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Sunday 05th October 2008
Campton Win At Blunham To Stay Top Of The Premier Division Supported By Sportsform Table
Premier Division Supported By Sportsform

AFC Kempston Town 3 Dunton 1

Dunton travelled to Hillgrounds still 100% on the road this season to face a home side defending a 100% seasons home record, but after the visitors Andrew Spiers, David Gill and Dan Threadgold had missed chances in the opening twenty minutes to put their side in the driving seat it was The Town who then took over to have the game sealed up by the half-time break with three goals inside a fifteen minute spell, Danny Pilgrim helping himself to a brace whilst Paul Lawrence added the third.

Dunton now playing against the wind in the second period never really looked likely to get back into the contest with the influence in midfield which is normally provided
by Tom McGhee solely missed but they did at least reduce the scoreline to two goals when Gill made amends for his earlier miss with a strike in the 90th minute, the defeat dropping Dunton into the bottom five of the league table whilst the home side now move up into seventh spot.

Bedford SA 0 Henlow 4

Henlow after failing to collect the three points from any of their last three games got back to winning ways at bottom of the table Bedford Sports Athletic, playing against the strong wind in the opening half the scoreline remained blank at the break but things were to change as early as the second minute of the new period when James Tizard lobbed the home goalkeeper to give them the lead and within ten minutes it was 2-0 when Ross Pateman struck.

The visitors were now in full control and put matters well out of reach for the home side when Greg Hall sent a free kick from twenty-five yards out into the top corner of the net on seventy minutes then Pateman grabbed his second and his sides fourth goal ten minutes from time, the points now moving Henlow into the dead centre of the league table..

Blunham 1 Campton 2

This top of the table clash was to be delayed some ten minutes to allow the home side to find a replacement kit after taking to the field in the same colours has their league leader visitors, but once the action did get underway it was Campton who were soon in control going ahead nine minutes into the contest when a Andrew Hayday flick opened the way for his strike partner Gary Gibson to take the ball wide of home goalkeeper Jack Rashid and net from a tight angle much to the suprise of the home custodian, Campton's lead was to double on the half-hour mark when Hayday himself took full advantage of a goalmouth scramble to poke home from close range.

The home support were given hope of a comeback ten minutes into the second period when Andy Smith outpaced the Campton defence to reduce the deficit to a single goal and but for debutant goalkeeper Dan Allison making fine saves to keep out first Carl Page then Michael Jones they could well have grabbed a share of the points, Campton now heading the league standings by three points whilst Blunham after this second straight defeat slide down the standings into sixth place.

Ickwell & Old Warden 3 Meltis Corinthians 3

Ickwell & Old Warden came into this game still seeking their first home point of the current season and whilst they were to put that right against a Corinthians side that still remain unbeaten this season with a share of the spoils they will after at one stage leading 3-1 look upon this game as two points lost rather than one gained.

It was Meltis who were to take the lead after twenty minutes with a goal from Arron Hazelwood but by the interval the 100% before the break visitors were well and truly on the backfoot has the home side grabbed a 3-1 lead, Ricky Aris levelling the contest on the half-hour mark which Zak Rowe quickly turned into a 2-1 lead and when Danny Fox made it 3-1 two minutes before the break Meltis looked on their way to their first defeat of the campaign.

However, the new half was just sixty seconds old when a Jason Allison cross was deflected by a home defender into the net to reduce the arrears to a single goal and twenty minutes into the half it was all square again when from a Alex Woolston corner Neville Allen arrived late to head home his sides third goal and perhaps the visitors should have collected the full three points in the very last minute and would have done so had not Moby Hussain somehow fail to find the back of the net from just two yards out, the share of the spoils taking the visitors up to fifth place in the table whilst Ickwell & Old Warden now drop into the bottom half.

Oakley Sports 5 Riseley Sports 2

Last seasons runners-up Oakley Sports are now starting to get their season on the move and easily took their current unbeaten run to four games with a comfortable derby victory over Riseley Sports who were dead and buried by the half-time interval trailing 5-1 thanks to opening half home strikes from Ollie Housden, Matt Smith, Chris Huckle, Tom Redman and Mark Lagatta to a sole reply from Tom Henman.

