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Sunday 15th March 2009
Meltis Albion Climb To The Top Of The Division One Table
Premier Division Supported By Sportsform

Caldecote's lead at the head of the league table is now up to fifteen points after they came away from Horseshoes Close 4-1 away winners over Dunton, Steve Starling opened the scoring by heading them into the lead twenty minutes into the contest before a strike from Tim Jarman three minutes from the break ensured the teams would go in at half-time all square at 1-1, after the break Leeroy Odd restored the visitors the lead from distance on 55minutes before the points were sealed fiftten minutes from time when Russell Kemp headed Caldecote 3-1 clear but the goal of the game was to arrive five minutes later when home player Nicky Threadgold chipped his own goalkeeper Michael Dring from near-on the half-way line to gift wrap the league leaders a fourth goal.

Caldecote's lead at the head of the table increasing by a three point margin due to second place Meltis Corinthians losing for just the second time this season in home league action 0-1 against Renhold United, 0-0 at the half-time break the winning goal was to arrive seven minutes into the new half when after the home backline had failed to deal with a high cross from Tumain Davies, Richard Hall was on hand to shoot United ahead, the home sides chance of a share of the spoils disappearing sixteen minutes from time when United goalkeeper Darren Gaynor saved a penalty taken by Justin Patterson.

Elsewhere fourth place Ickwell & Old Warden were taking their unbeaten ways to eight games when coming from behind to net a 2-1 home victory over Oakley Sports, the Sportsmen were to take a first half lead via Ollie Housden before two second half goals from Zac Rowe won the day for Ickwell to now leave the visitors without an away win in their last seven outings and just four points above that dreaded drop zone.

After last weekends shock home defeat at the hands of Dunton normal service was resumed by Blunham with their fourth away win on the bounce 4-1 at second from the bottom of the table Henlow, it was the home side who lead at the break thanks to a goal from Andy Newton but all that was to changed with Blunham manager Kevin Smith sending on substitute Garath Hughes for the second half who in effect turned the game around by setting up a brace of goals for Andy Smith within twenty minutes of his appearance on the pitch, Henlow were then to miss a golden chance to draw level when Bryan Sego sent a penalty flying over the crossbar before two late goals from Chris Dunne perhaps gave the final scoreline a slightly false reading.

AFC Kempston Town more or less confirmed for themselves another season of top flight football after winning 4-1 at Riseley Sports who now sit with just three clubs below them in the league table, Jason Simons shooting The Town ahead fourteen minutes into the game before a brace of goals from Shaiwar Rahman, one of which was delivered from range took The Town 3-0 clear by half-time, the home side pegged a goal back ten minutes into the new half but that's as close as they got before Danny Pilgrim netted Town's fourth goal five minutes from time.

Meanwhile Wilshamstead ended their six game losing home run and enhanced their hopes of another season in the top flight with a 7-1 win over bottom side Bedford Sports Athletic, 4-0 ahead at the break thanks to a hattrick from Michael Jones and a strike from Dave Riddle the tally was added to in the new half by a brace of goals from Paul Jones alongside a strike from Jim Struthers.

Division One

The new leaders of the Division One league table are Meltis Albion who leapfrogged above Flitwick Town with a 1-0 home victory over Campton Reserves their fifth home success on the bounce, Scott Alleyne netting from the penalty spot just eight minutes from time but the visitors cause was not helped by Kerion O'Toole getting himself sent off seven minutes earlier, Flitwick losing their top spot after being held to a 2-2 draw at AFC Kempston Town Reserves, Greg Ethridge slotting The Town into the lead before Craig Hyde levelled matters by the break then saw team-mate Mark Barlett take The Town into a 2-1 lead five minutes into the new half but Dennis Mollica was to earn The Town a share of the spoils with a leveller five minutes later.

But perhaps the new favourites for the Division One title this season are Westoning Recreation Club who collected their sixth win on the bounce to move up into third slot and with games in hand of the top two clubs via a 5-0 home victory over Sandy Reserves, only 1-0 ahead at the interval thanks to a goal from Nick Shirley, two early second half strikes from Adam Willis and Dave Shirley quickly took The Rec Boys 3-0 clear before another goal from Nick Shirley and a strike from Ian Buckingham saw them go nap by the final whistle.

Sandy Reserves staying off of the bottom of the table thanks to a second half goal from Matthew Mossop giving Kempston Hammers Sports a 1-0 away win at Elstow Abbey who have now lost all of their last seven home games to stay below Sandy Reserves in the standings.

