Bedworth United U16 MJPL v Aylestone Park U16

Bedworth United played host to last seasons league winners Aylestone Park in our first home game of the season at the Oval.

Bedworth United started the game in the same fashion as the previous week as they looked to take hold of the game early doors and stamp their authority on the game.

Some good work from Finn laying the ball off for Dunny who fired a decent shot just over the bar.

Bedworth continued to press well and  playing some great football with Max getting the better of his man but unable to get the shot away.

The Bedworth midfield worked tirelessly to retain possession preventing Aylestone finding any rhythm and this work provided Dunny with another opportunity and he fired a shot straight at the keeper.

Aylestone went on the attack and forced a great save from Dan diving away to his left.

The Bedworth defence were coping well and Nathan put in some good tackles on the right hand side.

Bedworth went back on the attack with Ciaran and Cole combining to release Max who fired a cracking shot which had the Aylestone keeper at full stretch to make a save.

Finally Bedworth made the breakthrough in the 28th minute, a free kick being awarded just inside Aylestone’s half, Lewis put the ball into the box and with the defence unable to clear their lines the hard working Marshall popped up to steer the ball past the keeper and in to the net 1-0.

The 2nd half saw Aylestone come out fired up to get themselves back into the game Bedworth dealt with this well and continued to close down the play.

Finn played a great ball to put Bryn through on goal and his shot was saved by the keeper.

Aylestone went on the attack to try and force a way back into the game and got in behind the defence the striker went around Dan however Nathan was covering and cleared the attempt off the line.

Chris surged into the Aylestone’s box from the right hand side and played a delightful ball across six yard box with Liam just Inches away from connecting.

Bedworth continued to look for the second goal and a ball out from the back was flicked on well by Bryn and this saw Liam through on goal and the defender brought him down and the referee awards a penalty, Liam stepped up and fired the penalty wide of the post.

Aylestone went on the attack down the left hand-side and a cross was sent in to the box  which this time was not dealt with by the defence and the Aylestone forward scored a scrappy goal to bring the scores level at 1-1.

With the clock ticking down and only one minute remaining, Finn surged forward turning three Aylestone defenders inside out  and then showing composure with an outstanding finish past the keeper to win the game 2-1.

This was a great all round team performance and well deserved result in what looks to be a very promising season, Man Of The Match was awarded to both Finn and Nathan.

BEDWORTH UNITED U16 (MJPL) v Bromsgrove Sporting

Bedworth United U16s kicked off their 3rd year in the Midland Junior Premier league away to Bromsgrove. The junior Greenbacks imposed their style of play from the first whistle, keeping possession and fluidly playing through all three thirds of the pitch. Marshall led the line very well, bringing the other members of the front 3 into play and allowing the midfield to run beyond and eventually led to the first shot on target with the keeper narrowly keeping the ball from going over the line.

On the 30 minute mark, Marshall succesfully counter pressed the opposition in their box and won a penalty. Up stepped the returning Cameron Dunn after a pre season lay off with a hamstring injury but unfortunately couldn’t convert. The bromsgrove lads managed to get back into the game for the last 10 minutes after reacting to the penalty.

Half time 0-0.

The lads were asked to go out and play possession football in the oppositions half and boy did they. Bedworth kept about 80% possession in the 2nd half and it was only a matter of time before the lads converted their possession. Max Healy controlled the ball in the box and rifled the ball across the keeper into the far corner.

Bedworth sensed blood at this stage and a quick restart of play after a free kick on the corner of the box, a couple of interchanging passes led to Liam Watts unleash a unstoppable curling effort into the far top corner after narrowly missing a similar earlier attempt with the opposite foot.

Bedworth kept the ball comfortably, with every player getting on the ball and midfield winning the ball back on the rare occasion we gave it away. This led to a bit of frustration from the opposition and a free kick on the edge of the box. Some Burchell magic Liam asked for and Burchell magic he received, after spending all week kicking a ball into a hoop in the back garden Cole applied it to the pitch and audacity to effortlessly place the ball into the same top corner as Liam’s earlier effort with no run up.

3 goals, a clean sheet and dominant possession football. Not many better ways to kick off the lads final season  of junior Saturday football.