Eagles downed by Godalming in low-key affair

Bedford's Rob Parker, right, saw an effort bounce back off the foot of the post. Picture (c) Jake McNulty
Bedford's Rob Parker, right, saw an effort bounce back off the foot of the post. Picture (c) Jake McNulty

There was a definite end of season feel to the fixture as Bedford lost at home to Godalming by a solitary goal at the Eyrie on Saturday.

Early in the game, Garry Malone had to deal with a Will Hutton free-kick that flew over the Bedford wall, before Curtis Shaw came close with a couple of efforts on goal.

After 27 minutes, Ollie Wilkinson raced across the area to deny Hutton, but it was all in vain for the Eagles’ captain as, from the corner, the ball was headed back into the danger area by Antonio Simeone and finished off at close range by Jack Mazzone.

Five minutes before half time, the width of the post denied Bedford an equaliser when Rob Parker controlled a pass before his low shot rebounded off the upright.

Adam Cornell should have doubled the visitors’ lead with just Malone to beat, but with the goal at his mercy, shot woefully wide of the mark.

Bedford had two penalty claims for handball in the half, but both times the referee waved play on, with the home side looking aggrieved.

Parker had another try midway through the half, when Joe Curtis dummied from an Oulton corner, but the shot was deflected away.

Tom Liversedge and Shaw both saw their shots saved by Richard Ossai, before Godalming should have increased the lead.

Wilkinson denied another scoring opportunity when he cleared Adam Cornell’s effort off the line, while Paul Cooper headed Simeone’s own header away from goal late on.

After three wins on the bounce, Bedford have now lost their last three games.

There are just two more games to go before the end of the season.

Bedford travel to Marlow on Saturday before ending the season at home to Northwood on Saturday, April 25. Both games are 3pm kick-offs.