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Sunday 07th September 2008
Dunton Win Sends Manager Morris In Search Of A Maypole
Premier Division Supported By Sportform

Bedford SA 1, Blunham 4,

These two clubs now sit at the opposite end of The Premier Division Supported By Sportsform league table after Kevin Smith's Blunham had this game and the points sewn up after just twenty two minutes play by racing into a 4-0 lead, Michael Jones striking twice inside the opening quarter of an hour before John Coley added a third goal four minutes later to be followed by Jones hattrick strike before the half-way point of the opening half had be reached.

The home side gave themselves a brief hope of getting back into the contest when James Allen reduced the arrears just before half-time but the nearest the crowd came to seeing a second half goal was when the home side were awarded a penalty ten minutes from time only to see Blunham goalkeeper Stuart Kelly make a fine save to preserve his sides three goal lead right up to the final whistle.

Ickwell & Old Warden 1 Henlow 4

After last weekends fine win at Dunton, the men from the Green came down to earth on home soil when local rivals Henlow capitalised on some poor home defending in the second half to run out easy winners and collect their first points of the campaign, home manager Alan Turner stating to be honest we were rubbish and not a shade of the side we were at Dunton, in a fairly even first half all the drama was to be reserved for the closing five minutes, first Danny Fox shot Ickwell & Old Warden ahead before right on the stroke of the interval James Gentry levelled matters for the visitors.

Gentry then put his side ahead ten minutes into the new period before the home side were reduced to ten men when Dave Trundley was red carded for his use of words that do not appear in the Oxford English Dictionary afterwhich it was plan sailing for Henlow as they doubled their lead with a goal from Neil Spencer on seventy-five minutes and completed the scoring two minutes from time with a strike from Andy Newton.

Meltis Corinthians 2 Sandy 0

Sandy have not won on their travels away from Bedford Road since January 8th and after Justin Patterson had shot the home side ahead fifteen minutes into the contest their task became even greater and could have got a lot worse had not referee Yudi Elegundi ruled out a second goal on the half hour for Patterson has he strayed just offside, but the visitors strengthen by the inclusion of Peter Gatti at the heart of their defence who normally plys his Saturday trade in The South Midlands League with Biggleswade Town were to hold their hosts at bay and match them all the way until Kerion Alexander added a second goal right on the stroke of the final whistle, a effort Sandy manager Pete Fil was adamant came from a offside position but neverless overall he was pleased with his sides performance and praised Gatti in particular for seeing the full ninety minutes out after suffering a suspected broken nose just twenty five minutes into the game.

Oakley Sports 1 Dunton 3

After their heavy home defeat at the hands of Ickwell & Old Warden last weekend, Dunton were to come up with the result of the day in collecting the full three points off last seasons runners-up Oakley Sports giving a display which even home manager Jim Burke was quoted as saying they were full value for their win despite us turning in a awful performance then tongue in cheek adding he still believed his side was good enough to beat the drop.

Dunton were to gain the lead on twenty minutes with a Lee Threadgold strike from some twenty five yards out then double their advantage when a Tom Mcghee cross pinpointed Steve Snelling who completed the damage from close range, if Threadgold's opener for Dunton had been a cracker then twenty minutes into the second period Kevin Evans rocket of a free kick from thirty-five yards was even better to reduce the arrears to just a single goal, that was until a fine passing move saw Threadgold cut the ball back into the path of Sam Manners to net from close range to seal the Dunton victory fifteen minutes from time, with manager Barry Morris at the final whistle that happy he was off in search of a maypole to dance around.

Renhold United 2 Campton 3

The drama of this game was to commence before kick off with the non-arrival of the appointed match referee which resulted in a home official Chris Pimbley having to don the black shirt for the opening half before the arrival on the ground of the league's representative manager and registered referee Kevin Hallett who agreed to take over for the second half having already had his fill of excitement for the day in watching his beloved Peterborough United beat Doncaster Rovers 5-4, by the time Hallett took over Campton were already well on their way to the three points having netted a 3-1 interval lead, Gary Gibson striking twice in the fifth and twenty-seventh minutes before Wayne Goldsmith made it 3-0 just seconds from the break only to see Paul Beattie give the home side hope with a goal in time added on at the end of the first period.

But try as they did United were unable to break down the Campton defence until ten minutes from time when Dee Sayid struck to make the scoreline 2-3 and in the words of Campton manager Roy Hayday we somehow and dont ask me how held on to take the points, Hayday pointing out however it was the performance of his returning to the side goalkeeper Gary Cullerton in the first half that really set us on the road to victory whilst home manager Buzz Leason felt that man Gibson as taught us all a lesson today with his goals and was full of praise for his midfield pairing of Daniel Green and Paul McKeaveney who were top notch today.

