Bedworth travelled up the M6 a couple of junctions to face Boldmere St Michaels. Bedworth started the game well with the Boldmere goal leading a charmed life in the opening excahnges when new signing Curvin Ellis nearly opened his Greenbacks account when he managed to get a shot on target which Adam Whitehouse in the Boldmere goal did well to save, Ellis fired the rebound goalwards beating Whitehouse but Boldmere were saved by the post to make it even more frustrating the rebound off the post fell to Liam Lockett who replicated Ellis and also hit the post. Bedworth were looking the more dangerous of the 2 sides but a couple of times on the break Bedworth could have been caught out, but it was The Greenbacks turn this time to be saved by the post and bar. On the half hour mark though it was the home side that broke the deadlock when Alex McSkeane managed to get in front of Kyle Barnett and before McSkeane could get his shot away Barnett was adjudged to have fouled the Boldmere number 11 and the ref had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. The penalty was dispatched by Robert Thompson-Brown to give The Micks the lead at half time.
Half Time Boldmere St Michaels 1 Bedworth United 0
The second half was a stop start affair with not much goal mouth action for either side both sides had good appeals for penalties turned away by the referee much to the consternation of both benches. With the clock ticking down Bedworth mounted a few attacks winning free kicks and corners which much the disappointment of the travelling support were wasted regualarly failing to clear the first man. With time running out it looked like it was going to be a third league game in a row that Bedworth would fail to score, but with a minute of normal time left on the clock a low cross into the Boldmere box by Elliot Parrott was met be a collection of bodies and it turned out that Aris Christophorou got the final touch to turn the ball into his own box. With 4 minutes added on time signalled it looked like the game was headed for a point a piece. Boldmere had a succession of throws down their right hand side advancing slowly into the Bedworth half with 6 extra minutes played the final throw went long into The Greenbacks box which the green shirts failed to clear. The ball ended up with Ryan Shaw on the edge of the box who turned and fired his shot across Sam Lomax and the ball ended up nestled in the back of the net. With barely time to kick off again the whistle blew to secure all 3 points stayed with the home side.
Full Time Boldmere St Michaels 2 Bedworth United 1
|27th August 2022
|Northern Premier League - Midlands 22-23