Late Cunningham goal sends Bedford Town through in FA Trophy

Bedford Town celebrate their (very) late winner Image: Adrian Brown / Bedford Town FC

Bedford Town have qualified for the next round of the FA Trophy after a 3-2 away win over Aylesbury United.

Goals form Alex Collard, Jesse Akubuine and a 99th minute winner from Adam Cunnington won the Eagles the match.

Lee Bircham’s side started the game well, keeping up their recent form in creating a host of chances, but they weren’t to capitalise on any of them as the first half drew to a close.

However, in first half injury time, the Eagles took the lead.

A corner was swung in by Louis Walsh and Alex Collard rose highest and his header flew past the goalkeeper into the back of the net for his third goal of the season. Bedford led 1-0 at the interval.

Soon after the restart, Aylesbury got a penalty with Alfie Attrill deemed to have been fouled in the box as David Pearce stepped up and equalised for the Ducks.

The Eagles went back ahead thanks to a great strike from Jesse Akubuine. Some great football meant the ball found Akubuine on the edge of the box and his strike found the goal.

Two minutes later, Aylesbury were level again. The Ducks played the ball down the wing and despite the Eagles claiming the ball went out, the referee waved play on, and David Pearce slotted away for the home side.

The Eagles were throwing everything at the game and finally got the goal with the final roll of the dice in the ninth minute of injury time.

A ball into the box was headed into the area by Alex Collard and Adam Cunnington’s heroic header fired Bedford into the next round of the competition.

A statement win from Bedford who still managed to grind out the victory despite injuries. Bedford Town go on to face Bowers and Pitsea in the next round.

The Eagles are back in action next Saturday in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup as The Eyrie plays host to Gorleston FC.

Words by Zac Neal