Butterworth hat-trick sinks Kempston in local derby clash at The Eyrie

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Bedford Town remained in second place in Southern League Central Division One after ruthlessly dispatching local rivals, Kempston Rovers at The Eyrie on Saturday afternoon.

Despite a 1-0 loss to league leaders Berkhamsted, the Eagles are in fine form and were fresh from a 3-0 league win at Didcot Town last weekend.

Kempston Rovers on the other hand have been plummeting fast, a decent 1-1 draw at high-flying North Leigh sandwiched between two humiliating 6-1 defeats.

And life for the Walnuts didn’t get much better on Saturday, as Bedford Town coasted home to a 5-1 victory although there were periods where Kempston looked to cause a stir.

A tepid start from both sides came to life twenty five minutes in when Joe Butterworth, who scored on his debut last week, netted again, twisting and turning in the box and finding space to shoot into the top corner.

On the brink of half-time, it was 2-0 as Rene Howe pounced as the Kempston Rovers keeper failed to clear a Tomlinson cross; scrambling home at the back post to take his league tally to 10 for the season.

Many would have expected Town to run away with it in the second half, but Scott Dash’s side came out of the traps fighting.

Their endeavour was rewarded courtesy of a stunning strike from Tremayne Charles, who let fire from thirty yards out and found the back of the net via the post to send the 715 in attendance into a shocked silence.

Brief Kempston fightback short lived

The proceeding fifteen minutes were a tense affair, as Kempston came to life but any brief openings were quickly flushed out before Bedford Town put the game to bed with a third.

Will Summerfield came off the bench and made an immediate impact, crossing for Butterworth with his first touch as the new signing poked home to all but end the contest.

From there, the Kempston fight evaporated as Joe Butterworth completed his hat-trick.

An awful goal kick from Michael Hudson, who has endured a tough few weeks in the sticks, fell to the feet of Lewis Miccio who was able to cross for Butterworth to coolly poke home.

Minutes later it was five, as fellow sub Dan Walker also gained an assist. By this point, the Kempston defence were all at sea and the finish was simple for the impressive Connor Tomlinson.

There was still time for some now customary Eyrie handbags at the end; Rovers left back, Adam Drakulic lucky to escape with a yellow card after a late challenge that led to some confrontations come the final whistle.

It was a whistle Kempston Rovers would have been relieved to hear, but despite Bedford fully deserving the three points, there were moments where Kempston looked to threaten.

Bedford Town remain second after Berkhamsted beat bottom side, Colney Heath by a single goal, with the league leaders one point ahead of the Eagles with a game in hand.

Kempston Rovers on the other hand sit a single place above the relegation zone, four points ahead of Wantage Town in 19th.

Bedford Town travel to sixth-placed North Leigh this Saturday while Kempston Rovers will look to reverse their fortunes against Thame United.

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