Bedfordshire League preview: April 18

Ickwell v Eastcotts PNL-150325-102757002
Ickwell v Eastcotts PNL-150325-102757002

The spotlight of this weekend’s action will see the league’s representative side play hosts to The Surrey Elite Intermediate League in the FA Inter-League Cup at Cranfield United kicking off at 3pm.

The result of this means the Premier Division supported by Sportsform action is down to just a programme of three games. The most significant of which comes at Hillgrounds being the venue at which fifth place hosts AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College now unbeaten in their last 10 games continue their quest for a top three finish when paid a visit by sixth place Wootton Blue Cross who are currently on a two game losing run.

The other two games having a bearing on the situation at the other end of the table.

At Bedford Road Recreation Ground, ninth place hosts Sandy with just one home win to their name all season receive a visit from bottom of the table Ickwell & Old Warden in a game that will kick off at the earlier time of 1.45pm and Lodge Road is the venue where twelfth place Sharnbrook look to repair the damage of failing to win any of their last five home outings against the visiting second from bottom of the table Caldecote who to date have won just the once on the road all season.

In the Divsion One supported by Wests Citroen Bedford action both of the top two sides on paper face banana skin games in their quest to lift the league title. Current leaders Cranfield United despite having lost just the twice on the road this season making tracks for an Ickleford Playing Field outing against a resurgent Marabese Ceramic. Whilst second place Elstow Abbey despite only having lost just the once on home soil at the Warren this season receiving a visit from eighth place Queens Park Crescents who have collected the maximum points from four of their last six away outings.

Over at Hitchin Road the visitors to face tenth place Shefford Town & Campton Reserves who are now on a six game unbeaten run will be fourth place Great Barford who have lost just the three times on the road all season. Whilst just down the road at Groveside, third place Henlow play hosts to ninth place AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves whose haul of just four points from their last nine league outings suggests on paper this looks like a home banker.

Other action comes at New Grounds, the venue at which second from bottom of the table AFC Harlington look to repair the damage of four consecutive home defeats against the visiting sixth place Meltis Albion and at Stockwood Park Athletic Track, fifth place Sundon Park Rangers now on a four game winning run play hosts to seventh place Riseley Sports who will hit the road looking to take their current unbeaten away ways up to five games.

There is no doubt where the game of the day in division two comes, this being at Stevington Playing Fields the home of league leaders Stevington who receive a visit from third place Westoning who will be hitting the road looking to preserve their seasons unbeaten away ways. Whilst for fellow title/promotion contenders and current second place FC Houghton themselves still unbeaten on the road this season its a trip to Renhold Playing Fields to take on tenth place Renhold United Reserves.

Down at the other end of the table basement side Wilstead Reserves still without a home league win to their name this season play hosts to eighth place near neighbours Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves and for third from bottom of the table Meltis Albion Reserves with just one home win to their name in the last nine starts its a visit to their Miller Road base by twelfth place Kempston Athletic. Whilst at Cutler Hammer, seventh place Kempston Hammers play hosts to ninth place Moggerhanger United who will be looking for their first away win of 2015.

The final game coming at The Warren where fifth place Elstow Abbey Reserves receive a visit from eleventh place Bedford United in a game that will kick off at 4.15pm.

In Division Three it’s trips on the road for both of the top two sides. For current league leaders Cranfield United Reserves its a trip to Greenfield Road to face second from bottom of the table Westoning U20 who have won just the twice on home soil all season. Whilst second place Lea Sports PSG winners of their last seven away outings journey into Hillgrounds to be hosted by eighth place White Eagles.

Looking to inch ever closer to a top three finish will be fourth place Atletico Europa when at their Bedford Academy base they look for home league win number four on the bounce against the visiting seventh place Clifton who are currently on an eight game losing away run. Whilst the same comment applies to sixth place Dinamo Flitwick when they journey to the Sandy Academy to face bottom of the table Mid Beds Tigers who will be in search of just their second home win of the season.

Other action coming in the form of a local derby at Bedford Road Recreation Ground where tenth place hosts Sandy Reserves take on eleventh place Caldecote U20 who are still looking for their first away win of the season in a game that will kick off at 4.15pm and at Rectory Road, ninth place Shefford Town & Campton A now unbeaten in their last two games play hosts to fifth place FC Serbia.

Midweek Fixtures

Monday 20th April All Kick off at 6.15pm

Division Two

Kempston Athletic v Caldecote Reserves

Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves v Stevington

Renhold United Reserves v Wootton Village

Wilstead Reserves v Kempston Hammers Sports

Division Three

Westoning U20 v White Eagles.

Tuesday 21st April 2015.

Britannia Cup Semi-Final. Wilstead v Eastcotts AFC @ AFC Kempston Rovers 7.30pm

Wednesday 22nd April 2015

Britannia Cup Semi-Final. Marston Shelton Rovers v AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College @ Cranfield United 7.30pm

Centenary Cup Semi-Final. Queens Park Crescents v Great Barford @ Biggleswade United 7.30pm

Watson Shield Semi-Final. Mid Beds Tigers v Cranfield United Reserves @ Potton United 7.30pm

Premier Division Supported by Sportsform 6.15pm

AFC Oakley M&DH v Caldecote

Ickwell & Old Warden v Sharnbrook.

Sandy v Flitwick Town.

Division One supported by Wests Citroen Bedford 6.15pm

Henlow v Marabese Ceramics

Division Two 6.15pm

Kempston Athletic v Meltis Albion Reserves

Westoning v FC Houghton

Division Three 6.15pm

Atletico Europa v Dinamo Flitwick