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Sunday 13th April 2008
Flitwick Town Join In The Division One Supported By Sportsform Title Race
Last Weekends action in The Premier Division saw league leaders Campton remain six points clear at the head of the table when a brace of goals from Craig Smith alongside strikes from Tom Dennahay and Kevin Rimmer take them to their ninth consecutive home win 4-0 over Luton Borough whilst second place Oakley Sports who have a game in hand on the leaders were chalking up win number six on the bounce with a 5-0 home win over last seasons champions Westoning Recreation Club thanks to goals from Jamie Endersby, Dean Bowen, Raj Rains, John Hislop and Sam Donadio but for third place Sandy their hopes of a first top flight championship win appear to be gone for another season after they were beaten 4-1 away at Ickwell & Old Warden who now climb into fourth spot over the non-playing Meltis Corinthians and Blunham, Greg Instrell netting a brace plus Danny Fox and Zak Rowe on the scoresheet for The Men from The Green to a lone Sandy reply from Matthew McCartney.

The lone away victory of the day coming from AFC Kempston Town who with a hattrick from Tom Pitts run out 3-2 winners at bottom club Wilshamstead whose replies came via a Tom Wisson penalty and a strike from Michael Hutton.

Elsewhere Caldecote claimed the biggest win of the day with a 8-1 home success over Renhold United, Nathan Buckland and Jack Gabbitas both netting a trio each whilst Matt Basta weigh in with a brace to a United reply from Sam Maddix, the days other scheduled game Riseley Sports v Blunham being postponed due to a sudden bereavement within the Riseley club.

Division One Supported By Sportsform action saw Henlow increase their league at the head of the table to four points when having been 3-1 down with twelve minutes left to play at Sandy Reserves they stormed back to claim all three points in a last ditch 4-3 scoreline, Pete Saunders, Leighton Machin, Andy Newton and Gabby Fallano the Henlow marksmen against a brace from Kevin Fage and Simon Raggett for the home side.

Morning second placers Dunton were meanwhile losing 0-2 at home to Campton Reserves who claimed the three points thanks to a Ollie Morgan penalty and a goal from Kerion O'Toole, a result which drops Dunton below Bedford SA in the standings desipte The Army Boys being held to a 2-2 home draw by Caldecote Reserves, the home goals both came from Mark Kelly who then missed from the penalty spot which was ordered to be retaken and teammate Asa Mead duly made it a double miss, Leeroy Odd grabbing both Caldecote goals one on the rebound from his own missed penalty.

All three top clubs must now however be looking over their shoulders at fourth place Flitwick Town who in chalking up their tenth win in a row when a lone strike from Steve Parkhouse took them to a 1-0 win at Stevington are now suddenly right there in the promotion mix especially after the midweek withdrawal of Westoning Recreation Club Reserves which will result in an adjustment to all of the leading clubs points tally.once the league's management committee have made their judgement.

Other games saw all of the four goals in Royal Oak Kempston 2-2 draw with bottom club Elstow Abbey come inside a ten minute spell, Jerome Gilks putting The Abbey ahead before two goals from Liam Boland, one from the penalty spot saw The Oak lead until Mo Banda levelled matters to earn his side a share of the spoils.

Elsewhere AFC Kempston Town Reserves enchanced their hopes of staying up when a brace of goals from Shar Rahman took them to a 2-0 home win over local rivals Kempston.

In Division Two action with second place Meltis Albion sitting the afternoon out, league leaders Bedford College took full advantage to extend their lead at the head of the table to six points after a 5-0 away win at Blunham Reserves, Sammy Guiry hitting the net twice, Phil Draycott once alongside two own goals making up their five tally and Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves kept their slim promotion hopes alive with a 3-1 away victory at Clifton, Dave Robertson with two goals and Paul Beith one their goalscoreres to a reply from Mark Gearing.

Down at the bottom of the table after failling to play their last two fixtures basement club Renhold Village were to resume duties with a 1-5 home defeat by Great Barford for whom Tom Hobbs twice plus Dan Jeffrey, Kiall Bagnell and Freddie Windram did the damage to a home reply from Giles Sowerby whilst second from bottom Woburn Reserves were beat 0-1 at home by Mulberry Bush, Gary Canzano netting the vital goal.

