Bedworth ran out 4 – 1 winners against a determined and organised NFK Burbage side.
Bedworth started with a strong side which saw starts for the returning Richard Blythe and Mitch Piggon and also saw trialist Charlie McConnachie start with Patrick Kollie promoted from the U21s to play in goal.
The game started slow as would be expected from a first pre season with both sets of players feeling their way into the game. Slowly the Greenbacks started to get a foothold and after about 15 minutes were regularly pushing forward but just failing with the final ball. Luke Rowe, Richard Blythe were linking up well with the front 2 of Mitch Piggon and Alex Troke but unfortunately there was no final product. It was the visitors though who took the lead when a long diagonal ball caused a mix up in the Bedworth backline which left the Burbage striker an easy shot from 18 yards which beat the diving Kollie and sneaked inside his far post.
It wasn’t long though that the Greens were behind, within 5 minutes the impressive Ricardo Dudley played a defence splitting ball from his own half into the path of Rowe who rounded the keeper and then was unceremoniously upended. The referee had no doubts and pointed to the spot straight away. Troke casually stepped up to dispatch the penalty to keepers left and parity was restored.
The goal that saw Bedworth take the lead was one that the Burbage keeper will probably want to forget when a cross from debutant Josh Steel was fumbled by the keeper and then pushed into his own net.
From then on the rest of the first half was all Bedworth with shots from Piggon, Troke Blackmore all narrowly missing the target. With 5 minutes to go of the half McConnaghie picked up the ball on the edge of the Bedworth 18 yard box and drove at Burbage and just kept going all the way into the opponents box where unfortunately his shot was parried wide by the Burbage Keeper. Except for a couple of forays forward from Burbage there was no real danger to the Bedworth goal.
Half Time 2 – 1 to The Greenbacks
Half time as promised saw the Bedworth change the majority of the 11 with Lewis Chester, Iyseden Christie, Ashanti Price, Lewis Noon, Baz Fitzharris, Momoh Sesay and Mark Albrighton all come replacing Josh Steel, Reece Blackmore, Elliott Parrott, Tom Sharpe, Luke Rowe, Mitch Piggon and Alex Troke.
The second half started with a small spell of Burbage pressure which saw young Kollie in the Bedworth goal forced into action a couple of times collecting low crosses well, The youngsters of Bedworth expertly marshalled by the 2 veterans in Christie and Allbrighton then started to find their rhythm and the impressive Lewis Chester masterminded another breakthrough for the Greenbacks when with a burst of pace left the Burbage right back in his wake advanced into the box and unselfishly played the ball across the six yard box for Noon to put into the empty net.
The game then turned into a bit of a basketball match with we attack you attack but Bedworths attacks seemed a lot more potent and we looked a lot more likely to score. With Christie directing the young players around him Bedworths attack was looking more and more likely to add to their score. Chester was terrorizing the Burbage right back at every opportunity and I am sure he would have had nightmares about him when he went to bed, But the forth and final goal came from the left hand side where McConnaghie slipped a neat ball into Christie which saw him wriggle away from the goalkeeper play the ball into the six yard box where Price finished from close range.
Final Score Bedworth 4 – NFK Burbage 1
Man of the Match – Lewis Chester