Riseley Sports 3 Wilshamstead 1

With the home side not having won at home since Mid-November 2007 when they beat Wilshamstead and the visitors being without a away win all last season perhaps a betting man would have had this contest down as a draw but Andy Milne new charges had other plans as two goals from Tom Ellision and a strike from Mark Weekly to a lone reply from Mark Kelly ensured once again Wilshamstead left Gold Street empty handed whilst the three points climbed The Sports into second spot in the league table.

Sharnbrook 2 Caldecote 3

When Caldecote visited Lodge Road last season they claimed a 7-1 win but things were very much tighter this time around and it took a Leeroy Odd goal two minutes from time to enable Neil Mapletoft to collect his first win in the manager's hot seat, Glen Renforth had givien Caldecote a 25th minute lead but two goals inside the opening ten minutes of the new half from home players Luke Barnett and Scott Rothery turn the game around, that was before Odd took over levelling matters on 65minutes from the penalty spot after Tom Wallace had been fouled when he looked odds on to score himself before up he popped two minutes from time to hit the winner.

Division One

Campton Reserves 4 Kempston 2

Kempston were one of only four sides to leave Rectory Close last season with the full three points but a repeat looked unlikely has the visitors found themselves 2-0 down after just two minutes play via a own goal and a strike from Steve Winch, that was until goals from Danny Burraway and Andy Kilne levelled the match just twenty minutes into the conest, Winch however was to restore the home sides lead by the half-time break and when Kerion O'Toole added a fourth on the hour mark the points were safe and Ollie Housden's side were up to second spot in the league table, Mr Housden making Justin Barker his man of the match for his outstanding performance in midfield.

Flitwick Town 2 Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves 0

Town who won their last eleven home games of last season chalked up number twelve over Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves to move them to the top of the Division One table, Grant Archer giving the home side the lead after just fifteen minutes and despite Jim Lewis having a goal ruled out for offside ten minutes from time Lewis had his moment of glory five minutes later when netting the home sides second goal.

Sandy Reserves 4 Woburn 4

We were different class this week beamed home manager Richard Wheatley after his side hung on for a share of the spoils against relegated Woburn at The Recreation Ground, the opening half saw Matt Holland shoot the Safari Boys ahead until a goal from a free kick by Darren Horn levelled matters up by the break, Holland then restored the vistors lead ten minutes into the new period before Sandy with three goals inside a eight minute spell from Shane Wheatley, Shane Pope and Robert Radley raced 4-2 ahead only to see the visitors roar back as Holland completed his hattrick eight minutes from time and Nick Skolsky earned his side a share of the spoils with a 90th minute equalizer.

Elsewhere in the Division both AFC Kempston Town Reserves and Marston Social remain unbeaten after sharing a 2-2 draw at Hillgrounds, Rubin Martins and Tristan Peck putting the home side 2-0 ahead until second half goals from Daniel Bullen and Colin Slade earned Social a point, for Elstow Abbey's David McCartney it was a dream debut when after Andy Palombella had giving Royal Oak Kempston a early lead he netted twice to seal the points for The Abbey in a 2-1 win.

Over at Stevington, the home side were on the wrong end of a 1-5 scoreline against newly promoted Meltis Albion, Scott Alleyne twice plus Darren Ashpole, Asa Garlick and Dan Smith the Albion marksmen to a lone reply from Gary Higgins., whilst Kempston Hammer Sports home game with Westoning Recreation Club was waterlogged off.

Division Two

Blue Chip 1 Clifton 2,

It was all smiles from Clifton player-manager Barry King after this Russell Park win took his side to the top of the league table with a performance that he described as more workman like than classy, Clifton's Darren Cater was to slam the ball against the home sides crossbar after just three minutes play before Clifton were so nearly caught out six minutes later in dealing with a corner from Bradley Miles which dipped just the wrong side of the crossbar.

It was the home side who were looking the most likely to opening the scoring, Clifton defender Alex Fisher happy to see his deflection just lift over his own crossbar then Michael Grierson fired just wide of the visitors uprights before sending in a cross from which Miles went even closer with a glancing header until on 25minutes a class dummy on Bryce Tudball opened the way for Carl Townsend who in a one for one with visiting goalkeeper Josn Thomas fired well off target to leave the scoreline blank.

