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Sunday 28th September 2008
Riseley Sports give Ickwell & Old Warden A Pounding At Gold Street.
Premier Division Supported By Sportsform

Caldecote 2 Blunham 0

With manager Neil Mapletoft away attending a wedding in Poland, it was left to brother Adrain to take the controls for the visit of a still 100% Blunham to Harvey Close on a sun kissed afternoon, at the end of which both Mapletoft brothers were in celebration mood after the home side came up with a 2-0 win to climb them up into second spot in the league standings whilst Blunham dropped down to fifth.

The game opened with both sides having a identical chance to open the scoring in the first ten minutes via free kicks from just outside the penalty box, the visitors Michael Hutton seeing debutant home goalkeeper Luke Kiteley gather his effort beneath his crossbar whilst at the other end Kai Griffiths-Shilton slammed the home chance against the body of full back Deep Banghard.

Afterwhich it was the home side who begun to take control, Griffiths-Shilton turning playmaker to free Leeroy Odd whose effort across the face of goal was just inches the wrong side of the Blunham woodwork then from a Mark Endersby free kick Glen Renforth was left unmarked on the backpost only to plant a header over the crossbar, but after Kiteley had saved well from John Coley at the expense of a corner which resulted in the visitors Ivan Finch firing into the side netting, the home side on 22minutes grabbed the lead, Griffiths-Shilton once again with his pace leading the Blunham defence a merry dance to thread the ball into the path of Tom Wallace whose low drive gave Jack Rashid in the visitors goal no chance and his side a deserved 1-0 lead.

Blunham's response was far from immediate and but for Mapletoft having to conceed a corner over his own crossbar to keep out a Andy Smith cross and fellow defender Darren Waddington covering well to halt the combination of Coley and Finch in full flow, the home supporters had little to get anxious about as the half-time break approached, however they were up in arms and yelling when the visitors Carl Page squared up to Renforth and somewhat surprised referee Graham Caves only show him a yellow card rather than red before the half ended with Matt Basta arriving on the backpost to meet a Wallace flagkick and send it wide of the target.

If Kiteley had enjoyed a quiet opening half for his new club things were to change in the opening exchanges of the second period when twice only his fingertips kept out efforts from first Garath Hughes then Coley before the home side should have doubled their lead twelve minutes in, Wallace playing the perfect ball into the path of Odd who with only Rashid to beat only succeded in blasting the ball into the grateful custodians body.

Blunham's task of getting back into the game deepen on the hour mark when Page received a second yellow card for kicking the ball away and if only Griffiths-Shilton had not miscued right in front of goal the game would have been all over before Page had arrived back in the dressing room for his early shower, it now seemed that second goal would be enough to kill off the visitors and after Odd had fired wide and Russell Kemp blasted a volley from distance over Rashid woodwork that moment arrived five minutes from time, a ball from deep being picked up by Odd whose knock-on allowed Kemp to obtain hero status from close range and the home side 2-0 ahead.

Blunham then being denied a consolation goal two minutes from time when Kiteley capped a fine debut by saving well from Coley.

Caldecote, Luke Kiteley, Dave Coleman, Matt Basta, Adrian Mapletoft, Darren Waddington, Tom Wallace, Mark Endersby, Russell Kemp, Glen Renforth, Kai Griffiths-Shilton, Leeroy Odd, Subs Used. Mark Wright, Joe Jordan, Bruce Bass,

Blunham, Jack Rashid, Garath Hughes, Matt Hullett, Scott Tallentire, Ivan Finch, Mick Hutton, Percy Chagwizzi, Carl Page, John Coley, Deep Banghard, Andy Smith, Subs used, Luke Stone, Michael Jones, Elliot West,

Campton 3 AFC Kempston Town 2

Campton are now three points clear at the head of the Premier Division Supported By Sportsform league table but how they were made to sweat for these three points by a impressive Town fight back, all seemed plain sailing for the home side after goals from Stephen Gay and Andrew Hayday in the opening ten minutes saw them race into a early 2-0 lead until a Danny Pilgrim header reduced the arrears to just a single goal before the half-time break.

Gary Gibson was to restore the home sides two goal advantage on the hour mark but after then it was all about The Town as Campton well and truly rode their luck until they could do little about Fabio Cientanni making it 3-2 ten minutes from time then only the woodwork prevented Town returning to Hillgrounds with a share of the spoils in the very last minute of the game.

Dunton 1 Bedford Sports Athletic 1

Dunton are still looking for their first home win of the season after being held by bottom of the table Bedford Sports Athletic with home manager Barry Morris being honest enough to admit quite frankly we did'nt deserve any more than a point today and i can't quite understand how they ( Athletic ) are sitting on the bottom of the table, after a goalless opening half, Michael Ambler gave Athletic the lead ten minutes into the new period which they held until David Pugh levelled matters twenty minutes from time.

