Bedworth United v Belper preview

After 2 victories on the road in their last 2 outings The Greenbacks return to action this week at The OVAL with Belper being the visitors.  Earlier in the season it was a game to forget for the Greenbacks when they visited The Raygar stadium to take on this weeks visitors.  With Sam Lomax being sent off for his second yellow after 20 minutes Belper ran out 5 nil winners against the 10 man keeper less Greenbacks.  This return fixture promises to be a different affair with the hosts on a 10 game unbeaten run which has seen them lift themselves to within 6 points of the playoff places and a victory against Belper will put them firmly in the mix for that coveted 5th place come the end of April.

Belper have been in the playoff places since the beginning of December but in recent weeks their form has dipped claiming only 4 points from their last 6 games losing the last 3. Home to Stamford 4-1 Away to Sporting Khalsa 1-0 and 3-1 Away to Ilkeston.  Belper will be looking for some points today otherwise it will mean that they have failed to pick a single point up in their 4 games of 2022 so far, a run that could see them drop out of the playoff places

Bedworth in contrast have now not tasted defeat since the middle of November during that run The Greenbacks have picked up a possible 22 points from the 30 available with only joint table toppers Ilkeston(25 from 30) and Halesowen (24 from 30) with a better return during that time.  With none of the 3 sides above Bedworth gaining maximum points last Saturday the gap to that elusive 5th place is now only 6 points with 13 games to play and The Greenbacks still having to play the sides above them starting with Belper this week the chance of a playoff place is still firmly in their own hands.

Belpers man to watch has to be Johnathon Margetts who has weighed in with 18 league goals for Belper this season out of their total tally of 50, with his last one being a penalty on new years day when Belper lost 3-1 to Ilkeston in a game that at the time was a clash between the top 2 in the league.

Bedworth this week beat Belper to the signing of Harry Wakefield who will be available for the game. The 6ft 2″ 22-year-old striker joined Stratford from Nuneaton Borough in October 2021, previous to that he has had spells at Basford United where he gained promotion from step 4, Loughborough Dynamo and United Counties League sides Oadby Town and Harborough Town.

This match is the John Roberts Memorial match where Johns wife and friends will be presenting the John Roberts Memorial shield to their man of the match. This will be an annual event on the closest home game to Johns birthday each season. Please join us in the clubhouse after for this and take a minute to remember a true Greenback who helped the club reach the standard it is at now.