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Sunday 21st December 2008
Caldecote Go Eight Points Clear At Head Of Premier Division Supported By Sportsform Table
Premier Division Supported By Sportsform

Caldecote will go into the New Year in search of a eighth record equalling top flight championship title some eight points clear of their nearest rivals Campton after they took their current winning ways to ten games with a 4-2 win at Oakley Sports thus ending their hosts winning five game home sequence, it was the home side who struck first when Mark Laggata opened the scoring fifteen minutes into the contest but within a minute the league leaders were level with a goal from Leeroy Odd who just five minutes later poked his side ahead from the penalty spot after Russell Kemp had been hauled downin the box, Caldecote were now firing on all cylinders and from a Dave Daniels cross which was helped on its way to the backpost by Odd, Steve Starling was on hand to bring up a 3-1 scoreline by the half-hour mark.

Any chance the home side had of making a recovery was to disappear just ten minutes into the second period when Odd collected a long ball delivered into his path by David Lenton to complete his hattrick and take his side three goals clear until a Nathan Byrne penalty fifteen minutes from time made the final score 4-2.

Meanwhile second place Campton were dropping points in a 3-3 draw away at Ickwell & Old Warden in a cracker of a game served up before a VIP crowd who were in attendance for a post-match presentation occasion to mark the 50years services of home club secreatary Peter Bygraves, Campton came to The Green still 100% on the road this season but that record was soon under threat has the home side raced into a 2-0 lead, Andrew Vallom netting from the penalty spot after just ten minutes, a lead which was to double twelve minutes later when a wicked deflection off Dave McArthur from a Steve Thomas shot made it 2-0.

Campton with a goal from Andrew Hayday ten minutes into the second period were back in the game at 2-1 only to see Zak Rowe regain the home sides two goal advantage on sixty-five minutes, but Campton were far from ready to accept all was lost, Hayday with his second goal of the afternoon sixteen minutes from time ensuring a grandstand finish was to be on the cards, that finish going right to the wire and the visitors collecting a share of the spoils when Gary Gibson volleyed home from twenty-five yards out with the watch showing ninety minutes played, a goal that home manager Alan Turner was fuming about as Gibson's strike came from a build-up from a Campton throw-in which was given despite the home club assistant referee John Vallom having his flag raised for offside, Rowe then so nearly taking the home side to victory has he slammed the games final shot against the Campton crossbar.

Third place Meltis Corinthians are now within two points of Campton with a game in hand and just ten points shy of Caldecote with three games in hand after they extended their seasons unbeaten ways with a 2-0 home win over Dunton, 0-0 at the break second half strikes from David Benson their recent signing from Wilshamstead and Alex Woolston took The Sweetboys to victory.

For Blunham it was a return to winning ways for the first time in six outings with a 2-0 win at Wilshamstead to climb them back into fourth slot in the league standings over Renhold United whose game at Bedford Sports Athletic was waterlogged off, again it was 0-0 at the break before on the hour mark Andy Smith became the playmaker to enable Percy Chagwiza to give Blunham the lead which was increased by a Elliot West long range volley ten minutes later.

Elsewhere AFC Kempston Town's drop down the league standings continues after they were beat 3-0 away at Sharnbrook, Mark Smith, Shaun Bartlett and Dan Kelly netting the home goals but for Henlow it was a move in the opposite direction to climb out of the bottom two with a 2-1 win at Riseley Sports, goals from Colin Hemmings and Pete Saunders doing the damage to a home reply from Tony Graham.

Division One

Flitwick Town will spent Christmas sitting on top of the Division One table but their year was to end on a losing note when beaten 3-2 away at Woburn, The Safari Boys with a brace of goals from Martin Holland plus a own goal chalking up their fourth home win on the bounce whilst The Town replies came from Grant Archer and Jim Lewis, the defeat however was somewhat quelled as the next four sides in the league standings all failed to win, second place Campton Reserves with goals from Neil Ellis and Garry Ansell taking a 2-0 first half lead against Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves until second half strikes from Wayne Morris and a 90th minute leveller by James Vallom gave the visitors a share of the points.

It was the same scoreline for third place Meltis Albion in their away encounter at Kempston Hammers Sports, Matthew Mossop shooting The Hammers ahead until two goals from Scott Alleyne looked set to give The Albion the three points until Ben Bellwood struck late to bring up the final 2-2 scoreline.

Meanwhile it was a red letter day for the bottom two sides in the standings with both coming up with wins, Royal Oak moving themselves out of the bottom two with a 3-2 win at Marston Social where Gary Canzano was their hattrick hero to a brace in reply from Stuart Robertson, the three points lifting The Oak above Elstow Abbey who are now without a win in six outings after being defeated on home soil 0-6 by Kempston, Andy Klein doing the main damage with a four goal haul supported by strikes from Andrea Sturniolo and Will Walker.

