Corby draw raises Bedford Town FC’s spirits as they head to Barton today

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Dan Walker

A game of two halves has never been a more appropriate term than in this outing for the Eagles, who were down and out at half time, but made a second half comeback to share the points on a baking Bank Holiday Monday.

After defeats, in the League and the Emirates FA Cup, the Eagles may have preferred opposition other than Corby Town for their next outing.

Like Bedford the Steelmen are one of the teams hoping to gain promotion this campaign, and after today’s performances, it looks likely that both will be in with a shout.

With temperatures well into the 30’s the teams set out with positive attacking football. Bedford’s defender Damien Green feeling the result of a clash early on which laid him out for a while.

Both sides had chances early on, but it was the visitors that made it count when Joe Burgess was given space at the edge of the area and drilled home past Eagles keeper Aaron Dillon. (13′ BT 0 – 1 CT)

Callum Donnelly & Scott Joseph
Callum Donnelly & Scott Joseph

A rare error from Daniel George in the Corby goal gave Bedford one of their better early chances. He came out to claim the ball and with no Eagle within five yards, but he let it go through his hands and out for a corner. The corner resulted in a George clearance.

Bedford were looking more positive in this match than they had in the previous two and were producing some good chances, but it was still the visitors that found the net again when Elliot Sandy unleashed a superb forward ball to Jordan Crawford on the left wing. He beat Cade Stephens-Abbey, cut inside and unleashed a vicious effort past Dillon. (32′ BT 0 – 2 CT)

Bedford were forced to make a change close to half time when Stevens-Abbey limped off.

Gavin Hoyte replaced him and having three burly centre backs in the back four seemed to strengthen the defences which were to keep the visitors out of the home goal for the rest of the game.

Manny Soetan shot
Manny Soetan shot

The second half started with Bedford on the offensive and Corby happy to sit back and defend their lead. Scott Joseph had a chance, but the referee pulled the attack back for a push.

With around thirty minutes remaining Jon Taylor made his second substitution, with Tre Mitford coming on for Joseph.

Ten minutes later Bedford had their first goal. An Eagles free kick was easily cleared after Ben Fords delivery, however, the ball was worked back into the box and Mitford’s one touch finish was too good for George. Whether the goal was actually Mitford’s or an own goal as some behind the goal thought, Mitford will be happy to claim it. (69′ 1 – 2 CT)

The goal was the inspiration the home team needed as they saw the opportunity for more. Taylor added more pace into the attack bringing on young striker Connor Tomlinson to replace Manny Soetan with just fifteen minutes remaining.

With nine minutes left Mitford made it two as he pivoted in the box and smashed the ball home, giving George no chance.

Tre Mitford goal celebration
Tre Mitford goal celebration

Corby were forced to respond to Bedford’s equaliser but the scores remained equal.

This was an important game for the Eagles, they showed that unlike in their two previous games they can battle back from a deficit, like they did in the opening fixture against Thame.

Its likely that both Corby and Bedford will finish in at least the play off positions, but to do so they’ll have to fight for every point, like they did in this match.

On Saturday Bedford have the first of their local derby’s, travelling to Barton Rovers.

Barton sit in ninth in the table to Bedford’s thirteenth, but they have identical records of a win, a loss and a draw. It could be argued that the Eagles have faced the stronger opposition. The three teams Bedford have faced so far all finished last season above the teams Barton have faced.

The match takes place at Barton Rovers, Sharpenhoe Road, Barton Le-Clay, MK45 4LQ. K.O is at 3pm.

Bedford Town lineup:

1 Arron Dillon
2 Cade Stevens-Abbey
3 Louis Hall
4 Ben Ford
5 Derek Ubah
6 Damien Green
7 Ebby Nelson-Addy
8 Connor Donnelly ©
9 Scott Joseph
10 Dan Walker
11 Manny Soetan

Subsitutes:

12 Tre Mitford ⚽ ⚽ (➡ 9)
14 Connor Tomlinson (➡ 11)
15 Abraham Eze
16 Nuredin Lilaj
17 Gavin Hoyte (➡ 2)

MOTM: Tre Mitford
Attendence: 310

Words Michael Jarman-Webb
Photos: Bedford Town FC