United's Poor Run Continues At Stratford
By Russ Watkin
Second-best in all areas Bedworth are out fought and out thought by Town
The Greenbacks again failed to impose themselves on their fellow 'out of form' rivals and got what they deserved, in fact they left Stratford Town under a cloud and knowing the 3-1 scoreline should have been a bigger defeat if the home side had taken their chances.
Behind after only 16 minutes to Taylor's near post header United failed to make an impact in forward areas and were sloppy all over the pitch, they would have been two-up after 19 minutes if Elliot Parrott had not made a superb last-ditch tackle on Taylor.
United's Tom Sharpe got away with a massive blunder just after, his weak back pass falling to Carvalho who beat Crane (GK) with a crisp shot that rattled back into play off the post.
Under pressure the visitor's were forced to defend a barrage of attacks from a confident Stratford, with Taylor missing a great chance after 26 minutes, shooting wide from an angled position.
More bad news came soon after for Bedworth when Parrott went down heavily (arm injury) and was in too much pain to carry on, he was replaced by Kai Tonge.
When United did get forward they lacked a quality ball to cause any problems, the best chance coming late in the half when Tonge played in Ryan Baldwin who's low driven shot was saved by home-keeper Etheridge.
Will Grocott set up a great chance for Taylor in injury-time of the first-half , his header off target. (HT 1-0)
After 4 minutes of the second-half Bedworth were given a lifeline, a Town attack broke down and Carvalho's sloppy pass found it's way to Kai Tonge who showed great pace to race into the Stratford penalty-area and fire a nice angled shot across Etheridge and into the net to draw United level.
Back came Stratford and from a Grocott free-kick the ball was flicked on by ex-Bedworth player McAteer in the area dropping to Lewis Wilson who's miss-hit effort bobbled it's way over the line and into the Bedworth goal.
United's rare attacks saw Baldwin create a couple of half-chances with no finish, an over confident Town began to waste a number of good opportunity's Carvalho was guilty as was Grocott who's miss was astonishing, an open goal with Crane already committed he crashed the ball off the crossbar from 14 yards.
The game was finally put to bed by the home side after 79 minutes, as Taylor pounced to score after a good effort from Grocott, Wilson was then foiled by a busy Crane in United's goal, substitute Harry Draper was denied a goal after 88 minutes when Crane made a smart save from his driven shot also. (FT 3-1)