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Sunday 08th March 2009
Caldecote Leave It Late To Go Twelve Points Clear At Top Of Premier Division Table
Premier Division Supported By Sportsform

Caldecote lead at the head of the league table is now up to twelve points after they made it nine home wins on the bounce to maintain their seasons unbeaten home record by coming from 0-2 down to beat start of play second place Campton 3-2 who duly in defeat lost their seasons unbeaten away tag, the game started well enough for the visitors when a long clearance from goalkeeper Darren Turpin took just two bounces on its way into the Caldecote net over thr head of home goalkeeper and former Campton man Luke Kiteley and when Lee Addington made it 2-0 after just twelve minutes play the visitors look set for a good afternoon but all that was to start to change on the hour mark with a goal from the penalty spot by Leeroy Odd to reduce the arrears to a single goal and then fifteen minutes from time Steve Starling drew the home side level until with just twenty seconds left on the watch up popped David Lenton to head home the winning goal.

Now up into second spot in the standings are Meltis Corithians who retained their seasons unbeaten away record with a 2-1 victory at Oakley Sports, Jason Allison netting twice for The Sweetboys in the opening half before the home struck with a goal from Ollie Housden just five minutes from time, also taking a upward move in the standing are Ickwell & Old Warden who now climb into fourth place following their 2-1 win at bottom of the table Bedford Sports Athletic, 0-0 at the half-time break, a penalty from Andrew Vallom five minutes into the new half took Ickwell into the lead which was doubled on the hour mark by Zak Rowe before a home penalty from Paul Nigro completed the scoring ten minutes from time.

Ickwell's climb up the table coming at the expense of Blunham who were to have their five game unbeaten run ended when beaten on home soil 0-3 by a Dunton side winning their third away trip on the bounce, David Pugh taking advantage of some good work from Lee Threadgold to fire them 1-0 up on the half-hour mark until a family move between the three Threadgold brothers saw Nicky head the visitors 2-0 ahead on the hour mark with their victory being sealed ten minutes from time with a second Nicky Threadgold strike all thanks to some fine build-up play by brother Lee, Dunton now climbing into sixth spot in the table above Renhold United who were held to a 2-2 home draw by Riseley Sports.

United with a thirty yard screamer from James Munro took the lead sixteen minutes into the game and that's the way it stayed until goals from Gary Mayes and Paul Brown minutes either side of the hour mark took The Sportsmen into a 2-1 lead before a Kane Alexander goal fifteen minutes from time salvaged the home side a point all set up by a piece of magic from home substitute Paul Daniels.

The days other two top flight games giving AFC Kempston Town their first home success in five outings with a 4-0 win over Henlow, Danny Pilgrim hitting a hattrick alongside a strike from Ryan Grant with The Town failing to go nap when Jason Simons missed a second half penalty, but for the visitors it was a drop into the bottom two of the league table after Wilshamstead ended a four game losing run with a 3-0 win at Sharnbrook, all the goals coming in the first ten minutes of the second half, Travis Joseph netting twice and Michael Jones once.

Division One

Flitwick Town's lead at the head of the league table is now down to just one point after they were held to a 0-0 home draw by Marston Social and second place Meltis Albion came up with the full three points via a 2-1 home win over Kempston, Scott Alleyne shooting The Albion into a thirty-seventh minute lead which Jamie Carson cancelled out twelve minutes from time only to see Darren Ashpole net the winner just sixty seconds later.

Up into third slot in the standings now are Woburn who took their winning home ways to six games with a 3-0 victory over second from bottom of the table Sandy Reserves with all the goals coming in the opening half, Jake Nicholls netting twice and Martin Holland once to move ahead of Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves who lost 1-2 at home against a Westoning Recreation Club side that is still unbeaten on its travels this season and now up into the top six of the league table plus with games in hand on all those above them could yet become serious title contenders, Adam Willis and Luke Cuniff the Rec Boys marksmen to a home reply from Wayne Morris.

Down at the bottom of the table basement club Elstow Abbey were within sixty seconds of their first away win of the season before Adam Chambers netted a goal to give Campton Reserves a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw thus cancelling out Jordan Jarrold 65th strike for The Abbey Boys, whilst Kempston Hammer Sports are now in the bottom three of the league table after sharing the points in a 1-1 home draw with AFC Kempston Town Reserves, Town went ahead seven minutes from the break with a goal from a free kick from twenty-five yards by Liam Wills until a header nine minutes into the second half from Antony Walker gave The Hammers a point which turn out to not be enough to prevent Royal Oak Kempston jumping above them in the standings following their 3-2 win at Stevington, Lorenzo Jordan giving The Oak a fourth minute lead until goals from Shaun Winconek after twenty minutes and Matt Coles on sixty six minutes placed the home side ahead until strikes from Gary Canzano on seventy minutes and Dave Minney ten minutes later won the day for The Oak.