Clifton's second chance of the game was not to arrivie until the 32nd minute when Carter sent another effort flying over the home crossbar, Townsend was then again guilty of shooting off target when left alone in front of goal has he capitalised on the ball falling into his path off the knee of King from a long punt out from his own goalkeeper Luke Pell and then only some fine defending by Paul Rowe to unload Chip's James Bowen ensured his side would still be level at the break.

All however was to change within two minutes of the new half, Pell keeping out a effort from Robert Harradine at the expense of a corner has he latched onto a free kick from Garath Carter on the backpost but from the resulting flag kick William Pitts was on hand to send a low drive flying passed the home custodian and Clifton into a 1-0 lead, their lead however was to last just twelve minutes before a long throw from Chris Garnett fell to the feet of Tony Goodwin on the edge of the box which was sweetly tucked into the back of the net to draw Blue Chip level, Garnett's reward for his contribution to the goal was to be immediately substituted and whilst he was still letting his manager know his feelings on the touchline he saw his replacement Steve Odell come within inches of netting a own goal in dealing with a Garath Carter effort over his own woodwork.

Clifton's winning goal arriving on 75minutes, as Pitts made the perfect run to meet a ball delivered long from Barry Hallybone and dish up a clinical finish which gave home keeper Pell no chance of keeping out, afterwhich apart from a Daniel Avis header which went just wide of the posts Clifton had little worries in hanging onto the points and perhaps Hallybone with a late headed chance in meeting a Tudball cross should have increased their advantage right at the death.

Blue Chip, Luke Pell, Simon Drozdido, Matthew Diemer, Pete Neal, Mikey Grierson,Bradley Miles, Tony Goodwin, Chris Garnett, Cullam Stuart, Carl Townsend, James Bowen, Subs used, Timmy Mercer, Steve Odell, Daniel Avis

Clifton, Josn Thomas, Kris Longwood, Alex Fisher, Barry King, Bryce Tudball, Paul Rowe, Robert Harradine, William Pitts, Barry Hallybone, Darren Carter, Garth Carter, Sub used, Paul Roberts,

Blunham Reserves 3 Potton Wanderers 2

This Moggerhanger Playing Fields encounter looked all over by the interval as the home side with two goals from Chris Dunne and a strike from Daniel Whitten raced into a 3-0 lead, but a goal ten minutes into the new half by Nick Cooper and another five minutes from time by Bradley Smith saw The Wanderers fall just short at the final whistle with their manager Tyke Dennis far from happy with their overall performance and promising there is plenty of improvement to come.

Mulberry Bush 2 Great Barford 7

After failing to find the back of the net last weekend Great Barford went to town this week hitting seven passed a side that did the double over them last season with Gary Russon helping himself to five goals, with Barford playing against the wind in the opening half they lead just 2-0 at the break, Russon netting both but by the hour mark the scoreline had doubled via Russon completing his hattrick and Mark Harlow netting a header.

A goal from home player Ben Marwood on 65minutes reduced the arrears to 1-4 but a Freddie Windram free kick quicky had the scoreline up to 1-5 until Shaun Cafferty on 75mintes once again reduced the arrears to three goals but with Barford manager Scott Moses joining in the action against his old club he was quickly on hand to set up Russon for his fourth and his sides sixth goal twelve minutes from time then see Russon make it seven up with the last action of the game.

Elsewhere in the Division , Meltis Corinthians Reserves thanks to a hattrick from Jermainne Mills plus goals from Mufaro Mashavira and Jerry Wilson were 5-1 away winners at Marston Shelton Rovers whose lone reply came from Mark Champkin, whilst the scheduled games Kings AFC v Meppershall Jurassic was called off due to the local Clapham fete and Lidlington United Sports home clash at Hurst Grove with Saffron was waterlogged off.

Division Three

Caldecote A 6 Flitwick Town Reserves 2

The home sides season was to start with a bang when after just thirty seconds play a penalty from Bryn Williams put them 1-0 ahead, Ivan Phelan then drew the visitors level on twenty minutes before Jack Boyd restored the home sides level only to see Phelan once again level matters up by the interval, but it was game all over inside a five minute spell on the hour mark with the home side racing 5-2 ahead thanks to a goal from Lex Jackson in between two strikes from the hattrick completing Boyd.whilst Jack Dix with a goal five minutes from time made it 6-2 at the final whistle.

