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Wednesday 22nd April 2009
Oakley Sports Fail To Raise Side To Travel To Face League Leaders Caldecote
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League leaders Caldecote hopes of taking a step closer to the league crown was turned into turmoll on Wednesdayt evening when Oakley Sports failed to raise a side to travel and meet them at Harvey Close, whilst second place Campton took full advantage to move to within four points of them at the head of the table with a 5-0 home win over Riseley Sports, Gary Gibson netting a hattrick alongside goals for Dan Webb and Dave McArthur.

Meltis Corinthians hopes of gaining this seasons silver medals were to take a blow when they went down to a 2-1 defeat at Dunton, David Pugh heading the home side ahead seven minutes from the break which Tony Millioti cancelled out in time added on in the opening period only to see Jon Ranson hit the home sides winner twenty minutes from time.

Elsewhere, Blunham took their unbeaten ways to seven games to stay fourth in the league table with a 4-1 home victory over Ickwell & Old Warden, Andy Smith with a brace plus Nigel Drummond and Michael Hutton netting for the home side to a Ickwell reply from Zak Rowe, Ickwell now dropping to sixth place in the league table to be overtaken by AFC Kempston Town, 3-1 home winners over Wilshamstead, Danny Pilgrim twice and Shar Rahman netting for the home side against a Wilshamstead reply from Kevin Butler.

Division One

Wednesday night's Division One action was to bring about wins for all of the leading three clubs, league leaders Meltis Albion thanks to a four goal blast from Scott Alleyne run out 4-1 home winners over Caldecote Reserves whose reply came via Kai Griffiths-Shilton to keep The Albion a point clear of Westoning Recreation Club who were enjoying a 12-0 home romp over AFC Kempston Town Reserves, Dave Shirley netting five times, Nick Shirley and Ian Buckingham twice plus single strikes from Ian McGuinnes, Dean Gadsden and Ollie Summers.

For third place Kempston life was a little tougher but neverless they won 2-0 at home over Marston Social, Josh Anderson and Pjern Lushi getting onto the teamsheet to keep them three points clear of the new fourth place Woburn albeit The Safari Boys having four games in hand on them following a 7-1 home win over Campton Reserves, Martin Holland leading the way with a hattrick alongside strikes from Jake Nicholls, Luke Broadbent, Lewis Murray and Stuart Skolsky, whilst the visitors reply came via Shaun Jenkins.

Down at the bottom of the table, Sandy Reserves climb out of the bottom two thanks to a 1-0 home win over Flitwick Town, Jamie Scotcher netting the vital goal whilst Stevington were running out 7-2 home winners over Kempston Hammers Sports, Andy Latimer netting four times alongside goals for Dan Taylor, Shaun Winconek and Gavin White.

Division Two

The action on Monday evening was to see newly crowned champions Blunham Reserves have just a Matthew Geaves goal to show from a 1-1 draw at Blue Chip where the home sides gaining of a point in their quest to beat the drop may even better by the news that fellow strugglers Saffron had suffered a 1-0 defeat away at Oakley Sports Reserves, a Ollie Housden goal doing the damage.

The nights final game in this Division seeing Clifton take their unbeaten ways to seven games with a share of the spoils in a 2-2 draw at Kings AFC, a Michael Whelan penalty plus a goal from Nathan Clements on the scoresheet for the home side against Clifton replies from Tony Norman and Mark Gearing.

Division Three

The new Division Three 2008-09 champions are Leighton United following their 6-0 home win over Marsh Leys, on Monday evening, just ahead by a 42nd minute goal from Simon Woolhead at the break the game was in effect all over after first Woolhead then Adam Barker added to the scorline inside the opening eleven minutes of the new period to skip United 3-0ahead, goal number four arrived via Darryl Smith twenty minutes from time who then added a fifth from the penalty spot nine minutes later which was awarded against Ryan Kelly who was duly red carded before Jonathon O'Donnell completed the rout six minutes from time.

Down at the other end of the table, Kempston Athletic now know they will finish the season on the bottom of the table despite earning a point from a 3-3 home draw with Caldecote A, in a game of two hattricks, Gary Whitbread was the home marksman and Graham Weddell netted all three for the visitors.

Just one place above The Athletic in the league table are Stewartby Village who lost for the eleventh time on the bounce 4-2 at Sandy A, Ian Hammett, Dean Haines, Chris Winton and Daniel Bailey all netting for the home side against Village replies from Tom Wheelhouse and Ben Sparks.

Elswhere it was a night for the visitors, Dunton Reserves taking their unbeaten ways to ten games via a 1-1 draw at Wilshamstead Reserves, Steve Spiers their scorer to a reply from Harry Atherstone whilst Westoning Recreation Club Reserves were 5-2 winners at Riseley Sports Reserves, two goals for Eric Van Der Ven plus strikes from Antony Reddings, Carl Morris and Ian Buckingham doing the damage.

Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup Final

A lone goal from Great Barford skipper Daniel Jeffrey after just six minutes play was enough to take his side to victory in The Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup Final on Tuesday evening under Potton United's floodlights.

The games opening chance however was to see Wanderers Amit Patel have a header cleared off the line by Nick Rogers after just four minutes before Jeffrey struck with what was to turn out to be the winning goal just two minutes later, breaking free from the half-way line his shot across the face of goal gave Wanderers goalkeeer Nathan Hutchinson no chance of keeping out but however it still required the help of the far post beforelit landed into the back of the net.

Jeffrey and Hutchinson were then again in a dual four minutes later but this time Hutchinson got down well to push the Barford's man effort around his post which in effect was to turn out to be the last chance the 200plus crowd had of seeing another goal before the half-time break.

The new period started with Mark Harlow pushing a effort wide of the posts from right in front of goal five minutes into the action which would have seen Barford go two goals clear before The Wanderers begun to enjoy the better of the play yet it was to take them twenty minutes to come up with a real goal scoring opportunity then two were to arrive inside a minute, first James Hearson being guilty of blasting wide of the Barford's uprights from just six yards out having been found unmarked by Zak Henry then Henry himself lifting a effort over the crossbar from a similar distance.

The Wanderers were still pressing forward and only a fine save from Barford's Danny Freeman prevented Hearson gaining a deserved equalizer after he had linked up with Chris Munns and Jack Aris in the move of the game twelve minutes from time until with the game deep into time added on Nick Attwater was forced to make a last ditch block to deny Henry and prevent the game going into extra time.
22/04/2009
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