Youth Team Fixture Update

BEDWORTH UNITEDS YOUTH TEAM HAVE BEEN DRAWN AT HOME AGAINST COVENTRY SPHINX IN THE QUARTER FINAL OF THE RAY MERCER MEMORIAL SHIELD

Tie will be played on Wednesday 12th May at 8pm

Full Quarter Final Draw

Boldmere St-Michaels v Redditch Utd   (Mon 10/5/21)

Worcester City v Evesham  (Tues 11/5/21)

AFC Wulfrunians v Stafford Rangers  (Thurs 13/5/21)

Bedworth United v Coventry Sphinx  (Wed 12/05/21)

Youth Team Through to the Knockout stages

Bedworth United U18s qualify for the knockout stage 
 
Bedworth Youth Team sealed qualification to the knockout stages of the Ray Mercer memorial shield with a narrow 3-2 win away to Racing Club on Tuesday night.  Qualification was almost but not mathematically ensured after a comprehensive 3-0 win away to Rugby Borough on the previous Friday barring a disaster and a 7 goal turn around.
 
Fridays game could have been a stumbling block for the Young Greenbacks when Lee Hursts side lost players to the first team squad for Saturdays friendly against Halesowen but with the strength in depth of the squad the players that came in performed well and ensured that the banana skin was avoided with goals from Rory Faulkner, Chris Jones and Louie Gill qualification for the knock out rounds was almost secured
 
Result: Rugby Borough 0 Bedworth United 3
 
Scorers: Rory Faulkner, Chris Jones, Louie Gill 
 
On Tuesday night the side travelled to Racing Club Warwick knowing that anything but a heavy defeat would be enough to see them safely through Group D and into the quarter finals.  The game was far from a classic, with Bedworth conceding first from yet another corner,  Camron Dunne then equalised with a spectacular left foot drive into the top left corner, 
1-1 halftime, 
Bedworth took the lead when Jack wells made it 2-1, Dylan’s Sands then hit a low drive passed the keeper 3-1, RCW got a late penalty 3-2 the game finished with the Greenbacks navigating their way through the group stages with a 100% record.
 
Scorers: Cameron Dunn, Jack Wells, Dylan Sands
 
Result: Racing Club Warwick 2 Bedworth United 3
 
Lee Hurst said after the Racing club Warwick game “It is nice to know we have qualified for the quarter finals, It will be the luck of the draw when its made, all we can ask for at this stage is that we get a home tie and once we know our opponents we can go from there.  With this tournament being one of the only chances to still play competitive games I am sure the lads will be wanting to progress as far as they can.  We have achieved our first objective which was to qualify from a tough group now our next objective is to reach the semi final and then who knows. I have said in the past, since we started back after lockdown this group of players have nothing to fear and if they keep their feet on the ground and keep doing what is asked of them I have no doubt that a number of them can progress further in football, Its great to see that some of them have already been involved with the first team and this will only encourage them and others to keep working hard and those first team opportunities will keep coming.”
Bedworth have been given a home draw in the next round against the winners of Group A which could be either Coventry Copeswood, Coventry Sphinx or Nuneaton Borough. With the group A decider being played tonight.  A Coventry Sphinx win over Nuneaton by 2 clear goals will see Sphinx qualify, Nuneaton will need a miracle and a 14 goal turnaround to qualify any other result for Nuneaton will see Copeswood win the group.  A win for Sphinx by 1 goal will see them level on points and goal difference with Copeswood and the possibility of the winners being decided by a coin toss.

Youth Team March On

Bedworth United U18s Youth Team carried on their winning ways last Wednesday night when they hosted Coventry United,  This season Coventry United are tennant’s at The OVAL playing their home games here so home advantage was not going to be as much of an advantage as it could be for the Bedworth Lads.
Bedworth started well but were finding it hard to breach the 5 man defence of Coventry United who were set up to ensure that they got men behind the ball at every opportunity. Saying that though Bedworth did have the better of the chances but it seemed that shooting boots had been left at home with some gilt edged chances going begging.
Bedworth did eventually break Coventry United’s rear guard action when Rory Faulkner broke the deadlock just after the half hour mark, chances went begging as the halftime whistle blew ( 1-0 )
The second half started in much the same way as the first finished with Bedworth on the front foot and it didnt take long for Chris Jones to add to The Greenbacks lead to put Bedworth 2-0 up, then minutes later Jack Wells rose highest to head a third, This seemed to stir Coventry United into life and they started to become more of an attacking threat and this led to them being awarded a penalty but Owen Betteridge in the Bedworth goal guessed the right way and kept Bedworth 3-0 in front.  Coventry United did manage to get themselves on the score sheet with about 20 minutes still to play. Cov Uniteds fightback though didnt last long as Chris Jones scored a forth goal to stop the visitors in their tracks. With minutes left on the clock Bedworth made it 5 when Cameron Dunne having the final say on the night.
Lee Hurst after the game stated “I am happy with today’s result in the end but we made the game a lot more difficult than it should have been with the chances we missed early on, but to be honest some of the combination play and runs in behind to create these chances were exceptional, we were a lot more clinical in the 2nd half which shows the character and resilience of the team,
Overall very pleased with the result.
Bedworth United U18 5
Coventry United U18 1
Scorers : Rory Faulkner, Jack Wells, Chris Jones 2, Cameron Dunne
The U18s next game is an away trip to Rugby Borough who are the only other unbeaten team in Group D.  A win there will see the Greenback U18s place 1 foot firmly in the knock out stages of the Tournament.

Youth Team March On

Bedworth United U18s Youth team carried on from where they left off last week in their quest for the Ray Mercer Memorial Shield.  They hosted a stong Stratford Town side on Wednesday night and ran out 2-0 winners.  The game was a hard fought encounter with both teams looking to play football from the start.  The early exchanges were pretty equal with neither team really troubling the oppositions goal.  It was Bedworth though who broke the deadlock after some neat play down the left from Chris Jones to square the ball for Warwick Hurst to calmly side foot into the right hand corner, giving the home team the advantage.  Bedworth doubled their lead before the break when Cameron Dunne was fouled in the box which he stepped up to convert the penalty to send the home side in 2 goals to the good at half time.

The second half started much the same as the first, but slowly the game become broken up with the referees whistle.  Stratford were lucky on 2 occasions that the referee was lenient and only booked 2 of their players for raising their hands when it could have easily been red.  Stratford tried to rally towards the end of the game to get something back but the Bedworth lads stood firm to deny the visitors any clear cut chances.

Lee Hurst speaking after the game said ” same as last week its pleasing to get the result but this week more so as we controlled the game well and saw out the game without any major scares and its always nice to get a clean sheet at any level of football.  Its great that the league have organised this competition as it keeps the lads playing competitive football rather than friendlies after the restart.  I believe that the team can do well in this competition so long as they take each game as it comes and not look to far forward, Having beaten both Rugby Town and Stratford Town who are Premier Division teams, we now have to maintain our concentration and not get to complacent against the remaining 3 teams in the group, but overall a very pleasing couple of weeks football.

The Youth team host Coventry United on Wednesday night next week and will be looking to make it 3 out of 3 and take a big step towards the knock out stages.

Result Bedworth United 2 Stratford Town 0

Goalscorer’s : Warwick Hurst, Cameron Dunne

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.

Address: 

Halesowen Town Football Club

The Grove,

Old Hawne Lane

Halesowen,

West Midlands

B63 3TB

DIRECTIONS
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.