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Sunday 30th December 2007
More Home Woes For Clifton
Last weekends Bedfordshire Football League programme was restricted to just four games, in Division One Supported By Sportsform, Stevington after three straight home defeats found the winning habit on home soil again by running out 5-2 winners over bottom of the table Marston Social with goals from Darren King, Garry Higgins, Scott Hannam, Matthew Gillett and Steve Watts to Social replies from James Armstrong and John Constable.
In Division Two, Clifton's poor run continued when beaten at home 1-2 by Blunham Reserves, Chris Dunne and Chris Snape the Blunham marksmen to a home reply from Harry Fisher, the defeat Clifton's sixth in their last seven home encounters now drops them into the bottom four of the league standings whilst Blunham's win lifts them out of the bottom six for the first time this season.
Division Three action saw Caldecote A push themselves up into third spot in the table after netting a 6-1 home win over bottom of the table Exel United, Stuart Finding and Lee Adams both on the scoresheet twice alongside a strike from Mark Endersby plus an own goal making their tally up to six against a late reply from James Luddington for United, the days final game seeing a goal from Wilshamstead Reserves, Dan Read not be enough to prevent his side going down 1-2 at home against Potton Wanderers who in extending their unbeaten away record to eight games are now back into the top half of the table.
The opening action of 2008 sees The Bedforshire Football League provide five of the eight clubs contesting this seasons Bedfordshire FA Senior Trophy
Quarter-Final ties with just one guaranteed a Semi-Final spot due to the meeting at St Thomas Road of hosts Luton Borough who receive a visit from Caldecote in a tie that could go either way, Borough having been beaten just twice on home soil this campaign against high flyers Oakley Sports and Campton whilst Caldecote are currently on a seven game unbeaten run in all competitions and will perhaps start the day sight favourites to come out on top, action for the other three clubs sees them once again pit their wits against opposition from The Molten Sparten South Midlands League with just Sharnbrook enjoying home advantage when they welcome Division One side Arlesey Athletic to Lodge Road but without a home win to their name this season their task to make the last four looks as difficult as the two teams on the road, Meltis Corinthians on the way to a meeting with current holders AFC Dunstable whilst AFC Kempston Town head to Tenby Drive for a clash with Kent Athletic
On the league front, the season in the main enters its second half of the campaign which in effect means a reversal of the games played just before The Christmas break, for Premier Division Supported By McGirls Money Management league leaders Campton thats a home Rectory Road game against bottom club Woburn who without an away victory to their name this season are unlikely to cause a upset which would allow Sandy a chance to regain the top spot when they look for a quick seasons double over Wilshamstead who themselves travel to Bedford Road like Woburn still without an away win this campaign.
For third place Oakley Sports its a short journey on the road to face Renhold United whilst over at Greenfield Road, Westoning Recreation Club entertain Blunham who have failed to collect the full three points on the road since winning at Meltis Corinthians on the opening day of the season, whilst on The Green, Ickwell & Old Warden look for just their second home win of the campaign when they entertain Riseley Sports who have won just once on their travels this season.
Action in Division One Supported By Sportsform sees league leaders Bedford SA in home Cople Playing Fields action where they will be expected to collect the full three points from third from bottom club Royal Oak Kempston which should enable them to hold onto the top spot for at least another week, second place Dunton are in home action at Horseshoe Close against fourth place Westoning Recreation Club Reserves whilst third place Henlow look to maintain their home Groveside unbeaten record and chalk up league win number nine on the bounce when they entertain a Elstow Abbey side whose last six league encounters have all ended in defeat
Other games in this section come at Cutler Hammer where Kempston and Sandy Reserves meet for the third time inside a month and with both sides having chalked up a win apiece this could go either way, whilst Campton Reserves journey to Harvey Close seeking away win number four on the bounce against Caldecote Reserves who ended their five game winning run with a 1-1 draw at Rectory Road just three weeks ago.
The other two games taking place at Steppingley Road where Flitwick Town look for home win number five in a row against visitors Reddings Wood who travel seeking away win number three on the bounce and at Stevington where the hosts will look to continue their winning ways on home soil when paid a visit from AFC Kempston Town Reserves who travel looking to put right a heavy defeat at Hillgrounds against them just three weeks ago.
The top game in Division Two sees current league leaders Great Barford host third place Bedford College seeking win number eight on the bounce but with a much better goal difference than the home side The Students would leapfrog them in the standings with a victory but would only claim the top spot should current second place club Meltis Albion fail to make it home win number five on the bounce when they host Mulberry Bush at Miller Road who travel without a win from their last five outings which as seen them slip into the bottom half of the league table.
For fourth place Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves its a trip on the road to Carlton for a meeting with seventh place Newham Athletic who they beat on home soil by the odd goal in a seven goal thriller just three weeks ago whilst fifth place Marston Shelton Rovers look to end a dismal run of five straight defeats when they journey to Jubilee Park for a meeting with Putnoe United.
Other games see Blunham Reserves, Lidlington United Sports and Oakley Sports Reserves all have home advantage as they seek quick seasons doubles over their visitors, Blunham playing host at Moggerhanger Playing Fields to Saffron, United entertaining Clifton at Hurst Grove whilst The Sportsmen receive a visit from Renhold Village., with the days final fixture in this section coming at Crawley Road where bottom club Woburn Reserves still without a home win this campaign look to stop visitors Meppershall Jurassic chalking up their fifth straight win which as climbed them into the top half of the league table
Action in Division Three sees league leaders Blue Chip in home Russell Park action against a Potton Wanderers side who travel unbeaten on the road since the opening day of the season and any slip up by The Chipmen could well see Kings AFC take over the top spot should they come up with the full three points from a tough looking trip to Harvey Close where they face Caldecote A.
It's third against fourth in Jubilee Park when Meltis Corinthians Reserves unbeaten in their last eight league outings entertain Marabese Ceramics who have slipped below them in the standings following draws in each of their last three games and whatever the outcome of this game it is certain one of the clubs or both if its a draw will drop below Riseley Sports Reserves in the standings should they as expected come up with the full three points from their home Gold Street meeting with second from bottom side Lidlington United Sports Reserves who make the journey having lost their last thirteen games
Other games in this section see AFC Shillington look to return to winning ways when they host Stewartby Village at Stondon Playing Fields, whilst Flitwick Town Reserves will be expecting to do the same when they hit the road for a Hillgrounds meeting with bottom club Exel United, meanwhile Sunderland Road is the venue for Sandy A home game with Marsh Leys as the hosts look for only their second win on home soil this campaign against the travelling Marshmen whose eight away games to date as seen them beaten just twice and at Jubilee Playing Fields, Wilshamstead Reserves seek to return to winning ways at home when they host Twinwoods Thistle.