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Sunday 26th October 2008
Caldecote Climb To The Top Of The Premier Division Supported By Sportsform League Table
Premier Division Supported By Sportsform

Bedford Sports Athletic 0 Wilshamstead 1

Sports Athletic remain rooted to the bottom of the Premier Division Supported By Sportsform table after a goal from Jim Struthers twenty minutes into the contest gave Wilshamstead their second away win of the season and but for the visitors Paul Jackson slamming a effort against the crossbar the game would perhaps have been all over by the half-time break, but over it was not with the home side enjoying much the better of the second half spoils which lead Wilshamstead manager Matt Stevens to nominate his central defender Robert Cox as the man of the match, closely followed by the display of evergreen goalkeeper Steve Fox who combined to keep the home side at bay whilst it was perhaps Wilshamstead Paul Jones who came closest to a second half goal with a effort against the crossbar in the 90th minute.

Blunham 6 Henlow 1

Henlow arrived at Moggerhanger Playing Fields to face third place Blunham looking to take their unbeaten ways to three games under their new management partnership of Greg Hall and Steve Worboys following the midweek resignation of Graham Endersby who had cited work commitments as the reason for his departure whilst the home side were without their manager for the day Kevin Smith who was away on his stag weekend and having with him several of his team which meant the home side fielded a very much under strength side has they sought to close the gap at the head of the league table on the non-playing leaders Campton to just a single point.

The home side opened the game firing on all cylinders as first Percy Chagwizh arrived late in the penalty box to fly a effort over the debutant Henlow goalkeeper Chris Davies crossbar after Andy Smith had held the ball up to offer him his chance then Smith himself was to make the perfectly timed run to meet a ball delivered from deep by Carl Page only to send it wide of Davies uprights.

But virtually in their first adventure onto home soil, Henlow took the lead seven minutes into the contest when a surging run by Ross Pateman ended with him cooley slipping the ball passed home goalkeeper Barry Ulyatt, but it was not long before the home side were fighting back, Davies being at full stretch on his backpost to tip away an effort from Julian Munns before fifteen minutes in they drew level, Deephard Banghard pumping a ball from his own penalty box which saw Smith latch himself onto before despatching a shot passed Davies to bring up a 1-1 scoreline.

Blunham were then to have the ball in the Henlow net again some seven minutes later but referee Stuart Pater had already blown his whistle for a earlier in the move foul on Smith and the visitors luck held when Munns sent the resulting free kick wide of Davies upright, who then saw lady luck shinning down on him again when he made a poor clearance to the feet of Smith only to see teammate Bryan Sego come to his rescue with the tackle of the afternoon,

But with the half-time break approaching it was perhaps the visitors who should have went back in front, first James Tizard dipped a effort from range just over Ulyatt bar then in the very last action of the half James Gentry was alone and free on goal only to fire well off target.

If this had meant to be a warning to the home side, they certainty took note during the half-time break has within twelve minutes of the new half it was game over has Blunham raced into a 4-1 lead, we were just two minutes into the new action when the home side gained the lead, Michael Jones pumping the ball forward for the on rushing Smith who still had plenty to do but even from such an acute angle he made it look simple in pushing the ball passed Davies, then just two minutes later Smith turned playmaker, collecting a long ball from Page to jinx his way across the penalty box to grant Chagwizh the opportunity to net from close range and take the scoreline up to 3-1.

Any hopes of a Henlow comeback then disappearing on 57minutes when the home side extended their advantage to three goals, it all started with another ball delivered from deep this time by Banghard which saw visiting defender Sego attempting to head the ball back to goalkeeper Davies, alas leaving his touch to light that Davies in racing off his line to collect sent the ever lively Smith crashing to the floor and referee Pater pointing to the penalty spot from where Jones was to take his sides tally to 4-1 by sending Davies the wrong way.

