Bedfordshire League preview: November 1

Caldecote v Marston Shelton Rovers
Caldecote v Marston Shelton Rovers
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Premier Division supported by Sportsform action this weekend sees league leaders Shefford Town & Campton defend their 100% home record when Marston Shelton Rovers come to Hitchin Road.

Second place Renhold United will be looking to preserve their 100% away record when they travel to Harvey Close to face a Caldecote side who will be looking for just their third home win of the season.

Also on the road will be third place AFC Oakley M&DH who journey to Weston Park to take on tenth place Wootton Blue Cross. Whilst fifth place Flitwick Town play hosts at the Flitwick Community Football Centre to seventh place Eastcotts AFC.

Down at the other end of the table, basement club Lidlington United Sports look to end a run of four consecutive away defeats and pick up their first win of the season when they head for a meeting on the Green against 12th place Ickwell & Old Warden who will be searching for their first home point/points of the season.

Elsewhere at their Playing Field base second from bottom of the table Pavenham play hosts to a Sandy side who sit just one place above them in the league standings but nevertheless will be looking to take their unbeaten away ways up to three games and at Thurleigh Playing Fields hosts AFC Turvey losers of their opening four home league games of the season and now without a win from their last eight outings face a visit from a Sharnbrook side who to date have been beaten just the once on the road this season.

The action spotlight this weekend for Division One clubs falls upon the second round ties in this season’s Bedfordshire FA Intermediate Cup.

Of the nine ties in which our teams are involved three are all Bedfordshire County Football League affairs. At New Grounds where hosts AFC Harlington are yet to record their first win of the season the visitors are a yet to win on the road this season Queens Park Crescents.Whilst at King George VI Playing Fields, AFC Oakley M&DH Reserves will look to preserve their seasons 100% home ways when called upon by Potton Town. The third tie comes at Miller Road, the venue at which hosts Meltis Albion will perhaps start the game second favourites against the visiting Sundon Park Rangers.

Elsewhere there are ties for four other sides against opposition from the Luton District & South Beds League. Alas for Riseley Sports its a trip on the road to Lewsey Park to face St Josephs whilst the other three will do battle on home soil. At Hillgrounds AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves face Four Model, over at Cople Playing Fields Bar 32 Luton are the opposition to face Bedford SA and at the Warren, Elstow Abbey will be playing hosts to Crawley Green A.

Meantime it’s a trip on the road for Cranfield United as they journey to take on Barton Rovers U20 Development B and a home tie for Great Barford against Wootton Blue Cross U21.

All this cup football leaves us with just a single division one supported by Wests Citroen Bedford fixture.That action comes at Rectory Road the venue at which tenth place Shefford Town & Campton Reserves play hosts to the unbeaten league leaders Henlow.

In Division Two it’s trips on the road for the leading two sides. League leaders Westoning go to Jubilee Playing Fields to defend their seasons unbeaten away ways against the hosting bottom of the table Wilstead Reserves who are yet to win on home soil this season. Whilst second place Elstow Abbey Reserves make the short journey to Wootton Recreation Ground looking to preserve their seasons unbeaten ways against tenth place hosts Wootton Village.

However perhaps the game of the day in this division comes at Moore Crescent, the venue at which third place FC Houghton will be seeking their sixth league win on the bounce when called upon by fourth place Clapham Sports who themselves are unbeaten in their last five league outings. Over at Cutler Hammer, seventh place Kempston Hammers receive a visit from sixth place Stevington and at their Playing Field headquarters second from bottom of the table Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves look to retain their current winning home ways when visited by a Moggerhanger United side who have lost on their last three trips away from Horseshoes Close.

Other action comes at Renhold Playing Fields where ninth place hosts Renhold United Reserves aim to take their unbeaten home ways up to three games against the visiting Caldecote Reserves whose task will be to end their current four game losing run on the road.

In Division Three the game of the day takes place on the 3G surface at Redborne School where seventh Dinamo Flitwick look to retain their unbeaten home ways when visited by league leaders Clifton. Whilst with third place Cranfield United Reserves sitting the afternoon out,fourth place Atletico Europa have a chance to climb above them with a point or more from their home clash at the Bedford Academy against the visiting fifth place Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves who with a victory themselves could also take over that third spot.

Over at Bedford Recreation Ground, Sandy Reserves will be seeking out their first home win of the season against the visiting second place Flitwick Town Reserves. Whilst Greenfield Road is the venue where Westoning U20 look to end their four games losing run when called upon by sixth place Shefford Town & Campton A and at Harvey Close bottom of the table Caldecote U20 will be in home action against ninth place and yet to win on the road this season Lea Sports PSG.

The final game has a real international flavour when in Hillgrounds ninth place White Eagles play hosts to eighth place FC Serbia.