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Sunday 16th November 2008
Roadworks Stop Play At Gold Street, So Caldecote Go To The Top Of The Table
Premier Division Supported By Sportsform
All the drama at Gold Street was to come before the kick off when with the local A6 road closed referee George Armstrong failed to make an appearance to officiate at hosts Riseley Sports game with the visiting league leaders Campton who somehow unlike the referee had found an alterative route to the ground, thus the game was postponed, all of which meant second place Caldecote just needed a point from their away game at Wilshamstead to climb back onto the top of the table and this they duly acheived in style by taking their winning run to six games with a 5-3 victory, the game at Jubilee Playing Fields was to see the opening four minutes bring about three goals, Leeroy Odd shooting Caldecote ahead after just fourty seconds only to see David Benson level matters for the home side until Tom Wallace struck to regain the visitors the lead two minutes later, Benson was again to level matters on the quarter of an hour mark and that's the way it stayed until seven minutes from the break when Steve Starling took Caldecote into the lead for the third time only to see a Benson penalty right on the stroke of half-time give him his hattrick and a 3-3 half-time scoreline, Caldecote then claiming their victory when Starling and Dave Daniels netted in the closing ten minutes.
Third place Meltis Corinthians were to have their 100% home record blown apart when held to a 1-1 draw by AFC Kempston Town, 0-0 at the break the home side were force to replace injured goalkeeper Shabz Hussain with Andy Simms for the new period and when Danny Pilgrim shot The Town ahead on 55minutes the Sweetboys seasons unbeaten record looked very much in danger that was until twenty minutes from time when from a Alec Woolston corner up popped Anup Kalyan to level matters, Town's Pilgrim then missing a great chance late on to regain the lead for his side who now hold down sixth place in the table.
The two clubs separating Meltis Corinthians and AFC Kempston Town in the league table are Renhold United and Blunham whose clash at United's Playing Field ground was full of incident from the opening whistle, Julian Munns giving fourth place Blunham the lead five minutes in and then again doubling the scoreline five minutes from the break but before that break had been reached the visitors were down to ten men when Michael Jones was straight red carded by referee Graham Balchin and things were to get even worse in the new period when Carl Page received his second yellow card of the game and Blunham suddendly found themselves down to nine men, the home side were to be somewhat fortuitous when reducing the arrears after 65minutes, Paul Daniels having just come on has a substitute hitting a penalty against the crossbar that was then to enter the net via the back of Blunham goalkeeper Stuart Kelly before with just ten minutes to play fellow substitute Jamaine Ivy drew United level with his first ever United goal, it was now a matter of could Blunham hold on and with Alan Brown on his comeback first team game marshalling their defence well all seemed to be going well until a second home penalty arrived six minutes from time, on this occasion Daniels repeated his first effort slamming the ball against the bar but unlike with his opener this time it rebounded off of Kelly's legs to safety before Daniels blushes were saved when Dave McCarthy completed United's perfect comeback with the winning goal four minutes from time.
Oakley Sports went into their home clash with Sharnbrook knowing only a win would do if they were to keep themselves in the Championship race but a opening half goal from Ric Bulzic saw the visitors lead until three goals inside a ten minute spell twenty minutes into the second period took Oakley to a 3-1 win, Dave Baxter drawing them level on 65minutes whilst two minutes later a strike from Nathan Byrne gave the home side the lead before the goal of the game arrived fifteen minutes from time via a effort from fourty five yards out by Kevin Evans.
Bottom of the table Bedford Sports Athletic are now only trailing Sharnbrook on goal difference after they came up with a 4-2 away win at Ickwell & Old Warden, goalless at the break, goals from Darren Allen and Ben Parratt took Athletic into a 2-0 lead early in the new period before strikes from Steve Thomas and Andrew Vallom levelled matters at 2-2 but the visitors were to pick up only their second win of the season when a Ashley Mead goal twenty minutes from time was added to by a Allen penalty five minutes from time to bring to a end Ickwell's four game unbeaten run.
