10 Men Town unable to match United
Promotion hopefuls run out 4-0 winners in Bedfont’s final home game...
Garry Haylock was unable to select Matt O’Brien and Aaron Clarke for this fixture with Dwain Williams coming in and Reis Stanislaus welcomed back from injury.
Joel Jacobs tested the visitors keeper on 2 minutes with a freekick following a foul on Jon-Barrie Bates but Cross saved comfortably. It was Bates who conceded a foul on 17 minutes and the delivery from the right saw Ashley Robinson miss-time his jump to put the ball over from six yards with his shoulder. On 24 minutes a seemingly harmless ball up field attracted Town keeper Gary Ross to come and collect, however an unexpected bounce saw it loop over his head for Robinson to chase down and dribble into an empty goal. 2 minutes later Town were down to 10 with Bates dismissed for what the referee adjudged to be a second caution offence. Bedfont did well to contain the promotion hopefuls but in the third minute of stoppage time Bedworth’s Tom Bates connected well with a half-volley to double the lead.
Town re-grouped at half time and may have got back into the game just 5 minutes after the restart when Jacobs Lambe, under pressure, played in Stanislaus through on goal, however play was unexpectedly pulled back for a foul on Lambe. James Walters was replaced on 53 minutes for Daniel Ranger and 20 minutes later substitute Corbett converted a freekick from 25 yards to make it 0-3. Ranger was then forced from the field of play following a body check that also injured the perpetrator and in stoppage time Bedworth’s Piggon added a fourth after Town’s defence had gone AWOL.
A disappointing end to the season at The Orchard, and quite possibly the team’s last match there due to issues off the pitch that threatens the future of the football club.
Team: Ross, Brewer, Jacobs, Bates, Walters (Ranger 53 (Osgood 80)), Kanek (Brimicombe 87), Haule, Williams, Cole, Lambe, Stanislaus
Star Man: Bates (Bedworth)
Entertainment Rating: 3/5