Final push for the Eagles as mammoth Southern League season draws to a close

Manager Gary Setchell has masterminded an impressive season so far for Bedford Town

Bedford Town have been in fine form all year, but are now calling on the local community to help urge their team over the line as their Southern League season draws to a close.

Six games remain, with Bedford Town three points ahead at the top of Southern League Central Division One after second placed Berkhamsted drew 0-0 at Welwyn Garden City on Tuesday night.

The Eagles still technically have a game in hand as well, as a result of the bizarre abandonment at Kidlington in February; a game that has yet to be finalised by administrators.

Read: Kidlington vs Bedford Town abandoned at half-time due to “tunnel altercation”

This coming weekend is the annual ‘Non League Day’, scheduled to coincide with the Spring international break, allowing fans of Premier League and Championship sides to follow their local team in the absence of their usual calendar.

This Saturday, Bedford Town host a dangerous North Leigh side at The Eyrie, who are themselves battling for a play-off spot and currently sit in fifth in the division.

Gary Setchell’s side have already beaten the Oxfordshire side once this season; two goals from Connor Tomlinson and Rene Howe helping them to an impressive 4-1 away win in December.

However, they have not lost a league match since then and pose a threat to the Eagles although sheer attacking force could prove to be the difference on Saturday.

“The atmosphere at The Eyrie is truly something special”

Bedford Town’s Commercial Manager, Dan Coulthard is fronting the efforts to persuade the community to come to The Eyrie this weekend and for their three remaining home games.

“We’ve lost just three league games all season and are unbeaten in over sixteen weeks, helped by our home attendances that have doubled since our last completed season.

“With six games remaining, we need the people of our town to dust off their Eagles hats and scarves and get down to show their support.”

A win against North Leigh will secure a 100% record for March, with a busy April concluding the season, beginning with stragglers Wantage Town and Welwyn Garden City.

The Eagles then host third place AFC Dunstable at The Eyrie before travelling to St Neots Town forty-eight hours later; a challenge that manager Gary Setchell may have to overcome to secure the title.

The season concludes on 23rd April at The Eyrie as Bedford Town host Aylesbury United, where many will hope there will be a party atmosphere.

There is a long way to go before the celebrations come though, with a few potential banana skins lying in wait, but the Eagles are playing full of confidence and it will take a brave person to bet against them now.

Tickets for all of Bedford Town’s remaining home games can be bought online here at a discounted rate, but can also be bought before kick-off direct from the turnstiles.

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