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Sunday 29th March 2009
Its A Double Day Of Joy For Caldecote , A Britannia Cup Semi-Final Win And A Draw At Rectory Road.
Britannia Cup Semi-Finals
This seasons Britannia Cup Final on Saturday May 9th at Biggleswade United will be between Blunham and Caldecote after they both came up with 4-0 away Semi-Final wins, last seasons beaten finalists Blunham were to go 1-0 ahead at Renhold United in the 25th minute after some good build up play by John Coley allowed Andy Smith to open the scoring before with just five minutes of the opening half left Chris Dunne doubled the scoreline, all these three players then being involved in the sweeping move that saw Coley make it 3-0 and game over on 50th minutes before a second goal from Smith twenty minutes from time sealed the victory.
In the other tie Bedford Sports Athletic proved to be no match for league leaders Caldecote who started to take control after a Leeroy Odd's shot was deflected by the home defence into their own net 20minutes into the contest and by the break Dave Daniels had doubled the scoreline to 2-0 before a strike from Russell Kemp on the hour mark and the goal of the game ten minutes later from Kai Griffiths-Shilton ensured this game would also finished with a 4-0 scoreline.
Premier Division Supported By Sportsform
The Rectory Road clash between third place hosts Campton and second place Meltis Corinthians was to have a delayed start due to the non-appearance of referee Wallace Zimunya but once it did get underway with home official Phil Webb doning the black uniform it was to produce a 0-0 stalemate all of which means that with just two games in hand The Sweetboys now still trail league leaders Caldecote by some fourteen points with Campton from the same number of games a further point adrift.
The days other three top flight games to take place centred around the battle at the other end of table, Oakley Sports coming up with their first away win in eight outings with a 5-0 victory at Riseley Sports who were losing for the sixth consecutive time on home soil to now sit just three points above the drop zone, first half strikes from Charlie Rogers and Mark Smith taking Oakley 2-0 ahead before Rogers and Smith both added to the scoreline in the new half alongside Kevin Evans to make it 5-0 by the final whistle.
However still in that drop zone are Henlow who lost for the fourth consecutive time on the road 3-2 at Wilshamstead for whom this third win on the bounce is now seeing them pull clear of the danger zone, Glen Tumulty giving the home side the lead which was quickly cancelled out by Andy Newton only for Mark Nicholson to restore the home sides advantage by half-time, after the break up popped Chris Hemmings to draw Henlow level again until with twenty minutes left to play Paul Jones netted the home sides winner.
Also pulling away from the drop zone are both AFC Kempston Town and Sharnbrook who shared the points in a 1-1 draw at Hillgrounds, chances were far and few between in the opening exchanges Town's Jason Simons heading over the bar has he latched onto a cross from Lyndon Ingerson then only the finger-tips of visiting goalkeeper Natt King keeping out a effort from Matty Smith around his uprights until The Town number ten was to have his revenge 18 minutes in after he was the recipient of a chance right in front of goal from where he made no mistake all due to some fine build-up play from Danny Pilgrim.
For the visitors perhaps Ian Strange should have levelled matters four minutes later until the home side were forced to place goalscorer Smith between the sticks after a back injury meant resident keeper Steve Moran could not continue beyond the half-hour mark, but by the break the visitors had failed to test the stand-in goalkeeper to remain trailing their hosts 1-0.
If the opening half had produced few chances in front of goal the new period produced even less, Town's Paul Robinson bringing a fine save out of King five minutes into the action before from a David Milkjovic corner Ollie Woodhouse drew Sharnbrook level on the hour mark and thats the way it always looked likely to stay until with the opening goal begging and with just a minute left on the watch Sharnbrook's Mark Smith blasted a match winning opportunity over his name sakes crossbar.
Meltis Albion are now three points clear at the head of the Division One table after they came up with a 5-1 away win at Marston Social, Scott Alleyne setting them on the way with a goal in the opening minute before Richard Stimpson levelled matters nine minutes later, but after Alleyne netted his second goal of the afternoon on 25minutes The Albion were never ever in any danger of not collecting the three points, Derek McRae taking them 3-1 in front on 72minutes before Alleyne completed is hattrick four minutes later and Asa Garlick with a effort from twenty-five yards out five minutes from time saw The Albion go nap.