Henlow 0 Sharnbrook 1

Sharnbrook were to come away from Groveside with their first win of the season to climb out of the bottom two of the league table all thanks to a wonder goal on the volley from twenty-yards out by Shaun Barnett ten minutes from time and now leave the home side with just four teams below them in the league standings.and what now seems a long winter ahead.

Riseley Sports 8 Ickwell & Old Warden 5

When you score five goals away from home for the third game on the bounce you at least expect to return home with some points in the bag but whilst five goals was enough for three point hauls at Dunton and Sandy, five goals at Gold Street left the men from The Green an amazing three goals shy of even a share of the spoils as Riseley maintained their perfect home record for the season.

All was going well for Ickwell early on, goals on six minutes from Danny Fox and seven minutes later by Zak Rowe saw them lead 2-0 but by the break the scoreline read 3-3, a header from Mark Weekly plus a Tom Ellison penalty drawing the home side level until Ricky Aris restored the visitors lead only to see Paul Brown on the stroke of the interval square matters up.

A early Daniel Czaicki strike in the new half brought the home side the lead for the first time which Brown with his second goal of the afternoon quickly made 5-3 only to see a strike from Nick Jones make it game back on at 5-4, yet within minutes Ellison had struck again to take the home side two goals clear only for Fox to strike again to bring the scoreline back to 6-5 but that was as close as Ickwell got as both Brown and Ellision in the closing ten minutes completed their hattricks for a final scoreline of 8-5.

Sandy 2 Renhold United 4

Renhold are now up into third place in the league table whilst Sandy are still searching for that elusive first win of the campaign to kick start their own season, it was the home side who opened the scoring eleven minutes into the contest with a goal from Dan Jones but the visitors were level eleven minutes later when Daniel Greene waltzed passed three home defenders before planting the ball into the back of the net, a goal from Sam Maddix twelve minutes from the break then shooting United 2-1 ahead.

Maddix then in effect sealing the points with his second of the afternoon to take United 3-1 clear on the hour mark which is perhaps where the scoring should have ended but for a crazy last ninety seconds, Sandy's Steve Thomas in trying to return the ball to United after they had kindly put the ball out of play to allow treatment to be given to a teammate by accident planted the ball into the back of the United net for 3-2 upon which home manager Pete Fil then sportingly instructed his side to stand aside and allow United to place the ball into the Sandy net which Maddix did with some joy for his hattrick and a 4-2 final scoreline.

United manager Buzz Leason afterwards delighted with the three points but also full of praise for the performance of debutant Jamie McGregror following his transfer from Meppershall Jurassic.

Wilshamstead 0 Oakley Sports 3

Jim Burke's Oakley Sports are now into the top six of the league standings for the first time this season after netting their first away win of the campaign at Jubilee Playing Fields, in a opening half of missed chances only a Dean Bowen goal after fifteen minutes separated the sides at the break and thats the way it stayed until two goals inside ten minutes late on from Mark Smith and Chris Huckle gave the final scoreline a more realistic reflection of The Sportsmans superiority over their hosts.

Division One

Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves 6 Sandy Reserves 0

Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves moved up into second spot in the league table and maintained their unbeaten home ways for the campaign with this big win over a Sandy Reserves side that now occupies the second from bottom spot, a lone goal from Wayne Morris saw the home side lead 1-0 at the break until an inspired move by manager Lee Pyke in moving Paul Beith from a defender to a striker during the interval paid off immedialty as Beith struck twice in the opening ten minutes of the new period to race his side 3-0 ahead.

James West then adding a fourth on 65th minutes before goals inside the next fifteen minutes from Neil Faulkner then Morris with his second of the afternoon took the home side six goals clear by the final whistle.

Elsewhere there was just two other league games taking place in Division Two, Meltis Corinthians Reserves are now up to third spot in the league table after winning 3-2 at Marabese Ceramics, Jason Allison, Mufard Mashavira and Rick Halling their marksmen to home replies from Colin Stanley and Michael Darnell whilst in Division Three, Stewartby Village climbed into the top half of the table with a 4-2 home win over Wilshamstead Reserves, Phil Gaduj and Andy Brooks both netting twice to replies from Phil Zelteobruhov and Ali Morris.

Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup First Round

Caldecote Reserves 2 Southcott Village Residents Assocation Reserves 3

Caldecote were to enjoy some early luck when the visitors missed a early penalty but then left with a mountain to climb in the second half after two goals inside the closing quarter of an hour saw The Residents lead 2-0 at the break, that mountain became a hill ten minutes into the new period when Stuart Kemp reduced the arrears to a single goal but ten minutes from time it was back to a mountain with a third visitors goal until Lee Adams struck six minutes from time to set up a tense finish in which the home side just failed to take the tie into extra time.

