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Sunday 25th January 2009
Caldecote's Lead At Head Of Table Now Up To Eleven Points After 1-0 Win Over Sharnbrook
Premier Division Supported By Sportsform

Caldecote's lead at the head of The Premier Division Supported By Sportsform table is now up to eleven points after they chalked up their eighth home win on the bounce with a hard fought 1-0 win over a Sharnbrook side whose performance at least deserved a share of the spoils to take back to Lodge Road, the games opening chances were to fall to the league leaders when after just seven minutes a poor backpass by the visitors Ian Strange was only remedied by his alert goalkeeper Natt Kidd who raced off his line to beat the inrushing Leeroy Odd to the ball then just sixty seconds later Kidd was back in action to save from David Lenton after a clever flick from Russell Kemp had set him up right in front of goal.

After these early opening chances the game then lacked any real goalscoring opportunities until perhaps the visitors should have went ahead on the half-hour mark Shaun Barnett doing all the donkey work to set up Dan Kelly just ten yards from goal whose hurried effort was to be pushed the wrong side of home goalkeeper Scott Kiteley uprights, a miss they were to pay dearly for two minutes later with the arrival of the games only goal, Odd performing some sterling work down the right flank to fire a cross into the heart of the Sharnbrook penalty box to find Tom Wallace whose snapshot was to be tip onto the crossbar by Kidd before it was eventually scrambled into the net by Dave Daniels to give the home side the lead which they so nearly lost in the closing minute of the first half when Kiteley was required to spread his body to keep out an effort from Stange after James Billington had worked him a opening.

The second period was to commence with Kiteley again obtaining hero status when first at point blank range he was to once again get the better of Strange before he then made a flying save to tip a Billington effort around his uprights, the new half like the first was to lack in real goalscoring opportunities until its closing quarter which saw a fine piece of defending from Dan Billington prevent Odd putting the game beyond the recall of Sharnbrook who would have had their just reward of a share of the spoils had not Kiteley back pedalled quickly to push a Luke Barnett cross/come shot around his posts eight minutes from time.

For second place Meltis Corinthians it was the requirement of having to come from a goal behind to retain their seasons unbeaten record with a 2-2 draw at AFC Kempston Town, all started well for The Sweetboys when Jason Allison shot them into the lead after ten minutes but Town with a strike from Paul Lawrence were quickly on level terms before a thirty-five yard blockbuster from Alex Russell took them into the lead ten minutes from the break, a lead they were to hold only until two minutes into the new half when Matthew McMahon struck home the equalizer.

Also dropping points were third place Campton held to a 2-2 home draw by Renhold United, but in the words of home manager Roy Hayday "at the final whistle i felt we had gained a point rather than dropped two such was the extent we were hanging on"" United were to start the game firing on all cylinders with Paul McKeaveney giving them the lead six minutes into the contest before from the penalty spot Gary Gibson levelled matters ten minutes from the interval, then on the hour mark after Andrew Hayday had been upended in the penalty box up stepped Gibson for his second spot kick of the afternoon but this time visiting goalkeeper Clint Walker was to be his master with a fine save and become the first ever goalkeeper to write onto his CV that he had stopped a Gary Gibson penalty.

Gibson was however to have his revenge on Walker just two minutes later when in a 1for1 confrontation with the United goalkeeper he cooley chipped the ball over his head to place his side 2-1 ahead but that lead was to last just ten minutes until Daniel King scrambled a effort home to make it 2-2 a scoreline the visitors should have added to in the closing quarter none more so than when twice Daniel Green was to lose out on 1to1 battles with home goalkeeper Darren Turpin.

Elsewhere in the top flight, the result of the day belonged to Dunton who ended a three game losing run with a 3-2 home victory over Oakley Sports, it was The Sportsmen with a goal from Dean Bowen after just five minutes who lead at the break but with a strike on the hour mark from Steve Snelling and a real poacher's goal from Dave Pugh ten minutes later the home side lead 2-1 until Chris Huckle levelled matters ten minutes from time but with just two minutes left on the watch up popped Pugh to net his second of the afternoon to take his side to the full three points.

Meanwhile new signing Barrington Belgrave was on the scoresheet for Blunham has they run out 3-1 winners over bottom of the table Bedford Sports Athletic, Belgrave netting the home sides second goal after Percy Chagwizh had given them the lead but The Athletic with a goal from Asa Mead were back in the game on the hour mark until Matt Hullatt settled matters for the home side with their third goal ten minutes from time.

