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Sunday 28th December 2008
Its A Weekend Of Cup Football To Kick Off 2009
Next Weekends action in the Bedfordshire Football League sees the attention for the majority of clubs switch to the opening round of the various League Cup Competitions, In The Brittania Cup, current holders Meltis Corinthians are in home Miller Road action against Oakley Sports, with the home side still unbeaten for the season in league action and the visitors away record reading just one win from seven outings including a 3-2 defeat at Miller Road the smart money will be on the home side to progress to Round Two where they will meet up with the winners of the game at Renhold Playing Fields between hosts Renhold United and Sharnbrook, United were thumped 7-0 at Sharnbrook in league action just five weeks ago and will see the game as a opportunity to gain their revenge.
For current league leaders Caldecote its home local derby action at Harvey Close against Dunton and with the hosts currently on a eleven game winning run in all competitions which included a 4-1 home win over their visitors in the league you would expect them to bring up the dozen wins and go forward to Round Two and a meeting with either Henlow or Wilshamstead who meet each other at Groveside in a game that could go either way.
Over at Rectory Road, Campton will play hosts to AFC Kempston Town who they have already beaten on home soil in league action this campaign thus making them the firm favourites to move into the next round and a meeting with either Bedford Sports Athletic or Ickwell & Old Warden who go head to head at Cople Playing Fields, on paper you would expect the visitors to win but they will need no reminding that Sports Athletic beat them on their own patch in league action as recently as Mid- November.
For Division One clubs its action in the Centenary Trophy and with current holders Bedford SA now in the top flight last seasons beaten finalists and current league leaders Flitwick Town will fancy their chances of going one better this time around, they start their campaign in home action at Steppingley Road against AFC Kempston Town Reserves for the right to travel and face the winners of the tie at Cryselco Park between Royal Oak Kempston and Sandy Reserves in Round Two.
Elsewhere action comes at Crawley Road where in-form hosts Woburn will entertain a Kempston side that beat them on their own patch in league action back in early October but with the home side having since won six of their next seven games it will be them who will start the game favourites to set up a Round Two home meeting with the winners of the tie being played at Greenfield Road between hosts Westoning Recreation Club and visitors Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves.
The days final game in this section seeing Marston Social playing hosts to Kempston Hammers Sports for the right to travel to Elstow Abbey in Round Two.
The Jubilee Cup action for Division Two sides sees the current holders Great Barford start the defence of their crown with a home tie against Marston Shelton Rovers whom they have already beat on home soil in league action this campaign and will thus fancy their chances of hosting another home tie in Round Two against the winners of the Jubilee Park clash between Saffron and Lidlington United Sports.
For last seasons beaten finalists Clifton its a bye into Round Two where they will meet on home soil the winners of the Moggerhanger Playing Fields encounter between Blunham Reserves and Meltis Corinthians Reserves for which the hosts will start firm favourites, elsewhere over in Hillgrounds, Mulberry Bush still without a home win to their name in league action this campaign host Oakley Sports Reserves with the winners again at home in Round Two against either Meppershall Jurassic or Potton Wanderers who meet in Jubilee Park.
The days final game in this cup coming in Russell Park where hosts Blue Chip entertain Kings AFC for the right to stage a second round tie against Marabese Ceramics.
In The Watson Shield, limited to Division Three sides, current holders Riseley Sports Reserves will be hitting the road to Horseshoes Close and a meeting with Dunton Reserves for the right to again travel in Round Two to meet the winners of the Wilshamstead Reserves v Renhold Village game which now takes place in Hillgrounds.
The tie of the round could well come at Harvey Close where in-form hosts Caldecote A take to the field in a meeting with current league leaders Leighton United knowing victory would give them a home tie in Round Two against the winners of the Shuttleworth College clash between hosts Meppershall AFC and Westoning Recreation Club Reserves who just two seasons ago won The Jubilee Cup.
The days other action sees Sandy A host Marsh Leys at Bedford Road Recreation ground where the winners have been granted a home Round Two tie with Flitwick Town Reserves whilst Hillgrounds is the venue for the Kempston Athletic v Stewartby Village game who go head to head for the right to host Three Tuns Galacticos in Round Two.
With all this cup action going on the league programme is reduced to just three games in Division One, fifth place Stevington look for their fourth home win on the bounce against a Caldecote Reserves side that has not won on the road this season whilst over at The Warren, visitors Meltis Albion will climb up into second spot in the league standings should they collect the full three points from their hosts Elstow Abbey who will be looking to collect their first league point in six outings.
The lone action in Division Two being at Whiston Crescent where hosts Clifton seek only their second home league win of the season when Marabese Ceramics come calling.