Up into second spot are Westoning Recreation Club who came up with their eighth win on the bounce the hard way by coming from 1-3 down at home against Caldecote Reserves to run out 6-3 winners and with four games in hand on The Albion must now be the new title favourites, Caldecote were to start the game firing on all cylinders as first Carl Horsfall then Jack Warwick found the back of the net in the opening fifteen minutes only for a Dave Shirley penalty to reduce the arrears to 1-2 ten minutes later.
Tom Dupey then struck in the opening minute of the new half to take Caldecote 3-1 clear before the home side fought back to win the day with strikes from Nick Shirley twice, Ollie Summers, George Hyde and Richard Alexander.
Jumping up into fourth place are Kempston 2-1 home winners over Sandy Reserves who now find themselves dumped onto the bottom of the table, a Kevin Fage goal thirty-eight seconds into the game giving the visitors the lead until goals from Andy Klien and Dean Sturniolo won the day, Sandy Reserves taking over the basement spot after previous occupiers Elstow Abbey endied a seven game losing home run and a sequence of fourteen games without a win with a 2-1 victory over Stevington, Lawrence Bentham giving Stevington the lead after fifteen minutes before goals from Antony Hubbard and Jordan Jarold by the half-time break took The Abbey into a lead they held onto with comfort in the second half.
Still very much in the promotion race are sixth place Woburn who with games in hand on all of those above them apart from Westoning Recreation Club were perhaps at the end of the day thankful for a point from a 3-3 draw at AFC Kempston Town Reserves after the home side had lead 3-0 just twenty minutes into play, Dennis Mollica, Paul Robinson and Rob Gay netting those home goals until The Safari Boys struck back via a brace from Aaron Ripley and a goal from Nick Skolsky.
Meanwhile over on The Green, Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves had to settle for a share of the spoils in a 2-2 draw with Royal Oak Kempston, Gary Canzano giving The Oak the lead on the half-hour mark which Andrew Vallom cancelled out ten minutes later and when Zak Rowe took the home side in front twelve minutes from time the points looked safe until Michael Field popped up with a goal two minutes from time to save the day for The Oak.
The days final game in this division seeing Campton Reserves come up with their first win in six outings 6-0 at home over Kempston Hammers Sports, Kerion O'Toole and Gary Ansell both netting twice alongside Dan Wilsher and Justin Barker to do the damage.
League leaders Blunham Reserves remaining twelve points clear at the head of the table and still unbeaten for the season after a 3-2 home win over Marston Shelton Rovers, Jordan Carbonnellie giving The Rovers the lead until goals from Matthew Geaves and Daniel Whitten saw the league leaders lead 2-1 by the break but a second strike from Carbonnellie soon levelled matters until Mark Davidson hit the home sides winner twenty minutes from time, keeping up the pressure on the leaders however are Meppershall Jurassic who won 6-2 at Oakley Sports Reserves, the home strikes coming via Jamie McCelland and Steve Stanford.
For third place Meltis Corinthians Reserves however it was a 2-9 home beating by Kings AFC, Marcus Tomlin with a hattrick, Josh Clements with a brace plus Lee Morgan, Alan Sacbuker, Danny Cain an a own goal making their way onto the Kings scoresheet against home replies from Martease Clarke and Anil Jhalli but fourth place Potton Wanderers were to see their home game with Blue Chip postponed after the visitors failed to arrive at Mill Lane.
Marabese Ceramics are now up into fifth spot after winning 5-1 at the now new bottom of the table Lidlington United Sports, an own goal plus strikes from Darren Payne, Gary Bottazzi, Colin Stanley and James Tizard doing the damage against a home reply from Scott Kent, United moving onto the base of the table after Mulberry Bush came up with the result of the day winning 5-1 at Great Barford, 3-0 ahead by the break with goals from Shaun Cafferty, a Ben Marwood penalty and Martin Ivy they were to be pulled back to 1-3 when Daniel Jeffrey netted from the penalty spot until both Cafferty and Ivy netted again .
