Match Preview: Loughborough Dynamo vs Bedworth United

The Greenbacks are back in action this weekend after 11 days without a game as Bedworth travel to The Newton Fallowell Stadium to face Loughborough Dynamo. Bedworth’s last game was a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Sutton Coldfield  as The Greenbacks still await their first win in 2023 and looking to end their 7 match streak without a win.

Opposition

The club was established in 1955 by pupils from Loughborough Grammar School, taking its name from Dynamo Moscow, who had recently visited England to play Wolverhampton Wanderers, with the colours taken from Wolverhampton Wanderers. After playing friendly matches for two years, they entered Division Three of the Loughborough Alliance in 1957. The club won the Division Three title in 1959–60 and were promoted to Division Two. The following season saw them finish as runners-up in Division Two, earning promotion to Division One. They went on to finish as runners-up in Division One in 1962–63 and 1963–64 before winning the Division One title in 1964–65.

The Moes currently sit 11th, 5 points above Bedworth United, playing a game extra than The Greenbacks. Over the last 6 games, both teams go into this match in poor form, with each team only collecting 4 points from a possible 18 available. Loughborough have lost their last 3 games against Coleshill, Halesowen and Corby so will be looking to bounce back against Bedworth.

Loughborough’s last league game was a 3-2 defeat at home to Corby Town. The Moes  conceded two goals in the first 30 mins but fought their way back to 2-2 by the 48th minute. However, Corby Town edged back in front and left The Newton Fallowell Stadium with all three points. In comparison, before the defeat to Sutton Coldfield, The Greenbacks had drawn three consecutive games.

Bedworth’s away form this season has been poor, winning just two in thirteen games. However, The Greenbacks will have some encouragement going to Loughborough as The Moes have lost four games at home this season, two of which have come in their previous two games. Loughborough get a similar attendance at The Newton Fallowell Stadium as Bedworth get at The Oval, with The Moes averaging 192 fans compared to 213 for Bedworth.

Manager

The Moes appointed Brad Munn as the permanent manager of Loughborough on 4th November 2021, replacing Lee Attenborough to who he was assistant manager before taking on the role as the permanent manager. Munns joined The Moes in 2018 and has been involved with coaching since the age of 24. Now aged 29, Munn is one of the youngest managers in non league football. Some Bedworth fans may be familiar with the Loughborough boss as Munns had a short stint with Bedworth in the 2012/2013 season.

Previous meeting

The Greenbacks last encounter with The Moes was back in October as Loughborough visited The Oval which resulted in a 2-1 defeat for Bedworth.

In front of a crowd of 196, this game was all decided from the penalty spot with all three goals being converted from 12 yards. Referee for the game Mr J Conde gave three penalties, one for Bedworth and Two for Loughborough. The Greenbacks went 1-0 up through striker Sanderson-Ellis’s penalty, however, Bastos’s brace of penalties in the 77th and 87th minute meant The Moes stole all three points from The Oval.

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…

Lewis McGugan

Lewis McGugan came through the youth-team at Nottingham Forest to make his first-team debut at the age of 17 in October 2006, and secured a regular place in the starting line-up by the end of the 2006–07 season. He helped Forest to secure automatic promotion out of League One at the end of the 2007–08 season and went on to establish himself as a Championship player the following season, despite struggling with his weight and fitness. He found first-team opportunities limited in the 2009–10 campaign due to injury and the form of other players. The following season he re-established himself in the starting eleven, finishing as the club’s top scorer with a total of 13 goals in 45 appearances. However he lost form the next season, only rediscovering his form at the end of the 2012–13 campaign. He joined Watford on a free transfer in July 2013, but fell out of the first-team by the end of the 2013–14 season. He enjoyed two loan spells at Sheffield Wednesday the following season, and joined the club on a permanent basis in July 2015. However he was dropped by the end of the 2015–16 season and was dropped from the first-team entirely for the 2016–17 campaign. He signed a three-month contract with Northampton Town in October 2017

Over the course of 13 years in the professional game, McGugan made 326 appearances scoring 65 goals, with his best goal scoring campaign coming in 2010/2011 with 13 goals in 45 games.

On 17th December in 2021, The Moes announced McGugan as first team assistant manager. McGugan has also played a few games for Loughborough as some would expect with the former Forest man retiring from professional football aged 29 so still has the ability to play at this level.

How to follow

Kick off is 3pm at The Newton Fallowell Stadium. Ticket prices are below:

Adults: £8

Concessions: £5

13-16 year olds: £3

U12s: FREE

The Newton Fallowell Stadium, 2 Watermead Lane, Loughborough, LE11 3TN.

If you aren’t able to make it to the game, make sure that you’re following the club on Twitter- @bedworth_united for live updates.