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Sunday 20th April 2008
Meltis Albion Claim Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup Win Over Bedford SA
This Weekends action in The Premier Division was to see the big game at Miller Road end all square as hosts Meltis Corinthians with a last minute equalizer from Anup Kalyan extended their unbeaten home run to ten games to keep them in fourth spot in the league table whilst at the same time putting a serious dent into the championship hopes of Oakley Sports, Dave Baxter shooting The Sportsmen ahead early in the second half after Sam Donadio had missed a first period penalty, this result now leaving league leaders Campton requiring just four points from their remaining three games to lift their first ever top flight title.
Meanwhile at Bedford Road, Sandy's hopes of taking the runners-up spot took a knock when visitors Sharnbrook claimed a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw, Nick Jones hitting the home goal to a reply from Shaun Barnett, elsewhere Ickwell & Old Warden lost their chance to climb above Meltis Corinthians and remain in fifth spot after letting a two goal lead slip at Renhold United, Danny Fox and Lewis Giddings putting Ickwell in command until a goal from James Morris and a Sam Maddix penalty levelled matters.
Making up the top six are Caldecote, who with two goals from Nathan Buckland and strikes from Stuart Kemp and Andrew Spiers sent Luton Borough to their sixth consecutive defeat with a 4-1 win at St Thomas Road.Borough's lone reply coming from Currant Mutanga.
Life at the bottom of the table is getting worse week by week for Wilhamstead who after losing 4-1 at Westoning Recreation Club now known only the maximum points from their remaining three games will give them any chance of climbing out of the bottom two a feat which is surely beyond them having lost their last fifteen outings Nick Shirley and Nick Keene both netting twice for the home side to a reply from Graham Beales but for second from bottom Woburn their fate is already sealed of a finish in the bottom two, neverless they finished their home season on a semi high by holding Blunham to a 0-0 draw.
The days other top flight game seeing AFC Kempston Town remain in the hunt for a top four finish following their 2-0 home win over Riseley Sports, Jason Simmons and Andy Smith hitting the vital goals.
Action in Division One Supported by Sportsform saw third place Dunton keep the pressure going on the top two clubs Henlow and Bedford SA by chalking up a 3-0 home win over Stevington, Tim Jarmen netting twice and Garath Underwood once, whilst Sandy Reserves are now free of any relegation fears after netting a 5-1 home win over Reddings Wood, Ian Jakes leading the way with four goals and Ian Hammitt adding another to a lone reply from James Grandidge, meanwhile AFC Kempston Reserves and Royal Oak Kempston now look set for a straight fight to keep out of the bottom two after both went down to away defeats, Royal Oak Kempston beaten by a Leeroy Odd goal in a 1-0 defeat at Caldecote Reserves whilst Town were beaten 4-2 at Marston Social, Daniel Goddard, Simon Steele, Antony Henman plus a penalty from goalkeeper Ben Bullen doing the damage to replies from Shar Rahman and a Lee Leonard penalty for The Town.
The days final game in this section seeing Kempston end a four game losing home run by holding Campton Reserves to a 1-1 draw, Andy Klein on the scoresheet for the hosts to a reply from Craig Smith.
After their previous nights Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup Final win over Bedford SA where a hattrick from Scott Alleyne plus a extra time winner for Darren Ashpole outweigh goals from Richard Ambler and James Allen plus a own goal it was league business as usual for Meltis Albion as they now go head to head with Bedford College for the Division Two title, with Scott Alleyne netting twice and Darren Ashpole once in a 3-0 away win at Oakley Sports Reserves to leave them six points shy of leaders Bedford College but with two games in hand after The Students run out 5-1 home winners over Newham Athletic, Kevin Rogers and Sammy Guri both netting twice and Eric Okoth once to an Athletic reply from Ian Ellison.
Elsewhere Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves now look likely to finish in third spot after a James Vallom penalty took them to a 1-0 home win over Renhold Village as Mulberry Bush and Meppershall Jurassic swapped fourth and fifth places after The Bush beat The Jurassic Boys 4-0 thanks to goals from Adian Channock, Darren Gough, Gary Canzano and Sam Queeley.
