Youth Team Through to the Knockout stages

Bedworth United U18s qualify for the knockout stage 
 
Bedworth Youth Team sealed qualification to the knockout stages of the Ray Mercer memorial shield with a narrow 3-2 win away to Racing Club on Tuesday night.  Qualification was almost but not mathematically ensured after a comprehensive 3-0 win away to Rugby Borough on the previous Friday barring a disaster and a 7 goal turn around.
 
Fridays game could have been a stumbling block for the Young Greenbacks when Lee Hursts side lost players to the first team squad for Saturdays friendly against Halesowen but with the strength in depth of the squad the players that came in performed well and ensured that the banana skin was avoided with goals from Rory Faulkner, Chris Jones and Louie Gill qualification for the knock out rounds was almost secured
 
Result: Rugby Borough 0 Bedworth United 3
 
Scorers: Rory Faulkner, Chris Jones, Louie Gill 
 
On Tuesday night the side travelled to Racing Club Warwick knowing that anything but a heavy defeat would be enough to see them safely through Group D and into the quarter finals.  The game was far from a classic, with Bedworth conceding first from yet another corner,  Camron Dunne then equalised with a spectacular left foot drive into the top left corner, 
1-1 halftime, 
Bedworth took the lead when Jack wells made it 2-1, Dylan’s Sands then hit a low drive passed the keeper 3-1, RCW got a late penalty 3-2 the game finished with the Greenbacks navigating their way through the group stages with a 100% record.
 
Scorers: Cameron Dunn, Jack Wells, Dylan Sands
 
Result: Racing Club Warwick 2 Bedworth United 3
 
Lee Hurst said after the Racing club Warwick game “It is nice to know we have qualified for the quarter finals, It will be the luck of the draw when its made, all we can ask for at this stage is that we get a home tie and once we know our opponents we can go from there.  With this tournament being one of the only chances to still play competitive games I am sure the lads will be wanting to progress as far as they can.  We have achieved our first objective which was to qualify from a tough group now our next objective is to reach the semi final and then who knows. I have said in the past, since we started back after lockdown this group of players have nothing to fear and if they keep their feet on the ground and keep doing what is asked of them I have no doubt that a number of them can progress further in football, Its great to see that some of them have already been involved with the first team and this will only encourage them and others to keep working hard and those first team opportunities will keep coming.”
Bedworth have been given a home draw in the next round against the winners of Group A which could be either Coventry Copeswood, Coventry Sphinx or Nuneaton Borough. With the group A decider being played tonight.  A Coventry Sphinx win over Nuneaton by 2 clear goals will see Sphinx qualify, Nuneaton will need a miracle and a 14 goal turnaround to qualify any other result for Nuneaton will see Copeswood win the group.  A win for Sphinx by 1 goal will see them level on points and goal difference with Copeswood and the possibility of the winners being decided by a coin toss.