Eagles hit five past Aylesbury

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Southern League Division One Central: Aylesbury 1 Bedford Town 5

Bedford Town bounced back from their midweek drubbing at the hands of Kettering Town to put five past Aylesbury on Saturday.

With new goalkeeper Lea Jordan already gone (work commitments), the remaining King brothers deciding that Bedford Town wasn’t their future, and Will Summerfield going back to MK Dons, a lesser manager may have thrown in the towel.

But not Craig Adams though despite seeing his side under pressure early on as Stuart Smeathers denied a Sonny French effort with a well timed tackle and Jamie Rudd chipped over.

Lee Crockett then saved a Gareth Price shot, while Eagles only effort came from distance as Joe Hopewell’s 30-yard free kick flew off target.

Josh Winters and Smeathers also went close, while Tommy Glasscoe was denied by a good save from James Warrington.

Bedford were ahead after 39 minutes though when Glasscoe evaded one tackle and curled in a cross that Tom Liversedge headed home.

A glorious chance went begging on 43 minutes when Warrington made a total hash of clearing the ball from the edge of his area, but from 25 yards out, Winters fired against the post.

The second did arrive soon after though as Paul Cooper found Liversedge, who doubled his account with a lovely finish.

Eagles started the second half badly as Aston Goss’ cross was smashed home by former Bedford player Gareth Price.

It was nearly 2-2 soon afterwards, but from virtually under the bar, Price put the ball over.

Jeff Woodward headed off target, before Bedford led 3-1 on 57 minutes when Glasscoe crossed for Cooper to hammer in his first goal of the season.

Two minutes later the away following, hardly stopped cheering from the previous goal, had more noise to make when Glasscoe made it a hat-trick of assists, after his free kick, delivered to the back post found Woodward, whose looping header beat Warrington.

It was 5-1 on 75 minutes as Cooper, creating space on the right, fashioned a cross and Rob Parker took advantage of the demoralised Aylesbury defence to fire a first time shot past Warrington.

Late on, Tom Rawlings saw his shot that Warrington batted away as Eagles climbed up three places to 17th.

Bedford are at home to Chipstead in the FA Trophy preliminary round this weekend.

Eagles: Lee Crockett, Paul Cooper, Joe Hopewell, Josh McGoldrick, Jeff Woodward, Stuart Smeathers, Tommy Glasscoe (Nick Whittam 71), Dan Burke (C), Tom Liversedge (Tom Rawlings 82), Josh Winters, Rob Parker (Todd Sawko 86).

Subs not used: Sam Macrae, Scott Cross.

Moles: James Warrington, Jeanmal Prosper, Daniel Murphy (C), Ben Bateman (Brian Haule 71), Connor Baker, David O’Connor, Jamie Rudd (Davis Haule 71), Sonny French, Gareth Price (Lynton Goss 71), Bradley Wadkins, Aston Goss.

Subs not used: Daniel Gordon, Rob Tomlin.

Referee: Gary Nowak.

Attendance: 318.