Bedfordshire County League preview

The Premier Division action this weekend sees the top game at The Armadillo Stadium, hosts and third place Arlesey Town Reserves taking on league leaders Caldecote who make the short journey from Harvey Close looking to defend their season’s unbeaten ways.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 6th October 2011, 9:10 am

Apart from Caldecote, just three other clubs in the top flight remain unbeaten this season and two of them go head to head at Oakley Playing Fields, where hosts Oakley Sports receive a visit from Shefford Town & Campton.Whilst for the fifth unbeaten club Bedford Hatters, it’s a trip on the road to The Carlsberg Stadium to take on Dunton.

Meantime, Sharnbrook make the short journey to Renhold Playing Fields still 100% on the road this season to face bottom of the table Renhold United and Blunham look for their first away win of the season when they head for a Crawley Road outing against Woburn.

The sixth and final game in the top flight taking place at Steppingley Road, the venue where still 100% at home hosts Flitwick Town will perhaps start favourites to collect the full three points against AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College who seek their first away point/points of the season.

In Division One, league leaders Lidlington United will face no easy task retaining their seasons 100% record when visited by Sandy at Hurst Grove.Whilst on The Green, two more of the serious title contenders will come face to face when Marston Shelton Rovers still 100% on the road this season arrive to face 100% unbeaten second place hosts Ickwell & Old Warden.

Elsewhere at Greenfield Road you would expect still unbeaten on the road Bedford Sports Athletic to at least share the spoils when hosted by a home Westoning side that has lost its opening three encounters.Whilst at Pirton Recreation Ground, hosts Lea Sports PSG who failed to raise a team last weekend to travel and face Marston Shelton Rovers will defend their unbeaten home record against 100% away from home FC Meppershall.

Other action comes at Miller Road, the venue where Meltis Albion seek their opening home point/points of the season when called upon by Henlow and just down the road at Hillgrounds, AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves go looking to put points on the board for the first time this season when visited by Caldecote Reserves.

The seventh and final game in this division being at Chaul End Lane where hosts Luton Boys will be expecting to collect their second home win of the season when visited by Kings AFC.

In Division Two, there is home action for the leading three title contenders and all look likely to collect another three points.AFC Turvey hosting Stopsley Park at Stonefields; Elstow Abbey in Warren action against Bromham United, whilst Pavenham will be Mowsbury Park hosts to Queens Park Crescents.

It is of course far too early in the season to rule out a title challenge from the remaining 11sides and if one is to emerge then perhaps it will come from either Co-op Sports who travel to Second Meadow to take on Clifton or from Potton United Reserves who host Great Barford at The Hollow.Whilst also into that mix come both Shefford Town & Campton Reserves and Sundon Park Rangers who clash with each other at Rectory Road.

The seventh and final game in this division being due at Mowsbury Park, between hosts Marabese Ceramics and M & DH Oakley.

The Division Three action brings about a programme of seven games with several of the leading sides facing trips on the road in search of the points to keep them in the early promotion race. For Renhold Village, things will be far from easy when they defend their 100% away record for the campaign at Crawley Road against Cranfield United Reserves.A comment that also applies to Potton Town who head likewise 100% on the road for Gold Street to face Riseley Sports and Sundon Park Rangers Colts who journey to face 100% at home and second place Stevington.

Of the other early season promotion front runners, one would expect Goldington to collect the three Mowsbury Park points on offer when they host Dunton Reserves and for Eastcotts AFC to collect the spoils from their visit to Jubilee Playing Fields to take on Wilshamstead Reserves.

Other action coming at Cutler Hammer, Flitwick Town Reserves being the visitors to take on Kempston Hammers Sports and in Hillgrounds where Royal Oak Kempston open their home account for the season against Westoning Reserves.

In Division Four, second place Bedford Park Rangers should enhance their title claims by collecting the full three points from their home Mowsbury Park clash with Goldington Hammers, a comment that also applies to Kempston Athletic who will be in home Hillgrounds action against Shefford Town & Campton A.

Over at Keysoe Road, Thurleigh take on Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves in a game that should reveal their title credentials plus Stewartby Village will travel to Horseshoes Close looking to maintain their promising start to the campaign against hosts Dunton A.

Of the other fixtures, you would expect home advantage to help Caldecote A prevail over Wootton Village at Harvey Close and perhaps also be the deciding factor in the Bedford Road Recreation Ground meeting between hosts Sandy Reserves and their visitors Bedford Panthers.

The seventh and final fixture at Hinksley Road between hosts Dinamo Flitwick and Clifton Reserves,will see the third place visitors start the favourites to collect the spoils.

Action will then move onto Wednesday evening October 12th, when at The Armadillo Stadium, Arlesey Town Reserves host Flitwick Town in their quest for another three Premier Division supported by Sportsform points.