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Sunday 24th March 2013
All Snowed Off .
Saturday 23rd March 2013.
With the snow arriving in Bedfordshire in the early hours of the morning all 31 scheduled Bedfordshire County Football League games were postponed.
Preview for Saturday 30th March 2013
This Easter weekend will see the main spotlight fall upon the semi-final ties in this seasons Britannia Cup. At The Carlsberg Stadium, AFC Biggleswade will be seeking revenge for their league defeat at the same venue against Bedford Hatters just three weeks ago. Whilst current cup holders Oakley Sports M&DH travel to Steppingley Road to face Flitwick Town, firm favourites to make their second consecutive final appearance.
In the four game Premier Division supported by Sportsform programme, the top game comes at The Armadillo Stadium between third place Arlesey Town Reserves and the visiting fourth place Ickwell & Old Warden. Following consecutive home defeats against AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College and Wilshamstead, Town will be keen to collect all three points in their quest for a top five finish, but it will not be easy with their visitors currently on a four game winning run and themselves pushing for a top three finish.
Also hunting down a top five finish are fifth place AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College, for them its a visit to Hurst Grove where hosts Lidlington United Sports are still unbeaten on home soil this season. However, The Town have won their last three away outings to suggest they will at least fancy taking a share of the points on offer.
Elsewhere at Lodge Road, hosts Sharnbrook if they are to finish outside the automatic drop zone, will need to find a way of ending their five game losing home run when visited by Wilshamstead who currently sit just a place above them in the league standings.Whilst at Rectory Road, sixth place Shefford Town & Campton will start the day firm favourites to collect all three points when bottom of the table Bedford Sports Athletic pay them a visit.
In Division One the entire postponed programme of this weekend games goes ahead just seven days late, hence it means for both of the leading title contenders they will be in home action but both having potential banana skin encounters. At Greenfields the visitors to face Shillington who will be looking for their ninth home win on the bounce are third place Pavenham who hit the road looking for their third away win on the bounce. Whilst at Stanbridge Road, Leighton United's visitors are a Luton boys side who are now unbeaten in their last five away outings.
In the battle at the other end of the league standings both of the bottom two sides face trips on the road. Bottom of the table AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves making their way to Bedford Road Recreation Ground to take on a Sandy side who will be looking to end a run of two consecutive home defeats.Whilst Kings AFC now without a victory in their last nine outings journey to Groveside to face Henlow.
Other action coming at The Warren, the venue at which Elstow Abbey host Caldecote Reserves just 21days after removing them from The Centenary Cup and in Mowsbury Park where Brickhill Tigers seek their first home win in five outings against the visiting Shefford Town & Campton Reserves.
In Division Two the championship race now looks likely to be a four club shoot-out and this weekend two of them go head to head when current league leaders Sundon Park Rangers winners of their last four away games journey to Weston Park to take on fourth place Eastcotts AFC. Whilst for second place Goldington, its home Mowsbury Park action against St Joseph Reserves where they look to extend their unbeaten ways up to five games. The quartet of championship seekers being made up by third place Marabese Ceramics who themselves will look to take their own unbeaten ways up to 12 games when visited at their Ickleford Recreation Ground headquarters by a Bromham United side who have lost just the twice on the road all season.
For basement club Meltis Albion, it will be home action against the visiting Woburn Athletic who travel looking for their third away win on the bounce and in Mowsbury Park, Queens Park Crescents will be seeking their sixth win on the bounce when visited by a Westoning side who are yet to win on the road this season. Meanwhile at their Playing Field headquarters, Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves seek out first home league win of 2013 when called upon by a Potton United Reserves side whose away success this season totals just two.
In Division Three the title race perhaps still involves as many as six sides.At Whiston Crescent, third place and perhaps title favourites Clifton having been beaten just the once on home soil all season should fancy their chances of collecting all three points when called upon by a Stevington side who have won just twice on the road all season. Whilst for second place Riseley Sports its a trip to Greenfield Road to face fifth place Westoning Reserves and current league leaders Potton Town will also be hitting the road to face Wilshamstead Reserves at Jubilee Playing Fields.