The visitors were to bring the scoreline back to 5-2 with a goal from Mark Weekly in the second half but by now the home side safely had the points sewn up even before Huckle failed to add to the scoreline from the penalty spot, this win lifting Oakley up to third spot in the table whilst Riseley now drop into the bottom six.

Renhold United 2 Wilshamstead 1

United were to extend their winning ways to four games and move up into second spot in the league standings but were made to fight all the way for the full three points by a determined Wilshamstead performance, the home side playing against the wind in the opening half were to fall a goal behind after twenty-one minutes when Kevin Butler netted for the visitors, who taking this lead into the second period then set about defending in numbers to hold onto their advantage to such an extend that home manager Buzz Leason was forced to change things around after an hour's play had seen his side fail to break back into the game, the move coming up trumps twenty minutes from time when substitute James Munro from thirty yards out levelled the game at 1-1 and just when it looked like that would be that in the 89th minute a long throw in from Sam Maddix saw Kristov Karpiuk plant a diving header into the net to secure United the full three points.

Sharnbrook 6 Sandy 2

This Lodge Road encounter was all over inside the opening twenty five minutes after Sandy produced a display of schoolboy defending at its very worse ( the words of their manager Pete Fil ) to allow the home side to go into a 6-0 lead via a own goal plus two strikes from Ricky Bulzis alongside goals from Shaun Barnett, Dan Billington and Luke Barnett.

Sandy restored some of their pride with second half goals from Mark Jennings on fifty-three minutes and Steve Thomas five minutes from the final whistle but it was all far to little and far to late to prevent this becoming game number six without a win to leave them still in the bottom two of the league table whilst the home side now move out of the bottom three at the expense of Wilshamstead.

Division One

Caldecote Reserves 4 Elstow Abbey 2

Elstow travelled to Harvey Close still unbeaten for the season but were quickly put in their place by a home side seeking their first win of the season who had the game and the points in the bag by half-time after two goals from Max Cooper and a strike from Carl Horsfall saw them race into a 3-0 lead, Horsfall with his second goal was to make it 4-0 early into the second period until the visitors staged a rally to halve the lead with goals from David McCarthy on sixty five minutes and Steve Trainer ten minutes later.

Campton Reserves 0 AFC Kempston Town Reserves 2

The home side were to lose their unbeaten home record and slip out of the top six in the league standings when goals from Matt Smith on twenty-five and fifty-five minutes ensured Town Reserves extended their seasons unbeaten ways to five games to lft them up to third place in the league standings just two points shy of second place Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves on whom they have a game in hand over.

Sandy Reserves 1 Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves 5

Richard Wheatley's Sandy Reserves now find themselves on the bottom of the league table after this second defeat inside seven days by Lee Pyke Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves keeps The Men from The Green second in the league standings, the game was all over has a contest by the interval after two early goals from Wayne Morris had been followed up by another two goals from James West to take Ickwell four goals clear, a lead they were to extend to five when Robert Thirkell added to scoreline in the new period until with just ten minutes left to play Kevin Fage hit what was no more than a consolation effort for the home side.

Elsewhere in the Division, league leaders Flitwick Town extended their 100% record to five games with a narrow 3-2 home win over Royal Oak Kempston, Town's Matt Bibby from the penalty spot giving them a 1-0 lead before a double strike from Liam Boland saw The Oak lead 2-1 at the break, but second half goals from Craig Hyde plus a second goal from Bibby kepted Town two points clear at the head of the standings.

At Miller Road, Meltis Albion found win number four on the bounce beyond them when a lone goal from Luke Cunniff took Westoning Recreation Club to a 1-0 win to maintain their seasons 100% away record and climb them into fifth place in the league table to leapfrog above Marston Social who for the fourth time in five outings this term were to have to settle for a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw at Kempston Hammers Sports who were gaining their first point of the season to move off of the bottom of the league table, both goals coming in the opening half, Nick Tysoe for The Hammers and Daniel Bullen replying for The Social.

The days final game in this section seeing Kempston come up with their first away win of the campaign when winning 4-1 at Woburn who are still without a win this season, an own goal plus strikes from Leon Metollari, Jamie Carson and Dan Powell doing the damage to a home reply from Matt Holland.

