Bedworth United may still have retained their third place spot in the Evo-Stik League Division One table, but they were shown the door by an ever improving Chertsey Town at Alwyns Lane. The one goal margin may have come through a fortunate goal but the winning gap could have been prised even wider. We may have entered our March fixture list like lambs but we certainly went out as lions! The win compounded Bedworth’s frustration at failing to beat us this season after a draw was recorded at their ground in December.
Prior to kick off, Jonno would have pleased to have taken a one goal interval advantage but in practice it was scant reward for the opportunities that had been carved out during their vibrant first half ambitions. John Pomroy was back to his cultured best as the side created their best scoring options in a game seen since the mid season hiatus. However, he was not involved in the only goal that was actually scored in the open encounter. That was a solo effort, which was abetted by the visitors’ goalkeeper Jamie Bressington momentary loss of dexterity. A free kick was awarded 30 yards plus from goal after only three minutes.
took the kick which skimmed along the bone hard surface. It looked like an easy pick up for Bressington but he fumbled and allowed the ball to sneak under his body and trickle into the net. The early lead spurred us and we had by far the better of the first half exchanges. Bressington’s opposite number, Jamie Norris, was forced into one full length save a dozen minutes into the game off a Luke Corbett strike from 20 yards. But if that counted as good chance for the Greenbacks to enhance their goals for column then we matched that effort four fold.
A signature opportunist turn and hook shot by Pomroy from 25 yards almost put us two up on 15 minutes but Bressington was more alert this time round and acrobatically tipped the ball over for just a corner kick. Michael Blount then saw a strong shot fizz wide. A Pomroy flick put Peter Biggs away but we has unable to out manoeuvre Bressington, the last barrier to goal. A quickly take Johnston free kick soon after put Dayo Oshitola away but his effort was blocked as we continued to put pressure on the Bedworth penalty area.
The question at half time pondered whether the one goal lead was going to be sufficient. We had only managed one clean sheet since October and it was certain that the high flying visitors were going to come hard for the final 45 minutes and maintain that record. And so it was! Bedworth United found plenty of aerial success in the first half but played to the ground more after the break, now with the elements in their favour. The passing movement was as slick as ours was earlier and they enjoyed a lion’s share of possession, reducing us to resolute, if reactive, football to stem the flow.
In a rare attack at the other end, Matt Holley side footed wide from in front of goal off a low Oshitola corner kick. It might have calmed nerves better ten minutes into the second half but his contribution in defence more than made up for the lapse. Bedworth saw plenty of action in front of the Chertsey penalty area but hardly made a breakthrough. Their best chance came when Corbett failed to connect with a ball that ran across an empty Chertsey goalmouth. Another half chance came with the skimming of the top of our cross bar from a strong Alex Dean strike. Mitchell Piggon hooked over the bar from close in as the outcome was increasing looking likely to be settled, if by any other means, from a scrambled effort at close range.
Our defending, led by Blount as skipper for the day in place of the unavailable Tommy McGarry, stood firm and Bedworth’s challenge looked increasingly doomed well before the final whistle which, nonetheless, came as a welcome sound to the heartened and vocal Chertsey support.
Two wins and a draw from our most recent five matches may not ignite the football world but it is a universe away from a few weeks previous when the side went ten games without a win, conceding 33 goals along the way. The consolidation David Johnston
was initially seeking has surely now been manifested.