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Sunday 31st August 2008
Its Opening Day High Fives For AFC Kempston Town, Blunham And Ickwell & Old Warden
Premier Division Supported By Sportsform

AFC Kempston Town 5 Bedford SA 1,

New Town Manager Lee Moon was a happy man after his sides 5-1 win over newly promoted Bedford Sports Athletic, goals from Danny Pilgrim and Alex Russell saw them lead 2-0 at half time before further strikes from Pilgrim and Tom Pitts took them 4-0 ahead until James Dougan pulled one back for The Athletic only to see the home side completed the scoring with a goal from Ryan Grant.

Blunham 5 Sharnbrook 2

Kevin Smith's new look Blunham side kicked off their new league season with a comfortable 5-2 home win over Sharnbrook, a own goal in the opening five minutes saw them into a early lead but within five minutes the visitors were level with a goal from Chris Prior before Blunham with goals from first Michael Jones then Paul Chamberlain from thirty yards out sent them 3-1 ahead by the half-hour mark.

The contest and the points were then put beyond any doubt on the hour mark when Jones added to his afternoon tally from the penalty spot before a Deep Banghard corner saw Ivan Finch open the way for Scott Tallentire to net the home sides fifth goal twenty minutes from time and take them into a four goal lead which was reduced to three goals by a stike from Sharnbrook's Shaun Barnett five minutes from time.

Caldecote 1 Renhold United 1,

It required a goal late into time added on for Neil Mapletoft Caldecote to salvage a point from Renhold United who had lead since the 25th minute of the game after Paul Beattie had latched onto a free kick from Clive Sawyer to nose his side ahead and erase memories of their 8-1 beating at Harvey Close last season, the home side during the summer had converted central defender Mark Wright into a goalkeeper and Matt Basta into a central defender but their starting line-up was still missing the likes of Dave Coleman, Glen Renforth, Lee Marshall, Steve Starling, Darren Waddington and Aiden Jones but they still embarked on taking the game to their highly fancied visitors yet the closest they got to finding the back of the net was from two well excuted free kicks from Mark Endersby whilst at the other end Wright's opening twenty minutes between the sticks had been about as busy as any Father Christmas is on a average Boxing Day, all this however was to change as Dee Sayid flashed a header over his crossbar in meeting a Paul McKeaveney cross before just sixty seconds later Beattie struck to give United the lead.

Both sides had chances to add to the scoreline before the break, Tom Wallace pushing a effort just wide of the posts for the home side whilst Sayid was guilty for missing from close range for United.

United supporters hearts were in their mouths early in the new period when referee Geoff Andrews correctly waived away home appeals for a penalty as Wallace slammed the ball into the body of Beattie then they were thankful to goalkeeper Darren Gaynor in making fine saves to keep out efforts from Nick Stillwell and Jack Gabbitas, whilst at the other end Wright kept his side in the game when saving at point blank range from Guieseppe Graiziane before being in the right place at the right time to prevent Sayid coming up with a goal of the season contender from a spectacular overhead kick.

It looked all up for the home side when Wallace spurned a chance on the back post with two minutes left on the watch but with the game now well into stoppage time a cross from Kai Griffiths Shilton was forced home from close range by Leeroy Odd despite the valiant attempt of Gaynor who at first had appeared to have saved the day.

After the game both managers were fairly happy with the afternoon's outcome United's Buzz Leason remarking this is never a easy place to visit to get a result and so it proved whilst Mapletoft was honest and pleased to report his side had in his words got out of jail with the late goal.

Caldecote, Mark Wright, Nick Stillwell, Matt Basta, Stuart Kemp, Tom Wallace, Paul Gower, Mark Endersby, Kai Griffiths Shilton, Adrian Mapletoft, Jack Gabbitas, Leeroy Odd, Subs Used, Tom Cookman,

Renhold United, Darren Gaynor, Keiran Bird, Radul Limdan, Paul McKeaveney, Clive Sawyer, Paul Beattie, Daniel Green, Richard Hall, Dee Sayid, Sam Maddox, Jordan Kumar, Subs Used, Mo Bander, Guieseppe Graiziane,

Campton 3 Oakley Sports 3,

Defending champions Campton were in manager Roy Hayday's words well below par in their opening performance of the season in allowing last seasons runners-up Oakley Sports to twice come from behind to gain a share of the spoils, all started well for the home side with goals in the opening twenty minutes from Gary Gibson and Dan Webb to shoot them 2-0 ahead but the writing was on the wall when the evergreen Chris Huckle reduced the arrears for The Sportsmen in the last action of the opening period and comeback number one was complete when Dean Bawden levelled matters early in the second half, this goal awoke Campton and when Gibson restored their lead from a free kick the points looked theirs, that was until three minutes from time when Ben Brown struck to make his manager Jim Burke a happy man, whilst the home manager despite the Gibson double strike nominated Wayne Goldsmith as the man of the match, a view Burke was happy to go along with.

