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Sunday 26th April 2009
Caldecote Inch Ever Closer To The Premier Division Supported By Sportsform Title.
Premier Division Supported By Sportsform

Caldecote are now within touching distance of The Premier Division Supported By Sportsform league title, one point in fact after winning 4-1 at Ickwell & Old Warden, the home side who were unbeaten in their last seven home starts were to begin the game with just ten players and it was not until the commencement of the second half that they had eleven players on the pitch but by that time the league leaders were 2-0 up, a Leeroy Odd penalty shooting them ahead on the half-hour mark before Steve Starling added to the scoreline three minutes from the break, the game and the points in effect being settled on the hour mark when Adrian Mapletoft slotted Caldecote 3-0 ahead.

The home side were to have their one moment of glory five minutes later when Danny Fox from a free kick reduced the arrears to 3-1 but the last say was to go to the champions elect when Kai Griffiths-Shilton netted the games final goal five minutes from time.

Caldecote's task to lift the title being made that little bit easier after second place Campton were held to a 1-1 draw at third place Meltis Corinthians, both sides went into this Miller Road clash severely hit by injuries to such an extend that they both called off their reserve team games of the day Campton at home to Meltis Albion in Division One and The Corinthians their Division Two trip to Mulberry Bush, the opening half was to remain scoreless but when Earl Patterson gave The Sweetboys the lead twenty minutes from time they looked set for victory, that was until Campton Reserves regular full back Adam Chambers came on has a make shift striker ten minutes from time and duly five minutes later produced the equalizing goal that at least still gives Campton a slim hope of retaining their league crown.

Blunham's hopes of a third place finish were to take a knock when their seven game unbeaten run came to a end at Oakley Sports in a 2-1 defeat, 0-0 at the break, Jon Hislop soon shot The Sportsman ahead only to see Barrington Belgrave level matters up before Hislop netted his second of the afternoon to take Oakley to the three points.

Elsewhere, AFC Kempston Town finished their season on a high with a 3-0 away win at Renhold United which now guarantees them a top six finish, first half strikes from Matty Smith and Danny Pilgrim taking them two goals clear in the opening half before Jason Harrison added to the scoreline twenty minutes into the new period.

Meanwhile, Riseley Sports after seven straight home defeats at last gave their supporters something to cheer about with a 3-2 win over Dunton, strikes from Daniel Czaicki, Paul Brown and Tony Graham taking them 3-0 up until goals inside the closing twenty minutes from Dave Pugh and Nicky Threadgold had them hanging on at the final whistle.

Sharnbrook meanwhile were bringing their season to a close in style via a 4-0 home win over Bedford Sports Athletic, Ian Strange with a hattrick alongside a goal from Rick Bulzis doing the damage.

Division One

Westoning Recreation Club are the new leaders of the Division One table going two points clear of the non-playing Meltis Albion after they won 5-0 at bottom of the table Elstow Abbey who are now relegated to Division Two for season 2009-10, Nick Shirley with a hattrick plus strikes from Dave Shirley and Glen Robinson doing the damage.

Kempston meantime were holding onto third spot when they took their unbeaten ways to ten games with a 6-3 victory at AFC Kempston Town Reserves, both David Powell and Leonard Metollari netting twice alongside Alex Goosby and Jamie Carson against Town replies from Mark Aulsberry twice and Paul Robinson.

Both Meltis Albion and Kempston however are very much looking over their shoulders at fourth place Woburn who still have three and four games respectively in hand over them and trail them by just three points after The Safari Boys took their unbeaten ways to twelve games with a 5-0 away win at Kempston Hammers Sports, Martin Holland and Aaron Ripley netting twice whilst both Lewis Murray and Alex Ottaway also got themselves onto the scoresheet.

For Flitwick Town it was a 6-1 home win over Stevington, Ben Wallington netting twice in the opening half alongside Mark Barlett to take The Town 3-0 ahead and in the second period they doubled the scoreline thanks to goals from Chris Bull, Craig Phillips and Clive Craig against a lone reply from Ian Woods.

Down at the bottom end of the table Sandy Reserves were coming up with their first away win of the campaign thus doing their survival hopes a power of good with a 3-1 win at fellow strugglers Royal Oak Kempston, all thanks to goals from Dan Jones, Craig Baker and Andrew Wren against a Oak reply from Ed L'Erario.

Division Two

Meppershall Jurassic are now perhaps the favourites to collect this seasons Division Two runners-up medals after they put a big dent into the hopes of Great Barford collecting those gongs when they beat them 7-1 on their own patch, Craig Richards leading the way with a hattrick, Craig Damon netting twice plus Pat King and Jamie McGregor once to a home reply from Kiall Bagnell.

Marabese Ceramics however are far from giving up hope of those medals and it showed in their 6-0 home win over bottom of the table Lidlington United Sports, goals from James Tizard and Darren Payne taking them 2-0 ahead by the break which was added to in the second period by Payne, Lucio Marabese and Romano Marabese with a brace.

