Late Dulson equaliser helps Bedford Town increase league lead

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Image: Adrian Brown / Bedford Town FC

An 88th-minute equaliser from Liam Dulson helped Bedford Town secure a point away at Kidlington on Wednesday evening as the Eagles opened up a three point gap at the top of Southern League Central Division One.

After a frustrating February so far, where two consecutive games against AFC Dunstable and Stotfold were postponed due to waterlogged pitches, Lee Bircham and his side are back in pole position in the title fight.

Bedford Town’s last game before Wednesday was on 3rd February as they travelled to AFC Dunstable for what was supposed to be a league double header before the storms hit, with Town winning 3-1.

Dulson was on the scoresheet again inside ten minutes to give the Eagles the lead, before Fernando Bell-Toxtle doubled the away side’s advantage early in the second half.

Arnold Matshazi ensured there’d be a tense finish with a goal back for Dunstable but substitute, Jamale McKenzie-Lowe scored deep into injury time to secure back-to-back victories, after Bedford Town had seen off North Leigh at the end of January.

Kidlington two minutes from shock win

Wednesday night’s clash proved to be more of a challenge.

Sitting in 17th before the first whistle, Kidlington have struggled this campaign and the form book suggested the Eagles should have won comfortably, but they were kept out for the majority of the ninety minutes.

Town had the majority of the goalmouth action throughout the game; Ryan Blake’s effort at the end of the first half cleared off the line and the Kidlington goalkeeper, Jack Hopwood keeping out Bedford’s front line on numerous occasions.

Liam Dulson has scored key goals in recent weeks Image: Adrian Brown / Bedford Town FC

It was however the hosts who took a shock lead in the 80th minute thanks to the rapid Connor Ferguson and they were minutes away from a big victory before Dulson bundled home late on.

Two local derbies await for Bedford Town as they visit Hillgrounds to face the league’s bottom club, Kempston Rovers on Saturday. The return fixture – a rearranged game after yet another postponement – is on 27th February.

North Leigh beginning to struggle

Bedford Town sit three points clear of North Leigh in second place – but have a game in hand – although third-placed, Biggleswade Town are perhaps a bigger danger as they are lurking five points behind Bedford Town with a game in hand over the Eagles.

This is in addition to signs of some upheaval at North Leigh, with a number of players leaving perhaps after learning that the club are ineligible for promotion after failing the ground-grading test needed to go up.

Bedford Town will only be focusing on themselves though, with Kempston Rovers next up in a local derby on Saturday. Tickets are available direct from the turnstiles at Hillgrounds for as little as £5.