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Sunday 14th December 2008
Just Three Home Wins From The Fifteen Games That Beat The Rain,
Premier Division Supported By Sportsform
Caldecote's lead at the head of the league table is now back up to six points after they took their winning ways to nine games and retained their seasons unbeaten home record with a 4-1 win over local rivals Ickwell & Old Warden at a wet and windswept Harvey Close, the home side who elected to play with the strong wind in the opening half quickly stamped their authority onto the contest by taking the lead after just four minutes, Tom Wallace sending in the telling cross to find Steve Starling completely unmarked in front of the visitors goal and with a little help from the underside of the crossbar he shot his side ahead, that lead was to double twenty minutes into the game and again Ickwell were guilty of some poor defending allowing David Lenton to run unmarked onto a delivery crossed in from the right by Dave Daniels to slot home from the edge of the penalty box to make it 2-0.
Within sixty seconds the scoreline read 3-0, Tom Wallace unleashing a effort from all of thirty-five yards out into the top corner of the net which gave the visitors goalkeeper Vinny Govoni returning to Harvey Close for the first time since his spell in the manager's hot seat last season no chance and Govoni afternoon so nearly got even worse ten minutes later when he could only stand rooted to his goalline and watch a effort from Leeroy Odd come back of his woodwork, his luck was again in five minutes from the break when from a Mark Endersby corner twice his fellow defenders came to his rescue in making goalline clearances to foil first Lenton and then Russell Kemp.
Ickwell's first real chance of a goal coming in the closing minute of the opening half but they were to be foiled by Lenton being on hand to clear the home lines and block away an effort from Tom Blow.
By the start of the new half the rain was now coming down even heavier as Ickwell sought that early goal to get themselves back into the contest but despite the wind now blowing to their advantage alas for them apart from home goalkeeper Luke Kiteley making an unorthodox save with his legs to keep out a effort from Nick Jones and Andrew Vallom firing just off target from range it never looked likely to come and it was game up on 74minutes when the home side added a fourth goal, Wallace acting in the playmaker role to send Starling in on goal for his second strike of the afternoon to seal the contest at 4-0.
Ickwell however were then a shade unlucky not to reduce the deficit when Kiteley was required to make a double save to keep out first Ricky Aris then Sam Julian until their luck changed ten minutes from time when Mark Endersby was adjudged to have handled in the area and up stepped Vallom to net from the resulting penalty to bring up the final 4-1 scoreline.
Caldecote's lead at the head of the table increasing after referee Geoff Andrews was force to abandoned the Campton v Meltis Corinthians contest at half-time following a serious leg injury to home goalkeeper Gary Cullerton, the game at the time was still deadlocked at 0-0 but could so easily have been 2-2, Gary Gibson twice for the home side and Justin Patterson and Dean Warren for the visitors so nearly getting themselves onto the scoresheet.
Holding onto fourth spot in the league table are Renhold United who came from 2-0 down to earn a share of the spoils in a 2-2 draw at Hillgrounds against AFC Kempston Town, Town with a goal from Shar Rahman were ahead after twenty minutes, a lead they were to double five minutes from the break with a strike from Danny Pilgrim and hold onto that two goal lead until a Richard Hall header halved the deficit fifteen minutes from time which was then cancelled out by Paul Daniels five minutes later to end United's recent woes on the road where they had lost their last three games but at the same time leave Town now without a win in their last five league outings.
At Moggerhanger Playing Fields the fifth v sixth battle between hosts Blunham and visitors Oakley Sports was to end 0-0, Chris Dunne for the home side and Carl Townsend for the visitors coming the closest to breaking the deadlock with efforts against the crossbar.
Elsewhere, Dunton's three game winning run was brought to a halt with a 2-4 home defeat at the hands of Riseley Sports who thus brought to a end their own four game losing run, man of the match Paul Brown shooting the visitors ahead in the opening minute until a defensive error on the half-hour mark enabled Jon Ranson to level matters Brown was to restore the visitors lead just a minute from the break and then twenty minutes into the new half completed his hattrick to take his side 3-1 clear with a breakway effort, but it was game back on ten minutes from time when Steve Snelling with a solo run made it 2-3 only to see Tom Ellison come up with a fourth Sportsman's goal five minutes later to seal his side the points.
