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Sunday 07th December 2008
Renhold United Ran Riot To Slam Nine Goals Passed Bedford Sports Athletic .
Premier Division Supported By Sportsform

With League Leaders Caldecote's game at Miller Road against third place Meltis Corinthians called off due to a waterlogged surface, second place Campton took full advantage to close the lead down at the head of the league table to just three points and maintain their seasons 100% away record with a 3-1 win at Riseley Sports, Campton were soon in control at Gold Street taking the lead just five minutes into the game when a through ball from Steve Winch found Andrew Hayday who duly blasted home the games opening goal through the legs of the home goalkeeper, the home side were soon fighting back and stand-in visiting goalkeeper Barry White was soon seen earning his corn with a fine save from Sportmans Paul Brown who again twice lost out to White in breakaway efforts before Campton doubled the lead ten minutes from the interval with a deadly strike from the left foot of Craig Smith which gave the home goalkeeper no chance.

Winch was then to spoil his return to first team duty by skying a effort over the home crossbar from just two yards out before just two minutes from the break an unstoppable strike from Hayday took his side into a 3-0 lead, the home side however were more than a match for Campton in the second period and gained their reward when a Gary Mayes header reduced the scoreline to 3-1 twenty-five minutes from time.

Now up into fourth place in the league table are Renhold United who extended their unbeaten home ways to six games with a 9-2 win over Bedford Sports Athletic who now move back onto the bottom of the league table, James Munro with a strike from thirty yards out giving United the lead after twenty-four minutes but within two minutes Darren Allen had drawn the visitors level and that's the way it stayed until a Sam Maddix penalty a minute from the break restored United's lead, just three minutes into the new period Jamil Dixon struck to level the contest up at 2-2 but that's where the afternoon was over for the visitors as the home side netted seven times in the closing thirty-five minutes to win 9-2, Maddix netting twice more to claim his harrtick whilst there was a brace of goals from Paul Daniels plus single strikes from Jamaine Ivy, Carl Catchpole and Paul Beattie.

Bedford Sports Athletic returning to the bottom slot in the league standings after Henlow ended a six game losing run by winning 1-0 at Sharnbrook, a goal from Jake Renney twenty-five minutes into the contest doing the damage and putting paid to the home sides four game unbeaten home run.

One Club however to take their unbeaten home ways to five games were Oakley Sports who were 2-0 winners over AFC Kempston Town, Jason Angol netting in the opening half before Carl Townsend doubled the scoreline after the break whilst the days final top flight game took Dunton's winning ways to three games with a 5-1 win at Wilshamstead, a Barry Morris header from a Lee Threadgold corner giving Dunton the lead just two minutes in and when Nicky Threadgold raced onto a long clearance from goalkeeper James Campbell to slot his side 2-0 ahead after twenty minutes it looked game over but a goal from Jim Struthers brought the scoreline back to 1-2 and after Dave Benson had twice hit the Dunton woodwork he and all among the home support were far from happy with referee Graham Caves after he ruled out a effort from the home striker for offside with the half-time whistle looming, the second half was however to belong to Dunton and in particular to Lee Threadgold who stole the show with a brace of goals to take Dunton 4-1 clear before Steve Starling brought up the nap hand for a final 5-1 scoreline and earn Dunton the three points to take them into the top half of the league table.

Division One

Flitwick Town's lead at the head of the Division One table remains at four points but they far from had things all their own way at Steppingley Road before netting a 2-1 home win over bottom side Sandy Reserves, Gary Fil was to give Sandy the lead after fifteen minutes and it took The Town until ten minutes into the second half before they drew the game level with a glancing header from Andy Pheby with the winning goal coming from Matt Bibby just twenty minutes from time.

Start of play second placers Meltis Albion were to drop a slot in the league standing to third after they were beaten 2-0 away at Caldecote Reserves, Albion were looking far from promotion candidates in the opening half has they took some thirty three minutes to place a effort on target in the direction of home goalkeeper Mark Wright when Thomas Hughes let one fly from distance and they could and perhaps should have been 3-0 down by that time, first Dave Wright saw his header from a Tom Dupey corner cleared off the line by Albion's Steve Stafford at the expense of a corner from which Wright arrived late in the box to scrape the paintwork off the visitors croossbar with another header then only a fine save with his legs by Albion goalkeeper Dale Hamilton was to foil Kai Griffiths-Shilton and keep the scoreline blank.

Caldecote were to send Leeroy Odd into the fray for the second period and it was from his cross after fifty-three minutes that enabled Bryn Williams to give his side a deserved lead from close range, a lead they so nearly saw doubled when Hamilton was again the Albion hero in keeping out a header from his own defender Shane Garlick, but after first Dupey had spured a chance right in front of goal and Joe Jordan sent a effort into the side netting it was that man Williams again from close range ten minutes from time who netted to place Caldecote 2-0 ahead.

