Bedford Town 4 Aylesbury FC 1
A Jeanmal Prosper goal towards the end of the first half brought brief hope that the team’s recent run of poor form would end
Report by Jools Thomas
Alas, a Bedford equaliser within one minute of the restart was merely the starter as the home team ran riot in what looked like for them like a light training session as FC collapsed in terms as a footballing unit.
Paul Brown and Ash Jenkins got in a mix up as early as the fourth minute and this almost allowed Town’s Brad Woods-Garness. David Manu then hit the side netting as the home team really got into their stride.
On 28 minutes, Brad Auger hit a half volley that flew over the bar. Woods Garness was again in action, with Jenkins lucky to hold onto his shot as the home team piled on the pressure. Town should have taken the lead on 31 minutes. Mayo Balogun put in a terrific ball and although Woods-Garness made contact, Jenkins pulled off an incredible low save when a goal seemed certain.
Aston Goss had FC’s first chance on 35 minutes with a shot that did little trouble to Kyle Forster in the home goal. Very much against the run of play, FC took the lead. Decent work on the right saw Davis Haule make an assist for Prosper who had just to sidefoot home into an unguarded goal.
That advantage was wiped out on 46 minutes. A high cross found David Manu whose looped header beat Ash Jenkins before nestling in the corner of the goal. Soon afterwards Josh Oyibo unleashed a powerful shot and Ash produced a quality save to beat away the effort. It was only a temporary reprieve as Ryan Auger gave his side the lead on the hour mark. Jenkins was off his line and the home midfielder released a pinpoint chip that beat the keeper and sneaked just under the bar.
FC had already been heavily outplayed but as the pressure escalated, the team ceased to offer any type of attacking threat, and Bedford stepped up their game even further. Auger was enjoying himself. He cut in from the right and unleashed a shot with such power that it deflected off Jenkins’ knee and ricocheted into the net.
The final goal was a foray into the box by Manu from the left and after finding the optimum angle, he guided a right foot shot past the keeper and into the bottom corner of the net.