Following on from the 2016/17 season AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College started their preseason training at Southfields Kempston on Tuesday 4h July. A 50 strong turn out were put through a series of fitness, ball work and phase of play sessions, a methodology that continued every Tuesday and Thursday throughout July and early August.
Playing action started on Saturday 22nd July with a 4-0 victory at Hillgrounds against Kempston Rovers Development thanks to a brace from Perry Ronayne and singles from Delroy Phillips and Simao Faio. The following weekend saw the first XI of the day suffer a 2-0 defeat to Wixams with the second XI of the day running out 3-1 winners against SSMFL side Mursley United. Goals coming from Kegan Roberts, Chris Wright and Taylor Bakogeorge.
Oakley Reserves were the next visitors on Tuesday 1st August. Goals from Daniel Green and two for Gio Moscaritolo saw a mixed XI take a 3-1 victory. The following night another mixed XI saw off a competitive Meltis Albion thanks to a single strike from Kegan Roberts.
Game weekend three in preseason saw a mixed bag of results. The first XI travelled to the Carlsberg Stadium and came away with an impressive 4-0 victory with Kegan Roberts, Malick Mbaye Gueye and Ollie Watton (2) all getting on the score sheet. The second XI were unfortunately on the wrong end of the same score line, going down 4-0 against the newly promoted Bedfordshire Premier side Crawley Green Reserves.
The midweek fixture took place on Tuesday 8th August against Oakley first team with the exact same result, 3-1, when their reserves visited a week earlier. Goals that night came from Gio Moscaritolo, Kegan Roberts and Taylor Bakogeorge.
The final preseason weekend saw a mixed set of results. The first XI of the day lost 2-0 to Bedford Albion Reserves. Later on that day the second XI beat Bedford Albion Firsts 3-1 with goals from Jessie Sidhu, Chris Allan and Tim Clarke. The third XI of the day went down 3-1 to Dunstable U25s at Creasey Park, the sole goal coming form Perry Ronayne.
The season starts with the reserves sitting out due to a free week. The first team make the short trip to Hillgrounds to take on last years promoted Queens Park Crescents and the A team travel to Stockwood Park to take on new league entrants, Black Swan (Luton), both games kicking off at 2:30pm.
Updated 12:05 - 15 Aug 2017 by John Guiney