Bedworth United 2:3 St Neots Town FC
Bedworth United 2 : 3
St Neots Town FC
Saturday 29 October, 2016 15:00


uBuildbase FA Trophy First Round Qualifying


BEDWORTH UNITED       2         ST NEOTS TOWN       3      


Two incidents in this match seemed to contribute to a result in St Neots favour in their debut in this season’s FA Trophy.   In virtually the final action of the first half they were awarded a controversial penalty which saw them claw back to level terms at the break and then the issue of a red card to a home defender midway through the second half seemed to break the spirit of the hosts.   Twice behind St Neots showed real character to pull back before claiming a late winner just eight minutes from time.   Without injured skipper Tom Ward with Tom Wood replacing him in defence, St Neots fielded an entirely changed eleven from the side that had beaten Bedworth in the corresponding round of this competition last season at the Premier Plus Stadium.   Bedworth are members of the Southern section of the Northern Premier League and it is a venue that St Neots seem to relish because this was their fourth victory on the ground in as many visits.   Bedworth have a 3G surface and it produced some swift flowing football from both sides with St Neots running our worthy winners as they picked up the £2,700 prize fund.


It was Bedworth who made the better start forging into the lead with a goal after just 55 seconds in the first real action of the match.   Goalkeeper Alex Archer came out towards the edge of his penalty area to challenge for a high cross but seemed to misjudge the flight of the ball only managing to knock it down to Justin Marsden who was left with the simple task of sliding the ball into the unguarded net.   The home side then bombarded the St Neots goal with a series of long ball attacks testing the nerve of the goalkeeper who responded by making a smart save from Lee Moore.   Luke Rowe sent a free kick over the bar but gradually St Neots regained their poise and acting skipper Micky Hyem won a free kick taken by Declan Rogers who found the head of Taylor Parr but former Coventry City defender Iyseden Christie cleared off the line.   After 13 minutes the scores were levelled when from a Miles Smith cross James Hall showed fine control to send a shot across the keeper into the far corner of the net.   Jordan Archer then missed a great chance to restore the lead when unmarked at the far post but his free header was too high.  Eight minutes before the break Bedworth went in front again when Parr seemed to mistime his challenge and the ball ran loose for Daniel Creaney to rap a low shot under the diving body of Archer.   It looked like a half time lead for the hosts but three minutes into time added Sam Mulready was impeded in the penalty area by Christie and from the resultant spot kick James Hall levelled the scores with his ninth goal of the campaign.


Jordan Archer had an early second half chance to score for Bedworth from a long throw by Luke Rowe but once again his effort was off target.  The match seemed to go off the boil with lots of midfield exchanges leading to few clear chances although Peter Clark did bring a good save from James Martin after good approach work by Declan Rogers.   After 69 minutes a long cross field pass from Smith found Mulready wide right and as he attempted to go past Richard Bryan the defender appeared to kick him to earn a straight red card.   For a while Bedworth seemed to concentrate on defence unable to make any headway against a St Neots defence that was growing in confidence.   With just eight minutes left a Hyem shot following a Rogers free kick was blocked by a defender and the ball fell at the feet of Taylor Parr who claimed his first cup goal for St Neots.   Both Clark and James Hall then saw shots blocked with Bedworth unable to offer any real chance of a late levelling goal and a replay.


Footnote:  St Neots Reserves made it a Cup double on the day by defeating neighbour’s Eynesbury Rovers Reserves in the second round of the Hunts Intermediate Cup.   They now travel to AFC Stanground Sports in the quarter-final.






St Neots:  Archer, Smith, Jonny Hall, Hyem, Wood, Parr, Spark, Clark, James Hall, Mulready, Rogers


Subs:   McGeorge (for Mulready 84 mins), Hobbs, Ward (C), Nurettin and Williams.


Cards:  Jonny Hall (Y – 27), Hyem (Y – 54), James Hall (Y – 90+3)




Goals:  James Hall 2 (13 & 45+3 – pen), Parr (82)




Bedworth:  Martin, Parrott, Rowe, Simpson, Bryan, Marsden, Moore, Blythe. Archer, Christie, Creaney


Subs:  McGarrity (for Marsden 87 mins), Albrighton, Cross, Amour and Penny,


Cards:  Bryan (RED – 68)




Goals:  Marsden (55 secs), Creaney (37)


Attendance: 122


Referee: Martyn Gospel (Daventry)




John Walker