Adams encouraged by Bedford performances as pre-season comes to a close

Craig Adams
Craig Adams

Bedford Town boss Craig Adams is encouraged by the conclusion to the Eagles’ close season efforts following his team’s final two friendly games over the last week, writes Layth Yousif.

Bedford lost 3-1 at the Eyrie to Histon Town last Tuesday, before winning 4-2 at Wellingborough this week.

Adams said: “Against Histon we more than matched them in football terms except they took their chances better than us.

“One of their goals was from an individual error and we got punished.

“We are going to address it and put it right.

“We played well, we competed well and played some good football.”

Tom Liversedge had equalised with a looping header to make it 1-1 just before half time after the visitors took the lead thanks to Charlie Day on 33 minutes.

Histon then netted to make it 2-1 on the 61st minute before adding a third in the 93rd minute.

Adams continued: “Histon are a good team and good luck to them but the critical difference between us and them on the night was they took their chances.”

The Eagles boss had been upbeat about the 4-2 victory away to Wellingborough saying: “When we got forward against them we looked dangerous. We had about 15 chances and scored four goals whereas they netted two from four chances.

“Unfortunately another individual error led to their goal.

“Our decision-making needs to improve, it needs to be much more defensive minded and decisive.

“We need to understand why we do things and once we understand the process behind it we will improve.

“Sometimes we need to play the percentages and not keep playing it out when it’s really tight.

“When the opposition close us down it’s about making the right decision in terms of using the ball.

“Having said that we are all on a massive learning curve and I am very pleased the lads have bought into my philsophy which means things need tinkering and tweaking rather than a huge overhaul.”

Josh Winters and two Liversedge goals put the Eagles 3-1 up at half time before the home team hit a second leaving the visitors to score a fourth.