Local derby hopes for Bedford Town and Kempston Rovers as both look for much-needed win

The Bedford Town management are hoping for a change of fortunes...

An action packed weekend of football is promised at the Bright Management Eyrie, provided the storms don’t have the final say once again.

On Saturday its local derby time as Bedford Town entertain Kempston Rovers, in what’s likely to be a hard-fought battle between two teams currently at the wrong end of the table, while on Sunday it’s the turn of Bedford Ladies who will play their much delayed cup tie against Millwall Ladies.

The Eagles trip to bottom side Wantage fell foul to the weather last weekend, with the referee finally deciding the conditions were not playable just over an hour before kickoff. The rescheduled trip to the Freds will be on the evening of Tuesday 17th March.

On the previous Tuesday, the Eagles recorded their first win in recent weeks, overcoming Southern League Premier side Biggleswade Town 3-2 in an entertaining semi-final of the Bedfordshire Senior Cup. They now go on to meet Luton Town in the final.

Kempston Rovers fell to another defeat in the League on Tuesday succumbing on the trip to Welwyn Garden City, so with neither side recording a League win this year, both will be hopeful of a successful outcome in this match.

Eagles Manager Mark Ducket has been strengthening the squad over recent weeks and is expecting a result from this encounter.

Speaking exclusively to the Bedford Independent he said, “This is my first local derby since joining Bedford and I’m keen for us to get a win in front of a bumper crowd of home fans.

“Since I’ve come to the club the lads have worked very hard on the training pitch trying to rectify the problems of the season. 

“This match will see home debuts for my new signings, Carl Mensah, Ross Watson, Danny Draper, Ryan Schmit and Scott Sinclair and I’m confident they will bring added strength in depth to the team.

Ducket went on to appeal to the Bedford community to once again get behind the Eagles, “Myself and my coaching team believe we now have a squad of players that can begin to turn the season around, and we would appreciate all the support from the Bedford locals again in this transitional period at the club.

Kick off at the Bright Management Eyrie is at 3pm on Saturday 22 February.

On Sunday the attention turns to Bedford Ladies who hope to play their Quarter Final tie against Millwall Ladies in the Eastern Region Women’s League Cup, with kick off at 2pm at the Bright Management Eyrie.

Ciara and Dennis ensured the match didn’t take place at the first two attempts, so hopefully it will be a case of third time lucky.

Words by Michael Jarman-Webb

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