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Sunday 14th September 2008
Bedford Sports Athletic Hit For Nine At Caldecote
Preimer Division Supported By Sportsform

Blunham 5 AFC Kempston Town 2

Blunham made it three straight consecutive wins to remain on top of the Premier Division Supported By Sportsform league table, their supporters were to be treated to a contender for the goal of the season when John Coley gave them the lead in the 15th minute from twenty-five yards out, a scoreline they were to double ten minutes later with a strike from Garath Hughes, Town's Danny Pilgrim took full advantage of some poor defending to reduce the lead to a single goal ten minutes from the interval but the game in effect and the points were sewn up on the hour mark when some good build up play from Andy Smith worked a opening for Carl Page to slip Blunham 3-1 ahead and any chance of a Town comeback completely disappeared fifteen minutes from time when Smith himself got on the scoresheet with a bullet header.

Town's Tom Pitts was to quickly bring the scoreline back to 4-2 but former Town player Scott Tallentire one of several in the home line-up was to have the last say on his old team-mates ten minutes from time with the home sides fifth goal.

Caldecote 9 Bedford SA 0

Home manager Neil Mapletoft was a worried man pior to the kick off having to field a side missing the likes of Stuart Kemp, Glen Renforth, Paul Gower and Matt Basta but his nerves were somewhat calmer twenty minutes into the contest after Jack Gabbitas had helped himself to a hattrick and shot the home side 3-0 in front, further goals before the break from Leeroy Odd and Kai Griffiths-Shilton put Caldecote 5-0 ahead and ensured Mr Mapletoft could enjoy the second half sunshine without any worries, Gabbitas netted his fourth of the afternoon just three minutes in before goals in the closing twenty minutes from Steve Starling, Odd and Griffiths-Shilton took the final tally to nine by the final whistle to lift Caldecote up to second spot in the league standings.

Campton 4 Sharnbrook 1

The home side hung onto their seasons unbeaten record and duly moved up into third spot in the league table but manager Roy Hayday rather than praise his own side performance was quick to acknowledge that for the best part of an hour their visitors had virtually play them off the park but somehow found themselves chasing the game at 3-1 down, all strarted well for Sharnbrook when home player Alex Toye conceded a penalty fifteen minutes into the game which was converted by Shaun Barnett but very much against the run of play Gary Gibson levelled the contest on the half-hour mark and a Craig Palmer header five minutes from the break gave them the lead.

The second half again saw Sharnbrook taking the game to the home side only to fall further behind when Andrew Hayday was on hand at the back post to net Campton's third goal after 55th minutes, it was a strike that appeared to break the visitors hearts as thereafter the game became a much even affair until five minutes from time when Gibson popped up for his second and the home sides fourth goal of the afternoon.

Dunton 1 Renhold United 3

It was a case of after the Lord Mayor show for Barry Morris Dunton side this weekend has they allowed United to come from a goal down to take all three points away from Horseshoes Close in a tight affair, a free kick after eight minutes play from Tom McGhee allowed David Pugh to steal in and grab the lead for the home side until on the half-hour mark Dee Sayid took full advantage of the perfect cross from Mo Bander to draw United level, then Sayid became the playmaker for Sam Maddocks who duly shot United ahead five minutes from the interval.

The home side territorially had all the play in the early stages of the new half but with Paul Beattie marshalling the United defence in commanding fashion they never really looked like getting back on even terms and it was game up on the hour mark when Maddocks added United's third goal with a low driven free kick to allow them to collect their first win of the season.

Henlow 2 Oakley Sports 2

Honours were shared even at Groveside has Jim Burke's Oakley Sports side struck late to prevent the home side following up their win at Ickwell & Old Warden last weekend with another three points, James Tizard had given Henlow the lead on twenty minutes only to see it cancelled out on the half-hour mark by a goal from Mark Lagatta before a strike from Henlow's Pete Saunders restored the home sides advantage five minutes into the new half until Ollie Housden made it 2-2 fifteen minutes from time.

Sandy 1 Ickwell & Old Warden 5

Home manager Pete Fil already without the services of David Lenton, Matthew McCartney and Gary Fil plus regular goalkeeper Phil Cooper could well have done without Cooper's replacement Matt Hall failing to show up at the Recreation Ground which forced him into press ganging outfield player Andrew Wren ( a former goalkepper ) into taking over the goalkeepers gloves for the afternoon has he sought his first win since taking over the Bedford Road hot seat during the close season.

