Bedfordshire League: weekend preview

Bedfordshire League action this weekend sees leaders AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College striving to maintain their unbeaten runn at Hillgrounds when they host AFC Oakley Sports M&DH.

©Michael Krinke Photography
©Michael Krinke Photography

Second place Lidlington United Sports seek to retain their unbeaten away ways when they travel to The Green to be hosted by still unbeaten at home Ickwell & Old Warden.

Over at Greenfield’s, third place Shillington, now unbeaten in their last seven outings, entertain fourth place Flitwick Town who will hit the road looking for their third away win on the bounce.

At Harvey Close, bottom of the table Caldecote will be seeking to end a four game losing run when called upon by fifth place Marston Shelton Rovers.

Elsewhere, sixth place Renhold United make tracks for Weston Park still unbeaten on the road this season to face Wootton Blue Cross and seventh place Wilstead now on a four game unbeaten run play hosts at their Jubilee Playing Fields headquarters to a Shanbrook side in search of its first away win of the season.

The final top flight game comes at Pavenham Playing Fields, the venue at which hosts Pavenham play a Shefford Town & Campton side that has lost its last six games.

Following last weekend’s Beds FA Intermediate Cup ties, division one sides this week return to normal league action and for league leaders Goldington that means a trip to Cople Playing Fields to be hosted by Bedford Sports Athletic. With the home side now on a three game winning run dare I suggest the league leaders 100% seasons record could well come to an end in this game number eight of the season.

For second place Sandy, its home Bedford Road Recreation Ground action against Marabese Ceramics. The Tilermen will arrive at The Rec unbeaten in their last four league outings but nevertheless still looking for their first away win of the season.

Just a point behind Sandy in the league table are Sundon Park Rangers and with them still holding down a 100% home record for the season they will be fully expected to collect all three points when called upon at their Stockwood Park base by bottom of the table Caldecote Reserves who still remain pointless after seven outings.

Over at Crawley Road, Woburn Lions will be looking to get back to winning ways against Luton Boys Seniors thus staying ahead of the pack of three clubs currently only separated by goal difference in positions four to six. Those clubs being, Elstow Abbey who hit the road for Rectory Road looking to end a run of two straight away defeats against hosts Shefford Town & Campton Reserves and AFC Turvey who journey to Groveside to face home side Henlow who after just one win from their opening seven outings sit just three places off the bottom of the league table. With Turvey’s Beds FA cup tie postponed last weekend this game could now be subject to change, please watch for any update on during the week.

Whilst Eastcotts AFC will travel to Sharpenhoe Road to face Sururban League Barton Rovers Reserves in their delayed Beds FA Intermediate Cup 1st Round Tie.

For the majority of the lower division sides the centre of attention this weekend switches to the ties in the second round of this seasons Beds FA Junior Cup. Topping the bill will be two all Bedfordshire County Football League division two clashes.In Mowsbury Park, Queens Park Crescents will be fully expected to beat the visiting Renhold United Reserves and perhaps home advantage will tell when Great Barford play hosts to Riseley Sports in a contest that looks much harder to call.

There is also one all Bedfordshire County Football League division three clash scheduled for Cutler Hammer which will see Kempston Athletic playing hosts to league leaders Meltis Albion but with Kempston Hammers Sports also due at home against Shefford Town & Campton A, Athletics’ tie could well be rescheduled. Please watch for details during the week.

Over at Moore Crescent, high flying FC Houghton of division four will more than fancy their chances of a spot of giant-killing when division two Clifton come calling. Whilst four other division four side hit the road in search of some giant-killing of their own. Alas two of these ties are currently scheduled for the same venue, so again keep an eye on during the week. These being Meltis Albion Reserves trip to Hillgrounds 3G surface to take on AFC Bush of division three and Sandy Reserves of division four visiting the same venue to face division two side AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves.

The other two ties both take place in Potton.

At Mill Lane, division two Potton Town will start firm favourites to overcome the visiting division four Caldecote A and whilst at The Hollow the same comment applies to division two Potton United Reserves, they look to have a tougher task on their hands with the visitors being the high flying division four Wootton Village.

For three other sides, it’s trips on the road to face opposition from the Luton District & South Beds League. Kings AFC heading to play LU Four, Wilstead Reserves for North Sundon Wanderers and Flitwick Town Reserves to FC Polonia.

The final tie takes Clifton Reserves on the road to face North Bucks league side Southcott Village RA Reserves.