Church Go Into Play-Off Position After Beating Disappointing United
By Russ Watkin
Greenbacks punished for lack of creativity
After a morning inspection saw the game given the go-ahead United travelled to Lye Meadow knowing its looking like their stay in the Central Premier will be for one season only, they failed yet again to convert good periods of possession into clear cut chances and were duly punished.
On a pitch that after only 15 minutes was cutting up and covered in ruts they despite a bright start could not get that all important first goal, early in the game Gibson fired an effort wide but Alvechurch responded when Fogg on his debut in goal for United produced a smart save from a Landell effort.
Bedworth could have gone in front when Troke broke clear to fire a shot on goal but ex-Bedworth keeper Crane saved low down, minutes later they went a goal-down, March broke away for the home side and in the box he tangled with Blackmore, falling to the floor a penalty was awarded.
Turton stepped up and smashed the ball into the net, within 4 minutes the home side went two-up when after a great stop by Fogg the ball fell nicely for Cook to beat Rowe who was stranded on the line and unable to block the effort.
Bedworth started the 2nd-period like the first, lots of good time on the ball but no punch in forward areas, half-chances fell to Blackmore, Gibson and new-boy Steele but United as in lots of games were again guilty of not hitting the target and working the keeper.
With 21 minutes remaining United's fate was sealed as Morrison showed pace to get away from Dudley to fire an angled shot wide of Fogg to make it 3-0.
Too many times this season Bedworth have shown their 'Jekyll and Hyde' form during the majority of games and despite their battling efforts they simply cannot find the key to scoring goals when in forward areas, it's a bitter pill to swallow but The Greenbacks may need now to think about regrouping ahead of a fresh start, to win 8 games now at this stage of the season would be bigger than a Lottery success!