Eagles end losing streak with victory over Egham Town

Scott Cross missed from the spot
Scott Cross missed from the spot

Bedford Town beat Egham Town 1-0 at the Eyrie on Saturday, writes Layth Yousif.

The Eagles who started the day in 20th place were victorious over an Egham side who had risen to seventh on the back of three straight wins.

Manager Craig Adams had written in his manager’s matchday column beforehand: “Believe me when I say it’s hard to write programme notes after four league defeats in a row.”

Yet Bedford started positively and on 19 minutes Will Summerfield struck a clinical free kick over the visitors’ wall and into the net to give the Eagles a well deserved lead.

Eghams’s Wealdstone loanee Ishmael Thomas playing at centre back on the day then gave away a needless penalty after 21 minutes on the clock bringing down Town’s Tom Liversedge.

Unfortunately for the Eagles and their penalty taker Scott Cross, his spot kick was poor with Egham’s keeper Jamie Norris unduly concerned with the underhit effort.

Liversedge had an effort saved by Norris on 68 minutes as Bedford were always in command of the game.

Bedford keeper and ex-Manchester United youth Lee Crockett, although having a quiet game thanks to his team’s dominance, showed high concentration levels by doing well to block Stanislaus’ shot after Thomas had flicked on Harkin’s corner.

In injury time The Eagles were denied a second when Egham’s Norris saved from Tom Rawlings to deny the home team a second.

Eagles visit North Greenford United this weekend and host Kettering on Tuesday night.

>> A Bedford XI are to play against a ‘Jacko’ XI at the Eyrie this Sunday, kick off 3pm to raise funds for popular club stalwart Steve Jackman.

There will be a BBQ, bouncy castle and auction held afterwards.

Tickets are £5 adults with U16s free as Steve said: “I’m humbled by all the support shown by everyone.”