Also winning away from home were both Sharnbrook and Wilshamstead, Sharnbrook coming from 1-0 down at half-time to win 3-1 at bottom of the table Bedford Sports Athletic, Ian Asplin giving the home side the lead fifteen minutes into the contest until second half goals from Ian Strange, Dan Billington and Shaun Barnett won the day, for Wilshamstead life was a little easier with a 5-0 victory at Henlow who are still awaiting their first win on home soil this season, Paul Jones netting the only goal of the opening half before in the second period he took his own personal tally to two alongside goals from Kevin Butler, Mark Kelly and new signing Garath Loadman to give Wilshamstead their first win in seven outings.
The days programme in this division was reduced to just two games after waterlogged pitches brought about a postponement of the games, Kempston v AFC Kempston Town Reserves, Meltis Albion v Campton Reserves, Stevington v Flitwick Town, Westoning Recreation Club v Elstow Abbey and Woburn v Kempston Hammers Sports but in those two contests Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves missed the chance to climb up into third spot in the league table when held to a 3-3 home draw by Caldecote Reserves.
Matthew Bruney was to give the home side the lead with the only goal of the opening half before Mark Wright levelled matters for the visitors but with strikes from Robert Thirkell and Lee Tetley, Ickwell appeared to be coasting to the points 3-1 ahead until in a dramatic last ten minutes stand-in goalkeeper Matt Neighour was to gift wrap Caldecote a early Christmas box with a howler to allow Byn Williams to make it 2-3 then in the games closing minute be beat by former teammate Elliot Brooker for the game to end all square at 3-3.
The days other game to survive seeing bottom of the table Sandy Reserves come up with their first win of the season at the twelfth time of asking with a 2-1 home win over Royal Oak Kempston, Chris Cooper with a opening half goal setting Sandy on their way and when Gary Fil doubled the lead from the penalty spot ten minutes from time the points looked safe until The Oak's Paul Stevens struck at the death to bring about a tense finish.
Like in Division One the weather was the big winner with the postponement of the games Great Barford v Meppershall Jurassic, Lidlington United Sports v Marabese Ceramics, Marston Shelton Rovers v Clifton and Meltis Corinthians Reserves v Mulberry Bush, but where play did go ahead it was the visiting sides that came out ahead in all three games none more so that league leaders Blunham Reserves who are now nine points clear at the head of the standings after a 4-2 victory at Oakley Sports Reserves to retain their seasons unbeaten record.
Blunham were to in effect have the game sewn up with three goals inside a ten minute period leading up to the half-hour mark during which Joe Cooper, Dan Whitten and Lee Munns all stuck and whilst Ben Brown netted to close the gap to 1-3 a strike from Alan Brown saw the league leaders ahead 1-4 at break and in cruise mode until Sportsmen's Carl Warner made it 2-4 in the second period.
Elsewhere, Saffron were to end their four game losing run and move out of the bottom two in the standings by winning 3-2 at Blue Chip, two goals from Shezat Sattar taking Saffron into a 2-0 lead early in the opening half which James Bowen for the home side reduced to a single goal just before the break and when Callum McGlynn netted five minutes from time it seemed the points would be shared until Saffron's Jatinder Bhangle came up with a late winner.
The days final game in this division seeing Potton Wanderers have their four game winning run brought to a end with a 0-1 home defeat at the hands of Kings AFC for whom Allen Sacbuker netted the lone goal.
Like in Division's One and Two the weather saw games off notices go up for the fixtures Kempston Athletic v Westoning Recreation Club, Marsh Leys v Meppershall AFC, and Wilshamstead Reserves v Stewartby Village, and second place Leighton United took full advantage of league leaders Marsh Leys day off to close the lead at the head of the table on them to just a single point and take their unbeaten ways to nine games with a 6-1 win at Sandy A, 0-0 at the half-time break the home side had only a Ian Hammett goal to show against United's six goal haul in the second period.
For third place Three Tuns Galacticos, it took a goal from Ben Appado five minutes from time to salvage them a point from a 1-1 home draw with Caldecote A who with a goal from Daniel Spring sixty five minutes into the game looked set for victory but neverless despite that late home goal are still unbeaten in their last six league outings.
Elsewhere, Riseley Sports Reserves are still looking for their first home win of the campaign after going down 2-4 to Dunton Reserves who in turn were winning for the first time this season on the road, left back Craig Hill their hero with a hattrick of goals alongside a strike from Nicky Albone whilst the home goals came via Michael Darnell and Phil Taylor.
The days final game taking Renhold Village to a 2-1 home win over Flitwick Town Reserves to remain fourth in the league table, Giles Sowerby netting early for The Village before a Robbie Simpkins goal looked likely to end The Town's six game losing run until Sowerby netted again to win the game late for the home side.
