Bedworth travelled the 30 minutes to Harborough Town looking to continue their 3 game unbeaten run and move into the top half of the table for the first time this season.
Bedworth were the better sides in the opening exchanges and looked the most likely to break the deadlock, but with their first meaningful attack on 9 minutes, Rhys Hoenes who was a thorn in the Greenbacks defences side all evening put a low cross into the box and Joel Carta was there to volley home from the penalty spot to give the hosts the lead. The game then became a very stop start affair with the referee and his assistant taking centre stage. Both Stuart Storer and Jamie Lenton saw yellow for in the Assistants eyes being a little overzealous with some of their appeals. Bedworth had a couple of half chances and a couple of appeals for penalties that the referee waved away but apart from that the half saw very little real action.
Half Time Harborough Town 1 Bedworth United 0
Harborough started the second half much better than they did the first and within 9 minutes of the restart in slightly dubious circumstances Harborough doubled their lead when a corner caused a bit of confusion in the Bedworth box eventually falling at the feet of Hoenes who to everyone in the ground except the assistant looked to be in an offside position when he put the ball into the net. Bedworth responded by bringing on the livewire Murphy who instantly got involved putting the Harborough defence under pressure. Bedworth were pushing forward looking to get a foothold back into the game and they were presented with the perfect chance in the 72nd minute when a ball through to Tristan Dunkley saw Sidik Atcha bring him down as he advanced towards goal and the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Curvin Sanderson-Ellis took responsibility and put the ball past Elliott Taylor in the Harborough goal despite the keeper getting a hand to the Bedworth 9s spot kick. 4 minutes later Bedworth were level this time it was Murphy who was brought down in the box and again no hesitation from the referee to point to the spot. Action replay of the first Bedworth goal Sanderson-Ellis versus Taylor and the battle of wits was again won by the man in green to equal the scoreline. Things could have got better for the visitors when Sanderson-Ellis could have completed his hat trick when unmarked in the six yard box he saw his header go inches wide of the post. Sam Lomax kept the scores level with a good save from a James Ireland thunderbolt late on but in the end the spoils were shared and a point saw The Greenbacks in the top half of the table, a point and a place behind the hosts.
|8th November 2022
|Northern Premier League - Midlands 22-23