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Sunday 30th November 2008
Sharnbrook Are In Seventh Heaven With A Lodge Road Win Over Renhold United
Premier Division Supported By Sportsform

Caldecote took their winning ways to eight games to stay six points clear at the top of the Premier Division Supported By Sportsform table after netting a 6-1 home win over Riseley Sports, a Glen Renforth goal after just twenty-five seconds setting the league leaders on their way to another three points but with only a Dave Daniels strike adding to the scoreline before the break, the visitors in search of their first points on the road this campaign must have felted they still had a chance, that was until Steve Starling netted twice in the opening five minutes of the new half to shoot Caldecote 4-0 ahead before Kai Griffiths-Shilton brought up the nap hand on 65minutes and Starling completed his hattrick twelve minutes from time to take the home side 6-0 ahead until the visitors replied via a Mark Weekly penalty five minutes from time.

For second place Campton it was not so easy has they netted a 3-1 home win over Wilshamstead, a awful mistake by defender Dave McArthur handing Jim Struthers the chance to give his side the lead which they held onto until a sweeping move started by Stephen Gay was ended with Andrew Hayday netting the equalizer from a low Gary Gibson cross just a minute from the half-time whistle, the new half was to see the home side go ahead eight minutes in when this time Hayday became the play-maker to allow Gibson to net with a low drive and it was game up five minutes later when after Craig Smith had undertaken all the hard work, Gibson was on hand to chip home his second goal of the afternoon, after which it was more or less plain sailing for the home side who could even afford the luxury of Paul Still missing two real sitters after Lee Bilcock had twice set him up right in front of goal..

Meanwhile third place Meltis Corinthians were keeping the pressure up on the top two clubs after they maintained their seasons unbeaten record with a 3-1 win at Blunham, a Justin Patterson header after just ten minutes giving The Sweetboys the lead which was not added to until Patterson struck again five minutes into the new half before a volley from Alex Woolston twenty minutes from time ensured the points were on there way back to Miller Road long before Alan Brown netted the lone home goal six minutes from time.

Despite the defeat Blunham remain fourth in the league table but just a point and a place behind them now are Ickwell & Old Warden who ended AFC Kempston Town's perfect home record for the campaign with a 5-3 win in a action packed game at Hillgrounds, Town were to lose the services of Matty Stone as earlier as the ten minute after he collided with the goalposts and needed to be taken to Hospital, whilst things then got even worse for the home side when goals from Dave Trundley, Steve Thomas and Zak Rowe saw Ickwell lead 3-0, but the home side were far from finished and a brace of goals from Shar Rahman had the scoreline reading 2-3 at the break which was then all square with a penalty from Danny Pilgrim, the visitors by now were down to ten men following a red card for Andrew Vallom but it was they and not the home side who were to collect the points after both Rowe and Thomas netted again in the closing ten minutes.

Elsewhere Bedford Sports Athletic moved themselves off the bottom of the league table after coming up with their first home win of the season 3-1 over the visiting Oakley Sports who were losing for the first time in four outings, a Kevin Evans goal seeing Oakley into a 1-0 half-time lead until strikes in the second period from Ashley Mead, Asa Mead and Tom Housden saw The Athletic home, their place on the basement of the table now being taken over by Henlow who were beat 6-0 at Dunton their sixth consecutive defeat, a penalty from Lee Threadgold plus a strike from Nicky Threadgold giving Dunton a 2-0 interval lead which was added to in the new period by first Nicky Threadgold then Jon Ranson, Dave Pugh and Martin Cull before the home supporters were smiling even more when right on the stroke of the final whistle David Gill sent a effort crashing against the crossbar from all of a yard out.