The home side were now in total control and it was no surprise to see Munns bring the nap hand up on 67minutes when he ghosted in unnoticed to meet a Page corner from the edge of the penalty box before Jones collected his second goal of the afternoon and his sides sixth eight minutes later with a overhead kick finish having meet a ball from Chagwizh knocked in to his feet onto the six yard box, but despite home goalkeeper Ulyatt being little more than a spectator during the second half he needed to be at his best five minutes from time to keep out a volley from Andy Newton and retain his sides five goal lead.

Blunham, Barry Ulyatt, Luke Stone, Matt Hulatt, Deep Banghard, Carl Page, Garath Hughes,Chris Dunne, Percy Chagwizh, Julian Munns, Andy Smith, Michael jones, Subs Used, Rob Lawrence, Daniel Whitten,

Henlow, Chris Davies, Neil Spencer, Andy Newton, Bryan Sego, Colin Hemmings, Jake Rennie, Alex Case, Greg Hall, Jim Gentry, Ross Pateman, James Tizard,

Caldecote 4 Dunton 1

Neil Mapletoft's Caldecote now sit proudly on top of the Premier Division Supported By Sportsform league table on goal difference from Campton after in his words not really playing that well in overcoming a Dunton side whose own manager Barry Morris remains in hospital following an injury to his spleen whilst playing Sunday football last weekend which is likely to keep him out of action until well into the New Year but hopefully back on touchline duty for next weekends home clash with Campton.

The home side were to gain the lead sixteen minutes into the game with a goal from Dave Daniels and that's the way it stay at the break with manager Mapletoft being forced to join in the action himself early in the new period to replace injured brother Adrian and he had been on the pitch less than ten minutes when his side doubled the lead to 2-0, Leeroy Odd firing the ball into the back of the net from out wide which if that's what he meant to do will go close to being The Harvey Close goal of the season but the majority view was it was a knock to the backpost that got lucky on the wind.

Mapletoft had been joined in the second half by fellow substitute Glen Renforth who was to put the result beyond the visitors reach with a third home goal on seventy-five minutes before they reduced the arrears back to two goals when Dave Gill netted three minutes later only for Odd to turn playmaker five minutes from time to allow Steve Starling to tap home goal number four, Starling being chosen by Mapletoft has his man of the match mainly for his deadly crosses which if only Odd and Kyle Griffiths-Shilton had converted half of the scoreline would have been much greater.

Oakley Sports 4 Ickwell & Old Warden 4

Oakley manager Jim Burke was far from a happy man after his side had allowed Ickwell to steal a point with a last minute goal especially has it arrived from the penalty spot with what he described as a perfect dive, whilst visiting manager Alan Turner was far from smiling himself after learning Sharnbrook had won at home against Riseley Sports to dump his own club just one place off the bottom of the league table.

Ickwell with a goal from Andrew Vallom were ahead twenty-five minutes into the game before Jamie Endersby levelled matters for the home side ten minutes later, and whilst a goal from Danny Fox briefly put Ickwell back in front early in the second half by the time seventy-five minutes had been played the home side were 4-2 up and in coast mode to the three points to lift them back into the top six of the league table, all thanks to Robert Taylor striking to level matters on the hour mark then goals from Chris Huckle and Dean Bawden taking them two goals clear.

Yet this was to all change when Fox grabbed his second goal of the afternoon seven minutes from time before with the game now in time added on, Zak Rowe went to ground under a challenge from John Searle which had referee Nicky Dahl pointing to the spot where up stepped Vallom to fire home the equalizer to gain his side a share of the spoils.

Renhold United 2 Meltis Corinthians 2

Meltis Corinthians held onto their seasons unbeaten record but will perhaps feel this was two points dropped rather than one gained after allowing the home side to come from two goals down to enjoy a share of the spoils, all was going well for The Sweetboys when from a Justin Patterson cross, Moby Hussain gave them the lead fifteen minutes into the game which Neville Allen doubled on the half-hour mark when striking home from a free kick until United were thrown a lifeline just before the interval when Mo Banda reduced the arrears from the penalty spot.