However slipping off the pace in the promotion race are Potton Wanderers who were beat 4-1 at Kings AFC to end their winning away run of six games, goals from Marcus Tomlin, Michael Whelan, Lee Morgan and Josh Clements taking The Kings to their first win in six outings whilst The Wanderers reply came via Jack Aris.

Clifton meantime were taking their unbeaten ways to eight games to stay fifth in the league table by sharing the spoils in a 2-2 draw at Marston Shelton Rovers who remain in sixth slot, Chris Patrickson netting a brace for The Rovers and Mark Gearing doing the same for Clifton.

Down at the bottom of the table, Blue Chip's plight deepens and they are now in real danger of being relegated after losing 6-2 at Saffron, Mohammed Zahar, Shezad Satter, Asaz Hussain, Imran Khan, Jatinder Bhangle and Husnaya Rahman the home marksmen to replies from Francis Vaughan and Daniel Lupton.

Division Three

The new Division Three Champions Leighton United retained their seasons unbeaten home record and took their unbeaten ways to twenty-one games with a 3-1 victory over Westoning Recreation Club Reserves for whom it was their first away defeat in six outings, Alex Fry with a brace plus a goal from Asim Murin doing the damage to a Rec Boys reply from John Bass.

Meanwhile, Three Tuns Galacticos ensured they were to finish the season in the runners-up spot after netting a 5-1 win away at Caldecote A, Dean Smith netting twice alongside Jim Gentry. James Geekie and Jon Rowe for The Tuns against a home reply via Graham Wendall.

Elsewhere, Meppershall AFC were taking their unbeaten ways to nine games and moving up to fourth slot in the league table with a 7-1 home win over Marsh Leys, Sam Larsen with a hattrick, John Gaddene with a brace plus Adam Larsen and Matt Evans making it onto the scoresheet against a Leys reply from Simon Wade.

For bottom of the table Kempston Athletic it was a end to their season via a 3-7 home defeat at the hands of Sandy A, Gary Whitbread netting all the Athletic goals whilst the visitors marksmen were Ian Hammett with a hattrick, Chris Winton with a brace plus James Smith and Dean Haines.

The days other action seeing second from the bottom of the table Stewartby Village lose for the twelfth time on the bounce, 2-5 at home against Flitwick Town Reserves, Harry Rowlands netting twice alongside goals for Stuart Veron, Richard Fossey and Adam Moss.

Preview Saturday 2nd May 2009

The top action of the afternoon comes threefold, should The Premier Division Supported By Sportsform title not have been sorted out in midweek then all eyes will be focused onto Miller Road and the clash between hosts Meltis Corinthians and Caldecote whose requirement for the title will be at the most a point and of course on the game at Rectory Road where if the title has not be won by Caldecote in midweek then hosts Campton will take the field requiring a big win over their visitors Dunton plus a Caldecote defeat to give them any hope of retaining their crown.

Cup action comes in form of the restaging of The Britannia Cup Semi-Final between Renhold United and Blunham at Renhold Playing Fields and The Jubilee Cup Final at Harvey Close, Caldecote between Great Barford and Meppershall Jurassic which will have a 3pm Kick Off.

Other league action comes in Division One, where if Westoning Recreation Club have not settled the title race in midweek then they might just do so when they travel to Hillgrounds to face AFC Kempston Town Reserves.

In Division Two, it will be a must win game at Hurst Grove for hosts Lidlington United Sports if they are to avoid the drop when they receive a visit from Potton Wanderers while in Division Three, Champions Leighton United will be in home Stanbridge Road action firm favourites to retain their seasons unbeaten home record when Sandy A pay a visit while other action comes at Steppingley Road where Flitwick Town Reserves host Caldecote A and at Shuttleworth College the venue for hosts Meppershall AFC meeting with Riseley Sports Reserves.

Moving on to Bank Holiday Monday, the top game comes with the staging of this seasons Centenary Cup Final at Second Meadow, Biggleswade United FC where it will be a 3pm Kick Off for the game between Woburn and Royal Oak Kempston.

League action is also on the agenda that evening when all games will kick off at 6.30pm, in Division One, Westoning Recreation Club will be in home action at Greenfield Road against Stevington, in Divsion Two, Marston Shelton Rovers play hosts to Kings AFC at Marston Playing Fields and Great Barford make their way to Oakley Playing Fields for a meeting with Oakley Sports Reserves.

In Division Three, there is action at Arlesey Playing Fields, the venue for Three Tuns Galacticos meeting with Riseley Sports Reserves and at Jubilee Playing Fields where champions Leighton United travel to face Wilshamstead Reserves.

Action then resumes again on Wednesday evening again all 6.30pm kick offs, in Division One there is local derby action at Harvey Close between Caldecote Reserves and Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves plus at Crawley Road, Woburn will be in home action against Kempston Hammers Sports.

The Division Two action is confined to just one game at Hurst Grove where Lidlington United Sports will be in home action against Great Barford while the Division Two fixture list is made up of just two games, at Bedford Road Recreation Ground, Sandy A host Riseley Sports Reserves and at Greenfield Road, Westoning Recreation Club Reserves entertain Meppershall AFC.
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