Now moving above Ickwell & Old Warden in the league table are Dunton who came up with a 4-1 win at Henlow to end their own losing run of four games but leave their hosts searching for their first home win of the campaign, the games opening two chances were to fall the way of the home side when from a Pete Saunders corner, Dunton's Dan Threadgold was to turn the ball against his own crossbar which was then again to be rattled by home defender Byan Sego but with twenty minutes played Dunton took the lead, Steve Snelling firing in a free kick from some twenty-five yards out which gave debutant home goalkeeper Robert Herd no chance.
With just three minutes of the opening period remaining Dunton were to double their lead when after a sweeping move between David Pugh and Snelling, Nicky Threadgold having only just joined Dunton this week following his transfer from Sandy was on hand to finish well and take his new club two goals clear, early second half action saw James Tizard and Jake Rennie both go close for the home side whilst at the other end Threadgold brothers Nicky and Dan so nearly put the matter beyond recall for the home side.
But beyond recall it was eleven minutes from time, Herd being totally punished for a poor clearance which was to worked down the right flank to Nicky Threadgold whose pinpointed cross saw Pugh outjump the home defence and head his side 3-0 ahead, that lead was however to last for just five minutes and this time it was Nicky Threadgold the guilty party has his mistimed tackle on Rennie had referee Stuart Wells pointing to the penalty spot from where Jim Gentry was to reduce the arrears to one of just two goals but it was the visitors who were to have the last say with a fourth goal three minutes from time, Nicky Threadgold breaking loose to go one to one with home goalkeeper Herd who was to win that battle but to then be beaten by the rebound fired home by the third of the Threadgold brothers Lee.
Flitwick Town's lead at the head of the Division One table is now down to just a single point after they lost their seasons 100% away record with a 2-1 defeat at Campton Reserves who with this fourth win on the bounce are now their nearest rivals in the league table, Alex Toye heading the home side in front after twenty minutes but a Ben Wallington goal ten minutes later saw the teams go in at the break 1-1 and that's the way it stay until Steve Winch hit the home winner twenty minutes from time.
Start of play second placers Meltis Albion now finding themselves dropped to fourth place after their seasons 100% away record was blown away with a 3-2 defeat at AFC Kempston Town Reserves who were winning for the first time in four outings, a Michael Butler penalty giving the visitors a ealy lead which Town's Ricky Smith cancelled out only to see Daniel Smith quickly restore the lead for The Albion, but by the break Shar Rahman had levelled matters before he went on to net the winner six minutes from time.
Also jumping above The Albion in the league table are Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves who made it four away wins on the bounce with a 5-1 victory at Marston Social who last tasted victory some nine games ago, James Armstrong shooting The Social ahead but by the break two goals from Paul Beith and a strike from Shaun Lewis saw Ickwell into a 3-1 lead, Beith then claiming his hattrick on 65minutes until Wayne Morris struck late on for a 1-5 final scoreline.
It was goals galore at Harvey Close where Stevington extended their winning ways to four games to move into the top six with a 5-3 win over Caldecote Reserves, Shaun Winconek doing the main damage with a hattrick supported by goals from Clinton Tatham and Matt Coles whilst the home replies in the first half from Tom Dupey and Joe Jordan had taken them into a 2-1 lead but by the time Luke Clark netted his goal it was the last of the game for final 3-5 readout.
Elsewhere the games Kempston Hammers v Sandy Reserves and Royal Oak Kempston v Westoning Recreation Club were waterlogged off.
Their was just four games scheduled in Division Two and all were to go ahead with Marston Shelton Rovers with their third straight away win 4-1 at Saffron now climbing up to fourth spot in the league table, goals from Jim Burraway, Chris Patrickson, Aaron Franks and Mark Champkin taking them to the three points whilst the home reply came from Shezed Satter, chasing The Rovers up the league table are Blue Chip who after losing 5-0 at Marabese Ceramics in The Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup last weekend returned to the same venue this week to claim a 3-1 win to take them into the top six of the league table, Jonathan Gray, Cullum McGlynn and James Bowen netting the goals to a home reply from Gary Wing.
The top score of the afternoon in this section however belonged to Potton Wanderers who opened up their Mill Lane points tally for the campaign with a 7-0 win over the visiting Oakley Sports Reserves, James Hearson with a hattrick, one from the penalty spot leading the way to be supported by goals from Chris Munns, Dan Redbond, Joe Aris and Charlie Seward, the three points and more importantly the seven goals lifting The Wanderers above their victims on goal difference some five places off the bottom of the league table.