Dunton Reserves 4 Marsh Leys 3

Ian Jakes, Dunton Reserves moved themselves to the top of the Division Three table but boy did they make hard work of it, with goals from Andrew Spiers, Steve Spiers and Stuart Jeeves against a lone reply from Padraic Walsh they appeared to be coasting to victory at 3-1 up but second half goals from Kieron Jackson and Damon Quigley on his debut following his transfer from Oakley Sports looked to have given the visitors a share of the spoils until Danny Calmels headed a late late winner for Dunton to steal all three points.

Stewartby Village 2 Three Tuns Galacticos 3

The Tuns were to earn their first ever Bedfordshire League win the hard way, goals from Brian Dodson and Ben Appado saw them lead 2-0 by the hour mark only to allow the home side to draw level with strikes from Chris Breeds and George Wheelhouse until Luke Webb netted their winner three minutes from time.

Elsewhere in the division Meppershall AFC had only a goal from Adam Larsen to show from a 1-4 home defeat at the hands of league newcomers Leighton United whilst Renhold Village having been relegated from division two are now finding life no easier a division below starting their season with a 5-2 defeat at Westoning Recreation Club Reserves, John Bass twice plus Jack Willison, Andy Cooper and Steve Ormord the home scorers to replies from Giles Sowerby and Simon James whilst the final game in this section ended 3-3 between Wilshamstead and Kempston Athletic, Colin Merritt, Marcus Newbury and Ali Morris on target for the home side to replies from Gary Whitbread, Paul Garnham and Sean Betts.

This coming weekends action in The Premier Division Supported By Sportsform sees early season league leaders Blunham in home action at Moggerhanger Playing Field where manager Kevin Smith faces his old club AFC Kempston Town who under their new manager Lee Moon will be keen to say the least to do well and should they come away with any kind of result then the new league leaders could well be either Campton or Caldecote has both will start favourites to collect the full three points from their own home encounters, Caldecote in Harvey Close action against Bedford SA who currently sit on the bottom of the table and Campton hosting Sharnbrook at Rectory Road.

Elsewhere there is local derby action at Bedford Road where Sandy entertain Ickwell & Old Warden whilst over at Horseshoes Close, Dunton after their fine win at Oakley Sports will have no easier task this weekend to gain the three points with a visit from Renhold United, whilst Jim Burke's Oakley Sports will be on a recovery misson at Groveside against Henlow who will be full of confidents after opening their season with a win at Ickwell & Old Warden.

The days final game in the top flight coming at Jubilee Playing Fields where home side Wilshamstead host Meltis Corinthians.

In Division One, early season league leaders Flitwick Town will be on the road to Greenfield Road for some local derby action against Westoning Recreation Club but second place Campton Reserves are sitting the afternoon out and will lose that spot to either AFC Kempston Town Reserves or Marston Social should they come up with wins from their home encounters, Town hosting Sandy Reserves at Hillgrounds whilst the Social are due a visit from Elstow Abbey.

Other action comes on The Green where Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves are entertaining Stevington, whilst its derby action at Culter Hammer when home side Kempston host Kempston Hammers Sports who of course use the same ground for their own home fixtutes, if you are looking for goals then Miller Road might be the place for you as Meltis Albion host a Woburn side that has scored four goals in both of their opening two games without yet obtaining a victory.

The divisions final game coming in Hillgrounds where Royal Oak Kempston start their seasons home programme with a visit from Caldecote Reserves.

For Division Two league leaders Clifton its another trip on the road this time to Oakley Sports Reserves who will be making their first start of the new campaign, a comment that also applies to both Woburn Reserves and Kings AFC who meet at Crawley Road and Marabese Ceramics who are in home action at Jubilee Park against unbeaten Blunham Reserves.

Another game taking place in Jubilee Park in this division sees Meltis Corinthians Reserves host Meppershall Jurassic whilst along the road at Russell Park both Blue Chip the hosts and Marston Shelton Rovers will look to return to winning ways after defeats last weekend.

The days other two games being at Hurst Grove where Lidlington United Sports receive a visit from Mulberry Bush and at Mill Lane where Potton Wanderers are in home action against Saffron.

In Division Three, top of the table Dunton Reserves hit the road to face Renhold Village whilst second place Three Tuns Galacticos are in home Arlesey Recreation Ground action against Wilshamstead Reserves.

For Sandy A its a start to their seasons campaign down at Sunderland Road where they entertain Meppershall AFC and also kicking off their season will be Riseley Sports Reserves who journey to Hillgrounds to face Kempston Athletic, a venue that will also host Marsh Leys home encounter with Stewartby Village.

The days other two games seeing Caldecote A make the trip to Stanbridge Road to face Leighton United and Flitwick Town Reserves hosting Westoning Recreation Club Reserves at Steppingley Road.
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