Spalding United v Bedworth United
Bedworth travelled up to Spalding on a cold and windy afternoon after the country had been battered by storm Arwen the previous night. The Greenbacks started off positively with the wind behind them and for the majority of the first 20 or so minutes were camped in the Spalding half. The visitors though were not able to capitilise on the possession they were having and were limited to shooting from distance and didn’t really bother Harry Fisk in the Spalding goal. The best chance was after a Rowe cross which Nesbitt just couldn’t get to before Fisk at the near post. It was Bedworth though who broke the deadlock on 33minutes in rather fortunate circumstances when a Luke Rowe clearance from deep in his own half carried in the swirling wind and caught out Stainfield in the Spalding defence. The ball looped over his head Nesbitt making his first appearance for the Greenbacks quick as a flash pounced on the mistake. Fisk done well to spread himself and prevent Nesbitt from rounding him but the ball bounced loose giving the Bedworth man an open goal to shoot into to put the Visitors 1 nil up. Bedworth could have doubled their lead when Sawyers twisted one way then the other crossing the ball from just inside the box but a flying Dawson at the back post just could not reach the ball to tap it home.
Half Time Spalding United 0 Bedworth United 1
Spalding came out the second half with the wind behind them with a lot more attacking intent than in the first and it only took them 4 minutes of the restart to level the scores. It was the home teams time this time to benefit from the wind when a cross field ball carried to Ben Starkie who controlled the ball on the angle of the box and fired home. Both teams had chances in the second half to win the game with Bedworth probably just edging the chances. Dawson was unlucky not to put the Greenbacks back in front when a Muggleton long throw was flicked on by Parrot and Dawson on the turn fired the ball goalwards had it not been for the alert Fisk that would have put the visitors back in front. Both Hilton and Sawyers had chances blocked in the closing stages and Spalding themselves had some half chances that missed the target but all in all a draw was probably a fair result in the conditions with the only real winner being the wind. Bedworth would have took a point in the morning considering their away form but left with the feeling of it being 2 points dropped rather than 1 point gained.
Full Time Spalding United 1 Bedworth United 1
|27th November 2021
|Northern Premier League - Midlands 21-22