Bedford Town through to FA Trophy main draw with another victory

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Rene Howe and Connor Tomlinson celebrating a goal for Bedford Town
Tomlinson will hope to forge as prolific a partnership as he did with Rene Howe Image: Bedford Town FC

The month of October has been a stellar one at The Eyrie with Bedford Town in the best of form; the Eagles flying in both league and cup.

The past weekend has seen Bedford Town qualify for the main draw of the FA Trophy, a competition they have fared well in in recent years after reaching the second round last season.

Their progress then was scuppered by the coronavirus pandemic, but their cup run this year has similar prospects after a convincing 3-1 win against Stafford Rangers on Saturday.

Gary Setchell’s side stamped their authority early on against their Northern Premier League opposition, with two goals inside the first ten minutes.

Rory McCauley scored his first goal for the club six minutes in with a powerful header and the lead was doubled three minutes later as Callum Donnelly’s piledriver could not be stopped.

Playing with great confidence, Bedford Town carved open more opportunities but to no avail as they went into the half-time interval with a 2-0 lead.

However, the game was put to bed on the hour mark as man of the match, Connor Tomlinson added a third with a glorious solo effort, signalling the fifth match in a row where Bedford have scored three or more.

Alex Street, who has been immense for the Eagles, did concede his first goal in 512 minutes of action in what turned out to be a consolation for the visitors through Joe Kenton.

The game finished 3-1, with Bedford Town through to the main draw of the FA Trophy for the second consecutive season.

They will go on to face Potters Bar Town of the Isthmian Premier League at The Eyrie, aiming to match their achievement of reaching the second round last season.

The cup action continued into midweek with the visit of Peterborough Sports in the Southern League Challenge Cup on Tuesday night.

It gave Gary Setchell a chance to mix his team up in a competition that is low on the list of priorities, but the fringe players kept up the good form with a comfortable 2-0 win.

Dan Walker, who has returned to The Eyrie following a very brief spell at Biggleswade Town, opened the scoring after twenty minutes with in-form Connor Tomlinson sealing the win with a late goal.

The Eagles return to league action this weekend as they host Welwyn Garden City, looking for revenge after they knocked Bedford Town out of the FA Cup in September.