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Sunday 12th April 2009
Blunham Reserves Claim Division Two Title With Win Over Saffron
Premier Division Supported By Sportsform

Caldecote were to retain their seasons unbeaten home record and take a step closer to the 2008-09 championship crown despite being held to a 1-1 home draw by second place Meltis Corinthians who thus maintained their own unbeaten away record for the season, the home sides early hero was goalkeeper Luke Kiteley in saving a 15th minute penalty from Dean Warren before ten minutes on the game was reduced to one of just ten a side following red cards for home player Mark Franklin and The Sweetboys Jason Allsion leaving the game to arrive at the half-time break still scoreless.

First blood was to be struck by the home side when Kai Griffiths-Shilton shot them into a 65th minute lead but the visitors then saw both Warren and Moby Hussain miss golden opportunities to level matters up until Hussain did just that with a glancing header fifteen minutes from time, with the visitors now pushing forward knowing a draw was a only a good result for the home side they perhaps should have been punished for their adventurous style three times in the closing ten minutes when first Leeroy Odd followed by Dave Daniels and Steve Starling missed chances to nick the three points for the home club, neverless the result keeps Caldecote eleven points clear at the head of the table and in effect just six points short of the league title with still some four games to play.

It was also a big day at the other end of the table where Bedford Sports Athletic now find they can only be saved from relegation on goal difference after visitors Riseley Sports came up with their first win in eight outings in netting a 4-3 win to improve their own chances of another season in the top flight, Daniel Bond shooting the home side ahead early but by the half-time break the Sportsmen lead 2-1 after goals from Tommy Duff and Daniel Czaicki but a early second half strike from James Allen levelled matters at 2-2, until goals from Tony Graham and Jason Goldman took the visitors 4-2 ahead before Ian Asplin netted the seventh and final goal of the game.

The Athletic's cause not being helped by second from the bottom of the table Henlow coming up with their first win on home soil this season via a 1-0 win over Renhold United who had arrived at Groveside unbeaten in their last six away outings, the vital goal arriving ten minutes into the second period from Gieseppe Follano.

Elsewhere, Blunham made it five away wins on the bounce when a goal from Andy Smith ten minutes into the second half took them to a 1-0 victory at AFC Kempston Town who were losing for the first time in six outings whilst Ickwell & Old Warden ended Wilshamstead five game winning ways by sending them to a 4-0 home defeat, just a goal ahead at the break via Steve Thomas the points were wrapped up in the second period thanks to a Dean Hamilton hattrick.

The days other top flight game at Horseshoes Close between hosts Dunton and visitors Sharnbrook ending all square at 2-2, Tim Jarman with a goal on the half-hour mark placing Dunton ahead until Scott Rothery levelled matters two minutes before the interval and Ric Bulzis gave the visitors the lead on 65minutes only to see a Nicky Threadgold strike ten minutes from time earn Dunton a share of the spoils which could oh have been even better had not David Gill missed with a header from just two yards out in the closing minute of the game.

Division One

Woburn were to blow the Division One title race wide open again when they made it eight home wins on the bounce in netting a 3-0 win over title favourites Westoning Recreation Club whose ten game winning run and seasons unbeaten away record came to a crashing end, two first half goals from Alex Ottaway setting The Safari Boys on their way whilst the points were sealed by a third goal from Nick Skolsky twenty minutes from time.

It however was not a good day for current league leaders Meltis Albion who were to have their seven game winning home run halted by Stevington in a 1-1 draw, Andy Latimer placing the visitors ahead on 73minutes before Scott Alleyne squared matters up seven minutes later.

Up now into second spot in the table are Kempston who took their unbeaten home ways to seven games with a 2-1 home victory over bottom of the table Elstow Abbey, it was the visitors who lead with a goal from Jordan Jarrold on 42minutes but a strike from Pierin Lushi levelled matters twenty minutes into the new half before Alex Goosby netted the home winner from the penalty spot just two minutes from time.

