BUFC Statement regarding The OVAL

Following the recent decisions made by the Government and Leagues in our area.

We have looked at the demographic of the users of The OVAL and its obvious we have a number of players and/or coaching staff that live in Coventry or Leicestershire.

As a result the club have decided to close the facilities at The Oval, except for the College Course which comes under the Department for Education and has different legislation under Tier 4 requirements.

This decision has been made for a number of reasons including the management of which players can and cannot train, the fairness of us continuing for some players/teams and not being able to for others and the management of finances.

We also have a duty of care to our staff and volunteers and whether we would be acting as a responsible employer by asking these people to have to attend the stadium in the current climate.

We will be keeping the position under continual review and when any changes are made to the Tier that this area is in or any changes to the rules within each Tier we will look at this decision again.

You will be kept up to date of any developments as soon as they are received by the club. 

Board of Directors

 

All FAWNL Fixtures Suspended

The FA Womens’ National League has suspended all league matches with immediate effect due to the Coronavirus.

 

Bedworth United Ladies’ remaining FA Womens’ National League fixtures are hereby postponed until we receive word that the suspension has been lifted. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

 

For the full statement from the FA Womens’ National League on this matter, follow the link below.

https://twitter.com/FAWNL/status/1239612876874227713

Bedworth United Ladies 2-5 Leicester United WFC

Bedworth United Ladies’ stellar league unbeaten run has been brought to an abrupt end by a resurgent Leicester United WFC.

The Greenback Girls had not tasted defeat since the 8-0 loss a home to champions elect Wolves in September. In that time, Bedworth soared up to 2nd place in the FA Womens’ National League Division 1 Midlands table, a position United continue to possess, but the race for the runners up spot has been opened up once more after Sunday’s off colour performance. Manager Paddy Richards was without the services of captain Jodie McGuckin, partner Amanda Whalley and winger Jodi Hunter for the visit of Leicester, but the gaffer drafted in a more than adequate replacement. Former Coventry united playmaker Jade Formaston made her longawaited Greenbacks debut, with the fans finally introduced to the new recruit teased two weeks ago. Tiarna Gilkes stepped into the midfield as her injury comeback continues, while in the absence of striker Abbie Taylor, a dynamic duo of Milly miller and Xena Dhillon led the front line. Leicester’s preparations were not helped by a desperate scramble for a replacement goalkeeper, following an injury to their regular number one. Steff Maddock took position between the posts on her Leicester debut. Chantelle Robinson sought to extend her goal tally of 15 league and cup goals this term, the latest of which came in the narrow 3-2 County Cup defeat at home to FAWNL Southern Premier outfit, Loughborough Foxes.

After a mini unbeaten streak of three league fixtures, Leicester were not to be underestimated. While not in danger of relegation due to the fruitless campaign of Burton, the Foxes were determined to pull away from the lower region of the table even further, and they sent shockwaves around the Oval with a surprise opening goal from full-back, Megan Kenney, just 5 minutes into the match. A powerful strike of the ball from the right corner of the penalty area caught United keeper Chloe Quinn short at her near post. Before Bedworth could gather their bearings and size up the challenge ahead, the visitors struck again. This time a cross from Chantelle Robinson, after a determined burst up the right flank, found the head of an unmarked Courtney Cropper, who calmly nodded across the keeper to double the lead on 11 minutes Leicester settled into a rhythm at the re-start, limiting Bedworth’s attacking prowess and keeping Maddock unchallenged for the best part of the first half. The Greenbacks’ brightest opportunities would come from Sophie Wilson’s set pieces. The centre-mid thought she’d halved the deficit with a stunning strike from more than 30 yards. But her joy turned to despair as the referee awarded a free kick to Leicester, as the initial free kick awarded was in-direct. Wilson wouldn’t be denied however, and 10 minutes before the break, her 20 yard free-kick, direct this time, was sent directly past Maddock. Again, the celebrations would be shortlived, on this occasion Leicester would spoil the party themselves, with a quickfire third. A lofted ball over the defenders from Chyna McIntosh opened the door for a darting Lauren Bartle to send her cross bouncing across the box and into the path of Lauren Heria, who scooped the ball over Quinn and into the net.

