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Sunday 05th April 2009
Caldecote Remain On Course For The League Title.
Premier Division Supported By Sportsform

Caldecote took their winning home ways to ten games to remain fourteen points clear at the head of the league table with a comfortable 6-0 victory over Henlow who are now without a win in their last eight games and now looking likely to be making a quick return to Division One for season 2009-10, the league leaders took just ten minutes to open the scoring with a goal from Dave Daniels and by half-time it was all over as a contest after Kai Griffiths-Shilton had helped himself to a brace of goals to take his side 3-0 ahead, Tom Wallace was to add misery to the Henlow cause five minutes into the new period with a goal from his normal standing only right foot before on the hour mark Caldecote went nap with the completion of Griffiths-Shilton hattrick and the day made complete when Mark Franklin set up Steve Starling for goal number six fifteen minutes from time.

For second place Meltis Corinthians life was much tougher at Sharnbrook where they needed a late goal to secure the three points from a 2-1 win, The Sweetboys were to take the lead in the opening half with a strike from Dean Warren but when Mark Embleton levelled matters fifteen minutes from time honours looked likely to be shared until Warren popped up again five minutes from time to hit the winner, the three points allowing Meltis Corinthians to stay a point clear in the table of Campton who put paid to visitors Ickwell & Old Warden eight game unbeaten run when a James Barnard goal in the 43th minute took them to a 1-0 win, all this acheived without the services of their deadly striking duo Gary Gibson and Andrew Hayday who were both missing at the same time from a Campton line-up for the first time in near on four seasons.

Ickwell & Old Warden defeat seeing them slip down in the table to fifth spot and be overtaken by Blunham 9-2 home winners over Riseley Sports, by half-time a hattrick from Andy Smith and a brace from Michael Hutton had taken the home side 5-0 up until second half action saw Smith take his own personal tally to five goals, Hutton complete his hattrick and Nigel Drummond bag a ninth goal to Sportsmans replies from Tony Graham and Marcus Capper.

Elsewhere, Wilshamstead were taking their winning ways to four games to climb up to ninth spot in the league table with a 2-0 victory at Dunton, a own goal opening their account before Michael Jones added a second, but whilst Renhold United took their unbeaten away ways to five games they will be far from happy for the return of just one point from a 0-0 stalemate at bottom of the table Bedford Sports Athletic.

For AFC Kempston Town it was a move back into the top half of the table after a 3-1 home win over Oakley Sports, two goals from Danny Pilgrim plus a strike from Paul Lawrence doing the damage against a lone reply from Jon Searle.

Division One

At the head of the Division One table there were wins for the top two clubs, league leaders Meltis Albion taking their home winning ways to seven games and ending visitors AFC Kempston Town Reserves seven game unbeaten run with a 3-0 victory, Scott Alleyne doing the main damage with the only goal of the opening half eight minutes before the break until he doubled the scoreline from the penalty spot on 71minutes and temmate Asa Garlick added the third six minutes later.

The Albion however are only three points clear of Westoning Recreation Club who still have four games in hand on them after running out 8-2 winners at home over Royal Oak Kempston, their tenth home win on the bounce, Dave Shirley netting four times, Nick Shirley three times and Adam Willis once, whilst The Oak replies came via Martin McClennan and Ed L'erario.

Meanwhile, Flitwick Town ended their run of six games without a win and climbed back into third slot with a 2-1 home victory over Campton Reserves who have now lost all of their last five away outings, a Alec Toye own goal in the opening minute gifting The Town a dream start but on the half-hour mark Adam Chambers drew Campton level and that's the way it stayed until Jim Lewis hit the winner five minutes from time.

Losing out on that third slot in the table were Kempston who had to settle for a 1-1 home draw against Caldecote Reserves, where both the goals came in the second half. Lewis Prince on the scoresheet for the home side against a Paul Gower reply, another game goalless at the break came on The Green where fifth place Ickwell & Old Warden were hosting Marston Social, but like at Cutler Hammer it was to finish all square at 1-1, Paul Beith netting the home goal on 50minutes with the reply via Daniel Parkes coming five minutes later.

With these two sides dropping points sixth place Woburn drew ever closer to the promotion hunt by claiming home win number seven on the bounce over now back on the bottom of the table Elstow Abbey, 4-1, Lewis Murray and Jake Nicholls taking The Safari Boys 2-0 up by the interval until a Antony Hubbard penalty reduced the arrears before further goals from Ben Nicholls and Nick Skolsky sealed the home win.

Elsewhere the days final game in this division saw Sandy Reserves end their four game losing run and climb off the bottom of the table by coming up with a vital win 2-1 at home over Kempston Hammers Sports in their quest to beat the drop, Craig Barker shooting them ahead on 20minutes but within five minutes a Neil Walker penalty had The Hammers on level terms, Kevin Fage for the home side was then to turn from villain in the 65th minute when he missed a penalty to hero five minutes later when he rammed home the winning goal.

