Mackail-Smith on target as Bedford Town secure two wins from two


Star man Craig-Mackail Smith backed up a goal on Tuesday night with another on Saturday as he helped Bedford Town to back-to-back victories in a successful week for the Eagles.

In another busy seven days of action and new signings, manager Gary Setchell is seeing signs of his new side beginning to gel as Town set their stall out for a promotion bid from Southern League Central Division One.

The side travelled to local rivals Biggleswade on Tuesday night, looking to secure their first league victory of the season, and did so with two second half goals at the Yvette Brewer Stadium.

Despite an even first half, the Eagles’ quality shone through as Mackail-Smith scored the first of what will surely be many goals for Bedford Town before captain Ross Watson grabbed his second in as many games to secure the points.

On Saturday afternoon, Bedford Town looked to push on as they hosted bottom club, North Leigh at The Eyrie and ran out comfortable 4-1 winners.

A couple of early chances for the visitors were as close as they ever got to gaining something from this encounter, as Setchell’s side gained control of the game with two quickfire goals.

Mackail-Smith opened the scoring; a deft turn and finish marking his first home goal for the club before man-of-the-match, Matty Harriott latched on to a long free kick from the goalkeeper to double the lead before the break.

North Leigh could have halved the deficit with a glorious chance at the at the end of the first 45 minutes; only last-ditch heroic defending on their own goal line from the Bedford defence denying the visitors.

New signing Charley Sanders, who had only signed for Bedford Town the previous day, seemingly put the game out of sight with a third on the hour mark, but North Leigh finally got their goal straight from the resulting kick-off, reducing the deficit back to two.

However, Rene Howe, who had caused havoc for the visiting defence all game with his strong presence up front, put the game out of sight with his first goal of the new season.

In truth, Bedford Town could have had seven or eight; the visiting goalkeeper denying a rampant Eagles front line on multiple occasions, as well as the impressive Connor Tomlinson who made a good impact from the bench.

After a stuttering start to the new season, the Eagles find themselves in 7th after five games and will be looking to build on consecutive victories in the coming weeks.

Elsewhere, Kempston Rovers surrendered a 3-1 lead at home to Yaxley on Saturday afternoon, drawing 3-3 leaving them in 17th after a midweek away defeat at Barton Rovers.

Bedford Town travel to Yaxley after their first foray in the FA Trophy next week, before the Eagles and the Walnuts face off in a local derby on Halloween.

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