Greenbacks Efforts Deserved More Than A Point At Leiston
By Russ Watkin
A committed United denied 3 points by late equaliser
A journey of well over 3 hours to face mid-table Leiston was oh so close to being a very good one as the home side with a late goal snatched a draw against a United side that battled for the 94 minutes to gain their third league win.
A strong gusting cross wind had a major impact on the game with both sides battling to play any flowing football and the teams failed to get control as conditions hindered the hope of decent play.
The first chance of the game fell to Blackmore for Bedworth, from distance he fired in a shot that was comfortably held by Garnham in the home goal.
Leiston's Bacon saw a good chance blocked by Harrison who was alert enough to close down the midfielder 14-yards out, the home side then had a number of corners but Bedworth defended stoutly, back came the visitor's as Hancocks tried a speculative shot from 20-yards that faded wide.
Steele showed good control just inside the home sides box to create space, his clipped cross just dropping too deep, a foray forward from Platt saw him drive an effort just over the crossbar.
Neither keeper had a serious effort to save as the half came to a close with Bacon for Leiston again trying his luck, this time from 22-yards his weak effort was gathered by Harrison. (HT 0-0)
Two minutes into the 2nd-half Bedworth had a half-hearted appeal for a penalty turned down as Steele went down in the box under a challenge, then Parrott tried to set in Christie but the ball in came to nothing.
On 53 minutes United took the lead, good work by Rowe saw his driven low cross pushed out by Garnham the ball came to Christie who finished smartly.
Bedworth then had more of the ball but could not create a clear cut chance and as the game headed towards the latter stages it looked likely that Bedworth would record only their third win, however again it proved not to be, on 83 minutes Dunbar raced forward and fizzed in a lovely cross for substitute Blake to force home the ball at the near-post to make it 1-1.
Bedworth had one late chance as Troke found Hancocks with a good cross the diminutive players header was well saved by Garnham. (FT 1-1)