The visitors Dean Warren was to then be guilty of missing two real sitters right in front of goal early into the new half before the presents of United's second half substitute Paul Daniels saw him work his magic to swing the game back his sides way and end with Sam Maddox levelling maters at 2-2 fourteen minutes from time.

Sharnbrook 3 Riseley Sports 0

Sharnbrook were to lift themselves out of the bottom two of the league table and return to winning ways with this 3-0 win over Riseley Sports who were losing their third away game on the bounce, goals from Luke Barnett and Daniel Miljkovic taking the home side two goals clear before Sportsmans player-manager Ricky Milne added to the scoreline with a own goal.

Division One

Campton Reserves 2 Caldecote Reserves 1

Campton Reserves after four games without a win return to winning ways to collect the three points that now lifts them back in the top six of the league standings whilst Caldecote returned to Harvey Close still pointless on their travels this season, after a goalless opening half Lee Marshall shot the visitors ahead on the hour mark before man of the match Kerion O'Toole stole his thunder to take his side to victory,levelling matters five minutes later then hitting the winner ten minutes from time.

Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves 1 Kempston 3

Lee Pyke's Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves side were not only to lose their seasons unbeaten home record and have their winning four game run brought to a end by a Kempston side that now jump up into fifth slot in the table but also miss the chance to top the league table.

All was going well for the home side in the opening half when Wayne Morris shot them ahead on the half-hour mark but they were to fall apart in the second period when a double strike from David Powell and a goal from Leonard Metallari gave Kempston only their second away win of the season.

Sandy Reserves 1 Westoning Recreation Club 1

Sandy put all their toubles of recent days behind them to come up with only their second point of the season to foil the visitors gaining their third win on the bounce, The Rec Boys took the lead in the opening half with a goal from Adam Wills until Chris Cooper struck for the home side twenty minutes from time, home manager Richard Wheatley stating its a game we should really have won but for missing so many chances in the opening half.

Elsewhere, in the Division Flitwick Town remain on top of the table three points clear of Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves despite being held to a 1-1 home draw by AFC Kempston Town Reserves, David Dicarlo shooting The Town ahead ten minutes into the second half before Matt Bibby level matters ten minutes from time, for Kempston Hammers Sports it was a extension to their seasons unbeaten home record with a 5-2 win over Elstow Abbey, goals from Richard Smith and a brace from Paul Nockles taking them 3-0 clear at half-time until two penalties converted by Dave McCarthy reduced the scoreline to 3-2 until The Hammers with goals in the last five minutes from Matthew Mossop and Nick Tysoe sealed their win.

Meanwhile Marston Social were forced to play their game at Stevington with just ten players, losing out 6-3 Ian Woods and Scott Hannam both netting braces alogside goals from Shaun Wincokec and Matt Coles for the home side against Social replies from Daniel Bullen, Darren Rowlett and Jon Dudoic, while Woburn came up with their first home win of the season 8-1 over Royal Oak Kempston, The Oak taking a early lead with a goal from Andy Palombella until The Safari Boys hit back with two goals from Martin Holland, Jake Nichols and Shane Forsythe plus single goals for Mark Goodleman and a Nick Skolsky penalty who was making a rare appearance between the sticks for the home side and could not resist the lure of a spot kick.

