Friendly defeat for the Eagles as Dunstable strike late

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Bedford Town lost out 5-3 to Dunstable Town at the Eyrie on Tuesday night in an entertaining pre-season friendly.

New Eagles boss Dan Kennoy said: “I thought we more than competed against Dunstable tonight – they had a very experienced side out.”

Dunstable – one division higher than Bedford – took the lead in the 34th minute as a hopeful shot from Marcus Johnson-Scuser should have been an easy catch for Eagles keeper Tyler Reading, but he let the ball squirm into the net.

Bedford came back, however, and restored the balance barely 60 seconds later as Josh Bamford headed home.

Three minutes before the break, Bedford took the lead when Joel Norris fired home from Matt Clifford’s pass.

Bedford increased their lead on 58 minutes when Marcus Campbell beat the Dunstable keeper to the ball following a poor back pass. The ball fell for Billy Lannon and he scuffed the ball in.

Two minutes later a penalty was awarded to Dunstable, and Reading showed his agility by saving the spot kick, but he could do nothing about the rebound that brought the visitors back into the game.

On 64 minutes, Dunstable equalised when a mix-up in the Bedford defence allowed a neat shot from the edge of the area that curled inside the right hand post.

A few minutes later, Reading was facing the second penalty of the night, and again, saved the kick. This time the defence got to the rebound first and cleared.

With 15 minutes remaining, and with a fine drizzle coming down, Reading slipped when attempting the clear the ball, and Lee Roache took advantage to slide the ball into an empty net. Reading stayed down and was eventually stretchered off. Attacker Christian Lester went in goal for the rest of the match.

Six minutes from time, Lester was unable to deny a fifth Dunstable goal, when Gary Wharton toe-poked the ball home.

Bedford: 1 Tyler Reading, 2 Jack Jones, 3 Matt Clifford, 4 Tommy Hull (c), 5 Dan Crowie, 6 Kyle Lincoln, 7 Daril Ngwala, 8 Stefan Powell, 9 Josh Bamford, 10 Joel Norris, 11 Christian Lester.

Subs: Grant Beckwith, Sean Brettel, Luke Rowland, Jordan Cleghorn, Fabien Lionel, Tremayne Charles, Marcus Campbell, Billy Lannon, Dylan Gittens.