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Sunday 01st March 2009
Ickwell & Old Warden End Meltis Corinthians Unbeaten Ways
Premier Division Supported By Sportsform

Caldecote lead at the head of the league table is now up to ten points after a 17th minute headed goal from Tom Wallace was enough to earn them a 1-0 win and the three points at Riseley Sports whilst their two nearest rivals for the league crown both went down to home defeats, second place Campton losing their eight game unbeaten league run when Elliot West netted on the hour mark to give Blunham a 1-0 success at Rectory Road where things might have been even worse for Campton had not the woodwork kept out second half efforts from John Coley, Andy Smith and Michael Hutton.

For third place Meltis Corinthians it was a end of their seasons unbeaten ways when beaten 2-3 at home by a Ickwell & Old Warden side that was taking its own unbeaten ways to six games, all started well enough for the hosts when Justin Patterson from the penalty spot gave them a fifteenth minute lead but by half-time they were trailing 1-3, Andrew Vallom letting fly from fourty-five yards to level up the scores before going on to claim his hattrick with two successful penalty kicks of his own, David Benson with a strike seven minutes from time gave The Sweetboys hope by reducing the margin to a single goal but the visitors were to hold out for the full three points.

Elsewhere, Renhold United did their chances of a top six finish no harm when they sent second from the bottom of the table Wilshamstead to their sixth consecutive home defeat with a 4-2 win, Dave McCarthy opening the scoring just a minute from the half-time break before goals from Mo Banda and Tony Goodwin saw them race 3-0 ahead by the hour mark, Michael Jones for the home side reduced the arrears to 1-3 only for an own goal to take United's advantage back up to three goals before Travis Joseph for the home side struck late to complete the scoring.

Yet it was not a good day for Dunton who after three straight wins were beaten 2-3 on home soil by AFC Kempston Town who were winning for the first time in ten outings, it all started well enough for the home side has they shot 2-0 ahead just five minutes into the game with goals from Lee Threadgold from the edge of the box and his brother Nicky from all of thirty-five yards out but by half-time the scoreline was all square at 2-2 thanks to Town strikes from Shaiwur Rahman and Danny Pilgrim and when early in the second period Lee Threadgold got himself sent off it was a backs against the wall job for the home side with the Town taking the points thanks to a second Pilgrim goal on the hour mark.

Also helping themselves to three points to ease their relegation fears were Sharnbrook with a 1-0 home win over Oakley Sports, a goal from Dan Cotton doing the damage but still very much in the relegation mix are both Henlow and Bedford Sports Athletic who played out a 0-0 draw at Groveside, leaving Henlow still looking for their first home win of the season whilst this was Athletic's seventh league game without a win.

Division One

It was a day of shocks in Division One with none of the morning's top five sides managing to come up with a win, league leaders Flitwick Town going down to a 3-0 defeat at Royal Oak Kempston, Paul Stevens giving The Oak a second minute lead which was increased by Ed L'Erario penalty nine minutes into the second half and completed by a strike from Lorenzo Jordan right on the final whistle but for second place Meltis Albion things were even worse losing out to a 8-2 defeat at Westoning Recreation Club, Dave Shirley with a hattrick, Adam Wills with a brace plus single strikes from Andy Cooper, Ollie Summers and Glen Robinson getting on the scoresheet for The Rec Boys to replies from Scott Alleyne and Asa Garlick.

For third place Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves its now five home games since they won after being held to a 2-2 draw by second from the bottom of the table Elstow Abbey who thus ended a nine game losing run, Wayne Morris shooting the home side into a early lead but The Abbey were level eighteen minutes into the game with a goal from Jordan Jarrold only to see Matthew Bruney restore the home sides lead on the half-hour mark and that's the way it remained until Antony Hubbard netted twelve minutes from time to allow The Abbey to share the spoils.

For fourth place Campton Reserves it was a 3-1 away defeat at AFC Kempston Town Reserves, 0-0 at half-time The Town won the points with two second half goals from Alex Branler and a strike from Rubbin Martinis against a late reply from Campton's Jeff Hall, Campton now dropping a place in the table to fifth to be replaced by Woburn who run out 4-1 winners at Kempston where all the goals came in the opening half, Martin Holland, Luke Broadbent, Tim Bloyce and an own goal on the Safari Boys scoresheet to a lone reply from Jarvis Anderson, Bloyce then missing a second half hattrick to prevent the visitors going nap.

Elsewhere, Marston Social took their winning ways to four games with a 5-1 home win over Kempston Hammers Sports, Darren Rowlett striking for The Social after just five minutes who were to double their lead via an own goal five minutes later and go three goals clear on the half-hour mark with a goal from Tim Worden, Worden then making it 4-0 three minutes into the new half until Matthew Mossop struck for The Hammers but a Steve Flaherty penalty five minutes from time brought up the nap hand, Worden being denied his chance of his hattrick from the spot kick having been substituted just thirty seconds earlier.