Division Two

Blue Chip 2 Great Barford 2

It took a goal five minutes from time for Great Barford to retain their seasons unbeaten record but it was not enough to prevent them slipping a place in the league standings to third spot, the home side who having failed to win any of their last four games were in front when Peter Neale struck just five minutes into the game but the visitors were level with a goal from Gary Russon twelve minutes later, a Carl Townsend goal restoring the home sides advantage seven minutes into the new period and that's the way it stayed until from a Luke Haverly free kick, Russon was hand to slot home his second goal of the afternoon to give his side a share of the spoils,

Meppershall Jurassic 4 Potton Wanderers 3

The Jurassic Boys made it three wins on the bounce to collect the three points that now lifts them into second spot in the league table some five points behind runaway league leaders Blunham Reserves, James Doyle striking early to give them the lead but it was all square by the break with a goal from Wanderers Charlie Seward has his side sought their third away win on the bounce, Craig Damon netting early in the new half to regain the lead for the home side until Seward struck again to make it 2-2 but it was to be the home sides day when goals from Dave Readman and Craig Richards shot them 4-2 clear before five minutes from time Jack Aris reduced the scoreline to a single goal and a final scoreline of 4-3.

Elsewhere, in the Division Meltis Corinthians Reserves are now up into fourth slot after their 3-2 home win over Lidlington United Sports with goals from Jermaine Mills, Tony Mollioti and Harry Ellis doing the damage, to United replies from Chris Roberts and Graham Scott whilst Saffron are just a place behind them after making it three wins in a row with a 3-1 away win at Mulberry Bush, Jatinder Bhangle, Jahangir Ahmed plus a own goal marking the scoresheet to a home reply from Darren Gough.

Making up the top six are Marabese Ceramics who remain unbeaten on the road this season after a 3-0 win at Marston Shelton Rovers, Romain Marabese netting twice and Dom Policella once, whilst still unbeaten at home are Kings AFC who enjoyed a 3-0 home win over Oakley Sports Reserves, goals from Lee Morgan, Steve Wilson and Marcus Tomlin doing the damage, the days final game in this division being postponed when Woburn Reserves could not raise a side to travel to face Clifton and it now seems likely that they will be pulling out of the league.

Division Three

Dunton Reserves 0 AFC Meppershall 3

Meppershall with this win ensured they remained unbeaten on the road this campaign whilst defeat saw the home side lose their unbeaten Horseshoes Close tag for the season, Dean Larsen netting to put the visitors ahead by the break before goals from Lewis Osborne and Sam Larsen took the winners into the top six of the league table but for the home side it's a drop into the bottom four of the standings.

Sandy A 2 Marsh Leys 4

League leaders Marsh Leys found second from bottom Sandy A no easy fodder has they extended their winning ways to seven games to remain five points clear at the head of the league table, Claudio Burrelli shooting them 1-0 ahead but by the half-time break the home side were level with a goal from Craig Morse, when Damon Quigley converted a second half penalty and Jason Calvert quickly struck to take Leys 3-1 clear it looked all over but the game was to a have a sting in its tale when Dean Haines netted for the home side to reduce the arrears to a single goal before Simon Wade popped up in the 90th minute to ensure the league leaders of their victory.

Three Tuns Galacticos 4 Renhold Village 2

Galacticos were to bring to a end their visitors five game unbeaten run in holding onto their own unbeaten home record for the season to keep them in third slot in the league table, it was The Village who took the lead with a goal from Al Stewart until twenty minutes into the contest Mark Mcmillan converted a penalty to draw the home side level.

Early second half strikes from Ryan Dodson and Barry Harris took The Tuns two goals clear at 3-1 until Saraj Uddin made for a tense finish with a second Village goal but The Tuns sealed the three points for certain when Dean Smith netted to make it 4-2 fifteen minutes from time.

Westoning Recreation Club Reserves 2 Caldecote A 0

John Miller's Caldecote A side are still seeking their first points on the road this season after failing to make a dent into the home sides perfect home record for the season which now lifts them into the top four of the league table, a Glen Robinson goal in the half-hour mark putting The Rec Boys in the driving seat before Joe Rogers with a second goal on the hour mark sealed the home win.

