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Sunday 09th November 2008
Campton Steal Top Spot In Premier Division Supported By Sportsform Table
Preimer Division Supported By Sportsform

Blunham 1 Wilshamstead 1

Home manager Kevin Smith was left shaking his head in bewilderment after his side failed to win this game switched to Hillgrounds and it now means they slip a place in the league standings to fourth, if anything it was the visitors who had the better of a goalless first half coming closest to breaking the deadlock with a effort from David Benson whilst for the home side Andy Smith was to have their best chance cleared off the line.

All however was to change in the scond period when Blunham completely took over but after thirty minutes play the scoreline still read 0-0 after Smith had seen four efforts come back off the crossbar and another two roll to safety off the posts whilst his striking partner Michael Jones playing against his old club was guilty of missing two real sitters, then with just ten minutes left to play Jones in his over anxiety to make amends put a final touch to a goalbound header by Smith which was then duly ruled out for offside until the final drama arrived in the closing two minutes, Benson giving Wilshamstead the lead before well into time added on a Tom Wisson handball had referee Zimunya pointing to the penalty spot from where Jones slotted home to earn his side a share of the spoils.

Caldecote 2 AFC Kempston Town 0

Caldecote extended their winning ways to five games in maintaining their seasons unbeaten record at Harvey Close with this win over the only side to have beaten them in league action so far this season AFC Kempston Town but with overnight second placers Campton netting a bigger win over Henlow it is they who now head the league table by virture of having scored a greater number of goals than Neil Mapletoft's side.

Caldecote were soon in control and within ten minutes had taken the lead, Dave Daniels pinging in a cross which saw Kai Griffiths-Shilton lay the ball back into the path of Tom Wallace who sent it flying into the top corner of the net and their lead was doubled on the half-hour mark when Mark Endersby let one fly from some twenty-five yards out.

Campton 3 Henlow 0

This local derby win was enough to send Campton onto the top of the league table in their quest to retain their league title by virture of now having scored four more goals than overnight leaders leaders Caldecote, Campton were on their way to another three points when from a Andrew Hayday cross up popped Gary Gibson to head his side ahead, a lead they would have lost five minutes later had not home goalkeeper Gary Cullerton pulled off a fine save to keep out a Greg Hall freekick.

Campton were to double their lead ten minutes into the new period when following a goalmouth scramble Gibson made no mistake with a simple tap in effort and fifteen minutes from time he came up with his hattrick goal and the strike that would take them to the top of the league table, again it was his strike partner Hayday who set him up to send a effort from twenty yards out flying into the net.

With the points now sewn up the home side could now even afford the luxury of Paul Still failing to tap the ball into a open net from less than six yards but their league leadership was then only sealed when Cullerton saved well from Henlow's James Gentry five minutes from time.

Meltis Corinthians 6 Bedford Sports Athletic 1

The Sweetboys are now up into third place in the league standings and still holding onto the top flights only seasons unbeaten record after this comfortable win over bottom of the table Bedford Sports Athletic.

The Home side were quickly into their game with Moby Hussain shooting them ahead after just five minutes a lead Neville Allen was to double from the penalty spot after Jason Allison had been dragged to the floor, but just ten minutes from the break it was game back on when Allen gifted Athletic a own goal for a 2-1 interval scoreline.

The second period was however just minutes old before from a Alec Woolston corner Allen made amends to place his side 3-1 ahead and from there on in it was a stroll for The Sweeyboys, Hussain netting his second goal of the afternoon to take them 4-1 clear before Woolston done all the hard work to tee up Justin Patterson for the nap hand goal ahead of Anup Kalyan completed the scoring fifteen minutes from time.

Renhold United 2 Oakley Sports 2

With United without a win in three games and The Sportsmen without a win in their last two outings perhaps the draw was always going to be the outcome to this local derby clash, Marc Lagatta giving the vistors the lead just ten minutes into the contest which was the way the scoreline stayed until a individual run from Sam Maddix five minutes from the break levelled matters for the home side.

United however were then to take over and boss the early exchanges of the second period and it was no surprise when substitute Shaun Gilbert provided the cross from which Richard Hall headed them into the lead on the hour mark, but despite United now having there visitors penned into their own half of play almost full time that vital third goal just would not come, Maddix spurning two clear chances whilst his new strike partner David McCarthy following his midweek transfer from Elstow Abbey also saw the visitors clear a effort from him off the line.

On seventy-eight minutes, it should have been game over but Maddix saw his penalty saved well by Sportsmans goalkeepper Ian Ratcliffe who made United and Maddix pay dearly two minutes later when John Searle blasted home the equalizer and but for home goalkepper Darren Gaynor saving well from Seale at the death the three points would have been on there way back to Oakley.

