Eagles force replay in stoppage time
Late, late equaliser ensures Bedford replay
The Eagles not only looked at defeat squarely in the mouth on Saturday afternoon, the side were halfway down the throat until a last gasp equaliser forced a replay against Kingstonian.
After battling against the Bostik League Premier side for 90 minutes, at St George’s Field, Bedford succumbed to a 92nd minute goal from the home side. Rather than let their heads drop, and play out the remaining time, the Eagles kept going, and were rewarded with a 95th minute goal to bring the replay to the Eyrie.
On the coldest day of the season so far, the football from both sides was enough to keep the supporters warm enough, and there was early hand warming for the away contingent as Joel Gyasi
played in a free kick, forcing Rob Tolfrey to dive to his right hand post to turn the ball away.
Jon Taylor knew the task in hand, especially in defence against a side that had scored 14 goals in their last three home games. The defence tightened up every time the home side came forward. Brett Longden
made a nuisance of himself to thwart one attack, then Ollie Swain
put in a saving tackle as Kingstonian played short balls through the defence.
Midway through the half, Dean Dummett
was in the right place to clear a corner away from the line.
A couple of attacks from the visitors came and went, with Jordan Jarrold
firing over the bar and a 25-yarder from Jermaine Osei
flying straight into the arms of Tolfrey.
The K’s were enjoying more football and a half volley from Aaron Lamont was beaten away by Niall Cooper
, then from the resulting corner, Elliott Buchanan was denied three times; twice by blocks, and the third was a save from Cooper.
The closest anyone came to a goal in the first 45 minutes was 7 minutes before the break, when Louie Theophanous’ shot came off the underside of the bar, following a cross from the left by Alfie Doughty. The ball bounced off the line and out, giving Theophanous another chance, albeit an overhead kick that was too tame.
Earlier in the half, all that was Kingstonian bayed for a penalty, when a Bedford defender raised his hand to the ball, but the referee gave a free kick to Bedford for a nudge in the back from Shaun McAuley.
Ten minutes into the 2nd half, there was a mix up between Ben Ford
and Gyasi, and this allowed Kingstonian the opportunity to get the ball to Buchanan, whose turn and shot was well saved by Cooper.
Osei and Craig Daniel
then put their chances wide of the mark, before Cooper made a comfortable save off Lamont.
It was a bit surprising to see Gyasi and Osei replaced by Dan Walker
and Connor Furlong
for the last 20 minutes, but the pair brought a slightly different approach to the game, as some fresh pace was added. As the game entered the last minute, Lamont set up James Daly, but the substitute couldn’t beat the well placed Cooper with his header, and the game looked to be ending in a 0-0 draw. Then the drama began. Two minutes into stoppage time, Tommy Brewer, who had a few seconds earlier had been berated by some of the home crowd for not getting the ball forward, went on a run and put the ball into the area, where it was played to the left hand post by Greg Cundle to the waiting Elliott Buchanan, and his touch put the ball into the net for what would normally be the winner. Not so in this case.
As the game entered the fifth minute of stoppage time, all the Bedford outfield players piled into the Kingstonian area ready to receive a free kick from Cooper. The ball went deep, Tolfrey caught and dropped the ball, as the ball bounced away, Walker had a shot from a tight angle that was deflected into the path of Paul Benson
, whose shot was cleared off the line by Lamont, before Dummett hit the rebound into the net with the last kick of the game, prompting wild celebrations.