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Sunday 21st September 2008
Campton Jump To The Top Of The Premier Division Supported By Sportsform Table
Premier Division Supported By Sportsform

AFC Kempston Town 3 Caldecote 1

Caldecote were to miss their chance to go top of the Premier Division Supported By Sportsform league table when losing for the first time this season at Hillgrounds against a AFC Kempston Town side who now move up to seventh in the league standings but manager Neil Mapletoft was far from downhearted after the game stating we should have gone in at half-time 3-0 up but somehow efforts from Steve Starling twice and Matt Basta were kepted out of the net, all of which they were to pay for ten minutes into the new half when Danny Pilgrim shot The Town into the lead, but within two minutes Caldecote were level as Jack Gabbitas became the playmaker to allow Starling to level matters at 1-1 only to see goals from Pilgrim and Jason Harrison in the closing fifteen minutes ensure The Town took the points and held onto their 100% home record for the season.

Bedford Sports Athletic 0 Campton 8

These two clubs now sit at the opposite end of the Premier Division Supported By Sportsform league table. Campton at the top and Athletic on the bottom after this Hillgrounds showdown, Campton were to start the game blazing on all cylinders and perhaps should have been 4-0 ahead in the opening ten minutes, first Andrew Hayday when left unmarked on the far post could only find the side netting then home goalkeeper Richard Abbey first needed his legs to keep out a effort from Stephen Gay then had to move swiftly off his line to thwart the in rushing Hayday before Gary Gibson in a one for one confrontation with Abbey lost his scoring angle with a poor first touch.

The home sides first sight on goal came fifteen minutes in when a long throw-in by Graham Abbott caused panic in the visitors penalty area which resulted in a retake but this time goalkeeper Gary Cullerton was on hand to punch away the danger.

A clever backheel by Hayday in meeting a Gibson cross was foiled by the now overworked Abbott before with eighteen minutes gone Campton took the lead, this time it was Hayday playing the makers role to allow Gibson to float by Abbott and start the goal feast, as within two minutes they had doubled their lead when Paul Still made a opening for Gay whose curling shot from thirty-five yards out made its way in the roof of Abbey net.

On the half-hour mark in effect it was game over when a long clearance from Cullerton flew over the entire home backline to allow Hayday to run free and beat Abbey with ease to take Campton three goals clear, things perhaps might have been different three minutes later when Dave McArthur's handball conceeded a penalty but Cullerton enchanced his growing reputation by getting down on his right hand post to save the resulting spot kick from James Dougan.

Campton were far from letting up and only a offside flag prevented goal number four when a effort from Still found the back of the net off home defender Michael Ambler then Alex Toye somehow sent a effort over the home crossbar from less than three yards out, Cullerton at the other end was then to save well from Ambler before Gibson was just inches away from his second strike of the afternoon, a feat Hayday was to beat him to five minutes from the break when on his favourite backpost he finished off a sweeping move that involved Wayne Goldsmith and Gibson who was then denied the nap hand goal by Abbey's feet in the last action of the half.

The home side were to have the opening chance of the new half when a Dougan throw-in found Darren Allen only for Cullerton to come up with a smart save with his legs before Campton went 5-0 ahead ten minutes in, a what appear to be harmless cross from Gibson bringing about some awful defending by Michael Ambler which gifted Gay a chance right in front of goal which he gratefully accepted and on the hour mark Gibson was to make it six after some fine build-up play by Goldsmith.

Campton were now in cruise control and a sweet three man move started in their own half was finished off by Gibson for his hattrick and Campton's seventh goal on 68minutes before Hayday joined him has a hattrick man seven minutes later when he out-tackle Abbott and Ambler to net the games final goal, Athletic's substitute Jamaal Dixon flying a effort over the bar from less than six yards out two minutes from time preventing his side having a consolation that perhaps their never say die attitude deserved.