Elsewhere Woburn Reserves gave themselves hope of climbing out of the bottom two above Lidlington United Sports when earning a point from a 3-3 draw at Blunham Reserves, Matt Holland hitting a hattrick for the Safari Boys whilst the home goals came via a Daniel Whitten penalty and strikes from Ian Perkins plus Shaun Gilbert, as United Sports were being beaten 1-2 at home by Saffron for whom Jahangir Ahmed netted both goals.
The days final game in this section seeing two goals from Daniel Stafford take Great Barford to their first home win in six outings 2-0 over Marston Shelton Rovers who they now climb above on goal difference into eighth spot in the league table.
The Division Three title race is now down to a two way fight between Kings AFC and Blue Chip after Kings AFC ended any hopes Potton Wanderers had of collecting the title by bringing their twelve game winning run to a end with a 4-1 home win over them, Lee Morgan with a brace plus Allen Sacbuker and Marcus Tomlin the home marksmen whilst Blue Chip were winning 3-0 at home over Lidlington United Sports Reserves thanks to goals from James Bowen, Paul Welling and Carl Townsend, the result now leaving United Sports just two points clear at the bottom of the table over Exel United who came up with their first win of the season in a shock 2-1 home victory over fourth place Meltis Corinthians Reserves, Julian Caves plus a own goal sending United on their way to the three points before Hubi Bhangle pulled one back in the last minute for The Sweetboys.
Elsewhere Marabese Ceramics held onto fifth spot after a Romano Marabese hattrick and a goal from Luke Ardelino took them to a 4-3 away win at Sandy A whose replies came via a Ashley Bradders brace and a goal from Dan Threadgold to stay a point clear of Riseley Sports Reserves 4-0 home winners over Stewartby Village, Philip Taylor netting twice alongside goals from Chris Lander and Barry Pirrie.
The days other two games seeing Wilshamstead Reserves with goals from Marcus Newbury and Mark Nicholson lead 2-0 at Marsh Leys until Simon Wade struck twice to earn his side a share of the spoils whilst Flitwick Town Reserves with goals from Ben Wallington and Mark Bartlett to a Sam Larsen reply were 2-1 winners at AFC Shillington.
This Weekends action in The Premier Division depending on the outcome in midweek could well see the champagne corks popping on The Green should visitors Campton come up with the right result against hosts Ickwell & Old Warden to claim their first ever top flight championship title but with the home side still in hope of a top three finish the task will not be a easy one meanwhile any hopes Sandy have of claiming the runners-up spot can only surely come if they find a way of collecting the three points at current second placers Oakley Sports all of which would virtually hand the title to Campton no matter what the outcome on The Green.
For the clubs chasing a top six finish, Meltis Corinthians appear to have the easier of the games as they travel to Jubilee Playing Fields to face bottom club Wilshamstead who are now in the last chance salon relagation wise after fifteen straight defeats as AFC Kempston Town will not fancy their chances nearly so much when they travel to Moggerhanger Playing Fields to face hosts Blunham who themselves could yet claim a top six finish.
For Caldecote its a Harvey Close home meeting with Sharnbrook who travel seeking to extend their unbeaten away record to five games, whilst just a point for Riseley Sports in their home encounter at Gold Street with Westoning Recreation Club will ensure them of Premier Division football next term, the days final top flight game seeing Luton Borough now on a six game losing run hit the road for a meeting with Renhold United who head them in the table by just a single point.
Action in Division One Supported By Sportsform will whatever the outcomes see the final championship title and promotion spots not settled until the following week yet you would fancy all the three leading clubs despite all having to hit the road to perhaps come up with the full three points, Bedford SA making the short journey to Cutler Hammer to face Reddings Wood whilst both Henlow and Dunton will be just around the corner at Hillgrounds, Dunton there to to battle with AFC Kempston Town Reserves whilst Henlow journey to face Royal Oak Kempston and with both of the home clubs needing points to prevent a bottom two finish perhaps the nerves might just yet get the better of one or both of the visiting sides.