The Bush also climbing above Saffron who were beaten 0-2 at home by Clifton, Barry King giving the visitors the lead on 25minutes which was increased ten minutes later when King was upended in the box and Mark Gearing slotted home the resulting spot kick.
Leighton United's lead at the head of the table is now up to six points after second half goals from Alex Fry and Sahid Hallaway took their winning ways to ten games and their unbeaten ways to sixteen games to end second place Three Tuns Galacticos seven game winning run with a 2-0 victory whilst third place Marsh Leys were beat 2-1 at Flitwick Town Reserves for whom Harry Rowlands netted both goals against a lone reply from Simon Wade.
Up into fourth slot now are Dunton Reserves who swapped places with Westoning Recreation Club Reserves are beating them 7-2 on their own patch, Danny Channon giving The Rec Boys the lead but by the interval strikes from Andrew Spiers and Steve Spiers took Dunton 2-1 ahead who were then amazingly to come up with five goals in the opening ten minutes of the new period, Andrew Spiers taking his afternoon's tally to four goals and brother Steve completing his hattrick before Darryl Boulding netted the home sides second goal
Other action in this division now sees Stewartby Village without a win in ten outings after losing 5-0 at Caldecote A, Ryan Ambrose twice plus Jack Boyd, Neil Giles and Daniel Spring the home marksmen whilst bottom of the table Kempston Athletic are still in search of their first home win of the campaign after a 1-1 draw with Meppershall AFC, Tom Stead the Athletic scorer to a reply from Sam Larsen, meanwhile Riseley Sports Reserves took their home winning ways to four games with a 2-1 victory over Wilshamstead Reserves, Ashley Green and Jayme Harris netting the goals to a reply from Rees Williams.
Preview Saturday 4th April
In the Premier Division Supported By Sportsform league leaders and champions elect Caldecote will be in home Harvey Close action seeking not only to retain their seasons unbeaten home record but also take their winning league ways to six games when second from the bottom of the table Henlow coming calling looking for their first win in eight outings and the vital points to lift them out of the drop zone whilst second place Meltis Corinthians travel to Lodge Road to face Sharnbrook still unbeaten on the road this season knowing that perhaps only the three points will do if they are going to keep their championship hopes alive.
Over at Rectory Road its derby action where third place Campton now without a home win in their last three outings receive a visit from fourth place Ickwell & Old Warden who are currently on a eight game unbeaten run whilst fifth place Blunham despite having won just four times on home soil in league action this season to date will start the firm favourites for the three points at Moggerhanger Playing Fields when they host a Riseley Sports side that has won just twice on its travels this season away from Gold Street.
Elsewhere the games are now running out for bottom of the table for Bedford Sports Athletic to save them from a quick return to Division One who with just four home points so far from ten outings will be far from confident of adding to that tally at Cople Playing Fields when they host visitors Renhold United who will arrive now unbeaten in their last four away games and still very much pushing for a top six finish.
Other top flight action comes at Horseshoes Close, where Dunton look to end a two game losing home run against in form visitors Wilshamstead who will be looking for their fourth win on the bounce in their quest for the points to pull them further away from the drop zone whilst at Hillsgrounds, AFC Kempston Town now unbeaten in their last four outings host a Oakley Sports side that won just its second game on the road this season at Riseley Sports last weekend.
In Division One, there are home games for all of the top six sides, league leaders Meltis Albion looking for home win number six on the bounce at Miller Road against AFC Kempston Town Reserves who travel now unbeaten in their last six outings, whilst at Greenfield Road, second place Westoning Recreation Club winners of their last eight games receive a visit from Royal Oak Kempston who travel seeking to take their unbeaten ways on the road to five games.
For third place Flitwick Town who are without a win in their last five games its a chance to put that right at Stepplingley Road against a Campton Reserves side that has lost its last four away outings whilst at Culter Hammer, fourth place Kempston strive for their fourth home win on the bounce when Caldecote Reserves come calling.
Over on The Green, fifth place Ickwell & Old Warden go into action against Marston Social who travel hoping to take their unbeaten away ways to four games whilst at Crawley Road, sixth place Woburn look for home win number seven on the bounce against a Elstow Abbey side that has not won on the road this season.
