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Sunday 19th October 2008
Caldecote Win At Campton To Open Up The Title Race In The Premier Division Supported By Sportsform
Premier Division Supported By Sportsform
Campton 1 Caldecote 3
Campton were to lose their seasons unbeaten league record in this Rectory Road clash with local rivals Caldecote who now jump up into second spot in the league standings just three points behind their hosts and with a game in hand, visiting manager Neil Mapletoft parading two new signings David Lenton from Sandy and Dave Daniels from Biggleswade Town was to have to wait just twelve minutes before his side took the lead, Leeroy Odd netting from the penalty spot after Alex Toye had upended Mark Endersby in box and their lead was doubled ten minutes from the break when Steve Starling was on hand ten yards from goal to give his side a two goal cushion going into the half-time break.
Things were to get even worse for the home side five minutes into the new half when Toye picked up his second yellow card of the afternoon and his marching orders from referee Mark Deans and from the resulting free kick up popped Stuart Kemp on the backpost to increase the scoreline to 3-0, home player Gary Gibson with a blockbuster from thirty yards out making it 3-1 ten minutes from time but come the final whistle it was all smiles from manager Mapletoft who stated he was well pleased with his sides afternoon's work and that they had run out worthy winners, a comment home manager Roy Hayday could only agree with.
Dunton 1 Blunham 5
Blunham were to return to winning ways and move back into the top six of the league table after in home manager Barry Morris words we simply just let them brush us aside without really putting up much of a fight especially in the scond half when we were very poor defensively, Dunton without a home win to their name this season were soon on the backfoot when Michael Jones gave Blunham a early lead but had not Sam Manners failed to score from six yards out the home side would have been level shortly afterwards, Manners miss proving even more expensive when Jones doubled the Blunham lead before the half-time cuppa's
There however was hope for the home supporters ten minutes into the new period when Lee Threadgold set up his brother Dan to reduce the arrears to a single goal but this prove to be a false dawn has the home defence caved in to allow Andy Smith, Ivan Finch and Michael Hutton all to add to the scoreline by the ninety minute mark.
Henlow 2 AFC Kempston Town 2
A fair result was how Henlow's Greg Hall summed up this Groveside clash but on the same hand disappointing after we had lead 2-0 at the break, Henlow were to take the lead twenty minutes into the game when James Tizard got the better of a one to one contest with The Town goalkeeper and then provide the cross to allow James Gentry to head home goal number two as the home side sought their first home win of the season against a Town side yet to pick up a point on the road this campaign.
But things were to change in the second period when first Andy Newton conceded a spot kick to allow Danny Pilgrim to step up and reduce the margin to a single goal and just when the home side looked like they had that first home win in the bag a Tom Pitts header two minutes from time ensured Town a share of the spoils and that much wanted first away point of the season.
Meltis Corinthians 3 Oakley Sports 2
To those not present at Miller Road, the scoreline would suggest this game was a close contest but the reality was this game was all but over thirty-five minutes in when the still unbeaten home side netted a bizarre third goal to race 3-0 ahead, a scoreline that was to remain in place until the visitors netted twice in the closing seven minutes to give the scoreline a somewhat flattering look come the final whistle.
Meltis came into this game still holding down a 100% home record for the campaign and it took them just five minutes to grab the lead when after the visitors had failed to clear their lines it allowed Moby Hussain to duly punished them in full with the afternoon's opening goal, a lead perhaps Neville Allen should have doubled three minutes later when having been found unmarked by Matt McMahon from a corner he chipped his effort just wide of the post.
For a side like Oakley who arrived at Miller Road still unbeaten on the road this season and winners of their last three games it was somewhat surprising that it took them twenty minutes to see a sighting of the home goal and even then John Searle could only lift a free kick from range well over the crossbar before the action was quickly back at the other end as visiting custodian Ian Ratcliffe stood up well to foil Dean Warren after he had been dished up his chance following some neat inter-play between Alex Woolston and Justin Patterson.