Bedford Sports Athletic, Richard Abbey, Tommy Housden, Asa Mead, Michael Ambler, Graham Abbott, Richard Ambler, Martin Taylor, Darren Allen, Daniel Bond, Paul Nigro, James Dougan, Subs Used, Jamaal Dixon, Ian Asplin, Sanjay Chambers,

Campton, Gary Cullerton, Daniel Webb, Paul Still, Dave McArthur, Alex Toye, Gary Gibson, Stephen Gay, Wayne Goldsmith, Andrew Hayday, Lee Addington, Subs Used, Chris Fry, James Clark, Scott Quince,

Ickwell & Old Warden 3 Wilshamstead 5

Wilshamstead were to come up with their first win of the season and leave Ickwell & Old Warden still looking for their first home point of the season at a sun kissed Ickwell Green, all started well enough for the home side when Zak Rowe shot them ahead after just fifteen minutes but things were to be all square ten minutes from the break with a visitors goal from David Benson, ten minutes into the new half Benson struck again to shoot his side 2-1 ahead only to see Ricky Aris quickly make it 2-2.

This seesaw game was again to swing the visitors way when Paul Jones netted to make it 3-2 only for Rowe to claim his second of the game and see matters deadlocked at 3-3 going into the closing quarter of an hour, but it was to be Wilshamstead day when Jones added further goals to complete his hattrick on 76 and 82minutes yet still manager Matt Stevens refused to name him man of the match passing that honour onto 17year old mid-fielder Matt O'Conner who Mr Stevens said was a different class to the other twenty-one players on the pitch.

Meltis Corinthians 4 Riseley Sports 0

The Sweetboys are now up to third spot in the league table and still 100% for the season after this comfortable home win over the previous unbeaten Riseley Sports, the game in effect was all over by the break as the home side raced 3-0 ahead, Anup Kalyan opening the scoring after just ten minutes before from a Marcus Ashby corner, Neville Allen was to double the scoreline then a neat 1-2 between Aron Hazelwood and Kalyan allowed Kalyan to make it 3-0 on the half-hour mark.

Kalyan then going on to complete his hattrick and the scoring twenty minutes into the second half.

Oakley Sports 4 Sandy 1

Sportman's Jim Burke was a much happier man this weekend after his Sportsman's side at last came up with a performance he had been looking for since the opening day of the season to gain their first three point haul of the campaign over a Sandy side that now find themselves sitting just three places off the bottom of the league table.

Nathan Byrne was to give the home side a early lead but it was all square fifteen minutes in when from a long throw-in delivered by Nicky Threadgold there was Steve Thomas on hand to even matters up, Sandy's undoing was to come in the opening ten minutes of the second period has Oakley shot 3-1 ahead, Byrne adding a second goal then seeing John Hislop convert a spot kick to take the home side two goals clear.

Sandy were now having to press even further forward to try and get back into the contest and as a result this allowed Chris Huckle the chance to add to the home sides tally late on for a final 4-1 scoreline.

Renhold United 3 Henlow 0

United are now up into fifth spot in the league table after this win over the previous unbeaten Henlow whose stubbon defensive display the home side found difficult to break down in the opening half and even when they did with man of the match Paul Mckeaveney finding the back of the net, a offside flag ruled out his strike, but all was to change in the second period, nine minutes in a deep ball from Guiseppe Grazino saw Richard Hall head United ahead which in effect opened the game up which was more to the home sides liking, Sam Maddix running from deep to double the scoreline on 59minutes before Henlow then enjoyed their best spell of the game, but it was to no avail when after United's Andre Bonadies had missed from close range he made amends seven minutes from time with United's third goal a dipping effort from twenty-five yards out.

Sharnbrook 0 Dunton 3

Dunton manager Barry Morris was left wondering after this Lodge Road clash, was it the air in North Beds his side like having won just down the road at Oakley fourteen days ago or is it the pressure of their home fans that prevents them getting off the mark at Horseshoes Close.

This game could have gone either way being deadlocked for the opening seventy minutes goalless that was until Sam Manners latched onto a Dan Threadgold ball to send it curling into the top corner of the goal from the edge of the penalty box to give Dunton the lead and with Threadgold adding two more goals inside the next fifteen minutes the visitors were home and dry.

