Bedford Town thrash local rivals Kempston Rovers to maintain four-point lead

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Bedford Town are now seven games away from the Southern League Central Division One league title after thrashing Kempston Rovers 5-0 on Saturday to maintain a four point gap at the top.

Gary Setchell’s men are enjoying yet another stellar run at the business end of the season, comfortably seeing off Colney Heath 3-0 last weekend, with Howe, Miccio and Sanders the scorers.

Berkhamsted have been the chasing side for the majority of the season and are still a danger after escaping with a 1-0 win at Colney Heath on Saturday, despite going down to ten men.

The Eagles had no such trouble as they eased into a 1-0 half time lead at Hillgrounds before unleashing their attacking power in the second half to blow the Walnuts away.

Rene Howe opened the scoring after nine minutes, only after he’d missed a penalty a few minutes previously, after latching on to a deep cross from Danny Setchell to redeem himself.

Chances came thick and fast for the visitors; only a string of saves from Joe Ringer in the Kempston goal kept the score to one at the half-time whistle as Bedford Town exerted complete control.

Prolific Howe does the damage once again

645 fans, most of them dressed in Bedford blue, were in attendance to witness a second half that was a different story, as Ringer’s first half heroics could not be matched as Gary Setchell’s side stormed forwards.

Danny Setchell doubled the Eagles’ lead five minutes in to the second period; a Kempston clearance finding the midfielder who proceeded to hit the top left corner of the net.

Soon after, it was three thanks to a now customary strike from Charley Sanders who now has ten goals for Bedford before Rene Howe made amends for his earlier miss with a second from the penalty spot – his 29th of the season.

There was still time for Setchell to grab a well-deserved second goal as Kempston capitulated to concede five against Bedford Town for the second time this season.

The 5-0 win helps the Eagles take another tentative step towards the league title, although there are potential banana skins lying in wait with third-placed AFC Dunstable and North Leigh to come.

“We weren’t emphatic enough”

A 5-0 win would have been enough for most managers, but despite being pleased with the win, Gary Setchell claimed his side “were not emphatic enough.”

“We could have won 12 or 13-0 to be honest. How we’ve got into the break 1-0 I don’t know; we’ve missed four or five chances but the great strike at the start of the second relaxed us.

“We were more clinical in the second half than we were in the first, but we’re playing well, we’re battering teams but we’re missing a few chances at the minute.

“We’re just taking it each game, each half at a time but we’ve got a tough game next week against North Leigh who need to win as much as us.”

Bedford Town also have a cup final at Luton Town’s Kenilworth Road stadium to look forward to after scoring five again; this time at Biggleswade Town in midweek as they go on to face Leighton Town in Bedfordshire’s showpiece event.

Focus is fully on the league for now though, with North Leigh up next for the Eagles as they look to extend their eight match winning streak.

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