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Sunday 30th March 2008
Wins For Campton And Oakley Sports Hot Up The Premier Division Title Race
Meltis Corinthians will contest the final of this seasons Britannia Cup on May Bank Holiday Monday against Blunham after two first half goals from Justin Patterson against a penalty reply from Gary Fil took them to a 2-1 home victory over Sandy at Miller Road, whilst adding to the misery of Sandy's afternoon was the news that third place Oakley Sports had with a brace of goals from Jamie Mclennan to a lone reply from Mark Reed netted a 2-1 home win over Blunham to leapfrog above them on goal difference into second spot in the Premier Division table and now also find themselves six points adrift of league leaders Campton who notched up their eighth consecutive home win in a 4-0 victory over Caldecote thanks to two goals from Andrew Hayday and single strikes from Chris Fry and Gary Gibson but having played one game less than Oakley Sports and two fewer than Campton the championship title is still very much in the melting pot for all three clubs.going into the last month of the season.
Elsewhere the result of the day belonged to Woburn who with a goal from Aaron Ripley alongside a Nick Skolsky penalty came up with their first away win of the season in winning 2-0 at Luton Borough with the three points gained lifting them off the bottom of the table for the first time since late October at the expense of Wilshamstead whose home game against Riseley Sports was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
The days other two top flight encounters seeing AFC Kempston Town with goals from Lyndon Ingerson, Jason Simons and Tom Pitts win 3-0 at home against Westoning Recreation Club whilst Renhold United extended their unbeaten ways to seven games with a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw at Sharnbrook, Shaun Barnett netting for the home side to a reply from Xennon Paul.
In Division One Supported By Sportsform the games involving the top two clubs, Henlow at Westoning Recreation Club and Dunton's home game with Kempston failed to beat the weather as third place Bedford SA took full advantage to close the gap at the head of the table with a 2-0 away win at second from bottom side AFC Kempston Town Reserves thanks to goals from James Allen and James Dougan.
Meanwhile fourth place Flitwick Town needed to overcome a first minute strike from Lorenzo Jordan to extend their winning ways to eight games 2-1 away at Royal Oak Kempston with goals from Clive Craig and Mark Bartlett whilst Marston Social are now into the top half of the table for the first time this season after winning 2-1 at home against Campton Reserves, James Armstrong and Antony Henman the Social marksmen to a reply from Sid Russell.
With Sandy Reserves home game with Elstow Abbey called off the final game in this section saw Reddings Wood after three straight defeats stop the rot with a point from a 3-3 home draw with Caldecote Reserves, Kevin Simlow netting twice and James Grandidge once to Caldecote replies from Leeroy Odd, Spencer Melrose and Max Cooper.
In Division Two, league leders Bedford College are now seven points clear at the head of the table after a brace of goals from Sammy Guiry and strikes from Martin Ivy and Yudia Ichikawi took them to a 4-1 away win at Mulberry Bush for whom Ben Marwood replied as second place Meltis Albion who have played three games less saw their game at Great Barford fail a morning pitch inspection.
Of the four other games in this section to go ahead, after Woburn Reserves home encounter with Oakley Sports Reserves was called off, three were to go the way of the visiting side, Lidlington United Sports ending Blunham Reserves recent unbeaten home ways with a 4-3 win, Gary Whitbread netting a hattrick and John Wright on the scoresheet once whilst two own goals plus a strike from Daniel Whitten made up the home reply.
For Marston Shelton Rovers it was a 5-1 win at Renhold Village, James Burraway and Dean Clarke with braces alongside a Chris Patrickson goal doing the damage against a Village goal from Delroy Prince and making up the trio of away winners were Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves who with a penalty from James Vallom won 1-0 at Saffron, the club bucking the trend of the day were Clifton 4-0 home winners over Newham Athletic with goals from Lee Pateman, Greg King, Robert Harradine and Garath Carter.
In Division Three, Blue Chip's lead at the head of the table is down to just a single point after they were held to a 2-2 home draw by Marsh Leys, James Bowen and Pete Neale netting the home goals to replies from Ricky Munday and Liam Parker as second place Kings AFC who have also played a game less closed the gap with a 3-2 away win at Riseley Sports Reserves, Marcus Tomlin, Lee Morgan and Josh Clements netting the vital goals against home strikes from Tommy Duff and Mark Weekley.
For third place Meltis Corinthians Reserves it was a shock 1-2 home defeat at the hands of Sandy A, Ian Hammitt and Dan Threadgold on the scoresheet for Sandy against a Sweetboys reply from Earl Patterson as Potton Wanderers netted their eighth win on the bounce to move to within three points of them in fourth spot with a 4-3 win at Flitwick Town Reserves for whom Ben Wallington hit all three goals.
The days other two games to go ahead after Lidlington United Sports home clash with Caldecote A was called off saw Wilshamstead Reserves with goals from Phil Zeltobruhov, Paddy Henman and Mark Nicholson win 3-0 at bottom club Exel United and Stewartby Village and AFC Shillington share the spoils in a 1-1 draw, Sam Whittle the home marksman to a Adam Larsen reply.
This weekends sees the action for the season move into its final month with the top three clubs in the Premier Division all facing what on paper look like tricky games, league leaders Campton whose away record is far from impressive of late travelling to face a Renhold United side that is unbeaten in its last seven games and that as lost just three times on home soil all season whilst second place Oakley Sports are also on the road to Hillgrounds to face a AFC Kempston Town side whose home record of eight wins from ten outings will ensure their fifth win on the bounce will be no easy task to gain while third place Sandy are in derby action at Bedford Road against a Caldecote side that as already beaten them twice this season including a 3-0 win at Sandy in The Bedfordshire Senior Trophy which ended the hosts proud winning home run back in November.