The final game in this section was to take Kings AFC into the top half of the table after their first away win of the season came in a 2-0 victory at Mulberry Bush who have now lost their last three home games, Marcus Tomlin and Josh Clements the Kings marksman.
The big game of the day in this section between the top two sides Leighton United v Marsh Leys at Stanbridge Road was to be beat by a waterlogged pitch which also claimed Westoning Recreation Club's Reserve home clash with Stewartby Village and whilst Marsh Leys remain on the top of the table their lead is now down to goal difference has Three Tuns Galacticos leaped above Leighton United into second spot by retaining their own unbeaten home record and ending visitors Meppershall AFC own unbeaten away record with a 6-1 win, braces of goals from Ryan Dodson and Mark McMillen being added to by Gary Jackson and Moni Nsiawete to a lone reply from Lewis Osborne.
With Westoning Recreation Club Reserves waterlogged off Renhold Village took full advantage to move into fourth spot in the league standings with a 5-1 win at Flitwick Town Reserves, Dan Luke netting twice as did Giles Sowerby for whom one came from the penalty spot plus a strike from Lloyd Chettle doing the damage to a home reply from Steve Howarth.
Elsewhere, Caldecote A moved themselves five places up the league table when winning for the first time in six league outings 3-0 at home over Wilshamstead Reserves who are yet to win on the road this season, Jack Boyd putting the home side in the driving seat with a brace of goals in the opening half which was added to in the new period by Lee Adams.
Meanwhile, Dunton Reserves will be kicking themselves for not coming up with their first win in six outings after being held to a 2-2 home draw by Sandy A, strikes from Andrew and Steve Spiers putting Dunton 2-0 ahead in the opening fifteen minutes who had between the goals survived a penalty miss from Sandy's Dave Smith, but it was game back on three minutes from the break when Ian Hammett reduce the arrears to a single goal and all square on the hour mark with a second Sandy goal from Mark Jennings.
Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup 2nd Round
A lone goal from Karl Bagnell seventeen minutes from time was enough to take Great Barford to a 1-0 home win over Meppershall Jurassic and earn them a home third round tie against Leighton United on January 10th 2009 whilst at The Warren, Division One side Elstow Abbey were beat 3-6 in extra time by Division Three side Riseley Sports Reserves who will now travel to face Kings AFC in round three, home goals from Jerome Gilks, Ian Bunting and Paul Bartram were cancelled out by a brace from Michael Darnell and a goal from Dan Gloss to see the tie level after ninety minutes at 3-3 before in extra time Darnell took his personal tally to four for the afternoon and Gloss weigh in with his second strike to complete the shock scoreline.
Saturday November 22nd Preview
This weekends forthcoming action sees seven of our Premier Division Supported By Sportsform clubs go to action in the second round of The Bedfordshire FA Senior Trophy, the most eagerly awaited tie coming at Hillgrounds where AFC Kempston Town are the visitors to Eagle Bitter United Counties Football League Division One counterparts AFC Kempston Rovers and with the host club currently without a win in their last seven outings and languishing in the bottom two of the league table a Town win could well be on the cards.
Another club who will very much fancy their chances of making it into the hat for round three are Jim Burke's Oakley Sports who will be hosting Molten South Midlands Football League Division Two outfit Brache Sparta who will travel not only without a win on the road this season but also without any kind of win in their last ten games, also entertaining Molten South Midlands Football League Division Two opposition are Renhold United and Sharnbrook but both clubs on paper seem to have much tougher assignments on their hands if they are to make it into round three, United taking the field against current fourth place 61FC Luton whilst at Lodge Road, Sharnbroook face the current holders of the trophy for the past two seasons AFC Dunstable.
Another club going into battle against Molten South Midlands Football League opposition are Campton who make the short trip down the road to Woburn Road to face Division One club Ampthill Town who currently sit mid-table but with just one win in their last six games the hosts will be far from looking forward to a visit from the boys from Rectory Close.