Woburn 1 Three Tuns Galacticos 0

The Galacticos boys from Division Three were far from disgraced in losing out by the single goal at Crawley Road against Division One outfit Woburn who sealed the tie with a Matt Holland goal twenty minutes into the contest.

Meltis Albion 4 Clifton 1

Cup holders Albion made it safely into round two to earn a trip to Blunham Reserves with a comfortable victory over Clifton whose manager Barry King admitted were a far better side especially has today we were very poor defensively, Albion were ahead fifteen minutes into the game with a goal from Scott Alleyne before William Pitts levelled matters five minutes later only to see Darren Ashpole strike with just a minute of the opening period remaining to give the home side a 2-1 half-time lead.

Ashpole was to take The Albion two goals clear five minutes into the new period, whilst Shane Garlick added a fourth twenty minutes from time, Clifton's second half woes being compounded by the sending off of substitute Barry Hallybone whose dismissal came just two minutes after he had joined the fray.

USL Galacticos 12 Sandy A 1

Sandy's trip into Luton was to have a bright start with a early goal from Adam Jones but thereafter it was all downhill and one way traffic with the home side chalking up a dozen goals onto the scoresheet without reply from their shell shocked visitors.

Meppershall Jurassic 2 Saffron 2, (Juraasic Won 5-2 after Extra Time )

That golden adage that football can be a funny old game was once again proved right in this all division two showdown, visitors Saffron with goals from Mohammed Raheem and Mohammed Zahar taking a 2-0 lead, but things then started to come off the rails when their goalkeeper Yasin Amin started an argument with his own players which then continued on to referee Matthews Jenkins who duly show him a red card and by the end of the ninety minutes two goals from Dave Readman had the scoreline all square.

In extra time Readman went on to complete his hattrick alongside other goals from Jamie Underwood and Danny Wing to earn their side a trip to Great Barford in round two.

Meppershall AFC 2 Royal Oak Kempston 1

With manager Bob Lovelock without the services of five of his best players he feared the worse has his revamped division three side took on division one outfit Royal Oak Kempston, a goal from Oak's Claudio Jordan gave Lovelock's side a mountain to climb after twenty-five minutes but climb that mountain they did as Sam Larsen levelled matters ten minutes from the break before John Gaddenne hit the winner twenty minutes from time to leave Lovelock well pleased and a home tie against another division one side Sandy Reserves in round two.

Flitwick Town 2 Campton Reserves 0

After a even goalless first half, Campton Reserves manager Ollie Morgan said his side fell away badly in the second period to finish well beaten after Shaun Woolcraft and Dean Conway had netted for The Town but it was not all a bed of roses for the home outfit as Adam Moss who had been sent off the previous weekend in their home win over Kempston this week on his 21st birthday was taken to Bedford Hospital with a suspected dislocated shoulder injury.

Blunham Reserves 5 Marston Shelton Rovers 1

Blunham Reserves will now face cup holders Meltis Albion at home in round two after easing by fellow division two side Marston Shelton Rovers, the tie was passed The Rovers recall by the interval after two first half goals from Dan Whitten and a strike from Julian Munns shot the home side 3-0 clear, the visitors were to reduce the deficit early into the second period before Blunham's victory was wrapped up with further goals from Joe Cooper and Matthew Geaves.

Elsewhere in other opening round games perhaps the result of the afternoon belonged to division three Leighton United who came away from division one Westoning Recreation Club with a 3-0 win all this after losing to The Rec Boys Reserves in league action at the same venue just seven days earlier thanks to two goals from Daryl Smith and a strike from Alec Fry, Westoning Recreation Club Reserves also going out of the cup in the opening round when losing 4-1 at Heath Panthers United after extra time, James Honeyman on the scoresheet in the opening ninety minutes.

Another side in need of extra time were AFC Kempston Town Reserves who with goals from Eduardo L'erario and Ed Brauzakas were deadlock 2-2 after 120 minutes away at AFC Slip End until winning the penalty shoot-out 4-1 thanks to goals from Brauzakas, Dennis Mollica, Matt Smith and Duncan Cameron, other wins over Luton opposition were to go the way of Marston Social who with two goals from both Darren Rowlett and John Dudoic plus a strike from Daniel Parkes won 5-0 at 61FC Luton A while there were home wins for Marsh Leys who with two goals from Zennon Paul plus a single effort from Liam Parker beat Sundon Park Rangers 3-1 and for Kempston Hammers Sports who run out 4-2 victors over Crown ( Sundon ) James Grandidge netting twice, once from the penalty spot alongside goals from Richard Garnham and Nick Tysoe.

