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Sunday 02nd November 2008
Bedford Sports Athletic Storm To Their First Win Of The Season By Hitting Riseley Sports For Seven
Premier Division Supported By Sportsform

Dunton 0 Campton 3

Dunton are still looking for their first home win of the season and now find themselves in the bottom three of the league table, but on this evidence it will not be long before both of these matters are put right with visiting manager Roy Hayday leaving Horseshoes Close well impressed with the home sides display and home manager Barry Morris now out of hospital was far from downbeat in view of the fact that Campton did not seal their win until late in the second half to remain second in the league table behind Caldecote on goal difference only.

Campton were to take the lead nine minutes into the contest when Kerion O'Toole having been promoted from the reserve team repaid manager Hayday's faith with a goal and until Gary Gibson added a second thirteen minutes from time that's the way it stayed, Gibson's scoring partner Andrew Hayday was then guilty of missing two real sitters before Lee Addington with his first goal for the club three minutes from time ensured the three points were going to be Campton's.

Henlow 0 Caldecote 1

Caldecote were to make it four wins in a row to stay on top of the Premier Division Supported By Sportsform league table but were made to fight all the way by a home side who now drop to just four places off the bottom of the table, the vital goal was to arrive on the half hour mark when from a Lee Marshall corner after the home defence had failed to clear their lines the ball fell to David Lenton just inside the penalty box whose sweetly taken strike gave his new club the lead, before Barry Dellar following his midweek transfer from Campton perhaps should have marked his debut with a goal five minutes from the break.

The second half saw Steve Starling have a effort come back off the post before he from less than ten yards out fire a effort over the home bar after Dellar had worked him a opening but despite the narrow margin of the victory Caldecote manager Neil Mapletoft was well happy with the outcome and the three points.

Ickwell & Old Warden 1 Renhold United 0

After four games without a win, Ickwell & Old Warden returned to winning ways when a United own goal by Kerion Bird twenty minutes into the game sealed the points for the home side, United manager Buzz Leason having no complaints about the final outcome but was still somewhat deflated after his side had enjoyed perhaps 70% of the play without managing to find the back of the net and he felt even sorrier for Bird who he nominated has the man of the match, the points lifting the home side three places up the league table from a start of play second from bottom whilst United remain in seventh spot but are now beginning to lose sight of league leaders Caldecote who they now trail by some eight points.

Meltis Corinthians 3 Sharnbrook 0

The Sweetboys quickly ensured their 100% home record and seasons unbeaten tag would remain in place for at least another week by taking control of this Miller Road clash with two goals inside the opening fifteen minutes, from a Marcus Ashby corner Tim Gill was on hand on the edge of the box to shoot Meltis 1-0 ahead after just five minutes then a defence splitting ball from Carl Dixon opened the way for Dean Warren to double the scoreline ten minutes later, the third and final goal arriving twenty minutes from time when a corner from Ashby was to find its way into the back of the net off the Sharnbrook woodwork.

Meltis now climbing the table into fourth spot just five points shy of the leaders Caldecote but having played two games less whilst the defeat now drops Sharnbrook back into the bottom two of the league standings.

Riseley Sports 1 Bedford Sports Athletic 7

When you travel away from home to face a side with a 100% seasons home record still looking for your first win of the campaign after seven fruitless outings you fear the worse but for Bedford Sports Athletic their fears were all layed to rest in the opening half has they shot into a 5-1 lead with two goals from James Allen and Richard Ambler plus a strike from Ashley Mead to a lone home reply from Mark Weekly.

Allen going on in the new half to bring his own personal tally to four goals and his side total to seven to now give them hope that perhaps a second season of Premier Division football is still not beyond them, the defeat dropping the home side to sixth place in the league table.

Wilshamstead 2 AFC Kempston Town 3

With the home side having won their last two games and the visitors still without a win on the road this season all appeared to be going to form when Kevin Butler with a strike from twenty-five yards out plus a goal from David Benson gave Wilshamstead a 2-0 lead, but all was to start to change three minutes from the break when Paul Lawrence netted to reduce the deficit to a single goal before Lawrence with two further second half stikes stole the points for The Town who now climb back into fifth spot in the league table, whilst home manager Matt Stevens was just thankful that at least his goalkeeper Steve Fox was in form in the second half without whom Stevens stated Town would have had a hatful.

Division One

Caldecote Reserves 2 Kempston Hammers 0

The home side came up with just their second home win of the campaign to halt The Hammers three game winning run but they were to leave the matter late to seal their victory with a double strike from Mick Robinson arriving in the closing twenty minutes of the game.

