Bedworth travelled the short distance to Loughborough Dynamo on an 8 match unbeaten run which has seen them lift themselves up to 8th place in the Northern Premier Midland league. With Loughborough just 2 points and 1 place behind in the table it was always going to be a tough afternoon for both teams.
The first 20 minutes of the half was a strange affair with neither team really showing much class except Jorrin John who was looking to beat the Loughborough left back at every opportunity with only 15 minutes played Daniel Gordon had to be replaced for the home side after going down whilst trying to stop John from breaking free. Bedworth then had the best chance of the game so far when a scuffed clearance from Jason Alexander in the Loughborough goal went straight to Ryan Nesbitt, Nesbitt shot and Alexander made amends for his mistake and saved the ex Loughborough players goal bound effort. In doing so though he injured his left shoulder and he to ended up being replaced. Neither side really got a hold of a ball in the first half and the quality that Bedworth have been showing of late didn’t seem to be and on 25minutes it was the home side that took the lead after the normally so reliable Elliott Parrott was robbed of the ball on the goal line and the resulting cross was turned home by Loughboroughs Kevin da Silva Bastos. Bedworth tried to regroup but couldn’t fashion any real goal scoring opportunities and were restricted from shooting from distance. The half time whistle went and the look on the coaching staff faces as they went in at half time definitly looked like a few stern words were going to be said during the half time break.
Half Time Loughborough Dynamo 1 Bedworth United 0
It seemed that the half time talk and a change in formation for the Greenbacks had worked as they came out the second half determined to make amends for the first and with the tempo visibly upped it was the visitors who were bossing possession and Lockett, Nesbitt and Blackmore all had efforts palmed away by the Loughborough keeper. it was Loughborough though who had the best chance when a break saw Lomax with a fingertip save push the ball against the post to ensure the deficit remained at 1. Within seconds of that Bedworth were level when substitute Luke Keen was the fastest to react after after just coming on 7 minutes when the Loughborough keeper could only parry Locketts rasping drive and Keen calm as you like ensured that the ball ended up in the Loughborough goal. Keen wasnt finished there when ten minutes later in the 78th minute a long ball forward fell between him and the keeper the keeper got there first but could only clear the ball against Keen who calmly turned the covering defender and rolled the ball home with his left foot to give Bedworth the lead and the chants of “Keeno” from the visiting Bedworth support. Bedworth defended well for the final 15 minutes with the impressive Luke Rowe on numerous occasion’s getting the better of Loughboroughs danger man Da Silva Bastos which seemed to neutralize most of the threat from Loughborough. The final whistle went and the unbeaten run is now 9 a result that puts Bedworth 6 points off that coveted 5th place and the play offs. Could it be time to start dreaming of 2 extra games in May for The Greenbacks?
Full Time Loughborough Dynamo 1 Bedworth United 2
|15th January 2022
|Northern Premier League - Midlands 21-22