Bedford Town cruise past Hitchin as Kempston fall in FA Trophy

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Bedford Town celebrate their opener (Image: Tom Hall)

Bedford Town made light work of local rivals Hitchin Town last night at The Eyrie as football resumed across the country following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.

The Southern League Premier Central joined the rest of the football community in pausing at the weekend, much to the derision of some fans, but the Eagles faithful enjoyed a comfortable comeback last night.

Tyrone Lewthwaite laid down a marker inside the very first minute as he opened the scoring for Bedford, converting a Joe Butterworth cross to set Town on their way.

Tyrone Lewthwaite has made a solid start for Bedford Town (Image: Tom Hall)

Hitchin’s chances to equalise were few and far between; Bradley Bell’s sole shot from the edge of the area being their only opening, with Drew Richardson hitting the woodwork.

Further opportunities were spurned by Connor Tomlinson as the Eagles set their sights on a second, which eventually came just before half-time through Hugh Alban-Jones.

It was a stunning strike from the edge of the area that flew in to the top corner, much to the delight of the crowd of 443 Bedford Town fans.

Star signing makes debut

There was a debut appearance for Bedford local, George Thorne who signed in midweek but not after Lewthwaite completed his brace to give Bedford an unassailable 3-0 lead.

Thorne, who left professional football last year after a stellar career with clubs such as Derby County, West Bromwich Albion and more recently, Oxford United was unveiled on Thursday and will certainly add star quality to the Eagles midfield.

It was a solid evening’s work for Bedford Town after Saturday’s postponement at Nuneaton Borough which takes them up to 14th in Southern League Central Premier.

Image: Tom Hall

Last night’s win is a timely confidence boost ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup second qualifying round tie against Kings Lynn Town, who play in the National League North.

It will be a tough ask to progress for Gary Setchell’s side after they saw off local rivals Kempston Rovers 2-1 in the first qualifying round, but it will also provide a keen litmus test for the squad.

Their next league fixture is also at The Eyrie with Bedford Town hosting Ilkeston Town on 24th September.

Read: Bedford Town overcome spirited Kempston Rovers to advance in FA Cup

Elsewhere, Kempston Rovers were in FA Trophy action but fell 1-0 at home to Norfolk-based Dereham Town in their rescheduled first qualifying round tie.

Mo Hassan’s solitary goal just before the interval was enough for the visitors, but attention returns to league action for the Walnuts on Saturday as they look to continue their impressive start against Hertford Town.