Real Bedford must wait for title after Tring stalemate

Mo Ahmed playing for Real Bedford against Tring
Mo Ahmed returned to the starting line up for Real Image: Will Roberts / Real Bedford FC

The perfect McMullen Park weekend did not quite come to fruition for Real Bedford on Saturday afternoon as they drew a blank in drawing 0-0 against play-off chasing, Tring Athletic.

There was a celebratory feel in the air off the back of Friday’s announcement that the Winklevoss twins were investing an unprecedented $4.5m into the football club, and Real were hoping to seal the league title at the same time.

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A record attendance of 1,031 attended McMullen Park, including a number of international guests but they left a touch deflated after experiencing a goalless draw.

As it turned out, Real could not have claimed the league title on Saturday afternoon due to MK Irish’s 2-0 victory at FC Romania, but they would have hoped to keep their five-point barrier with victory.

A week ago, Rob Sinclair’s side beat Tring 3-0 on the same ground to reach the South Midlands Premier Cup Final but they could not break them down this time, although they were gifted a golden opportunity in the closing stages.

An 87th minute penalty was saved by the impressive Dan Gould in the Tring goal as the visitors kept a potent Real Bedford strike force out in a resolute defensive performance.

Tuesday night awaits

The league title could be won at McMullen Park on Tuesday night, with London Lions the visitors but if Milton Keynes win again, it could – mathematically at least – go down to the final day.

That final day fixture is away from home against a Sawbridgeworth Town side who have only won 2 of their 33 league games this season, so the odds are still stacked in favour of the Pirates.

The league and cup double is also on the horizon, with the South Midlands Premier Cup Final against Cockfosters taking place at Colney Heath FC on Wednesday 24th April.

You can buy tickets to Real Bedford’s final home league game of the season on Tuesday here.