Loughborough Dynamo 3-2 Bedworth United
Dynamo gain all three points in an entertaining game at the NSG
Four players made their Dynamo debut in manager Peter Ward's new look squad with a further three new signings taking their place on the bench.
Dynamo started strongly and should have taken the lead as early as the fourth minute when Louis Keenan's in swinging corner was met on the full by Carl Sibson whose header drifted just wide. Luke Smithson then broke clear but his shot was blocked by Bedworth skipper and ex Coalville favourite Jamie McAteer. It was end to end play in this initial period and Jackson Downie tested Dynamo's Scott Wardley whose save led to Bedworth's first corner of the game which came to nothing. A few minutes later Kai Williams latched on to a ricochet and raced clear only to be denied by Wardley. Williams should have equalised for Bedworth in the 25th minute when Sibson slipped to allow the forward in on goal but his shot was high and wide. Dynamo took the lead in the 26th minute Ash Hodgkinson deflected Smithson's cross on to the Bedworth crossbar and Luke Thorogood was on hand to give Dynamo the lead. Four mins later and Dynamo extended their lead . Hodgkinson held the ball up well before releasing Smithson who outpaced the Bedworth defence rounded James Martin and calmly slotted the ball into the net. Dynamo's two goal advantage was short lived when Levi Rowley headed back across the Dynamo 6yd box for Williams to crash home. Dynamo regained their two goal advantage when Paolo Pilero was held back and Thorogood dispatched the resulting free kick into the Bedworth goal with a superb strike. The referee ending a pulsating first period soon after.
Dynamo made a dreadful start to the second period. Rowley having two shots blocked by Dynamo defenders before Jackson Downie scored from a Rowley cross after only 4 mins of the half. Dynamo responded well and a good move involving Tom Rigby and Alistair Smith released Thorogood whose tantalising cross just evaded the onrushing Smithson. A poor kick out by Wardley was picked up by the dangerous Williams who put in an inviting cross behind the Dynamo defence but fortunately for Dynamo no one was on hand to tap in. A superb cross from Ricardo Dudley found Williams unmarked but the dangerous forward headed just wide. Bedworth were increasing the pressure on Dynamo now with a series of long balls into the box but the Dynamo centre backs of Sibson and Andrews stood firm. Back came Dynamo and a Sibson free kick was superbly controlled by Thorogood who released the overlapping Rigby whose cross was cut out for a corner by McAteer. Bedworth pushed players forward in the last minutes in search of the equaliser and it was Williams who headed narrowly wide following a free kick by Reece Blackmore. Dynamo played out the standard three mins of added time to record a fine win on the opening day of the season.
Report by Brian Springthorpe