Bedford bounce back to bury Biggleswade in bank holiday clash

Bedford Town have enjoyed a successful start to the season... (Image: Bedford Town FC)

Gary Setchell’s Bedford Town side have made an electric start to the new season, scoring twelve goals in three games, but threatened to come unstuck in a testing bank holiday double header.

With key defender Charley Sanders missing after his straight red card in last week’s FA Cup victory, Zak Brown made his first start for the Eagles for Saturday’s visit to AFC Dunstable, with Rene Howe also making the starting line-up.

However, Bedford Town were unable to assert themselves like they did against league new boys Waltham Abbey and Harlow Town, as Jack Harvey’s goal gave Dunstable a 1-0 victory on Saturday afternoon.

48 hours later, Town were back in action at the Eyrie, hosting their tenants for the season in Biggleswade FC and went 1-0 down again thanks to a first half strike from Lee Northfield.

However, Gary Setchell sent his team out after the interval with renewed vigour, with the equaliser coming almost immediately courtesy of the prolific Dan Walker.

Straight from the kick-off, Biggleswade had a strong penalty shout turned down by the referee, and while the complaints continued, Walker found himself free on the edge of the area to strike home.

Five minutes later, and Bedford were in front thanks to Danny Setchell and despite chances for Biggleswade to equalise, keeper Alex Street stood firm to make sure the three points were Bedford’s.

The mixed weekend leaves Bedford Town fourth in Southern League Central Division One behind North Leigh, Didcot Town and early pace setters, Berkhamsted who have won four games out of four.

Meanwhile, Kempston Rovers managed to get on the board with a solid 2-0 home victory against Wantage Town, with goals from Dan Naylor and Christopher Manangu gaining Kempston their first win.

However, they were unable to build on that as they were humbled 3-0 at home to St Neots Town on bank holiday Monday to leave the Walnuts in 14th place.

The Eagles continue their FA Cup journey at home to Canvey Island this weekend, with dreams of a cup run alive and well while Kempston Rovers return to league action on 11th September at AFC Dunstable.

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