The days other game in this section saw Sandy Reserves gain their revenge for their defeat seven days earlier by beating Caldecote Reserves 2-1, Jordan Gurney shooting the visitors into the lead on fifteen minutes but within ten it was all square when Mark Jennings netted for the home side who then survived Roy Anderson for the visitors missing from the penalty spot two minutes from the half-time cuppa's before going on to win the game with a Wayne Pell goal ten minutes into the new half.

Jubilee Cup Quarter-Finals

Great Barford will now host Meltis Corinthians Reserves in The Semi-Finals after a 3-1 home win over Saffron, it was the visitors with a goal from Junaid Miah after eight minutes who lead at the break but three second half penalties all converted home by Daniel Jefferies saw Great Barford to victory, joining them in the last four are Kings AFC who needed a penalty shoot-out to overcome Marabese Ceramics, Colin Stanley giving The Ceramics a first half lead which on sixty-five minutes was cancelled out by Josh Clements and thats the way it stayed after 120minutes play, Alan Sacbuker, Steve Wilson, Marcus Tomlin and Dan Footer on the mark from the spot for The Kings whilst just Richard Fallano and Ress Tudball found the back of the net for the visitors, Kings AFC will now host Meppershall Jurassic in The Semi-Final.

Division Two

Blunham Reserves are now thirteen points clear at the head of the Division Two table after netting a 2-0 home win over second place Meppershall Jurassic to remain unbeaten in league action this season, first half goals from Matthew Geaves and Mark Davidson doing the damage.

Potton Wanderers started the day in third spot but were to end the day in fifth slot after losing 2-4 at home against Clifton, Barry Hallybone giving the visitors the lead but by half-time Antony Schurk had struck to draw The Wanderers level but the new half saw a brace of goals from Greg King plus a strike from Mark Gearing take Clifton 4-1 clear until Steve Smith netted late on for The Wanderers, their third spot in the table being taken over by Marston Shelton Rovers who were 5-3 winners at Lidlington United Sports thanks to a Aaron Franks hattrick and goals from Stuart Mann and James Burraway with the United goals coming from Chris Roberts, Gary and Andy Smith whilst now up into fourth place are Meltis Corinthians Reserves 2-1 winners at Oakley Sports Reserves, Jacob Corbin doing the damage with both goals against a home reply from the penalty spot from Tom Redmond.

But for start of play bottom of the table Mulberry Bush it was a day to celebrate has they not only ended a four game losing run and lifted themselves out of the drop zone with a 2-1 win at Blue Chip but both their goals came from 21st birthday boy Shaun Cafferty either side of James Bowen drawing the home club level just before the break.

Division Three

League leaders Leighton United chalked up their seventh win on the bounce and retained their seasons unbeaten home record with a 7-1 win over Stewartby Village, Adam Barker netting a hattrick alongside a own goal and strikes from Sahid Hallaway, Darryl Smith and Stuart Gore whilst The Village reply was also an own goal, second place Three Tuns Galacticos meantime were running out 5-0 home winners over Sandy A to take their winning ways to six games, just a own goal separated the sides at half-time before James Gentry stamped his mark on the game with a second half hattrick and Dean Smith added a fifth.

For third place Marsh Leys it was a big setback to their promotion hopes when beaten 1-4 at home by bottom of the table Kempston Athletic who were winning their first game of the season, Liam Parker giving the home side the lead until Gary Whitbread struck four times for The Athletic including once from the penalty spot.

The good times continue for Caldecote A, 5-3 winners at Meppershall AFC, Ryan Ambrose netting a hattrick supported by goals from Barry Croxon and Jack Boyd against home replies from Sam Larsen twice and John Wright, whilst Wilshamstead Reserves are still looking for their first away win of the season after being beat 2-1 at Flitwick Town Reserves, Stuart Vernon placing The Town ahead just a minute into the game until Rees Williams drew Wilshamstead level on the twenty minute mark only to see The Town's Richard Gerrard win the game with a goal thirteen minutes from time.

In the days other game it was a 3-2 home win for Renhold Village over Riseley Sports Reserves, Daniel Luke twice and Giles Sowerby once netting for the home side against a brace in reply from Ashley Green,


Preview For Saturday 7th March 2009

With the season now entering into its final two months the race for the honours come the end of April is now begining to hot up and in The Premier Division Supported By Sportsform this weekend beings about one of the fixtures that could well have a significant bearing on where the 2008-09 season Championship Trophy will end up in less than ten weeks time when at Harvey Close, current league leaders Caldecote winners of their last eight home games and still unbeaten on home soil this season play hosts to second place and defending champions Campton, the boys from Rectory Road travelling still unbeaten in their away travels this campaign but some ten points adrift at start of play from their hosts,statistics that perhaps suggest a drawn game could well be on the agenda, all of which would be music to the ears of third place Meltis Corinthians who having lost their seasons unbeaten league record last weekend at home to Ickwell & Old Warden hit the road to face Jim Burke's Oakley Sports, now twelve points behind the leaders but with three games in hand.