But Warren moment of glory was to be just another five minutes coming when after Patterson had skinned Sports defender Tom Redmond alive down the left flank his ball across the six yard box saw Warren arrive to take his side into a well deserved 2-0 lead, Patterson himself then sending a deft header just the wrong side of Ratcliffe uprights two minutes later until that bizarre third goal arrived ten minutes from the break, it all started when Mark Lagatta fouled Woolston just five yards from the half-way line and from the resulting free kick The Sportsmens defence on hearing the shouts of Ratcliffe to leave duly obliged only to turn around and find Tom Gill's kick rather than be resting in their goalkeepers arms was lying in the back of the net having also sailed over his head.
Oakley now knew they needed a goal before the break if they were to have any chance of getting back into this contest and perhaps should have had that goal four minutes from the interval when a Searle chip over the home backline had Nathan Byrne racing clear on goal only for him to push his effort wide of home goalkeeper Shabaz Hussain uprights.
With the home side now in coasting mode the new period was slow to come to life and we were approaching the hour mark of the game before the crowd really saw any goalmouth action Sports Paolo Barbarisi needing to come up with the tackle of the day to prevent Patterson adding to the home scoreline before Hussain then was just inches wide of Ratcliffe uprights.
The visitors however were then to enjoy their best spell of the game with Lagatta right there in the thick of the action, first knocking a effort wide of Hussain posts then after substitute John Hislop had found him with a telling pass he found Hussain was positioned well to gather in his shot before two minutes later the Oakley number seven met a Gary Chance corner to slam a header against the home crossbar which had Hussain well beat.
But that looked to be it for the visitors as the home side begun to regain control, Patterson being guilty of a miss right in front of goal then Anup Kalyan pushing a effort wide of the uprights until the closing seven minutes brought about two Oakley goals, the first from Ollie Housden not unsimilar to the home sides third goal,has he let a effort fly from all of fourty yards out which Hussain completely misjudged to find it sailing over his head into the net for 3-1 then three minutes from time Hislop was on hand on the backpost to scamble home goal number two, alas for the visitors there was to be no grandstand finish as the home side held out for the three points to keep their 100% home record and move into third place in the league table just three points shy of Campton but also having played two games fewer.
Meltis Corinthians, Shabaz Hussain, Carl Dickson, Tom Gill, Neville Allen, Neal Bedeam, Matt McMahon, Alex Woolston, Jason Allison, Moby Hussain, Justin Patterson, Dean Warren, Subs Used, Anup Kalyan, Sundip Jhand, Ciaran Alexander,
Oakley Sports, Ian Ratcliffe, Gary Chance, Paolo Barbarisi, Jimmy Rowland, Ollie Housden, John Searle, Mark Lagatta, Tom Redmond, Nathan Byrne, Chris Huckle, Mark Smith, Subs Used, John Hislop, Dave Baxter, Dean Bawden,
Riseley Sports 4 Renhold United 1
Riseley maintained their fine start to the season and held onto their seasons 100% home record record against a United side who were let down by their poor discipline to end the game with just nine players and miss their chance to top the Premier Division Supported By Sportsform league table, Mark Weekly was to give the home side a early lead only to see Mo Banda level matters for United five minutes later until Weekly with his second strike of the afternoon took the home side 2-1 clear by the half-time break.
Things were to go horrible wrong for United early in the second half when James Munro picked up his second yellow card of the afternoon to earn a himself a early bath then suddendly United were down to nine men when Paul McKeaveney was given a straight red by referee Frank Fender the home side taking full advantage with a goal from Tom Ellison on the hour mark taking the scoreline to 3-1 before Tony Graham added a fourth ten minutes from time, the defeat dropping United to fourth in the league table just goal difference ahead of their hosts who are now up to fifth.
