Eagles kick-off with a draw against North Greenford

Man of the match Ricky Case bagged the equaliser for Bedford. Photo by Darrell Thornton

Man of the match Ricky Case bagged the equaliser for Bedford. Photo by Darrell Thornton

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Bedford Town opened the new campaign with a hard-fought 1-1 draw against North Greenford United in front of a large crowd at the Eyrie.

Although Bedford had the better of the opening exchanges, with Joel Mason narrowly missing the target with a powerful header on three minutes, it was the visitors who opened the scoring with 10 minutes on the clock.

Good work down the left involving Sandro Costa and Raphael Tepe saw the ball fall to George Moore whose magnificent strike from outside the area flew into the top corner, giving Eagles keeper Dillon Barnes no chance.

At the other end Bedford, pressing for an equaliser, earned their first corner on 22 minutes with Mason coming close three minutes later.

The Eagles created their best opportunity to get back on level terms shortly after the half hour mark when Ricky Case reached a high through-ball ahead of United keeper Ricardo Diniz, but was unable to direct his shot on target.

Ten minutes into the second period, Bedford finally and deservedly levelled. The United defence failed to deal with a looping ball into the danger area, leaving Case unmarked at the far post, and the Eagles man of the match made no mistake with a powerful header across Diniz into the opposite corner.

The contest then entered a scrappy phase followed by both teams having gilt-edged chances to win the game.

For Bedford, Mason saw his shot scrape the wrong side of the Greenford bar and Diniz was forced to pull off a fine save from a powerfully struck free-kick on 75 minutes.

The best opportunity for the visitors came deep into stoppage time when Orlando Roderigues, receiving the ball on the edge of the six yard box, was unable to strike the ball cleanly and his effort was comfortably saved by Barnes.