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Sunday 24th August 2008
Its The Big Kick Off Next Weekend, Are You Ready ?
The Bedfordshire Football League season will get underway next weekend with a slighty reduced programme of twenty-one games, in The Premier Division Supported By Sportsform, the top game comes at Rectory Road with a clash between the top two clubs of last season when defending league champions Campton with arguably the best strike force in the league host last seasons runners-up Oakley Sports who travel with arguably the best defence in the league.
One club certainly fancying their championship chances this season are Kevin Smith's new look Blunham side who have already lifted this seasons pre-season Jesse Piggott Memorial Trophy and they start their new campaign with a home Moggerhanger Playing Fields encounter with Sharnbrook who enjoyed a share of the spoils in both of their meetings last season and will prove tough opposition.
Two of the newly promoted clubs begin the season with home games, at Horseshoes Close, Dunton are in local derby action against Ickwell & Old Warden whilst over at Groveside, Henlow face a tough opening day encounter against last seasons third place Meltis Corinthians, meanwhile their is an intriguing game at Harvey Close where hosts Caldecote under the new management of Neil Mapletoft entertain Renhold United many peoples idea of this seasons dark horses in the championship race.
The other two top flight games coming at Bedford Road Recreation Ground where Sandy under the new management of Pete Fil despite a poor pre-season showing look to put this right when they host Riseley Sports who also travel under new management in the shape of Andy Milne and at Hillgrounds where AFC Kempston Town now under the leadership of Lee Moon face the divisions third promoted club last seasons Division One Champions Bedford SA who are now officially Bedford Sports Athletic rather than Bedford Salvation Army or to you and me Bedford SA.
In Division One the action is confined to five games with the likely looking top clash coming at Miller Road where newly promoted Meltis Albion host a Flitwick Town side that as just missed out on promotion for the past two seasons, whilst just along the road at Hillgrounds there is local derby action when Royal Oak Kempston entertain AFC Kempston Town Reserves who will under their new management team of Leo Marciante and Mick Paolini perhaps start the game favourites to get the season off to a winning start.
Other action sees tough opening day games on the road for both Campton Reserves and Sandy Reserves, Campton on their way to Greenfield Road for a meeting with the now re-grouped Westoning Recreation Club whilst Richard Wheatley's Sandy side travel to face one of the clubs very much likely to be in the championship mix this campaign Marston Social , the final game in this section coming at Crawley Road where relegated Woburn hope to take their first step back to the top flight with the three points from their home game with Stevington.
Division Two action like Division One is restricted to just five games, two of these coming in Jubilee Park where Meppershall Jurassic face a visit from Marston Shelton Rovers who by tradition normally always start their season off with a bang, none more so than last term when they remained unbeaten in their opening nine games and at the same venue newly promoted Meltis Corinthians Reserves will host Clifton.
Other action comes at Mill Lane where Potton Wanderers will look to get life in Division Two off to a winning start against Woburn Reserves, at Hurst Grove where Lidlington United Sports receive a visit from Blunham Reserves whilst Great Barford hit the road to Russell Park and a meeting with Saffron.
The Division Three action will kick off with just four games but in those games four of the new sides to the league this season clash, at Stanbridge Road, Leighton United will host Bedford Park Rangers whilst Ian Jakes, Dunton Reserves make the short trip to Arlesey Recreation Ground to face Three Tuns Galacticos who are managed by former Henlow duo James Geekie and Graeme Leger.
The days other two encounters coming in Hillgrounds where another newcomer Kempston Athletic face Stewartby Village and Marsh Leys host Westoning Recreation Club Reserves.
Following on from the weekend the action then switches to Wednedsday evening September 3rd with two games in Division One, at Harvey Close, Caldecote Reserves play hosts in derby action against Campton Reserves whilst just down the road on The Green, Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves get their season underway with a home game against Kempston Hammers Sports, ( Formally Reddings Wood ) both games kicking off at 6.30pm.