Sandy v Bedford Sports Athletic
This Bedford Road bottom of the table clash was postponed earlier in the week when the home club sought the league's permission to withdraw its side from The Premier Division Supported By Sportsform following a recent exit of numerous players from the club, permission which was granted just twenty-four hours ahead of this scheduled game and will now see Sandy FC continue their 2008-09 season with just two teams, The Reserves in Division One and The A Team in Division Three.
Wilshamstead 4 Sharnbrook 2
Wilshamstead were to come up with their first home win of the season to climb above Sharnbrook in the league standings on goal difference after manager Matt Stevens played his trump card at the interval by bringing on David Benson who duly repaid his manager's faith with two second half goals to take his side to a 4-2 win, the opening half had seen Kevin Butler and Paul Jones shoot the home side into a 2-0 lead before Dan Kelly and Ric Bulzis struck to level matters up by the half-time break until Benson joined in the fray but even his efforts failed to convince Mr Stevens that he should be man of the match, that award going once again to Jim Struthers.
Elstow Abbey 2 Campton Reserves 2
Elstow Abbey needed twice to come from behind to preserve their seasons unbeaten home record and gain a share of the spoils which now lifts them into the top six of the league table with Campton Reserves trailing them only on goal difference but two places back in eighth spot.
Kieron O'Toole shot Campton into the lead which was to be cancelled out when Dave McCarthy run the full length of the pitch to level matters but a second Campton goal from Steve Winch took them ahead again until a Anthony Hubbard penalty twenty minutes into the second half brought up a 2-2 final scoreline.
Westoning Recreation Club 2 Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves 4
Lee Pyke's Ickwell & Old Warden side took their winning ways to four games to remain in second spot in the league table has they sent the home side crashing to their third consecutive home defeat, all was going well for the home side early on when Ian Buckingham gave them a sixth minute lead but Ickwell were level on the half-hour mark with a strike from Jay Neale and that's the way it stayed until a minute into the second period when Zak Rowe put the visitors 2-1 ahead, a lead they were to increase to 3-1 with a second goal from Neale two minutes later before Dave Shirley reduced the arrears back to a single goal on 65th minutes only to see Ickwell substitute Danny Fox grab a fourth goal fifteen minutes from time to seal his sides victory.
Elsewhere, in the division Flitwick Town returned to winning ways to maintain not only their 100% away record but also their leadership of the league table with a 5-0 win at Marston Social who were being beat for the first time this season, Jim Lewis netting twice only to be outscored by second half substitute Ben Wallington who came up with a hattrick, Meltis Albion climbing back up the table into third spot with a 5-1 win at previously 100% at home Kempston, Scott Alleyne netting four times and Michael Butler once to a home reply from David Powell as AFC Kempston Town Reserves dropped to fourth when losing their seasons unbeaten record by going down 0-4 at home to Kempston Hammers Sports, Nick Tysoe and James Grandidge netting run of the mills goals which were added to by a goal from goalkeeper Ricky Holmes from his own hands from inside his own penalty area and one direct from a corner by Dave Horn.
The days other game in this division seeing Stevington come up with their first win in five outings with a 6-2 away victory at Royal Oak Kempston, Richard Howlett and Garry Higgins both netting twice alongside goals from Shaun Winconek and Ian Woods to home replies from Michael Cooney and Chris Boniface.
Blunham Reserves 3 Mulberry Bush 0
Blunham Reserves increased their lead at the head of the Division Two table to seven points with this comfortable home win over Mulberry Bush to remain 100% for the season at home and unbeaten in their opening seven outings of the campaign, Chris Dunne perhaps putting the game beyond the visitors before the half-time break when he struck twice, once from the penalty spot before a goal from Mark Davidson five minutes from time made it 3-0.