Elsewhere, in this division Leighton United ended Riseley Sports Reserves unbeaten home ways for the season with a 5-1 win at Gold Street, goals from Jason Bartlett, Daryll Smith, Mark Redrup, Simon Woolhead and Paul Darton keeping United in second spot in the league table, Phil Taylor netting the lone home reply, the final game seeing a goal from Ivan Phelan be enough for Flitwick Town Reserves to collect the full three points at bottom of the table Kempston Athletic.

With just goal difference separating the top two clubs at the head of the Premier Division Supported By Sportsform league table, goals will be the name of the game this weekend when both clubs hit the road for local derby outings, current league leaders Caldecote on their way to Horseshoes Close to face yet to win at home Dunton whilst second place Campton make the short journey to Groveside an a meeting with Henlow.

For fourth place Riseley Sports its a chance to draw level on points with non-playing third spot Blunham when they look to make it five wins on the bounce at Gold Street against bottom of the table Bedford Sports Athletic but any slip up could well see them leapfrogged by both Meltis Corinthians should they retain their seasons unbeaten tag when they host Sharnbrook at Miller Road or by Renhold United should they come up with the full three points from their trip to The Green to face Ickwell & Old Warden.

The days other top flight action coming at Jubilee Playing Fields where AFC Kempston Town travel to seeking their first away win on the road this season against hosts Wilshamstead who will be seeking win number three on the bounce.

In Division One with second place Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves sitting the afternoon out, league leaders Flitwick Town will remain on top of the pile for at least another weekend after they have travelled still 100% on the road this season to face a Elstow Abbey side that is still unbeaten on home soil this season and quite capable of giving them a stern test.

With Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves not in action their second spot in the table looks for certain to disappear to either Meltis Albion who travel to Cyselco Park to face second from bottom of the table Royal Oak Kempston who enter the game on a four match losing run against the 100% away from home Albion or to AFC Kempston Town Reserves who host Stevington at Hillgrounds.

Other action in this division takes bottom of the table Sandy Reserves on the road to Rectory Close to face sixth place Campton Reserves whilst at Cutler Hammer, fifth place Kempston are in action facing still unbeaten on the road this season Westoning Recreation Club, for Caldecote Reserves at Harvey Close it will be no easy task returning to winning ways when they host Kempston Hammers Sports who are on a three game winning run, whilst at Marston, The Social seek their first win of the campaign since the opening day of the season when Woburn come calling seeking win number three on the bounce.

In Division Two league leaders Blunham Reserves still 100% at home at Moggerhanger Playing Fields face a visit from Clifton who with three wins from their opening five away games will be no pushovers, for second place Meppershall Jurassic still 100% on the road this season its a trip to Cople Playing Fields and a meeting with Marabese Ceramics whilst third place Great Barford put their unbeaten seasons record on the line when they host Oakley Sports Reserves.

For Lidlington United Sports at Hurst Grove its a home meeting with Blue Chip, United looking to end a five game losing run whilst the visitors travel still without a win on the road this season, at Mill Lane Potton Wanderers face a tough task in collecting their first home win of the season when they host fourth place Metis Corinthians Reserves who are still unbeaten on the road this season with the days final game coming at King George V1 Playing Fields where Kings AFC put their unbeaten home record on the line against Mulberry Bush.

In Division Three, league leaders Marsh Leys look for win number eight on the bounce when they seek to put a end to Renhold Village perfect home record for the campaign but any slip up should see second place Leighton United close the gap at the head of the standings has they are in home action at Stanbridge Road against bottom of the table Kempston Athletic.

For third place Three Tuns Galacticos its a trip on the road to Steppingley Road to face Flitwick Town Reserves whilst fourth place Westoning Recreation Club Reserves will be expected to hold onto their seasons 100% home record when Sandy A travel to face them at Greenfield Road, other action comes at Harvey Close where the two sides immediately above Sandy A in the table clash with Caldecote A hosting local rivals Dunton Reserves and just down the road at Shuttleworth College where hosts Meppershall AFC face a Stewartby Village side that travels seeking win number three on the road this season from just four outings.
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