Action this weekend sees the main spotlight fall upon the staging of the 3rd Bedfordshire County Football League Hop.
It all starts with a 10.30am kick off at Hitchin Road where unbeaten Shefford Town & Campton, currently sitting in second spot in the Premier Division supported by Sportsform league table play hosts to Pavenham. The visitors are old hands at this groundhopping business having played in the very first game when winning at Elstow Abbey in season 2012-13 and then last season netting a 7-1 home win over Caldecote in a game where James Owen netted six of their goals, so trust me this is far from a banker home win.
The second game of the day takes us to Jubilee Playing Fields for another top flight encounter between hosts Wilstead, who are still in search of their first league home win of the season, and the visiting Ickwell & Old Warden who will hit the road for this 1.45pm kick off looking for their third away win on the bounce.
The final hop game of the day is a Divison One clash at Miller Road between fifth place hosts Meltis Albion, who will looking for their fourth home win on the bounce, and second from bottom Marabese Ceramics who will be in search of the first win. Kick off for this one is 4.20pm.
Outside the hop the pick of the other Premier Division supported by Sportsform games must be the Renhold Playing Fields encounter between current 100% for the season and league leaders Renhold United who play hosts to AFC Oakley M&DH. The visitors holding down third place in the table and still unbeaten this season.
Over at Hurst Grove it’s a clash at the other end of the league table when bottom of the table hosts Lidlington United Sports go in search of their fist league win of the season against the visiting Sandy. The visitors just two places above them in the league standings also looking for their first win of the season.
Whilst just down the road at Marston Playing Fields, fourth place hosts Marston Shelton Rovers will look to return to winning ways on home soil against a Caldecote side who are yet to win on the road this season and for Wootton Blue Cross at Weston Park its a second meeting in seven days with Flitwick Town and a chance to gain revenge for their Beds FA Senior Trophy defeat.
Other action comes at Sharnbrook Upper School where hosts Eastcotts AFC will be in search of their third home win on the bounce against AFC Turvey who will be looking to extend their seasons unbeaten ways and at Lodge Road, hosts Sharnbrook having lost their last two home league encounters will not find it easy in getting back to winning ways as the visitors are AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College who are still 100% on the road this season.
In Division One apart from the hop game at Miller Road there are seven other games to enjoy. At Groveside, league leaders Henlow will be looking to retain their 100% seasons record when called upon by a Queens Park Crescents side who travel in search of their first away point/points of the season. Whilst fourth place Elstow Abbey hit the road looking to retain their own 100% away record for the season at Grange Road in a meeting with a Bedford SA side who will be playing their first home game of the season.
It’s also a trip on the road for second place Sundon Park Rangers looking to defend their own 100% seasons away record and their destination is Mill Lane to face the yet to win at home Potton Town. Whilst over at King Geoge VI Playing Fields something must give when hosts AFC Oakley M&DH Reserves still 100% on home soil this season receive a visit from the still 100% on the road this season AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves who to boot are yet to concede an away goal this campaign.
Other action comes at Crawley Road, the venue at which third place Cranfield United look for their fourth home win on the bounce against visitors AFC Harlington who will be in search of their first away point/points of the season plus at Fisher Close, Great Barford now unbeaten in their last two home outings receive a visit from Riseley Sports being club number three of the day in search of their first away point/points of the season.
The search for their first away point/points of the season is also the target for bottom of the table Brache Sparta when they journey for a Rectory Road outing against yet to win at home Shefford Town & Campton Reserves.
In Division Two for league leaders Westoning its home action at Greenfield Road against the visiting Kempston Athletic whose both away games to date this season have ended in stalemate. Whilst at their Recreation Ground headquarters, Wootton Village will defend their seasons unbeaten home record against the visiting third place Meltis Albion Reserves.
Over at Cutler Hammer, fifth place Kempston Hammers now unbeaten in their last four home starts look to go nap when called upon by sixth place FC Houghton who are yet to win on the road this season and just down the road at the Warren, second place Elstow Abbey Reserves will search for their third home win on the bounce against a Renhold United Reserves side who have failed to win any of their last five outings.
Other action comes at the Hockey Centre, the venue at which bottom of the table Kempston Con Club Sports travel looking for their first away point/points of the season against hosts Bedford United. Whilst at Harvey Close, still 100% at home hosts Caldecote Reserves receive a visit from fourth place Clapham Sports who will be looking to take their unbeaten away ways up to three games.
The final action in this division sees still unbeaten at home Stevington play hosts to a Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves side who have yet to collect any points on the road from their away encounters this season.
With current league leaders Atletico Europa sitting the afternoon out, there is a chance they will be knocked off the top spot come today’s final whistles. Could it be to third place Cranfield United Reserves who defend their seasons unbeaten ways away at fourth place Flitwick Town Reserves who themselves are still unbeaten this season or second place Clifton who at their Whiston Crescent base take on Lea Sports PSG whose both away encounters to date have ended in stalemate.
At the other end of the table bottom of the pile Moggerhanger United travel for a Bedford Road Recreation Ground outing against a yet to win at home Sandy Reserves and for second from bottom of the table Caldecote U20 its home action at Harvey Close also in search of their first home win of the season against Westoning U20.
Other action coming at Bedford Academy where FC Serbia now unbeaten in their last two home starts receive a visit from Shefford Town & Campton A and at Sandy Academy Mid Beds Tigers play hosts to the still 100% on the road this season White Eagles. Whilst on the Green, Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves play hosts to another still 100% on the road side this season in shape of fifth place Dinamo Flitwick.