Other Division One action saw Stevington cause a minor shock by winning 2-1 at Marston Social, goals in the first half from Matt Coles and Lawrence Bentham setting them on the way until a James Armstrong penalty reduced the arrears five minutes from time, whilst second half goals from James Carson, Dean Sturniolo and Josh Anderson saw Kempston return to winning home ways with a 3-0 victory over Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves but at Harvey Close it was goalless between Caldecote Reserves and Royal Oak Kempston, a scoreline that keeps The Oak five points clear of the drop zone.

Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup Semi-Finals

This seasons Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup Final will be a all Bedfordshire Football League affair between Great Barford and Potton Wanderers after they both came up with away Semi-Final wins, Potton Wanderers found themselves a goal down after just five minutes at Luton District & South Beds League side USL Galacticos but a penalty from James Hearson drew them level twenty minutes into the game before Jack Aris hit the second half winner twenty-five minutes from time.

For Great Barford it was a 3-1 win at Caldecote A, David Fitzsimmons giving them a first half lead which Jack Boyd cancelled out from the penalty spot only for Barford to win the day with two goals from Tom Hobbs and Gary Russon in the games closing three minutes.

Jubilee Cup Semi-Final

Meppershall Jurassic made their way into the clubs first ever Cup Final where they will meet either Great Barford or Meltis Corinthians Reserves after winning 4-1 at Kings AFC, the game in effect being all over by half-time after braces of goals from Craig Richards and Shin Miah saw them lead 4-0 before Rowan Hazelwood netted the home sides lone second half reply.

Division Two

League leaders Blunham Reserves maintained their seasons unbeaten and went fourteen points clear at the head of the league table on a afternoon they will perhaps still want to forget after being held to a 0-0 draw at home by Lidlington United Sports who sit just three places off of the bottom of the league table.

Elsewhere however it was a day for the home sides, all four winning without conceding a goal between them, Meltis Corinthians keeping their promotion hopes alive and moving up into third spot in the league table with a 4-0 win over Blue Chip, two goals from Ashley Duckworth and strikes from Mufaro Mashavir and Jeramine Mills doing the damage whilst Marabese Ceramics kept themselves in the promotion mix with a 4-0 win of their own over Saffron, first half goals from James Tizard and Lou Marabese being added to in the new half by a second goal from Tizard and a strike from Gary Bottazzi.

For Oakley Sports Reserves it was the end to a four game losing home run with a 3-0 win over second from bottom of the table Mulberry Bush, Scott Cook and Nathan Byrne netting in the opening half before Tom Redmond struck after the break and Clifton came up with their first home win in seven outings with a 1-0 victory over Marston Shelton Rovers, the vital goal coming from a Robert Harradine penalty just ten minutes from time.

Division Three

League leaders Leighton United took their winning home ways to eight games to stay unbeaten on home soil this season with a 4-0 win over Riseley Sports Reserves, Paul Darton twice plus Barney Woolhead and Adam Barker netting the goals to keep them three points clear of Three Tuns Galacticos who netted their sixth away win on the bounce 3-1 at Renhold Village, all the goals coming in the opening half, John Rowe, Moni Niawete and Dean Horner taking The Tuns 3-0 ahead before Saraj Uddia struck for The Village.

Meanwhile, Marsh Leys kept their promotion hopes alive by returning to winning ways on home soil with a 4-2 win over Wilshamstead Reserves, goals from Ryan Kelly, Giuseppe Graziano, Simon Wade and Damion Quigley only be replied to by Dan Wisson and Ryhs Williams whilst Westoning Recreation Club Reserves made it four away wins on the bounce to jump up into fourth place in the league standings with a 4-1 win at Stewartby Village who are now without a win in their last eight outings, Alex Barnwell gave The Rec Boys the lead twenty-two minutes into the game but a goal from Chris Breeds levelled matters two minutes into the second half before strikes from Damian Foster, Jack Willison and John Bates took the visitors to a comfortable victory.

Elsewhere, bottom of the table Kempston Athletic came up with only their second win of the season 4-1 at Flitwick Town Reserves, 0-0 at the break, two goals from Lee Smith and a strike from Russ Langley saw The Athletic into a 3-0 lead before Town's Richard Fossey reduced the arrears only to see Dave Wild add a fourth Athletic goal to seal the points.