Manager Morris highlighting the performance of Jon Ranson in the middle of the park for the man of the match award.

Division One

Caldecote Reserves 2 Marston Social 2

Caldecote are still looking for their first win of the season but for the beat part of this game they really did not look like even collecting a point but Social were once again guity of some poor finishing and although they still remain unbeaten this term, three of their four outings have now ended all square.

Darren Rowlett was to slot Social into a second minute lead only to see Spencer Melrose level matters for the home side until just before the break after a Daniel Bullen effort had come back off the crossbar Colin Slade was on hand to regain the lead for the visitors.

The new period was to see the Social to allow chance after chance to go begging which they were to pay dearly for when on the hour mark and against the run of play Tom Dupey netted to make the final scoreline 2-2.

Campton Reserves 2 Royal Oak Kempston 2

Manager Ollie Morgan was far from pleased with his sides display has his Campton side failed to take advantage of Oak's Claudio Jordan gift wrapping them a third minute own goal, Jordan making amends on twenty-five minutes with a goal at the other end to level the game at 1-1 before two minutes from the break the visitors were ahead with a strike from Liam Boland.

Steve Winch earning the home side a share of the spoils with their second goal on the hour mark.

Sandy Reserves 0 Meltis Albion 12

With Albion manager Roy Burange away taking his son up to University it was his Albion side who handed out a lesson to Sandy Reserves at Bedford Road to move themselfs up to second spot in the league table whilst Richard Wheatley's side now drop into the bottom two.

Scott Alleyne doing the main damage with a five goal blast, Darren Ashpole helping himself to a hattrick whilst the other goals came from Eamon Murphy, Asa Garlick, Salvatore Ventriglia and even goalkeeper Dale Hamilton got in on the act with the final goal from the penalty spot.

Woburn 1 Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves 2

Ickwell are now into the top four of the league standings after this win at Crawley Road, 0-0 at the break Paul Beith was to claim hero status with a second half brace, one of which came from twenty-five yards out before the home side reduced the arrears ten minutes from time, Shane Forsythe claiming the goal for The Safari Boys but Ickwell & Old Warden manager Lee Pyke claims it was a own goal from Tim Senior.

Elsewhere in the Division, Flitwick Town remain three points clear at the head of the table after a goal from Mark Bartlett was enough to give The Town a 1-0 home win over Kempston despite having to play 75minutes with just ten men after Adam Moss was red carded, whilst AFC Kempston Town Reserves were seemingly coasting to victory at Elstow Abbey going 2-0 ahead with goals from Eduardo L'erario and Rubin Martinis until The Abbey with two late goals from David McCarthy and Antony Hubbard gained a share of the spoils, but for Stevington's Gary Higgins his hattrick was to count for nothing as a hattrick from Adam Willis and a goal from Ian Buckingham took Westoning Recreation Club to a 4-3 away win.

Division Two

Blunham Reserves 9 Woburn Reserves 1

Blunham Reserves are now three points clear at the head of the Division Two table whilst Woburn Reserves remain stuck on the bottom after this romp in the sun, the home side were 3-0 ahead at the break with all the goals coming from Chris Dunne, one of which was converted from the penalty spot, before after the break the rout continued with both Mark Davidson and Daniel Whitten netting twice alongside a goal from Julian Munns whilst Dunne has set a claim for the other but his teammates say no it was a own goal, The Safari Boys lone goal coming from Ben Brill..

Clifton 3 Great Barford 3

This local derby was to finish all square to leave Clifton second in the league table and Great Barford fourth has the games lead changed three times during the contest, Robert Harradine was the home hero with a hattrick the last of which came right on the final whistle whilst for Great Barford, Gary Russon netted twice and Tom Hobbs once, Greg King the Clifton manager stating neither side deserved to lose so i guess the draw was the right result.

Mulberry Bush 1 Potton Wanderers 5

After scoring nine goals last weekend The Bush were brought down to earth with a impressive display from Potton Wanderers, goals from Chris Munns after seven minutes and a fourty yarder from Chris Baines seven minutes later gave The Wanderers a 2-0 lead at the break, but within a minute of the restart Darren Gough had reduced the margin to a single goal but that was until Charlie Seward struck twice inside five minutes around the hour mark to shoot his side 4-1 ahead.

