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Sargeant Denies Bedworth Vital Victory

By Russ Watkin

Pic's keeper keeps United at bay

The Greenbacks left Dales Lane with that 'what might have been' feeling once again, they created the better chances over the 93 minutes but came away with one point only having seen M-O-M Matthew Sargeant somehow keeping a clean sheet.
A controversial start to the game saw United denied a likely looking penalty as Pendley pushed a high ball into the box with his hand-arm in the first 65 secs, somehow referee Cox didn't see the clear handball and waived all claims away.
Rowley did well to spin and fire an angled shot on goal, his effort brilliantly tipped away by Sargeant in the home goal, he again was called into action as Rowe's shot was pushed over minutes later.
It was all Bedworth as they forced a series of corners that the home defence somehow managed to get clear.
Platt broke forward from the half-way line and the United defender broke into the Pics penalty area,his rushed shot going over the bar.
A rare threat going forward Rushall did on a break get the ball into the net with the goal correctly ruled out by the assistant referee's flag for offside.
Right on half-time United forced yet another corner but again the home side cleared their lines. (HT 0-0)
Only one-minute had gone in the 2nd-period when Rowe brought the best out of Sargeant, his 16-yard drive bringing out a great save from the home keeper.
Steele robbed a defender and broke clear for Bedworth but he failed to get his shot-off and was tackled smartly in the box.
Bedworth continued to create with Rowley and Platt combining well but the final crossed ball was weak.
On 65 minutes United had a 'golden chance' the hard-working Rowley put in Troke who in a central position smashed the ball over the crossbar when a cooler smart finish was required.
The home side could not get a grip on the game and on 86 minutes Rowley for Bedworth didn't get a good contact on his goal-bound effort that was gathered in by the home keeper.
Then strangely the match nearly turned in the remaining 7 minutes, the best chance for The Pics fell to Soleman who headed goalwards but Fogg made a good save.
Then in added time Lund and Hall both fired shots over the United bar for Rushall. (FT 0-0)
Grays Promotions (Game Sponsors) gave their M-O-M award to Rushall keeper Matthew Sargeant who produced some fine saves to deny a more threatening United side who travelled home after a good team performance with only one-point that should have been three.

Updated 23:27 - 16 Feb 2019 by Russ Watkin

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