At 23 and 22 league goals respectively, Joey Evans and Ben Stevens are helping Real Bedford forge their title challenge and the duo have been in the goals again over the past few days to help Rob Sinclair and his team battle to back-to-back victories.
A 2-0 win against Baldock – described as “gutsy” by Sinclair – and a 3-1 home win against Potton United on Tuesday night take Real five points clear at the top of Spartans South Midlands Premier Division, although their rivals Milton Keynes Irish do have a game in hand.
Saturday’s 2-0 win against mid-table Baldock was a test in patience as it took over an hour for Real Bedford to take the lead; Stevens playing provider this time for Evans to slot home to give the home side the advantage.
Evans doubled the lead, as well as his own goal count, as he slotted home minutes later after being put through by Eddie Corbit and despite it not being the free-flowing attacking game that Real have built a title challenge on, the two goals were more than enough for three points.
Tuesday night’s game was more straightforward as Real Bedford found themselves 2-0 up inside five minutes against Potton United.
Ben Stevens opened the scoring with just three minutes on the clock and with Tom Hitchcock doubling up moments later, it already looked like it was going to a long evening for Potton.
Ollie Swain made it three on the half hour mark to all but kill the game, but while Potton got a goal back before half-time courtesy of Nathan Mullins, the visitors could not find a way back with Real running out 3-1 victors.
Milton Keynes Irish’s 3-0 away win at Aylesbury Vale Dynamos on Saturday keeps the Buckinghamshire side on the coattails of the Pirates, but both sides are now well clear of the rest of the pack, with Leverstock Green eleven points behind Real Bedford in third.
Ladies look for new manager
Real Bedford Ladies continue to have a 100% record in the Eastern Region Women’s Football League, but they have been focusing on cup action in recent weeks.
A 5-0 defeat against third tier, Billericay Town knocked them out of the Women’s FA Cup a fortnight ago, but they bounced back with a 6-1 victory against Wootton Blue Cross in the League Cup on Sunday.
Braces from Neve Mayes and Natasha Fensome along with goals for Chloe Martin and Erin Price secured a comfortable victory, but shortly after the win, it was announced manager Dean Perrett was leaving the side, with first team coach Georgia Clarke taking up the role on an interim basis.
Chairman of Real Bedford, Peter McCormack said, “After considerable deliberation, the club has reached this decision. I spoke with Dean this afternoon to explain the rationale behind our decision and expressed our gratitude for his dedication and hard work.
“We are grateful to Georgia for stepping into the interim management position. We are all committed to providing her with our complete support as we aim to build on the progress made by the team this season.”