HALF TIME – BEDWORTH 1-3 LEICESTER

Leicester raced out of the blocks after the interval. Less than two minutes after the second half got under way, Chantelle Robinson zoned in on the Bedworth goal, leaving every Greenback in wake, before sending the ball over an onrushing Quinn. A bad day at the office for the Beduff number 1. Spirits were low on the pitch and on the sidelines. The home side continued to try in vain to found a route to Leicester’s back yard, but a misplaced pass or a well timed interception would always curtail the Bedworth effort. That was until Jade Formaston took a chance with a hopeful hit from 25 yards. Formo found her target to make the scoreline 4-2 in Leicester’s favour. While a great strike from the United debutant, Maddock could have made like more difficult for her opposition , but was far too casual in her approach. Just when a ray of sunshine appeared, it soon vanished into the cloud as Robinson stretched Leicester’s lead back to 3, with another burst of pace up the right flank before slicing the ball into the far bottom corner. It was a game The Foxes refused to lose, and a game they fully deserved to win.

FULL TIME – Bedworth 2-5 Leicester

Following the final whistle, Bedworth United Ladies manager, Paddy Richards, admitted his side never really got going, and deserved the defeat inflicted upon the Greenbacks. While a disappointing result, there is still plenty to be excited about, with a new player making her mark and the upcoming return of several key first team stars.

The highlights of this fixture are now available to view on our official Bedworth United Ladies YouTube channel via the link below

CLICK HERE FOR HIGHLIGHTS

Bedworth United Ladies vs Leicester United Women – MATCH PREVIEW

It’s that time of the week again Greenbacks fans!

It’s back to the OVAL for another afternoon of FA Womens’ National League Division 1 Midlands football on Sunday 8th March as Bedworth United host Leicester United. The Greenbacks Girls, now ten matches unbeaten in league competition, now lie second in the table, with 7 games still to play. Three points on Sunday will see Paddy Richards side take another step towards sealing the runners up spot behind runaway leaders Wolves.

An inform Greenbacks team will be raring to go after a hard fought victory at home to The New Saints last Sunday. A Kirsty Farnsworth double, one of which came just shy of the final whistle, cancelled out Saints’ striker Katie Doster’s equalising strike. The league table would indicate an easier afternoon for United, with Leicester 9th of the 12 teams competing, but Paddy is in no mood to underestimate the opposition. While chatting to Bedworth media man, Liam Cook, after the TNS win, Paddy said “Leicester are a good side. They will come with confidence and will offer many challenges.”. The gaffer will be without the services of captain Jodie McGuckin and her midfield partner Amanda Whalley, who both miss out with injury. Taking their place will be the returning Tiarna Gilkes and Hannah Jenkins, with the Greenbacks newest addition taking a spot on the bench. The identity of our latest signing will be revealed at the OVAL prior to kick off, and online following the final whistle who can’t make it on the day.

Leicester meanwhile have been enjoying a renaissance in recent weeks, with 2 wins and a draw in their previous 3 league matches, plus an agonisingly close 3-2 defeat to FAWNL Southern Premier outfit Loughborough Foxes in the County Cup. Keep an eye out for Chantelle Robinson, who is sure to put United’s backline under pressure, having hit the back of the net 15 times in 17 league and cup encounters.

Join us for an exciting afternoon at the OVAL on Sunday to witness this fixture first hand. Tickets just £3 and free entry for Under 16s. If you’re otherwise engaged, you can find live commentary of the game on our official YouTube channel with Greenbacks LIVE’s exclusive commentary from 1.55pm via the link below. Up The Greenbacks!

LIVE COMMENTARY – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVwMF_J69XY

MATCH PREVIEW – Bedworth United Ladies vs The New Saints

The FA Womens’ National League returns to the OVAL this Sunday as Bedworth United host The New Saints.

