Eagles win penalty shoot out to progress in FA Trophy

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Image: Adrian Brown / Bedford Town FC

Bedford Town advanced to the next round of the FA Trophy after beating Bowers & Pitsea on penalties. A 0-0 draw in the ninety minutes meant the game went to a shootout which Bedford were victorious in.

The Eagles got off to a flying start and almost took the lead within the first minute. Louis Walsh saw his blocked shot fall to Ben Spaul who sent the ball over the crossbar.

The rest of the first half was a quiet one as two strong sides battled it out in Essex. Neither side could break the deadlock as the sides went in level at the break.

In the second half, the game was still very cagey, but Bedford did have some chances. Adam Watkins had a decent effort, but his shot went just wide of the post.

Bowers & Pitsea never really looked like scoring and the Bedford defence was resilient. The tie was looking increasingly likely that it would go to penalties as the clock ticked.

Neither side could find a way through as the game went to penalties. Adam Watkins and Adam Cunnington scored the first two pens for Bedford, but Bowers also netted their first two. Archie McClelland scored the Eagles’ third before Mark Smith in the Bedford goal saved the third Bowers penalty.

Lewis Green scored next for Bedford as well as Bowers scoring their third. Louis Walsh stepped up to take the decider and converted to send Lee Bircham’s side into the next round, where they will face a trip to Derbyshire to face Matlock Town.

Words by Zac Neal