Welwyn Garden City F.C 0 v 3 Bedford Town F.C
The Eagles knew they needed to fly on their away visit to The Citizens, and they didn’t disappoint with a first half goal-fest that kept us in fourth.
With three games remaining, Bedford were hoping to get maximum points to secure a play off position.
Manager Jon Taylor made a couple of changes in the starting line up from the team that lost at home last weekend.
Dan Olaniron replaced Joe Steele, and Jack Vasey had his first start upfront, replacing James Hall.
Bedford started with a strong attacking formation with the pace of Dan Walker and Leon Lobjoit on the wings and Vasey as the central target man.
It was the visiting team that found the net first, as Jack Vasey scored the opener. A cross came in, that was headed back by Lobjoit for Vasey to tap home (0:1 10’).
Bedford built on their goal and were enjoying most of the attacking play, Lobjoit in particular was finding chances and in the 19th minute he had a superb solo run, went by three Welwyn players and unleashed an effort that was well saved. The rebound fell just behind Walker.
With the mercury rising and temperatures soaring well into the 20’s, the referee stopped play for a mid half drink break.
The pause in play didn’t affect the Eagles though, Lucas Kirkpatrick received the ball after excellent work by Ben Ford. His effort is misjudged by the Welwyn keeper and it sneaks inside the post (0:2 28’).
Welwyn then come more into the game, Ashlee Jones between the sticks for Bedford is tested when a player cuts in and shoots low forcing a save.
Moments later the home team have a free kick that ends up in the back of the Bedford net, but a raised flag saw it ruled out as offside.
Welwyn had another free kick when Brett Longdon was judged to have brought down their defender. The ball is floated across but defended well.
The Eagles then break, but the through ball is too much for Lobjoit and the keeper comes and clears for a throw.
Fans keen to get some well needed half time liquid refreshment May have missed The Eagles third goal.
A beautiful ball was played forward to Vasey who headed it home for his second of the day (pictured) (0:3 45’).
With the job apparently done in the first half, and probably with thoughts of Monday’s upcoming fixture, the manager made changes early in second half.
Mason Watkins-Clarke, who appeared to be injured was replaced by Joe Steele and Dan Olanrian by James Peters. Bedford continued to have chances, with Walker and Peters coming close.
Welwyn should have been back in the game, as their number seven tapped wide at the back post when it seemed easier to score.
Chances continued for both sides, but both defences held in the second half. Vasey missed out on his hattrick when he headed over an incoming ball from Kirkpatrick.
With twelve minutes of normal time remaining veteran striker Paul Benson replaced Walker. His movement upfront gave the home defence something new to think about.
More chances fell for the visitors. Captain Callum Donally shot over, a Lobjoit shot was finger tip saved and Ebby Nelson-Addy headed wide.
Three goals and three points made a successful away-day for the travelling Bedford faithful. A crowd of 221, enjoyed some great football in some even better weather.
The win will be a confidence booster as they go into Bank Holiday Monday’s home match against AFC Dunstable, knowing that three points will guarantee a fourth place finish.
With temperatures due to be high again, the team will hope a bumper home crowd will cheer them on to a win in this, the seasons last home game.
Bedford Town F.C.
- Ashlee Jones
- Lucas Kirkpatrick ⚽️
- Ben Ford
- Brett Longden
- Mason Watkins-Clark (Joe Steele 51′)
- Dan Olaniran (James Peters 53′)
- Ebby Nelson-Addy
- Callum Donnelly
- Jack Vasey ⚽️⚽️
- Leon Lobjoit
- Dan Walker (Paul Benson 73′)
- James Peters
- Connor Furlong
- James Hall
- Joe Steele
- Paul Benson
Words & photo: Michael Jarman-Webb