Bedfordshire League preview: January 3

Recent action between Caldecote and Oakley M&DH
Recent action between Caldecote and Oakley M&DH

The opening action of 2015 in the Premier Division supported by Sportsform section will see league leaders Shefford Town & Campton on the road to Bedford Road Recreation Ground to face ninth place Sandy.

Sandy are still in search of their first home win of the season but nevertheless will go into the game now unbeaten in their last four starts.

Whilst second place Renhold United, who trail Shefford by just three points but have played three games fewer, welcome 12th place Wilstead who have thus far won just the twice on the road this season at Eastcotts AFC and AFC Turvey.

Over at Church Lane third place AFC Oakley M&DH who are still unbeaten on home soil this season will go into local derby action against near neighbours Pavenham who in recent weeks have climbed the league table into tenth spot on the back of a four game unbeaten run.

Whilst for third from bottom of the table AFC Turvey it will be the search of their first home point when at Thurleigh Playing Fields they entertain seventh place Wootton Blue Cross who are now unbeaten in their last five starts.

For fifth place Flitwick Town now on a six game unbeaten run it’s home action at their Football Community Centre base where just Renhold United have managed to defeat them this season with a visit from eighth place AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College whose away record this season shows just one league defeat at Renhold United from seven outings.

Elsewhere the remaining three fixtures all have a local derby feeling about them. At Sharnbrook Upper School the visitors to be hosted by 11th place Eastcotts AFC are sixth place Sharnbrook who will be looking for their third win on the bounce and on the Green, second from bottom of the table Ickwell & Old Warden are visited by a Caldecote side who will be looking for just their second away win of the season.

The final game is at Hurst Grove where now bottom of the table Lidlington United Sports who have just one home win to their name all season receive a visit from fourth place Marston Shelton Rovers whose lone away defeat of the season thus far from their eight outings came back in late October at Caldecote.

The game of the day in the Division One supported by Wests Citroen Bedford action comes at Crawley Road, being the venue at which third place Cranfield United who still hold down a 100% seasons home record receive a visit from second place Henlow whose away record this season shows just one defeat at Bedford SA from their eight outings away from their Groveside base. Whilst league leaders Elstow Abbey will be looking for their fourth home win plus fifth win on the bounce when called upon at the Warren by sixth place AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves.

Also still very much in the promotion mix are fourth place Great Barford and for the them at Fisher Close it will be the quest of home win number seven on the bounce against the visiting ninth place Potton Town. Whilst for fifth place Meltis Albion who are now on a three game winning home run its home action at Miller Road against eleventh place AFC Oakley M&DH Reserves.

Other action comes at Ickleford Recreation Ground where third from bottom hosts Marabese Ceramics will be looking for their first home win of the season against tenth place Bedford SA and in Allen Park, 12th place Queens Park Crescents now on a four game unbeaten run play hosts to seventh place Sundon Park Rangers who will be looking to end their run of three consecutive away defeats that has seen them rop out of the promotion race in recent weeks.

The final action in this section coming at Gold Street, the venue at which eighth place hosts Riseley Sports are paid a visit by Shefford Town & Campton Reserves whose record on the road this season shows just two wins from eight outings.

In Division Two league leaders Westoning who still hold down a seasons unbeaten away record will make tracks for a Horseshoes Close outing against tenth place Moggerhanger United who will be in search of just their second home win of the season. Whilst third place Clapham Sports now on a six game winning run will be in home King George VI Playing Field action against ninth place Meltis Albion Reserves who will be looking to end a run of three consecutive league defeats.

For second place place FC Houghton currently on an eleven game winning run the quest for win number 12 comes at Moore Crescent against the visiting sixth place Wootton Village who are unbeaten in their last three away starts and for fourth place Stevington it will be a major shock if they fail to collect all three points and win number 10 on the bounce from their journey to Jubilee Playing Fields where they will be hosted by the yet to win and bottom of the table Wilstead Reserves.

Other action comes at Harvey Close, the venue at which second from bottom of the table Caldecote Reserves look for their first win in six outings against the visiting eleventh place Renhold United Reserves whose last six away outings have all ended in defeat and at Cutler Hammer, seventh place hosts Kempston Hammers Sports are called upon by fifth place Elstow Abbey Reserves who have thus far been beaten just the once at Wootton Village in away league action this season.

The final action in this section coming at Marston Playing Fields, the venue at which third from bottom of the table Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves play hosts to the visiting eighth place Kempston Athletic who have been beaten in their last two away encounters away from their Cutler Hammer base.

In Division Three for league leaders Lea Sports PSG it’s home Pirton Recreation Ground action looking for their eighth win on the bounce against the visiting sixth place Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves who have been beaten just the once at White Eagles in away league action this season.

Whilst second place Atletico Europa still unbeaten in away league action this season will be hitting the road for a 3G surface outing at Redborne School against the hosting seventh place Dinamo Flitwick now losers of their last four outings which has seen them suddenly drop out of the promotion race.

Two sides still very much in that promotion mix go head to head at Whiston Crescent, the venue at which third place hosts Clifton receive a visit from fourth place Cranfield United Reserves who will be looking to extend their winning ways up to four games and at the Bedford Academy, ninth place FC Serbia winners of their last two home league games are called upon by fifth place Flitwick Town Reserves winners of their last two away league games.

Other action comes at Rectory Road, the venue at which tenth place Shefford Town & Campton A with just two home wins to their name this season are visited by eleventh place Sandy Reserves and at Greenfield Road, twelfth place Westoning U20 look to end a run of five consecutive home league defeats when called upon by eighth place White Eagles who not only removed them from the Beds Junior Cup at the same venue back in late October but also who will be hitting the road still 100% away from home in league action this season.