee Park clash with Putnoe United is in serious danger of not going ahead due to United's continual Bedfordshire FA suspension.
Other games come at Moggerhanger Playing Fields where Blunham Reserves should at least extend their unbeaten home ways to five games against visitors Lidlington United Sports, at Crawley Road where bottom club Woburn Reserves already seemingly heading towards Division Three football next term entertain Oakley Sports Reserves seeking their first home win of the season, whilst at Whiston Crescent, Clifton look to have a tough game on their hands against the visiting fourth place Newham Athletic and the final game comes with second from bottom Renhold Village looking to end a five game losing run when they host Marston Shelton Rovers who themselves ended a long losing run last weekend with a victory at Saffron.
Division Three action sees league leaders Blue Chip looking for home win number six on the bounce in Russell Park against a Marsh Leys side that as won its last three games has they seek to keep three points clear of second place Kings AFC who journey to Gold Street for a meeting with Riseley Sports Reserves.
For third place Meltis Corinthians Reserves its a home Jubilee Park meeting with lowly Sandy A where you would expect them to collect the full three points to stay clear of fourth spot Potton Wanderers who hit the road to Steppingly Road on a seven game winning run for a clash with Flitwick Town Reserves.
Other games come in Hillgrounds where bottom of the table Exel United will have no easy task in chalking up their first win of the season at the expense of visitors Wilshamstead Reserves who are currently on a five game unbeaten run whilst the team immediately above them in the league table Lidlington United Sports Reserves are in home Hurst Grove action seeking home win number one of the season against Caldecote A.
The days final game seeing Stewartby Village host a AFC Shillington side that travels without a win from its last eight games which as seen them drop into the bottom five of the league table just two places above their hosts.