Trawler Boys Net Late Point As Bedworth Come Close To First Win
By Russ Watkin
Greenbacks show grit and desire but Lowestoft snatch a draw
Having spoken in his programme notes Stuart Storer about the need to be patient, Bedworth came very close to success against their visitors, it will be only a matter of time surely before they chalk up their first win on the evidence of Saturday’s match against high-flying Lowestoft.
Only an 83rd-minute equaliser for the visitors prevented the Greenbacks securing their first three pointer.
Delroy Gordon had headed home to give Bedworth the lead on 18 minutes and they had enough chances to have put the game to bed by the hour mark.
But failure to grab a second, or third, killer goal proved costly as Lowestoft cranked up the pressure. Inevitably, Bedworth fell deeper and deeper and their backline despite great defending was finally breached when Josh Curry tapped home after a well-constructed move down the right.
There has been positive moments in all of Bedworth’s games but they just need to get that rub of the green, and a ruthlessness too, to get that victory when chances are created.
After the FA Cup exit and a heavy loss at Kettering, a positive start was needed against a Lowestoft side in the top five in the table and looking for their fourth win and Storer’s men were certainly full of vigour and intent early on at The Oval.
Daniel Dubidat’s effort was deflected over in the first few minutes but their reward came from a Luke Rowe corner from the right on 18 minutes and defender Gordon soared highest to send a thumping angled header past keeper Elvijs Putnins.
A Dubidat cross just eluded Alex Troke and Rowe’s bouncing effort bobbled wide before Ryan Baldwin forced the keeper to gather at the near post with a low 20-yarder.
Having been handed a scare early in the second period when home keeper Dan Crane parried a stinging shot from Kieran Higgs and then Jake Whitmore cleared a goal-bound Shaun Bammant header off the line, Bedworth responded positively and were the more threatening.
The Greenbacks were convinced a Gordon header from Rowe’s corner had crossed the line before being booted clear - but there was no goal. Then Alex Stroke’s effort was parried and the rebound bundled home, only to be ruled offside.
After that, however, Bedworth were pegged back. Desperate to protect their advantage, they couldn’t keep enough decent possession to push into the final third and the game became attack v defence.
Lowestoft chances, though, were limited. Curry’s looping header from a Adam Smith corner clipped the top of the bar from one opportunity but they were celebrating on 83 minutes after a well-worked move down the right unlocked the home defence. Higgs made ground from a free-kick and when Andrew Fisk pulled back the ball into the danger area Curry in space sidefooted home from eight yards.
BEDWORTH: Crane; Whitmore, Rowe, Gordon, Albrighton, Sharpe, Baldwin, Parrott, Dubidat (Jeys 63), Troke, Blackmore. Subs: Fitzharris, Tonge, Christie, Noon.
LOWESTOFT: Putnins, Curry, Higgs, Smith, Jarvis, Deeks, Zielonka, Fisk, Bammant, Ingram (Pollock HT), Fowkes (Schaar 70). Subs: Tann, Wren, Reynolds.
Referee: Neil Pratt