The Greenbacks are back in action as Bedworth United host Sutton Coldfield Town at The Oval on Tuesday 7th February, 7:45pm KO. Bedworth came so close to picking up their first win of 2023 against Corby Town on the weekend, with Bedworth conceding directly from a corner in the 90th minute to only come back with a 1-1 draw after Liam Murphy thought he had sealed the points for The Greenbacks in the 87th minute.
The club was founded in 1879 and played its first match against the 2nd XI of Birmingham F.C. (no connection to the modern Birmingham City) on 1 February of that year. Being formed 144 years ago, Sutton Coldfield are one of the oldest football clubs in the country.
Sutton Coldfield currently sit 14th, just two points below Bedworth United. In the last 6 games, this fixture sees two teams struggling for form. Bedworth sit 19th in the form table, with just 4 points from a possible 18, with the visitors only a point better off in the previous 6 games, picking up just 5 points. However, The Royals gained their first win in 8 games with a 1-0 win over Gresley Rovers at home over the weekend so will be looking to build on that result. In contrast, The Greenbacks will be disappointed not to collect all three points from Steel Park against Corby but will be looking to make things right on Tuesday night at The Oval.
Bedworth have made The Oval a difficult place for opposing teams to visit, winning 5, drawing 5 and losing just three games. The Royals have picked up 12 of their 30 points this season on the road, so are no stranger to digging in deep away from home to pick up results. With their next three games all being away from home, Sutton Coldfield will need to find their resilience that they have shown this season.
The Royals appointed Dave Stringer at the end of last season on 11th May 2022. Stringer was previously at step 5 club Heather St John, whilst also previously managing step 4 clubs; Coalville, Shepshed Dynamo and Rugby Town. Stringer is known in the non-league world as being a a manager that plays attractive football whilst also having an emphasis on giving young players a platform to play.
The Greenbacks last encounter with The Royals was back in September as Bedworth visited Coles Lane which resulted in a disappointing 4-0 defeat for Bedworth.
In front of a crowd of 138, Sutton Coldfield ran riot on Bedworth in the first half, leading 3-0 by half time with goals coming from Dampha, Spruce and Hilton. Hilton eventually added his second and Sutton Coldfield’s 4th to send Bedworth back to Warwickshire with a deflating defeat. Ryan Moore was sent off for The Greenbacks which made it a difficult afternoon for all associated with Bedworth that evening. Bedworth will need to be extra vigilant of The Royal’s top scorer Rhys Hilton, with the forward scoring 13 goals so far this season, two of which came against Bedworth. The 4-0 defeat to Sutton Coldfield is currently the heaviest defeat Bedworth have suffered this season so Stuart Storer’s side will be eager to get some revenge over the visitors.
Sutton Coldfield Town’s Footballing Famous Face
In this section, we look back over the years of our upcoming opponents former players who might be familiar to fans who know their football. The player may have just played one game or a hundred, this section will briefly look at the career of a former oppositions career. The next player to feature on this Football Famous Face section is…
Marcus Tudgay (born 3 February 1983) was as a forward who played in the English Football League for Derby County, Sheffield Wednesday, Nottingham Forest, Barnsley, Charlton Athletic and Coventry City. Tudgay was born in Worthing, West Sussex. He came through the ranks at Derby County and made his senior debut in August 2002.
Tudgay’s most successful period as a football league striker came at Sheffield Wednesday, scoring 52 goals in 211 games for The Owls. After stints at Nottingham Forest, Barnsley, Charlton Athletic and Coventry City, Tudgay would finish his professional career with 480 appearances and 101 goals to his name.
After being released by Coventry City, Tudgay signed for Sutton Coldfield in 2017. It is not recognised how many appearances Tudgay made for The Royals but was on Sutton Coldfield’s books for the season of 2017-18.
How to follow
Kick off is at 7:45pm at The Oval. Ticket prices are below:
The Oval, Coventry Road, Bedworth, CV12 8NN.
If you aren’t able to make it to the Oval, make sure that you’re following the club on Twitter- @bedworth_united for live updates from Steel Park.