United Take Their Time To See Off Highgate
By Russ Watkin
2nd-Half improved display from Greens gets the job done
Today's visitors were eventually seen off by a young United side who grew into the game after a too often rushed and pressured Bedworth found things difficult as they faced a Highgate team in no mood to give an inch in a very physical and combative first 45-minutes.
To be frank Cook's Greenbacks rode their luck at times in the first half-hour with better finishing from Anyaneghu when in on goal they could have been one-down, the visitor's with Robbins in great form going forward looked the more likely to gain an early advantage.
Bedworth's first chance of the half fell to Cooper who one-on-one with keeper Farr managed to somehow strike his shot straight at him, then from a Bradshaw corner Harris headed over the bar from 6-yards out .
The game drew to a close with both teams failing to convert fair chances, so it was 'level you devils' at half-time 0-0.
United started the 2nd-half on the front-foot with Bradshaw drawing out the best from visiting keeper Farr, but on 66 minutes the host's took the lead, it was Bradshaw who's influence in the game had grown who played in Cooper, he smashed the ball into the net from close range to make it 1-0.
A more confident Bedworth began to force their opponents back and Harris unleashed a drive from 30-yards that unluckily smashed off the crossbar and to safety.
McCarthy's handball in the box from a Johnson cross saw Harris make it 2-0 from the penalty spot, he gave Farr no chance with his spot-kick placed wide of the goalkeeper.
Late in the game Cooper saw his powered header from 8-yards hit the upright and in the final-minute United added a third, a long kick from Bull (GK) evaded nearly everyone and as the ball bounced in the 18-yard box Robbins tried to shield the ball back to keeper Farr who retreating backwards saw the ball come off Robbins who as being pressured by Cooper was forced into an error and the ball bobbled into an empty net (3-0) FT.
Despite a shaky start Bedworth's U21s finally took control of the game with a 2nd-half display that saw them far more threatening and fluid in their opponents half.