Bedford Town thrash Wantage to take one step closer to the title

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Alex Street had an easier afternoon as he earned a 21st clean sheet of the season

Gary Setchell’s Bedford Town are now just four games away from the league title after compounding the misery of bottom club Wantage Town with another huge victory against the Oxfordshire side.

Bedford Town won 8-1 against the basement club before Christmas, and they once again won by a seven-goal scoreline as the Eagles secured a 7-0 victory on an easy afternoon for the league leaders.

Read: Bedford Town hit eight against relegation threatened Wantage  

Few were expecting struggling Wantage to put up much of a fight against the attacking threat of Bedford Town, but have now conceded over 100 goals this season after shipping seven at Alfredian Park.

It took half an hour for Bedford to break the deadlock; Rory McAuley heading home from a Danny Setchell corner before Joe Butterworth doubled the Bedford lead five minutes later.

Connor Tomlinson made it three to all but end the contest on the brink of half-time, with Bedford Town barely making it out of second gear on an unusually chilly April afternoon.

Eagles run riot to return home with three points

Already relegated Wantage Town may not have wanted to come out for the second half, but Bedford Town were in no mood to let up as they continued to lay siege on Cesar Caro Pinilla’s goal.

Lewis Miccio – who scored a hat-trick in the reverse fixture – made it four with a header of his own before Connor Tomlinson added his second before the hour mark.

5-0 up and cruising, Gary Setchell took the opportunity to rest his key players, giving a debut to new signing Max Bustamante, resting Rene Howe and Connor Tomlinson.

Bustamante would go on to score on his debut but not before Hugh Alban-Jones could get in on the act as Bedford Town saw out a 7-0 win, taking their league tally for the season to 92 goals.

Chasing Berkhamsted not giving up

Berkhamsted are the only side who can ruin the title party at The Eyrie, and they were also victors, albeit in less comfortable fashion as a lone Ryan Kinnane goal gave them a 1-0 win at Waltham Abbey.

Bedford Town’s important 2-0 win against their title rivals in January may well turn out to be key but Gary Setchell will be wary of the challenges that lay ahead, which include third-placed Dunstable.

However, Eagles fan can celebrate a brilliant victory this afternoon as they look forward to travelling to Welwyn Garden City next weekend where they have the opportunity to get one hand on the title.

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