Youth Team carry on where they left off

With the Midland floodlit youth league season being null and void the league have put together a Champions League type of competition with the final being played at the end of June.

The Greenbacks U18s Youth Team have been placed into Group D with:

Rugby Town

Rugby Borough

Coventry United

Stratford Town

Racing Club Warwick

The 8 group winners will then go into a knock out competition with 4 quarter finals being played and the competition will run from there with the winners receiving the Ray Mercer Memorial Shield.

The young Greenbacks got off to a winning start last night against a strong Rugby Town side running out 4-3 winners in a hard fought game.

The Bedworth lads got off to a flying start, Chris Jones with a first time finish, Cameron Dunne then made it 2 with a left foot strike from the edge of the 18 yard box assisted by Warwick Hurst, Rugby Town got a goal back to half the deficit Bedworth then extended their lead to 2 with a 30 yard screamer that flew into the top corner from Warwick Hurst.  Rugby were then awarded a dubious penalty which goal keeper Owen Betteridge saved comfortably to his right. The Greenbacks then went into a 3 goal lead with Chris Jones getting his 2nd of the evening assisted by the unselfish Cameron Dunne making  it 4 -1.  Rugby clawed their way back into the game on the stroke of half time from another corner to make it 4-2 going into the break. 

The second half didn’t live up to the first in the goal mouth action as both defences stood firm Rugby did manage to score a third to make the last few minutes nail biting for the Greenbacks but it was to little to late and the final whistle went to give all 3 points to the Bedworth lads.  

A definite game of 2 halves with the attack for both teams running out on top in the first half but defences stood firm and claimed the second half.  Manager Lee Hurst commented after the game “It was a tough start in the competition for the lads against a good Rugby Town side who have been able to carry on training through the lockdown due to them being an academy side, Our lads have had 2 training sessions since we have been allowed back and to show the resilience and effort that they put in tonight just showed the character of the lads we have here in this youth team squad, It was disappointing to concede from 3 set pieces but as I have said we have only had 2 training sessions and its not something we have had the time to greatly work on.  Both Coaches and myself were impressed with the first half display from the whole team and as a unit we defended well in open play.  We scored some great goals and to see them shared throughout the team just goes to show the talent in depth we have here.”

Bedworth U18 host Stratford Town next week and will be looking to make it 2 out of 2 in their quest to top Group.

Final Score: 

Bedworth United U18  4 

Rugby Town U18  3

Goal Scorers: Cameron Dunne, Warwick Hurst, Chris Jone 2

Bedworth Youth Triumph in 5 goal thriller

Bedworth United Youth went through to the next round of the FA youth cup after a nail biting game away to Halesowen running out 3-2 victors with a last minute penalty scored by Jack Wells.  It wasn’t plain sailing for the young Greenbacks though having to battle back after going behind to a 1st minute goal from a corner.  Bedworth battled back with Dylan Sands assisted by Warwick Hurst levelling the score then Chris Jones who led the line well headed the second to send Bedworth in at half time 2-1 to the good.  Halesowen equalised in the second half and that’s how the scores remained until the final minutes when Jack Wells kept his nerve from 18 yards to put the Greenbacks through.

Speaking to Lee Hurst after the game he said “Had it not been for both Goalkeepers the score line would have been a lot more with Owen Betteridge in the Bedworth goal pulling off a number of crucial saves. Credit must also go to the Halesowen keeper who was equally as good”  Lee went on to say that he was immensely proud of the whole team in the way that they played and would like to wish Halesowen all the best for the coming season and complimented them on their hospitality and producing a playing surface that was perfect for a free flowing game of football.

FA Youth Cup

The U18 side travel to Halesowen Town Thursday night to play their FA Youth Cup preliminary round match.

The young Greenbacks first competitive game of the season mirrors the First Team in that it is a cup game.  The Bedworth side have had some good results pre-season and will be looking to get off to a good start against Halesowen.

Lee Hurst has been impressed by the application and desire of the whole squad during pre season and is looking forward to getting back into competitive action.  Members of the youth team are already being looked at by a number of league clubs and their are definitely stars in the making amongst the squad.

If you want to support the Youth Team then admission at Halesowen will be £3.


Halesowen Town Football Club

The Grove,

Old Hawne Lane


West Midlands

B63 3TB

By Car: Get to Junction 3 of the M5.  Head towards Kidderminster on the A458 for a mile or so to the first traffic island at the bottom of the hill.  Turn right on to the A459 towards Dudley (the cricket ground should now be on your left) and continue past where the road splits to the next island.  Turn left here on to the A456 towards Stourbridge until you get to the next island.  Take the 3rd exit (Old Hawne Lane) and the ground is about 400 yards away, at the top of the hill on the left.

By Train: The easiest way is to get to Birmingham New Street, and then get a number 9 bus to Halesowen that will drop you off outside the ground on the Stourbridge Road.  You can also get a train to Old Hill/Cradley Heath and take a taxi to the ground which will take around 5 minutes.

By Bus: The number 9 comes from both Stourbridge and Birmingham/Halesowen directions which will drop you off outside the ground on the Stourbridge Road.  The 9’s run every 6 minutes or so in the day.