Saffron poor run of late continued when they lost for the fourth time on the bounce on home soil when beaten 3-5 by Oakley Sports Reserves, Dave Coan and Ben Brown both netting twice for The Sportsmen alongside a strike from Rob Taylor against home replis from Mohammed Rahman and Tazi Ali whilst the days other two games in this section finished all square, Marston Shelton Rovers 1-1 at home against Newham Athletic, Aaron Franks netting a Rovers penalty and Dan Ellision replying from the spot for The Athletic while Meppershall Jurassic were held 2-2 at home by Lidlington United Sports, Craig Damon and Dave Kember on the scoresheet for the home side to United replies from Alex Burrows and John Wright.

In Division Three after two wins in midweek Potton Wanderers climbed to the top of the table and stayed their following a 3-1 home victory over Sandy A, Nick Cooper, James Hearson and Chris Baines netting the goals to a reply from Jay Smith, their lead however is just two points over Kings AFC who have three games in hand over them and four points over Blue Chip who have two games in hand after both chasing clubs came up with big away wins.

Kings AFC, 7-0 at bottom club Exel United where Josh Clements netted a hattrick, Jacques Lokolonga a brace to go with single goals from Marcus Tomlin and Stuart Minty, while Blue Chip were 6-1 winners at Flitwick Town Reserves, James Bowen leading the way with a hattrick, supported by goals from Matthew Bailey, Carl Townsend and Tony Goodwin to a home reply from Steven Hedge.

Meltis Corinthians Reserves however still clinging onto promotion hopes in fourth spot after returning to winning ways with a 7-1 home win over Stewartby Village, Micky Smith netting twice plus a own goal and strikes from Tony Masterson, Alex Woolston, Anil Jhalli and Mattresse Clark the Sweetboys scorers to a reply from the penalty spot from Shaun Winconek.

The days other two games seeing Wilhamstead Reserves extend their winning ways to eight games with a 3-1 win at Lidlington United Sports Reserves thanks to goals from Phil Zeltobruhov, Shane Wharton and Marcus Newbury to a United reply from Dan Newby whilst Marabese Ceramics returned to winning ways with a 5-2 home win over AFC Shillington, Romano Marabese hitting a hattrick plus Colin Stanley and Matt Ward one each to a Shills brace in reply from Sam Larsen.

This weekends action in The Premier Division sees league leaders Campton sit the afternoon out and gives second place Oakley Sports a chance to close the gap to just three points but the task will not be a easy one as they travel to Miller Road to face home side Meltis Corinthians who have won all of their last eight home games, for third place Sandy its a must win home encounter with Sharnbrook at Bedford Road if they are to remain in the championship hunt, this game kicking off at 2pm to allow a reserve team game to follow.

With just three points covering fourth place Ickwell & Old Warden and eighth place Caldecote before the series of midweek games, its all still to be played for in a push for a top six finish, Ickwell & Old Warden looking to continue their recent good form when they journey to Renhold United seeking a seasons double, for Blunham its a trip on the road to Crawley Road and a meeting with second from bottom club Woburn who having lost their last six home games will certainly start second favourites for the three points on offer.

Elsewhere you would expect AFC Kempston Town to collect the full three points from their home encounter with Riseley Sports who travel to Hillgrounds having won just once in their last ten outings whilst Caldecote venture to St Thomas Road for a meeting with home club Luton Borough who now suddenly find themselves in the bottom six after collecting just a single point from their last six games.

The days final top section game coming at Greenfield Road where hosts Westoning Recreation Club without a win or goal in their last three games face bottom of the table Wilshamstead who travel without a point from their last fifteen outings.

Their are now four clubs in the race for the Division One Supported By Sportsform Division title but only one will be in action on Saturday when third place Dunton entertain Stevington at Horseshoes Close, of the others Henlow and Flitwick Town are without games whilst league leaders Bedford SA start the weekend action on Friday evening when they face Second Division Meltis Albion in the final of this seasons Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup in a game that takes place at Potton United's Hollow Ground Kick Off 7.45pm.

