United who finished with 10-men take first away win at Trico Stadium
Bedworth travelled to one of the form sides in the league Redditch who have dragged themselves into mid table and away from the drop zone after a shaky start to their season The game started with neither side getting a foothold and the game being played out in midfield, with neither side giving an inch, it was Redditch though who had the first real shot of note when some good work down the left saw a drive from 20 yards bringing Adam Harrison in the Bedworth goal into his first serious piece of action. Bedworth came into the game more with Ricardo Dudley causing havoc down Redditch's left hand side regularly getting past his man and setting up dangerous opportunities for the Greenbacks. The home side should of opened the scoring when breaking from a Bedworth attack and played in Robbie Bunn missed a great chance, from 8 yards out and with the whole goal at his mercy and only Harrison(GK) to beat he managed to put his shot a foot wide of the post. James Hancocks for the visitors then found himself out on the left cut inside and unleashed a shot from 35 yards which just faded inches wide with Reece Francis in the Redditch goal rooted to the spot. It looked like the game was heading into half time all square until but with 3 minutes remaining Dudley again beat his man on the right got to the goal line and delivered a pinpoint cross to the near post where Alex Troke got in front of his marker met the ball and directed it past the helpless Francis. The second half saw no changes to personnel for either side, with the game becoming chess-like, lots of midfield possession with no real goalmouth action and both defences holding firm against any attack and marshalling any danger with neither goalkeeper really tested. Then on 70 minutes the game became even harder for the Greenbacks when Dudley who had been impressive all afternoon was given his marching orders for a second bookable offence, leaving Bedworth to hold out for the last 20 minutes with 10-men. Noon was immediately replaced by Whitmore to replace the gap made my Dudley's dismissal. With pressure now mounting on the 10-men of United it was Redditch who came more into the game, as the clock was ticking down the home side started to get a stronger foothold but some strong defending and bodies being put on the line by Bedworth's defenders saw them edge towards to the 90 minute mark still with the one-goal lead. Then remarkably the referee signalled a minimum of SEVEN minutes to be added on, with Bedworth coach Jamie Lenton being sent to sit in the stands for asking the official where the questionable added on time had come from. Eventually after NINE minutes of added time ha been played the referee blew his whistle to give Bedworth their second clean sheet of the season and more importantly their second 3 points and first away league win. Is the great escape possible, stranger things have happened in football. 3 points the perfect gift for Bradley Maslen-Jones on his 21st Birthday today. Happy Birthday from all associated with Bedworth United AFC "Bradders"