Bedworth United u21 4-1 Barwell u21
The Greenbacks looked to extend their winning streak to four when they entertained Barwell.
Lewis Allton returned from injury at centre half, Patrick Kollie took his place in goal in place of Dan Moore who was on first team duty, Joseah Yassin was unavailable so Jack Bent moved into midfield.
In a lacklustre first half both teams were reduced to long range efforts only. However, the visitors took the lead in the 22nd minute when their striker beat the out rushing Kollie to the ball. The Greenbacks fired straight back with an Allton header in the 24th minute, a pinpoint free kick from Cameron Dunn found the defender who made no mistake from 5 yards out.
The half time team talk was easy, ‘raise your game 10% and Barwell won’t be able to compete with you’.
Bedworth United started the second half much better and got their reward in the 56th minute through Mo Yasin, the lively winger found space on the corner of the box and fired home an unstoppable shot into the bottom corner of the net leaving the visiting keeper grasping at thin air.
Bedworth continued to dominate, Yusuf Saleem controlling the game from midfield. On 65 minutes United extended their lead, Warwick Hurst’s jinking run and pass found Ethan Sundar, with pace to burn Sundar outpaced his Barwell counterpart and crossed to the edge of the area for Jarro Scott who scored in spectacular fashion.
Although Bedworth dominated they couldn’t find the killer goal that would see off their opponents and put the game to bed.
Dunn, Bent, Allton and Scott all had efforts go close, Josh Brown at left back was causing all sorts of problems with his marauding runs drawing free kicks in dangerous places.
In the 85th minute the Greenbacks finally got the goal that put the game beyond doubt, Saleem chipped a lovely ball into the path of the impressive Sundar his pass came perfectly to David Ajao who slotted the ball home to make it 4-1.
The victory was well deserved and moves the Greenbacks to joint top of the league with this Saturday’s opponents Heather St Johns.
Joint manager Kevin Burke told us ‘The lads are adjusting well to the change in playing style and are beginning to buy into what myself and Iyseden expect from them, both in training and on match days’.
Iyseden Christie said of today’s game ‘Once we started to play football and move the ball quickly Barwell couldn’t match the ability of our players. We must continue to play our style of football and force our style of play on our opponents. Both myself and Kevin are pleased with the players but must not rest on our laurels but continue to improve as a squad’.
Bedworth United: Kollie; Sundar, Allton, Wells, Brown; Dunn, Taylor, Bent; Odesanya, Scott, Hurst.
Subs: Okafor, Ajao, Yassin, Yasin, Jones.