Division Two

Meppershall Jurassic 0 Great Barford 11

Both sides came into this Jubilee Park clash still unbeaten for the season with The Jurassic Boys sitting in fourth place just ahead of their visitors on goal difference but with the home side being forced to play the entire ninety minutes with just nine players this game was long over before sight of the half-time oranges were even seen coming out of the bag on the touchline.

Jurassic however had the first chance to open the scoring when from a poor clearance from Barford goalkeeper Fraser Windram the ball was to land at the feet of Danny Wing who effort was to go sailing over the crossbar and it was to be another thirty-six minutes before the home side were to have their second shot of the day onto the Barford goal has the visitors made the home side pay for their numerical deficiency with a five goal blast.

The goal blast begun after just five minutes when Freddie Windram worked a opening for Dave Fitzsimmons to make it 1-0 then only a fine save from Jurassic stand-in goalkeeper Neil Preston prevented Windram doubling the scoreline three minutes later but that double scoreline was just another three minutes away, Windram firing in a cross which saw Gary Russon climb the highest in a crowded box to head home.

It was somewhat then surprising that it took the visitors until twenty-two minutes into the game to add to their tally, this time Fitzsimmons being the playmaker has he skinned the home defence to find Jonathon Prior on the edge of the box whose effort it appeared Preston had kept out only to see it creep in just underneath his crossbar, it was now all one way traffic and when Wing upended Prior in the penalty area six minutes later up stepped Fitzsimmons to grab his second of the afternooon and take Barford into a 4-0 lead from the spot kick.

Windram should have brought up the nap hand on the half-hour mark but blasted his chance wide of the uprights but it matter little when two minutes later Jurassic left Fitzsimmons all alone in the penalty box to help himself to his own personal hattrick and place his side 5-0 ahead.

With five minutes of the opening half left, Preston was seen saving well from Russon at the expense of returning the ball to the feet of the Barford striker who then send the rebound slamming against his crossbar but Russon was to redeem himself two minutes later with a clever turn and twist to blast in goal number six.

The floodgates were now well and truly open, Russon completing his hattrick by heading home a Fitzsimmons corner two minutes into the new period and it was from another Fitzsimmons corner that Barford made it 8-0 ten minutes later, this time birthday boy Daniel Stafford claiming the goal which had it not been his birthday might well have been recorded as a own goal.

The Barford support on the touchline were now calling for their team to reach for the magical ten goal scoreline and when thirteen minutes from time from yet another Fiztsimmons corner, Stafford on the backpost made it 9-0 that target was well in sight and duly reached nine minutes from time when a jinxing in the box Nick Rogers got himself onto the scoresheet, the rout being completed by man of the man Fitzsimmons who netted his fourth goal of the afternoon two minutes from time after taking advantage of some find link play between Stafford and Russon.

The win lifting Great Barford to second spot in the league standings whilst The Jurassic Boys drop from fourth place to ninth.

Meppershall Jurassic, Neil Preston, Dan Nathaling, Danny Wing, Luke Gunn, Dan Taylor, Jeff Staines, Dave Kember, Ashley Staines, Craig Richards,

Great Barford, Fraser Windram, David Haverly. Nick Rogers, Dave Fitzsimmons, Daniel Stafford, Jason Ames, Tom Hobbs, Freddie Windram, Jonathon Prior, Mark Harlow, Gary Russon, Subs Used, Danny Freeman, Keith Martin, Lee Worboys,

Clifton 4 Potton Wanderers 5

It was fun and games at Whiston Crescent as Potton Wanderers came from behind at the break to take control in the second period only to be clinging on at the end as the home side staged a late recovery, all appeared to be going well for the previous unbeaten at home Clifton in the opening period when goals from Mark Gearing and Greg King to a reply from James Hearson saw them lead 2-1at half-time.

But it was all change in the second period when The Wanderers took command to race into a 3-2 lead before Barry Hallybone levelled matters at 3-3, this however turned out to be a false dawn as two goals inside a two minute spell raced Wanderers 5-3 ahead, Hearson completing his hattrick plus goals from Charlie Seward and Craig Sherrat doing the second half damage until a Zak Henry own goal reduced the arrears to just a single goal to give the Wanderers a anxious close to the game before they could claim the full three points which now lifts them up to sixth place in the league standings but despite this defeat results elsewhere means Clifton still remain third.

