Corby Town v Bedford Town play-off match preview

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Dan Walker (r) with Bedford Town FC Manager, Jon Taylor signs on for another two seasons at the Bright Management Eyrie Stadium
Dan Walker (r) with Manager, Jon Taylor signs on for another two seasons at the Bright Management Eyrie Stadium

Bedford Town’s season continues on Wednesday evening, having secured a place in the play-offs with their fourth place finish.

They travel to Steel Park, home of Corby Town, for what will be a tough match against the team that finished third.

The Eagles will go into the match confident after their recent run of form that saw them finish the season second in the FORM table, just behind the division champions Peterborough Sports.

Bedford Independent caught up with joint owner and team manager Jon Taylor, who said his players will be fully prepared, and determined in the match, whatever the ultimate outcome:

“I am under no illusions that this is our Cup Final. I realise Wednesday night’s match will be about who is the bravest team to turn it on at the right times in the game and who has the true grit and determination to be better and composed in both boxes.

“We will be fully prepared and ready to overcome a well organised Corby team but I know if we go out there with the right focus and mindset we are one of the best teams in the League.

“We finished one of the ‘in form’ teams in the League and I am hopeful our quality and momentum will put us in good stead.

“I am not one to worry about the opposition, although I will never underestimate teams or disrespect them, but it is about how we react when we cross that white line and how we will effect the game in the 90 odd minutes of open play.

Bedford V Coleshill
Bedford Town showed Coleshill what they were made of, winning 2-3, in their last game of the season.

“We will go in to the game, I suppose, as under dogs – but again this doesn’t phase me or my team, all I know is we will be doing our utmost to overcome whatever Corby has to throw at us.

“The Squad myself and my Assistant Nathan Abbey have assembled for this campaign has been very strong, with us making some crucial signings at telling times in the season which I suppose comes down to our experience.

“Again, we have done exceptionally well the later quarter of the season because we have been resilient and able to keep consistency and continuity and this alone just proves how important this is to any group of players.

“Our preparation will be as normal and we will set ourselves up to be a hard team to break down and a team that will be dangerous when we are on the ascendancy.

“We have done our homework on Corby and will be going in to the game very positive and sticking to our game plan and having nothing else on our minds other than getting in to the Playoff Final.

“I would like to put on record and point out one last thing, our supporters have been absolutely magnificent through thick and thin again this season and I hope that there will be a big Bedford Town following on Wednesday night to sing from the terraces all night.

“It would be also a big bonus if we can get some local Bedford people who don’t normally come to watch games over to Corby to give us the support we deserve.”

Bedford go into this match boosted by the news that that top scorer Dan Walker (pictured with Jon Taylor) has already put pen to paper, extending his contract to keep him at the Bright Management Eyrie Stadium for another two seasons.

If The Eagles are victorious on Wednesday, they will face either Bromsgrove Sporting or Sutton Coldfield in the final on Bank Holiday Monday.

Match Details:

Eco-Stik Southern League Division 1 Central Playoff Semi-Final
Corby Town F.C. v Bedford Town F.C.
Wednesday 1 May
At Steel Park, Jimmy Kane Way, Corby, NN17 2FB
K.O 19.45
Admission: £10 adults, £6 concessions, £2 under 16.
Words: Michael Jarman-Webb
Photo: Bedford Town F.C.