Another set of supporters smiling were those at Lodge Road where home side Sharnbrook came up with the result of the day a 7-0 win over Renhold United, the game has a contest was all over by half-time after two goals from Ian Strange and strikes from Luke Barnett and Mark Smith saw Sharnbrook into a 4-0 lead which was added to in the second period has Strange went on to complete his hattrick alongside goals from Shaun Barnett and Dan Kelly

Division One

Flitwick Town's lead at the head of the Division One table is now up to four points after they won 2-1 at home over Kempston Hammers Sports, a headed goal twenty minutes into the contest from Jim Baytum being added to five minutes later by a own goal until The Hammers replied twenty minutes from time with a strike from Kevin Short, their lead at the head of the table increasing due to start of play second place Campton Reserves having their five game winning run ended with a 5-2 defeat at Stevington who were in victory taking their own winning ways to six games to remain fifth in the league standings, two goals each from Lawrence Bentham and Clinton Tatham plus a strike from Scott Hannam doing the damage whilst the Campton replies came from Sid Russell and Neil Ellis whose cause was not helped when they were force to play player-manager Ollie Morgan in goal.

Now back into second spot are Meltis Albion who netted a 7-0 home win over Elstow Abbey, goals from James Pickard, Michael Butler and Daniel Smith in the opening five minutes killed the game dead yet it took the home side until the closing ten minutes to add to the scoreline Butler netting twice to complete his hattrick alongside goals from Darren Ashpole and Ryan Murphy, meanwhile Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves missed their chance to go second when beaten 1-3 at home by AFC Kempston Town Reserves, Ruben Martinis giving The Town a 1-0 half-time lead which was added to by Andre Bonadies and Rob Gay until Jay Smith hit the home reply.

Elsewhere, Woburn made it five wins in a row to climb into the top half of the table with a 3-1 home win over Caldecote Reserves, Martin Holland putting The Safari Boys ahead but Bryn Williams was to level matters until after the break Holland completed his hattrick to send Caldecote back to Harvey Close still seeking their first away points of the campaign, the days other game to go ahead in this division saw Royal Oak Kempston come up with their first away win of the campaign to end a seven game losing run with a 2-0 win at Kempston thanks to first half goals from Michael Cooney and Paul Stevens but the scheduled game at Greenfield Road, Westoning Recreation Club v Marston Social was postponed when the visitors failed to raise a side.

Division Two

Blunham Reserves are now five points clear at the head of the Division Two table has they took their winning ways to eight games with a 4-1 win at Meltis Corinthians Reserves, a own goal five minutes into the contest setting them on the way which was added to by a goal from Jamie Hay on the half-hour mark until a strike from Sandeep Atwal ten minutes from the break gave the home side hope but it was not to be has the evergreen Chris Dunne struck twice inside the closing twenty minutes to take his side to a 4-1 win.

Start of play second placers Great Barford losing that spot and their 100% seasons unbeaten home record when beaten 1-4 by Potton Wanderers, Joe Aris opening The Wanderers goal account three minutes from the interval before the home side squared the game on 57minutes with a goal from Nick Rogers but it was curtains for Great Barford when Chris Sams, James Hearson and Jack Aris all added to The Wanderers goal tally inside a ten minute spell starting just three minutes after the home goal had been scored.

Now taking over that second spot are Meppershall Jurassic who were to make real hard work of netting their sixth win on the bounce 6-4 at home over Saffron, the visitors with two goals from Taswar Ali plus strikes from Jahangir Ahmed and Shezed Satter leading 4-1 after a hours play only to lose out to a Craig Damon hattrick alongside two goals from Dan Taylor and a strike from Dave Readman.

Up into fouth spot now behind Great Barford are Marabese Ceramics who maintained their seasons unbeaten away record with a 3-1 win at Oakley Sports Reserves, Romano Marabese netting twice and Denver Donaldson once to a home reply from a Jason Angle penalty which was not enough to save his side going down to their sixth straight defeat, elsewhere Mulberry Bush came up with their first win in seven outings to climb out of the bottom two of the league table with a 4-3 win at Marston Shelton Rovers, Shaun Cafferty, Martin Ivy, Darren Gough and Steve Pledge netting the vital goals against home replies from Mark Champkin, Jim Burraway and Dean Clark.

