Eagles edged out by United

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Bedford were unlucky not to claim at least a point at home to second placed Bedworth United on Tuesday night as they went down 1-0.

After the drubbing of North Greenford three days previously, the Eagles came up against a much more disciplined and inflexible defence.

Craig Adams included new signing from Kettering Town, Jon Bukasa, in the starting line up and also gave a start to Luke Fairlamb.

Chances were few and far between as both sides cancelled each other out.

Garry Malone thwarted Alex Naughton early on, after the striker raced onto a through pass.

Towards half time, Nathan Haines skied a speculative effort over the bar from 35 yards, and just before the whistle, Bukasa’s long throw was picked up by Josh Winters, but his shot was just a bit too high.

Midway through the second half, the visitors - employing the long ball more - looked a lot more dangerous.

Malone superbly dived to his right to palm a Daniel Creaney shot round the post.

From the resulting corner, Creaney had the ball in the net, but a foul was given instead after Malone was impeded during the kick.

Malone then safely collected a free-kick from Naughton, before disaster struck for Bedford on 74 minutes.

Naughton played the ball through to Dubidat, coming in on a diagonal run from the right of the area.

The Bedworth marksman then proved how deadly he was with a hard, low shot across goal that beat Malone before settling in the back of the net.

The visitors sat back, allowing Bedford to retaliate, but an increase in the numbers in defence snuffed out any potential attack.

Greg Ling set up Rob Parke, with just a few minutes to go, but Parker couldn’t get full purchase on the ball, allowing Denham Hinds to collect.

Bedford kept at their opponents, but couldn’t find a way through. The last real chance, three minutes into stoppage time, saw a desperate block from a defender to deny Curtis Shaw, then Ling placing the rebound over the bar.