Campton Reserves 4 Sandy Reserves 1

Campton took their unbeaten ways to four games to remain fifth in the league table whilst for Sandy it was a fifth straight away defeat to leave them glued to the bottom of the standings, goals from Sid Russell and Gary Ansell taking the home side 2-0 ahead by the interval but when Chris Cooper struck ten minutes into the new period it was suddenly game on that was until Russell when on to complete his hattrick to bring up a 4-1 final scoreline, with only a Steve Winch miss from less than six yards out three minutes from time failing to bring up the nap hand.

Elstow Abbey 2 Flitwick Town 7

With the home side entering the game still unbeaten on home soil this season this was expected to be a tough test for the visiting 100% away from home league leaders but within six minutes of the opening whistle Town were to grab the lead and from that moment onwards the points were never in any doubt, that opening goal will perhaps give home goalkeeper Darren Scott nightmares for some days to come when from a goal kick he simply planted the ball straight at the feet of Town's Ben Wallington who punished him in full by striking the ball back passed him.

Abbey were however soon fighting back Antony Hubbard wasting a free kick into The Town defending wall before a mistake by Town's Richie Davidson let Abbey's Dave McCarthy in on goal only to be foiled by a fine save from goalkeeper Peter Hyde, at the other end of play Scott was to go someway to repaying for his earlier error when his outstretched leg did just enough to divert a Craig Hyde effort around his woodwork before Wallington in the very next action pushed a effort wide of the same woodwork.

Wallington however was to have his revenge twenty-two minutes into the game when he doubled the scoreline, eventually being on hand at the edge of the penalty area to slot home goal number two after the ball had pinged around the home penalty box after they had failed to clear a corner, Abbey undeterred by this second goal so nearly brought the margin back to a single goal four minutes later when Hubbard forced Hyde to save well on his near post before Hyde opposite number Scott was seen saving bravely at the feet of Jim Lewis has the The Town player reacted the quickest to a hattrick seeking Wallington effort coming back into play off his posts.

But with just ten minutes of the opening half remaining and from a free kick delivered in from just outside the penalty box Lewis took the scoreline to 3-0 and after Town's Shaun Woodcraft and Lewis had linked well to split open the home defence five minutes later Wallington would have had his hattrick but for Scott tipping his effort over his crossbar until any hopes which the home side had of staging a comeback completely disappeared with a fourth Town goal sixty seconds later, Grant Archer and Woodcraft linking up with a quickly taken corner to set up Mark Bartlett who simply gave Scott no chance and his side a 4-0 half-time lead.

Bartlett was then to sky a early second half effort over the crossbar before Scott endured another moment of madness on 55 minutes which allowed Town to bring up the nap hand and gift wrap Wallington his hattrick, the home goalkeeper racing off his line to race Town's Matt Bibby for a ball heading his way only to somehow completely fail to make any connection and leave Wallington the simple task of tapping into a empty net.

It was now all one way traffic, Scott saving well with one hand to prevent Lewis adding to the scoreline before Lewis turned playmaker to provide the cross to Wallington whose turn on a sixpence with his back to goal brought about his fourth and Town's sixth goal on 70 minutes, Wallington was soon adding his fifth of the afternoon when he took full advantage of a mistake by home full back Aidan MacDonald but with The Town already having used their three substitutes they found themselves down to ten men when a head injury forced Craig Hyde to leave the field of play with the home side taking full advantage with goals from McCartney anf Hubbard in the closing four minutes to bring up a 2-7 final scoreline.

Elstow Abbey, Darren Scott, Michael Garcia, Aidan MacDonald, Chris French, Chris Russell, John Smith, Antony Hubbard, Dave McCartney, Bradley Head, Phil Bartram, Robbie Nunn, Subs Used, Josh St Clair Pierre, Ben Norman, Jerome Gilks,

Flitwick Town, Peter Hyde, Richie Davidson, Craig Hyde, Andy Pheby, Grant Archer, Matt Bibby, Shaun Woodcraft, Mark Bartlett, Jim Lewis, Ben Wallington, Dan Jackson, Subs Used, Chris Bull, Richie Gerrard, Steve Parkhouse,

Elsewhere, in the division Meltis Albion climbed above the non-playing Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves into second spot with a 4-0 away win at Royal Oak Kempston to maintain their seasons 100% away record, Scott Alleyne with a hattrick and Darren Ashpole doing the damage, another side still unbeaten on their travels this season are Westoning Recreation Club who with goals from Adam Wills, Ollie Summers and Dean Gadsden to a home reply from David Powell won 3-1 at Kempston.

To continue the away win trend in this division, Woburn made it three wins in a row with a 5-2 victory at Marston Social who are now without a win in eight outings, Jake Nichols netting twice plus goals from Martin Holland, Shane Forsythe and Steve Restall taking The Safari Boys to the points against home replies from Jasper Parsons and a Del Powell penalty, while Stevington also made it three wins on the bounce with a 2-0 victory at AFC Kempston Town Reserves, Ian Woods and Clint Tatham striking the goals.