Williams would have had his hattrick three minutes later if only Hamilton had not once again pulled offf a fine save but with the ninety minutes showing on the watch Odd was pulled to the ground in the penalty box by Albion's Garlick to give Williams a second chance of his hattrick from the resulting penalty but once again Hamilton was to be his master as he leaped to his right to beat away his kick and see the game end at just a 2-0 scoreline.

Albion's place in second spot in the league table being taken over by Campton Reserves who with two goals in the closing ten minutes from James Barnard took their winning home run to four games and thus duly ended visitors Woburn's five game winning run with a 2-0 win.

Another club to see their winning ways ended were Stevington who after six straight wins were beaten 3-2 at Kempston Hammers Sports who were returning to winning ways after three straight defeats, goals from Richard Garnham and Kevin Slimloe saw The Hammers lead 2-0 until Shaun Winconek struck to bring up a 2-1 half-time scoreline but a second goal in the new period from Garnham took The Hammers into a 3-1 lead which was only reduced to 3-2 by a strike from Ian Woods.

Elsewhere it was a red letter day for Marston Social who ended a run of ten games without a win with a 2-1 home victory over Kempston, all the goals coming in the opening half, Andy Klein giving the visitors the lead before Staurt Robertson struck twice to give The Social their victory, meanwhile the days other two games in this section AFC Kempston Town Reserves v Westoning Recreation Club and Royal Oak Kempston v Elstow Abbey were postponed due to waterlogged pitches.

Division Two

Blunham Reserves lead at the head of the Division Two league table is now up to six points after they maintained their seasons 100% home record and took their seasons unbeaten ways to ten games with a 2-0 home win over a Blue Chip side that had won its last three away games, a penalty in both periods from Chris Dunne doing the damage, now up into second spot are Great Barford but they were made to fight all the way to retain their seasons unbeaten away record with a 2-1 win at Marabese Ceramics, Gary Wing slotting the home side ahead in the opening half until Barford fought back and won the day via a own goal ten minutes into the second period and the winner from Gary Russon ten minutes from time.

Dropping down into third place are Meppershall Jurassic who were to have their six game winning run and seasons 100% away record busted by being held to a 1-1 draw at Mulberry Bush, a opening half own goal giving The Jurassic men a 1-0 lead which was cancelled out fifteen minutes from time by a goal from Steve Pledge.

Moving up into fourth place are Meltis Corinthians Reserves who still remain unbeaten on the road this season after a 2-1 win at Saffron, Dean Warren netting twice to a home reply from Jahangir Ahmed and now behind them in fifth slot are Potton Wanderers who were 6-1 home winners over bottom of the table Lidlington United Sports, Chris Munns direct from a corner giving The Wanderers the lead which was cancelled out by a strike from Scott Kent but by half-time Potton were 4-1 ahead following strikes from James Hearson, Joe Aris and Chris Sams whilst the second half action saw Aris net for a second time alongside a strike from Antony Schurek.

The days final game in this section ending all square 2-2 between Clifton and Kings AFC, 0-0 at the break Marcus Tomlin shot the visitors ahead before a brace of goals from Mark Gearing nudged Clifton 2-1 ahead until Tomlin netted again to give his side a share of the spoils.

Division Three

Marsh Leys remain four points clear from Leighton United at the head of the Division Three league table after both clubs came up with home wins, leaders Marsh Leys remaining 100% at home this campaign with a 5-1 win over Renhold Village, Zennon Paul opening the scoring before Jason Calvert netted twice to take The Marshmen three goals clear, Calvert then missed a penalty chance to claim his hattrick before Daniel Stutz made it 4-0 by the half-time break, Simon Wade was to bring up the nap hand until The Village goal arrived ten minutes from the time via Giles Sowerby.

For Leighton United it was a 3-1 win over Flitwick Town Reserves to retain their seasons unbeaten home ways and take their current unbeaten ways to eight games over a Town side that has now lost its last six games, goals from Adam Barker, Said Hallaway and Stuart Gore doing the damage to a Town reply from Mark Bartlett.

Back up into third slot now are Three Tuns Galacticos who run out 6-0 winners at AFC Meppershall, two goals each from Mark McMillen and Ben Appado plus strikes from Ryan Dodson and Chris Kennedy earning the points that lifts them above their victims and Renhold Village in the league standings.

Other games were to see Sandy A win 2-0 at Stewartby Village, Craig Morse after thirty-five minutes and Ian Hammett twenty minutes from time netting the goals whilst Westoning Recreation Club Reserves were to despite a goal from Carl Denner to lose their seasons 100% home record when beaten 1-2 by Riseley Sports for whom John Gloss and Michael Darnell did the damage.

