Top two meet in Bedfordshire League
There is no dispute as to the game of the day in the Bedfordshire League on Saturday as the top two sides meet.
Premier Division supported by Sportsform action at Renhold Playing Fields sees the still 100% league leaders Renhold United play host to second place Shefford Town & Campton - looking to maintain their own unbeaten ways and achieve away win number six on the bounce.
Over at Oakley Playing Fields third place AFC Oakley M&DH will be in search of home win number four on the bounce to extend their home unbeaten ways up to seven games when paid a visit by second from bottom of the table Ickwell & Old Warden.
Whilst fourth place Marston Shelton Rovers make tracks to Jubilee Playing Fields to be hosted by twelfth place Wilstead who will be in search of just their second home win of the season.
Down at Flitwick Community Football Centre fifth place hosts Flitwick Town, having lost to just the league leaders Renhold on home turf this season, welcome AFC Turvey who have been beaten just the once at AFC Oakley M&DH in seven away outing to date this season. Whilst at Hurst Grove hosts Lidlington United Sports are called upon by now bottom of the table Pavenham.
Meantime just down the road at Weston Park, eighth place hosts Wootton Blue Cross are visited by a sixth place Sharnbook side who have thus far only been defeated twice on the road this season and at Bedford Road Recreation Ground it will be local derby action between tenth place hosts Sandy still looking for their first home win of the season and the visiting Caldecote still looking for their first away win of the season.
The final top flight action is at Sharnbrook Upper School, the venue at which ninth place Eastcotts AFC now unbeaten in their last four home starts are paid a visit by seventh place AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College winners of four out of their six away games to date this season.
In Division One for league leaders Henlow it will be home Groveside action against the visiting seventh place Potton Town.
Whilst second place Elstow Abbey will be en route to Ickleford Recreation Ground to face third from bottom of the table Marabese Ceramics still looking for their first home win of the season.
Also on the road will be third place Cranfield United who head to Hitchin Road to face Shefford Town & Campton Reserves who they removed from the Beds FA Intermediate Cup back in late September at the same venue, since that game however Town have been beaten just the twice in their subsequent eight outings and will prove to be no easy nut to crack. Whilst for fourth place Great Barford it will be a major surprise if home win number five on the bounce is not forthcoming when paid a visit by bottom of the table Brache Sparta.
Elsewhere over at Miller Road sixth place hosts Meltis Albion take on eighth place AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves who in having won their first five away starts to the season have now suddenly lost the last two and at Cople Playing Fields, tenth place hosts Bedford SA are called upon by eleventh place AFC Oakley M&DH Reserves who look to extend their current unbeaten away ways up to four games.
Other action coming at New Grounds, the venue at which second from bottom of the table AFC Harlington will look to continue their winning home ways against the travelling Queens Park Crescents who will be in search of the first away point/points of the season. Whilst at Gold Street, twelfth place Riseley Sports play hosts to fifth place Sundon Park Rangers.
The major spotlight for the lower division clubs this weekend falls upon the action in the second round of this season’s Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup. Of the seven ties in which they are involved five are all Bedfordshire County Football League affairs. The two exceptions being Bedford United’s home tie at the Hockey Centre against Luton District & South Beds League FC Spandits Reserves and Stevington’s trip in the opposite direction to take on Caddington from the same league.
In those said five ties, Westoning will be making a return trip to the Warren to be hosted by an Elstow Abbey Reserves side they defeated in league action just 14 days ago and perhaps also starting firm favourites to win on the road will be division three FC Houghton when they journey to Rectory Road to face division four hosts Shefford Town & Campton A.
Division Three sides are also involved in the remaining three ties and perhaps the best chance of a spot of giant killing could well come from Cranfield United Reserves who play hosts at Crawley Road to their near neighbours Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves who are yet to win on the road in division three league action this season. Plus you would not rule out the chances of FC Serbia causing an upset when they journey to Horseshoes Close to be hosted by Moggerhanger United.
The trio is made up by Caldecote U20 who without an away league win to their name this season look to have the odds stacked against them when they hit the road for a Cutler Hammer outing against Kempston Athletic.
Division Two league action is thus reduced to just a programme of three games in which the highest place side in action will be third place Clapham Sports who seek to extend their unbeaten home ways up to four games when receiving a visit from tenth place Renhold United Reserves who have lost their last four league trips on the road. Whilst at Harvey Close, Caldecote Reserves beaten just once on home turf this season are called upon by Wootton Village whose only two away defeats to date this season came at high flyers Clapham Sports and Westoning.
Miller Road is the venue of game number three where sixth place hosts Meltis Albion Reserves take on eighth place Kempston Hammers Sports in a game that will kick off at 1.30pm.
Likewise Division Three action is reduced to just a programme of five games. The game of the day coming at Whiston Crescent where sixth place Clifton play hosts to league leaders Atletico Europa who will hit the road looking for their sixth consecutive away win to maintain their seasons 100% away record. Whilst on the Green, seventh place Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves now on a three game winning run face local derby action against the visiting Sandy Reserves.
Over on the 3G surface at Redborne School second place hosts Dinamo Flitwick look to retain their seasons unbeaten home ways against the visiting third place Lea Sports PSG who will be in search of their fourth away win on the bounce and just down the way at Greenfield Road, second from bottom of the table hosts Westoning U20 now losers of their last five home games are called upon by fifth place White Eagles side who still hold down a seasons 100% away record.
The final action is at the Sandy Academy, the venue at which the hosting third from bottom of the table Mid Beds Tigers go in search of their first home win of the season against the visiting ninth place Flitwick Town Reserves.