The days other Division One game coming at Bedford Road where bottom of the table Sandy Reserves are hosting Kempston Hammers Sports.
In Division Two, league leaders Blunham Reserves put their seasons unbeaten record on the line at King George VI Playing Fields where they journey to face hosts Kings AFC whilst its a clash of the next two teams behind them in the standings in Jubilee Park where third place hosts Meltis Corinthians with just two home wins to their name this season take on second place Meppershall Jurassic who have been beaten just twice on the road this season.
For fourth place Potton Wanderers who with games in hand on all those above them are still very much in the promotion hunt its a trip to face Oakley Sports Reserves whilst Marabese Ceramics will also be hoping to keep their own promotion push going when they journey to Russell Park to meet a Blue Chip side that last won on home soil some eight outings ago.
Elsewhere action comes at Marston Playing Fields where hosts Marston Shelton Rovers look to end a three game losing run against second from bottom of the table Saffron and it will be a major surprise if Great Barford dont put paid to their losing home ways when visited by bottom of the table Lidlington United Sports.
The final game in this division taking place at Whiston Crescent where hosts Clifton look to take their unbeaten ways to four games against visitors Mulberry Bush.
The top game of the Division Three action comes in Hillgrounds with the meeting between third place Marsh Leys and league leaders Leighton United who travel winners of their last ten games and whilst second place Three Tuns Galacticos sit the afternoon out fourth place Dunton Reserves will be expecting to close the gap on them when they travel to Sunderland Road now unbeaten in their last six games to face Sandy A who enter the fixture on a four game losing run.
Also at Hillgrounds, bottom of the table Kempston Athletic will be seeking their first home win of the season when they take on Westoning Recreation Club Reserves winners of their last four away trips whilst Wilhamstead Reserves are in home Jubilee Playing Fields action against Caldecote A.
The days final two games coming at Gold Street where Riseley Sports Reserves will be expected to collect their fifth home win on the bounce against Meppershall AFC who will have the opposite view travelling now unbeaten in their last four outings whilst for Renhold Village its a chance to end a three game losing run when they host a Stewartby Village side that has lost its last seven games at Renhold Playing Fields.
Please note this review has been written ahead of the midweek April 1st action in Division One and Division Two.
Following the weekend action its back to action on Monday evening April 6th with several games in the lower divisions all kicking off at 6.15pm, the lone Division One game coming at Culter Hammer where Kempston will be hosting Campton Reserves whilst there are vital fixtures for four of the promotion pushing teams in Division Two, Meppershall Jurassic in home Jubilee Park action against Clifton which is also the venue for Meltis Corinthians Reserves home clash with Saffron.
Meanwhile at Cople Playing Fields, Marabese Ceramics will hosts to Marston Shelton Rovers and at Great Barford Playing Fields, Great Barford face a visit from Blue Chip.
In Division Three, the lone action comes at Stepplingley Road with a meeting between Flitwick Town Reserves and Meppershall AFC.
Action will then move on to Wednesday evening April 8th where the main action comes in the higher division, In The Premier Division Supported By Sportsform, Campton are in home action at Rectory Road against Bedford Sports Athletic seeking revenge for their Britannia Cup defeat against The Athletic earlier in the season whilst at Moggerhanger Playing Fields its a tasty clash between hosts Blunham and visitors Renhold United.
Other top flight action comes at Oakley where Oakley Sports take on Wilshamstead and at Gold Street the venue for Riseley Sports home encounter with Meltis Corinthians.
Division One action is also a four game programme with the stand out fixture taking place at Steppingley Road where Flitwick Town face Woburn but not far behind would be the clash on The Green between hosts Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves and visitors Meltis Albion.
The nights other two games seeing a vital bottom of the table clash at Cryselco Park when Royal Oak Kempston host Elstow Abbey and at Greenfield Road where Westoning Recreation Club will be hosting Kempston Hammers Sports.
The evenings programme is concluded in Division Three with a local derby clash at Bedford Road between Sandy A and Caldecote A and at Hillgrounds where Kempston Athletic will be hosting Renhold Village.