MATCH REPORT: Bedworth United 2-2 AFC Rushden & Diamonds

The Greenbacks level late on to rescue a point against AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Goals from Kory Burke and Stephan Morley earned Bedworth a point with Wyatt and Emery on the scoresheet for The Diamonds.

The Greenbacks nearly got off to the perfect start. A dangerous set piece from Morley found Kyle Burke and had two attempts to get a shot on goal, with his second effort drifting just wide.

But moments later it was the brother of Kyle Burke, Kory, that opened the scoring for Bedworth, assisted by Kyle Burke. A lofted cross into the box by Kyle found his brother Kory and the attacker looped his header into the far corner to make it 1-0 after four minutes.

But only four minutes later AFC Rushden & Diamonds were level. A nice move down the left hand side led to the ball in the box for Luke Emery to lay off to Reuben Wyatt to strike past Crane from 12 yards. 1-1 after nine minutes

It was a entertaining first 20 minutes at The Oval, and Bedworth should have retaken the lead. Great skill from Leo Stone on the left got past his man and delivered a cross to the back post. Ryan Moore was there to head across goal to Desean Martin to head in from a couple of yards but Ben Heath reacted brilliantly to turn it over for a corner.

Despite there being an even share of possession in the first half, The Greenbacks were having the best chances. Sammons did well to win the ball high up the pitch and was put through by Kory Burke. He twisted and turned away from his defender before backheeling in the path of Leo Stone, but he sliced hi shot wide from an acute angle.

Half Time- Bedworth United 1-1 AFC Rushden & Diamonds

Just like the first half, the second half started with a goal within the first four minutes but this time it was for The Diamonds. A brilliant cross from Cairo Taylor was perfect for Luke Emery to run and head the ball past Crane from six yards out to make it 2-1 to the visitors.

Bedworth responded well and Kory Burke nearly doubled his tally. A deep cross from Ryan Moore was headed back across goal to Burke, he swivelled and got his shot away on the half volley but Ben Heath did well to tip the ball over.

Rushden & Diamonds came close to making it three. A good through ball by Emery was raced onto by Ngwa, he cut the ball back to Reuben Wyatt but his shot was cleared off the line by Moore.

Emery again missed a great chance for Rushden. With Bedworth pushing players forward, The Diamonds spotted an opportunity to go long, and a long ball was latched upon by Emery and ran through on goal with just Crane to beat but he slotted his shot wide.

With six minutes left to play, The Greenbacks were handed a lifeline. Desean Martin was fouled just inside the area and the referee pointed to the spot. Stephan Morley stepped up and slotted his penalty in the bottom left hand corner to make it 2-2.

With both teams pushing for a winner, it was a frantic and end to end finish to the game but neither side were able to create any clear chances to steal all three points as the referee blew for full time.

A disappointing result for Bedworth, a good opportunity to climb the table was missed. Despite Rushden and Diamond’s league position, their performance suggested that they are capable of much more than bottom of the league.

Despite not getting the result that The Greenbacks were hoping for, a positive was that two academy prospects Charlie and Matthew Donaldson, made their home debut with both having a impact on the game.

Full time- Bedworth United 2–2 AFC Rushden & Diamonds

STARTING LINE UP:

Bedworth: Crane, Ky Burke (Blackmore), L Rowe, Parrott, Magunda, Morley, Martin, Moore, Ko Burke, Sammons(M Donaldson), Stone (C Donaldson)

Unused Subs: Grocott, Cox.

Attendance: 251