Bedfordshire League preview: January 30

Ickwell v Ampthill Town Reserves PNL-160127-104612002
Ickwell v Ampthill Town Reserves PNL-160127-104612002

Premier Division supported by Sportsform action this weekend will see both of the top two clubs enjoying home advantage.

On paper second place Renhold United look to have the easier task going into their Playing Field encounter against second from bottom of the table Eastcotts AFC in search of their fourth home win on the bounce against a visiting side whose away trips this season have seen them collect just three points from a possible 27.

Whilst league leaders AFC Oakley M&DH search out their fifth home win on the bounce when called upon at their Church Lane base by near neighbours Sharnbrook whose recent form of just one defeat in their last seven league outings including winning their last three away outings suggests this will be no stroll in the park for the home side.

There is also a local flavouring to the action at the Football Centre, being the venue at which seventh place Flitwick Town look for their first home win of 2016 against fourth place Ampthill Town Reserves who will make the short journey looking to avoid their fourth consecutive away defeat and not so many miles away at Crawley Road sixth place hosts Cranfield United will be in search of league win number five on the bounce against tenth place Ickwell & Old Warden who will hit the road in the quest of their third away win on the bounce.

Meantime over at Jubilee Playing Fields for third place Wilstead the visitors are 13th place Sandy who are currently on a four game losing away run and for bottom of the table Elstow Abbey its home Warren action looking to end their run of 13 straight defeats against fifth place AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College.

Other action coming at Pavenham Playing Fields where 12th place hosts Pavenham with just three home wins to their name all season are called upon by third from bottom of the table Caldecote whose only two away wins so far this season were gained at Eastcotts AFC and Elstow Abbey being the two clubs that currently sit below them in the league standings.

Whilst the final action in this division comes at Hitchin Road where ninth place Shefford Town & Campton play hosts to the in form eighth place Marston Shelton Rovers.

Division One supported by Wests Citroen Bedford action this weekend will see league leaders Sundon Park Rangers defending their seasons unbeaten league ways when at their Stockwood Park Athletic Track base they are called upon by fifth place AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves who to date have lost just the once in league action on the road this season. Whilst third place Queens Park Crescents head towards Gold Street in search of their fourth away win on the bounce against the hosting third from bottom of the table Riseley Sports.

Elsewhere over at their Playing Field base second place Stevington who still remain unbeaten on home soil in league action this season are called upon by eighth place Shefford Town & Campton Reserves who have won just the twice on the road all season and at Mill Lane seventh place Potton Town will go in search of their fourth home win on the bounce when visited by sixth place Meltis Albion who will be looking to repair the damage of two consecutive defeats.

The final league action is scheduled to be at Greenfield Road being the venue at which hosts Westoning are due a visit from Henlow but with Henlow’s home Bedfordshire FA Intermediate Cup tie against AFC Oakley M&DH Reserves waterlogged off last weekend this fixture for certain will be postponed to allow the County Cup tie to go ahead this weekend. Likewise this will also mean another delay to the Centenary Cup action that was due to take place at Chambers Lane between the hosting Ickleford and AFC Oakley M&DH Reserves.

Confirmation of these changes and any subsequent fixtures for Ickleford & Westoning will be posted to our website www.befordshirefootball.co.uk when finalised.

In Division Two the stand out fixture looks to be the Jubilee Park meeting between fifth place hosts Atletico Europe who will be in search of their fourth home win on the bounce against the visiting third place Lea Sports PSG. Whilst for the leading two sides its contrasting fixtures, league leaders Cranfield United Reserves defending their unbeaten ways when they make the short journey to Marston Playing Fields to be hosted by bottom of the table Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves who have won just the once on home soil this season.

Whilst second place Cople & Bedford SA are in home Grange Lane action where they still remain 100% against the visiting fourth place Flitwick Town Reserves who are currently enjoying a four game unbeaten run.

Other action coming at King George VI Playing Fields being the venue at which sixth place hosts Clapham Sports look to maintain their seasons 100% home record against the visiting eighth place Bedford United whose last four away outings have all ended in defeat. Whilst at Cutler Hammer for the hosting second from bottom of the table Kempston Athletic the visitors are Wootton Village who sit just the one place above them in the standings and still in search of their first away win of the season.

In Division Three for league leaders Wixams who have lost just the once on the road this season its a trip to Rectory Road to be hosted by ninth place Shefford Town & Campton A . Whilst their nearest title challengers Sundon Park Rovers will also be hitting the road and heading for Miller Road to be hosted by second from bottom of the table Meltis Albion Reserves who have won just the once on home soil all season.

Meantime over at Horseshoes Close fourth place AFC Dunton go in search of their fifth home win on the bounce against the visiting fifth place Wilstead Reserves who will be in search of their fourth away win on bounce .Whilst at Harvey Close where third place hosts Caldecote Reserves have won their last six games the visitors are sixth place White Eagles who so far this season have been beaten just the once on the road.

Other action coming at Whiston Crescent being the venue at which bottom of the table Clifton now on a four game losing home run are called upon by eighth place Dinamo Flitwick who will hit the road looking to avoid their third consecutive away defeat and at Bedford Road Recreation Ground third from bottom of the table Sandy Reserves now unbeaten in their last two home outings play hosts to seventh place Renhold United Reserves whose seven trips on the road this season have brought about just the one victory.

In Division Four for league leaders Mid Beds Tigers who still maintain a seasons 100% home record the visitors to face them at their Sandy Academy base are bottom of the table Lidlington United Sports who are still in search of their first point/points of the season. Whilst for second place Polonia Bedford beaten at just Mid Beds Tigers on the road this season its a trip to Groveside to be hosted by ninth place Henlow Reserves. This fixture could well be subject to change and if so notice will be posted to our website www.bedfordshirefootballleague.co.uk when finalized.

Meantime over at the Woodlands where fourth place Bedford Albion have been beaten just the twice on home soil this season the visitors are seventh place Westoning Reserves who will hit the road looking to end a run of four consecutive league defeats . Whilst on the 3G surface at Hillgrounds sixth place AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College A look to return to winning ways when they play hosts to fifth place Stevington Reserves.

The final action coming back at Harvey Close where third place Caldecote A beaten just the once on home soil this season and currently on a five game winning run are visited by third from bottom of the table Flitwick Town A whose away record for the season shows them having won just the once.