James Hearson was then to miss from right under the crossbar before adding The Wanderers fifth goal just sixty seconds later before on 75minutes Ben Marwood sent a penalty for the home side well wide of the target and even when they did get their aim right visiting goalkeeper Nathan Hutchinson was in fine form to keep them at bay and leave a happy Wanderers team manager Tyke Dennis with a nice problem of should Hutchison retain the number one jersey ahead of regular goalkeeper Mark Pallister who was away on charity cricket duty.

Elsewhere in the division, a late 90th minute goal was required for Meppershall Jurassic to earn a point at home against Blue Chip for whom Francis Vaughan and Pete Neale were on the scoresheet, whilst after their heavy defeat last weekend Marston Shelton Rovers were back on song this week with a 5-2 home win over Oakley Sports Reserves, Chris Patrickson leading the way with two goals alongside strikes from Stuart Mann, Dean Clark and the evergreen Steve Marsh.with the replies coming from Ben Brown and Charlie Rogers.

Whilst the two other games in this section were to finish all square, goals from Adam Hayward and Nathan Clements for Kings AFC being cancelled out by strikes from Jermaine Mills and Ricky Halling for Meltis Corinthians Reserves in a 2-2 draw whilst Saffron were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Marabese Ceramics, Jay Ahmed netting for the home side and James Madden for the Tilers.

Division Three

Dunton Reserves 1 Flitwick Town Reserves 1

Stand in Dunton manager David Gill was quoted as saying a draw was just about the right result after a Andrew Spiers goal twenty minutes from time cancelled out a goal five minutes into the second period from Town's Robbie Simpkins to leave the sides to share the spoils.

Riseley Sports Reserves 2 Three Tuns Galacticos 2

The Galacticos were to drop two places down the league table to fifth after this Gold Street stalemate but it was a afternoon to forget for Ryan Dobson who came away from Gold Street wondering just how he did not get on the scoresheet, Dodson seeing either the woodwork, the home goalkeeper or his woeful finishing see him fail in front of goal on numerous occasions, the visitors were to go ahead from a own goal early in the contest before Ally Macdonald levelled matters for the home side on 25minutes but a second half strike from Mark McMillen appeared to set the visitors on the way to the three points until Kevin Harris salvaged a point for the home side fifteen minutes from time.to maintain their unbeaten start to the season

Sandy A 3 Kempston Athletic 2

It was a opening win of the season for Daniel Bailey's Sandy A but it require a 85th minute winner to overcome a Athletic side that now sits on the bottom of the table, Sandy were off to a flyer when Ian Hammitt netted just a minute into the game but it was all square nine minutes later with a Athletic goal from David Wild, who then fell behind again when Hammitt struck for a second time until Gary Whitbread level matters at 2-2 five minutes from the break.

That's the way the scoreline stayed until Dave Smith popped in the winner for the home side five minutes from time.

Elsewhere in the division we have new league leaders in the shape of Marsh Leys who with a hattrick from Alan Cudjoe plus two goals from Ryan Kelly and a strike from Kerion Jackson won 6-3 at Wilshamstead Reserves for whom Ali Morris netted twice and Dave Riddle once, overnight leaders Leighton United dropping down to third spot after being beaten 3-2 at Westoning Recreation Club Reserves, who now climb up into second place, Joe Rogers twice plus Carl Denmer the Rec Marksmen to United replies from Barney Woolhead and a Stuart Gory penalty.

The days final game bringing about ten goals with a 7-3 away win for Renhold Village who now move up to fifth spot in the table at Stewartby Village, Dan Luke netting a hattrick, Marcus Joseph on the scoresheet twice alongside Lloyd Cheetle and Giles Sowerby whilst the home replies came via a Ben Sparks brace and George Wheelhouse.


