Bedfordshire League: December 14 preview
The main spotlight for Premier Division supported by Sportsform clubs this weekend falls upon the quarter-final ties in this season’s Bedfordshire FA Senior Trophy.
At Hurst Grove hosts Lidlington United Sports have been beaten just the once this season - the visitors are near neighbours Wootton Blue Cross who in having only won once on the road will perhaps start the day the outsiders.
For Shillington at their Greenfields base the visitors are the high flying South Midlands League Bedford FC, thus the Shills despite being still unbeaten on home turf this season will have to be at their very best to progress to the last four stage.
The fourth Bedfordshire County League club in action will be Sharnbrook who travel to Beverley Road to face South Midlands League 61 FC Luton. Like Shillington they will have to be at their very best if they are to join either Lidlington United Sports or Wootton Blue Cross in that semi-final draw hat.
With all this Trophy action taking place it gives AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College a chance to regain the leadership of the Premier Division supported by Sportsform league table should they gain a point or better from their visit to Pavenham. Whilst fourth place Wilstead will be looking to return to winning ways when they are visited at their Jubilee Playing Field headquarters by AFC Oakley Sports M&DH.
Other action comes at Harvey Close where second from bottom of the table Caldecote are visited by a Flitwick Town side who have failed to win any of their last five outings and just down the road on The Green, Ickwell & Old Warden will be defending their seasons unbeaten home ways when visited by a Shefford Town & Campton side who come in search of their third away win on the bounce.
For the new division one league leaders Sundon Park Rangers its a trip to Crawley Road in search of just their second away win of the season against the hosting Woburn Lions who will enter the contest looking for the first league win in seven outings. Whilst second place Goldington also hit the road in the direction of the Warren to defend their seasons unbeaten away record against Elstow Abbey.
However for third place AFC Turvey its defence of their seasons unbeaten home ways at Stonefields against a Sandy side that has been beaten just once on the road this season. Whilst fourth place Eastcotts AFC will likewise be defending their own seasons unbeaten home record when visited at their Weston Park base by Brickhill Tigers.
Over at Grange Road, Bedford Sports Athletic will be looking to extend their unbeaten home ways up to six games when called upon by Marabese Ceramics and at their Playing Field headquarters, bottom of the table Bromham United face no easy task in chalking up their first home win of the season as the visitors are a Henlow side now on a four game winning run.
The final action in this section coming at Rectory Road, the venue at which second from bottom of the table hosts Shefford Town & Campton Reserves now without a win in their last five outings take on a Luton Boys Seniors side who have failed to win any of their last eight outings to drop to just one place above the Town in the league standings.
With Division Two league leaders Potton Town sitting the afternoon out second place AFC Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves could move to within a single point of them at the head of the standings should they collect the full three points from their meeting at The Hollow against Potton United Reserves. Whilst third place Queens Park Crescents head to Fisher Close to take on Great Barford looking for their first away win in three starts to enhance their own promotion hopes.
Currently sitting in fourth spot are Clifton who having lost at Co-op Sports in the Beds Junior Cup last weekend now meet them again in league action at Whiston Crescent. Whilst sixth place Kings AFC head for a New Grounds outing against AFC Harlington.
Down at the other end of the league table, over at Renhold Playing Fields bottom of the table hosts Renhold United Reserves face a Riseley Sports side who are yet to win on the road this season and AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves seek just their second away win of the season when they journey to Crawley Road to be hosted by Cranfield United.
In Division Three for league leaders Meltis Albion it’s defence of their perfect home record at Miller Road when called upon by Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves. Whilst second place Stevington will also be in home action looking for their fourth home win on the bounce against bottom of the table Clifton Reserves who will hit the road in search of their first away point/points of the season.
Over at Cutler Hammer, fourth place Kempston Athletic having won at third place Westoning last weekend now face them at home in search of their fifth win on the bounce which would see the sides exchange places in the league standings and at Hillgrounds, second from bottom of the table AFC Bush are visited by an Elstow Abbey Reserves side who have won each of their last four trips away from The Warren.
Other Hillgrounds action over the hedge on the public sector sees hosts Kempston Con Club Sports look for their first win in six outings against the visiting Bedford Panthers who are now unbeaten in their own last five outings and at Marston Playing Fields, Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves seek just their third home win of the season when called upon by a Wilstead Reserves side who look to end a run of three consecutive defeats.
The clash of the day in division four comes at Moore Crescent where league leaders FC Houghton will be defending their seasons 100% home record against second place Meltis Albion Reserves who will hit the road to defend their own 100% seasons away record in hope of closing the gap at the head of the league standings to just two points.
For third place Wootton Village, its a trip to Steppingley Road to face fifth place Dinamo Flitwick and also hitting the road for Flitwick but to Redborne School will be fourth place Cranfield United Reserves to take on bottom of the table Flitwick Town Reserves.
Over at Harrowden Middle School, the visitors to face an Atletico Europa side looking for their first win in four outings are Mid Beds Tigers. Whilst at King George VI Playing Fields, sixth place Clapham Sports look for just their second home win of the season when called upon by a Caldecote A side who will hit the road in search of their first away point/points of the season.
Other action comes at Bedford Road Recreation Ground where Moggerhanger United having won their last four away games visit Sandy Reserves who themselves are now unbeaten in their last four starts and at Digswell Playing Fields, second from bottom of the table Shefford Town & Campton A now on a five games losing run host Bedford Park Rangers who are now unbeaten in their last four starts.