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Sunday 19th April 2009
Campton Win To Keep The Pressure Up On Caldecote
Premier Division Supported By Sportsform

With league leaders Caldecote sitting the afternoon out, second place Campton took full advantage to move within seven points of the leaders and still have a game in hand over them after winning 5-1 at Wilshamstead, both Gary Gibson and Andrew Hayday netting twice alongside Stephen Gay to a home reply from Michael Jones but for third place Meltis Corinthians their hopes of lifting the title are all but gone after being held to a 1-1 home draw by Blunham, John Coley giving Blunham the lead twenty minutes into the contest which was only cancelled out when Neville Allen headed the equalizer in the very last minute of the game.

For Henlow its a return to Division One football next season after just one season in the top flight as a result of their 0-5 home defeat at the hands of Riseley Sports, Paul Brown and Tony Graham both netting in the opening half to take The Sportsmen 2-0 clear at the break before they repeated the medicine in the new period alongside Marcus Capper for The Sportsmen to go nap by the final whistle.

Bottom club Bedford Sports Athletic whose own relegation was confirmed in midweek are now without a win in their last fourteen outings after being beat 4-1 at Oakley Sports, Deep Banghard putting the home side ahead but by the half-time break James Allen has levelled matters up only for another goal from Banghard and a brace from Ben Brown take Oakley Sports to their first home win in four outings.

For fifth place Ickwell & Old Warden it required a rare Rob Bowyer goal twenty-five minutes from time to salvage their five game unbeaten home run from falling and earn them a point from a 1-1 draw with AFC Kempston Town who had taken the lead on the half-hour mark via Danny Pilgrim, but Renhold United failed to take advantage of this slip by Ickwell to jump above them in the standing when they themselves required a 90th minute leveller to earn a point from a 3-3 home draw with Sharnbrook, Scott Rothery putting the visiters 1-0 ahead but on the half-hour mark Kane Alexander for the home side levelled matters and just twenty minutes from time Dave McCarthy shot United into the lead, yet within five minutes Sharnbrook were to lead the game 3-2 via goals from Rothery again and David Milkjovic until in the very last minute a Shaun Gilbert strike ensured the contest finished all square.

Division One

With league leaders Meltis Albion sitting the afternoon out, their lead at the head of the table is now down to just a single point after Westoning Recreation Club run out 7-0 away winners at Marston Social, goals from Nick Shirley, Adam Wills and Ian McGuinnes arriving before the break which were added to by Dean Gadsden, Dave Burnham, Scott Gadsden and Luke Cliniff in the second period.

Still sitting in third slot in the table are Kempston just two points adrift of The Rec Boys but having played four games more after they took their unbeaten ways to eight games with a 3-1 victory at Royal Oak Kempston, goals from Alex Goosby, David Powell and Josh Anderson doing the damage, before Liam Boland netted eight minutes from time for The Oak.

Just two points further adrift in fourth slot are Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves who took their unbeaten ways to six games with a 4-3 win at AFC Kempston Town Reserves, yet it was far from all plain sailing, strikes from Matthew Abbott and Rubbin Martinis taking The Town into a 2-0 lead before first Wayne Morris and then Matthew Bruney netted to level matters at 2-2 afterwhich it was the visitors who continued to hold the control, goals from Steve Hinton and Neil Faulkner taking them 4-2 up before a late Alex Brandler penalty brought about the games seventh goal.

But the club perhaps Meltis Albion are going to have to fight out that second promotion spot with is Woburn who despite sitting just fifth in the league standings are but just six points adrift with some four games in hand of them after they came from behind to win 2-1 at Caldecote Reserves to take their unbeaten ways to ten games, Ryan Porter with a 43rd minute goal giving the home side the lead until Nick Skolsky levelled matters twenty minutes from time and his dear old dad Andy won the day five minutes later.

For Campton Reserves it was a return to winning ways when an own goal plus a strike from Justin Barker gave them a 2-0 home win over Stevington but perhaps Flitwick Town's hopes of promotion for another season are over after losing 4-2 at Kempston Hammers Sports whose own hopes of beating the drop were lifted with this win, Chris Bull shot The Town into a 25th minute lead but Richard Garnham then evened matters up before Bull restored the visitors lead on the hour mark only to be outscored by Robert Luya netting a hattrick in the closing half-hour to take The Hammers to victory.

The plight at the bottom of the table now seems beyond recall for Elstow Abbey after they suffered a 7-3 defeat at second from bottom of the table Sandy Reserves who were notching their fourth home win on the bounce, Alex Baker with a hattrick plus Jamie Scotcher with a brace alongside goals from Kevin Fage and Steve Jakes the home hero's to a brace in reply for Phil Bartram and a single goal from Anthony Hubbard on the Abbey scoresheet.