The days other tie where we have league interest is an all Bedfordshire Football League affair at Gold Street where Riseley Sports hosts Bedford Sports Athletic just twenty-one days after being beaten by them at the same venue 7-1 in league action.
With the Bedfordshire FA cup action taking place the Premier Division Supported by Sportsform programme is reduced to one of just three games, at Harvey Close league leaders Caldecote will go six points clear at the top of the table if as expected they make it seven straight wins in the row when paid a visit by Wilshamstead who they beat on their own patch just seven days ago whilst over at Groveside, Henlow will have no easy task in chalking up their first home win of the campaign when still unbeaten for the campaign and third place Meltis Corinthians come calling, the final game bringing about big derby action on The Green where hosts Ickwell & Old Warden look to get back to winning ways against visitors Blunham who travel with the same target in mind.
In Division One, league leaders Flitwick Town will be expected to at least hold onto their one point lead at the head of the league table when they host Caldecote Reserves at Stepplingley Road who travel seeking their first away points of the season whilst second place Campton Reserves have on paper a much tougher task in taking their winning ways to five games when they hit the road to Culter Hammer to face still unbeaten on home soil Kempston Hammers Sports.
Any slip up by the top two would give third place Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves a good chance of closing the gap at the head of the table has they journey to Cyselco Park seeking away win number five on the bounce against home club Royal Oak Kempston who have lost all of their last six outings including four on home soil.
For fourth place Meltis Albion the hopes of returning to winning ways will be high when they go into home Miller Road action against a travelling Marston Social side who are currently on a four game losing run and have not tasted a victory of any kind since the opening day of the season, a run that has dropped them into the bottom four of the league standings.
Bottom of the table, Sandy Reserves are in home Bedford Road action against Kempston looking for their first win of the season against a Kempston side that has won its last two trips on the road whilst Stevington will be seeking their fifth straight win which has seen them climb into the top six of the league table when they host Elstow Abbey whose away tally of just one point this season suggests the home sides target will be acheived.
The final game in this division coming at Crawley Road where hosts Woburn look to extend their winning ways to four games, but it will not be easy as visitors AFC Kempston Town Reserves are still unbeaten on the road this season.
In Division Two, league leaders Blunham Reserves seek to take their unbeaten ways to eight games when they hit the road to face a fourth place Marston Shelton Rovers side that has suddenly hit form and will well remember Blunham visit last season when they sent them packing home with a big 17-1 defeat, so should The Rovers again come up with the three points then it will be odds on that we will have new table toppers come the final whistle at Jubilee Park where you would expect second place Meppershall Jurassic will collect the full three points against the visiting Mulberry Bush who are without a win in their last five outings.
For third place Great Barford its a visit to King George VI Playing Fields still unbeaten on the road this campaign to face a Kings AFC side that is unbeaten on home soil this term whilst fifth place Meltis Corinthians Reserves now unbeaten in their last five games host still unbeaten on the road Marabese Ceramics in another Jubilee Park game.
The days other encounters in this division coming in Russell Park where sixth place Blue Chip host Potton Wanderers, at Whiston Crescent where Clifton seek their first home win of the campaign against a visiting Saffron side that is still 100% on the road this season and at Hurst Grove where bottom of the table Lidlington United Sports could well chalk up their first win of the season against a Oakley Sports Reserves side that has lost its last four away games.
Division Three action sees league leaders Marsh Leys in home Hillgrounds action against Flitwick Town Reserves where you would expect them to retain their seasons 100% home record but who will be second to them in the table will only be answered following the match of the day clash at Arlesey Recreation Ground where current second place Three Tuns Galacticos still unbeaten on home soil this season go head to head with third place Leighton United who trail them by just two points and aslo have two games in hand on their hosts.
For fourth place, Renhold Village its a visit to Sunderland Road to face Sandy A whilst fifth place Westoning Recreation Club Reserves will be looking to improve their poor away record for the season when they journey to Horseshoes Close to face a Dunton Reserves side that has not won any of its last six outings.
The days other two games in this division seeing Stewartby Village looking to take their unbeaten ways to four games when they host a Caldecote A side that travel still without an away point this campaign while at Jubilee Playing Fields its a home game for Wilshamstead Reserves against Meppershall AFC.