Bedfordshire League: February 6
The race to the Bedfordshire League title could be down to just two clubs after this weekend.
We entered 2016 suggesting that as many as six clubs were still in contention to lift this seasons Premier Division supported by Sportsform league title - but just one month on that number has already halved.
And come the final whistle at Church Lane should current league leaders AFC Oakley M&DH, now unbeaten in their last six home starts, have ended Wilstead’s current six game unbeaten away run then it might be fair to say it’s now down to a two club fight between them and Renhold United.
Down at the other end current basement club Elstow Abbey will be looking for just their second win of the season to end a 14 game losing run when they go into home action against seventh place Cranfield United who will make the short journey down the A421 in search of their third away win on the bounce.
Whilst for second from bottom Eastcotts it’s also home action when at Weston Park they will be in search of just their third home win of the season when visited by ninth place Shefford Town & Campton. Their lone away win of the season from their seven outings to date came way back on the opening day at Ampthill Town Reserves.
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Elsewhere over at Harvey Close for the hosting third from bottom of the table Caldecote it’s the search of just a second home win of the season against the visiting sixth place Flitwick Town who will be hitting the road looking to avoid their fourth consecutive away defeat.
Whilst at Bedford Road Recreation Ground for 13th place Sandy it’s the search of just their third home win of the season against 12th place Pavenham who have won just the twice on the road so far this season but nevertheless sit eight points ahead of their hosts in the league standings.
The final league action is on the Green where tenth place Ickwell & Old Warden look for their third league win on the bounce when they play hosts to 11th place Sharnbrook who will arrive on the Green now unbeaten in their last four starts away from their Lodge Road base.
Outside the league action it’s semi-final day in this season’s Bedfordshire FA Senior Trophy and for AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College that means home action at Hillgrounds against United Counties League Potton United.
With Division One supported by Wests Citroen Bedford league leaders Sundon Park Rangers sitting the afternoon out for the chasing pack it’s a chance to close the gap.
Of those clubs two will be going head to head when in Allen Park having lost their last two home outings third place Queens Park Crescents will look to repair the damage when called upon by second place Stevington who have lost just the once on the road all season.
Whilst it’s home action for fourth place Ickleford who with just one point gathered from the last six on offer at home will look for better when visited by eighth place Potton Town who will travel looking to extend their current unbeaten ways up to four games.
The other side still just close enough to remain in the title race are fifth place AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves and for them with just two away wins to their name this season it’s a trip to Groveside to be hosted by second from bottom of the table Henlow who themselves will be in quest of just their third home win of the season.
Elsewhere for bottom of the table AFC Oakley M&DH Reserves its’ a trip to Rectory Road to be hosted by ninth place Shefford Town & Campton Reserves whose lone home win of the season to date came way back on the opening day of the season against Riseley Sports.
Whilst talking of seventh place Riseley Sports for them it’s a trip to Miller Road looking to avoid their fourth away defeat on the bounce against the hosting sixth place Meltis Albion who will be looking for their first win of 2016.
The final action in this division comes at Moore Crescent where tenth place Houghton Athletic, now without a home win since late November, play hosts to the visiting 11th place Westoning who are currently on a three game losing away run.
In Division Two at Crawley Road for league leaders Cranfield United Reserves it’s defence of their season unbeaten ways when called upon by seventh place Kempston Hammers Sports whose away win tally for the season totals just two.
Whilst the game of the day in this section could well come at King George VI Playing Fields where sixth place hosts Clapham Sports defend their seasons 100% home record against the visiting third place Atletico Europa who will be looking for their fourth win on the bounce.
Down at the other end of the table for second from bottom of the table Kempston Athletic who have won just the once on home soil at Cutler Hammer this season its a visit from the only team below them in the standings namely Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves who have lost all of their last five league outings and are still in search of their first away win of the season.
Whilst also down at the wrong end of the table at the Hockey Centre ninth place hosts Bedford United now unbeaten in their last two home starts receive a visit from eighth place Wootton Village who are yet to win on the road this season.
The final action in this division coming at the Football Centre being the venue at which fourth place hosts Flitwick Town Reserves go in search of home win number seven on the bounce against the visiting fifth place Lea Sports PSG.
In Division Three for league leaders Wixams who still hold down a seasons 100% home record its a visit from second from bottom of the table Meltis Albion Reserves whose last five outings away from their Miller Road base have all ended in defeat.
Whilst second place Sundon Park Rovers will also enjoy home advantage in Leagrave Park against bottom of the table Clifton who will hit the road looking to avoid their fourth consecutive away defeat.
Elsewhere over at Jubilee Playing Fields for fifth place Wilstead who have lost just the twice on home soil to date this season and are currently on a four game winning run the visitors are third place Caldecote Reserves who themselves are currently enjoying a seven game winning run of their own.
In Mowsbury Park for sixth place White Eagles, who have failed to win any of their last three home outings, the visitors are fourth place AFC Dunton who thus far have lost just the twice on the road this season.
The final action in this division comes at Renhold Playing Fields being the venue at which seventh place hosts Renhold United Reserves are called upon by ninth place Shefford Town & Campton A .
In Division Four it’s away action for all of the leading sides and for league leaders Mid Beds Tigers who are now just six points away from lifting the league crown that means a trip to the Football Centre to be hosted by eighth place Flitwick Town A.
Whilst second place Polonia Bedford head towards Hillgrounds to be hosted by sixth place AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College A who will be looking to avoid their third consecutive home defeat.
Also on the road are third place Caldecote A who make tracks to Greenfield Road looking for their fourth away win on the bounce against the hosting seventh place Westoning Reserves whose last four home outings have all ended in defeat.
Whilst for fourth place Bedford Albion its a trip to Stevington Playing Fields to be hosted by fifth place Stevington Reserves who will look to repair the damage of two consecutive home defeats and collect the three points that would take them above the Albion in the league standings.