Great Barford 1 Meltis Corinthians Reserves 1
Great Barford were to retain their seasons unbeaten record tag but will perhaps look upon this games as two points dropped rather than one gained has they now trail league leaders Blunham Reserves by seven points with just the one game in hand over their local rivals, a error by home goalkeeper Frazer Windram allowed Ikki Azad to give the Sweetboys the lead until he made amends right on the stroke of half-time when pumping the ball long to Garry Russon whose shot was to rebound of the Meltis goalkeeper into the path of his brother Freddie who duly accepted the gift to level the game at 1-1.
Lidlington United Sports 0 Meppershall Jurassic 5
Jurassic remain 100% away from home this season and climb back up to third in the league standings with this easy 5-0 win over a Lidlington United Sports side that remain in the bottom two of the league standings, the Jurassic Boys were 3-0 ahead by the break thanks to a goal from Dave Readman and a brace from Craig Damon, one coming from a twice taken penalty whilst the victory was sealed in the second period with a long range effort from Pat King plus Damon going on to complete his hattrick.
Potton Wanderers 1 Marston Shelton Rovers 3
The Wanderers missing four key players were no match for a Rovers side winning on the road for the first time this season and now up into fifth place in the league table who home manager Tyke Dennis simply stated were to good for us, Wanderers however did take the lead when a cross from Antony Schurek was blasted home by James Hearson but the visitors were level with a goal from Stuart Mann by the break before duly settling the match with goals from Dean Clark and Sunil Jamil in the second period.
Marabese Ceramics 4 Clifton 0
Clifton were to prove to be no match for the host side who came up with their first home victory of the season, Gary Wing netting the only goal of the opening half five minutes before the break, a lead Romain Marabese doubled ten minutes into the new period before strikes in the closing fifteen minutes from Richard Fallono and Daniel Sorrell took the scoreline to 4-0 by the final whistle.
Elsewhere, in the division the days other two games both ended in 3-2 home wins, Oakley Sports Reserves maintaining their 100% home record thanks to two goals from Carl Warner and a strike from Ben Brown to beat Blue Chip whose Cullam McGlyn netted a brace in reply whilst Safrron won for the first time on home soil this season over Kings AFC, Tazi Ali, Shezad Sattar and Mohammed Rahman netting the winners goals to replies from Josh Clements and Marcus Tomlin.
Marsh Leys 4 Three Tuns Galacticos 1
League leaders Marsh Leys took their winning ways to six games and maintained their season 100% home record with this win over the previously unbeaten Three Tuns side, it was the visitors who lead at the break with a goal from Dean Smith but things were turned around in the second period when two goals from Claudio Burrelli and strikes by Darren Mason and Jason Calvert saw the Leys to victory.
Meppershall AFC 5 Westoning Recreation Club Reserves 2
The Rec Boys who had won on their last two outings on the road were sent packing back to Greenfield Road empty handed has the home side won on home soil for the first time this season, Lewis Osborne with two goals plus Sam Larsen, Jordan Robbens and Matt Evans doing the damage to replies from Alex Barnwell and Eric Van Den Ven, the defeat dropping Westoning to fifth in the league table whilst the home side are now up to eighth with at least two games in hand on all the seven sides above them.in the league table.
Elsewhere, in the division second place Leighton United were to lose their 100% home record for the season when a goal for Tony McGoven gave Wilshamstead Reserves a share of the spoils at Stanbridge Road whilst Flitwick Town Reserves moved out of the bottom two with their first win of the season, 2-0 at home over Riseley Sports Reserves thanks to goals from James Taylor and Harry Rowlands, but there was no such luck for bottom of the table Kempston Athletic who suffered their fifth defeat on the bounce 3-1 away at still 100% at home this season Renhold Village, Lloyd Chettle doing the damage with a hattrick to an Athletic reply from Gary Whitbread.
Action this coming weekend in The Premier Division Supported By Sportsform sees league leaders Campton sit the afternoon out and gives second place Caldecote a chance to move to the top of the pile should they come up with the full three points from their home local derby clash at Harvey Close against Dunton, but perhaps the match of the day on paper at least could well come at Renhold Playing Fields where fourth place hosts Renhold United take on third place and still unbeaten this season Meltis Corinthians, both clubs starting the afternoon trailing Caldecote just on goal difference.
