Bedford kept the momentum going with a third win on the bounce on Saturday as they beat Chalfont St Peter 1-0 to mathematically secure their place in the Central Division for next season.
The game started brightly and Eagles keeper Garry Malone was brought into action as he saved Anthony Mendy’s 20-yard shot as early as the third minute.
Three minutes later, a lovely diagonal pass from Greg Ling found Luke Fairlamb, whose run off the ball had taken him behind the Saints’ defence. Fairlamb took the ball into the area but saw his effort saved by Mikey Pearce.
With a strong breeze running the length of the pitch, Chalfont tried to take advantage with a handful of shots from outside the area, but they either flew over the bar or were saved by Malone.
The latter stages of the half belonged to Bedford, but there was no breakthrough. Curtis Shaw’s low and hard pass from right to left across the Chalfont goal evaded everyone including Fairlamb, who was sliding in at the far post to try and connect with the ball.
Ling and Shaw then combined to set up Joe Curtis, who controlled well in the area but saw his delicate chip just clear the bar.
Ling then went on a strong run that ended with Pearce saving his powerful shot.
Chances were at a premium in the second half, although Fairlamb went close with an angled shot from the left.
The winning goal eventually came on 66 minutes when substitute Jordan Davis – who had been on the pitch for just four minutes – passed into the area for Ross Oulton.
Instead of shooting, Oulton squared the ball to Rob Parker, who swept the ball past the outstretched hands of Pearce and into the net.
The Saints’ should have equalised with 15 minutes to go, when Malone was hounded by the swirling wind as he tried to punch a cross away.
The ball went to Asen Valchev, but with no keeper in the Bedford goal, the defence tightened to block the eventual shot.