Division Two

Blunham Reserves remain thirteen points clear at the head of the table and well on course for the league crown after goals from Paul Damon and Daniel Whitten ensured they remain unbeaten on the road this season with a 2-0 win at Kings AFC, but the quest for that second automatic promotion spot is very much wide open after wins for the next five sides in the league table, second place Meppershall Jurassic winning 8-3 at Meltis Corinthians Reserves despite home strikes from Mufaro Mashavira, Harry Ellis and Earl Patterson whilst there was also an away win their five on the bounce for third place Potton Wanderers 4-1 at Oakley Sports Reserves, Jack Aris and Joe Aris netting for The Wanderers in the opening half to a reply from Ben Brown before a second half brace from Chris Sams saw The Wanderers to the three points.

Another side winning on the road were fourth slot Marabese Ceramics 5-0 victors over a Blue Chip side that has failed to win any of its last eight home games, Denver Donaldson bagging an hattrick supported by strikes from James Tizard and Rick Bruniges and for fifth place Marston Shelton Rovers after three straight defeats it was a return to winning ways with a 3-2 home win over Saffron, goals from Simon Caddock, Aaron Franks and Chris Patrickson doing the damage against replies from Haider Rahman and Jatinder Bhangle while sixth place Great Barford came up with their first home win in five outings 3-0 over bottom of the table Lidlington United Sports, all the goals coming in the closing twenty minutes, an own goal the first before goals arrived via George Harris and David Haverley.

The days other game in this section seeing Clifton take their unbeaten ways to four games with a 2-1 home win over Mulberry Bush, home strikes from Lee Austin and Barry Hallybone arriving before Martin Ivy reduced the arrears a minute from time.

Division Three

With second place Three Tuns Galacticos sitting the afternoon out league leaders Leighton United took full advantage to increase their lead at the head of the table to nine points and take their winning ways to ten games with a 2-1 away win at Marsh Leys, Colin Moore shooting them ahead on the half-hour mark but within five minutes of the start of the new half Daniel Stutz drew matters level only to see Simon Woolhead hit the winner twenty minutes from time and in doing so taking United's goal tally to 100 for the season, the defeat dropping Marsh Leys to fourth slot in the league table and now overtaken by Dunton Reserves who took their unbeaten ways to seven games with a 2-1 win at Sandy A, Andrew and Steve Spiers hitting the Dunton goals in the opening half either side of a home headed goal from Craig Morse.

Just three points behind Marsh Leys are fifth place Westoning Recreation Club Reserves who also have a game in hand after taking their winning away ways to five games with a 3-1 victory at bottom of the table Kempston Athletic, Jack Willison, Tim Harris and Carl Morris The Rec Boys marksmen to a home reply from Gary Whitbread.

After three straight defeats Renhold Village return to winning ways in style to remain sixth in the table with a 9-1 home victory over Stewartby Village who have now lost their last eight games to drop into the bottom two of the league standings, for The Village, Dan Luke struck five times alongside goals from Delroy Prince, Stuart Kester, Giles Sowerby and Rob Wood, whilst Tom Wheelhouse netted the lone reply.

After four straight home wins Riseley Sports Reserves came back to earth with a bang beaten on home soil 8-2 by Meppershall AFC, John Wright, Matt Evans and Lewis Osbourne all finding the back of the net twice whilst Jordan Robbens and Sam Larsen added to the tally which was only reduced by a brace of home goals from Michael Darnell.

The days other action bringing about a 5-3 home win for Wilshamstead Reserves over Caldecote A, Lewis Duffield twice plus Mark Kelly, Rees Williams and Harry Atherstone bagging the home goals to replies from Jack Boyd with a brace and Neil Giles.

Preview Saturday 11th April

This coming weekends action in The Premier Division Supported By Sportsform will see the match of the day if not the match of the season come at Harvey Close when league leaders Caldecote place their seasons unbeaten home record on the line when paid a visit from unbeaten on the road and second place Meltis Corinthians who will travel knowing their only hope of snatching the league crown away from Caldecote rests on them claiming the full three points on offer.

Just has important at the other end of the table, bottom club Bedford Sports Athletic now without a win in their last ten outings know they must somehow end that rot and collect the three points from third from bottom of the table Riseley Sports at Cople Playing Fields who themselves are without a win in their last six outings if they are not to be relegated back to Division One, this game kicking off at 2pm which if drawn will be great news for Henlow the club that sits between the two in the league standings if only they could come up with their first win in nine outings at Groveside where they host Renhold United but the odds are very much against them has United are unbeaten on the road in their last five trips and reaching out for a top six finish.

Two other games kicking off earlier at 2pm come at Hillgrounds where AFC Kempston Town look to take their unbeaten ways to six games against a visiting Blunham side that has won its last four away games and at Horseshoes Close where Dunton losers of their last three home games entertain Sharnbrook who have won just twice on the road all season.