So the centre of the Division One action falls onto the battle to beat the drop, second from bottom AFC Kempston Town Reserves in the most need of points but the task is a tall one in an away game at in form Marston Social, whilst at Bedford Road, Kick Off 4.15pm third from bottom Sandy Reserves without a win in eight face fifth from bottom Reddings Wood who travel having lost their last four away outings.

The other two clubs yet far from safe are, Royal Oak Kempston who travel to Harvey Close to face draw specialists Caldecote Reserves whilst Kempston are in home Cutler Hammer action against high flying Campton Reserves.

Division Two action sees league leaders Bedford College expected to take another step closer to the Division title when they host Newham Athletic in Jubilee Park as after their Cup Final of the previous evening second place Meltis Albion sit the afternoon out, for still promotion seeking Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves its on paper a easy home game on The Green against bottom of the table Renhold Village who travel with just one win from thirteen away outings.

Of the other games perhaps the best one is in Hillgrounds where Mulberry Bush winners of their last three games host Meppershall Jurassic who have lost just twice on the road this season, with other action coming at Moggerhanger Playing Fields where Blunham Reserves now without a point from their last five games should put that right when visited by second from bottom side Woburn Reserves, at Hurst Grove where Lidlington United Sports entertain Saffron and at Great Barford Playing Fields where the home side look to end a barren spell of five games without a win against visitors Marston Shelton Rovers who travel seeking their third away win on the bounce.

The Division Three title race now appears to be a three way fight and the game of the day comes at King George VI Playfield Fields in Clapham where two of those sides title favourites Kings AFC look to prevent Potton Wanderers taking their winning run to thirteen games and put them out of the title equation at least by extending their unbeaten home ways to sixteen games with at least a share of the spoils.

The other club in the title mix are Blue Chip and it will be a major surprise if they do not collect the full three points from their home Russell Park clash with second from bottom Lidlington United Sports Reserves, whilst perhaps still in the promotion mix are Meltis Corinthians Reserves who are on the road to Hillgrounds to face bottom of the table Exel United where the full three points should be collected.

Other action comes at Stondon Playing Fields where AFC Shillington without a win in their last ten games host Flitwick Town Reserves losers of their last four outings, at Gold Street where Riseley Sports Reserves host third from bottom Stewartby Village, at Sunderland Road where Sandy A will host Marabese Ceramics whose last away win came some five games ago while its Hillgrounds for the Divisions final fixture as Marsh Leys seek home win number three on the bounce against a travelling Wilshamstead Reserves side who journey seeking away win number four on the bounce.

Action will then move onto Monday Evening where their will be vital Division Two games for Meltis Albion as they travel to face Lidlington United Sports at Hutst Grove and for Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves as they entertain local rivals Great Barford on The Green, with a third fixture seeing Newham Athletic travel to face Oakley Sports Reserves.

In Division Three their are five games none more important than AFC Kings visit to face Stewartby Village whilst their is local derby action between Sandy A and Caldecote A plus games at Steppingley Road where Flitwick Town Reserves host Riseley Sports Reserves, at Cople Playing Fields where Marabese Ceramics entertain Exel United and a Marsh Leys v AFC Shillington clash in Hillgrounds with all games due to kick off at 6.15pm

The programme then moves onto Wednesday Evening when the Premier Division title race continues with Campton facing a home Rectory Road clash with Sandy whilst Oakley Sports are also in home action against Caldecote after which perhaps the champions names will be known or at least a lot clearer to call.

Other top division action comes on The Green where Ickwell & Old Warden host Westoning Recreation Club, at Gold Steet the venue for Riseley Sports home game with Meltis Corinthians and at Lodge Road where hosts Sharnbrook will entertain AFC Kempston Town.

There are just three games in Division One Supported By Sportsform, a big top of the table encounter at Cople Playing Fields where Bedford SA host Flitwick Town whilst at Hillgrounds a big drop zone clash sees AFC Kempston Town host Sandy Reserves.with the final game seeing Marston Social entertain Royal Oak Kempston.

Action likewise in Division Two brings just three games but all eyes will be centred in Jubilee Park where the Division title could yet be won when Bedford College play hosts to Meltis Albion, a venue that also stages the Meppershall Jurassic home clash with Saffron with the final game coming at Crawley Road where Clifton hit the road for a meeting with hosts Woburn Reserves., again all games due to kick off at 6.15pm.

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