This weekends action in The Premier Division Supported By Sportsform sees new league leaders Campton in home Rectory Road action against AFC Kempston Town where you would expect them to collect the full three points, but the game of the day surely comes at Harvey Close and the derby action between hosts Caldecote and their visitors the still 100% for the season Blunham.

For third place Meltis Corinthians its a afternoon on the sidelines which allows Buzz Leason's Renhold United the chance to jump into the top three should Caldecote fail to stop the Blunham train streaming on and they come up with the goods in their visit to Bedford Road to face a Sandy side still looking for its first win of the season.

Ickwell& Old Warden will be pleased to be on the road again making the trip to Gold Street to face Riseley Sports looking for their third away win on the bounce this season and perhaps Dunton will not be that unhappy to be back at Horseshoes Close for a home encounter with bottom of the table Bedford SA where they should notch up their first home three points haul of the campaign.

For Wilshamstead winners at Ickwell & Old Warden last week its a home Jubilee Playing Field clash with Jim Burke's Oakley Sports which could go either way as could the final top flight game at Groveside where hosts Henlow are paid a visit from a much underrated Sharnbrook side.

For the majority of the remaining Bedfordshire Football League sides its action in the first round of this seasons Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup, For current holders Meltis Albion their defence of the trophy begins on home soil at Miller Road when paid a visit by Division Two club Clifton, but the pick of all the ties in the opening round comes at Steppingley Road with a all Division One clash between Flitwick Town and Campton Reserves.

For other Bedfordshire Football League sides there is a chance of a piece of giant-killing over a side who ply their trade in a higher division, Clifton of course have this opportunity with their visit to Miller Road whilst two of their fellow Division Two counter-parts take on Division One opponents, Woburn Reserves you would feel have a tough task on their hands when they travel to face Elstow Abbey but you would perhaps give Oakley Sports Reserves a fair chance of causing a upset when they journey to face Stevington.

Three, Division Three sides are set to meet Division One oppenents, two of them having to hit the road, Three Tuns Galacticos on the way to Crawley Road to face Woburn and league newcomers Leighton United returning to Greenfield Road for the second weekend running this time to face Westoning Recreation Club's first team, so perhaps the best chance of a upset comes via Meppershall AFC home Shuttleworth College clash with Royal Oak Kempston.

Two, Division Three sides take on Division Two oppenents but both perhaps look unlikely to acheive a upset, Kempston Athletic on the road to King George VI Playing Fields to face Kings AFC whilst Renhold Village host Blue Chip.

Elsewhere there are three all Division Two clashes at Jubilee Park where Meppershall Jurassic will host Saffron, at Hurst Grove which is the venue for the Lidlington United Sports v Great Barford game, whilst at Moggerhanger Playing Fields, Blunham Reserves will entertain Marston Shelton Rovers.

The other eight sides in action take on opponents from other league's four having to travel and four on home soil, at Harvey Close, Caldecote Reserves will host North Bucks League Intermiate Division side Southcott Village Recreation Club Association Reserves whilst at Culter Hammer, Kempston Hammers Sports face Luton District and South Beds League Division One side Crown ( Sundon ) over at Hillgrounds its Division Two opponents from that league in form of Sundon Park Rangers who travel to face Marsh Leys and Hillgrounds is also the venue for Mulberry Bush home encounter with Stopsley Baptist Church.

Of those hitting the road Sandy A appear to have a tough task at USL Galacticos who currently head the Luton District and South Beds League Division One table whilst also on their way to Luton to face teams from the same division are Marston Social to 61FC Luton A and AFC Kempston Town Reserves to AFC Slip End whilst Westoning Recreation Club Reserves are off to face North Bucks League Division Two side, Heath Panthers United.

With all these cup ties going on the lower division's league action is restricted to just three games in Division One on The Green, Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves are in local derby action against Sandy Reserves and with a win will jump up into second spot in the league table whilst in Division Two at Cople Playing Fields, Marabese Ceramics will be playing hosts to Meltis Corinthians Reserves where a win for the visitors would also jump them up to second in the league standings, the third and final game coming in Division Three when Stewartby Village entertain Wilshamstead Reserves, all of these sides having received a bye in the opening round of The Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup.
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