Bedford Town 2 – 1 Cambridge City
Bedford Town rounded up an impressive preseason campaign with another win, this time against Cambridge City who play at the same level in the Isthmian North, after side stepping from the Southern League.
In a wind affected match, that necessitated a partial closing of the ground to avoid flying branches, it was never likely to be the most beauteous of games.
As it was it was a strongly battled affair, where the home side emerged as the 2-1 winners.
Things started fairly evenly with both sides having chances. Bedford’s Scott Joseph and Manny Soetan came close early on while at the other end Aaron Dillon was tested by Adam Watkins.
Ben Ford then fired over the bar for the home side, before Matt Sparrow shot wide for the visitors.
The game should have produced the first goal after Lewis Landers came far out of his area as Dan Walker ran free. Dan made sure the keeper was beaten, but with the defence racing back, he placed the ball against the bar, and it rebounded away.
The deadlock was finally broken when a ball from the left reached Walker, and he fired at goal, via a deflection off Cambridge’s Mikey Davis. (37′ 1-0)
Soon after the restart Watkins had another chance for the visitors, but fired over, before the Eagles missed an opportunity as Louis Hall played the ball forward for Callum Donnelly, and his cross found Dan Walker, who scuffed his shot, with the ball bouncing harmlessly wide.
The second half continued as the first ended, with chances for both sides, but the near horizontal rain which started during the first period had at least cleared and the sun made a welcome appearance.
Cambridge were now coming more into the game with Dillon forced to make a save from another Sparrow shot.
Nathan Abbey decided to make changes, bringing on the lively Connor Tomlinson to replace Soetan.
Bedford’s Derek Ubah was justifiably booked for a foul on Matt Sparrow who was forced to retire with a shoulder injury after first receiving treatment from Bedford physio, Sam Roblett.
In the 65 minute things were even as Isaac Maynard beat the Bedford defence as the ball was threaded through, and the striker pushed the ball past the exposed Aaron Dillon. (65′ 1-1)
The equaliser forced Bedford to up their game, increasing their attacks on the visitors goal.
Landers was out of goal to clear, when the ball dropped to Ben Ford, whose opportunist effort to get it in the net with the ‘keeper nowhere near had Landers scrambling back to see the the ball just narrowly clear the bar.
Bedford gained what was to be the winner when a sublime through ball from Tomlinson cleared the Cambridge defence and Louis Hall beat the advancing Landers with ease to score his first goal for the Eagles. (75′ 2-1))
Bedford substitutes Jack Vasey and Abraham Eze had chances as did Reece Weekes, who tried a speculative 25 yard shot for the visitors in the last minutes of the game, but there were to be no more goals, and Bedford kept their winning preseason run going.
Things now get serious as the season gets underway with a home fixture against Thame United on Saturday 17 August at 3pm.
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Bedford Town starting lineup:
- Aaron Dillon
- Cade Stevens-Abbey
- Louis Hall
- Joe Steele
- Derek Ubah
- James Sage
- Ben Ford
- Callum Donnelly (C)
- Scott Joseph
- Manny Soetan
- Dan Walker
Cambridge City starting lineup:
- Lewis Landers
- Ben Walster
- Mikey Davis
- Adam Watkins (C)
- James Peters
- Lewis Rolfe
- Matt Sparrow
- William Dupprey
- Isaac Maynard
- Lucas Kirkpatrick
- Max Booth