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N Frater (33')
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Tue 15 Jan 19:45 - The Evo-Stik South - Division One Central

Bedford Town 1 Aylesbury FC 0

The Moles travelled to the Eyrie expecting a tough test again Bedford Town

Report by Dan Legg

The hosts had been more of a match for Chesterfield in the FA Trophy just days prior. Aylesbury would have taken a lot of positives from Saturday’s game against AFC Dunstable though, despite injury time heartbreak in what was an entertaining 4-3 defeat.

With an ever-growing injury list and multiple players unavailable, Paul Bonham was forced into playing squad members out of position, whilst also handing Under-18’s George Scott his first senior start at left-back.

The Moles started the first half the stronger of the two sides, with the Eagles clearly still hungover from their FA Trophy escapades. Ryan Young showed good pace on the left flank to win an early corner, the winger took the kick himself almost setting up Brian Haule for an early lead. Ashlee Jones in the Bedford net had initially misread the floating ball and Haule himself was clearly stunned that the ball had reached him, unable to react to the ball at his feet Jones had time to recover and collect the ball at the front post.

This early scare clearly rattled the hosts, and they soon took a foothold in the game, controlling the match in midfield. Nathan Frater was unfortunate to not put Bedford ahead, after his low shot took a slight deflection off Derek Feyi, with the far post coming to the Moles’ rescue.
The hosts continued to pile on the pressure, with efforts from both Callum Donnelly and Morgan Penfold both expertly denied by the legs of Nick Bennion.

The endless waves of attacks finally took their toll on the Aylesbury back line, as on 33 minutes the Eagles took a deserved lead. Frater’s rasping volley was too hot to handle for Bennion who did well to stop the initial effort but was unable to stop Oluwole Akinsanya from tapping home for a goal on his Bedford Town debut.

Harry Scott was forced off injured late into the first period, with his replacement Bruno Brito almost assisting a fine goal. The Portuguese forward switched the ball to Ryan Young who turned on the afterburners and beat Lewis Freestone with ease, unfortunately, the shot didn’t quite match the quality of the run and Jones had the driven effort covered at the front post.

Half Time – Bedford Town 1 FC 0

In all honesty, the second half was a rather dull affair, with both sides displaying great work rates in the centre of the park, but neither side rarely threaten to go forward, resulting in zero shots on target. The only chance of any real note fell to Bedford Town substitute Connor Furlong, who with fresh legs got the better of Sam Odusoga before slamming his effort into the side netting from a tight angle.

Full Time – Bedford Town 1 FC 0
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Key moments

Goal Nathan Frater scores for Bedford Town


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90:00 Player of the Match
Nick Bennion is awarded player of the match for Aylesbury
69:00 Sub On
Jordan Frederick is substituted on for Aylesbury
69:00 Sub Off
Davis Haule is substituted off for Aylesbury
48:00 Yellow Card
Davis Haule is yellow carded for Aylesbury
End of period 1
39:00 Sub On
Bruno Brito is substituted on for Aylesbury
39:00 Sub Off
Harry Scott is substituted off for Aylesbury
33:00 Goal 1 - 0
Nathan Frater scores for Bedford Town
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As it happened

  • Bedford Town
  • Aylesbury
  • 0
  • Nathan Frater Goal 33:00'
  • Harry Scott Sub Off 39:00'
  • Bruno Brito Sub On 39:00'
  • Davis Haule Yellow Card 48:00'
  • Davis Haule Sub Off 69:00'
  • Jordan Frederick Sub On 69:00'

Team selection

Bedford Town
  • 1. Ashlee Jones
  • 2. Dean Dummett
  • 3. Lewis Freestone
  • 4. Ben Ford
  • 5. James Peters
  • 6. Gavin Hoyte
  • 7. Morgan Penfold
  • 8. Callum Donnelly
  • 9. Nathan Frater
  • 10. Oluwole Akinsanya
  • 11. Ebby Neslson-Addy
  • 12. Connor Furlong
  • 13. Kyle Forster
  • 14. Joel Gyasi
  • 15. Paul Benson

League round up

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
14. Welwyn Garden City 21 26
15. Aylesbury United 22 26
16. Kempston Rovers 22 24
17. Dunstable Town 22 22
18. Aylesbury 24 18
19. North Leigh 22 17
20. Kidlington 22 14

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