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Sunday 22nd August 2010
It's The Big Kick Off Next Weekend
The 2010-11 Bedfordshire County Football League season gets underway this coming Saturday followed by fixtures on the following Tuesday ( just one ) and Wednesday evenings.
For reigning Premier Division supported by Sportsform champions Blunham, its a home Moggerhanger Playing Fields local derby encounter with Dunton, whilst last seasons runners-up Ickwell & Old Warden now find cricket commitments mean their scheduled home clash with newly promoted Flitwick Town on The Green, will now be played later in the season. The same comments applying to the scheduled Second Meadow clash between Biggleswade United Reserves and Shefford Town & Campton due to United now out of The FA Cup being given a home South Midlands League fixture.
The top game of the day however could well come at The Carlsberg Stadium, where Southill Alexander who are expected to make a serious challenge for the league title this season entertain eight times league champions Caldecote.
Joining The Bedfordshire County Football League ranks this season are Arlesey Town Reserves who make the journey to Hillgrounds to face AFC Kempston Town. Also getting their first taste of Premier Division supported by Sportsform action are last seasons Division One silver medallists Leighton United, who will be in home Stanbridge Road action against Wilshamstead.
Of the other two top flight fixtures, their is local derby action for Oakley Sports when they host Sharnbrook at their Playing Field headquarters whilst the sixth and final day fixture sees Woburn making their way to Renhold Playing Fields to face hosts Renhold United now back under the managent of Buzz Leason.
Action in The Premier Division supported by Sportsform the moves on to Wednesday evening when all eight games could well be termed as "local derbies", the passion perhaps being at it's highest pitch on The Green where Ickwell & Old Warden host Caldecote.
For Southill Alexander it's another tough home assignment with a visit from Blunham, whilst over at Rectory Road Shefford Town & Campton start their seasons campaign with a visit from Arlesey Town Reserves.
Meantime at Horseshoes Close, Dunton will be in home action against Biggleswade United Reserves, whilst after it's new facelift football returns to Jubilee Playing Fields when hosts Wilshamstead entertain Flitwick Town.
Elsewhere, its another home game for Oakley Sports when paid a visit by AFC Kempston Town, whilst just down the road at Lodge Road, Sharnbrook will be paid a visit by Renhold United.
The eighth and final game coming at Crawley Road where Woburn take on Leighton United. All these midweek games kicking off at 6.30pm apart from Southill Alexander where the kick off is 7.45pm.
The Division One season will kick off with a programme of just four games, three of which see the trio of newly promoted teams in home action. Last seasons Division Two champions Potton Wanderers hosting AFC Kempston Town Reserves at Mill Lane, whilst last seasons Division Two runners-up Bedford Hatters entertain FC Meppershall at Miller Road.
The trio of promoted teams being made up by Brache Sparta Community Reserves who receive a visit from Meltis Albion at their Foxdell Recreation Ground headquarters.
The final game in this section comes at Hillgrounds,the venue where Bedford Sports Athletic host Ian Hammett's Sandy due to cricket commitments at their normal Cople Playing Field headquarters.
Sandy will then be back in action in the lone Division One game of Tuesday evening when they travel again, this time to The Green to face Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves, kick off 6.30pm.
On Wednesday evening the Division One action comprises of three games all kicking off at 6.30pm. At Moggerhanger Playing Fields, Blunham Reserves commence their league season with a visit from local rivals Henlow, whilst at Miller Road, Meltis Albion will be back in action against Marston Rovers Rovers. Making the opposite journey will be fellow Miller Road ground sharers Bedford Hatters, who hit the road to Marston Playing Fields for a meeting with Marston Social.
Division Two action at the weekend gets underway with a programme of five games. For relegated Stevington,it's a trip on the road to face Richard Wheatley's Great Barford at their Playing Field Headquarters. Whilst last seasons Division Three champions Queens Park Crescents commence their new campaign with a visit to Rectory Road and a meeting with Shefford Town & Campton Reserves.
However the other of the promoted clubs Stopsley Park have the luxury of a home start when they host Clifton at The Luton Regional Sports Centre. While league newcomers Bromham United face a tough start with a home encounter against Arlesey Social Galacticos.
The fifth and final game coming at The Bedford Hockey Centre between hosts Harpur FC and Elstow Abbey.
Action then moves onto Wednesday evening and a full programme of eight games all kicking off at 6.30pm.
For Harpur FC and Stopsley Park, it's again home encounters. Harpur hosting Great Barford whilst Stopsley Park receive a visit from league newcomers Lea Sports PSG.
Both Stevington and Bromham United are back in action when they meet each other at Stevington Playing Fields and Arlesey Social Galacticos hit the road for a second time as they make the short journey to Whiston Crescent to face Clifton in local derby action. Also hitting the road for a second time are Elstow Abbey who journey to Groveside to take on Marabese Ceramics.
Derby action also comes at Greenfield Road where Westoning Recreation Club entertain Lidlington United Sports, whilst at Cutler Hammer, Kempston Hammers Sports host Shefford Town & Campton Reserves and Mowsbury Park is the venue for Queens Park Crescents home encounter with Kings AFC.
For Division Three teams it's a weekend programme of five games. For league newcomers Pavenham that means an home Hillgrounds meeting with Wilshamstead Reserves, while fellow league newcomers Co-Op Sports make the journey to Horseshoes Close to face Dunton Reserves.
For all of the newly promoted teams it's trips on the road to start their campaigns. Last seasons Division Four champions Sharnbrook Reserves on the way to Hilgrounds to face relegated Royal Oak Kempston, whilst runners-up Sundon Park Rangers will be heading for Harvey Close and a meeting with Caldecote A.
For the third of the quartet of promoted sides M& DH Oakley, its the short trip to Gold Street to face Riseley Sports..
Action then moves on to Wednesday evening and a series of five games all kicking off at 6.30pm.
Caldecote A are again in home Harvey Close action, this time against Dunton Reserves, whilst Riseley Sports also have the luxury of a second home game at Gold Street, this time against Pavenham.
It's local derby action at Solway Road, where Co-Op Sports take on Sundon Park Rangers and there will also be a local derby feel about the Renhold Playing Fields clash between Renhold Village and visitors Sharnbrook Reserves.
The fifth and final game being at Crawley Road, where Cranfield United Reserves will commence their season with a visit from M & DH Oakley.
In Division Four the weekend programme is one of six games, five of which involve league newcomers. At Hillgrounds, one of the expected title challengers AFC Turvey start life back in The Bedfordshire County Football League with a visit to play Bedford Park Rangers.
Elsewhere, Whiston Crescent is the venue for Clifton Reserves home encounter with newcomers Lea Sports PSG Reserves, while both Goldington at Bedford Road Recreation Ground against Sandy Reserves and Goldington Hammers at Stewartby Way against Stewartby Village also start life on the road.
Bucking the trend of newcomers on the road are Potton Town who host Thurleigh at their adopted Sandy Sunderland Road Playing Fields venue.Whilst the sixth and final fixture comes at Hinksley Recreation Ground between hosts Dinamo Flitwick and Eastcotts.
There are no scheduled Division Four fixtures planned for the following midweek.