Realistically the only other club that might yet get in the Championship hunt are Blunham who are in home Moggerhanger Playing Fields action against local rivals Dunton but they start the day some seventeen points behind the leaders Caldecote with just two games in hand

Down at the bottom of the table the quest to avoid a finish in the bottom two and the prospects of Division One football looks to lay between six clubs, four of whom go head to head this weekend, AFC Kempston Town now without a home win since early October facing Henlow at Hillgrounds,having claimed their first win in ten outings at Dunton last weekend whilst over at Lodge Road, Sharnbrook will look to improve their chances of another season in the top flight when they host the travelling second from bottom Wilshamstead.

The fifth club fighting to beat the drop are Bedford Sports Athletic who will be seeking their first home win in five outings at Cople Playing Fields when visited by local rivals Ickwell & Old Warden.who travel now unbeaten in their last six outings whilst the sixth club in the relegation mix Riseley Sports travel to take on Renhold United at their Playing Fields Headquarters.

In Division One, it looks quite feasible that any one of the seven teams could yet lift the league title and this weekend four of them go head to head, at Miller Road, Meltis Albion currently in second spot host a Kempston side that has won its last four away games whilst on The Green, third place Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves will be in home action against still unbeaten on the road this season Westoning Recreation Club who of the seven title contenders have at least three games in hand on them all.

Of the other title challengers, perhaps the favourites are still current leadersFlitwick Town who will be in home Steppingley Road action against a now returning to form Marston Social, whilst the other two sides making up the seven are also in home action at Rectory Road, Campton Reserves should collect the three points when Elstow Abbey come calling but thats what Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves were thinking last weekend and at Crawley Road, fourth place Woburn will be looking for home win number six on the bounce against Sandy Reserves who travel still seeking their first away point of the season in this game number eight.

The days other Division One action comes at Culter Hammer in form of a derby game between hosts Kempston Hammers Sports and AFC Kempston Town Reserves plus Stevington will be hosting Royal Oak Kempston at their Playing Fields Headquarters, well aware the Oak have beaten Flitwick Town twice in the last fortnight.

Division Two action should see league leaders and Champions elect Blunhan Reserves collect another three points when they journey to face bottom of the table Mulberry Bush in Hillgrounds where the home side have collected just one home point from nine outings to date whilst four other sides who are very much in the promotion race go head to head against each other, third place Marston Shelton Rovers looking for their third home win on the bounce when they host fifth place Potton Wanderers who travel seeking away win number five on the bounce while in Jubilee Park, fourth place Meltis Corinthians Reserves entertain a Great Barford side that is still unbeaten on the road in league action this season and despite sitting just sixth in the league table have at least two games in hand on all their promotion rivals.

For current second place Meppershall Jurassic things should be a little easier has they seek home win number seven in a row when second from bottom of the table Lidlington United Sports travel to face them in Jubilee Park.

Other games in this Division see Kings AFC who could yet join in the promotion mix in home King George VI Playing Fields action against bottom of the table Saffron whilst there are middle of the table games at Whiston Crescent where Clifton with just one home win to their name all season host Marabese Ceramics and in Russell Park where Blue Chip receive a visit from a Oakley Sports Reserves side that has won three of its last four away games.

For Division Three sides the main spotlight of the weekend falls onto the Semi-Final ties in this seasons Watson Shield, where perhaps both the visting sides will start the firm favourites, league leaders Leighton United travelling to Jubilee Playing Fields to face Wilshamstead Reserves whilst second place Three Tuns Galacticos are hitting the road to Bedford Road Recreation Ground for a meeting with Sandy A who they beat 5-0 on their own patch last weekend in league action.

The Division Three league action is thus reduced to a programme of just five games in which Marsh Leys have a opportunity to push closer to the top two in the league table when they host Meppershall AFC in Hillgrounds yet the top game on paper could well come at Harvey Close where Caldecote A receive a visit from fourth place Renhold Village.

The afternoon's other three games coming at Steppingley Road where Flitwick Town Reserves host Dunton Reserves, at Gold Street which is the venuue for Riseley Sports Reserves home game with Stewartby Village and at Greenfield Road where Westoning Recreation Club Reserves will be looking to end a run of three straight home defeats when bottom of the table Kempston Athletic come calling.
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