MATCH REPORT: Bedworth United 3-0 Sporting Khalsa

Bedworth United ease past Sporting Khalsa 3-0 at The Oval with goals coming from Will Grocott, Liam Murphy and a goal of the season contender from Reece Blackmore.

The Greenbacks made a lively start to the game, with a high pressing intensity and controlling the majority of possession.

However it was Liam O’Brien in the Bedworth goal that was called into early action. A half volley by Sporting Khalsa’s Robbie Bunn looked goal bound but O’Brien did very well to get down to his left and parry away from danger.

That was the best chance Sporting Khalsa had in the first half and the rest of the half was dominated by Bedworth. Striker Liam Murphy had a number of half chances that failed to test the keeper but on 11 minutes, he should’ve opened his account for the day.

A poor goal kick from Sam Arnold was latched upon by Chris Cox who played through Murphy who ran directly at goal, but went to chip the Khalsa keeper but his effort was lifted over.

However on 14 minutes, The Greenbacks took the lead. Some good play down the left, Stone was able to get past his man and cut back to square it to Grocott, who took a touch to compose himself and smash past Arnold from 12 yards. 1-0.

Sporting Khalsa had a long range effort from 25 yards, Chay Tilts shot drifted wide of the post following a quick corner routine from the visitors..

Bedworth did have a goal ruled out on 37 mins with Grocott again involved as his cross was met by Cox who tapped in but was flagged offside.

But 5 minutes later, Bedworth made it 2-0. Similar to Murphy’s first chance of the day, Cox played Liam Murphy through on goal who had a lot of time to think and was positioned at a tight angle but he slotted his shot past Arnold to deservedly double The Greenbacks lead just before half time.

HALF TIME: Bedworth United 2-0 Sporting Khalsa

Khalsa made a double substitution at half time to try and change the dynamic of the game due to Bedworth dominance in the first half but it was The Greenbacks that came close to scoring. Grocott teed up Leo Stone to strike from the edge of the box and he unleashed a brilliant curling effort towards goal but Sam Arnold superbly tipped the ball onto the crossbar and cleared out of danger.

Bedworth were still pressing and looking to kill the game off and a long range effort from Desean Martin came so close to extending the lead.

The pressure finally paid off and The Greenbacks finally got their rewards with probably goal of the season from Reece Blackmore. A corner wasn’t fully dealt with by Sporting Khalsa and the ball bounced out to the edge of the box, and the onrushing Reece Blackmore with the outside of his right foot, smashed in a half volley into the top corner. His first goal in a long time! 3-0 on 62 minutes.

The Greenbacks were in full flow at this point and playing some of the best football Bedworth have played this season. Following a free flowing Bedworth attack, Chris Cox nearly got on the scoresheet. A shot from just inside the area after he turned his marker was well tipped away by Arnold.

However, there was one negative from the game. Ryan Moore was dismissed after receiving two yellow cards in just under two minutes. His first caution was for taking too long on a throw and then just seconds later, the referee brandished a second yellow card followed by a red for a late tackle.

But despite being down to ten men, Bedworth still looked the more likely in getting the next goal as Grocott nearly bettered Reece Blackmore’s goal of the season. Grocott tried his luck from the half way line and came inches away from getting his second as the ball just floated wide.

Kane Lewis for the visitors had their only real chance of the second half as he drove into the Bedworth box but lashed his shot wide.

With ten men, The Greenbacks were happy to soak up pressure and let the likes of Bailey-Nicholls, Harvey Westwood and Ezra Aaron counter when they could. Bailey-Nicholls coming close a couple of times.

Bedworth United’s defence stayed resilient and robust to deny any clear opportunities for Sporting Khalsa to get even a consolation goal.

The Greenbacks ran out comfortable winners with probably the best home performance of the season. Special mention to Chris Cox who was a threat going forward whilst also slotting in at right back. And of course a special mention for that Reece Blackmore goal, one that he will remember!

A fantastic performance all round from Bedworth, and that’s 3 wins from the last 3 home matches as The Greenbacks continue to try and finish the season as strong as possible.

FULL TIME: Bedworth United 3-0 Sporting Khalsa

STARTING LINE UP:

Bedworth: O’Brien, Moore, L Rowe, Parrott, Morley, Cox, Martin, Blackmore, Murphy (Bailey-Nicholls), Grocott (Westwood) , Stone (Aaron

Unused Subs: Rogerro

Attendance: 195