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Sunday 01st February 2009
Meltis Corinthians Hit Nine To Remain Unbeaten And Keep The Pressure On Caldecote
Premier Division Supported By Sportsform

Caldecote remain nine points clear at the head of the Premier Division Supported By Sportsform league table after winning 4-1 at bottom of the table Bedford Sports Athletic, a goal inside two minutes from Steve Starling gave them the perfect start until James Allen popped up to draw the home side level just three minutes later and that's the way the scoreline stayed until Dave Daniels restored the league leaders lead ten minutes into the second half, Kai Griffiths-Shilton with a strike from the edge of the box ten minutes later took Caldecote two goals clear until a Daniels tap in fifteen minutes from time sealed the points.

For second place Meltis Corinthians the task of maintaining their seasons unbeaten record was no more than a stroll in the sunshine beating Wilshamstead 9-0 at Miller Road, first half strikes from Alec Woolston twice plus Dean Warren and David Benson against his old club saw them lead 4-0 at the interval before Warren alongside Justin Patterson, Moby Hussain, Ashley Banks an a own goal added to the scoreline after the break

Meanwhile third place Campton were extending their seasons unbeaten record on the road with a 5-0 win at Sharnbrook, Gary Gibson with a individual effort was to slot them into the lead after just five minutes then double his and his side tally when meeting a cross from Stephen Gay just five minutes later he then completed his hattick from close range twenty-five minutes into the contest after strike partner Andrew Hayday had done all the hard work to set him up in front of goal, by the break Campton were five goals clear, Gibson becoming the playmaker to allow Hayday to net number four on 35minutes then adding a fifth himself in time added on, to the surprise of the Lodge Road crowd that's where the scoring finished with the visitors having the luxury of club captain Craig Palmer blasting a second half penalty some five feet over the crossbar after he had taken over the spot kick duties from a now injured Gibson.

Elsewhere Ickwell & Old Warden were taking their unbeaten ways to four games with a 3-1 home win over Riseley Sports, the game opened up in a even tempo with the opening five minutes seeing first Steve Thomas for the home side sky the ball over the crossbar from close range then the vistiors Garath Davies fire a effort just wide of home goalkeeper Vinny Govoni uprights from the edge of the box.

The home side then begun to take control and inside a space of less than five minutes they perhaps should have netted three times, a sweeping move between Danny Fox, Thomas and Zak Rowe saw Rowe denied by a goalline clearance from Sportsmans Sami Gingell, before the same player sent a header against the crossbar after he had outjumped the visitors defence to meet a cross from Fox, Fox then himself seeing Simon Hill in the visitors goal move smartly to turn his free kick delivered from just outside the penalty box around his uprights.

But with twenty minutes played Ickwell did grab the lead in somewhat bizarre fashion when a cross from Lewis Giddings was to carry on the wind and land into the back of the net over a bemused Hill's head from some twenty-five yards out, then only a fine save from Hill prevented Ricky Aris adding to the home scoreline after a clever chip from Fox had opened the way to goal for him, but that was the end of the goal scoring opportunities at either end until the closing five minutes of the half when first Paul Brown for the visitors fire over the crossbar then twice Rowe spurned chances to double his sides advantage.

Early second period action saw Hill take the ball off the feet of Thomas has he closed in on goal until on 62minutes Fox in effect settled the game with a wonder goal, having spotted Hill off his line he executed the perfect finish from all of fourty yards out to take Ickwell into a 2-0 lead, the home side were now seemed in cruise mode to the points but were to be woken up eleven minutes from time when Brown from just outside the penalty box sent a effort crashing against the crossbar then three minutes later were to have their lead reduce to a single goal after Mark Weekley netted from the penalty spot after referee Ajisola had mysterious penalize a tackle from Rob Bowyer but with the watch now showing the ninety minutes up Rowe at last got on the scoresheet to make the points safe at 3-1.

The result of the day however in the top flight belonged to Dunton who were to end Renhold United's unbeaten home ways of seven games with a 2-1 win, United without a recognized goalkeeper were to start the day with Paul Daniels between the posts but even he was only to last twenty minutes before having to go off injured and be replaced by Richard Hall, during his spell on the pitch Dunton were to take the lead when Daniels could only help a Tom McGhee effort back into the path of Lee Threadgold who made no mistake to give his side a 1-0 lead a lead his brother Nicky Threadgold should have doubled but somehow he missed a open goal.

United were to draw level five minutes into the new period, a pinpointed cross from Daniel Green being slammed home by Nigel Drummond but it was to be a poor clearance from deputy goalkeeper Hall that gave Dunton their winner five minutes from time Tom McGhee taking full advantage to net from thirty yards out and bring up the final 2-1 scoreline.