Making up the trio of clubs trailing Caldecote on goal difference are Riseley Sports who journey to Lodge Road seeking their first away win of the season against hosts Sharnbrook who will be looking to return to winning ways after two straight away defeats, whilst both Blunham and Oakley Sports will have home advantage when they attempt to climb back into the top five of the league table, Blunham at Moggerhanger Playing Fields facing Henlow while Ickwell & Old Warden seek their first win in four outings when they journey to face Oakley Sports.
The days other top flight action coming at Cople Playing Fields where bottom of the league Bedford SA are in action against Wilshamstead seeking their first league win of the season.
Division One action sees league leaders Flitwick Town in home Stepplingley Road action against fourth place AFC Kempston Town Reserves who travel still unbeaten on the road this season whilst for second place Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves its a search of win number five on the bounce when they host Kempston on The Green.
After last weekends first team clash at Rectory Road its the turn of Campton Reserves and Caldecote Reserves this week to do battle where perhaps the home side will start favourites just like the first team last weekend and we all now know the result of that game, whilst after their fine away win last week Kempston Hammers Sports will be on a high has they seek their first home win of the campaign at Culter Hammer against a Elstow Abbey side that has only been defeated just once this season but is still yet to win on the road this campaign.
Down at the bottom end of the table, Sandy Reserves return to action with a Bedford Road home outing against fifth place Westoning Recreation Club whilst the two clubs immediately above them in the standings clash at Crawley Road where hosts Woburn entertain Royal Oak Kempston, The Safari Boys looking for their first home points of the season whilst The Oak travel in quest of away win number one of the campaign.
The days final action in this division takes still unbeaten on the road Marston Social on a journey to face Stevington who are yet to win on home soil this season.
In Division Two, runaway league leaders Blunham Reserves are sitting the afternoon out but second place Great Barford have no easy task to close the gap to just four points when they travel to Russell Park to face a Blue Chip side who are never easy to beat on home soil, whilst perhaps the match of the day on paper at least in this division comes in Jubilee Park where third place Meppershall Jurassic will be hosting Potton Wanderers.
Also travelling to Jubilee Park are second from bottom Lidlington United Sports in search of their opening win of the season against hosts Meltis Corinthians Reserves while bottom of the table Woburn Reserves are also on the road to Whiston Crescent for a meeting with a Clifton side who will be expecting to chalk up their first home win of the season.
Other Division Two action comes at King Geoge VI Playing Fields where Kings AFC defend their season unbeaten home record against Oakley Sports Reserves whilst Marston Shelton Rovers receive a visit from the still unbeaten on the road this campaign Marabese Ceramics.
Division Three action takes league leaders Marsh Leys in search of win number seven on the bounce when they journey to Sunderland Road to face Sandy A whilst second place Leighton United face a much tougher task on paper to collect the full three points when they journey to Gold Street for a meeting with still unbeaten at home Riseley Sports Reserves.
I'ts a third v fourth clash at Arlesey Recreation Ground where hosts Three Tuns Galacticos defend their unbeaten seasons home record against the travelling Renhold Village who will arrive seeking to take their unbeaten ways to six games.
At the other end of the table, bottom of the league Kempston Athletic are in home Hillgrounds action against Flitwick Town Reserves, Athletic seeking their first win of the season whilst Town travel seeking their first away win of the campaign while at Horseshoes Close, Dunton Reserves will have no easy task in returning to winning ways for the first time in four outings when Meppershall AFC still unbeaten on the road this season come calling.
The days final action in the division taking Caldecote A in search of their first away points of the season when they hit the road to Greenfield Road and a meeting with still 100% at home this term Westoning Recreation Club Reserves.