New signing for Bedford Town as Eagles draw at Bedworth

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Image: Matty Harriott - Bedford Town FC

The Eagles travelled to Warwickshire last weekend for a match which in normal circumstances would have been called off because of the area’s monsoon like conditions.

There was no such problem at Bedworth though, who play on a 4G pitch.

This match saw a few changes in both players and management for Bedford.

On the pitch Louis Hall returned from his long term injury, replacing Brett Longdon who is serving a suspension and on the bench for the first time was young keeper Connor Coulsdon, recently signing from Barton Rovers.

Also returning but not available for this match is Matty Harriet, who left the Eyrie last season to play at a higher level.

Management wise Jon Taylor has now taken the role of Director of the club following the sad passing of his father David.

That means Nathan Abbey has taken on the managers job.

Coach Gil Octave has been promoted to assistant manager, while former Aylesbury FC and Oxford United Youth manager Paul Bonham has been brought in as coach, replacing John Dreyer.

The miserable conditions meant most fans chose cover in the stand, with just a few committed Bedford fans braving the rain behind the goal.

There was certainly plenty of action on the pitch with the Eagles going ahead half way through the first half when Tom Hitchcock scored a penalty after Hall was brought down in the box.

Things went downhill after that for the visitors as Bedworth, looking more comfortable on the 4G pitch also found the net, just two minutes after Bedford’s opener.

The Eagles managed to absorb the pressure, despite Bedworth having the best chances, including a 20 yard pile-driver that rattled of the corner of the post and would have given Aaron Dillon no chance had it been on target.

It looked like scores would be even for the break, but with two minutes on the clock Bedworth went ahead as a corner from the right was headed in at close range by Elliot Parrott.

The second half started with Bedford seeing more of the ball, but again it was Bedworth that found the goal.

A cross from the right went to Khaellem Bailey-Nicholls, who was on his own in the box, where he headed past Dillon.

With thirty minutes remaining Bedford made their first change with striker Drew Phillips replacing Hall.

A few minutes later they were back in it, when Ben Ford put the ball into the area to Connor Tomlinson, who controlled it and placed it past Daniel Crane into the bottom left hand corner for his first competitive goal of the season.

The play was now all Bedford’s, with the home side clinging on for a win, but Dan Walker had other ideas.

A pass from Tomlinson hit the back of Ford’s heel, the ball went to Hitchcock, who played the ball to Walker in the area enabling him to find the bottom right of the goal.

Not satisfied with the draw, Bedford continued their attacking football, which almost payed off in the 90th minute when a Walker pass to Tomlinson found its way over the bar.

Whilst they they will have been disappointed at dropping points, on the first half performance it can be seen as a point gained.

Next, action returns to the Bright Management Eyrie on Saturday for the first home game of the month as Bedford welcome Daventry Town.

Daventry currently occupy a play off position in fourth place to Bedford’s eighth, but with only two points in it and two games in hand Bedford will be looking for three points.

If you can’t make the football, on Saturday Bedford Town supporters club are hosting a Christmas Craft Fayre at the ground the following day.

The event takes place in Maxey’s Clubhouse at the Bright Management Eyrie on Sunday 17th November, from 10am to 3pm.

Very limited tables are still available for sellers for £10 and are bookable by contacting Gerry on 01234 381213.

Admission for buyers is £1, with under 16’s allowed in at no charge.

Bedford Town starting lineup:

1 Aaron Dillon

2 Cade Stevens-Abbey

3 Louis Hall (Drew Phillips 60′)

4 Ollie Swain

5 Joe Steele

6 Damien Green

7 Ben Ford

8 Callum Donnelley ©

9 Tom Hitchcock (Jack Vasey 88′)

10 Connor Tomlinson (Nathan Olukumni 91′)

11 Dan Walker

Subs not used: Connor Coulsdon, Callum Milne

Words: Michael Jarman-Webb