Division Two

Blunham Reserves 3 Clifton 0

Blunham maintained their seasons unbeaten record and 100% home status with a comfortable 3-0 win over local rivals Clifton, all the damage being done by one man Chris Dunne, his first goal after thirty minutes took his side into the lead and when he doubled the scoreline on the hour the points were now safe in the bag before his hattrick strike arrived ten minutes later.

Great Barford 3 Oakley Sports Reserves 1

This is certainly one game Great Barford striker Freddie Windram will not forget in a hurry has his side retained their seasons unbeaten record to stay third in the league table, first he headed his side in front after just ten minutes then with another header he made it 2-0 five minutes from the break but the visitors were back in the game two minutes later when Windram again found the back of the net alas at the wrong end of the field to bring up a 2-1 half-time scoreline.

Kiall Bagnall was then for the home side to have a penalty saved seven minutes into the second period before Windram finally claim his hattrick two minutes from time when he was on hand to net the rebound after a effort from Mark Harlow had been beat away by the Oakley goalkeeper.

Marabese Ceramics 3 Meppershall Jurassic 5

With both sides having won their last three games, a close encounter was expected and from the scoreline thats just what appears to have happen but the scoreline on this occasion fails to tell the real story has Jurassic won this game to stay second in the league table in almost a canter according to their manager Jeff Staines, early goals from Craig Damon and Jamie Underwood putting them in command 2-0 ahead before Lou Marabese struck to give the home side hope but a third goal before the break by Craig Richards quickly put The Juraasic Boys back in the driving seat and when Dan Nathalan and Richards added to the scoreline in the second half Jurassic were 5-1 clear and coasting until two late goals from Gary Wing, one from the penalty spot made the final scoreline seem a lot closer than the contest had been.

Potton Wanderers 2 Meltis Corinthians Reserves 4

Wanderers manager Tyke Dennis was in the mood to throw himself onto the local bonfire after his side failed to once again open up their home points tally for the season against a Meltis side that had little touble in preserving its own seasons unbeaten away record to move into third slot in the league table leaving The Wanderers rooted in the bottom three at the other end of ther table.

Two goals from Tony Milliotti plus strikes from Earl Patterson and Harry Ellis seeing The Sweetboys home against a brace in reply from James Hearson.

Elsewhere, in the Division Lidlington United Sports remain on the bottom of the table and still seek their first win of the season after losing 2-4 at home against a Blue Chip side that were winning on the road for the first time this season, Lee Bailey with a brace plus goals from Carl Townsend and Michael Gierson doing the damage to home replies from Graham Scott and Chris Roberts.

Meanwhile Kings AFC appeared to be coasting to three points when they lead a Mulberry Bush side 3-1 at half-time who had lost their last three outings before the visitors fought back to share the points in a 3-3 draw, Rowan Hazelwood twice and Marcus Tomlin netting for the home side whilst the replies came from Shaun Atkins, Ben Marwood and Pas Ventriglia.

Division Three

Caldecote A 2 Dunton Reserves 2

With both sides having lost their last two outings and Dunton still yet to win on the road this season perhaps the stalemate was the predictable outcome but it will be the home side whom will rue the day and the failure to collect the full three points most having at one stage lead the game 2-0, Luke Gurney netting the only goal of the opening half to place them in front and when he added a second early in the new period John Miller's boys looked on the way to the points that would lift them above their visitors in the league table, that was until Caldecote old boy Steve Spiers struck in the 65th minute and Nicky Albone completed the Dunton fight back with a goal ten minutes later.

Flitwick Town Reserves 0 Three Tuns Galacticos 1

After losing their unbeaten seasons tag at league leaders Marsh Leys last weekend The Tuns returned to form to collect the full three points from a Town side that had won its last two outings, the vital goal coming just thirty minutes into the game from Scott Leger to ensure the winners remain in third spot in the league table and close in on a automatic promotion spot.

AFC Meppershall 1 Stewartby Village 1

The home side unbeaten in their last four outings were to count on all their luck to extend this run to five games needing a late goal from Lewis Osborne to give them a share of the spoils, Tom Wheelhouse having given The Village the lead then saw the home side make three goalline clearance's to prevent them wrapping up the three points and allow the home side to remain one place above them in the top six of the league table.

Westoning Recreation Club Reserves 5 Sandy A 0

It may be November but this was Sandy A first away league game of the season and on this performance April cannot come quick enough has they were powerless to prevent the home side holding onto their seasons 100% home record, goals from Tim Harris, Lou Clark and Eric Van Der Ven saw The Rec Boys lead 3-0 at the break whilst further goals from Andy Cooper and Alex Barnwell brought up the nap hand to keep their side fourth in the league standings whilst Sandy A remain with just Kempston Athletic below them in the standings.

