Eagles sunk by Town late show in soggy encounter

Tom Liversedge, in yellow, was denied two penalties
Tom Liversedge, in yellow, was denied two penalties

The Eagles’ form has brightened considerably in the last four weeks, but their hearts were broken as a goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time denied them a hard earned point against Hanwell Town on Saturday.

It took Bedford just 40 seconds to test Hanwell keeper Alex Tokarczyk, as Paul Cooper tried an audacious lob from the edge of the area that was tipped over the bar.

The opening goal of the match came on 13 minutes, against the run of play. A free- kick was played into the Bedford area, and debutante Ross Oulton unfortunately headed the ball into his own net.

A minute later, Tom Liversedge was denied what appeared to be a clear penalty, but Bedford continued to press and Jeff Woodward was unlucky to see his shot cannon off the post.

Bedford finally got back on level terms when Oulton’s first-time, right-footer skimmed off the surface and curled inside the post.

As the players came out for the restart the heavens opened and the breeze increased.

Compared to the opening 45 minutes, the second half was as drab as the weather.

How Lewis Putman missed an opportunity after 67 minutes is anyone’s guess, but he contrived to sky the ball over the bar when put through on goal 10 yards out.

A little later Liversedge had another penalty claim waved away as he looked to have been pushed over in the area.

Claudio Dias, entering the field of play on 67 minutes, saw only seven minutes of action before he was substituted after a particular nasty fall on the wet surface.

And it was Hanwell who claimed the points, deep into time added on.

A throw-in from the left eventually reached Lewis Ochoa, 20 yards from goal. The midfielder immediately skimmed a shot along the soaking surface, burying the ball into the back of the net to the delight of the home side.