 

After last weekend’s trip to Solihull was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, Paddy Richard’s team will be eager to get back on the pitch, with the incredible 4-4 draw at Birmingham & West Midlands still fresh in the mind of players and fans alike. TNS on the other hand will seek to return to winning ways a week after joining the long list of teams swept aside by runaway leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers. The point gained at the Trevor Brown Memorial Ground extended Bedworth’s advantage over New Saints to three points, although the Greenbacks have played a game more than the Greens, as the battle for the runners up spot intensifies.

 

Let’s take a closer look at Sunday’s opposition, The New Saints. The club is officially known as The New Saints of Oswestry Town & Llansantffraid Football Club, following the merger of Oswestry Town and Llansantffraid FC in 2003. Although one of the teams represented by TNS was based in England, their men’s team play in the Welsh Cymru league. The club call Park Hall home, which can be found in the English border town of Oswestry. The venue can hold over 2,000 supporters, half of which can be seated. The Ladies team have been members of the FA Womens’ National League (formerly Premier League) Midlands Division One since 2016, managing a personal best of 5th place in the 2017/18 campaign. They currently boast a record of 7 wins, 3 draws and 3 defeats from their 13 league encounters this term, including a 4-2 victory at home to Bedworth in September. Katie Dolster was the star of the show that day, bagging a brace, with Kimberley Bebbington and Laura Morris rounding off the scoring for the home team. Milly Miller and Kirsty Farnsworth both found the net for the Greenbacks. Doster and Bebbington are two players to keep a close eye on, they currently lead the scoring charts for the Greens, scoring 32 goals in league and cup between them so far this season.

 

Greenbacks manager Paddy Richards has confirmed the return of in form winger Jodie Hunter and resident shot stopper Chloe Quinn to the matchday squad, while Misty McKinde, Leona McCook and Toni Kingscott will be rested. While we had hoped to hand a debut to our as yet unannounced new signing, the signing of our next Greenback has been delayed due to a previous registration, leaving the player ineligible to play on Sunday. When asked about the upcoming clash with TNS, Paddy had this to say: “We’re expecting another tough challenge this Sunday against TNS. They are a side that looks to get on the front foot early doors and play very direct into the wings.“

 

Join us for the action at The OVAL, on Sunday 1st March 2020 (2PM K.O). Tickers are just £3 for adults, Under 16’s come in for FREE! If you can’t make it to the ground, you don’t have to miss out. Liam Cook, our club broadcaster, will have live commentary from 1.55pm on YouTube (link to the stream can be found below this article), with video highlights to follow on Monday afternoon. Make sure to subscribe to our Ladies YouTube Channel for more exclusive content from the Greenback Girls.

 

See you Sunday!

 

CATCH LIVE COMMENTARY VIA THIS LINK – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RRXgyHOsTg

Birmingham & WM Ladies vs Bedworth United Ladies

If you’re after some Thursday night football, you’re in luck!

 

Bedworth United Ladies make the trip to Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies tonight (Thursday 20th February) for an FA Womens’ National League Division 1 Midlands fixture at The Trevor Brown Memorial Ground, home of Boldmere St. Michaels

 

Manager Paddy Richards will be hoping to continue an 8 match League winning run, stretching back to September 2019, but this will be no easy tie. Birmingham currently sit in second place in the FAWNL Division 1 Midlands, and like United, have only lost three league fixtures all season.

 

The weather has not been friendly to any of our teams other the past couple of weeks, but you don’t have to worry yourselves this time. The pitch at the Trevor Brown Memorial Ground is artificial, so Mother Nature won’t be scuppering our plans this evening.

 

Kick off is at 7.45pm. If you can’t make the journey to Boldmere tonight, you won’t miss out. Live commentary, courtesy of our broadcaster, Liam Cook, is available to view from 7.40pm via the link below, with video highlights to follow on Friday.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqnrTiJSQA0

 

To those who will be joining us tonight, safe travels and we look forward to sharing an evening of football with you.

 

 

 

Birmingham & West Midlands vs Bedworth United Ladies

FA Womens’ National League Division 1 Midlands

Thursday 20th February 2019

7.45PM Kick Off

Trevor Brown Memorial Ground

Church Road

Sutton Coldfield

B73 5RY

New Saints Fixture Rearranged

The previously postponed Bedworth United Ladies fixture at home to The New Saints has been pencilled in for Sunday 1st March 2020 (2pm K.O) at the Oval.