The final game of the day in this division finishing all square at 3-3 between Meppershall AFC and Dunton Reserves, Sam Larsen netting twice to put the home side 2-0 ahead but Stephen Spiers was to come up with a brace of is own to draw Dunton level only to see Adam Larsen take the home side back into the lead until a own goal from Ryan Newbury gave Dunton a share of the points.

Preview Saturday 21st March

The main spotlight of the weekends action will fall upon the leagues representative side who travel to Hassocks FC to face The Mid-Sussex Football League in a Preliminary Round Tie in 2009/10 FA Carlsberg National League System Cup the consequence of which means there will be no Premier Division Supported By Sportsform games taking place this weekend leaving the Semi-Final ties in this seasons Centenary Cup heading the domestic programme and in both ties the results could perhaps go either way, at Crawley Road, Woburn who have won their last eight home games in all competitions host new Division One league leaders Meltis Albion whose recent away record of just one win from their last seven outings perhaps suggests The Safari Boys will start the game favourites whilst over at Marston Playing Fields, in form hosts Marston Social who have only lost once in their last eight games in all competitions will perhaps look upon themselves as favourites to see off Royal Oak Kempston but The Oak Boys have recently started to find their own form and could well spring a surprise.

There is also Semi-Final action in The Jubilee Cup where current cup holders Great Barford will be hosting the travelling Meltis Corinthians Reserves at their Playing Field base for the right to meet Meppershall Jurassic in this seasons final scheduled for Saturday May 2nd at Caldecote FC.

With The Centenary Cup ties taking place the Division One league action is thus reduced to just five games, two of which will take place at Culter Hammer, at 1.30pm Kempston who return to form with a home win over Ickwell & Old Warden face second in the table Flitwick Town who with a victory and the league leaders away on cup duty will return to the top of the summit before with a 3.45pm Kick Off Kempston Hammers Sports look for just their third home win of the campaign but the task will be far from a easy one has their visitors are Westoning Recreation Club who journey still unbeaten on the road this season and now perhaps the new favourites to lift the Division One Championship this season.

On The Green, Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves now without a home win in their last six outings face a visit from local rivals Campton Reserves whilst the divisions bottom two sides both take to the road in search of points to help stave off the prospect of Division Two football next season, Elstow Abbey making the short trip to Hillgrounds looking for their first away win of the season against AFC Kempston Town Reserves whilst Sandy Reserves seek not only their first away win of the campaign but also their first away point of the season at Stevington where the hosts have lost their last three home encounters to slip themselves into the bottom half of the league table.

The Division Two league programme is also one of just five games, the pick of which comes at Whiston Crescent where Clifton will be hosting the runaway league leaders and still unbeaten on the road this season Blunham Reserves, whilst in Jubilee Park, second place Meppershall Jurassic winners of their last seven home games look for the full three points to take them closer to that second automatic promotion spot when they host a Marabese Ceramics side that as lost just twice on their travels all season and whom are still in the promotion mix.

Also still just hanging in there in the promotion race are Marston Shelton Rovers who are due in home action against Kings AFC whilst the other two games could well have a big bearing on who fails to beat the drop into Division Three come the seasons end, in Russell Park hosts Blue Chip now on a four game losing home run face Lidlington United Sports who have won just once on the road this season but no doubt will travel full of confidence after collecting a point at league leaders Blunham Reserves last weekend whilst in Jubilee Park, its a clash of the bottom two sides when bottom of the table Saffron also losers of their last four home games entertain Mulberry Bush in a real six pointer of a contest.

Division Three action will see the top two clubs both start firm favourites for another three points in their quest for Division Two football next season, league leaders Leighton United on the road to Hillgrounds for a meeting with bottom of the table Kempston Athletic who despite now picking up some points are yet to win on home soil this season whilst Three Tuns Galacticos are in home Arlesey Recreation Ground action against third from bottom of the table Flitwick Town Reserves.

The pick however of the games in this division could well come at Horseshoes Close with the meeting of two in form sides in local derby action when hosts Dunton Reserves receive a visit from Caldecote A and not far behind this game would be the Greenfield Road meeting between home side Westoning Recreation Club Reserves now in fourth spot in the table and third place vistiors Marsh Leys with both clubs looking for the points to enhance their promotion bids.

The days other Division Three action coming at Gold Street where Riseley Sports Reserves winners of their last two home games host Sandy A, at Renhold Playing Fields which is the venue Wilshamstead Reserves travel to looking for their first away win of the season against hosts Renhold Village.and at Stewartby Way where Stewartby Village now without a win in their last eight outings will be hosting a Meppershall AFC. side that travel without a win from their own last five games.
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