Super sub Tomlinson downs Yaxley in tight victory for Eagles

Super sub Tomlinson rewarded with winner at Yaxley (Image: Bedford Town FC)

Connor Tomlinson’s second-half strike at Yaxley was enough to give Bedford Town their second 1-0 win in as many weeks as the Eagles went to within one point of the top spot in Southern League Central Division One.

Over half of the attendance was attributed to the away side; 150 Bedford Town fans followed their side to Cambridgeshire and they were rewarded with another victory.

Conditions were not easy for good football, with strong winds combining with an unfamiliar 3G pitch for Bedford Town, but their experience and patience shone through to take three more points back to The Eyrie.

The Yaxley goalkeeper saw a lot of action in the opening half, first denying Rene Howe and then former Yaxley defender Charley Sanders with good saves, as the sides went into the break with the score still deadlocked.

The Eagles may have been more wary in the second half with the wind against them, but the chances kept coming with Rob Sinclair denied very early on in the second half.

Ollie Swain also had a shot stopped by the impressive opposition goalkeeper at the Decker Bus Stadium as the visitors continued to press.

However, with a little over an hour gone, Connor Tomlinson came on to replace the injured Danny Setchell and made an instant impact, firing a volley into the top corner with his first touch in what proved to be the only goal of the game.

There was still plenty of time for Yaxley to find an equaliser, but their best hope came and went in the final minute as Jamie Greygoose, determined to keep another clean sheet, denied Liam Hook as the Eagles flew home with all three points.

Bedford Town travel to league leaders Aylesbury United on Wednesday night before returning to FA Trophy action in Loughborough at the weekend.

Elsewhere in the division, Kempston Rovers added another point to their tally with a 1-1 draw at 8th placed Welwyn Garden City, but remain second-bottom above Yaxley.

They face another away trip to Daventry Town next Saturday and will be looking to escape the clutches of the bottom of the league with a much-needed victory.

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