Saturday saw Bedworth travel the small distance up the M6 to face Rugby Town. Stuart Storer was missing a lot of regulars but it gave him the chance to try out a few of the U21’s and see a few of the trialists in action.
The starting line up included 4 trialists with a further 3 on the bench with the U21’s as well the team did look a little light.
The first half started off with both teams having their fair of chances but nothing really that deserved a goal. The Rugby number 3 on any other day would have been shown a red card for a particularly nasty challenge on McConnachie but as we all know during pre season a few things are let go that when the league kicks off on the 17th would result in cards.
It was Rugby who broke the deadlock in the 21st minute when a corner caused chaos in the Bedworth box and the number 4 for Rugby left unmarked headed powerfully past Harrison.
This brought Bedworth to life and they were soon level when a low cross to the near post was met by Alex Troke on the volley to equalise for the greens.
The rest of the half was mainly played out in the midfield with neither team gaining any clear advantage.
Half time 1 -1
The second half started off much the same as the first with neither side really getting a foothold on the game. It was Rugby though who struck the decisive blow when a poor clearance from Harrison was picked up in the midfield and a first time ball split the Bedworth defence who were advancing out to find a Rugby player who slotted the ball past Harrison. The game then as most pre-seasons do petered out with a wealth of substitutions which saw Bedworth finish the game with only 3 recognised first team players on the pitch.
Bedworth did have a late appeal for a penalty which the referee waved away and when asked why used the immortal words of Arsene Wenger “I did not see it”.
Alex Troke was named Bedworth Man of the Match for his goal and tireless running up top.