Bedford Town’s weekend win gives a welcome boost for tonight’s Peterborough clash

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Brett Longdon

Bedford Town 2 – 1 Yaxley

Bedford Town made it six games without loss as they beat visiting Yaxley on Saturday (21 September) in the first twenty minutes of the game.

The win followed a goalless draw against Aylesbury United last Tuesday at the Bright Management Eyrie.

Aylesbury who have conceded only one goal In the league this season, proved to be a tough nut to crack. Despite several chances for the Eagles, they couldn’t get the ball over the line and had to be content with a point.

Saturday’s match saw hot temperatures at the Eyrie which meant mid half drink breaks, the players probably hadn’t raised a swear though when the Eagles drew first blood in the sixth minute.

Tre Mitford stuck in a low cross from the lef, which was overhit. Dan Walker returned it to the middle where Mitford positioned himself and hit a first timer into the bottom left corner of the net. (6′ BT 1 – 0 Y)

Tre Mitford about to score the Eagles first
Tre Mitford about to score the Eagles first

Eight minutes later the score was doubled when a long ball was prevented from going out by Walker, heading the ball back to Callum Milne who gave it back. Walker then played the ball to Mitford, who gave it back as walker entered the area, and free from any defender, Walker shot across goal and in. (14′ BT 2 – 0 Y)

Anyone who arrived to the match late will have been disappointed as the main action of the game, until the dying minutes, was over.

The Eagles continued to dominate the first half, but in the second Yaxley increasing took control, but although they tested Aaron Dillon in Bedford’s goal, they didn’t find a way through.

Three minutes into added time Yaxley’s Frazer Garner saw red after getting a second yellow card in ten minutes, but that still wasn’t the last action of the game.

Dan Walker scores
Dan Walker scores

Six minutes into stoppage time Yaxley were given a penalty when Thomas Waumsley went down in the area and the ref gave a penalty.

Bedford’s Brett Longden couldn’t believe it was given, but nevertheless it was fired past Dillon by Charles Sanders. (90+6′ BT 2 – 1 Y)

Bedford Eagles

1 Aaron Dillon
2 Brett Longdon
3 Ben Ford
4 Ebby Nelson-Addy
5 Damlan Green
6 Ollie Swain
7 Callum Milne
8 Callum Donnelley (62′ Cade Stevens-Abbey)
9 Tre Mitford ⚽ (83′ Jack Vasey)
10 Connor Tomlinson (74′ Nathan Olukamni)
11 Dan Walker ⚽

Subs not used: Scott Joseph, Andrew Phillips

The win saw Bedford climb to sixth in the Southern League Division One Central, and will be a boost for Tuesday’s tough clash against Peterborough when last year’s run away winners of the division visit the Bright Management Eyrie the Southern League Cup.

The team will need to give everything to defeat Peterborough and a large vocal home crowd will help the cause.

The match kicks off at 19.45 at the Bright Management Eyrie Stadium, Meadow Lane, Cardington tonight.

Words: Michael Jarman-Webb
Photos: Jane Jones