Dunton 0 Ickwell & Old Warden 5,

Dunton's return to the top flight of Bedfordshire League Football was not to be a happy one, manager Barry Morris remarking they gave us a lesson in how to finsh this afternoon and were 100% clinical in front of goal whilst his opposite number Alan Turner whilst over the moon with his sides five goals was even more pleased with the performance of debut goalkeeper Vinny Govoni who has taken over the number one jersey from the injured Martin Hammocks.

The Boys from The Green were 3-0 ahead at the break thanks to two goals from Zak Rowe and a strike from Nick Jones and it was game over early in the second period when Danny Fox added a fourth before man of the match Ricky Aris completed the rout.

Henlow v Meltis Corinthians Game Postponed,

The unavailability of Henlow's Groveside ground due to cricket commitments and late problems with their booking of Clifton's ground meant this fixture was called off just twenty-four hours before kick off on Friday afternoon.

Sandy 3 Riseley Sports 3

What a baptism of fire this turned out to be for new Sandy manager Pete Fil, having lost his full back son Dave to injury just fifteen minutes into the game he then saw Steve Thomas give his team the lead just sixty seconds later before his defence was depleted even further ten minutes from the interval when Tom Blow was forced to call it a day and his opening half nightmare complete when Mark Weekly popped up to level matters for Riseley right on the stoke of half-time.

Things were going from bad to worse for Fil in the new half as a goal from Tony Graham and another stike from Weekly shot The Sportsmen 3-1 ahead by the 65th minute but with just ten minutes to play Mark Jennings gave the home side hope by reducing the arrears to a single goal and Fil's first day at the office had a happy ending when his other son Gary converted a last minute penalty to give his side a share of the spoils.

Division One

Marston Social 6 Sandy Reserves 1

Richard Wheatley's depleted Sandy Reserves side were never in the hunt against promotion faniced Marston Social, only 2-0 down at half-time due to a double strike from Darren Rowlett matters got a lot worse in the scond period when Rowlett took his own personal total to five goals and Daniel Bullen added a sixth against a lone reply from Darren Horn.

Westoning Recreation Club 5 Campton Reserves 0

Campton who failed to win any of their opening five games last season were in the words of their management murdered against a strong Westoning Recreation Club outfit, John Bass with two goals and single strikes from Ian Buckingham, James Clark and Ollie Summers take the home side to a easy three points.

Elsewhere in the division the game of the day came at Crawley Road where home side Woburn were beaten 4-5 by Stevington, Matt Coles and Richard Howlett both striking twice and Lawrence Bentham once for Stevington against home replies from Martin Holland (2) plus Rob Simpson and a Nick Skolsky penalty whilst at Miller Road newly promoted Meltis Albion with goals from Michael Butler and Sav Ventriglia lead Flitwick Town 2-0 until Town goals from Ben Wallington, Chris Bull and Andy Pheby saw them take the three points, whilst the divisions only other game saw a single goal from Fabio Cientinni take AFC Kempston Town Reserves to a 1-0 win at local rivals Royal Oak Kempston.

Division Two

Lidlington United Sports 2 Blunham Reserves 2

Blunham Reserves 2-0 ahead at half-time appeared to be coasting to a easy three points before a second half goal from Michael Smith and a 90th equalizer from Benny Crusco earned United a share of the spoils.

Meltis Corinthians Reserves 0 Clifton 1

With The Sweetboys first team game called off Clifton feared the worse has they travelled to face newly promoted Meltis Corinthians Reserves but a goal on the hour mark when Darren Carter got onto the end of a Greg King cross gave them the full three points and manager Barry King singing the praises of his back four who never gave the home side a look in all afternoon.

Elsewhere Great Barford begun their season with a point from a 0-0 away draw at Saffron whilst Meppershall Jurassic and Marston Shelton Rovers played out a 3-3 draw, Craig Damon, Dave Readman and Pat King on target for the home side with Rovers replies from Chris Patrickson twice and Tony Britten, meanwhile Potton Wanderers home encounter with Woburn Reserves was postponed on the morning of the game due to problems with their goalposts.