But a tie going the other way was Mulberry Bush 2-4 home defeat against Stopsley Baptish Church, Shaun Cafferty and Darren Gough on the scoresheet for The Bush whose Gareth Arzu was taken to Hospital with a suspected broken leg.

Meanwhile there was little touble for Elstow Abbey making into round two when four goals from David McCarthy and a brace from Antony Hubbard took them to a 6-0home win over Woburn Reserves whilst also hitting six at home were Kings AFC 6-3 winners over Kempston Athletic thanks to braces of goals from Ross Atkins and Padraic Walsh alongside single strikes from Chris Greene and Mark Loosemore to Athletic replies from Gary Dearman, Shaun Betts and Gary Whitbread.

Hitting the six target away from home were Blue Chip 6-1 winners at Renhold Village, Callum Stuart doing the main damage with a hattrick whilst Mick Lamont, Steve Odell and Francis Vaugham also found their way onto the scoresheet, but life was much closer in the other two ties. goals from Scott Kent and Alex Burrows seeing Lidlington United Sports lead Great Barford 2-0 going until the last twenty minutes before Barford hit back to win 3-2 with two goals from the penalty spot by Stan Hobbs and a goal from Freddie Windram, the same scoreline by which Stevington with goals from Gavin White, Clinton Tatham and Matt Coles netted a home win over Oakley Sports Reserves whose goals came via Craig Cook and Joe Wille.

Action this coming weekend in The Premier Division Supported By Sportsform takes league leaders Campton on the road to Moggerhanger Playing Fields to face a Blunham side who will be most anxious to return to winning ways after losing their 100% record for the campaign at Caldecote, who now having jumped into second spot in the table have to sit the afternoon out and will lose that spot if Blunham win or indeed if Meltis Corinthians come away from Ickwell & Old Warden with the full three points whilst current third spotters Renhold United could also take over that second spot with a home victory over the visiting Wilshamstead.

Action at the other end of the table sees bottom club Bedford Sports Athletic in home Cople Playing action against Henlow looking for their first win of the campaign, a comment that also applies to Sandy who look to have a much tougher task on their hands when they travel to Lodge Road to face Sharnbrook.

The days other two top flight encounters coming in form of local derby action when Riseley Sports travel to face Oakley Sports and 100% at home AFC Kempston Town entertaining 100% away from home Dunton at Hillgrounds.

In Division One, league leaders Flitwick Town are again in home action at Steppingley Road looking for win number five on the bounce against Royal Oak Kempston whilst second place Ickwell & Old Warden make the short journey to Bedford Road to take on Sandy Reserves for the second time inside seven days and having netted a big win on home soil will be firm favourites for the three points again.

However perhaps the game of the day in this division will come at Miller Road where third place Meltis Albion are due to host Westoning Recreation Club and a home defeat will see either Campton Reserves or AFC Kempston Town Reserves climb into the top three on the day should we get a positive result either way when they clash at Rectory Road.

At the other end of the table action at Cutler Hammer sees Kempston Hammers Sports seek their opening points of the season but it will not be easy as the visitors are sixth place Marston Social who travel still unbeaten this season, whilst two other sides also looking to chalk up first wins of the season on home soil, are Caldecote Reserves facing still unbeaten Elstow Abbey at Harvey Close and at Crawley Road, where Woburn host a visiting Kempston side.

In Division Two, league leaders Blunham Reserves are on the road to Russell Park to face without a win yet Saffron but the two stand out fixtures of the day look to be at Whiston Crescent where third place Clifton host local rivals Potton Wanderers and at King George VI Playing Fields which is the venue for Kings AFC to face arch rivals Blue Chip.

At Marston Playing Fields, there is local derby action when Marston Shelton Rovers host Lidlington United Sports whilst two of the other three games in this section take place in Jubilee Park, third place Meltis Corinthians Reserves entertaining Oakley Sports Reserves and the both still unbeaten Meppershall Juraasic in fourth spot facing fifth place Great Barford.

The days final game going ahead at Hillgrounds where bottom of the table Woburn Reserves travel to face Mulberry Bush.

In Division Three its top against bottom in Hillgrounds where league leaders Marsh Leys are the visitors to their normal home venue to face Kempston Athletic and with second place Westoning Recreation Club Reserves sitting the afternoon out it is possible for some five sides to overtake them in the league standings, third place Leighton United who hit the road for a meeting with Stewartby Village who could also with the full three points take over than spot if both Renhold Village slip up at Gold Street where they travel to face the still unbeaten Riseley Sports Reserves and Three Tuns Galacticos fail to win in their visit to Sunderland Road for a meeting with Sandy A.

The two other games coming at the bottom end of the table, at Harvey Close, Caldecote A host Meppershall AFC and at Jubilee Playing Fields, Wilshamstead Reserves entertain Flitwick Town Reserves.
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