Bedford impress against Luton

Craig Adams.

Craig Adams.

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Bedford Town boss Craig Adams was pleased with his side’s fitness levels as they drew 2-2 with a Luton Town XI on Saturday.

Bedford went ahead twice in the friendly fixture at a sun-soaked Eyrie, but were pegged back by a resilient Luton side.

Aaron King gave them a half time lead before Ricky Miller levelled from the penalty spot.

King restored the advantage with his second after the break, but Luton’s Galliard beat Lee Crockett to make it 2-2.

Adams said afterwards: “One thing I noticed was that our fitness levels were as good as Luton Town’s and that was really pleasing as we have worked hard in pre-season.

“I also noticed that when they had a lot of the ball we defended well as a team and even in the last 15 minutes we kept up with them – so from our point of view our fitness and theirs wasn’t very different.

“I thought we took our two goals very well – which was different to last week when we had 14 chances and only scored three goals, so again I am pleased with that.

Adams is not one to single players out but he was impressed with keeper Crockett.

He said: “Since he’s been here our goalkeeping coach has been working very closely with him and you can see the benefits.

“Of course everyone can improve their game and we want him to be more vocal during the 90 minutes, but that will come.

“He’s a top man and his performance today was good, 
including his distribution.

“He had a good game – not just the penalty save but the other blocks and saves he made too. Having said that I want to say all the boys played well.”

Adams described two-goal hero King as ‘a maverick’: “He was at Rushden and Diamonds as a young lad before Liverpool signed him for £40,000 and he spent a year there as a young pro but he broke his leg.

“He came back to Rushden just as they were folding so he’s been a bit unlucky you could say. But he’s one of the best footballers here, he has a lot of quality as he showed it again today.

“Only he knows what he can achieve in the game, but he has our support and it’s time for him to show everyone his undoubted talent.”

There was a minute’s silence before kick off for a player who served both Bedford Town and Luton Town in the 1950s.

Bernard Moore, 90, who passed away on July 20 played a large part in Bedford’s most famous FA Cup fixture against Arsenal in 1956, scoring in the tie at Highbury. See our obituary on page 28.