The days remaining top flight game coming at Jubilee Playing Fields where in form hosts Wilshamstead winners of their last four games receive a visit from Ickwell & Old Warden.

In Division One, the stand out match comes at Crawley Road with the meeting between the two clubs that could yet fight out the league crown, hosts Woburn winners of their last seven home games receiving a visit from unbeaten on the road and title favourites Westoning Recreation Club.

Like in the top flight there are a couple of games with 2pm kick off's at Culter Hammer, Kempston now unbeaten in their last five home games should collect the full three points when yet to win on the road and bottom of the table Elstow Abbey come calling whilst Marston Playing Fields is the venue for Marston Social home encounter with Caldecote Reserves.

Meanwhile its the normal 2.30pm kick off at Miller Road where Meltis Albion winners of their last seven home games should keep their title challenge on track when paid a visit by Stevington whilst at Bedford Road Recreation Ground, Sandy Reserves will be seeking home win number three on the bounce in the quest to beat the drop when they host a travelling Campton Reserves side that has lost its last five games away from Rectory Close.

The Division One programme will then end with two games kicking off at 4pm, at Culter Hammer, Kempston Hammers Sports without a home win in four outings host Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves and at Hillgrounds its a local derby clash between AFC Kempston Town Reserves and Royal Oak Kempston.

Division Three action sees league leaders and champions elect Blunham Reserves put their season unbeaten record on the line against a Saffron side in need of points to beat the drop at Moggerhanger Playing Fields whilst the top game in this section could well come at Cople Playing Fields with the 4pm kick off between promotion chasing hosts Marabese Ceramics and the travelling Potton Wanderers.

Over in Russell Park, Blue Chip will look for their first home win in nine outings but the task will not be easy has the visitors are promotion seeking Meppershall Jurassic whilst other action comes at Whiston Crescent where Clifton now on a four game unbeaten run host bottom of the table Lidlington United Sports who travel without a win in their last seven outings, in Jubilee Park where Meltis Corinthians Reserves host a Mulberry Bush side that need points to stay out of the drop zone whilst Kings AFC look for away win number three on the bounce at Oakley Sports Reserves who look to avoid home defeat number three on the bounce, all these games kicking off at the normal 2.30pm start.

But the final game of the day in this section has a 4pm kick off between another of the two promotion seeking clubs, Marston Shelton Rovers the hosts and Great Barford.

The Division Three programme of the day is reduced to just five games, at Horseshoes Close its a 4pm kick off for Dunton Reserves who look to take their unbeaten ways to eight games but the task could not be harder for the visitors are league leaders Leighton United winners of their last eleven games and also unbeaten in their last seventeen outings.

The other four games kicking off at the normal 2.30pm, at Arlesey Recreation Ground, Three Tuns Galacticos should keep their promotion hopes on track when visited by bottom of the table Kempston Athletic, at Shuttleworth College where Meppershall AFC now unbeaten in their last five games host Wilshamstead Reserves, at Gold Street where hosts Riseley Sports Reserves will be looking to return to winning home ways against Flitwick Town Reserves, whilst at Greenfield Road, Westoning Recreation Club Reserves will be expected to collect the full three points when a Stewartby Village side without a win in eleven outings come calling.

Please note this review has been written ahead of the midweek games due to be played on April 6th and 8th.

After the weekend affair the action moves on to Easter Monday when there are just three games, all due to kick off at 6pm in Division One, Woburn will be hitting the road for a meeting with Stevington whilst Hurst Grove is the venue for the Division Two clash between Lidlington United and Kings AFC and Division Three action comes at Renhold Playing Fields where Renhold Village receive a visit from Caldecote A.

Midweek action then moves onto Wednesday evening with a series of games in the top two Divisions, for Premier Division Supported By Sportsform league leaders Caldecote its a local derby trip to Moggerhanger Playing Fields to face Blunham where if all has gone according to plan over the previous ten days, the league title might just be won, whilst just down the road at Cople Playing Fields, Bedford Sports Athletic will be in home action against Meltis Corinthians.

Other top flight action comes at Groveside with the local derby meeting between home side Henlow and Campton, at Hillgrounds where AFC Kempston Town host Riseley Sports with a third top flight derby game completing the fixture list when Oakley Sports take on the visiting Renhold United.

The Division One action sees Woburn quickly back in action and hitting the road for the second time inside 48hours when they journey to The Green for a meeting with Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves while Westoning Recreation Club will also be on the road to Rectory Close to face Campton Reserves.

At Miller Road, Meltis Albion will start the favourites to collect the three points on offer against Sandy Reserves who travel in search of their first away point of the season in this game number twelve whilst Flitwick Town will be hoping to stay in the promotion race with the three points from their visit to Stevington.

The evenings other action coming at Hillgrounds where AFC Kempston Town host Caldecote Reserves and at Culter Hammer with the derby meeting between hosts Kempston Hammers Sports and visitors Royal Oak Kempston.
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