Another game, another draw for the Eagles, this time in the Preliminary round of the Buildbase FA Trophy, which means a replay on Tuesday at the Bright Management stadium.
Bedford with several injuries and the transfer of top scorer Tre Mitford to National side Kettering Town during the week meant the team was made up of available players, including a couple that were still carrying knocks.
Aaron Dillon returned in goal, while Joe Steele started in defense with his knee still strapped up. Dan Walker returned upfront with Andrew Phillips, who scored a brace in midweek and Jack Vasey.
Bedford’s first real chance came when Dan Walker got a good cross over from the left which was played further into the area by Nathan Olukamni to Drew Phillips, who headed wide.
Five minutes later Biggleswade’s Matt Richardson picked up a yellow card as he brought down Nathan Olukamni as he was racing over the halfway line.
Four minutes after that Biggleswade were in the book again when Tom Coles got a yellow for fouling Ebby Nelson-Addy, who needed treatment.
Biggleswade went ahead after being awarded a penalty after the slightest of touches in the area from Ollie Swain, which Nathan George put away. (34′ B 1 – 0 BT).
Minutes later Vasey got the equaliser for the Eagles, his first goal of the season, but he injured himself in the process, which meant him being replaced by Scott Joseph (38′ B 1 – 1 BT).
With three minutes on the clock until half time, and from the first corner since he came on, Joseph got a touch on the ball and planted it in the back of the net, giving the visitors the lead. (42′ B 1 – 2 BT).
Half time came and went and both sides had chances in the first period of the second half, but the decisive minute came when the home team were given their second penalty.
Sean McMonagle went down on the edge of the area, and the referee pointed to the spot. Nathan George stepped up and scored his second penalty of the game (67′ B 2 – 2 BT).
With a little over ten minutes remaining the joint managers brought on Callum Donnelly, who replaced Callum Milne. He was on the pitch for five minutes before being sent off.
Play was stopped when Biggleswade’s Adam Draculic went down holding his face. The referee who didn’t see the incident consulted the nearest assistant who it would seem also missed it.
So he turned to the second who appeared to suggest a stamp had occurred. From 50 yards away, he was able to see the incident which those much closer didn’t, and the red card was given despite protests from the bench.
Down to ten men, Bedford held on to earn a replay at the Bright Management Eyrie on Tuesday 1 October with a 19.45 K.O.
This means the Eagles scheduled League Cup match against Biggleswade Town will be rescheduled.
Bedford Town lineup
1 Aaron Dillon
2 Cade Stevens-Abbey
3 Ben Ford
4 Ebby Nelson-Addy
5 Joe Steele
6 Ollie Swain
7 Nathan Olukamni
8 Callum Milne (79′ Callam Donnelly)
9 Jack Vasey ⚽ (39′ Scott Joseph ⚽)
10 Andrew Phillips
11 Dan Walker
Subs not used: Dan Beeney (GK)
Words: Michael Jarman-Webb
Photos: Jane Jones