The game was just five minutes old before Nick Jones for the visitors pulled the games first goal scoring opportunity wide of the home uprights but he was to then quickly make amends just sixty seconds later when after Dave Trundley had played the ball into his path on the edge of the home penalty box he sweetly drove the ball home to give Ickwell the lead, but that lead should perhaps have been cancelled out within two minutes when Steve Thomas went racing in on goal and whilst he got the better of the racing out Vinny Govoni in the Ickwell goal, a covering Trundley saved the day for the men from The Green with a goalline clearance.

The game in the bright sunshine was ebbing and flowing end to end, Wren showing his skill between the sticks to tip over his crossbar a header from Danny Fox whilst at the other end Govoni came up with a even better save in keeping out a effort from Ian Hammett who had latched onto a long throw-in delivered into the six yard box by Nicky Threadgold.

Chances were then sent begging by Trundley for the visitors and Threadgold for the home side until with seven minutes of the opening half remaining Ickwell doubled their lead, Andrew Vallom driving a low free kick goalwards which was to slip out of the grasp of Wren into the path of Sam Juilan who said thank you very much to put his side 2-0 ahead.

Within two minutes the home side should have had the deficit back to a single goal, Mark Jennings delivering the ball to Hammett in the penalty box whose control was perfect only for his final finish to be woeful and sent wide of Govoni uprights, a miss that was to prove to be even more costly two minutes from the break when Trundley became the playmaker for Zak Rowe to slot home the visitors third goal of the afternoon and now leave Sandy with a real battle on their hands in the second period.

We were some thirteen minutes into the new half before the first goal scoring chance arrived but Ricky Aris effort for the visitors was easily dealt with by Wren, but when the visitors second chance arrived seven minutes later it was curtains for the home side as Rowe swivelied superbly on the edge of the penalty box in meeting a Vallom cross to slot home his second and his sides fourth goal of the game.

Play was now entering the last fifteen minutes has Govoni was called upon to make a brave save at the feet of Threadgold and from his long clearance came Ickwell's nap hand and Rowe hattrick but for once in the afternoon lady luck decided then to shine down on the home side, referee Sam Lewis who had given a outstanding performance himself adjudging Kevin Turner to have fouled Thomas in the penalty box and from the resulting spot kick Thomas at least put a consolation goal onto the scoresheet for the home side against one of his former clubs.

Sandy, Andrew Wren, Joe Stevens, Rob Gaylor, Mark Jennings, Dan Smith, Dan Jones, Jamie Scotcher, Steve Thomas, Nick Threadgold, Ian Hammett, Chris Beith, Sub Used, Anthony Roberts,

Ickwell & Old Warden, Vinny Govoni, Rob Bowyer, Kevin Turner, Grant Humberstone, Dave Trundley, Andrew Vallom, Nick Jones, Zak Rowe, Ricky Aris, Danny Fox, Sam Julian, Subs Used, Lewis Giddings, Elliot Brooker,

Wilshamstead 1 Meltis Corinthians 3

The Sweetboys were ahead after twenty-five minutes with a goal from Alec Woolston but a strike on the hour mark from Mark Kelly drew the home side level only for two goals inside the closing ten minutes from Sundip Jhand and Aron Hazelwood taking the visitors to victory to retain their seasons 100% record.

Division One

AFC Kempston Town Reserves 7 Sandy Reserves 1

Sandy Manager Richard Wheatley quite easily summed this game up by saying we were just tanked and only really in the game for the first ten minutes, during that time Chris Hartwell had netted his side goal to level the contest at 1-1 before The Town run out easy winners to jump up to second spot in the league table, Town's goals coming via braces for Danny Ellison and Rubin Martins plus single strikes from Shar Rahman, Ed Bazaurakas and Alex Brandler.

Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves 1 Stevington 1

There was late drama on The Green when with the contest all level at 1-1 after Wayne Morris had given the home side the lead and Gary Higgins level matters ten minutes into the second half, home player manager, Lee Pyke brought himself on to win the game only to last just four minutes before being red carded by referee Peter Nemeth.

Royal Oak Kempston 2 Caldecote Reserves 0

Two goals in the closing ten minutes from Gary Canzano and Sean Boland gave The Oak their first win of the season and sent Caldecote Reserves tumbling to the bottom of the division one league table.

Elsewhere in the division Flitwick Town required a 85th minute winner from Harry Rowlands making his first team debut to gain the three points from a 3-2 win at Westoning Recreation Club to remain on top of the league table, Mark Bartlett and Jim Lewis had given Town a 2-0 lead before the Rec Boys levelled matters at 2-2 until Rowlands won the day.