Sharnbrook 2 Ickwell & Old Warden 2

Having won their last two home games Sharnbrook got themselves off to the perfect start when Shaun Barnett shot them ahead after just three minutes but their lead was to last just nine minutes before Ickwell's Dave Trundley and Zak Rowe combined well to allow Steve Thomas in his comeback game having been signed from Sandy just twenty-four hours earlier to level matters at 1-1.

Ickwell without a win on the road in their last two outings seemed on the way to putting that right twenty minutes into the new half when Dan Billington fouled Rowe in the penalty area and from the resulting spot kick Andrew Vallom gave his side the lead an advantage they were to hold until two minutes from from the end when a mad rush of blood to the head of Ickwell goalkeeper Vinny Govoni gift wrapped a chance for Barnett to earn his side a share of the spoils with his second strike of the afternoon.

Division One

Royal Oak Kempston 1 Campton Reserves 3

Campton Reserves were to extend their unbeaten ways to five games and send the home side to their sixth consecutive defeat which now sees them climb into third spot in the league table, visiting manager Ollie Morgan shocking his troops prior to the kick off by leaving himself out of the starting line-up to concentrate on his touchline duties with the ploy reaping early dividends when James Barnard shot them ahead after just five minutes only to see Oak's Gary Canzano level matters after twenty seven minutes before Steve Winch restored Campton's lead five minutes from the break.

Campton going on to seal the points via a own goal third twenty minutes into the second period.

Elsewhere, in Division Two both the scheduled fixtures between Mulberry Bush v Clifton and Lidlington United v Saffron were waterlogged off leaving us with just one game in this section and it was a game where Oakley Sports Reserves were to lose their 100% seasons home record when going down 2-3 to Marston Shelton Rovers who now move up into fifth spot in the league table, Steve Marsh with a brace plus a penalty from Chris Patrickson giving The Rovers the points despite a brace of home goals in reply from Ben Brown.

Division Three

Flitwick Town Reserves 1 Sandy A 4

Sandy A were to pick up their first away league points of the season to move them three places up the league standings with this Steppingley Road win, after a blank first half Ivan Phelan gave The Town the lead five minutes into the new period before an inspirited substitution by player-manager Daniel Bailey was to pay off big time when the on coming Ross Collins levelled matters on the hour mark then became playmaker five minutes later for Dave Smith to shoot Sandy into a 2-1 lead, Bailey's assistant Ian Hammitt was then to pull the visitors 3-1 clear with a strike fifteen minutes from time but it was that man Bailey who was to have the final say and seal the victory with a goal of his own ten minutes from time.

Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup Second Round

Caldecote A 1 Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves 1, ( Caldectoe won penalty shoot-out 5-4 )

High flying Division One outfit Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves were sent packing out of the Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup by lowly Division Three side Caldecote A which had home manager John Millar quickly looking up the dates of the next round and comparing that with the home fixture list of Premier Division Spurs after his White Hart Lane season ticket holding goalkeeper for the day Ryan Ambrose became his extra time hero and penalty winner, Max then skipping to the bar in the knowledge that Spurs face a trip to Wigan on the weekend of the next round and Ambrose services would be him.

The home side were to have the advantage of the very strong wind in the opening half with Jack Warick sending the games first scoring chance just wide of visiting goalkeeper Duncan Castle uprights five minutes into the contest before the home number five turned playmaker five minutes later in supplying the telling ball which split the Ickwell defence wide open to allow the in running Jack Boyd to slot the ball passed Castle and take his side into a 1-0 lead.

Boyd was then pehaps unlucky not to double the scoreline seven minutes later when despite a full on challenge from visiting defender James Vallom he kept on his feet to go one for one with Castle only to see his executed chip fall into the arms of the grateful visiting custodian, the visitors however should perhaps have then levelled matters Tim Senior sending the perfect ball to the backpost from where Paul Reid sent a effort well off target when it looked easier to score.

The home side knew with the wind blowing so strong a second goal was perhaps essential before the break if they were to hold onto their lead but alas for them it was not forthcoming, Daniel Spring with a effort from out wide which flashed just the wrong side of Castle woodwork plus a dipping effort from some fourty yards out by Barry Croxon the nearest they came until Castle made a fine one handed save from Spring to ensure his side only trailed by the single goal at the break.

With the wind now perhaps not blowing so strongly it took Ickwell some ten minutes to mount their first second half assault on the home goal, the late arriving and now on substitute Paul Beith unloading home defender Stephen Yorke on the edge of the penalty box before blasting his effort sky high over the crossbar before eventual hero Ambrose was to make his first real contribution of the afternoon in getting down well on his near post to push a Jay Neale effort from close range away for a corner.