Another side winning on the road were Blue Chip, 4-1 winners at Clifton, Greg King giving the home side the lead after fifteen minutes until a brace from James Bowen saw The Chipmen lead 2-1 at the break, this was added to in the closing ten minutes with Bowen's hattrick goal and a strike from Jonathan Spencer-Gray, the days final game in this section taking Kings AFC to a 4-3 home win over bottom of the table Lidlington United Sports thanks to two goals from Marcus Tomlin and strikes from Ben and Michael Whealan.

Division Three

It's has you were at the top of the Division Three table after the leading two clubs both came up with narrow away wins, league leaders Marsh Leys ending Three Tuns Galacticos unbeaten seasons home record with a 2-0 win whilst Leighton United were 2-1 winners at Renhold Village, for the league leaders it was far from plain sailing has twice inside a two minute spell pehaps Karl Millagan should have given The Tuns the lead seventeen minutes into the contest when first he sent a shot just wide of the home uprights then lost out in a one to one battle with visiting goalkeeper Lewis Conlon before Marsh Leys grabbed the lead twenty-five minutes in, Zennon Paul pulling the ball back on the far post into the path of Jason Calvert who made no mistake from close range, a lead The Marshmen nearly lost in the closing five minutes of the half as first Millagan from distance then Gary Jackson with a free kick from the edge of the box were just inches off target.

Early second half action saw Conlon again keep his side in front with a early save at point blank range from the luckless Millagan which was the nearest The Tuns came to levelling matters until a lovely twist and turn twenty five yards out by Zennon Paul saw him net the second goal of the game three minutes from time whilst Conlon confirmed his star rating with another fine save from that man Millagan again in the last action of the contest, meanwhile for Leighton United, goals from Simon Woolhead and Adam Barker were to earn the points at Renhold Village whose reply from Giles Sowerby was not enough to save his side losing its seasons 100% home record.

Meppershall AFC are now up into fourth spot and only trailing Renhold Village on goal difference after they won 4-3 at home over bottom of the table, Kempston Athletic, two goals from Lewis Osborne plus a strike from Matt Evans saw them lead 3-0 at the break but Athletic goals from Gary Whitbread, Lee Smith and Sean Betts tied the game up at 3-3 until a penalty from Osborne took him to his hattrick and the home side to the three points.

The biggest winners of the day were now fifth place Westoning Recreation Club Reserves who enjoyed a 7-2 win at Wilshamstead Reserves, Adam Willis netting four times alongside goals from John Bass, Dean Gadsen and Eric Van Der Ven to home replies from Tony McGovern and Colin Merritt, whilst Dunton Reserves will be kicking themselves for not coming up with their first away win of the season at Stewartby Village, goals from Ben Cutmore and Steve Spiers saw them lead 2-0 at the break until The Village with goals from Jon Pomrey, Chris Beeds, Ben Sparkes and George Wheelhouse hit back to win 4-2 in the second half.

For Sandy A it was a quick seasons double and their first win in four home outings with a 2-0 victory over Flitwick Town Reserves, Dean Hains netting on the half-hour mark until Ian Hammett sealed the points for the home side with their second goal five minutes from time, the divisions final game seeing Caldecote A take their unbeaten ways to four games from a 1-1draw at Riseley Sports Reserves, Jack Boyd putting them ahead in the opening half until Michael Darnell netted the home reply on sixty-five minutes to earn his side a share of the spoils.

Saturday 6th December Preview

The top game this coming weekend in The Premier Division Supported By Sportsform takes place at Miller Road where league leaders Caldecote now on a eight game winning run travel to face third place Meltis Corinthians who trail them by just seven points in the league standings having played two fewer games and still holding down the seasons only top flight unbeaten record, whilst second place Campton who have also played two few games than the league leaders but only trail them by six points head once again to Gold Street for a meeting with hosts Riseley Sports whose poistion just five places off the bottom of the table suggest the visitors should collect the points but beware Riseley have won four of their five home outings to date and will fancy their chances of a upset.