At the bottom end of the table, the new basement club Wilshamstead now on a thirteen game losing run will be hard pressed to buck the trend when they journey to Moggerhanger Playing Fields for a meeting with fifth place Blunham who will start firm favourites for the three points, meanwhile the two clubs immediately above them in the table clash at Crawley Road where hosts Woburn look for only their third home win of the campaign against Riseley Sports who will arrive at Crawley Road having gained just two points from their their last nine outings which as seen them drop into the relegation zone.
The days other games coming at St Thomas Road where Luton Borough now without a win in their last four outings receive a visit from a Sharnbrook side that as lost just once in their last nine games to pull clear of the relegation zone and at Miller Road where Meltis Corinthians will be looking for their eighth consecutive home win on the bounce against fourth place visitors Ickwell & Old Warden who travel unbeaten in their last five away outings.
In the Division One Supported By Sportsform action who would expect to see league leaders Henlow collect the full three points from their home Groveside encounter with Reddings Wood who travel having lost five of their last six away outings but for second spot Dunton its a tough away game at in form Marston Social who are unbeaten in their last eight outings plus of course removed Dunton from the Centenary Cup back in November which in effect kick started their season and their climb up the league table, whilst third place Bedford SA look to have a much easier game when they entertain Westoning Recreation Club Reserves at Cople Playing Fields.
For fourth place Flitwick Town now on a ten game winning run on home soil at Steppingly Road you would expect them to pile more misery onto the woes of second from bottom AFC Kempston Town Reserves all of which can only be good news for Sandy Reserves who suddenly find themselves in a relegation battle as they travel to Harvey Close for a meeting with Caldecote Reserves seeking their first win in seven outings and for Royal Oak Kempston who will have no easy task when they journey to Rectory Road to face a Campton Reserves side that as won its last five home games.
The days other game in this section coming at Cutler Hammer where hosts Kempston will be seeking their first home win since Mid-September when paid a visit by Stevington.
With Division Two leaders Bedford College sitting the afternoon out second place Meltis Albion can close to gap on them to just four points and still with two games in hand should they come up with the full three points from their visit to The Green to face Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves whose home record of eight wins from ten games will not make it easy, for third place Meppershall Jurassic its a trip on the road to Oakley Sports Reserves as they seek away win number nine on the bounce to keep them in the promotion mix whilst fourth place Newham Athletic after two straight defeats should return to winning ways in their home encounter with Renhold Village those away record of twelve defeats from thirteen outings suggests it will be a major shock if they dont.
Other games see Great Barford now without a home win since late December entertain a returning to form Clifton side that will fancy its chances of collecting the full three points whilst at Hurst Grove you would expect hosts Lidlington United Sports to be to good for visiting bottom of the table Woburn Reserves despite them having collected four points from their last two away outings.
The days final game in this section taking Blunham Reserves to Hillgrounds for a meeting with Mulberry Bush.
In Division Three both of the top two clubs have winnable but far from easy home games, Blue Chip in Russell Park entertaining Marabese Ceramics whilst second place Kings AFC put their thirteen game unbeaten home record on the line at home at King George VI Playing Fields Clapham against a Marsh Leys side that are making a habit of raising their game and producing shock results.against the better sides.this season.
For third place Meltis Corinthians Reserves its a trip on the road to Jubilee Playing Fields to a face a Wilshamstead Reserves side who are unbeaten on home soil in their last six outings and defeat for The Sweetboys could drop them to fourth spot as the current occupants Potton Wanderers will be expected to come up with their ninth straight win and the full three points when they host second from bottom Lidlington United Sports Reserves at Mill Lane.
The days other games coming at Harvey Close where Caldecote A without a win in six face a Flitwick Town Reserves side that as won four of its last six away games, at Sunderland Road where Sandy A seek win number three on the bounce against a visiting Stewartby Village side that last won on the road some seven games ago back in early December and at Gold Street where hosts Riseley Sports Reserves will not want to be the first side this season to lose to bottom club Exel United.
After the weekend the action will then move onto Monday evening with games taking place in Division Two and Three, for Division Two league leaders Bedford College its a trip on the road to Whiston Crescent to face Clifton whilst second place Meltis Albion are also on the road for what looks like a easier game against Renhold Village, other games in this section seeing Oakley Sports Reserves entertain Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves and Woburn Reserves journey to Russell Park to face Saffron.
Division Three action sees just two games, Sandy A taking on Potton Wanderers in a local derby game and at Gold Street, Riseley Sports Reserves host Marabese Ceramics, with all games due to Kick Off at 6pm.
Fourty Eight hours later on Wednesday evening again all 6pm kick offs, Premier Division action takes place at Harvey Close where Caldecote entertain Meltis Corinthians, Division One Supported By Sportsform action takes promotion seeking Bedford SA the short trip down the road to face Elstow Abbey whilst after their away trips on Monday evening both Ickwell & Old Reserves and Woburn Reserves return to action with home fixtures, Ickwell entertain high flying Meppershall Jurassic on The Green and Woburn hosting Great Barford at Crawley Road.
The final game coming in Division Three where Potton Wanderers have their second game of the week when they travel to Jubilee Park to face Meltis Corinthians Reserves in a vital top of the table encounter.