Elstow Abbey plight at the bottom of the table not being helped by Sandy Reserves 2-1 home win over Campton Reserves who were losing for the seventh time on the bounce on their away travels, Chris Cooper slotted the home side ahead after twenty minutes only to see Kerion O'Toole level matters fifteen minutes later and thats the way it looked likely to stay until a home penalty from Alex Baker three minutes from time stole the points.

Elsewhere, AFC Kempston Town Reserves had only a Kerion McMahon goal ten minutes from time to show from their first home defeat in six outings against Royal Oak Kempston in a 2-1 defeat who had taken control of the game with strikes from Gary Canzano on the half-hour mark and then Liam Boland seventeen minutes from time.

Another club losing on home soil were Kempston Hammers Sports beaten 4-6 by Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves, the game was to see just home player Nick Tysoe find the net in the opening half before it rained goals after the break, Matthew Bruney with a hattrick plus Paul Beith, Lee Tetley and Steve Hinton netting for the victors against a brace from Dan Cavill plus Matthew Mossop adding to the home tally.

The days final game in this division seeing Marston Social run out 3-1 home winners over Caldecote Reserves, James Armstrong opening the scoring for the home side five minutes into the game but a strike from Max Cooper saw the teams turn around at the break level afterwhich a penalty from Armstrong on the hour mark and a goal from James Kinns ten minutes later won the day for The Social.

Division Two

Blunham Reserves are the new Division Two Champions after first they netted a home win over Saffron then heard the news that Great Barford in a later kick off had been held to a draw at Marston Shelton Rovers.

Ed Davies claimed Blunham's first goal to see them lead 1-0 at the break but strikes from Shazad Satter and Piyaz Hussian placed Saffron ahead 2-1 until Matthew Geaves levelled matters you then take your choice if you listen to Blunham, Alan Brown hit the winner or you accept the Saffron version that the winning goal came via a Hasnain Rahman own goal.

Blunham's title being confirmed by Great Barford's failure to collect the three points at Marston Shelton Rovers, Aaron Franks putting The Rovers in front after just ten minutes but a Richard Thorton goal twenty five minutes from time maintained the visitors seasons unbeaten away record and kept them very much in the promotion race.

However Meppershall Jurassic still perhaps look the favourites for that second automatic promotion spot after they run out 6-3 winners at Blue Chip, Shin Maih and Craig Richards both netting twice alongside Pat King and Luke Gunn for The Juraasic Boys against home replies from James Bowen twice and Francis Vaughan and still very much in that promotion hunt are Potton Wanderers who are now unbeaten in their last six away games after a 3-2 win at Marabese Ceramics, Dan Redbond, Antony Schurek and Jack Aris the Wanderers marksmen to home replies from Colin Stanley and Ricky Bruniges.

Down at the bottom end of the table Mulberry Bush lifted themselves out of the drop zone thanks to a 4-1 away win at Meltis Corinthians Reserves, braces of goals from both Shaun Cafferty and Martin Ivy arriving before the lone home reply from Majid Nadeem, but Lidlington United Sports hopes of beating the drop took another knock when they were beat 4-1 at Clifton, Mark Gearing, Lee Austin, Greg King and Barry Hallybone all netting for the home side against a Simon Fitchett reply.

The days final game in this section giving Oakley Sports Reserves a 4-0 home win over Kings AFC, where first half goals from Charlie Rogers and Carl Townsend were added to in the second period by Jason Angol and Carl Warner.

Division Three

Leighton United assured themselves of promotion at the first time of asking by coming from behind to take their unbeaten ways to eighteen games in a 1-1 draw at third place Dunton Reserves. Steve Spiers for the home side who are now unbeaten in their last eight outings slotting them in front after just ten minutes before the United equalizer arrived fourteen minutes from time via Paul Darton.

