Eagles on top in a real thriller with Egham Town

Bilal Yafai was on target for Bedford. Picture (c) June Essex
Bilal Yafai was on target for Bedford. Picture (c) June Essex

Bedford Town fans were given a warming sight on the coldest day of the season so far as their side beat Egham Town in a seven-goal epic on Saturday.

The opening goal of the game came after 14 minutes as Bedford broke from an Egham corner. Serigne Mor Diop played the ball to Javia Roberts who set up Christian Lester to fire home from 25 yards past Egham keeper Jamie Norris.

Bedford added a second goal with six minutes later, after soaking up some Egham pressure. Diop threaded the ball to the corner of the area for Bilal Yafai to slot home.

Egham pulled a goal back just after the half hour mark as Tarome Hemmings delivered the ball for Chris Henry to bobble a shot past Maxime Fondop Siwe and off the post before nestling in the net.

More chances came for both sides before the half-time whistle, and within a minute of the second half starting, Henry flashed a shot just wide of the mark.

Egham’s equaliser came in the 66th minute, as they sent the ball from right to left, ending with Brendan Matthew beating the exposed Siwe.

Five minutes later, the game had been turned on its head, as Egham took the lead with a bizarre goal, as Phillips scored direct from a corner.

Bedford didn’t give up the fight, and were rewarded with an equaliser with eight minutes to go. Daril Ngwala played the ball into the area where Diop teased the ball past the defence, found space and fired a fierce shot past Norris.

Three minutes later and the home crowd were delirious. Roberts’ pass to Diop ended with another forceful shot past Norris, as the striker completed a quick-fire brace.

In a bizarre end to the game, Bedford duo Diop and Kyal McNulty both missed penalties in stoppage time, but the Eagles held on for the win to move up one place in the table to 13th.

Eagles: Maxime Fondop Siwe, Kyal McNulty, Matt Clifford, Tommy Hull (c), James Peters, Christian Lester, Javia Roberts, Josh Bamford, Serigne Mor Diop, Bilal Yafai (Tremayne Charles 79), Daril Ngwala. Subs not used: Jordan Cleghorn, Tyler Reading.

Sarnies: Jamie Norris, Larry Boateng (Ryan Phillips ht), Dominic Rhone (Callum Webb ht), Reece Yorke, Luke Neville (c), Ollie Jones, Chris Henry, Jake Cass, Brendan Matthew, Tarome Hemmings, Bajram Pashaj. Subs not used: Tom Collins, Ryan Debattista, Iven Kumanda.

Referee: Mr S Bates.

Assistants: Mr R Trinder & Mr M Filipiak.

Attendance: 143.