With AFC Kempston Town's meeting at Hillgrounds against Blunham postponed the days final game in the top section went the way of Oakley Sports with a 6-1 home win over Henlow, a early own goal from Kevin Evans had gifted Henlow the lead but a penalty from John Hislop drew the home side level by the break until in the second period two goals from Mark Lagatta plus strikes from Jamie Endersby, John Searle and Evans making amends from the half-way line drew The Sportsmen five goals clear.

Division One

It was a day of shocks in Division One with defeats for the start of play top two sides, league leaders Flitwick Town going down 0-4 at home against local rivals Westoning Recreation Club who thus remain unbeaten on the road this season, two goals from Marcus Rose plus strikes from Adam Willis and Liam Massey doing the damage whilst Meltis Albion could not prevent Woburn chalking up their fifth home win on the bounce at Crawley Road, Martin Holland and Shane Forsythe netting for The Safari Boys to take them 2-0 clear until Darren Ashpole struck for The Albion ten minutes from time, The Albion now dropping to third spot in the league standings below Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves who took their unbeaten ways on the road to eight games with a 2-1 win at Stevington, Jay Smith giving them the lead only to a see a Shaun Winconek penalty draw matters level until Steve Hinton netted the second half winner.

At the bottom of the table Sandy Reserves are now only trailing Elstow Abbey on goal difference after they came from 0-2 down to earn a point in a 2-2 home draw with AFC Kempston Town Reserves, Tristan Peck giving The Town a first half lead which Shar Rahman was to increase on the hour mark until the home side staged a recovery, on 65minutes Andrew Wren netted from the penalty spot then ten minutes from time Chris Cooper made it 2-2 to earn them a share of the spoils.

For Elstow Abbey however it was a ninth defeat on the bounce when losing 0-2 at home against Marston Social, all square at the break a penalty from James Armstrong on fifty-five minutes and a goal from Steve Flaherty ten minutes later took The Social to victory, meanwhile a lone goal from Tom Buck was enough to give Kempston a 1-0 win at Kempston Hammers Sports their sixth away win in just eight outings.

Centenary Cup

Campton Reserves safely made their way into the last eight of this seasons Centenary Cup and a meeting next weekend away at Meltis Albion with a 4-2 home victory over Caldecote Reserves, Tom Dupey gave Caldecote the lead just two minutes into the tie but a tap in effort from Paul Gravell drew Campton level after twenty minutes play and by half-time they were leading 3-1, an own goal taking them into the lead before Shaun Jenkins got himself onto the end of a Ollie Morgan corner to make it 3-1, Mick Robinson for the visitors made it 3-2 twenty minutes into the new half but his sides hopes of a comeback were only alive for just five minutes before Kerion O'Toole made it 4-2.and game over.

Division Two

Blunham Reserves march towards the Division Two title continues after they took their unbeaten ways to fourteen games with a 3-1 home win over Marabese Ceramics to remain ten points clear at the head of the league table, the visitors were to go in front when Paul Smith gifted them the lead twenty minutes into the game with an own goal but a strike from Matthew Geaves on the half-hour and a returned own goal saw Blunham lead 3-1 by the break, a scoreline Rob Lawrence was to add to ten minutes from time.

Second place Meppershall Jurassic also had to come from a goal behind to net a 3-1 home win over a Meltis Corinthians Reserves side that were losing for the first time on their travels this season, Anup Kalyan netting the goal to take The Sweetboys into a 1-0 lead at the break until second half strikes from Craig Richards, Craig Damon and Ed Brazauskas took The Jurassic Men to the three points.

Jumping up now into third spot in the table are Marston Shelton Rovers who run out 5-2 home winners over Blue Chip, braces of goals from Stuart Mann and Aaron Franks plus a strike from Sundip Jarmil doing the damage to replies from Michael Lamont and Francis Vaughan to lift them above Great Barford who were beat 1-2 at home by Kings AFC, the visitors with goals from Marcus Tomlin and Oliver Plested lead 2-0 early in the opening half until Gary Russon reduced the arrears nine minutes into the second half.

The days other three games in this section all also went the way of the visitors, Lidlington United Sports with four goals from Jon Drea plus a goal from Scott Kent netting their first away win of the season at Mulberry Bush whose reply came from Shaun Atkins. Whilst Potton Wanderers made it three away wins on the bounce with a 4-1 victory at Saffron, goals from Charlie Seward twice plus Steve Smith and Chris Sams doing the damage against a home reply from Mohammed Zahar whilst Oakley Sports Reserves were 4-2 winners at Clifton, Carl Townsend and Tom Redmond both on the scoresheet twice to home replies from Alex Fisher and Greg King.