December 20th Preview
Premier Division Supported By Sportsform action sees league leaders Caldecote hit the road looking to take their winning ways to ten games when they pay a visit to face Jim Burke's Oakley Sports who despite sitting some seventeen points adrift of them in the league table have not been beaten on home soil since their opening game of the season and will be no pushovers for Neil Mapletoft's boys to overcome, for second place Campton its also a trip on the road has they look to retain their own 100% away from home league record for the season and take their own winning ways to five games on The Green against Ickwell & Old Warden whose record of just two home wins from six outings suggest Campton will start the favourites for the full three points.
Over at Miller Road, third place Meltis Corinthians still holding down the top flights seasons only unbeaten record are in home action against a Dunton side that has won four of its six trips to date away from Horseshoes Close this season whilst fourth place Renhold United will be expected to collect the full three points from their visit to Cople Playing Fields and a meeting with bottom of the table Bedford Sports Athletic.
Other games in the top division come at Gold Street, where hosts Riseley Sports will look for their first home win in three outings against the travelling second from bottom Henlow, at Lodge Road where hosts Sharnbrook will fancy their chances against a visiting AFC Kempston Town side that last won some six league outings ago, whilst Jubilee Playing Fields is the venue for the Wilshamstead v Blunham game where the visitors look to end a five game barren winning spell.
In Division One, league leaders Flitwick Town now know they will spent Christmas sitting on top of the league standings no matter what the outcome of their visit to Crawley Road to face hosts Woburn who having won their last three home outings will be no easy nut to crack, for second place Campton Reserves its home Rectory Road action against fourth place Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves has they look to take their home winning ways to five games but i'm sure they are aware the visitors have won their last five on the bounce away from home and will be keen to take that total to six for Christmas.
For third place Meltis Albion its a short trip down the road to Cultler Hammer and a meeting with Kempston Hammers Sports and having been defeated on their last two outings away from Miller Road and the home side beaten just once on home soil this campaign, it will be no easy task for them to return to winning ways has they push for promotion to the top flight next season.
Over at Harvey Close, Caldecote Reserves who are now starting to hit form are in home action against a visiting Westoning Recreation Club side that is yet to lose on the road this season whilst after their first win of the season last weekend bottom of the table Sandy Reserves are once again in home Bedford Road action this time against fifth place Stevington who with just one defeat in their last seven games will fancy their chances of collecting all three points to maintain their promotion challenge.
Other games in this division come at The Warren, where hosts Elstow Abbey look for their first win in six outings against the visiting Kempston and at Marston Playing Fields where Marston Social are in home action against second from bottom Royal Oak Kempston.
The big game in Division Two comes at Moggerhanger Playing Fields with the clash of the top two sides in local derby action where hosts and league leaders Blunham Reserves lay their seasons unbeaten record and 100% home record on the line against visitors Great Barford who themselves are still unbeaten on the road this season.
For third place Meppershall Jurassic its a visit to Whiston Crescent to face Clifton looking to defend their campaign's seasons unbeaten away record whilst now up into fourth spot Kings AFC are in home King George VI Playing Fields action against Marston Shelton Rovers.
At Hurst Grove, bottom of the table Lidlington United Sports will be hosting a Meltis Corinthians Reserves outfit that is still unbeaten on its travels this season whilst at Mill Lane, Potton Wanderers will hope to return to winning ways but it will not be easy has their visitors are Marabese Ceramics who are yet to lose away from home this season, meanwhile the final two games in this division come in Hillgrounds where Mulberry Bush still without a win on home soil this season host a Blue Chip side that has won three of its last four outings on the road and in Russell Park where Saffron entertain a visiting Oakley Sports Reserves who have lost all of their last seven league games to slip into the bottom three of the league standings.
Division Three action takes league leaders Marsh Leys on the road to Harvey Close to face a Caldecote A side that is now unbeaten in its last six starts and any slip up by the league leaders could well see Leighton United top the standings for Christmas has they travel to Steppingley Road now on a unbeaten nine game run to face hosts Flitwick Town Reserves whose last seven games have all ended in defeat.
For third place Three Tuns Galacticos its a tough looking trip to Greenfield Road to face a Westoning Recreation Club Reserves side that has lost just once on home soil all season whilst fourth play fifth at Shuttleworth College where the hosts are fifth place Meppershall AFC against the travelling Renhold Village.
Other games in this division come at Horseshoes Close, where Dunton Reserves should collect the full three points against bottom of the table Kempston Athletic who travel still seeking win number one of the season, at Sunderland Road where Sandy A are entertaining a Wilshamstead Reserves side that is yet to win on the road this season and at Stewartby Way where The Village are in home action against Riseley Sports Reserves.