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Sunday 20th January 2013
Another blank weekend of football.
Saturday 19th January 2013
With sub-zero temperatures in the area all week and the arrival of the snow on Friday, for the second time inside a month there was a total postponement of all our scheduled 32 games.
Preview for Saturday 26th January 2013.
The spotlight this weekend again switches back to cup football and for Premier Division supported by Sportsform clubs that means action in the Quarter-finals of The Britannia Cup and for current holders Oakley Sports M&DH it's a trip on the road to Jubilee Playing Fields to face Wilshamstead.Having already taken four of the available six points in league action off their hosts this season one would expect the name of Oakley Sports M&DH to be appearing in the bag for the semi-final draw.
Over at Rectory Road, last seasons beaten finalists Shefford Town & Campton will be in home action against Flitwick Town. With the clubs yet to meet in league action this season you would perhaps expect the home side to prevail, but Town's away league record shows just one away defeat to date to suggest the outcome is far from a foregone conclusion.
For Bedford Sports Athletic its home action at Cople Playing Fields against AFC Biggleswade. Which Athletic side will turn up? The one that won at Renhold United in round one or the one that lost heavily in league action at Biggleswade in late December. Answer those questions correctly then you have the name of the club that will be appearing in the hat for the semi-final draw.
The fourth and final fixture sees Bedford Hatters host Marston Shelton Rovers at Miller Road, league action between the clubs in mid-December at Marston brought about a 0-0 draw to suggest another close contest is likely to be on the cards with perhaps the home advantage making The Hatters the slight favourites to prevail.
Away from The Britannia Cup there are three Premier Division supported by Sportsform league games taking place. At Harvey Close, league leaders Caldecote will be defending their seasons unbeaten home record when called upon by third place Arlesey Town Reserves. Whilst just down the road on The Green, Ickwell & Old Warden seek out their first win on home soil since early November when called upon by AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College.
Hurst Grove being the venue for the third encounter where hosts Lidlington United Sports, despite their lowly league placing of twelfth, defend their seasons unbeaten home record against fourth place Renhold United.
In the Centenary Cup for Division One sides we have the unusual circumstance that we are down to the last eight standing but they include the current bottom two sides in the league table. At Hillgrounds, bottom of the table AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves go into home action against Henlow. With Town's recent form showing an upward trend and Henlow's away league record far from special one can well see this tie going the way of the home side.
It's home action also for second from bottom of the table Kings AFC, at their King George VI Playing Field headquarters having produced the shock of round one with a 4-0 home win over Shillington the draw has been far from kind pitting them against a Leighton United side who will arrive still holding down a 100% away league record for the season the firm favourites to progress to the Semi-final draw.
Elsewhere at Harvey Close Caldecote Reserves host Brickhill Tigers, league action at the same venue in mid-November brought about a 4-2 home win for Caldecote and with The Tigers having won just the once on the road in league action this season a repeat outcome looks the most likeliest. Whilst over at The Warren, Elstow Abbey will be playing hosts to last seasons beaten finalists Sandy. The visitors are now enjoying their best run of the season and in having notched a 3-1 home league win over The Abbey in late October will travel full of confidence of making it into the hat for the Semi-final draw.
Away from the Centenary Cup there are just two one division one league games taking place. They come at Chaul End Lane where fifth place Luton Boys receive a visit from top of the table Pavenham, with the hosts currently on a three game winning run and unbeaten on home soil since early October 2012 the visitors will have to be at their best if they are to collect all three points and remain on the top of the standings as the second game sees second place Shillington who start the day just goal difference behind the league leaders make tracks for a Digswell Playing Field meeting with Shefford Town & Campton Reserves looking to complete a seasons double over their arch-rivals. Back in November, The Shills won the home game 5-1, but suddendly the hosts have chalked up three wins on the bounce and are unbeaten in their last five league outings to suggest things could well be very different this time around.