It now seemed only a matter of time before Ickwell would get back onto level terms and that moment came after 64 minutes when Neale was given the freedom of Harvey Close on the edge of the penalty area to let a effort rip which gave Ambrose no chance and the game a 1-1 scoreline, this perhaps should have been the sign for the visitors to go on and claim their place in the third round hat for Monday's draw but the home side were far from ready to just be rolled over and with some stubborn defending Ambrose was just really only called into action twice more before the ninety minute mark was reached, first grabbing the ball off the slow reacting Wayne Morris then saving at the death from Lee Tetley whilst in between only once did home supporters have their hearts in their mouths when Neale went to ground under a challenge in the box from the evergreen John Parker which referee Jeff Aldous in the perfect position to judge soon had them smiling has he correctly waived away the visitors penalty claims.

So into extra time we went, the opening period first seeing Beith sky a effort over the crossbar then home player Boyd do the same at the other end being the nearest we came to seeing the deadlock broken but with spot kicks now ever looming the second period was to see Ambrose commence his hero status claim when just two minutes in with Beith having bypassed him and the open net begging he somehow with one arm dropped down to scoop the ball off the boot of the Ickwell man and keep the tie on level terms, whilst with just two minutes of the game remaining it was his opposite number Castle who with a fine save around his posts from Neil Giles ensured the tie was going all the way to a penalty shoot out.

First up to the spot was Ickwell's goalscorer Neale but down when Ambrose to beat away his effort to give his side the early advantage, successful kicks then followed from home players, Croxon, Boyd, Lex Jackson and Giles which were replied to by Senior, Reid, Morris and Beith to leave us with the last home penalty to take to win the game and whilst most of the home supporters were looking to the cente circle to see who was going to step forward they should have been looking the other way as there was Ambrose placing the ball on the spot and senting Castle the wrong way and his side into Monday's third round draw.

Caldecote A, Ryan Ambrose, Lex Jackson, Stephen Yorke, James Tomlin, Jack Warick, Daniel Spring, John Parker, Barry Croxon, Sean Boyd, Jack Boyd, Neil Giles, Subs, James Horsman, Scott Lancaster,

Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves, Duncan Castle, Blair Woodward, Paul Reid, Robert Thirkell, Tim Senior, Steven Titmuss, Lee Tetley, Wayne Morris, Jay Neale, Matt Neighbour, James Vallom, Subs, Paul Beith, Neil Faulkner, Dean Elwart,

Potton Wanderers 3 Marston Social 2

After their dismal display in league last weekend Wanderers manager Tyke Dennis for looking to throw himself onto the local bonfire but this weekend he was a much happier Guy has his young side sprung a surprise over Division One Marston Social to take them into the hat for the third round draw, all appeared to be going to form early on when Daniel Parkes gave the visitors the lead before goals from Jack Aris and Chris Baines either side of the half-time break took the home side into a 2-1 lead, Parkes was then to net his second goal of the game to level matters on 51 minutes until with twenty minutes left to play James Hearson popped in the Wanderers winner.

Dunton Reserves 0 Stevington 6

Third Division Dunton Reserves were no match at Horseshoes Close for Division One outfit Stevington who were to claim a easy victory via goals from Ian Woods, Clinton Tatham, Steff Watts, Martin Williams, Gavin White and Tony Riley.

Blunham Reserves 2 Meltis Albion 1

Division One high flyers and current cup holders Meltis Albion were to come off second best in this tie of the round to take Division Two league leaders Blunham Reserves into Round Three with this somewhat predictable shock result, The Albion with a goal from Michael Butler lead 1-0 at the break but a own goal on the hour mark drew the home side level before with extra time looming Dan Whitten netted the home winner ten minutes from time.

Elsewhere, in the cup at Stanbridge Road Division Three Leighton United came up with a shock in beating first division visitors Woburn, 6-0 Simon Woolhead take the top honour with a hattrick supported by goals from Adam Barker, Daryl Smith and a Stuart Gore penalty, with another shock result coming at King George VI Playing Fields where Division Two side Kings AFC with two goals from Marcus Tomlin plus a strike from Thomas Cullen to replies from Josh Anderson and Pjerin Lusai were 3-2 home winners over Division One Kempston.

But away from these two ties the results were to go very much to form, Flitwick Town winning 5-3 at Westoning Recreation Club Reserves, Ben Wallington netting twice alongside Craig Hyde, Andy Pheby and Shaun Woodcraft against home replies from Andy Cooper, John Bass and Glen Robinson whilst with goals from Ruben Martinis and Matt Smith to a reply from a Earl Patterson penalty AFC Kempston Town Reserves netted a 2-1 home win over Meltis Corinthians Reserves

It was somewhat easier for Marabese Ceramics who run out 5-0 home winners over Blue Chip thanks to goals from Dom Policelia, David Vellafuerte, Gurdeep Dosansh, Denver Donaldson and Daniel Sorrell whilst Marsh Leys with two goals from Damon Quigley and a strike from Simon Wade were 3-1 winners at Stewartby Village whose reply came via Ben Sparkes.