Saffron 0 Blunham 2

Both sides came into this contest unbeaten but the home sides record was much the poorer having just drawn their opening two games against Blunham's record of three wins and a draw from their opening four games which saw them start the day three points clear at the top of the table, this lead was to be increased to five by the final whistle after Chris Dunne first shot his side ahead twenty-five minutes into the game then added a second from the penalty spot ten minutes later to seal the points, Saffron with this defeat dropping into the bottom four of the standings.

Elsewhere, the stand-out result in this division belonged to Oakley Sports Reserves who after trailing Meltis Corinthians Reserves 1-0 at the break after Kerion Alexander had struck fought back to win 4-1 with two goals from Carl Warner, an own goal plus a strike from Ben Brown, meanwhile Blue Chip's unbeaten away record for the season was well and truly blown away with a 4-0 defeat at Kings AFC, Nathan Clements claiming a hattrick alongside a goal from Rowan Hazelwood.

For Marston Shelton Rovers its the local bragging rights after they won their home derby outing against Lidlington United Sports 3-1, Chris Patrickson hitting two goals and Arron Franks one to a United reply from Alex Burrows, whilst Mulberry Bush came up with ther first home points of the season with a 4-0 victory over Woburn Reserves who remain the only side in the division yet a claim a point this campaign, Martin Ivy with a brace plus Darren Gough and Kian Marashi doing the damage.

Division Three

Caldecote A 3 Meppershall AFC 3

Caldecote came into this contest still 100% at home whilst the visitors travelled still with a campaign's 100% away record, alas at the end of the ninety minutes both records had been blown away in a very much wind effected game of two halves, the visitors with goals from Jordan Robbens, John Rawlinson and Sam Larsen taking a 3-0 half-time lead until the home side now with the advantage of the gale force wind levelled matters in the second period with strikes from Jack Boyd, Jack Warwick and Daniel Spring, the stalemate leaving both sides in the bottom five of the league table.

Sandy A 0 Three Tuns Galacticos 2

The Tuns are now back up into third spot in the league table and still holding onto their seasons unbeaten league record after netting this derby win over a Sandy A side that now sits just three places off the other end of the table, in a opening half that was to remain goalless, the hightlight of which was the performance of referee Jeffrey Aldous according to The Tuns management, before the second period saw the visitors get their act together and claim the points with goals from Ryan Dodson and Moni Nsiaswete.

Elsewhere in the Division it was plain sailing for league leaders Marsh Leys who run out 10-0 winners at bottom club Kempston Athletic, Zennon Paul leading the way with a hattrick, Jason Calvert netting twice alongside single goals from Stephen Stringer, Daniel Vacchio, Damon Quigley, Daniel Stuz and goalkeeper Lewis Conland who netted from the penalty spot.

Second place Leighton United were also into the goals with a 7-2 away win at Stewartby Village, Daryl Smith grabbing a brace alongside goals from Luke Hewitt, Ryan Upton, Barney Woolhead, Alex Fry and Jason Barlett to a brace in reply from Chris Breeds, for Renhold Village its a climb up the league table into fourth spot after sharing the spoils in a 3-3 away draw with still unbeaten Riseley Sports Reserves, Dan Luke netting twice and Kevin Platt once to home replies from Dan Gloss with a brace and Jamie Harris.

The days final game seeing Wilshamstead Reserves come up with their first victory of the season 2-1 at home over Flitwick Town Reserves , Ross Zeltobbruhov and Richard Jepps the home marksman whilst Town's goal came from Clive Craig just fourty-eight hours after celebrating his fourty-eighth birthday.

Action this coming weekend sees the centre stage for the top flight clubs be the opening round of this seasons Bedfordshire FA Senior Trophy, where Bedforshire Football League clubs have involvement in nine of the dozen ties taking place, of these ties four are all Bedfordshire Football League affairs each of which could well go either way with perhaps the two outstanding games being unbeaten in the league Meltis Corinthians visit to Rectory Road to face league leaders Campton and Caldecote's journey to face Jim Burke's Oakley Sports now firing on all cylinders after a slow start to the campaign.

For Sandy its the short trip to Cople Playing Fields to face Bedford Sports Athletic in a contest that will at least provide one of them with their opening win of the season whist Hillgrounds is the venue where AFC Kempston Town still unbeaten on home soil this season will be hosting Ickwell & Old Warden.

