Bedford Town look forward to Rovers rematch after Cirencester draw

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Leon Lobjoit against the Cirencester defence Image: Adrian Brown / Bedford Town FC

Bedford Town will look to open up a six-point gap at the top of Southern League Central Division One on Tuesday night, as they look to avenge their defeat to bottom club, Kempston Rovers at The Eyrie.

Richard Keil’s side have suddenly found their spark, beating second-placed Biggleswade Town 1-0 away from home just days after shocking Bedford Town at Hillgrounds.

Read: Kempston Rovers stun table-topping Eagles in Bedfordshire derby

The Eagles however are still top despite a 1-1 draw at Cirencester on Saturday.

Leon Lobjoit put Bedford ahead from the spot before an equaliser in the eightieth minute meant the points were shared at the Corinium Stadium.

Lee Bircham’s side started the better of the two and had a good chance early on as Ryan Blake’s attempted chip on the goalkeeper rebounded to George Morrall who had his shot blocked.

The rest of the first half was more even as Cirencester were fighting to get into the game. They had some good chances through Felix Miles and Reegan Messenger, but neither could convert, leaving the score level at the break.

Ten minutes into the second half, Bedford won a penalty after Leon Lobjoit was brought down in the box. Lobjoit stepped up himself and scored to put the Eagles ahead.

Image: Adrian Brown / Bedford Town FC

Cirencester had a good chance to draw level shortly after, but Mark Smith made a great save to deny him. They hit the crossbar soon afterwards in a positive spell for the home side.

With ten minutes to go, the Centurions were level after a goal from Luca Robinson, receiving the ball on the edge of the box and firing home to equalise.

A closely contested game ultimately ended in a 1-1 draw, but with North Leigh losing heavily once again, the Eagles’ main challengers for the title now seem to be Biggleswade Town.

Eagles hunt Rovers revenge

No one saw this coming from Kempston Rovers.

With just 13 points on the board and the top two sides in the league to face next a fortnight ago, fans of the Walnuts would have been forgiven for thinking about life in the ninth tier.

What transpired was two spectacular performances against Bedford Town and Biggleswade Town that now leave Rovers just five points from safety with two games in hand over Thame United above them.

With their game against Leighton Town on Saturday postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, Richard Keil has had more time to prepare for the rematch however, and Bedford Town will be looking for revenge.

It’s sure to be a mouthwatering encounter and you can still buy your tickets for the second instalment of the Bedfordshire Derby here.

Words by Zac Neal with additional reporting from Tom Carr