Outside these top two games there are just four other top flight games, at Lodge Road, Sharnbrook look to take their unbeaten home ways to five games when they face bottom of the table Henlow who travel having lost their last six games, meanwhile Renhold United after their big defeat at Sharnbrook last weekend will look to put that right in their home clash with Bedford Sports Athletic but with the visitors having won three of their last four league outings it will not be easy for United to extend their unbeaten home ways to six games.

Meanwhile for Oakley Sports its a home fixture against AFC Kempston Town, the home side now unbeaten on home soil in their last four games the favourites to take the points from a Town side that has won just once on the road this campaign from six outings whilst the final game comes at Jubilee Playing Fields where hosts Wilshamstead without a win in five outings face a Dunton side that has won its last two games.

In Division One action, its a top v bottom game at Stepplingley Road where league leaders Flitwick Town should collect the full three points against a Sandy Reserves side that travel still seeking their first win of the campaign whilst second place Meltis Albion will also start favourites for the collection of another three points when they travel to Harvey Close for a meeting with Caldecote Reserves who will start the day looking to end a three game losing run.

Trailing Albion on goal difference only are third place Campton Reserves who are in home Rectory Road action seeking their fourth home win on the bounce against a travelling Woburn side that is now suddenly in the top half of the league table after five straight wins and with fourth place Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves sitting the afternoon out both Stevington and AFC Kempston Town Reserves have a chance to climb above them in the table, Stevington's requirement is just a single point when they travel to Cutler Hammer seeking to take their winning ways to seven games against hosts Kempston Hammers Sports whilst AFC Kempston Town require the full three points from their home clash with Westoning Recreation Club who travel to Hillgrounds still unbeaten on the road this season.

The days other two games in this section see Marston Social without a win in ten games host a Kempston side that has won its last three away games while at Cyselco Park, Royal Oak Kempston look to end a losing home run of five games when they host a Elstow Abbey side that is yet to win on the road this season.

Division Two action sees league leaders put their seasons 100% home record on the line at Moggerhanger Playing Fields when they are paid a visit by a Blue Chip side that has won its last three away outings whilst for second place Meppershall Jurassic its a journey to Hillgrounds and a meeting with a Mulberry Bush side they beat just fourteen days ago on home soil.

But perhaps the game of the day in this division will come at Cople Playing Fields where fourth place hosts Marabese Ceramics are entertaining third place Great Barford who travel still unbeaten on the road this season, other games will see Potton Wanderers fancy their chances of collecting another three point haul when they host bottom of the table Lidlington United Sports at Mill Lane whilst second from bottom Saffron seek to end a three game losing run when they host a Meltis Corinthians Reserves side in Russell Park who travel still unbeaten on the road this season, the final game in this division taking place at Whiston Crescent where Clifton seek only their second home win over the campaign over Kings AFC.

Action in Division Three pits league leaders Marsh Leys in a home Hillgrounds clash with third place Renhold Village where the league leaders lay their seasons 100% home record on the line in hope of staying four points clear at the head of the standings from second place Leighton United who at Stanbridge Road look to have a easier task in maintaining their own campaign's home unbeaten record when Flitwick Town Reserves losers of their last five games come calling.

For fourth place Meppershall AFC its a tough looking home encounter against sixth place Three Tuns Galacticos who trail them in the league standings by just a single point whilst the team who sit between them at start of play in the table Westoning Recreation Club Reserves its a home Greenfield Road game against Riseley Sports Reserves where the hosts still 100% at home this season should collect the full three points against a Sports side that travel without a win in their last seven outings.

Other Division Three action comes at Harvey Close where Caldecote A will at least look to take their unbeaten ways to five games when they host the yet to win bottom of the table Kempston Athletic, at Horseshoes Close where Dunton Reserves face Wilshamstead Reserves and at Stewartby Way which is the venue for Stewartby Village home encounter with Sandy A.
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