Bedworth United U15 Lions v Bedworth United U15 Jnrs

The draw for the Bedworth Nursing Cup unfortunately saw both U15 Bedworth teams drawn against each other at the quarter final stage.  The eagerly anticipated derby game created a buzz around the club and outside amongst the lads themselves.  With both teams having a 100% record so far in the season there was a lot on the line.  With the Lions being in the league above on paper they were the favourites but being a cup game that meant nothing as local bragging rights were at stake.  The Lions were boosted by the return of Raees and newly signed Owen Evans came into the team.

The Lions started the game quick after robbing the Juniors of the ball from kick off they were awarded a free kick just outside the box which John Patten duly dispatched to give the Lions the perfect start,  more goals followed as the Lions played some of their best football this season.  The juniors though did have a couple of chances one whistling just past Harrisons post and one going over.  The juniors did get in on the scoring action when after Harrison came out rushing out to clear a through ball brought down the Juniors player and duly received a yellow card which was the correct decision as the attacker was heading away from goal and the defence had covered Harrison.  Kielan fresh from his scoring exploits on Saturday for the U15 MJPL side dispatched the free kick and gave the Juniors something to cheer about.  It was a new experience for us as well being the away team, using the away dressing room, being in the away dugout and warming up on the other side of the pitch and playing in Red at The OVAL, we did have to stop ourselves at times encouraging the greens.

Half time Bedworth Lions 5 – 1 Bedworth Juniors 

The Lions started the second half in much the same vein as they played the first adding a further 6 goals to their score.  The juniors could not cope with the way the Lions were playing and I am sure that the Juniors defence will be having nightmares about Kyle, John P, Raees and Travis for the next week, The juniors though did manage to get another back with 4 minutes to play but it was all to litte to late for the juniors.

Full Time Bedworth Lions 11 – 2 Bedworth Juniors 

Scorers Raees x4

             Kyle x4

             John P x2

             Owen E x1

The Coaching staff did their upmost to keep the lads relaxed and any pressure off them we treated it like any other game.  We knew that the juniors would have loved to get one over us but the lads responded themselves.  In previous weeks we have said when things click we will end up beating a team heavily and it seemed that today was the day that the lads clicked. We now progress to the semi final where we will face either Cov Sphinx from the A league or St Finbars from the B league we are just waiting on their result as their game this weekend was postponed due to the weather.  On this performance we should not fear any team and should be aiming to get as far in this competition as we should.

Next Sunday we face Rugby Valley Spartans in the league they currently sit 2nd one point above us but having played 2 more games.

 

Bedworth United Lions v Bedworth United Juniors

THE TIE OF THE ROUND

Both teams come into this game with 100% records in their respective leagues and will be desperate to keep that run going.  The teams last locked horns in the league last season with the Lions running out winners in both encounters, but that counts for nothing with bragging rights at stake both sets of players will need no motivation for this game.  The Lions will go into the fixture as slight favourites by way of playing in a league higher.  The Juniors will be the home side as per the draw so the Lions will be playing in red.  If last season is anything to go by this will not be a game for the faint hearted and nerves will be a plenty from players, coaches and supporters a like.   Forget about Liverpool v Man Utd  this is the Super Sunday game this week.

Bedworth United v Alvis

Battle at the Top

The Lions face Alvis on Sunday with both sides unbeaten starts to the season on the line.  Alvis will be smarting after The Lions beat them at the Mount Nod tournament twice in the summer. Alvis started have started the season flying with wins against Kenilworth, Mount Nod and Cov Sphinx.

The lions also have started the season with 3 wins but definitely haven’t reached their full potential yet.

With both sets of players knowing each other well and wanting to set a marker down against the other it promises to be a good game with neither side wanting to blink first and lose their 100% record.

With so many teams now playing at The OVAL the game will played at Camp Farm as each team has to play one fixture there a season so home advantage won’t be a plus for the Lions. In a season where so far the Lions haven’t reached top gear this fixture the lads will need to be on their game as Alvis will no doubt be looking to cement their place at the top of the league at this early stage of the season. The Bedworth lads though will all be wanting the same and I am sure will lift themselves for this game and look to carry on where they left off at the Mount Nod tournament.

Bedworth United U15 Lions v Coventry Sphinx

From Behind, Again !!

Sphinx having done the double over The Lions last year were looking to pick up their first 3 points of the season after losses against Alvis and Kenilworth.  The Lions were looking to continue their unbeaten run.

The Lions went into the game missing Raess with his back and a heavily bandaged Kyle.  Luke’s back was good enough for him to play and Nash had recovered from the day before to start.

The game started as have most of the Lions game slow but this time Harrison and the Bedworth back 4 of Charlie Alex Josh P and Owen were solid and kept sphinx at bay as the half progressed Bedworth by far became the better team with the Sphinx keeper being by far the busier of the 2.  Kyle did get the ball in the back of the net for Bedworth but this time was beaten by the linesmans flag.  The Lions were then hit by another injury blow when Alex had to go off after a clash of heads. That meant a reshuffle at the back with Charlie dropping into the centre and Josh B going out on the right.  The half went by quick with both defences coming out on top but with the feeling that The Lions hadn’t reached top gear yet.