Division Three

Three Tuns Galacticos 3 Dunton Reserves 3

It turned out to be a share of the spoils for two of this seasons newcomers, Chris Kennedy shooting the home side ahead until two goals from Steve Spiers and a strike from Ben Cutmore took Ian Jakes, Dunton side 3-1 ahead only to see Luke Webb reduce the arrears just before the break and Mark Mcmillan complete the comeback ten minutes into the new half.

Elsewhere fellow newcomers Kempston Athletic were not so lucky going down 1-3 at home to Stewartby Village, Gary Whitbeard hitting the home goal whilst The Village strikes came from Tom Wheelhouse, Duncan Chiesa and Phil Gaduj but the top scoring game came with Marsh Leys 5-3 home win over Westoning Recreation Club Reserves, James Morris with a brace plus single goals from Alan Cudjoe, Padriaic Welsh and Steve Stringer netting for The Marshmen to Rec Club replies from Joe Rogers twice and Neil Reynolds.

The days other scheduled game between Leighton United and Bedford Park Rangers being called off when Rangers pulled out of the league during midweek.

This coming weekends action in The Premier Division supported by Sportsform sees dare we say it after just one game league leaders Ickwell & Old Warden in home local derby action on The Green against newly promoted Henlow who after last weekends postponement will be opening their own season, whilst of the other two clubs who bagged wins on the opening day AFC Kempston Town sit the afternoon out but you would expect Blunham to continue their wining ways when they make the short trip to Cople Playing Fields to face Bedford SA.

Over at Miller Road, Meltis Corinthians will open their own 2008-09 campaign with a visit from Pete Fil's Sandy who will need to be at their very best to gain any reward whilst at Gold Street, Riseley Sports will host Wilshamstead who like Meltis Corinthians were without a game last weekend, for defending champions Campton its a tough looking away trip to face Buz Leason's Renhold United and Caldecote are also on the road to Lodge Road to take on hosts Sharnbrook who will be keen not to see a repeat of last seasons scoreline when Caldecote won 7-0.

The days final game in the top section taking Dunton on the road to face Jim Burke's Oakley Sports who after last weekends results will be firm favourites to collect the full three points.

Action in Division One sees two of the winners of last weekend clash at Hillgrounds when AFC Kempston Town Reserves entertain Marston Social, whilst both Flitwick Town and Stevington have a chance to hold onto their 100% records with home games, Town are at Steppingly Road facing a visit from Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves whilst Stevington host Meltis Albion.

After heavy defeats last weekend both Campton Reserves and Sandy Reserves will have a chance to put that right on home soil, Campton hosting Kempston at Rectory Road while at Bedford Road Recreation Ground, Sandy are paid a visit from Woburn.

Other action in this Division sees Elstow Abbey open their seasons campaign by entertaining Royal Oak Kempston and Westoning Recreation Club hit the road to Cutler Hammer to face Kempston Hammers.

In Division Two, the top game could well come with the derby action at Moggerhanger Playing Fields where Blunham Reserves receive a visit from newly promoted Potton Wanderers or indeed in Russell Park where another of the newly promoted clubs Blue Chip get their season underway with a visit from Clifton.

For Great Barford its another trip on the road this time to Hillgrounds to face Mulberry Bush, meanwhile over at King George VI Playing Fields, Kings AFC kick off their season with a visit from Meppershall Jurassic, whilst the other two games in this Division taking place are at Hurst Grove where Lidlington United Sports host Saffron and at Marston Playing Fields which is the venue for Marston Shelton Rovers home clash with Meltis Corinthians Reserves.

In Division Three, plenty of eyes will be looking for the result of the game at Shuttleworth College where Meppershall AFC open their season with a visit from league newcomers Leighton United who are many peoples tip for the Division Three crown this season, while just down the road at Harvey Close, Caldecote A get their season underway with a visit from Flitwick Town Reserves.

For Stewartby Village its a home clash with Three Tuns Galactions and at Horseshoes Close, Dunton Reserves open their home season with a tough looking encounter against Marsh Leys, other action comes at Greenfield Road, where the revamped Westoning Recreation Club Reserves will be in home action against Renhold Village with the days other game in this section coming at Jubilee Playing Fields where Wilshamstead Reserves start their season with a visit from league newcomers Kempston Athleic.
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