Looking perhaps odds on to claim that second automatic promotion spot are Three Tuns Galacticos who went to town with a 10-1 home win over bottom of the table Kempston Athletic, Dean Smith leading the way with four goals, Carl Millagan and Ben Appado both netting twice alongside single strikes from Jim Gentry and Craig Chadwick, the lone Athletic reply coming from Gary Whitbread.

Meanwhile the other three games in this division were also to go the way of the home sides, Meppershall AFC returning to winning home ways with a 5-1 victory over Wilshamstead Reserves, braces from Stuart Gibbs and Sam Larsen alongside a single strike from Lewis Osbourne doing the damage whilst Ali Morris replied for the visitors.

For Riseley Sports Reserves things were a little tougher in their 4-3 win over Flitwick Town Reserves, Kevin Harris twice plus Jamie Harris and Shaun Pritchett on the home scoresheet to Town replies from Mark Barlett twice and Richard Gerrard.

The days final game seeing Westoning Recreation Club Reserves extend their unbeaten ways to eight games with a 4-0 win over Stewartby Village who have now lost their last eight games, two goals from John Bass and single strikes from Tim Harris and Carl Morris doing the damage.

Preview Saturday 18th April 2009

Premier Division Supported By Sportsform sees league leaders Caldecote sit the afternoon out but just perhaps depending on the outcome of the midweek games the title could be won but this would very much depend on both Meltis Corinthians and Campton failing to win, Meltis Corinthians in home Miller Road action where after two straight home defeats returning to winning ways will not be easy as the visitors are fourth place Blunham currently enjoying a five game winning away run whilst Campton hit the road to Jubilee Playing Fields to face in form Wilshamstead.

Down at the bottom of the table it is a similar tale where if either Henlow or Bedford Sports Athletic have failed to come up with midweek wins they will already be relegated clubs by the time they take to the field, bottom club Bedford Sports Athletic in away action at Oakley Sports in a 2pm kick off whilst Henlow receive a Groveside visit from Riseley Sports who are just one of two clubs who could yet fall below them in the league standings, the other club being Sharnbrook who hit the road having drawn their last three encounters away from Lodge Road to face Renhold United.

The days final top flight action coming on The Green where Ickwell & Old Warden will look to extend their unbeaten home ways to seven games when paid a visit by AFC Kempston Town who travel unbeaten on their last three trips on the road.

The Division One title race has a much cloudy look about it with in effect still six clubs in with a chance of a top two spot, the favourites perhaps for the top two places are Westoning Recreation Club and Woburn and both are due to hit the road, The Rec Boys on their way to face Marston Social whilst The Safari Boys are heading to Harvey Close for a meeting with Caldecote Reserves.

With current league leaders Meltis Albion sitting the afternoon out, the other three top two hopefuls are also all on the road, Kempston making the short journey down the road to Cryselco Park to face local rivals Royal Oak Kempston, Flitwick Town heading for Cutler Hammer and a meeting with Kempston Hammers Sports whilst Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves will be in Hillgrounds action against AFC Kempston Town Reserves.

Down at the bottom of the table its a big game for the bottom two sides when they meet at Bedford Road Recreation Ground where hosts Sandy Reserves look for home win number four on the bounce over a Elstow Abbey outfit that has not won on the road this season.

The days other action in this division coming at Rectory Road where Campton Reserves will be hosting Stevington.

With the Division Two title already in the bag, Blunham Reserves will still however be keen to keep their seasons unbeaten record for the remaining four games all of which starts with a home game at Moggerhanger Playing Fields against a Meltis Corithians Reserves side who can claim to be the only side to have lower their colours this term when they won at the same venue in Jubilee Cup action at the start of the year.

So the spotlight perhaps falls onto the cluster of clubs still seeking that second spot with the big game coming at Mill Lane where Potton Wanderers are hosting a Great Barford side who travel still unbeaten on the road this season for a rehearsal of their Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup Final clash which takes place 72hours later on Tuesday Evening at Potton United's Hollow Ground with a 7.45pm Kick Off.

