Bedford Town’s ‘never-say-die’ performance at the weekend has earned themselves a FA Trophy first round replay against Aldershot Town at home this Tuesday night, 18 December.
The Eagles equalised in the 88th minute to come away with a 3-3 at Vanarama National League side, Aldershot. “We went with a game plan and were professional in executing it. We nullified a lot of what they threw at us” said Jon Taylor, Bedford Town FC’s manager.
“We scored first, I felt we really set the tempo. Our movement off the ball was particularly good and our passing play matched it.” He added.
Frustratingly, after Eagles’ Dean Dummett opened things up for Bedford in the fifth minute, Aldershot responded equalising midway through the first half.
The Eagles then conceded again to a sloppy second goal just before half-time, that many would have thought was the nail in the coffin for the visitors.
“We made some substitutions in the second half and this ultimately changed the game for us. In horrendous conditions the energy the boys produced was outstanding.” Said Taylor.
Substitute Jermaine Osei levelled proceedings after 72 minutes and, although Bedford later conceded what Taylor called an “absolute worldy of a goal”, the resilience of his men shone through to grab the equaliser in the 88th minute.
“Ben Ford was probably the best player on the park and produced a fantastic run and shot which Aldershot’s keeper was unable to fully control. Our super-sub Jermaine Osei was there for the spill and made it level with only two minutes to go, to get his second of the game.” Said Taylor.
A chuffed manager, Taylor recognises the quality of the result and hopes that the Eagles can create more history by turning Aldershot over at home this Tuesday night in the replay.
“I think it’s important for the whole community of Bedford to understand how well we are doing in this competition. A big shout out to all the local people, who love their football, to come down and get behind the boys. Hopefully it will be action packed like it was on Saturday, and we can pull a result out the bag.”
Make sure you get down to the Eyrie in Cardington to support the boys. Kick off is Tuesday night, 18 December, at 19:45. A win would see the Eagles progress to the second round to take on Chesterfield F.C. away.
Words: Will Hooley