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Saturday 22nd August 2009
Preview of next weekends big Kick Off.
The Bedfordshire County Football League will kick off its 2009-10 season next Saturday with a series of fixtures in its top three Divisions. Premier Division supported by Sportsform action being restricted to just six fixtures. For reigning champions Caldecote its a trip on the road to Lodge Road to face Sharnbrook where the home side will be looking to end a run of three consecutive opening days defeats against Neil Mapletroft's troops whose opening day record of six wins and one draw from the past seven seasons suggests they will be taking the full three points back to Harvey Close.
Over at Rectory Road, last seasons runners-up Campton now under the management of Jim Burke, face his old club Oakley Sports in what is a repeat of the start to the 2008-09 season when the clubs drew 3-3. With the home side having won five of their previous six starts to the season against the Sportsman's record of two wins over the same period of time, it will be the home side who will start favourites to collect the points rather than given the visitors new management team of Dennis Tracey and Jamie Endersby an opening day win.
Another club under new management are Blunham,now under the control of Ivan Finch and for them its a home start at Moggerhanger Playing Fields when newly promoted Westoning Recreation Club come calling. Both clubs having fairly impressive opening day statistics, Blunham will be seeking their third opening day win on the bounce whilst the visitors have won their opening fixture five times during the past seven seasons.
Over at Hillgrounds, AFC Kempston Town, who last lost on the opening day of the season some six seasons ago, entertain Riseley Sports. The Sportsman have been asked to journey three times away from their Gold Street base in the past seven seasons to commence their campaign and on each occasion they have returned empty handed.
The final two games in this Division coming at The Carlsberg Stadium where league newcomers Southill Alexander will host newly promotion Woburn the firm favourites to get their Bedfordshire County Football League membership off to a winning start. Plus at Hoerseshoes Close where Dunton will open their season with a visit from Biggleswade United Reserves.
Division One action brings about six fixtures, the pick of which could come at Stanbridge Road where newly promoted Leighton United are hosting Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves whilst there is derby action at both Bedford Road where Sandy now under the new management of Daniel Bailey, face Campton Reserves under the new control of Jamie Webster and at Harvey Close, the venue for hosts Caldecote Reserves meeting with relegated Henlow who are now under the leadership of Greg Hall.
Two of the other games in this section take place in Hillgrounds. Bedford Sports Athletic hosting AFC Kempston Town Reserves plus FC Meppershall entertain fellow promoted side Blunham Reserves.With the days final game in this section taking Flitwick Town on the road to face Stevington.
Division Two, unlike the top two division has a full quota of eight games. At Groveside its derby action where Marabese Ceramics host a retuning to adult football for the first time in 15 seasons Shefford Town, while many eyes will be looking out for the Moor Lane clash between two of the likely title front runners, Great Barford under the new management of Richard Wheatley, who host league newcomers Bedford Hatters.
A second derby clash in this section takes place at Arlesey Recreation Ground where newly promoted Arlesey Social Galacticos will be taking on Clifton. Whilst over at Mill Lane another of the divisions likely front runners, Potton Wanderers, will kick off their season against relegated Elstow Abbey.
For two of the league newcomers its a trip on the road to start the season. Brache Sparta Community Centre Reserves travelling to King George VI Playing Fields to face hosts Kings AFC, whilst Luton Old Boys hit the road for a meeting with Shillington at Greenfields.
The other action in this division coming in Hillgrounds where Kempston Royals entertain another of the league newcomers Harpur FC, and at Miller Road where Meltis Corinthians Reserves are due to entertain Marston Shelton Rovers.
Action will then move onto Wednesday evening where again the top three divisions will be in action. For both Renhold United and Ickwell & Old Warden its a start to their seasons under floodlights. United travelling to Second Meadow to face Biggleswade United Reserves whilst the men from The Green, now under the control of Alan Turner Junior and Vinny Govoni, make their way to the Carlsberg Stadium to face Southill Alexander. Both games kicking off at 7.45pm.
In the evenings other top flight games kicking off at 6.30pm Campton are back in home action at Rectory Road against AFC Kempston Town, while over at Horseshoes Close, Dunton will kick off their season with a visit from Woburn.
Also starting their 2009-10 campaign will be Wilshamstead who host Blunham at Jubilee Playing Fields whilst its derby action at Gold Street with a meeting between hosts Riseley Sports and near neighbour's Sharnbrook but for Oakley Sports its another trip on the road this time to Greenfield Road to face Westoning Recreation Club.
Division One action sees both Sandy and Stevington again in home action. Sandy hosting FC Meppershall at Bedford Road whilst Stevington receive a visit from Leighton United.
For Marston Social its a start to their season when they hit the road to Moggerhanger Playing Fields and a meeting with Blunham Reserves, whilst both Meltis Albion and Kempston Hammers Sports start their seasons campaign's with home games. Albion in Miller Road action against Caldecote Reserves while The Hammers entertain Flitwick Town at Cutler Hammer.
Over at Groveside. Henlow will be hosting a starting the season Kempston, whilst just down the road on The Green, Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves entertain Bedford Sports Athletic. The evenings other game in this section coming at Hillgrounds where AFC Kempston Town Reserves will be in home action against Campton Reserves.
The pick of the Division Two action could well come at Foxdell Road with the local derby clash between hosts Brache Sparta Community Centre Reserves and Luton Old Boys which will kick off at 7pm although running that close could be the Miller Road meeting between Bedford Hatters and Kings AFC.
Other action comes at Whiston Crescent where Clifton will be hosting Great Barford. At The Warren, the venue for Elstow Abbey's home clash with Arlesey Social Galacticos and at The Bedford Sports & Hockey Centre, where Harpur FC will kick off their home season hosting Potton Wanderers.
The night's final three games seeing Marston Shelton Rovers get their season underway in home action against also starting the season Kempston Royals whilst at Digswell Playing Fields, Shefford Town's host Meltis Corinthians Reserves, and at Greenfield's, Shillington will be in home derby action against Marabese Ceramics.