Bedfordshire League preview: February 28
Premier Division supported by Sportsform action this weekend will see leaders and firm title favourites Renhold United journey to the Green to take on bottom of the table Ickwell & Old Warden.
At their Community Football Centre base third place Flitwick Town will start firm favourites to collect all three points against the visiting second from bottom oCaldecote who are yet to win on the road this season and are currently on a three game losing run.
Having seen their title hopes rapidly fade away since the turn of the year second place Shefford Town & Campton will seek to end a run of three consecutive home defeats when at Rectory Road rather than their normal Hitchin Road base, which is experiencing drainage problems, they welcome tenth place Sharnbrook who have won just the twice on the road all season.
Whilst for fifth place Wootton Blue Cross beaten just once in their last eight outings its a trip to Bedford Road Recreation Ground where twelfth place hosts Sandy will be in search of their first home win of the season.
Over at Church Lane fourth place hosts AFC Oakley M&DH will look to return to winning ways on home soil when called upon by ninth place Eastcotts AFC who will be seeking just their third away win of the season.
Whilst just down the road at Pavenham Playing Fields eighth place hosts Pavenham winners of their last three home outings face sixth place Marston Shelton Rovers side who have lost just the once on the road all season but will hit the road now losers of their last three games.
The final top flight action comes at Jubilee Playing Fields, the venue at which 11th place hosts Wilstead search out just their second home win of the season against the visiting seventh place AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College whose away record of just two defeats all season suggest this will be no easy task.
With Division One supported by Wests Citroen Bedford league leaders Elstow Abbey in home Centenary Cup first round action at the Warren against AFC Harlington, it gives second place Cranfield United a chance to close the gap on them to just six points. At their Crawley Road base they defend their seasons 100% home record and look for win number nine on the bounce against the visiting tenth place Queens Park Crescents who will hit the road having lost just one of their last five away outings.
Whilst for third place Henlow now on a three game losing run its a trip to Hillgrounds and a meeting against seventh place AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves who will be looking for their fifth home win on the bounce.
Elsewhere, over at Miller Road fifth place hosts Meltis Albion receive a visit from twelfth place AFC Oakley M&DH Reserves side who have failed to win any of their last seven outings and just down the road at Cople Playing Fields third from bottom of the table Bedford SA with just two home wins to their name all season and now on a five game losing run are called upon by eighth place Riseley Sports who have won just the twice on the road all season.
Other action comes at Mill Lane, where ninth place Potton Town now on a four game losing run take on second from bottom of the table Marabese Ceramics who will be looking for just their third win on the bounce.
At Stockwood Park Athletic Track sixth place hosts Sundon Park Rangers look for their third home win on the bounce against the visiting eleventh place Shefford Town & Campton Reserves now losers of their last four away outings.
Meantime it’s Bedfordshire FA Intermediate Cup Semi-final action for Great Barford when they journey to Mentmore Road Playing Fields to face North Bucks league side Southcott Village Residents Association FC.
In Division Two for leaders Clapham Sports its home action at their King Geoge VI Playing Field base against the visiting tenth place Moggerhanger United who will travel looking to avoid their third consecutive away defeat.
Whilst with second place Stevington sitting the afternoon out it gives both Westoning and FC Houghton a chance to climb above them in the league standings. Third place FC Houghton defending their seasons unbeaten home ways at Moore Crescent and looking to extend their unbeaten ways up to 16 games against the visiting Kempston Athletic requiring just a point or better to take over second spot but for fourth place Westoning now still unbeaten on the road this season and currently on a nine game winning run its a trip to Wootton Playing Fields to face sixth place Wootton Village where only a victory by a large margin would leap them above the boys from Stevington on goal difference.
Elsewhere, over at the Hockey Centre 11th place hosts Bedford United seek out just their second home win of the season against bottom of the table Wilstead Reserves and at Miller Road, twelfth place Meltis Albion Reserves now losers of their last nine outings including six on home soil receive a visit from fifth place Elstow Abbey Reserves who have lost just the twice on the road all season.
Other action comes at Harvey Close, the venue at which third from bottom of the table Caldecote Reserves now on a three game losing run receive a visit from second from bottom of the table Renhold United Reserves who have won just the twice on the road all season and at Marston Playing Fields, eighth place hosts Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves now on a three game unbeaten run take on seventh place Kempston Hammers Sports who will be in search of just their second away win of the season.
With both Flitwick Town Reserves and Lea Sports PSG sitting the afternoon out it leaves a chance for Cranfield United Reserves to close the gap on them both at the head of the division three league standings when they make the trip to the Sandy Academy now winners of seven of their last eight league outings to face bottom of the table Mid Beds Tigers who will be looking for just their second home win of the season. Whilst at the Bedford Academy, fifth place Atletico Europa are visited by ninth place Shefford Town & Campton A who have so far won just the twice on the road all season.
Elsewhere, it’s 3G action at Redborne School for seventh place hosts Dinamo Flitwick when they are visited by fourth place FC Serbia who are currently on an eight game unbeaten run and at Greenfield Road, third from bottom of the table Westoning U20 losers of their last five home outings are called upon by sixth place Clifton who have now lost their last six away outings to drop out of the promotion race.
The final action comes in Hillgrounds, the venue at which eighth place White Eagles are called upon by second from bottom of the table Caldecote A who are yet to win on the road this season and have failed to win in any of their last 10 league outings.