Other action in this section takes Caldecote Reserves now unbeaten in their last five away games on the road to finish their season at bottom club Elstow Abbey whilst Stevington will ended their own season with a home game against Campton Reserves looking to end a run of three straight defeats with the final game in this division taking fourth place Flitwick Town on the road to Bedford Road to face a Sandy Reserves.side thats as now won its last two home games to steer clear of the drop zone.
Action in Division Two sees league leaders Bedford College sit the afternoon out and gives second place Meltis Albion a chance to play their game in hand when they entertain Lidlington United Sports at Miller Road where you would expect them to collect the full three points, whilst third place Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves hit the road for a meeting with Marston Shelton Rovers looking to extend their unbeaten away record to four games against a home outfit that as won just once on home soil in their last nine games.
For the other games in this section little more than personal pride is at stake but Mulberry Bush after four straight wins will certainly be looking for the nap hand when they host Saffron in Hillgrounds yet perhaps both Great Barford who travel to face Newham Athletic at Carlton and Clifton who host Oakley Sports Reserves at Whiston Crescent will have a eye more on their following weeks Jubilee Cup Final clash.
The days final game coming in Jubilee Park where suddendly Meppershall Jurassic and their visitors Blunham Reserves can't seem to find a win from anywhere and perhaps a draw looks the most likely outcome.
In Division Three, the top game comes at Mill Lane where second place Blue Chip travel to face third place Potton Wanderers knowing just a point will secure them this seasons silver medals but if they are to have any chance of taking the championship title then only the full three points will do, with The Wanderers only trailing them on goal difference a home win would take them into second spot and in effect hand the championship title to AFC Kings even if they were to slip up in their visit to Hillgrounds where they face Meltis Corinthians Reserves, but to remain in second spot The Wanderers would then require Kings AFC returning them the favour on Monday evening by ensuring Blue Chip dont win their Russell Park clash which kicks off at 6.30pm.and finishes both clubs league season.
At the other end of the table the fight to avoid the wood spoon is hotting up as bottom club Exel United who now only trail Lidlington United Sports by two points look to have a chance of perhaps collecting a share of the spoils when they journey to face third from bottom Stewartby Village, whilst United Sports entertain AFC Shillington at Hurst Grove looking to extend their advantage over Exel United to more than three points ahead of their last day of the season meeting seven days later.
For the other teams again little more than pride is at stake but Wilshamstead Reserves will not want to lose their unbeaten ten game run when they journey at Cople Playing Fields to face Marabese Ceramics whilst other action comes at Steppingley Road where Flitwick Town Reserves host Sandy A , and in Hillgrounds which is the venue for Caldecote A visit to face Marsh Leys.
After the weekend the action moves onto Monday evening where apart from that all important Division Three clash in Russell Park, action also comes in Division One and Two, in Division One Supported By Sportsform, Bedford SA will certainly want to collect the full three home points from their Cople Playing Fields clash with Sandy Reserves whilst in Division Two all the top three clubs are in action, Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves facing Bedford College on The Green while Meltis Albion hit the road to face Woburn Reserves at Crawley Road.
The evenings final game coming at Hurst Grove where Lidlington United Sports entertain Clifton, with all games due to kick off at 6.30pm.
The midweek league season will then close fourty eight hours later with another five fixtures, four of which come in the Premier Division, at Bedford Road its derby action between Sandy and Blunham whilst Ickwell & Old Warden hit the road for a Hillgrounds meeting with AFC Kempston Town and Caldecote journey to Greenfield Road to face Westoning Recreation Club the fourth game seeing Meltis Corinthians in home action at Miller Road against Riseley Sports.
The lone Division One Supported By Sportsform game comes at Cutler Hammer which will be home from home for both clubs as Kempston entertain Reddings Wood who of course play their home fixtures at the same venue, again all games kick off at 6.30pm