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Sunday 01st September 2013
AFC Oakley Sports M&DH top the table at the end of day one of the new season.
Premier Division supported by Sportsform
The 2013-14 season got underway with a programme of just four games, all ending with not a home win in sight. Taking their place at the head of the league table after day one are AFC Oakley Sports M&DH who ran out 3-1 winners at Flitwick Town. Mark Smith, Aaran Wright and Jack Hoograstraten netting the vital goals against a home reply from Richie Bevan.
Also winning on the road were AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College who emerged 2-1 victors at Wilstead. Danny Pilgrim and Paul Obuch on the Town scoresheet against a home reply from Colin Marshall. Elsewhere, the other two games finished all square. Renhold United with goals from Ollie Housden, Tom Foyle and Ben Brown having to share the points with visitors Lidlington United Sports, whose replies were delivered by a brace from Tom Marwood and Alex Burrows. Whilst Wootton Blue Cross were held to a 1-1 home draw by newly promoted Pavenham, Neil Mangan netting for The Cross against a strike from James Owen for the visitors.
Likewise in Division One it was a depleted programme of just five games and heading the league table are newly promoted Bromham United who ran out 5-3 home winners over Caldecote Reserves thanks to braces of goals from Jahrome Mullings and Jahmel Mullings plus a single strike from Sam Jones against replies from Jordan Goodman twice and Dan Fennell.
There were also home wins for both Bedford Sports Athletic and Eastcotts AFC. The Athletic with a brace from Jon Woolfe plus a strike from Carmine Defoe seeing off Sundon Park Rangers 3-1, whose reply came from Kane Griffith. Whilst Eastcotts AFC won by the same scoreline over Henlow. Kayleigh Wilson, Josh Gurrie and Kieran Alexander netting the goals against the lone reply from Jo Spence.
The lone winners on the road in this division were Elstow Abbey, who won 2-0 at Luton Boys Seniors. Bruno Dos Santos shooting them ahead in the 55th minute and the scoreline doubled six minutes from time by Myles Ferraro.
Elsewhere for Sandy and Brickhill Tigers it was the sharing of the spoils in a 2-2 draw. Liam Brophy and Greg Instrell marking the home scoresheet against two in reply from Joe Price for the Tigers.
Preview Saturday 7th September 2013
With Flitwick Town's last weekend's fixture belatedly switched back to their old Steppingley Road ground, league history should be made this Saturday when Ickwell & Old Warden are the visitors to face them at their new Redborne School base for the staging of a first ever Bedfordshire County Football League game on a 3G surface. However, perhaps the pick of the Premier Division supported by Sportsform games this week comes at Oakley Playing Fields where AFC Oakley Sports M&DH will be playing hosts to Renhold United.
Elsewhere, newly promoted Shillington will begin life in the top flight with a visit to Hillgrounds to face AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College and Pavenham open their first ever top flight home campaign at their Playing Field base with a visit from Wilstead.
For defending champions Caldecote, its home Harvey Close action against Wootton Blue Cross. Whilst also enjoying home advantage will be Lidlington United Sports who entertain Shefford Town & Campton at Hurst Grove and Marston Shelton Rovers who receive a visit to their Playing Field headquarters by Sharnbrook.
In Division One, Bromham United will look to build on their opening day victory when they are called upon by Sandy. Whilst Bedford Sports Athletic for the second weekend running enjoy home advantage when returning to the league after just one season away, AFC Turvey are the visitors.
Also having a second consecutive home outing are Eastcotts AFC, for them its a Weston Park encounter with Caldecote Reserves and over in Mowsbury Park there should be plenty of bite to the game when Brickhill Tigers host the visiting Woburn Lions.
Up at The Alexander Sports Centre, newly promoted Goldington play hosts to Luton Boys Seniors but for Marabese Ceramics life in division one begins with a visit to the Warren to face Elstow Abbey.
The final game in this section coming at Rectory Road, where Shefford Town & Campton Reserves open their season with a visit from Sundon Park Rangers.
Division Two action forms a programme of just five games and the pick of those contests could well be the Mowsbury Park encounter between hosts Queens Park Crescents and the returning to the league Co-Op Sports. Elsewhere, for newly promoted Renhold United Reserves, its a home start at their Playing Field base against a Potton United Reserves side who are expected to fair much better this term than their 13th place finish last season.
Whilst for the newly named AFC Harlington, ( last seasons division three champions Westoning Reserves ) it's a home encounter against Stopsley Park at their Sundon Park Road Harlington base. Another of the promoted clubs to enjoy a home start are Potton Town, who at their Mill Lane base will host newly relegated AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves. The fifth and final game coming at Crawley Road where Cranfield United take on Riseley Sports.
In Division Three, it's also a programme of five games which includes four of last season's division four sides going head to head. At their new home at Cutler Hammer, Kempston Athletic will welcome Elstow Abbey Reserves, whilst in Hillgrounds, Kempston Con Club Sports play hosts to Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves
For last season's division four champions Bedford Panthers, it's a home Bedford Hockey Centre clash against Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves, yet for the sixth promoted side Clifton Reserves, it's a trip on the road to Jubilee Playing Fields to face Wilstead Reserves.
The final game coming over at Miller Road, where newly relegated Meltis Albion play hosts to league newcomers AFC Bush.
The pick of the six games in division four looks to be the local derby clash at Hinksley Recreation Ground between hosts Dinamo Flitwick and the visiting Flitwick Town Reserves. Whilst many eyes will be focused on the outings of the four league newcomers. Of the quartet, FC Houghton based on their pre-season results could well fair the best, they start with a home Tithe Farm Recreation Ground outing against Caldecote A. Whilst also enjoying home advantage at their Sandye Place School base will be Mid-Beds Tigers who receive a visit from fellow league newcomers Meltis Albion Reserves.However, for Clapham Sports it's a journey to Wootton Playing Fields to take on a Wootton Village side who like FC Houghton based on their pre-season results could be in for a good season.
Other games come over at Bedford Road Recreation Ground where Sandy Reserves host newly relegated Bedford Park Rangers.Whilst Cranfield United Reserves head for a Digswell Playing Field encounter with hosts Shefford Town & Campton A.
Whilst away from the league, Moggerhanger United will be hosting Clifton in a first round tie in this season's East Beds Junior Charity Cup.