Division Two

For the newly crowned Division Two champions Blunham it was a end to their seasons unbeaten ways in this game number twenty-three when beaten on home soil by Meltis Corithians Reserves, Earl Patterson with a hattrick plus Harry Ellis the winners marksmen to home replies from Ed Davies and Julian Munns, but for second place Meppershall Jurassic it was a big blow to their promotion hopes when Saffron lifted themselves out of the drop zone with a stunning 8-1 home win over them, Tazi Ali, Ayyaz Hussain and Shezad Satter all netting twice alongside single strikes from Mohammed Rahman and Mohammed Zahar.

This defeat for The Jurassic Boys all good music to the ears of third place Potton Wanderers who move to within five points of them with two games in hand despite being held to a 0-0 home draw by a Great Barford side who remain unbeaten on the road this season and are themselves far from out of the promotion race sitting just three points behind The Wanderers and also having played a game less.

Splitting these two clubs in the league table at the moment are Marabese Ceramics who run out 6-0 home winners over Kings AFC, Romano Marabese netting twice whilst single goals also came via Colin Standley, Ricky Brungies, Gary Wing and Andy Machell.

With the result of the Saffron win, Mulberry Bush now find themselves back in the bottom two after a 1-3 home reverse at the hands of Marston Shelton Rovers, Aaron Franks twice and Chris Patrickson the Rovers scorers to a Bush reply via Martin Ivy.

Division Three

Leighton United are now within just three points of the Division Three Championsip title after they took their unbeaten ways to nineteen games with a 4-0 home win over Renhold United, Adam Barker and Ryan Upton shooting them 2-0 ahead by the break and with strikes from Asim Munir and Alex Fry they doubled the scoreline in the second period but Three Tuns Galactocos kept the pressure going at least for another series of games and also kept themselves on course for promotion with a 3-1 away win at bottom of the table Kempston Athletic, Dean Smith striking twice and Ben Appaddo once to a Athletic reply from Gary Whitbread.

For third place Dunton Reserves it was a 4-0 home win over Stewartby Village to take their unbeaten ways to nine games, Andrew Spiers with a hattrick plus Tom Byrne doing the damage whilst fourth place Marsh Leys alongside Dunton Reserves could yet steal that second place off The Tuns following a 4-2 home win over Sandy A, Giuseppe Granzano with a hattrick and Alan Cudjoe doing the scoring to Sandy replies via Dean Haines and Ian Hammett.

For Meppershall AFC it was a move into fifth place in the standings after two goals from Adam Larsen and strikes from Lewis Osbourne, Sam Larsen, Stuart Gibbs and John Gaddene saw them net a 6-1 home win over Flitwick Town Reserves, Ben Wallington netting the lone reply, leaving Westoning Recreation Club Reserves to drop into sixth spot after their eight game unbeaten run was halted by a 1-2 home defeat at the hands of Wilshamstead Reserves, Tim Harris the home marksman outshot by a Harry Atherstone brace for Wilshamstead.

Meanwhile, Caldecote A were keeping their impressive seasons home record going with a 3-2 victory over Riseley Sports Reserves, Barry Croxon shooting them ahead in the tenth minute but with just a minute to go before the break Kevin Thompson levelled matter, the new period saw goals from Jack Dix and Ryan Ambrose take the home side 3-1 clear before a strike from Chris Spurgeon six minutes from time completed the scoring.

Preview Saturday 25th April 2009

Depending on the results of the midweek games, this weekend could well be the day the Premier Division Supported By Sportsform title is won, if as expected league leaders Caldecote have collected the three home points from their home clash with Oakley Sports then the requirement is quite simple a victory on their visit and meeting with Ickwell & Old Warden will present them with a record equalling eighth top flight champonship trophy but Ickwell & Old Warden are currently unbeaten on The Green in their last seven starts and will be no easy fish to fry, one good omen however for Caldecote is the title last season was won on this corresponding weekend of the season at guess where, yes you are right Ickwell Green.

The trophy that day being won by Campton who even if they have won during midweek at home over Riseley Sports as expected will only be able to take the championship race into a final week with a Caldecote slip up and the maximum points from their visit to Miller Road and meeting with third place Meltis Corinthians who themselves are far from giving up hope of landing this seasons silver medals.

For bottom of the table Bedford Sports Athletic its goodbye to the top flight for at least a season when they ended their campaign with a visit to Lodge Road to face Sharnbrook.

Of the other three top flight games, the one with the most riding on it is the meeting of Renhold United with AFC Kempston Town at Renhold Playing Fields, a win for either side would almost certain guarantee them a place in the top six of the final standings at the expense of the other.

Meanwhile Blunham now on a six game unbeaten away run travel to face Oakley Sports where the collection of the full three points just might yet get them depending on results elsewhere a place in the top three of the final league table.

The days final top flight game coming at Gold Street the venue where Riseley Sports will host Dunton who travel looking for their fourth home win on the bounce.

In Division One, the picture at the top of the table is far cloudy to read but the leading two title contenders appear to be Westoning Recreation Club who should collect the full three points at The Warren where they travel to face bottom of the table Elstow Abbey and Woburn who hit the road for Culter Hammer and a meeting with Kempston Hammers Sports now unbeaten in their last ten outings.

