Bamford bags the winner as Eagles see off Arlesey

Match action from Bedford Town's victory over Arlesey. Picture (c) June Essex
Match action from Bedford Town's victory over Arlesey. Picture (c) June Essex

Bedford Town moved up to sixth place in the league on Tuesday evening after grinding out a 1-0 win at home to Arlesey Town.

A Josh Bamford goal in first half stoppage time was enough for the Eagles, as they held out firmly to bag the win.

Match action from Bedford Town's victory over Arlesey. Picture (c) June Essex

Match action from Bedford Town's victory over Arlesey. Picture (c) June Essex

Most of the first half possession belonged to Bedford, but they came up against a stubborn Arlesey defence desperately trying not to concede.

Early on, a Bedford corner caused problems in the visiting defence, and eventually a snapshot from James Peters flew over the bar.

A poor clearance from Arlesey’s Nick Thompson gave Christian Lester an opportunity, albeit from long range. Lester tried his luck, but the ball went narrowly wide.

The amount of play from Bedford finally produced a goal in injury time as Kyle Lincoln floated in a diagonal cross from the right, and Bamford rose to head past Thompson.

Match action from Bedford Town's victory over Arlesey. Picture (c) June Essex

Match action from Bedford Town's victory over Arlesey. Picture (c) June Essex

Arlesey took the game to Bedford in the opening 20 minutes of the second half; Kristian Michalak tried his luck from the left byline but his shot flew past the post.

Brief respite in this time for Bedford resulted in a Lester pass to Dylan Gittens, whose run in the area produced a shot that Thompson did well to palm away for a corner.

Yet to score a goal in the league this season, the visitors came very close as Andre Maltay’s overhead kick took a deflection towards goal, and Jack Jones was forced to head the dropping ball off the line.

Bedford had the ball in the net for a second time, on 81 minutes, but the referee adjudged Joel Mason to have fouled Thompson.

Bedford had weathered a storm from the visitors, and could have increased the lead late on. Matt Clifford’s free-kick forced a good save from Thompson, before Marcus Campbell squandered a decent opening.

Three minutes into stoppage time, Ben Ford’s shot, skimmed the wrong side of the Bedford post as the Eagles held on for the points.

The Eagles are back at home on Saturday, with another Bedfordshire derby as Barton Rovers visit the Eyrie.

Rovers are managed by former Eagles manager Lee Bearman, while Dan Kennoy and Wes Byrne will be in charge against their former club.