For Meltis Albion, it was another big win this time 7-0 at home over Woburn to take them into third spot in the league standings, Darren Ashpole netting four times and Scott Alleyne hitting a hattrick, the derby action at Cutler Hammer was to go the way of the home side has Kempston with two goals from Leonard Motallari and a strike from Andy Klein led 3-0 at half-time before Kempston Hammer Sports with goals from James Grandidge and Andrew Patching made it 3-2 by the final whistle, whilst the days final game in this section saw Marston Social come from 1-3 down to earn a home point in a 3-3 draw with Elstow Abbey, David McCartney twice and Anthony Hubbard netting for The Abbey against home replies from Jon Duddic, Sanjeev Kalyan and Daniel Bullen.

Division Two

Marabese Ceramics 2 Blunham Reserves 3

Blunham Reserves now sit proudly on top of the Division Two league table after winning this Hillgrounds encounter rather more easily than the scoreline suggests, Joe Cooper was to shoot them ahead in the opening half only for Ceramics Colin Stanley to level matters before the break but after the interval another goal from Cooper and a strike from Julian Munns took Blunham 3-1 clear before Stanley grabbed a second for the home side late on.

Meltis Corinthians Reserves 1 Meppershall Jurassic 6

Jeff Staines Jurassic boys maintained their seasons unbeaten record and moved up into third place in the league standings with a comfortable win over a young Sweetboys outfit, Dan Taylor and Craig Damon playing the leading roles with two goals each which were duly supported by single strikes from Jamie Underwood and Luke Gunn to a lone home reply from Jermaime Mills.

Oakley Sports Reserves 3 Clifton 1

This defeat knocked Clifton off of the top of the table but manager Barry King was far from unhappy, to be honest this was our best performance of the season, at times we murder them and hit the bar three times, Clifton were however always chasing the game after two first half goals from Owen Rush put the home side in command but there was hope for Clifton when a Paul Roberts screamer from twenty-five yards out reduced the arrears to a single goal until ten minutes from time a strike from Tom Mills ensured Oakley would get their belated start to the season off on a winning note.

Elsewhere in the Division it was a big day for both Blue Chip and Mulberry Bush has they recovered from defeats last weekend to both hit nine goals in taking them to victory, Blue Chip hitting their nine without reply at home against Marston Shelton Rovers thanks to doubles from Carl Townsend and Michael Lamont which was supported by single strikes from Callum Stuart, James Bowen, James Rook, Pete Neale and Steve Odell but The Bush found themselves a goal down after just three minutes when Graham Scott put Lidlington United Sports ahead at Hurst Grove before a hattrick from Garath Arzu, two goals from Martin Ivy and single goals from Steve Pledge and Darren Gough bowl the home side over.

The days other two games had different tales to tell at Potton Wanderers, Mill Lane with visitors Saffron leading 1-0 referee Brian Cooper was forced to abandoned the game just thirty minutes into the contest has fighting broke out between the two sides whilst Woburn Reserves failed to raise a side to host Kings AFC at Crawley Road.

Division Three

Leighton United 4 Caldecote A 0

League newcomers Leighton United now sit on top of the Division Three table after this comfortable win over Caldecote A, goals from Barney Woolhead and Adam Barker saw them lead 2-0 at the break before further goals from Barker and Robbie Upton saw United double their lead in the second period.

Renhold Village 6 Dunton Reserves 2

Dunton manager Ian Jakes was quoted has saying we were made to pay dearly for our missed chances has his team were knocked off the top of the league table with this defeat, all started well for Dunton when Steve Spiers put them into a early lead but by the break goals from Lloyd Cheetle and Giles Sowerby had taken The Village into a 2-1 lead.

Joe Lewis then level matters ten minutes into the new period but a four goal blast inside twenty minutes took The Village to victory, Cheetle going on to complete his hatrick whilst Delroy Prince added the other two goals.

Sandy A 1 Meppershall AFC 8

Sandy A had little to show for their belated start to the season when comprehensively beaten on home soil by local rivals Meppershall AFC for whom the hero was Sam Larsen who helped himself to six goals,Matt Evans and a own goal making up their eight goals to a lone home reply from Adam Jones, if there was a bright note for the home outfit it was the fact that the second half was only lost 0-2 following Larsen opening half blast which saw his side lead 6-1 at the break.