So if the other contenders are going to prevent these two clubs filling the top two spots nothing short of the full three points this weekend will do, Meltis Albion heading to Rectory Road to face Campton Reserves, Kempston in local derby action at Hillgrounds against AFC Kempston Town Reserves plus Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves are also in away local derby action at Harvey Close against Caldecote Reserves.

Down at the bottom of the table, Sandy Reserves are now approaching the last chance salon and should they return from their Cryselco Park meeting with fellow strugglers Royal Oak Kempston empty handed something they have done in all of their twelve trips away from Bedford Road this season then perhaps Division Two football then looks on the cards for them next season.

The afternoon's final game in this Division coming at Steppingley Road where Flitwick Town face Stevington.

With Blunham Reserves already crowned Division Two champions little rides on their home Moggerhanger Playing Fields clash with Oakley Sports Reserves so the Division's spotlight will fall onto the meeting between hosts Great Barford and Meppershall Jurassic at Great Barford Playing Fields which is a must win game for both clubs if their promotion hopes are to remain on course, a stalemate in this encounter would certainly perhaps only be playing into the hands of Potton Wanderers should they collect the full three points from their visit to King George VI Playing Fields for their meeting with Kings AFC.

Down at the bottom of the table, basement club Lidlington United Sports will be hitting the road for a Jubilee Park meeting with Marabese Ceramics whilst just down the road in Russell Park, its a real six pointer of a game when Saffron host Blue Chip and just perhaps Mulberry Bush will be waving goodbye to Division Two football should they not come up with their first home win of the season when they host Meltis Corinthians Reserves at Hillgrounds.

The days final game in this section taking Clifton on the road to face Marston Shelton Rovers.

In Division Three, if league leaders Leighton United failed to lift the league crown in midweek action then today they will have a second chance when at Stanbridge Road they host Westoning Recreation Club whilst promotion could well be the reward for Three Tuns Galacticos if they can return from Harvey Close with the three points from their meeting with Caldecote A.

For Dunton Reserves its a home Horseshoes Close encounter with Riseley Sports Reserves, while bottom of the table Kempston Athletic seek home win number one of the season when Sandy A pay them a visit at Hillgrounds and failure to do so would give them little or no chance of climbing above Stewartby Village who entertain Flitwick Town Reserves at Stewartby Way despite the hosts now being on a losing run of ten games.

The final action of the day coming at Shuttleworth College where hosts Meppershall AFC receive a visit from Marsh Leys.

Following on from the weekend action resume on Monday evening April 27th where the lone Premier Division Supported By Sportsform action comes with Oakley Sports home meeting with Campton.

But there are six games to the Division One programme where something just might be riding on five of them, at the top of the table, Westoning Recreation Club host Kempston at Greenfield Road, whilst Woburn will be in home Crawley Road action against Marston Social and Meltis Albion are paid a visit by Royal Oak Kempston at Miller Road.

Down at the other end of the table it could be a big night or curtains for Elstow Abbey who hit the road to Steppingley Road for a meeting with Flitwick Town while something might just yet ride on the Culter Hammer meeting between hosts Kempston Hammers Sports and visitors Caldecote Reserves

The odd game out appearing to be AFC Kempston Town Reserves visit to face Stevington.

There are just three games to the Division Two programme but all could have a bearing on the issues at the bottom of the table, Blue Chip hosting Kings AFC in Hillgrounds, where Mulberry Bush also face Clifton whilst Saffron will be travelling to face Great Barford at their playing fields headquarters.

In Division Three, its local derby action at Harvey Close where Caldecote A host Sandy A, while Marsh Leys are the visitors to Gold Street to face Riseley Sports Reserves, and at Arlesey Playing Fields, Three Tuns Galacticos might yet need some points to ensure promotion when Westoning Recreation Club Reserves come calling.

The nights final action due at Jubilee Playing Fields where Wilshamstead Reserves will be in home action against Stewartby Village.

Then just fourty-eight hours later on Wednesday April 29th its a eleven game programme, In Division One at Rectory Road Campton Reserves will be hosting Marston Social, at The Warren it could be a big game for visitors Woburn where they face hosts Elstow Abbey, a comment that also might apply to Sandy Reserves on their visit to Culter Hammer to face Kempston Hammers Sports.

The final game in this division coming at Cryselco Park where Royal Oak Kempston play hosts to Westoning Recreation Club.

Division Two action is fivefold, Great Barford in home action against Clifton, Kings AFC hosting Marabese Ceramics at King George VI Playing Fields, Potton Wanderers travelling to Jubilee Park to face Meltis Corinthians Reserves, the venue also for Meppershall Jurassic home encounter with Blunham Reserves whilst in Russell Park, Saffron will be hosting Lidlington United Sports.

The nights action in Division Three takes Caldecote A on the road to Hillgrounds to face Marsh Leys and Wilshamstead Reserves host Riseley Sports Reserves at Jubilee Playing Fields.
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