Bedworth United 3 – 1 Stocksbridge PS
On a cold and wet Easter Saturday Steels travelled to high flying Bedworth United looking for points to strengthen their play off hopes, still a possibility with plenty of points still to fight for.
With huge amounts of overnight rain the game would surely have been at risk of postponement if not for the superb 3G pitch.
A decent Easter home crowd turned up to support their side which was nice to see in such dismal conditions.
The general rule of thumb when playing opposition in such good form is to exert pressure on the ball through hard work and application. This is exactly what the Steels had done and really nullified a well organised Bedworth team. Apart from two or three in swinging corners, admirably dealt with by Steels goalkeeper Dave Reay the game was largely a midfield affair.
Steels always looked a threat on the counter though and certainly kept possession well with good passages of play, but without really penetrating the Bedworth back four. Both defences were dominant through an even first half overall.
HT 0 – 0
It was on 55mins when the game livened up. Bedworth had started really well and were on the front foot forcing corners. A corner on the right to Bedworth was swung in left footed and cleared by Steels to beyond the edge of the box where the ball was picked up and immediately spread out to Blackmore wide on the right. Blackmore’s cross was stabbed home at the far post as the Steels defence appealed for offside.
Steels reaction was good with Tom Charlesworths tempting low right wing cross fizzing past an outstretched Joe Lumsden who was running in towards goal.
Brodie Litchfield’s drive from 25 yards was hit well but was straight at the goalkeeper.
There was no real pressure on the ball by Steels when Parrots wayward pass to his defence from midfield on 65mins was picked up by Lumsden who couldn’t believe his luck, he advanced quickly on goal one v one. His first shot was parried by Dan Crane the Bedworth goalkeeper back to Lumsden whos second attempt was scuffed over Crane bouncing off the surface up onto the bar for Scott Ruthven Pictured) to pounce onto the rebound from 4 yards, 1 – 1.
The elation of equalising was soon quashed when Steels were back behind conceding a cruel own goal just minutes later. A quick break down Steels left side saw a dangerous low cross from Parrot not dealt with by Liam McFadyen at the front post, hitting his right shin as he slid forward to hook the ball clear.
In fairness to McFadyen who hadn’t put a foot wrong all the game, the balls on this surface really zip at you, but maybe he will look at the clearance again and go with his left foot next time.
As Steels pressed forward in search of the equaliser the Bedworth lads looked comfortable dealing with attacks. On 85mins Christie was left alone in the box and had too much time to drive a left foot shot through a crowded box into Dave Reays bottom left hand corner giving him no chance.
All in all a bad day at the office which could easily have gone either way with nothing really to choose between the two sides.
Final Score: Bedworth United 3 – 1 SPS