Bedworth United FC
After the late late equaliser from Biggleswade Town denied Tamworth the three points on Saturday, The Lambs travelled the short distance to The Oval to face the Greenbacks for the first league encounter between the two since April 1997.
United, bottom of the league, got the game underway and forced a corner on 6 with a deflected shot from Rowley but it was headed away by Magunda and Blackmore skied his shot high over Singh’s goal.
A deep cross from the left by Lait forced a corner on the right and the resulting corner was headed a few feet over the bar by Jemson from 12 yards.
Waite burst into box from the right on 17 and drilled the ball low for Smith but keeper Harrison got in the way of his sliding shot which looked destined for the near corner.
At the other end Gibson drilled a low ball for Singh to smother at his near post on 18 as the game continued to be finely balanced. Smith won the ball, fed Waite and he threaded it through to Lait who advanced into the left channel and dinked the ball over the advancing keeper but also on to the top of the crossbar.
Johnson drove a low shot from distance at Harrison on 23 and Bedworth enjoyed a brief spell on 25 but Summerfield’s ball from the right was taken by Singh as the offside flag went up.
The home side forced another flagkick on 34 and the Lambs defended strongly to clear the danger and Verma fed Waite down the right. His attempted cross was blocked for a corner which fell for Smith and he half volleyed it high over the target. United took the play down the other end and the ball wasn’t’ cleared, so when it fell back to Gibson on the left of the penalty spot he only had Singh to beat and fired into the net to give Bedworth the lead. (0-1, 36 mins)
The Lambs were quickly back on level terms though as from the restart Waite threaded it through to Lait and he advanced to the edge of the box and picked his spot to fire the ball into the bottom right of the net (1-1, 38 mins)
Parrott struck a powerful shot from 25 yards on 44 which whistled past the right hand upright. Lait then crossed from the left and Smith got his head to it under pressure but glanced it wide of the far post as one minute added time was shown before the whistle blew.
The Lambs restarted proceedings and Waite bore down on a loose ball into the box and fired his shot directly at Harrison.
Lait took the corner from the right, it was not cleanly struck by Waite and fell for Smith to rifle home from 8 yards (2-1, 47 mins)
The Lambs extended their lead three minutes later courtesy of a tidy finish from Johnson after good link up play with Smith (3-1, 50 mins)
Smith played a great ball for Johnson to sprint on to on 53 and he cut it back for the incoming Waite, but the resultant shot was not clean and Smith was unable to get his head onto it too.
But Smith did get his head onto a ball over the half way line and flicked it into the path of Johnson who sprinted towards the box and slotted it under the advancing keeper to make it 4-1 (61 mins)
Asante almost made an instant impact but his shot from Lait’s through ball was blocked by Harrison for a corner on 63 which Bedworth cleared.
Asante’s downward header looked like it may sneak inside the far post on 73 but Harrison punched it off the line to prevent the goal.
Asante then defended a Bedworth freekick with a powerful defensive heard on 76 and it fell back to Rowe who drove a shot straight at Singh.
The introduction of Sharpe and Dunkley added fresh legs and impetus for the final 10 minutes but despite the scoreline Bedworth looked for a late goal and it fell to Troke on 85 from a freekick but he shot wildly high and wide.
Rowley was booked for a challenge that left Magunda needing treatment on 87 and he couldn’t continue so Tamworth finished the game with 10 men.
Parrott had the final chance of the game, a low shot straight at Singh, shortly before the whistle blew on three points for The Lambs.
Singh, Green K. Gough (Sharpe 81), Clement, Magunda, Jemson, Lait (Dunkley 81), Verma, Smith (Asante 62), Johnson, Waite
Subs: Maphosa, Evans
Bedworth United Team:
Harrison, Summerfield, Rowe, Parrott, Maslen-Jones (Dudley 63), Gordon, Tonge (Whitmore 79), Blackmore, Rowley, Gibson, Story (Troke 68)
Subs: Fitzharris, Hancocks
YC: Rowley 87
Referee: Mr. W. Barratt