Whilst the days final two games in this section were both going the way of the home sides, Dunton Reserves 5-0 winners over Wilshamstead Reserves, Andrew Spiers with a hattrick plus an own goal and a strike from Dave Baker-Dougmore bringing up the nap hand whilst Caldecote A took their unbeaten ways to five games with a 5-2 win over bottom of the table Kempston Athletic, Jack Boyd opening the scoring seven minutes in which Gary Whitbread for The Athletic soon cancelled out only to see a Barry Croxon free kick restore the home lead just two minutes from the break, Ryan Ambrose and Boyd again were to net to take Caldecote 4-1 in front until a Whitbread penalty had the scoreline at 4-2 until James Horsman made it 5-2 in the closing stages

Saturday December 13th Preview

This Weekend's Premier Division Supported By Sportsform action sees the top game come at Rectory Road where second place Campton look to take their winning ways to five games when they host third place Meltis Corinthians who still remain unbeaten in league action this season but they have already visited Rectory Road in Bedfordshire FA Senior Trophy action this campaign when they were beaten 3-0 a scoreline they will wish not to repeat.

For league leaders Caldecote who start the day three points clear of Campton its local derby action at Harvey Close against arch rivals Ickwell & Old Warden, the home side taking the field seeking their ninth win on the bounce whilst Ickwell & Old Warden travel having lost just once on their league travels away from The Green this season.

Renhold United who will start the day in fourth place are on the road to Hillgrounds to face a AFC Kempston Town side that has suddenly seen its early season form dip and who will be starting the day without a win in their last four outings whilst United will look to end their own three game losing run away from their own Playing Fields base.

At Moggerhanger Playing Fields its a fifth v sixth battle where fifth place hosts Blunham now without a win in four outings face a Oakley Sports side that has won just once on the road this season and with both of the clubs now only heading seventh place Dunton on goal difference all that could change if Dunton take their winning ways to four games when they host Riseley Sports at Horseshoes Close which seems the likely outcome has the visitors travel without a win on the road this season and losers of their last four league games.

Other top flight action comes at Cople Playing Fields where bottom of the table Bedford Sports Athletic are in home action against a Sharnbrook side that has lost its last four trips away from Lodge Road whilst at Groveside, Henlow without a win on home soil all season host the travelling Wilshamstead who seek their own first win of any kind since winning at Bedford Sports Athletic some seven games ago.

Division One action takes league leaders Flitwick Town on the road for a tough looking game on paper against fifth place Stevington who have won their last three home encounters whilst perhaps the game of the day in this section will come at Miller Road which is the venue for second place Campton Reserves to travel to face third place Meltis Albion.

For fourth place Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves its local derby action on The Green against Caldecote Reserves who are yet to collect an away point this season whilst its also derby action at Culter Hammer when hosts Kempston receive a visit from AFC Kempston Town Reserves who have lost just once on the road this season and will fancy their chances against a home side that has lost its last three games on home soil.

Meanwhile at Bedford Road its a clash of the bottom two sides when hosts and bottom of the table Sandy Reserves seek win number one of the season over Royal Oak Kempston who they trail in the league standing by five points but with a game in hand.

The final two games in this section coming at Greenfield Road where hosts Westoning Recreation Club look for their first home win in four outings against a Elstow Abbey side that is yet to win away from The Warren this season and at Crawley Road, where Woburn seek home win number four on the bounce against Kempston Hammers Sports.

In Division Two its a trip on the road for league leaders Blunham Reserves who will fancy their chances of making it ten wins on the bounce when they face hosts Oakley Sports Reserves who have lost all of their last six games but perhaps the game of the day in this section is the meeting of second place Great Barford with third place Meppershall Jurassic where the visitors will be keen to wipe out memories of their earlier season defeat on home soil against their hosts.

For fourth place Meltis Corinthians Reserves its home Jubilee Park action against Mulberry Bush where the hosts will look to improve their poor home record which to date reads played six, won one lost five.

Other games in this section come in Russell Park where it will seem home from home for visitors Saffron now on a four game losing run has they are entertained by a Blue Chip side whose home record shows just one win from five outings, at Mill Lane where Potton Wanderers now up to fifth spot in the league standings and winners of their last four games host Kings AFC, whilst at Hurst Grove bottom of the table Lidlington United Sports will go seeking their first win of the campaign when paid a visit by Marabese Ceramics who journey still unbeaten on the road this season plus Marston Shelton Rovers are due to host Clifton at their Marston Playing Field Headquarters.

In Division Three, league leaders Marsh Leys are once again in home Hillgrounds action defending their season 100% home record against Meppershall AFC whilst second place Leighton United unbeaten in their last eight outings hit the road to Sunderland Road and a meeting with Sandy A.

For third place Three Tuns Galacticos it will be no easy task in collecting the three points when they host a visiting Caldecote A side at Arlesey Recreation Ground who travel now on a five game unbeaten run whilst fourth place Renhold Village will be expected to return to winning ways when they host a visiting Flitwick Town Reserves side that has lost all of its last six games to slip into the bottom three of the league standings.

Bottom of the table, Kempston Athletic still without a win this campaign are in home Hillgrounds action against Westoning Recreation Club Reserves whilst at Gold Street, Riseley Sports Reserves will be seeking their first home win of the campaign against a Dunton Reserves side that is yet to win on the road this season with the days final game in this division coming at Jubilee Playing Fields where Wilshamstead Reserves seek their first win in seven outings against visitors Stewartby Village.
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