Elsewhere, in the Division, league leders Marsh Leys were to have their seven game winning run brought to a halt at Renhold Village who in winning 5-4 remain 100% on home soil for the campaign, Dan Luke with a hattrick and Simon Jakes with a brace The Village hero's against a Claudio Borrelli hattrick and a strike from Xennon Paul in reply, with this defeat second place Leighton United took full advantage to close the gap at the head of the league table to just two points with a 11-1 home victory over bottom club Kempston Athletic, both Simon Woolhead and Adam Barker netting twice alongside single goals from Stuart Gore, Robert Greenwood, Matt Hewitt, Daryl Smith and Ross Greener.

This weekends action in The Premier Division Supported By Sportsform sees both of the top two clubs enjoy home advantage has they kick the afternoon off separated by just one goal on goal difference at the head of the table, leaders Caldecote at Harvey Close in action against fifth place AFC Kempston Town whilst on paper Campton have perhaps a slightly easier task at Rectory Road where they host Henlow, but this is local derby action and Henlow will travel far from ready to just roll over.

For third place Blunham who trail the top two by four points with a game in hand its a scheduled home fixture against Wilshamstead but with their normal Moggerhanger Playing Fields ground being used for their Reserves Bedfordshire FA County Cup game the venue for this Premier Division encounter has yet to be fixed ( please watch the news section of www.bedfordshirefootballleague.co.uk for an update ) behind Blunham in fourth spot are the Divisions only unbeaten club this season Meltis Corinthians who trail them by a point and also with a game in hand who are in home Miller Road action against Bedford Sports Athletic who in having ended Riseley Sports perfect home record last weekend will travel looking for a notable double.

The days other top flight action takes Ickwell & Old Warden on the road to Lodge Road to face a Sharnbrook side that has won its last two home games with local derby action coming at The Playing Fields when Renhold United entertain Oakley Sports where both clubs will be looking to return to winning ways and a climb up the league table.

In Division One, there is just one game at Cyseclo Park where second from bottom Royal Oak Kempston now on a five game losing run host a Campton Reserves side that travel unbeaten in their last four outings and who with a win will move into third slot in the league table.

Division Two action brings about just three games, at Hurst Grove, bottom of the table Lidlington United Sports look for their opening win of the campaign when they host a travelling Saffron side that has won its last three games, two of them on the road whilst in Hillgrounds, Mulberry Bush without a win in their last four outings receive a visit from Clifton whilst the final game sees Oakley Sports Reserves hoping to return to winning ways when they host Marston Shelton Rovers.

In Division Three like in Division One there is just a single game at Steppingley Road where Flitwick Town Reserves will be expected to collect the full three points from the visiting second from bottom of the table Sandy A.

Away from the league programme the main attention of the lower Division teams this weekend falls upon action in the 2nd Round of The Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup where the chances of a spot of giant killing are a plenty with just three of the ties involving sides from the same division, Division Three league leaders Marsh Leys making their way to face Stewartby Village where they have already won in league action this campaign and will start firm favourites to make it a double whilst at Great Barford the home side face fellow Division Two promotion rivals Meppershall Jurassic over whom they have recorded a big league win this season and will fancy their chances of making it into the Third Round draw but the third game looks to be closely matched at Cople Playing Fields where in form Marabese Ceramics host fellow Division Two side Blue Chip in a tie that could go either way with perhaps the home side slight favourites.

So where are the Giant-Killings going to happen ? well six Division Three sides come face to face with opposition from Division One with all but one of them enjoying home advantage, the odd side out being Riseley Sports Reserves hitting the road to face Elstow Abbey and whilst the ties at Harvey Close where Caldecote A host Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves, at Horseshoes Close where Dunton Reserves entertain Stevington and at Greenfield Road which is the venue for the Westoning Recreation Club Reserves v Flitwick Town game you would expect to go the way of the visitors, the remaining two games have shock result written all over them being at Shuttlewoth College where Meppershall AFC host Sandy Reserves and at Stanbridge Road where Leighton United entertain Woburn.

Likewise it is a simliar position in the four Division Two v Division One encounters, with three of the lower Division sides enjoying home advantage including in what could be called the tie of the round at Moggerhanger Playing Fields where runaway Division Two league leaders Blunham Reserves receive a visit from current cup holders Meltis Albion for a game that could go either way, whilst the other two Division Two sides enjoying home advantage will both also fancy their chances of causing a upset, at King George VI Playing Fields where Kings AFC host Kempston and at Mill Lane where Potton Wanderers entertain Marston Social, whilst the lone travelling side Meltis Corinthians Reserves are on the road facing a much tougher task at Hillgrounds against hosts AFC Kempston Town Reserves.

For two other Bedfordshire Football League sides its games against clubs from The Luton District & South Beds Football League, Wilshamstead Reserves facing USL Galacticos at Jubilee Playing Fields whilst at Culter Hammer, Kempston Hammers Sports host Stopsley Baptist Church.
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