For Wilshamstead it was their fifth home defeat on the trot when beaten 1-5 by Riseley Sports, Paul Brown giving the visitors the lead in the opening half which with another strike from Brown plus goals from Mark Weekley and Daniel Czaichi they had increased to 4-0 before Michael Jones reduce the arrears only to have Tony Graham net a late fifth goal for Riseley.

The days final game in this division leaving Henlow still in search of their first home league win of the season after they drew 0-0 with Ickwell & Old Warden.

Division One

Flitwick Town took their lead at the head of the Division One table up to six points with a comfortable 4-2 win at Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves but the victory was to come at the cost of having goalkeeper Peter Hyde taken to hospital with a suspected broken finger, first half goals from Steve Parkhouse, Jim Lewis and Mark Barlett saw The Town lead 3-0 at the interval, a lead Lewis was to make 4-0 until Hyde's departure allowed the home side to close the gap with late strikes from Robert Thirkell and Tim Senior.

Winning away from home for the first time this season were Caldecote Reserves who sent Elstow Abbey to their eighth consecutive defeat with a 5-1 win, Tom Dupey putting the visitors ahead after fifteen minutes only to see Daniel Carter level matters within a minute before two goals from Jack Warwick took Caldecote 3-1 clear by half-time, a scoreline which was to be added to in the new period by Dupey with his second of the afternoon and Carl Horsfall.

With the Sandy Reserves v Campton Reserves and Westoning Recreation Club v Kempston Hammers Sports being postponed due to waterlogged pitches the divisions only other game of the afternoon saw Marston Social run out 2-1 home winners over AFC Kempston Town Reserves, 0-0 at the break, goals from Andy Harding and Stuart Robertson took Social two goals clear until Daniel Ellison from the penalty spot replied for The Town.

Centenary Cup

For Meltis Abion it was no more than a stroll in the sunshine has they made their way into the Quarter-Final of this seasons Centenary Cup with a 14-1 home win over a Stevington side that had half of its normal side away on a sking trip, Scott Alleyne netting six times, Michael Butler, Asa Garlick and Darren Ashpole all grabbing braces alongside single strikes from Derek McRae and Dale Hamilton to set up a home meeting with either Campton Reserves or Caldecote Reserves.

Joining them in the last eight are Woburn who with two first half goals from Martin Holland and a strike from Jake Nicholls were 3-0 home winners over Kempston to set up a last eight home tie with Westoning Recreation Club.

Division Two

Blunham Reserves retained their ten point lead and the head of the Division Two table and their seasons unbeaten record when a goal from Dan Whitten just twelve minutes into the game was enough for them to collect the full three points from a 1-0 win at Potton Wanderers whilst second place Meppershall Jurassic were collecting a 4-2 home win over Kings AFC, The Jurassic Boys being gifted a opening own goal from ex player Jeff Dyer before a goal from Gary Davies made it 2-0 by the half-time break, Davies in the new period made it 3-0 until goals from Marcus Tomlin and Lee Morgan reduce the arrears to 3-2 until Danny Wing netted two minutes from time for the 4-2 final scoreline.

For Marston Shelton Rovers, it was a end of their three game winning away run when beaten 2-1 at Meltis Corinthians Reserves who now climb above them in the league table into fourth slot, Lee Dudley giving The Rovers a first half lead but back came The Meltis in the second period Tony Milioti levelling matters before from the penalty spot Earl Patterson netted the winner two minutes from time.

With the Great Barford v Mulberry Bush and Saffron v Lidlington United Sports games postponed due to waterlogged pitches the final game in this section saw Marabese Ceramics return to winning home ways with a 2-1 victory over Oakley Sports Reserves, Denver Donaldson the home hero to a reply from Sportsmans Ben Brown.

Division Three

Meppershall AFC may have won three of their last four games but they proved to be no match for league leaders Leighton United who run out 13-0 home winners over them, Stuart Gore and Sahid Hallaway netting hattricks, Jonathon O'Donnell striking twice alongside single goals from Matt Hewitt, Colin Moore, Adam Barker, Darryl Smith and Alex Fryer.

For start of play second spot Marsh Leys it was the end of their seasons 100% home record when beaten 1-5 by a Dunton Reserves side that has now won five of its last seven games to move into the top half of the league table, Andrew Spiers leading the way with a brace alongside goals from Nick Albone, Steve Spiers and Tom McGhee to a lone home reply from Darren Mason, the defeat meaning The Marshmen are now down to third spot in the league standings to be replaced in second slot by Three Tuns Galacticos who with second half goals from Mark McMillan, Gary Jackson and Carl Milligan were 3-0 home winners over Stewartby Village.