With all of the quarter-final ties in the Bedfordshire Junior Cup postponed last weekend these games will now form part of the action this weekend.In the four ties, two will see division three sides having home advantage over their division two opposition.At their Playing Field headquarters, where Great Barford have won six of their eight encounters in all competitions this season the visitors are Eastcotts AFC who will arrive fully aware they will have to be at their very best if they are to progress into the last four.Whilst In Mowsbury Park,Wilshamstead Reserves take on a Woburn Athletic side who will arrive proudly boasting a 50% win strike rate on the road this season.
The other two ties being all division two affairs. Also in Mowsbury Park, Queens Park Crescents will host Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves in the knowledge that they beat them 6-3 in league action at the same venue back in mid-October. Plus in Leagrave Park, St Joseph Reserves receive a visit from a Bromham United side who turned them over 5-1 at the same venue in league action just a month ago.
With these cup games taking place the division two league action is restricted to just four games. For league leaders Goldington, that means a trip to The Hollow to face second from bottom of the table Potton United Reserves who will be taking part in just their third home league game of the season. Whilst second place Marabese Ceramics who trail them by just two points but having played a game less, its home Ickleford Recreation Ground action against Cranfield United Reserves. The Tilemen now unbeaten in their last seven league outings of which six have been won facing a United side that travels looking for their own fifth win on the bounce which would take them to within two points of their hosts in the league table.
Elsewhere, over in Stockwood Park,third place Sundon Park Rangers will be fully expected to collect all three points when they are called upon by tenth place Westoning Reserves who are yet to win on the road in league action this season. Whilst just down the way at Lothair Road, its a real so called six pointer relegation battle as fourth from bottom of the table Stopsley Park who are now without a win from their last three league outings host bottom of the table Meltis Albion who hit the road having lost their last six league outings.
For the two lower division sides its Watson Shield action. In this competition we are only down to the last 16 stage of which seven of the eight ties take place today.
Of those seven ties we have four division three v division four contest in which the luck of the draw has given the home advantage to the higher division side in all but one of the ties. This comes at Hillgrounds, the venue at which Kempston Con Club Sports with just one home league defeat to their name this season will fancy their chances of upsetting the odds against an out of form visiting Dunton side.
In the other three ties, perhaps the best chance of a upset comes with Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves visit to take on Stevington at their Playing Field headquarters as you would expect Marsh Leys to overcome Shefford Town & Campton A at Cutler Hammer and Renhold United Reserves to have enough in the tank to prevail at their Playing Field headquarters against Wootton Village.
Of the other three ties, two are all division three contests. At Mill Lane, Potton Town host Clifton. When the two clashed at the same venue in early-December it was the visitors who came out on top 3-2 and another close contest looks to be on the cards with perhaps the same result being the most likely outcome.Whilst at Greenfield Road, Westoning Reserves host Kempston Hammers Sports. When the two met in league action back in mid-October, the hosts won 6-0 but since that date they have not won on home soil again to give The Hammers hope that revenge could be on the cards.
The seventh and final tie being an all division four local derby clash at Hinksley Road between hosts Dinamo Flitwick and Flitwick Town Reserves. With the home side now unbeaten in their last four home starts and having beaten The Town on their own patch 6-3 in league action in early-December you would expect it will be their name in the hat for the quarter-final draw rather than The Town's
Outside the Watson Shield there are just five league games taking place in the lower divisions. In Division Three, bottom of the table Bedford Park Rangers who are currently on a seven game losing run host an Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves side in Mowsbury Park who themselves won just twice on the road in league action this season. Whilst second from bottom of the table Royal Oak Kempston despite winning their last two outings have a tough task on their hands to bring up the hat-trick when at Hillgrounds they are visited by third place Riseley Sports who hit the road unbeaten in their last five away league starts. .
Meantime in Division Four, second place Elstow Abbey Reserves hit the road for Horseshoes Close to face a Dunton Reserves outfit whose home record this season shows just two victories.Whilst its local derby action at Bedford Road Recreation Ground between hosts Sandy Reserves and the visiting Clifton Reserves.The final game like in division three coming at Hillgrounds, the venue at which fourth place Kempston Athletic will be fully expected to collect another three points when called upon by Caldecote A.