Clinical Bedford Town continue hunt for title but secure play-off spot

Bedford Town celebrate a goal
Bedford Town have scored 12 goals in two games Image: Simon Gill / Bedford Town

Bedford Town were once again deadly in front of goal on another superb Eyrie night on Tuesday, thrashing Welwyn Garden City 5-1 and closing the gap on league leaders, Biggleswade Town in the process.

Leon Lobjoit’s hat trick, along with goals for Kyle Connolly and Liam Dulson made it twelve goals in two games; significant for the Eagles as they are just three points off Biggleswade Town at the top and now with a better goal difference.

Welwyn, chasing a play off spot themselves, were a potential banana skin but any fears of them causing an upset were put to bed thanks to Lobjoit.

The striker opened the scoring after just eight minutes after finding himself on the end of a cut back from Kyle Connolly to slot home into the bottom corner before repeating trick eight minutes before the break to open up a two goal advantage.

Bedford Town striker Leon Lobjoit celebrates after scoring another goal
Leon Lobjoit enjoyed another successful night Image: Simon Gill / Bedford Town FC

Further chances for Dulson and Ryan Blake came and went but Welwyn rarely threatened in what became a comfortable first half for Bedford Town, that they would expand on in the second period.

Lobjoit completed his hat trick early in the second half as Blake was the provider for a loitering Lobjoit to stroke home a third and secure all three points for Bedford Town.

Connolly added a fourth on the hour mark with a cool finish of his own, and while Welwyn scored a consolation through Bradley Wadkins, it was Liam Dulson who had the last laugh with Town’s fifth of the night.

Kyle Connolly beats an opposition defender before scoring a goal for Bedford Town at the Eyrie
Kyle Connolly slots home a fourth Image: Simon Gill / Bedford Town FC

It could have been much better for Lee Bircham and his side had Hadley held on to a 2-0 lead at Biggleswade Town.

Luke Alfano’s second half double looked to have caused a mighty upset for 9th-placed Hadley but the Waders were given hope thanks to Marcus Gouldbourne and when Charlie Briggs scored an equaliser deep into stoppage time, Biggleswade Town had escaped with a point.

Bedford Town have two games to try and catch them, first at Leighton Town on Saturday before hosting a flailing North Leigh side the following weekend while Biggleswade face Kidlington, and a far trickier test against Ware.

Hopes of a league title still remain then, but Tuesday night’s fantastic victory not only confirms a play-off spot, it also provides momentum should they be required to play in them, and at this stage of the season, momentum can be the difference between celebrations and disappointment.

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