Bedworth United secure step 4 status next season with a point at home against Cambridge City. A 2-2- draw was enough as Dereham Town failed to beat Sporting Khalsa which made it mathematically safe for The Greenbacks.
Stuart Storer made three changes from the line-up that started against Coleshill previously, with Cox, Bertie and Blackmore coming into the side as The Greenbacks looked to secure their top 4 status in the last home league game of the season.
Unfortunately for The Greenbacks, Bedworth got off to the worst possible start. Despite only playing two days ago, Cambridge City made the better start and went ahead early. The first chance of the game was converted by Cambridge City midfielder Daniel Cotton in the 8th minute from a free kick. Striker Tom Lorraine won a free kick just outside the Bedworth box after a foul from Parrott. Cotton stepped up and curled a beautiful free kick in the top left corner. Lomax beaten by another superb free kick in consecutive games with little he could do.
Cambridge nearly doubled their lead in the 24th minute but were denied by a vital save from Sam Lomax. A mistake from Josh Endall let a Cambridge City winger in down the side and a cross was pulled back to the onrushing midfielder Waumsley who saw his side footed effort parried wide of the post by Lomax. A great save by The Greenbacks keeper. At this stage of the game, The Lilywhites looked the better side and were keeping the ball well, restricting Bedworth from getting a foothold in the game.
Not long after Lomax’s save, Bedworth were level thanks to an equaliser from Ryan Moore. A good cross from the left hand side was met by Moore who side-footed the ball past keeper Chandler to make it 1-1 on 29 minutes.
Seconds later, The Greenbacks were ahead. Blackmore found Desean Martin in space, and Martin drove at the Lilywhites defence and played a defence splitting pass which Trea Bertie perfectly timed his run to stay on side and finished calmly leaving the keeper with no chance. 2-1 after 30 minutes played.
Things nearly got even better for The Greenbacks, an in-swinging corner from Rowe was met by Chris Cox who’s header was cleared off the line by a Cambridge City defender.
Half Time- Bedworth United 2-1 Cambridge City
Bedworth had the opening chance of the second half. Liam Murphy, who was playing on the left wing, drifted past a couple of Cambridge City players before being brought down and winning a freekick in a dangerous area. Cox lined up his freekick and looked destined to go into the bottom corner but keeper Caleb Chandler was well positioned to deal with the free kick.
The Lilywhites came so close to equalising in the 62nd minute. A nice move involving Maynard and Bradley, resulting in a cross from Bradley being attacked by forward Tom Lorraine, which saw his header helped on to the bar by Sam Lomax.
Murphy came close to adding a third for Bedworth as he weaved his way from an awkward position to get away from two players before seeing his effort saved by the Chandler.
However, Cambridge City equalised on the 83rd minute. Substitute Ryan Ingrey put in a great cross from the right hand side and Tom Waumsley from just inside the area diverted his looping header which looked from all angles it was heading wide, creeped into the back post and beat Lomax all ends up to make it 2-2.
In the dying moments of the game, Bedworth had the chance to snatch all three points. Constant pressure from The Greenbacks resulted in a great cross from Martin, he found Endall who had stayed up from a corner, his header went just wide of the goal.
A point in the end sees Bedworth secure their top 4 status for next season as Dereham Town lost against Sporting Khalsa. Despite the draw, Bedworth will be disappointed in not collecting all three points as the overall performance warranted a win to end the last home game of the season.
Despite Cambridge City having nothing to play for, it was an entertaining game at The Oval and a good game to finish the final home league game of the season.
Full time- Bedworth United 2-2 Cambridge City
STARTING LINE UP:
Lomax, Moore, Rowe, Parrott, Endall, Bertie (Lockett), Cox, Blackmore (Burroughs) , Murphy, Martin, Blythe
Unused subs: Middleton, Camwell, Barnett
MOTM: Desean Martin.