Bedfordshire League: December 7 preview

Premier Division action this weekend takes the new league leaders Shillington on the short journey to Rectory Road to face Shefford Town & Campton.

Thursday, 5th December 2013, 2:00 pm

Second place AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College look to retain their perfect home record at Hillgrounds against bottom of the table Sharnbrook who caused a major shock just 14 days ago by beating them 3-1 at Lodge Road.

Over at Marston Playing Fields, there is a big local derby clash between hosts Marston Shelton Rovers who will be defending their seasons unbeaten home ways against Lidlington United Sports as well as looking for a seasons league double over their near neighbours. Whilst at Harvey Close, Caldecote will be seeking their fourth home win on the bounce when visited by a Renhold United side that beat them 3-2 just three weeks ago on their own Playing Field patch .

Other action comes at Oakley Playing Fields where AFC Oakley Sports M&DH will be looking to retain their seasons unbeaten home ways against the visiting Ickwell & Old Warden who have lost on their last three trips away from The Green.

Whilst at their Jubilee Playing Field base, Wilstead look to extend their unbeaten ways to eight games when called upon by a Wootton Blue Cross side that are yet to win on the road this season.

The final top flight action comes at Redborne School where hosts Flitwick Town look for just their third home win of the season against a Pavenham side who hit the road in search of just their second away victory of the season.

Division One action this weekend sees leaders Goldington at home at their Alexander Sports Centre base against bottom of the table Bromham United who will make the short journey still looking for their first point/points of the season in this game number 10. Whilst second place Sundon Park Rangers will also enjoy home advantage when Bedford Sports Athletic call upon them at their Stockwood Park headquarters where the Rangers still hold down a seasons 100% perfect record.

However, perhaps the game of the day will come at Ickleford Playing Fields where Marabese Ceramics, now unbeaten in their last four home starts, are visited by third place AFC Turvey. Or even at Weston Park, the venue at which Eastcotts AFC look to retain their seasons unbeaten home ways against fellow promotion candidates Elstow Abbey.

Over at Groveside, it’s local derby action between Henlow and Shefford Town & Campton Reserves where the hosts look for their fourth league win on the bounce and at Chaul End Lane, Luton Boys Seniors face a Brickhill Tigers side who will be hitting the road in search of just their second away win of the season.

The final action in this division coming at Bedford Road Recreation Ground where hosts Sandy will be seeking revenge over a Woburn Lions side who knocked them out of the Bedfordshire FA Intermediate Cup at the same venue just five weeks ago.

The lower division action is headed by the ties in the third round of this season’s Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup.

These ties include two all Bedfordshire County Football League division two clashes, at Hillgrounds on the 3G surface the visitors to face AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves are AFC Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves who you would perhaps favour to progress into the next round. Whilst at Solway Road North, Co-op Sports host Clifton where again it will be the visitors who will start favourites to make it into the hat for the fourth round draw.

However it will be a major shock if, at Mill Lane, second division high flyers Potton Town fail to progress at the expense of division four visitors Meltis Albion Reserves. But at Miller Road you would give third division Meltis Albion more than an even chance of a spot of giant-killing over division two visitors Queens Park Crescents.

For three other sides it’s opposition from the Luton District & South Beds League, Great Barford playing hosts to LU Four. Whilst Wilstead Reserves hit the road to face FC Polonia and Wootton Village journey to be hosted by FNE Rangers.

The final tie takes Kempston Hammers Sports on the road for a meeting with North Bucks League Southcott Village RA.

With all this cup action the division two league action is down to just two games. At Renhold Playing Fields, Renhold United Reserves will be playing hosts to Cranfield United. Whilst Riseley Reserves travel to King George VI Playing Fields looking for their first away win of the season against the hosting Kings AFC.

In Division Three the programme has just four games, the top game coming at Greenfield Road where with a maximum three point haul hosts Westoning would climb up to second place in the league standings but it will not be easy as the visitors are fourth place Kempston Athletic who still remain unbeaten on the road this season.

Down at the other end of the league table, basement side Clifton Reserves at their Whiston Crescent base look to end a run of nine consecutive defeats when visited by a Bedford Panthers side who come in search of their third away win on the bounce. Whilst on The Green, Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves now without a win from their last five starts play hosts to AFC Bush who will hit the road still looking for their first away point/points of the season.

The other action comes at The Warren where Elstow Abbey Reserves look to end a sequence of two straight home defeats against the visiting Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves.

In Division Four, league leaders FC Houghton will be hitting the road for a Moggerhanger Playing Fields outing against a Moggerhanger United side that has won just the once on home soil this season. Whilst at Crawley Road, Cranfield United Reserves seek out their third home win on the bounce against the visiting Dinamo Flitwick.

Over at Sandye Place Academy its local derby action between hosts Mid Beds Tigers and a Sandy Reserves side that is yet to win on the road this season.

Whilst at Harvey Close, second from bottom of the table Caldecote A now on a five game losing run host basement side Flitwick Town Reserves who hit the road in search of their first away point/points of the season.

Other action comes at Blunham Playing Fields where hosts Bedford Park Rangers look for league win number four on the bounce against the visiting Clapham Sports who have won their last two away outings and at Digswell Playing Fields, Shefford Town & Campton A now on a four games losing run entertain an Atletico Europa side who likewise have failed to win any of their last four league outings.