Bedworth United V Wantage 2020/21

Bedworth travel the 78 miles into Oxfordshire to face Wantage.  Oxfordshire was a happy hunting ground for Bedworth last season with the Greenbacks not dropping a point on their travels into Inspector Morse’s county.

Last season saw Wantage only pick up 4 points in their inaugural season in the Southern Central league after gaining promotion the season before from the Hellenic league premier division. Wantage though were one of the teams that benefitted from the cancelation of last season and having a season at step 4 under their belts they now know what to expect. Finishing13 points adrift when the season was curtailed early due to Covid they were odds on favourites to go down with the only win to their name being a new years day victory against North Leigh.  Wantage have equalled their win record from last season already after an opening day victory against Welwyn Garden City by 2 goals to nil.  Only 2 players survive from the Wantage squad that lost 3-1 to The Greenbacks in February and that’s Centre back Daniel James and Declan Sheppard.  Wantage’s last game on Tuesday night saw them exit the FA cup at the hands of Taunton losing 5-0.

Bedworth travel without the suspended Liam Truslove who starts his 3 game suspension after his sending off against St Neots.  After a tough opening day fixture against St Neots and an ever tougher game on Tuesday night against Barwell the Greenbacks will be going into this game with a bit of confidence even though results didn’t go their way they will be buoyed by the performances.  In their last visit to Alfredian Park it was goals from Mitch Piggon, Luke Keen and the departed Alex Troke that gave all 3 points to The Greenbacks after going a goal behind,  The pick of them being the equaliser from an overhead kick by Mitch Piggon (or Pidgeon as the announcer at Wantage liked to call him).  With a goal in the first 2 competitive games of the season Mitch will be looking to add to his tally tomorrow.  Catching up with Stu Storer earlier he commented “We can ignore last season’s results as Wantage have already proved at this early stage that they are a different challenge than the team we faced last year and we will have to be on our game to take all 3 points this time round.  It was upsetting to go out of the cup Tuesday but there were a number of positives to the performance that the lads will build on going into this game.  We had a good training session last night and all of the lads will be fully prepared to face whatever we come up against on Saturday.”

Stadium Address:   Alfredian Park
Manor Road
OX12 8DW