Division Two

League leaders Blunham Reserves took their seasons unbeaten ways to sixteen games to remain thirteen points clear at the head of the league table with a 4-0 win at Mulberry Bush, Mark Davidson from the penalty spot opening the scoring in the last minute of the opening half before Dan Whitten stole the show with a second half hattrick, but second place Meppershall Jurassic are far from giving up the chase after extending their winning home ways to seven games with a 6-0 win over Lidlington United Sports, Craig Richards and Jamie McGregor both on the scoresheet twice alongside strikes from Dan Taylor and Shin Miah.

Up into third spot now are Potton Wanderers after their 6-3 away win at Marston Shelton Rovers, the morning's third slot occupants, Joe Aris netting twice supported by goals from Chris Sams, James Hearson, Chris Munns and Jack Aris against home replies from Aaron Franks, Mark Champkin and Antony Henman whilst Great Barford did their promotion chances no harm at all when retaining their seasons unbeaten league ways with a 2-1 win at Meltis Corinthians Reserves, Matthew Smith putting Barford ahead eighteen minutes into the game which Ben Parratt cancelled out six minutes later only for Gary Russon to net what turned out to be the winning goal six minutes into the new half.

Elsewhere it was also not a good day for two other home sides, Clifton despite two goals from Mark Gearing losing out 2-6 to Marabese Ceramics whose goals came via a Darren Payne hattrick, a brace from James Tizard and a lone goal from Colin Stanley plus Blue Chip were beat 2-3 on home soil by Oakley Sports Reserves, Daniel Lupton and James Bowen netting the home goals whilst The Sportsmens strikes came via a brace for Jamie McCelland and Ben Brown.

The final game in this section seeing Kings AFC and Saffron play out a 0-0 draw.

Watson Shield Semi-Finals

This seasons final will be between Leighton United and Three Tuns Galactocos after both clubs came up with Semi-Final away wins, The Tuns with a hattrick from Ryan Dodson plus a goal from Dean Smith winning 4-1 at Sandy A whose lone reply came via Ian Hammitt whilst Leighton United run out 6-0 winners at Wilshamstead Reserves, Darryl Smith claiming a hattrick, Adam Barker netting twice and Colin Moore once.

Division Three

With the top two Clubs away on Watson Shield duty third place Marsh Leys failed to take full advantage by being held to a 2-2 home draw by Meppershall AFC, Liam Parker and Damion Quigley netting The Marshmens goals to replies from John Wright and Sam Larsen whose strike came in the 90th minute passed home stand-in goalkeeper Jason Calvert, up into fourth slot in the league standings now are Dunton Reserves 5-1 winners at Flitwick Town Reserves, Steve Spiers netting a hattrick alongside goals from Tom Burton and Martin Cull to a home reply from the penalty spot from Jack Rowlands following a handball by Joe Burton who was duly sent off.

Dunton Reserves jumping above Renhold Village who were beat 5-2 at Caldecote A, Jack Boyd from a free kick giving the home side a early lead which was then cancelled out by a Village goal from Dan Luke who was then to net again ten minutes from time by which time his side were trailing 5-1 thanks to two home goals from Jack Boyd to claim his hattrick plus Scott Lancaster and Ryan Ambrose.

Westoning Recreation Club Reserves were to end their run of three home defeats with a 3-0 success over bottom of the table Kempston Athletic to remain sixth in the league table, two goals from Damian Foster and a strike from Tim Harris doing the damage, whilst the final game of the day now means Stewartby Village are without a win in their last seven outings after being beat 6-2 at Riseley Sports Reserves, Jamie Harris with a brace plus Andy Darnell, Michael Darnell, Dan Gloss and Ashley Green on the home scoresheet to Village replies from Ben Sparkes and Dan Krysta.

Preview Saturday 14th March 2009

Action in The Premier Division Supported By Sportsform sees league leaders Caldecote now twelve points clear at the head of the table make the short trip to Horseshoes Close to face local rivals Dunton perhaps the firm favourties to return to Harvey Close with the full three points having lost only twice on their travels to date this season exactly the same number of times that Barry Morris's Dunton Boys have collected the full three points at The Close all season, but the home side will start the day on a high following their win at Blunham last weekend and could well surprise the league leaders.

