Bedworth United travelled the short distance to Redditch on Tuesday night with a much depleted squad. Missing Mitch Piggon, Luke Rowe, Tom Sharpe, Charlie McConnachie, Barry Fitzharris and Reece Blackmore. Unfortunately due to short time scales it wasn’t possible to get any of the under 21 players to join the squad.
Stu Storer really had his hands tied with team selection, having to name Adam Harrison and 48 year old Andy Penny as his only substitutes.
The game really could not have got off to a worse start when in 3 minutes a mix up in the Bedworth Midfield allowed the Redditch number 10 a free run at the back 3 and before anyone could engage him he hit a shot the sailed past the despairing hands of Fogg into the Bedworth net.
Not soon after a decent spell from Bedworth of possession Redditch again broke clear and awarded a penalty after a challenge by Steele which was adjudged to be a foul. The number 9 put the resulting penalty away with ease. Things went from bad to worse when Redditch sprang the offside trap and scored a third all of this within the the first 15 minutes.
Then with only 20 minutes played Redditch grabbed a forth when poor clearance by Fogg was capitalised on by Redditch who to make the score 4-0. Then if that wasn’t bad enough both Pryce and Christie limped off so Harrison and Penny had to be deployed as makeshift strikers just so that we could keep 11 on the pitch.
Redditch then scored their 5th then something to celebrate for the greens when from the restart the ball was played back to Blythe who spotted the keeper off his line and decided to take his opportunity and hit the ball from just inside the Bedworth half and watched as the ball sailed over the despairing head of the Redditch keeper to give Bedworth at last something to cheer about.
Redditch though still had time before the half ended to score a sixth to put the halftime score at 6 -1.
Obviously Stu Storer couldn’t make any changes at half time as the 2 substitutes he had were deployed already. The second half saw Bedworth try to take it to Redditch and were pushing forward and were doing well up until the final third where the ball wasnt really sticking but with a strike force of Harrison and Penny would you expect it to. Bedworth did get a bit of joy from corners and dead balls where Pennys height came into play and he was reaching a fair few but was unable to guide his headers on target.
Again though it was Redditch who scored first in the second half when again (according to the Linesman who was definitely not up with play as video evidence shows) the offside trap was broken and the Redditch striker who was as shocked as everyone else that he was allowed to continue had a straight run at Fogg and scored with ease to make it 7 -1 Redditch then added 2 more goals to make the score 9-1 with 10 minutes to play.
Then the moment of the match rolling back the years the ball was crossed low into the Redditch box and to the biggest cheer of the night Andy Penny was there to put the ball into the net from 3 yards out. This was quickly followed by Chester with a bit of skill knocking the ball past the defender and then with a burst of pace getting beyond him to then finish through the keepers legs to make the final score 9 – 3 to Redditch.
The game was a one sided affair with Bedworth having to play round pegs in square holes just to field a team due to unforeseen circumstances. Blythe, Chester, Steele, Dudley and Parrott all had good games despite the score but with the lack of cohesion it was very difficult for Bedworth to mount any extended periods of pressure.
Man of the Match Richard Blythe who worked tirelessly all evening in the midfield and at times was chasing shadows but never gave up and was continually trying to lift those around him