Ten man Bedford Town continue fine form with FA Cup progression

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The FA Cup has been a painful competition for Bedford Town in recent years, with the Eagles dumped out in the preliminary round by a 1-0 scoreline in the two most recent editions.

It’s been many a year since Bedford Town reached the main draw of world football’s premier knockout cup competition, and the journey to the promised land began once more at the weekend.

Deeping Rangers got the better of Bedford Town in 2019, with Daventry Town securing a controversial win last year but this time, the Eagles are in fine form and firing on all cylinders.

Gary Setchell’s side started their league campaign with two convincing victories and faced St Neots Town in the cup; also in Division One Central of the Southern League.

The Eagles were 2-0 up inside twenty minutes, centre back Charley Sanders opening the scoring after ten minutes with a back post header, before the returning Rene Howe doubled the score.

Bedford Town could have been four or five nil up by half time, with Connor Tomlinson and Dan Walker – both of whom have been prolific in the opening stages of the season – both spurning chances.

The game could have turned early in the second half, as Sanders was given a straight red card for a dangerous challenge, but Bedford continued to pile forward in search of a third.

The game-ending goal came just after the hour mark with former Norwich City player Zak Brown heading home a Danny Setchell free-kick to secure another win for Bedford by three goals to nil.

There was still time for more drama as St Neots’ Joe Sutton followed Sanders for an early bath in bizarre circumstances as he squared up to onlookers in the Eyrie crowd.

Bedford Town now go on to face Isthmian League’s Canvey Island at home in the first qualifying round which will be played on Saturday 4th September.

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