Soaring Eagles fly to fourth with convincing victories at The Eyrie


Bedford Town’s strike force have regained their mojo, having enjoyed a fine week at The Eyrie, moving into the play-off positions in the Southern League and progressing in the FA Trophy.

One man who has arguably not lost his form since the start of the season is Rene Howe, the Eagles striker scoring two more goals last night as Bedford Town comfortably saw off Thame United 3-0.

Two goals in five first half minutes for Howe; the first of which was a deft header gave the Eagles a comfortable cushion that they never looked like rescinding against a toothless Thame side.

Howe also grabbed an assist in the second half, setting up Connor Tomlinson for Bedford’s third, killing the game as a contest on the hour mark.

The win moves Bedford Town up to fourth, behind Dunstable, Berkhamsted and leaders North Leigh, although the latter have played a mammoth four games more than those around them.

Bedford Town have also progressed in the FA Trophy following a thumping 5-0 win against Cambridge City on Saturday afternoon.

City were already two goals down before they lost their heads entirely, Yaw Nanthi-Ofosu sent off after thirty five minutes for a two-footed lunge.

A minute later they were down to nine as former Eagle Tom Hitchcock was also given his marching orders for abusive language to the referee, leaving the visitors an uphill task.

Hugh Alban-Jones and Lewis Miccio goals had given Town a 2-0 lead before the Cambridge implosion; their first competitive goals for the club.

Alban-Jones, who was later voted Man of the Match by the joyous home fans, added his second with a scorcher from the edge of the area soon into the second half.

Late goals from Craig Mackail-Smith and the effervescent Rene Howe rounded off a resounding 5-0 win late on.

Gary Setchell’s side have been drawn at home to Northern Premier League side, Stafford Rangers in the third qualifying round, providing a stern test of a squad improving all the time.

Home action continues for Bedford Town this weekend as they host 15th-placed Kidlington before travelling to Colney Heath who are 18th.