Three Tuns Galacticos 1 Wilshamstead Reserves 1

The Tuns remain unbeaten and holding down third spot in the league standings but club secretary Victoria Mcdonald stated the Wanted notices for a striker will be on display in Arlesey this week after the home sides front line failed to produce the goods in this stalemate with Wilshamstead Reserves, a goal ahead in the opening half from Dan Brown, The Tuns were forced to share the spoils when a Dan Downing penalty level matters in the second period.

Elsewhere in this Division, Riseley Sports Reserves begun their season with a 8-1 away win at Kempston Athletic, Tom Dove flying in six goals, alongside strikes from Andy Darnell and Phil Taylor to a lone home reply from David Wild, whilst Marsh Leys were 7-3 home winners over Stewartby Village, Jason Calvert netting twice plus single strikes from Damon Quigley, Ryan Kelly, Simon Wade, Kerion Jackson and Daniel Vacchio for The Marshmen to replies from Phil ( missed the last train home ) Gaduj, George and Tom Wheelhouse for The Village.

The days final game seeing a Steve Howarth penalty give Flitwick Town Reserves a share of the spoils from a 1-1 home draw with Westoning Recreation Club Reserves.

Preview Saturday 20th September

With current Premier Division Supported By Sportform league leaders Blunham sitting the afternoon out we could well have new league leaders by the close of play but which of the next four clubs in the standings are likely to take over you ask ? second place Caldecote who trail by just two points have a tough looking task on their hands when they travel to Hillgrounds to face AFC Kempston Town whilst just over the hedge third place Campton who only trail Caldecote on goal difference perhaps have a easy task in facing bottom of the table Bedford Sports Athletic who have conceded eighteen goals in their opening three defeats of the season.

If neither of these sides come up with the goods to overtake Blunham then both Ickwell & Old Warden or Meltis Corinthians could do so on goal difference with big wins, Ickwell in home action on The Green against Wilshamstead who are yet to gain a point this season whilst Meltis Corinthians are in home Miller Road action against unbeaten Riseley Sports.

Other games in the top flight see Oakley Sports and Sandy both go in search of their opening wins of the campaign when they meet at Oakley. whilst a close encounter looks on the cards at The Playing Fields when Renhold United host the travelling unbeaten Henlow, a comment that could also apply to the clash at Lodge Road where Sharnbrook entertain Dunton.

In Division One its home action at Steppingley Road for league leaders Flitwick Town who entertain Kempston two points clear of AFC Kempston Town Reserves who make the short journey down the road to face sixth place and still unbeaten Elstow Abbey.

Third place Meltis Albion are scoring goals galore again this season and will fancy their chances of a few more when they travel to Bedford Road to face Sandy Reserves who have already leaked seventeen goals in their opening three games.

For bottom of the table Caldecote Reserves it will be no easy task striking up that first win of the season when they host unbeaten Marston Social at Harvey Close, a comment that also applies to Woburn in their home Crawley Road encounter with Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves.

Other games in this section see Campton Reserves in home Rectory Road action against Royal Oak Kempston whilst Westoning Recreation Club hit the road for a meeting with Stevington.

In Division Two, the league leaders Blunham Reserves will be expected to collect the full three points at Moggerhanger Playing Fields where they host Woburn Reserves, whilst the game of the day in this section could well come at Whiston Crescent where second place Clifton start their seasons home campaign with a visit from fourth place and unbeaten Great Barford.

The club separating these two in the league table are Meppershall Jurassic who have a tough looking home clash in Hillgrounds with Blue Chip which is also the venue of Mulberry Bush home encounter with Potton Wanderers, at Russell Park, Saffron host Marabese Ceramics whilst Kings AFC will look to get their season underway at King George Vl Playing Fields with a visit from fellow promoted side Meltis Corinthians Reserves.

The days other game in this division will see Oakley Sports Reserves perhaps start favourites for the points when they travel to face Marston Shelton Rovers.who are yet to win this season after three outings.

In Division Three, league leaders Leighton United hit the road for a Greenfield Road meeting with fourth place Westoning Recreation Club Reserves and any slip up could see Marsh Leys take over top spot should they collect the three points from their visit to Jubilee Playing Fields to face Wilshamstead Reserves.

For third place Three Tuns Galacticos its a stern test when they journey to Gold Street to face Riseley Sports Reserves whilst Dunton Reserves will look to get back to winning ways at Horseshoes Close against Flitwick Town Reserves.

The days other two games see the bottom two clash at Sunderland Road when basement side Sandy A host Kempston Athletic whilst Renhold Village hit the road for a meeting with Stewartby Village.
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