For Meppershall Jurassic its a trip into Russell Park and a meeting with a Saffron side that needs points at the other end of the table, whilst Marabese Ceramics will be in home Cople Playing Fields action against Kings AFC.

Down at the bottom of the table, basement club Lidlington United Sports are now very much in the last chance salon from which there may be no exit should they not come up with a result from their trip to face Oakley Sports Reserves in a 4pm Kick Off whilst Mulberry Bush could well seal another season in Division Two with a home win in Jubilee Park over the travelling Marston Shelton Rovers but the task will not be a easy one having failed to win any of their last eight home league games.

In the Division Three action, Leighton United will be expected to take a step closer to the league title with the three points from their Stanbridge Road home encounter with Renhold Village whilst it will be a major shock if Three Tuns Galacticos dont cement their claim for the runners-up spot when they travel to Hillgrounds to face bottom of the table Kempston Athletic for the second weekend running having already netted a 10-1 home win over them.

However awaiting in the wings should they slip up are Dunton Reserves who will be expected to continue their unbeaten ways with the three points from their home Horseshoes Close encounter with second from the bottom Stewartby Village, whilst both Marsh Leys and Westoning Recreation Club Reserves could just yet come and nick that second spot, Marsh Leys in home Hillgrounds action against Sandy A and The Rec Boys facing Wilshamstead Reserves at Greenfield Road.

The days other action taking place at Harvey Close between hosts Caldecote A and Riseley Sports Reserves while Meppershall AFC conceed home advantage when they play their home fixture against Flitwick Town Reserves at Steppingley Road.

Following on from the weekend action, its play time again on Monday evening April 20th with a nine game fixture list in the lower divisions, in Division Two, league champions Blunham Reserves are on the travels to Russell Park to face Blue Chip but the big game of the night is the scheduled Mill Lane clash between promotion seekers Potton Wanderers and Meppershall Jurassic but with The Wanderers in Beds FA Junior Cup Final action just twenty-four hours later you wonder just how serious they will be taking this game.

The night's other Division Two games coming at King George VI Playing Fields where Kings AFC host Clifton whilst Saffron hit the road to face Oakley Sports Reserves.

In Division Three, Leighton United could well claim the league title with a home Stanbridge Road win over Marsh Leys whilst other games come in Hillgrounds where Kempston Athletic will be facing Caldecote A, at Bedford Road Recreation Ground, where Sandy A host Stewartby Village whilst Gold Street is the venue for Riseley Sports Reserves home clash with Westoning Recreation Club Reserves and Dunton Reserves will be hitting the road to Jubilee Playing Fields to face Wilshamstead Reserves.

Following on from Monday evening its a return to action for some of the top two division clubs 48hours later on Wednesday where in The Premier Division Supported By Sportsform the champagne corks could just yet be popping at Harvey Close should Caldecote come up with the three points from their home encounter with Oakley Sports no matter what the outcome of the games at Rectory Close where Campton are in home action against Riseley Sports and at Horseshoes Close the venue for Meltis Corinthians trip to face Dunton.

The evenings other two top flight games seeing local derby action at Moggerhanger Playing Fields between hosts Blunham and visitors Ickwell & Old Warden and at Hillgrounds the venue for AFC Kempston Town home meeting with Wilshamstead.

For the promotion seeking Division One clubs its a series of home games, Meltis Albion in home Miller Road action against Caldecote Reserves, Westoning Recreation Club facing AFC Kempston Town Reserves at Greenfield Road, Kempston hosting Marston Social at Cutler Hammer whilst at Crawley Road Woburn receive a visit from Campron Reserves.

The odd club out being Flitwick Town who travel to face Sandy Reserves at Bedford Road Recreation Ground whilst the night's final action takes Kempston Hammers Sports on the road for a meeting with Stevington.
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