Action this weekend once again takes the Premier Division supported by Sportsform league leaders Arlesey Town Reserves on the road, their destination being Jubilee Playing Fields to be hosted by Wilshamstead.
They travel still unbeaten this season with a 100 per cent away record and despite the hosts currently enjoying a rich vein of form you would feel they will start the day favourites to collect all three points.
Over at The Carlsberg Stadium there is local derby action to enjoy, where AFC Biggleswade look to end a run of three straight home defeats when they are visited by third place Caldecote. The visitors make the short journey now unbeaten in their last four outings, including away wins at Flitwick Town and Oakley Sports M&DH to suggest a third away win looks very much on the cards for the boys from Harvey Close.
Also hitting the road in search of away wins to enhance their championship hopes are both AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College plus Renhold United. Town currently sit in fifth place and will make tracks to Moggerhanger Playing Fields to face bottom-of-the-table and yet-to-win-this-season Blunham.
While second place United head with their season’s unbeaten record for Hurst Grove to undertake just their second away outing of the season against still unbeaten at home hosts Lidlington United Sports.
Meanwhile at Cople Playing Fields, Bedford Sports Athletic like Blunham will be in search of their first home win of the season when visited by fellow strugglers Sharnbrook.
Shefford Town & Campton at Rectory Road, despite currently sitting in the bottom half of the league table you would expect will have enough in the locker to overcome a visiting Flitwick Town who sit just four places off the bottom of the table.
Elsewhere On The Green, Ickwell & Old Warden now without a win in their last three league outings and will have to be at their best if they are going to collect the full three points when visited by fourth place Marston Shelton Rovers who travel looking to extend their unbeaten away ways to four games.
While at Oakley Playing Fields, hosts Oakley Sports M&DH will fancy their chances of a three point haul when visited by a Bedford Hatters side who have failed to win any of their last four games to slide to tenth spot in the league table.
The game of the division one programme comes at Stanbridge Road, the venue at which league leaders Leighton United, now only goal difference clear at the head of the standings are visited by third place Pavenham who travel still unbeaten this season and just two points behind United, having played one game fewer.
Over at Harvey Close, Caldecote Reserves will be looking to retain their season’s 100 per cent home record when called upon by Shefford Town & Campton Reserves. Just down the road at Bedford Road Recreation Ground, Sandy look to stretch their unbeaten home form to three games against an Elstow Abbey side that will hit the road full of confidence following their win at Leighton United last weekend.
Elsewhere at Hillgrounds, bottom-of-the-table AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves will be searching for their first win of the season when visited by fifth place Henlow, losers of their last two away outings. While the task of that elusive first home win of the season also applies to Kings AFC, when at King George VI Playing Fields they are visited by sixth place Lea Sports PSG.
The final game in this division takes place at Chaul End Lane, the venue at which hosts and third from bottom Luton Boys have lost their last two home games, and who entertain the visiting seventh place Brickhill Tigers.
In Division Two, the pick of the games could well come at Greenfield Road where still 100 per cent at home Westoning receive a visit from league leaders Sundon Park Rangers. While second place Goldington will start firm favourites in Mowsbury Park to retain their season’s unbeaten ways against an Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves side that are yet to win on the road this season despite holding down fourth place in the league standings.
Also on their way to Mowsbury Park are third place Woburn Athletic. For them it’s a meeting against third from bottom Queens Park Crescents in a game that you would expect them to win. While at Bromham Playing Fields it’s a clash between seventh place hosts Bromham United and the visiting ninth place Eastcotts AFC that could go either way.
Elsewhere down at The Hollow, Potton United Reserves after a run of five straight away games will open their season’s home campaign with a visit from a Stopsley Park side that has lost all of its three away games to date this season. While at Miller Road, Meltis Albion will not find it easy returning to winning ways when called upon by sixth place Marabese Ceramics.
Other division two action comes at Crawley Road, the venue at which second from bottom hosts Cranfield United Reserves still unbeaten at home this season take on the visiting fifth place St Joseph Reserves.
In Division Three, the visitors face 100 per cent league leaders Marsh Leys. At their Cutler Hammer base are third place Wilshamstead Reserves who will arrive themselves still unbeaten this season. While over at Whiston Crescent, fourth place Clifton will be fully expecting to return to winning ways on their own patch when called upon by bottom-of-the-table Royal Oak Kempston who make the journey in search of their first point/points of the season.
At Horseshoes Close, Dunton also will be looking to return to winning ways on home soil when called upon by the rapidly improving sixth place Great Barford and at Mill Lane, tenth place Potton Town will start the day the firm favourites to collect the spoils from the visiting Bedford Park Rangers who have returned empty handed from their last two away journeys to drop them into the bottom three of the league standings.
Meantime, the visitors to face eighth place but yet to win at home Renhold United Reserves at their Playing Field headquarters are ninth place Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves, who have lost their last two away outings. While at Gold Street, fifth place and 100 per cent at home Riseley Sports take on second place Westoning Reserves who hit the road still unbeaten this season and holding down a 100 per cent away from home record.
The final action in this division comes just down the road at Stevington Playing Fields, the venue at which seventh place hosts Stevington will fancy their chances of collecting the full three points when called upon by a second bottom Kempston Hammers Sports side who travel in search of their first win of the season.
In Division Four with Bedford Panthers sitting the afternoon out, Elstow Abbey will be expected to stretch their lead at the head of the league table despite being called upon at the Warren by a Wootton Village side that knocked them out of The Beds Junior Cup at the same venue just three weeks ago. While over at Steppingley Road, fourth place Flitwick Town Reserves receive a visit from a Sandy Reserves side whose away record to date reads, played two, lost two.
Elsewhere at Harvey Close, it’s a clash between the two bottom sides when Caldecote A play hosts to basement side Shefford Town & Campton A and at Hinksley Road Recreation Ground, hosts Dinamo Flitwick will be in search of just their second win of the season when called upon by sixth place Dunton Reserves.
The division’s other two games take place in Hillgrounds. For eighth place Kempston Athletic it’s a home encounter against seventh place Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves and for third place Kempston Con Sports who still hold down a season’s 100 per cent home record, the visitors are fifth place Clifton Reserves who journey in search of their third away win on the bounce.
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