Division Three

Division Three action was to bring about wins for the top three sides, league leaders Leighton United taking their unbeaten ways to twelve games and ending Caldecote A seven game unbeaten run with a 5-0 win at Harvey Close, Stuart Gore with a brace plus strikes from Matt Hewitt, Ryan Upton and Mark Redruth doing the damage whilst second place Three Tuns Galacticos were running out 9-0 winners at Wilshamstead Reserves, Moni Nsiawete and Ryan Dodson netting twice alongside single strikes from James Diplock, Carl Millagan, John Rowe, Gary Jackson and Dean Smith whilst bringing up the trio of wins were Marsh Leys 5-0 victors at Stewartby Village, Gieseppe Grazinano hitting a brace alongside strikes from Liam Parker, Damon Quigley and Simon Wade.

Elsewhere Riseley Sports Reserves came up with their first home win of the season 4-0 at Gold Street over bottom of the table Kempston Athletic thanks to goals from Phil Taylor, Barry Pirie, Jamie Harris and Shaun Pritchett, whilst Westoning Recreation Club Reserves made it three away wins on the bounce with a 2-0 win at Sandy A thanks to goals from John Bass and Carl Denmar.

The days other scheduled fixture at Horseshoes Close between hosts Dunton Reserves and Renhold Village being postponed when the visitors failed to raise a side to travel.

Preview For Saturday 7th February 2009

Action next weekend will see the centre of attention in The Bedfordshire Football League fall onto the Quarter-Final ties in the various league cup competitions for Premier Division Supported By Sportsform clubs that means The Britannia Cup and in the top half of the draw action comes at Rectory Road where hosts Campton will start warm favourites to claim a last four slot when bottom of the table Bedford Sports Athletic come calling, but whatever the result the winners know they will be at home in The Semi-Final against the winners of The Groveside clash between Henlow and current league leaders Caldecote who you would expect to emerge the winners.

In the bottom half of the draw we find perhaps the match of the day at Miller Road where Meltis Corinthians the curent cup holders will be hosting Renhold United for the right to entertain again in the Semi-Final against either Blunham or Riseley Sports who meet at Moggerhanger Playing Fields.

For Division One sides its action in The Centenary Cup, at Crawley Road, Woburn will be in home action against Westoning Recreation Club and for the winners it will be another home tie in the Semi-Final against either Meltis Albion or Campton Reserves who meet in Jubilee Park.

The bottom half of this draw sees action at The Warren where Elstow Abbey will be hosting Marston Social for the second weekend running for the right to stage a home Semi-Final against the winners of the Royal Oak Kempston v Flitwick Town tie which goes ahead at Cyselco Park.

For Division Two sides its Jubilee Cup action, Great Barford the current holders hosting Saffron at their Playing Fields headquarters for the right to entertain again in the Semi-Final against the winners of the tie at Whiston Crescent between hosts Clifton and Meltis Corinthians Reserves whilst in the bottom half of the draw action comes at
King George VI Playing Fields, where Kings AFC will be at home against Marabese Ceramics with the winners again enjoying home advantage in The Semi-Final against either Mulberry Bush or Meppershall Jurassic who meet at Hillgrounds.

In The Watson Shield restricted to sides from Division Three action comes at Jubilee Playing Fields where Wilshamstead Reserves will be hosting current holders Riseley Sports Reserves with the winners again at home in The Semi-Final against either Leighton United or Westoning Recreation Club Reserves who go head to head at Stanbridge Road.

In the lower half of this draw action comes at Bedford Road Recreation Ground where Sandy A will be in home action against Flitwick Town Reserves for the right to host either Stewartby Village or Three Tuns Galacticos who meet at Stewartby Way.

With all the cup action going on The Premier Division Supported By Sportsform league action is restricted to just two games at Hillgrounds, AFC Kempston Town without a win in their last eight league outings host a Oakley Sports side that has won just one of its eight away games this season whilst at Horseshoes Close, Dunton will be in home action against a Wilshamstead side that now looks to have a relegation battle very much on their hands.

In Division One there is local derby action at Harvey Close where Caldecote Reserves will be hosting a Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves side that travels now unbeaten in league action in its last eight trips away from The Green and sitting which has taken them just four points shy of the top of the table whilst more derby action comes at Culter Hammer where Kempston will look to end a home losing run of three games when AFC Kempston Town Reserves come calling.

The third and final game in this Division seeing Sandy Reserves still without an away point to their name this season hit the road for a meeting with Stevington.

Division Two action is confined to just two games at Mill Lane, Potton Wanderers will receive a visit from a Blue Chip side whose away record suggests this will be no easy game for The Wanderers whilst Lidlington United Sports hit the road to face Oakley Sports Reserves having collected their first away win of the season last weekend against Mulberry Bush.

In Division Three, its a programme of just three games, two of them coming in Hillgrounds where bottom of the table Kempston Athletic will perhaps prove to be no match for the visiting in form Dunton Reserves whilst on the next pitch Marsh Leys will look to restore their winning home ways against Caldecote A whilst the final action takes place at Renhold Playing Fields where Renhold Village will be hosting Meppershall AFC.
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