Bedford Town win Championship showcase after great fightback against Plymouth Parkway

Bedford Town won the Southern League Division One Championship showcase game 5-3 after a great fightback against Plymouth Parkway.

By Zoe Ashton
Saturday, 30th April 2022, 5:19 pm
Bedford Town - celebrating their Division One Central title last week - added the Southern League Division One Championship trophy to their cabinet by beating South division champions Plymouth Parkway 5-3 on Saturday   Picture courtesy www.bedfordeagles.net
Bedford Town - celebrating their Division One Central title last week - added the Southern League Division One Championship trophy to their cabinet by beating South division champions Plymouth Parkway 5-3 on Saturday Picture courtesy www.bedfordeagles.net

Gary Setchell’s men came back from being 3-1 down at half time, to level with 15 minutes to go and secure victory with two late goals.

The Division One South champions took the lead after 20 minutes in Saturday’s match, watched by a disappointingly low crowd of 302 at the Eyrie.

Plymouth Parkway made it 2-0 inside half an hour before Dan Walker pulled one back for the Eagles for 2-1.

The visitors then restored their two-goal cushion just before half time.

It took until 20 minutes into the second half for Craig Mackail-Smith to give Bedford some hope at 2-3 and Hugh Alban-Jones equalised in the 75th minute setting up an exciting last quarter of an hour.

Just four minutes later Rory McAuley made it 4-3 to the hosts and Mackail-Smith made sure of the victory in 90th minute for a final score of 5-3 to the Southern League Division One Central champions.