Half Time 0-0

The Lions came out in the second half after being told to up their game and play at 100% rather than 80%, but with a minute of the half gone it was Sphinx who opened the scoring and from that moment on they were looking to defend that 1 nil lead till the end, time wasting started with still 39 minutes to go.  The goal shocked The Lions into life and they started to dominate with Kyle, Travis and John all coming close to get that all important equaliser.  With the Sphinx defence getting deeper and deeper trying to hold on to their lead the midfield became a lot less congested and allowed the Bedworth boys more space to play, It was one of these moves that led to the Lions equaliser on 56 minutes.  Nash picked up the ball and released John on the left who played the ball to the far post to pick out Euan who hammered the ball past the Sphinx keeper to level the scores with just over 20 minutes left to play.  The next goal would be crucial and whoever scored it would no doubt go on to win,  and it was The Lions who got it.  5 Minutes after they equalised they took the lead for the first time when the ball ended up out on the left with Luke who took a touch got it out his feet and unleashed a shot that beat the Sphinx keeper.  Sphinx did try to rally but the back 4 and Harrison were equal to anything that Sphinx threw at them and never looked like conceding another.  It was Bedworth though that put the game beyond doubt in the 63rd minute when John Patten added the 3rd to seal the 3 points.

Full Time Coventry Sphinx 1  BEDWORTH UNITED LIONS 3

A good second half performance for 39 minutes secured the points for The Lions on the day, we still need to play at the high tempo we did after we went behind from the start of games as against some teams we wont get that chance to get back into the game after going behind.  A good start to the season so far though sees us sitting second in the league with a game in hand against the rest of the top 4.  Next week sees us resume hostilities with Alvis the only other team who are still unbeaten in the league.  Alvis will be out for revenge after we beat them twice at the Mount Nod tournament, but tournament football is very different to 80 minutes in the league.

 

Bedworth United U15 Lions v Coventry Sphinx U15 preview

The Lions travel to Sphinx this Sunday in a fixture that has always provided close games. Sphinx have struggled in the first 2 games of the season losing to heavily 8-0 to league favourites Alvis and then narrowly 1-0 to an organised Kenilworth side,  However Sphinx are not a team to be under-estimated and have featured in the A league every season since they got promoted as Runners up in the B league at U12 level and have since then always finished high mid table between 4th and 6th.  Last season they finished 4th behind Sphinx White, Rugby Pumas and Alvis with both Sphinx White and Rugby Pumas not featuring this season they will be looking to be there or thereabouts come then end of the season.

Bedworth have a 100% record so far this season with narrow victories over Coventry Copeswood in the league and Coventry United in the Nursing Cup.  Bedworth are looking to keep growing into the season, having been slow starters in both games so far, we are looking for the lads to look at their second half performances in both games and build on them as in both games we have looked by far the better sides in the second halves and should have won both games by much larger scorelines than the odd goal has suggested,  we have wasted chances and also came across 2 very good goalkeepers who have put in man of the match performances for their sides to deny the Greenbacks.  The lads are starting to get a much better understanding of each other and the new signings are now gelling much better with the rest of the team.  We will be looking on Sunday to start well and continue to get better as the game go on as we don’t want to be continually chasing games all season, the coaching staff will have a coronary if it continues.

Bedworth are already playing catch up with league games due to the Nursing Cup so league standings will be a bit jumbled until games are caught up. but at the moment we are sitting 3rd having played a game less than the 2 teams above us.

BEDWORTH UNITED U15 Lions v Coventry United Bedworth (Nursing cup R1)

Historically the Lions have always under performed in this competition having never got past the first round.  Everytime we have played Cov United the games have been closer than the previous scorelines suggest.

The Lions started slow and within the first 7 minutes found themselves 2 goals down the first being within the first 60 seconds. the lads were struggling to get their passsing game up and running on the grass pitch and weight of pass was letting them down.  Saying that though Bedworth did manage to get a goal back 3 minutes after Cov united scored when Raees made himself a yard of space and fired well past the Cov United keeper. The boys in green started to claw their way back into the game and put the Cov United back 4 under pressure but they were doing a good job at keeping their slender lead not always fairly as was highlighted by the number of free kicks the Lions were winning.  With 10 minutes of the half remaining though the scores were levelled, when again Raees managed to fire the ball past the Cov United keeper who deserves credit for keeping their lead intact with saves from Kyle John and Travis until the equaliser came.