For the remaining five clubs its games against opposition from The Molten Sparten South Midlands League with just one of the five having home advantage when Renhold United host mid-table Division Two outfit Caddington whose away form this season of just two wins from seven outings suggests United could well emerge winners, but for the other four who hit the road the toughest task faces Blunham who journey to Lancott Park to take on the winners of the trophy for the past two seasons AFC Dunstable who again are currently enjoying another fruitful season and sit fourth in the Division Two table having won four of their opening six games on home soil.

Just down the road from Lancott Park, Dunton will be in action at Totternoe who currently sit on the bottom of the Division Two table having lost all of their opening four home league fixtures, results which suggest Barry Morris Green Army could well win that battle, also facing clubs at the wrong end of The Molten Sparten South Midlands League Division Two table are Henlow and Wilshamstead , Henlow on the road to Tenby Drive for a meeting with Kent Athletic and with Athletic having won just one of their opening four home league games, an away win could well be on the cards as could be the case at Dallow Road where Wilshamstead travel to face Brache Sparta who seasons home record reads one win from six outings.

All this cup action leaving us with just one Premier Division Supported By Sportsform fixture at Gold Street where hosts Riseley Sports put their seasons 100% home record on the line against a visiting Sharnbrook side who have won their last two outings and will fancy their chances of making it three.

In Division One, league leaders Flitwick Town look to extend their 100% winning ways to six games when they host fouth place Meltis Albion at Steppingley Road and whilst second place Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves sit the afternoon out their place in the table could end up in the hands of AFC Kempston Town Reserves should they come away from Harvey Close with the full three points from their clash with Caldecote Reserves.

Life at the other end of the table might not get any better for Woburn and Sandy Reserves this weekend when both face tough tasks away from home, bottom of the table Woburn hitting the road to Greenfield Road to face a in form Westoning Recreation Club whilst Sandy Reserves journey to face still unbeaten at home Elstow Abbey.

Other Division One action sees still unbeaten Marston Social host Campton Reserves whilst Royal Oak Kempston move away from their normal Hillgrounds base to entertain Kempston Hammers Sports in local derby action at Cyselco Park, while at Culter Hammer, Kempston still 100% at home for the campaign host a unbeaten away from home Stevington.

In Division Two, league leaders Blunham are in home Moggerhanger Playing Fields action looking to extend their unbeaten ways to six games against a visiting Kings AFC side who travel themselves still unbeaten this season in league action but having played just two games.

For second place Great Barford after last weekends goal rush will be in home action against a travelling Marston Shelton Rovers side who journey seeking their third win on the bounce whilst third place Clifton look to return to winning ways when they make their way to Hurst Grove to take on second from bottom side Lidlington United Sports who will be seeking their opening win of the season.

In Russell Park two sides looking to put defeats last weekend behind them with be hosts Blue Chip who receive a visit from still unbeaten on the road Meltis Corinthians Reserves while in Jubilee Park, Meppershall Jurassic will look to put their nightmare of last weekend behind them but it will not be easy has their visitors are Oakley Sports Reserves.

The days other two games in this section coming at Hillgrounds where Mulberry Bush seek to continue their winning ways when paid a visit by Marabese Ceramics who are yet to win a game this season whilst bottom of the table and still without a point this season Woburn Reserves are in home Crawley Road action against the visiting Saffron.

In Division Three perhaps league leaders Marsh Leys face their sternest test of the season to date when they host a still unbeaten Riseley Sports Reserves side at Hillgrounds whilst at Stanbridge Road, second place Leighton United will be hosting the travelling Dunton Reserves.

For third place Three Tuns Galacticos it will be a surprise if their unbeaten seasons record is not maintained when they host bottom of the table Kempston Athletic at Arlesey Recreation Ground while fourth place Renhold Village hit the road to Jubilee Playing Fields for a meeting with Wilshamstead Reserves.

Other action in this division comes in form of a local derby at Shuttleworth College where you would fancy hosts Meppershall AFC will collect the three points off the visiting Sandy A while just down the road at Harvey Close, Caldecote A have a tough task on their hands hosting fifth place Westoning Recreation Club Reserves.

The days final game coming at Steppingley Road where second from bottom and still without a win this season Flitwick Town Reserves host Stewartby Village.
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