 

The original FA Womens’ National League Division 1 Midlands event, which was set to see 3rd placed Greenbacks host 4th placed TNS, was scheduled for the 9th February, but on the advice of the league the match was postponed due to the approach of Storm Ciara. The usual ticket price of £3 for Adults and free entry for Under 16s will apply.

 

We look forward to welcoming you to the Oval again soon.

MATCH POSTPONEMENT – New Saints

It is with regret we announce the postponement of Sunday’s scheduled FA Womens’ National League match between Bedworth United Ladies and The New Saints.

 

The decision has been taken to protect the safety of players, officials, spectators and club personnel with the approach of Storm Ciara. A new date for this fixture will be revealed in due course.

 

We thank you for your understanding.

Live Commentary Is Coming

As part of our ongoing mission to improve and expand our media coverage, Bedworth United Football Club are delighted to announce the introduction of Live Match Commentary.

 

Beginning with the home fixture against Welwyn Garden City on Saturday 8th February, Greenbacks supporters who can’t make the trip to the ground will be able to keep up to date with every shot, save and goal as they happen via a YouTube live stream, hosted by our lead broadcaster, Liam Cook. These streams are free and easy to use. Simply click the link provided on the club’s official social media accounts, or head directly to our dedicated YouTube channels, and enjoy the audio description of every First Team and Ladies match.

 

Since Liam joined the club several months ago, he has worked tirelessly to increase the club’s social media presence by producing the highlights and interviews seen on our First Team and Ladies’ YouTube channels, alongside his new role as Assistant Stadium Manager. Given his experience at Coventry United, we know he is more than capable of rising to this new challenge.

 

Here’s what Liam had to say on this new addition to our coverage: “This is something I have wanted to bring to Bedworth since I arrived in November. Having provided a similar service at my previous club, I am confident Greenbacks supporters will be pleased with the introduction of the commentary streams. It’s another way to keep our fans informed and entertained, which is why I’m here”.

 

If you would like to support the new match commentary streams, you can sponsor the broadcasts for just £10 per match. Moneys received will pay costs and help provide new equipment. Interested business should contact Stu Roe (stadiummanager@bedworthunitedfc.co.uk) or Liam Cook (liam_cook95@hotmail.co.uk) for more information.

Ladies face local rivals in County Cup

Bedworth Uniteds ladies will face off against Nuneaton Borough in the County Cup this Sunday at The OVAL 

THE WOMEN’S COUNTY CUP IS THE MOST SENIOR WOMEN’S COMPETITION IN THE COUNTY.

The competition is contested by clubs operating outside of County level and Regional Leagues within the FA Women’s Pyramid.

Coventry United Ladies, West Bromwich Albion, Solihull Moors Ladies and Wolverhampton Wanderers Women all enter the competition.

Current Holders: Coventry United Ladies

 

After a slow start to the season the Greenbacks ladies have put together a good run of form which see’s them sitting second in the Womens National league Division 1 Midlands.  The Greenbacks ladies will be going into this game high on confidence after last weeks 9-0 demolition of Burton Albion.

Nuneaton are currently mid table in the Birmingham County Womens League Division One.  with their last game a 3-0 loss to Walsall Ladies Development they will be looking to put one over their neighbours to get back to winning ways.

Both teams got a Bye in the first round and Bedworth beat Counden Court in the second and Nuneaton were victorious against Cradley Town Womens to set up this 3rd round tie,  The winners of this game will be in the last 8 of the cup and will no doubt have one eye on the prize should they progress.

On paper the Bedworth girls should progress to the next round but with it being cup football anything could happen, but be assured with Bedworth and Nuneaton no matter what level of the game it is it is sure to be a humdinger of a game.

Location The OVAL

Kick Off 2pm

Admission £2 over 16s under 16s free 

For all results so far please follow the below link.

http://www.birminghamfa.com/cups-and-competitions/cups/2019-2020/womens-county-cup/results