Kempston Hammers Sports name is also in the hat for the third round draw after winning 6-3 in extra time at home over Stopsley Baptish Church, braces of goals from James Grandidge and Nick Tysoe plus a own goal and a strike from Ashley Crowther doing the damage but it was the end of the road for Wilshamstead Reserves who had only a Dave Riddle goal to show for their 1-8 home defeat at the hands of USL Galacticos.

For Meppershall AFC its a place in the third round draw after Sandy Reserves withdrew from the competition prior to their second round tie whilst waterlogged pitches saw the Elstow Abbey v Riseley Sports Reserves and the Great Barford v Meppershall Jurassic games called off.

This weekends forthcoming action in The Premier Division Supported By Sportform at the top of the table will be all about goals when both of the top two clubs separated by the margin of more goals scored both hit the road, current leaders Campton on their way to Gold Street to face Riseley Sports whilst Caldecote hit the road to Jubilee Playing Fields and a meeting with Wilshamstead.

Over at Miller Road, third place Meltis Corinthians who trail the leading pair by some five points but with two games in hand put their seasons unbeaten record on the line against fifth place visitors AFC Kempston Town whilst Dunton have a chance to climb out of the bottom two should they collect the full three points from their visit to Groveside and their meeting with local rivals Henlow.

With the top three sides now beginning to open a small gap at the head of the table its already becoming vital for the chasers to ensure no silly points are dropped in their quest to get into the title race, none more so than Jim Burke's Oakley Sports who host local rivals Sharnbrook whilst at Renhold Playing Fields that comments applies to both the home club Renhold United and visitors Blunham.

The days final top flight game coming on The Green where Ickwell & Old Warden will be favourites to collect the full three points against visiting bottom of the table Bedford Sports Athletic but wait a minute did we not make that comment about Athletic's last trip on the road which ended in a 7-1 win at Riseley Sports.

In Division One action, the top game of the afternoon comes at Rectory Close where now third place Campton Reserves currently on a five game unbeaten run face a visit from league leaders Flitwick Town who travel still 100% on the road this season, whilst second place Meltis Albion also hit the road for a meeting at Hillgrounds with AFC Kempston Town Reserves, the visitors travelling also still 100% on the road this campaign in the league to face a home side that despite making an impressive start to the season has won just once on home soil this term in league action.

For Caldecote Reserves its a home Harvey Close encounter with Stevington who will be looking for their fourth league win on the bounce and revenge for their heavy defeat at Harvey Close last season, whilst bottom of the table Sandy Reserves hit the road to Cutler Hammer to face home side Kempston Hammers Sports looking for their first win of the season against a Hammers side that is still unbeaten on home soil in league action this season.

Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves, winners of their last three away league outings are on the road to face Marston Social who have failed to win on home soil since the opening day of the season some five games ago whilst the final game in this section comes at Cyselco Park where second from bottom Royal Oak Kempston now without a win in their last seven games host still unbeaten on the road this season Westoning Recreation Club.

In Division Two it's a case of play it again Sam at Cople Playing Fields where Marabese Ceramics face a Blue Chip side who visited just seven days ago in The Bedfordshire Junior Cup and left well beaten whilst the days other three games in this section come at Mill Lane where Potton Wanderers still without a home league point this campaign face a Oakley Sports Reserves side that has lost its last three away league games, in Hillgrounds where hosts Mulberry Bush entertain a Kings AFC that has yet to collect an away point this season and in Russell Park where Saffron look for league win number four on the bounce against a visiting Marston Shelton Rovers.

In Division Three, the big game sees the top two clubs meet at Stanbridge Road where hosts Leighton United currently in second spot and still unbeaten on home soil this season will go top should they come up with the three points from their meeting with current league leaders Marsh Leys, for third place Three Tuns Galacticos its their unbeaten home record that goes on the line when unbeaten on the road this term Meppershall AFC come calling at Arlesey Recreation Ground whilst over at Horseshoes Close it's local derby action when Dunton Reserves without a win in their last five games host Sandy A who travel seeking away win number two on the bounce..

Other games in this division coming at Harvey Close where Caldecote A will look for their first league win in six outings when paid a visit by Wilshamstead Reserves who are yet to win in league action on the road this campaign, at Steppingley Road where Flitwick Town Reserves host a Renhold Village side that has won just once from their five trips on the road this season with the final game coming at Greenfield Road where Westoning Recreation Club Reserves lay their 100% home league record on the line against visitors Stewartby Village who travel looking to extend their unbeaten league ways to four games.

Away from the league action its a second try for those Second Round ties in the Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup that were postponed last weekend at The Warren, Elstow Abbey of Division One host Division Three outfit Riseley Sports Reserves whilst Great Barford host fellow Division Two high flyers Meppershall Jurassic.
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