With Campton sitting the afternoon out, Meltis Corinthians now having moved into second spot in the table have no easy game when they entertain Renhold United at Miller Road who at the same venue just three weeks ago knocked The Sweetboys out of this seasons Brittania Cup, this game kicking off at 1pm to allow a second game later in the afternoon to take place whilst Blunham after their shock home defeat last weekend travel to Groveside for a meeting with a Henlow side in desperate need of points at the other end of the table and still in this game number eleven seeking their first home win of the season.

Other action comes on The Green where hosts Ickwell & Old Warden now holding down fourth place in the league standings look to take their unbeaten ways to eight games against a Oakley Sports side that has won just once on the road this season whilst over at Jubilee Playing Fields its a vital relegation battle with the meeting of hosts Wilshamstead who climbed out of the bottom two last weekend at the expense of Henlow and bottom club Bedford Sports Athletic with the home side looking to end a run of six consecutive home defeats.

The final top flight game comes at Gold Street where Riseley Sports now on a four game losing home run host AFC Kempston Town where the points are needed by both clubs to stay out of that dreaded relegation zone.

Division One action takes league leaders Flitwick Town now with only a one point lead on the road to Hillgrounds to face a AFC Kempston Town Reserves side that will be looking for their third home win on the bounce whilst second place Meltis Albion are in a 3.30pm kick off at Miller Road hosting a Campton Reserves side they beat at the same venue under a month ago in The Centenary Cup.

Perhaps however the game of the day in this section will come at Culter Hammer where hosts Kempston losers of their last four home outings face Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves who have lost just twice on their travels all season.

Meanwhile at Greenfield Road, sixth place Westoning Recreation Club will be expected to keep their promotion hopes alive when they host a Sandy Reserves side that is yet to collect an away point all season, whilst at The Warren bottom of the table Elstow Abbey look to end a six game losing home run when local rivals Kempston Hammers Sports themselves on a three game losing away run come calling whilst the divisions other two games are at Harvey Close where Caldecote Reserves and Royal Oak Kempston do battle for the points to keep them clear of the drop zone and at Marston Playing Fields where in form hosts Marston Social will start favourties for the full three points against Stevington who will start the day just one point and one place above their hosts in the league table.

For the lower division teams the main spotlight of the afternoon will fall upon the Semi-Final ties in The Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup and The Jubilee Cup, in The County Cup the action comes at Harvey Close where Division Three outfit Caldecote A look for giant-killing act number three of the season when paid a visit by Division Two promotion candidates Great Barford whilst Potton Wanderers are hitting the road for Skimpot Road Dunstable to face Luton District & South Beds League side USL Galacticos.

The domestic Jubilee Cup action comes at King George VI Playing Fields when hosts Kings AFC take on Meppershall Jurassic.

With these cup games taking place the Division Two league action is reduced to just five games at Moggerhanger Playing Fields, league leaders and champions elect Blunham Reserves will be expected to take a step closer to the title when visited by second from the bottom of the table Lidlington United Sports whilst Marston Shelton Rovers will seek to keep their promotion drive on course when they journey to Whiston Crescent for a meeting with hosts Clifton.

The other action coming at Cople Playing Fields the venue for Marabese Ceramics home game against bottom of the table Saffron, in Jubilee Park where promotion seeking Meltis Corinthians Reserves receive a visit from Blue Chip and at Oakley Playing Fields where home side Oakley Sports Reserves losers of their last four home encounters face a Mulberry Bush side in need of points to stay out of the drop zone.

In Division Three, league leaders Leighton United will be in home Stanbridge Road action against Riseley Sports Reserves looking to maintain their seasons unbeaten home record whilst second place Three Tuns Galacticos who trail them by just three points hit the road to Renhold Playing Fields looking for away win number six on the bounce against hosts Renhold Village winners of their last two home games.

Meanwhile if Marsh Leys are going to get themselves back in the promotion race then nothing less than three points will do when they host Sandy A in Hillgrounds, comments that also apply to Westoning Recreation Club Reserves has they hit the road to Stewartby Way for a meeting with Stewartby Village.

Other action in this division comes at Steppingley Road where Flitwick Town Reserves take on bottom of the table Kempston Athletic and at Shuttleworth College being the venue for Meppershall AFC home encounter with now up to fourth spot Dunton Reserves.

Whilst following the weekend action the league's Representative side will be in action on Tuesday evening March 17th at Wootton Blue Cross kick off 7.45pm when they host The Northants Combination League in The Four Leagues Championship, entry is free and all support will be welcome.
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