Elsewhere, bottom of the table Kempston Athletic picked up their first home point of the season when coming from behind to earn a 1-1 draw with Wilshamstead Reserves, Ally Morris had given Wilshamstead a first half lead until Russell Longley levelled matters in the second period and for Westoning Recreation Club Reserves it was a welcomed 3-2 away win at Renhold Village, Andy Cooper, Daniel Channon and Ollie Summers hitting the vital goals.

Meanwhile the Flitwick Town Reserves v Caldecote A and Riseley Sports Reserves v Sandy A games failed to beat the weather.

Preview for Saturday 31st January 2009

Caldecote's march towards this seasons league title should take another step forward this weekend when they make the short trip to Cople Playing Fields to face bottom of the table Bedford Sports Athletic whilst the assignment for second place Meltis Corinthians looks just as easy when they entertain second from bottom of the table Wilshamstead at Miller Road, but for third place Campton the task of retaining their seasons unbeaten league away record will not be easy as they hit the road to Lodge Road for a meeting with Sharnbrook.

Over at Hillgrounds, AFC Kempston Town now without a win in their last eight league outings will be looking to return to winning ways when now unbeaten in their last four outings Blunham pay them a visit whilst just down the road at Renhold Playing Fields, hosts Renhold United like Blunham wil be looking to take their unbeaten ways to five games against visitors Dunton.

Other top flight action comes on The Green where hosts Ickwell & Old Warden seek to take their unbeaten ways to four games when a Riseley Sports side that has won its last two trips on the road come calling whilst for Oakley Sports its a chance for them to end a run of three games without a win when they play hosts to Henlow.

Division One action sees league leaders Flitwick Town facing a home Steppingley Road derby clash with a Westoning Recreation Club side that will make the short trip still unbeaten on the road in league action this season but the task for second place Meltis Albion to close the gap on them at the head of the table will not be easy has they hit the road to Crawley Road to face a meeting with a Woburn side thay has won seven of its last eight league outings to climb up into sixth spot in the league table.

With third place Campton Reserves hosting Caldecote Reserves in The Centenary Cup at Rectory Road they for almost certain will drop at least a place in the league standings as the next two sides in the table meet, Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves needing just a point to jump above them against hosts Stevington who with a victory would jump above both their victims and Campton Reserves into that third slot in the league table.

Other action comes at The Warren where second from bottom of the table Elstow Abbey are in home action looking to end a run of eight straight defeats against Marston Social but should they not do so then Sandy Reserves could climb above them in the league standings should they come up with the full three points from their home Bedford Road encounter against AFC Kempston Town Reserves.

The days final game coming at Culter Hammer where Kempston Hammers Sports are in home action against Kempston who of course also play their home fixtures at the same venue.

In Division Two, league leaders Blunham Reserves will be expected to at least hold onto their seasons unbeaten record when they host Marabese Ceramics at Moggerhanger Playing Fields whilst perhaps the game of the day in this section will come in Jubilee Park where second place Meppershall Jurassic now on a five game winning home run host Meltis Corinthians Reserves who travel still unbeaten on the road this campaign but to the venue where they also play their own home games and their record shows them to have been defeated five times from seven outings.

For third place Great Barford its a chance to net only their third home win of the season when they host Kings AFC at their Playing Fields headquarters whilst fifth place Marston Shelton Rovers could also climb up the league table with the full three points from their home encounter against Blue Chip but it will not be easy The Chipmen have won four of their last five league outings on the road.

Other action comes in Russell Park where Saffron look to end a three game losing home run against the visiting in form Potton Wanderers, in Hillgrounds where Mulberry Bush still without a home win this season host a Lidlington United Sports side that is yet to collect a point on the road this season and at Whiston Crescent, where after three straight draws Clifton will seek to return to winning ways against Oakley Sports Reserves.

In Division Three the top game of the day will be at Harvey Close where in form Caldecote A now on a seven game unbeaten run receive a visit from the league leaders Leighton United who travel seeking to take their own unbeaten ways up to twelve games whilst second place Three Tuns Galacticos who trail them by just three points are on the road to Jubilee Playing Fields and a meeting with Wilshamstead Reserves where they will be expected to collect the full three points.

After last weekends shock home defeat at the hands of Dunton Reserves, third place Marsh Leys journey to Stewartby Way favourites to collect the full three points from their hosts Stewartby Village whilst for Dunton Reserves its home action at Horseshoes Close against Renhold Village where a victory could jump them into the top six of the league table.

Other action comes at Shuttleworth College where Meppershall AFC host Flitwick Town Reserves and at Gold Street which is the venue for Riseley Sports Reserves home encounter with bottom of the table Kempston Athletic.
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