Bedworth welcomed a team form the same level as they will be playing next season for the first time this pre season. Bedworth were without the injured Tom Sharpe an were also missing Charlie McConnachie and Mitch Piggon who were also notably absentees.
The game started with neither team looking like they were playing a pre season friendly with a lot of free kicks being given away it was destined to be a physical game from the start. for most of the first few minutes the game was played out in the midfield with neither side really getting the edge over their opposition, The Midfield pairing of Blythe and Blackmore were slightly edging the battle but there was no real fluidity for either team. It was Bedworth though who drew first blood when the busy Blythe won the ball in midfield fed it into Pryce who beat his man in the box and cut the ball back to Blythe who had continued his run and finished from just inside the box to Bedworth one nil up with only about 7 minutes played.
The first half then became a little bit of a battle with Bedworth holding their own and pressing Loughborough whenever they had the ball high up the park and preventing them from playing out. With the long ball though Loughborough were getting a little bit of joy and from one of these long balls they created a half chance when the ball was bobbling around the edge of the Bedworth penalty area and a snap shot thundered off the bar. After that Bedworth went straight up the other end and the ball fell to the feet of Chester who’s shot was well saved by the Loughborough keeper. It wasn’t all plain sailing though for the greens and Harrison was called into action on a couple of occasions saving well at the feet of the Dynamos number 9 and pushing away a well hit Volley from the Dynamos number 10. Apart from those two occasion’s though Dudley and Parrott were expertly protecting the Bedworth goal putting their heads on everything played forward and when needed winning every tackle. It was one of those tackles that produced quiet a funny moment in the first half when the Dynamos number 9 was dumped to the surface by a Dudley tackle got up went to square up to Dudley realised the size of his opponent and back off straight away (I don’t blame him to be honest). The last action of the first half saw Blackmore with a shot sail over the bar.
Half Time Bedworth Utd 1 Loughborough Dynamos 0
Halftime substitutions saw Keeling-Treasure replaced by Jamie Mastropierro. The second half started in much the same way as the first with neither team really getting a foothold apart from a few half chance for both sides it was the defences that were winning all of their individual battles. That is until Chester decided that it was time for a bit of individual brilliance beating 3 men and putting a ball into the box that Pryce controlled and struck easily past the Loughborough Keeper into the net to double Bedworths lead. This second goal seemed to take some of the wind out of Loughborough’s sails and Bedworth looked like they might score a third with most of the attacking play being in the Dynamos half. Chester was particularly causing trouble for the Dynamos left back who in the end resorted to dumping Chester onto the floor as it seemed to be the best way to stop him. This led to Bedworth getting a fair few corners and freekicks but all of which came to nothing. Bedworth continued to press every time Loughborough had the ball not allowing them time and space to play Harrison was rarely tested in the second half but when he was he was equal to it. All in all a good game for the Greens to look at the level of teams they will be facing next year.
Final score Bedworth United 2 loughborough Dynamos 0
Man of the Match Ricardo Dudley
We caught up with Man of the Match Ricardo after the game for those of you not subscribing to the you tube channel yet please see what Ricardo had to say below.