Elsewhere at their Playing Field headquarters, sixth place Renhold United Reserves will be well aware of the visiting Royal Oak Kempston's current away form that has seen them clock up four straight wins. Whilst for fourth place Great Barford its a visit to The Green to face an Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves side who have won just the once in their last seven outings to slide down the league table into tenth place.
Meantime over at Cutler Hammer, second from bottom of the table Kempston Hammers Sports having drawn their last two home outings will look to go one better against a Dunton side who have failed to win any of their last four league outings.
In Division Four, league leaders Bedford Panthers should inch ever closer to the division four title when they journey to Hillgrounds to take on a Kempston Con Club Sports side who have won just one of their last eight league outings.Whilst current fourth place Kempston Athletic's chances of a top three finish will be greatly enhanced should they collect the full three points from their visit to Digswell Playing Fields where they will be hosted by Shefford Town & Campton A.
Also looking to gain that bronze medal finishing spot are Clifton Reserves, for them its a trip to Hinksley Recreation Ground to face a Dinamo Flitwick side now unbeaten in their last four home outings. Whilst bottom of the table Wootton Village go into home Recreation Ground action against a Flitwick Town Reserves side who have lost all of their last six away league outings.
The final action coming Horseshoes Close where Dunton Reserves having drawn their last three home outings will look to go one better when paid a visit by second from bottom of the table Caldecote A.
The action will then recommence on Easter Monday with a programme of just nine games.In The Premier Division supported by Sportsform action there are vital away games for both Caldecote at Miller Road against the hosting Bedford Hatters plus for Renhold United at Hurst Grove against Lidlington United Sports.
Whilst the Division Two programme consists of three fixtures. At their Playing Field headquarters, Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves take on Goldington and for Bromham United and Marabese Ceramics its trips on the road to Luton.United heading for a Leagrave Park outing against St Joseph Reserves and The Tilermen en route to Lothair Road to take on Stopsley Park.
In Division Three all four games could affect the championship/promotion race. At Whiston Crescent, Clifton play hosts to Wilshamstead Reserves. At Cutler Hammer, Kempston Hammers Sports are visited by Riseley Sports. Whilst at Greenfield Road, its a visit by Stevington to take on Westoning Reserves and Potton Town make the journey to Renhold Playing Fields to be hosted by Renhold United Reserves.
All these games are scheduled to kick off at 6.15pm but could well be mutually agreed to kick off earlier. It is therefore advisable to check the website www.bedfordshirefootballleague before travelling.
Then just 48 hours later on Wednesday 3rd April there will be another programme of 10 league games taking place. All but three of which are scheduled to kick off at 6.15pm.One of those games being the Premier Division supported by Sportsform clash at The Armadillo Stadium between Arlesey Town Reserves and the visiting Shefford Town & Campton which will kick off at 7.45pm. Whilst other Premier Division supported by Sportsform action sees a vital local derby action for championship chasing Oakley Sports M&DH away at Lodge Road against Sharnbrook, plus Renhold United are back in action when they journey to face Marston Shelton Rovers at their Playing Field headquarters.
The other top flight action taking Ickwell & Old Warden on the road to Grange Road to face Bedford Sports Athletic and at Hillgrounds, AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College will be playing hosts to Wilshamstead.
In Division Two, there are just four fixtures. The second of the evening's 7.45pm kick off's coming at Weston Park, where Eastcotts AFC receive a visit from St Joseph Reserves and just a few miles away at Crawley Road, Cranfield United Reserves entertain Oakley Sports M&DH Reserves in the third 7.45pm kick off of the night.
Elsewhere at Greenfield Road,Westoning play hosts to Woburn Athletic and in Mowsbury Park, Queens Park Crescents are called upon by Bromham United.
The evenings final game being a Division Four encounter at Wootton Recreation Ground where Wootton Village play hosts to the visiting Kempston Con Club Sports.