In this article, we take a look back over the season, month by month as The Greenbacks finished in 15th placed, seven points above the relegation places. Bedworth United experienced a season where goal scoring was hard to come by, as The Greenbacks top scorer Curvin Sanderson-Ellis finished on 8 goals despite leaving The Greenbacks half way through the season. As mentioned by manager Stuart Storer, The Greenbacks will look back over the season with a ‘what if’ attitude as The Greenbacks finished the season with the most amount of draws in the league with 15. The next closest teams with the amount of draws was Hinckley and Cambridge City with 11 games drawn so quite a big gap. Stuart Storer said back in March ‘If you could turn half those draws to wins it would have been such a different season’.
The season started off with an away FA cup tie to local side Coventry Sphinx. The Greenbacks edged a tight encounter with a 1-0 win as Edjenguele notched in the winner. Following the FA cup tie, The Greenbacks couldn’t have asked for a more difficult start to the season as the first two games of the season was against eventual champions Stamford at The Oval and an away game against runners up Halesowen Town. Both matches resulting in a 2-0 defeat for Bedworth. The following two games were against playoff chasers Boldmere St Michaels and Chasetown. After the first four league games, The Greenbacks sat in the relegation places with 1 point. Bedworth were also eliminated from the FA cup as The Greenbacks were defeated at home by Newcastle Town 1-0 in a replay after the original fixture finished 1-1.
The Greenbacks started September in poor form as Bedworth suffered their heaviest defeat of the season to Sutton Coldfield. A 4-0 away defeat to Sutton Coldfield was followed by a 1-0 defeat to Harborough in the FA trophy. However, The Greenbacks secured their first win of the season, an away victory vs Daventry. Bedworth managed back to back wins as the away victory at Daventry was soon followed by a win against local rivals Hinckley. Both games finishing 1-0.
October started well, with an entertaining game at The Oval against Corby town, ending in a 3-3 draw. Comfortable victories against Dereham (2-0) and Gresley Rovers (3-0) meant Bedworth were starting to climb the table.
November was a good month for Stuart Storer’s side as The Greenbacks collected 2 wins and 3 draws which placed Bedworth high in the form guide and an unbeaten month kept momentum going in the league. Wins against St Neots and Yaxley and the draws coming against Harborough, Shepshed Dynamo and Cambridge City,
Only 3 games in December for The Greenbacks due to the weather postponing a couple of fixtures, Bedworth recorded 4 points, with 1 win, 1 draw and 1 loss. Liam Murphy grabbing the late winner against Coleshill on Boxing day gave The Greenbacks fans a late Christmas present.
The year began with disappointment as a 2-1 away defeat to Chasetown meant Bedworth got off to a poor start in 2023. Despite resilient performances against Halesowen (1-1) and Sporting Khalsa (0-0), The Greenbacks went without a win for the whole of January.
February was no better for The Greenbacks as they struggled through the shortest month, as the wait for the first win of the year continued. Bedworth should have got their first victory at the start of the month, as The Greenbacks were leading Corby Town until the last kick of the game where Corby stole a point with a goal directly from a corner. The disappointment may have carried into their next couple of games as back to back defeats were incurred at the hands Loughborough Dynamo and Sutton Coldfield.
The month started very poorly for The Greenbacks as Bedworth 4 games without a single goal and fears of a relegation play off place increased. But out of nowhere, Bedworth recorded their first win of 2023. A comprehensive 4-0 away win against fellow strugglers St Neots was enough to move Bedworth clearer from danger and gave some all important breathing space. The result also turned out to be the biggest win of the season and the first time in the campaign that Bedworth had scored more than 3 goals in a game.
The final month of the season saw Bedworth look to fully secure and establish their step four status for next season. A 1-1 draw at home to Shepshed Dynamo was followed by back to back defeats against Boldmere and Coleshill over the Easter weekend. Bedworth’s league status was finally confirmed as The Greenbacks gained an important point at home to Cambridge City and with other results elsewhere going their way, Stuart Storer and his players could feel a sense of relief. The season curtailed with a 2-0 away to already relegated Yaxley.
Bedworth would claim 15th in the league with 42 points (9 wins, 15 draws, 14 defeats). The Oval saw an average crowd of 206 attend home matches this season. The largest crowd at The Oval was the encounter against Halesowen back in January, 326 attended to watch The Greenbacks fight bravely for a point.
The club will be holding an end of season awards evening on Thursday 27th April starting at 7:15pm at The Oval.
Thank you for all your support this difficult season and look forward to seeing you next season for hopefully a more positive campaign.