For bottom of the table Sandy Reserves it was a second win on the bounce with a 5-2 home victory over fifth place Stevington, with a no show from match referee Stewart Coker it was left to home chairman and town mayor Colin Osbourne to take over the black jersey for the afternoon in a game that was to explode into action with the home side racing into a 2-0 lead after just eight minutes, Steve Jakes being on hand at close range to tap home a Jamie Scotcher cross three minutes in whilst from a Craig Morse delivery Chris Cooper doubled the lead five minutes later but by then the scoreline could well have read 2-2, Garry Higgins firing wide before Sandy netted then only the legs of home goalkeeper Darren Wheatley foiling Matt Coles.

Stevington were to pull a goal back on 18minutes when Richard Howlett headed home a Scott Hanham cross but it took the home side just four minutes to restore their two goal advantage when Scotcher netted direct from a corner with a low drive but back came the visitors and a goal from Higgins ensured the deficit was just a single goal at 3-2 by half-time, the next goal was always going to be vital and perhaps Higgins should have collected that eight minutes into the new period rather than shoot into the side netting before that vital goal was to go to the home side three minutes later when from man of match Scotcher cross Mark Jennings on the backpost headed the home side into a 4-2 lead which they were to add to three minutes from time with the goal of the game via a Cooper volley from all of twenty-five yards to bring up the 5-2 tally.

The days other game in this section seeing Westoning Recreation Club retain their seasons unbeaten away record with a 2-0 win at Caldecote Reserves, Ollie Summers netting both goals.

Division Two

Blunham Reserves will take a nine point lead at the head of the Division Two table into the New Year despite losing their seasons 100% home record and nine game winning run when held to a 1-1 draw by second place Great Barford who duly retained their own seasons unbeaten away record, Matthew Geaves grabbing the home goal to a reply from Gary Russon.

Third place Meppershall Jurassic however failed to close the gap on the top two despite holding onto their seasons unbeaten away record has they had to settle for a share of the spoils in a 3-3 draw at Clifton, two goals from Jurassic man Dan Nathalang looked to be setting them on the way to victory until just before half-time they were reduced to ten men when Craig Damon was red carded for a handball offence and from the resulting penalty Mark Gearing made it 2-1 and game on, Ed Brazuekas was to restore the visitors two goal advantage just a minute into the new period and despite a strike from William Pitts five minutes later the points looked to be The Jurrasic's until up popped Garath Carter on 90minutes to make it 3-3.

Potton Wanderers are now up into fourth spot after they blew away Marabese Ceramics unbeaten away record for the season 4-1 at Mill Lane, two goals from Amit Patel alongside strikes from Craig Schurek and James Hearson doing the damage against a lone reply from Richard Follano, elsewhere Marston Shelton Rovers made it three away wins on the bounce when they won 2-1 at Kings AFC, Robert Moore and Aaron Franks netting the vital goals to a home reply from Rowan Hazelwood.

For bottom of the table Lidlington United Sports it was a fine end to the year has they held fifth place Meltis Corinthians Reserves to a 3-3 home draw thanks to goals from Bernnie Cruscoe, Richard Hillier and Simon Fitchett, but for second from bottom Mulberry Bush that first home win of the season must wait until 2009 after they were beat 2-3 by Blue Chip despite leading 2-1 until the last ten minutes, Darren Gough and Martin Ivy the home marksmen to Chipmen replies from Michael Lamont, Francis Vaugham and Pete Neale.

Yet it was all smiles for Oakley Sports Reserves who ended a seven game losing run with a 2-1 win at Saffron, Dan Newton and Ben Brown their hero's to a home reply from Tazi Ali.

Division Three

Leighton United took over the Division Three leadership of the league table after they took their unbeaten ways to ten games with a 5-1 win at Flitwick Town Reserves after morning leaders Marsh Leys were beat at Caldecote A, the United goals coming via braces for Sahid Hallaway and Alex Fry plus a single strike from Stewart Gore to The Town reply from James Taylor whilst goals from Marsh Leys, Liam Parker and Damon Quigley were not enough to prevent Caldecote A taking their unbeaten ways to seven games with a 4-2 win at Harvey Close, Jack Boyd, Jack Warwick, Ryan Ambrose and Tom Gallacher on the scoresheet for the home side.

Three Tuns Galacticos remain in third spot in the league table after two goals from Ryan Dodson and a strike from Ben Appado took them to a 3-1 at Westoning Recreation Club Reserves for whom Ian Buckingham netted the home reply, whilst Meppershall AFC now climb above Renhold Village into fourth spot after beating them 6-3, Sam Larsen netting four times and Lewis Osborne and Jordan Robbins once to Village goals from Dan Luke, Marcus Joseph and Sardi Uddin who at one stage had lead the game 3-1.

The top scorers of the day however were Dunton Reserves with a 9-1 home win over bottom of the table and yet to win this season Kempston Athletic, Nicky Albone netting a hattrick, Andrew Spiers a brace alongside single goals for Ben Cutmore, James Cooper, Sam Churms and Joe Lewis, the Athletic reply coming via a Gary Whitbread penalty.

The days other action in this Division seeing two goals for Adam Hales and a strike from Alex Baker take Sandy A to a 3-0 home win over Wilshamstead Reserves for whom this was their fifth straight defeat whilst Stewartby Village needed two goals inside the last ten minutes from Ben Norrish and Tom Wheelhouse to earn a 2-2 home draw against Riseley Sports Reserves.
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