The Greenbacks settle for a draw with Boldmere St Michaels as Stephan Morley’s second goal in as many games isn’t enough to claim all three points.
Today’s match was The John Roberts memorial game as The Oval celebrated the life of a true Greenback who held various positions at the club. We welcomed his wife Sue and friends and family of John to the game today.
With a blustery afternoon at The Oval, the wind was playing havoc in the early stages of the game and Boldmere could have scored two goals in the opening minutes. Owen Parry capitalised on the ball being held up in the wind, and found himself with only new signing Liam O’Brien to beat but he put his effort just wide.
Seconds later, O’Brien was called into action. A brilliant cross from the left found Ricardo Dudley at the back post to seemingly tap in to an empty net but O’Brien showed fantastic reactions to keep The Mikes out.
However, The Greenbacks keeper had been beaten this time after six minutes. Bedworth failed to deal with a corner, another cross was drilled from the left and full back Harry Sweeney tapped in from three yards. 1-0 to The Mikes.
The visitors had another chance, again through Owen Parry. A cross was swung in and Parry was lurking at the back post and side footed his volley goalwards but Ryan Moore was there to block and put out for a corner.
The Greenbacks only threatened The Mikes goal through long range efforts in the first half, although Murphy was causing the Boldmere defence concern with his constant pressing.
The closest Bedworth came in was through Chris Cox. Ashley Sammons curled in a cross but Cox only managed to get slight contact on his header on the cross but his effort drifted wide of the post.
Half Time- Bedworth United 0-1 Boldmere St Michaels
The cold and windy conditions only got worse as the game continued into the second half, with the match being a scrappy encounter between the two sides. However, The Greenbacks started the better side and had an opportunity to level the scoring on 55 minutes. Stephan Morley whipped in a free kick from the byline found centre back partner Kyle Burke who was unmarked from six yards out but couldn’t direct his header on target.
There was a limited amount of chances for both sides in the second half, with The Greenbacks chasing an equaliser, The Mikes were looking to counter attack but never really troubled Liam O’Brien in goal.
But on the 66th minute, Bedworth United got their breakthrough. The Greenbacks were awarded a freekick in a dangerous position, just outside Boldmere’s 18 yard box. Stephan Morley stepped up to take the freekick and curled the ball around the wall and in the corner going in off the post, leaving keeper Charlie Emery no chance. 1-1. Two goals in two games for the centre back, and has started to become a set piece specialist for The Greenbacks.
The game ebbed and flowed with both sides having spells of possession and momentum but neither were able to take full advantage.
The closest either side came to finding a late winner was from Callum Gittings. A wonderful strike from 25 yards with the outside of his boot whistled just wide of the post leaving Liam O’Brien rooted to his spot.
As the full time whistle was blown, an even match in tough conditions finished in a deserved draw, with both sides probably not doing enough to clinch all three points. Not the result Bedworth were hoping for but considering the club had several key players missing for the game such as Will Grocott, Joe Magunda, Star Mayemba, Leo Stone and Desean Martin, Stuart Storer won’t be too disappointed with a point.
Bedworth’s next match is away to Leamington in the Birmingham Senior Cup on Tuesday 23rd January. The next home match for The Greenbacks is Tuesday 30th Jan against Walsall Wood.
Full time- Bedworth United 1-1 Boldmere St Michaels
STARTING LINE UP:
Bedworth: O’Brien, Moore, L Rowe, Parrott, Burke, Morley, Cox, Blackmore, Murphy, Sammons, Forbes (C Donaldson)
Unused Subs: M Donaldson, Makitadi, Westwood, Crane.
MOTM chosen by Sue Roberts: Ryan Moore