Half Time:  Bedworth United Lions 2 Coventry United 2

The second half started very much one way traffic with the Lions looking for the goal to put them in front for the first time in the game.  It eventually came just after the 45 minute mark when Kyle put the ball in the net,  The comeback was complete.  The lions sensed blood and went for the kill but a mixture of poor finishing and the Cov Utd  keeper being equal to everything that was thrown at him the Lions could not build on their lead and with the clock ticking down it was all about game management which the lads done well to see the game out with no real threat to Harrisons goal.

Full Time:  Bedworth United Lions 3 Coventry United 2

History was made with the Lions progressing for the first time to set up a mouth watering tie against none other than Bedworth United Juniors.  There was a lot that the lads need to learn from that game we need to start on the front foot and not concede early games and also to play to the surface knowing that the grass pitches wont roll like The OVAL and to adapt to them. Luckily the lesson didn’t cost us and we can now look forward to being back in league action next week and we face Coventry Sphinx Juniors away.

Match Preview Bedworth Nursing Cup U15 Lions v Coventry United

CUP DREAM STARTS HERE

Bedworth travel to the Massey Ferguson Sports Ground on Sunday for the first round of the Bedworth and district Nursing Cup to face Coventry United from the B league.  Cov Utd finished joint fifth in the league last season with a record of 6 wins 5 draws and 7 losses and amassing 23 points.  The last 2 times these teams met was at U13 level with Bedworth running out 6-0 and 3-0 winners,  There are 9 players still with the Lions who took part in those fixtures.  The Lions have a couple of injury doubts for the game but should have a full squad to choose from apart from the long term injuries we have.

Coventry United won their first game of the season 3-1 against Counden Court Red and will no doubt be up for the game, historically Cov United have had a good ethos in the style of play they have and look to play football at every opportunity.

Games like this can always prove difficult so early in the season especially as the higher placed team with teams not fully in the swing of things yet this could be a banana skin but the boys will be ready and we are looking for a couple of good cup runs this season both in this nursing cup and the league cup.  If we progress through this round the winners will face Bedworth United Juniors.  The lads will be desperate to progress to face the old enemy and fingers crossed have bragging rights for the season again.  Before they get that chance though they have to be professional and not be complacent against a Cov Utd side who will also want to progress.

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BEDWORTH UNITED LIONS v Coventry Copeswood match Report

First game of the Coventry and Warwickshire season was against a team that the Lions have a little bit of history with after losing 4-2 last season at Copeswood and drawing 1-1 at The OVAL it was always going to be tight opening game with both teams desperate to get 3 early points on the board.

Bedworth started slow with Copeswood having the majority of the possession and without Harrison making a couple of early saves and Charlie Alex and Josh the Bedworth back 3 making some great challenges Copeswood could have easily taken an early lead.  With the Copeswood coaches putting pressure on the referee like they always do by calling and disputing every decision the Bedworth lads looked rattled by the verbal volley,  but it was the Bedworth boys who scored first when John P ran onto a defence splitting through ball from Kyle rounded the keeper and put the ball into the empty net to send the Bedworth supporters wild. The celebration though was short lived when Copeswood equalised the minute after when a hopeful ball into the box was controlled well by the Copeswood player and his second touch fired the ball beyond Harrison from 3 yards out, then to make matters worse for the boys in green Copeswood took the lead when Bedworth didnt pick up the runner from a corner who headed home to put Copeswood into the lead.   The rest of the half was played out mainly in the midfield with both teams giving away free kicks and fouls the Copeswood bench continually trying to bully the ref saw both benches collide when the Bedworth trio had words with them. The whistle for half time went with Copeswood in the lead and marginally being the better team of the half

Half time the lads were deflated by their performance and went out the second half to show what they are really capable of, the lads in green were not going to be bullied this half and started strongly and were on the front foot they were unlucky not to equalise on a number of occasions with Travis, Kyle and Nash all going close. It was John P though from the spot who equalised in the 59th minute when Travis twisted and turned his man on the right of the Copeswood box beat him with a lovely bit of individual skill drove into the box and all the defender could do was bring him down, the referee had no hesitation to point to the spot, John P stepped up and after a short run up powered the ball to the keepers left giving him no chance.  Copeswood then couldnt believe it when 4 minutes later Nash received a bouncing ball 20 yards out which he hit with a looping shot that seemed to take an age and dipped just under the Copeswood bar to give Bedworth the lead with 15 minutes left to play, Instead of just playing the time out Bedworth still went on the attack with Kyle chasing every ball defending from the front Copeswood didnt really get a chance to get any attacking play when they did the Back 3 of Alex Charlie and Josh became an impenetrable wall with Alex not missing a header Josh and Charlie putting challenges in like their lives depended on it and the one chance Copeswood did have from a stray back pass to Harrison was quick to react and snuff out the danger. The refs whistle went on a game that had everything with the 3 points staying at The OVAL the mood was raised.

Charlie was named man of the match for an all round impressive defensive display putting in challenges whenever needed and intelligent distribution of the ball when in possession.

Next week sees the Lions visit Coventry United in the first round of the Nursing cup